Saturday, March 29, 2014

Oh hi there!

Hey there, blog friends!  Sorry for the radio silence again…I'm still here, although it's just been a super crazy busy month on all fronts!  And, here we are already at the end of March.  Wow. All I can say is, I'm glad it's the weekend and I'm finally able to take a breath! So, here I am  popping in with a quick, yet big {HELLO} to YOU! Today I wanted to share some pics of 2 of the projects we created at Michelle Halleen's Demonstrator Event earlier this month.  It was an amazing day of crafting inspiration - lots of stamping, demonstrations, paper crafting samples and speakers.

First about this adorable little Card-in-a-box card for Easter?  This Easter card was designed by Michelle and it's just so much cuter in person, too!  And, if you'd like instructions for this fab card technique, you can check out Brianna Thompson's video tutorial here.  I, myself, can't wait to design one of these cute cards {when I get my next free moment!}.

For this card, we used Watercolor Wonder DSP, Wild Wasabi and Tangerine Tango card stock, Oval Framelits, Oval punches, Small heart punch and Circle from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack.

Another project we created was a sweet 3x3 card and mini gift bag.

I love the Retro Fresh DSP!  Here, Michelle paired it with the Pansy Punch and complementary Flower Shop stamp set.  Doesn't this make such a great little gift?  I love it with the Brown Sugar Ruffled Stretch Trim ribbon.  So cute.

Hope you guys have a great rest of your weekend!  I promise it won't be so long til my next post. Thanks for visiting! Ciao for now.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stampin'Up!'s Weekly Deals {Mar 11}

Hi all!  Happy Tuesday to you. Stampin'Up!'s got another week of awesome deals for you to feast your eyes on!  Lots of great dies on sale this week!  I personally love me the Chevron embossing folder.  Here's one fun card I created using this embossing folder.  Chevrons are all the rage, so you can't go wrong!  You can shop at your leisure on my online store.

My {Tech Tip Tuesday} will be coming in a bit….

Bye for now :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Outdoor photo shoot!

Happy weekend blog friends! Today is such a beautiful day in Southern California that I decided to do an outdoor photo shoot of my cards. :)  These are the cards from a stamp party I did last weekend.  Simple, quick, and so easy peasy!

For this Make a Wish card, I used the Happenings Simply Created card kit for the card base and then created my tag with Scallop Tag Topper Punch. This card comes together really quick with just a couple of embellies to add a touch of pizzazz.

For the Happy Birthday card, I used the super cute Banner punch, and then added a small strip of Pool Party card stock that I embossed using the Decorative Dots embossing folder - both of which are products you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration {going on now til March 31st!}! Hope you like the the cards.

Last but not least, here's a pic of my cute little helper! He's growing up so fast and starting to talk up a storm.  We had a great time in the backyard today.  Note - no cards were harmed in this photo shoot. :)

Thanks for stopping in!  Have a great weekend.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Hexagon Hello

Happy Friday, blog friends!  Today I'm sharing a card I created for the CASE Study Challenge and the Moxie Fab Happy for Hexagons Challenge! I've been a little out of practice with challenges these days, but I have to say I've been bitten by the challenge bug, so was excited to create a card that would fit the 2 challenges.  It really does get my creative juices flowing when I see sketches or create based on themes…and wouldn't you know it, both of these challenges fit the bill! Here's the sketch for the CASE Study Challenge:

Isn't that a gorgeous card?  You can see why I was inspired to play, right?  So, for the card sketch, I basically turned it on it's side and created my honeycomb hexagon card.  

Here's a closer look at the details….I was toying with the color palette and I have to say I'm really liking the combo - what do you think?  The color palette is based on the pretty Sweet Sorbet DSP that I used - Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, and Summer Starfruit.  I love the butterfly from the Nature's Hello Hostess stamp set from the Stampin'Up! Occasions Catalog, and the cute circle stamp on the Starburst framelit is a stamp from the February Paper Pumpkin kit!  I used just a smidge of the Sequin Trim to dress my card up a bit and add a little fancy. 

Hope you like it!  Here's the recipe for you:
{Hexagon Hello}
Stamp Set:
Nature's Hello
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP
Inks: Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Backyard Basics Framelits, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, Gold Sequin Trim
Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sweet Sorbet Birthday

Hey there! I've got a quick share today - it's a birthday card I created for my dear mother-in-law for her bday. I got to use some fun goodies from the Sale-a-bration catalog and I also used the fancy sequins ribbon from the Occasions catalog, which I just LOVE!  Here's a look at the full card..

