Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #356 - Pomp and Circumstance

Hello friends and welcome!
It's time for our next challenge at
Since it's that time of year for students graduating, we want to
see your Graduation cards. But, if you don't need one, as an alternative you
can just create a Congrats card. Options! Yay!
Here's what I came up with: 

 and the inside:

This was pretty simple to make. Using just two card stock colors, an embossing folder
and some ancient stickers from my stash, I created this simple yet
elegant graduation card. The stamped sentiment on the inside finishes it off.

I hope that you'll find some time this week to play along at our challenge
at Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see what you create. Looking for more
ideas? Simply visit the blogs of my teammates to see what fabulous designs they made!
Thanks for stopping in. Have a fantastic day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Slang Gang
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Neenah; Bazzill
Accessories: Momenta and Sticko - stickers; GC; Sizzix - Dots EF; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Spotlight Project #2 on the STAMPlorations blog!

Hi crafty peeps!
I just wanted to let you know that I have another
Spotlight Project over on the

Here's a little sneak peek at my card:

I'd love it if you'd visit the STAMPlorations blog to see my
project in full!

Thank you so much!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Older, yes. Wiser, meh.

Hello crafty peeps!
I needed a male birthday card to send, and of course, didn't have
any readily made.
So, this happened:

and the inside:

This came together relatively quickly. (Heh, see what I just did there?)
I die cut the stitched frame twice, from navy and white card stock, then stamped
Einstein on the white circle center. The sentiment was stamped, trimmed to size then
a navy mat added. Before adhering, I stamped the texture stamp repeatedly on the card base
in grey ink, stamping off once for a more subtle image. The inside sentiment was
stamped, then I used the texture stamp over it to tie in with the front.

That's it for now.
We are having another gorgeous, sunny day today, and I
want to go out and enjoy it!
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'm entering this at Just Us Girls #441 

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - Einstein; Taylored Expressions - Another year older;
Indigo Blu - Tasty Textures
Ink: Memento - London Fog; Color Box/Susan K. Weckesser - Ice
CS: Neenah; Taylored Expressions; scraps
Accessories: GC; MFT - Stitched circle frame die; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #355 - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hi there and happy Tuesday to you!
Today starts a fun new challenge at
we want to see a flower (or flowers) on your projects!
I tried out a stencil that I won last year but this was the first time I used it:

I smooshed some Distress Inks onto my craft mat, then mixed embossing paste into the ink.
I applied the green first, then the pink. Once I had covered the stencil, I carefully swiped the
excess paste off, making sure to blend the green into the pink. When you lift up the stencil,
you have a subtle blending of the colors.

I left it to dry overnight, then simply matted it with a scrap of green DP, heat embossed
the sentiment, adhered it all on my card base, and added some sequins for 
a bit of extra bling.

I hope that you get a chance to play along with our flower challenge
at Shopping Our Stash! We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
For more ideas, do check out the fabulous creations by my teammies, and
leave them some bloggy love while there.
Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: So Suzy Stamps
Ink: VersaMark; Ranger DI - Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple
CS: Neenah; scraps
Accessories: FABScraps - DS036 stencil; Dreamweaver - Embossing paste; pallet knife; Stampendous - detail white EP; heat gun; Darice - sequins; GC; Avery Elle - pierced rectangle die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Monday, May 21, 2018

Holiday Wishes

Over the weekend, I broke out the Prismacolor pencils and had
 some fun coloring this gorgeous image, with the current
challenge at Muse: ChristmasVisions #100 in mind:

and the inside:

 Here's the Muse card by Chriss:

I heat embossed the image in gold and colored with my Prismacolor pencils.
As much as I liked the center flower in cream colors, for my card I colored
all the flowers red, but the candles are cream. As with the Muse card,
I colored around the image in blue. I opted to just stamp the sentiment using
gold ink but not heat embossing it.

 Here's another picture of my card showing the shiny embossing;

That's it for now. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Christmas Candle Lg; Hero Arts - Color Layering Christmas tree, Merry Christmas Message
Ink: VersaMark; Brilliance - Galaxy Gold; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Neenah; Thunderbolt; Darice
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils; GC; Avery Elle - pierced rectangle die; Stampendous - champagne EP; heat gun; MISTI; Wink of Stella pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Hello and happy Saturday, snarky peeps!
Looks like Edna had a bit of fun with her reinkers! LOL!
Which brings us to our new challenge at the
I is for Inky! 
Let's see what you can do with your inks, be it stamping, sponging, using as
water color, whatever you can dream up.
I broke out some inks, stencils and stamps for my card: 

I sponged green ink through a stencil on my card base, on the blue panel I stamped
the tweed pattern. On the main panel I sponged the same green ink on white card stock then
used another stencil to add the blue dots. All that was left was to add my sentiment
and a border stamp.

I hope that you'll join the inky fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!
For for inky ideas, do check out what my Sisters and our newest Guest Designer,
Mimi, have created for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: So Suzy Stamps/Crackerbox Palace - More Fingers; Hero Arts - Tweed pattern; STAMPlorations - Artsy Border Makers
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Teal Zeal; Ranger DI - Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon
CS: Neenah, Darice
Accessories: Dylusions - triangle stencil; STAMPlorations - Dots All Over stencil; ink blenders; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Friday, May 18, 2018

STAMPlorations May Theme & Sketch Challenge Reminder

Hi there crafty friends!
Just popping in with a reminder about the
(No sketch this month, but the theme is anything with wings!)
I've made another birthday card, because, we all need them! LOL!

Here's the finished inside:

I started with a grey card base and used one of the stamps from the
Mixed Media Elements set to stamp the stripes along the one edge. I cut
a piece of DP a bit shorter than the card base and stamped the Happy Birthday
sentiment from the Balloons and Banners set using my MISTI.
I cut a banner from a scrap of DP and stamped another mixed media image around
 the edges then adhered. I had some gelli prints needing some use,
 so I used one of them to cut my dragonflies from.
The larger dragonfly was die cut using the solid die from the Dragonfly Layering Dies set
and I doodled the shape with a black PITT pen. The smaller dragonfly was stamped
from the Winged Things stamp set and fussy cut. I added some shimmer to both
with a Wink of Stella pen.

Ooh! Shimmery!

The inside uses a couple more stamps from the same stamp sets.

There's still plenty of time to link up your winged thing projects at the
to seeing what you come up with!

If any of these products cause you to go on a shopping spree at the
STAMPlorations store, feel free to use my discount code:


for 20% off your purchase!

 Thanks for visiting, and I hope that you have a great day!

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Winged Things, Balloons and Banners, Mixed Media Elements
Ink: Memento - Bamboo Leaves, Teal Zeal; Staz On - Jet Black
DP: American Crafts - Color Crush
CS: Taylored Expressions; Neenah; Recollections
Accessories: Gelli printed paper; GC; STAMPlorations - dragonfly layering dies; MISTI; Wink of Stella pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tap runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #354 - For the Kids

Happy Tuesday and welcome!
We have a fun new challenge starting today at

For the Kids!!

Let's see your projects for the kids in your life.
Here's what I made:

and the inside:

I decided to use primary colors for my little dude card.
I had stamped a few of these cute penguins last year, and only used one
of them, so I colored another one. I thought at the time I'd fussy cut them but
this one needed a frame. Since I stamped the images pretty close together, I had
to cut this out in wonky angles. Turns out, I love how it came out!

I'm linking this up at:

But wait, there's more!
I also made a card for a little miss:

and the inside:

Yet another image I stamped a couple years ago, and never colored until now.

I'd like to enter this at:

Ready to play along? Of course you are! Just be sure to link up your
kid themed creations at Shopping Our Stash so we can admire them!
For even more amazing ideas, please do check out what the rest of
the ladies created for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for popping in, and I hope you have a great day!

Supplies for the boy card:
Stamps: Totally Stampalicious/Bugaboo - Birthday penguin cake & gift; Paper Smooches - Hullabaloo; Hero Arts - Good Things Message
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: scraps (I think HOTP)
CS: TE; Bazzill; Crafter's Companion
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Supplies for the girl card:
Stamps: Totally Stampalicious/Bugaboo - Ava Flower Patch; Stampendous - Birthday Wish
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Studio Calico - Snippets; DCWV - The Spring Mix Stack
CS: Crafter's Companion; Neenah; Darice; DCWV (glitter card stock)
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; SB - Labels One Nesties; MISTI; Sakura - white Gelly Roll pen; EK Success - scallop edger punch
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Thin 3D foam squares

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I have a Spotlight Project featured at STAMPlorations!

Hi crafty peeps!
Just wanted to give you a heads up that I have my very first
Spotlight Project feature over on the 

Here's a little sneaky peeky!

I'd be thrilled if you'd pop over to the  STAMPlorations blog to
check out what I made!

I hope you like it.


And now for a little subversive cross stitching...

Hello crafty friends!
I broke out my neglected embroidery floss to
work on an idea for a card I had rolling around in my head.
I've been working on this card for a couple days,
and I'm finally finished with it.
Check it out:

and the inside:
I used some ancient floss for this project. I think I've had this floss for at least 20 years,
from back when I was doing a lot of cross stitching projects.
I have a booklet of different cross stitch alphabets and I picked 
this one to use, mostly because it fit. LOL!
I used the stitched circle die along with the embroidery hoop die. The embroidery 
hoop was cut 4 times, stacked, and glued.
The patterned papers I used are from the same collection. (2012)
I cut flowers and leaves from the flower dies set (2015) and added them to the hoop.
My sentiment is stamped on the inside using the Happy Birthday set (2014).

I gotta say, this is probably one of my favorite cards to date. I'm sure
happy that my family shares the same sarcastic sense of humor I have because
some lucky member will get this in the future. LOL!

That's all I have for now. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Happy Birthday (2014)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing (2012)
CS: Neenah; Thunderbolt; scraps
Accessories: GC; Paper Smooches dies - embroidery hoop, stitched circle, flowers (2015); DMC floss; needle; STAMPlorations - Art Edges die; MISTI; Goodnatured Girls - Alphabet Order cross stitch pattern booklet
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - multi medium matte
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