Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feeling Fall

Hi everyone!

I'm sharing a couple of Paper Smooches projects from the last release. I don't know if it's still hot where you are, but it's definitely early fall here--changing leaves, 40s in the morning, short days...you know the drill. So I thought it was time to share some of the fall Paper Smooches projects.

First up:

Thankful for You

I used the Halloween Icons dies for the pumpkin and little polka dot leaf.  The pumpkin doesn't have the stitches, but I added them using the Stitched die. Underneath the pumpkin, I stamped the shadow from the Shadows set.

Thankful for You

The sentiment is from Turkey Jive. For the larger leaf, I used Leaves 1 die and added the Stitched die. I can't get enough of that die. :) The papers are from Webster's Pages.

Thankful for You

Next up, I did some positive and negative die-cutting:

I Miss You

I die-cut the Seasonal Tree from the BasicGrey Grand Bazaar paper and layered it over the white base. I added the Stitched die for a ground and embossed a sentiment from the I Blank You set.

The Seasonal Tree leaves were die-cut from other Grand Bazaar papers and stitched on.

I Miss You

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Thankful for You:
Cardstock: (Distress Watercolor) Ranger
Patterned paper: (Family Traditions) Webster's Pages
Stamps: (shadow from Shadows; sentiment from Turkey Jive) Paper Smooches
Dies: (pumpkin, small leaf from Halloween Icons; larger leaf from Leaves 1; Stitched die) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Wet Cement) Hero Arts; (Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up; (Antique Linen Distress Ink) Ranger

I Miss You:
Cardstock: (white) PTI
Patterned paper: (Grand Bazaar) BasicGrey
Stamps: (sentiment from I Blank You) Paper Smooches
Dies: (tree, leaves from Seasonal Trees; ground from Stitched dies) Paper Smooches
Ink: Versamark
Embossing powder: (White) Wow!
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gold, Gold, and More Gold

Hi everyone!

Madeline and I are on the Scraptastic Club blog today with a new challenge: Get Glittery!  

Here's my take:

Shine On

I used my new camera and 35mm lens. I'm probably the only one who can tell a difference, but so far, I'm loving it (I'm still getting used to it).

On the card, I used the September This Life Noted kit. The kit has an awesome "Shine On" journaling card, and instead of using the whole card, I die-cut it. I layered the circle on some of the Crate Paper Notes & Things ephemera in the TLN kit.

The glittery clip is from Inspire Lovely. *swoon*

Shine On

I managed to stitch an actual circle....not an oval, not a square, but a circle. Yeah! Then I went around a second time to wonk it up a bit.

When I was done with my card, I thought it needed one more gold, glittery item. I die-cut the Leanna butterfly from gold glitter cardstock:

Shine On

If you're making cards projects with glitter this week, link it up to the challenge! You can use glitter in any kind of way, and you don't have to use the Scraptastic kits to play along. You can enter HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Cardstock: (white) PTI; (gold glitter cardstock) Best Creations
Kit: (journaling card, ephemera, sticker from September This Life Noted) Scraptastic Club
Dies: (Diagonal Stripe Coverplate) PTI; (Circle STAX) My Favorite Things; (Leanna butterfly) Simon Says Stamp
Embellishments: (glitter clothespin) Inspire Lovely
Ink: (Blizzard, Opaque White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone!

I'm up on the Glitz blog today sharing the beginning of a Gratitude Journal. I've seen some really cool journals, and I thought I would try it for a month. Hopefully I can keep up. ;)

Here's the journal:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The mini is hybrid, and many of the papers are digital, including some older collections. I mostly used the Glitz Black and White and Hello December collections. The sentiment on the cover is from the Carpe Diem Element Pack 3.

Here's a close-up of the cover:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The yarn and pom pom trim are from my deep, dark stash (at least 5 years old). I'm so glad I was finally able to use them!

For each prompt, I started with the phrase, "I'm grateful for..." and finished the sentence as my journaling. I cringed a little at some of the fragments, but I wanted to keep the journaling short.

Here are some close-ups of the tags:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The awesome giant rhinestone from the Glitz Black and White collection. I used the same Paper Smooches Leaves 1 Die and tag Toppers Die throughout the Gratitude Journal.

Here's the third day:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

The fourth page has a lot of subtle layering--stickers, papers, tulle, tissue, vellum (pretty much anything white I could find). When the 77 foil sticker along the side hits the light, it is so pretty! I used a leftover leaf die-cut from the Rose cut-files

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

Here's the fifth tag:

Thankful--Gratitude Journal

Isn't that Studio Calico acrylic camera cute? I stapled the yarn in an Emily Branch style. 

I'd love it if you would stop by the Glitz blog and see the rest of the pictures. Thanks!! :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: (white Linen Essentials) Ellen Hutson; (vellum) Hobby Lobby; (gold glitter cardstock) Best Creations
Patterned paper: (Stripe paper from Black and White; Polka paper from Carpe Diem) Glitz Design
Dies: (Leaves 1, Toppers dies) Paper Smooches; (Inline Alphabet) Mama Elephant
Stickers: (Black and White Alphas and Accents; 77 Alphas and Accents) Glitz Design
Fibers: (yarn, pom pom trim, tulle) craft supply
Ink: (Letterman's Jacket, Opaque White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico; (Marigold) Lindy's Stamp Gang
Embellishments: ("4" from Number Badge Set) Studio Calico; (heart Giant Rhinestone Black and White collection) Glitz Design; (roller stamp) American Crafts; (sequins) Scraptastic Club; (leaf wood veneer) Crate Paper; (acrylic camera from the Jubilee kit) Studio Calico
Digital: ("Raven" Element Pack 2"Carpe Diem" Element Pack 3"Black and White" Paper Pack 2"Hello December" Collection) Glitz Design

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I have a different type of post today. I'm participating in the Creative Blog Hop, which is like a chain letter for blogs. ha ha I see the hop as a fun way to share information about different bloggers.

I was invited to participate in this hop by four awesome bloggers (so honored!). They were featured last Monday (9/1), and I hope you'll check them out:

  • Maryana All I can say is wow! Maryana has mastered a gorgeous layered style that I adore. Be sure to scroll down to her mini albums (double wow!). I also love her non-scrappy posts (like THIS fascinating post).
  • Lindsey Martin-Penny I love Lindsey's CAS style, and her love of whitespace, red, cats, snarky sentiments, and heat embossing (you have to see her awesome heat embossing!). Lindsey also has a wicked sense of humor that always makes me laugh. :)
  • Melania Deasy Deasy is a master of techniques--die-cutting, Copic-ing, watercoloring, stamping and inking. She does it all! She makes the cutest cards, and is the nicest person, too.
  • Taheerah Atchia Taheerah's creativity blows me away. She does such a fabulous job mixing products and lines, and every card has at least one unexpected element. I love the inspiration pictures she uses for her Cure for the Monday Blues challenges!

Thanks Maryana, Lindsey, Deasy, and Taheerah for asking me to participate! As part of the hop, I'm supposed to answer several questions....

1. What am I working on?

I can't share everything, but here are a couple of sneaks...

A mini album coming (very) soon:

Working on getting this project blogged:

5 ,4, 3, 2, 1...

Using some brand new products:

Trying to figure out how to photograph a 12x12 layout:

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? [Describe your style.]

I am primarily a card maker, although I'll try any kind of paper crafting project. In the last few months, I've made several mini albums.

I like to dabble in many styles, but my work has changed over the past year. Lately, I've been layering more, adding embellishments, and playing with patterned papers. Most of my projects include hybrid elements--I love the flexibility of digi. I also love stripes, yellow, pink, and grey (not together), stitching, spray mists, my Cameo, small embellishments, Copic coloring, stars, unusual sentiments, and lettering. [I feel like this part is sounding like the Pina Colada Song.] LOL!

These cards show my style: Mom, HelloMake a WishSweetie Pie and You Are Here.

3. Why do I create what I do?

It started out very practical--making cards so I didn't have to buy them in the store. Now, it's more about using the pretty supplies. :)

4. How does your creative process work? [Where do you get your inspiration?]

Like a lot of bloggers, I use my Pinterest boards. Many of my projects are inspired by the products....I move them around on an A2 base and see how they look. Sometimes it works, and sometimes I spend an hour staring at my supplies. Ha!

We're supposed to introduce three blog friends, but I have two. Both people greatly inspire me:

Wida Miller: If you haven't seen her blog, it's gorgeous! Wida has a brilliant mix of stamping and patterned paper. Her cards are "airy" and always chic. Her photos are the bomb, too! I love how she always integrates an unexpected element or design into her cards. It's always a treat to see what she comes up with. Wida is also a friend, and she is one of those friends who is always willing to help. She has such a kind heart, and she's super funny to boot. :)

Debby Hughes: I'm not sure there's much to say about Debby that hasn't already been said. Her work is stunning, and she's one of those people who never makes a bad card. I love her techniques and her ability to switch styles. Like Wida, Debby's photos are incredible! Earlier this year, I got to meet Debby, and she is incredibly kind and gracious. She helped me photograph a card for a DT deadline, and as I was taking my picture I thought, "How weird is it that Debby Hughes is holding a piece of cardstock backdrop so I can take this photo?" LOL! She's very down-to-earth.

Both Wida and Debbie will be continuing the hop next Monday (September 15th). Be sure to check out their posts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Trio of Scrappy Cards

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great (long) weekend. Where on earth did summer go?? I always love fall, though. :)

I'm up on the Scraptastic Club blog today, and I'm sharing a card set with layered embellishments using one of the September kits:

Scrappy Card Trio

I started by picking the Teresa Collins and Pink Paislee background papers and then die-cutting various papers from the kit with several different dies (scalloped circles, hearts, butterflies, Polaroids, envelopes, tabs). I die-cut enough for about 10 cards. Ha!

The Girl kit and Add-on have some fabulous embellishments, and I was able to layer those with the papers. Their kits have a ton of product--I'm always amazed!

Scrappy Card Trio

To simplify the cards, I kept the layouts almost identical for all three cards. Here are some close-ups:

Scrappy Card Trio

Scrappy Card Trio

Scrappy Card Trio

If you get a chance, please check out the Scraptastic blog and kits. The September kits went live yesterday, and you can check them out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paper Smooches August DT Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches September release with you! FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on September 1st. You will find our new releases HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store
Want a chance to win a prize? Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at random from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize. 
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed above or the PS blog for your chance to win (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify, but it increases your chances)! 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, August 31st to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, September 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners. 
Here's the order of the hop:
To increase your chance of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop (leave another comment) 
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about the hop (leave another comment) 
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop (leave another comment) 
Here's my card using A Blessed Christmas:

Isn't that image so sweet? I love that it's a cute religious, Christmas image. This set has so many fabulous images!

For my card, I simply stamped and colored it with Copics. To add a soft layer, I die-cut a the window out of vellum and stamped the sentiment from A Blessed Christmas directly on the vellum (got to love the Brilliance inks). Finally, I used the matching Blessed Icons dies to die-cut the dove. When I think of Christmas, I don't typically think of rust and black colors. ;) But, as soon as I saw these BasicGrey papers with the image, I had to go with the non-traditional colors. 

Here's a close-up:

Thanks for stopping by! Next up is my sweet and very talented friend Kalyn!

Stamps: (sentiment, holy family, dove from A Blessed Christmas) Paper Smooches
Dies: (dove from Blessed Icons); (banner, circle) Silhouette America
Cardstock: (white) PTI; (vellum) Hobby Lobby
Patterned papers: (Spice Market) BasicGrey
Ink: (Graphite Black Brilliance; Tuxedo Black Memento) Tsukineko; (Gold and Opaque White Mister Huey's spray mist) Studio Calico
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