Friday, October 28, 2016

Four cards in two days

Forgot all about loading these cards up yesterday, so here we go.  The first card was CASEd from this card which is to say I copied almost everything because it was a new stamp set and I was stumped.  I didn't do a great job lining up the stamps- I think I will try this one again using the MISTI.  Here's my card:

Supplies used:
SU Whisper White and Wild Wasabi card stock
SU Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso inks
SU Picture Perfect stamp set

Next up is a card I made from my recent stamp show haul.  I spent a few pennies (yeah) at the Heartfelt Creations booth on their froggy line.  So here's my first card with that line of stamps:

I kind of wish the froggy had a smile!

Supplies used:
HC Froggy Hangout stamp set
HC Leaping Frogs die set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic Markers
Stickles glitter glue
SU Wild Wasabi seam binding

And two Christmas cards.  They are basically the same, I just wanted to see what they'd look like with different colors.  This is the inspiration card, here are my cards:

The first card I used Crumb Cake and Copper embossing powder on Very Vanilla for a golden look, the second card is Smoky Slate and silver embossing powder on Whisper White.  I also added the second layer of glimmer paper just for fun, but could have left that off.

Supplies used:
SU Lovely as a Tree stamp set
Verve Joy to the World Plain Jane stamp
SU Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate inks
Versamark ink
SU Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stocks
Silver glimmer paper
SU Copper embossing powder
Filigree silver embossing powder

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My Project for Stamp Night

I'll be going to my Stampin' Up! upline's house next month for a stampy get together with other demos, and she asked if I would design a project for us.  Here is what I came up with:

And all by myself, too!  I love the fall colors.  And this is a fairly easy card to put together too, thanks to the Big Shot!

Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

card stock: Very Vanilla
        Wild Wasabi
ink: Early Espresso
       Crushed Curry
       Wild Wasabi
       Pumpkin Pie
Stamp sets:  Vintage Leaves
        Banner Blessings
Framelits: Leaflets
        Chalk Talk
Cable Knit embossing folder
Accessories: Stampin' sponges
         Linen Thread

What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Detailed Floral Thinlets

I love these thinlets!  They make a card so easy and elegant!  Here's what I put together:

See?  I just changed out Night of Navy for Tip Top Taupe, cut the paper and added the sentiment.  How easy is that?

And by the way, that is the SU! white craft ink with clear embossing powder. Turned out so much nicer than my last attempt, didn't it?  Still going to order their embossing powder and see how it works out for me.  For $5, why not?


Supplies used:

SSS Forever After stamp set
SU!:  Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White card stock
          White craft ink
          Detailed Floral thinlets

Wow, that's a short list!

Thanks for looking!

Strength and Prayers

I looooove this stamp set.  It can be used for so many things!  Here is my inspiration card today, and here is my card:

It's pretty simple.  Which is something I like.  And it used washi, which is something I like now, but is relatively new to me.

In the meantime, I am having problems with my iCloud giving me my pictures that I'm posting.  Kind of irksome.  Ah well. To Google I go, to figure out what's going on.

eta: Turns out just turning off my phone and turning it back on did the trick.  Thank goodness it was something simple!

Supplies used:

SU! Whisper White card stock
        Night of Navy card stock and ink
        Floral Boutique washi tapes
Versamark ink
White detail embossing powder
a scrap of burlap string

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

A Pretty Butterfly

Taking a short break from Christmas cards because I wanted to use another stamp set I'd just ordered- Banner Blessings.  I needed a little kick start, and found this on Pinterest but could not find the original post.  Oh well... kick start received!  I used the same color scheme but kind of turned the layout on its side to accommodate my sentiment.  Here's my card:

I really like this color combination- very serene.  And I love both stamp sets.  I also used another new SU! stamp set- Floral Phrases- can you see it?  I used it to make my own strips of patterned paper to layer behind the butterfly!  And you can't tell in the photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly for a little sparkle.  I also used a "grunge" stamp on the top layer behind the butterfly- it's from Club Scrap's Oopsie Daisy collection.  Thought I had a SU! grunge stamp, but I don't, so that's another one for the wish list.

