Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, and a farewell


Wishing everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas! This whole year has flown by and I've loved sharing some of it with you!!! I've just finished putting all of my girls gifts around the tree and I'm not sure who is more excited... the two of them up dreaming in their beds or me... who can't wait to see their faces tomorrow morning (though I do wish it would be after 7am LOL) 

This post is a bit bitter sweet for me, our 6 month design team term has come to an end with Trendy Twine... and while I was honored to be asked to come back for another 6 months I ended up having to decline. I've absolutely LOVED working with Lesley & all the ladies on the design team, and there simply is no better twine in my opinion however as those of you who follow me on facebook know I've been bitten by the sawdust bug lately. I've decided to branch off a bit into wood working (my new scroll saw is awesome) and with my youngest giving up naps my free time is limited now so I've decided it's in everyone's best interest if I step down. I'm really going to miss being part of the team but you can be sure I'll still be using and posting about Trendy Twine here on my blog! 

Now with that sort of sad news behind us... let's see my final project as a member of the design team! Head over to the Trendy Twine Blog to see all the cute Christmas cards the design team made!
I've made a snow globe shaker card! The card file is from Silhouette and it goes together super easily, you just cut your top layer from acetate and then glue it around your base, I added some great faux snow glitter to mine & a fun pop dotted snowman. I used my favorite of the Christmas colors, the limited edition Candy Cane Trendy Twine (which is still on sale!) to add the perfect finishing touch with a cute little double loop bow. 
If you haven't entered the challenge yet for December you still have some time left, head on over and link up a project for your chance to win some twine of your own right HERE.

As always, thank you for looking & for your comments!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

3d Winter Art

I love Patricia Zapata's (A Little Hut) style & files. I was so thrilled when I saw she sold her designs through Silhouette and have loved every one I've made. Her wall art projects are my favorite. They are really impressive when done yet so easy to make, my favorite type!

I wanted to make something that worked not only for Christmas for also for the rest of winter and fell in love with her cardinal in birch tree design.
It was super fast and easy to cut with my Cameo and glue together. I used my favorite shimmery white Bling cardstock for the frame (hard to photograph but so pretty in person, reminds me of frosty sparkly snow) and American Crafts for the rest (except the back panel which was a print & cut). Of course my bird needed a tiny bit of bling so he got a rhinestone eye :)
I love the dimension of these files!

I'm already looking at these files and thinking of how I can use the scroll saw to cut them with wood! So many ideas, so little time!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snowman Ornament w/ Trendy Twine

Hi Everyone! Less then a week until Christmas, I'm not sure who's more excited.... me or my girls. I love watching them open their gifts on Christmas morning. Another of my favorite things to do is admire our Christmas tree, and to try and choose my favorite ornament.... of course I never can, each one is special to me and this year I wanted to make one to signify the great friendships I've made as part of the Trendy Twine DT.

So my personal project this month is an ornament for our tree!

We're featuring two great colors of twine for December, Candy Cane & Holly Berry (and both are on sale!)  On my project I used Candy Cane. The ornament started out as a plain glass one purchased from Michaels, I used the pledge floor polish technique to apply a super fine white glitter by Martha Stewart to the inside (it was hard to photograph, it's a very true white glitter that looks like frost in person, perfect for a snowman). I cut the face out of vinyl. The best part though is of course his little Trendy Twine hat! I started with some red line tape on the ornament so the twine would have something to really grip on, and then I used glue spread around the rest of the area and simply wrapped the twine around slowly to keep it laying flat. Of course he needed a little pompom and I made one using my clover mini pompom maker. Doesn't he make you smile? 

If you haven't linked up to the December Trendy Twine Challenge make sure you do, the price is a 160yd spool of your choice! Click right here to read all the rules & link up: December Tag Challenge

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Merry & Bright - Snowman Tag

Ready? Wait for it... wait.... wait.... OH MY GOODNESS I CAN'T BELIVE IT'S ALREADY DECEMBER!!! No seriously, I've said the same thing the past few months but it's true, where has this whole year gone? We celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas in our family so I have even more to do and less time to get it done. At least the tree is up :) Not the best photo but you get the idea (Aliya was upstairs)
With a new month comes one of my favorite things, new featured Trendy Twine colors, new amazing DT projects for your eye candy, and of course a new challenge for you to enter and possibly win some Trendy Twine of your very own! Extra special this month is that we have TWO colors featured (and yes, that means both are on sale WOOHOO) We're featuring Candy Cane & Holly Berry, both full spools and a special holiday mini pack are available in the store right HERE.
Our challenge this month is to make a tag, featuring glitter, a snowman, and Trendy Twine. I don't make many tags so I find them quite challenging, I also wanted to really go outside of the tag box with mine. I think I did just that :) 
My tag base is acetate (I use clear report covers purchased on Amazon). I cut the tag shape with my Cameo and then I embossed it in my Big Shot. After it was embossed I used Stickles glitter and carefully filled in all of the snowflakes so they would sparkle. My snowman had to be special too, so I made him 3d! He's from the Silhouette store and I cut him out of glitter cardstock. I hand cut his little orange nose and his eyes are actually black 1/2 pearls. What does every snowman need? Well a braided Candy Cane Trendy Twine scarf of course! He also needed his hat, how about a 3d hat? I also found this 3d hat in the Silhouette store, I assembled it and then I cut it right in 1/2 so that I could use it on my tag, of course his hat needed a bit of Trendy Twine as well. I used a print & cut tag from Silhouette and then I cut 2 snowflakes out of acetate and ran them through my Xyron and glittered them up to layer on my tag. Lastly I colored some ribbon and added some final Trendy Twine to top off my tag. 
I love his 1/2 of a 3d hat
see nice and flat on the back
Do you like it? I think I might just have to start making more tags, this ended up being so fun to make!  Now head on over to the Trendy Twine blog and view all of the other amazing tags today, and the other 1/2 of the design teams tags tomorrow. Then make your own and enter the challenge too! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing each & every one of you a very very Happy Thanksgiving. I'm ever so thankful to be able to share my crafty passions and inspirations with everyone in the crafting community and am so blessed with all of the amazing friends I've made this past year.

Our little family is actually still sick with bad colds so we're just having a small dinner, my husband & myself and our two girls and my mom. I'm making all of my mother's and grandma's recipes for sides and Boston Market will be making our delicious turkey breast LOL (if you'd ever had my attempts at Thanksgiving turkey you'd understand why this is such a good idea).
I wanted to share my favorite Thanksgiving card that I made this year with you. The card is from the Silhouette store and all I did was cut it out of AC Cardstock, then I ran a piece of acetate (I use clear report covers). I cut my acetate to size and then ran it through my Xyron to apply a nice even layer of adhesive. I pressed it down on the backside of my card (I did this on a Ranger craft sheet since the adhesive won't stick to it). I turned it over and then went to town with different colors of Martha Stewarts fine glitter (my favorite brand, though the recollections from Michaels is nice too).
Super simple (if a bit messy) and GORGEOUS! It's hard to capture glitter as you know but I think you can imagine just how gorgeous this is in person.

Have a wonderful day everyone!
Make sure to GOBBLE 'TIL YOU WOBBLE!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Wall/Mantel Art

I wanted something simple but pretty to decorate with for Thanksgiving, I've made several of these 3d box wall art pieces before and just love them, they are inspired by Patricia Zapata's (from A Little Hut & also a seller though Silhouette) files. I hope to get a video done soon showing you how to make them yourself, you can also use the same instructions to make cards either flat panel or box style that fold up. I started to type up the instructions but it was WAY too confusing... basically you're working with compound paths & welding, once you figure it out it's fast and easy but almost impossible to type out, I promise I'll show you how ASAP though :)
Another problem is photographing these, too really make it fun for my photo taking skills I used Bazzill bling cardstock, which is also very hard to photograph... hopefully you can ignore the shadows and still get the general idea.
This shot should give you a better idea of the depth. I think on the next one I'll use a more colorful background, this one didn't has as much pop as I would have liked. You'll also want to be careful with how you weld to your frame and removing things from the mat, I only have one very small place of attachment on the edge of that t and it was very difficult to not tear it off by mistake. If I did this one again I'd have a leaf or something larger in that corner and then weld "thankful" to it. 

