Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sneak Peek: New cards coming in shop!

Hello there,
Just wanted to post some sneak peeks of some new cards coming to my shop, probably tomorrow! Any who, three of them are single cards and one is a set of 6 with a variety of sayings. I think these turned out great and the set of 6 will be versatile and useful for whoever buys them.


Here they are:




These have really fun, retro-y images on them and the sayings are done in the same manner, in a retro type-writer font and with a little bit of humor, always a good thing in my book! Look for these in my Etsy shop (Splendid Obsessions) soon!

Thanks for stopping by
--Ashley

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Cards Headed to my Etsy Shop!

Hi there, thought I'd alert the "many" people that follow my blog (ha!, I'm pretty sure nobody reads my posts but one day...If anyone is out there, I really appreciate your support : )) of some new cards coming to my shop fresh from last night! I will also include some pics of the custom Mother's Day order that I also completed last night. I really liked how all of these cards turned out and I'm really picky so this is definitely a feat!

Here they are:


Happy Card Trio:
Made with Sassafras Ellie's Tale mini stack (so cute!, love the colors) and some really cool experimental misting techniques on maya road chipboard pieces topped off with glossy accents (man, do I love that stuff!).


A Sweet Thank You (Individual Card with Envelope):
This card is made with Sassafras Sweetly Smitten mini stack, Foldies cut apart (the center one is pop-dotted), American Crafts white card-stock for the base and Sassafras gray letters for the sentiment.



And Finally new to the shop (in the next few days),
Floral Gift Tags--Set of 12
These turned out so cute! I used lots of flowers and butterflies, can't go wrong there, and lots of pop-dots, those things are awesome, seriously! A simple hand-stamped "to" and "from" and some vintage thread/yarn/twine finishes these off.

And now for my finished order:






I actually did 12, 6 of each style but I decided to just post my favorites. Hope this inspires someone out there, even if it's just a little. These cards use products by October Afternoon, Anna Griffin, Studio Calico, Provo Craft and American Crafts. I'm really proud of how these turned out, I feel like I am progressing artistically and it feels good.

Thanks for stopping by!
--Ashley

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pulaski Square Photos

As I promised, I'm posting a few of the many (about 57) photos of this square located on Barnard and Harris in Savannah, GA. The days I took these pictures (I had to go on two days because my camera battery died the first day!) were really gorgeous, not too hot yet and not too cool, just perfect.







The first one is looking onto the square, the rest are details of homes that I loved, love those red doors, so beautiful and inviting! These were more for technical purposes (drawings that will be done) but I wanted to share some of the details and scenery in Savannah.

Scrapbook Layout and Etsy Stuff

Hi there, have another scrapbook layout to display, really to toot my own horn a little and maybe to inspire somebody out there...




It is made with Studio Calico kit Back 40 filled with lots of Sassafras Indie Girl goodies. I'm really proud of how this turned out. I really admire others who have mastered the "perfectly messy" collaged page and I finally feel like I am getting pretty good at it.

On another note, I'm working on a custom Mother's Day card order for my Etsy shop (Splendid Obsessions) and thought I'd show you my work in progress.

I'm doing two types, by this time, I have already embellished ALL of the cards and just need to add the sentiments but this was from yesterday's progress. If you like what you see, by all means come visit my shop!

Finally, I tried Udi's gluten-free products for the first time (their bagels and pizza crusts) and they are delightfully delicious! I even like their bagels better than gluten-full ones! They are soft not hard like a hockey puck. I guess that's it for now. I took some pics of Pulaski Square (Savannah, GA) homes for a friend a few days ago so I might post a few of those later or tomorrow, haven't decided yet. Oh yeah, and I've started a new blog, one just for fashion-y things. I wanted to keep this one mainly for crafty stuff and cooking/food so that it doesn't become information overload or so I don't bore anyone out there with technical drawings or my fashion portfolio updates. I'll link it when I've got it all nice and pretty! Of course, some content is bound to overlap a little and on those occasions, I'll post in both places!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Cards in Etsy Shop!

