Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Easter Buzzy!

So how have you been? I've been so busy this week.. I got my mammogram done, and then a dental visit for a cleaning. Turns out I needed a filling so back to the dentist the next day. My parents stopped by, and I'm going out for lunch tomorrow with my sister! After a busy day there's nothing better than a little crafting to help me unwind.
Today I'm playing along with this sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments. A sketch challenge is always my favorite.. I just needed to decide on what stamp set to work with. Now that Valentine's Day is behind us my mind is on Easter! 
I love pastels for spring and Easter. I started with these papers from Birch Press Design. - gingham and distressed dots in pool. I followed the sketch for the paper layout. 
Next I added the Scallop Oval Frames in lieu of the box on the sketch. I like the pattern paper peeking through the open ovals. I added a sentiment and images from Pretty Pink Posh Easter Friends. The happy buzzy is from Bee Friends.
All of the images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers. The finishing touch is a sprinkle of sequins in Aquamarine and Sea Breeze.
I appreciate you stopping by for a visit! I hope your finding a little crafty time to unwind too! Hugs and happy crafting! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Pretty Pink Posh Easter Friends, Bee Friends
Dies | Pretty Pink Posh Easter Friends, Scallop Ovals, Bee Friends
Pattern Paper | Birch Press Design Gingham and Distressed Dots Pool
Sequins | Aquamarine, Sea Breeze 4mm

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CASology - Ewe Make Me Smile!

Feel like playing a challenge today? You should check out the cue card this week at CASology! It's PUN! I looked this one up just to make sure I understood the word correctly. Here's what it said...

PUN:  a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

Sound like fun? Yep! I thought so too! Here's what I made!

Sheep / Lambs / Ewe remind me of my sister. When she got her first perm her hair got foofy and I started calling her lamb.
All About Ewe from Reverse Confetti is sure to make her smile! I added distress ink to a card panel and drew in some "grass" with a copic marker. A post it note kept the ink where I wanted it keeping the sentiment area clean. 
The lamb is adhered with adhesive tape to add a little dimension. And the best part of all? Super CAS because I didn't even color the sheep.. just a little blush for her rosy cheeks and some gel pen whiskers! 
I hope this little lamb makes ewe smile too! Have a great day!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti All About Ewe
Dies | Reverse Confetti All About Ewe

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pretty Little Studio - Dare To Dream

Are you having one of those days? You know.... trying to get motivated? Sometimes you're just not feeling inspired and need to give your creativity a little kick start. No worries! Pretty Little Studio has you covered! Every Tuesday we share an inspiration photo and one of the design team members tells how the photo inspired their own creation! Here's this weeks photo inspiration! 
I was smitten with the bright bold colors - I see Pink, a hint of yellow and blue.. and MORE PINK! I love flowers too! Here's what I made with the Tales and Dreams Collection
I started with a background of Leave Your Mark fuchsia pattern paper! I topped that with a 4" Cambridge Doily and a rainbow striped journaling card from If You Can Dream It
The die cuts "Daily Dreams" make a nice sentiment! I love the script font! I embellished the sentiment with floral die cuts and foliage from the Floral Dreams, Magic Moments, and Blooming Stories packages.
The flowers and leafy fronds frame the sentiment. The edges of the doily peek out from the flowers for a feminine look. A few crystal sequins glimmer like gems! 
I hope you're feeling inspired and ready to make!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Pretty Little Studio Products
Paper | Tales & Dreams Collection | Leave Your Mark
Journaling | If You Can Dream It
Doily | 4" Cambridge
Die Cuts | Daily Dreams, Floral Dreams, Magic Moments, Blooming Stories

CAS-ual Fridays Happy Dance!

Thanks for stopping by! I'm posting on the CAS-ual Fridays blog today with this pretty card!
This little dancer is from the TuTu stamp set. It includes three tiny dances with floral tutu's. I love that the stamp is solid and really requires no coloring at all! A set of matching Fri Dies was released shortly after the stamp set so now they're even easier to work with! 
The set even includes some sweet sentiments like this one!  I love yellow and pink together.  After stamping the flowers I added some random dots with a Copic marker. 
The background panel was created by stamping the Pretty Posies florals on a panel of card stock. I die cut an oval in the center of the panel to create a frame for a shaker. The little ballerina is adhered on the acetate the covers the opening of the shaker frame. Sequins inside are from Pretty Pink Posh. The limited edition mix created just for CAS-ual Fridays is sold out.

Want to go shopping? If you see something you like I hope you will use my special discount code. You'll save 15% off your ENTIRE order - sale items included! Any commission that would normally go to me for your purchase has been redirected to CAS-ual Fridays to use toward Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. I accept no commission for the use of products on my blog and only use and endorse products that I love and would recommend. Here's a link to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store.

Have a wonderful day!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | CAS-ual Fridays TuTu, Pretty Posies
Dies | CAS-ual Fridays Ballerina

Monday, February 19, 2018

Simple Stories Crafty Girl Collection!

I'm posting on the Simple Stories Blog today with four cards made with the new Crafty Girl Collection! You know that the Makers Gonna Make and this collection is sure to make your heart happy! 
You can see the entire Crafty Girl Collection here

I had so much fun mixing and matching the elements that I think these cards made themselves! Get your crafty on – or better yet have your crafty crew over and explore this new collection together! I just know you’re going to LOVE it!

All cards Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
10000 Simple Stories Crafty Girl Collection Kit
10008 Simple Stories Crafty Girl 6 x 12 Chipboard
10009 Simple Stories Crafty Girl Bits and Pieces
10010 Simple Stories Crafty Girl 4x6” Stickers

Birch Press Design - Handmade Hugs

I hope you're having a great day! I'm posting on the Birch Press Design Blog today with this pretty card! 
Click here to jump to the Birch Press Design Blog to see more!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Birch Press Design Sending Love, Brushed Birthday
Dies | Birch Press Design Brushed Birthday, Avalon Layer A, B and C

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tupelo Designs - Watercolor Floral

TGIF! I'm ready for a weekend off! Last weekend the Chicago area got hit with so much snow that all we did was shovel. We don't wait until it's finished snowing.. we move what we can a little at a time. It's easier to shovel two inches than 12 all at one time! We got over a foot! We even had to shovel a path for Miss Mori so she would go outside. She kept looking at the steps off the back porch and crying! I'm guessing she wasn't sure where to place her feet so we cleared off the back yard too! 
Today I felt like doing a little water coloring. This image from Altenew called Sketchy Floral is stunning! 
This stamp is LARGE giving you lots of options for how you can position it on your paper. I stamped it with Versafine ink on Ranger Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. I had fun painting in the colors and adding shading! Very relaxing!   Bold and bright for me LOL!
A simple sentiment is perfect so there's no covering up this pretty painting! I cut it with a simple banner from My Favorite Things.
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I hope you have a great weekend and HAPPY CRAFTING!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Altenew Sketchy Floral
Dies | MFT Fishtail Flags