Saturday, June 15, 2013
I'm really working to clean up my crafting supplies this year and I'm taking a use it or lose it approach. One of my obsessions is the mini mat packs, Cosmo Cricket and Basic Grey being my biggest downfalls. I've had some of these sitting around for 4-5 years...no joke. I set out to use them up because there will never be a shortage of new papers I want to buy and before I allow myself to do that I need to clear out some space from the current stock. Besides, it's cramping my washi tape storage and who couldn't use more rolls of that?
Mixing and matching papers from these is a no brainer. What better way to use them up than showcase a lot of the papers in one project. I decided to spice it up with some new enamel dots. I started by creating a pattern on scrap paper then cutting each piece out. Stamping over the papers makes the effect seem like it was meant to go together in that way.
Sentiment and woman is from Unity Stamp Company and the zig zag is from A Muse Studio Mad for Plaid set (I use this ALL the time!), papers from Cosmo Cricket - Upcycle, enamel dots from My Minds Eye
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I'm playing along with Muse Challenge #21 and you can view the Muse card down below. The way Therese stamped the patterned paper hit me first. Killer look and so simple...why don't I do this more often?! I also was reminded of all those dew drops I have sitting around my craftroom I used SO sparingly back when I bought them (oh, about 4 years ago!). Her card is awesome! I just had to play along. I used the same paper as her from the PB & J mat pack from Basic Grey.
My own flair was the folded banner and I thought it was pretty genius to line the inside of the banner with the same patterned paper but turns out it's a bit hard to see. Next time I'll nail it by making sure my background is a bit less busy.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
I had so many scraps left over from my last card I couldn't pass up the chance to create another card today. This is around the theme of handmade embellishments which is the star of my card. I started with a metal edged tag with velum because didn't want the element to completely cover all those carefully placed hexagons! Then I added the twine and looked though my paper scraps within the mat pack for things to cut out. I found a sentiment banner and two flowers. After adding them to the tag I personalized a bit more with liquid pearls and a threaded button. It might look fussy because the card is so full of scraps but it's a great way to use them up and was actually fast and easy to make!
Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you play along in the Handmade Embelishmentchallenge too!
For the stitching challenge over at Let's Get Trendy I wanted to make something that resembled a quilt. I put my die to double use by making it my template and using the pieces. I first laid the negative die over the paper and used a paper piercing tool to mark my stitching points. Once I had threaded the paper I filled in the openings with the die cuts to make the "quilt". The over all look of the effect was cozy to me so I wanted to make it a Get Well card to bring someone comfort.
Supplies: Studio Calico veneer flag, Stampin' Up! rub on sentiment, Papertrey Ink hexagon die, Paper Prairie mat pack from Basic Grey, embroidery floss
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I'm slowly warming up to the sequin trend. Truth be told I have not purchased any and had to break into a princess paper doll kit of my daughters and steal these in order to play along. Since she won't be old enough for me to let her use these for a few years I don't feel bad at all. Help me love this trend and play along here.
I colored a birthday sentiment in fun colors and then let the sequins do their job like I'd imagine confetti would. I think it's cheerful and young. I'm sure I'll give it to one of the 20 something "kids" I work with :)
Image from A Muse Studio
Monday, June 3, 2013
Today is the first day of the FREE Let's Get Trendy workshop. If you are not already participating check out the blog for how to play along!
I feel like I'm getting schooled in trends every which way today because I spent about 6 hours of my 9-5 job in a class about Trend Analysis. It was fascinating and 100% relevant to my "real" job and my personal interests. I'm still in awe I didn't have to pay to go to it but rather was paid to be there.
It's only fitting I use the neon trend that is the subject of today's lesson on my card. I used this strip of neon green tape that came in a Studio Calico kit. I was inspired by Amy Tsuruta's sample and used a similar layout and color scheme. I guess I had her in mind because as I took my trend class I was looking out windows that face the building she works in across the street thinking about how I bet she would have like to be in the same class :) The card is really grey but the color just didn't turn out in my photo as lighting was an issue for me this evening.
Supplies: Stamp - Southern Sass from A Muse Studio, Seattle Paper from A Muse Studio, and stars and neon tape from Studio Calico
Sunday, June 2, 2013
When I saw this weeks Trigger over at Moxie Fab World I remembered this fabulous designer paper I picked up a week or so ago at a little stamp shop near my house. It's one of those papers I fell in love with when I saw it. In my effort NOT to hoard supplies I was inspired to use it. And use it I did because I created a set of 6 cards just like the one below to make sure the scraps did not sit in my stash for years.
I went ultra simple and predictable with the layout because I wanted the pattern to be the star of the show. I added a simple sentiment banner and Pima wood veneer bird which was colored with copic marker.
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Supplies: Charcoal paper from the Paper Zone, Authentique - Flourish designer paper, Sentiment from Stampin' Up! Pima bird.