Sunday, December 29, 2013

SPARKS Challenge- You're Brrr-fect!

Hello friends,

Just popping in to share my Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge card for this week's Anything Goes Challenge.

For my card, I used Chilly Chums to create a little snowball fight scene between the fox and the seal.  Originally, I thought about using the "Take Risks" sentiment from Group Hugs inside the word bubble, but I settled on You're Brrr-fect from Chilly Chums.  I die cut the snow drifts using the Borders 1 dies. 

You have until Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:59 PST to link up your Paper Smooches project.  Remember, anything goes! :)

These lovely ladies are playing along with this week's challenge, you should check out their amazing work, or visit the SPARKS blog for more inspiration!  


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fresh Squeezed Stamps- Best Wishes for 2014

Hello and Happy Saturday!  

I am on the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog today sharing a colorful card I made perfect for celebrating 2014. Every year, we ring in the New Year at our friend's house and I love being able to give our hosts a special New Year card.

First, I used the ray from Weather Through to stamp a colorful sunburst on white cardstock.  I matted the stamped panel with black cardstock and adhered it to a white cardstock base.  Next, using Take a Number, I stamped 2014 on a circle I punched from white cardstock, matted it on black cardstock and adhered it to the card.

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from Inside Scoop: Holiday on the bottom of the card front. 

Oh, and I hear that Fresh Squeezed Stamps is having a little sale to ring in the new year. 20% off all in-stock items until January 1 with the code JOY13!  Click here to start shopping now! :)

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


Friday, December 27, 2013

Neat and Tangled- Black Tie Wine Tag

Hello friends!  

Happy Friday! With 2013 winding down, my thoughts are turning towards New Year's Eve.  I am on the Neat and Tangled blog today with a super simple idea to make any bottle of wine "black tie" celebration ready. 

Stop by to see what I have been up to! 


Monday, December 23, 2013

Moxie Fab World- Petite Pretties

Hello friends!

Happy Monday! Today I am guest hosting at the Moxie Fab World sharing some thoughts and ideas about Petite Pretties, tiny accents and embellishments that we paper crafters love to use and hoard on our projects.

My post highlights several awesome cards from some amazing paper artists, plus one of my own....Here's a sneak preview:

This card is smaller than it appears.... 

See, it's tiny!  

I made this card by stamping and die-cutting the elephant (Hero Arts) onto gray polka dot paper.  I scored the second die cut and adhered it to the front of the card with score tape.  I added a party hat, teeny pom-pom and small balloon to this party-going elephant! 

Please stop by the Moxie Fab World to check out some other inspiring approaches to incorporating petite pretties onto your projects!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Fresh Squeezed Stamps- Graphic Santa

Good morning!  

I am on the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog today sharing another clean and simple Christmas card idea. You may have heard of a little movie from a few years ago called Bad Santa. Well, let me introduce you to Graphic Santa. 

While Bad Santa wasn't very nice, Graphic Santa is graphic, but in a good way.

For this clean and graphic card, I incorporated some color blocking by heat embossing the bottom portion of the Hey Santa button from Hello December in white onto red cardstock and lined it up with the image stamped with red ink on white cardstock.  A bit of baker's twine and matting the tilted panel with black cardstock helps to draw out the contrast between the red and white.

This card makes great use of scraps of red cardstock which may be floating around your craft table this time of year, plus it's practically flat for easy mailing. 

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

Sunday, December 15, 2013

SPARKS Challenge- Season's Greetings

 Hello friends! 

Just popping in to share a card I made for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  This week's theme is Anything Goes.

I used the Snowflakes dies to create a card that I am calling monochromatic with a twist.  I started my covering a white card base with strips of pink, red and gray cardstock.  Next, I die cut the snowflakes and adhered them to the card.  I affixed a gem in the center of each snowflake. 

I stamped "Season's Greetings" from Fresh Snow in Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

You have until 11:59 PST on December 21st to link up any Paper Smooches project to the  SPARKS blog. Be sure the check out the inspiration offered up by the other team members playing along with this week's challenge: 

I can't wait to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Get your elf on!

Happy Saturday friends,

My regularly scheduled Saturday blog post for Fresh Squeezed Stamps has been "elfed" by this guy...

Meet Robbie, our Elf on the Shelf.

He's all about spreading a "wee bit of holiday cheer!"

(This card is smaller than it appears.)

He's pretty proud of his creations and would love for you to stop by and say hello! 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A pair of thank you cards

Hello and TGIF friends,

I am just popping in today to share a few thank you cards. First up is this little number created with some of of my Paper Smooches favies (Word Bubbles dies, Many Thanks, and Teen Routine- smile).

Many Thanks- Paper Smooches

Kim reached out to me earlier this week about sharing this card on the December Paper Smooches Patrol and I realized that I never shared this card here- whoopsie!

Next is a card created with Avery Elle's Laurels set.

You are too kind- Avery Elle

I am not much of a flower girl... somehow they never seem to work for me, but I find this set from Avery Elle so well designed, that even I can make pretty flowers.

Both of these cards were among my non-winning entries for this year's World Card Making Day contest. I was working on my entries late in the evening before the deadline and didn't even get a chance to properly photograph my cards.  On the day of the deadline, I snapped pics of my entries with my iPhone before sealing up the box and running to the post office on my lunch hour.  (The background may or may not be my cubical....) :)

Well, that's all I have for today.  I will be back tomorrow with some Fresh Squeezed Stamps inspiration!

Have a great day! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

SPARKS Challenge- Home for the Holidays

Hello, hello!

I am so super excited to be sharing inspiration today for my very first Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge as a member of the Sparks design team!

The theme this week is Picture Perfect and we are creating projects based on this gorgeous inspiration photo:

And here is my take on the inspiration photo: 

First, I die cut white cardstock using the Borders 1 die.  Next I stamped and die cut some of the cutie houses from Bitty Bungalows, colored them with markers and adhered them too the snowy hills.  I added some glistening snow to the houses and hills using Stickles.  I stamped the sentiment from Merry Motifs on white cardstock, trimmed the edge with some pinking shears and adhered it to my the card. 

Here's another look at the houses covered with glittery snow. 

You have until 11:59 PST on December 14th to link up your take on this challenge on the SPARKS blog.  Be sure the check out the inspiration offered up by the other team members playing along with this week's challenge: 

I can't wait to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Fresh Squeezed Holiday Photobomb

Hello and Happy Saturday!  

I am on the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog today with a #HolidayFun card using Arctic Friends.  

I heard that the word of the year for 2013 is "selfie," so my card represents what might happen if the cutie penguin from Arctic Friends attempted a selfie...

....he gets photobombed by his friend, the walrus!

I covered my card base with a panel and strip of patterned paper.  I then die cut a photo frame from patterned paper and on a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the penguin, masked the penguin and stamped the walrus.  I added the shading to the walrus along with a pale background with markers. 

I stamped the sentiment from Hello December onto the photo frame. A button and bit of twine added a finishing touch.  I have to say, with a face like that, I would welcome a walrus photobomb any time!  

That's all for me today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great Saturday! 


Monday, December 2, 2013

Winner- Create and Share Cardmaking


Just popping in today to share the winner of the free spot in Kim Kesti's Create and Share cardmaking class at Big Picture Classes.

I consulted and the Random Number Generator told me that the winner was number 11- Virginia Lu! Congrats Virginia!  I will be in touch!

True Random Number Generator11
Virginia L. said...

Sounds like a SUPER fun and fabulous class to take! Congrats on being a part of the teaching staff! PS: I went back to Target again today...we do have the SAME decorations...I guess I wasn't paying attention to them yesterday since it was SOOO crowded (LOL)!
Thanks for stopping by!!