I'm pretty much digging the Decorative Dots embossing folder too - love those bubbles!  And of course, the banner framelits are a must have!  Here's the recipe for you:

{Sweet Sorbet Birthday}
Pool Party, Whisper White
Inks: Early Espresso
Stamp Set: Something to Celebrate {retired hostess set}
Accessories: Banner framelits, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Pearls, Gold Sequin Trim
Thanks for stopping in!  Bye for now.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stampin'Up!'s weekly deals {Mar 4}

Hi again! I know…this is my 3rd post today! Can you believe it? Well, I'm back to share this week's deals with you, so I had to post. :)  Lots of ribbon goodies this week and also one of my fave embossing folders - the Adorning Accents embossing folders.  These are awesome for borders!  They add such a sweet yet subtle detail on the card, which I love.

You can check them all out for yourself at my Online Store here.  Enjoy!

Blog refresh

Hi there blog friends! Just thought I'd pop in real quick to let you know that I have been doing some tinkering on the blog tonight.  If you've stopped by my blog before, you may have noticed that things look a bit different.  I thought it was time for a little blog makeover as it's been awhile since I've made changes to the creative layout of my blog. So, I decided to freshen up my blog with a new header that I created in MDS2.  I'm really liking the crisp spring color palette and I hope you like it too!

I'm still toying with a few details here and there, but I think it's coming along. Part of the change was also making my blog post area a little wider to give some of the images and posts a little more breathing room.

It'll be a work in progress for the next week or so, so please pardon the dust. :)  In the meantime, I'd love to get your feedback!

I'll be back soon. Ciao for now!

{Tech Tip Tuesday}: #7 - Using wax paper with Hexagon Hive Thinlit

Hello and happy Tuesday, blog friends!  This week's tech tip is using wax paper with the Hexagon Hive framelit, but it's definitely a tip that will make die cutting intricate thinlits much easier!  It's amazing what a little wax paper can do.  It does make using detailed thinlits much more enjoyable where you don't have to work so hard to peel off the DSP or card stock from the metal frame.  If you're like me, then you probably didn't read the packaging that recommends you use wax paper with the thinlits {heehee, packaging smackaging!}.  But, not to worry - once you make the discovery, you will definitely keep wax paper at your disposal! I had fun finally using the Hexagon Hive thinlit and taking it for a spin!  How do you like the 3 cards I created above?  What's cool is, you get all the cut hexagons from the thinlit as a byproduct, too, so you can definitely create more projects!  Now, here's the super simple process of using the wax paper:
1.  To create this cute and simple 'Gee, thanks' card, you'll need Real Red card stock cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and folded in half, a piece of wax paper, one sheet of Fresh Prints DSP, and the Hexagon Hive Thinlit.
2. Assemble your sandwich for the Big Shot starting with the acrylic plate at the bottom, then Fresh Prints DSP, wax paper, Hexagon Hive Thinlit, and acrylic plate on top.  Now you're ready to take it through the Big Shot!
3.  Your finished Hexagon Hive die cut!  The hexagons pop out and you'll be able to easily remove the die cut from the thinlit die.  Gently peel away the wax paper and you'll have your fun Hexagon Hive piece of DSP!
4.  Assemble your card.  Tip - I use SNAIL adhesive and apply it onto the Hexagon Hive die cut on the silicon craft sheet.  Why?  This way, I'm able to to put adhesive along the edges easily without making a sticky mess on my work surface!  For the sentiment, I used the Just Sayin' Clear Mount Bundle, which comes with the Just Sayin' stamp set and Word Bubble Framelits!  Just stamp it using the Coastal  Cabana stamp set, adhere it with dimensionals and you're done!
Easy peasy, right?  Here are the 3 cards I made for my first batch of Hexagon Hive projects:
Here's a bigger view of the card we just created.  Simple, quick and fun!
This card is my favorite of the bunch! I created the flower using the Pansy and Blossom punches.  For the center of the flower, I used the Linen Thread and Regals Designer Buttons and embellished a little with the Natural Chevron ribbon.  
Here's a bit of a closer look at the flower. The Pansy and Blossom punch make such a fun bloom!
For this card, I used the Crumb Cake card stock as the base and stamped the flower from the Nature's Hello hostess stamp set as my sentiment.  The ribbon is the Natural Chevron ribbon on the reverse side and the pretty button is from the Very Vintage Buttons.

Hope you liked the projects today and hope this week's tip helps make your crafting with framelits and thinlits much more enjoyable!  Thanks for stopping by today!

ETA: So excited to play along in the Happy for Hexagons Challenge in the Moxie Fab World!