Saturday, July 11, 2015

And the winner is.....

The winner is comment #12! Congratulations to Jan Metcalf!  I absolutely loved reading all of your comments about where and why you like to go on adventures!  Jan, email me your address and I will mail your dies to you! Thanks for playing along and thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Adventure Awaits & a Bit o' Blog Candy!

 I have this habit of cleaning off all of the papers from the front of my fridge whenever I am expecting company. I would prefer it to always be clean, but with 5 kids there is always a reminder or flyer to keep track of. Well...I was going through the pile of things that I recently removed and discovered a graduation announcement that I had forgotten about. Woops! I really like this new set in the Petite Places series, so much so, that when I ordered everything, I inadvertently ordered TWO of the camper/car die sets. That is where one of you lucky readers will gain from my mistake! I would love to send it to one of my fabulous blog readers (U.S. only, sorry). So...simply leave a comment with your favorite destination to have an adventure and I will randomly draw on Saturday to see who is the winner!
 I thought these fun new products would  make a fun graduation card. I don't think the recipient is much of a camper, but who can resist all of these tiny goodies? Right? I did put together a birthday set the other day for a friend who had a surprise Smore's birthday party. It was perfect! I just wish I would have had time to photograph everything to share with you. 
Everything is really straightforward with this design. I used the Summer Camp pattern paper which works nicely with these dies and stamps. Thanks for fluttering by and I can't wait to see who is the WINNER!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hello There

I decided to get a little creative today and make my own faux "Stacked Sentiments". I was super tempted to buy that set when it came out, but when I looked at it, it seemed like it was just more of what I already have. I really liked the idea of it, so I got to work using the supplies I already have to make my own version. I used the "Oval You've been framed" mini stamp set as well as the uppercase alphabet dies from PTI. They were just the right size for all of the leaves and flowers included in the set. 
 My color palette was inspired by a primitive sampler type look. I got to work die cutting the letters and then stamping the leaves and flowers. Aren't they sweet? I wanted to give them a little more bang for their buck, so I diecut the "ocean tides" piece for a nice background.  The "there" die cut piece was from the new "scripted" die that I just love. I can tell these will be used often.
 I love the use of black for a striking background so I made a little banner piece to anchor the focal image. The mustard paper was dry embossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder. I really like the subtle detail that helps make the whole design pop. The finishing touch was a spritzing of chalkboard ink onto the entire front panel using an American crafts chalkboard marker and my color spritzing tool. I love how it turned out and I am sure that little marker will be dry in no time if I keep using it like that.
I popped everything up for some extra dimension. I can't wait to try making other words in this way. Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, June 26, 2015

YOU {deserve the very best}

 Ack! I didn't think I would be gone so long! I have been wanting to be creative but my kid's summer schedules are insane! I did make a few Father's Day cards but didn't get them on the blog. 
 A few weeks ago I got out my "Rose Garden" candle from Bath and Body Works that I have had for a few years. The design on the outside inspired me for today's design. It has gold embossed roses with loose water coloring that I just love.The roses from the SU! set "5th Avenue Floral" were an almost identical match. I colored the roses in pink and then I added some turquoise for a nice cool and soothing background and it is also one of my favorite color combos. I watercolored the roses and the background and then used the color spritzer tool and a "Taken With Teal" marker to add some spritzing. I added a wash of water hoping that the speckles would spread but it didn't work as well as I hoped. I still like the result, though.
The "you" sentiment was diecut using gold card stock. I then heat embossed the other sentiment onto a strip of black paper using detail white embossing powder. The finishing touch was a few gold sequins and a bow of black twine. I really hope the recipient is cheered by today's design. Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

With Sympathy

 I love working in my yard/garden as much as I love paper crafting so I decided to combine those loves into a nice floral piece today. I needed a sympathy card and a nice watercolor floral is the perfect starting point. Today's card is soft and muted with a touch of yellow to both soothe and cheer the recipient.
 I started by heat embossing the marigold image from PTI's "Year of Flowers" set using detail white embossing powder. Once that was done I got to work watercoloring the image. While Marigolds are much more vibrant in real life, I really achieved the softness I was looking for by using the white embossing powder as well as quite a few shades of yellow ink. I really like how it turned out. I also added some green to the leaves and a nice blue around the entire image to make it pop. I repeatedly stamped the "marigold" sentiment using soft snow ink on Kraft cardstock for a bit more detail. The "with sympathy" sentiment is from "Mega Mixed Messages". I love that always comes in handy!

I turned the focal image into a tag by clipping the corners and adding a a few circle punches for reinforcers. A bit of button twine, gold sequins, doily and machine stitching finish it off for a simple, yet elegant design.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hello, Friend!

My creative space has been beckoning for me to come and play. I heeded the call and got to work on a little "hello" for someone who I think really needs it. The other night I couldn't get to sleep because I kept thinking of gold embossed leaves...I know, crazy! Sometimes a creative mind really gets in the way of a good nights sleep, at least that is true for me! Does anyone else have that happen? Anyway, I sat down and just decided to play around with gold embossed leaves. My first attempt ended up in the circular file and this one almost did as well. I am glad I was able to salvage it and in the end I am quite pleased with the result.
 Once the embossing was done, I just played around with different flowers and blooms, here and there. I added in a little bit of water coloring around the flowers and embossed leaves for some added depth and movement.  The "hello" sentiment was diecut out of foil cardstock. The last time I photographed this particular sentiment in gold on a card, it had a blueish tint to it, probably a shadow from my shirt, but I ended up really liking the look. I decided to add a little acrylic paint over the top with a dry brush just around the edges. I even tried to keep the brush strokes in it for some added detail and whimsy. I really, REALLY like how it turned out and will probably keep applying to different pieces.
I am still loving these curved sentiments as you have probably seen me do in the past. I thought it worked well with today's design.  The last bit of frill was to add a few gold sequins here and there to tie in the rest of the gold. I added a bit of washi tape and some machine stitching to the bottom as well. Thanks for fluttering by!

Brushed Blooms stamp set-PTI
Hello diecut-Little Yellow Bicycle
Versamark Ink
Gold Glory embossing powder-SU!
Blue Acryic craft paint
Stamper's Select cardstock-PTI
Blush Blossom cardstock-SU!
Regal Rose cardstock-SU!
Ink: Rose Red, Taken with Teal, Blush Blossom, Regal Rose, Pink Passion (all SU!)
You've Been Framed-Oval Die-PTI
Watercolor brush and water
gold sequins
embossing gun
washi tape-blue is Scotch Brand, Numbers are from the Creative Co OP
sewing machine and tan thread
foam tape
black marker for the flower centers

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Thanks, Teacher!

 Today is the last day of school! Yipee! By the time you'll be reading this, summer vacation will be in FULL swing! I wasn't planning on doing any end of year gifts, but guilt and tradition crept in and so here we are! LOL! I decided to keep it simple, yet thoughtful.
 I ran to the store, picked up a couple bags of Hershey's Nuggets and a few multi packs of $10 Applebee's gift cards and got to work.  I decided to sway from traditional apples and stereotypical colors and make something a little bit more modern. I chose to use my pink and navy paper pad for the entire ensemble. 
 I cut strips of pattern paper into 1 inch by 2 3/4 inch strips and wrapped them around each candy. Once that was done, I slipped them into a pretzel cello bag. I slid a larger print pattern paper into each bag to serve as a background for the cute little chocolates. I made a simple topper using the "Teach and Inspire" stamp set from PTI. It is the perfect sentiment and it is already "styled" so it was perfect for this project! It was stamped in Pink Passion ink which is a nice match for the paper.
You can see the different papers that I used here. They are so cute! These would make darling birthday or wedding favors as well. 
I really wanted to make pillow boxes for the gift cards, but the pattern paper was a smaller pad, so I had to make some gift card holders. The size of the paper was perfect, however, and I didn't have to trim it at all! I did a few score lines and used some adhesive and I was done with the assembly. For the embellishment, I used the new "Bitty Bouquets" stamp set and dies from PTI.. I used one each of the four images. The paper is such a light weight that I was able to make it just "tuck" into the circle piece so I didn't need to use any adhesive or velcro. Easy Peasy! No more assignments, no more deadlines, no more projects! Let summer begin!!!!!! Thanks for fluttering by!

P.S. I am toying around with the idea of starting yet ANOTHER blog. Stay tuned for the possible debut!