Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wish Big for LMMS

It's time for Inspiration Week over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I'm highlighting this fun little wizard! I was going to make him the focus of a Halloween card but decided to go along with more of a birthday theme.

This image is called Swings N Slides Wizard and he was colored with copics. To get the hazy appearance around him I used the Toner Gray copics to shade around the image. I cut out a piece of black card stock the same size as the image panel and then set it the opposite corner from the image panel. 

Head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and don't forget, the Anything Goes challenge is still open, so play along with us!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Christmas Embossing for Jingle Belles

This week over at the Jingle Belles blog the challenge is to use some sort of embossing on your Christmas card. It can be heat or dry embossing, or even textured or embossed papers. I decided to do some dry embossing for mine.

I received an order for some Christmas cards and the gal told me to make whatever I wanted. I had colored this wreath from Power Poppy as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge in Sept and so it was the perfect image to use. However, I got stuck on a layout for the card and my brain just shut down, I could not figure out how I wanted to position the circle. I was actually at work when the idea popped into my head to do an embossed panel in the background with a patterned paper strip across the middle. All I had to do was go through my paper stash when I got home to see what paper went nicely with this wreath and the blues I used.

I found this paper from Doodlebug Designs in my stash and I really liked the design of the paper against the wreath, and the blue hues were perfect. After embossing my white background I put a strip of the patterned paper across it and then popped up the circle across it with dimensionals. 

I really like how it came out! I made 2 for my customer and I'm going up make up some more for my stash!

Stamps: Wreath: Succulents and Baubles (Power Poppy)
Paper: Brocade Blue (SU retired), Neenah Solar White, Doodlebug Winter Ribbon Stripe
Ink: Printer Ink
Copics: B91, B95, B99
YG61, YG63, YG67
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Stitched Inside and Out Circles, SU TIEF Snow Burst (retired), Dimensionals

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Harvest Blessings for Sunday Stamps

It's time for a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps and this week we have a color challenge. I took one look at the colors and instantly thought of fall, so I pulled out the Harvest Mouse set from MFT for my card.

I focused on the dark reds and orange from the graphic and brought them in with the patterned paper and card stock I used. I added one of the blues by coloring the sweater the mouse is wearing.

The layout probably looks familiar because I've done several cards with it this week's the current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I'm really loving this sketch!

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we'd love to see what you do with the colors!

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Yeti Christmas

I needed to create some Christmas cards for an order I received and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was the perfect starting point. I am really loving this sketch, I think it's a great way to use images with a sentiment!

For these cards I used some retired Christmas DSP from SU and the Beast Friends set from MFT. The set comes with several different yeti images and so I used an image of a yeti with a mug and another of a yeti wrapped in Christmas lights.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Warmest Wishes

It's time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and this week I decided to go with a Christmas/winter card. I used one of the Honeycloud images, Sonny Honeycloud Winter. She is so sassy and fun, I just love her! She makes the perfect image for a preteen or teen girl!

My layout is from this weeks current Freshly Made Sketches and I decided to go with a traditional color theme with some black thrown in. I really liked the black snowflake paper against the red and green. This layout is really great for highlighting an image and sentiment together!

Make sure and head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Succulent Colors

I played along with the current Power Poppy Hues to Use challenge. To go along with the challenge photo I went ahead and used the Power Poppy digital set Wreaths: Succulents and Baubles. I used the raspberry color as my card base and also on the ribbon on the wreath. I brought in the pink on the die cut background and then on the ornaments on the wreath. The green of course is used on the succulents and then 2 of the banners coming down from the image panel.

I'm a traditional Christmas colors kind of gal but I have a few friends that will love this link Christmas card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Kitty Bee Designs Blog Hop!

Are you ready for a BRAND NEW RELEASE from Kitty Bee Designs?? I know I am, so letʻs celebrate with a Blog Hop!!! We have tons of AWESOME, SUPER CUTE new images to share with you and we are doing a little celebrating just in time for Halloween!! But DONʻT BE SCARED... these images are just perfect for more than just Halloween!!

Our wonderful Design Team all worked really hard to bring you some great samples, so make sure to swing by each of their blogs to check out the new digis.

And thereʻs a bonus... weʻre giving a handful of digis away! One commenter from each stop on the hop will win the digi used by that DT member. You donʻt need to comment on every blog to be entered to win... but each comment you leave is another entry so make sure you swing by every designer's blog and let them know how FANTASTIC their cards are, and then make sure you come back and tell us which digi is your favorite!! One SUPER lucky winner who visits (and comments) on every stop as well as tells us which 3 digis are their favorite on the KBD blog will be entered to win ALL THREE!!

Entries close in on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 11pm Hawaii time. Winner will be posted the following day, Wednesday 4th October. Multiple comments on a single blog entry do not count; comments must be made on the KBD Blog hop post and/or the KBD DT memberʻs KBD Blog Hop post before the above-mentioned deadline to qualify for the prize. Only one digi will be given out per stop; if a DT member has made multiple projects, only one digi will be given out and the prize digi will be chosen at our discretion.

Remember to make sure you come all the way back to the KBD blog and let us know which 3 digis are your favorite! And if you just canʻt pick swing by the KBD Etsy shop and use CODE1017 to get 15% off your order for the entire month of October!!

I'm featuring the new digi Pumpkin Panda on my card. How adorable is he? I just love how he is tucked into the pumpkin!

After coloring him with copics I used a die to cut him out and then adhered the image panel to some Halloween paper I have in my stash. I was originally going to make this a vertical card but didn't like how it looked so that was easy to solve, I turned the card and voila, instant fix!

You can find the new Pumpkin Panda digital stamp in the shop HERE

Let's get hopping!!

Kitty Bee Designs Blog
Larelyn of Handmade From My Heart
Karla of Creative Love Affair
Tracey of Mowbray Designs
Connie of Connie Can Crop
Grace of Sugar Cards
Jessica of Fresh by Jess
EK of ekgorman designs
Lisa of Snowy Moose Creations --- YOU ARE HERE
Clara of Just Buzzinʻ By
Naz of Sasayaki Glitter
Julie of Crazy Crafting Squirrel
Anne of Constantly Carding
Jennifer of Glitter in My Hair
Saba of Paper Boutique
Peggie Sue of Max and Boo
Annie of Little Wings Creates
Kitty Bee Designs Blog

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Wreath

It's been a bit hectic for me and I'm behind on playing with challenges. For today's card I am playing along with last weeks Hues to Use over at Power Poppy. I just love these rich fall colors!

I decided to use the digital stamp Bittersweet Wreath. I thought the little berries would be perfect for the orange and yellow, and the green brought in on the little leaves. I decided to place the sentiment underneath the wreath, and then because I felt it was too stark I sponged the edges of the panel in a light brown to give it more of an aged look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Bittersweet Wreath (Power Poppy)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Neenah Solar White
Ink: Printer Ink, Crumb Cake (SU)
Copics: YG17
YR18, YR23
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15

Ghost Hugs for LMMS

It's Inspiration Week over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and this week I went with a Halloween theme. I used a terrific image from the shop called Polka Dot Pals Ghostly. It's easy to color and offers up a ton of possibilities for card layouts. I decided to keep mine simple and make Ghostly the focus of the card with a tame background so I didn't detract from the image. I used a sentiment from MFT to finish the card off.

Make sure and head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and don't forget, the Anything Goes challenge is still open so play along for a chance to with a gift certificate to the LMMS store!

There is also a guest DT call going until Oct.2nd, so if you are looking to join the LMMS team check out the blog HERE for more info!

Stamps: Polka Dot Pals Ghostly (LMMS), Fab-Boo-Lous Friends (sentiment, MFT)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (SU), Neenah Solar White, Bella Blvd Spooktacular PP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Printer Ink
Copics: V04, V06
C000, C01, C3, C5
N1, N3
YG05, YG07
YR07, YR18
W2, W4, W6
E00, E02
Accessories: Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Christmas Sweaters

I'm a few days late but Sunday Stamps has a brand new challenge and this week it's a fun sketch to play around with. I decided to go with a Christmas theme and used a fun set I just got from Stampin Up called Christmas sweaters.

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we'd love to see your interpretation of the sketch!

Stamps: Christmas Sweaters (SU)
Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Real Red, Quilted Christmas DSP, (all SU), Neenah Soloar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Accessories: Dimensionals

Friday, September 22, 2017

Souper Cool

I made this card for one of the teachers at the school I work at. She teaches Home Ec and last week she left me a plate of goodies and a bowl of pea soup that her class had made. I wanted to let her know that I appreciated her thinking of me so I whipped up this card for her.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Moose Wonderful Time of Year

It's time for a new challenge over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and this time I'm going with a Christmas card. This moose image and sentiment came out last year and it's one of my favorite LMMS images! I can never resist an awesome moose stamp!

I used Word to position my sentiment and then I changed the color of sentiment to green from black. Then I took the moose image and got it positioned over the sentiment the way I wanted it, printed it out and then cut out the image panel with a die. The moose was colored in with copics.

Make sure to head over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we'd love to see what you create!

Stamps: Moose Cheer, Moose Wonderful Time Sentiment (LMMS Digital Stamps)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Early Espresso (SU)
Ink: Printer Ink
Copics: E50, E51, E53
R27, R46
G24, G46
E43, E44, E47, E49
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15

Monday, September 18, 2017

Geraniums on Kraft

This week the monthly challenge over at Power Poppy is all about coloring on Kraft. I have never done that before so I was pretty nervous, I'm not even going to lie. I gave it a try though and I don't think it came out too bad!

I used the Power Poppy clear set Geraniums Take 2 for my card. I stamped the image and then began to color it with my copics. I waited for each layer of coloring to dry before I added more ink as the color lightens up on the card stock as it drys. When I got to my desired darkness I trimmed out the image and went to work on putting the card together.

I was just going to do the strip of red patterned paper behind the image panel but the card base looked boring to me so I decided to use a retired SU background stamp and used Crumb Cake ink to get my background image. I then adhered the red patterned paper across the middle, popped up the image panel with dimensionals and then stamped the sentiment to the right of the image.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Geraniums Take 2 (Power Poppy), Print Pattern (SU retired)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU), Cherry Cobbler DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: SU Ticket Corner Punch (retired)

Good Things for The Paper Players

I had colored this image the other day for the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge and set it aside until I decided what I wanted to do with it. I was scrolling through my blogger feed Saturday night and saw The Paper Players new challenge, which is a CAS Harvest theme. My newly colored image was perfect for this!

The fall colors here in southcentral Alaska will be peaking soon and my mind is completely on autumn and all the fun things to come.....decorating for Halloween, trick or treaters coming by (hopefully, we usually don't get many in my area), prepping for Thanksgiving and then of course my favorite, Christmas! For the next 2 months pumpkins will play a big part in my decor so this fun digital image from Power Poppy really speaks to me right now! I used my copics to color in the main image and then I used my computer to change the sentiment color to orange from black. I used a die to cut out the image panel and then adhered the panel to a card base of Tangerine Tango. I didn't want to take away from the image so left the rest of the panel very clean and simple, no embellishments of any kind!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Fall Haul (Power Poppy Digital Stamp)
Paper: Tangerine Tango (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Printer Ink
Copics: YR04, YR07, YR09, YR14, YR15, YR16, YR18, YR20, YR21
R37, R38
E30, E31, E55, E57
YG03, YG21, YG63
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 20

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Country Christmas

This past week was pretty crazy so I didn't have much time to get craft, and then we went to Anchorage on Saturday for the second weekend in a row to go watch the It movie and do some shopping. Today is finally my lazy day and so I've been trying to catch up in my craft room!

Today's card combines 2 challenges...the Hues to Use colors from Power Poppy and a tic-tac-toe challenge from Jingle Belles. The Power Poppy colors were used as a last ode to summer on their blog but I instantly saw Christmas colors!

I brought the red and the lighter green from the color challenge into the ornaments hanging off the branches. The darker green was brought in on the package and the DSP I used for the background. I used neutrals for watering can, branches and DSP.

For the tic-tac-toe I went with red/card stock/bling. It's hard to see but I used Stickles on the berries on and on the package. The red isn't the main color but it's definitely on the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Simple Joys (Power Poppy)
Paper: Early Espresso (SU), Real Red (SU), Neenah Solar White, Frostwood Lodge DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: YG06, YG25, G17
RV29, R39, R59
C00, C3, C5
T1, T3
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15, Stickles Green and Xmas Red, Dimensionals

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Halloween Fun for LMMS

September 14th is Customer Appreciation Day over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps store and there are four new images released that were previously only available to challenge winners. Now they can enjoy these favorites plus one of them is a freebie to use as a background element. The freebie will be for everyone to enjoy and can be found in the store! 

Customers from the past six months should also check their inboxes for a special LMMS Newsletter that will have free gift details inside - as a thank you for being a customer! You must be subscribed to the newsletter in order to get this!
Also remember that September 15th is the last day for 50% and 20% off rubber stamps, metal dies, books and more.

It's Inspiration Week over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and I'm still rolling along with Halloween cards. This week I'm using Polka Dot Pals Zappa, isn't she fun? I left a sentiment off the card so it can be personalized to any type of Halloween themed greeting.

Ok LMMS fans, be sure to head over to the LMMS store to take advantage of the sale before it ends, and then come over to the blog and join the Anything Goes challenge!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Autumn Thanks

I'm a tad late getting my Sunday Stamps card up but here it is!

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a color challenge, some nice bright colors that are perfect for autumn themed cards. I used a sentiment stamp from SugarPea Designs as my focal point and stamped it in the purple from the challenge. I brought in the orange and turquoise (I used a more muted shade) with my background papers and the leaves.

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lil Spook for LMMS

This week at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog we have Inspiration Week and I'm trucking along with more Halloween. This time I've used an image called Swing N Slides Lil' cute is he? I colored the image with copics and for the background behind him I used Distress Oxide inks and water to get a night time kind of look.

Don't forget, there is still time to play along with our Anything Goes Challenge!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Get Wool Soon

A new Hues to Use came out on the Power Poppy blog on Tuesday and when I saw the colors I immediately thought of this set, Get Wool Soon. It's in the 50's in my neck of the woods, with clouds and rain, so I know there are a lot of  knitters hunkering down in front of the fire as Alaska ushers in fall, with winter right behind.

Blue is my favorite color so I decided to use the 2 different shades of blue on the yarn and also use it as the card base and some accents. I brought in the orange on the cup , labels and the fun plaid paper from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Get Wool Soon (Power Poppy)
Paper: Pacific Point (SU), Neenah Solar White, Perfectly Fall Plaid (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Printer Ink
Copics: B02, B04, B14, B16, B26
YR07, YR09, YR18
W0, W2, W4
T0, T1
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15 and 23, SU Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Better Than Ice Cream

It's Inspiration Week over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog but first let me fill you in on some happenings....right now over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps shop you can find rubber stamps for 20% and 50% off! Until Sept.15 all Little Miss Muffet brand stamps are 50% off and all non- LMMS products are 20% off! All discounts are applied at check out so you don't have to worry about a coupon code. Head on over to the store HERE to take advantage of this great sale! While you are over there grab a digital freebie called School Elf Pencil, perfect for your back to school cards!

My card today also features another fun deal.....the images on my card are only available by visiting the Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine online HERE. While these ice cream images won't be available on the LMMS site for a few more months you can still find lots of great Polka Dot images in the store HERE.

Don't forget, the LMMS Anything Goes challenge is still open so get your creations in!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


2 weekends ago I stamped a bunch of images, cut them out with my Scan N Cut and then colored them and set them aside. When I saw the new challenge over at The Paper Players I knew my PI images of a girl raking leaves would be perfect for this sketch.

To create my hill I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies along with some of their retired Sweater Weather paper. The plaid paper is also Lawn Fawn and I used an MFT die to cut that out. I adhered them together and then cut out some leaves from the hillside paper and popped those up around my girl, like the wind was blowing up leaves around her as she raked. It's perfect for my neck of the woods today, as the wind is whipping and blowing leaves all around.

 I kept the sentiment simple, adding the "grateful", which is from another MFT PI autumn set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: PI Thankful Friend, PI Jumping for Joy (both MFT)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry (SU), Neenah Solar White, Sweater Weather (Lawn Fawn retired), Perfectly Plaid Fall (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Copics: Y08, Y19
B91, B93, B95, B97
G24, YG63
C3, C5
W2, W4, W6
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15 and 29, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border, Dimensionals

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Batty About You

It's time for a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps and this week Leena has a fun sketch for us!

I decided to go with a Halloween theme and pulled out one of my favorite Pure Innocence stamps, Batty About You. I just love this fun girl all dressed up for Halloween!

After coloring in the image with copics I started going through my stash of paper to find something for Halloween. I found this paper I had gotten in a kit from S.E.I. a few years ago and it was perfect to use with my bat girl. I used a die to cut a circle out of the silver paper, thinking along the lines of the moon at night. I then adhered the circle to the orange paper, which has bats on it, which ties into the bat girl image. For the part on the sketch that has the ribbon I used some black mesh that came with this Halloween kit. I then used dimensionals to pop up the image over the mesh, circle and sentiment banner. 

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we want to see how YOU interpret the sketch!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all

Last weekend I used my Scan N Cut to cut out a bunch of stamped images, and 2 of them were a fun image from Power Poppy's set Feeling Fall. I just adore this image of a boot with leaves in and around it! It reminds me of my daughter with her XtraTuff's (a staple of any good Alaskan) on, walking through the woods on a rainy fall day. I was hoping Hues to Use would come out with some colors I could use on this image this week and wooohooo, the colors were perfect. I love when things work out like that :)

As I sat looking at my colored image I  got stuck on my layout and wasn't sure how I wanted to proceed. I tried a few different things and didn't like anything so I just left the image on my craft desk and walked away, as sometimes that helps my brain jump start. I started to think about the current Freshly Made Sketch and if I could make it work with this image. I came back to my craft desk Weds afternoon and started playing around with papers and it all finally came together. 

After chatting with my 18 yr old son we decided the bottom of the card needed a little something so I added this ribbon I've had in my stash forever and then I called it good :)

For the colors I think I ended up with more of an orange-peach color, and I brought that color in with some of the leaves and then the DSP. The yellow is also colored on the leaves and brought in on the circle DSP. The blue violet is the card base, the boot and the ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Feeling Fall (Power Poppy), Flannel Plaid (SU retired)
Paper: Vintage Violet (SU retired), Neenah Solar White, Sweater Weather DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: BV01, BV02, BV04, BV13
YR04, YR18
YR21, Y35, YR24
G24, G94
T0, T1, T3
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circles, SU Banner Framelits, Vintage Violet Ribbon (SU retired), Dimensionals