Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More Hip Kit Projects

Hey there friends! Three days in a row. Can you believe it?!? Whoohoo!

These are the cards that I created using the February Hip Kit from Hip 2B Square. They're all quite simple...but sometimes simple is good, don't ya think?

Fabulous bird patterned paper from Studio Calico's Countryside collection and fun corrugated frame from Jillibean Soup...

Pretty patterned papers and a journaling card from Echo Park...
The 'Thank You' sentiment is a random rubber stamp from my stash.

I love the vintage looking teal and marigold color combination on this next card. The typewriter and the sentiment are from Echo Park's For the Record collection, off of the 'Noteworthy' patterned paper. And the yellow bit is a chipboard piece from My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose collection. A little bit of black stitching gives the card some added texture, while still keeping it simple.

The next two cards use bits of the Echo Park For The Record patterned papers. And isn't this Studio Calico Notions blossom super cute?  

I also love the Studio Calico wood buttons from their State Fair collection that are included in this kit. I think they're great in their naked form or painted and inked! This one I sprayed with some Maya Mist and layered over one of the Jillibean corrugated circles.

I just love making cards. Do you?


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Hip Kit Projects

Happy Tuesday!
Here to share a few of the projects I created with the February Hip Kit from Hip 2B Square. Love all the Studio Calico, Echo Park and Jillibean Soup products that are featured in this kit! Most of the product is brand new - winter releases from CHA! Oh YAY!

Love the 'Bean Blossoms' from Jillibean Soup...and don't they make the cutest lollipop flowers?! 

Look at these yummy die cut tags from Studio Calico and the woodgrain butterfly rub them!

All the colors in this kit are so spring-y!

Tomorrow I'll share some cards that I created with this great kit!
Until then...happy crafting friends!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Crate Paper Love & a Moxie Fab Challenge

Hi friends! Happy spring!
I think my little blog is feeling neglected these days...but it's only because I have been a busy bee & creating like mad! I'm excited to have some new projects to share over the next few days.

Speaking of new...I recently received a box FULL of Crate Paper goodness. I ordered a bunch of product from their four new collections...and it is devine! I spent a lot of time in the Crate Paper booth at CHA...totally drooling over everything. But hey, when faced with this...

And this...

And this...

And this...

And this...

And this...

How can a girl not drool?!?!!
I fell in love with this mini-album they had in their booth. Layers and layers and layers of Crate Paper awesome-ness...

And I absolutely love how they displayed their Designers' layouts in these frames...

So much inspiration! I'm having tons of fun playing with my new CP goodies! So when I spotted Cath's Cityscapes Are On the Rise challenge in the Moxie Fab World, I knew just what I would use!

This row of darling townhouses is a chipboard piece from the Crate Paper Neighborhood collection. The 'Thank You' stamp is from Paper Source. Together with patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Good Day Sunshine collection, they make a very simple & super cute thank you note. The card was quick and fun to put together.

Head over to the Moxie Fab World and check out all the other fab cityscape inspired projects. There's still time to play along...


Friday, March 11, 2011

Out of this World Papercrafting

Have you seen these?

These are photographs of pieces from the Pulp Fashion Exhibit at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. These couture designs were created by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave...and they are made of PAPER! I'm in total awe. Absolutely incredible.
Here are a couple of photos of the artist and her team at work...

A documentary by Eye on the Bay about the artist, her passion and love of manipulating and creating with paper can be found here. There are four parts to the documentary. So far I've only watched the first segment, but I can't wait to watch the rest...and I encourage you to do the same. I guarantee you'll be amazed by this woman and her art.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Color Challenge

Hi friends!
Today the Citrus Tree Studio Design Team is kicking off another round of challenges. For March, I have a color challenge to share...and it is not green!
My color palette was inspired by these photos I saw on Pam Garrison's blog...

