Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Go-To-Gal Designer Challenge: Neat & Tangled

What is a Go-to Gal Designer Challenge you may ask? Once a month the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Go-to Gals will challenge each other to create a project focusing on products from a particular manufacturer. We plan to feature one manufacturer the last Wednesday of each month. Just for fun! This month we are featuring the stamp company Neat & Tangled!

Neat & Tangled has some really great stamps! Such a cool mix of trend and whimsy, yet timeless images! 

On my card today, I used the set, Sailmates. The waves got me thinking, well those and some new hybrid inks.

By layering tags die cut from two different mediums, I was able to create a pretty cool look to this card!

I started with a tag of cardstock. I stamped the sailboat and sentiment images in hybrid ink, ink that will stand up to water. Reason being, I was going to make a watercolor background. I created blue watercolor with re-inkers. To see how to do that, check here...creating watercolor with re-inkers.

On the acetate that I die cut, I stamped the waves with a darker hybrid ink, made for unique surfaces.

I just love the way the layers turned out! So simple and so fun!

This hop has been planned for a while. And with the news last week, I don't know if we will continue or not. I hope we can. Thanks for always following along with our fun little hops! We love the sweet comments and hearing about what inspires you! Stop over and see what the rest of the ladies have in store:
thanks for stopping by!



Monday, November 24, 2014

more Christmas tree ornaments; MFT November Creative Challenge

Welcome to the November My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Challenge! This month we were challenged to let our Christmas season creativity run wild. Simple for me to do, as Christmas is easily my favorite holiday. Something about the season brings out my need to make projects. So.many.projects. Right now I am on a kick of making Christmas tree ornaments. Perfect for adding to your own tree, or perfect for giving as gifts, these easy-to-create ornaments were made possible with great products from MFT!

My first set of ornaments was created with small birch tree disks I found at my local crafting store. They are each about 2-3" in diameter. Rustic and fabulous, I added chalkboard paint to the wood for the perfect place to stamp! Sophisticated Snowflakes had images in the perfect size. I love the elegant image against the country look of the disks. 

The top of each disk got a small eye hook that screwed into the wood without any hassle. Any ribbon or twine could be tied through the top. 

Sweet Tooth Pigment ink worked well, not only for detail, but with solid color. Be sure and heat set the ink briefly after stamping.

This year, these snowglobe-looking half-dome ornaments have been all the rage. I admit I am a huge, huge fan. After strolling around my local craft store, I found these. Bingo! Plastic ornaments that are two sides. Easy to fill, or easy to put a back on when you have Die-namics!

The back (which is adhered to the plastic half-sphere) is Sno Cone cardstock that has been cut with 
Die-namics Circle STAX Set 1. I found the die that fit on the back, with a little bit extra around the edges. 

Then I cut Sweet Tooth cardstock with Die-namics Tree Lines. Using the circle die, I lined up the trees so they would fit into the sphere. The top layer of trees is mounted over the bottom layer with foam adhesive.

I stamped Snowfall Background on the very top of the circle in Sno Cone ink. The word Peace, from 

For just a touch of shimmer, I applied MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Glitter Glaze to the front trees.

Tough to photograph, but I love this ornament sooo much! I cannot wait to make at least a dozen more!
Oh, and I added some chunky cello glitter on the inside to look like snow. 

One more ornament. This is another craft store find, a basic plastic, but large ornament. The beautiful 
Die-namics Pierced Snowflakes was going to be the perfect element to hang on the inside of this ornament.

I cut the snowflake twice from glitter cardstock and adhered the pieces back-to-back, so that both sides sparkle. Clear and fine thread was tied through the top of the snowflake and the top of the ornament. (Which conveniently has small holes at the top.) A piece of Wild Cherry Grosgrain Ribbon was tied into a bow through the top of the ornament, finishing the holiday look.

Head over to the MFT Blog and check out what the rest of the team has been creating! I have seen peeks, and wowee! This will get your holiday mojo going!

thanks for stopping by!


Supplies for Chalkboard Ornaments:

Supplies for Snow globe Peace Ornament:

Supplies for Snowflake Hanging Ornament: 

the Go-To-Gals say a fond farewell

This may be my 17th, or maybe 18th, attempt at writing this post. I have so much to say and words are failing me now. This won't be eloquent, but rambling, because of all the feelings I have surrounding the news from last week. As of the February 2015 issue, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine will no longer exist. I am brokenhearted for so many reasons. First, it is so sad to lose such a wonderful publication. Second, my friends, the editors, are all losing their jobs. And finally, us Go-To-Gals are losing our gig as well.

I remember picking up my first copy of Paper Crafts Magazine at my local stamping store, the very first issue, in fact. It was like a light shone from heaven and the angels started singing. THIS was what I was looking for. THESE were the projects and cards that I wanted to create. This magazine got ME! Every issue was scoured front to back, back to front, and sideways. I read every inch. Noted every product. Marked each issue. Each issue was more inspiring than the last! I remember secretly dreaming, even before I had ever submitted a project, of somehow becoming a Go-To-Gal, or a Pro, as they were called back then.

My first publications with Paper Crafts Magazine. Three cards in this special issue.

Fast forward to a girl following through on her dream of one day being a part of the magazine. I submitted for the very first time. Three cards. To the Stamp It 2009 special issue. All three cards were picked up! The excitement, the joy, the beginning. I continued to submit. Pub calls were right up my alley. They fed my creativity. 
Every magazine and book I have been published in from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.

After emailing and working with the editors, I finally had the chance to meet them in real life. In real life! They knew me. I talked to them! And they were amazing! Kind and supportive cheerleaders who soon enough would become friends. Jennifer, Kerri, Susan, PKelly, Holly, Stacy, and Cath. Women who amaze me with their creativity and business savvy. I have so much more to say to each of them, I just cannot put it into words yet.

And then I became a Go-To-Gal/Contributing Editor. A real, honest-to-goodness dream come true. I have been living out my dream. Who gets to do that? I am so fortunate. 

But what is even better? Being a part of this amazing group of women. Yes, they blow me away consistently with their creativity, but they are so much more than that. They are my friends. My personal go-to-gals. I hold them in the highest esteem. They are so dear to my heart. And that is the best thing that came out of this adventure I have been given the privilege of---friends. 

Each of us is sharing today, in our own way, but that's the coolest part of our team of Go-To-Gals, we all bring something unique:
Laura Williams
Laina Lamb (she's on a family vacation)

So thank YOU fellow Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine friends! Thank you for all the fun and support! and thanks for always stopping by!


P.S. I am still sorting this all out. Creating a project, well, my heart hasn't been in it the last few days. I will be back soon with a project or two, and much more to share and say in another post.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

simple handmade Christmas tree ornaments

Hi everyone! I am so ready to start decorating for Christmas! Stop on over to the Maya Road blog to check out my easy-to-create, but awfully cute star chalkboard ornaments!

thanks for stopping by! and thanks for visiting the other blog-that means a lot!