Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Card Concept - Citrus Marmalade

One of the very first things that attracted me to blogging was the challenges I found on line.  I really enjoyed seeing the way people made beautiful things with some of my favorite stamp sets. I also like seeing how each of us will interpret a photo inspiration or sketch in a different way.

Opposites do indeed attract - I'm envious of so many card makers who have a style so different than my own.  

The Card Concept is a great place to see this in action.  They have different designers - with very different styles - from Clean and Simple to Shabby Chic.. and they all interpret the inspiration photo their own way.  It's fun to see the different styles, and each one speaks loud enough to hold it's own.   It's what makes us all interesting, unique and beautiful.

When I first saw the photo inspiration I immediately zeroed in on the citrus - yummy lemon, grapefruit, orange and lime.  Isn't it funny that the names of the fruits are also the names of colors? 
I pulled my Reverse Confetti Fresh 'N Fruity set and stamped some oranges and lemons.   Hmmm. .. how to add some pink... how about a jam jar for our marmalade? 
The fruit shaped cookies in the inspiration photo are on a natural background so I thought I'd keep all my accents neutral too - the paper background, the white scallop doily behind the jam jar, and the black and white Twinery Twine
The finishing touch was a sprinkle of flower shaped sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  They make me think of citrus flowers and add a little more color to the neutral background. 

Now it's your turn to play - here's a link to The Card Concept!  I can't wait to see how you interpret this one! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti In A Jam, Fresh 'N Fruity
Dies | Reverse Confetti Jam Jar, Fresh 'N Fruity, Scallops 'N Circles
Twinery Charcoal Twine
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh Tropical Flowers
Pattern Paper | Pebbles "Everyday" 6"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pretty Little Studio - Meet Brie!

I've told you before how much I love playing with the vintage dollies in the Pretty Little Studio collection! They remind me of the paper dress up dolls from my childhood. This sweetie pie is Brie! Isn't she the cutest? Honestly I think they're all adorable! 

I started my card with background papers from the Marigold Collection. The striped paper is Coral Bells and the dotted paper is called Milkweed. I topped that with a journaling card to make a "frame" background for the die cut.

I wanted to repeat the butterfly on the die cut image of Brie so I added a few Butterfly Bush Stickers. To remove some of the adhesive I dust the sticky side with baby powder.

I stamped a sentiment on a "Forever" Note Flag. There's lots of different colors in the pack so you'll find a match every time. You could easily personalize your card with a hand written sentiment too! 

This pretty feminine thank you card is sure to delight the recipient!

You're never to old to play with dolls! I say do what makes your heart happy!

Finished Size: 4.25 x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Supplies
Die Cut: Brie
Neapolitan Strawberry Crème Journaling Cards
Forever Note Flag Strips
Butterfly Stickers
Pattern Paper  Marigold Collection
Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees

The Twinery Strawberry Twine

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Poppystamps Stitched Snowflake Square

We're celebrating our latest release at Poppystamps with a blog blitz!  What's that you ask?  We'll its a chance for us to show you projects made with the new dies, and a chance for you to win a prize on every post between Sept 21 and Oct 3!
Today I'm showing the Stitched Snowflake Square.  Want to enter to win this die?  Click here to jump to the Poppypstamps blog...leave a comment...and fingers crossed for you sweet friends! 

Finished Size 5 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Dies | Poppystamps Stitched Snowflake Squares, Laurette Snowflake, Swirled Peace
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hello Beautiful!

Happy Friday!  I hope you're all ready for the weekend!  DH has a card party tonight so I'll be hopping - making sure everyone has enough to eat!  I'm loving all my goodies from Tupelo Designs LLC.  They have great customer service, and a package from them is like a present!  What a nice pick me up!  They have all my favorite brands in one place, and shipping is always free - no coupon code required.
I'm playing with the My Favorite Things Beautiful Girl set.   This little girlie is adorable.  She's easy to color and there's a companion die that makes it easy to work with.  I made two versions of the same card - one very CAS and the other fussy.  For this one I created a frame with the Cross Stitch Oval Stax.

I added distress ink very softly to the card stock panel with a Clarity Brush and Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  I colored the image with Copic Markers  and adhered the image to the base with adhesive foam tape to add some dimension.

You can find all these products including My Favorite Things stamps and dies at Tupelo Designs LLC. I'm also entering it at the 
MFT Sketch Challenge
This is my fussy version of the same card.  I used pattern paper for a base keeping most of the elements the same. 

That pretty wood button is from the "free gift" package I received with my order from Tupelo!    They're all so pretty I was trying not to hoard them!

I love this soft feminine card - princess perfect!    Which one do you prefer?  The clean and simple or this fussy version? 

Have a great weekend!  I hope you find time for whatever makes your heart happy! 

Finished size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | My Favorite Things Beautiful Girl
Dies | My Favorite Things Beautiful Girl, Cross Stitch Oval Stax

Finished size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | My Favorite Things Beautiful Girl
Dies | My Favorite Things Beautiful Girl, Cross Stitch Oval Stax
Paper | Websters Pages Painted Passport 12"
May Arts Ivory Burlap Twine

An Apple For Teacher

This week we've been showing apple themed projects on The Twinery Blog. You can't help but think of Fall when you hear the word "apples" here in the Midwest. It's harvest time! We're starting to see the local farm stands open displaying corn stalks, pumpkins, colorful Indian corn, and an array of gourds in every size and shape. I'm always excited to see bushels of apples! The baskets are filled to overflowing - green Granny Smith, red McIntosh, and Yellow Golden Delicious. They smell amazing too! 

Fall also means back to school. I can picture a row of apples on teacher's desk - little gifts of appreciation or to maybe to ask forgiveness for a little rambunctiousness? I know teacher has her hands full and a note of appreciation is always welcome. This card is for a special teacher - she gets an A+ for going the extra mile!
My favorite embellishment is always some Twinery Twine! I wrapped Charcoal Twine around my card several times and finished with a little bow. The black matches the stamped alphabet, and is strong enough to hold it's own against the bright colors of my design.
All of the stamps and die cuts are from Reverse Confetti!  So many of the products work together beautifully - like the older "Class Act" set paired up with the new "All Apples" and ABC Cover Panel.

I incorporated lots of school related items.. the alphabet die cut background, and gosh.. do you remember how good a gold star on your paper made you feel? LOL!
A little bit of twine just seems to make everything a little extra special! What will you make with yours today?

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Twinery Charcoal Twine
Stamps | Reverse Confetti Class Act, All Apples
Dies | Reverse Confetti Tag me, Love Note, ABC Cover Panel, Class Act, All Apples
Gold Star | Hobby Lobby
Gold Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh