Monday, December 10, 2018

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #383

I am so excited to have stumbled across this challenge blog this week! I love making the most of the supplies that I have on hand, and I love how this challenge encourages me to do just that!

My hubby asked for a card for a coworker today, and of course, it was a guy. Guy cards are always a little harder to make, but when I saw that this week's challenge #383 was Happy Birthday Dude, I knew it was time to get started.

This card is made using the following supplies:

Taylored Expressions "Big Delivery"
Stampin' Up! Balmy Blue Card Stock
Copic's C1, B24, W5, C5, B97
Misc. Greens for Grass
Black Card Stock for "Road"
Distress Oxide Antique Linen Ink
Hand-Cut "Cloud Line"

Here's a closeup of the detail.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and thanks so much to everyone over at "Shopping Our Stash" for a great challenge!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Color Throwdown Challenge #511

This great stamp set, "Feathers & Frost" just arrived today and I was so excited to use it, but I really needed some inspiration. It came from a challenge over at Color Throwdown, CTD511.

The colors listed to use are pink, peach, berry red and green. For my card here I used Copic Markers in G94, R35, YR12 and R20. I also used Garden Green Ink, Poppy Parade Ink & Card Stock and Perfect Peach Card Stock.

I especially love the sentiment on this card. It's perfect when you want to send a Christmas Card. But if you leave off the bottom two lines, you can use it anytime!

I cut the legs off of the birds so I could cut them out and pop them up with SU! Dimensionals.

It was really fun being inspired today by the good folks over at Color Throwdown.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Petal Flower Cards

I just finished getting ready for my card making class that I teach every Wednesday night at my church. I think the girls will really like making these cards because each one of the petals is individually stamped and cut out, so they can use any color they like.

The set from Technique Tuesday is an oldie from 2006 called "Loves Me Still." It's a fun set that I really like using from time to time.

I know that there some other "petal" stamps that will work just as well.

The buttons are glued in with Crystal Effects.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Welcome to Our Church" Card

We just got a new associate pastor at church and I wanted to make him a card. Not having a stamp, I found this cute digital stamp over at Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps. I colored it in using the following Copic Markers:

Church: C00
Roof: C5
Stained Glass: Y15, YG06, B24, R29
Door: E15
Grass: YG03
Tree Trunk: E37
Bushes: YG03, YG67
Bare Tree: E15
Sky: B000

For the sentiment I used Paper Smooches Welcome Wagon stamp set and die.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a blessed day!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Two Challenges for Waterfront

Tonight's card features the Stampin' Up!'s "Waterfront" stamp set. And although over at Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #138 they asked us to use our favorite set, and this is the first time I'm using this, I know that it's going to be a favorite! I love the versatility of it. It can be a beach or mountain scene, and it's perfect for a guy card too.

My inspiration for the layout came from Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge #283.

In addition to that stamp set, my supply list is:

Memento Summer Sky Ink
Memento Toffee Crunch Ink
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Memento Desert Sand Ink
Memento Dandelion Ink
Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink
Stampin' Up! Watermelon Wonder Ink
Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise Ink
Patterned Papers from Jen Hadfield and Peebles

Thanks to both of these great challenges for the inspiration, and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

My "Kinda Eclectic" Dotty Background

Tonight's card was made especially for two challenges: Retro Rubber's  Challenge 80: "We're Dotty for You" and Simon Says Stamp's "Make Your Own Background."

Here's my supply list:

Stampin' Up!'s "Kinda Eclectic" Stamp Set (2014)
Memento Dandelion Ink
Memento Pear Tart Ink
Memento Tangelo Ink
Memento Lady Bug Ink
Memento Lilac Posies Ink
Memento Bahama Blue Ink
Memento Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise Card Stock
Black Card Stock
White Card Stock
Sequin from Walmart

Thanks so much to both of these challenge blogs for helping me create something new and different tonight!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Send A Smile Teen Challenge

Today's card is made especially for a teen guy. Send A Smile 4 Kids sends out lots of cards and has great challenges . Teen guy cards have a special place in my heart since I think they must be the ones that are submitted the least.

This card is made with Stampin' Up!'s "Epic Celebrations" set. It's stamped on Crumb Cake card stock and colored with Copics. The card base is Soft Suede card stock.

It's my hope that this card will brighten a guys day!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Little Super Hero Card

This little card was made for a little super hero that I heard needed cards as she recovered from a hospital visit.

I used Darcie’s “Super Day” stamp set for the girl and sentiment and and Stampin’ Up’s “Everyday Hero” for the red designs (what are they called anyway!?) around the edges. It’s colored with various Copics.

