Friday, August 29, 2014

Winnie and Walter August Release Blog Hop and Giveaway

Good evening! I am SUPER excited to be hopping along tonight with Winnie and Walter to celebrate the release of their new larger sized stamps! You should have arrived here from Jenny Martin - if you just happened along, make sure and head back over to the Winnie and Walter blog to start at the beginning - there are LOTS of giveaway opportunities!

I can't even begin to tell you how CUTE these new stamps are! SOOO many incredible options with these! The first stamp set I played with is called "This Wonderful House" - kind of perfect for me with my blog name. ;-)

I started off by using it with one of my favorite techniques - watercolors!

For this card, I simply stamped the house image, colored it in with watercolors, then stamped and fussy cut out the banner with that fun sentiment, which I adhered with foam adhesive for just a tiny bit of dimension. One trick I have found - when adhering a watercolor panel to a card, I had a lot of trouble with the adhesive not sticking in place until I found that a nice strong adhesive (I use Score Tape) was the perfect solution!

Next, I decided to let one of the sentiments shine on my next card:

For this one I had an oval panel that I cut with a Lil' Inker's Stitched Oval die, and I stamped the sentiment in the center. I thought that little kitty image was the perfect finishing touch on the sentiment - I can just picture a sweet kitty sitting in the window waiting for it's family to come home! Added the speech bubble paper clip from my stash, some lovely pattern paper from Crate Paper, and a bit of Lawn Fawn Coral twine to finish it off.

Next up is a fabulous set called "A Tree for All Seasons" - LOVE this set so much! 

I started off by making a shaker card. I cut an oval window with the same Lil' Inker's die, used distress ink to add some "dirt", stamped my tree, then glued a few sequins in place. I put more sequins inside my shaker card, and also a good sprinkling of chunky gold glass glitter. Embossed my sentiment in gold on a strip of vellum to finish it off - LOVE the beautiful font for the sentiments in this set! So versatile!!!

This set at first glance seemed pretty distinctly fall themed to me - so I decided to stretch it and make a card with more of a spring feel to it:

I used a soft kraft color to stamp the tree trunk, then layered over several times with some soft pink ink to add "blossoms" instead of leaves. Stamped the sentiment over the top (again - LOVE the font!), added some random dots of Stickles, then added some distress ink on the edges to soften the stark white color a little. Finished off with some pattern paper from my stash, a tiny Tim Holtz paper clip and a bit of jute and baker's twine tied in a bow, and a few black sequins.

Thanks for stopping by tonight! Your next stop along the way is Lyndal Higgins - the up and coming Winnie and Walter Leading Lady for September! Make sure and leave a comment before you go for a chance to win a set of your choice from the new release! Have a great weekend!!!

Peace and Comfort - Unity FWF

Good Friday morning! Just popping by with a quick card for Unity Friends with Flair:

I had a request for more sympathy cards for a local friend, so I sat down the other night to put together another one or two. For this one I used the pretty silhouette from "SO this is LOVE" and stamped it in white on kraft cardstock, then added a sentiment from {...heartfelt sympathy} in black over the top. Die cut it with one of my current favorite dies from Avery Elle, then added some machine stitching before mounting on some MME pattern paper that I used a bit of distress ink on the edges of.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

I'm hopping with Winnie and Walter later today for their new release if you want to stop back by I would love to see you! And...there are giveaways! :-)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wishing you a...Merry Christmas

Good morning! Yes...I did just post that! I know it seems a little crazy to think of that - but I was inspired by the challenge over on the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Blog for the Holiday Cards & More Linky party. This is the amazing issue...and I am oh-so-excited to have SEVEN projects published in it's pages!  

This is actually a card I submitted WAY back last spring for Stamping Royalty. I ended up winning in a different category - but for one reason or another, I never got around to sharing this card. I was making this about the same time I was submitting Christmas cards for Holiday Cards and More, so it seemed fitting to share it now! :-)

I actually put a LOT into this card! I worked hard to build it just how I was picturing it in my head - and was super happy with how it came out! I started off by using a strip of washi tape to mask off the top of my card. I used the branch stamp from Neat and Tangled's Simple Christmas stamp set to build the greenery - stamping first with watermark ink and embossing with green embossing powder, then stamping over in the darker green ink. The bow and pine cone were from the same set, stamped and heat embossed on kraft, then fussy cut out.

I built the sentiment using My Craft Spot's Joy Filled Christmas stamp set. I had to cut a bit of one of the sentiments apart to make it say what I wanted it to - and heat embossed that as well. I added a bit of gold thread, then attached the pine cone and bow over the top with foam adhesive, and matted it in white then red cardstock. Added some strips of gold washi tape to my card base, attached the front panel with foam adhesive, then finished off with a couple of enamel dots.

I am linking this up with this weeks Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes:

Also linking this up with this weeks Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MCS Fall Release Coming Soon!

Hello, my crafty friends!  You're all invited to join the party at My Craft Spot!  We will be celebrating My Craft Spot's newest release of stamps and metal dies all week starting September 1st!

Each day you will get a sneak peek at one of  5 new stamp sets, plus 4 sets of metal dies! We even have a guest designer joining us this time! You won't want to miss it!  I can hardly wait to show you all of the new stamp sets and metal dies!!!

Here are a couple peeks t some of the projects that I have to share next week:

You will have a chance to win some blog candy each day of the party!
Come join our blog hop on the last day of the party (Saturday) with fun prizes and great project ideas at each stop along the hop.

You are going to LOVE the new sets!

You Drive Me Wild

Good morning! Today is starting a brand new sketch challenge at Eyelet Outlet - such a fun sketch too! Here is my take:

And here is the Sketch:

I used the adorable Motorcycle brads as a jumping off point for my card. Punched some circles with a circle punch, then some half circles with pattern paper and distressed the edges of everything before attaching together with staples, then adding the brads to the center. All my pattern paper is from Crate Paper's Open Road 6x6 paper pad. I added a sentiment from Lawn Fawn, some machine stitching, and lots more distressing to finish everything off.

I hope you will come join us and play along for a chance to win a fun prize! All details on the Eyelet Outlet blog! Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello Shaker Card

Good evening! I'm posting a little late today - but I was procrastinating (in vain!) hoping that I would receive my order in the mail today with my first die from Pretty Pink Posh so I could participate in the Cutting Edge Blog Hop that ends today. Since it didn't come, I decided to make something anyway at the last minute!

As I mentioned above, I made this to join in the the Cutting Edge Blog Hop - even though my dies didn't arrive, I still had some sequins and gold confetti, so I decided to make a shaker card!

I used my Stitched Circle Dies and Stitched Scallop Border Die from Lil' Inker's Designs, as well as the Scripty Hello die from Lawn Fawn. There is a combination of pattern paper from MME and Basic Grey, as well as some pretty Gold Confetti, Cobalt Sequins, and Mini Sparkling Clear Sequins. The scallop border was cut from shiny gold paper to match the sequins, and I covered the word with Glossy Accents - which weren't dry in this picture even!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Winnie and Walter - Leading Lady Post 4 - and Giveaway!!!

Good Saturday morning! I'm excited to be back on the Winnie and Walter Blog again this morning to share some more fun projects with my Winnie and Walter stamps! Today I broke out the fun triangles from Scenery: It's a Wonderful Pennant and again made a variety of cards with the one main set - this time I made 3 completely different styles of cards!

First up, I went with a very clean and graphic card using the solid triangles. I used 3 different colors of My Favorite Things dye inks - so super juicy and perfect for inking up solid stamp images. 

I started in the center to build my shape - starting with the largest solid triangle. The second triangle on each side of the large one was made by just partially inking up the large one - I needed something a little more in between the large and medium size, and that did the trick! Added a sentiment from The Big, the Bold, and the Happy heat embossed in white and a row of stitched sequins, die cut with Lil' Inker's Stitched Rectangle Die, and mounted on some soft gray Simon Says Stamp Cardstock.

Next up, I decided to play with a watercolor effect. I stamped some of the pattern triangles in a random pattern on watercolor paper, also using MFT dye ink. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I just misted a few times with water, then dried it with a heat gun. Perfect watercolor - and so easy! 

Finished off with a sentiment from The Big, the Bold, and the You and a few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and mounted on a gray card base made with Simon Says Stamp Cardstock. One note: I have found that after you watercolor, the paper tends to curl up when you mount it on your card unless you use REALLY strong adhesive. I use Score-Tape and have found it to work GREAT! 

And lastly, I started trying to think of things that were in a triangle shape. I thought of Christmas trees, and then all of a sudden I thought of making a teepee! 

This was fun to build - this time I used Hero Arts shadow inks. The solid triangle stamp for the background in pale yellow, the chevron over the top in a deeper yellow, the tiny outline in that same deep yellow but only partially inked for the top, then gray with the tiny solid for the door. And the sentiment? That *might* be a tiny sneaky peek of the new release coming next week (wink-wink)! I softened the edges of that panel with some distress ink to blend it in a little better, then added a panel behind cut with an Avery Elle die and debossed with PTI's Pure Linen Impression Plate, and some pattern paper from Studio Calico.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget you have a chance throughout the month to win a $30 gift card to Winnie and Walter just for leaving a comment! 

Thanks so much Shay and Julie for giving me this fun opportunity! Have a wonderful day everyone!