Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  March Sending Kisses

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Today Amanda and I are launching our third Sending Kisses Kits & Crafts!

This month the stamp set we have chosen is For Peep's Sake.  The code for this month is JZ3VQBQD

Go to the Sending Kisses Tab at the top to check out the specifics.

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Friday, March 27, 2015

The Paper Plunge - Spotlighting

Happy Friday Stampers!

I had to work last evening for the college so I did not get to work on my taxes.  I will spend some time today again.  My goal is to get all my info into my spread sheet so I can begin filling out the forms.  I am hoping to be able to file my taxes this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Today is day 24 of the 30 day Color Challenge.


As I was working in my room, I ran across my Pure Color Pencils.  I decided to use them to color an image I had stamped.  Here is what I colored.

The challenge this week at The Paper Plunge is Spotlighting.  I have not played with this technique in quite a while.  I went looking through my catalog for an image that I could use.  I thought it would be fun to use the Regarding Dahlias flower.

I wanted to use a sketch challenge so I checked out my challenge blogs and ran across a sketch challenge at I Love Card Sketches.      

ILCS21 - www.iLoveCardSketches.com

I stamped my image and then used a 1 1/4 inch circle punch to punch out a section of the flower.  I colored it and then mounted it on a 1 3/8 inch circle of black.  I used some In Color pattern pack ds paper to add a strip across the bottom.  I then just needed to add a sentiment.  Here is what I created.

inside of card and envelope

You have to go to The Paper Plunge blog to see what the other ladies have created.  There is quite a bit of talent on this team so I am sure there are some awesome creations.  We would love to have you play along with us.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will take a little time to play in between my taxes.  It will be my reward for working on them.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Lace

Hello Ladies!

Well I started on my taxes yesterday.  I was able to get all my info from my business entered in a spreadsheet for the first 6 months.  I am hoping to work on it some more this morning as I have to work this evening as the college is having an open house.

I managed a little bit of time to do some coloring.  I am trying to do some coloring each day for the Coloring Challenge.


I wanted to see if I could use one of my stencils and make a background.  I pulled out the stripes stencil and laid it at an angle on my card stock.  I then used my black and a dauber to apply the color.  Here is what it looked like.

As you can see the stencil was not a firm one so it slipped in a few places.  I will be strategically adding my image to hide those areas.

I needed to make my cards for my workshop next week.  My theme is April Showers.  The cards will be about showers you may get invited to as well as Spring and Mother's Day.  I saw this card online somewhere and loved it so I decided to CASE it and add my won touches.  Here is one of the cards my ladies will make.

inside of card and envelope

Thanks for visiting me today.  I wish there were more hours in today as I have a lot to do.  I hope I get it all done.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - monochromatic

Good Morning Ladies!

Well I did not get to work on my taxes yesterday.  I had lunch with a friend and it went longer than I thought.  It was good to catch up with her so it was worth it.  I had to make my cards for my workshop next week when I got home and clean my bathroom.  Needless to say I did not get to work on my taxes.  That is on the agenda for today so I will work on it in the late afternoon after I babysit Remi while Jess has a doctor's appointment.

I also needed to do my coloring for the Coloring Challenge.


We are quickly counting down the remaining days.  One idea I have been wanting to try is coloring some of the Irresistibly Yours specialty ds paper.  I needed to do it quickly so I began burnishing on the color but it was not fast enough.  I then moved to the brayer.  It was faster but I did not like the look of it.  So for my last piece I tried spritzing on the color and liked the look so much better.

My goal is to work this up for a class. 

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week our colors were chosen by Sandy.

Stampin' Up color matches

With these colors I felt I needed to make a masculine card.  I was not certain which sets I had that were masculine other than the goose in the Wetlands set.  I was not in the mood to play with the goose so I had to look further.  I then remembered the fern in the Butterfly Basics and knew what I wanted to do.

I saw a card created by Michele Boyer at Paper Cuts that I wanted to try my version of.  It used the emboss resist technique.  I started by stamping my fern and embossing it.  I then started by burnishing on my color.  I added Chocolate Chip to the very edges at the bottom.  Then I added some Soft Suede at the bottom and more at the top.  This I added a small amount of Crumb Cake.  I ended by adding some Sahara Sand.  I think these colors blend well with the Very Vanilla card stock.  I then need to add some other elements as it seemed bare.  I pulled out my Chocolate Chip chevron ribbon and attached it to the bottom.  I gathered it using a brad base and topped the base with a candy dot.  Next I needed my sentiment so I pulled out my Regarding Dahlias set for the Hi.  I added it to the Label Bracket punch and put some brown thread behind it.  Here is what I came up with.      

inside of card and envelope

Are you ready to see what the other ladies on the hop created?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she created.  I am sure she did an awesome job with these colors.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to get to the yarn store this morning as I have to work tomorrow and cannot go over there.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Easter bow

Hello Stampers!

I had to quickly make my card and do my coloring for today.  I was gone almost all day yesterday so it had to be a quick task for the evening.

Today is day 22 of the coloring challenge.


I found another card I fell in love with and wanted to do my version of it.  In order to do that I needed some images.  I used my markers and Blendabilities to color up these images for the card.  Look for the card later here on my blog.

Now on to my card for today.  It is the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge today.  This week is a sketch challenge.

I have to admit when I saw this I immediately thought of Mr. Potato Head.  Don't you see it too?  Well I knew I could not do Mr. Potato Head so I had to come up with something else.  With all the elements I knew it needed to be simple or it would not look right.  I decided to do an Easter sentiment and make it an Easter card.  I also knew the colors had to be limited so I used Island Indigo and Soft Sky.  Here is what I came up with.


inside of card and envelope

With a complicated sketch like this you will have to check out what the other ladies created.  Head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to check out the other creations.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working on my taxes today.  Think of me as you get to play and I have to do the taxes.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, March 23, 2015

An Easter Pocket card for the sketch challenge

Good Morning Everyone!

Well yesterday I had lots of fun playing in my craft room.  I made several cards for my blog, did my coloring challenge, and made the first card for next month's Sending Kisses.  I felt good about it.  Today I have a hair appointment and I need to also work on my taxes.  I have been putting it off but I need to get going on them.

Today I did some more coloring for the Color Challenge.


I saw an idea on Kristina Werner's blog and knew I wanted to try it using Stampin' Up supplies.  I need to have my image colored so I worked on that.  Here is the image I will use.

Now on to my design team card.  Today is Mary Jo's Technostamper sketch challenge.


I ran across a pocket card while surfing the internet.  When I saw Mary Jo's sketch I decided to flip it and make it a pocket card.  I decided to use the Easter set as I needed to add to my stash to sell.

I combined some different designer series papers and used the cute chick from For Peep's Sake as the image.  This would be so cute in pink and brown with a bunny!  Here is my creation.

pocket card and envelope

Make sure you check out what the other ladies created.  There are some fabulous cards on the post at Mary Jo's Technostamper.

Thanks for visiting me today.  What will you be doing today?  I hope it is something fun.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Step it Up Sunday

Good Morning Ladies!

I had a fun time yesterday stamping with some new ladies.  There was a lot of laughs and some ladies were venturesome and did their own variation on my cards.  Everyone had a good time.

When I did my post last night I totally forgot to add my coloring challenge for today.


For day 19 I used my I Like You stamp set and stamped some images.  I used my markers to color this one.  The picture looks funky but in real life it is a pretty shade of pink.  I guess since I used such a light color of pink the camera had a hard time picking it up.

Today is Step It Up Sunday.  I took yesterday's card and stepped it up.  I began by adding another larger tulip.  I then took the flower layer and added it to a Crushed Curry layer.  This was then added back to the Calypso Coral card base.  This was a simple change.  In looking at the card I could have stepped it up more by adding some sequins or rhinestones.  Here is the stepped up card.

 inside of card and envelope


Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you enjoyed my stepped up version today.  I will be playing in my craft room today.  I am looking forward to playing.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bloom Tulips

Hello Ladies!

I am running way behind on this post.  It should have been up 5 minutes ago.  I will make this short and sweet.

For Day 18 of the Coloring Challenge I was going to use a piece I had colored before.


When I punched out my pieces I realized I did not have enough for what I wanted to do.  That meant I had to do something else.  I pulled out the same colors I had used and then used the sponging ink on card stock to create my coloring piece for today.

After I had my pieces created I wanted to use them to make some tulips.  I punched out my pieces and then I had to put my tulips together.

The whole card started with inspiration from the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches    

There was a stamp in the set For Peep's Sake that I have been wanting to use with tulips.  This sketch was perfect for it.

I punched my ovals and put them together for my tulips.  I then added a stem and leaves and all I needed to do was put my card together.  Here is my inspiration from the sketch.

inside of card and envelope

Don't you love the tulip colors created by sponging on ink?  I love the look of the tulip bloom!

Thanks for visiting me today.  Make sure you come back tomorrow to see how I step up this card.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, March 20, 2015

The Paper Plunge - It's all about the Metal!

Hi Ladies,

I spent some time at the yarn store yesterday knitting.  I am trying to get some of my projects I have on my needles completed.  I have some projects I want to do and I have no free needles.  I completed one project yesterday and only have a few more rows on the other project I worked on.  It feel good to get some projects completed.  Besides I need to make my sister's shawl she asked me to do.

I am still continuing with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.


 I played again with the inking of the embossing folder.  Out of all of the ones I did with the embossing folder, this one is my favorite.

Now on to my card.  Today is the challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week our challenge is all about metal.  We are to use metal on our card in some form.  That could be a brad, button, or even a sheet of metal.  I had to think about this one and then I remembered I had some metal buttons so I pulled them out. 

I thought the button would look great on one of the coloring backgrounds I created 2 days ago.  I pulled it out and knew it would be perfect for the birds in the Wetlands set.  All I had to do was stamp the birds and my sentiment and my card was basically done.  Here is what I created.

inside of card and envelope

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be getting all my supplies ready and card stock cut for my show tomorrow.  I am excited to be meeting some new stampers.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Easter

Hello Stampers!

I hope everyone had a great day yesterday.  Can you believe that "S" word is in the forecast again?  I thought we had finally turned the corner from that stuff.  I am going to be optimistic and say we are going to get just rain!

I did some coloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  This time I used a stencil and marker to make a piece I can use for a background.  Here is my Day 16 of 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Today I decided to use one of my 30 Day Coloring Challenge backgrounds.

I thought it would be fun to use this background to make an Easter card.  I recently found a new challenge blog.  They have just started and the concept behind their challenges is to add sequins.  I love bling and sequins are a great way to add that bling.  The first challenge at Sparkle and Shine Challenge was a sketch challenge.

I did not want to cut the paper apart so I decided to cut a small strip of card stock and lay it across as the angle.  I then stamped my sentiment on vellum so my background paper could still be seen.  I then added some punched eggs and sequins and my card was done.  Here is my creation.

inside of card and envelope

Make sure you head over to check out the Sparkle and Shine Challenge blog to see all the other cards created by the ladies.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am planning on going to the yarn store today to do some knitting.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Hello You

Hello Everyone!

I had my Retirement Village ladies yesterday.  I go once a month and make cards with them.  They enjoy making the cards and are often amazed they can create a beautiful card with very little effort.  I love seeing their face when they are all finished and talk about how beautiful their card is and that they made it themselves.

I am continuing with the 30 Day Color Challenge. 


I saw a technique that I wanted to play with.  I tried the technique on 2 different kinds of paper - regular card stock and watercolor paper.  All the videos I looked at the people used card stock.  I have to admit my card stock is not the look I was going for.  I also did the technique using watercolor paper and it has the look I was hoping for.

Today is the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week our colors were chosen by me.

Stampin' Up color matches

I decided to check out my challenge blogs and found a simple sketch challenge at Clean & Simple Stamping.     

When I looked at this one I automatically knew what I wanted to do.  It was so easy to create a clean and simple card.   Here is what I created using the sketch and our colors.

inside of card and envelope

Now it is time for you to head on over to Carol's blog - Carol's Cards to check out her project.  Then make sure to keep hoping and check out the other ladies creations.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to play a little today after I meet with my friend Candice.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!