Showing posts with label Pink Paislee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pink Paislee. Show all posts

Monday, December 9, 2013

when one door closes...

Beware. Long post! :)

The first thing I want to tell you about is that today marks Day 1 of Pink Paislee's big 12 Days of Christmas countdown event! Swing over each day to see projects, inspiration, PDF's to download, free stuff and giveaways! We are sharing projects made with the new Snow Village line by Pink Paislee all this month, and here is one I made recently with this line...

Pics are from last Christmas, putting up the tree, special ornaments, etc. With a circular design like this, you could add even more photos if you'd like. I love the way you can add a bunch of the patterns as well with this type of repetitive design, yet it's still clean and has a bit of white space to let your eye rest! I used cream cardstock under the patterned papers with a 2" circle punch to help them stand off from the white a bit more and slightly offset them.

I used the Snow Village 12 x 12" papers, the Snow Village clear stamps (stars and snowflakes in the background), the Kre8tive Kit (chipboard title and stickers), and some Luxe chipboard stars.


Another layout made with the Snow Village line. I used the collage paper in the background and just added a few things over the top... the photos, a title, a couple of ribbons and chipboard stars, and the arrow clear stickers.

I love these canvas stickers from Snow Village (berries.) As you can see, I colored one of the stars and some of the Artisan ribbon with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Chartreuse.


In other news, I have a Snow Village layout on the front cover of Scrapbook Trends' December 2013 Issue!

And last, but not least...

Some of you have been asking what my news is regarding my design teams, and I'm sorry I haven't posted sooner, but I've been up in the air about a few things the past couple of weeks. You may have heard that American Crafts has acquired Pink Paislee. This is happy and sad news for me all at the same time! I've known Rebecca since 2005 and have been designing for her since she owned an online store called Create My Keepsake. When she opened Pink Paislee 6 years ago, she asked me to follow her to her new company. She was the first one who gave me a chance to join a paper manufacturer team, and I've always felt very dedicated to Pink Paislee. It has made me so happy to see its success over the years and to have been such a huge part of that success! Unfortunately, my role as Design Team and Blog Coordinator will be gone as of January, as part of the acquisition. I won't lie...I'm truly sad about this. Sad that my role with Pink Paislee has come to an end after all these years. But I know that all things happen for a reason, and I want to thank Rebecca and Barry for all they've done for me. They are very genuine people, have been so good to work for the past 8 years, and I'm so happy for them as they move to Utah and continue their journey with American Crafts. I can happily say I put my ALL into my time with Pink Paislee and feel proud that they've been so successful. Can't help but feel PP's success was in part because of me. :)

I have also decided not to renew my contract with Studio Calico. Their contract has changed for next year, and after giving it some thought, it just doesn't fit with what I need right now. I do love Studio Calico and the trends they set! They are always one step ahead of the game and always fun things happening there. I will still pop in and chat and ooh and aaah over the fabulous gallery there!

So where does this leave me? To be quite honest, I'm not sure, which is why I've been putting off publishing this post. My plans right now are continue crafting, hopefully stay on with Papertrey Ink and stamp my heart out (if they will keep me), and maybe begin some plans for stamp design concepts. When one door closes, another opens, so I'm looking forward to seeing what doors will open next. I am a little excited to craft JUST FOR FUN again as well!

I'll be back shortly with another Snow Village project. If you're still with me, thanks for reading my long post today...

Saturday, November 9, 2013

thank you, Cath...

I was very saddened to hear the news of Cath leaving Moxie Fab World and Paper Crafts Magazine, as were so many others. So many of us wanted to say thank you to Cath for everything, all of her insights, trend spotting, blogging, inspiration and for whole-heartedly encouraging crafters on. We (heart) you, and everything you've done for us, Cath!!

In honor of her, a *few* of us have put together a blog hop. HA! This may be the biggest blog hop ever with all 285 of us! (If you are following the hop, you might have arrived here from Ang Mansfield's blog. If you want to start at the beginning, go to Moxie Fab World.)

I made a card for Cath, and I think this sentiment says it all. "Twinkle, twinkle little star, do you know how very loved you are?"

For supplies, in case you are wondering, I used lots of Pink Paislee here: a Color Wash 6x6" paper in the background, then I clipped a Hope Chest butterfly onto an Artisan star. Stamped the bottom with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Super Stars stamp set. Washi tape adorns the top (from one of my Studio Calico kits). That's it!

I want to wish Cath all the best on her future endeavors. We will truly miss her encouraging spirit in the paper crafting world. To see more cards on the hop, next go to Niki Meiners' blog: Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 8, 2013

make your own PL cards...

I've been thinking long and hard about my future in crafting, and I've got some big decisions to make, as far as where I'm headed. Now that we are almost all settled in and I'm full force ahead again, I feel like I want to do more with my work. I'm going to give it some serious thought over the next month. You may see changes coming! Anyway, yesterday I felt like making some PL cards. I know, I know...I don't dabble in PL yet, but I've been getting the itch to do so! I love scrapbook pages, I love cards, but sometimes you feel the need to try something new. Right? I do...most definitely. I enjoy working with smaller canvases, so it felt very natural to me.
So here are the handmade cards I created with Pink Paislee's new Hey Kid line! There's no reason we can't make our own little PL cards with our stash. On this one, I folded a piece of vellum and stitched the side and bottom to create a pocket, then filled it with some of the Hey Kid Ephemera and punched circles. You can add a photo, journaling etc in the pocket. (The top is open.) Isn't the texture great on these canvas stickers?
The "shoot for the stars" card is stamped with the new Sentiment Series stamps.  The third card was just trimmed from the 6x6" Hey Kid paper pad.

I added more canvas stickers over the top and to help it blend and coordinate with the other cards, I added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom. The stars saying is Super Stars by Papertrey Ink.
The circle card is my favorite I think! I trimmed it from the 12x12" die cut paper.
The vellum one came just like this (3" x4") in the Hey Kid Ephemera pack. I added more ticket ephemera over the top and some chipboard. Layers, layers, layers!
The last one is trimmed from the 6x6" paper pad and added an ephemera saying with some Luxe arrows. It's backed with vellum.
If you are into Project Life, visit the Pink Paislee blog all this week and next for more ideas. Have a good one!

Friday, November 1, 2013

on the diagonal...

Diagonal lines seem to be all the rage right now, so we focused on this super fun trend all this week at the Pink Paislee blog! Today was my day to post and I had such fun and sooo many ideas floating in my head for this! I squeaked out two cards. First up is a stamped background made with the Color Wash stamps. Just LOVE these!
I used some Papertrey Ink stamping ink colors in Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Sweet Blush and Hawaiian Shores, along with Soft Granite by Hero Arts.

Next, I made my own little dimensional banner with white cardstock and placed it on the diagonal.
Stop by the Pink Paislee blog to read more about my process and for a full supply list!
Hope you all had a fabulous and safe Halloween. I added a few pics of our Halloween to my Facebook page. Also, I have created a new Facebook page for some of my design work and updates on my scrapbook room if you are interested: Danielle Flanders' Designs. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

...happy belated World Card Making Day!

So last Saturday was World Card Making Day, and I meant to get this post up sooner, but failed miserably - been so busy! Saturday I was invited to a WCMD celebration with some Colorado peeps, and I had such a nice time meeting everyone. They were all so friendly and welcoming! We did a lot of snacking and crafting and chatting! (Not necessarily in that order, but I enjoyed my time with everyone and can't wait to do it again soon!)
In back: Stacey Shafer, Tenia Nelson, Noelle McAdams, Michelle Gross, Wida Yusufi-Miller, Lee Murphy, Ceal Pritchett, Kim Singdahlsen (who I found out also lives in Parker and grew up in the same town I did in South Dakota!), Vivian Masket, Carisa Zglobicki. Front: Annette Allen, me, Alyssa Scritchfield.

I have to say that I'm really happy to have people close by that enjoy the same things I do. Can't wait to get together with them again - it was a talented bunch and so fun to see what they were all working on!

I have a couple of things to share today. These are OMBRE cards made for one of Studio Calico's challenges this weekend. I used the stamps from the last card kit and card kit add-on from Studio Calico, Antiquary and Athens to stamp darker and lighter shades of ink, creating an Ombre effect.

I stamped the outer leafy ring in red ink. Before reinking for each leaf, I stamped one more time to get a lighter shade of the red.  So every time I loaded the red ink, I would stamp twice with the same stamp before reinking and grabbing more red. This helped me achieve an ombre look with one ink color. Then I used orange stamping ink for the inner ring, using the same technique to achieve shades of orange and yellow. Finished it off by stamping a sentiment in the center in kraft ink and black ink, and lastly popping the card front up onto a white cardstock base with foam adhesive. Simple, but I love how the ombre look creates a dramatic effect!

This was a card made for Pink Paislee's sketch challenge for WCMD. 

I used some Secret Crush paper, Cottage Farms Ephemera, a new Sentiment Series sticker, Artisan chipboard by Pink Paislee and Heidi Swapp flowers that I found at Michael's - sprayed them with Heidi's Color Shine in Sweet Cherry and Blush.

I hope you had a fantastic World Card Making Day too! I am currently working on my Papertrey Ink new releases for October, just received my box yesterday, and I have 4 cards made already. Woot! I'm on a roll. Have a good day, everyone. xo

Friday, October 4, 2013

you can achieve the watercolor look too....

Pink Paislee has a new line out hitting stores called Color Wash. No getting messy, all the work is done for you with the pretty watercolor designs...I love that! Today I am filling in on the blog for my dear friend Leslie (who just had emergency surgery). Sending her best wishes for a quick recovery!

We are working on cards all this week in honor of World Card Making Day this Saturday. So I dug into my Color Wash line - 6x6" paper pad, tags, stamps, vellum banners, etc. and made three different cards/tags for my post over at Pink Paislee.

I love how the "Wish" tag turned out above and used the Color Wash stamps on the top of the tag to add a bit of color. These tags already have the words cut out of them, so if you don't have a cutting machine, they are great to have on hand. The "negative cut out trend" is so hot right now! The 3 pieces are clipped together at the top with a Maggie Holmes gold clothespin.

Stop over to Pink Paislee to read more. I'll be back tomorrow with more card inspiration in honor of World Card Making Day. Both Pink Paislee and Studio Calico have some fun planned for this crafty day. :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Prima/Pink Paislee #watercolorfun week...

Hi, everyone! Prima and Pink Paislee have teamed up this week for a fun "Watercolor Inspiration Week". Today is the last day and was my turn to post, but there's also more to see over at the Prima blog as well. They'll be posting their projects today and Monday!
When I opened the box of Prima goodies, I couldn't believe my eyes! Such fun products to work with, and they blended amazingly with our products, especially the Color Wash line. Prima sent lots of things that could be colored too...resin pieces, canvas borders, canvas shapes, chipboard, etc. I thought I was going to make cards at first, but then this layout happened to evolve as I was playing around with everything!

A layout with no photos? YES! Every layout doesn't have to be full of pictures to express what you are feeling. Journaling is important too. Right now I am feeling so grateful for everything in my life, so happy. I wanted to journal about getting older and how my views of life are changing. I just love how it turned out. The journaling reads,

"All of my happiest moments have been with family and those I love-
dear friends I grew up with, getting married, having my girls, 
and watching them grow and experience the world.
Seeing things through their eyes keeps me young, happy, alive...
What I am discovering as I grow older is that happiness is love-
giving and appreciating life and those around me. Seeing joy in those I love. Danielle"

It looks kinda artsy, doesn't it? But to be honest, I really didn't do much to make it look this way. The 12x12" background paper started out like this.
It's from the 12x12" Color Wash paper pad by Pink Paislee. The only mist splashes I added were the dark blue spots, made with Heidi Swapp's new Navy Color Shine. (After I added all of the other elements. To make the splashes, I unscrewed the cap and pulled out the tube, then just flicked the end of the tube with my finger onto the page.)
The canvas butterflies and banner by Prima started out like this...
I used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine on them, and when you spray them, a design magically appears! How cool is that!! This is new Color Shine in Blush. Love it.
I also did the same thing with the Canvas Borders by Prima...
And the resin (I went crazy with the pink!)...
I stitched on Pink Paislee’s Color Wash Watercolor Tags and added some of the Color Wash Chipboard Title Stickers. Love how the chipboard is multicolored, so I didn’t do anything to that. Just stuck it on – it’s self adhesive! I left the tails from the stitching on the tags. The canvas banner is misted with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Navy.
On the top, I added a Prima flower, pearls and a canvas banner of theirs that I stenciled on to fill in that upper corner.
Stop by our Facebook page for a giveaway. Here is Prima's Facebook page for their giveaway, and Prima's blog for lots more inspiration!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

orange, hot pink and a touch of gold...

Need inspiration today? How about a color challenge. Pink Paislee has a beautiful Color Crush image on the Pink Paislee blog, and the team is playing along in the challenge. I thought I'd make a card just for fun with it - with oranges, hot pinks and even a touch of gold.

I used the Artisan papers by Pink Paislee with some stamping inks by Papertrey Ink to make the big flower. All I did was swipe the ink pad over the papers, and it brings out this gorgeous embossing that's already on the paper. I used the Notched Flower dies to cut the flower layers and the Turning a New Leaf die to cut the leaves out of the Artisan paper after it was inked. The ink colors I used were: Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise and Ripe Avocado.

I placed a circle under the flower from the Artisan Circles and some twine. For the bottom, I stamped a Sentiment Series: Scallop Symbols (a new stamp set by Pink Paislee) trimmed it out and placed it under the white cardstock. The Thank You sentiment is from Mums The Word. The whole card front was placed onto a Luxe gold striped paper.
Are you going to play along in the challenge? Link me up if you do, I'm anxious to see what you'll do with this.

Friday, August 30, 2013

a start on a December Daily mini album...

It's mini album week on the Pink Paislee blog, and I had fun with the Snow Village line. Wanted to get a little start on my December Daily, so I'll share a few pages I've started in it. I'll keep working on it... and add, add, add!

I LOVE making mini albums. Mostly because I enjoy mixing and matching colors and patterns, and love adding texture...and mini albums are a great way to add tons of texture to a project (and lots of photos)!

I've used the Artisan 4x8" covers for the front and back and just made my own inside pages, some of them are the Artisan tab pages that go in the album, and some of the pages are just ones I made myself with patterned paper, cardstock, stamps, journaling cards, etc. On the front, I painted with white acrylic paint, added some Artisan ribbon sprayed with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Chartreuse. Then added some of the Snow Village canvas stickers, clear stickers and chipboard. I used Heidi's Black Velvet Color Shine to sprinkle on a few drops of black on the front.

On the first inside page spread, I decided to paint the inside back of the cover and leave it open for photos. I added a paperclay button I made myself (video for that is on my blog) and a piece of scrunched seam binding. On the other side, I used an Artisan paper and rubbed it with stamping ink, a color called Aqua Mist by Papertrey Ink. It's such a pretty teal and goes perfectly with this line!

One thing I love to do in my minis is add lots of things to turn and flip! I added little glassine bags to house little photos (wallet size) and also added journaling cards to write on - they are not attached to the pages, they are loose and just hooked onto the rings. This way you can enjoy the front and the back of them.

You could certain journal on the back of some of these cards... or add photos!

On the second page spread, I used another Artisan paper on the right and rubbed it with a gray stamping ink called Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink. It really brings out the pretty circles. I added a collage paper from Snow Village on the left side.

A half-doily dresses up the glassine bag with a felt snowflake, Snow Village chipboard and some Artisan stars. I have inked a few of them up with red ink. The blue snowflake is from the Snow Village clear stickers.

The third page spread is stamped on the left with the Snow Village stamps. Added some Artisan ribbon sprayed with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine like I did on the front cover and a big striped ribbon from my stash.

On the fourth page, I have cut some of the patterned paper for the left, added a clear snowflake sticker to the top, a flower chipboard and an Artisan Element circle over the top! Oh, see the little label underneath? Those are new from the Sentiments Series line!

On the right are lots of journaling cards again, a glassine bag and a scalloped vellum banner.

I've got more to add for sure, but I'll stop there for today! Hope you gained some ideas for your next mini album.

Pink Paislee products used: Snow Village collection, Artisan collection, Luxe collection, Sentiment Series. Other: Heidi Swapp's Color Shine - Chartreuse and Black Velvet, glassine bags, ribbon, stamping inks by Papertrey Ink in Aqua Mist and Soft Stone, paperclay button, and seam binding.