Feb 082016

Valentine’s Day is just a week away, so today’s cards are all about love!

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Card 1 is a clean and simple style.

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The sentiment was slightly popped up, and the designer paper was lighted sanded for a distressed feel.

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As might be expected there are a lot of “heart” related challenges in blogland this week.  This card is playing along in the following:

Cards in Envy: “From the Heart Card Challenge”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Simon Says: Have a Heart”

Joining the “Clean and Simple” style at:
The Card Concept: “#48 {Sweet Hearts}”

Inspiration Photo:
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Just Us Girls: “#329 – WORD Week: ‘Valentine'”

CAS on Sunday: “Challenge #76, Valentine”

Time Out Challenges: “#49 – ‘Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.'”
See what I did there?  Stamped some sweet little branches blooming from the heart.Smiley.GrinHugeAni

This card is also playing along in this week’s Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers: “CAS363 – Won’t you call me Sweetheart”

Card 2 uses one of my favorite techniques.. sponging.  Always love that sharp line of color that appears as the masking paper is pulled away.

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Silhouetted blooms were stamped, and Stickles was added to the center.  Some of the branches were dotted with a white gel pen.  The sentiment along the side was popped up on foam tape.

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Playing in a couple of challenges, too:

CASology: “Week 183: GLITTER”

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog:  “#148 Use A Love Sentiment”

I went with a white on white design for Card 3.

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Have always loved this look for a wedding card.

Isn’t this a beautiful die!!  The flowers were also die cut and added to the heart with pearls on top.

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Entered into a challenge with this card at:

Die Cut Diva’s Challenge Blog: “Love, Marriage & Anniversaries”

Thanks for dropping by today.
Wishing you lots of love!
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Happy Crafting!

Card 1:
Stamps: SU “Bloomin’ Love”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Rose Red
Accessories: Sequin; SU “Large Number Framelits Dies”

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Bloomin Love”; “Forever and Always” sentiment unknown
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Elegant Eggplant; White Gel Pen
Accessories: Stickles “Starry Night”

Card 3:
Stamps: SU “Guy Greetings”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Pearls; Lace; Ribbon; SU “Bloomin Heart Thinlits Dies”

Is January really almost over?!?  Between all the Holiday activities, building a house and hitting the slopes, I have been helping my son’s girlfriend make some fun and crafty projects for her 1st grade classroom.  I need to visit her class and take some pictures of the agenda strips and job charts, the library checkout system and the attendance magnet board to name a few of the projects I’ve worked on played with.  It has been quite a journey for her as she travels through her first year of teaching!  And it’s been so fun for me that she has let me help her “decorate” her classroom!

Well it’s good to finally be back in my craft room making a few cards.

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Made this one with a few challenges in mind to help get the rusty creative side brushed off:

Less Is More: Week 260 Recipe to include a SILHOUETTE in your creations.

Inkspirational Challenges: Challenge #100 – Blast from the Past – Chose Color Challenge #59 – blue with white or cream.

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Challenge #147 Anything Goes + A Sentiment

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This second card is for my DBIL.

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Again used some challenges to help get the cobwebs out of my brain!

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge Blog: Challenge #104 Spots and or Stripes

Addicted to CAS: Challenge #80 – Code Word RED

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

CAS(E) this Sketch!: Sketch #156
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Hope to be back soon.
Happy Crafting!
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Blue Card:

Stamps: PTI “Brushed Off” and “Think Big Favorites #12”; SU “For All Things”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Not Quite Navy and Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Sequins

Red Card:

Stamps: SU “Gorgeous Grunge” and “Bombs Away Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; Doodlebug Design “October 31st” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red

Accessories: Baker’s Twine; Button, Washi Tape

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This year my neighbor covered her tree with darling little red and craft colored decorations.  Seeing them reminded me just how much I love this color combination.

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The little pinch of Stickles under the button gives a tiny bit of sparkle to the card while also helping to glue the button onto the wreath.

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The card front is cut shorter than the inside of the card.  This allows for some of the designer paper which is adhered to the inside of the card to be seen when the card is closed.

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And when you open the card, you still get to see some of the lovely red and craft paper.

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Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “Just A Pinch” – Used just a pinch of Stickles.

Cards in Envy: “Let It Snow”

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:
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Color Throwdown #373: “CTD373 Any Christmas Creation, Any Colors”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper December Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Simon Says Stamp! “Christmas 3 x 4”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy; American Crafts “Hot Cocoa” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Real Red

Accessories: SU “Wonderful Wreath” Framelits Die and “Gold Basic Metal Button”; Stickles

Nov 242015

Thankful.  Grateful.  Just a couple of words that describe how I feel this Thanksgiving time.

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The image was stamped three times, and the little leaves were colored with Copics.

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The sentiment was cut out and popped up on foam tape.

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With card 2, the image was stamped directly onto the patterned paper.  It was also colored with Copics, die cut and popped up on foam tape.

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The white card stock was also die cut with the tree die, cut at the top and bottom of the tree so that the pieces could be separated leaving a small border around the image.  Both of these card stock pieces were also popped up on foam tape.  Love the dimension and depth this gives to the design.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

Challenges:

Both Cards are joining the Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Thanks/Thanksgiving” and Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper November Challenge.

Card 2 is playing in Pixie’s Snippets Playground-Week #204.  My favorite snippet is the little section of picket fence and the sweet snippet of patterned paper with all those darling little houses.

Oh and if you have a minute and want to see a fun and joyful dance, check this out.  My son, Jared, was in India a couple of weeks ago attending the wedding celebration of a good friend.  Jared and his girlfriend, Michelle, participated in the dancing for the bride and groom.  Fun stuff.

Happy Crafting and
Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Card 1
Stamps: SU “Lighthearted Leaves” and “Acorny Thank You”
Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; American Crafts “Heartland Farm” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Really Rust, Old Olive and Handsome Hunter; Copics:
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Accessories: Spellbinders “A2 Curved Border” Die

Card 2
Stamps: SU “Lighthearted Leaves” and “For All Things”
Papers: PTI Select White; Echo Park “The Story of Our Family” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Old Olive and Handsome Hunter: Copics:
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Accessories: Sequins; Martha Stewart Picket Fence Border Punch; SU “Leaflets Framelits” Die

Nov 162015

Here are three cards made with a fun new set called “Acorny Thank You.”

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This first card is a clean and simple design.

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The acorn was stamped with a water base ink and then shadowed with a Copic marker.

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This acorn uses a couple of the different patterns available in the set.
Stripes + Polka-dots = Love!

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The little heart buttons in my stash were all yellow, but this orange nut needed green.  It just did.  So I took a Copic marker and colored it.  Problem solved.

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Designer paper was used with the acorn punch for these hanging nuts.

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Magnets were placed on the tops and bottoms of each acorn for some mix and match-ability.

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All 3 Cards are joining the Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Thanks/Thanksgiving”

Card 1 is playing along in the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers “Fall Foliage” Clean and Simple Challenge CAS351
The Card Concept #43 {Thank-Fall} Challenge.  The style is Clean and Simple.
CAS(E) this Sketch #149
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Card 3 is playing along in three challenges:
Pixie’s Snippets Playground-Week 203.  Lots of snippets of patterned paper on those acorns!
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper November Challenge
Virginia’s View Challenge #20: Texture!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1
Stamps: SU “Acorny Thank You”, “Vintage Leaves” and “Gorgeous Grunge”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: SU More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive; Copic: w0w3
Accessories: SU “Acorn Builder Punch”; Linen Thread

Card 2
Stamps: SU “Acorny Thank You” and “Lighthearted Leaves”
Papers: PTI Select White; Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa; SU Pumpkin Pie and Really Rust; Copic: yg06
Accessories: Pearls; Heart Button; Gingham Ribbon; SU “Acorn Builder Punch”

Card 3
Stamps: SU “Acorny Thank You” and “Lighthearted Leaves” (Inside Sentiment)
Papers: PTI Select White; Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Twine; Organdy Ribbon; Magnetic Tape; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder” and “Acorn Builder Punch”

Oct 272015

“Boo!” is what I just said to my craft room!!  It’s been awhile since its seen any action.  So with Halloween fast approaching, here are a couple of cards for the grandkids.  The little ones aren’t that old yet, so wanted to keep the cards cute and fun.  (“Are spiders ever cute and fun?” you ask.)  Maybe?…

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This one sure has a messy nest with lots of funky fibers and ribbon and

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spooky eyes!  hehe

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Blogland is loaded with Halloween challenges this week:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “Throwback”
Throwing all the way back to last week’s challenge, “Monster Mash!”

Lawnscaping Challenge: “Too Cute to Spook”

Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge: “Week 200” – Use Snippets
Used snippets for the spiders and the strips of patterned paper.  Also lots and lots of snippets of funky fibers and ribbon were used.

Friday Mashup Challenge: “FM231 Halloween and/or Use Ribbon”
Mashed it up with these cards… Halloween theme and used ribbon and funky fibers.

Crafyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: “October 2015”

Inkspirational Challenges: “Challenge #94 – Cute Halloween”

Creative Knockouts: “Challenge #112 – Doily Delight”

House of Cards: “October Challenge – Add Texture and/or Color Inspiration”
The funky fibers add some great messy texture!

Happy Halloween!!
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Stamps: SU “Howl-o-ween Treat” and “Happy Scenes”

Papers: PTI Leaf Green, True Black and Select White; Doodlebug Designs “October 31st” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Spider Web Doilies; Grosgrain Ribbon; Funky Fibers; Rhinestones; Star Button; SU “Boo To You” Framelit Dies; Spellbinders “Fleur de Lis Rectangle” Die

Here’s a quick, clean and simple card that uses a little designer paper from the stash.Smiley.Yes1Ani

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The cute little blooms are stamped and punched out with a coordinating punch.  They are popped up on foam tape to give some depth to the card.  It’s one of my favorite things to do to add a little interest and dimension.

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Lots of challenges today!Smiley.GrinHugeAni

Virginia’s View September Challenge #18: “Geometric Pattern”

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 194: “Use Snippets”
There are a couple snippets of patterned paper and a small snippet of twine.

Aud Sentiments Challenge 140: “Anything Goes plus a Sentiment”
The sentiment was put together using two different stamp sets.

Inkspirational Challenge #91: “Colour (orange/green)”

Runway Inspired Challenge: “ric#91 – Giles”

Addicted to CAS Challenge Code Word: “Leaves”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper September Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Petite Petals”, “Sprinkles of Life” and “Awesomely Artistic”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack

Inks: SU Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust and Basic Black

Accessories: Rhinestones, Twine, SU Petite Petals Punch

Sep 142015

Here are the cards for my twin granddaughters’ birthday this year.

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The icing on the cupcakes was popped up with foam tape for some depth and dimension.

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A strip of the designer paper was added on the inside, too.

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And of course their favorite part of the card… the money!  lol

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Since they live so far away its hard to know exactly what they want/need.  But this year I had some cupcakes delivered to them that I ordered from a local bakery there.  One can always use cupcakes!

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Challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Stamp and Punch/Die Cut”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Things With Wings”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

House of Cards September Challenge: “Stitch It Up!”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper September Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Sprinkles of Life” and “Papillon Potpourri”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Rhinestones; Sequins; Grosgrain Ribbon; SU “Tree Builder” Punch and “Elegant Butterfly” Punch; Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders” Die

Love this little miniature Santa in his sleigh.  He was stamped on acetate.  The die cut homes were adhered to the back of the acetate and the whole sheet was then adhered to the back of the white frame.

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Some blue starry designer paper was taped to the card base along with the moon.  Then the white frame was adhered to that with foam tape so that it stands out and away from the base.

When I was a little girl I would try and stay awake on Christmas Eve to get a glimpse of Santa.  In my imagination I pictured that he would look something like this as he rode through the night sky.

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I’m on a roll!  I have now made all of 2 cards for my Christmas card stash.  (Yeah, I know.  The pace is gonna have to pick up real soon!)

The card is entered into a few challenges:

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Card Challenge CHNC #245: “‘Twas the night before Christmas”

CAS-ology Week 163: “Moon”

Addicted to CAS Challenge #71: “Blue”

Runway Inspired Challenge: “ric#91 – Michael Kors”

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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Holiday Home”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Blue Mulberry w/Stars Designer Paper

Inks: Stazon Jet Black

Accessories: Acetate: Rhinestone Star; SU Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies; Spellbinders Classic Circle and Rectangle Dies

Different bling comes and goes from rhinestones, buttons and sequins… even such things as feathers and beads.  But for me my favorite has always been pearls.  They have gotten harder to find in the usual stores and online places, but I still just can’t get enough of them.  So with today’s card, I let myself go. Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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The floral image oval piece has been popped up on foam tape for some dimension, and a little ribbon snippet tucked in at the bottom.  Two narrow strips of coordinating designer paper were added top and bottom.

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A little bit of embossing shows above the blooms.

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Have entered some fun challenges, too:

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Make It Colorful”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 193: “Use Snippets”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper September Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “So Very Grateful”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthday II”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; Graphic 45 “Patterns & Solids” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Garden Green; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: KaiserCraft Self Adhesive Pearl Strips; KaiserCraft Self Adhesive Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon; Sizzix “Banners & Blooms” Embossing Folder; Fiscars Decorative Corner Punch; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Big Scalloped Ovals” Dies

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