Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy hello card

Hi everyone!  I had so much fun making today's card.  I combined some of my old loves, silk ribbon, flowers and Label shaped dies!  This time I used the Labels Seventeen and to get the white panel 1/8" smaller than the black I traced the inside of the die and hand trimmed it out.  To disguise any lopsided cuts, I lightly distressed the edges before gluing it down.
I also used the Valor embossing folder.  Spellbinders folders are unique in that they are double sided, yep it's like getting 2 for the price of 1!  My card uses side B, but both sides are pretty, here they are:
Oh and see the cute little butterflies?  I cut them out of patterned paper and added a tiny gem to the center.  This card makes me happy, I love the colors and all the pretty accents!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: 
S2-047 Blooms Four Shapeabilities®; S5-025 Labels Seventeen Nestabilities®; ES-003 Valor double sided M-Bossibilities folder
Other Supplies:
White, black, yellow and pink cardstock; Pink Paislee Bella Rouge 6x6 paper pad; 1.25" pink silk ribbon; Sequins
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  


NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blossom Fan

Hi everyone!  Today's card uses one of the brand new In'spire line of dies called Blossom Fan.  I think this fan has a lovely design -I love the roses!
 
 Here's what the die looks like:
My card measures 41/4" square and on the fan die cut, I sponged Versamark ink into the raised "fan pieces" for added depth and embossed some silver foil into the opening details.  Here is a picture showing how I did it.  I ended up using red for my card, but my first attempt was in pink.  You can see I trimmed the foil, glued it down on the back side and then embossed it, pushing the foil through the openings.  Kinda cool!
I used my Classic Squares LG to make a black frame and popped it up with dimensions over a Scalloped Squares frame of wood grain paper.  I glued the sentiment across the corner.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.

Card Deets:
Spellbinders Dies: IN-047 Blossom Fan
and S2-139 Sentiments 3 Shapeabilities®; S4-126 Classic Squares LG Nestabilities®; Precious Metals Foil pack 
Other Supplies: Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock in Marshmallow, Black Licorice and Red Hot; My Mind's Eye Wood Necessities 6x6 pad; Bazzill silver mirror cardstock; 1/8" white silk ribbon
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

With Love card

Hi everyone!  Today's card has lots of sparkle and the new stamp set from Reverse Confetti, Love Blooms.  I fell in love with that set and bought the first day it was available!  I will admit I futzed and fiddled with this card for a couple days.  I'm still not sure I love it, but I do like parts of it, so here it is!
 
 I cut off the diagonal strips of the Diagonal Chevron die cut and kept the frame and chevron bottom.  I like that you can get a completely different look by doing that.  Then I inserted some die cut pieces of gold and diamond glitter cardstock into the bottom portion.
I stamped and fussy cut out the flowers and adhered them to glitter circles.  The little accent hearts are from the Flutter Love die set.

Here's the Diagonal Chevron card front die:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up pic to show some of the sparkle and die cuts.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S3-211 Flutter Love, S2-139 Sentiments 3,
S4-453 Diagonal Chevron Shapeabilities®S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabilities® 
Stamps: Reverse Confetti, Love Blooms stamp set 
Other Supplies: Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock in Marshmallow and Black Licorice; Core'dinations Glitter Silk cardstock in Opulent Opal and King's Crown;
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares   
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy birthday Sharon!!

Hi everyone!  Today, along with the other girls on the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store DT, I help celebrate the birthday of the fabulous and talented Sharon Johnson!
I've known Sharon for years and she has always been an inspiration to me.  I first found her on Splitcoast Stampers way back in 2006 (gasp!).  I remember when she was the SECOND Featured Stamper honored at SCS in February 2007.  As a point of reference, they are on Featured Stamper #414 now, so that ought to tell you how talented and special Sharon is!
I chose this amazing card to case (you really should check out her entire gallery):
 I made this card:
 True story -this became one of my very first "popular" cards on SCS and really helped me stretch and grow as a designer.  Over the course of next few years I learned a great deal from Sharon and I give her credit in helping me become the designer I am today.

I have been proudly working with Sharon and her online store, The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store since January 2010 (has it really been 5 years?!?) and loved every minute of it!!  Not only is she talented, but kind and generous as well.

So here's to you Sharon and I wish you a happy birthday!  I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous year!
I was at the store the other day and passed by the painting section and the paint chips caught my eye.  I've seen lots of projects using them on Pinterest, so I grabbed a couple.  I die cut my Hexagon frame from it and the sentiment is die cut from the darkest shade.  Pretty cool!!
Below is the hop list of the other SSRS DT girls.  Check out their blogs to see what Birthday cards and wishes they have for Sharon!  Enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Dies:  Birthday Cake (S2-081),
S2-082 Sentiment One, S4-453 Diagonal Chevron Shapeabilities®; S4-368 Hexagons Nestabilities®
Other Supplies: Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock in Marshmallow; Bazzill silver mirror cardstock; Prima Li'l Missy Dahlia and Audrey Yellow Gold flowers; silver metallic string; Kaisercraft rhinestones in Clear; Paint chip
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares  
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Thanks a Latte ensemble

Hi everyone!  I have a cute ensemble to share today.  I made a card and a coordinating little Starbucks Via coffee holder, which can also be used for tea bags. What I like about this card is the coffee cup is on the inside with an opening die cut into the front.  I used my Ovals SM die for the opening and accented it with the nesting Scalloped Ovals SM. Gives it that extra something special.
 
And here's the ensemble.
The little packet holder was SUPER easy to make.  I cut a piece of white cardstock 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" and scored it at the 3" line.  Then I placed a piece of Scor-tape along both sides -viola, done!  You can adjust the size of cardstock to accommodate just about anything, but this size is perfect for Via packets and tea bags.  A little tip: Stamp your sentiment and score any lines before you adhere the sides together.
 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here is a close up picture.
Card Deets:  
Spellbinders Dies: E8-001 Classic Scallop Edgeabilities®; S4-112 Classic Ovals SM, S4-113 Classic Scalloped Ovals SM Nestabilities® 

Stamps: Verve Stamps, Better with You 
Other Supplies: White and aqua cardstock; My Mind's Eye Just Sayin' 6x6 paper pad; White Wrinkled ribbon; Clear rhinestones; Glitter pen 
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares; Scor-Pal, 1/4" Scor-Tape   
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Seasons Givings winner and challenge card

Hi everyone!  I want to thank everyone for the lovely comments and well wishes on my Seasons Givings blog post!  Some of you even became new blog followers of mine and for that I am humbly grateful!!  Time to chose my two winners, Random.org helped me chose #5 and #49 as my winners:

1.  Carisa December 31, 2014 at 10:42 PM
  Gorgeous cards! Great giveaway - fun blog hop! Happy New Year!
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2.  Susie January 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM
  Beautiful, beautiful projects. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your wonderful prizes. berkerster at gmail dot com

Congratulations ladies!  I have sent you both emails to get your mailing information.
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I also have a card to share today.  This is the third installment in my Christmas thank you card feature.  This card also uses the pattern paper and Perfect Pearls from the Simon Says Stamp January kit, but this time the main focus is the gorgeous Layered Poinsettia flowers.
Here is the Layered Poinsettia die set:
 For my flowers, I die cut and layered each size with champagne shimmer paper and patterned paper.  I love mixing up my flowers that way.  Here's a close up picture.
I played along with the new MFT card challenge blog and this week it's a sketch!  It was perfect for what I wanted to use on my card today.  I love it when that happens.
 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S5-055 Layered Poinsettia
S5-172 A2 Curved Matting Basics B and
S5-171 A2 Curved Matting Basics A
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp, Many Thanks stamp set
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black 
Other Supplies: Bazzill White and Velvet cardstock; Bo Bunny Altitude 6x6 paper pad; Perfect Pearls Grape Fizz; Burlap String in natural; Queen and Co Bubbles in clear
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares   
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snow much thanks

If you are looking for my Season's Givings blog post, scroll down or click HERE.
There is still time to enter -you have until midnight today (Tuesday 6th) to leave a comment 
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Hi everyone!  I am sharing another Christmas thank you card using supplies from the Simon Says Stamp January card kit.  For this card, I used the Mr. and Mrs. Snowman die set which I thought coordinated with the "snow much thanks" sentiment.  I embellished his cute little black hat with a stamp and a tiny rhinestone.
I did the same Perfect Pearls technique for the sentiment as my last card and stamped them with black pigment ink then dabbed the purple Perfect Pearls on top.  Here's a close up pic that shows more of the purple sheen and the details of the snowman.
Here's what the die set looks like.  I die cut my snowman 3 times and adhered the layers together.  I then traced it over my smoke cardstock and cut it out as a background for him.  I cut out a small piece of orange cardstock for his nose and dabbed a blue marker for the eyes.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S4-403 Mr and Mrs Snowman,
S5-185 2013 Snowflake Pendant S5-172 A2 Curved Matting Basics B, and S5-180 A2 Curved Borders One
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp, Hand Lettered Winter Wishes
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black 
Other Supplies: White and Smoke cardstock; Bo Bunny Altitude 6x6 paper pad; Perfect Pearls Grape Fizz; 1/8" velvet ribbon in Teal, Violet and Gray; Stickles in Stardust; Buttons
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares   
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Snowflake Christmas thank you

If you are looking for my Season's Givings blog post, scroll down or click HERE.
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Hi everyone!  My card today uses supplies from the Simon Says Stamp January card kit.  This is my second kit and I have to say I am in love with this one!  I made a commitment to myself to post at least twice from each kit and I think this month you may more.

After Christmas, I like to focus on Christmas thank you cards.  I love to send Christmas thank yous not only because thank you cards are a dying tradition, but it's a chance to STILL use my adorable Christmas papers, stamps and dies!!  And let's face it, I'm not quite ready to put these away!

Today's card uses Spellbinders' fabulous 2013 Snowflake Pendant and Bracket Borders One die sets along with goodies from the kit.
OK, so part of the kit was Perfect Pearls.  At first I was disappointed because I don't really delve into technique type things and I've never used them before.  So I posted on Facebook for advise and was amazed at all the response and ways to use them!  I gave them a try and stamped my sentiment and heart accent with a black pigment ink and dabbed the purple Perfect Pearls on top.  It turned out really pretty!  It's hard to tell in the picture, but here is a close up that shows a bit of the purple sheen.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S5-185 2013 Snowflake Pendant and S5-185 A2 Bracket Borders One Shapeabilities® 
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp, Hand Lettered Winter Wishes
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Other Supplies: White and Smoke cardstock; Silver Mirror cardstock; Bo Bunny Altitude 6x6 paper pad; Perfect Pearls Grape Fizz; Faux Canvas ribbon in Violet; Silver metallic string; 4 and 5mm purple sequins
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares   
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seasons Givings 2015: A special blog hop

 Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop!  For those of you new to my blog, WELCOME and I hope you have a minute to cruise around and check out my work.  If you like my style, I invite you to follow my blog or my Pinterest boards to see my work in 2015, you can find all the info on my sidebar.

What is Seasons Givings?  A group of stampers and companies got together and created this special blog hop to thank you- our readers- for being there and commenting with us all year! 
 This hop is special because every single person on the list below is giving something away from their stash.

All you need to do is go to their blog and leave a comment.  It's that easy!  Now grab a cup of coffee, tea, or your favorite beverage and start hopping.
 Here's to starting off the year 2015 in a fun way - it's a season of giving!

My blog candy giveaway:
 
*******How to enter my giveaways******
I will be giving away TWO giveaway packages!  To enter, please comment on this blog post and you will have until Tuesday the 5th to leave a comment.  I will announce the two lucky winners on Wednesday.
You don't have to be a follower of my blog to enter, but if you are not please include your email in your comment so I can contact you, especially if you have a "no-reply" blogger account.
My apologies, but at this time I am not able to ship internationally, so my giveaway is open to US resident addresses only.
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 Giveaway package 1:
1. Spellbinders, Doily Fun stamp set
2. Spellbinders, Diagonal Chevron, Love Locket and Deer Head die sets
3. Gina K Designs, Seasonal Labels stamp set 

4. JustRite Papercrafts, Christmas Labels Twenty-Two stamp set
 5.  DCWV, The Cardstock Stack in Brights
6. Want2Scrap, Nestabling Labels 24 (with pre-cut cardstock to match label shape)
7.
Want2Scrap, Nestabling Labels 25 (with pre-cut cardstock to match label shape)
8. Want2Scrap, Nestaboard in Stars
9. 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, 3D Foam Trees and Foam Wings
  

 Giveaway package 2:
1. Spellbinders, My Friend stamp set
2. Spellbinders, Garden Bench, Holiday Angel and Flurries die sets 
3. JustRite Papercrafts, Greetings from Paris and Birthday Cake stamp sets

 4.  DCWV, The Pebbled Stack
5. Want2Scrap, Nestabling Labels 24 (with pre-cut cardstock to match)
6.
Want2Scrap, Nestabling Labels 25 (with pre-cut cardstock to match)
7. Want2Scrap, Nestaboard in Flourishes and Flowers
 8.  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, 3D Foam Pennants and Foam Wings

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite projects of 2014.  I won't show too many cause I know there's a lot of hopping to do!

