Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blog Design Team: Cloud Banner Birthday

Happy day, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton has created a fun-filled birthday card that features our Build a Scene - Rolling Clouds die set. We love it and know you will, too!

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...
The Build-a-Scene dies from Taylored Expressions are so versatile in how you can mix and match them. Every time I see a project created with the Rolling Clouds die set it always makes me smile. Stitched clouds are so pretty! While they are usually paired with other Build-a-Scene dies, I wanted to create a lovely background with lots of simply beautiful layers of clouds.
To create this background, I simply cut out several different styles of the clouds and adhered them to a 4" x 5.25" panel from Sugar Cube cardstock. All the beautiful curves of the clouds make a sweet and lovely white background. All that white is made interesting with the subtle texture of the layers and the visual movement of the curves.
Every celebration needs a banner (at least I think so!) They are so festive and fun. I didn't have a specific banner die on hand so I went through my dies to see if there was something else I could substitute. The Build-a-Tag 3 die set has this wonderful notched sentiment strip in it. Folded over, it makes a fun and festive banner, especially when paired up with a lovely color combo of felt. I've simply folded them and adhered them over the hemp string with a hot glue gun.
The bottom of the card design makes a great place to add a stamped sentiment in all the white space. This "Happy Birthday" one is from the Small Packages stamp set and I love the two unique fonts.
To finish off the design, I glued on some sweet sequin accents throughout the card. I love how they catch the light and add a lovely festive feel to the card.

Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing this cloud-filled beauty with us today! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Design Team: You're Amazing

Hey there, crafty friends! Today, Kay Miller has created a stunning stamped and watercolored card that is simply breathtaking. Check it out below...

Let's hear from Kay about her project...

Every now and then you need a card for encouragement. Just something to let that special person know that they have what it takes to accomplish their dreams. That’s what I had in mind when I created this card.

For my background I used watercolor paper. I inked up the branchy looking stamp from Make it Amazing with Old Paper Distress ink, and spritzed my stamp with water before stamping on the watercolor paper. I stamped again without inking up the stamp. I did this a couple of times, then I took a paintbrush with water and gently went around and blended those stamped image out just a bit. I then took some Crushed Olive and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks, mixed with water on my craft mat, and watercolored those lightly onto my piece. I let this dry and flicked some of those same colors of distress ink onto the piece. I let this dry well, and, using liberal amounts of foam tape on the back, I adhered it to a white card base. 

I sponged some blue, green and grey ink onto the butterfly stamps and stamped them on Sugar Cube card stock and cut them out with the matching dies. I used foam tape to adhere them to the card. I cut a vellum branch out using the Twiggy Branch die and adhered it with just a touch of glue down at the bottom of the card.
I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the banner from the Label It die set, and adhered it over the vellum branch with foam tape. Lastly I added three clear green sequins from the Hocus Pocus Matched Sequins.
Thank you so much, Kay, for sharing your beautiful, encouraging card! Be sure to visit Kay on her blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her fabulous work. Have a joyful day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Design Team: A Mug of 'Awesome'

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! It's time to rise and shine with this bright and colorful card from Blog Team Designer Lisa Henke.

And now, here's Lisa to tell us all about her project...

I love coffee. I love the how it tastes, I love how it smells, and recently I discovered iced coffee. It is so easy to make at home. Thanks to The Pioneer Woman, I have been keeping this in my fridge this summer. Try it; you'll love it! To celebrate the joy of coffee, I decided to combine coffee and rainbows -- what's not to love?
I used the striped pattern from the Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pack. I cut out a large circle from the center and cut another smaller circle from white cardstock to nest inside and be the centerpiece of my card. I used foam tape to pop up the whole Rainbow paper panel.

I stamped the large sentiment from Hug in a Mug. I love that there are a few options to place in that empty space. I used the "makes us awesome" and used my MISTI to ensure perfect placement.
I stamped one of the mugs and used my Copics to color it up. I did some easy fussy cutting and then popped it up above my sentiment. I used a circle punch to add a hole to the handle and tied on a yellow twine bow. Some enamel dots finished off the embellishments.

Thank you for sharing this 'awesome' card with us today, Lisa! You can find more of Lisa's beautiful work on her blog, My Little Creative Escape. Have a joyful day!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate!


Here is the random winner of our $25 Gift Certificate from designer Lisa Henke's debut blog post. If you missed her tons of fun card, check it out HERE.

Most of you LOVE the zoo, but many of you haven't been for many, many years! Maybe it's time to check out those animals and make new memories, yes?

Our lucky winner is:

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Blog Design Team: Big Birthday Fishes!

Today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer has us taking a dive under the sea! We absolutely adore it and can't wait to share it with you...

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...
Today I’m combining two of my very favorite current trends: watercolor and scenes. And what better scene to watercolor than an underwater scene?!

I started by die-cutting two layers of waves out of watercolor paper using the Build A Scene - Rolling Waves dies. 
I used the' smooshing' technique for the background (I mixed light blue, aqua and white watercolors paints on a craft sheet, heavily spritzed with water, and then smooshed my watercolor paper into the puddle). The sand is simply a narrow strip of torn Kraft card stock. I die-cut a few pieces of seaweed and coral using the Build A Scene - Underwater dies. I die-cut them from watercolor paper as well, so that I could give them a variegated look with watercolors. After painting them, I adhered them just behind the sand layer. I only adhered in a few places, so that I could bend the branches for dimension.  

I stamped, watercolored, and fussy cut a handful of fish (from Under the Seaand tucked them in among the coral and seaweed. (I fussy cut my fish, but coordinating Under the Sea Dies are available, too, if you prefer die-cutting to make quick work of cutting.) The sentiment, also from Under the Sea, was stamped in black ink, clear embossed, die-cut into a circle, and adhered with foam tape.
I added a strip of herringbone woodgrain paper just below the sand line, which I think kind of gives the scene an aquarium look. For one last finishing touch, I added a length of white linen thread tied off in a bow. 

Thank you for sharing this fun and frolicky card today, Amy! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!