Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sorry I forgot your birthday {Paper Smooches SPARKS}

Hello friends,

I hope you are having a great weekend!  I am popping in this morning with a card I created for the latest Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  This week ANYTHING GOES and here's what I made...

Do you ever have trouble getting birthday cards to their intended recipients in a timely manner?  I sure do and that's just one of the reasons that I just adore the sentiments included in the Happy Birthday stamp set.   I stamped a pair of the sentiments on a journaling card and added the Party Hamster using the Party Posse stamp set and Posse Icon Dies.  I stamped the aqua card stock with the Dippy Dots background stamp for a fun party backdrop. 

So, now it's your turn!  Make anything you like using Paper Smooches Stamps and link up your creation to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, March 7 at 11:59 PST.  The winner of this week's challenge will receive a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches shop!  Yay!!! 

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the other Paper Smooches SPARKS team members playing along with this week's challenge: 

That's all for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't wait to see what you create! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Diagonal Ombre Birthday Card

Hi friends,

This is a rare event for me,  and I am making is just under the wire, but nevertheless I am popping in this evening to share a card that I made for a card challenge or two (!).  I still can't believe it myself. :)

I was inspired by the latest Runway Inspired Challenge to make a card using pretty shades of coral along with bold diagonal stripes.

I created the stripes by using this stencil from My Favorite Things.  I applied the ink with a sponge applicator taking care to mask off the areas that I already inked. 

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Happy Everything stamp set.  I love how the loopy 'happy' contrasts with all the straight stripes.  A few enamel dots finish off the card. 

In addition to the Runway Inspired Challenge, I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello Super {Avery Elle Blog Hop}

Hello friends,

Today I am so excited to be participating in Avery Elle's blog hop introducing the Spring 2015 new release.  My card today features the new Super stamp set and coordinating Super Elle-ments die.

I stamped and die cut the city scape onto Fog and Silver Fox card stock.  I layered the die cuts and adhered them to a Sapphire card base from the new Caribbean Collection Folded Notecards. I added a strip of patterned paper from the Harvest Collection Paper Pad to the bottom of the card. 

I stamped and die cut the searchlight and sentiment on Daisy card stock and adhered it to the card, tucking it under the rooftop satellite dish.

Blog Hop Prize Alert!!

You can't have a blog hop without an awesome prize and Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, March 1st to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, March 2nd .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.

To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow Avery Elle on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow Avery Elle on Facebook (we are ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow Avery Elle on Pinterest
  5. Become an Avery Elle blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow AE)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
Be sure to check out even more amazing inspiration from the awesome team: 

Well that's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck! 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Watercolor Succulent card set {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends,

Today, I wanted to share with you a little card set I created using Waffle Flower Craft's Planted Stamp Set along with some Distress Inks for a little "no line" watercolor fun.

First, I stamped the succulent images onto watercolor paper using Antique Linen Distress Ink. I began to fill in the images with a bit of the ink mixed with water taking care to allow dry time before shading in two connecting sections. 

I stamped the "For You" sign onto card stock, trimmed it out and adhered it to the planting.  With a ruler, I drew a stick with a brown ink pen to hold up the sign.  

I kept the rest of the layout pretty simple, adhering the watercolored panel to kraft card bases matted with light yellow and aqua card stock. 

Wrapped with a bit of twine, this card set is ready to go for gifting or for your own personal use. 

Well, that's all for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Wool Done {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card I "Made with Love" using the Made with Love stamp set.  This knitting-themed set is filled with all kinds of punny goodness including "Darn It" and the hilarious "Knit Me Baby One More Time."  For my card, I decided to go with "Wool Done." 

I stamped the yarn balls on Fizz, Aquamarine, Raspberry and Mimosa card stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder.  I trimmed out the stamped images and before adhereing them to the white card stock panel, I inked and stamped the knitting needles with black ink.   The frame on the white card stock panel was created with the Finished Frame Elle-ments die.  

Be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog to see even more inspiration from my talented teammates.  

Thanks for stopping by!

A Positive Trend {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Waffle Flower blog today sharing some photos that are "positively inspiring."  That's right, it's all about the plus sign, and I used the iconic plus sign border in the Pattern Play stamp set to create these Birthday cards. 

I am sometimes asked how I stamp borders evenly and I wanted to share my secret for even spacing and alignment- the Fiskars stamp press.  

The foam feet on the corners of the press allow me to position the stamp and make sure that everything is lined up before pressing the stamp down completely. 

For the two Happy Birthday cards, I staggered the plus sign pattern, but still made sure that the horizontal line was lined up with the edge of the card stock. 

For the Shake It Off card using the DT Mix stamp set, I aligned the stamp press with both the horizontal and vertical edges of the card stock to line up the plus signs. 

I do hope that you will stop by the Waffle Flower blog today and check out even more plus sign inspiration.  I promise that the "added" click will be "positively" worth it. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pucker Up {Take 2 Thursday}

Hello friends,

Lindsay and I are back again today with another round of Take 2 Thursday.  This week, we are both using Avery Elle's Berry Good stamp set.  I have to say that Berry Good is one of my very favorites from the past release and while these fun fruits offer so many possibilities, but for some reason, I have been inclined to watercolor with the images.

On a watercolor panel, I stamped the lemon image repeatedly with black Archival ink.  I used Distress Ink (Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed) to color in the lemons and (Peeled Paint) leaves.  Once the lemons were dry.  I added a watercolor wash with Worn Lipstick ink.  

After allowing some more time for everything to dry, I stamped the sentiment in black Archival ink and added a few gems to accent.  Finally, I adhered the watercolor panel to a pink card base. 

Well, that's it for me today, but I will be back tomorrow with more fun things to share.  Be sure to stop by the awesomely talented Lindsay's blog to see what she made with Berry Good.  

Thanks for stopping by!