Thursday, December 31, 2015

Superhero Layout for Friday Mashup

What better way to start the New Year than with a fun new challenge from the Friday Mashup! This one made me think but was really fun to work with.....This week the challenge is to create a project featuring super heroes, create a project with a comic book layout or do both. I mashed it up of course!

My husband and boys are all huge comic book geeks. I'm surrounded by comic books and super hero stuff everywhere in my house. My husband is a fountain of useless information when it comes to all things superhero/comics so I knew if I had any problems with this challenge I had the perfect people to go too with questions. 

The first thing I did was download Sandy Allnock's FREE comic book template. Some team members thought it was a bit too much to work with but I found the boxes the perfect guideline. After I printed the template out I actually cut out the boxes and then drew around them on another piece of paper so I could work outside the boxes. This allowed me to mask and erase pencil lines as I worked.

The set You're Super from MFT was perfect for this challenge. I grabbed the images, some post it notes and just started stamping and masking. After I got it all stamped I pulled out my copics and black pen and went to work adding details and coloring.

I love how this came out and when I put it to the test and showed the family it was met with rave reviews (and trust me, they will tell me when they don't like something!) so that made me happy!

I hope you'll head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with an then play along with us! Because we have team members attending the CHA conference in CA this challenge will last for 2 weeks. We'll be back to our weekly schedule starting Jan.15.

This week's Mashup Challenge is:  

  • Create a project featuring Super Heroes. 
  • or Create a project with Storybook layout. 
  • or Mash it up! and create a Super Hero card using a Storybook Layout. 

Stamps: BB You're Super (MFT)
Paper: Real Red (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R24, R29, R46
N2, N3, N4
Y35, YR15, YR16
E25, E29, E46
Accessories: Sandy Allnock's Comic Book Layout Template, Black Pen

2015 Year in Review

At the end of the year I usually do a 2 part post highlighting my favorite card that I made each month of 2015 but I'm lagging this year so I'm just going to do one big post about my favorites. 

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to stop by my blog, check out what I'm up too and every now and then leave comments. I do appreciate it!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Years but please, don't drink and drive. It's not worth it.













Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Blow Me Away

It's funny when inspiration hits! Last night I was cleaning my craft desk about 12:30am and some DSP caught my eye. I started thinking about what I could use it for and then the sketch challenge at SugarPea Designs popped into my head. I pulled out the Blow Me Away set and sat down to get my desk messy again!

Using my copics I tried to color in the dragon with colors from the paper. I used a retired embossing folder from SU for the background and various dies and punches to finish off the card. I love how it came out, it's so cute in person! It's dark and rainy here (yes, almost 40 degrees in southcentral Alaska the end of Dec, this sucks!) and getting a good pic is tough. 

Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Blow Me Away (SPD)
Paper: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: YR21, YR14, YR24
R05, R08, R27
BG01, B06
E08, E19
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Die-Namics 15 and 20, SU Cloudy Day TIEF (retired), Scallop Edhe Border Punch, dimensionals

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Create Memories

Hello there! I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! Mine was fantastic...lots of great memories created with hubby and the kids. I'm already thinking of my plans for next year :)

I finally managed to sit down and do some stamping. A gal contacted me about making a custom card for her sister, as she is going to ask her to be her son's godmother. I ended up scrapping this card as she wanted some specific text across the front of the card but this card is still good for other occasions, like a baby shower.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, it was perfect to use with this tree from SU. Maybe it's just me but I have an awful time using this particular set and really don't pull it out that often. I pulled out a retired color, Bashful Blue, to create this card. The card base, text and tree trunk are all Basic Gray.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Getting Anchored for Sunday Stamps

It's the last challenge of the year for Sunday Stamps and to close things out we have this fun sketch for you to play with! As you can see I brought out the horizontal cover up die from MFT, I love this die and it works perfectly with this sketch.

