Sunday, September 14, 2014

why limit happy to an hour?

Hi everyone! It's one layer card time over at Less is More and they want us to use the theme of Beverages in our card. I have to admit, this one was a struggle for me!

I tried several different coffee mugs and what not, but my mojo was seriously lacking yesterday. As a matter of fact, I ended up inking up my right ta ta with a black ink pad after fumbling with it. Couldn't believe that I actually got the black ink to come off of the shirt! Dawn dish washing detergent is amazing!

OK - I digress. These cocktails are stamps from the no longer in business There She Goes. Colored them in fruity flavors using Copic's.

Stitched border is embossed using the largest die from Lil' Inkers. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just because

Hello everyone! I'm so happy to be home from my business trip to San Diego! It was beautiful but didn't see a lot since I was in meetings for 9 hours a day! Glad to be able to get back into the craft room and get inky today!

This card is for three challenges. The sketch is from FMS#153, the leaves are for The Friday Mashup #177 (sketch is pretty close too) and lastly CAS-ology cue card is three.

Leaves are die cut and stamped using Papertrey, Ink leaf prints dies and stamps. Sentiment is also from PTI using the simple sentiments set.

Inks are from Colorbox petal chalk inks in earths and regal from SU.

Burlap paper is from DCWV and cut using the scalloped die from spellbinders nesties. I had to run it through the cuttlebug a few times to get it to cut completely.

I used the biggest rectangle stitched die from Lil' Inkers to and my tan embossing mat to do the stitching between the sentiment.

Well, that is it for today! Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to enjoy the 80+ degree weather we are having today!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mixed media journal page

Hello! Playing around with some mixed media and created this journal page and thought I'd share it with you all while I'm stuck in meetings in San Diego.

As you can see there is a lot of texture going on in this! I started with a normal sized water color page and added some gesso to get things rolling.

Using stencils in the top right and lower left I got out the modeling paste. After it dried I used some spray inks to get the turquoise and brown look.

Used some die cuts along the way, some chip board, a stamp (bee) and added the imagine sticker. Lastly, I added some shine using gold mica powder on the texture that I wanted stand out.

I'm interested in mixed media to a point. The perfectionist in me thinks that it's missing something or just a plain old hot mess and I get a bit frustrated with it. I guess it's just time for me to relax and let the creativity flow! This page, I obviously liked or I wouldn't have shown it on my blog.

Thanks for dropping by and hope your being creative!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

NBUS challenge #2b

Hello! Here is the other card I made for the never been used schtuff over at djkardkreations! This time I went with a very clean and simple design for Christmas.

Sorry about the darkness of the photo. I tried really hard to get the sparkle to stand out and played around with it forever and finally just went with the one you see here. 

Both the sparkle paper and the die are never before used schtuff.

The sparkle paper is from DCWV called The Twinkle Glints pack. It's a 6x6 pad with yummy glitter paper.

The Joy die is from Savvy stamps. I centered the die onto a piece of white cardstock and saved the O. The white cardstock is 4 x 5.25 and then I just layered it onto the glitter cardstock and then attached it to a card base.  This one could obviously be mass produced very quickly.

That's all for today! I'm trying to catch up on work emails from being gone all last week.  I leave for San Diego tomorrow morning for meetings for the remainder of the week.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

NBUS Challenge #2

Hi everyone! The beach was fantastic for the whole week. Only about 4 hours of rain one day and the rest is was blue sky, warm and sunny!  I posted a few pictures over on Facebook if you want a look see.

Darnell is doing another NBUS challenge over on her blog at djkardkreations and here are the options this go around.

  1. Christmas
  2. Make two cards using the same stamp.
  3. Both of the above.
  4. None of the above.
 My first card I'm showing today (I did another I'll post later) is using #4.

I returned from our trip to find some of the new Verve stamps and dies that I had ordered prior to leaving.

So my "never before used schtuff" is the stamps and dies from Verve on this card. I used two different stamp sets/dies to make this card. The bluebells are from the set called Framed Florals and the sentiment and frame are from the set called Small Packages. 

Designer paper is from M's Reflection line. White stitched panel is cut from a Lil' Inker Designs die.

That it for this one. I'll post another later on that is in a different category.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Some People

Greetings everyone! How about a little chalkboard technique today? I've been sitting on this one for a while and finally got around to posting it.

I picked up some chalkboard ATC's at Hobby Lobby a while ago and finally used one. As a matter of fact, I think that is when I picked up this stamp as well. I used white craft ink from Colorbox to stamp it in.

I can't remember the last time I used this corner cutter before digging it out for this one. Just went together, you know?

Fishtail banners from MFT used to cut out the white banners. Ended up running two of them through an embossing folder to add a bit of texture. Red gingham designer paper was from A*Muse.

That is it for today! Thanks for stopping in!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Season's Greetings

Hi everyone! Just got this new die set from Savvy stamps and had to give it a try!

I used a recent MFT sketch that caught my eye but didn't see it in time to link it up. 

I really fell in love with this pine branch and thought it would work well for either Christmas or a masculine design.  Tag die is from PTI as is the sentiment.

The white and red were cut with a stax die from My Favorite Things that is now retired. Red pearls are from Kaisercraft.

The designer paper is from my Christmas paper stash. I think it might be old Stampin Up! paper, but not 100% sure. I have a 12 x 12 paper box just full of Christmas stuff and most of it is loose, so I have no idea sometimes who made what.

Still at the beach enjoying some down time! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Hello! Scheduling this post to appear while I'm enjoying the sand and the surf at the beach. Happy Labor Day!

Here is a very clean and simple card that is done using a blueprints 14 die set from My Favorite Things. I even used one of the sketches that you get with the purchase of this set.

Congrats sentiment is from Papertrey, Ink. called wet paint III and it is stamped in Versafine ink.

Designer paper is from Lasting Impressions from the central park 6 x 6 paper pack. I just love those smaller paper packs - just enough DP not to have it coming out your ears!

A little bakers twine is tied onto the button cut out.

That's it - easy peasy! Thanks for stopping in!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thanks a lot

Hi everyone! I had a few minutes yesterday afternoon and decided to play around with the following sketch and color combo from Crazy 4 Challenges.

The colors were really hard to match with just the right cardstock. It was a lesson in compromise, that's for sure. 

I die cut the flowers from cream cardstock and then colored them with a R81 and added strokes of highlights using R83 Copic's. Leaf die is from Memory Box.

All of the other dies are from MFT except the stitched scalloped border which is from Pretty Pink Posh and comes with three stitched borders in the pack. You can see it here.

Sentiment is from Verve. I added some stenciling onto the aqua banner using a stencil from Memory Box. I did end up adding some white embossing powder and heat setting it so that it would stand out. Then I added some graph detail using a background stamp from MFT.

OK, that's it for the day! We are off to the Beach!
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Winter scene

Hello! I made this for the sketch challenge going on over at CAS colors and sketches, you can find the link here.

Instead of using the oval as the focus point I went with the tree. Which is stamped on vellum and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I just fussy cut it out and popped it using foam tape. Stamp is from Stamps by Judith.

The border die is from Frantic Stampers. I added foam tape onto the back of this so that it stands out a bit from the snow scene. The snow flying around is done using versamark, white embossing powder and an old stamp from The Angel Company.  Sentiment is from PTI.

I'm not sure I'm liking my choice of cardstock for the base. It's a blue gray and if I do this again, I think I'll go with a truer blue.

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