Monday, March 9, 2020

Overly Inspired

I've had some pleasant life changes recently, things are finally in our favor.
We moved over the holiday season. It took months of searching, lots of disappointment and eventually the perfect one for us appeared. We feel so at home here and believe it is the perfect place for us. Now that I'm recovered from the move, holidays and illnesses, my art room is set up and full of light and inspiration!
I currently have several projects going at once and I hope to rein in the flow of creativity to a steady stream rather than a flood that runs dry just as quickly. In effort to do just that I am working on a personal weekly project. The project is small with big benefits as I'm finding that working on it is almost like a warm up phase for other projects.
Along with that, I have several other items begun. I'm working a year in advance for upcoming events throughout 2020, It feels good to have a plan in place. I've always been a "procraftinator" and worked great under pressure. Lately, I've found that I'm no longer able to enjoy the creative process while rushing to get it done. It's nice to play and experiment with have time to change things if need be.
One of the first creations from the new art room was this personalized frame for my niece. She turned 14 and is into gothic style skulls and villians. No problem, right?

I used a couple different stamps sets, silver embossing, glitter and silver leafing. Her name was cut several times and stacked for dimension. I spritzed it all over with shimmer spray and added it to a 5x7 frame. It's so cool in person! Lots of shine and shimmer, with so many little hidden images to look for. I love how it turned out and thankfully, so did she.
I went in the opposite direction for her card and used holographic embossing powders to highlight the skulls repeatedly stamped throughout the background. The skulls continue inside the card and onto the envelope as well. I decided to use the leftovers to make a gift tag.
I really enjoy themed gifts like this. I was excited to receive a request for a dinosaur themed gift set for a party this spring so watch for that one! 

Stamps used:
Framed piece
Skull - Inkadinkadoo Halloweenscapes
Flourishes - Rhonna Farrar for Autumn Leaves
Flourishes with words - I lost the packaging & cannot recall the manufacture
Smaller skull - TAC
Sentiments - Unity

Friday, May 10, 2019

Well, Pooh!

My sons childhood buddy is expecting his first baby, a boy due in early July. (YAY! maybe on my birthday!) The baby's room and shower theme is Winnie the Pooh. I am a Disney fan but have never really paid much attention to Pooh bear. I have no idea why, he's adorable. Due to my ignorance I was utterly lost when initially starting this personalized gift. I knew I wanted to make a monogram since I happened to have a wooden 'L' for Luca handy. How to make the 'L' Pooh themed without it being contrived was another hurdle. I decided to cover the 'L' with honeycomb. That was the first step. I used a hexagon embossing folder coated with heating embossing medium and pressed and heated the shapes onto soft yellow cardstock.

 I liked that it was slightly messy and imperfect; more organic looking. Then I used pearlized powders and paste to make the hues of honey.
Once the 'L' coating reached its happy place I had to figure out how Pooh would fit in. I imagined him sitting or standing on the lower portion of the 'L' and tasting the honey, but he seemed too small and not prominent enough. I decided to look for images of Pooh on the web and within my Disney scrapbook stash. I decided that in order for Pooh to be large enough to compete with the size of the letter, he needed to be reaching into it for a taste of honey. I came across a pattern in a Creating Keepsakes idea magazine from 20 years ago(!) that was perfect.

 I just tweaked it a bit and went for it. The rest of the process was just incredulous to me because I truly have no idea what wizard possessed me and created the end result. All I know is, I am absolutely amazed and proud of this little guy! I really can't believe I made it! I'm a little embarrassed at just how proud I am over it. But thats Ok.
Honestly, the hardest part was selecting the background paper! I settled on some older SU! designer paper with a cloud print from my stash. Pooh, is essentially a partial stuffie made from felt. He's positioned and adhered to the background. The bumble bees were created with yellow pom-poms, black chenille pipe cleaners & vellum wings stamped with a texture design. I painted the edges of the letter with red paint to acknowledge Pooh's iconic t-shirt.   

 I adhered the monogram to the back and edge of a frame. It can be freestanding or a wall hanging.
The frame is 8x10 size.

I made a couple cards as well. The only stamp I had of Pooh was tiny! It fit perfectly on the SU! onesie from the set "Made With Love." This onesie became official Disney merch when I stamped the inside collar with its label image and hung it on a wire hanger (made from a paperclip), completed with a big inflated price tag. The tag is stamped with an image from Unity's "Stinkin Cute" set.

 I had some old Creative Memories paper with Pooh on it. I cut him out and got him messy with honey. He sits on a grassy hill with a perfect cloudy sky background I created with distress inks. I added in little bees and a honey pot from the classic SU! set, "Button Bear." 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cards that move you

Interactive cards are so much fun and make a memorable impact for all that receive them.
They don't require any special tools or gadgets and they're surprisingly easy to make.
I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.

The butterfly above is the interactive part of this card. Gently pull the tab and it moves back and forth.

The party girl card above is a little more involved. The balloons, upper body and skirt all move with the pull of one tab.

On the sweet giraffe card above, both Mama and baby heads rock back and forth. Awww! 
So cute! Right?! 

Be good to yourself! 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Unity Hop!

Hello! I'm so happy you've stopped by!

The featured artists from the past several months are blog hopping for Unity Stamp Co. It is also Angela Magnuson's birthday! Happy Birthday, Angela!

