Saturday, September 8, 2012

Simon Says, Put a Stamp On It

Have you hopped along on the STAMPtember, Put a Stamp On It, blog hop yet? It's amazing, inspiring and a whole lot of fun! If you complete the hop and enter a card in the contest, you could win a $100.00 Simon Says shopping spree! How awesome is that?!

Since the design team gals were all using Washi Tape, it was the perfect opportunity to pull out my new, Martha Stewart, Halloween Tape.

I placed two strips of the dotted tape onto some cardstock, then used dimensional adhesive to pop them up. I did the same thing with the Hero Arts pumpkins after stamping, cutting and coloring them.

You can find the beginning of the hop here, and you can enter your card at their, "Put a Stamp On It" challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moxie Fab World's, Repetition Challenge

Hey there!

Just a really quick post tonight to share a card I created for
The Repetition Challenge, over at Moxie Fab World, for their Card Design Handbook Week. I have really enjoyed looking through that special issue - it's fabulous, and I know it'll be one that I look at at again and again. It really is worth buying if you haven't already!

Here's my card:

I inked up the flower from the Hero Arts/Sizzix, Bold Pop Design set with Distress Markers. I used Tumbled Glass, then Broken China, coloring every other petal. I gave the stamp a tiny spritz of water each time before stamping. Cutting them out was easy with the matching die.

I'm not ready to let go of summer just yet, so I adhered them all to a sunshine-y yellow panel, popping up a few of them for dimension. I finished the card by adding small black pearls to the center of each flower and stamping the sentiment from a new Simon Says Stamp set called, Handwritten Sentiments, from Kristina Werner - love this set!

Thanks for coming by! Hope you have a fun and crafty weekend! :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Not My Usual Style!


I sat down the other day and played with some paper, stamps, vellum, flowers, ribbon and a doily die. Definitely not something I normally do. I'm one of those cardmakers who just loves to stamp an image and color it, but I wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone.

I remember seeing a gorgeous card in one of the Paper Crafts issues earlier this year. I tried really hard to find it and couldn't. I believe it was one from Kim Hughes and I really want to give her credit for inspiring me. I find that I mark many of the pages showing her cards each time I get a monthly issue. She has a beautiful style!

Anyway, here's the result of my creative 4 hours - yup - that's correct - FOUR! This card took me a long time to make, ( a long time for me) which is probably another reason it is not my go-to style.

The Old Letter Writing stamp from Hero Arts is white embossed on a piece of vellum and layered over the pretty paper. I used paper from three different, 6x6 paper pads: Dear Lizzy, Neapolitan from American Crafts, Paper Cottage from Basic Grey and The Sweetest Thing from My Mind's Eye. The die-cut doilies are from Die-Namics and the flowers and ribbons came from my stash.

I do love the way it turned out and will be sending it to a special friend. And since I embossed the Old Letter Writing on the vellum, I'll be entering this into the "Who's the Boss" challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I LOVE Die-cutting!

Hi there!

Have ya seen all the fun, new dies and stamps at
Simon Says Stamp!? I really need to stop visiting Jennifer McGuire's blog - she is such an enabler! After seeing all the fun she's been having with the new dies and stamps, I just HAD TO do some shopping! And to make it even worse, (uh, I suppose I should say better,) Simon Says Stamp is celebrating STAMPTEMBER too! Yikes - I'd better have one of my kids hide my wallet or I'm going to be in big trouble by the end of the month!

I first decided to play with this fun Chainlink Die. Love it! I paired it up with a flower from the Hero Arts/Sizzix, Bold Pop Design set.

I inked up the flowers with Hero Hues Ruby Die Ink, but it dried much lighter than I wanted. Instead of inking it again with a darker red, I decided to take a dark red, Tombow Marker and just color in every other petal. I like the way it turned out! And those cute little, pink dots under the sentiment? Those are from My Mind's Eye - called Enamel Dots. They come in all sorts of colors too - love 'em!

I've had a wonderful week off from work - the weather could not have been any better! I go back to work tomorrow and I'm actually looking forward to seeing everyone, and playing with my flowers.

I've also been counting down the days until Scrapfest, where I'll be meeting some of my Flickr and blogging buddies! About 15 of us will be there this year and I am sooo excited - 11 more days!!

Hope you all have a fab week! :)