Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Crafty Weekend

I was lucky enough to go to my upline Kay's retreat this past weekend.  This was the first time I've been able to go.  It was so much fun!  She spoiled us with lots of treats.  We had make and takes, lots of food and a Christmas pajama party Saturday night.

My goal was to get swaps done for On Stage in November.  I didn't get all of them done but I did get some completed. Here are some of the cards I made:
This stamp is from the Every Good Wish set. I love the 
watercolor look. I got 25 made for swaps!

I don't have this bundle yet but got to use Kay's. It's
a beautiful set - I've ordered it now! I only had enough paper
 to make about 12 of these for swaps. 

This card was made with the Snowflake Sentiments
bundle.  Another beautiful set!  I've seen so many
gorgeous examples on Pinterest with it.

I used several different sets on this card.
The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments set,
the mittens are from the Smitten Mittens set and I used
the Winter Wonder embossing folder for the background.
I'm sure you can't see it in the photo, but I added Wink of
Stella to the embossed snowflake.

This is the Hearts Come Home bundle. More
Wink of Stella on the snowdrifts. I added
silver foil paper behind the windows.
I decided this was a little to time
intensive for swaps.

This is using a special stamp set - Merry Patterns.
You can get this stamp set free with a $300 party
or order.  Stay tuned for more info on another
way you can get one.

I wanted to make some swaps for On Stage
that weren't Christmas. This is using the
Oh So Eclectic bundle. I'm not sure this
is my final version. I'd like to try one using
embossing paste in the background instead of the
die cut out.

So that's most of what I made at the retreat.  Next time I'll have my cards planned out better so I can make sure I have everything I need.  But it was a lot of fun to play with stamps and dies that I didn't own!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Embossing Fun

Last night I had an embossing class.  We made cards using both types of embossing.  We had so much fun!  I forgot to take pictures at class but here are the projects we made:

For this card I used the Woodland Textures embossing folder - still one of my favorites.
I adhered it to the crumb cake piece before embossing so it would all match perfectly.
Then I added leaves using the Colorful Seasons bundle. I love those intricate die cuts.
Did\ you notice the little piece of fluff above the leaves? That is the copper ribbon all
 stretched out. f you pull it apart you end up with this really fun netting.

This card uses the Cheers to the Year stamp set. I embossed the circles on the 
background in gold and silver. I added a strip of the gorgeous Year of Cheer specialty 
designer series paper.  All of it has metallic foil - just beautiful!  The piece behind the 
sentiment is one of the foil snowflakes from the holiday catalog. I just punched the 
middle of it out with a 2" circle punch.  I'll  save the outside of it to use as a wreath on 
another card.

The card on the left is the card we made in class. It was made with the emboss resist
technique.  I stamped the snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons set in Versamark
on Shimmery White paper and them embossed them with clear embossing powder.
Then I took my aqua painter and Dapper Denim and applied a wash of color all over
 the card. The embossed areas resist the ink.  After that, I took my aqua painter and 
splattered drops of water on the card and blotted them with a towel. The water 
caused the ink to lift leaving little spots with less color.

The card on the right I sponged with Soft Sky, Marina Mist & Pacific Point. 
Sponging makes the colors a little softer.

Hope you enjoyed this peek at the fun class we had last night. Hope to see you at a class soon!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Not so scary cat punch

One of my favorite new bundles in the Holiday catalog is Spooky Cat.

Here are a few spooky projects I made with it:

But then I decided to make some not so spooky cards for my friend Elizabeth:

This card uses some of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  
The sentiment is from the Wood Words set.

I used the Lovely Inside & Out bundle on this card.

Looks like I'm partial to black cats! The Happy Celebrations stamp set
& Celebrations Duo embossing folder work great together on this card.

The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper doesn't have to 
be just for fall projects.

This would be a good card to send to
someone who recently lost their fur baby.

I had so much fun playing with this punch.  It's not just for spooky Halloween cats!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mini pizza box fun!

I spent some time over this long weekend playing with new products.  I had more fun creating with the new pizza boxes!  They are food safe so perfect to give as a gift with a cookie or some candy inside.  Another great gift idea is to fill them with 3 x 3 cards - we now carry envelopes for those.  Those 3 x 3 cards would be perfect to use on gifts. I'm planning a class for this in October - watch my weekly email for details.   Here's what I created with them:

I sponged this pizza box with Pumpkin Pie ink.
I'm loving this new cat punch!

The boxes look great left white. I created a belly band for this one.
It slips off easily so the box can be opened.

There are so many possibilities for these pizza boxes!  I'm sure I'll be creating more fun projects soon!