Monday, June 27, 2016

I'll Stand By You Rainbow Flamingo Card

One of the awesome things we did at convention was a card drive to collect blank handmade cards for a local charity in Orlando. I had some cards already in my stash, but decided at the last minute that I needed to make something special and specific to Orlando. As I worked, I sent all my good thoughts and wishes to everyone affected by the tragedies in Orlando. 
I painted a variety of watercolor wash rainbows. I made 8 different washes. After they dried, I chose my favorite, and added some fun gold touches, following along with the new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  That gold stripe zip strip is from May's Happy Times special, I added the flamingos from Tickled Pink, cut out using the matching thin dies. 
My sentiment is actually from Lawn Fawn. I love the flamingo sentiments in Tickled Pink, but in this case I felt that this sentiment said better how I felt and maybe someone might need a card like this right now. Sending hugs and love out to everyone, everywhere...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Find Joy in the Journey Layout

One final piece of Inside Out art...this is my layout for this years convention art contest. I wanted to build the memory ball system from cardstock!
I Cricut cut a bazillion tiny 1/2 inch balls, which I individually  inked, pearlized with Wink of Stella and glittered. I cannot tell you how much I love these memory balls! I lined them up on glitter paper rows, and hand stitched between with silver thread. Then I added a swirl of bigger memory balls over top the rows of neatly stored memory balls. You can imagine the fun my kiddos and I had trying to take these silly emotion selfies!
Here you can see a bit more of the sparkle. My niece is the genius who pointed out to me that JOY is literally in the word Journey. I painted my title letters with layers of watercolor paints before adding the sparkle to make them match the tiny memory balls. I love working on an intricate layout like this. It gives you a lot of time to ruminate on a topic deeply, and I feel working on this layout really helped me to feel better about the moving and change I've experienced my whole life. Scrapbooking = cheap therapy!

I hope you find JOY on your Journey today, Stamping Friends!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bing Bong Flower Button

Speaking of using the Cricut drawing feature, I also made these adorable Bing Bong flower name tags for my ladies. Can you just picture my littles running around singing "Who's your friend that loves to stamp?"? Too much fun!
I used a basic oval shape to form the Bing Bong Flower. That's on one of the cartridges that's retiring soon, Art Philosophy, and it's also one of my very most favorite Cricut cartridges ever and I'm utterly heartbroken it's going away. Well, I'm heartbroken for you if you don't have it, 'cause I'm keeping mine forever! I literally us this cartridge every time I Cricut. I topped off my flower with a standard button and a whole lot of green stickles. I love Bing Bong...and stamping...and glitter! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Find the Fun Shaker Button

Another Convention tradition for my team is that each year I make a special convention badge for my traveling peeps. This year I found these adorable empty shaker buttons at Michaels. 
Our convention theme this year is based on the movie Inside Out, which has been a big movie around my house considering our recent move. We really love this movie so I made a lot of Inside Out projects. I downloaded a free Inside Out Font, which worked great with my Cricut and the writing/draw option. I had the Cricut write my button saying and cut the round button inserts. Then I added a fussy cut pic of a CTMH mascot names Sticky Boy, and filled my shaker button with glitter and "memory balls". Then I sealed the back with Liquid Glass, just in case!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Life is Better with Friends Frame

One of my favorite parts of traveling with my team for Convention each year is the exchanging roomie gifts. I often make something for all my traveling ladies instead of just my roommates, because it's just too much fun!
This year we are in Orlando, so I went with a gold glittered Flamingo frame! You might remember me posting on Instagram a week ago about running out of gold you can see why.
I used the new Tickled Pink stamp set, which has a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies. I also gave up a bit of my wide gold stripe hoard from the May Happy Times special. That's how they know I really {heart} them! I can't wait to pass these out to my peeps today!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Teacher Thank You Card

I'm heading out to Orlando in a few short hours for the 2016 Close To My Heart convention. In all the bustle of the end of school and getting ready for this trip I forgot to post the cute little cards I did for the boys' teachers on the last day of school. 
It was based on last week's Retro Sketches sketch, but I didn't get it posted before the sketch closed. I sued the Happy Times papers from the May Special, and the Treats of Friendship stamp set.
Be sure to pop over and check out the stamp sets - so, so much is going away next month when CTMH retires some of our Cricut Cartridges and I don't want you to miss out! Plus there is new (!) Clearance and the Friday Flash Sales going on this month. Happy stamping! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Like a Boss Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blog Hops with Heart Like a Boss hop! This is my first time hopping with these fabulously crafty ladies, and I'm so excited! This month we are sharing lots of creatively embossed goodies. You might be arriving here from STEPHANIE'S BLOG
I made this card for my first team meeting since moving back to Portland. I used the Urban paper packet for the neutral background layer. Then I added a fun watercolored, embossed panel. I heat embossed my random stamped June SOTM images with clear powder on the panel. Then I watercolored over the embossing to create the ombre effect. Finally I laid scrap paper over the embossed images and ironed the panel to remove the clear shiny embossing. It also helps my watercolor panel lay down flat again. I added some gold stitching to my vacation sun, and a sweet excited sentiment using Block Uppercase. 
 Next up on the hop is AMIE'S BLOG. You can find a full list of hoppers here.
Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Donut Dad Father's Day Card

Oh my golly, I swear the month of May was one big black hole for me. Only six more sleeps before I'm off to CTMH Convention at Disney World!!
I made some simple Father's Day cards using this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I sued the Urban Paper Packet, along with the Treats of Friendship stamp set. The inside says "I donut know what I'd do without you." My dad is notorious for his love of getting other people to eat donuts. 
I colored the donut image using alcohol markers, and added some tiny black Pretty Pink Posh sequins to the corners of the card. Now I'm back to convention prep, and I'll have a bunch to share with you soon, Stampin' Friends!  


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