Wednesday, February 25

RAINY DAY SUNSHINE



Hey there stampin' friends...I leave my month long awesome vacation today, so I made a card for you that is perfect to cheer anyone up who is having a little bit of an off day. Afterall " sunshine" we all have a rainy day once and awhile! I used acetate to stamp the fox image and then turned it over onto the card to create a mirror image. The acetate does not absorb the ink and acts as a stamp! So fun. Then I took the image and stamped in Staz on just above the lighter "water" image and colored it with Stamp n Write Markers! Love it. I also cut the front of the card in half to create a flap and added the layered fox to it to hide the inside sentiment! ~Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21

BIRTHDAY BASH

One of my last classes before I left made this adorable Birthday Card using the set called LIFE'S ADVENTURE! I have used this for many cards here's one here  and another HERE it is just a bersatile fun set! So here it takes the CAKE with a surprise under the tag. I used the DSP called Birthday Bash Specialty in the NEW Mini Occassions Catalog! It has Gold Foil Acents on the balloons and just makes you SMILE! I took a strip of it to add a small accent to the inside of the card too! If you notice on the tag I also used the Handpicked Framelits Dies to accent the sentiment! ~Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17

BITTY BOW and BITTY BUDS


Hey stampers! Well the weekend is here and I hope you will find some time to play with some of the NEW items you have received over the past few weeks. Today I used the stamp set called "From the Garden" to create a pretty background for my three squares. To make this card I first ran a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock through the Big Shot using a retired  Embossing Folder, but you can easily use Lovey Lace Embossing Folder and it would be striking! Next I added a piece of Very Vanilla to the inside of the card to stamp a sentiment. Take a piece of White Jute Ribbon that is 5 1/2" long and adhere it to the left side of the card about an inch in from the crease. Cut three Very vanilla squares
1 1/2" square. Then punch three Blackberry Bliss Squares using the 1 3/8 square punch. Finally Punch (3) 1 1/4" squares and stamp them with the small bud image. I used Blendabilities to color my images, but you could use markers, blender pens or aqua pens too! For the little sentiment on the front I used the NEW Handpicked Framelit Dies and added a ribbon bow. Want to see how I make mine? Only if you want to chuckle it was the very FIRST video I ever did...YIKES it was bad.... CLICK HERE! ~Enjoy!

Thursday, February 12

WOW VALENTINE BE MINE!

HEY STAMPIN' FRIENDS!  Today I have a very special PRESENTATION CARD for you to look at. Shhhhhhhh......I made it for my hubby for later this weekend!  I used the Framelits Hearts Collection  for this. First I cut the LARGE Scalloped Framelit in Very Vanilla and embossed it. Then I used that same framelit and cut along the outside of Basic Black CS with scissors to make a card that doubled as a mat. Just fold the card base in half and then cut along the outside edge being careful to leave the top two areas of the heart uncut. I took strips of card stock and rolled them on my scoring tool to make swirls and curly Q's and added some petals using a retired punch but you could use the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for a perfect bud! Finish it off with some pearls and satin ribbon and you are DONE  and ready to present your special someone with a WOW card. ~Enjoy!
Challenges
VERVE
SU ONLY
CUT IT UP
SWEET STAMPIN' CHALLENGE
CRAZY FOR CHALLENGES
CRAFTY BOOTS
FRIDAY MASH UP

Tuesday, February 10

Hubby Love


Hi Stampers! Today I have a fun card for you to make using a mask. I cut out the medium sized heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits and used it as a mask. Then I ran my card with the framelit cutting side down to emboss an edge around the heart. I drew a scalloped edge between the two marks to add a lacy edging. Next I placed the mask over the embossed heart and stamped the little rose bud in a random pattern, within the mask and overlapping the edges. I used blendabilities to color them in and added a Big Satin Bow to finish off the card.

Tuesday, February 3

BOW BUILDER PUNCH

For today's card I used the NEW set out of the Occasions Mini called Butterfly Basics. Have you seen it? Check it out here! It even has coordinating Butterfly Framelits! Gorgeous!  I love the honeycomb stamp in this set and here I used it with Whisper White Craft ink to create a stunning textured background for my composition. After I stamped that I used White Embossing powder on my stamped flower images. I cut out a few and layered them over the background ones to give the card some dimension. I finished it all off with NEW RIBBON called Sahara Sand Lace Trim and I used the NEW punch called BOW BUILDER PUNCH for the side bow embellishment! ~Enjoy and come on back for more later this week!

Friday, January 30

HEY THERE BUDS!

Hey Stampers! I am on vacation for the next four weeks and luckily I have left the blizzard in New England behind for my family to clean up! Teeeheeeee...is that evil?

I will not have my craft room with me but I have made some things that I will be posting over the next few weeks so be sure to stop in and hover over the samples and PIN them to pinterest for me will ya! Today's card is one that I did using White Embossing powder and Blendabilities. I just love how you can color over the embossing powder. This allows the color to blend more easily and in more depth, with a myriad of hues in color intensity! Use an image like this one from the Big Catalog called HEY THERE BUDS   for a dramatic PUNCH OF COLOR on your card! You can click the link to see it ! See you soon! ~Enjoy

Tuesday, January 20

CLASS FAVOR


Hey stampers! Tonight I have a class where we will be using a lot of new items from the Sale A Bration Catalog and the Spring Occasions Catalog. I can't wait to show you the cards we are making over the next few weeks while I am in FL! Yes, it is that time of year again and I am looking forward to the warm temperatures....but let's forget about that for now and see what's up. Today, I decided to create some favors for my class....I used up some of my Red Glimmer Paper and love the heart embellishment on the Fries Box....Enjoy your day and I'll see you soon!

