My 2013 Favorites

This year has been a creative roller coaster.  Between being in a major creative slump, moving overseas, and reevaluating priorities I didn't make as many projects as I would've liked.  I did manage to find a few of my favorites though.

Because my creativity was so sporadic, I wasn't able to pick month by month so here they are in no particular order.

"Gorgeous" Card (May Arts)

Holiday "Dry" Globe (May Arts)

Wintery Birdhouse (May Arts)

Burlap "Adore" Wreath (May Arts)

Haunted House (VLVS!)

"Kawaii" Mini Album (UmWowStudio)

"Dahlia" Art Journal Page (May Arts)

"Adventure" Mini Canvas (May Arts)

University of Utah Wreath (May Arts)

"Here & Now" Mini Album (UmWowStudio)

My most favorite project from this past year was a whopper.  Unfortunately, I can't share it right now because it's being picked up for publication.  Talk about a great way to end the year!

Thank you for sticking around and following me on my creative wandering.  I do hope you all stick around to see what 2014 brings.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve and hope to start stepping out of my boxes a little bit more.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Cheers!

May Arts Christmas Card Hop!

It's that time of year again!   Christmas trees and lights go up and cards go out.  But if you are anything like me, your cards will arrive on December 27th because you couldn't come up with a great card idea and ended up buying a box of cards that you mailed out on December 21st.

Have no fear!  We have just the hop for you.  The ribbonistas got together and we all made cards to show you, hoping to inspire your inner cardmaker.  Here's the line up.

Christina Colón (You are here!)
Charlene Driggs
Courtney Lee
DeeDee Catron
Emily Lanham
Gini Williams Cagle
Jen Shears
Jenifer Cowles
Karen Baker
Lalo IK
Shellye McDaniel
Virginia Fynes 
Latrice Murphy 

Now for the goods!  Here's my card using DCWV's "Jolly Whimsy" stack. I used UmWowStudio Sketch for December as inspiration for my card.

Why yes!  This is a scrapbook sketch.  Scale it down and you can use it for a card as well.

I also received a nifty new tool by Zutter, the Bow-It-All.  I love it!  I've always been bow-challenged and this tool really helped me out.  I simply used some Wrinkled Ribbon and my Bow-It-All and made the perfect triple loop bow.

Thanks for letting me inspire you!  Be sure to head on to Charlene's blog next.

Jingle all the way!

Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon (EA-01)
DCWV "Jolly Whimsy" stack
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares

The Ribbon Lady Is Tying the Knot!

The Ribbon Lady is tying the knot!  That's right!  Bethney recently got engaged to the love her life and the Ribbonistas want to celebrate!  We have an awesome hop lined up and guess what?  There's a giveaway of course.

Keep reading on and you'll see what's up for grabs.  But first, let me share my card.

Now for the good stuff!  This prize pack goes to one lucky random person who goes over to the May Arts facebook page and wishes Bethney a HUGE Congratulations on her recent engagement!

Prize includes a mix of products from Faber Castell / Design Memory Craft, Authentique, UmWowStudio, DCWV, Graphic45, Gauche Alchemy, Viva Las VegaStamps!, Core'dinations, and Amazing Crafting Products.

Congratulations, Bethney!  I wish you nothing but love, laughter, and happiness!

Cheers!

May Arts and Lawn Fawn Team Up

Hi everyone!  This week, May Arts has teamed up with the folks at Lawn Fawn for a week of crafty fun mixing paper and ribbon.  Today is day two of the hop and you should have arrived at my twisted blog from Karen's.  Here is line up for today's hop.

If you would like to start from day one, here is the schedule.  I'm accommodating like that.  ;)

What's a hop without a little carrot on a stick to keep you going?  Who wants a prize?  How about *2*?  Read through my post and the juicy, easy peasy, deets are at the end. 

Now for my project!  I used Lawn Fawn's "Dewey Decimal" Petite Paper Pack.  I have learned that working with 6x6 papers presents a challenge and I'm glad I did it.  I was stumped for THE LONGEST TIME before my "AHA!" moment hit me like a bad hangover.  Yes.  It really hit me that hard.

First up is my gorgeous "Gorgeous" card.  My middle daughter wears glasses and sometimes, she's a bit self conscious about them.  I made this card with her in mind.  Glasses are cool and she looks uber chic in hers.

Seams can be sooooo unsightly so I trimmed the seam where my two paper meet with May Arts' Crocheted Trim (433-14-01).  My sentiment is from Glitz Designs and the eye glasses are from Retro Cafe Art.  Of course, who doesn't love a little Glitz and glitter?  ::snicker:: See what I did there? ::snort::

 On the inside of the card is a stash envelope.  I shoved my Barnes & Noble membership card and some Japanese yen in there.  Hey!  I didn't have a gift card or American dollars on hand.  Don't judge!  Besides, yen is cool!

I trimmed the envelope with a some more awesome May Arts Twine (412-94, 412-17).  I love the twine and I use it on pretty much everything.  I even stare at it whispering, "My Precious," when I feel lonely.  Ok, not really but I would!

My daughter LOVES to read.  She seriously plows through books like I do margaritas on date night with the hubster.  What better gift to give a bookworm than a bookmark?  I used my crochet trim and Precious twine again.   This time, I added the yellow twine (412-27).  I like to change things up and keep ya on your toes!  Slap on some letters from Glitz and American Crafts and some pretty baubles from Prima and call it done.

You have been so awesome to read all the way through my snazzy post so here are the deets on the prizes.  The prizes are your choice of 3 spools of May Arts ribbon AND a Lawn Fawn stamp and die set.  All you need to do is leave a comment along the way to be eligible.  I love it when things are easy. 

Cheers!

Supplies:

May Arts Crochet Trim (433-14-01)
May Arts Twine (412-94, 412-17, 412-27)
Lawn Fawn "Dewey Decimal" Petite Paper Pack
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape
Retro Cafe Art Eyeglasses
Prima Baubles
American Crafts Thickers
Glitz Designs Teeny Alphas
Glitz Designs "Cashmere Dame" Glitzers
Doodlebug Glitter
GlobeCraft Glasstiqe
Recollections Pearl Accents

May Arts and Scor-Pal Blog Hop Day 2

Good morning everyone!  Today is day two of the May Arts and Scor-Pal blog hop.  You should have arrived from Lori's blog.  If not, head on back to the May Arts blog and hop along.  You know there will be a prize up for grabs so you won't want to miss it.

Here's my project.  I made a thank  you card.  Pardon the crapalicious photo.  It's been raining pretty much non-stop here in Okinawa for the last 3 days.

 The sentiment says, "Arigato", which is Japanese for "thank you".  Living here, it makes it really easy to get foreign language stickers and these hiragana puffy alphas were perfect!  I love them and love the fact that I actually know what I am saying when I do use them.

I used some awesome Scor-Pal adhesive tape to hold the twine down.  And let me tell you.  This was so much easier than liquid adhesive.

 Do you know how insanely hard it was to resist writing, "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto"??!!  Trust me.  It was very tempting.  Maybe I will make another one.............

Now for the prize.  Leave a comment along the way and you will be eligible to win *3* spools of ribbon of your choice AND a Scor-Pal!  Holy shnikies!

Your next stop is Stephanie Ackerman's blog.  Don't forget to spread the love along the way!

Supplies used:
May Arts Twine (412-10)
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape (1/8")
Basic Grey "Kneehighs & Bow Ties" Collection
Bazzill Cardstock
Heidi Swapp Color Shine "Georgia Peach", "Tropicana Teal", "Mustard"
Daiso hiragana lettering

Cheers!

A Little Sneak of Aloha

Hi everyone!  If you are here for the PaperHaus Blog Hop, please click HERE!

