Friday, August 30, 2013

Artful Delight Friday - Thanks!

I can't believe August is almost over!  Today's card was lots of fun to create.  I really wanted to use that great number paper from The Pier, and I paired it with the blue woodgrain paper. 

I cut the circle elements using my Creative Memories Custom Cutting system (it's old school but it works).  The white mat is actually from another of the Pier papers.  I wanted something not quite white white, and not quite off white, since it's from the same collection, the 'white' matches perfectly.

A little bit of May Arts burlap string added some balance to the card.

I'm going to link this up over at Simon Says Stamp for Anything Goes Week too.

I had a great time with this month's kit.  It's amazing when I look back how different and varied my cards are, the Artful Delight kits are so versatile, be sure to check them out....September's kits look FANTASTIC!

Supplies Used:  Artful Delight August Card Kit; Versamark; AC - Zing White Embossing Powder; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; May Arts - White Burlap String; Kuretake - Glue Pen; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mesmerized by the Lawnmower - Lily Bee Sketch and Simon Says Stamp Dotty Challenge

Hey everyone, trying to stay true to my goal to do at least one layout a week.  This week I'm playing along with a couple challenges, and continuing to work on some photos from our family vacation last summer.  I'm actually making a dent in those photos, and am hoping to be done relatively soon (don't ask about the Budapest/Hungary trip...).

Here's the Lily Bee Sketch:

I'm using papers from Lily Bee's Destination collection as well as a sheet of CTMH cardstock in Buttercup.  The circles were all cut with my old CM custom cutting system circles, and I did a fair amount of stitching on this one too (it's a little stitching and curves is not always the best combination).

For most of the decorative circle/chevron elements I pulled out Ronda Palazarri's Well Rounded stencil again.  It's such a versatile stencil and I used three of the different circle elements.  For the chevrons I cut an arrow shape from a scrap piece of paper and used a sponge dauber with gray ink, dabbing away from the arrow.  It's subtle, but I think it works.

Since I've got lots of polka dots/circles on this one, it's perfect for the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks so much for coming by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Lily Bee - Destination Collection; CTMH - Buttercup cardstock
Ink:  CTMH - Grey Wool
Other:  The Crafter's Workshop - Well Rounded; CTMH - Sponge Dauber; American Crafts - Crate Little Boy Blue Red Thickers; Lily Bee - Destination alphas and stickers; Sewing machine; Pigma - Black Micron Pen; CM - Custom Cutting System

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The most room in your heart for August Verve Diva Dare

Here's my card for this month's Verve Diva Dare:  Pile on the Sweetness.  We're supposed to create a card with lots of layers.

I went ultra girly here with lots and lots of pink.  Most of the papers are from Glitz's Hello Friend collection, although the bottom layer of paper and the mats are MME. 

The sentiment is one of my newest Verve Plain Janes that I picked up during the current sale (everything in the store is on sale right now!).  And the little stamped hearts are from the Take Note stamp set.

That gorgeous seam binding is from my friend Debbie's Paper Sweeties store.

Lots of layers, and some experimental stitching too.  I thought it would be fun to try the cross stitch stitch that I have on my fancy sewing machine.  I really like it, and I'll definitely be using that stitch again.

I used another of my Punky Sprouts buttons on this card, just love those! 

Hope your week is off to a great start!  Thanks for coming by!

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  Glitz Designs - Hello Friend 6x6 pad; MME - The Sweetest Thing Lavender 6x6 pad; CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Verve - Smallest Thing Plain Jane, Take Note
Ink:  Hero Arts - Wet Cement; CTMH - Sorbet
Other:  Paper Sweeties - Cake Crumbs Seam Binding; Sewing Machine; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Punky Sprouts - Pink Button; May Arts - White Burlap String; Kuretake - Glue Pen

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lil Inker Designs Birthday Challenge Card #2

Hey everyone, sorry for the extra post, just realized that  I can't use the same post with the linky, so here is my second card for the birthday challenge.

I used my leftover die cut pieces to create a more modern/abstract design using the little rainbow pieces.  The sentiment for this one is from the Sentiment Flag additions set.

Thanks for coming by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Creative Memories - Assorted colors from Contemporary cardstock pack; CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Lil Inker Designs - Sentiment Flag Additions stamp set
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Lil Inker Designs - Rainbows & Clouds Dies; Tombow - Mono Adhesive 

Lil Inker Designs Birthday Cards

Thought I would play along with the birthday challenge over at Lil Inker Designs today.

