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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)

 

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Eyelet Outlet Project – “Easter Egg Hunt” 3-D Canvas

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing a canvas I made for Eyelet Outlet as one of their design team members.

I will have the youtube tutorial uploaded later today. In the meantime, here is a list of supplies I used for the project:

Eyelet Outlet – Butterfly Brads ~ Bright, Jewel Strips ~ Champagne, Colorful Egg Brads & Pastel Rabbits Brads

Bobunny Paper – Double Dots Designs: Chocolate Vintage, Buttercup Vintage, Kiwi Vintage & Wasabi Vintage

Stampin Up! Tempting Turquoise 12″ x 12″ Paper and ink, Green Galore, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip & More Mustard inks, “Easter Blossoms” Stamp Set.

Other Supplies: Spellbinders “Scalloped Edge” , “Large Circles” & Cottage Cutz “Garden Bridge” dies, Aleene’s True Snow, Liquitex Light Modeling Paste, Tombow Liquid Glue, E6000 Glue.

Tip For Today: This project was a lot of fun, I have never done a canvas like this so, like trying anything for the first time there were a lot of lessons, such as the importance of inking all sides of everything!! You don’t want bright white lines anywhere so I inked all the edges of my paper, the canvas itself and even the pop-up tape. This way everything blends together and there isn’t something pulling your attention that shouldn’t be.  

 

 

 

Have a safe and creative day Everyone :0)

 

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Happy 90th Birthday!

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing a birthday card I made for a very sweet man who turned 90 this weekend. Just before opening it he looked at me and said “I’m doing pretty good reaching 90 huh!”, I told him he should start writing an advice column to give the rest of us some unique wisdom, he thought that was hilarious lol!!!

Anyhow, I wanted something simple and masculine so I used my Prima 6″x6″ “Stationer’s Desk” paper pad and one of the cards from the 12″x12″ “Side Note” sheet of the same collection. After all the distressing with my Tim Holtz Distressing tool I wrapped some twine around the card & glued all the pieces down using my Forever In Time double sided tape, I added 3 tickets from the “Stationer’s Desk – Tags & Tickets” set and 2 of my brown Forever in Time “Gemstone Stickers”. The sentiments on both the front and inside are from the Stampin Up! “Full of Life” & “Elegant Greeting” stamp sets with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Have a great & creative day All :O)

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Some Thoughts on Apologizing

Sometimes on our journey through life we come across lessons that resinate with us in such a way that we want to share them with others and today I learned a small but profound lesson regarding apologies and felt to share it with my friends.

“Apologizing is a function of self-respect and self-worth. Choose the relationship over choosing to be right. Stay curious and perform the apology.”

   ~ Dr. Brene Brown

“A true apology focuses exclusively on the hurt feelings of the other person, and not on what we would like to get for ourselves, like forgiveness…”

   ~ Harriet Lerner

Sometimes our ego’s take full control over us and forbid us to see the other person’s side of the situation because it’s more important to “prove” we’re right. Or sometimes the ego just needs to protect it’s reputation. Whatever the reason, dare I say it, there are times in our life when we have been in the wrong and an apology is required. Not just the words, but a vulnerable, self-respecting act of seeing the importance of the other person, the relationship, and acting in a way that proves we recognize the value of both. And as scary as it may be, we may even be required to take the first step, maybe even the first 50 steps because the other person doesn’t have it in them to make an effort to repair the damage that’s been done. It’s not easy and our ego’s will fight us each and every step of the way. But cultivating healthy, respectful relationships while we are here is a much more fulfilling accomplishment than keeping tally on how many situations we’ve “won”, don’t you think???

Happy Wednesday Everyone, I wish you all a healthy, safe & creative day :0)