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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thinking of You Lovely

Hello, my friends! I'm back with a little card today.  It looks like I was on a hiatus from crafting for a bit.  I needed to prioritize some personal things in my life.......and I have certainly missed card making terribly! But I was happy to sit down in the earlier part of my morning and pull out some soft, pastel colors to work with:
Thinking of you lovely
The colors remind me that summer is not quite over yet! I am still enjoying the sunshine that we have over here! I'm so NOT a 'winter' person and hope this weather lasts for awhile! You'll see me cringing when the cold weather hits! ;) Enjoy the card and have a beautiful week. Hope the card brings you some calm and peacefulness to your day!

Supplies:
Sentiment stamps: Mama Elephant.
Patterned Papers: Webster's Pages and American Crafts/Crate Paper.
Flowers: Recollections.
Pearls: Queen & Company.
Floral border punch: Martha Stewart.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
White Doily.
Silhouette stamp: 7 Gypsies.
Butterflies Wooden: Recollections.
Green ink: Memento.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Brown tags: SEI.
'Lovely' Journaling tag: SEI.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WINNERS of my Blog Give-A-Way

Hi all!

I'm popping back in today to finally announce the winners of my blog-give-away from my previous post......my random generator chose the following names:

joy said...
Tiffany, you are SO generous!! I would love to win and thank you for the chance. Hope you are having a good summer!!
Katie Bolinger said...
You are so generous.
Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize. package #3 is my favorite. 
Dawn Turley said...
Very generous Tiffany. Thanks for a chance to win

Dawn

dawn.turley@gmail.com

I'll definitely have more give-a-ways throughout the year. Congratulations to all the winners! I will email each of you shortly and get your packages out to you ASAP!  Hope you enjoy your goodies!!  Hope everyone had a great day today!

I'll be back with a card soon! ;)

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's a Blog-Give-Away!!

Hello Everyone! Happy Monday!  It's been a while since I've had a give-a-way on my blog and it's always fun to give a little back to the huge part of the blogging/crafting industry that I am so glad to be a part of!  So I'll just get right to it: I will select three (3) people to win (3) different prize packages:

Package 1:

This give-a-away is open to BOTH U.S. and International Residents.   And if you know me from past give-a-ways, I always add in a little surprise here and there that is not pictured in the photos!! ;))

Package 2:

There is a fun assortment in each package and all you need to do is comment and you will be placed in a drawing to win. That's it! Pretty simple.  If you need to see more clearly what is in each packet, just click on the photo.

Package 3:
I will leave this open for a while or so....let all your friends know! (Or maybe not.) :) Don't forget to leave me a valid email address and your full name in your comment, (if you do not have a blog profile) so that I may contact you should you be a winner.  Good luck and hope you all enjoy!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Just a note....to say get well soon

Wow! Where did July go? I am in disbelief that more than half the year has passed us by.  I'm not ready for another year to end so quickly. It's been a busy day, but I did get to unwind a bit at the end of my evening and dive into my supplies.  I played with distress stains, a silhouette, and a vintage look:

just a note to say get well soon

I kind of had an idea what I was going for with my main colors as brown and yellow - and some scattered pinks/reds.

I don't own too many stamps from Jillibean Soup but I adore this set called 'Just a Note', with the sentiment and scalloped frame.

I distressed a white doily and the journaling card with Tim Holtz distress stains. Lots of layering with some pp and I dressed up my silhouette image with 'her' little jewels.

Supplies:
Patterned Papers: Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper.
Sentiment/Scalloped frame stamp: Jillibean Soup.
Distress stains: Tim Holtz/Antique Linen, Vintage Photo,
Doily: Jillibean Soup.
Dark brown ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Yellow flowers: Recollections.
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Rounder corner punch: EK Success.
Silhouette Stamp: 7 Gypsies.
White cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Circle punch: EK Success.

Monday, July 28, 2014

We may be miles apart....

Be still my little heart....I crafted today.  I did some multitasking and cooked up this multi-layered card while I was making dinner. I colored in some miniature people:

we may be miles apart...

The little girl image and flowers, sentiment, butterfly trail, and grass belongs in one set called 'In my heart' from Mama Elephant. It's an adorable set and great for friendship cards and for little girl themes.

I used some very delicate patterned papers from WP for a little background color.  I finished off the look with some cute, pastel twine!

And......to finish off this post....how would you like to see another blog give-a-way from me in the very near future?? August is my birthday month....I'll be turning the BIG 4-4.....whooooo, and I was thinking of doing a fun give-a-way!! Let me know what you would like to see....what is trending, what would you want to be included in the give-a-way? It's been a while so this will be tons of fun! Until then, keep a look out for the give-a-way post!!

Have a good week!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Stamps: In my heart/Mama Elephant.
Patterned Papers: Websters Pages.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Markers: Copics.
Black inks: Versafine and Memento.
Twine: DCWV.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

all smiles

Well, hello there....it's a beautiful day in southern Calif. - actually, it's been beautiful weather all week, hope you are all enjoying your summer days! I colored in these flowers a few days back and haven't had a chance to place them on a card until today:

all smiles

Once again, kind of sticking with softer, yet brighter colors like pink and yellow fused together.  The floral stamps and the yellow polka dotted pp is from Lawn Fawn! I colored in the flowers and the leaves with copics.

The leaf die cut that is placed behind the flowers is from Memory Box and is called Fresh Foliage. Such a versatile die!  The sentiment is from this Mama Elephant set called Bountiful Blessings.

I also used an embossing folder from Anna Griffin for the dry embossing to give the white cardstock a little texture. Hope this card makes you smile!

Enjoy the rest of your week. Take Care!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Leaf Die: Memory Box/Fresh Foliage.
Yellow polka dotted notecards: Lawn Fawn.
Florals and leaves: Lawn Fawn/Our Friendship Grows.
Sentiment: Mama Elephant.
Markers: Copics.
Dry Embossing folder: Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug/Cricut.
Die cutting tool: Provo Craft.
Yellow honeycomb pp: Teresa Collins.
Text pp: Simple Stories.
Round circle punch: EK Success.
Black ink: Versafine Onyx Black.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Butterfly Flutter

Good evening! It's Monday and I'm back with a very soft - one layer, watercoloring card.  It's super delicate and is really as soft as is shown in this photo.

Butterfly Flutter

I used this butterfly STENCIL from Memory Box. Mixed up green inks, yellows, and light pinks to color in the butterflies and the surrounding bubbles.

I stamped tiny bits of floral stamps from Mama Elephants Bountiful Blessings set.  I did some masking and then stamped the sentiment, also from the same set, using Memento inks.

I scattered some matching pink pearls to finish off the look.  That's it for today. Hope you all had a wonderful start to your week!

Supplies:
Stencil: Memory Box/Butterfly Flutter.
Cardstock: Neenah.
Corner Rounder.
Floral stamp, leaves, and sentiment: Mama Elephant/Bountiful Blessings.
Inks: Memento/Tangelo, Lady Bug.
Butterfly inks: Tim Holtz.
Pearls: Queen & Co.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

And....it's a wrap....

Hi all!  I'm back with a very quick and sweet little card.  I'm so pressed for time and haven't had a lot of crafty moments on hand but just to be able to sit down for a bit today and make something simple and happy is always good....

I adore you

The pretty floral patterned paper is actually wrapping paper from Hazel and Ruby, a new, cute company with lots of yummy goodies.  Check out their blog HERE.  I took a small piece of the floral pattern and adhered to the white cardstock.  A different feel to it, since wrapping paper is very delicate, you have to be really careful with adhesive so as to not have it make the wrapping paper uneven or clumpy looking.

The sentiment is from Avery Elle and I used a small strip of paper for the scalloped edge from Simple Stories.  For my friends and family who are celebrating in the states, I hope you all have a wonderful and very safe 4th of July holiday!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Dark pink patterned paper: Simple Stories/Vintage Bliss.
Wrapping paper: Hazel and Ruby/Pretty Floral.
Scallop Edge punch: EK Success.
Sentiment: Avery Elle.
Clay resin: Webster's Pages.
Crochet flower and metal hair pin: Recollections.
Paper doily: Martha Stewart.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.

Friday, June 27, 2014

June Guest Designing

Hello there and Happy Friday! Today, I am guest designing for the very talented Mariana Grigsby! If you haven't checked out her website, you should! She is A-mazing and many of her projects will blow you away!  I first got to know Mariana in the Hero Arts Flickr group and our love for Hero Arts products back in 2009.  She's always been an inspiration to me and I hope to meet her someday.

Here is the inspiration photo that I was to work with:


Isn't it a great combination of colors and love the manly theme.  Check out her post to see the card that I whipped up from this inspiration photo!  Great fun and a great challenge!!

I'll be back next week with some more fun coloring! Until then, have a wonderful weekend, everyone!