Sunday, May 29, 2016

Welcome Little One

I said I was going back to the drawing board with the same supplies as my previous post, and that I did.  I combined the Inlaid Dies challenge at Happy Little Stamper with the sketch at Sugar Pea Designs

Here is the sketch . . .

Here is the result . . .

This design uses the same cardstock and pattern papers; the same stamps and dies; but I've added a bit more paper and it's a more detailed design, given the sketch I used. 

And those pins are just awesome!  Love how they turned out on this card too. 

Take eight to create!  It will be time well spent. 


Stamps:  Bundle of Joy (Sugar Pea Designs)
Ink:  Steel Gray (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pool Party (Stampin' Up); Silver POW Glitter Paper (American Crafts); Nursery Baby Boy (DCWV)
Accessories:  Baby Diaper Pin Sugar Cuts (Sugar Pea Designs; Circle Dies (Sizzix); Thinlits Border Dies (Sizzix); Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart)

Muse #167 - Welcome Baby

I loved the card at this week's Muse Challenge because I am in love with designs that include inlaid dies.  For me, an inlaid die creation is almost like a puzzle.  You are cutting pieces from multiple papers, and you get to piece them all back together to make a design.  Right up my alley!

Here is the Muse creation . . .

And here is my card . . .

I used little pins for my design, and I cut them from Silver POW paper from American Crafts.  I also added an added touch . . . some Liquid Glass to give the plastic portion of those pins a little shine.  They were all cut from different pattern papers.

I love how this card turned out.  I think I'm going back to the drawing board to create another card using the same supplies.  Wait for it!

I hope you find some time to create today!


Supplies Used - Welcome Little One
Stamps:  Bundle of Joy (Sugar Pea Designs)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pool Party (Stampin' Up); Silver POW Glitter Paper (American Crafts); Nursery Baby Boy (DCWV)
Accessories:  Baby Diaper Pin Sugar Cuts (Sugar Pea Designs; Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lots of Love for Color Throwdown

Did a little creating for Color Throwdown, and here is the result . . .

I used pattern paper with the two shades of pink and the gray.  I love the folded element of this card.  It gives nice dimension.  

The shades may be a bit different . . . I'm a little less fuchsia.  (A little less fuchsia?  I'm not sure I know what that means.)

Supplies Used -Lots of Love
All product from Simon Says Stamp February 2016 Card Kit
  • Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Clear Stamp Set "Hello Beautiful".
  • Patterned Papers by Crate Paper
  • Gold Foiled Sentiment Stickers by Crate Paper
  • Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy Cardstock

Good Day Sunshine for The Card Concept

Playing along today with the challenge at The Card Concept. I remember when this challenge first started, and here they are at #55. Where has the time gone.

 Here is their inspiration photo . . .

 And here is my card design, which is clean and layered with a pop of color from pattern paper.

This was pattern paper leftover from a kit that I had, and that Good Day Sunshine pattern paper piece was the start of this card.  When I saw the challenge, I knew this was what I would use.  The die cuts pulled this all together, and I love the white on white with the clouds and ribbon.  

Always fun to play along with a good challenge; I hope you find some time to create today.

Supplies Used - Good Day Sunshine
Stamps:  Sending Sunshine (W-Plus 9)
Ink:  Black (Hero Arts), Squeezed Lemonade and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink (Ranger), Clear Wink of Stella
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Life in Color (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Sunshine Layers (W-Plus 9); Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Friday, May 13, 2016

May Technique Blog Hop - Spinner Cards

I just can't believe that May is here already, and it's already month five of our year-long adventure
into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.   

We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It is never too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop. 

This month we will be creating spinner cards and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today. We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.   Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

Now on with my projects!

I have two types of spinner cards for you today.  The first is where an element on the card is suspended on a string within a window.  For this card I put my sentiment in the window, and had two images on the suspended circle.  The images relate to the sentiment . . . a little sundae  . . . 

And a dog with an ice cream cone.  (O.K., so sure . . . a dog can't technically "hold" an ice cream cone, but I assure you my dogs would tear that thing up and gobble it down.)   Isn't that little guy adorable? 

The images above and below were accented with Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart.  You'll notice that the dog tag and the glass sundae bowl just shine like glass/metal.  And here is a close-up of that sentiment, which is extremely fitting.  

My second card is the traditional spinner that has an element on the card that spins on a track.   I used circle dies for this one. 

The Magic 8 Ball was a staple when I was growing up.  I thought about how you shake it and move it around as you ask your question, and it seemed perfect for a spinner card.  The question, "Could you be any nicer?" 

The answers on the front of the card read, "No" . . . "Very doubtful" . . . and the sentiment that is on the front and appears inside the card, "My sources say no."  

I used Liquid Glass to make some water droplets, because water and bubbles are contained inside that crazy Magic 8 Ball.  

Next on the hop is Sharon.  You will find some fabulous creations on her blog, and here is the line-up should you get lost along the way. 

Hope you enjoyed the hop, and I hope you find some time to create a spinner card.  


