PNW Birthday Hop

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Photo Credit: Amy Tsuruta

Hello Everyone!

Today we are celebrating our friend Laura and I hope you will hop along with us.

Laura is kind, gentle person who is a good listener (a rare quality!) and creator of lovely cards.  I am glad she is part of our crafty crew!  Happy Birthday Laura! I hope it is a sweet start to a new year.

You should have arrived here from Lisa’s site.

If not, head over to Amy’s site and catch up with the rest of the group.

 

I used all papers and most embellishments from Maggie Holmes’ collection, Confetti, for my card.; sentiment is from Hero Arts stamped, embossed on vellum and fussy cut; the heart is from Amy Tangerine’s Stitched die set.

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April is full of birthdays so I have been busy pulling together some projects for students and family.  Here’s a sample of what I’ve been up to lately. Click on any image to enlarge.

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Alright, on to the next stop, which is the birthday girl’s site!  Make sure to stop over there and wish her a happy day and year ahead, and check out her work!

Thanks for spending some time with me and the rest of my crew today!  Happy weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stars in a Jar

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Happy March and welcome to the first challenge of the month at Fusion where I will be guest designing all month!  I am excited to be sharing in the inspiration and hope you will join us for each of the fabulous challenges this month.

To kick off the fun, we have this sketch and photo to get your gears turning:

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When I first saw the photo and sketch, I knew I wanted to use stars and an ombre pattern; however, there were a few surprises along the way in terms of design!  You have to love those creative “accidents'”!

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I wasn’t entirely sure what paper I would use for the front of the card, but I knew I wanted to use a technique whereby my stars would only be partially die cut from the face, and thus able to extend from the card.  This is not an easy feat with such small dies!

I decided that embossing them first into the paper and then die cutting would provide not only a template useful for lining up the stars, but also add definition for the part of the star that would not be die cut.

This was especially important should I have used white cardstock for the actual façade.  Here is my sample below:

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You can see the tiny stars atop the card ended up being cut completely; it was quite a trial with my Big Shot trying to stop the roller just shy of the bottom of each star, and after many attempts with the real card, you can see I wasn’t 100% successful with a couple of the stars at the top.

Having chosen the Jen Hadfield gold bark paper, I found the design to be a bit more forgiving than had I used a white or plain cardstock.

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The middle and bottom stars were a success, and you can see a bit of the embossing detail where the stars are still attached.  It is not as pronounced as this paper is thinner than the white cardstock.  I inlaid and adhered the top stars with a small dot of glue.

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The liner paper is from a Crate Paper design modeled after paint swatches, so the panels move from light to dark teal, 3 of which I captured behind the stars.

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So the big a-ha moment came when I was playing around with my draft of the card, and I had planned to run some twine or cord around the top, echoing the top panel on the sketch, but I thought, why not use my thumb notch to cut two notches for some interest.  when I did so, I noticed the panel looked like a jar!

I am not one to make many shape cards; my only other one was also the result a creative accident, which you can see here.   I had some left-over corrugated silver sparkle paper, and fashioned a top to the jar, rounded all the corners and wrapped with twine.

The Lucky Die from Amy Tangerine set, Stitched, and Maggie Holmes tassel were adhered and a star a card was born!

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I haven’t stamped an inner message yet, but depending on the recipient, it might say “you” or “to know you” or “birthday”!  Befitting as well would be the “I am lucky because…” sentiment from the PTI Monthly Moments set below.  Maybe you have this set and will put it to use for this week’s challenge!

Monthly Moments: March Stamp Set

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I am thanking my lucky stars that Fusion invited me onto the team, and that you stopped by today!  I hope you have been inspired to play along with us and think outside the box when it comes to designing.  Here’s to lucky, creative accidents!

Head over to Fusion to link up your card and check out all the inspiration!  You have until the 15th to link up!

PROCEDURES:
1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

The Bold and the Beautiful

Good Evening!

As I sit down to write this post, the sky is on fire!  It has to be one of the most glorious sunsets I have witnessed at the beach in months!  A lovely end to this summery, near 80 degree day.  And a perfect day to coincide with the cards I have to showcase tonight, all of which are a complete departure from the style of my last card!

Get ready for color and pattern, folks!

Whether I am sewing or working with paper, one of my favorite things to do is play with colors and patterns, looking for striking and unexpected combinations.  Lately, I have been gravitating toward pairing bold black and white stripes with a softer palette and floral or circular patterns.

In my quest for vintage and shabby chic materials,  I happened upon Emma’s Paperie, and what a find!  Not only is their stock replete with Prima, Kaisercraft, and Melissa Frances products for more vintage or shabby projects, but they have an enormous selection of Crate Paper, American Crafts, and Basic Grey for the bold, layered, “modern whimsy” (as Danielle Flanders describes it in her video here) collage style that exemplifies lots of layers, pastel or bold colored and patterned papers, use of chipboard or die cut elements, lots of embellishments, and little or no stamping.  Think also the Crate Paper Girls.

Emma’s Paperie blog and their designers are fantastic as well, and include Melissa Phillips whose work I have been exploring more in depth, along with work of other designers below.

Let’s take a look at some examples of this style:

 

I have been creating clipboards with layers of papers and die cuts as idea boards for possible cards. The cards below are a result of my play with this style.

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This was the first one I made using Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Prima, and Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm die cut papers and embellishments, as well as the American Crafts Amy Tangerine roller stamp .

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I die cut the turquoise panel from Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader and file tab from My Creative Time.

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HELLO

This card features Crate Paper DIY Shop paper and washi and Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm die cuts (which I love so much I ordered 5 packs!), as well as Paper Smooches Hello Words Dies and Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader.  The orange button is from Jenni Bowlin.  The grey paper inside the frame was from a miscellaneous pack, so I can’t be sure of the company.

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CHARMED

This last card is so not me, and did not turn out as I had expected!  It’s like I was channeling some inner Tween!! Like OMG!!!

I woke up one morning with this idea of a using my Poppystamps Delicate Chain die as a charm bracelet.  I thought back to my mom’s charm bracelet from the 60’s that I absolutely loved.  My favorite charms were the little silver crate of oranges (the fruit were tiny orange balls inside the crate) and a birdcage.

So taking that as inspiration along with the elements of spring, I assembled, after much work, what you see below!

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As my partner said, “There’s a lot going on.”  Indeed (and a lot of products).  It’s a bit too much for me!  I liken this card to making your own food versus eating out.  You know how the nearly same meal almost always seems to taste better when someone else makes it?  That is how I feel about this card.  I like certain elements (like that My Creative Time Stitched Boot! So cute!), but I think because it does not really reflect my intention or style, it doesn’t quite satisfy!

But that is what creating is about– challenging yourself and sometimes making something that will reflect the recipient more than you.

I think it would be good for one of my middle school girls who has a spring birthday, don’t you?

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It would be easy to add “birthday” from the PTI April mini set to the inside sentiment.

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This card features Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine, and Studio Calico papers; Poppystamps, My Creative Time, Paper Smooches, and PTI dies; and Technique Tuesday and PTI stamps, as well as Mowed Lawn Distress Stain and Versamark Onyx Black inks.

As I wrap this post up, the sun has set, the commotion of cars and people racing around the beach has stilled, and I am ready to call it a night!

This will be my last entry to the design team call over at CASE Study.  There are just hours left to submit your work to the competition.  It has been thrilling to see the amazing entries stacking up.  Whoever is chosen for the team will be sure to inspire!

I hope you’ve found some new artists, styles or products here, and that I’ve provided some inspiration through my work or that of my muses!

I’d love to hear what you think!

Have a charming evening!