Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thus This Card

As I was digging through my stash looking for something totally unrelated to this card, I spied a new package of Woolies.  This flower reminded me of the inspiration picture at {PIN}spirational Challenges , so I quit looking for whatever it was and decided to play along this week.  Thus this card!







Main Elements: Basic Gray Woolies - Indian Summer, K& Company Chipboard Florals and Swooshes
Sentiment: CHF: Mocha Chica
Paper: Gina K white, SU DSP: Bali Breeze, Pumpkin Pie
Misc: spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies, ribbon

Thanks for looking


Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SOS Challenge 87: Valentines, Love, Hearts,and/or Red

 Challenge 87 at Shopping Our Stash is all about Valentine/Love/Hearts/Red- you choose!

Check this Valentine out!





 I have red, hearts, and love included! 



Off to stamp some more!

Holly Jolly: Snowmen and/or Snowflakes

Our challenge this week at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges is to use Snowmen and/or Snowflakes on your card.  We are sponsored this week by Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  Check out our challenge blog to read more about our sponsor and the chance to win 7 free digis!  Be sure to check out the projects and cards made by the HJ Design Team too!

Here is my card for this week:





Here are the deets:

Image: Bugaboo, Sentiment: CHF
Paper: Gina K. white, SU Real Red
Coloring Medium: Copics
Misc: spellbinders Labels Four, Washi Tape, Stickles, snowflake eyelets, rhinestone brads

Thanks for looking!

 Oh, and I just have to tell ya, I now have four Christmas cards done for this year so far!  If you play along with us each week, you'll be all that more ahead come December!



Off to stamp some more!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentine Blog Hop


I'm participating in a blog hop for From The Heart Stamps today featuring Valentine cards made with Faith's newest images!




Image: Smiling Owls

Paper: Gina K: Poppy Prints

Coloring Media: Copics

Other: SU framelits and coordinating piercing mat

Size: 5.5 x 4.25

Image: Kitten Flowerpot

Paper: Gina K. white, SU: Ruby Red

Coloring Media: Copics

Other: Spellbinders Labels Ten, Baker's Twine, buttons

Size: 5.5 x 4.25


Image: Happy Mail

Paper: Gina K.- white, SU - Bahama Breeze, Bo Bunny - Alora Collection

Coloring Media: Copics

Other: Stickles, buttons, Baker's Twine, Sizzix Scallop Frame (red die)

Size: 5.5 x 4.25




Image: In The Doghouse

Paper: Gina K. - white, SU - Bahama Breeze, More Mustard, simple Stories - Harvest Lane

Coloring Media: Copics

Other: Jillibean Soup corrugated shapes, Spellbinders Labels Three, linen thread

Size: 5.5 x 4.25



Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Squeeze-A-Palooza #4 - Valentine's Day

I made this card using a pre-colored image from Fresh Squeezed Stamps, so I could enter their challenge -  Squeeze-A-Palooza #4 - Valentine's Day.  There will be two winners for their challenge, one with the most "likes" and one a random draw.






This 5.25 square card has a Real Red card base, a white layer embossed at the top and bottom with a heart border folder.  The pre-colored image was cut with a Spellbinder circle die and then a little larger scallop circle die.  A fishtail banner was cut from some DSP: Love Patterns (SU).  Red rhinestones highlight the sweet hearts!  Thanks for looking!


Off to stamp some more!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Make Me Smile




To help beat the recent below zero temps, I wanted to make a card with bright, happy colors.   All papers, as well as the image and sentiment, are from Gina K.   The image is from "Petals & Wings" and the sentiment is from "Hello Sunshine", as are the patterned papers and card stock.  I stamped a few extra clouds onto patterned paper and scattered them around the balloon.  This card makes me smile.  How about you?



Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SOS: Challenge 86: Ribbon

Welcome back for another challenge where we encourage you to shop from your stash.  At Shopping Our Stash the challenge this week is to use some of your oldest ribbon.  Dig down deep and pull it out!





