Wednesday

hip, hip, hooray...

The fourth is just around the corner... the hot, hot corner. Here in California we are scorching hot in the valleys while still enjoying snow in the mountains. Go figure.
To keep my mind off the heat I put together a festive collage to celebrate the upcoming holiday!

I'm finding myself pulling out Tammy Tutterow's Shortie Tabs die set over and over again. Is it the size? the variety of shapes? I'm really not sure but I can guarantee you- this set is quite the workhorse!! 

This time they have become a sort of fun, patriotic, "flag waving" border along the edge of the canvas. I loved using them this way!
(These girls look like they know how to get into a little bit of trouble, don't they?)
With some silver sparkle on the letters, red & white bakers twine wrapped around the whole thing and a little metal thrown into the mix- in both the number and the decorative corners- it's got some detail...
... while a scattering of sequin stars pulls it all together. 

Have a safe and happy Fourth!

xo,

Thursday

hello there...

Well... HELLO there! It's always nice to hear from someone you miss that's so very far away. I made this card for a friend that I haven't seen in way too long.

Clean and simple is a style I admire but truly struggle with. It always seems like it should be a no-brainer... just pick out a few things you like and stop there. But you know how it is, pretty soon the little bits have grown into a pile! 
I was determined to get it right this time so the best plan of action was to find a stamp that I loved as the focal point- that way I could truly pare down. This Ornate Hello stamp from Tammy Tutterow was perfection! The size is just right, the lettering is swoon-worthy and it has a whimsical happy style that lent itself well to clean & simple. 
I did go a little overboard with the crinkled seam binding bow, but hey, I was pretty restrained with the embellishing... a few buttons, a little silver Stickles to outline the sentiment and it was done.

K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid. 
I guess sometimes it really does work!

xo,

Wednesday

queen of hearts...

I'm still playing around with my Distress Oxides and loving them. I experimented with a shipping tag, then over-stamped it with the Dear Ruby stamp by Tammy Tutterow... it makes a great background for just about everything.
It's wonderful size- large enough to completely cover a card front- also works beautifully on smaller pieces (like this shipping tag).
Here it became part of the background on another page in my blank art journal. The Happy Gram Flower Swag stamp's curve kind of mimicked the swirl of ink. I stamped onto white cardstock, colored it in with some Nuvo pens, fussy-cut the image and layered it into the mix of images, playing cards and mini labels. 
The golden crown was stamped onto foil paper and embellished with Nuvo Crystal Drops that added dimension to it's points. The crinkled seam binding is from my own Etsy shop and is my favorite thing to tie onto tags.

These smaller size collage pages come together rather quickly and are really very satisfying. It won't be long before my entire book will be filled with things that make my soul happy!

xo,

an interesting vice...

Last weekend I had a chance to play with paper and scissors for three days. That's right- THREE WHOLE DAYS! It was heaven.

Working full-time now has really played havoc with my creative time and this weekend was long overdue. Uninterrupted time with good friends, good food and good supplies- what more could a girl ask for?
Finally, a chance to get inky with the Distress Oxide ink pads that everyone is so crazy over. They are really, really fun! 

Here I used my gigantic Big Fabric stamp from Tammy Tutterow with some clear embossing to create a resist for the inks. It worked beautifully! I loved how one single stamp covered the entire page at once.
The excess ink wiped right off the glossy clear image of the lace. This was such a fun way to make a background!
With a brand spanking new journal to fill, I wasted no time in getting a little collage going inside.
Really, who doesn't prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores??

xo,

lookin' like a party...

Always in the mood for a piece of cake, today's project really hit the spot for me!
No, I didn't actually get to eat any, but... this was almost as good.
Target had the cutest little cupcake stands in their Dollar Spot so I picked up a couple. It was just the right size to stack a pair of paper mache boxes on top to make a 'cake'...

I covered the boxes with patterned paper and glued the small box on top of the larger one. They both still open up so if you wanted to slip a tiny something inside you could.
The fabulous bunting circling the cake layers is made up of something you might not have expected- I used the Shortie Tabs die set from Tammy Tutterow! Cut from lots of bright colors and gently inked with Distress Ink they were the perfect size for the larger bottom layer; I snipped off about 1/4" to make them fit the shorter top layer.
I slipped a die cut doily underneath the stack and a gold button on top. Of course, no project feels complete without some sparkly chenille stem and this gold/silver twist was perfect... 

That's all it took to make a dull stack of paper mache look like a party!

xo,
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