Friday, May 6, 2016

Ah....giraffes!

Ok, seriously. These companies need to all quit making giraffe stamps all the sudden. They know I am weak. They know I have to have them ALL. A giant garage sale is going to have to happen this summer if I am to keep up! And another release of a cutie giraffe on Sunday!

Well.... this is my newest addition. And I absolutely LOVE the set (Sweet Safari) and the matching dies, and papers, and companion foliage sets.......$$$. But a girl's gotta have her giraffes.
This one is by My Favorite Things. CUTE!! And there are a lot more jungle animals in the set.
I watercolored the heart background, and then cut it out using a Spellbinders die. The giraffe was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black and then colored with Prismacolor pencils. The background paper is glittery and is from The Paper Studio Safari Stack. A few Doodlebug sequins, and all done!

GIRAFFE WEEK is coming in June......stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Make A Splash

Two weeks from today I will be on the beaches of North Carolina with my 8 month old granddaughter. She lives 1327 miles from me, so this is going to be a real treat. When I saw the Crown Flatback Resin in the Eyelet Outlet Store, I knew I wanted to make a card to send her (and her parents). She is definitely my little princess!
I chose the hot pink crown - what fits a little mermaid princess better? I used Pink Checked Washi Tape on the back panel of the card above my ric rac border, along with the Blue Round Sticky Back Jewels from Pink/Blue pack.
I think she turned out pretty cute, all decked out in her crown!




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Group of Cats

I love this adorable stamp by Rubbernecker Stamps called Group of Cats. They look like they are up to something, don't they? Or listening very carefully. Rubbernecker has some really adorable cat stamps and it was hard to choose. I have a list now!

I watercolored my background and then stamped the cats in Archival Black ink. I added a die cut sentiment and then three cute black cat brads (which also come in white!).
Thanks, Rubbernecker, for sharing your stamps with the Eyelet Outlet Team!

Friday, April 8, 2016

A Little Baking and A Lotta Love

I don't do a lot of baking, but I have a friend that loves to bake. She gave me a little gift recently, and as I was musing over her thank you note, I found this cute designer paper (The Paper Studio) in my stash. And I knew exactly what brads I would use for accents!
My layout was easy, thanks to MFT Stamps' Blueprints 15. Take a peek at the Baking Brads and Mixer & Cup Brads in the Eyelet Outlet Store! They are perfect for those in your life that love to bake - or cook! In fact, there is a wonderful section in the Store called Food, Drink, & Cooking Brads and Eyelets that has some really adorable designs!


Here is a close-up of the baking/cooking/muffin pan (you can make it whatever you want!):
And another of the spoon, mixer and measuring cup:
Sweet treats for those that love to make them!

I also wanted to share today how I store my supplies from Eyelet Outlet. I am always looking for others' ideas on the best way to store things so I can find them, but also so it's neat and portable. I found this storage container at my local Hobby Lobby for $5.99. It has individual compartments on the outside for my brads and eyelets, and each one snaps off, and also snaps tightly to prevent mishaps.

The lid comes off and has a large area inside for ribbons, or washi tape, or larger brads, as you can see here:
It works very well for what I am looking for in a storage container -- and at a great price (even better with a 40% off coupon)! What kinds of ways do you use to store your brads and eyelets? And washi tape? I also have a Ribbon Carousel that I converted to a Washi Carousel :)
I will have to show that another day.





Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Basket of Bunnies

Happy Easter Everyone! For those celebrating, here is a little Easter greeting for you!
What could be cuter than a basket of bunnies?

I think the little Pastel Rabbit Brads from Eyelet Outlet are adorable - not only for Easter, but for cute Spring greetings too! You can find them in the Eyelet Outlet Store here. And of course they are sending Easter greetings using the Easter Bubble Brads (also great for upcoming Spring greetings!).

I also used Checked Washi Tape in Pink to ground the basket. I added it to my card panel before I ran the Cuttlebug embossing folder through, and it blended in beautifully with the floral background.
 I'm looking forward to Spring!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Little Tropical Heat

Three months from today and I will be sitting on Kure Beach in North Carolina! Not quite as tropical as Hawaii or some place south of Florida, but it's going to be glorious! Today's morning fog and damp air just NEEDED some heat added to it, so this is as close as I can get right now to tropical heat!

Images and sentiment are by Stampin' Up!

The flowers are cut from a Gelli print I made, and the middle "panel" is sponged with Memento ink, and has a vellum strip on the left side. The ferns & little flower are also sponged with Memento, then cut. Some brightness for this winter month!


Stamps: Botanical Blooms (SU!)
Paper: GP White, SU! Vellum, Only Orange, Rose Red
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Inks, Liquitex acrylic paints
Accessories: Botanical Blooms dies, Kaiser pearls, Gelli plate
Techniques: sponging, gelli printing

Monday, February 22, 2016

You Complete Me

Goodness, it's so fun when you organize your stamp room and find things you haven't used yet because they were "covered up" with other things! Like these fun Speech Bubbles dies from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I have had them for a long time, but put them in a place they shouldn't have been, and just rediscovered them!

I had the stenciled background done and in a "to use later" envelope, and it fit perfectly with the little CAS card I had in my head! Both the sentiment and the image are from You &Me. I stamped with Archival Black ink and colored in my cookies and shadow with Copic markers.

I plan to give this to a girlfriend whom I am meeting for supper tonight! An actual ten-minute card!

Challenges:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Thanks a Latte!

Pink and orange are two of my favorite colors together, and I love how they turned out on this emboss resist watercolored panel. I stamped my image in VersaMark ink, and embossed with white, then watercolored with my Kuretake paints. A little washi tape and a Martha Stewart doily are my embellishments. I stamped my sentiments with VersaFine and adhered all to a panel sprayed with Raspberry Spray. This card makes me happy!

Images are from Sweet 'n Sassy's Special Blend stamp set.

Challenges:

Friday, February 19, 2016

Let's Make Soup!

While I long for my May vacation to the beaches of North Carolina, and the warmth of the sun, I still am always in love with the snowmen in this adorable set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Snowman Soup.

I had watercolored the background just playing around one day, and after getting 20+ inches a couple of weeks ago, I decided it needed a home. I used a piece of silver and gray washi tape behind my banner sentiment to help ground it to the rest of the card. The circles on the tape are shimmery and it's really pretty IRL. My background is supposed to represent our blizzard! I paper pieced the snowman's cup and used Copic markers to color.

Three months from today I will be here:
  I think I will leave the snowman at home.
 
Challenges: 
Brown Sugar – Anything Goes 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste Challenge - February - Anything Goes with Mixed Media 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bold and Big

I love this bold and big stamp from Stampin' Up! And how quick and easy to make this background using my craft mat, distress ink (Mermain Lagoon), and water! 

I dragged the ink across the mat, sprayed, and then lay my white cardstock in the wet ink. Once dry, I stamped the "just for you" with VersaMark ink and embossed with a combination of silver and black embossing powder for a kind of ombre look. It gets lighter as it goes down the page. I added the second part of the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then adhered everything to Kraft cardstock.

An easy card with a bold and big statement!
Challenges: 
Fab 'n' Funky -  Male Birthday 
Wonderful Wednesdays - Always Anything Goes 
WordArt Wednesdays Anything Goes 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Little Bible Art

A few months ago I bought a Bible for journaling. Being the daughter of a Pastor, we had many Bibles in our home growing up. We were taught never to put anything on top of a Bible or to write in it. It took me years before I could even write in pencil in a margin, or underline a verse. It seemed so wrong. But I have come to realize that legalism about a printed book is not worship -- and not how to help me remember things. I took sermon notes for years -- but couldn't relate to them once they were stored away. I needed reminders in the actual book I was reading and studying. So notes became commonplace.

