Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hey Chick! Card (Second Make and Take Sneak Peek for Sunday's Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Open House)

Hi!  Today I have the second make and take design for my upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Open House this Sunday afternoon to share with you.  This make and take features the Sale-a-Bration set Hey Chick (you can click the link to see the Sale-a-Bration brochure and learn more about it, but basically, for every $50 you spend on Stampin' Up! merchandise (before shipping and tax), you get to choose a free item from the brochure!).  I also used the gold ribbon from the Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (another Sale-a-Bration choice), and the new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Occasions Catalog.  Plus, the circle is cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits, which are in stock again! Yay!! 

Once again, I made two samples -- one with cleaner lines and one with a bit more going on.  I actually created this one first -- I knew I wanted to try putting the designer series paper at an angle, using the inlaid embossing technique, and I wanted to have three chickens around the focal point circle, almost as though they are peering in at you, and with the funky-hair chicken (my favorite!) peeking in upside down (I'd seen something similar on a rectangular shaped piece probably either on Pinterest or Facebook, but now can't find it!)  Anyway, here's how the card turned out: 

I colored my chicks with Stampin' Write Markers, then used a q-tip dipped in bleach to remove some color, giving spots to the chick on the bottom right, and some highlights to the one on top. The "good luck" is from the Custom Tee Bundle (stamped on the sash die cut) and "from all of us" is from the Very Much Stamp Set (another Sale-a-Bration choice).

Here's the second card, which was inspired in part by this card I saw on Pinterest by Amy O'Neill:

I loved how she had the hen looking at the egg with that greeting, so replicated that here!  I again used a q-tip dipped in bleach to remove some of the color I'd applied with markers (here, I did that on the hen, egg, and the ground below them).

You might realize my red and gold color-scheme is Chinese New Year's inspired -- thanks to a conversation with my friends Joyce and Jean about how funny that this stamp set came out when it is the year of the rooster!

Again, I can't wait to see what everyone does with these ideas at the Open House!  Hope you'll join the fun!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Monday, January 16, 2017

Beautiful You Watercolor Note Card -- Sneak Peek of Open House Make and Take!

I've been good now and finished up both make and take designs for next Sunday's open house!  And, must confess, I had great fun with both designs.  I have the first one to show you today using the new Beautiful You stamp set, which has some gorgeous line art, perfect for coloring with the new Watercolor Pencils.  I actually made two versions of the card -- one with clean lines and one with a bit more carefree feel.  

Here's the first one with clean lines:

This was inspired by Tandra Boyer, who shared a video on a demonstrator Facebook page I belong to about how to mask these images and use watercolor pencils to create a longer skirt for these beautiful ladies.  You can't see from my photo, but in real life, the skirt really sparkles, because I used Wink of Stella all over it!  The lacey line near the greeting is from the Delicate Details stamp set, which is a Sale-a-Bration item you can choose for free when you purchase $50 in merchandise (before shipping & tax).  You can see other choices in the Sale-a-Bration brochure here.

And, here's my more carefree version:

No masking on this one, but used Neutrals Designer Paper for the layer behind the Shimmery White layer with the stamping, and changed the placement of the baker's twine bow (along the spine in the card above, though hard to see because of the photo's dark background).  Also, the Delicate Details stamping along the top is faint (actually a mistake of trying to add the image after I'd used dimensionals to attach the Shimmery White piece to the card -- turns out you only get a good impression near where the dimensionals are!  Ha!  Still, like the vintage-y feel of the partial stamping . . .).

So, which is your favorite version?  Please leave me a comment and let me know.

Can't wait to see what everyone does with these ideas at the Open House!  Hope you'll join the fun!

Thanks so much for visiting!

- Michelle

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Succulent Distractions . . .

Happy Saturday!  So, I've been supposed to be creating my make and take samples for next Sunday's Open House, but I kind of got distracted by the Oh So Succulent stamps and Framelits dies (available in a bundle and save 10%!)  I cut a bunch of pieces last night in some of the colors from the Occasions' Succulent Garden Suite -- Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe -- plus Emerald Envy, Cucumber Crush, Very Vanilla, and I think a scrap of retired Certainly Celery might've snuck it's way into my mix of papers.  I stamped them, and then this morning, woke up and assembled them.  First, I wanted to create a miniature succulent garden in a candy tin.  Here's how that turned out:

I removed the window sheet from the top of the candy tin, filled the candy tin with some (retired, sorry!) Simply Pressed Clay (had thought about dyeing it Tip Top Taupe to look more like soil, but with the bright color of the tin, decided to leave it white and, a little hard to tell from the photos, but I pressed some microbeads into the clay for some extra sparkle).  I added a few Pearl Jewels (colored with Blendabilities) in the center of some of the succulents.  There was some printing around the base of the candy tin, so I covered it with some of the Glitter Washi Tape from last year's Sale-a-Bration to hide that and coordinate with the sparkle in my clay "soil."  