I created two cards using the Rainbows & Clouds dies.

For the first card I wanted a longer rainbow.  I created two of the large rainbow elements, inverting the colors on the second one so when I put them together in an 's' curve/wave, the colors are continuous.

In order to make putting the rainbow together a little easier, I traced the shape of the rainbow die cut onto some scrap cardstock and then adhered the individual strips to that. 

The sentiment is also from the Rainbows & Clouds.  It's not overtly birthday, but I think it definitely fits in the theme.

My second card is in the next post....had to break them up as they linky widget wouldn't allow me to link twice to this post.

Hope your weekend is going well!  We are down to one kid again.  Andrew starts work tomorrow, and so Ellie is out with my parents for a few days.  Carina moves up to the three year old preschool class tomorrow, she's going to be a Puffin!  I'm pretty excited, she's ready to move on, but I am sad that the one teacher's helper who has been with her from the very start won't be moving on with them.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Creative Memories - Assorted colors from Contemporary cardstock pack; Coredinations - Blue card base; CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Lil Inker Designs - Rainbows & Clouds stamp set
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Lil Inker Designs - Rainbows & Clouds Dies; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Friday, August 23, 2013

Artful Delight Friday - Butterfly Kisses

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday!

This week's Artful Delight card was built around this gorgeous floral print.  I love the soft watercolor feel to the paper and really wanted to showcase it.

The sentiment is from the Jillibean Soup stamp set that comes with the kit.  It's stamped on a very subtle patterned paper from the kit with Hero Arts Wet Cement, which I thought matched that soft gray Bazzill cardstock really well.

That sweet yellow button with the scalloped imprints is from the kit and I added a couple of my Punky Sprouts buttons as complements with May Arts Burlap Twine as an accent.  A few enamel dots added an extra pop of color.

ETA (Edited to Add):  I'm going to link this up with the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World.  I think the soft colors and flowers are perfect for that challenge - here's the trigger graphic:

That's all for today!  Hope you are having a great week.  Looking forward to one last weekend of summer before Andrew goes back to work.  Ellie starts after Labor Day, but the teachers go back a week early.  Gotta make the weekend a good one!

Supplies Used:  Artful Delight August Card Kit; Punky Sprouts Buttons; May Arts Burlap Twine; Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Ink; MME - The Sweetest Thing Enamel Dots; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape and Liquid Glass; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The ABC's of Me - Scrapbook Circle Challenge #58

Just popping in to share a layout I made for Scrapbook Circle's Getting to Know You Challenge.

For this challenge you are supposed to create a layout about yourself.  I don't normally scrapbook myself, and I also don't tend to have a lot of photos of myself as I'm usually the one holding the camera.  So, I opted to go for a photo free layout. 

This was a lot of fun to create.  Each of the little squares is 2" x 2", and I got to use lots of stuff from my stash. 

Coming up with all the different words was a little harder than I thought.  Had to stretch on some of them.  I tried to use both good and bad characteristics, and there are some contradictions too - for example I have both introverted and (e)Xtroverted on the layout.  I would normally classify myself as an extroverted introvert.  I'm extroverted once I get to know you, but until then, I'm introverted.

Since I used so many different thickers on the layout itself, I thought I would create my own lettering for the title.  Looking at the layout when complete, it kind of reminds me of a calendar.  I'm not going to list the supplies on this since it's just a ton of little piece of paper and thickers.

Anyway, that's all for now.  Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Love Always - Mama Elephant Photo Challenge

Inked up one of my new Mama Elephant stamps last night to play along with the current Mama Elephant challenge.  I adore the designs in the Filigree set.  Here's what I came up with:

For this card I stamped the large doily with neon yellow first.  Then on another piece of cardstock I stamped it with Versafine and then Versamark with clear embossing powder.  Then I fussy cut the center parts of the doily and adhered them to the neon doily.

A pink sentiment and a little bit of Hambly overlay that I have been hoarding finish it off.

A little tedious because of the fussy cutting, but I love how it turned out.

Hope your week is going well!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy, Hambly overlay from mys tash
Stamps:  Mama Elephant - Filigree
Ink:  Versafine; Versamark; Hero Arts - Neon Yellow and Bubblegum
Other:  CTMH - Clear Embossing Powder; Kuretake - Glue Pen

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Winter and Spring for Elle's Studio

The mailman brought me my recent Shutterfly order over the weekend, and I was able to pull together a couple more layouts for Elle's Studio's Use Your Stash weekend challenge.

This first layout is from this past Christmas.  It 'snowed' Christmas evening so I ran the girls out to my parents first thing in the morning as my whole family was in town, in order to get some sledding in with their aunts/uncle/cousin.  Shortly after I took the photos (like minutes) Carina decided she was not into it and wanted back inside, so my older sister ended up taking Ellie out.

I used the Serendipity line for this layout, and I have used more tags on this layout than I ever have on a single layout.  The cherish tag is actually part of the paper, and I thought I would create kind of a border of tags on the right side to go along with it.

The alphas are some old MME Luxe alphas that are actually a lighter shade of pink.  I darkened them up with a sponge dauber and some Tulip ink.

This next layout includes no photos of people!  And it's not about my family!  My favorite flowers are peonies.  We have two peony plants in our yard.  I always look forward to when those big flowers show up - to me it means spring is really here to stay.  I had snapped a few photos this spring, and as part of my efforts to scrap a little more about myself, thought they were the makings of a good layout.

I used one of the circle elements from my new Well Rounded stencil to create those bright pink flower like elements on the base page.  They are painted on using a paintbrush dipped in Dylusions Bubblegum ink spray.  Some vellum elements and a tag from the Serendipity exclusive kit and one of the You and Me stamps were added as well as some lines that I drew around the edges of the layout using a ruler.

That's all for today!  We had a happy family reunion this morning when Andrew arrived, heading straight to one of our favorite breakfast places as Andrew was craving bacon.  After two plus weeks apart, it's great to have everyone under one roof again!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Supplies Used
Celebrate Snow
Paper/Cardstock:  Elle's Studio - Serendipity papers; Recollections - Vellum
Stamps:  Elle's Studio - Day to Day Happy Moments stamp
Ink:  Hero Arts - Soft Granite; CTMH - Tulip
Other:  Elle's Studio - Serendipity Cutouts, Tidbits, Lil' Snippets, and Limited Edition Vellum and Tags, MME - Luxe Alpha; Pigma - Black Micron Pen; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy
Stamps:  Elle's Studio - You & Me 2x3 stamp
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Elle's Studio - Serendipity Limited Edition Vellum and Tags; The Crafter's Workshop - Well Rounded 12x12 stencil; Ranger - Bubble Gum Dylusions Ink Spray; American Crafts - Dear Lizzy Berry Thickers; Scrapbook Adhesives - Black Photo Corners; Xyron - 1 1/2" Sticker Maker; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Pigma - Black Micron Pen

Saturday, August 17, 2013

3 Peas in a Pod - Cocoa Daisy August Sketch and Elle's Studio Use Your Stash

I'm trying to do better about keeping up with my scrapbooking....I have piles and piles of photos to I'm trying to complete at least one layout a week.  This week I decided to play along with Cocoa Daisy's August Sketch challenge, by happy coincidence Elle's Studio is sponsoring a Use Your Stash challenge this week and their papers and tags were perfect for this layout.

These photos are from a couple years ago when we were visiting Andrew's parents.  It's kind of crazy that Carina is now almost as big as Ellie was at the time.

Anyway, I was able to incorporate all sorts of fun goodies.  Elle's Studio papers and tags, BossyJoscie flair, SC veneers, Pretty Little Studio tag, Sketchbook Thickers, lots of things I have been hoarding.  (I'm also going through a craft area move/overhaul and have realized I have a ton of stuff and should stop saving things for 'the perfect time'.)

This one came together quickly and easily and has assuaged my scrapbooking guilt for the week.

Hope your weekend is going well!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Elle's Studio - Day to Day collection and Limited Edition Vellum; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Ink:  Hero Arts - Soft Pool Shadow Ink
Other:  Elle's Studio - Day to Day Tabs and Tidbits; American Crafts - Sketchbook Thickers and Dear Lizzy Brads; BossyJoscie flair; Studio Calico - Wood Veneer Asterisks and Badges,  Pretty Little Studio - Sandcastle Number tags; My Mind's Eye - Miss Caroline label sticker; Pigma - Black Micron Pen; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Liquid Glass

Friday, August 16, 2013

Artful Delight Friday - Just for You

Happy Friday! 

