Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Masculine Inlaid Grunge

Today's card is for a sketch challenge happening over at 
StampNation right now. 
I have been seeing a lot of the Inlaid Die-cutting technique lately and
have been eager to try it. Also, I have been getting requests for more
'man cards' so I thought this was the perfect time to play with all 3 ideas.

I have to say, I LOVE the look of the Inlaid Die-cutting technique and
 will be doing more of that for sure. It's super easy too! Run your piece of 
card stock through the big shot with the die you've chosen. Ink up the two pieces
with different inks and put them back together - it's that simple!
Of course, you know me, I sponged the edges of each piece in the darker shade
before I put them back together.

I used watercolor paper and sponged two different shades of green on the larger
piece and two different shades of blue on the smaller piece. I spritzed them
with some water and then used my heat gun to dry it. It didn't turn out quite like
I wanted it to, but I do like it. I think I need to use a distress ink for more of
a watercolor look but I don't have any - yet that is!

I chose to stamp a tree from the Lovely as a Tree set - and then I decided it 
needed to be 'grunged up' a bit. I made the greeting using my label maker - love
 that thing! I then added the 'tire track' stamp, a few stars and the black twine.

'Man cards' are something I often struggle with and have been challenging
myself to do more of. I'm very happy with how this one turned out.

card stock: sahara sand, basic black, watercolor paper
stamp set: lovely as a tree, border banter, banner blast
ink: old olive, pear pizzazz, marina mist, pool party, stazon
big shot: chalk talk ramelits
embellishments: black twine (company ?)
my label maker

Happy Stampin'
and thaks for visiting!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CAS Layers

 I was in the middle of making the invitations for my in-laws 50th wedding
anniversary when my printer decided it was time to stop working.
Normally, it wouldn't be such a big deal, just go to the store and buy another
one right? Well, I live in a small town with very limited shopping but we are
lucky enough to have a guy in town that runs a small computer/cell phone
business. Fingers crossed that he has a printer in his store.

Anyways, sorry for the rambling - on to today's card.

I went with another Christmas card - I can't believe that I am still
making them and have been since January. I love all the Christmas card challenges 
that are out there. They've got me so motivated that I made this one
without a challenge!

I think this is called Layered CAS. I love the way it turned out. My favorite part
is the way the layers look when they're done all in the same color. Of course, I had 
to sponge the edges of all the layers. I embossed the holly in green and then
decided to sponge it with some always artichoke. 
A quick greeting stamped in red, a few brads and we're done!

card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: happy everything, bells & boughs
ink: real red, always artichoke
embossing powder: green (company ?)
brads: (company ?)

Happy Stampin!
and thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sending Good Thoughts

My card today combines two challenges. A cue word challenge from
CASology. The cue word is 'garden'. I am definitely not a gardener! I 
once, unknowingly transplanted weeds because it had a flower and I 
thought it was pretty. My friend, who is an avid gardener, just laughed,
and laughed!

I combined it with a color challenge from Dynamic Duos. This week it's a
triple threat! Use the colors, so saffron, pool party and smoky slate. As soon
as I saw that color combo I knew I was going to be making a card for this
challenge - LOVE the color combo!

The people at the Dynamic Duos blog have decided to close their doors
and pursue other endeavors. I wish them the best of luck in all that they do. 
This card is for them - :)

card stock: smoky slate, so safron, pool party
stamp set: petite petals, too kind
ink: whisper white, pool party, smoky slate, stazon
punch: petite petal
embellishments: whisper white baker's twine
brads (from an old stash I had - company ?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Little JOY!

This weeks challenge over at Merry Monday is to use a
Christmas word or words and decorate each letter on your card.
I combined it with the sketch challenge over at
Here's the sketch...

...and here's my card.

I used the retired Be of Good Cheer DSP and die cut the letters out of
3 different patterns.  I chose 3 more patterns from the same pack to use
as the background.   The letters are added with dimensionals on to
 crumb cake circles that were cut using the 4th smallest circle from the circles
collection framelits and then embossed with the decorative dots EF. Those
were also added with dimensionals to the DSP layer.
I finished the card using the needlepoint
border EF to add a decorative edge to the bottom of the card.

 I didn't use any stamps on this card. The only ink I used was to sponge
ALL the edges.  I'm really happy with this card - it actually brings me a little

card stock: crumb cake
dsp: be of good cheer
ink: early espresso (for sponging)
big shot: decorative dots EF, needlepoint EF,
      circles framelits, bigz alphabet typeset

Happy Stampin'
and thank for visiting!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Simple...Stepped Up

Yesterday I posted this super simple one layer card. I also mentioned
that I thought this could be made into something more.

I played with it today and here it is. I used the same stamp sets and the
same colors of ink.

 I put a layer of midnight muse between two layers of whisper white. It's a little 
hard to see in the photo but I used the Needlepoint Border EF on the bottom 
edge of the midnight muse layer. I stamped the greeting on a scrap piece of 
whisper white & layered it on midnight muse & popped it up on dimensionals. 
I didn't have any coordinating ribbon so I dragged some whisper white baker's twine 
across the gumball green ink pad and tied it around the greeting. I had a 'pink' and
'green' brad that matched the ink nicely but I didn't have a blue one so I used
one that was close in color and touched it up with the midnight muse ink pad.
I rounded the corners on the top edges of all the layers.

Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this one. There's things that I really
like about this card but overall, I'm just not feeling it. I think it's the rounded
corners. They don't fit with all the straight edges.

What do you think? 
Should I have rounded the corners or not?

card stock: whisper white, midnight muse
stamp sets: gorgeous grunge, a dozen thoughts
ink: raspberry ripple, midnight muse, gumball green
big shot: needlepoint EF
punch: corner rounder
embellishments: baker's twine, brads

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Keeping it Simple Today

WOW!! These last couple of days have been CRAZY! Between
teenage daughter issues and all my pics disappearing off my laptop,
I was a little stressed!  I'm happy to say that the teenage daughter issues
were not as major as I first thought they were and things are back on
track there. As for my laptop, well, I did find all the pics but it's
still messed up a bit. But, thankfully my older daughter will be home
for a visit this weekend and hopefully she can help me fix it.

So, my card for you today is a simple one. 

I decided to make a one layer card as I didn't think I had the patience
to do anything with more detail. I LOVE the gorgeous grunge stamp set
and think it is great for so many, many different looks. 
I used three of the 2012-2014 retiring in-colors. They look so good
together, don't you think? 
The greeting is from A Dozen Thoughts which I am happy to say
is not retiring :)

This is one of those designs that works great as a one-layer card but
 this is also one that could be made into something more. 
I think I will challenge myself to do just that.
Watch for that card tomorrow! 

card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: gorgeous grunge, a dozen thoughts
ink: raspberry ripple, midnight muse, gumball green

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Just Because

My card today is for a sketch challenge at Retro Sketches

and a color challenge over at Colour Me.

I love, love, love the color combo of this challenge. I instantly
knew that I was going to use the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and
make my own DSP with it. From there, I wasn't sure what I was
going to do. I played around with a few ideas when I remembered
this weeks sketch at Retro Sketch.

I grabbed some tempting turquoise card stock and matted it and my
homemade dsp onto black card stock. Next, I stamped the tempting
turquoise with the En Francais stamp - I'm so sad that it's retiring :(

A couple of finishing touches and this card is done!

all from stampin' up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, tempting turquoise,
      basic black
stamp set: gorgeous grunge, en francais, 
      loving thoughts (cas-ual fridays)
ink: tempting turquoise, coastal cabana, bermuda bay,
      pacific point, stazon
embellishments: black & white twine (unknown)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Big Hello

I have a super quick and a super easy card today. I made this
card for a challenge over at StampNation to use a large sentiment.

I don't own any die cuts of words but I do own die cut letters for
the big shot so I went with that.  Because the letters are quite big my
word options were limited so I went with a big HELLO!  The bird on
a wire is from Tim Holtz Life's Possible stamp set. You'll be seeing
more of that stamp set in the next few days.

I used Marina Mist card stock and ink. Of course, I sponged all
the edges. I think my ink pad may need to be re-inked, it looks like
I used two different shades of blue.

I added a few score lines on the top and bottom of the card to frame
the  focal point that I popped up on dimensionals.

I told you, super quick and super easy too, right!

card stock: whisper white, marina mist
stamp set: life's possible (tim holtz)
ink: marina mist

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Love You Dad!!

Here's a little peak at some of my family. We did our version of Bradley Cooper's
Oscar photo-bombing picture. It took a few tries but it was a lot of fun
to do. In this photo is my Mom, sister, two brothers, sis-in-law, my husband, our 
two daughters, two of my nephews and me. There were more of us when the
day started but this is the group that closed out the night.

We all gathered together to spread my Dad's ashes. It was an 
emotional day but it was also a day full of an incredible amount of laughter. 
One of the most important things to our Dad was family and the fact that
we all truly love each other and love spending time together is a 
testament to him and to our Mom and the way they raised us.
He would have loved this picture, and he would have loved
hearing how much fun we had together.

Love you Dad!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lots of Thanks

I just found out that a card I made for Nacho Average Challenge
was chosen Top Nacho!!  I'm thrilled and feeling very honored
to have been chosen.  Thank you Ladies :)

My card for today is for one of my own personal challenges to use
more DSP on my cards.

The only thing stamped on this card is the greeting. All the DSP is
from the Sweet Sorbet DSP that was part of SAB. Funny thing, when 
I first saw the paper I wasn't that impressed but after receiving a package
of it, well, I quickly changed my mind and have used it many, many times.

This card did require quite a bit of fussy cutting but I think it was 
worth it and oddly enough, I kind of find it relaxing.

card stock: crumb cake
dsp: sweet sorbet
stamp set: lots of thanks
embellishments: basic pearls, SAB twine

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Challenge with a Twist

I'm a little slow getting my card posted today - I've had a little 
bought of food poisoning - but I'm doing better now and managed 
to spend some time in my craft room taking on another challenge.

Here's my card for today

I made this one for a sketch challenge with a twist at Pals Paper Art.
The twist was to use this sketch with monochromatic colors (one color 
along with neutrals of your choice).  
I decided to go with Calypso Coral, white and a little bit of cream. It's 
not a combo I would normally use - crumb cake is the color I usually 
gravitate to. 

I started by embossing the flower from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set, 
sponged over top of it with calypso coral ink and then realized that I was all 
out of calypso coral card stock. I remembered that the Sweet Sorbet DSP 
had a sheet that was calypso coral so I grabbed that.

The card wasn't working for me, so I decided to add some texture. First came 
the lace doily, then the honeycomb embossing folder. I felt it was still missing 
something so I grabbed for the En Francais stamp  (I love that stamp) - I embossed 
that with white embossing powder.  

Of course, I sponged all the edges - it's
hard for me to make a card without sponging.

This card went from something I was not liking at all to one
I'm pretty happy with. I love it when that happens!

card stock: whisper white
dsp: sweet sorbet 
stamp sets: blooming with kindness, en francais, loving thoughts
ink: calypso coral
big shot: honeycomb EF
embellishments: white linen thread, lacy doily,
     very vintage designer buttons
Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tri-fold Punch Card

I saw a picture on pinterest the other day where someone
had taken the scalloped topper tag punch and made a 
tri-fold card. I had to give it a try!

Amazingly enough, when I folded the card stock into three, I
was very skeptical that I would be able to punch through all 
three layers at once. But it worked!!

I thought the Happy Watercolor stamp set would be perfect
for this. I stamped it in early espresso on the two outer folds and then 
again on pool party, summer starfruit and a piece of dsp from the 
sweet sorbet dsp (SAB). I cut out individual flowers and layered
them on top of the original image. It was a little time consuming but
I think it was totally worth it!

The greeting on the center fold is from Hero Arts - it's probably
my most favorite stamp set of all time!
The happy birthday banner is from the 
Banner Greetings Hostess set.

I love the way this turned out!

all stampin up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake, pool party,
      summer starfruit
dsp: sweet sorbet (SAB)
stamp set:  banner greetings (hostess),gorgeous grunge,
       enjoy life (hero arts)
ink: early espresso
embellishments: SAB twine
punch: scallop tag topper punch

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peace, Love and Joy

Today's card is for a challenge at Festive Friday using
this beautiful photo as inspiration that I combined with
the Merry Monday color challenge.

This is the inspiration photo and...

the challenge at Merry Monday was to use slate, kraft, white 
or cream on a Christmas card.

I decided to use the mirror and the greenery as my 
inspiration. Even though this is a Christmas card, I think
this would be great as a wedding card as well.

I used the Holiday Frame embossing folder on whisper
white card stock and then sponged lightly with some
crumb cake ink for a 'vintagy' feel.
The En Francais stamp is one that I always gravitate to
when doing a vintage card and thought it would work well
with this frame.

I used smoky slate and crumb cake (I don't have kraft) with 
whisper white. I added a touch of green using always artichoke
and old olive.

I forgot to stamp the greeting before I added the frame. It
wouldn't normally be a problem except for the fact that I used
dimensionals which is why there's a little smudge :( 
I decided to leave it instead of re-doing it --- gives it the
'handmade' look don't you think?

card stock: whisper white, smoky slate, crumb cake,
     always artichoke, old olive
stamp set: en francais, winter wreath (avery elle)
ink: crumb cake, early espresso
big shot: holiday frame EF
punch: bird builder 
embellishments: basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Circle Happy

I was looking around the internet last night and checking out
some challenges. I loved the colors that PALS was offering up
for their color challenge and the layout at CAS(E) this Sketch
jumped off the page at me.

These colors are so fresh and warm. I couldn't wait
to try this one.

This layout has so many possibilities and I was eager to 
play with this challenge too.

I used the second smallest circle from the circles framelits and
ran it through the big shot 9 times. To make sure they all
lined up I drew a grid on the back and placed the framelit
inside each grid - worked perfectly!

I love that little stamp - it's from A Round Array and it
fits perfectly inside the circle cut out. Originally I was going
to do a white card base but after I stamped the little doily and
the greeting I went with the early espresso base.

I thought I'd try the glossy white card stock this time. I stamped the
greeting and thought I had waited long enough for the ink to 
dry but apparently I didn't because there is a little smudge (or two)
which is why I added the linen thread.

You can't see it in the pics but the circle framelit left a 
textured looking 'frame' around the image. I was expecting it to 
leave a ring around it but not all the texture that I saw.
I wish it would have shown in the pic because it is 
quite cool looking.

card stock: glossy white, early espresso, 
      pear pizzazz, so saffron
dsp: sweet sorbet SAB (the calypso coral pieces)
stamp set: a round array, perfectly penned
ink: early espresso
embellishments: basic pearls, linen thread

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

3 for 1

3 challenges on one card!
Today's card combines 3 different challenges.

The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches
The colors are from the Nacho Average Challenges

The cue card is "wet" from CASology

To help achieve the 'wet' look I decided to use the chevron embossing
folder with some marina mist ink. Spread the ink pad onto the folder,
then put the card stock in the folder and through the big shot.
I love this technique!
I love what texture can add to a card so I also added the 
pretty print embossing folder.

I love the color combo that Nacho Average Challenges chose.
I didn't have any perfect plum so I used some wisteria wonder instead.

I chose the Happy Watercolor stamp set. Not only because
I love it but also because it has the word 'water' in it and I thought
it would work with the 'wet' cue card challenge.

Matting everything on white helps to make each of the colors 'pop'.
Combining challenges is a great way to find inspiration - I highly
recommend it!

card stock: marina mist, sahara sand, wisteria wonder,
       whisper white
ink: marina mist, sahara sand, wisteria wonder
stamp set: Happy Watercolor
big shot: chevron EF, pretty print EF
embellishments: linen thread

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Merry Monday #103

It's time for another Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.
This weeks challenge is to use a snowman on your
Christmas card.  

I've yet to remedy the fact that I don't own any snowman
stamps. Don't get me wrong I love snowmen stamps but for
some unknown reason I've never purchased any?????? yet.

This card doesn't have any stamping on it at all. What I 
did for the snowman was found a free digital image online, enhanced
the colors, printed off a few copies and then layered them on top
of each other.

This snowman has a 'folk art' feel to it and made me think
of a country Christmas and quilts. I love a Country Christmas!
For this card I decided not to add a lot of pattern as I thought it 
would take away from the snowman.

card stock: crumb cake, early espresso, always artichoke
ink: early espresso (for sponging)
snowman: free digital download
big shot: holiday frame EF
embellishments: linen thread
framelit piece - from a retired kit

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cool Kid

Today's post is a card I made today for the kids club that
is meeting at my house tomorrow. They received the Cool Kid
stamp set, Fresh Prints DSP paper pack, hung up cute clips
and a coastal cabana ink pad.

I used the retired build a cupcake punch to make a fun
birthday card for a 'cool kid'. I really like the banners made from
washi tape and toothpicks. They add another element of fun.

I love the color combination of coastal cabana and real red. I 
think it's a great combination to use for kids cards.

The washi tape I picked up from the dollar store - wrap it
around a toothpick and cut the end into a V shape.
These look awesome in real cupcakes!

card stock: whisper white, real red, coastal cabana
dsp: fresh prints pack
stamp set: cool kid
ink: coastal cabana
build a cupcake punch
washi tape

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!