Friday, October 24, 2014


Happy Friday!

I have a little card to share using products from the i {heart} papers store. It's taken me awhile to ink this set up, but I finally did.

Using the Pretty Peonies set from Wplus9, I took a white panel, and stamped a large outline flower, and two small ones.  I then added color using the solid image, along with the stems and leaves.  I left the centers white, as I liked the contrast.

I took the Strictly Sentiments 5 set, and stamped Smile in Onyx Black ink, and adhered a bit of black stripped patterned paper to the side.  I then adhered the panel to a Kraft card base with foam, and affixed some black pearls.

I finished off the inside with the outline flower images, as well as a continuation of the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great one!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Take Two Thursday


My friend Katie and I are back today with another installment of Take Two Thursday.  This time we are focusing on the The Underground card kit from Studio Calico.  I ended up making two cards with it, and they are quite different too!

I started by adhering a piece of patterned paper from the 6x6 pad included, to a white card base.  I then took a panel of cardstock and die cut a frame out of the middle, and attached it to the card base with foam.

I then stamped the circles with Versamark, and gold heat embossed them, but them out, and layered them onto the open area on the front of the card.  I then took a piece of black cardstock, and trimmed it down after stamping and embossing my sentiment onto it.  Lastly, I adhered some of the gems.

For this card, I chose to use the striped pumpkin image, and inked it up with orange ink, as well as rolling the edges in a darker shade to get some dimension.  I then took a piece of typing paper, punched a medium circle shape from it, and stamped it, making it a smaller version.

I stamped the stem and added some of the orange string included.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment over the pumpkins!

Please stop on over to see what Katie made!  It is always neat to see her designs using the same kits.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RIC #70

Hey all!

Thanks for stopping by!  I have the latest Runway Inspired Challenge for you!  This one is fun, so I hope you give it a try.  Here is what I did.

I started by die cutting the Retro Arrow Die from Paper Smooches, and adhering the large pieces onto a white panel.  I added a black cardstock strip, and then stamped a sentiment from Altenew's Sohcahtoa set, by selectively inking the sentiment.

I popped up the heart, fitting it back into the slot, and added black dots, and a bit of Wink of Stella glitter to the chevrons.  I hope you've enjoyed, and be sure to check out the other ladies creations!  They are amazing!

Our sponsor this week is Ellen Hutson, and you could win a $25 store credit!  Wahoo!

Have a great one!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Be Brave

Happy Saturday!

I have had this sweet image designed by Kristina Werner, sitting around for a week plus since taking the Copic Online Card Class.  Which, btw, is awesome!  I finally got around to putting it on a card.

I colored her with a variety of markers, and trimmed her out very carefully.  I took an old Studio Calico stencil, and added a bit of texture to the card base using embossing paste, before adhering her to the front with foam.

I took a sentiment set from Paper Smooches, and black heat embossed it onto vellum, and then attaching it under her leg.  To finish it off, I die cut a few hearts using the Finished Frames Elle-ments set from Avery Elle, and added glossy accents to them for some shine.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monster Hugs

Hi guys!

Lawn Fawn's Monster Mash is so super cute, and I have had these colored cuties sitting around for what seems like, forever!  

I started with patterned paper from the Basic Gray Second City 6x6 paper pad, and adhered a block of it to my white card base.  I then die cut a rectangle from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Small Rectangle Die set, and white heat embossed my sentiment onto it.

I stamped three monsters, and then colored them with a variety of Copic Markers, before I cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I then attached them to my black panel.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll return soon!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Take Two Thursday: Paper Smooches

Hey, hey!

How has your week been going so far?  Good I hope.  Take Two Thursday came around really fast for me!  For this installment, Katie and I are playing with the Holly Jolly set from Paper Smooches, which i {heart} papers carries, yeah!  I just love it, it is such a cute set!  Both of my cards are clean and simple, just the way I like it, and fit perfectly with Virginia's latest challenge, Clean and Simple!

I took a white card base, and stamped my sentiment first.  Then I stamped the garland images in different Hero Arts Shadow Inks, and went back in with the dots, stamping those throughout the design.

I decided I liked it the way it was, so I didn't embellish it any further.  How about another? 

I stamped my sentiment, and then added the berry cluster, and the holly leaves.  I then colored them in with Copic Markers.  I finished it off by adding Glossy Accents to the berries.

Two Christmas cards down, a million to go!  HAHA!  Hop on over to see what Katie did with this set, I am positive that it will be clever.  Seriously, I always walk away from her cards, thinking, why didn't I think of that? 

Have a great day!

Edited to add:
I completely forgot to mention my winner from the World Card Making Day i {heart} papers gift certificate!  Where is my brain?  That winner is, #4 Ruby N!  Thanks so much for all of your comments, guys!  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

RIC #69


Don't blink.  For real, time just flies!  It's time for another Runway Inspired Challenge!  Check out this photo:

Crazy, right?  I was really inspired by the cosmic background behind the model.  Our fabulous sponsor is Waffle Flower Stamps, and I knew that their Starry Night stamp set would be perfect for this.

I started with the sentiment, and stamped it right in the center.  I followed up with the dot clusters in Delicata Gold ink from Tsukineko, scattered from left upper corner, to right lower corner.  I then went in with stars and stamped those in gold as well.

To add interest, I stamped a few black open stars, as well as a few dots in black, and filled in the stars with a Wink of Stella Glitter pen.

A super simple, clean card!  What do you think?  I would love to see your interpretation of this fun pic!  Oh, and there is a prize from Waffle Flower up for grabs to the lucky winner.

Thanks for stopping by, have an awesome day!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Coffee Hello & World Card Making Day!

Hello fellow crafty friends!  

I say it every year, but I love World Card Making Day!  What a great excuse to get crafty and have fun with paper!  I have a super clean and simple card to share today, using products old and new, from the i {heart} papers store.  

I started with one of the stripe blocks from Paper Smooches Artisan Blocks set, and stamped it in Hero Arts Mint Julep ink.  I then stamped, colored and die cut the cut from Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte sets, and popped it up with foam.

 I added the swirl to the top of the cup with black ink, and then stamped a simple Hello sentiment from the Hello Baby set, also by Lawn Fawn.  I also went in with a gray Copic marker to add shadow.

For this card, I used the adorable Hedgehugs set and coordinating dies.  I started by adhering patterned paper strips taken from The Everyday Collection by Avery Elle, and adhering them onto a square notecard.  I then took one of the hedgehog dies and ran it through the front of my card, creating a window. 

I then stamped one of those cuties in the open space, and the other on the inside, and colored them with Copic Markers.  I also die cut a few little hearts from colored cardstock with the Finished Frames Elle-ments die set, and adhered them onto the front, along with a few tiny rhinestones.

How about a GIVEAWAY?!  Leave me a comment for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the fabulous i {heart} papers store!  Comments close Sunday at 11:59 EST.

Thank you for stopping my way, enjoy the rest of your crafty day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AEIHeartU Challenge #17

Hi all!

I am so excited about today's post, because it's my first post as a new member of the AEIHeartU Challenge team!  We are focusing on Tags this week, yeah!

I started by die cutting the large tag from the Gift Tag Dies set from a white card base.  I then took the die cut, stamped it with it's coordinating stamp, and inlaid it back onto the card base.

I then die cut the fox, from More Stories, out of the card front, as well.  I took a plain die cut fox, stamped it with the coordinating stamp set, colored it with Copic markers, and reinserted it in its slot.

I threaded twine through the top hole, and added a bit of Avery Elle patterned paper from The Everyday collection, to the bottom portion.  I also stamped a few leaves onto the tag, and colored them with Copics.

I hope you decide to break out those stamps and dies, and play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Hi friends!

The lovely Chaitali, has put together the most fabulous hop in honor of a most delicious beverage, coffee!  Today is National Coffee Day after all, and what better way to celebrate, than with the wonderful papercrafting community!  I love coffee, seriously..are there words necessary for its awesomeness?  No, I didn't think so.

I, of course, had to break out the super fun Love You A Latte from Lawn Fawn, which the i {heart} papers has (yeah!) so, starting with a piece of white card stock that I die cut with the Avery Elle Finished Frames, I stamped one of the sentiments in orange.  I then took the coordinating dies from the stamp set, and paper-pieced the sleeve with Kraft cardstock, adhered that to the cup, and added the finished die cuts to the panel.  I then stamped a few hearts in red ink, and glittered them up with a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

To finish off the card, I adhered a piece of brown plaid patterned paper from the Sweater Weather 6x6 paper pad by Lawn Fawn onto a white card base, and popped my panel up with foam.

There are a few questions that Virginia Lu suggested we do as a fun add on in our post, so here goes.

1. When did you start drinking coffee? 
    I started drinking coffee in college.  I had never cared for it much, but apparently the late nights and hard studying were enough to propel me to the dark side.

2. What is favorite brand (you can name up to three). 
    I really enjoy Starbucks.  I love their dark roasts!

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?
    I can certainly remember a time when I had Dow Egberts coffee in the college cafeteria.  It was, at that time, the best tasting stuff ever!

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...
   Okay, confession time: at this point in my life I am not drinking coffee...WHAT!!  But, I hope to return to it soon.  I need to clear up some health issues before I can resume my most beloved beverage.  As a gluten sensitive person, I have found that coffee aggravates my symptoms, and upon further investigating, learned that proteins in other foods, in this case, coffee, can sometimes cross-react with gluten antibodies in people who are sensitive.  Who knew?   

So, there you go!  I hope you will hop along to others and see what coffee themed projects others have come up with!

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Take Two Thursday


I am back today, with my good friend Katie, and we are taking on another Take Two Thursday!  It's been longer than our normal schedule, sorry bout that.  Life has been slightly crazy for both of us.  But, today we have both come up with cards using this months Studio Calico Kit, Poet Society.

I started by using the fabulous patterned paper from the kit, and layered a couple pieces, collage style onto the front of the card.  I slid a piece of yellow doily as well.

I love the big sentiment in the stamp set, so I stamped it in Versamark, and gold heat embossed it.  I then trimmed it out, and popped it up.  I added a few star accents, and stamped the "You did it!" in Navy ink.

I really wanted to make more than one, and hopefully I will get the chance to do it before the next kit comes my way, lol!  We shall see, won't we?  Go check out what Katie made, cause I know it won't disappoint.

Katie and I plan to finish our Stamp Out Chaos series in the coming weeks, and I plan to share my (new) and finished space.  I can't wait!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

You Warm My Heart


My husband and I went away for our 9th anniversary this past weekend, and had a blast.  We didn't go anywhere spectacular, but then, when you are a parent...anything done as a couple is spectacular.  Anyway, I have a little card to share using goodies from the i {heart} papers store.  GO, and check out all of the fabulous new products she has stocked.  :)

I started by creating my card base from the Stitched Party Banners die from Lawn Fawn.  I scored the back so it would fold, and adhered it to the front.  I then stamped my sentiment, as well as the cute little rabbits from the Snow Day set, and colored them in with Copic Markers.  I stamped two of the little hearts from the set, in Red Royal ink from Hero Arts and applied a coat of Wink of Stella to give it a bit of sparkle.

I then die cut a piece of the argyle patterned paper from Sweater Weather with the same banner die, and adhered it to my card front.  A strip of yellow paper finished it off.  As a last touch, I tied a bit of twine around, and tied it into a bow.

Thanks for stopping by to see!  Have a great day!