Friday, June 24, 2016

TYIC#50 Watercolor Floral

HI and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you like tags!  A new challenge begins today at Tag You're It!  Check out the inspiration from design team member Kelly Szafron this week!     I think she took me out of my comfort zone a little bit with this one.  I didn't focus on the subject matter (the strawberry) so much as the technique she used to create this lovely tag.

I stamped a floral image and embossed it on watercolor paper.  Next I water colored the image to get the same look as Kelly!  I used my Zig Clean Color Brushes and a water pen to spread the color around.  (I got mine at Pretty Pink Posh)

This took me more than a few tries before I was happy with the result.  Sometimes I get a little carried away.  I went mad spraying and spritzing as a finishing touch, and it just kept coming back looking like it got dropped in a puddle.  So no splotches for this little gal!  :) 


I kept lots of elements the same as Kelly's tag - the double tag, circular bitty tag for a sentiment, and a few additions of my own.. some sequins and a bow.  Seems like forever since I've tied a bow.. am I turning CAS? 
The Zig Cean Color brushes gave me more control in the tight areas of this stamped images.  I think this would have been nearly impossible for me with just a brush and pan colors. 
I got lucky with the sentiments in this stamp set from Stampin' Up!  They had  one small enough to fit on this bitty tag! 

Ok one more photo! 
Now it's your turn ! I sure hope you'll join us at Tag You're It!  Step out of your comfort zone and see what you can create with this fun technique!









Stamps | Stampin' Up! I Like You
Die | Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo 2 | Spellbinder Charmed I'm Sure
Twinery Pink Sorbet Twine
Hole Punch We R Memory Keepers 
Ribbon May Arts 5/8" Fuschia Mesh
Pattern Paper | Doodlebug Sweet Things 6"

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes

We're celebrating Summer at The Twinery! What could be more summery than a seaside vacation? You have to hit the beach at least once this summer! There's nothing like the wind in your hair and your toes in the sand! I always leave with wonderful memories - the kids building sand castles, collecting seashells, and wading in the surf. Something about the experience just makes me feel alive! So I though this cute little mermaid was just the thing to get you summer dreaming of beaches and tropical places! 
 thought I'd make a fun underwater scene for my little mermaid. She's surrounded by her fishy friends and some underwater life. For my background I wrapped colorful Twinery Twine in Caribbean, Denim and Midnight Blue around a card panel several times. I thought the different shades of blue would add a little underwater depth to the scene. The lightest - the Caribbean is the upper surf, and of course the Midnight Blue is the ocean's deep. 
I kept the cover panel of the card slightly smaller than the base to make room for the twine. I secured the twine on the reverse side of the cover panel. I wanted just enough to fill the inside of the die cut wreath. When I had enough twine wrapped around the panel I secured the panel to the card base with adhesive foam tape. I only added the foam along the top and bottom of the panel where it's free of twine. This leaves lots of room for the twine and helps the card lay flat.

Next I added the die cut images. I used adhesive dots to attach the pieces to the twine wrapped area. Since the mermaid didn't lay completely flat - since most of her is sitting on the twine her tail is raised. I added an adhesive foam dot to her tail area. I embellished her hair with a gem and the clam shell with a little pearl. 


A sprinkle of clear sequins are like a splash of ocean water - sparkly!!
Enjoy your summer and make the most of every moment!


Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Twinery Twine | Carribean, Denim, Midnight Blue
Stamps | Reverse Confetti Mermaid Kisses

Die | Reverse Confetti Wreaths Confetti Cuts
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SPDMIX4 - Tropical Thanks

Are you playing the NEW weekly Mix It Up Challenge at SugarPea Designs??
You have all month to play along with us! You are welcome to play along with all the challenges or just one but remember the more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning a $50 gift certificate to our store!!!

Here is the Mix it Up Challenge! 

To play along, make a project using just the inspiration, or just the sketch or Mix it Up and use both! It is totally up to you!

The rules are very simple…
  • Create a new card or project using the challenge provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDMIX4 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz shown below.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $50!
  • We will announce our Sweet Picks and our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Here's my take on the sketch...
I followed the sketch and the photo on this design!  That photo looked like a fun beach party so I had to go "tropical paradise" today!  


I created a "sunset" background layering two blue Zig Zag Stitched Circles and topping them with the ymmy new Pineapple Paradise Pineapple!

A pretty flower - from the Funky Wreath Spring Addition - I think this one looks like a hibiscus don't you? 
I love the font for the sentiments in this set.  I stamped this one on a Stitched Flag die.


I broke up the two busy pattern papers with a solid strip of card stock.  The bitty green border was cut with a Pretty Pink Posh stitched border die  I think the stitching on all the elements helps bring it together. 
The solid matt for the pineapple also helps break up the pattern papers.  The finishing touch?  Some bling!  A sprinkle of clear sequins does the trick! 
Click through our designer’s blogs listed below for even more crafty inspiration using this Mix it Up Challenge and then it’s YOUR turn to come back and link up your creation for a chance to win a Gift Certificate up to $50! We can’t wait to see what you create!!




Ready to play? Click here to jump to the blog - you can always find the challenge by clicking the badge in the right column. You have until July 4th to enter any of our June Challenges. Our June winner will be announced on July 5th.










Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5"
Dies | Sugar Pea Designs Pineapple Paradise, Zig Zag Stitched Cirlcles, Funky Wreath Spring Addition, Stitched Flags | Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders One
Pattern Paper | Pebbles Everyday 6"
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh

Monday, June 20, 2016

Superstar Sash Celebration

Summer celebrations are in full swing! I'm seeing graduation and pool parties all over the neighborhood. I'm even hearing fireworks throughout the night - my poor dog! I almost made this card red white and blue to celebrate the 4th, but I couldn't resist adding a rainbow of color instead! 

Have you seen the new "sash" style dies yet? They only cut across the top and bottom of the die - they remain attached on either end. These are great for just slipping a colorful sheet of card stock behind to let the die take center stage! I cut the Superstar Sash four times across the front panel of my card. I alternated the cut direction - flipping the die on every other cut so some have the loop facing up, and others have the loop facing down.
I colored the rainbow panel with Peerless Watercolors from Birch Press Design. To get that splotchy effect I pressed the paper between two large acrylic blocks I use for stamping and let them dry in between them.
I embellished my card with gold glitter stars cut from the same die (The Superstar Sash). They add just the right amount of sparkle!

I double cut the "Decor Celebrate" die - once from gold glitter paper, and once from gold foil. I stacked them to make the sentiment bolder and easier to read.
This is so fun and colorful - it looks party ready doesn't it?

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

Dies | Poppystamps Decor Celebrate, 1517 Superstar Sash
Peeless Warcolors

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Vroom! Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!  I thought I'd make a special card for Dad featuring Pretty Little Studio Products. What could be more flattering than a "mini me"? This is Noah! He wants to be just like his Dad when he grows up! I miss the "good old days" when my kids always thought I was right, and would follow me around the house! 
My card base is a cityscape paper from the Let's Go Travel Collection called Amsterdam. I thought Noah would look neat trucking around town in his fire truck! 
This layout is really simple. I have the Noah die cut matted on a Birthday Cake Favors Shipping Tag. A Tab is peeking out the side of the tag with - I selected one from the Tahiti collection because it has a map on it - Noah probably wont want to stop and ask directions! LOL! The tabs are great for writing a simple sentiment or stamping.
The finishing touch is a sprinkle of stars from the Gold Treasure Confetti pack. The little die cut stars in the pack are double sided - I chose the bright yellow polka dots to go with the primary colors on my layout.
A big hug for all the great Dad's out there who do all they can to take care of their families! We love you! 


Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Products:
Die Cut | Noah
Pattern Paper | Let’s Go! Travel
Birthday Cake Birthday Favors Shipping Tags
Confetti | Gold Treasure
Tabs | Tahiti
Stamps |   Waltzingmouse Stamps Half Pint Heros
Twinery Ocean Twine