Friday, March 17, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: More Projects by Marlene (With a Wee Bit O' Green)

Hi! Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Today, for Fabulous Friends Friday, I have some more amazing projects from my most recent swap with my super-talented friend Marlene Caravello, and since it is St. Patrick's Day, made sure each of these has at least a little bit of green!

First up is a stationery set, beautifully stamped and packaged, with the Rose Garden Thinlits, Layering Love stamp set, and Floral Phrases Stamp Set, with Mint Macaron for the green:



Next is a fun shaker card, with Cucumber Crush in the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Paper:


with a surprise created using the Balloon Adventures bundle on the inside:



And, well, I'm not sure this card really has green (unless you count the Bermuda Bay and So Saffron color as adding to it), but is a stunning spring card, so couldn't resist sharing anyway:





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Birthday Fiesta Chick Card

Hello!  I have another bright and happy card for you today.  This one combines a couple Sale-a-Bration sets (Hey Chick and Tasty Trucks) with the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper:



Inside, I used the Stylized Birthday stamp (colored with Stampin' Write markers before stamping):



Hope this makes you smile!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hey, Chick! Cards

Hi!  Hope you are having a great Tuesday!  Morning came too early again today as we adjust to our Daylight Savings Time . . . and I feel like I have too many things to do today . . . although it also feels like it will be a great day!  I'm excited to see both boys play ball later today -- the older one has volleyball and the younger one baseball, only slightly overlapping and with an orthodontist appointment in there for the younger one as well!  

Anyway, while the day is still relatively calm, I wanted to pop in here and share some happy cards I made with the Hey, Chick! set -- this is a Sale-a-Bration exclusive, so only available while supplies last or until the end of this month!  

For the first card, I wanted to play with the cute half-hatched egg image and make a card that I think could be a fun thank you, Easter, or maybe even baby card . . . 


The dotted designer paper on the bottom is from the 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper (not just for envelopes!).  The ribbon is Whisper White Organza.  The eggs are colored with Watercolor Pencils and on an oval die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (can you tell I'm getting a lot of use out of those?!!)

For the next cards, I again used Watercolor Pencils and Stitched Shapes Framelits, but with designs from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Pack:





(Can you see the bleach dots on the chicken above?  Such a fun technique!  And, I think on this one I actually colored with Stampin' Write Markers rather before dotting on the bleach.  Shhh . . . Oh, and the "sunshine" is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, cut out of Gold Foil Sheets)



(the die cut behind the chicken on this one is from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits . . . isn't it fun how it coordinates with the swirls on the paper?!)




Hope those made you smile!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Monday, March 13, 2017

Paisley Cat Card

Happy Monday!  How are you?  Whew!  I'm feeling the effects of our "Spring Forward" time change . . . for those of you not subject to Daylight Savings Time, I must say I'm jealous!  :)  Anyway, thankfully, we're having a beautiful sunny day here and that definitely helps (and maybe another cup of coffee will, too!).  

Today, I have a fun card to share with you that I created a couple months back for a Wow! swap.  I'd seen creative people making fish and peacocks out of the Paisley Framelits, and had found some inspiration in a piece with paisley applique animals, which unfortunately seems to no longer be available on the web . . . and from that, decided to try creating a paisley cat with the Paisley Framelits.  Here's how that turned out:





The card base is Island Indigo, and the patterned paper is from the Moroccan Designer Series Paper.  I used Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock for the cat.  The cat is on an oval piece created by layering a Very Vanilla oval cut with a die from the Stitched Shapes on top of a scalloped oval cut with one of the Layering Ovals dies.  A piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim is tied in a bow around the card.

I'm looking forward to creating some more paisley animals!  I'm thinking maybe a bunny next.  What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

- Michelle

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: Five Fantastic Projects by Marlene

Happy Friday!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!  Things are going well here . . . had a great walk with a friend this morning and now am waiting for my youngest to return home from his school science camp.  Have missed him and am looking forward to having him back!!  Not sure his brother feels the same . . . we'll see! ;)

Anyway, I have some fantastic projects to share with you!  Marlene and I have been swapping again, and for Fabulous Friends Friday today, I thought it would be fun to share these five projects with you.  

The first is a beautiful tag Marlene created to go on a special box of fortune cookies for Lunar New Year.  She layered die cuts made with the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create the tag.  The stamps are from the Artistically Asian stamp set.  The ribbon is from the Sale-a-Bration Metallic Ribbon Combo pack.



Marlene also created this cute heart tag, using the Sweet and Sassy Framelits Dies, the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pack.  I love the dimension of the folded and layered hearts in the center as well as the texture!  Such a fun way to dress up a package with love!




The next project is an extended version of the Baker's Box, decorated with paper from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pack, and Red Glimmer Paper die cuts created with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Love Notes Framelits:



It also has a cute tag created with the Sweet and Sassy Framelits Dies, the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and some Wink of Stella for sparkle.  It's attached to the box with a Gold Binder Clip and embellished with some Sending Love Ribbon.


Next is a gorgeous card, created with die cuts from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, some Real Red card stock embossed with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the gorgeous Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (a Sale-a-Bration exclusive -- be sure to get yours before it is too late!):

And, here's the beautifully finished inside:


Last but definitely not least is this amazing "Four Way" free-standing card, featuring the Beautiful You Stamp Set and gorgeous Falling in Love Designer Series Paper:












The paper piecing on the hats and dresses is gorgeous, and I love how Marlene used the Lace Doilies on the spinning heart in the center.  Each side is such a work of art!

Hope you enjoyed these gorgeous projects as much as I am!  Thanks for the fabulous projects, Marlene!!  And, thank you for visiting my blog!

- Michelle


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Paper Pumpkin Treats!

Hi!  I have a Throwback Thursday post for you today, and am sharing projects from two great past Paper Pumpkin kits as part of it.  The first of these are treat bags made with the January 2017 Adoring Arrows kit, which I had so much fun putting together and then handing out to brighten people's Valentine's Day!  Here's the front of the bags:

 And, the back -- I used the gold heart stickers that came in the kit to cover up a mini staple I used to keep the bags closed:

Earlier this week, I also finally had a chance to assemble the What a Gem kit from July 2016.  I decided to sponge color onto the boxes and create an ombre look to them:


These boxes are sponged with Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Cucumber Crush:





For the boxes with the Flirty Flamingo tassels, I used Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder:





If you'd like to create some fun treat boxes like these, there are still some What a Gem kits and refill kits available in the online store!  These are only available while supplies last, so don't miss out!

And, if you aren't already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can find out more about these awesome kits and how you can have them appear in your mailbox each month by clicking here.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Watercolor Carousel Birthday Cards

Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a great day!  I have a couple happy cards for you today -- I made these using the Carousel Birthday stamp set, with backgrounds created on Watercolor Paper with the Watercolor Pencils (Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry), blended with an Aqua Painter.






For the cupcake carousel, I used the coordinating die from the Up and Away Thinlits Dies to cut out the frosting and pop it up for a fun 3D effect.

For the card with the horses, I also used an image from Delicate Details (one of the exclusive Sale-a-Bration items!) and a bow made with the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon from the Succulent Garden Ribbon Pack.

Hope you like these!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle