Saturday, February 28, 2015

Don't Let Anything Dull Your SPARKLE!

Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying a great weekend so far!! I certainly am! The sun is shining, hubby is fixing to grill tonight and I am sitting here loving every minute of this day!!! I made 1 more card for the current TCP TUES284-color challenge just because I like it so much. :) This time I challenged myself a bit more and came up with a 5 1/2" square card using 2 fun sets from TCP--Rise & Shine and for the clouds, Flying By.
I paper pieced bunny's rain boots and umbrella with lime glitter cardstock, which shows up much more "glittery" irl. :) I love this quote too....words to live by, indeed!
That's all for me today. Thanks so much for strolling by! I hope your day is filled with SPARKLE!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Simple Blooms & Sparkle

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well! I played along with this week's TCP Tuesday challenge 284-a color challenge and here it is!
So pretty and Spring-like! I love it!! I know many of my friends in the East and Mid West and inundated with bad weather and may even be buried in snow and ice as I type! Please know that I am praying for everyone in this predicament. I'm equally thankful for being here on the West coast where torrential rain is all we have to deal with--ugh. And so, with this in mind, I thought it even more appealing to create a card today using this lovely color combo above. I hope it will brighten your day too!
I stamped this wonderful sentiment from the Simple Blooms stamp set by TCP. I adore this set, it's worth its weight in gold! This sentiment is great. Simple. Meaningful. Just right.
I wish all of these things for you my sweet friends! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a creative and blessed day!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

This Way to Wonderland

Hi friends! Today I made something that I must say I love! Alas, I cannot take credit for the design because I was 100% inspired by a most beautiful gift I received from a very talented friend over the holidays. Some of you may know Ginny Nemchak and her glorious blog Polly's Paper Studio. She designs for Graphic 45 and several other companies where she stuns and inspires with her beautiful paper creations! I adore her and am blessed to call her my friend. And after continuously drooling over this marvelous jumbo tag-card she sent me almost 2 months ago, I decided to try something similar myself because I am just SO in love with it!! C.A.S.E in point....
Isn't it absolutely wonderful!!! Like I said, I can't stop looking at it and why would I want to! So yummy. Now, I've had some Alice In Wonderland themed ideas swimming around in my head for a while and I thought this was the perfect time to bring them to fruition. I really did use Ginny's design entirely to inspire me although at some point this tag became my own. What a great gift it is to share your creativity and inspire others! Here's how mine turned out...
I've had my Wonderland Tea Creative Scraps from Crafty Secrets for quite some time and I was thrilled to be able to pair it up with a couple of my mini trinkets in silver that match the wonderland theme! These are the types of little treasures in my stash that rarely, if ever get used so it's really neat when I find a way incorporate them into a project!
I marvel at Ginny's ability to layer and create dimension. I tried to mimic her one-of-a-kind style by layering different patterns of paper, doilies and flowers. I also love how she did the buttons on the tag she sent me and I tried to make mine look similar to hers. I'm still working on perfecting her fabulous "poof" and "super poof" bows! ;)
I'm entering my tag card into the current Red Carpet Studio challenge #91-My Fair Lady translation: a girl project with lots of layers.
Well that's all for now. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a very curious, creative and blessed day!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Butterflies & Flowers Shaker Card

Hi friends! Well, Spring has definitely not arrived here in the Great Northwest as of yet but I can still dream of sunshine, butterflies and flowers and today I made my very first shaker card! Hah! I can hardly believe that I've never made one before today, especially because I've wanted to for a really long time. I think I was intimidated for some reason but this one was a cinch with my Butterflies Cutups from The Cat's Pajama's--and oh, what fun!! There's gonna be a whole lotta shakin' goin on in my card-making future! I'll be adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-All Creatures Great and Small. I'm also adding it to the TCP Tuesday 283 Challenge-Anything Goes. There's plenty of time to join in too so why not flutter on over and add your card--it's anything goes so it couldn't be easier!
 This is one of the sentiments from Nature's Hello stamp set from TCP. Ahh...I can almost smell the fresh flowers after the rain.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a bright, beautiful and very blessed day!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sweet Treat Boxes!

