Sunday, August 2, 2015

mixed media art - let's go!

fresh crafts blog: mixed media "let's go!"
I was so inspired to try something new this week, as part of the Simon Says Challenge "No Ordinary Paper". I have never tried mixed media because of my super duper strong pull towards a clean and simple aesthetic. I wouldn't exactly describe this first attempt as a mixed media collage, but a step in the right direction for trying something new creatively.
fresh crafts blog: mixed media "let's go!"
Supplies:
Corrugated cardboard - from my recycling bin
Stardream metallic cardstock (green)
Chevron punch - Stampin' Up
Embroidery floss - Amy Tangerine embroidery kit by American Crafts
Paper doily
Kraft paper bag - from my recycling bin
USA stamp - Hero Arts
Archival Ink - Ranger
Watercolors
Manila tag
ABC stickers - Creative Imaginations
Ribbon

Monday, July 27, 2015

fresh ice cream - updated!

Yesterday I made a card in about 30 minutes in order to get it submitted to the Simon Says Monday Challenge before the deadline. But when I went to send it off for a birthday today I didn't like it. So I took it apart and my daughter and I reinvented the card before getting it in the mail. Before and after:
I added more Glossy Accents and some Wink of Stella to the card and my daughter asked me to make her another one (and it should be "exactly the same") for her to keep. That was the only way I could pry this finished one out of her hands.
fresh crafts blog: lawn fawn ice cream card
And while I was taking apart and putting back together, she made a card of her own to send to her cousin.
fresh crafts blog: lawn fawn ice cream card
I love sharing this hobby with my daughter! This is her finished card.
fresh crafts blog: lawn fawn ice cream card

Sunday, July 26, 2015

fresh ice cream

I love the "Here's The Scoop" set from Lawn Fawn. It was the first stamp set I thought of for this week's I Scream For Challenge. Since I was cutting it close on time my Glossy Accents isn't quite dry yet. :)
Supplies:
Ink - Memento
Markers - Copic
Other - Glossy Accents by Ranger

Crafteeo's Kickstarter - create with your kids!

A while back I teamed up with Crafteeo to test drive a helmet kit that you can assemble and decorate with your kids. I am so happy to support a company from my hometown that promotes creativity and imaginative play.
fresh crafts blog: Crafteeo helmet kit
My own daughter loved the painting process and the LED light feature on this helmet would please any kid I know! After you take the time to construct this helmet (or any of Crafteeo's other kits) it is durable enough to withstand lots of rambunctious play.
fresh crafts blog: Crafteeo helmet kit
Please take a moment to check out Crafteeo's newly launched Kickstarter campaign. If they can raise the funds and reach their goal, Crafteeo will be able to put out a new set of products. They are offering some great incentives for their Kickstarter backers - take a look!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

sequin shaker gift tag

I was so inspired when I saw Jennifer McGuire's shaker card that was all shaker and no card. For the Simon Says Sparkle and Shine Challenge I decided to make a gift tag for my sweet daughter who loves all things shiny and crafty.
fresh crafts: clear shaker gift tag with sequins
I don't have the Fuse tool that Jennifer McGuire used in her video but sewing works just as well. I had initially tried to do this tag in a circle, but I need to stick with sewing straight lines for now. This one turned out much better!

Supplies:
Page protector - Staples
Sequins - Advantus
Cardstock - DCWV
Ribbon - Creative Impressions
Sewing Machine - Janome

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

polka dot bun in the oven

I am participating in this week's Simon Says Get Dotty Challenge. I needed to make a card for a friend expecting a baby that isn't feeling so great right now. Morning sickness is the worst!
Supplies:
Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Memento
Markers - Copic
Stencil - Memory Box
Embossing Paste - Dreamweavers
Cardstock - Neenah
Other - vellum, card base

Thursday, June 25, 2015

staying fresh in Hawaii

I recently returned from an amazing family vacation in Hawaii. My husband's parents live there, so it was great to play with cousins and hang out at the beach.
During some vacation downtime I ordered the Stay Fresh stamp and die set from Avery Elle because I knew that I would need it for my scrapbook.
Now I am using it for everything! This shadowbox came together quickly and I love this little pineapple more than ever. 
This project was made for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog, Anything Goes.

Supplies:
Frame - Ikea
Archival Ink by Ranger
Distress Stickles
Watercolors