Monday, March 30, 2015

Merry Monday Guest

Hello everyone!
Today I have the honor of posting alongside an amazing group
of talented card makers over at Merry Monday as a guest designer!
Needless to say, I'm thrilled and beyond excited!!

Kristie is the host this week and her challenge is to create a card that
uses the colors lime, turquoise and white. LOVE that color combo Kristie!
I don't have any true lime ink (???) so I used the closest that I have. 

I've been wanting to try the Neenah solar white card stock and I 
recently found some at a craft store only a couple of hours from where
I live. YAY! I understand now why it's so popular - It's got such a nice
weight to it. 

This isn't the card I set out to make. I had an idea in mind but when
I started pulling out supplies, I got another idea and when I started
working I changed up my idea again - it's funny how that'll happen.

I stamped the image in versamark, heat embossed with black 
embossing powder. I used Tim Holtz distress inks to
watercolor in the ornaments. I need to use those inks more often,
they're fun to play with.  The splatters were added
to hide the fact that I colored a little outside the lines. After I 
stamped the greeting I remembered I had some green and blue 
sequins so I added a few to finish it off. 

Make sure you head on over to the Merry Monday blog and
check out all the cards. While you're at it, why don't you join us
in the fun and join the challenge!!!

I am also playing along with the anything goes challenge

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: marina mist, pear pizzazz, white (neenah paper)
stamps: linear baubles(stamp-it Australia), Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: versamark, memento black, smoky slate, peacock feathers & peeled paint(Tim Holtz)
big shot: large and small stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
embossing powder: black
sequins: dollar store

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I found out today that this card was chosen as last weeks
winner at Merry Monday. Thank you for that honor and Congratulations 
to all the ladies whose cards were chosen for honorable mention. 

This week the theme at Merry Monday is to use a tree on your card.
I had an idea for this one right away. I've been in such a creative slump
lately that I have to tell you, it felt great to have an idea right away
and to have it come together too.

I used a LOT of different supplies for this card. I've got a pile
of supplies that haven't seen the light of day. I've been wanting
to use the celebrate die from Penny Black for a while now. I hadn't
thought about using it on a Christmas card until today. I paired
it with the Jolly & Joyful stamp set from Lil' Inkers to make a
Christmas greeting.

I know I'll be getting lots of use out of that celebrate die - I love
the font!  Reverse Confetti has so many great dies that it's hard to use
just one - so I used three.

I love how all the different products came together on one card.

Update: I just came across a 'mission emboss-ible' challenge that
looks like fun at Jingle belles and since my card uses 3 embossing 
folders I decided to add it to their challenge as well.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, soft suede, old olive, vellum
dsp: sweet sorbet
stamp set: Jolly & Joyful (Lil' Inkers)
ink: soft suede, peeled paint (Tim Holtz distress ink)
big shot: lucky stars EF, decorative dots EF, pretty print EF,
   celebrations die (Penny Black), branch out (Reverse Confetti),
   mini circle garland pretty panels (Reverse Confetti),
   let it snow (Reverse Confetti)
embellishments: basic pearls, linen thread, sequins (dollar store)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Christmas Penguin

I was searching the internet yesterday, looking for an image
to use in the challenge at Merry Monday this week. When I saw
this penguin holding a present, I downloaded him right away.
He's adorable!

I grabbed my blendabilities and started coloring - I'm hoping
that Stampin' Up! can resolve the issues with the pens soon because
I think they are fantastic!!

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to put it together.
It's clean and simple but has a ton of possibilities. 

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
dsp: all is calm, season of style
digital image:Cuddly Christmas Penguin (Redonkadoodles)
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, smoky slate, daffodil delight, old olive
greeting stamp: Christms Doggy (My Creative time)
ink: memento black
big shot: large stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn), circles collection
wink of stella glitter pen

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Updates and a card

It's been a while since I've done any blogging, or stamping
or coloring or... well, anything crafty. As you may know, I took
a fall in January and wrecked my ankle. 
It's been a looong time healing. 
 Needless to say it has been very frustrating!

Tomorrow will be 9 weeks and I'm still hobbling around. 
But at least I'm getting around. 
 I went for a walk for the first time last week and boy did that feel good!

I work with primary students which keeps me moving. By the time I get
home my foot is swollen and begging to be put up and iced. So the
crafting has taken a back seat lately. At one point I even thought
I might sell off most of my supplies and quit the business side of 
stamping completely. But I'm not ready to do that just yet.
I've missed creating and all the people associated with it.

I have managed to make a few cards over the last 9 weeks,
but only a few. This one I made for a friend who does not use
the internet in any way. I know, shocker!! 
She doesn't own a computer or a cell phone!!
I don't get it - 
I'm sitting here working on my lap top while doing a puzzle on my ipad
and updating my contacts on my phone - yup I can multi-task haha
or is that a sign of something else???
All while enjoying a BIG cuppa chai!!

I worked with her last year and the joke was that her computer 
was an etch-a-sketch with a stack of post it notes. 
If we wanted to email her we would write it on a post it and stick
it to her etch-a-sketch. So of course when I saw this idea on
Pinterest I knew I had to make one for her birthday.

I've got all kinds of ideas for cards and things that I want to make and
share with you.
Also, I have some ideas on how I plan to change up the way I blog.

So stay tuned for more...

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!