Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hero Arts / Simon Says Stamp Prayers

Hello Blogging Friends,

I had to make a sympathy card for a dear friend a couple of days ago and decided to make several using a stamp set from my stash. I am just loving the Hero Arts & Simon Says Prayers stamp set. I got this in September when it was first released and am finally having a chance to use it. As well I have been playing with Altenew's Vintage Flowers stamp set of late. I am feeling more comfortable with the layering. Over the last few days I experimented with a few different colors (inks are from SSS, Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts). The rectangle dies are also from Lawn Fawn. I took a group photo so you can see the shimmer of the wink of Stella that I used to highlight the Roses. It sure is hard to capture that in a picture.

I would like to enter the purple card into the following challenge:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Have a Heart is the theme

I would like to enter the remainder of the cards into:

Addicted to Stamps - Clean and Simple challenge
Addicted to CAS - Bloom Challenge

Thanks for stopping in,

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Layered Stamped Flowers - Altenew

I have had this amazing set called Vintage Flowers from Altenew for awhile now and have not had the time to sit and play. Well yesterday I needed a special birthday card and decided to give it a whirl. While I was at it, I used my MISTI to do 4 cards since the stamping was a lot of work. I used a combination of Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn inks to stamp these beauties.

The stamping was a lot of work, but for a first try at lining up all those layers, I am pretty happy with the results.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenge:

Addicted to Stamps - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer McGuire inspired

I have been loving, inspired by and wanting to case this Jennifer McGuire card at this link: for a really long time.

Jennifer always makes everything look so easy in her videos. I can tell you the following cards (decided to make 4) were time consuming to do the stamping. I tried free hand stamping, using the MISTI and using a ruler. In the end the MISTI was the biggest help.

I also tried a few inks before getting going and for the most part stuck with many of the same ones Jennifer used from Ranger. I did like these inks, but mine are already kind of dry and so the MISTI helped double stamp some of them.

Sorry for the poor photos . . . again because these cards have foil on them, they were hard to photograph. I also was taking pics at night which didn't help. Anyhow, I hope you find something you enjoy here. The first card was for my mom's birthday, which is why there was an extra special envelope!

Cheers! Thanks for stopping by!

Congratulations - Wedding Shaker

Hello fellow bloggers! I have managed to make it into my craft room a little over the last week and I have decided that although I want to continue blogging and sharing, I am going to take a break from the time consuming process of explaining the card or listing all the supplies. I would like to speed up the process a bit to help focus on my goal of utilizing time in a more productive way. Needless to say I do appreciate the sharing aspect and if there is anything you would like to know, please ask and I will certainly share details.

On that note, I would like to share a Wedding shaker card that I created for a fellow colleague who got married in Australia over the Christmas Break! She is just such a fun young girl and when I saw this card on Pinterest, I knew it was perfect for her and I certainly scraplifted the whole idea and changed very little. Thanks so much for the inspiration Nichol Magouirk! What you don't see in my card - as I was negligent on taking a photo - is that I turned it into a trifold card with a gift certificate holder. This allowed for all of our staff to sign the card and send our best wishes!

This card allowed me to try out my minc machine and I have to admit . . . I LOVE IT!!! Like others, there may be a lot of foiling in my future! I have noticed, however, it is super difficult to photograph shiny projects without getting a dark reflection of yourself or your camera. I found holding it up on an angle away from me helped with that process.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps Challenges - anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - something old; something new - The minc foiling is new for me, all the rest of my supplies I have had on hand for awhile
The Outlawz - CAS Challenge group - something sparkly

Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Blessed Christmas

Hello everyone. It certainly feels strange to return to my blog after being MIA for almost a year! What can I say, moving to a new school made life so incredibly busy that when I had a rare 30 seconds to whip up a CAS card there was no time for photos, blogging or to clean my craft room. LOL! Anyhoo, here is a replica of one of the Christmas cards that I made last year to kick off my mojo and get my cards started for the upcoming holiday season.

This was a very simple card to put together. I used the Paper Smooches - A Blessed Christmas stamp set, colored the image with copics, grabbed paper scraps from my scrap bin along with a gold piece of recycled ribbon and mounted it all on kraft cardstock. Of course I had to add a little shimmer with my Wink of Stella pen and some gold stitching with my pilot gold pen. Easy Peasy!

I would like to enter my card into the Paper Smooches: Gold Challenge. I am also entering it in their December Guest Designer Search.

That is all for today! I certainly hope to be back posting on a more regular basis.

Warmest hugs,