Tuesday, December 21, 2010

From our Family to Yours

Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all good things for 2011! Thanks for visiting and all your continued support. xxooo

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Say It With Letters Guest Designer, Ellen Sosnoski

Good Morning, my friends. We are on day 3 of the House of Sick! My poor kiddos are just not themselves. I think the only good thing about them being sick is that they are taking extra long naps. The ones where you check on them all the time to make sure they're still breathing.
I'm excited to share with you this month's Guest Designer, Ellen Sosnoski. She posted a comment on our blog a while back and when I visited her blog, I loved her style and asked her to be a guest designer. She did a gorgeous job with our "NeST" letters. Read on a to learn a bit more about Ellen and see the project she created.
Hi! I live in a small town in Northeast PA but am a city girl at heart. Though the small town life has been a nice change of pace for me, I love the action and excitement of the big city. So I keep busy by working two part time jobs, hanging with my family and friends, and papercrafting. Like so many crafters I draw inspiration from color and texture and life around me. I love, LOVE. love to alter so I was beyond thrilled when Deb asked me to guest design. You can see my work in various scrapbooking publications and with leading manufacturing companies.

I adore the colors she chose and especially how she photographed them! Look at the darling little bird she created.

Love love the mix of patterns and colors she chose.

Sweet little butterfly sitting there.

Beautiful job, Ellen! Thank you so much for your inspiration. And as always, thanks to each of you for checking in.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Design Team Projects :: Family

Good Morning, my friends! I hope you're having a lovely day. We spent yesterday morning getting Christmas photos done. What a crazy group of us but I think we got some good shots! The afternoon was spent at Stevie and Bella's little friend's birthday party. All the kids kept talking about beforehand was that they were going to eat cake. :)

I'm excited to share the second half of our design team projects this month featuring a *brand new* set of wood letters, the "Family of" set! These have been something I wanted to create since we first started the company and I found my inspiration from the wonderful, Layle Koncar. She has a home decor piece in her house made with vintage letters she's collected. So, I e-mailed her to ask if I could use her for inspiration and she said, of course! :) I really think the team has totally outdone themselves!! The work is so gorgeous and each one is so different and unique.

Erika has such beautiful colors in the papers and embellishments. Look at the details in her letters...

I love the mosaic texture on the edge and texture on the letters.

These flowers are amazingly beautiful!

And I love the button work throughout.

Gorgeous! You should visit Erika's blog because she's involved in Helmar's Holiday Blog Hop and there's lots of fun things and giveaways galore!

The colors of Laurie's letters just make me smile. They're so cheery and fun to look at. She plans on hanging them in her hallway, which I love! I love the '4' pictures of them on the number.

Her cute kids... :)

And I especially love the sayings she chose to include on them. Beautiful work, Laurie.

Regina's has a really classic look. They're simply embellished, which I really like here because I think the papers didn't need a lot of extras.

The '5' is the statement piece, with her family photo and beautiful flower.

Kory's are sweet and fun with her metallic mix of papers and glitter!

Flowers and sweet sayings...

Love the number!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day. xo

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Design Team Projects :: Nesting

Good Morning, my friends! I'm so excited to share the first part of this month's design team projects. Back by popular demand are one of our most popular set of letters - the "NeST" letters.

Bonnierose was undecided on how she wanted to decorate hers. Her initial thought was to stay very simple and just paint them (nothing wrong with simple). Then inspiration hit! Don't you love that?!
Here's how she created the look!
I first lightly painted the letters with white paint, then adhered dictionary papers with Mod Podge. Mod Podged over to seal then lightly brushed more paint and finished off with green and blue bows.
You see, hubby and I are gonna be moving down south, that's the 5 year plan anyways... and one day... we want our home to be a beachy theme... so I did these using blue/seafoam green ribbons.
And here's a few more details....
Beautiful Bonnierose! I love the shabby look!

Dawn's are so beautiful and have such soft colors and a natural-ness to them (I know that's not a word, ha ha!) And then she outlined them with Glass Glitter.

Look at the gorgeous papers too!

The sweet bird and branches.

The "N" has a felt flower that she made (you can see a better picture on her blog post HERE).

Love these branches.

And now for a totally different look (isn't this fun?!) Julie Ann has an eclectic mix of papers and embellishments creating a fabulous design!

And LOOK, she outlined the letters with feathers!! I think they really soften the whole look.

And some closeup details...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love all the sayings and details. You should also visit her blog for some really inspiring pictures from Shimelle's class, Journaling Your Christmas. Love this idea!!

Michelle's pretty flowery mix is really sweet. I love the pinks and blues and those bows. :)

Winter . Spring . Summer . Fall I really like how Stephanie went with a four seasons design.

Awesome job, ladies!! I love seeing the new designs and love what you created with them!
As always, thanks everyone for checking in.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Amy Powers, Inspired Ideas + Sugary Houses

By now, I know you're all familiar with the sweet Amy Powers of the blog, Inspire Co. I thought I'd share the link to this online magazine FILLED with so many adorable, little projects and holiday inspiration! You can view it online HERE. It has projects by Mary Engelbreit, Charolotte Lyons, Amy herself and so many others! You'll love it! The best part? It's free!
A couple years back I had the pleasure of working with Amy when she was our Guest Designer. She created an adorable village of sugary houses in her signature style. I thought I'd share it with you today.

Base paint the entire little house the color you'd like for the house to be. Once the paint is dry, paint the details like the roofline, chimney, doors, windows. If you're shaky, use tape to mask off areas where you don't want the paint. Add polka dots and stripes and more details when that coat dries. Alternatively, you could cut out bits of paper for details like the shutters, doors, and windows and glue them into place.

For the piece with an open doorway and windows, glue paper bits to the back of the piece.

Add accents like tiny Christmas balls, millinery flowers, beads, pom-poms using hot glue. Have fun with this part and look at everyday things with fresh eyes. Let yourself play!

Coat the entire front of the piece with craft glue using a broad paint brush. Put glue over the bits and bobs too.

With a piece of paper underneath collect the run-off, pour a generous amount of clear glitter over the entire piece. Shake off the excess.Ta-dah!
Isn't it adorable?! Just a little holiday inspiration. Thanks for reading.

"A smile is a light in the window which shows the heart is at home." Martin Buxbaum

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chalkboard Tutorial featuring Jennifer Priest :: Christmas Giftmaking

I posted last week our awesome Design Team projects and mentioned that a tutorial was on the way for Jennifer's COOL Thought Bubble Chalkboard. Well, here it is!

Won't these make great Christmas gifts? We have a chalkboard in our bathroom and my hubby and I are always leaving little notes for each other. Supplies:
Thought Bubble - Say It With Letters (available in our Etsy shop HERE)
Chalkboard Paint - Valspar ($15 at Lowe's)
Magnets - Unknown ($3 at Lowe's)
Vinyl, Diecutting Machine - Silhouette
Hot Glue Gun - Unknown
Font- Honey Script

Paint the entire front of the wood shape with chalkboard paint and allow to dry. Apply 3 coats of paint.

Cut a vinyl saying on the Silhouette or other diecutting machine. Remove the excess vinyl from the diecut and apply a transfer sheet to the front of the vinyl. Carefully peel the vinyl saying from the backing sheet.

Apply the vinyl saying to the wood shape.
Hot glue magnets to the back of the wood shape. Place them in each corner so that the shape will not rock when someone is writing on it.
Apply to the nearest metal surface or refrigerator.
Happy Gift-Making!