Tuesday Ideas {colorful layers}

4.30.2013

Hello again! I'm back already with my second project for today. If you are here for the Clear and Simple Stamps Faves project, scroll down or click here if you're reading this from your email. 

Today, I am blogging over at the Precious Remembrance blog with another "Tuesday Ideas" feature. And today, it's all about layers.

I just love adding layers to my cards. In fact, sometimes it’s difficult for me to stop adding layers. Although I understand that this style can be intimidating to some, I will share with you my method for piling on the layers without going overboard.


With spring in the air, our family has started going on bike rides again. It feels so good to be outside when the weather has started to warm up. With that idea in mind, I found inspiration for my card today.

I started with a three-part color theme in blue, red, and yellow. For me, choosing my color theme first helps me to stay focused when gathering coordinating ribbons, trims, and buttons. With color in mind, I can quickly scan my craft room for matching embellishments and avoid any supplies that are not in my color theme.

After putting all my layers together, I completed my card by adding the “enjoy” sentiment from the Calendar Stamp set, “fun times” from the Friend Stamp set, and the yellow polka-dot heart from the Love Stamp set. Each perfect for a spring time card!

So…even though there are many layers on my card, it all came together rather quickly because I had a color theme in mind. I hope you’ll try this method out next time you’re feeling a bit crafty.

For more inspiration, visit the Precious Remembrance blog.

Thanks for joining me today!




My Faves from Clear and Simple Stamps

4.29.2013

Today I am joining the Clear and Simple Stamps (CSS) design team as we share projects using our most favorite CSS products. To narrow down my favorites (yes, it was a tough decision), I thought about the products that would work year-round and I could use for multiple occasions. 


I just knew I couldn't live without All Occasions 1, Hearts Plus, and Well Preserved Jars. My faves! 

Of course, classic black ink and cotton twine are used on nearly all of my projects. I am so glad CSS has my favorite essentials all in one place. 


For my project today, this card is perfect for so many occasions. I love keeping these types of projects on hand to use for that last-minute quick gift. Be it a birthday gift, thoughtful note, or just to say thank you, the variety of sentiments in All Occasions 1 make it my go-to stamp set. 


And who can resist a charming mason jar? I've been crushing on adorable mason jars for many, many years. I love keeping them around the house full of little trinkets or in my craft room full of buttons. It's no wonder I love to stamp mason jars on so many of my creations!


This little gable box sure wasn't going to miss the chance to be on my favorites list! Party Favor 5 is my fav-or-ite die from CSS. I adore the small size, the fun shape, and even the way it opens up on the top. After all, opening a package is half the fun! 

The rest of the design team is sharing their CSS faves too! Be sure to visit their blogs to see their picks...


So glad you stopped by!


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Well, I Do Declare! | Precious Remembrance Stamps

4.23.2013

Hello! I am blogging over at the Precious Remembrance Stamps blog today, sharing a card using the new Mom & Dad stamp set. 

Now based on the title of this blog post, you can tell I had Scarlett O'Hara on my mind. After choosing this color theme for my card, I can only see Scarlett's velvet green dress she made from the curtains on her windows. Can I get a "fiddle dee dee!" out there? 


Actually, the real reason I chose green for my card is because it's my mom's favorite color. I used a little pop of turquoise ink and peach colored flowers to break the monotony. But my favorite part? The contrasting color of the white paper doilies against the green. Ooh, I love it!


The collage-style stamping all came from the Mom & Dad set. Such a great set that can be used year-round for birthdays, anniversaries, or just to send a little love.

For more ideas using stamps from the Precious Remembrance family, follow their blog to see daily inspiration.

Have a great day!


Waltzingmouse Release Day Blog Waltz

4.18.2013

Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz party! Today all the new stamp sets we've been previewing over the last few days are finally available in the shop. You can now see the full reveal of My Kind of Guy, Man of the Hour, and Nordic Baby over at the Waltzingmouse blog.

To celebrate, we invite you to hop along the design team blogs and comment along the way. Claire is giving away a stamp set of choice to those who participate. 

So let's get started...

You should have arrived on my blog from Karin's blog. If not, you can start the hop from the beginning so you don't miss a thing!


My card today features the new stamp, My Kind of Guy. Since this stamp set is primarily masculine, I decided to add a feminine twist to show the versatility of this set. Because Claire is so clever, she created each sentiment to be a separate stamp. That way you can mix and match to create something unique. 

I also used the lace border for the top of my card and the pretty brogue-style frame. Both images are easily going to be used over and over again at my house. Secretly? They might be my favorite images from this release. But shh...don't tell the other stamps.


I am so happy you stopped by my blog today. Please leave a comment below, then continue on the Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz party to see more projects from the design team.

Your next stop on the hop is Renee Lynch!


New Waltzingmouse Stamps | Day 2 Preview

4.17.2013

Are you ready for another sneak preview of the new stamps coming to Waltzingmouse? I know I was so excited when these new sets arrived at my front door. They are packed full with classic fonts in the subway art style. I just know you're going to love them!


Three new sets will be available for sale on April 18: My Kind of Guy, Nordic Baby, and previewing today...Man of the Hour.

Now let me just tell you that the sentiments and quotes in the set are absolutely heartwarming. Like the quote used on my card today. How can it be any sweeter? When I first read it, my eyes may or may not have watered up (but only just a little).


Since this card was created for the best-dad-ever, I stuck with classic neutral tones to keep the focus on the quote in the center of my card. I really wanted it to be noticed, since the quote is so true. For added detail, I included flourishes on the upper and lower corners. After all, dads need those fancy details too!

Ready to see more? Have a look at design team blogs below for more previews of Man of the Hour. And join us tomorrow at the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog as we celebrate the new release with a little blog waltz party. There will be prizes and everyone is invited to join!


Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jean Martin
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker

Nordic Baby | New Stamps At Waltzingmouse

4.16.2013

So you know how I just adore using ribbon on my cards, right? Well I thought the newest stamp set at Waltzingmouse was another perfect excuse to pile on the ribbon. Today, the design team is sharing the new stamp set that will be available in just a few days. It's a follow up to the popular nordic patterns.

Intoducing, Nordic Baby!


This small set is packed with charming nordic-style images for baby. Small, sweet, and perfectly delicate. Yes, I am in love with this set! 

Here I've stamped a custom pattern using the large circle shaped background stamps, then outlining the edges using the smallest size circle. I think it gives it the appearance of a soft, lace trim.


For the focal point, I created a faux embroidery hoop to stamp a welcoming sentiment for baby. I just love the mix of fonts that replicate the look of embroidery stitching. Especially since I don't get much opportunity to cross-stitch. Hey, I should find time to cross-stitch soon (adding to my to-do list).

Join the rest of the design team below to see their preview creations of Nordic Baby. And be sure to follow the Waltzingmouse Blog for all the details of the newest stamps being released this month.


Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jean Martin
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker

Berry Sweet | Clear and Simple Stamps Party Hop

4.12.2013

Today, I have a party project idea for the Clear and Simple Stamps Party Hop. It's strawberry season here at home and if you ever buy strawberries, there's a pretty good chance they came from my hometown, the strawberry capital. 

I just love stopping by a local produce stand on my way home from work. Picking up a flat of fresh local strawberries. Oh my! It makes my mouth water just thinking about how fresh they taste!


For my party, I created some strawberry dirt cups. The kids just love 'em! A little chocolate pudding, a layer of oreo cookie crumble, and topped with a fresh strawberry. 

I decorated them using the circle die cuts from Clear and Simple Stamps, stamped them with red plaid, and added a berry sweet sentiment. 


To dress up the party, I folded paper doilies in half and hung them on cotton twine, and finished them with the Bow Trio dies cut from red cardstock.