(In case you are curious on size, the tin is 2-1/2" square and about 1/2" deep.  It used to hold green tea mints.  I think it also might be cute to have the garden be contained completely within the tin so that the lid could open to reveal it, but this creation didn't turn out that way.  Maybe next time!).

After I finished my tin, I still had quite a few pieces left, and took some of the 3D pieces and arranged them in a circle.  I die cut some circles with the largest of my Layering Circles Framelits to form a base and used Tombo Multi to attach those flowers to it.  Then, I started layering some flat die cut pieces behind and around the 3D flowers.  I also attached some loops of Linen Thread behind those.  Ultimately, I ended up with this cute little wreath:

Again, I added Pearl Jewels, which I colored to coordinate with the succulents, in the center of some of the plants.  

Which of these projects is your favorite?  Would you be interested in making one or both in a class?  Please leave me a comment and let me know!  I love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

- Michelle

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: Flashback to Christmas!

Happy Friday!  For today's Fabulous Friends Friday, I thought I'd share a sampling of some of the amazing hand crafted holiday creations I received from my crafty friends last month!   

This adorable "nutty or nice?" Mrs. Claus Curvy Keepsake Favor Box came from my friend Joyce:

Connie M. created this serene sleigh scene with the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits and a star from the Starlight Thinlits Dies:

 This elegant card in Navy and Copper was created by Judy-Ann with the Greetings from Santa stamp set:

Diana created this stunning Joyful Christmas card with the "double-time" stamping technique:

This card, featuring the deer ornament from the Merry Tags Thinlits Dies, came from Anu in Finland:

Linda made her beautiful card using the November 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit:

And, Julie used the supplies from her Paper Pumpkin kit to create an alternate design:

If you would like to learn more about Paper Pumpkin or sign up, be sure to click here to go to my Paper Pumpkin website!

Love all these creations!  Thanks so much for them!

And, thank you for visiting my blog!!!

- Michelle

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Up, Up & Away!

Happy 2017!!!  And, yay, it's Sale-a-Bration time!!!  If you haven't had a chance to check out the new Sale-a-Bration brochure and Occasions Catalog, you can do that by clicking on the links either here in the text or in my blog sidebar!

I've been having fun trying out new products, and one of the first things I wanted to try were the Watercolor Pencils!  Here are a few of the first pieces I created with these (and you'll see I have a tin of retired watercolor pencils out in the mix on my desk, too . . . wanted to see how the colors compared!  Turns out the new ones are more true to Stampin' Up!'s colors, and I think they are even smoother, too!  

I decided to use backgrounds I created using a wash of Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive watercolor pencils, scribbled onto Watercolor Paper and then blended with an Aquapainter, as sky for balloons created with the new Lift Me Up Bundle.

The dies make it so easy to cut out colorful balloons.  Here's the back of my balloon, so you can see all the rainbow pieces (that's Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry, layered onto a Pacific Point balloon outline):

And, here are the finished cards:

The clouds were cut using dies from the Up & Away Thinlits.  The greetings are from the Lift Me Up set.  The ovals were created with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (not currently available, but coming back soon . . . ).  Each card also has Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine wrapped around it.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Favorites of 2016!

Happy New Year's Eve!  It'll be a quiet day here, as most of the family is recovering from an energy-sapping cough and cold.  Perhaps that will be an opportunity for some cardmaking . . . my craft table is looking a little too clean at the moment! ;)

Anyway, thought this would be a fun time to look back over this year's creations on my blog and share a favorite from each month!  Here we go:

From January, I chose these cards created with the One Great Year Paper Pumpkin kit:

Really love the watercolor-look prints, and it was so fun to put those together!  I'm looking forward to doing something similar with this month's Paper Pumpkin kit!

While the next one is actually more of a January creation as well, I posted it in February, so I'm going with that!  This is the 13th birthday card I made for my fan of the Doctor:

One of my favorite annual events, the Hostess Appreciation Tea, happened in March this year, and here's one of my favorite projects from that:

In April, my SUper Friends demonstrator group did our first 3x3 card exchange, which resulted in this framed spring artwork sampler:

My favorite project from May was creating these card totes:

Hmm . . . seeing those makes me want to make more!  Maybe with some new papers from the upcoming Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalogs?

