Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop!

Hi friends! I am thrilled to participate in the Spellbinder's Holiday Blog Hop partnering with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, as well as several other great companies! There are prizes to be had and tutorials to view! There is lots of holiday inspiration to get your creative mojo going! 
Be sure to hop over to the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog for all of the contest rules. 
Spellbinders Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop
I have two Christmas cards using the same technique, but a different color scheme for each. My first card is the more simple of the two.
It uses my new Derwent Artbar water colors and watercolor paper.  I cut it out using Spellbinder's new Diagonal Chevron Stripe die cut. I also used their Conversation Bubble for the sentiment.
I used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam tape to pop up the stripes.  I added a sentiment by SRM Stickers, some ribbon, jingle bells, and a few sequins to finish it off.  
My second card stepped it up a notch and has a few added details that the first card didn't have. The layout is the same though. The stripes were still popped up, but I added a coating of glossy accents to add a bit of shine. 
The cluster of pretties was a bit more involved for this card.  I die cut a couple of snowflakes using a Spellbinder's die. I added silk flowers coated with glossy accents and then dipped in gold glitter. Pretty glittery jingle bells were also added. 

I have a step by step photo tutorial on the
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog! You also want to be sure to visit for your chance to win some amazing prizes!  
Thanks for popping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas!

Good morning friends! It is a frigid morning here with temperatures only in the teens. It certainly feels more like January than November.  With Christmas surrounding me everywhere I turn, my creative mojo has been holiday focused!
I used this gorgeous St. Nick image from Crafty Secret's Vintage Christmas set.  He was stamped in brown. His face and cheeks were colored with Copic markers.  I added white flocking to his beard and hair.  I cut the image out with a Spellbinder's die. While the die was in place I sponged a bit of brown ink around the edges.
I wanted to "frame' the image with a pretty poinsettia.  I used my Silhouette to cut it out. I cut it with cream cardstock, misted it with water and shaped it with a mat and stylus.  I added a bit of pink with my Inktense pencils.  Before I assembled the flower I added glossy accents and sprinkled glitter to it.  Once it was dry I assembled the flower.  I glued it to the corner along with pretty coordinating ribbon and a few vellum leaves, also cut from my Silhouette.
As you know, Cortney loves to model.  Every single weekend she asks to model. So if we have nothing for an Etsy shop or boutique lined up, we play around in front of the camera.
Just a white backdrop with white tank top on.
And this is what I got.
Even with a spot of drool, I adore this picture of my girl.
Could her hand be posed any better than that? 
If you know anyone looking for a teen model, please let me know.
This is a tough business and even tougher for a girl with a disability. 
And if you haven't already, I would love it if you followed Cortney's new Facebook page!
I am off to bundle up and face the cold!
Have a great (warm) day!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Fall....

There are certain crafters out there that tend to enable others to buy new products.  I don't want to mention any names....ahem... (Lydia Fiedler)....but she just happened to mention a great sale for these awesome Artbars  over at Amazon, and I knew I just HAD to purchase them.  I mean, I couldn't let a fellow crafter down, could I? 
 Of course I don't have a clue as to what I am doing!  I guess a bit of playing, trial and error, or whatever you want to call it is in order. 
So for today's card I simply stamped my pumpkins from the JustRite set called,Fall Applique, with Versamark.  I embossed it in black.  I watercolored the pumpkins with various shades of red, orange, and yellow.  I wanted a more artsy look, but think I failed in that department.
But I do like the vibrancy of the colors. 
So that's a win.
I added a flower I cut using my Spellbinder's Rose die
I watercolored that too.
I also added a sentiment from my label maker.  
I will continue to play with these new toys of mine. I will let you know what I discover and pass my knowledge on to you.  Because crafters are sharing people. ;)

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quirky Joy!

Guess who is up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today? With a full tutorial on how to create this nontraditional, somewhat quirky holiday card? Yep, this gal! ;) 
I often start projects with no idea which direction I am going in. My mind is a strange, often cluttered, and fairly messy place.  The final product is most often completely different than what I had originally imagined.   :) 
Hence, the creation of this card. 
Would you like to see how it was made?
(And I am hoping you do.... ;)
Then be sure to head over to the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 7, 2014

JustRite's November Release-Graceful Sentiments

Happy Friday! Today is JustRite's last day of their November release.  The set is called, Graceful Sentiments.  I incorporated the sentiment with a  three dimensional purse that is perfect for a gift card or jewelry.  The purse and the large bow can be found at the Silhouette store.  I gussied up the bow with loads of glitter and some satin posies for the center.

The sentiment was stamped in orange and given a dose of glitter around the perimeter.  I added a few sequins for a bit of color.  

I love sentiment sets because they are so versatile. And honestly, can you ever have too many?

I know I sound like a broken record, but please do visit the other designers' blogs. They always have such pretty projects! 

I just wanted to share a snippet of my Halloween.  I thought my fellow staff members did a great job with their costumes!  I feel blessed to work in a place with such great people!  And in case you are looking for me....I am Colonel Sanders from KFC.  ;)

Have a great weekend! I appreciate you stopping by!! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

JustRite's November Release-Caring Thoughts

I have another new release to share with you today from JustRite!  It is a pretty sympathy set called, Caring Thoughts. Sympathy cards are often very difficult to make.  I like to make them ahead of time, so I have it when I need it.  I have been on a gold and silver kick lately, so I decided on that color scheme.  I embossed the flowers in gold embossing powder by WOW.  
The background was created using a stencil, embossing paste, and silver embossing powder. I slipped a piece of gold glitter cardstock underneath so it would peek out a bit.  I added my sentiment, stamped and embossed on vellum, added ribbon, and a scattering of sequins.  
Here is the whole set....

Be sure to stop by the other designer's blogs for more ways to use this set! 

Have a great day!
Thank you for stopping! 
And in case you were wondering....I DID survive the social security office! ;)
I also have some Halloween pics to share soon!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

JustRite's November Release-Sentimental Flowers!

Good morning!  JustRite is starting their November release today, and today's first set is a beautiful one!  The set is called Sentimental Flowers.  I love sets that I can color.  I stamped the image with Versamark and emboossed it in gold.  I used my Inktense pencils to color it in. 
I used one of the smaller flowers to place in the center of my ribbon.  I added a few sequins and pearls for interest. I also used Spellbinder's Resplendent Rectangles  to matte my image. 
Here is the set in its entirety. So pretty, right?
The design team always does such a great job of showcasing each set, so be sure to pay them a visit. 

I am off to the social security office this morning with phone, book, and snacks in tow. It's going to be a looooooong morning.  :(