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Pretty in pink

I know it’s a bit early but I’ve really been having fun with pinks and pastels lately. I had these delicious “Sweet Treats” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and bright and playful papers and stamps from Brutus Monroe. I had to do something fun with them and needed (a little) break from Christmas.

I also recently bought these heart dies from MFT in anticipation for Valentine’s Day, but decided to pull them out a little early. I created the shaker element and heart embellishment next to it with them. The papers, card stock, ribbon and stamps are from Brutus Monroe.

I enjoyed playing with all the bright colors and bringing the different products together. One of my favorite things about Sparkle Blends is that one mix can be so versatile. There were so many fun colors in the Sweet Treats mix that I was able to play with a variety of papers, patterns and markers when I colored. These sweet little treats are still in stock. Grab a new blend and see how many different ideas you can come up!

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A beautiful process for a beautiful person

It was my mom’s birthday and that means I had to make her a perfect card. I wanted it to be pretty, meaningful and something she would cherish. Since I always picked my mom tiger lilies when I was a kid, I chose a Lily stamp I received when I took a class with Nicole Peterson from Picket Fence Studios. In class, she taught us different ways to use ZIG Real Brush water color markers, so I chose those to work with.

I stamped the image on Strathmore Bristol with black hybrid ink from Picket Fence and then colored and blended with the ZIGs and a water brush. I created the background by dabbing some color around the image and then blending out with the water brush. Once dry, I mixed Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink in Frost White with water and splattered it on with a paint brush.

For the sentiment, I stamped “YOU are simply” in black ink. I die cut “amazing” three times and stacked them. The top layer is covered in glossy accents. I embellished with seam binding ribbon from Polka Dot Orchard and “Broken Glass” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. The green card stock and white card base are from Stampin’ Up.

My mom adored the card, which made me so happy. I wanted her to love it and feel my love for her. After all, this is one of my main reasons for making cards for people. And they always seem to come out better when I am making it for someone I know appreciates it. Who is your favorite person to make cards for?

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For your dies only

I never thought this day would come. I guess I never had a reason to. Yet this card has absolutely no ink on it! I made a complete card with no stamping. I am pretty sure this is a first for me.

This card came together so easily. Aside from the intricate pieces, this was a simple fun card. I used an A-2 card sized dies from Brutus Monroe called “Ornaments Die.” I ran it through with 3 different specialty papers (silver foil from Stampin’ Up and Pink & blue glitter cardstock from Brutus Monroe. I created my window with the silver piece then played around mixing and matching the other pieces til I found something I liked. I created a quick and easy shaker window and filled it with “Blue Blizzard” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I added the “Celebrate” sentiment using a Stampin’ Up die and I had a complete card to die for.

And a great thing – I was left with enough pieces to make a few more cards. Although the process was a bit tedious, it was very simple and fun to make this timeless design. Give it a try with one of your dies. I also encourage you to make a holiday card without green & red. There are so many fun possibilities. If you check out all the amazing Holiday & year round Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground online store, you will definitely find some inspiration. So go make stuff and be happy.

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The most wonderful time to make cards

Next to Halloween, making Christmas cards is my favorite. lately I’ve been having so much fun creating these snowy, pastel backgrounds using Distress Oxide sprays, ink splatters, white pigment, embossing folders and whatever other media I can grab to make a cool, blustery background. For the colors on this card, I took inspiration from the “Hello Frosty” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and tried to mimic the color palette.

I found this great Sizzix die and thought it made a perfect shaker window. My daughter recently told me how she loves to look into people’s windows at night as we drive by, so I thought I would create that feeling of peeking in to a little scene. I used the “Comfort & Joy” stamp set from Brutus Monroe to create my little indoor scene through the window. I masked the different elements to create depth and did my best to stick to the color palette. I tried to use complimentary shades of green on the tree. The inside sentiment is from the same stamp set in Salty Ocean Distress ink to compliment the Salty Ocean Oxide Spray I used on the front.

Creating this card reminded me of making dioramas in grade school. I had a lot of fun creating this. I hope you enjoyed a peek inside.

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Disco Christmas

Purple. I love it. But on a Christmas card? YES! Thanks to the new “With a Bang” Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. When I spread my package of new blends out onto the table, this one was the first to pop out at me. I love purple so of course, I was drawn to it. But the elements are gorgeous. There are so many cool pieces that make this blend really stand out. I kept everything shiny and blingy just like the blend!

All papers are from Stampin’ Up as well as the black glitter embossing powder, ribbon and metallic thread. The Santa stamp is from Trinity Stamps. I colored him with Copics and used Stickles on the fur of his hat and coat and Glossy Accents on his boots. And of course, the star of the show is “With a Bang” Sparkles Blend. What better way to showcase a purple Santa!

If you need inspiration or want to step outside of your comfort zone, or even if you just want to make pretty things, check out this month’s awesome new Sparkle Blends! Grab a few so you can make stuff and be happy!

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Happy Feet, Happy Holidays!

Don’t these penguins remind you of the movie Happy Feet? Adorable. I could not wait to get Preppy Penguins from Maymay Made It. They were so adorable, I couldn’t wait to color them. Then I laid my eyes on the new Pastel Penguins Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and I knew it was a match made in heaven. As always when I work with Sparkle Blends, they take lead of my design process and I am totally okay with that. The reason being, they completely push me out of my comfort zone. This is a color pallet I would have never even rested a thought upon. Now I adore it and cannot wait to use it again. So like I always say, if you are stumped or need inspiration or even just want to challenge yourself, pick a Sparkle Blend that appeals to you or just pick a random one and see where it takes you.

First, I laid the Pastel Penguins blends out on a piece of white cardstock and pulled Copics to match by sprinkling some blends on my Copic color chart to get the perfect match of mint green and pale pink. I chose very light shades of the nuetral greys for the penguins. My initial instincts were to use cool greys but they ended up being too cool. I don’t usually have that problem. 😉

For the background, I used Worn Lipstick and Twisted Citron Oxide Sprays but then realized the green was too bright and I toned it down with Mowed Lawn. After I embossed the snowflakes, I inked the edges of the tag with Twisted Citron, then toned it down with Brutus Monroe White Alabaster pigment ink. I used clear Wink of Stella on the snowflakes to make them shimmer and added some Nuvo Dream drops for some added shine. The edges of the pink shaker frame are inked with Worn Lipstick Oxide ink. I also used it to stamp the “To/From” on the tag. “Holiday Happiness” is embossed in silver. Lastly, I used Stickles on the penguins pompom and Wink of Stella on the pink bow and sweater. I went old school with a snowflake thumb punch on some silver glitter cardstock. I loved the background of the tag so much, I chose to make a transparent shaker so it would show through. Lastly I tied it all up with a mess of shabby chic ribbons and trims.

I had so much fun creating this and every time I get inspired by Sparkle Blends I cannot wait to make something else. Shaker tags don’t have to be as elaborate as this. It can be a simple addition that will make a package glow for someone special. It you’re not sure where to start, check out the Sparkle Blends etsy shop. Grab a few of the new holiday blends and let them lead you to creativity. Make stuff and be happy.

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Lights in the forest lead me to coffee

True story – I never get tired of making coffee themed projects. I love coffee. I love coffee themed craft supplies. I love making coffee themed craft projects. Therefore, my cup runneth over.

But who would’ve thought something called “Lights in the Forest” would lead me to coffee. It just goes to show, inspiration can come from anywhere. This time it was from one Doodle Paper Playgrounds newest Sparkle Blends, called (as I’ve mentioned) “Lights in the Forest.”

This unique color palette is the perfect “blend” for so may different themes, but since I had some new coffee themed supplies from Brutus Monroe, that’s the direction I followed.

I created the background using a coffee bean die from Brutus Monroe’s October Inspiration Box. I cut it several times on the brown paper, then layered it on top of green. To create the coffee cups, I ran the coffee cup die through on different colored papers then swapped the pieces out.

Glitter paper and blue cardtsock are from Brutus Monroe. The rest is from Stampin’ Up. The sentiment is from Echo Park’s Coffee & Friends stamp set. I stamped it with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink.

Inspiration is everywhere. Keep your mind’s eye open and you never know what you will that will inspire you to make stuff and be happy.

