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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Endless Wishes

It's time for another fabulous challenge at Addicted to CAS!
Once again this week, Hannelie is our Guest Designer. Make sure you stop by and show her card some love. I just love her CAS style. She really rocks it!  For my card, I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches
I thought that little panel would work perfectly for my vellum. And I was able to use up a little tiny scrap of DSP, too! lol 
I was so happy to see Endless Wishes revived in the Holiday Catalog. I don't have many sets for Christmas cards, and this one works great for plain old winter cards, too. Just change the sentiment and it can become whatever you want!  I stamped the snowflakes on my cardstock in Silver Encore ink and stamped off Island Indigo. My vellum panel is adhered underneath the DSP strip and with two staples in the right-hand corner.  

I made a second card on Brushed Silver cardstock that I actually like better, but for the life of me I could not get a picture where you could see the snowflakes that I stamped under the vellum! I will go ahead and show you the card anyway, just envision the snowflakes under the vellum. lol They are really nice and subtle in real life, I promise! :)
Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the lovely creations by the rest of the ATCAS design team!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

For All Things

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More...Anything Goes!  It's been a while since I've played over at Create with Connie and Mary, so I grabbed their cute little sketch for my card. Looking at Stampin' Celebration Challenge, I just loved their fall images so I went with a fall theme, specifically the acorns in their photo.
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I wasn't sure what colors I wanted to use, so I went with some DSP...that's always helpful when you're in a stump!  I used Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Sahara Sand from the Color Me Autumn DSP. This is one of my favorite DSP packs of all time!  
I just love the little acorns on that sheet of DSP!  I stamped my sentiment and acorns on Whisper White cardstock and then sponged over the whole thing with Crushed Curry ink.  It needed a little something extra, so of course I had to bring out the pearls! :)  

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to visit the rest of the design team's fabulous creations!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Work of Art Edition


This year sure is flying by. Can you believe it's the beginning of October already?!  That also means it's time for a new edition of The Stamp Review Crew! Work of Art is by far my favorite set out of the 2014-2015 catalog.  There are so many creative ideas out there for this set that it is hard for me to think of something new and innovative. But I love to use Work of Art for backgrounds that look watercolored, so I went that direction!  


I LOVE using this set to make backgrounds. For this one, I stamped all of my images from Work of Art on my largest clear block, and then spritzed it with water. I then carefully placed my Shimmery White cardstock on top of the block and pressed it into the color. For my leaves, I stamped them in one color, and then used the smallest blotchy stamp from Work of Art to add additional colors to each one before cutting them out. This is such a great set for "coloring" images without spending a lot of time using markers!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to click on the links below to continue on to Nancy's wonderful blog, or if you are traveling backwards you will end up at Mike's awesome creation!  Or if you get lost, like I tend to do, the complete blog roll is at the bottom for you.  




Blog Roll:

  1. Tanya Boser  http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  2. Ann Schach  http://www.stampinchic.com/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  3. Lisa Young   http://addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  4. Dawn Tidd  http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  5. Betty Traciak  http://kittystamp.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  6. Adriana Benitez  http://escape2stamp.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  7. Cindy Beach   http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  8. Holly Krautkremer  http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  9. Kerry Willard Bray http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  10. Beth Beard   http://www.mylittlecraftblog.com/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  11. Mike Funke   http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-a-work-of-art.html
  12. Shana Gaff  http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  13. Nancy Smith  http://iguanastamp.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Babies, babies, babies!

It seems like EVERYONE I know is either having a baby or adopting. We are WAAAY past that stage, so I am more than happy to love on all of my friends' babies and then pass them back. All of these babies means I am in need of baby cards!  This one is for our new challenge at Addicted to CAS.


I still had my star stencil out from another challenge last week, and I thought it would be perfect for a baby card!  So quick and easy too!

I just love the stars with the cute little ellie!  And I could not resist the "hey there" word bubble to go along with him.  I think I might have to do a pink version of this one too, just in case!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to check out the rest of the design team creations, as well as our Guest Designer, the fabulous Hannelie...wow does she ever do some cool things!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Wow, I have been keeping CRAZY busy with subbing. I have worked every day since I started!  I love keeping busy but it is also challenging trying to get in my crafting time!  I was expecting to have the whole day off today but then received a call this morning asking me to sub in the afternoon, so of course I agreed!  That only left me with two hours to get 2 cards completed and all of my housework finished for the day. Yikes!  I made it though!  One of my cards was for our Clean and Simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.  I was able to use this fabulous sketch at retrosketches for my card, as well as the challenge at The Paper Players:


I just noticed the other day that I was running low on male cards, so this was a great challenge to participate in!  

I got to use a few of my new goodies on this card, so that made me feel good!  The mini stapler in the Holiday Catalog is so stinkin' adorable!  This was also my first time using the star mask. LOVE it!  I don't know what I have been waiting for!  Time, I guess. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to stop by the Addicted to Stamps and More! blog to see the other ladies' lovely creations!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kind Koala

Wow, is this school ever going fast!  I can't believe it is almost October already. I have started substitute teaching in the schools since all three kids are now in school and I am having a great time with it!  It's nice not having to do the same thing every single day. My favorite part is that I can choose if I want to work on a particular day or not!  It's really the perfect job, in my opinion. :)

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and it's a great one, as usual! Make sure to check out all of the fabulous creations by our design team, as well as our Guest Designer, the AMAZING Tenia! I just love her style, and I am sure you will too! Now on to the code word...
Awwww, isn't that a great word!  So many opportunities there!  I went straight for my favorite little cuddly creature stamp for my card...
Isn't he so cute?!!! I just love him. :) He is colored with my Blendabilities, as well as the rhinestones. They are Wisteria Wonder...hard to capture that on film but they look great in real life!  I have also seen where people are going around the image with gray so I gave that a try and I really like it!  Makes him really pop right off of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fantastic weekend and happy crafting! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Truly Grateful Edition


Wow, it is already the third Monday of the month, so you know what that means?  It's time for another edition of the Stamp Review Crew!  This week we are working with one of my favorite stamp sets from last year's Holiday Catalog, Truly Grateful.  I am a sucker for fall images and colors, and couldn't wait to make a project for this challenge.  My good friend Mandy was over to work on some Project Life scrapbook pages, and she helped me out with some inspiration for my background. I love how it turned out!
That background stamp is probably my favorite stamp in the set. I just love those chevrons!  The little pearls are colored with Blendabilities. Coloring embellishments has been so much fun with the Blendabilities.  I love the pop of color it adds!  

Thanks for stopping by to visit. If you are continuing on through the hop, you won't want to miss the FABULOUS Tanya's project.  She is sure to have something creative and amazing for you to see! Or if you are working backwards, make sure you stop by the oh so TALENTED Holly's blog to see what she has for us this week!  Of course, if you are completely lost, like I tend to be most of the time lol, you can see the entire blog roll at the bottom.  See you next time!




Blog Roll:

  1. Kerry Willard Bray   http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html
  2. Mike Funke    http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  3. Holly Krautkremer   http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  4. Shana Gaff   http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  5. Tanya Boser    http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html
  6. Wendy Weixler  http://wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html
  7. Yapha Mason  http://yaphamason.com/blog/2014/09/14/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition/
  8. Cindy Beach   http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2014/09/my-entry.html 
  9. Dawn Tidd   http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html 
  10. Heidi Baks   http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  11. Debra Burgin  http://heartfeltinkspiration.com/2014/09/14/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Holiday Home

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week our challenge is Make Your Mark!  Use markers, crayons, watercolor pencils...whatever coloring medium your little heart desires. :) I have been using this opportunity to practice with my Blendabilities.  The little houses from Holiday Home are so much fun to color in!  I used this sketch from retrosketches on my card:
I like this simple sketch and it worked nicely with my row of houses that I colored in.
I had all of my houses colored in except the shingles on the roof of the blue house and I grabbed the darkest marker in the Night of Navy Blendabilities set.  I colored it in and it was so dark you couldn't even see the shingles anymore!  I grabbed the Color Lifter and ran it over the shingles to remove some of the color and you can see them now!  That's a pretty cool little tool!

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to visit the rest of the design team at the ATSM blog. They are constantly showing me new tips and tricks, as well as BEAUTIFUL cards!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hmmm...a stumper!

When I looked to see what our challenge at ATCAS was this week, I was truly stumped!
I have no stamps that remotely look oriental to me, so I had to go out of my comfort zone and do something that I have never done before...freehand an image!  I googled the word and found quite a few of these beautiful flowers that were easy enough for me to duplicate. lol
This was also a great chance for me to practice some more with my Blendabilities. It's hard to tell but there is even a little shading going on at the top of each branch.  The cute little flower punch complete with some pearls finished this card off really quickly! 

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the ATCAS blog to see the rest of the design team's beautiful creations! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Mosiac Madness Edition

Wow, can you believe it is September 1st already?!  This summer has flown by. The kids are in school and I am here at home all by my lonesome self. One would THINK I have all the time in the world to craft, but I have actually been busier than ever with things. I completely forgot about one of my design team challenges yesterday because of all of my planning I had been putting into my Holiday Catalog Party and Sale, and just had a few minutes to get to my Stamp Review Crew blog hop card today!  Luckily I already had the idea in my head for this week's fun geometrical set, Mosaic Madness, and it came together in only about 20 minutes!  Gotta love that when you are in a time crunch!
I thought I had some red ribbon but realized it was Melon Mambo, so I went with that instead. At the last minute I decided this would make a fabulous shaker card so I dug out my In Color sequins, a window sheet scrap and some circle Dimensionals. I love the result! The Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar ended up being a fabulous compliment to the Crumb Cake cardstock and Melon Mambo ink and ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by to visit me. Make sure to continue on through the blog hop to Deb's fabulous blog, or if you are working backwards you can click on the previous tab to see Holly's amazing project!  The complete list is at the bottom if you are completely lost, which is usually what happens to me! lol


Blog Roll

  1. Kerry Willard-Bray http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness-edition.html
  2. Nancy Smith
  3. Holly Krautkremer  http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  4. Shana Gaff    http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosiac-madness.html
  5. Deb Currier   http://artfeltimpressions.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  6. Mike Funke *Christmas theme  http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html 
  7. Ann Schach   http://www.stampinchic.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  8. Beth Beard    http://www.mylittlecraftblog.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  9. Paula Wright  http://paulastamps.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  10. Dawn Tidd   http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness-edition.html
  11. Tanya Boser  http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness-edition.html

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ATSM Photo Challenge!

I always love these photo challenges that Kylie puts together for us at ATSM and this one is particularly fun!
I love the black and white, the woodgrain, and the big white flower. I, as usual, was very literal with my card. lol
This card was so fast and easy to put together. I used some retired supplies, which I almost NEVER do, but they really fit for this challenge so I just had to. :) I wanted my pearl to match my Basic Gray cardstock and ink, so I colored it with my Blendabilities.  I'm not so great at coloring images YET (mostly because I haven't had time to practice! Boo!), but I can handle coloring embellishments! :)

Thanks for stopping by to see my card. Make sure to stop by the ATSM blog to see the rest of the design team's amazing work! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Daydream Medallions Edition


 It's the second Monday of the month, which means it's time for another round of The Stamp Review Crew! This set, Daydream Medallions, has been one of my favorites since it came out, and I don't use it enough!  I was glad to be forced to get it inked up. :)  I chose to do a pull-out card in an envelope because I think the big medallion makes a nice topper. Here is a look at the finished card in the decorated envelope:
 I used Soft Sky, Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss, a combination I got off of the Color Coach. Gotta love the Color Coach!  I colored the rhinestones with my Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities.  Not exactly the same color, but the different hues allow them to coordinate nicely.  Here is a look at the card once it is pulled out.
I used Dotty Angles to add some interest to the edges of the card portion.  The sentiment comes from Starburst Sayings. It fits quite nicely in the center of my medallion! I love how Daydream Medallions works with these stamps that you wouldn't necessarily match them with. It's really actually very versatile, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to click on the links below to return to Kerry's blog or to continue on in the hop to Ann's blog. They have some wonderful projects to share with us as do the rest of the team, and you won't want to miss a single one!





Blog Roll:

  1. Dawn Tidd   http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions-edition.html
  2. Debra Burgin   http://heartfeltinkspiration.com/2014/08/17/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions
  3. Cindy Beach    http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallion.html
  4. Heidi Baks    http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-daydream.html
  5. Mike Funke   http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/08/stamp-reviewcrew-daydream-medallions.html
  6. Yapha Mason   http://yaphamason.com/blog/2014/08/17/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions-edition/
  7. Lisa Young   http://addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallion.html
  8. Tanya Boser  http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions.html
  9. Paula Wright   http://paulastamps.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-daydream.html
  10. Kerry Willard Bray    http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions-edition.html
  11. Shana Gaff    http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-daydream.html
  12. Ann Schach -Christmas themed project   http://www.stampinchic.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-daydream.html
  13. Betty Traciak  http://kittystamp.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions.html
  14. Beth Beard   http://www.mylittlecraftblog.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-daydream.html
  15. Wendy Weixler   http://wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions.html
  16. Adriana Benitez  http://escape2stamp.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-daydream-medallions.html

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fun with Shapes

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and it is right up my alley, being a major in math and all! :) 
We have the lovely Lyndal joining us once again as Guest Designer. She has made a really cool shaped card for us to enjoy. You must check it out and I must give it a try some time!  It looks really easy and a great way to add interest to a card while still keeping it CAS. For my card, I used the CASE with a twist challenge at Time Out Challenges. I had lots of geometric shapes to choose from, but I decided to go with triangles and hexagons.


I started by sponging the rectangle with four different shades of blue and blue/green. My card was originally supposed to be a one layer white card but stupid me sponged my rectangle in the wrong spot so it would have been on the right of the card instead of the left. Duuuuhhhhh!!! I put all three triangles on one clear block and stamped the row of them first in the center, then worked my way up and down, making five rows altogether. Then I filled in the spaces with the hexagons for some more geometric interest. I love how it turned out!  I then simply finished it off by adding my sentiment and a few rhinestones. I just LOVE CAS cards and there is a lot of fun inspiration from the design team so make sure to hop on over there and check it all out!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beauty of the Season

Wow, it's been a while since I have blogged!  This craziness of a summer is winding down, but I have a feeling things aren't going to be much better once school starts. All three kids will be in school now, so I have decided that I will substitute teach a few days a week to keep me busy.  That means even less crafting time than I already have. Waaahhh!!!

Today we have a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More...Holiday!  I don't generally make Christmas cards this early, but I earned the Beauty of the Season stamp set for free during a Stampin' Up! promotion, so I decided to give it a try. Sometime between then and now I have managed to misplace that silly stamp set, so you know what that means I have in store for me today?  Stamp studio cleaning session! And my kids thought they could sit here and enjoy their last few free days before school starts. Riiiight. :)

I decided to keep this one CAS in case I decided to make a few more for my actual Christmas cards. I generally don't do that because I have enough cards left over from challenges I participate in, but I have really slowed down with the challenges, so I am thinking I might have to reproduce a few!
I pulled out my gold embossing powder for the image and the sentiment. I looks gorgeous on the Kraft paper. So much better in real life!  I then used my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to color in the bird, the branch and the berries. I love how the Blendabilities allow you to color on the Kraft without really changing the color of the marker.  To finish it off I folded down the corner and added some gold glimmer paper underneath for a little extra sparkle.  Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to stop by the ATSM home page to see the other beautiful holiday creations by the design team and to play along!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Flower Patch Edition

Today we have another Stamp Review Crew Convention hop for you!  Flower Patch, my first MUST HAVE set from the new catalog, was one of the sets we agreed to use for our Convention display board.  I love flowers and this one is so funky and fun and it also has a coordinating set of framelits, which is one of the reasons it is a must have in my opinion. :)

I did two projects with this set, a scrapbook page and a card.  I decided to use a black and white photo of Janae for my scrapbook page so the colors in the picture didn't fight with the colors of my page. I used some In Colors on this one, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush, as well as some fun and shiny silver.
I had so much fun layering these flowers!  The outside of the big flowers is cut with the framelits, but each of the smaller layers is hand cut, so it took me quite some time to get them all cut out! Totes worth it though because after layering each of them with Dimensionals and popping an In Color sequin in the middle, they look like store-bought embellishments to me!  Don't you just love the Striped Scallop Thinlit with the flowers, too?! I think it looks like lattice!  I chose to pop in some of the leftover silver pieces. I saved all of the rest of them, hoping to find a project for them soon. :)

My next project is a CAS card. These flowers are all cut out with the coordinating framelits.  Aren't those little dots adorable?!  I love that there is a framelit to cut all those little puppies out!
The larger flowers have little circles of Crisp Cantaloupe baker's twine behind them. I just love this stuff!  It's thick enough to add a lot of extra texture, and it coordinates with our colors! And at $3.50 a roll, it's a bargain. Can't go wrong there!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Click on the links below to continue on to Mike's blog, or if you missed someone you can always go backwards to Beth's blog too!



Blog Roll:
  1. Mike Funke    http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/08/src-flower-patch.html
  2. Betty Traciak  http://kittystamp.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch-edition.html
  3. Kerry Willard Bray
  4. Tanya Boser  http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch-edition.html
  5. Nancy Smith  http://iguanastamp.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch
  6. Heidi Baks    http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-flower-patch.html
  7. Dawn Tidd    http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch-edition.html 
  8. Lisa Young  http://addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch-edition.html
  9. Holly Krautkremer    http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-flower-patch.html
  10. Yapha Mason   http://yaphamason.com/blog/2014/08/03/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch-edition/
  11. Debra Burgin    http://heartfeltinkspiration.com/2014/08/03/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch
  12. Jill Coleman    http://www.jillstamps.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-flower-patch-edition.html
  13. Adriana Benitez    http://escape2stamp.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-flower-patch.html
  14. Beth Beard     http://www.mylittlecraftblog.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-flower-patch.html
  15. Shana Gaff    http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-flower-patch.html