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!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gold Accents

While at my one of my favorite scrapbook stores I came across this cute gold washi tape and fell in love with it. It adds just the right amount of glitz to a card and it was the springboard to stamping the Stampin' Up! butterflies and flourish in gold in, which I rarely use.

I paired it with this double-sided paper and for a finishing touch made the butterfly dots with Stickles Gold. I love being able to use a glue dot to put on the butterfly and then bend their wings up. It gives a little dimension without extra bulk.


Mojo Monday Challenge #403

Mojo Monday has a great challenge this week, and this is my entry!

I love Verve stamps because they have so many inspirational sayings. This one, "praying for you" is a stand alone stamp that a great addition to any collection. The flower is from a set called Wonderfully Made and colored with Copic Markers. The background on green is stamped with a stamp from the New Mercies Set.

The brown ribbon was a freebie when I bought something on eBay, but I believe it's from Stampin' Up! The card base is Stampin' Up's Calypso Coral.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Peg Stamp Fun!

I came across peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry a few years ago and fell in love. It's really amazing what you can do with these little flowers, leaves, vines and accessories. I usually like to make wreaths, but they make great borders as well, like the one on this card.

The sentiment is from Birthday Chalkboard Greetings by My Favorite Things. In the center of each flower is a dollop of Ranger Stickles in Stardust.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Treats Challenge

I bought this stamp several months ago at a stamp show. It's from Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps. It really caught and yesterday had the perfect opportunity to use it. Over at The Paper Players they have a challenge called Summer Treats.

The sentiment (which I purchased just for using with food) comes from a big set by My Favorite Things titled Sweet Birthday Wishes. The paper is from My Mind's Eye. The three dots are new from Stampin' Up called White Perfect Accents. I've heard you can color them with Sharpies, and I'm looking forward to trying that. Chocolate Chip Card Stock makes an appropriate border color too!

Have a sweet day!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Free Digi Stamp & CAS Challenge

I found this super cute digi stamp on Pinterest for free. I printed it out, resized it then printed a sentiment on the bottom using my computer.

I bought a bunch of "suns" on eBay from a seller for just $2.00. I thought that was cheaper than buying a punch.

For the drops of water and the pool of water at his feet I used Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up! It gives the card just the right amount of dimension.

He's entered in Challenge #66 over at Addicted to CAS. The theme this week is called Splash. Perfect for this cute little guy!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketch on Saturday Night

Earlier this week I was over at Tuesday Morning Sketches admiring their Challenge #305. I had just ordered Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Words and thought that making a tag with that would be perfect for this challenge.

Well my set didn't come until Friday, and I've been super busy since the. But thankfully I was able to make a quick card and get it in for this challenge.

My apologies, as it's not an exact copy of the sketch, but it's pretty close.

The paper is Stampin' Up!'s new Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper. I just fell in love with all the black and white pattern. The ribbon I had laying around in my stash. The ink is just black Memento. The flower brads are from Joelle's.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stamplorations June Challenge #35

This is my first challenge over at Stamplorations. I fell in love with the simple sketch, and made one card quickly using materials I still had out at my desk. Now I want to make some more using this design. I just love it and the possibilities are endless.

For this card I used Everything Eleanor from Stampin' Up! and the sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly. The vine in green is from CTMH (C1252) Abundance Borders. I still thought it looked a little bare, so I added a little Memento Pistachio Ink around the edges.

I really enjoy the inspiration I get from challenges, and I look forward to doing more layouts like this!

New Challenge In Town!

I've been following Justin Krieger on Pinterest, and I just found out he has a new challenge page called Stamp Ink Paper. His first challenge is Getting to Know You, and I've created this card for that challenge.

We were to simply use things we like! So I used Everything Eleanor by Stampin' Up! because I love flowers and flourishes. (I love just about every set that SU makes, but had to start somewhere!) I love framed cards, so I've done a double one here. I love speckled paper (I wish SU still sold that) so I used Speckletone True White Card Stock available at Paper-Papers, along with the matching envelopes. Sometimes t's nice to use card stock with a little interest rather than just white.

My favorite birthday set is from My Sentiments Exactly. It's called Inspirational Birthday Innies & Outies. I love the set because it mentions God, and I make a lot of cards for my church. Not always knowing what to say to someone I don't know, it's nice to have a pre-printed sentiment on the inside. Each set of wishes is in a different font, so I have a lot of variety on hand. I use this set several times a week.

The inks are from Memento, because I love the small teardrop size (similar to the old SU Spots, another product that I wish they would bring back!). I can have 6 open on my small desk and they don't take up much space. The yellow in the flowers are colored with a Copic Marker. The little "brads" are Stamin' Up! Candy Dots.

I don't like to make mistakes, but frequently they make my cards look better. The bird didn't stamp well on his head, so I used a black Sharpie to dot an eye on him. Looking at it now thought, it looks realistic with his head being a little lighter than his body.

Frequently I find that cards don't turn out exactly like I plan in the beginning. After making the whole thing, I felt the sentiment label needed something more, so I added some ink-drawn stitches. Now I wished I had used a dauber around the edges and just made it darker, but it's fine.

Matching envelopes are almost always a part of my stamping too, and this is no exception. Another mistake thought, I stamped this upside down, so it looks a little funny to me, but I'll keep that too!

Lastly, as my blog says, I'm an evening stamper, at least for now. This card was made between midnight and 1:00 a.m. That's my "ahhhh" time.

Usually my posts aren't this long, but it was a fun challenge! I look forward to seeing everyone else's cards and getting to know them better too. And thanks Justin for putting this challenge together!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sunset Surfer

Needing yet another teen guy card for my church mailings, I created this surfer in front of a sunset.

It's done on 100# card stock using Hero Art's Brush Strokes set (although I think you could pull this off with any of the watercolor sets out there, or even hand coloring with a brush.)

The stamp is from Stampin' Up! called Extreme Surfboard.

The sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly. The set it called Inspirational Birthdays Innies & Outies.

Whether they surf or not, I think just about every teen guy would love this one!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Yay Yay Happy Birthday

I was a little intimidated by this set, Stampin' Up!'s Balloon Bash at first, But after using it just one time, I'm hooked. It's so versatile!

I used Memento Inks for this project (because I love the small teardrop shapes). The colors are Teal Zeal, Lilac Posies and Tangelo.

Extra Note: I sure wish Stampin' Up! would bring back the whole line of Stampin' Spots! I loved them!

The Paper Players Challenge #PP249

Once again I'm inspired by a challenge over at The Paper Players! I just loved these three colors when I first saw them. Not having pool party ink, I had to rely on just paper for that color.

The supplies are: DSP from Stampin' Up. Twine from Michaels. Stamp from Hampton Arts. Candy dots are from Stampin' Up! too.

Because of the circle sizes, I had to make this card and A7, a little bigger than usual.

Thanks for a fun challenge, Paper Players!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hippie Happy Birthday

This colorful card started out simple, but with a few matching embellishments took on a "hippie" flair. I stamped CTMH's "It's a Party!" circles onto plain white yardstick using orange, yellow, hot pink and red. The words Happy Birthday are also from CTMH's "A Little Everything." Baker's twine in matching colors is tied around the top and hanging down. The enamel shapes are from Teresa Collins and probably came from Michaels. It's going to be a great teen card for one of the young ladies at church!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fab Friday Challenge #66

I needed a card tonight that was actually an upbeat sympathy card. Sometimes challenges help me get through the difficult task of making such a card. That's the case tonight. I hopped over to Fab Friday and took their Challenge #66. The card stock is actually a patterned paper that's heavy enough to use as a card base. For the words I used Stampin' Up!'s En Francais, and stamped them right on the paper. The rectangle and circle are from Stampin' Up's All Abloom pack. The butterfly stamp is from SU! and the paper for that is from K & Company. The twine is just from Michaels. The rhinestones are from K & Company as well.

I love this card, and hopefully it will bring a little bit of joy to a sad situation.

One Little Sequin

Just when I thought I'd never use a sequin on a card I made (I got these from stamp class and didn't buy them) it came in really handy as the dot on the "i" of this card. Now, the more I use them the more they grow on me. It gives it just a little sparkle, making this card a little more special.

The sentiment is from "Chalkboard Greetings" by My Favorite Things, and the patterned paper is from "Simple Stories" and is called "Homespun, Item #3807, Happy Family." (I just love that name!)

Sticker, Twine, & Patterned Paper Card

Still plodding along with my Dad's 80 birthday cards, I relied on a 3-D sticker again. It's from K & Company and the set is just called "Dad." This time I just happened to have some starred paper on hand, and it matches perfectly. 

I've been seeing other stampers using curled twine on their cards, and I love the look. The twine and the edges of the card are actually Night of Navy, which really sets the card off. 

Extreme Guy Card

Here's a simple card for one of the young guys at my church. I started with a speckled white paper from paper-papers.com and used Stampin' Up!'s Extreme Skateboard in the corner. I embossed a piece of gray card stock and added a strip of black to give it some transition. The sentiment is from CTMH Happy Birthday (C1257). Simple to make, yet perfect for a teen guy!

Rockin' Birthday

Here's a card I made just for one of the teen guys at church. Our Daily Bread has a great line of stamps that I love, but this set, called Rock Star really surprised me. It's not what I expected from them, but perfect for what I need.

I made it on gray paper using various purple inks from Memento. The grunge background is from Hero Arts called Brush Strokes.

Masculine Medallion

Still on the quest to make 80 birthday cards for my Dad, I came across a medallion from Inkadinkadoo that seemed regal in nature. I simply stamped it in black. (Looking now I wish I had put a decorative brad in the middle.)

And I cheated once again by using a sticker from The Paper Studio instead of a stamp for the sentiment.

Black and red seem like a great masculine pair too.

It was quick and easy, and I love the look. Hope Dad will too!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dad's Tie

I'm in the process of making 80 cards for my Dad's 80th birthday this summer. Whew! It sounded like a good idea when I first started. To help me not need 80 "Dad" stamps, I'm relying on stickers too. This tie came from a set called #1 Dad from Jolee's Boutique.

To make it look like it's on a shirt, I just cut a slit down the front of a sheet of striped paper and folded the edges back. I intentionally placed the hand-cut pocket off center from the other stripes so it would be more noticeable.

Cute results, but little effort. With many cards to make, I need that sometimes!

Not too Feminine Birthday

Flowers are my favorite! And for this card I wanted a little more of a less feminine touch. I chose yellow for the Stampin' Up Field Flowers, and paired it with a simple brown and white striped paper. To give it a finished look, I ran a strip of brown card stock along the edge.

I love how simple and easy it was to make!

Grungy Guy Card

Making birthday cards for teen guys is really hard! I lucked out when I found this patterned paper at one of my favorite scrapbook stores nearby. Its called "Loud" from the Off The Wall Collection by Kaisercraft. Both patterns are from the same sheet, just reverse sides.

For just .99 cents I was able to make a patterned envelope and three cards.

The word "celebrate" is from the CTMH set called "Happy Birthday (C1257). The splatter next to it is from Hero Arts "Brushstrokes." I used Spellbinders "Ribbon Tag Trio Two" for the tag and just used black embossed paper (rather than ribbon) to thread it through.

Nacho Average Challenge #145 (Part 2)

I always try to make two cards when I'm making one, so I stayed on topic for the Nacho Challenge and came up with a different, but similar idea.

Again, the paper is from K & Company. The greeting is from Avery Elle's Party Animal set. (Adorable set by the way!)

The gray flower is from Prima Marketing. It came in a set with several other brown flowers. I never thought I'd use this gray one, but it sure came in handy.

I hope this makes some birthday girl happy!

Nacho Average Challenge #145

I love simple cards, or at least starting simple, then I can go from there. This challenge has just that, leave it simple, or ramp it up.

This card was made using Stampin' Up!'s Petite Petals and coordinating punch-so easy! Various pinks and purples set each flower apart. The sentiment is from CTMH called Words of Comfort. I love that set. It has just the right thing to say for every difficult situation.

The patterned paper is from K & Company from a pad called Lily Ashbury.

The Nacho Average Challenge page can be found here. I always find that I create something different than usual when I do a challenge. It helps me break out of my typical routine.