Friday, April 27, 2012

Four Ways Friday #86 - Timeless Type Sizzlits

This week's Four Ways Friday is all about using the Timeless Type sizzlits!  I was sad to see that they will be retiring soon.  I have really grown to love them - they are really versatile!
The simplest way to use your sizzlits is to simply die cut card stock or designer series paper with them.  Here I die cut the heart (gotta love that this alphabet sizzlit set comes with hearts, flowers and numbers!) from Attic Boutique designer paper.  I used my sewing machine to stitch around the perimeter of the Very Vanilla card base.  The hearts are popped up on dimensionals and the greeting is from Short & Sweet (very sad to see that this stamp set will be retiring too - it has been a great "go to" set for quick cards).
Once you die cut your letters using the Timeless Type sizzlits, you can have a lot of fun coloring the letters!  Here I sprayed the letters with ink and water and even a bit of Frost White shimmer paint!  I love how they have a bit of a tie-dye look to them.  The little flower is also a part of the set!  all of the letters were adhered down with glue.
Once I started spraying with ink, I couldn't stop!  For this card I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and then just scattered some die cut letters and numbers across the top.  I then sprayed the card stock and let it dry a bit before removing the scattered letters (which I will save for another project).  The greeting is from On Your Birthday and as soon as I know who I am sending this birthday card to, I will use a black marker to fill in the appropriate numbers :)  I decided to do a bit of stitching on this card as well.
Don't forget that the pieces of card stock that are left over after you remove to die cut letters can also be used as stencils!  I used these "stencils" with some silver fabric paint to create this baby sign for my new nephew :)
 I stenciled onto canvas and then added some sequins and beads with needle and thread.  The sign itself began as a piece of masonite and I added some batting on top of the masonite before stretching the canvas over it.  I hot-glued the twill tape hanger and then hot glued a piece of fabric across the back to hide all of the edges.
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday!  I had a lot of fun playing with the Timeless Type sizzlits.  Don't forget, they are only available while supplies last and then will no longer be available in the new catalog.  I hope you have a beautiful, peaceful and incredibly creative weekend!!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

On Your Birthday Tag Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  50 Minutes Can Take You To Places You've Never Been
We took a drive today to visit one of Michael's friends.  I had never been to this friend's home and Michael encouraged me to join him since he knew I would enjoy the ride and the destination.  He was right!  We drove past Boulder, Colorado and then continued heading into the mountains.  His friend lives in a beautiful canyon area - so peaceful.  We grabbed sandwiches at a grocery store on the way up and once there we sat outside and watched the clouds go by.  We were visited by chipmunks and ground squirrels as well as a variety of birds - stellar jays, woodpeckers, chickadees.  Even a few lizards crept by on the rocks.  It is amazing that just 50 minutes away from our home we could be sitting outside in a place that felt like it was a million miles away - so quiet - so peaceful - so "away."  Where could 50 minutes take you?
For today's card I decided to create a little pocket on the front of the card with my sewing machine.  I had cut the card base with one edge a bit longer than usual so that I could fold it up and sew it down (after running different parts of the front of the card through the Big Shot with a few different embossing folders).  I cut out the tag and then added the greeting from On Your Birthday.  The stars are from Every Little Bit and were filled with 2-way glue and sprinkled with dazzling diamonds.  I used my star punches to create the star embellishment on the cover.  I love these bright colors - I'm really going to miss Pear Pizzazz - it's become a big favorite!  I hope you like it!!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retired Accessories List Is Here!

Click HERE to download the list of retiring accessories.  These accessories are only available while supplies last!

An Amazing Meeting!!!!!

Hi!  My name is Buddha, but folks call me "Boo."  I'm a French Bulldog and I am very docile and lovable.  Guess who I met yesterday?  Well, I went with my dad to our favorite picture framing gallery.  It's called Glen Roc Gallery and it is in Ewing, New Jersey.  When I walked in I met two women who were smiling like crazy people!  Turns out their names were Michelle and Lorraine.  Michelle's aunt owns the Glen Roc Gallery and Michelle was in town for work.  Before flying to New Jersey she decided to go out on a whim and reach out to her blogging friend Lorraine.  She knew Lorraine lived in New Jersey and, it turns out, Lorraine's home was less than an hour away from Ewing.  So, the two decided to meet for the first time at the gallery!!!!  What fun!!!!  From the looks of it they got along amazingly well!  I've seen that look before - it's the same look my dad had on his face when we first met.  That look that says "I know you.  You and I were meant to connect!"  Here's a picture of Michelle and Lorraine outside of the gallery
By the time I left the gallery, they were still smiling and Michelle was about to begin eating some amazing cookies that Lorraine had brought as a gift - and they were wrapped beautifully!  I was sad I couldn't eat some cookies with them, but I have bad allergies and can only eat certain food.  My dad promised to give me something when we got home so I was okay.  I know these two women are going to see each other again - who knows, maybe they'll get to visit together in Denver sometime!  I gotta say I loved seeing these soul sisters meet!  It was the highlight of my day!  Have fun girls!!!

Out On A Whim Wednesday...Coming Later Today :)

I just got home from another trip and I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going to grow wings with all of this traveling!?! :)  I'm going to go out on a whim today and see what I can find to share with you.  Check back later today to see what I came up with :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Triple Treat Flower Cards

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.  - Steve Jobs
I came across this quote today and it really spoke to me.  I'm not sure it needs any commentary from me at all.  It says it all, all by itself.
The Triple Treat Flower stamp will be retiring soon so I decided I needed to finally ink it up!  It's kind of sad that some of the stamps that are retiring have never seen ink in my craft room!  I used a combination of Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder ink and brought out my 5-petal flower punch and my 1/2" circle punch.  A few adhesive rhinestones added some bling to the centers.  The greeting is from Loving Thoughts in the Occasions Mini catalog.  Here is another card I created with the same sets - just with Island Indigo and Calypso Coral ink:
It is so simple to use this stamp to put together quick cards with a bold graphic punch!  I hope you like them :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Young Vermillion Dream Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Cooing Is Such A Sweet Sound
I can hear it outside my window as I am typing this at dusk on Saturday night.  And the sound almost brings me to tears.  It means they are back.  After the winter.  As the backyard is beginning to come into bloom again.  They come back every year - the beautiful mourning doves.  I had been wondering where they were.  I had seem some in the neighborhood - quite a few blocks away and our yard remained empty - waiting.  And today they returned.  It means that Spring is definitely here.  That rebirth is happening.  Cooing is such a sweet sound...
Today's card is a quick and easy note card that I created as part of a set for my aunt.  I used the Young Vermillion stamp along with sentiments from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.  I hope you like it :)