Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Serendipity Stamps

Well The Twinery has teamed up again and this time it's with Serendipity Stamps. 

 I was thrilled to see we were joining forces because Serendipity Stamps have such a wonderful collection of goodies.  First I just had to have the "Thanks" word die and I've not stopped using since.  Then I had to have the gorgeous cozy village scene, I know it's the middle of summer but it sure did bring back some nice memories when I started colouring up the image :)

You should have found me from Julie's blog and now it's time to hop on over to Karen's blog.

And there’s lots more!   Ready to hop?   Here’s a list of today’s designers.   Be sure to leave comments for your chance to win!
Serendipity Stamps – http://serendipitystamps.com/blog
The Twinery – http://thetwinery.com/blog
Rebecca VanDeMark – http://www.caravansonnet.com/
Melyssa Connolly – http://www.fantastink.blogspot.com/ <= You are here
Now for the prizes...

a Solid Sampler Pack (retail value $48)

  Remember, visit each designer and leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Serendipity Stamps.   Not only that, but The Twinery is giving away a prize too!
That’s not all!    Through August 2nd, everything in Serendipity Stamps’ Garden category is 20% off.   That’s hundreds of stamps and dies on sale.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Day 2 of guest designing for Taylored Expressions

Well it's another day I get to share a peek at my creations for Taylored Expressions. I was inspired to create a background with my copics with with these cards.  If you want to see the whole card hope on over here.  

COPIC'S-Lots of them
Stamps- Big Delivery

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Poppy Stamps

Welcome to another fabulous event here at The Twinery!
Our designers are so excited to welcome the designers of
Poppystamps as we bring you three days of creativity & inspiration.
Poppystamps is a line of dies and rubber stamps from the creators of Memory Box.     When Memory Box owners Monica and Dave Brethauer’s children, Emma and Cooper got more involved in the family business, Poppy was created as an opportunity to teach teach them the business from the ground up.   Dave created the images and designs with the kids, and made them responsible for filling orders, invoicing, and shipping  - a true family business.   The company has grown over the years and now has employees who handle day to day operations.  Poppystamps offers a large selection of intricate dies and backgrounds with the same quality you have come to expect from Memory Box with new releases several times a year.
Both companies are giving away some pretty fabby prizes and all you have
to do is stop by each designer’s blog & leave a comment.

Wanna know what YOU could win?!?
TT Sampler w Title
A Sampler Pack of Shimmer Twine (retail value $32)
Poppystamps Prize
Two pack of Dies (retail value 26.50)
Here’s how you can enter to win the Sampler Pack of Solid Twines:
Leave a comment on each participating designer’s blog on the hop (and here on our blog, too!).
This is a 3-day hop, so be sure to comment each day.
Please be sure to leave your e-mail address along with your comments
so we can have a way to contact you if you win.
For additional chances to win:
- Follow our blog. You can enter your e-mail to subscribe under the “Follow By Email!”
heading in the blog sidebar.
- “Like” The Twinery on Facebook and leave a comment on our page letting us know
you came from the blog hop.
The deadline to leave comments for the giveaway is at 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 1st.
Check back here on Sunday, August 3rd to see if you’ve won!
It’s time to get you on your way for Day #1 of the hop!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Taylored Expressions peeks and sale

Guess who I'm guest designing for this month???  Taylored Expressions!!! Bring on the muffin top....hahahaha. :)

Taylored Expressions is having its first ever Retirement Sale! Since 2008, TE has released more than 500 stamp sets and to make room for new products they are bidding a fond farewell to 75 beloved sets. These retiring sets are 40% off and, once they are gone, they are gone! Visit the Retirement Sale HERE and collect your favorites before they get away. 

