Saturday, May 25, 2013

Get in the Mood, Spring is Here!!!

Mood Boards, have you tired them yet?  This mood board posted at the Zeus and Zoe blog totally got me loving the mood and I could not stop.  I am sharing one of my happiest layouts created today on this  beautiful spring day with leading manufacture's in our paper craft industry.  Share a cheer with them all to say how magically they can contribute to a layout as a collaborative team.
starting out with the mood board
While you are at Zeus & Zoe's look at their kits for sale.
My layout features some of their May Arts ribbon and Ruby violet flower packages.
 May Arts ribbon and Couture Creations are sponsoring the May mood board.
 What did i just say?  Well look closely, I love their products.

This was a beautiful baptism day for my niece.  The spring magnolia tree had started to bloom and the white of her dress and bonnet made the photo so enjoyable.  Starting with the embellishments from the Zeus Zoe Kits, I used gesso and ink on the flowers to give them the white washed look to match the paper collection from Core’dinations Cardstock.
To continue with the spring feel to the layout I painted gesso on the chipboard by ScrapMatts and heat embossed my stamped image and sentiment  with jasmine inx/powder.  I am loving the Couture Creations embossing folders from the fresh and fun collection.  They are so natural with a tropical flair which suits my collection of photo’s

 ScrapMatts has a perfect challenge where they have asked to have stamping on your project along with their chipboard.  See how beautiful and delicate the ScrapMatts chipboard blends with my photo.  Unity Stamp Co., had the perfect stamp set for this layout, hence the title of the layout.  I am entering the color challenge at Unity, check it out.
Dream with Your Heart

Did I mention that Core'dinations Cardstock has endless possibilities?  Give yourself a treat and visit their website and blog.  Core'dinations has a library of video's and a wonderful gallery of creative artwork.  It's all about the colored core which gives you layers of texture to all of your projects.

Let me know what your favorite part is about this layout and please do visit these leader's within our industry and become members of their community.

I will be playing along with
Unity Stamp Co. monthly challenge- color challenge # 4
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Favorite Ink...a hard one to choose ...but I think my  favorite for  the type of creations I am making at the moment is ClearSnap Inks! 

Zeus and Zoe Kit embellishments:  Prima Ruby Violet & May Arts frayed floral ribbon
Core’dinations Cardstock:  Pastels,Sugar & Spice; Spotted Tillie Dots, white
Core’dinations Cardstock Whitewash collection; Basic Grey Ornate collection Mud Mask
Core’dinations Sand it set
Unity Stamps Co.
Couture Creations, Fresh & Fun Collection, Smooch
ScrapMatts: Arch Window Frame 04, Leaf Spray 01
Clearsnap, mixed media Inx Jasmine, fairy dust glitter, jasmine embossing powder
Stampendous Rose colored fragment frantage
Gesso, tulle, feathers

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye is having a May Sketch challenge which gives everyone the opportunity to look thru all of your small bits and pieces of pattern paper and create  a gratifying layout by not having to cut up all new papers.  Check out My Mind's Eye and see Rhonda's fun layout.  Be sure to add some stitching to the layout.  I added two stitched stars to match the texture of the sanded Core'dinations Kraft core paper.

Here is the sketch and my card for the May sketch entry.  Wonderful sketch by Rhonda.
 When you look closely at the ribbon, the edges have a sewn edge, love this ribbon.

My Mine's Eye WinterWonderland Stamps
My Mine's Eye WW land accessories pad, 6x6 designer paper
Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions No. 4 Core'dinations Cardstock
Core'dinations Sand it Set
May Arts Ribbon
ClearSnap Fairy Dust Glitter, Merlot Ink
Xyron Mega Tape Runner Adhesive

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Core'dinations Blog Hop and Scrap Around the World

Welcome to my post today showcasing Core'dinations Cardstock paper.  Join Core'dinations for an experience  full with design inspiration.  The new design team will be featuring projects that are sure to inspire you to try something new.

My layout below features embossing, sanding, distressing, a technique of water misting and a hot glue application.
My inspirational sketch came from the delightful new blog called Scrap Around the World.  Please visit them.  Owner Helen is a wonderful lady who has selected the best of the best designers.  You will enjoy the creative journey with this team.  My "Ocean Waters calm my Soul"  layout is my entry into the May challenge.
I find sketches to be a great place to start and this sketch allowed me to truly enjoy the texture of Core'dinations Cardstock. 
Below is a close up of the Core Tags, Dark assortment.  See that texture and beautiful jewel tone colors of that core tag?
Try the water misting technique, you'll like it .  Core'dinations Cardstock can be water misted and you can create your own colored matching embellishments.  Hand punch some flower petals, mist with water, shape and dry.  Here is my matching floral cluster below.
Thanks for visiting today, be sure to visit the Core'dinations Blog for lots of inspiration and prizes .
Layout Supplies
Gemstones Core’dinations cardstock
Jillian Dot, Spotted color Core'dinations cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress collection
Core Tags- Dark Assorted sandable tags
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy         
My Favorite Things die –Leaf Filled Flourish
Martha Stewart punch-Garden Trellis
Couture Creations embossing folder-Fresh and Fun Collection, Magical
Cheesecloth, fiber, hot glue

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May Celebrations

May is the beginning of Spring blooms.  It's a time to celebrate sunshine and everything fresh... To-day, I am sharing a card I made for mother's day which should  inspire all of you to lighten-up your designs to celebrate the Spring season upon us.

JustRite Stamps has a challenge with a sewing theme which all of you will enjoy.  Check out their designer samples, sure to inspire.  I am entering my card into this fun challenge #  JRC_096. Tiny yellow button/floss.
Just Rite stamp set featured on my card is from the Botanical Butterflies clear stamp set.

The window panel on this card features Shimmerz Paints.  Shimmerz paints would like to see your artwork on their Facebook Page for the opportunity to have a Guest spot on their blog.
I used the modelling paste to create some texture to reflect a view from your window.  
Bubble wrap to create texture for the flower bush, Paint brush stippling for green grass & the upper vine.
My window panel supplies

Shimmerz paints, Hermit the Frog , Pink Stiletto, No Yoking, Sunflower and BlueByU Pearlz

Blue Fern Chipboard
Windsor Newton modelling paste
Spectra Fix, Degas Pastel fixative 
ClearSnap Fairy Dust Glitter and Turquoise Color Box Ink
May Arts Ribbons

Be sure to visit the Helmar Design Team Blog.   There is a great May challenge which I am entering this card into, featuring the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive,Premium craft glue and Scrap Dots.

This card features my favorite cardstock  Core'dination.
Visit Core'dination and enjoy a wonderful on-line shopping experience.
Jillian Dot, Spotted Color Core Core'dinations
Core essentials, Pastels Cardstock