Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fresh Vintage Blog Hop - 3D Wrapped Flower

Welcome to the Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop! I am always so honored when Eileen Hull asks me to participate on these hops, and this round is probably the most exciting one to date! The new Fresh Vintage series is a great group of dies - I honestly don't know how Eileen keeps coming up with these amazing ideas. Today's featured die is the 3D Wrapped Flower. It's a fun, trendy flower that can be done up quickly and with great variety.

For my wreath project, I started out with a wreath base from the craft store. I die cut patterned papers from Grant Archival - and because this is a steel rule die from Sizzix, you can easily cut two pieces of paper at once. Assembling those pieces is as easy as using a piece of tape - seriously! I mixed and matched papers to create a whimsical look. To tie them all together, I used Wild Honey Distress Stain (Ranger) on the edges. The button centers were created with Epiphany Crafts' button tool, then highlighted with some Copper Stickles (Ranger).

To adhere the individual flowers, I just pulled out my handy glue gun and put them in the blank spots on the wreath. This is such an easy, one-of-a-kind project - and it would be so fun to have them for every occasion during the year!

Would you like a chance to win this die? All you have to do is head over to the Oh My Crafts! Blog and enter! It's that easy! And to continue on the Blog Hop, please just use the widget on the right and click Back or Forward - you will continue along with the other designers highlighting this fantastic die. Thanks for joining me today, and thanks to the incredibly talented Eileen Hull for putting together such an inspiring hop!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Jar Fillers

When I first got a look at the new Summer Jar Fillers from Papertrey, I fell in love! I knew those hydrangeas were going to make me color to my hearts content! And the adorable smaller jar is pretty fantastic, too. Hydrangeas are one of my very favorite flowers - all that beautiful color on a strong stem is just beautiful to me.

I chose to go with pink for my first coloring of this stamp. I've seen where several people were concerned about the lack of stems with this image, but I just masked this from the tulips image from the Spring Fillers set. Easy & quick! The flower coloring was done with Copics, using shades from the Hibiscus Burst and New Leaf trios, and the jar has the palest markers from Spring Rain and Aqua Mist blended together. I did do some 'fussy cutting' (I've seen that term used a lot lately, and it makes me smile! Yes, it's fussy, but definitely worth it sometimes - like here, I think!) The center of each flower was touched with a dab of Smooch ink (the pearlized top coat).

The background plaid was stamped with Distressed Stripes. I couldn't find just the right paper in my stash, so I opted to make it! The colors used were Spring Moss and New Leaf with Sweet Blush and Hibiscus Burst. If you haven't given this look a try with Distressed Stripes, I think you should give it a try - it's fun and easy and the results are fantastic! A piece of Hibiscus Burst cardstock cut with the medium scalloped die and a length of silk ribbon finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you're having a wonderful summer! We are here - Wally and the Beav are keeping me busy and smiling. Be well!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Peaceful Garden

Just a quick card to show you using Lisa Johnson's new PTI set, Peaceful Garden. I love this sentiment, and I think it's just the perfect thing for a friend going through a bit of a rough patch.
Be well! 

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Friday, July 1, 2011

From the Papertrey Ink newsletter

I had a request for some larger pictures of Nichole's wall units, so I thought I would post them here for your reference. Have a fantastic holiday weekend to my friends in Canada and the US!

Monday, June 27, 2011

A winner and a Patriotic card

Good morning, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. The boys got out of school last Tuesday, so I'm really enjoying the freedom in our schedule! It's so much fun having them home with me, even if it does mean a little more time wearing my referee jersey.

Since next Monday is the 4th of July, I thought I'd post a card I created a little while back. It was done with Est. 1776 . I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Here's a closer look:

I used some paper weaving on the left side, using strips of Enchanted Evening and Pure Poppy cardstock. The focal piece is the Mat Stack 3 die, with the sentiment holder from the coordinating stamp set.  The eagle was stamped in Enchanted Evening ink and then covered with Glossy Accents.

And as promised, I have a book to giveaway today, thanks to the kind people at Annie's Attic! The random number generator chose number 6, so that is TRICIA! Congrats, Tricia! If you could please email me (you can use the link on the right margin) I'll get your details and send this fun technique book right out to you. Thank you so much to all of you!

Have a fantastic day! Be well.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tea Bag Folding Through The Seasons

So I have to let you in on a little secret...I'm not good at folding. Even as a kid, I just couldn't get my origami projects to look anything like they should have. It's literally been a life-long affliction, and as a paper crafter, it's always been my Achille's Heel...or I should say UNTIL NOW. ;)

The great people at Annie's Attic Paper Crafts asked me if I would review their new book Tea Bag Folding Through The Seasons by Sharon M. Reinhart. You can imagine the anxiety I had reading the email! How could I possibly review a book that would undoubtedly challenge me? Well, it just took a second for that little voice in my head to go "Duh, Jenn. That's the point of the book - to teach people a new skill!". Thanks to that little voice, I happily accepted the challenge, even telling them that I was a little, hmm, 'excited', to try this technique.

Once the book arrived, I sat down and was really drawn in! What a completely underrated technique! And now with all the great scoring products on the market, it's even easier to create a crisp, beautiful fold. Sharon's instructions are well-written and easy to follow along with - she has even created a folder out of me! There are projects that are photographed clearly, diagrams to show the steps clearly (great for a visual learner like me) and just enough variations to keep it from being overwhelming. The card above is my very first try at tea bag folding (which, by the way, isn't necessarily done with tea bags...Sharon explains it all in the introduction of the book). Here's a closer look at the folds I created for this:

I used papers (Everyday Blessings) and dies (Limitless Layers in both sizes and Doily Details)  from Papertrey Ink. I'd tell you how I did it, but Sharon does it SO much better! ;)
If you are looking to learn a new technique, or revisiting an old one to you, you should consider picking up this book! You can create the most beautiful, unique medallions - the recipients of your cards will be amazed!

The kind folks at Annie's Attic sent me a copy to share, so I thought it would be fun to hear about your childhood attempts at origami! Leave me a comment telling me that you were the kid who had a thousand swans around the house, or join me in commiserating over how fold-challenged you were! I will draw a random poster next Monday (June 27th) to receive this beautiful book.

Be well! ~ Jenn

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shabby Chic

Does your style go through phases? Mine does! I always have a hard time when someone asks me what my style is, mainly because it does change from year to year. When I left Anna Griffin three years ago, I thought all my shabby chic/vintage ways had left me, but amazingly enough - they're back!

I had a lot of fun creating this 9"x4" card. I like this size because they easily fit in a #10 (business) envelope. There is lots of Papertrey goodness on this. The cardstock colors are Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist (my go-to color these days, in clothing and paper!) and Sweet Blush. The dies are from Love Lives Here and Tag Sale #1. Background Basics: Gingham is on the Sweet Blush layer, along with quite a bit of Tea Dye Duo. The stamp on the tags is Library Card (seriously the best $5 stamp!), and then the perfectly imperfect butterflies are from Love Lives Here. Finishing touches include seam binding bows topped off with Aqua Mist buttons and Rustic Cream button twine and of course, a liberal dose of the sewing machine. The end result just makes me sigh with shabby happiness! ;)

I hope this inspires you to create something beautiful today! Be well.

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