Friday, July 28, 2017

Simple Birthday Card

 Today I have a simple card made with all SU! products. The birthday sentiment was done with SU! framelits in lemon lime twist and black cardstocks and placed slightly off to create depth with the black showing through. The die-cut circle is by SU! and the dsp is also by SU!. 3 clear gemstones were added for a little sparkle.

I'm squeezing this card in over at the Dies R Us challenge #77 just minutes before it closes! The challenge is to make the die-cut sentiment the focus of your card.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful Friday!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Birthday Butterfly

My card today began with a smooshed water-colored background done with several distress inks. After it was dry, I splashed a few drops of water onto it for some interest and fun. The butterfly is by Memory Box and I die cut it in black along with several other bright colors, interchanging the negatives for some intense color. The main image panel was die-cut with GMD stitched squares and matted with black. The turquoise card base was die-cut with Lil Inker stitched rectangles. The SNSS sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and the final touch was to add a trail behind the butterfly with some tiny black gemstones.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Shopping our Stash #313 - butterflies, bees, and bugs

Seize the Birthday - always a birthday card with an option of "splatter"

Thanks for fluttering by and I wish you a wonderful day!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


  Another month has just about gone by already, but I made a Christmas card to participate in the July Rudolph Days before they close at the end of the month.

My card started with a SU! Lovely as a Tree stamp set, stamping the tree image 3 times with wild wasabi ink, and coloring in the trunk with a SU! crumb cake marker. I wrapped a piece of wasabi stitched ribbon around the lower portion and tied a piece of neutral twine into a little bow. The panel was matted with kraft cardstock. The 2 green panels are matted with white, and I used a darker green Bazzill Basics cardstock that was done with a SU! square lattice ef for a bit of contrast. The 3 little golden accents are Geo Sparkler stickers. The peace sentiment is by MB and a prize I was lucky enough to win in the May Rudolph Days! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Means Sketch Time!

Welcome to another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge! This time we're celebrating challenge #413 with the following sketch and a twist to use stamps.This will be the final challenge in our month-long celebration of our 8th anniversary. I hope you've been playing along because there is a final prize to be given away to some lucky participant when this challenge closes!

For my card today I started with an embossed background done with a SB Impressabilities "Flowers" plate on white. The stamped image is by SU! called Morning Meadow and I used markers to color the rubber, and then stamped it, adding little black dots to the flower centers with a fine marker. I die-cut the ovals with SB scalloped ovals and GinaMarieDesigns (GMD) stitched ovals from Melon Mambo, black, and white cardstocks. The tiny banners were done with a SU! banner punch, and the sentiment was done with a SU! stamp and matching punch. The script dsp was a snippet left over from a previous project, and the  black lace was from my stash. For the final touch, I added some rhinestones and black gemstones and called this one done.

Please check out the other TMS DT member's blogs for their fun interpretations of this sketch and leave them a little love too!

Have yourself a great Tuesday and we hope to see you playing along with the finale to our 8th anniversary celebration! Happy Stamping :)


Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Therapy Card

With all of this extremely hot weather we've been having lately, I was in need of a good distraction to take my mind off of the weather. Interchanging negative die cuts is therapeutic for me and I really enjoy doing it. Of course it takes lots of time, but it gives my mind a much-needed rest during the process which is why I enjoy doing it.

For this card I began with a piece of water-color paper, inking it up with Distress Oxide inks in the colors of worn lipstick and fossilized amber. Once it dried I die cut it (along with the flirty flamingo card base) with Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies. The butterfly is a combo of MB Darla and Vivienne dies, cut from snippets of espresso, red, orange, flirty flamingo and yellow. I added a trail of tiny pink gemstones and used a SNSS birthday stamp set to add the sentiment.

I'm sharing this with the Snippets Playground weeks #291 & 292 where the only requirement is to use your snippets.

