Monday, April 29, 2013

Santa Takes Flight

Today's card combines my 2 favorite Christmas challenges, Jingle Belles and Merry Monday. The sketch is from Merry Monday and over at Jingle Belles they want us to celebrate things that fly for Christmas. I was originally going to use one of my bird stamps(and I still might for another card!) but then I remembered this hot air balloon from a hostess set and thought it was perfect for the JB challenge, plus it also fit in wonderfully with the sketch from MM!

I changed up the bottom portion of the sketch just a tad by adding a ribbon instead of a banner but other than that I stayed true to the sketch! The hot air balloon is popped up with dimensionals to make it stand out a little more.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone had a great Monday!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Wishes (retired), More Merry Messages
Paper: Real Red, Early Espresso, Naturals White, Candlelight Christmas DSP(retired)
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, CB Snow Dots EF, SU Cloudy Day EF, Lucky Limeade ribbon(retired), sponge, dimensionals

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mothers Day for Sunday Stamps

A friend of mine ordered a Mothers Day card from me and told me any colors, just cut loose and come up with whatever I wanted and the sketch over at Sunday Stamps was the perfect starting point!

I absolutely adore the Everyday Enchantment DSP, I bought 2 packs from the SU clearance rack, and I wanted to use it on this card. I just love the colors and designs of the papers. I used the retired set Upsy Daisy and carried over the colors from the DSP, using Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade for the flowers and sentiment. I added a scalloped border with some piercing along the bottom and some sponging for a little extra definition around the edges.

I'm really excited to bring the card to my friend tomorrow to see what she thinks of it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch, Paper Piercer, sponge

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sunshine Easel for Friday Mashup

Who is happy that Friday is here? (((raises hand))) Me me me!! It's been a busy week and I'm ready to veg out with my family this weekend and enjoy the food my husband is going to BBQ! Before I do any of that though I've got my Friday Mashup card to share with you.

Amanda is hosting the challenge this week and she wants us to create a project that incorporates sunshine! This can be interpreted in so many ways, so I'm really excited to see what everyone comes up with. She also wants us to make an easel card, so a really fun combination to work with this week!

I decided to use a lot of yellow in my card, and blue for the color of the sky. Here in southcentral Alaska we get 20 hrs of daylight in the summer and the sky turns the prettiest blue I've ever seen. I used DSP from the Sunshine and Sprinkles pkg for the starburst technique across the top of the card, and some retired Daffodil Delight ribbon across the middle to separate it from the bottom sky portion.

Hope to see you play along with us at The Friday Mashup!

Create a project showcasing "Sunshine".

Create an "Easel card" project.

Or Mash it Up and create an "Easel Card project with some Sunshine".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Hello, Hello
Paper: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Naturals White, Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Paicifc Point, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities Circles, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Paper Piercer, Daffodil Delight ribbon(retired), sponge, dimensionals

Simple Fathers Day

This week the challenge over at The Paper Players is to create a one layer card. Considering I don't like a lot of embellishments you'd think that this would be an easy challenge for me but nope, it sure wasn't! I finally decided on a nice, simple Fathers Day card.

I used the truck image from the set Countryside. This set is going to be retiring but that's ok, I'll still use it(if you come by my blog regularly you'll see I use a lot of retired stamps. As a hobby demo I buy sets because I like them and want to use them, for many yrs to come)! To help highlight the truck I scored some lines above and below the image, to create a frame of sorts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: Countryside, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Naturals White
Ink: Black StazOn, Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Simply Scored Tool, Aquapainter, Blender Pen

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Colorful Mail for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Tara has a color challenge for us.....she wants us to use Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

I won't lie...I hate the color purple, any shade of it, so as soon as I saw 2 of the 3 colors we were to use I cringed and had no clue how I was going to pull all of this together. Well, when in doubt keep it simple and that's what I did here! I spritzed some Sahara Sand on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock that I had embossed and then I pulled out the Oh, Hello set from the spring mini. I stamped the oval in Wisteria Wonder and popped it up with dimensionals over a banner of Perfect Plum DSP that I put down. I stamped the sentiment in Perfect Plum and that is also popped up with dimensionals(even though you cant tell in the pics, the extra dimension looks really nice). My daughter insisted the card needed some bling so I added the 3 rhinestones at the bottom to finish things off.

Like I said, nice and simple and I used all the colors! I'll be mashing this up by sending this card to a good friend of mine :)

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to see what the rest of the design team came up with!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Paper: So Sahara, Naturals White, Perfect Plum DSP
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Ovals, CB Swiss Dots Folder, Rhinestones, sponge, dimensionals

Peaceful Christmas Green for Merry Monday

What a week this has been...myself, hubby and 2 of our 3 kids came down with norovirus. If you've never had it, count yourself lucky. If you have had it then you know the hell we went through! I am just glad that I finally feel human again for the first time since last weekend and that meant actually being able to sit and stamp today, wooohooo! I wanted to get a card done for Merry Monday, I've been thinking about the sketch all week and how I wanted to tackle it.

I wont lie, I found this sketch pretty intimidating and  was wishing for a Tic Tac Toe challenge instead LOL I finally decided to use the Christmas Collage background stamp and cut the image down to fit what I wanted on the card. It is stamped in Old Olive, pulling the color from the DSP I used. I thought the 'Peace on Earth' sentiment worked well with the background image so I also stamped that in Old Olive and used a circle punch to cut it out. The circle is popped up with dimensionals and 3 small banners are mounted below it.

I thought the card looked kind of plain so I added some faux stitching around the edges.

It felt good to get crafty and Christmasy again!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Collage(retired), Greetings of the Season(retired)
Paper: Early Espresso, Naturals White, Letters to Santa DSP(retired)
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, dimensionals, sponge

Friday, April 12, 2013

Birthday Sketch for Friday Mashup

Happy Friday!! I've got a busy weekend daughter has her senior prom this weekend ( and a second one for her boyfriends school next weekend!) and today we'll be running around doing last minute stuff in preparation for the big event Saturday night.

Todays Friday Mashup challenge is brought to us by Erica and she has a great sketch for us. I know I am going to use this one quite frequently! You can mash it up by making it a birthday project, as well as using the sketch.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup and check out all the great inspiration from the rest of the design team, and play along with us!

  1. Create a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Create a "Birthday" project.
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "Birthday project using the Sketch".


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Colors and Butterflies to Say Thanks

Today's card was made using the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I'm a snow and cold temperatures girl but I can channel my inner spring when I need too :)

I started with paper from the Tea For Two DSP and worked my way from there. I really love the So Saffron and Island Indigo together(I am so excited that Island Indigo is sticking around, its one of my favs!). I got the paper put together, the sentiment stamped, the ribbon on...and then I got stuck. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do for the shape in the middle. I tried a few different things and then decided to keep it nice and simple! An oval from the framelits set, some embossing and then pretty butterflies and voila, done! The oval is popped up with dimensionals.

We still have a lot of snow, but our blue skies are close to Island Indigo!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Paper: Island Indigo, Naturals White, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Tea For Two DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Island Indigo
Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Embosslits Beautiful Wings,  CB Swiss Dots EF, Pearls, So Saffron Ribbon(retired), So Saffron Brads, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, April 8, 2013

Merry Monday Guest

Last Monday I was so excited to see that my Christmas moose card:
was chosen as the Top Pick for the Merry Monday challenge, and that meant I was asked to be the Guest Designer for this weeks Merry Monday challenge. As someone who adores Christmas and makes Christmas cards throughout the year I'm ecstatic at the chance to join in as Guest Designer!

Lesley has a great sketch for us this week and here is my take on it. The Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details was still wet when I took the photo and now that its dry it looks really nice, it gives the background paper a nice 'pop'. I also added some clear Dazzling Details to some of the snowflakes on the the main image panel.

I did paper piercing around the edges to help define the sections and give the eye a little something extra to take in and used a white gel pen to add some faux stitching.

Head on over to the Merry Monday challenge and check out the great inspiration from the design team and make sure you play along! Only 260 days until Christmas!

I'd like to thank Lesley and the Merry Monday crew for having me join them today, its a thrill for me!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Four Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Candy Cane Christmas DSP(retired)
Ink: Garden Green, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF, Modern Label Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, White Gel Pen, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Dazzling Details (clear), sponge, dimensionals

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Moose and Bling for Jingle Belles

Whew, I finally got a card done for the Jingle Belles challenge. I was so excited to see one of my favorite bloggers, Lisa from Recklinghausen Musings, as the guest star! Lisa creates the most fabulous Christmas creations and is a joy to follow, check out her blog!

The challenge is create a Christmas card that incorporates bling, glitter, glitz, gems, shimmer, or anything sparkly. This made me pause because I am not good at adding any of that stuff, so it took me a while to figure out how I was going to do this.

I ended up going with a Christmas moose I stamp I have and I grabbed some S.E.I. paper that I had in my stash(it's hard to see but the paper has shimmer), adding some SU Cherry Cobbler glitter paper for a final touch. On the stamp the moose has 2 ornaments hanging from its rack...I took 2 glitter brads from SU and used those as ornaments, instead of coloring in the image. I also added SU Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the present next to the moose. Hopefully all of this is enough for the bling!


Saffron and Indigo Birthday for Her

A friend of mine needed a birthday card for her daughter so what better reason to play along with this weeks sketch over at Seize the Birthday, since is a feminine card this week!

I used one of my favorite sets, Apothecary Arts. These images are so pretty and great for feminine cards. I took my colors, Island Indigo and So Saffron,  straight from the DSP I used( Tea For Two DSP from the spring mini). The main image panel is popped up with dimensionals as is the sentiment going across the panel. Soft sponging on all the layers gives the card a little more depth.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! We're in the middle of a snowstorm with another big one due tomorrow and I am loving it!! :)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Apothecary Arts
Paper: Island Indigo, Naturals White, Tea for Two DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Hearts A Flutter, Framelits Labels Collection, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Blender Pen, sponge, dimensionals

Friday, April 5, 2013

Umbrellas and Folds for Friday Mashup

Well, it's almost 3am Friday morning, I just got home from work and now I'm bringing you this weeks challenge over at The Friday Mashup!

For my challenge I'm all about umbrellas and folds, specifically a Double Z fold. For the month of April the saying goes " April showers bring May flowers" and what better to protect you from those showers than with a pretty umbrella?

If you arent familiar with how to make a Double Z Fold card then you can check out there tutorial at Splitcoaststampers HERE.

I hope you'll come by The Friday Mashup blog and play along with us!

  1. Create a project using an "Umbrella Image".
  2. Create a "Double Z Fold Card".
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "Double Z Fold Card with an Umbrella Image".