Monday, February 23, 2015

Creative Blog Hop!

Wow!! I was nominated by my DEAR friend and upline, Carrie Rhoades, to participate in a Creative Blog Hop! I'm so honored and excited!!

To do this, first I have to be nominated by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator. (done!) Thanks, Carrie! ;o)

Then, i have to post a project!

Here goes!

I was inspired by THIS ADORABLE CARD by Lisa Storms. Originally, i wanted to do a St. Patricks Day themed card, but it took a pleasant and unexpected turn...

Whaddya think?

The next fun part of the Creative Blog Hop is where I answer some questions about me...

1. What are you working on right now.

I am currently working on a Birthday suite, including invitations, signs, banners, decorations and games, for a client who regularly requests custom projects from me. It's a little tough, because she requested a specific movie theme, and i am finding it a challenge to come up with ideas, but little by little, it is coming together!

2. How does your style differ from others in your genre?

hmmm......well, i always like to describe my style as structured and deliberate. i am not the kind that can just kind of throw a lot of stuff down and end up with a gem of a project that is a feast for the eyes....although i wish i could!! haha! each part of my project in my mind has a purpose. every so often, i will have a happy accident (and sometimes NOT so happy accidents), but i usually spend more time trying to get things 'just right' than i probably should, but at least when i am finished, my ever so slightly OCD side is satisfied and i can sleep peacefully!

3. Why do you create what you do.

wow! This could encompass a lot! I do tend to create things that appeal to something inside me... So i guess i can say that each project i make is a little piece of me...a little window into who i am.

Stamping/papercrafting is almost like my therapy. it is my sanctuary in a crazy world. it is a wonderful creative outlet, something i have that is exclusively mine in a house that has been taken over by the other members of my family, and it gives me a sense of individuality, accomplishment and pride. Its my excitement and quiet time all in one. I also love the relationships i have created with other wonderful people who share the same love for the craft as i do!!

4. How does your creative process work.

Sometimes i will make projects using the guidelines at the Stampin' Royalty Challenge Site, of which i am administrator and Head Goddess. My nominator for this awesome Creative Blog Hop, Carrie Rhoades, is also a Goddess on the site... She makes AMAZING paper goodies! Along with all the other fabulous Goddesses! you should check it out and play along with us and visit Carries site!! you will be ooh-ing and aah-ing with each post!

Other times i am inspired by something i see, such as a card, color scheme, or picture, But a lot of times i will challenge myself to make things using either my newest stamps, OR some of my OLDEST products. that is why a lot of times you will see some really old supplies used in my cards along with some of the newer. i guess i like to make sure all my supplies feel loved ;o)

And of course, then there are the times i get specific requests, then i love going through my supplies to see how to best use them for the requested theme! it's like a little game for me!

Lastly, To end the Creative Blog Hop, I get to nominate another demonstrator to participate! So, I am nominating Stasia Sloma to be next in the Blog Hop! Not only has she had many of her creative projects published, but she is also one of the Stampin' Royalty Goddesses! Be sure to check out her blog and visit it on Monday, March 2nd for her post for the Creative Blog Hop!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You Plus Me, with a little Gorgeous Grunge

Here is the picture! (aren't those colors just soooo pretty??)

So many things in this image to inspire me!
I began with a Crisp Cantaloupe cardbase, added a Smoky Slate and Tangerine Tango mat, then on a panel of Whisper White, i stamped the splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set, stamping once full strength, then a few times more after stamping off.
Then i stamped and cut out the ampersand from You Plus Me set from the Occasions Catalog in Tangerine Tango, added a few rhinestones, and for the "Mr/Mrs, i didn't have a stamp or die cut for the size letters i needed, so i found a font and used my Silhouette to cut out these letters in Smoky Slate.  I really wanted to use the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz Die if i had it, but alas, I did not, so i had to improvise. After adding some ribbon, i put it all together and here it is!


Cardstock - Smoky Slate, Tangerine Tango, Crisp Canteloupe
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangerine Tango 
Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge, You Plus Me
Accessories - Rhinestones, Ribbon

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Couple of Hugs and Kisses :o)

Just a little something i put together for my little Valentine :o)
Really quick and easy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sheltering Tree

The Stampin' Royalty Theme this week is TREES!
It was an excellent reason to break out my brand new Sheltering Trees set that i have been wanting to use since it arrived on my doorstep!
This one is actually pretty simple... I made the background using sponges and Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Pear Pizzaz Inks. I then just used the different stamps in the Sheltering Trees set to make the rest of the image! i stamped the bike on a scrap piece of white and cut it out. I then stamped the sentiment from the Lotus Blossom set in Basic Gray.  a few steps but a really simple to complete card!

Supplies - 
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamps -  Sheltering Tree, Lotus Blossom
Cardstock - Whisper White, Naturals White
Accessories - Sponges

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I "Heart" This Wedding Card!

This card is so much cuter in person haha... I wasn't able to get a good photo due to the sun being down...
The Stampin' Royalty Theme this week is To DIE for! to use your dies! so i did just that! and some Embosslits, Embossing Folder, and a punch or two....and some super fun Washi Tape :o)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Tisket, a Tasket, I Made a Berry Basket!!

For the Love/Valentines theme at Stampin' Royalty this week, i chose to make this cute little Berry Basket full of love using the Stampin' Up Berry Basket Die!
The only thing that i believe needs an explanation is the mat behind the main panel. I actually cut that out by hand. I basically temporarily stuck the main panel on the Real Red Cardstock, then eyeballed it to cut around it to make a mat.  I also used various Scallop Circle punches to create the flower. after punching them out of Patterned Paper, I crumpled them up, put them back in a flower shape and layered them, glued them together, then punched a hole right in the center, where i then put a large brown brad in to keep it all together. Everything else speaks for itself! A fun little basket that i will be filling with Valentines candy and giving to my little girl! 

Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Sahara Sand
Stamps: Love Stamp from the Everyday Occasions Card Kit
Accessories: Berry Basket Die, fashionable hearts embosslits die, Labels Collection Framelits Die

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Making a Cake (Card)

The theme at Stampin' Royalty this week is BIRTHDAYS!!
Right up my alley! (that and Christmas, of course!)
I was DYING to use my new Stacked With Love Designer paper from the brand spankin' new Occasions Catalog! 
So i did! 
I used my Real Red, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Basic Black markers to color the stamp from the Amazing Birthday set, matted it with Gold Glimmer paper, and then, i made the cute little cake. Let me tell you how i did it!
I first used a square of the designer paper, then punched out a strip of Crisp Cantaloupe with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, then cut it in half and put on along the top, and one along the bottom. I also added a super thin strip of the cold glimmer across the center. For the candles, i had a couple small scrap strips that i glued to some red cardstock, and for the flames, i used my Bird Builder Punch (just the top leaf of the branch) and punched some Gold Glimmer paper, and glued that to the top of the scrap strips on the Real Red cardstock (i hope this makes sense.)

So after gluing all the pieces on Real Red cardstock scraps, i cut along the outline, leaving a small border around the pieces.  I then glued the candles on the back of the cake part and put the whole thing on the card with Dimensionals. for some added sparkle, i glued some gold sequins to fill in the empty spots and i was all done :)


Stamps - Amazing Birthday
Cardstock - Real Red, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink - (I used Markers) Real Red, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black
Accessories - Bird Builder Punch, Gold Glimmer Paper, Stacked With Love Designer paper, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Gold Sequins

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

This week at Stampin' Royalty we are giving you a Color Challenge!
here are the colors:

What i love about these colors are that they can basically be used throughout all 4 seasons! 
normally, i would go straight to a Christmas card with this one, but i challenged myself to make something a little out of my norm.  So i grabbed one of my NEW STAMPS, Love is Kindness  :)
I used Petite Pairs for the sentiment and the woodgrain background stamp for the cardbase. 

I basically just used my inks and my blender pen to color the image, matted each of the panels on Early Espresso cardstock, and tied the main image with White Bakers Twine.  Super easy and quick! 
You can switch out the sentiment with several others, and it would work just as well! 

Supplies - 
Stamps - Love is Kindness, Petite Pairs, Woodgrain Background
Ink/Cardstock - Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Accessories - White Bakers Twine, Blender Pen, Artisan Label Punch

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yep, It really is ONE LAYER! Wood You Be Mine

The Stampin' Royalty Challenge this week is One Layer Cards,  and believe it or not, this IS one layer!

How did i do it, you ask? I'll be glad to tell you!

But before I do, can i just say how doggone CUTE this stamp set is?? It is from the Wood You Be Mine set that will be in the upcoming Occasions Catalog, and it is adorable! that pleasant lumberjack will be stealing many hearts :)

So now on to my techniques for the card....
I started out by stamping the sentiment in Early Espresso on Naturals White Cardstock, then stamped ol' Jack right above those words, then i made a 'mask' to place over Jack and the words so i dont stamp over them.  to make the mask, i just measured the area i wanted to cover, then cut a piece of very thin copy paper in a rectangle large enough and used my Tombo glue to put a thin coating on the back (then let it dry so it is tacky) and placed it over the image.

I inked up my Woodgrain background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar and stamped over the mask and the whole card, creating a sort of frame
I then used my Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write Marker and a ruler and drew lines over the edge of the stamped part to make it look clean and divided. I then created lines the same way surrounding the wording to make it look like another layer.
 I colored Jack a little bit using my blender pens, then to finish it off, i actually DREW on what LOOKS like brads or Candy Dots....I used my older style Paper Piercing mat with the different size circles to draw dots on the paper with my Baked Brown Sugar marker, then I used a bead of my Crystal Effects over each circle and let it dry to create a faux brad/candy dot...

I like it  {:oD


Cardstock - Naturals White
Ink- Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy,
Stamps - Wood You Be Mine?, Woodgrain Background Stamp
Accessories - Crystal Effects, Blender Pen

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My New Arrival ;o)

The Theme this week at Stampin' Royalty is a Picture inspiration!

Oh, how i wish that was my living room!!! so pretty!

I really wanted to make a Christmas card.... BUT! I must might have gotten a new stamp out of the upcoming Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog ;o)
I couldn't pass up an opportunity to get my hands on my new stamps right away!
So, here is a little sneaky-peeky for you of a brand spankin' new Stamp set, and I know i will be getting a LOT of use out of it!!