Sunday, February 25, 2018

Cool Christmas

I was recently gifted with this super cute and fun Stampendous stamp and die set by a thoughtful blogger (MiamiKel) and couldn't wait to make a card with it. I stamped the penguin and colored him with Copics, then stamped and colored the sweater and cap before die-cutting them and adding them. I found the remainder of an old set of papers from CTMH that I'd forgotten about and used 2 panels of them, stamping the snowflakes that came with the set at the top of each panel with white pigment ink. If you click the photo to enlarge you can see them a little better. I added a stitched hillside and some stitched snowflakes from Lawn Fawn and used one of the sentiments from the stamp set and called this one done.

I'm sharing this with the February Rudolph days challenge which is always about Christmas. The challenge begins on the 25th and ends when the month does. Since February is a short month, I knew I needed to get this one entered in a timely manner, so I'm an early bird for once :)

I'm also sharing it with the Happy Little Stampers February Christmas challenge which is "anything goes" with an optional twist of adding hearts. I didn't add any hearts but if you look at this cute little guy's face, you'll see a heart :)

Thanks for stopping by and I'm hoping for a little sunshine one day soon! We've had the drearies with rain for 4 solid days now and I'm starting to miss that big old sun way too much!


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mosaic Christmas Tag

I love to use up tiny bits of leftover dsp by cutting them in random shapes and creating mosaic backgrounds. I started with a strip of vanilla cardstock, and ran it through the zyron to coat it with adhesive, then randomly placed the bits of dsp, leaving spaces between them. Once the piece was covered, I sprinkled gold embossing powder all over it and heat-embossed it, adding that touch of gold. I used a SU! scalloped top border punch to cut the tag along with a corner rounder punch to do the bottom corners, then added a die-cut star made from glittered gold cardstock and a Quickutz "cookies" star die, placing it on the top portion of the tag. I added a strip of vanilla diagonally that was stamped with a retired SU! sentiment done in Hunter Green, then added some metallic gold ribbon along with some narrow dark green ribbon tied into a bow on the top of the tag. The star-shaped gemstone has been in my stash for years I tell ya, years!!

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Dies R Us challenge - TAG! you're it! - make a tag and use a die-cut

Craftyhazelnut's CHNC 374 - a/g Christmas creation - option to use some gold

Thanks for stopping by and as always, have yourself a great day!


Thursday, February 22, 2018


Today's card is a simple design that enabled me to use some small snippets of cardstock and designer paper. The square panel began with white cardstock, where I heat-embossed the Stampendous "square illusion" background with white embossing powder and sponged some raspberry Distress ink all over it, then cut it with a square stitched rectangle die. I die-cut the TE thanks sentiment from black, added some snippets of dsp cut into fishtails with a square punch; a few black sequins, and called this one done.

I'm sharing it with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is to make your own background.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful day.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TMS #441

Well just like that, another Tuesday has rolled around and it's time for the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge. This week we're working on sketch # 441 which was designed by our own Debbie.

I made my card with some SU! powder pink and fresh fig cardstock and inks, using some light green vellum to die-cut the Cheery Lynn mini flourish. The largest flower was stamped with a SU! Morning Meadow stamp and done with a coordinating punch. The smaller flowers were made with SU! Petite Petals stamps and punched with a coordinating punch too. I popped them up on small dimensionals after curling the petals around a knitting needle. The image panel was done with a MFT stitched circle die and the scalloped mat was cut with a SB scalloped circle die. The sentiment is by SU! from Sincere Salutations and the border was done with an EK lattice chain punch.

I hope you will check out the fabulous creations made by my DT members by clicking their blog links below.

Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to seeing what you will do with our new sketch this week. Happy Tuesday everyone :)


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Twofer # 2 Challenge with "Hearts"

Darnell's 2nd Twofer challenge is open and running right now and here are the two cards I made using hearts.

I made a children's all occasion card as well as a St. Patrick's day card with my hearts.

I shamelessly CASED this card from Gramma's Room blog because it was adorable and I wanted to make one as soon as I saw it! I used a Lawn Fawn die to create the tiny clouds, and a Sweet'n Sassy grass border die for the bottom of the card. I hand-drew the mouth on the bug's face and used a SU! owl punch to make the eyes. The circle itself was die-cut with a MFT stitched circle.

I had several of those smaller die-cut hearts left over from the children's card in a soft green color, so I decided to make a big shamrock for St. Patrick's day. I used 2 larger heart dies in the set and cut dark green and patterned paper hearts and layered them on top of one another, adding 3 green gemstones on top of the smallest hearts that are the same ones used on the 2nd card. The medallion was a digital print with no name, and it had a smiley face in the center, so I die-cut another pastel green stitched circle and placed it in the center, and added a die-cut shamrock done with a Taylored Expressions die, and finally a tiny green gemstone to the center. The outer layer was done with an older punch and the shamrock stem was hand-cut.

Below is the card I cased for the children's Hello There card. Thanks to Alice for her keen investigation skills and comment that gave me a link to this posted card :)

Both my cards are going to the Twofer #2 challenge to use "hearts" and the children's card is going over to the Snippets Playground #320 since it was made entirely of snippets.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Sunday!


Friday, February 16, 2018

Twist n Pop Wedding Card

I had a request from a friend to make a special wedding card by using some elements from the invitation. The theme focused mainly on the two different states the bride and groom are from, so I decided to go with a twist'n pop card for more space to be creative. This is the front of the card, done with vanilla and gold foil cardstock. The embossing was done with a Cuttlebug geometric rings ef and the heart was die-cut with stitched heart dies. The sentiment was heat-embossed with gold ep and a SU! Beautiful Bouquet stamp, and the leaves were die-cut with SU! Bouquet  Bunch framelits. The flowers were done with a SU! mini punch and dotted with a pearl pen. I also dotted all the centers on the embossed panel with the pearl pen. and then made a belly band to hold the card closed.

 Here is the lower portion of the card. I removed the top portion from the photo because their names and personal information were included. This was heat-embossed with gold using the same SU! stamps and framelits as stated above.
After it was finished, I decided to make a little box to hold the card, so here's what I made...

It pretty much mirrors the card but I added some gold metallic ribbon to the SB Fancy Tags Two die-cut sentiment panel and added 2 smaller stitched die-cut hearts with the bride and groom's initials done with my Quickutz. I dotted the surface with the pearl pen as well. You can click the photos to enlarge for details. The gold heat-embossed sentiment is a retired stamp from SU!.

Thanks for stopping by and make this Friday a great one!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello, and a very happy Valentine's Day to everyone!
 Today I'm sharing a card with lots of little embellishments on it made from snippets. I stamped the kraft card base with a SU! hearts stencil and some SSS white pigment ink, then added a white heart-shaped doily. The little envie, insert, and red heart and arrow were done with SU! Sealed with Love stamps and Love Note Framelit dies. The smaller kraft heart was die-cut with with a SU! Hearts a Flutter Framelit die and creased with a paper crimper. The small red and pink hearts were done with punches and I added some tiny red gemstones here and there for the finishing touch.

I'm sharing this with the Little Red Wagon #433 LUUURVE challenge - make a card with a love theme

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Wednesday is filled with lots of love and kindness for Valentine's day!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TMS #440

Hello and welcome to another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge. This week we're working on sketch #440 but we're revisiting Melissa's favorite sketch of the past year and it's #415. This is the last week of revisiting sketches and next week we move on to all new sketches.

I used a piece of blue cardstock and added an angled piece of vanilla that was embossed with a plaid ef. I added die-cut and punched stars in assorted sizes with gold mirror cardstock and placed them according to the sketch. The sentiment was stamped and hand-cut at an angle that just seemed to fit the sharp angles of the stars and top portion. I kept it simple for a masculine birthday card.

Melissa is sponsoring this week and has a great stamp set up for grabs, so check out the TMS blog for details. While you're there, be sure to check out the rest of the DT's cards as they are really amazing as always!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Tuesday!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Hoppy Easter!

I'm late getting started with my Easter cards this year, but here's the first. I used a Kitchen Sink Stamp set for the sentiment, bunny, and grass, stamping in assorted colors of browns and greens. I die-cut the image panel along with the Pool Party Mat using Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies, and then used a SU! (r) scalloped border punch for the vertical panel, adding a random piece of matching dsp from my overflowing snippet box. I kept this one simple without embellishments because it may be heading to Cards for Hospitalized Kids and they have strict rules concerning embellishments and/or glitter.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge #11 - a/g but must include a critter image

Thanks for stopping by and here's wishing you a great Monday!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Christmas Snowman

 Today I have a simple quick and easy card that was made with a Laurie Furnell pre-colored snowman image that I die-cut with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. I used the same set of dies to "stitch" the green card base too. The red diagonal stitched strip was done with a die from MFT, and the sentiment was done with a MFT flag frame set of dies with black.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is a great one!