Hello Crafty Friends and happy Friday! I’m participating in an awesome Instagram Hop today to celebrate Simon’s latest release, Happy and Joyful! Be sure to stop over there and comment along the hop for your chance to win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp! Today’s project is featuring the new Lined Background stamp, so let’s run through the details!
I began this project by stamping the Lined Background stamp onto a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using SSS Pawsitively Saturated Inks in Peony, Sunbeam and Surf. I applied the first ink to the stamp and softened the edges of the ink using a blender brush, and stamped it on the panel. I cleaned the stamp and moved on to the next color, softening those edges as well. By using just those three colors and allowing them to blend through the stamping, it rounded out the rainbow effect.
To assemble the card, I glued the black frame to the rainbow panel and adhered the sentiment in the bottom corner using foam tape. The panel was then adhered to a black panel using foam tape again. Yes, lots of dimension!
That finishes it up! I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! There’s lots of inspiration over on the Instagram Hop, so be sure to check that out and comment along the hop for your chance to win a Simon gift card! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Friends and thanks so much for stopping by! I’m still playing with goodies from Simon’s latest release, Happy and Joyful. There are so many beautiful florals in this release, and today’s card is featuring the new Lisianthus stamp set. Let’s run through the details for this card!
I was going for an emboss resist technique so I used PinkFresh Studio inks in Soft Lilac and Lavender, as well as Simon’s Aspen Pawsitively Saturated Ink for the ink blending on this panel. When the ink blending was complete, I used the new SSS A2 Marquee die set to trim it down. I cut the marquee an additional two times and adhered all of those together using liquid glue for added dimension without the bulk. This is such a cool die, and I just love the detail that it adds! I also added some white splatter to the panel using Royal Talens Titanium White Acrylic Ink before moving on.
The sentiments were added to the panel along with some pearl accents before being added to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner.
Super simple card, but I love the soft airy feeling to it. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Don’t forget to check out the entire Happy and Joyful release, and let me know your favorites! Have a wonderful stay and stay awesome!
Hello Friends and welcome back! I’ve been playing with goodies from the latest Erin Lee Creative release, and made another card using the new Sketched Floral Foil Cover Plate. So let’s run through the details!
All too often I get caught up in the thought that everything needs to be colored. Guess what? It doesn’t! I quite like this white and gold simplistic design on this one! Anyhoo, I began this project by embossing the Sketched Floral Foil Cover Plate onto a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock. That provided just a tad of underlying detail.
I foiled the same plate using Spellbinders Gold Hot Foil and fussy cut those images and placed foam tape on the back. When adhering them to the embossed panel, I offset them just the slightest little bit so that you could still see the embossed details. I also added some gold splatter using Royal Talens Light Gold Acrylic Ink for some added interest.
For the sentiment, I cut the Hello Word Die once from gold cardstock and four more times from Neenah 110lb and adhered all of those together using liquid glue. I made the sentiment so thick because it was going atop the flowers that were adhered with foam tape, and I needed it to be quite sturdy.
Hello Crafty Lovelies and thanks for stopping by! Erin Lee Creative had an awesome release this past Friday with gorgeous floral plates and sentiments, and I’m super grateful and honored that Erin asked me to play with a few of the new products! I’m a little late to the party because I was away visiting my mom, but I got right to playing when I returned home. Today’s card is featuring the gorgeous Sketched Floral Foil Cover Plate along with the Script Sentiments 2 Foil Die Combo, so let’s run through the details for this one!
The Script Sentiments 2 set is gorgeous and this font is so unique! I foiled a few of the sentiments on black cardstock using the same Champagne foil and trimmed them out using the included coordinating dies. I opted to go with the happy birthday sentiment, because you can never have enough birthday cards in my opinion. I went ahead and trimmed that sentiment two more times from black and adhered all of those together using liquid glue.
That finishes up this beauty! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Stop by and check out this gorgeous releases over on Erin’s website! Thanks again to Erin for letting me play with these beautiful products! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Crafty Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today’s card is featuring the new Lisianthus stamp from Simon’s newest release, Happy and Joyful. This is such a gorgeous release, but I say that about all of their releases! So, let’s run through the details of this project!
For the sentiment, I chose to use the SSS Take Care. I die cut the sentiment three times from black cardstock and adhered all of those together using liquid glue, and then glued it directly to the watercolored panel.
The panel was then adhered to black cardstock using foam tape. I opted to use foam tape to keep the panel from warping once it was on the card front. The panel was adhered to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner. To finish up, I added a few PFS Jewels to give it a little bling.
That does it for this project! Super simple, but I love the look of loose watercolors. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Crafty Friends! I recently had a studio renovation, and thank goodness it’s finally done! It took longer than expected, but it’s beautiful and very functional and I’m in love! Many of you have asked for pictures and a tour, so here it is!
