Hello, Sweeties! I’m sneaking in on an “off” day today to share a project with you all before the family heads out for Yosemite national park tomorrow. It’s going to be a long five-hour drive and a very early start, so once again, sorry for not being around the computer much these days. But then, that’s what long summer days are for, right?
Today I have a mini notecard set to share with you that I made for Authentique. This is the beautiful Radiant collection and the wonderful sentiments are from the Framed Fonts clear stamp set by Avery Elle, our product partner on the Authentique blog this week.
The notecards are rather simple in design, to allow those fun subway art style sentiment images to really shine. Just some Radiant solid foundation paper in the background, layered with a happy, vibrant yellow print. Love that wide striped grosgrain ribbon from May Arts. Definitely helps to anchor the central focal point sentiments.
Layering the sentiment frames with two different label shapes, die cut from Radiant patterned papers, calls lots of extra attention to the images, too, and is a great way to turn a simple sentiment into a dramatic focal point. A few buttons and flowers add a final pop of color. You can find more details, along with lots of other fun Avery Elle projects this week, on the Authentique blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to get around to visit with all of you soon!
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Posted in Authentique Paper, Card Making, Design Team, Sizzix, tagged Accomplished collection, Adventure collection, Alterations, Authentique Paper, Card Making Stack, die cutting tutorial, Frameworks dies, Lattice die, masculine cards, Sizzix tutorial, Tim Holtz, tutorial on July 12, 2014 |
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Hi Sweeties! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a very grungy, rugged card to share with you that combines two of Authentique’s fabulous new summer collections, Adventure and Accomplished.
Out of all of Authentique’s new summer releases, both Accomplished and Adventure struck me as having more masculine prints. And although these collections don’t seem to “go together” very well at first glance, I thought it would be fun to pair the two lines to create a rugged, manly man card for my sweet dad.
I love how this turned out. Sometimes combining the most unlikely elements results in a truly unique and one-of-a-kind design. I had fun getting grungy with ink, paint, and sandpaper here, and experimented with a cool new lattice die from Tim Holtz, too. I took lots of photos of my process to share with you, in case you’d like to give this a try. You can find the full step-by-step tutorial on the Authentique blog here.
Sorry if I’ve been slow in getting around to visit with all of you. I haven’t been spending much time near a computer these last few days. I’m off in California right now, soaking up every little bit of time I get to spend with my family. These moments are precious. Gotta make the most of them. Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend, too.
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Summer is in full swing, and that means vacation plans are in the air. This year I decided to make a mini travel journal for our annual family holiday. It’s the perfect spot for writing down all the details of your trip, and you can easily add photos, sketches, and memorabilia, too.
Not only that, this travel journal is small and lightweight enough to easily carry around with you. A definite bonus when you are traveling.
Love that you can create a journal from scratch, using only a few sheets of paper, in whatever style or design you wish. For my journal, I used the adorable Getaway collection from Echo Park, our fabulous product partners on the Therm O Web blog this month.
The inside of the journal unfolds into a simple notebook made from Bristol sketchbook paper. I used a paper piercer to create holes for a very quick and easy binding. Such a simple design, but the perfect blank slate.
And just in time, too, as our adventure begins tomorrow! I am ready to make some memories.
If you are interested in learning how I created my travel journal, stop by the Therm O Web blog. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial and supply list up there.
And have you heard the news? Therm O Web is having a contest. A Crafty Corners Contest!
We’re challenging you to create a project with our Decorative & GlitterDust Corners! Plus we’re giving away some $$ to the lucky winners! Click here for all the details.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day.
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Posted in Authentique Paper, Card Making, Design Team, Sizzix, tagged Alterations, Authentic Life Cards, Authentique Paper, Bow-Tied decorative strip die, diy gift wrap, gift set, Pretty Pink Posh, Radiant collection, Tim Holtz on July 7, 2014 |
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This week on the Authentique blog, we are showcasing projects created with our newest summer collections along with lots of pretty sequins from our product partner, Pretty Pink Posh!
As many of you know by now, I am a huge fan of pretty packaging, and I love to make my own gift sets using my stash of papercrafting supplies.
It’s so easy to do, and is way less expensive than store-bought gift wrap. Better yet, with handmade packaging, you can customize your gifts to perfectly suit any theme or occasion. For my mother’s recent birthday, I put together this bright and happy Radiant set that totally captures her bright and happy spirit.
One of my favorite tricks with gift wrap is to alter an existing plain box, like I did here. It just takes a minute or two to add patterned paper to the top and sides of the lid, then dress them up with die cuts, bows, and a bit of trim.
I added in some of the new Authentic Life Cards, and pretty die cut bows made with the Tim Holtz Bow Tied decorative strip die. Love how the sequins turn this gift set into an instant party.
You can find more details about today’s project on the Authentique blog. Be sure to leave a comment while you are there to get entered in this week’s fabulous prize drawing, too. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all had a wonderful long holiday weekend!
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Hi Sweeties, and happy Wednesday! So glad you could stop by for a visit. I have a fun project to share with you featuring Authentique’s new summer collection, Adventure. Last week, I shared a card showing the softer, more feminine side of Adventure, and today, I’m going to show you its rugged side.
Adventure is a very campy, outdoorsy collection, and I thought it would be the perfect line of papers for a rustic summertime wall hanging. This little guy with its “fresh catch of the day” is dressing up the back of my kitchen door for the season.
I don’t do a lot of camping or fishing these days, but this little hanging makes me smile. I may not camp much now, but this sure brings back some happy childhood memories.
I love to use recycled materials in my home decor pieces, and old cardboard boxes are one of my all-time favorite bases for projects like these. Since shipping boxes come in all shapes and sizes, the creative possibilities are endless.
I made a simple pattern for the fish, layered two pieces together, and stuffed them with fluff before stitching them closed. The bit of padding gives them weight and a little lifelike dimension. I’ve got the full tutorial and step-by-step directions up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day.
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Posted in BasicGrey, Design Team, Sizzix, tagged BasicGrey, die cutting, Grand Bazaar collection, Marisa Pawelko, mini envelopes, Modern Surrealist, Sizzix Originals Die Mini Envelope, Sizzix Originals Die Thought Talk Bubbles on June 23, 2014 |
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Hi my friends, and happy Monday to you! I’ve got a fun project up on the Sizzix blog today to share with you. A set of sweet mini envelopes made with a brand new line of Sizzix dies by Marisa Pawelko.
Marisa’s Modern Surrealist collection is brand new this month and is filled with vibrant, playful die shapes. Marisa’s personal specialty is creating duct-tape jewelry and fashion pieces, and this line definitely represents her whimsical style. I used her adorable Mini Envelope die here to create a pair of fun little notes, just the perfect little size for slipping into a lunch box or pocket to brighten someone’s day with a special message from home.
I am a sucker for teeny tiny packages, and these new Mini Envelopes have got to be the cutest little things ever.
Marisa’s new Thought Talk Bubbles die shapes are the perfect size for fitting inside the mini envelopes. I stamped love notes onto my die cuts and slipped them inside before tucking the envelope flap closed.
I think the Mini Envelopes are absolutely adorable all on their own, but they are also super easy to incorporate into other projects, too. Why not add them to a card, like I’ve done here?
Love how easy these dies are to work with. They only take a minute to cut and assemble. I’ve got a quick tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more. And I’m also super excited to be able to share a special discount code with you, my blog friends, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)
Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
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