Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Return..part 2

Hello again!  I kept up with the creative ideas flowing last night until I went to bed.  And again this morning :)  Here's a few more cards and a tag too!

 My daughter's birthday is coming up and she loves creative little things like this.  It will be perfect to attach to her present.  I used the 2013-2015 In Colors to do a little color blocking. To make the corners like a tag I just snipped off one side with my paper snips and then put that little piece on the other side as a guide as to where to cut so they would be even.

Stamps: Something to Say , Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe,  Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Crisp Cantaloupe Baker's Twine (Sale-A-Bration), Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

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CHALLENGE: Color Blocking

 Isn't this a fun little card!  I used the Circle Framelits to make my holes in my "cheese" card base.  I spent a bit of time coloring this morning on the next card to I wanted this one to be quicker so I just used my Stampin' Write Markers with complimentary colors to give it some depth.

Stamps: Giggle Greetings
Ink: Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
Paper: Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle Framelits, Sponge Daubers, White Baker's Twine

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 I did it.  I finally caved in and bought the Blended Bloom stamp set.  I've just seen too many gorgeous cards made with it and I wanted to be part of the action.  Now - I haven't invested in the Blendabilities just yet - my wallet only stretches so far...  I just used my aqua painter to color this beauty in but I really like it.  And coloring is super relaxing so two wins!  I used my Score board with the diagonal plate to make the background and then sponged over the whole thing.

Stamps: Blended Bloom, Flower Patch
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Simply Scored, Diagonal Plate, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Hexagon Punch, Stampin' Sponges

 Just a close up of the flower - I love how it turned out!

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 I have to admit - I don't love this card.  However, I still post most of my creations in case they are a starting point or inspiration for someone else.  My kids like it though, so I guess I know who to give it to!  For some reason, my Pink Pirouette Ink and Paper do not appear to match in color on this card.  Maybe I had some residual ink left on my sponge dauber before I dipped in into this color.

Stamps: Just Sayin"
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Hearts & Stars Decorative Mask, Word Bubbles Framelits, Simply Scored, Hexagon Punch

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Finally, one of my favorites that I've made in the last two days.  I love grays and yellows together.  Combined with one of my favorite sets - magic!

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Ink: Hello Honey, So Saffron, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Paper: Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Modern Mosaic EF, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Subtles Candy Dots

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I hope you've been inspired!  Let me know what you are creating too!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Return of the MoJo...

Hello again!  I've been really struggling for the last week or so with feeling creative and getting the juices flowing.  Maybe part is because of so much anticipation to order from the upcoming holiday catalog and I think I was fighting off a mild flu bug too.  Well, today I felt it.  The creative juices were flowing so here's what I have for you (hint: SEVEN cards!)

 This card is really quite simplistic.  I need to build up my stash of Graduation cards so I thought this was the perfect sentiment.  It uses one of my favorite new tools: Hearts & Stars Decorative Mask.   Just a little red ink, versamark and black embossing powder and some mini brads and voila! You have a card!
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SUO Challenge 102, Favorite New Toys

 I hadn't played with this stamp set for a while so it seemed like the right time to pull it out.  Its for the Friday Mashup.  I didn't use the Delft Tile technique but I think the fancy fan folder (reverse side forward) gives it a fancy tile look. Colors used are Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, and Smoky Slate.  The flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and some Rhinestone Basic Jewels finish off the look.
Challenge Link:
Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project using the "Sketch".
  • Create a project using the "Delft Tile Technique". Tutorial here
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the "Sketch & Delft Tile Technique".

 This next one reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas!  I think Jack the Pumpkin King might enjoy sending this Christmas card in Halloween colors!  This is a sneak peak of one of the sets called Endless Wishes in the Holiday Catalog.  I was one of the fortunate ones who got it last year before it quickly sold out.  What do you think of this crazy combo?
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  I accidentally made my diagonals go the wrong way but it seems fitting with the elements on the card :)

 I love a manly birthday card!  I tried to think outside the box for this one and used one of the stamps from the Very Merry Tags set (on the carryover list until August 27th!).  I used my stampin' write marker to only color in the image and not the words.  I have a lot of hunters in my family so this works perfect for them!  The sentiment is from Playful Pennants. A little woodgrain embossing on the back ties it all together. Colors used are Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry.
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 One of the sweet ladies in my stamp club lost her mother-in-law a week ago.  This card is going to her.  It uses three different patterns of paper from the Moonlight DSP stack.  I used a square to frame the window framelit cut out.  I love how that looks.  Stamp set is Love & Sympathy.
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 This is a fun card for a tween.  I love the bright colors ( from Fab Friday).  This uses the new set Age Awareness.  Inside it says "Thanks Facebook!".  Perfect for many of the kids I know who love social media.
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Finally a sweet thank you that went together very quickly.  Again, I used the Moonlight DSP stack, Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon, and the Itty Bitty Accents flower punch with rhinestones.  The sentiment comes from Lots of Thanks.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Coffee anyone?

I have two cards to share with you today.  As I was crafting I got a call from a good friend that I haven't talked to in a while.  She was in inspiration for the first card.  We keep talking about getting together and never actually doing it.  I might have to just invite her over for coffee!

