Thursday, April 23, 2015

4 For 1

Four challenges on one card!

Merry Monday - use a dog or cat
Colour Me...! Melon Mambo, Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry
Shopping Our Stash - texture and use your oldest embossing supply
Freshly Made Sketches - sketch #183

Not your traditional Christmas card but I really like how it
turned out.

I went searching the internet last night for some challenges to combine. 
decided on these 4 because I didn't think they went together. I like 
the colors of the challenge but I never would have picked them to use 
on a Christmas card which is why I decided to do it. 

The embossing stencil is one I've had for probably 15 years or more! I
can't remember the last time I used any of them and I have a lot!
I think I'll be pulling them out some more - I like the look it gives
to the background - it adds just a touch of texture.

It's hard to see in the photo but I used a wink of stella glitter pen on
the hat and just a touch on the dog's nose. If you look at it at the
right angle it makes the nose look a little wet.  I don't know about
you but I think that little guy is too cute to have fleas.

This card took me a while to make but it was fun - I'm glad
I did it.


from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, night of navy
stamp set: Christmas Doggy (My Creative Time)
ink: memento black, night of navy, melon mambo, lost lagoon, crushed curry
blendabilities: melon mambo, crumb cake
Merry Christmas embossing stencil (Lasting Impressions)
glitter pen (Wink Of Stella)
white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)
jet black extra smooth pencil crayon (Prismacolor)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Birthday!


I'm playing along with the the ABC Challenge this week.
They're up to the letter H and 
‘H is for Happy Birthday’

I was at Michael's the other day and they had a 50%
off sale on their stamps. When I saw the Art Impressions stamp
I grabbed it and practically hugged it! I told my husband, he looked
at me like I was crazy (and I probably am) but I know you all

I recently acquired the Celebrations Die from Penny Black and
I LOVE IT!!! I don't think I'll ever tire of it.
I'm also submitting this to the birthday challenge at 
Penny Black

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp: girlfriends (Art Impressions)
blendabilities: coastal cabana, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight,
    melon mambo, old olive, rich razzleberry, smoky slate, wisteria wonder,
    crumb cake, skin tone, soft sky
big shot: celebrations die (Penny Black)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

I combined three challenges for today's card. 
The color challenge at Colour Me...! 
a limited supply challenge at StampNation.  
and a 
3 of something challenge at Top Tip Tuesday 
The colors are blushing bride, pistachio
pudding, rose red and a neutral. The limited supplies are
one stamp set, three ink pads (perfect with the color challenge),
and one type of embellishment. The 3 of something is the
3 balloons, the 3 enamel dots and the 3 colors.

I used all three colors on the greeting. I was trying to make it 
look like the row of colors on the blanket in the inspiration photo.
 I don't think I've ever used my pistachio pudding ink pad. 
Here is my tip for Top Tip Tuesday - I swiped 
the pad on some pistachio pudding card stock for a bit of a darker 
shade. I didn't have any rose red card stock so I swiped the ink pad
on some whisper white. This is a great way to always have
matching card stock!

For the limited supplies challenge I used the three colors from
the color challenge, the Balloon Builders stamp set from Lil' Inkers,
and for the embellishments I used some homemade enamel dots.
I did use my markers to draw the lines on the balloons so I strayed
a little bit from the challenge - oops.

Also, thank you to CM for pointing out that this card fits the
number challenge at STAMPlorations I will be submitting
it there as well.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: balloon builders (Lil' Inkers)
ink: rose red, pistachio pudding, blushing bride
embellishments: homemade enamel dots

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Vintage Monday

The challenge at Merry Monday this week is to create
a vintage style Christmas card. I found this challenge to be
more difficult than I thought it would be. I used to do vintage all
the time but lately it seems I mostly do CAS. I've had this
challenge on my mind all week and finally got a chance this
morning to play along.

I love the weekly challenges at Merry Monday. They're
ALWAYS inspiring. I really love the ones that take me out of my 
comfort zone - this one did just that. It was fun to go back and
play with the vintage style again.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: very vanilla, crumb cake, naturals ivory
dsp: this and that epic day
stamp sets: Winter Post, Christmas Messages
ink: walnut stain (Tim Holtz)
big shot: fun frames EF, delicate designs EF, chalk talk framelits
embellishments: linen thread, very vanilla seam binding, very vintage buttons,
      falling snow stencil (simon says stamp)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lotus Love

Do you ever have one of those stamps that take longer than 
others to figure out? The Lotus Blossom was that one for me!

This is a 3-step stamp. I could get the first two to look good 
but when I added the third - I just didn't like it - frustrating!
Then I remembered seeing somewhere (probably on Pinerest)
someone did a 2 or 3 step stamping technique but on the 
last step they embossed with clear embossing powder. 
I thought I'd give it a try...

...and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!

I used perfect plum and wisteria wonder. When I heat set the
clear embossing powder it made the colors look richer - it made the
perfect plum look very similar to blackberry bliss. Plus
with the third step being embossed I was able to sponge my 
background - this would be a great technique for a one
layer card but I decided to cut this piece down and put a
piece of blackberry bliss card stock in behind.

This was a fun card to make - and easy too! 
The best kind!

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, blackberry bliss
stamp set: Lotus Blossom
ink: wisteria wonder, perfect plum, old olive, pear pizzazz,
      soft sky, pool party, pacific point
big shot: delicate designs EF, sm stitched rectangle stackbles (lawn fawn),
   celebrations die (Penny Black)
embossing powder: clear

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Look What I Found!

This week's theme at Shopping Our Stash is Lost & Founduse 
something you've recently re-discovered in your craft room. Maybe it was 
lost ... maybe you'd just forgotten you owned it. 

One of the best things about a messy craft room is that when
you clean it up you find all kinds of 'new' things to play with!
I found things from more than 8 years ago!  I found a box of craft
items I packed up when we moved. I love finding things like that.
I had so much fun playing with my 'new' items that I totally
forgot about cleaning my craft room - maybe I'll finish that tonight.

The 3D boat sticker and clouds were one of the items in the box.
I love how the sail on this boat sparkles - reminds me of when I
was in the Bahamas.

all from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: a dozen thoughts
3D sticker: unknown
big shot: lg & sm stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn),
     lucky stars EF
embellishments: basic gray bakers twine
Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Colour Me...!

Spring break is coming to an end :( 
My husband booked the same two weeks off so we could
spend some time together. The plan was to not make too many 
plans. And it was great!! When our daughter was working 
we were in town and when she wasn't we went somewhere. 
We managed some sight seeing, some shopping and lots of visiting
 with family! 

I spent yesterday in my craft room cleaning and planning some
upcoming classes. I did take some time to play of course.

My card for you today... for the Colour Me...! challenge

 The colours for this challenge are marina mist, daffodil delight - colours 
I don't use very often - and a neutral. 
I found some OLD supplies - 3D baby themed stickers that I thought
would be perfect for this color challenge.

Head over to the Colour Me...! blog and check out all the cards.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, marina mist
stamp set: borderettes, a dozen thoughts
ink: marina mist, daffodil delight
big shot: celebrations die (Penny Black), 
   small stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
3D sticker - unknown
Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Believe in Angels

It's time for another challenge at Merry Monday and I can't
believe I have the honor of being guest designer again! 
I want to say a huge THANK YOU to the ladies for giving me
this opportunity.

The challenge this week is to use an angel or cherubs.

I knew instantly that I wanted to use this angel, (it's the only one I own) emboss it in gold, and combine it with the Believe greeting from 
Casu-ual Fridays.
The rest of the card took a bit of time and a few twist and turns 
along the way before I settled on this.

For the gold edging I pressed the edges into the versamark pad
and then added gold embossing powder. I know there's a name
for this and it's right on the tip of my tongue but for the life of me I
can't remember it. It'll come to me eventually.

Originally I had a few more layers and embellishments on this but
it took away from the angel so I scaled it back and decided to add a
'pop' of color with the cherry cobbler petals. GILDING - that's what it's 
called - the edging - I knew it would come to me. 

Make sure you head on over to the Merry Monday blog and check
out all the cards.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake, cherry cobbler, Neenah solar white 100 lb
dsp: sweet sorbet
stamp set: Christmas Angel with Harp (PSX), Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: versamark
embossing powder: gold
big shot: woodgrain EF, 4 petals die (CAS-ual Fridays),
             lg & sm stitched rectangle stackabes (lawn fawn)
basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Lotus

It's a beautiful spring day here. 
The challenge this week at CASology and Just us Girls is Spring. 
When I think of spring I think of blue sky, flowers and white sheets 
blowing in a breeze on a clothesline. 
So I took those three things - blue, flowers and white -
to make this card.

I've had the Lotus Blossom stamp set from Stampin' up for a
while but haven't played with it until now. It took a few tries
to figure out the layering of colors. It's a three step stamp but on 
this card I only did the first two steps. I'll definitely be playing
with this stamp some more.


I'm also submitting this to the following birthday challenges

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: Celebrate Today, Lotus Blossom
ink: Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi
big shot: lg polka dot EF, small stitched rectangle stackables
embellishments: sequins (dollar store)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Freshly Made

When I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches I knew right away 
that I wanted to use embossing paste. I used the Tim Holtz bubble 
stencil and applied the embossing paste that I mixed with some 
Tim Holtz peacock feathers distress ink. I love how it turned out.

I love that this card is simple and fun but I have to say that
the ribbon is stressing me out. I wanted to switch it out for some 
linen thread but my daughter made me leave it. She said it looked
nice and that it's out of my comfort zone which is why it's
bothering me. I may just have to make another one with linen thread.

I popped the Koala and the flower up on dimensionals, added
some glossy accents to the nose and the center of the flower, stamped
the greeting, added a few pearls and it's done.

If you haven't joined in the challenge yet - what are you
waiting for! Check it out!

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, Neenah solar white 110lb
stamp set: Kind Koala, A Dozen Thoughts
ink: memento black, melon mambo
blendabilities: crumb cake, melon mambo
Tim Holtz: bubble stencil, peacock feathers distress ink
1/4" melon mambo cotton ribbon
basic pearls, embossing paste

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!