Thursday, June 8, 2017

Just Your Style


Today's card was created for my beautiful daughter Megan's birthday. She loves all things glittery and feminine but is also the biggest tomboy I know. I just knew she would love this very feminine and glittery card for her birthday. I started with some smokey grey cardstock from Stampin' UP and layered on some striped yellow and ivory patterned paper from the American Crafts Welcome Spring 6x6 paper pad. I cut down a small panel of white cardstock and embossed it using a daisy Sizzex embossing folder and my Cuttlebug. I stamped Stamping Bella's Uptown Girl Posh Has A Present stamp onto some white Copic-friendly paper and colored her in to match the patterned papers. I fussy cut her out and mounted her to the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and cut it out and mounted it to the card using the same dimensionals. For the finishing touch I added some yellow Stickles for some added shimmer and shine. I will be entering this card into The Paper Players challenge. 




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blah Blah Blah-Send A Smile 4 Kids

It's been a while since I created a card for the Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge so I decided to jump in and participate. It's been a while since I sent a box of cards to my crafty friend Sybrina and thought it was time to remedy that. I kept this card pretty simple. The challenge is to create something bright and colorful and it doesn't get any brighter or more colorful than neon colors. I took a panel of plain white cardstock and swiped the Hero Arts neon inks in blue, green, pink, and orange directly across the paper in big swiping motions. I went over them several times to get good coverage and saturation of ink. Once the colors dried I stamped the sentiment from the new Honey Bee Blah Blah Blah stamp set. I usually focus my cards that I donate to this cause to younger children but I thought it would be fun to create a teen card. Anyone who has ever had a teenager knows how snarky and sarcastic they can be so when I saw this stamp set I knew it would be perfect for a fun and snarky sentiment. I added some black dashed lines around the outer edge of the card using my Memento dual tip black marker for some visual interest and then popped the whole panel up off of the card front using some 3M foam tape. I hope you like it!


Dad


I decided to try and do a CASE card and I have always been a big fan of Lori Tecler and her fun and creative cards. I decided to do an A2 sized card using some of the same elements she used on her great card. I started with a clean white card base and layered on some kraft cardstock that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I cut down a navy panel using more Hobby Lobby cardstock and then a plain white panel to go on top. I stamped the Happy Father's Day sentiment over and over using a sentiment from Hero Arts Happy Dad's Day stamp set and some Gina K Designs navy ink and mounted it onto the card panel. I cut a fishtail banner using a Jillian Vance Design banner die and some more kraft cardstock and popped it up off of the card using 3M foam tape for some great dimension. I die cut the pierced edge oval using a My Favorite Things die and more of the same navy cardstock. Finally, I die cut the focal sentiment from kraft three times using a Simon Says Stamp die and adhered them together using my Zig 2 Way glue pen and then adhered it directly onto the oval. A few navy enamel dots from the Simple Stories Life Documented collection finished this fun card off. Thank you Lori for the inspiration!


Big Holiday Wishes


Today's card was create for a challenge but I completed it too late to participate. To create my card I started with a piece of Canson cold pressed watercolor paper, smooth side up. Using my Misti stamping tool I stamped the XOXO border from the Simon Says Stamp Big Holiday Wishes stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink. The Misti stamping tool came in handy since I was stamping onto watercolor paper and even though I was stamping on the smoother side of the paper it took several stampings to get a good impression. I then stamped the focal sentiment and the strings for my mitten onto the watercolor paper using the same ink and heat embossed it using some Zing clear embossing powder. I did this so I could watercolor around the image and not have the ink dull from the ink. Using Tim Holtz distress ink in faded jeans I watercolored the focal panel and added some splotches and dots using an acetate sheet and the smooshing technique. I then stamped the mittens from the same stamp set onto some plain white cardstock and used Gina K Designs ocean mist ink to stamp the coordinating heart on the mittens. I fussy cut those out and popped them up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. For a finishing touch I added some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the mittens for some pretty shimmer and shine. I hope you like my card! Please don't forget to leave a comment. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

You Are Dino-Mite...Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Today's card was created for the latest Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb collaboration. We have another guest designer joining us this month, my friend Sybrina K. She is not only a fantastically crafty lady but she is also a donates her time to the great charitable cause, Send A Smile 4 Kids, which collects and donates hand crafted cards for children in hospitals. As many of you know my granddaughter Journey spent 2 1/2 weeks in the NICU at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis right after she was born, so this cause is close to my heart. In honor of our special guest Sybrina we decided to create a children's card we could all donate to the cause! 
To create my card I started with a white card base. I then die cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I taped the edges of the panel down using some plain low tack painter's tape and inked the panel using Tim Holtz distress inks in pumice stone for the ground and salty ocean for the sky. To add a bit of distressed interest to the panel I spritzed it with my Mini-Mister water bottle. I then stamped the adorable images from the Neat & Tangled Prehistoric stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored the images using my alcohol markers. I fussy cut the images and mounted them onto my panel using some 3M foam tape. I then mounted the entire panel onto the card using the same foam tape for a nice 3 dimensional look. 

