Do you have a style spirit animal? A style spirit animal is that person who embodies your idea of fashion, style, and personality with clothes. When you see them, it’s like they just get what you love about style and you want what they are wearing. Karen Blanchard is my style spirit animal. Everything. I mean everything she puts on I lust after. She does a phenomenal job mixing vintage, high, and low styles. And her personality. Gah! She’s hilarious and so passionate about fashion. She gets excited about the same things I do and it’s fun to see someone else go just as bananas for a sweater, coat, bag, shoes, you name it. You’ve got to watch her Friday videos. So good. I could go on and on about how fab she is, but find out for yourself. Check out her blog, instagram, and youtube.
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Today's Muse Monday is brought to you by this lovely flamingo. While looking for inspiration, I kept coming back to this photo. The color combo and the feathers are so striking, but did you know that their color actually comes from their diet? The more vibrant their color, the more their food has that pigmentation (shrimp, crustaceans, etc). Just a fun fact for you on this Monday. As I was working on what to make from this photo, the idea of a fun hat and feather skirt came to me. This would actually make a really cute halloween costume if you wanted something creative yet still stylish. The hat makes me think of London, with all the fancy fascinators the Brits tend to wear to events. Why don't we do that here in the U.S.? It's such a fun way to accessorize any outfit. Anyhow, enough of my rambling... here's my Muse Monday drawing for this week.
As I was scrolling through my pinterest feed the other day, I stumbled across the below of a French café. I was looking for inspiration for my father's day card and this was it. It's not what you would think of for a card for you dad, until you know why this struck me instantly. My dad is known for his English Toffee. I mean KNOWN for it. He's been making it for as long as I can remember. The recipe is a family secret that was passed down from my grandmother who actually owned a candy shop. My dad has tried to teach me said recipe multiple times, but for some reason, mine don't come out like his. He uses his senses to make it. Not temperature or time. He just knows when it's the right temp or consistency to remove from the heat and pour into the pan to cool. And then there's the tempering of the chocolate. He's perfected a blend of chocolates that work for his recipe.
Over the last few years, he's expanded his offerings to include dark and milk chocolate caramels, mint creams that taste just like peppermint patties, as well as raspberry, orange, and maple creams. All of which have been big hits will all my friends who benefit from his hobby. This all lead to what I was searching for as inspiration for a card for him. I wanted to make a candy store, but not just any candy store. In my head I had envisioned a small, chic french boutique that would beg you to come inside and see all that was to be had. When I found this image, I knew it was the basis for what I wanted to create. The inspiration image lead to my illustration:
One more look at the inspiration to final card. I'm happy with how it turned out and more importantly my dad loved it!
Paper: Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink), Night (Paper Source), Indigo Print (Craft Smith - Paper Pad), Envelope in Pure White (Paper Source)
Drawing done with Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor White Pencil, Copic Mulitliner Pen
A few weeks ago we celebrated three of my friend’s birthdays at one party. To make things easier, I decided to color coordinate their cards. My inspiration for the cards came from Jessica of What I Wore. Know her? If not, check out her blog here. I love her style and the way she re-works her clothes from her closet. She also sews a lot of them (so jealous of this trait!). Last summer I made my first two skirts because I was so inspired by what I saw her making on her blog. She’s also started a new blog - That’s Quirky, and it’s right up my alley because it’s a home improvement, cooking and lifestyle blog. I love it! If you’re looking for great ideas and inspiration, check her out.
Paper: Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink), Night of Navy (Stampin’ Up), Script (Echo Park Paper), Airmail Stripe (Echo Park Paper), Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink), Dots and Stripes (Echo Park Paper)
Ink: Night Sky (VersaMagic)
Stamps:Table Service (Papertrey Ink), Think Big Favorites #12 (Papertrey Ink), Think Big Favorites #4 (Papertrey Ink), Polka Dot Basics II (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Tie Die (Papertrey Ink), Signature Cupcake (Papertrey Ink), Signature Dressform (Papertrey Ink)
It all started with a pack of paper straws. I had hit a creative roadblock and went to the kitchen to make myself a drink. Low and behold, when I reached for my favorite pack of straws, inspiration hit me! You never know what will inspire you, so always keep a look out! Even when it’s something as simple as a paper straw.
Paper: Fuchsia (PaperSource), Airmail Stripe (Echo Park Paper), Precious Polka Dots (Echo Park Paper), Journal Cards (Echo Park Paper)
Ink: Orchid (Colorbox)
Stamps: Fillable Frames Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Jar Die (Papertrey Ink), Jar label die (Papertrey Ink), Paper straws, Ribbon (Doodle Twine)
I am constantly amazed at the inspiration I find on Pinterest. These floral images were the perfect inspiration for a birthday card I was overdue on for one of the girls at work. I typically don’t make floral cards, but lately most of my inspiration has been in the forIt probably didn’t help that I dug up part of my front yard last week and planted more flowers! I used to think florals were too shabby chic or girly for my, but no more. What about you? Are you into floral prints and patterns?
Paper: Poppy (PaperSource), Curry (PaperSource), Farmhouse (October Afternoon), Gravel (PaperSource)
Stamps: Fillable Frames #10 (Papertrey Ink), Signature Birthday Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Fillable Frame #10 Die (Papertrey Ink)
It’s been awhile friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA, it’s been crazy around here. I’ll fill you in on all my happenings later this week. But, on to the good stuff: a new Muse Monday. I had my first Stella & Dot trunk show on Friday and it was such a blast. Turn out was great and everyone had a fantastic time. To thank all those who purchased from me, I made personal Thank You’s to send out this week. I took the inspiration from the boxes the jewelry arrives in-aren’t they just the cutest things you’ve ever seen?
I wanted the cards to represent the Stella & Dot Brand, but still be personal and hand made. Can you believe I had the materials in my arsenal to make them? I’m proud of how they turned out and can’t wait to put them in the mail. Who doesn’t love getting a personal thank you?
Paper: White Cardstock (JoAnn’s)
Stamps: Background basics retro (Papertrey Ink), Wonderful words additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Moss Green (Colorbox), Turquoise Gem (Versamagic)
Other: Wonderful Words (Papertrey Ink)
Yet again the week has gotten away from me and it’s already Thursday. I have a lot to catch you up on, but for now let’s start with Monday. I celebrated Monday night this week with the 100th episode of Gossip Girl (did you watch it? what did you think?) and two (yep two!) birthdays. It was quite the night. I’ve loved plaid and leopard since I first put it up on my inspiration board over a year ago. That photo was the inspiration for these two birthday cards. My favorite combo for two of my favorite people.
Card 1 Materials:
Paper: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Plaid (Little Black Dress by Basic Grey), Leopard (Paper Pizazz), Black (PaperSource)
Stamps: Simple Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Galaxy Gold (Brilliance)
Other: Mat Stack 4 Die, Double Ended Banners (Both Papertrey Ink), Jewels (Hero Arts)
Card 2 Materials:
Paper: Moss (Paper Source), Plaid (TPC Studio), Kraft (Papertrey Ink), Leopard (Paper Pizazz)
Stamps: Signature Dress Form (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:Bamboo Leaves (Memento)
Other: Signature Dress Form die (Papertrey Ink), Mat stack #2 die (Papertrey Ink), Jewels (Hero Arts), Ribbon (Michael’s)
Today’s inspiration comes in the form of kitchen floors. I’ve been obsessing, for a while now, about a new floor for our kitchen. Since we live in an old four square built in 1910, I’m looking for something modern but still reflective of the era of the house. A black and white floor is exactly what I’m thinking. Wish I had enough room in my
cramped small kitchen to fit that island as well. The other inspiration was from this gorgeous living room. I love the muted colors and the pop of the magenta chair. Makes me want to redecorate each room with one key piece to take center stage. (Don’t tell my husband, he already thinks I change things too much).
Paper: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Argyle (Be Mine, Echo Park Paper), Black (PaperSource)
Ink:VersaMark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Stamps: Mat Stack #2 (Papertrey Ink), Enjoy the Ride (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Mat Stack #2 Die (Papertrey Ink), Clear Embossing Powder (Filagree), Ribbon (JoAnn Fabrics), Jewels (Hero Arts)