Sunday, January 10, 2016

the best intentions

I am going to call this the card with the best intentions. I had taken a break from paper crafts for a while because life was crazy, and jumping back in was more difficult than I hoped.
fresh crafts blog - Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After
I tried to take a shortcut and do some background blending without the right tools. Big mistake. Especially since this technique is new to me. Time to go watch some more Laura Bassen videos.

But at least my daughter's friend will love this card for her My Little Pony birthday party. So in the end I'll call it a success.

stamps - Lawn Fawn "Critters Ever After"
ink - Memento | Tim Holtz Distress Ink
markers - Copic | Wink of Stella
cardstock - Neenah Solar White | Michael's card base

Friday, December 25, 2015

merry christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with lots of crafts.
fresh crafts blog: snowy Christmas
We took a little drive to our local sledding spot and were greeted by giant snowflakes all around. Fingers crossed for a white Christmas at our house.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

gift tag exchange

I am part of a Stampin' Up club that meets every other month to exchange cards and work on holiday projects together. This month we are exchanging a set of gift tags to use for Christmas presents. 
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
I spent waaaay too long making these wreath tags with a paper bow, watercolor leaves, and Stickles berries.
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
And I was very excited to use my Envelope Punch Board and the Notcher Punch to make a self sealing envelope from vintage music sheets.
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
Inside the envelope I have a mix of gift tags all ready to be used this Christmas. I hope they enjoy!
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
stamps - A Muse wreath | Hero Arts doily | Memory Box reindeer | Avery Elle snow globe
ribbon - American Crafts
glitter - Stickles
tools - We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and Notcher Punch | Stampin' Up bow punch | Marvy circle punches

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Avery Elle Christmas Tags

I have a good friend that also loves paper crafts and I don't get to see her often. So I am sending her a surprise package with some snow globe shaker tags she can gift to her three kids this Christmas.
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle snow globe shaker tag
There were a number of new snow globe stamp sets this year, but I liked this one best because of the sweet little deer.
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle Snow Globe Shaker Tag
stamps and dies - Avery Elle Snow Globe
ink - Memento
markers - Copic
glitter - Martha Stewart
ribbon - American Crafts
cardstock - Memory Box | Neenah Solar White

And since I had an extra 20 minutes I made a few quick tags for my own kids this Christmas. 
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle polar pals tag
I used my Sakura Glaze pens to make the ice a bit shiny (because these pens dry much faster than Glossy Accents). The walrus cracks me up.
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle Polar Pals Tag
stamps - Avery Elle Polar Pals
ink - Memento
markers - Copic | Sakura Glaze
cardstock - Memory Box
tag punch - Stampin' Up
ribbon - crochet thread

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