Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 68: May SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the SOTM Blog Hop! This month we are featuring May's SOTM called Just Sayin', a sweet and sassy set of 14 stamps. You might be arriving here from DANA'S BLOG. Let's hop!
I loved the little patterned simple shape images included with all the sentiments in this set. For this card I made good use of the dotty triangle, inking and lining it up one image at a time. I didn't try to be too perfect with the lines, or the inking, as I like the contrast of the geometric card with the rustic stamping.
I layered two of the sentiments for my focal point, stamped in crisp black ink on white cardstock. then I added an Art Philosophy cricut cut flower that I inked in Canary ink and shaped using my stylus and foam mat. The sequins are from the new Oceanside set. I used the teal sequin as is (with a dab of glitter gel in the center) and colored a grey sequin with a Shin Han marker to get my orange sequin. I finished up with a few sparkles.

Don't forget that this stamp set is only available in May, so contact your consultant or click here to get yours ASAP! Next up on the hop is NIKKA'S BLOG

Here's a few more of my May SOTM creations:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Day 67: Oh So Happy For You Card

I'm back with one more Elegant Bouquet and Dreams Come True card. I'm a little sad that my stash of this paper has run low, but it also feels really good to be emptying out so many paper holders. Wonder how I'll fill them again...
This time I used the sketch over at Retro Sketches as a jumping off point. I rotated the sketch, and then I chopped up the main panel for a tiled effect that I quite like. 
I stamped the main panel with Cashmere, Garden Green, and Cranberry inks. My panel was 4 1/2 x 3, so I cut it into three 1" strips and then I turned the strips and trimmed the squares at 1 1/8". 
For my corner flower I inked the bloom in Cashmere ink, then rolled just the edges in Cranberry ink. I stamped that off onto scrap paper, then rolled just the tips of the petals around in more Cranberry ink before stamping onto Colonial White cardstock. That gave me a really nice variegation in the petal coloring without a lot of complicated coloring! I did the same with the leaves for the flower, inking first in cashmere and then rolling it in garden green ink before stamping.  

I'm Oh SO Happy that I'll be headed to Seattle in just two days! I hope you've got something that makes you Oh So Happy today too!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Day 66: Butterfly Hello Card

I am having the best time going through my stash and using up my favorite papers this month! Today's project uses an oldie but goodie called Dotty For You.
I saw this card by Joelle Hiller on Pinterest when browsing Dotty For You projects and thought it was pretty cute. So I flipped it and added some flowers from the Happy Birds set and a sentiment from the Artfully Sent exclusive stamp set
Each flower got some glitter gel in the center and I added a black sparkle to the fussy cut butterfly. I added a bit of clear jelly roll sparkle pen to the centers of the stamped sentiment. I just love a nice rainbow card!  

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!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Day 60: Brilliant Heidi Swapp Card 99% of my stamps are Close To My Heart. I love the quality, the soft feel of the stamps, the sturdiness...but the other day I was minding everyone else's business on Instagram when I saw a post about an amazing sale on these thine Heidi Swapp stamp sets. I mean, Heidi Swapp, 5 sets, 10 bucks from @peachycheap. They arrived today!    
I combined my haul with some Chalk It Up papers and careful rainbow roll stamping. You start with the first color, then for each subsequent line you ink your stamp in the next color and roll the top edge of the stamp into the previous color to get the gradiations. Except yellow - always ink yellow before a darker color! I used the new Freshly Made Sketches sketch for my card design.
Wondering what that shiny gold striping on my paper is from? I got a Minc! No, ha ha, just kidding!
I got some fabulous Nail Striping Tape super cheap. It's so shiny and I love being able to add metallic pinstripe accents for just pennies!  I'm linking up to the CAS on Sunday Gold Challenge and the Paper Issues Prints Charming Issue.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 59: Happy Birthday Project Life Card

Today I'm still scrambling to catch up from a weekend of Minecraft partying, a major gluten free baking spree, and lots of craft-craft-crafting for the upcoming Heirloom Pro Show. So a quick and Easy Project Life Birthday card is just what the doctor ordered!
This is literally made from scraps of two PL cards that I cut apart for other projects. I added some simple washi tape border, and fussy cut a cuppie and the sentiment from another card to finish this card lickety-split. More birthday parties are coming this next weekend, so I'm glad to have quick but cute cards on hand!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Day 58: Triple Time Happy Birthday

