…nature. It’s so true! Here’s a little journal page that I did about it for the Hero Arts blog:
And here’s a closeup so you can see the texture in the background better and the feather — I just can’t seem to get enough of it! (It’s from the new Hero Arts My Favorite set – and yep, I think it’s my favorite. ha!)
I did a video right HERE to show how to add the texture. It’s one of my favorite techniques, and works great whether you or doing a card, journaling page — anything. Love how it really adds that extra something without being too overpowering.
Hi and welcome to my little stop on the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude blog hop! You should have arrived here by the amazingly talented Kathy Racoosin’s blog at The Daily Marker. If you are just now joining the hop, you can head back to the start at Simon Says Stamp.
I was so happy to be asked to be a part of the hop, as I have so much to be thankful for: my leg is slowly — but definitely! – healing from a second surgery, I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and I am so lucky to be a part of the stamping community. I can’t begin to tell you how many friendships I’ve made through our wonderful craft of stamping. The whole industry is filled with the most kind and generous people — including Heidi, owner of Simon Says Stamp. My heart is full.
More on Heidi’s generosity at the end of the post…but for now, on to my cards!
We were sent some awesome goodies to use for the hop, which included the Bella Bloom and Falling Stars dies, Lots of Thanks message set, So Happy Together paper pad, and pool mixed gems – and I wanted to incorporate them ALL!!! But I was a little stumped on how to pull them all together until I saw this paperwhite bulb kit at Crate & Barrel. Check it out:
I loved the simplicity of white on kraft, and the shapes went perfectly with the Falling Stars and Bella Bloom dies that we were sent. (Oh and by the way, if you’ve never tried to grow paperwhites you really should! They are so easy and they smell so good.)
So, here’s what I came up with first!
I had an “ah ha” moment and flipped the Falling Stars upside-down so that the stars would be closer together like in the inspiration. I used the small flower die that comes with Bella Bloom to mimic the paperwhites. One trick that I learned with the Falling Stars die and other dies with small things that punch out — using a metal adapter plate in your cutting sandwich makes it where the stars pop out effortlessly — it’s awesome!
I added some Rock Candy Distress stickles to the paperwhites with a brush — a nifty trick that I learned from Kathy. (Thanks so much Kathy! So very thankful for friends like you. Hugs!) Here’s a closeup so you can see them better — it’s hard to capture the glitter — it reminds me of sugary, glistening, new-fallen snow!
A message from the Lots of Thanks set and some ribbon completed the card. Love that Kristina wrote all the sentiments — wish my handwriting looked like hers. (Hi Kristina! So thankful to call you a friend. Hugs!!) Oh and one last little tip — I colored some crystal gems with a brown Copic marker but I forgot to write down which one, doh!
I just couldn’t stop there — I had to make one more card with sweet Jana in mind — red and pool is one of her go-to color combos! (Jana organized the hop — I am so lucky to call her friend. Hugs, Jana!) This time I used the Bella Bloom die in full and moved the message off to one side…
I used the same small die again that I used for the paperwhites as part of the center of the flower. Bella Bloom also comes with a third flower die that I just couldn’t squeeze in! Love that you get three dies in one set that all go together — or can be used separately!
That’s it for my stop on the hop! Now, remember how I mentioned at the beginning of the post that Heidi is super generous at the beginning of the post? Well, I’ll be giving away a $50 donation to the charity of a commenter’s choice on behalf of Simon Says Stamp! Just leave a comment on this post with what you are most grateful for and you will be entered in the drawing. After the winner is chosen, Simon Says Stamp will be in touch with you to find out the charity you have chosen. We will draw the winners on Wednesday, November 28th.
And that’s not all! This Friday Simon Says Stamp will offer a Black Friday discount code for 35% off selected items in the store. But blog hoppers get the code early for stopping by. Click HERE to see the items that are included in the sale (there are some great ones!), then enter code SIMONBF35 in the Promotion Code box (be sure to use all CAPS) and you will get 35% off of those items. Told ya Heidi is super generous, didn’t I? So very thankful that there are people like Heidi in the world. (Big hugs, Heidi!!! You are the best.)
Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Mandy at A Sprinkling of Glitter. I just know that she’s cooked up something special!
Thanks so much for joining me! So thankful for all of YOU! Hugs to all, and Happy Thansgiving! xo
Updated on November 29th: random.org has spoken, and the winner is lucky #13, Heather Sweet! Heather, you should be hearing from the awesome folks at Simon Says Stamp soon. Comments are now closed. Thanks so much everyone, really enjoyed reading all of the comments. What a great hop.
Hey you guys! How are you this week? Is anyone out there taking the Kick Start Your Creativity class with Jennifer and Kristina? I am honored to be one of the guest artists for the class, so I’ve been hanging out and watching the videos — and I must say, it’s been very inspiring so far! (And, you can register at any time for the class, so come and join us.)
Anyhow, in one of the lessons, Kristina talked about how she is inspired by craft supplies in and of themselves. So when I was finishing off a birthday card I was sitting there thinking to myself “Hmmm, this really needs something. I sure wish I had a wood veneer heart to go with these Studio Calico birds…” and then CLICK! a light bulb went off and I decided to try and make my own. It was really super easy!
Here’s the finished card!
Don’t the hearts just make the card? Here’s how I made them:
First, I used the Holiday Shapes die to cut out one set of hearts from birch paper — it’s real birch wood, too cool! (I’ll admit that I’ve been hoarding this paper for a while, but now I know what to do with it, ha!)
Then I wanted to make the hearts as thick as the birds, so I cut two sets of hearts from some chipboard that I’d saved from a package of 12×12 paper. (I like to save this chipboard, it always comes in handy!). I found that by using a metal shim adapter plate the die cut through the chipboard and the birch paper like butter. WOO!
I stuck two chipboard hearts together with glossy accents, and stuck a birch heart on top. Next, I colored the edges of the hearts with a brown marker to make them look like the Studio Calico birds. Here’s a top-down look so that you can see it better:
I added a little pearl on top of each heart to go with the doily and the white embossing — and to hide the little “pimple” from the circle in the die cut, ha ha! Note that when you cut these out of cardstock you usually don’t get the zit, but since the birch paper is thicker it does show — you can see them in the photo above with the marker. But add a pearl or a gem and no one will ever know! :)
If you’d like to see some more posts where I’m inspired by something you can check them all out here. There’s not very many yet — I should do more!
Hey you guys! I really enjoyed being the featured artist over on the Hero Arts blog this week.
Today I have one last post with some weekend inspiration + a little challenge for you — see you over there!
ETA: Just got back from my six week knee checkup, and the doc is really happy with my progress! I no longer have to wear the big huge brace while at home, and he opened up the hinge to the full amount for when I’m out and about. I still have to take pain meds, but he gave me a new one that’s much less strong. So happy! :)
Hey you guys! It’s time for Make-It + Mail-It Challenge #3! Sure hope you can join in.
For those new to Make-It + Mail-It Challenges, it all got started here when I was the recipient of a bunch of cards that really touched my heart. It was like getting a big huge hug from all around the world! I wanted to do something to encourage people to make cards and send them so others could feel that way too. So, the challenge is pretty simple:
- Make a card (or anything else!)
- Mail it, then
- Link back here so that we can all enjoy the happy mail that’s going out around the world! (I’ve found that a challenge gives me a little extra motivation to get things mailed. Are you the same way?)
- After all the links are in, I’ll randomly pick a participant to mail a card to. So fun!
I like to make a whole batch of cards to send out when I’m doing a mailing — the more the merrier, right? Plus I like to get my supplies out and make a big mess, ha!
I love the colors, and how the pattern looks kinda watercolor-y, don’t you? (Love Madewell so much, the one near me is just a bit down from J.Crew and across the street from Anthropologie and the Apple store. Plus there’s a tea room on the same street with amazing teas, scones, and other treats. It’s all very dangerous!)
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