Friday, May 29, 2015

Faux Stitchwork with Dilly Beans

Happy Aloha Friday!
is playing with 

for our ongoing challenge
to use real or faux stitching.

Here's my take...

The digi I used is Doodle Flower
and I had every intention to actually handstitch some accents...
of course it was not turning out the way I wanted.
I went with the faux stitching instead from my dies and added a few
hand drawn stitches on the leaves and outer flower petals.
This drawn flower is just so whimsical and fun that I ended up printing
a bunch on different colored cardstock and doing some paperpiecing.

I loved the boldness of the flower and went simple with just a tone
on tone background (Hero Arts Highline Chalkboard) and some 
gold foil paper with a vellum backing to 
make the sentiment (Simon Says Stamp Thanks Craft die) stand out.

Hope you all have some great weekend plans.
This gal is on call, but I hope to squeeze some crafty time in!

Mahalo for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Something New for A Blog Named Hero

has a new challenge out

We're challenging you to use your 
NEW stuff or a NEW technique.

I was super excited to use my 
NEW Hero Arts stash...
the perfect excuse to take some crafty time out of my
busy work and family schedule...haha!

I decided to create a window with the largest
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die
(I've said it before, but they are my faves!)
Then I placed a rectangle stitched die insert
stamped with the my newest Hero Arts background stamp
Forest Floor Bold Print.
(talk about'll be seeing me use this background stamp a lot!)

I had the most fun with the
Layering Hibiscus set!
I had to experiment with some ink colors and finally settled on these.

The first flower on the left was the most subtle, but reminded
me of our state flower...the yellow hibiscus.
It was a combination of Lawn Fawn's sunflower for the base
and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Butter Bar for the top layer.
Of course it wouldn't be our state flower without the red stemen in
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Red Royal.
The middle flower is Butter Bar with Lawn Fawn's Fake Tan
and the far right hibiscus is Butter Bar and Fresh Peach.
The leaf base is Lawn Fawn's Freshly Cut Grass with
Hero Arts Ombre Ink (the lightest color) for the detail.
This stamp set is a great way to play with all your inks!

I stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts Shadow Ink Forever Green
to keep with the color theme.
Everything was fussy cut and adhered with some foam tape
on certain petals for added dimension.

I hope you'll play along with us for your chance to win

Mahalo for stopping by!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Teacher Tags

Happy Monday all...

It's almost summer in this household with my son graduating from
preschool in a couple of days.
Of course that calls for teacher gifts!

He has a great set of teachers, and by that I mean
there are 4 of them.
That called for something quick and easy, yet practical.
Which means Starbucks!

I was inspired by the latest

I used the color theme and of course coffee from the 
Lawn Fawn set Love You A Latte.
I ran the die cut "thanks" through my Fiskars Crimper.
(yup, dusted it off)
I wanted to get that coffee cozy/sleeve look from Starbucks.

And here's a look at all 4 of them...

Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Playing with a NEW tool!

I got this new tool for Mother's Day and could not wait to play!

I've seen a lot of crafters use this tool to create pockets for photos and memorabilia,
but I've also seen it used to make shaker cards!
I LOVE shaker cards, but not fond of the bulk and expense in using a lot of foam tape.
The sewing machine and I don't get along, so stitchwork doesn't work for me.
This tool though...

I took left over plastic packaging
(from the hundreds of stamp packages that seem to accumulate, haha)
I used the We R Memory Keepers nested heart die as a template to run the tool
along the inside of the die to seal the shape.
(don't forget to leave an opening to place sequins and goodies before completely sealing)
In the shaker I used Lawn Fawn's Happy Birthday Border die
and snipped the words apart.  I added some Doodlebug Designs
sequins in Bubblegum and die cut some stars from
Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card.
I took the larger heart and die cut the shape.
*TIP: I took tweezers and ran it along the edging between the plastic layers
making sure everything was sealed.
I did have a couple of spots that did not seal well, so I just ran the tool again over those spots.

I actually wanted to just pop this on a card, but the hubby said it looked unfinished.

I wanted to enter this in the next
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
so I went with this week's theme colors.

I created a heart window with the smaller heart die
after stamping the background
(with Simons Says Stamp Falling Snow)
 in Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Bubble Gum.
Those sweet images along the bottom is
Simon Says Stamp Baby Party Animals that were copic colored
and fussy cut.  I added some dots to create grounding for the images.

Ok that's it for me!
Hope you're having a great weekend.

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Congrats Grad

With graduation season right around the corner,
I've made a card perfect for that grad in your life!
I'm over at 
A Blog Named Hero
and would love for you to check it out.

I've used these supplies below and even have a fun
way to use your left over Deco Foil!

Stop on by 
 for all the details and more!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Aloha Friday Challenge: Girly Card

Happy Aloha Friday!

Have you made a girly card recently?

For this challenge we are sponsored by the lovely

Here's your chance to enter it over at 
The Kitty Bee Design

Need some inspiration check out my card
and my teammates!

This sweet girl called 
was colored with copics and
die cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares.
Added some twine and sequins for even more girliness!

I hope you'll join us!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

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