October 5, 2017

Magical Goodness + Studio Calico's Starlight

I love all things Disney. That's pretty obvious if you take a closer look around here. It's a place that we travel to almost every year and I have so many photos and memories from this magical place. I love that Studio Calico's Starlight kit was perfect for some of those stories. Let me share a few.

This one from Disney California. And yes, I realize I misspelled California - a nice little dose of humility for this spelling snob is what that is. Unfortunately, it was all filmed and posted before I noticed so it's here to stay! As a consolation, there is a video on how it all came together (misspelling and all):



Next, we have a project life page with some Magic Kingdom photos that I love from a few years ago:

And then there's this one from Disney's Typhoon Lagoon park. My favorite waterpark of all time!

And then there's this little oddball. I used the Fall Document add on to document these photos from the pumpkin patch last year. I have to get in at least a little bit of the current season in there!

These were all my project for the Studio Calico gallery this month. Mostly magical, with a side of fall goodness! Thanks for stopping by.





Neat & Tangled Final Reveal Day | Fa La La Lama

Hey there, welcome to the final day of the October Neat and Tangled release. Today we have the cute Fa La Llama stamp and steel die set along with the circles background die! This one is all about a funny pun and a very different spin on a holiday card.



I used the Neat and Tangled Circles Steel Die to set the background of the card. I then filled in each hole with bits of brightly colored cardstock. The cute llama from the Fa La La stamp set was watercolored with Distress Inks and placed in the center of the card. The final touch is the pun - my favorite part!


Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Hello Winter stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite stamp from this release was. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

October 4, 2017

Neat & Tangled Release Day 3 | Hello Winter

Hey there, welcome to the third day of the October Neat and Tangled release. Today we have the Hello Winter stamp and steel die set along with the large background stamp! This one is all about whimsical winter and bold color.


I used the Neat and Tangled Hellow Winter stamp set to stamp a sentiment in shades of blue right in the center of the card. The large blocks of color were created with the background stamp and the same shades of blue. The steel die was used to cut the title in teal and cobalt. Finally, a few enamel dots were used to add some texture.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Hello Winter stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite thing about the winter season is! Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

October 3, 2017

Sunny Studios + Decorating your Christmas Mantle

It's that time of the year again when we start planning out holiday cards! Christmas is my favorite season to send handmade cheer to those I love.  Let's take a closer look at the Fireplace Shaped Steel Die Set. 




I created this card starting with a white fireplace background. This gave me a nice, clean slate to work on. To decorate, I began with the inside of fire pit and created a bold, colorful look with "bricks" in aqua tones and gray. Next, I stamped the sentiment in the upper right hand corner of the mantle. The flames and logs were layered in the center of the fire pit and give the card a touch of warmth. A few red stocking were hung with care, some with candy cane treats and an enamel heart. A sprig of holly stamped from the Christmas Icons set finishes off the card.



Decorating mantles of all different types is a fun way to use the Fireplace Shaped Steel Die Set. You can go with traditional red bricks or give it a playful aqua twist - customization is endless here!



SUPPLIES:  Fireplace Shaped Steel Dies | Christmas Icons Stamp Set | Playful Polar Bears Stamp Set

Neat & Tangled Release Day Two | Holiday Truck Steel Dies

Hey there, welcome to day two of the October Neat and Tangled release. Today we have the large Truck Steel Die Cut. This is an extended die and requires long plates. It creates the cutest little trucks that can hold candy, small toys and holiday notes. 




It creates the cutest little trucks that can hold candy, small toys and holiday notes. 



Here's an example of a small white truck I created using the die. I stamped it with a subtle blue snowflake print and a sentiment right on the truck. The Neat and Tangled Get Yeti stamp set was used to create two little snow friends peeking out of the window. This is a simple, fun Christmas project perfect for all of your holidays needs!

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Truck Steel Die set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite holiday treat is. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of all of the winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

October 2, 2017

Neat & Tangled October Release Day 1 | Get Yeti for Christmas!

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the October Neat and Tangled release. The first stamp set up is called Get Yeti and it's all about whimsical winter and Christmas.  I love all of the different scene possibilities included in this set. Icons likes these that are easy and fun to color are my favorites.


