Monday, August 26, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Challenge

Hi All,
I made it through my first day of the school year and dragged myself home. I decided that I needed a little stamping time and decided to focus on my grandmothers Thanksgiving card so I went on over to Pals Paper Arts for some inspiration and they had it! Check out the sketch:


I loved the look and here is what I came up with:
I used a base of More Mustard, some of the beautiful Spice Cake DP and the Full of Blessings stamp set that I heat embossed in Early Espresso and colored with my blender pens. A few pearls and I was done. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

CAS 39

Morning All,
Well its my last day of "freedom" before I go back to school tomorrow and I wanted to get a few things off my "to do" list. I still had to make my Grandmother's Halloween cards. So I went on over to CAS Colours and Sketches blogspot and they had a great sketch:
I decided to change the size and not make it a perfect square. Here is my slightly modified card:
I water marked the background with the bats from "Wicked Cool" and then heat embossed the bats on the center DP and the sentiment. Hope she likes it!
Have a great day!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Freshly Made Mixture

Hi All,
I wanted to share another card I made this week. I had been in need of a sympathy card for a friend and needed a place to start. So I went on over to Freshly Made Sketches and it was their 100th sketch and it is pretty inspiring. Check it out:
I used a mixture of retired and new products AND I even tried some water coloring. Anyone who knows me knows that of all the techniques out there that's one that is a little tough for me!! Here is my attempt:
I used some retired Certainly Celery and Everyday Enchantment DP and retired ribbon I had. I then used the Simple Sketched Hostess set from the the new catty. I also ran a piece of Crumb Cake through the Lattice folder. Finally I added some soft subtles dots to the top after water coloring with Aqua painters. Not bad if I do say so myself! Hope it brings a smile to her face!
Have a great day!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A little Christmas in August

Hi All,
After yet another long day at work thought I would unwind and post a card I made for my Holiday Stamp a Stack. I wanted a clean and simple card for my final option so I used the Big Shot and Northern Flurry folder. Check it out:
I hope you can see the shine from the silver encore ink that Stampin Up now has! I am addicted! The cottage is from Christmas Lodge and my sentiment is from Short and Sweet. A few rhinestones and I was done. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Halloween Stamp a Stack

Hi All,
I wanted to share the card that I will be offering at my Holiday Stamp a Stack. I used a combination of old and new products. Check it out:
I used a base of Smokey Slate (the awesome new grey!) with some Howlstooth and Scaringbone DP, then I used the new Silver pad with the cobwebs from the Wicked Cool stamp set. Love how it looks on the Grey! I punched out the sentiment from the same set and edged it in silver added a little ribbon and I was done! Have a great day!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Challenge

Evening all,
Had a minute to make a card for an upcoming Holiday Stamp a Stack so I went on over to Pals Paper Arts and this was their sketch:


I decided to use it for my Thanksgiving card. Here is what I came up with:
I used a base of More Mustard, some Spice Cake DP and heat embossed the leaves from French Foliage in gold. Love gold on any of the browns! I fussy cut the leaves and popped one on adimensional and I was done. Love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Freshly Made Halloween

Hi All,
Had an unexpected day off so trying to get things done around here, you know cleaning, organizing and of course crafting! Well I am having a Holiday Mini Class at the end of the month where I will be presenting two cards and I really wanted a Halloween card for one of the cards but I needed a layout. I went on over to Freshly Made Sketches  and they did not disappoint:
Loved the layout but decided to rotate it. Here is what I came up with:

I used the new Halloween Happiness Stamp and some Rhinestones for eyes and, of course, I had to use the owl punch to make the ghosts! Love them! Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stamp a Stack

Hi All,
Thought I would share another card that I have ready for my upcoming Stamp a Stack class. I needed another sketch (ever have one of those weeks??) and, even though this isnt a Christmas Stamp a Stack I checked out Always Playing with Paper and really loved the sketch:
I thought that it was perfect for the design I wanted. Here is what I did with it:


I used a base of Baja Breeze and, of course, used my Everyday Enchantment for the DP. I heat embossed the flower from Fresh Vintage and added the sentiment from Petite Pairs. Check out always playing with paper, as its a great site for inspriation!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Challenge!