Supplies used:

Club Scrap: grunge stamp

SU!: Watercolor Wings stamp set
         Banner Blessing stamp
         Floral Phrases stamp
         Soft Sky ink and card stock
         Sahara Sand ink and card stock
         Whisper White card stock

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Foxy Hello

I really didn't think I needed this stamp and punch set, but some of the samples I saw were just so stinkin cute!  So, of course, I had to have it.  You know I'm addicted to stampy goodness, right?  So here is the inspiration card that made me order the set.  And here is my card:

Cute, huh.  And I think it'd work for a masculine card, too.  I used a few different things, because I didn't have all the supplies she had, and changed up the color scheme a little bit.  I think it turned out great. I have fallen for the fox lol.

Supplies used:

SU!:  Fox builder punch
         Foxy Friends stamp set
         Because You Care stamp set
         Soft Suede, Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango inks
         Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White card stock

SSS: Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Circles dies
         Patterned paper from a card kit last fall- it may be Lawn Fawn

Copic black multiliner to make eyes and nose

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Hero Arts Christmas card

I'm off today, with nothing to do but laundry and clean the house.  So of course I am procrastinating! Here's what I did this morning:

I like it.  I even managed to get a little bling on there!  And you can't see it, but there's a little Wink of Stella on the small ornament.  The centers of the ornaments are popped up, and each snowflake has some bling on the center and ends.  I chose colors that ended up a little darker than I'd expected, especially the purple and green.  Next time I'll go a little lighter.

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Magic of Christmas stamp set
SU! clear rhinestones
SU! Rose Red and Elegant Eggplant ink and markers
SU! Archival Black ink
SU! Always Artichoke, Garden Green and Smokey Slate markers
Wink of Stella pen

Thanks for looking!

Do you desire Die'sire cutting dies?

OK, so I found this die at Tuesday Morning for a great deal- only $6.  It's so intricate, I thought for sure I'd really like the end result.  Here are my cards:

I can't decide if I like the white on blue better or the blue on white.  Either way, it's a nice card.  Now a word about the die:  It doesn't cut well, even with the precision base plate.  I'm so used to dies cutting and popping out perfectly that this one was a little frustrating.  I even used the Spellbinders die brush, to no avail.  It worked better on the white card stock, which is heavier weight than the SU! card stock, but I still had a lot of work to do, carefully poking out all the little pieces,

So- I don't know that I'll purchase another Die'sire die.  But they are so pretty!


Supplies used:

The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
SU! Night of Navy card stock
Die'Sire die -not sure of the name, I threw away the packaging :/

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Forgot all about these two!

So excited about the last four cards that I completely forgot I'd made two others lol.

Here's the first inspiration card, again using the SU! Floral Boutique products, and here is my almost complete copy:

I used a different stamp set, SSS's Forever After, because they had sentiments that better fit for my parents' 39th wedding anniversary.

And the third card in this post was my inspiration for this card:

I like it, but I think I could add a lil sumpin to it.  One thing I know for sure- I need a better detail white embossing powder than the one I have.  I ended up using SSS white pigment ink and clear embossing powder.  Now that I have SU's Whisper White craft ink, I'll have to try that.  Still need detail embossing powder though.  I did change the sentiment a bit- cut it out with SSS Frames die set. And I colored with Copics instead of colored pencils.  There ya go.

Anyhoo.  Thanks for looking!

So here's how CASEing works...

When you feel a little short on mojo, or completely overwhelmed by the pretty new things you just got from Stampin' Up! (lol) you sometimes need a starting point.  Sketches are one place to start, but I occasionally need a lil bigger bump.  Hence the CASE.  Case in point- this inspiration card that is so pretty and simple that I can't believe I didn't think of it myself.  But I'm a little DSP-challenged; that is to say, completely intimidated by DSP!  I hate that first cut into the pretty paper!  But when you have a clear vision of the result, it gets easy.  So here's my first CASE:

Pretty much the same, except I made it monochromatic and left off the baker's twine.  OK, I just forgot the baker's twine.  And I used a sheet of my precious Whisper White card stock- because I just got my new package of it in.  It really does make a difference when stamping with SU! inks, especially solid or solid-ish images like the floral in the sentiment piece.  Encouraged by this pretty turnout, I did another:

Exact same layout and materials, except I made it a congrats card for a nephew who just got engaged. As an afterthought, I added a Dream paperclip I'd been hoarding for over a year.

That led to this:

Same layout, but using my Stamps of Life August 2015 kit.  I liked it, but I felt I could have done better with the sentiment.  So I made this next:

Ta da!  Four cards, each building on what I'd learned from the last.  And an added bonus: I used up all the word paper clips I had in my stash!

Supplies used:

Stampin' Up! Floral Boutique materials:
    Night of Navy ink and card stock
    Whisper White card stock
     Floral Phrases stamp set
     Floral Boutique DSP
Stampin' Up! inks: Delightful Daffodil and Old Olive
Stamps of Life August 2015 kit - card stock and patterned paper, word paper clips

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CASEing a Birthday Card

Well, I started off thinking I would make my dad's birthday card but I think this turned out a little feminine for him.  I may try it again with different colors.  Here's the inspiration card and here is my card:

Yeah, kind of a near miss.  I could have added more balloons, or used a different birthday sentiment- this one was the boldest one I could find in my stash.  I am trying to use up all my Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock, but boy is it taking me a little while.  I still have half a stack left.  Why in such a hurry?  Because SU! inks and papers work better together.  See the pink balloon?  Looks like it's been shot.  That's because the ink kind of puddled on the white card stock.  Doesn't do that on SU card stock.

I've been searching eBay for the stamp set- Happy Birthday Everyone- and I can find it but I can't get eBay to work for me.  I hit bid, buy it now, add to cart... and I get nowhere.  Something is wrong, probably operator error.  I'll try again later.

Ah well.

Supplies used:

Verve Happy Birthday stamp
The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
SU! inks: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and So Saffron
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
SU! Balloon Celebration stamp set
SU! Pool Party card stock
scrap of silver shimmer paper

Thanks for looking!

My Own Mojo

Still making Christmas cards!  I have to say, I am enjoying working part time and a semi-retired life.  Any hoo.

Here's my next card for this morning:

Again, simple and mailable.  I could have put another layer underneath - I would have chosen gold- but I decided not to.  Didn't CASE anyone this time, surprise, surprise lol.

Supplies used:

The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
SU! inks: Real Red, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip
Gold Delicata ink
Filigree Midas Platinum embossing powder
Catherine Pooler Wonderful Wreath stamp set
Stampendous Christmas Wishes stamp set

Thanks for looking!

Stamp of Approval cards

So I am going through all my Christmas stamps and trying to use them all.  This means that when I look at a set, if inspiration doesn't immediately hit, I look up the stamp set on Pinterest and see what others have done.  In this case, I did a shameless complete CASE of Lisa Harrolle's design.  Except I did leave off the string, because I couldn't get it to tie pretty.  Here's my card:

Simple, and MAILABLE.  Yep, it's perfectly flat and won't need extra postage due to heavy layers.  Now that I think of it, that's another reason not to tie a bow on it.  The white line around the background is not on the stamp- it's because I used a die to cut the layer before stamping.

Supplies used:

SU! Real Red and Garden Green inks
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
Copic markers
Catherine Pooler Peppermint Stick background stamp
Catherine Pooler Merry and Bright stamp set
CAS-ual Fridays Merry Labels die
Spellbinders matting basics die

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Told ya I'd make more cards today!

Been making multiples, because I like them so much.  Both of these are from last year's SOA Holiday Magic collection, and heavily CASEd from the pdf that came with the purchase.

Here's the first:

Again with the photography.  These cards are so pretty IRL.  The sentiment says, "have a blessed Christmas".  Very simple, very pretty.  I love that Lawn Fawn pad of paper!

Supplies used:
The Paper Studio heavy weight white card stock
scraps of silver glimmer paper from seasons past.  Probably Recollections.
Soft sky scrap for the snowflake.
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 paper pad.
Versamark ink
Filigree silver embossing powder
CAS-ual Fridays Bring on the Snowflakes dies
Neat & Tangled Bright Baubles stamp set - greeting.
Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper

And here's the second card I made:

I know, right? How cute and cheery is that lil tree.

Supplies used:
SU! Bermuda Bay card stock and ink
SU! Melon Mambo card stock and ink
SU! Old Olive ink
SU! Daffodil Delight ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
SSS white pigment ink
Stampendous while detail embossing powder
The Paper Studio heavy weight white card stock
Neat & Tangled Bright Baubles stamp set
Winnie & Walter Holiday Trimmings stamp set

So that was an easy dozen cards I made today.  Woot!

Thanks for looking!

A Very Meowy Christmas card

I'm off today, so expect to see a few cards!  Here's my first one of the day:

Again my photography fails me, but I think you get the gist.  I was gonna embellish a lil more, but I love the shimmery green of the card stock and don't really want to cover it up.  Plus I'm out of embellishing ideas.  So there's that.

While I was coloring the tree, I had a lil oopsie and had to do it over.  What kind of oopsie?  The marker starting running all over my card!  No idea what made it do that, but so glad I had an extra card front to work with.  Has that ever happened to you before?

Supplies used:

Bazzill Bankroll card stock
The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
Versamark ink
Stampendous detail white embossing powder
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic markers
SSS Circle Sayings Holiday stamp
SSS Christmas Cats stamp set

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sleigh Ride

Fortunately, it is still raining, raining, raining so all I have to do here once I got home is make Christmas cards!  No yard work for me.  Here is my inspiration card and here is my take on it:

I kind of had something like this in mind anyway.  The inspiration card told me to stamp some trees in the background!  I did add an extra layer and finished everything up with a stitched detail.

Anyhoo.  How is your day?

Supplies used:
Recollections blue and silver card stock
The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
SSS white pigment ink
SU! Dapper Denim ink
SU! Sleigh Ride edgelits
SU! Jingle All the Way stamp set
SSS Stitched Rectangle die

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Four more Not Christmas Cards

So I'm still in my jammies.  It's working on noon.  I know I should shower and dress, but I'm having fun stamping my cards!

Here's what I've done this morning:

Really simple note cards.  And really cute.  This is when CAS is a win.

And I had to dig another tool out of my stash- the Stamp-A-Majig.  Why, you ask?  Well, because when I ordered this stamp set, I accidentally ordered the wood mount instead of the clear mount.  Oh well.  Still so easy to put those sentiments exactly where I want them!

Supplies used:

SU! Lots of Love stamp set
The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
Recollections various colored card stocks.
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic markers

Another batch of Christmas cards

I am on a roll.  I am going to have enough Christmas cards to send to all my family, friends, and church family for sure!

I have four to post for now.  First up:

This card is obviously like the last card I posted, just different colors.  The blue and silver are quite elegant, but I think I actually like the red and gold better.  Go figure.

Supplies used:
SU! Night of Navy card stock and ink
Versamark ink
Recollections silver glimmer paper
The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
SU! Joyful Nativity stamp set
Spellbinders circle. scallop, and matting basics dies

And the next card is one I made with the September 2015 Stamps of Life kit:

All of the patterned and plain card stock is from the kit.  Maybe it's a little too simple?  I feel like it needs a little something, but I am not sure what.  I added the second reindeer, and that helps, but I still feel it's lacking a little sparkle.  Hmmm.

Supplies used:
SOL Kit from Sep 2015
Merry Labels die from Fall 2016 Stamp of Approval kit
Reindeer die- don't know where I got that one.

How about a card with non-traditional Christmas colors?  Here we go:

This card makes me happy.  Simple, but with enough interest to keep the eye moving.

Supplies used:
SU! Melon Mambo card stock and ink
SU! Whisper White card stock
SU! Flurry of Wishes stamp set and punch
Snowflakes embossing folder- I think it's Sizzix
Don't know where I got that ribbon from, but it was the inspiration for the rest of the card.

And one last card:

Another card with an embossed background.  I feel like this one needs a lil sumpin sumpin, too, butI don't know what that would be.  Like some greenery or something.  I'll think on it awhile.

Supplies used:
SU! Real Red card stock and ink
SU! Early Espresso ink
SU! Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock
SU! Cable Knit embossing folder
SU! Banners for Christmas stamp set and die

Anyhoo.  That's it for now... Look for more from me later today.  It's kind of cool and rainy out, so it's the perfect day to stay inside and make cards while I do my laundry.

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Stampin' Up! Haul

OK, so did I mention that I decided to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?  Yup.  It's my thing now.  Partly because I think it'd be a great way to meet new crafters and partly because I really love Stampin' Up! products.  I love them so much that I just had to have all the colors in ink, paper, and markers lol.  And, of course, some new stamps.  And dies.  Oh gosh.  What a haul... it came in two big boxes today - almost as good as Christmas!!!  Good thing I got that demonstrator discount!

So what did I do with all this stamping goodness?  Made a Christmas card, of course.  One of many to come.

Here's my card:

Simple, but so pretty.  And I love how the Cherry Cobbler ink matches the Cherry Cobbler paper.  There's a lot to be said for Stampin' Up! if you have OCD-ish tendencies in your crafting like I do.  It makes me happy when things coordinate!

Supplies used:

Stampin' Up!: Joyful Nativity stamp set
                       Cherry Cobbler ink and card stock
Recollections gold glimmer paper
The Paper Studio heavy weight white card stock
Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies, and matting basics dies
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark ink
Filigree Midas Platinum embossing powder

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Not a Christmas card

My deacon will be having surgery on the 20th, so this is the card I've made him.  Thanks to Jennifer McGuire, of course, who provided the inspiration.

Here is my card:

I CASE'd everything except how she finished the card.  And let me just tell you, the ink blending was difficult- the masking paper wouldn't sit still!  That's why my leaf is so blotchy.  But I like it anyway.  

Supplies used:

SSS/ Hero Arts Prayers stamp and die set
Filigree Midas Platinum embossing powder 
Distress inks: Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, and Barn Door
Versamark ink
Bazill green card stock
The Paper Studio white heavy weight cardstock
Inkadinkadoo masking paper

Thanks for looking!

I'm on a roll here

More Snow Swirly good stuff.  Here's the inspiration card, and here's my card:

Ain't it purty?  Again, my photography fails me, but at least you can see some of the texture and shiny goodness.  Went through my ribbon stash only to find I had no white satin ribbon.  Gasp.  What are we gonna do?

Supplies used:

SU! Snow Swirled stamp set
The Paper Studio heavy weight white card stock
Recollections silver textured card stock
Embossalicious Knit One Purl One 8x8 embossing folder
Delicata ink in silver
Filigree silver embossing powder

Ta da!  Thanks for looking.

More Snow Swirly Christmas

After a quick lunch break and nap, I came up with this:

There's white embossing on the background- don't know if you can see it.  And teensy little stars on the tree.  And I clear embossed over the tree (thanks, MISTI!)

Supplies used:
SU! Snow Swirled stamp set
SSS Wisteria ink
Bazzill Gummybear card stock
The Paper Studio heavy weight white card stock
Versamark ink
Stampendous clear embossing powder
The Stamps of Life ribbon

Thanks for looking!

A Snow Swirled Christmas card

I'm kind of on a roll today, huh.  Here's the inspiration card, and here is my card:

The picture doesn't really do the glitter any sparkly justice.  This card is so pretty in real life.

Supplies used:

Post It masking tape
The Paper Studio white heavy weight card stock
Bazill colored card stock
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Stormy Sky
Distress marker: Stormy Sky
SSS Ink: Steel Blue
Versamark ink
Stampendous Stardust embossing powder

Thanks again for looking!

A Joyful Christmas card

So here is my inspiration card, and here is my card:

I didn't wake up until almost 9:00 this morning, which is not bad considering I was up from four to almost six.

I got this cardinal set from Stampin' Up! because I couldn't get my hands on Hero Arts' Color Layering Cardinal yet.  I think I like it enough to just be happy with it.  I can't wait until my Stampin' Up! inks and papers get here, though.  I'd have liked a little darker red ink to match the paper I used.  Oh well.

Supplies used:

Bazzill Ruby Slipper card stock
The Paper Studio heavy weight white card stock
Memento inks: LAdy Bug, Tuxedo Black, Tangelo, and Rich Cocoa
The Stamps of Life ribbon

I decided to add some Icicle Stickles to the card, on the tree branch.  Here it is:

I like this better, don't you?  Amazing what a little glitter glue can do.

Thanks for looking!

Stamping at Four in the Morning

Yes, I was up at four.  Yes, I made a Christmas card.  Couldn't sleep, might as well craft!

Here's the inspiration card, and here is my card:

I think the other card was larger, or perhaps I just used a larger border.  Anyhoo, I'm happy with how this turned out.

Supplies used:

Bazzill card stocks
Art Blanch paper in Winter Words
Spellbinders die
SU! Snow Swirled stamp set
Versamark ink
White detail embossing powder

Thanks for looking!