Sunday, April 13, 2014

Member Spotlight + A Winner!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I've been pretty much crushed with work lately, but I have some exciting news to share.

Kelly Noel at Studio Calico asked me if I would be the Member Spotlight for May. Really? Eek!!!!! I was very honored to get asked!! I'm such a fan of Kelly, too, so it was extra-amazing to get asked by her. :) You can check out the post on the Studio Calico blog HERE.

I thought I would share one of the cards here.

Happy Girl

I used the Studio Calico Sugar Rush Project Life and Card Kits, the Sugar Rush Patterned Paper Pad, and one of the digital brushes from the Office Hours collection. I started by tracing the digital "Hello/heart" stamp in the Silhouette Designer Program and die-cutting it on my Cameo. I die-cut a similarly-sized circle out of a Project Life card to back the sentiment.

For the background, I did a little watercoloring and then started layering. I fussy cut the heart from one of the October Afternoon papers and die-cut the postage stamp from one of the journaling cards. Here's a close-up:

Happy Girl

For the upper clustering, I fussy cut the "Happy Girl" element from the paper and layered it over a die-cut PL card. I added one of the cool chevron chipboard pieces and a little stitching:

Happy Girl

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you get a chance, please leave a little love on the Studio Calico blog post. Thank you!!

I still have not posted the winner from the Altenew blog hop. Sorry, but congrats to Michelle Lupton

I'm swooning over your vellum flowers - so gorgeous!!

Michelle, please contact me at the e-mail in my Contact and I'll pass your information on to Altenew. Congrats!

Have a great week!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Altenew Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Altenew premier blog hop!

Altenew is the latest stamp company to open its doors to the paper crafting community. The stamps that you will see here will be available for purchase on April 7th (that's this Monday--woot!). You should be coming from Jennifer's blog.

I'm sharing two sets today, the Magnolia and the Figure Effects. First up is the Magnolia:

Flower Congrats

I used two of the flowers from the Magnolia set and a sentiment from the set. I stamped the flowers on some new Webster's Pages' Our Travels vellum. The background has some simple watercoloring with mists.

Here are some close-ups:

Flower Congrats

Yep, pretty much swooning over the flowers. The background patterned paper is from the same Our Travels collection.

Flower Congrats

Next, I made a smaller layout using the Magnolia set and also the super cool Figure Effects set:

You Make Me Happy

I've been liking making Handbook-sized layouts (6"x8")--I got the idea from Emma_KW (what a cool idea, no?). They seem less daunting as a card maker and I like that the albums are smaller.

I stamped the magnolia on linen vellum. All of the sentiments are from the Figure Effects set. I'm going to be using this set constantly--the sentiments are fantastic (and in a good font).

You Make Me Happy

Aren't they the perfect typewriter font? Here's a close-up of the flower from the Magnolia set:

You Make Me Happy

Want to win some Altenew? To celebrate the grand opening of their store, Altenew is giving away prizes! Three lucky winners will win five stamp sets of their choice. The winner will be chosen from comments left at the Altenew blog.

Plus, I'll choose a winner from the comments left on my post, and Altenew will send the winner the Magnolia and Figure Effects sets.

You may leave up to three comments here:

  • Comment on the project/stamp you would like to see in future stamps.
  • Like Altenew on Facebook.
  • Follow Altenew on Pinterest

Here's the rest of the line-up:

Thanks for stopping by! Next up is the super-talented Laura!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hi From Me to You

Hi everyone! Are you having crazy weather like we are? It was 70 degrees today and tonight is a low of 18 with snow. Forget spring--I'm ready for summer. :)

I'm excited to share a guest post today. For April and May, I'll be guesting with i {heart} papers! The online store has tons of stamps, dies, and other supplies. I love how they have so many brands of stamps, and really current supplies. Plus, there is free shipping over $70--woo hoo!

I made a card using supplies from the store:

Hi From Me to You

I was flipping through the fab BasicGrey Capture paper and saw the different "hey" sentiments on one of the papers. I loved it and had to use it! I cut up the papers and die-cut some frames out of the Capture papers using one of the My Favorite Things Polaroids die. I also die-cut a Paper Smooches arrow and heart--the heart was cut from a Spice Market paper. The Cardbooking die set is one of my faves!

I layered some of the Capture papers and added splatter and stitching. The cool sentiment is from Technique Tuesday's Rah Rah Sentiments set. Here's a close-up of the sentiment:

Hi From Me to You

I finished the card with a couple of embellishments--a Lawn Fawn sequin, and some Studio Calico enamel dots.

Here's a close-up of the top:

Hi Frames

You can see the guest post over on the i {heart} papers blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cardstock: (white) PTI
Patterned paper: (Capture, Spice Market 6x6s) BasicGrey
Stamps: (Rah Rah Sentiments) Technique Tuesday
Ink: (Real Red) Stampin' Up; (Mary, Mary; Opaque White; Letterman's Jacket Mister Huey's) Studio Calico
Dies: (heart, arrow from Cardbooking) Paper Smooches; (Polaroids) My Favorite Things
Embellishments: (sequin from Hello Sunshine Mixed Sequins) Lawn Fawn; (enamel dots from Yellow/Orange Essentials) Studio Calico

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Be Yourself

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. Thank you for your kind comments about my new design team. You all are the best!

This week at Glitz, there's a color challenge--light pink, light blue, gold, and white. The digital team is also sharing projects using the Wild and Free Paper Pack and the Wild and Free Element Pack 2. Both of these kits are on sale today as part of One Buck Wednesday. Woo hoo!

The color challenge was optional for the Digital DT, and I decided to play along:

Be Yourself

I love making round cards, and I decided it was time to make another. I die-cut the base, added some pink and gold mist, and layered papers. I used a pink and yellow paper and the horses paper from the Wild and Free Paper Pack. For both papers, I lightened the papers to fit with the color scheme. The blue bokeh and pink stripe paper are from the new Carpe Diem collection.

For the die-cut, I used the "Be Yourself" digital element:

I'm sharing the image so you can see what it looked like before. I selected the letters and removed the color (hit the backspace key). I saved the image and opened it in the Silhouette Designer Studio. I traced the image and die-cut it out of both white cardstock and PTI's Linen Vellum.

Here's a close-up:

Be Yourself

For the finishing touches, I die-cut the flowers using Paper Smooches Flowers Dies with wool felt and the same vellum. These dies are a must-have! I love the different combinations. I stitched through sequin for something a little different. ;)

If you like the die-cut and papers, you can check out the One Buck Wednesday sale (today only). Also, there are more projects using these collections on the Glitz blog today.

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: (white) PTI; (white woodgrain) Simon Says Stamp; (Linen Vellum) PTI; (gold glitter cardstock) Best Creations
Digital elements: (pink/yellow, horses from Wild and Free Paper Pack); (pink stripe, blue bokeh from Carpe Diem Paper Pack 2); (Be You from Wild and Free Element Pack 2) Glitz Design
Dies: (Flowers Dies) Paper Smooches
Embellishments: (sequin) Hobby Lobby
Fibers: (pink felt) Felt on the Fly
Mists: (Mary Mary, Gold, White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico

Monday, March 24, 2014

Good News! (and a Sneak Peek)

Hi everyone!

I have some fun news to share today:

I was asked to join the Scraptastic Club Design Team! I've been very excited to share the news. Paper, stamps, and embellishments? Oh yeah! :)

The Club offers monthly kits--one for Project Life and two for scrapbooking/cardmaking, plus add-ons for each kit. They also have awesome stamps and PL cards designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer and other regular shop items, too.

I've received my April kits, and I have to say, the Scraptastic kits have a TON of product (I was impressed!). I think they have great range, too--papers, stamps, die cuts, Thickers, enamel dots, cardstock, ink, flair, and some of the most wicked-cool wood veneer and cork embellishments. I know I like having a little of everything for making cards and other projects.

Here are the sneaks for the upcoming April kits. First is The PL kit, This Life Noted:

I love that there are some exclusive items in the kits, but also a lot of very current products (so I can use them for publication submissions).

Next, is the Let Me Go kit:

Look at that cute custom cork! Woot!

The last main kit is Worth Wondering:

Aren't the colors beautiful? I love the flair.

The kits will go on sale April 1st, or if you would like to see about the subscriptions, you can check it out HERE. You can also see projects with the March kit on the Scraptastic Club blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

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