Friday, October 24, 2014

simply create too 73 (shop your craft room)

Shopping in your craft room. I've had so many people tell me I could open a store in my room. They're right. But that's not what this is about. This post is about the new challenge over at Simply Create Too where you're to shop your own craft room. Kinda along the lines of Darnell's NBUS (never-been-used-schtuff) idea. Use something you bought cuz you just had to have it, but then have never used.

That's what I did here.

I'm thrilled to say I layered two journal cards from Kesi Art, a chipboard frame and the Thickers ampersand which were NBUS. Booyah!

The little alpha stickers from KI Memories are ancient but I love to use them whenever I can.

Challenge yourself to shop your craft room and then Simply Create, Too!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

it's raining cupcakes ... (CASOS)

(at least I hope it is!) for Debra J. (my lovely teamie over at STAMPlorations) who is having a birthday today! Shery is having a party for her over at the blog.

Debra has made the most beautiful and creative cards using the cupcake stamp from STAMPlorations, so of course I had to use it too.

Don't know why I don't make tall cards more often. It happened naturally after I created my watercolor BG (supposed to look like a cloudy/rainy sky) and then had to get some falling cupcakes into the scene. So the falling computer-generated sentiment kinda happened too!

I'm joining the fun at:

CAS on Sunday - #44 Emboss It

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking. Take a peek at what the others came up with. And enjoy your special day, Debra!

Monday, October 20, 2014

STAMPlorations sketch #22 (ATCAS, Seize the Birthday, CASOS)

Welcome to a new sketch over at STAMPlorations. This is what she looks like. Harmless, right?

Leslie, of The Crooked Stamper (great blog name, eh?) is guest designing with us this time around and she has a really fun design over on the blog. As do my teamies. Have a looksee.

Here's my card. Make that "cardS".

So ever since my family's "161" party back in September, I've had combo birthdays on the brain. Saturday we were invited to a party for a couple, both of whom turned 50 this year. Thus my "celebrate 100" card.

And, well, my folks have birthdays within two weeks of each other and are sharing a present this year (we're sending them to see Michael Grimm who won America's Got Talent back in 2010 - sure hope they enjoy it. Tangent.) So they're sharing a card too.  Celebrating 173. Those are the words "one, seven, three" stamped on the BG of this one. Blows my mind that the four of us plus Ellie plus our anniversary added up to "161", and the they are celebrating "173" with birthdays alone!

Had some fun with heat embossing and watercoloring on these cards. Used a line stamp, curved and stamped twice to create a stem for the beautiful daisy from Bloom Sketches.

Nice sketch. Easy sketch. Give it a go. Don't forget, there are prizes to be had ;) And there's a never-ending Anything Goes challenge too if you use STAMPlorations stamps!

I'm hooking up at:

ATCAS - #50 Vellum (I would be lost without vellum - love the stuff)

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

CAS on Sunday - #44 Emboss it

Friday, October 17, 2014

beauty markers (Craft Stamper, ATSAM, SSS)

I love this technique. Apply various colors of waterbased markers to a stamp (TIP: works best on a rubber one), spritz with water and stamp. Then spritz and stamp again. Two images for the price of one. And usually the second is purtier.

I have to say that this time, cuz I sent out the first one without taking a photo of it for you to see and decide for yourself. Duh.

Here's the second print.

A bit hard to imagine the blooms and berries in the negative spaces, eh? Wanted to share the stamp set with you, but I can't find it on the web, so... I think it was Hero Arts.

I'm joining the fun at:

Take It, Make It - October Multicolored Stamping
Addicted to Stamps and More - #117 Make your Mark
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Letter "O" for ombre

Fall break has arrived in these here parts. Yippie. Happy weekend everyone.

Paper:  cardbase The Paper Studio
Stamps: Hero Arts, sentiment PTI
Ink : markers, Hero Arts
Other: water

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

fall colors (AAA, Time Out, SSS, Make the Day Special)

Happy Fall, ya'll.

Inspired by a 6x6 pad from Simple Stories. Saw the label and decided to put it to use as the sentiment for my card. Next came the idea of mimicking the tree and leaves by using the PTI Mighty Oak and embossing it then applying some watercolors over the embossing. And because the "feel" of the card heads in the direction of warm and cozy... a couple buttons made an appearance too!

I'm playing (can you tell I'm in the challenge mode these days? ;):

AAA Cards - Fall colors

Time Out - #16 CASE Heather with a twist

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors

Make the Day Special - Try a technique (I brought buttons back to life)

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Fall if it's Fall where you are. I love this time of year. Thanks for coming by.

p.s. Did you see this post over at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking? It's about using your tools wisely. They're featuring one of my cards that I really, really love:)

Paper:  Bringmann, PP Simple Stories
Ink : Versamark, watercolors
Tools: rectangle die Lil Inker
Other: buttons, twine

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

i'm stickin' with yellow (RIC, Crafty Cardmakers, HOC)

Maybe you saw my first card for the Runway Inspired challenge...

No butterfly this time, but I'm stickin' to the black and yellow. And light and airy.

I let myself be inspired by some Kesi Art PP and that heart die. Added some splatters and sequins and a sentiment.

And cuz it's all about the sentiment at Crafty Cardmakers #125, I'm hooking up. Also playing at House of Cards again where it's about Punches and Dies.

Thanks for looking.

Paper:  Bringmann, PP Kesi Art
Stamps: WPlus9
Ink : Versafine
Tools: you die SSS, heart die Kesi
Other: sequins, spray ink

Monday, October 13, 2014

up in the sky (Lawnscaping, Seize the Birthday, TCEC)

Quick one. A birthday card for a six-year-old gal. Lawn Fawn PP. Some balloons and some clouds. And a part of a sentiment stamp from Stampendous from which I have certainly gotten my money's worth. (It's actually from a baby set.)

Toughest part was deciding on which PPs to combine and then tying those stinkin' little threads!

I'm joining the fun at:

Lawnscaping Patterned Paper

The Cutting Edge #12 cuz I'm up in the air (and have clouds!)

Seize the Birthday without toppings

Paper:  Bringmann, PP Lawn Fawn
Stamps: Stampendous
Ink : Versafine
Tools: balloon and cloud die PTI, number MFT
Other: thread

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