Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Pep Rally Featuring : Homecoming!

The Clique Kit for this month is amazing, love the papers and trimmings, I've just started cutting in to them and stamping with my Julie Nutting doll stamps, this month I made an art journally page to get out some feelings.November has been a really hard month for me since 2011. I lost my spouse of over 15 years that November and after therapy and restarting my life, I still have trouble with feeling very down towards the big holiday season. I find that writing things down, coloring, playing with artful supplies and most recently knitting really help me deal with these. So I sat down with this beautiful kit, made a cute paper doll and wrote out the things I was feeling.

Today's pep rally lineup is supersized so HAVE FUN!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Homecoming... My November 2014 Clique Kit

I hope you are heavily into your holiday crafting folks! I am knitting gifts this year and am really close to being finished with my gifts that need to be mailed out. You'll have to friend me on IG or Ravelry to see what I'm working on now... but here is my November Kit video, I have one art journally type layout made from this kit, I'll try to get some photos this afternoon and have it up for Saturday's post... I've been playing with some new stamps and can't wait to share with you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Easiest Tag EVER!!!

You might even think it's too simple to post, but I wanted to as a reminder that you don't have to get wild with technique or spend a ton of money to get something quite lovely and worthy of gifting... or gift decorating:

I made this tag to go with a handmade gift. I LOVE this tag. The kraft tag is a premade tag from my stash. I used this Elle's Studio stamp set that I got from Clique Kits, they have great stuff in their store. The ribbon was from my stash. The stamp is embossed with Zing Red glitter embossing powder and it really creates a fantastic look.

Have you started holiday crafting yet?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Have a Sweet Halloween.

When I began this blogpost I had a sentence like "I wish I had put some candy images on this card" and then I thought that I could just add some candy and rephotograph my card so here it is! This card features papers and sequins from the Simon Says Stamp October Card kit. I really like their card kits and this is the second one I have purchased so far. I combined it with THREE of my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp sets and came up with this card.

The unicorn is from Critters Ever After and is one of my most used sets, the witch's hat is from Hat's Off as is the halloween part of the sentiment. The have a sweet and the candy images come from Sweet Christmas.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get Happy Card 1

I fell in love with the Gossamer Blue Get Happy Christmas line this year! I couldn't WAIT for it to ship, I even signed up for their newsletter so I could order it asap, which I did! And I even made a video to share with everyone the pieces of the collection that I got.

This is the first card that I have made with this kit and I am SO HAPPY with the way it has turned out!!

I even videoed the creation of this card in case you'd like to see it. I did go extra heavy with the embossing powder bag, sorry about that...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Hanukkah Critter Shaker Tag Attempt 1

It's no secret that I love watching youtube for inspirational videos... in particular stamping videos. ONE of my favorite people to watch is Nichol Magourik and I watched this video recently and have been obsessed with trying to make a shaker tag ever since.

I don't own any lovely dies with stitching around the edge to make my tags, but I do own a silhouette and I had some unusual tag shapes already in my library and I used one of them. I cut out several tags using the Teresa Collins Urban Market papers that were included in my Clique Kits Hanukkah Kit

I sized my tags as large as I dared and cut them out both with the window and some backing shapes without the window. I also cut a few of the exact same shape out of plain white cardstock so that I could reinforce those Teresa Collins papers. I used one of the plain white pieces of the cutout space to stamp my images, I used post-its to mask off my images to build up my scene. I colored in the narwhal and the ice with copic markers, then masked those areas off again and used Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans distress inks as my background for the sea and sky. Then I put the shaker card front over the back and sort of inlaid the colored images. Then I put foam tape all round the edges of my stamped shape and cut some clear packaging material for my window, dumped in some glittery snow and a star of David from the Hanukkah kit, then carefully attached my clear window to the front and placed the front of my tag over the back. Wha la--- it was ready and it worked, the stuff shakes around!!
I did feel that the top of the tag was a bit empty so I found my Paper Smooches Kibitzing Icons stamps and put eight candles with flames across the top and I thought it looked pretty good, I did see after I had put my tag together that there was some schmutz on my little narwhal and I also got some stray ink on top of the tag, but I'm begging forgiveness as this is my first attempt. I want to make some more shaker tags, they are CUTE!! LOVE IT! Thanks so much for looking!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bootiful Girls

This kit made the most of my October kit Masquerade Ball from Clique Kits, I used a ton of the ephemera as layering pieces, some stickers, one of those awesome glittery hearts you could get as an add on and I even discovered that the Shimelle rub-ons in the store will stick to that lovely glittery heart!! I used one of the exclusive journalling cards for my journalling (weird, I know) and those stickers, I just couldn't get enough of those October afternoon stickers... I gave up on keeping them straight because that just wasn't important to me... 

These were my pets in 2008. While the kitty Sayuri doesn't look thrilled, she actually liked wearing "clothes" perhaps shirts and things rather than this jingly jester collar... but they looked so cute together. I found my inspiration for the diagonal papers on the layout here at yt, but I also saw one of the CK designers got inspired with a similar layout from IG on yesterday's blog share.