Avery Elle- Write It

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I’m happy to be sharing another Avery Elle project from the new release today. This stamp set, called Write It, is just so pretty! You can check it out here. The large script sentiments are so pretty on their own that you can quickly whip up a fancy looking card in no time at all.

I stamped the sentiment once and then stamped it off a few times, adding in a few of the curlicues for good measure. A few drips of mist and some wood veneer stars finish it off. I love that the sentiment is great as a stand alone. Seriously, you could just simply stamp this sentiment on a card and call it done. Beautiful!

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Handwritten words and phrases and calligraphy are so very popular right now, and I love that Avery Elle has taken that and applied it to some amazing stamps. Not everyone can have  pretty hand writing, but anyone can use stamps like these to make beautiful projects.

You may want to head on over to the Avery Elle blog to see more fantastic projects made with the new release items. I have no doubt the Avery Elle team will knock your socks off. They’re talented like that.

What do you think of the newest Avery Elle release?

 

Art journal

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It had been a little while since I made an art journal page. Somehow this journal got put away on the shelf to be out of sight, out of mind. But over the weekend I had some time to create something. With lots of things on my “should do” list, but no desire to do those things, I decided I would pull out my art journal and just create for the joy of it.

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I pulled out fun stuff, like a roll of wash tape, some pretty papers, and of course mist.

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Stamps and punches and markers. Paints, and thread and inks.

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This is the stuff that fun is made of, in my opinion.

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Gold glitter stars and accompanying wood veneer stars. I like the layers of washi. I want to do that some more. The semi transparency of the washi makes it really fun to layer like that.

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When I do my art journal pages I don’t usually worry about whether my handwriting is neat or not. I just write. Sometimes I go for a more formal, decorative script and like to play around with pretty handwriting. Other times I just don’t want to care.

This art journal page is a type of prayer to my heavenly father. I want to know His love for me in a deeper way. I hope and pray for the same for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wish Big- new from Avery Elle

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As promised, I’m back again to share another card with you that I made using the brand new Storybook stamp set from Avery Elle. This time I used the adorable bunny that comes in the set. All of the animals in this set are just so sweet and cute!

This one would be great to give to a little birthday girl. I colored the bunny with some watercolors, then added a little flower to her ear.  I’ve been thinking of different ways you could accessorize these cute animals. I think this bunny would be so cute with a little bow around its neck, or a tiny tulle “skirt” on too.

 

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I used a couple of different patterned papers and also stamped the pink background with the branches image that comes with the set, although it’s hard to see in the photos. It’s there, but very subtle. I also added a bit of cream and silver twine. I found that twine in my stash and I have no idea where it came from, but isn’t it pretty?

If you haven’t yet checked out the newest offerings from Avery Elle, you can do that here. Or check out the entire store here. And you can check out their blog here. Go and check them out! I’m sure you will see why Avery Elle is one of my current favorite companies around.

Thanks so much for making yesterday’s blog hop so much fun! So many of you stopped by and participated! I can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is!

Have a fabulous day, and a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Avery Elle April/May release blog hop!!

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Hello, and welcome to today’s blog hop featuring brand new products from Avery Elle! If this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome! I hope you’ll stay for a while and take a look around! If you found me through the blog hop, you probably came here from Chanyan Wu‘s blog. She’s amazing, isn’t she? If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, thank you! And welcome to today’s blog hop!

I’m beyond thrilled to serve as Avery Elle’s guest designer this month, along with their super talented design team, to bring you a peek at these fantastic new products! I loved working with these new sets. They are just what you’d expect from Avery Elle. They continue to bring amazing new products every time! These will not disappoint, I promise! If you’ve visited the Avery Elle blog over the last few days, you will see what I mean.

I’m using the new Storybook stamp set for my card today. The sweet, storybook inspired, images are great for kid’s and baby themed cards, as well as projects for adults who enjoy animals and cute critters.

I made a card appropriate for a baby girl, because I’m running low on baby girl cards. There have been so many babies born to folks I know in the past year. Around 40 in our church alone! I don’t think I could ever have too many baby cards on hand!

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I colored the little fawn and balloon with my Spectrum Noir markers before cutting them out and adhering them to my card with foam adhesive to make them stand out a bit. The spots on the fawn’s back and balloon were made using the clear blending marker. I also stamped some of the stars and sparkles behind the balloon for a fun, confetti, welcome-to-the-world party effect.

I love that these images work so well for either gender, and that little animals are so popular right now. Well actually, aren’t cute little animals always popular?

I know you’ll want to see what everyone else has created using the new products, so you can hop on over to Caryn Davies‘ blog from here. Or check out the full blog hop order below!

Blog hop list:

Avery Elle blog/Jamie Gracz

Chanyuan Wu

Brenda Weaver- that’s me!

Caryn Davies

Heather Campbell

JJ Bolton

Yainea

Kasia Curry

Maska Vanacker

There are a few ways to win some new stuff during this new release blog hop. Below is a blurb from Avery Elle explaining just how you can win!

To celebrate our April/May Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner. To enter to win just comment on this post. There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter. This giveaway is void where prohibited. You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, April 13th to enter. The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, April 14th . All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now!

To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

1. Comment on any of the design team’s posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
3. Follow us on Facebook (we are http://www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends – make sure they tell us you sent them.
4. Follow us on Pinterest
5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)

I plan to show you another card tomorrow that I made, also using this stamp set. So you may want to check back in tomorrow.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and brightening my day!

Easter watercolor collage

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The projects I’m working on are coming together a little more slowly than I had hoped. I’m home today with a sick child, so maybe today will be the day to get lots of crafty stuff crossed off my list.  Easter is just around the corner and the photo collage above is just a peek at what I’m working on for my Easter project. I’ve been running different ideas around in my head for a while, changing things up, etc.

This photo collage would be a great jumping off point for a card or scrapbook page, don’t you think? Black and white script, twine, natural elements, and coral colored sequins. Mmmm… Some of my favorite things right now!

Yesterday Avery Elle began showing their new April release products on their blog. You should go check it out. There are some really fun things coming this month. I got to play with a few stamp sets for being a guest designer this month, and believe me, the tiny bit I saw was super fun! I’m excited to see more. They’ve got more fun things up today, so go on over and take a look. Such awesomeness! There will be a new release blog hop on Thursday, so be sure to check that out as well.

I’m also now on Twitter!!! You can search for me by name (Brenda Weaver), by my user name (dewsgirl0), or click on the Twitter icon in the top right corner of my blog, right next to the Facebook and Pinterest icons. I’m brand new with only a few tweets and a tiny handful of followers, but I’d love to connect with more of my friends there, so follow me and I will follow you back. :)

I’ll be back with more crafty stuff real soon! Until next time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Clean and simple birthday triangles

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Hello, and happy Thursday!

Today’s card is a simple, minimal layers and minimal stamping kind of card. Easy to reproduce, easy to mail, and easy to change up to suit your tastes.

I used the Design Motifs set from Paper Smooches this time. I’ve been getting my money’s worth out of this set! There are so many shapes included in this set that you can use together to create all kinds of fun designs. I really love it! My favorite images in this set are the triangles. There are so many things you can do with a simple, basic triangle.

I simply grabbed a few colors of ink and stamped the triangle various times to create this clean and simple card. Easy peasy! To make sure I stamped the triangles straight I first drew a guide line on my card. Then I used an acrylic block with a grid etched on it to help line things up.

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The ink colors I used here are Daffodil Delight from Stampin’ Up!, and Deja Blue and Clean Slate from Studio Calico’s new Color Theory line.

And there are those enamel dots again. I’m sorry! I just can’t help myself! I felt like this card needed something other than just the stamping, but most embellishments would have taken away from the simple design I was going for. The enamel dots just add the littlest bit of the perfect something, don’t you think? The ones I used here are also from the Studio Calico Color Theory line.

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And here you can see how the enamel dots just add a bout of dimension. The colors in the Color Theory line are just so pretty! I keep reaching for these over and over again!

I think this design would look great with some of the smaller triangles stamped here and there as well, or other shapes mixed in and over lapping. So many options!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I’m glad you stopped by!

 

 

Inspiring links and fun news!

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I’m working on some projects that I’m really excited about that are not quite ready to share with you just yet. Soon!

In the meantime, there are always great things happening around the web, so I thought I’d share some of those links with you today.

Crafty Stuff:

A sneak peek of the May 2014 issue went up on the Paper Crafts Connections blog yesterday, including a card of mine that will be appearing in it. Take a look HERE. The issue just became available, so be sure to get yours!

This project by Shanna Noel is just awesome! I love the idea of incorporating crafting and God’s Word! I immediately went and purchased a journaling Bible for myself so I could make one too. Because I think that anything that makes the Word of God fun, easy to remember, and personal is a great idea.

Kind of along the same lines, this project is also one that I think is really, really cool! Using your crafting to exalt the name of Jesus! YES!  I found both this link and the above link by Shanna just this morning. It feels like God is trying to tell me something. Or just confirming what my heart has been telling me. I just love that!

This tutorial by Katie Gehring is super cool! I’d like to try this, for sure. I have a deep love for enamel dots, but they can be a little expensive. And my kids have lots of Perler beads that they rarely use anymore.

My kids have been loving this website!  My daughter will sit and draw things for hours if I let her, and her pictures turn out really good too! I love that a father and his kids film the videos together, the instructions are simple, and kids can easily learn to draw all kinds of cool things. I think it’s helped my kids want to try to draw things on their own as well. The other night my two youngest were drawing robots. I was amazed and how creative they were. And, yes, I joined in and drew a few of my own as well! I didn’t realize drawing silly robots could be so much fun!

Food:

Some recipes I’ve tried recently that have been a big hit around here:

Potstickers

One pan enchilada pasta

Breakfast quesadillas

And just one more thing:

And before I go, there’s just one more, REALLY COOL THING I want to share with you today. I’m super, super excited about THIS!!!!! Eeek!

 

 

Around here: plants for the home

When I was a child I couldn’t understand why my mother enjoyed having plants all around the house. In my opinion, a plant that didn’t produce any pretty flowers was kind of a waste. Who would want to look at plain old greenery?

Well, now that I’m grown, with a home of my own, I’ve come to gradually change my mind about house plants. But it wasn’t until the past year our two that I’ve really become interested in having some house plants of my own. I’ve had numerous plants over the years, but without a green thumb and the love of watching them grow, my plants generally didn’t tend to do very well under my care.

But since I’ve been doing a lot of decorating and thinking about what really makes a room come alive, I’ve come to the conclusion that every room deserves to have at least one, real, living piece of greenery in it, and I’m on a mission to do just that. Yes, even my kids’ rooms will all have plants at some point, I hope. There’s something about a plant that gives a room energy and vitality and keeps it from becoming lifeless. But not only that, plants improve the air quality in a home, and they are calming and soothing to look at.

IMG_6807I found these pretty white flower pots on a recent IKEA trip and I couldn’t resist them. I think that flowers in clean, white pots are the prettiest of all. There’s just something about white. The way it contrasts against the green, but also the extra boost of the feeling of cleanliness and simplicity they add. These, in my opinion, are just perfect!

I still haven’t grown a green thumb, unfortunately. So, when I go searching for plants to purchase, I always look for the ones that are labeled “easy to care for” or “low maintenance” or “you won’t be able to kill this one, even if you try”. OK, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. I look for ones that are not particularly fussy about how they are cared for. A little watering about once a week or so, a little natural light, maybe a feeding here and there, and that’s about it. I don’t remember difficult instructions and how various plants need this or that, or the other thing. So easy and low maintenance it is. At least until that green thumb grows out.

I LOVE wandering the aisles of the local greenhouse. There is something so wonderful about breathing in all that fresh smelling, earthy air and being surrounded by life that I just love! I take my good old time choosing just the right plants. Because I want to be sure I’m making good choices, but also because I want it to take as long as possible so I can stay there and savor it for a little while. I feel refreshed and energized and happy after leaving the greenhouse. Even though I know I’d kill most of those plants if they were left up to me. Maybe that’s part of the reason I enjoy it so much. I can appreciate the pretty plants knowing I don’t have to be the one responsible for them.

So, these are a few of the ones I chose on my last trip. I thought I’d share them with you today in case you are also on the lookout for some beautiful, easy-to-care-for plants for your own home.

Disclaimer: these plants have only been in my care for a few weeks, so they haven’t really had the chance to die yet. But so far, so good. I’m believing what they said when they told me that they were low maintenance, so we shall see!

 

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neanthe belle palm. The foliage is light and airy. It’s a tropical plant, native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala.

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Ficus (or rubber plant). This one is my favorite of all the plants I bought that day. The variegated foliage is just so strikingly beautiful! And the red tint in the center caught my eye as well.

 

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Calandiva. Such pretty flowers on this one! I couldn’t resist getting at least one with blooms on it. This pink color was just the thing to put in my living room. It looks right at home.

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Snake plant (or mother-in-law’s tongue, or St. George’s Sword). I chose this one because I heard that these are pretty much impossible to kill. Plus, the green, pointy leaves are pretty and unusual.

Be sure to choose a good potting soil for your plants and to feed them about once a month or so. Check online sources, or ask your local plant specialist, for the best and most proper way to care for your plants.

plantcollageAnd here they are! All potted up and ready to display around the house. I also like to use my plants from time to time as a pretty background when taking photos of my cards and other projects. So, you just might see these pretty little things popping up again sometime on Sweet Paper Treats.

How about you? Do you have some easy-to-care-for plants that you love? I’d love to hear about your favorites. I’m always looking for more to have as backup in case these die to add to my collection.

 

 

 

CASE study challenge: I appreciate you

 

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I’m playing along with the CASE study challenge today. I just love the inspiration card by Joni. Isn’t it so pretty? I hadn’t visited Joni’s blog before, but when I did I was enthralled. Her creations are all simply stunning! You must head on over and take a look!

Here’s my take on it.

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I used the stamp set that seems to be my very favorite right now. The Petals and Stems set from Avery Elle. I think maybe it has something to do with the floral images and my longing for spring to arrive. I hear it’s supposed to get warm in the next day or two. Yay! Hopefully it sticks around this time with no more snow, or threats of snow!

It stayed pretty true to the sketch and added stitching like, Joni did. I masked off an area where I wanted no stamping as a place to house my sentiment. That sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Big & Bold Wishes set, another favorite of mine.

I took it a step further and made a coordinating envelope for my card. I think I haven’t given my envelopes the attention they deserve. If we’re going to send a pretty handmade card, doesn’t it deserve a pretty envelope too? After all, it gives the recipient just a tiny taste of what’s inside. Plus, a pretty envelope just stands out in a crowd of plain Jane boring everyday envelopes that usually arrive in the mail. Who wouldn’t want to receive something pretty every once in a while?  I want to take more time to pretty up my envelopes from here on out.

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I masked off a section of the flap of my envelope and added stamping to coordinate with the card. It doesn’t take much more time to add something pretty to your envelope, and the special touch it adds is just fun, and classy too!

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Head on over to the CASE study challenge blog to check out the details of this challenge. Maybe you’ll want to play along too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate hearing from you!

 

 

Delightful

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Have you ever gone through and purged your crafty supplies, only to come back later and rescue something from the heap? That’s what happened to me recently. These Tim Holtz Distress Stains that I’ve had for a very long time, and rarely used before, made it onto the pile of stuff to get rid of. But while pricing things for a scrapbooking yard sale I came across them again and decided I hadn’t given them a fair chance. After all, I use distress inks, stains, etc. a lot more now than I used to. I think I just didn’t really know how to use them back when I got them and so many people are creating such lovely projects with distress inks and stains now that there are so many great ideas out there. So, back onto my desk they went. And guess what? I actually sat down and played with them instead of storing them away for some distant future opportunity (or to be thrown on the to-get-rid-of pile again later). Yay me!

Distress inks/stains/paints/markers are such fun products. I love to play around with them because of the way they react to water. Adding water droplets causes the ink to move around and make these awesome splotches. I just watched a great tutorial yesterday about how you can watercolor with your distress markers and take advantage of the way the ink moves when water is added. So cool! Playing around with these makes one feel all artistic and stuff!

I only own three colors of the distress stains, so I used them all to make this fun background. The distress stains come in bottles with a little sponge dauber at the top, so you can apply them straight from the bottle. I swiped each color across my paper and then added water droplets. I wanted large droplets, so I dipped my fingers in some water and let the water drop from my fingers. If you hold your fingers together, the water runs together off your fingers and create nice, large drops.

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I just bought this Amy Tangerine sticker last week (ironically, at the very shop where I took my purged items to sell) and it just so happens to match so very well to the colors of distress stain I used. How very serendipitous! Plus, it also has this fun watercolor look about it that goes so well with the background. I didn’t even intend to use these together!

I applied the sticker to a white piece of card stock, then cut it out in the basic shape of the sticker before adhering it to my card with foam adhesive. I also used a die cut flower accent, also from Amy tangerine, which I cut in half and added to each side of the card. I finished it off with some Prima gems and some white Mister Huey.

So, have you ever rescued something from the discard pile? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!