Thursday, July 30, 2015

Flower Patch Birthday

Today's card combines 3 challenges: 
a theme with embossing challenge at Seize The Birthday
a sketch challenge at Stampin' Celebration
and a color challenge at Colour Me...!

This one took a little while to make 
as I had to fussy cut all the leaves and stems by hand. 
The stamp set comes with a coordinating die set but it doesn't 
have the die that matches those particular leaves. I could've 
used the stamp and die that matched but I liked this one better.

It's been a while since I made a card with only Stampin' Up!
supplies, so for this one I chose to do just that. I pulled out
some retired supplies and some new ones and played.
I tried the greeting first embossed in white, then Tip Top Taupe
and then black and then embossed in black. That took almost
as long as it did to cut out all the leaves. 

I know exactly who will be receiving this card!

all from Stampin' Up!
card stock: whisper white, tip top taupe, vellum
stamp set: Flower Patch, Happiest Birthday Wishes
ink: tip top taupe, blushing bride and wisteria wonder, versamark
embossing powder: black
big shot: delicate design EF, flower fair framelits dies
accessories: clear sequins 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Make A Wish

I had a couple challenges in mind when I made this card.
The anything goes challenge at Seize the Birthday and over
at StampNation the challenge for day 4 of the week long
virtual CA Vacation is inspired by a visit to Alcatraz is to use stripes 
on your card.

I love the look of black & white stripes on dsp but didn't have
any left, so I decided to use a stripe stencil, with some embossing 
paste and some black embossing powder to create some 
stripes with dimension.
I love how it turned out!

When I was looking at the stripes, trying to figure out how to
make a birthday card from it, I wasn't sure if it was going to
be masculine or feminine. All I could think of was Beetlejuice but
I didn't want to make a card resembling that. 

I decided to add some flowers but instead of stamping them,
I cut them from some dsp I have. The paper's lovely but I 
couldn't see myself using it in a big piece so I decided to cut it up.
Was a little fussy but I like it - I sponged the edges to help
give it some more depth.
I did stamp that tall flower and emboss it in gold.

Be sure to head over to Seize the Birthday so you can 
check out all the awesome cards there. I took too long getting
my act together to enter on time.

And if you're not a member of StampNation yet, what
are you waiting for?! There's no better value for you stamping
dollar out there! Check it out! 

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white (reg & heavy), basic black
dsp: English Garden
stamp set: Beanstalks (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: versamark
Tim Holtz distress ink: Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint
embossing powder: gold, black
big shot: Stalk Up Fri-Dies (Cas-ual Fridays), Celebrations Dies (Penny Black)
stripes stencil
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
Bakers Twine: black & white (unknown)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, July 27, 2015


This card took me out of my comfort zone - and I love it!
This week at StampNation everyone is taking a 'virtual'
holiday to California with daily challenges. I'm a little behind
as I was out of town for a week. Because California is known as
the Golden State the first challenge was to use
some gold on your card.

There's a LOT going on on this card. 
For a while now I've been gravitating more towards the 
Clean and Simple style of card making but recently I've been 
watching some tutorials by Catherine Pooler
She is an amazing crafter with all kinds of video tutorials that will
inspire you to create. 

Recently I purchased an online class of Catherine's from Craftsy and
it was incredible! She demonstrates 21 techniques and the cards
she makes with these techniques are fabulous!

One of the things that I love about card making is the process
of making it. I'm terrible at sending cards out on time (or sadly - at all)
but the creative process makes me smile most every time. Sometimes
they don't work out and end up in the trash and other times
they put a smile on your face.  Catherine and her videos taught
me to relax and enjoy the process.

