Thursday, September 18, 2014

Michaela's Birthday card

Hello Stampers!

Today we are headed to Disneyland.  Last year when we went to California we took Zoie and she loved it.  We decided to go again but spend a longer time this time.

I have another card from my Pinterest board today.  Diana Nyugen was another card I had pinned.  She made an elegant card that I wanted to make my version of.   Since Michaela's birthday was last week I decided to make a card and take it with me rather than send it.  I loved Diana's card as it was very feminine and perfect for Michaela.  Here is my version of her card.

inside of card and envelope

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am sure you have some fun plans for yourself today.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Tag turned card

Hello Everyone!

Well I am on my way to California!  I am excited to see Michaela.  I have not seen her in a long time and it will be nice to catch up with her.

I used last week to check out my Pinterest page for cards I liked.  I decided to use some of them for inspiration for my blog.

I saw a cute tag at Rachel Tessman's blog - Stamp your Art Out.  She had used it to go on treat bags.  I thought it would be cute on a card so I set about making my version.

Since she had made a tag and I wanted to use it on a card I knew I would need a background.  I made the tag similar to hers then decided to use the Chevron embossing folder to emboss the back layer.  I then attached the burlap ribbon and added the tag on top.  The panel was then added to the card base.  I needed a sentiment so I pulled out my Alphabet Rotary Stamp and decided to use the sentiment "Pumpkin Time".  Here is my version of her tag.


 inside of card and envelope

My posts will be quick over the next few days.  I am doing them on Wednesday evening when I should be packing so I am not spending time chatting.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I may use this card in my workshop in October as it is a quick and easy card.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines Bloom

Hello Stampers!

Well what is on your schedule for today?  I am hoping to get over to the yarn shop to see my friend and I have to pack.  I will need to get to bed fairly early as we have a very early flight and we live 2 hours from the airport.  That is okay as we will get to California early afternoon.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  I chose the picture today.

Stampin' Up color matches

I was drawn to the lovely pinks in these flowers.  Pink is my favorite color!  When I began to work on my card and I looked at the picture I immediately thought of the Blended Bloom stamp.  I stamped the image on a piece of Very Vanilla then used markers to color it in.  I used the picture to help me color mine as close to the original as I could.  After it was done I need my card base.  I decided to stamp the bloom using the different colors I had used to color mine.  I was going for a subdued background look but I think it would have been better if I had used second and third generation stamping for the background.  After I had it done, I laid my layer on the card base.  It needed something and I had a piece of silver glimmer paper on my desk from a previous project.  I added it at the bottom and liked the look.  Here is my final creation.

inside of card and envelope

Are you ready to see what the other ladies created using my picture?  Head on down the lines to Amanda's blog - Our Crafy Playdate  to see how she interpretted the picture.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Wish me luck that I get everything done I want to do today and I can get to bed early.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Everything Fancy Fold

Hello Stampers!

I had another productive day yesterday.  I finished making my Project Life page for the Baby Wearing Giveaway, finished the cards for my design team commitment, and made my projects for my Envelope Punch board class for when I get back.  The next 2 days I will spend working on my posts and scheduling them for when I am gone and writing up the tutorials for the design team projects.  I am feeling good about all I have done the past few days.

My card today is for a color challenge I found and wanted to try.  Just Add Ink had some fun colors that I wanted to play with.


I thought it would be fun to use a fancy fold card I ran across a few months ago.  Someone in one of my forums shared a Lever card.  I went searching for a tutorial and found one at SplitcoastStampers.  I wanted my inside piece to be a little smaller so I had to play with the second piece.  I have to admit it took me quite some time to get it figured out.  I tried several things until I finally found one that worked.  Here is my fancy fold creation.

card opened top view

card opened and envelope

I really like this fold but need to work some more on the inside piece.  If anyone has the info for the inside panel I would love it if you would share it with me.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to have a productive day on the computer today.  Wish me luck!  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Dryer Sheet Snowflakes

Good Morning!