To drink, cold strawberry milk in a mason jar. A little fabric and a paper straw is all it needs to make it festive. For some fun, I decorated bottles of bubbles using the Plaid stamp set. My trick for applying them to the bottles...score the cardstock first before adhering them onto the bottle. (I learned that the hard way.)


Oh...and I almost forgot!

I wanted to add a quick note about my photos. I recently purchased a new camera and I have been adjusting to the new settings. Definitely a new toy that I am so excited to learn. I need to thank the design team from Clear and Simple Stamps for all their photography advise behind the scenes. Those ladies are just the best!

Speaking of the girls...hop over to their blogs and check out their pretty parties!



Burlap & Bows | Gift Packaging

4.10.2013

Oh, packaging! How I love dressing you up! This week, the Clear and Simple Stamps design team is reviewing the latest release and today it's all about packaging. 


Using the new Burlap Bags and Bow Trio Dies, I could just squeal with delight over how much I am loving these. I started this project inspired by the natural burlap fibers. I wanted to create a gift set that felt soothing, calm and had natural elements. Lavender seems like the perfect fit.


The Bow Trio die is just amazing! It creates a perfect bow with just one single cut. Yes, that's just one piece of paper. Talk about a smart idea!

The clear pillow box has been filled with scented lavender. I just loved the scent that filled my craft room as I made this set.


Dressing up an ordinary bottle of hand soap makes this gift extra special, especially when put on display near the sink. I used the "soap" stamp from Au Naturel and the Mini Label Tags die to dress up the bottle.


The burlap bags are new in the shop too and the quality is amazing. Simply decorated with layers of ribbon, twine, and lace trimming. So easy to do, but makes a big statement.

So glad you stopped by today! Be sure to visit the other designers to see their pretty packaging projects (how's that for a tongue twister?): Elena | Lori | Clear and Simple Stamps Blog


Watercolor Technique | Precious Remembrance Stamps

4.09.2013

Today, I am blogging over at the Precious Remembrance Stamps blog sharing a watercolor and embossing technique that has been so popular lately with mixed media artists.

For this project, I am using the flowers, polka-dots, and diagonal border from Mom & Dad and a sentiment from the Birthday stamp sets at Precious Remembrance.

 

To create the look, I started by stamping a background using the polka-dots and diagonal border on the base of my card. Next, comes the fun part. Water colors and embossing. This part can be a little messy, but that's half the fun, right?



I grabbed a piece of wax paper from my kitchen and squeezed a few drops of bright pink Winton oil paint. To replicate the texture of water color paint, I added a few drops of water to the mix to thin the paint. Next, I used the paint mixture as ink and stamped the large flower directly into the puddle of paint, then on to my card. To speed up the drying process, I used a heat gun to avoid any paint runoff or smudges.

Next, I used VersaMark watermarking ink to stamp the flower again directly over the water color image. While the ink was still wet, I added white Zing embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I just love the texture and feel of the embossed stamping. And with the two tones of color, it really adds something extra special to your stamping. Don't you think?



To finish my card, I used one of my favorite sentiments from the Birthday stamp set. Isn't that handwritten font so sweet? I then topped it off with a layered bow, twine, and a pretty button.

I hope you decide to give this stamping technique a try. It can get a little messy, but remember...keeping your heat gun close by keeps it under control and makes it so pretty when you're done.

Happy stamping. I'm so glad you stopped by. For more inspiration and ideas, visit the Precious Remembrance Stamps blog.



Inspiration on the Go | Clear and Simple Stamps iPhone App

4.06.2013

I love my Apple gadgets. Especially when I can find inspiration on the go with the Clear and Simple Stamps app for the iPhone. Each daily featured project includes step-by-step instructions and a list of supplies that takes you to the store. So convenient. 

Today I have a project featured on the app. Have a look! And don't forget that you can browse previously featured projects too and save them to your favorites list for reference later. 

Happy browsing!