Monday, October 20, 2014

Winner, winner, and a book worm! {Echo Park}

Hey friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that Ruth won the copy of Cool Tools Vol. 2! Woohooo! Congratulations Ruth! Get me your address, and I will pop it in the mail! Thanks to everyone who participated!

And I surely don't want to leave you without a card today. . . .
I created this with bits and pieces from Echo Park's Paper and Glue collection. I've used pretty much every little bit of this paper pack, and my kids helped me finish up the sticker sheet! So much goodness! 

Lots going on in the next two weeks, on the blog and in LIFE. Fall festivals galore, and some fun surprises around here are coming up! Eeek! Can't wait! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cool Tools Vol. 2 {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

Hello friends! Have you stopped by the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog this week? We're sharing the scoop on our newest special issue, which is on newsstands NOW! It's Cool Tools Vol. 2! I have a few cards in this issue, so I thought I'd share one of them with you. . .
I used Sizzix Banner Framelits to create these triangles. I die cut banners, and then die cut the center out with the smallest die. Then I layered the triangles into a fun pattern. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, and the gold stripe of Stampin' Up gold paper was a fun finishing touch. 

Cool Tools Vol. 2 is all about inspiring you to use your tools. Those decorative scissors, and crimper at the bottom of your drawer? Yeah - it can totally do cool stuff. You'll find ideas for die-cutting machines, punches, scoring boards, stencils, and so much more. You can find it on newsstands where you buy crafty magazines, or you can pick it up in the Scrap & Paper Shop - in print form, or as an instant download! (Love that instant gratification, don't you!?) 

But before you go. . . . .I happen to have an extra copy of Cool Tools Vol. 2. I wonder what I should do with it??????? Maybe - just maybe, I should share it with one of my lovely crafty friends!? Leave a comment, and tell me about one of your most neglected crafty tools. I'll choose a winner on Monday, October 20th to win a copy of this issue, plus whatever other goodies I can fit in the envelope! :) GIVEAWAY IS OVER. THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!

Supplies: (affiliate links)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

weddings and babies, oh my! {The Stamps of Life}

Hello, my friends! Today I thought I'd share a few cards with you, if thats ok. (After all, it's kinda what I do around here.) :) Both of today's cards feature The Stamps of Life, by Stephanie Barnard. I've been working with Stephanie and The Stamps of Life since just after they opened. I had just had a baby, and adding a design team to my life sounded ridiculous. . . .but I couldn't resist. And I'm so glad I didn't! My love for TSOL just keeps growing, so today I have two cards to show you.

The first, features the wedding2celebrate stamp set. I used white pigment ink and stamped on chalkboard paper (I'm pretty sure it's from Echo Park's Capture This Black and White.) The circle pattern paper is Teresa Collins Something Wonderful.

This next card features The Stamps of Life set called morechalksayings2stamp. There are two of these chalk sayings stamp sets so far, and I just adore them both. Chalkboard art continues to be really trendy, and the coordinating banner dies are a lot of fun too! (You can find the original chalksayings2stamp  on the TSOL website as well.)

I just gave this card to a sweet friend of mine who is about to give birth to her second child. I thought it was perfect, because those final days are so exciting, nerve-racking, beautiful, and stressful - all rolled into one! This patterned paper is also from the Something Wonderful collection. . . .fun fact? Teresa Collins herself, handed me this paper pack, when I was in Utah for the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine editorial board meetings. We visited the building that My Mind's Eye, Teresa Collins, and Hazel & Ruby share. (I'll admit. . . I was a little star-struck!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you're able to enjoy every moment of this beautiful day!

If you love these chalk sayings stamps, check out my post featuring chalksayings2stamp.
For more wedding inspiration, check out my post featuring wedding2celebrate

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Frightful and Delightful {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

Hey there friends! I'm sharing some frightful and delightful Halloween inspiration over on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine blog today! And as I promised over there, here are a few addition photos, plus all the supplies I used. If you haven't stopped over there yet, I'd love for you to come by and read about how I inspired myself and jazzed up my creativity - without even a trip to Pinterest! (I wasn't sure it was possible!)

