Thursday, January 22, 2015

Roll up the sleeves, put up the hair and get messy......

.........with lots of embossing powders and glitter fun! I recently had this beautiful gift bag and the gift that went inside it was a very soft, delicate blouse that I gave to my sweet mom.  It was really pretty...both the blouse and the bag - don't think the picture does it justice....but here it is:


I was soooo inspired by the gentle softness of it all, ALL the little details of the 'embossed' like florals on the vellum bag, the glittered heart, the lace on the blouse, the little bits of rounded trim around the neckline, and the white silky ribbon.


So with all this inspiration,  you know I just had to make a card from it........and here is my version:

LOVE YOU always have always will

The only thing I couldn't really match exactly was the hue of the pink, the blouse is more of a pale/mauve pink...but you know what I was going for.....I got out my vellum and embossed on it a favorite Hero Arts Flourish stamp in white embossing powder.

I used a dry embossing plate from Anna Griffin for the background of the pink cardstock.  The glittered heart tapes are from Heidi Swapp.

And thought I'd add in one other color - gold.  The heart and sentiment stamps from Avery Elle was embossed in shining gold powder.  And lastly, I had to over-do it with the ribbon, ofcourse. ;)

Hope you're all having a fabulous week so far!

Supplies:

Versamark Ink.
(1) sheet of medium weight vellum.
Small, Chevron Heart stamp: Avery Elle.
Sentiment stamp: Avery Elle.
Flourish stamp: Hero Arts.
Pink Cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug/Anna Griffin.
White and gold embossing powder: Judakins.
Ribbon: Michael's.
Medium Heart punch: EK Success.
White Glittered heart tapes: Heidi Swapp.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Heat Gun.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Well....hello love....

Hi!  I've been anxious to get back to a regular crafting schedule since the holidays have been over but just haven't had too much time on my hands.  Have been doing so many non-crafty things. So happy to dig into some of my current supplies and get moving today - I guess this would be my first card of 2015:

hello love

And since Valentine's is coming up, who can resist delicate things like hearts, pinks, reds, and lots of frilly goodness? ;) I certainly can't!  It's so fun for the kids, too!!

I had a lot of those really cute mini envelopes from the craft store that I wanted to use up.  They are actually part of a baby collection with insertable note cards. They are so darling and I thought they would make for some fun layering on this design.

I gave the white cardstock a subtle look with the floral embossing from a Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The rest was just simply layering of elements as I saw fit. Came together pretty quickly and I am happy with it.

Hope you're all enjoying the sneaks at CHA right now.  So fun to see all the exciting new products that are coming out!! And if you are attending the show in California, enjoy!! We love to see all the updates!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Scalloped edge frame die cut: Mama Elephant.
Floral Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug/Anna Griffin.
Pearls: Queen and Co.
Large heart die: Memory Box/Cream Puff Heart.
'hello' die: Simon Says Stamp/Small Hello.
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes.
Clip and twine: Recollections.
Mini patterned envelopes: Recollections.
Floral Stickers: Echo Park/Alisha Gordon.
'love' alpha stickers: Echo Park/Alisha Gordon.
Corner rounder: EK Success.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours....

I'm so thankful for many things in my life, and one of those things is all of YOU - my readers.  Thank you for following along with me on this exceptionally, wonderful crafting journey of mine.  And for all of your support through the years. I've met so many wonderful crafting friends, not just online but in real life as well.

I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for you all!  And through the years, I've watched your families grow and you've seen my son grow up......We wish you all a very happy holiday season with your loved ones!


Yours,
Tiffany Xoxo

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

When you don't have that perfect sentiment....

I pretty much scoured my entire sentiment supply for the one that I thought would be most fitting for this scenery, but in the end, I couldn't find one. My choices of sentiments were either too big, too long, too small, or I didn't like the font...sooo, I decided to take a try at handwriting my own sentiment:

Peace on earth

I really wanted to incorporate the word 'Peace' somehow, so I took my fine point, black pen and just went with it. I did add in (after I took the photo) a woodland creature at the bottom and some birds soaring at the top.  It just needed that little extra something.

I distressed the 'night' sky with pink mist, mustard yellow, and melon green. Really yummy colors.

Overall, still a very simple, and in my mind....peaceful design. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

Supplies:
Stamp: Woodland Wonder - 40-356/Penny Black.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Distress Inks: Tim Holtz.
Black ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Sentiment: Black Sharpie pen.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thank you for the beautiful ways you touch my life

Hi! Just a super quick post tonight before I head to bed.  I'm still finishing up some Holiday/Thank you cards and thought I'd work with a stencil tonight from Penny Black called Endearing:

Thank you for the beautiful ways you touch my life

Are you finished with your Christmas cards and shopping? I'm not even close. Yikes! But this pretty stencil used above makes for a really simple and non-cluttered design.  I mixed some Tim Holtz inks, these cards have a mix of blues, greens, yellows, and reds. There were more reddish accents on the card sitting in the background.  The sentiment is also from Penny Black, an older one called Beautiful Ways.  I distressed the edges surrounding the image for the finished look.