I used the Neat and Tangled Get Yeti stamp set to create this fun Christmas themed card. The base of the card was created by blending Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade. There's a bit of green where the yellow overlapped with the blue. Next, a scene was created with a giant yeti peeking from behind purple mountains at this wintery scene. The stamped icons were all watercolored using Distress Ink. A christmas sentiment stamped in black at the bottom of the card and a sprinkle of clear sequins mimicking snow complete the card.



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Get Yeti stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite watercolor brand is. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

September 27, 2017

One Stamp | Two Looks by Neat & Tangled


Crisp air, pumpkin spice everything and cozy sweaters - it's that time of the year! What better way to celebrate the season than to create a handful of Fall cards with a token of gratitude. Let's take a closer look at the Oak Leaf stamp and steel die set and how we can create traditional and nontraditional greetings with the same set.
This is our traditionally colored Fall card. The background was created with a wash of Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks. The steel Oak Leaf die was used to cut an intricate white leaf for the center of the card. A vellum banner grounds the sentiment and a sprinkle of sequins adds movement to the card. I wrapped some twine around the card a few times to lend to the fall feel.

This is the complete opposite of our traditional card. The bold colors are eclectic, bold and fun. Two intricate leaves were cut in hot pink and white and layered in the center of the card. To fill in the white leaf, bits of cardstock were used to back the design and give it a stained glass look. The design is very similar to the traditional card with the sprinkle of sequins and banner sentiment, yet it has such a different feel.



And there you have it - two totally different looks with the same Oak Leaf stamp set. Color can make all the difference in the world!



September 22, 2017

Sunny Studio New Release Blog Hop + Birthday Celebration Giveaway!


Hey there and welcome to the birthday celebration of one of my favorite stamp companies - Sunny Studio! I'm a huge fan of the whimsical feel of this company's style. Now in honor of today's celebration, let's take a look at one of the new holiday releases! 

The official release is on September 29th but in honor of their birthday, the new products will available as a pre-order HERE this morning!  Be sure to use the code "CELEBRATE" through October 1st to receive 15% off your order.



I used the new Polar Playmates Stamp and Steel Die Set to create this card of wintery goodness. There are sentiments included to make it a holiday, birthday or generic card. I love that!



To create the card use watercolor paper and a wash of Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. Add a layer of frosty snowflakes from the stamp set in pigment inks right over the watercolored background for a cool patterned background. All of the stamped images were watercolored with Distress Inks and layered to create a scene. The fish were glued to embroidery string for a fun, textured element. A brush of Wink of Stella over the white caps of the igloo and a sprinkle of sequins finishes of the card.

I also have a $25 gift code for you today. I will chose a random winner from the comments. Tell me which of the new release sets is your favorite and you are entered! All winners will be announced on the Sunny Studio blog on Friday, September 29th. Good luck! 

For more chances to win, be sure to visit all of the designers in today's celebration:

September 13, 2017

Scrapbook Process Video: Stamping & Scrapbooks

I've been filming some process videos again and I started with the Studio Calico Starlight Kit and stamps this time around. I started out with a photo from Disneyland (naturally!) and some of my favorite patterns from this month's kit to create an interesting, colorful layout that's fun and easy to make. 

I used a sprinkle of buttons and strong shapes to create movement. That and a few tips on how to bring more stamping into your scrapbook layouts. Take a look at how the layout came together in the video below.


Tips & Tricks:
  • For a quick and easy way to get all of your stamped text centered perfectly, remember to stamp first, then glue. It's much easier to center your paper elements around a pre-stamped image or sentiment. 
  • Emphasize the repetition of shape in your design. Nothing adds more fun to a layout than a burst of floating circles. Emphasize the circular design with alphabet stickers, buttons, or sequins. 
  • Add a final layer of texture to your layouts with a sprinkling of buttons, sequins, or enamel shapes. The final touch is an important one! 


Creating colorful pages with textured elements is a fun way to tell a story! Thanks so much for stopping by and watching today. Now go break out your "Starlight" Kit and get to creating!



September 12, 2017

Personalized Color | Felicity Jane Heidi Kit



I love the fall feel of this month's Felicity Jane kit, Heidi. The first thing that caught my eye was those beautiful colors in the solid cardstock sheets. I knew that I wanted to highlight them and put them to good use! Since I was thinking about color, the idea to create little paint chips came to mind. What better way to showcase color than to create a custom, pretty palette of fall hues.



I created white boxes that are 1.5" wide by 1.35" tall, placing custom titles in the lower half. This personalized the story and embellishment. Using a very plain bolded Arial font for the title at the top is key in creating a nice clean look just like the Pantone color chips. I repeated the date at the bottom to keep the chips uniform. Gathering all the bits of color and spacing them to create a background layer for the focal photo to lay on was the key in this design.



To place some weight just behind the photo, I used a tag and envelope to ground the title and add a bold pop of blue to the layout. The script yellow title is held in place by the aqua strip die cut and the pretty yellow flower. To add a bit of design flair, I added a tassel attached with embroidery floss to the tag. This gives this area a pop of movement and something fun!



A sprinkle of circle die cuts (a contrasting shape), hexagon wood veneer and some left over puffy triangles completes the design. That scattering gives the boxy background so much needed movement. Contrasting shape is an easy way to achieve that.


Custom paint chips can be used in so many ways. Think of the possibilities for birthday, Christmas and baby layout. When you are looking for a clever way to put the kit solids to work - create a color chip!

September 7, 2017

Neat and Tangled September Release Day 4 | Merry Kisses for Fall

Hey there, welcome to the fourth day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The last stamp set up is called Merry Kisses with it's holiday charm and warmth. It's perfect for creating beautiful cards for the season. I will definitely be using these for some Christmas cards this year but I wanted to try something a little different with this set. I challenged myself to use the set to make a Fall card and this is what I came up with.



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Merry Kisses stamp set to create this fun watercolored card. The scene background of the card was  was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber. The leaf was cut using the white cardstock and the Oak Leaf Steel Die.  This made a great place to ground the warm hugging wolves image which was colored with Distress Inks. Finally, a sprinkle of sequins was added across the design.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Merry Kisses stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite fall tradition is. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by!

September 6, 2017

Neat and Tangled September Release Day 3 | Landscape Textures + Watercolors

Hey there, welcome to the third day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The third stamp set up is called Landscape Textures and it's full of some beautiful patterns. It's perfect for making interesting backgrounds and combining those with ink washes.




To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Landscape Textures stamp set to create this fun watercolored card. The scene background of the card was stamped with the dots from the Landscape Textures set several times and embossed with white embossing powder. After drying it was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet. This really made that dot pattern pop! The sentiment was stamped from the You're Pretty stamp set and embossed in white to match the dots. Finally, a sprinkle of sequins was added across the design.



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Landscape Textures stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite pattern is from the set. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by!

September 5, 2017

Sunny Studios Pretty Layered Pumpkins

Welcome to Fall! I can't believe it's time for pumpkin spice everything and the season of gratitude. It's one of my favorite times of the year to create homemade goodness. Let's start by combining beautifully layered Pretty Pumpkins and warm Autumn Greeting from these seasonal stamp sets.


To create card, I used Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade to create a soft, ink blended background. Next, the pumpkin was stamped several times with pigment ink in several shades of orange. The stem and leaves were stamped in a bright grass green for contrast. Last, the sentiment was centered and stamped with Versafine Ink in Black Onyx. A glitter enamel dot in the center of the leaf completes this simple, warm design. 



Take a look at the Pretty Pumpkins stamp set for all of your warm Thanksgiving wishes. The layered stamps are fun and easy to use, plus they create the most beautifully shaded pumpkins. The Autumn Greeting stamp set is the perfect compliment for this pumpkin patch!

Neat and Tangled September Release Day 2 | Holiday Baking

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The second stamp set up is called Holiday Baking and it's chock full of heartwarming Christmas images. It's perfect for making holiday cards with an extra dose of charm and cozy.



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Holiday Baking stamp set to create this fun watercolored card. The scene background of the card was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade. Each of the stamped icons were watercolored with Distress Inks. The images were layered across the card to create a scene of homemade goodness. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink in black and a sprinkle of sequins from Neat and Tangled finish off the card. 




Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Holiday Baking stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite thing to bake (or buy) for the holidays. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by!

September 4, 2017

Neat and Tangled September Release Day One | You're Pretty! + watercolors

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The first stamp set up is called You're Pretty and it really is.  I love all of the different sentiment possibilities included in this set. The beautiful, bold script is perfect for so many different types of cards.

To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled You're Pretty and Wild Ones stamp set to create this fun birthday card. The base of the card was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet. I kept it very light by using quite a bit of water. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink in black. The cute turtle and balloon were watercolored with Distress Inks. A sprinkle of the new sequin mix from Neat and Tangled finish off the card. ard, some with a bit of foam tape for lift. 



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a You're Pretty stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite watercolor brand is. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

August 15, 2017

Sunny Studios Buttons + Pigment Ink Stamping



Hey there everyone, Nancy here today with a look at the Cute as a Button stamp and die set. I love intricate designs that can be created quickly and this set delivers! The multiple sentiments are perfect for so many different types of cards. I love the versatility and dose of cute.


The buttons were stamped using two shades of pigment ink for an opaque and colorful coverage. Layering the pigment ink gives the buttons depth and a pop of color. The "sew" title was created using a steel die and layered on a bed of buttons. The stamped needle image leads straight to the point - happy we're friends! A sprinkle of sequins in a few sizes adds movement to the design.

Take a closer look at the Cute as a Button stamp and die set for your next craft fix. There's something about creating all of those little circular shapes that feeds the crafty soul (and makes for cute cards!).




Take a closer look at the Cute as a Button stamp and die set for your next craft fix. There's something about creating all of those little circular shapes that feeds the crafty soul (and makes for cute cards!).

August 13, 2017

Making a List Design + Felicity Jane


Hey there Felicity fans, Nancy here today with a look at the new Zoey kit. When my kit first arrived, the first thing that caught my attention were those big, beautiful numbers! I love every single thing about them - the patterns, colors, font and especially the size. I knew that I would center a layout design and story around them.



What better way to use numbers than to make a list? I am definitely a list making girl. I have daily, monthly and yearly lists for just about everything in my life. On this design, I focused in on an older photo of my niece. It's an every day shot without a specific story that I haven't scrapped yet. I decided that I would make a list to describe her at this age. A top 5 if you will. This is a great way to tell a story through journaling that is short and sweet.
 
Next, let's take a look at the design. I started with a white cardstock base at the bottom so that the beautiful patterns on the numbers could shine through. I scattered the numbers so that they looked like they were falling down the page. Tucking some of the numbers at the edge of the patterned paper lends to the tumbling effect. I used a 2" circle of vellum under one of the numbers to add shape and movement to the area.

​Just around the photo is a sprinkle of embellishments that leads the eye right to the subject - the girl! Layering different shapes is  key when creating a cluster like this. The heart, followed by a flag, topped with a sequin circle - staggered shapes work well together. Notice the half circle of vellum peeking through under the pink patterned paper? There are three of them scattered through the layout to give it some bounce (literally).
The title is clean and graphic, underlined with a simple line of stamped text. I like to combine dimensional alphas with stamping to create eclectic titles. I think it makes them more interesting. The journaling was printed on one of the 3x4 cards from the kit and stamped in aqua with "The Little Things". 


​Thanks for stopping by today and taking a closer look at the Zoey kit.  Don't forget the next time you have a favorite photo, make a list! A top 5 about your dog, vacation, hobby, home or day - the possibilities are endless. Use up your numbers and tell a story!


July 28, 2017

Watercolor | Two Different Looks

I've been experimenting with watercolors lately and while I have a long ways to go, I've learned a few things along the way. Today's post is about water and how the amount and how you color a card really makes a difference. Let's take a look at two very different look colored with the same medium. The first card is very clean and simple with a side of cute!


I used the new Schoolhouse stamp set to create this friendship card. I stacked three of the images so that the little mouse could "write" out the sentiment. I used a black pigment pen to create some swirly lines under and above the mouse to connect him to the design.

I used Kuretake Gambai watercolors to color in the images. I used very little water to get a very vibrant wash of color. I left some of the edges white to match the whimsical feel of the stamped images. It's a bold look for a clean card.


Now let's go in a completely opposite direction and use watercolors to add a very loose, flowing wash of color. Here the You're a Gem stamp set was used with white embossing powder to create a border at the bottom of the card. This offers a nice resist effect when layered with watercolors.



I used a clean, wet brush to add some water to the background and then added pink, yellow and orange watercolor paint. A spray bottle was used to spritz the paint to blend it. I love how all of the nooks and crannies in the gems filled up with beautiful color!

I love using watercolors to create very different looks. I like variety and this medium really delivers!