THD Challenge #12: Flights of Fancy

When I think of this month’s challenge graphic, fancy free comes to mind.  This is absolutely one of my favorite inspirations of the year– and our team really rose to the challenge in their bold and fanciful interpretations.  Can’t really get better than aqua, hot pink and silver or gold.  Look at those old books stacked up (those colors–swoon) or that gilded table setting; not to mention the dress with that bag!

Last month’s turnout was stellar, and I hope you will participate again, and bring your friends to this colorful party!

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I’ve incorporated the colors, butterflies, florals and even books into my piece– and I’ve even upcycled!  The craft/art world sadly generates quite a bit of plastic and waste, so I try to reuse as much of the packaging as I can, and recycle what I cannot.  Here I have used a glossy cardboard purple-dotted background piece from a selection of paperclips. It is cut from the Gina Marie Cross Stitch rectangle die.

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My card also features a favored technique you’ve seen me use before with the Altenew Wild Hibiscus florals and butterfly stamped on vellum and, this time, patterned paper, then heat embossed.  This set is designed for Mother’s Day, which is coming up soon, so I will be featuring the set in a future post that also uses our challenge graphic.  Stay tuned!

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Where are the books in my design?  Well, hidden a bit, but I have cut a strip from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams paper collection that matches our inspiration graphic perfectly. This paper is a line up of vintage books– and all our colors are featured!

Crate Paper - Chasing Dreams Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Library

 

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I am having a serious love affair with these Doodlebug Design Matte Sprinkles.  They are exactly  like the old-fashioned button candy that comes on the paper strips.  I loved this candy as a kid, but hated getting the paper off the candies.  The goal was a perfect peel-away.  Nothing worse for a kid with hyper-sensory processing than eating paper!  I am a really tactile person, and certain textures create extremely negative responses. But these little epoxy dots, I really, really want to eat. The colors are ridiculously delicious too. (No sprinkles were hurt or consumed in the making of this card)

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Finally, I used Waffle Flower’s With Love die for the sentiment, adhering only one corner and popping it up for dimension.  You know I love my dimension and texture!  The inside is finished with some ombre washi.  If you are wondering about the phenomenal background paper– well, sadly it is no longer available.  This is truly a one-of-a-kind card because it uses a scrap of old Basic Grey paper.  Amy and I horde our Basic Grey, but it comes out every now and again for special cards!  I sure do miss that company!

But Tonya’s has many great items from some of your favorite companies– so this month play along, possibly with some new goodies from THD–check out her updated selection!

I can’t wait to see how you’re inspired!

Take flight!

The Heart Desires: Challenge 9

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Hey Everyone!  It’s that time of the month again over at The Heart Desires and I am so excited to bring you some cards to brighten your February!

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Using Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus and Concord & 9th’s Crazy Awesome sets, I created my first card.  The flowers and bird were stamped on vellum in Unicorn white, heat embossed and fussy cut.

I have layered the focal point on Maggie Holmes’ Bloom and Gather papers.

For my red card, I am featuring Studio Calico’s scissors die— which isn’t easy to find, but Tonya has it for sale in the store!  Cut from foam and layered with pattern paper.

The flowers below are from the Crazy Awesome set, created the same way as those on the other card.  Border papers are from Maggie Holmes’ Bloom collection.

I hope you will get crazy creative with us this month over at The Heart Desires!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

 


Advent Calendar Extravaganza is the festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up byTaheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!


Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Hey all! I’m excited to be behind door #20 and participating again this year in the Advent Calendar–I love advent calendars and it’s such a great idea to have a virtual one!

So excited, I have not one, two, three or four offerings today, but five that feature awesome Pinkfresh collections, and a mini journal that mixes it up with Crate Paper’s Snow & Cocoa.

I love Pinkfresh designs, and their papers are such a joy to work with–they almost create a card by themselves! You can see an earlier collection of Pinkfresh creations I designed here.

First up some fun, simple cards using Oh Joy, Christmas Wishes, Indigo Hills collections from Pinkfresh and ephemera from Snow & Cocoa.

