Tuesday, September 30, 2014

That's Fang-Tastic!

Hi everyone! Happy last-day-of-September!

I'm up on the Neat & Tangled blog today. Here's a sneak peek:


I used the new Creepy Cute and Creepy Cute Shadows and Sentiments sets. If you have a chance, please check it out on the Neat & Tangled blog. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week!

It's the last day of Neat & Tangled's release week! All of the stamps and dies are in the store now. :)

Today we're sharing projects using the Turkey Talk stamp set and dies. Here's what I made:

Gobble Gobble

This card started with the background. I had a strange inspiration source--THIS video for Meow Mix. After I watched this video, I had that "Meow, meow, meow, meow" stuck in my head... The "gobble gobble" stamp in Turkey Talk reminded me of the Meow Mix tune. LOL! So I stamped the sentiment about 50 times in gold. 

I stamped and Copic colored the turkey. As an FYI, he's larger than the Thankful Turkey stamp. When you see the card at an angle, you can see the gold background:

Gobble Gobble

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Turkey Talk stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: (sentiment and turkey from Turkey Talk) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: 110lb. Neenah
Patterned paper: (woodgrain) Studio Calico
Ink: (Gold Delicata; Tuxedo Black Memento) Tsukineko

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Go and Do Amazing Things

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week!

It's day 4 of Neat & Tangled's release week! Today we're sharing projects using the Origami Map stamp set, which was designed by Miriam Prantner. Danielle is sharing pictures of the set on the Neat & Tangled blog.

This set is fun and very versatile! Here's what I made:

Go and Do Amazing Things

This card took time, but it was pretty easy to make. I stamped the Origami Map, got out a bunch of Copics, and started coloring. I skipped the shading--otherwise, I'd probably still be coloring. ;) Once I was done, I fussy cut the map and trimmed off the edge.

The sentiment and airplane are also from the Origami Map set. I stamped them on the MME Just Sayin' paper:

Go and Do Amazing Things

Since the map had so many colors and is graphic, I decided to keep the card pretty CAS.

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Origami Map stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: (sentiment, map, airplane from Origami Map) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: (white) PTI; 110lb. Neenah
Patterned paper: (stripe paper from Just Sayin') My Mind's Eye
Ink: (Tuxedo Black Memento) Tsukineko
Copics, Copic Multiliner

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I Love a Different Sentiment

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week!

It's day 3 of Neat & Tangled's release week! Today we're sharing projects using the My Plate is Full stamp set and coordinating dies. Danielle is sharing pictures of the set and dies on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Here's what I made:

Gather Together

I felt like I haven't been hybriding as much (and yes, I made up that word), so I decided to use my new One Little Bird digital papers for this card. After resizing and printing the papers, I stamped the sentiment, swag, and rings from the new My Plate is Full set on one of the patterned papers. I thought the sentiment would work for an invitation or a hostess thank you. I love that it's a different sentiment!

I die-cut the leaves on my Cameo and strung them together like I did in THIS card and knotted the ends.

Gather Together

I finished the card with some mist and Neat & Tangled sequins the Orchid Satin sequins matched perfectly.

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the My Plate is Full stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: (sentiment from My Plate is Full) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: (Nightshift) My Favorite Things; (Premium Matte Photo Paper) OfficeMax
Digital papers: (Who I Am) One Little Bird; (grey stripe from Where I Stand) Paislee Press
Ink: (Nautical Blue, Lilac Posies, Dandelion Luxe) Tsukineko; (Dandelion Fireworks mist) Tsukineko; (Opaque White) Studio Calico
Embellishments: (Orchid Satin, Crystal Clear sequins) Neat & Tangled; (White cord) Hemptique

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Full of Thanks and Giving

Hi everyone! Uh oh. It's only day two, and I don't have anything to say. Ha! Let's get to it.

It's day 2 of Neat & Tangled's release week! Today we're sharing projects using the Be Full stamp set. Danielle is sharing pictures of the set on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Here's what I made:

Be Full

Over a month ago, I watercolored a background using spray mists for another project. It ended up not working, but I kept it in my pile of "maybe I'll use it someday" elements. When I saw the Be Full stamp set, I knew it would work! Yeah!