Supplies:
Stamps: Endearing/25-006 - Beautiful Ways - 4177H - Penny Black.
Distress Inks: Tim Holtz.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Green Cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Stitched frame die cut: Lawn Fawn.
Red Ink: Memento Lady Bug.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Traveling Mimi & Friends

Hello! A friend of mine requested for her little girl, a small ID/Luggage Tag that could also double as a bookmark.  So I thought this really simple idea would work for both.  I used Penny Black's Mimi and Friends stamp called Reindeer games:

Mimi Luggage Tag and Bookmark

Aside from all the coloring which took awhile, I laminated the image to make it more sturdy to attach to any luggage or purse. The personal ID info is placed on the back of the laminate card. Very simple.  You can purchase these self laminating adhesives at most office supply stores or if you have your own laminating machine. The ones at the office stores have extremely easy directions to follow.

Take the tag off your traveling piece, and you can use to insert inside your books for all your holiday reading time!

Supplies:
Stamp: Reindeer Games/4440K - Penny Black.
Markers: Copic Markers.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Laminate adhesive.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Your thoughtfulness means the world to me...

Finally sitting down to blog super quick.....A little piece of joy for me today.......a card I made a few days back:

Your thoughtfulness means the world to me

I don't have many stamp sets from IO.  But I really love this sweet floral image from their 'On Your Birthday' set, even though I did not intend to use this for a birthday card.  So, I used another sentiment instead....from Taylored Expressions, to turn it into a friendship/Thank You card.   A very quick dabble of color keeps the images quaint and simple.

Supplies:

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Floral/butterfly stamp: Impression Obsession/CL528.
Stitched frame die: Lawn Fawn.
Sentiment: Taylored Expressions/Big bold thanks.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black.
Markers: Copics.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

10!

We have a Birthday boy in the house today.......Happy 10 years old to you, son.....

I wish for you so many things, but the most important wish is for you to be happy and to never give up.  Never, ever let anyone tell you you can not strive and succeed in your life.  Perhaps you are too young to understand this now....but you will.


You are much loved.......Mom....

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Holidays are a hoot.....

I went for funky and cute today with this card.  Whooo doesn't love owls, right?

Holidays are a hoot

The owls and sentiment and snowflake stamps are from Avocado Arts called Winter Fun! It's such a cute set and perfect for the holidays.  You know I love non-traditional colors for Christmas, and combinations of purples, pinks, greens, and blues fit the bill! I'll be back later with some more fun with Mama Elephant stamps, Taylored Expressions, and some floral, gratitude cards that are simply long overdue.  Until then, enjoy the remainder of your week!

Supplies:
Markers: Copics.
Stamps: Avocado Arts/Winter Fun.
Textured purple cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Cardbase: Neenah Solar White.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Lulu Lavender.
Gold Twine: Twinery.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter Song

I had posted just a snippet of this card a while back on all of my social media platforms but haven't really posted the full card here.  The image - It is called Winter Song by Penny Black.

Thank you

It's a really beautiful scenery and I can imagine it being used in so many ways, including the watercoloring I did with variations of deep red to oranges and yellows.  The wonderful Jill Foster who designs for Penny Black, had kindly posted my card on the Penny Black FaceBook page, and boy, did she stir up some commotion on my card.  She's such a sweetie! I had no idea how much attention this card got on their FB page, and then I turned around and I was pleasantly bombarded with comments in my email and comments on my Flickr page.....the response was amazing. Thank you for all of you who enjoyed my card. I really appreciated that.

I mixed together some Tim Holtz inks and gently brushed on the strokes.  I also used a cool grey copic marker for the shading areas on the trees and in the snow.  I then matted the entire image onto another white cardstock base.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from an older set I have from Hero Arts.

If I'm not back with a card before Thanksgiving, just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family in the states who are celebrating.  Enjoy with your loved ones.

Supplies:
Stamp: Penny Black/Winter Song/40-339
Neenah Solar White.
Copic Marker.
Tim Holtz Inks.
Sentiment Stamp: Hero Art.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cherry Blossom

Oh my goodness, you all must be tired of my birds/nature cards lately! I promise I will switch gears and do some traditional x-mas cards designs at some point. :) I made this a while back and am now just posting. This bird stamp is called Cherry Blossom and I decided I really needed it colored in lavender, with a mix of orange and light yellow:

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I just love a mix of colors against a crisp, white background. It truly is the essence of simplicity.  That's all for today. Have a beautiful week!

Stamp: Stampabilities/Cherry Blossom/960997-KR.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Markers: Copics.
Stitched die frame: Lawn Fawn.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Baby Bella AND a winner.....

Hello. I'm back with a needed little baby card for a girl.  Isn't 'Bella' just the prettiest name ever..... :)...

Baby Bella

There is no stamping or distressing or embossing or watercoloring on this....I know - bummer. :) But this card is exactly how I wanted it and it uses elements from just one kit: Echo Park's Bundle of Joy by Alisha Gordon.

I love this kit, it's an older one from 2013, but the colors are really soft and sweet! Really simple design.

