Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Owl Be Seeing You!


Popping in with a quick post .... a quick card I realized I had to make for a co-worker who loves owls... I decided to use this owl stamp I got a long time ago... it's a Darcie's stamp and I knew she'd love it because she loves owls like I do... and she's not really about the cute owls... so I dug this one out and can't figure out why I haven't used it in so long!  In fact, I think I'll take this one with me on vacation and use it again...


I needed to keep it very simple because most of my stuff is packed to go right now so I took some kraft paper and mounted it onto some pretty gold foil cardstock from a Christmas paper pad I got at Michael's on clearance last year.  I stamped the owl in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold.


While I had the embossing powder and heat gun out I thought I'd add the flourish from the set at the top knowing I'd cover some of it up, but I thought it would add a nice touch.  In case she wanted to keep this on her desk I didn't want it to say Happy Birthday on the outside of the card, so I chose this sentiment from an old CTMH set that I love and used it along with a strip from the gold card base...I added a few sequins from the Latte Coffee sequins from Paper Sweeties... LOVE this mix!


And that was that!  I had such a hard time photographing this one and still don't feel the photos do it justice... it really is so pretty in person... and she loved it!  I made it and gave it to her yesterday...

So... I'm on my way tomorrow... I have a few scheduled posts while I'm away and hoping to have lots of things to show you when I get back!

See you soon!  Don't be a stranger!  I've been super busy at work and home this past week getting ready, but I'll be visiting you over the next week while I'm away... Happy Crafting!

Oh!  And don't forget about my 100 follower celebration in July!  You can find out more by clicking here!



Cutting Cafe Inspiration-Silhouettes


Welcome back for some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  This time around we're playing with Silhouettes!  The Fun With Silhouettes Printable set is fantastic!  Lots of printable images and some come in a cutting file format also.. I used a few of the SVG images and cut them from my Cricut.  (I'm having some printer issues... luckily my birthday is coming soon!)  The Teapot, Cake Plate, Cupcake and Teacup are all cut from this file.


I was wishing I had a corner die that I could use for this.. originally because the sentiment I wanted to use was kind of large and I was going to add it to the corner, but didn't want to cover up my pretty floral border.  I had an extra piece of this beautiful paper from the Authentique Beloved 6x6 paper pad (which you can find in the Cutting Cafe Shop here!).  Since I didn't have a corner die that would work here, I used the same stitched background die and cut so it was placed in the same corner as my original (my paper wasn't a full sheet... I had cut something out of it... but the corner was in tact which is all I needed).  Then I took a die that was curvy on the outer cut.. say.. another layer or a label die... and placed it inside that piece I just cut to leave as much width as I wanted.  Then all I had to do was cut in a couple strategic locations on the top and side to make it a corner.  Could I have cut my inside curve by hand?  Probably.  Would I have messed up the cut on my only piece of that paper I had left?  Most likely.  So the die was the perfect solution!  I ended up choosing a different sentiment, but loved the depth the corner piece gave anyway...


I chose to cut my teacup from some more pretty paper from the Beloved paper.  I'd buy that cup!  I used my gold paint pen to add some gold touches to it.  I love how highlighting that one shape with the pretty floral brings the teacup forward as if the rest is in the shadows.


And here is my sentiment!  I was so happy to still have the rest of my sentiments from the 3D cup I made during the Coffee Lovers Hop laying around.  I used a flag banner die to cut it out and it ended up being just right!

Love the look of these silhouettes!  They are very dark and I think it helped to have a touch of black in my printed papers... hope you get a chance to play with these!  And be sure to checkout what my teamies have made for you.  On the 21st start at the Cutting Cafe blog here , comment there for a chance to win some free files, and then check out what everyone has created for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for stopping and come back again soon!  I'm on vacation, but I'll be posting here and there and while I'm away I'll be creating more stuff to share with you when I get back!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #221


Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  This week I'm sharing a card I made using an image from Createful Heart Digis & Design, some Doodlebug papers, and some CDD and Heartfelt Creations dies.


This Dragonfly Hi image is available for free if you play along with the challenge that runs until July 21st!  Join the group on facebook and play along!  He's a cutie!  I colored him in with Copics and then added some dots on his wings with some glitter gel pens and when those were dry added some Wink of Stella... of course as usual, the shine doesn't show up very well in my photo, but it really sparkles in person.


I added a few paper flowers from my stash.. believe I got these at Hobby Lobby when they had a sale... the little white ones are my favorite.. in fact I emptied my package today so I'll need to watch for the next sale.

Instead of banners under my strip of glitter tape I cut some of the Heartfelt Creations leaves out of green vellum.. LOVE the way they turned out... 


These leaves from Heartfelt Creations are among my favorite... I use them altogether like this in a bunch or they are also great to cut apart and just use a few when you add flowers to a piece... and isn't that pretty inside scalloped frame from CDD beautiful... I added some vellum to the inside to help Mr. Dragonfly stand out a bit...


And instead of spending half an hour trying to pick a sentiment, I used one of the sentiments from the Doodlebug papers I was using.. and those pretty clear flower sequins are from Kat Scrappiness... I love clear sequins and love that these are flower shaped.

So there you are!  Hope you'll play along with Atlantic Hearts this week!  It's another great sketch from Michelle!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties July 2017 New Release Rewind!


Welcome to the Release Rewind over at Paper Sweeties!  Today we're sharing with you projects where we've mixed the old with the new... I used some images from the I Love Summer Stamp and Sweet Cuts sets along with the new  Kindness Matters Stamps and Sweet Cuts and the new Rectangle Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts.  


Love the sentiments you can build from the Kindness Matters set...love the fonts and love the sayings...


The butterfly, bird and birdhouse are from I Love Summer.. and just love this wreath from Kindness Matters!  It just makes everything a little sweeter!


It really is... thanks so much for stopping and hope to see you again soon!  In the meantime be sure to visit my teamies to see what they've made for you today:

Nancy Salkeld

There's this going on!  Sale is limited to in stock items only and some sets won't be available much longer!  Get 'em while you can!


And don't forget to play along with us!






Friday, July 14, 2017

Paper Sweeties July 2017 New Release Party!


It's a Release Party over at Paper Sweeties!   Today all of the new products are available in the shop!  I thought I'd bring a little sunshine into your day today... we've got plenty here to go around!


I made a shaker by cutting the Rectangle Scallop Frame and cut one out of the stripey paper and then cut one out of some white cardstock.  On the stripey paper I was left with the outer scalloped outline.  I added my acetate to the back of the striped piece and then glued the scalloped frame back onto the acetate so that it fit flat into the cutout.  Then I added popup tape around the frame and over the back of the entire front piece to give it support...glued my stamped piece to the base, added some sequins on top and adhered my top piece over them.


I love that the sweet cuts for this wreath cut this dainty wreath out leaving a thin circular frame that is so fun and playful to add to almost any piece.


Here it is shaken up... love it!

Thanks for stopping here and now stop at these places...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Nancy Salkeld

Don't forget about this!  Throw some Holiday items in your cart and use the code to get 40% off of Holiday sets!  Sale is limited to in stock items only and some sets won't be available much longer!  Get 'em while you can!




And please come and play with us for a chance to win!





Thursday, July 13, 2017

Paper Sweeties July 2017 New Release Sneak Peeks!


It's time for sneak peeks over at Paper Sweeties!  Here is what I have for you today:


The gingham... the red and white with that little bit of fresh green... the flowers... this one makes me smile....


I was happy to find this paper with red watercolor splashes on it in my stash... it was perfect on the Scalloped Circles for a backdrop!  And I love that pretty wreath from the new Kindness Matters set... I added some of the flowers from the Hello Spring stamp and sweet cuts sets... they went with it perfectly!  Love the flower shaped cupped sequins from Paper Sweeties!  The Strawberry red were perfect!


I was excited to find this crocheted lacy ribbon in my stash as well as that pretty fabric heart.. perfect with a couple sequins tucked under and one of the flowers on top.  I used the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts for the banner and isn't that sentiment just the cutest?? That's from the Kindness Matters set as well... there's a whole bunch of sweet sentiments on this set!


So thanks for stopping by today!  And be sure to check out what everyone created for you today:

Nancy Salkeld

Have you taken advantage of this sale yet?  All through the month of July!  Sale is limited to in stock items only and some sets won't be available much longer!  Get 'em while you can!



And don't forget to play along with this month's challenge!




What's New (These links will work on the 15th!)

Kindness Matters
Kindness Matters Sweet Cuts



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Paper Sweeties Plan Your Life Series - July 2017!


Welcome to the July 2017 Paper Sweeties Plan Your Life Series!  Today I'm sharing with you my planner pages for my upcoming vacation... yes... vacation!!  Links to everything I've used today are at the end of this post.

You'll notice there is a lot of coffee on this spread...lol!  That's because my mom and I are going to be shuffling off to Buffalo where there is a Tim Hortons and awesome pizza on every corner!  And believe me... there will be Tim Hortons every day... sometimes twice a day... and pizza... well.. if I can manage to make that happen every day too, I will!  I don't miss the snow, long winters, and frigid temps, however I do miss my people, the Tim Hortons, and the pizza.

I was inspired by this month's inspiration photo for my colors because I love the red, white and blue for July, and although it's not a patriotic layout, it does make me think of summer and picnics and the country... have you played along with the Paper Sweeties Anything Goes Challenge this month yet?  More info at the end of this post!


So.. yeah.... about a week to go... work is crazy as ever and I cannot wait to slow down a bit!  There may or may not be a few sneak peeks going on over here in this area.  That's me... and that's my cup of coffee... it's big :) .


I used almost every one of my awesome Paper Sweeties coffee sets on this layout...lol!  I love all of the sentiments that are included and of course the cup from the Keep Calm & Drink Coffee set is my new fave!  


And all of the cute little icons from the Planner Series Coffee set were perfect!  I told you!  It's on the "schedule" for every day! (And I do use the word schedule loosely... everything is subject to change for this week!)


There were printed flowers on this planner page but they were pink and just did not look good... but that's ok, because I got out my Pretty Posies set and covered them up with some flowers that coordinated better... don't you love this sentiment... hmmm... I don't remember seeing this before!... weird...

So thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check all of these places out!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Lilian Forsyth 
Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here!)
Nancy Salkeld

And while you're getting your new stuff, you should take advantage of this awesome sale going on during the month of July on Holiday sets!  Sale is limited to in stock items only and some sets won't be available much longer!  Get 'em while you can!



WOW!

And I sure hope you are gonna play along with us this month!  Use the photo for inspiration and let it get those creative juices flowing!  You could win $25 of free stuff from the shop!



What's New (These links will work on the 15th!)

Kindness Matters
Kindness Matters Sweet Cuts