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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nautical Baby Shower {featuring Paper Smooches, Sizzix and Carta Bella}

I am finally here to share all the details and tidbits of the nautical baby shower that I recently decorated for. WARNING: This post is photo heavy, link heavy, and info heavy! Hang in there!

My sweet friend Sara is having a baby boy in just a few short weeks, and some of her friends got together to host a shower. My job was to decorate and to bake cupcakes, and I had a blast doing both! I have a ton of pictures to share with you, and lots of great links and ideas that I collected along the way.

The Ahoy There collection from Carta Bella, is what jumpstarted this whole theme. I just love the colors, (you might know how I love a pop of AQUA) and I thought the theme would be perfect for a baby boy shower. I like that it all came together in a very non-baby way though - these decorations and theme could have been made for a birthday party, or any occasion really, so don't be scared away by the word BABY!)

The first project I started was the banner. I created a banner for my friend Sara's first child, and it hangs above her bedroom door. So now, the new little mister will have a banner to hang above his room too. Now that his name has been chosen, I'm going to add his name onto the banner and get it ready to welcome him home! Banners are one of the first party decorations I start, because the Sizzix Banner Framelits dies make it so easy and fun. I love to layer them and combine patterns and colors. I added pinwheels and anchors to the banner for fun details.

The next project I created was a framed piece of art to serve as the centerpiece. I created the text in a word processing document, printed it on cardstock and then added patterned paper matting, and stickers to embellish it. I put it in a simple IKEA frame. It reads "Mightier than the waves of the sea is His great love for you." Many people attribute this as a Bible verse, but it's a pretty (extremely) loose translation from what I can find, so I left off the verse number. 
Now, onward to the cupcakes. This recipe is my very favorite. It's absolutely delicious, and although it starts as a cake mix, you'd never know it! They're called Wedding Cake Cupcakes - and thats truly what they taste like! To decorate the cupcakes, I stamped and die cut fun little embellishments and adhered them to toothpicks.

I turned again and again to my Paper Smooches stamps and dies for all of the projects here. The stamp set Wicked Nauticool and the coordinating dies made these projects so fun to create! I also used a stamp or two from Lawn Fawn's Float My Boat set. 

For the party favors, I followed some great tutorials (you can find them on my Pinterest board) to create paper boats. They turned out really cute, although some of them didn't want to stay standing up! I created sails from the Sizzix Banner Framelits, and adhered them to skewers. After forming the boats from kraft paper, I poked the skewer and sail through each boat. Then we filled the boats with Lifesavers candies, for the guests. They also doubled as cute decorations scattered around. 
And finally, as a gift to the lovely mama, I created a coordinated 6x6 scrapbook with the leftover papers I had. I simply cut papers and cardstock into 6x6 blocks, added some simple layers and embellishments, punched holes and threaded twine through. Usually when I create these fun little books, I use metal book rings, but I didn't have any, and I love the way the twine looks. Sometimes they are a little tight to open and close at first, but they loosen up over time. 

Also as part of the gift I created, I made coordinating thank you cards - because hey, what's one MORE project??? I tried to keep it as simple. . . and I love the way they turned out! Paper Smooches anchor die, banner dies, and sentiment dies made it pretty fun to just mix and match. I ended up with a few different combinations. . .these were my two favorites! 

So I think those are the highlights. I always love decorating for parties, but I must admit, I'm always happy when they're over! Sometimes my brain just can't stop thinking about new ideas and projects, and I tend to overwhelm myself! The weekend after this shower, we hosted my five-year-olds Sharks and Fishies party. I'll be working on that blog post next!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products I used:
Carta Bella Ahoy There 12x12 Collection Kit
Sizzix Banner Framelits dies and scalloped dies
The Cat's Pajamas pinwheel die
Paper Smooches anchor die
Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool clear stamps and dies
Lawn Fawn Float My Boat clear stamps
Paper Smooches Banners Dies
Paper Smooches Thanks Die
Paper Smooches Quote Tag (with sentiments)

PS You can find all the things that inspired me on my Pinterest board, Party: Nautical Baby Shower. Many of the products I used are also linked there, as well as products that might be perfect for YOUR next party!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mister Man card and tag ensemble {Technique Tuesday}

Hello friends! I have two new projects to share with you today, featuring the Mister Man clear stamp set, from Technique Tuesday. I created this card, and coordinating gift tag using Fancy Pants Park Bench papers. 

I enjoyed paper-piecing these ties from coordinating papers. It was fun choosing patterns that would look cool on ties. And the shapes are super easy to trim, so I created this in no time. This was one of those projects that came together easily, because I was using a 6x6 pad and 4x6 Brag Pad of Fancy Pants papers - so everything coordinates perfectly! Sometimes I like combining up different papers from different collections, but not today! 
Creating the tag was just a fun additional project, since I had all these great supplies out! This will be a fun ensemble for a fabulous mister's birthday or special occasion. And I ALWAYS need masculine projects! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Life has continued to be CRAZY busy even with some mornings free, while my kiddos are both in school this year. Last weekend, was littlest man's 5th birthday Sharks and Fishies party, and I have some pictures and projects to share. The week before that, I decorated for a nautical baby shower, and I have tons of pictures to share from that too. I promise. . . .party posts are coming in the next week! xoxo

Find lots more Technique Tuesday stamps at Simon Says Stamp, and 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Go-to Gal Designer Challenge {Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts}

