Saturday, August 23, 2014

CASE Anita

Hello friends! I'm back again already, posting for a challenge at Time Out. We were to CASE a card by Anita in France.

For my card, I used embossing paste with a Studio Calico stencil for the side piece after coloring it with Marina Mist reinker from Stampin Up! Then I die cut part of the sentiment using Papertrey Ink's Birthday die. I cut that three times and layered on top of each other before adhering. The word "Happy" is stamped from a stamp set from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life. Finally, I added a few pearls.

Thank you for stopping by again today. I appreciate your visits and comments very much, and I hope to see you again soon ~


Back to School

Hello friends! How is your weekend coming along? Hard to believe another week has gone by. I am having a hard time relating to kids going back to school!

As a Design Team Member, this card was created for the Paper a la Mode Challenge at Outlawz. The theme was "Back To School" so I thought these crayons from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life were appropriate. I simply stamped them in various colors of ink (also from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life), die cut them out, and then gathered them together with a piece of Baker's Twine. I die cut the bottom of the card with a Bracket Edge die from Die-namics. I purposely left off the sentiment because this card could be for a child or a teacher.

My sister is a Special Ed teacher in West Virginia, so I think I'll send it to her. She deserves something to let her know I'm thinking about her at this time. It's not an easy job, but she's been at it over 35 years!

Take it easy my friends! I am so glad you stopped by today! I appreciate your visits and comments very much, and I hope to see you again soon ~


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fresh Flowers

Hello everybody! How's your week coming along? Can't believe it's nearly the weekend. We've had another week of rain, but it hasn't been too bad. I guess it depends on where you are when the skies open up!

This stamp set comes from a Clearly Besotted set called Fresh Flowers. We used it in Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Card Class a couple of weeks ago, but my set just arrived. Now I'm going back through the video lessons to try to remember what we did with it! Laura Bassen showed us in a lesson how to color this using Copic Markers, so I followed her directions and tried it. I'm fairly happy with the result. The cardstock is from Stampin Up!; I was so happy to find some that would match. I think the orange is called Pumpkin Pie and has been in my stash for years. After adding the sentiment (from the same stamp set), I added a few tiny gems on the top and bottom along the border.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~




Monday, August 18, 2014

Harvest Memories

Hello! Hope your day is going well. I began getting out my Fall stamps even though it is still in the high 80's and 90's here in North Carolina. We won't get cooler weather for another couple of months.

This card uses a stamp set from Gina K Designs called Harvest Memories. I won it from a friend's blog, and I absolutely love it. The apples and basket were colored with Copic markers. The ribbon and cardstock are also from Gina K Designs.

I entered this card into the Gina K Designs Mix It Up Monday Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again soon ~


Masculine Birthday

Hi there! How is everybody? Now that class is over, I slowed down a bit on my postings. I'm back now, crafting away while the rain continues to pour outside. What would I ever do on these rainy days without my favorite hobby of cardmaking?

This card will be entered into the Mod Squad Challenge. We're supposed to create a masculine birthday card. This is close to a CASE of Seanie's card posted for the challenge. I had different stamps and ribbon to use, so it's not exactly the same. I love the design of the card with the embossing. That's something I often forget to try but I always like it when I do. Go figure.

The stamp set is Avery Elle's Framed Fonts. The ink and ribbon are from Gina K Designs. The little bits of bling are from my stash. It's about time for me to renew my stash of bling! Can't have an empty bin, after all!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Challenge!

Hello friends! How is your weekend coming along? I am going through withdrawal from Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Card Class! Last night as I was going through my emails, I noticed an opportunity to join a new challenge -- new for me, at least.

Inspired By Stamping ("IBS) has a challenge with three examples for inspiration -- one with four colors, one sketch, and one chevron. I decided to combine the colors with the chevron for my card.

The chevron dies were bought several months ago and have been sitting with my stash of dies ever since. I didn't know where to start with these guys, but the inspiration card for IBS really helped me get going. The cardstock is from Stampin Up! and the pink piece is from Mariposa Matstack.

This card will be entered into the IBSIC #85.

Thanks for coming by today! I appreciate your visits and comments very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~



Friday, August 15, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 11

Hello friends! How was your week? Can't believe it's Friday already. Wow, that went fast!

Today is our final day for Stretch Your Stamps 2. We've had 11 days of awesome lessons. Looking back over the cards I've created during the class, I realize I've learned a lot. These classes can't be beat! My thanks to a dear, dear friend who signed me up and gifted me this class. I am so thankful for her giving spirit! She's truly made a difference in my life.

This card was created using layered embossing--I actually heat embossed the center piece twice, once for the background and again for the sentiment. Slippery stuff! It took me three tries to get this one right! The second layer to the center piece was heat embossed, too. You can't tell it from the picture, but the background to the top piece was heat embossed in silver. It looks more like gold here for some reason. Finally, I embossed the background with an embossing folder from Sizzix. The sentiment is a bonus stamp from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life. She's great at adding those to your Club stamps every now and then.

You folks have been tremendous in following me throughout this class, and I greatly appreciate that. Your dedication to my site means a lot to me. Your comments and visits keep me moving forward on this incredible creative journey, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 10

Look familiar? If you were here yesterday, it should! For Day 10 of Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Card Class I redid the pink card I created yesterday but used a different color. I like this one better, I think.

Just like yesterday, I first stamped in white and then followed it with blue. I didn't use as much ink as the last one and I think it looks better. Maybe I just like blue better, I don't know. Anyway, this is my card for the Gallery.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much. Some of you have been here every single day throughout class, and that means the world to me! Thank you so very much! Hope to see you again real soon ~