Wednesday

suck it up, buttercup...

This saying has always cracked me up. I don't know quite why, it just does.
When I got my first glimpse at this stamp from Tammy Tutterow I immediately knew what I was going to make.
First thing I needed was a good background. These flat canvas boards make awesome bases. Paint is smeared on with fingers, dabbed at with baby wipes, splattered on... with a final wash of gesso covering all. I often think of gesso as the 'miracle worker' for collage- it softens and blends and mellows everything. Every time.
To create an all-over background I needed a stamp. This script stamp is great because not only is it the perfect size to make a card with just a single stamp, but it works well to create a larger size by simply stamping multiple times. I am completely in love with it's name- Dear Ruby.
I couldn't find my largest acrylic block (OK, in reality I was just too lazy to go look) BUT I had my Spellbinders die cut machine sitting right next to me so.... I used one of the clear plates from it to stamp with. It worked great!
With a combination of flowers fussy-cut from some paper, a few butterflies and a very pouty Little Miss I was on a roll.
This was probably one of the quickest collage pieces I've put together in a long time and the 'suck it up, buttercup' stamp was just the cherry on top! Stamped with archival ink onto a piece of tissue paper, matte medium brushed over the canvas perfectly blends the image with the background.
 Suck it up, Buttercup!

xo,

Thursday

what color is your happy?

Everyone has a color that makes them happy. 
What color is yours?
Usually mine is red. I love anything that comes in red. Or that cool, vintage-vibe 50's blue. And black, definitely black. I know people say black doesn't count but I love it- everything really "pops" with an accent of black!
This stamp evokes happiness with the little burst of bloom accenting the text. Tammy Tutterow has such a great style- I smile whenever I look at her work. It's whimsical and yes, happy!

Using the stamp as my starting point it didn't take long to put together some colorful layers to make a card. The little birdie insisted on being part of it!
Oh- and today I'm kind of feeling a whole "rainbow" of happy... The Daughter just found out that she got accepted into grad school!
Happy, happy, HAPPY!

xo,

be an original...

'If you want to be original, be yourself. God never made two people exactly alike!'
I really love to work on tags. They're a great size for using up all the little bits you've been saving. You know what I'm talking about, right? Those last little inches of trim you just couldn't toss, the odd piece of paper ephemera, a broken earring or scrap of ribbon. Too pretty to toss but too small to use for something, right? Wrong!
It's hard to believe a plain old piece of manilla tag could be made so beautiful just by running it through a die cutting machine with an embossing folder but it's so easy and oh, so pretty. Every time.  
I used the Rose Tablecloth embossing folder from Tammy Tutterow and some Nuvo Embellishing Mousse from Tonic; the mousse is a great texture- it just glides on with your fingertip. I LOVE how it highlights the embossed design here.
One of the little scraps I can never throw away are the tiny strips from the edge of Authentique paper. I love those quotes- I've been know to dive into the trash can when scrapping with friends if they carelessly tossed those edges... what were they thinking??? 
Sequins are a bit of a recent discovery for me- of course I've used them for crafting but when looking for a "flat-ish" embellishment for art journaling they had just the right amount of flash.
Lastly, these velvet leaves made great wings for my girl. I think she looks pretty original!

xo,

Tuesday

a big dose of happy...

One can never have too much happy, right? This card made me pretty happy when I was putting it together.
Don't you just LOVE this stamp??? I'm crazy over it! Between the quote and Tammy Tutterow's gorgeous writing, I'm totally smitten. I want to stamp it on everything. 

It was easy to fussy cut around the stamped image, giving a little dimension as I layered it on top of the striped ribbon. 
The fluffy flower began with the darling Floweret Posies die and some felt. I wish I'd had some wonderful wool felt to use- and the crazy thing is I have a huge stack somewhere- but since I couldn't find it I had to use el-cheapo synthetic felt from the craft store. Surprise! It actually worked just fine.

I used two colors, cut multiple layers and snipped into the top flower so that it would kind of fringe itself around the stamens. With a quick whip-stitch to hold the entire thing together I was done in a flash. Boom! Perfect accent.

How is that for a big dose of happy? It worked for me!

xo, 

Sunday

admit one...

I have found that I just can't stop making Valentine-themed projects ever since I got out all my red & pink embellishments!
I started with my Tammy Tutterow SR-076 Library Pocket die and a stack of pretty papers. Honestly, I think I made about two dozen of these pockets just because they were so easy to cut out and assemble (I'm sure I'll find someplace to use them all up).
To make my "booklet" I attached two unassembled pockets together by layering the ends together; after that I just made a hidden hinge binding and glued it down to the area where my pockets overlapped. I'm not sure if this makes sense but if you look at the photo it probably will... maybe I'll get REAL brave and try a tutorial on this.
By cutting off 1/8" at the bottom of each pocket I was able to slip them over the hinges of the binding, adding a little adhesive to hold them on.
After the pockets were all glued in, I decorated each one with fun trims and tucked a tag into each pocket, thinking it might be fun to glue a picture or write a love note onto each tag. 
I won't bore you with all of the pockets but I can tell you they were a blast to decorate and came together so quickly!
I went to town with laces & trims...
images & hearts...
and sparkle. Always lots of sparkle.
This one is my very favorite!
Once embellished, the whole thing was tied together with a big wide striped ribbon. 
I have to share my Target find- these darling battery-operated lights were only $5 and they're so cute when all lit up!

xo,
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