Wednesday, July 25, 2018

3 Summer Cards

Hello friends!

Last week was full of rainy, hot weather so I hide inside with my iced coffee and whipped up a few cards. In addition to making cards for my shop I enjoy making cards just for fun! I send them to friends and family and use them as a chance to play with new products and techniques. Are you a card maker or are you interested in trying it out? I'd like to introduce you to 3 challenge blogs that might get your motivation and creativity flowing.  Most of them are linked to a brand or store BUT you don't have to have their products to join in.To enter them is simple - make a card using their inspiration, then upload it online somewhere: FB, Instagram, or Flickr are a few options. (I post mine on my personal IG account HERE) Somewhere you can get a link to share with the original blog post. Each week you'll get fellow crafters' eyes on your card AND have a chance to win a fun prize! It's a really fun community to share with.

Check it out...

Summer Birthday Card (Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge)




Supplies: Dies – Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn, Paper – American Crafts and Paige Evans, Stamp – Mama Elephant, Adhesive – my favorite tape gun and liquid adhesive from Tombow. Gold sequins from my stash.

I have had this starburst die from Avery Elle for a while now and finally used it! I love shaker cards, but they still take more patience and time than I'm sure is necessary, lol. Do you have a good system? I’d LOVE to hear about it! For this one I die cut teal paper as my background, then cut 5 circles. 3 I glued and stacked for dimension, then the last two I glued on top to sandwich the plastic cover. They didn’t stack correctly, so if you look at it closely, it looks a bit wonky. There has to be an easier way! Lol I decided to trim the edges of the starburst die cut to make it look like fringe.  Works with the summer feel I think.
The rest of the card went together easily. I die happy from pink cardstock two times using the Simply Said Hello Die from Avery Elle (super old, couldn’t find a good link online). I glued them together for a bit of dimension, then glued it to the front. I stamped ‘birthday wishes’ from this Mama Elephant set and added that. Then the whole thing was mounted on THE MOST GORGEOUS floral paper from Paige Evans and then the teal card base.

Gold sequins and florals will forever be my favorite combo = )

Floral Love Card with Masking (find challenge posts on the Ellen Hutson blog HERE)




(Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen and CZ for Simon Says Stamp, Markers – Tombow, my favorite black ink Momento, Shimmer Pen – Wink of Stella)

This is a 'one layer card' with LOTS of layers to it. I was really inspired by this stamp set and wanted to create something similar with my own wording. I started by stamping these letters to say 'love you' I stamped them again on post it note paper and cut them out to use as a mask. I then used my NEW floral set from Ellen Hutson to stamp the floral images on top of the letters. Pull off the letter masks and you can see the final design. It's a time consuming process, but relaxing and fun! You can see how the post it notes worked on my IG post about this card. After all that work I colored the image in with markers inspired by the challenge post.

Lawn Fawn Sushi Birthday Card (Lawn Fanatics Challenge Blog)



(Supplies: Stamps - Lawn Fawn Bannerific (retired) & Let's Roll, Studio Calico Card Kit Exclusive Stamps, Paper: Studio Calico Card Kit, my favorite black ink and adhesive

The theme for this week was 'fun folds', This sushi set is one of my all time favorites, so I pulled it out and stamped this fun dinner scene. I used the bottom of the platter as an edge to the flap that attached on top (side note: AFTER I took these pictures I realized I adhered the flap on top of the 'let's celebrate' panel instead of behind it! can you see it just under the fold how it covers up the top flower? OMG..... once I realized my mistake I took it apart and reassembled it. I wanted to get this blog post up so you might have to imagine the final product, lol) I mixed in a few images (like the hat, candles and let's celebrate from an old card kit from Studio Calico. I pawed thru my stash to get the yellow and red papers as well. This kind of card looks complicated, but honestly is super easy!


Thanks for stopping by! My challenge to you is to try that medium or project you've been thinking about and share it! Whether it is with friends, on FB or just leaving a comment here - I would love to see you stretch your creative muscles! 

Talk again soon,

Michelle

(please note: many of the links I shared here and on other posts are affiliate, which means I get a commission when you purchase using my link. I only recommend products I love and use, so thank you for supporting my little blog! )

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October Travelers Notebook - Part One

Hello! 

Today I wanted to share a few pages of the Travelers Notebook I am dedicating to all things October. It's one of my favorite months, full of lots of  things I'd like to remember. One of the best things about working in this format is there's no 'pressure'. It's small and much more casual than a big scrapbook so I feel free to just add a few things here or there...

