Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bright and Beautiful Gold Star

I've been busy designing cards for classes 
and trying not to distract myself by looking at the challenges.

But I did take a peek at the Paper Players on Sunday
and was delighted that I had a card done that fit their challenge.

I had used this layout for a class last month
but this one had some extra gold on it.

I stamped and heat embossed the medium star
with gold. 

I even used some snippets of gold foil and embossed them for trim.

I love the texture on the gold!

Edited to add:
Addicted to Stamps
is having a HOLIDAY challenge.
(How could I forget them?)
Addicted to Stamps and More!

I'll take my snippets and say hello to the gals at 

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

I'm so glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bright and Beautiful
Ink:  Encore Gold
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Other:  Gold EP, Stars Framelit Dies, Elegant Lines EF, Square Lattice EF (retired), Punch Pack (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seasons Greetings for Merry Monday

It's Merry Monday time again.

The funlovin', talented Lori is our hostess this week.

Usually I go pretty traditional, but it was a lot of fun to think outside the box.

I had stamped this image from There She Goes Clear Stamps some time ago.

I chose a couple of my favorite non-Christmas colors
and went to work with my Blendabilities.

I used a little Flower Soft and Dazzling Details to dress up this cool couple.

Since I used some snippets for the snowflake border and actual design piece,
I'm off to visit Pixies Snippet Playground.

The Design Team has created some awesome inspiration for you.
Hope you'll join the fun, create a Christmas card
with non-traditional colors, and join us at 

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Seasons Greetings (There She Goes Clear Stamps)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other:  Blendabilities (Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry), Snowflake Border (Memory Box), Kars Snowflake EF (Cuttlebug-retired), Polar White Flower Soft, Dazzling Details

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, October 17, 2014

Falling Leaves

After last week's class, I put together a few more cards with the leftover sets.

The little leaves were cut with the Small Leaf Die (Impression Obsession),
with my Big Shot, from some glossy cardstock colored with alcohol inks.

Only when you leaf....

Autumn is really here and we don't want you to "leaf" us but join us in this week's challenge!!
"Make a project that has a leaf in or on it"

Simon Monday Challenge Blog
O is for......

Orange leaves.

This is my 2nd entry in this challenge.

is CASEing this gorgeous card by Heather Telford

Light through leaves Heather Telford

I can't begin to CASE Heather really.
But I have some Autumn colored leaves.

I'm glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wetlands
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Alcohol Inks
Paper:  Glossy, Naturals White, Cajun Craze
Other: Small Leaf Die (Impression Obsession), Anytime Tags Dies (Lil' Inkers), Basket EF (Sizzix), Hemp Twine (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Forever Florals for Fall

I have a lot of October birthdays on my calendar.

Orange flowers seem perfect for this time of year.

I did a little bit of stenciling with a stencil 
my good friend Loll had sent me.

I stamped the flower 2 times with Tangerine Tango ink
then colored with the Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities.
I cut one flower apart and added to the whole flower with a dimensional.

The flower center was colored with the Daffodil Delight Blendies.

To get a more Fallish look, I used a So Saffron card base.

Addicted to Stamps

Make Your Mark
(I used my Blendabilities Alcohol Markers to color the flower.)

CAS on Sunday

CAS on Sunday
Emboss it
(The Stitched Mats are embossed.)

Simon Says Monday Challenge

Simon Monday Challenge Blog
"O" is for....
(Orange and October birthdays.)

Virginia's View Challenge
October's Theme: Clean and Simple
(I haven't played here in a while so I'm excited to be able to join in.)

We've had quite a rainy week, but no strong storms like some have had.
We're thankful for that and that we won't have to water the yard for a while.

Thanks so much for  your visit and your encouraging comments.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Forever Florals, Bloom with Hope
Ink: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze
Paper:  So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Old Olive
Other:  Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Stencil, Leaf Punch (EK) 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, October 13, 2014

Silent Night

Come see what we're doing at Merry Monday this week.

My good friend LeAnne is our hostess this week
and she chose

Silent Night is one of my favorite Christmas carols
and the photo inspiration is so beautiful.

It was the perfect opportunity to ink up 2 NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) stamps.

The words to Silent Night were in a set of beautifully scripted Christmas sentiments.
The Nativity Ornament was in the sale bin at Michaels.  Lucky find!

I embossed the words with white embossing powder and did some
of my splotchy sponging.
(I'm really trying to get a smoother look.)
We'll just pretend it's a cloudy sky, OK?

I stamped the ornament on some Lost Lagoon cardstock
 and embossed it in white.

One of the ornaments from the retired Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies 
fit very well to cut it out with just a bit of trimming.

Since I used some snippets from my blue bag, I'm off to
where the playmates will no doubt be standing in line for the
fabulous prize snowflake!
No pushing and shoving girls!

The Merry Makers have some awesome cards over at
to inspire and amaze you.

I hope you'll join us this week.
Only 6 more weeks until December 1st!

So glad you came to visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Fanciful Christmas & Scripted Greetings (Amy R), Nativity Ornament (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Paper:  Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Other: White EP, Kars Snowflake Spots EF (Cuttlebug retired), Holiday Ornaments Framelit Die, Stitched Mat Square Die (Lil' Inkers), Silver DMC thread, Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, October 10, 2014

Papercrafting Projects

I've been busy, busy, busy 
and not having much time for blogging.

I thought I'd share a little of what we've been up to around here.

The Papercrafting ladies have been here.

This is what we did.

Wish you could have joined us.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipes

Card 1
Stamps:  A Wreath for All Seasons (PTI), Happy Fall Sentiment (Verve)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
Paper:  Naturals White, Cajun Craze
Other: Plaid EF (Sizzix), Stitched Mats Tag (Lil' Inkers), Hemp (retired)

Card 2
Stamps: Sanded Background (retired), Jack of All Trades (retired), Sentiment (Michael's $ bin)
Ink: VersaMark, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss (retired)
Other:  Madeira Corner Die (Memory Box)

Card 3
Stamps:  Pursuit of Happiness (retired)
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, More Mustard (retired), Glossy
Other: Square Lattice EF (retired), Stitched Mat Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Leaf Dies (Lawn Fawn), More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, October 6, 2014

Merry Monday Neon Ornaments

Good morning.
It's Merry Monday time.

Fun loving Kristie chose our challenge this week.

I'm not going to lie to you. This challenge scared me.

I thought and thought and couldn't think of anything neon that I could put my hands on.

Then I remembered the Japanese papers that a friend had given me.

But I should have found a neon green for the pine boughs.

I'm sure you'll do better and just wait to see what the other Merry Makers have done.
They'll blow your socks off!

Since my non-neon greenery was a snippet and the ornaments came out of the 
tiniest snippets imaginable (I had to tuck and turn to get them to fit), 
I'm going to skip on over to
Pixie's Snippet Playground.
Do go take a peek. 
There are the most amazing cards over there and everyone plays so nicely.
Well, most of the time!  Di and the gals are great fun!

Now, I hope you'll get your NEON out and join us at
Merry Monday.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  More Merry Messages (retired)
Ink:  Gumball Green
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Foil (Japan)
Other:  Holiday Ornaments Framelits (retired), Kars Snowflake EF (Cuttlebug-Retired), Stitched Circle Die (Lil' Inkers), Sequins (JoAnn), Gold Thread (?)
All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, September 29, 2014

Merry Monday Elf

It's Merry Monday time.

Delightful Katie is our hostess this week and she picked a fun challenge

These cute elf shoes were very popular a couple of years ago.

I always thought they were so cute and this seemed the perfect time to try them.

I found some snippets of polka dots and stripes in my hoard.

I love this fun sparkly paper!

Since I used some sparkly snippets, I'm going to visit

Thanks for stopping by.


Card Recipe
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, DSP
Other:  Top Note Bigz Die, Snow Burst EF (retired), Jingle Bells (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up'! unless otherwise noted

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Black Eyed Susan Winner

Woops! I forgot to post this earlier this week.

I was so excited to see that my Black Eyed Susan card was a winner 
at Cuttlebug Mania.

Thanks so much ladies!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bloom with Hope for Fall

I'm busily preparing for a Christmas Stamp Stack
but I wanted to share this little flower.

The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored
with the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Blendabilities.

The Spellbinder ovals were a birthday present.
Aren't they pretty?
I love how one fits so perfectly into the other.

The sassy bow was going to go at the bottom of the flower
but a smudge changed my mind.
LOL, I hope you don't mind asymmetrical placement!

It seems like I do a lot more smudges lately!

has a CAS challenge this week.

says Anything Goes

is honoring Brenda (aka tessaduck)
This is the card I CASEd.

That's all for today.  I need to finish setting up.

Here's a peek at the Stamp Stack cards.

One of these cards is a CASE of this card by Sue Joyce.

I'm glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bloom with Hope
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Other: Blendabilites (Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive), Vintage Wallpaper EF (retired), Opulent Ovals Dies (Spellbinders), Blackberry Bliss Ribbon

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted