Monday, July 28, 2014

Inspired by Project Runway

Hello!  Hope your Monday is going well!  Mine is going... like a Monday... glad it's winding down.  Over the weekend I had a fun idea to play along with this season's Project Runway (which premiered last Thursday incase you missed it!).  It's one of my favorite shows and I'm always so inspired after I watch- I am going to try to make a card based on each episode.
This week, the designers received a chest full of random fabrics and they had to create a look using them.  I thought this was so fun!  I had my husband pick 6 random patterned papers from 6 different 6x6 paper pads.  Here is what he chose for me:


Not too bad! :)  I didn't have to trade like some of the designers did lol!  I used each one of these on my card, going with a quilt inspired look that would make the crazy patterns look like they were supposed to go together:


I added some cute stamps from Lawn Fawn, twine, and a doily to create a focal point.  I embellished with a flower embellishment topped with a sequin to add a little fun.  I colored the banner stamp with Copic markers in colors pulled from the papers as well.


It was fun challenging myself with this and I'm hoping that something from each Project Runway episode can translate to a card.  If they don't, it's OK. :)  I'll still enjoy watching them all!
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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Beachy Inky Paws Challenge


Happy Friday!  I'm sure ready for a nice, relaxing weekend!  Today I'm sharing a cute treat box I made for this month's Inky Paws Challenge over at Newton's Nook Designs.  Here is what I made:


I picked the cute image of Newton on a floaty from the Newton's Summer Vacation set to play with, coloring it with my Copic markers.  I fussy cut around him when I was done.
This cute clear triangle treat box from SRM Stickers was perfect for holding some fun gummy shark treats- I'm sure this is what Newton would be snacking on as he's floating out in the bay! :)


I added a few bits of patterned paper to the bottom of the box and chose a sentiment sticker from SRM Stickers to go along with the theme.  I die cut a piece of vellum with a label die and added the sentiment over the tom.  I layered it over the patterned papers and then added Newton to the top.  I finished off the look with a bit of Crushed Curry twine.


Wouldn't these be fun treats for a beachy get together?
I hope you have a chance to play along with the Inky Paws Challenge this week!  For more inspiration, pop over to the Newton's Nook Designs blog- the design team made some cute cards!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tinsel & Company Christmas Cards

Hi!  Today I am sharing on the Teresa Collins Design Team blog- I thought I'd share here, too!  I had a chance to play with the new Tinsel & Company collection over the weekend and made a couple of cards.  My favorite part of the collection is the gold foil printed patterned paper.  It's so shiny and pretty!  Perfect for holiday cards!

My first one features the gold polka-dots on kraft patterned paper (Dots Paper) along with a couple die-cuts from the Tinsel & Company Ephemera pack:


Isn't that gold nice!!  The ephemera pieces are distressed looking- like old wooden signs.  I really love the look!  Here is a closeup:


I kept this one simple, embellishing a little with burlap and machine stitching.  Thank goodness for the Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive by Xyron- it was the only thing that would keep this burlap ribbon in place!

My second card features some of the pretty stamps in the Tinsel & Company collection:


That sentiment stamp is sooo pretty!  I want to use it on all my Christmas cards this year!  Here I've stamped it with a pretty silver ink on a vellum journaling card.  It was hard to get a picture of the metallic shine but boy is it nice in real life!  Here is a closer look:


I've used papers from the Tinsel & Company 6x6 pad on this card along with an Ephemera Tag, a couple of Decorative Stickers, and some Sequins from the collection.  The stars on the card base are another stamp from the Clear Stamp set as well.

This collection definitely put me in the Christmas mood!  It has a classic look and will work so well for so many different projects!  I can't wait to pull it out again!

Thanks for joining me today!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Thanks Card

Hello!  I had a few minutes while enjoying my coffee this morning so I thought I'd pop on and share a card I made over the weekend.  My friends came over and we played with the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities markers.  Here is what I made:


I enjoyed coloring with the new markers- they weren't like Copics but were easy to blend and the colors were rich and vibrant.  I paired the pretty flowers from the So Very Grateful set with my favorite bread tag die and the new big polka-dots embossing folder from Stampin' Up!  The adorable thanks die is by Lawn Fawn- another new favorite!  The doily and twine are from SRM and the gold mist is by Heidi Swapp.


I love how the coloring turned out!  I'll definitely be playing with them again!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Anniversary Newton's Nook Designs!


