Monday, April 27, 2015

Day 65: Have a Happy Day Card

Happy Monday! The sun is shining...the grass is's like I woke up in a Disney movie today! In honor of Springtime actually being here, I've got a bright and cheerful happy day card for you.  
I loosely based my card on the CASE this Sketch #120. I went a little out of the bounds with my flower background behind the birdie. I hope you'll forgive me. Must be the sunshine!

Update: Check out this card by Lilian YF. She made this months before I made mine - freaky, right? I couldn't find it in my pins, but I pin a lot of stuff, so maybe I saw it somewhere and filed the inspiration away until I finally got around to using this set? In any case, she's got a fab use for that feather image in this set, so go check her super cute blog out!
 I colored the focal flower and bird with my Shin Han markers. Have you seen my quick tip infographic on alcohol marker blending? I use a lot of blender pen when working on these guys, I also used the bullet tip of my marker to add that dotty outline to the sentiment!

Hope you have a fabulous HAPPY day!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Day 64: Operation Smile CREATE Wall Display

On Friday I'm heading to Seattle for a Close To My Heart Making Connections Event. At the event there will be an artwork auction to raise money for Operation Smile, an amazing charity that provides free, life-changing surgeries for children. I'm so excited to be bringing this piece of altered wood wall art to the Operation Smile Auction.
I wish you could see the sparkle of this piece, carefully painted with layers of silver glitter paint. I added a sentiment from the upcoming June SOTM, altered a bit with a little handmade banner to better fit the CTMH event. It says, "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy CTMH & that's the same kind of thing."
I handmade these paper gerber daisies using only one image from the Artiste Cartridge. Here's my Gerber Daisy Cricut Design Space file if you have that cartridge and you'd like to give it a go! I cut three larger daisies for the bases of the flower, and embossed a line down each petal. Then I formed the three smaller daisies using my embossing tool and the foam mat so they would curl up to form the center. Liquid glass holds them together, and I filled the centered with glitter gel, though a nice button wouldn't go wrong, either. 
. Aaaand I just couldn't let it go without a darling little butterfly, colored with my Shin Han markers and glittered on the black overlay. I'm linking this up to the Heart 2 Heart Wonderful World Challenge

It was a lot of detailed work to put this sweet wall display together, and at first I was like all "I'm too busy with show prep to donate artwork". But then I looked at the Operation Smile videos again, and I knew it was important to make time to help CTMH and Operation Smile help more children. I love how CTMH makes it possible to do good with every stamp set I purchase. 

If you're coming on Friday, be ready for the amazing auction - there's way more goodies than this! See you in Seattle!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 63: You Gotta Have Friends Layout

Last night I attended the Paper Issues Scrap and Chat online FB party and it was SO. MUCH. FUN!! We chatted on facebook, played some fun games, and there was an awesome scrapbooking challenge that I couldn't resist, even though lately I'm up to my ears in Heirloom Pro show prep!
I made this layout, using a fabulous sketch provided by  Orange Gearle. I applied texture paste using a Cricut honeycomb diecut as a template. I sprayed the texture paste with glitter and then I attempted to use my space heater to dry it faster....and it curled up like nobody's business. So then I stitched it to some Orange cardstock again and again and again. Lots of trimming and taping later, it was flat and ready to scrap!
I used up some of my new Amy Tangerine goodies that I won from the fabulous Melissa Elsner, who you should totally follow because she's keen! As a matter of fact, I'm planning to share the bounty - I used up some of the Amy Tangerine goodies, and I'm going to add a little something something and mail the rest (plus my goodness) to one of you! Follow me on instagram if you want to play along - I'll post that as soon as I get done with yet another birthday celebration today!
I wanted to grab a close up of this adorable piece of flair. You know who I'm talkin' 'bout, right Stamping Friends? 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 62: Making Connections Gerber Daisy Name Badge

So carrying on with the scrappin' my stash idea, I decided to work on my name badge for the upcoming Making Connections meeting in Seattle next week. 
My fabulous second upline Naomi Smith challenged us all to make a name badge for her team meeting. I started with a super old blue metal frame leftover from my Super Hero Album project that's been kicking around in my odds and ends bowl for, oh my goodness, three years. I painted the bright blue frame silver with some nail polish, then added a coat of silver glitter polish to be sure it was shiny enough. I adhered my frame to some Black cardstock and a bit of doily I couldn't bear to part with...I only hoard scrapbooking embellishments. And mason jars. And books.  

Then I added some freshly cut and assembled Gerber Daisies (extra from a project that I'll be revealing very soon), and a few more bits from my catch-all bowl. I miss those sparkly rhinestone flowers...but not that much, since I stocked up big time when they retired. Ahem. In any case, I think my embellie hoarding has paid off on this project. 

I'm gonna link this one up to the Heart 2 Heart Wonderful World Challenge, 'cause what in the world could be better than heading off to a CTMH event to chat, learn, and craft with lots of CTMH friends? Hope to see ya in Seattle!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 61: Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Welcome back to another round of the Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop. On this hop you'll find projects made from our stashes - nothing newly purchased, just add creativity! You might be arriving here from WENDI'S BLOG - let's hop!
Back at the beginning of April I shared these altered letters that I hung over my computer desk area. They were fine as is, but I kept looking at them and wanting to do something more. So I turned on my Cricut and started cutting butterflies. Loads of butterflies. So. Many. Butterflies.
Some I left plain...for now. Some I double layered and glittered. Some I added a layer with Wink of Stella. All were attached to the wall with Command Mounting Strips which I trimmed into tiny bits so that when I want to alter this again, I can easily do so without having to do any touch up painting. Yay!

If you have the CTMH cricut cartridges and want to make some butterflies too, here's my Cricut Design Space file!

Next up on the hop is LEE-ANNE'S BLOG. Have fun!


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