Monday, August 31, 2015

Christmas Holly

The challenge at Merry Monday this week is to use
some holly on your card. This is one of those cards that
too forever to make. It didn't end up anything like the
image that was in my head when I started out.

I rummaged through some old stamps and found this one by PSX.
I haven't seen it for years - I'd forgotten how much I love it!

You'll have to check out the DT's cards - you'll be so inspired
that you'll want to join the challenge too.

I am submitting this to the following challenge:
 Christmas Card Challenge - anything goes

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, vellum
dsp: Merry Moments
stamp set: Holly Jolly Christmas (PSX)
ink: onyx black versafine
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, old olive
big shot: circles framelits
stencil: falling snow (Simon Says Stamp)
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
lace doily
clear sequins
Wink of Stella glitter pen

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hey There Friend

I've had very little time to play this week as I've been
incredibly busy painting the upstairs of my house. I'm only
halfway done but I did manage to sneak away and make two
cards this week. This is one of them.

I received some happy mail this week. Some very happy mail.
Catherine Pooler recently came out with something called
the Stamp of Approval. It's a box of hand picked,
specially designed stamps, dies and accessories that are
delivered right to your door. These boxes are limited so
when they're gone, they're gone. Every few months a new
box is offered. Click on Catherine's name above for all
the details.

Ruby's Rainbow is hosting a challenge using diecuts or
punches. The Stamp of Approval box has a beautiful
friend die in it which is perfect for this challenge. I 
combined it with the color challenge at Colour Me...!

* Diecuts or Punches * 

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white (reg & heavy), basic gray
stamp set: Girlfriend (SOA Friendship collection), In Bloom (SOA Friendship collection)
ink: basic gray, melon mambo, daffodil delight
big shot: friend (SOA Friendship collection)
sequins: (SOA Friendship collection)

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and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Merry CAS(E)

The color challenge at Merry Monday and the
sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch! are a perfect
combination for mass producing cards or to use
in a card stack class. It literally took me minutes to make.

card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: Jolly & Joyful (Lil' Inkers), Joy to the Woods (Lan Fawn)
ink: always artichoke, old olive, cherry cobbler

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and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


These ladies make me smile every time I see them!
And the greeting, 'At our age we're going to need glasses...
LOTS AND LOTS OF THEM!' makes me giggle.
I can relate to the needing glasses part for sure - sadly I can't get
by without my reading glasses anymore.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - food and/or drink
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Allsorts - favorite color

I had to think about my favorite color for a bit and then 
realized it's white because I can put any color with it and
it always looks clean and crisp.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white heavy
stamp set: Wine Diva (Art Impressions)
ink: memento black, versafine onyx black
blendabilities: nude, smoky slate, cherry cobbler, melon mambo, soft sky,
       wild wasabi, crumb cake, old olive, wisteria wonder, color lifter
Tim Holtz distress ink: tumbled glass, weathered wood

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and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Up, Up and Away!

This card was inspired by 3 different challenges


The "Toppings" option for this challenge is...
"Anything That Flies"
When I saw that I instantly thought of the movie 'Up".
Now, I do realize that balloons do not technically 'fly'
but wouldn't that be fun if they did! 
don't have taken with teal so I substituted tempting turquoise

I always find the solid dies intimidating to use - after I 
stamped the image I could never die cut it with an even
white edge. I tried die-cutting first and then stamping and...
that didn't work either. 
Then I discovered something so incredibly simple but so

Here's a step x step picture tutorial that I hope makes sense

1 - die cut all the images onto one sheet of card stock.

2 - stamp the image you want to use and then place the 
coordinating die cut piece over top

3 - the die will 'nest' inside the die cut image. You can secure with
washi tape if you'd like.

4 - run through the big shot and voila! A perfectly stamped and
die cut image!

I love this idea! 
I'm going to do this for all my solid dies and keep the template
stored with the dies. 

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white - heavy, pumpkin pie, rich razzlebberry
stamp set: Balloon Builders (Lil' Inkers)
ink: rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise, early espresso
big shot: balloon dies (Lil' Inkers)
wink of stella glitter pen

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and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Eyes Have It!

The challenge at Less is More is to make a one layer card
with eyes on it. I saw that and didn't even look at the cards that
were there for inspiration - I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I've had this monster stamp set for a loooong time but never
used it as it never seemed to stamp a crisp image. BUT today
I received some happy mail - my birthday present from my
husband arrived today - it was the MISTI!!! This card was
perfect for it. I was able to stamp the image more than once
to ensure a crisp image. 
It worked!

I thought I had some googly eyes to use on this but I
can't find them anywhere (I'll probably find them in a day or two)
so I used crystal effects to give the eyes some dimension
and some shine. 
If you look closely (not too closely or you'll see the 
smudge haha) you'll notice little white dots on the monsters
cheeks. Lastly, I used a white jelly roll pen to add them. I love 
how it seems to finish the card off.

Now to go check out everyone's cards at Less is More

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white (reg & heavy)
stamp set: Monstermaniacs, Happiest Birthday Wishes
               Balloon Builders (lil' Inkers)
blendabilities: melon mambo, wisteria wonder, coastal cabana,
     smoky slate, rich razzleberry, pink pirouette, bermuda bay,
     cherry cobbler, wild wasabi
ink: watermelon wonder, mint macaron, rich razzleberry, 
     memento tuxedo black, versafine onyx black
Tim Holtz distress ink: old paper
white jelly roll pen (Sakura)
big shot: large stitched rectangle stackables
crystal effects

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and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DSP Crazy!

This card was a personal challenge - to use as much
dsp as I could handle.  My daughter said I went a little
DSP crazy.
I was inspired by a very talented
lady from StampNation. Her name is Allison Cope and she is the 
owner of Your Memories.  She's talented at all styles of
card making, but when I think of her cards I think of layers,
patterns and flowers. 
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of white embossing on black
card stock used for the sentiment and I always love the
way it looks so I thought I'd give it a try and I LOVE IT!
I'll definitely be doing more of that.

The green 'water color' background piece is a technique
I've been having a lot of fun with lately. You're sure to see 
it show up on lots of my cards. To see how to do this
dry water color technique click the link below

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:
StampNation - flowers
Crafting With Friends - anything goes
Simply Create Too - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes 

Be sure to click on the links above to check out some
great blogs. You're sure to find a ton of inspiration!

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white (reg & heavy), basic black, vellum
dsp: English Garden
stamp set: Birthday Wish (Stampendous)
ink: whisper white
big shot: mini circle garland pretty panels confetti cuts die (Reverse Confetti),
            large stitched rectangle stackables (Lawn Fawn),
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
stencil (plaid)
wink of stella glitter pen
sequins - a gift from a friend

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and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, August 10, 2015

A Pastel Christmas

Where has the time gone?
There's only 3 weeks left of summer break and I haven't
accomplished even half of what I wanted to.
I've had 6 weeks off so far and I've spent 4 of them
hanging out with family and I've had a ton of fun!
Now to get to work on my to do list!

First of which was to make a pastel Christmas card
for the challenge at Merry Monday. I started this card
last week but only had snippets of time here and there
to work on it until this morning.

This was a hard one for me as pastel is definitely outside
of my comfort zone. I think of pastels more for baby cards or
for flowery cards and not for Christmas so I was eager to 
give this one a try.

I think my favorite part of this card is the background. It's
the water color technique without water that I am loving
right now. My last blog post gives step by step instructions
on how to do this technique. It's super fast and super easy
and gives super results. 
Can you tell I think it's super!

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white (reg & heavy), vellum
stamp set: Winter Wreath (Avery Elle)
blendabilities: old olive, wild wasabi
ink: versamark, pink pirouette
white embossing powder
clear sequins 
colored sequins (craft medley)
big shot; lg stitched rectangle stackable

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and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dry Water-coloring

I absolutely LOVE this technique. Not sure if it has a name
or not but I'm calling it 'dry water-coloring'. Typically 
water-coloring is done with water but not this one.
This is done with a paint brush, markers and rubbing alcohol.
And it is SO EASY!!!!

I came across a very talented lady by the name of Carissa Wiley
the other day. The name of her blog is Sprinkled with Glitter and 
all I can say is WOW! She has a fantastic video tutorial on this
exact technique. And you'll see that my card was inspired by hers.

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge right
now is anything goes. I thought it would be the perfect time
to try a new technique. I'll be doing this one a lot!

One thing to note is that the rubbing alcohol should be of a 
higher alcohol content. I found 99% content at my local drug store.
The reason for this is the higher content helps to prevent warping of
the vellum. Use a vellum that has some weight to it - this will
also help to prevent warping.

Here are the steps for 'dry water-coloring':

-pour some of the rubbing alcohol into a little spray bottle

- secure your vellum with some painters tape onto a hard surface
(I used a clipboard - it also secures one of the ends of he vellum)

- choose some markers. I used my blendabilities but the tutorial
I watched, copics were used.
- scribble in sections being sure to cover the whole piece

 - give the vellum a few spritz with rubbing alcohol

- spread the color around with a paint brush, if it's starts to
dry before you're done, just give it another spritz

That's it! It's that easy!!
I ran this through my big shot with the stitched rectangle stackables
to make two pieces.

Now to make a couple of cards with them.

Be sure to head over to the Simon Says Challenge Blog to see
all the wonderful cards.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black, vellum
stamp set: The Open Sea
ink: smoky slate
blendabilites: night of navy, bermuda bay, coastal cabana
Tim Holtz distress ink: stormy sky
big shot: celebrations die (Penny Black)
stencil: dots decorative stencil
washi tape and sequins from the dollar store

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and thanks so much for visiting!