Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Cupcake Party

👉 The best way to grow old gracefully is to enjoy it. 

Stamping Bella Uptown Girls are some of my favorite images when I want to create a cute girlie card for a special friend. They are quick to color with my Copics and the images are so sassy and stylish. For this birthday card I chose a  label card base in Cricut Design Space and sized it to 5 1/2 square to fit my image. As always, I had a blast creating frames, borders and flower accents for embellishments and I even printed the perfect sentiment on my Cricut!     

Of course, what would a birthday card be without a pop up inside? I found a darling Anna Griffin  one that I recently purchased in Cricut Design Space but I ended up making quite a few modifications because the cuts were just too intricate to cut nicely. It was much easier, and almost as cute, to emboss the gifts with some pretty embossing folders. (They look great in person.)  I even found the top for my front package in a Stephanie Barnard set I had stashed away.  I used some Elizabeth Crafts peel off stickers to embellish some of my presents and my borders.  The Happy Birthday was cut from shiny gold card stock...my new favorite for sentiment dies. I chose to put the sentiment above the gifts so I would have lots of room to write a note to my cherished recipient.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sparkle Like Barbie - Copics on Glitter

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Barbie dolls came out the year I turned twelve years old (I know, I'm blessed to be very mature) and it was a delightful surprise that Santa brought me one for Christmas when I didn't even know who she was.  I thought she was absolutely fabulous with her dresses, shoes, purses and numerous tiny accessories to match.  She even had jeans and pajamas, for Pete's sake! My mom and all the ladies on the block were so enamored with her that I hardly got to hold her that day.  And the rest is history.  Barbies went on to be the most stylish and popular ladies ever. My two little girls had a collection of over 70 of them (some Kens, of course) each having a name, an occupation and a life to be admired.  Their dream house, cars and RV rivaled any I ever owned. I used to take my first Barbie down from my closet, all wrapped in her special case, and my youngest daughter would reverently stroke her hair with such admiration and wonderment.  I think my original Barbie is worth a ton now, but I will never sell her!

This weeks Free For All Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers was to celebrate Barbie's birthday by making a card showcasing an image with her in mind  I colored this beautiful Elizabeth Crafts peel off sticker image with copics because I think she definitely has luxurious Barbie hair.  Copic coloring on glitter is so fun and very forgiving.  The result is sparkliscious. Here's a link to how it's done.

Here's what I used:
  1.  Elizabeth Craft Peel off Sticker
  2.  Copic Markers
  3. Spellbinders oval die
  4. Bow die 
  5. Designer background paper
  6. Pop dots
  7. Tombow monoglue
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Make it Crafty Classy Olivia Digi Stamp - Shopping in Paris

👉  Be your own kind of beautiful.

Hey there, 

I have absolutely fallen in love with Make it Crafty digi stamps and backgrounds.  They make it so simple to create fabulous background scenes for  my cards. The downloads come in both jpg and png format so I can drop their darling images into an amazing background and create a one-layer card if I choose to. I can even zero in on part of a scene and size it to fit my card perfectly.  There are oodles of options for creativity! Check out this video on their site to see  how to use their png images in Word. It's simple and so fun!!! (I'm not selling these images...I just get excited when I see something I like.)

For this card, I chose to keep Classy Olivia and the Paris street scene separate because I wanted her to be the focus of my foreground. I sized the images  to fit a 5 x 7 card and my stylish little lady is about 5 1/2 inches tall, a perfect size for copic coloring. 

Here's what I used:
  1.     Copic markers 
  2.     This and this Make it Crafty digi stamp.
  3.     Hello die cut greeting
  4.     Metallic gold and black card stock for frames.
  5.     Gold dragonfly embellishment
  6.     Tombow Mono adhesive.
  7.     Pop dots for Olivia

 I'll definitely be posting more of these cards soon because I'm truly obsessed.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Tropical Wall Hanging - Anita Goodesign "Life's a Beach" Embroidery Designs

👉 The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.

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Yay!  I finally managed to sew all my embroidered beachy blocks into this bright sunny quilt.  I just couldn't get a vision of my finished quilt and then it came to me like a ray of sunshine.  My decision to do white sashing helped everything fall into place.  I raided my stash for the jelly roll of festive Hawaiian fabric from my trip to Hawaii last summer.  The pieced border and cornerstones came to me one night while I was lying awake.  All I had to do was add a red and white striped beach umbrella-ish border to finish this cheery, breezy embroidered wall hanging.  Here's a link to a tutorial on one of my posts explaining how I do my machine embroidery. Check out my Anita Goodesign label for close ups of the blocks.

I used Anita Goodesign's "Life's a Beach"  Embroidery Design CD for my blocks.

Wouldn't these designs be cute on a beach bag or towel?  What a cute gift!

I separated my patterns into beach, sky and ocean themes...beige fabric for beach, blue for sky and green for ocean.

These are applique patterns so I was able to make polka-dot flip flops and  bright colorful fish from floral fabric.  I love embroidered applique so much!

Here's what I used:
  1. Anita Goodesign "Life's a Beach" Embroidery Design CD
  2. Kona cotton fabric in pastel beige, green and blue
  3. Timeless Treasures red and white striped fabric for binding.
  4. Isacord embroidery thread.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Seals and Butterflies by the Sea in Monterey - Cricut Valentine

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Here's the last of my special limited edition wacky-tho-tasteful valentines for youthful adults.   This one is for my daughter who lives in Monterey, California...or as I call it, paradise.  It was obvious to me that I had to use a darling sea creature for her image.  I picked an otter because Monterey is an otter habitat and my artistically gifted daughter graduated with an Art Degree from UC Monterey...go Otters.  But I found out later  this is apparently a seal.  Whatever.   

Once again, I used the square Lori Whitlock Flip Flap svg card base.  This time I found some cute ocean images to embellish my card.  And since Pacific Grove (near Monterey) is a monarch butterfly habitat, I made sure to include some of these magical creatures flying around the lighthouse on the inner panel.

I had a fabulous time creating these landscapes in Cricut Design Space and I plan to use these card bases for lots of other fun cards.  The possibilities are endless.

Here's what I used:
  1. This Lori Whitlock svg file.
  2. Cricut Create and Critter Cartridge in Cricut Design Space
  3. Lighthouse, wages and fab sentiment image in Cricut Design Space
  4. Impression Obsession butterfly dies
  5. Tonic Studio Nuvo drops -  black for butterfly accents
  6. Cricut writing feature for sentiment
  7. Sun die.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy to be stuck with you - Cricut Valentine for my favorite guy

👉 There is a certain happiness in being silly and ridiculous.

Hey there,

Yep, I can even come up with an embarrassingly cutesy Valentine for my hubby.  It takes a special talent, and a certain level of immaturity that I hope we all possess when we advance in age. But, honestly, can anyone keep from singing the happy Huey Lewis song when you see this card?  And I am, indeed, blessed to be stuck with a wonderful guy.   I used a rectangle Lori Whilock svg card base to accommodate my extremely  handsome and talented cactus guy. 

Originally, I had a brightly colored, multi-layered lizard in the center panel.  I was so proud of my handiwork until I added some black Nuvo drops to his eyes and then accidentally closed the card!!!!  I'm sure that never happens to you.  While cutting the complete card over again. because, of course, I had already glued everything in place, I  found this Southwestern heart in Design Studio.  I like it even better than my original lizard. Kismet.

Here's what I used:
  1. This Lori Whilock svg file.
  2. Cricut Southwestern cartridge images in Design Studio.
  3. Nuvo drops to embellish hat and marakas
  4. Cricut writing feature for front sentiment.
  5. HA stamp for inside sentiment.
  6. Sun die.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Galentine for my besties - Copic colored Art Impressions Image

👉 Life is better when you're laughing.

Hey there,

Quilts, friends, cardmaking, holidays...these are a few of my favorite things!  I thought this adorable Art Impressions image was the perfect way to tell my friends how much I treasure them this Valentines day. These ladies are some of the loveliest, most talented and inspiring women I know and I appreciate any chance I get to thank them for their support and love. Since they know I adore everything quilts, they'll know this card comes from my heart.  

This sentiment is such a clever play on words and, of course, we know it takes a block of friends (kind of like a village) to help us navigate through this "crazy quilt of life."  I was excited to find this bright colored sewing themed DP in my stash to embellish my die cut card base. The background layer dies were included with the set, along with several other fun embellishments that I'll use on another card.  

Here's what I used:
  1. This Sizzix 5 x 7 Framelits die set.
  2. Art Impressions stamp 
  3. Copic Markers
  4. Friends die (not sure what brand)
  5. Tonic Studio Nuvo drops - Red, Blue
  6. Rick rack trim
  7. Computer generated inside sentiment.
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