Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Best Part About a Home is...

My card for you today was made with a StampNation challenge
in mind. The challenge was to make a card inspired by the
theme word "HOME"

The stamps from Friendly Folk by Fresh Squeezed Stamps were perfect
for this challenge.  For the most part I went with a folk art look but
I decided to change the checkered border up a bit from the 
traditional checkerboard border you would see in folk art.

The border actually makes me think of kitchen tile - which is
part of a home - so technically it works (hahaha)

card stock: whisper white, crumb cake, basic black
stamp sets: friendly folk (fresh squeezed stamps), peachy keen
ink: basic black, soft suede, crumb cake, real red, crushed curry
embellishments: linen thread

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 30, 2014

How Did I Get Here?

The other day I posted this card and mentioned that I had a 
completely different idea in mind when I headed to my 
craft room to play.

This was the card that I had in mind to make. Completely
different right? 

How did I get here?

I started both cards by masking off stripes and sponging on
some gray ink. But on the first card the stripes are wider as I 
grabbed the wrong tape. After I sponged them I didn't feel they 
worked with the flower card I had in mins - so, masculine it was.

I really like the width of these stripes, and just having the gray
and white really helps the 'vine' and the flowers to pop.

I love when that happens though - starting with an image in mind 
but something triggers a new idea that goes in a completely
different direction - and that both ideas work out.
It makes for a very happy and productive crafting day.

card stock:whisper white, melon mambo, gumball green
stamp sets: summer silhouette, petite petals,
     blooming with kindness
ink: smoky slate, gumball green, melon mambo,
     elegant eggplant, basic black
embellishments: basic pearls, whisper white baker's twine

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Merry Monday #110

It's time for another challenge over at Merry Monday.
This week the challenge is to use Christmas inspired
food on your Christmas project.

I instantly thought of hot chocolate as it's the only time
of year that I drink it.  A nice, big, steaming mug of hot chocolate 
after hours in the snow building a snowman is the perfect way
to warm up.

This card actually took me a lot longer to create than you 
would think. I played with a lot of different ideas for the card base
but in the end I decided that CAS was the way to go. 

Popping up the mugs of hot chocolate with dimensionals
was all I needed to make me feel this card was done.

card stock: whisper white, early espresso
dsp: be of good cheer, season of style
stamp sets: hot hot hot (fresh squeezed stamps),
     warmth and wonder
ink: early espresso

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ahoy Matey

I had an idea for a card when I went into my craft room last night -
 this was not it!

I used some painters tape to mask off the stripes and sponged on 
some basic gray ink - that's the only part from my original idea that I used.

I then masked off some more stripes and sponged on some bermuda
bay. The darker thin stripe is made with a ruler and the basic gray marker.
After that I added some cajun craze grunge and decided to use the
ship from the Open Sea. 
The celtic knot is made from some cord I got from the dollar store.

It's funny how our tastes grow and change - I've never been one to
embrace the nautical theme, but lately I've been drawn to it and have made
a few cards with this theme lately. I'm going to have to purchase a set with 
some nautical greetings as I want to add
'Ahoy Matey' to this card.

card stock: whisper white, basic black, cajun craze
stamp set: the open sea, gorgeous grunge
ink: basic gray, bermuda bay, cajun craze
big shot: woodgrain EF, chalk talk framelits
embellishments: antique brads

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visitng!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2 for 1

 A few days ago I posted this card

 Later that same day when I was cleaning up my mess, I was looking 
at the doilies that I used for sponging and decided to sponge the whole 
doily. I really like how they looked so I made another card using 
the same sketch.

You can make any color card stock you want. Just take your ink pad, a
sponge and some white card stock and sponge it on. I left mine a little
'splotchy' in spots - I like that it's not a solid color - it gives it a little different
look than I would have gotten if I'd use the card stock of that color.

The label maker greeting is typically something I would 
use on a grunge themed card but decided to try it on these 
cards and I have to say, I love how it looks!

So, don't always throw those leftover pieces away - 
they may just be perfect for another card.

card stock: whisper white, bermuda bay, basic black
ink: calypso coral, bermuda bay
big shot: large delicate doilies
embellishments: basic pearls, very vintage designer buttons,
     whisper white baker's twine
label maker

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Time to Celebrate

It's that time of year when grad cards are needed. I wanted to make
something a little different so I went on line and found a great
tutorial for making this grad cap gift card holder.
click here to view the tutorial.

It's a super quick and easy card to make - it surprised me as to how
easy it actually was. I'm thinking the tassel would look better if I 
had made it thicker.

As you can see here in the inside by not taping down the top 
portion of where I stamped celebrate, it creates a pocket for
a gift card or money - something all grads could use!

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black, garden green
stamp sets: go graduate, shenanigans (cas-ual fridays)
ink: stazon
embellishments: whisper white baker's twine

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

With Love

I've had the  Beanstalks stamp set and die combo from CAS-ual Fridays 
for a little while now but haven't played with it until today.
Why did I ever wait - love their products!

I love the color combo of blue and green but haven't used it in a 
while. I find it a very calm and peaceful combo.
This is one of those cards that came together without any troubles.
I love it when that happens!

I sponged the edges of the pool party card base with whisper white ink,
   stamped with En Francais using versamark, and then embossed with 
pool party embossing powder. I love the soft look of the edges.
I sewed the ribbons on and left some of it hanging loose.
The 'beanstalk' is stamped and colored using watercolor paper and tied
into the whisper white baker's twine with dimensionals to pop it up.

Thank you to all who visit my blog and leave such kind and sweet
comments. I appreciate each one of you!

all Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, pool party, old olive,
       watercolor paper
stamp sets: en francais: beanstalks (cas-ual fridays)
ink: pool party, whisper white, old olive, elegant eggplant,
big shot: striped EF, stalk up fri dies (cas-ual fridays)
embossing powder: pool party
ribbon: pear pizzazz taffeta, pool party seam binding,
     7/16" trim, whisper white baker's twine

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Card with No Stamping!

Today's card is for a sketch challenge over at StampNation
I decided to use the large delicate doilies sizzlits from Stampin' up but
after I ran them through the big shot and poked out all the little pieces
I decided I would do some sponging with them.

I laid the doily on to the card stock and then sponged over all the little 
openings and around the edges. The name for this technique is on the tip 
of my tongue but it escapes me at the moment.

I used calypso coral and bermuda bay ink. I didn't have any of the
coordinating card stock so I took a blue that was close in color and 
sponged around the edges to make it match. 
I used my label maker to make the greeting - LOVE that thing!!
Added a flower and some pearls and it's done - pretty quick and easy!

Looking at it now I would cut the whisper white and the bermuda bay
card stock a little smaller so the black card base stood out a bit more.

card stock: whisper white, bermuda bay, basic black
ink: calypso coral, bermuda bay
big shot: large delicate doilies
punch: boho blossoms
embellishments: pearls
label maker

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge #109

My card today is for another fantastic challenge over at 
This week the challenge is to use a flower(s) on your Christmas project.
These challenges have been so much fun to do and the added bonus is
that I have a big jump start on all my Christmas cards. YAY!

I had all kinds of ideas for this challenge but in the end I decided to keep 
it simple and do a OLC. I pulled out an oldie but a goodie - the Bells & Boughs 
stamp set and paired it with last years Christmas Messages - both are from 
Stampin' Up.

I was originally going to use whisper white but I didn't have my glasses
on and I grabbed very vanilla by mistake.
After I stamped the flower image I decided to emboss the greeting in early
espresso. There were a couple of smudges so I cut it down and 
decided that I would use early espresso for the card base and as a 
layering piece.
So much for the OLC - but I was liking how this was turning out. 
I did feel it was needing something so I stamped the image again, cut out the
flowers and added them with dimensionals.
OK - now I'm done!

It surprises me some days how I can start a card with one idea and end up
with something else.

card stock: very vanilla, early espresso
stamp sets: bells & boughs, Christmas messages
ink: cherry cobbler, always artichoke, early espresso
embossing powder: early espresso

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Let's Get Nautical!

I've made very few nautical cards over the last 10 years - Only two that I
can think of. It's not a style I've ever embraced - but lately I've been seeing 
all kinds of nautical cards over at StampNation and I have found myself 
drawn to them more and more. 

This card was inspired by one card in particular that was made by a member of
StampNation. Her name is Jean and she is very talented lady.
Check out her blog - Right as Rain - to see the card that inspired this
one and to see so much more.

I own one, just one, nautical stamp set and that is The Open Sea from
Stampin' Up. I only used the anchor from the set, I thought about using more
but I thought I'd ease into the whole nautical theme idea.

I decided to use the Hardwood background stamp as it made me think
of 'walking the plank' - that's nautical right? lol

It's not often that I leave a card base so untouched - I didn't even sponge
 it (gasp!) -but it was one of the things that drew me to Jean's card so I
left it alone.
I don't have any nautical greetings but the 'hey there' from Just Sayin'
sort of sounded a little like 'ahoy there' so I went with that.

I just may have to buy myself a nautical themed stamp set yet!

card stock: basic gray, smoky slate, whisper white,
     midnight muse
stamp sets: the open sea, hardwood, just sayin', tape it
inks: smoky slate, midnight muse, real red
big shot: argyle EF
punch: artisan label

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, May 19, 2014

With Deep Sadness

This was by far the hardest card I've ever had to make. My 
daughter's friend, Melissa, died this weekend unexpectedly. We live in a 
small town, everyone knew her and loved her.
She will be missed by all.

When I was making a sympathy card for her family I knew I wanted
it to be special, something that made you think of Melissa when you looked
at it.  She loved the Lion King and the saying Hakuna Matata which is why
I decided to do a sunset with a silhouette of a tree embossed in black.

Rest in Peace Melissa

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time to Enjoy!

YAY!! I finally made it into my craft room! 
I've been sick all week and didn't have any energy to make cards.

The first card I wanted to make was for a OLC (one layer card) 
challenge over at StampNation.  I have been thinking about
what I was going to do for this challenge for the last couple
of days and couldn't wait to try it out.

I used one piece of whisper white card stock cut 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
and scored at 4 1/4". I then drew a light pencil line at the 2 1/8".
I centered the framelit on this line and lined that up with the
edge of the platform for the big shot. When you run it through
the big shot, only the section that is on the platform will cut through.

Hopefully this picture shows what I'm talking about. I made the
pencil line darker in the photo so you could see it.

Next I stamped the coordinating stamp in versa mark and embossed
it with pool party embossing powder. The 'for you' was next and 
for that I used early espresso embossing powder.
The rest of the card was stamped with pool party ink using the
big stamp from Creative Elements. 

I used pool party and pear pizzazz ink to color in some of
the stems and flowers. It's hard to see, but a few of them were
embossed with a bridal white embossing powder - it sparkles
in person. I then stamped the inside greeting using early espresso. 
It's probably my all time favorite greeting and it's called 
Time To Enjoy by Hero Arts.

all from stampin' up unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: chalk talk, creative elements,
    time to enjoy (hero arts)
ink: pool party, pear pizzazz, early espresso, versamark
big shot: chalk talk framelits
embossing powder: pool party, early espresso,
     bridal white (?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Another Oldie but Goodie

I still haven't made it into my craft room this week. Last night I
took some nyquil and was asleep in about 20 minutes - slept like a 
baby but still feel awful. Hopefully work goes by fast today!

My card for you today is one I made a long time ago but still love.
I know this card was inspired by another card I saw but it's been so
long that I can't remember for sure who made it. Sorry about that.

One of the ways that I have grown as a stamper since I have become a 
member of StampNation is that I don't just gravitate to one style of
card making anymore. I have learned to embrace and combine many
different styles. (Not that this card does that - I just wanted to share that)

This is not a set that I have used a lot - not sure why as I fell in love
with it when I first saw it. I'll have to spend some more time with it soon.  
There's a lot going on on this card but like I explained in an earlier post - it 
works because they are gathered together to create a focal point. Also the 
colors are kept quite neutral with just a 'pop' of color.

card stock: vary vanilla, crumb cake
   early espresso, cherry chobbler
dsp: neutrals pack
stamp set: postage due
ink: crumb cake, early espresso, cherry cobbler
punch: 1" postage punch, itty bitty shapes pack
embellishments: linen thread, victorian lace, pearls
     button is retired

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Polaroid Technique

I've been fighting a 'bug' this week which means I haven't been in
my craft room at all :( 
I made this card a while ago now and it's still one of my fav's so I thought
I would share it. I think it's called the polaroid technique and it is beyond easy! 

Here are the steps:

-cut card stock for stamping on to desired size
-mask off area for stamping (I used post-it notes)
-sponge lightly in color of choice
-stamp image (I used the same color)
-remove mask
-add greeting
-spritz card stock
-mat it on card coordinating card stock
-add to your card base (I used dimensionals)

and you are done!

card stock: very vanilla, basic black, sahara sand
stamp sets: forever young, petite pairs
ink: basic gray
big shot: woodgrain EF

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Queen for a Day

Today's card is for a lady I truly admire. She's turning 65 today
and is retiring from teaching at the end of the school year. 
She's going to greatly missed by all the staff and the students.

There's definitely a lot going on with this card. What helps to make it not
look cluttered is the fact that the focal point has been clustered together mainly
in one area of the card. There are some great tutorials on how to create a 
focal point over at StampNation.

Here is a close-up of the focal point.

This was a fun card to make - I love all the layers, the vintage look 
of the flower and the doily that has been sponged with ink. If you look
close, tucked in behind he greeting and the bottle cap is another piece
of lace, there's stamping inside the bottle cap and of course what
card for a queen is complete without a crown and some jewels!

I also like how this card combines some vintagy/shabby looks with
some trendy looks too - the honeycomb embossing folder along
with the chevron stamped oval piece. For more texture I cut the
chevron piece and layered it on itself. I like how that came out.

This was a happy accident but I like how the top layer of dsp almost
mimics the honeycomb layer  - it's not exact but it is there.
Keeping the colors all pretty neutral also helps in making this
card not appear overly cluttered.

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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Merry Monday #108

I was thrilled to recently find out that a card I made for a 
Merry Monday challenge won!! You can view the card here.
I am honored to have been asked to be a guest designer for this week.
Thank you for the opportunity!

This week's challenge is to use stars on your Christmas project.

I was eager to play along with this challenge!

Stars automatically make me think of a country and rustic Christmas. 
I don't have much in the way of star stamps so I opted
to use my big shot and some variegated cardboard to make the stars. 
After I sponged the edges, the rest of the card just fell in to place.

I hope this and all the other cards inspire you to create one of your 
own for this challenge.

Check out all the cards at the 

card stock: naturals ivory, cherry cobbler
stamp set: magical season
ink: crumb cake, cherry cobbler, always artichoke
big shot: stars #2, decorative dots EF
cardboard, dimensionals

Happy Stamping!
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Big Thumbs Up!

I know it's Mother's Day but I was in need of a masculine card.
Usually I don't get more than a 'that's nice' when I show my husband
a card but this card was different. He really liked this one - gave it
a big thumbs up!

I used the masking tape technique for this card - love that one! You 
take strips of masking tape, press it into your ink pad and then press
it onto your card stock, press again without re-inking so you get 
a gradual lightening of color

The trees I stamped a few times without re-inking so as to get a 
look of  field of trees.
This card looks like there is a lot going on but it actually too only
a few minutes to make.

card stock: confetti white, night of navy
stamp sets:  walk in the wild, lovely as a tree, really good greetings
ink: marina mist, soft sky, old olive, pear pizzazz, night of navy
big shot: circles framelits

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Live The Life You've Imagined

I'm experiencing technical difficulties right now - I'm unable to 
load my pics to my laptop directly - frustrating to say the least.
My camera reads as 'corrupted file' and my ipad went to a black screen.

But I did manage to take pics of a card I made today with my
cell phone - but I only managed to get one loaded...for now. 
I'm determined to get this fixed! and soon too!

My card today is for a challenge over at StampNation. It's a
beautiful photo that has a ton of inspiration and there are so many ways
I could have gone. 

I chose to keep the card CAS. I used the scooter from a retired SU stamp set
called On The Grow and the greeting is also from SU and is called 
Really Good Greetings. It doesn't show well in the photo but there are
3 layers of the whisper white card stock. I love the look of white on white.

I was going for a watercolor look without using the watercolor paper. I wanted
the crispness of the whisper white. I stamped the scooter with stazon ink and then 
used my blender pens to pick up ink and color the image.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, I only wish I was able to 
photograph it properly.

card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: On The Grow, Really Good Greetings
ink: stazon, daffodil delight, so saffron, wild wasabi,
       crumb cake, sahara sand, basic black

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Masculine Card Class

Do you struggle with making masculine cards? Well, I'm here to tell you
that you're not alone!
A lot of us struggle with this but let me tell you, there's an online class
at StampNation that can take all of your struggles away!!

It's called cards for him  and it is amazing!!!

Some top designers in the paper-crafting industry teamed up with Catherine Pooler
to bring you video tutorials, photo tutorials, techniques galore and an endless
amount of inspiration to help you make cards for men in your life. These cards
are perfect for men of all ages!

If you haven't checked out StampNation yet - here are just some of
what you can experience if you become a member:

Membership Benefits Include:

Over 400 videos at your fingertips
- new videos every week
- Projects range from Clean and Simple to more elaborate and detailed 
- Peruse over 150 challenges to inspire your creativity
- A new challenge is added every week.
- Over 20,000 samples sorted by stamp set and occasion
- A community of positive, passionate papercrafters who are
committed to helping you take your skills to the next level
- live chats
-- virtual events and parties
- Members enjoy discounts on special events and promotions throughout the year

If you haven't already joined StampNation, I recommend that you don't
waste any more time. 

And it's only $9 a month! You've got nothing to lose and so much to gain!

See you there!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

More CAS-ual Links

I am LOVING this stamp set and die from CAS-ual Fridays.
My card today was inspired from my left over pieces from the card
I made yesterday

First I stamped the image in wisteria wonder, then in elegant eggplant
and then again in elegant eggplant that I stamped off first. I then used
the leftover die cut pieces from yesterday's card and decided that a
tangerine tango piece would be a fun color to add to the mix. The
stamped image works as a shadow for the die cut pieces.

After I stamped the greeting, I noticed a little smudge which is when
I decided to add the flowers from another CAS-ual Fridays stamp set.

It was only a few months ago that a card like this would have stressed
 me out to make. All that white space! And basically a one layer 
card (OLC). But because of the incredible tutorials from the ladies
at StampNation I have overcome my fear of the CAS and OLC cards
and now thoroughly enjoy making them.

I would encourage you to check out StampNation. It is so much more
than a stamping site - it's a place where friends gather from all over the
world to share and encourage each other in their creative journey.

from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, coastal cabana,
     melon mambo, tangerine tango
stamp sets: lotsa links, loving thoughts,
    shenanigans (all from CAS-ual Fridays)
big shot: links die (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: wisteria wonder, elegant eggplant, melon mambo,
    tangerine tango, coastal cabana, stazon

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!