Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge #59 {Holding you in my Heart}

Hello and welcome! I've got a post over on the SugarPea Designs Blog today and I'll be sharing here as well! It's my turn for the current Mix It Up Challenge and I chose to use both sides of the challenge; sketch and photo/colors and lots of beautiful New Release products!
I picked my cardstock colors from the swatches in the photo and followed the sketch better than I usually do (wink, wink). 


The current status of my card stash is as follows: Sympathy-0; birthday-slim pickins, baby-sad, everything else-explosive! So...with that in mind, I decided to create a Sympathy card using the challenge! The new die cuts from the Floral Pocket Tag were the perfect starting point for today's card! I die cut quite a few flowers and leaves so I would have a lot of options using the colors in the challenge. 
I die cut the blue panel using the Card Front Element Builder II just to get some of the stitched dots along the diagonal edge at the top. Once that was done, I used the new Leaf Cover Plate to dry emboss the blue panel. I am obsessed with the deep, beautiful impression it leaves; it reminded me of the bird's feathers in the inspiration photo, too!


I also die cut a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch piece of Soft Stone cardstock using the same stitched border from the Card Front Element Builder II. Once that was done, I used the amazing new Buffalo Check Background Stamp to stamp the pattern. I love the feel that the printed plaid paired with the embossed detail gives the card!


I attached the blue portion over the plaid panel using foam squares. I die cut a white circle using the Zig Zag Stitched Circles SugarCuts and added that using foam squares as well! At this point, I was ready to add the sentiment and the flowers. I stamped the sentiment using the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set and then attached it to the circle with foam squares. I added the flowers and leaves here and there until I liked the composition! I added some white Nuvo drops here and there and added a trio of sparkling clear sequins for some shine! I know I will be using these die cut leaves and flowers A LOT! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. I hope to see your card in the gallery!


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Taylored Expressions {Come Let Us Adore Him}

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend! Things have been a whirlwind over here; lots to make, lots to share! I feel like I've been on creative high-speed this month; I decided to count up all of the projects I've made so far this month. I asked my husband to guess and he guessed twelve. Ummmm.....no, that is not correct. The actual number is 55...FIFTY FIVE!  That is INSANE!!! I finally got my desk and stamp area cleaned up after the whirlwind that has been September and it's only the 15th! LOL! Anway, things are slowing down, which will be nice so that I can actually enjoy the fall that is creeping in and get some decorations up in my house!

I'm thrilled to be here today sharing a few Christmas projects I made using some of my favorite Taylored Expressions products, including the amazing Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes! If you'll recall, these came out back in June and were sold out within hours. The good news is that these will be shipping soon and are available for preorder using the link above! I promise you will NOT want to miss out on these this time around. I use these at LEAST once a day, if not more and they truly are fabulous. Long gone are the days of foam blender circles that tear and wear away while blending!

To begin these two designs, I stamped the Twiggy Background using my MISTI for a nice, crisp image. Once that was done, I used my green blender brush to blend in the green around the edges. The blender brush set comes with one brush for each color, which is so nice! I haven't cleaned mine once since June. If I'm worried about switching from a darker shade to a lighter one, I just rub it over a scratch piece to get any remaining ink off of the brush, but it only takes a few strokes.

Once the blending was finished, I die cut the ovals and got to work on the focal images. These focal images are from the Let us Adore Him stamp set and are so fabulous! I love that I can create on trend cards using the true message/meaning of Christmas! I'm so thrilled to add these two to my ever-growing stash of Christmas cards!

I added the two focal image ovals to the card fronts using foam squares for some dimension. I also couldn't resist adding a little holly sprig that I picked up at Hobby Lobby last year. It is added to the card using hot glue. This particular card won't be able to be mailed without extra postage, but I send a lot of cards to school for teachers and around the neighborhood with neighbor gifts, so this will be perfect for that!

The blended panel measures 4 by 5 1/4 inches and is adhered to a standard top folding A2 red card base using some additional foam squares. I ended up by stamping two of the "O come let us adore him" ovals so I put one of them inside of the  card that says "Merry Christmas". I love adding sentiments or images to the inside of my Christmas cards for a professional look! I had a lot of fun working on these two cards! Thanks for fluttering by!


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Spellbinders Large and Small Die of the Month {Eekaboo}

***ETA...I have a GIVEAWAY going on @kellylunceford (Instagram) to win these dies!***Hello friends! I'm popping in real quick on this beautiful Saturday afternoon to share the fabulous Spellbinders September large and small die of the month! These are available through a monthly membership! I will link the products as I explain this small die kit and then the next project features the large die!

