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GCD + Fun Titles

     Titling doesn't just need to be for layouts and mini albums, you can use it on your cards as well! Try thinking out of the box to make your titles take center stage in your cards.

I chose a fun quote from the movie, "Never Been Kissed," typed it into my Silhouette machine's software program using various fonts and then die cut it. To add some pizazz some of the words are the negagative, some words are applied to a banner strip and some words directly to the card.

 I love layers! Lots of it going on here. I layered a block of patterned paper, then fussy cut flowers and adhered them to the block of patterned paper. After that I trimmed strips of patterned paper and adhere those to the card, and finally layered the title to the card using foam tape to create some dimension.

I think that I am in love with this card. Splendor is a GORGEOUS line from GCD Studios. 

Another fun idea for incorporating titles into your cards would be to choose a sentiment, die cut the letters on patterned paper and then punch out and adhere to card. Ombre's are super HOT right now, and really make the title on your card sparkle!

Add some foam tape to some of the dots for some much needed dimension!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you're inspired to create some new cards featuring titling as your focal point.

Supplies: "Find Out Who You Are" Card: Splendor collection: Floral Frame (1677), Letter Tiles (1680), Posies (1683), Sunswept (1684) Other Supplies: White Cardstock (Bazzill). Corner rounder (Fiskars). Die cut machine (Silhouette America.
"You're the Best" Card: Flower Child collection: Wondering Geo (1638), Flowery (1641), Peacock (1646), Striking Swipe (1647). Other Supplies: White Cardstock (PTI).

Paper Smooches WINNER!

  Hey there friends! Thanks again for the wonderfully sweet comments on my Paper Smooches cards. Thank you for being so patient waiting for a winner of the Summer Grooves set. The winner of this adorable set is:  

Diane who said....
"Your cards are so cute. Would love to win this stamp set. Thanks for the opportunity and inspiration."

June 16 2012 5:45am

Please email your mailing address so we can get your prize to you!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and playing along.

Avocado Arts + Summery Loveliness

     Hey there friends! I am excited to share this card with you today using Avocado Arts June set, Let's Catch Up. This is one of those cards that I make that I envision in my mind one way, and then they turn out going in another direction; a better direction!

I stamped various borders on cardstock and then die cut them into triangles. 
My original plan was to assemble the die cut triangles into hexagons, but I think the triangles I used were too narrow so I added another. Even though I originally planned a hexagon shape, I like the way the card came out.

I love the fun and summery colors. From the aqua cardstock to the bright red, 
blues and greens. I popped a few of the pieces up with foam tape which add some fun dimension.

Well, that's it for me today. Make sure to visit my fabulous fellow Pit Crew to see more lovely cards! Next month our new Pit Crew will be joining us-soo excited! But, sadly it is one of my dear friend's last day designing with us. I am so sad to say goodbye to Savannah, but I am excited for her new opportunities! I love ya Savvy!


Something Special to Share....and a GIVEAWAY

     Today Paper Smooches releases their newest set called "Summer Groves," and I was asked to help promote this sweet set! This is the eighth stamp set from their "Kismet collection". 
     What I love about this set is the variety of large and small stamps, so you can make all sorts of fun projects with them. I'm so excited to share a couple of cards that I made with this totally ADORABLE set using both the large and small images.

I like stamping with paint! It's the perfect summer combo!

 I thought that stamping the tree with paint would be a fun idea! So, I turned the stamp upside down, added paint and then stamped on cardstock. Afterwards, I stamped the tree lines over the paint to add details. I then stamped the trunk on patterned paper and fussy cut the tree trunk, popping it up with foam tape. The sky was sponged with some blue ink and I added some natural twine for texture.

This card uses the stamping with paint technique as well, but with the "Summer Grooves"
set's smaller stamps.

I painted the back of each of the little floral stamps and then stamped over the dry image with dye ink.

  I have one "Summer Groves" stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  You have until midnight on June 17th to leave a comment. However, I will not be able to post the winner until I return from vacation on Thursday, June 21st so make sure to check back then!!

For more chances to WIN a set make sure to visit:

Avocado Arts + Pretty Flowers

     Hey there friends! Today's always my favorite day of the month because it's sneak peak day with Avocado Arts. I'm going to share with you a card that I simply love using this month's release, "Let's Catch Up" plus some sneaky peaks from next month's release (which is AMAZING!)

I made little photo corners using the houndstooth border stamp from Let's Catch Up. I fussy cut the flowers and adhered them with dimensional tape. The polka dots and scalloped trim are so pretty and feminine! You're going to love it!

I stamped the polka dots and scalloped trim adding pearls for some dimension. Then, I threaded the pink ribbon through the card with the Sew Ribbon tool, which is super easy to use.

Today the whole Pit Crew will be sharing more sneaky peeks of next month's set!


SEI + A Father's Day Gift

      Hey there friends! i'm here today to share with you a fun interactive gift you can give the dad in your life. I found this adorable screwdriver set at my local office supply store, and thought that a little facelift from SEI's new Mayberry collection would spiff this up perfectly for Father's Day.
Mayberry is the cutest mid-relase collection from SEI. It mixes classic patterns that have a little foil elegance with nostalgic motifs to create a fun, happy, vintage feel. But, I think Mayberry's super cool coded patterned paper and decor transparency pack (in different shapes) makes it a great and unique collection this spring. Decoders are fun little gadget that kiddos used to pass secret notes with when playing spies. Now, you can pass a secret note to your dad!