As for my coffee choice I opted for a nice Dunkin Donuts iced skim milk mocha coffee...yummy!  Thank you for visiting my blog. Be sure to pop over to Deb and Sybrina's blogs and show them some blog love by leaving a comment!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Happy Mother's Day Mom

My second card today was created for the AAA Cards Challenge. To create my card I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock down slightly smaller than my card base. I prepped the cardstock with my EK Success powder tool and then stamped the beautiful mandala image onto the paper using Versamark clear ink. I then coated the panel with Recollections snow white embossing powder. I heat set the panel and then inked it using Tim Holtz distress ink in picked raspberry. I wiped the panel down with a clean baby white to get the ink off of the white embossing. I then cut down a piece of vellum that I got at my local Hobby Lobby. I prepped it with the same powder tool. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine onyx black ink and Concord & 9th's Sophisticated Script stamp set. Once stamped I covered the panel with some Recollections clear embossing powder and heat set it. I glued both panels down to the card base and added some 6mm sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. The inside of the card reads, " Good Job Mom. Happy Mother's Day!" My mom loved it!


Cupcake Birthday

Hello, and happy Sunday! Today's card was created for the latest Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge. To create my card I started by layering a piece of pink ombre swiss dot patterned paper from the Jen Hadfield Home Made 6x6 pattern paper pad onto my white card base. I then stamped the adorable three tiered tray of cupcakes from the Unity Stamp Company Unexpected Places kit of the month onto some white Copic-friendly paper using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored the image using my alcohol markers. I then fussy cut the image out and inked around the edges using my dual tip Memento marker. I adhered an adorable 4" doily from Sunny Side Up Bakery onto my card and then added the cupcake image by popping it up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the same kit of the month stamp set onto the card and to finish it off I added some sparkle with some pretty sequins from Neat & Tangled and some Stickles in pink. I hope you like it!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

Today's card was created for my good friend Freda's birthday. She's a great friend, an awesome workout partner, and an all around beautiful lady! She absolutely loves Harley Quinn and I wanted to create a card with that same feel. So, I started by stamping the Stampotique Moth Fab girl onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored her to look like Harley and then fussy cut her out. Using my Windows program on my computer I created the sentiment and printed it out onto some plain white cardstock. I then distressed the background panel using distress inks in squeezed lemonade, broken china, worn lipstick, and black soot and some fun stencils from TCW and Tim Holtz to create a nice grungy look. I popped my stamped image up off of the card using some 3M foam tape and added some shimmer to her using my Sakura Gelly Roll clear glitter pen. I mounted the entire panel to some Stampin' UP black cardstock and mounted that directly to my white card base. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I know Freda will love her card!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Love Brings Us Home-A Coffee And Cards Collaboration With Celeste And Deb

Hello, and welcome to another coffee and cards collaboration with Celeste and Deb! We have another guest designer with us this month; the crafty and talented Jennifer Scull of Just Coffee Please...& Stamp, & Ribbons, & Paper. I just love the name of her blog! Our theme this month is "Geek It For The World. " I think Deb and Jennifer were gearing their cards toward science and earth theme but I just wanted to do something with the earth on it in honor of Earth Day, which was yesterday. My crafty friend Becky is a member of the Unity Stamp Company's kit of the month club and she lent me her kit from February to play with for a few weeks. The kit, Unexpected Places, has this beautiful globe and sentiment in it and I just couldn't resist cracking it out and inking it up! I created my card by inking the stamp up onto some Copic-friendly cardstock and cutting it down into a smaller panel using a stitched rectangle die by Gina Marie Designs. I layered a pretty piece of blue ombre polka dot paper from the Jen Hadfield Home+Made 6x6 paper pad onto my card base. I colored the image in using my alcohol markers and popped the focal panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape. I went over the land portion of the globe and the sentiment with my Sakura clear jelly roll pen for some pretty shimmer.  A few black sequins from Pretty Pink Posh completed this pretty card. 