Which also reminded me of this fabulous picture from

How fun is that?! I want to be invited to that party!
Based on this pretty color palette, I created some cards.
The first card features Basic Grey's 'Boy Band' patterned paper from their Hopscotch collection, 'Love Notes' from the Sassafras Paper Crush collection and a Cosmo Cricket chipboard button.

The next card features My Mind's Eye 'Mabel' paper from their Stella and Rose collection, and bits of paper from Crate Paper...'Playdate' from the new Toy Box collection and 'Quilts' from the new Emma's Shoppe collection (bits I was lucky to get at CHA...I ADORE these new collections!!). The round doily sticker is from a Studio Calico kit (designed by Crate Paper for SC) and the pretty butterfly is a vintage piece from an old Jenni Bowlin kit.

And the third card features a mix of pretty papers from the My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy collection, a die cut from their Lost and Found collection, some pink tulle I purchased at Impress and a vintage button.

I hope you play along with my color challenge this month! You can get all the details about the prize that's up for grabs from Citrus Tree Studio there's a new sketch challenge and a new technique challenge (which involves canvas, YAY!) posted, so go check it out & join in on the fun!

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Getting Paint Under My Nails

For a long time I've been wanting to create on canvas. Totally inspired by talented artists like Kelly Rae Roberts, Pam Garrison and the fabulous Christy Tomlinson. I even saw Claudine Hellmuth in the Ranger booth at CHA! Here are a couple of her fun canvas projects that were showcased there and a smattering of other wonderful canvas pieces that I spotted at CHA...

From the Girls Paperie Booth
Another one from the Girls Paperie Booth
From Jenni Bowlin's Booth
Not sure what booth this was in, but it is super sweet!

I've been collecting canvas, beeswax, paints...and have quite a mixed media stash growing. Don't you think it's about time I do something with these supplies?!?

I do! So I took the leap and signed up for Christy's online class...

It has been an amazing class...and it's only week 2! Christy is so inspiring and full of fabulous tips, tricks and techniques. Here's what I have in progress...

The first canvas is 4x12 and I haven't decided what to do with that one yet. The girls are on 6x12 canvases. I'm still working on the backgrounds...playing with texture and adding layers of paint. It's so fun designing their outfits (I totally want a pair of striped rain boots just like the cute girl in the red dress has on)!
Can't wait to share the finished product! Until then, I'm off to get more paint under my nails...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Citrus Tree Studio March Kit

Saturday was reveal day over at Citrus Tree Studio and the March 'Treasures and Trinkets' kit is now available! This kit features patterned papers from Scribble Scrabble and is full of other goodies from Jillibean Soup, Maya Road, Bazzill Basics & Jenni Bowlin...just to name a few!
Here are some projects I created using this lovely kit...

The slide mounts are from my stash...a fun find when I was thrifting with two of my favorite gals at the Goodwill Outlet. I love the giant butterfly rub on from Jenni Bowlin that is in this kit! I cut it in half and used half on this layout and the other half on this card I shared on Monday's ode to yellow post, which was inspired by the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger...

Another of my favorites from this kit are these Maya Road craft envelopes...

...and the fun 'Sugar Picks' from Jillibean Soup!

The add-on this month is a Maya Mist in metallic 'Antique Patina'. It's a beautiful, highly color saturated mist. It looks great misted on patterned paper and also covers naked chipboard really well.

I used the flap of one of the Maya Road envelopes to hold bits of journaling tags...

Isn't this corrugated bird shape from Jillibean super cute?

I folded one of the Bazzill mini paper flowers in half and stitched it on for a ruffly little wing...

I used the Maya Mist to color the leaves on this next card. The leaves are actually bits of one of the Jillibean corrugated flower shapes that I cut apart.

Thanks for stopping by friends...hope you've been inspired!
More details on the CTS March kit can be found here. And while you're there, take a minute to pop over to the CTS gallery to see what the other Designers created this month!

P.S. Just found out that I'm a Moxie Fab Trigger Target today! YAY! And the new Trigger is gorgeous. Anyone want to play along??