You can find Catherine in the following places;
Her blog
Her online community at StampNation,
Her YouTube channel. 
She's also on facebook, twitter and instragram.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white (reg & heavy)
stamp set: Feel Goods
ink: versamark
Tim Holtz distress ink: mustard seed, festive berries, spiced marmalade
dsp: everything chic, english garden
big shot: elegant dots EF, circles framelits collection, lg stitched rectangle stackables (Lawn Fawn)
gold embossing powder
black & white bakers twine (unknown)
sequins: craft medley
Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas in the Heart

When I saw the challenge at Merry Monday was hearts
I knew right away I was going to use the 
Super Heart Border wafer die from Simon Says Stamp
and do an inlaid die cutting technique.
It's such a cool technique - choose your die cut and run
it through your big shot twice - once on the paper that is
going to be 'inlaid' and once on the paper that you are
going to inlay the pieces into. Wow - does that even make sense?
I sure hope so.
I like the sparkle that the red glitter paper adds.

I recently discovered a great blog called Dies R Us and of
course the main theme is to use dies and I LOVE dies so
I decided to play along with their Christmas in July challenge.

The stamp is an oldie but a goodie from Stampin' Up! 
It's called Heart of Christmas and I love the message - it's
one of my fav's.

After that I didn't know where I was going to go with the 
card. It sat on my desk for a week while I went out of town.

I sat down this morning to finish it and it all just came together.
I saw the embossing challenge at CAS-ual Fridays and 
grabbed the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp! and
some embossing paste to make a background. I sprinkled on
some iridescent ice embossing powder and heat set it. It adds
just a hint of sparkle - like when the snow is actually falling.
I love it!
I finished it off by rounding the top corners of the stamped image.
The ribbon was a complete afterthought.


I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Merry Monday - hearts
CAS-ual Fridays - embossing
Dies R Us - Christmas in July
Crafty Boots Challenges - Christmas in July
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white (reg & heavy), red glitter paper
stamp set: Heart of Christmas
ink: cherry cobbler, wild wasabi
big shot: Super Heart Border wafer die (Simon Says Stamp!)
stencil: Falling Snow (Simon Says Stamp!)
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
Iridescent Ice embossing powder 
lace ribbon: (Craft Decor)
corner rounder punch

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Merry Penguin

My husband has had the last 2 weeks off so we've been
gallivanting around on day trips and having a lot of fun.

When I got into my craft room the other day I knew exactly
which digital image I wanted to use to make a card for the 
challenge at Merry Monday but my printer had other plans. It 
decided to stop printing - ugghh so frustrating!

It turns out the refill ink I used made my printer stop working.
I've been using ink refills for years but this was the first time
I'd used it in our new printer and according to the computer
guy - I got lucky that it even worked in my old printer. So
I had to buy another printer (insert sad face) no more ink
refills for me.  
This turned out to be a very expensive card!

This card took quite a few twists and turns before I finally
decided on this layout. I originally planned to use some fun
dsp but I changed my mind when I saw how the penguin popped
off the all white background. Also, originally I was going to color
the hat in red and green - more traditional - but in the end I
opted for non-traditional colors. I like the fun whimsy it adds.

Well, that's it for me today. My hubby and I are heading into
the city for some more fun!

Have a great day everyone!

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white - reg and heavy
image: Little Penguin Winter (Bugaboo)
blendabilities: smoky slate, coastal cabana, melon mambo, pumpkin pie
stamp set: Seasonal Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
ink: memento Black
big shot: cloudy day EF. word bubbles framelits dies, stitched hillside borders (Lawn Fawn)
embellishments: wink of stella glitter pen, black sharpie

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thanks a Latte!

I chose to keep this card as clean and simple as I could
while showcasing the inlaid die-cutting technique.
I love how it turned out!

I'm submitting this to the Simon Says Stamps challenge blog.
The theme is coffee or tea. I imagine the cup on my card to 
be full of a hot chai tea latte - YUMM! 

Here's a close up of the inlaid die-cutting technique. It's looking 
a little washed out (need to work on my photography skills), but
you get the idea. 

Die cut the image twice - once on the background piece and once
again out of the paper you want to put in the background piece.
Be sure to save the little bits and pieces from the background
so as to fill in the gaps when piecing it back together. I used
scotch tape to hold everything in place and then adhered it to the
card base. 

It's kind of like a puzzle and I love puzzles which is probably
why I love this technique.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake, real red
stamp set: All You Need is Coffee (My Creative Time)
ink: early espresso
big shot: All You Need is Coffee coordinating die (My Creative Time)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ice Cream Anyone?

