Thursday, February 27, 2014

Paper Smooches February DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches March/April release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at midnight on March 5th (eastern time) (12:01 am on March 6th) You will find our new releases HERE.
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, March 2nd to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, March 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.
To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)
And here's my project for the hop.

I used
Paper Smooches Stamp set My Guy
Paper Smooches Stamp set Seeing Stars
Paper Smooches Die set My Guy Icons
Paper Smooches Die set Super 2

Have fun hopping and good luck!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Misty morning

Heavy fog today... but a beautiful morning in my part of town!

At the crossing

I decided to park my car in the community club house and take a photo walk

The little moments that disappear as the day grows

My favorite tree... we have history with this tree

You have to look close or you'll miss it

The Maple in our front yard

All photos taken with my Canon PowerShot A3000 IS

Here's to a blissful day ahead!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I'm in here (inserting ear-to-ear grin!) 

And a peek into my article...

LOVE Somerset magazines!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Back from Cleveland

The Design Memory Craft team was invited to the Faber-Castell US headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

After quite a bit of child care arrangement shuffling, I was on my way, looking forward to seeing some snow...well, Florida girl here. Took this one from the sky. Snow makes things magical...sigh!

Rode with Rita to the hotel, freshened up. Here's a view from my hotel room window. I could barely move because of the layers of winter clothes I had on. Well, loving snow and being able to cope with cold weather are not the same you know. Thankfully, it wasn't too too cold.

 Here's the office and warehouse. We were given a tour by Don Fischer, the CFO of Faber-Castell USA.

New product wall and Naoko, our DT coordinator. Also got to see Christa T. for a quick second.


The showroom... all I need is a cot and a blanket to take up residence here!

We ate dinner at Melt. I got to meet Amy Jindra, one of the three original concept people behind Design Memory Craft. Amazing person! Wish I had more time to chat with her. So bright, young, and so very down-to-earth! A photo would have been perfect here, but then I was too busy admiring her :) In a world filled with noise, it's truly refreshing to meet an incredibly talented shy artist. I hope you go very far in life, Amy :)

And this wall was COOL!!!

I was very excited to see my artwork in the headquarters boardroom wall... I'm honored and humbled at the same time and extremely grateful!!! 

I also got to meet Delanie West. She is in charge of new product development and I can only divulge that some very cool things might be in order ;) 

And it was awesome to reconnect with Tonya Lutz. She is THE lady who runs the show and our gracious hostess. 

We even got cool gifts like this ball point pen and the book commemorating the 250th anniversary of Faber-Castell
                                Faber-Castell - 148168 Ambition Pacific Green Ballpoint

Then there were friends who get you. Stayed up late and chatted, four of us... Rita, Tiffany, Jen, and I. 

And my personal favorite from the office :) 

The trip back home was a different story. The flight had technical issues which meant delay and in turn missing the connection from JFK. So I was rerouted via Dallas and got home around 10 at night. So glad to be back, hugging my kids and enjoying a very pleasant surprise Ashis had arranged. Some days are great and I'm thankful for them :) 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Handmade photo frame

Here's another Sizzix creation. You can find all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday with Sizzix

Here's a Friendship card I had much fun making with Vintaj dies and embossing folders by Sizzix. 

Now, even though the Vintaj line is primarily dedicated to jewelry designers, it has great potential for paper crafters. The designs are exotic and I couldn't resist using jewel tones from my collection of coloring mediums. 
These are the supplies I used:
Sizzix Textured Impressions 6" x 6" Embossing Folder - Moroccan Fresco (it's pictured below, but I didn't end up using it in my card...thought you might wonder!)
Others: cardstock, Gelato (Gold Champagne), Distress ink pad (Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon), Archival ink pad (Jet Black), paint brush, ink blending tool, adhesive, stamp (Hashtags by Stampers Anonymous)

And now, let me walk you through the steps:

Cut cardstock to fit inside embossing folders. Emboss the pieces using Henna Butterfly embossing folders and Big Shot Machine. Repeat to create as many pieces as you plan to use.

Using Fancy Key Embosslits Die, diecut and emboss a key at the same time. Diecut two Henna Butterflies out of a couple of the embossed pieces from the previous step.

Attach four of the embossed pieces from the first step as tiles on the front of the card. You might need to trim off any excess in order to make them fit on the card.

Next, color the card with Gold Champagne Gelato and blend with a wet brush. Let dry.

Brush on Peacock Feather Distress Ink using blending tool to highlight the embossed design on the tiles.

Color the key with Peacock Feather, the big butterfly with Ripe Persimmon and the small butterfly with Mustard Seed Distress Ink pads. Stack the small butterfly on the big one and attach near the top of the card.
Attach the key on the bottom half leaving just enough space to fit the stamped sentiment to finish the card.

Next time, you set out to make something, don't forget to check for supplies beyond those for paper crafting! 
Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Saving Valentines

Here's a layout for October Afternoon. I saved some of this year's Valentine's in this semi-pocket page. you can check out the details here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope your day is filled with roses, hearts, chocolates, and those you love :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A sketch and a layout

Here's a simple sketch with many possibilities... and a layout following it.

using October Afternoon products.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Making with something else

Playing with fabric is FUN :) Especially when I make things that the fabric probably wasn't intended for. The fabulous designs on the fabric above are by Cori Dantini. BEAUTIFUL!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A little gift

This weekend as we watched a lot of movies at home, I made this little garland for Nini, to go at the top of her dresser mirror... the colors match her plush pillows. It was fun to do something that didn't include paper because that's what I do most often. Always good to do something new, at least new for me.
What do you guys do when you want to create something different? I hope you'd share in your comments.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

Creating with Stampin' Up! Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of creating with Stampin' Up! 
You can see my previous posts on this here, here and here. 

In today's project, I have used the following Stampin' Up! products:
Retro Fresh This & That Journal 132998
Happy Watercolor Clear Set of 8 Stamps 133191
Watercolor Wonder designer Washi Tape 133000
Fancy Foil designer Vellum Gold 133363
Basic Metal Buttons 133319
Others: palette knife, gesso, paints, ink, etc.

The Retro Fresh journal is a lot of fun. I haven't decided what I'd do with the debossed chipboard cover. I like it the way it is and might  leave it as is with maybe a small title. The inside is filled with pages in vibrant colors, pockets, envelopes, etc.  I'm making it into an everyday mini scrapbook. Here's the first page I did.  

And a closer look:

You should really give this book a try!  The size is about 6' x 8". There are 30 double-sided coordinated printed sheets, two pocket pages, 2 super cute envelopes. As you can see, it's spiral bound which means the pages lay flat making it easy to work with. If you are not into mixed media style and don't love jumbling things, you can get the whole Retro Fresh collection to work with. It has washi tapes, stickers, journaling tags, as well as papers that match the journal itself and a cool rotary stamp.

Loving the foiled vellum and metal buttons too! You'll see more of those in upcoming projects :)
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Table numbers for wedding receptions

Here's an idea for creating table numbers for wedding receptions using some of your favorite Design Memory Craft products.

Supplies I used:
Gelatos: Peach, Chocolate (NEUTRAL) & Guava (RED)
PITT Artist pens: BLACK
Others: cardstock, photo frame, lace trim, sewing machine, stencil
And here are the steps

Measure and cut cardstock to fit inside the photo frame. 

Apply a coat of Gesso to the cardstock.

Once the Gesso dries, color the cardstock with Peach and Guava Gelatos and blend with wet brush.

Pick a pretty stencil (mine's by Prima) and using a moist brush (not wet, just moist enough to move color around), pick up some Chocolate Gelato directly from the stick and apply through the stencil onto the cardstock. I used a brush I had handy, but the stipple brush from the Gelatos Tool Set works really great for such applications.

Attach a lace trim at the top of the cardstock with a little adhesive. Stitch around the cardstock to secure the lace in place. Trim off any excess.

Cut out a number 1 from cardstock and attach to the decorated cardstock. Outline it with pencil. Write 'Table' with PITT artist pens. Insert the piece into its frame to finish.
Hope you have fun adding your handmade touches to your or a loved one's wedding!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Tuesday, February 04, 2014


Here's another Paper Smooches layout about my tween
On this layout, I used
Cream cardstock
Gelatos, Gesso, Stamper's Big Brush pens, and PITT Artist pens: Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts

Thanks for stopping by :)