Thursday, April 26, 2012

not so bare...

If you haven't been checking out Pink Paislee this week...head on over for a blog hop giveaway that is packed with amazing goodies.  Today I am so excited to share two cards with you that I had created using Basically Bare and Pink Paislee.  Together...layers of loveliness!
Worked with all of the new collections from Pink Paislee, fun to mix and match. 
Went with one bold and colorful card and the second a little softer. 
So, head on over to Pink Paislee to enter the daily giveaway...you have until tomorrow evening...and  see some amazing projects that have been posted throughout the week.  Happy Thursday to you all and hoping I can jump back on a share a project or two before taking a little family down time next week. 

Andrea

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

pocket full of apples...

The search was on yesterday for a little something new, using my felt and fabric stash.  Flipped through a few of my stamps, scanned Pinterest for some inspiration...and it's all about applies today.  As we near the end of the school year, a perfect time to bring out your supplies and create something for that special teacher. 
 The project began taking "shape" after creating the larger card.  Used Papertrey Ink labels to create a background.  A little October Afternoon, Crate Paper and The Girl's Paperie paper to add the splashes of color.  The apple stamp is from Paper Smooches; however, love Precious Remembrance heart stamp from the Calendar stamp set so I used that to create the seeds.  Added a little felt leaf to the apple as well.  Additional stamps from My Mind's Eye. 
To create the apple gift bag I simply cut the apple shape from fabric freehand.  Stitched it on to felt and cut out.  Stitched the two pieces together to create the pocket, while adding the ribbon as you stitch.  Freehand cut the leaves and stem and die cut the seeds from Papertrey Ink's heart border die.  Something about the pink apple that just says "happy".  Have a few quiet evenings ahead and trying to decide what to create next.  Any ideas? 

Andrea

Sunday, April 22, 2012

it's got heart...

Preparing for a busy week, longing for a quite nap and just hoping that these tired legs can move me around a little more today.  Tried very hard to stay up late just to have some fun crafting last night, but...not a chance.  However, before I crash for the evening...a little project full of heart (again) to share on this Sunday...
Created a mini card set...using My Mind's Eye stamp set, Papertrey Ink stamps and die cuts, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkle ribbon, Heidi Swapp stamp, Melissa Frances envelope and tag, Pink Paislee stamp and Epiphany Crafts heart punch.  Also created a tag...
Looking through my Maya Road chipboard collection, I came across a mini album and heart piece that make up this tag.  Also used Papertrey Ink dies, My Mind's Eye stamp and chipboard border, Heidi Swapp stamp and pink wrinkle ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique.  And the card that started this mini collection...

Began by stitching these felt pieces from Fancy Pants.   This card also contains paper from Momenta, stamp from Studio Calico, beautiful vintage button from my mother's shop (dstrove.etsy.com) and a little piece of one of my favorite papers from My Mind's Eye (yellow checker).  I keep every piece of scrap paper I can find.  Little goes to waste in my craft room...like this little piece of paper cut into a pennant.  Just love when I come across these pieces and I get so excited. 

Finally, just a little card I created while cleaning up my craft space before turning in for the night.  My Mind's Eye stamps, Pink Paislee stamps and Melissa Frances paper. 


Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Can't believe April is almost passed.  If you have sent me a message about my Etsy shop please know that I am getting to them.  I am trying to organize everything and create a few more things to list this week.  Stay tuned...

Andrea

Friday, April 20, 2012

she said...

Have difficulties some days trying to find the perfect words to lift my little one's spirits after a difficult day on the playground. What can I say that he will understand? How can I make him understand that there are just those throughout life that you won't be friends with no matter how hard you try and that is ok. It is easy to keep him happy and safe beside me, but realize that...yes, he is growing...quickly. So I have been getting inspiration from Pinterest again, reading the quotes and incorporating them into projects that may help us both through this growing period.These tags were created for Gel-A-Tins blog today. Had fun stamping then die cutting, layering (of course) and just having fun with color and typed quotes. Making this quick as I have much to do...start the slow cooker, bake a cake, wrap gifts (how do you wrap a skateboard?) and clean...oh, and probably find a moment to create something new to share this weekend as the rains are headed for us keeping us inside. Have a wonderful Friday and again, go get inspired!

Andrea

Note: The first fabric wall hang was published in Create: Vintage magazine recently and thought I would share a bit of it today.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

message in a bottle...

Give a little smile in a bottle? I recently purchased these little corked vials from Stampington and waited for an idea to pop in my head to use just one. With my scrap bin of felt, Papertrey Ink heart die and my love of Pinterest quotes...why not send a little message in a bottle. Printed the quote in six font, Consolas (love this type), and inked the edges. Created several little hearts to tuck away in the vial and topped it with a printed tag, ribbon and stick pin with felt heart attached.With these little hearts I then added them to stick pins and created a felt and fabric pin cushion...which then inspired the card. Love the chain of inspiration in creating sets. Why not create more than one item at a time? Use the same colors, embellishments and ideas to create projects in more than one type of material (i.e. paper, fabric, felt).This next project was quite fun for the Momenta blog today. A simple tutorial on how to take packaging and create your own chipboard die cuts.Created both a banner, using Papertrey Ink banner building dies, and mini card set.My final project to share today is for Precious Remembrance blog post from yesterday. Had fun with the Calendar Stamp Set using the little numbers to create a border around the card.Working on getting my most recently created items in my Etsy shop over the next few days. With my little man's birthday tomorrow I may take me a little longer than expected. Have a wonderful and inspirational day!

Andrea

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

sweet dreams...

Oh my little men....ahhh! Remember when they were this little like it were yesterday. This was about four years ago. My littlest man will be six in two days and I can't seem to wrap my head around that. Still want to scoop him up for cuddle and kisses constantly...thank goodness he still lets me once and awhile.Created this shadowbox, my first one, and had so much fun filling each little section for Glue Arts blog this week.In the larger portion of the box, I created a cork back so you could change out the photo as desired. I have been in love with the products at Stampington. They are so unique, vintage inspired and oh so lovely! Now off to get things clean, organized and the daily workout routine that has yet to be thrilling and addictive. Soon, right? I will be back tomorrow with a card from Precious Remembrance and my shop will be filling up tomorrow through the weekend if you want to stop in.

Andrea

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

so square...

Want to find a way to use all of your Epiphany Crafts punches and settings? I had fun playing with this project posted on the blog HERE today. I pulled out all my punches and DCWV paper and just had fun layering... Began by creating the fabric, lace and burlap portion of the wall hang. Then used Papertrey Ink's button card die cut to create the squares and stitched them onto the fabric layers. Then...punch away!A complete list of supplies can be found on the Epiphany Crafts blog today, along with an amazing necklace that I will have to try. Hope you are enjoying your day and be back tomorrow with another fun project.

Andrea

Sunday, April 15, 2012

queen of hearts...

Digging in the fabric box this weekend to create a little collection of fabric hearts that I have used in a few different ways. The idea came from wanting to create a mobile. Something shabby chic, with lots of pretty beads to string from it. The canvas and fabric hearts were each created using a simple pattern cut from cardstock, freehand and stuffed with a little poly-fill. Created a heart for a card, a brooch (which I added to the tag below) and three hearts that are strung from the mobile.Card Supplies: Papertey Ink (stamp, ink, button), DCWV (paper), October Afternoon (paper), The Girls Paperie (paper), Precious Remembrance (stamps), tags, fabric, heart, vintage sheet music, vintage button, stick pin.

Tag Supplies: Piggy Tales (chipboard frame), The Girls Paperie (paper), vintage sheet music, brooch, heart, chipboard, Sizzix (circle die), fabric.

Mobile Supplies: fabric, beads, Pink Paislee (jewels), Melissa Frances (jewel), embroidery hoop, thread, hearts.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday! Busy, busy bee around my craft room today and so much to share this week...yeah! Also, just a reminder that I will be posting in my Etsy shop this coming weekend.

Andrea

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday is here...yeah! Just a couple of fun things to share today. First, Pink Paislee will be coming out with a new mini collection in May (shown above) and in love with the navy blue, white and red! Perfect for the summer festivities. This sketch is from Got Sketch? posted here and my take on it...Have always loved this little bunny die from BossKut. A list of supplies can be found here.Working on another fabric and felt project to come soon. Also, next week is a busy craft week and will have many more things to share. Can't wait!

Before I sign off today...Chic Tags is giving away a new collection of tags and you can enter to win! Head on over HERE before 8 pm today to enter. Already picked up a few of these myself...love the buttons!

Andrea

Thursday, April 12, 2012

house of dreams...

Realized that I don't craft inspirational quotes as often as I would like to. There is something about reading just a simple sentence that can lift your spirits. Working with a little wooden house, found here, and thought it was a perfect place for a typed quote. Used Word and Consolas type to create this...printed on heavy cardstock. Used a few of my favorite Pink Paislee products, Papertrey Ink stamps and die cuts and topped it off with a few wired Fancy Pants felt pieces. Giving it a whimsical feel. As you know, had to create a little gift set...Used a embroidery hoop, fabric, batting, felt and fabric. The stamped "dream" comes from a Prima mini stamp set. Included both sewing machine stitching and hand stitching. Covered the back in felt, hoop with lace and added ribbon to the top. Created a card as well using the same quote and felt pieces. Used the felt stars and heart with stick pins.One card before I go about my day...Recently had the opportunity to work with Pink Persimmon's Cupcake Party Stamp Set and wanted to use the set in a slightly different way. Created a little apron and hand cut a pocket. Stitched them up, added a little heart from Epiphany Crafts, candles from Papertrey Ink's cupcake set and accented with pom-pom trim and Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkle ribbon. The pocket is from Melissa Frances and used the Button Boutique set from Papertrey Ink. Had a lot of fun creating this card. Perfect for birthday, mother's day and I am sure there are many more occasions perfect for this card. Also, a perfect card to use a bunch of scrap pieces of paper...something that is always supply!

Andrea

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

color...

It is Wednesday, which means it is time to share another project using adorable new stamp sets from Precious Remembrance! As shown in this tutorial, these gifts are perfect for stacking onto your project. Used both the Calendar Stamp Set and Birthday Stamp Set on this card.Additional Supplies: Pink Paislee (paper), My Mind's Eye (paper), BoBunny (paper), Piggy Tales (chipboard frame), Fancy Pants (felt stars), American Craft (ribbon), Remember Me Emily (vintage tag, buttons), stick pin. You may have been noticing my love of creating little gifts sets this past week. Working on my fabric and felt crafting and digging into supplies that have been sitting unused for a little too long. So today I am sharing an easy cupcake pincushion that is sure to look sweet in any craft space.1. Take a small tin and add poly-fill, about 3/4 full. Add fabric, lace and ribbon around bottom of tin as desired.

2. Take a 3" x 18" (depending on the thickness of materials and size of tin) of fabric and quilt batting, fold in half and stitch towards bottom (where open edges meet). This will keep the fabrics together.

3. Create the cupcake by rolling the fabric until it is in a complete spiral, bringing the center up to a point slightly to create cone shape. Add to tin. Apply a hot glue along inside edge to keep it in place. You may want to add a little throughout the spiral as well.

4. Add felt leaves and flower.

Then I created a quick pocket and card set to match...
This flower is similar to the one added to the pincushion. Layers of fabric and yarn with a few beads to top it all off.
Edited To Add: April 2012 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Project

The cards were created using Pink Paislee's London Market papers and stamps, Papertrey Ink label and fence dies, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkle ribbon and a punched heart from Epiphany Crafts. Now to see what is next. I have a box of goodies that may be perfect for my next project...wooden spools, chipboard houses, oh the possibilities!

Andrea

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

owl be happy...

Another buddy to share my day with. Created this little lady from fabric and felt using this pattern. Altered the pattern a bit to include a layers of scallop edge felt (Papertrey Ink banner die) stitched onto the tummy piece. Handcut the nose, wings and flower. Die cut the white felt for the eyes, a little easier that way. Add a Heidi Swapp flag that is just too cute!Wanted to create a matching card using similar colors. Paper from Pink Paislee and My Little Shoebox. Die cut butterflies from Papertrey Ink. Sentiment stamps from Maya Road. Felt scallop border from Fancy Pants.Wishing you a very happy day!

Andrea

Monday, April 9, 2012

many giggles...

Monday. Plastic Easter eggs scattered about the house. School schedule in full swing. A few moments of quiet. Toys, dishes and clothes ready to find their way back to their little cubbie homes. Things to get done, but in a daze...or coming off that sugar high from dipping into the goodie baskets from yesterday. Something about those pink and red jelly beans that are so irresistible. Time to shake off the funk and just go. Hopping back here today to share my Momenta project from yesterday, including a little bigger picture of the felt bunny. Although it was created with Easter in mind...perfect for a little baby gift too. Created a mini album from Momenta baby collection, envelopes from Animal Print Card Kit and bits and pieces of my favorite chipboard stickers.For a complete list of supplies, head on over to Momenta here. Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Andrea