Monday, March 31, 2014

Congrats and Stripes

Congratulations to Christine from Happy Heart Cards for her card 
being chosen the Challenge Winner
at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. Check 
out her beautiful card here

I want to say thank you to the ladies at 
My card was chosen for an honorable mention.

Congratulations to the other Honorable Mentions!! 

My card today is for a challenge at StampNation to make a 
card featuring stripes.

Since angles are quite trendy right now I decided to put my 'stripes'
on an angle. I've wanted this stamp set for awhile and just
recently purchased this from a friend who was doing a little
spring 'stamp' cleaning. I was quick to grab this one!

It reminds me of the quilts my Grandma made for all her

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp sets: quilt prints (wplus9), wonderful words (cas-ual fridays)
ink: coastal cabana, baked brown sugar, raspberry ripple, 
       summer starfruit, strawberry slush, stazon, basic black marker

Sunday, March 30, 2014


WOOHOO!!  I just found out that a card I entered at
Stampin' Celebration was chosen as the
Pick of the Party for the sketch challenge!!  I'm thrilled!

I want to say Congratulations to Alycia from
Happy Chick Designs for her card being chosen "pick of the Party"
for the inspiration challenge.

My card today took me all day and I'm not sure I even like it.
 I recently bought a laptop and thought that since I've been
on Spring Break for 2 weeks that this would be the perfect time to
learn all about My Digital Studio. Well, let me tell  you, it is much
harder than I thought. I know, I know, some of you out there
are shaking your head and saying what is she talking about, it's
easy and fun! Well, let me just say that I'm computer challenged!!
I'm having lots of fun and I know it'll get easier.

I decided to make a card using MDS and thought I would try the 
sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday. Even though I didn't get the 
card finished in time to enter the challenge I thought I would still share 
my efforts here. Now remember, I am definitely a beginner. 
I've watched A LOT of youtube videos and learned quite a 
few tips and tricks. I even managed to try some of them on this card. 
Looking at it now I see that one of the labels on the
side is smaller than the rest -oops.

I have a lot to learn, both about MDS and my laptop but I'm
determined to become comfortable with both. One day I will
look back at this and see how much progress I'll have made - that's
the plan anyway.

As for a supply list, I will remember to take note of what 
I use on future projects. I know I can get the info from MDS
but honestly it's long and I'm tired.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

No Ink at All!

I made this card this morning for a sketch challenge over at
StampNation. The challenge was also to welcome a new member
to the design team - Kristy Dalman - the owner of 
Some Odd Girl and an extremely talented colorist. I am
looking forward to learning from her.
Visit her blog The Odd Girl

Here is my card based on the sketch.

Sadly, I do not own any of the Some Odd Girl stamps, yet but
I do plan on rectifying that. I remembered that I had some 3D
items that would be a perfect substitute until I add to my
supply of stamps. I decided to make a card with absolutely
no stamping on it at all! I know, crazy, right? But fun it was!

I thought this girl was adorable and made me think of the 
sleepover my daughter just had with her girlfriends. I haven't
heard that much laughter in a long time. It was a beautiful sound!

If you've never made a card without any stamping at all, I suggest
you give it a go - it was a lot of fun!

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white
big shot: arrows EF
scalloped tag topper punch
embellishments: whisper white baker's twine
3d items from Me & My Big Ideas
flower ribbon from the dollar store

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thanks a Latte

The challenge this week over CAS-ual Fridays is to
CFC130: Create a Clean And Simple project using...OVALS!

I knew right away that I wanted to use these cups because of the
oval rims and saucers. I also knew I was going to be using
my oval dies.

I had originally planned to try dry embossing with my oval dies
but there wasn't as much detail to is as I had hoped. I was thinking
that I needed to add some color or something - it was too plain.
I stamped the stir stick in Strawberry Slush and laid it on its side.
Better, but it was still missing something. I thought about adding some
dsp as a mat behind the first layer...

This was one of those cards that wasn't shaping up how I had
planned and I was thinking of trashing it. That's when
I decided to use the oval dies to frame the cups with dsp. If you look 
closely at the design on the paper you will see little ovals - yay! That was a 
happy coincidence but when I added
the colorful oval frame it went from a card that I wanted to trash to a card I like.
 The frame added that little bit of punch that was missing.

card stock: whisper white
dsp: fresh prints paper stack
stamp set: hot, hot, hot (fresh squeezed stamps)
ink: stazon, strawberry slush
big shot: ovals die

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two for One

I combined two challenges on one card.

