Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Happy Couple

I've been surfing the internet tonight while waiting for the trick-or-
treaters to come to our door. Last year we had about 100 kids but 
this year we only got about 30 - oh well, lots of treats left over for 
us and I had lots of time on the internet - so it was a good night. 

I came across a site called Always Playing with Paper and they are 
currently having a challenge with a wedding theme. Perfect! I 
recently bought a wedding stamp set by Inkadinkado that I just love - 
the image that I used on this card is my favorite one. 



This card couldn't get any easier to make - I literally just stamped the
image and then the sentiment and that's it - done. I don't think this
card could get any more clean and simple. 




Be sure to head over to the Always Playing with Paper blog and 
check out all the beautiful cards.

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Merry Monday 177

I finally got some time today to play along with the challenge over 
at Merry Monday The challenge is to make a Christmas card with 
Christmas lights and glitter. I couldn't find anything in my stash that 
would work.
I love old fashioned lanterns all decorated with greenery and ribbons so
when I came across this at a free coloring page site I decided to just
downsize it and make it fit the card. It's not the traditional Christmas 
lights in the challenge photo but it could be considered an old fashioned
Christmas light.


I used white embossing powder for the snow and the candle and for 
the glitter I used some red glitter paper from Stampin' Up! I finished it
off by using a wink of stella glitter pen to add a little glitter to the flame 
of the candle. It doesn't show that well in the pics - I think it's time for 
me to invest in a light box for better pics.



Make sure you head over to the Merry Monday blog and check out
all the amazing cards - you're sure to be inspired and if you hurry,
you can play along too!




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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stamping Heaven!

I am in stamping heaven right now! I wasn't planning on going to 
the post office yesterday to check my mail but I'm so glad I did!
There was a package for me and it was filled with stamping goodies.
If you haven't already heard of Stamp Of Approval you're going to 
want to! Catherine Pooler has worked with some amazingly talented
people in the stamping industry and has come up with a hand-picked, 
specially designed box of exclusive stamps, dies and accessories that 
are delivered right to your door! (or in my case - delivered to the post 
office - we don't have mail service to our door). Want to know more? Click here and get on the list for the next box!

Here is my first of many cards to be made from these amazing supplies.


I'm playing along with the anything goes challenge at


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Less is More meets Colour Me

I combined two challenges to make this card. A sketch challenge over
at Less is More and a color challenge at Colour Me...!  It always 
amazes me how difficult a card can be when things like color and layout 
are already decided for you. It isn't always like that but sometimes...




The idea I first tried was a total flop - it's sitting on my desk 
challenging me to make it into something - I'm just not sure
what that will be yet. I decided to go with flowers. I mean,
really, you can never go wrong with flowers. A simple greeting
and some clear sequins (that seem to look purple in the photo)
and a few score lines under the image - not sure if you can see 
them in the photo but if you look close you should be able to.





What I loved about this challenge most is the color combo. It is
not one I would have chosen on my own and I really love it. So
much so that I decided to make another card while I had the
supplies out. For this one I made the background with a stencil,
stamping and sponging - my daughter thought it was DSP - YAY!


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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tea and Friends

The theme this week at Shopping Our Stash is Caffeine Fix and we've
been asked to use coffee or tea images (or products) on our projects.


I've had both the Stacked with Love DSP stack and the Happy Heart 
textured Embossing Folder for months and I played with them today for 
the first time.

Usually I have a hard time combining patterned paper on a card, but
this pack really made it easy. I used 5 different patterns on this card!
I'm not sure if you can tell but the dark strip of little hearts dsp down
the side of the card - I ran the paper through the big shot using the 
Happy Heart EF and then cut out one strip of hearts. 

When it came to adding the greeting I was a little stumped. I knew I
wanted to use the Joy word die from Lil' Inkers because every time I 
have a cuppa tea I experience joy. The rest of the greeting is called
All You Need is Coffee from My Creative Time and I decided to stamp
it directly onto the dsp. I like the look of it and have some ideas for
some more cards.


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Masculine Less is More

I have three cards for you today - all masculine - all CAS - all quick 
and easy to make! The challenge at Less is More right now is to 
make a masculine card which is not always easy to do. I think we 
all struggle from time to time when making cards for the guys in
our lives.  I recently came across a masculine stamp set made by
Recollections but I can't find the name on the set???? It reminds 
me of Charlie Chaplin. Once I started, I couldn't stop. There are
so many more cards to be made with this stamp step!












I hope you'll head on over and check out all the cards in the challenge
and maybe you'll be inspired to play along too.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Non-Traditional

Lately I have been wanting to make some cards that focused on yoga
so I went online and found some great digital images. I love the image
on this card and couldn't wait to color it.


 

I was looking for a greeting to go with it I came across the 
Seasonal Sentiments from Reverse Confetti. It has the perfect
sentiment 'Peace, Love & Joy'. 

After I finished the one above I was thinking it might be good as a 
Christmas card but was stumped on how to make it Christmas-y.
That is until my daughter said to color the top red instead of blue
and I thought 'duh why didn't I think of that?! But I did think to 
add the little bit of mistletoe.



And now it's a Christmas card. I know a couple of people that this
card would be great for.  

This is the most non-traditional Christmas card I've ever made.
What about you? What's the most non-traditional card that you've 
ever made?

Namaste

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Monday, October 19, 2015

A Merry Monday Christmas Wish

I am beyond thrilled to say that I have the honor of being a guest 
designer over at the Merry Monday challenge blog. This week the 
theme was chosen by Sue and she has requested that we make a 
Christmas card with a frame on it. 




And here is my card for this challenge. I had such fun making this card.


I chose to use the On Film framelits die from Stampin' Up! but
after that I was a little stumped. I had a few different ideas but I
wasn't thrilled with any of them. One morning I woke up with an 
idea to make a shaker card and practically ran to my craft room 
to make it before I had to get ready for work. I think my favorite 
part is the pieces of 'snow' that look like they're falling and the 
big polka dot paper - sadly it's from a retired pack :(

I hope you'll head on over to the Merry Monday blog and check out
all the other cards there. Hopefully you'll be inspired to play along!


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Merry Christmoose

First, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Lori for choosing this card as
the challenge winner at Merry Monday for last weeks coffee themed 
challenge. Plus I want to say CONGRATS to all the honorable mentions 
that were chosen.

This weeks theme at Merry Monday was chosen by Nina and it's to 
make a card with a moose on it. I knew I was going to use the 
Marley Moose stamp set from Reverse Confetti. He's adorable! 


I didn't notice until just now that the background on my card is very 
similar to the background in the challenge photo.  Too funny! I didn't
look at the photo before I made the card.

 I used the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder from 
Stampin' Up! and sponged it with whisper white ink. I then used the 
snow stamp from the Joyful Season stamp set (also from Stampin' Up!)
to create a snowy woodland scene. Next I colored in Marly, fussy cut him 
out and then placed him on some snow that I made from torn whisper 
white card stock that I first stamped the greeting on.


I'm submitting this card to the anything goes challenge at Christmas Card Challenge 


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Visions of Coffee Beans...

When I saw the challenge at Merry Monday this week I was excited!
I had an idea and knew what I wanted to do. This is one of those rare 
times that the idea in my head pretty much matched up with the actual outcome. 
I don't remember where or when I heard someone say "May visions
of coffee beans dance in your head" but when I saw the challenge it
popped in my head. I typed it up on my laptop and printed it off - note
to self *great way to customize the message on your card*
And of course I had to throw on some actual coffee beans.


I used a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set called Perfect Blend. I love the
to go cup stamp in this set - it's great for paper piecing. I used the 
Merry Moments DSP from Stampin' Up! - I knew I wanted to have lots 
of pattern although I may have overdone it just a little...


Make sure you head on over to the Merry Monday blog and check out
all the fantastic cards - you're sure to be inspired to play along!


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Seriously...













I've had my eye on this image from Bugaboo for a while now but 
have been having printer issues - that is - until today - YAY!!
I love this image and even though I don't drink coffee (I'm a chai tea
drinker) there are days that I can relate to that sentiment completely!!
Just please make mine a chai! And the bigger the better!!



I colored the image in with Stampin' Up's! Blendabilities. I really hope
they are able to put them back on the market soon because I love them!
I paired it with the Sweet Li'l Things DSP and soft suede card stock - also 
from Stampin' Up! I used the Lil' Inkers 'seriously' word die and then
finished it off with coffee beans. 

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
Penny's Challenges - anything goes - sponsored by Bugaboo
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - anything goes
QKR Stampede - anything goes

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Christmas Magic


I woke up this morning wanting to make a Christmas card. I looked 
online and found this sketch at 52 (Christmas)Card Throwdown and 
knew right away what I wanted to do. It paired perfectly with the 
challenge at Less is More to use jewel colors. I chose to use blues as they reminded me of the blue topaz jewelry my sis-in-law's mom 
always wore.



You know when you make a card and you love it so much that you 
want to share it with everyone - well that's how I feel about this one.
It's so simple, yet there's still so much going on! I lucked out with the
weather today and was able to take the picture outside with the sun
bringing the glitter from the Wink of Stella glitter pen and the sequins
to life.
My card is not completely true to the sketch but it's close. I moved the 
sentiment up and added sequins to draw the eye down to where the
sentiment was originally intended to go. 



I used the Simon Says Stitched Circle Dies finally. I've had them for at
least a month but for whatever reason I forgot about them until today???
I love the little extra detail the stitching gives to the card - there's two
rows of stitching - one on the circle piece itself and one on the piece the
circle is cut from (I hope that makes sense). I sponged the
circle piece with some Tim Holtz distress inks (peacock feathers,
salty ocean, broken china and chipped sapphire) and then decided to do 
the inlaid die-cutting technique - again :) 

The deer image is from the Stampin' Up's Jolly Christmas stamp set. 
I've made a few cards with this set and will be sharing them with you
soon.

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