Friday, January 16

Waxed Paper Enbossing


Hey everyone, the weekend is here and there was no snow to shovel so I decided to play along with the Paper Plunge and do this card using a technique I am calling Embossed Waxed Paper! Mainly because that is what it is. I took a piece of Waxed Paper and roll it up into a tight ball, then I opened it up flat and using a salt shaker I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder into the crevices. Then, I  used the heat gun to emboss it. After it was embossed in gold I sponged it with Tangerine Tango and Old Olive inks.I used that for my center focus and added a scene around it. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12

CREATIVE BLOG HOP



Hey stampers I have a surprise today and I am very excited to tell you that I have been nominated to do a one~time Blog Hop for the Creative Blog Hop. I have never participated in Blog Hops before, because I am always nervous to do them. I do not like schedules or commitments, because those two things seem to dull my creativity and I feel pressured. This time however, I felt stress free and the timing was right, and because it was  "JUST ONE TIME"  I decided I would try it. I hope you are not disappointed. 

Right off the bat I want to thank CHRIS SLOAGAR  for nominating me to play along with the Creative Blog Hop, I am sad to say I do not Chris personally, but I have grown to enjoy HER creativity from stalking her blog . I know you will love her fresh fun style too, so go take a peek!

Today, I was a little SCARED AND DIDN'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO to inspire you. I couldn't decide if it would be a new kind of box? Or would it be the Bokeh Technique or something new and different!

One of the things I love to do is to use an image in an unexpected way. For this card you just don't expect to see a bicycle all dressed up on the shore of a snowy ocean! This scene makes a fun gift card for a winter birthday, or it can be used as a hope filled card for those of us just waiting for spring to come!
Adding just a bit of color on an otherwise clean canvass tells the story! I used Soft Sky card stock and Whisper White craft ink to sponge the waves of this winter sea with just a little Marina Mist for accents. Then I stamped the bicycle from Life's Adventure in Staz On and painted it with Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers and then added some bakers twine tassels. I hope it inspires you to do something fun with a stamp set meant for something else.

OK, now that I have presented my card for you I have been asked to answer four questions that might give you an idea of how my mind works when I get down to creating.

                1. What are you working on now?
                                Recently, I have been working on a mechanical card that creates a POP UP BOX!  It has not been easy to design, but the prototype is complete and now it is time for me to tweak it. I am very excited to show it off and I think all of you in the stamping/crafting world will be also!
               

                2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
                                My style is soft and clean and my signature is Neutrals. I love Very Vanilla and use it almost exclusively in most of the cards I create. I love to combine lots of neutral layers with textures, ~and ribbon is my favorite embellishment because I love it when a bow looks like something tied in a little girl's locks of curls.
                3. Why do you create what you do?
                                Wow! I create for the simple reason of selfishness. I know we are supposed to share but for me it is all about the high I get when I step back and look at a card sitting on a stage and ready for photographing. I love the moment of surprise after I add "this or that" to card stock and it SINGS! Finally, after the mere process of creating is complete, I design to help others think outside the box!

                4. How does your creativity work?
                                For me creating is all about thinking outside the box! So, I get super excited when I can design something that has not been done before! I look for inspiration in places other than card making. It may be jewelry, as in my Quartz Technique; or antique lace linens for the layered look, or even something in my kitchen cupboard, like what I use for Grandma's Swirl. Most recently I was thinking about how I could created bright light in the Bokeh Technique. It is all the rage right now (we see it even in our church
decorations). The difference for me was I wanted my design to POP and SPARKLE and be filled with light, just like in photographs that I have seen of Christmas Lights. Playing around with that goal in mind I was able to sponge colors to acheive that look.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and be sure to visit the two blogs I have nominated for next week!  Here they are......Marie Green at My Tanglewood Cottage I saw her fall tri fold card and fell in love with it, and Angela Carter at Angela's Ink Link . She has been a demo buddy of mine for a few years, and has an awesome creative eye .

Tuesday, January 6

CITY CRAFTERS CHALLENGE with BURLAP


Today's card is for a theme over at City Crafter for Burlap Love. I love the burlap ribbon we have right now and used it on this Pouch Pocket Card with built in fold stand. I hope you like it too!
 Take a peek at the other pictures below!


Monday, January 5

Mojo Monday

Today's card is for the sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday. It has turned bitterly cold here in New England but we cannot complain because so far it has been a very mild winter! Today felt like a crisp winter's day that should have crunchy snow under foot, but we are snow bare for the moment. This card looks like it feels outside, with bright white and crisp embossing. The center layer is card stock covered in Washi Tape then embossed! Enjoy!

Friday, January 2

Get Well


Hey everyone.....are you rested? Not so much huh! Well I had to make a card for a friend of ours who suffered a heart attack on New Year's Eve. He is fine and doing well so I wanted to cheer him up a bit. I do not own too many male images so I used the map background image and the sketch from Paper Plunge to create this card. I singed the edges of the card stock using a heat tool, but first I stripped the card layers so the paper was thin and curled from the heat. Next I added a bunch of sentiments to let him know just how much we want him to recover quickly. This card is bigger than normal so I grabbed my Envelope Bunch Board and made a coordinating envie too.~Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, December 30

2015 PURSE WALLET/DESK CONVERSION

Hey stampers over the past few years I have done a Purse Wallet Calendar that converts into a Desk Calendar and this year is no different. My styles change but the tutorial on the mechanics remain the same. So if you have already bought my tutorial you can make a NEW one this year and add your own NEW 2015 calendar cards. If you don't want to do that you can order mine! Both the Wallet Tutorial and PRINTABLE CALENDAR CARDS are available on my side bar. ~Enjoy!