Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vegetable Garden

Hi, friends!

Although my papercrafting time has been limited by time and circumstances, I decided to break out my supplies the other afternoon while working on a project for my stamping club. I ordered the Vegetable Garden set from Papertrey Ink over the summer with the matching dies, and I have been dying to use them on a project!

 
This card was made super simple by PTI's clear stamps and matching dies. I absolutely adore all things Papertrey, and I can't wait to use this set again!
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three Little Watercolor Words

Hi, everybody! I've been doing a little experimenting for our next stamp club meeting, where I'd like to teach a watercolor project. Watercoloring is so in right now, and I have very little experience with it. I have to tell you, I had the time of my life trying out some of the different techniques out there!

This first experimental project is basically stamping with watered down ink. It's super easy ... you just ink up your stamps and mist them with water! The colors run and blend and end up looking very hand painted. For this project, I used watercolor paper from the dollar bin at Joann's and my new Flower Patch Stamp Set from Stampin' Up.



 
I stamped the largest flowers first and then gradually filled in the space with the smaller stamps. I added the leaves last as a final filler. I went back in with my water brush as the last step and blended a few spots together even more and created some splatters. This clean and simple card only took about 10 minutes minus the drying time! Once the piece was completely dry, I added my sentiment with gold embossing powder. (Why it looks so dull here, I have no clue!)
 
I can't wait to share more of the projects I've been splattering around today. Back soon!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

You in a Word

I ordered this Simply Created Mini Album Kit from Stampin' Up way back in the spring with great intentions of using it for a class. Needless to say (story of my life), if I can get a project done with a product before it's discontinued I'm one lucky demonstrator!

I did love this kit. It's got a simple, handmade vibe which makes it a totally trendy collection of products. The theme of the album is "You in a Word." Here are a few excerpts ... several months late.












I'm a big fan of kits and a big fan of mini albums, so I hope Stampin' Up continues to make projects like this available. I'll continue to do my meager best to get them out there! :)

Thanks for visiting!

This Brings Me Joy

Hi, friends! I finally finished up a layout I've had on top of my stack for quite a while. This layout coordinates with one I posted a little while back using the My Mind's Eye Now and Then collection. I love this trendy, soft collection. It's just perfect for scrapping my favorite subjects. Guess who?


 
 
Fall is rearing its ugly (gorgeous?) head already here in Montana, which means it's almost time for another session with Rachelle for portraits. I'm going to have 12-year-olds in a little more than a week!


Unbelievable!

Thinking of You

Today I decided to break out my inks and get my old school artsy on. I am a huge fan of collage influences, and I found a fun card on Pinterest for inspiration that was just what I needed! Thank you to Kath in Westhill for the little spark today!



I stamped the flower image from Serene Silhouettes repeatedly on a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of Whisper White cardstock and then embossed with white embossing powder to create my resist. Then I sponged Baja Breeze, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Basic Black all over my panel, concentrating the darker colors toward the outside edges. I misted the panel with water and let it dry to create some splatter, and then stamped the text image from the French Foliage stamp set repeatedly on to the background. Then I used a damp paper towel to clean up my embossed image.

I added a sentiment and some gold glitter paper at the bottom, and tied on a bit of twine for some texture. I love the collage effect this process created, and I had lots of fun choosing just the right colors for the feel I was after.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simply Jane Cases

  I ordered a big pile of goodies from Papertrey Ink a few weeks back, and the summer has been so crazy I haven't even had the chance to play with them! I just HAD to do a little project last weekend but had very little time, so I opened up the Pinterest board and cased a couple of cards using my new Simply Jane stamps and dies. I'm grateful that we belong to a generous community of crafters so willing to share their talents and inspiration for the benefit of all of us!

