Sunday, March 31, 2019

Paper Sweeties April 2019 Plan Your Life Series

It's the 1st of the Month and over at Paper Sweeties we're planning our lives!  I've decorated my printable planner pages using the adorable Hippity Hoppity Easter Wishes Stamp and Sweet Cuts sets.  I love these sets because I can use the dies along with the stamps or the egg and flowers are great as stand alone dies too!

I have a pretty crafty April and the Get Your Craft On Planner Stamp Set is perfect for keeping track of my Blog Post due dates, crops, workshops and more!

The Everyday Basics is perfect to use along with this printable calendar because I can use it to add my days of the week.

And of course my favorite sweet little flowers from Hello Spring!

You can find the entire Planner Series of stamp sets right here!

Now be sure to head on over to these places to see what everyone else is up to!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Lilian Forsyth 
Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here)
Maria Patrick
Taylor Golzbein

Thanks for stopping and come again soon!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release-Tin Roof Cover Fri-Die!

Welcome to Day 7... the final day of CAS-ual Fridays New Release Inspiration!  Today we're using the new Tin Roof Cover Fri-Die.  Here's how I was inspired:

I decided to create a watercolored background and used my Color Bursts again to do it.  I cut a panel from watercolor paper, sprinkled on some blue and some violet powders, and misted heavily with water.  Then I took a second panel and smooshed it on top.  I intended to use the two panels together.. one as a base and a lighter one die cut using the beautiful Tin Roof Cover die over the top.

When the panel was dry (I may or may not have helped it along with my heat gun), I ran it through my die cutting machine.

Because the paper is a thicker watercolor paper, the pieces didn't fall right out onto my mat.  I carried it over to my table and as I started popping out the squares this idea popped into my head... I'd just carefully remove a few of them to create a window for a shaker!  I took out the ones I wanted and quickly added adhesive all over the back of the rest so they wouldn't come out and then laid a piece of acrylic over them.  This would ensure all of the remaining pieces would stay in tact.

Next, I added foam tape around the diamond shaped window and then around the outside of the panel.  I added a mixture of purples and turquoise sequins where the window would be and then adhered the panel to the base.  I decided to use a lagoon colored base rather than my second panel because it was so pretty I didn't want to cover up most of it... and I'll show you what I did with that in a bit!

I cut Hello Friend using the Sweet Friend Fri-Dies from that beautiful holographic paper.  I got that at a stamp show and as soon as I can find out what it's called, I will share it with you because if I find it again, I'm definitely getting more!  I like that it has both colors in it that I used for this card and it's different every time you look at it!  I cut the words a few times and stacked them and added the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Bushy Tailed stamp set.

Then those pretty branches from the Casual Trees Fri-Dies and some little flowers from my stash along with a few of the same sequins that are on the inside of my shaker.

THEN I took the second panel I had cut and die cut the Tin Roof Cover Die with some white cardstock and did this:

It's hard to believe these two panels were born just seconds!   And I'm so glad I saved this one to use on its own.  It is the perfect backdrop for the white Tin Roof Die Cut.  I used my Art Glitter Glue with my fin tip applicater to add adhesive around the outer edge of the die cut panel and then just a quick dot in the center of each of the flowers.  I never worry about adhering anything so it lays super flat... I love the dimension a little bit of lift gives.

Then I used the Best Day Ever Fri-Dies for ... well... the Best and the Ever and the Friend is from the new Sweet Friend Fri-Dies.  I used the same holographic paper here, but it looks different, doesn't it... every angle has a different look.  I cut one of the Scallop Tags Fri-Dies from White and then used one of the Noteworthy dies to cut the end to give it a different look!  I embossed that with a woodgrain folder and then popped it up on my background.  Next I added my sentiment... don't they look like they were made for each other??

I got really lucky here and had these already alcohol inked and die cut flowers from the Garden Fri-Dies just hanging around in my extras box waiting to be added to this very card!

I used one of the dies from the Casual Trees set and cut it from a different color of the holographic paper; added those branches and then some cute little white flowers and some sequins.

With this one I'm playing along over at Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge which is Play with Paint!  Hope you'll check that out!

And with this one I'm playing along at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes this week!  Yup Yup!  Of course you're gonna check this one out!  I'm also playing along over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday with a twist of Favorite Product or Technique and Why?