My next May Arts project is up and live over at the May Arts blog.  This time, we teamed up with PSA Essentials and I made a cute little "Aloha" card.

Here's a sneak peek!  For the full monty, you'll have to head on over to the May Arts blog.  While you're there, you have a chance to win some ribbon as well as check out other fabulous projects made by my fellow Ribbonistas!

A little "aloha"...and my honu!

Cheers!

Time To Rock With May Arts!!!

Oooooooh yeah!  My very first project as a Ribbonista for May Arts!  In staying true to my "fly by the seat of my pantaloons, I decided the best approach for me in taking on this new role is just jump on in head first and go for it.  
I was able to work with some stamps from Our Craft Lounge.  I was a little bit intimidated at first because stamping is not my forte and is definitely a step outside my comfort zone and styling.  With that in mind, I kept my project pretty simple.  I made a cute little “thank you” card.
For those of you who knoooooow me, I am one who LOVES to mix and match color.  You see a lot of that in my projects.  I knew that I wanted to use that rockin' blue and ivory striped grosgrain that I have been "whording" in my stash.  I love how a wide ribbon makes such wonderfully cute little bows.
To make the bow, I just made two loops and tied them around each other instead of tying a bow in the traditional method.  I love that method.  It's pretty much impossible to mess that up.
For accenting, I used some green velvet trim and some millefiore beads I had in my stash.  The blue, earthy green, and colors of the beads just rock together.  The pattern on the beads also help to balance out the busyness of the bow on the top.  To keep my color palette unified, I added some splatter using Tattered Angels glimmer mist in “Sunflower”.    Finally, to keep my sentiment from getting lost in all the awesome color and patterns, a simple little highlight on the bird helps it to stand out and say, "Hey you!  Look at meeeee!"

I think I'm gonna love this new gig with May Arts!

Cheers!

Supply List:
Blue/Ivory Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (RG03)
Green Velvet Trim (PV16)
Sentiment Stamp – Our Craft Lounge “Autumn Garden
Kraft Cardstock -  Bazzill Basics
White Cardstock – American Crafts
Millefiore Glass Beads – Oriental Trading Company
Glimmer Mist -  Tattered Angels “Sunflower”
Ink – Memento “Tuxedo Black”
Ink -  ZIG Pen

VLVS and Gauche Alchemy Team Up!

So this week, Gauche Alchemy teamed up with our brand new official partner, Viva Las VegaStamps, for a week of awesome swaps, a couple sales, and a giveaway.

Before I get into my project that I did, let me give you the down and dir-tay about what's in it for YOU.  All this week, if you go to our awesomely fabby shoppe, you can take 10% off your order (excluding ACME kit subscriptions) by using coupon code VLVS10.

Want a chance for some free shwag?  Here's whatcha gotta do.  Leave a comment on our blog throughout the week to be automatically entered to win a free mini ACME kit.  What is an ACME kit?  Well, it's only the coolest shiz we have to offer....and you will be entered to win a sampling of our coolest shiz!  VLVS is also having a giveaway...a pound o' rubber!  ::snicker::  All you need to do to be entered to win a pound of stamps is to visit their blog and enter via their Rafflecopter widget they have set up. So easy!  Because we like easy.  ::snort::

Now what did I make for our little swappity swap?  I used their fiercely awesome barbed wire background stamp and their bellows camera stamp to create a nifty little card.

I used VeraMark Watermark stamp pad then ran some Distress Ink in "Iced Spruce" over it.  Wipe it down with a baby wipe and you have a nice background with a subtle pattern.  The camera image is just stamped using ColorBox gold ink.  Add some awesome Gauche Alchemy washi tape and May Arts ribbon for the perfect complement.  It's hard to tell here in this photo, but the camera image is actually matted on a nice purple cardstock.  I used some fabulous 7 Gypsies alphas for my sentiment and called it done!

Pretty simple stuff.  Now head on over to both of these blogs and enter your fannies into an awesome giveaway!  Don't forget to take advantage of our sale using coupon code VLVS10 as well!

Cheers!

A Cool Bib and a Cute Card

Hi everyone!  Holy crap!  Three posts in one week?!  You guys are getting spoiled aren't ya? 

For this go-round, I made a card to send to my sister in law, who is expecting a baby boy this fall.  I am mailing her this card along with this awesome bib, which I did not make.  The bib is made by "The Baby Guy", who has been a SoCal gem for baby goods for years.  I still have bibs I got for my youngest.  They are just too cool and practical!

I used Pink Paislee’s “Declaration” line.  I accented it using Basically Bare hearts.  I love the natural look of the felt and the canvas with this rustic Americana themed paper.

I love the feeling the little pop of twine and bling add.  My sister in law is very girly, so the bows and the bling really fit her.  And yet, the card still has a boyish look because of the burlap letters and the stars .

A great way to add some visual interest is to mix patterns.  Who says stripes and polka dots don’t mix?

Thanks for taking a look!  See ya next time!

Cheers!

Art House Co-Op and Beating the RUT!

Wow!  It's been a week since I last uttered a peep over here.  Depending on who you ask, that would be a blessing to some.  ;)  And it's been even LONGER since I made something.  I hate getting in that creative rut.  For real!  It's frustrating for me and yes, even frustrating for the hubster.  He gets frustrated because rut = spending!  Yay for me; BOOOOO for him.

I know that I've been wanting to kick this rut straight in it's arse, but wasn't sure what was going to do it.  I've tried browsing blogs, galleries, products, and coming up less motivated than I was before and an emptier wallet than I had before.  I knew that I needed to get out of this quagmire because I have a deadline to meet this month.

::GASP!::  A deadline?!  Now THAT is word you haven't heard me utter here in FOR.E.VAR.  You see, there's this totally awesome, and yes, I'll use the word, DOPE, website called the Art House Co-Op.  They are an organization that puts on these crazy project challenges of sorts.  They are most widely known for their Sketchbook Project (which *I* will be participating  in next year come hell or high water!).  It's such a cool thing they do.  Read up on it.  You'll be amazed at what it's about.  There will be no spoilers here.  However, I will drop one clue:  Brooklyn Art Library.  Still curious?  Well, go check it out.

Anyway, I got sidetracked.  SQUIRREL!  Deadline.  Yes.  Ok.  I decided to sign up for the second worldwide 4 x 6 art swap so brilliantly named "The 4x6 Exchange 2".  The first one they did filled up so quickly and was received with such amazing response, that they did a second one.  I signed up.  I love a good challenge.  For the details on it, just click the link and read all about it.  But it pretty much says that you create a 4x6 flat piece of art, mail it to them, then they mail it to someone else some where in the world and you get a piece from someone else some where in the world...yadda yadda yadda...you get the point.

Here's what I made.  I was inspired by an awesome video tutorial put together by Amy Lassiter.  She had this cool tutorial on how to paper collage corrugated chipboard, namely, the Ouchless Cardboard from Gauche Alchemy.  Talk about an amazing "AHA!!" moment!  I used a recycled piece of cardboard from inside an old picture frame and gesso as my foundation before I started collaging.

I used her idea of collaging piece from the Foreign Text paper kit but I wondered how it would work using the Napkin Kit as well.  The flowers are cut from a napkin!  I instantly saw it coming together as I began mod podging stuff down.

Once I was happy with the paper placement, I added a few spotty sprays of Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Fully Purple and some paint splatters in Citrus by Adirondack.  My alphas are OOOOOL' SKOOOOOOL Pink Paislee and Making Memories.

Since making sure the alphas stay in place while being mailed internationally (possibly) can be a bit tricky, I decided to take the lazy man's way out and slap some gel medium over the top of them.  It actually works out because it add a slight visual texture and the tiniest bit of a gloss.  I also added the gel medium over parts of the flower and sporadically over the entire card.

My gel isn't dry yet.  ::blush::

A final bit of a run through the sewing machine and I call it DONE SIR DONE!

Thanks for taking a look and be sure to check out the Art House Co-Op...and it wouldn't hurt for you to swing by Gauche Alchemy either.  Especially since we are having a sale!  The whole store is marked down 10%.

Or if you choose, you can use the code "BADASSERY" for 20% off your purchase at Paper Issues!  Decisions, decisions!!

Cheers!

Valentine From A 4 Year Old

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I am going to share this amazing valentine my 4 year old made for me.  She picked the colors, the design, how to use her elements all on her own!  I must say, that I am super impressed.

Creative expression is encouraged in this house and this from a 4 year old is AMAZING.  I love it.

I will keep this Valentine forever.  Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

A Li'l Love!

Wow!  I cannot believe I never shared this card with everyone!  I made this lovely little card for Gauche Alchemy back in September.  Can you believe that?!  Good thing Paper Issues' new theme is LOOOoooooOOOOooove!  I probably never would've realized that this hadn't been shared.  Silly me!

Now, everyone who knows me, knows how much I HATE making cards.  I know they are simple, small, yada yada yada.  But for some reason, I have this mondo block when it comes to them!  However, I do looooooove how this card turned out.

"Celebrate Love" Card:  Check out that sheet music flower!

I am LOVING these papers by Pink Paislee.  They are the Mistables line, as is the tag.  However, the showstopper here, is that sheet music accordion flower!  I love it!  I made that from sheet music that came with the ACME Kit.  And yes, that is a REAL vintage button.....that I stained with alcohol ink. And let's not forget that lovely sentiment from SRM Stickers.

Some much Gauche goodness in one little cluster!  ::le sigh::

That white webbing, swirly material and the green silk leaves are gems from the mixed media color kits.  And that darling image peek-a-booing from behind the leaves was a free download from Maybe*Mej.  The blue Ouchless Cardboard is another Gauche Alchemy find that I painted blue.

I did give this card to a friend of ours and she thoroughly loved it. Who knows.  Maybe I'll give card making another shot....with a shot in true sassy fashion!

Cheers!

My Newest Addiction!

Good morning!  So.  I have a new addiction!  I saw these amazing die cuts online before CHA and honestly, I wasn't that impressed by them.  That changed when I happened upon their booth at CHA and got to see them in the papery flesh.  Kanban Crafts.  These amazing die cuts are a thousand times more beautiful in person and they truly are innovative.

For those of you that like to do paper piecing and pop-up layers, don't you just hate that you have to one complete image for every layer you want to create?  You know.  So you can cut pieces here and there?  Well, these die cuts come already pieced out! 

You get a sheet that looks like this:

You can see that individual pieces that will make each layer as you build the card.  Some of these come in two sheet packages, like the one above.  You get a sheet with the die cuts and a piece of patterned paper to make you card.

All you do is punch them out and stick a pop dot onto it then layer away.  Of course, there is some level of common sense required but it's ridiculously easy to do.  They are simply "build-a-cards"!

Here is the card I built last night.  It took me all of maybe a half hour to do.  It's really hard to get a quality photo.  I apologize for the crap photo.  I really need a better camera!

I used some solid pink Bazzill cardstock from stash and chalked my "straight" edges to add some depth and dimension.  

The swirls and yellowish striping you see are actually gold foil.  The black placard at the bottom actually says "Happy Birthday".

Here's a close-up so that you can see the layers on this card. 

If you are a beginner cardmaker or a seasoned pro, I would highly recommend these to anyone.  These are great to have if you have that "Oh shit!  It's so-and-so's birthday!" and you need a quick card.  Of course, I plan on playing with these a lot more and tweaking things here and there to make them more signature to me and my style.  But either way, tweaker or not ::snicker "tweaker"::, these are super easy, super beautiful, and super fun to play with.

Fun and Funky Fresh Card and Tag!

Wow!  I'm on a roll and totally in my groove!  I made a fun little card that I plan on giving to my newborn niece.  I wanted to play with my alcohol inks, which I haven't done in FOR-EV-AAARRR!  So I busted out my felt pads, my Inkssentials high gloss paper, and of course, more Gauche Alchemy awesomeness and went to town...and tried not to get high from it!  The fumes...oh the fumes....

Totally fun, girly, funky, and very fresh and modern!  Who says baby cards have to be "pastel"??!!  Pffffft!  Take that!

And here's the funky and fresh tag I made using a really cool image transfer technique.  It's really easy to do!

I just stamped my chandeliers onto regular white cardstock using archival ink.  StazOn works as well.  Put CLEAR packaging tape over the stamped image and rub firmly to make sure there's good contact.  Trim the excess paper around the tape then soak the WHOLE DARN THING in lukewarm water for about 5 minutes.  If you go over, not a big deal!

Next, use your thumbs and rub the wet paper off the back of the tape.  Make sure you get it nice and smooth.  There shouldn't be any little balls of paper or anything.  The tape will no longer be really clear.  There will be a paper residue, but your image should still be intact.  Make sure you trim around your image, kind of like fussy cutting, and that it fits onto your tag or card.

The next step is to use a soft gel medium that is glossy or not opaque.  You're going to brush it directly onto the surface you want your image on as well as the back of your tape image.  Firmly press the tape image onto your tag and make sure there aren't any bubbles or wrinkles.  I used my fingers for this step.  I also added a light layer on top of my image to make sure there was a good seal and that the edges were down.

Wait, wait, wait, until it's dry.  Make the funky card you see up there!  That's what I made while this tag was drying.  Trust me.  It'll take anywhere from an hour to possibly a day depending on how much gel you slathered on.  After it's dry, embellish your little heart out, link it to my comments, and let me come LOVE on it!

Here's a close-up of mine.  I used a course brush so you see the brush strokes as well as adding a bit of texture.

I'll be back in a bit with a tutorial on how to put the card together.  I was so into my rhythm, I FORGOT to take the step-by-step pictures!  I just love it....and hate it....when that happens!  *DOH!*

Not Your Regular "Lauderdale" and a Twisted Sketch!

When we hear "Lauderdale", we automatically think of Florida.  Now, whatever comes to mind when you think of Florida may be forever changed!  Basic Grey has released their amazing and vibrant "Lauderdale" line and your's truly got to get her little hands on it thanks to ACOT!  The bright colors and fun patterns allow for limitless possibilities for your projects.

A rather cool little note to add:  The only products I used that were NOT part of this line were inks and stickles, alphas, string and twine, some scrap fabric, a button, 3 rhinestones, and a little punchinella.  EVERYTHING else is solely from this line.  I did this to show how easy it is to have everything you need within a single product line and how to make these items work for you to their full potential!
I've used this wonderful line to make a variety of projects, some themed, some not.  So pack your bags and let's head on down to "Lauderdale" and bask in all of its vibrant glory!

For my first project, I decided to focus on a subject I very seldom use.  ME!  I have found that because these papers are so bright and busy, it is much easier to use black and white photos.  The contrast the photo adds against the paper is truly astounding and is a super easy trick to get the full potential from this line.  This first page is definitely one of my favorites.  You will find that the simplest of techniques and the most subtle of details speaks volumes with this line.  I let the papers and the embellishments do ALL of the work for me.  All I added was some Glimmer Mist splatter and some sewing around the edges.  The only "big" thing I did was make the flower from some scrap material I had.


The next photo is a close up of my flower I made.  The line I drew to cut along while cutting the strip of fabric was intentionally left to be seen.  I wanted to emphasize the title of this page.