Here's a peek at my card using the retired set Celebrate Life.
Here's a peek at a card I made using Celebrate Life dies. You can see the full card here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Laugh out loud

Z Becky Brown challenged the team to decorate their handbag using text. I wanted something that would shout out "Carpe diem"  So I used on of the Ziva Papers and started pasting Project life tiles on.  I coloured the cute little "Abby Girl" digi  with copics and proceed to decorate the rest with stickers.

I've been struggling with trying to keep the words together and laying nice and flat then it hit me... sticky tac!! (the stuff to line your dresser drawers with) Why not treat the paper sticker like vinyl letters?  So I dug out my repositional mac tac and it worked like a charm.  The key word is "repositional" you want stuff that's not overly sticky that it will pull at your cardstock but sticky enough to temporary stick to your letters. I bet Sticky notes would work just as well. :)

Here's how to keep intact word stickers when trying to place them.
1. Clean off any access paper around and in the word.  For example the centre of the "l", "a" and "g"
 2. Peel your sticky tac and place it across your word, rub the tac gently to make sure the letters stick.  Peel the tac off pulling the letters with it.
 3. Place your word where you want it to go and rub the letters to press them onto your paper.
 4. Gently peel of the sticky tac.
 5. This also works for loose letters.  Stick them together half way on the sticky tac, position where needed and pull the tac off.

Abby Girl digi- Whimsie Doodles
Ziva inserts- Z Becky Brown
Project Life- Becky Higgins
Stickers- Simple Stories

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Twinery and Chic Tags hop

Hi all, as you know I'm a design team member for the Twinery and they are co-hosting a hop with Chic Tags.  Although I do not have anything to share with you I thought I would give you a heads up in case you want a chance to win some fabulous prizes. 

You can click on any of these links to get hop on

Thanks gift cards

The minute my mine bag die arrived I thought to myself "what else" can I make with it.  So I turned it into a flower pot.  Then while I was trying to figure out a sentiment for it I saw the Wonderful Words Challenge from Moxie Fab World and thought I had the perfect fit, the word die "Thanks" from Serendipity stamps.

I couldn't stop with a flower pot so I went a little farther and made a watering can.  I cut a circle die and then a smaller one out to make the handle.
Dies- Mini bag, daisy and tag: A Jillian Vance Design, Thanks die: Serendipity Stamps, Scallop Circle: Spellbinders
Twine: The Twinery
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink

Monday, June 16, 2014

Camping Thanks

A little twine and a dash of veneer makes for a great campfire card.  I love the new style of placing sequins on a card but since I don't have any I replaced them with wood stars.   The stamps I used are from Whimsie Doodles new collaboration with A Jillian Vance Design called Happy Trails.  Cappuccino twine was used to tie the button.
 I'd love to own a sun die but since I lack that particular tool I have to improvise and the brad punch  for the iTop braddies is a perfect option for me.
Happy Trails stamp set-Whimsie Doodles
Twine- Cappucino -The Twinery
Dies-Banner-A Jillian Vance Design, clouds-Memory Box
Cardstock-Kraft, black-PTI, White-Copic XPress It
Paper-Happy Day-My Mind's Eye

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It's a daisy kind of day

I made some what I thought would be simple cards.  I die cut a bunch of white daisies then strips of green cardstock to make a bouquet of flowers.  I used purple buttons for the flower centers and Lilac twine that matched perfectly.

I folded the daisies in half and then die cut a green daisy to use the flower petals as leaves.  And of course I found The Twinery twine Marigold that matched the daisy center perfectly.
I guess you've noticed the "sentiment" bits.  Well I didn't have the right sentiment for the cards so I Photoshopped the word in until I find the perfect fit.

Daisy Die-A Jullian Vance Design
Twine- The Twinery

Monday, May 26, 2014

Onsie Card

Well I was invited to my first co-worker baby shower and I wanted to try and make a really cute card.  So I surfed the net for something cute/unique and decided I'd make my own pattern.  I used Natural Twine to tie the giant buttons onto the card.  

Want the pattern?? Well hope on over to Whimsie Doodles and get it free!!