Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #136: Cabin Fever (something outdoors-y)

Hello and welcome back for another fun challenge at Shopping Our Stash! This week's challenge is to make a card or project with an outdoor theme. I don't know about you, but I'm soooooo over Winter and am ready to hit the beach! Here, see what I mean?:

Here's the inside:

Yep, it's all good when you're at the beach! LOL! I used my Slice die cut machine, (I think I'm the only person on the planet that still owns and uses her Slice! LOL!), to cut the scalloped square from scrap paper and used the negative for my mask. Then I just ripped edges of more scrap and created the ocean, sand and sky with Distress inks and my blender. My card base is trimmed from ancient DCWV card stock and that was covered with a gold glitter paper panel. I stamped the chair/umbrella multiple times onto more scraps of card stock, fussy cut and glued all the bits together. Even went over the image with markers to add some shading/shadows. Me likey! After I glued that to the main panel, I added some Diamond Stickles to the ocean for some additional sparkle. (Who doesn't love sparkly cards? Really!) Once dry, it was adhered with foam squares to the card base. Another die cut scalloped square, and the stamped sentiment finishes the inside.

So, are you ready to get you craft on and make something outdoors-y? If you do, be sure to link up your creation to the Shopping Our Stash blog so we can see it! Now, before you get to work, don't forget to check out what my teammates made for even more inspiration!

Thanks for hanging out with me! Wishing you a productive, crafty day!

Stamps: Unity Stamps - It's All Good Itty Bitty
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Ranger DI - Broken China, Antique Linen, Peacock Feathers
DP/CS: DCWV- card base and glitter paper; scraps
Accessories: Making Memories - Slice die cut machine & Basic 1 cartridge; Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger blending tool, Diamond Stickles; X-Acto knife
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Monday, January 27, 2014

1.27 Peace....

Hello there! It's my second post today. Sometimes I get on a roll over the weekend and make numerous cards. It happens. Rarely. Anyhoooo, here's another card I made. I am playing along with Retro Sketches #99 and also Merry Monday #92. (I finished this card about a half hour after MM#92 closed. Grrrr!) Oh, well, it's another Christmas card done!

The inside:

and the challenges:

I love this wreath die. It is so versatile. I know I'll be using it for Spring/Easter themed cards. The vanilla panel looked so, um, vanilla, so I embossed it with snowflakes. It still looked too vanilla to me, so I took it a step further and inked the edges and the snowflakes with Walnut Stain DI. I think it adds to the rustic look of the card. The sentiments are heat embossed, and the finishing touch is that brown faux suede ribbon. I think this is the first time I used it, and I have to say, it looks pretty awesome! LOL!

Well, it's time to feed the fur baby, then make some food for human consumption also. Thanks for hanging out. I hope you get the chance to play along with these challenges! Stay crafty, my friends!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Joyful Greetings
Ink: Versa Mark; Ranger DI - Walnut Stain
DP: Recollections - Believe
CS: Recollections
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Lg Std Circles Nesties; Poppy Stamps - Breezy wreath die; Darice - snowflake EF; May Arts - faux suede ribbon; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; Recollections - rhinestones
Adhesive: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Elmer's - extra strength glue stick; Recollections - red tape

Good Cheer...

Good morning peeps! Did any of you watch the Grammy's last night?  I watched up until a bit after 10 pm then switched over to watch Sherlock Holmes. (Yes, I opted not to watch Downton Abbey last night. Say it isn't so! They always have reruns throughout the week so I'm ok with it. ☺)

So, on to my card! This is one that I made using colors from the just about not current CMCC#4 and also the prompt from Merry Monday #91 - snowman/snowmen. I know it's already closed. I told myself earlier this month that I was going to try making Christmas cards throughout the year instead of in November and December, you know, like I always do! So I'm trying to catch up with all the challenges so far this year.

and the inside:

Pretty self explanatory. Some die cutting (snowflake), some stamping, coloring, and fussy cutting (snowman), a sentiment or two and I was done! Right before I took the pictures, I thought there was too much white space, so I added the rhinestones. I like so much better than I did! LOL!

