10 April 2023

2022: Spellbinders Stylish Ovals Collection [cards #24-29]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I am beyond excited to share that I was asked AGAIN to create a few special projects for the amazing company Spellbinders!!! Can you believe it!?!? WOW! 

**Bonus---there's a great sale going on! Check it out!!! 

You can find the newest collection HERE- Stylish Ovals.  

I posted yesterday about my injury [HERE]. This injury has caused me to put a hold on crafting and working... and life in general. But Yana contacted me a week or so ago and asked me to create some projects using the new SO goodies... and of course I said YES!! I wasn't sure how I would do it since I can't move my wrist and barely can move my fingers. As of February 1, 2023 I had created a total of 23 cards. For 66 days I have been recovering and unable to move. But just in the last three days, I have made FIVE more cards!!!

The bad news is that it took ALL afternoon for a card. 
The good news is that I did itπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I can't wait for you to see these beautiful cards. I had soooooo much fun creating each- especially the last two as they reflect my "cardmaking style" the most!! 
**All links for the supplies can be found at the bottom of this post. 

First up, a card using the new 3D Beautiful Butterfly embossing folder. This was my first attempt at crafting again... so I pulled out some EVO papers I had inked up a year ago and embossed it to create the background. After that, it was easy to finish this card. I love it!
Next up is a trio of cards. I had an idea... it didn't work out... so I did two other versions. LOL. 

The idea was to foil the sentiment over the embossed background or before I embossed. I realized after creating the background and embossing that it would be impossible to get the sentiment foiled and flat. So I foiled it on colored cardstock and FUSSY CUT it out--- yes, FUSSY CUT with my injured hand! It took forever and I was in so much pain. When I say my wrist doesn't move... it doesn't! So this task was impossible. That's why you might see lots of mistakes on this card. LOL πŸ™ƒ
So I tried again by foiling on a transparency sheet. It worked but I messed up cutting the card base... again, my wrist doesn't do well with pressure from the cutting board. So I made that into a birthday card and created ANOTHER base for the foiled transparency. Finally, I loved how that transparency looked and finished the cards. 
These last two are my absolute FAVORITES!!! These cards took me back to my roots of cardmaking- I used to use so much patterned paper!!! I love the layers and the colors and the designs...I love it all😍

This first card used the new Fill My Heart Sentiments stamps(see the gray inked labels?!!--I wanted a soft detail on the labels and those flowers were the perfect touch!!!) and the Stitched Floral Flip Frame dies but I only used the solid die. I thought it looked really cool as an element of interest. 
That's it for me today. My wrist/hand is hurting from typing so much... but it's SOOOOOOOOOOO good to be backπŸ˜‰ I have a long road of recovery ahead of me, but I'm sure I'll be back to share more crafty goodness soon- at least I hope!!

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

Facebook: Savannah O'Gwynn
Purchase cards HERE: https://bit.ly/Savannahland2forsale 

Supplies Butterfly Birthday
Paper: ETC Paper EVO synthetic papers; white; vellum
Inks: Ranger Alcohol inks (Purple Twilight, Pistachio, Limeade, Stream); Imagine Crafts VersaMark
Accessories: Spellbinders Beautiful Butterflies 3D embossing folder E3D-055, Frame die KOM-Oct21, glimmer machine, Mini Everyday Sentiments GLP-260; Pink & Main gems; WOW! Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine; white thread
Card #24

Supplies Trio
Paper: The Stamp Market Lagoon; transparency; vellum; gold cardstock
Inks: The Stamp Market Lagoon 
Card #25-27

Supplies TOY Sympathy
Paper: Project Life Becky Higgins Polka Dot Party ED.; white
Inks: The Stamp Market No Line/Gravel; Imagine Crafts VersaMark; WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine
Stamps/dies: Spellbinders Fill My Heart Sentiments STP-183, Stitched Floral Flip Frame S4-1267; Hug Snug Snow White ribbon; Ranger mini stapler 
Accessories: The Stamp Market Confetti 
Card #28

Supplies Special Day
Paper: The Stamp Market Color Crush Solids 6x6, Miss Modern 6x6, Bloom Street 6x6
Inks: The Stamp Market Peach; Imagine Crafts VersaMark; WOW! Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine
Accessories: white/black twine; The Stamp Market large gold paperclip
Card #29

09 April 2023

2022: Catching up in 2023 [card #whoknows πŸ˜†]

Hello, sweet friends! It's been a LONG time❤️

Some of you might know from my IG and FB posts that 2022 ended with my Granny passing... I went to her funeral... broke my wrist on Feb. 1, which started a long recovery including a reset at the ER, several casts, only to have the bones collapse three weeks later causing me to have surgery on Feb. 21...Trav's Gran passed on Feb. 17... and I've been on the couch for 66 days trying to recover. All of my aqua fitness classes, crafting, and life really STOPPED the first day of February. 

It's a long story... but here we are, 66 days later, and I'm trying to use my left hand to type (super hard since my wrist doesn't move or allow for typing). *sigh* I'm doing my best though. 

Enough of "Debbie Downer"... let me post a few creations that I made prior to the end of 2022 and my injury in 2023. *Because of my difficulty typing, I won't really share much with this post. Hopefully in the future I will be able to write more. 

Card #1: My anniversary card to Trav in November 2022. The sweet potato is a joke... I'll share one day about it. LOL
Card #2: A Christmas card using a foil plate as a letterpress. Not a great result (first time), but I liked it enough to make a card:) I also used some retired Paper Smooches goodies- I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE PS!!!
Cards #3-5: Sympathy Cards using the YourPaperInsider box #2. This company sends out a paper subscription box quarterly with the most amazing papers!! It's an assortment of papers from around the world, with different textures/colors/etc. It's so fun to figure out ways to use these papers. 

Unfortunately, I needed four sympathy cards immediately after unboxing. The good news is that these papers made each card EXTRA special. 

Click HERE to check out their subscription boxes---sign up today so you don't miss out on the next shipment❤️
Card #6: Another YourPaperInsider creation...I tried to watercolor a stamped image on the most beautiful blush pink paper from box2. I don't know if you can see it... but I like how it turned out:) 
Card #7: One of my favorites! **LOVE+LONG story** I made this the day before I was injured. I had other plans for it (sell it/etc)... but Trav saw it and said, "I love this!" That changed the plans... and then my injury helped change them too. You see... I have been trying to give Trav a note or card every day during Marriage Week [Feb. 7-14]. This year that didn't happen due to my injury... but I had this ONE card. And since he loved it so much, I decided to give it to him for Valentine's Day. PLUS--- he deserved a beautiful card since at that time he had been taking care of me 24/7 and working, cooking, cleaning, etc. I wanted to give him something extra special this year to celebrate our love. He has truly shown me how to love like Christ loves and has sacrificed so much to help me get better. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 

So long story short... Card #7 is my Valentine's Day card to Trav. 
That's it for me today...but I have at least 25 more cards to share from 2022!!! And tomorrow I will be sharing some creations made with a new release from Spellbinders!! 

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

15 October 2022

2022: Catching up [card #153-193]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I know--- I am failing at posting regularly! I just can't seem to catch up πŸ˜ž Like I've mentioned before, blogging isn't the same. It's almost tooooo much work to share on here when everyone just goes to Instagram or Facebook instead. That being said... I still like to blog because I can share more details or share more photos, but then again... it's a lot of work. LOL #catch22 Apparently I really struggle with social media and blogging πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️

Anyway-- if you are here, THANKS for stopping by! 

I've got a few creations to share today. I've been busy making custom cards for friends/neighbors. I love making custom cards- it stretches my crafty comfort zone and skills; it makes me have to think outside the box or use colors I might not use or learn a new technique. 

I really enjoy when someone likes one of my cards and asks me to recreate it using their specifications or colors. These custom cards are easy to make since I'm just recreating my own card design. LOL πŸ™ƒ This first card was based on THIS confetti wishes card. (card #193-194 I had to make two just in case I messed up the custom card! Now I've got an extra to share with someone else!)
Next I made a custom birthday card for Trav's grandma- she turned 92 earlier this week. (card #174-175 I needed two so Trav could pick which sentiment he liked best. Again-- another card for my stash!)
I was inspired by THIS card on Pinterest for the next CAS card. I needed a few sympathy cards to have on hand, but this design just didn't work like I wanted. So instead of throwing it away I changed the sentiment and now I've got an extra friendship card for my stash-- I see a theme here:) (card#182)
The sympathy cards I ended up making took a bit longer and turned out so beautiful! I really love how these little dots (scraps from a die cut image) made this card design pop! I like that these cards bring comfort to those who are hurting and sad, but I hate using them. I already had to use oneπŸ’” (card #153-158 I figured I would make several just in case I needed more. Hopefully not!)
I have A LOT of scraps on my desk... I don't throw anything away #SAVfact. Some of these scraps include alcohol inked papers [Etc. Papers EVO Synthetic papers-- my FAVORITE alcohol ink papers]. I created this quick CAS card using scraps and a die cut sentiment. EASY!!! (card #183-184 I actually made another one with the sentiment "Hello" but the photo doesn't look good so I'm not going to share it! LOL!)
My final creation was actually just a design/idea that I wanted to try to create based on THIS layout. I miss using patterned paper in my creations (not sure why I don't anymore). I tend to use more "WHITE" backgrounds now, but I originally started cardmaking by using patterned paper and wanted to go back to my roots. #semiFAIL I still see A LOT of white on this card... but I like how it turned outπŸ˜‰ (card #193)

That's it for me today. I hope to share MORE soon. I have really enjoyed hanging out in the studio this past week... I hope I get to work in there more often on a regular basis!

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

Most supplies are by The Stamp MarketEtc. Papers, Paper Smooches
Card #153-194

26 September 2022

2022: [cards #160-161]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I've been able to spend MORE time in the studio, and it feels soooooooo good to be back! 

Trav's grandma (Gran) has always loved my creations, and since she just moved into an assisted living home, I thought maybe I could send more cards to her to cheer her up and let her know we are thinking of her. 
This first card is to welcome her to her new home. I know this move has been hard, but she has told us that she really likes her roommate and that her room is nice. It's CAS with a few extra embellishments. I love that patterned paper and yellow home:) 
This next card is the perfect note to send to say "thinking of you"! I love the way the sentiment is die cut from the patterned paper and layered with a black paper. I also added a few silver gems to make this card shimmer a bit. Still very CAS. 

That's it for me today. I actually created five sympathy cards over the weekend (same design but different colors)- I can't wait to share the final edited photo. I shared a sneak peek on Instagram because I never throw scraps away... including the TINEST dots from a scalloped die cut. I used them as accents on the sympathy cards and it took forever! BUT it was TOTALLY worth it:) 
You can see the very tiny dots on the card and on the mat! SOOOOOOO tiny! Sooooooooo fun :) 

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

19 September 2022

2022: Paper Smooches Get Well [card #143]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

It's been awhile since I posted... I'm creating but have been busy with different things. 

I'm also struggling with social media/blogging. It's not the same anymore. Companies only want you to create for them if you have a huge following or if you get the most clicks and/or likes on your posts. I never started crafting for approval or to be liked but that's where everything is headed. You also have to have a YouTube Chanel (I do... but it took me 24 hours or more to make a video! I don't have time for that anymore.) and you have to post reels and stories and blah blah blah. It's too much! 

I want to craft and share because I love what I do... I want to share with my friends because I think they will be inspired and share what they make after seeing my creation... I want to go back to 2012, or even 2015. I miss the "old" crafting world ❤️ 

That being said... I pulled out my OLD Paper Smooches stamps to make this get well card. **NOTE: Just because a stamp or die is "retired" doesn't mean I can't still use it! Honestly- some companies come out with too many images and designs that I want or think I need and by the time they get to my house I've already ordered the next month's release, never to use what I bought previously. To help me with overspending and never using items, I'm just going to shop my stash and use what I have right now. #retired #retiredstamps #stillgood
This card was a custom card for a friend who's client broke her ankle. I love the watercolor design- not perfect but I'm working on "waiting" for the paint to dry. LOL πŸ˜‚ I also LOVE my PS stamps/dies. I miss Kim and PS lots <3 

That's it for me today.

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

Supplies Sympathy Friend
Paper: watercolor paper
Inks: The Stamp Market watercolors 
Stamps/dies: Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts dies (retired), Well Wishes stamps (retired)
Accessories: Nuvo Crystal Drops, Stickles red glitter
Card #143 (I've made several cards since I last posted... taking photos/editing them takes a lot of time too....sorry for not posting them)

2022: Spellbinders Boo Dance Collection [cards #111-114]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I am beyond excited to share that I was asked AGAIN to create a few special projects for the amazing company Spellbinders!!! Can you believe it!?!? WOW! 

These cards were shared last month on social media... I'm a bit late sharing here:) 

#SAVfact: I do not like Halloween. Never have. I don't decorate for the holiday; I don't buy candy to give out; I don't make Halloween cards... until this year! And to be really honest, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the cards I created! These creations made me step out of my comfort zone in many ways:
1. I had to make projects for a holiday I normally don't create for.
2. I used distress inks to ink paper/add dimension and detail.
3. I used Copic markers---ok, I used ONE copic marker for each card... but still! I don't normally add detail with markers! 
4. I pulled out and used papers that I love (I know that doesn't sound like I'm out of my comfort zone.... well I don't like using papers I love because I'm a hoarderπŸ™ƒ).

