Friday, November 27, 2015

CardMaker Magazine Winter Christmas Card & Ornament

I hope you guys all had an awesome Thanksgiving with family and friends!  Now that Christmas is officially upon us I thought I would share a card and ornament set (using Papertrey Ink's Shape up Snowman Die) which are currently being featured in the Winter 2015 issue of CardMaker Magazine.  :)

To say I was shocked when I opened the box from CardMaker Magazine is a huge understatement.  This was my first time being featured on the cover and it was such a happy surprise!  :)

Oh course I had to go to Michaels and take a picture of it sitting on the rack with all the other pretty magazines.  ;)  

I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CardMaker Blog: Sunny Studio Santa's Helpers Shaped Card

Hi there!  It's my turn on the CardMaker​ blog today and I'm really excited to be sharing this fireplace shaped card using the Santa's Helpers stamp set I designed for Sunny Studio.

I hope you will swing by for a visit to see the full card and to download a free copy of the fireplace cutting file I designed.  :)

Interested in the other products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Doodlebug Touchdown Football Coaster & Birthday Card Set

Hi there!  I'm happy to be sharing a special gift set using Doodlebug's new Touchdown collection and the new chunky twines on the Doodlebug blog today.

My Stepdad loves football so I thought it would be fun to create a special birthday card for him this year.  I think the doodle pop foam finger is just about the cutest thing ever so I had to find a way to incorporate that.  As you can see I tried to incorporate a little bit of everything on this card.  ;)  

I love how the football sprinkles are the perfect size to layer over the football border paper--I think it adds a little extra interest to what may otherwise be a pretty flat card.  

To go with my card I decided to also alter a coaster set by Sierra Pacific that I found at my local craft store.  The coaster set was already painted black and white so I only needed to pick my favorite papers to decorate the two sides with and the lining of the box.

The 4 x 4 squares on the "football field" paper were perfect for the job.  The back of the coasters just happen to also be 4 x 4, but they are tapered on the front so I simply trimmed down my squares to be 3.75 x 3.75.  

I then used Ranger's Multi Medium Matte with an old paintbrush to adhere the paper to each side of the coaster, followed by two more coats to the exterior (waiting for them to dry between each coat).  This product goes on extremely smooth and without the bubbling that I typically experience with other products.  I love that it dries to a clear matte finish and now my coasters are ready to be spilled on without damaging the fun paper underneath.

I must say I really had to fight the urge to add more cute details.  I really wanted to go nuts, but in the end I decided my Stepdad would prefer them to be simple, functional and generally blend with their home decor so I kept the outside of the coaster box plain.  

I finished off my gift packaging with some of Doodlebug's new chunky twine and another football sprinkle sticker.  :)

I hope I've inspired you to take on this simple project for a sports lover in your life.  I love that this idea would work well with any of Doodlebug's four new sports themed collections.  

Interested in the other products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CardMaker & Sunny Studio Blog Hop with Holiday Cards

Welcome!  I am especially excited for this month's hop with the Cardmaker blog team because we are partnering together with my new company Sunny Studio Stamps!!!  :)  

You should be arriving here from Audrey's blog or if you are just joining in the fun you can start from the beginning at the CardMaker blog.  :)

For my card today I am using the Santa's Helpers stamp set.  I have saved my favorite image for today.  I had so much fun coloring it to make the lights look like hey are glowing in the background using my Copic markers.

For my sentiment I heat embossed it with white embossing powder on solid green cardstock.  To carry out my rainbow light theme, I paired the image with some darling papers from Doodlebug's Santa Express 6x6 paper pad from last year and an epoxy heart from their Lovebugs Sprinkles set.  :)

In honor of the hop Sunny Studio is giving away a stamp set to two lucky winners!  You can sign up for your chance to win one using the rafflecopter at the Sunny Studio Blog at the end of the hop.  :)

Make sure to check out all of the other inspiring projects and leave them some love.  Your next stop in the hop is Heidi's blog.  :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lori Whitlock November Hop: Echo Park Story of Fall Layout

Hello and welcome to Lori Whitlock's November blog hop!  You should be arriving here from Corri's blog or if you're just joining us you can start from the beginning at Lori's blog.  :)

Today I have another layout to share using Lori's collection for Echo Park called The Story of Fall.  I wanted to create a second page that would coordinate well in my scrapbook with the page I share last month (seen HERE) so I used a few of the same cutting file to tie them together.

I dressed up my pumpkin die-cut with a leaf leftover from my border and a twine bow.  I frequently turn to tabs to record the date on my page, but this time it helped serve double duty by filling up a bit of blank space I had left when my page was nearly complete.

For my journaling I cut out the base portion of 2 Label Shapes cutting file.  To make it a bit thinner to fit my space, I welded two together to create the length I needed for a 1.25" high label.

For my leaf border I welded several borders together and used the knife feature to cut off one scalloped edge.  i then adhered different patterns behind it using papers from the 6x6 paper pad from the collection.

I hope I've inspired you to document a special Fall tradition or memory.  Today I used the following cut files available in Lori's shop:

This week you can get 30% off all her and Kolette Hall's amazing cutting files and fonts using the code "NOVEMBER" through November 15, 2015.  :)

There's also a one-day sale going on over at Snap.Click.Supply using the code "NOVEMBER".

In honor of our hop Lori is giving away a $20 gift card to her shop to one lucky winner.  :)

She also has an awesome free cutting file today.  You can sign up for the giveaway and get the link for the freebie at Lori's blog.  :)

Don't forget to check out all the inspiring projects at my fellow teammates blogs.  Your next stop in the hop is Traci's Blog.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Interested in the other products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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