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!



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!



special delivery...

This week's project was so much fun. Honestly, there is nothing quite as good as a pile of sweet Valentine goodness. I attended a 3-day crop and this was one of the things I spent my time playing with!
I ended up making a huge pile of Valentine pockets to share with friends. Once I got started I couldn't stop...
This is how it all started... a cute little pocket cut from Tammy Tutterow's Scoop Pocket die. I LOVE it just the way it is without any embellishment...
I simply added a Hershey bar wrapped in a strip of paper and tied with some bakers twine. The arrow is a cupcake pick!
Each one is slightly different from the next...
Pinks, reds, glitter, ribbons and trims...
Mixed with vintage sweetheart images...
Be mine!

have a happy day...

It is indeed a happy day! I'm trying my best to embrace and appreciate the rain after being in desperate drought conditions here in California for way too long. 
This stamp makes me happy too, and so does it's name- Happy Day Happy Grams. It was super easy to color in (which really made me happy). The message is simple and it's the perfect life mantra- just have a happy day!

Bright colors for a "banner" made with something you might not have thought of- they're actually die cut from the Shortie Tabs set... perfect when folded in half, with a spot of adhesive foam underneath to give some depth. A sparkly black chenille stem as an accent finishes everything off with a little something to make you smile.

I hope you have a happy day too!


with love...

I've been flat-out sick for the last 2 weeks and was getting so bored I just had to have a little play this weekend to keep my sanity! 
My collection of Tammy Tutterow flower dies calls out to me- all the time...
When I'm feeling like making something. 
When I'm thinking about making something.
 When I'm dreaming about making something. 
...maybe I'm a bit obsessed. 
I grabbed some polyester/rayon blend lining material (it was such a gorgeous golden color) and a tea light, plus the Shabby Posies, Pinwheel Posies and Frayed Posies die sets. The dies cut right through the fabric with no trouble at all; once they were all cut out, I held each flower over the flame from the tea light and watched closely as the heat melted the raw edge of the fabric. It also gives a slight curl to each petal. 
I made whole stack of petals so that there would be lots of layers! A couple of them were cut from a deep green and also a few from some heavy duty woven interfacing. Once they were done, I piled them up, ran a few stitches through the center to hold the whole thing together and then used a zipper to create the center of the flower.
This paper bag envelope was made with vintage sheet music and I love it so much! The die made this really super simple and it turned out perfect- in about 2 minutes flat. 
Once the flower was glued on, all it needed was a little snip of a tag to stamp with a sweet sentiment. I used some heavy watercolor paper to cut out the Shortie Tab- the weight of that paper really makes a beautiful tag.

Made with love.


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