If you are interested in learning more about travelers notebooks as a form of memory keeping, I'm working on a few blog posts coming soon! Or you can see what I have saved on Pinterest HERE. I made this notebook myself (I sell similar ones in my shop HERE). Into the usual white pages I added two sheets of patterned paper from my stash. I stitch my notebooks all together on my sewing machine.

Here's my notebook so far...




For this spread I got pictures of my family off FB and printed them as 3.5" squares. I love that I get a peek of what they are doing even though we live in different states! I used a few stamps and ink to create a falling leaf background (all supplies will be linked at the end of the post)



This is the first page of my journal. It really has no significance except- how weird is that pumpkin? I snapped a picture and thought it would be a great first page. It captures that fall vibe so well. I would like 20 more sheets of this pretty orange and gold striped paper = )

Here's a few of the products I used, there are not many, which is another great reason to try a project like this >> notebook- from my shop, orange/gold stripe paper-this paper pack from Michael's, Gold Swirl vellum- Dear Lizzy (not shown), wood banner-Studio Calico, resin camera-Freckled Fawn, Heart Is Full card- old A Beautiful Mess kit, leaf stamps-A Beautiful Mess, inks- #1, #2, #3 Hero Arts

I plan to add a bunch to this book and hopefully share here next weekend. There is a LOT of pictures on my phone, I just need to print them out!

See you soon,

Michelle

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trying Something New

This post could also be subtitled Michelle does not need a new hobby. But she has one. 



When was the last time you learned a new skill? I have been a maker/DIYer/tinkerer for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have gravitated towards certain mediums and gotten pretty good at them (paper, fabric and ink). I have dabbled in a few things that frustrated me because it didn't come easy (sculpture, jewelry making, ahem tennis)

Guys I get OFFENDED when I start something and I am not naturally good at it. It's a patience thing. A confidence thing. Not necessarily a good thing. Can you relate? Learning a new skill can be so rewarding! Using those parts of your body or your brain that are dormant can be such a high. Picture a crossfitter who works out like crazy for three months and can FINALLY turn over a huge tire (or climb a wall, or whatever crazy things cross fitters endeavor to achieve). That's an amazing feeling!

Not that I would know about flipping over tires. I am more of a tilt your cocktail glass up kind of girl.

This year I have challenged myself to learn two new skills: Photoshop and weaving.

I know....huh? What do they have to do with each other? Nothing except I don't know much about either. I might talk more about Photoshop in the future, but basically I didn't learn the program in school and I know there are a million ways it could be useful in my business and creative endeavors. So, thru Google and a few online courses I am slowly but surely learning how to edit pictures and create graphics. If you'd like to see what I've learned I've been creating digital downloads for my shop! You can see them HERE.

Back to  weaving. 



I've done pot holders, dream catcher, god's eyes and all those crafty fiber projects in the past, but for Xmas I asked for a lap loom so I could learn to weave properly. Oh man, it is hard and FUN. One of my favorite online crafters is Rachel Denbow of Smile and Wave. The past few years she has been weaving and sharing tutorials on her blog. She wrote a book last year that I promptly ordered from the library. Twice. She's an amazing teacher. (sidenote: she is teaching a workshop this weekend and ohmygod I am excited to attend. I will try not to fan girl, and learn as mush as I can. I'll share pictures next week!)




So far I have only created one proper wall hanging. I don't even think I'll hang it up. It was really just a sampler. As you can see I tried several knots, shapes, stitches. 

Some of it looks like a hot mess BUT I DID IT! 


 There was a couple of time (while pulling out a row or two) that I was so frustrated. WHY THE HECK AREN'T I GOOD AT THIS. Why is this more like an hourglass less like a rectangle. I lost count on a pattern a million times. But, it was that good kind of frustration! and there are actually a few parts of the design I really like: - The fringe at the bottom (called rya knots?) was fun to add. The black, gray an white yarn was a bit thicker and created 'bubbles'. I liked that effect..


 When I teach a workshop I always tell people ' everyone is a beginner once!' and 'you can definitely learn to do this!' Because they can! And the satisfaction of making something with your own two hands is amazing. And addicting.  And so good for you.

So, I'll practice. I'll take this workshop and see where this medium takes me. Maybe it will lead to new handmade products to sell. Or maybe I will only pull it out when I want a new 'something' to decorate my home. Insert witty quote about the journey being more important than the destination. 

What was the last thing you tried to learn? Was it hard or did it come easy to you? Was it a one time for fun activity or something you have kept up with? I'd love to hear about it! 

See you soon
xoxo,
Michelle