Friday, September 12, 2014

Home is where your HEART is....

Another post for today! Yay!  I had some time yesterday to create a bit and some more time today while I am doing laundry! Doesn't take much to make me happy lol...even if it entails folding the laundry!!
I have been subscribed to Catherine Poolers you tube channel for quite a few months now.  She is always so cheerful and clearly loves to play...as it shows in her final cards.  She also has a simplicity to her style, which is another great feature.  So , she redesigned her website catherine pooler.com and is hosting a housewarming party on her blog!  There is a challenge and some really great prizes!  You can check out the party and challenge HERE!

Here is the card I made using none other than a house...lol, what's a housewarming party without a house. Right??!!


I used the SSS "where your heart is" stamp set and matching dies.  I used some crate paper and the BG is a Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic.  I used the die for the house and used 3 pink patterns and then used the matching stamp and stamped it in versafine onyx black ink. I also used the cloud die in the set and some grey paper with hearts and then stamped the outline in black.  I added some punched hearts. I used a cream strip and made  banner ends on each end. For the sentiment, I needed it to fit across the banner but it was a stacked sentiment, so I masked off parts and stamped it out. 
The finished card size is 5x7.

Happy colors

Good morning!
Today's card just makes me happy...I love the pink and orange color combo! (not sure why there is so much blue showing....there is no blue on the card, it is on a white card base...and I took the picture outside...so hmmm!
 

 I used 3 different gelatos (guava, bubblegum and tangerine) for the background and just smeared them on a 4x5 1/4 piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock (using the textured side) and spritzed it with water and used my finger to blend the colors and smooth them out!   While it was still wet, I put a stencil (circles by clear scraps) on top and wiped away some of the color...this leaves a faint pattern and I love the look.  I let it all dry and then using a mini triangle stencil (Heidi Swapp minis) with some white embossing paste I applied a thin smooth layer.   When that was dry I added some wink of stella clear glitter on top of the triangles. Now the white embossing paste did pick up some of the color from the gelatos, but I am ok with that. 

The "happy" banner is from the SSS Father's Day set...I masked the rest of the sentiment, used versamark ink on doll pink cardstock and white heat embossed it, then I just cut around leaving a small pink border. The birthday script sentiment is a die from the SSS happy birthday set.  I cut it out of white cardstock 4 times and adhered them together for more dimension.  I used some pink thread and made a best then adhered the sentiments. For a girly touch (and because it makes me happy) I added some clear rhinestones. 

I made this card for the SSS Wednesday challenge....create a background using stencils and they are  featuring Faber Castel Gelatos! 
 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I love fall critters!

Good morning!
I feel like I am always starting my blog posts with "I have been MIA because..." But it seems to happen that way anyway.  We had a great start back to school and are still adjusting to our new schedule now that both kiddos go to the middle school!  They have done great so far, although I have to admit that I HATE making lunches at 6:30 am....ack!   My son has been in miserable pain with his elbow for weeks now and seems to have been misdiagnosed...he has two growth plate fracture (finally found after a 3rd opinion with a surgeon) and is getting an MRI done this week...pretty stinky!

Ok, so enough about life happenings around here....here is a quick and cute card that I made for the Lawnscaping challenge that is currently going on!  I haven't participated in quite a while so I was happy to be able to join in the fun!


The challenge is to create a one layer card....no dimension, no added 3D effects! Fun right!  I knew I wanted to use some masking paper for this challenge...I've never used it before lol! 
I started with white card stock...if I had to do it again I would have used kraft.  I cut a label shape with a spellbinders die and used a t ruler to get the mask centered and straight.  I used hero arts 'cup o joe' brown ink and lightly inked the card front. Then I used the wood grain stencil from clear scraps and the same ink just a heavier hand. Removed the mask and voila...came out so cute. Then I added the mask to the front and stamped the critters from 'into the woods' by Lawn Fawn in brown staz on ink. Oh and the sentiment is from the set also.  I colored the critters using spectrum noir markers and used a black gel pen for the eyes and noses. 
And there you have a quick, fun, one layer card!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hi there...cute critters!

Hi!  Here is a cute card that I made for the "Stretch Your Stamps 2" card class.  We were learning about outline stamps and u thought these cute images from Lawn Fawn "critters in the burbs" would be fun.


