Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm Dreaming of a....


...White Christmas. What!? Already?

No, not yet. I'm playing in the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.
This week the challenge is to use all white on your Christmas card. As soon
as I saw the challenge I knew exactly what I was going to do. I haven't even 
peeked at the design teams cards yet!


I used an embossing powder called bridal white - it has a shimmer to it.
The temperature here today is 34C  HOT!!! If this keeps up, it's going to be a
long summer. Oh well, when I look at my card, I feel a little cooler :)

I'm off to check out the cards over at Merry Monday.

supplies
card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: lovely as a tree, winter post, remembering Christmas
ink: whisper white
embossing powder: bridal white (?)
big shot: decorative dots EF
clear sequins (?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fun with Blendabilities

I was determined to get back into my craft room this week and spend
some more time with the Blendabilities from Stampin' Up. My first
attempt at them wasn't as much fun or as successful as I would have
liked.  I've seen so many beautiful cards made with these pens that I 
was determined to figure them out! Well, I'm happy to say that I think
I have - what do you think?




Here are some tips that I learned that made the Blendabilities fun to 
work with.

1- start with the darkest color and outline the shape
2- take the medium color and in a circular motion add ink right next to the dark color pulling in some of the dark color leaving lots of white space (I hope that makes sense)
3- use the light color and fill in the rest of the shape pulling in the medium shade.
4- use the fine tip end of the marker NOT the paintbrush end 

I don't worry about where the light source is coming from - it's easier that way and I think it still looks good
For the smaller shapes I used only the medium and the light colors.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Origami Dresses


I was looking through some pics of old cards that I had made when I
came across this one. These little origami dresses are so easy to make
and they are so cute!


I found a great video tutorial that takes you through each step - 
click here to see it. It's a great way to use up some of that old
designer paper that you have lying around.

The little girl I made this for absolutely loved it!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Feeling Sketchy...?

...then check this out.
It's time for another challenge at StampNation and this week we have
a sketch challenge for everyone to try.

Sketches are a great way to get those creative juices flowing!  Maureen is
always coming up with inspiring sketches for us to work from and this
week's sketch is no exception.

Check out this sneak peek of the design teams cards for this week!  
If you think these look good, you should see the whole card - I just went
over and had a quick peek and they are fantabulous!!



I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Catherine and Maureen for giving
me the opportunity to be a guest designer for the month of June. 
I have had an incredible amount of fun!!


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Before and After


I was sharing the other day on StampNation how I was not having any luck 
making a card that I was happy with.  I was trying to come up with a card
for this sketch challenge over at Pals Paper Arts.
The first card is the one I was talking about - I ended up tossing it aside. Don't 
get me wrong, I don't hate it - I just don't love it. I mentioned that I may have another
 go at it and one of the ladies said she would love to see a before and after.
So, here it is...

Before...
(you can sure tell by the pic that it was a cloudy day when this was taken)

and after...
(a much sunnier day for pics)
 

You might be asking - 'what parts are from the original card'?
Well, the card base, the banner and a piece of the doily made it on
to the new card. The doily is a little hard to see in this shot but it's 
to the right of the banner just below the flower.

Both the polka dotted piece and the chevron piece were leftover
from another card. Looking at it now, I think I might go back and
add a few clear sequins. I'm really starting to like those things and find
I am putting them on a lot!

supplies
2nd card
card stock: whisper white, smoky slate
stamp sets: kinda eclectic, perfect pennants, petite petals
ink: lost lagoon, hello honey, smoky slate
punch: petite petals
embellishments: lace doily, brads

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Color Throwdown

It's time for a Color Throwdown


Check out the great color combination this week - so pretty!!



supplies:
card stock: whisper white, smoky slate
stamp set: summer silhouette, work of art, happy congratulations
ink: bermuda bay, daffodil delight, smoky slate
embellishments: clear sequins


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visitng!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Geometric Christmas


Wow, talk about a late start to my day!  

I was playing in my craft room this morning but not having any luck. I was about 
to give up when I thought,  'geometric Christmas' and then came up with this card.
I love it!


The poinsettia is embossed with silver. I was going to color it in but
in the end I decided to leave it white. There are such things as white
poinsettias aren't there? 
I know black and white are not typical go to colors for Christmas but I love 
the contrast that the angled stripes gives. 


supplies:
card stock: basic black, whisper white, smoky slate, cherry cobbler
dsp: kaleidoscope pack
stamp sets: watercolor winter, more merry messages
big shot: honeycomb EF, pretty print EF
punch: artisan label, dotted scallop ribbon border
embellishments: lace doily, silver embossing powder



Friday, June 20, 2014

Fun with Altenew

Good morning everyone!!
The other day I posted about a fantastic style challenge sponsored by Altenew that is happening over at StampNation I was having so much fun with the challenge that I 
made a few more cards.
Here's two of them for you.


 I used paper from the Fresh Prints DSP pack from Stampin' Up for the background on both of these cards. Using patterned paper is such a quick and easy way to create a fun geometric background.


