Friday, April 18, 2014

Sending Happy

Friday seems to be a good day to spread a little extra HAPPY to the people around you. I was up late last night playing with the new Unity Stamp of the Week "Sending Happy Your Way" and couldn't wait to share it. I'm linking up with Unity FWF party!

Everything about this little card makes me happy. I colored the stamp with Copics and die cut using Lawn Fawn "Stitched Journal Die". The pattern papers are from DCWV "Honey Chic" stack. I also splattered some fun Color Shine mists in "Pink" and "Teal" and tied it all off with a bright magenta bow.

This is my favorite Stamp of the Week I've worked with yet. It will be great for so many different occasions, and yes it is SO much fun to color!

I'm getting this posted just in time for the Paper Issues link up "Pocketful of Sunshine". My card doesn't exactly have a sun on it, but it seems very bright-sunshiny-day so I'm linking it anyways :)

Have a beautiful weekend.

<3 Rachel
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Public Art Layout

I have a textured filled scrapbook page to share today. I'm using some photos from my recent trip to South Carolina to visit my friend Donna (more pictures on this post). I am also excited to link up this layout in Virginia's View Challenge to use stencils!

On our 'history lesson' day, we visited some cool public art pieces mostly situated in an old parking lot around downtown Columbia. I will never forget that giant metal fire hydrant!

Here are some close up shots of all the texture included in this page. I used DCWV stencils with modeling paste to give the diamond pattern around the base layer. I also added layers of teal patterned corrugate paper and teal cork (both from DCWV). I added a nice helping of staples around the page, both for texture and function to hold all those layers on tight.

DCWV "Boutique Vintage" stack (exclusively at Hobby Lobby)
DCWV "The Corrugate Stack"
DCWV "The Cork Stack"
DCWV lattice stencil


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crafty Fail turned Happy Results

This morning I experienced a total crafting fail. I was reminded how important it is to try something different. Even when it fails. Miserably. Then I reminded myself, "It's only ink and paper it's only ink and paper". It is so important to our crafting sanity to know when a fail is a fail, to put it in the trash can and walk away slowly. While the end result isn't what I had in my mind, I enjoyed the experience, enjoyed the challenge, and of course enjoyed the creative time. And I was reminded that this is what our hobby is about... enjoy the process!

I took on the latest Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge to heat emboss your die cuts. I don't own any matching stamp/dies from any company, so I was trying to do a fake out with the flower stamp to make it look like a die but not (know what I mean?). Anyways, after a lot of layered stamping and then even more layered heat embossing, I got this flower... 45 minutes later...

I promise wherever you see white space, it is embossed. I had no plans for what to do with this flower, and I definitely didn't want to make 5 more for a card, so I walked away. I tried to do the Make it Monday challenge and I'm shamelessly linking it up anyways because in the end, I did make a card I loved!... just with zero die cuts and zero embossing involved.

My finished card was also inspired by the Curtain Call photo challenge. I love the bright colors and the flowers polka dotted around the card.

This one layer card uses shadow dye inks from Hero Arts and stamps from Papertrey Ink "Ruby Rose" set. Yes it took quite a long time to get around to this one layer card, but the process is part of the fun!

Thanks for joining me for this happy hour post... now that it's 5pm I think it will be wine time.

<3 Rachel
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