Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Merry Sketch

I've had this idea in my head all week for the challenge 
at Merry Monday and yesterday when I saw Sketch Saturday had 
sketch that matched it perfectly I knew I had to find the time
to make my card. I got up early today and went straight to 
my craft room as there's only a few hours left on the
Merry Monday challenge.

If you look close at the background I used the woodgrain
embossing folder and then added embossing paste using the 
Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamps. I LOVE that stencil!!
I wanted to keep this card mostly white with a little color but
use texture to add detail. I love using burlap at Christmas in
my decorations so I thought it would be perfect for adding
some more texture to the card. 

The bird actually stamps in the other direction so I used a 
technique called mirror stamping (I think) to reverse the image.
I stamped the bird onto the back of a solid, plain stamp and then
used that stamp to stamp on the paper. I hope that makes sense.
Give it a try, it's an easy technique to do.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, early espresso
stamp sets: Forever Young, White Christmas, Christmas Carols (CAS_ual Fridays)
ink: early espresso, cherry cobbler
big shot: woodgrain EF
Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamps)
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
burlap ribbon

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 22, 2015

In the Spotlight

The other day I saw a technique called 'Spotlight Die-cutting'
and knew I had to give it a try. I thought it would be perfect
for the anything goes challenge at Seize the Birthday

It's so easy and really does pack a punch! 
Plus it's fun to do!

Stamp the image twice.
Color them both.
Choose a die cut you want to use.
Position it on one of the images.
Run it through the big shot.
Place the die-cut piece over top of the other image.
Add it with dimensionals,
and you are done!

Here is a close up.

I added some wink-of-stella glitter pen to give it a 
bit of sparkle. What birthday doesn't deserve a little glitz?
I love what geometric black and white paper adds to a card. 

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, solar white 110lb (Neenah White)
stamp sets: Big Day, Celebrate Today
ink: cherry cobbler, memento black
dsp:Back to Black
big shot: Word Bubbles Framelits, small stitched rectangle stackables (Lawn Fawn)
embellishments: glitter pen (wink of Stella)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 15, 2015

You're So Cool

At CAS on Sunday the challenge is 
'Cheer up, buttercup'
Make a card to brighten someone's day.
At Addicted to Stamps and More the challenge is to
make a CAS card.
At Creative Moments the challenge is 
 Anything Goes with the optional twist of Teentastic - A card or creation 
for a teenager.

Based on my teenager and her friends, popsicles and ice cream 
always make things better.

I embossed with white and then colored in the images. Then
I fussy cut them and popped them up on dimensionals. 
 I accidentally got some purple ink on the background so out
came the aqua painter and on went some splatters.
I then decided to color all the treats with the wink of stella
glitter pen - I think it makes the treats look cold.

I think I may just have to make a trip to the store for
some popsicles! Growing up, my favorite was always
Root Beer flavor but now those are impossible to find.
What was your favorite?

card stock Neenah Solar White 110lb
stamp set: Ice Cream Dream (Simon Says Stamps)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: worn lipstick, dusty concord, shaded lilac, 
      ripe persimmon, antique linen
ink: versamark (Stampin' Up!)
embossing powder: white (Stampin' Up!)
big shot: large stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
embellishments: glitter pen (Wink of Stella)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Making Time

I've been so frustrated lately! 
I've got so many ideas floating around my head for cards but so little 
time to make them. 
today (Tuesday), I came home from work and made the time and it was 

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a card in honour
of their 4th birthday. Create a birthday themed project using the
colors black, white, orange & turquoise.

Also, there is a challenge at StampNation to focus on the corner of
your card. I like the idea of grouping everything together in one
corner so this was a challenge I was eager to play along with.

I definitely NEED to make sure that I make time for stamping.
Besides the simple fact that it's fun, it's good for the soul.
Some would say it's cheaper than therapy - they're obviously
not stampers!

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: Flower Patch
ink: tempting turquoise, tangerine tango, memento black
big shot: flower fair framelits dies
embellishments: basic pearls, sequins (dollar store)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

When Nature Calls

The challenge at Cards in Envy right now is WHEN NATURE CALLS!  
These will be cards featuring things found in "nature" either living or 
inanimate objects. 

One of my favorite places to go is the ocean. I lived within an hours
drive of one until I was 36 and visited it often. For the last
16 years (yes, I know I just gave you my age haha) the ocean has
been almost 4 hours away. The Wetlands set from Stampin' Up! 
reminds me of White Rock beach and watching the birds along
the water's edge. Sometimes I'd get fish and chips (always tasted
better eating them at the ocean) and then the birds would be
very friendly. 

For this card I used my big shot and my circles framelits to create
a mask for sponging. I love this technique and am eager to try
it with some brighter colors and as a one layer card.

I wanted to keep this card flat enough to mail but still add a little
dimension. I've started using craft foam sheets cut about 1'8" 
smaller than the piece I am adding it to instead of dimensionals.
This ensures that the card will lay flat but since they are
only about 1/8" thick, they don't add bulk. I found a
pack of 50 for $3 at the dollar store. I've cut them
in half so I get 100 pieces for $3 - what a deal!!!

all from Stampin' up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake, early espresso, pool party
stamp sets: Wetlands, Hardwood
ink: soft suede, pool party, sahara sand
big shot: circles framelits
embellishments: linen thread, sequins (dollar store), craft foam sheet (dollar store)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Ever have one of those weeks where time just gets away
from you? That was my week. I can't believe I haven't blogged
in over a week - I had every intention to but I got hit with a bad
allergy attack and just focused on getting through the work week.

I'm spending today in my craft room (while doing laundry so I don't 
feel so guilty about all the time in my craft room - it's working!)
cleaning, organizing and playing along with challenges and planning
for some classes that I had to cancel.

This card is for this week's challenge at Merry Monday . The
challenge is to create a card using pine cones, greens and the
word believe.

I used two retired Stampin' Up! stamps for this card. The greeting
is from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set - I love the font! and the
Ornamental Pine is one of my favorites.

Head on over to the Merry Monday blog and check out all 
the cards!
all from Stampin' Up!
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: Ornamental Pine, Snowflake Soiree
ink: wild wasabi, soft suede, cherry cobbler
embellishments: sequins (?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!