Friday, March 27, 2015

For my amazing friend {Avery Elle}

 Hello friends,

I am up on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card featuring the Amazing clear stamp set.  If you like the look and feel of hand-drawn calligraphy, this Amazing set is for you!

So this colorful panel began its life as a plain piece of white card stock.  I sponged and blended Avery Elle pigment inks on it and allowed it time to dry.  The ink colors I used are Daisy, Mimosa, Fizz, Raspberry, Magenta and a tiny bit of Sugar Plum. 

Once the panel was dry, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Amazing with white embossing powder.  I adhered the inked panel to a Fizz card stock base from the Citrus Collection A2 Notecard set.

I also used the Amazing stamp set on the Avery Elle-Spellbinders Spring Fever Blog Hop earlier this week.  Click here to see more about this card. 

That's all for me today, but please stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from my talented teamies!  

Take care, 

Crafting is my Jam {Neat and Tangled}

Hello friends,

I am on the Neat and Tangled blog today sharing a card I made with the Crafting is my Jam stamp set.

This set is so much fun, and perfect for making cards for all your crafty friends who feel the same way about crafting! I stamped the sentiment on white card stock, masked it with a simple post it note and stamped the curvy line of stitches.  I added the needle through the loop of the “j” so that it looks like the sentiment is part of the stitching. 

I stamped the various images onto the panel, colored them in with Copic markers and added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.  Finally, I adhered the completed panel to a black card base. 

Crafting is my Jam is available for purchase in the shop or you can score this set with any $60.00 purchase in March or April as part of the “You’re so Neat” program. 

Before I go, I would like to thank Danielle and her team for graciously having me as their guest this month.  I had a wonderful time, and I appreciate the opportunity to share some ideas using the amazing March release!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Take care, 


Painting by the Numbers {Waffle Flower Crafts + Paper Issues}

Hello friends, 

This month, Waffle Flower Crafts teamed up with the Paper Issues team for a fun series of projects. We received the February Paper Issues swag bag

And along with Waffle Flower's  Calendar Numbers stamp set, we created a project. 

I used the products to create a simple anniversary card for my hubby.  The Calendar Numbers stamp set is great for personalizing dates and milestones.  I stamped and heat embossed the numbers onto some of the journalling cards included with the February Swag Bag.  I trimmed the cards into squares and adhered them to a white card stock panel.  I added a few of the paper hearts also included in the swag bag and adhered the white card stock panel to a kraft card base.  I still have oodles of darling journalling cards and embellishments to use on more paper projects. 

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog for even more inspiration and fun projects!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spellbinders Spring Fever Blog Hop with Avery Elle

Hello friends, 

I am so excited to be participating in the Spellbinders Spring Fever Partner Hop today on behalf of Avery Elle

For my project I used the Spellbinders Die D-Lites Butterfly die along with Avery Elle’s Amazing Clear Stamp Set to create a colorful card for my daughter.  She went camping with her Girl Scout troop over the weekend, and it’s been our tradition that I tuck a handmade card in her journal so that she know we are thinking about her and looking forward to hearing about her adventures.  

The Butterfly D-Lites die is so gorgeously intricate all on it’s own, but I decided to alter it a bit by covering it with an inky wash of rainbow colors. 

To make the rainbow butterfly, I die cut the butterfly from watercolor paper and sponged on Distress Ink.  I continued adding ink with a sponge dauber until the butterfly die cut was filled in completely. 

 To soften and blend the colors, I brushed over the die cut with a wet paint brush, and I sprayed it with glimmer mist.

After allowing some time for the die cut to dry, I used foam tape to adhere the butterfly to a black card stock panel on which I had stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Amazing stamp set. 

I love the contrast between the black and white with the rainbow-colored butterfly.  The black and white patterned paper is from the Neutral Collection paper pad.  It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the shimmer spray adds a nice touch of sparkle too.  

Well, that's is for me today.  Be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for more information about the Spellbinder's Spring Fever Blog Hop and even more ideas and inspiration using Spellbinders and Avery Elle.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Live like it's Spring {Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge}

Hello friends!

It's time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  This week is a Designer Draft challenge and here's my take. 

In place of the long banner on the sketch, I used the rainbow clouds from the Luminous Spring stamp set.  I used a stamp positioner (thank you Misti) to lengthen the rainbow to the height of my panel.  

I colored the rainbow with Copic markers- except the purple stripe.  Apparently I don't own any purple Copic markers- so I had to improvise with a Distress Marker.  And needless to say, I will need to add a purple Copic marker or two to my crafty purchase list. ;) 

After all the marker drama, I decided to stamp the sentiment in black and keep the rest of the card pretty simple.  Here's a look at the inspiration sketch: 

So, now it's your turn!  Make a card inspired by this week's sketch and link up your creation to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, March 28 at 11:59 PST.  The winner of this week's challenge will receive a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches shop!  Yay!!! 

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the other Paper Smooches SPARKS team members playing along with this week's challenge: 

That's all for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't wait to see what you create! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Furry Friends {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with this card featuring Furry Friends stamp set and the Furry Friends Elle-ments dies. 

I cut some rectangles from the Sorbet Collection Paper pad and adhered them to a white card stock base to form a minimalist window.  I stamped the sentiment on one of the window panes.  

I made a window sill from a piece of kraft cardstock stamped with the Woodgrain pattern from Woodgrain & More stamp set. Next, I stamped and die cut the kitty, colored her in with markers, and placed her on the window sill. 

That's all for me today (for reals)!  Be sure to swing by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from my awesome teamies!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Felting the Love for Dala Horses {Neat and Tangled}

Hello friends,

I am guest designing with Neat and Tangled this month, and I have been have so much fun playing with the March release.  This week, I pulled out the Dala Horse dies. I just love the Dala Horse images that Miriam designed.  The Dala Horse dies are such a great size and scale that I decided to whip up a little stuffed animal Dala Horse using a bit of felt, some ribbon and thread.

I die cut the Dala Horse shape twice from felt and stitched the layers together using white embroidery thread and a simple blanket stitch. Before stitching the animal shut completely, I paused to add some poly-fill stuffing using the blunt end of a pencil to help push the stuffing into all the nooks and crannies of the animal.  I used tacky glue to adhere the saddle and mane trimmings and stitched a loop of gingham ribbon to the horse to serve as a hanger.  A black brad serves as the horse’s eye.

I stamped the circles included in the coordinating Dala Horse stamp set with Red, Aqua and Yellow ink before adding the sentiment with black ink. I cut around the largest circle and clipped the circle tag to the project with a wooden clothes pin.  The Dala Horse looks so sweet and could be used as an ornament, for gift packaging, in baby room decor or even as a fun tag for a child’s backpack.  

I know these sweet Dala dies are out of stock currently, but if you go to the product page and click the Email Me when Available link and enter your email address, you will get a note when the dies are back in stock.  

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!