Monday, May 25, 2015

A Few Updates...

Hello hello! Happy Memorial Day and Happy Unofficial Start to Summer (and white pants, of course!). Things have been a little sparse on my ol' blog here, so I thought I would do a big update post about what's going on.

Last week I said goodbye to the DCWV team I had been on for 2 years. My term was up and I decided not to renew this time around... I felt like my style had changed and it was time to start new adventures. I love that team and am SO grateful for all of the amazing opportunities they gave me. You can visit my Goodbye post on the DCWV blog here.


This was my final project for the DCWV team. The canvas says "it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."



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On May 1st I started my one year term for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team! I was ecstatic when Cheryl called me to invite me on the team! I've already had two projects posted on the TCW site: my Urban Landscape journal page and my Mask your Masks Technique cards.



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One week before I officially started on The Crafter's Workshop design team, I had the opportunity to attend their first ever StencilU at The Crafter's Workshop warehouse in New York. It was such an inspirational weekend where I got to learn from the best of the best: Julie Balzer, Cheryl Boglioli, Jamie Echt, and a few of the insanely talented women on the previous design team (Lynne Forsythe, Karenliz Henderson, Tami Sanders, and Keri Sallee). So now I am proud to say I am a Certified Educator for The Crafter's Workshop!!

Learning from Jamie Echt - TCW Owner

Tami Sanders giving a spot-on teaching demo!

Me, Julie Balzer, and Lynne Forsythe (my awesome roomie!!)

The whole TCW gang at Carmine's in NYC

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The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge will be turning ONE YEAR OLD on June 1st!! It's so crazy to think Donna and I started this challenge blog a year ago! It has been so much more successful than either of us imagined, and we exceed 100 entries each month! I hope you stop back there in June to help us celebrate :)

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I'm still goin' strong with the Unity Stamp Co design team! I have now officially been on the team for 1 year, and I'm still pinching myself! If my blog here seems a bit sparse, I'm often posting over at the Unity blog so you can always check there for more inspiration! I've also created some Quick Tip videos for Unity that you may have seen on their facebook page...






Alright that's enough from me (for now). Thanks for popping in!


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Dahlia Tag

Happy FriYay! I'm sharing a happy little tag I created using Simon Says Stamp products for both the SSS Monday Challenge AND the SSS Wednesday Challenge.



The Wednesday Challenge also included this adorable color swatch. Can't go wrong with shades of teal and pink! I used a lot of Simon exclusive products; I tried to use a mix of product types, too.



You can see the Simon products are "Card Exchanging Friends" stamp set, "Falling Hearts" stencils, and both the "Delicate Dahlia" and "Outline Dahlia" dies.

I created the base of the tag by watercoloring with Gelatos in pink and mint colors. Second, I added a few floral rub ons from Tim Holtz, then I scraped Whipped Spackle over the Falling Hearts stencil. That was really all the background needed.


The time consuming portion of the tag was definitely the Dahlias. I first die cut the Outline Dahlia on watercolor paper and painted them with Peerless Watercolors. Then I cut the Delicate Dahlia die from patterned paper. Once they were arranged/glued on my tag I added Icicle Stickles to each individual petal. The shimmer was 100% worth the time!


The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper and fussy cut. The two banners were added to the tag using foam adhesive.

Have a fabulous Friyay! I'm about to watch my hubby's championship soccer game, yippee!






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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Story Must be Told - Unity Hop

It's Unity Thursday again! The second Thursday of each month also means a brand new Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge. I played along with the color challenge and the scrapbook sketch challenge...




The scrapbook page is full of those bright springy colors. The photo is actually of me and two other Unity girls, Lisa Arana and Kris Lancaster! We got together in April for catching up and food and lots of drinks :)


Seems like a weird photo to scrap, huh?! The stamp from the May 2015 SMAK that says "the story must be told" is so fitting for this. So... here's the story


"Lunch with my Unity girls - Kris and Lisa. Our attempt at taking our own group photo... Lisa claimed she had set the photo timer... WRONG. Oh well, 2 out of 3 of us were ready!"


I used pink and yellow inks to stamped the triangles (from Feb 2015 SMAK) along the bottom of the page. The butterfly and a few other images from the May 2015 SMAK were heat embossed in black on top of a gorgeous multicolor pattern paper. I love how the black embossing looks... the butterfly almost looks like velvet.



Time for the SALE! There are some darling free stamps with purchase (that little owl?! LOVE him!) and hundreds of favorites priced under $10! Run to the Unity site and START SHOPPING THE SALE!


As always, Unity can't have a hop without a prize! Leave a comment on the Unity blog and the Designers along the hop for a chance to win! There will be two lucky winners :)

Enjoy the hop and fabulous inspiration from the other ladies. Your next stop is the beautiful Shilo.

Love,
Rachel









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