Good day, sweet crafty friends!It's Go-to Gal Designer Challenge day! This is a just-for-fun challenge that the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine Go-to Gals toss out to each other, using some of our favorite products. This month we are playing with Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts products. If you hoard ink, then you probably have some of their great products in your stash. Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts makes VersaMagic, VersaFine, Memento and StazOn . . .just to name a FEW! I'll be honest, I had never really used a chalk ink until Tsukineko came into my life! And I've never crafted the same again! :)

For today's project, I had some brand new Stampin' Up stamps looking adoringly at me (Fall Fest and For All Things), just begging to be inked up. It still feels quite far from autumn around here, so I thought I'd do something different, and use some not-quite traditional colors on my pumpkins. I used Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts' VersaMagic inks in Pixie Dust, Pink Grapefruit, Mango Madness, plus Key Lime for the leaves and stems. The small Dew Drop sized ink pads are perfect for a project like this, because I was able to ink up the stamps with two colors, to create my green stems, all in one step. 

I paired my sweet pumpkins with Avery Elle woodgrain cardstock. (We discussed this in my last blog post. . .and here it is again, because I'm telling you - I LOVE this cardstock!) I also added my favorite May Arts twine, plus a wood embellishment from Close To My Heart. 

So, here's my not-quite-ready-for-fall, fall card. I am excited to see what the other Go-to Gals are up to, with their Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts products. They aren't just YOUR Go-to Gals. . .they are MINE too, and I am seriously turning to them for help, inspiration, and chit chat EVERY day. They're the best. So go see them, and give my Gals some love! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Holiday Cards & More winner! {plus a Reminisce Christmas card!}

Just a quick pop in to announce the winner of the copy of Holiday Cards & More! Chriss Blagrave, from Botanical Cafe is my random winner! Hooray and congrats Chriss!! Thanks so much to everyone for participating, and if you have a minute, stop on over to see Chriss' blog -she has beautiful artwork to inspire you!

And I can't leave without sharing a project, so here's a Christmas card I created using Reminisce's Chalkboard Christmas paper.  It's so easy and fun to create a chalkboard inspired project with this paper. I just trimmed it, and I created the frame using strips of Avery Elle's woodgrain cardstock. I seriously am smitten with this cardstock. I hoard every last little scrap, because it's always perfect for something. The texture is fantastic. I just cut four strips of it, overlapped them around the chalkboard panel, and rounded the corners. I added a little sprig of holly at the top, with some twine.
That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas? {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

I'm on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine blog today, welcoming a new issue! Holiday Cards & More, Volume 9 is a print issue, on newsstands now, and it is full of holiday inspiration! If you didn't come from there, please pop on over to the blog and visit! I've shared some lovely holiday tags and then I created my own non-holiday tags from that inspiration - just to prove that this is a pretty must-have issue, even if you aren't quite ready for winter crafting!

And I have one little holiday project for you here today, PLUS a chance to win. . . .read on, my crafty friends!

I created this card with some sweet products from the Timbergrove Collection by Fancy Pants Designs. The burlap bow, also from Fancy Pants, is such a great product. It comes just like you see it, already shaped and ready to stick on a project. I love the way it brought this whole card together. I am work on my layering skills - putting product together, and actually USING all of the stickers, tags, and fun embellishments I have so this card was good practice!

And now, because we are celebrating a new magazine, in addition to the copy I'm giving away on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog, I have one more issue to give away here! So, leave a comment - I'd love to know: Do you create Christmas/holiday cards? If so, how early you start working on them? I'll draw one random commenter to win Holiday Cards & More, on Saturday August 23rd! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Card supplies:
Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove Small Decorative Tags
Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove Patterned Photo Frames
Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove 12x12 Paper Kit
Fancy Pants Designs Artist Edition Collection Burlap Bow

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Fond Farewell

Today's card was created with someone very special in mind. It's the lovely Betsy Veldman. I completely love this woman. She is kind-hearted, and her creativity always inspires me. Her good humor and laughter is contagious, and she is just a really fun person to be with. Her artwork is gorgeous, and her attention to detail is impeccable.

I created this card based on one of my favorite recent blog posts that Betsy shared at the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog. It's all about the trendiness of bright colors, with a pop of black and white. I really love bright colors, with black and white, so I was completely inspired!

Betsy has decided it's time to move on from the Go-to Gals and her position at the magazine, so the 6 of us decided to give her a Bon Voyage blog hop, to share our love.  We'll miss her in a major way. It's silly how much I'll miss her - she lives in Iowa, and I live in Florida. It's not like we meet up for coffee every week. She is just as easy to text, email, and chat with as she's always been. I have to keep reminding myself of this, because somehow she feels like she'll be farther away. {I love you Betsy!!!!}

Will you stop by and visit all the Go-to Gal blogs today, and check out our Betsy-inspired cards? And then stop by and see Betsy too, and give her some love!

    Want to know more about today's card? I used some brand new and well-loved Technique Tuesday products. The new Cool Tab Card die is going to be a great die in my stash. The Story Card dies are great for journaling cards, and scrapbooking projects, but they are just as terrific for card bases too. I also used a brand new sentiment, from the You're So Sweet stamp set. It's a mini set, and it has four beautiful, and practical sentiments! The poppies are from Poppy Sentiments, which has great flowers for paper-piecing and coloring, plus really usable but unique sentiments.

     Card supplies:
     Technique Tuesday stamps and dies-
     Fancy Pants Designs Park Bench patterned paper

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! My kids head off to school next week, and I have big plans for getting my life organized and getting some work done! (We'll see how that goes!) Have a great weekend! xoxo