Monday, May 23, 2016

Of Thee I Sing

Memorial Day is creeping up fast and we're feeling patriotic at The Twinery this week! Memorial Day always means the start of summer here! The kids are getting out of school and the home town festivals and carnivals are already beginning. Don't forget to honor those who serve and remember those who have done their service for this country of ours.

This card is fresh and fun and really easy to make. I started with a white card base and then cut a navy panel slighty smaller. Next I cut an even smaller panel of white card stock. I stamped it with a sentiment and lines of music in light blue and pink. Then I added some splashes of watered down dye ink and smooshed the corners of the paper with the ink that was left. When it was dry I added some die cut stars.

Then I flipped the panel over and put some double sided tape around one of the die cut star openings. I cut lengths of Twinery Firecracker Twine and filled the opening.

Next I added some adhesive foam tape in all the solid spaces of the card so that when I attach it to the card base this panel will be raised - you can't feel or see where the twine is under the panel.

The die cut openings allow the dark navy panel and Twinery Twine to peek through. This adds texture and interest to the card and was easy right? The finishing touch is a sprinkle of bitty gold stars!
Have a great day!!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Twinery Firecracker Twine
Stamps| Taylored Expressions Of Thee I Sing
Die |  Poppystamps 1308 Stitched Star Cutouts

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pretty Little Studio - Wander

Every Friday at Pretty Little Studio we choose a product category from the store to feature! Today it's Die Cuts!    And you'll find lots of them at Pretty Little Studio! We have everything from sweet vintage images and word dies, to travel tickets and tabs! What makes die cuts so wonderful? For me it's the fact that they're ready to use. It's so convenient to pick up an image or sentiment that has been printed and fussy cut and is ready to attach to a project - no matter if its a card or a scrapbook layout. 
My collage card today features a few different die cuts - the Frozen Feather , (this is the 4" - perfect for cards!) the Travel Ticket, and the clear Pacolet file tab.
I started my card base with neutral papers from the Marigold Collection. I wanted a pop of color in my design - I decided on mint - so I added a small panel of mint striped vellum (this paper is called Blue Bells ). 
I repeated the mint color by adding a mint flair from the Cupid's Arrow pack, the mint Travel Ticket, and a sprinkle of mint enamel dots.
Pretty Little Studio has lots of clear sheets that you can use to accent your designs. It's magic how you can layer them over a pattern paper and see it peek through the clear layer.
I love adding doilies to my designs - there are several to choose from in the store. For this one I used half of a Cambridge 4" doily. I'll be saving the other half for another project - a great way to stretch your supplies! 
What a great reminder to take a time out for a road trip!   Summer's here!  No excuses!


Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Products:
Paper | Marigold
Clear Shapes | Pacolet
Die | Frozen Feather 4”
Flair | Cupid’s Arrow
Doily | Cambridge 4”
Tickets | Define. Travel

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Poppystamps Rainbow Gingko Branch

Isn't the weather just lovely? I'm still delighted to see GREEN everywhere! Each day brings a new surprise - a flower blooming or a visit from a bird that has wintered away! It's like my little corner of the world is coming alive! I wanted to capture that feeling with vibrant colors on my card today!

I created my card base by cutting rows of the rush arrow dies from a white card stock panel. I have a magnetic plate on my die cut machine so it was easy to space them approximately 1/2" apart. I cut once, and then ran it through the machine again for each of the cuts. I made the strips different lengths to add more interest. When the panel was cut I removed all the die cut pieces and then taped strips of colored card stock to the reverse side of the panel to peek through the openings before adhering it to my card base.
I double cut the Gingko Branch in dark and light green so it wouldn't fade into that strong background. I did the same with the hello sentiment - this time adding a cut of gold glitter paper for some sparkle and shine!

I love the button dies - have you checked them out? Poppystamps has classic buttons, stars, hearts, and these pretty butterflies that make great accents. Some even have stitching! 

I love the rainbow color!  Wishing you a beautiful day!



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SPDSS54 - Hello Friend!

I hope you're having a great day ! I'm really enjoying watching the yard come to life. Every day I step outside and there is something new to see from flowers to birds on the feeders. My son's not too crazy about having to cut the grass again - but at least he's earning his keep! LOL!!

Happy Wednesday! You know what that means right? Time for a new challenge at Sugar Pea Designs! There's one sweet prize up for grabs and who wouldn't want to win this?


The rules are very simple…
  • Create a new card or project using the sketch 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: SPDSS54 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 $75!
  • 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 the sketch for this week...


