Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Monogram Decor Art - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the weekly Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!! Can you believe that the end of March is here?!

This week I had a vision for my project. I had the idea, dreamed about how it would come together and had it virtually built ... inside my brain. I was fixed on using the Hello Life Project Kit. When I started to make my plan a reality I started strong! Everything was working out the way that I had planned. Half way through I just was not feeling it, like it was missing something. I played and played late into the night. This is what was born ... my DIY Monogram Decor Frame.

I thought I should share with you the DIY part ... First, the rack you see comes with the Project Kit!!! So awesome, right?! It comes a black color and measures 14" x 17". I used spray paint to change it up. When you get the kit the rack is packaged with two heavy weight cardboard sheets. Do not toss those in the recycling! I used these to create the frame and monogram letter that you see!

This kit is bursting with elements for you to jazz up the frame. I did not even put a dent into the kit with the heart banner and chevron background paper that you see.

I did add a couple of supplies to personalize this decor frame. The Whisper White Bakers Twine, a sheet of Chalkboard Paper and the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim. I have long been a fan on inspirational quotes and could not resist adding one with the Chalk Marker. I had a "real" piece of chalk (from the build a banner kit), and used that to rub the chalkboard paper.

Working with my monogram letter was a bit tough! If I had to do it again I would cut another letter K with Bermuda Bay cardstock and fasten that to the cardboard before I started with the sequin trim. That way, if a wee bit was peeking out between sequins it would not be so obvious.

So what do you think?? It is not exactly as I had dreamed - but I think it came together! A part of me thinks it needs a bit more "something".

Next on the hop is Lisa Harlow.
Click over to Lisa and see what the dreamed up this week!

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sweet Journal - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our March Facebook Project edition of the Stampin' Up! Aritsan Design Team Blog Hop!

I have been obsessed with the Sweet Dreams product suite in the Spring Occasions catalogue! In fact, my last two Artisan Design Team posts have used these products ... and today is no different! I promise that next week I will use another color scheme! But for now - feast your eyes on this!

We create these Artisan projects nearly a month before you get to see them on Facebook. At that time I was thinking of my dear friend who had just told me that they were expecting a baby! I wanted to create something special for her. They have three boys at home already and I wanted to make her a journal so that she could try to record those precious pregnancy moments. I know that it goes by so quickly when you have other little people demanding your attention.

I love the texture of the Filter Paper tucked under the "so sweet". I used the Large Scallop Edgelit and the Big Shot to cut it.

You will be shocked to hear that the thread is not ribbon that I pulled apart! I actually used sewing thread. I know, you are surprised! I am not sure what possessed me to do that ... but I like the clean look of these threads.

The flowers are from the Flower Fair Framelits Die. Are you confused with the Edgelits, Framelits and Thinlits lingo?? Here to help my friends!
Framelits mean that they frame a stamp set and therefor have a coordinating set(s).
Edgelits are edge detail dies, like the scallop.
Thinlits are designs and images that do not have a coordinating stamp set.

These Large Kraft Journals are from the Spring Occasions Catalogue. When I opened them and discovered that the paper inside was grid paper my heart melted. That comes from my Architecture career, I wish all paper was grid paper!

Next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow.
Lisa is a beautiful designer that has smashing projects each week.
Click over to see what she has created today!

Be sure to follow the Artisan Design Team on Pintesest! And look for our blog hop every Thursday!

Thank-you for reading! Have a creative day!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guy Greetings Birthday Card

Hello my friends!

I was stamping this weekend and needed to come up with a masculine card for my card swaps for this months stamp clubs. I ordered the Guy Greetings Stamp set the minute I saw it in the Spring Occasions Catalogue. I love it! Plus, I never have enough masculine themed things in my craft room.
I try to keep my swaps relatively simple. I have four clubs that I swap with so I have a lot of reproducing to do. 

The texture of this Hello Honey ribbon is to-die-for. It is so soft and the color is so hot right now! 

I have moved on to work on a new mini album class that I am planning for April! I love love love mini albums! They are always so much fun to create! 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Crazy Irresistible - Creative Blog Hop!

Happy Monday Morning friends! The sun is shinning, the snow is melting and I have on a new sexy pair of jeans! It is going to be a great day!