Ok, gotta go enter this now! (wink) I may be back with another post. You never know. I was crafty more than usual this weekend! LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Freezy Fellas, Christmas Sampler
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Deja Views - Fair Isle Christmas
CS: Darice; Copic X-Press It
Accessories: Making Memories - Slice die cut machine & Noel cartridge; Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger - Diamond Stickles; Recollections - rhinestones; Fiskars corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Friday, January 24, 2014

Drunken Stampers Christmas card swap part II

Hello peeps and happy Friday! I have a few more cards to share from our first ever Drunken Stampers Christmas card swap.

First up today is the card I made for Diane:

Here is the inside:

This was based on DD Wanna Sketch #11. The paper collection has that cool border on some of the paper, and the green border was already embossed. The deer and inside sentiment were stamped in Rich Cocoa and I used red glitter embossing powder for the sentiment on the front. Loved how that worked out!

This second card is the one I sent to Barbara:

And the inside:

It's hard to see in the photo, but the beige panel is embossed with snowflakes. I saw the Glowing lights tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers and had to try it out. This was the first of two cards I made using this technique. I had so mush fun making this card, I made another similar one to send to a family member!

This last card I sent to Lindsey:

Here is the inside:

I've been making cards using the chalkboard technique more and more. I just think it's such a cool look and it's soooo easy to do! I used four sentiment stamps total from the same set. Some flowers and rhinestones from my stash finish it off nicely.

I have a few more to post, probably over the weekend sometime. Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit. I hope that you get to make some crafty goodness this weekend! Craft on my friends!

Holiday Wishes card:
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. - October 2012 KOM
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Versa Mark
DP: Deja Views - Fair Isle Christmas
CS: Recollections
Accessories: Whispers - red tinsel glitter EP; heat gun; Fiskars corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Glowing trees card:
Stamps: Hampton Arts/G45 - Christmas Emporium
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Clear Snap - Canary, Orange, Scarlet; Heliotrope, blue iris
DP: Graphic 45 - Christmas Emporium
CS: Bazzill (beige); The Paper Co. (green)
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Darice - snowflake EF; Making Memories - Slice die cut machine & Noel cartridge; Sakura - white and metallic gold Gelly Roll pens; Q-tips
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Chalkboard card:
Stamps: MFT - Seasonal Sentiments
Ink: Clear Snap - Frost White; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Recollections (kraft); DCWV (red)
Accessories: White Prisma Color pencil; Prima - flower & leaves; brad & gold rhinestones from my stash; Recollections - red rhinestones

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #135 - Winter Blues - use the color blue as your primary color

Hello and good morning friends! It's Tuesday and that means it's another fun challenge at Shopping Our Stash! This week it's to use the color blue as your primary color. It doesn't have to be winter themed, whatever floats your boat works for us! Here's what I came up with:

and the inside:

I gotta say, I LOVE how this card came out! Love it I tell ya! It's all girly and pretty and blingy and sparkly! The stamp is one I purchased last year when it was released, but as usual, it didn't see ink until now. The papers are all very old. The only one I know the manufacture of is the floral one (HOTP - from 2003!!) The light blue polka dot and the dark blue with that fabulous texture I've no idea who they are from, but they are at least 6 yrs old if not older. I even broke out the Stickles and used it on her wings, feather choker (?), and her 'crown' and antennae.  As if that wasn't enough sparkle, I added pieces of rhinestone/pearl swirls. (You know those big swirls that Prima makes? Well, I tend to cut pieces of them and use here and there, instead of the whole swirl. Why? I'm not sure. Why not?)  Here's a close up of Ivy showing off her sparkle:

On the inside, I used more of the blue papers. I stamped Happy Birthday, then did a little masking with another sentiment so that I stamped only the word beautiful from it. And that is that! As much as I want to keep petting this card, it's going in the mail to one of my nieces for her birthday.

So, your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to make a card or project using blue as your main color. Don't forget to link it up at the Shopping Our Stash blog, and while there, be sure to check out the fabulous designs that my teammates came up with! They will knock your socks off!

