Sunday, May 1, 2016

SSCB#51 - Die Cut - Sweet Baby Girl!

I have to tell you time is just flying by!   I can't believe it's May1st already.  What a busy week ahead too. my son's girlfriend is graduating on Friday, my daughter is gradating on Saturday, and Sunday is Mother's day!   I think we're all going to be hopping this week.  Did you know Seniors like to decorate their graduation caps?  Well I sure didn't, but now that I've been recruited to do two I need to get my act together.  I hope they turn out nice - I sure want to do the girls proud!

A new monthly challenge begins today at Serendipity Stamps.  Tis time we're looking for projects that feature a die cut.  With all the pretty die cuts in stock at Serendipity this should be an easy one. 

My card today features the baby booties.  There is a solid background die, and a top fancy cut intricate die complete with a little bow. They are perfect for baby boy or girl!

I made a sentiment mixing the "Sweet" word die cut with the stamped Small Baby Girl Sentiment.

The stitched scallop border die is from Pretty Pink Posh and you can find it in the store at Serendipity Stamps.  Pretty Pink Posh dies work well with everything and they make the most perfect accent to any design.
My background papers are also from Serendipity.  Mary has some Designer Paper Sticker and Mash Up packs in the store for $6.00 here.  This is a grab bag of different papers in lots of patterns.  My pack included these papers perfect for baby.
 Want to go shopping?  The 50% off Stamp of the month is the Lemonade Pitcher. 

Ready to see more designs from the rest of the team? Here's a link to all the ladies.

Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier
Vickie Zimmer
Jenny Gropp
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon

We have a special guest this month too.. Say hi to Carol Mayne from Just Me: C!!

I hope you'll join us at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog! We have a $20 gift certificate up for grabs that will be awarded to one player!

Have a great weekend!!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Serendipity | Baby Girl Small 
Dies | Serendipity Sweet Word Die, Baby Booties | Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border  | Cheery Lynn French Pastry
Pattern Paper | Serendipity Stamps Mash Up Pack
Twinery Blossom Twine

Buttons | Stampin' Up!
Heart Pin

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Watercolor Susanna Blossom

Are you smitten with all the watercolor creations you see on line lately? I know I am! I'm embarrassed to say how much paper I've gone through experimenting and trying to get the look just right. Something so soft and loose just seems like it should be easier. The more I practice the easier it's getting. I really love working with Peerless Watercolors - you can find them at Birch Press Design where more and more craft supplies are showing up including new dies and stamps.

What I love about Peerless watercolor is how easy the colors blend together like the green and yellow areas on the photo above. Paper is so important too - my favorite is Canson #140 cold press. Ah yes.. and the perfect paint brush.. the holy grail of water color - for me it's the No. 8 brush. No matter who you ask you will get a different answer to all these questions - it's important to find what works best for you and to experiment with different products - don't give up!
Once you master the background you can layer on lots of pretty detail dies like this one from Poppystamps - the Susanna Blossom! I cut several from watercolor paper - and adhered them to the base. You need to be careful with your adhesive! If you use a liquid, like I do, you need to be aware that any leaks will reactivate your watercolors - so use it in moderation!
A simple sentiment lets the background do all the talking! Why not sit outside and paint a batch if the weather's fine? You'll be ready for anything just by adding a few die cut images!
Have a great day and happy crafting!

12 Kits of Occasions - Crazy for Coffee

What a month!  Can you believe April is coming to an end?  Me either!  But it is the last day of the month and you know what that means right?  Time for the 12 Kits of Occasions!  The 12 kits is a group of friends who like to papercraft.  Every month we take turns making a kit for the other members of the group.  We all get the same supplies, and on the last day of the month we reveal what we made with the kit.  It's always fun to see what we did the same and how we saw the ingredients differently. 

This month the hostess with the mostest is Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion.  And what an amazing kit!  Lots of coffee themed images and papers in mocha and kraft.  Tracey gave us stamped images from Ellen Hutson, and Reverse Confetti, papers from Authentique and die cuts.  The ingredient I'd look out for this time would be the wood clothes pins..   
Ok here's what I made this time....... 
 My only regret?   Not having more time to play!  Great kit Tracey and I loved it!  

