Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Guesting With Spice Market


Hey y'all!  I'm a day late sharing (actually I got my days mixed up),
but I was up yesterday as a Guest Designer with
BASIC GREY

I chose to work with one of the new collections, "Spice Market"
It's so pretty with its showcase of paprika, aqua, navy and olive!
I also mixed in a few of their enamel dots, but everything else was created
with this specific collection:


 I have a paper-folding technique up on the BG Blog for this card :)

A few layers using die-cuts and a journal card that I trimmed down to show
off the decorative edge.


 I loved this paper with all of the gorgeous blooms...here, I fussy-cut a couple of them
out and made them the focal point of the design.

 I highlighted the center of the pretty journal card with a die-cut heart and
then layered on some of the stickers from the collection.

See more close-ups and inspiration by visiting Basic Grey :)
Have a terrific day!


Friday, February 21, 2014

A Charmed Life

A Charmed Life
by
SIMPLE STORIES
can lean towards your St. Patty's decor, Spring projects or 
masculine layouts.  I love that it can be used for so many different subjects!
And the colors of kelly green, royal blue and sunny yellow make the collection
even more fun to play with!

First up I have just the sweetest little hanger using A Charmed Life 
 and a few goods from my stash: 
I started with a heavyweight chipboard semi circle that I covered with Happy Times Paper.
 Next, I matted the cute Insta Square with a swatch of the Happy Times (Side B) Paper and
 then attached it to the center of the semi-circle with foam adhesive. I embellished the top 
of the Insta Square with one of the small chipboard flowers and a yellow brad for the center. 

To the bottom, I added some felt flowers from my stash and die-cut a few
 leaves from the Happy.Go.Lucky Paper. Using some fabric glue, I inserted the
 two navy brads into the middle of the yellow felt flowers. A couple of punched holes
 were made and some pretty turquoise ribbon strung through for hanging. 

A Charmed Life Products: -Chipboard #3728 -Brads #3727 
-Happy.Go.Lucky Paper #3707 -Happy Times Paper #3709 -Insta-Squares #3730

 Next is an easy, easy, EASY card :) 
I think we could classify this as a "5-minute-or less" card! I cut the base paper
 1/2" smaller than the card, which gives a nice border of the card peeking through. 
The heart-motif Insta Square was added with foam adhesive and then embellished
 with one of the Bits & Pieces' tags and a brad. 
A Charmed Life Products: -Happy.Go.Lucky Paper #3707 -Insta Squares #3730
 -Bits & Pieces #3729 -Expression Cardstock Stickers #3703 

And lastly a cool frame that I collaged into fun home decor item:
 I started by removing the glass from the frame and reserving just the back piece.
 To it, I adhere a thin sheet of corkboard (you can find sheets or rolls at your local craft store). 

I took a couple of the SN@P! cards and trimmed them down so that they would create
 an even grid of four. For extra interest, I machine stitched around the edge
 of each card before attaching to the corkboard.

Each rectangle was adorned with different pieces from all around the 
"A Charmed Life" Collection! Bits &  Pieces, Chipboard shapes, brads and stickers were added. 

In finishing, I glued on a whimsical bow from some May Arts ribbon. If you're 
interested in creating a perpetual collage, use push pins or removable adhesive 
so that the cards can be changed out with each season! 

A Charmed Life Products: -SN@P! Cards #3723 -Bits & Pieces #3729 -Brads #3727
 -Chipboard #3728 -Fundamentals Cardstock Sticker #3702 

Want to see more Simple Stories inspo?  Visit the blog daily at 
Have a beautiful weekend, friends!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stamping in Brush Strokes

Happy Wednesday, everyone!
I played around with the Color Wash Stamps by 
PINK PAISLEE
this past week and wanted to share a couple of ideas.

The stamps come with a three different swaths of brush stroke stamps,
as well as six sentiments and a couple of different icons:

Here are two totally different projects that I made by incorporating the 
brush stroke images from the set:
SPARKLE EMBOSSED  CARD

For this card I stamped the textured white cardstock four times with the background
stamp and then embossed it with Clear Sparkle Embossing Glitter by WOW!

SUBWAY FRAMED ART
For this subway art, I used a combination of three inks by Memento and blended
them together to create a pretty ombre effect behind the word stamps.

I have even more tips and tricks up on the Pink Paislee Blog!
Check it out here: www.pinkpaislee.com
So glad you've stopped by today!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Eggstra Special House

Hello, everyone!
  I have been looking forward to this post and being able to share this adorable  
Egg House that I made Authentique Paper's Promise Collection
...it makes me even more ready for Spring!

 This egg shape is part of  the
 Cotton Tail Village Collection from SVGCuts.com
If you have your own personal cutting system, give this project a try!

 Although there is a tutorial available on the SVGCuts website, I will give you a little
play-by-play on how to put it all together.

You will start with a foundation piece that all of the smaller pieces are adhered to.
For this, I like to use the heaviest cardstock that I can find...Authentique's papers
work perfectly for projects such as this!  
After all of the smaller egg 'tiles' were cut, I distressed the edges in a walnut ink and
 then glued into place.I like to work with a quick drying liquid glue, especially when it
comes to all of the tabs that connect together in creating the finished product.

 The bottom of the egg sits on this handy 'box', which is also a part of the cutting file.
I trimmed around the top with some pretty May Arts novelty ribbon and then added some
 felt flowers from my stash. On the front of the box, I adhered one of the punch-out
pieces from the Components Die-Cut Paper Accents sheet.

I think the little details make the project!  In finishing the house, I glued lengths of pink/white
 baker's twine between the seams of each panel.  I love how it tied everything together
and hid some of the imperfect edges created when cutting.

I love that this handmade Easter decor is almost 100% made from paper...
Authentique Paper's Promise Collection!  Create an entire village
there are three houses in the cutting file) to share on your Easter buffet and be prepared
 for lots of ooo's and ahhh's :)

Authentique Paper Products: Promise Collection-  promise "two" 12x12 paper; 
 promise "three" 12x12 paper; promise "six" 12x12 paper;  
"components" 6x12 die cut paper accents
Other Products- Cotton Tail Village- SVGCuts.com;  
Ribbon & Trim- May Arts Ribbon

See more of this sweet Spring collection at www.authentiquepaper.com

Chickaniddy

I feel in love with Chickaniddy Crafts the first time that I saw it, so
I was beyond thrilled when I was asked to join as an "Altered Girl" artist for the 
Spring-Summer 2014!
If you're unfamiliar with this new company, then you must come over and check out
the adorable products and to meet the rest of the newest Design Team!
We will begin sharing projects very soon...stay tuned :)
Monday, February 17, 2014

May Arts + Stampendous Fun!

Welcome to Day #1 of the 
STAMPENDOUS & MAY ARTS BLOG HOP
Be sure to start with May Arts Blog and leave a comment so that 
you're in the running for one of THREE prizes to be given away at the end of the week:
**1 spool of ribbon, a jumbo cling stamp set and handle**
I have two different projects to share today using the goodies that
Stampendous sent, and some May Arts ribbon of course :)
First up is an 8X10 canvas that I framed for hanging.
I'm not much of a 'mixed media' artist, so I went fairly clean-and-simple with this:

For the stamping: I used the Spider Mum Jumbo Cling Stamp, along with 
Black Staz-On Ink and Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils by Faber Castell.

 I stamped the 'mum' part first and then came back and added the stem and leaves.
For the coloring, I blended four different colors of Aquarelles: 121, 115, 111 & 108.
After the coloring was completed, I blended the shades together with a blending pen.

The leaves were a blend of Olive by Close To My Heart and the Aquarelle #108.
I added some dimension along the stem with a strand of the beautiful new 
3mm Diamond Chain in black from May Arts.  To adhere the strand to the canvas,
I used a bead of Glossy Accents...but any strong, clear adhesive glue should work.

I removed the glass from the frame and then inserted the canvas.  
After doing so, I trimmed around the inner edge of the frame with 
Olive Mini Pom Pom Ribbon using fabric glue.
Finally, a yellow bow from the 5/8" Grosgrain Dots Ribbon was added.

And next up is a sweet little hanging that was quick, fun and easy to assemble!
I've used the Stampendous Stack Art Embellishment Kit and the Sumptuous Stack Art
Elements Kit EK MO3, along with patterned paper from Authentique Paper's
 Flourish Collection and Teal 5/8" Satin/Grosgrain Double Band Ribbon and lace
trim from May Arts.

In the kit, you will find chipboard pieces along with matching sheets of adhesive.
Just apply the die-cut adhesive over the chipboard shape and then glitter!
There is also a sheet of different quotes that will fit into the window opening.
These make really cute gifts to have on hand for those last-minute parties or
forgotten birthdays :)

That is all that I have for you today...hope that you've enjoyed today's hop!
Don't forget to check in at the May Arts' Blog each day this week for more inspo!
www.mayarts.com/blog




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tweet Notebook

I have such a tweet little DIY project up today at 
DOODLEBUG DESIGN
 
Using an inexpensive, plain 'ole legal pad and a bit of 
Doodlebug magic, you too can whip up this little notebook in no time!




