Friday, February 28, 2014

Bloom to Grow - Viva la Verve & Cardabilities

Who's ready for spring?!  Oh, boy!  I am SO ready!  This stamp set, Bloom & Grow, from Verve Stamps makes me happy and exudes the feeling of spring!

The Viva la Verve February Week 3 included this gorgeous inspiration photo!  I adore the black and white with splash of green and pink floral!

There's also a brand-new Cardabilities sketch up and running today...#94!  It is the perfect sketch to show off those darling flowers from Bloom to Grow and my new banner dies!  The Pink Elephant's Challenge this week is to use PINK... got that covered!

I inked up the leaves and flowers from Verve's Bloom & Grow with distress inks, stamped onto some crisp white card stock, then die cut them with their coordinating dies, Elegant Leaves and Floral Circles. That fabulous Pennant Trim, Banner Bundle and Flag It work together perfectly to create a collaging and dimensional effect!  The beautiful sentiment from Bloom & Grow was stamped over one of the banners at a vertical angle for some extra interest!  LOVE my Verve!

I added a few embellishments from Pretty Pink Posh, too!  The aqua twine and sequins are ultra fabulous!

Thanks so much for stopping by the stage!

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Stamps: Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Ink:  Black (Simon Says Stamp), Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough Distress (Ranger)
Paper:  Rustic White (PTI), White (Crafter's Companion), Amy Tangerine Plus One (American Crafts)
Other:  Pennant Trim, Banner Bundle, Flag It, Elegant Leaves, Floral Circles (A Cut Above by Verve), Twine & Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Small Attacher (Tim Holtz), Silver Stickles (Ranger), Sewing Machine, Thread

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Top Dog Dies - Stencil Tutorial

It's a great day for some Top Dog Dies FUN!  
 I tried a new technique with this card and thought I'd share a quick and easy tutorial with you!


Step 1
After die-cutting the Madison Doily Die and removing all of the intricate cuts, tape down a paper base.

 Step 2
Roll up a small piece of tape and place on the back of your Madison Doily.

Step 3
Place the Madison Doily and the negative paper that you cut the die from over the paper base and tape down, so that nothing shifts around.

Step 4
Spread Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle with a putty knife over the Madison Doily until smooth.

Step 5
Make sure all of the intricate cuts are covered and filled in with spackle.

Step 6
Carefully lift the negative and remove.

Step 7
Carefully remove the Madison Doily and dispose.  Enjoy the beautiful results!

To finish off the card, I die cut a few more Top Dog Dies favorites, stamped a sweet Reverse Confetti sentiment and a few triangles, and embellished with some Pretty Pink Posh goodies.

Thanks so much for stopping by the stage!

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Stamps:  Paper Crane (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Picked Raspberry Distress (Ranger)
Paper:  Rustic White (PTI), Vellum (SU), Fresh Cuts (Basic Grey)
Other:  Madison Doily, Antique Accents, Snowflake Trio, Berry Branch Dies (Top Dog Dies), Coral Twine, Silver Star Confetti, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft), Sewing Machine, Thread

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You Are... PTI Blog Hop

 Who's ready for spring?!  ME!
In fact, I'm so ready for spring that I don't think I would even mind a few sneezes from the pollen count! LOL!

How adorable are these images from the Papertrey Ink February Inspiration Blog Hop!  After seeing this darling collage, I'm now tapping my fingers for spring to arrive!

I was also inspired by the new Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #208!

I couldn't wait to crack open my new Papertrey Ink goodies from my last haul!  Love, love, love this die and it's coordinating stamp set, Phrase Play #1!  I also added a couple of borders from the new Bee Happy Die Collection!

Thanks so much for stopping by the stage!
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Stamps: Phrase Play #1 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Faded Jeans Distress (Ranger)
Paper:  White (PTI), Fresh Cut (Basic Grey)
Other:  Phrase Play #1 Die (Papertrey Ink), Button (MFT), Ribbon (SU), Twine (Hemptique), Small Attacher (Tim Holtz), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - ROCK STAR

It's a great day here at the stage!  Today is my very first Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft post as a Guest Designer!  

You'll have to head on over to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog to see my STEP-BY-STEP Tutorial using Gelatos!

There are some fabulous Reverse Confetti and Pretty Pink Posh goodies on my card, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by the stage!

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Stamps:  Inner Rock Star (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Black Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell)
Paper:  White (PTI), Plus One by Amy Tangerine (American Crafts)
Other:  Love Note (Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti), Gelatos (Faber-Castell), Black Twine, Gold Sequins, Silver Stars Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh)

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