Saturday, October 14, 2017

Addicted to CAS - Pumpkin

Wow...can't believe it is already Halloween time.  I was walking the dog and saw a funny little graveyard scene in the neighborhood...kinda freaked out the puppy a bit!

We have another challenge starting today at Addicted to CAS!  Our theme for this challenge is Pumpkins.  While, I'm not a huge Halloween person...I have to say some of the cutest stamps are Halloween themed!

Here's my take on the challenge...



Okay this was a super quick and simple card...not just because I forgot about the challenge...but because this is my favorite style.

A little stamping and a bit of Copic coloring is all it takes!















Here's a bit of a close up.  You can see I added the colored panel on a bit of foam tape to give a bit of dimension.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!



Less is More - OLC Stars


We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More.  Our theme for our One Layer Challenge is Stars!  Lots of terrific opportunities here...I made a few cards, but didn't find them to be simple enough, so I came back to this one.






As you can see, this card is pretty simple to recreate.  I just stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  It is a stamp from Alley Way Stamp company that is no longer in existence.  I then stamped and colored a few stars.  It still looked a bit empty so I added a few dots with my Copic markers.




Here's a close up of the card.  Pretty quick and easy.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Paper Smooches - Spotlight #2





I'm excited to be a guest designer at Paper Smooches...such a fun opportunity.  Here is my second installment of their newest release....










This is the perfect card for mass production...pretty quick to complete.

I simply used the "Merry Christmas" die and cut it on various colored card stocks---even using scrap paper stock, which is a bonus!  I then just adhered the script to the card base and added a few silver stars!


Here's a close up of the card.  I plan on making a few of these using my scrap paper!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Your Next Stamp - New Release DT Dare


I'm excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp.  Today we are kicking off our October Release DT Dare!

There are so many fun new designs in this release.  Head on over to the YNS blog to check out all of the offerings!  You won't be disappointed!

You also have the opportunity to win a stamp set of your choice...just leave a comment on the YNS blog by midnight EST on October 13.  The winner will be announced on October 15!


This Santa is so cute!  I simply stamped him and colored him with my Copic markers.  I then cut out the image and adhered it to the card stock---in an attempt to make it look like he is breaking through the present.

I then popped the present on foam tape for a bit of dimension.  Added the sentiment at the bottom and done!






Here's a close up of the card. This Santa is just so happy!  Can't help but smile when I look at this image.

Head on over to the YNS blog and enter a comment for a chance to win!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Your Next Stamp - New Release Blog Hop



Today we are kicking off our October Release Blog Hop!  Yeah!

You will not want to miss out on this release! As there are some fun new Christmas releases and as well as some fun all around stamps...which will be just perfect for use in my family!  I'm already planning on using this new release to make some Christmas presents :)

Check out all new release products here!

I just couldn't resist this Periodically Yours Stamp Set!  This is the perfect stamp set for my family as I have several science nerds that will just love any card made with periodic table elements!


I started by getting my distressed ink cubes and picking some chemical colors!  I splattered them on in a bit of a rainbow order.  I then stamped my elements and cut them out by hand..obviously super simple :)  Then added a bit of dimension by popping them up on foam tape.



Here's a close up of the card.  You can see the dimension of each of the elements!










Head on over to check out the entire blog hop...you are sure to be inspired!  Also, don't forget to leave comments on the blogs during your hop, as you will have the opportunity to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store.  While you don't have to comment on each blog to win, you will have better odds to win if you comment on all blogs.  

Also, there is a terrific sale going on...perfect timing for all the new goodies (which are available in store now!) and the ones you have been dreaming about!


Less is More - Hot and Spicy

We have another challenge starting today over at Less is More!  Our theme is a color challenge with the theme of Hot and Spicy.  How fun is that!  For my card, I thought I would focus on red---a hot and spicy color!

Here is my take on the challenge.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with..





I just had to use this stamp set when doing anything with Hot & Spicy....so I colored my little chef in read and a warm grey (maybe not hot for those of us who don't like it too spicy it is warm :))

I heat embossed some pots and pans in the corner of my card stock, then used the smooching method to add some spicy red.  I added a bit of foam tape to my chef and added my sentiment.










Here's a close up of the card.  You can see a bit of the dimension.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Release Preview




I'm so excited to be a very small part of the Your Next Stamp October Release.  As you would expect, there are some many cute new stamp sets that you just need to head on over and take sneak peek!  The newest stamps will be available in store later tonight!

Here's a preview of one of the newest stamp sets...so sweet...




This little guy is so cute waiting for Santa to arrive.  I simply stamped this sweet little image and colored it with my copics!  I added a bit of green card stock to the top where I heat embossed my sentiment!




Here's a close up of the card. Head on over to YNS for a sneak peek!

CAS on Friday - Halloween

Can you believe it...it is already October...another year end within grasp!

We have another challenge starting today at CAS on Friday!  The theme for this challenge is Fall or Halloween.  And while I'm not a bit fan of Halloween, except for giving out treats to the little ones, I love making Halloween cards.  I never would have thought of sending out Halloween cards...but the images are just too cute to pass up!

Here's my take on the challenge...




For this card, I stamped my image from Stamping Bella.  I then colored it with Copics.  I then used my My Favorite Things die cut to cut out the speech bubble and heat embossed the sentiment.  All in all a pretty quick card!












Here's a close up of the card. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Challenge #74





I'm excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp. Today we are kicking off our newest challenge.  This is either a color or sketch challenge.  You can pick either one, or combine both. Winners have a chance to receive a gift certificate to use in the store!  How fun is that!


Here's my take on the challenge.






