Make Your Own Sunshine!

Recently, DCWV sent me a new stack called Blossom Couture available now at Hobby Lobby.  If you have ever had a chance to stop by my blog, you will know that I use a lot of bold and bright colours when I am crafting.  But this new soft, crisp, clean stack has me wanting to do away with the pinks and purples and embrace cream, teal, green, grey and white full time!  Let me tell you – this stack is a beauty!

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For this layout, featuring my youngest daughter with her toothy grin (and complete with one of those new walker head bruises),  I decided to showcase one of the pretty journaling tags available in the stack as a title for the layout.  I really love these tags for both the graphics and the well placed embossing that takes each of them from flat to fabulous!

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On top of all the embossing, you will also find all sorts of great patterns, blossoms, and a touch of foiling on elements like a great page filled with alphas. And this stack, with its neutral colours, is perfectly complimented with some of DCWV’s specialty material stacks like the Printed Corrugated cardstock.

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Finally, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite parts of this new stack – a page that includes a couple of beautiful cards that you can cut out, fold and use just as they are!

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It’s hard for me to give away anything but a homemade cards now, but I have to admit that sometimes I find myself pulling one together at the last minute.  This is a great combination of quick and homemade.  While the designs are pretty enough on their own, you can also embellish them a bit with products like DCWV adhesive pearls  or even a bit of ribbon and you are set to go.  Add one of the cute tags from the same page on the inside of the card, and no one will know that it took you less than 5 minutes to pull it together.

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Well, that’s it for me today!  I am off to finish another layout that I started with this stack.  Thanks for stopping by today!

When you wish upon a star…

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Star-fairy-closeupOne of the really fun parts of being on a design team for a stamp company is having access to the newest designs by the artist or artists. But sometimes it is great to look back to stamps designs from the past and play with those ones too!  After all, there is nothing better than that stamp standbys – the ones you love coming back to over and over again!  That’s why I always love Throwback Thursdays at Tiddly Inks! 

For today’s Throwback inspiration, I decided to use one of the darling fairies from the Buggs Mega Pack. All the bold stars on her dress and hat inspired me to use bright and bold colours (so I turned to Doodlebug paper of course). The stars also inspired the handwritten sentiment – and I think this little cutie makes the cutest fairy godmother ever!  She can grant my wishes any day!

Well, I hope this fun stamp and card brought a little smile to your day! Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday!

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Modern meadow pretties!

Today, I wanted to share a few cards I created using a really beautiful stack from DCWV called Modern Meadow!  This is a great stack that includes beautiful fall colours together with some light dusty blues to create a beautiful palate great for your more feminine and masculine projects.

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I thought I would play around a bit and see what I could do with this paper if I used the same base shape (a centre step card – here’s a tutorial if you need one) and simply changed up the patterned papers and embellishments to create different looks. I went for a more contemporary design…

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(I love this little quote – ant the DCWV heart-shaped rhinestones are a perfect compliment)

…one that was a more classic…

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I’m not really sure I can pick a favourite from the three..how about you?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Rejected – I need a hug!

So, about a month ago, Paper Crafts Magazine had a call for masculine cards.  Two of the companies that I design for encouraged us to submit, so I got on my crafty bandwagon and went to work.  Now, I need to let you know that I have never had luck with PaperCrafts magazine in the past, but it is important to me to promote the companies I design for so I gave it a go again.  Here are a few of the cards that I created!

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For this card, I used one of my favourite DCWV stacks called Sunday Afternoon.  This stack is filled with fun patterns in great, playful colours.  And the best part is that is has all sorts of shapes that can be cut out for embellishments.  This was a super fast CAS card, and the only materials I used besides the paper were some Liquid Pearls and a bit of Trendy Twine.

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For this card, I got out the My Sunshine stack and played with the alphabet sheet.  On this piece of patterned paper, there are all sorts of stamped letters – some in a bold, darb blue colour.  I decided to isolate those darker colours to spell the work “dad” simply by cutting them out and then matting them on white cardstock.  This is an effect you could also get if you have some alphabet stamps and different coloured inks.  I used some of the Cork adhesive sheets in the background for some extra texture, and then just a bit of Liquid Pearl in the corners.
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I love this one – this card was also made with the My Sunshine Stack from DCWV (and a bit of the adhesive cork too – this stuff is great)!  I simply cut the main sentiment from one of the sheets in the stack, added some Distress Ink and Trendy Twine, and then added the handwritten word “unconditionally” to the bottom, making sure to line up the patterns in the paper.  I just love the message in this one…I can’t wait to give it away!

Well, I didn’t have any more luck this time than I have had in the past.  Man, sometimes it is really hard to apply to magazine calls and design teams and get those “no thanks” messages.  But I hope that somewhere in here, you will find a bit of inspiration that will encourage you to try something different, or just scraplift a sketch or design idea.  Get carfting people – it will make me feel better! ;)

Thanks for stopping by!