September 15, 2014
Here’s a peak at how I usually start my projects. I lay down the stamps and dies and to get a rough idea as to how I want to position everything.
I did some partial die-cutting to give superkid a shield.
Getting to Know Me Hop
What creative projects are you currently working on?
So many things going on on my desk! Here’s what’s on my desk right now (1) Project Life week 35. I’m 2 weeks behind so I’m trying to catch up. (2) Mama Elephant release projects. Lots of amazing goodies coming next month! (3) Some STAMPtember® goodies including Superduo and a Christmas die. (4) A partial die-cutting video for Mama Elephant.
What inspires your designs?
This is a tough question. Sometimes I stare at my stamps and dies and then a design comes to me. Sometimes, I get the *lightbulb* moment while I shower. Other times, I’m inspired by products around me, like Starbucks tumblers, pillow designs…
What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
Most of my projects come to me when I shower. Others come to me when I’m at work. Other times, I take out all my stamps and dies and arrange them here and there. The simplest cards are usually the ones that take a long time.
If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
Clean. White. Lots of white.
I’m supposed to tag two paper crafters but I’ve decided to tag just 1 per hop. Cristina accepted so I’m tagging TWO people! I’m tagging Wida Miller from Beachorado and Cristina from My Paper Secret. Wida is so awesome that I’m pretty sure she was born to be awesome. I saw that she was tagged in this hop so lucky us, we don’t have to wait to know more about her!
I’ve received a few cards (and a fun package!) from her and *wow* are they amazing!
And Cristina. I don’t even know where to begin. I started following her shortly after she won Gallery Idol. Then she went on to join the Papertrey Ink design team with amazing projects everytime. I’ll be getting her book soon :)
How does your work differ from others?
I subscribe to the monthly kits from Studio Calico as well as Citrus Twist Kits. While I love the themes they choose for each kit, I don’t mind mixing them all. While I don’t think my work is unique, I’m satisfied with them and I love going back and look through them.
How does your creating process work?
Entropy. Randomness. I’m a mess when I start my weekly Project Life spreads! But one thing that I always do before the spread begins is that I go through my photos and print them out. I use my Canon Selphy CP510 to print all my photos. They are then cut out, and arranged on my protectors in chronological order.
I would love to tag Leena Loh from Finding Nana. She was the first Project Lifer that I came across and I’m constantly inspired by her clean and simple spreads. She has a busy work and family life that we can see through her photos and I just love to read about how she documents each little bit of everything that goes on.
September 15, 2014
Hello there! I’m here with a project using Peek a Frame creative cuts that are released at Mama Elephant today! I used the smaller stitched frame die as well as the window die in my project today.
I first die cut a window frame. You may have noticed that you can die cut 6 windows at a time. After cutting the complete cut, I went back and trimmed 2 windows for 4 windows.
I drew some guidelines onto my stitched die cut and masked off little squares for my window. For the first window, I stamped the bunny from Carnival Cupcakes. I then masked off the bunny and blended a blue onto the cardstock for my background.
Repeating those same steps, I did the same for the lion, bear and sheep for the rest of the 3 squares.
Here is the complete card finished off with a sentiment from We Click.
Thank you for stopping by!
September 12, 2014
Good morning everyone! Mama Elephant will be releasing 2 standalone creative cuts as well as 4 coordinating creative cuts for some of the older sets this month. Today, I will be giving you a first look at the coordinating creative cuts for Polar Pals. All the dies used here will be released on September 15.
Lately, I’ve been addicted to partial die-cutting and today’s project is no exception :) I have a partial die-cutting video that will come up later during the month, but in the mean time, I have some step by step photos so that you too, could perfect this useful technique!
I first stamped the two snowmen holding onto a garland of stars. And here begins the die-cutting magic.
Step 1: Secure the middle die with some washi tape. Position the top cutting plate so that it covers most of the left side of the die. Position the bottom cutting plate so that it is under most of the right side of the die. Roll it across the machine.
Step #2: Secure the first snowman die. Position the top cutting plate so that it does not cover where the hand meets the stars. Roll it across the machine.
Step #3: Secure the second snowman die. Position the top cutting plate so that it does not cover where the hand meets the stars. Roll it across the machine.
Step #4: This is what you are left with after all the cutting. Using a craft knife, carefully cut apart any places that are still connected (ie: the section where the stars meets the hand)
Step #5: Colour!
I adhered die-cut using some foam tape onto a piece of cardstock that was cut using a die from Peek a Frames that will also be released on September 15. I stamped a sentiment from Polar Pals underneath snowmen and mounted it onto my card base.
Thank you for stopping by!
August 29, 2014
Hello everyone! I’m over at Mama Elephant blog with a card using one of the cutest stamp set that was just released in August.
I started off with a die cut rectangle using the Index Card CC. The sentiment was first heat embossed onto the panel and then blended with a mixture of orange, dark yellow and light yellow on top.
I created my bunny on a cupcake by stamping and carefully masking certain areas. The image was coloured with copics with some stickles on the cupcake as icing. This was then carefully cut out using the coordinating dies with the partial die-cutting technique.
And here you go! The cutest birthday card ever made and coincidentally, this card will be going to a little girl who was born in the year of the rabbit!
August 28, 2014
It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches September release with you! FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on September 1st.. You will find our new releases HERE.
To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!
The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
- FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
- Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
- Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, August 31st to leave a comment.
- Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, September 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.
To increase your chances of winning:
- Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
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(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)
Are you feeling the Christmas mood yet? I used the new Christmas Words 2 dies and I just love this huge die cut! I made a very mail-friendly Christmas cards with some non-traditional colours as my background.
I wanted the words to really jump out so I left them in white against the striped background. Can you believe I did absolutely no stamping here?
August 21, 2014
Happy moments always pass by so quickly. We are already at the end of the August release’s stamp highlights at Mama Elephant! Today, we’ve got a fabulous background or border stamp set called Sentiment Borders.
I stamped and heat embossed the “thank you” border on my cardstock. By masking the top and bottom away, it was easy to blend some ink onto the cardstock for a simple strip of colour.
I stamped the sentiment from Around We Go on a piece of vellum and stitched it in place. I stamped, coloured and die cut the little sheep from Carnival Cupcakes and adhered it with some foam tape.
Jump to Mama Elephant’s blog for more inspiration!
August 20, 2014
Hellooo!!! I can’t believe we are already at the 3rd day of the August release at Mama Elephant! Today, the design team is showcasing a fun stamp called Rewind. Yes, I did grow up using the cassette player and cassette tapes; in fact it was only last year that I finally have a car that takes CDs!
The cassette was stamped and trimmed out, then adhered with foam tape on the card based. I trimmed off the excess for a clean edge.
Don’t you just love the sentiment (or blurb… or however you’d like to call it!) There are just so many fun memories that I want to store somewhere and then take it out when I’m feeling blue :)
Let’s go to Mama Elephant’s blog to see what the rest of the DT did!