Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mix it Up Challenge #40 {Congratulations}

Thanks for joining me today! I'm sharing a sweet card I made using this month's Mix it Up challenge over on the SugarPea Designs Blog! I couldn't wait to use some of the new products from the Winter release last week! Did you place your order? I hope so, because there are SO many must-haves for every stamper! I have an annoying habit of NEEDING to play with both sides of the challenge! LOL! I feel it really stretches me as a designer and I want to be "all in" so to speak! Ha ha! And...to be honest, both sides are pretty awesome!


For my card, I used the newly released Topiary Garden and the coordinating dies. I just love how these topiaries look popped up for maximum detail and effect. All of my color cues are from the inspiration photo. I probably would NEVER have come up with this card if it wasn't for the challenge, which is why I love them so much! I also used the Large Stripes Coverplate as well as the new Card Front Element Builders. The patter papers are from the ever-useful Spots and stripes Pastel paper pad.

This card proved VERY difficult to photograph for some reason, but I did my best. I literally took gobs of pictures with different light, but they all looked pale and washed out. Must be something in the air! LOL!This was super fun to create and I hope you get a chance to join us this month!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Ideas {that moment}

 I'm over on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today sharing this fun card! If you're interested in how I made it, head there for all of the details! I created it for the photographer who took my daughter's head shots and performance photographs while she was in The Nutcracker this past Christmas season! She did such a beautiful job! I so wish that I could share some of them here, but of course they are copyrighted! 

I incorporated a lot of fun details, like the film strip stamped on acetate as well as the shrinky dink images. The two sets that I used are Journey Stamp set and Daily Thoughts. I love how they complement each other!
It is such a fun way to incorporate many larger images onto a design that you otherwise wouldn't be able to! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Merry Moday #278 O'Tannenbaum, O'Tannenbaum

O'Tannenbaum, O'Tannebaum...how lovely are your branches! Welcome to this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge! I had so much fun putting this card together, pulling in little bits of this and that!
This week Debbie has challenged us to create a card using this inspiration photo! It is a visual treat jam packed with little bits of inspiration here and there! My mind was racing with the possibilities, but really, I don't have any dog images, I had recen used a wreath,etc. etc. So...I just decided to focus on the fabulous Christmas tree that is front and center! I chose to use the traditional red and green color scheme that is used in the photo as well.



I used this same "seed packet" idea for one of my Keeping Christmas projects from last year that you can see HERE. The funny part is that when I made those tags, it was because I had been wanting to make a card using the "Christmas Tree seeds" idea. Now...here I am making a card based off of my tags! I guess it all comes full circle sometimes! All of the stamps and ink for this project are from Papertrey Ink with the exception of the Always Artichoke ink that I added around the edges of some of the foliage.

To begin, I got to work creating the tag portion of the card. I die cut the seed packet piece using the Garden Variety stamp set and the coordinating seed packet die. The Christmas tree image that I used is from the O'Tannenbaum stamp set and is one of my favorites! The tree, and most of the foliage is stamped using Simply Chartreuse Ink and the berries and pot are stamped using Pure Poppy Ink. After I was done making the seed packet portion of the card, I got to work making a bundle of greenery from the Spruce and Sprigs stamp set and then die cut them using the coordinating dies.

While I was organizing my craft area for THIS challenge over at Papertrey Ink, I found this old Christmas paper that I thought would work nicely for this card. I don't remember the manufacturer, however. I layered it onto a Kraft card base and then layered all of the greenery underneath the seed packet focal piece. I also added a bow of red baker's twine and a gold jingle bell to accent the "O' Tannenbaum sentiment strips. I didn't intend to add both of them but as I was deciding which color strip to use, I ended up liking both of them! And...the song does say it twice in a row! LOL! They are both stamped using Versamark ink and then embossed using gold powder. One is Kraft and the other is Ripe Avocado cardstock. Our numbers were small last week,so I urge you to play along with us if you get a chance this week! It really does make the holidays less stressful when you've made a beautiful stack of handmade cards all through the year! Thanks for fluttering by!


Friday, February 16, 2018

SugarPea Designs February release Day 5

Well friends, we've reached day 5 which means this is the last day of the release! I have had so much fun and I LOVE today's set! It is called Better Together and it is beyond adorable! 

As you can see, there is an awesome new Coverplate called Diagonal Striped CoverPlate, which I didn't get a chance to use, but rest assured, it will definitely be getting a workout soon!

I made two cards using this new set, because I just love the Peanut Butter & Jelly AND the cookies and Milk! How could I have chosen? LOL! The peanut butter and jelly sample is below. I also used the new Cardfront Element Builder as well, because they are just too fun!


I gave this little number to my sweet little 6 year old for Valentine's Day! He absolutely LOVES peanut butter and jelly and I knew he would love it! I hope you've enjoyed this fun week of peeks and don't forget to head over to the SHOP tonight at 6:00 pm EST to grab all of your favorites! You better hurry, too, because I have a feeling that some of these won't last long! Thanks for fluttering by!



Thursday, February 15, 2018

SugarPea Designs February release Day 4

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I sure did! Today is Day 4 of the SugarPea Designs winter release! I hope you are loving this release as much as I am! I was positively giddy when I saw this Topiary Garden stamp set! I LOVE all of the coordinating sentiments! This is definitely going to be a new go-to set!
Make sure to check out what the other designers have created for this amazing set!
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As soon as I saw this set, I knew that I HAD to create a front door design! I was even more thrilled to see how the heart topiary translated beautifully into a wreath as well! The sentiment is the door mat! I also was able to incorporate the Card Front Element Builder SugarCuts as well. I just love how sweet the scallops look paired with these topiaries.

I decided to make a second card as well, because I knew that I could create a cute background with a few of the images. To begin, I cut the white paper and then used the Card Front Element Builders AGAIN...surprise, surprise! I used the same cut for the pink paper


After they were cut, I was able to easily stamp the background. I also used the same elements to create an actual topiary using the stamps and coordinating SugarCuts. I just love how it looks popped up on the card!

The finishing touch is a few sequins surrounding the sentiment, which I am in love with! I have some fun ideas for lots of projects with this set! Eep! I can't wait! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SugarPea Designs February release day 3

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love! Welcome back for Day 3 of the SugarPea Designs release! As you can see, this new Otterly Adorable set is, well, utterly Adorable! LOL! I had so much fun coloring these cuties! My brown Copic marker selection is dismal, to say the least, so I was thinking I would need to go buy a whole bunch of new ones to color these otters! I was thrilled to discover, after a google image search of otters, that there is a gray variety! I really liked how they looked while they were wet, so that is where I got my inspiration! The team is also showcasing the new Large Striped Coverplate, which is so versatile for so many cards! You'll want to see what the other designers came up with as well! I'm the only one that went with pink, but I couldn't resist since I knew this card would fall on Valentine's Day! I also gave it a "love" theme, but on the inside it has one of the birthday sentiments!
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For my card, I sponged a piece of Bristol paper using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. I also spritzed it with Shimmer spray for some shine and some blotchy water marks. I added the new coverplate die cut over the top and spritzed it with more shimmer spray. The otters are colored using Copic Markers. I added a layer of Wink of Stella and Nuvo glaze over the top to enhance the "slick" look of the otters. I also used a white gel pen to make whisker pores, pads on their feet, and a glimmer in their eyes. I just love how you can add extra detail with a white gel pen. I added some clear Nuvo drops here and there to represent bubbles as well as a few sequins. I added a birthday sentiment to the inside and gave it to my sister a few days ago for her birthday! I told her it was TOP SECRET! LOL!Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SugarPea Designs February Release Day 2

Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the SugarPea Designs winter release! Wasn't Day 1 AMAZING? I just love the new products being released and today is no exception!
 

Today the team is showcasing another GORGEOUS new set called Heartfelt Sympathy and coordinating Sympathy SugarCut. I just love how nicely it pairs with the Pretty Peonies set that was showcased yesterday. I know that these will be my new go-to Sympathy supplies for any needed cards. I was just mentioning recently that I hate needing Sympathy cards, but now I have one on hand. You can see what the rest of the designers have created here: 
Guests:

 I wanted to keep my color palette soft, but cheering. I like to strike a balance between cheerfulness and respect and I think this blush and grey combination achieves that. To begin, I used the Card Front Element Builder SugarCuts that were showcased yesterday as well. I used them in a different way to show how versatile they can be. The possibilities are endless with these and I have only scraped the surface of what I plan to do with these! I can't wait! I stamped the peonies in black ink at each corner as well as the sentiment on the bottom. I really like how all of the sentiments work so well together! I normally wouldn't use two sentiments on a card front, but with this new set, it worked seamlessly! The addition of the die cut really made it possible to add in an extra sentiment to strike a balance between the bold and the narrow.


The ran the die cut 5 times through my Cuttlebug. I embossed the tips of the letters like I did on yesterday's card. I also added an additional layer with some Nuvo Glaze for some shine. The "with deepest" sentiment is heat embossed in gold as well to bring in a touch of warmth. The sequins finish off this design. Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Merry Monday #277-Do you wanna build a snowman?



Happy Monday! If you're looking for my SugarPea Designs release post, please scroll down! Whew! It has been a whirlwind of creating, cleaning, and catching up! I am so glad that I kept up on things design-wise before I got sick or I would have really been in trouble. That being said, I almost completely forgot to make my card for today's Merry Monday Challenge, but as you can see, I got it done! I din't want to miss out on this one, because it is super fun!
Deanne has challenged us to use a stencil on our cards this week and I have so many fun ones, it was hard to pick. In the end, I decided on this polka dot stencil from American Crafts. I got it on clearance at Target quite a few years ago, but I just love using it. I used it in a similar way back in the summer on a few of my mermaid cards that you can see HERE and HERE. For today's card, I just taped it over a piece of Aqua Mist cardstock and blended on some Broken China Distress Oxide ink. While the stencil was still in place, I spritzed some Frost Shimmer Spray over the top. I quickly removed the stencil at that point so that I could clean it.


While that was drying, I needed to decide what direction my card would be headed in! LOL! 99.9 percent of the time, my mind's eye has already created a plan of where I am headed, but not this time. I rummaged around through my die cuts and thought that THIS die cut would look nice to frame something...LOL! So, I die cut it from gray cardstock. I really liked how these two cool colors looked together, so I decided to go down a snowy path. I know that I JUST used In the Meadow, but it is so cute, I thought it would work perfectly for today's card as well. I used the coordinating DIES and then heat embossed the snowman using Wow Puff embossing powder. I just love the effect that it gives the snowman!
I wanted to create a piece for the center to anchor the snowman onto, but I didn't want to hide any of the stencil work I did. I decided that a vellum tag from Papertrey Ink would be perfect! It is just the right size and fits the scale of the card nicely. It is called Tag Sale #5. I have used it so much for many of my cards and of course to make tags for the holidays! I stamped a trio of snowflakes that are included in the In the Meadow set using Fresh Snow ink.

I also added some white Nuvo drops all over the die cut frame for some added detail and dimension. The sentiment is heat embossed in silver to keep with the cool, snowy feel, but I like the warmth that the Simply Chartreuse cardstock gives the card. I would most generally think of this combination for spring or summer, but I really like how it looks for this card! It reminded me of another Merry Monday Challenge from last year when I made THIS card! It ended up by being one of my favorites! The sentiment strip is just a strip of cardstock that I trimmed from a piece of cardstock that I had made for a project that I didn't end up by using, but I created it by using the Mix and Mat Scallops die. I toyed around with leaving the hole of the tag bare, which I actually really liked, but in the end decided on a double bow of silver cord. I adhered it with a mini glue dot for security! Thanks for fluttering by!

SugarPea Designs February Release Day 1

Welcome, Friends! I have been so excited to share the new release from SugarPea Designs! This entire week will be jam packed with all kinds of amazing new stamps and dies! I had so much fun creating all of my designs for this release!
 Today, the team is showcasing the new set called Pretty Peonies as well as a fabulous new set of SugarCuts  Card Front Element Builder 
The "hello" SugarCut is the free incentive for this release as well! Isn't it fabulous? I think I've said fabulous already about 1,000 times already in this post! LOL! You can see what the rest of the designers have come up with HERE! You will want to stop by each and every one of their blogs, I promise! Everyone did such a wonderful job with these new products!!!

For my card, I wanted to incorporate as many of the new products as I could without it seeming cluttered. To begin, I used the new card front element builders to create the rounded edge of the white paper. I stamped the flowers in black around the edge and then colored them with Copic Markers. I did the same cutting with a piece of Spots and Stripes Pattern Paper Pastles so that I could layer them nicely.


The "hello" is die cut 4 times out of black cardstock and glued together, I then used a Versamarker to ink up just the tops of the letters and then heat embossed them using gold powder. I just love the way it turned out. The black base has the outer die cut as well as the inner scalloped die cut included in the new SugarCuts set. I layered them on top of each other and then heat embossed the "thinking of you" sentiment, which is included in the Pretty Peonies set, using gold powder. It felt like a breath of spring, even though we really haven't had a winter. Thanks for fluttering by!