A few puffy stickers and acetate sentiment make a simple, but fun card.

Crate Paper’s acetate deer works perfectly with the clear pieces from Oh Joy! So do the stripes and colors from Indigo Hills base paper.

An easy shaker card can be made from the acetate pieces in the Oh Joy ephemera pack. I stamped the presents from Christmas Wishes and made a little sequin strand to top the card.The bottom features a rubber sticker from Pinkfresh.

I created a repeat background with house stamps from the Christmas Wishes collection, copic colored and added mica flakes. The bear is from the same stamp set, colored and fussy cut. Layered papers and the sentiment are from Oh Joy.

Next up, my mini journal.

I have made quite a few of these layered journals, two of which you can see here and here. I plan to use this one for our trip to Indianapolis with some changes, but here is a way you can make one merging the Snow & Cocoa, Oh Joy, Indigo Hills and Happy Things collections!

When making the 2-layered covers, I always leave openings for tags as a way to close the journal.

Inner flaps have pockets to store tickets, photos, receipts, or journal cards.

Love howthat Crate Paper girl works with the Oh Joy tree paper!

The Indigo Hills blue splattered paper is like a winter snow blast, much like the weather we’ve been having in Indy and across the US.

The inner book here features more Indigo Hills paper with a pocket for ephemera and a wood clip from the same collection to hold a ticket or photo.

Here’s the back  inner cover and below, a small journal I’ve embellished with wood sticker from Happy Things.

The back of the journal with washi from Oh Joy and tag from Snow & Cocoa.

What is different about this journal is that I have created more of a spine so the journal can accommodate more pages, photos and ephemera. Overall spine is 1/2″. The journal is 3.5″ wide by 7″ long.

Hope you found some holiday inspiration here today and before you go, make sure to keep reading. You could win some of the products featured here today!!

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win!

Today’s prize is generously supplied by Pinkfresh so you’ll definitely want to win!

Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too!


You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Bright Birthday

Happy Birthday, Lenae! Love this graphic Kimberly picked for Lenae, as she spent the last month, and then some, in Hawaii. I lived vicariously through her gorgeous pictures, and can’t wait to finally catch up with this girl soon IRL, as it’s been far too long.

I hope today brings her some sun (after a rainy, cold PNW weekend so far) and fond reflections on her past year with an eye on all that is to come!

Won’t you join me in wishing a bright, creative, lovely lady a day that is just the same?!

Hop along with us for inspiration and fun!

I actually made this card for Lenae specifically back in April!!! Early for once! 😉

Digi 1″ flair made with epoxy clear sticker. Up cycled coffee bag cottage leaf die.

Tonya sent me some goodies from The Heart Desires shop, including the new Concord & 9th Cake Stamp. So I figured I’d do it up for our hop, tropical style, coloring it with Prismas and Gamsol.

She also has the fab We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders, like this pillow design. She has Maggie Holmes’awesome Bloom paper too. 

Don’t you love how the little bird is popping up behind the cake? I deliberately cut and positioned the panel, and punched a hole on the banner, threading the sequin strand behind.

The sentiment is cut from Rose Gold metalic paper from Bazzill.

Hope you have lots of cake, Lenae, and enjoy your hop!

Hop Participants:

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Kate: You’re here!

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Kimberly

Laura

Lisa 

Toni 

Tonya

Vicki 
Birthday Girl! Lenae

We’re Getting Nautical!

Hey everyone, it’s been slow sailing for me the past 3 weeks after being very ill with a flu that left me bed-bound for nearly a week and affected my eyes so I could not read or look at screens for many days; my eyes and brain are still giving me trouble, so I am following up on that, but am happy to say that my energy and joie de vivre have returned!

Just in time for all the activities this month over at The Heart Desires and the upcoming Coffee Lovers Hop starting next week, June 17th.  Head over the The Heart Desires to see more of my card featuring Carta Bella papers and embellishments.

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Shop The Heart Desires for the papers and the adorable slide frame from Crate Paper.

My card also features MFT rectangle diagonal stitch die, Savvy Stamps banner die, Studio Calico Wheel die, and an old Kelly Purkey sentiment stamped in Delicata gold on vellum.

We also have a challenge going on until June 30th, with gorg

eous graphics and options for play.  I am happy to say we have some excellent entries already and still have nearly 3 weeks to go!  So please play along and spread the word!

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Thanks for dropping anchor with me today and I hope life is smooth sailing for you this week!

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.

Prettier in Pink

 

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Moving blindly through a thick fog.  That was yesterday.

Today, clarity returned and I was much happier with the outcome!

Whether it’s exercise or sport,  writing or another art, there are times when the motivation and the muse have departed and all that’s left is discipline to drive the day. And a girl’s not going to improve if she only tackles projects when she feel like it, right? Still, I’m not totally convinced the extra effort that those times require is worth it when the project or routine takes three times as long to complete.  Numerous moments yesterday I thought to myself maybe I should just close up shop and stop fighting my brain. When all was said and done, I wasn’t even happy with the outcome.  Nothing more unsatisfying than creating a dud and spending all day doing it (and then looking around at everything else that didn’t come to fruition)!

But maybe it wasn’t for naught after all, as I suppose yesterday’s effort helped guide today’s project.  Something must have been stirring behind that fog!

And so I present you with the shabby-trendy-edgy-chic style (a card concept I have coined with the latest efforts)!

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When I saw this week’s challenge over at Fusion, I was totally captivated by the colors– blush/pink with navy, baby blue, and grey–I set about to gather all the papers and objects in the palate.

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Most of the items for this card (resin frame, digi paper in frame, tag, flower, dymo sentiment) were gathered and put aside as I toiled away on my first attempt; after yesterday, I wasn’t even sure I would have time to see my ideas through for this card. It was Cris G. (see her work over on Flickr) who reminded me I had the blue and ivory floral paper she used in her card (the flipside of which ended up being the unifying background piece for this one).

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The pink and silver dotted paper is from Seven (Studio Calico) and love the quality of the pink– it has these wonderful purple undertones that work so well with the dark and airy blues.  Love that deep blue-black leaf!!

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Initially I had played around with some papers from the We R Memory Keepers “Love Notes” collection for the front background panel, but none worked.  Given the sentiment and the colors, what did work was the paper I have adhered inside as a non-traditional greeting.  I love the encouraging sentiments, and figured I could write a message underneath on the card base, or stamp a sentiment on a small piece of vellum and overlay the paper.  To be determined!

I am happy to say this all came together pretty quickly, and left me feeling a little better about yesterday.  If you’d like to see that card…. well, I suppose I teased you long enough.  Here you go: IMG_20160228_185059

It’s the kind of card that will be headed for the deconstruction pile, where its parts will live on in another, more inspired creation!  I was wise enough to know I’d likely be revisioning it, so I used non-permanent glue dots! As a result, it promptly fell apart after a few hours, beginning the process for me (those little birds are heavy!!)!  Do you ever do the same with your work?

That’s all from me tonight.  I hope you savored your extra day this Leap Year! Have a fabulous week and be sure to check back on Thursday, as I have a surprise to unveil!

Hooray!

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For returning to my site after a month, and seeing that I still have a few visitors popping in on a daily basis!

For the first day of fall!

And of course, for Tonya!!

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So, this is not the card I had planned for Tonya; I had two different ideas coming together last week, and while I was away in Portland for some much needed fun and R&R the past few days.  However, neither idea has had a chance to manifest just yet, so since I’ve such a backlog of work to blog, and this card seemed fitting, I will say “Hooray” for Tonya today, and surprise her on Saturday with her real birthday card (to be blogged sometime in the next year!).

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Tonya is a wonderful listener and creative spirit whom I always look forward to seeing at our crafty gatherings or other outings.  She is understanding and inspiring!  I only wish there were more time and fewer miles between us so we could see each other more often!  She and I share a deep love for cats, and an even deeper disdain for our migraines!  I can’t wait to see her this weekend so we can catch up and I can give her a big birthday hug in person!  Here’s to a most fabulous year, Tonya!  Hooray for you!

Check out what my other crafty friends have up their sleeves in celebration of Tonya!

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toni
kimberly
laura
vicki
lisa lara
lenae

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your week is one to celebrate!

*Materials: Studio Calico digital print “Hooray” journal card; Crate Paper floral paper and rose; Freckled Fawn metal wreath; love

Fiesta Forever: It’s Another Birthday Blog Hop!

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Happy Birthday, Katie!

I am always late to the party!  But I’m so glad you’ve stopped by because our PNW crafty group is celebrating a card maker you may know well from a variety of design teams, Ms. Katie Brooks!  Today is her birthday, so we have pulled together a little hop.  As usual, I’m flying by the seat of my pants here, but so happy to be included in the celebration!

After what seems like centuries of sun and heat here in Seattle, the thunder is rolling and a sweet coastal breeze is floating through my windows as the clouds darken down on the beach, but that won’t dampen our spirits any!  Because “my friends, the time has come to raise the roof and have some fun; Throw away the work to be done. Let the music play on!”

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I’ve been working with a lot of pink lately, thanks to the Confetti collection from Maggie Holmes, and the Fancy collection from My Mind’s Eye.  I’ve lined up a graduation card and mini-album to post soon featuring both collections.

For this card, I’ve combined some Maggie Holmes and MME, using the Fancy collection pink and gold polka dot paper and some of the awesome flowers and leaves from the Open Book collection.

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The smile die cut is from PTI’s Wet Paint collection, and the Chochitlan Wreath from Poppystamps was a must-have after I saw it featured in one of Maria’s cards, of Riesling Mama.  The camera is from an awesome Spellbinders set by Donna Salazar, which I don’t think is available any more.

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I’ve got a little bit of a retro soft-palette reminiscent of the Eighties going on here, especially love this washi!  And the wet-paint style of the inside paper, which is from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush.

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Lizzie McKay’s birthday stamp set “Let’s Party” from Studio Calico provides the sentiment, which I stamped in gold.

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Katie’s cards and personality always make me smile, so I thought this would be a fitting sentiment for her.  And while I don’t necessarily equate Katie with pink, as her style is bright and colorful, a bit quirky, and always smile-worthy, pink seems to be ruling the day over here at Pinned & Penned.

And I hope Katie’s day rules, that she was showered with love yesterday at the crafty gathering I was sorry to miss! Unfortunately, my teaching schedule and other obligations have prevented me from not only gathering with the ladies, but also posting anything since our last birthday hop!!  I have been creating though, and hope to get some of the backlogged work posted here soon!

And can you believe the celebratory month of June is nearly over?  Graduations, anniversaries, birthdays have filled these last few weeks, not to mention the celebration of the national decision to grant marriage equality to all.  We found ourselves celebrating friendship and our anniversary last night, a balmy evening, with friends over some lovely French food and champagne at Le Pichet, followed by dessert on the deck overlooking the Sound at The Pink Door, one of the loveliest spots in the Seattle summer, day or night.

Let’s keep the party rolling with your next stop on the hop, Ms. Kimberly Wiener!   Big thanks to Amy for pulling this all together, and really, what can’t she make happen in the blogosphere?  I mean have you seen what she’s done for coffee and paper crafting?  A force to be reckoned with, I tell ya!

Please leave some love for everyone along the way, and of course wish Katie a happy birthday and check out her fabulous work over at KB Stamps!  And if you comment here, I am going to choose a random winner (or 2!) for some blog candy because I’ve got a whole bunch of crafty wares that need to find a good home.  Stamps, straws, ephemera– who knows what will be awaiting you.  Leave me a comment to possibly find out! 🙂

Amy

Kate— You are here!

Kimberly

Laura

Lenae

Tonya

Vicki

Katie ← Birthday Girl!!!