This next page uses a fun (and cute) photo of Julia sporting Madi's fedora and is also the next sketch to go live at Twisted Sketches!  The twist this weeks was "shine".

I immediately thought of this photo as total "perfection" with these papers.  The photo is light and fun and so are the papers.  The mix of patterns made this page so much fun to put together.  It really is hard to do something "wrong".  A few of the cardstock stickers, some punchinella, and a title and this was done!

This page is a bit more subdued than the previous ones.  For those of you who like more simple color and patterns, then this is for you.  The photo is of my 2 oldest daughters.  I saw this picture and about wanted to cry!  They've grown so much since then and "then" was only 2 years ago!  Anyway, once again, I used black and white photos so as to not over-saturate the papers with a wash of color.  A few simple Walnut Ink splatters and minimal embellishment and voila!

Now for a shift in gears and focus.  To show you how much you can do with this line, I created a "lovey-dovey" card and a birthday card!  That's right!  BIRTHDAY!  How so??!!  Keep reading!
First up is the "lovey dovey" card.  The easiest thing to do is to let the paper and a "pops" do the work!  This card took about 5 minutes to put together.

Now for the BIRTHDAY card!  I used the patchwork paper and cut out the little boxes in different sized then added my own "bows".  Super easy!

I certainly hope you enjoyed these projects and that you feel inspired to try some of them!  Basic Grey lines can seem somewhat daunting at first, but once you get in there and just go for it, they are remarkably easy to work with.  Try not to overthink it and just fly by the seat of your Bermuda shorts!

For the Heck of It!

I have had some "down time" between my DT commitments and I have enjoyed it.  But then I realized that I was BORED!  So I sat down at my table and rummaged through my scraps drawer.  Ok, not really rummaged, I pretty much grabbed whatever was on top and decided to make a couple cards. 

These cards are actually mini cards.  I just love mini cards!  They are so cute and dainty.  I took a regular 5x7 card and cut it in half perpendicular to the fold then went to town. 

I used a mash-up of Sass Lass and Basic Grey.

I just love how these li'l guys turned out!  Here are some shots of the cards individually. 

For the first card, I used Basic Grey "Hello Luscious" and cut the borders from a sheet of patterned paper.  I accented them using a plain ol' black sharpie.  To balance the bold black lines, I used kraft journaling tags by Maya Road and a sticker from Basic Grey.  The alphas are by Thickers (of course!!) and there's turquoise Stickle dots on the borders and crown. 

For the second card, which is actually a birthday card for my neighbor, I used Basic Grey's "Hello Luscious" and Sass's "Ellie's Tale".  The flower is by Prima and I made the medallion.  I used Cosmo Cricket's Tiny Type to make the "CHEERS" banner.  (She absolutely LOVED it by the way!)

I hope you enjoyed these little minis and I hope they inspire you to create a couple for yourself!  They are GREAT to on hand for that last minute card. 

My Latest Reveal: Gabrielle

Good morning blogging peeps!  Wow!  I guess I've been MIA for a while.  I really need to get on top of this blog more.  Anyway, thank you for pardoning my absence.

Now to the business at hand!  It's time for my next reveal at ACOT!  Bo Bunny's "Gabrielle" is such a beautiful line when you look at it in real life.  The color palette is truly what sets this line apart from others.  The beautiful mix of coral, chocolate brown, cream, white, and teal make these papers exquisite as well as challenging.  When I submitted my product preferences for this reveal, I really wanted to push my personal envelope and step outside of my comfort zone.  And this line definitely fit the bill.  I was able to produce 5 pieces, yes *5* pieces, for this reveal.  I tried to use a wide range from this line to include the puzzle piece mini album!

This first piece is done using the puzzle piece mini album.  I put the pieces together to create a 12x12 framed piece.  I painted a piece of regular chipboard brown and glued the pieces to it using mod podge.  I used some trim from my stash around the edges then covered the overlapping corners with some Recollections roses and rosettes. 

I used a "hanging" plaque by Kaiser Craft to frame the title.  It is stained with Glimmer Glam. 
These wonderful mother of pearl buttons are antiques.  My mom found them in a thrift store when we were younger.  It's always nice to used stuff like that!

I used some awesome wood embellishments by Kaiser Crafts to accent this piece.  I slapped some Glimmer Glam onto the wood to give it a stained look.  The beaded sprays are gorgeous little pieces by Prima and I just love how soft and whimsical they look.  The blooms are also Prima and I accented their beautiful and rich color with some gold Stickles. 

For these next several pieces, I just created regular 12x12 pages.  I used several layering techniques, some hardware I've had in my stash FOREVER, and some Walnut Ink misting.

My final project I did for ACOT is a simple card.  I wanted to use that marvelously huge butterfly chipboard shape.  The best thing was to keep the design simple and let the butterfly be the sole focus.

You can check out the full article at A Cherry on Top's site.  Remember, we have the next big crop coming up in May for NSD!  And get this!  It's a "crop around the clock"!  That's right!  We;'re going straight through the weekend!  The theme for this weekend long party is "Rockstar"!  Come check it out!

My Kick-Start!

Hopefully, this li'l dandy of a card is just what I needed to kick-start my lazy-@$$ mojo!  I am just loving this card!  I decided to work with color and this palette happened purely by accident.  I also used a Page Maps "Card Maps" sketch for this one too!  I love me some sketches!

I was digging through my scraps drawer and picking out papers to make 2 cards.  I chose Echo Park's "For the Record" and My Mind's Eye "Stella & Rose".  They were suppose to be used separately!  When I laid my chosen papers onto my table, the orange MME was on top of the teal EP and I had a stroke (almost literally) or genius!  These 2 papers were PERFECT together!

I decided to use Maya Road's new journaling tags with some Sassafras Lass turquoise lettering to tie my color scheme together.  The transparent floral embellishment is by Fancy Pants and I thought was the perfect li'l something this card needed.  The tiny black lettering is by Making Memories and I just love how it pops against the MME herringbone paper and just brings the black highlights together.

Here is the sketch I was inspired to use for this card.

I am just loving this card and can't wait for it's intended recipient to get it!  Let's see if I can keep the mojo going!

Sketches 2 Scrapbook....CARDS!!!

Good evening everyone!  I have some more amazing news regarding the Sketches 2 Scrapbook app available on iTunes.  There's a CARD VERSION now!  It is available through iTunes for $4.99.  You get over 100 card sketches along with examples plus the sketches from the demo.  There is a free demo version which includes 12 sketches and examples.

Below, is my card submission for this remarkable app.

Birthday Card **Sketches2Scrapbook**

I used BoBunny's "Peacock Lane" for this card.  Actually, I rummaged through my scraps drawer!  The foundation cardstock is by Bazzill and I used my Cuttlebug with the birds folder, also by Provo Craft, to emboss it.  The chipboard flourish is by Fancy Pants and is painted using Adirondack paint dabbers.  I used mini rosettes by Recollections and the alphas are by Doodlebug and Making Memories.  I don't remember who made the ribbon and the stick pins were pins I saved from a floral arrangement.

I am so honored to have been part of this remarkable application.  Show your love!  Go check the app out.

Simplicity

So I made this card using some scraps I had shoved in a drawer.  I am trying to force myself to use that stuff before buying new stuff.  So far, it's NOT WORKING very well!!  What can I say?  Some of the new products and lines coming out are just fantastic. 

I think I'm going to try a bit harder to make my scraps disappear...and not into the trash....but on pages, cards, and other projects that may come up.

I used some left over Basic Grey "Eskimo Kisses" and some old school SEI "Glitzmas".  The sentiment is heat embossed.  Such a simple card, but so easy to put together.  The fact that it's handmade also makes it so much more special.