More My Favorite Things…

Hello. Hope you had a good weekend. My dear Shari was in town to teach with me over the weekend at Simply Scrapbooks. I love Shari, I love that store, I love the people there. Thank you to all who came to the classes. It was a full-house and so much fun! (And for those of you at the crop on Saturday – thank you for the help with the baby shower invite. I finalized the design today and am thrilled. Could not have done it without you!)

And by the way – a big happy birthday to Shari. Ken, Colin, Roxie and I adore you, girlfriend. XOXO.

I also hope your holiday was a good one. Big hugs and thanks go out to all those heroes out there… and to their families, too.

I thought I would share my last projects for my guest spot over at My Favorite Things. I adore those folks – they are so nice. SO nice. (And their products are made in the US – you know I love that.) For both of these cards, I used the die from the Die-namics Framed Greetings Die and Stamp Set, just oriented differently.

For this first one, I stamped the mailbox, colored it with Copics and then coated it with Glossy Accents. Once it was dry, I stamped over the whole piece with the background. Glossy Accents are fabulous for resist!

Making mini cards is such fun…

I colored that strip on the top of the card with a matching Copic Marker. And this little girl is actually holding mail in her hands, but I masked it off and tucked flowers in instead…

I used a tiny dot of Black Enamel Accents for the eyes. Gives it more life.

So the girl and mailbox are actually from the same stamp. I just cut them apart and did a bit of masking. So fun to get more from your stamps…

By the way, that adorable green dotted paper is from Hero Arts. It is heavy-weight paper with a white back, so it is perfect to cut into note cards. Love it. And 2Peas is selling all the patterns by the sheet instead of in the packs. Click HERE to see the yummy rainbow of colors…

Off to watch some mindless tv and listen to the hubby play the guitar. Night.

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“Baby Shower” for Heidi at Simon Says Stamp!

Recently, my dear friend Heidi – the owner of Simon Says Stamp – had a baby girl. And to celebrate, a few of my friends are joining me for an “online baby shower” in her honor!

Here is the card and gift I sent to Heidi and her new baby girl, Abigail Ann…

For this card, I white heat embossed the Magical Background on watercolor paper. I then covered with Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose Distress Inks and then sprayed it heavily with water + Perfect Pearls. When it dried, I was left with a lovely, pink, shiny background. I then cut a heart with my Silhouette and stitched it in place. Finally, I added a computer-generated greeting…

I get excited anyone has a baby. Why? Because I get to order a personalized shirt from my talented friend, Amy Tan. Her creations are amazing. AMAZING. Who wants a store-bought onesie when you can get something this stinkin’ cute?

And, the back… oh my cuteness…

I love babies. And want one. I always want one. If we up to me, I would be pregnant every day of my life. I loved being pregnant. But thankfully, it isn’t only up to me. ;)

Now, be sure to visit my friends who are playing along in this “baby shower…”

Big hugs to you, Heidi. Adore you! Give that little girl a kiss from me.

If you had signed up for True Scrap through me, you should have received an email from me with a link to the bonus video. If you did not get this email, please email me. Thanks!

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Krafty Goodness

Hello!

Just a quick PSA: If you are ever interested in any of the supplies I use on this blog, always look at the little square images at the end of each post. If you click on them, you will see the supply. This is the easiest way for me to share them and help you find what you need.

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Not sure if you all saw the Hero Arts blog last week. I shared lots of fun ideas for using kraft paper.

Many have asked about the kraft paper I use. I use THIS kraft paper and THESE kraft notecards/envelopes. I love the quality.

For this card, I first stamped the card with my favorite white ink, and then stamped over it with black ink. Finally, I colored it in super heavily with colored pencils

Here are some of the cards I did over on the blog. This first one is so cool in real life. Just stamped in THIS white ink on kraft and colored in the open flowers *heavily* with colored pencil…

I finished it off by stamping over the whole piece with Soft Sand Shadow Ink…

A few people asked what colored pencils I use. I REALLY love Prismacolor pencils. They are super high-quality and go on so smoothly. Big difference over others. You can find them HERE. They are worth the investment – you will use them for ages.

This next card just took lots of heavy coloring with colored pencils.When I was done, I added highlighting with a white pencil. Oh, and I used a punched circle to mask over the center…

And finally, for this card I just use my favorite white ink to stamp the background. Love the bold look. Oh, and the ribbon holds in a gift card…

Thanks for stopping by today. Heading to bed. Night!

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Wednesday Designer Challenge with Go To Gals

Today is my first Wednesday Designer Challenge with my fellow Paper Crafts Go To Gals. (This is a team of 6 contributing editors for Paper Crafts magazine. I am honored to be one!) We will do these challenges once in awhile… such fun.

This challenge is to use some fabulous new products from October Afternoon. Honestly, this isn’t much of a challenge, as I adore their papers. :)

I used papers from the 5 & Dime October Afternoon line, making it effortless to pull together. They are so delicious that I hoard every little scrap of them! Look…

For the butterflies, I used Amuse Studio butterfly die cuts (contact Mary Dawn if you are interested in ordering). And here is a fun tip for creating antennae on butterflies: wrap a piece of string around the butterfly’s body a few times and then tie into a double knot at the top. Trim… and you have the perfect body and antennae…

Oh, by the way… I also added a butterfly to the flap of my Hero Arts envelope so it matches. I have found that if I glue it flat really good, it makes it through the mail ok. Love the decorative edge of the Hero Arts envelopes…

Be sure to check out what the other Go To Gals created with October Afternoon goodies, too:

Have a great day.
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Fun with My Favorite Things

Hello! Happy weekend. Hope yours was wonderful. Colin had two birthday parties, baseball, Sunday School… all surrounded by a lot of planting in our yard. A lot. I tend to go overboard every year. (Hard to imagine, huh?) :)

Wanted to pop in and share some fun I am having over at My Favorite Things. I am their May Fabulous Friend, sharing a few projects throughout the month. HERE is my first:


I used their fun Rolled Daisy Die-namics for this with vellum. LOVE this die. I intentionally kept the flower formed so the center had a high hole in it. (Wanted lots of dimension.) I put a foam dot in the center and a Copic-colored pearl on top. This die rocks.


Here is what the rolled daisy die looks like. Kinda funny looking, but it works great… like a rolled rose. (You can find it HERE.)

See that white die cut on the card? It is THIS one, just cut in half and spread apart for a new look.

HERE is the second My Favorite Things card I created…


I covered my die cut hearts with Glossy Accents for shine. I just love the look of layered dies…

Here is the thing – I am VERY picky when it comes to hearts. And these hearts? They are perfecto. They are from THIS stamp and die set. Look at all the cute pieces. (You can find it HERE.) I’m in love…

The layered dies and stamping are from THIS set…

I will be guesting again this month so be sure to head over to My Favorite Things blog to see more. (They share a TON of card ideas – lots of great coloring.)

Monday the 23rd is the last day you can bid on my custom-made heart canvas HERE. All the money goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Please check it out HERE! Thanks…

See you soon!

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Day 5 of Challenge with Dawn

It’s Day 5 of my challenge week with Dawn McVey. So sad it is the last day!

Today we will both be using the Hero Arts Dots and Flowers background and the Papertrey Ink Blooming Button Bits set… along with the color green.

Here is my card. I broke our monochromatic rule slightly: just had to add blue felt flowers…


The vase is covered with Glossy Accents for shine and I used THIS white pen to add some white dots to the background pattern. Was good to break out this background stamp again – I used to use it a ton.

Those adorable felt roses were made with THIS die set from My Favorite Things. So easy to do and I just love how they look in felt…

Now be sure to head over to Dawn’s blog to see her green work of art. And, Dawn – thank you for having this week of fun with me. I adore you. Mwah!

By the way – the link for my heart canvas auction was messed up yesterday. HERE is the correct link. Sorry!

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