Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You Rock {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends,

I know it's been a bit, well, quite here on the blog over the past week.  I have been busy with summer and all that entails, but I am back in action and I have some fun projects to share this week.

A few week's ago, Nina at Waffle Flower Crafts introduced the Rock My World die set that coordinates with the Rock My World stamp set. I thought it would be fun to use the dies to create a pattern inspired by a set of make-up bags I spotted on the Print & Pattern website.

First, I trimmed a piece of navy card stock to 4 x 5.25" and I die-cut the rock shapes in a random pattern.

Next, I die cut the rocks from scraps of blue, red, green, peach and white cardstock and inlayed them in the navy cardstock using a bit of washi tape on the back of the panel to hold things in place while I played around the placement.  I trimmed the red rock at the top of the panel and stamped You Rock by piecing together some of the words and sentiments included in the Rock My World stamp set

Finally, I adhered the inlayed panel onto a light gray card base.  

The card was inspired by the darling make-up bag set I found on the Print and Pattern website.

Fun inspiration, right?!  

Well, that's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Aloha {AE Challenge}

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today starts another AEI{heart}U challenge and this week's challenge theme is One Word.  What's One Word? Well it's easier than you think; it's creating a card with a single word sentiment. Think thanks, hello, happy, or even congrats! 

So my word this week is 'Aloha' and it was the perfect chance to play with the new Surf's Up set. 

First I created the beach and the water by die-cutting kraft and aquamarine card stock using Avery Elle's Custom Panel Dies.  I stamped the wave pattern onto the aqua card stock and adhered the die cuts to a white card base.  

Next, I paper pieced the palm tree and stamped the smallest surf board in the set with three different colors of ink.  They are all lined up waiting for their owners to take them on the next great adventure!  Finally, I stamped my one word, 'Aloha,' with aqua ink. 

Well that's it for me today. Be sure to stop by the AEI{heart}U blog for even more inspiration from the design team and to link up your take on this week's challenge.  I can't wait to see what you create!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thanks Bunches {Take 2 Thursday}

Hello friends,

Lindsay and I are back for another round of Take 2 Thursday.  This week, we are both using Paper Smooches' Denim and Daisies stamp set and Pocket dies.

Now typically with T2Th, I typically use just the stamp set we are featuring, but this week, that cute little pocket was begging for something equally cute to stash inside.  First, I stamped and embossed the stitching on a piece of denim patterned paper and I die cut it with the pocket die. 

I also die cut a panel of cream card stock with a pinking edge to serve as the backdrop for my pocket scene. Next, I pulled out Vegtastic and paper pieced the carrot, pepper and tomato from scraps of card stock and patterned paper and arranged them inside the pocket.  I stamped the tag with red ink on red card stock and tucked that behind the pocket side as well. 

 I brushed the edges of the pinked panel and that patterned paper with ink and adhered them to a kraft card base.

Well, that's all for me today.  Be sure to stop by Lindsay's blog for her creation with this fun set!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Pair of "Fancy" Cards {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends and Happy Tuesday,

I took a quick weekend trip down to Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus is about 2 hours south of where I live just a bit north of Akron, and on the way down, I must have heard Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" every 30 minutes (love Top 40 radio!).

Anyway, with that song firmly ingrained in my head, I decided to revisit the very fancy Waffle Flower Crafts Bowtiful and Bowtiful Additions stamp sets.

First up, and this one is for the guys, a dashing black tie card using Bowtiful Additions stamp set and Bowtiful die set.

I die cut a triangle pennant (Spellbinders) from white card stock and notched the corners.  Next, I adhered the pennant to a black cardstock rectangle.  Notice that the notched pennant extends past the top of the black rectangle.  I stamped the solid bow from the Bowtiful Additions stamp set on white card stock and die cut it using the larger Bowtiful dies.  I attached it to the card using foam tape.  

I stamped and heat embossed "Hey Handsome" also from the Bowtiful Additions stamp set on the black card stock. 

I added a few black pearls to the pennant to act as buttons.  Finally, I adhered the finished panel to a white card stock base. 

Next, a "fancy" card for the ladies using gray, cream and gold and the ever fabulous Bowtiful stamp set and Bowtiful dies

On a panel of gray card stock, I stamped the random star pattern repeatedly to create a background.  I kept rotating the stamp to keep the pattern truly random.  I adhered the gray panel to a cream card stock base.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with gold powder on a cream card stock strip with an angled side.  I stamped and embossed the smaller bow and die cut it with the coordinating die.  The sentiment strip and bow were attached to the card with foam tape.  A few gold star sequins add just a bit more fancy to the card. 

This fancy card was also inspired by Waffle Flower's very first challenge for June/July.   There is a sketch challenge and a technique challenge.  You can check out all the details here and you have until July 25th to enter!

Here's a peek at the inspiration sketch: 

Good stuff, right?  Go check it out now. :) 

Well that's all for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sew Dang Cute {Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge}

Hey, hey everyone!

I hope you are having a great weekend!  I am popping by today to share the card I created for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge. This week is an Anything Goes challenge and continuing my personal quest to share the love and use among my stamps, I decided to use Needle Little Love on this week's card.