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Spooky, scary…chilly…snowy?

Tomorrow is Oct. 31. Instead of leaves flying through the air, I am looking at snowflakes. I guess it’s perfect timing for this cozy card.

Usually on Nov. 1 we switch from black and orange to red and green and…pink? blue? orange? Anything “Merry & Bright,” as was the inspiration for this festive winter card. This is not a color palette I would arrive at on my own, which is one of the many reason I love Doodle Paper Playground’s Sparkle Blends. They always provide all the inspiration I need to design an amazing, creative card. Whether it be by color scheme, theme, or just by the various shapes within a single blend. I never lack inspiration when including them in a project or creating a design around them.

Merry & Bright is not your typical red & green holiday blend. It’s so much more fun. It’s filled with bright cheery colors and shapes that give a fun wintery feel. It’s the perfect blend to use with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. I used a pale grey ink pad to stamp my image and colored with the ZIGs and a water brush pen. I also had some bright Archival Ink colors to make the snowflake background and stamp the sentiment. My white cardstock is Stampin’ Up Glitter cardstock which is so much fun to work with and paired perfect with the Merry & Bright blend. And of course, I had to get some glitter and shimmer in there.

I hope the weather is Merry & Bright wherever you are and Halloween brings you some sweetness. Until next time, don’t forget to make stuff and be happy!

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So thankful

For friends, family and crafts! Truly. Crafting became crucial the past 7 months, more-so than ever. It was always therapy, but it became necessary. And I felt so blessed to have it as a fallback, mainly because of the community it meant I was a part of.

So today I honor all my amazing people in the crafty community with this adorable turkey from Brutus Monroe. He was so fun to color with Copics and highlight with a white pen. I even added some Glossy Accents to his eyes. The paper and ribbon are from Brutus Monroe also.

Take a look at the window and notice the beautiful colors in this shaker blend from Doodles Paper Playground called “Give Thanks.” They make a perfect backdrop for the turkey. I know most people don’t send Thanksgiving cards, but I can’t think of a better time to let someone know how grateful you are to have them in your life. So take the time to make stuff and be happy.

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Oh the weather outside…

…is not quite frightful, but that’s not stopping me from thinking about fuzzy hats and warm cups of cocoa! This card makes me want to curl up in front of the fireplace after a day in the snow.

This rustic design was inspired by this month’s Mood Board Challenge from Doodles Paper Playground. The October release is out now and has me starting to feel that Christmas vibe. I also had just gotten the “S’more Coffee” Inspo box from Brutus Monroe and it included the deliciously adorable stamp set by the same name. The two were a perfect blend.

My friend Donna gave me the clever idea to stamp the hat on plaid paper. So I used paper from “A Lumberjack Christmas” (and also just learned that ‘lumberjack’ is one word) from Echo Park. Then I paper pieced it on white and used a white pen to fill in the fur on the pocket. The coloring was done with Copics.

To get a rustic feel on the diecut, I used the “Simple Holly Vine Frame” from Poppy with kraft core cardstock from Coordinations. I pieced and layered brown and green, then sanded them to look distressed. I used the same technique and paper on the background, after embossing it with a wood textured embossing folder from Stampin’ Up. The black and red cardstock is from Brutus Monroe. This was my first time using his paper and I am in love. With the paper, that is. And maybe a few other items. (Did someone say Squeaky Clean?)

However, let’s talk about the real star of this rustic motif. Take a closer look at the Rustic Rudolph Sparkle Blends. This color palette inspired the whole theme of this card. I would not usually mix brown and black, but I think it worked perfect in this instance. And, there’s nothing more satisfying than stepping out of your comfort zone and loving the outcome, am I right? It made the 4 hours I spent on this card totally worth it. zzzzZZZZZzzzzz

I did have to construct a deep box in order for the “berries” to be able to move freely, but I think that added to the charm. It almost feels like a window box with a little wintery scene. What do you think? I would love to hear from you and see some of your rustic wintery creations. Don’t forget to play along with the Rustic Holiday Mood Board Challenge this month in the Sparkle Blends Fan Club. You could win a prize and then you will definitely be able to say to your friends, “Make stuff. Be happy.”