Sunday, May 31, 2015

Circles Happy Birthday Card

There are only hours left in the month of May and for the current Colour Me... Playful! Challenge. The colours feature some of my favorites and include: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon, Pumpkin Pie + Neutral. I've used a sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges for the design and I had fun playing in my patterned papers for these challenges.

Most supplies are by Stampin' Up! unless noted, supplies include: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon and Pumpkin Pie cardstock. Patterned paper from Bohemian dsp (released on June 2, 2015), Sweet Taffy dsp and Moonlight Paper Stack. Two You circle birthday stamp by Stampendous!. Blackberry Bliss stampin' pad, Zig Zag embossing folder, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, dazzling details and stampin' dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Merry Little Wish Card

Christmas??? Well, there are several Christmas challenges right now and I do tend to procrastinate, so I made a Christmas card in May. Why not! This Merry Little Wish Card was made using this weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I love the simplicity!  I'm also entering this card in the following challenges: ABC Christmas (K is for Keep it Simple) and Crafting By Designs (Get Ready for Christmas).

Most of the supplies for this card are by Stampin' Up! Here is the list:
  • Paper: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe and Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Patterned paper from the retired Trim The Tree paper stack. 
  • Stamps: Festival of Trees stamp set.
  • Inks: Classic Stampin' pads in Garden Green and Crisp Cantaloupe. Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write marker.
  • Other Stuff: Spellbinders scalloped oval die, Tree punch, small rhinestones, Crisp Cantaloupe thick twine, Blushing Bride rosette from Artisan embellishment kit and dimensionals.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Celebrate Cupcake Card

Hello! I have a quick post to share this Celebrate Cupcake Card. It's a tall and skinny card with dimensions of 3.5" x 6". I used the Mojo Monday sketch for the design and you're getting a sneak peek at new patterned papers from Stampin' Up! called Cherry On Top. There are two new colors used on the card, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush along with Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White. The cupcake stamp is by Hampton Arts and it fit perfectly in the 2" punched circle. I added the celebrate sentiment from the Good Greetings set by Stampin' Up! and the final touch was three sequins from Close to My Heart with rhinestones added to the center. That's it!

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Lobster Birthday Card

Happy Tuesday! I can't believe it's the last week of May, it seems the weeks are flying by. This week at Cardz 4 Guyz the challenge is to use Gingham/Checks/Plaid. Hopefully, this theme will make it easy to create a masculine card. To create this Lobster Birthday Card I used the paper stack called Adventure Bound by Stampin' Up! (only available until June 2, 2015) the By the Tide stamp set for the lobster and the sentiment is from the retired hostess Morning Meadow stamp set. The colors used are: Sahara Sand, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. I've used the sketch challenge PP246 at The Paper Players for the card design. That's it!

We hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz. Click here to see more inspiration from the design team. I can't wait to see what you create.

Helping me clean my desk is Mr. Tazzy. His idea of cleaning is knocking everything onto the floor. If given the opportunity he will hide my stamps in his special places. He loves anything that will fit under the pantry door. When I'm not crafting I have to place large sacks on top of my desk to keep him from playing.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Large Reversible Tote

Hello! This past Friday my oldest niece graduated from high school and I made her this Large Reversible Tote as part of her gift. She has a summer job as a lifeguard and I hope it will come in handy. The fabric used is outdoor fabric and the inside has three large pockets. The finished size is 20" x 17" and the strap length is 27". Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

G'day Mate Koala Card

G'day!!! It's Tuesday and the start of a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. This week the theme is World Wildlife and I've used a Koala native to Australia for my inspirational card. Although I've never been to Australia or anywhere outside of the United States, I do think these marsupials are just adorable.

To create this G'day Mate Koala Card I used an image from a set called Aussie Critters by Doodle Pantry and it comes with several images, sentiments and digital papers. The wooden center panel was made using Baked Brown Sugar cardstock and ink and stamped using the Hardwood stamp by Stampin' Up! Then I used my deckle scissors by Fiskars to distress the edges and layered it onto a Smoky Slate piece of cardstock. Next, I added the green paper strip and wrapped the twine three times and adhered entire panel to a black card base. I cut three leaf accents using the Bird Builder punch and Garden Green cardstock and positioned them around the image. The last step was adding the sentiment. That's it!

The next step is for you to find your favorite wild critter stamp and make a card to share with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Just remember it has to be a masculine design. We would love for you to join us! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This card is entered into the Cards in Envy: Hey Dude! challenge.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Text Bird Hello Card

Happy Saturday! Earlier this week I viewed the challenge at ColourQ and knew I wanted to play along but it took me awhile to figure out my design. Finally, I decided a Hello Honey coloured Text Bird would work. The text bird stamp is by Hero Arts and is quite large at 3.25" from tail to beak, therefore I made the card 5.25" square to accommodate the stamp. I dug deep into my stash for some buried patterned papers to work with the challenge colours. The Gumball Green is from the Print Poetry paper stack by Stampin' Up! and the Poppy coloured paper is from the Vegetable Garden collection by Basic Grey. The Flower Shop stamp was used with VersaMark and clear embossing powder to show the flower detail in a monochromatic tone. To add some detail I cut three leaves with my Cricut machine and the Straight from the Nest cartridge. I added some white by the yard net ribbon to break up the colours and the Hello sentiment is from TPC Studios. That's it! I would also like to enter this card into the Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Floral Sympathy Card

Good day fellow handmade card enthusiasts! I have a new Floral Sympathy Card to share with you. To create this card I combined three challenges: The Paper Players (color), Retro Sketches (sketch) and SU-Only (flowers).

All supplies for this card are by Stampin' Up!. Some are current and some are very retired but still loved. Here is the list:
  • Paper: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand cardstock. Patterned paper from the All Abloom paper stack. 
  • Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Bloom for You, Bloom with Hope (hostess), and Language of Friendship.
  •  Inks: Classic Stampin' pads in Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand.
  • Other Stuff: Polka dot embossing folder, Fun Flower punch, Boho Blossom punch, 7/8" scallop circle, scallop edgelit die, stampin' dimensionals and basic pearls.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Graduation Day Card

Hello again! It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. This week the theme is Make Your Mark and I've made this Graduation Day Card to share with you (click here for challenge guidelines). Next week many local schools will hold their High School Graduations and I know one very special individual that will cross the stage. Hooray!

Most of the supplies on this card have been in my stash for ages with the exception of the stamps. The stamp set is called Diploma Day and it's new by Close to My Heart. I did have enough Congratulations paper left to see it's by DCWV and the red net ribbon was purchased by the yard. I didn't use many embellishments on this card, just kept it simple.

We would love for you to join us this week. The design team created some wonderful masculine inspiration, click here to view. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

This Graduation Day Card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cheerful Good Thoughts Card

Hooray for Friday! I hope you had a wonderful week. When I was working full-time it made it hard to spend time in my craft room and participate in challenges. Now that I've reduced my schedule I have more free time to play! It's been awhile since I played along at Mojo Monday and ColourQ, so I combined the two to create this Cheerful Good Thoughts Card. The sketches at Mojo Monday usually include lots of layers to use my patterned papers, and I love patterned paper. Adding lots of layers makes this card eligible for the layers challenge at Brown Sugar.

All supplies for this card are by Stampin' Up!. The supply list includes:
  • Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Coastal Cabana cardstock. Patterned paper from retired Fresh Prints paper stack, Best Year Ever dsp, and Subtles designer paper stack and retired 2010-2012 paper stack.
  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants and Geometrical.
  • Inks: Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana.
  • Other Stuff: Triangle punch, hexagon punch and stampin' dimensionals. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Recently I found out someone I know is expecting her first baby. They are waiting awhile to tell everyone but I figured it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and make a BABY Card. I'll probably hold out until after the first doctor appointment to mail the card but it's ready to go.

Since it's way to early to know what gender the baby is, I used many pastel baby colors. The plaid paper by Paper Pizzazz has a very small yellow line running through it. You can see it down the middle of the elephant. The pink and blue polka dots are retired dsp by Stampin' Up! I embossed the yellow cardstock with an argyle embossing folder and used a scalloped edgelit die for detail. The scalloped circle was cut with my Cricut machine and I fussy-cut Emery elephant by Verve Stamps for the focal image. To add the sentiment I used a stamp set by Fiskars called New Baby and the last detail was three candy dots.

My BABY Card is entered into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hand Stamped Flowerpot Card

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today, I have my inspiration card for the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. The theme this week is Gardening and the design team did a wonderful job turning this theme masculine. My Hand Stamped Flowerpot Card is a rarity for me, it's all hand stamped with NO patterned paper. I was afraid at first to use flowers on a masculine card but guys plant flowers, so I figured it should work. The idea was based off Flowerpot or Container Gardening. It's sad to admit that the Create a Garden stamp set by Rubbernecker has been in my stash for at least three years and this was the first time I inked it up. The sentiment stamp is called Every Season by Verve Stamps and was stamped using Memento black ink. The other ink colors are all by Stampin' Up! and include: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Tangelo Twist, Garden Green, Pistachio Pudding, Crushed Curry and Island Indigo. That's it!

We hope you are inspired to join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz. Click here to go directly to the challenge. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

My Hand Stamped Flowerpot Card is entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Embossed Flower Birthday Card

Recently the retiring list for Stampin' Up! was published and I was sad to see the Mixed Bunch stamp set included. It was the first stamp set I purchased as a Stampin' Up! customer and well before I became a demonstrator. This Embossed Flower Birthday Card focuses on the Tangerine Tango embossed flower and the retiring Flowerpot dsp provides the perfect background. I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Second version, I changed the accent color to Lost Lagoon and used a different sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!