And I better announce the winner from my last post - the "Getting to Know Me Blog Hop".  I left off one person who didn't want to participate in the drawing, so with that.....my random integer gives the prize to:

Deirdre said...
Really enjoyed your post Tiffany. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win! Love your yoga photos on Instagram - you are amazing! Hugs, D
Congratulations, Deirdre! I will contact you for your mailing address and will get out your package ASAP! ENJOY!

Supplies for card:
Echo Park/Bundle of Joy/Alisha Gordon.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Getting to Know Me Blog Hop & a Give-A-Way!

Hello Friends! Something a little different today, I'm sure many of you have noticed the "Getting to Know Me Blog Hop' fun that has been circling around many crafty blogs.  Well, I was tagged by the lovely and very talented Alice Wertz to play along.  Don't forget to reach the bottom of the post for a small giveaway as well! So here are my answers to the questions asked:

Question 1: What creative projects are you currently working on?

Right now, I have this beautiful image from Penny Black stamped, it's called Winter Song, I'll color it soon:


Question 2: What Inspires Your Designs?

Really, anything!  I can be inspired by reading a book, by listening to music, by going out into public and people watching.  I love to inhale color combinations when I go inside a store, perhaps a banner that is hanging or a insignia on a building.  I may be inspired by what someone is wearing, what they are doing, or even what they are eating! Inspiration truly is everywhere! And I love to think 'out-of-the-box', when I'm challenged with an idea.

Question 3: What Method/Process do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?

99% of the time, I design purely as I go, I never sketch, ever! I will doodle and sketch for fun, but never when I'm about to make a card or layout.  I usually will know the colors I want to use and then choose either the stamp or whatever the product will be to go around those colors. I love to mix and match products and different manufacturers and techniques if I can - all into one design.  I like to take no longer than 1 hour on a card. And no longer than 2 hours for a Scrapbook page or an altered artwork.

Question 4: If you had to describe your 'signature' style, what would it be?

I love everything about designing and am flexible with all mediums but if I had to choose, I believe I gear more towards 'Vintage', soft and delicate, and florals the most.

Question 5: What are 3 crafting products/tools you can't live without?

a) My Cuttlebug - it cuts everything.  I only have one machine and I'm perfectly ok with it even though there are tons of other products out there.

b) My corner rounder from EK Success.
c) Glossy Accents.  I use it as an adhesive as well when tape adhesive runs out.

I would now like to tag a friend.  Now you know, I know so many crafty friends and I love every one of them.  They all inspire me in different ways and for different reasons.  But I will tag this girl, because she was one of the first few people who inspired me to submit some of my work for publication.  She truly is an artist! Go take a look at Cindy Lee's blog and check out her work.  She lives all the way over in Malaysia and she creates cards and lovely, soft, and dreamy looking Scrapbook layouts that will simply melt your heart.  I've known Cindy for a long time now and am still in awe of her work. She will be posting her answers to the same set of questions next Monday, November 3.  So don't forget to hop on over to her blog!

If you've made it this far ~ then here is a peek at the giveaway.  I did something to make it more fun. I stacked everything and you'll just have to be surprised should you be the winner.  I must say - perhaps the one at the very bottom (from Taylored Expressions) is the biggest surprise. ;)) Open to all.  Leave a comment for your chance to win.


Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your week!

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's that time of the year....

......Christmas is only 2.5 months away and I have gotten an early start on my end-of-year Thank You/Christmas cards. I never do them this early, trust me, this can't be real. I made a few variations of each of these stamps.  Coloring was done with my copic markers:

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Both bird stamps are from Stampendous.  For the first one, I kept it very simple with the focus only on the image.

For the second one, pretty straightforward as well but with a dash of patterned paper and very limited embellishments.  I had previously used a stencil as a background for this card, but it didn't turn out the way I wanted, so I scrapped that idea!!
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Keeping it short and simple today. Got to run. Have a great day everyone!

Supplies:
Stamps: Stampendous (nestled birds).
Sentiment stamps: Hero Arts. Mama Elephant.
Rectangle stitched die frames: Lawn Fawn.
Clear gems.
Cardstock: Neenah.
Patterened Paper: Studio Calico.
Markers: Copic Markers.
Die cutting Tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Black.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wonderful in every way...

This card will be going to a very special person in my life. And, appropriately so, this person is truly 'wonderful in every way'. I am lucky to be surrounded by such caring people in this world! I mixed a bunch of my favorite products onto this card including a die from MFT, a Lawn Fawn rectangle die, and a sentiment from Mama Elephant:

wonderful in every way

I did a lot of die cutting, and coloring with my copic markers, and laying out the pieces of the flowers after I was finished cutting them out.  I also overloaded the card with lots of glossy accents....one of my favorite things to do:


Added a touch of patterned paper on the layering of the card base and added my pearls and some more pinches of glossy accents to complete the card.

Hope your Monday got off to a good start!

Supplies:
Flower and leaf/stem dies: MFT/Die-namics/Lily.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages.
Stitched rectangular dies: Lawn Fawn.
Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant/Everyday Greetings.
Markers: Copics.
Glossy Accents.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.