Well it is the beginning of the week.  Our weather has been cool lately.  I wonder if it will stay like this or if we will go back to warm and humid.  Yesterday was another great day I made 9 cards.  I was on a roll and I am all set for quite some time. 

One of the cards I made on Saturday was for Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge.  As usual we have a fun one.   

I am a member of SUDSOL and last week they had a dryer sheet technique challenge.  I decided to use this technique for my card today.  You can't tell from the photo but the dryer sheet square has dazzling diamonds on it so it is sparkly.  I also spritzed the card with shimmer spray.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

inside of card and envelope

If you want to see some other awesome creations, head on over to Mary Jo's blog to see what the other design team members came up with.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a few more projects to get finished before I leave so I will be working on them today.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Color Me Scattered

Hello Stampers!

I am so excited!  I had a very, very, very productive stamping day yesterday.  As you know I am headed to California at the end of this week.  I knew I would need some goodies to post for you while I am gone.  That means I need to work ahead.  I made a list of all I had to get done and yesterday I was able to make 6 - yes I said 6 - cards.  I had pinned lots of cards on my Pinterest board that appealed to me for one reason or another.  I used some of those cards and modified them - either through using different colors or different sets - to make my cards.  I am so excited as I have lots more cards than I need for while I am gone but that means when I get back I won't have to work my fingers to the bones to get cards made.  Now you see why I am excited.  I plan on making more cards today for the challenge posts I have to do while I am gone.

Ok on to today's card.  I went looking at my challenge blogs and found several of them that I liked.  One of them was the sketch challenge at Try Stampin on Tuesday.  

I got a stamp set at Convention and I have to admit it is not an easy set to use.  I decided to see if I could use it for this sketch.  I did have to flip the sketch to get it to work for me.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

inside of card and envelope

I recently got the Color Me Autumn wash tape and I pulled it out to use on this card.  I like the way it looks with the designer series paper.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be by myself again tomorrow so I should get a lot done again.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Freshly Made Autumn

Hello Everyone!

Well I was able to get several cards made yesterday even though I had Zoie.  I was glad as I am trying to work ahead for the upcoming week.

I decided to use some challenges I found.  The first one I found was a clean and simple sketch at Freshly Made Sketches  


I again went with the Color Me Autumn ds paper.  I love this paper and I will soon be switching to winter cards so I want to use most of it up.  I loved the simplicity of this sketch.  Here is my interpretation of this sketch.

inside of card and envelope

So what you favorite ds paper?  There are some gorgeous ones out there.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I should be able to get more done today as I will not have Zoie by myself.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Black and White with a little color

Hello Everyone!

Well it is Friday.  Are you ready for the weekend?  I will be busy working on cards and some other projects I need to get completed.  What will you be doing?

My card today began with the CAS on Sunday challenge.

Black & White with one color of your own choice  

I love black and white and an added color is perfect.  I also found a great sketch that was perfect for this challenge.

CAS Colours and Sketches had one that was perfect for what I wanted.


 I pulled out my Back to Black ds paper as it was perfect for this challenge.  I needed something for the quarter circle element.  I decided to go with the Flower Shop stamp.  Next I needed my added color.  I decided to use Melon Mambo as I could not remember the last time I had used it.  Here is my creation.

inside of card and envelope

 Do you like black and white cards?  What is your favorite color to add to it?

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have Zoie all day as Jess is working in the office today.  I am going to work around her schedule to make cards to post.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

A gift for Zoie's teacher

Good Morning Everyone!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day.  The sun was shining, the sky was a beautiful blue, and there was a nice gentle breeze.  I have decided I need to start back with my walking so the past 2 days I started with a short walk.  It was great to be out in the sun.

