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

Halloween Fun for LMMS

Happy Thursday! It's been raining most of the month in my neck of the woods and fall is creeping into the landscape....leaves are turning yellow, animals are stocking up on food and our nights are dark again, which means the Northern Lights are back! Since I work nights I'm able to see them when they are out and Tues night I got to watch them for the first time this season!

Since my brain is in fall mode I decided to go with a Halloween card this week for Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I used this fun image called Polka Dot Pals Hauntly. I just love her spider web dress and the bat in her hair. I wanted to do something different for my background so I pulled out my Ken Oliver Color Bursts, something I haven't touched in quite some time. I shook some yellow, orange and green powder onto my card stock, sprayed it with water, did some blotting here and there and then put my heat gun to it to finish it off. I really like how the background came out!

Make sure and head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with our Anything Goes Challenge!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fangs for Everything

I was playing around with my distress oxide inks the other night and since I knew I wanted to make a Halloween card I tried to go for an outdoor spooky type of scene. I started with Black Soot at the top, then brought in Fossilized Amber and finished the bottom off with Peeled Paint. I was happy with the end product so I then stamped the fence across the front and then added the bats. A nice and easy Halloween card!

Stamps: Frightful Friends (MFT)
Paper: Lucky Limeade (SU retired), Basic Black (SU), Neenah Soloar White
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: W2, W4, W6
E00, E02
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Dimensonals

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fall Blessings

Autumn is making it's way into southcentral Alaska. The leaves are starting to turn yellow, fireweed is blooming out and it's leaves are turning red and our days are nice and cool. Since I'm in an autumn frame of mind I decided to make a fall themed card with a set from SugarPea Designs. The set is called Lovely Leaves and it has 3 great sentiments that are perfect for highlighting on a card.

For this card I chose to highlight the sentiment "Fall Blessings". I picked the patterned paper for this card out first and then pulled the colors from it to use on the sentiment panel. I die cut the circle and then stamped the sentiment and leaf images around it for a little extra visual punch. I then popped the circle up with dimensionals. There is no coloring on this card at all, which is unusual for me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Lovely Leaves (SPD)
Paper: Cranberry Crisp (SU retired), Neenah Solar White, Warm and Cozy Paper Pad by Jen Hadfield
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU), Pumpkin Pie (SU), Mossy Meadow (SU retired)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circles, Dimensionals

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#1 in my Book for LMMS

Happy Thursday! It's time for Inspiration Week at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and since school started back up in my neck of the woods I decided to use an image that would be great for a back to school theme. I work for the school district but it was weird this year, I have no kids headed back to school, my last one graduated in May! First time in over 21 years where there was no back to school craziness for me, other than work related stuff.

The image I used is called PDP Tracey and she is sitting reading a book. I love to read and so this image could totally have been me in school. To this day I make it a point to get some reading in every day, usually at night right before I head to bed. I don't know what I would do without a good book!

Make sure you head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and don't forget, the Anything Goes challenge is still open!

Stamps: PDP Tracey (LMMS), Bookwork (MFT sentiment)
Paper: Soft Suede, Neenah Solar White, PP
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Copics: E00, E02
R14, R24
E23, E25, E27
W1, T1
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Blueprints 15 and 20

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Maize for Hues to Use

A new Hues to Use color palette was posted today over at the Power Poppy blog and let me just say, I LOVE these colors! Browns and a rich yellow? Yes please! I am totally in fall mode already so I knew instantly which set I wanted to use when I saw this, the Maize for Days digital stamp set.

I colored the corn in with copics Y35 and YR24. The lighter shade of brown was brought in on the husks and then I used the darker brown to color in the ribbon. The bittersweet has some yellow also as well as a touch of orange. I didn't want to include too much orange since it's not in the color challenge but I did include some patterned paper that has a touch of orange also. However the 3 colors from the challenge are the focus of the card.

 I popped the image panel up with dimensionals and thought about putting a sentiment across the bottom but after several tries I just didn't like how it looked and finally decided to leave a sentiment off the front.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Maize for Days (Power Poppy)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (SU), Neenah Solar White, Sweater Weather DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU), Printer Ink
Copics: Y35, YR24
E31, E34, E37
E43, E44
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Zig Zag Stitch Ovals, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sending Peace

I'm cutting it close again with getting the current Power Poppy Hues to Use challenge down before the new one comes out Tuesday but it's been crazy around my house. I spent the entire weekend painting my living room and the house was a disaster area while furniture was displaced. Hubby asked me to please not paint the living room again for at least another 10 years LOL

This card actually fits for 2 Power Poppy challenges...the Hues to Use and the Mix and Match. Sadly, I needed to make a sympathy card as a gal I used to work with lost her son in a motorcycle accident in Anchorage last week. I'm friends with one of her best friends and this card is going to the best friends, while I work on another card for the mom.

This digital stamp set was on sale in the Power Poppy shop and I didn't have it yet so of course I scooped it up. For the purple and light pink in the color challenge I incorporated that by coloring the flowers with those hues. I also used a light pink to do some shadowing around the flowers. It's hard to see on the purple flowers but I added Wink of Stella to them.

The sentiment is from the Olive and Oak digital set (which is the set I'm using to make the sympathy card for my former coworker), so that qualifies this card for the mix and match challenge, as the flowers are from the Ranunculus Digital Stamp set.

Stamps: Ranunculus Digital Stamp set, Olive and Oak Digital Stamp set (both Power Poppy)
Paper: Lucky Limeade (SU retired), Neenah Solar White, Sycamore Street DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Printer Ink
Copics: R0000, R000, RV52, R81
V06, RV66
YG09, YG11
Accessories: Lucky Limeade Ribbon (SU retired), Round Corner Punch, Wink of Stella

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Best Wishes for Sunday Stamps

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a color challenge with bright summer colors. I decided to use a digital stamp set from Power Poppy on my card called Well Hello Dahlia. The set comes with an image of 3 dahlias in vases or just a single dahlia in a vase and I chose to go with the single flower for this card. I used copics for the yellow and the brighter red to color the flower.

For my background I took some Distress Oxide Inks along with a stencil and used the yellow and a more muted red to created my vertical stripes. My horizontal stripes were created by leaving the ink on my stencil, spraying the stencil with water and then laying it down on the card stock for a few minutes. I love the look it created!

I also created this card for the Power Poppy monthly challenge, which is to combine 2 stamp sets on your card. I used the digital set Well Hello Dahlia for the image and the sentiment is from the clear stamp set Geraniums Take Two.

Make sure and head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us! There is also still plenty of time to play along with Power Poppy and their challenge so head on over there too!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

You're the Best for LMMS

It's Inspiration Week over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and this week I'm using a new image called Polka Dot Pals Bethany! I took one look at her and instantly thought of my daughter when she was a small little blond toddler, full of all kinds of sass, and so that was my inspiration when coloring this fun girl.

I was stumped for a while on how to do my card layout but as I sat looking at my craft desk I spotted the Distress Oxide inks I had laying there and decided to grab one of my MFT stencils and create a fun little background for PDP Bethany. I used Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio along with the MFT Geometric Grid to get my background and then I popped my image up with dimensionals over it. Super easy but still visually fun!

Make sure and head 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!

Stamps: PDP Bethany (LMMS), Perfect Words (SU retired)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU Thick White CS
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: Y21, YR31, YR21
RV21, RV42
R32, R43
E00, E02
N2, C5
Accessories: MFT Geometric Grid Stencil, Dimensionals

Monday, August 7, 2017

Simple Joys for Hues to Use

As soon as I saw the current Hues to Use colors over at Power Poppy I knew I wanted to use the Simple Joys set. I've been eyeing that set forever, I just love it, but I had to wait for it arrive and it came in the mail Friday night. My best friend moved down to FL early Sat morning so I didn't break out any stamps until Sunday night but I really wanted to get this card done before the new colors get posted!

I'm not a fan of pink but one of my closest friends is a total pink lover so I knew that I'd be using these colors to make her Christmas card for this year! The browns were easy for me, I love earth tones and so I incorporated  them by coloring the can with the light browns and just a touch of dark brown. I brought the dark brown in on the branches,  the ball of yarn and with the polka dot ribbon I put across the center of the card The pink was brought in on the ornaments, the bow on the package and the patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Simple Joys (Power Poppy)
Paper: Early Espresso (SU), Neenah Solar White, Soft Suede DSP (SU retired), Crate Paper Hello Love
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Copics: E31, E33, E35
E47, E49
RV06, RV09, R32
N2, N4
W1, W2
T0, T1
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Zig Zag Stitch Circles, Early Espresso Polka Dot Ribbon (SU retired), dimensionals

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Being You for LMMS

It's Inspiration Week over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and this week I'm using an adorable image of a girl holding a baby chick. Most of the people I know in my neck of the woods have chickens or ducks so this is a perfect card for the local farmer or wildlife lover!

The image is called Polka Dot Pals Zaneta and can be found HERE. Don't forget that the Anything Goes Challenge is still open!