Friday, December 26, 2014

December 2014 Blog Hop and MIM#194

Hope you all had a BLESSED Christmas! Ours certainly was:)

Today I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink December 2014 Blog Hop, Once again Nichole has chosen several inspiration photo to help get the CREATIVITY going. Silver and Gold splashed with shades of pink. 

PTI Supplies: 
Cover Plate: In the Woods Die
Tinsel & Tags House Additions Mini Stamp Set

   While I had my supplies out I had time to play with the MIM#194 technique Melissa Phillips shared with us :  Stamped Borders.  I just could not get myself to make a Sympathy card today! Still too much JOY around here:) But I did use the stamped borders technique for a birthday and encouragement card.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm Featured at CASEing Genius

Good morning!
I'm super excited to be featured over at Kelly's blog You and Your Big Dreams!

 Allow me to share a sample of some of  KELLY's cards that are my faves!

  Outstanding COLOR brilliance!
Her use of the White gel pen makes her cards magical in my opinion:)

Pleasing CARD CANDY don't you think?

I can't wait to see what she comes up with from looking at a few of my cards:)
Hope you take time to see for yourself!!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Waffle Flower Anything Goes Challenge

A batch of Thank you cards hot off the press.
Thanks to the post at Waffle Flower  this morning I came up with a MUCH NEEDED gift for my MIL.
I'm truly blessed to have a dear Mother-in-Law:)  who enjoys sending out cards, but doesn't like to buy them..Good trade.. I just so happen to LOVE making cards, but not so great at sending them.HA!!  It's a match made it heaven.
Yellow is her favorite color:)

Waffle Flower has a Challenge of ANYTHING goes this month, which I'm linking up to:)
Waffle Flower supplies used: Flower Circles Die Set and LOVED stamp set.
(which I won from last months challenge:)
I used the Lg flower die as a stencil.

Hope you have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WINTER INSPIRATION at SSS Wednesday Challenge

One more week until Christmas Eve!
The kiddos are beside themselves, Our 120some Christmas cards are completed, signed and mailed out. Whew!!
Time to move on to more baking, dancing and just a bit of gift wrapping:)

I did have time to create this little card after seeing a "no-line" tutorial from Sandy.
SNOWBIRD from Stampendous was the perfect stamp for playing with my watercolor Pencils and Crayons. Adding Snowy highlights with Copic opaque white pigment  is quick and easy.
A stitched frame from Wplus9 finished off the whole scene nicely I think:)

Jenn Shurkus from SSS Wednesday Challenge has put together a wonderful inspiration board for this weeks' challenge. The ice covered berries caught my eye.
Hope you can take time to create something wintery...I find it to be relaxing during this busy season:) 
Warm Hugs!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Card Concept Challenge #25 : Silent Night Neutrals

Warm and COZY!!
Here is the inspiration for The Card Concept Challenge.

These scrumptious Neutrals are perfect for a card for my Dad.
Sipping Hot cocoa and eating home baked cookies is a fond tradition for his birthday.
Here is my card for the Freestyle/Collage catagory:

Pulling together several LOVELY LAYERS dies from PTI and Die-Namics' Sentimental Flourish, along with SSS Lg Holiday Shapes for the stars. The sentiment is from Altenew's  Label Love.
Hope this encourages you to join in the fun at The Card Concept! Remember ALL card styles are welcome.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

De-Stressing with DISTRESS INKS

 To say I'm still crushing on Distress inks is  an understatement. There are so many ways to play with them!
I was REALLY excited to see  Virginia's View Challenge #10 : "All Things Distressed":)

Here is a simple card I made with Distress inks sponged on dies and through stencils.
Dressed up with some washi as accents.


PTI SONGBIRD stamp and dies,
Waffle Flower Flower Circles Die Set.
SSS Gingham stencil


Thanks for looking!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Guesting at STAMPlorations

Good Friday to ya!
I am SUPER DUPER excited to be Guest designing for the December Challenge at STAMPlorations!

As the October Challenge: Stamps and Embossing winner I received two stamp sets of my choice.
VIGNETTE: Art Deco Border Builders and VIGNETTE: Grunge Floral Strips were the sets I chose and used for the background foundation of this card.  Making fabric like BGs has become a passion of mine.  I'm simply giddy with the results:)

For this month's Challenge YOU get to CHOOSE from any past challenge theme or sketch.
You'll find all monthly challenge themes here.
And the sketches here.
I chose STAMPS and LAYERS from the November Challenge:
I started with Solar white cardstock and these inks:
Some of the stamps I inked up in two colors, then stamped:
 Then I heat embossed a stencil over the top.
For the dimensional layers, I fussy cut one of the BLOOM SKETCHES from STAMPlorations and covered it in Glossy accents.  Layered it on top of some PTI leaves and Memorybox dies then paired it with a sentiment from Wplus9...which I embossed in clear powder. 

Hope this encourages you to come over and play at STAMPlorations.

 THANK YOU to Shery, owner of STAMPlorations, for having me as a Guest Designer!

HUGS,..thanks for looking.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Operation Write Home Red Friday

Yes, Valentines in December!!
Today I'm posting a couple of cards inspired by last weeks Operation Write Home Red Friday Blog Hop.
I agree it is important to remember those who are serving in the armed forces...sacrificing much for our freedom .
Once again it was Laura Bassen's card that inspired me.

Maybe you have some cards that you could send to OWH...for the troops.
Check out the web site to see what themes are most needed.
Valentine's  are a good idea, especially if your Christmas mojo is lacking.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop:)

Honored to be a part of the Salute to those who INSPIRED so many!
As a newbie to the cardmaking world I found PC&S to be THE source for learning. 
I was encouraged when my card was chosen as a Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Winner for this challenge.  Entering the challenges and studying the winning cards improved my cards tremendously!  Learning has never been so much fun!!

Here is a new card for the PC&S crew:  
Thank you Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine for all you have done to promote and Enhance the wonderful world of Cardmaking and Paper crafts...You will be missed!

Supplies used:
Paper:NEENAH Desert Storm, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Stamps ALTENEW, Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies
Other supplies:

If you are hopping, you should have just arrived from Kalyn Kepner's blog..and your next stop is Tammy Jackson.
If you get lost along the way just return to Taheerah Atchia's blog or Veronica Zalis's blog...or scroll down to the end of this post for the full in-links list of bloggers in the hop.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags with The Card Concept gals

I'm very excited to be part of Tracey McNeely's 

Today is day 24. Hope you have been able to catch all the previous days of Tag inspiration!
I'm Tagging along with the gals from The Card Concept Design Team too.
Here is my tag:

My inspiration came from TCC Challenge#24: SNOWMAN
which starts today. Won't you come over and play?
You are welcome to create a tag or a card. However a tag and snowman MUST be on the card.
Tracey is offering up some GREAT prizes on her blog from these companies:
• Reverse Confetti
• Clearly Besotted
• CAS-ual Fridays
• Neat and Tangled
• Paper Smooches
• Lawn Fawn
For your chance to win a prize just leave a comment on Tracey's blog for each one of the 25 days (plus the main prize drawing *here*) and you'll be entered to win. You have until 11:59pm EST on November 27th to enter.

You will also get an extra chance to win by commenting on my post!  You have until 11:59 EST, Wednesday, November 26th to comment. I'll randomly choose one commenter and pass their name onto Tracey so she can include that name in the drawing! Winners will be announced on November 28th on Tracey's blog.

Let the festivities begin!!
Hope you have a Wonderful (if you are in the USA, Thanksgiving) weekend!...
I'm very grateful for ALL of my followers worldwide :) You really make me Smile:)
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

Posting a quick one layer card for the  Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge.

I used all the tiny PTI snowflakes I could find:)
The sentiment is from Two Feet Deep.
Hope you enjoy the hop!
Have a HAPPY Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Waffle Flower Challenge October/November 2014

Popping in real quick to post a tag I made using my Waffle Flower Craft Die Flower Circles Die Set for the OCT/NOV challenge.  Laura Bassen used the die to create a tag here, which helped me think outside the "card" box:)
Here is my tag take for the challenge:

Also linking up to Simon Says Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge.

Thanks for looking

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