Full of Flowers and a Fun TE Announcement

I can only take so much alone time, so I gathered some friends for a fun challenge and a fabulous announcement today!

In October I was fortunate to participate in the Taylored Expressions Virtual Stamp Joy event (this is the link to the October event that is over, but you can read all about the fun!) It was 2-days full of fun – make and take projects and classes with 900 of my stamping friends – together, but apart!

This fun collection of stamps, dies, and stencils are the free product that you received for the classes and gifts with purchase that go with the event stamp set. It’s so pretty and versatile, but it was sitting on my desk, waiting for more fun!

So, I gathered up Heather Nichols, Jill Hawkins, Jen Shults, and Caren Bartholomew for a challenge to put the Taylored Expressions Full of Flowers stamps, dies and stencils into action!  The only rule was to use the collection to create a set of 4 cards that you could use as a gift!

Then Taylor shared a secret, and we twisted her arm to blast the news! SPRING VIRTUAL STAMP JOY in March! YAAAS! Save the dates for Friday and Saturday, March 26 & 27. You’ll want to get really comfy at your stamp table and be ready for a weekend of creative learning and fun!

SIGN UP HERE FOR ALL UPDATES SO YOU DON’T MISS ANY STAMP JOY REGISTRATION INFORMATION! 

I knew that I wanted to use Full of Flowers to create a card set in the mini-slim size. It’s my new favorite size! My cards are a single layer on Sugar Cube with Spearmint and Salt Water Taffy inks.

After using the stencil with Taylored Expresssions Blender Brushes, I embossed ‘thinking of you’ from Handlettered Sentiments – handsdown favorite sentiments. I love the scripty font and the precision dies.

I am so happy to have this little gift set ready to go, that I had fun stamping with friends, and that I get to share the Spring Stamp Joy announcement! Turned into a fun project!

Let’s see what my girlfriends created – please visit:

Don’t forget to sign up for more info and updates about Spring Stamp Joy HERE.

Have a FABULOUS Wednesday!

Don’t Ever Change

I found a little time to craft last night, and I need to bolster my stash of birthday cards. I’ve had these adorable Be a Unicorn sentiments on my desk along with the Starry Background from Taylored Expressions for months.

I used the Starry Stencil and a pastel rainbow to blend out my background stars. Then I used my Scor-Pal to create a scored frame 1/4″ from each edge. After stamping my sentiment in black, I cut a big white star from Star Stacklets and sprayed with glitter.

If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change. 

I popped each layer up on foam, and finished the front with a Clear Drip Drops. Relaxed blending and a pastel rainbow. Beautiful way to end my weekend!

Have a GREAT Monday, friends!

Abundand Blooms

I have so many beautiful things to share from the Papertrey Ink/Ink to Paper release happening tonight at 10pm Eastern. This is one of my favorite sets, Abundant Blooms! I know you’ll love this set!

I love the 2-step pitcher with aged patina. I embossed the patina in white over the soft blue pitcher and added deep blush booms. The stamps and dies line up beautifully in this set, and it was super easy – which isn’t always the case for me with 2-step images.

After stamping the blooms, I added a little depth to each petal with a deeper red Sketchmarker Brush alcohol marker. Super simple step that adds a little depth.

The sentiment is from a $5 add-on set called, Feel Better (also available tonight), and it includes three beautiful thoughts. The wording is just beautiful, and appropriate for a variety of reasons, not just illness.

 

Sketchmarker Brush are fairly new to me. They are available in 389 colors from Marker Universe. The brush is a fabulous quality, and they blend beautifully. The price point (on sale for $4.50) is amazing for the quality and size of ink reservoir! Color me  happy!

 

Thanks for stopping by. I’m excited to share with you through the month. I hope your Sunday is full of beautiful moments and fresh hope for a new week!

 

Gingerbread Garland

I have an opportunity to share a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers this week for our annual Falliday Fest of tutorial ideas and challenges. I created this Gingerbread Garland from a template that you can download and accent with white doodling and stamps from various sets.

See my full tutorial with the easy template download HERE

This is a great activity to share with your kids and cousins over the holidays! Anything goes and super fun!

Sweet Blessings

 

More watercolor die cuts from Papertrey to share. This is Feathered Friends 5 die. So sweet. The sentiment is from the set Leaves in Fall.

I painted my die-cut Feathered Friend 5 with Daniel Smith watercolors – love the Quin Gold, Quin Coral, and Quin Magenta. I buy my Daniel Smith colors in split collections, curated by Lydia. It’s an economical way to get a wide range of color. Look for her Facebook group, Daniel Smith Watercolor Split Group.

For paper, I prefer the Fabriano Aquarello Cold Press paper for watercolor. The colors shift and blend so beautifully!

Wishing you many sweet blessings today. Thanks for stopping by.

Winter Gift Tags with Papertrey Ink

I make a lot of gift tags in the winter! I love the little canvas, and they seem like a nice way to say, you are special to me when offering a gift.

My tag today features Sweet Scenes Winter stamps from Ink to Paper Company. I love the purple mountains majesty, and the little deer were just too cute for me to ignore. I’ve set my scene on one of my favorite Ink to Paper/Papertrey products, the

Today, even though it’s not quite the holidays, wishing you heartfelt greetings of love and peace.

Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor Die Cuts – My Splitcoast Falliday Fest Challenge

We kicked off another fun year of Falliday Fest challenges and tutorials at Splitcoaststampers this morning! So fun! I hope you’ll join us for great gift tutorials and challenges designed to help you get your holiday crafting out of the way!

This is my card for the challenge I am hosting! I used the Leaves in Fall foliage dies from Papertrey Ink. Love these big leaves – each one like a mini canvas!

My leaves are painted with Daniel Smith watercolor, spattered and dazzled. They are accented with clear drops from Taylored Expressions. Serene birthday wishes!

Join us all week for creative challenges and project ideas designed to help you knock the holiday crafting off of your to-do list early!

 

Field Notes Restock Selling Fast

The Field Notes Kit from Taylored Expressions came back in stock this week, and there are just a few kits remaining! The whole idea behind these blooms was beautiful blooms that were easy to color, and large enough to stand alone on a card front! I love that stampers are loving this kit!

Last weekend, I spent some time coloring blooms to have ready for cards on demand! This peony bloom is colored with Polychromos Pencils and a little Gamsol to smooth things out. Love how these florals can take center stage for a clean and simple card with depth.

The background rectangle is brushed with the Frayed Rectangle stencil, and the sentiment is from the accompanying set, Field Notes – both included in the kit.


Here, I’ve used the Paint Flower bloom, embossed in gold, and watercolor for a peek-a-boo layer card. Gold embossing powder makes things instantly classy!


The Field Notes Kit is available while supplies last at Taylored Expressions, and includes all of the items shown here! Check it out HERE.

I hope your weekend plans bring you a lot of joy!

I’ve got lots of crafting in mind, and I can’t wait to get started!

Wishing You a Joyous Christmas from Papertrey Ink

Kicking off the weekend with very exciting news! I am so happy to be a Guest Designer for Papertrey Ink and Ink to Paper this month! It’s a Christmas Holiday release, and I can’t wait to share my Christmas cards and projects with you!

My first card features the set Corner It: Holly. The gorgeous vine and accent pieces make easy work of a full card front design. A soft brushed layer of pale blue frames the holly sprigg, leaf and berries. I’ve added the sentiment in gold embossing powder and a layer of gold foil for a classic Christmas feel.

I’m grateful to the Ink to Paper team for the opportunity to create with them this month. I have more favorite projects to share in the coming days. So many wonderful things in this release! You’ll be thrilled to finish your Christmas crafting so early! Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Winter

Sharing one of my favorite projects from my guest design time with Concord and 9th. Happy Winter!

I chose to pair the Happy Winter turnabout stamp with Fresh Cut Floral Dies edition 4, the poinsettia. None traditional pastel pinks and greens are an unexpected freshness to this classic holiday look. I love how this came together.

The Concord & 9th colors I used on this project are Ballet Slipper, Grapefruit, Sea Glass, and Parsley.