1.30.2015

Fun in the Rain with Chickaniddy Crafts

Today is my final post as Guest Designer on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog. I have absolutely LOVED working with Chickaniddy! Their collections are just so much fun! I have used the super fabulous Jolly Good collection, once again, showcasing the incredible versatility of this line. I love it. For reals, though.

Hello Friend


I pulled out not only the papers, but stickers and die cuts for this super fun rainy day hello card. I used simple techniques to add both color and dimension and you can read about those on the Chickaniddy blog! I just love how all of the elements come together so well!

Hello Friend (detail)


This Spellbinders® sentiment die was the perfect fit for this fun, rainy day hello! I sort of love it.

Be sure to head on over to the Chickniddy blog for details on the techniques I used and to check out the amazing inspiration provided by the Chickaniddy design team!

Have a Happy!

Love You More

Have you SEEN the most recent embellishment kit from Pinkfresh Studio? You guys, I love this kit so much! I have a post up over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog showcasing TWO cards using this kit. I will show you one here, but you are just gonna have to venture on over there to check out the other one! (I'm mean like that. HA!)

Our Story


I used a patterned paper from the Up in the Clouds collection for the background and then used the rub-ons directly over the pattern for the sentiment. I absolutely LOVE that you can so seamlessly overlap rub-ons to create your own sentiment! For REALS, you guys!

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I love all of the texture this brings, too! The canvas tag combined with the shiny gold flair is just so much fun! LOVE THAT!

AND... Pinkfresh Studio is GIVING AWAY a one year subscription to the kit! WHAT?! Yup! This is an Instagram Giveaway so, yes, you have to have IG in order to enter. Be sure to check out Pinkfresh on Instagram for your chance to win!


This is the current kit. You guys!!! Are you seeing all of that goodness? tons of embellishments, stamps, dies, stencils.... *sigh* It's a very good thing.

Have a Happy!

1.29.2015

I Like You

No, for reals, though. I do. I like you.

I Like You


I have had these Cute Fruit stamps from Paper Smooches for too long considering their lack of ink, so I pulled them out to create this super fun little card. And it makes me happy. And I love it. Lots.

I like You (detail)


I used a couple of ink colors and a simple inking technique to add dimension and color to the pears.

In other news, I got to leave my house today, so that's a good thing. However, they are predicting more snow tomorrow and Saturday, so I may just punch the snow in the face at this point. And that's easy to do, seeing as it is at eye level in many places. HA! *sigh* Perhaps I will just enjoy my iced coffee and deal.

Have a Happy!

1.28.2015

You Were Meant To SHINE!


It is ANYTHING GOES week this week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog! This week the Design Team is using Clearly Besotted and/or Lil' Inker Designs products on our projects. You don't have to use them to play along, but if you've got some we'd love to see them! I chose a super pretty stamp set from Clearly Besotted that I had in my studio just WAITING to be inked. I love it!

You Were Meant to Shine


I combined the gorgeous flowers from the Celebrating You stamp set with the super cute Bella Rouge collection from Pink Paislee. This is one of my favorites right now! I absolutely LOVE it! Just look at that BOW!!! LOVE IT!

Shine (detail)


I colored the flowers with Spectrum Noir pens and die cut the Spellbinders tag to layer over free-hand cut papers. A bit of ribbon and string help to add accent color and then... THAT BOW! *sigh* I love that bow. You can find my complete supply list below.


Now it's YOUR TURN! Create a NEW project and link it up to the ANYTHING GOES challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog for your chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store! WHAT?! Yup. Totally.

Supply List (Note that links are affiliate links. Your support is always appreciated!)

Markers: Spectrum Noir
Stapler/Staples: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Have a Happy!!!



1.26.2015

A Primary Rotation


It's a chilly Monday morning and it looks like we may be getting one heck of a blizzard tonight and tomorrow! That means extra time at home and THAT means extra crafting time! (This is me attempting to see the bright side of over two feet of snow coming this way. *sigh* LOL!) Today I have another fun card for the Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash to share with you. This one was challenging, but turned into something I really enjoyed working through! I was inspired by the In Rotation challenge.

Primary Hello


Let me begin by saying that this card is not perfect. And I debated sharing it. BUT... you know what? I'm proud of it anyway, so I AM sharing it. Because it's kind of cool, you guys! For reals, though! Instead of basing my rotation on the center of the card I actually used the giant chevron from the Winnie & Walter V is for Chevron set to create a rotation in each quadrant of the card. I then colored them with THREE Spectrum Noir pens. Just three. I allowed the coloring to overlap to create new colors. LOVE!!!