For this challenge, I focused on color. Of course, perfect for Halloween cards. I used one of my favorite stamp sets: Fang-tastic.  I colored this little guy with Copic Markers, then cut him out and added some foam tape to give him dimension.  I added a few strips of paper to the back to give the overall card a bit of color.

I heat embossed the sentiment and added a few enamel dots!









Here's a closeup of the card.  You can see the dimension of my little Frankinstein.

Be sure to stop by the YNS blog and check out more inspiration and enter your creation!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Paper Smooches Spotlight #1




I'm excited to be a guest designer at Paper Smooches...such a fun opportunity.  Paper Smooches has a terrific release this month and here is my first creation.  Head on over to the Paper Smooches blog and check out all of the newest creations.








This is a quick and easy card I created using several of the Paper Smooches newest release products:

-  Holiday Sweets
-  Boxed Greetings




Here is a close up of the card.  You can see the dimension created by the distressed ink highlights on the trees and stars.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Guest Designer Spot



I'm so excited to be invited to be a guest designer for the month of October at Your Next Stamp (YNS).  YNS makes some of the most cute and whimsical stamps.  They also have beautiful ink colors, patterned papers and other embellishments.  As a visitor to my blog and/or Instagram, you may have spotted several of their stamps!

One of my go to stamps sets for the month of October is the Fang-tastic Stamp set.  I never really thought about Halloween cards until I saw this stamp set and now I make a ton and send them off to my friends! In honor of this being the month of Halloween...





I started by stamping my main image and coloring him with Copics.  I then use the die cut to cut him out and pop him up on foam tape.  I used the YNS splatter stamp on the background and added a few enamel dots.  I then heat embossed my sentiment and adhered it to the card!







Here's a close up of the image...

This little guy is so cute.  Check out this stamp set and others over at YNS!

Fang-tastic Halloween

Less is More - Watercolor

We are just getting over a little heat wave...the end of September really!  I'm thinking we might have one more before winter sets in!

We have another challenge starting over at Less is More!  Our theme for this challenge is Watercolor. I've been wanting to use some Kraft cardstock lately so, here's my opportunity to do something a bit more whimsical...at least for me....





I started by stamping and die cutting my little bunny image.  I then used my Zig watercolors to color the image.  I then went crazy and splashed some white paint on the card stock.  I'm a bit of a control freak that normally I would use my splatter stamp instead of going free flowing...but gotta go a bit crazy once in awhile!


Here's a bit of a close up of the card. I love this little bunny...so sweet!

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Addicted to CAS - Favorite Stamp


Another beautiful week gone by...this is my favorite time of the year.  A bit cooler, but not cold and still dry!


We have another fun challenge starting over at Addicted to CAS!  Our theme for this challenge is Your Favorite Stamp!  Wow, this is a tricky one, because I have so many favorites!  I did narrow it down to this one...a favorite this week :)

This is a quick and simple card.  I stamped my image and colored it with copic markers.  I used a few colored pencils to highlight some of the small spaces.  I find this sometimes a bit easier than using the copic markers for those areas of tight fit!

I then cut a small strip of colored paper and added my sentiment.












Here's a close up of the card. Isn't she sassy?  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Less is More - Sketch


Finally fall has arrived.  This is my favorite time of the year and taking full advantage of the opportunity to continue to enjoy the outdoors!

Remember, I have a giveaway happening now---check it out here!

We have a new challenge starting over on Less is More.  Our theme for this week is a Sketch challenge.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  Here's my take on the challenge...







I started by die cutting the film strip on a dark grey cardstock.  I then die cut it again on white cardstock so I can color the images.  I then stamped and colored the images with Copic markers.  I then stamped my sentiment and added a little heart :)




Here's a close up of the image.  I love this little guy, he is so cute!

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!



Friday, September 22, 2017

CAS on Friday - Dies

Can't believe it is already half way through September.  I gotta start working on some Christmas cards...but first, we have another challenge starting today at CAS on Friday.  Our theme for this challenge is to use a Die on your card.  Lots of opportunity with this theme.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Remember, I have a giveaway happening now---check it out here!

Here's my take on the challenge...




This was a take on a card that I made awhile back...that one was for Valentine's Day and this is for a friend who has been a bit under the weather.

My friend loves pink and glitter so I added a bit of sparkle to this card. The sentiment and images are from Lawn Fawn.  I used copic markers to add the color and Wink of Stella for the sparkle!



Here's a close up of the image.  As you can see I added some dimension by adding a bit of foam tape to the die cut image.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Addicted to CAS - Florals


Another beautiful day, with lots of opportunity to play outside...my favorite kinda day!

Remember, I have a giveaway happening now---check it out here!

We have another challenge starting over at Addicted to CAS!  Our theme for this week is Florals.  Always a fun challenge.

I love this modern floral set from Simon Say Stamps and have been using it quite a bit lately.






This was a quick and easy card.  I started by stamping my colored flowers, then adding the black outlines.  Super quick and easy!





Here is a bit of a close up of the card. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Less is More - Take Flight


Finally the heatwaves are over and we are settling into some nice tennis playing weather!  Another week of social tennis and some fun dining with friends!

Remember, I have a giveaway happening now---check it out here!

We have another challenge starting over a Less is More!  Our challenge for this week is Take Flight.  I had several ideas for this one, but in the end, I decided to go with this card.  Here's my take on the challenge...




This was a fun card to make...lots of coloring which I like.  I stamped the main image and colored it with Copic Markers.  I then added the sentiment.  I felt a bit too empty so I added the skyline on the bottom. Super fun to make!

















Here's a close up of the card.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!














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