Sunday, March 9, 2014
I thought I'd join in with Simon Says Stamp's Tick Tock Challenge. I recently had the great fortune to help out Heartfelt Creations at a local stamp show. They needed register help and so I work Saturday and Sunday to help fellow crafty addicts purchase more products than we need. As a result, I was able to pick up the March release of Heartfelt Creations Once Upon a Time stamp and die set before it's release. The vintage clock was stamped with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. It created a very antique feel as the water based ink "beaded" a bit before stamping the image. I die cut the clocks out and then layered various pieces (the die cuts +10 clocks with one pass of the die) using foam squares. The leaf was cut using Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf die. All papers are from the collection and are edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The sentiment was stamped using Our Daily Bread Designs Ornate Border Sentiments.
I'm linking this up over at the challenge. There's only a little time left, but come join the fun!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Crafter's Companion stamp set since last year's CK convention in April. My children's nursery (17 years ago, yikes!) was Beatrix Potter design and I've loved her art every since. Truthfully, I read the books when I was a kid. Here's the details:
- The image was stamped onto watercolor paper using brown Archival Ink.
- I colored the image with my Distress Markers using the watercoloring technique- Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick.
- The patterned papers are all from Basic Grey's Sweet Threads. It's hard to believe this paper has been in the stash for nearly three years. Wow time flies.
- The arrow comes from the Sweet Threads sticker page. I stamped the sentiment in black Archival Ink with my ODBD Ornate Borders sentiment stamp.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Sweetest Thing Lavender paper pad. The design was straightforward using Fired Brick Distress Ink to stamp my ODBD's Ornate frame and cut it out with the coordinating die. The sentiment was stamped with the Fired Brick as well. All papers were edged with Fired Brick using my Ink Blending Tool. Some pearl accents finished the frame hopefully added a bit of elegance.
I've entered the first card in The Shabby Tea Room's Week # 208: Pretty Polka Dots. The contributors over there create such beautiful works of art. Go check them out and then join the fun.
Monday, March 3, 2014
he Sweetest Thing Tangerine paper pad. It is chock full of little fussy cut pieces. I used this Pinterest pin as inspiration to coordinate all the pieces. The shaped background was cut using my Labels 17 die and trimmed off the top to create a straight edge like the inspiration. I used my paper trimmer to cut the other patterned paper pieces and sewed them to the background frame. The flower was cut using my Posy dies, shaped and finished with a pearl accent. The flags and the sentiment embellishment were fussy cut out of a piece from the paper pad. Just a piece of whimsy to send one day to brighten someone's day.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Pinterest pin inspiration. I tried to stay near the inspiration on this one, but use the tools and supplies I have on hand. Here's the details:
- You'll remember this card. I way overdid it with the circle die cutting. This is because I wanted to select just the right pattern for that card and I felt like I needed a lot of choices (read:circles) to do that. What better use could I put those spare scraps than on this design? I simply cut a few circle frames using the same die out of a light green cardstock.
- The flowers were cut using my Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret dies and shaped. They have pearl centers and both were brushed with my Ink Blending Tool using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
- The sentiment was stamped with black Archival Ink onto a piece of cardstock and then cut out using my paper trimmer.
- A little seam binding ribbon bow nestled in with the flowers.
- The butterfly comes from a 3D sticker set, not my own work, but it was beautiful in person. Not sure the picture highlights that enough.
I signed up to sponsor Yuli Ester Garcia who lives in the Dominican Republic with her family. She attends school regularly and participates in Compassion's outreach in her community. For only $456 a year (or $38/month), I can sponsor Yuli's educational, healthcare and spiritual growth. That seems such a small cost to me and such a large gain for her. I sent her this card and a handwritten note to introduce her to me and my family. There will be a bit more letter writing throughout the year. I'm thinking it is a good marriage between my desire to impact a child who is in need and my paper crafting production. Now, I have a reason to send pretty cards to Yuli. I'm thinking she's really going to like the butterfly, don't you?
If you've never checked out Compassion International's program before, I'd recommend you click through the link and read a little. Based on the background work I've done and what my experience has been so far, I have every reason to believe that they really are making a difference in the lives of children right now, today.
I've linked this project up over at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog: Simon Says Anything Goes with Pearls. Come on over and join the fun!
I am in no way affiliated with Compassion International (other than as a sponsor to Yuli) nor have I been encouraged to write this post by anything other than my enthusiasm for their program.