Friday, October 31, 2014

Chocolate Delight

I have had this challenge from Altenew on my mind all week, and now, right at the deadline, I got an idea.  Here's the beautiful inspiration picture:

October challenge

I was taken by that scrumptious chocolate color, along with the lovely aqua, and the lacy background, and here's what I finally came up with as my entry:

Altenew Chocolate Delight

supplies: chocolate and soft aqua cardstocks, Altenew Painted Flowers, Hero Arts latte, tide pool, splash, and soft green inks, Hero Arts Circle Doily, embossed in white, Simon's small love you die, Chickaniddy enamel hearts. brown pearls

Thanks for visiting, all!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Be Merry

Last year my Hero Hostess sister Arlene sent me this adorable little reindeer cling stamp by Hero Arts and I thought it would be the perfect centerpiece for a tag.

HA Holiday Challenge - Tag It

I paper-pieced him using a light kraft cardstock, added some bling to his antlers and nose, and a sentiment from this year's Family & Friends clear set.  Other supplies: Lawn Fawn twine, papers from Simple Stories Handmade Holidays, holly leaves from Spellbinder's smallest poinsettia die

I'm entering this into Hero Art's Holiday Challenge, in the Tag It! category.


Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simon Says .......... Anything Goes!


It's the last Wednesday of the month, and that means it's your favorite challenge: Anything Goes! at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The design team were generously treated to some Spectrum Noir colored pencils, and we are all showing off some cards that we made using them.  

October is my favorite month of fall, and so I made some autumn-toned cards for you this week.  I stamped on kraft cardstock and then colored in my images with the creamy Spectrum Noir colored pencils.   I wanted a particular purple, so I combined a blue and a lavender to get it, and the pencils performed beautifully.  I'm so pleased to now have these wonderful pencils in my arsenal!

SSS Oct 29

supplies: Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds, Spectrum Noir pencils from their Essentials and Primaries collections, Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold Seasons, various enamel dots

For my second card I pulled out a beautiful Memory Box woodblock stamp called Maple Wreath and added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Autumn Flowers, along with a triple twine bow secured with a button.

SSS Oct29

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher


for the random winner of this week's challenge, to be spent at the Simon Says Stamp store!!

Simon Says Stamp

AND the generous people at Spectrum Noir have added a prize of 2 sets (winner's choice) of their beautiful colored pencil sets to a second random winner!  

ETA: Both of these cards will work for The Card Concept's current challenge, so I'll be entering them there, I guess in the Clean and Simple category or Clean and Layered.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CASE This Sketch, take 2

The more I looked at the sketch at CASE this Sketch, the more I wanted to do a literal interpretation.

And since it's Breast Cancer Awareness month, I did it all in pink:

CASE This Sketch, take 2

supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug dotted pink cardstock, Simon's Chrissy (partial cut) and Leanna butterfly dies, Wplus9's Seasonal Sentiments, Doodlebug spring sprinkles

Thanks once again for stopping by - please come back again tomorrow for a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge post.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another sketch challenge

This one is CASE this Sketch, and it's another good one, very versatile!

I've been hoarding this  Basic Grey Aspen Frost birch bark paper, exactly the right size for this sketch, so that's where I started.

CASE This Sketch #97

supplies: cream, red and green cardstock, striped paper from Simple Stories Handmade Holiday, Spellbinder's Poinsettia dies, gold pearls,  Simon Says Merry Christmas die

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Merry & Bright

I instantly fell in love with the current sketch at Retrosketches!  It is perfect for using scraps of coordinating design papers!


I immediately thought of my Simon November Card Kit and the Lawn Fawn Snow Day papers in it, and this came together really quickly - a great sketch will do that for you!

Retrosketch #138

supplies: SnowDays paper pad, My Mind's Eye Jubilee Enamel Dots and a sequin snowflake from Simon's November Card Kit, Lawn Fawn sequins, Hero Arts Snowflake die, white glitter paper

I decided to go without a sentiment, since one of the panels does that quite nicely!  Love these tiny patterns and colors in the papers!

Kraft and text

Some weeks ago I played in another of our Hero Arts Flickr scrambles, and our hostess Janet asked us to use text on our creations.  That just so happens to be an element that I love to use, so I was able to make 2 cards that week, and in light of our kraft challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog this week, I thought I'd share them today.


supplies: kraft card base, a page from a book, Hero Arts Snowflake die, Miracle of the Holidays sentiment, Punch chalk ink, red sequins

I used the negative of the snowflake die and lined it with a trimmed page from a book.

Scramble 92

supplies: kraft card base, page from a book, Hero Arts Stitched Frame (flower), Artistic Borders (leaves), My Happy (sentiment), Doodlebug baker's twine and sprinkles

I stamped the leaves and doodled in the stems.

Thanks to Dotty Jo, I'll enter these into the Less is More challenge: Newsprint, too.....

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope your weekend is going well!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tag It!

And another entry to Hero Arts Holiday Challenge - this time in the tag category.  I did this little guy last year in pink and decided to use that color again.

Tag It

supplies: Hero Arts Carnation layering paper, Snow Much Joy (snowman), Snowflake Circle, Holiday Sayings, HA white embossing powder, grey baker's twine

I think this little guy is my favorite HA snowman!


Happy weekend, everyone!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mad About Metallics

.......that's a category in the ongoing Hero Arts Holiday Challenge.  Here's my card for that category, using 2 favorite older stamps:

Mad about Metallics

supplies: cream cardstock, vellum, gold glitter paper, Hero Arts Flourish Pine, Miracle of the Holidays, Ranger Super Fine detail embossing powder


Thanks for your visit today!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Simon Says.........Get Crafty and Use Kraft!


It's Wednesday - time for our next Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

This week we're asking you to use kraft somewhere in your creations.  The design team are using some Hero Arts products that they sent us, and we'd love to see you using them, too, but it isn't a necessity to play.

SSS Oct. 22

supplies:  Family & FriendsDoodlebug's Kraft in Color pad, gems and pearls. and a star die-cut 

Here's a 2nd card that uses a Hero Arts snowflake die-cut and their Miracle of the Holidays sentiment, stamped in Red Royal ink.

SSS Oct 22

After die-cutting my snowflake, I used the negative and popped it over a red dotted cardstock to mimic the dots in my sentiment.   The red dotted paper is from BoBunny's Very Vintage pad.

Now it's your turn!  


Our generous Heidi has provided us with another $50.00 gift voucher to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for the random winner of our challenge.  

Simon Says Stamp

Sunday, October 19, 2014

For a friend

A friend is moving away, and we will likely not see her often again.  I made her this card to wish her well.  It's a CASE of a card by Kay Miller that I recently saw in my blog-hopping.  I just love Kay's mix of the happy sunflower with the green gingham, and thought it would make a great card for my friend.

for Pat

supplies: Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows (sunflowers and leaves), colored with markers and watercolors, sentiment from a retired The Craft's Meow set, green gingham from Simple Stories Harvest Lane, Doodlebug sprinkles

As always, thanks for visiting - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Be Joyful

I'm always late to the party........I just recently received this adorable Winter Sparrows stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and then this week my Simon November card kit arrived with the Lawn Fawn Snow Day papers in it.  And this morning I found a tutorial by Jennifer McGuire that explained how to get some new life out of our Wink of Stella pens.  All of that came together in this little card.

Be Joyful

supplies: Lawn Fawn's Winter Sparrows, Simon's Be Joyful (sentiment and "snow"), Lawn Fawn's Snow Days paper, markers, a rejuvenated Wink of Stella pen (which never shows on my photographs), VersaFine onyx black, Teddy Bear Brown, Lipstick Red, and Soft Pool inks, red gem "berries"

Thank you, Jennifer, adding water to my WOS pen has got it going again!   I think they ARE expensive, so I was thrilled to get some more use out of mine! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Simon's November Card Kit: Winter Jubilee

I just received my Simon November Card Kit, Winter Jubilee, and it is one of my favorites!

Love the colors, love the papers, love the stamps, love those little enamel hearts!  Here are my first 2 cards:

SSS Nov Card Kit

I thought this paper with the bunnies and birds decorating a tree was so cute, I wanted to build my card around it.  The largest tree was stamped in Hero Arts Splash ink, then cut out in an oval shape and framed in a scalloped oval, and I added some of the enamel hearts from the kit.  The sentiment stamp seems perfect; it was stamped in Hero Arts punch ink.

SSS November CardKit

I also really liked this striped paper, which has so many fun motifs on it.  So I cut a small section of it and stamped the candy cane stripe on either side of it, then added another of the papers along the spine of the card, and framed up one of the tags, which acts as my focal point and my sentiment at the same time.  

Lawn Fawn has outdone themselves with these wonderful papers - you can't help but smile when you see them, and they all coordinate beautifully together.  There will be some mighty happy Christmas cards made with them!

Thanks for your visit today.   Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  It's never too early!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Simon Says........Shari's Color Coordinates

If you're looking for my Color Throwdown post, please scroll down 1 post or click HERE.  Thank you.


Happy Wednesday and welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

This week is a really fun challenge; we're going to use the colors from Shari's Color Coordinates that she posts periodically at the Simon Says Stamp Blog!  Here's the latest one:

The design team are all using Simon exclusive products, and if you have any that would work, we'd love to see them in your entry!

These are definitely colors for Halloween, so I decided to find something that you wouldn't ordinarily associate with Halloween, and see what happened!  I decided on Simon's Butterfly Drift die - I thought if you let your imagination run free, they could be bats!  Here's my card:

SSS Oct 15

supplies: Doodlebug Petite Print dots and the stripes from one of their Halloween papers from last year, Doodlebug Halloween Sprinkles, Hero Arts Happy Halloween sentiment

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see what you do with these colors!!

Heidi has once again provided another $50.00 gift voucher to the random winner of our challenge


that you can spend at her fabulous Simon Says Stamp store!

Simon Says Stamp