Friday, December 15, 2017

More Cards Inspired by Music

Music always inspires me!  It's funny, but my brain thinks in lyrics and music nearly as often as it does in words and images. Sometimes I wake up with music and an idea in my head.  Other times, it's like a recording on replay and the idea takes time to soak in and take shape.  

I have two projects today that are both music-inspired, blessed by a bit of serendipity, and definitely influenced by my design teammates and their creativity!  (Did you see Susan's card from yesterday and all of these cool "plumbing" cards?!)

First up is a punny version of "What are you doin' New Year's Eve?" I had deliberately planned to use watercolor paper, paints and distress inks with our pipe brads, but as I was cutting the words, the stamped sentiment happened to assume the shape of a tree.  I looked down and couldn't resist going with the flow (I know, another corny pun, but I had to do it!).  

It made sense to use Clock Washi Tape and Music Note Washi Tape - Mini Notes as part of the background along with a clock stencil, and of course, the tree had to have gold glitter enamel ornaments and be topped with a sparkling Jewel Star Brad.     

Inside, the clock and music motifs repeat, with a watercolored, stamped calendar to save the date!  

My second card practically made itself...the paper clay bells ornament is one that I made way back when I was on the FlowerSoft design team.  From the minute I laid eyes on the Holiday Bell Washi Tape, I knew they would have to play together!  Looks so pretty with EO jewel bling in multi sizes.

I'm sure you're not surprised to see more of my favorite Skinny Washi Tape.   That red is a great match and is simply perfect for the holidays!  

I can't believe Christmas is only 10 days away!  Time is short to squeeze in a few more holiday cards!    Wishing the best to you and yours!  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tea for Two!

Hi everyone!  I'm here with a tea project for the Coffee (and Tea!) Lovers' Blog Hop and Stamp Simply!  
I *LOVE* coffee but {gasp!} switched to tea several years ago when I went dairy and sugar free.  Yes, it was h.a.r.d. to do!  Now I will indulge in a sweet, (coconut or almond) creamy cup of coffee several times a year, but my daily go-to is Numi green jasmine tea. The loose pearls are my preference, but for today's project I am using tea bags.

Years ago when I first started stamping, these "explosion boxes" were all the rage.  This one is modified to hold two tea bags.  It started with a 9 x 9 inch square of white cardstock, scored tic-tac-toe style at 3 and 6 inches, then trimmed to create the box sides and flaps to hold the tea bags.  

I kept the design of the top simple, and couldn't resist paying winter homage to my love of coffee with a snowman made from three Kaisercraft Latte pearls.

It was fun to play with patterned papers and Stamp Simply's new Coffee or Tea stamp and die set to design a pretty tea cup.  As much as I love (and miss!) coffee, I was really happy to see that this set has tea dies and sentiments, too!  That little "enjoy" sentiment fits just perfectly on the tea bag tag.    

The timing for this release and the hop fit perfectly together too!  Here is our special just for this event!  

Here are the supplies that I used for my project:
Stay warm!  Happy holidays!  I hope you'll come back soon for another visit!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Sports Fun!

I had a lot of fun playing with this cute patterned paper, some Eyelet Outlet bling and a few sled brads for this Winter sports fun card.  You can almost imagine these skiers blazing down the hill toward a banner finish!    

It's nice to have a few winter-themed cards on hand that are not necessarily for any particular holiday.  For this card, the focal image is a sparkly snowman who has a sled at-the-ready.  Those little sleds have so much detail!

Some tear drop bling, small rhinestones trimmed from a bling strip, and a beautiful jewel embellish layers of snowflakes.  A strategically placed sled brad adds more color and interest on the front of the card in keeping with the theme.

Inside, a strip of designer paper is framed by some skinny washi tape strips, and the word "sledding" is emphasized by another sled brad.  A single rhinestone brings some sparkle to the stamped sentiment.   

Florida is enjoying its first real blast of Winter this weekend, and the snow and wintry mix may make it as far south as my hometown in southwest Louisiana!  Sure makes it seem especially Christmas-y!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Coffee or Tea?

I absolutely LOVE Stamp Simply's newest release, Coffee or Tea? There's a beautiful set of coffee/tea cup dies, and a stamp set of coordinating sentiments.  They all mix and match and are so much fun to work with!

Kaisercraft Christmas Edition paper pad has some lovely enameled designs.  I paired one of those with another from their P.S. I Love You papers to create a ritzy, glitzy card.

With all that was going on in these designer papers, I kept the layout simple but could not resisting adding even more metallic shine and bling!  And for sheer steam curls, I die cut some of the ribbon.  I love their transparent shimmer, which doesn't look nearly as nice in a photograph as it does in real life!

Here are the Stamp Simply Supplies:
Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog to see what gorgeousness my design team mates have been creating with these new products!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Happy December, everyone!  With Thanksgiving behind us and today being the beginning of the month, it is officially time to really get into the holiday spirit if you haven't already!  

I am here with a pair of coordinating cards in a soft, elegant color combo.  This designer paper has kraft, silver foil and white in its color scheme, which really goes well with pretty Eyelet Outlet pearl and jewel bling,  swirly rhinestone blingsilver glitter washi tapeclear 12 mm jewel blingantler brads.  

The pearl and jewel bling sparkle like ice and snow, and even the antlers, which could be thought of as more sportive and masculine, look really lovely in combination with metallic silver and gold ink.  

Here the swirls of bling mimic the printed swirls of the designer paper, with jewel bling and small rhinestones strategically placed on the snowflake and accenting the greeting.  I love it when a card has big impact for only a little time and effort!

I love crafting holiday cards when the tree is up, the house is decorated, and Christmas music fills the air.  The week between Christmas and the New Year is usually quiet (and technically it's still Christmas since there are the 12 days!), so it's a great time to get a head start on next year's cards!  Something to think about!  ;) 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Colorful, Geometric Christmas

I am loving this cute Authentique paper!  Thought these triangular Christmas trees, colorful circles, dots and lines would be fun for a geometric layout of squares and rectangles.  

This bias tape bow matches perfectly with the not-quite traditional Christmas colors of the designer paper.  

The view from the inside shows the glimmer of the pearly card stock, which was left over from some 12th Night/Mardi Gras cards I made a few years back!

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, November 24, 2017

Girlfriends are...

...born to shop!  It's Black Friday, so today's project is all about the shopping!  This trio of blinged-out grandmas is out for a good time together while searching for some great bargains!  

This shopping bag is a recycled bag from the bookstore where my son works.  I covered the logo with some cute designer papers in holiday colors, paper-piecing the focal image with scraps from the same paper pad.  The edges of the green panel are bordered with sticky jewel bling strips.  My favorite, most-oft-used washi tape set, Eyelet Outlet's 5-roll skinny washi tape set, plays along nicely with some music washi and planner washi for a fun calendar theme that harmonizes with the designer paper.  The big layered paper flower mimics the flowers in their hats,  which were given single jewel accents cut from the sticky back bling strips.  Yep, these are gaudy grandmas!  The more bling, the better!  ;)

The tag accenting the top of the bag features more skinny washi tape, a sticky-back bling heart and a tiny calendar of December.  

Whether you choose to shop out in the frenzy or from the comfort of your easy chair, I hope you find what you're looking for at a price you love!  Enjoy your first weekend of the holiday season!  

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am grateful every single day, but today, even more so!  My life is so richly blessed and I give thanks to God for His love, protection and provision!

I know a lot of people like to decorate for Christmas even before Thanksgiving, but for the most part, I like taking my holidays one at a time!  I'll be doing some Christmas decorating tomorrow on Black Friday because, unlike many of you, that's a day I definitely don't want to go shopping!  I say all of this a bit tongue-in-cheek because I actually keep a Christmas pencil tree up all year round, and of course, I have been stamping Christmas cards and projects for a while already.

My Stamp Simply project for today is a panel to replace the Fall one I made for this seasonal frame.  I really enjoy having a few of these interchangeable holiday decor items.  They make it so easy to add a little pop of holiday cheer...they ease the transition from one holiday to the next without leaving the spot they formerly occupied all naked and lonely!

I was so happy to see that the majority of the wish for peace printed on the 6 x 6 sheet that I chose for the background fit perfectly within the required dimensions of the panel.  Music is always a big part of December for our family, and so there had to be a little bit of some sheet music peeking from within.  My husband is from Upper Michigan, so even though it very rarely snows in Florida, there's a snow-laden tree with glittering ornaments.  You can't see it in the photo but the snow sparkles a la clear Wink of Stella, and if you look closely you will see some gesso "snow" sprinkled over the entire project.  This is a layout that would very easily translate to a card-front.

I deliberately chose this sentiment because in the middle of this hectic holiday season, I need to visible, daily reminder to keep my focus centered on Christ, the true reason for the season.  

Since the back of the frame is visible from its spot on the end table, I covered it with pretty designer paper and hung a tag from the ring that suspends the panel from the frame.  I kept it simple with a pretty, shiny gold foil cross with a tiny red enamel dot tucked in the center, but I may go back and add  a few more details when I have more time.  It has been a busy week of Thanksgiving preparations and I had some baking to do! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

From the North Pole!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means that Santa will soon be making his holiday debut!  Letters are gonna be flying to the North Pole, and Santa might just answer a few himself!  Eyelet Outlet has so many cute brads and washi tapes to dress those letters in style!

For this project Santa Mail washi tapeSanta washi tape, and skinny washi tape are a fast and easy way to establish the themed background for an envelope and mailbox from our mail brads set.  Sticky back pearl hearts accent the scalloped edge of a strip of designer paper.  

Inside another pearl heart sits beside the sentiment.  