I stamped the sentiment with Brilliance Black ink, which added some extra shimmer to the already-shimmery misted background:

Be Full 

I had to stitch down that panel, so I added some wonky stitching. The layered elements in the corner are from Simple Stories. I know poinsettias don't grow acorns, but it looked good.

Be Full

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Be Full stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: (sentiment from Be Full) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: (Distress Watercolor Cardstock) Ranger
Patterned paper: (hexagon from Hipster) BasicGrey; (ivory paper from Life Emporium) Teresa Collins
Ink: (Brilliance Black) Tsukineko
Embellishments: (Spooktacular sequins) Neat & Tangled; (chipboard and ephemera from Sweater Weather) Simple Stories

Monday, September 22, 2014

Neat & Tangled Release Day 1

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

It's release week at Neat & Tangled! To kick things off, we're sharing projects using the Creepy Cute, Creepy Cute Shadows and Sentiments, Creepy Cute Dies, and Spooktacular Sequins. Danielle is sharing pictures of the products on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Here's how I used the sets:

Trick or Treat

Aren't those little guys adorable? I masked and added the bow on the ghost. I realized after I took the picture that I used my "draft" ghost instead of the final one. Oops! I really need reading glasses. 

I added the face to the candy corn--isn't he the cutest? The ghost and candy corn are from the Creepy Cute, and the sentiment and spider are from the Creepy Cute Shadows and Sentiments

Trick or Treat

After I had all of the elements on the AC Haunted Hollow paper, I felt like it needed something more. I flipped through my pins and saw THIS gorgeous card by Rahel Menig. I *loved* the glitter edges and had to try it. I also added a few drops of a metallic mist. Here's the card in the light:

Trick or Treat

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Creepy Cute and Creepy Cute Shadows and Sentiments sets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: (ghost, bow, candy corn, smile from Creepy Cute; (sentiment, banner, spider from Creepy Cute Shadows and Sentiments) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: (Neenah 110lb) 
Patterned paper: (Haunted Hollow) Amercian Crafts
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko; (Antique Silver mist) Maya Mist; (Opaque White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico
Embellishments: (Spooktacular sequins) Neat & Tangled; (doily) craft supply; (Pumice Distress Glitter) Tim Holtz

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feeling Fall

Hi everyone!

I'm sharing a couple of Paper Smooches projects from the last release. I don't know if it's still hot where you are, but it's definitely early fall here--changing leaves, 40s in the morning, short days...you know the drill. So I thought it was time to share some of the fall Paper Smooches projects.

First up:

Thankful for You

I used the Halloween Icons dies for the pumpkin and little polka dot leaf.  The pumpkin doesn't have the stitches, but I added them using the Stitched die. Underneath the pumpkin, I stamped the shadow from the Shadows set.

Thankful for You

The sentiment is from Turkey Jive. For the larger leaf, I used Leaves 1 die and added the Stitched die. I can't get enough of that die. :) The papers are from Webster's Pages.

Thankful for You

Next up, I did some positive and negative die-cutting:

I Miss You

I die-cut the Seasonal Tree from the BasicGrey Grand Bazaar paper and layered it over the white base. I added the Stitched die for a ground and embossed a sentiment from the I Blank You set.

The Seasonal Tree leaves were die-cut from other Grand Bazaar papers and stitched on.

I Miss You

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Thankful for You:
Cardstock: (Distress Watercolor) Ranger
Patterned paper: (Family Traditions) Webster's Pages
Stamps: (shadow from Shadows; sentiment from Turkey Jive) Paper Smooches
Dies: (pumpkin, small leaf from Halloween Icons; larger leaf from Leaves 1; Stitched die) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Wet Cement) Hero Arts; (Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up; (Antique Linen Distress Ink) Ranger

I Miss You:
Cardstock: (white) PTI
Patterned paper: (Grand Bazaar) BasicGrey
Stamps: (sentiment from I Blank You) Paper Smooches
Dies: (tree, leaves from Seasonal Trees; ground from Stitched dies) Paper Smooches
Ink: Versamark
Embossing powder: (White) Wow!
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gold, Gold, and More Gold

Hi everyone!

Madeline and I are on the Scraptastic Club blog today with a new challenge: Get Glittery!  

