Friday, April 10, 2015

Tag Jeanne's It!

I got to play along and make a sample with the Tag You're It girls this week, and we were to be inspired by this GORGEOUS tag by the one-and-only....Jeanne Jachna!

Here is Jeanne's tag...



It's SO Jeanne...the mix of patterns and vibrant colors, and so many lovely details to take in from the bird clip, to the stamped feather, washi tape, stitched ruffle, and of course, the lovely die cut!

Here is my tag, inspired by all things Jeanne...


I cut some patterned papers by Crate Paper using my PTI Hexagon Coverplate, then laid the hexagon template over a tag.  The denim is washi tape from Michael's and the mini sentiment is from PTI's Tiny Tags stamp set.

The feathers are stamped and cut using Waltzingmouse Stamps "Fine Feathers" set and dies.  The gold feather is stamped on cardstock with Delicata gold ink and then I added black dots with a pen.  The blue feather is stamped on vellum with blue ink and heat embossed.

You can't have a Jeanne card without a flower!  I made this one using the watercolor "smoosh" technique to color the cardstock with Distress inks in Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, and Stormy Sky. ( It's still a bit wet here, hee!)


The flower is actually three different die cuts, but once the paper was wet, I "split" apart some of the cardstock into layers.   I also spritzed the feathers, flower and tag with some Gold Glimmer Mist...


I had SUCH a great time playing along and was so lucky to have Jeanne's tag to look at...her creativity always inspires!  I am sure you will enjoy playing along this week and thanks for stopping by :)!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Retro Ella

I finally got to play along with Retro Sketches!  Loved this banner sketch...


I used it with my sweet new "Ella and Friends" set from Mama Elephant...



Used fun paper from American Crafts and some fabric washi tape for the banner.


Here is a close up of the bunny with his bubble wand.  That bubble is stamped in Lichen ink from A Muse Studio, then edged with Stardust Stickles.  I stamped some bubbles in the background in Lichen ink, too, then added some iridescent sequins for "real" bubbles!


That bunny gets me every time!  I just love this set!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

12 Kits with Marybeth!


This month at 12 Kits of Occasions, it was Marybeth's turn to be the hostess, and this West Coast girl treated us to a delicious "Song of the South" kit!  She had me at the first peek of gingham!

Up first, I decided to tackle Laura Bassen's double partial die cut technique for PTI's Make It Monday. This card took me like 12 tries, and FOREVER to get the final design, hee!  Laura makes it look so easy!  I found it was best if I cut the rectangle first, then placed the "hello" sentiment.  I had tried using the Headline Alphabet to spell "herd" and "moo" and that didn't work out.   Also, my Cuttlebug has very warped plates which is bad for lining things up for this technique.  So I went to my Grand Calibur with flatter, longer plates, and a single word die, and had more success.


The sentiment is from "Friends 'til the End."  Don't look to close, those edges are a little sketchy and somehow the "O" broke loose from the paper while it was in the machine! :)

The patterned papers that Marybeth sent were SO gorgeous and this rooster image was my absolute favorite!


I used PTI's Hexagon cover plate to cut the papers for the background and a sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps "French Country."


Cut the rooster out with the largest label from the Small Labels Nestabilities set, and added silver brads at the corners.

Last is a sweet scene with PTI's new Scene It: Skyscapes dies and a krafty rooster cut with the "On the Farm" dies...


I cut the hills with the Stitched Hills dies from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is also from WMS "French Country."



Underneath the scene is black cardstock embossed with a Cuttlebug Hexagon folder and then brushed over with Fresh Snow ink for a chalkboard effect.

Oh how I love this kit, and have a lot left over to make more cards!  Thanks so much to you, Marybeth, for spoiling us with so many lovely things this month!

Our special guest this month is RENEE, our original Southern Girl, back with some fun cards to share!  Also Jeanne Jachna is offering up an extra kit this month!  Just leave a comment on the 12 Kits blog HERE and a winner will be drawn in mid-April.  Don't forget to visit our Facebook page here and our Pinterest pages for inspiration, now divided by month!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PTI March Blog Hop


This month's theme for PTI's Blog Hop was to be inspired by this amazing photo from Country Living!  If I had a kitchen like that, I would NEVER leave it (and I don't even like cooking very much).  Yellow is my favorite color, and with aqua...it just sings! 


I decided to make a spring card, and to use the confetti stamping technique since I didn't get to play along with Lizzie's MIM challenge last week...



I used the Scene It: Everyday die for the trees, and confetti stamped on them with the two smallest dots from Polka Dots Basics.  It is layered on top of the Scene It:  Basic Backer die. The sentiment is from Take Three: Spring.  The trees reminded me of the overlapping lanterns in the photo.


Added a bunny and some mini flowers that reminded me of the wallpaper, cut with Memory Box dies.  The sketch is "kinda" like that big ole beautiful cabinet in the background.

I love PTI inspiration photo blog hops!  Can't wait to see the gallery!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Watercolor Rainbow Sketch

Yay, a card for Freshly Made Sketches!  When I saw this sketch by Karren Johnson, my wheels started turning.  I have PTI's new "Blue Skies," and had to put it to use with some other stamp sets that needed sunlight to shine upon them.  They've been tucked away for the majority of the time since before Christmas!

Here is Karren's sketch...


And my card...


Nothing like stamping a rainbow to put you in a good mood!  I stamped it using PTI's "Watercolor Wonder", then added a sunshine and raindrops from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Sunshine" set.


The clouds and sentiment are from "Blue Skies."  I heat embossed the clouds with white powder on die cut vellum.  Also, the white cardstock for the base and border strip were "jazzed up" by embossing them with the Canvas side of PTI's "Linen and Canvas" Impression Plate.

See what 40-45 degree days do to my psyche?  Hope it's sunny near you!  Thanks for stopping by today :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Easter Church Tag

I finally got to play along with a Tag You're It Challenge!  It's been awhile, but I was inspired by this unique and springy sample by winning designer, Gayatri Murali!




I used my brand new PTI Petite Places: Church die set.  It's been sitting on my desk just waiting for me to get my first chance!


I cut 3 churches from PTI white cardstock and glued them together, then added one cut from PTI's new white linen cardstock for the top church.  

I wanted to do a layered look like on Gayatri's card, so I cut the church from the middle of the tag, and backed it with Sweet Blush cardstock.  When I adhered the church, I just moved it a bit lower so that some of the pink edge would show around the steeple.  I added a mini die cut heart (it's the heart inside the "Love Lives Here" butterfly die :))  I loved Laura's little white church from the February festivities here.


I stamped a flower from the Loves Lives Here set, and leaves and dots from Green Thumb and Polka Dot Basic.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Spring Baskets" set.The little hills are cut with Lawn Fawn's "Stitched Hills" dies, and the flowers are bedazzled with Stickles and mini pearls.

So much fun! Thanks to the design team and guest Gayatri for your beautiful samples to inspire us this week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunshine and Sprinkles

I wanted to play around with my new "Blue Skies" set from Papertrey Ink's anniversary release. Such a fun set with endless combinations for any occasion!

I'm up to my third shaker now...


I used one of my favorite paper pads, Echo Park's "Splendid Sunshine"...bet you can see why!  AND yellow just happens to be my favorite color, so I double love this card.

I have hoarded the rainbow sprinkles since I got the original Shakers & Sprinkles kit.  My daughter Claire always asks me..."When are you going to even USE these?" as she holds the little beaker and shakes them around, and  I "GULP" because I'm secretly scared she'll spill them and then I'll have an adult temper tantrum!


I made my shaker using circle Nesties and clear cardstock.  I ended up stacking it 4 layers high because I made a bit of a mistake while layering!  The hardest part while making this card...waiting for the Glossy Accents to dry on the cherry.  I wrecked three before letting it dry overnight!

PS...the only thing kind of sprinkles in our forecast, MORE snow.  3-5 inches before it warms up to maybe 30-40 degrees this week for two days.  People will seriously bust out their shorts, I guarantee!