Monday, February 13, 2017

So Happy Hungry Caterpillar Layout

Happy Valentine's Day, Stampin' Friends! Today I'm sharing a sweet and scrappy project featuring my littlest dude. When I saw this sketch from Stuck Sketches, I immediately remembered these sweet pics of Max taking home his classroom caterpillar. I only had three pics, and my favorite one is kind of blurry, but I couldn't let sleeping caterpillars lie...
 I used papers from the Dreamin' Big line. I just love this woodgrain! I drew and trimmed out my rustic star. The edges of all the pieces are scissor distressed. 
Most of the embellishments came from the coordinating Complements. Some are cardstock weight stickers, but then there are these super cool acrylic pieces! I added black acrylic dots to the flower stickers.

This is my slightly blurry favorite picture. He gets that look when he thinks he's being funny or getting away with something, and he's had it since he was a tiny baby! to me, this is so Max. Also, can I just point out the ladybug? I mean, seriously. {Double heart!} Am I the only one with a thing for ladybugs? 
In honor of the sweetest day of the year, CTMH is offering an awesome flash sale from 2 p.m. on February 14th through 2 p.m. on the 15th. To see which items will be discounted during the sale, visit my shopping website at any time during the sale—the Sweet Sale items will be listed on that page. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and there is no grace period for placing orders, so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Blog Hop with Heart(s)

Welcome to the Blog Hop with Heart(s). This month's theme is, of course, hearts! You might be arriving here from BECCA'S BLOG. You can find a complete list of blogs at the bottom of this post. Let's hop!
I have the simplest little project this month. When I heard the theme was hearts I made a lot of plans, but today Mac came home from school complaining that he needs his Valentine's Box for his classroom. Ahem, what do you mean? I guess a note was sent last week, but moving is killing my last brain cells, so I missed that part. We duct taped a small box (something we aren't lacking around here right now, lol) with shiny silver duct tape. Then we used scrapbooking cardstock and more red duct tape to create a Harry face and scarf to fit on the top of the box. Everything was eyeballed and handcut, because dinner had to be made and time was of the essence, YKWIM? We filled his glasses with acrylic hearts, which I attached with strong glue so they won't pop off. Then I sawed a mouth into the face (sorry, Harry) so kids can stuff the Valentines in. Max is thrilled, we are all caught up, and Harry is pretty darn cute. We even wrote "alohamora" on the back where he can open the box to get his goodies out!

Next up on the hop is SHELLY'S BLOG. I'm sure you'll {HEART} all the projects, so be sure to keep hopping until you end up back here!
**Wendy** You are here!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Nobunny Like You Heart Card

This weekend I was lucky enough to scrap and stamp with some of my favorite peeps at the coast! We spent the whole weekend giggling, crafting, and hanging out and it was so much fun. One of the projects I made was this card for my team to make as a hands-on for our meeting next Sunday. 
This is the February Stamp of the Month again, called Easter Bunny. I was working off the sweet new sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. After using a dot folder to emboss my White Daisy background, I added this wreath image that I die cut with the coordinating Thin Cuts die. The dotted paper is from the new Dreamin' Big paper line. I stamped the bunny with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with my handy watercolor pencils, blending with my small waterbrush. I tied on some grey thick twine, which I separated and then tied both strands on at the same time. My friend Amanda said that I should add a Lagoon cardstock mat to my card front, and of course she was right!
She also helped me get over my own laziness to add some paws to the little heart this sweet guy is holding. I found the tiny tulip image from the floral border included with the Happy Easter set was perfect for making his little paws. As a final touch I gave him some oversized wiggly eyes and then I squealed with happiness for entirely too long. I might be squealing again even as I type this - his eyes are just that adorable! I'll try to contain myself as I link up to the Paper Issues Let's Play Post Office Linky Party
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nobunny Like You Card

Happy February, Stampin' Friends! I am all moved into the new place, and the stamp room is almost ready for sharing. I can't tell you how good that feels. I couldn't wait until I finished really unpacking to get my paws inky, so I whipped up a sweet February Stamp of the Month card to share before I take off for a scrapbook retreat at the coast this weekend. 
This Easter Bunny stamp set is the most adorable thing! My card was inspired by the new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. If you've been hanging out here with me, you know that I am just not a one layer card crafter, but for this card I simply stamped the floral image three times with brown Memento ink. Then I colored the flowers with my watercolor pencils. I used reds, pinks, and brown, playing along with this week's Color Throwdown Challenge. Don't you just {heart} her polka dot dress?
I blended the watercolor pencils with my small waterbrush - love that tiny tip! Then I rubbed a pencil onto the tip of the damp brush and swooped it down under the area where my sweet little bunny would go. Then I flicked the tip of my waterbrush to throw some extra dots of color onto the card. I stamped and colored her on watercolor paper, then cut her out and added thin 3-D foam tape to give her a little extra something-something. The stitch lines were drawn on with a brown watercolor pencil after everything was dry.

I'm sure I'll have more sweet bunny art to share with you after my crafty friends getaway this weekend. I'm linking this card up to the Heart 2 Heart Falling in Love challenge, since I'm completely head over heels for these sweet bunnies!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Choose Happy Watercolor Card

I know I've been MIA lately. I've been working hard on the unexpected last minute move that's taking fooooorev-aaaah  since all the Portland Snowpocalypses kept derailing our plans. I miss y'all, and I promise as soon as my new stamp room is unpacked you'll see a whole lot more fun stuff over here. In the meantime, it's Monday, which means a new sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, PLUS I just got a package of amazing goodies from ADORNit (I won it participating in their fabulous Coloring Party - seriously go watch the videos before they are gone. Thank you so much, ADORNit!!), and I think that calls for a stopping of all move related activities for a quick watercolor card! Just don't tell John...
I'd apologize for the awesome photography, but as you can see from the background my stamp room is in pieces, in boxes, in piles, and in bags, so I was quite literally lucky to find a space to make this project, never mind find my Shot Box. I used a sweet watercolor card panel I got from ADORNit, colored with watercolor pencils and blended with water brushes. I used a technique where I blended the pencils onto the back of my hand with a bit of water and then painted the color onto the panel with a fine tipped water brush. I trimmed the painted panel, letting the floral sprays hang over the edges, and mounted it onto some yellow Fundamentals stripe before adding it to a new Dreamin' Big pocket Scrapbooking card
I added some sparkly touches to the sentiment and the lightning bugs using a shimmer gel pen. Then I trimmed a tiny ladybug out of a scrap of that PML card background to tuck into the jar. A few outlines with a fine tipped journaling pen and my first project in a month was done! Oh my golly that felt good...I clearly need to get this room unpacked ASAP, 'cause I'm in craft withdrawal! I'll have a post on the new space coming soon. Miss you bunches, Stampin' Friends!
P.S. You've only got a couple more days to snag this amazing paper wreath kit that I totally didn't tell you about since I've been moving. I'd post a pic of mine, but I'd need a compass, a shovel, and a week of snacks to find it in this mess! Check out a fun video for this project and the details on how to make it yours right HERE. And I'm sorry I didn't tell you sooner...but I'll be hosting a crop in the new space on February 26th if you need a place to craft this or any other project that makes your heart go pitter pat. Save the date!

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