I'm off now to clean up my house and start cooking for tomorrow. I'll share my favorite Thanksgiving card that I made with everyone tomorrow!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Day 2 of the Trendy Twine's Birthday Celebration Weekend.
 Yesterday was Lesley's Birthday and tomorrow is her Mom's Birthday, Lesley had the awesome idea to have some of us on the design team make her mom birthday cards. We're going to have a super fun little blog hop to show them off and celebrate this fun birthday weekend! 
If you're here from Sukie - Scrappin Dhilly then you're in the right place, but if you're just passing through you may want to start at the Trendy Twine Blog because you don't want to miss out on the Blog Candy.

Here is the card I made.
Every birthday needs a little (or a lot) of sparkle right? I used digital paper for my background and then went glitter crazy on my birthday cake adding one of my favorite Trendy Twine colors Tickled with Teal which you can find right HERE

Next up on the hop is Helen - HTB Creations

Now to be eligible for the Blog Candy:
"Like" the Trendy Twine Facebook Page
Be a Trendy Twine Blog Follower
"Like" the Jaded Blossom Facebook Page
Leave a Comment on Each Blog Hop Participant
Can't wait to see if you've won.... well then be sure to 
visit our Trendy Twine Store to purchase some Twine and check out the Sales that we have going on.
BTW, Don't forget the November challenge is going on right now over at Trendy Twine.  You have until the end of the month to link up your project.

Thanks everyone!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Lesley!!!

It's a big birthday celebration over at Trendy Twine this weekend, Lesley (the owner of Annie's Paper Boutique and our amazing Trendy Twine Design Team Leader) asked some fans to make cards for her mom whose birthday is Monday and they are having a blog hop starting at the Trendy Twine blog today (those of us on the design team who made her mom cards will be having a hop tomorrow) but there is something else special about today, today happens to be Lesley's birthday! Of course we couldn't let her birthday go by without celebrating. So we've decided to surprise her with a little design team blog hop of our own, celebrating HER birthday today!

If you're here from Kerri's Craft Time & Cupcakes you're in the right spot, if your not you might want to head to Trendy Twine so you can follow the hop in order & not miss out on any fun cards. 
Here is the complete list so you don't get lost!

Ready to see my card? 
I know Lesley loves pink & green so I decided to use those colors mostly on my card, I wanted it to be super fun and colorful, and to match the 3d turtle box that I made her oh about 6 months ago and still haven't sent her. It's almost become a joke (though I don't think she's laughing)... honestly I've got every intention of mailing it and had planned to make sure he was there for her birthday today but my daughter was sick all week and I couldn't get to the post office (and I might have eaten all the candy I was including, and really who wants an empty turtle box?) So Lesley, I hope the card will bring you a smile on your special day, and I swear I'll get the box (and some new candy) mailed out ASAP (or you can kick me off the DT... but don't really, please?)
I made her a shutter card, I love all the bright colors and fun patterns don't you? Of course there is a bit of glitter here and there (on the cupcake frosting, the tips of the candles, and the balloons.)
Aren't shutter cards the most fun? I love how they open up!
For the cupcake I used Chocolate Truffle Trendy Twine to make the cupcake wrapper, the cherry on top is a glittered button with a small tie of Cherry Cupcake twine and a stem of Twisted Lime
The 2 ballons have Strawberry Cupcake twine for their strings.

I hope you enjoyed your card Lesley (and I hope it got there in time!). 

Your next stop on the hop is with Helen at HTB Creations.

Remember to come back tomorrow for another fun birthday hop as the design team shows off the cards we made Lesley's mom!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

gobble 'til you wobble!

Hi Everyone! Only one week until Thanksgiving?!?! Wow this year is FLYING by! I feel like I was just saying that I couldn't believe it was Halloween, I swear I blinked and missed most of November LOL

Today is my day to post my personal project for Trendy Twine and I've known from the moment that I saw this little dancing turkey in the Silhouette store that I'd use her on a home made action wobble for a Thanksgiving card.

Doesn't she crack you up? You have to say it in a sexy voice "gobble.... gobble..... gobble 'til you wobble" hehehee A turkey is sort of our unofficial mascot of Trendy Twine so this funny dancing one was just perfect.

