Saturday, June 21, 2014

Make it Monday with Papertrey Ink

Hi all! Hope you are having a great weekend! The four males in our household are off having adventures in North Dakota so my daughter and I have been enjoying a week of silence and fun girly things! Lots of crafting happening. I thought I would participate in this weeks Make It Monday over on the Papertrey Ink blog.
          This weeks theme was all about stamping on embossed images...

          Products: PTI- Just Smile stamp set. Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold        
          Inks, Polka Dot Impression Plate.

          Thanks for taking a peek today! Enjoy the rest if your weekend!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Paradise found

Yep, that's pretty much sums up our spring break trip to Turks & Caicos. It was heavenly. We stayed at the Beaches resort because let's face it, it's the only way we can afford to feed four children (three of which are strapping young "men") on vacation. The all inclusive thing was perfect for us!

The following are two layouts that I created for My Mind's Eye using some photos from this vacation. This first one is one of my latest favorites.

I designed and cut the wave shape with the Silhouette, then I used different pieces of patterned paper that were cut into strips to fill in behind the wave shape. The title and sun were also cut from the Silhouette. (Someday the super nice random person that comes along and offers to take our family photo won't cut us all off at our ankles…until then we will just be super happy to have a family photo albeit with various missing body parts :)  )

So, after I had used the above wave shaped page I had layer the negative shape on my desk next to me and later on when I noticed it sitting there the thought came to mind that it would make a great lizard tail, all I needed to do was turn it upside down! Guess what?! I had a bunch of iguana photos from the trip…the perfect match!

For the spines on the tail I used the new glitter and metallic tapes from the Necessities collection.

Both of these layouts were made using the Now and Then - Izzy line.

Until next time!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jumping for Joy!

Happy hump day! We only have a week and a half of school left here and then it's time for the lake! I can NOT wait! 

Today I have another My Mind's Eye project to share with you. This one features three of my crazy kids and the Cut & Paste-Charm collection.

I started by creating a mask with the Silhouette machine and then sprayed the sun with Mr. Huey's mist starting with a yellow the outer edges and an orange in the center. 

I wanted the word "jumping" to stand out a bit more so I lined around it with a silver pen.

In the above two photos you can see a trace of how I embellished the sun rays with a strip of patterned paper stitched down the center of each one.

Hope you all find your own little piece of joy worth jumping for today. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Mother's Day Cards Part 2

Hey all, thought I would FINALLY come and post the second half of the mother's day cards that I made this year for family. Didn't plan on it taking this long, but sometimes life is going at a rapid and busy pace and before I know it weeks or months have passed.

Both of these cards started with the Botanical Blooms stamps set from Papertrey Ink.

I heat embossed the images onto watercolor paper and then painted them in with water colors. 

First the rose...

Then the sunflower...

Background paper on both of these is from an older My Mind's Eye line - Hazel and Ruby (my most favorite line EVER!!!)

I simply finished them off by drawing a black line around the images to help them stand out a bit more, and added a little sprinkling of sequins.

Hope to see you back here soon, I really do have so many projects left to share!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day part one

Happy Monday all! Hope those of you that are mom's had the greatest day yesterday! Mine was pretty much perfect. Homemade breakfast. Thoughtful, pretty, sweet gifts. Dinner out with my in-laws. Time on the tennis court with two of my kiddos. Chocolate milkshakes to end the day!

Today I have the card that I made for my mom. The inspiration for this came from one of the challenges over at Studio Calico, click HERE to see the mood board. As you can see I went with the color scheme, pops of gold, watercolor, stripes and florals.

I started my masking off the background stripes and then watercolor painted them in. I heat embossed the sentiment with gold and then cut out the word happy and popped it up with pop dots. 

The flowers were die cut, stamped and then the darker pink areas were done with a pink glitter pen. Lastly a couple of gold sequins. For the finishing touch I made a matching envelope.

Stamps are from Papertrey Ink, Ink from Studio Calico, paper for envelope is from My Mind's Eye.

Thanks for taking a peek today. Come back tomorrow for part two, the cards that I made for my mother -in-law and grandmother-in-law.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Quite the Twosome

Happy Monday morning everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend. Ours was full of activities. Tennis match for me, baseball for #3, soccer and rollerskating for #4, ultimate frisbee games for #1, and work for the man of the house.

Today I have a layout that I made for the My Mind's Eye blog.  I used Now and Then: Mildred for this.
Love the touches of metallic gold in the collection.

These two are constantly teasing one another.

The title was cut using my Silhouette.

The labels across the bottom are from the wide decorative tape in the collection. I used them for journaling and then embellished the extra ones.

Have a super Monday everyone!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A brand new look!!!

I'm so excited! The look of my blog has been so outdated for so long! Check it out…brand new and updated!!!! I've dusted off the place and hope to get back to posting projects on a much more consistent basis!

I have a list a mile long of things that need to be shared with you all. Thought I would start doing so today with a card.  A couple of months ago I sustained a minor injury while playing tennis. One of my sweet tennis friends came over to visit with me, brought some wine, showed some rehab stuff, and commiserated with me. Fortunately I was only out for a few weeks and am back and playing! Made this card to thank her for her thoughtfulness!

Started with a blank piece of watercolor paper and painted on some orange, yellow and pink. Stamped the feather with a grey ink.

Heat embossed the gold specks on the feather.

I die cut the sentiment out of watercolor paper and painted the same colors as the background only using an ombrè effect here. The sentiment was also die cut out of some pink card stock and then the two were layered together slightly offsetting them for some added dimension.

Topped it all off with a scattering of sequins and enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by today!