The color challenge over at ColourQ...

...and a sketch challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday
with a masculine touch.

I used basic gray, coastal cabana, calypso coral but
I didn't have apricot appeal so I substituted with crushed curry.
I don't consider this card just 'masculine' or just 'feminine',
I think it could work for both.

I like all the texture that the big shot embossing folders
can add to a card and I LOVE the look that the label from
my new label maker gives this card too.
Sponging is one of my favorite techniques. It
gives a look of softness that offsets all the straight lines -
they balance each other.

card stock: whisper white, basic gray, coastal cabana
stamp set: wetlands
ink: basic gray, coastal cabana, calypso coral, crushed curry, stazon
big shot embossing folders: argyle, stripes, decorative dots
others: label maker

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lucky Me

Today's card is for a challenge over at CASology to
make a card to do with luck

My first thought was that I don't think I have any stamps that
say luck or lucky at all but I do have a set of letters from Recollections
that I've never used and thought would be perfect for this challenge.

 I knew I wanted to use my new label maker on this card and I thought
it paired great with the letter stamp set that I was using. I also 
picked up some lace ribbon at the dollar store the other day
that I wanted to use. I wrapped it around some white
card stock and placed it on top of some gray card stock.
I love the look of gray and white together. 

I still didn't know at this point what I was going to do for
 the greeting so I started by stamping the word lucky on a
scrap piece of white in crushed curry ink. Next, I hand wrote
the word 'me' over top and then used my label maker
to make the rest of the greeting. 
I wasn't sure about the card at first but once I put it
all together I was really happy with it.

card stock: whisper white, basic gray, smoky slate
stamp set: a letter set from recollections (? name)
ink: crushed curry, basic gray, basic black
others: ribbon from the dollar store, label maker

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Another Merry Monday

I love the challenges over at the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog and I love this weeks challenge!

I spent the day yesterday with my youngest daughter going from appointment to appointment. It was a long day with four hours of driving, but it was filled with good news and even a little bit of time to do some shopping for craft toys - and who doesn't love it when that happens.

I came across a label maker and refills that was marked down to 'you have to buy me' - so I did! One of the refills was red and I knew right away that I wanted to use it on this challenge.

While I was driving home, I created a card in my head, but when I got home and started creating, it went a completely different direction. The only thing that's the same is the red label.

The Joyful Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up is one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets. I love how it looks when embossed on vellum. I just wish it showed it's true impact in the photo.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

card stock: whisper white, basic gray, smoky slate, vellum
stamp set: Joyful Christmas, en francais
ink: basic gray, vellum
big shot: decorative dots EF
embellishments: rhinestones
label maker (K&Company)
bridal embossing powder (don't remember company)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Merry Monday #100

It took me a while to get to making this card. I really
struggle with pinks. It's way out of my comfort zone.
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge is hosting
the following challenge.

You could choose to use the colors or the sketch or you
could combine them together. Rather than skip the color
part of the challenge because it's out of my comfort zone,
I decided to go for it and combine the challenges.

It took me a while to find any papers that had pinks and
green but I managed to find an old pack of dsp that had
a couple of pieces left I could use.

Nothing about these colors say Christmas to me even though
when I see other people decorate with them or make Christmas
cards with them, I always like the way it looks.  I just never
felt comfortable using them.

I do like how this card turned out though even though I'm
too late to enter the challenge I still thought I would play.
Thank you Merry Monday for the challenge!!

card stock: whisper white, melon mambo
dsp: retired (name forgotten)
stamp set: snowflake soiree
ink: melon mambo, pear pizzazz
embellishments: basic pearls, retired ribbons

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 21, 2014

I'm so excited...

I'm so excited!!!!
Look at my new toy!!!

My husband surprised me the other day and said let's go buy 
you a laptop. I didn't hesitate a second and got on line
and started looking around. I found one that was perfect
for what I want to do - MDS, blogging, etc... at Costco
and on sale too!!!  I jumped at it!! 
There wasn't one at the local Costco (2 hours away) but 
there was one on the coast which is about 5 hours away and
we were heading there yesterday so we stopped and picked one up.

I'm visiting with my daughter and my in-laws so I've hardly
had time to play but I have started loading up My Digital Studio
on it (I brought the discs with me) and I'm really looking forward 
to learning and playing when I get home.