So a little back story to the studio … My area used to be down in our basement, which as you can imagine, was very dark. And being down there, I felt quite cut off from the rest of the house. But, you do what you can with the space that you have! We’ve lived in this house just over seven years now, and at about the five year point, my husband got up one morning and said that he had a dream that we moved the studio into the sunroom. We had never used this room in our house in those five years! It was just a room that housed random furniture that we really didn’t use. Of course, by the time he finished his sentence, I was downstairs packing my stuff up!
When I moved into this space, I moved some of the white Ikea furniture that we had for our daughters when they were younger, up here with me. We also had a white dresser in my daughter’s old room that she was no longer using that I also brought into this room. It was a hodge podge of stuff, but it worked for me, and that’s what really mattered.
After I moved into this room, we purchased the grey tables from Ikea, which you’ll see in some of the pics. The name of the table is Klimpen, but unfortunately, this has been discontinued. This table system has two table tops, two drawer units and one bookshelf unit. Overall, it measures 94 1/2″ x 23 5/8″. I ended up purchasing two of these systems and have them back to back, basically doubling that width.
To move along in the story, my husband was renovating an office/lounge on the other side of the studio, and we decided to give the studio a face lift as well, adding built in bookshelves with countertops.
It was very hard to get a full view of the entire storage wall, so I took pics of both sides of the french doors. As you can see from the photos, one set of doors was eliminated to add lots more storage on my side, as well as his side of the wall.
The right side of the doors is the main work area with lots of shelves and countertop space. The top shelf houses suitcases that I actually use to display cards when I do craft fairs. The white storage bins are Kuggis boxes with lids from Ikea. As you can see, I have lots of extra space to grow! I have two 60 ink pad storage systems, one on each side of the middle area, flanked by a marker organizer as well. Just above the that middle area are four 36 ink pad storage systems, and all of these are from OrganizeMore.com. I’ll be sure to have links below to everything.
Here’s a closer look at ink storage and countertop work area. This canvas bulletin board is from Amazon, and as you can see, there’s nothing on it right now! Undoubtedly, that will change!
This is just to the right of the canvas bulletin board. This houses ink storage and marker storage. The tiered acrylic stand houses alcohol inks, as well as, Nuvo Drops.
Left of the canvas bulletin board houses ink storage, other storage and my device charging area. The black stand will charge my iPhone and iWatch at the same time or separately.
Inside the drawers are my Simon Says Stamp and PinkFresh Studio products at the moment. As things are new, I’m sure there will be some re-organizing as I get used to where everything is. The products are stored inside Variera boxes from Ikea.
Two of the shallow drawers have spice drawer organizer inserts where the spray bottles and pastes are housed.
One of the bottom drawers houses a variety of envelopes. Some of the other larger drawers house packing and shipping supplies that I use for my Etsy shop.
How cool is a library ladder?! This is the left side of the french doors. The top shelf houses old books that I sometimes use for projects. Yes, I do rip them up! I have a little vintage typewriter as well. It doesn’t work that great, but it’s cute!
Underneath the cute little typewriter, this cabinet houses both of my printers on pull out shelves. Why do I have two printers? That’s a very good question, and my only answer is that, the top printer is used to print specific items that I use for some cards, and the bottom printer is used to print on heavier cardstock and watercolor paper.
Next to the printer storage cabinet is the Brother Scan N Cut storage area, and underneath that is 12 x 12 patterned paper storage. I had the contractors build a pine insert for the pull out shelf to raise the machine up so that it could scan and work properly while being in the cabinet.
Just to the right of the Brother Scan N Cut, on the wall, is the washi storage. This acrylic storage unit is actually for nail polish, but I thought it worked great for washi! And it also works for little bottles as well. This is actually two units hung together, by the way.
The second picture in this post showed the tables as you walk into the room. This view gives you the end view, and shows the bookshelves that came with the table system. These end units house other stamps, die, stencils and embossing folders. The green metal cabinet sitting on top of the tables is a vintage cabinet that I found at an antique store, and I use it for craft fairs, as well as the suitcases.
This is command central, where all of the magic happens! So many things right at my finger tips! I have all of my Copic markers, their refills, pens and pencils housed in these marker organizers, which is raised on a shelf with attached legs from Ikea. By raising things off the table, it gave me a little bit of additional storage underneath it. On top of the markers are embellishment storage containers, as well as some blending brushes. To the right are some additional acrylic storage containers that house paint brushes, other blender brushes and odds and ends.
Here’s a look down the table to the other end of the room where I have additional storage and a little sitting area. To be honest, I only ever sit there to do Sudoku. I have terrible eyesight, so it’s wonderful to have so much light in this room! I added these beautiful orb chandeliers for an element of beauty as well as functionality.