This card is a CASE of one I saw in the March 2010 issue of "cards"  magazine, page 32 to be exact.

Here are the supplies I used to make my card:

Stamps: stem from "All The Best" (SU)
Paper: All SU: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Whisper White, DSP: Darling Doodles
Ink:  Old Olive
Misc: Ribbon from SU Ribbon Originals: Masterpiece, buttons, felt and crocheted flowers, linen thread, scallop border punch, corner rounder punch, and dimensionals

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll take time to join our ribbon challenge!


Off to stamp some more!

Holly Jolly: Color Challenge

 This week at Holly Jolly we are asking you to use blue, purple, and silver as the main colors on your card.  I had to think long and hard for this one, but finally came up with a plan.  Take a look!




I'm not completely satisfied with my card, but I don't hate it either.  I think the blue squares should be smaller so they take up less room.  Beginning with the white card base I added a layer of brushed silver card stock and then another layer of white.  I used Bashful blue for the squares and rounded two opposing corners to create a more interesting shape.  Snowflakes were punched from some of the silver brushed paper before it was layered to save some precious paper!  I still needed to get some purple in my card so I placed three purple brads in the upper left corner and also added smaller versions in the centers of each snowflake.  I scattered some purple rhinestones here and there around the squares.  Yep, the more I look at this card, the more the size of the blue squares are bugging me.  Sheesh!


Off to stamp some more!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Winter Wishes

I'm not a fan of winter, especially today when we are in a wind chill warning/watch for today and tomorrow.  Brrrrrr!  But I do love my snowman stamps and this one fit perfectly into the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV, which is to make an interactive card - my favorite kind!  I also had in mind to try the Mini Blinds tutorial at SCS at some point, and it turned out today was the day!


 Here is the card with the blinds down:




 And in this photo the blinds are up:





Supplies and Tools:
Stamps:  Image: Gina K: Merry Little Christmas, sentiment: Gina K: Snowman Wishes
Paper:  all Gina K: patterned paper: Berries and Vines, and coordinating card stock colors
Ink:  Memento black
Misc: ribbon, woodgrain embossing folder, Sizzix die (red) nested square frames, silver plastic snowflake, Copic marker: BG000

Thanks for looking!


Off to stamp some more!

Cupcake Lineup

For my card today I'm using a freebie from  From The Heart Stamps, formally known as Designed2Delight.  The image is called "Cupcake Lineup" and it's so fun to play with!




I ran the image off on three different colors of card stock: Barely Banana, Close to Cocoa, and Pretty In Pink.  Then I did some paper piecing and embellishing with brads and 3D stickers.  The patterned paper in the background is from SU's "Bella Birds".  It was a lucky match, as I hadn't planned that out ahead of time!  Sometimes I just do things half a$$ backwards!   Thanks for looking!


Off to stamp some more!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Rub-On Sentiments

Here are two more Valentines using rub-ons for the sentiments.


The card above features three rows of eyelet border punched card stock: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, and Real Red on a Basic Gray top fold base.

The card below is 3 x 6 and features a strip of hearts punched using the Creative Memories Border Maker with the Double Heart Chain Border cartridge.  I added pearls to some of the hearts.  The patterned paper is from SU's "Love Patterns" collection on a Pretty in Pink card base.





Thanks for looking!


Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

SOS Challenge #85: Suits Me To A "T"

Challenge #85 at Shopping Our Stash is: Suits Me to a T- use at least two items that start with the letter T- tag, tape, twine, trees, tinsel, tattered angels products, tin foil, tin cans, trim, tea bag, tea cup, tomahawk, tangerine, tigers, turtle,  etc.  Be sure to list what they are in your post!





My card is tea themed and it's a fun one!  I used a teacup and teabag image from the Paper Smooches set "Cyber Cafe" and did some paper piecing.  Yes, even the teabag labels are paper pieced!  The sentiment is an oldie, but goodie from SU: "Cup of Tea".  I also used tan (okay, it's called Crumb Cake) card stock.  And I used a new technique featured several weeks ago on Splitcoast called "Flip Down Stack".  You can find the tutorial HERE.  This was a fun and easy card to make!   But most of you already know that I ♥ cards that can be manipulated in some way!  Below is the card when it has been flipped!  As you can see, I didn't make my card tall and skinny like in the tutorial, but it still works and is just as much fun!







Tools and supplies used to make this card:

Stamps:  PS: Cyber Cafe, SU: Cup of Tea
Paper: SU: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, white, DSP: Festival of Prints
Ink: Memento Black and Chocolate Chip, SU markers: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler
Misc: Punches: Modern Label, Curly Label, Key Tag, Decorative Label, photo turn and brad, Spellbinders dies: Beaded Squares, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder: Tea Party, and ribbon

Off to stamp some more!

Holly Jolly: Sketch Challenge

We have a sketch challenge for you this week at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges.  Take a look at my card and then go check out the challenge blog to see the sketch and learn more about our sponsor this week: Fred She Said.





I used a pre colored image from Fred She Said called: "Emma The Snow Angel Precolored".  I printed Emma out on some Gina K white and die cut the image with a Spellbinders circle die.  I then layered her onto a Bashful Blue scallop circle.  It's difficult to see,  but the strip of patterned paper (SU) was embossed with a snowflake folder.  The white background layer was also embossed with a snowflake folder although  with a different embossing folder than the patterned paper.  Two snowflake brads and a snowflake gem were added to the upper right corner.  In the lower left is a layered sentiment from SU's set "Circle of Friendship".  White ribbon was wrapped around the front panel and then a snippet of blue ribbon was knotted onto the white. 

Thanks for looking!  Now go check out the sketch on the Holly Jolly Challenge blog!

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Heart-Air Balloons

In my last post I showed you two cards I made using a package of rub-ons I came across in my crafting stash.  Well I was determined to use them up, rather than put them back into the hoarded stash.  These four cards are the result of that adventure.  And an adventure it was!

This card needed lots of alterations to correct some problems.  Not all of the hot air balloon rub-on transferred, so there are little bare patches on the right side of the balloon.  Then the cloud rub-ons didn't transfer well at all, so I tried to scrape them off with a sharp blade.  But all I accomplished was to rough up the paper!  So I took the ATC sized panel and ran it through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dots folder.  Then I die cut two clouds and embossed them as well and placed them over the rough patches.  Whew!  So much trouble for my first card!

On this card you can see that my clouds are crooked...oh, no!  But the hot-air balloon transferred  perfectly.   Hooray!  Well, except for the tension creeping into my neck and shoulders!














                                                                  
I had more trouble with the clouds on this one.  They outlines of the clouds are a little distorted, but I learned my lesson from the first card and didn't try to scrape them off.  I can live with this (insert twitching eyes here).

 I held my breath when I did this last card and the rub-ons transferred quite well!  Sheesh!  Who knew playing would be so stressful!

The sentiment on all four cards is from a Stamps of Life set called "hearts2diefor".  The rub-ons are from SU ,as is, the Real Red and Bashful Blue card stock.  The white base and layers are from PTI.


 Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chipboard Frames, Rub-Ons, and More!

I've had a package of chipboard frames for a very long time and finally got around to using some!  Check out the two versions of Valentine cards I recently made:


Here's the version in red.  I used some patterned paper collections from SU: "Love Patterns" and "Love Impressions ".  I also used some Valentine rub-ons that I discovered when I was looking for something totally different.  As a matter of fact, I put Plan A on hold indefinitely and went in a whole different direction here.  (Must be my stamper's ADD taking over!)

So you are looking at lots of layers with Going Gray card stock and patterned papers,  Then you'll see several punched and layered pieces with a rub-on sentiment.  More rub-ons can be found on the chipboard square whimsically angled onto a chipboard frame with a knot of ribbon tied on. 






 For the pink version, I used white card stock for the card base and layering.  The patterned paper came from the "Love Patterns" collection.  More rub-ons were used for the sentiment on the punched and layered pieces, as well as, the chipboard square.  A perky red knot of ribbon finishes off the card.










Off to stamp some more!

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Heart Soars

I'm on to the next holiday as far as cards go.  I love making Valentine cards and have a few to show you over the next couple of days.  Here is the card I am sharing with you today:





For this fun card I started with a top fold white card base and then added a layer of Bashful Blue.  Next is a layer of white that was embossed with SU's "Cloudy Day" embossing folder.  I just love those whimsical clouds!  For the image I used one of the hearts in the Stamps of Life set called "hearts2diefor" and stamped it with Real Red.  I didn't purchase the matching heart dies for this set, but they will be on my next order...ahem!  The heart wasn't so difficult to cut out by hand, but I have a weakness for matching dies... and just dies in general!  For the tail of the heart I attached one end of the ribbon behind the heart with a white brad and then twisted the ribbon and attached the other end to the blue layer of card stock with another white brad..


Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Black, White, and Red

Making these four cards helped me use up some miscellaneous stash.  That always feels so good!



 I have two versions of each card with red glittered flourishes and black glittered flourishes.

I also used some of the glitter tape that I purchased from on of those daily deal sites.   Woohoo!  Using the stash instead of hoarding the stash!







The white flowers are layers of card stock with glitter on some petals and pearl centers.  There were a variety of sizes and shapes in the package.










The red flowers are fabric and were received in a swap.  They are fluffy and fun!

I'm not sure how I'm going to use these cards, so left them blank on the inside for now.  I'm thinking they could be Valentines, birthday cards, anniversary cards, maybe?


Thanks for looking!







Off to stamp some more!

SOS Challenge 84: Old Buttons

 Welcome back to Challenge #84 at Shopping Our Stash!  The challenge this week is to use some of the oldest buttons in your stash.  Did anyone else love going through the buttons in their Grandma's button tin or jar?  I remember sorting and picking out my favorites again and again!  Warm memories!  Have fun with this challenge






The button used on my card came from a jar of old buttons I bought at an auction.   It is an ivory and soft gray layered flower button.  Has anyone been amazed at how high jars of buttons go for at auctions?  I bid on many and actually win very few. 

My card was inspired by one I saw in the December 2010 issue of "cards" on page 127. I knew when I was looking through the magazine for inspiration which button I was going to use, as I store it in a special jar of just my most favorites.  (Leftover from childhood activities!)

The patterned paper is from SU's "Twitterpated".  I used an eyelet border punch for the bottom edge of the card.  The deep red flocked flower is from Maya Road and behind it is a Sweetest Stem (Embosslit) in Pear Pizzazz.  The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches set: "We Connect".

Off to stamp some more!

Snow Globe Shaker

We're "shaking" things up with our first Holly Jolly challenge of 2013!  Meighan, one of the Holly Jolly elves, chose shaker cards for our challenge this week.  I haven't made one of these in a very long time, but what fun I had revisiting a favorite card technique!







The colors in my card are Garden Green, Riding Hood Red, and white.  A simple color combo for a sweet and simple shaker card!

I used SU's "Sweet Snowglobe" for the image, stamped in Garden Green on white card stock for the inside layer.  I stamped the image again on a white outside panel in Riding Hood Red.  Then I used a Nestibilites circle to cut out the opening and placed a bit of "Snowfall" printed window sheet" (SU) behind the opening. (very difficult to see in this photo)  Clear glass beads were used for the "snow" to shake inside the globe.  A Labels Three Nestibilites was used to cut a frame from SU's "Frostwood Lodge" DSP.

Ribbon was wrapped around the front panel and knotted.  Attached to the knot with a tiny red safety pin is the sentiment from SU"s "Crazy For Christmas".  I masked the sentiment and stamped the parts on three colors of card stock.  I punched each out with a tiny tag punch, adjusting the lengths for the phrases  to fit.  The individual tags read:
ho! ho! ho!, 'tis the season, deck the halls, and merry & bright.

I hope you have fun making shaker cards for our challenge this week.

Off to stamp some more!

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