I do have a card to share with you today. 
I decided for this card to just grab a few things off my table
that were left over from other projects and see what I could
come up with. I seem to have a circle theme happening
with this card and it was very neutral so I added a pop of red.

The bumpy circle piece that looks like a crumb cake color
is actually a coaster from a restaurant that I thought would be great
on a card. The smaller green and white circles are die cut
from a sizzlet that was a gift. Sorry I don't know the name of it
are the company it's from. I haven't added a greeting yet - 
I think I'll wait to add that when I decide to use it.  

card stock: crumb cake, soft suede, confetti white, old olive
DSP: soho subway, fresh prints dsp pack
embellishments:  doilies, linen thread

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shades of Gray

I made this card this morning for a challenge over at
The challenge was to use at least 2 shades of gray to create
a clean and simple card. 

I took the two grays that I own - Basic Gray and Smokey Slate,
both from Stampin' Up! and sponged them on to the center of
the card. I used my Basic Gray marker to add a finished edge to 
the sponged area.

I found that those two inks when sponged together created a hint of 
green to the look of the card so I decided to run some old olive
card stock through my Big Shot using the Little Leaves sizzlet.
I then added three of the lace flowers (retired) from Stampin' Up! I
sure hope they bring those back one day - I love them!!

Lastly, I added some linen thread and stamped a greeting from
CAS-ual Fridays Loving Thoughts stamp set.

from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, old olive
stamp set: Loving Thoughts (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: basic gray, smokey slate
big shot: little leaves sizzlets
embellishments: linen thread, lace flowers (retired)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

All About You

I have had a set of inchies in my craft room for quite a while now
and I have yet to use them. I've seen lots of cards made with
them and have always loved the way they look. So today
I decided to play with them.
By the way if you haven't heard of Inchies before, they
are stamps that are 1" square.

I wanted to keep it clean and simple but with a bit of
wow factor. I think I achieved it with this card.

The layers of white with the added embossed lines combined
with the silver stars are what I think gives this card the 
wow factor it was needing.

If you have a set lying around and haven't played with
them yet, I suggest you give them a try - they're
lots of fun and have so many possibilities!!

all supplies are stampin' up unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: all occasions inchie (inkadinkado), 
     shenanigans (cas-ual fridays)
ink: island indigo, strawberry slush, gumball green, stazon
embellishments: silver stars (unknown) 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 17, 2014

More Stampin' Celebration!

It't time for the mid-month challenge at
This time they're offering up this sketch as inspiration.
What's great about sketch challenges, as with any challenge is
they are starting points. You are not required to follow a sketch
exactly, (but you can and that's ok too), they are meant to
inspire you an get your creative juices flowing.

I took the sketch and decided to turn the card so the banners
were vertical instead of horizontal and I threw in an extra banner.
For this challenge I thought I would use the first 4 or 5 things that 
I looked at on my craft table - hopefully they would all work
together and if not - well that would be my own personal challenge.

I'm not one of those crafters who puts everything away when they are done 
so there was definitely items on my craft table to grab. 
The first item I looked at was the stamp set that I had used on yesterday's 
card so I grabbed that. I've had the Heartfelt banner kit (a SAB item)
sitting there begging to be used for a while now, so I pulled out
the banners and a doily. Sitting in a pile beside that was
some gold baker's twine, the gold sequin trim and my pearls
and rhinestones. 
Time to get started.

When I placed them all in front of me I really wasn't sure how it 
would all come together. The banners on this card are not
something I would typically think to pair with gold. I played
around with it for a bit but couldn't quite decide how I was going
to use the rhinestones and the pearls when my daughter
said to try them in the center of the gold sequins. I loved that
idea because the sequins (which I had pulled off of the gold sequin
trim) weren't working for me on their own.

The stamped image on the banners is from a stamp that was also
lying on my craft table. I have no idea who made it, it's a straggler
from years gone by that seems to have lost it's owner.

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, old olive, naturals ivory
stamp set: wonderful words (cas-ual fridays) 
ink: calypso coral for stamped image and sponging
     coastal cabana, gumball green, early espresso for sponging
embellishments: heartfelt banner kit (SAB item), gold baker's twine
     gold sequin trim, basic pearls, rhinestones

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stampin' Celebration

A friend of mine from StampNation was named
to the design team over at Stampin' Celebration.
Congratulations Heather North!  