Here's my take:

Shine On

I used my new camera and 35mm lens. I'm probably the only one who can tell a difference, but so far, I'm loving it (I'm still getting used to it).

On the card, I used the September This Life Noted kit. The kit has an awesome "Shine On" journaling card, and instead of using the whole card, I die-cut it. I layered the circle on some of the Crate Paper Notes & Things ephemera in the TLN kit.

The glittery clip is from Inspire Lovely. *swoon*

Shine On

I managed to stitch an actual circle....not an oval, not a square, but a circle. Yeah! Then I went around a second time to wonk it up a bit.

When I was done with my card, I thought it needed one more gold, glittery item. I die-cut the Leanna butterfly from gold glitter cardstock:

Shine On

If you're making cards projects with glitter this week, link it up to the challenge! You can use glitter in any kind of way, and you don't have to use the Scraptastic kits to play along. You can enter HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Cardstock: (white) PTI; (gold glitter cardstock) Best Creations
Kit: (journaling card, ephemera, sticker from September This Life Noted) Scraptastic Club
Dies: (Diagonal Stripe Coverplate) PTI; (Circle STAX) My Favorite Things; (Leanna butterfly) Simon Says Stamp
Embellishments: (glitter clothespin) Inspire Lovely
Ink: (Blizzard, Opaque White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone!

I'm up on the Glitz blog today sharing the beginning of a Gratitude Journal. I've seen some really cool journals, and I thought I would try it for a month. Hopefully I can keep up. ;)

Here's the journal:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The mini is hybrid, and many of the papers are digital, including some older collections. I mostly used the Glitz Black and White and Hello December collections. The sentiment on the cover is from the Carpe Diem Element Pack 3.

Here's a close-up of the cover:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The yarn and pom pom trim are from my deep, dark stash (at least 5 years old). I'm so glad I was finally able to use them!

For each prompt, I started with the phrase, "I'm grateful for..." and finished the sentence as my journaling. I cringed a little at some of the fragments, but I wanted to keep the journaling short.

Here are some close-ups of the tags:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The awesome giant rhinestone from the Glitz Black and White collection. I used the same Paper Smooches Leaves 1 Die and tag Toppers Die throughout the Gratitude Journal.

Here's the third day:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The fourth page has a lot of subtle layering--stickers, papers, tulle, tissue, vellum (pretty much anything white I could find). When the 77 foil sticker along the side hits the light, it is so pretty! I used a leftover leaf die-cut from the Rose cut-files

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

Here's the fifth tag:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

Isn't that Studio Calico acrylic camera cute? I stapled the yarn in an Emily Branch style. 

I'd love it if you would stop by the Glitz blog and see the rest of the pictures. Thanks!! :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: (white Linen Essentials) Ellen Hutson; (vellum) Hobby Lobby; (gold glitter cardstock) Best Creations
Patterned paper: (Stripe paper from Black and White; Polka paper from Carpe Diem) Glitz Design
Dies: (Leaves 1, Toppers dies) Paper Smooches; (Inline Alphabet) Mama Elephant
Stickers: (Black and White Alphas and Accents; 77 Alphas and Accents) Glitz Design
Fibers: (yarn, pom pom trim, tulle) craft supply
Ink: (Letterman's Jacket, Opaque White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico; (Marigold) Lindy's Stamp Gang
Embellishments: ("4" from Number Badge Set) Studio Calico; (heart Giant Rhinestone Black and White collection) Glitz Design; (roller stamp) American Crafts; (sequins) Scraptastic Club; (leaf wood veneer) Crate Paper; (acrylic camera from the Jubilee kit) Studio Calico
Digital: ("Raven" Element Pack 2"Carpe Diem" Element Pack 3"Black and White" Paper Pack 2"Hello December" Collection) Glitz Design

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I have a different type of post today. I'm participating in the Creative Blog Hop, which is like a chain letter for blogs. ha ha I see the hop as a fun way to share information about different bloggers.

