Fall into Season

Another inspiration set, this time from the talented Kristina Werner. She did a wonderful example with the Pumpkin Spice it Up set from The Greeting Card Farm. This is such a cute set to play with for the Fall season I just had to create a couple versions of this card. I of course for this technique used water color paper and water colors to achieve the beautiful fall color setting.

The Greeting Card Farm – Pumpkin Spice it Up. Distress ink colors used: Seedless Preserves, Tattered Rose, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Ground Espresso
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A little fun with big background stamps

I’m always inspired by other crafters and this inspiration stems from a favorite, Jennifer McGuire. I love how her videos just easily demonstrate her techniques and beautiful cards are born. Below is examples of ‘blank’ cards that I’ve made with sentiments on front that can be for various occasions. All of the cards were made with the heat embossing resist technique to allow the image to pop out in front of the distress ink colors.

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My Favorite Things – Floral Fantasy Background Stamp, Hugs die cut from Lawn Fawn, Love die cut from Simon Says Stamp. Distress ink colors used: Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio.

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Honeybee Stamps – Zen Bouquest, Simon Says Cling Stamp – Emma. Distress ink colors used: Picked Raspberry & Seedless Preserves

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Simon Says Cling Stamp – Emma. Distress ink color used: Spiced Marmalade

Ribbon Clips

To continue with my ribbon, bow obsessions I’ve started to make cute little clips as well. I’ve created cute bows to go on ribbon covered clips and even incorporated tiny roses on some. This was super easy and super fun. I completed the clips with a foam piece so that it would help secure the hair a little better.

   
    
   

Girl, Put Your High Heels On

I love making this fun high heeled card from the SVG cuts collection Amelie’s Accesories. This particular card was a special request for a sweet little girl.

I picked patterns of paper that was age appropriate and summer season print. I also sewed the twine through the holes for added fun. Complete with a little bling this card turned out too cute.

   
 

Fabric and Lace Flowered Headbands

I have a very good friend who is due any day now that is having a sweet baby girl. I tried thinking of a way to give her some custom pieces of accessories and became obsessed with flowered headbands!! 

I found so many different and great tutorials on Pinterest that made it easy to make. I used a combination of different fabrics, accents pieces, lace and buttons to create these beauties.

I purchased all the pieces from Joann’s including the lace and pack of headband elastic specifically for babies. 

   
   

Fabric Flowers

It’s all about fabric flower lapel pins for guys these days so at the request of my Hubby and cousin I’ve been busy cranking these bad boys out. 

Very simple stuff, I purchased 1/8 worth of many different fabric patterns from  Joann’s and found a simple tutorial from Pinterest for fabric flowers. 

For the men flower lapel I found that an inch and a half circle works best. I cut out about 10 circles per flower pin. Dependent on how full you want them you may need more or less circles.

   
   

Valentine’s Day is around the corner

I have been creating mini greeting cards for a local bakeshop in my town and Valentine’s Day seems to be the busiest time of the year for these lil’ guys!! I had a little head start and was able to create a dozen themed cards for them. I usually try and make two of each design to make it a little easier on me but I was feeling a little creative this weekend!

Each card is 3 x 3 and this was a size that sold well in the bakeshop. We tried sizes A2 and A7 but those didn’t sell as quickly as these little ones, so we stuck with this size.

I was able to find the perfect size envelopes by Recollections in size 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 which came in colors white and kraft from my local Michael’s. To complete the packaging I place the envelope and card in a resealable cellophane envelope.

When designing the cards this year I went with a combination of using die cuts for layering, stickers for embellishments and various markers and water colors for design.

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Bacon Inspired Valentine’s Day Card

One of my friends from work always challenges me when it comes to designing something special for any occasion. This year is no different, as she tasked me with making a bacon and hearts inspired valentines card.

I usually stick to a size A7 when it comes to customer bigger cards. I had a very cute multi-colored mini hearts patterned card stock paper that I picked up from the annual scrapbook expo in Anaheim, Ca. I wanted to stay away from the usual red, pink, white colored cards and was glad to have this patterned card stock. I layered the card with a hot pink AC card stock to match the hot pink hearts in the base card stock.

I was able to find a free bacon svg from svg cuts blog morning breakfast set. I just made sure to adjust the bacon size to fit my card. I thought it would be cute to fit a pair of bacon and I added hearts as embellishments.

The inside of the card was her idea, I just hand wrote the message inside the card. I added a linen textured very pale pink inside layered card for writing. To complete the look I added a couple more hearts to stick with the theme.

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Mason Jar Treat Containers

Since I’ve been obsessed with mason jars, another idea using mason jars is a dog treat jar. This was made for a gift for two girls as their treat jars.

Each jar was a quart size and simply embellished with a chalk sticker that I was able to customize with each of their names. The top of the jar includes a hand cut circle to make the jar a little more festive.

So many endless possibilities with mason jars.

Chalk stickers purchased from Cost Plus World Market in a pack of 6 stickers in assorted sizes.

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Mason Jar Obsession

I’ve been completely obsessed with mason jars for awhile and during the holidays I gave my colleagues these fun little treats.

I purchased two dozen of the pint size mason jars from Michael’s and added a couple embellishments to liven it up.

For the women in my department I created ‘Manicure in a Jar’ where I painted the jars first with Americana Decor in color refreshing. Once the paint was dry ( I did coat it at least 2-3 times ) I took a piece of sand paper to the front of the jar where the letters were to give it a rustic vintage look. Once that dried I added burlap cut into squares on the lid. The tags were made with the Marvy tag cutout from Michael’s. I also used a little snowflake punch to add a little holiday to the tag. To put it all together and finish it up I added some twine.

For the men, I created caramel popcorn in pint mason jars as well. I kept it simple and just added some burlap and twine alongside a holiday tag. I cut out holiday paper with the biggest circle punch I had and it fit the top lid perfectly. Also for the tag I had a simple ‘Merry Christmas’ Palm tree stamp that fit perfectly! Voila! A simple holiday treat for my colleagues.

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