Thursday, October 30, 2014

Swiss Pixie Book Abigail


Before I start I wanna send shout outs to my favorite peeps who always leave the best comments. Thanks Rachel, Eva, Karen, Denice, Lynn, Kathy & a  new friend, Aussie AnNie.  I'm so thankful for you gals who not only inspire me but also support with your kind words.  You ladies rock!!  If you haven't already become a follower of their blogs you should.  They have tons and tons of awesome projects and inspirations for your viewing pleasure.  Just click on their names above to be directly linked.  ^.^

Just the other day I got a some new stamps from CC Designs and couldn't wait to ink up one of them. Meet Swiss Pixie Book Abigail...  As you can see she was too cute to bypass for another day.

Just sitting here thinking of YOU

I did a super simple 1-layered card for easy mailing.  This is for the bookworm in all of us and I'm planning to send this to my grams who loves reading.  One of our favorite authors is Catherine Coulter. It's been so long since I've read a new book from her, I'll have to go to the book store and see if she's written anything new and then send it off to my grams.  I had a lot of fun coloring this image, especially the books!  hehe,  I went with a nice soft vintage colored palette and love the end result.  The distress inks make this look like a burnt piece of paper.  hahaha...  I thought the AmyR sentiment was perfect!!  You can never go wrong with an AmyR sentiment.

Swiss Pixie Book Abigail

Ok, this one is going to be short and sweet.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy TBT!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Turning 6 years old!


Today I have a fun birthday card to share featuring an older CC Designs stamp from the Kiki La Rue line.  The image, called Sweet Kiki La Rue. is not only adorable she was the perfect choice for this birthday card I made for a sweet little girl...

I used several dies from CC Designs, MFT, Little B and a circle punch.  The pink cardstock is from MFT and the patterned paper is from Wild Rose Designs.  Also used was a white/purple twine from Doodlebug Designs and a white gel pen.  Everything was colored with Copic markers.

Below are some close-ups of the card.  First up is the flower with the #6 inside.  Yep this little girl just turned 6, she's a big girl now!  I used a Little B scallop die, a circle punch from Marvy and the #6 from CC Designs Cutter bubble numbers die.  I used Copics to color all three elements and then used my WOS clear glitter brush pen to give it a nice coat of sparkle.

Up next is Sweet Kiki La Rue herself.  I'm not so good with blonde hair, but this isn't too bad, is it? hahaha.  I stamped her in brown instead of black to give her a softer look.  I think she's adorable!!

There is nothing like having a double scoop with a cherry on top to make your birthday extra special right?  hehehe,

This card is already on it's way to the birthday girl and I hope she likes it.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Hump day!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Christmas card - Holiday Anya 4

Hey everyone!

Happy Sunday!  Hope you're all having a great weekend.  I spent all day Saturday in a gym reffing volleyball, so today I'm definitely going to relax and put in some crafting time.  I recently received a bunch of new TGF stamps and couldn't wait to ink up the adorable Holiday Anya 4.  I think she is very sweet.  This is officially my very first Christmas card of the season...

I had some fun with some mixed media sprays I purchased at a local scrapbook store.  They are the new sprays from Prima and I picked up 3 to try.  I was excited to try them out as soon as I saw a sample of what they can do.  After this project I just might go back to pick up some more colors.

To create the background
I cut down a white piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper in to a 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square.  Taking the washi tape I taped off about a 1/2" border all the way around.  Next I layed down the stencil on top and started to spritz first the Peony and then the Lime green colors on to the paper.  Once everything was dried I pulled off the stencil and then the washi paper.  Love the framed look of it and the cool thing about these sprays is the nice shimmer they give off.  Here is the finished background...  Pretty cool! 

As my stencil was drying I pulled out the discontinued TGF snowflake die and cut two from the same Strathmore paper pad.  Below is a picture of the background with the sprays, stencil and die.  This was a really easy process and I love the result!!

The sentiment is a laser cut word from Island Scrapbooking.  I used another spray, Tea stain, to spritz on top of the word making it go from white to this really pretty shimmery light gold. 

I colored up Anya in red and had fun with the Christmas tree.  After coloring I fussy cut her out. Isn't she a cutie?  I could easily make a few more with her as the focal point.  

Holiday Anya 4

I glued her down in the center of the card instead of popping her up.  I'm probably going to mail it so having it sent flat makes it easier on shipping.

And for those of you who like sparkle and bling, I actually sprayed the whole front with my go-to pearlized spray.  Although you can't see it in my pictures I'm sure the recipient will be able to enjoy it. 

So happy I've gotten at least one Christmas card under my so called crafty belt, let's see what I can come up with next.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


Friday, October 24, 2014

LFF #80 - Is it a purse or frame??


How are you today?  I'm excited to share today's project with you.  It came about as I was working on an upcycle project.  I started to do this and ended up doing something else.  I kept this on the side to finish later and today I would like to share the completed project for today's Lilo's Fun Friday #80.  I'm really not sure what to call it, so for now you could call it a purse-frame.  You might recognize the two little girls sharing the spotlight here.  I guess I could have used any image, but I decided to go with my instincts and picked these two from Sister Stamps, Minako and Misaki.

The base was cut from chipboard, but can you guess what the stencil I used is?  If you guessed a fan you would be correct!  Yep I used a fan as the stencil for the base.  To cover the project I used this beautiful washi paper from Hanko Designs. As an embellishment a light pink daisy fabric ribbon from Daiso was glued on the edges and the handle which is how it turned in to a purse.  I used an old Kodak photo frame and covered it with a scrap of the same washi paper, then I adhered it with pop up dots to give it a lift.  I stamped "Happiness" in kanji in the center, but you can still slip a small (very small) photo inside from the top.

Here is a close up of the two little girls.  I chose to color them up with greens and pinks which makes them stand out from the softer pinks, whites and golds.  You'll also get to see how pretty the pagodas are as a nice addition to the background.  Love how it doesn't detract from the pretty washi paper; it sorta blends right in.

First up is Minako.  She's one of my favorites.  I guess because she looks so Japanese.  hehehe  I gave her a soft green colored kimono with pink flowers.  I used some older washi paper for the pagoda.  What a beautiful die from La-La Land Crafts.  Can't believe I waited so long to use it.  I guess I was waiting for the right project.  I added the cherry blossoms here, also from La-La Land Crafts.  The pearls in the center are actually dots I made with my pearl pen from Viva Decor.  If you look closely you'll see them all over the project, not just on the die cut flowers.


Here's a close-up of the adorable, Misaki.  I colored her up in pretty medium greens and pinks.  I love how happy she looks.  Behind her is the gold pagoda with a couple of the cherry blossoms.  I love how each element goes so well together.  The only thing that is a little bit off is that one of the pagodas is a smidge off from the other one.  Next time I'll make sure to add the pagodas first so they line up evenly then add the frame.  Here's the back of the frame...

I found this quote on the internet and hand-wrote it.  I used that pretty cherry blossom stamp to add branches around the bottom of the frame.  Using the same colored ink pad I used a sponge to lightly add some distress to the edges of the frame.  A nice way to finish the back.

Well that was fun!  I love how this project which had no direction to begin with turned out.  Looks like I'm starting to find my groove again.  I've got a few more projects like this to share,  Each one was a lot of fun to make.  This particular project is heading to a new home.  I hope the one who gets it will enjoy it as much as I had making it.  Wishing you all a happy Aloha Friday and thanks so much for stopping by!!