Friday, August 29, 2014

Homemade Dots!!

Enamel Dots. They're everywhere!
Love those things but not a fan of the price so when I learned how to make them
I headed out to the store, bought my supplies and have been having a blast
making them.

I bought a container of perler beads - 6000 of them - I'm set for life! I bought mine at
Michaels but shop around for the best price in your area.

To make them, lay a piece of parchment paper onto a glass baking dish. The glass
dish was key for me - I tried a cookie sheet and it didn't work in my oven. Place in a
preheated oven - mine was set to 425 - then watch the magic happen before your eyes.
. It took 16 minutes my oven. 

This is what they look like before they go in the oven...

...and this is what they look like when they are done. If you're like me, this will make
you do a happy dance in your kitchen and your husband look at you like your nuts.

Here are two quick and easy cards I made that have my new homemade dots!

They look exactly like the store bought ones!

Give it a try - I bet you'll be doing the happy dance in your kitchen too!

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
1st card
card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp set: The Big The Bold and The Happy (Winne & Walter)
ink: memento tuxedo black
embellishments: homemade dots

2nd card
card stock: basic black, glossy white
stamp set: The Big The Bold and The Happy (Winnie & Walter)
ink: crushed curry, real red,calypso coral, rich razzleberry,
       tempting turquoise, pear pizzazz, memento tuxedo black
embellishments: homemade dots

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Card Concept

When I saw the inspiration photo for The Card Concept challenge I knew 
instantly that I was going to use a retired stamp set from Stampin' Up 
called Betsy's Blossoms. I knew exactly what I wanted my card to 
look like so I decided not to look at any of the DT's cards before I made mine.

Here's my clean and simple design.

After I made my card I went and had a look at the DT's cards and noticed that mine
is very similar to Deanna Deans card - which I love! I thought about changing mine but
decided not to. Has that ever happened to you? You make a card only to realize it's
very similar to someone else's.

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: Betsy's Blossoms, The Big The Bold and The Happy (Winnie & Walter)
ink: crushed curry, memento tuxedo black

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Feels Good to Create!

I haven't been around the last week because my creative 'mojo' decided
to take a vacation. I hadn't been in my craft room for the last week and I have
to say I missed it. I had all kinds of ideas but no 'mojo' to create them. It came
back with a vengeance though - the other day I made 7 cards!!

The card I have for you today combines 2 challenges. 
The Merry Monday and the Festive Friday challenges.

I wanted to do something a little different for the wreath. I do have a wreath
stamp that I love and use often but I decided not to use it this time. This time
I 'made' my wreath by stamping a small pinecone and greenery stamp a few 
times in a circle and then adding some tiny pearls.
The piece I stamped it on I found when I was cleaning my craft room. It's a 
piece leftover from a SU kit - sorry, I don't remember which one.

I loved the colors - or lack of colors in the inspiration photo. They are not 
something you would think to use on a Christmas card which made it that
much more fun to play with.

I recently ordered 2 stamp sets from Winnie & Walter and when they arrived in the
mail earlier that day I knew that the sentiment set was going to be used on this card.
It's called The Big, The Bold and The Happy - it's awesome!!

 It's nice to be back in my craft room again - I've missed it and all of you!
It feels good to create again!!

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black, crumb cake
stamp set: Special Season, The Big The Bold & the Happy (Winnie & Walter)
ink: always artichoke, soft suede, memento tuxedo black
embellishments: basic pearls, doily

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's All in the Details

My card today combines a sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch and 
a color challenge over at Pals

I stamped the image from the Easter Blossoms stamp set twice with soft suede
and colored both with strawberry slush and pear pizzazz. I punched 3 different
size circles out of one of the images, sponged the edges and then placed them
on top of the other image. I sponged the edges and layered it on a piece of
basic black card stock and then ran it through the big shot using the needlepoint
embossing folder to give a little detail to the edge. (It doesn't show that well in the
photo but it adds a little more detail). All of this is layered on to
pear pizzazz card stock. The birthday banner has a little 'wave' to it - it adds a 
little more detail and then I finished it off with some small pearls.

I love the detail that this technique adds to a card. Combined with the wave in the 
banner, the EF and the pearls - there's a lot of detail but it's still CAS.

Here is the sketch and the colors.


all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black, pear pizzazz
stamp sets: easter blossoms, something to celebrate
ink: strawberry slush, pear pizzazz, memento black, soft suede
punches: 3/4", 1 1/4" and 1 3/4" circles
big shot: needlepoint EF
embellishments: basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Best Things in Life...

I combined two challenges that go perfectly together! 
The Best of Friends challenge at Cards in Envy and the 
Animal Theme challenge at Less is More

My first thought was of a boy and his dog. This digital image from
Mo Manning was perfect for what I wanted to do.
I'm seeing black and white patterned paper everywhere lately and love
the 'pop' it gives a card. I used my versa mark pen to fill in the 'gems' on the
dogs collar and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  It doesn't
show well in the pic but it gives it a nice finish.

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black
dsp: back to black
stamp set: feel goods
digital image: buds (mo manning)
ink: memento black, island indigo, crumb cake, chocolate chip,
   pear pizzazz, blush blossom, basic black
blendabilities: daffodil delight
embossing powder: silver

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Toes in the Sand

My card for you today was made with a Cards in Envy challenge in mind.

It's a 'Toes in the Sand (Beach Theme)' card challenge.

I made the flip flops by using a metal embossing plate from Lasting Impressions.

I used my versamark pen to fill in the open spaces and then heat embossed it
with pool party embossing powder. The flowers are punched out from a scrap of
leftover watercolor and the beach is made form a piece of cardboard box.
I hand wrote the 'Life is Good' and tucked it under the button.

I am also submitting this to the Simon Says summer challenge
and Stamping with the Dragon for their sun, sea and sand them challenge.

all from stampin' up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake
dsp: retired stampin up - name ?
ink: pool paerty, soft sky, basic black
big shot: honeycomb EF, cloudy day EF, on film framelits dies
punch: flower from the itty bitty shapes punch pack (retired)
basic pearls, linen thread, button (retired)
flip flop sandals embossing template (lasting impressions)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What's Your Fav?

Who wants a popsicle?

The challenge over at AAA Cards is to create a card using summer food.
Growing up, my most favorite popsicle was root beer! I haven't been
able to find them anywhere in years!

I used the word window punch to make these popsicles and the sticks.
I punched out 2 pieces for each popsicle and 1 for the sticks. Cut the one for
the sticks in half and attach to the popsicle piece. I sponged the edges of
the 'sticks' a little bit first. 
I laid the two halves of the popsicle beside each other, upside down and placed
 dimensionals over the center attaching the two sides together. I drew on 
the white lines with a chalk marker and then covered them with 
crystal effects. (Word of warning when using crystal effects - it can take  
a LONG time to dry if you put too much on, which I did - lol)

I'm also submitting this to the anything goes challenge at Sister Act

card stock: whisper white, tangerine tango,
    melon mambo, elegant eggplant, crumb cake
dsp: maritime, back to black
stamp sets: peachy keen, something to celebrate
ink: melon mambo, stazon, crumb cake
chalk marker
punch: word window
big shot: on film framelits
embellishments: crystal effects, sycamore street button, 
     whisper white baker's twine, sequins (craft medley)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tic-Tac-Toe x3

There's a challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays that has been so much fun
to play with. To create a CAS card using the Tic Tac Toe card as your inspiration.
Choose 3 squares in a row either diagonally, vertically or horizontally.
So many possibilities.

This is my second card for this challenge and when I was trying to decide which
3 to use I thought, why just 3? Why not try to make a card with all 9 elements!

So I did and here it is.

This was not the easiest card to photograph - the details on the banners
were hard to get.

I used the houndstooth, chevron and circle embossing folders on the black 
banners. The houndstooth (on the left) is a little difficult to see but it's there.

The colors of black, white and gray made the decision for me to make a more 
formal card. I stamped the flowers in versamark and then embossed with black
embossing powder. A few sequins and some whisper white baker's twine and
this card is done.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, smoky slate, basic black
stamp sets: flower shop, petite petals, a dozen thoughts
ink: versamark, memento tuxedo black
punches: pansy, petite petals
big shot: houndstooth EF, chevron EF, circles EF (cuttlebug)
embossing powder: black
whisper white baker's twine
clear sequins (craft medley)
Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Merry and Festive

My card today combines two challenges. 
The Merry Monday and Festive Friday Christmas Challenges.


The challenge at Festive Friday is an inspirational photo. I was inspired by the 
wreath which fit perfectly with the Merry Monday challenge to use pinecones & 
greens with a plaid ribbon.
I don't have any plaid ribbon so I used some plaid dsp and made a paper ribbon.


all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: crumb cake, old olive, whisper white
dsp: season of style
stamp set: winter wreath (avery elle)
ink: always artichoke, old olive, wild wasabi, soft suede
big shot: woodgrain EF, needlepoint border EF

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray!

Sorry I've been MIA lately. 
I took a few days to take care of some other business which kept me
busy and away from my craft room. Things should be back to normal now.

I wanted to say thank you to Merry Monday for choosing this card
for an honorable mention. 
Also congratulations to the winner and to all the other cards that were 
chosen for honorable mention which you can view here.

 I have a few pics for you today.
I played with another fabulous card kit from Stampin' Up. This one is
called Hip Hip Hooray. 

One of the things I love about these kits is that they come with everything
you need to make 20 cards (excluding adhesive).  It even comes with an idea
sheet - you can copy exactly or use it for inspiration. They are great to throw into
a bag and take with you and they make fantastic gifts!

I used supplies from the kit and also added my own touches. For the card below
I used a dollar store stamp set to stamp the baby image which I used the ]
daffodil delights blendabilities to color the blanket. The greeting is from the
Everyday Occasions card kit.

This next card I used lined thread instead of the white baker's twine
that comes in the kit.

The cards in this kit are 5 1/4 x 3 1/2" so for this next one I took the card
front and placed it on to  a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" inch card base.

Hip Hip Hooray card kit
additional supplies:
card stock: crumb cake, old olive
linen thread
greeting from Everyday occasions card kit
dollar store stamp set
daffodil delight blendabilities

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Not What I Had Planned

It's time for another Christmas card. It feels like it's been a while since I
made one. I was wanting to play along with the challenge at Merry Monday 
to use skis, skates or a sled on your card, but I didn't have any. So, I took to
the internet and found a cute digi image of a bird skating.

My first thought was to do something with a country feel to it but when I
saw this cute bird I changed my direction. Even thought he's not what I had planned
I think he's adorable. 
The 'snowflakes' are white sequins.

I am also submitting this to Christmas Card Challenges
Their challenge is to use embellishments. 

card stock: whisper white, cherry cobbler, basic black
stamp set: more merry messages
digi image:
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, old olive, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie
ink: memento black
embellishments: cherry cobbler baker's twine, white sequins (craft medley)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I combined 4 CAS challenges to make this card. 

AAA Cards - watercolor
CAS on Sunday - butterfly
CASology - stripe
Less is More - color

I used an aqua painter to brush so saffron, wild wasabi and lucky limeade in big 
stripes on to watercolor paper and then punched out 3 butterflies. 
I scored 3 lines (stripes) above and below each butterfly and then added the 
greeting. Next I added 3 basic pearls to each butterfly and then finished it off by 
putting it all on to a smoky slate card base.

card stock: whisper white, smoky slate
watercolor paper
stamp set: really good greetings
ink: coastal cabana, lucky limeade, wild wasabi, so saffron
punch: elegant butterfly
score board
basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

No Direction in Mind

First, I would like to thank the people at Love to Scrap! for choosing my
card as one of the winners of LTSCB#34 with this card. And to say 
congratulations to the other winners!!

I spent the day in my craft room yesterday, playing, with no direction in
mind. I had some things lying around my work space and decided to see
how they would work together.  

The dsp, card stock, linen flowers, burlap and birthday tag were just sitting
there screaming to be used.
I stamped the card base with the en Francais stamp and versamark ink and
then embossed it with early espresso embossing powder.  I layered on the pieces
I mentioned above but it still needed something. The bird builder
punch was on the edge of my table sitting on top of a pack of sweet sorbet dsp.
I grabbed that, some pearls and linen thread to finish it off. 
I love the way it came together.

I am entering this into a ribbon challenge over at Just Us Girls

card stock: crumb cake, basic black, old olive
dsp: lullaby, sweet sorbet, newsprint
stamp set: en francais
ink: versamark
early espresso embossing powder
linen thread, lace flowers (retired), basic pearls
bird builder punch
piece of burlap, birthday tag (?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

3 in 1

 I've combined three challenges today. 
CAS(E) this Sketch! has teamed up with the people at Tag You're It! for
a fun challenge. I combined it with this weeks challenge at Color Throwdown.

These colors were fun to work with! I can't remember the last time I used
poppy parade. I don't have cool caribbean so I used pool party.  
By stamping and then stamping 
again without re-inking it looks like I used more than the 2 greens.
The other day I was playing with my new embossing paste - love that stuff!
I had mixed up some paste with pool party ink and used the bubble stencil 
Tim Holtz. It was just waiting to be used.

card stock: whisper white, pool party
stamp sets: summer silhouettes, faux veneer (altenew)
ink: pool party, garden green, lucky limeade, pool party
Tim Holtz bubble stencil 
tag topper scallop punch
dreamweaver embossing paste
1/4" sycamore street ribbon
basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Clean & Simple Colour

My card today makes me smile.
I combined this week's Colour Me challenge with a sketch challenge 

There were two sets of colors to choose from and I went with the one on the
left. Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey and So Saffron. These are not colors I would
normally use as I'm not a big fan of yellow or pink  but I am a big fan of Hello Honey 
which is why I chose to use that particular dsp.

The sketch was another challenge for me as scallops aren't something I use
much of. So since I decided to start this blog to challenge myself to go out of
 my comfort zone I decided these were perfect challenges to combine.

I'm really happy with how this turned out - you may be seeing more scallops,
yellow and pink on my cards in the future :)

card stock: whisper white
dsp: lullaby 
stamp sets: petite petals, beanstalks (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: strawberry slush, so saffron
big shot: large scallop edgelit
punch: petite petals
embellishments: whisper white baker's twine, basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thanks a Latte

I want to send out a big THANKS to everyone who follows my blog
 and to let you know that I appreciate you and your sweet comments so very much!

I love what paper piecing can do to a simple card. The possibilities
for adding some 'pop' are endless.

 A while ago I did this to some bigger mugs with some Christmas dsp, you 
can see that card by clicking here.
I loved how that turned out so I thought I would give it a try on these latte cups.
I love how blue and brown look together so when I saw these two papers, it was
 an easy decision.

card stock whisper white
dsp: sweet sorbet
stamp set: hot hot hot (fresh squeezed stamps)
ink: crumb cake, marina mist, memento black

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!