Saturday, January 24, 2015

Geometric Heart Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends! As Valentine-Card-Creation season is upon us (wow, that was a serious mouthful. I promise, I'll never say that again,) I thought I'd pull another card out of my stash that fits the season. 

This is the very last card that I had published in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, in the February issue. This isn't as difficult as it looks. . .the hardest part is laying the triangles out evenly and straight. Would you care to give it a try??? 

1. Trim1-inch squares of cardstock. (Three colors is a good place to start. I used black, aqua, and glittered cardstock.)  
2. Trim each square diagonally in half to create triangles. (You'll need 20 triangles to create this heart.) 
3. Use my card as a guide and assemble the triangles to create a heart. Play with the arrangement of colors. I tried to evenly distribute the colors, and avoid having the same color triangles next to each other. There are so many possibilities though - do what you like! You could even just do one color to start.

Here's another card I created using the same formula, but for this I used fuchsia, coral, and gold cardstocks. This is a larger 5x7 card. If you have any questions, just holler! I had fun figuring out how to make this project! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Supplies:(Simon Says Stamp affiliate links below)
Handwritten Notes (Avery Elle) 
Many Thanks (Avery Elle)
Golden Glitz Delicata ink by Tsukineko 
Close To My Heart Glittered Cardstock 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sending You Love Valentine Card {Lil' Inker Designs}

I seem to be on a Valentine roll here lately, so I thought I'd share one more today. This one, I gotta say, I really really love. It was simple enough that I duplicated it quite a few times, but it still feels cute and not like I tried to throw together the easiest thing I could think of. 
To begin with, I die cut the Rounded Rectangle from pink paper. (I also did it in aqua (I know, surprise, surprise) but - POW, it looked great, and a little more masculine.) Then I simply die cut the envelope (it's so cool that the opening flap of the envelope actually cuts all the way through, so you can tuck something in there.) I die cut the sentiment too, and then just stamped the word "LOVE" (from the Sending You Stamps, which coordinates with the envelope die.)  The hearts are from the newly released Hearts Banner Dies. I just trimmed them apart - it's great because I could die cut all the hearts I needed in one run through the machine, rather than using one tiny heart die and cutting it a million times. 

Okay, so there you have it - the girl who "doesn't make Valentines" has posted a ton of Valentines this week. A new year, a new me. Or something like that. I've also started doing a little yoga. Not sure if that's going to stick or not. We'll see. It's a year of new possibilities! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a fabulous day! xoxo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Handwritten Love Die & Shadow {The Stamps of Life}

Valentine's Day is coming! I may have mentioned that I am not so great at sending out Valentine cards. I'm generally not so great at making them either. Glitter and fluff are not really my thing. I often have to remind myself that Valentines don't have to be fluffy and dipped in glitter. So today, I'd like to share some NON fluffy and NON glittery Valentines. The colors are pretty bold, and pretty PINK - these are probably cards for your girlfriends, and not for a man, (and particularly not for my ten year old boy. He'd probably run away making vomiting sounds if he even looked at these!) 
These cards all feature the new Handwritten Love Die & Shadow from The Stamps of Life. It's two dies, that can be used together, as seen below (the striped pattern is the shadow, and then orange part is . . .yes, you guessed it - the word.) The word can also be used on it's on, as seen on the above card. 

On the card above I used the brushstroke2stamp set and I inked the brushstroke in a few different colors of pigment ink. Then once it was dry, I diecut the sentiment from it, and adhered the panel to a white card base, so what you're seeing is the negative space from the sentiment. (If you try this, be sure to keep track of the little inside pieces of the letters - you'll need to adhere those to the card once its assembled!)

Then, on this next card, I used the love sentiment that I diecut from that last card - so you can see just barely the brushstroke texture on the sentiment. I paired it with the hearts2cut set and combined some ink colors together to match the sentiment. 
Last but not least, this is probably as clean and simple as I can do. . . .white card base. Pink strip. Diecut sentiment from white. Adhere. Done. Need to create 100 Valentines? This is the card for you. (But seriously. . .that would still be insane!)

You can find the Handwritten Love Die & Shadow in the TSOL store today! Thanks so much for coming by. . .now get started on those Valentines! xoxo

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's a Birthday Bash! {Winnie & Walter}

Hello friends! I am really excited to share a project with you today. Can I tell you a story about it first? This card was created for the March issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. I was really excited about it because I loved the card, I loved the Winnie & Walter stamps I used on it, and I was excited to showcase and promote this fantastic company in our magazine. This project took a few revamps to get it just right, so when it finally came together, I was relieved and happy to be done with it. And then. . . . (insert ominous music here) we found out that our wonderful magazine would be no more - which meant, this card, the article, the work, and the generosity of Winnie & Walter would be for naught. 

And then. . . . .(insert redemption music here) Shay and Julie from Winnie & Walter contacted me about sharing my work during their 1st Birthday Bash! Hooray! So now, without further ado, I am so pleased to share this project with you!

I used W&W's "The Big, the Bold and. . ." series to create this card. I am obsessed with these stamps. There are quite a few of them, and they all coordinate and work together to create pretty much every single sentiment you could ever need. (I am NOT exaggerating!) To make it even more fabulous, they have coordinating dies for the large words, and The Big, the Bold and Extras set has beautiful flowers and banners that coordinate. I used a giant acrylic block to lay out my sentiment just as I wanted it, and I embossed it with navy ink and clear embossing powder. It really made the sentiment POP. 

Here's a tip that works especially well with rose-type flower stamps. To create a cluster of flowers, with some variety, trim off some of the outer petals to create a rosebud or smaller flower. I used one stamp to create this cluster, but I trimmed the smaller one to add some interest. 
I am so glad that you stopped by today. If you haven't already, I hope you'll stop by and see my friends at Winnie & Walter. To celebrate their birthday, there are month long challenges (ten of them in all!) and each one of them will have a random winner of a $50 gift card! HELLLLLOOO, how amazing is that!? As if that isn't enough, there's also an opportunity to win each and every stamp set that is released by W&W during 2015. (Pick me! Pick me!) 

Here are some links you know you need:
Enter the 2015 Gigantic Giveaway
Thanks so much for coming by today! If you're visiting me for the first time, I hope you'll come by again! You can find me on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram, using the links in my sidebar. Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs January Release {Day 3}

Welcome to Day 3 of the Lil' Inker January Release Blog Hop! If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!

Today I have a few assorted Valentine cards to share with you, featuring some of the cute new products that were just released. Let's get right to it, shall we!? 

Up first. . .I'm sorry, but there's something so very cute about happy vegetables! I can hardly stand it! The new stamp set, called Perfect Pairs, is filled with all sorts of smiling pairs of foods and drinks. It's  just DARLING. These little guys were really fun and fast to color with my Touch Twin markers. 
Next up, I paired the well-loved Flags and Tags stamps and dies as a focal point, along with the brand new Quilted Swirl Stich Pattern Die. First I die cut the shape from a Rounded Rectangle die, and then I sent it through on the stitched pattern die. Such fun!
Last, but certainly not at all least. . . .these robots. Just kill me now! They are adorable! The Robot Builders stamp set has all the pieces to make your own creative robot (or many robots!) My kids are going to have an absolute BLAST creating robots with this stamp set. (I know they will. . ..because I did too!) 

Don't forget to comment during each day's hop, as a lucky winner from each day will enjoy a $15 Lil' Inker store credit! Thanks so much for coming by today, and for participating in our hop! xoxox

Here's the blog hop order:
Erin Lee Schreiner -
Laura Williams - {YOU ARE HERE!}
Lea Lawson -
Maureen Merritt -
New product I used on today's projects:

Visit the Lil' Inker Designs shop for all the latest releases!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lil' Inker January Release Blog Hop {Day 2}

Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs January 2015 release!  (If you're just starting here, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start the hop!) 
Yesterday I shared my thoughts about using a few NEW products to bring fresh life to older products. Today is another perfect example of the chemistry between products. I paired the previously released Mini Envelope Dies & Accessories, with the brand new Smooches stamp set. That kiss is just PERFECT on the envelope die! In addition, I used the Border Builders and Rounded Rectangles dies to create my background. 
Next up, I used brand new dies, and a new sentiment from another great Valentines stamp set. Love Is All You Need is a stamp set with a fun assortment of Valentine sentiments, although a few of them could be used for anniversary and wedding cards as well - love it when a product does double duty! And the Heart Banners Die Set can be used in so many fun ways!!!! I stamped this sentiment on vellum, and layered it over a slightly smaller layer of white cardstock, and then adhered it all to a black card base. 
Don't you love the stitched detailing on the heart banner!? Precious!

Remember to comment each and every day of the hop, because a winner will be drawn for each day to receive a $15 store credit! Thanks so much for coming by! I hope you're loving what you're seeing! xoxo See you tomorrow! 

Here's the blog hop order:
Erin Lee Schreiner -
Laura Williams - {YOU ARE HERE!}
Lea Lawson -
Maureen Merritt -

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs January Release {Day 1}

Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to day 1 of the Lil' Inker Designs January 2015 release!  (If you're just starting here, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start the hop!)  

Part of the fun of having new product to use, is combining it with current products - it brings new life and fresh excitement to the great crafty stash you already have. In today's case, I pulled out my much loved Thanks Word Die (seriously . . .at $5.95, you NEED this in your stash. I use it CONSTANTLY.) I used it with the brand new Cover Up Die: Center Point Chevron. I might be seriously obsessed with this die. To create today's cards, I just die cut a bunch of pieces, and then created a few coordinating cards with them. 
On this first card, I die cut the chevron Cover Up die from neon pink cardstock. I adhered it to a white piece of cardstock, and then matted the whole thing on black. Then, I simply added my die cut sentiment. (Note, that this die is the full "normal" card size of 4.25x5.5, so adding the black matting made my card slightly larger. I'll have to use a slightly larger envelope to mail this card.) 

On the next card, I die cut the Cover Up die from black cardstock and adhered it to a white card base. Then I added some of the negative pieces cut from my pink card.  I also used the Stitched Mats: Long and Skinny Rectanglesdie cut from vellum. I attached it with staples on either side, and adhered the sentiment, which was cut from silver cardstock. 

This is day 1 of our three day new release blog hop! Each day a winner will be chosen from the comments to receive $15 in Lil' Inker store credit, so be sure to comment and visit each day for new inspiration, plus another chance to WIN! Thank you so much for stopping by! xoxo

Here's the blog hop order:
Erin Lee Schreiner -
Laura Williams - {YOU ARE HERE!}
Lea Lawson -
Lisa Henke -
Maureen Merritt -

New products I used on todays cards:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Thank You For Being Fantastic {Technique Tuesday and Seasons Givings hop winner}

Oh my gosh you guys, how FUN was the Seasons Givings blog hop?! Seriously, it was such fun to see all the visitors that came by. Thank you, and WELCOME, if you're a new follower to my blog, Instagram, or Facebook page - I definitely found some new friends this week, and I'm so happy you're here!

Also, congratulations to Becca Cruger; she's the random winner of my giveaway! Woohooo!

Today I have a card to share with you - I did this quite a while ago, and it's been sitting in my folder of projects to share! And you all ARE fantastic, and I DO thank you - so it's pretty perfect for today.

Here's how I created this: First, I embossed the sentiment and stars with white embossing powder, on a white card base. Then I scribbled Gelatos on a sheet of acetate. (Anything slick and non-porous will do - even some leftover plastic packaging or a Ziplock bag) I tried to color an area roughly the size of my card base (you'll understand why, in a minute!) Then, I spritzed the acetate with water, causing the Gelatos to blend and become more like watercolor and less like crayon. Then I just laid the card facedown on top of the Gelato goodness, and pressed it down. After lifting it up, it's easy to set it back down again if it needs more color. This is a fun project, because you can do it 100 times, and it will never be exactly the same!

For more Gelato goodness, check out another post and tutorial that I created using Gelatos! (On this project, I stamped with them!) I hope you'll check it out!

I'm looking forward to the fresh start of January, and finding a routine again. Some of us that worked with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine are still trying to find our way towards a new normal. Now that the holiday hustle and bustle is over, I'm going to start finding that new normal in my crafty life - I hope you'll stick around with me, and see what's next! The year is fresh with possibilities! Thanks so much for coming by! xoxo

Supplies I used: (affiliate links)
Faber-Castell Tropical Color Gelatos
Faber-Castell 50's Diner Gelatos
stamps - Technique Tuesday (I think this set may have been discontinued!)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

{Seasons Givings Blog Hop}

Hello, friends! 
Welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! This has become a fun tradition in the paper crafting community, as a way to say THANK YOU. I'm so thankful for my blog readers, crafty friends, manufacturers, publishers, designers, and all those who have made my crafty life so beautiful!

What would a blog post be without a project? I have a doozy for you today. This card was slated for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine's Card Creations, Vol. 13. As you may know, this issue isn't happening, as Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking has ceased publication. The good news though - it's the PERFECTO card for today! HAPPY NEW YEAR! (project details/supplies are below)

But first, my giveaway . . .
There are two copies of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking special issues, brand new as well as just-barely used stamps, dies, (from Simon Says Stamp, Close To My Heart, Hero Arts, Unity, and Avery Elle) and some pocket scrapbooking cards from Close To My Heart! 

Please comment by Monday, January 5th at 8am EST and include an email address or blog addy so I can contact you! GIVEAWAY IS OVER, thanks for participating - CONGRATS BECCA CRUGER!!!! :)

Notes: If you don't have a manual die-cutting machine, I'll substitute some other goodies in place of the dies! I am only shipping within the US. (I'm sorry sweet, distant friends!) 

Project details:
I created this project on a clear card base. I punched circles from Stampin' Up gold cardstock, and adhered them one by one. (Yes, it took forever.) I die cut "happy" twice, using Avery Elle's Simple Said: Happy die and layered it onto vellum. The stamp is from Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold, and the Happy stamp set. 

I'm so appreciative that you stopped by today! Don't forget to comment for a chance to win my giveaway, and if you'd like to see what I'm up to in 2015, feel free to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And here's the whole list of participants from start to finish! Each and every one has a giveaway to share!

Laura Williams {you are here!}