Here is my Artful Delight card this week.  Very CAS, but I love how this turned out.  At first I wasn't sure that these two papers would work together, but I think the black quatrefoil pattern on the butterfly takes the focus off the houndstooth pattern so that the focus is on the gorgeous color of the paper. 

The butterfly stamp doesn't actually have the butterfly body on it - I colored that in with a marker.

This is one of those cards that I stared at for a while, trying to decide if it was too simple, if I should add something else, but ultimately I decided I like the simplicity and bold contrast of the colors/patterns.

Hope that you have a great end to your week.  Picking up Ellie this weekend and Andrew gets home Sunday.  So excited to have the whole family back together again!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Supplies Used:  Artful Delight August Card Kit; Memento - Tuxedo Black Ink; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; American Crafts - Black 05 Precision Point Pen

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I totally lied - 10 Minute Craft Dash #23

I once swore up and down that I would never ever do the 10 minute craft dash.  I was compelled to make myself a liar this week as there's a huge prize up for grabs and I couldn't resist trying.

I went for a super simple card, pulled out my supplies in advance and had a general idea of what I was going to do.

This is what I came up with:

And this is how much time was left when I was done:

In general I'm kind of meh about the card.  It's not a show stopper, and I can see lots of flaws/issues with it, but it was an interesting experiment for me.

I'm a very deliberate/trial and error crafter.  I will take hours to make one card or layout because I like to spread out, put something on, take it back off, move things around, try different color/pattern combinations to find what I like, oh and I make a TON of mistakes.  There's a whole forest out there that I had a hand in slaying because I mess up my stamping, smudge something, whatever.

Anyway, the point is, that it was good to step out of my comfort zone and to force myself to not over think.  In fact, I think this was a really good 'jump start'.  Each year Nathalie Kallbach has a series of Creative Jump Starts on her blog - to get your creative juices flowing.  I remember one year (and unfortunately I can't remember who it was, maybe Julie Balzer) one of the presenters shared that before she started really working, she would make a few tags to just get her creative juices flowing....and I think this type of challenge is perfect for that.  When I was done, I was ready to sit down and craft....unfortunately it was not to be as I actually do have to dash.  We're heading down to pick up Ellie today.  Can't wait to see her!  Mama/Carina time has been great, but I think we're both ready for some fresh blood. 

Thanks for stopping by, come back tomorrow to see my Artful Delight card for this week.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy and Twilight cardstock
Stamps:  The Craft's Meow - Birthday Pun
Ink:  Hero Arts - Soft Pool and Soft Granite
Other:  MME - The Sweetest Thing enamel dots; American Crafts - Amy Tangerine chevron ribbon; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Craft Knife

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

100 Days of Tombow

A while back I was contacted by Tombow and invited to participate in their 100 Days of Tombow event.  They have invited 100 different bloggers to showcase some of their great products and for each submission Tombow is making a $100 donation to the Council for Arts Education. 

I jumped at the chance to participate since Tombow happens to be my go to adhesive of choice.  Tombow sent me a set of Irojiten Color Pencils, Dual Brush Pens (grunge set), and a Stamp Runner. 

I used the Dual Brush Pens to create this card using Avery Elle's Ikat Additions.  I used the two pink pens to brush the ink onto the stamp alternating between the light and dark pen.  Once that was complete, I used the darker pink pen, coloring directly onto an acrylic block and then picking up that ink with a water brush to color in the spaces between the stamped strips.  Once the first coat was done, I went back and emphasized the edges of those sections with the pen and blended again with the water brush.  I also added some water/color to the dark pink stamped images to brighten the color.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's On Target set. 

I wanted to showcase the pencils as well, so I created this next card.

The image is Stampendous and colored with the pencils.  They were quite forgiving and it was easy to go back and deepen the colors by adding another layer.  I used a white gel pen to emphasize the snow on the image.  I used the gray brush pen to create the wash in the background using the same technique as on the first card (water pen and ink brushed onto an acrylic block).

The sentiment is from Uniko Studio, and those thin lines were just drawn in with two different thicknesses of pen.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks so much to Tombow for the opportunity to work with these great products!

Supplies Used
You're the One Card
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy, Bazzill Card Shoppe - Candy Hearts Cardstock
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Ikat Additions; Mama Elephant - On Target
Ink:  CTMH - Ruby
Other:  Tombow - Grunge Dual Brush Pens, Stamp Runner; Ranger - Water Brush 
Seasons Greetings Card
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy cardstock; Echo Park - Season's Greetings collection
Stamps:  Stampendous - Cling Snow Bird; Uniko Studio - Label Love:  Christmas
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Tombow - Irojiten Color Pencils, Grunge Dual Brush Pens, and Stamp Runner; White Gel Pen; American Crafts - Black 01 Precision Pen; Pigma - Black Micron 05 Pen

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

RCC84 - Good Day Sunshine

Hey Everyone!  I'm here to share my card for this month's Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Summertime Fun

I went pretty clean and simple for this one.

I used my Studio Calico Circle Graph mask, misting it with a couple Dylusion ink sprays. 

The sentiment is from Unity's Good Day Sunshine Itty Bitty, and I added a bit of American Crafts sheer ribbon that I threaded through a couple slits made with my craft knife.

I'm going to be linking this up to Unity's Itty Bitty a Day challenge on facebook too.

Thanks so much for coming by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy and Black cardstock
Stamps:  Unity - Good Day Sunshine Itty Bitty
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Studio Calico - Circle Graph mask; Ranger - Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Spray; American Crafts Sheer Ribbon, CTMH - Craft Knife; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hello Friend - Reverse Confetti SFYTT

I thought I would play along with Reverse Confetti's sketch for you to try this month.

I pulled out some papers from CTMH's new Babycakes collection, yup it's a baby/kid collection, but the B sides are so soft and pretty and versatile, perfect for the look I was going for.

All the stamps on this card are from Reverse Confetti's Peacock Pretties set.  The border isn't actually that long, I did a little masking to extend it the full length of the strip.  The feather was embossed on vellum and fussy cut.

Thanks for coming by!  Hope your week is off to a great start!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Babycakes papers, Slate and Colonial White cardstock; Recollections - vellum
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti - Peacock Pretties
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  CTMH - Gold embossing powder, Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Saturday, August 10, 2013

You & Me


Sharing a card today that I made a while back.  There's a little bit of all sorts of stuff here.

The stamps are from Reverse Confetti's Dream in Color set.  Flair from BossyJoscie, and papers from CTMH.  The pins are quilting T-pins.  I added some ribbon and then secured them with May Arts burlap string.  A little bit of washi tape and staples finished it off.

I'm going to link this one up over at Reverse Confetti.

Hope you are having a good weekend, busy here.  Bunch of cleaning today, gym, bike riding, and I took Carina to see her first movie:  Monsters U.  She wasn't as into being in the theater as Ellie was at her age.  Sat in my lap most of the time, and didn't necessarily pay attention the whole time.  She was very sad that they had to go home at the end, and this disturbed her the whole way home....go figure as I thought the ending was pretty happy....

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Bazzill Card Shoppe - Waxed Lips; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock and For Always patterned paper
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti - Dream in Color
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  BossyJoscie flair; Misc Washi Tape; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Quilting T Pins; Recollections - Red Grosgrain Trim; May Arts - White Burlap String; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Thermoweb - Zots Dimensional Adhesive; CM - Corner Rounder

Friday, August 9, 2013

Artful Delight Friday - Love You More

For this week's card I wanted to incorporate one of the cute little Fancy Pants bags that were in the kit. 

I embossed the sentiment, from the Jillibean Soup stamp set, onto the bag as well as one of the patterned papers.  The 'O's were fussy cut and adhered to the bag. 

I cut a very thin strip of that pink paper to use as 'trim' threading it through the little cardstock sentiment tag.

Loving the fun and graphic elements in this kit.

Hope that you have a great end to your week!

Supplies Used:  Artful Delight August Card Kit; CTMH - White Embossing Powder; Versamark; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Going for a ride

Scraptastic Kit Club is celebrating their third anniversary with a crop, and I thought I would try and play along with some challenges.  This is my first layout.  The challenge was to use three photos and three patterned papers.

I chose some photos from our vacation last summer to Lake Lanier.  My sisters rented some of these stand up paddle boards and before they went out themselves, took each of the girls out for a little ride.

