Posted in Cards - Hearts / Love, Tips & Techniques

Happy Valentines Day!

The card that I want to share today was created by Ardyth Percy-Robb, using A Jillian Vance Design products.  It was made using a masking technique, that is shown in the video below.  Ardyth used the Lovely Hearts Inkboss Inkpression Plate, Stitched Dots Heart Die Set, Grande Greetings Love Word Die, Celebrate Cake Stamp Set, and Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Die Set.  It appears that she used Catherine Pooler inks, which I have not yet tried, but I have seen a lot of positive feedback about them.  I think this looks like a fun, simple and easy card.  I, personally, enjoy fun effects that are easy and not complicated.  Masking is just one of those techniques that creates beauty with minimal effort.  Take a cruise over to A Jillian Vance Designs’ website and have a look the variety of products that they offer.  Also, make sure and check out Ardyth’s blog, MASKerade, for more of her beautiful creations!

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Cards - Miscellaneous

Soar….

I found this adorable card created by Katelyn Grosart on Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page.  I love hot air balloon images and dies, so that definitely was what first caught my eye about this card.  But I think what really makes it stand out is the colors of the vintage themed patterned paper that Katelyn used.  The dies that she used from Elizabeth Craft Designs are Vintage Balloon Race, Free as a Bird, and Stitched Fishtails. The stamp set that she used from Elizabeth Craft Designs was the Soar Collection. And guess what?  The patterned paper even came from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper.  You literally can get everything you need to recreate this card on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website!  Make sure you check out Katelyn’s blog, A Creative Journey, for more awe-inspiring creativeness.  Also, check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs website, as you are sure to find an unlimited supply of dies and stamps that will let your creativity soar!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Craft Room - General, Craft Room - Storage finds

Easy organization…Ikea Trofast

I am a huge fan of Ikea, as a lot of us crafters are.  One trip a few years back was all it took, and I was hooked.  I am convinced that pretty much everything that Ikea makes can be used for craft storage or used in a craft room!  One of my very first pieces was the Ikea Trofast storage system.  It is actually sold as a child’s storage piece, but is great for storing other things, like crafts!  It is one of my most beloved pieces, so when I saw the picture below by Pam Kueber, I wanted to share, as this is definitely something I want to create in my craft room.  I also found on Pinterest a post by Jen de Jong, of how she uses the Ikea Trofast storage system for her fabric and such.  Which I also fell in love with!  The best part of this system is the cost, AND they also sell unfinished frames that you can paint yourself (see below).  Bucket colors are offered in white, green, pink, yellow and orange (large bucket sizes).  Dare say I will not have enough room for all these Trofast tables and towers I want to build, but it is definitely inspiring and dream worthy!

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Cards - Hearts / Love

Inspiration everywhere…

Stampers are fans of the US Post Office for obvious reasons…..they deliver our precious creations to our intended recipients.  As Leigh Houston shows us, the US Post Office is also a place of creative inspiration!  Leigh posted on her Instagram this sweet card that she created. I was struck not only by its beauty, but also by how much it looked like the USPS Love Flourishes postage stamp, which I believe was her source of inspiration.  In her Instagram post, Leigh states that she used Simon Says Stamp Hope Blooms stamps and Hope Blooms dies.  She also used My Favorite Things More Rustic Wildflower stamps,  and More Rustic Wildflower  and Fab Foliage dies. For the postage stamp die, she used Avery Elle’s Postage Stamp Elle-ments.  I don’t know about you, but this card makes me want to head straight to the post office and get some of these stamps.  It also makes me what to head straight to Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things and order the adorable flower stamps and dies!  Remember,  there is inspiration all around you….even in things you  use regularly, like postage stamps!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

 

 

 

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Tips & Techniques

Drywall tape + ink = amazing!

My friend Andrea Buckley was kind enough to share the idea of this technique with me for this blog.  I am not going to lie, it sounds so un-glamorous, that I was skeptical at first.  However, once I watched the less than 10 minute video with France Martin of Frenchiestamps.com, I was ready to run out to my local Home depot right then!  Not only does this technique produce some really cool results, but it is super easy.  I am all about super easy for cool techniques!  It reminds me of the magic mesh that they used to sell some years ago, which you purchased in different colors.  The beauty of drywall tape is, there is virtually no waste!  You can color directly on the drywall tape and use it as an embellishment, and then you can use the image that remains from where you colored it, as well!  Unlike the magic mesh, where you would have to buy several packs to get different colors, you can purchase 500ft  of drywall tape for around $10….and then use whatever colors you choose!  As you will see in the video, it is as simple as cutting the desired length off of the roll, laying it on your paper of choice and then coloring.  And, voila!  Instant embellishment, background or accent!  Below the video, I have added some finished creations, by stamp artists Loll Thompson and Karen Dunbrook.  Within minutes of watching this just over 8 minutes video, I promise that you will be on the road to your local hardware store! Thank you, Andrea!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Decor - All Year Round, Decor - General Home

“Wood” u b my Valentine?

Wood decor is all the rage right now, especially hand crafted….whether it is crafted by yourself or someone else.  Below are some super sweet wooden rustic signs that are easy to recreate, and can be used for Valentines Day decor, or all year round.  Click on the Crafts On Fire website, to see some more Love themed rustic wooden signs.  Some of these would also make great gifts for weddings, anniversaries, or even birthdays.  So go find some of that old wood that you were planning on trashing and turn it into a work of “heart”!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Cards - Hearts / Love

Love letters by Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn is another one of my favorite stamp companies, they have such cute and fun images.  Check out the adorable card below, made using their Love Letters stamp set and Love Letters lawn cuts (matching die cuts).  This is a super sweet card, and can be used for an everyday card, or for Valentines Day.  I also love the script background.  I found this image on Pinterest, but unfortunately could not find the artist to whom to give credit.  None the less, it is a super cute card, using Lawn Fawn‘s great stamps!  Be sure to check out their site, to see all the other fun images and stamp sets that they have to offer.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda