Friday, December 19, 2014

Just Moosin' Around!

I have a few cards for you today.

I was playing in my craft room the other day with the 
Marley Moose stamp set from Reverse Confetti - LOVE this
little guy!! He's so fun to 'moose' around with. haha 

I paired him/her up with the Branch Out Confetti 
and the Let It Snow  die cuts which are also from Reverse Confetti.
They have some FANTASTIC products - check 'em out!


I am submitting this one to the anything goes challenge over
at Sister Act



I am submitting this next one to the CAS challenge over at
Christmas Card Challenge blog.






Except for the pants I used my blendabilites from Stampin' Up! to color Marley in. For those I stamped the image on some designer paper, cut out
the pants and glued them on. Oh yeah, I did that with the hat as well.

All the paper is from Stampin' Up!


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Silver and Gold

WOW!!  Has it really been 2 weeks since I last blogged?
I've had so much going on lately that something had to give.
Unfortunately I just did not have the time to create as much
as I would have liked.  

But I am making up for that - In the last 2 days I've made about
20 new cards. Some of them are now in a store in the small 
town where I live.  I'll show you some of those later. First I
have a card for the Merry Monday Christmas challenge blog.
I have been playing along with this blog since January. Although
I've missed a few challenges, I'm always checking in and admiring
all the beautiful cards that are posted.

The challenge this week is to create a card using gold, silver and
white with the addition of one other color of your choice. I chose
to use mostly silver and gold and add a little of old olive.


I'm having problems with getting a good picture lately - 
something I am working on. The silver pieces on this card look
dark in the photo - in person they are silvery and shiny.


Hop on over to the Merry Monday blog and check out all
the beautiful cards.


supplies:
from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, old olive
dsp: All is Calm, Silver foil
stamp set: Seasonal Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
ink: versa mark
embossing powder: gold
big shot: Mini circle garland pretty panels (Reverse Confetti)
            4 petals (CAS-ual Fridays), Deco Labels Collection
punch: bird builder
embellishments: lace doilies, gold sequin trim, basic oearls


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Traditional Colors

I didn't think I'd have time to play in the 
Merry Monday challenge this week, but I'm glad I did.
The challenge is to use the traditional colors of red, green and white
 on your card. My first thought was to make a CAS wreath card. 



I did decide to add an extra color - I used a neutral (soft suede) to 
stamp the pine cones and the greeting.
I haven't made too many 'traditional' colored cards this year but I
think I'll make a few more of this one. Super quick and super easy too!



supplies
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: Winter Wreath (Avery Elle)
ink: cherry cobbler, old olive, soft suede

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!














Saturday, November 22, 2014

Magical Season

I had so much fun making this card. I just received the tree dies
in the mail from My Creative Time - oh my gosh I LOVE THEM!!!!
I can't wait to play with the whole set later today.



I've had the stamp forever. I brushed the dust off of it and put it 
to use on this card. 
I really love how this one turned out - think I'll make a few of them.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sister Act Challenge - anything goes
Daring Cardmakers - something old, something new
Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
My Craft Creations - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
A Crafty Mess - anything goes
Through The Craft Room Door - anything goes

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, lost lagoon, pear pizzazz, early espresso
stamp set: magical season (retired)
ink: lost lagoon, pear pizzazz
big shot: decorative dots EF, seasonal greetings (My Creative Time)



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blue and Pink?

Yup! Blue and pink snowflakes!
I think it's safe to say that my style has changed. I never would have
dreamed of making a blue and pink Christmas card a year ago. 
But now I love it!
I have completely embraced the CAS style and find it's now what I do 
most often. 



The challenge this week at Christmas Card Challenges is a color
challenge. Use some or all of the colors on a Christmas card. 

 


I am also submitting this into the following challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year - no patterned paper
Sister Act Challenge - anything goes
Clear it Out - anything goes


supplies:
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: Endless Wishes
ink: strawberry slush, coastal cabana
embellishments: rhinestones

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Festive Tags

There's something about a homemade tag on a gift that speaks to me.
I think it adds an extra special and festive touch.


When I saw the tags that Carrie from Carrie Stamps made and
posted on her blog, I was inspired to go make some of my own.
Please check hers out - they are fantastic!!!


The challenge at CASology is a cue card challenge and the cue is 
FESTIVE. They are teaming up with the amazingly talented 
Tracey McNeely and her '25 Days of Christmas Tags' extravaganza.  


If you haven't checked out Tracey's blog and seen all the tags, what are
 you waiting for? There's links to other blogs and some great 
prizes to be won!
Here's the link In My Creative Opinion


supplies:
all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: crumb cake, cherry cobbler, early espresso, whisper white
dsp:all is calm,  park lane, be of good cheer (retired), red glimmer paper
stamp sets: en francais
big shot: oh deer (my creative time), seasonal greetings (my creative time)
punches: scallop tag topper, star
twine (dollar store)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Merry Monday Joy!

When I woke up this morning I had an idea for the challenge
at Merry Monday this week. I was almost late for work
because I HAD to make it before I left.


The challenge was to create a card with ornaments using
silver/gray and blue.


I recently received some Tim Holtz ink and was eager to
play with them. I used them with an aqua painter to color in
the ornaments. To make the coordinating card stock I sponged
some ink onto white card stock. I embossed the top of
the ornaments with silver embossing powder to finish them off.

I wish I had a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to brush on the
ornaments - it's going on my next order! 

supplies:
all from SU unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic gray, silver foil
stamp sets: Linear Baubles (Stamp-it Australia),
      Jolly & Joyful (L'il Inkers)
Tim Holtz ink: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass
Stampin' Up ink: memento black
big shot: Pretty Print EF, Jolly die (L'il Inkers)
embellishments: rhinestones, silver 1/8" ribbon,
    silver embossing powder

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Do Snowmen Make You Smile?



This card makes me smile! 
There's something about a big, jolly looking snowman 
with a smile that just makes me 
happy.


I found this snowman as a free coloring page for kids somewhere
on the internet (sorry, don't remember where).
As soon as I saw him I thought he'd be perfect on a card.

I used my blendabilities to color him in, some sparkly 
embossing powder to create the snow and a few sequins for
falling snow. The striped paper and
the banner greeting (sorry it's a little hard to see) remind me
of the sign at the North Pole - you know the one - it's in 
all the movies and children's books.

Sorry the photo is a little dark - time for a new system.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Frosty the Snowman
Crafty Calendar Challenge - It's All About Christmas
Sparkle N Shine Creative Challenges - use loose glitter, 
embossing powder and/or flocking
Creative Corner Challenges - any Christmas card
Love to Create Challenge - Anything Goes


supplies
card stock: whisper white
dsp: season of style (retired)
stamp set: More Merry Messages (retired)
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, coastal cabana, pumpkin pie,
     daffodil delight, crumb cake, smoky slate
ink: memento black, versamark
embellishments: cherry cobbler baker's twine, sequins (?)
embossing powder (?)


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Monday, November 10, 2014

Silver Joy

I recently received an order from Stampin' Up! with all kinds of 
goodies that I've been eager to play with but I haven't been in 
my craft room for almost a week now and boy have I missed it. 
We've had some plumbing issues in the
house that took until yesterday to sort out. Not fun!!

I ordered the Silver Foil paper from Stampin' Up! with this card in 
mind. Well almost this card. Originally I was going to use some
silver ribbon and some clear sequins but in the end I decided
against them - I liked how CAS this card is and the shine that the
foil paper gives the card is amazing. I wished it photographed better.


I am entering this into the following challenges:
Stampin' Royalty - silver
Inkspirational - shine
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes (celebration)


supplies:
all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic gray, silver foil
stamp set: Jolly & Joyful (Lil' Inkers)
ink: memento black
big shot: decorative dots EF, Joy word die (Lil' Inkers)



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, November 3, 2014

For a Friend

I made this card for someone who loves pink and loves flowers.
She is going to be starting chemotherapy very soon so I 
wanted to make her a card to let her know that I am
thinking of her.



The inside of the card reads
'Keep your faith in the beautiful things;
in the
sun when it is hidden, in the spring
when it is gone.'
~Roy R. Gilson


supplies
card stock: whisper white, melon mambo
stamp sets: Blended Bloom, Express Yourself, Faith in Nature
ink: memento black
blendabilities: melon mambo, daffodil delight
punch: scallop trim border
big shot: bitty banners framelits
embellishments: basic pearls


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!



Friday, October 31, 2014

Could It Get Any Easier?

My card today is for the CAS challenge at 
Addicted to Stamps. This is a super quick and easy
card to make. It would be a great one for mass producing!



I am also submitting this to the Anything Goes challenge

This card literally came together in less than 10 minutes - 
that includes the cutting and scoring of the paper.

It may have even been only 5 minutes!


supplies
card stock: whisper white, soft suede
stamp set: Ornamental Pine
ink: wild wasabi, soft suede


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!










Thursday, October 30, 2014

Seeing Red



The inspiration photo for this weeks challenge at Festive Friday had 
me seeing red! But in a good way.



There's so many ways to be inspired by this photo!



I was inspired by the red and wanted that to be the main color. I used a 
little gray to tie in the gray wrapping paper. All the detail in the
design of the papers made me think of the detail in the ornament
bauble from the Ornamental Pine stamp set.

If you look closely you'll see three little snowflakes that I embossed with
clear embossing powder. I also used the clear embossing powder on
the greeting and the ornaments. It gives a little shimmer/shine to the card.
I stamped the ornaments on the card and then again on another piece
of card stock and punched out the round part and popped it up with 
dimensionals. 

Looking at the picture now, I notice a red ornament in the front. Funny I didn't
notice it before I made the card.


supplies:
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: Ornamental Pine, Endless Wishes, Joy to the World
ink: cherry cobbler, basic gray
clear embossing powder
1 14" circle punch
Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CASE-ing

CASE-ing is one of the greatest forms of flattery and it's also a
fantastic way to get your mojo flowing again!

I thought it would be fun to play along with
The challenge this week is to CASE Stampin' Up's Christmas catalogue.
There's so many things in there that I love that I thought this would
be the perfect challenge to get my mojo flowing again!


When I first looked at the catalogue, the White Christmas stamp set 
was one I had to have - I love it! 
For this challenge I decided to combine two of the cards on page 31.
  I love the pop of color that the car and the tree add to the card.

Playing along with this challenge worked! I played in my craft room
last night and made 4 cards that I love!

What do you do to get your mojo flowing again?
I'd love to hear what works for you.

supplies:
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: White Christmas
ink: memento tuxedo black, crumb cake, soft sky
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, old olive

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Silent Night

Where does the time go? We've had company here for the last
week so I haven't been able to blog or create much at all.
I was up early again (4am?) so I headed to my craft room to make
this card for this weeks Merry Monday Christmas card challenge.
The theme this week is Silent Night. I had an idea as soon as I saw
the challenge and have been eager to make it. 


This was even easier to make than I thought it would be. Originally I was
going to tear some whisper white card stock and sparkle the edges 
to make the snow but I really liked how it looked with just the sponging 
of the night sky so I left it. 

In fact, this is so easy to make I think I'll include it in my Christmas card
stack class later this month.


Also, I would like to say Congratulations to last week's challenge winner
and to the Honorable Mentions!

And thank you for choosing my card as one of the Honorable Mentions. It was
a super fun challenge that has opened up a whole new world of stamping to me.
The world of neon colors - love them!

supplies:
all from Stampin' Up!
card stock: whisper white, basic gray
stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree, Special Season, Gorgeous Grunge
ink: night of navy, whisper white, stazon
punch: 1" circle punch 


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Mail!


Don't you just LOVE those days when there's Happy Mail waiting for you when
you get home from work? I ordered the Balloon Builders stamp set and die from
Lil' Inker Designs recently and the stamp set showed up in the mail yesterday!
I swear I did a little squeal when I saw it. 

I have been wanting to make this card for a long time now and this
morning I had the chance - YAY!!



This card puts a smile on my face :)

I am entering it into the following challenges:

AAA Cards - Play with Watercolor
Sentimental Sundays - Bling it Up
A Gem of a Challenge - Clean and Simple


supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black and watercolor paper
stamp set: Balloon Builders (Lil' Inkers)
ink: versamark
Tim Holtz distress inks: Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade
    Picked Raspberry 
embossing powder: black
embellishments: sequins (?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Neon Christmas?

Where does the time go? I can't believe it's been almost
a week since I last blogged. Life has been a little crazy lately
around my house but I did manage to get into my craft room this
morning, even though it was at 3:30 in the morning?!? 
What else are you supposed to do when you can't sleep?

When I saw the challenge at Merry Monday this week, I was
instantly intrigued. Neon colors for Christmas? Why not!


I absolutely love the way the neon inks look on this card! This is not
something I would have ever thought of doing on my own.  Thank you Kristie
for choosing neon for the challenge and taking me on another card adventure!



I am also entering this in the Clean and Simple challenge over at

supplies:
all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamps sets: Joyful Christmas, Linear Baubles (Stamp-it Australia)
ink: memento tuxedo black
Tim Holtz distress ink: picked raspberry, mustard seed, spiced marmalade
    and frayed burlap
embellishments: sequins (?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dots or Stripes?


When I saw the challenge at  Merry Monday this week was to use dots and or
stripes on your card, I knew exactly which stamp I was going to use.
 I love this tree from Stampin' Ups Festival of Trees stamp set.
 It has stripes and dots!
And it has the perfect coordinating punch that makes this card super
quick and easy to make!

I am also submitting this card into the anything goes challenge over




Layering torn whisper white card stock is the perfect way to make quick 'snow'.





supplies:
all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: Festival of Trees, White Christams
ink: old olive, pear pizzazz, early espresso
punch: tree punch
embellishments - stars (a gift from a friend)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Coffee and Friends...

...make the perfect blend!

Not for me though - the only thing coffee I enjoy is a chocolate bar called
'Coffee Crisp'. I'm a dedicated chai tea drinker - I'm enjoying a big cuppa
one as we 'speak'.

In honor of National Coffee Day yesterday I made a card. I had planned
to use coffee grounds on my card but that didn't turn out the way I thought
it would so I just used the coffee beans.


I paper pieced the coffee cups together - I love how they turned out. The 
hardest part of this card was placing the coffee beans - I just wasn't
sure where to place them. 

supplies
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake, naturals ivory
dsp: flowerpot
stamp set: perfect blend
ink: early espresso


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!