Mar 142016

Today is Pi Day.  It is also my great nephew’s birthday.  He loves that his birthday falls on such a “cool” day!  But go figure, I didn’t have a Pi stamp. Actually does anyone? Smiley.ScratchingHeadAni So I printed this image from SnorgTees which I thought was the perfect blend for the two celebrations.
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Just for you… smiley.ThanksgivingPumpkinpPie2Ani

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Entering a couple of fun Challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C327 – Monday is Pi Day!  Create cards that feature circles and/or pies!

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: March 2016

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Garden of Life”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Kaisercraft “Off The Wall”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Printer; Grosgrain Ribbon; Martha Stewart “Drippy Goo” Border Punch

 

Spring is coming, and the flowers are just starting to bud.  But on my card today they are already in full bloom!

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And when it’s so much fun, why stop stamping on just the front of the card!

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No reason that I could find!Smiley.FlowerPinkAni

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Challenges:

Just Us Girls #333 – Word Week: “Flowers”
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Seize the Birthday “Anything Goes” with no topping!:  Anything goes as long as it is a birthday theme.

Happy Little Stampers March Mixed Media Challenge: “Water”:  For a watercolored look, water was spritzed directly onto the inked stamp before stamping the turquoise flowers.

Inkspirational Challenge #103 – Designers Choice: “Geometric”:  Added a strip of Washi Tape with a geometric pattern.

Splitcoaststampers CAS367:  “Think Outside the Box”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Garden in Bloom”; Verve “Birthday Phrases”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: SU Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive and Always Artichoke; Jim Holtz Distress “Spiced Marmalade” and “Tumbled Glass”

Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape

Feb 292016

Had some time to play with this beautiful floral set.

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On this first card the image was stamped with a light pink ink.  As the blooms were colored, the lines blended away.

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Love this watercolored look!  However, next time I’ll have to remember to stamp the leaves using green ink! Smiley.RollEyesAni

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I’ve entered a few challenges with this card:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Simon Says: ‘Anything Goes'”

STAMPlorations: “February CAS Card Challenge”
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The Color Throwdown: Throwdown #381 – “Pink, Light Green and Kraft.”

CAS on Sunday: “Challenge #77 – One Layer Wonder”

Cards in Envy: “Tickled Pink Card Challenge” – “cards that are mostly pink or have a pink focal point”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

This is another floral image from the set.  After coloring, the image was fussy cut.

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A black marker was used to color around the flower to eliminate the white edge.  The flower was then adhered to a dry embossed piece of designer paper.

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This last card uses the same image as the first, but this time it is stamped using black ink.

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The lines are meant to be seen for a much bolder look.

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Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:
Stamps: SU “Birthday Blooms”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Pretty in Pink; Copics:
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Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Self-Adhesive Sequins; Rhinestone

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Birthday Blooms” and “Sky Is the Limit”
Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening; Watercolor; Authentique “Seaside” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Markers: Stormy Sky and Crushed Olive
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Self-Adhesive Sequins; Rhinestone; SU “Softly Falling” Embossing Folder

Card 3:
Stamps: SU “Birthday Blooms”
Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Self-Adhesive Sequins; Rhinestone

Feb 262016

Here are a couple of cards that are the same… but a little different, too.

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The first card uses brighter greens on the leaves, some yellows on the blooms and a small accent of black grosgrain ribbon.

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A white gel pen was used to accent the flower centers and the leaves.

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The second card has darker leaves, a little grunge, a little distressing and two patterns of designer paper.

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As with Card 1, a white gel pen was used on the leaves and flowers.  However on Card 2 a glitter pen was added to the flower centers.

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Entering some fun challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Simon Says: ‘Anything Goes'”

CASology: “Week 186 Distress”

Cupcake Inspirations: “Challenge 348”
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Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Awesomely Artistic” and “Wetlands”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Authentique “Legacy” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black, Garden Green and Not Quite Navy; White and Clear Star Gel Pens; Copics:
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Accessories: Flatback Adhesive Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon

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!
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Card 1:
Stamps: SU “Bloomin’ Love”
Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Love Blossoms” Designer Series Paper Stack
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

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