Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 2 - Clean and Simple 4

Hi there!

I'm back again today with another card. I know, I know, don't faint! Lol! I rarely blog two days in a row but when you have time off from work AND there's an online card class going on, it's easier to find the time.

In today's lesson, the instructors shared some fun techniques for CAS cards using dies. I loved Kristina's card and wanted to give it a try.

What a fun way to get more out of your dies! I used the Stitched Slopes and Hills die set from Simon Says Stamp. The butterflies are from their Butterfly Drift die and the sentiment is the from WPlus9 stamp set called, Hand Lettered Thanks.

Here's a close-up of the shimmery butterflies.

I used Simon Says Stamp inks to do my shading. Surf Blue, Island Blue and Blue Violet.

The first two days of class have been wonderful! If you didn't get a chance to see my faux ceramic tile card from day 1, click here. And if you're interested in these classes, click here. They are so worth the price and I always learn something new and fun! These classes are even worth it if you just need to get your creative mojo going!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Day 1, Clean and Simple 4

Hey everyone!

Are you taking the newest online card class, Clean and Simple 4? Today was the first lesson and it was all about heat embossing. Julie Ebersole is one of the instructors this time and she shared a really cool technique, teaching us how to create a faux tile. I couldn't wait to try it!

I used a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die from a set called, Foliage. I was really happy and surprised at how it turned out!

It's hard to see in the photo above how much the focal panel looks like a real, ceramic tile, so here's a close-up.

I'm looking forward to day 2 tomorrow and I'm excited because I happen to have this whole week off from work - yay! That means more time to play and do homework from class - yay again!

And just a reminder we've got challenge #11 up and running in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group. It's a Love/Hearts/Valentine's theme. You can check out all the guidelines and details of the challenge right here. There are two, $25.00 gift cards to the SSS store up for grabs! Hope to see you there!

Thanks for the visit! ♥

Monday, January 26, 2015


Hi there!

I want to thank everyone for leaving me such kind comments on my giveaway post! Thank you also for joining the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group and spreading the word! We are really hoping lots of you come join in the fun every two weeks and play along with the challenges! The newest one is up and running and it's all about love, hearts and Valentines. You can check it out here.

Now for the exciting part! There was a total of 84 comments and I used random.org to choose the winner.

The 7th comment was from Kara Lynne!

Kara Lynne said...
Thanks for letting me know about the SSS Flickr challenge, I had no idea that was going on! I am now a member of the group and gladly included the blinkie on my blog. That is very generous of you, Barb.

Woo, hoo! Congratulations, Kara Lynne! I've sent you an email.

Thanks again to everyone and have a great week! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sharing a Card!

Hi everyone!

If you're looking for my giveaway post, you can find it here.

It's been a long time since I've shared a card here on my blog. Not because I haven't been creating - I have. It's just that lately I haven't liked anything I've done. Do ya ever have those times? Lost mojo, not feeling it, nothing's working - whatever you want to call it, it just happens once in awhile, to most of us.

Anyway, I finally finished a card that I like and wanted to share it with you. I used some favorite goodies from Simon Says Stamp, including their inks.

I love this stencil set from Simon Says Stamp! It's called, Building Hearts and it's so fun to play with! The background was created using their, Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil, with Doll Pink and Coral Reef inks.

I also used Simon's Sending die along with a sentiment from their Favorite Flowers stamp set.

This card would be perfect for the new Flickr challenge over in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group! It's a love theme challenge and I hope you head over and play along for your chance to win one of two $25.00 gift cards!

Thanks for stopping by! I'm rushing this morning - off to work. It's my last day before a nine-day vacation! I'm really looking forward to the time off! Not traveling anywhere, just relaxing at home and hoping for some more creativity!

Happy weekend! ♥

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Come and Play and a BIG Giveaway!

Hi there!

As many of you know, I am the administrator for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group.

I love doing it and spend lots of time over there, checking out the cards added to the group pool and commenting on cards entered into the challenges there. That's right! Simon Says Stamp has a Flickr challenge every other week in their group. You can check out the newest one here.

Note: You will not be able to see the challenge on the left sidebar from the Flickr App on your mobile device. I wish they would change that but it hasn't happened yet. So, you either need to type flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp into your web browser on your phone, or use your computer to check it out. 

