Saturday, November 22, 2014

Little Prince

I have a very special post today, in honor of a dear crafty friend and fellow Mixed Media Monthly Challenge team member... LALO!

She recently gave birth to beautiful baby number 5!! He is such a precious little bundle, and we know Lalo must have her hands full! The MMMC team wanted to throw a little bloggy baby shower of sorts :)

Here is my baby card made especially for sweet Lalo...

Lalo and her family live in gorgeous Hawaii, and she often posts pictures of all her babies SURFING and just enjoying the great outdoors. So this little prince beach card fits perfectly for her family and new little bundle :)

Stamps are from Lawn Fawn "Life is Good" and "Hello Baby". I colored images with Copic markers and blended Distress Inks to create the sunset sky.

Please head back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post and wish Lalo a big Congrats on her new baby boy!!

<3 Rachel
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brown Thursday Unity Hop!

It's the biggest Unity Hop of the year! Brown Thursday has arrived and the design team has SO much to share with you. PLUS it's the biggest sale of the year... 55% off EVERYTHING at the Unity store!!

There are also a TON of new releases today, but I'm actually going to share a a card with an older stamp - Lizzie Girl.

This card is pure paper piecing, one of my favorite things to do with my stamps. If you look closely, you'll see that I used a total of 8 different patterned paper for my Lizzie Girl. I love her plaid rain coat and I would love one like that for myself! :)

Remember to leave comments on each blog along the hop for your chance to win this fun itty bitty prize pack!

Once you're finished hopping, you can start SHOPPING! Make sure to enter the code 55THANKS at checkout to get that amazing deal!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Spellbinders + DCWV 2014 Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spellbinders Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop for 2014! I'm excited to be a part of this hop representing DCWV! For all the details, inspiration, and info about PRIZES please visit the DCWV blog or the Spellbinders blog :)

I created a holiday frame for my coffee table using DCWV Winter in the Woods stack and the gorgeous Spellbinders Contemporary Circles background die. Now I invite you to follow a full step-by-step tutorial for how this was created!

DCWV Winter in the Woods stack
DCWV Vintage Essentials stack
DCWV Glitzy Glitter stack
Spellbinders Contemporary Circles die
Distress Ink Tea Dye and blending tool
Inexpensive frame (this one is from Ikea)
Glitter tape
Stickles in Silver
Wink of Stella glitter pen in clear
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Cutter Bees (detailed scissors)
Foam tape
Tombow Mono Multi Glue

Trace the photo mat that was included with your frame onto your paper and cut. Glue the cut paper onto the mat, then ink around the edges.

I die cut the Spellbinders Contemporary Circles from a lovely light blue paper. I backed the cut paper on some silver DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper, and framed the edges with silver glitter tape.

Adhere the cut paper to the back of your photo mat.

Now use DCWV Vintage Essentials tissue paper to decoupage the frame. Then place your photo mat inside the frame.

Now that the base of the frame is complete, we can start decorating the inside!

One of my favorite things to do with my DCWV stacks is fussy cut! I cut the 'Merry and Bright', which will be the main focus of my frame. I also cut out little deer and snowflakes and glued them to some twine to wrap across my frame.

I had originally kept the 'merry and bright' sentiment on the full journal card it's from, but I didn't like how much it was covering that great Spellbinders Contemporary Circles die cut. So that's why I decided to fussy cut around the individual letters.

I also popped the sentiment up with foam dots. This also helps keep it away from the gorgeous background die.

From this point on, I really just kept cutting images from the DCWV stack to embellish the edge of the frame. I added glitter accents throughout the frame.

Now for all the finished photos! Woohoo! You'll notice that I kept most embellishment off of the die cut background. I really liked how detailed that die was and I didn't want to cover it. I also love the glitter background, it looks like shimmery snow!

I really really love that gorgeous Spellbinders die! I have already cut it for many more projects and cards to come.

Now make sure to head back to the Spellbinders blog and the DCWV blog for a lot more holiday inspiration! Thanks for joining me!!

Have a fabulous holiday season!

<3 Rachel
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