When I saw the inspiration photo for the challenge at 
Stampin' Celebration, I knew I had to play along.
It's beautiful isn't it!

and here is my card

It was a little overcast when I took the picture - the white 
is actually much whiter than it appears in the photo -

I knew I wanted to keep the card simple.  I love the flower
from Stampin' Ups Love & Sympathy stamp set and the big, bold
greetings from CAS-ual Fridays Wonderful Words stamp set so I 
thought I'd pair the two together.

The flower stamp only has one flower on the image but with
the help of a stamp-a-ma-jig it was easy to add another
flower to the top.

I inked up the edges of all the card stock with a little bit
of wisteria wonder. It helps to separate the layers, to give 
more dimension to the overall card and to soften the look.

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, wisteria wonder
stamp set: love and sympathy, wonderful words (cas-ual fridays)
ink: wisteria wonder, elegant eggplant, wild wasabi, early espresso
big shot: decorative dots EF

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Doodle it!

Today's card was made with a challenge at StampNation.
The challenge was to use doodles on your card. They could
be stamped, hand drawn or printed.

I don't own any stamps that are 'doodles' per say but I 
really wanted to do this challenge so....

...I decided to use a flower from the Flower Shop stamp set that
I thought had a 'doodle' feel to it. I stamped it in stazon ink but my
ink is running out so I went over it with a black marker, which 
actually gave it more of a look of doodles on the paper. 

I doodled some lines around the edge and a few tiny black
circles. I then stamped the dotted stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge
stamp set with all the colors of the flowers and stamped that on too. 
Next I added the greeting. Seeing as it was a photopolymer stamp 
I was able to give it a bit of curve when placing it on the block. 

All in all, I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out.

card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp set: flower shop, gorgeous grunge, 
      loving thoughts (cas-ual fridays)
ink: rose red, so saffron, bashful blue, wisteria wonder, 
      basic black and stazon

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Graffiti Grunge

I don't know exactly what this style is called.
Graffiti? Grunge? I've decided to call it Graffiti Grunge.
I've been wanting to do a project like this for a while now
but have always found a reason not to because it's way out of my
comfort zone.
When I started this blog 2 1/2 months ago,
I told myself that I would always try new things and share them, so
even though I think I have a lot to learn about this style, here
is my inspiration journal. I'm going to keep it in my bag with me and
use it to sketch and write down ideas when I get them.

I picked up some composition notebooks from the dollar store
thinking that they would make great journals. I'm planning on
doing this project with a group of girls from the school I work at.
I think they'll love it.

this is what it looked like before I started.

First, I covered the notebook with crumb cake card stock.
I had an old calendar that had all kinds of words on it that I 
knew I wanted to have on the cover. I picked out a few stamp sets
that I thought would work and a few pieces of paper from the 
Soho Subway dsp pack.

I had no idea what I was doing when I put it together. I was
thinking it would be kind of cool to add some paint to it too.
I might go back and do that still - maybe on the back...
that's a project for another day.

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
composition notebook (dollar store)
an old calendar
card stock: crumb cake
dsp: soho subway
stamp sets: feel goods, gorgeous grunge, clockworks,
      perfect pennants, wonderful words (cas-ual fridays),
      journey script (stamp-it australia)
ink: early espresso, real red, pool party

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

3 challenges in one card

I'm combining 3 challenges today.

The color challenge at Pals Paper Arts,

the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday,

and my own personal challenge to make a masculine card when
my first reaction would be to do something feminine.

Here it is

I used a couple different techniques. I masked off the card base
and sponged on the three colors. With the brush end of a marker
I added the line of soft suede to frame it.
For the stamped image I brushed the three colors onto a clear block
 and then pressed my paper onto it. I was going to do the background
 with painter's tape when I realized I don't have rose red and wild wasabi
ink pads, just markers.
I like how that turned out.
Adding soft suede to the mix, keeping the colors soft and of course
the moose helped with my own challenge of making the card masculine.

I'm very happy with how it turned out.

card stock: whisper white, confetti white, soft suede
stamp set: walk in the wild
ink: rose red, wild wasabi, so saffron, soft suede
big shot: circles collection

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Embellish It!!

Over at StampNation the challenges never end.
Maureen posted a challenge recently to use 3 or more
embellishments on your card. Well, yesterday I made a card
for that challenge and I used 8 embellishments!

