Color Me Happy

I love Pinterest. I’m a relatively avid pinner, happily collecting boards of DIY, recipes, card inspiration, color combinations and more. But, after hours get sucked away into the time warp that is Pinterest, what then? Its an amazing site, but a total trap as well. I have recently made an effort to do more with my pins – cook the recipes, do the DIYs – I even have friends who host Pinterest Parties making creations they find on the site.

I have decided to start a new series using the color combinations I pin endlessly to inspire some new creations. I love color – I love fearless combos, pleasing pairings, rainbows. I am always looking for new combinations and how those matches could spark something new in my creativity. This was fun – I highly recommend it. Here is my first experiment.

Here was the color combination 
I pulled some coordinating papers, patterned papers and ink to get things going.


I decided to start off with some navy cards -
This card uses the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Dots set – a really set this one! And the gorgeous Alte New Magnolias for Her set – love those gorgeous blooms. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Greetings. The card is cut to 4″ wide to allow for the banner & flower hanging off the edge.
A super simple one using some leftover Studio Calico goodies and some fun patterned paper. 
Next, I got inky with a Simon Says Stamp diagonal stripe stencil and one of my all time favorite floral stamp sets. 
Lastly, one of my favorite layouts – the perfect way to show off gorgeous patterned paper and a big sentiment. 


That is all for this instalment of Color Me Happy – I hope you’re inspired to do something with all your pins! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wish List Wednesday

There are so many things on my crafty wish list right now – how about you? Here is what I’m wishing would magically appear on my doorstep (can someone please let my husband know this very handy gift list was posted?).

I love this stamp and die from Studio Calico. Truth be told, I have already preordered this, so no need to send this to me if you were considering it ;-)

Next up, the Notes & Things collection from Crate Paper. All of it. Every single item. Here are some of my favorites – swoon.

Next up, the fun new release at Simon Says Stamp. I love the Enjoy the Journey set for Project Life & scrapbooking.
And the stencil set? Yes, please.
And the Keep Swimming set is adorable. I think I will love this for kid’s cards and card making kits geared at a younger audience.

I loved the new release from Alte New. The Sketchy Flowers Rose – total stunner.

How about those Clearly Besotted Stamps that I have had my eye on for awhile? First up, Fresh Flowers. This set is just stunning – I think it is time to take the plunge and order it.

From their latest release – I love the Simply Quilled set – this is really something different to add to the stamping arsenal.

Lastly, I have a confession. I have a serious addiction to ink. I own just about every ink pad from every major manufacturer. And I can’t stop. There is something about a new ink pad – the color, the juiciness, the endless possibilities offered by such a simple little rectangle! I love all the Hero Arts inks – I probably reach for them first, followed closely by Papertrey Ink & Simon Says Stamp. 
But, I have been wanting to try the WPlus9 collection for a long time – I think the colors are so appealing. I think I will put the original collection & the new colors on my birthday wish list next month. 

Ok, that just about does it – and would definitely do it for my wallet for a long time!

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