CPS 210

Here is my card for this weeks CPS sketch #210.  I was drawn to this beautiful pattern paper from Crate Paper, so I decided to use it.  The paper isn't that thick, but I love the way it embosses (using Spellbinders die templates).  Some pattern paper do not emboss well, so I was most impressed.  

I was out of town this past week with my children at Walt Disney World.  So to say i am tired, is an understatement!  I am exhauseted!  I will try to do a fun Disney post in the next few days.

Make sure you head on over to the CPS blog, this weeks sponsor is Ippity Stamps from Banu!  Such a great prize!!!
Card stock: Flourishes
Pattern Paper: Crate Paper 6x6 Portrait Collection
Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Palette La Amore
Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty
Misc: The Twinery twine

Flourishes Birthday Pennants Blog Hop

Flourishes, has a few new stamp sets releasing that coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders die templates.  So, they are having a special blog hop, with their designers and some of the Spellbinders designers to show off these sets.
Fun right?

For my projects today, I decided to make a fun tag & treat bag set, using the Birthday Pennants stamp set.  I see myself using this set over and over again.  I would buy the set for the sentiments alone, not to mention the cute pennants!!  I love it when I can use stamps that perfectly fit with my die templates...match made in heaven!
You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

For your chance to win this stamp set, head on over to the Flourishes blog.

Make sure to visit the very talented designers below, for more inspiration using this set.

Barbara Anders
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Jan Marie Caruso
Heidi Blankenship
Beth Pingry
Margie Higuchi
Holly Simoni
Mona Pendleton
AJ Otto
Latisha Yoast
Deborah Young
Kazan Clark
Terre Fry

This fun set just screams celebration and offers 6 different pennants and flags all designed to coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders Nested Pennants (S5-028)&  Spellbinders Lacey Nested Pennants (S5-029). There are also 9 sentiments and 8 accents in the set that you can use to deck out your pennant shapes in fun and different ways! 

Materials Used:
Flourishes Birthday Pennants Stamp Set
Crate Paper pattern paper
Twinery bakers twine
Glassine bag
white card stock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
pink button

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Say Cheese & Say Cheese Too

I don't know about all of you, but I really love release weeks.  The designers do not share what they are making, so it is always a surprise to me too, to see all of the beautiful creations.   I am always left in awe, thinking, "why didn't I think of that?"  It is neat to see how I can guess who's projects are who's without seeing the name, it is a little game I play with myself lol.  That is the cool thing about design, everyone has a little piece of them into their projects, your own special sparkle, that only you have.  That is how I can see a card on a blog, or a magazine and know right away who made it.  The designers signature sparkle is coming through.

I am always working on, and trying to perfect my sparkle :)

Today, I am showing you a photo card using the Say Cheese, & Say Cheese Too stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  The other day I showed how to use this set in a scrapbook layout, and today, it is a card.  I can see making these cards for Christmas (just changing up the colors), or an announcement, birthday, oooh or birthday Thank You notes!  For example, taking a picture of your child with a present they received, then making a thank you card out of it!   How fun would that be?  The sky is the limit on ideas with this set, really and truly!

Don't forget to visit the Design Teams blogs and check out their creations!  I am sure they are awesome!

CPS 209: Thanks So Much

Here is my card for CPS sketch# 209.
I chose to use some new Crate Paper elements, and pattern paper called Emma's Shoppe.  It is just so happy and screams spring to me.  I paired the card with some pretty yellow grosgrain ribbon, and a nice big sentiment.  To give the card a little dimension, I popped up the elements card up with foam tape.  

Card stock: Papertrey Ink
Pattern Paper:  Crate Paper 6x6 Emma's Shoppe & Accent Cuts
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Trim: Lemon saddleback ribbon PTI
Misc: 3m foam tape

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Plus One

Today, I get to show a card using a super cute baby set called Plus One, from Lawn Fawn stamps.  
I love making shaped cards,  It is nice to do something different every once in a while.   It is especially fun, making shaped cards using Spellbinders die templates.  For this card I used Grand Circles & Labels Seventeen, and some bakers twine to finish it off.