Drop by the Doodlebug Blog and see how I put it all together!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's New Wednesday


Every Wednesday we share the latest and greatest finds from
BELLA BLVD

The script on this Candid Card is so cute! I didn't want to distract the "pretty" wording with 
too much embellishing, so I chose two 'white' areas and filled in with some die-cuts that I cut in half.
Change up the wording to reflect exactly what you'd like to say to the recipient ... with the 
High Five Alpha stickers, you can pick from large to small fonts, as shown here!


Supplies: Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Peep; Family Forever: Language of Love, 
Paper Pieces; High Five Alpha Stickers: Piggy Punch; Molly: Candid Cards; 
Button Market: Hot Pink Flowers

 The Candid Cards are perfect backdrops for your cards! I used two of the 3X4 cards
 and cut them in half so that the other halves can be used later. Next, I attached the heart
 card with foam adhesive and kept the embellishments simple by using a flower sticker
and a couple of layered buttons.

Supplies: Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Peep; Molly: Candid Cards; Family Forever: 
Treasures & Text; Button Market: Neutral Mix, Fruit Punch

All of the NEW Bella Blvd collections are shipping, so look for them at your
favorite scrapbook store soon!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Red, White and Pink

I'm a little late, but I have the 
MONDAY MORNING CHALLENGE
to share from Bella Blvd!

Our challenge was to use the conventional Valentine colors of 
red, white and pink for an everyday project.
The best part about cardmaking is that "I Love You's" can be
given anytime of the year, so I kept with that theme in mind :)

Because Bella Blvd papers are full of fun chevron patterns, this card can be recreated
 with any theme in mind! I highlighted the lighter area with strips of Designer Tape 
and then embellished the front simply with layers of Crochet Hearts and a couple of 
chipboard stickers. I hesitated adding the green leaves, but I really love the extra
 color that it brings to an all-ready colorful card!

Supplies: Play Date: Tabs; Daily Chevies: Chevy Peep; Ciao Chip Elements: Stars & Hearts, 
Trees; Crochet Hearts: McIntosh, White; Designer Tape: Red Dot

 I love combining different elements from different collections and watch the design evolve! 
From the heart die-cut, I cut the sentiment "love you more" from it and then covered the area
 with a strip of the Borders paper. I then layered on the sentiment and added a couple of
 hand-cut flowers and leaves from the Molly paper. I gave the leaves some color with a
 brush marker before attaching. I wanted to give the die-cut heart a little extra 'frill', 
so I used one of the scalloped heart dies (by Spellbinders) and mounted the heart onto it.

Supplies: Play Date: Catching Bugs; Family Forever: Borders; Molly: Sketch With Style; 
Snapshots: Paper Pieces; Christmas Countdown: Captions, Tabs 


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

May Arts: New Release Week!

Come and join us at May Arts Ribbon all week
as we share projects created with brand new ribbons and trims
from the CHA-Winter Release!

I have a covered paper mache egg up today:
Come by and see how I put it all together and what yummy new ribbons I've used!
Also, leave a comment on each blog post this week for your chance to win 
**2 SPOOLS of MAY ARTS RIBBON**
Good Luck & Enjoy the fun!

Unconditional Love: The Canine Kind

Through February 14th, we're playing with the new
Sweetheart Collection
by 
DOODLEBUG DESIGN

Who can resist posing with their canine pal? 
Today I'm up with a special layout of my daughter and our beloved Bear on Christmas Day. 
 Sydnee couldn't wait to give him his Christmas treat!
I normally love black and white photos 
(basically because I don't have to worry about clashing colors LOL), 
but to go along with the Kraft look found in the Sweetheart Collection, I used a sepia tone 
for this layout.  I am really excited about the addition of the cut-out journal cards;  for the title,
 I cut one of the cards down to size and then used the Love Letters Stickers to spell it all out!

Doodle Washi Tape is one of my very favorite things and I love seeing them ALL together! 
 So, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 6" X 9" and applied the various patterns as shown...
for extra POP, I added it to the base paper with foam adhesive. 
 A portion of the Valentine Tickets was used as a little journaling spot.

And I think I speak for all of the Design Team when I say that we were MOST
 excited about the Paper Doilies!  Here, I cut one in half and tucked it behind the washi tape panel.
  A trio of heart stickers were placed to create a visual triangle.  I topped each heart with
 a small flower sticker adorned with a Sprinkles center :)

I hope that you enjoy the Sweetheart Collection as much as I do!