Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cutting Cafe Inspiration-Animal Friends!

Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  Today we're playing with the adorable printable stamp set, Animal Friends.

I decided to color up this cutie pie for today and I love her!  I just printed out a whole page that has two of the animals and in two different sizes and then the circle sentiments with one in the center of that too.  This page had the Pig and the Lamb and Mitra requested I use the sweet little Lamb because she couldn't decide either and used a different one... so happy to not have to make a decision during tax season, I obliged and I'm so happy I did!  Thanks Mitra!

I colored her with my Copics.. W1, W3, W5 and W7.  I used a couple techniques I learned from the most awesome Jennifer Dove.  For her face and ears, I colored her up and then used a piece of terry cloth and some blending solution.  I wet the terry cloth, fluffed it up and then pressed it onto the inked area for 3 seconds and moved around the area like that.  You don't want to over saturate and if you feel you need to re-do any area, you just wait 'til it dries (it doesn't take long) and do it again.

Then for her fluffy parts, I used dots... starting with the dark where I imagine the sun don't shine and starting out with the dots larger and closer together and then smaller and further apart as I move out... then with the next lightest doing the same and so on... I'm pretty happy with how she came out!  And I've learned contrast is good.  I used to be an over blender and I'm slowly learning that it's pretty cool looking to have a bit more contrast as long as you don't have lines... so dots and flicks are my buddies!  Thanks Jennifer.

I'm playing along with the Outlawz Twisted Thursday with a twist of Fur with this one!  You should check this Ning site out!  What a fun and great group of ladies!

Then I used the sentiment circle with the lamb in the middle for my sentiment, but since I didn't need another lamb, I added the yellow heart paper to the center.  I placed my sweetie amongst a little scene of grass, fencing and of course flowers.

Thanks for stopping and be sure to stop at the Cutting Cafe blog to comment for a chance to win some free files!  Then you can check out what everyone else has made as well!  There are some adorable makes this week!

Come back soon!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Heart 2 Heart Guestie-Sunny Days

Excited to be guesting again this week over the Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  This week it's all about Sunny Days!  I created this one using the Little Acres Creations February release stamp set, Piles of Smiles!  As soon as I saw this stamp set, this idea started formulating!  And OF COURSE it has a coffee theme... I mean... are you new here??

I started this one using Distress Inks and a Tim Holtz Sunray stencil.  I ink blended my background to look like a sunshiny morning and then added the sunrays using the stencil and some more of the same ink color where I would be putting my cup.  You know... Sunny Days!

Then I die cut the ink blended background with a scalloped die and layered that on top of that beautiful Canary design paper from the CTMH Stargazer paper pack.  And those pretty gold hearts are chipboard and are from the CTMH Springtime Complements pack.

I cut out two more of the same mat in Pear cardstock and then a few grassy layers using Lawn Fawn's grass border dies and layered them over each other at the bottom of the mat.

This stamp set is SO adorable!  Love this pile of friends helping each other to reach the top of this huge coffee cup and get themselves a warm cuppa.  That cute little bear.. he needs one badly.. that cute little teeny weeny cup was a gift from a crafty friend and it's perfect when my little critters want to indulge in some liquid gold!  It's from Memory Box and I love it!

The huge cup is also from Memory box.  I knew I wanted to use these beautiful sunflowers from the Little Acres Summer Blessings stamp set to decorate my cup.  I like that they also fit the Sunny Days theme.. because they are SUNflowers!   And that cute little foxy fox is also from the new Piles of Smiles set.  He's waiting patiently to get his cup filled too.

And this sweet sentiment from the new set says it all I think.  Love this one and the other sweet sentiments on this set.  I think it's gonna be one of my fave sets!

So thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed today's make and check out all of the beautiful over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  Extra wishes that you will support this awesome challenge and play along!  You have an entire month to play along with all of the weekly challenges so lots of time.  The first week was all about awesome Make It From Your Heart sketchesLast week was True Love and now we have Sunny Days.  It's not too late to play along with all of them!

See you again soon... it's a busy week!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties February Blast From The Past Day 3!

Welcome to Day 3 of February Blast From The Past at Paper Sweeties!  Today I'm using a few of my very favorite sets... I started with the set I use most often.. the Sweet Borders sweet cuts are my go to for the banners... those pretty stitches!!  Love the rectangle cut as a backdrop... and those scallops... and those are only a few of what's with this set and I love every single one of them!

Pretty Posies stamp set also gets inked up quite frequently here!  And I love all of the scalloped frame sweet cuts sets... they make awesome backdrops or accents.. I had this one in my stash of leftovers and it was perfect to frame the florals... oh those red Copics give me fits, but I do love the way they look when I'm done...

And the sentiments on the Hello Friend stamp set are the perfect size for this banner or the one that comes with that set... LOVE that one!

Hope you enjoyed our ode to past releases and so many of our favorites!  Check out what everyone else has created for you today!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Paper Sweeties February Blast From The Past-Day 2!

