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

MFT Sketch #217 {My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog}

It's been so much fun joining the girls at the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog, during the month of February! (Super puffy hearts to Susan Opel for the invitation!) I'll be excited to watch this new crafty hangout expand and grow! So let's get right to it. Wednesday means a new sketch challenge - and this week's is #217.
You know the drill. . .you'll have to head over to the challenge blog to see my whole card, but here's a teaser - lots of paper-piecing on this one (you know it's one of my favorite techniques!) Polka-dotted Spring Tulips?? Yes, PLEASE! Come on over to see this clean and simple gem. I was pretty loose with the sketch - I wonder what I used instead of banners on my card????? 
But don't go just yet. . . as I've been busy creating more than just the sketch card! I created this card for a friend who asked for some Easter cards to send out. Let me tell you what I did. I needed an Easter sentiment, and shockingly, I have very little Easter goodness in my stash. I decided to create a Happy Easter sentiment on my computer. I printed it out on cardstock and then I stamped only the TOP part of the above stamp, just above my computer-generated sentiment. Are you impressed?? (I was kind of impressed too!) It came together easier than I expected! It makes me happy to work with what I have, and get creative. (I added some of my favorite stitched dies from Lil' Inker Designs on this card too!)
Instead of paper-piecing, on this card I colored the tulips with Touch Twin Markers. I am completely uneducated when it comes to alcohol markers. I just mess with it until it works. I was pretty pleased with how these came together. 
Please head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog to see my sketch card, as well as cards from the design team. Remember to try your hand at the sketch, and share a link on the blog for a chance to win an MFT $20 voucher! How sweet is that!? 

If you're new to my blog - thanks so much for coming by! I hope you'll hang out more often! Feel free to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest - you'll find the links right up there in the sidebar! Have a beautiful day! xoxo

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Week to "Die" For Day 1: You Are Everything to Me {Winnie & Walter}

Winnie & Walter is featuring their newest Cutaways this week, released a few weeks ago. Cutaways are Winnie & Walter's steel dies, and these new ones are absolutely FABULOUS. They work beautifully with coordinating stamps, and they are simply splendid on their own as well!
Today we're showing off The Big, the Bold, and the Party as well as The Big, the Bold and You.  Winnie & Walter invited me to share some projects this week, so I'll be here through Friday sharing some crafty goodness! {I'm so excited!!}

First up. . . .on this card I used quite a few different dies and stamps - I diecut the word YOU from white cardstock, letting the black cardstock show through underneath. Then I stamped the words underneath. I diecut the circles and sparkles from vellum, glittered cardstock, and teal cardstock using  Big Bang Confetti Cutaways.  

On the next card, I want to point out a really fun die from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways. It's that cool dotted line. It's a fun accent, (and wouldn't it be cool to stitch twine or ribbon through it?!) 

If you haven't already, please head on over to the Winnie & Walter blog for more inspiration from the other designers! Thanks so much for coming by! xoxo (Be back here tomorrow, for MORE projects!!! It's a two-post day! Lots of fun to be had!)

Winnie & Walter products on these cards:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MFT #216 {My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog}

Welcome to Wednesday! I'm continuing to join the lovely ladies at the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog, for their weekly sketch challenges. Allow me to introduce you to sketch #216!
To see my whole card, you'll have to head on over to the MFT challenge blog, but below is a little sneaky peek! It features the new Somebunny stamps and coordinating Die-namics. While you're over at MFT, consider trying your hand at the sketch. Then link up your project for a chance to win a $20 My Favorite Things gift voucher! Pretty sweet, isn't it? 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Now head over to check out my card, as well as the design team's take on the sketch! They always inspire me! xoxo

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Something Old, Something New! {The Stamps of Life}

Happy Valentine's Day, my friends! I thought that today I'd pop in with a few oldie-but-goodie Valentine's projects from The Stamps of Life. I'd also like to offer a great big WELCOME, because we have a whole bunch of new designers joining the team. I hope you'll go and visit them, and say HELLO! 

