Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Go-To-Gal October Designer Challenge

I am up on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine blog today with a fun project! Head on over and check it out! Its also the last Wednesday of the month and that means another Go-To-Gal Challenge! Keep scrolling for that!

What is a Go-to Gal Designer Challenge you may ask? Once a month the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Go-to Gals will challenge each other to create a project focusing on products from a particular manufacturer. We plan to feature one manufacturer the last Wednesday of each month. Just for fun! This month we are featuring the stamp company Stampin' Up!

I wanted to make a holiday card, but didn't have any holiday images on hand. Bring on the stars! I stamped the stars onto cardstock and then punched them out. 

Then I got to thinking about hanging them on a branch. I happened to have some thin garland, so I trimmed it to size. I tied twine through the stars and hung them from the branch. Then adhered the branch to the card with glue. Before adhering the branch, I stamped my cardstock with Dotty Angles, several times. I love how it looks like falling snow!

Head to the blogs of these amazing ladies and see what they have in store for you today!

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Supplies for Season's Greetings Card:

Monday, October 27, 2014

MFT Creative Challenge; Cork + Video Tutorial

Welcome to the October Creative Challenge! This month the design team has been challenged to use cork! Cork makes me want to die cut all the things! SO many great MFT Stamps Die-namics to choose from!

A fun birthday card that is definitely masculine was created when I started die cutting the cork sheets. The word celebrate came from Die-namics Accent It-Celebrate.

To take the look of the cork a step farther, I inked directly onto my cork with Hybrid Wild Cherry ink.

Here is a quick video tutorial on how to die cut cork, including the cork frame stars:

To watch the video, click the center of the image on the play button.

Direct link: Die Cutting Cork

One more card today, as I wanted to show that cork can be girly too! 

Die-namics Winged Beauties was used to die cut the cork. A button and hemp cord placed in the center of the butterflies added a softer and more vintage touch!

Who's ready to play with cork?! For even more inspiration, head over to the MFT Blog and find the links for the rest of the design team!

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Supplies for Celebrate card:

Supplies for Smile card:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ribbon and button storage; an MFT Organization post

This is so exciting! The MFT Design Team has a new monthly post to share with you! Its all about organizing all those awesome supplies we have for paper crafting! This month we are talking about ribbon and buttons.

My ribbon and button storage jars are probably my "cutest" storage solution in my office. I use large candy jars to store my ribbons.  I picked them up in several places, the local kitchen supply store, online, and at 
Wal Mart of all places. 

To keep track of the color names of my ribbons, I use the sticker from the packaging on the end of my ribbon. Other small stickers, like price tag stickers, would work perfectly for your other ribbons.

My ribbon jars sit on a book shelf in my office. I have three large bookshelves side by side. What I really like about the candy jars is the ability to see at a glance all the ribbons I have. A huge thanks to my mom who sorted them all by color family. I am glad she gets it. :)

The smaller jars for the buttons are from IKEA. They are called spice jars and come in a pack of four. They live in a drawer that is just to the left of where I sit. (all my most used supplies surround me for easy access) The drawers are stacking plastic drawers made by Sterlite. 

This post was fun! I look forward to sharing more of my space and ideas with you! I hope you are inspired to try some new ways to organize your ribbons and buttons. Head to the MFT Blog to get linked up to all the design team members sharing their organizational genius with you! I can't wait to check out how everyone else stores their products!

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warm winter wishes

Stop on over to the Carta Bella Blog today and see what I have been up to! Stamping, die cutting, embossing powder with glitter?!! What could be better! :)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

simple decor with Maya Road

I would love for you to pop over to the Maya Road Blog and check out a couple of my projects for the upcoming Quilt Show! I had so much fun creating hoops and wreaths, and I have some great ideas for simple and elegant decor!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

autumn inspiration

This month some of the design team at Carta Bella made projects for the digital issue of Create Magazine. It was so much fun working with their sketches and combining the beautiful lines from Carta Bella! I made a card and a tag. Here is a link to the issue. Its free! 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Cool Tools Vol. 2 + Giveaway

CoolTools 2014 Cover Cool Tools Link Up!

The latest PRINT special issue from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine is now available! Cool Tools Vol. 2 is such a great issue! Incredibly creative ways to use the tools that you have sitting in your crafty space right now! Just look at the cover! Who still has a paper crimper hidden in a box? Be honest. :) That EAT wall hanging would be perfect in anyone's kitchen!

This is one of my projects in the issue. I love the flower on this card. I used a set of dies from Sizzix and Susan Tierney-Cockburn, called Sunflower. Her line of dies is gorgeous! It creates all sorts of flowers, but look at how realistic! Combine the dies with her Garden Tool Kit and you will be able to create works of floral art! The Garden Tool Kit is essential for people who die cut. All the tools help add heaps of dimension and interest with ease!

And while we are talking about publications, I want to encourage you to submit. Yes, you! Right now Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine has a call out for stamped projects. The PRINT special issue will be called Stamp & Ink. They are looking for amazing stamped projects. Projects with techniques. Awesome techniques! Check out what they are looking for here--Stamp & Ink pub call
Give it a try. So many of you make beautiful cards and I would love to see them in print! Try it, you never know what will catch the editors' eyes!
If you need more information about getting pubbed check out this post here--Publication Tips

And now the giveaway! I have an issue to give away to one lucky commenter! Simple leave a comment on this post about one tool in your stash that you don't use enough. I will draw one name from all the comments. You have until Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 10 pm CST.

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