Monday, July 28, 2014

Creative Blog Hop!

I am happy to say that my friend, Lisa Gregory, has nominated me to participate in a Creative Blog Hop.  Lisa's flower making has long intrigued and inspired me.  She has quite the knack for creating spectacular flowers with cardstock and just about anything she can think of.  Check out her blog to find her flower making tutorials.

This Creative Blog Hop is to inspire those that take part by meeting new people and experiencing their different styles and techniques along the way.

First, I would like to share with you some of my favorite projects.

 "Together" - Scrapbook Layout

"Reason" - Mixed Media, Journal Page

"Daughter" - Card

"Roses in December" - Tag

Now, on with the hop.   So, here goes...

Each nominee will answer four questions and then nominate other crafty friends to play along and keep the blog hop going.

1.  What am I working on? 
 I would love to say that my craft room is a mess and I have several projects going at one time.  Alas, that is not the case at the moment.  I just finished an August Challenge project for Craft-Dee BowZ and tidied my room.  Our home is on the market and keeping my craft room in order has proven to be a major project in itself!

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I have a somewhat eclectic style that is heavily influenced by vintage and shabby chic.  Typically, I am not a follower when creating a project.  My ideas come from inspiration around me and rarely from a sketch or lift.

3.  Why do I create/write what I do?
Creating is a huge release from stress for me.  I find it relaxing, (unless I'm late trying to meet a deadline) delightful and gratifying to be able to gift something that I made myself or to share it with family and friends.

4.  How does my creative process work?
S-L-O-W-L-Y.....sometimes I feel like it takes me forever to complete a project.   It is not unusual for me to spend days and even weeks working on something to get it just right.  I like to visualize in my mind (usually when I am laying in bed trying to sleep) what I am going to create.  Most of my projects start this way, but since I don't jump out of bed at 4 A.M. to make notes, I draw ideas from my surroundings while awake!

I am nominating a fellow blogger that has truly been an inspiration to me in one way or another. 

Dana Tatar
Dana's creative ideas leave me speechless and never cease to amaze me.  We met while on staff with an online magazine a few years back.  Since then, we have done some guest designing together.  Dana has great innovative ideas that will surely inspire you too!  Stop by her blog on August 4th and visit her Creative Blog Post.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Craft-Dee BowZ July Tag Album

I'm up on the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog sharing my July project created using this month's theme...multi loop bow, flowers and tags in shades of pink, light green and lavender.
I created an accordion tag mini album card using 4 tags that are "hinged" together with cardstock and covered with patterned paper. 

I used Scor Tape to adhere the cardstock to the tags.

The cardstock is measured to fit the tags and creased down the center.  I added Scor tape to either side of the crease on the hinges.

Next, I adhered them in an alternating fashion to create a fan fold album.

The front of the folding tag album card is covered with patterned paper and lots of luscious flowers. The multi loop pink bow was created using a Craft-Dee BowZ Bowmaker Tool.  Love this tool and it travels with me to wherever I am crafting.  I added an identical bow to the back of the album directly behind the one on the front for more dimension.  The closing tie wraps around the back of the album and ties on the side.

I covered the inside tags with patterned paper also and embellished with flowers, trim, die cut butterflies and quote stickers. 

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Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

Play along with the Craft-Dee BowZ  July Challenge.  Click on the Monthly Challenge tab located at the top of the blog for details and guidelines.  You could be the next winner of a spool of ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dies R' Us "Christmas in July" Challenge!

It's July and time for a new challenge on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog 

 Here's a theme that will get you thinking ahead..."Christmas in July"!
I know it was a long winter for me, but it's never too early to start those holiday projects.  The weather has been hot, hot, hot and creating that "Christmas in July" project may be just what you need to cool off.

So, show us your "Christmas in July" project.
 Don't forget, most importantly,  we want to see your die-cuts too.

Visit the Dies R Us Challenge Blog to see our challenge rules and link your project.  You can find the rules listed in the left side bar.  Grab our Dies R Us Challenge badge to share on your blog.

The challenge winner, chosen by Inlinkz, will receive a $10 Dies R Us Gift Voucher to spend in the Dies R Us store.

Here's my "Christmas in July" inspiration!

"all is calm, all is bright"
Spellbinders - Fall Foliage
Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations - Vintage Floret

I love creating layers on my cards and using die-cuts is a great way to achieve that look!

Visit the Dies R Us Store and check out their great inventory.

Hope you enjoyed my inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by.


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