Monday, July 21, 2014

TE - Using It Up!

Happy Monday Peeps!  I'm excited for a new week to start ... so here we go!!!!

This weekend I carved out some much needed craft time.  I have so many projects to get done and with the way summer has been going, it just hasn't been happening lately.  So anyway, to kick-start my craft time, I decided to use some stamped and die cut pieces I had laying around.  Each time I create cards for the Taylored Expressions releases, I end up cutting or stamping things and then change my mind about the piece.  I stick them all in a bag thinking that I will use it "later".  Well "later" was this weekend.  I dug through the bag and come up with all of these pieces and threw together this card!  Not bad, huh?

The die cut flower is the Silhouette Stems 4; the sentiment is from Oops A Daisy; the background is from the P&P Jounaling Notepaper; and the final touch was the Notepaper Border.  I just trimmed the background a bit, added the card base, gems and a mat for the sentiment.  Easy Peasy!!!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Vintage Christmas Release & A Giveaway!

Hi Peeps!  Today I'm excited about the new release that Crafter's Companion has coming out.  There are 4 fabulous stamp sets for the Vintage Christmas collection, along with 11 embossing folders, a 6x6 paper pack and a CD-ROM that includes hundreds of pattern papers and matching elements.  Whew!  That's a lot of great stuff!

For my card today, I used one of the sentiments from the Vintage Christmas Collection called Let It Snow, colored it with my Spectrum Noir PL1 marker and then sprayed some Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Frost).  The mat I cut behind the sentiment is from the new Die'sire Die Cut called Waltz Frame.    {Directions for my background are below}

Here's how I made my background:

  1. I started with a piece of Glossy cardstock and trimmed it to 4" x 5.25".
  2. Next, I inked up a few snowflakes from the Stamp-It Australia collection (Falling Snowflake & Believe) with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress White ink and stamped them all over the Glossy cardstock.  Then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
  3. Next I took PL2 and PL4 Spectrum Noir Ink Refills and using the ink refill droppers, I randomly added drops of ink all over the paper.
  4. Using a piece of felt on an applicator, I added some Spectrum Noir Blender Refill on the felt and lightly dabbed it on the ink droplets until I had the look I wanted.  I dabbed a bit more on the snowflakes so more of the ink would come off.
  5. After it was dry, I sprayed it with some Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Frost) for some sparkly fun.

Vintage Floral - Floral Sentiments Acrylic Stamp Set
from Crafter's Companion

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vacation Adventures in Roma!

One of the spots we were looking forward to on our trip was Rome.  We were there two years ago for several day and fell in LOVE with the city.  Sadly, this time we had just 6 or 7 hours in Rome, so we made the most of it & hit all of our favorite spots again!

We took the 90 minute train ride into Rome and started out our day at Vatican City & St. Peter's Square.  It was another gorgeous day!

We didn't go in this time because our time was so limited & the lines were already very long.

We walked from Vatican City and headed toward the Campo de Fiori.
We passed the Castel Sant'Angelo (English: Castle of the Holy Angel)

Campo de Fiori ~ an open market that was right around the corner from the hotel where we stayed 2 years ago.   Each morning we went to this market and bought fresh fruit for breakfast.

The hotel where we stayed last time ~ Casa de Fiori
We LOVED it here! 

Next stop ~ the Pantheon

We met up for a brief 5 minutes at the Trevi Fountain with some friends from home!
We couldn't believe our luck in seeing each other.

What a blast to see friends while on vacation!
Sadly, they didn't get to see the beauty of Trevi Fountain because it was drained and being worked on.

The Spanish Steps

The Piazza Navona ~ one of my favorite places in the world!

We met up with G-Ma & G-Pa at the Piazza Navona for lunch.

The BEST Caprese Salad at Tre Scalini

Megan looked forward to this Pesto for 2 years! 

My Carbonara ~ YUM!

We took a leisurely walk back to Vatican City to catch the train back to the ship.
What a fun day!

Next stop ~ Naples & the Amalfi Coast!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TE ~ Pocket Cards for my Pages

Hi Peeps!  I hope you're having a fun summer so far.  We are having a "Polar Vortex" right now... IN JULY for goodness sakes!  My kids were at marching band camp yesterday in sweatshirts... well my daughter was, my son was freezing!  {eyeroll}

Since there was no July Release for Taylored Expressions, I decided to pull out some fun dies and make a few pocket inserts for my Pocket & Pages scrapbook pages.  There are just so many fun things to do with the great P&P products from Taylored Expressions!  I haven't put them on a page just yet, but I'll be sure to share it with you when it's done.

The P&P 3x4 Circle Showcase die fits perfectly inside the Simple Stories or Project Life page protectors.  A the new Little Bits Dies are so cute and fit inside the circle.

Thanks for popping by today!

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