Monday, November 24, 2014

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!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

rustic Christmas wall hanging

Hi everyone! I just had to share a project I made this week. I think it is hands-down the prettiest piece of holiday decor I have made, ever. This is was really simple to create, but the impact is wowee!

Looking for seasonal digital cut files in the Silhouette Online Store, I came across files from an artist, Nic Squirrell. Unreal detail. Such fine lines. Everything was beautiful! The wreath image is Design ID # 67857. Called Woodland Deer Paper Cut Garland.

Using the Silhouette Cameo, I cut a thin-weight, white cardstock. Be very patient when peeling away this image. There are many delicate lines. 

I felt it needed a sentiment, so I searched the online store some more and found this one, Merry Christmas Phrase, Design ID #52201. I cut it from the same cardstock as the garland design. 

And the final piece that just makes this project, to me, the wood pallet base. It is from Jillibean Soup's latest line called, Mix the Media. There are 4 sizes of wood pallets to chose from, 6x6, 8x8, 10x10, and 12x12. For my wall hanging, I used the 10x10 size.

To adhere the designs to the wood pallet, I painted glue on the back of both of the cardstock designs with a small paint brush. I will not seal this. I love the way the paper has dimension by not laying flat. 

I am busy creating tons of holiday decor, so stay tuned for more fun projects!

thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, November 13, 2014

sewn with love; MFT Release Rewind

One last look at the fantastic November Release from My Favorite Things! The design team is showing off a last few projects to inspire you while you wait for your order, or maybe just convince you to pick up that one last item! 

Where my real excitement came from with this month's release products from MFT was in all the sewing elements. My mother is a seamstress. An amazing one. She used to make all our clothes, jammies, even swimsuits! She is also a quilter. A couple of weekends ago, when they were here for a visit, my mom brought me a quilt. She made it for me. I picked out the fabrics and then she created this masterpiece. This is such a treasure. Its so beautiful. I am so thankful to have this amazing piece of artwork made with love from her hands and her creative mind!

Imagine my excitement when I knew that I would have the perfect images to be able to scrapbook and document all the details about this, about my, quilt. I have just started with this first page, but I want to be sure and get all the details from her about how she created it.

My first pocket-page card started with a Sweet Tooth cardstock base. I stamped it with Swiss Dots Background with new (and totally fantastic) Sno Cone Pigment Ink! Then another white panel was cut with Die-namics Blueprints 20, the rectangle with the stitched detail on the edge. I stamped it with Fine Check Background to add a country feel. And check out the Lemon Drop Pigment ink

Various colors of cardstock were cut with the quilt image from Die-namics Blueprints 20. Man, having the shapes all together makes that sooo easy! I pieced together all the heart images.

I stamped a stitching image from Stitched With Love, along with a Steel Grey cardstock cut needle from Die-namics Stitched with Love.

The other photo-pocket card has some journaling. Its not quite what I want to say, so I may re-do it, but the dies make it so easy to fix!

The letters are Die-namics Little Lower Case Letters in Nightshift Blue. (My color palette came directly from the quilt.)

I used one of the hearts from Die-namics Blueprints 20 to make the "o" a heart. And the spool is from 
Die-namics Stitched with Love. I love how perfectly the thread image from Stitched with Love fits!

What an amazing release! I oohed and aahed over everything the team made this month! Be sure and visit the MFT Blog to check all of those fantastic projects out!

thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

snowmen melt your heart

Head over to the Carta Bella blog for all the details about how to create this darling snowman! I have lots of tips about stepping up those seemingly plain images for stamping! This was a ton of fun!

thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Favorite Things November Product Launch

Its time! The wait is over! The October release products from MFT Stamps are now available in the store! If you are still trying to decide what to purchase, hop along with the team, and if you already know, stop on back for inspiration while you wait for your order to arrive!

Tonight I am featuring Die-namics Quilt Square Cover Up. What a cool concept this die is! The die comes in all once piece. And in one pass, you get the outline of the quilt square, along with all the inside pieces. Its pretty clever!

I passed my Die-namics Quilt Square Cover Up through my manual die cutting machine several times, each time with a different color of cardstock. For this card I used Sno Cone, Blu Raspberry, and Sour Apple. The pieces easily fit inside the frame, making mixing and matching patterns a breeze!

The sentiment is Sweet Tooth cardstock cut with Die-namics Words of Gratitude. Simple sentiment to allow the background to speak for itself.

The sentiment set this card up, scroll down and check it out. I again just passed several colors of cardstock through my manual die cutting machine with Die-namics Quilt Square Cover Up.

The stitched detail on each of the inside pieces is perfect!

And here is the sentiment. I tried to make a bright and crazy quilt based on it. The sentiment is from Stitched With Love, along with the top and bottom stitching detail images.

And because I can't just use a product as-is, I got a little creative. While I was laying out the pieces for my other cards, I noticed that the large, inside parallelograms kind of looked like a snowflake. 

I cut Sweet Tooth cardstock with Die-namics Quilt Square Cover Up and used only the large pieces. I lined it up by hand, but you could certainly use the frame. A Whip Cream button tied with hemp cord was added to the center of the snowflake.

The background was stamped with Sweater Stitch Background. Because I knew I wanted to heat emboss my sentiment from Grand Holiday in white powder, with the slightly wet background, I chose to stamp the sentiment on another panel of Wild Cherry cardstock.

There you have it! Another release in the books! Head over to the MFT Blog for all the details, chances to win, and more! 

thanks for stopping by this release and for all your sweet comments! :)


Supplies for Thank You Quilt card:

Supplies for Crazy Quilt card:

Supplies for Snowflake Christmas card: