Friday, September 19, 2014

fall gratitude with Carta Bella

I am elated to be able to share my first projects for Carta Bella on their blog today!

For my first projects, I used some of their fabulous new stamps and dies!

And a side note, I was concerned about their stamps at first, until I peeled one off the backing and felt that wonderful photo-polymer that we all love! I looked closed and yep, made in the USA! Such happy news for us stamping girls!

I also played with the new fall collection, A Perfect Autumn.

Stop on over to the Carta Bella blog and check out my projects and see how I mixed and matched all the wonderful new products!

thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

MFT Release Rewind; lots of sweet treats + a secret family recipe

Welcome back! Just a couple more projects to share with you from the September release from MFT Stamps! There were so many great products, I still had a few ideas that I wanted to share with you!

The sentiment, "hey smartie pants," from Packed With Positivity, caught my eye and I knew I needed to make a clear lunchbox with real Smarties inside!

I dug through my stash and found a small, clear box that allowed me to place the lunchbox on the front, and still show off the candy inside. Electric Red cardstock was cut with Die-namics Lunchbox, along with Black Licorice cardstock for the handle and feet.

Tag was cut from Primitive White cardstock with Die-namics Lunchbox. I stamped the sentiment and stars from Packed with Positivity in several colors of ink. (Be sure and check out the links below my signature for all the details and links directly to the products used.)

The same die worked perfectly to create a set of mini lunchbox notes. Who doesn't love to toss a little bit of love into their kiddo's lunch? I stamped these with Packed With Positivity and added a little glitter on the stars for fun.

And the final treat of the day. This also was on my mind from the moment I saw Die-namics Mason Jar. I thought it would be cute to create a little jar tag to hang from a gift in a jar. There are so many gifts in a jar ideas out there, this set of dies will be perfect for creating tags for all of them!

And a bit of love to my ice cream bowls in the background. I adore them. They are red, my favorite, and the most splendid shape. :)

The jar was cut from Primitive White cardstock and inked with Sno Cone blue. The lid is Steel Blue. I stamped the label shape in Sno Cone ink and the sentiment in the darker, Blu Raspberry ink. The heart is cut from Electric Red cardstock using Die-namics Mason Jar.

The top was created using basic muslin. It was cut with Die-namics Circle STAX Set 1. When die cutting fabric, run it through your machine twice, and on the second pass, turn in 45 degrees. That will help cut the cross fibers contained in the material. After that, I stamped the circle with Gingham Background using Hybrid Wild Cherry ink, made for a surface like this. Its tied to the jar with Hemp Cord.

And now, the secret family recipe, the hot fudge contained in this jar. Who knows, it may not even be a secret, it could be from Betty Crocker, but this recipe has always been a special treat for generations in my family. Its amazing on ice cream, over eclairs, and let's be honest, by the spoonful. Enjoy and share the jar, but I am guessing that person will have to be pretty special!

Swanson Hot Fudge:
1 C. chocolate chips
1/2 C. butter or margarine
2 C. powdered sugar
1 lrg. can evaporated milk
Bring to a boil. Cook for 8 minutes.
Add 1 tsp. vanilla.
Store in the refrigerator, in a sealed container.

Head over to the MFT Blog and get linked up to the design team. We have been sharing projects for two days, and you just don't want to miss what they have been creating!

thanks for stopping by!


Supplies for Lunchbox Fun:

Supplies for Sweet Treat Jar:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

marquee lights

I am sharing a cool trend that I have been watching for some time, marquee lights, on the 
Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Plugged In blog. Seriously. Go. I have the CUTEST project ever 
over there! :)

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Maya Road Vintage Wood Stitched Charms

Its my turn on the Maya Road blog today. I am sharing about these fantastic wood charms! Stitching is quite the rage these days and for those of us who just really don't sew, these great embellishments help add a stitched touch!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MFT New Product Launch-creating different looks with the same stamp

Its time! The wait is over! The September release products from MFT Stamps are now available in the store! If you are still trying to decide what to purchase, hop along with the team, and if you already know, stop on back for inspiration while you wait for your order to arrive!

Tonight I am highlighting the stamp set Diamonds & Dots Borders. This is a pretty great set, one that will stay in the front of my stamp basket and get used often. What I love about border stamps is all the ways that you can use them. Take a look at these two cards and how I used these versatile images.

The first thing you notice on this card is the Whip Cream cardstock and Brick Red ink stamped panel. I used the argyle image as a real focal point by stamping it once and in a bold color.

On the Nightshift Blue cardstock base, I added the dots image. By stamping with Nightshift Blue ink, I made a subtle pattern that adds texture. Its like creating your own patterned paper. This image looks amazing stamped tone-on-tone or stamped in Sweet Tooth ink on any color cardstock.

You can see that my pattern is basically seamless, not a miss. The clear stamp makes it easy to accomplish. Stamp your first row of dots. Re-ink the image and stamp your second row by lining up the bottom dot you previously stamped with the top dot of the stamp you are waiting to push down. Check that both ends of the image are lined up before placing onto your cardstock. It reads complicated, but its easy. 

To finish off the card, I added the Free with $60 purchase this month, Die-namics Many Thanks. It was cut from metallic gold paper, along with leaves from Falling Leaves. The leaves I simply tucked into the cardstock.

This card was inspired by my favorite pair of socks. No joke. When I first saw Diamonds & Dots Borders I immediately thought of my socks. There's a new place for inspiration. :)

I stamped the argyle image with watermark ink onto my Steel Grey cardstock panel and heat embossed with a magenta powder. Then I continued the pattern with Black Licorice Ink. Lining up the borders for this image is much the same as the dots border, touch the tops and bottoms of the diamonds

I die cut Die-namics Many Thanks from Jellybean Green cardstock and foam mounted it for added depth and contrast.

So remember some the ways that you can use your border stamps:
1. Create a focal point with bold stamping.
2. Create a subtle pattern with tone-on-tone stamping.
3. Emboss the borders for texture.
4. Create patterned paper by stamping the images in color.

Have fun shopping and thanks for stopping by!


Supplies for Golden Thanks card:

Supplies for Argyle Thanks card: