Thursday, December 31, 2015

Handmade Gift-Sized Card Set

A while back I made these cute mini cards to attach to my hand knit items. They make great gifts for knitters and crocheters. The cool thing about these is that they aren't stamped, but computer generated. This makes it easy to create custom work, like putting the crafter's name on the front. The matching envelopes are my favorites!

Christmas or Valentine's Day?

Since watercoloring has become so popular, I wanted to give it a try this past Christmas. Digging through my stamps, I found this sentiment from Verve Stamps. I love it's meaning, so I painted a heart to go with it.

The result? A valentine's day card! I uploaded it to a card making forum on Facebook and got about 75% saying it wasn't Christmasy enough. However 25% loved it.

Next year I plan to make it look more Christmasy by adding gold and green somehow. I still love my card, perhaps I can send it to someone this February!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Blushing Birthday Blossoms

I had the chance to use a few items from my stash on this one. Here's the supply list:

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set
Sizzix Ornate Labels
SU! Pear Pizzaz Card Stock
White Card Stock
Embossing Folder
SU! Blushing Bride Ribbon
SU! Blushing Bride Ink
SU! Pink Pirouette Ink
SU! Pear Pizzaz Ink
SU! Rose Red Ink
SU! Papillon Potpourri
Copic Y00 Marker
SU! Flower Punch
SU! Butterfly Punch

Thanks for stopping by today!

Spring Girl's Birthday (From A Free Digi Stamp!)

Sometimes I forget the things I pin, and this was no exception. I found this image somewhere on Pinterest, but just now got around to printing it out and using it.

Here's the link to my Pinterest Page with it:

I finished it up with Copic Markers, Stickles, Patterned Paper, Card Stock and Butterfly Punches (SU!).

Monday, December 28, 2015

Feminine Birthday

This card was pretty quick and simple to make. I started with an embossing folder from Darice and slid ink pads over it to give the impression some color. I stamped the image with Stampin' Up!'s "Because I Care" set. The ink is Memento's Elderberry and Northern Pine. The card stock is Stampin' Up!'s Perfect Plum and Bazzill's Holly. The middle of each flower is dotted with Stickles.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Layered Letters Blessing

I bought this set with the intention of making custom birthday cards, but quickly realized that it is so versatile.

For this generic card for my church, I took the word "Blessings" and put it on 3 lines.

The card stock is Stampin' Up! Mint Macaron and Baked Brown Sugar.

DSP from SU too.

Twine from Michael's.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Colorful Birthday

I saw this technique in the latest Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog. They embossed a white paper then daubed over it in a camo-like pattern. I loved the technique and copied it using the supplies I have on hand. Here's what I used, but with this technique, anything goes:

110# White Card Stock
Embossing Folder
Island Indigo Card Stock
Island Indigo Ink
Daffodil Delight Ink
Watermelon Wonder Ink
Crystal Stickles
Yellow Shimmer Paper
Teal Glitter Paper
CTMH B1417 Perfect Fit Birthday Occasions
Stampin' Up! Star Dies
Yellow Ribbon

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Masculine Honeycomb Birthday

This super-easy card was made with Stampin' Up! DSP, and the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set "Endless Birthday Wishes."  I love the paper, and it makes quick cards so easy!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Old-Fashioned Sympathy

I loved this stamp, from Eclectic Marketplace, when I first saw it at my local scrapbook store. Paired with some background flowers, a brown scallop, antique paper lace doily it makes a perfect sympathy card. The misc. accessories are from Michaels. I especially love the butterfly paperclip!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Coral Crazed Birthday Wishes

Calypso Coral is one of my favorite colors, but until now I never thought about pairing it with Cajun Craze. But that worked out well when I did it with this card.

The stamp set is Flower Fancy from Stampin' Up!

The doilies is a yard sale find from the 1950's.

I'll surely have to keep this great combo in mind the future.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pretty Thankful for Christmas

Keeping up with the birthday cards I make for my church kept me from doing Christmas cards this year, but I was able to do some Christmas "thank you" cards.

From the first time I saw this set I fell in love with it's simplicity. The set is called "Pretty Thankful" from Stampin' Up! It comes with cute little flowers too, but I wanted to keep it on the masculine side, so I left them off.

I used some red raffia instead of the bow stamp that came with the set, again to keep it from looking too frilly.

The card stock is Cherry Cobbler and the DSP is from Stampin' Up! as well.

Poppy Birthday

I used Verve's Poppy Birthday Stamp Set.

The flowers are done in SU Watermelon Wonder, first by stamping off the flower then using full color on the circles.

The sentiment is also in Watermelon. Garden Green was used for the leaves. Daffodil Delight was used for the little dots.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pals Paper Arts Challenge PPA280

Tonight I needed some inspiration, and Pals Paper Arts sketch PPA280 was just what I needed to finally pull out this Stampin' Up! set called By The Tide. It's a perfect set for masculine cards.

The colors used are Pear Pizzaz, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar.

Thanks, Pals Paper Arts, for the inspiration I needed tonight!

Bicycle Birthday

I can't remember the name of this stamp-I picked it up at a show, and even after googling it's still a mystery. But bicycle stamps are abundant now, and paired with die cut grass and sun, they make great birthday cards!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Felt Sticker Cards

As much as I love stamping, sometimes I can't resist something like these felt owls. I think I picked them up at Walmart while grocery shopping one day. I paired him with Stampin' Up!'s DSP and Early Espresso card stock to make this super-easy card for a young person at church.

Label Love Birthday

Using the colors of the plaid as a starting point, I created this card using Stampin' Up!'s Label Love Set and coordinating die. The twine is from Michaels.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Burlap Birthday Blossoms

I made this card using Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Blossoms and the coordinating punch. The background burlap is from a wide strip of ribbon that I cut down. The twine is from Michael's. Any generic sentiment will do, but mine in from the Poppy Birthday set from Verve Stamps.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Watercolor and Stamping

Always needing masculine stamps to make birthday cards, I found this great set on Amazon.

The set it called Geometric Leaves from Woodware Craft Collection out of the UK.

At first I was a little disappointed because the stamp wasn't as clear as I had hoped. So I decided to watercolor underneath it to give it a more rustic feel.

All things considered, I really do like it now, and I'm looking forward to using it again soon.

The sentiment is from MSE's set called Birthday Innies & Outies.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fab Friday Challenge 74

What I love most about challenges is that they force me to do things I never would do. And this is no exception.

Today's challenge is from Fab Friday 74.

I've had this paper in my stash for a while, but haven't used it. After seeing the sketch, I knew today was the day.

It was such a simple card to make, but thanks to a great paper company, the finished product is great.

Here's my supply list:

Webster's Pages Reversible Beautiful Chic Paper in Stepping Out (both sheets)

Cream 110# Card Stock

Martha Stewart Stickers in Vintage Girl Gift Box

Verve Stamp Poppy Birthday

Papertrey Card Stock in Hibiscus Burst

Papertrey Ink in Hibiscus Burst

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Friday Mashup! FM228 Challenge

The Friday Mashup challenge this week was to use a silhouette and/or use a background filled with a coloring technique. For this card I chose both!

The background is made my simply made by adding a drop of ink to a little water and brushing it one with a fan style brush. Then I added another drop to make the water darker and did the same technique over the lighter one. My hairdryer made it a lot easier to dry the ink quickly and keep working on my project.

Here's my card, which will go to a young guy at my church:

My supply list is:

Stampin' Up! Soft Sky Card Stock

Stampin' Up! Extreme Surfboard

Stampin' Up! Espresso Truffle Ink

Stampin' Up! Espresso Truffle Paper

Memento Ink in Bahama Breeze

Misc. torn paper

Goosebumps Spray

 Thanks, Friday Mashup! for helping me create something that is a little different from my usual work!

Sweet Sunday Sketch #289

Sweet Sunday's Sketch Challenge #289 has the following sketch this week. I love the simple design that gives so much room for my imagination to work. I had to flip the card to get the sentiment and heart to fit, but followed pretty closely other than that.

Here's my supply list:

K & Company Patterned Paper "Lily Ashbury"
Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi Paper
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Paper
White Card Stock
Memento Ink in Ladybug (heart)
Stampin' Up! Ink in Rose Red (sentiment)
Stampin' Up! White Perfect Accents
Adhesive Dimensionals (Michaels)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lighthouse Card Challenge

This card challenge came at another perfect time-my husband asked just this week if I could make a card for a co-worker's birthday. The challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges was to use a lighthouse in honor of National Lighthouse Day, which was on August 7.

Since I didn't have a lighthouse stamp, I chose a digital one over at Cornish Heritage Farms. I really need to spend some more time at their site checking out more of their great of their digis, especially since I just bought even more Copics!

After coloring the image, I cut it and mounted it on Cherry Cobbler CS, then Tip Top Taupe CS, then on black. The diamond design down the side is a die cut from Sizzix Border Set #559200.

It still looked a little bare, so I added the small dots using SU! Background Basics. The sentiment is from CTMH.

My hubby really liked the card, and hopefully the recipient will too!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Balloon Birthday

This card was made using Stampin' Up Balloon Framelits to cut the balloon and the bow. The DSP is also from SU! The sentiment is Endless Birthday Wishes from SU! The ink colors are Night of Navy and Calypso Coral.

The twine for the string is from Michaels. The sequins are from Walmart (only .50 cents too).

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #279

Last night's card was made for the following Sweet Sunday Sketch #279. I loved the round shape to highlight the focal point, and the banner is perfect for a sentiment.

The only trouble I had was that I knew I wanted to use a doily, but that a whole one wouldn't fit on an A2 card, so I cut it in half.

The DSP is from Stampin' Up!'s Pretty Petals. The card stock colors are Wild Wasabi and black. The flowers are from a set called Poppy Birthday from Verve. Also from that set are the little dots on the background. The sentiment is on a hand-cut banner using Stampin' Up's Endless Birthday Wishes stamped in black. The ink for the poppies is Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride.

Thanks, Sweet Sunday, for another round of inspiration!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Circle Punch Rainbow Card

I created this card using a 1 1/4 inch circle punch and Stampin' Up! paper, with one exception.

The colors are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mamba, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and now the exception, Bazzill Easter Grass, and Tempting Turquoise.

The font is from Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words, stamped in Memento Rose Red, which pretty much matches Melon Mamba.

It's a fun and easy card that can be used with many color schemes. I'm thinking of making one in blues and another in browns for masculine birthday cards.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Two Challenges In One!

This is my first attempt at making one card for two challenges!

The challenge #68 over at Addicted to CAS was to use chevrons. And while I don't have a chevron stamp, this paper was perfect.

The second,  Challenge #134 over at CAS Colours and Sketches was the following sketch, which I just love:

The paper for the flower is all Stampin' Up! The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Sweet Birthday set. The die set is Sizzix #557690 called Flower Layers and Leaves.

And the sequins were a great deal at fifty cents for a whole little bag from Walmart.

Thanks to both CAS Colours and Sketches and Addicted to CAS for a two great challenges! You really keep the creativity flowing!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch 278

I just love the sketch that Sweet Sunday gave us for challenge 278. I think it's the versatility of the round element on the top. So many possibilities!

Here's my supply list:

Stampin' Up Kinda Eclectic
Unity Devoted Stamp Set
Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango
Stampin' Up! Basic Black
Stampin' Up! DSP Everyday Chic
Memento Ink Morocco
Memento Ink Black
Copics YR04, YR15, YR18

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fab Friday Challenge 68

Over at Fab Friday the challenge this week was to use the following sketch:

I knew I had just the right flower, but I had to make the card a little bigger than usual to fit it all in. I made this one an A6, which is 4.5 x 6.5, perfect for a card for a really special friend. The supplies I used are:

SU! Soft Suede Card Stock
SU! Early Espresso Card Stock
Paper-Papers Speckled Card Stock
SU! Hardwood Background Stamp
MFT Chalkboard Greetings
1950's Doily (Yard Sale Find)
Misc. Flower (from Michael's)
Mini Flowers (from Hobby Lobby)

Thanks, Fab Friday for inspiring me to make the following creation, and having to use my envelope maker for this larger card will make mailing this extra special!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nacho Average Challenge #149

Some much-needed inspiration came from Nacho Average Challenge Blog today. Their Challenge #149 provided the following sketch:

I started with the ribbon because I don't have a great selection on hand. When I found the black grosgrain I knew it would be perfect with my new Stampin' Up! Everyday Chic DSP.

The stamp is from SU Nature's Perfection. All other items are Stampin' Up! too!

Thanks Nachos for another great challenge!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quick & Easy Anniversary Card

Needing an anniversary card quickly, I didn't have time to buy a cool stamp, so I went looking for a digital one and came across these adorable sheep from this etsy site.

I downloaded it and added my own sentiment then colored it with Copics.

It's amazing to think that I can buy a graphic from someone in Bulgaria and within an hour I can have a card in the mail to my parents!

Verve Birthday Poppies

Here's a card I just made with a great Verve set called Poppy Birthday. I love puns, so the title of this really appealed to me, but more than that, I really love this set. The sentiment is just one of several from the same set.

I used Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Baked Brown Sugar inks. The papers are miscellaneous pieces from my stash. I love how the gold really sets off the card too. I just stumbled upon that one.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Saying Goodbye To Operation Write Home

Today I'm mailing my last batch of cards off to Operation Write Home. It's really a good thing that they aren't needing as many cards anymore because fewer of our service men and women are deployed. Still, it was great to have them as an organization to send card to, and they really appreciated them.

This patriotic one is made from Stampin' Up!'s Painted Petals, and the sentiment if from OWH's line in Hero Arts.

I really love the look of this one, and am hoping that someone, somewhere will to! Blessings to Sandy as she starts a new chapter in her life!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Gold Sheltering Tree

This design came from my stamp class here in Kenneth City. My demonstrator has such great ideas that I would have never thought about doing. This is one example.

She had us mask off a square using large Post-It notes, then we sponged on a light background and stamped the tree and leaves. After we removed the Post-It notes, it left a framed image that I just love!

We finished it off with twine and sequins. Thanks Dawn, for a great card!

Almost A Challenge

I made this card for a challenge, but just before I was ready to upload it, I realized it was almost exactly like another one in the lineup! Same set, same butterfly. Oh well.

The stamp set is Butterfly Basics from Stampin' Up! It's stamped on 110# card stock from

Next time I'll be more careful before I design a card, but at least I now I have a nice card to send to someone, and that's more important than a challenge anyway!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mojo Monday Challenge 404

This challenge came at a perfect time. Usually all my cards are A2's, just because of habit I suppose. But this week's Tall and Skinny Challenge is perfect because I need to mail a check to my SU demonstrator. And while a check will fit in an A2, the size of this challenge is perfect. The only thing I had to do is make a custom envelope, which I love doing anyway!

To the left is the sketch we were given. Julee suggested taking the circle off the card, which worked perfectly to show off the Stampin' Up! DSP English Garden. Complimenting that is Always Artichoke and Blushing Bride card stock. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set titled Watercolor Words.

I really had a lot of fun with this and like the finished product. Sometimes I can feel some pressure when making a card for my demonstrator, but I think this one is demonstrator-worthy. Thanks for a great challenge Mojo Monday!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #275

This card was made using Avocado Arts Grillin' and Chillin' set. I bought the entire set because of the sentiment "Relax, it's your day." I have so many stamps in which that sentiment is perfect; beach balls, swimming pools, relaxing lakes, palm trees, etc. I found the set on eBay, and now after using the others in this set, it's one of my favorites.

I took the challenge over at Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and came up with this cute card for Challenge #275.

The paper is from My Mind's Eye Hootananny. The images are colored with Copic markers. The frames are made using Stampin' Up's Square Dies.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Flower Fancy Birthday

This simple card gets it's flowers from Stampin' Up!'s Flower Fancy and it's background from Stampin' Up's Hardwood. I punched two holes using a 1/8" punch and tied a piece of raffia. I then mounted it on a piece of brown card stock. Simple, fun and ready to make someone smile!

Celebrate With Circles

Stampin' Up! makes such great Designer Series Papers! I just love the patterns, and this set is no exception. All the circles were punched out of SU's Birthday Bash DSP and the sentiment is from Chalkboard Greetings from My Favorite Things.

It's being mailed in a clear envelope too!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Old Fashioned Dad's Birthday

This stamp came from a favorite scrapbook store of mine. I wasn't sure exactly what I'd use it for, but when I needed a special birthday card for my Dad, it was perfect. The stamp has a sticker on it that says Eclectic Marketplace, but I'm not able to locate a website for it.

I love the look of these vintage cards, and know my Dad will too!

Quicker with Stickers Card

Stickers have come a long way since I started paper crafting years ago.
And sometimes when you need a card quickly, they are perfect to use.

This one comes from a company called Pebbles. I bought this set not knowing what to do with it, but thought it was so pretty.

The burlap bag hand the word "Hello" on it, but because I need mostly birthday cards, I stamped Happy Birthday then punched it with SU Word Window Punch and adhered it with dimensionals to cover the original saying.

This took just a few minutes and will certainly brighten someone's day!