It’s been soooooooo long! *Blog Hop for Kat Scrappiness*

Happy Monday, Friends!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog on todays 1st Celebration Blog hop for KatScrappiness.com. Today is so exciting! Not only will you be inspired by the designers projects along this hop, there is a lot of fantastic prizes to be won! You should have arrived here from the Kat Scrappiness blog where it all starts! If you happen to get lost along the hop you can find the full link-up list at the end of this post or on Katscrappinessblog.com.
We are so excited to announce the addition of our first ever exclusive clear stamp sets! One that is perfect for interactive papercraft designs and one that is an adorable Giraffe! You will also catch a glimpse of some brand new dies and sequins embellishment mixes that are also exclusives. Check out all of the exclusive products at KatScrapiness.com  affiliate links used at NO cost to you, Thank you for helping me keep this blog going!

Today I am using both of the new stamp sets you see above you along with some other Kat Scrappiness and Lawn Fawn supplies

For my project I wanted to create a missing you card with Lola the Giraffe. and I wanted a chance to use the interactive stamp set so I decided to do a double slider. Here is a picture of the card closed.
and here is one with it completely open.
There are many variations on how to make a double slider card, I watched a bunch of videos and took bits and pieces of advice from various sources. To see the basic construction of the double slider click HERE to watch a video. The video shows a version that is similar to how I put this one together. The differences with the one I made were that I did not fold one long piece of cardstock, Instead I layered die cut panels and a card base together with foam tape, this allowed for the 4″ square card. I cut the squares with the Kat Scrappiness Double stitched square dies. The largest was for the main card panel and the second largest was for the two panels that slide out. After I cut the stitched square pieces, I blended on some distress oxide ink in Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber , Broken China, and Faded Jeans. I layered the two dies together and cut a frame for the top panel out of Neenah desert storm cardstock, and then blended on a little Vintage Photo Distress oxide ink as well.
I stamped the Giraffe head and half the body on watercolor paper and did the same with his lower half using versafine onyx black ink (Favorite ink for using on watercolor paper). Then I freehand drew a long neck off each piece. I watercolored the giraffe with a combo of Zig Clean Color real brush markers and Vintage Photo distress ink (re-inker). I cut a tree trunk out of scrap watercolor paper and did the same watercolor process but this time darker.
I took some dark green cardstock and cut the Kat Scrappiness Christmas Tree die several times. I applied some Peeled paint Distress Oxide ink on the green cut out pieces and pieced together a tree that looked more like one you would see on Safari rather than Christmas pine. I misted the pieces lightly with water and blotted right away. Here is a photo when I was piecing the tree together. It’s a nice way to stretch a christmas die and use it year-round.
 I cut a small hill from the Lawn Fawn stitched Hillside borders for underneath the giraffe and a sentiment banner and sign. The “It’s been sooo long” sentiment is from the same Giraffe stamp set and the “I am missing you” is from the Lawn Fawn Loads of love stamp set. Once everything was painted, fussy cut, and glued down I assembled the card.I cut the smallest of the scalloped tags from the die set and glued that to the back of the top slide out panel. I freehand cut a tag and stamped “pull here” and an arrow pointing up both from the interactive card instructions stamp set. I glued that to the tag to make a good handle to pull the slider.
 To finish things off I added on some sequins from the Lucky Charm and Spring Leaves sequins mixes. I also added eyelashes to the giraffe and darkened the eyes with a glaze gel pen. I think it came out pretty cute. I love this interactive design. I plan on making more cards following the same design because it was so much fun. Pre making the card base is fairly easy and with it being square you can use it vertically like I have here or horizontally like the video I linked. below is a clip of the card in action!

I hope you have been inspired by my double slider card. In order for your chance to win one of the brand new stamp sets, or one of the three GRAND prizes, you must comment on all the designers blogs and the Kat Scrappiness blog. That is 10 chances to win! Winners will announced at 12 noon pst on 6/25/17, you have until 12:00 midnight pst Saturday 6/24/17 to enter!
 If you are reading this post between 6/19 and 6/25 2017 Kat is having a 15% sale. She already has lower prices on most of her items so this is like getting 20% to 35% off retail! Stock up on your favorites HERE. Remember to use code SUMMERVACAY at checkout.
Next person in the hop is the ever so talented, Maria! Hop on over and see what’s next! Thank you for participating in the very first blog hop for KatScrappiness.com. Below you will find the blog hop line up as well as a list of products I used today.

Blog Hop Lineup:

Taniesa

Maria

Cheryl

Mona

Angeline

Katty

Kelley

Supplies Used:

Creating with Pin-spiration and Essentials by Ellen

Hey Crafty friends!

It has been a very busy few months! Because I haven’t been able to post as much as I like, I am bringing you not one but THREE cards today! These three cards have been inspired by the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge in the CLASSroom blog this month. I would love to know which is your favorite! Leave me a message in the comments with your thoughts! OH! Also, make sure you see the message at the bottom regarding a HUGE two day sale going on at Ellen Hutson!

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These beautiful delicious shades of Strawberry, Orange, and Lemon just scream SUMMER and inspired me to play with my Copic markers, Daniel Smith watercolor paints, and of course my Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies. Laurel did an AMAZING job of putting this month’s inspiration board together. I find when I am stuck in a creative rut, using a mood board and/or a sketch really gets me kick started and my creativity tends to flow from there.

My first card share is one you may have seen over in the Ellen Hutson Classroom if you came over from the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog (If you have never visited me before, Welcome!) I was inspired by the bright yellow pop of the lemons in the table floral arrangement. The lemons gave me the idea to use the Essentials by Ellen “Stay Golden” stamp set and matching dies. I loved the sentiment “when life hands you pineapples…” “make Pina Coladas” and when I thought about the whole Life handing you pineapples it made me think of actual hands coming up from the bottom of the card holding up pineapples. I reached for the Avery Elle Hats Off stamp set which ended up being the perfect stamp set to work with the pineapples.

The background was done by layering Daniel Smith Watercolors. I did this on two different pieces of Canson XL 140lb cold press watercolor paper. I cut one piece of the watercolor wash paper down to 4.25 x 5.5 (A-2 card size) and the other piece of painted paper I used for die cutting. I cut out three different sizes of flowers in the stay golden die set and I used a Hero Arts Ombre Light Peach to Dark Peach to stamp the flowers on top. I used a combination of Cracked Pistachio and Peeled paint Distress Oxide inks to stamp the leaves. The white accents I drew in with a signo white gel pen.

I thought the sentiment looked best in a circle shape so I stamped it on a lighter painted scrap of watercolor paper and heat embossed that sentiment with WOW extra fine clear embossing powder. I gave the flowers different levels of dimension by gluing some down against the paper directly and others are on one layer or two layers of foam tape.

I stamped and colored the hands border stamp from the Avery Elle Hats off stamp set with my copic markers. I stamped or drew on some accents that reminded me of hawaiian print shirts. Some patterns I accented with my white signo gel pen. I added a little foam tape behind the hands and the pineapples to make it look more like these hands were actually holding a big pineapple. I took a little Black Soot Distress ink on a ink blending sponge and lightly brushed the edges of the panel to give a vingnet look.

To finish off the cover I added some Pretty Pink Posh confetti and used my spectrum noir clear glitter brush pen to add a little sparkle.

When you open up the card you see the continuation of the sentiment which I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with WOW super fine clear embossing powder.

The drink filled coconut is from the “Stay Cool” waffle flower stamp set which I stamped and then colored with copic markers. I added a little Glossy accents on the straw to make it look like a shiny plastic straw.

I think this is a great encouragement card to give to a friend who has had a bad day.

The next card was inspired by the beautiful florals in the photo as well as the gorgeous “Bed of Flowers” Essentials by Ellen die. I had several pieces of watercolor paper that I was practicing watercolor washes with. Not wanting them to go to waste I thought I would cut them up with this beautiful die and piece them back together on a piece of cardstock that I covered with Be Creative tape.

I used the darker die cut negative pieces more to the center of each flowers and going lighter as you got to the edge of the flowers. I put green watercolor negative die pieces in between all the roses.

Once all of the pieces were glued down I matted the pieced together panel with a piece of gold mirror foil cardstock. I die cut two vellum hearts from the Essentials by Ellen Folk Heart dies as well as the Congrats die from the Essentials by Ellen zipper panel die set. I wound some gold thread around each end of the die cut and glued the ends to the back of the panel. I then glued that panel down to a peach colored cardstock card base.

I think this would make a fantastic wedding card.

My next card started out just as watercolor practice, with some beautiful Mondo Flowers from Ellen Hutson.

I took the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony flower and stamped that on Arches cold press watercolor paper with Versamark ink. I heat embossed the flowers using clear extra fine embossing powder from WOW. I painted the florals using a mix of colors from Daniel smith paints in Quinacridone Rose, Rose Madder Perm, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, lemon yellow, and pearlescent shimmer. The leaves are painted using Sap Green. I liked my practice piece so I masked the flowers and stamped the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea. I heat embossed this flower the same way and then I painted the flower using Daniel Smith quinacridone purple.

The background got a light wash of blue by using Daniel Smith manganese blue hue. I set the florals aside to dry and I painted another piece of watercolor paper with the colors on my palette. Once that was dry I cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn fancy scallop rectangle die. You might notice that you can’t really see a shine of embossing powder on my card. Once the florals were dry my piece was warped quite a bit so I took a piece of copy paper and folded it in half. I placed my card in the middle and down on top of a microfiber cloth. On a no steam setting I ironed the paper protected card until it was flat and quickly removed the paper. The scrap paper absorbed all of the embossing powder leaving me with a one layer card that kept those white lines that I stamped with.

