Sunday, January 22, 2017

Valentine Hugs!!

It's coming up on my favorite time of year - Valentine's Day - a day when I can let the people I love know I'm thinking of them.  I've been missing my mojo the last few weeks, but I think it may be returning, as this first card generated 2 others!

Valentine Hugs

supplies: white cardstock, Concord & 9th Layers of Love dies, Winnie & Walter "hugs" from Big, Bold Friends cutaways, worn lipstick and candied apple distress inks, a green and pink marker, adhesive foam squares

I used the same framing die for my 2nd card today, trimming it away around the outer edges:

Sending Hugs

supplies: kraft, white and green cardstock, Doodlebug Gingham dp, Layers of Love, Fancy Blossoms, Folk Art Florals (leaves), All Occasion sentiment, Nuvo Carnation Pink gloss drop

And here's the fancy work from the above card used as a  frame for another die, this one from Simon:

Hearts Hugs and Flowers

supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Gingham dp, Layers of Love, Simon's Heart of Roses and Painted Hugs dies, a retired Sizzix flowers embossing folder, stamped "sending" from Simon's Lila's Heart, pieces of adhesive foam squares

Stay tuned - hopefully there are more to come!  Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hello Gorgeous!

Here's a fun card, using a Hero Arts Color Layering set - I paired it with a stencil.  Not sure that flamingos live beside the ocean, but this one does!

Hello Gorgeous

supplies: white cardstock, Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo and matching die, Simon Says Stamp Waves stencil, and Tropical Leaves palm stamp, cracked pistachio, lucky clover, tea dye, and broken china distress ink, Hero Arts Ombre Mint Julep to Emerald Green ink

This multi-step flamingo is really fun to stamp and it layers easily, too!  I had fun putting together this scene.  Hope it makes you smile.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Five For Friday

Welcome to my blog - today I have a card being featured at Tammy Tutterow's Five for Friday semi-monthly feature!  Today I played with her Posie Parts stamps.

TT Posie Parts

supplies: white and clay cardstock, dps from Doodlebug Petite Prints 6" pads, Tammy's Posie Parts stamps, sentiment from PTI, various yellow buttons

I decided to stamp on petite prints design papers; their scale is perfect for these smallish parts, and I love the selection of color each pad gives us.  I fussy-cut all of the elements - it's something I enjoy doing anyway, and having all the little pieces to play with is much easier, in my opinion, than masking would have been.  To add some dimension to this otherwise simple design, I sewed on buttons to the centers of the flowers, and pulled up the petals.

This was fun to put together, and brought a little spring into my life until the real thing shows itself!

Be sure to visit Tammy's blog to see what my team-mates did this time!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Simon Says.........Anything But a Card

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Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme this week is "Anything But a Card", and we are using We R Memory Keepers products. 

I chose some ombre glassine papers and made a winter luminary:

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supplies: We R Memory Keepers Oh Goodie! Ombre glassine paper pack, tall glass vase, Hero Arts Layering Snowflake dies, tall pillar candle

And another picture with the candle lit:

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These snowflakes dies make a partial cut, so that everything remains attached.  Since I have a cuttlebug which cuts only 6" wide at a time, I needed to trim my glassine to that width, and I also added a 2nd width of 2 1/2" at the bottom.  The top panel was cut randomly, and on the bottom one I lined up the medium sized snowflakes.  After making my cuts, the snowflakes  were pulled outward, and then I secured the glassine strips at the back of my luminary.

Wouldn't a group of 3 of these in different heights make a pretty table centerpiece?

There are 6 colors to choose from in this pack.  I chose the aqua, but I think this would be fun to do in green using the new Simon Partial Cut Leaves, or in any of the other colors with flower dies!

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

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to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hey There, Cutie!

Just checking in with a card that I made for our granddaughter's birthday later this month.

Last fall, I won a stamp set of my choice from Your Next Stamp, and I chose this darling set that features lots of cute woodland critters.  I'm very impressed with the quality of these stamps.

Alma's Birthday

supplies: white and rust cardstock, dps from Bella Blvd and My Favorite Things, Your Next Stamp Woodland Cuties, markers to color, Die-Namics Snow DriftsStitched Mini Scallop Square and Blueprints 20 banner dies

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thinking of You

I have another card today using some of Tammy Tutterow's cling stamps.

TT Thinking of You

supplies:  watercolor paper, Tammy Tutterow Thinking of You and Simple Line Border, Spectrum Aqua markers and water,  tumbled glass distress ink and blending tool

I love this doodled frame stamp that Tammy calls Simple Line Border - it's a great way to add a little interest to a one-layer card!  And this main stamp with the sweet flower pot and gorgeous written sentiment will be so useful for lots of different occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today - I appreciate your visit!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Simon Says..........Winter Birthday!

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Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme this week is "Winter Birthdays" and my teamies and I are playing with Lawn Fawn goodies!

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supplies: white cardstock, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter dps, Winter Sparrows, blue and grey markers to color, Sophie's Sentiments, mini Misti, peppermint twine, pearl hearts, Simon Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles, adhesive foam squares

This adorable bird set has been a favorite of mine since it was released a few years back - hope they never retire it!  Since these papers are mostly in blues and greys, I followed suit when I colored the birds.  The blue plaid panel and the fussy-cut birds are popped up with foam squares.

Here's another favorite little stamp that works for this challenge, too:

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supplies: white and red cardstock, ancient snowflake dp from my stash, Lawn Fawn Winter Bunny, red, grey and pink markers to color, Stitched Snowflake dies, tiny Sparkling Clear sequins, Die-Namics Snow Drifts die, Blueprints 20 banner, sentiment from retired The Craft's Meow, mini Misti 

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

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to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tammy's Florals

Today is another of Tammy Tutterow's Five for Fridays, where her creative team shows off some projects that we've been working on during the month.

I have 2 cards today using some of Tammy's floral cling stamps.

TT Sunflower Bunch

supplies: white and black cardstock, vellum, MFT Tiny Check Brights gingham dp, Tammy's Sunflower Bunch, stamped on Bristol paper and colored with my Spectrum Aqua markers and water, Clearly Besotted Delightful Day sentiment and canning jar, Die-Namics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die

I colored the sweet bouquet , cut it out, and then inserted the stems into my vellum canning jar before attaching it to the framed rectangle.  I use any excuse I can to use gingham, so this panel was brought in to pull out the yellow in the sunflower - the scale is just right!

My next card is one-layer.  I'll need to line the card front on the inside, as my inks bled through......

TT Flower Swag

supplies: white cardstock, mini Misti, Tammy's Flower Swag 3, Spectrum Noir markers and Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, My Favorite Things All Occasion sentiment

I stamped the sentiment using my handy mini Misti in the center of my card, then stamped the Flower Swag above and below it.  Easy peasy and nice and flat for mailing!

I hope you'll visit Tammy's blog to see what my other teamies have made this time - we all have such different styles, it's really fun to see the variety of projects!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Simon Says........New Somethings!

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Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Happy New Year and welcome to our first challenge of 2017 !  Our theme this week is "New Somethings" and the team are showcasing Simon Says Stamp exclusive products. 

My "new" is a set of Simon rose dies from the last DieCember release called Hey Love.  I die-cut them once and made 2 cards from them, using the positive and negative die-cuts.

This first one uses the negative die-cuts, and some papers that I made ages ago using the polished stone technique (pouncing alcohol inks on glossy white paper).   I love how this one appears to have been stenciled, but I just used the positive die-cut as a spacer to insert my negative pieces, gluing them down one by one, then removing the outine die, which I then used on my 2nd card below.

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supplies: white and aqua cardstock, my own polished stone papers, Simon's Elegant Roses dies and It's Your Birthday stamps, DieNamics Layered LeavesBlueprints 20 stitched rectangle, Winnie & Walter Audrey's Cutaways scalloped rectangle

For this one, I used the positive die-cuts:

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supplies: white cardstock, my own polished stone papers, Simon's Elegant Roses dies and It's Your Birthday stamps, DieNamics Layered Leaves, Taylored Expressions Garden Party embossing folder, Winnie & Walter Audrey's Cutaways scalloped rectangle, Doodlebug enamel dots

I used another "new" crafty item on this last card, the lovely Garden Party embossing folder.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

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to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Look Back at my Favorite Cards of 2016

Today I'm continuing a tradition that I started in 2011 to bring back my favorite cards from the year.  I hope you'll enjoy visiting them once again, too.  If you'd like further details, just click on the card and you'll be taken to the original post.  I'd love to know which is your favorite!

Peach Painted Flowers


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Friendship Blooms


Share Joy #36


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SSS Tropical Leaves


Happy Birthday USA


Hugs & Prayers


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Harvest Mouse


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Heather's Christmas Quilt


Hero Hostess BlogHop 2016


Christmas Blessingsl


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As you can see, I'm still a flower girl, but there were lots of wreaths made this year, too!  A new door opened for me this year, as a designer for Tammy Tutterow's lovely designs.  She loves hearts and flowers as much as I do, and I look forward to playing with more of her designs in the New Year.

If you do a similar post of your favorites, I'd love to come visit your blog - just leave me a link in your comment.  Thank you for your visit today, and I wish us all a happy, healthy, and crafty 2017!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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

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Welcome to our last challenge of 2016 at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


As always our theme at the end of each month is our ever-popular Anything Goes!  My teamies and I are playing with products from Lindy's Stamp Gang.

I used my Magicals powders as watercolors this time, and colored a pretty thank you card.

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supplies: white cardstock card base, Tim Holtz watercolor panel, Wplus9 Beautiful Bouquets: Ranunculus clear stamp, Lindy's Gang Mermaid Seashells Magicals, tumbled glass distress ink, water.

I used a little palette and dropped the tiniest amount of each Magical color into each well, added some water, and painted this pretty image.  A tip I learned is to stir the mixture each time you dip into it, as the mica tends to settle to the bottom.  All of the colors have a golden glitz to them.  When everything was dry I washed some tumbled glass behind it, cut it into a scalloped panel, and mounted it on my card front.  Here's a closer picture to show you the glow:

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Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

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to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Friday, December 23, 2016

A final Christmas card to all of you

I am putting away my Christmas supplies today until next year.  Things will be quiet here for awhile as our family celebrates Christmas.  So I thought I'd leave you with my final Christmas card.  It's a simple design, but I'm sending along Christmas hugs and hopes for a peaceful, safe holiday.  I hope Santa brings you something special!

A final Christmas card

supplies: green, parchment, and red glitter cardstock, dp from Authentique's Retro Christmas bundle, Simon's Merry Christmas clear stamp, Schoolhouse Red ink, mini Misti, Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle die, My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die, Paper Smooches Holly dies

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Simon Says.........Add Some Sparkle

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Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


This week our theme is "Add Some Sparkle", and the team are playing with Hero Arts products.  I went with blues and snowflakes for both of my cards, using glitter cardstock and sequins for my sparkle.

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supplies: white and white glitter cardstock, peacock feathers and broken china distress inks, Hero Arts Paper Layering Snowflakes, Beauty of the Season, and Magical Background, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, moonshine sequins, adhesive foam squares

I cut out a stitched rectangle panel, then sponged it with 2 colors of distress inks.  Next I overstamped the Magical Background, then stamped and embossed my sentiment.  Lastly, I die-cut the snowflakes from the panel, popped them up, and added some sequins for my sparkle.  The panel was then popped above a white glitter cardstock.  Here's another view:

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These snowflakes are really fun to play with!  I love the dimension that they add to an otherwise flat card.  There are framing dies for each flake included in the set, so that you can cut them out completely and place them anywhere you'd like, if you prefer.

For my 2nd card, I chose a big snowflake woodblock stamp and used lots of silver for my sparkle.

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supplies: dark glimmery blue cardstock, silver glitter cardstock, Dazzling Snowflake, Versamark ink and Ranger super fine detail silver embossing powder, Concord & 9th Take a Bough snowflake die, Simon Merry & Bright die, Hero Arts adhesive crystals

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

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to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

SSS January 2017 Card Kit

My Simon January Card Kit arrived yesterday, and I'm thrilled with these shades of blue and the delicate snowflake stamps in this kit!  Here's my first card using the supplies in the kit.  I envisioned sparkly silver flakes against a beautiful clear blue sky:

SSS Jan 2017 Card Kit

supplies: white cardstock, cornflower blue vellum, silver sequins, and Frozen Fractals stamp set from kit, silver embossing powder, Cornflower ink

I cut a panel of the darker of the luscious vellum/parchment papers, stamped the snowflakes randomly across the surface, then heat embossed them in silver.  I secured that panel onto my white card base using glossy accents under the center of each snowflake, then used cornflower ink and silver embossing to stamp my sentiment on a die-cut stitched scalloped square.

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As you can see, also in the kit are a selection of pretty small-scale design papers, along with a sheet of Cornflower Blue cardstock - I have been waiting YEARS for this country blue shade to appear again, and I mustn't be the only one, as it is out of stock for now.  The other fun plus in this kit is a Lawn Fawn Shammy stamp cleaner cloth!  It sure beats the old washcloth I've been using, that leaves lint behind on my stamps.

As always, if you're liking what you see, don't wait to long to order your own kit!