Friday, January 30, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday: Boys Only!

TGIF fellow farmers! The last week has been really stressful on me and I'm glad its coming to a close. Between getting over a cold while nursing two sick babies back to health, coping with a death in my family, and preparing my hubby for a mini deployment cycle, I've been super preoccupied leaving almost no time for crafting! I did however manage to squeeze in a cute little card for this week's Farm Fresh Friday challenge, Boys Only, over at The Greeting Farm.

Roll Call Kit (Dylan)

Both this little cutie and the sentiment was part of one of the large 8x10 rubber sets released by The Greeting Farm called the Roll Call Kit, which features 10 adorable full size stamps of the Wild Sprouts line. I colored Dylan using my copic markers on Xpress it blending card. The papers I used are from the Hip Hop Hooray 6x6 doodlebug designs 6x6 pad layered on top of bazzill heavy weight card shoppe cardstock in the color whirlypop. I heat embossed the sentiment in white EP and added a few enamel dots and a piece of orange and white bakers twine. The sketch I used for the layout was from the Retrosketches challenge blog. Since the challenge was Boys Only, I contained my urge to add stickles and wink of stella to every inch of this card, believe me, it drove me NUTS! Now it's your turn, pop over to The Greeting Farm and check out the rest of my D.Teamies' projects and link up for your chance to win an awesome prize!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday with The Greeting Farm

Happy Friday blogland! I apologize for the serious lack of posts but I've been feeling a bit under the weather while also having two sick babies as well so things have been a bit crazy around my house. With my girls finally back to their happy healthy selves, I've finally started to rest and recover. But enough about me, hope you guys had a great week and what better way to end the week than to kick off another Farm Fresh Friday challenge with The Greeting Farm? This week's challenge is Get Wordy, meaning just that, you add a sentiment to your card or project! Since this was a nice simple theme I thought I'd make a nice simple card using one of my super secret stamp club cuties, #9 Day Out Anya

SSSC #9 Day Out Anya

Since it seems to be the latest trend, since my watercoloring has been a little neglected, and since it looked so stinkin' fun, I tried my hand at making my own water colored background. Guess what, super easy and I loved it! I used my twinkling H2O watercolor paints and the background came out super shimmery oh I wish you guys could see the shimmer! And once it dried I mounted it to a piece of Bazzill heavyweight card shoppe cardstock, stamped my sentiment and called it done....But since it looked so plain, I colored up the adorable Day Out Anya with my copics, fussy cut her out and adhered her to my card and she fit in perfectly! Because I wanted the background to be the focus I didn't add any extra embellishments, just a bit of wink of stella to her outfit. I hope this inspires you guys to try out making your own watercolor backgrounds. Now head on over to The Greeting Farm to find out the winner of last week's challenge and see what those amazing teamies of mine have come up with. Don't forget to link up your creations for a chance to win a fabulous prize and the chance to have your card featured on Wow'd me Wednsday at The Greeting Farm, see you guys soon, I'm getting looks from hubby that tell me "step away from the computer and get back to bed, sick person" gotta love him ;)


Friday, January 16, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday

TGIF friends! Not just because this week seemed to drag by, but because it's time for a new Farm Fresh Friday Challenge over at The Greeting Farm, I'm die-ing to show you guys my card! Lol, sorry I couldn't help myself as the name of the game is Die-alicious, meaning you have to use 2 or more dies on your card/project, hence the reason for my bad pun! Today I'm using my newest favorite from the January release, Dollie With Hearts:

Dollie With Hearts

I loved this challenge because it gave me an excuse to go a little overboard with my small, slowly growing, collection of dies! Many of my dies are lovey/valentine themed, and since Valentine's day is my favorite holiday this card came together quickly. I colored up Dollie using my copic markers and a little stickles here and there to add some sparkle to her outfit. The white chevron on kraft paper is by doodlebug designs (got mine on e-bay) and the white paper is a scrap of Georgia Pacific white cardstock #60 (walmart) ran through an embossing folder I've had for ages. The dies I used are an assortment of brands. The heart banner die is by LaLa Land crafts, the pennant banner is a Poppy Stamps die, the hearts are Memory Box, the doily is from Stampin Up (retired) and the arrows, lacy oval and oval dies are Spellbinders. Last but not least the 'Smile' sentiment die is by The Greeting Farm (retired, sorry!) from a set called delicate words. By the time I'd finished loading on dies my card was starting to look a bit busy so I kept the embellishments simple by adding only a few small pearls here and there. I usually don't use more than two dies on one card but this was a fun change for me trying to make all the elements come together without over crowding and overshadowing the image I used. Be sure to stop by The Greeting Farm to check out last week's challenge winner and see what my other fellow DT gals have cooked up, I know they're to die for :D O.k. that was my last pun today, promise! Don't forget to link up your crafty creations for a chance to win a fabulous prize

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Find Joy in the Ordinary

Hi guys! Just wanted to pop in today with a cute little tag I made a while back but hadn't had a chance to blog about yet using the adorable Angel Kaylee digi from Some Odd Girl

Angel Kaylee Digi

And a Close Up

I'm still working on my 3D technique but I believe its coming along nicely! I colored Kaylee using my copic markers and some wink of stella for shimmer on her outfit and wings. I inked around the edges of my papers with walnut stain distress ink to give it an aged look and tie it in with the browns in her hair and outfit. next I layerd a scrap of DP onto some leftover chocolate chip SU! cardstock to create a simple elegant looking background for Kaylee. The sentiment is from one of The Greeting Farm's new releases, Dollie With Hearts, stamped in Timber Brown Stazon ink. I loved that sentiment the moment I read it and couldn't wait to stamp it on everything! Like many of my 3d paper pieced projects I kept the embellishments simple, adding only a bit of ribbon and a few DIY enamel dots so that the focus would be on the image. This tag wasn't for a particular challenge, just part of my New Year's resolution to practice techniques that give me a hard time so hope you guys like it!


Friday, January 9, 2015

FFF: Baby It's Cold Outside!

TGIF fellow Farmers! My goodness this week went by quickly. Hubby went back to work Monday and my oldest daughter went back to school so the house has stayed quiet and most importantly, CLEAN. The temperatures have been in the single to negative digits all week long with several feet of snow here, not awesome for a native Texan so I've been shut in :-( To me that seemed like the perfect recipe for getting crafty! This week's Farm Fresh Friday theme, Baby, It's Cold Outside!, happens to match the weather so I knew just which warm and cozy looking TGF cutie I wanted to use:

Cozy Ian Digi

His scarf looks so extra warm and cuddly, makes me wish I had one just like it! I've been practicing my 3d paper piecing and have done a few projects using this technique. I definitely see an improvement in my work and the process gets easier the more I do it. It is kind of tedious to some but I love the look of the results so much! I colored the image with my copic markers, cut out and glued everything down then set it aside to dry. For the card, I layered a piece of white Georgia Pacific cardstock onto a kraft base that I inked with TH walnut stain. I wanted to create a subtle snowy background so with my versamark ink pad I stamped a repeating snowflake pattern onto  a piece of Bazzille Card Shoppe heavy weight cardstock in the color whirlypop. I sprinkled clear embossing powder and used my heat gun to bring out the snowflake pattern to keep it subtle. I had a few scraps of a wood patterned paper in my stash that I knew would add a warm toasty feel to the card to go with his warm toasty outfit so I inked them around the edges with walnut stain also. For embellishments I added a bit of jute twine and some coordinating buttons with a computer generated sentiment. Once the glue was dry on my image, I mounted him on my card using foam dots! It may be cold outside, but Ian will be perfectly cozy on my card! Be sure to head over to The Greeting Farm to see the chilly treats my fellow DT gals have for you and don't forget to link up for your chance to win a fabulous prize! Remember:

*You must use a TGF stamp (rubber, digi, or clear) as your main image.
*Entries must be uploaded via InLinkz (below) no later than January 8th, at NOON CST. You can add a direct link to your entry from your personal blog, SCS gallery, Flickr or TGF galleria. (If the InLinkz tool is missing, feel free to link your submission URL in the comment section.)
*The fabulous prize: A $25 Gift Certificate to The Greeting Farm Store!!
Please be sure to enter new creations only, NO Backlinking!!!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect

Happy Thursday Farmer friends, Farmer Krys here! If you tuned in on Monday, Marie shared a few of her new year's resolutions with you guys and I thought it was a wonderful idea. So in keeping with her theme, I thought I'd share some of my crafty resolutions with you guys too! Now I don't know about you but I just couldn't get enough of those adorable New Releases from The Greeting Farm so I whipped up something quickly to share with you guys using the comfy chic Day Off Anya

Day off Anya

This year, one of my new years resolutions was to get outside my comfort zone more often as well as practice techniques I struggle with. You can't really tell from the picture (but boy did I try!) that this image was paper pieced using the technique I've been practicing, adding dimension to a normally flat image by use of 3d glue and embossing. I've also been practicing my CAS cards because I am horrible at scaling back my embellishing and layering to the point of one card taking hours to complete! Sometimes, a quick card is a stress reliever, especially when you are already taking so much time to create a 3d paper pieced image. This card was all around practice for me, CAS, 3D paper piecing, and hair coloring. Do you guys have any techniques you try out that could use a little practice? We'd love to hear. Don't forget to join us tomorrow at The Greeting Farm for a new Farm Fresh Friday Challenge where we'll announce the winner from the last Farm Fresh Friday and show off some awesome inspiring projects from the DT!

