Sunday, October 21, 2018

You've Got This

Sharing this card I created using paper and epoxy stickers from a card kit in my stash.  The colors did lend themselves to breast cancer awareness, so I pulled a stamp from CAS-ual Fridays

 The colors in the pattern papers did lend themselves to breast cancer awareness, so I pulled a stamp from CAS-ual Fridays and had to use that "Don't quit" puffy sticker. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Don't Quit
Stamps:  Calling All Sistahs (CASual Fridays)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs); Slate Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Live More Collection (Pinkfresh)
Accessories:  Live More Collection Puff Stickers (Pinkfresh); Pewter Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Choose Kindness . . . Just Us Girls Color Inspired

Sharing a card inspired by the colors at Just Us Girls.

For this one, I started by creating a colorful watercolor background with some emboss resist. 

 The purple and green can get a bit muddy, so I had to be careful to keep them a bit separate. 

And that "kind" stamp and die . . . LOVE it.  

I hope you find some time to create.  

Supplies Used - Choose Kindness
Stamps and Dies:  Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, Three of a Kind Dies, Angled Squares Background Stamp (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  All that Jazz; Grape Fizz and Lime Ricky (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder (Wow);
Paper: Slate Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Watercolor (Canson);
Other: Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Enjoy the Little Things in Life

Enamel dots were the challenge element at Use Your Stuff.  Oh but what to do . . . use enamel dots with adhesive, or create my own. 

I do love my enamel accents.  I've used them to color, which creates dimension on items.  Today I used a stamp from Pretty Pink Post that has guidelines for dots.  You can use whatever you want to fill the dots, or I suppose not fill them at all. I used my enamel accents to fill mine and suffice for the challenge.  Or is that cheating. 


Little dots . . . with a reminder to enjoy the little things.  I had to keep a steady hand. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 

Supplies Used - Little Things
Stamps and Dies:  Sparkle Dot Pattern 1 (Pretty Pink Posh);
Ink & Embossing:  Black (Hero Arts);
Paper: White Dot Cardstock (Bazzill); Midnight Cardstock (Catherine Pooler)
Other: Enamel Accents (Ranger)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Stencil Inspired

Sharing two cards created for World Card Making Day and using a stencil, which was inspired from Little Red Wagon.  

This one was inspired by brick, and I used some new, cool product that was in my stash to give it a metallic look.  

My second card was also created using a stencil.  This one used distress oxide inks. 

This one is a bit simpler, but was perfect for a sympathy card.  

I hope you find some time to create very soon. 


Supplies Used - Imaginary Neighborhood
Stamps and Dies: City Stacks Stamp Set (Concord & 9th); Postage Stamp Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks (Ranger); Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks);
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah);
Other: Mini Bricks Stencil (The Crafters Workshop); Pearl Luster Metallic Gliding Paste (Creative Expressions); 

Supplies Used - With Sympathy
Stamps and Dies: Salutations (Paper Smooches);
Ink & Embossing:  Icing on the Cake (Catherine Pooler Inks); Forest Moss and Stormy Sky Distriess Oxides (Ranger);
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah) and Brown Cardstock (Bazzill);
Other: Espresso Jewels (Pretty Pink Posh); UFO Stencil from my stash;

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown . . . For a Cause

Please . . . choose kindness. 

I have a number of causes, and one of my tops is Colon Cancer.  My bro lose is battle to colon cancer and one of his causes was kids . . . and kindness . . . and so my cause for this challenge is bullying.  I see bulling in the workplace, and of course, I know that it definitely happens in environments for teens and kids. So I celebrate my bro by touching upon one of his causes. 

The card below was inspired by Tuesday Throwdown, and also by a challenge at StampNation for World Cardmaking Day! 

The color combo and gold embossing came from photo inspiration there.  

I hope you found some time to create today!  

Please . . . Choose Kindness!  It's so simple.  

Supplies Used - Choose Kindness
Stamps and Dies: Kaleidoscope Background Stamp, Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, Three of a Kind Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Barn Door, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides (Ranger); Versamark; Gold Rich and Ebony EP (Wow!);
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); Licorice and Gold Glitter Paper (The Stamps of Life

Dies and Punches for Always Fun

The challenge at Always Fun this week was Dies and Punches.   I focused on a pattern paper and some circle punches for my card . . .

 No stamping, but lots of cutting and pasting! 

I hope you find some time to create! 

Supplies Used - Awesome
All supplies from May 2017 Cheerful Collection (The Stamps of Life Card Kit)

Smile Inspired Card

My card this morning is a combination of two challenges.  One is from the Muse challenge (#285 to be exact). 

And the second is from my favorite crafty place, StampNation, where World Card Making Day is upon us, and I was inspired by photos from Hungary.  The foliage!!!!

Lots of leafy goodness here.  And a stacked sentiment in a matching ink color using direct to paper! 

Supplies Used - Smile
Stamps and Dies: Ovals and Flowers Dies, Smile Die, Leave Me in Pardise Stamps (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Eucalyptus, Sauna, Shea Butter and Green Tea (Catherine Pooler Inks)
Paper:  Premium White (Catherine Pooler)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

World Card Making Day Inspiration

Sharing a few cards inspired by World Card Making Day over at my favorite crafty place, StampNation

Here are two card inspired by challenges there . . .

 I used gold glitter paper, a stencil, and black embossing paste for that left panel. 

And then my card below was inspired by the waters of Hawaii along with the Color Throwdown challenge. 

I created that background piece using distress inks and some Wow! embossing powder.  

If you are ever looking for an amazing crafty community, I highly recommend StampNation

I hope you find some time to create today! 


Supplies Used - Focus on the Good
Stamps and Dies: Focus on the Good Floral Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; Metallic Gold Rich EP (Wow!); Matte Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver);
Paper: Licorice and Gold Glitter Paper (The Stamps of Life);
Other: Pattern of the Rings Stencil (Winnie & Walter from SOA Friendship Collection); Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Supplies Used - Aloha
Stamps and Dies:  Fearless Pursuit Dies, Canvas Grunge and Tropically Yours Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; Midnight (Catherine Pooler); Faded Jeans, Twisted Citron and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink (Ranger);
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Watercolor (Canson);
Other:  Charcoal Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Neptune EP (Wow!);

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Just Chicken In - Stripes for Just Us Girls

I've got some stripes to share for Just Us Girls.  This one is headed off to a coworker who has been out a while on disability . . .

I adore that little chicken . . . and my grass and sky are where my stripes come into play. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Just Chicken In
Stamps and Dies:  farmanimals2stamp Stamps and Dies and Grass Die  (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Licorice, Lemonade, Strawberry and Tangerine (The Stamps of Life);
Paper: Cardstock and Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life August Card Kit
Other: Wood Embellishment from the Stamps of Life August Card Kit

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Seas the Day - Cardz 4 Guys

Was inspired to make a card for Cardz 4 Guys Challenge Blog, the theme of which was All at Sea.  I immediately went for my anchor die and supplies from an old card kit. 

And yes - I might have included some ribbon . . . but don't sail boats have "ties" that have to tie on those sails?  Completely masculine!  

I created my anchor using a die and putting several layers of silver embossing powder.  Layering of metallic embossing powders is a great way to make an embellishment. 

Hoping you all find some time to create. 



Supplies Used - Seas the Day
Stamps and Dies:  Sailboat2Stamp and Sailboat Dies (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life); Versamark; Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Paper:  Cardstock and Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life February 2018 Card Kit
Other: Ribbon and Epoxy Star Stickers (The Stamps of Life February 2018 Card Kit); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Snoopy . . . Life is Better with Friends

The challenge this week at Use Your Stuff was friendship.  I created this card using an old stamp from my earliest stamping days and used colored pencils to bring my image to life.   Nothing says friendship like a dog, and I just adore Snoopy.

And I love that Snoopy built his own friend here . . . 

It's the weekend.  Go create!


Supplies Used - Life is Better with Friends
Stamps and Dies:  Life Words (Stampendous); Snoopy and the Snowman
Ink & Embossing:  Versafine; Versamark; Sand Dunes and Clear Embossing Powder (Wow!); Inktense Pencils (Derwent);
Paper:  Wedding Bliss Collection (Simon Says Stamp); White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Desert Storm (Neenah);
Other: Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Rose Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Doily Stash for Inspirational

I love doilies . . . have them in my stash . . . don't use them often enough.

Felt inspired by Inkspirational's challenge to use one this week, and here is my card . . .

 Used pattern papers from Doodlebug, along with epoxy candy cane stickers.  But embossed my edges of my centiment die with some sugary goodness. 

Please, please, please!  Go find some time to create.  


Supplies Used - Wishing you a Merry Christmas
Stamps and Dies:  Decorating Snowman (Inky Antics), Circle Die (Sizzix)
Ink & Embossing:  Rockin' Red (Catherine Pooler Inks)
Paper: Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler), Pattern Paper (Doodlebug),
Other: Epoxy Stickers (Doodlebug); Doily from stash; Sprinkled Sugar Stickles (Ranger)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketch

Created this card using Tuesday Morning Sketch, with a bit of a twist. 

Here is the sketch, and as you can see, I flipped it landscape and instead of a circle, a butterfly.  

Go create! 


Supplies Used - Hello My Friend
Stamps and Dies:  butterfly2stamp, solids4butterly, sayings4butterfly, and Butterfly Dies from The Stamps of Life
Ink & Embossing:  Licorice, Guava, Tangerine and Bubble Gum (The Stamps of Life)
Paper: Licorice, Powdered Sugar and Tangerine Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life March Card Kit
Other:  Epoxy Heart from The Stamps of Life March Card Kit, Clear Wink of Stella

Merry Christmas - Muse Christmas Visions

I was inspired by Muse Christmas Visions challenge this week, and grabbed some old supplies to create a card. 

As you can see by the Muse photo down with my supply list, I was mostly inspired by the image and the layering of mats.  I only used one tree, and I flipped the sketch a quarter turn.  I stamped and paper pieced my image.  

Find some time to create today!  


Supplies Used - Merry Christmas
Stamps and Dies:  Christmas Squad Stamps (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink & Embossing: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Ink)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Milk and Cookies Paper (Doodlebug)
Other: Colorful Confetti Sequins (Simon Says Stamp); Small Star Glitter from a Nail Art Kit

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Big Sentiment, for Stamp Ink Paper

Sharing a card with a BIG sentiment in mind for Stamp Ink Paper

Here is my card . . .

I had fun with this card, even thought it's not "my norm".  I'm very linear, and this is far from linear.  But it does have a big ole sentiment.  

 Cheers . . . and please find some time to create.  It does a body good! 


Supplies Used - Thanks
Stamps and Dies:  Chevron Cheer Stamp Set and Thanks Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing:  Shea Butter, Polished, Stone Blue and Seafoam (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark and White Embossing Powder (Wow);
Paper: Premium White and Midnight (Catherine Pooler); White Glitter Paper (Close To My Heart);
Other: Glass Slipper Glitter (Wow); Black Dots (Close To My Heart)

Apples for Addicted to CAS and Teachers!

Sharing a card in celebration of CAS and APPLES . . . which I've not eaten in 16 months.  I can still stamp them, and so I did . . . for Addicted to CAS . . .

My card doesn't seem too CAS . . . it must be that pattern paper.  

The stamped image itself is pretty CAS . . .

I hope you find sometime to create today!  


Supplies Used - World's Best Teacher
Stamps:  apples2stamp and patterns4apples (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Strawberry, Artichoke, Chocolate, Licorice, and Powdered Sugar (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Solar White (Neenah); Basic Grey Pattern Paper
Accessories:  Mini-staple (Close To My Heart); Black Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

House Mouse LOVE

Shopping our Stash has a challenge out there that is all about "crazy for coloring".   I am crazy for coloring . . . but most of my coloring (90%) is with House Mouse images.  I am obsessed with them. 

How obsessed?

A friend and I buy and collect stamps all year . . . talking and comparing notes, praying we will not double-buy.

Once a year, we get together, bring our stamps . . . we stamp onto watercolor paper with Versafine, emboss with clear embossing powder, and we do about three images for each of us . . . or is it two.  I don't know, but my collection of images to color just grows and grows.  We have a scheduled date coming up to stamp away . . . just one week from Thanksgiving!  We also have containers with pre-stamped images stored . . . and ready to color.

So I pulled one for this challenge.  

This time around I colored using distress inks . . . sometimes I use watercolors or water color markers.  I like to switch it up.  What you can't see in the photo is the shimmer . . . I ran over those flowers with a shimmer liquid. 

So yep . . . I'm crazy, and crazy for coloring. 

Supplies Used - You Inspire Me
Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew); Painted Pansies House Mouse (Stampendous)
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx; Distress Inks for Watercolor (Ranger); Black (Hero Arts); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger);
Paper:  Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up); Solar White (Neenah); Canson Watercolor;
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay

Sometimes Life Is . . .

I'm a huge fan of sequins . . . hope they never go out of style.  I played around with this week's challenge at Stamp Ink Paper, and it was sequins all the way for this one.  

This was a bit tedious, but a few years back I had recalled a card where negative space was filled with sequins, so I wanted to give it a shot.  It was a fun technique.  

Here's hoping you find some time to create today! 


Supplies Used - Just the Pits
Stamps and Dies:  Cherry Dies (The Stamps of Life), cherries2stamp (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Life in Color (Simple Stories)
Other:   Mossy Green and Raspberry Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hello, Baby!

This is one of my go-to stamps for baby cards.  Created this card with Stamp Ink Paper as the inspiration.  This bear is so darn adorable. 

I hope you find some time to create! 



Supplies Used - Hello Baby
Stamps:  Baby Bear (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Pool Party, Marina Mist Night of Navy, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Pool Party and Whisper White (Stampin' Up); scrap of pattern paper from my scrap stash
Accessories:  Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Dimension w/Layering

I was inspired to create a card with dimension, without using foam tape at the Try Stampin' On Tuesday challenge.  My favorite way to do that is just simply by layering.  The key to dimension can be the product used.  So I used a shaped die and a fairly intricate die, some glitter paper, and then added a layer of vellum, die cut sentiment and sequins for even more dimension.  

 I actually used the negative pieces of the die, not the positive.  And since they were cut with glitter paper, they really pop. 

The sentiment includes a die cut word, and and embossed sentiment, and this is layered on stop of the card, and then sequins. 

I will say, funnest part of this card was fitting all those negative pieces on the card base.  It was like a puzzle. 

I hope you find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - Love You Forever and a Day
Stamps and Dies:  Scallop Heart Fold-its Die (Sizzix); Love Statement Stamp Set and Die (The Stamps of Life); Vellum (Graffix)
Ink & Embossing:  Black Onyx (Versafine); 
Paper: Powdered Sugar and Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Strawberry Glitter Paper (The Stamps of Life);
Other: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Oh Scrap!

I was inspired by the challenge at Stamp Ink Paper to use up scraps.  I'm one of those crazies that can't get rid of scraps.  And I'm a scrapbooker, which means when I create a layout, I'm inundated with loads of scraps of pattern paper that I just can't part with.  I try to immediately cut them into card size pieces and create something so I'm not storing them.  I'll tuck them into a bag and pull them out later to play around.  These four cards came from one such adventure.

As you look at them, you'll see the same patterns were used across the board.  I will usually grab some of the bigger pieces to create some front panels and set them aside.  From there it's all about cutting them up! 

For the first two cards, I maximized the use of dies.  

For this first one, I die cut the many pattern papers into flowers and layered them into the corner and up one side of my card.  I love the dimension and simplicity. 

 And this next one was all dies . . . no stamping (except that sentiment). 

No stamping (except that sentiment). 


For these next too . . . no stamping anywhere.  I took advantage of sentiment that was in the paper scraps.  Just a quilt background and some circle and scallop dies on this one . . .

 And I love the super simple look of this next one . . .

Layers of paper with a border die . . . that was it.  The sentiment was one of those tape runners! 

Great way to use up scraps. 

I hope you find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - Your Friendship
Stamps:  Sentiment (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock (The Stamps of Life), Pattern Papers (Kiwi Lane)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Hello, Penny for Your Thoughts
Stamps:  piggybank2stamp (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pattern Papers (Kiwi Lane); Gold Glitter Paper (Best Creation); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Piggy Bank Die Set and Notebook Edge and Hello Dies (The Stamps of Life)

Supplies Used - Thank You
Ink: Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Paper:  Desert Storm Cardstock (Neenah); Pattern Papers (Kiwi Lane)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear; Marshmallow and Sand Sequin (Pretty Pink Posh); Scallop and Circle Dies (Sizzix)
Supplies Used - Hello
Paper:  Sky Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Solar White (Neenah); Pattern Paper (Kiwi Lane)
Accessories:  Hello Sentiment Tape; Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Chevron Die (The Stamps of Life); Sweet Sora Collection Decorative Tape Runner Hello (SEI)