Friday, July 31, 2009

Guest Designer :: the talented Miss April McCrumb of Catching Fireflies and a.i. paper design

Hello my friends! It's the weekend!! I'm so excited to show you the latest project from another one of our Guest Designers. Funny thing is I sent these projects out a while back and they all came back at once. :) But I just wanted to share.

I found April's work several years back before I ever knew she had a blog. One of the little gift shops nearby had several of her adorable clip frames and I was immediately smitten. They're decorated with the prettiest handmade papers and darling embellishments for a perfect finishing touch! Since then, she's expanded into so many different designs like, kids artwork hangers (which I love!), recipe card holders, handmade journals and photo albums and so much more. She also runs a fun and whimsical retail shop in Michigan, Catching Fireflies that reminds me of a little shop I used to manage (and miss). She's one busy gal! But... I was lucky enough to have her be one of our Guest Designers.


She took our seashell shape, turned it upside down and created this fun, colorful and did I mention *adorable* party dress! Wish I could have one in my size it's so cute! :) She decorated it with some bright handmade papers mixed with colorful ribbon, pom poms & berry beads. My favorite part are the flowers along the hem.
Thanks April for playing with us! And thanks for the inspiration. You can visit the Catching Fireflies blog for great links, eye candy, featured artists (and recipes too).
Hope you have a fun weekend!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

My son's a superstar. :)



I interrupt my project posts to share my son's brush with fame. Ha! I uploaded this picture this morning to our local tv station's website at my mother in law's suggestion. Well, MY mom just called and said she saw it on the 12:00 news already and I missed it!! Boo hoo. She said it was super quick and she didn't have time to record it. I'm hoping they show it again tonight.

Hope you're having a great day!

Guest Designer :: the artist Michelle Allen


Hi again! I've got a few more projects to post so I thought I'd share my friend Michelle's project. I found Michelle's blog quite a while back and was immediately inspired by her work. She's participated in one of our swaps and I was a lucky one to receive one of her ornaments and knew I wanted her to be a Guest Designer!

Do you recognize which shape you used?? Yup - the seashell shape that she turned into this gorgeous and vibrant peacock!





The colors are gorgeous! I love how "outside the box" she went with it too. Here's a couple tips she has to create the look.
*i used acrylic paints for the painting
*a Uni-ball Signo pen for the fine white lines
*Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils for the lines around the feathers
**note: if you use mediums that aren't waterproof you'll want to spray them with a Workable Fixative to save yourself a lot of grief
Thanks Michelle for playing along with us and for the inspiration. You can find more info about the project on her blog, Michelle my Belle.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Guest Designer :: the lovely and talented Andrea Singarella from One Hundred Wishes


Hello sweet blog readers! Did you notice I've posted a couple times this week? :) I'm trying to get on a bit of a schedule. So hard with summer activities and warm weather to play outside!

I wanted to share a Guest Designer project that I know you're going to love! Isn't this strawberry beeeautiful?! Our Guest Designer is the lovely Andrea Singarella. You can read more about Andrea on her blog, Velvet Strawberries. She also runs a webshop, One Hundred Wishes full of vintage treasures and yummy sweets! Andrea's blog used to be a daily read for me.. up until I had little ones when I don't have quite as much free time. Ha! I still love to check in and get inspired by her photos and see her adorable boys too! Read on for steps on how to create the pocket strawberry.

First, I covered the entire piece with vintage ledger paper and then hot glued pink velvet ribbon along the outer edge.




I wrapped the stem with green velvet ribbon and glued on some velvet leaves that were saved from an old hat. Then, I added a green bow and some white flowers to resemble strawberry blossoms.




Next, I traced the shape of the bottom half of the berry, cut it out of scrapbook paper and also cardstock. I stitched the scrapbook paper to the cardstock for extra thickness. I glued it to the strawberry, just around the bottom curved edges to create a little pocket. A bit of Dresden border finished off the top of the pocket. {This is actually the reverse side of the silver foil scalloped borders in my shop. I love the beige craft paper color.}




I tucked this hand-tinted picture of my Grandma, from the 1940's, into the pocket.



Finally, a little bouquet of flowers was taped to the pocket, using metallic masking tape {also from my shop}.
I love all her special touches! Thank you Andrea for the inspiring project. The strawberry shape can be found in our shop here. And to read more about Andrea, visit her blog!
Have a happy day!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hi All! Did you have a nice weekend? We spent the weekend at the lake and had a glorious time! My kids loved running outside and splashing in the water. I'm so happy to have little outdoor babies. :)

I wanted to finish showing you the Design Team projects. They did a gorgeous job with the Seashell shape. The first design is by Julie Masse with the adorable shot of the little feet on the beach. I love the added touch of pearls - so pretty. Here's more details....




Next up is Chrys' piece for her friend's scrap room. Cute added touch, don't you think? I really like how she outlined the shell with paper.

And last, but certainly not least - don't you *love* what Heather did with the seashell? Turned it upside down and made it the *cutest* little dress!! A ding dong doorbell if you ask me.
I hope you're all enjoying your summer. I can hardly believe July is almost over. Hope you're having fun!!