Thursday, March 31, 2011

I LOVE EK Success Border Punches!!!

This week's love letter is to EK Success...for creating such amazing border punches!
I have been dying to try this border punch on anything...I used it on a card I just completed for an order going out.  I also used the new PTI Leaf die that just arrived in the mail. 

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Monday, March 28, 2011

With Sympathy...

It's no suprise I have been doing things in three is strange but I found myself needing three sympathy cards almost at the same time.  I created these cards using a Versamark & chalk technique that was just featured on Hannah's Scrapbook department on their FB can find it HERE.
I haven't done this technique in a long time so I thought I would give it a whirl...I LOVED the completed cards...I also created a fourth card for a thank you order I was completing...I am not sure you can tell by the photo but I used Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks to color over the Versamark ink.  This technique also gave me an excuse to buy a Hero Arts stamp I have been wanting to try...I can see doing this type of technique for all types of cards... Pin It

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lily Bee Designs...Picket Fence Collection

I fell in love with the new line from Lily Bee Designs yesterday when I was at Hannah's.  It was Craftapalooza and I helped with a Make-N-Take with light embossing.  It was a lot of fun...when I was finished, I of course shopped a little and found this great new line from Lily Bee Designs called Picket Fence.  I bought the clear acrylic stamp set from the other line called This & That but the paper is from Picket Fence. 
For some reason I am always doing "Thank You" cards...I guess because you can never have enough of them but it might also be because "thank you" stamps seem to be the biggest collection of stamps I own.  The flower is taken from the This & That stamp set.  I stamped it in a coordinating color that matched the cardstock.
These are super simple cards to complete...and many can be made in a short amount of time.  I used an embossing folder for the largest circle that was punched with a Giga Scalloped Punch, the Picket Fence DSP was punched with 2 5/16" circle, I die cut the smaller solid color cardstock circle with PTI die cuts and then stamped on the smaller white 1.5" circle with the stamp & sentiment. Ribbon was added and the cards were complete.
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Stylish Blogger Award...

I am so behind in getting emails read...I received a "Stylish Blogger Award" from one of my design team friend...Laura C. You can check out her blog HERE.

Rule #1: I link back to the person who gave me this awesome award (as I did above!)

Rule #2: I share 7 random things about myself:

1. I dream about Basic Grey paper lines and where I am going to use them.
2. I adore Shaun White
3. I have an original Pee Wee Herman doll
4. I love IKEA and secretly wish I could live there
5. I work in customer service, on a design team, I am a Publisher Mom for Macaroni Kid, and I am becoming a Girl Scout Troop Leader...I have never been so busy in my life as I am right now
6. I have always wanted to learn how to be a DJ or be able to "mix" songs together
7. I am a proud "Gleek" and you will find me singing Glee Karaoke on the Wii almost every weekend Pin It

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Hannah's in Antioch...I LOVE You!!!

I have made entries in this blog before giving "shout-outs" to Hannah's Scrapbook Store in Antioch...but now I LOVE them for a whole new reason...they put me on their design team!  This is my first design team position and I am so over the moon...I don't think my feet have touched the ground yet.  In fact, I already dropped off my first project...that may turn into a class of sorts...I am still working that all out on paper.  Here it is...
So, the challenge was to take a stamp set they had on their shelf and create something with it...seemed pretty simple.  I chose a stamp set from Craft Lounge, called Thankful Flourishes (CCM041).  It is a pretty basic consists of a larger floral image, a few smaller floral images, some swirls and a leaf type image, and 3 "thank you" type of sentiments.  At first, I felt like I was on Project Runway....but for scrapbook & stampers.  I hit my groove late last night and created these three cards.  They all match because of the color scheme and the designer paper I used.  However, each card is unique in the type of technique used on each card...the middle card is very basic with just the use of a scallop border die and a piece of fabric trim.  The card on the left is the large floral image stamped on a piece of designer paper and trimmed and set with pop dots.  And the card on the right is embossed with black embossing powder...can be considered an advance technique.

To find out more about Hannah's in Antioch, click HERE to visit their website and HERE to read their papercrafting blog...they also have a FB page and have been posting videos each day focusing on a different craft technique...because it is National Craft Month after all...Craftapalooza is also happening on the 19th if anyone is in the area and wants to stop by and see some more amazing things from the design team and participate in make-&-takes and more!

Thank you again Jill & Dana for letting me "play" on your team!  :)


"So Very Thankful For You" Card

Stamps-Craft Lounge Thankful Flourishes CCM041
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot,
Designer Paper-Lilybee Design Flannel Sheet, Fall Festival
Misc-Pop Dots, Black Buttons

"Thankful Thoughts" Card

Stamps-Craft Lounge Thankful Flourishes CCM041
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot, Versamark Watermark
Cardstock-Orange, Lt. Blue, Red, Cream
Designer Paper-Lilybee Design Flannel Sheet,
Misc-1.5’ Square Punch, Pop Dots

"Your Kindness Has Touched My Heart" Card

Stamps-Craft Lounge Thankful Flourishes CCM041
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot,
Designer Paper-Lilybee Design Flannel Sheet, Fall Festival, Pumpkin Pie
Misc-Black Decorative Fabric Trim, Scallop Die Pin It

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