Gardenology at Sweet Salvage

There is a monthly four day shopping event for the salvage lover that is not only full of things one can take home, but also beautiful displayes fit for a palace! Each event has a theme. In February Sweet Salvage celebrated the upcoming garden season — Gardenology.

Here are a few of my favorite displays and things that caught my eye.

Of course I found a few things I just had to have and have started a new collection because of it….

Globes. I love globes. I have always had a slight fascination with them and now I am going to start a collection! I had a $100 budget and walked away with three globes and a book.

So, tell me…what is something you collect? I want to know in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Rad Cards!

Simon Hurley’s February 2020 release with Ranger is a lot of fun! Between the birds, dogs and nod to high school doodling I could not help but to create 25 samples and 5 videos. Then there is the ink! It is not only gorgeous and bright, but also blendable and easy to work with for a variety of techniques.

Bleach It

Don’t let the title fool you — no bleach is required. This technique can be used with just water. The results are awesome!

Here are the samples of this technique as promised in the video. The Bundle for this is here.

Tone on Tone

Super simple technique with stunning results.

The following samples I created as I was discovering this technique and playing with the new stamps. The bundle for these samples is here.

Pull Apart Backgrounds

Timber is a fun new background stamp in which you get to decide how many trees you want to create. You can have a forest or a single tree. Color them different or all the same. The possibilities for this stamp is endless! It pairs beautifully with the new bird set. The bundle for these samples is here.

Multi-Purpose Ink

Like I stated previously the new ink is full of possibilities.

Here are the sample cards I created while discovering all the amazing uses for this ink! The bundle used to create these samples can be found here.

Stencil Craze

I have to confess that when I saw the scene building stencil I was a little scared, but it ended up being my favorite! I also created my favorite card with it.

Here is my very favorite card:

Here are a few more samples created with the new stencils:

Your Turn!

Now that you have seen all the new Simon Hurley line, which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments! I am torn between the Birds, Dogs and the scene builder stencil. What’s yours?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Have You Tried Foil Paper?

I first discovered foiled paper while living in Germany. I thought it was over priced wrapping paper because it looked like it on rolls at the market. I soon learned that it is what they use to make the traditional German stars at Christmas to hang on their trees.

Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the paper and the tradition. That all changed at Creativation 2017 when I was introduced to the owners of Rinea Foiled Paper. After growing up in Germany making these stars with the nuns and moving back to the states, Diane (one of the owners) decided to bring the paper to America. I have been on the design team ever since meeting her in 2017! It is one of the only ones I serve on now because I am passionate about the paper and the history behind it.

Here are a few things I have created the last few months with the paper.

Resin Pendant

I used Mocha Starstruck as a base and poured resin that I had added alcohol ink to create this pendant.

Shakers

Rinea Foiled Paper is also wonderful as shaker bits! I like to take my scraps and use them inside shakers.

Delicate Floral Frames

Foiled paper is my favorite substrate to use with my delicate dies. The secret is to use two sheets. It allows the die to cut cleaner and not get stuck in the metal.

Fairy Tags

This is my favorite recent creations with Rinea Foiled Paper. I used Colorburst for the background and layered the fairies on top of the tags with a sentiment and gems. The delicate (and sometimes tiny wings) were perfect with Rinea by Poppy Stamps https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1465949&u=1740744&m=93612&urllink=&afftrack=.

A Few Videos

Finally, here are a few video tutorials I created for the Rinea channel.

If you have not played with this amazing substrate go check them out! There is also lots of great inspiration on their blog found through their website too!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Heart Flower — Be Mine Valentine Hop

Hello friends! Today I am super excited about the hop because one of you can win a $40 gift card to CutCardStock. Now, let me tell you something….$40 can go along way in the store because the prices are rock bottom! The inventory is huge too with paper, stationary items and ribbon. In order to be entered for a chance to win you must comment at each stop along the hop or upload a project that includes product from CutCardStock.

Heart Flower

I made a flower from hearts created from one sheet of cardstock.

I used one sheet of paper from this pack:

First cut 3 small hearts ( I started mine at 2 inches), 4 medium hearts, and 5 large hearts.

Distress the edges…

Now ink them.

Place them on a brad from smallest to largest fanning them out with each placement.

Starting on the inside of the flower crumple each heart until you are left with what looks like a piece of trash.

To make the flower bloom simply peel back each heart. Pop a center if you want to complete it.

Hop List

Now it’s time to hop on to the next wonderful crafter. Make sure you leave a comment at each stop.

Blog Hop List

1) CutCardstock.blog – https://cutcardstock.blog/2020/02/07/be-mine-valentine-blog-hop/‎

2) Niki – https://www.tealkatsblog.com/cutcardstock-valentine-blog-hop/

3) Amber Rain – https://notableink.com/?p=6521

4) Betz – https://betzgolden.blog/?p=5121

5) Teri – https://terismailbox.blogspot.com/2020/02/be-mine-valentine-giveaway.html

6) Samantha – https://coykoicrafting.wordpress.com/…/…/my-punny-valentine/

7) Crystal – https://crystaljustus.blogspot.com/2020/01/cutcardstock-valentine-blog-hop.html

8) Heidi – https://bluescallopcreations.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/cutcardstock-be-mine,-valentine!-blog-hop/

Las Vegas Market

What is the Las Vegas Market?

I had the privilege of attending the Las Vegas Market Winter 2020 show. What is the Las Vegas Market? It is the world’s largest home decor, interior design, furniture and gift show in the industry held twice a year at the World Market in Las Vegas. There are three 16 story building full of show rooms showcasing the up and coming trends. The majority of these products are not available to the public right now, but they are what is going to be hot in 2020 – 2021. Here are a few pictures from the Las Vegas Market. To see all the pictures, full coverage as well as the companies these come from please follow my Instagram account.

Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with crafting. The trends we see in crafting are taken directly from what is hot in interior design. The crafting community is usually about a year or two behind what is being released in the interior design industry. This is a sneak peak of what will be hot in our industry in the near future.

Upcoming Trends for 2020

The 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue. I noticed that gold is being paired with blue instead of silver. In fact, I did not see much silver at all. A clean white palette will make a sharp comeback. Remember the days when having white walls was “out”? Well, white walls are back! The farmhouse style is changing too! Instead of silver and gray it is gold and black. Tribal pieces are not going to be seen much anywhere, but vibrant tropical will be everywhere. Pink Blush will be paired with Classic Blue a lot. The fabric I saw the most of was velvet and faux white fur. White furry chairs, benches and pillows are going to be big. The 1960’s couch and chairs seem to be making a comeback with a twist — scalloped edges. Fresh flowers full of color and greenery were everywhere! The southwest vibe was still present, but not center stage like is has been in 2017-2019. Surprisingly, unicorns, rainbows and sloths are still going to be around for awhile. I saw them everywhere! Snarky sassy humor is taking a center stage in stationary and gifts.

Bringing it Back to Crafting

I was inspired by the Market and wanted to bring it full circle into my craftroom. Therefore, I created this “Mood Board” type journal page to refer to over the next year.

Here are a few up close pictures:

I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to live creatively in your life!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

Let’s Hear It For the Critters!

Close to My Heart came out with an adorable pet line last season. I normally do not purchase kits because I have a slew of products, but my pet paper supply is low. You don’t have to twist my arm to get me to make a purchase of cute whimsical brightly colored cats and dogs!

Krypto Layout

Sadly I only created one layout with the paper and stamp set because I do not have many non scrapped pictures of my boy!

Cards!

I was not done playing with this fun line yet, so I made some cards.

A lot of these were made with the stickers in the pack. I am not a sticker fan. In fact, I normally don’t like them. I think they are cheesy, but these worked great for this set! There is a childlike whimsy to this line and that is why the stickers work!

The cat cards were entirely made from the stickers in the kit. I bought the dog stamp set so I was able to utilize some of those on the following cards.

BUT!!!

These are my favorite pet cards I have ever made. Sadly, they are sympathy. I made them from my heart though and it is just a small thing I can send to someone that has had to lose their fur baby.

Close to My Heart still has the stamps and dies I used to create this last set of cards. You can find them here.

So, I want to know — dogs or cats? Do you have a preference?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Few of My Favorite Things in 2019!

I must admit that as a crafter of over 3 decades it is challenging to find new products that blow me away. My 2019 list of My Favorite Things are not all new things to the craft industry. The items I have listed are currently my “go to” things this year. Most are new, but not all and there is one that might surprise you! Here is the direct links to each item. To see them up close, in action and more information please check out the video I created for you!

The List!

Rinse Well The most go to thing on my desk to clean my brushes!

Ultra Mod Podge This is a multi-purpose medium! It is a glue, sealer and can be used to paint pour. I like it because I can use it as traditional Mod Podge and get no brush stroke marks.

Dina Wakley Media Journal The paper in this little journal is amazing! It is super absorbent with wonderful texture and thickness.

Make Art Station I think it is the magnets that set this apart for me. They don’t pinch!

Simon Hurley Stamps Not only are these super cute, but they also can work with other sets in his line.

Archival Mini Ink Pads The best waterproof ink pads around and in the perfect size for my over crowded craft room (my real estate in my studio is super valuable!)

Dome Ink Blenders Not only do they leave no harsh lines I like them better than blender brushes. They are cheap and can be used with a multitude of handles.

Catherine Pooler Mini Ink Pads Once again the size is what gets me! Take the best colored ink around and put them in an easy to store container. You will want the refills for these!

Etchall Stencil Spray I like this better than the trending Pixi spray because I can actually find it and it’s not sold out. I have been using this for years!

Tri-Blend Markers I appreciate that this solves all my shading questions in one marker! No longer trying to match and buy three markers. Tri Blends take the guess work out of it.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s list! Now, I want to know…what are your favorites for 2019? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!