Thursday, July 13, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - Very Vintage


Hey, hey, hey! It's the second Thursday of the month and that means it's time for another OSAT Blog Hop! Welcome!

This month our theme is "Vintage." When I think of vintage I tend to think of beautiful, aged, old, lacey things with lots of neutral tones... I just wasn't feeling inspired to make that kind of vintage. After a lot of thought I realized that I actually LOVE vintage style things! When I was younger I was a bit of a hippy thrift store shopper. There was nothing better than scoring some vintage clothes with wild colors and patterns! I started to think of all of the amazing vintage things that I love: tea cups, china, wall paper, sheets, wedding dresses... seriously, the list goes on. I stumbled across this picture of vintage china tea cups and my jaw dropped. This color combo paired with gold is so gorgeous! So, these cheerful vintage teacups are the inspiration for my projects today.  I hope you'll like them. 

For my card I used a new stamp set called Flirty Flowers. As soon as I saw this set I knew I had to have it. I love that it has both solid and outlined images that are whimsical and beautiful. I heat embossed the images in gold and then watercolored with Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy and Pacific Point. It's hard to tell but all the flowers are sparkling with Clear Wink of Stella. 

I layered my image piece over a Pool Party mat, fringed with lace. My sentiment is heat embossed in Pacific Point and watercolored in Berry Burst. That beautiful background is from the Bundle of Love DSP.


For my project I made a couple of pillow pouches. I've never made these before and I figured out a way to do them with my framelits that makes it really easy (video coming soon).

I watercolored these tags the same as I did my card then layered them over Berry Burst (cut with my layering circle framelits) and a small gold, foil doily. I added a sentiment heat embossed in white on Pacific Point with some loops of gold metallic thread popping out.  

Here's a last look at everything together. 

It was really fun making these Vintage inspired projects. Don't be surprised if you see some more vintage cards and projects popping up here soon. I hope you'll continue on this hop and be inspired by the rest of the incredibly talented artists who have made vintage inspired projects to share with you today. Next on the hop is the fabulous Rick Adkins!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you back here soon I hope.

Maria.




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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mr. & Mrs.

Mr. & Mrs. Forever! What a great title for any couple! I have really been loving this Always & Forever set for making some fun wedding and anniversary cards. This one is an anniversary card and is already winging its' way to a special couple in another country!

This tree is so fun and someone mentioned to me yesterday that it reminds them of the Giving Tree.. Ya know what?! It reminds me of the Giving Tree too! On this card I heat embossed the tree in Early Espresso (stamp in versa mark first, then in Early Espresso, then heat emboss with clear Embossing Powder) and then watercolored it with Early Espresso as well. The grass was done with Emerald Envy and there is a light wash of Soft Sky over the whole background. I got a scrap of shimmery white paper and washed some Soft Sky over that too. Then I used the retired Owl Punch to punch out some shimmery hearts and some Real Red hearts to add to the tree. I know the punch is retired but I also know that so many of you have it! My opinion on retired items is that if you love them, you should use them. Very often retired items combine perfectly with Stampin' Ups! amazing new product lines. I love the owl punch and most often use it for these adorable little hearts which just happen to work perfectly with this new stamp set. 

That's all for today folks! As always, if you have any questions at all please leave me a comment or shoot me an email at: mariawillis@hotmail.com If you're interested in making this card yourself and need to purchase some product please check out the product list below. You can click on any item that you're interested in and it'll take you right to the product info in my store.

Have a great day today. I hope it's the start to a truly wonderful week!

-Maria.



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Friday, July 7, 2017

Giving It a Shot, Why Not?!

Wow! Just this morning I found out that today was the deadline to apply to be a display stamper at On Stage in November. This time around I am lucky to be able to attend the Live event in Salt Lake City, Utah! It's going to be so amazing!! I'm sure there are many talented stampers hoping to be selected for the honor of being a display stamper at this event and I wanted to throw my hat in the ring as well. It was truly a scramble to get this post put together on time and I even created my scrapbook layout in record time because after work I had to leave almost immediately to go to a friend's birthday dinner. I wish I'd had a bit more time to play around with my layout but I'm just grateful that I was able to get it done in time. For this application we are to turn in three cards, two 3D items and a scrapbook layout. 

For my first card I chose this mermaid card with an alcohol ink blended background on glossy paper.


I watercolored the mermaid and cut her out.

The seaweed is embossed in gold and I created a fun little tag embellishment for the top.


For my second card I've chosen this dragon fly card.

The background is watercolored in Berry Burst and splattered with Clear Wink of Stella.

The dragon fly was ink blended on glossy cardstock and then clear embossed for a glassy sheen.


My third card was made using both the So Many Shells set and the You're Priceless Sets.

I really had fun layering some gorgeous new products together. The shell was stamped, watercolored and glammed up with Clear Wink of Stella. 

I was able to create an "ocean spray" background by sponging Pool Party and Bermuda Bay and then stamping (with the "splotch" stamp from You're Priceless) repeatedly over the sponging with White Craft Ink. I love how soft and wild it looks.




For my first 3D item I am sharing this "sweet" gift bag made using the June 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit. I had fun layering the pieces of the kit together to make this alternate jungle/baby project. 

Surprise! The adorable little lion card sits in the pocket I made using  what was supposed to be a watermelon stamp. 

And, the little cutie easily slips out for the recipient to read a sweet little message.




My second 3D project is a mixture of product suites and In Colors. 

I heat embossed in both gold and clear, watercolored, and fussy cut my top layers. The bottom layers were easily cut with my Big Shot and made for a beautiful base. I love the new ribbon and tassels too!

Of course this project went to my Mom on Mother's Day. She loved it. It made me so happy to see her face when she opened it. I love giving the things that I make away to people that are special to me. 


Dun, dun, nun, nun.... and here's my scrapbook layout. It's only the second one I've ever made and I had just a few minutes to put it together. I didn't have any pictures so I photocopied a strip of pics that my husband and I took in a photo booth about eleven years ago (before we got married)! I cut the photo copy up and made this funky page using an Old Olive base, texture paste (dyed Tempting Turquoise) and some new DSP. I also splattered some Whisper White Craft ink onto the background.

I used my Clear Wink of Stella dipped in Tempting Turquoise ink to add some pops of color to the feathers. I wish you could see that part in person. It's really sparkly. 

Alright! That's all I've got! Thank you Stampin' Up! for taking the time to look through the many applications I'm sure you have received. 

Have an amazing day!
Maria.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tree

Hello, hello! I'm just stopping by really quickly today to say, Hello! I hope you all are doing well. If you live in the US I hope you are enjoying summer break. I had a few minutes to work with this awesome set called Always & Forever. I love it because it's a fun alternative to most of the frilly, floral, feminine anniversary and love stamp sets that I see out there. It was also really fun to create this simple card with such a lovely set. 


I heat embossed the tree image in Early Espresso and watercolored it with Early Espresso using my aqua painter. The grass was done with Emerald Envy and I love how vibrant it is. I went for a little bit of a rustic look with this card and added linen thread and a sentiment embossed in copper. 

I just love the little loops of metallic thread pinned up with the Bermuda Bay heart. Adorable. 

That's it for today folks! I'm off to go spend a little time with son.
Take care!

Maria.

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Creating Kindness Blog Hop: 3D Gift Giving

Big Box of Birthdays!

Hi Everybody and welcome to this month's Creating Kindness Blog Hop! This month our team is focusing on 3D Gift Giving and we are so lucky to have the fabulous Sue Plote as our guest! She is a whiz at gift packaging and I cannot wait to see what she has to share with us today. 

In addition to this blog hop many of our team members have planned a VIDEO HOP for you as well. You can follow the video hop by watching my video below and then following the link to the next video in the  youtube video description (you never have to leave youtube!). Thanks for joining us!

I am really excited to share my project today because it is going to solve a really big problem that I've been having when it comes to gift giving and card sending... I forget people's birthdays! Yes, it's embarrassing, I agree. The truth is that I always catch myself thinking that "so and so" has a birthday coming up and when I look to see when it is, it's just passed me by. I love sending gifts and cards and I do not like forgetting, or, sending them late. So, for today's project I've decided to solve my problem by creating a system to help me remember. I hope that if you've been having a similar struggle this system might work for you too. 

I'm calling it the Big Box of Birthdays! It's a box with tabbed dividers for the months of the year. I decorated it using the Birthday Memories DSP and am really happy with how bright and cheery it looks. 

I added a fun embellishment to the front. The sentiment is perfect because I am always trying to figure out, "Who's having a birthday?' Thank goodness this box will help me to figure that out!

Here's what the dividers with tabs look like. I used the Circle Tab Punch to easily create the tabs, and, I used the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set to stamp the "months."

Inside the box I will be filing Birthday Info Cards for all of my people. I got a start on some of them and this is what they will look like. I used washi tape to decorate the left sides of the cards. Then I will add full names, birthdays and mailing addresses. I decided to keep people's private info off of the internet though so I will finish these cards later. I added some fun stamping to each of the cards. The stamps I used remind me of something that I like about the people on the cards. For example, Quin is my nephew, and the last time I stamped with him he really liked the dinosaurs from the No Bones About It stamp set. So I stamped a T-Rex on his card.

When someone has a birthday coming up I will take their card out of the box and pin it to the side. It will stay there until I've sent a card or gift on its way to them. 

Here's what the box looks like with the dividers inside (well, they're spilling out a bit, when the box is upright they fit inside perfectly).

It should be easy for me to find people's birthday cards from here on out! I am so excited to finally have my gift giving and card sending organized in a system that works for me!


If you'd like to see how I made this, or you'd like to make one for yourself, here's a video. All measurements are included. Have fun and remember to click on through to the next video on the hop after you watch mine!



Thanks for stopping by today! I'm so glad you've joined us for this 3D Gift Giving hop and I hope you'll continue on by heading over to see my friend in Canada... the incredibly talented Carolynn Sander!



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