You are definitely going to want to check out the Lawn Fawn blog to see all the cuteness!!
Don't forget to check out the designers blog to give them some love as well. 
Julie Campbell  
Lea Lawson 
Lynnette Kauffman 
Mariana Grigsby 
Teri Anderson 
Tiffany Johnson

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Critters in the Forest

We are onto day two of the Lawn Fawn Inspiration week.  

Is is just me, or did the time change mess you up to?  It is amazing how losing an hour can affect us...by next week I should be acclimated to the new time.  As tired as I am now, I do enjoy having long summer days, those are quite nice.

Today, I am showing you a fun card I made using the Critters in the Forest set from Lawn Fawn.  I did some masking on this card.  Masking, is a stamping technique, usually used to create a scene, or to add depth to your card.  Whatever image you want to appear closest to you, you will always want to stamp first, because it will not be covered/hidden from any other image.  
Once my masking was done, I colored in the mushrooms & log with Copic markers, and stamped my sentiment. 
The die is a Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die, and the pattern paper is new Cosmo Cricket, oh and the green Twinery bakers twine was the perfect embellishment. 

Don't forget to visit the Lawn Fawn blog, as well as the designers.

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Say Cheese

The next few days, the Lawn Fawn design team will be having an inspiration week.  We will be showcasing some of the latest stamp sets that were shown at CHA.  Today's feature is a stamp set called, Say Cheese.  It is so cute and out of the box.  Whether you are a stamper, card maker or scrapbooker, you will all love something about this set.  
I decided to make a scrapbook page.  I know I don't show scrapbook pages all that often on my blog, but it was nice to make something other than a card.  See that little polaroid snapshot?  That is a stamp!  I just put a real picture inside of it..perfect right?
Don't forget to visit the Lawn Fawn blog, lots of fun stuff is going on over there!
visit these fabulous ladies too

CPS #208

I meant for this card to go live this morning, however, my phone, cable and internet were all down.  
Here is my CPS card sketch #208, head on over to the CPS blog to play along with this weeks sketch.
Since it has been a little cloudy today, I keep wanting to take a nap.  Does the weather ever do that to you?  I think I could go to bed right now, if only I didn't have a million other things to do.  Tomorrow is Friday, hooray for that right?!

card stock: Papertrey Ink
Pattern Paper: We R Memories Peep Easter Basket
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
Ink: Palette Boudoir Blush & Viridian Leaf, Tsukineko Tuxedo Black
Fibers: Twinery bakers twine
Stickers: American Craft This to That Foam tape

Hello there

That storm that is sweeping through the south & east coast looks like it may make a debut here a little later.  This morning it was beautiful, when I dropped the kids off at school.  That beautiful sky and sunshine has disappeared, and has been replaced with cloudy, grey skies.  Well, I kind of hope it pours later, then maybe my allergies will not be so terrible, and wash all the pollen off my cars.
Today, I pulled out one of my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp sets called, Just my Type.  I had an idea of off centering the phone, and making a pretend table out of Copic markers.  I used R14, R24, R27 & R35 for the phone, and C01, C1, & C3 to create the table.  
This is a simple enough card design, where you could make a couple of them in no time.  You could always add a "Thank You" sentiment to the inside, and make it a cute thank you card.
Today, I was hoping a few things would arrive in the mail...but nothing came, not even junk mail lol.  I hate stalking the mail man hee!

Rejection, card style & balance (submitting tips)

Hello there!
Hooray for the weekend right?
So, today I am going to talk a little bit about getting your projects rejected from a magazine call.  In no way am I the end all to know all on how to get a project picked up for publication, I am just sharing my own personal experience, and passing that information to you all.  First, I would like to stress, to not to take rejection personally.  There are so many reasons a project isn't picked up.
A few are:
**Beautiful card, but old product.  If you are going to submit with "older" stuff, use it in a way that has never been seen before.  You want to "wow" the editors.  For this reason, I try to only use the newest of the new stuff out there.

**Beautiful card, but it doesn't have a good page mate.  In most publications, your card is paired with another card, so there needs to be some kind of flow when you open the page.  This is just the luck of the draw really.

