Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Papertrey Ink | Make it Monday #180

Hello there! Today I have a card for this week's Make it Monday challenge: paper weaving

I only used scraps for my card, which was a fun challenge. I have a huge stack of patterned paper scraps that need to be used up and this project is perfect for that. I used Raspberry Fizz, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Soft Stone, and Aqua Mist paper for the weaving. 

I used some Studio Calico velum for the main leaves from Lovely Layers, then stamped the three building elements. I used a aqua enamel dot, from Basic Gray, for the center of my flower. 

The sentiment is from Fillable Frames #1, and the gems are from Hero Arts. I love how this turned out! Bright and colorful, and the weaving adds a really fun texture to the card. 

I am off to pick the boys up from school. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks | Picture Perfect Challenge

Good morning! Today I have a card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect challenge

I was inspired by the unique color combo and beautiful flowers from the inspiration photo. I used two very well loved Paper Smooches products: Blissful Banners stamp set and the Flowers dies.

The small flowers from the Flowers die set are great for layering and creating mini bouquets. I tucked several flowers and leaves behind the banner, then added enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.

I hope you can play along with us this week! Make sure to check out of the awesome creations by the rest of the design team:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

RetroSketches | Challenge #132

This week's Retro Sketches challenge comes from the awesome Laurie. This is Laurie's last week with us at Retro Sketches and I know I'm going to miss her inspiration each week! 

Here is the sketch:

For my card, I used the Studio Calico Penny Arcade card kit. The gnome, mushrooms, and sentiments, and red button are all from the Penny Arcade kit. I didn't use this kit very much when I first received it because I didn't want to fussy cut the various stamps, but I picked up the matching dies this month and now I'm a happy stamper. What did we ever do before dies? Clearly, I am addicted to them.

I used Copic and Spectrum Noir markers to color Mr. Gnome in. The mushrooms were stamped with Tropical Teal and Pure Poppy ink, and I used Summer Sunrise for the inside of the "yay" stamp.

I also have my first post up on the Chickaniddy blog! You can check it out here.This is a sneak peek of one of my projects:

That's it for me today! I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 12, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch! | Challenge #92

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a nice week. We are getting into a great routine and this week was so much more relaxing than last week! I'm still trying to figure out a good work vs. play balance, and it's so easy to get sucked into surfing the web for hours... but I'll get there. Transitions always take time.

I had a chance to create a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge

I used Papertrey Ink's Scrolling Script stamp set for the sentiment, which I heat embossed with American Crafts' Zing in Aqua onto a vellum banner. I created the banners with Papertrey Ink's Banner Builder dies, and the chipboard hearts are from my Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me August kit. 

My favorite part of this card is the super cute mini epoxy hearts. I picked these up as an add-on from Freckled Fawn this month, and they are adorable! I think the package was $2.99 and it comes with 242 heart stickers. 

The patterned paper that I used, for the background and the banners, are from Heidi Swapp's 6.5 x 4.5 Hello Today paper pad.

 That's it for me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a card for next week's Retro Sketches challenge.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gossamer Blue | September Projects

Hey there! I had so much fun creating cards (and a layout) for the September Gossamer Blue release. I think the Crate Paper Notes & Things collection was created just for me... I love everything about it! The tags, 6x6 paper pad, ephemera... it all worked so beautifully together.

The Gossamer Blue gallery is full of amazing design team projects. You can visit it here. I'm posting my favorite projects here, but you can view the rest of my projects on the Gossamer Blue designer gallery.

Project Life Main Kit Only

 Gold and pink. I just love this color combo.

  These banner stickers are perfect for cards.

I used my Heidi Swapp Color Shine and a SC stencil for the background.

The "just go" wood veneer was perfect for these photos.

My October box arrived late last week and I've been spending way too much time in my office creating projects. I will be posting sneak peeks on my Instagram account all month!

Have a great week. :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Retro Sketches | Challenge #131

Today I have a card for this week's Retro Sketches challenge. Here is this week's sketch:

For my card I used Pink Paislee's Switchboard stamps & die collection. When I purchased the stamps I didn't realize they were Made in China. I usually avoid Made in China stamps because the quality isn't the same as Made in the USA stamps. I knew die ink was going to be a problem, but I really wanted to use this adorable phone, so I pulled out my Avery Elle ink, and after a few unsuccessful attempts, I'm happy with the results.  

If you haven't tried Avery Elle inks, I highly recommend them. Great coverage and beautiful colors... and right now, they are 40% off at Joann.com. :)

Make sure to check out the Retro Sketches blog for more design team inspiration and to play along with us this week! Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

ColourQ | Challenge #257

Good morning! Today I have a card for this week's ColourQ challenge. Here is the color scheme:

To create my card, I started out with a 4 x 5.5 inch panel of watercolor paper. I embossed a middle circle from Papertrey Ink's Scribbled Circles stamp set with white embossing powdered, then used my water brush to add Limeade Ice ink over the embossed image. 

The flower and leaves are from Papertrey Ink's Friendly Flowers stamp set, and the sentiment is from Altenew's Label Love stamp set. Label love is one of my new favorites... what an awesome set! I have been using it a lot, along with Painted Flowers set. 

My only regret with this card is I should have added some ink splatters in either Limeade Ice or Hawaiian shores... just to unify the look a bit more. But I'm happy with how the watercolor resist turned out. 

I added the diagonal stripes to the base cardstock before adhering the water colored panel, using Strawberry Slush and Night of Navy cardstock from Stampin' Up! and Aqua Mist patterned paper from Papertrey Ink.

I'll be back later today with a card for this week's RetroSketches challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to School | Digital Layouts

Last year I created a scrapbook layout to celebrate Evan's first day of school. I love how that layout turned out (you can see it here), and I used that layout as a template to create layouts for this year's first day of school photos.

I used a new collection from Mommyish, called Scholastic, for Evan's layout. He has changed so much from last year! I used a color photo instead of a black and white photo, but the basic layout is the same.

For Jack's layout I used the same Scholastic kit, plus First Day - Journal Cards & Stamps. I also changed the layout size from 12 x 12 to 8.5 x 11.

I am going to upload these to Persnickety Prints and file them in their respective albums. 

I am off to take Bailey for a walk. She is getting so much better on her leash, but now we are working on the barking issue... she's rather protective of her new family and loves to bark at strangers. It's like trying to train a toddler! 

I'll be back in a bit with a card for this week's RetroSketches challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch! | Challenge #90

Before I share my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge, I want to introduce everyone to the newest member of the Taylor family... Bailey! 

We adopted Bailey from a local shelter yesterday afternoon. She is a little timid, and definitely needs a trip to see a Vet (fleas, ear mites, and the incision from being spayed looks infected...), but I hope that once she's feeling better that she will be a great addition to our family. The boys adore her already, and the other animals (Rocket our Cockalier, and Lilly & Gabby our rescue kitties) aren't too upset by her. Lilly has hissed a few times, but Bailey doesn't seem to understand that is a "back off" noise... she just walks right past her! It's pretty funny to watch all four animals interact.

Here is the sketch I'm working with this week for the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge:

I have a couple of dies that create a tilted square/rectangle, but I ended up cutting this one with my paper trimmer. After I trimmed it down, I used Papertrey Ink's Embellished Elegance stamp set, plus ink by Memento Luxe and Avery Elle, to stamp the white panel. I used Label Love from Altenew for the sentiment and the enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye. 

Avery Elle's Lemongrass ink matches Papertrey Ink's Limeade Ice perfectly, so I used Limeade Ice mini polka dot patterned paper for the background. 

We are off to a barbeque (hooray for three day weekends!). I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks | Anything Goes Challenge

Good morning! Welcome to this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge

Fall is my favorite season and I love creating fall themed cards. For my card, I pulled out two die sets from Paper Smooches: Large Leaves Dies and Thanks

I die cut the leaves from white cardstock, then used my Copic and Spectrum Noir markers to color them in, blending several colors together until I liked the look. To create the multi-colored Thanks inlay, I die cut Thanks from a white cardstock panel. Then I cut three strips of yellow and orange cardstock, and lined them up on the back of a large sticky note, making sure all three strips were temporarily adhered to the sticky note. I placed my die over the strips and ran the whole thing through my die cut machine. I popped the die cut from the die, and carefully adhered the pieces to the white cardstock underneath the die cut white piece.

I wrapped some white thread around before adhering it to my card. After I adhered the leaves I added a wooden button that I've had in my stash forever... maybe 7 years? A few enamel dots finish it off.

I hope you can play along with us this week! Make sure to check out of the awesome creations by the rest of the design team:

Have a great week. :)
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