Thursday, October 29, 2015

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

I am part of a group that exchanges cards every other month, and for December we are exchanging sets of gift tags. This will be my third year as part of the group and I really want to step up my gift tags this year. So I'm starting early on some watercoloring. I have used this A Muse Artstamps "wreath and berries" stamp every year but this is my fist time watercoloring with it. Way faster than Copic markers!
fresh crafts blog: watercolor wreaths for Christmas tags
And of course my mini crafter wanted to watercolor too. I love when she makes family portraits!
fresh crafts blog: watercolors for kids

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

oh deer

What do you give the guy that has been married to you for 10 years? A handmade card of course! I had to think of something extra special for my husband on our anniversary, since he has seen it all.
fresh crafts blog: oh deer
A gold stag and some watercolor did the trick I think. And the sentiment inside says, "Oh deer, I love you!" followed by some other mushy stuff. I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday Challenge and choosing the topic "wonderful watercolor" from a couple weeks back, and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "wrap it up" because it is a tag.

die - Savvy
tag - Avery
watercolors - Prang
metallic cardstock - Stardream
card base - Michael's

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

peaceful sleeping fox

I just got the new Hero Arts Sleeping Fox stamp, and I am pretty excited about it. I fell in love with it and had to have it. But then I didn't know what to do with it once I got home. Does that happen to anyone else? After seeing the Hero Arts Holiday Card Challenge I forced myself to make something. Anything.
fresh crafts blog: peaceful sleeping fox
I had seen a series of white monochromatic Christmas cards that I really liked, so I used that as my starting point. One Christmas card done. Check that off the list!
fresh crafts blog: peaceful sleeping fox
cardstock - Neenah Solar White, Limba Wood Grain, Stardream
stamp - Lia Griffith by Hero Arts
ink - Stampin' Up
letter stickers - Basic Grey
glitter - Stickles, Wink of Stella Brush
paper doily
vintage dictionary paper

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

simon says challenge - anything goes

I loved the challenge this week because I could try out a few new products and techniques that I haven't experimented with before.
fresh crafts blog: anything goes tag
I created a tag that I can't wait to add to a random happy mail package for a friend.
fresh crafts blog: anything goes tag
After digging through my supplies I found some things that I wanted to try for the first time (like this Any Tangerine stamp set and the translucent embossing paste). 
fresh crafts blog: anything goes tag
stamp set - Amy Tangerine by American Crafts
embossing paste - Dreamweaver
stencil - Heidi Swapp
sequins - Avery Elle
ink - Stampin' Up
manila tag

Monday, September 28, 2015

ombré gift tag

I was inspired to make a colorful ombré gift tag for the Simon Says Monday Challenge this week. I started with a lace background stamp and used a sponge to dab on three ink colors from light to dark. I finished it with a metallic name tag and wide silk ribbon. Ready for gifting!
stamp and ink - Stampin' Up
manila tag
metallic Stardream paper
silk ribbon

Sunday, September 20, 2015

"love that technique" challenge

I made two cards this weekend that qualify for Simon Says Monday Challenge this week - Love That Technique. I needed a card for a friend that just found out she is having a baby girl. For that one I used the fussy cutting technique to cut out a dress from another part of that patterned paper.
fresh crafts blog - love that technique
patterned paper - Amy Tangerine, Memory Box
mini clothespins

And I also needed a birthday card, but wanted to use this "hola" stamp from an older Studio Calico set. I flipped that clear stamp over and used the back to stamp solid circles on the card - love that technique!
fresh crafts blog - love that technique
stamps - Studio Calico
ink - Stampin' Up
glitter - Wink of Stella
patterned card base - Michael's

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

coloring books for grown ups

Has anyone else been coloring? I have been using Copic markers for a few years and just succumbed to buying the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. When I was checking out on Amazon this coloring book was suggested so I added it. I'm having fun coloring when I can't muster up enough crafty mojo for a full project.
fresh crafts blog: coloring books for grown ups