Wednesday, March 25, 2015
With Easter around the corner, I like to count my many blessings. Just having eggs around this time of year reminds me of how many years we couldn't do egg hunts or Easter egg dying because my son was allergic to just touching them. We have come a long way.
When I saw this stamp at Craft Warehouse I had to get it. I mean, aren't they darling. I still know several people in my life that would love getting a cute card like this in the mail. Something that will just make them smile. Don't you?
The weather has been teasing as usual Spring weather does. The sun comes out one moment with blue skies and the next it downpours! Pink Paislee's Citrus Bliss is filled with spring colors that get me in the mood for the season!
I hope you are taking advantage of all that comes with Spring! I know I am!
Create Well: Who in your life is your sunshine? Send them a card to tell them so.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Have you ever met someone where they collect something and then whenever you see that something in a store you are drawn to buy it for them?
When I was in the sixth grade our classroom had table names. You can imagine what the table names could be if made up by sixth graders. Our table name was "The Groovy Cows." Why we picked the cow, I have no idea. Maybe everyone had to pick an animal - I don't remember that part. I have no idea why we couldn't be "The Raging Dinosaurs" or something... let's just say, I am sure I didn't have a say in what animal was picked. I also have no idea how that little table name became a "collection" for me.
Everyone got me cow things up until I think I graduated high school. My grandparents made ceramic cows with handpainted long eyelashes on them - come on, you know what I am talking about. I was given socks, shirts, and knick knacks like you wouldn't believe. I had a shelf in my room filled with little cow figurines. Now, I am not proud of this. I also don't want someone to think of me when they are in a store and see a cow.
Yet, here is this woman and friend Kim, whose favorite color is yellow. Everywhere I go I see yellow and I think of her. When I see yellow I think of sunshine, happiness, bright light, joy, warmth, relaxing, fun - and, well, that is Kim's personality.
So, you see, unlike the "cow" I have no problem making a layout of Kim using lots of gold and yellow. I also have no problem buying her any yellow jewelry of any shape or size because, well, as you can see she likes it. It makes her happy. It's her.
I used Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust collection along with her Minc accessories in gold foil. I also used this Silhouette diamond shape file along with Bazzill Basics cardstock. It matched perfectly. I added my journaling behind a MemoryDex card so that it stayed personal.
I also added some Heidi Swapp stamping too!
So, now when you see anything with a cow on it - DO NOT think of me, but if you see me use yellow more, you will know why. I am thinking of Kim Jeffress.
Create Well: Add a color to your page that you wouldn't normally. How does that color make you feel? Who does it remind you of?
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
So my sister in law recently moved. It was that same week that I got my Unity Stamp of the Week! I was so excited that I could use it for some snail mail. It's always fun living in a new home and getting mail for the first time, don't you think so?
I really had a good time coloring in the stamp and adding a little watercolor base. Then, I backed it with beautiful Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock. Then I layered it on Heidi Swapp Hello Beautiful papers from the 12x12 paper pad. It matched perfectly.
I also embraced my inner fear of glitter by using Heidi's Marquee Love glitter tape. You know what? I have been missing my lint brush for a month and I found it just in time! The only thing is - I didn't need it! This glitter tape doesn't shed like I thought it would!
Now, it's time to pop this thing in the mail and make someone's day!
Create Well: Add a pop of bling with glitter tape and make someone's day!
Monday, March 9, 2015
I am looking forward to giving this layout to my dear friend to have of her sweet baby that my husband and I photographed when she was only a week old. I love the feminine look of this page and the fussy cut flowers popping off of the page.
This layout is featured at Heidi Swapp's blog today sharing more photos and details on where I used the new Minc Foil Applicator machine. Believe me, I want to gold foil my entire house. Beware... when you start, you won't be able to stop.
Create Well: Document the beautiful. Document it today.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
There is an interesting story about what inspired this layout. I saw a home in Better Homes and Gardens magazine and it was filled with coral, navy, black and white stripes, wood, and had touches of gold. When I finished my layout and showed my husband how I was inspired, he said, "Wow, you can find inspiration anywhere can't you?"
I guess I can. I think it is good to get inspiration where you least expect it. It makes the process so much more fun!
Above I added a piece of gold glitter tape from Heidi Swapp's Marquee Love collection.
I had to add some demention to my page using Bazzill Basics' new Self Adhesive Foam Sheets. They run right through the embossing and die cut machine like butter.
I did a partial die cut off this Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Kraft tag. Then I also ran Bazzill's gold foil board for the other half of the word.
I de-embossed the tag with Pink Paislee's new Citrus Bliss Pineapple embossing folder. Seriously, isn't it cute?
You can see the stripe embossing folder on this new Fresno Bling color cardstock. There is so much shine!
All the gold accents were done with Heidi Swapp's Minc and embellishements that go with the machine. I love being able to custom foil pieces to match my projects!
Create Well: Be inspired where you least expect it.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Anyone in love with floral right now? I did this senior shoot last September and was recently shopping and I saw this floral top there and I almost bought it because I loved it so much! Then, I get Heidi Swapp's new Wanderlust collection and I couldn't help but realize it was the colors all along! Aren't they beautiful.
The wineberry color is deep and rich and the yellow is smooth. Smooth like butter. Well, the name is called butter so that is only how I can describe it. Ha! Visit Heidi's blog to see more details of how I used the Minc to create the diecut flowers. They are for sure my favorite embellishments in the Minc collection!
Create Often: Embrace floral!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Happy birthday!!! My son turned 8 yesterday and over the weekend we had a little party to celebrate. Boy, did he wake up surprised by his little display and cake! I guess it doesn't matter how old you are you will always love seeing your name (or initial in this case) in lights!
He wanted everything to match Minecraft ("Steve not the Creeper, mom. I don't like the Creeper."). So, I created Heidi Swapp's tassel banner and a cake topper with some of her new Minc Foil Applicator embellishments. I glued the "hello" and the "8" on skewers, then cut them to size before adding them to the cake. The cake stand was one I created for my daughter's birthday and it was created with a glass plate and a candle holder - can you believe it?!
These letters look stunning in green Minc Reactive Foil made specially for the Minc Foil Applicator. I just can't get enough of it. It looks so fancy and everyone at the party was so impressed with something that took me a minuted to run though the machine to make. Seriously, it was as easy as that!
I added this tray from Craft Warehouse and placed the gift bags inside along with a mason jar of forks and added the cups here too.
I spray painted the inside and outside edge of the Marquee Love letter in gold. I didn't glue the paper down in the letter so that we can switch it out to match his room or maybe even have it hanging in our living room!
For those that joined me on Monday at the Salem Craft Warehouse for the Minc demo, thank you!!! It was so lovely to see familiar and new faces. Next on the Heidi Swapp Minc Tour for Craft Warehouse is Vancouver, Washington Saturday February 28th, 2015 from 12-3pm! See you there!
Create Often: It doesn't take much to make a little boy's birthday special. Just add a little foil.