Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day Chalkboard Art

I am so grateful for the sacrifices made by service men and women throughout history. This year I decorated my chalkboard for Memorial Day with a good quote, "Home of the free, because of the brave." Thank you, thank you to all who have served!!

For those in the United States, I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend with your family. We're still in the process of moving, but I hope to buy a grill this weekend and get our summer started off right!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fusion: Easy Layered Flowers

Welcome to another fun Fusion Challenge! Today's card is indeed a fusion of everything ... the yellow and white flowers on the blue background, and the sketch. I initially turned the sketch 90 degrees counter-clockwise and just had the striped blue cardstock as the base, but the sentiment seemed too close to the bottom so I mounted the smaller blue base on a large format white base.

Aren't the flowers lovely? They are all from a set that was just released at Top Dog Dies yesterday! It's called Pretty Petals #3. I love that after one pass through the Big Shot for each color (white, yellow, vellum) I have 4 or 5 gorgeous layered blooms. The dotted accents really make the layers stand out well.

Top Dog Dies Pretty Petals #3 Set

Here are some fabulous cards by our design team!

WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates, each choosing one favorite. The winners will be announced at 4 am (PST) in two weeks!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 15, 2015

TDD Shaker Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the Top Dog Dies blog hop! Along this hop you will find all sorts of clever shaker cards from the Top Dog Dies design team. This card uses the Vintage A2 Mat Die to hold seed beads in the shaker cavity. When you hold the card upright, you just see the "happy birthday" message that's been stamped on the acetate.

Then when our 3 year-old cousin Sophie shakes her card,

she'll find her name!

 I like using seed beads because they move easily due to their shape and weight. Sometimes the sequins frustrate me because they stick to the acetate. I threw a few stars in there to break up the beads.

I wish I could see her tiny hands shaking her birthday card! The letters are from the Vintage Alphabet Set.

Each Design Team member has created a special shaker card using dies from Top Dog Dies. Visit each blog, check out the shaker projects and leave your comments.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! Three winners will receive the New Top Dog Dies Hot Air Balloon Die Set. For your chance to win, enter your email address below by 5/20/15. Winners will be posted on the Top Dog Dies blog after 5/20/15.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

NSD Make Your Own Background Challenge + the Move

    Happy National Scrapbooking Day!! What would this day be without a scrapbook page to share? My annual scrapbook page is better than no scrapbook page I suppose! Winnie & Walter is teaming up with Pinkfresh Studio to sponsor several challenges for this special weekend. Please see each blog for all the fun details. Sure hope you'll try one or more of the challenges (you do not have to make a scrapbook page)!


    I really wanted to document Whale Day at my first grader's school. He made the sweetest shirt, with his own idea to put both of our hand tracings on the back. Then he labeled inside the hands "me" and "mom". Then he drew a heart between them. Then he drew a smiley face on the heart. Awww, I was just so touched that he wanted me on the back of his Whale Day shirt, and then he went and drew this awesome heart between us! I had to stop thinking about it before I got teary in front of his friends!

    My challenge is to make your own background. I used the single stripe from Scenery: Stripes as a permanent guide for my journaling.  Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway is used as a stencil to make a background for the journaling, as well as to make a border around the entire page. I just masked off the edge and then sponged ink through the stencil.

    Having boys, I often stick with bold and graphic designs, so getting to work with Pinkfresh Studio's very whimsical Up in the Clouds line of products was a big treat for me. Love the puffy stickers and the gold rub-on above it! Even though there are hearts and pink involved, I think it's funky enough to be used for a boy's layout.

    Sure hope you're able to join in the fun at Winnie & Walter, Pinkfresh Studio, or both! Remember, you can do cards for the challenges as well : )

    I am in the middle of moving! We closed on the house yesterday and are trying to move as much as we can ourselves. Boy am I sore already. And tired. But it's so exciting! Every time I take a load into the house I smile. Can't believe it's finally ours.

    You can see a portion of my patterned paper collection in the back ... see that lovely column of white? Our garage door was left open while it was raining one day and the ends of many of the pages started warping : ( Luckily, most are back to normal now. I really panicked!

    We took two full loads over yesterday, and will do another one today before we take the truck back. It's hard to believe we have this much stuff! Then we will list our house next week. Our quick week-long bathroom remodel turned into 6 weeks, so our house is very late getting on the market. The bathroom remodel just finished Thursday at 9:45 pm when our electrician finally left our house. There are many balls in the air!

    Anyway, I'm anxious to see what everyone has been up to recently. Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015

w&w: Multifaceted Marvelousness

Are you ready for facets? Great! There are three different stamp sets you can pick from over at Winnie and Walter now (well, technically you can pick them out at 10 pm tonight)!

This card features the faceted heart from True colored with copics in an ombre fashion. A few strips of paper are wrapped around the cards on a diagonal. To make sure the colored cardstock matched the faceted heart, I colored white cardstock with the lightest marker I used on the heart. What do you know, it matches! In true Winnie & Walter fashion, they have knocked it out of the park with font selection and pairings for sentiments.


OK, so this one might be a little out there, but I wanted to see if there was anything hidden I could find in this large, faceted, background stamp. A goldfish was the best I could come up with! Although this is indeed a fish, you could certainly do a range of colors, different shades of the same color, bleed one color into another, or smoosh the alcohol inks on it (like earlier this week). The different sections are watercolored, and the facets are gold embossed.

It was only natural to try a necklace from these lovely gems in the new set called My Precious. For the coloring, I watercolored a swish, let it dry, and then stamped so that the lighter section is centered. Scenery: Stripes is used for the wide band behind the panel.

To make it more like real-life, I added a jump ring and metallic thread for the chain.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this release! If you haven't already, check out the amazing projects from Julie, Shay and our guest designers on the Winnie & Walter blog. Of course, there's also a ton more inspiration on the personal blogs of our Talent:

Gayatri | Heather P. | Joni | Lea | Mayuri | Vanessa | Heather H.

Finally, don't forget to comment-to-win a stamp set each day of the release on the Winnie & Walter blog, and enter the big give-away to win the entire April/May release. Stamps go on sale tonight!
Thanks for looking!

CAS-ual Fridays: Calm and Loving

We've got one last set to show for the CAS-ual Fridays release called Calm and Loving. It includes a charming tree of hearts with a bunch of different sentiments to go with it. For this one I added some sponged ink in the middle of the tree to fill it out, and wrapped a sentiment around it.

Even though the hill is patterned paper, it still looked a little plain, so I added one of the Lovely Link dies to jazz it up. That did it!

Everything you've seen this week is now available at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

If you haven't already this week, take a peek at what the other Ink Squad girls created:

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

w&w: Addie's and Maggie's Gorgeous Blooms

Folks, we've got more flowers!! Another amazing floral stamp set is being showcased at Winnie & Walter called In Bloom: Addie's Garden. The first two cards are from that set.


I really like how this one turned out ... it's not like most of the cards I make. I chose to not color in 100% of the spaces and left some white in the flowers, leaves and stem. I like the sketchy look it gives. Also, it made the coloring go so much quicker, since for each petal I put my marker on the end and flicked it in toward the center in one stroke. Then moved on to the next petal. To finish it off I drew an outline around the flowers with a black pen.

Do you believe it's another one layer card!?! That's, like, three days in a row for me!!  This card is a little different than the first, where the sentiment is stamped instead of die cut, and I've added gold ink drops. It was the first one I made and I wasn't as happy with the middle stem being curved and the leaf being so far to the right. But I made an effort to finish it anyway to make the most of my scraps.  The background is filled in by inking through the V for cheVron Creative Screening.

This floral is a beauty too!! One of the first things I bought for my apartment 20 years ago was a basket of silk hydrangeas. I was on a tight budget, so I think I spent $2 at a garage sale for it. It was charming, nonetheless, and I wanted to recreate it as soon as I saw the stamps. I dabbed them with a bunch of different blue, purple and pink watercolors and the fussy cut them. For the basket, I didn't have a stamp, so I thought the texture of burlap was a good enough substitute to give that feel. The In a Word: Hugs cutaway that was debuted yesterday is the perfect sentiment, since stamping on burlap seems quite a challenge : ) I added "sending" right to the cutaway to make it more compact and tied in.

It was so liberating NOT to fight the paper warping with the watercolors. I actually wanted it to bow out for some dimension. A couple Pretty Pink Posh sequins and we're all set!

Can I tell you how much I love the In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaway?!? Be sure to check out Julie's touching background on her inspiration for this set! Still in love with the distress ink smooshing, I inked up an acrylic block, dropped water on it and smooshed the paper to the block to form the background for these lovely roses.

Here's what it looked like going through the Sizzix. In a couple minutes you've got 6 blooms with white outlines. Since they were so quick I chose to use them ALL on my card (I tend to hoard things, so it's big for me to use things in quantity).

OK, I must have hoarded one of the blooms, as I'm only counting 5 on here : ) Anyway, the In a Word: Friend die is also used as a simple sentiment. I cut 4 layers of chipboard for extra height and then put the white cardstock layer on top.

Only one more day of the April/May release left! Wait until you see the faceted goodness in store for you tomorrow! Be sure to check out the amazing projects from Julie, Shay and our guest designers on the Winnie & Walter blog. My friends Maria F and Anita in France have really made some amazing cards so far, I get so anxious to check them out each day!! Of course, there's also a ton more inspiration on the personal blogs of our Talent:

Gayatri | Heather P. | Joni | Lea | Mayuri | Vanessa | Heather H.

Finally, don't forget to comment-to-win a stamp set each day of the release on the Winnie & Walter blog, and enter the big give-away to win the entire April/May release.
Thanks for looking!