I cut down my floral piece, matted it on gold mirror cardstock and foam mounted that piece on top of the scalloped watercolor panel. That was adhered to a heavy card base.

Inside the card I glued a die cut Many Thanks from the essentials by ellen die and a scrap of that gold mirror cardstock. I stamped the florals in a very pale gray ink and colored them with Copics in various colors in the 00, 000, and 0000 shades.  I thought this added a hint of color but light enough to write over when you write in the card.

I hope you found some inspiration in the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights inspiration piece as I did. Now its your turn to create something fabulous and participate in the challenge. One random participant will be chosen to win a $50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson. Head on over to the Ellen Hutson classroom blog for more details. I cannot wait to see what you create!

***There is also a HUGE 15% off everything sale going on at Ellen Hutson Today and tomorrow, June 15-16 2017! Use code SUMMERFUN to stock up on the amazing products I shared with you today and more! I am off to get some new items that has been on my wish list!***

If you are interested in any of the products that I used in my projects today I have listed them below as well as linked them within the post. You may also click HERE for multiple online sources of some items. I tried to make it as easy as possible if you are wanting to find something that I used.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy Memorial Day! Crafty News, updates, and SALES!

Hi Friends!

I hope you are all gearing up for a holiday weekend filled with fun! We are enjoying some beautiful weather in Seattle and I am excited to get out and about with my family. I hope you have some sunshine where you are too!

First up… SALES!! There are sales galore going on now and I thought I would put all of them (that I know of) in one place, if there is some that I missed feel free to comment below and I will add them If I find more deals though this weekend I will update this post so check back! *Affiliate links are used where available at NO cost to you.*

 

Honey Bee stamps is having a retirement sale to make room for some new products coming in. You can find the details by clicking the following link: Honey Bee Stamps, LLC

You can see the latest release as well as new shop items just added by clicking HERE

 

Concord and 9th are having a flash sale. Spend $50 or more and you will receive their thinking of you dies for FREE! to see all the great C&9 stamps and dies click the following link: Concord & 9th

 

Hallmark Scrapbook has a number of items on sale including the newest Lawn Fawn release. I have shopped with them a few times and their speed and service is fabulous. See what is new in their shop by clicking HERE

 

Joggles.com is a new shop for me but their service was great and they carry a lot of really nice mixed media supplies in addition to other crafty things. They have zig clean color real brush markers now and they are available open stock at $2.86 each. One of the better deals I have seen lately. Visit their shop HERE

 

Scrapbook.com has a ton of card making supplies on sale from 30% to 50% off as well as other deals too. Check them out HERE

 

Blitzy is having a huge sale with savings up to 60% off! Check them out by clicking the following link:  HUGE Memorial Day Sale! Up to 60% off arts and crafts supplies! 

 

Chameleon pens are having a special deal on their 30 marker set. See more details HERE. They also have an online class that they give to you with any purchase. I will hopefully have a video soon showing how these markers work with your existing alcohol based markers! I think these are a great addition and not just a replacement to your marker collection.

 

Blick art is having a sale of 20% off your order of $99 or more. I love getting new art supplies to explore with. The Blick brand is a great price and things like their alcohol markers are really nice. Check them out HERE

 

Sizzix is having up to 80% off! Wowsa! Check them out by clicking the graphic above or click HERE

 

Kat Scrappiness is having a super deal with 15% off your order plus additional bonuses of free sequins and free shipping. Use code MEMDAY17 at checkout. To see all of the great things in Kat’s shop click HERE.

One of my local scrapbook and stamp stores is having a sale too! Impress Cards and Crafts is a store I shopped at often when I lived in California. I was super thankful that they had an online shopping site but now that I live just outside of Seattle I get to shop in the actual store (which if you are visiting Seattle it has to be on your must see list!), a definite treat! They are having a 15% off sale online until Monday. Use code “Good Vibes” at checkout. Click HERE to see all that they have including some fabulous wood mount stamps.

Butterfly Reflections ink is having a 15% off sale Today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday) This does not include their sale section however she has lots of items that are up to 70% off so it is worth checking out! To visit BRI click HERE!

I hope you find what you are looking for at a great price!

 

Next up is some announcements!

 

As you may have already seen, Ellen Hutson has created a special stamp and die set combo as a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research foundation. $25 of every stamp and die combo that is sold goes directly to BCRF. This is a great set, at a great value, for a great cause. I hope you will join me in supporting the staff at Ellen Hutson fund this great cause. This stamp set is fantastic for those that are affected by cancer but can also be used for so many other things. You can see this stamp and die set as well as LOTS of new releases in the new release section HERE

 

Simon Says Stamp just launched a new release. It is absolutely adorable! So many of the new items are on my wish list. Check it all out by clicking HERE.

There is a blog hop that will be coming soon for Kat Scrappiness that will be so much fun and Honey Bee Stamps will be announcing the brand NEW DESIGN TEAM this coming Tuesday!

Last an update regarding Close to my Heart….

Many of you have seen my Close to my heart videos on organization. If not feel free to click HERE to view them.

For the last four + years I have been a Close to My Heart consultant. I was so passionate about the organizers they offer and how it really helped me get started with my craft room organization. I wanted to share that organization inspiration with others, but I did not become a consultant to exclusively represent CTMH. I love their products but I also love a wide range of products and believe that all the products in this industry that are available to the papercrafting artist community only enhances our creativity and we don’t have to stick to only one brand. CTMH Has a policy in place that I cannot represent or design with any other companies products and actively promote anyone besides CTMH. I did not know this when I signed up (I guess I failed to read close enough) or I would not have entered into that commitment. When presented with the choice of terminating my other relationships and product designing with other companies or terminating my contract with CTMH this week I chose to terminate my contract with CTMH. I am sure my customers can understand why I have made that decision.

All of that being said I still love the CTMH brand and especially their organizers. I have a good friend who is also a CTMH consultant. Felicia Voris is kind, Honest, and quick to help others so she was the perfect person to refer my customers to. You can visit Felicia’s CTMH shop by clicking the link HERE. Felicia may from time to time share my videos and posts that highlight the CTMH organizers. I have given her, and only her, complete permission and access to those resources.  Thank you for helping me support Felicia. I know you will adore her!

That is all for now! I will be back soon with new projects to share! Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Hello My Crafty Friends!!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Mother’s Day and are able to spend time with your families today. Even if they are far away like mine, be sure to spend time any way possible (FaceTime and Skype are wonderful ways to spend time with your family too!)

I wanted to tell you all about a few fun SALES that are going on today, in honor of Mother’s day, and to announce some winners which I may have neglected a bit in all my chaotic happenings the last 30 days. *Sorry! Please forgive me!!*

First up, the SALES! What Mom (or daughter) doesn’t love a fabulous sale, am I right?!?!

Honey Bee Stamps:

Honey Bee Stamps has some fantastic new release items that you have to check out if you havent already. If you want ideas using the new honey bee products check out my past post HERE or the Honey Bee Stamps blog HERE. As always anyone that places an order is getting a free bee (order of any amount!) and a free matching die to those orders over $75…. BUT for today only the orders that are $100 or more will also get free shipping and an extra special Die and Embellishment pack. This special promotion pack includes special embellishments that are ONLY available for those orders over $100 and not available for purchase. I am totally in love with them but Melissa asked me to keep it a surprise, Nothing like opening a surprise in your happy mail!

Click HERE to shop!

Disclaimer from HoneyBeeStamps.com : Valid Sunday May 14th from 12:01am until 12pm midnight, PST. No coupon code necessary. Free-Bees and Free Gift with purchase will be added automatically. In the event that we run out of our special limited edition gifts, another product will be substituted with a retail value of $25 or more. Free shipping valid within the USA only.

Ellen Hutson:

Ellen is having a seriously AMAZING deal of 20% off your entire (in-stock items only) order (Not including the special Breast Cancer foundation fundraising stamp which is amazing and I recommend everyone buy!) Click HERE to shop! Use code MOMSDAY17

Right now I am absolutely in love with the new release items from My Favorite Things, Pretty Pink Posh, Wplus9, and all the beautiful Daniel Smith watercolor paints. You also cannot go wrong with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers or the Inktense pencil sets.

Simon Says Stamp:

Simon is giving a $20 discount to any order $100 or more! I love the Simon exclusive stamps and dies so if you haven’t checked them out take a look HERE or check our all the new releases HERE. Use Code MOMSROCK

Some of my favorites are the Memory box and Birch Press Design products. They are usually the higher cost items so I wait for sales like this to make my purchase. They go fast though so grab them while you can.

Joggles

Joggles has some really cool products, especially for mixed media. I have found some unique items here. They have some Mother’s Day specials you will find HERE and they also offer bonuses depending on how much you spend. Check them out HERE! No code needed

Scrapbook.com

Scrapbook.com is having a fabulous sale on all their organization products up to 50% off! I LOVE some good organization items and on sale is even better CLick HERE to see all organizational and storage products. Check out the new Tonic Table Tidy and accessories… I have been eyeballing these since CHA 2017! No code needed for this sale and they have many more promotions going on. you can see a list of what is on sale by clicking HERE.

I will update the list if there are any more sales that I learn about! I hope this helps with your shopping!

Next order of business is some BLOG WINNERS that haven’t been announced on my blog.

For the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop post I did HERE, I offered up a little blog candy package. You just had to comment and be one of my instagram followers to win. The winner of this package is: Becca Yahrling

Please email me at Taniesa@thecraftypickle with your shipping address!

For the Honey Bee Stamps new release birthday blog hop that I posted HERE the giveaway was a stamp of your choice, the winner had to comment on my blog. The winner of that giveaway is: Nicole Douthit

Please email Hello@honeybeestamps with your email address and be sure to create an account if you don’t have one already at the honey bee stamps store.

Thank you all for being patient with the winner announcement!

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Crafty Hugs!

Surprise 2nd BEE-day Blog hop (and a swarm of awesome new releases!)

Hap-BEE Friday, Friends!

We have enlisted some very talented designers to help Surprise Melissa (the owner of Honey Bee Stamps) for her 2nd Honey Bee Stamps Birthday. Be sure to hop along for all the fun & prizes!! Each stop on the hop will have a drawing for a FREE stamp set of their choice from the Honey Bee Stamps store. Be sure to comment at each stop to enter all of the drawings. The winners will be announced on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog on May 3rd at Noon PST.

 I have to say this month’s new release is my favorite so far. I sat down to make one card and ended up making a few more. I’m telling ya, my mind was buzzing with ideas for these new products.

My first card is this cute bee hive card which is a shaker card.

I made this card using the new Hive card die and Hive stencil set. I also used two of the bees from Busy Bees and the Bee-You-Tiful sentiment set.

I love that the stencils make shading the hive super easy. I used my distress inks and finger daubers to do the shading. the inside of the shaker has the new layered hexagon die cover plates cut apart, and I used Nuvo Drops to add Honey like accents. I filled the shaker with the special birthday Honey Jar sequins mix and of course that cute little busy bee!

Next card is another hive, but this time I used only the stencils. All 4 of them actually. I used the hive cut out to lay down color, the two shading stencils to give detail, and then when I was all done with that I used the hive cut out piece as a mask and applied the blue distress ink background.

The leaves are from the Busy bees stamp set. I just made a branch with a zig clean color real brush brown marker. The hexagon confetti / sequins is in the spring sequins pack. The cute little bee is from the Build a Bee stamp set.  The bee is actually on a little action wobbler and, with the addition of the google eyes, it makes for a very fun interactive element.

This next card was totally inspired by a pack of acrylic mirrored hexagons I have been hoarding. You could achieve a similar look with mirror cardstock that I used as an accent strip along the side of the card.

I colored my little build a bee with my zig markers and added some hexagons that I cut out using the new stack hexagon dies. I also added those awesome hexagon mirrors. I think the patterned paper along the side added the perfect final touch. I love this sentiment from the Bee You Tiful sentiment set. I think it’s the perfect card to remind someone how bee-you-tiful they are, inside and out.

Okay, now a super quick card that is great for any of our new buzz words

This card was super quick to make! I had a piece of cardstock that was already stamped and embossed using the Zen Bouquet stamp set. I trimmed it down to A-2 size and used the new Hello Buzz word dies to do a fun inlay look. This could work with your favorite patterned paper too.

You can keep it simple and leave it just black and white, Or you could color it in to make the word stand out even more! The main panel was cut using the Honey Bee Stamps Double stitched A-2 dies.

These next cards were so much fun to make. I did one card with Color burst watercolor powers and the other with distress oxide inks.

I couldn’t decide which I liked better so I thought I would show you both!

I used the Stick with me stamp set and the prickly sentiments stamp set for the sentiment. The bee is from the Busy Bee stamp set.  I had one little hexagon outline cut out left over from another project so I stuck it on one of the sentiment strips. I thought it was a fun little touch. Which one do you like better?

Last but not least is my first real attempt at no line coloring. I took the jar from the sweet as honey stamp and die set (which was a part of Honey Bee Stamps very first release, and one of my most used stamp sets!) and I decided to turn it into a mini Terrarium with the help of the new stick with me stamp set.

I colored the cacti, plants, and rocks with my Copic markers and then added a bit more detail with my colored pencils. For the background I used the hexagon stipple plate die. On the little banner, I used a sentiment from the prickly sentiments stamp set.

The jar is layered with 4 pieces of cardstock instead of using foam, (I had scrap paper I needed to use up). The sentiment is popped up with one layer of foam tape. I finished the card off with a bit of twine around the top of the jar. This was probably my most challenging card but I had a lot of fun. I will be practicing those no line coloring skills more often now!

Here is a photo of all the cards created today. Supplies are listed below.

I hope I inspired you with ways to use these awesome new products (and some of your older ones too). Come back soon BEE-cause I will have lots more projects to share!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win your choice of stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps!

Next up on the Hop is the kind & talented, Yana Smakula! Buzz on over and see what beautiful creation she has to share with you today.

