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! 🙂

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Kate— You are here!

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Laura

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Tonya

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Katie ← Birthday Girl!!!

Happy Accidents

I was just rereading a post from last year because it was recently viewed by a visitor, and in it I discussed the creative process, taking chances (or not!) with art, and happy accidents.  While I cringed a bit at the card featured in the post, I enjoyed reconnecting with my ideas and considering where I am almost one year later.  And it was a timely read since I will be sharing with you today two cards that were happy accidents!

Happy Accident #1

In the midst of making Christmas cards I had negatives of die cuts and scraps of paper gathered about, and in one of my clean sweeps, I collected some of my specialty papers–gold foil and gilded vellums– and just filed them in a plastic sleeve.  I wasn’t paying attention at the time, but about a week later I happened to glance over at the plastic sleeve and noticed the negative die cut of my deer head in the gold foil sitting behind a gold star vellum.  I don’t waste a bit of my gold foil cardstock, so I had just kept what remained for smaller die cuts without even thinking about using the negative!  It was a happy surprise indeed, and this is the card that manifested!

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As you can see in the photo below, the die leaves a squared outline when it cuts into thick paper, which does not make for a great negative, unless you were to frame around the deer head and hide the outline.  In this case, the cover of vellum did just the trick.  I love the shadow of his head beneath the stars!

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One of my favorite and most used dies of the season was my “Sparkle and Shine” set from WPlus9.  I love the font and the size.  I cut it from mint Paper Source CS and used a bit of ice Stickles to embellish.

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And here is the inside where I changed it up a bit from the front, featuring a gold sentiment and mint & gold washi.

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UPDATE: ENVELOPES!

I almost forgot that this little card has a matching envelope I made with my Martha Stewart Scoreboard!  I made a few custom-size envelopes for holiday cards, as I found some great deals on 12×12 paper at Michaels and Joann.  Since I made oddly sized cards, I need custom envelopes, and they add to the whole card!  I will do a post soon on making envelopes and labels!

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Happy Accident #2

Another inspiration came as well from the leftover of a die cut.  I had cut one of my large Avery Elle flags and a Mama Elephant tag from some grey cardstock, and the paper that remained was a triangular piece with a bit of a long rectangular edge.  When I looked at it, I saw a roof and a chimney!  Considering the amazing We R Memory Keepers “Love Notes” collection (I have now purchased two 12×12 pads, two 6×6 pads, and extra 12×12 sheets of the prints I love. Yes, I am hording–the texture and designs were just too awesome to resist!) and the specific print, French Doors, I knew I had a little holiday house card in the making!

Here is what resulted!

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Now you can see the “roof” and “chimney” that sparked my creation!  In order to create the house, I used the flip side of the French Doors paper, measured and cut it in a similar way so it would fit on the grey background.

The grey chimney looked a bit too flat, though, so I embossed with my Tim Holtz brick folder another piece of grey paper, cut to fit, and adhered to the chimney.

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Once I decided what door to use, I fussy cut that and then set to embellishing the rest of the house with a wreath, gingerbread icing scallops from the Avery Elle set, my Poppystamps snowman, and that adorable Mama Elephant bow.  The left corner looked a bit empty upon finishing, so I decided to add the snowflake.

I considered cutting the card base so it was a triangle, but since that was my only sheet of MFT’s Pink Lemonade, which was the perfect color for the base, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  It felt like too big of a risk– which echoes my sentiments in that post from a year ago.  If I only have one piece of a cardstock or patterned paper, or embellishment, I am far less likely to take a chance.  Silly, perhaps, but these papers and goods are expensive, so the fear of waste and ruin keeps me on the conservative side!  Do you experience the same feeling in your creative process?

Since this is going to a friend who just moved into a new house, I figured it would be the perfect card and sentiment!

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I hope you found some inspiration in these happy accident cards!  Give pause when you toss aside a scrap; it may just hold the key to a beautiful creation!

May your week be full of happy!

Selected Supplies–Click image to purchase:

We R Memory Keepers - Love Notes Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - French Doors

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!