Monday, July 29, 2013

As they say in Minnesoda...

Ohhh, fer CUTE!!

I ordered these little zoo animal buttons from Lori at Love is in the Details, a while back with the plan to make some baby cards with them.  Little did I understand how far off the charts the cute factor would take them!!
This card has the openings cut with a Simon Says Stamp die. Then the top layer of paper is pop-dotted with a variety of mixed prints adhered behind.  Glue the buttons down, add a sentiment and you have an overload of adorable!  
I did cut the shanks off the backs of the buttons to help them lay flush, and that's pretty easily done with a good pair of utility scissors.  Needle-nosed pliers twisted off any remaining plastic that had been left behind.
These two cards are a mix of patterned papers from my scraps drawer, miscellaneous chipboard stars, bakers twine, stamps and typewritten sentiments.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Chloe Stem Cards

Hi are some cards I posted recently at Love is in the Details.  
Lori sent me the Chloe Stem die from Memory Box to play with and I love it's timeless simplicity.  I've been noticing a thing with die cuts lately, where they are being inserted back into the negative shape they were cut from, so they lay flush with the paper.  Not such a huge difference from simply laying a die cut onto a background paper, but neat technique nonetheless.

Here's a quick how-to...
I started by taping the die into position over three coordinating papers.  (You do have the run the plates back and forth through the die cut machine several times to cut right through all the layers.)
And one cut from a plain card. 
Then I started mixing and matching the die cuts with the negatives that were left and inserting the dies into the other openings.
For this card, I backed the opening with a piece of colored cardstock and laid a 2nd colored die cut on top.  Variety is the spice, right?
So fun and easy, with tons of options for something a little different every time!  
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Watercolor cards and a Layout...

In the spirit of cleaning off the scrap table and moving on to newer things, here's a couple more cards to show you.  And a layout that's more recent.  The cards, I did for Love is in the Details to demonstrate some fun watercolor techniques.

This first one actually inspired the second.  Lori sent me this stamp from JustRite Stamps, of a floral design against a text background.  Something I just can't get enough of...text backgrounds, text details, text anything.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper, and then used my Tim Holtz distress markers to color puddles on my craft mat which I then dipped into with the Tim Holtz water brushes.  It's a great style of stamp, and technique for producing "master artist" quality results.  Some distress inking around the edges completes the look.
So, that was pretty fun.  And it led to thinking of other ways to get a similar look, like stamping right on text paper!  And again, coloring with Tim's Distress Markers.  Kinda, really fell in love with this look and I know I'll be trying it again!
And now for a layout.  This was done recently for the Love blog and I used Elle's Studio paper, a Fancy Pants paper bag, Simple Stories journal block, Basic Grey (Kneehighs and Bowties) die cuts and chipboard, Jillibean Soup alpha stickers, a Lawn Fawn phrase stamp (flying by to say hi!), Mr Huey spray ink and a Papertrey die.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A groom's/rehearsal dinner

So, more catching up to do.  

Let's start with a Farm/Country themed rehearsal dinner that we held the day before our son was married.  Photos were mostly taken by Katie, the bride's sister, of The Loft Photography.
We decided to go with a bright palette of red, yellow and blue.  Which made it easy to pull out the blue speckle-ware I've collected along with some vintage suitcases, red oil lanterns, and Coke memorabilia.  (I knew there was a good reason to collect and keep all these items!!)

We served other flavor faves besides coke, like root beer, cream soda, grape and orange crush, but the Coke stole the spotlight!

Could there be a more "country-farm" themed flower than sunflowers?!

Our local Joe's Real BBQ catered and no one went away hungry or disappointed!!

For dessert we served mouth watering stacks of Krispy Kreme donuts and homemade chocolate chip cookies.  You'd be surprised who all had a donut.  Or 3.  
The cookies were served in these CUTE glassine bags from Wink Events on Etsy.  And stashed in an old wicker basket that belonged to my mother's family.
The bride with her mom and sister.  (You try and pick out which one is the mom!)

As the evening grew late and the light began to fade, we turned on the paper lanterns, and lit floating rose candles in the pool.  
The homemade banners are kraft paper cut on the Silhouette as well as a jute and red seam binding banner.

Jeff and Amy, the couple of the hour!  Looking relaxed and enjoying all their family and guests.