Wednesday

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!

xo,

Thursday

sprinkles on top...

Have you heard the news? Tammy Tutterow has a line of stencils now with StencilGirl!... Shut the front door! Everyone can use a good handful of stencils in their crafting arsenal.
This week I had a great time playing with her stencils and stamps to make a sweet card.
Each time I find an old dictionary I immediately tear the pages out so they're available to use for projects. Acrylic paint quickly brushed onto a sheet is a great starting point for a background. After the grey-blue paint was dry I stenciled polka dots with some gesso and Tammy's Petite Posies
Dear Ruby, with it's script traveling in different directions was so much fun to stamp on top of it all.
One of her new stamp/die sets is Ice Cream Cone and I love, love, love this! The sentiment is darling and the stamp is oh, so cute. Layered over a piece of vintage embroidered ribbon and glittered up with some Stickles, this card totally makes me happy.
Tammy Tutterow- YOU are even better than sprinkles on top!

xo,

Wednesday

neverland...

Each summer for the past 17 years has included a week at Girl Scout camp where I am so very lucky to volunteer as a Director. Our wonderful staff of adults and teenage volunteers is absolutely amazing and we could never pull off this feat without each and every one of them.

This year's theme is 'Neverland'... perfect, since we don't want to grow up! My co-Director and myself are giving each volunteer a small silver keychain with the tiniest little glass bottle of Pixie Dust attached.
This gift pocket felt perfect to present them in and it sure didn't hurt that they were so much fun to put together. I used Tammy Tutterow's Scoop Pocket die in a variety of "Peter Pan" green prints. The great thing about this steel-rule die is that I can cut several layers at once- very important when you've got 100 of these to put together!
I wrapped some jute around the pocket and tucked in a beautifully detailed feather die cut from red cardstock. The Tiny Sentiments stamp set- again from the wonderful Tammy Tutterow- is filled with darling little stamps that I know I will be reaching for over and over again. The 'To/From' stamp simply could not have fit this shipping tag any better and I love how it turned out with the brown ink. Each keychain will be wrapped up in some tissue paper and tucked into one of the pockets, along with a handful of Pixie Stix decorated to look like Tinkerbell's wand with glittery stars.
I can already feel the pixie dust begin to swirl.... this year is going to be magical!

xo,

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,
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