Oh how I wish I could eat ice cream! It never bothered me
as a kid, but as an adult - it's a different story! As a kid
it was a fun summertime treat to go to Dairy Queen for an
ice cream after a particularly hot day.

Could you imagine an ice cream cone with 9 scoops on it?

I combined 3 challenges for this card. 
 Just Add Ink - color challenge
Pile it On - Hot Fun in The Summertime
CAS on Sunday - embossing

I kept the card really simple so as to keep the focus on 
the ice cream. I stamped the sentiment with the Tip Top Taupe
color and them heat embossed it with some clear embossing 
powder. I love that stuff! It lets you have embossing powder
in all your colors of ink!
I added some wink of stella glitter pen to the ice cream - trying
to make it look cold. It's much more effective in person than
in the pic - I really want some ice cream!

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white - heavy, tip top taupe, pool party, lost lagoon, soft sky
stamp set: Ice Cream Dream (Simon Says Stamp!), 
               The Big, The Bold & The Happy (Winnie & Walter)
ink: tip top taupe, pool party, lost lagoon, soft sky
embellishment: clear embossing powder, glitter pen (wink of stella)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Make A Wish

When I saw the color challenge at The Card Concept earlier
today I knew I would use it along with the sketch challenge
at Sunday Stamps for my card today.

Lately I've been obsessed with the color grey. I painted my
craft room grey, my DH and I have decided to paint our room, the 
guest bedroom and the bathroom the same color. The bathroom
is going to be a big job so I'm putting that job last. I also want
to paint the kitchen gray....too much? Naaah you can never have
too much of a good thing, right? 

One of my favorite dies ever is the Celebrations die set from 
Penny Black. I use it a LOT!! It has the words Celebrate,
Happy Birthday, Make a Wish & Surprise. If you don't
have it yet - well, what are you waiting for?

And don't forget to make a wish.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white - reg & heavy, basic grey, smoky slate
stamp set: Summer Silhouettes
ink: basic gray, daffodil delight
big shot: Celebrations die (Penny Black)
embellishments: white sequins

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Colour Me Merry

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends and their families!

The theme at Merry Monday is to use flowers and candles and
the Colour Me...! challenge is to use only red and a neutral. My 
first and only thought was white candles and red poinsettias but
I don't have a candle die or stamp so I improvised. 

I used one of the dies from the small stitched rectangable
stackables from Lawn Fawn and ran it through the big shot a few 
times in order to get the sizes that I wanted. 
For the flames I used the wing from bird builder punch 

The flowers and the greeting are from CAS-ual Fridays. The die
is called 4 Petals and the stamp set is called Christmas Carols.
I cut the greeting in half so I could easily stamp it on the 
To finish it off I used the Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to add
a little sparkle to the flame and some pearls to the center of
the flowers.

I wasn't sure how this would turn out - I thought the idea 
might be too simple to work but in the end, I quite like it.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: real red, whisper white -reg, & heavy
stamp set: Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: memento tuxedo black
big shot: small stitched rectangle stackables (Lawn Fawn), 
            4 Petals (CAS-ual Fridays)
punch: Bird Builder
accessories: glitter pen (Wink of Stella), basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Red, White & Blue and New!

It feels like it's been forever since I've stamped and
blogged. I've been working on switching my craft room
to a smaller one upstairs - WOW! was that ever a big job!
It still needs some fine tuning but I'm happy to say I
made my first card today in there!

The challenge this week at  Seize The Birthday is to use
 red, white and blue on a birthday card. I came across some
old red glimmer paper and thought it would make perfect
party balloons.

I love the color grey and couldn't wait to paint my new
craft room with this color I stumbled across in our
local hardware store. It was half the price of other brand
name paints and and it has the primer mixed into the paint!

This is the color that the wall was...

and this is the new color... isn't it gorgeous!!!

and I love my desk painted white - it was an ugly green
color with marks all over it.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white -reg and thick, marina mist, glimmer red
big shot: balloon dies & balloon string die (lil' Inkers)
             celebrations die (Penny Black)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!