Thursday, January 12, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - No Rules New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back to the first One Stamp at a Time Blog Hop of the year! I'm so thrilled to be back on this design team and can't wait to see what the rest of the designers have created to share with us today. The sky is the limit because this month's theme is "No Rules New Year" and we are free to create whatever we want! As always with this hop, each designer has both a card and project to share with you-so make sure to tour the whole hop (Blog roll at the bottom of my post).

For my card I used some of my favorite new products from the Occasions catalog. The beautiful  pink "medallion" with leaves cut out is from the new "That's the Tag" bundle. It's one of my favorites from this catalog as I think there is just so much that can be done with it. I layered the Pink Pirouette medallion on top of both Pool Party and Basic Black medallions to make the negative cut-outs really stand out. I layered the medallions on top of some vellum, lace and a doily and topped them off with some black metallic thread. I like the contrast between the strong look of the the Basic Black and the other softer elements on this card.


Have you noticed that incredible DSP in the background yet? That's the new Falling in Love DSP and it's my favorite from the new Occasions catalog! It's a weird favorite for me because I usually tend to like bold, bright colors. This paper is so soft, and pretty and whimsical that I couldn't help loving it!



On to my project(s) we go! This past December I did my first craft fair. One of the items that I made were these notebooks (blanks were from my local Dollar Tree) and I absolutely love them! They were pretty popular and I sold quite a few of them. Each notebook is a little bit different but they all involve the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and/or framelits and some watercoloring.


On my first notebook I stamped the dragonfly in Black on the notebook cover. Then I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper and matted it on some Basic Black paper. I used some black twine to add a bow and adhered the piece to notebook then I added the gold dragonflies.

My second notebook is a bit more simple and it was the notebooks like these that were the most popular. I watercolored a larger background and matted it on black paper. Then I spattered it with Black ink and Clear Wink of Stella. 

I topped off the colorful background with silver foil dragonflies and silver metallic accents. The cute little corner stamps are from a set called Helping Me Grow.

My third notebook is watercolored in pink! I am telling you that Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo are the perfect color combo for watercoloring. I love the way these two colors blend and still hold a contrast.

On this notebook I opted for a larger, white dragonfly. I splattered the background generously with Clear Wink of Stella and embellished with rhinestones.


That's it for today. I sure hope you liked what I had to share. If you did, come back soon! If you're interested in purchasing or checking out the products that I used please scroll down past the Blog Roll. Now I'll send you on your way to the next talented stamper on this hop, Renee Ondrajka!
See you soon!
-Maria.


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Giving it a Shot! Why Not?!

Giving it a Shot! Why not?
You're probably wondering what I'm talking about, right? Well, Stampin' Up! just put the call out for Display Stampers for On Stage in April and I've decided to apply. I don't know if you've ever been to On Stage or not but one of my favorite things to look at are all of the amazing projects created with new products by the display stampers. I've always thought what a lucky bunch those stampers are getting their hands on new product before anyone else even gets to see it... AND, they get first play at everything! So cool! So this time around I've decided to apply and give it my best shot... This blog post is my application and it includes three standard sized cards, two 3D projects and.... Dun, Dun, Dun! a Scrapbook Layout! I know what you're thinking, I don't scrapbook. True. I didn't even have any pictures to use but I found a way to get creative anyway and I sure hope you will like it. 

Here's my first card. Check out these new products from the Occasions catalog! The stamp and the amazing arrow and envelope thinlits are from the Sending Love suite. That soft and beautiful paper is the new Falling in Love DSP. Wondering where that sentiment came from? Yep, I clipped it out of a winter set called Flurry of Wishes. Useful sentiments like this are often hiding in the least expected places.
My second card is a Christmas card and my favorite part of it is the little mess of metallic thread and jingle bells. I also love this DSP-it was my favorite this holiday season.
Here's a close up of those fun little jingle bells! I hope you like this jolly little bundle of Christmas sparkle as much as I do!



My third card is another Christmas card. This moose is so adorable! I sponged him a little bit to give him some texture and layered him over gold metallic thread, an embossed star in Real Red and a background of stars stamped in Versamark. 


My first 3D project is one that I made this fall. Originally it was filled with candy corns but those only lasted 'till the photo shoot was over before my husband and I ate them all. 
I wanted to showcase the candy corns inside the box because the colors are so bright and pretty. I used my leaf framelits to cut a window in the side of the box and used a window sheet on the inside of the box to seal the box back up. 

Of course I couldn't just leave the box plain so I added a belly band in Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay. I topped the belly band off with some gold ribbon, the leaf that I cut from the side of the box and a banner with sentiment. 
The belly band easily slides off so that the box can be opened... so that my husband and I can eat all of the candy...


For my second 3D project I'm sharing a llamapaca box that I made. It's filled with a set of six mini llamapaca cards with matching mini envelopes. I am a huge fan of this set and love the vibrant colors of the DSP! Put it together with the llamapacas and it's a serious recipe for smiles!

Ok! Here we are. We've arrived at the project that proved the biggest challenge for me...The Scrapbook Layout. I've been out of town camping and haven't had much time to create this week. It's Thursday night (actually it is now after 2am on Friday morning but I am getting this done before I go to bed!) and I knew that if I didn't make the time to create my first scrapbook layout ever I wouldn't be able to submit this application. So, here we go, and please forgive the bad lighting in my pics. I live in the mountains and took these pictures in the middle of the night and I really struggled with trying to get good pics because of poor lighting.  It's hard to see the details of the background in this first picture but it does allow for you to see the layout that I created.

My idea was to create a page that would highlight just one very special photo. I think sometimes it can be more striking to use just one photo as the focal point of the page than it is to have too many pictures and have none of them stand out.

I used some textured paper for the background (layered over Basic Black and Smoky Slate) and splattered it with Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black inks. I also added some heavy spatters of Clear Wink of Stella to add some shimmer. 

I watercolored a doily to match and layered it with different pieces of paper, ribbon and thread in silvers and black. I had fun making sure there were different textures on there and finished the page off by adding enamel dots in both metallic silver and blues.

Here's one last look. Now the real challenge will be for me to continue with scrapbook layouts. This was really fun to make and I now I just need to find the perfect picture to add to finish it off. 

Well, that's it for now. I've got to get up in a few hours and go to work and act like a person-not a zombie. Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I've got to share! 

Have an amazing day!
Maria.




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Monday, December 19, 2016

WWYS #95: Flurry of Wishes

Hello, hello! I'm sorry to say I'm going to have to be short and sweet today because I'm going a little bit crazy getting ready for the holidays. On top of that, Friday was my husband's birthday and I threw him a Surprise Party! It was so much fun and I can't believe that I was able to string him along for so long. I'll try to post pictures of that soon because it was also an ugly sweater party and our friends are pretty fantastic when it comes to dressing up (I mean, they're always fantastic but also fantastic dresser-uppers).

Today's card is for this week's What Will You Stamp Flurry of Wishes challenge... Yep, seriously. I don't have this stamp set so I stamped an image from a friend. I stamped the one that says, "Sending you a flurry of Warm Christmas Wishes." Then I fussy cut out the words that I wanted, "Sending You A," and I pieced them together to create the sentiment that I wanted for this love note card. Most of the products that I used are a sneak peek of the upcoming Occasions catalog! Take a close look-I love those little arrows that I cut out of Copper Foil! Be on the lookout for the new catalog which goes live at the beginning of January. I've got a stack of catalogs that are just waiting to get sent out so if  you don't already have a demonstrator and you'd like your name to be on one of them please let me know!


Here's a look at the Flurry of Wishes set. Do you see the sentiment that I used to custom make my own sentiment?


For more fun ideas on how to use this set hop on over to the What Will You Stamp Challenge blog to check out what the rest of the design team has made to share!

Alright, that's it for now! Have a great Monday and an amazing week! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
-Maria


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Monday, December 12, 2016

WWYS #94: Christmas Pines

Hey Everybody! I've been a little bit MIA haven't I? Well, I'm ba-aack! Sorry to disappear on you for so long I had a lot going on. Mostly, I was sick. First with pneumonia, then with four or five other colds that my immune system was not strong enough to fight off after having pneumonia for a month (possibly three because I had a "funny" cough for two months before I actually went to the doctor's). Then I had a week to get ready for a craft fair that I committed to right before I got sick. It was my first craft fair and I was stressing out! More about that later!

I'm so glad to finally be back and playing along with the What Will You Stamp challenge blog again this week. This week's challenge is Christmas Pines and it's one of my favorite bundles from the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog. Funny enough, I actually made this card.... maybe two months ago. I took a quick pic and I think I sold it at my craft fair last weekend so no more pics-sorry! 

I used Soft Sky ink to stamp the stars in the background and I embossed the sentiment in gold after watercoloring with Emerald Envy. I love the way the Emerald Envy looks when watercolored because the color stays bold and brilliant even in the lighter layers of color. I used green and gold metallic thread to make a big, loppy bow and I love the way it came out.  

If you have this stamp set I hope you'll join us this week over at the What Will You Stamp challenge blog. If you don't have it and want a closer look here ya go!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! It's so nice to be back here again after taking some sick time off. I also wanted to let you know that Stampin' Up! has a new (ahem, two new) catalog coming out in January! If you don't already have a demonstrator and want a copy of the new catalogs please let me know and I'll get you a copy ASAP! Believe me-These new catalogs are amazing!!

See you all soon!
Maria

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

From My Home to Yours!

Hello, hello! I hope your week is going well. I made this card a while ago and for whatever reason I never posted it. Crazy. I used one of my favorite holiday sets, Wrapped in Cheer, for the sentiment and the Wrapped in Warmth DSP for  the background. 

I punched the sentiment out and layered it on Real Red, a silver foil doily and a white doily.

Then I tied up a pretty little mess of red and green metallic threads and added some mini jingle bells to the mix.

Hope ya like it! Have a terrific rest of your day!

-Maria

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Monday, November 14, 2016

WWYS #90: Paisleys & Posies

Hey everybody and happy Monday!  I'm back today with another What Will You Stamp challenge and this week we are featuring Paisleys & Posies. I've been sick lately (pneumonia) and haven't been able to get my stamp on... which means I am way behind on all of my projects. I had to create today's card on the double so that I could turn it in for my design team contribution. Thank goodness for Stampin' Ups! amazing card kits! I pulled out my Cottage Greetings kit which I love-so why haven't I put it together yet-and used pieces from the kit to make my card. Here's what I came up with.

I really like this sentiment from the Paisley & Posies set. I can think of more than a few people in my life who deserve this card. I used one of the 5"x5" card bases from the set along with the wooden background piece and preprinted flower piece. I stamped the sentiment and layered it over a beautiful copper foil piece cut using the Paisley Framelit Dies.


Here's a look at the whole Paisleys & Posies stamp set. If you have a few minutes please head over to the What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the design team has come up with. 


Thanks for stopping by my blog and have an amazing day! If you have any questions please let me know.
-Maria

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop: Let It Snow


Good Morning and welcome to this month's One Stamp at a Time Blog Hop! Today we've got eighteen fabulous crafters from around the world sharing "Let It Snow" themed cards and projects with you. You may be starting the hop here or you may have just hopped over to my blog from the super talented Marisa Gunn! Either way thanks for stopping by! Now let's get to it-here's my card...

I decided to use a set called Snow Place and make a shaker card with some mica flakes and snowflake sequins that I found at my local Dollar Tree.

It's hard to tell in the picture but this cozy little penguin has a hat that sparkles with Dazzling Details glitter. 

I made two versions of my card and on each one I oriented the embossed background in a different direction. I think I like this second orientation better as it adds more interest to the top of the card. On the first card I used silver ribbon and a twine bow.  On this second card I used Pool Party ribbon and a retired snowflake embellishment from last year's Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog. Yeah, it's retired, but just too pretty to leave wasting away in my stash of beautiful things. I am preparing for a big holiday craft fair so I'm using the fair as an opportunity to create with some of my retired but absolutely beautiful products.

For my projects I made candy bar holders that I plan to sell at the craft fair too. I've made over twenty of these in different designs and I'll show you just a few of them today... All of the stamp sets that I've used are from the current holiday catalog and I just love them!



I wanted to make some of these that were specifically for the Christmas holiday. 

Here's another Christmas one. I love the sentiment on this one!

This one could be used be used for most of the winter holidays (not just Christmas) or even just for some fun treat gifting.

Here's a close up of that sentiment that I absolutely love. I added some holly berries and leaves and watercolored them to add some pretty color without overwhelming the sentiment.

On the bottom I made sure the recipient knows that this is a "Special Delivery." Pretty much if you're getting candy it's a special delivery.

And this is what the lucky person who receives this treat box will find inside... Chocolate!



Here are a few more... The cool thing is that most small candy bars fit in these boxes. I've Kit Kat bars inside some of them too.


That's all for today folks! Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoyed what I had to share. Please keep on hopping along with the OSAT crew to see all of the incredible projects the rest of the designers have made. Just click the next button to continue on to Renee's blog!

Have an amazing day!
-Maria


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