First up is the paper Easter Cake I made for Paper Creations.  To my surprise it made the cover of the Spring 2014 issue!!  AND when I went to CHA, that cover was on a poster in their booth!  Here is a picture of me in front of my cake.  Sadly, Paper Creations had to close their doors when All American Crafts filed bankruptcy this summer.  But I will always have this cool memory.
This year I said goodbye to one of my beloved design teams, Gina K Designs.  After being on the team over 5 years, it was time to say goodbye.  Click here to see my goodbye post, and here is my favorite Halloween card set made with one of her adorable Halloween stamp sets.
I STILL love my washi tape and made a trio of cards using different patterns on this blog post.  I also dabbled in sponging.  Here is my favorite of the three.
Occasionally I remember to dip into my felt collection and this is a happy spring card using Spellbinders dies to make felt flowers.
This year Spellbinders launched a new line of dies called Create-A-Flower.  I love all things flowers and these quickly became my favorites!  I used the Create-a-Sunflower on this card.
 And last but not least, here is a card I made using washi tape and my Spellbinders Hexagon dies!
 
Soooooo... Are you ready?  Here is the list of blog hop givers and it's a HUGE one!  I'm number 49 on the list, and if you're following in order, you should have come here by way of the fab Julee Tilman!  If you're just joining, be sure to start back at the top so you don't miss a single giveaway.
Take your time, this is a long list and you have several days to enter.
Enjoy the hop, good luck and happy New Year! 
Next stop on the hop is Lori McAree!


Season's Givings Blog Hop Participants
1. Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  46. Keri Lee Sereika  91. Loretta Lock  
2. Lawn Fawn  47. Jocelyn Olson  92. Meihsia Liu  
3. Spellbinders Paper Arts  48. Julee Tilman  93. Sarah Martina Parker  
4. Reverse Confetti  49. Michelle Woerner  94. Angeline Choo  
5. Clearsnap  50. Lori McAree  95. Christine Emberson  
6. Ice Resin  51. Theresa Momber  96. Karen Hightower  
7. My Favorite Things  52. Anita Autore  97. Sabrina Alery  
8. Technique Tuesday  53. Melody Rupple  98. Debbie Seyer  
9. Paper Smooches  54. Sean Fetterman  99. Dana Joy  
10. Sweet & Sassy Stamps  55. Bunny Vance  100. Cat Tidwell  
11. Stamp Simply Ribbon Store  56. Tricia Traxler  101. Deborah Saaranen  
12. Avocado Arts  57. Lisa Arana  102. Ceal Pritchett  
13. A Jillian Vance Design  58. Lorena Cantó  103. Lisa Lara  
14. Latina Crafter  59. Amy Tsuruta  104. Colleen Schaan  
15. Die-Versions  60. Jodi Collins  105. Anabelle O'Malley  
16. Unity Stamp Company  61. Tenia Nelson  106. Megan Hoeppner  
17. Splitcoaststampers  62. Kelly Klapstein  107. Monika Davis  
18. Verve Stamps  63. Jill Cornell  108. Marisa Ritzen  
19. Latisha Yoast  64. Emily Leiphart  109. Wanda Guess  
20. AJ Otto  65. Becky Williams  110. Jenny Peterson  
21. Vera Yates  66. Margie Higuchi  111. Annette Allen  
22. Julia Stainton  67. Lee Ann Barrett  112. Gracie Chavez  
23. Judy Hayes  68. Lisa Hoel  113. Christina Griffiths  
24. Kim Watson  69. Heather Campbell  114. Niki G.  
25. Yana Smakula  70. Lisa Henke  115. Kristi Schurr  
26. Chari Moss  71. Sheri Holt  116. Jennifer Ingle  
27. Taheerah Atchia  72. Michele Kovack  117. Karolyn Loncon  
28. Shemaine Smith  73. Ashley Harris  118. Camille Robinson  
29. Emily Spahn  74. Sharon Harnist  119. Lindsey M-P  
30. Kimberly Crawford  75. Lori Craig  120. Kathy Clement  
31. Lee Murphy  76. Nicole Nowosad  121. Maria Levine  
32. Lovely Linda  77. Laurel Beard  122. Savitri Wilder  
33. Laura Williams  78. Michele Boyer  123. Savannah O'Gwynn  
34. Lori Tecler  79. Christiana Reuling  124. Teresa Horner  
35. Chaitali Narla  80. Laurie Schmidlin  125. Laurel Seabrook  
36. Darsie Bruno  81. Jennifer Priest  126. Libby Hickson  
37. Lydia Fiedler  82. Stacey Schafer  127. Yvonne Van de Grijp  
38. Giovana Smith  83. Heidi Blankenship  128. Alice Wertz  
39. Teri Anderson  84. Heather Pulvirenti  129. Leigh Penner  
40. Beth Pingry  85. Anita Madden  130. Lisa Lee  
41. Dina Kowal  86. Gloria Stengel  131. Tina McDonald  
42. Daniela Dobson  87. Sarah Gough  132. Nina Yang  
43. Lisa Adametz  88. Rachel Kleinman  133. Angel Johns  
44. Piali Biswas  89. Natalie Dever  

45. Kelli Green  90. Lorine Mason  



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