Friday, February 28, 2014

Custom Wedding Invitations

Happy Friday – we made it!

Thought I’d show you today *one* of the reasons I’ve been so busy lately.  People with kids, I have no idea how you do it.  My life is sheer chaos almost all the time and I only have two naughty Bostons.


These are wedding invitations I hand designed for my brother and future sister-in-law.


Here’s the process for those interested (with a lot of back and forth in between, this is my first time doing such a large custom order, 120 in total!):

* I came up with a prototype from several different colors and ideas.  We finalized on the above version using a PTI stamp, and hand water colored using Distress Stains in Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Bundled Sage, and Mowed Lawn.  Fonts are simple and elegant; Georgia for the serif and Edwardian for the script.

* We worked out the wording and had local Staples print on their coverstock weight bright white paper for both the invitation wording panel as well as the reply card.  Totally worth the price to have them cut them as well.  They reply cards also got a stamped image afterwards.

* I adhered the wording panel to the water color background using Mod Podge.  This did cause the entire unit to curl slightly, but hey, they’re hand done invitations – perfection is not expected.

* A7 Envelope and 4Bar Envelope ordered from Paper Source.

It was a lot of work to make them, but it was totally worth it.  A close-up of the water colored florals:


This image is slightly more saturated here on screen so you could see it better.  It is more soft and muted in person.  The darker purple took the most time to do.  Amazing the flexibility of Distress Stains!

Please let me know your thoughts or if you have questions, I’d love to get some feedback after working on this!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Celebrate Today

I couldn’t help myself when I saw the latest sketch for CASE This Sketch:


As you can see, I didn’t stray too far but a couple fun things to point out. 

My first time using this mason jar die from PTI, I used some alcohol inks to mimic the look of real jars and I LOVE how they turned out.  I stamped over the acetate using some black StazOn.  The sentiments are from the same PTI set, perfect little tags in a chalkboard fashion that is oh so popular these days.  The flowers are from another PTI set, popped up and colored in Copics (the stems are hand drawn, I don’t seem to have anything with long stems).

A close up of the flowers and jars:


I made a bunch of cards over the weekend, shared here of the past couple of days – I think this one was my favorite.  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Hopefully you all don’t think I went overboard with this card for Case Study’s latest:


There’s a lot going on, but I think it works!! 

I started with the main panel, using some Mister Huey’s mists (Splash and First Kiss) and Tattered Angels in Lemon Zest over a Studio Calico stencil.  Once it dried, I adhered the three vellum banners made from that lovely star constellation paper from SC’s Atlantic collection.  “Happy” (been listening to too much Pharrell lately) in gold Dear Lizzy thickers on top of a banner as my main sentiment, accompanied by “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities” in more vellum.  If you look closely, the ‘I’s’ are dotted with little stars.

Embellishment mania – an ampersand paperclip, sequins here and sequins there, wood veneer stars, enamel dots, 2 small strips of washi, little anchor punches, and a touch more of stamping – those stars in the bottom left corner.

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Papertrey Ink–Pigment & Dye Layering

At first I didn’t think I was going to do this particular challenge, I was like eh, that doesn’t seem so interesting.  But then I realized that I had never actually done it before and I stopped being so stubborn ^_^

Here’s my results from Papertrey Ink’s Pigment & Dye Ink Layering Challenge:


I didn’t have a good solid floral stamp to attempt this technique, so I thought I’d give it a go with Irresistibly Ikat. 

OMG I LOVE how it turned out!  Check out that pattern that is peeking through the dots.  SO COOL!

I had to take a couple different angled shots because it was a beast to photograph:



I am sorry I was such a stubborn brat about this one, and I will definitely use it again!!

WPLus9 Trend Watch Challenge

Multiple postings tonight to squeeze in some deadlines.  I wish I had more time to play with this challenge, W+9’s Trend Watch, because I was really enjoying it, but no time!


I went the watercolor route with the fresh cut florals.  Sequins are always a good choice, and I think triangles would fall under the trendy cue as well.


Here’s a close-up of the watercolor.  I stamped over it using various colors of Hero Arts Shadow Ink.

Thanks for visiting tonight!

