Friday, September 22, 2017

A Spooky Halloween Shadow Box

Hello friends.  I have been seeing so many cute and fun Halloween cards and projects out there in blogland lately, and decided I'd get on board.  I've been hooked on a really cute shadow box from Lawn Fawn that makes the 3D boxes that fold flat for mailing and finally gave in and purchased it!  (I think it's a little pricey but so much fun and easy to make that I'm glad I splurged now!)

I decided to make the outside of the box from DSP (PTI), which as cute as it is, I think I will use regular cardstock next time for more support...the DSP is flimsier.  The box is also only 3 1/4" X 2 3/4", so you do need to think about the stamps and die cuts you will use to put in it.  My first thought was to put in some little Halloween Owls I have, but they are too big to use it the box, so FYI, the smaller your images, the better they'll work for this project.  Take a look:

The very back of the inside box has a piece of orange cardstock that I die cut with a Gina Marie Design Starry Sky die and then I cut it again with some silver mirror cardstock and glued in all the little silver stars.  I also added a spider web die cut from Lawn Fawn (Cute Cobweb) to the back piece.  Other than the spider that is hanging from the front top of the box, all the rest of the pieces are die cut from PTI's Tiny Town: Spookville Manor (tree, ghosts, bat, pumpkins, & fence).  The little green hills are part of the shadow box dies.  My sentiment and pumpkin on the back of the box are both from Kay Miller's Spooky Smiles (PTI).

This was definitely a lot of FUN and I'm sure my granddaughter is going to get a kick out of it!  I also love that it folds flat for easy mailing and will pop right back up once she opens it!  :0)

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Make It Monday #297 - Mixing Florals

Hello friends.  Color me happy!!  Dawn McVey is up with this weeks Make It Monday challenge and wants us to try mixing our floral stamp sets together!  Right up my alley as I LOVE flowers and mixing the stamp sets together was so much FUN!!

I chose to work with Sunflower Harvest, Beautiful Berries: Autumn, Leave It Be, & Stylized Autumn.  I started with a piece of Ripe Avocado DSP on the bottom third of my card, and a small strip of Cocoa Bean above that, and then stamped my sentiment above that from Keep It Simple: Thinking Of You in Cocoa Bean ink.  After that it was just a matter of arranging my florals and leaves until I achieved the balance I wanted and then finished up with a few iridescent sequins.  Don't you just LOVE the colors of Autumn?!  Already starting to change here in West if we could just get the temperatures to go down a little!  (I don't think 90's and air conditioning is Fall weather!)

Check out Dawn's beautiful card and video right HERE and then play along.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

For The Love Of Leaves - A New Design

Hello friends.  I have a 5 year blog-aversary coming up on September 30th, and one of my dear friends Loll Thompson asked me if I'd be interested in a blog re-design in celebration of 5 years of blogging.  Those of you  who have followed me for any length of time know that while I love making cards, computers and anything technology related are just not my thing!  Because there are only so many choices that blogger offers for blog design, I have been limited to what they had, so the offer of a new design that is totally what I want was FABULOUS news!!  I have always loved LEAVES and have many, many leaf designs in my home, so I mentioned that to Loll and the fact that I love earth tones, and she did all the rest and I couldn't be more pleased!  Thank you, thank you really are the best!!

To celebrate my new design, I made three new cards featuring...yep, you guessed it...leaves!!

For this card I dry embossed a couple Gina Marie Designs leaf dies with a rubber mat, so that I would get the impression of the leaf, but not have it cut.  I also lightly tapped my Versamark pad over the top of the leaf dies before dry embossing them, and then used copper embossing powder that only picked up on the outline details.  Next I masked off the edges of my cardstock and then did some acetate smooshing with Fired Brick, Orange Marmalade, & Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  My sentiment is from PTI's Keep It Simple: Thank You.

I had hoped to capture the shine of the copper embossing in this close up, but no such luck!  I do however love the way the colors of my smooshing came out!!

This next card shows off much better in person!  I double embossed the leaf die cut (Gina Marie Designs) in copper and the double embossing really gives it a solid and lovely look!  Behind the open side of the leaf I blended the same colors as the first card, but in DOX inks...a much deeper and solid color!  I also did some water splattering and then sprayed the colored piece quite liberally with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle real life this whole card just shines and sparkles!!

For my last card I wanted to do something that reflected my new design, so I gathered a couple leaf sets (PTI's Leaf Prints and Leave It Be) and had fun playing around with colors and the different leaves.  After fussy cutting them all out, I die cut a dotted frame from PTI's Mix & Mat: Flourish and then arranged my leaves along the bottom and up the left side.  My sentiment is from the same PTI set (Keep It Simple: Thank You) that I used on my 1st and 2nd cards.  My card base is a piece of Soft Suede cs.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tribute to LEAVES and again, a BIG THANK YOU to Loll for all the work you did (even though you said it was fun and NOT work!!).  I am totally in LOVE with my new blog and just can't believe I am lucky enough to have a blog this cool looking!

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Merry Monday #257 - Use A Tag On Your Christmas Card

Hello friends.  Susan is hosting our challenge this week at Merry Monday and she would like you to use a TAG, TEXTURE, BLING, & DIE CUTS on your Christmas cards.

Sometimes I get so excited to start a card and challenge that I forget to read all the fine print, so that is why I highlighted all the different things to include on your card, in case you're like me!  Yep, my card didn't quite start out like I first started it, but that's ok because I really like how it turned out after all the revisions!  Here's what I came up with:

For my TAG, I used PTI's Basic Bookmark #3 die and am also using this for my DIE CUT too.  I embossed my image and sentiment (PTI's Botanical Blocks IV) in gold (that's BLING right?!!) and then colored in my image with Copics.  I am also using my gold embossing as TEXTURE.  For my background I used a beautiful piece of DSP from Penny Black's Festive & Frosty paper pad on one side and stamped some flourishes from a retired SU! set called Priceless.  I added a strip of gold glitter paper (more BLING) between the DSP and flourishes, and then added my tag on top.  I also added some gems and a gold ribbon for a little more BLING, and also a little sparkle with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the pink berries and flourishes.  So I actually think I did quite well on the BLING component of this challenge!!  :0)

We can't wait to see what YOU come up with for this week's challenge, so dig out all those TAGS, DIE CUTS, BLING and TEXTURE and play along with us!  Check out all the fabulous cards from the rest of the DT, and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)


Friday, September 15, 2017

CAS Watercolour September 2017 - Silhouette

Hello friends.  This months challenge over at CAS Watercolour is all about using a SILHOUETTE on your card.

I took a class a few weeks back at my local stamp store and learned a new way of "smooshing" that I have totally fallen in love with!  Usually when you "smoosh", you put your ink down on a craft mat, spritz it with water, and then "smoosh" your cardstock down into it and more or less end up with a surprise when you turn it over.  The way I learned at class gives you a little more control on where your color goes, which is great for control freaks like me!

I started by masking off the edges of my water color cardstock and then started from the top down adding color one section at a time.  You take a smaller piece of acetate and smoosh your ink onto it (my first color was Stormy Sky Distress Ink), spritz with water, and then carefully turn it upside down and "smoosh" it onto your cardstock.  Because the acetate is clear, you can see where you are adding the color!  Used my heat tool to dry my top section and then added Scattered Straw Distress Ink to my acetate, spritzed, and "smooshed" the middle layer.  I repeated the process with Tea Dye Distress Ink for the bottom layer, and when dry, removed my masking around the edges and then stamped my image.  I used an older Penny Black stamp from 2006 (wood mounted of course!) called Asters for my silhouette with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then added some foam to the back before mounting to a white card base.   I embossed my sentiment (PTI's Keep It Simple: Sympathy) in black on some vellum so you could still see the watercolours and the silhouette.  This "smooshing" technique is a lot of fun and very addictive, so for all you control people out there, I urge you to give this technique a try!

For this card I watercoloured ("smooshed"), stamped, & embossed.

There are SO many BEAUTIFUL cards from the DT and in the gallery to inspire you this month, and the challenge is open till the 24th, so check it out and play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Create Along With Us - September 2017

Hello friends.  It's release week over at Papertrey Ink and that means it's the Create Along With Us challenge where we get to choose something we're inspired by from one of the DT and CASE their work.  September is hard for me because it's ALL Christmas, and I love EVERYTHING Christmas, and that makes it very hard to choose just one thing!!  But anyway, our daughter's are grown now and so gift cards seem to be the norm now...hence I love the new gift card die and ALL the examples the DT has been showing with it!  I finally narrowed it down to Melissa's beautiful and vintage card holder:


Is that not just the sweetest card holder?!!  Love the sentiment and the kraft cardstock, the music DSP, the clothespin and tag, and of course the twine!!  Here's what I came up with since I didn't have the exact supplies as Melissa:

I used an older PTI die Gift Card Greetings Die to cut my holder from kraft cardstock and then used some very thin tear n tape on the long sides to close it up so it was more like an envelope with a flap.  I did stencil it with a dot stencil in Scarlet Jewel before taping the sides, and then distressed the edges with some Cocoa Bean ink.  I used the Tiny Tags die and stamp set to cut out my tag and stamp the sentiment, and also added a little sprig of Holly from the Tag-Its #9 set in Spring Moss ink.  And of course I tied it up with twine and added the clothespin along with the tag to finish it up like Melissa's.  I have to tell you the flap on this is hard to fit in the rounded slot, so the new die will work a lot easier and is definitely going in my cart tomorrow night!  Here's a closer up view:

Still lots of time to play along with this challenge, so check out all the amazing work by the DT and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #63

Hello friends.  Today I am playing along with the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge where this beautiful photo is our inspiration.

Don't you just LOVE those colors together and the soft background?!  These colors make me think Spring, but I'm in the mood for Fall, and just by using a much loved and older set from PTI, I think I achieved the Fall look.

I used Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, & Crumb Cake inks along with Mum's The Word stamp set for my flowers on a piece of Rustic White cardstock, and also used the "Donna" technique, where I repeatedly stamped each flower moving the stamp just aa tine bit each time.  Here's a closer up view:

The "Donna" technique according to my SU! demonstrator was coined by Donna when she accidentally dropped her inked up stamp and tried to fix it by repeatedly stamping over the dropped image.  It gives the stamped image a very subtle shading and really is fun to do!  I also used an older SU! background stamp (En Francais) for the script on the side, and then stamped my sentiment from the Mum's The Word set on a Rustic White piece of cardstock and pop dotted it.  A small twine bow on the sentiment banner finished off my card.

There's still lots of time to play along with this challenge and some GORGEOUS inspiration from the DT, so check it out and play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Merry Monday #256 - Favorite Holiday Movie

Hello friends.  Nina is our hostess with this week's challenge at Merry Monday, and she would like you to make a Christmas card based on your favorite Christmas movie.  I love everything Christmas, and that includes Christmas movies too!  So let's see...Home Alone (Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!), Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and the list goes on and on!  But when it comes right down to it, there's just something about the movie Elf that makes me laugh and smile the whole way through!

I used one of Buddy the elf's favorite sayings and computer generated it and added a elf image from MFT's Santa's Elves and came up with this:

I colored my elf with Copics in colors to match Buddy's elf outfit and then pop dotted him against some green checked DSP ( was a scrap and I don't remember the manufacturer) and added a banner that I die cut with a Gina Marie Design die.  A couple enamel dots finished off my simple card.

We can't wait to see what Christmas movies inspire your cards this week, so check out all the inspiration from the DT and Guest Designers, and then play along with us right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Friday, September 8, 2017

CAS Mix Up - September 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with this month's CAS Mix Up challenge, where they are looking for a Watercolour Wash, which is a semi-transparent layer of color.

Here's what I came up with:

I did a real light wash of orange with my Gansai Tambi water colors and when that was dry I stamped my pumpkin image from Impression Obsession (D19277) in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  To add a little bit of framing I used PTI's Mix & Mat: Flourish Die and then added my embossed sentiment banner from PTI's Sunflower Harvest set.  Definitely CAS and as Darnell would say: QACAS!!  :0)

So for this challenge I watercoloured, stamped, die cut, and embossed.

There is still LOTS of time to play along with this challenge (Sept. 24), so check out all the beautiful inspiration from the DT and all the players in the gallery, and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Make It Monday #296 - Small Images On Repeat

Hello friends.  Lexi Daly is up with this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink and is showing us how to use a small image and repeat it in a CAS format.

I used a small leaf image from the Leaf Prints set and came up with this:

I started by using one of my smallest acrylic blocks and inked it up with Soft Stone ink and then stamped it 3 times on my white card layer.  Next I inked up the small leaf with Ocean Tides ink and then added a little Tropical Teal to the edges on one side before stamping over the small squares I stamped first.  My sentiment is from the Stylized Autumn set and then I layered it with a Soft Stone layer and then a white card base, and then finished with some Rainstones and a piece of linen thread. This is about as CAS as I can get!  :0)

You can check out Lexi's really cute phone card and all the other cards in the gallery and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Merry Monday #255 - JOY

Hello friends and welcome back to Merry Monday!  We hope you all had a wonderful Summer off and are ready to start working on those Christmas cards again!  We have a few new DT members AND some special Guest Designers joining us this Fall, so there will be LOTS of great inspiration each week to help you get those cards done on time!

We'll start you out easy this week and you can choose whether you'd like to use the inspiration photo for your card or a design of your own, with the only stipulation being that you include the word JOY somewhere on your card!

I stuck with the snowflake and JOY theme on my card, but changed up the colors to blue and white.

I started by embossing several snowflakes in white from Casual Friday's Bring On The Snowflakes and then blended over them with DOX inks in Salty Ocean, Broken China, & Faded Jeans.  Also added a little water splattering at this point.  I used SSS Big Joy die for my letters and pop dotted the "O" so I could dangle a little snowflake (Impression Obsession - Tiny Snowflakes) from it.  I also added some sparkle with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the tiny snowflakes on the letters and also a couple diamond gemstones.  Here's a closer up view:

Make sure you check out what all the other DT members came up with this week and then dig out those JOY stamps and dies...we can't wait to see what YOU come up with this week!  You can check it all out right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

More Stamp-a-faire 2017 - Iron, Wool, & Bronze

Hello friends.  Slowly but surely working my way through as many of the challenges from this past weekend that I can from Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire.  For this post I have 3 Christmas cards to share with you, using Yana Smakula's Iron tutorial, Debbie Olson's Wool tutorial, and Jessica Frost-Ballas's Bronze tutorial.

Yana made an absolutely beautiful Anniversary card using metal, and I just switched mine up to a Christmas card using strips of Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, & Pure Poppy cardstock, and the Rustic Wreath die that was embossed 3 times with silver to create my metal piece.  CAS and I love the way it turned out!

LOVED Debbie Olson's tutorial and all the fun and beautiful wool "cookies" she made...too, too cute!!  I didn't have any Fine Linen or Kraft wool to make my cookies, so I used Fine Linen cardstock and then made the "frosting" from the white wool I had with the dies from Sweet Holiday Wishes.  I even sponged a little kraft ink around the cookies to give them the appearance of being "lightly browned".  The sentiment is also from the same set, and my background is Pure Poppy DSP.

My last card uses Jessica Frost-Ballas's idea's with mixing gold and copper embossing powders to make bronze.  I embossed the background with a script stamp, and then added my die cut snowflakes (Fancy Flakes) and sentiment (Wonderful Words: Holiday Die Collection) that were also embossed.  I used Ocean Tides cardstock for my background and snowflakes and sentiment.  A little hard to see in my photo but I pop dotted the "peace" so it gives a little more dimension to the card since it is all in the same colors basically.  Love the way this turned out and was totally inspired by Jessica's GORGEOUS card!!

You can check out Yana's beautiful card and all the other IRON cards right HERE.

You can check out Debbie's fun and cute WOOL cookies and all the other WOOL cards right HERE.

You can check out Jessica's gorgeous card and all the other BRONZE cards right HERE.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Stamp-a-faire 2017 - 5th Anniversary Tradition: Wood

Still plugging away and now up to the 5th Anniversary Tradition: Wood challenge with Natasha Trupp for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire.

Absolutely LOVED Natasha's card, so I just changed up the colors and the sentiment and CASE'd her card!

I started with a piece of Honey Nut cardstock and an embossing folder that I inked with Honey Nut and Cocoa Bean inks...reminds me of a real rich golden honey oak.  One of my leafs (the blue one) is from the Leave It Be stamp set, and the other two are from the Leaf Prints set.  My sentiment like Natasha's is from the Wet Paint set.  And now I have another masculine card for my stash...yeah!!

You can see Natasha's beautiful card and all the other "wood" themed cards in the gallery right HERE.


Stamp-a-faire 2017 - 3rd Anniversary Tradition: Leather

Hello friends.  Still woefully behind in playing along with all the challenges from this past weekend's Stamp-a-faire over at Papertrey Ink, but plugging along and playing with Ashley's "leather" challenge.  Did not have any glycerin, but tried it anyway, and it came out ok.  The cardstock ended up being very fragile and I think the glycerin would have helped hold it together better, but it is what it is!

I made my card very CAS which is perfect for a masculine card anyway, and came up with this:

After my paper dried, I blended some Cocoa Bean ink lightly over it and then die cut it using the Mix & Mat: Postal die and then used Initial Sentiments: Birthday and Cocoa Bean ink to stamp the sentiment.  I added a layer of Honey Nut cardstock to my card base and the "leather" layer to the top, and then finished with some wooden stars and a piece of twine.

You can check out Ashley's card and all the other "leather" cards in the gallery HERE.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Stamp-A-Faire 2017 - 1st Anniversary Tradition: Paper

Laura Bassen is hosting the 3rd Stamp-a-faire challenge over at Papertrey Ink and would like us to dig into those scrap piles of cardstock that we all have.  Every so often I think about throwing the scraps away so I can get more organized, but I never get past the "thinking" about it my scraps!!  And what could be more perfect for using up scraps than one of the quilted sets?!  I used Quilted: Autumn and came up with these 2 simple cards:

And guess what?!  I still have more scraps just from die cutting these out, so I have enough to make a couple more cards so I have a little note set I can give away as a gift to one of my quilting friends!  My card base was die cut from the Don't Forget To Write kit and fit the quilt die cut perfectly!

You can find all the other cards made from scrap piles HERE.