Here’s a look at the additional storage. These five picture ledges are from Ikea and house art that I’ve created, paints, some pastes and various knick knacks. Inside both doors are paper storage and the drawers house foils, a laminator, some other paints and a few other odds and ends. The top is home to the Gemini Jr., which sits atop a Totally Tiffany Rotating Design Board, and the Glimmer Hot Foil Machine.
This is an ugly little corner to the room, but there’s really no way to make it pretty. This is where all of the photography happens. Lots of natural light, as well as direct light and diffused light from the professional lights. Light! Light! Light!
That wraps us this tour of the studio! I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek into my happy place! Don’t hesitate to ask if I left something out! Have an absolutely wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Crafty Friends and welcome back! I hope you’re having a great day! Today’s project is featuring the PinkFresh Studio Sunflowers Washi! I love all of the washi tapes that PFS has to offer, and this one is no different! They are just a great product for making quick, yet beautiful cards! Let’s run through the details shall we?
For the background, I used the SSS Detail Pincushion Plate. I used the embossing mat and embossed the panel onto purple cardstock, and then die cut the panel from Neenah 110. I added some liquid glue to the back of the white panel and popped it right into place over the purple panel. It fits so nicely and looks like you spent a ton of time inlaying all the beautiful pieces.
I played around with the placement of the flowers and leaves and guess what, I determined that I needed some additional leaves! I’m not kidding, I think every card that I make needs additional leaves! Anyhoo, I used the PFS Leafy Branch die to cut some of those from gold cardstock.
The sentiment is from the PFS Perfect Sentiments product suite. In this case, I used the hot foil plate to foil the sentiments onto a panel of Neenah 110lb using Spellbinders Gold Foil, and used the coordinating die to trim them out. I did cut it two more additional times and adhered those together using liquid glue.
I began arranging and assembling the flowers and leaves using a combination of glue and foam tape for support, tucking leaves under as necessary. The sentiment was then glued atop the flowers and the whole panel was adhered to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner.
That finishes up this project! I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! If you haven’t tried any of the PinkFresh Studio washi tapes, I definitely recommend them! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Friends and welcome back to my blog! Thanks for stopping by to check out this project featuring the Brighter Days product suite from PinkFresh Studio. I made this card using left over flowers and leaves from a previous project, as well as the negative hexagon pieces from another project. Let’s run through the details!
I began by adhering the negative hexagon pieces together using liquid glue and setting those aside. The previous card using the positive piece can be viewed here. I had cut two PFS Simply Hexagon pieces, one from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock, and one from a panel that I had ink blended using PFS Ocean Breeze. To assemble the background, I laid a positive hexagon piece on my panel and somewhat inlaid the negative pieces in there using foam tape. I say somewhat, because the negative pieces don’t actually fit into the space because they are bigger, as they are offset slightly. The positive piece was just used as a guide for placement, and removed once I had gotten the negative pieces situated.
I began my initial card layout, determining placement and the size of sentiment that I was going to be able to use. I opted for the Hello sentiment, which is from the PFS Classic Words Die Set. I die cut that once from polished gold cardstock and twice from black cardstock and adhered all of those together using liquid glue. In determining placement, I decided that I needed some extra leaves, because that’s apparently what I do. Every card seems to need additional leaves! I guess leaves are just my jam! Anyhoo, I die cut a few leaves using the PFS Leafy Branch and added those to my floral placement.
The hexagons were already adhered to the panel, so I began adhering the flowers and both kinds of leaves using liquid glue, tucking the leaves under as necessary. The sentiment was glued to the panel as well. I opted to add a little bling using the PFS Gold Metallic Pearls, because every card needs bling! Ok, so leaves and bling! The panel was then adhered to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner.
That finishes up this project! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Have yourself a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!
Hello Friends, and thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! There is a super fun Instagram hop going on today to celebrate the new release, Hello Gorgeous! There’s also lots of gift cards to be won! So be sure to stop over there for your chance to win! For today’s project, I’m once again featuring the new Folk Art Flowers background stamp. Let’s run through the details!
To begin, I pulled out all of the flowers and stamped just the leaves on a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using SSS Pawsitively Saturated ink in Sage. I then popped all of the flowers back in the stamp and carefully removed the leaf portion from the Misti. I then stamped some of the flowers using SSS Peony ink, cleaned the stamp, and re-inked with some SSS Sherbet ink. I did use a blender brush to soften the hard ink edges.
The panel was then adhered to a black panel using SSS Dot Tape Runner and that was then adhered to the card base using foam tape for added dimension.
That does it for today’s project! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Stop by and check out the Instagram hop, and comment along the hop for your chance to win one of several $25 gift cards! You can also stop by the SSS website to check out all of the wonderful new things in the Hello Gorgeous release! So much good stuff! Stay awesome crafty friend!