VIDEO: Paper Smooches December Guest Designer ~ Week 4

Hi guys!  I'm back with my fourth and final project as the December Guest Designer for Paper Smooches.  I gotta tell ya, this has been such an incredibly fun experience!  Kim and the entire Paper Smooches team are so kind and talented and it was an honor to spend a month with them!

For today's project I once again used to too cute for words Boom Bots stamp set but this time I used it to create my first Valentine's Day card of the year!  This design is a bit out of my comfort zone because I don't know if you noticed but there is NO COLORING on this card AT ALL!!  I know, craziness.  But I really liked the idea of a black, white, and pink and thought these little bots could hold their own. 

The fun part of this card is the partial die cutting that allows the bots to be attached to the ground their standing on but have the rest of them cut out.  To do this, I used the coordinating Boom Bots dies and lined up the end of my Big Shot cutting plate with the line that I wanted to be the ground.  The trick is to have pressue on the dies from both sides where you want them to cut and on only one side where you do not want them to cut.  To see this in action, check out the video linked below.

So that is it for this project! A big thank you to Kim and the Paper Smooches team for having me this month and for the adorable products to play with! Thanks so much for joining me this evening.  I will be back either today or tomorrow with my TupeloDesignsLLC Design Team Haul for January to share some fun goodies with you all.  Also, in my last blog/video I asked if you would be interested in seeing some videos on how I organize my supplies and you all responded with an overwhelming YES!  So keep an eye out for those to start popping up as well.  Have a great evening and I'll see you soon!  Bye!

Paper Smooches products linked to the Paper Smooches store.  All other links are to TupeloDesignsLLC when possible.

VIDEO: Hoppy Birthday featuring Memory Box

Hi guys! Happy Monday!  Today I want to share a card with you that was inspired by my grandma.  She has always collected frogs and when I saw this super cute, totally unique stamp set from Memory Box I knew I had to have it because it reminded me of her! Also, I need to start restocking my card stash with some not-holiday cards!

This layout is one that I go back to again and again.  It allows me to do some coloring amd feature an image without a lot of masking or fussy cutting. I can also use up some cute papers and I just adore using the smaller stamps in the set to create a tone-on-tone background that is fun but lets my focal image shine.

To create this background I used VersaMark ink on kraft cardstock. No heat embossing, just the watermark ink all on its own! You can do this on most colored cardstocks to create the tone-on-tone look. Of course, coordinating ink pads would work great, too!  My froggy is colored with Copic markers and popped up using craft foam for some added interest. I decided to tie in the yellow patterned paper by using my Stardust Gelly Roll pen to make the ribbon on the presents yellow.  The wings on the tiny little flies (love that image) got a bit of silver Stardust pen also.

As I've mentioned before, I recently moved my craft room from the dark, small room in the corner to the still small room with way more natural light across the hall.  I love my new space and am now settled in to the point where I am going to start putting away some of the stuff that has accumulated as I moved.  I was hoping for some feedback from you all on whether or not you would enjoy a small video/blog series that features some of my tips and tricks for keeping my various supplies organized or possibly even a craft room tour.  Since I'm going to be putting everything away anyway now would be a perfect time to film some of that if there is an interest.  I really appreciate your feedback!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow with my last Paper Smooches project as their December Guest Designer!  Have a great evening! Bye!

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VIDEO: TupeloDesignsLLC: Simple Watercolor Background featuring WPlus9

Good morning to you all!  I hope you're finding time to relax and unwind after a fun and festive holiday.  Today is the championship game for our fantasy football league and Hubby is a contender for the title this year so it should be an eventful day in the Sell house!  Today I'm sharing a really simple, quick card that you can create for any occasion using some great products from TupeloDesignsLLC.

I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to scribble some color on a piece of cold press watercolor paper and then grabbed my water brush to blend all of the colors together.  To add interest, I did a "lather, rinse, repeat" and added more color on top of the original color to make it more vibrant.

Once I was happy with my background I heat embossed some WPlus9 Doodle Buds over the background using white embossing powder.  I just love how it pops against the color!  A little coordinating washi provides the perfect addition to the popped up watercolor panel and I finished it all off with some Moonshine sequins to add a little sparkle.

This card was super quick and fun to put together!  January holds lots of fun for TupeloDesignsLLC so be sure to stop back by my YouTube channel on January 4th for a video hop with lots of inspiration from the design team, a look at the one year celebration of TupeloDesignsLLC, and some GIVEAWAYS!!  Until then, have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!  Bye!

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VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 12 ~ Paper Smooches December Guest Designer Week 3

Merry Christmas to you!  Today I am sharing my final project of the 2015 holiday season and it is a project for Paper Smooches for my December Guest Designer spot!  I cannot believe it is Christmas Day or that I made it to 12 videos!  Even more crazy is that I am typing this from my brand new Mac computer that my hubby put under the tree!  Super exciting to play with the new software (my last computer was a PC) and learn all the new possibilities for my videos.  

For today's project I created a robot Christmas using the adorable Boom Bots stamp set.  I colored the little bots using some shiny silver ink and a blender pen so they would look metallic.  The tree was masked off using Post-It tape and then created with all the fun little extras that come in this stamp set.  I loved the challenge of taking this very non-Christmasy set and turning it jolly! 

To create the custom sentiment I borrowed from another Paper Smooches stamp set and then performed some "stamp surgery" on one of the sentiments from Boom Bots.  This may seem scary to cut up your stamps but it is a fabulous way to get more bang for your buck and you can always place them back together on your acrylic block and use them how they were originally intended.

I hope you enjoyed this final video in my Handmade Holiday video series for 2015.  I cannot wait to dive into 2016 and see what crafty fun it holds!  Merry Christmas to those that celebrate and happy holidays to all!  Bye!

Paper Smooches products are linked to Paper Smooches.  All other links to TupeloDesignsLLC when possible.

VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 11 ~ Gift Card Shakers featuring Lawn Fawn

Good evening, crafty friends!  Today I have Day 11 of my Handmade Holiday series for 2015.  Only one more to go!  Today's project is a really fun way to give someone a gift card and let the cute design on the gift card be the background for your card.  There are so many places that have made their gift cards adorable these days and I really wanted to use that in my project.

This is actually a really simple way to present a gift card and just involves a lot of die cutting to prepare your pieces.  I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles dies, large and small, to create the front panel for my card, the frame on the front, the gift card pocket on the inside, and the transparency pieces that I created the shaker pocket with using my Fuse tool by running an Avery Elle stamp pocket through my Big Shot with the Stitched Rectangle die. 

Once all the pieces are cut it's really just a matter of gluing it all together.  I used Scor tape to make sure it was extra strong adhesive.  Once it was all put together (see the video below for a full assembly tutorial) I added some cute critters from some Lawn Fawn stamp sets and these cards were all set!  I love that you still have the full inside of the card to write a message on and the cute gift card becomes the background for the critters! 

This project would work for any gift card giving occasion!  I think a Starbucks card with some cute coffee images would be darling! For a full list of supplies, keep on scrolling!  I am entering these gift card holders in the last Lawnscaping Challenge of 2015!  The theme is Merry Christmas so go check it out! 

Thanks so much for watching and join me again on Wednesday for the final day of the Handmade Holiday 2015 video series.  Bye!

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VIDEO: TupeloDesignsLLC DT: Handmade Holiday: Day 10 ~ Tropical Christmas featuring MFT

Happy Friday to you!  I cannot believe we are officially only one week away from Christmas!  I haven't even started shopping yet.  Oye!  I'm usually done before Thanksgiving.  That Disney World vacation really threw off my groove.  Totally worth it though!  Today I have a super fun, completely non-traditional Christmas card for you.  I was inspired by the Birds of Paradise stamp set I received in my TupeloDesignsLLC December Design Team package and I challenged myself to use it to create a holiday card.  So I immediately thought of the song "Mele Kalikimaka" and it was a match made in tropical heaven!

I used the Winter Snowflake Lace stencil from Memory Box (TDLLC DT package goodie!) and several colors of Distress Inks to create a gorgeous rainbow snowstorm background.  I was so pleased with how this came out!  This stencil is so detailed and every single detail turned out perfect.  It is just stunning in real life!

The colorful parrot is from the Birds of Paradise stamp set and I colored him in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I just love these puppies!  And the color stays so vibrant, which is just what I needed to create a tropical Christmas!  I combined some stamp sets and pulled some holiday elements from two different Lawn Fawn stamp sets to Christmas-ify my parrot.  Finally, I created the custom sentiment with Milo's ABCs from Lawn Fawn.  Throw in some finishing details like Glossy Accents, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins in every size, and, of course, Wink of Stella and you got yourself a tropical holiday!  

For a full tutorial check out the video below.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of free shipping on orders over $15 over at TupeloDesignsLLC through the end of December!  Lots of holiday goodies on sale right now, too!  Thanks so much for joining me!  I'll be back soon with Day 11 of the Handmade Holiday series (almost done!).  Have a great evening!  Bye!

