Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cards, Cards, Cards

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday to you!
Just popping in to share some of the cards I created with the May Hip Kit.

My Minds Eye patterned paper, Crate Paper border sticker & button, Studio Calico Wood Veneer star (love these stars!)

October Afternoon & Pink Paislee patterned papers,
BasicGrey Details star embellishment and
EK Success border punch.

American Crafts Rocky Road & Powder cardstock,
Studio Calico blue graph Tweets Rub-Ons,
BasicGrey Hello Lucious Ribbon Doilies
and an SRM Sentiment Sticker from my stash.

Jillibean Soup Watermelon Gazpacho patterned paper,
a mix of Sassafras Sweet Treat stickers and BasicGrey Life of the Party petals,
a Basic Grey Life of the Party Small Details embellishment
and a super cute tag from Studio Calico's State Fair collection.

And here are a couple card variations based on this Card Maps Sketch the Design Team used this month...

My Minds Eye & Pink Paislee patterned paper, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Star
and American Crafts cardstock.
I sprayed the naked star with Studio Calico Mister Huey in School House Red and
covered it with Martha Stewart's fun vintage-like glitter.
The sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp from my stash.

Crate Paper & Pink Paislee patterned paper,
Maya Road wood button, Basic Grey Life of the Party Petal blossom
and American Crafts cardstock in Cricket & White.

Thanks for stopping by!
See you real soon!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Just Create to Create

Hi friends! Happy Friday to you.
Had a fantastic time in Chicago and at Summer CHA, but am so happy to be home with my little family. Sorting through laundry and photos...and can't wait to share some more CHA goodness & some fun Chicago adventures with you.

While catching up on emails this morning, I ran across this quote in a DailyGood email...
You may not be a Picasso or Mozart, but you don't have to be.
Just create to create.
Create to remind yourself you're still alive.
Make stuff to inspire others to make something too.
Create to learn a bit more about yourself.
{Frederick Terral}

Don't you just love that? Just create. Be alive. Make stuff. Inspire others. Learn about yourself.
Good Stuff.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CHA Summer 2011 - Day 1

Hi friends. Greetings from Chicago!
Today was Day 1 of the CHA Summer 2011 show...and my oh my, so much to see! Here are some of my favorite things from today...

Lovely felted acorns & dress form at the HandBEHG Felts booth...

Fabulous Tim Holtz Halloween and Christmas displays in the Ranger booth...

Vintage style goodness in the Jenni Bowlin booth...

There were four fabulous new collections in the Fancy Pants booth. Here's a peek of two of them...

Crate Paper {LOVE}...

Fresh and fun Amy Tangerine for American Crafts...

October Afternoon...My Mind's Eye...Pink Paislee...Doodlebug...
Oh my! I could go on and on and it's only Day 1. I think it is time for some shut eye. Can't wait to share more of my little adventure with you tomorrow.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Some Happy Hip Kit Projects

Playing with the May Hip Kit from Hip 2B Square was such fun! Here are a few of the layouts that I created with this delightful kit...

On this layout I used Studio Calico's Mister Huey in Schoolhouse Red & Lunch Tray to create the star background. A package of Studio Calico's wood veneer stars is included in this kit, so after I punched out the star shapes, I used the negative for a mask, then added a bit of machine stitching to give the stars some texture.

On this double page layout I didn't have enough of the Studio Calico State Fair patterned chipboard alphabet to finish my title, so I mixed it up a bit and added a few sparkly Thickers from my stash which worked out great!

I love how these pinwheels turned out when I used the 'All Systems Go' patterned paper from the October Afternoon Rocket Age collection and the adorable Crate Paper fun!

I love the look of mixing different fonts and alphabets together. Here's my take on that technique with the title on this layout. (This layout is a lot brighter in person, so bear with me, as I continue to try to master photographing projects. Our Pacific Northwest weather doesn't help the lighting any!)

Love these State Fair Die Cut Tags from Studio Calico. So bright and fun!

Thanks for letting me share, friends! Hope you're having a happy and creative day!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Life is Sweet

Life is definitely sweet over at Paper Issues!
It is time to link up your sweet projects - layouts, cards, altered items - if it includes paper, just link it!

Since I think new babies make life pretty darn sweet, here's a card I created for my friend Mandy that just announced she is expecting on New Year's Eve!

I used some super sweet 'Magical Forest' patterned paper from Pebble's Ever After collection (I adore the little woodland friends on that paper!), a bit of the 'Perfect' textured craft polka dot paper from Pebble's New Arrival collection, a Crate Paper cardstock sticker (that was designed exclusively for Studio Calico!), a sweet Bloomer from BasicGrey and another blossom from Sassafras. I also added some of my favorite Mini Market alphas in pink from October Afternoon.

You have until July 30th to link up your Life is Sweet projects here. Hope you play along! I can't wait to see what you're inspired to create!

PS...If you haven't heard yet, there's a sweet sale going on at the Paper Issues Paper Shop. Summer CHA is just around the corner & Paper Issues is making room for new goodies! Today is the last day to use code CHA30 to get an extra 30% off everything in the store! I just know there is something there you can't live without! :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Little Birdie Secrets!

My friends over at Little Birdie Secrets are celebrating three years of crafty goodness!

Today, I have the pleasure of helping them celebrate with some card inspiration. There's even a little giveaway...which includes my five handmade cards plus a few extra papercrafting goodies from me that you can use to add to your own birthday card stash!

So go wish Little Birdie Secrets a happy birthday and check out the deets on the giveaway here!

PS...Not to be misrepresented, I am not currently designing for Citrus Tree Studio as my DT term was up in April, BUT I do love Citrus Tree Studio and all my friends there AND you can find loads of inspiration from the new design team! xoBC

Friday, July 1, 2011

Thank you Mr. Mail Carrier...

THIS is a fabulous way to start off the weekend! Happy Friday!!