Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mask-erade Day 1

Hi there!

Just a quick post tonight to share a card I created for day 1 of the newest online card class called, Mask-erade

Debby Hughes shared a technique using both the negative and positive portions of the mask. Here's my take. 

I used an oval die and the Botanicals 2 stamp set from Paper Smooches. The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted set, Friends Forever. It's a simple, one layer card but I really like the way it turned out. All inks used were from Simon Says Stamp. 

This was the first time posting from my phone - hope it all works!

And I hope you're all doing well! I'm looking forward to some time off from work next week. Hoping to get some organizing done in my craft space and to plant my flowers and veggies. Our weather has not been very warm or sunny lately, so I'm really hoping it shapes up so I can spend some time outside! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Barb ❤️

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi there!

I'm just popping in to wish all you moms out there a very happy Mother's Day! 

I'll be at work a lot this weekend - not one of my favorite "holidays" because of all the hard work and long hours. I just keep telling myself this will be the last Mother's Day I'll ever have to work, with my retirement coming at the end of the year. (Can't WAIT!!!)

I hope all my wonderful mom friends have a very special day! 

Hugs to all! ❤️❤️❤️

Friday, April 24, 2015

SSS Falling For You Blog Hop!

Hi there and welcome to another stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Falling For You blog hop!


I hope you're not all hopped out yet because there are still so many fabulous designers to see! If you've been following along, you've just arrived from the sweet, adorable and talented, Suzanne Dahlberg's blog called, Freshly Noted. Isn't she awesome?! If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to the SSS blog here.

At each stop on the hop you will have a chance to win a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack just for leaving a comment! The more blogs you stop at and comment on, the better your chances of winning! Simon will be choosing the randomly selected winners on April 28th, so you still have a few days to finish the hop.

I received some of the awesome stamps from this new release and couldn't wait to play! I've created quite a few cards, so let's get started!

The first three cards use the adorable, Baby Party Animals stamp set. This set can be used for kids' birthdays and baby cards, but as you'll see, you can also use it for anyone's birthday!

Here's a baby shaker card using only two of the sentiments from this cute set.

I also softly stamped the background using Sea Glass ink and the new, Falling Hearts cling stamp. This is a must have background stamp that I'll be using for lots of cards throughout the year! The shaker portion was created using the Stitched Circles die set.

I used three of the four darling animal stamps from the same set for my next card. They are so fun to color!

See that fun, dotty background? That was created using the Falling Backgrounds set. It comes with four different "falling" images that help you create some really cool backgrounds! I stamped the confetti image from the set with Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress inks.

Okay, one more using the same set. This one could be given to anyone for a birthday.

Yup! Those darling presents, along with the swirly, curly images, come in this set too! I colored the gifts with Copics and stamped the swirls with the following Simon Says Stamp inks: Maliblue, Green Apple, Sunshine and Doll Pink. The sentiment is from an older SSS set called, Handwritten Sentiments.

Next up is another wonderful cling stamp called, Falling Stars. Just like the Falling Hearts stamp, I know it'll be a favorite!

I love white embossing a stamp like this, then using Distress Inks to create a fun, watercolor background! The sentiment is the, You're Amazing die, which I also love!

For a similar card, I used the confetti image again from the Falling Backgrounds set to create this pretty, celebratory card.

More Distress Inks were used over the white embossed confetti but this time I just blended them together using Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade. Love this combo! The sentiment is from an old favorite set called, Hand Lettered Encouragement.

We're getting to the final cards, I promise! I used a fun technique which I learned from Kristina Werner to create a set of thank you cards with the new, Circle Dots Stencil.

I love, love, love this stencil! It is so fun to play with! These are one layer cards but the technique gives the look of dimension. I added ink through the stencil, then shifted it just slightly and used a white gel pen to add the extra circles. Love how they turned out! The sentiment is from Simon's, Many Thanks set.

Okay, that's it. I apologize for the long post but I always have such a tough time not playing with all the stamps I receive. This SSS new release is so fabulous! I've only shared a few different products here but there is so much more! You can check it all out here

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing, Heather Ruwe at her blog, Handmade by Heather. If you haven't seen her work, it is a MUST! She is sooooo talented!

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

Friday, April 3, 2015

Busy But Happy and Some Cards!

Hi there!

Long time, no see! It's hard for me to believe it's been almost a month since I've shared anything here on my blog. Life has been so busy with a whole lot of different things going on but it's all good! 

I've been getting crafty too and continue to make cards but I just never seem to have the time to sit down and share them here.

I'm hoping that changes because my hubby and I have been making plans for retiring at the end of this year. We are both so excited for this new chapter in our lives and are really looking forward to not working anymore! That means lots more time for crafting . . . . . and blogging too - YAY!

The house needs remodeling so we just starting that process by looking at what needs to be changed and what we can leave the way it is. We want to be able to sell it in the next couple of years. We are also starting to look into renting a place in Florida during the winter months each year, which we would start doing in the winter of 2016/2017. 

I've also been working hard running the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group. I love seeing the cards shared there and am really enjoying taking care of their challenges every other week. If you've never played in one before, I encourage you to join in! You can check out the latest one here. It just started today. It's a watercolor challenge and you have two weeks to play!

I was also recently at a crafty retreat in Ohio with some of the most amazing women! I made a few cards but mostly walked around in awe of all the talent. We had such a wonderful time! We laughed until we had tears running down our faces and our stomachs hurt! If you want to see some of my photos from that special weekend, you can check them out on my Instagram page

I do have a few cards to share with you too. The first three were created at the retreat. Copic markers were used on the first two and watercolors on the third.

And this last one was also made using watercolors. I wanted to create a fun, colorful, watercolor background and add some flowers, rain and a springtime sentiment. I'll be entering this into the Mixed Media Monthly challenge #11, which is, "April Showers."


The floral stamps/dies, sentiment and raindrops were all created using Simon Says Stamp products, which I've listed at the end of this post. The background was created using a mix of Distress Inks and water. I also used embossing paste for the raindrops. Hey! This would work well for the newest Flickr challenge! Lol! :)

Okay that's it for me today. I'm off to work. It'll be a busy two days with Easter coming up on Sunday. The floral department looks and smells amazing right now! I'll be spending Sunday with my family at my brother's house and am looking forward to seeing all my sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! ♥

Simon Says Stamp: Abby's Spring Showers stamp set, Raindrops Stencil, Watercolor Flowers stamp and die set.
Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry 
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Copic Coloring

Hi there!

I've got a few cards to share with you today - all colored with Copic Markers. 

I'm sure many of you have already seen the new, Hop To It release from Simon Says Stamp. I was lucky enough to to receive some goodies to play with and they are so fun to color!

I created these cards awhile ago and am just now getting time to blog about them. I did share them on my Instagram page a week or so ago. It's so simple for me to take a photo with my phone and upload it to Instagram - very quick and easy. So, if you ever wonder what I've been working on, and haven't heard from me in awhile here on my blog, you can always check out my cards here.

One of the stamp sets in the Hop To It release was designed by Kristina Werner and it's called, Slumber Party. The images are adorable!

And then there's the stamp set designed by Shari Carroll. It's called, Abby's Spring Showers and it is the cutest set! Abby is the daughter of Heidi (owner of Simon Says Stamp) and this set was designed with her in mind - so fun!

Aren't those the cutest images! Love the bear, the bunny, her hat and the umbrella! 

I also want to remind you all that there is a new Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge going on. It's our 14th challenge and this week's theme is "CAS, One Layer." You have until March 19th to play along for a chance to win one of two, $25.00 gift cards to the SSS store! Stop by here and check out all the details!  

Thank so much for the visit! Have a great weekend! ♥


Saturday, February 21, 2015

So Excited About This!!!

Hi everyone!

 If you're looking for my Hero Arts blog hop post, click here.

I'm really excited to share some fun news with you! As many of you know, I'm the administrator for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group and we have challenges over there every two weeks.

Our newest challenge just started yesterday and the theme is, "Get Crafty With Kraft" but the best part is that we've teamed up with Lawn Fawn's Flickr group for this one! Isn't that fun?!  

Lawn Fawn's group moderator is my sweet friend, Nancy Krueger and the two of us have been in cahoots, working hard to bring this fun challenge to life.

Here is the direct link to the challenge, where you'll find all the details, rules and guidelines. 
Co-Challenge on Flickr with Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp.

Both Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp are giving away two $25.00 gift cards to randomly chosen winners! That's FOUR winners - woo, hoo!

We hope you'll stop by and check out the challenge! We're looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with using kraft!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring 2015 Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!

Hi and welcome to the last stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!

My hostess sisters and I have been featuring fabulous stamps this week from the new 2015 release and we hope we've given you some fun ideas for using these awesome new stamps! If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from the awesome and talented Cheiron's blog, My Crafty Life!

  • Hero Arts will be giving away three prize packs containing an assortment of Hero Arts goodies (new 2015 Spring Catalog included!) For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
  •  The commenting deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PST.
  •  From all eligible comments, three winners will be selected at random and announced on the blog next week.
  • If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.

We were all sent some new stamps to play with and I couldn't wait to get started! I love the Tropical Background Cling stamp and I could not stop playing with it. You can get so many different looks from this one stamp.

This card took awhile to create but I love playing with ink so it was fun! , after white embossing the image, I added color with three different Distress Inks, a bit of water and a tiny paintbrush. And that fabulous sentiment is from a set called, Happy Stamp and Cut. It comes with the Happy die and a bunch of coordinating sentiments!

This next card was done by stamping the same image in black and clear embossing.

I love how it turned out! The colors were added using Distress Inks and a foam applicator. I have to thank my friend Kelly for giving me this fun idea!

And yes, I made one more card using this awesome stamp! This one is a bit more subtle.

This time, I inked up the stamp with a few different shades of blue ink, spritzed with just a little water, then stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I love that new sentiment stamp - it's a little wood stamp called, Thankful.

I DID play with another stamp set too. This one is called, Stamp Your Own Plant. It comes with a wonderful variety of leafy images. I used one of the leaf clusters from the set, stamping the image with a couple of different shades of green Distress Inks.

I added some splatters and inked the edges of my panel before stamping the sentiment. Love those mixed fonts!

And that's a rap! We hope you have all enjoyed the hop! If you've missed any of the stops along the way, please head over to the Hero Arts blog to find all the days and links of the hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