Monday, May 31, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Hello! I'm so excited to share some special projects with you today. Some of our biggest blessings have been our childrens' school teachers. They have been amazing! Every year my gratitude deepens for these incredible men and women. I had lots of thank yous to make, and here is a sampling of them. I cut and glued at least 100 crayons, probably more, but it was worth it. Get ready for a long post, but it is full of oodles of pictures, so hopefully you'll enjoy it. (And if you are wondering, my favorite project is last.)
I have been eyeing Concord & 9th's Color Me Happy dies for quite some time now, and when I contemplated Teacher Appreciation gifts this year I knew they would be perfect.
My first card was very basic and the quickest to put together. I used primary colors, just like you would pull out of a standard crayon box. I adhered all the crayons to a smaller square, tied a bow around them, and popped the whole panel up for a little dimension.
For my second card, I used the same idea, but made it a tad more playful.
Okay, you get a story for my final and favorite project. One teacher in particular this year holds an extra special place in our hearts. My littlest isn't old enough for school yet, but she came every day with me to pick up the other kids from school. One particular teacher greeted us every single day, sometimes litterally running over to our car to say hello. My littlest calls her "my friend". She is the only person she calls "my friend" and it is a term of true endearment. This teacher is full of sunshine and love and truly brightened our days. She is moving this summer several hours away, and we all cried when we said goodbye. We wanted to make an extra special gift for her to take to her new classroom.
This piece is 5x7 in size (well, just a teeny bit less than 7" wide) and 14 crayons fit perfectly across it. I used 28 colors of cardstock....30 if you count black and white....from Concord & 9th, Papertrey Ink, and a one from Hobby Lobby.
One last shot of them all together...
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Good morning! Today I have the pleasure of joining Technique Tuesday and several card and scrapbook makers to celebrate all things birthday. And what would a party be without a gift, right? To celebrate, Technique Tuesday is having a 5-day sale on all their birthday products (so many of which work for a variety of occasions). Just use the coupon code will be HBDAY21. Okay, on to the cards!
I really wanted to go with something fun and playful, so I created a duo of cards in bright rainbow colors using one of my favorite techniques - using repeated images to create backgrounds. Today I'm sharing two ways to do that.
On my first card I created a rainbow card base with strips of paper and used a repeated die cut from Happy Everything to build the background. I started in the top left corner and placed as many full HAPPY die cuts as I could. Because this die has a unique design, there were a few open spots leftover. If they were on the edge, I filled them in with another partial die cut, and for the few spots in the middle I filled them with the the little asterisk die cut also included in the die set.
Now those little asterisks created a natural focal point, so I stamped and colored the balloons in Let's Party and placed them right in the center. Next, I added a sentiment from Let's Party and simply colored the outline letters in black. I finished the card off with a sprinkling of rainbow jewels.
To up the fun factor a bit I blended ink over the white embossed background, but I did not cover the background entirely. Instead I blended the ink just around the edges to create a frame for the fabulous bow from Bow on the Border.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Happy Wednesday, Friends! Today I'm using the fun Tool Background Die, which is another great coverplate die in Pretty Pink Posh's May release. The first card I made with this die was a masculine one, and I loved it, but I knew this die could work in feminine colors as well. After all, my mom always had a little hammer in the kitchen drawer that had flowers all over the handle. Plus, this week a couple young women I know graduated from college, and one landed a great job and the other was accepted into law school. I thought this kind of card could be perfect for them.
When my husband saw this card he said, "I can see why you like these dies. It's like putting a puzzle together." And he's exactly right! I love putting puzzles together, and I hadn't realized it until then, but I think I get the same therapeutic effect when I'm piecing in the different colors into this die cut.
This card is pretty quick to put together. Simply run the die through the machine six times, cutting it with white, light grey, gold, silver, dark pink, and light pink cardstock. I found it was easiest to glue the entire grey layer down to the card base first, and then glue the white outline on top. (It adds a bit of dimension.) Finally, have fun filling in all the pieces in various colors. Sometimes I stacked an extra color underneath (like on the gold hammer head. silver nails and banner), so there would be a bit of height variance, which added some interest to the card.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Good morning! Today I'm sharing a card in celebration of Pretty Pink Posh's brand new May Release. This release is packed with so many awesome new products! And there is an Insta hop going on with prizes, so hopefully you can pick up some of these new goodies yourself. :)
Make sure to head to my Instagram account to join in the fun! If Instagram isn't your thing, there is also a separate blog hop going on (go to the Pretty Pink Posh Blog here). Both are definitely worth checking out...double the fun and double the prizes. Just make sure to leave comments along the way by May 9th.