 To stretch my stamps, I decided to stamp them on pattern paper and fussy cut them. I very rarely if ever stamp onto pattern paper so this was fun.  I used Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine and let's Polka papers for all the pieces and stamped on them and fussy cut each one.  When I laid the card out some of the images needed to be stamped and then paper pieced, like the butterfly, dog head and tire, only because the antennae, the rope and the dog hair would be hard to cut out!  I know the card is busy, but I wanted to add colors and critters and some dimension. The cute stitched sun and clouds are from the Spring Showers dies. The grass was cut using the "grass border" die and the speach bubble was stamped and cut using the "chit chat" stamp and dies!
A super cute way to use those cute critter stamps and Lawn Fawn has the cutest ever critters!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great afternoon! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Birthday...word art!

Good morning! 
Here I have two cards to share.  I made these a few days ago but the kids have had me too busy to post!  We are getting our last lucks in before school starts in a few weeks. 
For the first card, I stamped some SSS doll pink, Audrey blue and then a green from my stash using SSS matching inks...for the green cardstock u used SSS Apple green ink.  I used SSS birthday stamps and just stamped in the paper being careful not to leave too many gaps.  Then I used the SSS balloons die to die cut some balloons (I had enough for the two cards)!   For the background, I stamped the happy birthday sentiment using stays on black ink repetitively.  I thought it was too dark for the BG so I cut a piece of vellum and muted it.  I added some black bakers twine and added some sequins.  I think the bold colors with the black and white looks cool. 

For the second card here...I used the same balloon die cuts. For the BG I used a die cut cloud and used it as a template and added some tumbled glass distress ink. I kept moving the cloud die cut creating a soft cloud background. It was such a fun technique to try and I love how it turned out.  I die cut a sun from a Lawn Fawn set.  I embossed the sentiment and added a scallop border frame from vellum.  I used coordinating bakers twine in the balloons and added some wink of stella glitter to the sun and the pink balloon. 
 The consensus from the family was that they all liked the second card the best! 
I made these for the "Stretch your Stamps 2" in line card class!  We are learning fun ways to use our stamps in different ways!  Using the different birthday sentiments on a die cut was one of the fun techniques we learned! 
Thanks for stopping by today! 
It is. Dreary day here so the kiddos are going to do some baking and make a card for the SSS kids challenge!  Hopefully I will be back later with their creations! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Xoxo

Hi again!  Here is a quick card that I made today while I was making lunch!  I have a 10 y/o daughter and a 12 y/o son and all I hear all day is "mom I'm hungry" or "mom what can you make me to eat"...I am always in the kitchen!  So, I decided to whip up a card while I was once again in the kitchen lol!
This is for the "stretch your stamps 2" class that I'm taking.  

 I started with a piece of white card stock and I white embossed a Hero Arts stamp.  I used a few shades of pink and orange distress inks and blended them to be an ombré effect!  I love the look and the colors! I die cut a scallop heart out of vellum and a white heart using a PTI die. I used the same color inks and blended them. I tried to be light so it would blend like the background but my hand was too heavy. Then I accidentally crinkled the paper so I crumbled it and sprayed with water and added some perfect pearls on top. I zapped it with the heat gun and assembled the card.  The xo die was in my stash (cut from the cricut) so I left it white and cut tiny strips of foam tape to add it to the card front.  Super simple but a cute card!

How sweet it is............

Here is a cute card that I created for the class that I'm currently taking called "stretch your stamps 2". it is an on line card class with great instructors. You can check it out here.
we learned a fun technique where you use alphabet stamps to create some word art on your die cuts. I thought this fun ice pop die from sizzix would be a fun one to try the technique on. I used Lawn Fawns "Clarks abc's" and started with a white die cut ice pop, then using some PTI inks and SSS sunshine ink, I stamped a word over and over on the image making one line the actual word and then scattering the other letters. You can see the words sun and fun were used.  I then inked over the whole image with the same ink and then added  the wooden popsicle sticks as an after thought.  I think it turned out super cute. 


Here is a close up of the popsicles. I added some wink of stella glitter to them as well.

I used SSS sea glass paper and then a SSS dot stencil and sea glass ink for the BG and then used versamark over the stencil and added some clear embossing powder....originally I wanted to use clear embossing paste but realized I didn't have any so this was a good substitute.  I die cut a frame using a PTI scallop frame and inked it with SSS orange ink. I white embossed the sentiment on vellum using the SSS 'filled with love' stamp set and then using the same stamp set and die I created a little tag and tied it with bakers twine on the popsicle.
I think it turned out super cute and I love the use of the alphabet stamp, such a clever idea to dress up a die cut.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Celebrate...masculine style!

