Monday, December 30, 2013

Just A Little More Vellum

Well I was able to sneak in one more card, one more Challenge before the year ends!  Join me as we head back to the Flourishes Vellum Challenge #251. 

It's not a spectacular card, nor is it fancy, but it's a solid okay kind of card.   I used the large sentiment stamp from Just My Type, available from Flourishes.  Love the Subway Poster look of this stamp.  I used the die also available from Flourishes, Perfectly Pierced Classic Frames.  I cut pink card stock as well as Vellum all at once.  I like the soft look that it gives to this card.  Added some eyelets and adhesive pearls, button, ribbon and twine to finish it off.
Thankfully I did manage to clean my house yesterday, now I can head into 2014 without anything hanging over my head.  Right???
Happy New Year all!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Little Bit Of Vellum

Good Morning!  Here we are winding down 2013......I can not wait to 'turn the page' and welcome in 2014.  Don't get me wrong, 2013 was a wonderful year, I am just ready for a new start, a change in direction, clean the slate, a fresh start. 

But while there is still some time left in this year I entered another Challenge card at Flourishes #251 Vellum, to add a bit of vellum to your project.

This card was inspired by Pinterest.  What did we ever do before that site appeared?  lol

I used a little Vellum Envelope I had in my stash.  I think I originally bought them to send my garden seeds to people.  This particular one I added many stamped sentiments from various Flourishes stamp sets.  They include such sayings as; Happy, Thinking Of You, Shine, Happy Happy Joy Joy, With Thanks, etc. stamped in all different colors.  The designer papers are by My Mind's Eye; Stella & Rose, Mabel.

Flourishes stamp sets; Anemones, Autumn Blessings, Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Mountain View.

Added some Baker's twine and some turquoise rhinestones to finish it off.

Okay now I need to go clean my house so I can get back in that craft room.

Happy New Year all!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

.....these are a few of my favorite things.....

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things......and then there are all of the wildly talented card making friends I have met along the way.

Not sure you all know this but, my birthday is actually ON Christmas.  Now, before you start thinking, oh that's awful, you get gypped.....let me just say I have never known anything different, but I do feel quite special in sharing this particular day.  I was born 3 weeks early, apparently being the youngest of four, I was NOT going to miss out on this Christmas oh so long ago (52 years to be exact!).  There happened to be a blizzard that day, babysitters were called in to help with my 3 siblings, as our neighbor George plowed a way down the grassy hill, walking, while my Dad piggy-backed my Mother to the waiting police car below.  At this point in the story my Mother likes to say, and the policeman driving said aloud, how thankful he was to have the 'added weight' in the backseat!  How's that for a story?  :)

Now back to present day.  As we all know the Holidays can be a stressful time of year, making lists, checking them twice, cleaning and cooking and baking, making cards, and writing cards, and actually sending them all out in a timely manner, never mind the endless shopping and gift wrapping.

I just have to say how touched and amazed I have felt over the past few days (well ALL year long really) at all the love I have been finding in my mailbox.  I have 'met' a wonderful bunch of ladies who took the time and effort and added me to their card giving list.  Not only for Christmas cards but for my birthday as well.  Beautifully handcrafted cards made with love.  I would like to share a few of them with you!  So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, kick your feet up, sit back and enjoy!

Beautiful Triple Stamping Technique by Gerry Morse
One of my very most favorite stamp sets,
especially with a Red Cardinal, by Angie Schmidt
Fabulous commemorative dated card, complete with music and a cupcake,
by my wonderful sister, Carol Tague
 A fun and festive celebration card
made by the one and only Nancy Leppek
Who puts the JOY (my most favorite word ever!) in every card she makes?
Why that would be Barbara Campbell
And last but not least.........
This completely over the moon adorable card by Judy Woodland
I dare you to count those layers, another favorite technique of mine
You have all made me feel so loved with your kindness and talent.  Each card is so different and yet all so beautiful.  I know the time and talent and the love that went into each and everyone of them.....for that I am thankful.....I am lucky to have met you and I am blessed to call you my friends.
Thank you all so very much!  May the love you have shown me follow you throughout your days.  I wish you peace and joy, love and laughter, health and prosperity to you all (and to all who are reading this as well) in the new year and for all of your days to come.
Thank you!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Year In Review........

.......well not quite.  I found this awesome little table top scrapbook holder at Michael's the other day, of course I whipped out my 50% off coupon and got it for only $6.49! I thought it would be kind of FUN to make a little scrapbook like page for each month, turning it into a calendar......kind of.

The first month I created is December.  I am entering it into the Flourishes Challenge #251, to use Vellum anywhere on your project.

I used a beautiful image from the Holiday Topiaries stamp set, available from Flourishes.  I decided to make this a chilly looking month, as only December can be, hence all the blues, including the coloring of the image itself, which is layered on a doily.  The background is a piece of designer vellum laid on top of a pretty solid blue card stock.  I cut the DEC banner and letters out with my Cameo, man that makes life easier, aye?  I used a small snowflake punch and punched out 13 snowflakes, the 4 top ones have a layer of vellum over them too. 
Then I used a Sizzix die, Ornament Swirly, punched out twice in vellum, layered and topped with a smaller punched snowflake.  I thought it looked a bit like a snowflake.   White glitter corners and some blue and silver ribbon balance out the mini page, which measures 6x6.  Then I whipped out my "waterfall" blue Stickles and went to town!  It gives it such a sparkle!  A Sakura blue pen was also used on the "berries" of the tree.
Here's what it looks like on the stand.  They come in several sizes, 6x6, 8x8, and 12x12. And include 10 'sleeves' to get you started.   I thought I would start with the small size and work my way up.......maybe.
 I plan on doing one for each month, then 2 birthdays (his and hers), fur babies, engagement, home, and then I thought I would do an I Was Right Page and a You Were Wrong Page, just for laughs.  lol  I know my daughter will get a lot of use out of those 2 pages!  Wink, wink. 
This may be my last post til after the Holidays.....I am pretty caught up with all the planning and shopping and card mailing comes the wrapping!
Thanks for stopping by!  May you and all of your family, friends and loved ones, have a most happy and healthy Holiday Season!
Merry Merry!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mini Christmas Tags

Good afternoon! 

There is a lightly falling snow outside my windows, and I am okay with that, as I just finished decorating my house......all is right with the world!

I needed a couple of more last minute tags so I whipped a few up for the Challenge over at Flourishes, #259 Words That Inspire.

I used several sets of stamps available at Flourishes, Garden Picks, Pears, That's A Wrap.  My inspirational words are Just Because, and Believe, Wish, Dream
I love my mail, any kind of mail, yeah, bills don't even bother me.  So I plan on mailing even MORE cards and notes out, Just Because!  I figure if I love my mail, maybe there are others out there too!  Plus who doesn't love getting something delivered curb side, made with love, that will perhaps put a smile on their face, because of just another ordinary day???  Right?  I Believe others will love this idea, I Wish more people would do this, and I Dream of a day when it will happen!  hahaha
Ribbons, flourishes, and some Liquid Pearls finish them off. 
Now I can put them on the gifts and check that off my list.  Things seem to be moving right on schedule.  Hopefully you are doing well with your Holiday lists too.  May each day be less stressful than the last!
Merry Merry!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More Snow, Real And Otherwise

Good Afternoon!  Well we finally got our first snow of this season.  Thankfully it was only about an inch and all glittery--VERY pretty!  Wink, wink!

I have another snowy card for the Great Impressions December Challenge, to show off all things glittery and sparkly.  

Such a cute wintery image, Skating Penguin, by Great Impressions.....just a sweetie! I used a Sakura glitter pen to outline the skating lines and lots of chunky glitter to create snow, and lots of Stickles on the flourish frame and four corner tabs.  He's just so cuuuute!
The Challenge is going on through the end of the month, so lots of time to play if you're done wrapping! 
Merry Merry!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Flip It Sketch Part II

Well I had so much FUN with the Flourishes December Challenge the other day, I decided to pick the second Sketch and play again! 

I had a much easier time with the angles on the layers this time around.  lol
Flourishes stamp set, Garden Picks, were used for this card.  In the middle of the Holiday prep, card making and sending, it was nice to use some other colors and some fresh Spring images.  I added some clear embossing powder to the colored Ball Jar image, gives it a nice sheen and a 'real' look....well kind of!  I kept to the basic Sketch but did add an extra layer for the focal image, some ribbon, a tab and a little pink bow and I was done. 
Now back to writing Christmas cards......thanks for stopping by.
Merry Merry!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow....

Holiday Update; cards still not written, halls still not decked, menus have not been planned, BUT I have another Challenge card done.  Fa La La La La......I'm sure it will all get done, right?  Oy Vay!

FUN Challenge over at Great Impressions, to add sparkle and glitter and shine.  I took it to mean SNOW, because as you know that is exactly how I like my snow.....on a card! 

This cute little image is by Great Impressions, Christmas Henry.   How sweet is this little hedgehog?  OMGoodness I can hardly contain myself!   The tree has some great snowy sparkle added to it as well as the earth beneath his feet.  It really does shine so much nicer in real life!   I didn't use quite traditional Christmas colors ---again--- I am finding that I like red and green together, less and less.   I added a line of Copic colored pearl adhesives, a button and Baker's twine.  The focal image has been set askew, which is not my style either, but it really looks great like this!  Beep Beep.....that would be me, tooting my own horn.

The December Challenge runs through the end of the year, so there is plenty of time to play!

Merry Merry!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Flip It Sketch Challenge

Well it's that time again, Flourishes December Release Challenge, Flip It Sketch

This was a REAL Challenge for me, for some reason I just could not get those shapes figured out.....but I think I kind of  'got it'.

I was so happy to walk away from Holiday cards.  Grabbed some of my bright paper packs and I was off!  This DP is by Echo Park, Victoria Gardens, fabulous!  The fun and detailed image is by Flourishes, Grab A Cup.  Oooh look at that latte foam, would love to be able to create that here at home, but I don't think my Keurig will cooperate!  lol  I tried to keep to the sketch as best as possible, the circle image may be larger than the given, but I just love this image, so there!   Added a ribbon tab and some 'rain dots' for a little more interest.  The sentiment banners are popped up.  A bit of glitter for the foam.
I think I may just go grab myself another cup, I mean at 5 o'clock at night what could it hurt right?
Thanks for coming by!
Merry Merry!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Stitch In Time

Today's Card is for the Flourishes Challenge #249, Stitch It Up, to add stitching to your card, real or faux.  This was actually one of my Crafting Resolutions, to add more stitching to my cards, which I have done and am happy to participate in this challenge. 

I went with non-traditional Christmas colors, I just love the papers in this pack by My Mind's Eye.  I also colored the 'fruit' of this topiary orange instead of my customary red.  I kind of love it!  The stamp set is Holiday Topiaries by Flourishes.  A beautifully detailed image which is just FUN to color!   I pulled out my Janome Mini sewing machine and stitched a bright blue border on the layered papers around the focal image.  The sentiment is half of the Love & Joy one.  A border paper punch, Baker's Twine, some orange pearls and a pretty little paper pieced bird cut out using my Cameo, finishes off the card.  I also traced the JOY with a glitter Sakura pen.  Spellbinder dies, Classic and Scalloped Circles were used.

Still over 4 days to play in this Challenge so go check it out!

Merry Merry!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lots Of Pretty Ribbon

Good Morning! 

I am so happy to share with you that I am a Guest Designer over at CASology!  Whahoo!

They have a wonderful, oh wait I mean, WE have a wonderful new Challenge up for you!  So walk, no RUN right over there and check it out, you'll be happy you did!  Week #73 Ribbon.
Here are a few examples of my use of Ribbons.

Gina K Designs stamp set, Pleasant Plurals
Door die cut out with my Cameo.
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die, Layered, To Create Wreath.
 Gina K Designs stamp set, Let It Snow.
Pleated and folded ribbon.
Home made poinsettia, outlined in gold Stickles. 
Gina K Designs stamp set, Merry Little Christmas.
Gold embossing powder.
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die, Layered, To Create Wreath.
So come on by, check out the challenge, and the wonderful sponsor for this week's prize.
This week's winner will receive a prize package of a variety of their quality, unmounted red rubber stamps to play with, so be sure and create something this week for a chance to win!
As always thanks for stopping by, appreciate you all!
Merry Merry!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Gift Tag

Have been playing for most of the day, which feels great!  Although I think I have only completed one project so far,  and it's quite simple.

A simple little gift tag:

A little triangle Christmas Tree, date and month stamps, a glittery flourish and a bit of ribbon.  Simple Numbers stamp set, available from Gina K Designs.  Not much else to say.  It feels good to get inky again after the Holiday and guests!  :)

This tag will be entered in the following Challenges:

Penny Black December Challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors.

Curtain Call Christmas Countdown Challenge.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, With A Flourish.

Hope you all enjoyed your Holiday.

Now on to Christmas!

Merry Merry!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Score It, Pierce It, Color It!

Good Sunday Morning!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving for those who celebrate!  I did, and today's menu will consist of making turkey soup and homemade bread.  And by homemade I mean dragging out my bread maker! 

Today's card is for the Flourishes Challenge #248, Score It, Pierce It, Color It.

The stamp set is That's A Wrap, available from Flourishes.  I have only seen this ribbon/bow image vertically, so of course I had to change it up a bit.  I kind of like this perspective.  I treated myself to a couple of new paper packs by American Crafts, Wonderland and Kringle & Co.  Just perfect for the Holiday Season!  There are 3 scored lines at the top of my card, which you can barely see and paper piercing on the bottom.  Copic Markers used to color the images and some Baker's Twine to complete the design.  Spellbinder Classic Oval dies for the layered sentiment, which is stamped in Riding Hood Red ink from Stampin' Up!  And a bit of Stickles in Paprika.
There is still plenty of time to enter into this Timeless Tuesday Challenge.
Oooooh and Happy 100th Post to me!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Heavy Metal

Good Afternoon!  What a great day, just drove North for two hours to pick up my beautiful Mom to share this lovely Thanksgiving week.  I am so happy, so grateful, so lucky!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all, may you be surrounded by love and turkey!  :)

Creative Corner has a Heavy Metal Challenge this week.  Add something metallic to your project.  I added a couple of things to mine.

My metallic items are the 2 silver jingle bells and the wire star I wrapped on top of my tree.  Just took some ordinary wire and using my Thing A Ma Jig (a wire wrapping pegboard) I created the star quite easily.  The Christmas Tree was created by cutting out 3 triangles, gluing together and then coating them in chunky white glitter.  I also sprayed with the Krylon Workable Fixatif to prevent the glitter from shaking off.  Works like a charm!  Designer papers by My Mind's Eye, Hattie Papers and Lost & Found.  Stamp sets by Gina K Designs, Wishing You Joy and Merry Little Christmas.  A little ribbon, and a little twine.  
I really love the whole flavor of this card.  Rock On!  (get it?) 
Happy Thanksgiving, travel safely and be well!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Naughty Or Nice?!?!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....well not quite just yet, but totally in the card making department.

I used that great Sketch again from the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and combined it with the Stamp TV Challenge to make a monochromatic project and the Great Impressions November Challenge, Holiday Card or Tag.

And here is what I came up with:

He is a Jolly Old Soul!  The stamps are from the Wishing You Joy set available from Gina K Designs.  Stamped in Riding Hood Red ink from Stampin' Up!  I fussy cut the die stamp shape and added layers using Scalloped Circles by Spellbinders, and Santa is stamped on a Classic Circle die.  I like the way the scalloped circle is just a tad smaller than the stamped die image, leaving a little bit of a white pattern all around.  See it?  Just a teeny tiny bit.  Designer Papers by Echo Park, Holly Jolly Christmas and Season's Greetings.  The sentiment is white embossing powder.  I then added glitter to Santa's hat and beard, I neglected his mustache but I think he looks just fine. 
Check out these Challenges, it's so easy to create with GREAT products and GREAT sketches!
Ho Ho Ho!  Come again!  (pretty please!)
Oh and in case you were wondering.....I will not be checking off the box until I figure out WHO I will be sending this who's naughty!?!?  lol 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wintry Sketch

Such a perfect mix;  Flourishes Challenge #247, Winter Scenes, this fabulous Sketch from Heather over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, and the Great Impressions November Challenge, Holiday Card Or Tag.

And here is what I have created.

I used the gorgeous Partridge in a Pear Tree image from the Holiday Topiaries set available at Flourishes.  This image was really fun to color, a little Christmas music in the background to set the mood, Fa La La La La.  The designer papers are Holly Jolly Christmas from Echo Park (another pad I am running low on).  Colored with Copic Markers, a couple of eyelets, and some chunky white glitter, topped with a bit of extra fine glitter to give the 'snow' more of a pretty sparkle.

Still a wee bit of time left in all Challenges, check them out, you'll be glad you did!


Jingle Bell

I did it!  I made a good looking CAS card!  Or maybe I didn't?  (but I think I did!)  lol  Let's see what they have to say over at CASology #71 Bell.

This stamp is from the Flourishes set, That's A Wrap.  Stamped onto ivory card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  A touch of sparkle added to the star and dots with Sakura pens.  That's all she wrote.  (a favorite quote from my Nana Amy while playing cribbage!)  :)

Of course I do have to line the inside cover of this card as the Copics did bleed through, it is only #110 stock.  No worries!

Have a fantastic day and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's A Mystery.......To Me

Simon Says Stamp, Monday Challenge, It's A Mystery.....well at least to me.

I still have a handful of stamps from, Impression Obsession, that I am looking for  their proper names. I have posted my request on their Face Book page and emailed them, they must be VERY busy!  This is a mystery stamp to me.....but I love it!  Reminds me of Joan Anderson's book, A Year By The Sea.....I could sooooooo live here, well if it had electricity and indoor plumbing!  :)

I do LOVE this seaside shack stamp!  Colored with many Copic markers.  Nothing else added, thought it would just make a super cute 'hello' kind of card.  Last year I did douse this same image all in glitter and added more reds and greens.  Made quite a cute Christmas card.

There's a couple of days left in this Challenge, so check it out!


Pretty Pastels

Here's a little pastel Christmas card for the Challenge over at Card Crafter's Circle, #101 Tread Lightly, use pastel colors
I used Gina K Designs stamps, Wishing You Joy and Merry & Bright.  I masked the actual ornament portion of the stamp so I could use these pastel buttons instead.  Super easy!  Cut out a little shape on my Cameo, and added some Copic colored adhesive pearls.  Almost a CAS card!  :)
Short and sweet.
Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

And Still It Snows

I am enjoying this snow series of cards.  No shoveling required!

Today's card is for the CMC Challenge, Wintry, Frosty, Cold.  To me nothing looks colder than a garden put to sleep for winter.  I think I have captured the chill of it all!

Several Gina K Designs stamps used here, Heartfelt, Home Tweet Home, and Tree Silhouettes.  I fussy cut the fence out, trees and birdhouse are stamped directly to paper.  Using my glue pad (again!) I covered the entire panel in Extra Fine Glitter, sprayed with a Workable Fixatiff and then heat set.  It just sets my teeth to chattering.  Such a chilly stark landscape......brrrrrrrrr.   Snowflake brad and pretty ice cold blue ribbon complete the design.
Hope it warms up for tomorrow!  lol
Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow....

But only on Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning and New Year's Eve......AFTER everyone is where they should be.  Yup, that works!

A nice snowy wreath for you today in celebration of the upcoming season and for the Impression Obsession, Challenge Holiday Cards, Tags & Gifts.

My card uses a beautiful wreath from Impression Obsession.  (I believe)  I bought several un-mounted red rubber stamps a few years ago and do not have any of the packaging nor the proper names of the stamps.  I am trying to track them down now, so when I do I will edit this post and others if necessary.

Lately I have found myself making Christmas cards in the non-traditional colors.  As you can see here, I have used a great deal of red and yellow.  The stamp was colored with many various Copic markers, fun and tedious all at once.  After coloring, I took my handy dandy glue ink pad by Tsukineko and patted the image all over the glue pad, making sure to cover the entire colored image. Then I shook about a cup full of Recollections (Michael's Brand) Extra Fine Glitter in Glitz.  Shook off the excess and then sprayed Krylon Workable Fixatiff all over that, to ensure that ALL of that glitter stays on the card and doesn't end up in the envelope.  I love the Fixatiff, works like a charm.  If you do use it, spray outside as it has a powerful odor.  Potent!  But the odor does not stay on the card, which is always a plus!  I then heat set it all so I could work with a dry image.  I also added some Liquid pearls to the little berry images, gives it a 3D effect.  Added a ribbon and bow, and done!

I have been covering EVERYTHING lately in glitter, it looks so great in real life!
So I don't mind the snow as long at it's on a card, or on special days and nights.  What's not to love?
Thanks for stopping by!

Winter View

It's so nice to be inside on a snowy wintry day, clutching a cup of hot cocoa or coffee, nowhere to go, listening to the silent fall of snow.  Today's card features the beautifully detailed image, Winter View, by Impression Obsession and will be entered into their Challenge, Holiday Cards, Tags, & Gifts as well as the Let It Snow Challenge over at the Creative Corner. 

I absolutely love this window stamp  with it's beautiful potted trees.  Again, after coloring the image I used my glue pad and then doused it all in Extra Fine Glitter, sprayed with a Workable Fixatiff and then heat set.  Stamped, colored and fussy cut out a bough of pine sprig, added a few berries using Liquid Pearls.  Brick Wall embossing folder, holly ribbon complete with red adhesive rhinestones and I was done.  Love it!
Thanks for coming by, hope to see you again tomorrow!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pick A Sketch..... Any Skecth.....Both Sketches! :)

I can't believe I almost forgot to participate in the Flourishes #246 Pick A Sketch Challenge.  Phew!

So without further ado......

Two GREAT Sketches to choose from!  So of course I chose BOTH!

One of the beautiful image from the Holiday Topiaries set from Flourishes.  So fun and festive to color.  Grabbed what is left of my Echo Park Season's Greetings paper (must find more!)  A doily, Martha Stewart border punch a few enamel brads and Ta Da!  This pretty little card was whipped up in no time, it's all because of that FUN Sketch!

And on to card number 2, Sketch # 2.

Decided to try my hand at a masculine themed card.  I used the Mountain View set available from Flourishes.  I colored and paper pieced the image.  Added a bit of sparkly snow to the mountain top.  Some texture to match the designer paper.  Washi Tape layered on a plain blue ribbon and a purple enamel brad to match the mountain backdrop.  Another easy card compliments of the FAB sketch.
There are still several hours left in this Challenge, you should head on over!
Have a good one my crafty Friends!

So Thankful

What a fabulous time of year.  Seasons changing, temperatures are cooling down, sometimes downright chilly, the hustle and bustle of the holidays fast approaching.  I kind of love it all!    And the best part you will probably be spending more time with loved ones, and for that I am truly grateful!

Today's card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thanks/Thanksgiving.