Supplies Used - Ice Cream Spinner
Stamps:  Ice Cream Dream (Close To My Heart);
Ink:  Black Onyx (Versafine) and Inktense Colored Pencils
Paper:  Pattern Paper Scrap (Close To My Heart)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart); Sweet Pea Sequin Mix (Pretty Pink Posh); Seam Binding (Close To My Heart); Card Base (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - Magic 8 Ball
Stamps:  Good Fortune (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Black (Hero Arts); Versamark; Pistachio Green, Ultramarine Blue and Violet (Kevin Oliver Color Burst)
Paper:  Watercolor Paper (Bee); Marshmallow (Bazzill); 
Accessories:  Circle Dies (Sizzix); Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart); White Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Smiles Across the Miles - Inkspirational Challenge

I'm leaving on a jet plane tomorrow, so I thought that it was the perfect vehicle to showcase for the Inspirational Challenge.  Here is my card . .

I went with a cloudy watercolor background for this one, and I love the result.  

Loving that circle die as well that made the stitched circles . . . the perfect showcase for my sentiment. 

No creating for me over the next week . . . I will be visiting my parents in sunny Florida.  But I hope you find some time to create. 

Supplies Used - Hello
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Bee Watercolor
Stamps and Dies:  Thanks for the Lift Stamp and Die Set and Circle Stitched Pattern Dies from My Creative Time
Ink:Hero Arts, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versamark, Ranger White Embossing Powder and Signo Uniball White Pen
Ribbon:  Ellen Hutson
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart

You Are Awesome - Inspired by Just Add Ink

I have had extremely little time to stamp, and it's frustrating because I have new stamp items just calling me to come play.  I did break away on Sunday to create a card and used Just Add Ink for inspiration.  Here is their inspiration photo . . .

JAI #309-Inspiration

 And here is my card . . .

I have to very seriously . . . SERIOUSLY . . . say that I'm in love with that chevron stamp set.  IN LOVE.  And this color palette is fabulous. 

The stamp sets and the "You" die is from Stamp of Approval, which I believe has sold out.  But I am sure that the product will be sold down the road individually.  Let me say that if you've not checked out Stamp of Approval, you should.  It is awesome stuff.


I hope you find some time to get all inkified!


Supplies Used - You Are Awesome
Stamps:  GeoBuilders (Catherine Pooler Designs)*, All About You Stamp Set (CAS-ual Fridays)*
Ink:  Crisp Cantalope, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up), Black (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up), Solar White (Neenah), Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  2 You's Dies (CAS-ual Fridays) and Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

*Beautiful Word - Stamp of Approval

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Freshly Made and CAS-ology Cards

A couple of cards to share tonight, and first up is a card created for Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is the sketch . . .
And here is my card . . .


First and foremost, I love the lyrics . . . from Dear Prudence by The Beatles . . . "The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful and so are you." 

This was an unusual card for me.  I didn't use a single stamp or any ink.  It was purely cardstock, pattern paper and stickers, all leftover from a kit that I had for a mini album.  I love when I can use my supplies that are left from another project. 

Next up is a card created for CASology.  The Cue Card was "Sprinkle."  Here is my card . . .

So some sprinkles of salt . . . and a message to take life with a grain of salt.  Seasoning makes everything better!  

My shaken salt was created with Diamond Dust glitter, and the salt in the shaker with Stickles. 

I'm heading off on vacation in a few days . . . no crafting while I'm gone.  But I do hope to do a little creating before I head off.  And I hope you find some time to create as well. 

Supplies Used - So Are you
Paper:  Life in Color (Simple Stories) and Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Life in Color Stickers (Simple Stories) and Cork Flower Sticker (The Stamps of Life)

Supplies Used - Grain of Salt
Stamps:  saltshaker2stamp (The Stamps of Life)
Ink:  Licorice (The Stamps of Life Color Box)
Paper:  Licorice (The Stamps of Life) , Solar White (Neenah), POW Silver (American Crafts), Studio Calico Pattern,
Accessories:  Salt Shaker Dies (The Stamps of Life), Stickles, Diamond Dust Glitter (Floracraft), Twine (The Stamps of Life), Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart)

Welcome Baby for SIP Challenge 45

I had been wanting to create a card using a newsprint pattern paper, and while a baby card didn't seem appropriate, I decided to give it a shot.  So I created this card for SIP Challenge #45.

 I stamped my images onto the pattern paper, and I was careful to lightly watercolor with distress markers so the paper wouldn't pill. 

Now I know that ribbon is a bit on the outs these days, but I love a touch of ribbon on a card.  I do find that I use it less, but I can't give it up completely. 

I hope you find some time to create today! 

SIP Theme 45 800Supplies Used - Sweet Baby
Cardstock:  Close To My Heart
Pattern Paper:  Heartstrings from Close To My Heart
Stamps:  Cute Koalas from Close To My Heart
Dies:  Sizzix Framelits Fancy #4 Dies
Ink:  Close To My Heart, Versamark, Ranger White Embossing Powder, and Ranger Distress Markers
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins