Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Product!

     Do you ever forget how many projects you can create using just dies? Guilty. I forget that these little gems have a life outside of just cutting out my stamped images. I fell in love with the Cups and Kettles die set in Stampin' Up's Occasions 2016 catalog at first glance and knew it had to be my first purchase. I loved the dies, but since I already own several tea and coffee themed stamp sets, I realized that this set would be useful all on its own.
    


     The first card was inspired by Melissa Phillips and uses just dies, a small sentiment from one of my other tea-themed sets, and a few little stamps from Papertrey Ink's Garden Variety set for the spines of the books. The paper was leftover from one of my favorite paper collections ever ... that has unfortunately become anonymous after living as a scrap in my box for years and years.


     The second card uses basically the same formula, with a background of resist paper that I left nearly unaltered. I added a stamped image to my kettle on this card with versamark ink and pounced gently with chalk. 

     I hope this post inspires you to comb through your die box in search of hidden treasures!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Papertrey Ink Color Recipe Challenge

     Hi, friends! This week I've been playing along with a few of Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary Challenges. Since I just ordered the City Scenes stamp set along with the matching dies and sentiments, I decided to use this set for the first fun challenge!

     For this challenge, PTI's design team members created projects using different color palettes and challenged us to create our own project using one of their color "recipes." I chose Ashley Cannon Newell's color recipe:



The fresh spring colors on Ashley's recipe inspired me to create this card that incorporates a few of my favorite Petite Places backgrounds along with my new City Scene stamps and sentiments:



(I picked this sentiment mostly because of my crazy love for The Vicar of Dibley ... "Blimey, blimey, there's juice loose about this hoose!" If you haven't seen it, go look it up on Netflix now. NOW!)

I added a hot pink interior to my card for a pop of color along with a belated birthday sentiment. I love this stamp and die set!



Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll head over to Nichole Heady's blog and play along with some of PTI's anniversary challenges!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It's Sale-a-Bration Time Again!

     Since I buy tons of stamping products (hence the name of the blog), I'm always excited when free stuff accompanies the stuff I buy. It's Stampin' Up Sale-a-Bration time again, and this year's freebies are adorable!

     My all around favorite is this cute little chick from Honeycomb Happiness. I had some scraps from a summery scrapbooking project laying around, and I thought this little guy would make a super sweet baby card when combined with some bright colors. 


     I colored my little chick up with colored pencils, cut him out, and layered him over a journaling card for a super quick and simple card. I suppose this card could be used for just about anything, but I definitely had a sweet little bundle of joy in mind when I was coloring this baby chick!

     May your stamp stash grow, your glue never get plugged, and your cutting blades never dull, my friends. (Crafter's blessing ...)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nuts About You

     I've been working on a few Valentine's Day projects lately, and I must include a card for the special guy in my life! Matt and I are coming up on our 17th anniversary this spring, and my jelly bean loving best guy pal needs to be remembered on V-day too!

     I have had the Nuts About You hostess set from Stampin' Up for ages and never used it. I guess I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what to do with solid "cartoony" images, even when they are as adorable as this one! I completely copied this project from Pinterest, and I am grateful to Kimberly Van Diupen for the inspiration.

     I had tons of fun recreating a version of Kimberly's card, along with a "hang in there" variation using the cute little opossum that also comes in the set.


    
     The most (and only) frustrating part of this project was trying to figure out how to make my leaves green and my tree trunk brown since the stamp is all one image. Markers gave a really streaky effect, so I tried inking up the whole stamp in brown, wiping off the brown on the leaves, and then coloring them with a green marker. This still gave a dull effect until I remembered to use Stampin' Up cardstock with my Stampin' Up inks. It really does make a difference!

  I hope winter is passing quickly and uneventfully wherever you are! I'm already antsy for spring even though we have a long way to go here in the north. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Love You to Pieces

     My poor neglected blog is getting a Valentine's day update today! I've been working on a few little Valentine's Day surprises for my daughters' friends over the last week or two using the Love You to Pieces Fox stamp set and dies from Papertrey Ink. 

     This is the only valentine themed set I own, and I don't think I'll ever need another! This set, along with the additions, has basically every cute phrase you could possibly want, along with an adorable 3-D fox designed to be cut and assembled from coaster material.



     I created custom coaster-sized envelopes in a variety of bright colors to hold the small cards and 3-D foxes. I plan to tuck a small treat into each belly band as a fun favor.

     Thanks for visiting today despite my many weeks of inactivity. Real life often gets in the way of my crafting and blogging time these days, but it's fun to have a place to share my projects!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Make it Market Meets Faithful Friends

     I heart Papertrey Ink. Like big time. Every month's release adds some new thing I can't live without. (They totally won their way into my heart permanently with their Petite Places line. Me + miniature stuff = match made in heaven.)

     When I saw this year's Make it Market kit, it just had to live at my house. After experimenting a little with the adorable little house and all it's elements, I decided that no house is truly a home without some furry friends. I dug into my Faithful Friends set, and I think something adorably magical happened.


     The Faithful Friends set has a dachsund in a sweater. I repeat. Dachsund in a sweater. Enough said.


     Of course, I just had to do a trio of cards featuring all three furry friends. Who could resist? And the greeting just about put me over the edge. 

   I hope this holiday season finds you up to your ears in love from all kinds of friends, especially the furry ones!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sleigh Ride Shaker Card

     I absolutely love shaker cards. Okay, I basically love anything with a dimensional or 3-D vibe. Even when I was a little kid, I loved creating diorama boxes and dimensional scenes! I still love it, so the shaker card trend is one of my very favorites.

     I created today's project with the Sleigh Ride dies from Stampin' Up, some white cardstock, and a wet-on-wet watercolored background. The simple color palette creates a perfect wintery scene!


     I finished off the card with a wooden snowflake that I heat embossed silver. This card was actually fairly quick to assemble and will make the perfect greeting for someone special in my life, and there are a lot to choose from! 

     Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Owl Birthday Envelope Card

     Hi, everyone! Just popping in today to share another incarnation of one of my favorite card folds. I love using my envelope punch board to make fun pocket cards!

     I've had these cute little Prima wooden birds around for a long time, so I decided to combine one with my Four Feathers stamp set for a fun little birthday card.




     I love interactive card folds. In my opinion, they really embody the charm of handmade greeting cards. I hope the recipient of this card finds it fun and creative!

     I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready to kick off the holiday season! I will be back soon to share the first of this year's holiday projects!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Apothecary Art Revisited and the Magic of Tags!

     This week I had fun revisiting an old favorite of mine, the Apothecary Art stamp set from Stampin' Up. This lovely feminine set of stamps and dies used to be one I used all the time, but it's been a while since I played with it. 

     This card design was inspired by Heather Klump at hlkdownstairsdesigns@blogspot.com. I used some old designer series paper for the background, but I wanted the main focal image to be a tag that functioned as its own decorative element. Tags are easy and fun to create with, and they can be used for both gifts and card fronts.


     I cut the tag from Naturals Ivory card stock and stamped the background with my Dictionary stamp in black. I had fun watercoloring the flowers with Real Red ink and then layering several of them twice for dimension. I glossy coated the butterfly and the raised flowers for a little pop that draws the eye.

     I know I will use this tag design again because changing the color of the flowers and butterfly can make this element work with any background! Of course this would also make a lovely removal bookmark or gift tag.

     Thanks so much for visiting my blog! If you're new, leave a comment and say hello! (Even if you're not new, for that matter!)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sponged Sunrise

     Hi, everyone! Today I want to share a clean and simple project inspired by Paula Dobson and her blog, stampinantics.blogspot.com. I have been replenishing my stash of birthday cards over the last few weeks, and I have particularly been working on a few that will work for dads, brothers, and husbands!

     When I saw Paula's delicate sponged background that resembled the morning sun glowing through trees, I just had to try it. After I finished the first card, I realized this design would work well for a sympathy card, so I made one while I had my supplies out.


     Now, I must admit that when I was finished I had a moment of realization that my sunlit dawn or twilight had a bit of a forest fire smoke tinge, but maybe because living in the mountains makes this yellow haze a regular part of our summer experience. :) I only hope the recipient doesn't notice ... and next time I'll use a little less brown ink around the edges.

     I hope you all have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by today!