    I chose coded image patterned paper and trimmed out a cute little picture of a dude. I then used the adorable little screw brad that comes in the sundries pack to hold the star decoder so you can swivel it over the coded image and see what it is. I really liked the look of the folied arrow patterned paper, trimmed it in a strip and added it to the top of the coded patterned paper. Add some letters and striped patterned paper from the Desert Springs collection and you've got a great little cover. 

 This little screwdriver set is actually pretty small, so it's works well with the scale of this collection! The decoded paper from Mayberry is the perfect nostalgic thank you to your dad for giving you such a great childhood.

Avocado Arts + A Little Hello

      Hey there friends! I'm here to share with you Avocado Art's June release,  Let's Catch Up. This set includes some really fun images, including some for men like a bow tie, fish, hook,fishing net and mustache! 
      I wanted to do something different with this set, plus use the adorable houndstooth border!
I like the caption bubbles and wanted to make a person thinking through the bubble a focal point of my card. So, I inked one bubble and stamped it. Then, I took a snowman head from Brrr! and the Nerdy Snow Peeps set to create a head, using the mustache as hair! 

I wanted to use the border in such a way that it stood out on the card in a fun way, plus the pink houndstooth border matches the little girl's bow!

I hope that you enjoyed this card. Make sure to visit my fabulous fellow Pit Crew to see more sneaky peeks of next month's set!



SEI + A Little Teacher Appreciation

      Hey there! June marks the end of school for your little ones, which is of no great loss to any child who is excited for the long days of summer, marked by swimming, playing with friends, vacations with the family and relaxing with friends. Even though they're excited to end another school year, you may be thinking what you can give to their teacher (or teachers) to thank them for all the work they do every day for nine months--planning, grading, managing 35 children all day long--often with no other adult contact. It can be very exhausting, but worth it when making connections with students. How do I know? I teach! And, although I love my kiddos, I too am relieved we get a break for 12 weeks. Make sure to thank your child's teacher with a handmade gift from the heart. 

     The project I'll be sharing with you today is gift set for a teacher! The idea came to me when I was at the office supply store buying ink, and saw the cutest little whiteboard!  I loved the size of it and it had a small border that I could easily cover.  I knew that SEI's mid-release Mayberry would work perfectly with the mini whiteboard and clothespin. What I love about SEI's collections is that they are versatile for any occasion. This collection appeals to men, travel (a la summer vacation) and even teachers, with it's reds, golds, pretty greens and warm yellows.

     I chose three patterned papers from Mayberry to decorate the border and the edges of the whiteboard. I bent a patterned paper strip to create a faux ribbon look at the top, and then some punched stars to embellish it. I then added two strips along the sides and softened up the harsh lines with a little twine at the bottom. The pen looked a little out of place so I added a paper strip to the cap and affixed it to the side of the board so it fits in perfectly! 

     I love creating a little dimension on my projects and with SEI's foam tape you can make certain elements like the stars stand out. Make sure to use the right thickness of foam tape on your project so that the teacher can actually write on the board, without snagging a star embellishment. The fun thing about the board is that it's a magnetic whiteboard  and can attach to a file cabinet in a classroom, or you can adhere it to a wall.

     The clothespin was something that I picked up in the dollar bin at Michael's months ago. It's thick and sturdy, good for holding papers. You could affix a magnet to the back of it and the teacher could use it on a large whiteboard to hold papers, or it could also be used by a teacher to hold papers together to be graded. I added some coordinating patterned paper strips that were used to embellish the magnetic board. One cute feature of the new Mayberry collection is that it has this great double-sided perforated sheet with license plates on one side (travel) and cute sentiments on the other---they were the perfect size for the clothespins had a great variety of sentiments to choose from, all you need to do is punch it out! 

     This is a quick and easy project to make (I made both of these in about an hour). You could even have your child help make this gift by adhering patterned paper strips, punching starts and placing them onto the board and clothespin with foam tape, and even writing a cute message to their teacher with the whiteboard pen! SEI's newest collection, Mayberry will hit your stores soon, so make sure to grab this one quick so you can make your Teacher Appreciation gifts! 

GCD + June issue of "The Paper Cut"

      Hey there friends! GCD's fabulous digital magazine, The Paper Cut has just hit the online newsstands with the june issue! The magazine is full of inspiring cards, layouts, projects, tips and new ideas for you to try. This month the issue focuses on Father's Day, lace and color challenges! Make sure to take a look and then stop by the blog for a chance to win one of our new collections, Bonjour!

Happy Birthday Avocado Arts!

 Avocado Arts is celebrating it's one-year birthday!
Today marks a special day for this AMAZING company! It's been a year that Avocado Arts first started! In that year  Avocado Arts has made a wonderful name for itself as a provider of incredible, quality, clear stamps, dedicated leadership that puts together quality classes at shows, amazing customer service who listens to what customers want and beautiful, fun, trendy designs! I am so very honored to design for Avocado Arts. I design with some of the best designers in the industry who have become my sisters. What a blessing to experience connection!

To celebrate their one-year birthday, Avocado Arts is giving away an amazing prize! Post a project on the Avocado Arts blog by June 15th and one lucky winner could receive a one-year subscription to the kit! That's right!! 12 free sets of your favorite stamps!

Now, get your stamps out and have some fun!

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