I was invited to participate in this hop by four awesome bloggers (so honored!). They were featured last Monday (9/1), and I hope you'll check them out:

  • Maryana All I can say is wow! Maryana has mastered a gorgeous layered style that I adore. Be sure to scroll down to her mini albums (double wow!). I also love her non-scrappy posts (like THIS fascinating post).
  • Lindsey Martin-Penny I love Lindsey's CAS style, and her love of whitespace, red, cats, snarky sentiments, and heat embossing (you have to see her awesome heat embossing!). Lindsey also has a wicked sense of humor that always makes me laugh. :)
  • Melania Deasy Deasy is a master of techniques--die-cutting, Copic-ing, watercoloring, stamping and inking. She does it all! She makes the cutest cards, and is the nicest person, too.
  • Taheerah Atchia Taheerah's creativity blows me away. She does such a fabulous job mixing products and lines, and every card has at least one unexpected element. I love the inspiration pictures she uses for her Cure for the Monday Blues challenges!

Thanks Maryana, Lindsey, Deasy, and Taheerah for asking me to participate! As part of the hop, I'm supposed to answer several questions....

1. What am I working on?

I can't share everything, but here are a couple of sneaks...

A mini album coming (very) soon:

Working on getting this project blogged:

5 ,4, 3, 2, 1...

Using some brand new products:

Trying to figure out how to photograph a 12x12 layout:

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? [Describe your style.]

I am primarily a card maker, although I'll try any kind of paper crafting project. In the last few months, I've made several mini albums.

I like to dabble in many styles, but my work has changed over the past year. Lately, I've been layering more, adding embellishments, and playing with patterned papers. Most of my projects include hybrid elements--I love the flexibility of digi. I also love stripes, yellow, pink, and grey (not together), stitching, spray mists, my Cameo, small embellishments, Copic coloring, stars, unusual sentiments, and lettering. [I feel like this part is sounding like the Pina Colada Song.] LOL!

These cards show my style: Mom, HelloMake a WishSweetie Pie and You Are Here.

3. Why do I create what I do?

It started out very practical--making cards so I didn't have to buy them in the store. Now, it's more about using the pretty supplies. :)

4. How does your creative process work? [Where do you get your inspiration?]

Like a lot of bloggers, I use my Pinterest boards. Many of my projects are inspired by the products....I move them around on an A2 base and see how they look. Sometimes it works, and sometimes I spend an hour staring at my supplies. Ha!

We're supposed to introduce three blog friends, but I have two. Both people greatly inspire me:

Wida Miller: If you haven't seen her blog, it's gorgeous! Wida has a brilliant mix of stamping and patterned paper. Her cards are "airy" and always chic. Her photos are the bomb, too! I love how she always integrates an unexpected element or design into her cards. It's always a treat to see what she comes up with. Wida is also a friend, and she is one of those friends who is always willing to help. She has such a kind heart, and she's super funny to boot. :)

Debby Hughes: I'm not sure there's much to say about Debby that hasn't already been said. Her work is stunning, and she's one of those people who never makes a bad card. I love her techniques and her ability to switch styles. Like Wida, Debby's photos are incredible! Earlier this year, I got to meet Debby, and she is incredibly kind and gracious. She helped me photograph a card for a DT deadline, and as I was taking my picture I thought, "How weird is it that Debby Hughes is holding a piece of cardstock backdrop so I can take this photo?" LOL! She's very down-to-earth.

Both Wida and Debbie will be continuing the hop next Monday (September 15th). Be sure to check out their posts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Trio of Scrappy Cards

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great (long) weekend. Where on earth did summer go?? I always love fall, though. :)

I'm up on the Scraptastic Club blog today, and I'm sharing a card set with layered embellishments using one of the September kits:

Scrappy Card Trio

I started by picking the Teresa Collins and Pink Paislee background papers and then die-cutting various papers from the kit with several different dies (scalloped circles, hearts, butterflies, Polaroids, envelopes, tabs). I die-cut enough for about 10 cards. Ha!

The Girl kit and Add-on have some fabulous embellishments, and I was able to layer those with the papers. Their kits have a ton of product--I'm always amazed!

Scrappy Card Trio

To simplify the cards, I kept the layouts almost identical for all three cards. Here are some close-ups:

Scrappy Card Trio

Scrappy Card Trio

Scrappy Card Trio

If you get a chance, please check out the Scraptastic blog and kits. The September kits went live yesterday, and you can check them out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! :)

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