Now!  Be sure you see what all of my teamies have created for you today!  There's quite a lot of awesome around here!  Go to the CAS-ual Fridays Blog to see how you can try to win some of the new stuff and for links to all of my teamies' places!  Thank you so much for joining me today and every other day you stop to visit!  I hope you've enjoyed this week's Release Inspiration and should you decide there is something you must have, I have this for you:

Come back again soon!

Friday, March 29, 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release-Just Breathe!

It's Day 6 of the CAS-ual Fridays New Release Inspiration!  Today we're showing off the new Just Breathe Fri-Dies.  You can get all of the new products in the shop now!  Here's how I was inspired:

You don't know how excited I got when I saw this die set!  A couple years ago I chose Breathe as my word and I searched high and low for a die... I found some stamp sets and I even bought a couple... but I really wanted a die... and when I saw this one, it was perfect!

I decided I needed to do something special with this one... something for me that I could hang in my room and just stop and remind myself every once in a while.  So I pulled out a mini canvas and pulled out some paints and gold texture paste and went to work!

I started by painting my canvas with some metallic acrylic paint in a deep but bright blue.  While it was still wet, I swiped in a little bit of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine... I was splattering it on something else and rather than just letting the extra run down the sink, I decided to use it here.

While it was drying, I cut the Just Breath from some brushed gold foil cardstock and then 3 times from some turquoise cardstock to stack them.  I wanted them to be really durable and like chipboard.

Once the painted base was dry, I pulled out the new Starlequin Stencil and used it to apply some gold texture past to my canvas in both corners.  While that was drying I pulled out some goodies... a nylon flower that I received in a package of goodies from Yvonne Yam some time ago... that wonderful old key that I received in a package of goodies from the oh so talented Mitralee... 

A flower I crocheted from some gold yarn with a button I picked up at a second hand store.. some paper flowers, gold bling gems, a whole bunch of my favorite things..I attached them all with some liquid glass.  And then my favorite goodie of all... as good as these Just Breathe dies...

Another treasure from my box of goodies from Mitra...this dangly jewel... I used the tails from the crocheted flower to tie it on and I left the tails on purpose because I like them!

I'm going to enjoy seeing this in my room... now to decide where to hang it....

I'm playing along at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes this week!  I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Play With Paint!  I'm also playing along at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday with Favorite Product or Technique.  I have so many favorites on here, but one of my very favorite products is a great Word Die.. and my favorite technique with them is to cut multiples and stack them for a 3D look.  And even better when I can attach them so they are suspended, like on this little canvas!

Thank you for stopping today and I hop you enjoyed it!  Be sure to hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Blog and see what everyone has created for you and find out how you could win some of the new products!  Should you decide to shop, I have this for you:

We've got one more day of inspiration for you tomorrow!  Come back!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release-Noteworthy Fri-Dies!

Welcome to Day 5 of Inspiration for the CAS-ual Fridays New Release!  Today we're sharing inspiration with the new Noteworthy Fri-Dies!  Here's how I was inspired:

This is a set of three border dies that create that cool notebook edge on your paper and I love them!  There are three different shapes for the holes AND you can also use it to cut the actual border shape out to add to your projects.  I used it here to create a torn notebook edge.

I started by inking up the inside of a sheet music embossing folder with black ink.  I just lightly rubbed the pad across the raised portion of the folder.  Then I sandwiched my paper in between and ran it through.  While it created the embossing it also "stamped" my paper for me.  Then I used some Old Paper distress ink around the edges of the paper and used the new Modern Petals stencil and Vintage Photo distress ink in the corners for a little more interest. I used the noteworthy die to cut the edge of the sheet music and then splattered some Heidi Swapp Gold Colour Shine over the top.

While my background dried, I heat embossed this beautiful sentiment from the Big Treble stamp set onto a banner die cut and cut the Treble Clef Fri-Die from some Foil Cardstock.

I put it all together and added a little flower and some pretty gold sequins and done!

I'm playing along with Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes this week!

Thank you for visiting me!  Hope I've inspired you and be sure to check out what everyone has created for you today!  And come back tomorrow for some more inspiration.  In the meantime, should you decide to shop, there's this for you:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release - Trellis Cover Fri-Die!

