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


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 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"'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


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! 


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.....


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 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!