Last week I was nominated by the wonderful Laurie LaRose to do a creative blog hop! Laurie and I have become friends over the years at Stampin' Up! demonstrator events. Last week Laurie blogged some adorable cards using our the Lets Get Away Project Life Card Collection. Hop over to Act Of Stamping  to see these creations! 
Laurie LaRose, Act Of Stamping

So what is a creative blog hop? Think of it as a blog chain letter. Each Monday a new blogger will share a creation with you! I posted a teaser pic on Instagram Friday night of what I was working on for today. Here is what I cooked up ...


The background paper is the Sale-a-bration Irresistibly yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.
It comes white with the glossy white pattern that you see.
I used a stampin' sponge and inked it with Hello Honey Ink. Carefully swirl the sponge
on the card stock to make that glossy pattern pop!
(This DSP is only here until March 31! You can earn it for free with a $60 CAD merchandise order!)

The center of the flower was created using Silver Foil Sheets and the Cupcake Builder Punch.
The black leaf was created using the Bird Builder Punch.

I was inspired by the Hello Life Project Kit when I was designing projects for my upcoming Spring Retreat. The colors in this kit lead me to these card designs.

My monthly stamp club members will be creating these cards in March! My stamp clubs have a choice to create two cards or two 12x12 scrapbook layouts. The scrapbook layouts coordinate with this card design. You will have to come back and visit later in the week for that! I am just getting my photos on the layouts and then they will be ready to share.

Before I go there are two important things that I need to do for this Creative Blog Hop ..

First, I need to answer a few questions!!

I am working on a project for the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. We have a blog hop each Thursday and that keeps me busy creating each week!

That is a really hard question! Over the years I guess I have developed a "style". People always tell me that they know my work. I suppose, that sets me aside. I also like to try new project ideas. I stamp cards, scrapbook layouts, 3D items, gifts, mini albums ... anything!

I create because I need to! Creating has always been a part of my life. It is a passion. As for what I create ... well that is a bit of my competitive side. I want to share it and get an exciting reaction! I love to think of new ideas, and challenge myself when I am creating, to do just that!

It usually involves late nights and Netflix! I set out with a dream of a finished project and then start pulling stamp sets, tools, paper ... sometimes the dream comes to life and sometimes it evolves. But in the end I have created!

Next, I need to NOMINATE ANOTHER BLOGGER to post Monday next week!
James Weber, Stampin' Stud
I met James Weber in January at Stampin' Up!'s leadership conference. We had lunch together and I got to know him and his wife. James came to his first Stampin' Up! event as a husband and supporting demonstrator; but he left a stamper and a die hard fan. As soon as he got home he started his blog Stampin' Stud. You must visit his first blog post to hear about his experience in his words! I promise you will become a fan.

Do not forget to visit James on Monday, March 23, 2015 for his Creative Blog Hop Post!

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beautiful Backgrounds Class! - registration is open!

I am so excited for this new class on my event calendar! I have been loving the water color trend and have been dying to try the new Boken background technique. Sooo ... I thought that we should do a class about beautiful background techniques! 

I designed 8 awesome cards using 8 different techniques! I wont be sharing my tips and tricks here on the blog - you will have to join me! Here are the event details in my class flyer ...

Included in this pricing of this class is a full package of water color paper and a package of Neautral buttons! You gotta love getting awesome Stampin' Up! products to take home!

Registration is closing on Monday, March 16 at 5pm - register today! Space is limited and you would hate to miss all of this technique goodness!

Have a creative day!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Quick & Cute note cards - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our weekly blog hop with the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team!

In the March Artisan Design Team product box we received the From the Herd stamp set. I have noticed a million fun cards on Pinterest with the cute animals but I was immediately drawn to the greetings in this set!

I started to play with the greetings and found myself 9 cute note cards later! They came together very quickly. I was going for a clean simple look and have to say that I am loving it! All of the stamps in these cards came from this stamp set - except for the heart. It was borrowed from the Hello, Life stamp set and matches perfectly (if I must say so myself)!

Each card had a simple stamp inside. I wont bore you will all nine but here is a peek at a couple of them ...

I found it so refreshing to create these cards! No layers, no cutting, no techniques (kinda). I hope you enjoyed these ideas today!

Next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow
Click over to her beautiful blog to see what she is up to.

Have a creative day friends!

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