Saturday, January 31, 2015

bundle of joy

Hello everyone! Can you believe that January is already over with? Where does the time go?

Here is my take on the lucky dip challenge over at Less is More of "little ones."

Stamps are from Simon Says Stamp set called Tiny ray of sunshine seen here.  I colored the onesie with Yellow Copic markers and then fussy cut it out. It's also popped up using foam tape.

Stamped the dot border on the long end and added the sentiment. The panel is added to a light yellow cardstock base to finish it off.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Way to go

Hi everyone! I think I'm about 98% back from the crud - what a week! In honor of my Seahawks playing in another Superbowl, here is what I did with this weeks Freshly Made Sketch.

Football player digi is from Sassy Cheryl and colored with Copic's.  Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

The stitched fishtail banners are from My Favorite Things and blue and green cardstock is from Bazzill.

Spellbinders label die used to cut out my Luke Wilson lookalike Seahawk.

Also entering this into this weeks Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!  Go Hawks!

Monday, January 26, 2015


Hi everyone! Still fighting the crud but was able to find some Mojo to play around with the challenge over at The Paper Players. This time around it was a sketch, which you can see below.

The girls are a stamp from Stamping Bella and paper pieced. Which is a technique I don't do a lot of for some reason!  I also added a bit of glossy accents to their drinks to make them look real. Copic's used to color their hair. Still need to work on my black hair coloring.

Celebrate sentiment is from Stampin Up! Stitched circle die is from Lil' Inker Designs and the straight edge is from Pretty Pink Posh, I believe.

Designer paper is from Authentique.  I did add a circle of black behind the party girls, it's just a smidge bigger than the stitched circle and then I popped it up with foam tape.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015


Hi everyone! It's sketch week over at Less is More and this is what I did with it.

Kept everything very clean and simple. I ended up using vintage cream cardstock as the base of the card as it went very well with the recycled shopping bag that I used. I left the tattered top of the bag alone as it added interest since I turned it up side down.

Butterfly die is from Memory Box. I wanted a very subtle yellow for my butterfly and couldn't find any light yellow in my stash of cardstock. So, I got out my Studio G light yellow stamp pad and went direct to paper with the color to get this final result.

The "hello" sentiment is from Stampin Up! Endless Birthday Wishes set.

OK, off to finish laundry while still fighting this cold/flu. I'm about done with it! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 23, 2015

love you

Hi everyone! I just got back from a business trip and wouldn't you know it, I came down with the crud that is currently being passed around! Haven't felt like doing much but sleeping this gunk off! However, did manage to get a clean and simple card made up using this weeks sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

Also paired it with the current Wednesday challenge over at Simon Say Stamp, have a heart.

Red cardstock is from Lasting Impressions. I paired it with the nice red and white polka dot designer paper from Bazzill. As I'm typing this I see that the Y of the you cut off one of the white polka dots and it's driving me nuts! I should have added an additional one to even things out.

The "love" is a stamp from Winnie and Walter. I ended up heat embossing this with clear embossing powder to give it a little texture. The "You," tag and heart dies are all from Simon Says Stamp.   

Added some different sized black pearls in the lower left hand corner to balance things out.

That's it for now! Back to the Kleenex box and sofa!  Thanks for stopping by!
ETA: adding this to Word Art Wednesday.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Blood, sweat and tears

Hi everyone! I have been charged with creating a 35th work anniversary card for one of our Area Vice Presidents. He's a super guy that I thoroughly enjoyed working for in the past and was honored to do this. Well, I ran into some serious Mojo issue when coming up for an idea for the card. Ugh! I ended up with this!

If you paid attention to the title of the blog post, then I hope you get the theme of the card. During his 35 year career, which is still going strong, he has obviously had a lot of moments when he has shed blood, sweat and tears. Specifically in the restaurant business that we are in.

I created the blood drop using barn door distress stain and an eye dropper. The blue is faded jeans distress ink sponged on with the blending tool. To create the tears and sweat drops, I just sprayed some water onto my hand and flicked it on.

The Happy Anniversary sentiment is from Technique Tuesday. I had to search and destroy through my stash of stamps for the "th" and found it in a calendar set from Stampendous.

The big number dies are from My Favorite Things. They are cut out using the MIM camouflage die cuts technique from PTI. I think I added 5 layers of numbers to make this stand out.

So, what do you think? I'm adding this to this weeks SSS "it's a guy thing" challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Hi all! Now that the mail man has delivered my goodies, I'm able to play in the CASology challenge! Which is NBUS honoring our favorite Darnell from djkardkreations!

I started with this weeks sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Flower image is from Avery Elle and stamped in Pink lemonade from Fresh Ink. Flower center stamped in black versafine. I've played around with this set from AE, but don't think I've made anything using it yet.

Tag die is new from Memory Box. I used the middle sized tag that comes in the set to frame the flower. The thanks is a die from Simon Says Stamp that I cut out a few times in black and then layered them on top of each other for depth.

Ribbon colored with a Copic marker and then tied on using some black scrappers floss. Black gingham designer paper is from A*Muse.

I had to take this picture with my iPhone since my battery died in the little point and shoot. Not a bad photo overall.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CAS thank you

Hi everyone! Here's one of the thank you cards that I made for my boss to use at work. Hope she likes it!

Pure poppy and white cardstock is from Papertrey, Ink. I added a sheet of white copy paper to the inside of the red card base so that the written message can be seen better.

Stamps are from My Favorite Things. Wild cherry and gumdrop green ink from My Favorite things used on the poppy. The sentiment is stamped in Versafine.

I did pop the white panel up off of the red using foam tape for dimension.

Entering this into the following challenges:
Through the craft room door - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything goes

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mojo 379 - Birthday blessings

Hi everyone! I decided to give this weeks Mojo Monday a try and here are the results.

All stamps are from Verve. I colored the cupcake with Copic's and now I want a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting! I'm arguing that the yellow around the bottom of the cupcake is the paper.

Designer paper is from Authentique. I used a few more of the pony beads that I melted down. The white/ivory ones kind of have a yellow tinge to it, so they worked well on the yellow designer paper. The black ones are a little bit smaller and work well in the top right hand corner. I found when melting the beads that you can adjust the size by the amount of time spent in the oven. The only this I hate, is trying to get them glued on. I prefer the self adhesive ones, still.

Bow is tied with the Bow Easy. I manipulated the bow ends so that they would lay flat on top of the strip using clear glue squares.

OK, off to clean up now. Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Retro masculine birthday

Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting for a bit, it's been pretty hectic with the day job this past week! Here is my take on this weeks Freshly Made Sketch.

The car stamp is from the former Angel Company. I stamped it in versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored with Copic's. I added some glossy accents to the windshield to simulate glass.

A silver sharpie and the silver wink of stella pen used to add touches of chrome to the car. To get the silver paper layer in the back, I just scribbled on a piece of white cardstock with the silver shar
pie. In real life it shines!

I had to do a search and destroy mission through all of my stamps to find a retro happy birthday stamp and finally came up with one from Verve.

The color combo is inspired by the restaurant scene in the Marvel's Agent Carter show that just debuted. It had a really cool retro vibe to it with the turquoise, silver and black decor. Great show too! ETA: entering this into the showCASe your style color challenge. I just don't have the fourth color, but it's close.

OK, back to the creative process! I've got two thank you cards and an anniversary card to make!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thank you friend

Hello! Just a quick post today to show case a clean and simple card I made using the free die I got from My Favorite Things because I spent too much money again! LOL!

It really is a cool die too, just lay it across your A2 card base and run it through your die cutting machine to get the "friend" to cut out perfectly!

I used some striped designer paper behind it from Authentique. There are sooo many variations that you could use this die with and so many different papers. The possibilities are pretty endless.

The thank you is from Avery Elle. Now, the green dots are re-purposed pony beads that I melted down in the oven. I have a whole bag full of colors now! Check out You-Tube for directions, oven temps, etc. The only thing is I wish, is that it was easier to apply them. Which glue do you use if you make them yourself?

Thanks for stopping by! I'm entering this into the following challenges below.
djkardkreations: NBUS
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes
The Paper Players: Everything old is new again

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