Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Die-Version Blog Hop with Sweet 'n Sassy

Surprise!  Isn't this super exciting...two Sweet 'n Sassy releases in one month!  And oh, my did I have a great time playing along with these new dies...can't wait to share!!  Let's get started!

My first card features the new Shapes dies and wow...think of all of the possibilities with this set!  When I first saw the set, the first shape that popped out was the petal shape and I instantly knew I wanted a flower but what paper to use?  That's when the light bulb went off!  I've been hoarding a boatload of paper towels that are covered with Dylusions Ink Sprays (I use the paper towels to blot off excess ink).  The colors are just amazing and blend so well together that I never wanted to toss the towels; knowing I'd use them eventually.

So I cut out a whole bunch of petals from my paper towels, punched out a circle as a foundation for the petals and started gluing!  The I just added a button to finish the flower.  Then I twisted some ribbon to make a stem and added to more petal shaped die cuts as leaves.  The cherished friend sentiment is from the Long Stem Silhouettes stamp set.  Fun, fun, fun!
My next card features the super fun Small Leaves die set (and a sentiment from the Season of Change stamp set).  I started by spritzing a few Dylusions Ink Sprays onto a piece of plain cardstock (and then created more of that custom paper towel paper...for later...) and attached it to my card base.  Once the leaves were cut out, I ran them all through an embossing folder, and attached them to my card with foam tape.  Easy peasy!  This is a great quick and easy layout for just about any image, die cuts, or design!
My last card features the darling Waves die set and since I love not too far from the beach, I simply had to go all beachy for this creation!  I started by using the Tiny Circles stencil and two different colors of Distress Ink to create a "sand" look.  Then I die cut the waves out of a light and dark blue cardstock and attached them to the top of my beach.  Those pretty shells are from the Beauty by the Sea stamp set and I stamped them on cardstock, cut them out, and edged them with Distress Ink before attaching with foam tape.  I then die cut the clouds (I think I should have added some sun rays behind the clouds, right?) from the Clouds & Raindrops die set and attached them both with foam tape ('cause I love that stuff!)  The sentiment, from the Head in the Clouds stamp set, was stamped on white cardstock and then the words were cut apart before attaching.

That's it for me today!  I hope you enjoyed the cards and now you can take a look at the entire sets, listed below, along with links to the rest of the design team's creations!

Check out these wonderful new dies!
 Small Leaves Dies  $6.25
Largest die measures approximately 3/4" x 1 1/2"

Shape Dies   $19.75
Triangle side measures approximately 1 1/2"

Wave Dies   $8.50
Dies measure approximately 5 1/2" wide

How fun are they?!  Wait till you see what the rest of the DT did with them!!  
Be sure to comment at each stop along the way for a chance to win one of our new die sets!  We will be awarding 3 winners one of the new die sets!

Happy Hopping!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Good Friends

Greetings and welcome back!  Believe it or not I'm posting for the fourth day in a has to be a record! LOL!  The truth is, I have a ton of projects that I need to post and as much as I felt like just relaxing tonight, I couldn't wait to share my latest project and latest product love...Ferro!

Ferro is an amazing product, produced by Viva Decor, that is a type of very thick paste with a coarse texture.  You can use it on any surface (even outdoor surfaces!) and it works with paper, stencils, on walls, glass and's the perfect material!  And it comes with this stunning shimmer...not too much, just enough to add some pizazz!

For today's project, I have a few photos to share but there is also a video at the end of the let's get started!

I began making my tag by die cutting a dress form shape from Tim Holtz's Alterations collection.  I cut the shape out of chipboard and designer paper.  I then took a bit of the Graphite Ferro, placed it on my non-stick craft sheet, and watered it down.  Once the Ferro was well mixed, I used a brush to brush a thin coat on the top of the paper dress, see photo below.
You can just see that light pretty!  I could stop there and just decorate the dress but I wanted to use a stencil so I pulled out the new Quartrefoil stencil!  This time I used the Ferro full strength and applied it through the stencil.  Check out the amazing results!
Isn't that amazing?  Oh man, I love this stuff!!  And you should see all the beautiful colors...swoon...  Once the Ferro was dry (this will take a while, depending on how thick the Ferro is can use a heat tool to speed up the process) I decorated my dress with ribbon and some liquid pearls.  Fun stuff!  Imagine all of the different dresses you could make...
To decorate my tag I used Dylusions Ink Sprays, a few stencils, and some paint splats.  I then stamped a sentiment, from the Way with Words stamp set, on to a manila tag, cut the words apart, and attached it to the tag.  Want to see more?  Check out my video below, along with links to all of the products!  Enjoy!

Dylusions Ink Sprays (Bubblegum Pink & Pure Sunshine)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day - I've Got Your Number

It's the last day of the Sweet 'n Sassy release week celebration!  Have you been having a great time?  I always love seeing all of the designs shared by our talented design team...and the new stamps and die...fab.u.lous!  Today we're showcasing projects with the I've Got Your Number stamp set and coordinating dies.  And I have kind of a different project to share with you come on along to see what I came up with using the dies!
I created my own stencil!  This isn't what I had in mind when I first opened the stamp and die sets (and I'll share the other project with you in a few days) but inspiration struck when I cut out the numbers.

Since I'm not always sure what I want to create when I receive new dies, I keep them all connected (you can separate all of the die pieces so you can run them through your die cutting machine one at a time) initially and ran the entire set through the Vagabond.  As soon as the numbers popped out of the cardstock, I thought, "I need to use this as a stencil!"  I loved the look of the numbers and the tiny circle cut outs (from the holes where you can punch out the paper, if necessary).
I grabbed a tag that I had sitting on my that was in progress...along with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and used my new stencil to add the numbers to the tag...LOVE!!  Isn't that brown so great with the background colors of the tag?  (Well...if you're in the earth tones, like someone I know...)  Then I just added some Remnant Rubs, paint splats, and a sentiment (from the Birthday Bash set).

Check out the full sets (look at those wonderful designed numbers!) below, along with links to the rest of the DT's projects and prize details!


This wonderful set with matching dies is perfect for scrapbooking and card making.  You'll find endless uses for these large numbers.

  • Stamp set includes 20 number stamps
  • Set measures approximately 6" x 8"
  • The number images measure approximately 1" x 1 5/8"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $26
  • Die set is $22.75 
  • OR get them both for just $46 in the I've Got Your Number bundle

Check out some of the fabulous samples made by our talented DT in the thumbnails below.

Be sure to leave a comment of each of the blogs along your journey because we're giving away this fabulous bundle to one lucky commenter!  

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, June 21st.  The list of winners will be announced on our website homepage by Monday, June 24th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day - Flower Blocks 2

Greetings and welcome to day three of the Sweet 'n Sassy release week celebration!  Today we're introducing the second Flower Blocks stamp set series, Flower Blocks 2.  I adore these designs...big, bold, beautiful floral patterns that are perfect for coloring, painting, or paper piecing.  Use a portion of the image or the whole thing...lots of options with this set! 
I opted for stamping the entire flower on white cardstock and then coloring with Copics.  I then paired the image with pale yellow paper, a bit of texture, banners, and some bling.  Easy peasy card and just perfect for a friend!
Check out the full set below and details on the prize drawing!  There are also links to the other design team creations!  Enjoy!   

This is the second set in our Flower Blocks series.  These bold and beautiful blooms make the perfect focal image and can be easily paper-pieced or colored.

  • Stamp set includes 4 images and 4 sentiments
  • Set measures approximately 6" x 8"
  • The images measure approximately 2 5/8" x 2 5/8"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $26

Check out some of the fabulous samples made by our talented DT in the thumbnails below.

Be sure to leave a comment of each of the blogs along your journey because we're giving away this fabulous stamp set to one lucky commenter!  

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, June 21st.  The list of winners will be announced on our website homepage by Monday, June 24th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day - It's a Girl Thing

Welcome to the June Sweet 'n Sassy release week celebration!  We have so much in store for you this week...tons of amazing new stamps, coordinating dies, great designs, and prizes!  What's not to love!!

We're starting the party with this darling new set, It's a Girl Thing, that also comes with coordinating dies...what fun!  (You can see photos of the full sets at the end of this post)  I actually had this tag sitting on my desk, a left over from a make 'n take I hosted a few weeks ago, and I immediately thought that the colors would be a great combo with this set!  (The tag was created with Dylusions Ink Sprays and stencils)
I started by first die cutting the shapes and then stamping the images in Memento Black Ink.  (You need a waterproof ink if you're going to color with Copics).  I then colored the images with Copic makers, piled everything onto a die cut circle, and attached the piece to my tag.  The sentiment was stamped on another mini tag and tied with twine.  Check out the entire set and die set below!