This little mummy's legs MOVE!!! He dances on the front of the card- sooooo fun! 
This ghost's legs also MOVE! That's why I put the sentiment "boo-gie dance" on the front! LOL
How about a bit of GLIMMER!!! Iridescent and silver! 
And finally... my FAVORITE card! An alcohol inked background with a 3D diorama effect for the front! Soooooooooo spooky! 
I actually have at least ten more designs that I would like to make before this Halloween... but I'm not sure I will get them done! I will keep you posted:) 

Be sure to check out the new Spellbinders collection and order your  Halloween stamps/dies/foil plates before it's too late!! 

I'll be back to share MORE soon! THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

14 July 2022

2022: Spellbinders Winter Collection [cards #115-117]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I am beyond excited to share that I was asked to create a few special projects for the amazing company Spellbinders!!! Can you believe it!?!? WOW! 

Their new Winter Garden Collection is now available and is full of different Christmas themed stamps and dies. You can click HERE to see it all--- and you can be like me and put it all in your cart today! I want everything:) 

I was really challenged with the two die sets I received because I don't normally work with flowers... or 3D images! I had tons of fun stepping out of my comfort zone to make the following Christmas cards. If you know me then you know I love a good challenge that makes me think and try new techniques or styles! 

I made three cards to share today. I'll start with the first card I made because I failed at making a flower 3D! LOL πŸ˜‚ I tried but the die cut flower just didn't look right (that's where the challenge came in and it drove me to make another card!). This first card is very clean and simple with a sentiment and the flower. I think it's very pretty... but that flower challenged me! I also have never heard of this flower before, the Helleborus Christmas Rose. I did some research and found it to be a very beautiful flower. You can't see it in this photo, but I added a bit of glitter to the flower to make it pop. 

Because I was struggling I decided to move on to the other flower die set, the Jasmine Etched dies. This little flower inspired me to do an accent panel on the left side of a very clean and simple card. I love that the papers for the leaves and stems are striped, matching the background paper. The simple sentiment (from Create A Christmas Sentiment die set) was the perfect accent and finishing touch for this project! 

After the success of a 3D Jasmine flower on the last card, I jumped back to the Helleborus Christmas Rose and made a vintage holiday card. This is my absolute favorite card of the bunch-- probably because I was successful with the 3D flower!! LOL ;) What I wasn't so successful at was adding copic coloring as the accent for the petals🀦🏼‍♀️ I used two different copic markers but I guess I needed to go darker for the lines to show. Either way-- this is my favorite card! I love it! 

That's it for me today, but I have a feeling I will be back with MORE 3D flower creations using the Spellbinders Helleborus Christmas Rose and Jasmine Etched die sets! I had so much fun getting crafty with these dies.

Be sure to check out the new Spellbinders collection and order your Christmas and holiday themed products HERE

I'll be back to share MORE soon! THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

04 July 2022

2022: Technique Tuesday Promotion Cards [cards #95-102]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I'm super excited to be back today sharing MORE Technique Tuesday creations!! Our challenge was to create a sympathy, encouragement, or get well card. I was sent a beautiful stamp set, "Lily Wishes", that included many different sentiments that helped spark my creativity for these projects. 

I also stepped out my comfort zone this time around as I didn't really paper piece, fussy cut, or add lots of detail. I went with clean and simple for many of these cards. It was fun but also very hard for me as I tend to add, add, addddd more and more! LOL πŸ™ƒ

First up, card #95, "CAS Strength". It's a simple card with a rustic and warm feel. 
Next up, card #98, "Modern CAS". I went with a more modern and busy patterned paper for the background and highlighted the flower without coloring it. I love how this card turned out.
This next card is more my style as it looks like I added tons of detail... but really it was so simple to make! I splattered paint on the card base, sloppy watercolored the flower, and added a sentiment. EASY! It's card #100 and is called "Hope for U". 
Two more cards--- sometimes I can't help but create as many as I can using the product I was sent! I had lots of fun with this challenge! 

Card #101, "Strength For Today". This card was inspired by a bathing suit-- it had black/white stripes with colored solid flowers with a few dark maroon accents. I loved the jade, blush pink, and maroon combo that I had to try to make a card from this adorable bathing suit. I wish I could copic color like some of you--- mine is basic! I used one color because the maroon accents turned into a MESS! LOL!
And finally, card #102, BW CAS + Neon Fun. I loved how this card turned out--- it's fun and whimsical and yet the sentiment and image are formal. I think this card is perfect for just about anyone❤️ 
I had so much fun creating for Technique Tuesday for the past year!!! I'm sad to say that they are closing their business doors soon. **Be on the lookout for more details on sales and what new adventures the owners will be taking. **THANK YOUTechnique Tuesday, for all your love and support and for allowing me to share my creations with you and your friends/fans! What a blessing it has been to work with you and your product❤️ 

That's it for me today.

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

Card #95-102