Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Making Simple Cards with Word Dies {The Stamps of Life}

My goodness, hello friends - I've kinda been missing you! (Not kinda. . .I've definitely been missing you!) After almost a week in Phoenix, I left again two days later for our family vacation. I am not used to traveling so much, so it was a mixture of good but exhausting fun! I am absolutely a homebody. It takes a LOT of days in my house, before I start going stir-crazy. 

Despite traveling, and catching up this week, I've  been working like a crafting maniac who's fingers are on fire. The only problem. . . I can't show you anything that I've created these past two weeks. That will sort of be the nature of my new job with Richard Garay/Fun Stampers Journey - a lot of what I create will be for catalogs, and features on the RG/FSJ websites -so you won't get to see them right away. 

But today, I have two cards that I CAN share with you. They both feature word dies from The Stamps of Life. I am obsessed - seriously OBSESSED with word dies lately. They are easy and fun, and can add such a pop of color to a card. On this first card, I used the hello die, from the Bicycle Club Die Set, (which coordinates with the bicycle2stamp set.) It has the word, and the background to layer together - such a fun way to play with colors! The scalloped border is a Sizzix die from the Word Labels set.

I guess today is as good a day as any, to tell you that after the April releases at TSOL, I will no longer be on the team there. I have been at The Stamps of Life for over five years, and it's been such fun - seriously, one of the best companies I have designed for. It's been a great team, and a great place for me to grow and create. I've met a lot of sweet, crafty people - many of you who follow my blog, found me there . . . and I hope you'll still come and visit me! But enough of that business - onward to the next card. . . this Thinking of You die was also just released, and again - it has the sentiment, plus the background layer. You can use them together, or use the sentiment on it's own. I also used the Fancy Labels Framelits dies - these have been some of my favorites of all the Framelits dies. I just love the shape!

Okay my friends. . . .have a beautiful rest of your week! Thanks so much for coming by, especially when I disappear for a week or two at a time! I have to totally readjust my life to working part time, even though it's from home - I have to learn to limit my distractions (i.e.: laundry, Facebook, napping,  stepping on Legos, etc etc) and find my groove. But I'll get there, and hopefully I'll get back on a blogging schedule too! Hugs, my friends! xoxo

TSOL and Sizzix products used on these projects:
On Hello card-

On Thinking of You-

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Make Amazing Happen {Richard Garay}

So, you may or may not have heard, I have a new job! I've been wandering aimlessly since the close of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, and I had been praying and pondering about what to do and where to go from here. . . .and it seems I've found it (actually maybe it found me!) I'm thrilled to officially announce that I have joined Richard Garay and his Make Amazing Design Team. I am working as a part time designer, from home, and traveling to Phoenix quarterly to catch up with the team. So - a job, in the craft industry!? ACK - seriously, this is an awesome opportunity! 
Me and four of the five other Make Amazing Designers
(Mindy couldn't join us this week, but we missed her!!!)
I just spent the past four days meeting the team, and getting to know the rest of the Journey Crew (the staff in house, in Phoenix) and learning ALL about the company. There's a LOT going on, and it can be a bit confusing, so here's the scoop. Richard Garay and his company Journey Blooms, have a few different collections of products:

You'll find Richard's retail collection, Cele'brations, at Spellbinders, soon to be at JoAnn, and also at You may just see some more Richard Garay retail collections coming in the future as well! 

In addition, there's a whole other branch of Journey Blooms, called Fun Stampers Journey.  You can check out the entire FSJ catalog on the website, and products can be purchased through a Journey Coach (which is like a consultant or demonstrator.) We'll be having a giant convention in June, for Journey Coaches, where we'll release a new catalog, and NEW products. It's going to be a BLAST! Richard is also traveling around the country - ALL the time, for Scrapbook Expos, and his Yummy & Delicious Tour, so there are LOTS of ways to catch up with Richard and his extreme enthusiasm, creativity, and love for the crafty community. 

And now, some pictures from our week in Phoenix. We drank a lot of coffee, ate delicious food, and really - we did a lot of work and learning along the way! We also took a field trip to Sedona - which was seriously, SO beautiful! 

Richard kindly stopped the car on the side of the road, because it was extremely necessary for us to have a photo op with the gigantic cactus!

Richard spoiled us with presents and flowers and treasures each morning when we walked into the office. He is so attentive  to details, special touches, and making people feel fabulous!

My littlest son said, "So your new boss is the cool guy with the crazy hair?" Yes, yes he is!  And I am THRILLED about it! (And he and his hair is SUPER cool.)  
Some links for you:
Fun Stampers Journey website (look at the catalog, find out about becoming a coach, and read the FSJ blog!)

And now that I'm home, this week I am off on a family vacation - so much travel! So exciting! If you made it through this entire blog post - congratulations, and thank you!!!!! Have a terrific weekend! Thanks for coming by! xoxo

Monday, March 9, 2015

Rosemaling? Rosemaling! {Lil' Inker Designs}

The word rosemaling is fairly new to me. Rosemaling itself isn't new to me, but I never knew what it was called. Rosemaling is Norwegian for "decorative painting" and it's a beautiful folk art that originated in Norway. (Check out the beautiful rosemaling inspiration on Pinterest.) The new Really Rosemaling stamp set from Lil' Inker gave me the opportunity to stamp some decorative floral images, that are soo much easier than painting! I kept these two cards very clean and simple, but with this set you can create some really intricate and detailed images too. 

On both of these cards, I used the Stitched Mats:Side Stitched Rectangles die to create a background. Then, I added sentiments and stamped floral images. 

Thanks so much for coming by today! I'm traveling most of the next two weeks, but I'll try to get a few blog posts up along the way. I promise I'll catch you all up soon! Hugs! xoxo

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs March Release {Day 3}

Welcome to Day 3 of the Lil' Inker March Release Blog Hop! If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!

I'm pretty excited about today's project. This was such fun to create. This little canvas is a die, people! A quick pass through the die-cutting machine, and you'll have it together in no time. 
For today's project, I die cut my canvas from chalkboard patterned paper. Then I embossed the sentiment (from Paint Your Canvas) in white. Easy peasy, and I love the chalky look! I added a die-cut flower to as a detail, and it was DONE. Striking and simple - I love it when that happens!

And the best part, this adorable mini easel is on also for sale at the Lil' Inker Designs shop! I think the easel and canvas idea will be fun for so many projects. My kids are going to have a BLAST creating "fancy" works of art. And what about holiday decor?! A mini easel with a seasonal creation? What about an art party, and all the guests create a mini canvas, and take home a matching easel for it?! (And at $2 a pop, how can you resist!?) Too fun! I'm excited!!!

Don't forget to comment during each day's hop, as a lucky winner from each day will enjoy a $15 Lil' Inker Designs store credit! Thanks so much for coming by today, and for participating in our hop! xoxox

Here's the blog hop order:

Lil' Inker Products Used on these projects:

Frames & Flowers Die Set

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs March Release {Day 2}

Welcome to Day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs March 2015 Release Blog Hop! If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning! 

Today I have a rather time-consuming but worth-the-effort card to share with you! I am really a quick and simple kind of crafter, but every once in a while, I get something in my head, and I throw caution to the wind, spending way too much time on a project. So, welcome to the two-hour stitching card! After die-cutting the Cover Up Die: Pointelle from white cardstock, I began stitching through the holes using a rainbow of embroidery floss. After that, the rest was easy peasy. I stamped the sentiment on vellum and adhered it with a few tiny drops of clear glue. Then I diecut the stitched line into a thin strip of red cardstock, and added a sweet brad. 

Don't forget to comment during each day's hop, as a lucky winner from each day will enjoy a $15 Lil' Inker Designs store credit! Thanks so much for coming by today, and for participating in our hop! See you TOMORROW for one more day of hopping! xoxox

Here's the blog hop order:
Lil' Inker Designs products on today's project:

Long & Skinny Rectangles dies

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs March Release {Day 1}

Welcome to Day 1 of the Lil' Inker Designs March 2015 Release Blog Hop! (If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!) I'm so excited for this week, because it's such fun to share cute stuff! The design team often gets products well in advance of the release, and it's torturous to wait to share them! So without further ado, would you like to meet a new friend? I'm happy to introduce you to the Hey Foxy dies, stamps, and word dies. 
The sentiment stamps that coordinate with the fox die set are going to make this a really versatile addition to your collection. Foxy cards for men, women, birthday, all occasion. . . .lot's of possibilities! I'm looking forward to some patterned paper foxes (polka-dotty fox anyone????) 

To create the background for this card, I diecut the Rounded Rectangles from two patterned papers and from black cardstock. I trimmed just the bottom strip of the black and adhered it, then I diecut the speech bubble border line from the white grid one, and layered it as well.

Keep on hopping now, my friends! And remember, each day of our 3-day blog hop, there's a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Shop, so comment on each blog along the way, and then stop back tomorrow for more NEW products and projects! Thanks so much for coming by! xoxo

Here's the blog hop order:
Lil' Inker products used on these projects:
Hey, Foxy dies

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wheely Great! - bike2stamp {The Stamps of Life}

Happy March my friends! March! Although I'll miss the end of the cool weather in Florida, and I'm not looking forward to the next two months of pollen and sneezing, I am ready to say goodbye to February. March holds a good bit of fun travel for me - which doesn't usually happen, and in April, my birthday, and anniversary. HELLO SPRING!

Today I'm happy to introduce you to a stamp set that's just perfect for springtime! Please meet bike2stamp from The Stamps of Life. 
This set includes a big bike, as well as the small little petite bike on my first card. (Isn't it adorable!? Mini bike! So fun!)

On the last card, I pulled out the vellum again. (I can't stop with the vellum lately!) I stamped the bikes all over the card, and I colored them with markers. Then I stamped the sentiment on vellum and attached it with a staple at the top. Staples are a great way to attach vellum (as long as it matches the style you're going for.)
I'm so glad you stopped by today! If you'd like to check out some more WHEELY great inspiration, stop by The Stamps of Life. There are design team samples in the gallery, and lots of fun inspiration!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Week to "Die" For Day 4 {Winnie & Walter}

Welcome to day 4 of Winnie & Walter's Cutaways Feature week! It's been so fun to share these great dies and stamps with you. I hope you'll stop by Winnie & Walter and check out all the new products that were released this month, and visit their blog to see more great projects featuring these products!

Today's card features the In A Word: Love Cutaway, as well as the Goldie Trim Cutaways. That black scalloped line. . . .yep, it's a super cool die! I used it to cut the aqua cardstock, and then I cut out the strip which I adhered on top. This is a fun die set for creating borders, backgrounds, and all kinds of fun details.

Big thanks to Julie and Shay, for inviting me to join in all the recent fun at Winnie & Walter! And thanks to YOU for joining me here this week! Best of all? There's lots more to come! The next few weeks are going to be full of projects, product, inspiration, and fun. And hey - did you know I'm on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest? I'd love for you to follow me there - just click on the links in my sidebar! Happy weekend!!!!! xoxox

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Week to "Die" For Day 3 {Winnie & Walter}

A Week to "Die" For . . .hahaha, doesn't it just kill you!? This week we are celebrating the newly released dies at Winnie & Walter. Today we're showcasing Big Bang Confetti Cutaways + The Party Confetti Cutaways. These two die sets make some pretty awesome accents for any kind of project. I've used the Big Bang Confetti dies on . . .well - all of the projects I've shared this week, so today I thought I'd focus on The Party Confetti Cutaways, combined with sentiments from the In A Word dies, and tag from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways.  These are fun and easy birthday cards to create, which could be duplicated in any color combination you'd like! 
Do you remember what I shared yesterday about creating visual triangles with colors and shapes on your cards, especially with confetti? Take a look at both of these cards and see if you can find some visual triangles on these too! 

You know the drill. . . head on over to the Winnie & Walter blog for lots of inspiration, my friends! We've got one more day to party together, Winnie & Walter style - so TOMORROW: same time, same place! xoxo

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Week to "Die" For Day 2: Big Bang Confetti Cheers! {Winnie & Walter}

It's a two-post kind of day! Click here for the MFT Challenge Blog Sketch #217

It's Day 2 of the Cutaways feature week (a week to die for!!) at Winnie & Walter! Today we're showcasing the die sets,  Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, and the In A Word: Cutaways

This is the first card I created when I received my stash of dies from Winnie & Walter. It just magically came together - don't you love it when that happens? I diecut the Cheers sentiment (seriously, I'm obsessed with the In A Word dies - they are per.fec.tion!) and the Big Bang Confetti shapes. 
It can be challenging to pull together a bunch of little confetti shapes to create one cohesive card, but when it happens, it's fantastic. (And confetti is so trendy right now!!)

There are a few things I think about when creating a card like this:
1. Stick to just a few colors. Part of what makes this card POP are the three colors (silver, black, and fuchsia) on a clean white background. Keep your palette simple.

2. Triangles. Triangles. Triangles. Creating a visual triangle moves the eye around the image. If it's done well, it's so subtle that you don't even realize it's happening. On this card I have three larger fuchsia focal points, that form a visual triangle. And I have three black dots which, if connected, would create a triangle. The tiny bits of black help to connect to the sentiment, and it ties the whole thing together.

The art major in me, always loves a project that demonstrates a design principle! Think about this idea on other projects too - scrapbook layouts, home decor. It holds artistic truth, people!

Please stop on over to the Winnie & Walter blog for SO much inspiration! Thank you for stopping by today, my friends! Tomorrow, let's do it again, okay!? xoxo