Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Card Concept #67 (Vintage)

Hi friends!  I hope you're having a great day!   I'm getting things done today.  I'm staying home (no running around for me) and getting caught up on laundry and hoping to clear out some things from my craft room.  Mr. J promises a new desk and flooring for me.  I promise you don't want to see the carpeting I have now!   Counter tops and flooring are on order so I'm moving things a little each day - things I don't reach for every day.

Today I'm playing along with The Card Concept.  This is one of my favorite challenges.  They profide an inspiration photo and you can spin it in any direction you like.  The focus here is on style.  Their amazing design team ranges from Clean and Simple to Mixed Media so you're sure to find a style you can identify with.  Me?  I love them all!  I'm in awe of those with a similar style to me, and jealous of the ones who are different than me.   Is it wrong for me to wish I could do it all? 

I think this challenge should have been called Chocolate Heart because that's what I zeroed in on!  I don't usually like to work with neutrals and browns - I'm a bright colorful person LOL.. so I'm always amazed at what comes out when I switch things up.

I'm going to define my style on this one as Classy and Elegant because it definitely has a WOW factor with all that sparkly gold!   All the stamps and dies on this one are from Reverse Confetti.  I triple cut the Double Edge Scallop Border and layered them.  The bit of glitter on the edge of the Topped Off Tag is washi.

I layered the top of the tag too starting with a gold foil Top O'The Tag topped with a Gold Glitter Heart Topper.  I used the extra hearts as confetti and inlaid a few chocolate ones for contrast.
A pretty bow is always welcome - mine is tied with ivory button twine with a engraved button center. 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you feel inspired to play along - or maybe made you a little curious to see the other designs inspired by this vintage image.   

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti  Crazy About You
Dies | Reverse Confetti Heart Tag Toppers, XOXO Hearts, Top O'The Tag, Topped Off Tag, Double Edge Scallop Border, Layered Banner Duo
Pattern Paper | Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6"
May Arts Button Twine
Gold Glitter Washi

Pretty Little Studio - Here Comes The Sun

The weather has been really gloomy here in the midwest the past few days - cloudy skies and scattered showers. I'm in serious need of a little sunshine! Paper crating is my sweet escape and I'm in total control of the forecast in my studio! Today I'm basking in the warm sunshine of the Pretty Little Studio Here Comes The Sun Collection!
Here Comes The Sun is a collection of soft watercolor look designs! I started with a background of raindrops from the Up In The Air 8" paper pack.
I topped the raindrops with a rainbow of Labels from the Label Medley die cut pack. The labels are printed and die cut, ready to work with and come in lots of yummy colors! If you look close you'll see that they also have that soft watercolor look to them - like they were hand painted. 
Even the sentiment from the Here Comes The Sun die cut pack looks hand painted.  This too is printed and die cut.  I attached it to the card with adhesive foam tape so it is raised and adds dimension to the card. 

A smiley faced sunshine is the perfect embellishment to go with this sentiment. The Sun die cut from Coffee Time has a plain solid center. I topped the center of the sun with a smiley face that's included in the same die cut package. 

My favorite part is always the last finishing touches! I added some die cut stars from Label Medley. They really stand out since they're printed in black.. and of course I had to add some sparkly sequins (from Sunsation and Buttered Corn.

I hope this makes your day a little brighter.

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Products
Paper | Here Comes The Sun | Up In The Air
Die Cuts | Label Medley (Labels & Stars) | Coffee Time (Sun and Smiley Face) | Here Comes The Sun (Sentiment)
Sequins | Sunsation, Buttered Corn

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Birch Press Design - Oh Happy Day

I'm posting on the Birch Press Design Blog today with this Clean and Elegant card made with just two dies! 

You can find all the details here! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Poppystamps Grateful Heart
Dies | Birch Press Design Nadia Heart, Dainty Stitched Heart Border

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tupelo Designs LLC - Blessed

Happy Friday!  We made it through another week!  Friday is my day to post for Tupelo Designs LLC!  If you're not familiar with them you really need to check them out!  They're my favorite store!  They carry lots of my favorite brands and shipping is ALWAYS FREE - no coupon code required (USA only).  

I'm always looking for a bargain and FREE SHIPPING always gets my attention!  They're always adding new things to the store.  In fact... I just placed an order yesterday!! LOL!!   I've been eyeing up the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide and was so excited to see them in the store!  They even have the refills which is important to me, because I like to paint with the ink from the bottles. 
 Today I'm playing with the Neat and Tangled Gardenia Blooms from the store.  This stamp is perfect for card making or journaling - it will fit perfectly in a 3x4" pocket.  It has a space in the center for you to insert different sentiments.
To add some color I decided to stamp the sentiment on colored cardstock and insert it over the stamped image.  I cut the sentiment with the My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Flags.
I colored the flowers with Copic Markers in three shades of yellow Y13, Y15 and Y17. To compliment the yellow I layered pattern paper in neutrals and yellows in the background. These are from the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Bloom 6" Pad. You can find everything you need in the store. 

My favorite part of creating is the finishing touches - the embellishments.  These wood butterfly buttons were included as a free gift in some of my previous orders from Tupelo Designs LLC!  I was waiting for just the right card to use them on!  
Dan the owner of Tupelo Designs LLC went to the recent CHA show and has added lots of new stuff to the store.  Why not stop by for a visit just to see what's  new! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Neat and Tangled Gardenia Blooms
Dies | MFT Stitched Fishtail Flags
Pattern Paper  | Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Bloom 6"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistah's!!

Hi and thanks for stopping by!! I'm calling out to all Sistahs! On the 17th of the month CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sponsors a blog hop to remind you and the important women in your life to make sure you're doing your monthly breast self-exam and scheduling a yearly mammogram. You can make a difference and you might just save a life! Our theme this month is "With Love From Your Sistah"! 

1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection is so important for treatment! We want all the women in our lives to know how important they are to us and how much we want them to live strong healthy lives.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps owner Michele is a survivor. She designed a line of stamps to provide support and to promote awareness. 50% of the sale of products in the "Calling All Sistahs" campaign are donated to breast cancer research and awareness.

If you're hopping along you should have reached me from Theresa Knopf's blog.

You can get all the blog hop details and begin here - at the CAS-ual Fridays Blog!

I've been going through the "winter blues" and been playing with the flowers from Pretty Posies stamp set! I thought it would be fun to have them peeking out from behind the die cut word ribbon.

The word ribbon was getting lost so I added a solid die cut ribbon behind it to break up the patterns. I added lots of pinks - the ink, flowers, sequins (that's from the limited edition mix that Pretty Pink Posh made exclusively for the store!) and die cuts.

I added some glossy accents to the flower centers for dimension and shine.  The sentiment is from the Calling All Sistah's Stamp Set.  I cut it with a banner die and added a little washi to make it pop. 

Ok.. on to the next blog for you! Lori Kobular's got something amazing to share!!! But before you go.. please leave me a comment! There is some candy to be had.. and you have to leave a comment to enter to win!

Here's a complete list of all the designers with projects to share today!

Heather North  (our fabulous blog hop organizer!!) 

Want to go shopping? There's lots of stamps in the sale section of the store, and yes.. you can double dip using my special code. Any commission that would normally be given to me has been redirected to CASual Fridays for their Calling All Sistahs Campaign to use toward breast cancer awareness and prevention. I do not accept any payment for products I use on my blog. I only work with products I love and would recommend.

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | CASual Fridays Pretty Posies, Word Ribbon, Calling All Sistahs
Dies | CASual Fridays Ruffled Ribbon, Sistahs Fri Dies
Sequins | Sistahood Sparkle Limited Edition