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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

MFT October Release Rewind

One last look at the fantastic October release from My Favorite Things! The design team is showing off a last few projects to inspire you while you wait for your order, or maybe just convince you to pick up that one last item! 

I cannot help myself. Putting these darling Santa Claus images, from Jingle All the Way, down is not going to happen! Who could resist, really?

After cutting Sweet Tooth cardstock with Die-namics Jingle All the Way, I stamped the images with Hybrid Black Licorice ink. I colored each Santa in with color pencil.

Each Santa was foam mounted to tags. The tags were cut from Nightshift Blue cardstock using Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2. I stamped each tag with Snowfall Background in Sweet Tooth ink

The sentiment was stamped three times with Electric Red ink onto a piece of Sweet Tooth cardstock that had been cut with Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX. There is a small number three on that image, but I masked it off. 

The tags are on two layers of Sweet Tooth cardstock cut with Die-namics Stitched Snowdrifts. So basically, you have all my absolute favorites from this release on one card. :)

Oh, and the green twine? Hemp cord colored with a Copic marker. I love that I can change the cording to whatever color I need for my project!

And I couldn't let this release end without one more ornament! 

After lining this shadow box ornament with Sno Cone cardstock, I layered a piece of Sno Cone cardstock with a piece of Sweet Tooth cardstock that had been cut with Die-namics Stitched Snowdrifts. Once they were layered together, I cut them both with Die-namics Circe STAX Set 1. A snowflake from Christmas Cuteness was stamped in Sweet Tooth ink.

I adhered the circle in the bottom of the ornament. Then I cut Kraft cardstock with Die-namics Christmas Cuteness, using the snowman and tree images. I stamped the images from the stamp set, Christmas Cuteness with Hybrid Black Licorice ink and colored the images with color pencil.

On the front of the ornament, I attached a piece of Sweet Tooth cardstock cut with Die-namics Dimensional Banners. I stamped a cute sentiment in Hybrid Black Licorice ink.

Well, that wraps up another amazing release from MFT Stamps! The MFT Blog always has more information about the release, chances to win, and other great happenings like sketches and challenges! Stop on over there today!

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Supplies for Ho, Ho, Ho card:

Supplies for Jolly Hello Ornament:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MFT October New Product Launch

Its time! The wait is over! The October release products from MFT Stamps are now available in the store! If you are still trying to decide what to purchase, hop along with the team, and if you already know, stop on back for inspiration while you wait for your order to arrive!

Tonight I am featuring Die-namics Stitched Rectangle STAX! This set of layering rectangles will probably be used on all of my cards!!! Each edge of the cut image has stitch marks. Being a girl who really doesn't sew, this adds the beautiful touch of stitching to my projects, without the thread!

Still thinking Christmas tree ornaments from yesterday's projects, I got to thinking about the small chalkboard ornaments I began creating for my tree last year. Die-namics Stitched Rectangles works perfectly to create the look!

I started by die cutting Kraft cardstock with the second largest die. Black Licorice cardstock was cut with the rectangle two down from there.

The Kraft cardstock was stamped with Wood Plank Background using Grout Grey ink. Then the Black Licorice cardstock was stamped with sentiments from Merry Messages using Sweet Tooth ink.

The wreath is two pieces of Jellybean Green cardstock cut with Die-namics Spring Wreath. The bow is from the same set and it was cut from Wild Cherry Felt.

Twine was tied through the top corners of each chalkboard and they are ready to hang on my tree!

Having another mini chalkboard left, I decided to turn it on its side and use it for a card. The Jellybean Green cardstock card base was stamped with Snowfall Background using Sweet Tooth ink. The sentiment on the chalkboard was stamped with the same ink using several sentiments from Merry Messages. And again, I used felt for the accent pieces.

Here is a close look at the gorgeous stitched details from Die-namics Stitched Rectangles STAX.

One more card... as I looked at Die-namics Stitched Rectangle STAX, I thought it would make a great pocket for a gift card when combined with Die-namics Gift Card Grooves.

By placing both dies onto my Wild Cherry cardstock, securing them in place with low-tack tape, I passed them through my manual die cutting machine at the same time. Once done, it created this great little pocket! When you adhere this to your card, be sure and only place the glue or foam adhesive around the edges, allowing your gift card to fit.

Head to the MFT Blog for details and information about how you can win! Be sure and leave comments on all the design team blogs you visit for your chance!

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Supplies for Chalkboard Tree Ornaments:

Supplies for Merry Christmas Chalkboard card:

Supplies for Santa Was Here Gift Card holder: