Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy NSD!

Well, hello there! A few of my scrapbooking and cardmaking friends and I have put together a fun blog hop in honor of National Scrapbook Day! Are you getting crafty today? There will be a few giveaways and special things along the hop, so be sure to hop along, get to know all of these creative people, and see what they are up to!

First, we thought it would be fun to share a little bit about each of us. Please feel free to play along and post your favorites too! Currently...

1. Favorite YouTube clip: Jimmy Fallon's Ew! videos...my 9 year old daughter, Kati, and I laugh and laugh! We love Jimmy Fallon!
2. Listening to: Pandora on my iPad - Today's Hits Radio.
3. Watching: Game of Thrones.
4. Reading: I'm not much of a reader, just online news and blogs!
5. I can eat this everyday: definitely chocolate.
6. Favorite drink at 4pm: Diet Dr. Pepper.
7. On my wishlist: a Heidi Swapp Minc machine and some foils to experiment with.
8. Enjoying: time with my husband before he starts his new job.
9. Favorite quote right now: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement." I always like to have an optimistic outlook on things!
10. Smiling about: Spring and all its beauty.
11. My favorite project for the year is...

Probably my Craftsy.com workshop that came out in January! It's called Cards With Dimension: Lovely Layers, Textures and Embellishments.  (Today I'd love to offer you 50% off my class! Just click on the class title link above to get 1/2 off.) I teach tips on working with patterned papers, layering with vellum, choosing and placing embellishments, other ways to add texture and dimension, stitching - hand and machine, and more. You'll see over 70 cards throughout the class. If you'd like to read more about it, you can see my original blog post here. Here are some samples from the class.
Love me some layers!

Now, before I go, a few things...Wilna has graciously offered a freebie for us to share with you, which you can download here.  See image below. She also has a new class with Craftsy titled Fresh Techniques for Artful Layouts. Be sure to check it out, it's fantastic! She's so creative.

And one last thing...I'd like to give away a spot in my Cards With Dimension class!

If you are interested, please leave a note and tell me what you would most like to learn or improve on in your card making or scrapbooking. I'll choose a random winner by May 4th. Have a happy and creative day!

Danielle Flanders (you are here!)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Guest post for Bella Blvd...

Good morning and happy Monday! Before I am off to Taylor's high school today to help pack all of the band and choir uniforms for their upcoming Disney trip this week, I wanted to share a few projects I made for a guest post over at Bella Blvd!

Stop over to see full supply lists and read more about these, but on this first card, I created a background with Papertrey Ink's Cover Plate: Stitched die and die cut some of the papers with Circle Scribbles dies and Doodlie-Do dies for the leaves. Don't you love the font in the "hello"? That is from Bella Blvd's Color Chaos line, which I really liked and used a lot of for today's projects!

Simple and clean, yet very layered and colorful!

Next, another Color Chaos paper that I just added a few details over the top- chipboard, a few hearts in patterned paper and vellum and a seam binding ribbon. Seriously easy!

On the next card, I absolutely loved the paper from Color Chaos that had the color splashes all over it! I cut out a Cover Plate: Hearts die to add over the top. I love how the color is bursting through, yet it still has clean look with some white space to allow the eye to rest.
Some of the Color Chaos stickers and chipboard finish it off!

Here I added some chipboard sentiments from Bella Blvd's Ciao Chipboard collection, then cut a Big Hugs die to add over the top.
Adds a little bit of fun dimension.

My last card was inspired by all of the sticker borders and chipboard borders in the Bella Blvd collections. I created a background with them here as my base.

The saying was cut from one of the papers with a Mat Stack 5 die.

Last a layout with all of the pretty papers. It's been awhile since I've made a layout.

Trimming out these Life Is Beautiful butterflies from the lovely papers gave me a starting point to work with some great pattern and color! I decided to watercolor the background in sort of a rainbow effect with pinks, oranges and yellows. Then I added the butterflies in coordinating colors across the top to anchor the photo and journaling, which is about my relationship with my 15 year old right now...getting a little bumpy as any teen/mom relationship, but I know things will come full circle again one day, and I have to allow her to fly right now! It's so hard to let them go though, isn't it? I always write notes to my girls about my current feelings. I hope one day, these will have great meaning to them. Until then, it's a creative outlet for me... and a therapeutic one at that!

Hope you will stop over to check out Bella Blvd's collections, they are colorful and lots of fun to work with! Thank you to Bella Blvd for having me as a guest this month!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Release day...

I have a few more cards to share with you using some new products coming out tonight, April 15th at 10pm EST at Papertrey Ink. First up, is the new Graceful Greetings stamp set!

On these, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, then poured different colors of embossing powder on and heat embossed them to melt the powder. Then I stamped the flowers from Graceful Greetings. 
The papers are from last month's Chicken Scratch Gingham paper pad. These little cards make me so happy! I love all of the colors.

Graceful Greetings card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Graceful Greetings
INK: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Sweet Blush
PAPER: white cardstock, Chicken Scratch Gingham
DIES: none
OTHER: Zing! embossing powders, twine
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Next is Petite Places: School stamps and dies and Keep It Simple: Teacher stamps.
The background is from the Black & White All Over paper pad (dot). The scallop is cut with the Scene It: Doily Tag Base.



Thank You, Teacher card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Petite Places: School, Keep It Simple: Teacher
INK: Pure Poppy, True Black, Tropical Teal
PAPER: Chicken Scratch Gingham
DIES: Petite Places: School, Scene It: Doily Tag Base, Shaker Shapes: Pencil (loop)
OTHER: Copic Markers, button from Wee Folk mini kit, ribbon-craft supply.
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Next is Enclosed: Apple and Tucked In: Thank You.
Again I used the Black & White All Over paper pad and added some stamping to the background with Quilted: Spring stamp set. I had stamped this background previously and didn't end up using it, so I found it and pulled it out. I think it works nicely with the reds and greens of the apple! When you are feeling uninspired, try stamping a few backgrounds. Then maybe later on you'll be inspired to use them for something!
Thanks card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Enclosed: Apple, Tucked In: Thank You, Quilted: Spring
INK: New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Pinefeather
PAPER: Pure Poppy Pattern Pack, Sweet Blush and Spring Moss cardstock, Black & White All Over Paper Pad
DIES: Enclosed: Apple
OTHER: sequins, twine.
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Last is Flower Favorites stamps and dies and Lunchbox Love stamps.


Again a Black & White All Over paper is used in the background (frame), then I watercolored a piece to adhere in the center. 

Cheer Up Buttercup card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Flower Favorites, Lunchbox Love
INK: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow Pattern Pack
PAPER: Black & White All Over
DIES: Flower Favorites
OTHER: sequins, watercolors.
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All of the new things you see here will be available on April 15th at 10pm EST. Thanks for stopping by and please visit the other gals to see what they've made with the same products: