Friday, July 15, 2011

"Sugar & Spice" & Everything Nice...

...that's what little girls are made of. :) One of the hottest lines that came out this Spring is Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe. I don't have any little girls of my own, but as soon as it was unveiled in early Spring, I knew it was a must have for me! I love creating with such sweet, girlie, vintage imagery. Not to mention that it is filled with lots of RED, PINK & AQUA!

I have a large stash of old windows and occasionally I come accross an unusual one. When I found this one in my piles and piles of windows, I knew this would be a perfect fit with Emma's Shoppe. The subtle buttercream paint on the window pane ties in perfectly with the yellows in the paper. How fun it was to create and play with the colors & design just so. Totally perfect in a little girl's room don't you think?

As many of you know, I was recently appointed to be on the Paper Issues Creative Team. Last week they revealed the newest theme, "Life Is Sweet." What better project could I share for this theme than "Sugar & Spice!" I hope you all will share any projects that you have that play along with the "Life Is Sweet" theme over at the Paper Issues Blog! You might just have your spectacular project featured!

TGIF! Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Birthday Card & Moxie Fab World Challenge!

Awhile back I created this cork calendar using stamps, and I had such a positive response I decided I would make a birthday card using the same basic concept: lots of stamps & cork. With the amount of texture in the cork, it amazes me that the stamped impressions turn out so perfectly. Nowadays, manufacturers have come a long way to make the coolest, most detailed stamps out there...its hard to resist going on a shopping spree! :)

As for the card, I created it specifically for the Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge in the Moxie Fab World which is still going on through Wednesday, July 13. If you enjoy playing around with stamps, you still have a few days left to create and enter!

Now onto the sweet details...I started with a 5X7 kraft cardstock base. I cut out a piece of thin cork sheeting and adhered it on the front cover. Next I used one of my scrap cricut diecuts shaped like a bracket for my masking template. I taped it down temporarily as I randomly stamped all over the borders of the cork using black Staz-On and stamps from Pink Paislee's Daily Junque Collection & The Girls' Paperie Jublilee Stamp Set. Both sets contain fun vintage imagery like the typewriter, camera, numbers, starbursts, & postage. I continued to stamp until all the spaces were filled in. After removing the diecut, it revealed a nice bracket shape. Next I took Poolside Powder American Crafts Thickers and stamped patterns on each letter using CTMH stamps from both the Spot On & Noted Background sets. To add some color, I used some of the spankin' new goodies from Pretty Little Studio's Antique Store Collection. Isn't this banner the cutest? I created it using the Vintage Feed Sacks Mini Paper Ribbon and some black & white twine. To "pin" it to the corkboard, I used yellow & white star stickpins from Maya Road. Besides, you have to have tacks or pins on cork don't you? Lastly, I stamped BIRTHDAY using a Stampin' Up stamp from the Happy Everything set.

I hope you enjoy my newest card, and be sure to check out the Moxie Fab World Challenge! Thanks for stopping by my friends! Amy

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pretty, Patriotic & Paper Issues!

I have some super exciting news to share with you today! I am officially on the Creative Team over at Paper Issues! I am so excited to be working with a huge group of talented girls. :) To celebrate, Paper Issues is having a 30% off sale on all their scrapping goodies. Be sure to check it out, you will be glad you did! I just went on a little shopping spree myself. :) For all the details, please visit Paper Issues.

Speaking of Paper Issues, they always host themed parties for me & you to link up and share our paper projects & creations. Right now, the party is Red, White & Blue! Definitely link up some of your 4th of July creations, I know lots of you out there are making them as we speak! It is lots of fun, you should join in!

As for my pretty/patriotic creation, I have to give full credit to the talented Michelle Jackson over at Vintage Street Market. She shared this project on the Vintage Street Market Blog back in May, and I knew I wanted to make one like it. It is a wreath made out of a vintage slide tray as the base. Isn't it genius? Since I went so cuckoo over it, I roped my mom, sister, aunt & cousins in and we had a party creating these! We had a great time reminiscing, crafting and we all walked away with one of these pretties! To see the tutorial on this fabulous creation, here it is...Patriotic Wreath.

I hope you are enjoying the summer! Happy Independence Day, and stay safe!