As you'll probably remember we're featuring the perfect for fall Orange Truffle Trendy Twine this month and it's on sale too! I used it to add some fabulous feathers to my turkey, to give her a cute little bow, and to give my card some separation. I'm loving the combination of orange, brown, and turquoise! 
My card was a combination of paper piercing and print & cut. My background paper was also printed digitally along with my text, which I did a pnc on part of so I could duplicate and pop dot. My homemade action wobble was make the same as in my prior posts. 

You still have some time to enter the November Challenge as well, so if you haven't entered yet what are you waiting for? Someone has to win, and it could be YOU!

Thanks for looking and be sure to check back over the weekend!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful ~ Family of Nuts

November already?!?! What?!?! No... it's true, it's already November and before we know it it'll be Thanksgiving. This month with Trendy Twine we're featuring Orange Truffle twine which is just perfect for fall & focusing on things we're thankful for. I'm most thankful for my little family, even if we are all bit nutty sometimes.

 I made the perfect functional decor for our Thanksgiving dinner table this year. An adorable acorn box which we can all slip pieces of paper stating what we're most thankful for inside to read before dinner and I also made little place cards.
Normally I like to really stretch my imagination when it comes to using twine (hula skirt anyone?) but sometimes it really functions best as the prefect little accent. My poor acorn box looked positively naked before I tied on the big loopy Trendy Twine bow! Same with my place cards, they weren't finished until the little bows were added! 
The acorn box is from svgcuts. Mary & Leo have the most amazing designs, look at the shape on the lid & how it tapers at the bottom, sooo cute and it was so fast & easy to put together too!
For the place cards I used my Cameo and a pen holder to write on the names, added the faux stitching by hand (closest I'll ever come to hand sewing something LOL) and did a layered pieced design for the acorn accent, all topped off of course with the Orange Truffle bow.
For my acorn box I added some metallic faux stitching so pick up on the metallic leafs on the paper, my gorgeous fall leaf is actually made from an old piece of photo printer paper that I colored with alcohol inks and then cut with my cameo and shaped by folding. I did a loopy twine bow and knotted some little wooden beads on the ends. I love how it turned out, isn't that embossing just perfect? 
Be sure to head over to the Trendy Twine blog to see the rest of the amazing design team creations, and don't forget to check back tomorrow to see the other 1/2 of the teams ideas. 

Lastly, don't forget to enter this months Trendy Twine Challenge & pick up a spool of Orange Truffle twine while it's on sale along with the Autumn mini bundle (which also includes two of my other most favorite colors). 

Thanks for visiting today! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

By The Inking Of My Thumbs....

Something wicked cool this way comes!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! A couple of you might have seen this about a week ago on my FB page but I was saving to do a blog post for today, since this ended up being my favorite thing I've made this year for Halloween.

This is the cauldron from svgcuts "party on elm street" kit and I just love it. I knew when I started thinking about making this that I wanted to do something really fun and original for the side panels. I think I achieved that!
The panels are cut from metallic contact paper purchased on Amazon (Lowes also sells one that is actually cheaper and a thicker/better quality but this one works fine for paper crafting). I cut it easily with my Cameo with the vinyl settings. Once the panels were cut I used alcohol inks (black & purple) to ink them up and then I ran them through my big shot to emboss. I just love the embossed metal look!
Curious as to why my fingers were stained for DAYS? I needed some purple ribbon, I didn't have any purple ribbon... I decided to use some reinker to make some purple ribbon. It was a messy job. The glitter 1" button is my own, and something you'll be hearing about more soon. I found the awesome little glitter balls at Michaels on sale and then realized I had the perfect color of wool in my old needle felting supplies to embellish my cauldron. A touch of glitter hair (I'm not really sure what it's called, something I also had for needle felting) and it was perfect! 

Have a safe & wonderful Halloween. It looks like we're going to get rained out here in MI but the girls and I will just have our own little Halloween party at home, I'll be sure to post some photos this week!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trick or Treat

I'm not sure who's more excited about Halloween, my 2 girls or myself... for some reason the same crappy candy I'd never normally want to eat is SOOO delicious stolen borrowed from their buckets.