Since we were a little worried about sending Carina out there, Lydia ended up sitting on the board with her and paddling and Esther swam alongside.  We're all about safety here folks! 

Anyway, I chose three papers, one from AC's XOXO line (the ruled paper), and two from GCD's Sunkissed line (the waves and base paper).  I fussy cut the wave paper to anchor the bottom of the photo portion.  Now you might be wondering about that fourth print at the top of the paper - by happy coincidence that is the print on the reverse of the ruled paper, perfect to have water below and sky above, no? 

The entire central portion was stitched around the edge.  I added some enamel dots and an Elle's Studio tag, and wrote my journaling on the wave paper, following the wavy lines. 

Hoping to get at least one more layout done for Scraptastic this evening, so no time to chit chat.  Have a great evening!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  GCD Studios - Sunkissed collection; AC - XOXO collection
Other:  AC - Journal Foam Thickers; MME - The Sweetest Thing and Kate & Co enamel dots; Elle's Studio - Serendipity Limited Edition tag; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I Miss You

A quick share today.  I created this card a while back using Ronda Palazarri's Urban Landscape stencil.

A really simple, easy way to use stencils, just adding ink with blending tool and daubers.  The patterned paper is from Ready Set Go and the sentiment is Lil Inker Designs.

I actually just sent this card away with Andrew.  He left over the weekend for a mission trip with our church.  Believe it or not, I have a lot of cards lying around, so I sent one for each day he is away.  Ellie left this morning to visit his parents and siblings for a week or so, so it's just me and Carina for a while.  Looking forward to some one on one time with her....she copies Ellie so much it will be nice to see more of her own personality.

Hope your week is going well!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  American Crafts - Ready Set Go 6x6 paper pad; CTMH - White Daisy and Black cardstock
Stamps:  Lil Inker Designs - Sentiment Flag Additions
Ink:  CTMH - Black, Honey, Autumn Terracotta; Distress Inks:  Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mowed Grass, Evergreen Bough
Other:  The Crafter's Workshop - Urban Landscape 6x6 stencil; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sixy and Scrabble

I thought I would pop in to share one of my projects that was published in Paper Crafts Birthday Creations Vol 3.

I actually had two other projects in this issue, another card and tag, but this one is my favorite. 

Busy weekend here, a bit rough, but got a lot done and had some good quality time with the girls. 

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Paper Sweeties Birthday Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  I'm so happy to be helping my friend Debbie celebrate the one year birthday of her stamp company Paper Sweeties today.  Debbie has all sorts of fun things planned this month and she's kicking it off with a three day blog hop.  She's offering a great prize too, someone is going to win the entire August release!

I created a birthday/celebration card for the hop:

I used the Emma, Dream a Little Dream, and Happy Fall Ya'll sets on this card.

I love piecing, so had a great time dressing sweet Emma.

The majority of the papers are from Authentique's Delightful collection, although her underskirt is a paper from CTMH's La Belle Vie collection.  I added some gems and Liquid Glass accents to her crown, and some SRM stickers at the top and bottom.

A little piecing tip.  I like to piece in layers because it adds depth, but in this instance, if I had left all the dress layers intact, it would have been too bulky up top and looked funny, so I trimmed the underskirt and white portion of the dress at the waist line.  Then I trimmed Emma herself, using only her top half.  This allows the figure to lay flat.  You get dimension where you should, in the layers of the dress, but she doesn't look top heavy.


Also, when I piece detailed images, a lot of times I don't totally adhere the image.  So for example, I didn't put adhesive on Emma's pigtails or the edges of the clouds.  I think this adds some extra dimension/depth to the card.

OK, that's all for me.  There are lots of stops on the hop, but you have until August 17th to complete it.  I've got the links for all three days listed below.  There are some VERY talented ladies participating, so start at the Paper Sweeties blog (you'll find all the details on how to win) and have a wonderful time hopping!

Have a great weekend!

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Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Authentique - Delightful 6x6 pad; CTMH - La Belle Vie collection, White Daisy, Parchment, and Chocolate Cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Sweeties - Emma, Dream a Little Dream, and Happy Fall Ya'll
Ink:   CTMH - Cocoa
Other:  CTMH - Clear gems, Liquid Glass, CM - Custom Cutting System Ovals; SRM Stickers - birthday Border Stickers; Tombow - Mono Adhesive