Saturday, August 31, 2013

12 Kits of Occasions {August Kit}

Welcome to the August Edition of the 12 Kits of Holidays!  This group has OFFICIALLY been together now for a year and a half!!  Every single month we get goodies from the hostess for the month. So many new things arrive..... makes it so fun!!!  BUT WAIT.......we have added some new things to our group.......a new BLOG (The 12 Kits of Occasions) and Facebook page.  There are a few little details still to be worked out so be expecting next month to be a little more 'fine tuned'.  So please go join our following over on the blog and LIKE us on Facebook! 
***Make sure to scroll down to the end of my post for a sweet way to win a little Verve from ME!***
This month I had the pleasure of being the hostess!  My occasion was I decided to send some awesome holiday Verve goodies!  I hope the group liked my was fun putting together things we haven't used in any other kit.  I can't wait to see all the inspiration from this group!!!
August Kit
{photo courtesy of Kara}
I actually made 5 projects but I'm going to save one to share later.  So I have 4 projects to share with you today!!  This card uses the Christmas in the Air stamp set by Verve, Pennant Trim Die, and From the Heart Dies by Verve.
 My next card uses Glad Tidings stamp set by Verve and Christmas Twine by Timeless Twine by Bella Creationz.


Here I have a matching pillow box to tuck a gift card or small treat in.  I've used the tag stamp from  Glad Tidings as well

If you visit my blog at all, then you know that I am a huge fan of mini cards!  I've used Glad Tidings again in brown ink on the monochromatic color!  The sentiment is from the Poinsettia Christmas stamp set by Verve.
Merry Christmas 
*****COMMENT TO WIN:  I am giving away one $15 Verve Stamp set of choice to one lucky commenter over on the 12 Kits of Occasions blog!  So you must visit our blog to win!*****
That's it from me today but let's go check out what the rest of the group made with this kit!!!  The full supply list can be found on the 12 kits of Occasions blog!!!
***If you'd like to see ANY of the 12 Kits of Christmas/Holidays cards/projects, Renee has started a 12 Kits Board over on Pinterest HERE. Go check it has current projects and oldies too!***

Friday, August 30, 2013

ME August Photo Inspiration Challenge

I knew I wanted to play along with the Mama Elephant Inspiration Challenge as soon as it was posted......Well, it's the last day and here I am! 
I was inspired by the black stripes and the "love" theme from the photo.  I've used Trifecta and stamped the arrow border in the blackest black ink.....Onyx Black Versafine.  I stamped my frame and die cut the center out, backed it with yellow cardstock, and popped the whole panel with foam tape.  My sentiment was stamped on vellum with StazOn. 
you're the one
Here's the inspiration photo from Mama Elephant:
Now for some fun **news**!  I am very excited to say that Michele from CAS-ual Fridays has asked me to join her challenge blog as a Girl Friday!  I applied waayy back and didn't make the cut so now that I'm here, I'm ready to get started!  You will see my first CAS-ual Fridays post next week, September 6th. 

{you're the one}
Stamps:  Trifecta, On Target (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Lemon Tart, White (PTI), Pink (misc)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Blush, Lemon Whip (Amuse)
Dies:  Circle (Spellbinders)
Misc; Foam Adhesive

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Live. Laugh. Love

One of my favorite sayings......Live. Laugh. Love.
I know it's the shortest post ever from me but sometimes less is more.  :)

{Live. Laugh. Love}
Stamps:  Peacock Pretties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Island Indigo (SU), Woodgrain (Avery Elle), Vellum
Ink:  Staz-On Black, Island Indigo (SU)
Dies:  Circle (Spellbinders)
Misc:  Sequins (Neat & Tangled), Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Happy Wednesday!  Yesterday, I enjoyed lunch with a sweet little girl at school.  So fun to see her smile and laugh!  I can't believe 2nd grade has started!  Afterwards, I had some fun crafty time.....listened to some favorite music and crafted the afternoon away! 
My card today isn't for any challenge.......but I wanted to share anyway.  I love this PJ stamp from Verve called Beautiful.  It's such a gorgeous saying done in a beautiful font!
What about that cute little banner trim?  It's actually a flag die from the Flag it Die Set!  I've die cut it 4 times and just tucked it behind the main panel.  Easy peasy!!
Don't forget the BIG 6th year ANNIVERSARY Sale going on now through August 31st over at VERVE!!! 
That's all I have for today but I have a big Verve HOLIDAY post coming up on Saturday that you don't want to miss!!!  Thank you all for sharing a part of your day with me!!!
Stamps:  Beautiful PJ (Verve)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  Beautiful Life (Echo Park)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Flag it Die Set (a CUT above Dies by Verve)
Misc:  Sewing Machine, Harvest Gold Button (PTI), Crochet Thread

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #64

I've recently found a sweet spot for Lawn Fawn!  People.......have you seen their new release???  OH MY.  I have a *little* list going.  hehe
I made this card with some goodies from Lawn Fawn for their current Lawnscaping Challenge to DISTRESS.  Um....I can do that!  It's no secret that Distress Inks are some of my favorite inks to play with.  I was inspired by a sheet of paper from the new cut & paste "ADORBS" collection by MME and decided to make my own paper with Distress Inks!  My background was made sponging Evergreen Bough and Shabby Shutters ink onto a white panel blending until I got the look I wanted!
My hot air balloon from Blue Skies was paper pieced with paper from the ADORBS paper collection and highlights were made using Copics R83, R85 (balloon) and E55, E57 (basket).  Everything was so easy to do using the coordinating Blue Skies Dies!  The cute little bow is made with the hemp twine from the Lawn Trimmings pack.
Thanks for sharing part of your day with me here! 
{the sky's the limit}
**All Lawn Fawn products can be found at i {heart} papers at the links above!**
Stamps:  Blue Skies (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  cut & paste "ADORBS" (MME)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Evergreen Bough, Shabby Shutters (Distress Inks)
Dies:  Blue Skies Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, Lawn Trimmings (Lawn Fawn)

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Hi everyone!  I wanted to share a card I made using Timeless Twine's bakers twine!  I've used some of the bright and sunshiny Lemonade Yellow twine
I wanted to share that twine is the PERFECT embellishment.  My card is a great example.......I made this card and there it sat because I just couldn't figure out what ELSE it needed.  I was missing something.  Does this ever happen to any of you?  Timeless Twine to the rescue!!!  Adding in a double stranded bow using twine made my heart skip a beat.  It WAS the perfect embellishment! 

I used a new stamp to me from Verve called So Fluttery with it's coordinating die and added some gems.  My sentiment is from my favorite sentiment set called Treasured Words.  Love the little die cut heart trim too from Scallop Trim Trio!

There is still time to play along with the Sketch Challenge. LINK UP HERE
You have until August 31st!!!
Don't forget about the Verve sale going on too.....details HERE!

{thanks ever so much}
Stamps:  Treasured Words, So Fluttery (Verve)
Paper:  White, Lavender Moon (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  Dear Lizzy: Lucky Charm (American Crafts)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Papaya (Amuse)
Dies:  Scallop Trim Trio, Flutterby (a CUT above Dies by Verve), Square (Spellbinders)
Twine:  Lemonade Yellow (Timeless Twine by Bella Creationz)
Misc:  Gems, Sewing Machine

Friday, August 23, 2013

Monday Mood Board #18

Now that school is back in the swing of things, I had a day to myself yesterday to do a little retail therapy at Michaels and Scrapbooks Etc (my local scrapbook store).  I also had time to play along with the latest Mood Board found HERE.
I went for a very clean and simple thank you using Super Stripes from PTI and the focal images from the newest stamp set called Dockside from Wplus9.  Using the coordinating dies, I die cut a boat and layered it onto my stamped rope circle.  The banner is from the set Basic Banners and die cut with the coordinating die.  I just may have mentioned before that I LOVE coordinating products and you can find these new Wplus9 products over at i {heart} papers!
Thank you
 Have a wonderful Friday and guess what?  I get crafty time all to myself for part of the weekend!!!  Anyone want to chat? 

{Thank you}
***Wplus9 products can be found at i {heart} papers links below***
Stamps:  Dockside, Basic Banners (Wplus9), Super Stripes (PTI)
Paper:  White (PTI), Night of Navy (SU)
Ink:  White (Wplus9), Night of Navy (SU)
Dies:  Dockside Die, Basic Banner Die (Wplus9)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I'm on Confetti Camera!

Well, today is CONFETTI CAMERA day over on the REVERSE CONFETTI BLOG.  Every Thursday, the spotlight shines on one of the Confetti Crew designers and offers a glimpse into their creative process through a series of interview questions about themselves and their project created just for that day.   

Today, it just so happens that the camera is on ME and my latest super cool Reverse Confetti project!  I'd love it if you'd go check it out HERE!  
Jen was super nice to let me share my project here on my blog too since I am linking it up to the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use aqua, green, and orange!
And sending it over to Seize the Birthday linky party!

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps:  Arrows 'N Elements, Inner Rock Star (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White (PTI), Island Indigo (SU)
Ink: Ocean, Orange, Fern (Amuse), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive

Monday, August 19, 2013

Neat & Tangled Birthday Bash!!!

Happy Monday and Happy Birthday Neat & Tangled!!! 
I'm sharing a bright and sunshiny birthday card perfect for anyone!  I've stamped the Sunburst background and layered a stamped circle from Everyday Circles.  The fun thing about these circles is that they are easily punched with a circle punch! 
Sunshine birthday  
Have you see this??  It is a mini stamp (3x2) called Dreams that will be included with all stamp purchases this month!

Have a wonderful day and as always.....thank you for sharing a part of your day with me!

I'm going to send this over to the Seize the Birthday linky party!

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps:  Everyday Circles, Sunburst (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Papaya (Amuse), Strawberry (Fresh Ink), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Stitched Mats: Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Enamel Dots (MME), Foam Adhesive, Circle Punch

Friday, August 16, 2013

Festive Friday Challenge!

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!!  I'm so excited to be here today sharing a card for the Festive Friday Challenge!  Thanks to the super sweet and super talented Meredith of A Delightful Waste of Time for inviting me to play along this week!!!
When I first took a look at the inspiration photo, I saw the obvious and then I kept thinking and thinking.  So ultimately I came back to my first thought of stockings hanging from a mantle.  I've used a fabulous new holiday die by Memory Box called Precious Stockings and die cut several stockings in fun colors.  I embellished with a tiny little button stamp from Wplus9 called Blanket Stitched Blooms.  The sentiment is from that stamp set as well (it is masked off). 
You can get these products from i {heart} papers!!! 

 My background is an embossing folder that I've had for ages by Cuttlebug.  My friend, Wida from Beachorado, always ties the most beautiful flowing bows with twine.  This is my inner Wida at work here!  LOL  Thank you Wida!!  :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
{a little something}
Paper:  Kraft, Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding, Blueberry Sky, White (PTI)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding, Blueberry Sky (PTI), Tuxedo Black by Memento (available at i {heart} papers)
Misc:  Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Button Twine (PTI), Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lil' Inker Designs 3rd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop!

Today I am very happy to help Laura from Lil' Inker Designs celebrate its 3rd Birthday!!!  You should have arrived from my friend Alyssa's blog........if not, you will need to start back over at the Lil' Inker Designs blog to get started.  I have been with Laura from *almost* the beginning and it's been so much fun watching her company grow.......I get just as excited when she mentions how busy she is packing orders!  I'm so happy for her and her success!!!
Now I can't be part of a celebration without a card, right?  I've used the Cover Up Die: Pieced Chevrons but used it to emboss a white background panel.  After die cutting and stamping several balloons from Balloon Builders Stamp set and dies, I attached them with coordinating twine from Timeless Twine.  Adding in a masked stamped sentiment to a Flags and Tags die and some enamel dots finish it off!
3rd Birthday Celebration!
Now to celebrate, we are having a Birthday Challenge and linky party!  There will be one $50 grand prize winner (randomly chosen) and 2-$10 store credit honorable mention winners chosen by Laura!  There is also a new stamp set called Snarky Sentiments that will be on sale for $10 starting today until the next release.  (see graphic at the end of this post)
Details of the challenge:
Customer/Fan hop participation will once again be via Linky Tools. Participants are eligible to win by creating a project inspired by the graphic, posting the graphic and a link to our challenge in their blog post, talking about how they were inspired in their post and direct linking to our linky tool. Focal images must use LID goodies but LID goodies do not have to be used exclusively to be eligible.
 We'd love to see your take on our BIRTHDAY challenge and remember the prizes??  Your next stop on the blog hop list is the fabulous Debby!
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps:  Balloon Builders (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Ocean, Papaya (Amuse), Fuchsia (Fresh Ink)
Dies:  Cover Up: Pieced Chevrons, Balloon Dies, Flags and Tags Die (Lil' Inker Designs)
Twine:  Timeless Twine
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, Enamel Dots (MME)

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