Thursday, January 11, 2018

Darcie's Doggone Good Cards

A while back at a local stamp show I picked up this stamp set from Darcie's. Most, if not all of their stamp sets come with these little flat-back pins, usually for the faces. They are so cute! I don't know why they sat for so long without me using them.

I made four of these cards, to use up all the pins that matched this dog's face. I have two more to make.

Here's my supply list:

Darice Clouds Embossing Folder
Papertrey Blueberry Ink and Card Stock
Darcie's Doggone Good Stamp Set
Darcie's Doggone Good Embellishments
Misc. Grass Die
Misc. Green Card Stock
Copic Markers
Pearl Stickles for Cloud "Paint"

To the right are the other three that I did with the grass running across the front of the card:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Card of the New Year!

Happy 2018! I spent the last two days organizing my craft corner, and I'm so excited for a new year of stamping. Tomorrow the new Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog goes live for those of us who aren't demonstrators, so I'm excited about that too.

Today's card is a combination card. My daughter needed a card to send to a friend in Texas, and since Challenge #131 over at Stamp, Ink Paper was to emboss something, I asked her to choose an embossing folder. She chose this one from Darice. I originally planned on coloring in the words, but liked the white even better.

In the background is a coordinating envelope. I needed to make one for the card, because it wouldn't fit in a standard A2 envelope because the cross was to big.

Finding colors to match the paper that I made the envelope out of was difficult. In fact, I used so many different colors that I don't remember which ones I finally settled on. Anyway, for the supplies that I do remember, they are:

Stampin' Up! "Who I Love" Stamp Set
Darice Embossing Folder
Patterned Paper from American Crafts
SU! Calypso Coral Card Stock
SU! Basic Gray Card Stock

Thanks to everyone over at Stamp, Ink Papers
for another great challenge, and thanks for
stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Simple Circle Card

Here's one of my favorite techniques for making a quick and cute card. I took an older stamp set called "Nature Walk" from Stampin' Up! and stamped each image on card stock. Then, using dies, I cut out circles. If some of the image goes on the outside of the  circle, that's okay. It adds to the look.

Add dimension my adhering some of the circles with varying heights of dimensionals. I finished it off with various sizes of pearl adhesives.

Give this easy card a try when you need a fast card. And thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge 130

The last of my Christmas cards left today, and it felt really good to get that task over with. Perhaps like many of you, I like making cards more than sending them. But it was really nice connecting with family and friends and sharing my love of paper crafting.

So it was a nice change of pace to participate in the challenge "Just Say No To Christmas" over at Stamp, Ink, Paper. With Valentine's Day on my mind, I tried "CASing" a card I saw on Pinterest. I didn't have a heart stamp that quite fit the bill, so I cut a die out and sponged the hearts on the paper. Then I added extra touches. It looked nothing like the Pinterest card, but it was good to get the inspiration from there anyway. The card below is what started it all. It's from Lisa Addesa over at I'm In Haven.

Here's my supply list:

110# White Card Stock
Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Hearts Set
Stampin' Up! Pretty Thankful Stamps (flowers)
Memento Angel Pink Ink
Memento Rose Red Ink
Memento Love Letter Ink
Memento Pear Tart Ink
Stampin' Up! Real Red Ink
Hero Arts Color Layering Stamp Set (sentiment)
dylusions Stencil Small Bubbles Stencil

Thanks to everyone over at Stamp, Ink, Paper and to Lisa Adessa for providing the inspiration I needed today!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Fun 4 Kids Challenge

I'm so glad I stumbled upon this website, Send A Smile 4 Kids. It's a challenge blog website that focuses on making and collecting cards for kids in hospitals. Karen and her team do an amazing job!

Since my kids are 18 and 21, I don't have a lot of reason to make cards for kids. But since they're so fun to make, this website is a great place to send them, and it's such a great cause too.

This week's challenge is called Winter Fun 4 Kids. Bugaboo Stamps is giving away four of their digi stamps to the winner this week. I went over to their website looking for a snowman, but found this adorable penguin, and it's FREE this week. Yay! I snagged him (he was in a set of 3) and printed him out. The sentiment is my own.

Every Friday Bugaboo Stamps gives away a free digital stamp. Nice! Be sure to check it out and down load it while you can. You never know when you'll need just what they have to offer. Thanks Bugaboo!

So for the rest of this card, I colored it with the Copic Markers seen in the photo. Then I embellished it a little more with Stickles Stardust and Stickles Frosted Lace. (See the little detailed photo on the right.) The background paper is from a Hanukkah page by Photoplay. I added additional snowflakes to it from Lawn Fawn's "Merry Messages" set.

It's my hope that this card, which will most likely be for next year, will go to a boy. I tried hard to keep it from being to girly. Maybe even an older guy would like him too.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Stampin' Up! "Santa's Gifts" Christmas Card

I love this older set from Stampin' Up! because it's a great mix of being both kid-friendly and adult-friendly.

At first it looked a little plain, but adding Stickles Star Dust snowflakes and snow on the ground really helped it look better. (See detailed picture below.)

It's such a simple card, but I like how cheery it looks.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, and if you're reading this in December, have a blessed Christmas!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Coloring Embossed Images with Gel Pens

Inspired by a challenge over at, I came up with the design for this card.

I don't currently have any white craft ink, so I thought I'd color the birch trees with a white gel pen. I love how the scribbled look of the pen mimics actual birch trees. It took a little while to color the whole thing, but it was fun.

This cardinal, from Stampin' Up!'s "Joyful Season" is the smallest bird I have that would fit this theme. I used Memento's "Love Letter" and "Gray Flannel" inks.

The card stock, "Smoky Slate" and "Real Red" is from Stampin' Up! The gel pen is from "Jelly Roll." (I've had this pen for years and was really surprised that it lasted long enough to finish this card. I will definitely buy this brand in the future.)

Here's some detail of the colored birch trees. I think it looks better from a distance.

I really liked doing this technique and plan on trying it again on some different embossed images. But first I need to get more Jelly Roll pens!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!