Monday, February 27, 2017

Perfect Mix Thank You card

Happy Monday! We had a low key weekend here so I was able to fit in a little crafting time. I used the Perfect Mix set from the Occasions catalog. I actually overlooked this set in the beginning and just ordered it recently. It’s a really fun set. The images are super cute. You can color them in or stamp them on card stock if you don’t feel like coloring. Which is what I did. I stamped the pot holders onto Peekaboo Peach cardstock. I embossed them too with the Hexagons embossing folder but you can’t really see it in the photo. In my head, I was thinking of quilted pot holders that I have at home. So the embossing folder kind of gives it that look. It didn’t exactly come out how I hoped but I still thinks it’s pretty cute.

I used the Tasty Treats DSP because I love the fun springy colors of in this pack. Since we had such warm weather last week, I was in spring mode! Some other fun things on this card are the gold thread behind the stitched circle, some metallic enamel shapes, a cute gold paper clip. I actually just found these paper clips in my artisan box from last month. I had totally forgotten that we got these (I know, first world problem here!). I was looking at them in the catalog the other day and was thinking how cute they are and I didn’t have them. Umm nope, I do. I just need to get my stuff organized better. But back to the card. The final touch is the pretty bow! I used the Tip Top Taupe mini striped ribbon for this bow. I love a nice pretty bow! Swoon!

I had so much fun with this set. Now I have a bunch of other ideas in my head for this set. I can’t wait to sit down and play with it a bit more.

Have a great day!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

SAB Tasty Trucks Swap

Happy Friday!! It is going to be another nice warm day here on the east coast! This weather is such a tease. I feel like spring should be here next week but I'm sure we'll be back to the super cold weather in no time. So we've been taking advantage of this warm weather and getting outside after dinner a couple of nights this week. But that means less time for crafting this week. Luckily I have a couple of cards that I haven't shared yet.

First up is my SAB swap for a recent demo event I went to at the beginning of the month. We are still in the heart of SAB so make sure you earn this super cute food truck set. I love this truck!! I do want to try to make some cards with some of the smaller elements from the set but for now, I'm using the fun truck.

I colored the truck with an aqua painter and various inks. The truck just barely fits inside of the large stitched shape oval. Just the top left corner got a little cut off but I think it's fine. If I was only making 1 card I would have cut the truck out but I wasn't about to do that for 12 cards. Plus I waited until the last minute to do these and would have never had time to get them all done if I cut them out. Anyway, I then layered that on some Urban Underground DSP. The polka dot DSP is from the Cupcakes and Carousel DSP. I like how you can use DSP from different sets and they still match and look good together. Then I just added some Bermuda Bay sequin trim and stapled it all to the oval. Quick and simple!

I hope you enjoyed today's card. And if you have warm weather near you I hope you are enjoying it as well. If you are stuck with snow, I'm sorry. :)

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lift Me Up Birthday Card and Gift Box: Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog hop. There are 20 of us from around the world  so be sure to follow along to see everyone's projects. You should have just come from Holly Stene's blog.

This month we are focusing on the Lift Me Up stamp set. I have created a birthday card and gift box using this set. I really love the look of these hot air balloons!

For my card, I used several colors from the Carried Away DSP in the Sale-a-bration catalog for the watercolor background. So I will tell you that this was the third card I had made. The first one was pretty much the same but I used a rainbow of colors for the background. I had also messed up on the embossing so I contemplated redoing it. Once I took a picture of the card next to the box, I wasn't loving the rainbow colors for the background. I wanted it tie to in better to the box. Not that they have to go together BUT I like them to match! So off to redo my card and I have to say I like this version MUCH better. I love how the background almost looks like a nice sunset. I used Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Night of Navy and Mint Macaroon for the background. I watercolored this on Shimmer White paper. I like to use the shimmer paper a lot for watercoloring. And all I did was put some ink into the top of my ink pad and brush it onto the cardstock with my aqua painter.

You can see in the picture below that I embossed the balloons by stamping the image with Versamark first, then Archival black. Also, be sure that your water colored background is completely dry before trying to emboss the balloons because you don't want embossing powder covering the entire card stock. (Don't ask me how I know! Remember I said this was my third card, haha!)

Once everything was watercolored and embossed, I added some gold sequins and Gold Glitz dazzling details. I did this on the cards for my SAB Artisan post and I like how it gives the card a little extra something without being too much. In the corner of the card, I added Gold sequin trim, the gold metallic ribbon from SAB, basic black baker's twine bow and a flower from the Sending Love embellishments. For the sentiment, I just stamped part of the one that said Happy Birthday. I added the Happy Birthday on the inside.

My next project is this cute little Baker's Box. This was cut with Crumb Cake card stock and embossed with the balloons from the set. I added more gold sequin trim and a baker's twine bow. The bow was glued to the gold clip and I added a strip of DSP from the Carried Away DSP. The sentiment is from Sealed with Love and I stamped that onto a cloud that was die cut from the Up and Away thinlits. 

This was really very quick and easy to put together. Even though it looks like there is a lot going on, I'm telling you it was fairly quick to put together. The baker's box thinlits (one of my favorites!) make it so easy! And who wouldn't love receiving a small birthday gift in this cute box!!

Close up of the embossing on the box.

That is it for me today. I hope you enjoyed my projects with this stamp set!!

Next up is Jessica Winter. Click below to check out the fun things she made this month!

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