**Beautiful card, but someone might have used similar (or the same) stamp or paper, that the editors like better.

**Beautiful card, but they already have 10 birthday cards.  Look at your product in different ways.  Also submit the less common occasions.  Do you not have the "right" stamp?  Create a sentiment on your computer, and print it out onto card stock.  There are several designers who do not stamp, and create their own custom sentiments in the perfect font they thought of in their head.

These next few items, are more of personal advice.

When submitting a card, or making a card in general, make sure that the card is as balanced as possible.  If there isn't a natural flow to your project, and there isn't anywhere for your eyes to land.  Something is wrong with your project.  You know this when you are making it, you have the "something is missing, but I don't know what" idea flash in your head.  When I have that thought, usually my card is really unbalanced.

Stay true to your style.  Editors get to "know" your style, and will start to recognize your cards.  You will create your best work under parameters in which you are the most comfortable.  For instance, if you are working on a card and it just isn't coming together.  Put the card aside and come back to it later or the next day.  Sometimes I put a project aside for several days, until I come up with a solution that works and that I like.  Or, just start over.  Sometimes forcing something will just get you a hot mess.

Use the things you are hoarding and are saving for that "special" project.  That special project is now.  Look around at all of your supplies.  I bet you are thinking, "why didn't I use that?"  Am I right?  I think that all the time.  So I try my best to use my most favorite items, that make me smile by just looking at them.

Again, do not take it personal.  I get cards rejected all the time, and I just don't let it bother me.  Of course I wonder why a certain card didn't get picked up, but I only let myself think that thought for just a moment, and then I move on.  Is there a formula to getting your cards picked up?  No.  If you know of one please let me know lol.  I have heard several people say "its about who you know" that is untrue.  If that was the case, why did I ever get a card picked up?  Or anyone else for that matter?  I think some will say that, to make themselves feel better when they have tried so hard and are frustrated, or cannot handle rejection.  Which is totally understandable.  For many, seeing a project in print is a dream come true (for me too), just don't let it define you if you are still waiting for that moment.  If you keep on trying, something will get picked up...the odds are in your favor.  
Also, look at the publication you are submitting to.  Does your style fit the style of the magazine?  Sometimes, people are just submitting to the wrong publication.

With all of that said, I will show you a few cards that were rejected from the Go to Sketches call from Paper Crafts (this call is now closed).  I still think both of them are really pretty.  Almost 3000 cards were submitted to this call, and only 288 were picked up.  In this case the odds were not in my favor lol.  Plus,  from what I hear, designers really stepped up their game for this call and made amazing work.  Neither one of these are amazing.  One is pretty and the other is cute, but they are not the caliber they were looking for this time.  And, I am okay with that.
Now all I have to do is wait for someone to die or get sick to give these away lolololol.  Sorry bad humor, but it made me laugh lol.
Have a great weekend!!

Belated birthday card using Taylored Expressions

I know, I know...I was such a horrible blogger this past week!  It has been one of those weeks where I have a million an one deadlines due all at the same time.  I can breathe easier now that I checked off a bunch of things.  My daughter turned 15 over this last weekend, so I dedicated my time to her and my son, so it made this week a little nutty.
So, one late night last week.  I placed an order to Taylored Expressions.  I have had my eye on a few sets, so it was time to purchase them.  My stamps came in the mail yesterday, and I made this card last night with one of them.  The stamp can be seen here.  It is called Belated Birthday - Stand Out.  For those of you not familiar with TE stamps, they are made out of a deeply etched red rubber (so you will get a nice stamped impression), and mounted on cling.  So they will cling to your clear blocks.
I stamped the image onto white card stock, then colored in the image using Copic markers.  I did use a lot of colors (too many to list), but they were mostly in the red family.  Once my image was colored in, I cut/embossed the card stock using a Spellbinders Large Labels die template.  I then placed it onto my card (yellow card stock & MME Stella & Rose 6x6 paper) using foam tape.  
This is a simple design, but I think it pops because of the coloring (just my opinion lol), especially the reds.  It wasn't until I was done, that I realized it was a nice but weird color combination, lots of contrast going on, but I like it.
If you are like me, you can get cards out late sometimes...so this is the perfect set for us last minute Lucy's.

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