Thursday, September 3, 2015

Serendipity Stamps September Release

OH another fabulous day for a visit!  We're celebrating the newest release from Serendipity Stamps - and if you are a "Fall" person, like me, you're going to love these.  They say the living is easier in the Summer, but I really think it's easier in the Fall.  No air conditioning running - the windows will be open.  It won't be too hot to walk the dog, or cook in the house.  And best of all.. Mother Nature will be putting on a spectacular show!   If you are following along on the hop today you should have reached me from my sweet friend Vickie Zimmer's blog.  If you want to start from the beginning you can get all the details here at Mary's Blog!
SO what's new? How about this cool "Autumn" word die? I love the little leaf embellishments don't you? I double cut mine so I could add more fall color!
The colorful leaves are part of the new "Autumn Pops" stamp set. The set includes 5 stamps with images that have clean lines that are so easy to color. I thought the leaves would look great as a peek a boo inside the "Stitched Banner Duo Two" from Pretty Pink Posh. The pretty stitched border is also from Pretty Pink Posh called "Stitched Borders Two". You can find Pretty Pink Posh dies in the Serendipity Stamps Store here.

This card features a new sentiment called "Take Time".  This one features a beautiful mixed font with lots of embellishments - some leaves, and a bitty clock to dot the "i" in "time"
The Oak Scroll Leave Die Set comes with a fancy cut leaf, a solid leaf and two cute acorns all for $14.95! I stamped the sentiment on light aqua paper and then partially embossed the panel. I just rolled it only part way through my die cut machine so the top would be embossed and the part with the stamped sentiment would remain flat.
The wood look sequins can be found here in the store.   And they look great mixed with your favorite colored sequins. 
Want to see more?  Next stop on your hop is Jenny Gropp!  If you love beautifully colored images with layers and layers of yummy goodness Jenny will make you happy!   BUT BEFORE YOU GO!!!   Leave me a comment!  Mary will be selecting one comment from the blogs to be the winner of a $20 gift certificate from Serendipity Stamps.  But you have to leave a comment to win!!!!   You have until Monday 9-7 to leave a comment.   The winner will be announced on Mary's blog on 9-8

Want to go shopping? Yes!!! There's a sale!!!  Buy 3 items and get a 4th item free.  Shipping is always free on orders over $50.  And.. the 50% off stamp of the month is the Japanese Maple

Here's the hop order:

Mary's Blog

Supplies:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Serendipity Autumn Pops
Dies:  Serendipity Autumn Word Die, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo Two, Stitched Borders Two
Pattern Paper Carta Bella "A Perfect Autumn" 6x6"
Twinery Natural Twine
Enamel Dots 
Stampin Up!  Wood Veneer Leaf

Stamps:  Serendipity Stamps Take Time
Dies:  Serendipity Stamps Oak Leaf Die Set
Sequins:  Wood Look Serendipity, Colored Pretty Pink Posh 
Paper Studio Lattice Circles (Hobby Lobby)

Fusion - Back to School

What a week - I think Moriko  (my fur baby) is turning into a teenager - or terrible two or something.  Every time I let her out it seems like she's after something!!!  Earlier in the week she dug up a den of bunnies.  No worries.. they are all ok - I had to make her spit one of them out!  Yesterday she was chasing a big toad.   You could tell she had a taste of him too because she looked like she wanted to rinse her mouth out.  It didn't stop her from charging every time he moved. ... Yes... he is ok too!  LOL.  I can't vouch for the bees she keeps trying to catch.  I wonder.. .do they taste like honey?

Have you been missing one of your favorite challenges lately?  Well wait no more!  Fusion Card Challenge is back!  The kids are back in school and we're back from our hiatus! I hope you're rested up and ready to play!  Here's the inspiration.  Its Fusion so remember you can use the inspiration photo or the sketch to give you a kick start.  If you're feeling clever you can FUSE them together like I did.   
I dug into my stash for some of my favorite pattern paper from October Afternoon.   I love their nostalgic looking paper and themes.
 The stamp set is one of my favorites too from Lil Inker Designs called School Girl.
Need a little more inspiration?  Hop on over to the Fusion Card Challenge Blog or click on any of the DT member names below to see what they've got cooking!

Have a great day!  

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamp:  Lil Inker Designs School Girl
Pattern Paper October Afternoon Daily Flash
Dies:  Cheery Lynn French Pastry, Poppystamps Classic Ribbon, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Stitched Country Borders
Button:  October Afternoon
Maraschino Twinery Twine
1/2"  Corner Chomper We R Memory Keepers

Pocket Thanks for Teacher

It’s “Back To School” for most of the kiddos.  That’s sort of bittersweet for me.  It makes me sad to think summer is at an end, and the days will be quieter.   No one to have lunch with except my little fur baby.  At the same time I am happy that my day will be more organized and we’ll be back in a routine.  And, if I am very good and have all my chores caught up I just might find some time to play!
We’re featuring a few Back to School projects this week.  What a great time to add a Thank You card for teacher to your stash!  You just never know when you will be needing one.  

