Sunday, August 18, 2019

Circles for Always Fun

The inspiration prompt at Always Fun Challenges this week was Circles.  I created a card using some circle paper and circle dies. 


 I used supplies from an old kit that I had hanging out in my craft room.  The pattern paper outlining the sentiment "amazing" has pattern paper in the same font as the die.   I tried to find the best cut so that the word would show. 


I hope you find some time to create today. 

Debbie


Supplies Used - You Are Amazing
The Stamps of Life Kit of the Month - November 2017 and Sizzix Circles

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Anything But a Card

Anything but a card was the prompt at Always Fun Challenges.  So I made a little gift box with a tag. 



No stamping required . . . just creation of a box from scratch.  I notched the bottom with a circle punch, and embellished with some ribbon. 
 

I hope you find some time to create today!

Debbie


Supplies Used - Sweet (Treat Box)
Stamps and Dies:  Stitched Tag Dies (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock and Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life March Card Kit 2018
Other:  Ribbon, Twine and Puffy "Sweet" Sticker from The Stamps of Life March Card Kit 2018; Fiskars Circle Punch

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Inspired by Little Red Wagon

I clearly go in waves with creating . . . blame it on my day job.

But I was inspired to make a card using scraps from a scrapbook layout, and I made a card inspired by Little Red Wagon's challenge, "Dog Days of Summer".  And that led to more cards because I was "that" inspired.  Love using my stuff.

Linking up one of my cards, but sharing them all.

This first one will just be a blank note to send to someone . . . someone who knows me and my love of my puppie . . .


The one I'm linking up speaks summer to me . . . I mean come on, if you're a working girl like me, you are longing for those shiny weekends.  It means more time with my pups in the sun! 


Had to throw in a card using similar design, but a completely different sentiment. 


I'll be bummed when I have to use that . . . and then finally, and another blank note card . . .


I do love using my scraps.  You find my original layouts using these papers and stamps here.  I hope you will check it out.  

Now go use up some scraps.  

Debbie

Supplies Used - My Heart (A Diagram)
Stamps and Dies:  A Piece of My Heart Stamp Set (Close To My Heart)
Ink & Embossing:  Ballerina, Bashful, Raspberry, Candy Apple, and Black Ink (Close To My Heart)
Cardstock, Paper, Shimmer Trim, and Glitter Gems from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);

Supplies Used - Is It The Weekend Yet
Stamps and Dies:  Paw Prints on My Heart (Close To My Heart);
Ink & Embossing: Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler)
Cardstock, Paper and Glitter Gems from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (The Stamps of Life);

Supplies Used - Never To Be Forgotten
Stamps and Dies:  Paw Prints on My Heart (Close To My Heart);
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks)
Cardstock, Paper, and Glitter Gems from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);

Supplies Used - My Heart (A Diagram)
Stamps and Dies:   Paw Prints on My Heart and A Piece of My Heart Stamp Set (Close To My Heart)
Ink & Embossing:  Ballerina, Bashful, Raspberry, Candy Apple, and Black Ink (Close To My Heart)
Cardstock, Paper, and Glitter Gems from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);


Merry & Bright Greetings for Shopping Our Stash

I was inspired to create a Christmas card using my stash of items from leftover holiday kits.  My thanks to Shopping Our Stash for the inspiration to really use stuff in my craft room. 

For this one, I used sentiments that were on a 6 x 6 piece of pattern paper, and lined them up in different lengths and widths for added interested. 


This kit was from Simon Says Stamp "back in the day" so it was fun to revisit.  Still plenty of pattern papers to be used.  


I used the overall stamped sentiment of "Merry & Bright Greetings" in the upper corner that sums it all up. 

I hope you find some time to create . . . and to shop your own stash.  

Cheers.

Debbie


Supplies Used - Merry & Bright
Stamps and Dies:  Merry & Bright (Simon Says Stamp); Circle Die (Sizzix)
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)
Paper: Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp), Pattern Paper (Doodlebug)
Other: Berry Bright Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)





Saturday, July 27, 2019

Transport for Cards 4 Guys

This week's prompt at Cards 4 Guys was "Transport".  I know that my husband would love to do nothing more than travel via boat anywhere.  So I went with a sailboat, because on our bucket list is a sailing trip . . . one day . . . 


Now yes, I did wonder about that scallop border being a bit feminine . . . but it reminded me of water, so I felt it appropriate.  


I hope you find some time to create today. 

Debbie


Supplies Used - Seas the Day
Stamps and Dies:  Sailboat2Stamp, Sailboat Dies, and Scalloped Rectangle Dies (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life); Versamark; White Embossing Powder (Wow!)
Paper:  Cardstock and Pattern Paper from The Stamps of Life February 2018 Card Kit
Other: Ribbon (The Stamps of Life February 2018 Card Kit); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Double Inspired Watercolor Card

My card today was inspired by two challenges.  The color palette was inspired by Always Fun . . .


 I decided to create a watercolor background in an "occasion" theme, inspired by Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  My occasion . . . early start . . . Mother's Day. 


 My occasion . . . early start . . . Mother's Day.  I had so much color on that background piece, that I decided to go black and white with the flowers stamp/die piece. 


I hope you find some time to create this weekend. 

Debbie


Supplies Used - Happy Mother's Day
Stamps and Dies:  One in a Million Stamps and Dies and Chevron Divide Cover Plate Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink: Midnight, Be Mine, All that Jazz and Flirty Fuschia (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versafine; Pewter EP (American Crafts);
Paper:  Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Glitter Paper (The Stamps of Life);
Other:  Crystal Gems (Nuvo);









Literature Inspired by The Library Challenge


My card today was inspired by The Library Challenge's book cover, Five Weeks in a Balloon.  Here is the book cover . . .

five weeks in a balloon book - Google Search

For my card I was inspired to use some Graphic 45 paper and paper piece my balloon image using a stamp and die from The Stamps of Life. 


I split by sentiment for added interest.  Lots of inking and popping of images, and I love those little postage stamps. 

I hope you find some time to create today.

Debbie



Supplies Used -Let Your Dreams Take Flight
Stamps:  hot4balloons and patterns4airballoons (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Cityscapes (Graphic 45); Desert Storm (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Hot Air Balloon Dies (The Stamps of Life)




Sunday, July 7, 2019

Repeating for Repeat Day

Celebrating "Repeat Day" with Little Red Wagon . . . their inspiration for this week was to repeat an item, stamp, etc. on a card.


The dogs repeat, but my real repeat element were the bones.  


I hope you find some inspiration to create today! 

Debbie


Supplies Used - Thanks a MIllion
Stamps and Dies:  Sentiment Stamp*; Jar2Stamp Dies;
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; White EP (Ranger);
Paper: Cardstock and Pattern Paper*

* From The Stamps of Life January 2019 Card Kit

Friday, July 5, 2019

Inspired by The Paper Players

Created a little something using the tic-tac-toe board on The Paper Players challenge blog. So many options, but I went with that top row . . . ribbon, patterned paper, die cut . . . and here is my card. 



 I used a stand-up base for my card.  This is what it will look like out of the envelope.  And once stood up . . .


So a few pattern papers, and some ribbon and technically a few dies. 




I hope you find some time to create today. 

Debbie


Supplies Used - You're One of a Kind
Stamps and Dies:  sayings4jars (The Stamps of Life); Sentiment Stamp Set*, Scalloped Circle Stand-up Card Die Set (Sizzix);
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler)
Paper:  Cardstock and Pattern Paper*, Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Other:  Ribbon and Epoxy Dots*

* From The Stamps of Life January 2019 Card Kit

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Punny Card for Shopping Our Stash

Created a punny card for the challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  I pulled from a Simon Says Stamp card kit, so this one doesn't match my current weather here. 


 Did a bit of doodling on the edge of the card base which is a bit out of my comfort zone. 


I hope you find some time to create today! 


Supplies Used - Snow One Like You
Stamps and Dies:  Snow Much Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight and Orange Twist (Catherine Pooler); Blender Pen (Zig);
Paper: Celebrate Winter (Echo Park); Island Blue and White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Phew . . . I'm Back!

I am finally back to creating again.  Things have been wicked busy with family vacation, family visiting, and just overall chaos.  I'm so happy to have my fingers all inky again.

And what can get you creating . . . a good challenge. And so Use Your Stuff had a challenge for using stickers.  Not something I use often in card making, but I have this amazing card kit in my stash that had sticker . . . easy card making for sure.


 I used the sticker with the bicycle and the "thinking of you" sentiment.  So not a lot of stickers, but stickers! 


 I hope you have some time to create!

Debbie


Supplies Used - Bicycle Thinking of You
Stamps and Dies:  Hello Darling Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp*);
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks);
Paper: Sea Glass Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp*); Spring Farmhouse* (Simple Stories); Black Cardstock (American Crafts);
Other: Charcoal Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Spring Farmhouse Sticker* (Simple Stories)
*Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit



Monday, May 27, 2019

Heart Happy Workshop Kit from CTMH

I got creative with some projects using supplies from Close To My Heart this month, fully intending to play along with some challenges at Heart 2 Heart.  It's been a while since I've played along . . . just trying to do better and create.  While I started a few weeks back, I completed my items today. 


I used paper from the Heart Happy Workshop Kit along with various stamp sets.  I always create my layouts first, and then make cards with my scraps. 

So here are a few layouts, inspired by this months' challenge at Heart 2 Heart, starting with the National Scrapbook Month challenge.  My pictures are still on order, but here is a layout inspired by the challenge.  


I had to couple those awesome papers and colors with the Paw Prints on my Heart stamp set.  


Check out my "O" . . . with that precious little face!  And the other side of my two page spread . . .


Some paw prints on the banner.  

Now again, I always create my layouts first, and then my cards.  So "For the Love of Pets", I created another layout.  When I saw this paper, I had to tie it together to make some pet pages.  My pictures . . . on their way thru snail mail.  But my layouts are ready. 


I made a few of those "Heart Diagrams".  It spoke to me.  


And then the "Besties" inspiration . . . here is a card that I'll send to a bestie!  I can't help but think about Grey's Anatomy . . . Meredith and Christina . . . "You're My Person". 


And then finally . . . something "Minty". 



Supplies Used -Furry Friends Love Layout
Stamps and Dies:  Paw Prints on my Heart Stamp Set (Close To My Heart);
Ink & Embossing:  Black Ink (Close To My Heart);
Cardstock, Paper, Stickers and Glitter Gems from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);
Scrap of Ribbon from my Stash

 
Supplies Used - My Heart Diagram Page
Stamps and Dies:  A Piece of My Heart Stamp Set and Paw Prints on My Heart Stamp Set (Close To My Heart);
Ink & Embossing:  Ballerina, Bashful, Raspberry, Candy Apple, and Black Ink (Close To My Heart)
Cardstock and Paper from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);


Supplies Used - You're My Person
Stamps and Dies:  A Piece of My Heart Stamp Set (Close To My Heart);
Ink & Embossing:  Black Ink (Close To My Heart)
Cardstock, Paper, and Glitter Gems from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);


Supplies Used - Word Search - Birthday
Stamps and Dies:  Word Search Highlights Stamp Set (Close To My Heart)
Ink & Embossing:   Black, Mint, Raspberry, and Ballerina Ink (Close To My Heart);
Cardstock and Paper from Heart Happy Workshop Kit (Close To My Heart);
Other:  Nuvo Drops

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Festive Shaker Card

The Card Concept inspired this clean and layered card.  Here is their inspiration photo:


I was inspired by the medallions.  I had some paper on my table that I just knew I had to revisit and do some creating. 


 I had paper with circular, medallion like looks, and there were epoxy stickers that I used to tie some things together. 


Behind those shutters is a window to a shaker . . . 


I got a bit festive from that point forward.  


I hope you find some time to create today. 

Debbie


Supplies Used - Festive Day Shutter Shaker
Stamps and Dies:  Pinata Party Stamp Set, Floral Hearts Stamp Set, Happy Birthday and Decorative Tag 2 Dies  (Pretty Pink Posh)
Ink:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks
Paper:  White Daisy Cardstock (Close To My Heart); Free Spirit Pattern Paper (Little Yellow Bicycle);
Other:  Free Spirit Epoxy (Little Yellow Bicycle); White Ribbon (Close To My Heart); Sparkling Clear and Marshmallow Sequins and Lemon Drop, Sea Glass, Spring Green, Pansy Purple Jewels,  (Pretty Pink Posh);


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Rainboot Craze!

I fell in love with this die from Simon Says Stamp.  Several weeks back I had cut pieces from pattern paper, and stashed them in an envelope.  I was inspired to create a card for another challenge which is in a previous post.  Last night I started cutting more pieces and completed two more cards piecing parts together for and Anything Goes theme at Happy Little Stampers


With the exception of the card base and those white postage stamp background pieces, this is all pattern paper.  Even the tulips in the boot were cut from a large gingham background piece in the paper pack, hence the variation in color.  


Similar look to this next one, but instead of cutting a different rim, I just used Glossy Accents to highlight them.  I love these yellow boots!  


And these patterns in this pack are amazing.  Love them.  


I killed the paper pack, but I haven't seen the end of that boot die.  Love it. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 

Debbie


Supplies Used - Thinking of You Boots
Stamps and Dies:  Rainboot Planter Die and Hello Darling Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp*)  and Postage Stamp Edge Die (Simon Says Stamp); 
Ink: Icing on the Cake (Catherine Pooler Inks)
Paper:  Ivory Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp*); Spring Farmhouse* (Simple Stories); White scraps (Bazzill);
Other:  Glossy Accents (Ranger);
*from Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

Supplies Used - Thinking of You Yellow Boots
Stamps and Dies:  Rainboot Planter Die and Hello Darling Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp*)
Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks); Clear Melting Powder (Wow);
Paper: Dark Chocolate Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp*); Spring Farmhouse* (Simple Stories); Vellum (Bazzill); 
Other:  Glossy Accents (Ranger); Heart Epoxy (Doodlebug);
*from Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

Floral Frenzy Inspired by Little Red Wagon

I saw that Little Red Wagon had a theme of "flower frenzy".  I had to go dig up my die cut boot and flower pieces that were sitting on my craft table.  I created these boots using pattern paper, cutting from multiple patterns, and then cutting and piecing together.  I had cut many and stuffed them in an envelope to piece together . . .



Floral background paper.  Florals on the boot pattern!  And the flowers that are coming out of the boots.  That could be a floral frenzy indeed.  





One of my favorite parts about these boots . . . the Glossy Accents on the sole and rim. 


Supplies Used - Hello There Black Floral Boots
Stamps and Dies:  Rainboot Planter Die and Hello Darling Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp*)  and Postage Stamp Edge Die (Simon Says Stamp); 
Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks)
Paper: Cotton Candy Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp*); Spring Farmhouse* (Simple Stories); White scraps (Bazzill); Black Scraps (American Crafts);
Other:  Glossy Accents (Ranger);
*from Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

Friday, May 24, 2019

Delayed Mothers' Day

Honestly . . .it never misses a beat when I'm sending something to my mom.  The post office . . . U.S. Post Office . . . is always going to hack me.  Always!

And this year for mother's day, no different.  I put some gift cards into a card.  I insured it.  I send it.  And really?  REALLY?  Arrives about eleven (11) days later. 

So . . .first things first.  I'm going to send everything two weeks earlier.  Seems strange that in this day and age we have to send things earlier when technology has made things faster.  But clearly not for the U.S. Post Office.  Clearly.  They've been dissing me year after year. 

Here is the card that arrived wicked later than it should have . . .


I tried to use what I had . . . on my craft table, as my latest motto is to use my stuff.  OMG and do I have stuff.  


I hope you have some time to create, and that the U.S. Post Office has more respect for you than me!

Debbie


Supplies Used - Happy Mother's Day
Stamps and Dies:  Peonies Stamps and Dies, Lattice Background and Mother's Day Script Dies (Pretty Pink Posh);
Ink: Spruce and Peppermint Scrub Ink (Catherine Pooler Inks);
Paper:  Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler); White Glitter Paper (Close To My Heart); Cardstock scraps (CTMH and Bazzill);
Other:  Gold Luxe Dream Drops (Nuvo); Berry Bright Sequin Mix (Pretty Pink Posh);


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Happy Day Friend!

Balloon inspired at Seize the Birthday!  I pulled out a kit that was near my craft table, as I knew there were some balloon themed items in there. 
 

And then the challenge is to come up with a design using those supplies.  Chipboard balloons - I had to play along and create something with them.  Hardest part was tying those little strings! 


I hope you find some time to create today.

Debbie


Supplies Used - Happy Day Friend
Stamps and Dies:  Sentiment Stamp*
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark; White EP (Ranger);
Paper: Cardstock and Pattern Paper*
Other: Balloon Chipboard, Twine, Ribbon*

* From The Stamps of Life January 2019 Card Kit

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weather Inspired

Using my stuff to create a little something for Use Your Stuff challenge blog.  The inspiration this round was weather.  And I'm looking forward to sun and fun, so I went for a sunny day! 


 Nothing says sunshine like sunblock! 



I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Sending You Sunshine
Stamps and Dies:  Sunblock Squirt Stamp (House Mouse by Stampendous); Sentiment Stamp (Scrappy Mom's);
Ink:  Various Distress Inks (Ranger); Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versafine Black Onyx and Clear EP (Ranger);
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Vellum (Bazzill);
Other:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);