Stamps: Perfect Blend, Perfect Pennants
Ink: Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Sweet Taffy DSP, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Silver Glimmer
Accessories: 3/4" circle punch, Hexagon punch, Regals candy dots, Blender Pens

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I just love the Giggle Greetings stamp set!  It makes me laugh each time I pull it out to use it.  I tried to make the cat look like my own precious AJ but he didn't seem too interested in my card or his likeness here.
Stamps: Giggle Greetings, C is for Cat
Ink: Staz On, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy, Pool Party
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Whisper White
Accessories: 1/2" circle punch, Labels Framelits, Decorative Dots EF, Blender Pens

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  I put the sketch on its side for my card.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Welcome!  I have a few cards to share with you today.  I'm working on some ideas for an upcoming stamp camp so they are all with a birthday theme.  Here we go...

My first card is a masculine birthday. I always struggle with these and I was determined to make 2, so I pulled out my old faithful set "Lovely As A Tree".  This card is so very natural and neutral that it was easy to combine elements.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hardwood
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin' Sponge, Fringe Scissors, Banner Punch, Basic Metal Buttons, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Woodgrain EF

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CHALLENGE: This Beautiful Earth

 Next, was a hard color combo for me.  I really like the look of the loopy twine I've seen on several cards and wanted to try it for myself.  I have no idea if I did the technique correctly but I'm satisfied with how it turned out.

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Perfect Pennants
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey, Bake Brown Sugar
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Fresh Prints DSP stack (retired)
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits, 1/2" circle punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, White Baker's Twine, Linen Thread, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Tiny Triangles EF

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Week 2

 Here is my other masculine card.  I love the Gorgeous Grunge set for cool looks like this.  Its quick and easy and fun.  

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Basic Gray
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories: Bitty Banner Framelits, Epic Day Washi Tape

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Finally, I have a fun one for a kid.  I love the photopolymer stamps because they are so easy to use when stamping on an angle since you can see through the stamp and know where it is going to go.

Stamps: Age Awareness, Just Saying
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Taffy DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Word Bubble Framelits, 1/8" Silver Ribbon

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Hello and Happy Independence Day to you!  I had a fun day of stamping while my hubby and kids worked on some projects around the house.  Tomorrow will be our celebration day starting off with a 5K race for me with my sister's family and then spending the day with family including a parade, swimming, and fireworks to finish off the night.  So excited!  I'm actually listening to lots of fireworks popping in our area as I type!  So, with so many hours today I have lots to share with you.  Hope you enjoy them :)

1.  My first card is one that we created at my June club meeting.  I've seen so many cute flag cards made with the Work of Art stamp set, but , alas, I do not have it.  So, I tried to make one using a stamp set I did have - Gorgeous Grunge.  I thought it was pretty cool.
 Had to use the Bravo stamp set for a fun sentiment on the inside!

2. This card showcases the color scheme from and the sketch from
I pulled out a set that I love but don't use often - Mosaic Madness.  I also have a few stamps from Everything Eleanor and Itty Bitty Banners.  Embossing folders, punches, and framelits that coordinate make putting a card like this together in a snap!

3.  Next, we have a fun color combo provided by and a sketch from

I added Sahara Sand a a neutral color for this card.  This uses the Flower Patch stamp set and the matching Flower Fair framelits.  The DSP is from the Moonlight DSP stack.  My wow factor is the Dazzling Details on the edges of each layer of the flower.
 Here's a closer look with each layer popped up.

4.  I super love the color combo on this card  given to me by and the sketch provided by pretty fun also.

I think Nautical everytime I see this color combo but decided to stick with clean and simple.  This definitely reminds me of my oldest niece so I may save it for her birthday this year.  The buttons (made from simply pressed clay) were colored with markers.  I'm also loving the new thick baker's twine!

5.  A Happy Hooray and Sassy Salutations  helped make the card a success.  Three challenges in one card!  First, an inspiration from , next, a color combo from , and finally a sketch from
Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a Project with a "Watercolor Wash".
  • Create a "CAS project or one with Minimal Layers".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "CAS project with a Watercolor Wash".
PPA210 Basic Gray Lost Lagoon Pool Party  

I love part of the water coloring on the background of the card.  Most of the Lost Lagoon is covered by the banner.  I really like how the banner turned out.  I finally made something that looked exactly like the picture in my brain!  This card came together really quickly - thanks aqua painters!

6.  Almost done - I had so much fun making this birthday card on our Nation's birthday.  While making this card I took some time to reflect on my gratefulness for so many freedoms and the people who have fought for them.  Thank you service men and women of the past, present and future!  This card also combines three challenges.  A theme from  and, and a sketch from
CHALLENGE: National Pride
"Stars and Or Stripes


I had a lot of fun using the new Decorative Mask to make the stars on the background.  And then, also with the stars for a banner from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

7.  Finally, a few feathers from A Happy Hooray and the sentiment and heart from Something to Say helped me to complete the challenges from and


I tried to use my fringe scissors on the feathers but the fringe wasn't fine enough and I cut right through the I just got out my paper snips and fringed the edges.  It only took about 2 seconds longer.  The DSP is from Sweet Taffy DSP.  I love all the bold and bright colors of those papers!

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my collection.  Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!
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