Lots of possibilities right? My mind immediately gravitated toward the Funky Wreath and Spring Addition. The new matching die cuts for the flowers make this even more fun to work with!

Whenever I get a new set of stamps and dies I cut and stamp loads of flowers in different colors. I'm feeling citrus colors lately - hence the orange and lemon!




I stamped the wreath in brown and then added lots of branches and leaves in different shades of green and a few berries in pink.  I topped the branches with die cut flowers.
I added some pink and orange polka dot pattern paper across the bottom of the page and topped it with a die cut border from Pretty Pink Posh.  Some Twinery Mandarin Twine topped with a shiny button give this a bit of a homespun feel. 

Turn to the left, now turn to the right!! LOL - couldn't resist one last photo!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out creations from the challenge design team. Just click on their name to jump to their blog!


Ready to play? Click here to jump to the blog - you can always find the challenge by clicking the badge in the right column.



Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Sugar Pea Designs Funky Wreath All Seasons,   Funky Wreath Spring Addition
Dies | Sugar Pea Designs Funky Wreath Spring | Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 4 | MFT Fishtail Flags
The Twinery Mandarin Twine
Pattern Paper | Basic Grey "Typeset" 12"

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Serendipity Stamps May Blog Hop and Challenge Reminder

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Serendipity Stamps is having a blog hop to show you some of the latest products and remind you to play along with our challenge!

If you're hopping along with us you should have reached me from Vickie Zimmer's blog! That means your in a good mood because Vickie always makes beautiful things! If you want to start from the beginning you can see the prize that's up for grabs and get all the details here at Mary's Blog! Now.. let's get started! :)

I made two cards today - both very different - for this one I left the Wine and Cheese image naked. To add a little more interest I stamped the "Welcome" sentiment right on top of it.
This card was made using papers that you can find in the Yard Sale section of the store. Mary has some paper assortments that include at least 20 sheets of paper for $1. You don't know what papers you will receive - there's lots of different patterns. My pack included these.
Do you love the little wood grain sequins? They're at Serendipity here.
I cut a few grape vines from gold foil paper to tie in with the wine and cheese image. Gold is always so rich!
The pretty scallop border along the bottom of my card is from Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 3. Did you know Serendipity stocks Pretty Pink Posh dies? They compliment the images beautifully and you can find them here.
For my second card I colored up this sweet little cowgirl. The image came out a few months back but Mary has just added the cutest little sentiment to the store! They just belong together don't you think?
I love the bits of rope at the beginning and the end of the sentiment!
I stamped the image with Memento ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I wanted to give the image a little more pop so I backed it with a stitched scallop circle die and only let part of it peek out. I chose blue to pick up on the colors of the Cowgirl outfit and the blues in the background papers.
A few trims like the peek of brown stitched border (Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 4), Twinery Espresso Twine and a sprinkle of wood sequins complete my card.

Want to go shopping?

The 50% off stamp of the month is the Lemonade Pitcher

There's a sale too! The code “40fromhigh0516” will give you 40% off the highest priced item in your cart. Good Wed May 18th – Sun May 22.

Mary's also having a “Yard Sale” – it’s contains lot’s of bargains, some one-of-a-kind. You can find it here!


Join us for our latest challenge - Die Cut! We're looking for projects that include die cuts (any brand) and at least one Serendipity Stamps image! You can find our challenge here at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog!

Our special guest at the challenge this month is Carol Mayne of Just Me: C Blog! I hope you'll stop by and tell her hi! I know she's going to rock your socks off!

The next stop on this hop is Jenny Gropp! No one does layers and coloring like Jenny! But Before you go..

Please leave me a comment!!!!

There is a $20 gift certificate that will be awarded to one commenter randomly selected from all the blogs. Hoppers can leave comments through 5-22 .. the winner will be announced on Mary's Blog on 5-23.

Here's a complete hop list for your convenience!

Mary's Blog (Start here)
Jeanne Jachna (That's Me)

Good Luck and Happy Hopping!!



Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5:
Stamps | Serendipity Stamps Wine & Cheese, Welcome
Dies | Pretty Pink Posh Borders 3 | Memory Box Grape Vine
Paper | Serendipity Yard Sale Mixed Paper Pack
Twinery Gold Shimmer Twine
Wood Sequins Serendipity, Gold Sequins Pretty Pink Posh

Stamps | Serendipity Stamps Cowgirl, And She Was Good
Dies | Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Circle Layers, Stitched Scallop Circle Layers, Pr
etty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 4
Pattern Paper | Authentique Homestead 6"
Twinery Cappuccino Twine
Wood Sequins Serendipity
Pin Tim Holtz