Today I have a cute Halloween tag to share with you. I've never really made a tag before, Aliya (my 8yr old) and I did some fallish stamped ones a few weeks ago but this is my first official tag.
I used my new Dylusions sprays on this in orange, black, and purple and then added some shimmer with my metallic distress stains (I love those things). I cut a piece of acetate (report cover) and ran it through my xyron as you've seen me do before in order to glitter it up. I sandwiched that along with 2 pieces of Trendy Twine between the 2 layers of my tag.
The bats were cut with my Cameo & given some fire orange rhinestone eyes, and the stars & pumpkin are from Doodlebug Design Inc. I added a little triple bow of Trendy Twine to my pumpkin.
Lastly, I topped off my tag with a bit of ribbon and I made a epoxy button (similar to this post: make your own epoxy buttons) by using a 1" hole punch, a 1" epoxy sticker, and cutting the 2 button holes out with my big bite and one more touch of Trendy Twine.

Be sure to check back tomorrow, I've been saving a really fun post!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Card

I can not believe it's less then a week before Halloween, I have only about a hundred projects I really wanted done this year... I better start in Jan to have them done for next Halloween LOL

At least I managed to get some cards made! (and almost sent out, they are going out later today... really...ok probably, by tomorrow at the latest!)
First one that was pretty simple. This started as a square shaped card from the Silhouette store, I love that any design I buy is so easy to change into whatever I want. I simply stretched it out (because I'm too cheap to pay extra to send a square card LOL) and removed the text to use my own. I cut it from orange card stock and then I layered that over black glitter paper. I wanted my text very crisp so I cut it from vinyl (even if you are only a paper crafter it's a good idea to have one roll of black vinyl IMO so you can do things like this, vinyl cuts amazingly well at tiny little sizes if needed). 
Next up is a shadow box style card from Lori Whitlock. I only changed this one a tiny bit by changing his belly from a cut out to a layer and then added a layer for the moon & cut a little square sentiment from vinyl & layered that over card stock to add to the corner. I'd have loved to add some glitter but it's going to my in-laws who aren't the glittery types <wink>
I just love this style for the depth the cards create, yet how they fold flat for mailing.
Last, but certainly not least is my favorite style card that I made this year. This also started out as a card from the Sil. store but I added the spider.
That's cute you're saying, but what's so impressive about a pop dotted spider even if he's' cute? Ahhh my friends, he isn't pop dotted. 

That's right, he's on a homemade action wobble! He cracks me up! My daughter already requested one for herself.

Oh I do have one more little thing to share, my daughter and I made this cute little handled pumpkin so her American Girl doll could have something for Halloween. One thing to note, the file straight from the Sil. store has too many tabs, cut off one side on each section and you'll be good to go. I lined the face with vellum and then spread some stickles on top of it. Don't you love that shimmer card stock? 

Have a spooktacular day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hello Halloween!

It's time for my 2nd post of the month with Trendy Twine! This month is FLYING by... almost like the adorable little Hello Kitty on my card! 
We're featuring the awesome new (the color was redone this year to make it bolder then ever) orange licorice twine this month and you can get yours right here: Orange Licorice Trendy Twine, be sure to pick up some of the other new colors... if you like the licorice line (if... LOL of course you do, its awesome) I've heard from a little birdie that there are more colors coming!

Of course there is a challenge this month as well, and the winner will get a $10 gift card to anything in the store! Click here to read the details and submit your project: October Challenge

Back to my card. I found a cute coloring page image on google and traced it with Silhouette Studio DE, then I released the compound paths so that I could pull apart layers. I wanted to add some web details to her cape and knew it would be easier to do with vinyl so I used vinyl for all of the orange accents on the card. Do you love her broom? I used the Orange Licorice twine of course! I also used another of my favorites from the licorice line, Gray Licorice to line her hat. 
She's mounted on the base using another home made action wobble just like my hula girl card a couple months ago. This allows her to move and keeps her up above the card so it appears she's flying in front of the harvest moon. 
Speaking of the moon, I used some distress ink to add some shading to the edges and sprayed the whole thing with shimmer spray so it's sparkly (which of course you can't see in the photos, but work with me here... imagine the sparkle and give me some ohhhs and ahhhs)
Did I mention the other fun part of this card yet? It's an easel card! 
Here is a better view of the inside which holds it up. I used some stickles for sparkle and edged part of my design with Orange Licorice twine again. 

Thanks for looking!