Saturday, February 13, 2016

Blog Hop Winner!

Just popping in to announce my blog winner from the February Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop!


If you could message me your address on my Facebook page I can get your prize in the mail!  Thanks so much to everybody who stopped by and I hope you find some time to play today!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Quick Quotes Design Team!

Hello and welcome!  I am so happy to share that I am re-joining the Design Team at Quick Quotes!

Today's layout features the beautiful Farmhouse Collection from Quick Quotes and, just in time for Valentines Day, my little sweetheart!
Click on photo to enlarge image.
I started with an 8.5"x12" piece of Farmhouse 102.  I inked along all of the edges with Desert Sun PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I then very gently wiped the  edges wth Milk Chocolate PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I centered it on top of a piece of white cardstock and added scalloped borders cut from Farmhouse 101.
I love using PowderPuff Chalking Inks to create custom embellishments for my projects.  For this layout, I die cut heart frames out of white cardstock, then colored them to coordinate with the Farmhouse paper.
Here you can see that I actually layered frames colored with 2 inks - Desert Sun and Sunset.  I used the heart die to fussy cut the center from Farmhouse 100.
I used 2 different inks, Sky Blue and Seabrook, to ink and stencil  a floral design onto another heart.
I used that heart in the center of this cork frame:
The page title comes from this wonderful element from the Farmhouse Chipboard Die Cuts.  I added Milk Chocolate PowderPuff Ink to the edge before creating a little embellishment cluster with more chipboard, flowers and a doily!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Products used:

Other Items Used:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Stitched With Love Tag

I recently joined Eileen at CHA where she turned her vintage trailer into "the place to be" by inviting her talented friends to share  demos and Make & Takes.  I had a huge response for this little tag I designed and I promised to share a tutorial for it online.
 I am actually being featured as a Guest Designer on Eileen's Blog today - so hop on over for all the details on creating this cute tag!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rebecca Baer Design Team!

I am very happy to share that I have been invited to join the Rebecca Baer Design Team!

Rebecca is a successful licensing artist who has turned her passion for painting into beautiful designs that can be found on home decor goods, dinnerware, housewares, fabric and more!

Fortunately for me her products also include an array of uniquely elegant stencils and I look forward to creating with them and sharing with you in the coming months!

You can meet the rest of the Rebecca Baer Design Team and have the opportunity to sign up for DT blog updates via e-mail  HERE .

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Explore Techniques with Tags

I usually go visit my mother for a couple of weeks out of the year and when I am there I need to be able to create!  On my last trip I packed a little travel kit with my inks and stencils.  Since I was flying, I wanted to keep things small and light weight. I knew I couldn't bring along all of my stamps.  I solved that problem by stamping several images and sentiments onto a sheet of plain white tissue paper with black Archival ink, then folded it up and tucked it away.  Any wrinkles and creases just add texture!

Sometimes I have an idea in my head for a canvas or another large project and I want to try things out on a smaller scale first.  Tags are just perfect for working out colors & ideas and playing with techniques.  Before I started this tag, all I knew was that I wanted to use the face image in the upper right.
Click on tag to enlarge image.
I started with the Harlequin stencil from The Crafters Workshop and applied blue ink on a tag, then I shifted the stencil and lightly applied green ink.  I left the upper right area open and inked it with a peachy brown color.
 I always like a little texture on my projects so I used the same stencil to apply a bit of modeling paste at the top and bottom of the tag...
..and then let it dry.
I replaced the stencil on top of the dried modeling paste so that it lined up, and added a dark application of the green ink.
Next I reached for the 6x6 Casey and Penelope stencil designed by Dina Wakley for The Crafters Workshop.  It is really cool because the set includes a stencil and masks!
I started by inking through the standing figure with light brown...
...and blended in green ink until I was happy with the color.  I used one of the masks from the set in the bottom right and lightly applied blue ink in that corner.  At this point I used Mod Podge to adhere tissue paper with the pre-stamped face image in the upper right corner.
Tip:  I always tear the images out of the tissue paper instead of cutting them because the torn edges are much easier to camoflauge than a cut edge.
The next step was to tear out and adhere the stamped quote.  You can see that this technique does not create a transparent background, but I really like the subtle visual texture it adds.
I replaced the stencil and the mask and traced around them with a permanent black ink pen.
The tag just looked a little out of balance to me, so to finish things off I used the Arrows and Hearts stencil and the black pen to doodle along the left edge.
I love using tags to explore techniques and to create little portable works of art!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Technique Tag:

  • Donna Downey Stamp - Enjoy Explore Believe
  • Donna Downey Stamp - What DoYou See, Small
  • The Crafters Workshop - Casey and Penelope
  • The Crafters Workshop - Harlequin
  • The Crafters Worshop - Arrows and Hearts
  • Tag, Mod Podge, modeling paste, tissue, inks, pen

Friday, January 29, 2016

Playful Layout - Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop and Giveaway

Today I am joining in on the January 2016 Scrapping Our Stash blog hop and I am using a favorite collection from  Authentique Papers.  There are 10 talented ladies participating this month and I hope you take the time to visit everyone!  You should have arrived here from Christine Meyer's blog.

For this month's project I dug through my stash and pulled out the Playful Collection, which Authentique Papers released in 2014.  I loved the cheerful colors and fun patterns but I must have been very busy at the time because I never used it!  Fortunately for me, I still had the perfect pictures - can you say Little Tikes car?!
My boys are exactly 2 years and 2 weeks apart in age and when they were very young they were absolutely inseparable!  I love these pics of them playing in our cul de sac - taking turns in the Little Tikes car.  We have a "family story" that features that car, one headstrong son and a very steep hill!  His father loves to tell the story and this page now has that story tucked away on those tags!

My stash also yielded the Kraft Word stickers from Momenta...
...that provide a bold kind of journaling on this page.  I accented with die cut cork arrows and wood veneer elements.
One of my favorite things about buying a collection from Authentique is that it usually comes with some sort of alpha and word stickers.  I used a fun combination of the stickers to journal on this die cut wood card.
As a thank you for stopping by today I am going to do a blog candy giveaway (available to US only).  I have all kinds of fun stuff in my stash and I will put together a nice package!

You can do any or all of the following to enter:
1.  Become a follower here

And leave me a comment to let me know what you have done!

This giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm on Feb. 4th.  I will announce the winner within a couple of days!
Now you are off to Sandy's blog but here is the blog list in case you get lost:

Susie  You are here!


Supplies for Playful Layout:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Julie Nutting Tag Class

I will be teaching another Julie Nutting tag class at GoldensHill Papercrafts later this month!
 The price of the class includes an entire pack of paper from the Ella & Viv Paper Company, featuring an exclusive set of love-themed stickers.  I came up with a great technique to create a pocket tag using one of Eileen Hull’s Stitchlit dies and I can't wait to share!
Contact the store for details on signing up - look forward to seeing you there!  Susie

Supplies for class:  Cutting mat and craft knife, craft mat, scissors, pencil, adhesive

UPDATE:  Due to the snow, the class has been moved to the following Tuesday, February 2nd.