I didn't realize how many I was using while I was making it - I
just kept going "ooohhh I think I'll add..." and was quite
surprised when I finished and counted them up.
I think the trick to not making it appear as if there is an
embellishment explosion happening on this card is the fact that 
all the embellishments are rather neutral.

What's the most embellishments you've ever put on
a card?

card stock: confetti white
stamp set: loving thoughts (cas-ual fridays)
embellishments: gold baker's twine, watercolor wonder designer washi tape,
   gold sequin trim, natural linen, linen thread, basic pearls, 
   gold key (source unknown), a piece of a cardboard box

Happy Stampin'
and thank you for visiting!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Merry Monday #99

It's time for another challenge over at Merry Monday.

I love the colors for this weeks challenge. These are colors
that I naturally gravitate to so I was eager to dive into this challenge.

Here's my card.

One of the things that I love about this stamp set is that the ornament
is all words - image and greeting all in one! And when embossed in 
gold - I love it even more!!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

card stock: naturals ivory, always artichoke, early espresso
stamp set: merry & bright (avery elle)
ink: versamark
gold embossing powder
embellishments: gold baker's twine, tea lace paper doilies

Festive Friday Challenge

I hope I haven't overwhelmed everyone with all my posts
these last few days. I was so busy this weekend trying to catch up
on challenges and had a blast doing it too. I think I'm done, but then I
find another challenge that I
I can't explain the need right now to enter all the
challenges but I am thoroughly enjoying them. 

This card was made for challenge #26 over at Festive Friday.
This week the challenge was an inspiration photo for
everyone to draw inspiration from.
Here is the photo...

Isn't it pretty - even though I don't like gingerbread those
cookies look good enough to eat!

And here is my card based on the photo

I was feeling the need to add something to the bottom of the
card but my daughter said to leave it alone. Even though I did
take her advice, looking at it now I still wonder if it needs a little
I absolutely LOVE the stamp set.
It's called Winter Wreath by Avery Elle.

card stock: whisper white, crumb cake
stamp set: winter wreath (avery elle)
ink: real red, gumball green, early espresso
embellishments: whisper white baker's twine

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

It's Time to Play with 'Pals'

While surfing the internet yesterday looking at card ideas I 
came across Pals Paper Arts that was offering up a
color challenge. Well since I was doing challenges all 
weekend and this color combo was something I never
would have thought of on my own, I decided I would play along.

Here is the challenge for this week...

...and here is my card

I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this card, however it 
did look a little different in my head. (You know how that is).
For the background I used the painter's tape technique that I told 
you about a few posts back. 
While I don't dislike this card, I don't love it. But I do love that 
I did another challenge that took me out of comfort zone!

card stock: smokey slate, night of navy, whisper white
ink: smokey slate, night of navy, wisteria wonder
stamp set: loving thoughts (cas-ual fridays)
embellishments: basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Freshly Made

Today's card is for a sketch challenge over at 
Here is the sketch for this week...

The angled look is really trendy right now and fun to do too!

Here is my card based on the sketch. 

I used 2 different but co-ordinating pieces of dsp from the 
Fresh Prints DSP Stack. It is FULL of fun prints!
The pattern on top is not something I would've ever worked with in
the past but with all the challenges that I've been doing these past
couple of months, I've really gotten out of my comfort zone and
have welcomed in a whole new world of card-making.

card stock: whisper white
dsp: fresh prints dsp stack
stamp sets: flower shop, sketched birthday
ink: pretty in pink, strawberry slush
punch: pansy (co-ordinates with flower shop stamp set)
embellishments: whisper white baker's twine, pearls

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks for visiting!

CASology Challenge

This week over at CASology the challenge was to make
a card using the carnival theme.

I pulled out my barely used "You're Amazing" stamp set and
got to work making this first card. I was really happy with it when
I realized it was supposed to be a CAS card (I've been up since
1:30 am????)... I made another card. For some reason I found this one
extremely challenging for me. I'm going to blame the lack of sleep.
I knew I wanted a scalloped edge as it made me think of the
edges of the big tents. Also I knew I wanted the hot air balloons.
All I had to do was pick a greeting. Simple right? Well I guess it's not
so simple at 3 in the morning.
But here's my finished CAS card.

I am pleased with how they both came out!

card stock: whisper white, raspberry ripple
stamp set: you're amazing
ink: island indigo, raspberry ripple, wisteria wonder
   and on the first card gumball green
punch: scalloped edge border punch
    and on the first card 2 1/2" circle punch

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!