Jumping the Broom

Long time no see, friends!  I’ve been so busy but you’ll see a photo of why in the next couple days.

For now, here’s a fun challenge from CASology, the theme is JUMP!

Here’s my take:


As soon as I saw the word JUMP, for some reason I thought of a wedding card.  Many couples celebrate their nuptials by literally jumping over a broom.  This tradition is woven through several cultures, which I learned from this interesting Wikipedia article

Not your typical frogs and bunnies hopping around, but I hope you enjoyed my creation!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tim Tag–My First of 2014

Oh gosh I just wrote 2012 up there at first, I need to get it together!

Happy Friday all, I’m sharing my first Tim Tag of 20 – say it with me – 14, I had a lot of fun and I’ll tell you what I did along the way.  Please visit Tim’s original tag here so you can see his work and process to compare.


Here we go!


I am not quite as grungy as Tim (this sounds like a mean thing to say, doesn’t it? lol!) so I went with a more feminine color scheme – blush pink, navy, and gold.  I started my tag with a swiping of Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Dried Marigold Distress Stains.  After drying, I used a Heidi Swapp stencil for the heart background.  (Note:  those of you who have been around for my other Tim Tags know that I do not permit myself to buy anything new explicitly for the tag; I have to be creative and make do with what I’ve got.)  I used the same colors in Inks as I did with the Stains, layering as I went.

For the chalkboard panel, I didn’t want a true black, so went with my scheme of navy.  Naturally, no navy cardstock was to be found so I used some Hero Arts Navy Shadow Ink to color some white cardstock.  I made sure it was dry, then used a Tim Holtz stamp that was released maybe 2012? to mimic the look on Tim’s tag.

Note:  Sticky Embossing Powder DOES NOT WORK for this technique!  I accidentally grabbed that instead of the Antiquities Crystal because their jars look exactly alike.  I remembered Tim’s instruction to not heat it to when it gets shiny, and SEP gets IMMEDIATELY shiny – that’s the sticky stuff so you can put other stuff on it!!  So I had to do this part twice – d’oh!

After the chalkboard panel was done, I used the same set for the heart (SEP + Distress Glitter in Antique Linen), and XO in HA Navy.  I added a Tim Holtz metal word band that says ‘know in your heart you are loved’.  Before adhering with navy & white baker’s twine I swiped some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint on it.  More twine, feathers, and enamel dots finish the card.  Here’s a close-up:


Hope you enjoyed, thanks for your visit – make time to get creative!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Going Over the Edge

Hehe, today’s a fun challenge with CASual Fridays – Going Over the Edge!

Having a ball with brush script as you may have noticed; here’s my take on this theme:


I started with misting my card with three colors of Studio Calico Mister Hueys – Honeydew, Splash, and a touch of Navy.  After it dried I brushed on ‘thank you’ with some goache.  I cut straight down either side of the card, taking about an inch off each side, and then fussy cutting around the letters.  A variety of sequins finish for an eclectic look!  Here’s a close-up:


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Be the Good

Funny how sometimes the simplest of sketches can inspire creativity.  Thank you CASE this sketch!


I was inspired by an Instagram image from Rhonna Ferrer, and although this took a long time it is still a clean design.  Here’s how I did it:  I masked off the diagonal section with washi tape and picked my 4 colors to stamp in Soft Cantaloupe (second generation), Fresh Peach, Soft Pool, and Gold (all Hero Arts).  I used a triangle from a HA/Studio Calico co-branded alphabet stamp set and just went to town.  Once I finished all the triangles, I peeled off the tape, mixed up some Winsor & Newton Designer’s Goache (prounounced like squash but with a ‘gw’ instead of ‘sq’, so ‘gwash’) in Jet Black with a touch of water and did the brush script.  I filled in the gold inked triangles with Platinum Stickles and that is what really made the difference.  A few scattered enamel dots finish the card.

Ironic how I didn’t notice this it at first but the challenge itself said to try some techniques because the sketch is simple.  I used masking, brush script, and second generation stamping on this card!

Thanks for the visit, before you go here’s a look at the close-up, tried to show the glitter better:


Oh, and happy February to all my friends!