June 2014

June 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

**Thrilled** to be Guest Designer at Scrap Around the World!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello friends!!!  I am here today with some very exciting news....  I was asked to be Guest Designer over at Scrap Around the World this month!!!!!!  Can you believe it?!?  I am still in disbelief!  Hahahaha!!!!

"Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful" with Authentique "Flourish" Collection
I was asked to create something fabulous (of course!) using the following moodboard:

Like all of their moodboards, this is absolutely amazing!!!  I love the colors, the pop of gold,  the stems/posts in the shoes, and well, everything!

So without further ado, here is my page:

This is an older picture of my daughter taken a few years back.  She was so perfectly posed for the pictures!!!  
To start my page, I grabbed a pice of white Bazzil cardstock and started to "build my page".  I used various gelatos, stencils with molding paste, mists, sprays, stamps, etc.  I wanted to mimic the stems/posts in the shoes shown in the inspiration photo, so I tried (my hardest) to make semi-straight lines across the page with my gelatos.  I used a bit of water to get them to blend a bit better. After everything dried, I went to work embellishing!  I added strips of paper (also to mimic the "lines") across the page, simply tearing them as I went along.

I used a gold and pink gelato to color my chipboard pieces from 2 Crafty Chipboard (Thank you SATW and 2 Crafty for my fabulous prize!!!).  I also added some liquid pearls around them for accents!  I used various flowers from my stash to add detail around my photograph.  The resin pieces are from this month's kit over at Frosted Designs and went beautifully with this page!

I finished the page with a title chipboard piece which was coated with gesso, then colored with the pink and gold gelatos, and misted with Lindy's starburst sprays!

Well gang... Thanks soooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Beautiful Day with Heidi Swapp and Sketch N Scrap!!!

Hola mi amigos (y amigas!!!).  Just popping in with our second card sketch of the month over at Sketch N Scrap!

Here's a look at this wonderful sketch by our very own Lisa Hidy:

Love it!!!!!  I used the "Hello Today" collection by Heidi Swapp from the Frosted Designs Store to create this card:

Isn't this card adorable?!?!  I just love the sketch and the colors on the card!!  
I started with a kraft base and layered up my papers, inking them all along the way with Mustard Seed Distress Ink.  I fussy cut the stars from the pattern paper in the collection, inked the edges, then added pop-dots behind them for dimension!  I even topped them off with liquid pearls for added detail!

I finished the card with a small card I cut from the stack with a couple of more liquid pearls for accents!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!!!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

New Design Team Announcement and Saying Goodbye to Another!!!

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!!!!  It has been one crazy week weather wise here in the Sunshine State... With very little sun and a whole lot of thunder and lightning... Yikes!!!

I have a couple of announcements to make today: 
First, I am saying goodbye to the ladies over at Color Me Scrappy!  It has been a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end!  Thank you Tammy for having me... I truly appreciate my time there!!!

Now, when one door shuts, another one opens!!!  I was recently advised that I am on the new Design Team at Creative Embellishments!!!!! 

 Seriously.... I am honored to be part of such an AMAZING team filled with such wonderful talent (I think I need to step up my game)!!!!  Hahahahaha!!!!!  My term starts in October but you always see some their beautiful chipboard pieces on my projects so nothing is going to change there!!!  

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Brand New "Chevron" Challenge at Frosted Designs!!!

Well hey there neighbors!!!  I'm popping in to let you know about a wonderful new challenge posted at Frosted Designs!!!  All you have to do is add chevrons to your project... THAT'S IT!!!!!  How hard can that be?!?!?  

So after contemplating what I wanted to make, I finally came to the conclusion that I would make a card for my daughter's new teacher!  I always make a card for the first day of school so I went to work :-)

Here's a look:

I used this month's Summer's End kit to create this adorable card!!!

I started with a Kraft base and layered up some papers from the kit, inking the edges with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  I added a pocket about half the size of the card to hold one of the wooden pieces included in the kit!  I grabbed my Heidi Swapp Chevron Stencil and my Frayed Burlap Distress Marker to create the pattern on the pocket :-)

I used a couple of flowers and one of the wooden leaves, that was colored with the same marker and coated with Lindy's Stamp Gang Beige magical for shimmer!

I just love this beautiful wood piece and knew I wanted it as part of this card!  I strung some white ribbon through the top and used my marker to go around the very outer edge!

Isn't it wonderful?!?  Easy peasy!  

 Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Mid Month Challenge at Color Me Scrappy and Colorful Creations!!!

Hi there everyone!!!  I told you it was going to be a busy month for me!!!!  As you can see by my posts (with many more to come!) that I was not exaggerating!!!  Hahahaha!!!!!

I have a couple of things to share with you today:
We have a brand new color combo challenge posted at Color Me Scrappy!

I am very happy with this color combo!!!  I love the beautiful hues :-)  We had to combine these colors with something "summer" related so I decided to scrap a photo of my oldest daughter taken at our local aquarium a few years back!

Today is also a brand new sketch challenge over at Colorful Creations!  
Here is a look at the sketch:

Oh, I just love this sketch!!!  And here is my page:

Yes, I know you are so sick of this collection but I just can't help myself!!!  Every time I take it back out, I just keep playing with it!  And there's still some left over!!  Hahahaha!!!
I started my page by creating a sunburst mask with some chipboard and my craft knife!  I laid it on a white piece of cardstock, then colored in the open areas with a yellow and gold gelato.  I dipped a paint brush in some water to blend the colors!

Then, I layered up some other papers from the collection, and a piece of Kraft Core cardstock by Coordinations (seriously, my fav!!!).  I fussy cut some elements from the collection and added them around the page as well as the letter stickers for my title and sub-title!


I finished the page with some beautiful chipboard from Creative Embellishments (that was treated with gesso and snow cone gelato) and various flowers!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Homespun Happiness with Let's Get Sketchy!!!

Hello friends!!!  I hope you're having a great start to your month!!  I bet most of you are just as excited as I am for the school session to start again!!! Hahahahaha!!!!

Any who... I'm here today with a brand new sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy!  This one was created by our very own Laura Whitaker!
Here's a look at the sketch:

Oh, I love this sketch!!!!  I pulled out my Homespun Collection from Simple Stories to create a simple, yet pretty layout!
Here's my page:

This is my youngest daughter taken earlier this year!
I started with Black Bazzil cardstock as my base and added white splatters using white Dylusions mist.

I added strips of paper from the collection and tucked them behind my photo.  I also used some chipboard circles from 2 Crafty Chipboard that were treated with gesso, various gelatos, and liquid pearls!

For the title, I coated my chipboard with gesso, then added snowcone gelato in an ombre effect!

My last piece of chipboard is this flourish that was also coated with gesso, then I added yellow and gold gelatos for color, and misted with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray for shine!

Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Handmade Masculine Card with New "Inspired By" Sketch at Sketch N Scrap!

Hello again crafty friends!!!  We have a fabulous new sketch up over at Sketch N Scrap!  This is our mid-month "Inspired By" sketch which is inspired by an original page, then given to us (And you!) to scrap!

I decided to do a get well card for a close family friend!  He's been under the weather and I am hoping to bring a smile to his face upon receiving this in the mail :-)

Any who... Here's a look at the sketch:

I tend to always fall back on Tim Holtz products for ALL my masculine cards and pages (it helps that I am completely obsessed with all his products anyway!!!).  So I started with a Kraft base and went to work!  

I inked all my paper and ephemera edges with Walnut Stain distress ink.  I grabbed some Creative Embellishments chipboard from my stash and inked it up as well, then added a heavy coat of rock candy crackle paint.

I used Vintage Photo distress stain to color my grungeboard hinges, then added several brads for detail.  

Finally, I printed the sentiment from my computer using a font I downloaded called "bad grunge" (one of my favs!).  

And there you have it!!!  Another creation made fabulous by the amazing Tim Holtz (and a little bit of myself!!!!).  

 Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Quick Motivational Card with "Illumination" and Sketch N Scrap!

Hello again everyone!!!!!!   I'm here to share a quick card I made using the new sketch over at Sketch N Scrap!

Here's a look::

And here is my card:

I used the "Illumination" Collection from 7 Dots Studio that I purchased from the Frosted Designs Store and layered it on a piece of Bazzil cardstock that was coated with gesso as my base!  I then inked up all the edges of my pattern papers using black distress ink!

I added a piece of chipboard  from Creative Embellishments that was treated with mist and rock candy crackle paint!

I finished the card with a couple of flowers and some liquid pearls!

I decided to add some inspirational quotes and mail this to a very good friend in need of a smile!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Altered Shadow Box with Frosted Design's Summer's End Kit!!!!

Hello out there to all my crafty friends!!!  August is upon us, which means Fall is right around the corner!  I just love the beautiful colors of Fall, but terribly miss the warmth of Summer!  Well Frosted Designs has the perfect solution....  Summer's End August Kit of the Month!

This kit has beautiful hues, including blue, gold, and a touch of red!  It's great for all your summer photos, and upcoming Fall ones as well!

I recently purchased a shadow box at my local craft store (I am a bargain hunter and these were nearly free!).  When this kit arrived, I knew exactly how I wanted to put it to use!  Here's a look:

Aren't these colors amazing?!?  Oh, I just LOVE them!  These are family pics taken many years ago, but are still seen around my house in all sorts of places!  

I started by painting my box a cool white color, then used some mod podge (matt used here) to adhere my papers into place!  I grabbed my Xacto knife to cut out the center piece of paper to let that inside show through, then used a white Uni Ball pen to add faux stitching around the entire box!  

I've stated before that Frosted Design's kits are so wonderful, that you can use them together to create all sorts of fabulous things!  Well, I used the bottle caps, metal scissor trinket, flowers, and stickers all from previous kits!  I also used the sticker flowers and Petaloo flowers from this kit to create a cluster at the bottom of my box (the Blue Chalkboard mist came in handy to die my flower!), and added one of the doilies beneath it.

I more of the blue mist to spray my background die-cut and add small splatters across my page!

I finished the box with other stickers and flowers included in the kit, and more faux stitching around the papers on the inside!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Products used from the Frosted Designs Store: