Happy New Year

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hello blog friends!

Happy New Year!  I have enjoyed some much needed time off and during that time off my mind was racing with all kinds of ideas for the new year.  I will have my upcoming classes posted soon, so I hope you will check back.  

Today I am participating in my first ever blog hop with my design team for my company Paper Wings Productions.  To celebrate our new design team, we are all creating projects with a "friendship" theme.  You can win a $25 store credit at Paper Wings Productions, all you have to do is visit all of the links in the blog hop.  Leave a comment at each site and then head over to the Aviary, Paper Wings Productions' blog and let us know you completed the hop.  You can win extra chance to win by liking our Facebook page and sharing the hop with your friends.  

My project starts with a book page.  I have TONS of book pages as I upcycle a lot of Reader's Digest Books and create new books and albums.  This almost always means that I remove all of the pages from the book.  I'm always looking for ways to use up the pages.  I started off with applying a layer of gesso over the book page.  I do this technique often, as you can see in my layout in the current Stamper's Sampler.  

After the gesso dried, I stamped the picture frame from the Snapshot Framer set with black Versafine ink.  I took a light blue marker and went around the inside and the outside of the frame.  Then I stamped "sending you" from the Winter Mix It Up set in the frame and the "love" from the Snapshot Framer set at the bottom.

I inked a chipboard heart with embossing ink and embossed with Holly Berry Red Gold Embossing Powder.  Next, I stamped the dragonfly wings from the Mini Wings Set on a book page and cut out.  I layered the book page on top of decorative paper and then onto a kraft colored card.  I stamped one of the borders on the Snapshot Framer set around the edge of the card.  

I hope you are enjoying the hop.  Be sure to visit all the sites and leave a comment to be eligible for the prize!

Amber Rasmussen - http://sew-ink.blogspot.com
Carrie Avery http://www.carrieavery.com YOU ARE HERE
Norma Gomez - http://lilhoneybeestudios.blogspot.com/ GO HERE NEXT
Shay - http://verdigrishall.blogspot.com/
Dana Tatar - http://datatar.blogspot.com/

Once you've visited all the sites, be sure and visit http://paper-wings-productions.blogspot.com/

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  1. Fabulous card Carrie! I love the subtle background colors and the fabulous pop of red from the embossed heart. Thanks for the inspiration! =)

  2. Morning Carrie! Love this card, I really like the book text in the background. At first I thought you'd used vellum to stamp on. The little winged heart is just perfect! Have a great weekend :D

  3. This is gorgeous Carrie! So inspired by your upcycling of the RD pages. Love the winged heart and how you layered it all together- beautiful!

  4. love this simple idea for a card or even part of a layout

  5. A beautiful card, Carrie! I love how the red of the heart pops against the pretty subtle layers.

  6. Wow, this is gorgeous!! All of the layers are beautiful!! The red heart just pops off the page!! What a fabulous card!!

    I also wanted to thank you for the stamps from the Pin It To Win It contest!! I was overjoyed when I saw which set you sent...it was perfect for me!! I've used it in a post that will go live on my blog this evening :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Beautiful card, Carrie! Enjoying the "Blog Hop"!

  8. Super cute card...love the embossed heart and the way you used the wings!

  9. So very pretty!! Love that heart with the wings and the layers! Happy to be a new follower here! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your new DT and your hop!


  10. Very nice card, I love that you upcycle:) I am a new follower. Look forward to seeing what you create.

  11. Lovely card! I love the little heart with the wings and the text background is fabulous!

  12. absolutely gorgeous! Love those butterfly wing stamps!

  13. Love it! I love the stamp you used. Going to have to head over to PWP and order this one.

  14. Such a sweet card, love the winged heart, those wings stamps are so versatile : )

  15. I LOVE your card, thanks for sharing!

  16. love the embossed chipboard heart - I have been going through my stash trying to figure out what to do with all of this stuff - totally going to do some embossing!!!


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