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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Blues and Greens

Hello!  It's Wednesday - Let's go!  If you started the hop with Robbie, then you are right on track!  If not, no worries - we're a big, happy circle, and you will see all of the week's entries if you just keep hopping along!  Today's challenge was mostly blues and greens, but I am still feeling "holiday" so I have gone that direction.  Here was the inspiration picture:

And here is what I did with it:

It is a bit hard to see, but I used my 2-way glue pen and highlighted a few areas on the card, and then used Dazzling Diamonds to add a little "snow sparkle" highlights. 

Now hop along to Carol's website and see what she has done today!  Have a great holiday!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Card for the Plunge

Hello!  Hope you are all doing well!  I recently had a private Christmas card class for a wonderful group of ladies, and wanted to show you one of the cards we made!  Since this week's theme for the Paper Plunge is also Christmas cards, I thought I would share it there too... If you are popping over from there, be sure to scroll around a bit here - I have some fun stuff for you!  In the meantime, check this out:
 We used our Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to color little pearls to make the berries on the wreath to add a bit of dimension.  We also used several dies, stamps, ribbon, and glimmer brads - fun card!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Coming Soon - Sending Kisses!

Do you ever sit down to create and nothing comes to mind?  Are you strapped for time and need to make a card to send?  We have your answer!

Sending Kisses is a monthly program based on a chosen stamp set.  Using the set, we have designed and created 4 cards.  These cards are exclusive to this program - you will not find them on our blogs, websites, or any other public platforms. 

We have several ways for you to take advantage of Sending Kisses.

Option 1 – Order the stamp set from us and we will send you, via email, a picture of the 4 cards we have designed using the set to inspire you.

Option 2 – Order a card kit from us.  You will order the stamp set directly from our websites, and get your kit here!  The kit includes all supplies for 2 of the cards, along with a PDF file to help you create them, and photos of the additional two cards to inspire you.

Option 3 - Already own the stamp set?  No problem!   Order the PDF file only.

Are you a demo?  We have another Option for you.  Order the demo file and you will get directions for all 4 cards and a list of supplies for a class of 10, with specific cutting tips and instructions, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions, contact us!  We are here to help you!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Something Sweet for The Plunge

whew!  It has been so very long since I have posted here, you all must think that I dropped off the face of the earth!  Actually, I have been super bust meeting many of you at the various craft fairs and fundraisers that I have been attending lately!  I have been frantically crafting in order to keep up with the many special orders I have had, and after having a bunch of sick kiddos, ended up in bed myself...hopefully I am past the worst of it, and get back to showing you all of the very fun stuff I have made lately.

This week over at The Paper Plunge, our challenge is Card Candy!  These are all little masterpieces that are stuck on a window sheet that you can pop off and stick on a card or scrapbook page to embellish it!  Great little gifties for all of those cardmakers on your list!  I actually made these for the last convention, but since everything here is still current, and since I had shared it with you yet, I felt like it was fair game!  Here is what I have for you:

Thanks for stopping by!  I will try to get a little more consistent for you in the new year, and I will try to post more pictures of some of the stuff I've been working on lately!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines- Count your Blessings

Good morning everyone!  Wednesday again, and getting a bit blustery here in Chicago.  Today's hop encouraged me to show you how the very last leaves that have been clinging to the trees are finally giving up the ghost and dropping (or blowing) off the trees.  If you began at Robbie, then you already have an idea of what we are doing, but if you are starting here, no worries - you will circle back in time! 
Here is this week's inspiration photo and Stampin' Up! colors:

and here is what I have chosen to do with them:

 As you can see, I swirled all of the colors into here, stamped with both Soft Suede and Basic Black, and I even added a few little gold sequins (Nothing Gold Can Stay - for you big readers out there)... 

Now be sure to hop on over to Carol's website today and see what she is up to today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Soft & Simple

Good morning, and happy Wednesday - are you ready to HOP??  Great! If you started with Robbie, then you started right at the beginning... but we are a big circle, so even if you started here, if you just keep hopping you will see all of us!

