Saturday, January 31, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler: February 2014

Click {here} for the February 2014 Issue

Purchase each month for $12.99 or save and get the entire year for only $99. That is a steal for what you get out of it! Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Here is what I contributed!

This was a really challenging project, but I love being pushed out of my comfort zone. Stop by The Paper Crafters Sampler and pick up the 2014 February issue. There are so many wonderful projects to get your hands on!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Under the Sheltering Tree

Sympathy cards are never fun to make, but I am really happy with the way this one turned out. It actually turned out EXACTLY like what I had pictured in my head!

I really like the Sheltering Tree stamp set. It's a photopolymer, which is quickly becoming my favorite type to work with. They CLING very well to the stamping blocks!

The background was one big experiment. I started off by sponging on the colors, then I splattered water on it, then I covered the wet surface with salt and let it dry. I really like how it turned out. It almost has a Bokeh look to it.

Cardstock ~ Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Black StazOn
Stamp Set ~ Sheltering Tree
Also used ~ white embossing powder, dimensionals, window punch
Embellishments ~ Silver Sequins (from the holiday catalog), 1/8" Silver Ribbon

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Get Well

Someone near and dear to me is going in for heart surgery next week. It is a relatively safe procedure, but it is still something a little scary to face and I want to send a little heart-warming card (pun intended). While scouring my supplies, this red string caught my eye and an idea developed...

Cardstock ~ Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Stamp Sets ~ Perfectly Penned (retired)
Ink ~ Basic Black
Tools ~ polka dot embossing folder, heart punch, glue, dimensionals, round edge punch
Embellishments ~ Red string (not SU)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Birthday ~ From the Herd

I always feel like we live on the Funny Farm. Between kids, the husband, chickens, donkeys and horses (plus the usual dogs and cats), I feel like I manage a zoo. When I saw this stamp set, I HAD to get my hands on it. How perfect is it for this crazy family?

Cardstock ~ Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
DSP ~ Stacked with Love
Ink ~ Black StazOn, White Stazon, Craft White, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Marina Mist
Stamp Set ~ From the Herd
Embellishments ~ Chevron Ribbon (Calypso Coral), Gold Sequin Trim

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just for You

I am totally luvin' this new chalkboard paper. At first, I wondered why it would be better than good ole' basic black with the chalkboard technique, but BOY is it better! The texture is amazing. Hey, it's kinda like a chalkboard...

This stamp set caught my eye instantly. Another chalkboard-inspired design. I just can't get enough of it! The paper {Confetti Celebration} is beyond fabulous and screams party, so I had to play around smash em' together.

Cardstock ~ Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey, Melon Mambo
DSP ~ Confetti Celebration
Ink ~ StazOn White, Craft White, Melon Mambo
Stamp Sets ~ Birthday Bash
Accessories/Tools ~ chalkboard paper, paper snips, paper trimmer, rounded corner punch, dimensionals, liquid adhesive, sponge, banner punch
Embellishments ~ rhinestones, 1/2" seam binding ribbon in pear pizzazz

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler ~ A look back

I can't believe it's been a whole year that I have been a design team member with Paper Crafters Sampler. It has absolutely flown by. I have been so inspired by the fabulously talented ladies that I get to create and share with.

Feel like you've missed out? You can still join, create, and be inspired. Each month we introduce new projects. Each month you get to be blown away. We share step by step tutorials. You even get several 3D projects!

Purchase montly for $12.99, or save and get the entire year for only $99. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Here is just a look at what I created for January 2014, which by the way you can still purchase!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Do More of What Makes You Happy

I fell in love with this quote the moment I set eyes on it and I was beyond thrilled when Stampin' Up! came out with it. It totally fits me. In fact, now I use it as an excuse to my hubby when I want to slip away to my woman cave. Happy wife, happy life right?

I am also in LOVE with the new {Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack} from the 2015 Occasions catalog. The colors are so rich and gorgeous! Since my real job is Chalkboard design, I decided to combine two of my favorite things in one card.


Cardstock ~ Basic Black
DSP ~ Stacked with Love DSP Stack
Specialty ~ Chalkboard Paper
Stamp Sets ~ Hello Life
Ink ~ Black StazOn, White StazOn
Tools/Accessories ~ Project Life Corner Punch, Banner Punch, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, Glue Dots, Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen
Embellishments ~ 1/8" Mini Brads, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, 1/8" Silver Ribbon

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I ♥ U

I have recently fallen in love with gold. I'm not entirely sure where I've been all this time, but I'm finally in the "here and now"... For now.

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I decided to play around with this fabulous color combo and create a not-so-girly card. I really REALLY love how classy this looks!

cardstock ~ basic black
designer series paper ~ typset
stamp sets ~ four feathers
ink ~ basic black
tools and accessories ~ paper trimmer, paper snips, liquid adhesive, glue dots, bigshot, circle card thinlit, label card thinlit, feathers framelits, sponges, perfect polka dots embossing folder, 
embellishments ~ gold basic metal buttons, venetian crochet trim

Saturday, January 10, 2015

♥ Lovable You ♥

Its here! The very first issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler for 2015! It is going to be a rockin' year. There are a few new design team members, so you will see a lot of brand new talent and diversity in the upcoming issues.

This month's theme is centered on ♥ Love ♥

Go to the Paper Crafters Sampler and pick up your issue ASAP! Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!!!

In this issue, you will find an array of beautiful cards in several different styles. PLUS there are a few (really cute) 3D projects as well. All supplies are exclusively Stampin' Up!

Sneak Peek 

Just a little something to look forward to...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!

It's time to ring in the New Year with the Early Bird Special for Paper Crafters Sampler! Sign up for the FULL year and receive $10 off the regular price! This is a SMASHIN' deal!!!

Hurry because this special only lasts for 3 days!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Sweet Color Combination

I'm still on a "Thankful" kick and needed some variety. I saw a card on Pinterest (can't find the link) with this layout and a similar color scheme and I fell in love with it. I've been wanting to put Bermuda Bay and Gold Foil together for some time now. This was a perfect reason! 

Cardstock ~ Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey. Crisp Cantelope
DSP ~ Lullaby
Stamp Sets ~ Hello There, Let Your Hair Down
Accessories ~ VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Adhesive, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Gold Foil Sheet, Stapler/Staples, Glue Dots, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch
Embellishments ~ Gold Sequin Trim, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Gold Metallic Bakers Twine

Just Wanted To Say...

Now that Christmas is over and we've successfully rung in the New Year, it's time to get those Thank You cards out! Does the Cobbler ever have any shoes? Nope. So, I locked myself in my office and went to work. I was obviously still in the sparkly-star mood because I found myself making nearly the SAME card as last time. I do love this color combo. Black and Very Vanilla with a little Gold sparkle. Perfect!

Cardstock ~ Basic Black, Very Vanilla
DSP ~ Typset, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Basic Black, Black StazOn
Stamp Sets ~ Let Your Hair Down
Accessories ~ Paper Trimmer, Stars Thinlets, Dimensionals, Adhesive, Glue Dots, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Sponges
Embellishments ~ Linen Thread, Venetian Crochet Trim
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