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January ’16 Top 5

Something I started to do this year is reading, and I mean REALLY reading, blog posts. I’ve always enjoyed checking out blogs, but I would usually just skim through posts and just look at the pictures or the blog design. Now I actually sit in bed and read posts from my favorite blogs and not only do I look at the pictures but I absorb every part of the written material, I read the “about me” pages, and even read the comments and I learn bloggers writing styles. I’m very proud of what has become of The Lovely Pear yet there is so much to learn and I feel like I’m barely wetting my toes in the pool of blogging.

This month I want to share my top 5 favorite bloggers. I enjoy these blogs because they have bad-ass looking sites, I love how they write, their message, crafts, pictures, and style. Each one is unique in their own way and I have to admit that I get excited when they upload a new post!

Jan '16 Top 5

1. Give A Girl A Blog

First of all, the name itself is so clever, second, I just love Kellie’s style. Looking at Kellie’s blog page made me realize that the look of my blog was important (which I’m still trying to work on). I also enjoy reading her “currently” posts and I love her Project Life layouts and the crafts that she does. I first found this blog when I saw her stamp sets on Instagram, and after buying all the sets I could get, I’ve been hooked. Plus this girl can give you the 411 on essential oils and you get hooked up with freebies when subscribing to her blog. And, I give her full credit for the idea of my Top 5 posts!

2. Kelly Purkey

Kelly opened the door of Project Life for me. I had really never noticed how photography and journaling could play such a big role in Project Life until I saw Kelly’s layouts. She makes memory keeping look so easy but so fun. I’m still trying to get that great food shot like she does, maybe it would help if I ate something other than pizza and tacos. I love using her stamps and dies for my Project Life layouts and I always go back to her blog when I need some inspiration.

3. Damask Love

Amber’s blog is one that I really enjoy because I have that “omg, that’s how I feel!” moment when I’m done reading one of her posts. Yes, her blog is super cute, and yes, she takes GREAT pictures, but that “she gets me” feeling I get is why I read blogs in the first place. You can find great tips and DIY projects on this blog, and I obviously enjoy the “Damask Loves” posts.

4. Becky Higgins

So when I say I like to “sit back and relax”, first thing that comes to mind is Sunday mornings, sitting in bed, and reading Becky’s “Good Life With…” posts. I do this every Sunday before I start my day. I feel like I learn a new life lesson with these posts, and I enjoy learning new things from different creative people. You can also find great photo/tech tips and loads of Project Life inspiration!

5. A Beautiful Mess

I just wish I was born with Elsie and Emma’s style and creativeness! Their blog has everything, from crafts to recipes, interior design to blogging tips, and to top it off, they’re the creators of the Messy Box! They also just came out with their own app and I can’t wait to try it out (still waiting for the Android version)! Just like their style, they have very unique photos and I really enjoy reading their posts.

If you haven’t already, you really need to add these blogs to your Feedly subscriptions. My reviews seriously don’t do these blogs any justice. Let me know what you think and feel free to let me know what some of your favorite blogs are so I can add more to my feed!

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December ’15 Top 5

Hey guys! I’m FINALLY posting my Top 5 for December. This time, I am posting my 5 favorite Instagram accounts that are Project Life related. But before I start, let me clarify, I have A LOT of favorite accounts and it was hard to pick only 5 and if I listed all my favorites, well, you can just see who I follow because I love all the accounts I follow.

I am addicted to Instagram. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the crafting community is so awesome and I love how everybody is so supportive of each other. I get a lot of positive energy from my fellow crafters on Instagram and anytime I need a little inspiration I can count on Instagram to get my creative juices flowing again, especially with the following five accounts.

Dec Top 5

1. Jen Carlson

https://www.instagram.com/jecarl/

2. Kari Stiles

https://www.instagram.com/crafty.kari.crafts/

3. The Urban Display

https://www.instagram.com/theurbandisplay/

4. Azzari Jarrett

https://www.instagram.com/azzarijarrett/

5. Emma

https://www.instagram.com/emspell/

Just click on the links and see the awesomeness that is their accounts! Now this will most likey be part 1 because I have many more accounts I would like to share!

I hope you guys enjoyed and please, feel free to share any people who you look to for inspiration in the comments below!

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November ’15 Top 5

Hello! Can you believe it’s December?! I still can’t get over how fast this year went. I love this time of year, I love making Christmas cards, decorating the house, and have a couple of days off from work! This month’s Top 5 is a little different (if you don’t remember why, check out my last post.) November’s Top 5 is my “Why didn’t I put these items on my Top 5?” list. There have been a couple of times where I catch myself using something and think “Why didn’t I? What was I thinking?” So here they are!

Top 5

1. Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
December Fave 1

This has become my “go-to” ink. Not only do I love the quality of the ink but I love this size it comes in. I always get nice, crisp images when stamping and this is perfect for stamping sentiments. Below you can see my Halloween cards I made using this ink.

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2. Paper Smooches Uplifters Stamp Set
December Fave 2

I just love Paper Smooches and I especially love this set with all the different sentiments. These pair up nicely with all of Paper Smooches images and are funny/sweet and random. Of course my favorite is “You’re kick ass”, but you can see below the sentiment I went with for the card made in this post.

3. Studio Calico Mia Alpha Stamp Set
December Fave 3

You know I love me an alpha stamp set and Studio Calico happens to have the best alphas. I like to use the Mia Alpha set on my calendar refill in my traveler’s notebook. I love the look of brush script or hand written fonts and I would rather use this than to use my own handwriting.

4. Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
December Fave 4

One of my most favorite techniques to use on cards is heat embossing. I’m real picky on choosing embossing powders, I like for my images to look crisp and clean and I know I will get that with Judikins Embossing Powder. Not only is it a good powder but the iridescent sparkle powder is so pretty. I try to use this as much as I can because I just love how it looks once it dries. I used this powder on one of my favorite cards I made this year, you can check that card out on this post.

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5. Wendi Vecchi White Embossing Paste
December Fave 5

Another favorite technique of mine is embossing with paste. This jar has lasted me this whole year, and now I’m even using it to make my Christmas cards. I like how I can create different textures with it, how I can add a couple of drops of ink to it to make it any color, and I love how it dries. Before I used it, I always thought if you touched the dried paste it would chip off, but it doesn’t. Once it dries, it turns into a hard “gummy” texture, I always end up messing with it after it dries and it never messes up.

It is so easy to use and if I don’t have a stencil to use, I just make my own like I did below. I made the heart stencil using My Favorite Things’ Flamingos die set and the pear stencil with WPlus9’s Clear Cut Stackers: Pear Die.

I hope you guys enjoyed my Top 5, I had fun going through my old posts and seeing how I’ve used some of these products. I am working on getting my Christmas cards done and I can’t wait to share them with you! You will see that I used a couple of items from this list for my cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Links to items mentioned:
Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
Paper Smooches Uplifters Stamp Set
Studio Calico Mia Alpha Stamp Set
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
Wendi Vecchi White Embossing Paste

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Thanks For Everything

Hello everybody! Notice anything different? I’ve been busy playing on my computer! I decided to change the look of my blog, I wanted to be able to personalize my theme a little more and I even made my own logo (you can find the font I used here) .

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ALSO… my card Sunflower Thank You has been getting some love! I was so excited to see LAWN FAWN (agh!!!!) pinned my card! That’s a pretty big deal for me! Like I said before, this was the company that pretty much started all this for me.

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Yes, I’m a nerd. No, I don’t care…

Sunflower Thank You also got me my first badge!!! I was “spotted and hearted” on Flickr by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog.

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I’m so happy other people are liking my cards plus I’m having so much fun creating them and giving them out.

So to celebrate the new look of The Lovely Pear and the love Sunflower Thank You is getting, I made another pear card.

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I am submitting this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Add A Little Texture.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

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I made my own stencil using two sheets of cardstock and Wplus9 Clear Cut Stackers:Pear. I used Papertrey Ink ink pads to give my embossing paste some color, and I finished the card with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment embossed in gold on velum paper.

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I hope you guys enjoy the new layout and my new card. Thank you for all the comments and likes, a big THANKS goes out to you guys!

See you next time!

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Supplies not listed:
Recollections Tinsel Embossing Powder Gold
Recollections Specialty Paper Translucent

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Sunflower Thank You

Happy February! I love this month because it always feels so short to me I know spring is just right around the corner, oh yeah, and my birthday is this month.

I am submitting a new card the the Lawnscaping Challenge #99: Clean & Simple.

I decided to bring out my very first stamp set I ever ordered online, Our Friendship Grows from Lawn Fawn. I watched this video from Lawn Fawn’s Kelly Marie and I was hooked, I knew I wanted to make cards! I love all her videos, she makes crafting look so simple and fun.

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I like that I feel more comfortable coloring with my Copics and knowing that I don’t always have to stamp on patterned paper, like I did on the card below. This was the first card I made (with the help of Lawn Fawn’s video).

 

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I’m so ready for winter to be over, and this card just reminds me of spring. I can’t wait to see my pear tree bloom!

Thanks for stopping by!

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