Friday, January 20, 2017

Bits N' Pieces: Valentine Cute

Today's card is my warm-up Valentine card - featuring Lawn Fawn's Stinkin' Cute stamp set.

I had stamped and die-cut this cute skunk and sentiment for a card I made back in May - and as always, there were a few extras. With Valentine approaching, I thought I'd make good use of them and add them to a layered card, along with a few die-cut elements from my stash.

I thought about doing a mini Valentine's series this year, but in the end I decided against it. I've already got so many projects going on and so many fun cards to share that I don't want to overwhelm myself.

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bits n Pieces: Acorn Thanks

Thank You cards are probably my favorite kind of card to make. There's never a shortage of uses for them, and I'm free to use any theme or color combination I'm inspired by. I also make a lot of birthday cards. Birthday cards are fun, but you don't really want to make a somber birthday card - and you can certainly make something more serious for a thank-you sympathy card.

I grabbed a couple of the acorns I colored in September's Stash Kit project using Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods stamp set.  I decided to use them in a very feminine card - something that might be sent out after a wedding or a girl baby shower. So, I chose pinks and browns, with a pretty ribbon bow to tie everything together.

Although the card is simple, it packs a punch with the ombré paper. It would be simple enough to make a whole bunch of and give away as a card set gift.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SK January: Favorite You

Today's card is the first card in the January's Stash Kit project (you can read more about the project here, and see January supplies here).

Whenever I start on the kit cards, I always start by laying out all the supplies and making a quick "warm-up" card. I don't usually keep this card - it's just playful practice to get me more familiar with the supplies I'm using. But this time, I actually rather like how the card turned out.

I kept the card super simple, adding just a couple of dies (tag and a scripty You), along with a couple of stickers and enamel shapes. Not too shabby for a practice card, right?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bits and Pieces: Birthday Wishes Cat

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog lately, as most of my free "crafty" time has been spent in organizing mode. I mentioned in a previous post that I'd made a couple of final orders at the end of the year, and they've now all arrived. It was quite a lot of stuff to label, put away and organize. And, of course, I still had a mess of a crafty table to clean up from holiday crafting.

As I was putting away the extra Avery Elle kitties I colored and cardstock panels I die-cut for Christmas, I thought I could take a minute to put all those bits and pieces to use and create another card. I grabbed my prepped card-with-patterned-paper base and adhered all the extra bits - including a sentiment from My Favorite Things.

I always stamp and color extras (just in case), and I keep unused extras in a clear bin on my crafty table. They make for a great quick card element, so I can focus on things like card layouts or trying new techniques. I'd like to use them more often and combine them together.

So, I'm starting a new blog series/feature called Bits and Pieces. With this series, I hope to use crafty supplies that just didn't make it onto a card, as well as do several quick-n-easy cards I can add to my card stash or package together as a gift for a loved one.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Stash Kit: January 2017

Since it's a new year, I thought I'd start with a fresh new kit for January -- and take the opportunity to incorporate some of the recently-purchased supplies I got in the holiday sales. I've added extra stamps for January, as I intend to carry some of them over to the months that follow.

As with previous months, I will be adding a variety of cardstock, dies and coloring mediums such as Copics, Prismacolor pencils or watercolor. 

Without further ado...

Little Darlings - Rainy Night
Reverse Confetti - Lift Me Up
Pinkfresh Studio - Happy Days
Ellen Hutson LLC - All Inside
Neat & Tangled - Giving Tree
Simon Says Stamp - What's Brewing
WPlus9 - Garden Buddies

Pinkfresh Studio - Felicity 6x6
Pinkfresh Studio - Felicity Word Stickers
Webster's Pages - #Happy phrase stickers
Gossamer Blue - Gramercy Road enamel dots

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Crafty Chat - New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2017 treats you all well and brings many moments of joy and laughter.

I don't make New Years' resolutions. However, I do set some sensible goals for myself each year. In 2016, my goal was to make and share 100 non-DT cards on my blog, and I have reached - and surpassed! - this goal.

For 2017, I decided to focus on my current crafty stash and see how long I can go without making a single crafty order. I have a few projects and ideas to help me make good use of my supplies - things like monthly stash kits, blog features and reviews - along with an occasional challenge or two.

In preparation, I've made a few final crafty orders with my favorite companies - I took advantage of Black Friday and Christmas sales, so I really got a lot of bang for my buck. My orders were for a few staples like cardstock, envelopes and adhesive, as well as a bunch of stamps, inks and dies that were on my wish-list. With this goal, I hope to whittle down some of my existing consumables (like paper, embellishments, etc) as well as make a plan for what I want to do with my stamps. As much as I'd love to, I can't keep an overwhelming and infinite stash of stamps and dies. So, that will be an interesting task for the last half of 2017...

