Monday, June 26, 2017

Thinking Of You Daisy Card

Aaaand apparently the best I can do is one blog post for the month of June. While I have been feeling better and better, I could either craft or I could blog. So I've been crafting, as those of you who follow me on Instagram can attest! This month I've made about 30 vinyl T-Shirts (my current fave), 2 sets of decorative badges for my girls, my next workshop of Jack scrapbook layouts (coming to the blog soon), dozens of original PML cards, unicorn cards for the Scrap Expo swap, my convention contest layout (cross your fingers for me), hosted a Craft Soiree, and who knows what else. I fed my family, attended concerts, volunteered so many hours at school, and I LIVED! Each day I thought, "I haven't blogged in a while..." and then I collapsed into bed. 
As I sat down to make a card for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I figured that you deserve to know that I am truly "Thinking of You", even though I've been so quiet lately. I have so many things to share, and after 4th of July I will have the boys settled into summer routine. Then we can grab a nice cuppa and catch up! This card is done with Little Dreamer papers, but nary a unicorn in sight! I added one sweet paper pieced daisy to the corner and a lot of gems. The sentiment is a little sneak peek of something coming this fall. 
There will be no more blog posts this week, because in about an hour I'm grabbing some girlfriends and we are heading to Salt Lake City for the biggest party of the year: CTMH Convention! If you love sneak peeks, be sure to follow me on Instagram or check out my Facebook page, as I will be posting lots of updates through this week. And if you don't like sneak peeks...stay far away on Thursday. Maybe hide out in your crafting area and make a card for AHCH. Miss you bunches, Stampin' Friends, and I'll see you back here real soon!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Be Gentle Friendship Card

Today I was beating myself up for not getting more done. As though I hadn't just spent a week in my bed too sick to function. As though I could just decide that I was well enough to return to my normal top speed get everything done mode. I have to do lists! I WROTE IT DOWN!! 
Today there is also a new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. So I grabbed one of my AdornIt Paintables sheets and did a quick watercolor on one of the frames. I added a sweet sentiment that I clearly need to take heed of myself, and attached it to some Green Chevron double sided paper. I grounded the design with a strip of washi tape instead of a sentiment, since I already had a lot of sentiment going on at the top.
I added some thick grey twine as a wrap to the Paintables element, but I wanted to add something to the bow/knots. I tried flowers and buttons galore, until I found this little cat hanging out in my random cool buttons jar. I snipped off his backing and popped him up on some foam tape. I may have needed this sentiment, but with the addition of the cat I know just who needs to receive this card now. I hope it helps her take a step back into self care as it did for me. Be kind to yourselves, Stampin' Friends. We are all doing the best we can. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Have a Magical Day Card

After a week of being so sick I could barely move, never mind lift a stamp, it was super satisfying to get back into my stamp room this weekend. Some amazing friends came over and we made 17 vinyl shirts yesterday (this one was my favorite), and the crafty time we spent together was balm to my soul. then I got a start on my swap cards for next weekend's Scrap Expo in Puyallup. The theme for the swap is embossing!
I sanded the cardstocks and created the rainbow strip to go along with this week's Mojo Monday Challenge. Then I added some sweet rainbow polka dot washi. I used the matching Thin Cuts dies to bust out a herd of these unicorns and banners. The white background is actually heart embossed cardstock, and the Unicorn's body is embossed with a sparkly bridal type embossing powder.
I used the watercolor over stamping technique from my Unicorns & Rainbows Workshop to paint the unicorn's nose, tail, mane, and horn. Then I topped off my sparkly unicorn with mis-matched googly eyes and sprinkles gems and sequins around her. I hope my swapping partners will be happy next weekend!   

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Live Beautifully Doily Card

I was cleaning up my photo files when I realized I hadn't yet shared this sweet Mother's Day using the National Scrapbooking Month Live Beautifully papers. They are almost gone, and Mother's Day is past, but I hope you won't mind...
There's literally no stamping on this card except for the easily changed out sentiment. How pretty is that huge vintage floral? I paired it with a doily, the subtle grey stripe from the Live Beautifully packet and the gold foil dots. I'm just so sad that there's only a little bit of time left to grab this gorgeous floral paper suite!
I cut the trio of cream roses from another print in the packet, and popped them up with some thin foam tape. The black glitter is Shimmer Trim I punched with a scallop border. I sprinkled on a few gold glitter gems and tiny gold sequins to finish this pretty project off. I'm linking it up to the Heart 2 Heart Coming Up Roses Challenge, the Color My Heart Live Beautifully Challenge, and the Paper Issues May Mom-O-Gram Challenge

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bear with Sticky Boy Congrats Card

One of the big trips my CTMh team makes each year is to the CTMH Convention each summer. We love to travel in a group, and we often work together on extra projects to get ready for our trip - t-shirts, gifties, swaps, etc... It's only a little over a month before we jet off to Utah, so I've got a bit of Convention-on-the-brain-itis!
So when I won my new Jack Cardmaking set with this adorable big ol' bear who can HOLD ALL THE THINGS (Thanks, Naomi!) the first thing that popped in my mind was my tiny Sticky Boy stamp. It's a thing at CTMH conventions - they hide this stamp image in various sizes all over the place. He's even got his own Facebook page. You never know when or where you'll find one, and it's like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow when you do. Mine is a tiny little 1x1 image, just right to hang out with this bear. 
I paired my bear and Sticky Boy with my favorite new print from this Seasonal Expressions, the tiny heart print from Little Dreamer. I colored the images with watercolor pencil, lightly blended with a small water brush. And I couldn't resist giving this big bear some big wiggly eyes. This card is based on the fun new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge - pop over there to share a card of your own! I'm also linking up to the Heart 2 Heart Teeny Tiny Challenge!

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