Wednesday, September 2, 2015

You're Berry Sweet - SCS Baker's Dozen Swap Week #7

I just cleaned out the front porch and look what I found?  Eek! This envelope is an old one based on my partner Dawn's sweet note inside.

I truly love the way she uses washi tape.  She must love it the way I love patterned paper! It was so sweet of her to send me some washi tape! I have no idea where to buy this.  Everything I see at Michael's doesn't appeal to me as it's all Recollections stuff.

Here's the inside of the card that she decorated too! I really need to start doing the insides like her and another one of my blog mates, Kelly, does.

At this point, it's week 9 and we're heading into the last 1/3 of our swap.  I'm so not ready for this to be over because I'm having so much fun receiving fun mail every week!

Thanks Dawn! And thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 Resolution (4th Quarter) Review

Happy September 1st everyone!

Today is the first day of the last quarter of the year, so I thought it was time for me to review the crafting resolutions I had set out for myself to complete at the beginning of the summer here in this June post.

I'm definitely blogging lots more, playing along with blog hops and blog card challenges for sure.

2015 Crafting Resolutions - I'm in catch up mode when it comes to learning the latest trends in techniques, product uses and layout stylistic designs. The following are trends that I'm dying to try!

  1. No Line Stamping using watercolors. 
  2. Bokeh Technique. 
  3. Use Gelatos. (Need to purchase from Michael's with a coupon.)
  4. String Circular accent. 
  5. Ombre stamping. 
  6. Paper Piece Stamping.
  7. Slanted / Askew bottom / top border. Done, but would like to try different versions. 
  8. Speech bubble top border. (Need to purchase speech border die from Cat's Pajamas.) 
  9. Create 5 different cards from SU From the Herd. (1 out of 5 done.) 
  10. Create 5 different cards from SU Fifth Avenue.  (1 out of 5 done.)
  11. Stacked nesting dies. Done.
  12. Watercolor background. Done, but still need to keep practicing. 
  13. Use sequins. Done.
  14. Use same stamp for focal point with color and in subtle background.
  15. Use sweet animals, in addition to recreating Far Cry (video game) themed elephant!
  16. Watercolor medium for coloring in flowers/roses. Done.
  17. Continue using up Swap Returns. 
  18. Continue using up cardstock/patterned paper scraps
  19. Create home made project kits to use up pre-owned embellishments/papers/stamps. 
  20. Participate in at least one virtual stamping event at SCS. Done.

Looks like I've got half of them done and have another 10 to go.

I need to add one more resolution though, since I bought a new stamp set and need to resolve to make at least 5 cards with that.

    21.  Create 5 different cards with Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and dies. (2 out of 5 done)

Can't believe Fall is upon us already.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amazing Grace Will Bring Us Through #StampinUp #TravelsAbroad #Verve #AmazingGrace #PlainJane

Had a bit of time to play this morning so whipped this one up using my long coveted SU set, Travels Abroad. Yes, it came out in 2003, and this is just the 2nd time I've used it.  The first time was on my Shenpa card made a month or two ago?  Lol, so yes, I'm still coveting this set since 2003!

I loved this alternating ink color in today's new Muse inspiration, so decided to replicate my repetitive stamped image design of the previous Shenpa card with the Venus de Milo image.

I decided to stay with just SU Real Red and Brilliant Blue to keep with the Viva La France theme of the Venus de Milo; My image only allowed a row of 3 images instead of the 5 in the original inspiration card.  I was playing around with my brand new bottle of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine spritzer and decided to use that piece of "scrap" to play as background to my trio of Venus de Milo's.

Here is today's Muse Challenge #131 Inspiration by Carol Mane:

I wish I had feather stamps; That's one trend I missed out on during my 4 year hiatus.  I loved the colors she's very reminiscent of Basic Grey colors.

P.S. If my Baker's Dozen Partner is reading this: Dawn, I used Glossy Accents this time to secure the sequins.  Keeping my fingers crossed that the sequins are truly secure! 

"Amazing Grace" Card
Paper: Recollections CS; SU Brilliant Blue CS
Stamps: SU Travels Abroad; Verve Plain Jane "Amazing Grace" 
Ink: SU Brilliant Blue; SU Real Red
Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine; Darice Sequins
Size: 4.25" x 5.5" rectangular 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Washi Chevron Anyone? SCS Baker's Dozen Swap - Week #6

It's been awhile since I've posted and honestly since I've been crafty.  In the meantime, I'm getting lots of lovely mail from my SCS Baker's Dozen Swap partner Dawn.

I received this bejeweled washi tape chevron card last week and am just getting around to bragging about my swap partner.

This girl is seriously showing me all kinds of ways to use washi tape!! I only own two rolls. Guess I better get on it and get my collection going.

We're entering the second half of our Bakers Dozen Swap and I can't tell you how much I'm loving getting something delightful in the mail instead of just junk mail and bills.

Thank you so much Dawn!! I love it!


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