Friday, July 18, 2014

Taylored Expressions peeks and sale

Guess who I'm guest designing for this month???  Taylored Expressions!!! Bring on the muffin top....hahahaha. :)

Taylored Expressions is having its first ever Retirement Sale! Since 2008, TE has released more than 500 stamp sets and to make room for new products they are bidding a fond farewell to 75 beloved sets. These retiring sets are 40% off and, once they are gone, they are gone! Visit the Retirement Sale HERE and collect your favorites before they get away. 

Here's a peek at my card using the retired set Celebrate Life.
Here's a peek at a card I made using Celebrate Life dies. You can see the full card here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Laugh out loud

Z Becky Brown challenged the team to decorate their handbag using text. I wanted something that would shout out "Carpe diem"  So I used on of the Ziva Papers and started pasting Project life tiles on.  I coloured the cute little "Abby Girl" digi  with copics and proceed to decorate the rest with stickers.

I've been struggling with trying to keep the words together and laying nice and flat then it hit me... sticky tac!! (the stuff to line your dresser drawers with) Why not treat the paper sticker like vinyl letters?  So I dug out my repositional mac tac and it worked like a charm.  The key word is "repositional" you want stuff that's not overly sticky that it will pull at your cardstock but sticky enough to temporary stick to your letters. I bet Sticky notes would work just as well. :)

Here's how to keep intact word stickers when trying to place them.
1. Clean off any access paper around and in the word.  For example the centre of the "l", "a" and "g"
 2. Peel your sticky tac and place it across your word, rub the tac gently to make sure the letters stick.  Peel the tac off pulling the letters with it.
 3. Place your word where you want it to go and rub the letters to press them onto your paper.
 4. Gently peel of the sticky tac.
 5. This also works for loose letters.  Stick them together half way on the sticky tac, position where needed and pull the tac off.

Materials
Abby Girl digi- Whimsie Doodles
Ziva inserts- Z Becky Brown
Project Life- Becky Higgins
Stickers- Simple Stories

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Twinery and Chic Tags hop

Hi all, as you know I'm a design team member for the Twinery and they are co-hosting a hop with Chic Tags.  Although I do not have anything to share with you I thought I would give you a heads up in case you want a chance to win some fabulous prizes. 

You can click on any of these links to get hop on

Thanks gift cards

The minute my mine bag die arrived I thought to myself "what else" can I make with it.  So I turned it into a flower pot.  Then while I was trying to figure out a sentiment for it I saw the Wonderful Words Challenge from Moxie Fab World and thought I had the perfect fit, the word die "Thanks" from Serendipity stamps.

I couldn't stop with a flower pot so I went a little farther and made a watering can.  I cut a circle die and then a smaller one out to make the handle.
Materials
Dies- Mini bag, daisy and tag: A Jillian Vance Design, Thanks die: Serendipity Stamps, Scallop Circle: Spellbinders
Twine: The Twinery
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink

Monday, June 16, 2014

Camping Thanks

A little twine and a dash of veneer makes for a great campfire card.  I love the new style of placing sequins on a card but since I don't have any I replaced them with wood stars.   The stamps I used are from Whimsie Doodles new collaboration with A Jillian Vance Design called Happy Trails.  Cappuccino twine was used to tie the button.
 I'd love to own a sun die but since I lack that particular tool I have to improvise and the brad punch  for the iTop braddies is a perfect option for me.
Materials
Happy Trails stamp set-Whimsie Doodles
Twine- Cappucino -The Twinery
Dies-Banner-A Jillian Vance Design, clouds-Memory Box
Cardstock-Kraft, black-PTI, White-Copic XPress It
Paper-Happy Day-My Mind's Eye

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It's a daisy kind of day

I made some what I thought would be simple cards.  I die cut a bunch of white daisies then strips of green cardstock to make a bouquet of flowers.  I used purple buttons for the flower centers and Lilac twine that matched perfectly.

I folded the daisies in half and then die cut a green daisy to use the flower petals as leaves.  And of course I found The Twinery twine Marigold that matched the daisy center perfectly.
I guess you've noticed the "sentiment" bits.  Well I didn't have the right sentiment for the cards so I Photoshopped the word in until I find the perfect fit.

Materials
Daisy Die-A Jullian Vance Design
Twine- The Twinery

Monday, May 26, 2014

Onsie Card

Well I was invited to my first co-worker baby shower and I wanted to try and make a really cute card.  So I surfed the net for something cute/unique and decided I'd make my own pattern.  I used Natural Twine to tie the giant buttons onto the card.  


Want the pattern?? Well hope on over to Whimsie Doodles and get it free!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Entwined with Daisies

A while ago I purchased Yo Yo's from Etsy.  I know they are fairly simple to make but I figured by the time I buy a bunch of bits of material then cut out the circles (I would of die cut them) then fold under the edges and stitch and pull them together it would be much easier to just click "buy now" and wait. :)  Then poof they appear in my mailbox. Meanwhile I also purchased this adorable daisy die and cut some felt flowers.  A little hot glue, some twine bows through the buttons and ta da....yo yo daisy's.
No just hot glue them to hair cllips...
Daisy Hair clips
or pin backs


or Shoe clips

or Daisy cat and dog collar embellishments

Materials
Twine-Natural:The Twinery
Yo-Yo's:Etsy-Back Yard Prims

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

That Bites

It's begging to look like Spring around here and to be honest I'm not looking forward to see these guys anytime soon.  LOL I random stamped the background then stamped the image and coloured it.
Definitely my kind of camping :)
Of course I can't make a card without my Twine, I love the Cappuccino twine it's a perfect match to kraft cardstock and doesn't over do it.

Materials
Stamps-Happy Trails-Whimsie Doodles for A Jillian Vance Design
Dies-Banner-A Jillian Vance Design, clouds-Memory Box
Cardstock-Kraft, black-PTI, White-Copic XPress It

Monday, May 5, 2014

Let's go Parking

Another Monday, well at least it's a new month! A new month means new digi's from Whimsie Doodles and a new set of stamps for A Jillian Vance Design.  Today's cards feature an activity I have only tried once.  Once was all I needed to verify what I suspected, I'm not an outdoorsy kind of girl. :)  But I'm ok with that. Now we take our tent out every summer to "air it out" then think about going camping answer with a "Naaaaah" then pack it up and store it away till next summer.  Now I've created some cards feeling all experienced in the camping genre. 

Materials
Happy Trails-Whimsie Doodles for A Jillian Vance Design
Paper-Happy Day-My Mind's Eye
Copic Markers