Today I am sharing another project I made using the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlit die.  I thought it would be nice to make an apple for Zoie's teacher and the helper.  I cut my paper - red and green - and sponged the edges.  I put the box together and then needed to add a stem and some leaves.  I cut some leaves with my Autumn Accents Bigz die and sponged the edges.  I then took some burlap ribbon and cut it in half.  Using my hot glue gun I rolled it up and glued the edge down.  I then used some hot glue to down the leaves and added another dab on top and pushed the burlap ribbon into it.  Here is what the apples looked like.

a close up of the apple for the teacher

Zoie's teacher really liked this.  I have 5 Hershey Nuggets inside for her.  The way I added the stem and leaves she can open it up and get the candy without destroying the apple.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Today I am headed to the knitting store to spend some time with my friend knitting.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Corner Garden

Hello Stampers!

Yesterday was cooler than we normally have at this time of year.  It reminded me of Fall and the great weather we can have - not hot and humid.  I know it will soon be sweater weather and that is my favorite type of weather.  What is yours?

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week Liz chose the photo.

the Stampin' Up colors in the photo

Isn't this picture great.  The colors are so bright and vivid.  Makes for a fun color combo.  I was in the mood to do some coloring so I checked out my stamps to see what I had that might work.  I decided to use another new stamp I just got - Corner Garden.  This is a large corner stamp that lends itself to lots of coloring.  I enjoyed the coloring session.  I did play with the flowers a little and some I colored and some I traced with the writing end of the marker.  Here is my creation.

inside of card and envelope

I hadn't used my envelope punch board in a while so I pulled it out along with some retired ds paper for my envelope.

Are you ready to see what the other ladies created using these colors?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she created using these colors.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have you done any playing lately?  I would love to see what you have created.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Flower Power

Hello Everyone!

Well Zoie got her first haircut last night.  She has long hair as her mom has not cut it since she was born.  Zoie was not thrilled with the idea but we told her we were just getting the "Icky" ends cut.  She was okay with that.  She has definite ideas about her hair.  Some days she insists on wearing her hair down and "crazy" as she says.  It does look so much better and we didn't really cut that much off.

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a color challenge.

I thought of flowers when I saw this challenge.  I just recently got the Beautiful Bunch stamp set and matching Fun Flower punch.  I decided to use it for this challenge.  I stamped a bunch of flowers in the colors.  I then started layering them on my card base.  When it was all done I felt it needed something so I pulled out my ribbon and added that.  After the ribbon I had to naturally add some bling so I grabbed my rhinestones for the center of the flowers.  Here is what my final card looked like.

inside of card and envelope

 Want to see some other great projects using these colors?  Head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog and check out the other design team members projects.  There is some amazing designers and their projects are fabulous.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I made a cute treat for Zoie's teacher yesterday.  I will share it later this week.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Spooky Home

Good Morning Stampers!

Well I have a busy week.  I have a lot to get done this week.  Next week Jess, Zoie, and I are going to California to see Michaela.  It will be a long weekend but Jess wanted to go before the baby comes and she won't be able to.  We are going to go to Disney one day and Zoie is super excited.  It will be fun but very hectic since we have a lot to do in a few day.

Today is the Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge.  Mary Jo always gives us a great sketch and this week is no exception.    

When I saw the sketch I thought it would be fun to use some of the Motley Monsters ds paper for it.  I also just got the Holiday Home stamp set and matching framelits and knew the 2 would make a great card. 

I started my making the top panel.  I designed a Halloween scene.  Then I added the other panels of ds paper.  This card took a lot longer to make than I thought it would.  I don't know if I was just enjoying myself stamping and designing or I was struggling with getting it to come together.  Despite the time it took, I do like the way it turned out.  Here is my creation.

inside of card and envelope

I hope you will go visit Mary Jo and the other design team members to see their samples.  There are some fabulous designers on her team.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a lot going on today so I may not get time to play.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

I played with the next set of card bases

Hello Stampers!

My ladies loved the Curvy Keepsake box pumpkin they made in my workshop yesterday.  I will be making a few apples today as I want to have Zoie take them in to the teacher and helpers in her class.  I will be sure to share them with you.

Well I took a few minutes last night to do another set of card bases from the Watercolor Winter card set.  These were done very quickly as I was limited for time.  I again got my inspiration from samples on Pinterest.  Some of them are pieces from different examples that I liked and compiled in my card.  Here are my samples.

Here is the card from the directions in the kit.

The card I made at the Convention workshop for the challenge to made an alternate idea.

When I saw a version of this on Pinterest I liked it so I decided to  modify it and make my version.

I saw this one but they had used a different card base.  I think this one is okay but probably would have looked better on the card base she had used.

I think this one is my favorite.  I used one of the words from the kit that was another language and took the work "ice" out of it for this card.

When I looked at these cards this afternoon when I was done and again when I was photographing them and kept thinking they were missing something.  After I had finished posting them here I realized I had not used sequins on any of the 3 I made.  I will be adding sequins before I send them out.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have one more set of card bases to use and then my kit will be finished.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Another set of Watercolor Winter card kit cards

Good Morning Everyone!

I had a very productive day yesterday.  I ran errands in the morning and then played in the afternoon.  I got my Halloween wreath put together, made cards for today's post, worked on supporting a drawer in my cabinet, and cut and set up for my workshop today.  I felt good about all that I got done.

My cards today again use the Watercolor Winter Simply created card kit.  Today I used the Coastal Cabana card bases to make some cards using ideas I got from Pinterest.  I did add a few of my own items.  Here are the cards I made yesterday.

This is the card from the direction in the kit.

Here is the card I made at the workshop at Convention for the challenge.

The kit gave us glitter words in 4 languages.  I took one of them and cut off the end to have the work "Joy".

This was the english glitter work we got.  I also used the new On Point embossing folder that is the Holiday Mini.

This one used the negative from the letters I used for the banner on the card yesterday.  Love how you can do that.

I have my workshop today.  The ladies will be making a Halloween card, a Fall card, a punch art card, and the cute pumpkin using the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlet.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Take some time to play today and enjoy yourself!  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Watercolor Winter card kit

Happy Friday Ladies!

Yesterday was a successful day for me knitting wise.  I managed to get almost half of my clue finished.  Since the next clue comes out today I am behind but I think I will be able to catch up by the middle of next week. 

At Convention this year I took an extra class that was based on the Watercolor Winter card kit.  At the workshop we were challenge to make a card that was different from the samples shown in the directions.  I managed to make 2 that night.  When I got home I made 1 sample of each of the other cards from the directions and then set the kit aside thinking I would make other cards to show the versatility of the kit.  I pulled the kit out the other day and found some cards on Pinterest that I wanted to use the ideas to make with the supplies.  Today I am sharing those cards. 

The first card is one of the ones that they have in their directions.

This is a picture of the other cards I made that were not in the directions.

The first card I made  was one I saw on Pinterest.  I did change the color of the letters.  The original had gradient red letters.  I used Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay to color my letters.  I also used 3 sequins in the center of my snowflake rather than 1 large one.  Here is the first card.

My second card uses the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set.  The set does not come in the kit but we got it in the workshop.  I added the gold glimmer dots as I wanted a little bit of bling on my card.

My next card I had to do some modifying on.  At Convention, I had watercolored my letters with Old Olive.  I decided I wanted my letters to match my strip of Bermuda Bay on the card.  I pulled out my marker and colored over the letters.  It is hard to tell from the picture but the match is better than the picture.  I also added a strip of Real Red behind my Christmas flag.

The last card I made (each kit comes with 5 card bases all alike - this one was Crumb Cake with white dots.  This one is one of my favorites.  When I saw it I knew I had to CASE.  I used the extra gold glimmer paper that was around the items in the kit to make the star and the rays.  I cut one of the woodgrain sheets up to make the fence.  The banner punch was use to make the tops of the fence.

I still have 3 other card bases to use so I will be sharing some of those samples also.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have some errands to run and then I hope to play and I have a workshop tomorrow so I have to cut for it.  Have a Fabulous Friday!