Here is this week's inspiration picture:
and the coordinating Stampin' Up! colors are:
Pistachio Pudding
Wild Wasabi
Basic Black
Crisp Cantaloupe
Pear Pizzazz

And her is what I have for you today

I hope that you have enjoyed the hop so far today, and that you will continue to hop along and visit Carol and see what she has for you today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 31, 2014

BOOO! Take the Plunge!

Happy Halloween (for all of you Halloween lovers out there)!  I will admit something to you.  I am not really a Halloween lover.  I love my kiddos, and they really wanted to have a party this year, so I caved.  We are having a Halloween party ~ and I am enjoying myself.  I probably only own about 6 seasonal decorations, so it was a bit of a stretch for us, but we rocked it!  The theme this week over at The Paper Plunge is "Anything but a card"... not a problem here - we have been crafting fools the last few days, and not a single card in the mix.  I am also cheating a bit here... First - my kids made the treat bags I am putting here.  Second, they were last month's Paper Pumpkin kit.  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit that is mailed straight to your door, with everything you need (except adhesive) to make a project... these kits are so easy, even kids can easily be successful completing them, and they make a fun group project.    Here are some of the things we made:

We also made the Halloween Wreath kit... this was only slightly more challenging as it needed a hot glue gun and a bit of patience making the bead spider:

We wrapped washi tape around the bottoms of votive candles to spruce them up, and one last thing we did, we took paper straws (all the rage right now), and used the mustache framelits die and cut out some black mustaches... we then added them to the straws (to one side), and they are adorable when you hold them up to your face!  How fun is that??

Okay - so maybe we'll survive this season afterall!   Be sure to pop over to The Paper Plunge and give this "Anything but a card" challenge this week! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WooHoo! Handmade Market

Well hello there!  An extra post for me this week, which is amazing since I have been running like a chicken without a head, but I really am excited about an upcoming Handmade Market at Vintage Fresh, where I will be showcasing many little holiday goodies!  One of the things I get tons of requests for each year are little grab-and-go gift items that are great for all of the people in your lives that you like to acknowledge with a small token.  A gift that is both handy and always appreciated is a post-it note holder that people are proud to have on their desk or counter!  I made some of these fall versions for the upcoming market - I completely love the Designer series paper that Stampin' Up! has for fall, and the little wooden leaf accents are just so fun!
It is hard to see in this photo, but I have added a little strand of gold sequin trim into the ribbons at the top, and, in person, that makes a huge difference!  The Handmade Market is Nov.7th and 8th - I will look for you there!!  Hope you enjoyed this!  Be sure to stop by again tomorrow, as I will have my Design Team entry for the new challenge over at The Paper Plunge!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - through the window

Good morning, and happy Wednesday!  Today is once again time to hop - so let's get moving!  If you began with Robbie, I am sure you are already happy with the fun you have in store for you!  She is always amazing!  On Wednesdays, we use an inspiration picture and the coordinating Stampin' Up! colors and make something special for you.  This week I went pretty literal, and used both the colors and the theme of the photo!  What do you think?
Here is the inspiration photo:

The coordinating Stampin' Up! colors we used were:
Mossy Meadow
Pear Pizzazz
Perfect Plum
Crumb Cake
and Basic Black (I skipped this one - sorry ladies!)

I really love green in general, but especially green with purple, so this card was an easy choice for me!  I made my card using punch art, and only one stamp - the Hardwood stamp for the background.  I did use the same colored inks to ink the edges of the flowers to give them more texture. 

Here is what I have got for you :
I took a closer picture to show you what I did with the window.  I used window sheet and dimentionals to make it look more like glass, so you will be able to see the reflection of the lights in my studio in the "window". 
I am actually loving the way this card turned out!  That makes me smile!

Now hop on over to Carol and see what she has done with this picture.  I am sure she will make you smile too!  Have a great day, and stop back tomorrow to see what I have been making for an upcoming Handmade Market!  Thanks for hopping!

Friday, October 24, 2014

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... Plunge!

Hello!  I have been promising for awhile now, but haven't wanted to post a picture of the Halloween invitations that we sent out for our upcoming party (go back a few posts and get the whole skinny on this deal), until after my kids' friends would have received them in the mail.  So today is the happy day that I get to show you what I have made -  (it is also my Design Team project for The Paper Plunge challenge website).

It is a double-slider card, which means that you pull on one side, and BOTH sides come out opposite sides.  This means you get a whole series of pictures... here we go!
halfway open
fully open!
This card is not that difficult to make (after you've made one or two), and always has a great "Wow" factor!  I am considering posting a few videos... would you like to learn how to make something like this?  Let me know what you would like to learn in the comments area below, and I will see what I can do about posting some videos for you!

Have a great weekend, and please be sure to pop over to The Paper Plunge and check out some of the great SPOOKY cards my fellow designers came up with this week!!  Once you are fully inspired, make a Halloween or dark card yourself and enter it in our challenge!  We would love to see what you make!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - farewell summer

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  If you are starting with me, you are doing just fine...Robbie is actually the first stop, but in a circle, does it really matter?  If you just keep hopping along, you will go full circle, and see all of the cards!

This week was tough for me,  long and hard, and this week's colors didn't really speak to me.  I was describing the colors to my sister, Jill, and without seeing the picture, she said, "oh, that's a sail boat scene - maybe some seagrass, and blue sky...".  Yeah, right.  She lives in Arizona, where they still have a bit of warmth.  Hard to muster a sailboat scene, when I am bundled down in my studio in bulky socks and a sweatshirt!  That is why I chose the sentiment I did.  I normally love fall, but after the last winter we had in Chicago, I was not looking forward to the seasonal change.  Here is the inspiration photo (which I didn't use at all) - and the coordinating SU colors are: Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, and Very Vanilla.

and here is what I have for you...

I apologize for the obvious lack of mojo, but sometimes that is what you get!  Last week I promised you a picture of the Halloween party invitation I made for our upcoming party... well, only today did I get those in the mail, so I should be able to have the picture posted for you tomorrow... Please stop back (it's worth it).  In the meantime, I hope you get a little better inspiration from Carol this week - I know she always gets my wheels turning! 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall-tastic Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday means happy hop-day!  Today for our blog hop, our good friend Robbie from Inkedx2 has matched up a picture with the Stampin' Up! coordinating colors and set us loose to play!  This is a hop, meaning that when you are done checking out what I have for you, you should hop along to the next person and see what their interpretation looks like - bet it is different!  Today, instead of matching up the picture, I just used the colors to inspire me... that and my drive home from teaching some amazing young adults over at SEASPAR...  the grey day outside does dampen the mood a bit - but the beauty of the front of my neighborhood in the fall time sure does help.  I'll show you what I mean...
Here is the inspiration photo and coordinating colors:

and here is what I was thinking about when I sat down to design...

So here is what I made for you today:
 and a close up so you can see what I did for the "water"... I sponged some craft white ink on top of the "water" area to make it look more splashy.  It doesn't matter that the trees don't match up with the exact daubers of color to give you a fall effect! 
 Snap a quick picture today of something that you like, and try and see what you can do to either re-create it, or just do something that gives you the same feeling!  I think you will be surprised with what you can do!  Now hop on over to Carol's Cards and see what fabulous thing she will have for us over there!  It is always something great!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creative Blog Hop!

Welcome to the next hop on the Creative Blog Hop!  I was so honored to be tagged by a fellow papercrafting artist, Elizabeth Volker, over at Willow Tree Papercrafting.  She is amazing and her blog is so much fun to explore!  I hope you will take a minute to check it out - then be sure to follow her blog by email - you aren't going to want to miss a thing! 

I am so excited to tell you all about myself and my creative process - I have been thinking about this post since Elizabeth told me she was going to tag me.  So let's get started:

1. What am I working on right now?

Well, like all creative types, I am always working on several projects!  A few of my friends and I just started a brand new challenge website, called The Paper Plunge, so that has been keeping me hopping lately - I do a project for that each week, and manage the posting and promoting for that...  I also do a weekly Coloring Down the Lines Blog hop every Wednesday right here on my blog, which was started by a good friend of mine, Robbie Rubala from Inkedx2, and it's purpose was to make us each get out of our color ruts (c'mon, you all know we have them) and step out of our comfort zones.  We have been doing this for about two years, and the hop has evolved into using an inspiration photo and the coordinating color pallete.  This has been a huge growth exercise for me, as an artist, and I would highly recommend that if you haven't participated in a challenge website or a hop, that you give one a try - I guarantee you will grow.

Like Elizabeth, I am throwing my very first Halloween party as a mom.  I have four young children (ages 5-13), and have decided that this would be a good year to host this, as it may be my oldest son's last Trick or Treating year.  I am using the same stamp set that Elizabeth is using, but I am making a double slider card.  Stop back here on Thursday to see how it turned out - I want to get it in the mail before I post it here.


2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Interesting question.  I would say that since I come from a quilting background, I think that I tend to see things in "parts".  I enjoy puzzles and making pieces fit together to make a whole.  This is probably why I enjoy punch art and 3-D projects so much.  Here is a recent punch art waterlily project I made for my weekly blog hop:

And a 3-d Fall leaf project I made awhile back - I really do love the fall colors

3. Why do I create what I do?

Honestly, I create because I must.  I find that sometimes when I get especially busy with my family, and don't have time to get down to my studio, I start getting a little rattled and tense.  One really good day in my studio and I am right back here I need to be!  Another reason I just keep going is that I LOVE to teach, and share what I know.  My classes are all taught, and not just "prepped".  I love to walk people through the process, then turn them loose to create.  I teach cardmaking each month to a phenomenal group of disabled young adults -  which is my very favorite day of the month.  Seeing people create, and have real pride in something they have made re-energizes and inspires me! 

4. How does my creative process work?

There are really a few things - first of all, I take a ton of pictures... nothing too fancy, I just use my cell phone and grab photos of everything I see that may inspire me when I sit down to craft.  For example, I went to a conservatory this past weekend, and I took these two pictures of some of the flowers I saw... I really believe that looking at flowers in the sunlight helps to teach me how to shade things when I color them with markers or watercolors later. 

Here is a card where I used what I have learned by looking at flowers in the sunlight... I colored this project using the Blendabilities markers..I think it really looks 3-D here, what do you think:

The second thing I do as a process, is "let it speak".  I may gather the colors that are required for a particular challenge, or a stamp set that I want to try, and then I really examine my collection of stuff.  sometimes I close my eyes and just let it come.  Usually if you have a group of things, you will get a feeling from it - I just go from there.  Try not forcing it - just let the stillness tell you what to make!

Now is the really fun part.  I get to tag someone else for you to watch.  I am actually tagging two people, because I just couldn't decide - I know so many amazing artists, who would inspire you to create amazing projects...  first, I am tagging Laura Lynn from La Dee Dah Day.  Laura is my hero when it comes to punch art!  She masterfully pieces projects together and creates fantastic 3-D items too.  You'll get a kick out of her work.   The second person I am tagging is a new friend (although we've never met in person), Leslie Mahon from Ink, Paper, Scissors - Stamp! I was referred to Leslie's work through another artist friend, Helen.  Helen thought I would really enjoy the infinitely readable style of her writing, as well as here love of color and textures.  She couldn't be more correct!  Leslie is a true artist, making it exciting to see what is coming next!  Be sure to check out their work all week, and don't miss their posts next Monday, to follow along on this fabulous Creative Blog Hop! 

Thanks for stopping by, and please be sure to stop back in from time to time!  I will do my best to inspire you!