Here is the lineup for the Hop in case you get lost:

Honey Bee Stamps

Jennifer McGuire

Stephanie Klauck

Amy Rysavy

Lisa Cisneros

Sandy Allnock

Taniesa Vlasak (Thats me!)

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Supplies used (Affiliate links where available, thank you for your support!)

Decorate for the holiday with your Papercrafting supplies!

Hi Friends!

Happy (almost) Easter! Today I have a fun project for you using supplies you probably have on hand with the exception of one or two items.

When I was a little girl my Gram had these ornaments that were made from sequins and beads. I LOVED them…. How they sparkled and shimmered. It is one of my childhood memories that I treasure. She also had these beautiful eggs she would put out at Easter time that were real eggs that she blew out. She painted and decorated them and they were beautiful (and fragile). So I let that inspire me for the project I will show you today.

The sequins eggs are the perfect holiday project If you happen to be a sequins hoarder like me. I received some brand new Kat Scrappiness spring sequins and thought this would be a perfect way to use up some of them. Here is what you will need…

You will need a styrofoam egg, I couldn’t find the smooth foam, but if you can, get that one! the smoother foam holds up a little better. When grabbing your foam eggs from the store, you will also need to pick up sequins pins (if you do not already have them). You can find them by the sequins in your craft store. Stash items to grab is: sequins, string or embroidery floss (if you want them to hang), and something to work on like a plate or bowl. I used a small salad plate with a lip and a few condiment bowls.

In addition to the foam eggs, I also picked up some paper mache eggs and decorated these with Nuvo mousse and Nuvo glimmer paste. I rubbed the Mousse on the egg with a paper towel and once dry painted a thin layer of the glimmer paste over. Another great way to use your Nuvo Products. You could even make polka dots with your Nuvo drops!

All you need to do is put a pin through your sequins and push it into the foam. If you are using small seed beads in addition to the sequins you will place this on your pin first and then the sequin.

I placed mt sequins in random or in a simple pattern, but really you can do any pattern you wish with these. I went with simple so that I could do this while I watched TV with the family. You can search for more tutorials and videos on YouTube. There is some magnificent ornaments by some very talented people out there. I found this relaxing and fun, and in the end I have a bunch of pretty decorations.

For the smallest sequin egg I decided to use sequins that would be slightly transparent, So I covered the foam egg with some pink nuvo mousse and let dry overnight.

One egg that I completed had colors that blended into the next…

and another egg where I just made the three different sequins colors completely random, although I did have more blue compared to the other two.

This egg below I made so that it could be hung on a branch or an Easter “tree” by just adding some floss before I started pinning the sequins. Just poke the twine or string into the foam and fill the hole with hot glue on Low Temp, or pin it into the egg.

I thought it might be fun to pack up in a small egg carton and gift some of these eggs. This one I got at the Target dollar spot and I decorated it with a bit of Doodlebug Spring paper and some twine. you can also find the egg cartons on Amazon.

Or you could even put eggs in a basket with some chocolates to give as a gift to the host(ess) of Easter brunch or dinner.

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you were inspired to break out your papercrafting supplies and make them work for your holiday decor too! Supplies are listed below.

Happy Spring!

Supplies used *Affiliate links where available at no cost to you, Thank you for your support!*

Misti and Honey Bee Stamps | A perfect match!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps and Misti Blog hop!

You should have arrived here from the blog of the Amazing, Lydia Fideler!  If you are starting with my blog today, make sure you go back to check out Lydia’s post as she is the first person on the hop!

I was so excited when I found out that we would be working with the kind folks over at My Sweet Petunia. I have had my Misti since they first launched and It is the most used stamping tool in my craft room!

Today I have a fun little project for you. Instead of making a card I decided to make this cute little tissue box that holds those purse/pocket packs of tissue perfectly.  I took inspiration from the Honey Bee Logo and the My Sweet Petunia logo for my colors.

Today I will be featuring the Bless Your Heart stamp from Honey bee stamps ( and don’t tell Melissa…. but if you look closely, you might see a couple of stamps from our April release coming up VERY soon! I had to sneak something in 😉 Shhhhh! )

Making the tissue box is super simple if you have a paper trimmer, scoreboard, and scissors.

Cut a piece of Cardstock to 8 inches by 7 1/2 inches. I used a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper. Both because I planned on doing some watercoloring but also this is super sturdy for a tissue box.

Time to score! Start with the 8″ length at the top.

 

Then turn your paper 90 degrees and score again.

Once you did your scoring, take a bone folder and burnish / crease all of your score marks. Then grab your scissors for some trimming.

to make the cutting easy, I first cut along the score lines on the sides that had the double score line close to each other. then I trimmed away the pieces you see above.

Before I assemble the box I wanted to do my stamping and coloring. Because I am working on a textured surface, the misti tool is even more helpful. Let me show you….

I could have lined this up at the top of the misti but instead I decided to use my creative corners to give it a little push upwards.

You’ll see above that my first stamping didn’t go so great, which is normal for textured papers. I Just re inked and stamped again.

MUCH better!

Then I die cut a little hexagon for the tissue opening.

I have a handy little tip for you. Instead of taping your paper down to watercolor. Flip over your misti and attach your projects with magnets to the backside. This will hold your project down while you color or paint.

I sketched out some hexagons with a watercolor pencil by Prima.

Then I water colored the top of my tissue box. The watercolor honeycomb reminded me of the Honey Bee logo and website. I didn’t have a pink Petunia but I did have this cute little daisy (which may or may not be a stamp from a brand new stamp set coming soon) So I painted that pink. Of course my little bee is yellow and black. You can’t tell too well but there is a lot of glitter accents from my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. And I even mixed a little Gold watercolor in my yellow for the honeycomb.

If I tilt it just right you can see just a bit.

After I was done watercoloring I cut two side pieces to 2 1/4″ x 1′ from yellow polka dot paper and two longer side pieces to 4 1/4″ x 1″. I inked the edges of the yellow paper with some Black ink and for the black & white paper I inked it a bit with some Fossilized amber distress oxide ink and then some black distress ink over that.

I adhered those down with some Scor tape and then glued the small long flap and one of the sides together. The other side of the box i left without adhesive so this box could be refilled.

How cute would this be to hand to someone who has some bad spring allergies or a seasonal cold. I think it would make just about anyone smile. I mean look at that cute bee!

I have one more fun “tip” to share with you all. I love my creative corners but I really wasn’t sure how to store them. I wanted to be able to keep them with my Misti and my mini misti and not have the pieces all over the place.

I had this stampin up box and it was just the perfect size. I took a cd sleeve and made a pocket for the inside to hold my mini misti grid paper, my grid transparency and a scrap piece of plastic I use to stamp on sometimes. On the other side my Creative corner pieces fit perfectly!

I cut my packaging to fit on the inside of the stampin up case.

If you don’t have a case like this you could do the same thing with a 5×7 photo case.

Here is a few photos of the final project. What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Next stop on the hop is the talented Ilina! Buzz on over and show her some love!

 

Here is a list of everyone participating in today’s hop. Don’t forget to comment at each blog post for a chance to win!

Taniesa Vlasak <—-That’s me!

Greetings from Seattle! Creative Coffee Gift for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

Hello Coffee (and Papercraft) Lovers!

I am excited to be participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog hop for the first time! Today I am creating a project on behalf of KatScrappiness.com. I was inspired by the Seattle stamp set that was designed by Kelly Purkey for Hero arts as well as a Seattle Starbucks gift card.

I have always been a coffee addict but when I moved to the Seattle area about a year and a half ago I REALLY came to love coffee any time of the day! I thought it would be fun to create a coffee gift card holder but I didn’t want to JUST give a gift card, So I created another little special gift using my Seattle stamp set.

This cute little matchbox was created using the WRMK envelope punch board. I used some Doodlebug printed papers from the Gingham collection and the cream and sugar collection.  I followed the tutorial for the matchbox HERE and then I added a card on top. Sort of an all-in-one gift!

For the inside of the card, I attached the coffee gift card using a glue dot. I cut a white panel for my message using the second smallest rectangle die in the Kat Scrappiness double stitched rectangle dies. I stamped a sentiment and coffee cup icon in a light grey (Hippo) ink from the Lawn Fawn mini ink pad set, Tropical Island. The stamp set I used here is an older set from Kelly Purkey.

I took the same size stitched rectangle die and die cut a piece of watercolor paper. I stamped a little Seattle scene using that Seattle stamp set pictured above. I then added some watercolor using my zig clean color real brush markers and a waterbrush. After it was dry I went over all of the water and space needle with a clear Spectrum Noir glitter brush marker.

For the inside of the matchbox I added some green sequins, real Starbucks coffee beans, some iridescent cellophane wrap, and a cute pair of coffee cup earrings I made using beads, stamps, and shrink plastic! I haven’t played with shrink plastic since I was a kid and I have to tell you, this was so fun and I am sure I will be making more stamped jewelry in the future!

The stamp set that I used today can be found at KatScrappiness.com. In honor of the Coffee Lovers Blog hop, Kat Scrappiness is giving you 15% off your purchase!!! Use code *SPRINGCOFFEE* at checkout. She even has a special section of the store dedicated to awesome coffee and tea papercrafting items!

How about a little blog candy? Simply subscribe to my blog, and follow me on Instagram HERE. Once you have done that please comment below and let me know your following as well as your favorite Coffee or Tea (I am also a Davids Tea fan!). One lucky winner will get a Starbucks gift card (a Seattle Exclusive card) two versafine ink cubes in Onyx black and Olympia Green, two bags of sequins in a sparkly Starbucks Green shade and a semi-transparent white, some sticky back gems, a new clear sparkle brush marker, and an awesome big Thanks stamp with a matching die set! I am ever so thankful for my followers!

Supplies that I have used in my project today are listed below. Affiliate links are used where available, at no cost to you. Thanks!!

Spring Bunny Card | Designed for Kat Scrappiness

Greetings, Friends!

Today I have a Spring card to share with you all, although you could easily adapt this to use for easter. The stamp set I will be using is Bunny Hop from Newton’s Nook and the dies I will be using is the double stitched rectangle and the Stitched Scallop nesting dies both from Kat Scrappiness.

To start my card I took my watercolors and my watercolor powders (I used brusho) and painted a simple rectangle to resemble grass and sky. Instead of adding water to my paint I used a bit of shimmer spray.

While the background was drying, I painted my little bunny with some Daniel Smith watercolors. I did three layers of color on the terra-cotta pot to add shading and depth.

Once everything was dry, I fussy cut the image and went over the image with a black marker. This hides any imperfections I had when cutting.

I cut out the watercolor background paper with the second largest of the Stitched Scallop nesting dies and assembled my little bunny scene. I added some suggested flowers here and there as I felt it needed just a bit more “something” and this felt like it completed the scene.

I cut the largest rectangle with my Double Stitched rectangle dies out of Easter Express 6×6 paper from Doodlebug. I chose a tone on tone print so that it didn’t compete with the focal image.

So I will be honest, I couldn’t find my stamping press in my craft room (I think it’s time for some crafty spring cleaning) So I dug out my old stamp positioner. Remember those? It worked great for stamping my sentiment in the corner of the card.

Then I took a .35 drawing pen and drew a border around my panel. on the inside of the stitching. I attached the tag to the printed panel with some foam tape  and then glued the finished panel to a top fold card base. As a final touch I added some Clear sequins and some 6mm Heart confetti with Glossy Accents with up from my sequins and gem pick up tool.

Check out the Spring/Easter section at Kat Scrappiness for even more product inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you were inspired to create something Spring-y! As always the supplies I used are listed below.

Supply List (Affiliate links are used, where applicable, at no cost to you. Thanks!)

Special Delivery | Gift Box Decoration

Hey Crafty Friends,

Lately it has been Birthday season for my daughter’s friends. At this age they are difficult to buy for so we have been going for the tween gift that always seems to win, a gift card to Claire’s.

Giving a gift card to someone older is no biggie, a cute card and voila, instant happiness! For a tween though it just needs a little more something something, Ya know what I mean?

You may have seen this photo I posted on Instagram over the weekend.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

for the project above I used the new Hooray die set and Surprise Box stamp set and dies. I also used some silver glitter Nuvo drops and pink bakers twine.

We had some leftover gift boxes from Valentine’s day that we purchased at Michael’s (they have several colors in the gift wrapping section) so instead of making a handmade card, I decided to do a (semi) handmade gift box, similar to the one I created above.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

In addition to the pink gift box I also grabbed some basket filler shred, and the gift card. (later on we decided to add some candy)

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I grabbed some of my favorite Honey Bee Stamps and dies. Today I will be using Little Pickup stamp set and dies, Surprise box stamp set and dies, Welcome Baby stamp set.

First I chose a selection of patterned papers from Doodlebug. I used this 6×6 paper pad, and I pulled out a selection of colors that I thought would go well together. I die cut several of the traditional shape balloon from the Surprise box die set and then stamped all of the balloons using a shade of ink that matched the pattern paper used.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

After the die cutting and stamping was all finished. I took some finger daubers and added a little of the same ink I stamped with to the edges of the balloon. It’s a simple step but it adds some dimension to your die cuts and a bit of pop to the overall design. I also took a white water-based sharpie marker and added a little shine mark to the balloons.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I stamped and cut out the truck and gifts from the Little Pickup stamp and die set and colored them in with my copic markers. I also added a little clear glaze gel pen to the windshield and window.

I arranged all of the balloons on the box, popping some of them on foam tape and a couple I added two layers of foam tape to get a varying amount of heights to the balloons. Using a black glaze gel pen I added the balloon strings. Then I added the truck with the gifts in the back to the box, also with foam tape.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

There is a great sentiment set that coordinates with the little pickup stamp set called Sending You sentiments. I love that set but the words “sending you” were smaller and didn’t seem to fit well for my box. I grabbed the brand new Welcome Baby stamp set because it also includes the words “special delivery” in a great font. I curved the words slightly and I stamped those out with black versamark ink. I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder with glitter and heat set. I cut around both words and glued those to the handle of my box.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I think this will be fun for my daughter to gift to her best friend (we are also going to tie a few balloons to the handle before gifting) and I hope that the recipient loves it as much as I loved making it for her.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I hope you got a little inspiration for your gift-giving today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com