Sunday, August 12, 2018

So, Where've You Been, Kayla?

It's crazy how you blink and almost 2 years have gone by!  I have no exciting story about my time away...just that life happens.  I lost my job that allowed me to work from home, and when I found a new job, it is 45 minutes away (with no traffic) and on a super busy road.  It has taken me some time to adjust to losing more than 10 hours a week just to driving!!!

And oh how I have missed crafting in these last 2 years!  I hope that I can start incorporating some crafty time into my normal routine again, and since I didn't stop buying craft supplies these past 2 years, I have plenty of new stuff to explore.

I was looking for a way to jump start my crafting mojo this weekend and found the Color Throwdown challenge.

The teal, pink, and grey combo was just what I needed.  I knew immediately that I wanted to use my favorite Distress colors - Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers.  So I stamped the Penny Black On the Lake stamp and dog from the Newton's Nook Furr-ever Friends in SSS Slate ink and then Versamark, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I blended on the Distress Oxide inks and added a banner with a sentiment from the Newton's Nook stamp set.

I didn't intend this to be a pet sympathy card when I started, but as I was looking at the background, it just felt right.  I don't currently have a need for this card, but will be thankful to have it on hand when the need does arise.

I've enjoyed this Color Throwdown, and look forward to the next one!

Have a good day.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop - Let It Snow

I am so pleased to be a guest designer on the OSAT Blog Hop again this month. If you are hopping along, you got to me from Kelly's blog.  Weren't her projects just wonderful!  The theme this month is Let It Snow, and the snowy hills and sledders on these projects are just so fun!  I sure do wish that I could see that much snow...but then again, not really.  Snow is pretty for a day, but then it is just a mess down here in the South.

I started with the awesome blue swirly snow background paper from my local scrapbook store, and then added a couple of snowy hills using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.  The cute little sledder is from Impression Obsession Die108-F, and he (or she) looks to be having so much fun in the snow.

For my project this month, I decided to make a matching gift tag, using the same elements and the retired Simon Says Stamp Large Tags die.  The sledder just fits perfectly on this tag, and I can't wait to use this set at Christmas!

Blog Roll:
Anna Smith
Melissa Davies
Wynne Grob Kim Smith Kelly Acheson Kayla McGinnis - You are here! Marisa Gunn Maria Willis Renee Ondrajka Tina Rackley Riddle Megan Thompson Sara Levin Jeanna Bohanon
Rick Adkins
Lori Mueller Andrea Tracy-Tucker Pam Staples Justin Krieger

Have a good day.

PS - This would be an awesome card to use as a template for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  As a matter of fact, I plan to make more of these cards and get them in the mail soon!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Leafy Thanks - CYCI #140

If you haven't heard, Can You Case It is back!!  I'm so excited to once again be part of the team and do these challenges.  It is going to be an exciting time!  For my card on this challenge, I used the Carta Bella Crisp Autumn stencil with some white pigment ink and then the Tim Holtz Distress inks were stenciled just slightly off center from the white.  I then made the focal point with the stamp and die set from the Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero Kit (which is sold out).  Hero Arts has their next My Monthly Hero Kit going on sale tomorrow (11/7/2016), if you want to get in on that action.

Please note that you now have 2 weeks to participate in the CYCI challenges, and I hope to see you play along with us!

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween House

For my final project in celebration of All Hallows' Eve (or Halloween as most people call it) is all about the haunted house!

My card started with the two Impression Obsession border dies that I have been 'dying' (ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha) to use.  I added the Recollections house stamp on the card base, and Distress inked the background after I used a liquid mask to protect the moon and windows.  The liquid mask didn't come off the moon perfectly, but I think it added to the 'moon-ness.'  The border dies were getting a little lost in all the black, so I highlighted them with white, yellow, and then silver pigment inks.  And I finished off the card with a sentiment and some Nuvo drops.

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spooktacular Bats

I'm back to the Halloween Series today, with a batty, batty background.

I really love this background.  It simply amazes me what Distress Ink can do! I started by blending Carved Pumpkin, Seedless Preserves, and Black Soot Distress Inks onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper.  Then I stamped the Hero Arts Bat Background stamp with Versafine Ink to give this card a statement. The haunted house and pumpkin are from the Impression Obsession Halloween Set that I have used several times in this series. The Rolling Hills and Farm Fence are by Taylored Expressions, and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set.

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Falling Leaves

I took a step away from my Halloween series to make a Fall card today.  I want to start by saying that I love autumn! It is absolutely my favorite time of the year! I love sweaters, boots, soup, football, falling leaves, crisp cool air, and every single thing about it!

As I have said before, I live in South Carolina, and we typically have long, hot summers. Well this year was no different. But it hasn't just been a long, hot summer, but a long and hot year! I had the air conditioner on for a Christmas Eve get together last December, and it broke, leaving us sweating while celebrating the wondrous winter holiday. So now that the temperatures are FINALLY starting to dip, I am in a mood to celebrate....with a Falling Leaves Shaker Card!

One of my favorite things about fall is the colors. I love changing leaves, the home decor, and orange (Go Tigers!)! So with changing leaves as my inspiration, I created this shaker card, and absolutely fell in love! I started by die cutting the tree from the Darice Tree die that I found at Consumer Crafts. This is a steal of a die at less than $9, so I wasn't expecting the best cut ever...but boy was I wrong! It cuts like butter!

Then to add the important part of a Falling Leaves Shaker Card, I distress inked a piece paper with Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Vintage Photo inks. Then I used the Impression Obsession Die201-K (Oak Leaves and Rake) to cut the leaves out.  After layering the foam tape, I placed each leaf in the shaker, and due to the thickness, they don't turn over!  I glued a few of them in place on the tree, and finished off the card with a sentiment.

Other product used:
Tumbled Glass Distress ink
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles Stackables
MFT Fishtail Flags Stax

Have a good day.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop - Oh My Pumpkins and Pie

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest designer on the OSAT Blog Hop this month. If you are hopping along, you got to me from Wynne's blog, and I'm sure you loved her projects as much as I do!  The theme this month is Oh My Pumpkins and Pie, and of course that sent me right down the path of Autumn and Thanksgiving.

I started by making a super cute pumpkin wreath card using some products from Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp.  That Hero Arts Wreath die is simply perfection, and I have been wanting to find the perfect occasion to use the SSS Stitched Pumpkins dies for a while. After white heat embossing the sentiment, I realized that the background definitely needed a little something to finish the card off. Luckily a friend pointed me towards gold when I suggested some splatters on the background. I used the Delicata gold ink on a stamp block, added some water, and flicked away with my Tim Holtz splatter brush. I love the end result, and hope you do too!

I also made some matching place cards for my Thanksgiving table this year. I cut some white paper to 3 x 3.5 inches and scored it in half on the long side to make the place cards themselves. Then I added some leftover strips of my patterned paper to ground a popped up stitched pumpkin. I also added some more of those gold splatters to finish them off. I haven't put names on the place cards yet, but I hope to use the new Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set to make the names pretty (because my handwriting is simply atrocious!). I hope that I inspired you, and please don't forget to continue on the Blog Hop below.

Thank you for checking out my projects today.  Please continue on the blog hop by pressing the NEXT button below to go to Wendy's blog and see some beautiful creations by her.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


The next card in my Halloween Series is this super fun grouping card that I made for Can You Case It, but there is some sad news about my favorite challenge blog.  Eva has decided to stop running the CYCI challenge blog.  I am very sad to see it go, but so very thankful for the opportunity that I had to be a part of such an amazing group of card makers.

The sketch was to create a grouping on your card.  I was recently cropping at Scrapbook Creations (the best local scrapbook store around), and they had the Impression Obsession Die114-O (Halloween Set), so of course I had to pick it up!  I immediately thought of this sketch and set to creating a grouping with the dies.  As I was walking around the store, I found some really cute brads in the open stock area and decided to use 3 bat brads to add a little interest to my card.  The sentiment is from the new Taylored Expressions Boo to You stamp set.  I also used a SSS Stitched Circle die to create the moon, and a little Dusty Concord Distress ink on the card base to complete the card.

I think this sketch was so much fun, and am really sad that my time on this DT is over.

Have a good day.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Monster Boo - CYCI #139

In a continuation of my Halloween series, I have a BOO-tiful card for you today. The challenge at Can You Case It this week is a 'Rainbow of Color' and the theme was picked by yours truly! In that honor, I really wanted to go rainbow-rific, and I think this card does just that!

I have had Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (boy, what a mouthful!) for many months now and just never was pleased with how they colored. But then I saw that Strathmore Bristol paper is the key. I picked a pack up to try, and it makes a world of difference! I love how smoothly the Zigs blend on this paper. If you are having any issues with your Zigs not living up to the hype, please try the Bristol paper before you give up! I did some basic 2 color blending for these super cute rainbow monsters from the Lawn Fawn Monster Mash stamp set.  I framed the focal piece with some cardstock, glitter paper, and patterned paper from my LSS, and finished the card off with a rainbow of sequins.

I hope you will come play on the rainbow with us this week at CYCI!

Have a good day.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Spooky Shaker - CYCI #138

I have decided to do a small series of Halloween cards this year.  This is my first card in the series, and I'm kicking it off with a bang!  This shaker card for the Can You Case It challenge this week was a labor of love!

I started with the new Taylored Expressions Haunted Cutting Plate. When I saw this die on the shelf, I just knew I wanted some bats shaking around in the background of that frame.  That was way easier said than done!  It took me over an hour to get the shaker portion built because of how thin the top and sides of the die are.  Now, a smarter person may have moved on, but I am stubborn and persevered.  I'm glad I did, because I love this card!  I filled the shaker window with a die cut of a witch from the Impression Obsession Halloween Set, and plenty of ghosts from the Poppy Group of Ghosts die set.  I finished off the shaker bits with some purple bat confetti, white stars, and black and green sequins.  The sentiment is from a small Art-C stamp set that I found at Michaels.

I sure hope to see you play along with this shaker challenge.  The rest of the Design Team at CYCI have awesome shaker cards to share and provide inspiration.  Check them out and get to shakin'!  =)

Have a good day.