Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We're So Proud... A Bookmark

Hi!  Today I'm sharing a tag/bookmark I've made using the new Wispy Wishes by The Alley Way Stamps ( this set is now 40% off as is the entire TAWS store ).  I have made bookmarks for my oldest son, but my little one wanted some bookmarks for her big girl books too, hehehe!  And how could I say no?  So here is what I've created...

I started by diecutting the tag shape, stamping the sentiment and flowers and coloring them in with Copics.  I had recently seen a fun technique using a glue stick and foil, so I was curious if I could do it with supplies I already have on hand, and guess what?  I did!  I used my Xyron Glue Stick and Thermo-web foil! yay!!!  ( Be warned you will probably see me use this everywhere now, hehehe! )

I'm linking this up to the Addicted to Stamps Challenge: Make Your Mark

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire

It's not hard to be inspired by just about everything Jennifer McGuire creates... and today's card was based on one of her videos called Monochromatic Stamp Layering.  Using the Wispy Wishes and From Us Stamp Sets by The Alley Way Stamps this card came together quite easily...

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

ScrapRoom Kit Blog Share

Hello!  Today I have a post up on the ScrapRoom Kit Blog!  I am loving my time as a Guest Designer for them, these kits are incredible!!!  Here is a peek at what you'll find, but please visit over on their blog for full details and more pictures!

Plus stop by and check out their awesome kits that really give you a variety of products that are new/currently on the market.

Hope to see you over there, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wedding Invitations Inspired by Your Venue

Hello!  I am excited today as I have a bit of a different post to share with you today.  As some of you may or may not know I create handmade Wedding/Party Invitations on the side.  I love being able to have a part in making someone's day everything they imagined it to be, and being able to create custom touches.  Fairmont Hotels and Resorts along the West Coast is seeking out wedding design insights and approached me to create invitations based on their West Coast Resorts and Wedding Venues.  I was immediately intrigued and couldn't wait to play along, and after I was sent some photos of their sites I was inspired times 100!

So today I am going to share some photos of Fairmont's gorgeous Sonoma hotel, and invitations that I've created that match the themes.

This first one has a simplistic elegance to it...

To play off of the natural beauty of this clean setting here would be a fitting invitation that plays up the natural elements...

The small touch of sparkle the gold matting adds to the invitation keeps the occasion formal with a touch of glam.  The soft coloring of the handstamped flower ties in the natural elements depicted in the above photo, while the Band ties in the clean lines found throughout it all.

Next there is this gorgeous mix of purples and silvers that really had my creative thoughts flowing...

I really wanted to play up the purples and reds together with a touch of shine, as this setting just screams unique elegance that every attendee will melt into upon arrival...

Here I've gone with a touch of sparkle, but in silver.  I also made the purple matting larger to really add depth, color, and prominence to the invitation.  I then tied the red in by using a few red gems in each corner.

It's fun to find a venue that inspires the rest of your planning, and really takes all of the guess work out of it!  If you are interested in the wedding options the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa have to offer you then make sure to click over to their site.  The photos alone have me California dreaming...

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!

Mini Snowflake Tags

Hello!  Today I am sharing some quick and easy snowflake tags I have made here and on The Alley Way Stamps Blog.

I was inspired to make some tags by the fun 25 days of tags event that is currently going on at Tracey's Blog called In My Creative Opinion, as well as the Frosty Festivities being held on Jennifer's Blog called Jennifer Grace Creates.  With so much wonderful winter inspiration I just couldn't help myself and had to make some mini tags for the Holidays.

I started by die-cutting my mini Tags and punching holes at the top.  I then heat embossed them in three different colors.  I used two mini stamps called Melt Your Heart Out and Holiday Sparkles to create all 3 of the tags.  By stamping and embossing the images in three different designs I was able to achieve three very different looks.  I then using my new Gansai Watercolors and added my colorful backgrounds.  I have to say that the mint and silver is my favorite one of the three, and the actual sparkle in person from this embossing powder is stunning!

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting today!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanks... An Ellen Hutson + Mama Elephant Challenge

Hi!  Today I'm happy I was able to find a little play time and I've made a card for the Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up Challenge using the Essentials by Ellen with Mama Elephant goodies!

To create this card I used the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossom Stand alone dies by Julie Ebersole and the Mama Elephant Party Kit Stamp Set.  I started by trimming Crate Paper Craft Market Designer Paper and stamping my sentiment on the trimmed strip.  I then diecut the leaves from the Bold Blossom die set from vellum and heat embossed the tips in gold before adhering them behind my strip.

This card came together rather quickly and I like it!  I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Thanks 

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Embossed Vellum for

Hello!  Today you will find me sharing a Christmas card featuring the CTI Glama Translucent Paper... the thickness of this vellum is fabulous!  Does anyone else find paper yummy?  Cause this one is def. qualified for this description...

Would love if you had a moment to pop by their blog and see the full project and step by step instructions.

Happy Crafting!