I just grabbed every color card stock I love, black, teal, green,'s all here.....and I think it all kind of works....well if you squint!  The sentiment is from the Flourishes set, Dahlias.  The bird is a free online svg, cut using my Cameo.   Fiskars border punch and a couple of enamel brads in green and white to finish it off.   Small polka dot ribbon is from Gina K Designs.

Unconventional colors but I just LOVE them together!  Hope you do as well.

Oh and I am also thankful for all of the wonderful people I have 'met' through stamping.  Especially you wonderful ladies who support me and others with their Blogging efforts.  You're the BEST!!!

Loving that bird!  :)


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Easy Bookmark

I had forgotten how easy these are to make and how nice they look once done.  I'm sure you could whip up a batch of these in time for Holiday giving.  Put them with books or with gift cards for books, makes a nice set.

This is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Got Ink?

I cut some chipboard style card stock 2" x 6" as the base.  Covered the back portion with a pretty little DP.  Cut another piece of white 110# card stock to the same size and that is what I stamped on.  Using several ink pads I sponged color to my liking, blending with each new color added.  Then in London Fog I stamped the pretty single flower from the Anemones stamp set available at Flourishes.   The sentiment, from the same set, was stamped in Tuxedo Black.  A pink enamel brad as the flower center, punched a hole in the top and added a deep pink eyelet, topped off with what I call my 'clown' ribbon.  Super easy, super quick. 

Still plenty of time to play in this Challenge, so grab some ink!

Thanks for stopping by, appreciate you doing so!



I still have not figured this style of card out!  BUT, in time I hope too.  I just won Tami Mayberry's challenge.  What a FABULOUS prize!  It will be as if she is making a house-call!  WHAHOO!

Maybe come the New year I will have mastered this technique....(if you could only hear how loud I am laughing).  There is always HOPE!

Here is my CAS card that will be entered in the following Challenges:

CASology #70 Triangle  
Curtain Call CASual Christmas   
Delicious Doodles #62 CAS

Just a sweet little Christmas Tree.  I am sure you recognize it as I made a handful of the same design.  :)  Found this great little Tim Holtz tinsel ribbon, just perfect for setting the Holiday mood and decorating my tree.   Included a JOY banner, you MUST know why by now!  And it's done.
No matter what, I will not give up on a CAS challenge or design!  I'll just keep trying until I get it right.
Merry Merry!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Grab A Cup, Or What Have You......

Good Morning! 

If you're like me you start your day with a little bit of liquid courage. 

Uhm, that would be COFFEE!  And what better Challenge to participate in then this one from Flourishes, for their November Release, Grab A Cup.  Now before I go any further, although I drink a pot of coffee everyday.....NO judging!  I don't have any coffee style stamps, how odd!  So here is the fabulous Photo Inspiration Flourishes has provided.  I think once you see it you will get my card's connection.

mmmmm I can almost smell that deep rich goodness from here!
So I totally went with the beautiful colors and shades of the blues and browns.   I used the lovely, Star Of Bethlehem, stamp set from Flourishes.  I am in love with this set, truly!  Fabulous corresponding designer papers from My Mind's Eye, Stella & Rose.  Found this great ribbon in my stash, corner tabs, Copic colored adhesive pearls, and lots of Circles cut using Spellbinders dies.  I also used a wee bit of a bronze Sakura glitter pen on the wispy leaves.  I think the sentiment, Warm Winter Wishes also conveys the feeling and flavor of the Inspiration Photo! 
So thanks for stopping by, time for a refill! 

The Stockings Were Hung........

Another CAS Challenge.  I think you're all out to get me!  lol

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday Challenge, Keep It Clean And Simple.

This card is VERY clean and EXTREMELY simple.

Stockings were cut using my Cameo.  The designer paper is by Core'Dinations, Glamorous Glitter. I used a snowflake embossing folder for the background and the white portion of the stocking.  I did sand down the background piece a bit to let the white shine through to add a bit more depth.  And that's pretty much it.
No words of wisdom, no helpful crafting tips......nada.   This post is very clean and simple as well. 
Be Well!