February 1, 2014

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge

Happy February, friends! Today I have a brand new Stampin' Celebration Challenge to share with you! 

Quite honestly, I haven't been in my craft space for a while... I almost felt like I didn't know what I was doing. In a way, it was nice because I felt like I was looking at my supplies with a new pair of eyes, which may be why a lot of retired product came out for this challenge.

Paper: Poppy Parade card stock, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White card stock
Stamps: Messages for Mom, Perfectly Preserved, Valentine Defined
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Going Gray, Gumball Green, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun
Tools: Heart to Heart Punch, watercolors

Be sure to take a peek at what the rest of the Stampin' Celebration design team has created. 

Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales - Hand Stamped Style
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Allison Ohran - Sweet Impressions
Lauri Ingram - Paperville Crafts
Krista Jensen - Krista's Stamper Room
Anita Krul - My Paper Chronicles

January 31, 2014

Five Friday Favorites: Sweater Weather

Brrr! I'm not sure about how things are where you are, but January has brought us some very cold weather! When I lived in Ohio, I had quite a nice collection of sweaters, but moving to Maryland, where the temperatures are typically 10+ degrees warmer on any given day, I found that I didn't wear my thick sweaters very much. Slowly and sadly, those sweaters were retired. The recent cold temperatures have brought my love for warm sweaters full circle and I've started up a small collection again!

1. Actually my newest addition... AE's Chunky Striped Sweater comes in solid colors too (and is on sale right now - bonus!)

2. Unfortunately, C Wonder's Scattered Polka Dot Sweater is no longer available... I wore this sweater just the other day and got tons of compliments! This one is next on my wish list...

3. Probably the comfiest sweater ever! Target's Mossimo Mixed Media Cable Sweater is my go to lounge top when I get home from work. (The blue isn't available anymore... boo!)

4. Old Navy's Honeycomb Knit Sweater is on clearance right now, so snatch it up quick! I'm loving this Creme Caramel color!

5. Tommy Hilfiger's Cable Crew Neck Pullover is a fun one, but hard to find. I actually snatched mine up at Marshall's, which means it was quite a steal! And my dear Rebecca has one too, so it must be popular!

What are you wearing in this sweater weather? What are your go to sweater shops? Can't wait to hear!

January 20, 2014

Crafts from the Past: Pup Art

Well, hello there! I hope you're enjoying your 2014 so far. Today I'm sharing a project that is way overdue... I mean, I think I started this thing two years ago. It's been so long that I can't quite remember!

It all started when I started seeing pixel art on Pinterest, like this one and this one. And of course, paint chip art was becoming increasingly popular. I knew I wanted to have something bold and abstract, yet also meaningful. I played around with some scenic photos from our wedding, but wasn't liking how they were turning out. I finally decided a large artwork of our pup, Molly, was in order. I found a photo of her that looked pretty good pixelized and played around on my photo editing software until I got something I really liked. 

Then it was off to the hardware store to pick out paint chips! I printed out my pixelized photo and just sort of matched paint chips to the color scheme, then I got out my 1" square punch and went to town punching out the colors that I wanted to use. I played around with the colors a bit, and as I matched 1" paint chips to the squares on my print out I just added a bit of glue and stuck the pieces down. With such a large piece of artwork, it took a while, but once I was finally done, I found an inexpensive frame for it and popped it up on the wall. Hubby and I loved it and still do. 

I really liked the way the paint chips looked, so I hadn't planned to seal it or anything, but my laziness got the best of me and after a while, the paint chips started to curl and eventually fall off. 
Just recently, I pulled it down from the wall and re-glued all the pieces and Mod Podged the whole thing. I'm crazy like that. Now it's kind of a texture-y, blobby looking mess, with pieces that still look like they're ready to peel off, but we still love it.   

I promise that this isn't a project that actually takes years to complete. It just took me that long to fix it and photograph it. If you do it right the first time, it should only take a few days. The bonus is that it doesn't require a ton of money or skill to make this. I used a free photo editing software, plus free paint chips, a large piece of watercolor paper that I had lying around, glue and eventually some Mod Podge. The only cost involved was the frame!

I'm loving it so much that I think I'm going to tackle a water color version soon. I'll be back in a couple of years to share that one with you. :)

Just a reminder that there's still time to check out my Deescounted Stamps page! Everything on the page is on sale this month! :)