Friday, July 25, 2014

AEI♥U Challenge #12–Die Cuts!


Challenge 12

It’s Friday and time for another AEI♥U Challenge!!  This one just makes my heart go pitter patter, as I’m sure you all know I am a die cut prostitute.  I’d sell my kids for a die.  Well . . . maybe that’s going a bit far.  But I really love my dies!  LOL  Here’s my answer to the challenge.

Challenge 12 - Hello Sunshine

I’ve been wanting to create one of those fun shaker cards that I’ve been seeing in all of the galleries lately!  I haven’t made one of these in a long while, so it was kind of fun to try it out again!  I die cut the front panel using the new Dotted Dies Elle-Ments (such a great set of dies!) and stamped the sentiment from Simply Said: Hello in VersaMark and heat embossed it with some Tempting Turquoise embossing powder.  The die cut sentiment was created using the Simply Said: Hello Die and was cut from the new Brights Collection paper pad; the sunshine was created using the Pinked Elle-Ments (another great die set!) and a circle die.  Everything was assembled using foam tape.  I’ve linked up all of the products that I used below.

I’d love for you to click on through to the AEI♥U Challenge Blog to see the other uber brilliant projects that my sweet teammates have created for your inspiration.  You’ll also find the rules of the challenge, as well as the linky tool for you to add your answer to the new challenge!

That’s it for me today, friends.  I have a super fun weekend planned, as I’ll be spending the weekend with my sisters!  Pretty excited about that, for sure!  I hope you have some fabulous plans ahead for your weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by today – I hope you’ll drop in again tomorrow for the next Cutting Edge Challenge!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Favorite Things Guest Designer–You Make Me Smile!


MFT Make Me Smile Closeup

Popping in from what’s been several days of crazy busy at my house to share a sneak peek of a project I recently created using THE most delicious products from My Favorite Things!  You all know how much I loves me some MFT, so I hope you’ll click on through to the My Favorite Things blog to see my project.  I hope it makes you “smile”!

Thanks, once again, to the brilliant team at My Favorite Things for inviting me over to play!  It was a pure joy to create with your products, as always!!  SMOOCHES!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Cutting Edge Challenge #4!

Hello Sweet Friends!

It’s been another crazy week around here, but I had a chance to create a project for the next Cutting Edge Challenge, so I’m a happy girl!!

Look at that darling project made by Jean Manis!!  I so love Jean’s whimsical design eye, as well as her precision.  It just makes this straight light girl very, very happy!  I was inspired by the film strip as well as the red, white and black color palette – here’s what I created!

CEC4 - I Reely Love You

Can you see how I was inspired by Jean’s card?  I pulled out a stamp set and coordinating dies  from My Favorite Things that I’ve had for EVAH!!  I was so happy to finally get a chance to use it!  I die cut the film strip frame from black cardstock and adhered it to the card front with foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I die cut the film reel from some shimmery silver paper that I had in my scrap bin twice, and adhered them together with foam tape, then adhered them to the film strip.  Easy PEASY!!  I’ve listed the products that I used below!

We’d love to have you play along with us! If you click on through to The Cutting Edge Challenge Blog, you’ll find lots of information, including:
  • The two Winners of the last challenge, as well as the Top 3, are being announced;
  • The second half of the The Cutting Edge Design Team is sharing their samples for the challenge, and they are pretty fabulous;
  • The rules and regulations of the Challenge are listed; and
  • The InLinkz link-up tool for you to link up YOUR project!

The challenge closes on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT, so what are you waiting for?!  You can find everything you need to play along HERE.  We can’t wait to see what you create!!

That’s it for me today, sweet friends!  I’m headed to one of my favorite brick and mortar stamp stores to help a friend with a stamp demo.  Oh, and there’s a sale going on so no doubt I’ll be bringing some goodies home to add to my stash!  BONUS!!  LOL  I sure hope that you have some great plans ahead for your weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #64–You Are Amazing!

Well, hello!!

This is going to be another one of those “drive by” blog posts.  We are in Portland, Oregon visiting our youngest daughter and son-in-law at the moment, so there’s not a lot of time to chat today!  But I wanted to pop in quickly to share the next Runway Inspired Challenge!

RIC64 Graphic

There are so many things that are inspiring about this dress!  I love the soft pleats, and the lovely and subtle color palette, as well as the gorgeous contrast from the black lace insert.  Here’s what I created for the challenge:

RIC64 - You Are Amazing

I chose to go somewhat clean and simple, and try a new-to-me watercolor technique.  It’s called the Whitewash Watercolor Technique, and it’s demonstrated beautifully HERE.  Basically, you heat emboss the lined image with white embossing powder, then paint the inside of the image with a water brush and white pigment ink.  Once that’s dry (I heat set mine with my heat gun), use the water brush and the dye reinkers to watercolor the images.  This is such a FUN technique and one I’ll use again!  It’s great because you can get that “watercolor look” on colored cardstock because the white pigment reinker acts as a foundation for the water and dye reinker – it doesn’t soak into the cardstock and get lost!  Oh, and I also noticed that the cardstock did NOT buckle, bend or pill as I thought it would.  So fun!!  I stamped the lacy circle image three times consecutively to create a scalloped border, and then trimmed it out with my scissors.  I’ve listed the products that I used below.  Oh, and I was inspired by THIS card that I loved by Shari Carroll.

Please click on through to the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog to see the winner’s from the last Challenge.  There are some GORGEOUS samples from my other sweet teammates there to inspire you all, as well as the InLinkz linky tool for you to link up YOUR answer to the Challenge – we’d love to have you play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  It truly means the world to me!

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