  The first card was originally designed by Betsy Veldman. I substituted Strawberry Slush for her PTI colors, added a few rhinestones, and came up with this:

 
  
The second card is based on a design by Melissa Phillips. The original design used bright pink, purple, and yellow, but I decided to substitute Pistachio Pudding (a light green) for the yellow:
 
 
 
 
  I can't wait to play with this set more as well as the rest of my haul! I'm working on getting a craft area set up in my new house, which will make crafting so much easier!
 
  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Pleasant Poppies

Hi, friends! I hope you've had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! I'm super excited to spend the evening with the family (especially now that my sissy lives four blocks away!) and have some fun with sparklers when it finally gets dark.

Since I had some holiday free time (or made some), I wanted to try out the newest stamp in my stash, Pleasant Poppies from Stampin' Up. I needed to add some sympathy cards and get well cards to my card box and found some inspiration in my red rose bushes. I broke out much much-neglected Copics and did a little coloring!


 
 
Of course, I realized after I had colored my image that Poppy buds are GREEN! Oh well, next time! This stamp is so lovely and so versatile and really is a classy addition to my stash. I know I'll use it a lot!
 
Have a fantastic holiday weekend and thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm Back!

It's been an absolute age since I've posted, but I'm back! So much has happened, and wonderful life stuff took over crafty stuff for a while.

We're getting settled in our new house. Things are still in disarray but settling down enough that I can finally find all of the essentials. I adore our cozy, cute little place, our yard full of flowers, and the quiet, tree-lined streets in our new neighborhood. I feel so grateful and happy!




My little girls also "graduated" from elementary school in recent weeks, and I've loved spending lots of time on field trips, programs, and end of school sleepovers. These two are just everything, and my only regret is that I can't slow time down enough to feel as though I can take it all in.

Now that I've been able to find most of my crafty supplies and have unpacked enough not to feel guilty spending some time relaxing, I was able to dig out one of my My Creative Scrapbook kits featuring My Mind's Eye Now and Then Collection and let the creative juices flow ... all over the kitchen table for hours and hours!
 
I spent a little time with my Copics coloring this adorable digital stamp from Tiddly Inks and my On Film dies from Stampin' Up. 

 
Since I had my On Film dies out, I used this super cute camera from the die cut pieces in the MME collection and used stickers to create a cute sentiment on the outside. I left the inside blank so I can use this card for a belated birthday or a foot-in-mouth apology, both of which will be useful in my stash. 

 
 
I was having so much fun with this cute set that I broke out the photo box and the sketch from the kit and did a layout as well. (These kits are so huge ... I can seriously make a ton more projects just from one of them!) The wood grain paper in this collection was my favorite, so I matched it with two of my favorite portraits of my daughters. What other subject could I choose?

 

 
Thanks for visiting after my long hiatus. I hope you're having a wonderful summer!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Farmhouse Hello

  I saw a fun scrapbooking technique on Two Peas in a Bucket on my YouTube feed the other day, and I thought it would make a really fun card background! Paige Evans used a diagonal triangle pattern as a page background, so I adapted her idea to make a fun country-themed card.

 
Using the last itty bitty scraps of my Stella and Rose collection papers, I punched a variety of triangles and staggered them over my kraft paper base. Then I ran the whole shebang through my Big Shot with a chicken wire embossing folder. So fun!
 
I would be neat to adapt this idea for use with other geometric shapes as well. The embossing creates a neat quilted effect, and real quilt patterns could provide all sorts of inspiration.
 
Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

Friday, February 28, 2014

To a Wonderful Mother

  It's never too early to start on Mother's Day projects, especially if you suffer from a chronic lack of planning ahead like I do! My mother-in-law absolutely loves red, so I used the last of my Paper Hearts collection from Crate Paper on a card for her highlighting her most loved shade.

 
  There were dozens of die cuts in the collection and this was one of my last. The modern red florals were just right for adding the color theme to the focal point of the card. I had a little bit of red seam binding left from my Valentine's Day projects, so I used it to add even more red.
 
  I hope my mom-in-law likes her card, and I hope I can remember to actually get it in the mail on time when the big day rolls around!
 
  Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by, my friends!