This adorable set with matching dies is perfect for those frilly, girly girl cards we all love.  Create fun spa or dress-up birthday party invitations, girls night out invitations or just cheer up your friends by letting them know how beautiful they are inside and out.  There are so many fun possibilities with this versatile set and dies.

  • Stamp set includes 8 images and 7 sentiments
  • Set measures approximately 4" x 4"
  • The dress image measures approximately 1 3/8" x 2 5/8"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $11
  • Die set is $9.75
  • OR get them both for just $20 in the It's a Girl Thing Bundle
Check out some of the fabulous samples made by our talented DT in the thumbnails below.

Be sure to leave a comment of each of the blogs along your journey because we're giving away this fabulous bundle to one lucky commenter!  

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, June 21st.  The list of winners will be announced on our website homepage by Monday, June 24th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Buried Treasure Blog Hop

Greetings everyone and welcome to just one of the many blogs along the Buried Treasure Blog Hop!  I'm so excited that Seth has set aside a day for many bloggers, designers, and artists to join together and share some of their favorite projects!  I hope you enjoy the hop and are inspired to get out there and create!  (Be sure to visit Seth's blog for the full blog list!)

I've been designing, teaching, and blogging for almost seven years so it was tricky to decide what to post...there's probably been more work that I'm critical of than those projects that I love so I thought I'd focus on a few firsts instead of just finding one project that I love...

The Be You frame above is the first time I played with Wendy Vecchi's products and I confess...I loved every bit of it!  I love that her stamps coordinate with her Art Parts.  And I love that big 'ol heart's one of my favs (as you'll soon see!)  I created this frame just a few months after purchasing eclectic Paperie and to have Wendy join our team in a blog hop was a very special treat.  Sending BIG hugs Wendy's way!!  (See the bottom of my post for product links)
My second project is of the very first art journal page that I really loved.  Mixed media and art journaling was completely foreign to me when I bought the store but our customers were hard pressed to get their hands on good mixed media products (and I don't blame them!)  Since I knew it would be difficult to endorse products I hadn't personally used, I knew I had to start investigating this new medium.  It took some time for me to really get comfortable but the more I played with products, the more I got it, and now that I have it, I don't want to stop!  Art journaling is truly an inspiring and exciting form of art.  I love all of the variety, I love how free form it can be, and I love how vastly different one person's can work look from another''s just a blast!
Ahhh...a card...that form that is so familiar to me...This was one of the first cards I created for the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple design team.  I tried out for that team so many times...maybe six, over a two or three year period.  Seriously, when someone told me about trying out again I thought, "I'm way am I trying again, I'm all over the making it almost to the end and then not getting picked thing..."  And I had just bought the store..."no time!" I said.  But...I did it...I tried out...just one more time.  I made it...It really was pretty darn exciting and I'm so glad that I gave it one more try and didn't give up.  Great time and a great time striving to stay with clean and simple's not as easy as it looks!
 Scrapbooking...never something that interested me and then I 1) got picked to be on a design team where they wanted me to create scrapbook pages and 2) I started to work at a scrapbook store so...I thought I'd give it a try!  While I'll probably never be a full blown scrapbooker, even though I think it's an amazing art form and fabulous way to document your life, I do have just a hand full of pages that I really love and this is one of them...and it's of my mom, which is super special to me as she passed away when I was quite young.  This one is a keeper...and it uses special paper from Graphic 45...Bonus!
Another first...starting to combine some of the mixed media techniques I've learned with stamping and with a clean and simple design.  How perfect...the best of all worlds!  This is a gesso resist technique combined with beautiful silhouette stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy.  The bright colors against the pure white background is perfect and this is one of my all time favorite types of cards to create...clean lines, dark images, and just a hint of grunge.  Divine!
Well I hope you've enjoyed our little journey...don't be afraid to try something never know what awaits you...
Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post and those blogs listed below for an opportunity to win a product prize package from eclectic Paperie!
Supply List:
Wendy Vecchi Products - Stamps, Stencils and Art Parts
Autumn Blueprint Stamp Set