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Gray is the New Black

Sometimes our souls feel a thud.

I haven’t been feeling the mega-impact kind of thud lately, but lots of little bumps for sure.  The biggest bump, which did feel like a thud for a few days, was a dear friend’s cancer diagnosis.  Someone so loved, so full, so radiant.

In my thud, I felt anger, doubt, worry – you name it.  And, after much prayer and tears, I took ink to paper.

And it felt goooood.

This creation was truly therapeutic for me.  I love it’s message & symbolism, and I love that I get to share it with my friend during this struggle.

I went with a bit of a gray-dient for this Moxie Fab World challenge, repeatedly stamping off as I worked toward the center.  The sentiment (“hope heals”) is embossed with white powder, and I added some shimmer spritz to the inner portion of the frame.

Thank you for looking, and sharing, and listening.  I hope your creative outlets encourage hope in you & those you love.

 

Tuesday Trigger: Winter White

Hi there! Thanks for popping in.

This is my first time playing along with the Moxie Fab World  Tuesday Trigger.   Once I saw this image, I just couldn’t get it out of my head!  So beautiful…  You know you still have time to play along ;)

Here’s my take:

A couple of things:

  • I incorporated an elegant floral image and embellished with a few little white gems because I loooved all the layered flowers and their detail.  I used 3 layers to represent the 3 layers of the cake.
  • For the background, first I heat embossed my sentiment with white powder, then I sprayed it with a glitter mist.  It’s supposed to be fast drying, so I just saturated it.  That kept it wet long enough to coat with glitter.  And, what do you know, it worked!!!  Yay.  Looks like sugar to me, which just takes me back to that photo…

Please tell me I’m not the only one wondering what that beauty would taste like!  Hope you’re having a white sugar wintry kind of day!

 

Glitter is Glam!

Happy New Year to you!  Got a chance to glitter up some cards (and my face, hair, craft room floor, and perhaps even a couple of my children and/or dogs at the same time) this weekend and I’m sneaking them in juuust under the wire for Cath’s current Moxie Fab challenge.  I so enjoy using glitter, and love thinking up fun ways to use it.  Too bad 95% of the time it’s just not what I had planned.  Ah, creative trial and error.  Always fun.

Okay, first up is my favie.  Although she’s not steeped in glitter, I did a shimmer spritz on the card base (maybe hard to tell in the photo), and glittered up my little rosettes.  They look like candied little flower buds and that just makes me happy.

Number two is a birthday card for our niece whose birthday is next week!  This card in all of its sparkly, pink, maybe girly, maybe punkish-ness is just so her.  Definitely a sassy one, but oh so sweet at just the right time.  Know any 8 year olds like that?  8 going on 18?!?  Whoa.  Anyway, I got to use some of Wplus9’s new 80’s themed set, and it was just a blast.

So happy you took a minute to pop by!  Hope to see you again soon!

 

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Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!!  I hope this day is a special one for you, regardless of how you spend it ;)  I’ll be cooking it up in the morning and then we’ll head on over to my family’s for the afternoon.  The boys are so excited to talk football with my brothers.  The NFL is another one of their recent obsessions.  I tried to warn my brothers, but I don’t think they quite get it…yet.  H (who’s 4) asks me things like, “Mommy, are the Broncos in the AFC or NFC?”  Never thought I’d be saying “go ask your Daddy” this early into the parenting game!

So, anyway, onto the challenge:

I made up a little handful of tags for the kid’s gifts to their teachers & cousins.  Using the Tag Sale #2 die, I cut two tags and debossed them with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.  {I also misted them with some glimmer mist, but that’s hard to tell in the photos!}  I adhered both the tags end-to-end behind a die cut circle.  Aaaand, on the circle, I stamped the jolly Santa from Holiday Button Bits as well as the “joy” from Baby Button Bits.  I just love how he fit in there {with some masking, of course}, his plump belly filling in for the “O”.  Just a sweet, fun little tag, I think!  The holes on the tag dies were perfect for stringing some ribbon through to complete the gift.  Oh, and a little tip for you:  the design of this tag would work wonderfully for a cylindrical object (pail, wine bottle, jar, etc).  It would lay flat and serve as a label of sorts.  Here’s a closer look:

Yeah, he’s got a little sparkling Stickled nose.  What Santa shouldn’t?

Okay, off to Turkey Time!  Hope this awesome hop gets your creative juices flowing.  I can’t wait!

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Ah…autumn!

I love it- you?

The crisp, cool air.  The crunch of multicolored foliage under your feet.  Pumpkin spice creamer in my cinnamon coffee.  Apple pie.  Chili.

I mean, seriously.  I love it.

It makes me feel like this:

Oh yes, “happy, happy, joy, joy” is totally it for me + autumn.

My sweet husband…. not so much.  It’s not that he dislikes it, he just has a different perspective on one tiny little aspect of the season.  The leaves.

Our home has many, many, many large trees which deposit many, many, many more leaves in our yard.  We also live at the end of the block and seem to accumulate all the neighbors leaves, too.  He is outside every free chance he gets from September through January, and then again in the spring gathering the leftovers.

Poor guy.  At least he’s got the big boys to help him out now.

And while they’re outside, I get to play card maker ;)

I made this with not only my affection for the season in mind, but also for Cath’s Diggin’ on Damask challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  Hope you had time to play along, too!  There’s always soooo much trendy inspiration over there.

My damask leaves were placed behind the die cut kraft piece and accented with some stickles to bring out their fabulousness.

Also, the bottom cream piece is debossed with a woodgrain pattern and the “gust of wind” flourish is continued onto the kraft background.  As I gathered all those buttons for the groundcover I gazed longingly at my sweetie through the window (gathering his), and…. I made him a pumpkin spice coffee.  A labor of love for us both.

Happy Monday, friends!  See you soon.

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It’s been a long time…

So to get back in the swing of things, I thought I’d play around with Dawn’s Color Cue!  Love that she chose to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month and I just had to conjure up a sentiment that fit…

The background piece was done with my favorite stamp from PTI’s Guide Lines set– after repeating it in a pattern I enhanced it with some Copic coloring and Dimensional Pearls.  I created the sentiment on the ol’ computer (man, do I love fonts!), and the flower image (from WPlus9’s Woodgrain Silhouettes Set) was stamped with Fresh Snow ink onto a piece of Smokey Shadow cardstock that I impressed with the In Bloom impression plate (also PTI). 

Thanks for dropping by and taking a peek.  Looking forward to jumping back onto the blogwagon, so hopefully we’ll see more of each other soon!

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PTI May Blog Hop!

Hey there!  Quickie post for  me today… all 3 boys are sleeping and I know they’re going to wake up any minute.  Ah, the anxiety!  Okay, I made 2 cards for the hop because I “felt” my first attempt wasn’t too creative.  Here ya go:  (By the way, the challenge was to use felt). 

 

On number one, I die cut a piece of brown felt (cheapy stuff, not PTI) and placed it behind the focal image.  The pattern piece is actually fabric, not paper, hence the funny looking texture in the photo.  Oh, if you zoom a bit, you’ll see that I colored in those little dots on the butterfly and around the leaves with my *new* copics.  That was fun.  I’m so excited to start using big girl markers!  Behind the felt are 2 sweet blush buttons, and I used some light pink floss to complete my pink trio. 

Okay, so for number two (another butterfly?!?), I used more of my cheapy felt.  I found that it gets kinda wooly when you stretch it a bit so I thought that added a fun texture.  I then doubled it up and tied it with more of that pink floss.  My butterfly (please don’t hate on my lack of coloring skills :)) has a body made of stickles, but that’s tough for you to see.  I adhered the colored wings to a second stamped image and curled the wings a bit.  I wanted those dots to be a bit more staggered, but it is what it is.  For today at least. 

Enough of my rambling…hop along now!  I’m really looking forward to what everyone came up with.  Thanks for stopping by tonight (or tomorrow, or next week) & huge thanks to PTI for inspiring all this creativity and sharing.  What an awesome hobby.  Night. 

{supplies}

CARD #1

Paper: PTI Spring moss & Vintage Cream

Ink: Tsukineko Jumbo Java

Stamps: PTI Round & Round

Accessories:  PTI Buttons, Moda fabric, DMC floss, Copics, felt

  

CARD #2

Paper: PTI Kraft & Vintage Cream

Ink: PTI Fresh Snow, Palette Noir

Stamps: PTI Round & Round, Birthday Basics, Hero Arts Butterflies

Accessories: Stickles (diamond), DMC floss, Copics, felt

 

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Something fabby….

and a little different today!  I made this journal and matching card for a wonderful friend to give her sister as a gift.  I consider it a bit out of my creative comfort zone, but that’s whats so great about creating for others – getting to enjoy another’s  tastes and what makes them happy – ah ha!  Anyway, I saw the Moxie Fab World’s Fun With Fabric Challenge and thought I couldn’t pass it up, especially since I already had something made!  I can’t wait to see what others come up with for this one!!!!!  

Here’s a close-up of the journal:  (go on, click on the pic to get a closer look!)

 The fabric I used came in a charm pack (variety of 5 inch square pieces usually for quilting).  I adhered the pieces I liked to a piece of cardstock using Heat N Bond and then cut the circles out using my EK Success Circle Cutter.   Some are a bit frayed at the edges, but I was ok with that because I was attempting to embrace an artsy, semi-tattered look.  Most pieces have two fabric circles layered on them.  I crumpled and distressed some, ran some through the sewing machine, added eyelets, buttons, and brads, and did a bit of stamping.  Just playin’, you know?  The medallion in the lower right-hand corner was stamped with Staz-On onto a transparency and then layered over the fabric.  The “e” was added on top of that.  My favorite part (that I wish I had a better pic of) is the closure.  It’s a big chunk of a canvasy-type ribbon adhered to the back of the book.  The circle on the front was adhered to the ribbon with a little magnet in between.  The magnet schzoops (because that’s what magnets do) to another magnet hidden under the cardstock on the cover.  Lots of words, little concept.  Sorry. 

 The card was mainly made from leftover pieces from the book, just repeating similar elements.  Again, I adhered the red fabric to cardstock with Heat N Bond, but then ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  Don’t cha know you can emboss fabric, too?!?!?  Yeah, I didn’t. 

And here’s a little group shot of the ensemble, ready for my friend to gift:

 

Thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you came across something you can use in your own crafty adventures! 

{Supplies}

Paper: PTI Stamper’s Select White & Kraft, transparency

Fabric: Moda’s Wonderland

Ink: Staz-On Black

Stamps: Purple Onion Designs Damask & Humanities

Accessories: Buttons, brad, eyelets, Fancy Pants acetate shapes, canvas ribbon, American Crafts Thickers

Tools: sewing machine, circle cutter, Zutter Bind-It-All, Heat N Bond

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Happy Mother’s Day!

  Hope you’re gearing up for a fun (hopefully relaxing!) weekend… My birthday actually falls on Mother’s Day this year, so I’m anticipating a good time!  Here’s a card I made for my mother-in-law.  I used Dawn’s colors from her current Color Cue, and BOY OH BOY was it a toughie for me!  I seriously made like 3 cards, none of which had anything goin’ on.  After some time of looking at this one, I’m satisfied.  But this color combo surely threw me a curve! 

 It may be difficult to see without zooming in, but I stamped a little circle in the middle of each flower to tie in the blue and repeat the circles. I loved using the woodgrain stamp to heat emboss the background – I did it after stamping the large dots and sentiment to avoid getting a resist.  My little border strip fills in for a row of missing dots and is velum with a border punch just threaded through a slit in the side of the card.  Thanks for taking a look today & hope you are celebrating the mothers in your life! 

{supplies}

Paper: PTI stampers select white, velum

Stamps: Gelatins Right Round, WPlus9 Woodgrain Silhouettes & Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions

Ink:  PTI melon berry, spring rain, summer sunrise, Versamark

Accessories: Buttons, DMC floss, clear embossing powder

Tools: EK success border punch