Friday, May 20, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - Week 9 - Featuring The Crafters Workshop Stencils

Greetings from the great state of NH! Yes, we are officially back in NH, and I couldn't be happier! We are definitely missing some of our friends back in CT, but we are looking forward to a summer filled with frequent visitors! (And maybe even a trip or two to CT for us as well!)

While I've just barely started to unpack my art supplies, I managed to sneak in one project while we were still in CT, and my supplies were packed. (Hey, I had to leave a few things out just in case I got desperate!) I also received a shipment of TCW stencils to use on my design team projects, so really, they needed to be used make sure they worked correctly. *wink*

This project was from last week's Inspiration Wednesday video and while I've shared a few steps, I'm not going to provide an in-depth description of all of the steps, as this is a pretty literal copy of what Donna created in her video. If you're interested in following along with this year's Inspiration Wednesday projects, you can sign up here, it's only $35 for the entire year!

My project started with vintage text and the Jax (TCW599) stencil. I used Dina Wakley acrylic paint (Black) to add the stencil design to the pages. Notice that I did not start with gesso...

Next came the watered down gesso, creating a nice wash that only slightly covered up the text and stenciling. I also didn't wait for the black paint to completely dry (mostly because my heat gun was already packed!) and some of the paint smudged, but I ended up really liking how the page developed more of a gray tone vs. pure white.

My next layer was, of course, Wendy Vecchi embossing's my favorite paste! I used the Coaster (TCW621) stencil with the paste and added this fun design in random places over both journal pages. I placed the stencil off the edge of the paper each time I added paste so that I wasn't getting a complete circle.

And...that's when I finished with the step-by-step photos... :-) This is the finished piece, which features circles and the great color combo of teal, orange, and gold. Love, love, love the colors on this piece! I also used a Stabilo pencil for the shading around all of the circles. The "you have what it takes" sentiment is from a Wendy Vecchi stamp set (see links below).

The numbers inside the circles is a stamp designed by Donna Downey (sold by Unity), you can find all links at the end of this post. The stickers were once white...I painted them with Dina Wakley paint (Gilt) before applying them to the spread. The faith word is actually a chipboard piece, from Michaels, that I painted and attached with matte medium.

Since I had packed all of my tags, I needed to go foraging for a place to put my date stamp. I found this fun stickers in a basket of random goodies, and I really love the addition of the red and the speech bubble design vs. a manila tag. Might have to use more of these on future pages...

I'll end with a close up of that Coaster stencil...I just adore the look of the broken design and how the teal paint, applied with my finger, highlights small portions of the raised area. This stencil is definitely going into my fav pile!

I hope you enjoyed today's project! Now that we're firmly (I hope!) planted back in NH, I'm looking forward to unpacking all of my supplies, and getting back to more regular blog posts. Thanks for hanging in there through this crazy transition...Happy Crafting!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Be Joyful

Hi friends! Popping in with a quick post this week, sharing a card I made a few months ago for a friend at the CT church we've been attending. Since my posting has been sporadic, and will probably continue to be so for the next few weeks, I figured I'd share an older project that had not yet been posted. Stay tuned for newer works..

This week we're heading back to NH, for the final move in to our new home. I can hardly believe the changes that have taken place over the past year...what a crazy experience it's been! Even though this has been a hard transition, filled with many unknowns and sometimes even troubling circumstances, we are so grateful for this time. God has placed us where we needed to be, when we needed to be there, and abundantly blessed us along our journey. We have made some wonderful friends here in CT, ones we hope to stay in touch with throughout our lifetime, we've had extraordinary school experiences that will follow us into NH, and we have really enjoyed life in CT, which is filled with stunning scenery, quaint shops, and friendly people. While I am thrilled to be returning to our home, there's no doubt that a part of my heart will be left behind. So...the theme of this card, be joyful, is definitely appropriate!

This card was created with lots of new Wendy Vecchi stamps, new mat minis, and new stencils. You can find a list to the full list of supplies that I used on my card at the end of the post.

