Saturday, October 18, 2014

Be Brave

Happy Saturday!

I have had this sweet image designed by Kristina Werner, sitting around for a week plus since taking the Copic Online Card Class.  Which, btw, is awesome!  I finally got around to putting it on a card.

I colored her with a variety of markers, and trimmed her out very carefully.  I took an old Studio Calico stencil, and added a bit of texture to the card base using embossing paste, before adhering her to the front with foam.

I took a sentiment set from Paper Smooches, and black heat embossed it onto vellum, and then attaching it under her leg.  To finish it off, I die cut a few hearts using the Finished Frames Elle-ments set from Avery Elle, and added glossy accents to them for some shine.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monster Hugs

Hi guys!

Lawn Fawn's Monster Mash is so super cute, and I have had these colored cuties sitting around for what seems like, forever!  

I started with patterned paper from the Basic Gray Second City 6x6 paper pad, and adhered a block of it to my white card base.  I then die cut a rectangle from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Small Rectangle Die set, and white heat embossed my sentiment onto it.

I stamped three monsters, and then colored them with a variety of Copic Markers, before I cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I then attached them to my black panel.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll return soon!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Take Two Thursday: Paper Smooches

Hey, hey!

How has your week been going so far?  Good I hope.  Take Two Thursday came around really fast for me!  For this installment, Katie and I are playing with the Holly Jolly set from Paper Smooches, which i {heart} papers carries, yeah!  I just love it, it is such a cute set!  Both of my cards are clean and simple, just the way I like it, and fit perfectly with Virginia's latest challenge, Clean and Simple!

I took a white card base, and stamped my sentiment first.  Then I stamped the garland images in different Hero Arts Shadow Inks, and went back in with the dots, stamping those throughout the design.

I decided I liked it the way it was, so I didn't embellish it any further.  How about another? 

I stamped my sentiment, and then added the berry cluster, and the holly leaves.  I then colored them in with Copic Markers.  I finished it off by adding Glossy Accents to the berries.

Two Christmas cards down, a million to go!  HAHA!  Hop on over to see what Katie did with this set, I am positive that it will be clever.  Seriously, I always walk away from her cards, thinking, why didn't I think of that? 

Have a great day!

Edited to add:
I completely forgot to mention my winner from the World Card Making Day i {heart} papers gift certificate!  Where is my brain?  That winner is, #4 Ruby N!  Thanks so much for all of your comments, guys!  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

RIC #69


Don't blink.  For real, time just flies!  It's time for another Runway Inspired Challenge!  Check out this photo:

Crazy, right?  I was really inspired by the cosmic background behind the model.  Our fabulous sponsor is Waffle Flower Stamps, and I knew that their Starry Night stamp set would be perfect for this.

I started with the sentiment, and stamped it right in the center.  I followed up with the dot clusters in Delicata Gold ink from Tsukineko, scattered from left upper corner, to right lower corner.  I then went in with stars and stamped those in gold as well.

To add interest, I stamped a few black open stars, as well as a few dots in black, and filled in the stars with a Wink of Stella Glitter pen.

A super simple, clean card!  What do you think?  I would love to see your interpretation of this fun pic!  Oh, and there is a prize from Waffle Flower up for grabs to the lucky winner.

Thanks for stopping by, have an awesome day!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Coffee Hello & World Card Making Day!

Hello fellow crafty friends!  

I say it every year, but I love World Card Making Day!  What a great excuse to get crafty and have fun with paper!  I have a super clean and simple card to share today, using products old and new, from the i {heart} papers store.  

I started with one of the stripe blocks from Paper Smooches Artisan Blocks set, and stamped it in Hero Arts Mint Julep ink.  I then stamped, colored and die cut the cut from Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte sets, and popped it up with foam.

 I added the swirl to the top of the cup with black ink, and then stamped a simple Hello sentiment from the Hello Baby set, also by Lawn Fawn.  I also went in with a gray Copic marker to add shadow.

For this card, I used the adorable Hedgehugs set and coordinating dies.  I started by adhering patterned paper strips taken from The Everyday Collection by Avery Elle, and adhering them onto a square notecard.  I then took one of the hedgehog dies and ran it through the front of my card, creating a window. 

I then stamped one of those cuties in the open space, and the other on the inside, and colored them with Copic Markers.  I also die cut a few little hearts from colored cardstock with the Finished Frames Elle-ments die set, and adhered them onto the front, along with a few tiny rhinestones.

How about a GIVEAWAY?!  Leave me a comment for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the fabulous i {heart} papers store!  Comments close Sunday at 11:59 EST.

Thank you for stopping my way, enjoy the rest of your crafty day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AEIHeartU Challenge #17

Hi all!

I am so excited about today's post, because it's my first post as a new member of the AEIHeartU Challenge team!  We are focusing on Tags this week, yeah!

I started by die cutting the large tag from the Gift Tag Dies set from a white card base.  I then took the die cut, stamped it with it's coordinating stamp, and inlaid it back onto the card base.

I then die cut the fox, from More Stories, out of the card front, as well.  I took a plain die cut fox, stamped it with the coordinating stamp set, colored it with Copic markers, and reinserted it in its slot.

I threaded twine through the top hole, and added a bit of Avery Elle patterned paper from The Everyday collection, to the bottom portion.  I also stamped a few leaves onto the tag, and colored them with Copics.

I hope you decide to break out those stamps and dies, and play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Hi friends!

The lovely Chaitali, has put together the most fabulous hop in honor of a most delicious beverage, coffee!  Today is National Coffee Day after all, and what better way to celebrate, than with the wonderful papercrafting community!  I love coffee, seriously..are there words necessary for its awesomeness?  No, I didn't think so.

I, of course, had to break out the super fun Love You A Latte from Lawn Fawn, which the i {heart} papers has (yeah!) so, starting with a piece of white card stock that I die cut with the Avery Elle Finished Frames, I stamped one of the sentiments in orange.  I then took the coordinating dies from the stamp set, and paper-pieced the sleeve with Kraft cardstock, adhered that to the cup, and added the finished die cuts to the panel.  I then stamped a few hearts in red ink, and glittered them up with a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

To finish off the card, I adhered a piece of brown plaid patterned paper from the Sweater Weather 6x6 paper pad by Lawn Fawn onto a white card base, and popped my panel up with foam.

There are a few questions that Virginia Lu suggested we do as a fun add on in our post, so here goes.

1. When did you start drinking coffee? 
    I started drinking coffee in college.  I had never cared for it much, but apparently the late nights and hard studying were enough to propel me to the dark side.

2. What is favorite brand (you can name up to three). 
    I really enjoy Starbucks.  I love their dark roasts!

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?
    I can certainly remember a time when I had Dow Egberts coffee in the college cafeteria.  It was, at that time, the best tasting stuff ever!

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...
   Okay, confession time: at this point in my life I am not drinking coffee...WHAT!!  But, I hope to return to it soon.  I need to clear up some health issues before I can resume my most beloved beverage.  As a gluten sensitive person, I have found that coffee aggravates my symptoms, and upon further investigating, learned that proteins in other foods, in this case, coffee, can sometimes cross-react with gluten antibodies in people who are sensitive.  Who knew?   

So, there you go!  I hope you will hop along to others and see what coffee themed projects others have come up with!

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Take Two Thursday


I am back today, with my good friend Katie, and we are taking on another Take Two Thursday!  It's been longer than our normal schedule, sorry bout that.  Life has been slightly crazy for both of us.  But, today we have both come up with cards using this months Studio Calico Kit, Poet Society.

I started by using the fabulous patterned paper from the kit, and layered a couple pieces, collage style onto the front of the card.  I slid a piece of yellow doily as well.

I love the big sentiment in the stamp set, so I stamped it in Versamark, and gold heat embossed it.  I then trimmed it out, and popped it up.  I added a few star accents, and stamped the "You did it!" in Navy ink.

I really wanted to make more than one, and hopefully I will get the chance to do it before the next kit comes my way, lol!  We shall see, won't we?  Go check out what Katie made, cause I know it won't disappoint.

Katie and I plan to finish our Stamp Out Chaos series in the coming weeks, and I plan to share my (new) and finished space.  I can't wait!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

You Warm My Heart


My husband and I went away for our 9th anniversary this past weekend, and had a blast.  We didn't go anywhere spectacular, but then, when you are a parent...anything done as a couple is spectacular.  Anyway, I have a little card to share using goodies from the i {heart} papers store.  GO, and check out all of the fabulous new products she has stocked.  :)

I started by creating my card base from the Stitched Party Banners die from Lawn Fawn.  I scored the back so it would fold, and adhered it to the front.  I then stamped my sentiment, as well as the cute little rabbits from the Snow Day set, and colored them in with Copic Markers.  I stamped two of the little hearts from the set, in Red Royal ink from Hero Arts and applied a coat of Wink of Stella to give it a bit of sparkle.

I then die cut a piece of the argyle patterned paper from Sweater Weather with the same banner die, and adhered it to my card front.  A strip of yellow paper finished it off.  As a last touch, I tied a bit of twine around, and tied it into a bow.

Thanks for stopping by to see!  Have a great day!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Floral Thank You

Hi all!

Another busy week on the ol' blog...but there have been some seriously awesome stamp releases lately, and I had to get my hands on some of them.  One being Avery Elle's Fabulous Florals stamp set.  Hello?!  I adore floral stamps, so this had my name on it! 

I started by die cutting a rounded edge with Avery Elle's Custom Panels dies.  Then, with a bunch of different inks from Hero Arts, as well as Wplus9, I stamped randomly across the bottom of my panel.

I added a sentiment from the set, using black ink, and of course, enamel dots, before adhering it to a black card base.

I hope you'll check out the HUGE selection of stamps that Kate has at the i {heart} papers store!  You won't be sorry!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I Am Here For You


I have a super detailed card to share today, involving the first every Altenew Challenge!  I love Altenew stamps, and well the owners too, so much talent there!  

Great inspiration, huh?  Here is what I did with it using Persian Motifs, and Sentiments & Quotes.

I took a piece of woodgrain patterned paper from Carte Bella's Wildflower paper pad, and white heat embossed the flowers from Persian Motifs, and then adhered it to a card base.

I took a white cardstock strip, and stamped a simple sentiment from the Sentiments & Quotes set, and adhered a piece of vellum, and then a piece of lime cardstock from Bazzill.  To finish it, I white heat embossed a flower onto black cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to my sentiment strip.  Of course, as a last touch, I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks so much for stopping!  Have a great one!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

RIC #68

Hello, hello!

I love shoes.  I love high heels, and low heels, and everything in between.  Would you believe I wear boring tennis shoes all day?  Believe it people, cause these feet are as flat as a pancake and I would trip flat on my face if I tried high heels.  It is nice to dream though.

So, what on earth is the point of my shoe discussion?  The Runway Inspired Challenge of course!!  Because, this week, is all about a shoe!  Behold!

I know, i know.  It's amazing, it's awesome, it's totally inspirational!  Here is what I did.

I loved the diamond shapes, but didn't have any stamps, so I went with Modern Beadwork from Altenew and imitated the angles.  I stamped the "v" shaped stamp in a combination of Hero Arts Shadow inks, as well as Wplus9's Coconut Husk ink, onto a white panel.

I took Super Script, stamped "friend" and trimmed it out, adhering it with foam.  After I adhered the panel to a Kraft card base, I added a few wood veneer stars from Studio Calico and applied Glossy Accents to them for some shine.

So, play along this week,  Ellen Hutson is our fabulous sponsor!  We can't wait to see what you do with the inspiration!

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Getting To Know Me" Blog Hop!


First of all, thank you so much for your congrats on my previous post.  You all are the best, and I truly appreciate the kind words.  I know there are many talented paper crafters out there, and I am humbled you come to see me over here!

Speaking of talented paper crafters, my Runway Inspired "boss" and super talented owner of Altenew, Jen Rzasa, nominated me to participate in the "Getting To Know Me" Blog Hop.  As part of this, I answer a few questions about my creative process, and such.

  • What creative projects are you currently working on?

I am right in the middle of working on projects for i {heart} papers.  I have a bunch of products from the store that I keep together in a bin, to use on my cards so they are ready when I need them.  I also just finished up a card for my post with my good friend Katie, and our Take Two Thursday series, using the September Studio Calico Kit.

  • What inspires your designs?

I find the product usually inspires what I am making, but sometimes it's magazine ad, or a piece of furniture.  I love to look for inspiration from the greeting card isles at Target, just soaking in the simple designs, and being inspired to try some of them.  I am also inspired by a lot of other paper crafters.  There are so many great ideas that others think up!

  • What method/process do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
I usually spread out the products I would like to play with, out on my table, to see where I want to go with it.  I usually have either a sketch in mind or feel like winging it, lol!  For real, I have thrown away my share of the "let's see what happens" kind of projects!  Depending on how complicated my design is, I usually take about 30-45 minutes to make a card.
  • If you had to describe your "signature style, what would it be?"
I am all about clean and simple!  Sometimes though, I like to add a bit more to my designs that would, in my opinion, move it beyond C&S.  I guess it depends on my mood, or inspiration.
  • What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
I love tools and the various products that go along with paper crafting.  I have to have my Detail scissors, those are so handy!  I also can't work if I don't have my stylus and score tool (do those count together, lol?), and I would have to say that, lastly, my ATG adhesive gun, because honestly, you can't create a card without really good adhesive.  Now, I have been loving the Multi Matte Medium for adhering small embellishments, but we won't count that one, eh?  Hee!

So, confession time...this is where I nominate two to three more paper crafters.  I tried, I really did, but you all are so busy being awesome!  Seriously though, between my hectic month (September always kills me) and everyone either having done the hop already, or were too busy, I got nothin'!  I do hope that you can forgive me...I am a blog hop failure, lol!  

Because I failed at the blog hop part of it, I thought I would put together a little list of bloggers who always inspire me, and I am sure you are well aware of in blog land.  In case you aren't, there you go!  There are SO many more that I could list, seriously, but I will leave it at five.  So...

My first inspiring papercrafter/blogger would be Miriam Prantner.  Her projects are always adorable, and super well done.  I always walk away inspired from her work.

Second, I love the fun cards that Keren Baker creates.  I have been following her for quite some time, and am always in love with her designs.  Good stuff right there.

Another crafter I admire is Therese Calvird.  Her videos are really fun to watch, and she has some great ideas on ways to use different products.  Love her cards!

Of course, I can't not mention the amazingly inspiring Tasnim Ahmed.  Oh my, her designs are so amazing, and I love her beautiful cards!  She has some wicked watercoloring skills!

And lastly, I have been inspired by Carissa Wiley, and love watching her videos.  She has great ideas using the Studio Calico kits.

Phew!  Longest post in Note To Self history, ya'll!  Thanks for sticking with me there.  I will leave you with a sneak peek of a card I have up today, on the i {heart} papers blog.  Go check it out if you have a chance! 

Thanks again for popping by!