SUPPLIES: (some affiliate links included)
-Gift bags - Target Dollar Spot (part of the Halloween goodies!)
-Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment black chevron, gray hexagon print paper (I love this paper. Each color is paired with white and a pattern on one side, and solid colored with shiny texture on the other side. They're so versatile!)
-Close To My Heart Scaredy Cat paper pack 
-Winnie & Walter Moonlight stamp set (all stamps used are from this great set!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Best Day Ever {Happy World Card Making Day}

Happy World Card Making Day!!! A day to make cards. . .wait - isn't that EVERY day? (Well, some of us wish it could be!) A day to celebrate making cards. . .well, sure! Why not!? 

I'll be honest - I'm not entirely sure how or when or where this whole World Card Making Day (WCMD) thing came about - but hey, we're crafty, and we love to celebrate. So let's do this thing!

Today I'm honored to have a card posted over at the Moxie Fab World. Teri has some fab projects from different designers, which will be posting THROUGHOUT the day! How fun is that!? So keep on checking back over there, for fun all day long! And while you're at it, keep checking in at the Paper Crafts magazine blog too, because there will be multiple posts, giveaways, and crazy inspiration all day long! 

Here's a peek of the card I'm sharing at Moxie Fab World. . . 
And now, a coordinating project. I used Close To My Heart's Picture My Life -Laughing Lola Collection on both of these projects. This collection kind of made me embrace purple. . .if you've been reading this blog for a while, you may remember we've discussed my general dislike of PURPLE. (Perhaps 12 years in schools with PURPLE as the school color could be the reason!) At any rate - the purples are really kind of nice in this collection, and I can sort of do purple without throwing up now. As long as it's paired with a fabulous aqua and gold! 

On this card, I started with a journaling card. To tuck the extra papers in, I used an exacto knife and trimmed around the first page, and then inserted the others behind. It added a fun little touch of dimension to it. Then I matted the journaling block, and adhered it to the larger size journaling card. (Then I stuck the whole thing on a card base.) Fun stuff!!! 

My cute mommy is a Close to My Heart consultant, and she supplies much of my CTMH stash. She's pretty spectacular, and if you're looking to do some shopping, my links will take you to her website! Find all the Picture My Life goodies from Close To My Heart here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by on this lovely World Card Making Day! I'd love to know what you're creating this weekend! Share your links/comments with me and I'll stop by and visit YOUR blog or gallery too! And remember to share on social media with hashtag #wcmd2014 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Introducing snowman2build {The Stamps of Life}

It's October! I have come to realize something about October. 
I love it more than December.
Is that wrong? :)
October is all about anticipation - anticipation of cooler weather (because here in Florida, we're still waiting,) anticipation of all the fun fall and winter activities, holidays, and events. Certainly, there are fun things to do in the spring and summer. . . but not like THIS time of year. Pumpkins. Fall festivals. Cool weather. Scarves. Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin butter. Applesauce. Pumpkin pie. Hmm, I seem to have gotten carried away on the pumpkiny delicious aspect of fall. 

At any rate, I love it, so I am SUPER happy that it's HERE. Now I'll desperately try to hold on to each fun and fabulous day of it. 

Speaking of anticipating winter. . . .there are some fun WINTERY new stamps that were just released at The Stamps of Life. Say hello to my snowy friend, snowman2build. This stamp set and dies are really fun to mix and match and personalize your own snowman. Would you like to see what I created? 

 I have to head out to get my mister man from school, so I better cut this short! (I'm confident that he won't consider "Sorry honey, I was writing a blog post" a valid reason for picking him up late!) Have a fabulous day, and be sure to scoot by The Stamps of Life gallery to see the design team's creations using snowman2build! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Friday, September 26, 2014

Going Home {Technique Tuesday}

A few days ago, I shared with you about Technique Tuesday's monthly auto-ship program for stamps and dies. Today's card is featuring the August Fresh Cut Studio dies - I love that the stamps and dies are still available for purchase once the month is up, or if you haven't joined the auto-ship program. (Although I'm all about good deals, and it's a great deal to sign up for auto-ship!)

Okay, so today's card features Going Places dies - how absolutely ADORABLE are these little travel bits and pieces?! airplanes, cameras, suitcases!? ACK! I started die cutting them and I just couldn't stop, so I made a little collage of sorts inside the story card die. If you haven't used a Technique Tuesday card die, check out this page of card die inspiration . . .seriously, everyone one of the projects makes me want to sit down and craft.  But I'm getting distracted - on this card I used the Cool Tab Card and the word "home" is from the Home Circle Card die set.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I've been playing with! Have a super day!

