Sunday, August 30, 2015

Joy Clair August Release-Thank You For Everything

Happy Sunday! I'm back today to introduce another stamp set from a brand new stamp company, Joy Clair. I've been asked to design some projects for their inaugural release and it's been an honor.

Today's featured set is named Thank You For Everything. Its a really sweet gratitude sentiment set mixed with some small design elements. I made a fall themed thank you card to show you.

I used the leaf stamp from the Hello Autumn set that was featured on the first day of the release. I really like the mixtures of the handwritten look fonts with the smaller add-on words.This is really an awesome set in that you can mix and match all the sentiments to come up with many different phrases.

Click here to have a look at it on the Joy Clair website.

Use the links below to see some other inspirational projects using this stamp set:

That's it for me for the very first Joy Clair release! Thanks for stopping over and I hope you've found some new stamps to add to your collection. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Joy Clair First Release,Day Three- Hugs And Smiles

Happy Wednesday and welcome to day three of the first ever release from Joy Clair. Today's featured stamps are a very cute modern set called Hugs And Smiles. Besides Hello Autumn, this may be my personal favorite of the entire release.

I am just in love with the current water color trend in stationery. I stamped my images onto water color paper with Black Memento Ink and allowed it to dry thoroughly. I used my Spectrum Aqua markers as my water coloring medium. I simply swiped the pen onto a clear stamp block and picked the color up with a water brush. After I finished coloring, I flicked the bristles of the water brush to make the droplets. I let it dry for several hours and then constructed my card. The sentiment tag was made by coloring a clear block with Spectrum Aqua markers them spritzing it with water and swiping it across a piece of water color paper. I let that dry for a while, then stamped the sentiment before I die cut it into a tag shape.

I then mounted the large panel onto a pink card base, added the sentiment tag with foam tape and then added a twine string bow finished off with a matching enamel dot. This would be a great card to make in multiples using different colors and switching up the sentiment to make a card set to give away as a gift.

More inspiration is waiting for you at the links below:

There's also a giveaway on the Joy Clair blog each day of the release for that day's featured stamps. Make sure to hop over to the Joy Clair blog for all the details.

For a look at the Hugs And Smiles stamp set click here

I'll be taking a break from the release for a few days, I'll be back on Sunday. In the meantime, please keep checking the Joy Clair blog each day for the continuing release. Have an awesome day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Joy Clair Inaugural Release Day Two-Bandana Bits

Good morning and welcome to the second day of the release from a brand new stamp company, Joy Clair! I hope you liked the Autumn set we previewed for you yesterday. Today we have a set that is a bit different, Bandana Bits. its a cute bandana inspired set. Instead of the usual country feeling you might expect, I've used the paisley in a different way on my card for you today.

I've used the large paisley to create a background. For some reason, paisley reminds me of peacocks, maybe the feathers look like them or maybe I see them together in other designs.Who knows really?!
Anyway, I had this peacock pendant I scrounged from a necklace my daughter didn't want any longer and thought it would be perfect for a card. What a great way to upcycle something that may have ended up at the landfill!

If you want to get a look at the stamp set, click over to the Joy Clair store by clicking here.
Check out the rest of the guest designers and see what they have for you today:

Kristi Schurr >>>you are here!♥

We've got lots more to show you for this release, please visit again tomorrow for another project! Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Joy Clair Inaugural Release- Hello Autumn

Happy Monday! I'm very excited to be a part of the very first release of a brand new stamp brand, Joy Clair! You may have seen a few sneak peeks  that have been going on around the last couple of weeks, but now it's time to kick of the official release at last.

First up is a really pretty set for fall, Hello Autumn. My favorite season and my absolute favorite cards to make!
Here is a lovely fall card I created:

I have some old pages from a French book I purchased a while back.The color and patina the pages have are just wonderful.The paper is a bit brittle, so when you tear the edges, it looks wonderful and vintage. I  stamped the leaves over the text to make a nice background. The ink really soaked into the paper and gave it a soft shabby look. I layered the book page over a blue background paper on an inked kraft card base. After that, the card was simple to put together. I just added some lace,rust colored seam binding and some fabric leaves from my stash. I stamped Happy Fall onto a canvas tag and hung it with some blue jute twine. An aged brass button provides just the right finishing touch.

Use the links below to visit the other guest designers. First up is the Joy Clair blog.

 There is also a giveaway going on to celebrate Joy Clair's grand opening. Make sure to visit the Joy Clair blog and see how you can win this beautiful stamp set!

This is a very full release and we have wonderful things to show you this week. I hope you'll return tomorrow, I have another project for you! Have an awesome day and thank you for visiting!♥

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Sheri Crafts Challenge- Long Time No See

Happy Saturday! It's time for a new challenge at My Sheri Crafts. This time, the theme is ''Long Time No See". Show us your projects that feature a miss you or thinking of you theme. Here's my card for you.
In an earlier post, I promised to show you some cards made with Anna Griffin's Flower Pot Decoupage Die Cuts. The roses in this collection are just gorgeous as you can see! I love the sweet rich vintage look that they have. I just love beautiful flower arrangements, but my kitties tend to munch on them when we buy fresh flowers, so paper bouquets will have to suffice for the duration. Here's another card using the die cuts:
I love the purple and green together! How could these lovely flowers not make you feel better?:)

I hope you'll join us for the challenge at My Sheri Crafts. You have two weeks to play, so there's plenty of tie to link up your projects. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Vintage Style Gift Tag

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going great! School let in this week in my area, so it feels like the summer is officially winding down. I am anxiously awaiting the fall!

Today I'm sharing a gift tag with you. I love how it turned out!

A few years ago I purchased some Spellbinders Grand dies. These are Labels Twenty. I don't really use them that much because they are so huge, but I had an idea. Instead of making a greeting card, how about a greeting tag? You could use a very large tag to decorate a gift box or bag and it would become part of the gift or BE the gift. I've made this tag with a chipboard base in order for it to be sturdy and last as a piece of home decor. I have quite a collection of trims and embellishments that would be too heavy for a card so this is a perfect way to use them. I'm also excited that these tags can be made with either purchased chipboard or recycled chipboard from around the house. Since I no longer scrapbook traditionally, I can try to use all of the 12x12 paper that I have accumulated over the years.

Here's a look at the reverse side:
 I've added a smaller label in the same shape so a message can be written to the recipient. The possibilities are endless, these don't have to fit into an envelope so you could embellish them any way you choose. I'm all for coming up with ways to use what you have in your stash instead of it sitting for years and years and then end up donated or recycled.

She's a cutie, isn't she? Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your week!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

My Sheri Crafts Challenge- Home Decor

Happy Saturday! It's time for a new challenge over at My Sheri Crafts! This time we want to see your home decor! No cards this time around! Well, I'm such a prolific card maker that of course was hard for me.  In the days before I blogged, I  dabbled in collage and altered items. When I decided to concentrate on cards, it took a back seat. Lately, I've been admiring vintage style mixed media collages. My interest in them is resurfacing and I've been going back into my attic to retrieve my fabrics, laces and trims that were stored away many years ago. I decided to try my hand at a vintage style mixed media wall hanging.

I think this old photograph of the Eiffel Tower makes a great subject! I found this photo online for free use and printed it out on card stock. I used my old shape scissors to give it a deckled edge. I started with a piece of chipboard and covered it with patterned papers.  I have so many large fabric flowers in my stash that were too big for cards and were languishing in my craft room. I can finally put them to use! With the exception of he photograph, everything I used on this piece was already in my craft stash. I used hot glue to attach everything except the metal piece that says 'cherish'. I used some E-6000 to make sure it would stay on.

This collage would look great just about anywhere in your home, an armoire, china cabinet, closet doors or used as a large gift tag attached to a bag or package.

I hope you'll join us for this wonderful challenge, I can't wait to see what you create! Thank you for stopping by today, have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties Is Turning Three!

Happy Saturday! August is a very special month. It's Paper Sweeties' Third Birthday! Debbie has graciously asked me to join in for this month's Paper Sweeties challenge and birthday celebration!
This month's challenge inspiration board is just the cutest! Here's a peek:

I have two cards to share with you today; I couldn't stop at just one!

First up is a very cute birthday card. The cute little cupcake is from one of my all-time favorite Paper Sweeties stamp sets, Sending Sweet Thoughts. The sentiment is from the Happy set. The die cut word is from the Happy Sweet Cuts die set. I've also added some seam binding in Mint and  Sugar Sprinkles for a sweet shabby chic look.

My second  is a birthday card made with them same papers and the Happy stamp set and Sweet Cuts die set. I've stamped and die cut some cute roses and leaves using the Party Time stamps and coordinating Sweet Cuts die sets. I stamped the flowers onto the patterned papers used in the rest of the card for a soft look.  This card is a bit fancier than the first with the addition of a little lace trim along the left side and lots of pearls!.

To Join in on the fun, all you have to do is CREATE a NEW project based on the current inspiration board using any of your favorite crafty supplies — receive an EXTRA VOTE if you use something from Paper Sweeties such as a stamp, die or embellishment!  If you don’t have any stamps from Paper Sweeties yet, we have some complimentary digital images for you to try out!  Use this month’s board as a starting point for your project — be inspired by one or more of the colors, shapes, theme — anything goes!
Our challenge will run for the entire month. You can play along as many times as you wish — the more times you play, the more chances you have to win! The challenges will end at 12 pm EST on the last day of each month.

I hope you'll join us for this month's challenge and keep checking back at Paper Sweeties during the month of August for more birthday fun. See you there!
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