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.



merry christmas...

Popping in this morning to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to share this darling stamp from Tammy Tutterow!
I have a huge stack of extra boxes from my configuration projects and have been wanting to do some type of shadow box with them. This stamp was perfect for that!

A quick coat of green paint and then I stamped the sentiment right on top of the printed paper. It had never occurred to me to do this until I saw this post from one of my fellow design team members. Until I saw her do this I never thought about stamping on anything but plain white paper.
Santa was cut out and given dimension with a piece of chipboard hidden behind...
I added a huge crystal from the bottom using a piece of chenille stem and trimmed the rest of the box with it as well.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas filled with family and friends and love.



happy holly days...

 Happy holly days! I love the subtle play on words for the sentiment on this stamp

Tammy Tutterow has the most lovely writing. I wish I could write in her same swirly, happy style but.... since I can't, I'll use her stamp instead!
This time I paired it with a sweet holiday image in a collage, creating dimension for Santa by cutting multiple sets of the image and layering them together. Little scraps of paper lace and lots of Stickles- and it's ready for a spot on the hutch next to all the Santa cups!



baby, it's cold outside...

There's definitely a chill in the air- we've had the fireplace going every night for the last couple of weeks and it's wonderful.
I've never made a holiday-themed collage before so when my latest Tammy Tutterow design team box arrived stuffed full of holiday goodness I dove right in. I couldn't resist the darling Jack Frost stamp- and her 3D snowflake coordinated beautifully.
The background went together so easily... a little paint, some gesso and pieces of sheet music, and it was done! I stamped some of Tammy's snowflakes randomly across the canvas before adding lots of silver and blue sparkle with Stickles.
This lovely skating lady and a few rhinestones were the finishing touch.

Now it's to get back to my holiday tunes...

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