Welcome to Day 4 of Inspiration for the CAS-ual Fridays New Release!  Today we're sharing with you some makes using the new Trellis Cover Fri-Die!  And you don't have to wait to pick up any of the new items you want... they're available in the shop here right now!  Here's how I was inspired for today:

This cover die is SO beautiful!  I used it on my first card in white on white for a beautiful decorative background that still looks clean... 

Isn't it pretty??  I used my favorite glue... a little Art Glitter dry clear glue with the most awesome metal tip for fine applications... it really is the best glue I've found for adhering delicate die cuts like this to my cards.

I used the Bubble Box in kraft for a backdrop for my sentiment... another die from the Sweet Friend Fri-Die set that we showed off yesterday and the Happy Birthday Sentiment from the Bushy Tailed stamp set.

I added a few of the flowers and leaves cut from the Garden Fri-Dies.

For this one, I used a very thick piece of kraft cardstock and only ran the die through once hoping it wouldn't cut all of the way through so I could have an embossed look and it worked!  I love how this looks as an embossed background too!

I made sure to add adhesive to the entire back so that none of the pieces would come loose and attached it to a kraft base... again, going for that clean look.  This time I used the Scallop Tag Fri-Die for the sentiment backdrop.

I layered the heart from the Heart Board Fri-Dies over the tag and then added my Hope sentiment over the top.  I used the 4 Petals Fri-Dies for my flowers and some more leaves from the Garden Fri-Dies!

I'm playing along over at Die Cuttin' Divas Favorite Color Combination Challenge!  Pink, Gold, Green... this makes my eyes happy for sure!

So thanks for stopping again and hope you enjoyed it!  Be sure to head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to find out how you could win some of the awesome new stuff!  And if you just must have it now, I have this for you:

Be sure to come back tomorrow for some more Release inspiration!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release - Sweet Friend Word Dies!

Welcome to Day 3 of Inspiration for the new CAS-ual Fridays Release!  Yesterday we showed off the 5 new stencils available in the shop and today it's all about the Sweet Friend Word Dies!  We're sharing inspiration all week but all of the new stuff is available here right now!

Here's how I was inspired:

These new word dies come in a set of 3... Sweet, Friend, and Hello and they are awesome!  Similar to the Big Hope die from the last release, the size is perfect!  And you can use them separately or together!

For today's card I grabbed another one of the new stencils and some Ken Oliver Color Bursts to create two backgrounds!  I started by cutting my base from watercolor paper.  I laid the Starlequin stencil over it and sprinkled on a few different Color Burst powders.  Then I used a spray bottle to add water... lots of water until the color moved around, but not so much that it would go too far underneath the stencil.

Once I was happy with the coverage, I let it sit for just a minute and then lifted it off.

I just love how these colors melded together!  And then I looked at my stencil and realized there was still a lot of beautiful color on it and I happened to have another panel handy.  So I flipped that stencil over onto the second panel and voila!

I got a REALLY cool negative print of the stencil!   I also splattered a little bit of Prima Metallic Watercolors in pink and white over the top.. 'cause I could!

While those two panels dried, I used the same colors of Colorburst and another couple pieces of watercolor paper along with a paintbrush so that I could coordinate the flowers and leaves that I cut using the 4 Petals and Garden Fri-Dies.

I cut two of the smallest Bubble Box dies from vellum and the Sweet and Hello dies out of  white glitter paper, once each, and then three more times each out of white cardstock.  I love to stack my word dies for dimension and these dies are so easy to do that with!  I layered everything on and then added some white gems to the center of the flowers.

I cannot wait to do this again... I just love these backgrounds!

To finish off my sentiments I added a couple mini sentiments from the Bushy Tail set... love the size of them and they fit perfectly with the new Sweet Friend word dies!

And there you have it!  Two yummy backgrounds from one Colorburst application.  I have to admit I love looking at!  

I'm playing along with Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge which is Play With Paint this week!  And I did just that!  And what fun I had!

Thanks so much for stopping today!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and that you'll come back tomorrow for some more inspiration.  And be sure to hop around and check out what everyone has created for you today with the Sweet Friend Fri-Dies!  Leave us some love and you could win some free stuff!  Check out all of the details at the CAS-ual Fridays Blog here!

Should you decide to shop I have this for you: