Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Go-to Gal Designer Challenge {Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts}

Good day, sweet crafty friends!It's Go-to Gal Designer Challenge day! This is a just-for-fun challenge that the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine Go-to Gals toss out to each other, using some of our favorite products. This month we are playing with Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts products. If you hoard ink, then you probably have some of their great products in your stash. Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts makes VersaMagic, VersaFine, Memento and StazOn . . .just to name a FEW! I'll be honest, I had never really used a chalk ink until Tsukineko came into my life! And I've never crafted the same again! :)

For today's project, I had some brand new Stampin' Up stamps looking adoringly at me (Fall Fest and For All Things), just begging to be inked up. It still feels quite far from autumn around here, so I thought I'd do something different, and use some not-quite traditional colors on my pumpkins. I used Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts' VersaMagic inks in Pixie Dust, Pink Grapefruit, Mango Madness, plus Key Lime for the leaves and stems. The small Dew Drop sized ink pads are perfect for a project like this, because I was able to ink up the stamps with two colors, to create my green stems, all in one step. 

I paired my sweet pumpkins with Avery Elle woodgrain cardstock. (We discussed this in my last blog post. . .and here it is again, because I'm telling you - I LOVE this cardstock!) I also added my favorite May Arts twine, plus a wood embellishment from Close To My Heart. 

So, here's my not-quite-ready-for-fall, fall card. I am excited to see what the other Go-to Gals are up to, with their Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts products. They aren't just YOUR Go-to Gals. . .they are MINE too, and I am seriously turning to them for help, inspiration, and chit chat EVERY day. They're the best. So go see them, and give my Gals some love! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Holiday Cards & More winner! {plus a Reminisce Christmas card!}

Just a quick pop in to announce the winner of the copy of Holiday Cards & More! Chriss Blagrave, from Botanical Cafe is my random winner! Hooray and congrats Chriss!! Thanks so much to everyone for participating, and if you have a minute, stop on over to see Chriss' blog -she has beautiful artwork to inspire you!

And I can't leave without sharing a project, so here's a Christmas card I created using Reminisce's Chalkboard Christmas paper.  It's so easy and fun to create a chalkboard inspired project with this paper. I just trimmed it, and I created the frame using strips of Avery Elle's woodgrain cardstock. I seriously am smitten with this cardstock. I hoard every last little scrap, because it's always perfect for something. The texture is fantastic. I just cut four strips of it, overlapped them around the chalkboard panel, and rounded the corners. I added a little sprig of holly at the top, with some twine.
That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas? {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

I'm on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine blog today, welcoming a new issue! Holiday Cards & More, Volume 9 is a print issue, on newsstands now, and it is full of holiday inspiration! If you didn't come from there, please pop on over to the blog and visit! I've shared some lovely holiday tags and then I created my own non-holiday tags from that inspiration - just to prove that this is a pretty must-have issue, even if you aren't quite ready for winter crafting!

And I have one little holiday project for you here today, PLUS a chance to win. . . .read on, my crafty friends!

I created this card with some sweet products from the Timbergrove Collection by Fancy Pants Designs. The burlap bow, also from Fancy Pants, is such a great product. It comes just like you see it, already shaped and ready to stick on a project. I love the way it brought this whole card together. I am work on my layering skills - putting product together, and actually USING all of the stickers, tags, and fun embellishments I have so this card was good practice!

And now, because we are celebrating a new magazine, in addition to the copy I'm giving away on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog, I have one more issue to give away here! So, leave a comment - I'd love to know: Do you create Christmas/holiday cards? If so, how early you start working on them? I'll draw one random commenter to win Holiday Cards & More, on Saturday August 23rd! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Card supplies:
Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove Small Decorative Tags
Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove Patterned Photo Frames
Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove 12x12 Paper Kit
Fancy Pants Designs Artist Edition Collection Burlap Bow

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Fond Farewell

Today's card was created with someone very special in mind. It's the lovely Betsy Veldman. I completely love this woman. She is kind-hearted, and her creativity always inspires me. Her good humor and laughter is contagious, and she is just a really fun person to be with. Her artwork is gorgeous, and her attention to detail is impeccable.

I created this card based on one of my favorite recent blog posts that Betsy shared at the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog. It's all about the trendiness of bright colors, with a pop of black and white. I really love bright colors, with black and white, so I was completely inspired!

Betsy has decided it's time to move on from the Go-to Gals and her position at the magazine, so the 6 of us decided to give her a Bon Voyage blog hop, to share our love.  We'll miss her in a major way. It's silly how much I'll miss her - she lives in Iowa, and I live in Florida. It's not like we meet up for coffee every week. She is just as easy to text, email, and chat with as she's always been. I have to keep reminding myself of this, because somehow she feels like she'll be farther away. {I love you Betsy!!!!}

Will you stop by and visit all the Go-to Gal blogs today, and check out our Betsy-inspired cards? And then stop by and see Betsy too, and give her some love!

