Friday, September 21, 2018

The Countdown Begins....Wedding Bells Are About To Ring!

Hello there!
Welcome to INSPIRE.

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since my last posting, because I have been up to my elbows in creating wedding invitations, and helping to decide on menu, decorations and centerpieces for my brother and his adorable fiancé's upcoming nuptials.

She wanted me to be her "planner", and boy, I forgot how daunting it can be.....

But it hasn't all been wedding planning. I have got to get some crafting in.
Creating a couple of design team projects, and I want to share the links with you today!

The first, is my debut project for Rita Barakat Design Team. I made this adorable card using the die cut "Over The Moon", and Magical Mysteries Embossing Powders from Rita's line.



We are presently collaborating with Rinea, using their gorgeous Foiled Papers, which was perfect for my card background and tattered flowers.

Follow this link on how I brought the card together, and the following two links to Rita Barakat's online store and the Rinea online store, to purchase these fabulous products for yourself!

http://ritabarakat.com/index.php/2018/09/14/the-midnight-fairy/



My next project, is for Canvas Corp Brands, and is featured this week over on The Creative Studio Blog.


I used 2 zippered bags, one made of canvas & burlap, the other made of ticking material, to create adorable clutch bags for fall.

Head on over and see the details, and be sure to visit Canvas Corp Brands online for products like these, Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and more!


Okay, now back to wedding stuff. 
Pray for me!

Until next time.......
Be Blessed!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rita Barakat & Emerald Creek Blog Hop! And Your Chance To Win!

Hey there!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Thank you for visiting today, there is 
something very exciting going on with
Rita Barakat & Emerald Creek!

They have collaborated to bring to you 
a FABULOUS collection of embossing powders,
the Rita Barakat Magical Mysteries!

And if you stay till the end of this post, I will
share with you how you could 
win a set of these gorgeous embossing powders for yourself!
(*does not include Fairy Wings)

I chose to do a canvas project, using the 
Midnight Magic & Kiss The Fairy Magical Mysteries embossing powders.


I also used the Heart Wing Foamie Stamp by Rita Barakat, that can be found in her Etsy store along with the entire line of the Magical Mysteries embossing powders.



Just follow this link To Rita's Etsy Store:



So to begin my canvas, I chose coordinating 
Distress Oxide Inks that coordinated with my choice of embossing powders.

Using a Distress Inking Tool, I added the ink as my background, lightly overlapping the different shades.
I used a couple of round of water spritz, to oxidize the ink, once I had the desired shade. I used spray ink to add splatters to the background.

Using heavy white cardstock and embossing ink, I used the foamy stamp and begin the layering of the embossing powder.



This embossing powder is so rich in color, and so very easy to set! I only added a couple of layers for a more textured effect, setting each with my heat tool.

I used a small beading of glue around the heart in the center of the wings, and added two layers of the Kiss The Fairy embossing powder.


I used mini brads, and a medium square brad to secure the heart to the canvas, making small holes with my craft knife. 


Using gel medium, I added the phrase & bracket, and a gorgeous crown embellishment.

I love the way it turned out. And I LOVE these embossing powders!

Now that you have seen my project, be sure that you have hopped to the other blogs of the Rita Barakat Design Team, and see what they have created with these FABULOUS embossing powders!





Karen:

Jenn:

Now, for your chance to win a set of these beauties for yourself......

Be sure to join us for Mixed Media Monday with Rita Barakat over on Rita Barakat Facebook Live 
at 8pm CT.
This week, it is about creating molted backgrounds.
You don't want to miss this one!



Again, thank you so much for visiting, and be sure to visit again soon, as I always have something crafty brewing!

Until next time........
Blessings!

Monday, August 20, 2018

I Have Such Exciting News To Share!!!

Hello!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

I am so excited to share with you
that I have been chosen to be a part of the 
AMAZING Rita Barakat Design Team!


Visit Rita Barakat's blog, to meet the entire team!
Just follow the link under to photo for all the details!

Be sure to join the Get Creative With Rita Barakat Facebook group, where you will see what Rita and the design team are creating.

GET CREATIVE WITH RITA BARAKAT

And tune into GCWRB Facebook live every 
Monday evening 8pm CST, to see new products, and to learn tricks in mixed media creating
with Rita!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Until next time.....

Blessings!



Saturday, August 18, 2018

My Nifty Fifty Birthday Bliss & Creative Fun Too

Hey y'all!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Is it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted.
August marks my birthday month, and on the 14th, I turned the 5-0!!!!!

I had been full of dread about that number for a couple of months prior. I mean 50!?!?!?!
I am not sure where in my mind, that I thought this was not a good thing.

I feel relatively healthy (aside from the problems that can come with Type 1 Diabetes), only minimal aches & pains associated with growing older.

 I started embracing the idea that this is a new season of my life. A new season to test my boundaries, to try something new, to be bold and unafraid of what life has in store.

So 50....HERE WE GO........

The celebration of my birthday began early, last weekend, as my hubby surprised me with taking to a more local crafty event that happens every August,
Stampaway USA.
OH MY!!!!!

I had never seen so many stamping, mixed media & innovative products in one place!
Companies like Art Impressions, Gina Marie Designs, Heartfelt Creations, Stencil Girl & Technique Junkies to mention just a mere few.

Oh, and STAMPER'S ANONYMOUS!!!!!!
OH MY!!!!
You know what that means? Yes, the one, the only, the phenomenal, the extraordinaire himself....... 
TIM HOLTZ!!!!

I was stunned in my tracks when I seen him sitting there demonstrating fabulous techniques using his broad range of products!!

For an hour and a half, we stood, we watched, and we, yes my husband and I learned, lol.
At the end of one demonstration, my husband spoke up and I hear "Mr Holtz, my I ask you a favor?" With his huge smile Tim replied "Sure".
I stood there puzzled.
Then my wonderful hubby said..
"We are celebrating my wife's birthday today,
is it possible we get a picture of you & her together?"
WHAT?!?!
Again with that smile, Tim said "Why sure".
So I made my around to where he was and then there was this moment!


My smile says it all!!!
And he signed a tag he had made in a demo, wishing me a Happy Birthday.
A birthday momento from Tim.
Couldn't be any better.




Easy to say, turning fifty has been my best birthday ever!

Before leaving the Stamper's Anonymous booth, we stopped in, and for my birthday, my hubby purchased me a set of the Distress Oxides Tim had been using in the demo.


I hadn't purchased any prior, and was so excited to finally get to play with the product, putting to use some of the techniques Tim used.

I decided to do these on Artist Trading Coins I had cut from mixed media paper, started small so I could really get a feel for how to do these techniques on a smaller scale.

After finishing, I used a variety of stamps to add design, and I am absolutely in LOVE with these!


Thanks so much for letting me share this most wonderful birthday moment with you today.

Before you go, I invite you to head over to the Chattering Robin's blog today, where the feature is a project I created using Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.


Join me again soon as I share inspirations in creativity. and life in general!

Until next time.......
BLESSINGS!