Friday, August 19, 2016

Cutting Cafe Inspiration for August 21st

Welcome to some more Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  This time around I used the Pencil Shaped Card cutting file for my project and here is what I made:

I decided to not cut a shaped card from the file... instead I made the pieces a little smaller that would normally decorate the front of the card and only cut those.. and I decided if I were using a pencil to write a letter... it would have to be a pretty one.  I picked out all of my papers from the Echo Park Spring Paper Pad available in The Cutting Cafe Shop (except for the note paper which I believe is from Simple Stories).

And since of course I'll be sending such letter/card snail mail I took the opportunity to use the awesomely adorable stamp set Animal & Bug Love also from the Cutting Cafe Shop... isn't he a cutie... the snail and the sentiment are from that set.  I placed some of that pretty paper behind my star cutout on my bow... I like the way that looks...

And with the help of a few dies, sequins, puffies and some pretty ribbon... it's ready to be mailed!

Thanks for stopping by!  And don't forget to check out the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 21st and comment to win some free files!  Also, take the opportunity to hop around and check out what my other Design Teammates have cooked up for you!

I may not be back with anything new for a bit as I'm going to be on vacation soon, unless I schedule a couple more posts before I go... hmmm... possible?  Maybe!  But if not, you'll be hearing from me when I get back!  See you soon!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Climb Aboard the Magic Bus with CDD

The August Digi Challenge over at CDD is all about the watercolor!  Love!  AND this week the Linky Party is all about Watercolor too!  And side note... New Releases are tomorrow!!!  You aren't going to miss it... it's a little different this month so mark yourself as "Going" to the event on Facebook!

Here's what I've made:

 I started with a watercolor background... I just splushed a little color around.  I kind of was going for a tie dyed effect and although I fell short of that, I was pretty happy with my background.   I let some of my colors dry in between so I had a little bit of overlap, but not as much as I sometimes want.

I used the Picture Frame die to cut it out and then to allow the bus to stand out, but not cover up my background, I cut a scalloped frame from the Fancy Frames dies.  Hard to tell here but the bus bounces... it's on a spring!  Someday I'll add some video to my posts... maybe a little...someday...

When I saw that cute little School Bus Digi and the Flower Power Digis this is what came to mind for!  My kids are grown and back to school just means a longer commute to work for me... and the Magical Stamp set had the perfect sentiment for me...

Love the Wishful Thoughts stamp set with some words with larger fonts and sentiments with smaller fonts... very versatile!

And I got giddy when I saw the spray of flourishes and stars on the Magical Wishes because I thought it made the perfect environmentally friendly exhaust!

Here are links to the CDD Products I've Used:

Paper Sweeties and Pile It On Team Up Again!

Paper Sweeties is sponsoring the Pile It On Challenge again this time around and there are still a few more days to play along!  A $25 Paper Sweeties Gift Certificate is up for grabs!

One of my favorite Paper Sweeties Stamp Sets is the Pretty Posies set... and after I made my stained glass window the other day, I started thinking that would be a great background!  And I saved my little masks I had made from that project (slipped them right into the sleeve with the stamp set) so it was that much easier to get started!

After stamping my background I used my Zig watercolor markers to color in those pretty flowers.  I originally intended to use the colors for the wedding I'm going to this weekend... these aren't but it's pretty so I'm good with that!  I added the outside of the heart doily from the With Love Sweet Cuts in gold vellum.

I also decided that I loved my mini shaker from a previous project that I created with the Stitched Tag set so I used Stitched Tags #1 this time.  I added a few premade paper flowers, a fabric heart and ... well... of course some squigglies from Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts!

I used some gold organza ribbon this time... I wanted that background to show through as much as possible and the organza helps me do that.

These flower shaped cupped sequins from Paper Sweeties.. yum!

And the sentiment on the front is simple... Love... the inside will say more, but really, my wish for them is that simple... Love.

So!  Go check out the Pile It On Challenge and maybe you'll win some free stuff!!

And don't forget it's Paper Sweeties Birthday Celebration all month!  Join us!  The prize for this month's Inspiration Challenge is a $100 gift certificate!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Paper Sweeties August 2016 New Release Rewind!

Welcome to the August Release Rewind!  Today we will show you how awesome the new Window and Window Elements sets play with all of your favorite Paper Sweeties sets!

Here is what I have for you today:

So... since I saw these new sets I knew I wanted to do an inside/outside view of the same scene... cool right? So I used the same wallpaper, except this time it's on the outside of the window and used some sky design paper I had laying around for my view through the window.  It had just a few clouds in it towards the top, but that's ok, because it's just that kind of day.

 The trickiest part was that kitty because I needed a view from the back.  If I had the sweet cuts, I'd have used a die cut and flipped it around, but for some unknown reason (on the list), I did not have those yet, so I took the stamp from the Sweeties Pets set and stamped the back of it ever so lightly with some champagne colored ink and cut it out.  Then I proceeded to color her in to match the front of her.  And that banner from the Wagon Add On Bloom & Grow!  So sweet!

Oh look!  We brought one of those pretty flowers from the I Pick You set and brought it inside and put it in one of our pretty seaglass bottles we had laying around! The bottle is from the Planner Series Appointments set.  And of course my birdies are outside the window now...

Just love these flowers from the I Pick You set and I cut the leaves using my Hello Spring Sweet Cuts.  Can you tell I love that Creamsicle Seam Binding and the Sugar Sprinkles are my favorite sequins... kind of clear.. but also a bit irridescent... they are beautiful additions to any piece!

Now it's time for you to head on out and see what everyone else has in store for you:

Larissa Heskett
Lilian Forsyth  **WELCOME to the team!**
Lisa Bzibziak  (You are Here!)
Mackie Robertson

Here are links to the Paper Sweeties Products I used today:

And remember!!  $100 gift certificate up for grabs to the winner of the August Inspiration Challenge... I mean what's not to inspire you in this photo??  Go for it!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Paper Sweeties August 2016 New Release Party!

Woo Hoo!  It's Release Party Day!  And you can get the new Window and Window Elements Sets in the shop today!

And here is what I've got for you today:

Like I said... full on window for me... I had so much fun making this one!

Love this sweet little kitty from the Sweeties Pets stamp set... and those cute little birdies... the smaller ones and the branches are from the Tree of Life Add On Spring Set and the nest and slightly bigger bird are from the I Love Summer stamp set.

And that sweet little Hello Banner from the Wagon Add On Bloom & Grow stamp set and the flowers from the I Pick You stamp set.

Like I said... fun... LOVE these new sets!  Come back tomorrow for the Release Rewind where we'll feature the new sets with some of our favorite old sets... and as you can see from all of my projects... these new Window and Window Elements sets are such a perfect addition and complement to so many of the Paper Sweeties classics!

Now... take a look at what everyone else has made for you today:

Nancy Salkeld  **Giveaway**

And here are links to all of the Paper Sweeties Products I've used today: