Bee Kind to a Friend

CCREW717INSPHere is my inspiration card for this month’s challenge.  In the image below, we were asked to use the photo for inspiration.  I found another really neat color combo that I wanted to use and decided to use the bees that are in the photo.  The color combo here is Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Crushed Curry.  I used the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits to make this card.  Watercolor paper was used as was an aquapainter to color the watercolor paper in Marina Mist.

summerWhile I got this card layout from my upline, I did change it a bit.  The DSP used here is Naturally Eclectic as I thought the pattern went nicely with the dots stamp in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  I also really liked the pop of color from the Glitter Enamel Dots.  I used a tiny piece of doily and a thread from the burlap ribbon just for fun accents on the card.  I really hope you like it!!  I am thinking about sending this card to a friend… but who?  Do you want it?? Comment below!  I will pick one person randomly!

Embossing Paste Colorized

CCREW717CLRSo, yesterday, I blogged about using embossing paste and the lighting in the photo was a bit wonky.  You couldn’t really see the beautiful texture on the white on white background. WELL!  Here’s a card for you!  This card was for the Color Challenge for the Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers.  As you can see below, the color challenge was Real Red, Island Indigo and Very Vanilla.  ccrewsketch-002I took literally 2 drops of real red ink and mixed with Stampin’ Up!’s Embossing Paste and smeared it all over the brick texture from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I also did something that I have never done before.  I watercolored a doily! My upline has done it NUMEROUS times and I kept thinking… when will I ever use it?  UGH!  I love it!!  I used the You are So Sweet Clear-Mounted stamp set and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit to cut out the sentiment.  I fussy-cut the border.  So what do I love about this card?  Well, besides everything?  It’s a mix of urban and elegant… It’s ele-ban-t (there you have it folks, I created a new word!)

Wedding Card Done two ways

CCREW717SIPSo the Creative Crew has us doing cards with the Summer Lovin’ Theme and this challenge is called Step It Up.  What says Love more than Summer Weddings?  The first card is “plain.”  It is a simply elegant card.  White on White.  Stunning!

I used Copper Embossing Powder and the new Copper ribbon!  I also used the new stamp set called, Special Celebrations and I used the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlets.

The “For a Special Couple” is stamped in versamark first (on vellum) then covered with the copper embossing powder.

CCREW717SIP-stepped upThe photo below is the stepped up version.  This is the same exact card but for a few exceptions.  I added a TON more pearls and a few purple flowers.  Plus (and this is really hard to see!), I added embossing paste and the “diamond” pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  You will also noticed a Wisteria Wonder matte behind the top Whisper White one.  I am not sure which card I like better… But… I know where each of these cards are going since I have two weddings to go to this year, so far!

A return to my TRUE self!

It has been over a year since I have stamped!  Yes, you read that right.  1 year!  Where have I been?  Well, honestly, a LOT has been going on.  It was not for the lack of wanting to stamp!  It was for the lack of time and states of flux my “craft room” has been in.  I held down a full-time job for close to 3 years and I found that I couldn’t find … make the time to stamp.

My health has been a concern of mine for a while now.  The doctors can’t find anything wrong with me.  I found myself falling asleep at my desk at work and other symptoms that point to a particular condition that all of the doctors say I don’t have, even though I was diagnosed with that condition 6 years ago (and there’s no cure)! So that part is STILL up in the air.

To make a long story short, I have quit my full-time job and started working on craft fair.  I do the same one every year.  I love it!  I have a couple of friends and family that are pushing me to do more with it!  So, while the plans are all in my head right now.  BIG things are on the horizon (like I just bought a “light tent” for taking better pictures of my products, more tutorials, and so much more).  My passion is paper crafting.

The great thing about Stampin’ Up! and direct sales in general is that you can start your business over whenever you want.  Every single day, in fact.  While I am not ready to launch my Stampin’ Up! business again, per say, I do have some big plans!

So, above, is a wonderful scratch pad cover that I designed.  (Remember, I’m also known as the “Box Lady”) It is a refillable cover, meaning you can go to any office supply store and get refill pads for it.  They are perfect to keep in your purse, back pack, or any bag, really!  The cover is made with a single sheet of paper.  Then, embellishing it, well that’s the fun part!  I have an infinite love of butterflies.  And, I felt like coloring! Viola!  Magic happened!

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

After craft fair, I will share this project again with NEW product from the Occasions Catalog AND the dimensions/tutorial for this project.  There is a new stamp set I have to have out of that catalog that would be great for this project too!  Since the pre-order for demonstrators isn’t until the early part of December, it will be around mid-December before I can post it.  Anyway, I will let you go for now.  Just know, I will always be around.  AND I am going to start sharing again too!