Sunday, October 25, 2015

If the Broom Fits

I've never had a reason to make a Halloween card before, but they sure do always look like fun.  This year I am participating in a monthly card swap, so I made October's card a witchy one!  I found this witch stamp this year and flipped out because it looks like Winifred from Hocus Pocus! So of course I had to color her that way!

The stamp is actually called Hocus Pocus by Penny Black.  I colored her with Copic markers, and used a sentiment from Virginia Turtle (not sold any longer) that fits perfectly!  Finished off the card by matting with a random piece of orange patterned paper and some sequins.

I hope you liked the card today!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tonight is THE Night

No, not that night...I'm 32 and married, for goodness sake!  Tonight was the night I used embossing paste for the first time!

I have been watching people on YouTube use embossing paste for quite some time, but it terrified me.  It looks simple enough, but I just KNEW I would make a mess that I couldn't clean up.  I've literally had some Ranger Texture Paste for several months, just sitting in a drawer, lonely, in my craft room.  Then I watched more videos and bought other kinds of embossing paste.  Then Michael's had a sale on all the Heidi Swapp products, including her texture paste, so I bought every color they had, which luckily for my wallet was only 4.  So, I couldn't reasonably put it off any longer.  And boy did I make a mess!  (Quick cleaning tip is to use a kitchen scrubber, like you would use on a potato, to get the dried embossing paste off of your stencil.)

I was just playing around with a couple of the embossing pastes and stencils that I have.  Stencils that now have a home and are organized, by the way!  Woo-hoo me!  I was productive tonight!  Anyway, back to the card.  I was just playing around and made 2 different backgrounds, without the intention of pairing them.  But then they were sitting there drying side by side, screaming at me to make them one.  When your craft products scream at you, you have to listen, so here it is.

Look at that shine!

The top portion is a SSS Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil and the embossing paste was the Viva Modellier Creme in Mother of Pearl mixed with the SSS Doll Pink ink.  The bottom portion though, is where it's at!  It is the Heidi Swapp Square Lattice stencil with Heidi Swapp Metallic Texture Paste in Silver.  (I can't find this anywhere online, but I got it Michaels.)  This paste is so shiny and amazing.  I just fell in love.  To finish the card, I used the Paper Smooches Thanks Word 2 die and some random sequins.

I do believe I see more embossing paste in my near future!  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunny Flower Scene

Are you tired of hearing about StampNation yet?  I hope not because I am so inspired by all the challenges, videos, and people there.  I feel like I have found a crafty home.  The craft world is so completely overwhelming that my creativity was stifled.  I was a deer caught in the headlights, not knowing which way to turn.  Now I'm running wild and free in a field of inspiration.  So, on to the card for the day.

I don't recall ever creating a scene like this.  I used the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles die to cut the blue and green cardstock out, so that they would have matching stitch lines.  Then used the LF Stitched Hillside Border dies to create the hills. (Tip: verify where you want the stitches before running through the die cut machine.)  All inks are SSS (Sunshine, Duckling, and Hollyhock).  The flowers were stamped and cut from the SSS Floral Bookmarking stamp set with matching dies.  The sun is from the SSS My Sunshine stamp set and cut with the matching die.  And lastly the clouds.  Oh my, how I love these clouds!  They are Memory Box Stitched Clouds, and I found them at an Expo recently.  In love!  Put it all together and what do you get?  Well, a Sunny Flower Scene, of course!

I hope you like the card today, and consider joining us over at StampNation!

Sketchy Happy Birthday

Can anyone guess what I did today?  Well, if you guessed participated in a StampNation challenge, you would be riiiight.  Well, close enough to right anyway.  It isn't actually a challenge, but a Sketch play along.  I'm not going to share the sketch, since it is SN, but you are welcome to join us!

This card uses the other background I made recently with the Spice Market stamp from Hero Arts and Tim Holtz Distress Ink minis.  I used a few Simon Says Stamp stitched circles and the SSS Happy and Smile stamp set from one of the recent card kits.  The strip of ink under the birthday stamping is SSS Maliblue.  I thought it was pretty darn close to the TH Peacock Feathers in the background.

Hope you liked the card today!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friends are the Spice of Life

So it's another day, which means another StampNation challenge.  The challenge I choose to participate in today was for 'Friend' cards.

I immediately thought of a couple of backgrounds that I made a few days ago, on which I white heat embossed the Hero Arts Spice Market Large Petal stamp and smooshed some Tim Holtz Distress Ink minis on my craft mat to color it.  I matted the background in black, and cut a black strip to white heat emboss a sentiment from the SSS Flowers on my Mind stamp set.  I added some sequins to finish off the card.

Hope you liked the card today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On a roll with Bubbles

I am on a roll with making cards.  Can you guess what I did today?  I joined another challenge over at StampNation, of course.  The challenge was Bubbles and I'm pretty sure I nailed that every which way you look at it.

I actually didn't plan to put this card on my blog, so I didn't keep track of everything I used on it.  The stamp is from a Stampendous set called Hoppy Moments.  I stamped it with MFT Hybrid Black Licorice Ink, and colored it with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (no clue on what colors).The circle die cuts were made using the SSS Stitched Circles set.  And the background was dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, and sponged with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I hope you like the card today!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Big Hugs

I decided to join in on another StampNation challenge, called Flower Power.  My first attempt was a big fail!  I wanted to make a shaker card (since yesterday's shaker was so cute!) with a flower die.  I tried to use foam instead of foam tape, and well, let's just say that I had seed beads everywhere!  So, when all else fails, I go with a one layer CAS card.  I will admit that I don't know what these flowers should actually look like, and I probably should have Googled the stamp set to see how others were using it. But I just winged it, and I'm happy with the results (that middle flower is very, very pink IRL).

I used Simon Says Stamp inks (Doll Pink, Duckling, Hydrangea, Audrey Blue, Sunkist, and Green Apple) to stamp the flowers and leaves from the SSS Flowers on my Mind stamp set.  I didn't even worry about the flowers overlapping!  Then I added a sentiment from the SSS Big Scripty Greetings stamp set, using Versamark ink and My Favorite Things Black Licorice hybrid ink to make a black embossed sentiment, with some Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder by Hero Arts.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Good apple

I joined StampNation today, and decided to jump right in on one of the challenges.  The challenge was to use a tag.  My creation incorporated products from several companies and I am super pleased with the results!  I think this may be one of my most favoritest cards I have ever made!

I started with one of the the Simon Says Stamp Large Tags dies to make the shaker portion.  I cut the apple with the Paper Smooches die set Fruit People and the stem and leaf are from the matching stamp set Cute Fruit.  The sentiments are from the Lawn Fawn A Good Apple stamp set.  The background was made the Heidi Swapp chevron stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn), and cut with the largest of the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles.  I placed it all on a base of Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed the card!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Muted flowers

Yesterday was so exciting.  You see, I received a package from Simon Says Stamp in the mail!!!  Now this wasn't just any package.  This was a birthday package!  So it was like opening a birthday present that I picked out for myself, so I just KNEW I would love it!  And I did love it.  Most of the product I bought was from the new SSS release on June 11th called The Color of Fun.  The release has stamps, dies, a stencil, grid paper, and most importantly, 12 new ink colors...all with a summer of fun theme!  If you haven't checked it out, what are you waiting for?

No matter how much you love all your gifts, there are always the ones that are just a little bit more wonderful.  For me, those were the 12 new inks and the Many Thanks stamp set.  The Many Thanks stamp set was designed by WPlus9 for SSS for this release.  It is a multi-layer, watercolor flower set, and it is, in a word, wonderful.

I used several of the new ink colors with one older color to round it out.  The yellow flowers are Duckling and Sunshine (the one older color), the pink flowers were Rosie Cheeks and Hollyhock, the orange flowers were Melon and Sunkist, and the leaves are Catkin.  Now let's discuss the Catkin ink.  I heard the name, and was not impressed.  I saw some cards using it, and wasn't in love.  I watched some videos including it, and was simply not on board with this color.  But then, then I got it in my hands and on paper!  I am now impressed, in love, and completely on board with Catkin!  It is the perfect green complement to this line of colors.  I won't go as far as to say it is my favorite color from this release.  That is Sunkist.  Or is it Wisteria?  No, Hollyhock definitely.  Well, maybe Scuba.  Oh whatever...they're all wonderful!

I finished off the card with some vellum from Hobby Lobby and a couple of older stamp sets.  The Happy stamp is from the SSS Happy stamp set and the Birthday is from My Favorite Things Birthday Sentiments stamp set.  I didn't have the exact sentiment I was looking for, because I didn't buy this stamp set from the release (silly me!), so I improvised.  The card base is Sunshine cardstock from SSS.  I cut the Georgia Pacific white paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles die, and the vellum with the Lil' Inker Stitched Mats: Long and Skinny Rectangles die.  I hope you liked the card!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Father-In-Law Gate Fold Birthday Card

Let me start this post by saying that I love pink.  Like I have an abnormal obsession with pink.  If I ever do a scrap room tour, you will see that the walls in my office are a bright, beautiful pink.  Well, the problem starts when I have to make a birthday card for a man or boy.  I have a hard time stepping away from my favorite color.  Today was the day, though!  I had to make a birthday card for my father-in-law because we are going out to dinner tonight for his birthday.

So, I spent about an hour this morning making his card.  I picked a blue and green owl patterned paper from Studio G and paired it with Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy cardstock.  The Happy Birthday die is called Boxed Up Birthday by Lil' Inker Designs, and I framed it with the SSS Soft Navy cardstock.

I made it a gate fold card, because I have never tried that before.  I love the way it turned out!

The inside sentiment says 'With age comes wisdom (you're one of the wisest people I know!).'  It is from a set called Laugh Out Loud by Clearly Besotted, and stamped with the SSS Soft Navy ink.  I love to give funny birthday cards, so I adore this stamp set!

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, with the theme of Make it Masculine.  I hope you liked the card today!

I am also entering this card in the the following challenges:

My Time to Craft Challenge Blog:  Challenge 295 - Male
Simply Create Too Challenge Blog:  Challenge 87 - Masculine
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog:  Challenge 149 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog:  Challenge 147 - Make Your Mark
Papertake Weekly Challenge Blog:  Anything Goes

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Jumping back in with a SSS birthday challenge

I'm jumping back into paper crafting today with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  They are celebrating their 6th anniversary this week, and I want to celebrate right along with them.  SSS is my all time favorite store (of any kind).  Their products are amazing, and so is their customer service.  The only 'complaint' I would have is that when I place an order, the product isn't on my door that same day!  I hate waiting for the goodness to arrive!  =)

I haven't made a card in over a year, so I decided to start off with a tag.  I used the stamp set  'Big Birthday Wishes,' which was in the April SSS Card Kit.  I used the Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  I have gotten so rusty that this pretty simple tag took me over an hour to make.  I relearned a few lessons (like use a powder tool when embossing!) with this tag, and am looking forward to moving on up to making cards again soon!