Want to see more designs from the group?  Head on over to our blog where you'll see one sample from each of the ladies on the 12 Kits team.  Oh yes.. and a very special guest this month.. the Coffee Lover Queen herself Amy Tsuruta!!

Here's a list of the 12 Kits DT for easy reference...

Nancy Penir - Artful Notions

Have a great weekend!

Finished Size all cards 4.25 x 5.5"

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pretty Little Studio Friday Feature - Labels - Two of A Kind

Happy Friday! It's time for our Friday Feature!! That's right! Every Friday we select a product to show off and share ideas on ways to use it. Today's feature is LABELS! You can see all the store Labels Here! And just a heads up.. THERE ARE LOTS to choose from! I'm a card maker so lots of times I use labels to add sentiments to cards. Today I cut up a sheet of Treasure Island Pirate Cove labels to incorporate into the background. I love embellishing and for me.. YES! MORE is MORE!!
I started with a background of pattern paper from the Treasure Island Collection. I cut a sheet of colorful stripes (Magic Island) for the card base, and then a slightly smaller panel of the wood grain (Ship Deck Crumbles) allowing the stripes show all around the card. Next I added the labels with adhesive foam tape for dimension. Let the layering begin!
I started with selecting the images of the kids - I needed to find two mini die cuts that would work together well with the layout. I found the boy "Jack Silver Tooth" Mini Vintage die cut - but had to find him a friend! Julia Shiny Buckles was the perfect mate! I actually didn't have that die cut, but I did have the Nautical Girls Sticker Sheet with the very same image. Since I wanted to use the sticker as more of a die cut I added a little baby powder to the back to remove some of the adhesive so I could place her wherever I wanted without worrying about ripping the sticker if I decided to move it. 
Now that my images were selected it was easy to decide on a sentiment and the other embellishments. The Valentine Words Sticker Sheet is loaded with lots of words that are perfect for journaling and can easily double as sentiments. They fit beautifully on tabs as well as labels from Pretty Little Studio.
For the embellishments I added two shiny flairs - the anchor is from the Anchor's Away set, and the "P is for Parrot" is from the Discover Treasure set. I love a little sparkle so I added some Ocean Blue confetti. Each bag of confetti has a great mix of elements - double sided die cut stars, star sequins, and blue sequins. 
Super cute Aye Matey? Ready to play with some labels? I hope this makes you see them in a new way! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Pretty Little Studio Products:
Labels | Cut Apart | Pirate Cove
Pattern Paper | Treasure Island | Magic Island | Ship Deck Crumbles
Die Cut | Mini | Jack Silver Tooth
Stickers | Nautical Girls | Valentine Words
Flair | Anchor's Away | Discover Treasure
Confetti | Ocean Blue

CAS-ual Fridays New Release Peeks - Day 5 Tin Roof

It's the last day of the sneak peeks at CAS-ual Fridays! Tomorrow (Saturday) you'll find all the new releases in the store!  I hope you've been enjoying all the great new images and word dies.     Michele is sharing projects from all the design team members and offering a $15 gift certificate all 5 days - so make sure you stop by her blog to enter to win.

Today we're showing a fun background stamp called "Tin Roof" and the new "Smile" Fri Die! There are two stamps on the set - a wide border and a skinny border - a "mini" of the big set with a smaller pattern size. 
I really enjoyed inking this up, embossing it and then coloring with distress inks. The pattern was easy to line up - I stamped it twice to cover this panel.  

 I didn't want to cover up all that pretty inking which makes the new word Fri Dies perfect for adding a sentiment.   I also added a few enamel dots to match the ink.
 For this one I used the same technique - emboss and watercolor.  I raised the white panels on top with adhesive foam tape so the water color portion is lower.  
I triple cut the thanks word die to add dimension and a little sparkle from the gold layer.   A few sequins and this one is done - clean and simple! 

Want to see more projects with the Tin Roof stamp set? Here's a list of designers with projects to share today!

Just a reminder  today is the last day of the CAS-ual Fridays sale - there's no coupon code required - that means you can double dip - if you use my special code below you'll save an additional 15% off the sale price!   

Finished SIze 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | CAS-ual Fridays Tin Roof
Dies | CAS-ual Fridays Smile & Thanks Fri Dies
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh