Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Book Review: A Well-Crafted Home


I'm very fond of DIY decor and Janet Crowther's A Well-Crafted Home was a great find! 
Starting with an introductory section about design rules and a DIY Tool Kit, the author goes on to detail the steps for creating projects for every room in the house. The projects are simple and can be tailored to your space and are notches above the average DIY as they require quality materials (often salvaged) and carefully designed to last a long time. 
My favorites from the book are the refurbished table lamp (p.139), woven leather basket (p.21), framed brushstroke art (p.62) and the air-dry clay bowls. 
The photography is beautiful too. Must have for a crafter's library!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Monday, October 02, 2017

Card Tutorial: An Autumn Greeting!


Ah GORGEOUS Autumn! With so much rain this year, we lost a lot of leaves before they could turn colors. But even then, every day it's a delight to see the colors peek though the thick morning mist. These are the scenes that inspired today's card. Follow along to see how I made this card, starting with the supplies:

Supplies:
Artsy Leaves Stamp Set
Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set
Lemon Grass True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink Pad  
Summer Days True Color Fusion Ink Pad  
Dark Roast True Color Fusion Ink Pad   
Gold Silk
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock
Details Pro Shears 4.5"
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - Small


Stamp the Artsy Leaves onto Whip Cream cardstock with Dark Roast True Color Fusion ink.


Press Lemon Grass True Color Fusion Ink Pad face down on the leaves. Repeat with Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink Pad and Summer Days True Color Fusion Ink Pad till you have a spread of autumn colors over the leaves. 
 

Cut the colored leaves with scissors following the stamped lines and cut one into a block.


Attach the cut out leaves with the Easy Glide adhesive runner. Add the artsy leaf block overlapping the other leaves with Journey Foam Squares - Small.


Splatter Gold Silk on the card.


On Whip Cream cardstock, stamp the sentiment 'Hello' from the Embroidered Greetings Stamp set and Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink.
Cut the sentiment out with scissors and attach to the card with Journey Foam Squares.


Here's my finished card. I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with these lovely stamps!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review: New York Street Style


My first book by Zoe de las Cases was Paris Street Style. I had loved her loose drawings depicting various scenes from the city along with pages dedicated to patterns. I was excited to see her new release New York Street Style. As I turned the pages, I couldn't help smiling, seeing the various stylish expressions that I have seen walking in the streets of New York City. There are just enough details and yet the drawings are so laid back. I know I'm going to enjoy coloring this one as would anyone who is fond of coloring books!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Card Tutorial: Love You!


I am fascinated by intricately cut papers. Most of us don't have the time it takes to cut papers into such fine details. So, the next best thing is to use die-cuts to do the heavy lifting for us. In the card above, I used a detail butterfly die. You can follow along to see how I put the card together.

Let's start by looking at the  supplies.
All Aflutter Die set
Origami Love Printed Paper
Embroidered Greetings Stamp set

True Color Fusion Ink: Candy Apple
Amaze machine
Cardstock: Whip Cream, Butter Cream, Cotton Candy 
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - Small 

Journey Glaze
Other: scissors, trimmer, pen



Trim cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half to make 4.25" x 5.5" card. 
Open up the card and place the All Aflutter Butterfly die blade side down at about the center of the front flap of the card. Use the Amaze machine to cut a butterfly 'window' on the card.



Trim Cotton Candy cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5". Trim print paper to 4" x 5.25". 
Attach printed paper block to cardstock block. Attach the whole thing behind the butterfly window of the card using Journey Glaze. 



Stamp 'Love You' with Candy Apple ink on Butter Cream cardstock. Cut out with scissors and attach to card with Journey Foam Squares.


Add details with pen.


Here's the finished card. 
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Little Heart Shrine


This little heart shrine made with Crafty Chica's Sizzix dies is dedicated to Frida Kahlo. It now adorns the gallery wall I have in my studio. Follow this link to the Sizzix blog for a tutorial to see how I made it!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Video Tutorial: Mix Your Favorites to Make Your Own


The fact that I LOVE patterned papers is evident everywhere in my studio, actually my whole house. Look and you'll find stacks stashed away in bins, on shelves, and under-the-bed boxes!!! While I absolutely love having them around, they pose a decision challenge when I actually go to create...sometimes I JUST CAN"T CHOOSE! If you are the same way, you might find an easy answer/reminder in this video tutorial. It is a SUPER-SIMPLE-could-not-get-any-easier-than-this technique. 

Let's start by looking at the supplies.
Supplies:
Hello Butterfly Stamp/Die Set
Origami Love Printed paper

Ori Wings 3D Stickers
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Cardstock: Whip Cream
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - Small
Other: scissors, trimmer 


And here's the video tutorial for you.


I hope you enjoy!
 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Card Tutorial: Follow Your Dreams


Who doesn't love a beautiful nature-inspired encouragement card! If you wish to make one like the card above, follow along. Let's start by looking at the supplies.

Supplies:
Dreams Follow Bundle
True Color Fusion Ink: Candy Apple, Denim Days, Hazelnut Blend, Lemon Grass, Rock Candy, Summer Days
Amaze machine
Cardstock: Golden Glow, Candy Apple, Denim Days, Whip Cream, Butter Cream
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - Small
Other: scissors, trimmer

 

Start by stamping the images on cardstock.


Die-cut the stamped images using Amaze machine along with the corresponding dies.


Layer the die-cuts together to create dimensional embellishments.

Trim Whip Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half to make 4.25" x 5.5" card. 
Trim Candy Apple cardstock to 4" x 5.25". Attach to card. 




Arrange the butterflies and flowers on the card.
 

Add the sentiment block to finish the card.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!