Friday, May 6, 2016

Fun Friday! A Banner Welcome

Howdy!  Today's project is a little bit different than what I normally share!  
I've been collaborating with a local gift shop - our local version of Magnolia Market - our's is called The Market Place.  It's an adorable shop with the sweetest owner ever.  Anyway - I've been selling my cards and hand painted signs over there, and she's asked me to come up with a class - something they haven't offered before.  So, we decided on banners.  

They are still a bit trendy, and can really spruce up your decor without committing to an entire wall hanging that you'll likely have to store the rest of the year. (banners store much easier anyway!)  

So, I created the banner above.  I fashioned it from some burlap - although those that take the class will also have the option to use a canvas type material instead.  Then, using many Stampin' Up! dies, i created some flowers from wool felt. Wool felt cuts like a dream with most of our dies - especially the Bigz dies that can cut many layers of felt at a time!

Aren't those flowers fun and springy?  I purchase most of my felt from Benzie Designs, Taylored Expressions or Papertrey Ink.  They all carry really high quality felt.  And I like them all for different reasons.  The felt from Benzie can be purchase in yardage if desired.  Taylored Expressions and Papertrey Ink both sell their felt in rolls that are sized to go thru the Big Shot. 

While the Bigz dies are great for cutting the felt, I also cut felt with our Thinlets Dies.  However you can only cut one layer at a time.  I don't shy away from simply cutting some of the flowers by hand either.  

You'll also notice that I used ribbon in between each of the pennants.  Both ribbons on this banner come from the Occasions catalog - Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon and Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.  The Watermelon Wonder ribbon is cut up the stitched lines and then tied with some bakers twine to create a tassel. And the Pool Party ribbon - I just used two strands of it and tied it in the same fashion.  Just love all the color that brings to the banner.

FYI - if you are local and would like to take this class - you can sign up over at The Market Place's Facebook Page.  All the details are there - banners are fully customizable - it can say what you want it to say!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I went to the dark side! Altenew Peony Bouquet

Once in awhile, I just can't stop myself.  I'm pretty good at sticking with Stampin' Up! only.  However, there are times when I just can't resist buying something from another company.  

It's kind of like being a loyal Yankees fan, but someone give you tickets to a Red Sox game.  Or, you really only shop at Ann Taylor's, but see something really cute at the boutique down the street that you can't resist.  

It's the same sometimes with stamps.  Once in awhile, I've just gotta change it up and live a little on the wild side.

In the end - the Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew is GORGEOUS!  And I'm SO glad I now own it.  The images look incredibly real, and I can change up the colors for a little different look.

Don't worry - I used all Stampin' Up! paper and ink.  I'm still a loyal SU fan, even tho I went to the Altenew stadium.  In this case, I think it helps my creative spirit.  It helps me to play with other kids to help me appreciate the kids that I have..... (you do get that analogy, right?)

I also created this in multiple - and my MISTI tool helped a TON with that.  I'm creating more multiples of cards since I'm now selling my cards at a local store.  Plus, I'm finding that I can create several in about the same amount of time it takes to make one.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Balloon Celebrations - Congratulations!

Happy Monday!  I've got a super easy, quick and bright card to share with you today.  

We saw the sun in Iowa today - for about the first time in two weeks - so I was ready to create something bright and fun.  

Enter Balloon Celebrations stamp set.  The images in this set a fun and quite versatile - I went with a Congratulations theme.  But balloons are good for any celebration - from new baby, to engagement, to graduation.  Oh, and don't forget birthday!!!

This one was so simple to put together:
  1. Sponge Daffodil Delight ink onto center of Whisper White card stock.  Use a circular motion, concentrating the ink towards the center and working your way out.
  2. Rub an embossing buddy over the yellow area generously.  Then stamp the two cloud images using Versamark ink. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat with a heat tool.
  3. Stamp the two graphic images with Smoky Slate ink - stamping off first onto scrap paper.  Wipe away any ink you get on top of the embossed images.
  4. Stamp the balloons in Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo, punch with Balloon punch.  Adhere in place - using Stampin' Dimensionals on a couple of the balloons.
  5. Stamp sentiment with Black ink. 
  6. Adhere panel to Bermuda Bay card base.
This one was so easy - that I created several!  All in all, I think the four cards took me about a half hour - maybe 45 minutes at the most.

Have a wonderful day! Hope you enjoyed this card today!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Creation Station: Man Cards!

Howdy friends!  It's the first Sunday of the month (MAY! already!) and the Creation Station Design Team is ready to inspire you.  This month we are up for a real challenge - Masculine Cards!  I think all of us feel like masculine cards are some of the most difficult to create.  Let us show you that we can make things for the men in our lives with a little less stress.

First up - a treat box - a Baker's Box to be specific.

This one was pretty easy to whip up.  My husband is as I've sometimes referred to him - Prince Farming.  And this is farming season (as soon as Mother Nature turns off the water faucet).  My Prince Farming typically leaves the house at 7 am and comes home around 10pm when planting season gets going full swing. He takes a LARGE lunch with him so he doesn't have to stop to eat, and I imagine putting in a container like this as a surprise - full of goodies.

I kept this fairly simple - just watercoloring the deer image.  Don't be afraid of this - it's rather easy with an Aquapainter and ink pads. The key is to not worry too much about perfection.

My next card is VERY simple.  I took a piece of the map DSP from the Going Places Paper Stack as my focus.

When I looked at this piece, I saw all the different directions one could go, and instantly thought about the phrase 'you drive me crazy'.  It's something Prince Farming and I rather lovingly say to each other - in a sarcastic type of way.  

To depict that in this map, I made going from point A to point B the most indirect route that I could.  You'll also notice that my route is in somewhat the shape of a heart.  I used my Rotary Stamp to create the sentiment - using white embossing powder on black cardstock.  I happen to love this look - it reminds me of the old style label maker.  With my color scheme here - Pool Party, Real Red and Black - I think it's plenty masculine enough. 

My last card is also on a simpler styler.  I went with a watercolored Get Well card.  I did a quick search on Pinterest for masculine color palettes and found these colors, and knew they would work well together - Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso.  I think this is the easiest way to change up an image to make it a little manly - just switch out your colors.  

I stamped this image on watercolor paper using Stazon ink.  Then I washed around the entire image with Island Indigo.  Again, you don't need this to be perfect.  I used the Dijon for the soup bowl and some REALLY watered down Espresso for the liquid.  Once I had everything watercolored the way I wanted I dropped splatters of water on top of the image.  Once that sat for about 30 seconds, I used a paper towel to soak up the excess.  This kind of "bleaches" the areas back out and you get those great droplet marks. 

Now.....once everything is good and dry - I went back over the stamped image with a black marker.  I did this because when you stamp onto watercolor paper, a lot of times your image is not solid. (the watercolor paper has a lot of texture)
I also added a punched heart - first I heat embossed a scrap of Real Red card stock with clear embossing powder several times - while it was still hot, I added more embossing powder to it and heated it again.  This gives a good thick coat of shine.

Well - I hope I gave you some ideas to work with. I'm sure you'll continue to be inspired as you hop along thru the rest of the design team blogs.  You won't be disappointed!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Creation Station: Spring Flowers

Hello! It's the first Sunday of the month - and that means that the Creation Station Design Team is here to inspire YOU!  
This month we are focusing Spring Flowers.  Most are focusing on the Botanical Blooms bundle (if they have it), but the overall theme is spring flowers.  I'm opting for.....Spring Flowers.....  I had Botanical Blooms on my wish list for a while, but kept talking myself out of it.  I have SO many flower sets and SO many flower dies - I just couldn't do it.  Even tho I wanted to!!!  Every time I saw our own Dena Rekow create something phenomenal with them, I'd go put the bundle in my shopping cart....and then I'd delete them.  UGH! I may kick myself when I see what she's created for this hop.... I go with my Spring Flowers.....

First up - a set of cards using the Garden in Bloom stamp set.  This by far is one of my favorite sets.  The watercolor effect gets me everytime and the stamp layering - makes the possibilities endless!

I've decided that every card that I make, I'm going to make in multiples of at least 4.  It seems that it takes just as much time to make 4 as it does 1.  I usually haven't made multiples because I'm always afraid I won't like what the outcome and then I'll have 4 cards that I don't like instead of one.  Well....I'm blowing that theory out the window.  I'm just going to cross my fingers and GO WITH IT!  Fortunately - I liked this outcome.

For my next project - I let the flowers of the Timeless Elegance DSP do all the work for me!

This paper is absolutely gorgeous! 

One thing that I love to create - and I've been making these for years - gift card tins.  I love to use these for gifts - they are like a card and a gift all in one.   What I really happen to like about this one - I can easily customize the ribbon color and tag for any purpose.  Just changing the ribbon to another color makes a huge difference.  This paper does seem to scream wedding to me, but I think it'd also be great for an anniversary or birthday milestone.

I do decorate the inside with DSP, as seen above, and almost always add a pocket for money or a gift card.  You could even slip some jewelry in these.  These are great to regift too - just add a new tag and voila - you can fill and gift to someone else if you want to.  I usually give these to immediate family members so that I can snag the tin back for the next gift I need!'s the same idea - in a completely different style.  

This one uses some gingham dsp from Farmers Market, and some hand scripted dsp from Going Places Paper Stack.  A burlap belly band ties it all together.  The flower was made using the Flower Builder punch.  

 Well - that's all I have for you today!  I hope that at least one of my projects inspired you!  Be sure to continue along the Creation Station blog hop, and you'll have a head full of inspiration!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Video: Manic Monday! Quick and Easy Cardmaking

Hello!!!  How are all of the happy crafters out there?  Hope this Monday is treating you alright!

I have been gone for a good week working on another project.  I'll chat about that farther down in this post tho.....

So, it's been a little while since I created an actual card.  However, this one is fun and bright and colorful - what's not to love!  

Let me start out by saying this - I haven't been using patterened paper as much as I used to.  I think it's because sometimes it seems overpowering.  Or the print is too large for a card.  And sometimes it's just because there are too many colors in the pattern.  This pattern tho - I love!   It's small, it's fun and I can use it in little bits or in big bits.

Paired with a Watermelon Butterfly, and you've got something going here!  

Here's this video tutorial for this weeks card:

Those yellow enamel dots give it just the extra pop of color that it needs!

What do you think of this week's card - I'd love to hear.

Now - for my other little sister and I have teamed forces and are creating wooden signs and some other crafty things.  The signs are mostly from reclaimed barn boards, but we do have some that will be on new pine as well.  You can find our things over at The Old White Shed.  We are also on Facebook and Instagram under the same name.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Creation Station: Birthdays!

Hi there crafty friends!  It's the first Sunday of the month - and that means time for an inspiration tour around the Creation Station! We have a VERY talented team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that are here to share some Birthday inspiration.  Let's jump in shall we?

First off.....a lot of time, I have a hard time coming up with cards that are good for my young boys.  Or even teen boys.  Does anyone else have this struggle?  I think the key is to keep things a little more graphic and with a strong, bright color scheme.  So....I went with the graphic images from Balloon Celebration. 
I started with a card base of Cucumber Crush.  It's a great bright green, and paired up with a strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the It's My Party paper stack, I could tell this was going to be perfect.  Most of the designs in that paper pack are really geared to girls (at least I think so!).  The black and white dsp will easily add a punch.
To complete the card, I grabbed the Happy Birthday sentiment from Age Awareness. I think that the font used here screams teenager!  I heat embossed it in white onto black cardstock.  Then, in that same stamp set I stamped the little flag image in Pacific Point.  All of this paired well with a Daffodil Delight circle with a snippet of Basic Black bakers twine.

In the end - I think this card is PERFECT for those BOYS that can be SOOOOO hard to create for.  

Now....onto something a little different.  (I posted something similar in this post.)  These balloons are from Balloon Celebration and the bow is from the Cutie Pie Thinlits.
My kids go to quite a few birthday parties, and I often find it difficult to come up with a good gift.  This has been my go-to gift as of late!  I grabbed some pint ice cream containers (link below in the supplies) and used the DSP from It's My Party to cover them.  The coordinating washi tape is perfect to go around the rim of the lid.

So, what do I do for the gift part?  I typically fill them up with candy (it holds A LOT of candy and a gift card to.....Dairy Queen, Amazon, where ever the kids like to shop/eat - we don't have a lot of choices in this neck of the woods!)
What I really love about these is that they are really easy to customize.  For this one - I used the Party Pop Ups Thinlits for the Happy Birthday - which fits PERFECTLY!  By the way - one of our circle dies is also a perfect match for the top of the lid.

I think these would also be good for party favors at a birthday party.  Or what about changing them up with different DSP for a baby shower or bridal shower.....the possibilities are endless!

Now it's time to see what the rest of the talented team have to inspire you!  Hold onto your hats!  You are about to be blown away!

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