Friday, April 18, 2014

AEI♥U Challenge #5–Welcome Little One Color Combo!


Well hello, stampy friends!


Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?  Haven’t posted in a few days because I’m on vacation with my sweet family.  We’re having a great time in sunny Las Vegas, doing lots of fun touristy things and just hanging out with each other.  It’s so nice to all be in one place at the same time for some nice family time.  My heart is full.


Challenge 5


I wanted to pop in quickly between pool time and game night to share the next AEI♥U Challenge!  It’s an awesome color challenge that we hope you’ll be as inspired by as we were!  Here’s what I came up with:


Challenge 5 - Welcome Little One Color Challenge


Check out that bunny and little birdie - are they not the cutest things ever?!!  They’re both from the brand new stamp set from Avery Elle called Storybook.  It was hand drawn and designed by my cropping buddy and sweet friend, Heather Campbell!  It contains some of the sweetest little characters that you’ve ever seen.  It’s now officially my new favorite Avery Elle set, so prepare yourselves for seeing it here on my blog often!  The sweet bunny is hanging out in a bed full of flowers and leaves from the Laurels stamp set (and coordinating dies).  I used Sea Glass, Aquamarine, and Lemon Grass pigment ink to stamp the flowers and leaves.  The bunny was stamped using Sea Glass ink and the birdie was stamped using Aquamarine ink.  The sentiment is also from the Storybook set.  I am in love!  *sigh*


We’d love for you all to play along with the new AEI♥U Challenge!  If your project is chosen as the winner, you’ll win a free stamp set of your choice from Avery Elle!  BONUS!  You can find all of the details of the new challenge, as well as the linky tool for you to link up your entry, at the Avery Elle Challenge Blog!


Well, that’s it for me today, friends.  I’m headed back to the pool to hang out with my love bugs.  I’ll be back soon to share my final Paper Smooches projects.  Thanks so much for stopping by today – I am ever so grateful when you do!!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Make A Wish!


Happy Thursday, friends!


I’m running around like a mad woman today, as I get ready for our big dinner party tomorrow.  But I wanted to pop in and share a project that I created using a brand spankin’ new stamp set that was just released by Avery Elle.


Make A Wish

How cute is that little mouse?!!  Seriously, this new Storybook set is exploding with freakin’ adorable images that were hand drawn by my sweet friend, Heather.  She thought of every single detail when designing this set, and I am in love with each and every character.  I water colored the background and the mouse.  I also added some stars and glitter using a star stencil and some embossing paste.  I sprinkled glitter on the stars before the embossing paste dried.  It kind of reminded me of that animated movie, “An American Tale.”  Right?!  So stinkin’ cute!


I’m so excited for Heather, as this is her first hand drawn stamp set.  I suspect it won’t be her last, and I have to say I’m pretty excited about that prospect.  There were a ton of new products released by Avery Elle last night, so if you’re interested, you can check them out HERE.


That’s it for me, friends.  I’m off to plan a par-tay!  Thanks so much for stopping by today – it means the world to me when you do!!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #57–$%@# I Missed Your Birthday!!


Hello my sweet, crafty friends!


RIC57 Graphic


I’ve got a super busy day ahead of me today, so I can’t chat long!  But I wanted to share a project that I created that was inspired by the latest Runway Inspired Challenge.  I am a huge fan of Jennifer Rzasa’s fashionable inspiration photos – they almost always spark a flood of mojo when I stare at them a bit.  As I usually do, I try to “deconstruct” what I feel is a super busy design and do my best to make it clean and simple.  Here’s what I came up with:


RIC57 I Missed Your Birthday


I was inspired by the sweet springy colors and the pops of black in the word bubbles.  I’ve had this Kelly Purkey/Simon Says die for a bit now, and I thought this was the perfect occasion to use it.  You all don’t know me, but I have a tendency to let a few swear words slip every now and then.  Yeah . . . it’s one of those childish, immature habits that I just can’t seem to break, no matter how hard I try.  Chalk it up to working around lawyers for 25 years.  LOL  So when I saw this die, it had to come and live with me.  I’m also famous (infamous, really) for creating cards, but never mailing them . . . story of my life.  But I have a sweet friend, whose birthday is today, that I wanted to show a little love to.  She knows me . . . she understands me, and she likes me anyway.  What more could you want in a friend, right?!!  Wishing you, Lisa, a very happy birthday!!  Technically, I didn’t forget, but I’m sorry that this will be late!  I promise that it will be finding it’s way to your house very, very soon!!


I think there’s still a few days to play along with the Runway Inspired Challenge!  You can get all of the details HERE.


Okay, friends that’s it for me today.  I’m off to have lunch with my chica, and then back to my craftroom to get more crap done.  We’re entertaining 20 of our closest friends [HA!] (hubby’s golfing buddies and wives) on Friday, and we’re leaving for Vegas to spend some amazing time with our kids and grandkids on Saturday!  So I’ve got a lot to do to get ready!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today – I appreciate it so, so very much!!



Friday, April 4, 2014

AEI♥U Challenge #4–Water Color!


Hello again, friends!!


I’m so glad you decided to stop by today because I have the next AEI♥U Challenge to share with you!  I’m off to lunch with my girlie, so not a lot of time to chat.  But you’re not here for the chit chat anyway, are you?  Here’s the next challenge:


Challenge 4


Be still my heart!  I am in LOVE with the water color trend these days, so this challenge got me pretty excited.  Here’s my answer to the challenge:


Challenge 4 - Way to Go Watercolor


I stayed pretty clean and simple, and wanted to have my water coloring be pretty fun and vibrant.  I stamped one of the sentiments from Circle It using VersaMark and white embossing powder.  I then dragged out my go-to Peerless Water Colors and my water brush.  I adore the vibrancy of these water colors, and how incredibly easy and brainless they are to use!  Once the water coloring dried, I adhered the image panel to some Raspberry cardstock.  I scattered some subtle Winter Blend sequins just to add a fun little detail.  Lastly, I sprayed the main image panel with some shimmery spray that really popped up the bling factor!  I’ve listed all of the products I used below.


We’d so love to have you play along with us.  You can get all of the information about the challenge, as well as the link up tool, at the AEI♥U Challenge Blog.  My amazingly talented teammates have created some awesome inspiration for you, as well, so I hope you’ll click on through to check it out.


Well, friends, that’s it for me today!  I’m hoping to actually get caught up on my life these weekend.  Wish me luck!  Hoping you have some fabulous weekend plans in your future!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


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