Thanks for stopping by, now go forth and get your craft on! :)

Stamps: Kraftin Kimmie - Ivy; MFT - More Essential Sentiments, Sunflower WTG
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Broken China
DP: HOTP (floral); Dots and textured paper - not a clue
CS: The Paper Co. (blue); Darice (white); Copic X-Press It
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Std. Circles Lg & Lacey Circles Nesties; Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger - Stickles; Prima - Rhinestone/pearl swirls
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Monday, January 20, 2014


Have you ever found yourself thinking about card designs in the middle of the night, while lying in bed, because you can't sleep? Yeah, I suffer from insomnia, so it happens to me a lot. This is a card I thought about the other night. I made it, but I thought there was too much white, so I made another one. Much happier. Here's the result:

and the inside:

So, as I lay in bed, thinking about cards, I remembered I have the Borders 1 dies, which has the heart beat die included. Since Valentine's Day approaches, I figured I'd jump on the band wagon and make a Valentine's card for the hubby using that die. Then I started thinking about the stamp sentiments that would go with it. I remembered the thump sentiment and I swear I almost got up then and there to make the card. Almost. But I was nice and toasty warm under the covers and didn't want to leave my cocoon of blankets! LOL! And that first card? Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

See? Too much white. Anywhoooooo, that's it for now. Oh, and I'm entering this in the Paper Smooches Sparks - Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - A Little Lovin
Ink: Memento - Gray Flannel, Lady Bug
DP: Glitz Design - Love You Madly; American Crafts glitter paper
CS: Darice
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Paper Smooches - Borders 1 die; Fiskars corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Drunken Stampers Christmas card swap, part 1

Good Morning to you all! Well, I thought it was long past due to share the cards I made for my teammies for our first Drunken Stampers card swap! I'll be posting a few per post here and there. Here is the first batch:

Here's the inside:

Yep. I made a card with Rudolph farting. LOL! I know, I'm not right in the head! My little scene was based on the inside sentiment. (Bet you won't think about that Christmas carol the same way again! HA!) This is the card I made for my evil doublemint twin, Jessi. I think I scored major points from her boys for this card! ☺ I stamped and colored the deer with SN markers. I also stamped the legs of the deer on some scrap paper, fussy cut out, and used as a mask so that I could stamp the shadow. I used the explosion stamp from the Great Chemistry set for the, ahem, gas. (Explosion indeed!) Added the alpha stickers to finish the front. The inside sentiment was printed off my computer then I stamped Merry Christmas under it. This was such a perfect card for my family, that I made two of them, and sent the other one to my brother Jim!

I'm going to enter this card for the current Paper Smooches Sparks challenge: Anything Goes.

Ok, so on to my next card. This one I made for Donna. She collects all things skulls, so of course I made a Santa skull card!

the inside of the card:

I heat embossed the skull on a white panel, framed it with some red DP, and doodled around the edges before adhering it to the card base. I've had these Santa hat stickers in my stash for at least a couple years, and this one fit the  skull perfectly! I stamped the inside and was done!

This last card I sent to Lynne. She excels at all thing crafty!

Here is the inside:

When I made this card, it was based on a sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch. I love that cute little snowman! He's colored with Spectrum Noir markers, then I added Stickles to him and his shadow for a bit of sparkle. The strip of red card stock was dry embossed before being adhered. That snowflake is a sticker that I found in my stash. Score!

Simon Says Stamp has an embossing challenge going on at their Wednesday challenge blog, so I'm entering these two cards over there.

Well, that's it for now. I'll post more cards soon. Now it's off to take my fur baby, Colby, for a walk. Thanks for sticking it out until the end! LOL! Enjoy your day!


Rudolph card:
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Happy Camper, Great Chemistry, Shadows; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug
DP: Heidi Grace/Fiskars - Frost Blvd.
CS: Copic X-Press It; Recollections (kraft, white); Bazzill (red)
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Creative Imaginations - Alpha stickers; Fiskars - corner rounder; inside sentiment printed from Microsoft Word
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Santa Skull card:
Stamps: Studio G; Lawn Fawn
Ink: Versa Mark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Recollections - Believe
CS: Recollections
Accessories: Inkadinkado - Black EP; heat gun; Jolee's Boutique - Santa hat sticker; American Crafts - Black slick writer pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Let's Chill snowman card:
Stamps: TAWS - Chill Out; Paper Smooches - Christmas Sampler
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: MME - Winter Wonderland
CS: Bazzill (green, red); Recollections (white); Copic X-Press It
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Standard Lg & Sm Circle Nesties; Cuttlebug - Modern Wallpaper EF; Spectrum Noir markers; Stickles; Michael's snowflake sticker

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Rocker.....

Happy Thursday to you all! I'm sharing a card I made for one of my nephews using Retro Sketches #97:

the inside:

and the sketch:

I am finding it hard to come up with ideas for cards to make for my nephews that, except for one that's 25 and one that's 14, are all turning 19 this year. They're not quite ready for the drinking themed cards, but too old for the cutie/sugary cards. (Yep, three nephews and one niece turning 19. Apparently, that year was a very fertile year for both sides of our families. HA!) 

So, since I see the kids in the hood always walking around with ear buds in their ears, I went with a music themed card. (Sometimes I get a treat and one of them is also singing/rapping as they walk. That's when I usually burst out laughing. And I can do that, because they are singing/rapping so loud that they can't hear me laughing at them! One of the 'perks' of being older! LOL!)

I picked that chevron paper because a) to me the colors were gender neutral, and b) I thought they were sort of like radio waves, but in an artsy fartsy way. I used the negative die cut of the bam bubble, stamped, colored and fussy cut the iPod and adhered using foam squares, after stamping the sentiment first. Another sentiment finishes the inside.

That's it for me. Thanks for hanging out and I hope you get to do some crafting today! Enjoy!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Teen Routine, Birthday Buddies; BeBoppin
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Carta Bella - Well Played
CS: Darice; Copic X-Press It
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Paper Smooches - Bam Bubbles Die; Spectrum Noir markers
Adhesive: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy Bark-day....

Pssst! For my Shopping Our Stash post, just click on the link or keep scrolling down.

Good morning peeps! I want to share a card I made based on sketch #56 from the CAS-Colours and Sketches blog:

Here's the inside:

and the sketch:

When I saw this sketch, I kept thinking about a big pile of presents in the bottom corner. When I was looking through my stamps sets, I saw this cute doggie and immediately knew that pile of presents would become a pile of bones - a perfect birthday gift for that little guy! LOL! (Wish big indeed!) I made a handful of masks and kept moving them around as I stamped the pile. Colored the doggie and added shading to the bones with my Spectrum Noir markers, stamped the sentiment, finished the inside, and was done!

That's it for now. It's a rainy day here today (but warm, so I'll put up with the rain!) I should get some more housework done...but I'll most likely be coloring more images instead. (Hey, the housework isn't going anywhere.) ☺Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day today!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Birthday Buddies, Birthday Sampler, Paws for a Cause (bone)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Copic X-Press It; The Paper Co.
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Fiskars corner rounder; black pen
Adhesive: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Shopping Our Stash #134: Miss You

Hello and happy Tuesday my peeps! It's time for new challenge at Shopping Our Stash! This week's challenge is to make a card or project for someone you miss! We all have family and friends across the miles that we don't get to see as often as we would like. Perhaps you know someone in the armed forces that is currently deployed overseas. Well, this is the perfect challenge for you to make a card to let them know how much you miss them!

Here is the card I made for your viewing pleasure:

Here's the inside:

All the paper I used is from the Green Stack from DCWV (the original one, from 2008!) Go me! I did some fussy cutting and popped the beaver, snail and flower on foam squares to give some dimension to those elements. On the center part of the flower, I used some glitter glue to add some sparkle. A couple sentiments stamped and this card was done! So easy, and look how stinkin cute it looks! (If I do say so myself!)

I hope you get a chance to play along with this challenge at Shopping Our Stash!  Be sure to stop by my teammies blogs to see what they all came up with! Thanks for hanging out with me and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Unity Stamps - May 2012 KOM; Simon Says Stamp - On Edge
Ink: Staz On - Jet Black
DP: DCWV - the Green Stack
Accessories: glitter glue; Fiskars corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Sunday, January 12, 2014

You are.....

Hello and happy Sunday to you all! I'm hoping that I can get through this post before Blogger crashes it. Seriously, they need to get their heads out of their *sses and fix all the problems. Pronto! Ok, I'm off the soapbox now. ;)

It's been a while since I've made a snarky card, so last night I fixed that issue! Here's a card I made for the (almost not) current Freshly Made Sketch #118:

Here's the inside...

...and the sketch.
See? Snarky. And. I. Love. It! LOL! Yes, I have someone in mind to send this to - my BIL, who's birthday is coming up. I was blessed with in-laws that share the same sarcastic sense of humor as my family. My card has an "Old" theme about it, from the antique car, the DP (the green showcasing magical elixirs and the red with clocks), the inside sentiment (one of my all time favorite stamps! HA!), to the distressed edges. Yep, I know. I'm not right in the head. (Who wants to be normal anyway?)

That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by to hang out with me for a bit, and I hope that you have a fabulous rest of the day! Stay crafty my friends!

Stamps: Technique Tuesday - All Aboard (car); Unity February & July 2012 KOM
Ink: Clear Snap - Frost White; Ranger DI - Walnut Stain; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Graphic 45 - Olde Curiosity Shoppe
CS: Recollections
Accessories: Grand Calibur, Deckled Rectangles Lg Nesties & Chevron Edgeabilities Die; White Prisma Color pencil; Tonic distressing tool; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Friday, January 10, 2014

For you...

Hi peeps! TGIF! I want to share a card I made for Color Throwdown #274:

Here's the inside of my card:

based on these colors:

Went with a CAS design this time around, and I used schtuff from my stash! woo hoo! I die cut the feathers from scraps of blue DP. I finally used some burlap on a card. (Yeah, I seem to take my time using things that are 'on trend'. I realized that I don't have to have the 'newest thing' to be happy with my paper crafting. It's less stressful that way. ☺) It was die cut using a deckled rectangle nestie to give it an uneven edge. (It cut like buttah!) Some floss, a brad, and a simple sentiment finished it off.  

Hey, look at that. I used some Paper Smooches stamps, so I'll throw my hat into the ring that is the current Sparks Challenge - anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a crafty day today! Enjoy!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Birthday Sampler, Hullabaloo
Ink: Memento - Gray Flannel
DP - Recollections - burlap sheet; scraps
CS: Darice
Accessories: Grand Calibur, Deckled Rectangles Nesties; Simon Says Stamp - feather dies; My Mind's eye - brad; DMC floss
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Recollections red tape

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Christmas cards from my Drunken Stampers sistahs!

So, this past Christmas, some of my Drunken Stampers sistahs decided to do a Christmas card swap. Here are the cards that I received from them, in no particular order:

From Donna
Love the peaceful scene she created. I MUST get this tree stamp!

From Lynne
A paper pieced, glittery work of art! Love!

From Karen
Digging the retro Santa, sentiment and ornament stamps. And tinsel for the ornament hangers? Brilliant!

From Lee
Bold, graphic, and oh so fabulous!

From Lindsey
Little did she know that she used an image of my favorite bird! (the feathered kind, ahem.) Love!

From Jessi
Love the non-traditional colors and image, and how she made it all work! Seriously, she's a genius!

From Diane
How stinkin adorable is this?! It's hard to tell, but the 'snow' is glitter paper - how it sparkles!

From Linda
Nothing says Christmas quite like a Yeti decorating a tree! Yay!

From Barbara
A sweet snowman, that adorable DP, and design! Love love love!

And I got a surprise card from Spike also! (you sneaky chick, you!)
A fantabulous CAS card. She nailed it!

And there you have it. The cards I received from our Drunken Stampers Christmas card swap! (My apologies for the crappy photos, I did not edit them at all before posting. My bad!) I will be getting to the cards I sent out to them in the near future. Be warned. LOL! 

Thanks for hanging out and I hope you are able to get some craft time in today! Take care!


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