Before I found paper crafting, cross-stitch was my craft of choice, though I lacked the patience and follow-through to complete anything other than small samplers and the occasional Christmas ornament. Still Home Economics was one of my very favorite classes in middle school, so this set makes me all kinds of nostalgic for my bygone hobby.

I cut some squares from aida cloth (aka cross-stitch cloth) and trimmed the edges with some pinking shears that I held on to from my sewing days.  Next I stamped the sweet images from Needle Little Love on the squares.  I did some very simple masking with the thread spools and the flower in the bottom left corner.

I stamped the sentiment and couple small hearts from the set.  Then I added a strip of patterned paper and some twine topped off with a pretty button and a twine bow.

So now it's your turn! You have until 11:59 PT on Saturday, July 12 to link up your take on this week's challenge to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store. Woot woot!  

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

I can't wait to see what you create!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Surface-Tag Blog Hop {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello, hello friends and Happy Saturday!  

Welcome to the Waffle Flower Crafts Surface-Tag Blog Hop!  Today the Waffle Flower Design Team is featuring the new Surface Tag stamp set and coordinating dies.  

Surface-Tag is no ordinary tag set, it is super versatile and the addition of the coordinating dies means there are even more possibilities.  In fact, I have three cards to share with you today using the following: 

First up, a simple card using the Surface-Tag stamp set only:

I stamped the stars in shades of blush, apricot, yellow and mint on a piece of white cardstock.    Next, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the set 10 times down a strip of white card stock.  I matted it with orange card stock and adhered it to the star panel.  I round the bottom corner of the stamped panel and adhered it to a mint card base featuring a strip of orange card stock at the bottom. 

I just love the whimsical look of the scattered stars. My daughter is turning 10 next week, and I think she would love to get this birthday card!  

Next up, a graphic and bold use of the ensemble using the Surface-Tag stamp set and the Starter Kit dies:

I made a card from white card stock and cut a card front from blue card stock.  Next, I die cut the tag from yellow, orange and pink card stock.  I stamped the stitched tag outline onto the die cuts taking card to not ink up the tag hole.  By selectively inking the tag stamp, I was able to get this super cute stitched rectangle look.  I adhered the rectangles at an angle and trimmed off the excess with a paper trimmer. 

I stamped Happy Birthday on the pink rectangle.  As a finishing touch, I stamped and heat embossed the stars from the set with gold embossing powder on blue card stock, punched them out with a circle punch, and adhered them to the card. 

Finally, my last card uses the Surface-Tag stamp set, Surface-Tag Die Starter Kit, and the Surface-Tag Die Scallop Add on.  I used these items to make a shaker birthday card. 

I started by die cutting the rectangle tag from a panel of patterned paper.  I die cut the scallop frame from white card stock and covered the opening with vellum.  I edged the die cut opening with foam tape and added some confetti made from the leftovers of a few edger punches.  You could also use a hole punch to create the tiny confetti.  I adhered another piece of card stock to contain the confetti and attached the shaker panel to a light gray card base. 

I made a banner by trimming a piece of pink card stock and notching the ends with a square punch. Some clear sequins add just a little more sparkle and shine. 

Nina was so sweet to convert my last two cards into sketches in case you would like to pin them for future use: 

You will want to be sure to check out all the fun ideas for this set that the Design Team is sharing today!

Katie Gehring– You’re Here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 4, 2014

I am so thankful {Happy Independence Day}

Hello all!

Happy Independence Day to all my US friends! It's been quiet here on the blog front this week- no stamp out chaos (sorry), no sharing just for fun or challenge cards.  Instead, I have been embracing this long awaited summer and trying to have fun with the kiddos.  My oldest daughter is turning 10 next week, and I realized that I only have eight more summers with her at home!  Seems to defy logic, but it's true!  Sadly, those eight summers will go by in the blink on an eye. So you will have to forgive me if summer gets the best of me from time to time.  It's such a fleeting season.

All that aside, I did manage to create a card and it seemed appropriate to share it with you today. I love Independence Day and all the festivities that surround the July 4th holiday, and I think about others who have sacrificed much to allow us the many freedoms we enjoy today. So for that and for countless other things I take for granted, I am thankful, and thought I would make a patriotic thank you card.

All of the stamps and dies I used for this card are by Paper Smooches. I started by die cutting 3 rainbows in red, white and blue.  I used a bit of washi tape on the back of the die cuts to hold the alternating rainbow stripes together.  I flipped one of the rainbows up (or down depending on your perspective and traced the nurdle shape onto a scrap of red cardstock and used some scissors to cut along that line

I stamped the star border from the Seeing Stars set and adhered the red cardstock to a white panel.  Next I adhered the double rainbow swoop onto that card and trimmed the edges. I stamped the sentiment from Many Thanks in blue in and added a small red star as an accent.  The completed panel was then adhered to a blue card base. 

Well that's all for me today!  If you are celebrating today, I hope you have a safe and wonderful time!  

Thanks for stopping by!