Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WINNER of my Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop Prize!

Hello! Happy Wednesday! I'm back really quick to announce the randomly selected winner from last weeks Hero Arts Blog Hop.

My random generator chose:

All the coloring is lovely--be it with copics or otherwise! LOVELY! Thanks for the chance to win, too!



Congratulations!! N Patricia Castillo, I will contact you for your complete mailing address....enjoy your goodies!!

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments!  Don't forget, all new Hero Arts Spring 2015 Release products can now be purchased at their online store HERE!!!  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop AND a Give-A-Way

Hello!! Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2015 release!  If you've been following along, you've just arrived from Suzanne's Blog! If you've arrived here on your own, you may begin at the Hero Arts blog HERE.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments.  For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day's starting post at the Hero Club Blog.  The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! Don't forget to scroll down for my give-a-way too!

Let's get started! For my first card, I did some watercoloring using this pretty floral set - DC147 - Butterfly and Flower, Stamp and Cut:


I first, repeatedly, stamped the floral and leaves stamp in Versamark ink, covered in snow white embossing powder, and dried with a heat gun. I then used Tim Holtz's Distress Inks to watercolor each flower, leaf, and butterfly.  The butterfly was trimmed with a matching die that is included in the set!

Next up,  I made a one-layer card and used the exact same set but instead of watercoloring, I first masked, then colored in my butterfly images for a much bolder look:


The sentiment is from this stamp - F6069 - Thanks for being you. I only used the very top word on this sentiment stamp.  A sprinkle of dots and shading with a light grey copic marker finishes the look.

For my final project, I used this super fun birthday/celebration set - CL845 - Papel Picardo Banners to create this layout for my son's 10th birthday:


A close-up, I used the dotted lines to make my own journaling spot. The 'CELEBRATE' banner uses multiple ink colors for a fun, bright visual:


Created borders around the patterned papers and photo with the dots and scallop stamp:


A cluster of horizontal and small banners at the top of the layout:


And how about a small giveaway from me? Simply comment here for a chance to win:

(3) Hand dyed silk ribbons from Paper Source.
(1) Hero Arts woodblock stamp - S5923/Reverse Constellation Background.
(1) Hero Arts Cling Stamp - CG663/Lines Background.
(1) Knot & Bow package of 12 gold doilies from Paper Source.  I may thrown in some additional surprises! ;))



If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog.  Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.

Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is ARLENE
Supplies:
Card 1:
Stamps, butterfly die, and sentiment: DC147/Butterfly & Flower Stamp & Cut.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Snow white embossing powder - Stampendous.
Heat gun.
Tim Holtz inks: Antique linen, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, shabby shutters, wild honey, milled lavender, peeled paint, worn lipstick.
Inks: Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black.
Paint brushes.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Pearls: Queen & Co.

Card 2:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Butterfly stamp: DC147/Butterfly & Flower Stamp & Cut.
Sentiment: F6069/Thanks for Being You.
Copic Markers: YR16, YG25, RV06, R29, Y18, R05, BG05, V15, C1.
Scallop border punch and corner punch: EK Success/Martha Stewart.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black.
Dark pink candy dots: Queen & Co.

Scrapbook Layout:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Stamps: CL845/Papel Picardo Banners.
Inks: Memento - lady bug, cottage ivy, tangelo, bamboo leaves.
Patterned papers: Teresa Collins. Save the Date.
Numbered alpha stickers: American Crafts.
Stapler.
Fine tipped Sharpie Marker.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You're a real 'cutie'....and....Teachers Valentine's

Hi all!! Awwww.....Valentine's....one of my favorite holidays.  I think it comes in 2nd to Christmas, or maybe I've moved it to the #1 spot now. ;)) There's just something magical about it, I love it for the kids especially, it's so joyful for them....and I love making frilly stuff for the teachers and the aids.  Is everyone ready for Valentine's?  I have finished up the Valentine's for teachers but have not finished up the kiddie ones yet.

For the teachers and aids, I made little glassine treat bags and filled with goodies and decorated the outside with some floral pins, satin ribbons, doilies, yummy twine, burlap, heart-shaped fabric and a stamped tag:


They turned out really adorable, I used four different colors for four ladies:


Teachers do so much for our kids, I love to spoil them a little.  And it doesn't have to be anything expensive, just something small, sweet, and use your existing supplies!! I did buy the glassine bags, and little knick knacks but other than that, I pretty much already had everything else.


That's it for the teacher's gifts.

Next up, I took to Pinterest for inspiration......and I thought doing something more healthy as the Valentine's for kids would be a good idea.  This would be the 2nd year that I've done a none-candy theme.  You will need a small see-through snack bag, a heart punch, your choice of patterned papers, orange ribbon, and you can print out this free printable tag that is shown below HERE :


This tag is so perfect for the Tangerine/Cutie (fruit) theme that I had in mind.  And since cuties are so popular right now, even my boy LOVES cuties.  We eat them so much around here.  I simply take a tiny plastic bag, insert the cutie and any other accessories you want (punched hearts), punch a hole through the tag, use the ribbon and tie a bow at the top of the bag.


And you're done! Don't hesitate to alter what you put inside the bag as long as the cutie is the main theme and you keep candy out of it. I hope the kids like it....even Christopher approved of this instead of candy. :))

Hope everyone has a beautiful Valentine's with your kids and loved ones!

Supplies for glassine bags:
Glassine bags: Michael's.
Floral clip: DaisoJapan.
Sentiment stamp: Avery Elle.
Inks: Memento.
Doilies, ribbons, twine, heart shaped fabric: Craft supply.
Patterned Papers: American Crafts.
Tags: American Crafts.

Monday, February 2, 2015

I adore you....

..... Hello my friends, I was very much in the mood for a bit of coloring this evening...and with very little time on my hands, my coloring was quick, big strokes on this darling image from Penny Black:

I adore you

Oh my goodness, isn't she just the sweetest image ever? :)) It's an older stamp from 2013 but it's irresistible. Her name is Melle Papillon - and she makes me squeal with happiness.  This would be great for a girlfriend, that sweet princess in your life, or even Valentine's Day.

I gave her some soft, dark brown hair, and a blush pink dress.  Love the little, flutterling butterflies too!

I just love making cards for girls, can you tell?  It's a little part of me that wishes I had a little girl, too. *smitten* Have a beautiful day!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Stamp: Penny Black/4300K/Melle Papillon.
Sentiment stamp: Avery Elle.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento.
Markers: Copic Markers.
Stitched frame die: Mama Elephant.
Scalloped edge die: Mama Elephant.
Die cutting Tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.

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:

IMG_5906

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.