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Reason To Smile

Happy Monday all! As you (hopefully) know, I finally reached a huge goal of mine to become a member of one of my long time favorite stamping company The Greeting Farm's Design Team. I am blessed enough to work with some of the most amazingly talented women out there and to me, that is more than a reason to smile! Things have finally slowed down around here as the holiday season comes to an end and since I  never got a chance to tell all my followers how grateful I am for their supportive comments and taking time out of their day to see what my crazy mind has come up with, this is a card to thank you all and let you know, you guys give me a reason to smile!

Winky Bean

I used the 3D technique I learned from watching a tutorial from an enourmously talented lady by the name of  Mariska. I wanted to keep this card CAS to let the image take center stage so I only used a few buttons and a strip of ribbon to embellish. I colored Winky Bean using my copic markers and used my TH black soot distress marker around the edges. Winky Bean came from a 8x10 set with several other retired beans and a bonus of two exclusive beans available only in the kit. TGF released it for pre order a few months back and at a cheaper price so I just had to have it. Those beans are so stinkin cute and versatile they work on just about any type of card! The banners were cut from various pieces of DP from the doodlebug Sugar Shoppe 6x6 pad I got on E-bay. I hope you guys like my card and thank you for the support!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Here's to the New Year and a New FFF Challenge

Happy New Year guys! Have you seen the new website? Isn't it fabulous? TGF has truly outdone themselves, if you haven't yet be sure to check it out! Now, I don't know about you but crafting like crazy was high up on my list of resolutions for 2015. And what better way to welcome a new year than with sparkle bling and pizzas? No, no. Not pizza, I meant pizazz (although pizza doesn't sound to bad either!). Sparkle and bling go hand in hand with new year's cheer and the DT has plenty of that so here's my project for this week's Farm Fresh Friday, Holiday Glam

New Year Anya digi

If you've been a friend of the Farm for a while you probably recognize this adorable little lady as the free digi TGF gave their fans for New Years 2011. To make the year on her sash fit the current year I erased the numbers before printing off the digi and then wrote them in using a copic multiliner. Since i wasn't in the mood to make a card (and since my shaker card turned out no so fabulous) I decided to create a 3d paper rosette. I started by scoring two pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" black cardstock every inch folding accordion style using a bone folder for tight creases. Next  Take one accordion and adhere the ends of one side by folding it in half. Next I folded the accordion in half and attached the ends with hot glue since I needed it to be fairly sturdy. I then repeated the process on the second accordion and joined the two pieces together and fanning them out to create a circle. I did the same thing with two smaller sheets of DP from my stash to create a smaller rosette and secured the smaller to the larger with my hot glue gun. After than I used my spellbinders dies to cut out the scalloped circle and layered circle background and a stars embossing folder to add interest to the background Anya would rest on then adhering each with hot glue as well. used my awesome copic markers to color up Ms Anya along with my wink of stella clear brush pen and used a few foam dots to lift her off the background a bit. Finally I used Judikins Diamond glaze to adhere a few die cut stars around the edges and more hot glue to attach a string for hanging and this little cutie was ready to bling in the new year! Swing by The Greeting Farmand let us see you strut your holiday glam stuff too! Here are a few simple guidelines to play along with us, there are a few changes so be sure to read!:

*You must use a TGF stamp (rubber, digi, or clear) as your main image.
*Entries must be uploaded via InLinkz (below) no later than January 8th, at NOON CST. You can add a direct link to your entry from your personal blog, SCS gallery, Flickr or TGF galleria. (If the InLinkz tool is missing, feel free to link your submission URL in the comment section.)

*The fabulous prize: A $25 Gift Certificate to The Greeting Farm Store!!

Please be sure to enter new creations only, NO Backlinking!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Release Blog Hop

3...2...1....HAPPY NEW YEAR FARMERS! This year is going to be awesome, I can feel it. And what better way to start off the new year than with a new TGF blog hop and a new release with the new DT? I can't think of anything better, can you? Have you been enjoying the projects the awesome Design Team have been teasing you with all week? Can you stand it? Well you won't have to wait any longer! As usual, one lucky winner will have a chance to win by visiting all the DT stops along the way and leaving a comment. Once you do, return to The Greeting Farm and leave a comment to let us know you completed the hop. To start you on my way, here's my card for the hop, using Dollie With Hearts

Dollie With Hearts

Now time to get hoppin', stop by and leave some love on all my teamie's blogs! If you joined in on the hop somewhere in the middle here's the complete list

You have until 11:00 pm CST to complete the hop for your chance to win, so check back Friday for the first Farm Fresh Friday challenge of 2015 and the winner of the hop! Stay crafty