Monday, April 21, 2014

Inspiration Emporium Easter Hunt!


I have a fun post to share today! The Inspiration Emporium is having an Easter Hunt and this is the third and final day of clues. Each stop on the hunt has a letter to be found, and my letter is “L”.


There is a fabulous prize – 3 seats in an online card class!


For my tag the very glittery “L” is front and center. I started with a grungeboard diecut and covered it with Peeled Paint Distress Paint. Once dry I added a thick coating of Glossy Accents and then covered the entire letter with Peeled Paint Distress Glitter.

For the next layer I die cut a pieced of Dried Marigold Core’dinations cardstock and sponged the edges with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink. I matted with black cardstock and finished by adding the “L” and Chit Chat Stickers.

For the colorful background on the tag I painted a piece of water color paper with Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, and Peeled Paint Reinkers. I did dilute the colors with a bit of water before painting them onto the tag. This layer was also matted with black cardstock. I also added some stitching using white thread and my sewing machine.


I thought a touch or two of a contrasting color would be nice, so I added a few aqua enamel dots and a painted a Game Piece with Peacock Feathers Distress Paint. Behind the watercolor panel is a piece of zigzag washi tape. I finished by topping the tag with some Lime seam binding and a mini clip.


You can find the next clue on Joy’s Twitter account: @joykennedy4. Have fun hunting! And if you want to start the hop from the beginning or find out more information, head over to the Inspiration Emporium Blog.

Here are a few of the products I used to make my tag:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

RS111: Friend–Forever

Hello – Hope you had a great weekend and if you celebrate it a Happy Easter! I spent a bit of time stamping and have a sweet bunny card I made for this week’s Retrosketches Challenge: RS111 to share.


This chubby guy isn’t an Easter Bunny so he doesn’t deliver chocolate but he is willing to share his carrots. The bunny is from A Little Lovin (Paper Smooches) and the sentiment, stamped in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, is from Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches).

I stamped, colored, and cut out the bunny. To add the little carrot I had to mask his hand and then stamp it. He is adhered to the designer paper using foam dimensionals.


I added some little bits and pieces to embellish the top left corner – flag cut from kraft cardstock using the Ribbon Flags Decorative Strip die, a couple of enamel dots, and a wood button with black/white baker’s twine (The Twinery).


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

C4C232: Wish Big

Hello! Time for another crazy challenge. This week the crazies have a sketch to inspire you: Crazy 4 Challenges 232 – Sketch.

I’ve been pretty bad about sending birthday cards this year, maybe if I have a stash of cute ones I will do better. Maybe <wink>. So here is a cheerful one that uses the Birthday Tags Stamp Set (Lawn Fawn) and some fun Knee Highs - Basic Grey designer paper.


Here is the sketch that my card is based on. I switched up the main oval panel to a tag and adjusted the position of the accent layers a bit. Of course I also added another layer for the card base. I do that a lot. LOL.

C4C232 (1)

For embellishment I used various colors of enamel dots. Love them. A lot. Used a prima flower and added some Tim Holtz Jute String.


Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hello friend

Hello! Been a while, hasn’t it?

But I have a fabulous card to share so I know you will forgive me! This one uses more of my favorite things and is perfect for this month’s Inspiration Emporium Challenge: A Few of My Favorite Things.


I started by stamping the bulb image from Mini Blueprints 3 in Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink on Kraft cardstock. I sponged the edges with Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye Distress Ink. For a bit of contrast I spattered a bit of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint on the lower left corner.

For the sentiment I trimmed the top off a manila tag and then stamped a sentiment from Simple Sayings in Jet Black Archival Ink. I added a piece of tissue tape to the background before stitching the tag top to the card.


I added some crystal stars and rub-ons to add more fun to the card. Cause fun is great!


And the reason I haven’t been posting much this last week is because I’ve been busy organizing my crafty space. It started with ordering a new chair and then making a trip to Ikea. All because I was annoyed with knocking items off a cabinet next to my desk ever time I turned around in the old chair. LOL.

Here is a picture of my desk area after the remodel. Still have more organizing to do in the rest of the craft room. Mostly removing items that do not belong or are no longer needed. I have a box of cleaning supplies in there – crazy! Think I can find a better spot for those.


Of course a reorganization project wouldn’t be complete without a side project or two. I’ve been eyeing Jennifer McQuire’s swatch book and of course, in the middle of cleaning, is the perfect time to create one for myself. I added pages for my Distress inks and my much neglected Stampin’ Up! ink pads. Sadly I discovered that three of my red SU! ink pads had gone bad – crusty gooey nastiness - yuck! I still have a few other inks to add and some to get rid of that I never use.


Thanks for stopping by! I have a crafty afternoon/evening planned at my house with a friend this coming weekend so I better get back to cleaning.

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