and guess what . . . I MADE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so super excited! There were so many talented crafters and so many amazing entries ~ I still can't believe it! I keep pinching myself to make sure it's all real. For over a year now, I have visited Emma's blog absolutely everyday...sometimes more than once a day. LOL I have learned so many amazing new crafting techniques, as well as fun little tips and tricks to add those extra special touches to each and every project. The inspiration from Emma and her Design Team has been never ending and I can't thank them enough for everything they have taught me.
So I guess I should formally introduce myself: Hello everyone! My name is Cassandra. I live in and I work full time as a psychotherapist in practice with my super terrific husband Dan. I was introduced to the wonderful world of stamping in 1989 by my college roommate. I then started scrapbooking in 1995 when I came upon a Creative Memories booth at the . I got my first Cricut in 2005 and I guess they say "the rest is history" LOL.
Currently my addiction is card making and I've recently been having some fun by branching out with home decor projects. My favorite go to crafting items right now are my Cricut Expression 2, my Gypsy, my Imagine, Peachy Keen Stamps and My Creative Time Stamps & Dies. When you put all these products together, the results are amazing!!
Over this last year, I have been so inspired by Emma and her Design Team, that I truly feel it has taken my paper crafting to a whole new level. I am honored to have been chosen by Emma to represent her and her awesome product line. And I so very much hope you will enjoy my creations as much as I will enjoy sharing them with you. A big THANK YOU to Emma for choosing me to be a part of her Design Team. I am sooo looking forward to what I imagine is going to be an amazing experience!
Now onto the good stuff. For my very first assignment, Emma asked that I create a project using any of her products. I knew immediately that I wanted it to be something fun and special to thank Emma for all of her inspiration. Here is my creation:
I chose the words Dream, Create and Inspire, because I feel that really defines my crafting experience. For me, I often find my creativity just as I'm lying in bed trying to fall asleep, but instead my mind starts racing with all kinds of shapes, colors, patterns, and embellishments. (Does that ever happen to you??? LOL) Then usually the next day, I run into my craft room to get started on the creation process of all those ideas I had the night before. When I am finished creating, my favorite part is always sharing my projects with others. There's nothing like seeing the sparkle in someone's eyes when they open their gift and they say..."Wow! You made that?!" It reminds me that in today's world of technology and gadgets...a personally handcrafted gift is still the best!
Ok - Ok...enough sappy stuff. LOL Back to my project: The flower base is a simple square plastic container I got at Michaels. The flower stems are Wilton's ~ Lollipop Sticks. Inside is a piece of green floral foam. I lined each side of the container with patterned paper. And I used Sakura ~ Crystal Laquer and approximately 100 monochromatic red buttons to cover the floral foam. Here is a shot from above so that you can see the buttons:
All of the red patterned paper is my favorite Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints. The solid white and black cardstock are from Recollections. The base of each flower is cut with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Die. The border is stamped using the My Creative Time ~ Whimsical Calendar Days stamp set. The rosettes are cut with the brand new and super cool Ribbons & Rosettes ~ Cricut cartridge (I think this going to be one of my new favorites!!!). The surface layers of each flower are cut with the My Creative Time ~ Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies. The sentiments are from the My Creative Time ~ Inspiring Words stamp set.
** For those of you who have the Inspiring Words stamp set, you may notice that the word 'Inspire' is not actually one of the stamps. The actual word in the set is 'Inspiration'. I taped off the 'ation'. And then I took the word 'Live' and taped off the 'Liv' and only stamped the 'e'. And voila...I have the word 'Inspire'. Pretty cool huh? It may be a little extra work, but it gives you a lot more options. So next time you look at your stamps ~ see what else you could create by changing things up a little. :)
The little hearts on each flower are actually Making Memories ~ brads. I cut off the pokey things in the back and glued them down like buttons. For the ink, I used Memento ~ Tuxedo Black and Ladybug Red.
Now for my favorite flower...the one that is front and center. Do you recognize it? I printed out Emma's blog avatar. Isn't it soooo super cute??? I know it might be a little silly, but I wanted to communicate how inspiring Emma has been ~ to not only me, but I'm sure all of you as well.
The fun ribbon (polka dots are Emma's favorite) is from my stash. The starburst in the center is cut from a die in the . The sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ Many Greetings stamp set.
** If you have the Many Greetings stamp set, you may notice that the 'Thanks a Bunch' stamp is actually all on one horizontal line. Since I knew it wouldn't fit that way, I changed it up a little by taping it off again and stamping it to fit within the starburst. I finished it off with some white dots on the tips of the starburst with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
Well, that's is my first project as a new member of the My Creative Time Design Team. Yippee!! I plan to send this to Emma as a Thank You for such a wonderful opportunity. I hope she likes it.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I can't wait to see you back here again really soon. And if you haven't done so already, make sure you head on over to My Creative Time to see who all Emma has chosen for her new Design Team.
One final, huge, gigantic, to infinity and beyond - THANK YOU to Emma. And thanks again to all of you for stopping by. See you again soon.