Welcome back for Day 2 of the February Edition of Blast From The Past at Paper Sweeties! 

I started this one by sanding that gray piece of cardstock and then stamping the bicycle from the Hugs and Kisses stamp set over it.

Just love this sweet bicycle with the little heart on the wheels!  I love how it has a kind of vintage feel to it and it was perfect on this distressed cardstock.

Then I added a couple tags cut using the Tags #1 Sweet Cuts in some coordinating papers and stamped this simple sentiment from the Hugs and Kisses set.  Some yummy seam binding in Robin Egg blue, sequins in strawberry and some premade flowers from my stash.

Thanks for stopping again!  Don't forget to check out what my teamies have created for your viewing pleasure:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past-February Edition

Happy Valentines Day and welcome to the February Edition of Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past!  We're sharing some projects made with our favorite previously released Paper Sweeties sets over the next couple days!

I started this one by using various heart Sweet Cuts from a couple sets and cutting out my heart shaped shaker windows.

And what do YOU do when you forget to put the window plastic on before you add your foam tape?  Do you start over?  No starting over in this crafty space!  I turn it into a faux shaker!  I adhere my window layer onto my cardstock and then glue a few sequins here and there making sure some are tucked under a bit and add some beads.  I used liquid glass to attach everything. 

I try to be a little random about the placement... a stray sequin here and there and same with the beads.  And right now it sounds a little shaker-ish because I've lost a few beads in the mix.  They're floating around and yes, eventually they will end up on someone's 

When I got done I added a few paper flowers to each of the "windows" for fun.

I used this pretty tag from the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts and love this sentiment from the Happy Mail Stamp Set.

That's me for today!  Be sure to check out what everyone has created for you today!

And come back tomorrow for some more fun!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Heart 2 Heart Challenges Guestie - True Love

Excited to be guesting again this week over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  This week it's all about True Love and here's what I made:

I mean, yeah, I love my hubby!  But... Nom Nom... I also love pizza... lol!  So here's to both of them!  I used some old CTMH Fundamentals for the background and had the doilies in my stash.

  I threw this one together along with the other cards today for our Office Valentine Party ... we're doing some Make N Takes and I spent Sunday cutting lots of background papers, hearts, and sentiment banners so they'll have lots of options to choose from.  And today's cards are my samples.

I love this cute pizza image and sentiment from Close To My Heart's To The Moon stamp set!!  I added a squiggly line for the cheese line because I felt the need to have some sauce peeking out.  I'm telling you... I'm very picky about my pizza... even when it's just a stamp.... gotta have enough sauce!

Oh!  And here's a reminder about the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge for February!  Nom Nom!  Be sure to play along!

So for this one, I wanted to have one card with no image so everyone at the party knew they didn't have to stamp and color an image... they could make a cute card just with some sentiments I cut on my Cricut and a few sequins and glittery hearts... BUT then there was this cutie pie from Little Acres Creations From The Pack stamp set.. and I just had to... I mean... look at him!!

I'm entering this one into the Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge #320-321!  You should check this one out!

I'd be giving him Hugs & Kisses all day long!!

For this one I used some old CTMH Fundamentals for the background again and that cactus is from an oldie but goodie, CTMH Stuck On You stamp set.. 

Any chance to use green and pink together along with tiny heart paper and a!

I also made this backdrop for some fun photos during the party.   It was a busy day!!

So thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you'll play along over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  You have all month to play along with all of the weekly challenges.  Check it out!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Joining Graciellie Design For Some Coffee Lovin'!

It's finally here!  Today is the day for this awesome collaboration between Graciellie Design and the Coffee Loving Cardmakers!  And I think you are going to love this new set that we were so lucky to have a chance to play with!

You should have arrived here from Kerry's blog!  And if you get lost along the way, you can always head on back to the Graciellie Design blog where you will find the entire list for this hop!

Here is what I've created for you today:

If you're familiar at all with Gracie's images, you know that they are always beautiful... the florals, the sentiments, the fonts, and this one is no exception!  It was perfect to use with some of my favorite colors including gold and pink.

And I love my black and white with some gold and some pink... throw in a little bright yellow and green and my eyes dance.

And the beautiful sentiments on this one!  I printed them all out in different sizes and decided on this one and cut it using a heart die and colored it with the same Copic markers I used for the flowers.

And secondly:

These images and sentiment screamed to be made into a Coffee Lovin' Valentine!   I used a shaving cream background that I made a while ago and embossed using white distressed embossing powder and gold glitter embossing powder.  And those flowers in red!!

Well, you've probably already seen these flowers look great in every color.. but the red... 

And speaking of red, I took some of those sentiments I printed on my laser printer and foiled them ... this one I printed on vellum and used red glitter foil...

So happy you stopped by to see me!  Leave me some love here and at all of your stops along the way as you hop and you'll have a chance to win one of two $10 gift certificates!  Winners will be announced on February 17th!

Now you'll want to head on over to Robyn's place to see what she has in store for you!