Monday, May 29, 2017

Designer Highlight: Sharon Smith!

Hello Riley fans! It's Monday and that means Designer Highlight. This month we are happy to feature the wonderful designer Sharon Smith! You will love her clean and happy style. Take it away Sharon!


Hi, I’m Sharon. I am married to my best friend and crafting enabler. I live just outside a small farming town in Michigan and I have been a stay at home mom since moving here from the UK 3 and ½ years ago. My passion is card making (and hoarding craft supplies). I love nothing better spending my days in my craft room with my 3 fur babies curled up at my feet, my music blasting and some kind of craft tool in my hand whether it’s a stamp, inkpad, pen, pencil, die or scissors it doesn’t matter to me. My crafting style is usually clean and simple although I do occasionally venture outside my comfort zone and try something different. Stamping and coloring are my favorite methods so being on the Riley and Company design team is my dream playtime (job J) I can almost color Riley in my sleep he is so engrained in my heart.

Today I am being featured on the Riley and Company Blog for their Designer Highlight post.

I love this company. Riley the Moose is adorable and the Funny Bones Stamps are just so amusing.

 I love snark and a lot of the stamps are just that - made to make you have a little snicker when you see them.

My project for today's post is also one of my favorite things to make, my little collection of notelets in a purse.

They are so easy to make. First you start with the following pieces of cards:

The patterned card is best double sided to that the inside of your purse looks cute too.
I always start with the base.

Score it all the way around at 1/2 inch. Then cut the side tabs and add strong double sided tape. You then fold up the edges to make a shallow box

There are 3 of the trim, add the strong tape to all 3.
The first of these goes along the top edge of the patterned card

Then turn this over and add tape to the bottom edge, This is then adhered to the base. Be careful not to fold the card as you take it around the base as you will loose the purse look - it will look more like a box.
Once wrapped around the box, tape up the back seam. Then add another of the taped trim around the base of the bag to cover the lower edge.

Next comes the handles

You need to pierce the ends of the short strips of card and the bag as above. I then found some cute silver button brads and fixed the handles in place with these - you can see these in the finished purse. You can just glue the handles in place and add pearls or gems to the purse if you don't have brads.

The third trim strip goes in the inside to cover the edges of the handles and the backs of the brads

I then decorated the bag with the Bags and Shoes Funny Bones sentiment and a shoe die cut.

Using the same card, patterned card and Riley and company Funny Bones stamps I made 4 cards to place inside the bag: 

I used 8 Glasses of Water and Walmart stamps on 2 of them along with the wine glass and beer mug dies.

And the 2nd two have Not Grey Hairs and WTF Lines along with some nice glittering hair and some very WTF die cut DEEP wrinkles. 

Thank you for stopping by and helping me share my project today. If you love what you see I would appreciate you letting me know in the comments below.

Here are a few of my favorite past projects:


Didn't I tell you that you were going to love Sharon's fun style? I always look forward to seeing her projects, let me tell you! Be sure to leave her a comment and then hop over to her blog to see more of her work.

Have you heard the news?? Karen Burniston has teamed up with Riley & CO to form a new company! KBRiley is almost live and preorders are being accepted until June 1st! You do NOT want to miss out on this release! Karen is known for her innovative and thoughtful design. If you like dies, you will love KBRiley! Check it out HERE and get your preorder in now!

Until tomorrow,

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