Sunday, January 28, 2018

{the winged nest} 4x4 3D canvas
 The Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew
each design a 4x4 canvas in their own style
to be placed online in one huge mega-gallery.
Imagine!!  100+ 4x4 canvases, each in its own style.

For my canvas,  I had so many ideas
and starts and stops, but finally settled
on an out-of-the-box and off-the-canvas
3-dimensional work.

 "The Winged Nest" is my dream in my head, 
my business-to-be-one-day.
(I have already saved the address and blog,
so please don't take this for your own.)

Beyond that explanation,
I can't really explain. :)
Homes (and nests) are a big deal to me.
And winged things are on a spiritual level for me.

The inside needed an occupant,
and who better than this lovely gypsy.
(The house lights up with one of those little tiny bulbs
that has its own battery.) 

And here are the supplies
that were used:
mostly 7Gypsies Architextures (including packaging),
but also Stampin' Up! dies
and Prima butterfly and bird,
and one fantastic 4x4" Canvas Corp Basics canvas.

Disclosure: Some of the cost (and the 4x4 canvas) was shared by the company as a benefit of being a member of the design team.

Friday, January 19, 2018

{featured on the Canvas Corp Brands blog today}

Happy Friday!
My video posted previously is featured on the blog today for Canvas Corp Brands.

Have you checked out the new things from Canvas Corp Brands:
7Gypsies, Tattered Angels and Canvas Corp?

If you're lucky enough to be at Creativation this week,
make sure you stop by the CCB booth to see even more new and exciting things!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Have you seen 7Gypsies lately?

I must admit that I had been focusing so very much on Stampin' Up! the last couple of years, I somehow missed that Canvas Corp Brands had been taking 7Gypsies, Tattered Angels and their own Canvas Corp to wonderfully new and exciting places!

Here's a little video.  You can look over my shoulder at my first order as part of the Creative Crew :)

 And stay tuned for projects made with these awesome things.
Happy New Year!!
Here's to 2018!

Monday, December 11, 2017

love you much, stampers' sampler!!

So, so happy!
I have two Valentine cards published in the upcoming Winter issue of 
The Stampers' Sampler.
2 Valentine's Day cards - page 107!
I am always so pleased (and proud) to cheer about Stampington and Co. magazines
(and their advertisers).  They make beautiful publications
- works of art filled with works of art!
They've really hung in there as print magazines continue to disappear.

Please join me in celebrating my cards in this next issue,
and submit your own artwork to their many submission calls,
my abundantly talented artist friends.

Oh, and buy their magazines!  You won't regret it :)

Friday, December 08, 2017

{7gypsies and Canvas Corp Brands 2018 Creative Crew member}

I am so very excited to announce that I am a member of the
2018 Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew.

Canvas Corp Brands includes Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels,
and 7gypsies, a brand that I have loved for more than a decade, I'm sure.

The Creative Crew is a huge team of artists and designers from
all over the world.  They post inspiring projects, challenges, and tutorials
 on the blog, YouTube, newsletters and other social media.

While I wait for my new, current products to arrive,
I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my past projects
using 7gypsies.  Some of these go way back - 2006!

These each just used a little 7gypsies here or there.
For details on projects, please browse my blog or check my gallery at SCS.
Or ask me in a comment below :)

Please stay tuned for projects featuring new 7gypsies,
Tattered Angels, and Canvas Corp for 2018.

Monday, November 20, 2017

merry and bright, inside and out

 It's Thanksgiving week in America,
but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house :)

 My son pushed us to break with tradition of decorating on Friday,
and (sorry, Mum!) we gave in.

Fittingly enough, this is the card project that I shared this last week
with my awesome cardmaking group.
This card includes almost every one of my recent (er, okay, current) obsessions:
wood print

And, if you think of it as from the perspective of looking from inside a house,
then you can add:
(tiny) houses
and I've actually included EVERY ONE of my craft obsessions.

All of the supplies are from Stampin' Up! (big book and Holiday),
except for the window frame die (Tim Holtz but almost exact to the Stampin' Up! version)
and the felt (from Etsy shop, Felt on the Fly - gorgeous!). 

 I hope your day is merry and bright,
inside and out :)

quick wrap

 As you start thinking gift wrap,
here's a quick, fun idea.

These were made using an envelope punch board
and 12x12 patterned papers.

They can be finished with ribbons and hole-punch
or even staples :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

#TBT - pretty book covers

For ThrowBackThursday, I'm reposting my catalog book covers
for my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends and visitors :)
My SU demo friend, Lea, let me know that my submitted idea was mentioned
in the demonstrator newsletter.  I thought it might be nice
 to see what the heck I was talking about - LOL!
(There's a short video with some of the steps, too.)
Even though I'm no longer a demo, it's still very fun.

Happy Thursday!

For this month's Creative Crew "Step It Up" Challenges, I created book covers for my catalogs using Designer Series Papers.

Remember how we used to fold paper bags to make our book covers for school? Well, I took that idea and adapted it for covering my catalogs. It's fun, cute, and a great way to show off the products when sharing catalogs :)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

{make it a hyggeligt nest}

 Boy, are the trees ever preparing for winter here this autumn!
I've never seen so many acorns.
This area's deciduous trees have been sadly hit by tar spots big-time,
so the typical fall colors are hit-or-miss.  Mostly brown dry leaves this year.
But it's still so awe-inspiring to observe nature preparing for the cold.
I'm preparing, too!
Preparing for a winter of nesting
 but intending to invite others in to share the comfort and coziness.
{Yup, hygge.}

Here are some hyggeligt craft ideas I'm happy to share.
Yes, it's early.  But I'm giving you time to plan and prepare.  Like the trees :)

Okay, there are many ideas here in this place setting.
First, the Christmas Tree Napkin fold inspired by Publix.
Awesome instructions (here).  Tons of variations on Pinterest.
Next, I used papercrafting supplies to decorate.
There are sequins and tiny trees, bells and mini-ornaments.
My recommendation is to pick a color scheme and see what's in your cabinet.
Tags, mini-boxes, doilies...
(The wool stocking table garland is actually an advent calendar.
Soft and fuzzy!)
A hostess gift or guest gift, or holiday decor.
This is another product of my ongoing making-with-clear-things obsession.
Oh, and my continuing tiny house obsession, too.  Still have that :)
The clear box was packaging from something else.
The mini-house is die-cut from felt and lit from within.
(I have so many ideas for these little LED lights!!) 
Acetate "Peace" piece (and stars) by Fancy Pants and stickied with my trusty Xyron sticker maker.
Pearl flourish by Prima, house die from Stampin' Up! by Sizzix.
The house and trees are stuck to the bottom of the box.
Very sweet little holiday package.

A festive, cozy, wintery way to decorate your slipper chairs.
This can be done with inexpensive scarves that you can find on amazon
(or stock up at the end of season clearance sales the year before).
Then tie a big ol' wired ribbon around.
Again, you're going to need a lot, so search until you find affordable but fabulous.
It's do-able :)
You could also do the mini-wreaths hanging on the back of each chair.
That just wasn't right for this setting.
And, lastly, an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy scarf to give or wear.
I love my Knifty-Knitter looms and still don't know how to properly knit because of them!
This is a basic stitch with chunky boucle yarn.
I recommend knocking out multiples of these while watching every single
Hallmark Channel movie that you can dvr.
It's a steep challenge, but, if I can do it, you can, too!!
And you'll end up with lovely gifts to share.  Win-win.

Okay, back to present moment gratitude for fall.
Let me know if you're preparing for winter, too :)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

haunted {house} card

celebrating World Card Making Day!

continuing with the haunted craft theme on my blog,
here's a Happy Halloween card,
complete with ghost and bat and cobwebs.

I have definitely been having fun with acetate this last year or so,
making clear elements (and sometimes entire projects!).

for this card, the acetate becomes the perfect surface
on which the ghost and cobweb float as the door is opened.

the porch light, the ghost, the cobweb, the bat
were each stamped on vellum and die-cut or fussy cut.

the doorway needs to be die-cut from both the printed paper
and the cardstock layer after being stamped on top.
(line them up carefully and practice opening it a couple of times before adhering together.  just to make sure you don't get any wrinkles when they're attached.)

the acetate "doorway" is sticky-stripped to the back, which does show through a bit.
if this bothers you (perfectionist!! lol),
 you could always cut one more cardstock layer that would sandwich that.
also, I adhered my vellum accents with mini glue dots.  again, if you don't want those to show,
you need to get creative with your xyron or something.

there were already so many elements going into this card,
and it was created for our stamp group night,
so I decided not to layer the papers further.  this left it way too flat.
that's where the edge lines come in.  just a ruler and journaling pen.
move the ruler as you draw multiple lines and you'll get a more freehand effect.

Happy Card Making Day!!
I hope it's boo-tiful! : )