Monday, February 19, 2018

Love is in the air

Today is my day to share my Pick of the Week for Repeat Impressions.  One of my favorite things to do with stamps is create my own backgrounds.  Don't get me wrong, I love patterned paper, but there is something about being able to make your own.  You can match your colors perfectly and all you really need is a stamp and some ink.  And as stampers, we all have those.  The first background I have to share with you uses one stamp (Love Letter), one ink color and a random stamping pattern:
I finished this one off with a stitched rectangle die and some inking around the edges.
 Random can be a little scary for me, so often, I will create something with a repeating pattern like this (using Love Stencil):
 You could use it just as it is, but I went ahead and dressed it up a little bit more with the Postcard stamp.  This is where it starts to look more like patterned paper.
 I decided to use this background for the Valentine's Day card for my husband.  Since I really liked how it turned out, I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple:
The sentiment was created by 3 different stamps from 3 different cling sets that I mixed, match, masked, and stamped together.  The "you" is from the "Hello Cling Set" and I stamped it just as it is.  The "me" is from the "Happy Cling Set" and actually read "you make me so" but I masked off the beginning and end to leave just the me.  And now we come to the part I am most proud of!  You can look through all the cling sets and NOT find the "and".  But I was very committed to this sentiment and was going to make it happen.  It turns out that "handsome" (which my husband is, of course!) from the "Hello Cling Set" contains "and" if you mask off the "h" and  "some".  Tricky, but perfect!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in new ways, both for creating backgrounds, and also for creating new sentiments.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Otter Birthday

Playing along with 
This time I'm entering the 3rd event:
I chose the dry embossing technique (which I did by partially cutting with the cover die and partially embossing with the same die) and the shaker style card.  Since I had the otters out for my first event entry, and they are soooo cute, I decided to use them to create a fun birthday card for a young lady at our church.
 I believe her favorite color is fuschia, so I used a Razzle Berry card base and added hot pink and silver sequins in the shaker element.  The sentiment fit perfectly within the embossed stripes on the bottom of the card.

Stamps: MFT "BB Otterly Love You"
Dies: MFT "Bold Stripes Cover Up"

MFT Crafty Biathalon
Power Poppy--love to sparkle (the sequins are sparkly)
Always Happy Birthday--CAS
Incy Wincy--CAS
Double D--sequins (pink and silver)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--add a die
Word Art Wednesday #322--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Knockouts #233--anything goes

Welcome Little One

I had a little bit of free time the past couple of days, so I decided to play along with 
The first event is
create a card using at least three different MFT sets.
Here is the card I came up with:
I just loved these otters as soon as I saw them in the sneak peeks before they were released.  I believe my sister got them for me for my birthday (in September) and this is the first time I have gotten to ink them up.  I think it was worth the wait!

Stamps: MFT "BB Otterly Love You", "Essential Sentiments", "BG Typewriter Text Background" and "DG Large Scale Backgrounds" (which I think is retired)
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle, "Blueprints 12" flowers, and "Pierced Heart STAX"

MFT Stamping Slalom
Cardz TV #135--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--X is for extra special occasion (baby arrival)
Crafty Catz #409--anything goes with the optional twist: use some pretty ribbon
Tic Tac Toe--I used the right row: baby, bow and green

ART Impressions Stamps #226--anything goes
As You Like It--favorite way to add sentiment (I've really been liking to add it on banners lately; you can stick it in pretty much anywhere and don't have to worry about stamping directly onto your card/imagee)
Inspiration Destination #144--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #130--sketch

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--add a die cut
Crafty Gals #159--add a heart
Fab n Funky #381--babies, children or men
Crafty Sentiments--add flowers
heARTful Stamping--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #11--anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a Tie-tac-toe challenge:
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I almost managed to run the board on this one, again.  The only element I didn't use was the bright colors square.  The gray sentiment panel and the flowers were in my bits and pieces stash.  The flowers were shaded gray, and they just didn't work, but then I added some pink marker and now, they are perfect!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week, tic tac toe challenges are so fun.  You can basically build your own challenge.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Love", Flower Power Separates "Daisy Outline Small", and "Leaf Cluster Outline"
Dies:  MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio"; Spellbinders "Butterfly Corners" sentiment panel; Papertrey Ink "Bitty Button Basics" button dies

As You Like it--favorite way to add stitching (I love to use stitched dies to add my stitching--it's so easy and looks so neat)
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Unicorn Challenge #29--Love/Valentines
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Die-Cut divas--love is in the air
Dare 2B Artzy--love
Crafty Calendar--2+ layers
Stinkin' Inkers--love is in the air
Creatalicious #152--anything goes with the optional theme of love, anniversary, thinking of you
Creative Inspirations--love is in the air OR pink/red
That's Crafty--I heart you
Penny Black--love, hearts and flowers
Use Your Stuff #297--button up
Creative Craft Cottage #104--love is all around
February Viva La Verve--sketch

Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #75--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #516--love
Crafty Catz #403--love is in the air
Cut It Up #141--layers of love
Die Cuttin' Divas #356--Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


This is the Valentine's Day card for my littlest nephew.  He's not quite 1 yet, so he really won't appreciate it, but I couldn't send one to his sister and brother without including him.  Plus, I think it came out just soooo cute!
I sponged Creamy Caramel ink on a piece of scrap paper, spritzed some water on it (which really made it look like sand) and die cut it with a stitched hill die.  Then for the sky portion, I sponged on some Tempting Turquoise and some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to create the water.  I also spritzed some water on it and then stamped some bubbles for the crab which I shaded with a turquoise marker and highlighted with some white gel pen.  The crab was stamped on a piece of scrap paper and fussy cut out.  I used my mini-MISTI to stamp the sentiment so I could highlight the "crab" part of the sentiment.

Stamps: YNS "Sea Creatures Set One" crab and bubbles; Cardz TV "More Critter Captions" sentiment
Dies Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; Lawn Fawn "Stitched Hill dies"
Inks: SU! Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Real Red and Tempting Turquoise; Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide

Crafter's Cafe--humorous
Cards Galore--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #443--love is in the air
Creative with Stamps #23--heart (the crabs hands and chest are hearts; so cute!)

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #11--anything goes
YNS #82--sketch

Try Stampin' on Tuesday--technique challenge: sponging
Cardz TV #34--anything goes

Yappy Day

The other day I posted the Valentine's Day card I made for my niece.  This is the card I made for her brother, my nephew, who is 2.  I was looking for a punny sentiment and saw that I had one that said "Yappy Day"  it looked like it would be easy enough to mask and stamp "Valentine's" in the middle.  It was and I ended up with "Yappy Valentine's Day"!  So fun!  And I found this sweet puppy that went along with it perfectly.
I managed to get it made and sent out yesterday, so maybe they will all arrive on time!  Oh, yeah, I almost forgot, the white heart was in my bits and pieces stash and it was perfect for backing this sweet puppy.

Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps "Cute Critters" image and yappy sentiment; Repeat Impressions "Valentine's"
Dies: Spellbinders banners; MFT "Pierced Heart STAX"

Crafty Friends #77--love is in the air
Crazy 4 Challenges #421--love/appreciation
Cut it Up #141--Layers of love
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie #87--inspiration photo (inspired by the red, white, and hearts, plus the stripes)

Stamplorations--Paint it Red

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #11--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--Love is in the air OR pink/red
Die Cut Divas--love is in the air
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Card Mania #101--red and hearts

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Some Bunny Special

Eeeek!!  I cannot tell you how cute I think this card is!!  I have two little nephews and a sweet little niece who is 5.  I created this adorable card for her for Valentine's Day.  I like to keep the kid cards simple and super cute and this one definitely fits the bill.
 The paper pieced heart was in my bits and pieces stash and it seemed the perfect resting place for this cute little bunny.  To soften the background just a bit so the bunny wouldn't have to complete with it too much, I used a small vellum circle that was also in my bits and pieces stash.  Do you see the little heart on her belly?  It is included in the stamp set and seemed like it was the perfect fit AND the perfect way to tie the card into Valentine's Day.  Two narrow strips of scrap patterned paper, a bit of twine and several sequins and it's done!  Then I had to finish the inside:
Originally, I planned to stamp the sentiment and the bunny image directly onto the card base, but when I stamped the sentiment it didn't stamp completely.  And when I tried to fix it, I made it much worse.  So, I found the rectangle (also in my bits and pieces stash) that was a perfect fit; dressed it up with some mulberry paper and a very little hearts and no one will ever know it wasn't meant to be like that.  Well, no one except you guys, 'cause I just told you.

Stamps: Mama Elephant "Lunar Animals"  (cutest animals EVER) for bunny and hearts; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps "Cute Critters" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Pierced Heart STAX"; Spellbinders "Standard Circles, large" and "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

heARTful Blessings--anything goes
Fashionable Stamping #132--one for the girls
Crafty Friends #77--Love is in the air
Crazy 4 Challenges #421--love/appreciation
Sweet Stampin--girly
Hiding In My Craft Room #339--super scrap Saturday
Cardz TV #34--anything goes
Cut It Up #141--layers of love
Crafty Catz #40--love is in the air
Cute Card Thursday #416--love
Little Miss Muffet #182--anything goes
Double D Challenge--sequins and inspiration photo (inspired by the pink and the sequins)

Mod Squad--have a heart
Crafty Creations #358--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--it must be love
Atlantic Hearts #250--sketch ( I hope it's ok I put my bunny front and center instead of the sentiment)

Simon Says Stamp Monday--love is in the air
Pink Gem Challenge #212--have a heart
CAS-ual Fridays #192--hearts, hearts and more hearts
2 Crafty Critters #11--anything goes (with critters(
That's Crafty--I heart you
Crop Stop Challenge #37--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #443--Love is in the air