Friday, July 22, 2016

Together Would be Better and new Winner!

So I've been suffering from a bit of creative jet lag and crafter's block.

I did a ton of crafting before vacation because of the N&T and Stamp of Approval release, and then nothing on vacation, and the just a bit of scrapbooking when I got back.

Honestly I have a whole pile of fun things to use, but I get oddly stuck when I have new stuff.  It's like I'm afraid to use it, don't know where to start, etc.

To give myself a jumpstart, I thought I would challenge myself to create something without stamps or dies.  Just embellishments.  Now you are going to look at this and say that I cheated, well I kind of did.  Often when I'm creating I end up cutting multiple sentiments because I'm trying different ones to see which works best, or trying to decide what color to use.  The extra sentiments end up in a little pile for use later, so in this case, they're more like already existing embellishments.

Most of the items on this card are old as dirt.  The base paper is a 4x6 tag from a Pink Paislee ephemera pack that I trimmed down and added some gray splatter to.  The butterfly, striped tag at the top, and the paper polaroid are also from that ephemera pack.  I did add some stitching for texture and interest.

The chipboard polaroid is Crate, and I found some old Echo Park brads that I think were part of a kit way back as well as that sparkly little embellishment which was floating around at the bottom of one of my bins.  Finally, I added a few sequins for some extra sparkle.

I thought the card could use a little more balance at the bottom and that the sentiment couls use some amplification, so I did finish it with part of a sentiment from my Origami Map set, but here the stamping was an after thought.

It was fun to just spread some things out and play.

I think I'm ready to get down to business with some new stuff tomorrow!

OK, I also need to announce a new winner for one of my release week giveaways.  Christine Canfield was the winner of the Parquet stencil, but she had already purchased it and rather than take the refund thought someone else should get it.  So sweet!  So the new winner is....D.Ann.C!  Thanks Christine and congratulations D.Ann.C!  Shoot me an email with your address and I'll get this sent right out.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ready for Summer

I'm still working my way through my photo backlog.  Until we got back from vacation, I hadn't printed photos in over a year because there are so many sitting around waiting to be scrapped (so I gotta keep moving with these so that I can get to the vacation photos with a clean conscience).  

Anyway, whereas Ellie just finished third grade, these photos are from her first grade end of year party.

I pulled out an old Studio Calico kit, aside from the white cardstock, all the papers are from that kit.

My all time favorite Thickers of which I only have this difficult to use green version happily worked perfectly with the colors in the layout.  And if you're keeping track, I'm now out of Rs and Ss, but still have a few vowels, so they live to grace another layout!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Watery Woodgrain

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to share an extra sample card that I made for my Craftsy class today.

The class is all about stretching your supplies and taking a second look at your products to find different patterns and shapes.

The stamp that is featured here is a Hero Arts woodgrain background.  I love this stamp because it's so versatile.  It's not a really fine woodgrain, so you can use it for water.  Here I clear embossed the stamp on three different colors of blue cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the layers to create the ebbs and flows in the water.

It's finished off with an Essentials By Ellen die cut sentiment.

It's Monday, and I have to go back to work today, so if you're dreading work today too, here's a little treat for you:  $15 off my Craftsy class!  Just use this link:

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Back from vacation, and giveaway winners!

Hey everyone!

We had a great vacation to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  I'll share some more photos from our vacation later, but here's a group shot (at Burnt Coat Head in Nova Scotia...we're actually standing on the ocean floor at low tide).  My mom was able to come along with us, she's always wanted to go to PEI, and it's pretty amazing that she was able to go and keep up with all our trekking despite undergoing major back surgery last year!

I'm actually off for the rest of the week from work, so a little time relax here at home before I head back into the thick of things, but I did want to drop in and announce some winners from last week's Neat & Tangled Release.

Congratulations go to:

Lisa's Creative Niche, your comment from Day 1 wins you the Succulent Journaling Card stamp set.

Christine Canfield, your comment from Day 2 wins you the Parquet Stencil.

cghundley, your comment from Day 2 wins you the Pentagon Stencil.

KT Fit Kitty, your comment from Day 3 wins you the Geometric Blooms Stencil.

Winners, please shoot me an email with your address and I'll get these sent out.

Thanks so much for all your comments and support, I really do appreciate you all!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  Today I'm participating in the Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes Blog Hop today.  I'm extra excited about this because I designed one of the products in the box, the Concentric Circle Die.

Stamp of Approval is a collection of products (stamps and dies) that work fabulously together but they’ll also work incredibly well with supplies you already own. They are released quarterly and sell out quickly (the last one sold out in 33 hours!). To be the first to know when they go for sale, make sure you are on the wait list ( You’ll get the link to purchase one day before it goes for sale publicly. Not only do you get a box FULL of amazing stamps and dies, but you’ll get a downloadable PDF Project Guide (for free!) with tons of project tutorials using them! The stamps and dies in the Stamp of Approval Collections are brand new on the market and won’t be released for individual sale for several months.

For my first two cards I'm featuring the Concentric Circle Die.

I started by cutting the die once from regular white cardstock and once from Smooth White cardstock.  Then I used Copics to color the pieces, varying the intensity of the shades in the concentric circles and added just a small bit of shading.

Those colored pieces were then inlaid into the regular white cardstock piece which was adhered to a black mat cut using the frame for the Concentric Circle Die.  The sentiment is from the Handpainted Thanks set.

I created my own polka dot paper for the mat using one of the stamps from the Lovely Flowers stamp set.

For the next card, I wanted to show that you can use the die vertically as well, and I went very modern and graphic with the design.

The die was cut from both black and white cardstock, and I cut the coordinating mat in white.  I adhered the black die to the white mat, and then added some inlaid pieces to create an alternating look to the circles.  I continued the design into the center of the die, using some of the negative cuts.  A couple of the white pieces were trimmed down a bit, and the circles on the inside are not perfect, but I think that actually adds to the graphic look of the card.

I combined two sentiments from Butterfly Notes set, embossing them in white towards the bottom of the card.  The entire panel was then popped up over some colored cardstock.

Finally, I really wanted to use the wreath from Wonderful Wreath.  The technique I used yielded two cards from one inking, and is a great way to mass produce cards.

To create the look, I colored over the wreath with a Distress Marker, spritzed the wreath with water, and then stamped it on some watercolor paper.  Without reinking or remisting, I stamped it again on a second piece of watercolor paper.  This was repeated with several shades of Distress Ink.

Then I went in with a waterbrush to soften and blend a little.  This step is totally optional.  You might like a more delicate crisp look in which case, just skip the waterbrush.  The cards are very similar, but one is clearly lighter and more delicate than the other.

I finished both cards with that Handpainted Thanks sentiment again, embossed in copper on the darker card and gold on the lighter, and then stitched the watercolor panels to the card base.  Very simple, but that wreath really does stand on its own.


OK, you'll want to continue on the hop now, head on over to Lisa's blog!  This is actually a three day hop, and Catherine is giving away a box to a lucky commenter on each day of the hop!  Head over to Catherine's blog to start.  Here is the full hop list if you get turned around:

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Neat & Tangled Release Day! Giveaway reminder

Happy Friday!  The Neat & Tangled July release is now available in the store!

Here's a recap of the new products I have in this release as well as my projects from this release.


Also a reminder that I'll be picking some winners next week (probably Wednesday) after I get back into town, so be sure to leave comments on this weeks' posts to be entered to win.

If you want to shop now, no worries, if you're a winner we'll refund the money, so head on over to the store!