It is exciting to make a wishlist to send to Santa and a real thrill to get a card SWAK from Santa in return!  A fast, fun project with lasting memories!  A quick search for Christmas and/or Santa will turn up all kinds of ideas!  Time to get busy!  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Merry and Bright!

Kraft with black is one of my favorite color combinations.  For today's Stamp Simply project, I used some lovely Kaisercraft Christmas Editions paper to create an unconventional holiday card of simple, understated elegance.

One of the designs in the paper pack is a newspaper print that includes this long narrow column of the poem, The Night Before Christmas.  Another sheet features a pretty sketch of some Christmas gifts, greenery, and poinsettias.  They worked great together as a three-section background panel for a Stamp Simply Christmas tree and sentiment.

Warm gray Copic markers, gold Wink of Stella glitter pen, and tea-dye ink unify the design which has just a hint of shimmer.  The bow is made from seam binding flattened and wrinkled with the heat gun.  To me that bow gives the card a bit of a vintage Victorian feel...maybe it is because I have been looking at Victorian fashion plates and dress patterns (bustles, ruffles, and swags of folded fabric) lately!  

Here's a look at the greeting that's stamped inside.  


Friday, November 10, 2017

More Pun With the Herd from Eyelet Outlet!

These cow brads (well, all the animals from down on the farm!) just crack me up!  There are all kinds of funny, punny sayings to go along with them so you can really stretch their mileage in your card-making.  If you are like I am, you have goofy friends who appreciate this "roll-your-eyes" kind of humor!

Christmas around our house means extra "moo-sical" opportunities, so here's a little milk chocolate appreciation for the extra effort!  There are green rhinestone notes, some gold glitter washi tape sparkle, and of course, another cow brad.  

Happy Friday!  Happy Veteran's Day, and a great big thank you to those of you who have served in our armed forces.  You are admired, respected, and appreciated!  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Old-Fashioned Roses Gate-Fold

Today's Stamp Simply project is a gate-fold card inspired by the old-fashioned roses in my friend's garden, and by the "split" design of this MME designer paper.  It's such a pretty print and lends itself well to just about any sentiment.  My friends and I meet weekly for our "Friends for the Journey" Bible study, and with a long list of some serious prayer concerns regarding friends and loved ones from in-utero to 79 years of age, a passage on placing our trust in the Lord was the one that really spoke to me.

The roses and leaves are die-cut and then "painted" with distress oxide inks.  I love how the colors of the oxides separate...if you look closely at the leaves you can see some yellowish greens and even blues (all from the separation of the Peeled Paint distress oxide) which harmonize beautifully with the colors of the background paper.   

The entire belly band (including the sentiment panel and floral spray) slides off so that the card can be opened.  Inside, there's a sentiment in a beautiful script, along with a single old-fashioned rose stamped in glittering gold Delicata ink.  There's just a hint of distress oxide ink color splashed onto the paper.  Simple and elegant.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Old-fashioned Christmas Cards

Hello Eyelet Outlet fans!  I'm here today with a pair of cards that were completed with no stamping.  I love to stamp and color but sometimes, especially at Christmas, it's nice to have a faster alternative.  Eyelet Outlet brads and washi to the rescue! 

First up is Santa's List.  I love this old-fashioned looking Santa washi tape.  

pine tree brad and a prancing reindeer add color and visual interest in keeping with the theme.

A cute sled brad and some music note washi are the perfect companions for this snowman.  I love the pop of orange and red together in the midst of the muted, more traditional Christmas colors.  This is a sentiment you've just gotta sing!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

There is Always Something...

November is "gratitude month" and many of us are daily documenting the people and things for which we're thankful. Sometimes this practice takes a little extra effort, but it's true, there is always something to be thankful for!  Making an attitude of gratitude a daily ritual really changes one's outlook on Life and hopefully it is something that reaches well beyond the month of November.

I keep reaching again for this BoBunny designer paper...these colors just really speak to me, and I suppose since Florida doesn't get much of a blaze of Fall color I have to get my dose of it via arts and crafts!  The splashy watercolor-like patterns and the repeating circles of the papers inspired the repetition of those textures and shapes in the rest of the card.  I used distress oxide reinkers to watercolor a background, then stamped the sentiment within nesting circles, allowing the metallic background paper to peek through from underneath.  The copper paper, elegant ribbon, sugared minis, sparkly rhinestones, and lustrous pearl pin all add rich color and shimmery texture to the otherwise simple card.  

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bee Happy!

For today's card I am revisiting an old favorite stamp set, accenting with some cute coordinating Eyelet Outlet brads in both funky and mini versions.  

These mini bee brads are absolutely adorable!  

The minis are the smaller version of our traditional bumble bee brads, but I love the funky bee brads version, and spring bubble brads are the perfect companions for a fun sentiment inside.  

When the days get short and gray, a happy yellow card is the perfect perk-me-up!