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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Nautical Adventures

Hello, dear friends! I am fluttering back into this crafty community (consistently!) for good, which I have missed so dearly while balancing health situations. I am delighted that Crafter's Companion is keeping me on for another term and blogging will be a larger part of it this time!

I am celebrating with Sara's newest Signature Collection: Nautical!
This fun collection was on HSN last week! For my first card, I drew and cut sailboat layers the best I could as I have such an affinity for shaped cards of this sort! I used an abundance of goodies from the collection, which I will list below. The papers are beautiful, as are the stamps and dies. The charms are amongst my favorites. Truly this collection is a stunner.
For my second card, I showcased one of the beautiful embossing folders. After embossing the Ship's Anchor with watercolor paper, I inked around the anchor with Harmony Ink Pads in Aqua Blues, after which I added a few splashes of water. To highlight the anchor, I inked over it with Precious Metals Midas Ink Pads. To keep the spotlight on the folder, I simply used the lovely coordinating twine to secure my sentiment.

I had a blast creating with this collection and will certainly be playing with it again soon, as there are so many inspiration goodies in the set! It makes me excited for summer adventures. :) Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day!

Sailboat Card:
*Nautical Paper Pad
*Seas the Day Stamp Set
*Anchors Aweigh Die Set
*Seashells Die and Stamp Set
*Sealife Accessories Die Set
*Nautical Metal Charms
*Nautical Twine
*Harmony Quick-Dry Ink Pad (Seal Brown)
*Luxury Cardstock

Embossed Card:
*Ship's Anchor Embossing Folder
*Seas the Day Stamp Set
*Nautical Twine
*Harmony Ink Pads (Aqua Blues)
*Midas Ink Pads (Precious Metals)
*Harmony Quick-Dry Ink Pads (Seal Brown)
*Watercolor Card
*Luxury Cardstock

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Crafty Fun ♥︎

Hello, my sparkly friends! Happy weekend.♥️I'm fluttering in to share a wee bit more of my recent work for Crafter's Companion! I've been having so much fun in my crafty space.

My first few cards feature the new Split Invitation Dies. The detailing in the dies is exquisite!
I used the lovely Opulent Henna die to create a fancy edged card, blossoming in hope. The gorgeous patterned papers, ribbon, and peachy pearls are from a recent CC subscription box. The shiny peach paper is from the Parisian Luxury Pearl Card collection. The flower is (another!) Layered Peony, this time sprinkled with mini prills. There are endless options with the split dies and I am eager to play with them again.
This is the stunning Elegant Swirls die, which I used to make an invitation card. The bottom die has been cut out with the optional flap dies to create a pocket, while the top sweetly folds down as a closure. I used gorgeous pink paper is Parisian Luxury Pearl Card so it is beautifully shimmery. For my 'closure' I centered a lace die with a lovely heart charm from the Paris collection.
For this card I nestled part of the Elegant Swirls die within a Biarritz Heart Frame, which is inked up in Pink Tulip and Pale Fig Harmony Inks. Truly there is no end in beautiful ways to use these dies. The whimsical patterned papers are from a CC subscription box, while the purple is from their pearlescent collection. The butterfly is from the Flutterby Create-a-Card set. The sweet little sentiment is from the Peony Collection.
Lastly, I had another play with one of the new 3D embossing folders! This is Decorative Foliage, which I have showcased using a technique I learned from the fabulous Jennifer McGuire. I taped around the edge of a white piece of yardstick to make a frame, inked up the center with Straw Bale, Oasis, and Parakeet Harmony Inks, and then embossed it with what has become my favorite folder! 

To keep the focus on the embossing, I simply added layers of luxury cardstock behind it and topped it with a double lace bow. The sentiment is from the Vintage Chic stamp set, which is stamped upon circles from the Ornate Circles Accordian die. I love the beauty that can come from even the simplest of techniques.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day!♥️

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sweet Inspirations

Hello, sweet friends! I'm fluttering in to share a few of my favorite samples from the Crafter's Companion shows on HSN yesterday. It is pure joy designing for them and I'm certain you will love their new goodies as much as I do.♥️
Two sets of Silhouette Animal Dies are part of the release, which I adore! (Be still my animal-loving heart!) I created a tent fold for the precious kitty, adorned with goodies from the Peony Collection
The sweet Silhouette Puppy, cut out in the loveliest metallic cardstock, is celebrating in the same Peony collections. Pretty Vintage Lace and a sweet banner add to the festivities. The sentiment is from the Mix and Match Birthday collection.
I couldn't resist creating a Christmas card with the Silhouette Stag. The papers and sentiment are from the signature Winter Wonderland range, one of my festive favorites.
Also part of this launch is a new collection of 3D embossing folders. Truly there are no words to express how much I treasure Sara's embossing folders! My background embossed design is the new Ornate Flourish, while my sentiment is from Set 3 of the new Sentiment embossing folders. Both were inked up with CC's spectacular Metallic Waxes. They are creamy, dreamy, and completely inspiring. 

My layering throughout my cards is once again with luxury cardstock. I better order more soon because I cannot imagine being without. ;)

Thank you for visiting and I will you a beautiful day.♥️

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Love and Birthday Cards

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week. I'm popping in to share two sweet little cards with you!♥️

Next Tuesday, March 5th, is the next HSN Craft Day, which means a plethora of new Crafter's Companion goodies will soon be launched!
There are lovely sets of new Circle Stamp and Dies, which I adore for their whimsical nature and versatility. :) For my With Love sample, I paired the new set with Vintage Tea Party paper. I stamped the hearts in gold because you all know I treasure hearts of gold. The sentiment is layered upon a Scalloped Edge Circle Nesting Die.
The pretty frame for my card is actually the decorative panels to the Ornate Circle Accordion Die. I thought it would make an ideal border for a loving sentiment, so I used pearly paper from the Parisian Pearl Card collection. (This is my favorite pearl pink ever!) The frolicking butterflies are from the Flutterby Create-a-Card.
I love birthday cards, so I was excited to play with the Happy Birthday set! I colored up the cupcake with Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers, adding a few peach pearls to the frosting. The papers are from the Sew Lovely paper collection, which I continue to reach for on a regular basis. CC has such pretty papers. :) The sentiment is cut with a gorgeous CC teal pearl paper. There are nine(!) Stamp and Dies, each one perfect for so many occasions. 

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a sparkly day. ♥️

Friday, February 15, 2019

Birthday Love

Hello, my precious friends! The last several months have been challenging but I am happy to return to the beautiful blogging community of crafters. I have dearly missed you and will be sprinkling your blogs with love this weekend and Monday.♥️

Being on the Crafter's Companion Design Team has been an immense blessing! I used some of my favorite new goodies to create a birthday card for a special friend.
This was my first time coloring with Spectrum Noir markers! I used the Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers in Corals and Dull Greens. The lovely Peony Corner Bloom stamp and papers are from the Peony Collection. This is truly one of the most gorgeous collections I have ever had! The large flower is created from the Layered Peony Stamp and Die set. The petals are stamped with the Blush Midas Ink Pad, while the leaves are stamped with Sandstorm Harmony Ink.

The image is nestled within the exquisite Biarritz Frame Cut & Emboss Folder. It makes my heart flutter and I love that it cuts and embosses in one pass. I have lightly inked it in Straw Bale Harmony Ink for a touch of sunshine. My sentiment, also stamped in Blush Midas Ink, is from a combination of the Happy Birthday and Love, Laugh, Laughter Mix and Match sets. The pretty green floral border is from the Parisian Floral Borders & Corners.

Have a beautiful weekend, sparkly friends! I hope it is filled with everything sweet. ♥️

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sweet Sentiment Cards

Hello, sparkly friends! I hope your week is off to a beautiful start.♥︎ I'm popping in with two little cards today.

Tomorrow is the big day on HSN when a plethora of new Crafter's Companion goodies will be released! I am super excited about the new sentiment dies. They are gorgeous and make a lovely card all on their own.
Not surprisingly, one of my favorites is With Love. You know my sappy heart, after all! I adore the elegant curlicues and sweet hearts nestled within. My butterfly is from the Flutterby Create-a-Card set.
Isn't it dreamy? I paired it with the Vintage Doily die from the Vintage Tea Party collection (split in quarters to use as corner detailing) and a Decorative Ribbon die on top from the Sew Lovely collection. Once again I have used sweet papers from Sew Lovely.
Also new is this beautiful way of expressing gratitude. I paired it with one of the loveliest pieces of paper from the NEW Roaring 20's paper pack! There are gorgeous areas throughout every sheet of 12x12 paper. I offset a shadow layer of my sentiment since I used it without the background outline die. I couldn't possibly cover up this gorgeous paper.
Requiring only the simplest embellishing, I cut out a sweet fluttery friend from one of the sheets and added a touch of lace on top. Oh the joy of crafting again.♥︎

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a sunshiny day. :)

Friday, November 2, 2018

A Crafty Return (and exciting news!)

Hello, sweet friends! I cannot thank you enough for the love you have shown me over the last 8.5 months while I was away. I treasure you and have missed this precious community. It has been a tumultuous year but I am thrilled to return to my beloved crafty space.

My crafty return comes with exciting news. I am honored (and stunned) to be joining the Crafter's Companion Design Team! Color me sparkly! I adore this company for countless reasons that go far beyond the inspiring products they create. It honestly is nerve-wracking to start this journey after being away from crafting for so long, but everyone has been so encouraging. I love this team already.
Next week is a huge week for Crafter's Companion, with a plethora of new releases! Sara (the creative mastermind behind CC) will be on HSN throughout the day on November 6th to pique your creativity in the loveliest ways. It's hard to choose favorites but Enchanted Forest may win with the most magical goodies!
Along with that bountiful collection, there are also necessities such as new nesting dies. I have used the Scalloped Circles to make a card in the sweet cathedral window technique. Isn't it just darling? They are often placed like a square, but I've tilted mine and layered Scalloped and Stitch Edge Squares beneath.

The gorgeous paper is from the Sew Lovely collection, a recent launch that I love! The beautiful sentiment is from a previous CC Subscription Box, which comes your way each month with a new theme/technique. This stamp is from the Stamp & Die box, which I have anchored with the new Scalloped and Stitch Edge Hearts. My sunshiny solid paper is their dreamy pearlescent luxury cardstock.

I am elated to be back to the crafty world and look forward to sprinkling your blogs with sweet sunshine. I have missed encouraging you and being blessed by your masterpieces. Thank you for your patient love and for never, ever giving up on me. Sparkly hugs to all!

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