Cheerful Critters say Happy Day


Let's turn a gray day into a Happy Day! Introducing Cheerful Critters (available starting January 6th, 2015).

Cheerful Critters contains 3 different animals (rabbit, chick and bear), each holding up a sign. The space within the sign is blank so you can add a greeting. The set comes with 5 of it's own (including the one shown above), but I look forward to trying it with some of my other sentiment sets, too. There's bound to be a few!

Project Notes:
  • Some happy days contain fireworks! I thought of the arrow clip and baker's twine like a rocket and fireworks shooting into the air leaving trails of sparks in their wake. 
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels, colored with Blendabilities, add a bit of sparkle and play along with the "rocket in the sky" theme.
  • The color theme is based on the colors found in this 12" x12" Designer Series Paper. As you can see here, each packet of paper details the colors used, making it easy for you to pull your inks, card stock and embellishments and play! (Look for this info on the back of the heavy white card stock backing each pack of paper. This info is also listed on the front of our card-sized Paper Stacks.)
  • Want to make it extra special? Don't forget to decorate the inside:

card layout: CCMC335

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Adriana B.

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Finding some time to relax during the holidays


I love the holidays. I love that my hubby gets time off from work and that our boys have time off from school. They're growing so quickly that I know before long they will be off, starting their lives leaving their mom longing for time with them. But mixed with this is the reality that the guys in this house will be spending time battling over some game and I'm going to need a few minutes with some noise-canceling headphones and an escape to my craft room! One plan is to get caught up with my memory keeping via a Project Life® by Stampin' Up! kit!

For a quick peek at this fun memory keeping system, check out this short video. I think you will be impressed by how quick and easy it is to put a memory page together!

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Adriana B.


Inking up a watery scene


There is something soothing about being near the water. We are close enough to several rivers and the ocean that we get to see a body of water nearly every day. I have to admit, I like the feel of the sandy beach much more than the squishy lakes of my childhood; but regardless of the source, I hope to always live near water for the rest of my life. There's nothing like the view at sunrise or sunset when the light is hitting it so it gently sparkles. So peaceful…

click image for a larger/better view of the details

Tips for creating an aquatic scene:

  • Drag your ink pad directly across you paper for solid coverage. Feel free to drag lightly over other areas for a little added extra color. (An example would be the sky here.)
  • Mask off the first area (cover with scratch paper) and sponge or drag additional colors to create the rest of your scene. 
  • The water and patch of ground were both sponged on. To create this look: ink up your sponge and start on your mask, moving in a swirling motion onto your paper to more easily control the amount of color you are adding and achieve a smoother look. Our ink pads are juicy, so a light touch prevails! Simply go over the area again if you want more color.
  • This is supposed to be fun. Don't stress if you get funky streaks at first. Play with it and figure out a technique that works for you! :)

Time to head to the water, isn't it?
Adriana B.

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Making Birthday Spirits Bright


Some stamp sets are so fun you can use them year-round. Although I don't drink alcohol, I couldn't resist the adorable Making Spirits Bright stamp set in the Holiday Catalog. There are images in here for all occasions, including my favorite one - this birthday image with it's silly sentiment.

I don't believe this set is carrying over, so if it's on your wishlist I recommend you get it  before January 5th! (Click any of the images below to visit my store.) If you'd like to see another of the images on a project, click here to see my Christmas tags.

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Adriana B.
p.s. layout is based on Freshly Made Sketch #167. Thanks, ladies for sharing your inspiration :)

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Year End Closeouts - new items added!


Stampin' Up! elves were busy last night and added LOTs of new items to the Closeout sale. We're talking Washi Tape, Framelits, Stamps, Paper and more. And, guess what? Many of them are marked 80% off! I noticed additions from the Holiday Catalog and the Supplement, but a my little eye also did spy Good Greetings - the Hostess incentive set from October. This little set has a bunch of great greetings for year round. I suggest you check it out ASAP so you don't miss out!

Edited to remind you - there are new weekly deals! How could I have forgotten? 

Click on the basket to access the store and these deals!
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Adriana B.

Try this two-step embossing folder technique


In class Friday we played with a 2-step embossing technique. The trick is to use one folder as a "stamp" and the other to provide texture.

  1. Ink the first folder on one side. We used the Beautifully Baroque TIEF (textured impressions embossing folder) with Sahara Sand ink.
  2. Place your card stock in the folder and close it. Press your hands lightly over the folder to transfer the ink onto the card stock.
  3. Now place the same  piece of card stock into another folder with a tighter (smaller) pattern and run it through the Big Shot so that the texture is pressed into the card stock. We used the Perfect Polka Dots folder for this second step.

Now you have a beautiful layer upon which to build your card!
*Tip: Consider the patterns of the folders before you start. Here we used the bolder pattern for the ink and a smaller, tighter pattern for the texture. You don't want to have the patterns competing each other or making it look "too busy". The best way to figure it out? Grab some scrap paper and give it a try!

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Adriana B.

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