Hi again! 
I'm back with another card that I made for the "stretch your stamps 2" class!  
This one is a masculine birthday card....


I started with the Hero Arts "square pattern" background stamp and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used broken china, tumbled glass, spiced marmalade and mustard seed distress inks. I went in a diagonal pattern and kind of faded it towards the top corner. Then I cut a strip out at a diagonal and used foam tape to adhere to the front of the card. I used a MFT "celebrate" stamp and stamped it with SSS orange peel ink directly to the card base.  I thought it needed an accent so I inked some paper using the blue inks and the SSS star parade die and cut some stars. I adhered them to the front using glossy accents. 
A super simple masculine birthday card!

Colorful Hugs!

Good morning!
I am enjoying the newest class at online classes.com called "stretch your stamps 2"!  There are great instructors and great techniques! 
Here are the two cards from the first days assignment....



Both of these cards were made from one watercolored background! How cool is that!  I love a two for card! 
I white heat embossed a Hero Arts stamp called "Square Pattern"....it's probably an older stamp as I got it a CKC for only $5! But I thought it was a great stamp to use.  I embossed it in white on watercolor paper. I didn't get a super crisp image but I think it turned out "useable".  I did it in rainbow order. Then I used a SSS large "hugs" die and cut it out near the bottom left corner...I got a little too close to the corner. I then trimmed the card base. 
For the first card I used the positive hugs cut and adhered it to black card stock with an extra strip at the bottom.  I used glossy accents on the sentiment and adhered the card to a yellow card base. 

For the second card I used the negative space and adhered that to a black background and then onto a white card base.  I thought it needed something else. I cut the speech bubble from a SSS die and cut it in black and white. I trmed a white frame and glued it to the black piece.  I embossed the sentiment in white  (from a SSS set) and used foam tape to adhere to the front of the card! 

I love how both cards turned out with the pop of black and the fact that I got two cards out of it was even better! 
Ok, so we are on day 3 of class and I only got the two cards done, but I'm spending the afternoon with the kids outside!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

#friends

Hi there!
Here is a card that my 10 year old daughter Samantha made yesterday. It was a rainy day and she wanted to get crafty.  I recently went to the CKC in Lancaster PA and bought a ton of Lawn Fawn stamps and dies and Art Impression stamps. I was so excited to see them IRL and actually have them in my hands.  I bought this one particular stamps because I knew my daughter would get a kick out of it....she's always taking selfies and laughs at me when I do. 


       Card created by Samantha age 10

She created this for the Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge!!!   Great idea SSS and thank you!!   You will need to check it out for details but what a great idea!  My daughter was super excited to enter a challenge and be entered to win a SSS goody bag! 

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She was excited to stamp this fun image and color it using my spectrum noir markers....I tried to show her how to shade and add depth, but she didn't want to do that! LOL!  I think she did a great job...especially for not having any patience lol!  She did all of the inking and stamping herself and was happy to use the SSS inks and the stamp press to line the sentiments up!  She added some colorful paper (from my stash) to the background and added some sequins.....again having no patience for small details!  Overall, I think she did a fabulous job!  Although she had fun creating it, she was glad to be done and to get back on her I pad....she said, "phew mom, now I know what you go through!" I had to laugh!!


 

Meant To Sparkle!

Hello!  I have been MIA for a while!  I was busy with all of the kids end of the school year events and then my Gram got sick.  I was living with her taking care of her while juggling my kids around my husbands work schedule.  Then a couple of weeks ago my Gram passed away.  We were very close and had been all my life.  I will miss her terribly.
So, I am just trying to get back into crafting to keep myself occupied! 

I made this card for the MFT sketch challenge.....

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A closer look at the embossing....


I started this card with the background....I cut 1/4" strips of paper using the SSS Sweet treats paper pack and adhered the strips to a piece of computer paper on a diagonal and then used the MFT Blueprints 14 large stitched square and cut it. I adhered that to a grey card base.  I cut the rounded corner square from vellum and used the sequins stamps from the MFT "You were meant to sparkle" stamp set and embossed them using Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder. I used the scallop border from the same blueprints set and adhered it behind the vellum.  I cut a banner shape from grey and doll pink and punched two holes and tied with bakers twine.  I embossed the sentiments with white embossing powder and liquid platinum. I adhered the banner to the vellum and then adhered that with foam tape to the striped background.
I love working with a sketch...it gives me a starting point but also allows me to add creative touches.  I love how easy the MFT blueprints are to form cards!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I will be back later with a card that my daughter created yesterday!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You Make Life COLORfUL!!

Good morning!  
Here is a card that I made for the My Favorite Things weekly sketch challenge!
I had bought this adorable stamp from MFT last month...the Pure Innocence Just The Way You Are.  I thought she was adorable with her little mis matched outfit, she reminded me of my daughter when she was younger! 


I colored the image using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I had colored her last month but wasn't sure how to turn it into a card and this months sketch was perfect!
I used colored embossing powder for the sentiment and love how it turned out! I embossed the purple banner and I used a dot stencil and salty ocean distress ink for the BG.  I love how mis matched...yet balanced this card turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You Scatter Love

Hi there!
I haven't posted anything in a while...life takes over sometimes!  My son was very sick almost 2 weeks ago and was running almost a 105 fever. He was better just in time to go away with his school to Boston, MA overnight and then returned and was super sick again! Not sure what is going on with him but he has been my priority!

So with that said....here is a card that I made last month with the PTI Make it Market Sprinkles & Shakers kit!  This kit is fabulous and I plan to use it and the dies included in many projects! 



That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Flower Power!

Good morning!
I had made this card last week and hadn't had a chance to post it as my kiddos have had numerous events and activities! As I type my 12 year old son is volunteering with the jr fire department at the Special Olympics hosted in our town! He called me not long ago and said, "Mom, it's just wonderful to see them all happy and having fun" my heart melted and he made me tear up! I'm so proud of him!
Anyway, enough mushy business!  On to the card I created!



I created this for the PTI (Papertrey ink) blog Make It Monday challenge...embossing a sentiment and using a stamped image to make that sentiment pop!  
I started with an A2 size white card base and stamped the sentiment from SSS "thinking of you" set and white heat embossed it.  Then I took a few of the flowers from the PTI "Just Smile" stamp set and some PTI ink ( Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz) and randomly stamped with concentration near the sentiment. I added some sequins from the PTI Shakers & Sprinkles set and some glitter with the "wink of stella" glitter pen.
I think it was a fun technique to try and can be used with various stamps and inks!  I wish I had used a bigger and bolder sentiment, but overall and am happy with this simple one layer card!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Puppy Friends

Good morning!
Another card share today as I am on a roll this morning!  Probably more to come this afternoon!

I made this for the Lawnscaping challenge! The challenge is to create a background using stamps. **(edited to add: the link up is closed...thought I had until tonight to post, but that's ok because I have a really cute card that I had fun creating)**


I recently purchased a few Lawn Fawn stamps and dies from Laurel and the kids and I have been having fun with them. I used "Critters At The Dog Park" stamp set and matching dies! 
I used a blue polka dot base and then cut a piece of thin vellum the same size and I used the small paw print in the set and momento ink to stamp on the vellum and layered it on top of the blue paper!  I think it created such a cute background and card base! 

I stamped and colored the images with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol and used foam tape to give dimension.  I used a stitched frame cut from red cardstock using a new die from my PTI Make It Market Shakers and Sprinkled kit.  I used a piece of white card stock and inked the bottom with mowed lawn distress ink and the top part in tumbled glass and then used the grass stamp in the same stamp set and used the mowed lawn ink to create two layers of grass. The sentiment is also stamped in momento tuxedo black ink and is from the stamp set! 
And that's all there is to it!  Super simple but fun card card using one stamp set with coordinating dies!  I am entering this in the SSS Wednesday Challenge: Die Cut Craze!
 
Thanks for stopping by! See you later today with another card!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Star Parade!

Hi there!  I have a Birthday card to share tonight that I made for the SSS Wednesday Die Cut Challenge!  


This card may look a bit complex, but it was super easy!!  I started with an A2 kraft card base and added a white mat that I stamped with the sentiment and then used adhesive sheets with the SSS Star Parade die...I carefully peeled the back layer off and placed it on the white mat and then peeled off the border layer and added bronze glitter. Then peeled off a few stars and added blue glitter and the same for the green....only exposing the pieces that I wanted a certain color. So easy and it looks stunning IRL!!   I added some orange punched stars using the same die just to fill space! 

I love how this card turned out and would love to know what you think!
There is also a  Birthday Card challenge at the craftsy.com blog celebrating their 3rd Birthday!  I am going to enter this card there as well!
Thanks for stopping by!