Hidden Adhesive with Vellum // Papertrey Ink

My brother's fiancee saw this old mason jar die cut lying on my craft desk and went a little ga-ga over it, so I whipped this card up quickly for her.
This is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Summer challenge.

To make adhere the hello to the frame die cut in vellum, I used some clear liquid adhesive right behind the letters. Then, when adhering the pair together to the mason jar, I added a little more liquid adhesive behind the letters, and for some extra stability, the mini clothespin comes in.

For a chance to win a $15 Simon Says Stamp gift card, comment on THIS post.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless! :)

Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Patterned paper: Crate Paper
Stamp: Papertrey Ink "On the Farm"
Ink: Tim Holtz
Other: vellum, mini clothespin, string, gems, lace

Tools: Cuttlebug, MFT Framed Greetings die


My Purple Battle // Blog Redesign

You know that request I made awhile ago, about redesigning blogs?
Well, I got a great response, I finished the first redesign a couple days ago, and today I'm sharing it with you!

Lisa at My Purple Battle was my first victim, I mean, volunteer. ;)
The before...

And after!

This is a brief on the design process....

I could not have asked for a more enthusiastic "client" - Lisa was very positive and encouraging throughout the process, and was very helpful and patient with the newbie graphic designer. ;)
Of course, I am a carmaker before graphic designer, so I couldn't help but make a card inspired by the blog, for Lisa, using her very favorite color. ;)

These cabochons made me realize how pretty purple is! It really works lovely with gray and rose-like shades.

Thank you Lisa!
Lisa was also very generous, and "donated" a little giveaway to celebrate the new design! 

Giveaway ends July 11th, 11:59 EST.
Thanks so much for stopping in today and have a beautiful week! 


Throwback Thursday // Old pub

A lot of my drafts are actually published cards I had ready to post in case of rejection. Today's card was published in an issue of Paper Crafts.
Don't worry, I'll spare you most of my old pubs, but this one kinda makes me chuckle;

I'd been waiting awhile for a good card to use this fun camera paper on...

I pretty much had the entire card assembled aside from the glasses when I thought "hm, what should I put in this big hole here?", and thus the glasses came to be!

Thanks for dropping in and have a great day!

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Echo Park "This and That"
Stamps: Precious Remembrance "Moms and Dads", Paper Smooches "Sentiment Sampler"
Ink: Stazon
Other: wooden tag (Darice), string (stash), washi tape (Basic Grey), paperclip (Tim Holtz)


Glitter Shaker Card // Avery Elle

Long time, no see, eh?
Don't worry, I'll make it up with a slew of posts in the next couple days. ;)
I've been working on those blog redesigns for my portfolio, and I'm super excited - the ladies I'm working with are the most generous and kindhearted! Hopefully you'll be able to see the first reveal later today or tomorrow.

For now, I've got some cards for the Avery Elle AEI{heart}U Rainbow challenge - I had so much fun with this challenge, that I couldn't seem to stop!

First up is a shaker card using some chunky glitter I found in the home craft stash (love those random finds), inspired by THIS pin.

I had to curve the trunk of this adorable Ellie to make the rainbow flow backward, instead of forward, so I put a couple strips of adhesive on the clear block. It doesn't hold for long, so quick stamping is a much, but at least it's easy to clean up. 

I didn't have pearls the correct size in blue and yellow, so I simply covered some white ones with nail polish, let them dry, and oila! Custom colored pearls! I may or may not have a stash of nail polish solely for this purpose....

To create the rainbow, I basically die cut a bunch of circles, then used smaller circle dies to cut into the circle, creating the streak. It's a great way to use up scraps!

The rainbow was bottomed by a sentiment from Weather It.

Now for a pastel rainbow card...

I embossed the front of the card, then quickly sketched in the colors - usually being messy with watercolors is a good thing, but I'm not sure if I pulled that off with this card. 

To give the balloons a little more "oomph!", I added a thick coat of Glossy Accents. 

I won't bore you with any more now, especially since I'll be popping in tomorrow with some more rainbow inspired cards (I told you, I couldn't stop!)

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!



Father's Day Inspiration // Papertrey Ink and Paper Smooches

I interrupt your regularly schedule day to bring you a quick post with some inspiration for Father's Day.

I'm not gonna lie, I struggled this year. The first card was a disaster (check out my instagram on Sunday for a look at that monstrosity), and while the second card turned out clean and streamlined enough, it just didn't have enough character for my dad.
Here's that second card...

Luckily, my dad is one of those guys that like golfing, so that made it relatively easy to pick out stamps. I die cut a half circle to go behind a heat embossed golf cart, and then used some scrap papers  to add a little golf course scene. Some grey paper made the road, and just for a little more interest, I punched the corners of the front panel with a 1" circle punch (a go-to technique when I'm stumped on how to make a card more interesting) 

But, like I said, the card was a little boring for me, so I tried my hand at it again to make a more personalized card. 
While this result was difficult to photograph, I'm pleased with it because I know he'll get a kick out of it. 

I handwritten the sentiment (thanks Pinterest) using a Memento marker, because I didn't have anything nicer. I'm just gonna say that the uneven look adds to the character of the card, to make myself feel better. ;)

Some little gems top of heat embossed stamped shirts, that were colored in with water and random inks.
This card is more personalized, because one, the sentiment perfectly fits the egos (mine included) of my dad's nine children, and two, my younger sister and I iron his shirts for him and we somehow always manage to get behind, and then he has to nag us to get on top of them. ;)