Friday, December 15, 2017

Flash sale!


Shop my store this weekend and use code CMAS15 to get 15% off a smaller order or 20OFF25 for 20% off an order of $25 or more.  If you'd like something customized just ask! All weekend orders will ship Monday, Dec. 18.



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Teacher gifts!

This is our kids' first year in public school, which makes this our first opportunity to give teacher gifts! I shared a tutorial a few weeks back for Mason Jar Toppers - these are what I finished up this week.


The canvas I used is yardage from a fabric store that was going out of business before we moved last year - I thought custom pencil cases or some other one-of-a-kind sewing project would be fun, so I have a ton of that stuff! The tops are gessoed, stamped with IO Hybrid ink, and colored with Copic markers and Inktense Blocks. We tucked some practical office supplies inside - who doesn't love binder clips and Post-It notes?


The stamps on the 'girl teacher' jars are from this clear set I designed - it's one of my favorite sets ever, a tribute to Maya Angelou.

For the men I used a branch stamp from Crafter's Companion - it was a good fit! The MISTI was a life-saver in making so many of these jars (28 teachers and counselors between our 4 kids!). I actually did all the stamping at a local stamping store, the Craft Lab, where I was able to spread out in their amazing work area. So blessed to have a store near me to support, and one that supports me as well - they recently started stocking my stamps there!

I've been working my last few portrait orders for Christmas - you can follow my progress on Instagram if you'd like to keep up with my latest work. If you'd like to be on my queue for orders in the new year, why wait? Come check out my updated Gallery too!

I hope you've had a great week!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Santa Pants Basket

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is an adorable gift container for the holidays - click over to view the Santa Pants Basket tutorial!


I decided to go my own way with the tutorial and create some elf baskets. This first one is a little more traditional - I used a die from Paper Smooches to create the zig-zag border, lining it up and repeating the cut across the bottom of my long strip of paper. This die is actually from a Halloween die set - I have started a collection of the "Card Dies" from Paper Smooches, and this element was perfect. 


I also thought a nod to Buddy the Elf would be fun - so...


The curved cut was done with another Paper Smooches die (Snowman Card set). To cut the buckles I used 2 Spellbinders dies together to create a frame - I folded the cardstock underneath the dies to cut both buckles at once.


These are actually quite roomy containers, with a 4" x 5-1/2" base - they'd be great for a bag of goodies or small gift.

Have fun!
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Friday, December 08, 2017

2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Super Sponsor

I'm so excited to be joining up with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop today, and honored to be a Super Sponsor! Link up your project for a chance to win one of these 3 art prints (3 winners!)... these make wonderful Christmas gifts and they're perfect for the winter season. You can find these and more handmade items in my store HERE... and while you're there, please enjoy a 20% discount on orders over $20 with coupon code COFFEEHOP20 - !


For a chance to win, you have to play along! Head over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for all the details, and to link up your coffee, tea, or cocoa themed project!



I have a project to share today that I completely flaked on yesterday...! Our challenge over at Impression Obsession for this week is to create a last minute card or gift. Gift cards are always a great last-minute fallback, so I've got a coffee-themed gift card holder card to fit the challenge and the hop! 



My card is a little different from one in my Coffee Gift Card tutorial HERE, but I used some of the measurements to put my pieces together. The base of the card was cut to 4"x10", then scored and folded in half. The sides were cut at an angle from the top corner to 1/2" from each side at the fold. I added just a little adhesive at the very edges of the card to keep the middle open. 



Instead of a pop-up, I just created a piece that slides in and out, with the 'lid' of the cup as the pull tab. that piece was 4-1/4"x2-1/2", scored at 1-1/4" and cut in at an angle to 1/4" on both sides. I cut 2 strips at 1/2"x 4-1/4" for the bottom of the lid. The insert piece is 7-1/4" x 3", and it's scored 1-1/2" from the bottom (that folds up and keeps the gift card in place). You can see how I glued the top into the lid below.



I made a gift card holder using a die from Impression Obsession, and a new stamp (Coffee Helps) from our Valentine release that fits perfectly on the front. The inside of the folder has slits to hold a gift card from your favorite coffee joint!




Thanks again - enjoy the hop, and go make something pretty! xoxo



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P.S. If you have Impression Obsession stamps, play along with our challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! All the details are HERE.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Impression Obsession Valentine Release Hop - Day 3

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new Valentine images that are available NOW! You can visit the I.O. Blog all this week for links to the previews and ALL the details. Leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the hop for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates from Impression Obsession!


It wouldn't be a stamp release without a few more silhouettes - I love this little Princess Silhouette with her tiara, heels, and sparkly dress. I built up the background with several stamps, including Rose Trace and the Treat the World typed text stamp, then masked a 'spotlight' for my image and brushed darker ink around her to pop the image even more. The sentiment I used is HERE.

Blog Hop links will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day. The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! 
Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! Thank you for hopping with us this week!

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Chris @ Cat Tales and Paper Trails
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Dina Kowal Creative
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
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Splitcoast tutorial: Pressed Clay Pendants

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast - so head over there to learn how to make these Pressed Clay Pendants! I use my BigShot to roll out the clay evenly, and I share how to use embossing folders and background stamps to add texture, then show two different coloring methods.


I've been working on portraits for Christmas in all my spare moments, and when those are done I'll be working on catalog samples for my Spring release - so if I'm quiet you'll know why! Here's the last portrait I finished over the weekend - this was #25... three more to go before Christmas. I've updated my gallery too if you want to take a peek!

Hope you're having a great week - stay tuned for another hop post soon!
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Impression Obsession Valentine Release Hop - Day 2

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new Valentine images that are available NOW! You can visit the I.O. Blog all this week for links to the previews and ALL the details. Leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the hop for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates from Impression Obsession! 


This large Reverse Rose is from my collection - I used a set of our Hybrid Inks to create an ombre display of the image, overlapping the images as I stamped. I love the saturation on that red ink! This is the color set I used - Blush, Rose, and Cherry. The sentiment is HERE, and you'll find that it goes with quite a few of the stamps in the collection (it's also found in the Macaron clear layering set).


Blog Hop links will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day. The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! 
Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win... 

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Chris @ Cat Tales and Paper Trails
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Dina Kowal Creative
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Impression Obsession Valentine Release Hop - Day 1

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new Valentine images that are available NOW! You can visit the I.O. Blog all this week for links to the previews and ALL the details. Leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the hop for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates from Impression Obsession!


I'm featuring a couple of my new stamps today - the Rose Wreath and  Perfect Day sentiment. You can find all my new stamps HERE! The roses are colored using Polychromos pencils. The background is stamped with several of Seth Apter's new stamps which have a postal theme, using Distress Oxide inks.

 Blog Hop links will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day. The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! 
Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win - FOUR $25 gift certificates are up for grabs! 

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Chris @ Cat Tales and Paper Trails
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Dina Kowal Creative
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Splitcoast tutorial: Punch Board Snowman

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is this adorable Punch Board Snowman - these are fun and easy to make with an envelope or gift box punch board, and the width is perfect for making 4 from one sheet of cardstock!



The face details are made from the pieces punched from the hat, which I think is so clever. His nose was made by accident when I put the first corner of the hat in the wrong side of the punch. The dies I used are from Impression Obsession (Patchwork Holly, Patchwork Stocking) and the ribbon came from my friend Sharon at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. The snowman is just the right size for a peppermint patty inside. 

Have fun with these!
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

More specials for you!

I could never run my business without your support, so thank you from the bottom of my heart! Here are my gifts to you for this season of giving (and sales)!


My portrait business has been the biggest blessing and surprise of this year! I know some of you are still waiting for your orders, and I'm thankful for your patience - I can see growth in my work as I go, so I'll assure you that the wait will be worth it, and I haven't forgotten you!

Right now I'm working on Christmas orders and time is getting short. If you'd like to gift a portrait but you don't have the best photos, or there isn't time before Christmas, consider giving a gift certificate! They will be custom designed with any person, size, amount, or date in mind, and can be mailed or emailed to you or the recipient. If you order on Nov. 25th, Small Business Saturday, you will receive 10% off your order. No code needed!

Find information on Gift Certificates here!


My Etsy store is full, and I'd like to offer you a 20% discount on anything you find there through the end of the month. Please use code SMALLBIZ at checkout to receive the discount. If you have an idea for a custom pendant, please email me!

Click here to visit my Etsy Store!

I also have four  TWO medium priority rate boxes full of  new or very gently used items that are ready for a new home - each box is different but all contain the same types of items - patterned paper, stamps, stencils, dies, embossing folders, beads, matboard squares, punches, coloring mediums, inks, handmade items, ribbon, tags, alterable items, Flower Soft, and more. Each box is $50, which includes priority shipping. Please email me if you're interested in one of those!


Thank you again!
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