Monday, September 18, 2017

Paper Girls Challenge Blog: Harvest

I'm officially a Paper Girl! To celebrate this fantastic news, I have this week's challenge for you... Harvest! Find a great Harvest image, create that fun, Fall card you've been thinking of, or anything that celebrates the Fall.

For my layout, I had to use the fantastically, Fall Authentique Collection: Bountiful. I really adored the fabulous Fall references and colors. The hinges were just too adorable, not to add to the layout as well. I even added Nuvo Drops in black to create little tacks to the hinges.
The title was just perfectly, perfect for this layout, and is found at the Silhouette Online Design Store. Make sure to come play along with all of the Paper Girls!

Supplies: Bountiful Collection - patterned papers and stickers [Authentique Paper], Spectrum Cardstock - Ginger Snap [The Wood Connection / Authentique], Nuvo Crystal Drop - black [Tonic Studios]
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Paper Girls Challenge Blog: Labor Day

Happy Labor Day everyone! Since I'm a teacher, Labor Day has a special significance in my career. It signifies that the school year has started, and summer is now over. In my little house, we have a new school-ager, and we once again have our favorite kindergarten teacher. This card is for her.
I used a fantastic little owl card by Jennifer Rush. I really loved how cute she was. And the apple!!!! I used a combination of scraps from my scrap bin, and a few bits and pieces of the Bountiful Collection from Authentique. I know that there are little bits of pieces from Elle's Studio and Studio Calico, but I've no idea what line anymore. The stamp is also from Studio Calico.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Paper Girls Challenge Blog: Welcome to the World Card

I haven't blogged since September 2016. And not regularly since September 2015. Blogging started feeling unnatural, extra, too much. It did not really bring me JOY. And since JOY was my 2016 One Little Word... I ceased blogging, and spent more time creating. Funny how when I stopped blogging, I actually made more stuff (this is where the IG feed comes into play).

There are MANY reasons that I quit, and I won't go into all of them... But I'm ready to start sharing again. And not just on my Instagram feed either (although I totally would love for you to follow me there as well!).

So, when my lovely friend Erica asked me to create a few things for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog, I said "Of course!!!". And it felt right to even plan out this post (although admitting that you weren't good about something for 1.5 years is hard!!).
I love this card. And I love even more how stinking easy it really is to do this!
So, for starters... This stamp set. Concord and 9th is one of my favorite manufacturers of amazing stamps. Their sets are large (this one is 6x8"!) and have some of the best sentiments. This stamp is from the Globe Greetings stamp and die set. Seriously. I made a ton of graduation cards (21..!) using this set and the dies, and they were perfect.
The space background was made with a mixture of various Distress Ink minis that I had. I used Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Blueprint Sketch. Once the color was laid down in various patchy areas, I went over most of it in Black Soot. Do a few layers of dropping water and patting dry, and now the space scene is set. 
The last touches are created from flicking white paint with a stiff brush onto the image. Then I added a few extra stars with a white gel pen. The sentiment is embossed with a mix of gold and black powders, and the stamps are just stamped on... I did add some polar ice caps with the same white paint as the stars! 

I hope you had fun as I shared this card with you! I really adore it.

Supplies Used;
Concord and 9th (Globe Greetings stamp and die set), Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot), white acrylic paint, various inks, watercolor paper, black cardstock, embossing powders Pin It

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DIY treat bags using Harvest

Fall is here! Crisp leaves, warm and cozy afternoons, and squirrels gathering for Winter. I thought that I would create two cozy little bags using our Harvest Collection to tuck a few treats in for later this month.
I started with the lovely plaid patterns in the Harvest Collection (Harvest Four, Harvest Five). There is something about plaid that just screams Fall to me. I used my Silhouette to die cut each bag (Design ID #100592), making sure to enlarge each to get the most of my 12x12 paper.
Each of the two bags has a combination of various die cuts and Details cardstock stickers. I used things that reminded me of Fall, leaves (oak, standard), acorns and feathers.
The edges of all of the die cuts and the bags are all inked to show definition between the layered paper. Not only are the die cuts layered and inked, they are popped up with some dimensional tape to help add some interest.
Some of the larger stickers were a bit too big for this small of a project, so I used my embossing powder tool to make them "unsticky." Now each of the stickers is a die cut!
 Filled with some matching candies, they would make a perfect little hostess gift. 
The best part of this paper is the lovely weight and texture. I know that these little bags will hold a ton of fun goodies. The gorgeous insides are also a fun bonus!
Supplies Used:
Authentique Harvest Collection: Harvest Two, Harvest Three, Harvest Four, Harvest Five, Details 12x12 Adhesive Cardstock
Other Supplies: Silhouette, Silhouette Online Store, dimensional adhesive, ink (Distress Ink), embossing powder tool
I hope that you are enjoying the Fall weather and Harvest Collection! Thank you for stopping by!
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

It's a Fabulous Start to the School Year!

As a teacher, I love a nice desk set just like anyone else. Over summer, I decided to pull this cute little set together using the Fabulous Collection.
I started with a Moleskine book. My favorites are the graph paper Cahier Journals. They make just the perfect, small notebook that I can use for meeting notes. They are also really easy to decorate. In this case, I used my Xyron Creative Station to add adhesive to the Fabulous Six 12x12 paper, then used a craft knife to cut around the cover. Liquid glue would also work well.

I added some interest with some die cut pieces from the 12x12 papers, an Authentic Life Card and some of the stickers from the collection. Each of the edges were inked with Distress Ink to create some interest. To keep the journal closed, I added a cute binder clip.
I couldn't resist adding a few pencils into the mix and created this sweet little pencil holder. I just folded the Fabulous Five paper so that the back was slightly longer than the pencils, leaving the front slightly wider than the back. Then I folded over the flaps and glued them in the back.
To finish off the pencil holder, I added a sweet polka dot heart and a matching polka dot bow.
The last little piece to the set is a bright, buttoned tag. I couldn't resist layering the Details cardstock stickers to a punched tag. Then added the ribbon, and sewed on the button to keep it in place.
I hope that this inspires you to break out your collections for more than just cards and layouts.

Supplies Used:
Authentique Fabulous Collection: Two, Five, Six, Eight, Twelve, Authentic Life Cards, Details stickers, alpha stickers (older collection)
Other Supplies: Moleskine Cahier, ribbons (May Arts), button, kraft paper, binder clip & pencils (Target), Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 2016 Projects From the June Gossamer Blue Main Kit

I had to wait a few days to break into my June Main Kit from Gossamer Blue. Summer just started, and we are already having a blast at a our house. The girls and I crafted quite a bit today, and here is what I ended up with!

I loved this Pinkfresh paper. It went perfect with this lovely black and white photograph of the wonderful spot in the painting studio of my alma mater. The flair is from my stash, and the sequins are from an older GB Life Pages kit.
This photo sums up my littlest to a tee. She's funny, she's silly, and she's all mine. I added a little bit of black cardstock and a print and cut file by Simple Stories.
We have spent much of our Spring at some lovely T-Ball games. My little player is fierce, bold, and such a good team player.
I think I craft about this little monster every time I have a set of projects. The past month or so, he has put us through the ringer. A few issues and a few visits to the vet. Thank goodness that's over now. I love all of the pops of black, and the enamel dots.
And of course a few cards. I snagged an older GB Life Pages card, using some Glossy Accents on the balloons for a great birthday card. The other two use another print and cut, this one by Amy Tangerine.

I think I will try to figure out how many extra cards I can make with the little bits and pieces that are leftover from the June Main Kit. I'm guessing about eight more :)
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: 4th of July Fun with the Freedom Collection

I'm going to Throwback Thursday on this fun post from last year using the fantastic Freedom Collection by Authentique! The cut files are all from the Silhouette Online Store, and the "Fireworks" flair is from Panda Eight Designs.

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