Saturday, November 28, 2015

Just Two More

Just two more cards before I leave.  First up a card inspired by Always Playing With Paper.  Their inspiration photo . . .

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I was inspired by the colors, but especially by the Ho Ho Ho on the stairs, as it reminded me of the die that came in my monthly card kit from The Stamps of Life. 

Loved the washi tape that came with the kit, and had to use it at the bottom of my card.  But I really wanted a simple card where that die would just stand out. 

Next up is a card inspired by CAS on Sunday, where the challenge was to make a Christmas card. 

Some simple strips of pattern paper with a ribbon border.  Some stamped "25's", with one tucked into a window.  I am loving all that white space.    

So perhaps now I'm ready for vacation.  Or there could be just one more card.  We'll see.

Cheers.  I hope you find some time to create.

Supplies Used - Ho Ho Ho
Cardstock:  Neenah
Stamps:  Stamp Set from The Stamps of Life October Card Kit
Dies:  Ho Ho Ho die from The Stamps of Life October Card Kit
Ink:  The Stamps of Life Black Ink
Other:  Washi Tape and Acrylic Embellishments from The Stamps of Life October Card Kit and Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
 CAS on Sunday
Supplies Used - 25
Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Ribbon and Stamp Set from The Stamps of Life October Card Kit
Other Supplies:  Heart Framelits Dies from Sizzix and Rhinestones from Close To My Heart

Friday, November 27, 2015

Just a Few Holiday Cards Before Vacation

I'm heading out on vacation, and I have to ask.  Is it normal to be stressed about the fact that you won't be creating for two solid weeks?  I'm anxious about flying and anxious about traveling alone.  I'm anxious about being away from home for so long.  I'm anxious about being away from my dogs.  And I'm anxious that I won't be doing any stamping, die cutting, embossing, inking, gluing.  My dogs and my crafting are my therapy. 

So before leaving, I took time away from packing to create a few cards.  First up is a card for Merry Monday . . . a card in blue and white with texture. 

I used Midnight Muse cardstock and ink from Stampin' Up.  My texture came from embossing paste and Ranger Distress Rock Candy glitter.  Love the look of those textured "ho's".  I carried the glitter over to my stamped Santa by using Liquid Glass and the Rock Candy glitter.  

My sentiments and stamps were from My Favorite Things.  My stencil and dies were from Simon Says Stamp.  I love finding ways to combine my supplies. 

For my second card, I created a card for Paper Smooches challenge.  Their challenge was to incorporate gold somewhere on my card. 

I used Ranger's Gold Tinsel embossing powder, which shines like glitter.  The stamp set is A Blessed Christmas from Paper Smooches. 

I may fit one or two more cards in tomorrow before leaving.  And if not, then I'll be back to creating in a few weeks. 


Supplies Used - Merry Monday Ho3
Cardstock:  Neenah and Stampin' Up
Stamps:  Christmas Cuteness and Jingle All the Way from My Favorite Things
Dies:  Circle on a Line from Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  Stampin' Up Midnight Muse
Other:  Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, HO HO HO Stencil from Simon Says Stamp, Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart, Ranger Distress Rock Candy Glitter, Rhinestones from Close To My Heart

Supplies Used  -  Oh Holy Night
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Pattern Paper:  Authentique
Stamps:  A Blessed Christmas from Paper Smooches
Ink:  Versamark and Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Other:  Shimmer Trim from Close To My Heart and Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

Sunday, November 22, 2015

All Things Silver for Muse Challenge

This week's Muse inspiration was a beautiful, simplistic design. 

I went with silver and white for my card.  I was inspired by that middle design. 

And while it looks like I stamped in black, it's all silver embossing.  I added some strips of POW paper to border my panel next to my scored borders. 

A very simple card using my Pretty Pink Posh stamps and dies.  

I hope you found some time to create this weekend. 


Supplies Used - Pretty Pink Posh for Muse
Cardstock:  Bazzill and POW Glitter Paper from American Crafts
Stamps:  Holiday Pals Stamp Set from Pretty Pink Posh
Dies:  Mini Tags Dies from Pretty Pink Posh
Ink:  Versamark and Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
Ribbon:  DMC Silver Thread
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Happy Holidays for Muse Christmas Challenge

My inspiration for today's card came from the Muse Christmas Visions blog.  Here is the card . . .

And here is my card . . .

I did a bit of a reverse on my card by using stamping where the inspiration card had die cuts and using a die cut where the inspiration card used stamping. 

I also used some small dies to accent the stamping.

I broke open a new embossing powder as well . . . Ranger Silver Pearl.  Something a little different!

I'm off to create, and I hope you do the same.


Supplies Used - Happy Holidays
Cardstock:  Bazzill Cardstock and American Crafts POW Silver Paper
Stamps:  Snow Sayings and Bring on the Snowflakes from CAS-ual Fridays*
Dies:  Happy Holidays Die and Little Bits Dies from Neat & Tangled*
Ink:  Versamark and Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder

*from Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection

Monday, November 16, 2015

So Incredibly Grateful for PPA Color Challenge

This week's challenge at Pal's Paper Arts was a color challenge . . .
11-12 PPA275

Armed with my Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist ink, I set out to make a creation with a frame.  The intention was to have the sentiment showing through from the outside of the card, but the inside sentiment under the frame and not showing. 

I used an orange card base with my three inks, and the Hello Honey shows as a lighter orange on the card base.  So I pulled it back in by using it in the window of the card.  

I also stamped my leaves in a color, and then stamped a bit "off" with Versamark and clear embossed. 

I hope you find some time to create! 

Supplies Used - So Incredibly Grateful
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp* and Stampin' Up
Pattern Paper:  Pebbles*
Stamps:  Apple of My Pie from Simon Says Stamp*
Dies:  Stitched Square Die from Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  Stampin' Up, Versamark, and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
*from Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Just Us Girls and Can You Case It

I have two cards to share with you today.  First up is a  single layer card for Just Us Girls.

I created a couple versions of this card, but only a few were single layer.  I love these stamps from my Stamp of Approval Friendship Collection.  

Second up is a fall card for Can You Case It.  The theme was fall, so for this one I pulled out a fall stamp. 

I used distress inks and then came in with a water brush to blend the leaves out a bit.  For the tree, I stamped off to get the tree image, but then came in with the same color to stamp my sentiment.  

Two completely different cards.


Supplies Used - Love Ya
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Stamps:  Girlfriend Stamp Set - CAS-ual Fridays for Stamp of Approval
Ink:  Hero Arts
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

Supplies Used - Colors of Autumn
Cardstock:  The Stamps of Life* and Strathmore Watercolor
Pattern Paper:  The Stamps of Life*
Stamps:  leaves4fall from The Stamps of Life
Ink:  Ranger Distress Inks
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
*from The Stamps of Life August Card Kit

Monday, November 2, 2015

Just a "W" for Just Add Ink

The challenge at Just Add Ink this week was "W".


O.K. . . . W!  In the form of sail boats!

 I had fun piecing those little sailboats together.  They are my "W". 

Now, go create!

Supplies Used - Sail Away
Supplies for this card came from Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit
Additional supplies:
  • Simon Says Stamp Circle Stitch Dies
  • Simon Says Stamp Ink

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ink Organization and Color Throwdown

I have spent the last couple of weeks organizing ink.  Keep in mind that I have a full time job, so my organization is limited to when I can find some spare time.  But with the amount of ink that I have "collected" over the years, it was quite the task.

I put little inked dots on the fronts of all of my ink pads.

I labeled the pads that had no label showing. 

And the swatches!  There were swatches to be made. 

 Swatches of die inks . . . swatches of distress inks noted with little stars . . . swatches of pigment inks, noted with little hearts.  And my ombre ink pads? 

So happy to be done.  I couldn't wait to get back to stamping (although I think my next project might involve some serious re-inking of dry ink pads).

So here is a card I created this evening for Color Throwdown.

This one started as bokeh.  Such a fun card.  

Loving those little fish! 

So good to be creating . . . and with organized inks!


Supplies Used - Keep Swimming

Cardstock:  Bazzill, Neenah and Bee Watercolor
Stamps:  Best Fishes from Simon Says Stamp, minis4circles and award2stamp from The Stamps of Life
Dies:  Fish and Bowl from Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  Distress Markers, Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink, Hero Arts Black Ink, Stampin' Up
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Sequins and Google Eyes from Pretty Pink Posh

Twinkle for Merry Monday

When I saw this week's Merry Monday Challenge . . . Christmas lights with glitter . . . I knew I had to play along.  I love Christmas lights, and I love glitter, so combining the two was to hard to pass up. 

For this card I used a new stamp set that had two-step stamping.  These were so fun to make!  I added sequins in the colors to match the lights, just to give that illusion of color.  

Glitter!  Lights!  Christmas is coming. 

Go create . . . cheers! 

Supplies Used - Twinkle
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Stamps:  Twinkle from Close To My Heart
Ink:  Hero Arts Black and Close To My Heart
Other:  Stickles and Pretty Pink Posh Sequins