Monday, January 26, 2015

A Floral Thinking of You

Hello, and happy Monday!

I wanted to stop in and let you know that whatever is left in the i {heart} papers store, is now 50% off.  There are still a large number of fab clear stamp sets left, as well as paper pads, and embellishments!

I made a card using some older products from the store, again, they are no longer available, but I encourage you to check out the stamps that are there.

I started with a white panel, and stamped a colorful floral arrangement using Wplus9's Fresh Cut Florals, as well as the More Fresh Cuts set.  To get good placement, and not waste cardstock (as I am likely to do) I stamped out my design onto scratch paper first, and the copied it onto my panel.

I took a piece of patterned paper from the Hello Again paper pad by Carta Bella, and adhered that to the left hand side of the card base.  I adhered the panel, and rounded the bottom right corner.  For a last detail, I adhered a bit of twine and tied it in a bow.

That is all I have to share today, hopefully I will have more soon.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!  Have a good one.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cat Shaker


Back again today, with a card for i {heart} papers!  The liquidation sale is still going on, so be sure to stop over to get 40% off.  

So, two things I can't stop making, shaker cards and coloring with my Copic markers.  I started by stamping the circle images from Winnie & Walter's Big Bang Confetti set, in Soft Pink ink.  I then cut out a rectangle from the panel, using the We R Family die from Avery Elle.

I created a gradient panel to place behind it, using Distress Inks, stamped a sentiment in black ink, and after adhering a bit of acetate to the opening, and filled it in with sequins.  I stamped, and colored in the cat image from Paper Smooches' Party Posse, cut it out and placed it onto the card with foam.  As a finishing touch, I added a bit of glossy accents to the cats eyes.

Well, that's all for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MFT Sketch Challenge #212


I am back, again, playing along with the latest sketch at the My Favorite Things Challenge blog.  I enjoy these so much!  For this week's sketch, I went a little bit off the beaten path with it, hopefully you can still see the sketch in there, lol!  I rotated it, and went at an angle.

I used the A-dorable set, Sweet Birthday Wishes to make it, is. so. cute!!  Check it out.

I started by running a chevron embossing folder through the bottom portion of the card, at an angle.  I then sponged in some Mint ink over top of it.  I heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock, and adhered it at an angle.

For my little birthday girl, I stamped and die cut her, and set about coloring her up.  I didn't take a photo of the colors I used (sorry bout that), but they are pretty easy to replicate.  I also added a generous amount of Glitter over her dress.  I also die cut and colored the balloon, and placed it behind her.  

So, there you have it!  Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I appreciate it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Take Two Thursday: SSS January Kit


My good pal Katie and I are sharing projects we've made with the January Simon Says Stamp Card kit on a Wednesday this time around, instead of Thursday.  I really like the papers, and used them on both of my cards today.

You're never going to guess what kind of card I made...go on guess?  HAHA!  Yup, a shaker.  We'll get to that in a moment, how about something clean and simple.

I used the worded brown paper, and stamped the adorable snowflake image onto it, using Mint Julep, Pool, Soft Brown, and Wet Cement Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  I added Blossomberry from Wplus9 to tie in the purple. 

I then took Cup O' Joe ink, and stamped my sentiment, adding a bit of shimmer to the letters with a Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen.

For this, I covered the card base with patterned paper, and then created a shaker box using two pieces of acetate, and foam tape.  I added micro beads in the coordinating colors, and sealed it up, adhering the box to my card base.  

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark, and gold heat embossed it, trimmed it out, and adhered it over the shaker box.  Lastly, I added a few gold sequins (not in the kit) from Pretty Pink Posh.

I can't wait to see what Katie has come up with using this kit, because I am sure it is fabulous!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RIC #76

Hi there!

I am here, bringing you the latest Runway Inspired Challenge.  Check out this funky outfit!  I am all about that matching purse.  Can you have too many?  Yeah, I didn't think so.

I was really liking the colors in the blocks on her jacket, so I went floral with them...

I brought out Altenew's Persian Motifs to create my colorful panel.  I stamped my floral images in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored them in with Copic Markers.

I trimmed the panel down a smidge, and adhered a strip of black glitter paper to the side before popping it up into an orange card base.  Lastly, I added a few Onyx Pretty Pink Posh Sequins.

Well, that's it for me!  Thanks so much for visiting with me today.  I sure hope you decide to play along!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Hi all, and happy Saturday!

I am stopping by, to share a little card I made that was inspired by this fun sketch from MFT.  I can't seem to stop with the shaker cards.  They are so fun!  It is also a great way to use up the million micro beads I currently own.

I chose to play with the You're Super set, and kept it pretty basic.

I die cut a panel of white cardstock, using Lawn Fawn's Small Stitched Rectangle Stackable die.  I then added a bit of patterned paper from Pink Paislee's Hello Sunshine, to the top and bottom of the rectangle.  I cut an oval from the panel, backed it with foam tape, and added micro beads in red, blue, and gold, as well as a few gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

After i sealed the back, I adhered the panel to a white card base.  I then adhered my super girl die cut, as well as a banner with my sentiment stamped on it.

Shaker cards are so fun to shake!  Thanks so much for shakin' it with me here!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 16, 2015


Hello friends!

I hope you are having a great week so far.  It is one of those weeks where it is going super slow, and yet here I am at Thursday.  Odd, in a good way, I guess.  So, at the beginning of this week, I posted about the i {heart} papers store closing, and that the entire store was discounted at 30% off.  It is now 40%!  So, be sure to check out what's left, and grab it up! 

I thought with this announcement, I would share a card I made using goodies from the store.  Unfortunately, the stamp set AND patterned paper I used on it is no longer available, but you could swap it out with almost any image or paper.  I went with my favorite color medium, Copic Markers to color in my tomatoes.

I started with a bit of patterned paper from The Everyday Collection by Avery Elle.  Check out the patterned paper available, HERE.  I layered them and the die cut it with AE's largest Finished Frame die.  Then I took the smaller one, and die cut in the middle of the patterned paper panel, and again with a piece of white cardstock.

On the white piece of cardstock, I stamped the two tomato image from Wplus9's Punny Produce: Tomatoes, and masked the side of one of them, off, and stamped one more next to it.  I then colored them in with these markers...


After coloring the image, I took the sentiment, and stamped it onto the panel, before inlaying in onto the patterned paper piece.  I adhered that piece to a white card base.  

I hope you check out what's left in the store.  Of course, thank you so much for taking the time to visit!  I hope you have a super crafty day!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I {heart} You

Hey there!

Things are moving out fast over at i {heart} papers, so if you see anything you like, now is the time to pick it up.  If you haven't heard the news, the store is closing its doors, and must liquidate all merchandise.  I created a card to share how I feel about this store, this hobby...a bit sappy, but then I feel like I am losing a friend right now.

I pulled out the adorable Smoocheroos set from Paper Smooches.  The last time I checked, there was only one left.  Of course, there are still quite a few really fun stamp sets, and patterned papers in the store.  Back to my card, I stamped each balloon, and colored them in with Copic Markers.  I then trimmed them out, and adhered them to my shaker window, that I created with Avery Elle's Finished Frames Elle-ments die, foam, and some acetate.

The shaker is filled with micro beads, and a variety of sequins.  I used a bit of embroidery floss to create balloon strings, and tied a bow at the end.  I added a bit of highlight to each balloon with a white gel pen.

Remember to take advantage of the discount of 30% by entering code BYEIHP at checkout.  Thanks ever so much for coming by today.  I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

I almost forgot to announce the winner of my giveaway!  Gina, you were selected by, and I have contacted you.  Thanks sooo much to everyone who left me comments about your craft room,  I am hoping to get around to visiting you, if I haven't already.

I love your set-up! I am currently working on the DH to get him to set me set up space in the corner of our family room - he's been resistant but maybe if I show him pictures of how you're making it work in your dining room he will reconsider! :) I have been blogging since October 2004!! I haven't been blogging much in the past eighteen month - lots going on in my life that made me put it on the back burner. My blog is mainly a place to keep track of what is going on with my kids - for family out of state.

Friday, January 9, 2015

When One Door Closes...

...another opens, or so they say.  The i {heart} papers store is closing.  The news is on the blog this morning.  When Kate broke the news, I have to admit, I was shocked.  Then of course I was sad, mad, and feeling hopeless.  I have loved, and I sincerely mean that, loved my time with them.  I remember the very first time I bought something so long ago, and it was on my doorstep in two days.  No joke, no one can beat their shipping times.  So, in order to clear off the shelves, everything is on sale, just plug in the code for storewide savings of 30% off, and you're good to go.

I will, of course, be sharing products from the store until it is officially closed, so today I have a card that uses a pretty Winnie and Walter stamp set, as always, click on the links to go directly to the product.

I started with an embossing folder, and did a section of the Kraft card base.  I then took a white panel, and did a bit of masking with the roses from The Big, the Bold and Extras by Winnie and Walter.  

I colored the roses with Copic markers, using R35, RV29, R39, and E19.  As well as G20, G24, and G28.  I love this red color combination, so rich!

I finished it with a few rhinestones, and of course the sentiment, which was stamped in black ink.

Be sure to check out the store and pick up anything you want now, as I am sure things will go fast.  Thanks for stopping by today, and here's to new doors opening!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Flurry...

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Hey there!

I am back again today, to share a card made for the new MFT challenge blog.  I was so excited to see Susan Opel at the helm, and just had to play along.  I also geared my card towards Virginia's View Challenge: Clean Slate.  I love white space, for sure!!  If there is one thing I want to do more of in the new year, it is get myself to create out of my comfort zone, and participating in challenges are just the ticket.

This first challenge features a sketch:


How adorable is this little girl image?  Gah!  I love anything Torico (Birdie Brown) illustrates.  This set, Warmest Wishes, is a really cute one she did a few months back.  So, I started by taking the Friend Die-namics, and ran it through with a white panel.  I backed the opening with soft vellum, and inked the edges of the panel with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  

I die cut the little girl out, and stamped it with it coordinating image, coloring her in with a variety of Copic Markers, shown below.  I added the panel with foam tape, as well as my image, and the sentiment strip.  As a final detail I took a white gel pen and created falling snow on the top portion of the panel, and my Wink of Stella to glitter the word Friend.


Thanks sooo much for stopping by!  I hope you are able to find a bit of time to get crafty, or just color.  It is currently -20 with the wind chill, so I plan on staying warm inside, and doing the afore mentioned!  Happy crafting!

Take Two Thursday: Lawn Fawn Snow Day

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Hi friends!

This week Katie and I are focusing on Lawn Fawns Snow Day stamp set.  This set is so cute, and the bunnies, oh my!  Adorable.  I decided to play with the heart image for my card today.

I used the fun shadow technique using white pigment ink, and then dye ink.  So, to begin, I took a Kraft panel, and stamped hearts across in the white ink.  I then stamped the hearts again, slightly askew, over top the white, in red dye ink.

I trimmed the sentiment in half, and stamped it over the hearts using black ink, and added a few details with white ink, as well as some rhinestones.  I attached the panel to a Kraft card base, and called it done!

Hop on over to see what my pal Katie did with this set!  Thanks sooo much for stopping by!