The base of my card features easy stenciling, using the Lots of Dots and Classic Words stencils along with Wendy's Archival Inks (Potting Soil and Watering Can). My oval frame was created using two coordinating Spellbinders dies. The flower pot and flowers were stamped on scrap paper and fussy cut (both from the Blooming Art II set). The bird and heart are both new mat minis. Notice the bird's details? Love that the bird mat mini coordinates with the Put a Bird On It Stamp It/Stencil It set...that is some serious fun! The sentiment is from the new Say It Background Stamp. I finished up the card with some faux stitching and black rhinestones.

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the links below, where you can find all things Wendy Vecchi! I'll be back ASAP with more projects...just need to unpack my crafting goodies!

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, May 7, 2016


I'm sharing the quick steps I took to create this fun birthday card for a dear friend's 50th surprise party on The Crafters Workshop blog today! Hop on over to check out all of the details. You won't believe how easy it is to create this card!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Adventure Begins

For those who haven't heard...I was asked to join The Crafters Workshop design team last month! Woot! Woot! I'm so excited! TCW is one of my all time favorite companies, not just because I am obsessed with stencils, and they produce the best stencils ever, but because I love the owners...a wonderful group of crafters and friends!

Today I'm happy to share my first TCW project...I'm sharing just a sneak peek on my blog, hop on over to The Crafters Workshop blog to see a step-by-step tutorial.
Enjoy and happy crafting!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - Week 8

A quick and easy project to share with you today, using decorative napkins! Seriously, this is genius! I know, folks have been using napkins for all kinds of craft projects, but this is the first time I dipped my toe in the napkin waters, and let me tell you, the water was fine!

My only challenge? Finding napkins! Where do you find those babies? I ended up finding these stashed in my kitchen pantry, a left over (I think from the dollar store) from last Thanksgiving. And what do you know, these napkins contain a few of my favorite, script text, and butterflies. That's a happy find! Now that I've collaged with these napkins...I need more!

This layout was based upon Donna's IW video from a few weeks ago. It's a simple project, consisting of napkins, a few manila tags, stamps, and some Distress Ink. The beautiful "Hello Sunshine" stamp, which goes perfectly with the napkin design, is from my sweet friend Catherine Scanlon. You can find all of her stamps here. The other random stamp designs, seen on the smaller tags, are from Prima. And, yes, the number 49 is my age...but a few more months until the big 5-0! Ugh...I'm going to need a month long crafting spree to get over that hump! LOL!

Hope you enjoy today's layout...happy crafting!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - Week 7

Hi kids! Sharing my next Inspiration Wednesday creation! I actually have last week's to share as well, but I'm running painfully behind on my posting. I've been spending my days getting ready for our move back to NH, which has kept me busier than normal. Yesterday I packed up all of my craft supplies and I don't expect to see them again for 2-4 weeks, insert sad face, so I prepped a bunch of projects to share over the next month or two...this is the first!

This project was from a few weeks ago, as you can tell from my date stamp of 4/3. And while my last IW project didn't thrill me, this was made me do the happy dance! It's really such a simple project, comprised of bits of collaged paper, including designer paper, tissue paper, and vintage book text, along with my favorite products..embossing paste and stencils.

The best part of this layout? Glazing medium and umber paint...oh man, this is nothing better than the vintage look that these two products create. I just love the look of the embossed, aged letters...swoon.

I also really loved working with the kraft tissue paper, which is a left over from my store ownership days. The color of the tissue paper provides a wonderful contrast with the white paint, and because it's so thin you end up with wonderful crinkles that translate into texture you want to reach out and touch.
This little bit of script text on the inclusion may be my favorite bit of all...Overall, I had a great time creating this piece, and it will no doubt serve as an inspiration for future projects. 

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - Week 6

Well it only took six weeks for me to get way behind on my IW videos and posting...oh boy! And it also took six weeks for me to hit the "they can't all be winners" creation. LOL! This layout, although very simple, took the most time to create. Those darn flowers were tricky!

However, in the end, I found that I was mostly happen with the final results. The flowers, which were created with Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste, started as white, then blue, then back to white again before ending up as gold. I do really love the look of the gold against the dark blue background.

My page ended with some cork letters, aren't they fun, and a few sentiment stickers. Next week I'll share week 7, which came together much faster and easier. Hey, they can't all be winners, but keeping a journal filled with all of our art, not just the very best, is a satisfying experience. I love looking back on older projects and seeing how my techniques have evolved or improved. It's a great a diary packed full of color, texture, and artistic growth!