You're my cup of tea...welcome 2012!

Wow!  Today is January 1, 2012...the first day of the new year.  I wish you all a blessed year, filled with love, good health and happy memories.  As my children get older, I get really sentimental as each year passes, I kind of wish I could freeze time.   I never really knew what people meant, when they would tell me to enjoy my children being little because times goes by so quick.  Now that they are older, I totally get it.  
One thing that I learned in 2011, was how much my girlfriends mean to me.  Most, don't even live close to me, but the way they uplift and encourage me, one would think they were sitting right next to me.  There were many lessons and experiences that I will take with me from 2011, but I am excited for what 2012 holds.  I hope this new year is great for all of us!
Before I get way off topic lol...I will share my card with you.
The Avocado Arts design team, are posting projects made with the Sweet Treat Sweetie set today.  For this card, I knew I wanted it to be clean, and tone on tone.  I started out using a really pale green, but as I got further into the design process, I switched gears and went to a winter white card stock.  The cup of tea was colored in using Copic markers (r20, r27, r29, e33, e57, c0, c01, c03).
Take a little stroll and visit the rest of the designers:

materials used:
winter white card stock
Spellbinders die template
Avocado Arts Sweet Treat Sweetie stamp set
Copic markers
corner rounder
memento tuxedo black ink
red ink
foam tape
bakers twine


intructions:
1. cut/score card stock
2. round bottom corner
3. stamp sentiment in black in and hearts in red ink
4. cut/emboss label, cut part off
5. stamp image, color in with copic markers
6. Adhere label to card with foam tape
7. Add bakers twine

Sweet Treat Sweetie tag and envelope set

Here is a fun tag and matching envelope set I created, using the January stamp set from Avocado Arts called, Sweet Treat Sweetie.  I even snuck in some chevrons from the October set...I really like how the envelope liner turned out (I stamped it in Versamark ink).  Did you know Avocado Arts has digi files that coordinate with the stamp sets?  Well they do!  I was able to cut out that little thermometer out on my Cameo, then stamp my image onto it.  If you have a Cricut, Cameo, Robocraft or any other digital cutter and hate fussy cutting around your stamped images, then you might want to consider getting the digi files along with your stamp set.
Did you hear Avocado Arts has expanded it's design team?  Four fabulous woman have joined the team...and I'm not just saying that, they are exceptional designers and are sweethearts to boot!  Check out all of the latest happening over on the Avocado Arts blog.  While you are at it, take a little blog stroll to see what the other designers are sneaking for you today using the Sweet Treat Sweetie set.

Materials used:
Avocado Arts stamps
Memento Ink
Clearsnap Color Box strawberry ink
Stickles
Bazzill cardstock
Gingham ribbon
Cut files using the Cameo (envelope, tag & thermometer)
foam tape
hole punch


1. Cut files
2. Stamp chevrons onto envelope liner, adhere
3. Stamp image and sentiment on the front of the envelope
4. Stamp border & sentiments onto tag, adhere to base with foam tape
5. Stamp image onto thermometer digi cut, adhere to card with foam tape, add red stickles
6. Hole punch a hole, add ribbon

Cute photo sleeve

This holiday season, I took a lot of pictures...probably too many.  Now that my pictures are developed, I wanted to make a cute photo sleeve to put the pictures in.  It makes for nice presentation when I give them away, and keeps them safe from finger prints.
For this project, I used American Crafts pattern paper, Bazzill card stock, Lawn Fawn stamps, Scor tape, and ribbon...I also used a Cameo to cut out the shapes.  Here are a few pictures to help describe how I made this project.
Finished photo sleeve, with pictures inside, ready to give as a gift.

Thanks

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to give a few, "thank you" cards.  I like this layout, it would be easy to produce a few cards like it without getting overwhelmed.  Most likely I will change the colors up, so that it flows better.  I think if that green strip of pattern paper was more blue, it would have complimented the red and yellow better...hindsight is 20-20 right?  
It is always nice to have extra "thank you" cards on hand, so this week, I plan on making a bunch.
For this card, I used what was out and in front of me...yellow card stock, American Crafts pattern paper, Lawn Fawn stamps and a chipboard coaster (that I die cut out).  I have a huge scrap mess to clean up, so a few cards made from left over scraps are in order.
Have a great week!

My hero

Just a quick little post to say hello, and hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season with your families.  We enjoyed a nice Christmas yesterday.  It consisted of, sleeping in, eating, going to the movies and eating some more.  It was perfect.
While we were together as a family, there are many military members who were away from theirs.  So, I thank them for their service.  If you have a minute during this festive time of year, say a little prayer for those deployed.  Being away from the ones you love the most at Christmastime, is unbearably sad.
Here is a little card dedicated to all of the heroes out there.
Have a great day!!
materials used:
kraft cardstock
My Minds Eye pattern paper
foam tape
red buttons
twine
mini clothes pin

Avocado Arts: Happy Birthday

It is the 15th of the month, that means I get to show a sneak peak of the January stamp set from Avocado Art called Sweet Treat Sweetie.  It has everything you would need to make, from Birthday to Valentine's Day, and I Love You cards.
The Happy Birthday sentiment really stood out to me, so I knew I wanted to make a birthday card.  I chose to use the candle stamp to accompany the sentiment (if candles are not your thing, there is a cute cupcake to use instead).  At first I was going to stamp them onto the kraft card base, but it looked a little plain, or maybe my design was all wrong...or both lol.  So I stamped them onto ivory card stock and die cut it out using a Spellbinders die template.  The hearts in the corners are from the December set.  The die cut is popped up with foam tape, and the bakers twine I believe is from the Twinery.
Check out the rest of the designers and what they are sneaking today:

Simple recipe for card:
1. Cut/score card stock.
2. Stamp hearts in red ink in top opposing corners.
3. Tie twine around card front into bows.
4. Die cut ivory card stock.
5. Stamp images (color in with copics) and sentiment with black ink.
6. Adhere diecut to card using foam tape.

Lawn Fawn & Glue Arts

Lawn Fawn is having a product swap with Glue Arts Adhesives this week.  Designers from both companies will be sharing their projects everyday with you.  
Today, I am sharing a bright and happy Get Well Soon card.  With it being winter, and prime time for cold/flu season, I need to have a stash of these cards ready to give out.  After I die cut card stock using a Spellbinders die template, I stamped a few images from the On The Mend stamp set.  While I was deciding how to color in my images, I got started on the card base.  The green polka dotted card stock is from Bo Bunny (it seriously is one of my staples), and I adhered the American Crafts pattern paper to the card base using Glue Arts adhesive.  To have a little bit of contrast between the two bright papers, I added a little piece of kraft card stock.  I added some silk May Arts ribbon, and rounded the bottom corner.  Once the card base was done, I just grabbed a few Copic markers that seemed to coordinate with the pattern paper (it is easier to match that way).  After I was done coloring in the image, I stamped the sentiment and adhered the label to the card using the Glue Arts U CUT IT, 3D foam (Its a big square, and you just cut off what you need).
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog and Glue Arts blog for more inspiration with these products!

Love n Breakfast day 2

Today, I am sneaking another card using the Love n Breakfast set from Lawn Fawn.  I just wanted to make a bright, happy card.  
I started by stamping a background onto the card stock, by stamping a row of cups, then hearts in versa mark ink.  The tray was stamped onto white card stock in memento ink, colored in with Copic markers, cut out with scissors and adhered to the card using foam tape.  I originally was going to stamp the image and then die cut it with a shape, but it just didn't look right...so I went to plan "b", which was fussy cutting it out.  The image was stamped onto white card stock, and then adhered to the card.  I think it helps ground the card a little bit.  If I had just stamped the sentiment directly onto the green card stock, the image might look like its floating.  I rounded the bottom corners, added some bling and now I have this super happy card to give away :)
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for a chance to win this set!
Also don't forget to visit the rest of designers too!

Lawn Fawn: Love n Breakfast

Today and tomorrow, the Lawn Fawn design team will be showcasing a brand new stamp set called Love n Breakfast.  If you are like me, and love smiley faces on toasters, muffins, toast, salt & pepper shakers and giggle over "punny" sentiments, then you are going to LOVE this set.
I mean seriously.  Look at the smiley face on the toaster and toast!  Pure happiness right there.
I used the CPS sketch 247 for my layout (switched it a teensy), so it made making this card super easy.  The toaster and toast, are colored in using Copic markers, and the pattern paper is by My Minds Eye.  Is it just me, or is their paper lines getting better and better?  The trim, is actually this suede feeling ribbon from May Arts.  I think I may have found the perfect ribbon to put on a masculine card, other than twine.  
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, for a chance to win this set!  
Also, visit the design team to see their fun projects with this set.

Warm the heart

Wow, December 1st??  How is it that every year I get older, time goes by so fast?  As a child it seemed as though time stood still.  I find it to be crazy its December, at least I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping, but I do need to work on my Christmas cards.  I don't really have a plan for those yet...I will probably pull out some stamps, holiday papers and stickers and make a grand mess, but it will be fun.  
Speaking of Christmas cards, here is a fun little ditty that I made the other day.  I used the December Avocado Arts stamp set.  I plan on sending this out for the holidays, but if I changed out that green strip of paper, it could easily be a general winter card, or even a Valentine's Day card.
Head on over to the Avocado Arts blog, to check out all the happenings this month, and visit the other lovely designer too!  Oh, just a little ps...Did you know that Avocado Arts has digi files to match the stamp sets?  If you have a Cricut, Silhouette, Robocraft or any digital cutting system, these are for you!!  Isn't that cool!  More info is on the AA blog, so check it out!

materials used:
Avocado Arts stamps
white card stock
red card stock
green card stock
doodlebug pearls
 foam tape
Color box strawberry ink
Color box sky ink
Versafine onyx black ink

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