I had fun playing and experimenting with my creations for this post.
Did you know Unity has collaborative kits with Gina K? The most recent is their Wreath Builder templates.

It's been said that you can create a wreath/circular design with practically any stamp. Oh, ya?! Challenge accepted! I blindly, no relation to Birdbox, grabbed a stamp. Jalapeno Business... Hmmm, well, ok then! Sure enough, my Jalapeno's were aligned perfectly and look pretty darn cute as a wreath, Ha! who would have thought!?
The Jalapenos are colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. Their stems are heat embossed with tinsel powder. The background was smoked up with some black soot distress oxide. I accented it all with glittery gel pens, green hearts and finished it off with a bakers twine bow. The sentiment was created on my computer.

Next, I wanted to try out an idea I came across on Pinterest. Of course, Unity has a stamp for that...
I used, Other Side of Fear to recreate the design that inspired me. Clear acetate keeps my whale in place while the boat rests gently atop the edge of the page. This size is perfect for any type of book.


One more little thing... On Christmas day, I hinted to an idea I had for the Abominable Cuddlebug. Well, I tried it out and Chewbacca passed nerd approval! Hahaha!! 
I also tried out my stuffie idea on Maria Girl and she is beautiful! 
I hope you liked what you've seen here and have a great time hopping along with us today! Follow the links below and be sure to comment on each Unity hop blog post in order to qualify for the generous prize from Unity!

You are here --> Shannon Horch
Traci Cooley

Jeanette Cloyd
Teri Coady
Kristina Corzatt Mackeen
Samantha Jackson-Houp
Mary Kay Werry
Sari Aavamkai

Thursday, January 10, 2019

First One & Winners!

The year has begun like a shot out of a cannon! I've been free-falling ever since. Whew!
I made time to create my first card of the year, a first birthday card for my Granddaughter. I used an adorable set from Phyllis Harris called You Are My Main Squeeze
She resembles my "little moon" so much! That fuzzy hair and cute grin! eeek! 

I stamped on Kraft paper and colored with glittery gel pens. I used a sentiment, You Leave Sparkle I received in one of Unity's notorious grab bags. 

Speaking of grab bags, I announced the winners of my GIU week on Unity's Show & Tell Facebook group last week.
Vannessa Osbourn and Joyce Verdon were the lucky chicks to win grab bags from Unity. 

This weekend, January 13th, Unity is hosting a blog hop with more chances to win, so get those fingers warmed up to hop and comment on all the blogs! See you then! 

Friday, December 28, 2018


Here we are at the end of the year and the end of my feature week. Todays projects are full of sparkle and shine. I used Unity's Kit Of the Month's called Midnight Kisses and When You Smile. Both of these Angie girls remind me of my daughters so these are for them. Midnight has paper pieced hat, glasses and blouse. Shes embellished with metalic jewels and lots of glitter confetti. Her background is distress oxides and glitter coated die cuts.
 Both girls were colored with Inktense pencils and accented with Twinkling H2O's. When You Smile girl is rasied up over Brutus' Barn Wall with strings of colored lights. I coated the wall with vellum to soften the look. The sentiment was stamped and cut to look like one of those trendy wood signs. I finisded her off with a sprinkle of tiny holographic stars. Both are framed with shiny holographic purple paper, which was also used to creat the lights. Did I mention I fussy cut those out by hand!? {crazy}  I really love how these turned out.

As I look forward to 2019 I am hopeful and confident I'm starting the year from the best position to make it even better. I hope you enjoyed this week of projects as much as I have. If you'd like a chance to win some Unity stamps make sure to comment on each post! Want an extra entry? Tell me, Do You make resolustions? If so, what will they be for 2019? I'd like make a habit of art journaling. 
Thanks for all your kindness and support this week, you truly make this a fantastic community to be a part of. Please check back in a few days for the winner announcement *and* set a reminder for the blog hop coming up on January 13th. I'll be sharing a fun project featuring those adorable Cuddlebugs again! :)  
I wish you all a contented and creative 2019. <3   

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Pickles and Beer

Did that title make you scratch your head? Ha! I ended up making a couple of unconventional Christmas cards for the unique loves in my life.
My teen daughter has developed a borderline unhealthy obsession with dill pickles recently. Unity's pickle jar stamp made this years card for her, humorous and extra memorable. I suspended the jar in the center of an oval. It spins and wobbles when it's opened.
The beer card was created for my Granddaughters daddy. He made it through his first season of fatherhood! Cheers! ;) He also likes trying out different IPA's so I thought it would be a fun card for him.


The background of both cards was created with the pine sprig from Winter Blessings. I used that kit a lot this year. It's so versatile for this time of year. 
The pickle jar is double sided and has a bit of paper piecing. The beer was accented with Wink of Stella for that frosty mug effect. I cheated a bit and used my computer to alter a couple of Unity sentiments in order to create exactly what I wanted. I used "Cheers to New Beginnings" from the sentiment kit called You Can & You Will and "Wishing you a blessed Winter a merry Christmas, & a happy New Year" sentiment from Winter Blessings. 
Don't forget to leave a comment each day for a chance at winning some Unity stamps! For an extra entry today tell me which kit you used over and over this season. Cheers to you all! 

Overly Inspired I've had some pleasant life changes recently, things are finally in our favor. We moved over the holiday season. It ...