Monday, May 25, 2015

Christmas Blessings

Happy Memorial Day!

Today's card meets the criteria for three challenges!  52 Christmas Card Throwdown (use ribbon), Crazy 4 Challenges #287 (use lots of green), and Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #270....Whew!

Who doesn't have ribbon in their stash? .....and who doesn't have some green for a Christmas card or for any other reason?  .....and who doesn't need a sketch to provide "bones" for a card?  

I've seriously gotten away from my intention to make Christmas cards throughout the year!  So it is fun to add this one to my stash....

I'm really mixing the old with the new in this card...the stamp set and dies that make the poinsettia have been around for awhile, but the top overlay on the card is pretty new.  The ribbon ("leaves") is a lovely green satin that Ellen Hutson sends (free) when you order from her site....I believe she sends a different color each month.

See the yellow "fuzzies" in the middle of the poinsettia?  It's made by a company called Flower Soft...I honestly don't know if it is still being sold!  I used it a lot in days gone by....

I don't think you can see it in the pictures, but the edges of the poinsettia are brushed with Clear Wink of Stella.

The message comes from a stamp set (Happy Christmas) by Winnie and Walter...I bought the whole set just so I could have this message because I LOVE it!

Thanks for letting me share with you!


Stamps...Festive Poinsettia (Just Rite), Happy Christmas (Winnie and Walter)

Ink...Versamark (Tsukineko), Cherry Cobbler (SU)

Paper...Trim the Tree (SU retired), Garden Green (SU), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Solar White (Neenah)

Embellishments...Flower Soft Lemon, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella (Zig), Green Ribbon (Ellen Hutson), Super Fine White Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Dies...Layered Poinsettia (Spellbinders), Speech Trio (Mama Elephant), Stitched Fishtail Flags (MFT)

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Welcome to my blog!

Wow!  No stamping today!  However...two fun challenges kept me busy with my card!

First is the Mojo Monday #398 Sketch Challenge...then the Simon Says Stamp Stencil Challenge  (for Wednesday)...

When I first saw the sketch...I thought Whoa!  Look at the layers!  I chose to leave out the bottom layer, so I didn't have Quite as many!  Julee Tilman's sketches are almost pretty enough to stand alone as cards, don't you think?

I used a very simplistic stencil (stripes) for this card...actually I don't have many stencils, so maybe this is the time to check on some new ones!  They really can add a lot!

I daubered black ink stripes onto the paper and then spritzed with Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine Mist and THEN spritzed with the Tim Holtz Spritz tool using a black marker.  One of the things I love about stenciling is that you can just keep adding layer upon layer either with color or texture.

The designer paper is from an Authentique 6x6 paper pad called Favorite...and the base was made from Neenah Classic Cream.

I've been looking for an opportunity to use the Hello Word Balloon die...Cute!  An intricate die like this one could be a problem (separating all the parts from the die), but using a dryer sheet and a metal shim make it sooo easy!

In the next picture, you can see some of the shimmer on the stenciled area and on the Hello...that's Clear Wink of Stella.  The bubbly look is from the Heidi Swapp mist...

Below is the setup preparation for the stenciling...this anchors everything before the "operation".  I've learned a ton from the techniques Jennifer McGuire shows on her videos....A TON!

First you see how the blue paper was secured on the cutting board with Painter's Tape...(using a cutting board facilitates the ability to pick up and move or shift the project when necessary).

Then the stencil is placed over the paper and inked with the dauber....what you don't see here is that I also taped down the stencil so it would not move mid-way through the stenciling!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Ink...Memento Black Tuxedo (Tsukineko)

Paper...Authentique 6x6: Favorite, Classic Cream Card Stock (Neenah), Basic Black (SU)

Tools...Stripes Stencil (SU), Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper 1/2" (We R Memory Keepers), Marker Spritzer (Tim Holtz)

Embellishments...Onyx Sequins (PPP), Rhinestones (SU), Clear Wink of Stella (Zig),  Teal Color Shine Mist (Heidi Swapp)

Dies...Leavenworth Butterfly Trio (Memory Box), Hello Word Balloon (Poppystamps), Stitched Fishtail Flag (MFT), Stitched Strips (MFT)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Verve...Week 3


This is week three of Viva La Verve's May Sketch Challenge...there will be five challenges this month!

This week's challenge is a pretty simple sketch and gave me an opportunity to try something a little different (for me)....embossing paste and a spray paint mister!  

I love the cheerful colors...the Verve flowers from Be Blessed are stamped with SU's Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight.  The flag designer paper is from SU's All Abloom.

Now for the background...I first laid down the embossing paste over a stencil called Tiny Dots...I could have done this in other ways such as using only parts of the stencil and having the embossing paste "scattered" over the background.  I think that is the usual way we see others doing it, but I decided to cover the entire background...Then I picked up the stencil (washed it off) and sprayed the paste with a pink mist spray.  By the way...I taped down the edges of the background card stock with painter's tape to minimize warping of the paper and then let it dry that way.  

Here is a close-up of the paste-embossing....I tell ya...I can't get a good close-up with my iPhone! You can see the bumps, anyway!

Thanks for looking at my blog!


Stamps...Be Blessed (Verve)

Ink...Versafine Onyx (Tsukineko), Strawberry Slush (SU), Daffodil Delight (SU)

Paper...All Abloom paper pad (SU), Neenah Solar White, Pistachio Pudding (SU), Daffodil Delight (SU)

Embellishments...Pearls (SU), Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi, Studio 490), Pink Colorshine Mist (Heidi Swapp)

Tools...Tiny Dots Stencil (SSS)

Dies...Petal Points (Verve), Stitched Fishtail Flag (MFT), Stitched Borders 1 (PPP)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Just a Little Something

Hello to a new week!

I have a card for two challenges today...both of them are Sunday challenges....Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #269 and Paper Players #245.  My card probably falls short of qualifying for the Paper Players Challenge because it really isn't clean and simple, but I've entered it anyway!  Sorry Jaydee!  I forgot to check back for the details and all I remembered was "Girly Thanks".

The title of my post plays off the name of the Clearly Besotted stamp set that I used...A Little Something...which has matching dies.  More and more I find myself searching for stamp sets with matching dies...Love the LOOK!

Once I selected the 6x6 Doodlebug paper pad, Springtime...I was off and running with the sweet colors.

Although I love green, I seldom use lime green....but it matched the little butterflies and it does make a cheerful card!

I really loved all the cute, coordinated colors in the paper pad and had a lot of fun putting them together...then I found some matching card stock with MFT's Limelight and Tickled Pink.

You can't tell that I brushed the flowers and stems with Wink of Stella glitter, so I took a close-up...never mind that it is fuzzy!  LOL!  Well at least you can see some of the sparkle!

Prior to this post, I said I would show you my Sequin storage...I use a Craft Mates lockable container.   Each "strip" of tiny boxes has a release latch that allows them to be opened...otherwise they stay safely locked in their tiny homes.

And here is the closed, easy to store container...

Thanks for dropping by!


Stamps...A Little Something (Clearly Besotted)

Ink...Doll Pink (SSS), Wild Wasabi (SU), Versafine Onyx (Tsuneko)

Paper...Springtime 6x6 pad (Doodlebug), Tickled Pink (MFT), Limelight (MFT), Solar White (Neenah)

Embellishments...Pearls (SU), Spring Mix Sequins (Stash), Wink of Stella (Zig)

Dies...A Little Something (Clearly Besotted), Sentimental Flourish Frames (MFT), Stitched Fishtail Flags (MFT)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Viva La Verve Week 2

Hi Stampers!

Today I'm jumping into the month long Viva La Verve weekly challenge...this is week 2.  Since cards can be submitted at any point during the month, I don't have to worry about "being on time".  Here is the sketch for this week....

I used several dies on my card (listed under Supplies) and decided on a birthday greeting from SU's Age Awareness, a stamp set that survived the recent Stampin' Up! purge to make room for new products.  The new catalog will be available for customers on June 2.

The gold-trimmed paper and mint green card stock are from a recent Simon Says Stamp kit.  

And can I just say Wow! to the Tim Holtz Deco Sheets (Gold and Silver)...used the gold in the large balloon...they are just plain yummy see the glitter, but cannot feel it on the surface!  And even more appealing...they have adhesive backing! ... Love!

I found the squiggly balloon strings in a stamp set, Baby Party Animals....

And isn't the gold heart cute on the large balloon?  It's from Pretty Pink Posh and called Gold Confetti because it's so perfect for shaker cards....I'll be showing my sequin storage container on the blog soon!


Stamps...Age Awareness (SU), Baby Party Animals (SSS)

Ink...Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko)

Paper...Very Vanilla (SU), Desert Storm (Neenah), SSS Stamp Kit, Deco Sheets (Tim Holtz)

Embellishments...Metallic Gold Sequins (PPP), Gold Confetti (PPP)

Dies...Blueprints 24 (MFT), Stitched Borders 1 (PPP), Stitched Strips (MFT), Balloon STAX (MFT)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Tuesday Challenge


I'm usually a few days behind in the challenges and this week is not exception....especially after a very busy Mother's Day weekend!  

This is my first time for this particular challenge...Try Stampin' On Tuesday...this week the challenge comes from a flower inspiration....looks like a tulip about to bloom...I just borrowed from the three colors I saw...reddish pink, yellow, and green.

Practically everything on my card is from the new Gina K. Flowers and Frames Stamp TV Kit....
papers, stamps, flower and leaf dies...all from a sumptuous kit with two huge stamp sets....22 sheets of card stock to match the lovely designer 6x6 papers and much more!  

I tried some 2-step stamping of the roses and popped one of them up for some dimension.  Loved adding the sparkly Doodlebug enamel dots to both roses!  The red dots actually do have a bit of a glitter effect.

The message was heat embossed with some white, super fine powder and was just one of several messages that came with the two stamp sets.

I enjoyed using MFT's Blueprints 24 for the card's design!

Here's a side view of the raised-up rose...

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Stamps...Gina K. Flowers and Frames 

Ink....Sunshine and Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)

Paper...Gina K. Flowers and Frames

Embellishments...Red, White and Blue Glitter Dots & Bumblebee (Doodlebug)

Dies...Blueprints 24 (MFT), Super Fine Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Stampin' Up! Products


Are any of you Stampin' Up! fans?  I'm an SU Hobby demonstrator (in for the discounts) so I'm excited about the brand new catalog releases.  Right now only the demonstrators may purchase the new products under pre-orders, but soon the 2015-2016 catalog will be visible to all (June 2)!  

Here is a Sneak Peek at some of the new SU products and the 2015-2017 In Colors from Mary Fish....


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