Monday, October 23, 2017

Merry Monday #262 Thank you for the gift!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We had Fall Break so the kids were home from school which meant we had some fun and rested some as well! Days off are always welcome here and there to recharge our batteries! I have a very simple card this week for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge! You can check it out HERE as well as see the other designer's cards!
Linda is asking us to add a gift to our Christmas cards this week! This photo actually inspired me to make my entire card front as my "gift". I was also thrilled to use this vintage Christmas wrap pattern paper that my sister gave to me last year. I thought the kittens with the gifts were absolutely perfect as well!

For being a simple card, I really did struggle with it. I wanted that cat to be front and center, but then it meant the tag would be in front of the cat. I messed with the ribbon more times than I wanted to admit, but in the end, put it back where I had it originally and just let the tag hang down a bit more.



I thought it would be fitting to use the "thank you for the gift" sentiment on my "gift wrap" card. It is from the Painted Poinsettia stamp set, which I have yet to use the actual poinsettia image. I have made a lot of Christmas cards this year, so I thought it would be nice to make a few thank you cards as well. I actually don't want to make too many of those either, because that is what I do AFTER Christmas when I'm feeling sad about putting everything away! LOL!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Color Throwdown #465 Boo To You!

I needed a few Halloween cards to mail out this week and I couldn't help but use the current Color Throwdown Challenge as my inspiration! The photo is amazing as well and another major inspiration! I had so much fun putting these two cards together!

To begin, I sponged some Seedless Preserves and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink onto two 4 by 5 1/4 inch white card fronts. After it was inked to my liking, I spritzed it HEAVILY with some Shimmer Spray. While those were drying, I die cut some black cardstock using the To the Point Edger Dies to mimic the look of a spooky hill. I thought it turned out great!

I adhered the black piece to the dry sponged card front using foam squares for some dimension. I also die cut two moons using a circle die from Spellbinders, two fences and trees using the Tiny Town: Spooky Yard Dies

I stamped and colored the cute little ghost and hat using the Spooky Smiles stamp set! I just love this set! After everything was colored, I die cut them using the coordinating Die Cuts

I really should have thought about the sentiment a little bit better as I was building my scene, but in the end, the "boo to you" sentiment looked great directly embossed onto the hill. I used the Nuvo shimmering pearl embossing powder, which turned out perfect for this card! I had so much fun putting these together and I can't wait to pop them in the mail! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Hello Fall" Spiced Cider Boxes

Before I begin, I just want to say thank you for all of the super sweet comments you left me during the SugarPea Designs Holiday Release! You definitely know how to make a girl feel loved! Thank you! Thank you! On that note, I've been sharing a lot of holiday designs lately, so I decided to switch gears and show you what I have been working on the last few days. I fell in love with this adorable Autumn Scarecrow stamp set when it was released back in August, but I just ordered it and couldn't wait to create something festive to give to my boys' teachers. I've revisited my old classic cider box, which I haven't made in a few years. I actually looked to see if I had a tutorial for it here, but I guess I never posted one. If you are interested, I will post one as well as the tag box from my previous post. 
I actually ended up by making 4 identical boxes. Each one has 4 packets of spiced cider inside for a fun, Fall treat! To begin, I cut all of the pieces that I would need for each box using the AutumnScarecrow Diecuts. I colored them with Copic and Prismacolor markers and then paper pieced the scarecrow's jacket using some plaid paper from Authentique that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The paper for the outside of the boxes is also from there. I used a portion of the paper that looked a little bit more "worn" than the other sections so that the jackets would look a little more realistic. I just love how they turned out! 

I attached the ribbon on the sides of the boxes using ScorTape and then hot glued some coordinating buttons on the side for added stability. 




I love how you can add jack-o-lantern faces to the pumpkins or leave them plain. I couldn't resist adding these smiles to the pumpkins! Heather always blows me away with her fabulously styled sentiments. I know that Fall has been in full swing for about a month now, but hey, it's never too late to say a proper "hello"! LOL!

I adhered all of the die cut pieces to the oval backdrop. In order for the boxes to open, I added just a few foam squares to the top of the oval and added them to the front flap of the box. I always used self-adhesive velcro dots as closures for these types of boxes. I'll be sharing some Halloween projects this coming week as well, because it's one of my favorites and I'm feeling like I have neglected it! Ha ha!

Friday, October 20, 2017

SugarPea Designs Release Week: Christmas Tag Greetings and Tinsel in a Tangle

Welcome to the final day of the SugarPea Designs Holiday Release! I have had so much fun sharing all of the new products that will be available! Today I have a lot to share with you, so let's get started!!!

The team is showcasing a few new sets today, the first one that I will be sharing with you is the new Christmas Tag Greetings (link below). I knew that I would FOR SURE be making a traditional tag set with the images as well as the coordinating tag die, but my mind also couldn't stop thinking how cute a quilted card would be using these amazing new six pointed snowflakes. This card was super fast and easy to put together, just like a quilt block, which is another passion of mine! 
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For my next project, I thought it would be fun to use all of the images from the Christmas Tag Greetings set to create a little hostess gift. Wouldn't it be fun to give this to your Thanksgiving host/hostess? Or to the hostess of an early holiday party? 
To begin, I die cut 9 Snowflake Tags using 3 of each color; red, white and Kraft. I used the same stamping recipe for each tag; stripes at the top, trees at the bottom, gold embossed stars in the middle and of course Santa's sleigh across the top. This is an easy thing to do when you are mass producing cards or tags.

After I had stamped all of the tags, I got to work stamping each of the cute sayings included in the set. I cut a swallow tail from each side and attached it to the tags using foam squares. There are 6 fun sentiments included, so for the last 3, I just used the snowflakes as embellishments.
The box measurements were made after I made all of the tags. I wanted to make sure the box would be deep enough and narrow enough so that the finished tags would be visible through the die cut window. The sentiment that I used on the tag on the outside of the box is from the previously showcased set called Eskimo Kisses

I threaded each tag with black baker's twine as well as a cute red jingle bell. They usually have them every year at the Dollar Tree and I pick them up as soon as I see them. They make great additions to tags and gifts!

Here is a closeup of one of the tags and the super cute sentiment. As you can see, I needed to change up the color schemes depending on what color of cardstock I was working with, but I still kept everything cohesive with the layout.

The tags without the sentiments have a large snowflake in the center as well as a little sequin attached to the center. If you are interested in a pattern and tutorial for the box, just leave me a comment letting me know. 




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My next card uses the new Tinsel in a Tangle stamp set. I thought a peppermint twist look would be fun to make. I am also giving you a super early sneak peek on this fabulous edger die as well. My mind is already thinking up oodles of ideas using it!

To begin, I colored the penguin and ice cube image using Copic and Prismacolor markers and then used the coordinating Sugar Cut (link below). The white panel is cut and then sponged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and a few of the coordinating snowflake images stamped here and there using the same ink. The sentiment, which is included, is heat embossed using silver powder onto a strip of red paper. The entire focal image is adhered to a white card base with two strips of red Spots and Stripes pattern paper to really enhance the peppermint feel!
Thanks for fluttering by! You can stop by the rest of the team's blogs for more amazing projects that highlight these fabulous new sets!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

SugarPea Designs Holiday Release: Mugs and Kisses

Welcome to day 4 of the SugarPea Designs Holiday release! I was going to start by saying that this is one of my favorite sets of the entire release, but I think I have said that EVERYDAY this week! Ha Ha! I'm probably starting to lose my credibility! But, in all seriousness, this is definitely at the top of my list. I have so many projects lined up in my mind to make! 
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How adorable are ALL of the images included in Mugs and Kisses? I just love all of the possibilities with this set!


I used the coordinating Mugs and Kisses Sugar Cuts on both of my cards today! They make creating darling little scenes so much easier!


To begin, I started with a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of pink paper that I ran through my paper crimper. I had used it on the first card I shared at the top, and I wanted to try an entire background using it on this design. I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray and set it aside to dry. In the meantime, I got to work coloring all of the cute little images that I have used on this card. I used an assortment of Prismacolor and Copic markers. One of the funnest details on these two cards, is the whipped cream detail I added to the top of the cups. I used white liquid applique that I have had for YEARS and I was so happy it still worked! All you do is add it to your design (it's like a glue pen) and then heat it up with an embossing gun and watch it puff! It is so fun! I generally have used it for snowy details, but it was PERFECT for the whipped cream!


The "hot cocoa" sentiment is heat embossed using silver detail powder onto a strip of white card stock. I then stitched it down to the side of the card front using my sewing machine and white thread. I just love little details like that.

 I thought it would be fun to include the previously released YOU Sugar Cut. I chose to stack it four times using gray paper and then adding some Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the top as well as some chunky glitter. It is an effect I have been using lately that I just love. You can see it HERE and HERE. I used it on balloons and letters on those two projects, but since I was using the donut image, I thought it would be fun to sprinkle it from the top rather than the bottom like I did on the other projects. I just love the sugary sweetness it adds to the letters as well as the cute little donut.


This is the first card that I made with this new set and I chose to use a layout that I have used before that you can see HERE. I'm also giving you a super early sneak peek of a new edger Sugar Cut that will be released in the months to come.  Whenever I think of hot cocoa/coffee cups like this sweet image, I think of the corrugated wrapper that goes around them so you don't burn your hands. I thought it would be fun to use my paper crimper to try and achieve the same effect for a detail on my card. 

I kept my color palette bright and cheery and cohesive with many of the other designs I have created for this week's release.  
I heat embossed this sentiment as well and added in some snowflakes that you will see in tomorrow's post! I have some super fun projects using those as well! I used the same liquid applique technique here as well. Thanks for fluttering by!

You can stop by the rest of the team's blogs for more amazing projects that highlight these fabulous new sets!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SugarPea Designs Release Week: Flurry of Warm Wishes & Pinecone Greetings


Welcome back to Day 3 of the SugarPea Designs Holiday Release! Today boasts two of my very favorite of the release! I know that I will be using both of these sets again and again! First up is a new set called Pinecone Greetings that I just adore! My mind is still reeling with all of the many possibilities that this set holds, but I just haven't had time to experiment as much as I'd like. So, I guess what I am trying to say is, watch out! LOL! I love that it also has a coordinating Sugar Cut
For this card, I heat embossed the large pine bough image using Nuvo Glitter embossing powder and then ink blended around each branch using distress ink. Once they were all blended, I used the coordinating Pinecone Greetings Sugar Cuts to cut them out. I arranged the branches into a wreath by stacking them on top of each other for a full wreath. The card front is a piece of stone colored cardstock that has been spritzed with Shimmer Spray. Once that was done, I got to work on the pinecones. I really love that they are a two step stamp for realistic detail. I diecut them as well and arranged a cluster around the wreath. The sentiment is heat embossed using white powder onto red paper and then adhered to the center of the wreath. I also added some white Nuvo drops around the wreath for some added detail.

My second card, using the new Flurry of Warm Wishes, was so much fun to make, or should I say "snow" much fun? LOL! As you can see, emboss resist is one of my favorite techniques and I love all of the many different results you can get depending on the medium that you use as your overlay. For this design, I chose to use pearl watercolors that I blended to get some new colors. I just love this color palette and you can see how much I enjoyed using pastels for this release, based on the previous two days of release designs. I also added one of the darling new images and sentiments from the first day of peeks called Eskimo Kisses. The little polar bear was colored using the same pearl watercolors for continuity.
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For my second card, I used watercoloring as well, but with a simple layout to let the coordinating sentiments shine! I just love you can mix and match all of  the sentiments! 

Thanks for fluttering by! You can stop by the rest of the team's blogs for more amazing projects that highlight these fabulous new sets!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SugarPea Designs Release Week:Off the Charts


Welcome back for day two of the latest SugarPea Designs release! Today we are showcasing the unique and inventive Off The Charts stamp set! I just love all of the possibilities with this set! 
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When I was brainstorming ideas for today's design, I just couldn't get the idea of a folder with charts of some kind; medical, work related, etc. so that was my jumping point! I created my own little folder by scoring and cutting a piece of Kraft cardstock. I only inked up the "chart" portion of the sentiment in gray ink and stamped it onto the "label" tab of the folder. This would be a fun way to add a gift card into your design, especially for Christmas or a birthday card as I am showing you today.

Once the folder was created and I felt was believable, I got to work creating the chart. I used my MISTI for the grid portion, which was a lifesaver! The colorful stamped strips are attached to the chart with adhesive and I chose to use them in the exact order as they are adhered to the stamp backing. They look nice in their different levels for a staggered look.

I attached the completed chart to the folder with a tiny little silver clip to enhance the office vibe. I also used a piece of grid paper from the Sugar and Spice pattern paper pad. It is the perfect backdrop to add into the chart feel. I stamped the "May your birthday be" in gray ink directly onto the patter paper. The "off the charts" sentiment is heat embossed onto a strip of white for some added shine and to repeat the shiny silver of the clip. I can't wait to use this set in lots of other different ways! Thanks for fluttering by! You can stop by the rest of the team's blogs: