Monday, April 21, 2014

365 Cards: Just Because... Embossing with Glitter Video Tutorial

Update:  As of today, Stampin' Up! has announced the Retirement List and (lucky me....!) the Backyard Basics stamp set is on it :/ .... So if you want this month's kit, you'll need to buy the stamps from my store immediately.  As of 5:00 pm PST today, the clear version of these stamps are already sold out and gone forever! YIKES!  If you do buy the stamps from me, I will send you this month's kit at no charge due to the inconvenience. Wish me better luck next month... :)  

Today is the third and final of the three cards for April's Stamp of the Month Kit!

The April Stamp of the Month is Backyard Basics and here is the third of the three handmade cards that will be included in your kit:

It's my favorite of the three cards this month for sure!! :)


This card uses a technique where you heat emboss with glitter and I thought it would be fun to show you how that works in today's video tutorial:





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What do you think of the video this month?  Are you ready to try embossing with glitter?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Backyard Basics, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Big Shot:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Backyard Basics Framelits
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Heat n' Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Heat Tool, Versamark Marker




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Featured Stamp Set for April: Backyard Basics

Sunday, April 20, 2014

365 Cards: Happy Easter!

Excited this morning to show you the next card for this month's Stamp of the Month Club kit!

Easter is today and this image in the set is perfect for all your Easter paper crafting needs! :)

A quick and easy card that you'll love to make.... just stamp, color with a blender pen + ink and you are ready to go!


I'll be back tomorrow with a video tutorial you won't want to miss! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Backyard Basics, Delightful Dozen
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Other:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Blender Pen



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Featured Stamp Set for April: Backyard Basics

Saturday, April 19, 2014

365 Cards: Mom You're 1 in a Million

Time for another Stamp of the Month! The April Stamp of the Month is the Backyard Basics set and it has lots of great images for use with whatever sentiment stamps you have in your stash. :)

The first of three cards you'll receive in your kit is this one!


I used a Blender Pen to color the tulips and an Aqua Painter to color the sky :)

For the sentiment stamp to accompany these tulips, I used the My Mother stamp set from the Occasions Catalog and added the "Mom" stamp from the Family Reunion stamp set:


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Hope you come back tomorrow to see the second card for this month! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Backyard Basics, My Mother, Family Reunion
Ink:  Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz,
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Punches:  Bracket Label Punch, Small Heart
Other: Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones



Stamp of the Month Club: Get a new Clear Mount stamp set each month plus three completely finished hand-stamped cards!
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Featured Stamp Set for April: Backyard Basics

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Layer Cake Baby Quilt for Adelaide

It's been a few months since I've shown what's been on my sewing machine!  I currently have a backlog of baby blankets on my desk and three big quilts in various stages of completeness..... but I can call this one done! :)


I made this quilt for a sweet little lady who is due to be here any day!  Adelaide's nursery is decked out in super cute butterflies and owls... so when I was picking fabric, this fabric just jumped out at me.  It's bright and happy.  As my crafty partner in crime Andrea said "you can't not be happy looking at this quilt!" -- I must agree! But I am partial :)


For the pattern, I used this easy to follow tutorial -- HIGHLY recommend if you are looking for a quick, cute baby quilt pattern!  I literally had the quilt top cut and pieced in less than an hour! I wanted to do something more than just straight stitching on this quilt so I used some of the fun decorative stitches on my machine (I was inspired by this quilt to do this!).


I also have another first in this quilt -- I hand stitched in a little note for baby Adelaide along the seam :)


It was surprisingly hard for me to see this one leave the sewing table.  I fell in love with it!  I know that it's in the best hands and that Adelaide will get lots of use out of it (I'm sure!)


And I'm back to my list of six quilts on the table to finish up!  Though I'm tempted to get more of this fabric and make myself a quilt from it!! ;)

What do you think of this quilt?! :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week Eight.


This was one of those quiet-everything-is-normal weeks but super-crazy-fun-packed weekend kind of weeks!


You can click on the pics to enlarge them for a somewhat clearer image.

