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SEI + Baby Nursery Frame and Card

     Hey there friends! I am so excited! Dear friends of my husband and I are having the first baby, a little girl! Earlier this month I shared a matching Baby Invite and Favor Idea and today I am going to share with you a coordinating card and Baby Nursery Gift that I am going to give to the the Mom-to-Be!

Don't be afraid to use household items in your paper-crafting, this frame is perfect, and something I had just lying around.
Tie the two pieces in the set together by using the same patterned paper that's in the card in the Baby nursery decor!

  -To mix more patterned papers together without making the card too busy, punch starburst circles and tuck little patterned paper circles inside.

The word "baby" is creative. I was short one "b" so, I flipped a "d" to make a "b" and covered it with patterned paper so that it worked!


Epiphany Crafts + One last project

     Hello friends!! Today is a bittersweet day. It's my last day as a designer for Epiphany Crafts. My term is up, and now it's time for new, lovely and talented designers to join! I loved working with Epiphany Crafts tools, and the ladies I designed with were so sweet. So, without further ado, here's my last project for Epiphany Crafts.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting! 


Avocado Arts + A little Sunshine!

     Hey there friends! I'm in Las Vegas with my hubby! He had a business trip and I had a week off from school, so I came along and I am so happy that I did! I've never been here before, and WOW! It's amazing!! I've seen fine art, flamingos, New York and the Eiffel Tower!! It's been so much fun! 
      But, onto the fabulous stamp set from February's Avocado Arts release, "Wishes and Kind Thoughts." I was totally inspired by the rain stamp from the set and wanted to use it again! I like that the stamp is narrow so you can add as much or as little rain as you want!

The sun was created by adhering little strips of patterned paper around a spool and adhering in a circle 

I love stamping sentiments directly on patterned paper. Just make sure it's not to busy a pattern.

Make sure to check out the following Pit Crew blogs for more inspiration!

Avocado Arts + A Little Sneak Peak!

        Hey there friends!! Whew!! I am so glad to be back to crafting in my studio again. CHA was so much fun! I met some new friends and re-connected with old, and of course got to look at the new releases in person! Sometimes seeing and touching product with your own hands is better than just looking at it via a computer screen, but computer or not, I still love all the goodies. 
    So, I am here to share another fun card using a little sneak peak from Avocado Art's March set with a couple oldies but goodies mixed in. While I was at CHA I was happy to meet a new friend, Lexi Bridges from the October Afternoon booth. October Afternoon was doing a product swap with the booth I was in; Glue Art's, and I was able to get my hands on some goodies from the  brand new 9-5 paper from October Afternoon, which inspired my card for today. Thanks Lexi! You're a gem.
I stamped a memo pad background, some fun little envelopes and the  cute sneak peak is that fun sentiment!

The background memo pad lines are from Avocado Art's line of Scrappy Sets Say It Pennant Style, the envelopes are from Bring on the Holiday Cheer. Just stamp the lines on the face of the card, to create the background, stamp the envelopes on patterned paper and trim and then mask parts of the sentiment to create a dual-color sentiment!!

Hope I've excited you! Make sure to visit my fabulous fellow Pit Crew to see more sneaky peeks of next month's set!


SEI + A Masculine Gift Bag Idea

     Hello there fabulous friends! I just wanted to start this post off and thank you, the readers for visiting my page and leaving such nice comments. I've made such great friends through paper-crafting and I value all my dear, wonderful readers. 
   Today, I am going to share with you a great idea for a masculine bag that you can make just in time for Valentine's Day using paper and alpha stickers from SEI Whether it's for your husband, your son away at college or your little man-to-be, here's an idea for a "non-traditional" design. Sometimes it can be hard to get your creative mind out traditional cute patterns, pretty colors and fun florals, but it's really simple to do just that!

Here's some tips to make your own masculine gift bag or wrap:
  •  To make your own leaves punch a circle. Stick the patterned paper circle back in the punch and punch again to make a leaf shape.
  •   Masculine cards don't need a lot of frilly details. Stick to basic shapes, warm colors (think reds, browns, golds and greens)
  •   Add some dimension to your projects by alternating foam tape dimensions....I used 1/8" foam tape and 1/16"
Have fun!

Avocado Arts + Wishes and Kind Thoughts

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     Hello dear friends!! Today I am going to share a card with you using Avocado Arts newest set Wishes and Kind Thoughts. This set has the cutest umbrella, rain and little owl too!! So, here's my card.
I masked the umbrella and stamped the rain over it! I love the fresh look of this card with the yellow, blue and red color triad!

Make sure to check out the following Pit Crew blogs for more inspiration!
Savannah O'Gwynn

Don't know if you saw the announcement yesterday on Avocado Art's Facebook page, but they are releasing a long awaited borders and sentiment set! Oooh, I cannot wait to create with it! 


Epiphany Crafts + Pink Paislee

       Hey there everyone! Did you know that Epiphany Crafts is having a design team call?? Check it out! You'll have an opportunity to work with the bestest, sweetest ladies, greatest design team coordinator, Julia Sandvoss and the incredibly talented owners Tricia and Brian. You'll get your own fabulous tools to create with and have the opportunity to partner up with great manufacturers like, Pink Paislee!
   I love love love Pink Paislee and was beyond stoked when asked to play along during this week's cross-promotion. I was given Nantucket to design with which was great because I really like the soft color scheme of bluish-greens, salmons and yellows. Plus, the embellishments complement Epiphany Crafts tools quite nicely. When I frantically opened the box in delight, I knew instantly as I was looking at the embellies and paper what I wanted to make, a card set. Hope you're inspired to play with this line, it's timeless and suits a variety of projects.

This little scalloped border was made with the Heart Studio 25 tool, trimmed in half and added to the card!

You can use your Square Studio tool to create fun borders like this chevron.

Punch squares using your Square Studio tool, trim in half and adhere triangles to card base, slightly offset.

Your Square Studio tool can also create notched banners just by punching!

The Square Studio tool can also be used to create coordinating photo corners from patterned papers!

Hope you're inspired to get your hands on some Epiphany Crafts
tools and great paper and embellishments from Pink Paislee.


SEI + Baby Shower Invite and Favors

       Hello there lovely people! Today's project is something fun, special and exciting (at least to me). A dear friend is having her first child, and it's a little girl! So, I was thinking baby shower and patterned paper--what could be better than a project featuring a baby shower invitation and favors?I love baby showers that are tea-themed. They're girly, fun and sophisticated; a great opportunity to celebrate being a woman and femininity. Plus, I love those little tea cakes and sandwiches.
    I still can't get enough of the Promise Me collection from SEI. It is my FAVORITE Valentine's Day release of 2012, and I wanted to use papers that I hadn't played with before

The invitation is so easy to make. 
1.Create the text in a word processing program, trim your border and notched paper strips and adhere. 
2. Die cut teacups from the Promise Me Collection.
3. Adhere teacups and embellies!
Sometimes less is more---lots of variety in patterns, but done in moderation like banners and die cut shapes make the elements POP!

    Die cut teacups from patterned paper as tags to add to the invitation and favors; it'll tie the two together creating some cohesion and unity.Use accents that repeat like the resin roses, pearl trim, trinket pins and butterflies.And finally, be inspired by what you have around the house--I had extra yummy tea and chocolates; the perfect favor for a Baby tea party.

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