I feel a party coming on...

A party? Heck yah it was a party! 

I spent 3 days this past weekend with a bunch of friends at an awesome crop at It's All About The Scrapbook in Dixon, CA. Those ladies really know how to throw a party!
This stamp from Tammy Tutterow was EXACTLY how I was feeling all weekend long!

It's fun, it's colorful, it's full of happiness... it's a party!
After stamping and coloring the image, I used my trusty sewing machine to add some pizzazz with orange and turquoise silky thread in a straight stitch around the edges. If you haven't tried stitching on your paper projects, you've GOT to give it a go- you'll be hooked.
In addition to the darling stamp in this set, you also get a die for the multiple layers of the party hat which makes it so easy and quick to add dimension. 

A couple sequins and some platinum Stickles lightly added for a little sparkle- and I was done. This card was really fast and fun to make! 

Party on, people.



falling for you...

Fall. It's the most beautiful time of year!
As soon as I saw this stamp I KNEW what I wanted to make with it. 

I have a huge stash of candlesticks- they're perfect for so many craft projects. True, I'd never used one as a stand for a chunky canvas- but... it worked!

Using a chunky 8-inch canvas, I slapped a single coat of chalk paint onto it. So far, so good. Next I needed to add the cute image from Tammy Tutterow's Fall For You stamp. I have to admit, my first try was unsuccessful. I stamped directly onto the canvas and it was a disaster. 

My second try wasn't much better- I stamped onto a piece of paper, intending to lay it over the top of the canvas. It was vanilla. Totally dull. 

Then I decided to stamp it onto a sheet of old pattern tissue. I loved it- and hated it too. The print on the tissue made it difficult to see the stamped image. 
OK, number three into the trash.
Finally I brushed a single coat of gesso over the tissue, let it dry and then stamped over that. It was perfect!
Using a leaf die from Tonic Studios, I cranked out a couple dozen from mixed printed papers in all the beautiful shades of Fall that I love so much. It was quick work to arrange them into a wreath around the central stamped image.
One last detail- Nuvo Cryatal Drops in brown to give the impression of nailheads around the edge of the canvas.
After that, all that was left was to glue the canvas  onto the top of the candlestick. 

I loved the look of the slender candlestick with the heft of the canvas on top- and now I can't wait to make another one... thinking about varying heights of candlesticks and different sizes of canvases... oh, the possibilities!



sweet heart...

There are a few things that I love to use over and over again in my projects- sheet music, doilies and hearts. 
Hearts, hearts and more hearts!

Well I've just found a new love- stamped sentiments that come with a die to cut them out! Ohhhh yessss... Tammy Tutterow's stamp & die sets are here
Also fresh off the press from her is this sweet heart die. There is almost no place a heart doesn't work! This one is the largest in a set of three and I know they're gonna be very well loved in my stash.

I layered it over a doily die from Tim Holtz and embellished the whole thing with leaves and tiny flowers from another new set- Bitty Posies. Aren't they just darling?
 ...but, the best thing ever is the sentiment! I love fussy cutting but let's be real- cutting around little letters can be a bit time consuming, not to mention a huge cramp in the hand. All you do with these is stamp, lay the die over the top and crank through your machine. 

Every time.

Now that IS sweet.


love, mom...

Gift cards are always fun to give to my daughter and now that she's a starving grad student she really appreciates them!

I wanted to give her the latest stash of cards in something other than an envelope so I whipped up a little altered Altoid tin.
Chalk paint sticks to everything- so it was no surprise that it worked great on tin; two coats was all I needed to completely cover. It took longer to let the paint dry than it did to complete the whole project.

For dimension between the layers of ribbon, rosette and punched circle, small pieces of chipboard are perfect.
Tammy Tutterow's Tiny Sentiments stamps from Happy Grams 3 are becoming very well-loved by me! They're a great size for just about any card, tag, pocket, etc. 

This one already had a cute button on the stamp but I couldn't resist adding a real one over the top of it; a few more buttons on a stick pin was the final embellishment. I love an excuse to stick a few buttons in wherever I can.
You can never have too much happy (or too many gift cards from your Mom!)


journaling on the fly...

My anniversary is coming up and The Mr. and I have a little getaway weekend planned. I wanted to be able to gather some of the memories from our trip without a lot of fuss- a kind of "journaling on the fly".

A little mesh bag filled with notebook, pen and a glue stick is all I am planning to take, along with my tiny Fuji Instax printer. There might also be a couple little rolls of washi tape thrown in for good measure. 
My notebook had heavy card stock pages that were completely bare. Some pretty papers and my work horse Tab Die Sets One & Two from Tammy Tutterow were all it took to add some interest to the edges. I pulled out some mini stamp sentiments to stamp random quotes on both the tabs and some of the blank pages.
I made a half dozen pockets from the Notched Mini Envelope, Tabbed Mini Pocket and Window Mini Pocket. They'll be perfect for tiny treasures- a business card from a favorite restaurant, little notes, fortunes from our cookies from lunch.
Some pages were left plain but others were very lightly stenciled using Tammy's beautiful new stamps from Stencil Girl. It looks dark here but the color is really just barely there, perfect for writing right over the top.
I love this design- it reminds me of cross-stitch.
Another glimpse at one of the tiny pockets tucked in between a page, just waiting for a little something.
This all-over leaf design is so cute!
I can't wait to fill it with snippets from our weekend's adventure!

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