A Few Good Things with BasicGrey

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AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden GoodThingsSetOne of my favorite things to give my mom for Mother’s Day is a set of handmade cards. She loves pretty cards, and loves to mail them out for every occasion, and since she doesn’t make any herself, she always appreciates getting some of mine.

AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden GoodThingsSet2For a special event like Mother’s Day, I wanted to make sure to create a special packaging to present my gift in. This card folio is perfect for holding a set of cards and envelopes, with pockets on the inside, and ties closed easily with a bit of your favorite ribbon. I created the folio with gorgeous papers from the new Tea Garden collection, which I know my mother is going to love.

AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden GoodThingsSet3Untie the ribbon, and the folio folds open to reveal two side flap pockets that fit cards on one side, and envelopes on the other. For the cards, I used the beautiful BasicGrey/Hero Arts Tea Garden stamps to create a set of soft watercolor cards with a slight vintage flair. I’ll share more details on these cards, along with all the steps and directions on a special post on National Scrapbook Day.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I Am Grateful with Simple Stories

Hi everyone, and happy Friday! Yay for the weekend, right? I know I am always grateful when the weekend rolls around. So I thought today would be the perfect day to share this fun thank you card I made recently for the Simple Stories blog, featuring the adorable I Am collection.

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I absolutely adore the script font of this beautiful wood veneer sentiment, and wanted to make it the focal point of my card. Love the large size and how it takes center stage in this simple card design. I decided to alter the wood veneer a bit, to make it stand out even more.

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The Wood Veneers are beautiful in their natural state, but are also super easy to alter and embellish to create your own unique embellishments. The “grateful” sentiment piece used here was colored with a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker, which was a perfect match for one of the striped 4×6 SN@P cards from the collection. It only took a minute to color, and I love how the sentiment really pops off the card now, especially layered against a bit of black paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad.

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A smaller 3×4 SN@P Card and papers from the 6×6 pad make up the base of the card. I wrapped the card with yellow twine and added a chipboard flower to the bow. Then to help frame the focal sentiment, I added a few small flowers from the Wood Veneers, this time colored with markers and given a coat of glossy accents. Love how the wood finish looks with all that shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

 

A Doodlebug Smile with Sizzix

Hello, hello my friends! Happy Wednesday. Today I have a cute little smile to share with you. A fun watercolor smile card I made this week for the Sizzix blog using new Doodlebug Designs stamps, embossing folders, and dies.

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I am really excited that Sizzix has been coming out with more and more coordinating stamp and die sets lately. This month, Sizzix is releasing several new sets from Doodlebug Designs, which I couldn’t wait to play with. Isn’t this little birdie just adorable?

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The bird is from the new A Little Birdy Told Me Framelits stamp and die set. I have been crushing on watercoloring lately, so that is what I did here, using a variety of Distress ink pads.

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I nestled a few tags shapes for some framework for my birdie. Added a new Sizzix stamp sentiment and a bit of Tim Holtz greenery, too. The papers are from BasicGrey’s beautiful new Tea Garden collection.

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The background is another fun new product from Doodlebug that Sizzix is releasing this month. A woodgrain embossing folder, done up in a bit more watercolor Distress. I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Life’s Moments with Ranger Ink

Hi everyone, and happy Monday! Today is a very happy day for me! I’m so excited and honored to share that I am guest posting over on the Ranger Ink blog with a fun, inky project featuring the gorgeous new Flower Garden stamp set by Tim Holtz.

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I think of all the amazing new Tim Holtz product that has come out from CHA this year, this Flower Garden stamp set has got to be my favorite. I absolutely love the mixture of flowers and stems included in this set, and the simple outline stamp images lend themselves beautifully to lots of different coloring techniques.

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I have been quite smitten with watercoloring recently, so of course that is what I did on today’s card. I love the loose, organic flow you get with watercolors and how each piece ends up being just a little bit different than the others. By far, my most favorite way to watercolor is with Ranger Distress Ink, as there are so many amazing colors to choose from, and of course they blend beautifully.

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I used a variety of Distress colors here, but mostly I was excited to try out a couple of the new 2015 Distress colors for the very first time… Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. Ohmyword, so beautiful!

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I threw in a bit of metallic Distress Spray Stain, and lots of layers of paper, vellum, and matching Core’dinations cardstock. A metal Word Band, and some Tim Holtz Jute String, too.

If you’re interested in learning more, I have the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

My Creative Time 42nd Edition Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone, and welcome to the My Creative Time 42nd Edition Release Blog Hop! All of the wonderful products you’ve been seeing in the sneak peeks throughout this past week are now available for purchase at the My Creative Time shop, and today we are celebrating with another look at all the amazing new stamps and dies from this month’s release. I am so excited to have had the opportunity to play along this week, and join you now for this blog hop. I have a very cute card to share with you, a fun watercolor creation made with two new die sets and coordinating stamps.

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I have been loving the soft, washed look of watercolors lately, so for today’s project, I pulled out some of my favorite Distress Inks to create a pretty pastel backdrop for my fun birthday scene. This is the adorable new Thanks for the Lift stamp and die set, along with the new Fun Stitched Clouds dies.

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One of my favorite things about the new Fun Stitched Cloud dies is that the stitched detail goes around both the inside and the outside of the dies. So whether you use the positive or the negative shapes, or a mixture of both like I did here, you will see the stitched lines. I love that bit of extra detail.

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I did some inlay die cutting here, and layered my images and papers at different heights using foam dots to add depth and movement to my card. The airplane and banner have been stamped and water-colored, and die cut with the matching dies. The small star dies from the Thanks for the Lift set were scattered about for a last little added touch.

And now, here’s a full look at the two new sets I used today.

 

Next stop along the hop is Leanne. And don’t forget, you can find all of the release information, along with prize and giveaway details, discount codes, and the complete hop line-up back at the My Creative Time blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

*Sneak Peek Week- My Creative Time 42nd Edition Release

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! It’s sneak peek week over at My Creative Time for their 42nd Edition Release, and I am excited to be joining in on the fun today with a special guest designer project. Today is day three of the peeks, and Emma is showcasing two fabulous new products today, Fun Stitched Clouds and The Sky is the Limit.

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The Sky is the Limit is an adorable new stamp set that has the hot air balloon you see here, as well as a variety of hearts, banners, and sentiment images, along with a set of coordinating dies. I used just one of the banners, the balloon, and a love themed sentiment to create a sweet little mini notecard that would be great for an encouragement card, a friendship card, or a love note for that special someone in your life.

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The hot air balloon was stamped and colored with pencils, then die cut with the coordinating die. I popped the balloon up with foam adhesive to give it that look of floating in air. Tucking a pair of Fun Stitched Clouds die cuts behind the balloon really helps add that expansive feeling of sky, too.

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I die cut one of the banners from white cardstock, and added a sentiment image and a bit of ink to the edges, and folded the ends at the points where the banner would naturally wave. Adhered the banner after applying a coat of Glossy Accents to the balloon, using a bit more foam adhesive for depth. The tiny heart die cut is also included in the set, and it, too, got a glossy finish. I used the previously released Scalloped Oval dies to create a quick and easy hill for the bottom of my panel, and then applied both green and blue Distress inks to blend the grass and sky.

 

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma is giving away a free set of today’s new products to one lucky commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment here, then pop over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the rest of the team has for you. Remember, as always, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Sizzix Tutorial- Let’s Explore

Hi everyone, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today I have a quick Sizzix tutorial to share with you featuring new Tim Holtz Alterations dies from the March release.

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Tim’s March release is all about exploration and travel, and is filled with fun global inspired products. I used three of his new sets here, mixed with an earthy palette of Distress and Idea-ology to create a shabby, grungy travel card that’s perfect for someone setting off on a vacation, or starting a new journey in life.

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This is the Postage Dots Thinlits and Mini Airplane & Cloud Movers & Shapers from the March release. And the sentiment is from the new Adventure Words Block Thinlits set. I added lots of layers of Core’dinations Distress cardstock, and some Idea-ology Wallflower patterned paper and Thrift Shop Ephemera, too. Remnant Rubs add a bit of extra detail as well.

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I love the way the world looks in miniature when viewed from the window of an airplane. Almost like a giant patchwork quilt. And that’s exactly what this panel die cut with the new Postage Dots die reminded me of, and what I tried to re-create on my card. I really adore the rich, earthy color I got using some of my favorite colors of Distress.

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To create my main panel, I die cut the larger Postage Dots die from manila cardstock using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

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The Postage Dots die pierces all those tiny holes you see separating the sections.. but as often the case with such intricate dies, some of the tiny pieces may be left behind. That’s where a new Sizzix tool, the Die Brush, comes in mighty handy.

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Simply lay your die cut down onto the foam pad included in the kit, and roll over the top with the die brush. The bristles of the brush get down into the cuts and grooves, and remove all the tiny pieces for you.

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Then my panel was ready for color, which I applied by masking off each section with post-it notes, and inking with a Ranger ink blending tool. Once each section was colored, I lightly spritzed the panel with water to blend and bloom the ink.

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The sentiment lettering was die cut also from manila cardstock using the Sizzix sandwich mentioned above, and inked with blue Distress. I used the positive letter cuts from the Word Blocks dies, but you could just as easily use the negative space to create some fun and unique title work. The airplane and cloud were die cut using Tim Holtz Grungeboard. Since the Mini Airplane & Cloud dies are Movers & Shapers dies, you will need to use the Movers & Shapers Base Tray and this die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Base Tray, die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

I inked and painted the airplane and cloud, then added a shiny coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Added them to my card using foam adhesive. Then finished off with a few rubs and a bit of twirled string for the plane’s contrail.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Supplies:

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Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK – Mini Airplane & Cloud

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Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK – Adventure Words: Block

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Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK – Postage Dots

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Sizzix Movers & Shapers Accessory – Base Tray, L

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Sizzix Accessory – Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies

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Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

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Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)