Primary Hello Process


As you can see, the coloring was SUPER bright and bold. Which was awesome, but also a bit strong. I layered a sheet of vellum over it and then die cut the Hello cutaway several times to create the sentiment over the vellum. It's simple, but I like it. I tried several things without the vellum and the background was just too strong. I haven't decided if I am glad I went with it or not yet. HA!

Primary Hello (detail)


That design, though, you guys. That's why I shared it, despite the imperfection. That design is just plain COOL! And it was fairly simple to do... just a hollow chevron stamp. And a few pencil guidelines. LOL! Don't forget to try fun new things with your stamps! Pretty awesome stuff can come from it!

Have a Happy!



1.23.2015

Because Sometimes You Want Clear Shaker Sides

So. Here's the thing. I had a vision. I made a sketch. It was going to be GREAT! It all started with this photo, but there was a problem.


This is the current inspiration photo from the Runway Inspired Challenge. As soon as I saw it, an idea popped into my head, so I grabbed my trusty Post-It notes and sketched out a card. I love the sketch and finally go to turn that vision into a reality last night. Only one problem. My vision had a shaker going across the front of the card. See those floral panels on her jacket? For some reason they screamed WINDOW to me, so my mind went to a shaker card. BUT...the design I had sketched sort of neglected to remember the fact that sequins will fall out if shakers don't have sides. My shaker didn't have sides.

Sydney Shaker


CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Yes, my friends, despite having not thought through the engineering quite as thoroughly as I perhaps should have in the sketching stage, I managed to maintain my original design idea and still have my shaker card. WHAT?! Yup. For reals, you guys. How did I complete these feat of awesomeness, you ask? Kool Tac Clear Foam Tape, my friends. To. The. Rescue. Yup. The sides are sealed with clear foam tape. Under the acetate. And you can barely see it. And I love that. And this card, you guys... THIS CARD!

Sydney Shaker (detail)


I heat embossed the bottom panel with Wide stripes for a subtle bit of texture. The red stripe was inspired by the belt buckle in the photo, along with the stripes found throughout. I just really love how this all came together. It's one of my favorites, for sure! You can find my complete supply list below. (All Simon Says Stamp links are affiliate links and your support is always appreciated.)

White Cardstock: Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth White
Black and Red Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp
Gold Cardstock: Bazzill Gold Metallic Cardstock (Again... SO WORTH IT!)
Stamps: Altenew Sketchy Cities Abroad, Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripe
Dies: Spellbinders Celebration Two
Adhesive: Kool Tac Clear Foam Tape, Giant Roll of Scotch Foam Tape
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark
Sequins: Hazel and Ruby
Acetate: Judikins Embossable Window Sheets

Have a Happy!

1.22.2015

Happy Retirement


Yup. I have another Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Challenge card to share today! This time I was inspired by Shay's ONE Challenge. And by 'inspired', I mean it was kind of freaking HARD, you guys! For reals, though. For some reason, I was struggling, but then I just decided to DO IT and I made it happen!

Happy Retirement


I used ONE die, ONE stamp set, and ONE color along with neutrals. I also used ONE large star and ONE small star (or ONE sticker sheet, if you prefer. *wink*) and less than ONE hour to complete my card. Yup. I totally counted that.

Happy Retirement (detail)


And now I am going to share ONE of my favorite things about Winnie & Walter stamps. If you collect the The Big, The Bold sets (and that's easy to do, as they release a couple here and there), you will find that you have a sentiment for ANY occasion. For REALS, you guys. It is actually hard to find an occasion for which these stamps will not provide exactly what you need. I mean, no...there's no HAPPY DONUT DAY or whatever, but - seriously - talk to Julie and Shay. They may just make it happen if you really want it. (P.S. Donuts are obviously on my mind this morning and that is sad, as I don't have any donuts.)

You can find links to the supplies I used on this card below. The links to Simon Says Stamp are affiliate links and your support is, as always, appreciated.

White Cardstock: Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth White
Gold Cardstock: Bazzill Gold Metallic Cardstock (TOTALLY WORTH IT, YOU GUYS!!!)
Die: Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and the Happy Cutaway Dies
Stamps: Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and the Extras
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Puffy Stickers: Pinkfresh Studio Up In the Clouds Collection

Have a Happy!!!


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