Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Emboss Resist Snowflakes!

As I head off to see my 7th grader (seriously, where did the time go?  #nowaycanhebethatold) play some Falcon Football later today, I wanted to share this card using this amazing snowflake stamp set called Lots of Snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp.  

Today is also the close of the amazing month long event called STAMPtember hosted by Simon Says Stamp.  Don't forget to get those EXCLUSIVE dies and stamps that are only available through today!  You can shop using the link in my sidebar------------>>>>>

I immediately fell in love with this particular snowflake stamp in this set......even better there is a smaller version too!  I decided to white heat emboss them onto Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I watercolored a mixture of Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks over the top for a resist effect leaving some areas darker than others.  My favorite technique EVER!

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Here's a close up of the silver heat embossed sentiment from Peace on Earth from Simon Says Stamp and the tiny frame die from the Frames Die set.

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Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Espresso my thanks!

A quick post tonight.......I couldn't resist posting another "coffee" themed card for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  Check out Cutscropscreativity for all the details as well as all the PRIZES up for grabs!

This card uses some fabulous pattern paper from Simple Stories (the story of US) along with the Be a Barista stamps from Reverse Confetti.  I stamped my coffee mug onto pattern paper and paper pieced a gold strip onto the mug and cut out.  I stamped one of the coffee images in Gold Delicata ink to finish it off.  


Using the Tag Me Dies, I diecut 2 tags from coordinating paper from this same collection.  After stamping my sentiment and adhering my coffee mug, my tags were tied up with Metallic Gold twine from the Twinery.  This was all mounted onto a gold striped panel that has vellum stitched in place to soften the pattern.  I couldn't help myself.....I had to add in some 4mm Gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh too!  :)


I am playing along with a new to me challenge:  Tag You're It! Challenge.  I found Gayatri's layout and bold black tag to be my inspiration.

Thanks for sharing a part of your evening with me!  I must get some zzzzz's now!  :)

{espresso my thanks}
Stamps:  Be a Barista (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  the story of US (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Gold Delicata
Dies:  Tag Me Dies (Reverse Confetti)
Sequins:  4mm Gold (Pretty Pink Posh)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Twine (The Twinery)

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There is a fantastic Blog Hop happening today!  Check out Cutscropscreativity for all the details as well as all the PRIZES up for grabs!

Ok......must confess......I so do not like coffee......not even the smell of it!  I can however drink a Mocha Frappaccino from McD's but that's about it.  I'm curious to see if there are others that do not like coffee either!  But in the spirit of this blog hop, I'm participating because well.....I do have some coffee themed sets in my stash!!  :)

I needed this blog hop to make me use some of my sorely neglected coffee stamps.  This set is the Coffee Cozy set and coordinating dies from Lil' Inker Designs.  I started by using one of the Stitched Mats: Rectangles and impressed it into my card as a frame.  I kept the rest fairly simple with using the coordinating Coffee Cozy Dies.  


Since my card has "red" on it, I'm playing along with the Catered Crop "Seeing Red" Recipe Swap!

Don't forget all the prizes up for grabs during this blog hop!  Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Let's face it.....I don't want summer to end.  Anyone else out there with me?  I just love everything about it.  As my kids' baseball and softball seasons end soon, so does my sense of summer.  :(

So my card today shares a fun part of summer....all the fresh fruit that is so abundant.  I know some of you will be shocked.....and I am too about my next sentence.  I used to hate strawberries.  Yes......it's true.  Maybe it was that I was forced to eat them as a child or it was my stupidity for not trying them again until I was an adult.  Well, now I LOVE them.  Guess it just took 30 years and some growing up to change my mind!  :)

I adore this strawberry die from Whimsy Stamps.  It is so detailed and makes for an easy card accent or focal piece.  To go along with the country feel, I made my own pierced background using the Stitched Border Dies from Whimsy Stamps.

I pieced together a sentiment from Sweet as Candy and paired it with the Sweet die all from Whimsy Stamps!  The Sweet die was cut from a Distress Ink watercolored piece of cardstock.


Since this week over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge it's "Anything Goes", I am going to link this up over there!

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

{You're so Sweet}
Stamps:  Sweet as Candy Sentiments (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate, White, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Sweet Die, Fruity Dies, Stitched Border Dies (Whimsy Stamps)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, Enamel Dots (MME)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cutting Edge Challenge #11

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

I loved the look Melania used down the left side of her card with the die and COLOR showing through.  I also liked the bold black focal point.  

I went with a color combo that I love.....yellow, gray, and black.  I started by diecutting the Triangle Border and layering colored cardstock strips behind the border.  I diecut the speech bubble with black cardstock and white heat embossed the stamped sentiment from the Happy Bubble Set from Simon Says Stamp.

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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!! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Reverse Confetti September Color Challenge!

Hello friends!  Whew.....it's been a very busy few weeks here and I took a very needed week off from blogging but not crafting!  I hosted a fun weekend retreat last weekend with my good friend Laurie and let's just say that it was AMAZING!  We are already planning retreat #2!  There were lots of laughs, fun, and friendship.  16 ladies from all over the US came together for the weekend.  MEMORIES were made for sure!  

Have you seen the September Color Challenge over on the Reverse Confetti Blog?  


I used a panel I "blended" last weekend for my card using Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry.  I've mentioned before but these inks are incredible!  They mix and blend so perfect.  

I went a little further and splattered some water over the top of my blended panel.  I just love how this turned out!  I stamped an image from Paper Crane in Slate Ink from Amuse along with a sentiment and rows of arrows.  


For all the details of this challenge, please head over to the Reverse Confetti blog!!!  There is a winner each month and they become the 'Fetti Fave!

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

{How beautiful a day....}
Stamps:  Paper Crane (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White (PTI), Basic Gray (SU)
Ink:  Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade (Distress Inks), Slate (AMuse)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MFT Release Rewind: September

Welcome to the My Favorite Things Release Rewind!  Another dose of inspiration using this month's releases......wasn't this release the bomb?  Seriously?  Awesome.  

I have to extend my thanks to everyone for all the thoughtful sweet comments about my posts for MFT this week.  I also posted my projects over on Instagram and caught a lot of friends over there.  Thank you ALL!!!  As for helping me get everything straight, Erica from MFT helped me out a few times.....:)  Thank you so much......you made being a guest a wonderful time!

For my last project, I decided to use the new Proof Positive Cover-up and add a Distress Inked panel behind the cover-up.  I love how all the gorgeous colors shine through!  My sentiment was also done in  Distress Ink blended on scratch cardstock and was diecut with the Free with $60 Die-namics set this month called.....Many Thanks.


And there you have my last post as the September MFT Guest Designer!  Thank you MFT!!!  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reverse Confetti and Stamp Nation

Hello friends!  
Reverse Confetti is sponsoring a sketch this week with Catherine Pooler over at Stamp Nation.  I absolutely love how my card turned but you will have to jog over to their site for the full challenge and TONS of inspiration!

Here is a tiny sneak of my card over at Stamp Nation.........

Here are the products used for this sketch:

If you are new to StampNation, there is a trial membership for $1 that expires today!  So why not give it a chance?  There is so much happening over there and you don't want to miss out!  Click HERE to find out about the trial!

Paper:  White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  Hello Sunshine (Pink Paisley)
Ink:  Memento, Distress Inks
Dies:  Petals and Posies (Reverse Confetti), Circles 'N Scallops
Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh
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