Saturday, November 25, 2017

Less is More - Let It Shine

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  Here in the US we have a nice long weekend!  It has been a beautiful mild weathered weekend....tomorrow a bit of rain is scheduled, but other than that it feels like spring!

We have another challenge starting over at Less is More today.  Our theme for this challenge is Let it Shine...use something shiny or glittery on your card.  Lots of opportunity to for that for the holidays!  I have several birthday's this time of the year, so I'm focusing on a few birthday cards!  Here's my take on the challenge...




This has become one of my go to birthday cards.  Simple, yet packs a punch! 

I cut the sentiment image from some shiny silver paper...hard to see in this photo, but super shiny! 

I added a few pink and red sequins and some shiny silver squares and stars. 

Super fun and quick card to make!

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Addicted to CAS - Sweets



Hope all my US readers had a Happy Thanksgiving.  We certainly have a ton to be thankful for...so enjoy your weekend.

We have another challenge starting over at Addicted to CAS!  Our theme for this challenge is Sweets!  Certainly a perfect theme for this time of the year!  Here's my take on the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!




I simply stamped this Stamping Bella image on white card stock and colored it with my copic markers.  I then decided to use this fun scallop die cut for a bit of extra interest.  I colored the scalloped portion with my copic markers in a color that matches the main image.





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

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Less is More - Challenge

We had a bit of spotty rain this week.  Good thing it happened on my rest day, so I was able to get in lots of tennis and dog walking!

We have another challenge starting today at Less is More.  The team has generously invited me to host this new challenge...so here is my inspiration.  Head on over to see what the team has created for you.  We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!




I'm finally getting into the Christmas vibe and getting my cards organized.  This is a quick and easy card...where I simply stamped my image, die cut it and colored it with copic markers.  I added a bit of foam tape for dimension and a few stars to give it a bit of sparkle.




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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Addicted to CAS - Bows


We are expecting a bit of a wet weekend...here's to the first rain of the season!


We have another challenge starting over at Addicted to CAS. Our theme for today is Bows!  Just perfect for the Christmas season.  I have a long way to go to finish up Christmas Cards.  But finally feel like I have the time to get rolling!

Here's my take on the challenge...



This is a simple card.  I die cut the card base with this thin border die.  I then stamped my images and colored them with Copic makers.  I added a bit of Wink of Stella on the bright red bow.  I then stamped my sentiment. I then colored my thin border with the same red I used in the bow.  I thought it needed just a little extra, so I added a few silver stars.

Pretty quick and easy Christmas card!








Here's a close up of the card.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Less is More - Fireworks

A bit of rain to start the weekend.  I guess it is good...we don't want to head into a drought...if only, it would rain when I'm not scheduled to play tennis :)

We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More!  Our theme for this color challenge is Fireworks.  I choose to go with red as it is always bright against a dark sky. Check out what the rest of the team came up with...lots of great ideas!  And you have two weeks to play along...we are extending the challenge and extra week!

Here's my take on the challenge...



This is a super simple card.  I stamped the sentiment and the fireworks.

I added a strip of black glitter paper, though difficult to see the sparkle in this photo.  I stamped some fireworks on the red border at the bottom of the card with a embossing ink to create a tone on tone look.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Less is More - Overstamping

I'm taking the day off tennis...a little too much in the last several weeks.  I need to rest these old bones :)

We have another challenge starting today over at Less is More.  Our theme for this week is Overstamping.  Lots of opportunity here...you can use layer stamps or just stamp over other stamped images.  I don't own any layer stamps so I took another route.  Here's my take on the challenge...






This was a quick and easy card.  I simply stamped my main images with Pigment Ink, then stamped the sentiment in black pigment ink.  Super simple!



Here's a close up of the image.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

ATCAS - Leaves




Well, I'm ready for this latest heatwave to be over...it is fall after all!  We have a new challenge starting over at Addicted to CAS!  Our theme for this challenge is Leaves...since it doesn't seem like fall at the moment, let me create the feeling of fall.  Here's my take on the challenge...






To make this card, I started by sponging some distress ink on some paper.  I then die cut this leaf image.  I have been liking the inlaid die technique so I used it here for both the leaves and the sentiment.  I cut the sentiment from a deep brown card stock.  All in all a pretty simple card!



Here's a close up of the card.  The inlaid die really makes it easy to mail.

Looking forward to seeing your design!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Paper Smooches Spotlight #4





I'm excited to be a guest designer at Paper Smooches...such a fun opportunity.  Here is my fourth and final installment of their newest releases!

Thank you Kim for this opportunity to be a member of your team!






For this card, I did some partial die cutting.  I stamped my image and die cut just the top 3/4 and cut the rest by hand to create the little snow mountain.  I then colored my image with Copic markers added the newest boxed sentiment stamp and the bottom and done.  To add a bit of interest to the card, I added a few snow flakes to the grey background with molding paste.  Pretty simple and easy for mass production!



Here's a close up of the card. You can see I added a bit of foam tape to the white card stock to add a bit of dimension!


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Your Next Stamp - October Feature Day

I'm excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp.  Today we are kicking off our October Feature Day.

Our theme is to create something Magical!

You will have an opportunity to wine a stamp set of your choice. Simply head on over to the YNS blog and leave a comment. The deadline to enter your comment is October 24th at midnight EST and the winner will be announced on October 26th!

This little guy is so sweet...this little frog is just waiting to become a prince!





I stamped him and colored him with my copic markers.  I then masked him and added a bit of distressed ink around him to make him pop.  I then added the speech bubble and heat embossed my sentiment.  I thought it needed a bit more magic...so I added my gold stars.  This is a 4x4 card...he seemed perfect for a smaller card!




Here's a close up of the card.

Don't forget to head on over to YNS and enter a comment to win a stamp set of your choice!

Less is More - Monsters

Wow, another week gone by...isn't it all going by so fast...you know Christmas is almost here!

We have another challenge starting over at Less is More!  Our theme for this challenge is Monsters!  One of my favorite themes...just love all the cute monsters stamps that are available!  Here is my take on the challenge...



For this card I started by stamping and coloring my main image with Copic markers.  I then die cut the white card stock and added a bit of foam tape to add some dimension.  I ended up adding a bit of foam tape to each tree but that probably wasn't necessary.  I then popped it up some some 4 x 4 grey card stock.  Pretty quick and easy!










Here's a close up of the image.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!







Friday, October 20, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Challenge #75

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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...I choose to focus on colors!




For this card I choose this cutest little monster from the Silly Birthday Monster Stamp Set!  I picked three colors from the color palette and off I went.  I used my copics to color the image.  I then popped him up on some foam tape and added the little sentiment at the top and bottom of the card.  This is a 4 x 4 card...one of my favorite sizes.  Cute and quick!









Here's a close up of the card.  You can see the dimension of the foam tape I added to pop this little guy up.  Super cute!



CAS on Friday - Flowers

We are ending a brief heat wave for October....at least it gets hot during the day, but cools off nicely in the evenings.

We have a new challenge starting over on CAS on Friday.  Our theme for this challenge is Flowers.  this is always a popular theme.  Here's my take on the challenge...'




This is a quick CAS card.  I simply stamped the flower images on my card stock in a few different colors.  I added a few pearls to the center to dress it up a bit.  I die cut the word "Birthday" and used the inlaid die technique to add this to the card, as it makes mailing a breeze!














Here's a close up of the card.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Paper Smooches Spotlight #3





I'm excited to be a guest designer at Paper Smooches...such a fun opportunity.  If you need to make some Christmas cards and would like to try something new...check our Paper Smooches October release, you'll find some fun items to play with! 

Here is my third installment of their newest releases....






This is a super cute Holiday Sweets die set gives you a ton of options.  I choose to work with these cute little candy canes...I mean who doesn't love a crunchy candy cane!

I simple die cute the candy cane from red card stock.  I also die cut a few of the holly leaves from Boxed Greetings die set.  I added a bit of distress ink to the holly leaves.  Then stamped and heat embossed the fun sentiment.  A very simple and quick card to make...especially if you are interested in making several!



Here's a close up of the card.  You can see that I added a bit of foam tape to pop up the candy cane panel!


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!