Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No One Measures Up To You

Good morning! The blog has been a bit quiet lately, in case you hadn't noticed! But I have been super busy behind the scenes - crafting, crafting, crafting - and getting ready for new releases and guest design posts, a new design team (eek! can't wait to tell!), and regular scheduled design team work. So, even thought you will start seeing all that stuff soon, it hasn't left me much time to work on stuff to share sooner! So here is a card from last year on the Splitcoast Stampers Dirty Dozen that I haven't shared here yet - a fun Father's Day inspired card!

I used Avocado Arts Just Fore You stamp set, some distress ink, jute twine, and embossing with my Cuttlebug. Pattern paper is from my Mind's Eye, with a bit of distressing on the edges of that as well. Finished off with a few Eyelet Outlet Enamel dots.

Thanks for dropping by! Hope you are having a great day! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Absolutely Unforgettable - Butterfly Reflections

Good morning everyone! I'm posting again this morning on the Butterfly Reflections Blog. First of all, I wanted to take a few minutes in honor of Memorial Day today, to say thank you to all those who have fought and died - and served and sacrificed so much for this country. I for one am so grateful for all you have done!

And speaking of remembering...please, someone tell me that I'm not the only one to forget birthdays? Sometimes they slide right past - and I feel so bad, because I absolutely LOVE the person who's birthday I forgot, but somehow still managed to miss it in the busyness of life! So...obviously, I LOVE this sweet sentiment from Wplus9's Unforgettable Stamp Set - especially when paired with the adorable elephants in the same set!

I just received a brand new set of the Zig Clean Color Brush Tip pens, and couldn't WAIT to try them out! Keep an eye on the Butterfly Reflections Ink Store, because I think there is a good chance Vanessa might begin carrying some of them if you want to try them out - I'm officially in LOVE with them! Made watercoloring these cuties so easy! And MFT's Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Pad is perfect for watercoloring - dark and crips and waterproof, and I love that it also works perfectly with Copics. Very versatile! I colored two of them more traditionally gray, but I wanted to make the one a little more "unforgettable" (get it?) I fussy cut them (minus the tails) out of my watercolor paper, then paper pieced then on a panel die cut with Wplus9's Sunshine Layers Die from some pattern paper from Lawn Fawn's Let's Polka Mon Amie 6x6 paper pad. Finished off with a few sequins - just for a bit of fun sparkle!

And in case you missed it, today is the last day to take advantage of the amazing sale going on as well - make sure and go check out the remaining inventory - there are still some great deals to be found!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tie-riffic with Avocado Arts

Good morning! I'm up on the Avocado Arts blog this morning to share some projects with the new stamp set for May called Tie-riffic! This is such a perfectly timed set, with Father's Day just around the corner:

I started off with the fun remote control - do you see the fun sentiments that are even on that?!?!?

I used Hero Arts ombre inks to stamp them, fussy cut them out, then attached with foam adhesive to my panel that I cut with a wave border from Lil' Inker's Border Builders Die Set. I also wrapped some jute twine around and knotted it in the front - a bit more masculine than a bow! Added my sentiment, then attached to my pattern paper with foam adhesive.

Next up, who could resist a fun recliner? :)

I stamped it on pattern paper, then fussy cut it out. Adhered it with foam adhesive to my card on which I had stamped my sentiment in two colors, and layered over a die cut oval (Lil Inker's Stitched Mats: Ovals) and a bit more pattern paper. Added a few enamel dots to finish this one off.

And finally, a super simple card - which usually means the perfect masculine card, right?

I simply stamped the Father's Day sentiment 3 times on a die cut tag (once again from Lil Inker's - Anytime Tags Die Set 2), added some string to the side, and attached to a woodgrain cardstock cardbase.

Masculine cards tend to come a bit harder for me, but this stamp set definitely made it easier! Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Birthday Bear with Butterfly Reflections Ink

Good morning everyone! I'm posting again this morning on the Butterfly Reflections Blog. We have a fairly large family, so I'm pretty sure the type of card I use more than anything else is birthday cards. It is probably the one I am requested to make more often than anything as well! The masculine ones are always particularly difficult for me, so I'm quite happy when I find a design that will work for that! I love some of the Altenew images for that reason - especially the ones from Geometric Menagerie that I used for this card:

I colored it with Copic markers, then fussy cut it out. I stamped a sentiment from Altenew's Birthday Greetings (LOVE this for birthday sentiments!) and heat embossed on vellum with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (one of my favorites, because it isn't exactly gold, but not exactly silver - kind of in the middle!), then die cut it and a woodgrain panel with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card Die. I adhered them together, and attached the bear with foam adhesive, tucking a couple of his feet behind the vellum - just to add to the dimension! All my pattern paper is from Crate Paper's 6x6 Journey paper pad, and I added a torn panel of kraft paper with some machine stitching behind there as well. The finishing touch is a few Studio Calico Wood Veneer stars - more masculine than sequins, don't you think? ;)

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hope Watercolor - Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Good morning! It's time for a new challenge over at the Sparkle and Shine Challenge Blog - this week we have a beautiful photo inspiration, and a prize sponsored by Winnie and Walter!

Here is the photo inspiration we have to play with this time around - could it be more lovely?

I started off by die-cutting my front panel out of watercolor paper with Winnie and Walter's Essentials: Audrey Cutaways - I'm in LOVE with those beautiful scallops and dots! I then stamped my scene using In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet and In Bloom: Addie's Garden and heat embossing in white. I painted it in with watercolors - SOOOO love playing with those! I then added my sentiment die cut in vellum from The Big, the Bold, and the Comfort Cutaways, and attached it with staples. Finished off with a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Crystal Clear, Lime Sorbet, Watermelon, and Aquamarine.

Our amazing sponsor this time around is Winnie & Walter. The winner will receive:

I hope you will join in and play along! Looking forward to seeing your creations! Have a wonderful day!!!

Winnie and Walter - Watercolor Cards

Good morning! I'm posting again over on the Winnie and Walter blog this morning to share a couple more cards with some of the amazing new sets from the most recent release. 

For both of these cards, I played with one of my favorite techniques - watercolors! First up, a floral sympathy card - I just can't get over the beautiful florals that Winnie and Walter released this time around!

For this one, I simply heat embossed my images from In Bloom: Addie's Garden in white on watercolor cardstock, then colored it in. I pained teach part with a light watercolor wash, then dripped in darker colors in certain areas and let it bleed out for a natural look. Added a sentiment from The Big, the Bold, and the Comfort, a strip of green cardstock, and then machine stitched it right onto my kraft cardbase.

Next up, I wanted to attempt an ombre look with watercolors. 

Instead of starting at the top or bottom, I went out from the center. I love the deep blue, and it was just natural to pair it up with some gold! I heat embossed the heart from True on vellum, then fussy cut it out and adhered it with tiny dots of glue behind the embossed parts. I then built and stamped my sentiment directly on the watercolor paper using that same set, as well as My Precious. Finished off with a few flicks of white Mister Huey's mist, and then adhered directly to a white cardbase.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Adoption Mother's Day Card (and quilt!)

Good morning! I don't know if anyone remembers, but in the past several years I know I have talked a little bit here and there about my brother and sis-in-law and their efforts to adopt. It has been an incredibly LONG road for them, but a few weeks ago, 1,464 days or 53 months after they began this journey, they finally have a referral and a beautiful photo of a sweet little girl. I wish I could share it here, but have to wait until everything is official and final! They still have a few months before they can go to China to bring her home, but we are all praying for her and loving the sweet photos we have! She is going to have two older brothers that will soon be spoiling her, and a bunch of aunts and uncles that will be doing our best to help! :) 

My mom has made beautiful quilts for each of her grandchildren, and as soon as she could she pulled out her sewing machine and got to work making a super sweet quilt for her. She asked me to make a card for Mother's Day card specifically for the soon-to-be new mom (again!) - to celebrate this year of the waiting soon coming to an end. I photographed the card with the quilt so you could see them together! My hubby, daughters and I are actually over visiting them in Hawaii this week, so we were able to take this over with us and present it to them in person!

I usually struggle with making cards for something or someone specific - but I am so happy with how this came out! I used Unity Stamp Company's Born in my Heart stamp set - LOVE that they have this set! I paired it with the Happy Mother's Day sentiment from the April 2014 Kit of the Month, and some of the lovely florals from Blossoming Thoughts & Wishes. I tore the top edge, and used Lil' Inker's Border Builders Die set to cut the pretty scallop on the bottom. I added the sentiment on vellum by attaching it with machine stitching, then adding a row on the top as well, then a bit of glitter washi tape and a tiny heart (leftover from another Mother's Day Card - the negative from Lil' Inker's Mom Word Die) with a tiny Tim Holtz paper clip. Finished off with some pattern paper from Pebbles Cottage Living Paper pad and a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

I am also linking this up with Unity Friends with Flair - assuming I remember in between hanging out at the beach and such! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for letting me share! When things are finalized later this year and they have their sweet girl home and in their arms, you can be sure I will be sharing some photos! Can't wait!