Saturday, October 25, 2014

A is for Awesome

We had parent teacher conferences this week and I have to say my kids have some amazing teachers.  I think having great teachers makes for great kids.  My kids thrive on learning and both love to read and do math.  (crazy, right?)  I'll spare the grade cards but they are both doing so well and I couldn't be a more proud mom!  

I'm sharing this simply stamped card using a stamp set called Smarty Pants by Whimsy Stamps.  Have you checked out the Clearly Whimsy line of stamps yet?  The designer, Simonne Clay, has designed fabulous designs and dies for Whimsy.  I'm glad to call her a friend and would love to show her some support from my blog!  You can check her designs out HERE.


Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh and Winnie & Walter Inspiration Blog Hop!

Welcome!!!  I'm so excited to be sharing in the fun with the collaboration blog hop with Pretty Pink Posh and Winnie & Walter!  You should have arrived here via the Pretty Pink Posh blog.

I combined 2 fabulous sets from Winnie & Walter for this one:  The Big, the Bold, and Extras and The Big, the Bold, and You.  BOTH of these sets are amazing and I'm so glad they are in my stash now!  

I started with a Stitched Tag from Stitched Duo 1 Dies from Pretty Pink Posh.  I stamped my flowers with pigment ink and stamped the outline with Black Memento ink.  I went back in with a Y35 Copic and added some flicks of shading.  The 2 yellow flowers I fussy cut out and popped up with dimensional foam.  I went back in and stamped some tiny dots (with a stamp from this set too)  to fill in some of the white space.  I really like white space but I thought this was a great addition to the space.  I stamped the sentiments and fussy cut the "you" out of vellum and added mini Glue Dots to show some dimension.  

Winnie & Walter collab

The last elements are those FABULOUS Pretty Pink Posh sequins!  I've used Lemon Meringue in 6mm and Sparkling Clear in 4mm.

Winnie & Walter collab 2

Now......a blog hop HAS to have prizes, right?  Well, there are 2 prize packs up for grabs and the winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop by W&W and PPP.  Comments must be made by 11:59pm PDT on 10/27/14.

Here is the complete list of hop participants so you don't miss a stop!

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Burlap Banner Reminder

There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  

You have until October 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

Current challenge details and link-up are here

The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

I dug out some of my burlap for this one!  I forgot how much fun texture burlap adds to a card.  I've paired the fabulous stamp set Forever Fall from Reverse Confetti with Mandarin twine from The Twinery!


We look forward to seeing your creations!
The next Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge is live on November 1st!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A whole lotta.....

Happy.  This card just makes me start to sing that song.  LOL  It's one of those songs that can easily get stuck in your head!  :)

Here's a bright and "happy" card for my birthday stash.  I've used the Happy Everything stamp set from Whimsy Stamps.  I had fun stamping the balloons in fun bright colors!  There really was no rhyme or reason of the stamping but I kinda love how it turned out!  And I couldn't' resist adding in some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for a bit of sparkle!!!


Hope you have a wonderful day......thanks for sharing a part of yours with me!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Burlap Banner

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!
Burlap Banner

We have a new sponsor, The Twinery, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Burlap Banner!  A randomly selected participant in the Burlap Banner challenge will receive a fabulous bundle from The Twinery, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

There is nothing better than twine.  Seriously friends.  The Twinery has THE best twine!!  I've used the Lilac Twine......I just love using purple for Halloween!  Some fun Reverse Confetti goodies:  Cast a Spell stamps/dies and Tag Me Dies.  I also had to throw in some Halloween Mix sequins from Pretty Pink Posh too!


The Twinery Designers, our Guest Designer and the Curtain Call Crew have lots of additional inspiration for you today!  Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs!

Burlap Banner Designers

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cutting Edge Challenge #12

It's time to share the next Cutting Edge Challenge!  We have another beautiful inspiration project, this one done by ME!!!   I can’t wait for you all to play along, so let’s get to it, shall we?!

I was a little skeptical to "CASE" myself and use my OWN work as inspiration but it turned out to be fun!!  I went with some Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Ghost Dies.  Let me just say ANY of the Lil' Inker Designs DUAL STITCHED DIES are PERFECT for this technique because the dual stitching adds that extra POW.  

I've layered some vellum behind the ghost cutouts to soften the striped background and added googly eyes.  Who doesn't love those?  :)  My ghost panel was die cut with the NEW Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles and popped up with foam dimensionals.  The Spooky Word Die is just perfect and I love how "chunky" it is!  I sponged some white ink over the top for effect.  Last but not least.....some new mini Halloween Mix sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  


We’d love to have you play along with us! If you click on through to The Cutting Edge Challenge Blog, you’ll find lots of information, including:
  • The Winner of the last challenge, as well as the Top 3, are being announced;
  • The Cutting Edge Design Team is sharing their samples for the challenge, and they are pretty fabulous;
  • The InLinkz link-up tool for you to link up YOUR project!

The challenge closes in 2 weeks....... so what are you waiting for?!  You can find everything you need to play along HERE.  We can’t wait to see what you create!! 

Paper:  White (PTI), Vellum (Michaels)
Pattern Paper:  Royal Velvet Striped Pattern Paper (PTI)
Dies:  Spooky Word Die, Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles, Stitched Ghost Dies (Lil' Inker Designs)
Sequins:  Halloween Mix (Pretty Pink Posh)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, Googly Eyes

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hello and Happy!!

So life does get busy......I'll admit it.  This week I have TWO cards to share using Whimsy Stamps.  Some of you have already seen one of the cards because I posted it over on Instagram last week and have asked, "where is this card?  I want to PIN it!" you will get to see that card here!!  

Speaking of Instagram......I don't think I've mentioned it here before but I LOVE Instagram!!  Seriously, some are addicted to Facebook or Twitter as social media.  Mine is Instagram.  I love pictures and seeing what friends and family are up to when they post PICTURES!  I post lots of family time pics and crafty ones too.  If you are over there, find me and send a friend request or click HERE!  

Time for a card (or two)!  

First up.....some chevrons and pastels.  I used the Chevron border stamp to stamp my background.  I then diecut the word "Hello" from that panel.  Once diecut, I was able to layer several diecut "Hello" with the one that has partial stamping.  This technique helps to give dimension to my diecut and is much easier to adhere with glue vs. foam tape!  The last detail is the gorgeous sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  


Next up......the Instagram card.  I absolutely LOVE how this turned seems a little dark but the card base is Soft Stone cardstock. This card uses several different Whimsy Stamps sets and dies.  I made these little 2 step stamping present stamps by masking them off and "stacking" them.  What about that word die......Happy.  (sigh)  Love the size, the font, the staggering of the letters.  


Thanks so much for sharing a part of your day with me!

{Hello friend}
Stamps:  Sweet Sentiments, Basic Backgrounds and Borders (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Island (Fresh Ink), Slate, Blush (AMuse)
Dies:  Hello word die (Whimsy Stamps)
Sequins:  Spring Mix, Pink Blush 4mm (Pretty Pink Posh)
Misc:  Foam Tape

{Happy birthday}
Stamps:  Happy Everything, Thanks a Million (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Soft Stone, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  Soft Stone Pattern Paper (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Fresh Inks
Dies:  Happy word die, Balloon dies (Whimsy Stamps)
Misc:  Pink rhinestones, Foam Adhesive, Crochet Thread

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