Thanks for stopping by and do have yourself a great day!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Birthday Shaker Card

I have a sweet friend who's celebrating her birthday today, and she received this card yesterday, so I'm able to share it with you today.
I made the shaker with tulle - it's the easiest way I've found to make a shaker and the best part? It goes through the mail with one stamp! I used Coastal Cabana cardstock, and added some white, aqua and silver sequins to the shaker. The stars were die cut with a SNSS star die set, and the word "happy" is from a SSS die set. The "birthday" sentiment is a SNSS die and I added Nuvo aqua glitter drops to the candle in the word birthday, as well as 2 of the smaller stars. I randomly added more drops around the card as well. 

I'm sharing this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - seeing stars

In addition to my friend celebrating her birthday today, I also have another friend who's celebrating her wedding anniversary today! You both know who you are - I wish you both a fabulous day of celebrating!

Have a great Friday and stay cool if you can! It's going to be another scorcher here today - whew!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thinking of You

The challenge over at the Double D Challenge is to use black, white, and a pop of color. I die-cut a PTI scalloped banner with GinaK Wild Lilac cardstock for my pop of color. I die-cut 2 Darice swirl dies in black and white and placed one over the other, slightly staggering them for a little dimension. The dsp is from a black & white paper pad I bought some time ago that was missing a cover, so I have no idea who made it. I cut 3 fishtail banners with black, and heat-embossed the SNSS sentiment in white ep on the top one. The final touch was to add black and white sequins along with some scattered lavender gemstones.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're staying cool wherever you live. It's sweltering hot here in PA today, so I will be indoors stamping and staying cool!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Masculine Christmas

 I've been having fun with my long-overlooked SNSS grunge borders stamp set that includes a wooden plank, so I stamped a few more kraft card bases to make Christmas cards.  For this one, the wooden background was stamped with a lot of different earthy colored inks to look weathered. I added a hand-cut banner of Cherry Cobbler, with a MFT stitched die-cut panel of vanilla on top. The stag is a die-cut image from Kaisercraft done in Early Espresso card stock. The holly was done with a Poppystamps Stitched holly leaves and berries die set and some green snippets of cardstock. I added a few drops of liquid pearls for the berries and added a Sunny Studio "merry" die cut sentiment, done with mirror gold cardstock. I'll be making several more of these for our male friends this Christmas for sure!

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

 Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #174 - Christmas in July

Little Red Wagon Challenge #403 - Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a grand old Wednesday!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best Friend

It's time for the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #412 and this week we have an easy one for you.

The theme this week is to use embellishments.

I used strips of dsp from the DCWV Naturals stack and placed them on a kraft card base. I cut some ends with fishtails and some left ends straight. I used a small inchie dog stamp by Inkadinkado and cut it with a GinaMarieDesigns stitched square die, matting with kraft and then black cardstock. My embellishments are those golden nailhead stickers I randomly placed. The sentiment is from CTMH and I used a gold paint pen to fill in the letters of the word "Friend."

I hope you're enjoying the Tuesday Morning Sketches as we celebrate our 8th anniversary this month, because there are some great weekly prizes! There will also be a grand prize awarded to someone who's played along all month. Remember, during this celebration there's not only a sketch to follow, there's also a theme to follow. This week it's to use embellishments.
Please take care to link the card you entered and not just your blog.

You can check my DT members' creations for this challenge by clicking the links below:

Thanks for stopping by and good luck everyone! I wish you a great Tuesday!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas Card

 I found this card on Pinterest and wanted to case it so here's my version.

I pulled out a SNSS grunge borders stamp set I've had for years (and never used) and discovered one stamp that looked like a plank of wood! I used that stamp to make the wooden background by stamping on a kraft card base with different shades of earthy distress inks. Next I hand-cut the red and green banners and added a SB die-cut circle of retired SU! Christmas dsp, placing a strip of stamped kraft cardstock on top. The trees were made by stamping on snippets of red and green with Versamark and a retired SU! flannel background punch, then heat embossed with clear ep. I used a SU! tree punch to cut them and popped them up on foam tape. The "merry" was die cut with vanilla cardstock and a Sunny Studio die. I kept wanting to add more to this card, but ultimately decided to leave it alone and not over-embellish since it has a slight grunge look that I like.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

CHNC #342 - Christmas - optional to use a die cut

CHNC Challenge Extra for July 2017- Christmas anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a great week ahead!