Friday, January 31, 2014

With Sympathy

Sympathy........I always have trouble with these types of cards.   I know I am not alone.  So when it's time and I need one.......I never have one in my stash.  Enter, today.  I sat down and made this card using some fabulous Verve stamps.

I started out with a Soft Stone scrap of cardstock and heat embossed the blooms and greenery from Great Friend using White Filigree Embossing Powder.  Onto a strip of vellum, I heat embossed my sentiment, from Treasured Words, using black embossing powder.  I just love how the blooms can be seen through the vellum!!! 



Have you checked out the latest sale over at Verve?  You can check it out HERE.
Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

{with sympathy}
Stamps:  Great Friend, Treasured Words (Verve)
Paper:  White, Soft Stone (PTI), Vellum
Ink:  Versamark
Misc:  White Filigree Embossing Powder, Black Embossing Powder, Foam Adhesive, Pearls

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Over the Edge

Just what do we mean by that?
CFC127: Create a Clean And Simple project with some sort of element that extends past the edge.
Sound like fun? The challenge will remain open until noon on Wednesday Feb 12th.

I have been starting to sell some of my cards in a local floral shop and I need to replenish my supply there especially with Valenine's Day coming fast.  Valentine's Day is one of the biggest days to send flowers.....and you need a card, right?  :)

I've used a fantastic NEW cling stamp called Drawn Heart Background from the Simon Says Stamp Valentine Release.  You can find all the new goodies HERE.  I started by swiping my stamp with Lipstick Red Ink (from Simon Says) and laying a piece of Lipstick Red Cardstock over the stamp to allow the ink to transfer.  I didn't care if it was perfect or had great coverage.....that's the beauty of it!  I added this panel slightly left of center leaving a small white strip on the right.  Now for my "over the edge" element.  A speech bubble was die cut using the Talk Bubble Dies and then stamped using a coordinating stamp from the set called For the Record.  The sentiment was stamped using Black Ink and a small enamel heart was layered over the top of the stamped heart for some dimension!


My element does not make my card bigger than a traditional A2 size........I've just started with a smaller card base!

This week's winner will receive the stamp or Fri-Die set of their choice from.......

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

{crazy about you}
All supplies can be found at Simon Says Stamp!
Stamps:  For the Record, Drawn Heart Background (SSS)
Paper:  Lipstick Red, White (SSS)
Ink:  Lipstick Red, Black (SSS)
Dies:  Talk Bubbles Set (SSS)
Misc:  Enamel Heart (MME), Foam Adhesive

CAS(E) this Sketch Guest Designer

I enjoy sketches so when I was asked to be a Guest Designer over on the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge blog, I was thrilled!!!  Thank Chrissy for inviting me!

I absolutely fell in love with this sketch and immediately had an idea for my card!!!  This doesn't happen much friends......I usually am a sitter......I think and sit and think some more before I really get down to creating.  Here's what I came up with.............I did change up the sketch a little.....hehe

CAS(E) this sketch2

I used a fabulous stamp set called Modern Mehndi from Lil' Inker Designs and simply stamped them with black in on pink cardstock.  My sentiment (from the same stamp set) was stamped onto an On the Diagonal die cut and popped up with foam adhesive.  A few black enamel dots and a few dots of black Enamel Accents finish this off!!

{sent with love}
Stamps:  Modern Mehndi (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  Hibiscus Burst, White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  On the Diagonal (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Enamel Dots (MME), Black Enamel Accents (Ranger), Foam Adhesive, Corner Chomper

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Life......

I've been playing around with some of my stencils lately.  There are so many ways you can use them!  An old stand by is to use those Distress Inks.  I've sponged some Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks over a heart stencil from my stash.  I then thought it would be fun to stitch some sentiment banners to the side but using VELLUM.  It seems to have become my 'go to' embellishment lately.  Using several stamps from the You + Me stamp set from Neat & Tangled, I stamped them using Staz-On onto the vellum banners. 

Our Life

This card would be fitting for Anniversary, Valentine's or Just Because! 

Have you seen the new Calligraphy Monogram stamps Danielle just released?  Look......
Danielle's handwriting is just the BEST!  You can check these stamps and some new sequins out HERE.

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Wreath with Name/Website Address

{our life}
Stamps:  You + Me (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Black Staz-On, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks
Dies:  Stitched Sentiment Banner (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Corner Chomper, Foam Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Enamel Dots (MME)

Monday, January 27, 2014

My whole heart

Stopping by with another Valentine but this time using some Reverse Confetti!  Did you get a chance to follow the release?  It was fabulous.....that is all.  

I started by die cutting a Stitched Circle from my white panel, rounded the edges, stamped a row of hearts from I Like You, and then used an impression plate to add texture.  Onto my black cardstock window, I stamped images from Crushin' with white ink and added in some die cut hearts from the Confetti Cuts: Love Notes that were covered with Glossy Accents.  This valentine will be going to my that sentiment!!!


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

{whole heart}
Stamps:  Crushin', i like you (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, True Black (PTI)
Ink:  Red Currant (Fresh Ink), White (Wplus9)
Dies:  Love Notes (Reverse Confetti), Stitched Circles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Corner Chomper, Foam Adhesive, Glossy Accents

Fun with a stencil.......who knew??

Wow!  What a week last week was!  I am a dialysis nurse and we were trained on new dialysis machines last Sunday and then went live with them on Monday.  If you follow me on IG, then you saw a pic of the new machine that was the culprit of my 50+ hours and very busy week!  This left virtually no crafty time for me.......hope to get back on track this week!  On a happy note, we did have our niece spend the weekend with us and we enjoyed some family time to round out the week! are here for a card.  I had fun creating this yesterday before any of the family was even thinking of getting out of bed!  haha!  I used the Simon Says Stamp Mosaic Heart Stencil and spritzed some Mister Huey's in Hot Diggity over the top.  Oh my.....that's all I can say except LOVE.  :)  I then die cut several Simon Says Small Hello Die and layered them together.  My tiny simple sentiment is from the stamp set Love This which was stamped using Simon Says Stamp's Black Ink.  The panel was rounded at one corner and popped up with foam adhesive!  What you can't see because it's so hard to capture on camera is the Wink of Stella that covers the word hello.


If you are ready to get those Valentine's made, make sure to check out the Valentine release from Simon Says Stamp!

You can see all the new Valentine goodies from Simon Says Stamp HERE!

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

{hello LOVE YOU}
Stamps:  Love This (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Ink:  Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies:  Small Hello Die (Simon Says Stamp)
Misc:  Mister Huey Mist (Studio Calico), Corner Chomper, Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CHA recap.....Part 1!

What a fabulous time I had at CHA with Laura Pryor, Jen del Muro, and Stacey Schafer!  Each of these ladies are owners of design team's I'm so lucky to be a part of.......Lil' Inker Designs, Reverse Confetti, and Curtain Call!  I am so happy I finally got to meet these ladies I've known for years!  I can't wait until next time.........

Ready for some pictures?  Here we go!

This was my view as I walked to the convention center.  Oh yeah.....did I mention the weather was incredible?  Well, it was.  I could move there.  It's so wrong that California gets 70's during the winter!

The Lil' Inker Designs group!  Me, Heather Campbell (fellow Gallery Idol '12 girl), Laura Pryor

Kim Crawford and Stacey

Stacey, Me, Chari Moss

Lisa glad to finally meet this girl!

Jen del Muro, Tenia Nelson, Lorena Canto, Laura Pryor, Stacey Schafer

How adorable is that booth??  Doodlebug Design

Pebbles.....look at all the cute goodies!!

Dinner with Michelle Woerner and Lynn Mercurio at California Pizza Kitchen

Breakfast with DoBea Alberts (was on the Market Street DT together) and her daughter 

Photo with Jennifer McGuire, Kim Hughes, Karolyn Loncon

The Faber-Castell booth was serving up some Gelato after you did their make 'n take!  Yummy!!!

The Paper Crafts Group Meet 'n Greet......we got special issues!

Meeting fellow Gallery Idol '12 girl.....Nina Yang.   Man she is talented!

Heather and I

Oh yeah FINALLY get to meet THE Susan Opel on the 2nd day!!!  Yay so glad we time drinks.  :)

Tim Holtz....amazing to watch him demo.

Happy Hour with some fabulous ladies.........

Karolyn Loncon and Kim Hughes.......wonderful ladies!  Truly enjoyed visiting with them during happy hour.....loved to hear their stories and was a highlight of my CHA trip!!!

I will post pictures of all the make 'n takes I was able to do on another post......time to wrap this one up!
Thanks for sticking this one out!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sweet Treats!

I thought I'd finally get back into my craft room after my visit to sunny California last week to visit Disneyland and attend CHA.  It felt good to be back crafting after a little vacation!  I have lots of photos to share from CHA so I will post those in a whole separate post! 

I have some quick "sweet treats" that are so easy to whip up......using Reverse Confetti stamps and dies!  I've used Sweet Thing, Whole Lotta Hearts, Whole Lotta Dots, and Tag Me Dies.  I love to create a wrap for these Ghirardelli chocolates!!


I found these adorable little paper bags at Michael's from the Recollections line.  They are little glassine pattern bags and food safe!  I've added in a little "Stacey Schafer thread trick" for good measure using some silver metallic floss!!

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

{Sweet Treats}
Stamps:  Whole Lotta Hearts, Whole Lotta Dots, Sweet Thing (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Ink:  Red Current (Fresh Ink), Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
Dies:  Tag Me Dies, Love Note Dies (heart) (Reverse Confetti)
Misc:  Silver Embroidery Floss, Foam Adhesive

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Big Hugs!

I don't know about you but I'm ready to get busy making some Valentines!  Did you all get a chance to see the entire Valentine release from Simon Says Stamp?  You can check it out HERE.  They were released before the holiday so I thought I'd share another card today!

Simon Valentine's Release

I have a card that's getting me ready to make those Valentines......and really could be used for a little pick me up at any time.  I've used the Tic Tac Toe Hearts Die and layered some Kelly Purkey Red Chevron Washi Tape behind the die cut panel.


That's it for me today.....thanks so much for sharing a part of YOUR day with me!

{this card is one big hug.}
Stamps:  Happy Every Day (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies:  Tic Tac Toe Hearts (Simon Says Stamp)
Misc:  Washi Tape (Kelly Purkey for Simon Says Stamp), Black Gems, Foam Adhesive

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