June was an exciting time with the release of the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, and my favorite project from that month is this card showing off the then-new 2016-2018 In Colors:

July seems to have been the month for double z fold cards on my blog!  Here's one I created as a thank you for some special baseball coaches:

My favorite project from August is this card made using the Star of Light stamp set and the galaxy technique:

This September project is a favorite in part because of the happy memories of an afternoon spent helping some great kids at the Ronald McDonald house make their own versions of it:

October brought another amazing 3x3 swap with the SUper Friends, and this holiday sampler:

In November, we had the Stitched from the Heart special, which gave us a sneak peek of the new Stitched Shapes Framelits (available again in the 2017-18 Annual Catalog) and inspired me to whip up a batch of cards like this one:

And, for December, I chose this pop-up card -- very thankful to my friend Jana for teaching me how to make these!

Hope you enjoyed this look back at projects from 2016!!!  Looking forward to lots more crafting fun in 2017!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!   Happy New Year!!!

- Michelle

Friday, December 23, 2016

Fabulous Friends Friday: Christmas Creations by Marlene

Happy Friday before Christmas!!!  I have some fabulous projects to share with you that I received recently from another swap with my amazingly talented friend Marlene!  This was a seriously fun box of goodies to open!  Wait until you see all that was in there!

First up, the 3D projects!  This is a Sliding Elf Boxx Marlene created, adapted from a project by Becky Roberts:

Stamp sets used on it include Jolly Friends and Flurry of Wishes.

The next project is an advent countdown -- Isabella was fascinated and had to check it out as I was unwrapping it to take photos:

 Here's the cute tag, with image from the Holly Jolly Layers Hostess set:

 And, out of the packaging (though now only one of those numbers is right! Yikes!  Time flies!):

Marlene adapted this project from a countdown created by Melissa Stout.

Here's a darling Christmas turkey box Marlene created using the Curvy Keepsakes die and some punch art:

Marlene created this adorable Grinch box using the Popcorn Box Thinlets die and Jar of Haunts stamp set (eyes):

Here's a sweet stocking stuffer -- a nail file and candy cane packaged up oh-so-prettily in Sweet Sugarplum (Marlene got the idea for this from Stephanie Kendall Purvis):

The next treat is an adorable Rolo reindeer, made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle (original idea came from Twila Davis):

This box is a creative use of an acetate sleeve leftover from another project using the White Gift Boxes -- Marlene created a box top and bottom for it, and voila:

Marlene also created some gorgeous cards for our swap!  Here is a "Faux Fireplace Scene," CASED from Becky Roberts, and using the Hang Your Stocking Bundle, Pretty pines Thinlits, and Brick Wall embossing folder:

The next card is a clever use for washi tape (inspired by Dawn Olchefske), and Marlene put her Washi tape on Colored Paper for a richer look (it has a sparkly glow from Gold Wink of Stella colored around the tree as well):

Marlene also used the tree die from the Santa's Sleigh Bundle, along with the Cable Knit embossing folder, to create her "faux ugly sweater card":

The next card has some fun embellishing of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper on the outside (Marlene used fine tip glue to add some clear dimension to the red sprinkles on the cookie trees and the gingerbread men's red cheeks):

and opens to reveal this clever pop up:

Marlene's next card is a gorgeous shaker with a Galaxy technique background on the shaker frame:

For this card, which also uses the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, Marlene tweaked a card idea from Gina Anderson, and used a technique from Debbie Henderson for adhering Mika flakes to similar colored paper and then heating them!

 Here's the inside of the card:

This gorgeous card is a "5 Panel Fancy Fold Card" (Debbie Henderson has a tutorial available, which has printable templates to go along with it):

Marlene used the This Christmas Designer Series Paper for this card, along with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits and Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

The next card uses a technique designed to save paper -- the sunburst was cut to a 4 x 4" piece and then that piece was cut in half, the "Joy" piece is like a belly band that fills the space between the two sunburst pieces:

The stamp set used on this card is Joyful Nativity.  The designer paper is from the Floral Boutique package.

And, last but not least, is this "Twisted Gate Fold" (inspired by a card Dawn Olchefske created):

Marlene used This Christmas Designer Series Paper for this card, along with the Christmas Pines Bundle.

Whew!!!  Thanks so much, Marlene, for all these beautiful and inspiring projects!  I'm excited to try out some of these new 3D and fold ideas!!!  How about you?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Merry Christmas!!!

- Michelle