I realize that many have differing views on writing in Bibles, let alone coloring, stamping, drawing, or painting. But it's not a CORE issue. It's not about the Gospel, or about what we believe about God. He is not any less my God because I have a separate Bible that I now draw and stamp and paint in. He is MORE my God because he has created me to be CREATIVE. And if art gets me into His Word more, that's a GOOD thing. It's not taking anything away from my reverence or awe or fear (and I mean that in the God-fearing way) or even my study, it is increasing my time focusing and meditating on what the Word is saying to ME. And being a visual person, it helps me to remember verses and lessons better, just as music based on scripture does.

Anyway, I felt like I needed to preface this post with that. It's certainly a departure from what you usually see here, but I am loving working in my Bible as a journal for artistic thoughts about life and how I fit in.

I told some journaling friends I would post some step photos from a project I completed this morning. So here they are!
I prepped my page with Martha Stewart's White Gesso. I wanted to prevent as much bleed through as I could, and knew I wanted to watercolor on my page. I applied it with a brush and let it dry - it was very quick. I used my heat gun as an added drying source to be sure. I stamped my verse and poppies from Sweet 'n Sassy's Precious Poppies.

Next I tested my Kuretake watercolors on each flower to see what color I might like for each one, as the thin onion skin paper changes the colors a bit. I used an acrylic block as my palette to water down the color - again for bleedthrough.


I completed each flower with a slightly different mix to see what I might like.

Finally, I added some blues for a background, and then finished off the page with some Glimmermist spray for a little sheen. I had made the matching bookmark several weeks back, and wanted a matching style for the Proverbs page. This is the end of a chapter, so no text was covered by my design.
What do you think?

Monday, February 1, 2016

I Love Roo

It's time to focus on some love notes for the next two weeks!

Today I inked up the cute kangaroo from Paper Smooches' A Little Lovin'. I am joining #thedailymarker30day challenge with @kathyrac, and decided to just color him simply! I have always been a lover of paper, and had this cute heart paper from a Ben Franklin jaunt from many months ago.
 I used Mojo Monday 433 for my sketch. I didn't want to cover up the cute hearts any more than I already had with the black panel, so I used a piece of printed vellum for one of the sketch panels.
We're waiting for about 1 foot of snow between now and tomorrow, so it looks like I may be stamping again soon! :)


Friday, January 29, 2016

Look What's New at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Today Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is releasing a new Lovin' God's Word Kit today which will be available for a limited time! 

The Kit includes two brand new Bible Journaling stamp sets designed by Krista Hamrick, a book mark designed by Rebecca Rios, and some fun crafty goodies to add to your projects.  This bundle will be available at a discount for only two weeks until Thursday February 11th.  After that, the stamp sets will be sold separately at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store at the regular price.

The SNSS Design Divas have had a lot of fun making samples with the products in the Lovin' God's Word Kit to inspire you, AND you will see that these stamps can be used for so much more than Bible Journaling!  

I decided to make a card for our hop today, using some pretty designer paper and my favorite embellishment, pearls.
You're going to see some inspiring projects and art today! Be sure to click on all the links, and read about the brand new Creative Worship BLOG too! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's Beary Cold

Goodness, I have gotten behind already in posting what I have been working on -- BUT for a good reason! I totally cleaned my entire craft/stamp room since the beginning of the year. It's my little safe CREATE haven, so I probably won't post pictures, but I am feeling pretty good about it! I purged all the old catalogs and magazines and those wallpaper sample books (yeah those were like ten years of dust....). I organized my markers and new stamps and while there will always be something to clean up in there, I am off to a good start!

Today's therapy:
I am pretty traditional. While I LOVE (and I mean love) watercolor and sprays and pigments and mixed media and stuff, I always have and always will love designer paper and plain ol' stamping and traditional layouts. So. I love this adorable bear set from Stampin' Up! with its matching dies. Wonder who is getting this card in the mail?
I stamped my bears in Tip Top Taupe ink, and the hearts in retired Regal Rose. The apron and bow were stamped in Rich Razzleberry and colored with R83 and R85 Copics. 
The inside was adorned with the little bear that I had originally thought would go on the front, but I like it for the inside better!
I am playing along in the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge this week with this card.
 Thanks for stopping by!