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A Message from Mother Earth

Hello All – Happy Earth Day!!

Today I’m sharing a card made in response to Cathy’s “Ways to Use it” challenge over at Splitcoaststampers The challenge was to celebrate Earth Day and I thought that to celebrate this day we need to acknowledge our relationship with our wonderful Mother Earth. Thinking on this relationship, and the simple fact that absolutely everything is provided to us freely gave me the inspiration for the card and the message I placed on it.

 

Supplies used in today’s project are:

Stampin Up! – Hand-Penned Holidays Stamp Set, Black & White Embossing Powder, Crumb Cake, Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight Inks, Whisper White & Basic Black Paper,

Tim Holtz – Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Distress Inks.

Other Supplies – Spellbinders “Large Circles” Die-Cut,  Versamark Ink, White Gesso, studioG Alphabet Stamp Set, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Mixed Media Paper, Titanium White Acrylic Paint, Pop-Up Dots & Tape Runner.

 

 

I thought the pop-up squares were great for the earth and decided that the banner could use one as well so I curled the banner up on one side and placed a pop-up square underneath it and glued the opposite end of the banner flat onto the card to give it some extra depth.

 

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Happy Eyelet Outlet Thursday!!!

Hey Everyone!!

Today I’m here to show you 2 cards I’ve made using Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape This product comes in different widths & finishes with a ton of designs!

On the first card I wanted to use a variety of tapes and I thought the best way to do that was vinyl records. I loved when my Dad would play his Elvis records on my Grandma’s old stereo system. That thing was HUGE!! It was so big we had the tv on it when it stopped working. It was made of solid wood and had carpet over the speakers lol!!! Anyone else remember those???

I made the records using my Spellbinders “Large Circles” die set, I needed a large full circle, one small circle and then 3 different sized rings. For the base I used the 2 1/2″ full circle and then for the 3 rings I matched the 2 1/2″ with the 2″, the 2″ with the 1 1/2″ and then the 1 1/2″ with 1″. The centers were made by taping down some washi tape onto the cardstock and then using my 1″ circle die cutting out a solid circle. Once all the pieces were glued together onto the large solid circle, I simply punched a hole in the center, used my Prima Time Travelers Memories Collection Stamp (such a long name for a small stamp!), with my Staz-On Jet Black ink to add some script to the record center. I sat back for a minute and realized they needed something more, so, with my Stampin Up Whisper White Craft ink & sponge I wiped the white ink in a couple of areas to give it a highlighted look, but it was still missing something. After a few minutes I realized that the thing missing was the look of vinyl! So with my Ranger Multi Medium Matte I put a thin layer over all the records and Voila!!! I had the look of vinyl!!!

For the record centers I used the following Washi Tapes: Foil Pink Circle, Anchor, Bicycle, Donut, Fan – Orange, Zig-Zag Orange

For the sentiment & message I used Stampin Up’! “Measure of a Life” & “Phrases for a Friend” stamp sets as well as my Image Tree Alphabet Stamp Set.

 

 

Because two of the records went over the edge I was able to cut them and use the extra pieces for the inside:

 

 

For the next card I wanted to show how washi tape could help you when your creative juices aren’t running high. This Father’s Day  card was made using just several items – Stampin Up! Summer Sun & Black cardstock, their “All Holidays” sentiment stamp, black embossing powder, Versamark ink pad, Eyelet Outlet’s Foil Black & Gold washi tape, and some pop-up dots – Easy Peasy right!!

 

Well I hope you liked todays projects and that they’ve inspired you to create something of your own.

Have a safe and creative day everyone :O)

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Happy Eyelet Outlet Thursday!

Good Morning Everyone!

It’s now officially my day of the week to post my new projects on the Eyelet Outlet Blog so I thought I would declare this day of the week here on my blog “Happy Eyelet Outlet Thursday!” And for todays project I made three different sentiment cards in three different styles, all showcasing some of the New Spring Brads

The first card is a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” CAS (Clean & Simple) card. I wanted to really make the Alien Brads pop so I kept it black and white. I flicked some white Gesso over the base of the card and added a moon using my Spellbinders “Large Circle” die and then the Tim Holtz “Alterations Townscape” die for image. I used my “Image Tree” alphabet stamp for the outside sentiment and with my Versamark pad and some Stampin Up! Black Embossing Powder created the sentiment and then cut each letter out in small squares. I then cut some squares (a little larger) on some left over cardstock and then purposely glued the black & white squares together off center to give it a little more interest. I popped them up on some pop up dots and then added the crochet thread to make it look like a banner. Then came time to use my little adorable Alien Brads, they come sitting and standing and for the front I though it would be cute if they were sitting on the sign:

For the inside I decided the standing Alien Brads would look best as they literally look they are waiting to take you on a tour of your new neighborhood lol! I used my “StazOn Jet Black” ink with a $1.50 “studio g Alphabet Stamp Set” I found in the sale bin at Michaels for the message.

For the second card I decided on a “Happy Retirement” sentiment and I had two thoughts, first, what better way to celebrate retirement than relaxing on the beach and secondly, I have the perfect brads to go with such a scene. I created this “Water Color” card using my ink pads by pressing them onto my Tim Holtz Craft sheet and then with a very wet paint brush, I picked the ink up and proceeded to “paint”. I used Stampin Up! “Early Espresso”, “Ballet Blue”, “Pool Party”, “Gable Green”, “Garden Green”, “Sahara Sand” and Primas “Shabby Tote” Resist Chalk Edger for the colors. My white gel pen was used to sketch the hammock and some white paint for the sale boat. I used my “StazOn Jet Black” ink with the “studio g Alphabet Stamp Set”  for the message and the Stampin Up! “Phrases for a Friend” stamp set for the sentiment. Then came the fun part, adding the Sandcastle Brads and the Turtle Brads these bring the whole scene to life for me:

Next was the “Encouragement” sentiment card. I wanted to do something fun and bright for those Flamingo Brads and so I got out my White Gesso and painted a piece of Multi Media paper, then using my “Mandala” stencil from ColorBox and Finnabairs “White Crackle Texture Paste I gave two of the corners some nice decorative swirls. Once it was all dry I used Prima’s Color Bloom Spray Mists in “Boysenberry”, “Sunshine” and “Lime Wedge” and sprayed them down with water. Once the background was dry I realized that I didn’t like the “Lime Wedge” with the other colors for this so I added “Emerald” over it. I took two old floral chip board pieces and after covering them in some White Gesso used the “Tangerine” and “Summer Sky” Spray Mists on them. Then it was time to add the sentiment from Stampin Up’s “My Friend” stamp set, so I brushed over the area with my “Stampin Buddy” added the sentiment with my Versamark ink and SU! Black Embossing Powder and bang – WHAT A MESS!!!! Turns out, the stampin buddy couldn’t keep the powder from sticking to the spray mist. So after an hour of trying to remove the access power – I had an idea. I pulled out my Black & White Gessos and flicked them all over the background so the you wouldn’t notice the Embossing Powder that shouldn’t be there! So after that fiasco I got to add my two beautiful Flamingo Brads, a little shredded cheesecloth, my flowers and then I noticed something missing. So I went to my bling stash and found the perfect Blue Jewel for the much needed bling and flower center ;O)

Well folks that’s it for today, hope you enjoyed the projects. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a safe and creative day :O)

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A Weekend Experiment…

Happy Sunday Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I just wanted to share a little experiment I performed yesterday (Saturday) on myself, the why and the results. I’ve done a LOT of reading over the past few years on how to create the life you want, and even the ancient texts from thousands of years ago all say basically the same thing and I’m going to share with you one of my two favorite quotes that sums up how our lives are created by us:

“Any idea that is held in the mind that is either feared or revered will, begin at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate physical forms available.”

~ Andrew Carnegie

So this week after a conversation with my hubby about where my thoughts are most of the day and looking at certain areas in my life that need some serious improvement, I decided Saturday morning to perform an experiment on myself.

First: I asked myself what I really, really want in those specific areas of my life. What is the vision, the ultimate outcome?

Second: I removed my typical daily distractions i.e.: phone, mindless internet surfing, tv, etc.. (I didn’t even listen to music, I wanted complete focus on where my mind went)

Third: I had to pay close attention to where my thoughts went throughout the day and take note if any of them work in the direction of attaining my desired outcomes.

So I spent the day alone (with exception to my furry baby ;O) and I did the one task that would allow me to watch my thoughts more closely without distraction – housecleaning!!!  By early evening the outcome was a real eyeopener!! Not only was I NOT focused on my goals but my thoughts had seemed to own homes in “Worrysville”, Fearsome City”, even “Resentment Town” reliving past anger and hurts I thought had been dealt with (I won’t go in to the size of the Guilt & Shame Ridden homes). Not exactly prime ingredients for successful and wholehearted living LOL!!! But I did this experiment without any judgement toward myself; so instead of getting upset or angry over the revelation, I sat with my hubby and told him of the results and talked with him about how I now know why my life in certain areas are the way they are and was glad I had discovered the truth. Even more important – I now know where to go from here.

I  awoke this morning far more focused on where I want to go in my life than what’s on tv or what’s happening on social media, youtube, pinterest, etc., I’m not saying that I will live a perfectly focused day every day, but I am truly aware for the first time in my life of how completely responsible I am for what I focus on and how every day my thoughts are creating my life, my outcomes. I will be forever grateful for that eyeopening experience.

And let’s face it, social media, Pinterest, tv – all of these can be fun de-stressors at times but avoiding our thoughts for those hours only to return to “Worrysville”, Fearsome City” and “Resentment Town” in between the distractions will not deliver the most important thing to us – A Life!

So if any of you are curious about where the majority of your thoughts are calling home throughout the day, I encourage you to try this experiment, even if it’s only for a couple of hours. And if you aren’t happy with the results, at least you’ll get the house work done and that’s a bonus ;O)

Thanks for stopping by, I wish you all a wonderful, creative & loving day today and all of the tomorrows :O)

Patricia

   

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Eyelet Outlet DT Project – “Furry Yoga in the Park”

Good Morning All,

Today I’m sharing with you another Eyelet Outlet project using one of the adorable new Spring brad sets Yoga Cat Brads , when I seen them I knew they needed an outdoor scene and once I thought of the outdoor yoga class in the park I had to make some cute little yoga mats to go with them.  I wanted the card clean and simple but with a full scene and I find the best way to do that is by using your die-cuts. Die-cuts are great at enabling you to add a lot of pieces and depth and still keep everything clean and simple looking ;O)

Products used:

Eyelet Outlet – Yoga Cat Brads and Cream Pearl Swirl Bling

Stampin Up! : Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Pretty In Pink Cardstock and Ink. Summer Sun Cardstock & Daffodil Delight ink. “Word Window” Punch, “Pursuit of Happiness” Stamp Set

Other Supplies: Tim Holtz “Tea Dye”, “Vintage Photo” and “Walnut Stain” Distress Inks, Spellbinders “Large Circles” Nestabilities and “Cherry Blossoms” Shapeabilities Die-Cuts, Forever in Time Double-Sided Tape, Tombow Liquid Glue, Staz-On Black Ink.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a safe and creative day Everyone :O)

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“Learn From Yesterday…” & “Nature’s Coloring” Cards

Hello All,

Today I’m sharing two cards made for another Splitcoaststampers  challenge. This is the first of two cards I made for Kathy’s CAS “Winged Things” challenge. As soon as I read it I had 2 very different ideas so I decided to make both ;O) So they had to be clean and simple and have some of our favorite winged things. For me butterflies are one of my favorite creatures on earth that have wings. They are so beautiful and yet both ideas I had, had the butterflies colorless! So for the first card I used dry embossing and my Wink of Stella clear pen to dress them up and then added a touch of the green jewels for added embellishment.

Products Used:

Stampin Up! Basic Black Cardstock, & Ribbon, Black Embossing Powder, “Sense of Time” Stamp Set, “Beautiful Wings” Embosslits,

BoBunny “Little Miss Jewels”, White Cardstock, Versamark, Tattered Lace Spellbinders Die, Wink of Stella Clear Pen,

Products Used:

SU! “Fifth Avenue Floral”, Inkadinkaclings “Butterflies Cling”, Designs By Ryn “Raindrops” Stamp Sets. Versa mark Pad, SU! Black Embossing Powder, Gellyroll White Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn

 

For the second card I wanted to show how nature “got it’s color”. I stamped my ink pads on my Tim Holtz craft sheet and with a wet paint brush I colored the rain drops. Then added some touches of white here and there with my gel pen.

I popped up the butterfly with pop-up squares

 

Have a great, safe and creative week everyone :O)

 

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A Happy Mother’s Day Gift Set

Hello Everyone,

Today I’m sharing a Mother’s Day gift set that I made for Eyelet Outlet to showcase some of their fab products. I fussy cut the flowers from the DP and I have to say that the bow was easy to prep and difficult to keep together! I used heavy cardstock and I believe for that reason the Tombow liquid glue, E6000 glue and double sided tape just didn’t keep it together so I had to pull out the Krazy Glue!! And after 2.5 hours of fighting with it I tossed it aside and started from scratch with a sheet of printer paper and my glue gun that I forgot I had lol!!!

Products Used:

Stampin Up! 12″ x 12″ “Bravo Burgundy”, “Whisper White” cardstock & “Paisley Petals” dp, 8 1/2″ x 11″ “Brocade Blue” cardstock . “Always Artichoke”, “Bravo Burgundy” and “Calypso Coral” ink pads, “Decorative Label” Punch. “Curvy Verses” Stamp Set

 Eyelet Outlet : Blue Jewel Sticky Back Bling, Champagne Jewel Sticky Back Bling, Blue Glitter Washi Tape

Tip for the day: In the future I would always use a regular sheet of printer paper to make the bow with, or at least a thin sheet of cardstock, Stampin Up! cardstock is very thick and therefore the center of the bow was, making it more difficult for the glue to keep it together. I do suggest that if you insist on using heavier cardstock to at least glue the washi tape down with double sided tape as the cardstock bends in places “bubbling” the tape in areas. And no matter the type of paper used, the best glue is your glue gun ;O)

 

 

Thanks for visiting today, have a fabulously creative and safe week ;O)

 

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“Somebunny Loves You” Card

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing a card made in response to a Splitcoaststampers CAS Challenge. It had to be clean and simple and feature a bunny. This was my first time using this Whimsy Stamp but I thought it suited the challenge perfectly. I pressed my ink pads onto my Tim Holtz Craft Sheet, sprayed them with water and using a very fine tip paint brush “painted” the image in watercolor technique.

Supplies used in today’s project:

Stampin Up! Bashful Blue Cardstock & Ink, Certainly Celery Cardstock & Ink, Lavender Lace Cardstock & Ink, Apricot Appeal Cardstock & Ink, Cameo Coral Cardstock, Blush Blossom Ink, Regal Rose Ink, Only Orange Ink, Short & Sweet Stamp Set, Scallop Edge Punch.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone

Other Supplies: EK Success Corner Punch, Memento Ink-Tuxedo Black, Kaisercraft Pearls, Pop-Up Squares, Spellbinders Scalloped Oval Large Dies, Whimsy Stamp “Easter Bunny”.

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The hunt for Graphic 45’s “Nature Sketchbook” Collection & the perfect Mixed Media Art Journal!

Today’s post is a simple share of an afternoon hang out with my sister’s & the hunt for Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook 12″x12″ Paper Collection and a Mixed Media Art Journal. It started out with getting to see my furry nephew who is still a pup but doesn’t look like one, he sure is a sweetie pie ;O)

After cuddles we were off to check out a couple scrapbook stores I hadn’t been to since moving to the area. The first stop was a lovely little store called Paper Pastimes where we met the store owner Carol who showed us a brand new order of Decoupage Sheets by Stamperia International that had just arrived (she hadn’t even gotten to putting on the price stickers before we and some other customers began picking through them to buy lol!

I also found a couple of sheets remaining from the Graphic 45 St. Nicholas set that I hadn’t bought yet:

and of the Nature Sketchbook collection, the books had sold out in less than 24 hours :O( but Carol was nice enough to let me call when she gets more in to put aside for me. I fell in love with the “Nature Sketchbook Collection” as soon as I seen it online, I honestly think that it’s my favorite paper set I have ever seen! But everywhere I look it’s sold out so I guess I’m not the only person in love with this set lol!!

Then it was on to the Best Creation Glitter Cardstock that I want for die-cutting and bows:

After looking through the papers I turned and staring back at me were Eyelet Outlet embellishments! As a design team member for the company it was very cool to see their products in a store :O)

After that it was onto my youngest sister’s coffee shop for a catch up chat and something to drink. Oh the choices………

Isn’t it amazing how a “little sisterly chat” can turn into 4 hours lol!!!

So then on to the second scrapbook store that I’ve never been to in search of the perfect mixed media art journal………and voila!!! The Scrap Yard provided:

I have never art journaled before but that’s part of the fun with art, trying new things :O)

Well that was my adventure on the hunt for some Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Collection papers and an Art Journal. I’ll be back soon with another project.

Have a safe and creative week Everyone :O)