Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Foxy little friend - Wilderness Awaits

Hello friends!  A little something you may not know about me - I love the outdoors!!!  Camping, critters, etc....they are right up my alley.  Let me clarify - camping in a camper is my preference, however, I've done PLENTY of tent camping in my day! 

When I saw this little fox - something about him (or possibly her) struck me.  In this card - I'm calling this a "her" - and I think she's being a little seductive....I imagine her saying, "Hello, Handsome.  Come and cuddle up, Buttercup!"

This card was my Convention Swap.  We don't get many masculine cards in our swaps, so I decided to try and inspire.

Everything is layered on a Lost Lagoon base, with Crumb Cake (stamped the Woodgrain in Crumb Cake ink) as my largest panel.  Then I cut my Mossy Meadow piece with some circle thinlits, and also cut out the foxy circle (Sahara Sand) with the next size smaller thinlit.  I then ran the Mossy Meadow piece thru the Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder.

I added a couple leaves from Vintage Leaves, I had stamped them onto Delightful Dijon with the same color ink.  Tied them onto my tag/flag with some Linen Thread.

In the end, I think it makes a swell masculine card!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Blogging Hiatus OVER!!!

Well.....let's HOPE my blogging break is over.  I've missed blogging.  I've missed creating.  I've missed my routine.  

We have had a busy spring and summer, and I'm really beginning to feel that I miss the school year routine.  It's when I have something that's normal - an actual schedule.  But, I've got another month and a week to go before school starts.   So if I don't post one a real regular basis - don't shoot me!  We do have a few more fun things planned with the kids - and I am discovering that as the kids get older, the more running we do.  Between basketball camps, baseball and baseball camp, football camps - we just run!  Now that a lot of those things are over, we try and enjoy camping with the kids and just being together as a family.  Which also means, I haven't had much time in my craft room at all.  The room itself is a mess, and I almost dread going in there.  It'll be a good day when I can clean things up and organize!  THEN CREATE!!!

I have had a few moments to create some things and would love to share.  So, I'll try my best to get a couple of posts up here to share what I've made.  I'll be at convention this week - so will schedule a few posts while I'm gone.

Let's start with this card:

I'm loving this new Watercolor Wings stamp set.  I think all of the detail and the color combos make it super fun.  

This card was easy - started with a card base in Cucumber Crush (one of my new fave colors btw).  I stamped the little dots in Versamark to create a background.  Then added a die cut piece from the paper stack - Pretty Petals.  I used the new Lots of Labels framelits, but only die cut the one end to create the banner shape.

Then onto the butterfly - it was stamped with Mint Macaron - first layer was stamped off.  (it doesn't look very minty in the photo above...lighting issues!)  I went over the top with Watermelon Wonder.  I topped off my butterfly with a messy nest of silver thread and one of the new Classy Designer Buttons.  (LOVE these new buttons!)

To finish off the card, I added the Cheers sentiment die cut in Watermelon and then used Crystal effects over the top to add some dimension and shine.  

This card I used for a swap at our July Inspiration Night for my team members.  

Hope you liked the card today!  

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Creation Station: Birthdays

Hey all!  It's time for a blog hop from the Creation Station team.  This week we are focusing on Birthdays - The Build a Birthday stamp set is what I chose to use.

This set is so versatile - create a cake in any color you choose.  Perfect for kids cards, masculine cards, girly cards....just change up the colors and you have an entirely new look.  

I went pretty neutral here....

The only thing I did "out of the box" was to use Crystal Effects on the cake stand and banner.  I wanted the cake stand to look shiny and was able to easily accomplish that with the Crystal Effects.  I decided to add it to the banner at the last minute.  I was going to put rhinestones on the banner, but didn't want to steer this to girls or boys.  I think this works for both this way.

I used some pinking shears to cut the ends of the sentiment portion.  I thought that added something different than the typical flag end. 

That's my creation for the week - hop around now to see what the other talented team members have to show off.....


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