Thursday, May 30, 2013

A card for Maddy

You may remember last year that the Simon Says Stamp family asked for us all to make some cards for Maddy and her family.  Maddy is a young teen diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was undergoing chemotherapy to battle it, after receiving a stem cell transplant from her sister Melanie.  Sadly, she has had a return of her disease, and we are asking for more cards for her.  You can find all the details HERE, with an address, a Caring Bridge blog link, and a picture of this valiant young woman.  Could you find it in your heart to send a card of encouragement to her?  Here's one that I made and sent last week:

I know it's hard to think of what to say, but you could make it very simple, tell her she's in your thoughts, and then sign it and add your hometown.  Thanks so much!

EDITED TO ADD:  Heidi at Simon Says Stamp is offering up a $100.00 gift voucher to someone who sends Maddy a card.  Please visit the Simon Says Stamp blog for details.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

It's the last Wednesday of the month, and that means our challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is Anything Goes!!  This week the Design Team and May Guest Designer Annette are playing with Bottle Cap, Inc. and/or Authentique products.  If you own any of these products, we'd love to see you use them!  I had SUCH fun with the bottle caps; I've never worked with them before.  So I made you 2 cards today:

This first one uses papers from Authentique's Lovely collection.  The bottle caps I chose are flattened chrome caps and here I filled this one with a circle of one of the papers, and then placed it into the center of my die-cut flower.  My sentiment is a stamp and die combination by Simon called Expressions for You.

I made a really easy card for my 2nd sample today, playing with some new washi: a  washi paper from We R Memory Keepers, which I also used to line my bottle cap, and a Queen & Co tape.  I added a sentiment from the Simon exclusive Flower Friend, stamped in Hero Arts Red Royal mid-tone ink and a double bow of twine.  

Heidi has given us another $50.00 gift voucher for the random winner of this challenge.

You can use it for anything you'd like at the Simon Says Stamp Superstore!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mixing old and new

As I was browsing my blogs as I do each morning, I saw that Penny Black is bringing out a new release!  2 of the new stamps are really lovely frames, and that reminded me of a PB stamp that a sweet friend gave to me a few years ago; it's also a frame, from 1997 called Ruffle Frame.  So I pulled it out and CASEd the card shown on the blog today, using what I have here at home.

supplies: design paper from the Madison pad as background, Graceful, Petal Party (sentiment), Ruffled Frame (#303K)

Every day this week some of the new stamps will be shown, and some lucky ducky is going to win the full release!  Hop on over to the Penny Black blog to get the details!!

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

All Things are Possible

This challenge at PTI's Make it Mondays has reminded me how much I enjoy paper-piecing - it's great for those of us who aren't into the Copic thing or don't want to color all the time.  There are so many pretty papers out there, especially now with the miniaturized 6" paper pads! So here's another one for the challenge:

This set is the Violet one from PTI's Year of Flowers.  I used Graphic 45 papers from their Secret Garden collection (it's hard to find purples nowadays!  Does anyone have any suggestions for pretty ones?).  The background is a Hero Arts lattice cling stamp, as are the pearls.

ETA: I'd also like to add this to Moxie Fab World's Mixy-Matchy Style Challenge, since Cath now allows us to use cards made up to a month ahead of her challenges, if they fit the specifications.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

This makes me smile!

This is Maile's last week as our Muse at CASE Study, and Chupa chose a wonderful card for us to CASE!  When I saw it my mind went instantly to a favorite leaf spray and a flower, both made by Hero Arts.  After I'd stamped the leaf and saw the dots I decided to make this ALL about the dots, and here's my entry for this week:

Materials used: Hero Arts CL338 Be Yourself (large leaf sprig), Green Hills mid-tone ink, CL496 Layered Flowers, Technique Tuesday Simply You by Ali Edwards (one of my FAVE sentiments), Echo Park Bundle of Joy Dots & Stripes paper for flower, BoBunny soft shades double dot for die-cut leaves (Sizzix Sizzlits Branch with Leaves), green dotty button, white twine, my DH's hole punch for the dots on the flowers.

Thank You

Today's my day to have a post over at The Craft's Meow.  Here's a little sneak peek of it:

I hope you'll visit The Craft's Meow today and leave me a comment there.  Thank you!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Make it Monday - Paper Piecing

Did you see Melissa Phillips GORGEOUS paper-pieced flower card at the Make It Monday challenge this time?  I could NOT not play after seeing it.......that girl could sell me the phone book - she is such an inspiration!  My version is quite a bit simpler, but still a CASE of her beautiful card:

I thought this Hero Arts flower and the matching smaller version of it would work well for her paper-piecing technique.  I decided to use the papers from Graphic 45's Secret Garden Patterns & Solids because I could get all these in the same pattern, and the reverse of them was a solid, which worked for the smaller flower.  I centered my flower with a button, and added the PTI sentiment from Flower Fusion #12 and a peach Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  My background paper is from Memory Box.

Monday Mood Board #12

Now that I have a couple of Wplus9 stamp sets, I can play along in their Monday Mood Board challenges!  I took the colors from the Mood Board and here is my card, using Quilt Prints and a dotty embossing folder:

It takes some time to stamp all those individual "fabrics", but it still beats making a real quilt!!  Yes, I see that blue ink smoosh........I should have masked off my sentiment........Lesson learned.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sending Warm Thoughts

Here's a card I made to enter into the PaperTrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge: paper piecing.

These tulips are from PTI's Friendship Jar Spring Filler set.  I pieced them with papers from Lawn Fawn's Bright Side paper pad, and placed them on a board background from the MME Bramble Rose pad.  My sentiment is from Hero Arts, and the gingham ribbon is a gift from my teamie Lisa at Christmas.

Thanks for visiting!

CAS-ual Fridays: Stamp on Design Paper


I just got some new stamps and new pads of paper, so this challenge was perfectly timed for me!  The CAS-ual Fridays challenge #101 is to stamp on design paper.  I took it a step further and paper-pieced also.  Here's my card:

My card uses the lovely Wplus9 Blanket Stitched Blooms and papers from My Mind's Eye "Notable" paper pad, along with some matching enamel dots.  

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Simon Says.........Take a Picture!

Happy Wednesday! And Happy 93rd birthday to my Dad!  

Wednesdays mean a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp, and this week our theme is Take a Picture!  I must admit that at first I wasn't sure what to do with it, but when I saw this adorable pink camera sticker, I was all in!

It is part of a fun sticker sheet by American Crafts Dear Lizzy, in the Neapolitan line.  The little heart in the center of the lens is another of the stickers, as is the heart banner at the top right of my card.  The striped background paper and Smile strip are from one of the 12" papers in the Neapolitan line.  I love the soft pastels and girly motifs!  So this card was easy-peasy - I just added my own paper doily and some adhesive pink flower buttons!

So, what will you make us this week?  I can't wait to see!  My teamies and our Guest Designer Annette have got lots of ideas to start your ideas coming!  

Our generous Heidi is offering up another $50.00 gift voucher for use in the Simon Says Stamp store!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Craft's Meow Previews Day 5: Chalkboard Birthday

The Craft's Meow

Welcome back to our final day of previewing our newest releases at The Craft's Meow!  Today is also a blog hop!  You should have arrived here from Karen's blog.  If you'd like to begin at the start of the hop, just go to The Craft's Meow blog, and there will be a list posted there.  Once you get started, you'll be directed from blog to blog.  

Today we're showing you Nina's adorable new set called Chalkboard Birthday!  It will be our free gift with a $50.00 purchase this month.  I had lots of fun with these stamps, and made you 2 cards today:

I went the actual chalkboard route on this one and stamped this darling message on black cardstock, heat embossing it with white powder.  Then I framed it with a gold cardstock and a design paper from Teresa Collins Carolina Breeze collection, and added a button and some die-cut leaves to one corner of it.

On this card, I used these confetti and banner papers from Echo Park's Hello Summer collection, and stamped this one on some pool cardstock.  I like how festive it turned out!

Now it's time for you to hop on to sweet Lindsay's blog.  We're sad to tell you that this will be Lindsay's last official post as a designer for TCM. We wish her the best going forward!  Don't forget to let her know she'll be missed, and also leave a comment on each of our blogs to be in the running for a random draw for all of the 5 stamp sets we've debuted this week!  You have until 8:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 23 to comment.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Craft's Meow New Release Preview Day 4: Let's Face It

The Craft's Meow

Welcome back again today to our 4th day of new releases at The Craft's Meow!   Today we're showing you a set called Let's Face It, by Nina. B Designs. This is such a unique set - can't wait for you to see it revealed.  
Here's the card I made for you today:

I chose this floral paper (MME's Lime Twist) and pulled my colors from it.  I was going for a Jackie O. look.

Please visit The Craft's Meow blog to see what my team-mates made for you today, and then leave a comment there by 8:00 PM PDT tonight for a chance to win this Let's Face It set .  And come on back tomorrow for a blog hop featuring our 5th and last stamp set being released this month!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Craft's Meow May Release Preview Day 3: Side by Side

The Craft's Meow

Welcome back to our 3rd day of previews of our new releases for this month at The Craft's Meow!  Today we're introducing a new set designed by Karen Baker called Side by Side, and it's full of beautiful sentiments for weddings and anniversaries - this will be all you need for making cards for these occasions!    Here's my first card for today:

The papers are all from Authentique's romantic collection called Cherish.  I stamped just one of the 12 sentiments and one of the 3 flourished flowers in the set on some cream cardstock, then used my Die-Namics doily die to cut out around it.  The middle panel is a lovely May Arts silk ribbon and I added some tiny pink pearls under the sentiment.

My second card is a CASEd design from my friend Yvonne, using one of the Sizzix Ornate Frames embossing folders:

I embossed the frame design on cream cardstock, trimmed it, then added 2 coordinating washi tapes, my sentiments from Side by Side, and these Petaloo flowers.  Then the panel was added to a camel card base.  

Please visit The Craft's Meow blog to see what my team-mates did with this lovely stamp set.  Leave a comment at The Craft's Meow blog by 8:00 PM PST tonight for a chance to win this Side by Side set!  And I hope to see you back again tomorrow for Day Four of our previews.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Craft's Meow May New Release Preview Day 2: Wildflowers

The Craft's Meow

Welcome back to another day of previews of our newest stamps being released at The Craft's Meow this month!  Today we're showing you the new set called Wildflowers, designed by Nina B.   I made 2 cards using this fun set:

There are 2 bunches of flowers, 2 sentiments, and some smaller elements included.  Here I paper-pieced one of the flower motifs, using Lawn Fawn Bright Side papers, then framed it up, stamped the cute butterflies from the set, and added it to an embossed card base along with one of the sentiments.  I used the other sentiment and the other floral motif on my next card, and made a cleaner monochromatic design:

Please visit The Craft's Meow blog to see what my team-mates did with this lovely stamp set.  Leave a comment at The Craft's Meow blog by 8:00 PM PST tonight for a chance to win this new Wildflower set!  Lisa will be giving away a set to a lucky commenter at The Craft's Meow Blog!  And please come back again tomorrow for another preview of another of our 5 new sets! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Craft's Meow May Release Day 1: Beautiful Hymns Two

The Craft's Meow

Hello!  Welcome to the first day of our new stamp previews at The Craft's Meow!  Today's stamp is called Beautiful Hymns Two, and it is a companion to Nina's Beautiful Hymns set released in February of this year.  I remember singing all of these hymns growing up......what a shame that they are heard so rarely now.  I'm so glad that Nina brought them back for us; they will make great sentiments of comfort for our cards.   I made 2 cards today using this set:

TCM Beautiful Hymns 2, April preview

This card uses a paper from Basic Grey's Lucille paper pad; I cut out a strip of it, fussy cutting along the right edge and also cut out some extra flowers to sprinkle on the rest of the card.  Here's another of the hymns in this new set:

This one uses papers from MME's Moments paper pad, and another of the hymns.

Have you heard that we have 3 new designers joining us at The Craft's Meow?  Amy Crockett, Angi Barrs, and Jinny Newlin will be giving us their unique spins using TCM stamps!  Please be sure to visit their blogs and give them a nice welcome!

Don't forget to visit The Craft's Meow blog to see what all my team-mates did with this new stamp set.  Leave a comment at The Craft's Meow blog by 8:00 PM PST tonight for a chance to win this new set!  The winner will be announced on the blog tomorrow.  And I hope to see you again tomorrow for another preview of one of our other new sets! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quilt Prints

I had a free day to myself yesterday, so I played with this wonderful Wplus9 Quilt Prints stamp set.   Using my Hero Arts mid-tone inks, I first stamped the "stitched" outline in Charcoal, then filled in the "fabrics" with Green Hills, Butter Bar, and Bubble Gum.  After trimming my panel to fit my card base, I ran it through a Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder to give it that dimpled look that real quilts have after being washed many times.

Then using some rose cardstock and BoBunny Passion Fruit dotted papers, I die-cut 2 each of the 3 sizes of  PTI's Beautiful Blooms II flowers, securing them with a little yellow Basic Grey brad.  My leaf dies are from Wplus9's Folk Art Florals die set, and the sentiment comes from an old clear set, an Archiver's/Hero Arts exclusive.

Love this new quilt set - I hope that Wplus9 continues to offer us more in the same style!  

Simon Says........Flower Power!!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

Good morning!!  It's that time again, a Simon Says Stamp challenge!  This week it's one of my favorite topics , Flower Power!!  The Design Team  and our May Guest Designer Annette are using Prima and/or Casual Fridays products this week.  If you have any we'd love to see you using them too!  I know Prima for their beautiful flowers, but did you know that they also make papers and stamps?  I chose one of their paper pads and matching flowers for this card today:

Earth Laughs

The collection is called Sun Kiss, and the colors are spring-like aquas, sunny yellows, and greens.  I chose one of the papers as my background and 2 of the 6 flowers included in the package, and added a doily and some buttons.  My sentiment is from an Impression Obsession set called In a Garden.

While I had that Sun Kiss paper pad open, I chose another paper featuring sunflowers and one of the little tags that are included on one of the pages, and put them together, just adding a ribbon and a die-cut sunflower centered with a button.

Dear Heidi has given us another $50.00 gift voucher for the random winner of this challenge.

You can use it for anything you'd like at the Simon Says Stamp Superstore!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

CASE Study #140

Maile is our muse for CASE Study this week, and here's my take on it.

I started with a kraft card base as Maile did, stamping my background Dot Flower Pattern using Latte chalk ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the Lenten Roses onto ivory cardstock, and colored the leaves and flowers minimally with Memento markers before fussy-cutting them out.  Again following Maile's example, I added a pink ribbon and a sentiment from Find Joy, stamped in Cup o' Joe ink, then popped my flowers above the card base.  

Once again, thanks for visiting - Happy Mother's Day to those of you in the US!

Friday, May 10, 2013

350 Cards & Gifts Week: the Card Set challenge

At Moxie Fab World, Cath has challenged us to create a coordinated card set and matching container, and she's kindly allowed us to re-enter anything we've done within the last 4 weeks.  So I'm using this card set that I posted on April 23, and decorated a little basket container to hold them.

If you'd like the supplies for the cards, please visit my blog post referenced above.
My friend Mary Anne gave me this cute basket awhile back, and I can just fit the cards inside (I think Ill put some Easter grass or colorful tissue paper in the very bottom where it's too narrow for the cards to fit).  To decorate it, I embossed the cuttlebug Poppy folder on white cardstock, then pounced my distress inks, spritzed with water, dried and then cut out the largest Nesties Labels 20, and attached it to the basket.  I made a little banner using a stamp from Simon's Flower Friend set.  I stamped, colored, and die-cut another butterfly, and used some silk ribbons and a colorful yarn to wrap around the handle.

I'll probably give this to my Mom or sister as a Mother's Day gift.  Thanks, Cath, for this great challenge!  I can't wait to see what's in the gallery for this challenge!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cloud9 May Blog Hop

I'm a huge lover of all things Wplus9 - they have wonderful stamps and dies!  Trouble is, somehow I don't own many of their products, so I haven't participated in many of their challenges.  But when I saw this amazing inspiration photo for the current Cloud9 May Blog Hop, I just had to give it a try!

Swoon, right?  LOVE these colors together.  I have no idea why, but I don't think I've every paired them up.  So I took my one stamp set, Quilt Prints, and the leaves from my one die set, Folk Art Florals, and here's what I made:

I added some dies from some "other" companies along with a sentiment from a Simon exclusive stamp set.  LOVE how the Quilt Prints stamp up, and with all the options for fill-ins in this wonderful set, the sky's the limit with what I'll be doing with it!  

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Watercolor Roses

I was taken with Jennifer McGuire's watercolor card that Cath featured in her samples for the current Wonders of Watercolor challenge at Moxie Fab World, and thought that this beautiful Penny Black Bed of Roses stamp would lend itself to the technique.

I stamped in VersaMark ink, white embossed, and then smooshed distress inks on an acrylic block, spritzing them with water to make my watercolors.  I used worn lipstick, shabby shutters, faded jeans, and tumbled glass for the background. The sentiment is also Penny Black, from their Eloquence sentiment set.....I thought the flourishy font went well with the soft colors.  Then, following Jennifer's example, I just added some gems and pearls.

As always, thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Simon Says.......Things with Wings!

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for a new Simon Says Stamp challenge, and this week our theme is Things with Wings!  I know the gallery is going to be full of beauty this week!  The design team  and our May Guest Designer Annette are using Studio Calico products.  Here's the first card I made for you:

Most of the papers on this one are also from Darling Dear, and the paper for the clouds came from the Classic Calico pad.  This time I used some of the Birds wood veneers.  The sentiment is from a Simon exclusive stamp set, Just a Love Note, as is the tree trunk die, Small Forest Tree.

I used these Studio Calico products: the floral paper from Darling Dear, and the butterfly wood veneers.  They were so fun to play with; I left 2 of them plain and used inks to color the other 2, then added some pearls and popped them above the card front with foam adhesives.  My sentiment is from one of my favorite Technique Tuesday sets, called This is the Day.

Heidi has generously offered up another $50.00 gift voucher.

There are so many wonderful things to choose from at the Simon Says Stamp superstore!