There is always a fabulous prize given out to a random winner but this time, two people will be chosen to win! The challenge this week is "Spots-n-Dots" and we already have some awesome cards coming in! You can check them out here.

I am also on Instagram and Twitter a lot, so if you want to be reminded of the challenges, you can follow me here on Instagram and here on Twitter

And just so you know, with each challenge, I choose 4 or 5 cards entered and share them on Instagram. Then, Simon Says Stamp always re-posts it on their Instagram feed, so there's a chance for your card to be showcased there too! (They have more than 11,000 followers!)
It's been a long time since I've had a giveaway on my blog. I've been so blessed because of this awesome hobby of ours and it's time I give back. I will choose one random winner from all the comments below to win a $100.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp online store! (That is from me personally, not SSS.)

Here's what I want you to do to be entered into the giveaway. Head over to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group and become a member if you're not already, then let me know you've done that in a comment below. (If you are already a member of their Flickr group, let me know that instead.) Also, please copy the Flickr graphic above and paste it on the sidebar of your blog, then let me know you did that too, in your SAME comment. If you do not have a blog, you can share the graphic on Instagram, Twitter, or your Flickr photostream, but please share that in your comment with a link, so I can check it out. 

You have until 11:59PM CST, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 to enter. I will announce the winner the next day, here on my blog.

I would love to see lots of you checking out the SSS Flickr challenges and playing along!

I'm hoping to be back soon with a few cards to share! Thanks for the visit! ♥


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's Been A Creative Year!

Hi there!

I don't always write a "favorites of the year" post but since I've tried and learned many new things this past year, I thought it would be fun to do.

There were some wonderful Online Card Classes which gave me amazing inspiration and the courage to try new things. So, many of the following cards were created during those classes.

Playing with different mediums such as Gesso, Embossing Paste and Gelatos was so fun!

Graffiti or Subway Art was a bit scary but with such cool results!

And then there's water coloring. Oh, did I ever fall in love with it this year! From lightly stamping an image before water coloring. . .

 . . .to water coloring a white-embossed image. . .

. . .to trying freehand water coloring, it all really made me feel like an artist!

And of course, watercolored backgrounds are always a fave.

I also learned to make a stamped image even prettier by doodling black lines over it. This was another scary one to try but I loved it!

I had never made an interactive card before this year either. Here are two - first one is a shaker and the other one is an action wobbler - so fun!

I still enjoyed getting really inky too!

And I swear, some day, I'll be buying more dies than stamps - love them!

I fell in love with my Copic Markers again too - still love using them!

And if I absolutely had to pick a favorite card from the whole year, it would be this last one. I was so proud of how it turned out! The background, along with the wreath, was watercolored. I learned how to do it from the Watercolor for Card Makers Online Class.

That's a wrap! I have had a wonderful, creative year, learning so many new and fun techniques. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings!

A big thank you to all of you who stop by and leave such happy, encouraging comments! I hope you how much it means to me!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Week 4 Guest Designing SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a card for my fourth and final week of guest designing for the Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday challenge blog.


This week, our theme is Anything Goes and the design team have all been playing with DoCrafts products. You don't have to use them but if you own some, we'd love to see them on your projects!

I love the Quilting XCUT Embossing folder from DoCrafts! It creates such a pretty, textured background for your cards! I also used their Wild Rose 6x6 Paper Pack. It's filled with beautiful, soft patterns.

I decided to create a birthday card so I also used Simon Says Stamp's Brilliant Gifts Die, cutting it with both plain white and glitter cardstock. Here's a close-up:

The holidays are upon us so you will have two full weeks to play with this challenge AND there will be TWO WINNERS chosen for $50.00 gift vouchers to the Simon Says Stamp Store!! Is that awesome, or what?!



Now it's your turn! There's some awesome inspiration over on the Wednesday challenge blog. Check out all the fabulous cards from the design team and then, when the gift giving is over, the food has all been eaten and you've caught up on some much needed sleep, you can get creating! :)

I want to give special thanks to Lorraine, and the entire SSS Wednesday challenge blog team, for inviting me to guest design! It's been a wonderful month!

I'll be working all day today - gonna be crazy! Then home to change clothes, grab the family and head to my sister's house - can't wait!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! ♥♥♥