Week of: February 18-24, 2013.


What happened this week?  On Friday night after work, I drove down to visit my bestie Anne for the weekend to celebrate my birthday.  We were also lucky to get the chance to meet up with Evelyn and her friend Gary for brunch while we were in LA!  It was a great weekend... you can read all about it here! :)



Anything special about the spread?  While I kept the left really simple -- lots of photos! -- the right hand side has an extra panel to add room to fully share photos and info about my weekend trip with Anne and meeting up with Evelyn! :)





Techniques this week:  I used a 6x9" pocket and cropped/printed my palm tree photo to one side and used the backside to add the text from my blog post and photo of the beach.  Then the right side is carefully chosen photos to summarize the weekend -- not every photo, but a fair number of my favorites! :)


Overall thoughts:  Love, love, love this project.  It is so awesome to be able to capture little and big moments from the same week into one layout.  Totally worth the effort!



Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ink: Basic Black
Big Shot:  Bitty Banner Framelits
Punches:  Owl (heart)

365 Cards: Oh, Hello Butterfly

So I love getting my paper pumpkin kits... and the one from the month of March was no exception!


The fun arrows I stamped under the butterfly were one of the two images in March's kit! :)


This is definitely a bright, happy card that (I think) anyone would love to receive!

What do you think? :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello; March 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
Paper: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Punches:  Bitty Butterfly
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week Seven.


This week was Valentine's Day!   We enjoyed getting to spend some quality time together this weekend :)


You can click on the pics to enlarge them for a somewhat clearer image.

Week of: February 11-17, 2013.


What happened this week?  We celebrated Valentine's Day with an early breakfast over in Pacific Grove, a (cold) walk along the ocean trail and some shopping for "toys" (tools for Brian, new camera for me!).



Anything special about the spread or techniques this week?  I'm finding I like it better to include the journaling and titles right onto the photograph and skip filler cards altogether.... and already wondering how this album will evolve as I continue onward!


Overall thoughts:  I'm definitely finding that I stick to a color theme for the week and let the photos be the main focal point.... I think it's working so far! :)



Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ink: Basic Black

365 Cards: Goose Birthday Greetings

While the stamp set was out on my desk, I wanted to put it to use so I made a second card! :)

Went for another masculine birthday card on this one....


I am also noticing that I'm stuck on using blue right now.... there have been more than a few cards in a row where blue is the predominant color!  I think I need to switch it up here soon :)

Do you ever find yourself crafting with one color more than others?

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wetlands
Ink:  Island Indigo, Gumball Green
Markers:  Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Quatrefancy
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week Six.


This week I finally felt like I had a style emerging with this project..... repetition of patterns.  Pics of family, friends, pets, food.  I love using the flair badges and wooden embellishments.  Lots of details and patterns.... I'm loving this project!


You can click on the pics to enlarge them for a somewhat clearer image.

Week of: February 4-10, 2013.


What happened this week? Girls crafting weekend! :)


Anything special about the spread?  I figured out how to incorporate photo collages into a pocket card slot.... it felt like a big deal to get that right :)  I just used my iPhone to generate the collage, then transferred the photo to my computer to crop it to 3x3".  Once it was printed, it fit perfectly and left me room to describe the collage!



Techniques this week:  Aside from photo collages, I used a transparency with words over a left over photo from a scrapbook layout I was working on during our crafting time.  I love that technique!  It's hard to convey with a photograph -- it looks really awesome in person!


Overall thoughts:  Reminds me that we need to take more photos with friends when we see them and more photos together! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ink: Basic Black

365 Cards: Beach Scene Birthday Greetings

I've been running short on birthday cards, so time to stock them back up!  I've been obsessed with this awesome card and wanted to give it a try for myself.... so I did!


I'm so glad that I did.... I had so much fun making this card!


It was my first time stamping a scene... and definitely not my last!

What do you think?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wetlands
Ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Jet Black StazOn
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other:  Brayer, Sponges, Post It Notes + printer paper (torn)

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