My card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #104 was inspired by the colors in my Elegant Bouquet papers spread over my desk. 
I've wanted to do one of these Triple Time cards for a while. I'll do a tutorial later this week - but in the meantime you can search it on Pinterest and find a lot of examples. It's a super fun technique!
This was one of my favorite stamp sets once upon a time. It's fun to pull out old retired favorites and give them another chance. I combined it with Your Own Kind of Wonderful and Finding the Words

Hop on over to Atlantic Hearts and give this fun technique a try!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Day 57: Enjoy The Moment Card

I've been playing with the May SOTM for Karen Morris's Dream Team Swap, and here's one of the cards I didn't choose to replicate. 
I used the triangle image to stamp a pattern across my cardstock. I chose Petal, Pacifica, Pear, and Ruby inks. Then I trimmed and mounted the triangle panel onto some black cardstock that I had embossed with a subtle stripe. 
I added a Ruby CS cricut cut butterfly that I edged in Wink of Stella Black and Liquid Glass. The I popped up the fussy cut sentiment image and added a smattering of grey sequins topped with rhinestones for extra sparkle. I'm linking this one up to the Just Add Ink sequins challenge.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Day 56: Project Life Birthday Card

Whew! Today flew by in a flash...a flash of little boys (mine)crafting, throwing water balloons, and scarfing down rock candy covered cuppies. There was no crafting tome for mom today (other than the decorations I put together for the party), so I'm sharing this fast and simple birthday card.
I made this using Kraft CS for the base, and a couple Project Life cards. I adhered a small card onto the base and added a few strips of washi tape. I fussy cut the cuppie and the sentiment to go over the base card, Fast and easy! I'm linking this one up to the Seize the Birthday linky - tomorrow I'll share pics of the Minecraft fun we had today.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Day 55: Elegant Thanks Flower Pot and a Winner!

Happy Friday, Stampin' Friends! First off I'd like to congratulate the winner of my Bling giveaway, Joy B! Check your email, Joy, 'cause I can't wait to send you a little bundle of goodness! Thanks to everyone who entered - I'll do another giveaway soon.
Today I'm sharing the first card from my next card kit based on the Elegant Bouquet papers. This is a gift card holder - you slide up the flowers and out pops the gift card. I've always loved this watercolor-y floral paper, and when it retired I hoarded it like mad. Now I'm finally OK with using that pretty paper as it was meant to be used, instead of keeping it in my stash. I'm linking this card up to the Paper Issues Prints Charming party, for inspiring me to let go of the stash.
I cut all the flowers and leaves using my beloved Art Philosophy cartridge. I sanded the cranberry CS flowers and inked the Colonial White ones with Cranberry ink. Then I flipped them face down on the back of my foam mat and used a stylus to shape the petals. I flipped them back over to form the flower centers using the stylus, then layered them all together with Liquid Glass and topped them with Sparkles. 

So...I can acquire some new stash now, right? 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Day 54: Black and White For You Card

I think this is my favorite card from my Heirloom Pro hexagon card kit. Something about the crisp black and white with the clean hexagon lines...
I used the patterns from the May stamp of the month to stamp the hexagon diecuts and the sentiment. I cut some banners from the Paper Fundamentals Basic collection.

I layered these over half a cute doily I got from Spiegel Mom Scrap Shop. A sprinkle of sequins and yay, happy!

Check back tomorrow to see if you won my celebration giveaway this week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Day 53: Hexagon Thank You Card

So after cutting the honeycombs for my Just Beecause card I was left with a plethora of teensy tiny hexagons... what to do...what to do?
I figured stamping them was a good start. I'd seen the ColourQ Challenge for this week, which was Black and White plus one color, so I grabbed some Cranberry. I used the patterns from the May SOTM to add texture to my hexagons. I added the sentiment from Finding the Words, which is quickly becoming a favorite set.

I stitched the edges with black thread, and added some black enamel dots. Then I used a fine line pen to shadow the stamped image, just following the stamped image edge. I love the extra definition just a bit of foam tape can give to a simple card! 


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