Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Makin' a Splash pt.2

Hi there blog land I told you guys I'd be back with another adorable Merbean from the Splash Collection. Today is another mini notepad from a set of four (since there are 4 little Merbeans in the collection) using little Oona Merbean:

Oona Merbean (Splash Collection)

I colored this fintastic gal with my copic markers and I guess I've been missing my friend and her kiddos, cause this little lady came out looking like one of her daughters :D I used a couple of concentric stitched circle dies in red and white, inking around the edges of the white circle with orange pigment ink (one of my fav techniques) to create a background. The papers I used are scraps from my stash so I have no idea what company they are made by, sorry! I stamped a quick sentiment from the SOG Under the Sea clear set onto a banner cut from one of the newer clear sets from TGF, Make a Wish. I love those clear sets! As usual to finish off the look without overshadowing the image, I kept it simple and added a few matching sequins and a piece of matching twine to keep the little notepad closed. I couldn't resist adding a crap ton of stickles to her jewel bright tail and seashell crown, I mean how could I not?! Don't these bright fun colors just scream fun in the sun? Speaking of, don't forget the Summer Time challenge is still in full swing for a few more weeks over at The Greeting Farm so if you haven't joined in there's still time!
Lots of Love


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Make a Splash Pt 1

Hey there blogland! Its been a while since I did a blog post but I've still been getting crafty in my spare time (which seems scarce since the deployment started). I've been super busy now that I'm the only parent and school is out. That means every little task falls on mommy for a change and I'm telling you, I never realized just how much help it was for him to occupy the girls when he got off work, or the handful of times he cooked dinner, took care of bath time or even did laundry but boy oh boy do I miss those brief moments of respite! Somewhere in the madness of registering the girls for school setting doctor and dentist appointments and back to school shopping (yup its that time of year) I managed to squeeze in time to play with those sensational sweeties from The Greeting Farm's newest collection available for pre order. Today I'm sharing another mini notepad, this time featuring little Mishell Merbean

Mishell Merbean (Splash Kit)

I love making these notepads almost as much as I love these little merbeans! The hardest part honestly is waiting for the rubber cement or whatever you use to bind the papers to dry. For an added something special, I stamp the corner of each page with a second generation stamped image with a matching stamp. This time I used a beautiful hibiscus flower stamped in orange but completely forgot to take a picture, sorry! I colored her up with my copic markers and fussy cut her out. I used two  concentric stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things and inked around the edges with a dusty pink pigment ink, fading lighter toward the center. The papers I used are from the Everyday Eclectic pad by echo park. I really love those fun bright and pretty papers! I used a sentiment from the SOG Under the Sea clear stamp set. To hold the notepad closed I always attach a bit of matching bakers twine and pop up the image on foam dots to wrap the twine around and secure the notepad closed. Since there's not much room left for lots of embellishments and I also had no desire to take away from the image itself, I finished of the card with my wink of stella glitter brush pen and a few pearls. After taking a few pictures I realized the shimmer from the wink of stella was too subtle. I wanted this girl to sparkle like diamonds so I went back over her tail fins and seashell crown with diamond stickles, and can you say FAB! I felt this cool beachy color palette is a perfect addition to the Sumertime challenge going on over at The Greeting Farm and I'd love to see your fun in the sun projects! This will be one of a set of 4 that I'm working on so keep an eye out for the rest! Till next time,


Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Farm Fresh Challenge: Summer!

Hi guys!!! Oh my wow it has been a super busy summer and it is certainly flying by to say the least! It seemed like just last week we were previewing and hopping along with The Greeting Farm for their newest release and now, here we are at the beginning of August, heading into back to school season! (p.s. if you missed the fun on the farm, you can check it out here or purchase the newest release here!) There is definitely one big plus to this month flying by and that's the fact that I have one month down before the end of this deployment! I've been running around so much lately and trying to keep my kiddos entertained while maintaining my sanity in the process that my poor blog has been sorely neglected, which I'm sure you've noticed. This weekend I plan to do nothing but channel surf from my big comfy couch, just hang around the house and basically just chill because after all, that's one of the main things summer means to me. Speaking of chillaxin' in the summer, this month's Farm Fresh First challenge is all about Summer! This could mean anything from popsicles and pools to backyard barbecues with buddies, whatever you guys are feeling, show us your summer spirit! For my card, I decided to use a digi dude that's just as chill as my mood, Summer Ian

I colored him up using my copic markers and a white gel pen to decorate his swim trunks. I adore the sentiments in the Ice Cream Dream clear set from Simon Says Stamp and couldn't wait for an excuse to use this one! The papers I used are from Bo Bunny called Key Lime, layered on top of some Bazzill Card Shoppe heavyweight cardstock. I also used the puffy clouds die from memory box and a  few doodlebug sequins to finish it off. This challenge will run all month long and we would love to see your summer fun projects so don't forget to join us! Stop by The Farm and check out some more inspiration from the DT gals!