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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My 1st Surprise Guest Designer, February and more low calorie eye candy.......

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Thanks for your comments on my last blog posts. It means a lot to me to see your sweet faces and kind words. It always puts a big smile on my face for the day. Thank you.

I've been so inspired this week with different ideas for buttons and embellishments that I just can't stop..lol. I spent literally from 7 am yesterday until 8 pm (when The Biggest Loser came on..lol) creating new goodies for my Etsy shop. It's a madness, I think. The ideas keep flowing and I just have to make them, as I am afraid I'll forget..lol. Yes, I do keep a sketch book of ideas and that itself is brimming with hundreds more ideas.

But...being at this place in life where I am able to spend uncontrolled amounts of time creating makes me feel so content and blessed to be able to do so......I am very thankful.

This brings me to my blog post topic. Due to me creating the goods (lol) all the time, I barely have time to create pages that demonstrate how well my buttons and embellishments work on scrapbooking projects. These goods BEG you to use them!

Starting February 2nd, 2009, I will be selecting a Guest Designer each month to feature here using my Tessa Ann Originals line of embellishments. You will get to see his/her awe inspiring work using my products and an informal interview right her on this blog!

Awesome, right?! I think so :)

I have selected my 1st Surprise Guest Designer for February. I am BEYOND honored she accepted this small role in February.
It's likely you have came across her and her work, and you would agree with me when I say.......... Her delightful talent is boundless, as is her completely sweet and thoughtful personality. I am excited to share her amazing inspiration with all of you. So, check back on Monday, February 2nd to see the feature and my 1st Guest Designer!



To end this post, I would love to share my latest creations!


I created this "Sweet Heart" button set to compliment my red polka dot whimsy frame, the kit and many other fun goodies in my shop. You get a set of 12 here in small and large sizes. All hand made, baked and little hand painted details were added for fun. They are completely glazed and safe to even wash.
I've had quite a few buyers using my buttons on clothing, caps, handbags and the pics I have gotten back when them are wonderful. I need to do another blog post and share all of that!
I've been wanting to make these "Love Cakes" felties for a while now. It was another one of those sketches in my idea book..lol.

These follow the same design concept as my cupcake embellishments, but felt and sparkly!


<---This one was my favorite from the set. See the glittery frosting. Yum, without all the calories..lol! Wouldn't these be the cutest on a mini book, layout or card. OR....even sewn onto a childs hoodie or sweat shirt?

So many uses...so little time....;)



Here is the duo of "Love Cakes."
As you can see I used glitter, rhinestones and some fun hand stitching to create the "sprinkles" on the pink frosting.

These were totally fun to make!


I also hand made these "Sweet Heart" felites. As you can see there are layers of pink,red, hot pink, white and black fabric and felt mixed rhinestones, hand stitching and light glitter around the edges of the hearts. So perfectly sweet. They are about 2" in size.

A perfect little corner accent for a lovey-dovey page.... ;)















That's it for today! Be sure to check back on Feb 2nd and each month after for inspiration and a fabulous Guest Designer!


Happy Hump, Hump Day!
:) Tessa Ann

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Sex In The City" Inspired Buttons and a Christmas Layout using my Tessa Ann Etsy Line

Today I had the itch to sit down and create a scrapbook page. I had such a wonderful time on Christmas and got quite a few good pics that I was inspired to make something.

I ended up using mostly goodies from my Etsy shop. As you can see the frame surrounding the 3 photos is my "whimsy" frame, as well as the peppermint candy embellishment and the snowflake embellishments. I've been spending so much time making these little embellishments that I have not sat down and actually played with my own goodies. So today I did it.

I am really loving using texture on my pages. I used a lot of 3D dots, along with white ink to distress the black scallops. As you can see I doubled the scallops and the top layer is adhered to the bottom layer with a 3-D dot. The background paper is something I've had in my stash for years. It is a champagne foil that is embossed. I used some light grade sandpaper and sanded all around the background to create a softer feel.

I have this frame and these embellishments available in my shop if you would like to give them a whirl!





I also played a bit today with my clay to try out some new button designs. I've had this idea of doing a city-scape/Sex In The City style button with sky rise buildings and martini glasses. Well, here is what I came up with. I am in absolute love with them. It's going to be hard to part with them. I'm working on some other really cool unique designs that I'll post next blog post. Think shoes....and cute ones.






















I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Tessa Ann