As for my beverage this week, I opted for a nice hot mug of Bigelow's Vanilla Chai black tea. I am training for a City to City run coming up next month and ran 8.5 miles this morning in the rain and mud and I just can't seem to get warmed up. I thought tea would help hit the spot on a cold, rainy day and it did. 
Anyway, thank you for visiting my blog. Be sure to pop on over to Deb and Jen's blogs and show them some love by leaving a comment!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Happy Easter


Today's card was created for the latest The Paper Players and Addicted To Stamps And More challenges. I started by stamping the adorable bunny from the Unity Stamp Company's January Kit of the Month {When You Smile}onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I created a mask for the image and then stamped the background by using Tim Holtz distress ink in picked raspberry and the Hero Arts Leaf & Floral background stamp. I removed the mask and colored the bunny in using my Copic alcohol markers. I added some pink ice Stickles the flowers and a few small clear rhinestones from Recollections for some additional sparkle. Using an ink pad direct to paper technique I created a small mat to frame out my focal panel that I adhered down to the white card base. I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Happy Everything stamp set onto a strip of white cardstock and adhered it to the card panel. I added a few larger clear rhinestones from Recollections as a final touch for this adorably cute Easter card.  I hope you like it!



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Properly Caffeinated

Today's card was created for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop. To create my card I started by layering a strip of some pretty springtime plaid patterned paper from Chickannidy Crafts Date Night 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then added a small strip of silver glitter washi tape from the American Crafts Make It Happen washi tape pack just to the inside of the strip for some additional interest. I stamped the coffee mug from Skipping Stones Designs onto the card base and did some fun paper piecing from the same paper pad. I then stamped the coffee beans from the Fiskars Latte Love next to the mug and colored them in using Copic markers. I also added some shading and depth to the mug using my Copics. I die cut a heart out of the same patterned paper using a cute little Paper Smooches heart die and popped it up off of the mug using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I added a bit of shimmer to the heart by covering it with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in white blizzard. To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment from Latina Crafter's Need Caffeine mini stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink, added some drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops in dark walnut, and rounded the outer corners of the card using my We R Memory Keepers corner chomper. I love this sweet springtime coffee card! If you like it please leave a comment!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Send A Smile 4 Kids...Future DJ

Hello, and thank you for visiting my blog. I am guest designing over at the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog today with a fun little digital monkey stamp from All Dressed Up Stamps. I created my card by coloring in the adorable little digital stamp using my Copic alcohol markers and die cutting it using an X edge circle die by Gina Marie Designs. I then layered some awesome masculine patterned papers from Studio Calico's Here & There 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I used a fun sketch layout that I had been featured on last week's Mojo Monday blog. I popped the image up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and called this card done. Pretty quick and simple. If you like this card be sure to leave a comment. I read and appreciate them all.  Happy Sunday!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Celebrate Your Day

Hello, and welcome to another installment of Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb. This month's guest designer is Liz McGuire. She creates the most adorable and fun cards and her coloring skills are amazing! Deb and I couldn't be more pleased to have her aboard this month. Liz created our color challenge this month. I love it...it's so pretty and just screams springtime! To create my card I started by layering on some light grey cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white card base. I then layered a smaller panel of very pale yellow cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto the card. I cut down a piece of yellow and cream cardstock from the American Crafts Polka Dot Party 6x6 paper pad that I had cut at an angle on top. I stamped the pretty flowers and leaves from the Verve Stamps Poppy Birthday stamp set onto some Copic-friendly cardstock and die cut the images using the coordinating dies. I colored them in using colors from the challenge and then poppped them up off of the card using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I added a few decorative dots from the same stamp set around the flowers for some additional interest. 

As for my beverage of choice this month, I am writing this blog post later in the evening and I don't usually do coffee this late. So, I opted for an adorable monkey love mug full of Stash orange spice black tea with a touch of cinnamon in it. The perfect end to a long, cold weekend day! 
Be sure to pop on over to Deb's and Liz's sites and show them some blogging love by leaving a comment!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Welcome Home Hero



My second card was created for the latest Cards In Envy and The Paper Players challenges. I created this card by layering some pretty patriotic patterned papers from the American Crafts Americana 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then die cut a scalloped circle and a smaller circle out of some more of the patterned paper to ground my focal image. I stamped the sentiment from the Paper Smooches Circle Of Honor stamp set onto some white card stock and die cut it using an MFT circle die. I die cut another larger circle out of more of the coordinating patterned paper and mounted it under the focal panel. I added black dashed lines around both panels. I then stamped the VW Beetle from Unity Stamp Company's Love Bug stamp set onto some white cardstock and fussy cut the image, edging it with a Memento dual tip marker. I then stamped the image again onto more of the patterned paper from the paper pad and fussy cut it out, edging it as well. I adhered it to the white cardstock to make it stable enough to popped up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I then fussy cut a small license plate from the patterned paper tag and adhered it to the Beetle using foam dimensionals for a final touch. I hope you like my card and thank you for visiting my blog! 


Scooting By To Say Hi

Today's card was created for the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge. This fun card was created by layering some pumpkin colored cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto a white card base. I then die cut the focal panel using some yellow cardstock from Hobby Lobby and embossed it using a fun graphic embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts. I adhered a small strip of vellum at the bottom to add a bit of interest and added some black dashed lines. I then stamped the scooter from The Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters onto some white cardstock and fussy cut it out. I stamped the same image again and fussy cut them panels out to adhere to the base layer. I adhered all of the pieces together and popped the image up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the flower from the same stamp set and colored it to coordinate with the papers and adhered it to the scooter using more foam dimesionals. I punched the cloud using an EK Success punch and added some black dashed lines around the outer edges and popped it up using foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment onto a white strip of cardstock and adhered it directly the card and added more dashed lines.  I love how adorably it turned out. I hope you like it and thank you for visiting my blog today! 


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Birthdays Are Like Zombies

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I posted a card here on my blog. I was training for a 5K with a friend and have been hitting the gym in the evenings to work on speed work on the treadmill. It worked...I shaved a whole minute off of my per mile time and came in first in my age group! I did it in 25.21 minutes.
 Anyway, all of that speed training left me lacking in the creative mojo department. I don't have another race for a month so am hoping to get a few cards created before then. 

Today's card was created for the latest Just Us Girls challenge. I started with a plain white card base and layered some funky geometric patterned paper from the Little Yellow Bicycle Fern & Forest 6x6 patterned paper pad on top. I then stamped the sentiment and zombie image from the Sugar Pea Undying Love stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly paper. I then die cut the image out using a Gina Marie stitched rectangle die. I mounted it onto some coordinating patterned paper from the same paper pad and then colored the image in using my alcohol markers. I popped the focal panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape and angled it for some added interest. I hope you like this fun little card and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hello Love-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Hello and welcome to the February installment of the coffee and cards collaboration with my crafty friend Debra Davison. We have another guest designer with us this month, my dear friend Rebecca Ledbetter. Becky has been more than just a crafty friend, she's someone who has been here for me through a tough year of life changes and I am so very blessed to call her friend!

For our collaboration this month we decided to do a Valentine themed coffee card. It's no secret that I love my Unity Stamp Company Angie Girl stamps and have several that are coffee themed and that's what I reached for when creating this card. I started a white card base and layered some pretty love-themed pink and grey patterned paper from Echo Park. I then stamped Angie girl and sentiment from Unity Stamp Company's Hello Love stamp set onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored the image in using coordinating colors to match the patterned paper and then die cut the panel out using a stitched edge Gina Marie Designs rectangle die. I popped the panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape for added dimension. To finish my card I added some light pink sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some pink Stickles to the gloves, sentiment, and scarf for some additional shimmer and shine. 
As for my coffee, I opted for a nice big cup of Seattle's Best French roast with some Starbucks caramel creamer in a pretty new ceramic travel mug that I got for Christmas. Enjoy your coffee this morning and be sure to pop over to Deb and Becky's blogs and leave them some blog love in the way of a comment! Thank you for visiting my blog!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Merry Christmas

Today's card was created for the latest Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. I started with a kraft card base and layered a panel of plain white cardstock onto top cut slightly smaller than my card. I added 1/2" strips of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly 6x6 paper pad in a tapering line to mimic a Christmas Tree. I topped it with a punched star from the same paper collection and a strip of brown cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Amy R Stamps Big Christmas Wishes stamp set using chocolate chip ink from Stampin' UP. To finish my card I added a small clear rhinestone from Recollections to the star and some brown dashed lines around the outer edge of the focal panel. I hope you like this quick and easy card and thank you for visiting my blog!

Monday, February 6, 2017

With Sympathy


Today's card was created for the latest Just Us Girls and Addicted To CAS challenges. I started by layering a piece of dark brown wood grain patterned paper from the Little Yellow's Bicycle's Fern & Forest 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then die cut a rectangle panel using a stitched edge Gina Marie Design die and layered it onto some plain white cardstock. I stamped the pawprint from the Simon Says Stamp Pawprints On Our Hearts stamp set onto the panel using Gina K Designs charcoal brown ink. I die cut the sentiment using a Simon Says Stamp die and adhered it onto the panel using my Zig Two Way glue pen. For a finishing touch I popped the focal panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape. I hope you like this simple sympathy card and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fintastic Mermaid

My second card today was created for the Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge. I started by layering some pretty patterned papers from the American Crafts Welcome Spring 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then stamped the adorable Mermaid 1 stamp from Lily Of The Valley onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I die cut the image using a Spellbinders oval die to create a nice focal panel. I die cut a scalloped edge in white to go around the oval panel. I colored the adorable little mermaid in colors that coordinated with the patterned papers I used and added some shimmer and shine by adding both Sakura clear gelly roll pen and Nuvo Glitter Drops in white blizzard to the seahorse, the seashells on her head, the bubbles, as well as her wings. The photo doesn't do it justice so you will just have to take my word for it...this card has some pretty shimmer! I popped the oval panel up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Fintastic Friends and cut it down to a small strip, which I adhered directly onto the card. I added some more Sakura gelly roll glitter pen to the sentiment for more shimmer and shine. I love how adorably this card turned out. Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Hay There!

Today's card was created for the latest Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge. I created my card by layering some fun farm themed patterned papers from the American Crafts Heartland Farm 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then stamped the images from the My Favorite Things Hay There stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored them using my alcohol markers and fussy cut them out leaving a small white border around them. I created a scene by die cutting a sloped hill using a Paper Smooches border die and coloring it green to look like grass. I added a few stitched lines along the top edge to help define it more against the patterned paper and adhered it directly to the card. I popped the adorable little images up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the same MFT stamp set, trimmed it down and cut the ends to create a fish-tail banner, and popped it up off of the card using more foam dimensionals. For a finishing touch I rounded the outer edges of the card using my EK Success Corner Chomper. I hope you like this adorable little card and thank you for visiting my blog today!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wintertime Wishes


Today's card was created for both the Case This Sketch and Jingle Belles challenges. I am still in the midst of making Christmas cards for next year so love the opportunity to challenge me to make holiday cards and I love this sketch, so I thought I'd combine the two together to create one fun card! I started by die cutting a piece of Canson watercolor paper using a Gina Marie Designs stitched edge rectangle die. Using a smooshing technique and some Tim Holtz spun sugar distress ink I added a nice wash of pink to the background. On a separate piece of watercolor paper I combined Tim Holtz spun sugar, worn lipstick, and picked raspberry distress inks together to create a nice variegated look and then die cut the sheet using some pretty My Favorite Things snowflake dies. I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the snowflakes and adhered them directly onto the die cut panel. Using a small star shape from the Simon Says Stamps Hand Lettered Wishes stamp set and some light grey ink I added a few more "snowflake" details around the card. I then prepped a piece of Stampin' UP's basic black cardstock using my EK Success powder tool and stamped the sentiment from the Power Poppy Cozy Cupfuls stamp set using Versamark ink and some Recollections snow white embossing powder. Once heat set I cut the sentiment panel down and popped it up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I popped the focal panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape for a bit of dimension. I hope you like this fun, non-traditional holiday card!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Today's card was created for the latest Less Is More Challenge. To create my card I started with a white card base and layered on a piece of white cardstock that I had embossed using a heart pattern embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I popped that panel up off of my card using 3M foam tape and then added some black stitched lines around the outer edge of the card to help define the edges. I stamped the heart from the Unity Stamp Company's Everything Love stamp set onto some cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP and fussy cut the image out. I stamped the sentiment on the inside of the heart using the same stamp set. I went all around the fussy cut heart with a dual tip Memento marker to make it look like a die cut and then adhered it directly to the card. Using some American Crafts jute twine in black I created the tail and bow for my "balloon" and adhered them both directly to the card using some Ranger Multi Matte Medium glue. For a finishing touch I added a few clear rhinestones from Recollections on either side of the sentiment. I hope you like this clean and simple card and thank you for visiting my blog today!