My secondary goal for 2017 is to try and interact with crafters more, so I'll try to be less of a lurker and make time to chat with others. I do spend a bit of time browsing blogs, FB pages and YouTube videos from crafters I admire, so I'm going to try and comment (on top of a quick "like" of content).

Lastly, I plan to continue blogging regularly. I'd like to have it be a daily thing, but I know work and life will keep me a bit busy sometimes. So, I'll just work on posting on a regular schedule instead and work ahead for some of the entries.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Merry HolODDays!

Good morning, Oddies! It’s that time of year again for our Hol-Odd-Day Hop and the Odd Girls have some ah-mazing projects for you this season! This is our last week of posts before the we take our holiday break, so what better time to hop than now! You can hop with us all week as well as joining us for special holiday posts here on our blog.
Christmas doesn't usually bring fairies to mind, but I just adore all the adorable fairy images over at Some Odd Girl store - and I couldn't resist using Pixie for my hol-ODD-ay card. I used my favorite Christmas color combo - reds, cream, olive green and a touch of gold for eyes and wings.

Now, let’s get a hoppin! If you get lost, just come back here to the main list:
Some Odd Girl blog
Elle ** You are here!

Be sure to leave a comment at each blog for a chance to win a special prize, $25 gift certificate with some extra winners of $5 that we'll announce on Saturday Dec 17, but everyone can get 25% off in the shop with the code HOLODDDAY! We’re so happy to have spent another year with all of you and we can’t wait to bring you some more ODD fun in 2017!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chatty Sunday - Catch-up and Stash Kits

So, it's November 27th and you may be wondering where all the cards are from November's Stash kit. And the answer is... there aren't any right now (*insert sad frowny face here*).

Those of you who work in retail or sales know that winter holiday season is the craziest, most time-consuming time of the year - and it's no exception for my work. Add to that the family dinners/events, two design teams and a guest design spot, and I feel like I've barely had time to breathe this month.

Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely grateful for all the fantastic DT opportunities, all the lovely time spent with family/friends and having a great job! But there's still only 24 hours in a day and I do need a little time to eat and sleep every now and then. And until someone invents bottled sleep, I'll still need that good night's sleep.

December is likely to be more of the same. Although I'm not guest-designing for anyone in December, I've got a ton of extra Christmas prep - from baking cookies to finishing hand-made gifts to that last-minute shopping.

So, I'm going to pause Stash Kit projects until January - when I should have actual time to sit down and create some great projects. In the meantime, I'll try to share some of my holiday cards as I create them.

And, finally... Shopping/Spending Freeze...

I broke my spending freeze to do some Black Friday shopping this year. I had been building up a shopping wish-list for the past few months, and I basically bought everything on my list + a little extra and saved a very significant amount. So, I'll have quite a bit of new goodies to play with in the coming months - but I'm back on the spending freeze again after this.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 21, 2016

YNS: Tags Dare

Are you ready for another Design Team Dare?! Your Next Stamp is challenging its designers to break away from the same old same old and make a set of tags!. Hop on over to Your Next Stamp blog to see the other lovely creations, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free stamp set of your choice.

I decided to go in the winter holiday direction and made a set of 4 Christmas tags that I can use to embellish my Christmas gifts with. For all four tags, I used the super fun stamp set called Holiday Buddies. This fantastic large set features 8 whimsical images that you can stamp and color, and 2 classic simple sentiments.
I admit, it was tough choosing just 4 images to feature, so I'm definitely going back and making another set of tags with the rest of the cute critters.

Since this stamp set has a bit of a retro flair, I chose some classic masculine/winter patterns as my tag backdrop. I used my Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges to add a bit of extra warmth and to go with the vintage feeling. Kraft stickers as sentiments kept the focus on the images.

Lastly, I added a few sparkly gumdrops from Holly Jolly and Ice Ice Baby. Don't they just look fun?!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

YNS Challenge #52

Your Next Stamp has another challenge up and another chance to win a certificate to the YNS store and a chance to be a featured top pick on their blog!

For my card, I was inspired by the lovely palette that was shared as a part of this challenge:
Although the palette is fall-inspired, I thought it could work great for a winter holiday card. I thought I'd go in a more masculine-inspired direction, especially since there's a lot of boys and men in my family. It's nice to be able to share a card that sports my "cute" modern style, but still feels cool and fresh.

For my card, I used the sentiment from Holiday Buddies and the skate from the brand new Sports Fanatics Skating Fun stamp.

Isn't that stamp set fun?!

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with Your Next Stamp, too! Click over to Your Next Stamp blog for the rules and submission area.