Products I used:
Technique Tuesday Going Places dies
Technique Tuesday Cool Tab Card die
Technique Tuesday Home Circle Card die
Technique Tuesday Going Places stamps

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October Mini Cards on GTG Designer Challenge Day! {Winnie & Walter}

Hello friends! It's Go-to Gal Designer Challenge day, and today the GTGs are sharing our love of Winnie & Walter. This is one of my favorite new stamp companies. Their clear stamps are made in the USA (and that means they're great quality!) I've been crafting up a storm with their new set, called Moonlight. It's a 6x8 stamp set, with FOURTY FOUR stamps. Seriously - you can craft your Halloween FACE off with this set.
Today I'd like to share five mini 3x3 cards that I made, showing off the versatility of this set. I thought about some of the most common card making styles, as well as some Halloween themes and created a card for each. I've got a card for just about everyone, even a non-Halloween card! So let's get to it, before you get bored! 

This first mini card is my spoooooooky card. My boys love this one!

Next up, we'll call this "classy and elegant" - is that possible on a Halloween card? That spiderweb border is REALLY cool, isn't it?

And this, I'll admit is my favorite - the cute and fun mini card.

Next on the list, clean and graphic. Simple stamping and bold black and white.

And last but definitely not least - for autumn, a non-Halloween card. I stamped and masked the pumpkins and then watercolored over them. So simple, and so lovely!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Go and visit my Go-to girlies, and see what they've created for today! I can't wait to bop around and check them out too! And then stop by and visit Winnie & Walter. You can check out their website, their blog, and their Facebook page to stay up to date with this fab company!

And now. . . .GO!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Picture Perfect {Technique Tuesday}

Hello friends! What's new? I'm here with a clean and simple card, for you today! Although I love (and collect) patterned paper, there's just something about clean white cardstock that always brings me back. For today's card, I used new Technique Tuesday stamps and dies. They are part of TT's new Fresh Cut Studio and Memory Keepers Studio.  Both are new monthly auto-ship programs which offer great discounts for coordinating stamps and dies. You can also purchase them individually in the Technique Tuesday store, even if you don't want to join the club. 

So this month's stamps and dies are called Picture Perfect. This set is fresh and fun - and most important, USABLE. Do you ever see products that look really cool, but then you don't really know what the heck to DO with them? Yeah - me too. So I really dig these stamps and dies, because they offer a ton of possibilities, and they inspire my creativity instead of bogging me down.

Okay so now let's talk about my card. I die cut the frame and the hearts to create a 3D piece of artwork. I folded up the hearts a little, and used a tiny liquid adhesive on the folded centers to attach them. Then I stamped the hanger and sentiment. Clean and simple! White cardstock! It makes me happy. Thanks so much for visiting today. You make me as happy as white cardstock makes me! (And that's REALLY saying something!) xoxo

Products I used:
Picture Perfect stamps and dies - Technique Tuesday

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ornaments4Christmas {The Stamps of Life}

Hello friends! No matter the season, it seems I always have a Christmas card to share. By now though, it's becoming reasonable to start thinking about them. Can you believe Costco already has a whole aisle of Christmas decor and supplies?! Seriously - it's right next to the Halloween costumes. {Insert eye roll here.} It used to appear on store shelves the day after Halloween. . . but now, apparently September is appropriate. But I digress - 

ornaments4Christmas and moreornaments4Christmas are two new stamp sets from The Stamps of Life. I loved making fun Christmas ornaments with this stamp set, and its coordinating dies. I especially love die cutting the little ornament hanger from metallic cardstock. It looks so snazzy! 

I love the way the bold colors came together on this For You card. Colors make or break a Christmas card, in my opinion!

I chose some more fun colors for this next card. I cut the ornament from felt so that in theory, you could make this card, and the ornament could be removable, and placed on the recipient's tree! Fun, huh!? 

And last but not least - on this card I used a kraft and gold color combination. I like the contrast between the rustic and the glitzy look on this. It's just sort of unexpected. To add a finishing touch, I added some little clear dots with Tsukineko's new Irresistibles Pico Embellisher. I used the clear one, which I think is my favorite, but it comes in an array of colors too. You can draw or doodle with it, and the clear adds just a fun subtle touch. You can also get this same effect with a dimensional glaze, like Close To My Heart's Liquid Glass. 
There are lots of fabulous cards in the TSOL gallery for ornaments4Christmas - stop by and see them! Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend! xoxo