    Want to know more about today's card? I used some brand new and well-loved Technique Tuesday products. The new Cool Tab Card die is going to be a great die in my stash. The Story Card dies are great for journaling cards, and scrapbooking projects, but they are just as terrific for card bases too. I also used a brand new sentiment, from the You're So Sweet stamp set. It's a mini set, and it has four beautiful, and practical sentiments! The poppies are from Poppy Sentiments, which has great flowers for paper-piecing and coloring, plus really usable but unique sentiments.

     Card supplies:
     Technique Tuesday stamps and dies-
     Fancy Pants Designs Park Bench patterned paper

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! My kids head off to school next week, and I have big plans for getting my life organized and getting some work done! (We'll see how that goes!) Have a great weekend! xoxo

Thursday, August 14, 2014

HERE! {sort of}

Hey friends - just checking in REALLY fast, to say HELLO!!!! I decided to take a few more weeks off from blogging to enjoy my kids' last weeks of summer vacation. But tomorrow I'm officially BACK. School starts on Monday, and I'm ready (sort of) to face this new chapter of family life, with all of my kids in school. Littlest man starts preschool, so I'll have a few hours to myself. I pretty much haven't been ALONE in 10 years. . . .so we'll see how it goes.

Be here tomorrow! I have a new card to share and I'm ready to get back to business!
Hugs, friends! See you then!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ThankFUL Go-to Gal Designer Challenge {Hazel & Ruby}

It's Go-to Gal Designer Challenge Day!!!! The Gals and I are sharing projects from a FABULOUS hip, new company called Hazel & Ruby. It was so fun to visit Hazel & Ruby with the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking chickies in April. We got to see sneak peeks of NEW product that's being released right NOW, which was pretty cool! (You can see the new Summer 2014 release on this Hazel & Ruby blog post.)

(Here we are, working on a little Make-n-take project in the Hazel & Ruby office!)

When I got home I was fired up to try out some of the stencils and papers that Hazel & Ruby shared with us. I wasn't quite brave enough yet to start with a canvas or home decor project, but this card was the perfect way to try out the stencils. (And now that I've done it, and I see how easy it is, I'm TOTALLY ready to create a wallhanging!)

To start out, I trimmed some Wrap It Up lightweight paper, and adhered it to a card base. Then I peeled off the letters I wanted from the Greetings Phrases stencil mask, and stuck them on. They adhere perfectly, but they come off easily too, and they're reusable!

Next, I used white acrylic paint and brushed it over the top. When the paint was dry, I carefully pulled up the stencils. It turned out pretty well for my first shot!

I can't wait to check out what my other Go-to pals have created! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Will you also visit Hazel & Ruby at their website, blog, and/or Facebook page? Tell them the Go-to Gals sent ya! 

PS I just noticed that is offering 20% off Hazel & Ruby products - today only! Click on the links above to go straight to my supplies. Put items in your cart and the 20% will be automatically deducted! No coupon code necessary! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Christmas in July: Day 4 {The Stamps of Life}

Happy Holidays! I'm enjoying my vacation with my family right now, so I thought I'd leave you with a little Christmas in July while I'm away. Scroll on down to see the first few days of winter inspiration, if you've missed it. 

Today I've got a card featuring The Stamps of Life. There are quite a few super-cute holiday themed stamp sets at The Stamps of Life, and these Christmas lights are one of my favorites. Lights4Christmas is a cool stamp set because it has the Christmas bulb outline, plus solid and polka-dotted inside shapes to customize your lights. It's also great for paper-piecing and stamped techniques. 
On this card I stamped the light bulb outline, and then stamped the inside with the dotted stamp. I trimmed the lights and adhered them to the card, with some string behind. Isn't that little Merry Christmas tag cute? Perfect for little gift tags or accents. (And even better. . .this stamp set has coordinating dies, great for mass producing Christmas cards and projects!) 

Next up, a little packaging project. I used a Sizzix Thinlits Milk Carton die and my Big Shot to create this little box. It would be perfect for little candies or treats. It's small - 3 5/8 inches tall when assembled. It's ADORABLE.
Well, my friends - this brings us to the end of my little Christmas in July! Thanks so much for visiting this week! If you've gotten fired up about creating for the holidays, I'd love to see what you're up to! Link me up with your creations and I'll check them all out when I get home from my summer vacation next week! And not to worry, me and the Go-to Gals will be sharing some fun on Wednesday. It's Go-to Gal Designer Challenge day, and we're showcasing Hazel & Ruby! So FUN! Hugs! xoxo

Milk carton supplies:
patterned paper and chipboard - Fancy Pants Timbergrove 12x12 pad and chipboard

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas In July: Day 3 {Technique Tuesday}

Are we feeling festive yet? Welcome to Day 3 of my Christmas in July! (Scroll on down for Days 1 and 2!) I have a little more Technique Tuesday goodness for you today. I had a lot of fun playing with washi tape and enamel dots on this card! And yes. . . more unconventional colors.

On this card, I combined two great stamp sets. The sentiment is the same one you saw on my last post, called Tis the Season, and the tree is from Trendy Trees

Sometimes I'm not quite sure that a card works.  You know what I mean? It's just not quite balanced, or something is OFF. Sometimes I can figure it out, and sometimes I can't, but either way - it's good to just PLAY sometimes, and that's what I did on this card. I played. It may not be perfect, but it was fun. 

I hope you're having fun today! Come on back Monday for Day 4 of Christmas in July! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christmas in July: Day 2 {Technique Tuesday}

Hello friends! It's day 2 of Christmas in July! Here on my blog, we're spending my summer vacation with a bucketful of holiday spirit. (It makes sense. . . trust me.) Scroll on down if you missed day 1! 

I have two Christmas cards for you today, featuring stamps from Technique Tuesday. This set is called Tis the Season. I LOVE the paper-piece this Christmas tree. It's so much fun to combine patterns and colors! If you were with me for the last Christmas in July post, I shared my love of non-holiday papers and non-traditional color combinations. Here's some more proof, in case you didn't believe me! Ha! 

On this first card, I used Carta Bella's Sew Lovely 6x6 pad. Certainly not Christmas paper, but there's no reason it can't be! 

And next up - what? What's that you say? Non-traditional colors and non-holiday papers? Why yes. You are correct. Carta Bella's Summer Lovin'. After all, it IS summer in real life! I did some more paper-piecing on this Christmas tree. It's really addicting. I just can't help myself. And I used my go-to favorite May Arts burlap ribbon that goes on just about everything I create! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Holidays! Check back on Friday, for Day 3 of Christmas in July. I'll have another Technique Tuesday card to share!

Tis the Season clear stamps - Technique Tuesday
Carta Bella Sew Lovely 6x6 pad
Carta Bella Summer Lovin' 6x6 pad

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July: Day 1 {Paper Smooches}

In the magazine world, we work 6-7 months ahead of time. So it's not unusual to be working on Christmas and Valentine's Day during the summer months. It can make a girl kinda crazy. Stamp companies also work a few months out. So in order for you to have shiny new Christmas stamps during the fall months, to begin your cards, designers are often crafting up Christmas samples during not-so-festive months.

In Florida, when the weather is a "cozy" 95 degrees, it can be challenging to feel that Christmas magic. At any rate, I thought it would be fun to spend this week (while I'm on vacation) sharing some Christmas cards I've had laying around. So check back over the next few days, and maybe you'll just get inspired to get a head-start on your winter crafting!

I have two cards to share with you today, and they both feature Paper Smooches Stamps. The stamps from Paper Smooches pretty much just make cute cards the second they hit paper. I've been a Kim Hughes fan for as long as my crafty brain can remember.

So on this first card, I think I was aiming to use non-holiday product, to create a holiday card (with the sentiment being the exception.) I really love doing that. It's creativity-building to look at your supplies in a new way, and my affinity for aqua usually causes aqua to fall into a lot of my holiday cards! I'm feeling like this striped paper is from Echo Park, but I'm sorry to say I cannot remember what it is. I love the way the Streamers die looks behind the circles. I run to those banners pretty regularly for sentiments, and accents. I finished this card off with Paper Smooches Heart dies, layered as an accent. 

Next, I have to admit, I'm not even sure how long ago I made this card! It's been sitting in the "archives" for quite a while. I really super love it though! Just as I like to take non-holiday products and turn them into holiday projects, you may have noticed I also like to take some liberties when it comes to holiday color schemes. Pink and citrus. . . .yes, it IS a holiday color scheme! I used a snowman from Swanky Snowdudes, and I created a little background with a the diamonds square, from the Potpourri stamp set.

Check back on Wednesday, for some more Christmas in July inspiration . . .I've got some Technique Tuesday projects to share with you! Thanks so much for stopping by! Season's greetings!!! (Giggle!)

Peace & Joy card supplies:

Season's Greetings card supplies:
Swanky Snowdudes -Paper Smooches
Potpourri - Paper Smooches