Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Here's another fun card using an item from my "bits and pieces" stash.  This patterned oval has been in the stash for at least 2 years!!  I just wasn't sure what to do with it, because the pattern was a little strong to stamp over.  But then I started thinking about vellum and knew it would soften it up enough to allow the pattern to show, but not overwhelm the sentiment.  Yeay!  Another difficult piece used.  And it is what inspired the color combo.  It's a bit bright, but I think it's rather pretty.
 After adhering all the layers together, I spritzed the whole card with some Glimmer Mist.  It's hard to see in the photo but it really adds such a nice subtle sparkle.  And see that gorgeous diecut?  A very lovely woman sent a whole bunch to me after I commented on some dies she had used on her card.  Thanks, Gail!!

MFT #212--sketch
Meljen's Designs #244--let it snow
Di's Digi Designs--add sparkle
Suzy Bee's #64--add layers
Sentimental Sundays #243--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown # 186--facets for crafting (rhinestones)

Stamps: Verve "Richly Blessed"
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large" and "Classic Ovals, large"; MFT "Stitched Scalloped borders"; Whimsy Stamps snowflake border (thanks again, Gail)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cupcake Love

Time to get started on those Valentine's Day Cards.  I think I made 10 cards this week (might be a new record for me!) and this is the only one that didn't use anything from my "bits and pieces" stash.  But I really wanted to use this sketch and didn't have any pieces that worked.  BUT I have had that bling oval FOREVER and have never really figured how to use it.  I think it is a fun way to draw even more attention to this adorable cupcake cupid.
Raisin Boat #30--Love is in the air
Sweet Stamps--hearts
Cuttin & Stampin--Valentine's Day
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Creations #281--something old, something new (the background stamp is old, old, old and the scalloped die is new)
DRS Designs #158--lovely hearts
Sister Act Card Challenge #90--anything goes
Dis Digis--add sparkle
Card Mania Challenge #64--Make it Sparkle
Retro Rubber #6--sketch

Stamps: Taylored Expressions cupcake set; SU! hearts & swirls background stamp
Dies: MFT "Stitched Scallops"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps heart die

Happy Birthday

I had these three die cut circles in my "bits and pieces" stash and I had an idea floating around in my head.  And it actually came out pretty close to what I was thinking of.  CAS and quick and easy and kind of fun, too.

Card Mania Challenges #64--Make it Sparkle (lots of sequins and silver foil paper)
Stamping Our Stash #185--not your normal paper (I bought this foil paper several months ago and had yet to cut into it)
Crafty Creations #281--something old, something new (the card stock and paper are all over a year old and the "Happy Birthday" die I just got for Christmas)
Sugar Pea Designs One Year Birthday Bash--birthday
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #90--anything goes

Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Circles, large" and word die

Too tweet

I've been on a roll lately; feeling very creative and using up lots and lots of my bits and pieces stash.  The piece on this one is the white piece the bird is stamped on.  And the patterned papers are scraps, too.

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes as long as it is covered in patterned paper
The Paper Girls #72--cork (the flower is actually made out of cork; cool, huh?)
Tuesday Morning Sketches #284--sketch (unfortunately, it already closed)

Cuttlebug Mania--wildlife
Lovers Rubber #135--the letter "B" (I used Bird, Bloom(s), Banner, Brown)
Sister Act Card Challenge #90--anything goes
Fussy & Fancy #131--things with wings

Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy "Cute Critters"
Dies: PTI "Tag Sale #8"; Verve "Flag it" and "Sprightly Sprigs"

Papertrey January Blog Hop

My super creative week is continuing; I have 4 more cards I finished yesterday.  This month I actually got one finished in time to play along with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  This month the theme is all about love.  I made this card for my husband.  It's a bit smaller than a regular A2 size as I had some card blanks someone had given me a loooong time ago  and they were the perfect size for that red element behind the coffee cups.  That piece is from my bits and pieces stash that I am quickly using up (all though there are a lot of pieces still left to go).  Anyway, here's the card.

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop--love
Raisin Boat #30--love is in the air
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes as long as it is covered with patterned paper
Crafting Musketeers #21--hats and/or Valentine's Day
ART Impressions #151--Java Love
Eureka Stamps #124--the color red
Tuesday Morning Sketches #284--sketch

Cuttin' and Stampin'--Valentine's Day
DRS Designs #158--lovely hearts
Time Out Challenge #23--Valentine's Day with hearts
Brown Sugar #130--Valentine's Day
YNS #6--sketch or inspiration photo (I went with the inspiration photo)
YNS Color Challenge 6

Stamps: PTI "Heart to Heart #1"; Verve "Take Note" sentiment
Dies: PTI "Tag Sale #8" and "Heart to Heart #1"; Verve "Flag It"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Frosty Thanks

Phew!!  I am on a roll this week!  This is my sixth card of the week.  Of course it helps that I need to send out thank you cards for Christmas gifts. :)  If you've seen any of my other cards from the week, you know I am in "Use up my bits and pieces mode".  The white die cut panel was in my stash and made a cute home for this adorable snowman.  All the papers were scraps and the red mat under the sentiment panel was actually a narrow strip of card stock that I cut in half and adhered to the edges of the sentiment panel.  Such a great way to use up scraps; no one is going to see underneath, so it doesn't need to span the whole height.  There's my tip for you today; no charge even!
 I don't have a lot of good markers and don't have any to match the vintage reds in the papers, so I decided to paper piece the snowman's hat and scarf.  LOVE It!!!  I think this snowman is super cute anyway, but now, he's just plain adorable!  Here's a close up:
 You can also see the sparkle on the snowflakes and the hat and scarf trim a little better, too.  The next picture shows a close up of the faux stitching detail on the patterned squares.

Pattie's Creations #106--fun in the snow
YNS #5--sketch
C,R.A.F.T. #294--Christmas (It's not a Christmas card, but it is a Christmas thank you card; hope that fits the criteria)
Christmas Card #7 inspiration photo (I was inspired by the red, white, hats and snowflakes)
Lacy Sunshine #50--winter bliss
Eureka #124--the color red
Squigglefly #3--it's SNOW much fun
{Pin}spirational Challenge #132--inspiration photo (I think you can see what inspired me)
The Paper Shelter #187--All Wrapped up

Stamps: YNS "Holiday Snow Globe"; PTI "Through the Trees" sentiment; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" flourish and "Text Objects" stitching
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 5"

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Ribbons

Another card made this week on my quest to use up a BIG stash of bits and pieces I have laying around.  I had a piece I was trying to use on this card and it just wasn't working, so I got side-tracked and had it almost finished before I realized I hadn't used anything from the stash.  Ribbons to the rescue!!  I had four pieces of 2-3 inch long ribbon that I just couldn't throw away.  So I cut them in half, folded them in half and attached them to the back of the horizontal panel.  It really makes a fun border.

Mojo Monday #381--sketch

Cards Galore Challenge--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Papers--anything goes as long as it is covered with patterned paper (the pink is actually patterned paper)
Word Art Wednesday #167--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Sister Act Card Challenge #89--anything goes

Stamps: Verve "Happy Day"
Dies: Spellbinders "Big Scalloped Circles" and "Classic Circles, large"