Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello Map - A Unique Blog Hop

Welcome to a continuation of the Unique Blog Hop. I was tagged by the fabulous Carol Norby and be sure to click her name to see her post. I am excited to share a little bit about my stamping style with you through questions that are part of the hop. So, here we go!

1. What am I working on? I am teaching my card class in two locations over the next week so I'm working on cutting card parts for each of the projects. I usually teach four cards and a bonus project. I'm also working on my monthly newsletter and I've started on some projects for the upcoming craft fair season. :) Here's one of the cards we made in last month's class. The idea came straight from the A Muse Studio design team. I normally design my own cards but loved this idea. I changed up the colors and used a different background stamp but the overall design is the same.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? Gosh. I'm not sure that it does. I just try to design cards that I would use. I don't make a lot that are just cards for cards sake. I love those but just am never sure how to use them. Instead, I make birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, friendship, get well, etc. Cards that have a purpose. And, I stamp inside of my cards. Sometimes it's just a sentiment like the inside for the card above:

But sometimes the inside is decorated almost as much as the outside. Haven't you spent hours in the store looking for that card that has the perfect thing inside and out. That's what I do for myself.

 3. Why do I write/create what I do? I've always done creative things from crafting to the performance arts. Guess I just need lots of attention. lol! When I was little I learned how to hand-quilt from my mom and my grammie. I spent hours at the quilt. As I got older, I branched out into latch hook, embroidery and cross-stitch. When I got my first job, I got a heat gun and pretty much anything that didn't move got glued together. I have maintained quilting and have done some piecing. I did learn how to sew but get too frustrated having to do clothes and tearing out and re-sewing. So, I've done craft sewing - animals, dolls, etc. But, as I have gotten more and more into papercrafts, my sewing and quilting has been pushed to the back burner. I will find more balance one of these days. :)

4. How does your writing/creative process work? I write down ideas and then go to the craft table and usually end up with something different. Sometimes I just go push paper together and stamp and play and see what ends up. Sometimes I start with an idea I've seen and play around with it. When I'm stuck, I like to pull out a sketch and see if I can make something with a card sketch. Usually that starts the creative juices flowing. Sadly, I'm a procrastinator so usually the most creative things come out of the last minute creative rush. But, I'm trying to re-train my brain to become more organized and productive in advance. We'll see how that goes. lol!

I'm tagging the fabulous Laura Roell and she will post next Monday, September 8th! Laura is so creative and so kind and so funny! She is a demo with A Muse Studio and I've had the great pleasure to meet her in person at our National Conference. What a great person! I hope you'll visit her blog next week to learn more about her creative style. :)  Oh and Laura and I showed up at NatCon with almost the same exact trades. Great minds! :) Laura's is the amazing pocket card on top and mine is the one laying flat. Fun stuff!

I've actually had trouble finding others to play along with this blog hop so if you'd like to play, e-mail me and I'll link you in. :) One even compared it to a chain letter. I guess it could be but I just see it as a way to share the creative process and learn more about our fellow crafters as well as connect to others who enjoy sharing their creativity.

So, thanks Carol, for the tag in this blog hop and I hope you've all enjoyed the info.


Have a wonderfully creative day! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Enjoy!

Each year I go to a wonderful stamping retreat organized by my friend, Heather. Everyone who attends makes a "shoebox" project for everyone else to make during the week-end. This was my project this year. I was so tickled at figuring out this fun design and hope you like it too!
 A donut die-cut from onyx shimmer cardstock starts the fun that is this card. First you cut the donut die cut in half. Punch holes with the small side of the crop-a-dile and thread some Mermaid baker's cording through and tie. The woo hoo girl is stamped with memento tuxedo black on sugar, colored with copics and cut out. She fits perfectly in the hole in the center of the "donut". The cording is glued to her hands and her legs are glued to the donut. Stamp the branch and attach the cording to it. I glued the top of the cording and then glued the bows on top. The swing is popped up so it looks like she's swinging forward. The grass is cut from lime cardstock and attached to finish off the front. 
Here's the inside stamped in Lime ink.

Copics used:
Skin: E50, E51
Hair: E53, E55, E59
Dress: RV14, RV21
Shirt: YG23

Stamp sets:
Woo Hoo For You
Seasonal Branch
You're My Fave


Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a wonderfully creative day!! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bathing Beauty in Paris

Several have been playing around with the Bathing Beauties stamp set by adding clothes and setting up scenes. This is my first attempt and it was so fun! I placed her in Paris with the C'est La Vie stamp set. I have some other ideas that I want to try too. :)

So, my bathing beauty got paper-pieced with fiesta 6X6 paper and I freeformed a skirt to put over her swimsuit. A simple a-line always works, doesn't it? :) I added a mini blooms flower die cut and glitter to her swim cap to make it more of a night out turban and since she was barefoot, I cut up a mini blooms die cut to make cute high heeled shoes for her. It's the stem and first turn of the leaf :) A little french roast glitter on the waist band and neckline finished it off. What do you think?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Merci

A sweet Parisienne scene thank you card. And, it's topped off with the new mini bow die! Love this tiny bow! And, doesn't it look fabulous in this lay-out? I love it! In fact, I love this Navy, Grass and Kraft combo, don't you? I added touches of navy petite pinstripe and navy petite polka dot to finish it off, as well as inking the kraft layer with grass ink after stamping the scene in Navy.
After I stamped the kraft layer, I opened up the card and stamped the inside with the same scene. So, ink once and stamp twice and you get a great shadow layer which is light enough to add your French thank you (merci) on top.
I also made this same card with the August paper pack. I love this version too with the cherry, onyx and kraft cardstocks too. :) I played around with a sugar mini bow and added some glitter to the edges and the center to see how it would look. I like the idea of it but might try some other options. :)

Here's the inside.

What do you think of my Parisienne thank you cards? Which color combo do you like better?

Want to make your own? You can  - here's where you get the supplies: www.amusestudio.com/seleise

Have a most wonderful day and thanks for visiting my blog!!



Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome Little One - Snap Card turned Baby Card!


A baby girl card that is quick and easy to make. It starts with a snap card. What is a snap card you say? It's a scrapbooking item that's perfect for pocket scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking. This one is the 3" X 4" card and it comes in a 48 card pack. That's right - 48!! And, it's double-sided! And, they're $3.99. Here's the baby girl 3"X4" set:
So, I mentioned that these were great for scrapbooking but they're also great for cardmaking. I took one of the snap cards, layered it on wasabi polka dot and bubblegum cardstock and popped it  up on a layer of everything's rosy paper and a bubblegum cardstock base. After tying some blush baker's cording around the cardfront, some diamond glitter was added to the snap card. Easy Peasy! And, matched the baby album perfectly that was filled with 3X4, 4X6 snap cards and matching stickers!

I've got some birthday and wedding snap cards that I'll be playing with sometime for cardmaking. Should be fun!

Have a happy day!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Like Big Cups And I Cannot Lie!

 Here's another coffee card with the August paper pack. Here's the outside and the inside. What do you think? The dies are from Perk Up and the sentiment is from Need to Venti. Are you smiling right now? I can't make this card without smiling at the sentiment (and singing along too - lol!). Am loving this paper combo and hope you are too.
This was one of my August card class cards. It was mostly assembly with just a bit of stamping with versafine ink. So fun!


Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thanks a Latte

 Another coffee card! You might see a lot of these because I love these new sets! And, the matching dies are FABULOUS!! This is from Perk Up. The mini bow was added on top because it's just so cute! This is an A1 card and the front is a little smaller than the back so that you can see the red strip when the card is closed!

This is also made from the August paper pack. Such a great combo! What's the August paper pack? Check out my last blog post by clicking here! :)
And, here's the inside. How cool is this?! Simple but great and the sentiment and fonts are awesome, don't you think?!


Have a wonderfully creative day!