I really hope this brings a lot of cheer to the little hero this week!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Michelle Perkett's Birthday Cupcake

Today was cleaning day, and while digging through an old box of photos I came across this cupcake that I had colored a long time ago. I bought the digital image from a wonderful designer named Michelle Perkett. I couldn't find this cupcake for sale any more, and her Etsy shop only has one item in it. :(

Cherishing this even more now that her work is scarce, I finished this card today. I used various Copics and patterned paper to make the cupcake pop and finished it off with Star Dust Stickles for the center of each flower. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps.

I sure hope I can find more of her wonderful work again soon!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a blessed day!

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Paper Players Color Challenge (PP380)

I'm getting this challenge in with just minutes to go before the deadline. While organizing a lot of blog challenges on my blog, I stumbled across this color challenge from The Paper Players and fell in love with it! Problem was, having to go to work this morning. (And I need to keep doing that to keep buying stamping supplies!)

I chose to do the sneakers in red because my daughter used to wear red Converse sneakers as a Dr. Who fan. I actually used two shades of craft paper to give the card a more interesting look. Here's my complete supply list:

Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake card stock & ink
Misc. darker craft card stock
Stampin' Up! Real Red card stock & ink
Misc. dotted embossed card stock
Versa Mark Ink
Deep Red Sneakers Stamp
Hero Arts CL342 (sentiment)
Stampin' Up! Background Stamp
Stampin' Up! Brads

I really enjoyed making this card because it's always a challenge making guy cards, and these colors seem to be a good match.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and have a blessed day!

Stampin' Up! Only Challenge 194: Case a Card

Once again a challenge has encouraged me to take a closer look at designs and create a card that I otherwise would have surely missed out on making.

In today's challenge over at Stampin' Up! Only Challenges we are encouraged to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) a card from one of the three current SU! catalogs.

I noticed on page 150 of the annual catalog that the set "Sheltering Tree" is done with embossed white, not green, leaves. I thought that was a really cool idea, so that's what I did. I left out some of the other elements there so the tree would be the focal point.

My supply list is:

*Pool Party Reinker
*Marina Mist Reinker
*Soft Sky Reinker
*Pear Pizzaz Reinker
*Soft Suede Ink
*Pear Pizzaz Ink
*White Embossing Powder
Versa Mark Ink
*Watercolor Paper
*Marina Mist Card Stock

Theirs is on a bag, but a card was real easy to make too. I love how the embossing looks. (Why didn't I think of that!?)

I'll have to look through the catalogs more closely to find other cards that I can case. I feel like I've been missing so much!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and have a blessed day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Masculine Sponged Birthday Card

This card is a result of goofing up a YouTube video and trying something different. Sometimes mistakes lead us to better places!

I had a lot of fun making this, and although the shading isn't as nicely transitioned as so many other cards, I like the ruggedness of this one. After creating the background I thought it would make a nice guy birthday card.

Using assorted colors of ink, I stamped the words using Stampin' Up!'s "Layered Letters." (As a note, there is no apostrophe in the set, so I cut the @ symbol to make one since I thought I'd never use it.)

Lastly I sponged the edges with Night Of Navy ink and added some stars from a very old Stampin' Up! Set called "Starstruck."

Even when our cards aren't perfect, getting experience (and relaxing by creating something fun) is what crafting is all about.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a blessed day!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Amazing Painted Petals

This card uses Stampin’ Up!’s “Painted Petals” set with Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, Perfect Peach and Old Olive inks.

The circles and scallops are cut with dies from Spellbinders.

That’s it! So simple!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Super Fast Punched Petals Card

This set, Petite Petals from Stampin’ Up! and coordinating punch has been around for a while, but it’s still one of my favorites. It’s so easy to throw together a nice card in very little time.

For the flowers, I colored them in with the following Copics: R81, B91, R22, BV01, YR12 and Y15.

Thanks for stopping by my blogtoday! Blessings!

Heart Happiness Anniversary Card

I’m kinda done with Valentine’s Day, although I still have a couple more cards to make. But I couldn’t resist playing with this new Stampin’ Up Set called “Heart Happiness.” I just loved coloring this with various Tombow markers, and after I was done it looked more like an anniversary card.

The sentiment is from one of my favorite sets called “Everyday Sayings” from Hero Arts.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: It Must Be Love

This card was made especially for the title challenge over at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge.

In addition to "Love" as a theme, the spotlight is on their brand of products, and I used two of them on this card:

-SSS "Mosaic Heart" Stencil
-SSS "Loving Heart" Stamp Set

I just really love that sentiment!

Anyway, for the rest of the card, I used:

-Papertrey's Hibiscus Burst Card Stock
-Stampin' Up!'s Real Red Ink
-Papertrey's Hibiscus Burst Ink
-Memento's Angel Pink Ink
-White Embossing Powder
-White Gel Pen
-Gemstones from The Paper Sutdio

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sharing God's Love with "Painted with Love" Valentine's Day Cards

I fell in love with Stampin' Up!'s "Painted with Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper. When it arrived I knew I wanted to make a set of 10 cards that I hope can be used at my church to tell others that God loves them and that they love them too. (I'm still waiting to hear if the church will let me put the display in the lobby.)

Each card shares hope and love, and are designed more as "friendship" cards than actual Valentine's Day cards.

But who loves us more than God, and this year I wanted to focus on that. It's my hope that these cards will travel far and wide reminding the recipients of that fact!

I made a quick blog post for each of them, so if you're interested in any of the details. They may not be in the exact order pictured, but here are the individual posts. They are:

Card #1
Card #2
Card #3
Card #4
Card #5
Card #6
Card #7
Card #8
Card #9
Card #10

The rack is actually a postcard rack from Clear Solutions in Hinsdale, NH. It's perfect for two of each card with envelopes, but putting four in each slot is a little tight. Still I think it will work fine for this project. Hopefully they won't be in there long at all.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #10

My last card in this set is my favorite. It not only uses the DSP, but also the set "Sure Do Love You."

I layered the DSP on gold paper then on Rich Razzleberry card stock.

The stamp set is "Sure Do Love You" from Stampin' Up! The little sentiment "God Love You" is from Inkadinkadoo.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #9

My ninth card is super simple. It's a DSP background with Stampin' Up!'s Love Mini Tinsel. The sentiment is from Stampabilities (Hobby Lobby) and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

Thanks for checking out this post!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #8

The eighth card in this set is a simple card using the DSP with a cut out of a heart revealing the card stock underneath. The stamped words and die cut out "Prayers" is from Hero Arts.

The gold heart is a cut out from an old SU! die using generic glitter paper from Michaels.

Thanks for checking out this post!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #7

Card #7 is a simple card using the DSP again with the Love Mini Tinsel in gold. The die cut hearts are gold foil from Michaels and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things and is called Cheerful Blessings.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #6

This card uses two sides of the DSP and is accented with a foil doily and Mini Tinsel also from SU! the sentiment is a loose stamp from Stampin' Up! (1994) that I must have bought on eBay.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #5

Card #5 in this set not only uses the DSP but the "Gold Glitter Flakes" too. (They're fun, but I'm still seeing them around the carpet one week later! I must learn to use glitter more neatly.)

The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread's "God Loves You" set. The Scribble Heart is from Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #4

This is my first "shaker card" and I can't believe it took so long to make one!

This is my fourth card using Stampin' Up!'s "Painted with Love" DSP.

The clear acetate paper for the shaker part is from SU! too. The sequins are from Walmart. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #3

Here's my third card using Stampin' Up!'s "Painted with Love" DSP.

The hearts are cut out using an older SU! set of dies. The "Love and Hugs" sentiment is from CTMH.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #2

This is card 2 of 10 that I made using Stampin' Up!'s "Painted with Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper. I also used the "Love Mini Tinsel Trim" in both the gold and Powder Pink. The hearts are die cut using generic glitter paper from Michaels.

The sentiment, called "Warm Fuzzies Sentiments from Impression Obsession, is embossed in gold on Rich Razzleberry card stock.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "Painted with Love" Valentine #1

This card 1 of 10 that I made using Stampin' Up!'s "Painted With Love" DSP.

The sentiment is called "God Is For You" from Sweet & Sassy Stamps.

This was my first time using a stencil with embossing paste and I loved it! This Mosaic Heart Stencil is from Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Cards

My wonderful demonstrator, Liz Kuhns, sent me these two cards from Stampin' Up!'s 2018 Occasions catalog. 

The set is called Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack, and for $10.00, seems like a really good deal. I usually don't use too many pre-printed images, but I really like them! It was so quick and easy to color them with Copics, add a sentiment, mat them and bam, I have two cards!

The card stock background for both is Basic Black, Perfect Peach and the DSP is "Everyday Chic" which is now discontinued, but any black and white pattern will give the same look.

So that's it! Super easy! Thanks Liz!

And thank you for stopping by my blog, and have a blessed day!

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!