I remember when  my son took the big  box of Dunkin Donut Munchkins to school for his birthday.  Of course he was a big boy and insisted he bring them into the school all by himself.   At some point the box broke open and donut holes went rolling everywhere.  
One of his teachers came to his rescue – helped him pick them all up and even went back to the donut shop to buy a new box for him.   Talk about saving the day!

The right teacher can give you such peace of mind.  I admire and respect all the teachers who help our children achieve their goals.  So yes, thank you cards are a MUST!!

I made mine into a pocket card so I could slip a little treat inside – this pocket is big enough to hold a gift card or even a candy bar. 
I wrapped The Twinery Maraschino twine around the front of the card three times, and tied a bow under the star button.  Teacher gets an A+ and a Star!  The inside of the card is perfect for a hand written note.
I love using The Twinery Twine to take every project to the next level You make a handmade card to show  you care and , that little extra touch makes all the difference.

The Twinery Maraschino Twine
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Peace & Plenty (apple) ,  Fine Feathers (sentiment), Planner Basics Frames & Words
Pattern Paper:  Pink Paislee Solstice 6”
Dies:  Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders, Waltzingmouse Pretty Panel #2
Wood Clothes Pin
Wood Button:  Maya Road

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Silly Monkey Baloo

Looking for a little inspiration?   Once a week Pretty Little Studio has a pinterest inspired project and this time it's my turn!   Today I’m turning to this pinterest image!  Pretty neat right?   Sometimes it’s not so obvious how I got from the pinterest image to my final project so I’m going to start out by telling you the things I love – that captured my attention on the inspiration photo… … the wood veneer alphabet, rainbow colored books. and neutral striped background.   I was particularly focused on the contrast between the book end and the colorful books. 

So… how to translate that into a card.  I started with the colorful wood grain paper from the Silly Monkey collection.  To create a bold contrast I put it next to some orange graph paper.  Why graph paper?  To mimic the lines of the neutral background in the inspiration photo.
I thought  the die cut Silly Baloo Monkey would make the perfect  bookend /divider so I adhered it along the seam where the two pattern papers meet.
I layered a pretty doily under the die cut to soften up the lines and add some interest.

I wanted to add some alphabet letters so I adhered “Silly” created from Gold Foil Caps Alphas Stickers.

I’m a “ more is more” gal so a sprinkle of stars from the Paradise Confetti mix to pick up on the blue in the wood grain background is the perfect finishing touch!

I hope you are inspired to make something beautiful today!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Pattern Paper:  PLS Silly Monkey Collection
Die:  Silly Baloo Monkey
Doily:  4” French Lace
Stickers:  Gold Foil Caps Alphas
Confetti:  Paradise
Other:  Twinery Mandarin Twine
Cloud 9 Wood Veneer Sequins

Monday, August 31, 2015

The 12 Kits of Occasions - August Edition
A Spoonful of Sugar

Hi and thanks for stopping by!  Can you believe it's that time already?  Gosh August has just sped by in a flash - I'm actually posting LATE today because I didn't realize it was the last day of the month.  Why in the world did I think that was tomorrow?  Better late than never and I hope you will forgive me.   Not familiar with the 12 Kits of Occasions?  We're a  group of 12 friends that love to paper craft.  We take turns making a kit for the group.  We all get the same supplies, and get to work.  On the last day of the month we share what we made.  SO fun to see what we did the same and what we did differently.

Our hostess with the mostest this month is Michele Ferguson from I Card Everyone!  Michele put together an amazing kit full of wonderful images from Avery Elle, Verve and My Favorite things.   You can get a complete list of all the products featured as well as a sneak peek from all the designers with projects here on the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog.   Our theme this month is "A Spoonful of Sugar".  So get ready for get well and friendship cards.  No one makes us feel better than our crafty friends.   
There is usually a tricky element included in the kit that I want to keep an eye out for - something that I had a hard time coming up with ideas for.  This time for me it would be the clear Kiss Kiss stickers.  Michele told us there was a "secret ingredient" in the kit - I can't wait to find out what that was!!   Maybe the wood spoon?
I had no trouble with that!! I painted mine pink, wrapped it with some washi and dipped it in some giltter "sugar".  I'll be using this as a tag on a little gift basket filled with tea, honey and some other "necessaries" for a sick friend.
I made another little pocket tag to stuff with goodies.  Michele gave us a little package of green tea - so tempted to make it and drink it myself.. but did behave in the end, tucking it it the tag and adding  a wood spoon from my own stash.  
Ready for more?  You can hop to the 12 Kits Blog or use this handy little list to hop around!  

 Michele Ferguson - I Card Everyone  (August Hostess)
Marybeth - It's Time For Paper

Have a great day and thanks again for having a look around!