I was going to do a watercolor effect on this card but changed my mind after I had already
embossed the image so I didn't really need the watercolor paper but I did like the little bit
 of texture it added so I kept it.

supplies:
from stampin' up unless noted

1st card:
card stock: whisper white, real red, soft suede
dsp: fresh prints dsp paper pack
stamp set: faux veneer (altenew)
ink: soft suede, real red
big shot: confetti die (mama elephant)
punch: artisan label, dotted scallop ribbon border

2nd card:
card stock: whisper white, basic black, real red, watercolor
dsp: fresh prints dsp paper pack
stamp sets: thoughts & reminders (altenew), faux veneer (altenew)
     gorgeous grunge
ink: lost lagoon, real red
embossing powder: basic black
punch: dotted scallop ribbon border
embellishments: sequins (carft medley), baker's twine (?)


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!





Thursday, June 19, 2014

Die Cut Hello

I came across a new challenge blog late last night and 
decided to play along. It's called 


This is their very first challenge and I had a lot of fun playing along. 


All the cards are fantastic but I was really drawn to the one on
the bottom left. Lately I seem to be making more cards with 
angles and when I saw this one I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I used an image from the CAS-ual Fridays set called Lotsa Links to
create the angles and then added a black line in between each one
to help set them off.  The Hello Script die is from Mama Elephant.

I had a lot of fun playing with The Cutting Edge Challenge and I'm 
eager to see what they come up with for their next one.

supplies:
card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp sets: lotsa links (cas-ual fridays)
big shot: hello script (mama elephant)
ink: coastal cabana, tangelo twist, crushed curry, basic black
punch: petite petals
embellishments: sequins (craft medley), brads 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Graphic and Geometrical

The challenge this week at StampNation is a style challenge.
Graphic and Geometrical shapes. 
The sponsor for this challenge is Altenew - they are a fairly 
new company and they are definitely turning heads with their designs!

Here's a sneak peak at what the design team came up with
for this challenge.


 Feeling inspired?  
You should check out the completed cards!
Not a member yet?
What are you waiting for?


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sail Away

Wouldn't it be nice if you could just sail away
whenever your heart desired. We've been having
so much rain here lately that I would love to sail
away to somewhere sunny and warm!


My card today covers 3 challenges!! I love it when
that happens. I'm playing along with the following challenges;
sketch challenge at Stampin' Celebration
 nautical theme at The Card Concept and
the color challenge at Pals Paper Arts.

Click on the links for details and to see so many
amazing cards!


I sponged the circle first by making a mask and then
layered the stamped images on top of each other.
Wow, 6 months ago I never would have thought to make
a card like this - nautical and CAS! Two styles that I never
gave much thought to before.

supplies:
card stock: whisper white, real red, pacific point
stamp sets: the open sea, just sayin'
ink: pacific point, real red

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!




Monday, June 16, 2014

Merry Monday #113

Where did the time go today? I had planned to have
this posted by 9am - just one of those days - I'm so far 
behind that I'm first in line again. 

My card for you today was made for another fantastic
challenge over at Merry Monday. This week the challenge
is to use pink, white and silver on your card.

When I first saw the colors I thought that it would take
me a while to come up with something - they're not
my usual go-to colors for Christmas. I really surprised
myself when I sat down to make this and it literally
came together in minutes.


The Merry & Bright stamp set from Avery Elle is one of 
my favorite Christmas stamps that I own. 


I really like this one and think I may just have to 
make a few more! I think this would make a nice
gift set - besides pink, it would look good with blue or
green and of course red.

If you haven't checked out the Merry Monday challenges
yet, you really should - they are fantastic!!

supplies:
card stock: whisper white, pink pirouette
stamp set: Merry & Bright (Avery Elle)
ink: strawberry slush, versa mark
silver embossing powder
big shot: pretty print EF, decorative dots EF, circles framelits
embellishments: silver 1/8" ribbon


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Little Kindness

You'll never guess what I used to make the background of 
this card.  Not a stencil. It was a piece of cardboard from
a game where the circles are punched out to become
game pieces. The kids at school were putting together a 
game and were about to throw the leftover piece out when I said 
I wanted it - they looked at me a little funny but they do that
a lot - lol!


I used two of the new in colors and the Kinda Ecclectic stamp set
for this card. I sponged the circles in Lost Lagoon and then stamped 
the little circles with Hello Honey. I used the markers for the
greeting. Originally I stamped it right on to the card but it didn't
stand out enough, so I stamped it again on to whisper white
and liked that  much better. I rounded two of the corners
so as to coordinate with all the circles on the card. Add a 
button and some baker's twine and I'm done!


supplies:
card stock: whisper white, basic black, lost lagoon
stamp set: kinda ecclectic
ink: lost lagoon, hello honey
embellishments: button, whisper white baker's twine.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!!





Saturday, June 14, 2014

Blendabilities


Okay, I'm ready for the day!!! I'm staying at my in-laws
this weekend because we are celebrating their 50th
anniversary and I forgot to bring my almond milk with me.
I'm allergic to milk otherwise I would use it. I made a quick
trip to Starbucks and grabbed a cuppa the new
Oprah Chai - a BIG cup as it's going to be a long day - and
oh my it is YUMMY!!!!

My card for you today is all about the new pens from
Stampin' Up called Blendabilities. Now, I don't own copics or
any other pens designed for coloring so I can't do a 
comparison for you but I will say I'm really liking them.


I stamped the big poinsettia from a Stampin' Up set  and used the 
Cherry Cobbler set of pens. 


I am not naive enough to think that this is by any means
a ''work of art - it is more of a 'work in progress' lol.
Each set of pens is one color family and comes in a set
of 3 shades - light, medium and dark. I decided to start
with the lightest and work my way up to the darkest. I've
heard some people saying they start with the darkest and
then work their way to the lightest shade - I can't wrap
my head around that but I may give it a try.

If you have used these pens I would love to hear
your thoughts and tips.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

It's a Wash!

A color wash that is! Colorwashing/watercoloring is
very trendy right now in the paper crafting world. There are
so many different ways to use it on a card. You can see some
of those ways if you hop on over to StampNation and
check out this week's challenge. The theme of course is
colorwashing/watercoloring on your project. I had so much
fun designing for this challenge that I had to make more.


I kept this card really simple. I just did the colorwash background
with a little stamping from the Gorgeous Grunge set and then
added the message using my label maker. I did mount the 
message on white first just as they were a little lost in the
background without it.  I thought about adding more to this but
in the end I decided to keep it simple as I really loved how
the background turned out.

Here is a peak at the cards the design team created for the
challenge at StampNation (mine's on the bottom right)


If you haven't tried this technique yet, you
really should. Besides being incredibly easy, it's also
incredibly fun!!

supplies:
card stock: lost lagoon, whisper white,
    watercolor paper
stamp set: gorgeous grunge
ink: lost lagoon, blackberry bliss
label maker


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kinda Eclectic

I received some new products from Stampin' Up yesterday
and dove write in to the new in-colors and a stamp set
called Kinda Eclectic. This set caught my eye right away when
I first looked through the new catalogue.



This is the first of what will no doubt be many cards I make with 
this set.


I kept this for the most part to a one layer card - I've seen a
few definitions of what a OLC is, so for some people this will work
and for others it won't - for me, it's close enough :)


I stamped the greeting on vellum and wrapped it around the
card so you can't see any adhesive. It's a little trick I learned
from Heather North - a member of the design team at StampNation 
and she has her own blog called Creative Blessings.


supplies:
card stock: whisper white, velum
stamp set: kinda eclectic
ink: hello honey, tangelo twist,, lost lagoon
punch: bitty butterfly
embellishments: basic pearls, lace doilies,
    whisper white baker's twine

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Colorwashing

One of the hottest trends in the paper crafting world is
colorwashing or watercoloring!

This week over at StampNation the DT has a technique
challenge for you. You guessed it - the technique is colorwashing.

I had an absolute blast creating a card for this challenge.
Here's a little sneak peak at what the DT created.


You can see these cards and thousands more, along with hundreds
of exclusive videos and written tutorials and so much more
just by joining StampNation. There is no better value for
your money out there!!!

click here to learn more.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Leftovers Anyone?

My card today was made from leftover pieces that were
scattered all over my desk.


I made that decorative label with the little chevron pattern on it
months ago for another project but never used it. I came across
it about a week ago and set it on my desk. As I was cleaning up from
a day of card making and putting the unused pieces in a pile with the
chevron piece, I noticed that they all went together. 
So, I made a card.


The only thing I made for this card were the little flowers. I had a
piece of leftover whisper white card stock that was sponged
with Pacific Point. I loved how it looked against all the neutrals 
and the punch was sitting on my desk, so I used that for the 'pop' 
of color.  The bow was already tied onto the button. 
There's a bit of a circle theme going on with this card that I didn't
notice until just now.


Everything for this card was literally sitting on my desk. The funny
thing is, of all the cards I made that day this one is my favorite.

So, you know that pile of leftover pieces you have, and I know
you have one, we all do. Have a look through it and challenge
yourself to make a card with only the things you find in that pile.
If your pile is anything like mine, you could be making cards for 
days. 

supplies:
all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake
dsp: fresh prints dsp pack
stamp sets: oh hello, faux veneer (altenew)
ink: early espresso, baked brown sugar, pacific point
embellishments: antique brads, brushed bronze button, 
     basic pearls, linen thread
punches: decorative label, 1 3/8" circle, petite petals
big shot: script hello (mama elephant)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello Friend

Hello and welcome to a brand new week!
When I saw the sketch over at Retro Sketches, I couldn't 
wait to play along.

Here is my card...


...and here is the sketch


I love how simple this layout is - yet it has so many possibilities. 

I stamped the Hello Friend from Peachy Keen and then added
the lines by using an image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.
 I punched out the little flowers and sponged the edges, 
colored some brads with coordinating ink and then added
those with dimensionals.

Easy Peasy!


supplies:
card stock: whisper white, real red, coastal cabana
dsp: fresh prints paper pack
stamps: peachy keen, gorgeous grunge
ink: baked brown sugar, coastal cabana, real red
punch: petite petals
brads

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!