Hey friends! Well, next up is Valentine's Day and I just love this sweet patterned paper collection from My Mind's Eye, Cupid's Arrow No.14 with its cherry, light blue, grey, black & white color combination! So I quickly whipped up these cute treat boxes with my bubblegum treat box die from My Creative Time! I'm adding these to the current link party over at Paper Issues: The Perfect Pairing with Epiphany Crafts.
I combined lovey dovey sentiments from the 100% Sweetness stamp set with the Fancy Frame stamp and die set all from MCT. I like the bit of grown-up sophistication the non-traditional colors and black glitter cardstock from DCWV add to these treat boxes.
Stickles are always so much fun and I don't use them enough. I added a bit to the sentiment frames and I think it adds just the right amount of sparkle! I also attached a mini oval punched sentiment with a black mini clothespin to each box and a little frosted rose for a final touch.
 Thanks so much for stopping by my sweet friends! You Rock!!! Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pretty Girl

Hello! Well, I'm back in a mixed media mood today and I made this fun 6x6" canvas that I'm dedicating to all the pretty girls of the world and that includes YOU my beautiful friend!!! I really love this quote from one of the life cards in the Authentique paper collection called "Classique: Pretty". I worked the canvas around this delightful quote. And with the New Year upon us, I thought it a perfect time to create something with a new outlook and fresh perspective...it also seems a good fit for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #8- Something New For The New Year theme. I didn't' take process pics this time but I used all of the usual products plus a couple more to create this one. And here it is...
This particular canvas was made for a special friend in mind, but honestly it could be for any number of the sweet and lovely women in my life. I thought this little darling girl from Crafty Secrets was perfect to coordinate with the quote. I added a bejeweled crown atop her head as a reminder to always act as if you are wearing an invisible crown. God loves us like we are royalty and because of that, we can rest assured that in His eyes, we sparkle more brightly than diamonds and gold!! And just like God's whisper, the whisper of a pretty girl who knows she's loved can also be heard over the roar of a lion. This is true to my heart and what a grand gift it is!!
Thank you so much for visiting! Until next time--shine bright, pretty girl!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Bird and Winter Trees

Hello there! I hope all is well! I want to let my US East Coast friends and anyone in the heart of winter storm territory that I am praying for the safety of you all and for the blizzard to pass as soon as possible with as little damage as possible. Stay safe my sweet friends! Ok, now keeping along the lines of winter is my fifth and final project as an official guest designer for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. What a wonderful journey it has been for me to be a part of such a stellar company and team of designers! I'm sad it's ending but equally excited to see their next set of guest designers and for myself and what doors God will open for me next! This is a 9x11" canvas panel (if you know me, you know I love these) with a wintery scene and my version of a new bird, mixed media style! I found a very cool and easy new technique on the Deep Space Sparkle website, for a kid's project nonetheless and I'm super stoked to share it with you! It's SO easy to create these trees, which remind me of white birch trees. It's up over at the Design Memory Craft blog and I have it here too.
I really loved creating this one and here's how it came together. I started by laying down 6 shades of Gelatos® on watercolor paper then spritzed with water and blended with my fingers. This will be the bird.
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 While that dried, I painted a layer of Gesso over my canvas panel.
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For the trees, I cut 2 strips of white cardstock the length of the canvas then took Chalkboard Paint to the edge of a plastic card, pulling the color from one side and adding lines for a cool tree-like effect. It was so fun to watch the trees come alive with just a few swipes of black and white paint--I'll be using this one again!
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Next, I colored the entire background with Snow Cone Gelatos® Double Scoop® then blended it with my finger.
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Now I came back to the trees and added a wash of Gesso over some areas to create more interest and texture. I think they look a bit like a White Birch tree which I like for a winter scene!
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Next, I cut out my bird parts and arranged them out on the canvas with the trees, then adhered everything down with a layer of Gel Medium.
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I added random branches and my bird's eye with the Bold/Black PITT® Artist Pen
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Finally, I added highlights with the Coconut Gelatos® Double Scoop®
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Supply List:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®-
Gesso
Gel Medium
Chalk Board Paint
Red Cherry Gelatos®
Grape Gelatos®
Bubble Gum Gelatos®
Lemon Gelatos®
Lavendar Gelatos®
Metallic Mint Gelatos®
Snow Cone Gelatos® Double Scoop®
Coconut Gelatos® Double Scoop®
Black PITT® Artist Pen Bold
Light Blue Stamper's Big Brush Pen
Mister and Palette Knive- Gelatos Mist Maker Set

Thanks so much for stopping by! My blogging friends are so fantastic and make my heart very happy!!! Warm hugs and blessings!!