Monday, September 30, 2013

Congratulations, and BEST WISHES!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Kate and John!  Your wedding day looked like a fairytale come true!  (I can't wait to see more pictures!)  The i {heart} papers design team and guest designers wanted to do something special in celebration of this momentous occasion, so we are having a blog hop.  It's our way of sending our very best wishes for happiness, joy and blessings for today and always!

The Fall colors were beginning to make their debut in some of your wedding and honeymoon photos, and I was inspired to try to capture some of those textures and hues on paper.  I gathered some rich gold, burgundy and "weathered wood" designer paper prints from several 6 x 6 pads, along with a calendar scrap left over from another project. a handful of distress markers in coordinating colors, and a few wooden letters from my seemingly limitless stash...

Using the markers, I scribbled distress ink randomly onto a silicone mat, misted it with sparkly gold Smooch spritz, then dragged some ivory card stock through it.  Once it dried, I die-cut leaves using Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies, inking the edges with distress ink and popping them onto the layout with foam dots for more dimension.

Taking your husband's name as part of your own is a big deal, so I used wooden letters colored with distress ink to add Kate's new name just above the greeting.

Simple Stories Say Cheese designer paper
Authentique Strong designer paper (background, ticket stubs, weathered wood)
Tim Holtz distress markers
Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink 
Smooch spritz
Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies
Flourishes Old-Fashioned Floral stamp (sentiment)
WPlus9 Lacey Layers dies (for small contrasting circle under the date)
1mm and 2mm foam adhesive

I am so excited for you as you begin your new life together! Sending lots of love, and many blessings!

Here are the participants for today's hop!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Little Bit Oriental

Today I am excited to be joining the Crafter's Companion team as they launch another gorgeous collection from Sheena Douglass called “A Little Bit Oriental.” This collection has four beautiful stamp sets, four 5x7 embossing folders, and a paper pad with 48 sheets of coordinating pattern papers in 16 designs. All of these wonderful new products are available right now on the Crafter’s Companion website.

Here are the links to all the new products and the gallery of projects featuring them!
To celebrate this wonderful new release, the designers have been busy making some wonderful projects and we can’t wait to show them off to you. Hop along and don’t forget to leave comments along the way because we will be selecting a random winner who will receive one of the lovely new Sheena Stamp Sets (winner’s choice).

I wanted my card to feel like a Fall Oriental garden party with lanterns hanging from a decorative wrought iron accent.  I chose some designer paper with polka dots in bright Autumn colors, then used the pointillism (more dots!) technique to color several matching lanterns, fussy cutting them and attaching them with glue or foam dots to a soft sky blue print lined with fine liner pin "cords." Although the design is relatively clean and simple, the accordion fold makes it a little more interesting, and inside there's a panel of lined designer print upon which to write a personal greeting or some garden party details.  A silk bow and button tied with jute and a few sparkly rhinestones bring some of the other happy colors of the background design into the forefront.

Here are the products I used for my card, and the colors I blended to shade the lanterns:
Enjoy visiting the designers' blogs who will be sharing projects today:
Thanks, Kendra, for inviting me to play along!  It felt good to stamp, since it's been a while!  I'm hoping I can get back on a roll!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade!

Happy Sunday!  It is a lemonade-in-the-shade kind of day here in northeast Florida, with temperatures close to 90, and a heat index of 95.  Just tryin' to stay cool!

I hope this  bright,  sunny yellow makes you smile!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

WPlus9 Milk and Cookies stamp set and matching dies
WPlus9 Lacey Layers stamp set and matching dies
Authentique designer paper
Memento Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug and Cantaloupe inks
Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink
Yellow scalloped velvet trim
1 mm and 2mm foam adhesive squares