Thursday, August 30, 2012

Let's Talk Turkey!

Hi, there!  Fall is swiftly favorite time of year!  That can only mean pumpkins, jewel toned leaves, cooler temperatures and turkeys!  I have had some fun with this little guy.  The set is called turkey2stamp from The Stamps Of Life.  I used the butterfly wings from butterfly2build set for the polka dot part of his wings.
This card uses the turkey in a more traditional, Thanksgiving kind of way!  I still had to add some google eyes to this guy, too. :)
Last but not least, I turned that turkey body into a peanut couple!  I just used a copic marker to add some of the dimples.  Some other gals have turned that turkey body into a pear.  So cool to find new ways to use stamps.
I thought this would be a cute gift to give to hubby (a bag of mixed nuts).  Kind of an inside joke, as we have been dealing with some "nutty" (psychotic)  members of his family the past couple of weeks!  I think maybe my husband was adopted?!  LOL!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Vintage ornaments....

Hello!  Today I have a couple of Heartfelt Creations cards to share with you.  I had so much fun making my card above.  I turned the lantern images into vintage looking ornaments!  I love finding multiple ways to use a stamp.  You can find the supply list and instructions below.

HCPC 3493-Yuletide Sentiments PreCut Set
HCPC 3488-Decorative Metal Fixtures PreCut Set
HCPC 3490-Holiday Mail PreCut Set
HCDP1 725 - Frosty Blanket Paper Collection
Spellbinders Holiday Tags die

other supplies: white cardstock, watercolor paper, Glossy Accents by Ranger, Silver micro glitter by PK Glitz, Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Walnut Stain distress ink by Ranger, SU markers in Old Olive, Always Artichoke, and Certainly Celery, watercolor brush, silver cording, foam adhesive dot, kraft knife, Jenni Bowlin vintage bow
Fold card base so that it measures 4.25" x 5.5".  Cut Frosty Blanket designer paper to measure 4.25" x 5.5". distress edges of paper with scissors or fingernail and apply Walnut stain ink to edges.  Stamp sentiment in lower left corner with black ink.  Adhere patterned paper panel to front of card base.  Stamp pine bough in black onto watercolor paper.  Color with various green markers and blend with a watercolor brush.  Use scissors and kraft knife to cut out pine bough.  Stamp small and large lantern images onto Frosty Blanket designer paper in black ink.  Die cut with coordinating Spellbinders dies.  Use glossy accents and glitter to add detail to lines on lanterns.  Add vintage bow embellishment to center of small ornament to hide the light bulb.  Add a poinsettia from the designer paper and adhere to center of large lantern with a foam dot.  You have just turned your lanterns into beautiful, vintage ornaments!  Add silver cording through top of ornaments and attach to pine bough.  I placed the bough and ornaments onto my card and figured out where I wanted them in relation to the sentiment.  I then adhered each ornament first and then the pine bough.

Make sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog for more inspiring projects!
Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, August 27, 2012

Hey Sweet-tea!

As summer winds down, I wanted to share this card that depicts one of my favorite summertime treats! Sweet sun tea. Declicious!  I used two different sets from The Stamps Of Life for this card.  The jar is from the jar4candy set and the tea bags and the sentiment are from the tea4two set.  I used Tea Stain distress ink to sponge in the jar for the "tea".  I colored the tea bags in with a brown marker and drew the strings.  The yellow panel is So Saffron and the twine is from The Twinery.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

TSOL: Raccoon2love

Hi, there! Today I have a couple of cards made with the raccoon2love set by The Stamps Of Life.  The brown DP is very old, but I believe it is by Scribble Scrabble.  I created a pleated strip out of text from an old book towards the bottom.  The gingham strips on my image panel are the reverse side of the brown lined DP.  I colored the acorns with copic markers and added a twine bow at the bottom.  Simple and sweet!
This next card uses one of the cute, little raccoon images in this set.  I colored him with prisma pencils and stamped the sentiment off to the side.  The "wishing you" is actually from a TSOL set called daisies2garden.  The inside reads, "a happy birthday".  I have a few little boy birthdays coming up, so this card will be perfect to give in the fall.
I have been trying to use some of my older patterned paper stash.  I accomplished this goal with both of these cards.  I have such a HUGE wish list of holiday papers, and gosh, am I ever a sucker when it comes to fall and winter DP lines. Sigh...

Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Wood Grain Bird...

Hello!  Today I have a very CAS card to share with you.  I used a punch from SU for this card.  I can not remember the name of the punch, but I believe it is still available in their current catty.  I punched out the shapes from some wood grain paper by Crate Paper.  I added a sentiment from PTI under the bird.  The sentiment is from their Signature Series collection (the dress form).  I added a tiny, black gem for the eye.  Easy Peasy! 
We have been super busy around here with football and open houses for back to school.  It seems we have some type of event every evening!  Tonight is our only night "off", so I believe we will hang out in the back yard and play with neighbors.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Wonderful Christmas...

I just LOVE the new Ornamental Light collection from Heartfelt Creations.  The Frosty Blanket designer papers that match are perfect for making beautiful, vintage Christmas cards.  I used some of the designer paper for my background.  I tore and distressed the edges and added lots of glitter to the borders and images.  You will find a complete product list, along with instructions for re-making this card below.

HCPC 3490-Holiday Mail PreCut Set
HCPC 3488-Decorative Metal Fixtures PreCut Set
HCPC 3493-Yuletide Sentiments PreCut Set
HCD 725-Decorative Metal Fixtures die set
HCDP1 225-Frosty Blanket paper collection
other supplies: white card stock, watercolor paper, glitter, glossy accents, ivory burlap string by May Arts, Martha Stewart border punch, Black Staz-On ink, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress inks, kraft knife, blender pens (SU), tiny yellow gems
Fold white card base so it measures 4.25" x 5.5". Ink edges with distress ink. Cut 5.5" x 4.25" panel from Frosty Blanket paper. Distress edges with scissors and by ripping in places. Ink edges with distress ink and adhere to front of card base.  Stamp sentiment in lower left corner in black ink.  Stamp mailbox image and decorative post in black Staz-on ink onto water color paper. Color with various inks and a blender pen.  Use coordinating die to cut post and free hand cut the bird and mailbox image. You will need a kraft knife to get into the tiny spaces.  Use MS border punch to create border for top of card.  I used the left over strip from punching that for a border at the bottom.  Before adhering, cover with glossy accents and sprinkle with glitter.  After they have dried, adhere to the bottom and top of card.  Next, add glossy accents and glitter to foilage on mailbox.  I also added tiny, yellow rhinestones to the center of poinsettia.  When dry, adhere post and mailbox image to right of card base.  Some of the poinsettia and foilage will go off of the card.  Tie ivory, burlap string around decorative border at top and add a glittered button to the middle. I added the glitter using glossy accents.  I also added some glitter to the main panel in places on the designer paper.
 Here is one more card to share with you! Love the blue, text designer paper.  The product list and instructions are below:

HCPC 3491 Holiday Haven PreCut Set
HCPC 3493 Yuletide Sentiments PreCut Set
HCD 717 Scalloped Posey die set
354806 Standard Circle Nestabilities
HCDP1 225-Frosty Blanket paper collection
other products: white cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Night Of Navy and Pacific Point by SU, Silver cording, silver bell, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen by Sakura, foam dots
Fold white card base so it measures 4.25" x 5.5".  Cut blue Frosty Blanket designer paper to measure 4" x 5.25" and adhere to center of card base.  Use Scalloped Posey die to cut circle design from white card stock and adhere to middle of card.  Stamp sentiment in black ink onto center of white circle.  Stamp snow swirl in Pacific Point ink after stamping off onto scrap paper first. Ink edges of circle with Night of Navy ink. Adhere finished circle to center of decorative circle using foam dots.  Tie silver cording around center of card and tie in bow. Add silver bell to center of bow.

Make sure you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the other design team gals have been up to!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Holiday Haven

Hi, there! I have another Heartfelt Creations card to share.  I love their newest collection of papers, stamps and dies.  This particular set coordinates with dies and images from their Garden Romance collection, too!  You can find instructions and a product list for this card below.

HCPC 3491-Holiday Haven PreCut Set
HCD 702-Decorative Butterfly/Border die set
HCDP1 225-Frosty Blanket paper collection
other supplies: white and kraft card stock, Black Staz-On Ink, Antique Linen Distress ink, Prisma Pencils, oval and scallop oval punch (SU), May Arts burgundy burlap twine, vintage button, foam dots
Fold kraft card base so it measures 4.25" x 5.5".  Cut white card stock panel to measure 4" x 5.25". Ink edges of white panel with Antique Linen distress ink.  Stamp snow swirl image in Antique Linen distress ink in all four corners.  Stamp birdhouse image in Black Staz-on ink in center of white panel. Color image with prisma pencils.  Stamp sentiment in black onto white card stock. Punch out.  Use green designer paper and create a border using decorative border die.  Punch scallop oval from burgundy designer paper. Ink edges of white oval and adhere to center of scallop oval.  Adhere green decorative border to bottom of white panel and tie burgundy, burlap string into loopy bow. Add vintage button to center of bow.  Adhere oval sentiment with foam dots just over the burgundy string to the right.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

TSOL: Sea2flower...say what?

Hi, there!  Today I would like to share a couple of cards using a new set by The Stamps Of Life.  This set is called sea2flower.  You may be thinking that is a strange name for a stamp set, but....there is a reason!  If you look at the card below, you can see that I took that big flower image and stamped the petals all blue.  Guess what I used to do that?  The sea turtle shell from the turtles2love set! Isn't that too cool?  I love that Stephanie makes her stamp sets coordinate together.  However, you do not have to have both sets to make the set work.  In the card above I simply stamped the flowers in pink and grey ink, and added a half pearl to the center of each.  Easy Peasy!
I have gotten a lot of use out of my turtles2love set, and now I just can't stop making beautiful flowers!  I am sure you will be seeing more creations with both!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 17, 2012

FWF: Happy Bug!

Hello! Happy Friday!  Today I would like to share an ATC I made using stamps from the ippity set, A Little Buggy.  I brayered the background using SU inks: So Saffron, Crushed Curry and Apricot Appeal.  I then used a text stamp from Kitchen Sink Stamps and stamped over the brayered background in Crushed Curry.  I stamped my bug in black and then paper pieced his body with K&Company DP (Sera Sera).  I stamped the "happy" in black across the bottom and mounted on kraft cardstock.  I added tiny black gems to the bugs eyes.
I have never gotten into the whole ATC thing, but decided to try it. I actually joined a swap on SCS that required a bug of some kind.  I have always loved this beetle bug from ippity, so I decided to give it a go!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Cornhusks, pumpkins and mums...

Hello!  Today I have a card to share using several stamp sets from Heartfelt Creations Classic Editions collections.  I love that HC now has paper to coordinate with their stamps and dies!  I made a fall themed card pulling together different images from several different sets.  You will find the product list and the instructions for this card below.

HCPC 3487-Classic Editions PreCut Set
HCPC 3483-Days Gone By PreCut Set
HCPC 3486-Organic Fillers PreCut Set
HCDP1 224-Classic Editions Paper Collection
HCD 724-Classic Editions die set
other products:  white and kraft card stock; Antique Linen Distress ink and Walnut Stain Distress ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Ivory burlap string by May Arts; vintage button; corner rounder punch; Cosmo Cricket alphabet letters for sentiment, foam dots
Fold white card base so that it measures 5.5" x 4.25". Ink edges with Antique Linen distress ink and Walnut Stain distress ink.  Cut kraft cardstock panel to measure 5.25" x 4". Round corners with punch. Ink edges with distress ink. Stamp large image from Organic Fillers set in Antique Linen ink over the entire panel.  Center and adhere to card base.  Cut border from Classic Editions paper collections to measure 5.25" in length and adhere to center of kraft panel. Cut white card stock panel to measure 2.5" x 3.5" and stamp corn husk image in black ink. Color with copics. Stamp tin pail and foilage. Use coordinating die for pail. Free hand cut foilage to put in pail.  Use coordinating die to cut small pumpkin image from designer paper. Adhere pumpkin and pail in front of corn husk.  Stamp small organic filler images onto coordinating patterned paper and use coordinating dies to cut. Set aside. Tie ivory, burlap string around the center of border, tie in bow and add button center.  Add different organic fillers behind the bow.  Adhere corn husk panel to the left of card base over twine with foam dots.  Using alphabet stickers, spell "thanks" in lower right corner of kraft panel.

Make sure you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see many other wonderful projects from the design team!


Monday, August 13, 2012

TSOL: Please don't talk to me...

Hello! This card pretty much sums up my personality in the morning.  Once I have had that first cup of coffee, I am a different human being.  Just ask my hubby!  I used two sets from The Stamps Of Life for this card.  The coffee cups are from the coffee4two set, and the sentiment is from the humor4women set.  I used Stephanie's Guava ink (pink), and SU's Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.  I tied coordinating baker's twine from The Twinery below the image.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 10, 2012

FWF: Happy Blessings

Hello! Happy Friday.  Today I have a card using some old ippity sets that have been neglected in my collection.  On this card, I used Regal Greetings and Life Is The Journey sets.  I was going for a shabby chic look.  I think this card will be perfect for a couple who just found out they are expecting!
I used papers from My Mind's Eye Stella Rose/Hattie collection.  I also added some chunky glitter to the frame behind the stamped bird and the text leaves (using SU punch).  I made the rolled roses myself.  I tied some butchers twine to the top of the pleated paper and frayed the ends.  I also frayed it a bit on the twine going through the tag towards the bottom.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I have been quite the slacker lately because I have been glued to the tube. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Olympics.  I love hearing the different stories the athletes tell from different countries.  I love seeing the families of the athletes in the stands, so proud, scared and nervous.  I cry a lot during the Olympics.  Sigh...My family knows that for two weeks-they are on their own! LOL!  My oldest came to me on Wednesday and said, "Will you PLEASE go to the grocery, mom"?  When the twins are older, we would love to take the boys on a big vacation during the Olympics.  I see Rio in our future....

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Ornamental Light Debut

Hello!  Heartfelt Creations is officially releasing their new Ornamental Light collection today!  This collection is a refreshing twist to the traditional Christmas genre. The Decorative Metal Fixtures Die compliments the ornamental lights, and cheerful Christmas themed stamps giving easy detail and decoration to any project. There are 6 new PreCut Stamp Sets, one 12x12 Paper Collection, and one beautiful new exclusive Spellbinders die designed for Heartfelt Creations.

I will be sharing many more projects this month with this collection, but this farmhouse door scene with the sled is one of my favorites.  You will find instructions and a supply list below.  Make sure you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the rest of the design team made with this new collection! 

HCPC 3493-Yuletide Sentiments PreCut Set
HCPC 3489-Festive Yuletide Doorway PreCut Set
other products: Sage Shadow cardstock (SU), watercolor paper, Snow maker pen, heating tool, glitter, glossy accents, Black Staz-On ink, markers and reinkers, blender pens, rusty bell, May Arts green burlap twine.
Fold Sage Shadow so that card base measures 5.5" x 5.5".  Stamp Yuletide Doorway image in Black Staz-On ink onto watercolor paper.  Use various markers and re-inkers to color image.  Stamp sentiment in black in upper right corner of image.  Using Snow Maker pen, add "snow" along sled, top of doorway and wreath. Use heat tool to create the puffy look.  Using glossy accents and glitter, add glitter to wreath and snow mounds.  Adhere image and center onto card base.  Tie green, burlap string around bottom of card base and add rusty jingle bell before tying bow.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Stamps Of Life:Raccoon2love release!

Hello! I wanted to share a card I made with The Stamps Of Life new release, raccoon2love.  I think this set is so adorable! I decided to paper piece this guy.  I used some markers to go back over the belly and the stripes on his tail.  I cut out a heart that fit into his hands. I think this would be cute to send out on Valentine's Day.  I used a kraft card base and patterned papers from echo park's Note To Self collection.  I added  some burlap string to the top and a button.

If you are not a The Stamps Of Life club member, check it out! I do believe it is probably one of the most affordable monthly club kits on the market.  You get freebies, 15% discount on all products, and shipping is only $1!!!! Stamp sets are $10.95 for club members.  I got my mom a club membership for her birthday last year (I just have it mailed to her and billed to me each month).  She LOVED it!  She loved it so much, that I got her the exact same thing for her birthday this year! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Autumn Harvest Gift Box

Hello! I have a little gift box project to share with you today.  I recycled one of those round Laughing Cow cheese containers to make this one.  They are so easy to re-purpose, and I love the circular shape.  I used new dies, patterned paper and stamps from the newest Heartfelt Creations release, Classic Editions.  The papers are so delish and I love all of the different colors and patterns.

Make sure you check out the Heartfelt Creations blog, for more inspiration from the DT.  You will find a product supply list and instructions to recreate this box below.

HCPC 3484-Pumpkin Harvest PreCut Set
HDC 724-Classic Edition dies
HCDP1 224-Classic Editions Paper Collection
Spellbinders large circle and scallop circle dies
other supplies: white and brown acrylic paint, empty cheese container (I use Laughing Cow brand), watercolor paper, Vintage buttons, May Arts green and ivory burlap twine, hot glue gun, score tape, Tombow Multi glue, MS scallop border punch, Antique Linen Distress ink, Black Staz-on ink, SU markers for coloring pumpkin, blender pens for watercoloring
Stamp pumpkin onto watercolor paper with Black Staz-on ink. Color with SU markers and then use blending pen to achieve watercolor effect. Use coordinating die to cut pumpkin.  Paint round cheese box with brown acrylic paint with 2-3 coats and let dry (remove as much of labels as you can before applying paint).  Sponge white acrylic paint on edges to give a distress look.  Using Spellbinders circle dies, cut circles out of coordinating patterned paper to fit inside the box and to cover top of box. Use a strong adhesive to attach inside and to top of box such as Tombow Multi. Use Spellbinder's scallop circle die to create a mat for your pumpkin image out of lighter patterned paper.  Cut a strip of green patterned paper that measures 12" x 2". Crumple the paper up and then uncrumple and fan fold paper to create a pleated rosette.  I used my fingernail to distress the edges and sponged some white acrylic paint on the pleats to create a distressed look.  To hold the rosette together, use a hot glue gun to squirt a liberal amount of glue in the center of rosette and adhere to a piece of scrap paper that will not show underneath. Hold about 30 seconds until glue sets.  Attach rosette to top of box lid using hot glue and attach the scallop circle with pumpkin to the top and center of rosette. Add button and twine.  Punch long strips of scallops in lighter patterned paper to fit around lip of lid. I punched two strips of paper measuring 12" x 3/4" and attached with score tape. I trimmed off the excess from the second strip.  Tie green burlap string around the top of lid twice and add button and tie in bow.  This is perfect to add some fall treats, or a small gift for a friend.

 Thanks for stopping by!