Friday, October 2, 2015

MIM #225: Die Cut Shaped Boxes & Muse #135 + 2015 Fall Coffee Lovers + Simon Says Anything Goes

It's been an interesting week around here as I have been knocked down by a terrible head cold. My family watched in shock as I dragged myself off to bed by 8 o'clock for the last few nights, went through boxes of tissues and stripped the poor lemon tree bare so I could concoct the number one, sure thing cold busting solution: hot lemon honey drinks. I'm feeling 90% better and, even though I'm not drinking coffee this week, I wanted to join in the 2015 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. You seriously need to check out the wonderful coffee themed cards that have been linked!


My card is inspired by Tracey McNeely's card for the Muse Challenge #135. Part of the card base is taped off, the leaf pattern stamped in fall colors and a couple of score lines added to reinforce the edges of this panel. The MFT sentiment is partially stamped on the Memory Box die cut and partly directly onto the card base.

A felt sleeve adds texture and the Lawn Fawn leaf die cut echos the leaf die cut on Tracey's card.


This second project is something I've been itching to make ever since I saw Ashley Cannon Newell's video tutorial at Capture the Moment for Make It Monday #225: Die Cut Shaped Boxes.

I die cut the Friendship Jar Shaker twice from black cardstock and once from black foamboard and two transparency pieces from the full jar die. This allowed me to put together a see-through shaker that was finished both front and back.

Another black cardstock jar is die cut for the back of the box.

For today the box is stuffed with tissue paper, but I love that when it is stuffed with treats, it will look like a jar full of goodies from the front!

This fun little treat box is also being linked to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog where Anything Goes this week.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Some things in life can't wait for mom to feel better. A cold is bad enough, but a cold + an afternoon at the DMV? The good news is we have a new licensed driver in the house! He is out on his first independent drive to get his haircut and I'm almost not nervous ;)

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Muse #134 + Simon Says

After a disappointing football day (not looking good Chargers), I retreated to the office to finish a card using a watercolored panel that I started earlier in the week.

 The inspiration came from the lovely, bubbly card Anita Bowden gave us for the Muse #134 challenge.

I love the interlocking bubbles embossed on Anita's card and the airy, bokeh feel of it and really wish I had that background stamp in my collection, but I don't. After playing with a few different ideas I was happiest with the watercolored panel made with the PTI World Map stamp which replaces the circles with a grid pattern.

I stayed with the blue, green and pink color palette, added a SSS die cut and stamped sentiment and replaced the thread nest with a trio of enamel dots.

This card is also being linked to the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge this week is No Designer Paper.

I was distracted from finishing this post by a much better football afternoon (yeah Seahawks!) and the very cool solar eclipse this evening. Events like that make me kick myself for not getting my DSLR camera fixed or replaced.

Hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, September 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink September 2015 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Papertrey Ink September 2015 Blog Hop!

September Blog Hop Inspiration

We have been given a wonderful inspiration photo to jump start our design and challenged to use the faux chalkboard technique on a fall themed card. You can check out all the details here, including a link to Betsy Veldman's faux chalkboard technique tutorial.  For this card, the faux chalkboard panel was made first using a Graceful Greetings sentiment and a few sprigs from Birds & Blooms.

A number of leaves were die cut from watercolor paper using Leave It Be dies and then colored with watercolor pens. The edges curled up nicely as the leaves dried.

A Smoky Shadow panel is embossed with a basket weave pattern, the leaves adhered to this panel and then the chalkboard sentiment panel adhered on the nest of leaves. I love the way the vibrant leave colors contrast with the dark gray!

This card is also being linked to Seize the Birthday where the current challenge includes using dies.

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I'm looking forward to seeing all the fabulous cards linked to the Blog Hop today. Thanks for stopping by,