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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Poppy Sketches Challenge - Sketch #3

For today's blog I chose to participate in the Poppy Sketches Challenge. I was inspired by the color scheme and stumped by the layout. I couldn't figure out how to incorporate the little angles.

After playing around with a few ideas, I finally came up with this little card:

I love the Simon Says Stamp Air Vent die and those angles kept reminded me of the sketch. After I figured out how to incorporate it, I focused on the main angles and tied on some ribbon. The initial knot I tied made "leaves" pop in my head. Voila! I pulled out my Papertrey Ink Notched Flowers die and went to work. I added a little bit of gold ink on the edges to make them pop out more. Overall a fun color scheme to work with and an easy little thank you card to have on hand.

Check out the other great entries at Poppy Sketches.

Thanks for visting! Until next time!

Paper: Recollections - Purple Paper Pack
Dies: Simon Says Stamp - Air Vent; Papertrey Ink - Notched Flowers; Clearly Besotted Stamps - Tag Along Die Collection
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Fillable Frames #1
Other: American Crafts Ribbon; Brillance Dew Drop Ink - Galaxy Gold; My Minds Eye - The Sweetest Thing Decorative Button Collection; Plain Twine

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Part 2

I had such a great time making my first shaker card for the Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Blog Hop that I had to make one more! I've had these cute little bee dies for sometime time and finally was inspired to use them! Instead of just being part of the stamped background I wanted them to take center stage and "fly" around the scene.

For the bees, I used vellum for their wings and inked black around the edges so that they would show up better against the polka dot background. To make them sparkle, I added a tiny bit of yellow Stickles to their backs. Once I added the sequins with them, I think the effect worked really well. Here's a close up:

Thank you for checking out my second entry and please make sure to check out all the other great cards at the Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Blog Hop


Paper: Echo Park Country Drive (honeycomb); MME Breeze (polka dots)
 Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Bees; Spellbinders Nestibilities Hexagons
 Stamps: Memory Box Happy Bee-Day 
Other: Avery Elle Lemonade Blend Sequins; Stickles Yellow; Doodle Twine Black; Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be participating in my first blog hop! I recently discovered the Pretty Pink Posh Blog. I too have become obsessed with sequins so when I saw an opportunity to learn how to make a new type of card and incorporate sequins, I knew this was the perfect first blog hop for me!


The first thought that popped into my head was under the sea and how when the light hits just right everything is sparkly! With that inspiration I created this super fun card:

First I created a little ocean scene with my stamps, I used colored pencils blended with gamsol and then finished it off with some Stickles. For the port hole, I used two circle dies to create a ring and accented it with some little silver sticker brads. I chose a variety of blue and iridescent sequins to fill my shaker and then meticulously trimmed foam tape in the shape of a circle. I don't know why I chose a circle for my first shaker. I have a sneaking suspicion a square would have been easier!

To complete the front of the card, I ran some navy card stock through my Cuttlebug to emboss the little anchors and then added a fun little sentiment. It was hard to not add twine or something else but I really wanted the shaker to be the star. Lastly, I completed the inside of the card carrying over the nautical theme. I had so much fun making this card and I'm looking forward to trying it again with different themes.

Thank you for checking out very first blog hop entry! I hope many more are to come! Be sure to check out all of the other fantastic entries. Until next time!


Paper: Stampin' Up! - Midnight Muse; Recollections - Kraft
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Surf and Turf
Dies: Spellbinder Nestibilities - Standard Circles Small; Lifestyle Crafts - Nautical Embossing Folder
Other: Avery Elle Sequins - Carribean Blend; Stickles - Diamond, Firefly, Orange Peel; Enamel Accents - Black

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Learning to Blog Again...

Greetings! It's been soooo long since I've posted an entry. Life always seems to get in the way. I've been creating cards but for some reason I can not get around to posting them. I recently purchased an iPad and I'm hoping that will help me since it's definitely easy to grab that and knock out a post!

Yesterday was National Administrative Professionals Day so I wanted to share a card I made for one of our fantastic Admin Assistants.

I was dying to try out the Movers and Shakers Zipper die from Papertrey Ink and thought the sentiment would be perfect for this card. To make the "you" stand out, I die cut letters then applied Stickles to make them sparkle. Plus, I just love that fun summery paper. It's a pack I found at Micheals recently. So fun and bright!

Here's the after picture:

I can't wait to come up with other ways to utilize this die. The Movers and Shakers line is really fantastic. The cards are so simple to put together but definitely give the "wow" factor to the recipients. Our Admin loved the little surprise element of the hidden sentiment.

So now that I've gotten over my blog block, I'm going to start slow and attempt a post a week. Hopefully I'll surprise myself!

Thank you paper crafters! Until next time!

Paper: (Patterned) Recolletions - Home Basic Stack 12x12; (Solid) Stampin' Up! - Whisper White and Costal Cabana
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Movers & Shakers Sentiments; Sketched Shapes (little arrow)
Dies: Papertrey Ink - Movers & Shakers: Zippers Die Collection; Headline Alphabet Die
Other: Doodlebug - White Twine; Diamond Stickles; Button from my stash