Hi there, just wanted to share with you some of the new cards now available in my shop. Some won't be up right away (mostly the singles, still have to do descripts and upload), so this is sort of a sneak peak! Here goes:











That last one is one I did for a My Pink Stamper Challenge and I've decided it's going in the shop. I really liked the way it turned out (with crystals as sprinkles!). These are better pics of it. I included lots of pictures on this post because that's the way I like it when I go to other blogs, not that I'm not interested in what they have to say. I just really love pictures!

Additional note:
I watched another documentary centered on food so in case you're interested, it's called Fed Up and focuses on bio-engineering of food and crops. It was really informative and made me a little (ok a lot) afraid of our corn supply but that's nothing new! I would definitely recommend watching it, it's on Netflix instant watching if that helps anyone.

--Thanks for stopping by
Ashley

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Pink Stamper's Blog Hop Challenge--Birthday

My lighting is really crappy so please forgive me but I just had to participate in Robyn's (My Pink Stamper's) blog hop challenge, anything birthday. I've been needing to make some birthday cards for my Etsy shop so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity. I'll definitely be taking better pics in the daylight but I still wanted to share with you what I made.



Eek, you can even see my shadow hand in the corner! Oh well. Anyway, in case you are interested, I used Cricut carts Straight from the Nest (cupcake) and Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes (background shape)  for this card. The patterned paper in the background shape is Sassafras Lass from a long time ago (Whale of a Tail collection), I used crystals for the sprinkles and misted the pink and cherry colored cardstocks and the "happy birthday" stamp is by Studio Calico.

 I enjoyed this challenge and am happy with my final product. Thanks for stopping by!

-Ashley

Some Scrapbook Layouts and Food Talk

Hi there, Oh my gosh, I've been soooo bad at blogging lately but I have some new (sort of) layouts to share. Maybe they'll inspire someone somewhere. I had fun creating them anyway. Here they are:

Luscious Lemon Cupcakes:
Had these for my birthday and my Mom's b-day a while ago, gluten-free, of course.




May Student of the Month:
This pic is from so long ago (6th grade) but it was fun to reminisce.




So Thankful for this FOOD:
From last year's feast.







High School Graduation Day:
self-explanatory.




aaaahhh:
This is from my trek to Jacksonville, Fl to visit their Whole Foods since there's not one in Savannah. Whole Foods, please come to Savannah, we need you!







And finally for the layouts,
23--Happy Birthday to ME!:




I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Countryside line at Studio Calico, I saved up for some of the paper and it's gorgeous! Wish I had tons of money so I could stock up on it!






On to some Food Talk:
First of all, I would like to say that I'm so excited for the new season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. It starts on Tuesday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. This is so needed in the world right now, to make the public aware of what's happening. We all seem to get so busy and forget the basics in life and to pay attention to what's happening around us. It's our responsibility to know what we're putting into our bodies, which brings me to my next topic.

I watched the food documentary, Food Matters and it made me very happy. My mom and I have been researching food and health for the last 5 or 6 years and while I was watching this, I was like, "Thank you, that's what we've been saying!". These are more credible sources since they've been studying much longer and have degrees and such.

 So now, I am trying to transition into a life of partly-raw food-ism, meaning I'll be eating 80% vegan (organic fruits, vegetables and seeds) and 60% raw foods on a daily basis. I've already seen the results of eating more fruits and vegetables and less grain since going gluten-free so I know this will be extremely beneficial for me.

Some Food Resources to check out:
Food Inc. Documentary (a must see!)
Food Matters Documentary
Supersize Me Documentary (love this one too, reminds me why I don't eat fast-food)
http://www.rawfoodnation.org/
http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/ ( a great resource for growing your own organic food in small spaces)
The Meat You Eat by Ken Midkiff ( a great book about how corporate farming has corrupted our meat)

I hope you'll go out and look at these resources and do some more research on your own. I have looked through government food websites as well, they don't like to disclose very much info, and have found that our government officials aren't interested in protecting us by regulating our food ( no matter what they say), they are interested in $$$$$$. A little harsh? I don't think so, not when so many people are sick and dying of food-related illnesses.