First up is the the Small die of the month set that is called Eek-a-boo! This set allows you the opportunity to create all kinds of trick-or-treaters dressed in a ghost costume, a devil, a skeleton, Frankenstein, etc. You really could get quite creative with the bits and pieces and come up with some other fun creations!

My boys love to trick-or-treat so much and my boy, Rhys, loves Halloween so, so much! Since I love it, too, it really makes the holiday fun! These little die cuts remind me of my little boys! 

To begin, I die cut all the pieces that I would need top put these cuties together. I have found that if you have the right tools to begin with, it really makes putting these together so much easier. My supply list includes: a good die cutting machine, a pin or paper piercer to release any small or stubborn dies that get stuck, 2 way glue pen, liquid glue with a fine tip applicator, tweezers.

Once all of the pieces were die cut, glued, and ready to go, I added the letters to a black circle that was die cut using the Nestabilities circle dies. I added this to the other layers using foam squares for dimension.

This set the stage for these cute trick-or-treaters to be added as well! The nights are coming sooner, the air is getting crisp and all of this means that Halloween is on its way! 

These cards feature this month's Large Die of the Month which is called "Game of Gnomes"! I decided to make two since it just as easy to cut two of everything when everything is out. 

I die cut all of the pieces and put the dies away as I went to that I won't lose any. I also try and assemble as I go; toadstools, acorns, gnome, etc.

I added some shading using ink and a blender brush to the toadstools, stems and hats.

I set the scene by doing some simple ink blending around the edges using blue and green ink. Once that was done, I got to work putting it all together using glue and foam squares. The cute little sentiment is from the You're my Type stamp set and it fit perfectly in the little sign. Thanks for fluttering by!

Ink To Paper September Release Day 4

Hello and welcome to day 4th and final day of the Ink to Paper September release! I have A LOT to share with you today; first up is this fun new stamp set it in the "Watercolor Textures" series called "Watercolor Textures: Christmas! I was able to create this custom stamped "wrapping paper" for this tiny gift using the new Tag Creations: Modern Gift die cuts!

I didn't use the tag base that the die collection comes with, but simply cut a piece of white cardstock to the correct size and the used the holly and berries images from the Watecolor Textures set to create the custom wrap! So easy!

I die cut the poinsettias, tag, greenery, and string and added them to the stamped panel using liquid glue and foam squares. The tag is stamped using the "Joy to the World" sentiment that is included in the new Just Sentiments set. I know this one will be getting a lot of mileage this holiday season!

The sentiment at the bottom, which is from the new Inside Greetings: Holiday Magic stamp set, is heat embossed in gold for that elevated look I love for the holidays!

Once that was done, I was able to add everything to the white card base using foam squares.


This would be another fun one to mass produce!
My boys have a Dick and Jane Christmas book and this card reminds me of it so much! There's something so comforting and nostaligic about old-fashioned colored bulbs glowing from evergreen boughs! It reminds me of Christmas past and was the inspiration for this card!
To begin, I die cut an oval using the Geometrix: Oval Die and then stamped the evergreen boughs from the Watercolor Textures: Christmas stamp set. Once that was done, I stamped the light bulbs in the traditional colors for that nostalgic look. I made sure to angle them here and there to give a more realistic look.

I stamped the sentiment, from the Inside Greetings: Holiday Magic stamp set, in the middle using black ink. I added it to a piece of Pinefeather cardstock that measures 4 by 5 1/4 inches that has some inkblending around the edges using Pinefeather ink.

The other sentiment is heat embossed on the Pleasing Envelopes banner, which now has a die collection to go with it! We are all so excited! This sentiment is from the new Cheerful Tree stamp set that was showcased yesterday! The finishing touch is a bright red bow at the top which was die cut using the Tag Creations: Modern Envelope die collection.

This is my final card using these two new sets, but don't forget to scroll to the bottom because I have one more card to share with you! It is one of my favorites from the release!


As you can see, I'm really loving the twine treatment I've been using this release! I love the homespun feel it gives to these cards!

This sentiment is heat embossed in white onto one of the labels from the Tagged and Labeled die collection. I love how crisp it looks against the red cardstock.

I stamped the images at the top and then added some white paint splatter across the top for a snowy feel. I did this BEFORE I added the tag, of course!

A few sparkling clear sequins finish off this card!

This card, which I mentioned is one of my favorites, uses a new set called Peaceful Forest and is paired with the new Snowflake border that I know you will fall in love with!

To begin this design, I die cut 4 of the Snowflake border pieces and glued two of them together using liquid glue. Once that was done, I smooshed Versamark ink over them and heat embossed them with Shimmer Pearl embossing powder from Nuvo. I love the look it gives any snowy type of project! You can see some cards I made last year with this  same technique HERE! Those were some of my favorite cards from last year!


Once those were done, I set them aside and added some inkblending to a piece of 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch cardstock using Hawaiian Shores ink. I forgot to mention that the cardstock I used was Hawaiian Shores as well. Please note that when you add versamark and embossing powder to the cardstock, it will darken a shade or two.

I added the scattered snow falling image using Hawaiian Shores ink as well to both the top and bottom. At this point, I added the embossed snowflake borders using liquid glue. 

The sentiment is heat embossed in silver on a strip of vellum. It is wrapped around the panel and secured in the back using clear tape.


I die cut and stamped the trees and added them to the panel before I added the vellum. The star is die cut from silver glitter paper and added to the top with foam squares. A few sparkling clear sequins finish this snowy design! Thanks for fluttering by! P.S. all of the new products will be available for purchase on September 15th starting at 10 PM EST!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Ink to Paper September Release Countdown Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the Ink to Paper September Release Countdown! I have some fun projects to share with you today! I decided it was high time I put on the Christmas tunes to really get in the spirit! My first project uses a new stamp and die set called "Holly Jolly Holiday" and is so much fun, especially if you like graphic stamp sets! I know I will be reaching for this one again and again!

I've been itching to get some of these mittens made for the upcoming holiday season, and this was the perfect excuse! I die cut the Mittens out of Autumn RoseAqua Mist, and Simply Chartreuse felt! Once that was done, I used my sewing machine and white thread to sew around the edge. I added the die cut snowflakes, which are from the new Splendid Snowflakes die set, using glue as well as the Buttons

Once that was done, I got to work on the tags. I die cut the Tagged and Labeled die out of the same colors as I used for felt, but in cardstock. I heat embossed the "Holly Jolly" sentiment in white onto the tags. I really love how it makes the sentiments pop! I also stamped the holly and berries, which are from the Holly Jolly Holiday stamp set and added them using foam squares and glue.

The cute little felt bow are die cut using one of the dies included in the new "Tag Creations: Modern Gift" that will be released with all of the new products on the 15th. It was the perfect embellishment to add to the tags and mittens!

Next up is a fun new set called "Cheerful Tree"! One of my favorite memories growing up was going to the fresh Christmas tree stand to pick out our tree! I can almost smell the fresh pine as I type! I've been begging my husband for years to get at least one fresh tree, but the answer is always no! LOL! 

The tree portion of this set includes some fun steps to help get your tree looking realistic! I love the addition of the beads! I added a glitter star to the top for some shine!

I'm in love with this sentiment and it looks great embossed in white on the red cardstock strip!

The gifts are fun to mix and match and you have lots of different bow options as well. This set really has it all when it comes to trimming the tree!

I added a few sparkling sequins to mimic the look of ornaments, but you can see in my next project that I did add ornaments.



This is a gift card holder using the new "Tag Creations: Modern Gift" die collection. It was the perfect fit for this Cheerful Tree!

The sentiment, which is included in the new Cheerful Tree set, fits perfectly in the narrow tag!

The glittery ornaments are die cut from glitter paper. This reminds me of my Grandma's tree so much...oh the memories!

I often feel that the sentiments in a set are an afterthought or just an accent, so for this last design, I decided to let them be the star of the show to proclaim their Christmas greetings!

All of the sentiments are from the new Cheerful Tree set, with the exception of the outline "Wonderful" sentiment, which is from the Holly Jolly Holiday set that I showcased on my first project! I thought it worked so well with the sentiment layered on top!

I did some inkblending using Blueberry Sky ink on Spring Rain cardstock. Once that was done, I stamped the snowflakes, which are from the Splendid Snowflake set using Spring Rain ink and Blueberry Sky ink. I think by using the two different colors of ink it creates dimension without an extra bulk.

I added some sequins and a small gift from the Cheerful Tree set for some added detail. The snowflake is die cut using the Splendid Snowflake die cuts.

I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! Join me again tomorrow for even more holiday fun! Thanks for fluttering by!