It's no secret that I adore the Pure Innocence line from MFT and being a Navy veteran/Navy family I had to have the Sailor Girl set. It reminds me of when I dressed all 3 of my kids up in little sailor outfits! I used my copics to color her was my first time doing pleats and for my first attempt I don't think it came out too bad! The DSP is retired from SU and was perfect for this card.

Head on over to Sunday Stamps and check out what the rest of the DT did, and then play along with us! Thank you to everyone who played along with us in 2015, we hope you'll join us in 2016!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sparkle and Shine for Friday Mashup

Well, another year is coming to an end and it is time for the last challenge of the year over at The Friday Mashup! I hope you have joined us throughout the year and had fun playing along!

Breelin is our last hostess of 2015 and she wants to see a New Year's themed project using the colors black, silver and gold. I had to think about this for a bit and ended up pulling out a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Sparkle and Shine. 

I stamped the circle image around the sentiment and then the sentiment in Versamark on Basic Black card stock and used a gold embossing powder to heat emboss those elements. I punched the circle out with the 2 1/2" inch circle punch and then also used that punch to create a circle from silver glimmer paper. The gold circle was created with a 1 3/4" circle punch. My card base is Basic Black and I used a die from the MFT Blueprints 15 to cut a panel from some retired Basic Black DSP. To finish off the card I added some silver stretch cord across the top.

My card is general enough where it will work for New Years or any other type of celebration!

Head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see our new blog design, check out what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us! This challenge will last for 2 weeks!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holiday Cheer

Last night I posted a card I made for a military wives Christmas card swap. This is the 2nd card I made for the swap, I don't like sending the exact card to everyone so I made several cards of each design.

This elf from MFT was really fun to color! I stamped the image on X-Press  Paper and brought the sheet to work and colored all the elves on my break and lunch. Then I just had to cut them out at home and put the card together.

I used the MFT diagonal cover up die on this card. These dies really make it so easy, I am addicted to them!

Toasty Greetings

Just a quick post.....

It's that time of year when finding time to stamp is hard but I needed to make some last minute cards for a military wives Christmas card swap so I sat down and had some fun with some MFT Stamps.

How cute are these guys from the Toasty Greetings set? I can't believe this is the first time I've inked up the set since getting it in November! The stitched horizontal cover up die makes it so easy to create a fun and fast background, I love it!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cool Colors for Sunday Stamps

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a fun color challenge for you! I really like these colors, they look like nice cool winter colors to me. It's currently 9 degrees at my place so I am all about cool :)

I colored this sweet image from MFT using my cool gray and greenish blue copics. The background was created using the MFT Die-namics Snow Drifts Cover Up....I used the die on a sheet of Neenah Solar White along with some SU Christmas DSP in shades of Pool Party and Lost Lagoon and then alternated the various colors to create my background. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray, popped up the banner with dimensionals and then adhered the girl image with dimensionals also.

Make sure to head over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Cookies for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Amy is our hostess and she wants us to be inspired by Christmas cookies and use dies on our projects.

I grabbed a retired set from SU to create some gingerbread cookies. They come with a matching die set so that made it easy to mash up the challenge this week!

Head on over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us! This challenge is open for 2 weeks!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

O Christmas Tree For TTS

We've entered the month of December and Christmas is just a few weeks away! This means the last challenge of the year is upon us at 'Tis The Season and we have an inspiration photo to carry us out for the year.

I was inspired by the tree and colors on the tree. MFT had the perfect stamp to use in the Merry Christmoose set so I stamped that and colored it with copics on a piece of cardstock I die cut using one of the dies from the MFT Blueprint 15 set. My card base is Real Red and I layered a piece of patterned paper on it and then added my image panel. To bring in the colors from the picture I added sequins for decorations on the tree.

The picture doesn't do it justice, it's so cute in person, I love it!

Head on over to the 'Tis The Season blog and play along with us, I'd love to see what you create!

Stamps: Merry Christmoose, 
Paper: Real Red, Neenah Solar White, AC Patterned Paper 'Merrymint'
Ink: Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15, PPP Classic Christmas Sequin Mix

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sending Thanks for Sunday Stamps

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US the Sunday Stamps deadline is extended until Dec.4th. I created another card for the sketch using an image from SugarPea Designs. My youngest turned 17 on Nov.20 and his grandpa sent him a card and iTunes gift card so I needed to whip up a thank you card for him!

This sweet image is from SugarPea Designs Happy Mail set and I paired him with the colors that make me think of the postal service, red and blue! I used the strip of red DSP to divide the card front into 2 sections like the sketch, and of course the penguin takes the place of the circle shape.

Head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to play along with us, we'd love to see what you create!

Stamps: Happy Mail (SugarPea Designs)
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, X-Press It, Night of Navy DSP (SU retired), Real Red DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Accessories: Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Camping out for TTS55

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states the deadline for the current 'Tis The Season challenge is going until Dec.1st, so there is still plenty of time to  play along. Thanks to this challenge I've gotten plenty of Christmas cards done and will be addressing them the next few days to mail out by Dec.1. I love being ahead of the game and having time to do other stuff!

I made a second card for the sketch and this one was specifically made for a friend of mine that lives up in Fairbanks. Her and her husband travel all over Alaska during the summer in their RV so this image from Taylored Expressions is just perfect for them!

Head on over to 'Tis The Season and play along with us, we'd love to see what you create!

Stamps: Campy Christmas (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Real Red, Neenah Solar White, patterned paper from AC 'Merrymint'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Copics: W0, W1, W2, W4
Y2, Y13, Y19
R17,R29, R46
E42, E31, E53, E35
G07, G09, G17
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF, Campy Christmas Dies, Dimensionals

Monday, November 23, 2015

Giving Thanks (again)

This week I am making loaves of banana bread to hand out to friends and  coworkers and I am also including cards for some of the recipients. This particular card is going to a friend of ours that serves on city council with my husband and also teaches at my kids school. She is such a wonderful person and we are very thankful to have her and her family in our lives, and so the card and bread are just a little gift to say we're thankful for her friendship!

The Paper Players sketch was the perfect starting point for my card. Because I used a larger image from MFT I just did the tag shape and then stamped the sentiment and created a banner for that coming off to the right. The patterned paper is from SEI and was sitting in a stash I've had for a few years. To create the tag I used the MFT Tag, You're It and then used the Snow Drifts Cover Up die to create strips across the tag. I then popped up my PI girl with dimensionals on the tag, and adhered the tag to the card with dimensionals also.

Stamps: MFT PI Turkey Time
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive, Patterned Paper from SEI, Vanilla colored paper from SEI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive
Copics: YR07, YR09, YR18
G21, G24, YG63
E37, E39
E53, E33
R000, E21, E11
E35, E99, E39
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Die-Namics Tag, You're It, MFT Die-namics Snow Drifts Cover-UP
Sponge, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Getting Thankful for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Heidi is our hostess. She has a fun sketch for us and would also like us to create a project with a thankful theme.

I used one of the images from SU's Thankful Forest Friends and colored it with various markers. I used the 2 1/2" circle punch to  cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals over the DSP. The simple sentiment is perfect for the busy DSP background.

Head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

  • Use the Sketch.
  • Create a project with a Thankful theme.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the Sketch and a Thankful theme. 

Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Delightful Dijon DSP
Ink: SU Markers
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Have Your Elf a Merry Christmas

I'm squeaking in with a card for the The Paper Players challenge, which is to create a CAS Christmas card. I just stocked up on some Pure Innocence stamps that were on clearance at MFT so perfect opportunity to break one of the sets in!

This die from MFT is a new favorite of mine as it allows you to quickly put a card together. I grabbed some paper I've had for a few years from SEI and used that behind the frame. I colored the image with copics, fussy cut it and then popped it up with dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped in Garden Green.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Weds challenge, they'd like to see Christmas cards featuring MFT products!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Elf Girl (MFT)
Paper: Garden Green (SU), Neenah Solar White, pattern paper from SEI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Garden Green
Copics: G09, G17, G28
R27, R29, R46
R000, E21, E11
YR15, YR24
E35, E99, E25
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Die-namics Stitched Cover-Up Companion-Horizontal, Dimensionals

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

I spent the afternoon watching football and when my Giants suffered a heartbreaking loss I needed some alone time and headed off to craft. I wanted to play along with the MFT sketch challenge and thankfully there is still some time left.

I used the MFT Stitched Cover Up Diagonal Die to create my angled portions of the sketch. The paper is from the MFT Calm and Cozy Chevron Pack and I started with the darkest color at top and moved to the lightest at the bottom. I cut out the streetlight in black and added yellow for the light. The sentiment was stamped in gray across the bottom and then I used spackle aka my embossing paste to create the look of heavy snow with the MFT stencil Snowfall.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Let's Get Cozy
Paper: Neenah Solar White, MFT Calm and Cozy Chevron Pack, Basic Black (SU), Daffodil Delight (SU)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Die-namics Streetlights, MFT Stitched Cover Up Diagonal Die, MFT Snowfall Stencil, Spackle

Thankful Sketch for Sunday Stamps

This week at the Sunday Stamps we have a nice easy sketch to play along with! Looking at my card you may not think I followed the sketch but I did! I just turned the card to the side and my little girl is the circle shape, with the division created by the die perfect for separating the top and bottom layers!

I love this image from MFT called Turkey Time....they just had it on sale for retirement so I am so glad I picked it up last month!! I colored the girl with copics to match the paper with the paper from SEI that I used.

I kept it very simple, I love how this die makes it so easy to create a CAS card.

Make sure to head over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Stamps: MFT Turkey Time
Paper: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, X-Press It Blending Paper, patterned paper from SEI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Cover-up Companion Horizontal, dimensionals

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Winter Ride for Friday Mashup

It's my turn to host at The Friday Mashup and this week I'd like to see winter projects using these colors: Mint, Pool, White and Slate. Winter is in full swing here in Alaska and I just love the soft colors of a snow covered landscape!

I had had this image of the sledding bear and rabbit left from the 30 day color challenge and so I grabbed it to make my card. The DSP behind the frame is Pool Party and I used Mint Macaron to stamp the sentiment across the card. The card base is Smoky Slate. The neutrals (and the pop of red) that were used to color in my image worked perfectly for the challenge! To finish it off I added a few sequins and voila, nice and easy card!

Make sure you head over to the Friday Mashup blog to check out all the great projects from the DT and then play along with us, I'd love to see your winter projects!

  • Create a project using the colors Mint, Pool, White and Slate
  • Create a project with a Winter theme .
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the a Winter theme and the Colors above

The view out my dining room window......

Stamps: Snow Much Fun (Avery Elle)
Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Winter Frost DSP (all paper SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mint Macaron
Copics: E30, E31, E34
C00, C01, C3, C5
W2, W3, W4
BG11, BG13, BG15
R29, R46
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Stitched Diagonal Cover-Up, dimensionals, sequins

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Christmoose Tree for TTS55!

This week we have a sketch at Tis The Season and I used some new goodies I just got from My Favorite Things!

I love this moose, he is just too cute! I love Christmas trees and so I made a little scene where the moose is kicking back with a mug of hot chocolate, enjoying his beautiful Christmas tree! I used copic markers to add ornaments to the tree and the background was created using a new MFT stencil and Distress Ink. I took my white gel pen and added white dots on the moose's sweater and created some reflection marks on  the ornaments. The moose is popped up with dimensionals.

Head on over to the Tis The Season blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday coming up soon here in the US the challenge is extended to 3 weeks instead of 2, so there is plenty of time to play along!

Stamps: Merry Christmoose (MFT)
Paper: Whisper White Thick CS (SU), Let's Bokeh (Lawn Fawn), Season of Style DSP (retired SU), X-Press It Blending Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Accessories: Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, Cuttlebug, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Die, MFT Large Grid Stencil, dimensionals, white gel pen