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VIDEO: Paper Smooches December Guest Designer ~ Week 2

Happy Hump Day!  I hope you're all having a holly jolly holiday season!  Today I have a project that is not related to any December festivities just to give you (and me) a little break.  I am sharing my second card as the December Guest Designer for Paper Smooches and I am particularly proud of this one.

I used the Love Word 2 die from Paper Smooches to cut out the adorable big word LOVE from some black cardstock, a Neenah 110lb cardstock panel, and some 4mm craft foam.  I used some StickIt on the back of the black cardstock to help make this super easy and let me tell ya, I am LOVING this stuff!!  I'm kind of kicking myself for not using it sooner!  It is a thin double sided sheet of adhesive that you can apply to the back of your cardstock and then die cut and just like that, your delicate, super intricate die cut already has a full layer of adhesive!  No messy liquid glue, just peel off the backing and you're good to go.  Crafting magic!!

Once the front panel for my card was die cut I used the Delightful Greetings stamp set from Paper Smooches and selectively inked the "you" from a "thank you" sentiment to finish off my custom greeting.  I then used my MISTI and the Charming Cascades stamp set from Close to My Heart to add some super subtle falling hearts to the background with clear glitter embossing powder.

The rest of the card came together easily by using the inlaid die cut technique to place the black outline "LOVE" on the front of the panel on top of the acetate and the craft foam "LOVE" on the back of the panel to create separate shaker pockets for each letter of the word.  For a better idea of how this came together, check out the video tutorial linked below.

I LOVE how this turned out and can't wait to try die cutting craft foam for some of my future projects.  The possibilities are endless!!  Thanks so much for joining me today and check back next week for my third project for Paper Smooches.  In the meantime, I'm hoping to get at least a couple more Handmade Holiday videos up, and my TupeloDesignsLLC design team project will be up on Friday.  So much crafty fun!  Have a fabulous evening and I'll catch you next time!  Bye!

Links so Paper Smooches products are linked to the Paper Smooches store, all other links are to TupeloDesignsLLC

VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 9 ~ Mini Tags featuring Lawn Fawn & Pretty Pink Posh

Happy Monday to you all and welcome to Day 9 of my Handmade Holiday video series!  I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner!  I really hope to get to 12 videos before then so we'll see how much crafty time life let's me have in the coming days.  I've been feeling tag-y lately and I have my first ever card candy swap to participate in so I decided to make some mini tags to send to my swap partner for the holidays.

I used my Copic markers to color in some adorable Lawn Fawn cuties from the Toboggan Together and Oh Snap stamp sets and fussy cut them out.  I then die cut some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock using the Mini Tags dies from Pretty Pink Posh.  These mini tags are too precious!  For some added interest I ran the tags though my Big Shot using the Falling Confetti embossing folder from Close to My Heart.  I used an 1/8" hole punch to allow for the string on my tags and then busted out some ink to add color.

I used several colors of Memento Dew Drop inks and makeup wedges to apply the ink to the tags in an ombre effect.  I'm telling you guys, makeup wedges are the way to go if you don't want to spend a fortune on the fancy ink blending tools for every color of ink you have.  I love the Tim Holtz Distress Ink blending tool for the colors I use often (like every single one of my Distress Inks) but for the inks I only use on occasion these makeup wedges are fantastic!  And they are so affordable (28 for $1 at the Dollar Store!) that I just toss them when I'm through!

I popped up my critters onto the tags with some foam squares and then added some sequins from the Holly Jolly sequin mix from Pretty Pink Posh to each tag.  I, of course, had to finish them off with some sparkle Lawn Trimmings and Wink of Stella because the holidays = glitter!

I hope you guys enjoyed today's project! I am going to enter this project in the current Lawnscaping Challenge #119: Tag It!  I'll be back on Wednesday with my second project for Paper Smooches as their December Guest Designer!  Thanks so much and have a great night! Bye!

Links are to TupeloDesignsLLC when possible.

VIDEO: TupeloDesignsLLC Design Team Project: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 8 ~ Prismacolors on Kraft featuring WPlus9

Happy Friday and welcome to my very first design team project for TupeloDesignsLLC! Last week I shared all the goodies I received in my design team package and now I get to show off how to use a couple of them in this simple one-layer card that packs a lot of punch!

I started by stamping the adorable teddy bear and sleigh from the WPlus9 Winter Pals stamp set that I received from TupeloDesignsLLC onto an A2 kraft card base.  I then used my Prismacolor colored pencils to color in the image - I loved using the white pencil to turn the teddy bear into a polar bear for winter!  The trick to getting beautiful, vibrant color on kraft with your Prismacolors is to use a lot of layers.  Start with a light layer of your lightest shade and build on top of that.  Applying the light shade first and then adding the brighter tones allows the colors to remain vivid.  I am obsessed with how the image just pops off the page when it's all colored!

Next I used a Post-It note to do some very loose masking over my colored image while I applies some splatters using my brand spanking new Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain (also in my DT package!).  I've wanted this for awhile and I'm super stoked to add white splatters to, well, EVERYTHING!!  For this card I love how the white becomes the snowy background and really pops on the kraft.

I finished up with some white dashed lines and some sparkle using my Gelly Roll Stardust pens and this card is finished!!  You should be sure to head over and check out what's happening at TupeloDesignsLLC right now - there is free shipping on orders over $15 for the month of December and some great sales on Christmas goodies!  I've linked to all of the supplies used below as well as the video tutorial.  Thanks so much for joining me and come back next Friday for the next project for TupeloDesignsLLC!  Bye!

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VIDEO: Supply List for Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 6 ~ Dimensional Die Cuts featuring Lawn Fawn

Hi guys!  I am so sorry that I did not get a blog post up with the supply list for this project sooner!  This is the video I tried to get up before we left for vacation and I had a major computer crash that really tested my patience.  As such, I never got the chance to do the blog and now I have lost all of the photos of this card so I apologize for not having any here!  But I had a request on my YouTube channel for the supply list so I wanted to be sure and get that up for you.  Thanks so much for your patience and I really appreciate you watching and stopping by!

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VIDEO: Paper Smooches December Guest Designer ~ Week 1

Happy Wednesday, all!  Today I am sooooo excited to share my first project as the December Guest Designer for Paper Smooches!  Every month this fabulous company gives cardmakers the opportunity to submit projects featuring Paper Smooches products for a chance to win a guest designer spot for the following month and I am so honored to have been chosen!  If you're interested, the search is on for the January Guest Designer and you can submit your creations on the Paper Smooches blog.

For my first project I decided to create my own patterned paper using the super versatile sentiment set Delightful Greetings from the December release!  I stamped a couple of the sentiments in VersaFine Black Oynx ink all over some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and then heat embossed over the top with clear embossing powder for some extra shine.  I then used the "ink smooshing" technique and my favorite Distress Ink color combo to add some bright color over the pattern I'd created.  I love the way the ink smooshed onto the Neenah.  Since it isn't watercolor paper it didn't soak in as fast and allowed for a more splattered look.  I did dry the ink using my heat tool in between colors.

My sentiment is a great contrast to the background since it is white on black instead of black on white and the addition of the Adorable Array die (also from the December release) added the perfect amount of whimsy!  And of course, some Pretty Pink Posh sequins because why not??

Check out the full video tutorial and list of supplies used below. Thanks so much to Paper Smooches for the fabulous products!  Stay tuned for my next Paper Smooches December Guest Designer project next Wednesday.  I hope you enjoyed and I'll catch you next time!  Bye!

Paper Smooches supplies are linked to the Paper Smooches store, all other links are to TupeloDesignsLLC

VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 7 ~ Die Cut Shaker Card featuring PPP & Lawn Fawn

Hi there and happy Monday to you all!  I'm finally getting back in the swing of things here in my craft room after being gone for two weeks!  Today's project was really fun to make and totally evolved from a really simple concept into a shaker card using craft foam die cuts!  Does that ever happen to you all?  You start with one idea and once you get going the creative juices just start flowing and before you know it, you've created something completely different than you set out to??  It's one of my favorite things.  Love that inspiration rush!

Today I used the adorable Toboggan Together stamp set from Lawn Fawn along with a whole bunch of dies from Lawn Fawn (all supplies are listed below).  To create the adorable shaker element I used the Stitched Filmstrip die from Pretty Pink Posh. Originally this was just going to be a simple winter scene with some pretty patterned papers and cute critters but as I got going I thought it would be fun to add some sparkle and then that led to a shaker filmstrip!

To create my shaker I used the same Stitched Filmstrip die that I used to cut my Neenah Solar White cardstock on some 4mm craft foam.  I ran it through my Big Shot using the same sandwich I did for the cardstock.  I did run it back and forth a couple of times, just to be sure it would cut all the way through, and it did with no problems at all!  The foam die cut then fit perfectly behind the Neenah die cut and allowed me to fill each shaker window in the filmstrip individually, adding to the look of a recent snowfall.

I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Check out the video for a full tutorial.  I've listed the products I used below and linked to TupeloDesignsLLC when possible.  I'll see you again on Wednesday for my first video as the December Guest Designer for Paper Smooches!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great night! Bye!

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