Welcome to Newton's Nook Designs Anniversary Blog Hop!  Did you come from Danielle's awesome blog?  I'm so excited to be participating- I can't believe it's already been a year since they've opened their doors.  To celebrate I've created two cards- one using a set from their first release and another using a set from the most recent release.  
My first card features one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Just Say Cheese- the images and puns totally crack me up!  Here is my card:


I wanted to create a bright, clean, fiesta inspired card since I was using the queso image.  I imagined it was sitting in a pretty vintage pyrex dish :)  I colored it with Copics, pulling the colors from the fun triangles paper by Bella Blvd. 


I didn't have the right colors for the tortilla chips so I improvised and dotted the colors that I did have to create a tortilla-ish look :)  It worked ok and I didn't have to worry about shading!

My next card uses a brand new set, Newton's Summer Vacation:


I thought it would be fun to use the same supplies on both cards.  I colored Newton lounging on the beach with my Copics again and fussy cut him out.  I used the leftover strips of paper and scalloped border along the bottom edge of my card and added him just above them.
  

These fun stamp sets always make me happy when I use them!  I'm so glad to be hopping along- I feel pretty lucky to be a part of this team- Newton's Nook Designs is a great company and I wish them many more years of success!

They are such a great company, of course there is a giveaway!!  Here are the details:
Newton’s Nook Designs is so excited to be celebrating their One Year Anniversary - one whole year of getting our paws inky!  To celebrate we have an AMAZING blog hop featuring with our brand new design team and some AWESOME Special Guests! You are going to love all the fun inspiration they're sharing using Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps
Celebrate with us and enter to win!
Would you like to win a $10 coupon for Newton's Nook Designs online shop? We will be choosing TWO lucky winners! 
Here’s how to win:
Comment on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! TWO winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, July 20th at 9 pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Monday, July 21st. We are running a giveaway on our Facebook page too so make sure to enter here for another chance to win!!

Special Guests 
Jennifer Ingle
Emily Leiphart
Jocelyn Olson
Simon Says Stamp

Design Team:
Taheerah Atchia
Lydia Brooke
Larissa Heskett
Diane Jaquay
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Shellye McDaniel
Jess Moyer
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Tessa Wise

I hope you have fun hopping along today!  Don't forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win something fun! :)  Thanks for stopping by here, too!
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs July Release- Newton's Summer Vacation

Good morning!  I have another fun card for you today featuring another great set from this month's Newton's Nook Designs release!!  This one is a full set of Newton- doing what kitties dream of doing on their summer vacation!!  So cute! Hee!  Here is my card:


I chose the image where Newton is building a sand castle.  I just love this little image!  So imaginative and cute!  I stamped Newton and the bucket onto white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers.  I fussy cut around them and put them aside.  I stamped the sandcastle and the sand in the bucket onto Sahara Sand cardstock and used Copics to color them, too.  I added a poof of Crumb Cake marker with my Spritzer tool to give it a sandy look and cut them out as well.
Then I built my card.  I created a base out of light blue cardstock.  I cut the waves and sand panels using the Custom Panels die set by Avery Elle.  I layered the waves onto my card so they would peek out from behind the sand.  I stamped the bucket, sentiment, and Newton onto the sand and layered my colored pieces over the top.  I added some shadows around them to give them a little dimension.  I layered it on to my card using dimensional adhesive dots and then added a strip of striped paper to finish off the look


Isn't Newton just the cutest?

Would you like to win “Newton’s Summer Vacation”?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners! 
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, July 17th at 9pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 18th.  
We will also be having a giveaway on Facebook - so make sure to like our Facebook page and enter to win there! 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Tessa Wise (you're here)

I loved this release so much!  Using each set just made me smile- they are so stinkin' cute!!  I hope you had as much fun with this release as we did!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs July Release- Flirty Flamingos

Hi!  Are you ready for another cute set from Newton's Nook Designs?  This one is may be one of my favorites ever- it's Flirty Flamingos and features some wonderful flamingo images!!  Here is what I made:


I used the lovebird flamingos for this card, stamping them directly onto my card front.  I colored them using Copic markers.  I added a bit of gray splatter around them and embellished the bottom with some fun patterned papers, mini doily, brad, and linen thread by Stampin' Up!


I can't wait to pull this one out again!!

Would you like to win “Flirty Flamingos”?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners! 
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, July 17th at 9pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 18th. 
We will also be having a giveaway on Facebook - so make sure to like our Facebook page and enter to win there! 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Tessa Wise (you're here)

I hope you had a chance to pop through everyone's blog!  They did a great job with this fun set, didn't they? :)  Thanks for stopping by here, too!

 
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