And while you're at it, feel free to visit the returning designers too!

We usually treat Valentine's Day as a family event, so the four of us are going to make cheese fondue, and chocolate fondue for dinner tonight, and just hang out! Last week we made a Valentine's box, and we've been adding little notes and Valentine's to it all week, so we'll open that out tonight and share them. My five year old, who's getting really good at writing, has had an especially fun time, because this is the first year he can WRITE his own notes!!!! It's so cute! Here's one of my favorites, that he made a few days ago:
I helped him draw the little heart at the end, but he did all the rest himself! I just love it! I hope you have a super fab weekend, whatever you're up to! Thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo

The Stamps of Life stamps on these projects:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MFT Sketch #215 {My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog)

It's a two-post kind of day! After this post, keep on reading (or click here)  for more crafty fun featuring Lil' Inker Designs!

Hello friends! It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new sketch at the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog! Please meet sketch # 215. 
To see my whole card, you'll have to head on over to the MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog, but here's a sneak peek to hold you over. I really, really love the way this card turned out, so I hope you'll stop back here and let me know what you think of it! I used a lot of vellum - I'm totally digging vellum lately! 
To create the flowers, I tapped these awesome solid stamps, from the new MFT stamp set, LJD Spring Tulips, in a variety of shades of pigment ink. The colors blended together so nicely and created some lovely flowers, just perfect for springtime. (It's on it's way, especially in Florida!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm having such fun as a guest designer at the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog! I hope you'll try out sketch #215, and link up your project over there, for a chance to win a $20 MFT gift voucher!

Have a beautiful day, my friends! xoxo

February Monthly Meet Up Challenge {Lil' Inker Designs}

It's a two-post kind of day! Click here for the MFT Sketch #215

The paper crafting community is all about COMMUNITY, aren't we? Half the fun of creating, is being able to share what we've been making. So here's a fun opportunity and you might just WIN a prize! This month Lil' Inker Designs is hosting a new Monthly Meet Up Challenge. Anything goes - share a new or recent project featuring LID stamps and dies, on your blog or in your favorite gallery. Link it up on the Lil' Inker blog, and then we can all ooh and ahh together over our crafty creativeness! And the prizes get better, the more people that participate, so invite your friends, and get crafty with Lil' Inker Designs!

Here's my entry for the February Monthly Meet Up Challenge! I used a fun mix of older and newer stamps and dies: Spring Sentiments stamps, along with the Stitched Butterflies DiesAnytime Tags  and the Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern Die

Here's the details, and fine print:
Add your link by February 24, at 11:30 PM EST to be eligible to win a prize. To be eligible for a prize, projects must exclusively feature LID goodies, but we'd still love you to join the Meet Up even if your project isn't LID exclusive. Multiple entries are welcome, as long as your projects are featuring in separate posts.
Up to 25 entries: $25 store credit to one winner plus 1 stamp set winner
26-50 entries: $50 store credit to one winner plus 2 stamp set winners
51 and more: $75 credit to one winner plus 3 stamp set winners

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sending Big Hugs {Technique Tuesday and winners!!!}

Thanks to some technical difficulties, I've been away from my blog this week. First, the letter T stopped working on my keyboard. And then within a day or so, the whole keyboard went KAPUT. Technology - can't live with it, can't live without it, right!?

At any rate, after a slight delay, I have the winners for the Purex coupons from last week. Congratulations to Zehra, and Pat K. I've gotten in touch with Zehra, but Pat K, if you are reading this, email me at TomatoL at aol dot com, with your mailing address!!!!! If I don't hear from Pat this week, I'll draw a new winner!!

Can't leave you without a card today, so here's an oldie but a goodie that I made a year or two ago. I used WRMK Washi Adhesive Sheets to create the patterns. It's such fun to play with. You can die-cut it, stamp on it, tear it - lot's of possibilities. The stamps are from Technique Tuesday.  I had fun putting together these words to create a long sentiment.

Okay friends, that's all I've got for today. But I'll be back tomorrow. . . .there's lots of crafty fun stuff coming up!