Hi All,
I really spent some quality time (in between park visits!) yesterday in my stamp room. I have been trying to get gifts done as well as some stamp a stack cards I need for upcoming classes. I decided to offer another vintage themed class and needed a jumping off point to design some of the cards. Luckily I happened across a new (to me) challenge site; "Cas Colours and Sketches" blogspot. This was there sketch for the week:
Loved the sketch! Here is what I came up with:
Sorry about the tint, just noticed that. The card base is actually Bashful Blue with some of my all time favorite DP Everyday Enchantment. I used the Apothecary Accents Framelits to pop out a window and then used the Birthday Wishes sentiment from Petite Pairs. A few Rhinestones for "bling" and I was happy! Have a good one!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Working on it!

Hi All,
"Working on it" seems to be the theme of my day! Finally got around to finishing my Great Aunts Thanksgiving cards using some new products from the Holiday Mini and old stuff from the old Holiday Mini AND cleaned my craft room/office!! Gotta love Stampin Up you can always count on great products for the holidays! Anyway I needed a design so I went on over to Freshly Made Sketches and they had another awesome sketch:
Here's what I came up with:
I used the expressions thinlits for the awesome greeting on the front, the howlstooth and scaringbone DP as a background and heat embossed the wreath from the Full of Blessings stamp set and colored with my blender pens. I hope she likes the card!
Have a great day!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Old and New

Hi All,
Got home after another long commute and decided that I needed a "crafting" break before I set off to see the horse. So I set off to design my Great Aunt's Halloween cards. I decided to use some of my Howlstooth and Scaringbone DP, combine it with the Frightening Feline stamp with the new Black Glitter! Love it!
I hope you can see the glitter sparkle! I added the rhinestones for the eyes and corner effect, ribbon across the DP and a sentiment from the Spooky Bingo Bits set and I was done. Hope she likes it have a great day!

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Halloween Toys

Hi All,
I finally got a chance to craft a bunch of Halloween cards for myself yesterday and wanted to share my design as well as some of the new items that I used from the Holiday Mini! I am a BIG fan of Halloween and loved the single stamp "Halloween Happiness" from the mini! I also really liked the idea of using the black and orange glitter. I have to let you in on a secret, I have never used the Heat and Stick powder even though I have had some for awhile and thought now would be a good time to use it!

I love the retired howlstooth and scaringbone paper and decided it was perfect to use for my personal Halloween cards. Lord knows I save every scrap of my DP to use for all my projects! I tried to get you all a closer look so you can see the glitter. I thought it was pretty cute!

I cant believe all the projects I have left to do! My "to do" list always seems to get longer and not shorter! Though I have to admit that I love to add to my crafting list! Have a great day!

More new goodies!!

Hi All,
I wanted to show you my favorite new toy from the holiday mini....the new envelop framelits!! Its makes adding a coordinating touch of color to your envelop a snap!! Here is the envelop:

And here it is with its coordinating Christmas card!!
There are three different sizes for all your card needs!! Have a great day!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Toys!

Morning All,
I finally had a chance to "play" with some of the new gadgets from the Holiday mini!! Love them!! I am in LOVE with the Winter Frost paper stack! Perfect for cards! I used the new Expressions Thinlits Dies with the Silver Foil Sheets for a fresh color mix:

I cut the top portion of the card a little short to add another coordinating piece of DP with the Frosted Finished Embellishments on the inside of the card and used the new 1/8" Silver Ribbon on the edges. I love the silver and Pool Party together. I really like the fresh color palettes in this holiday catty! Hope your enjoying the day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August News

Morning All,
I am super excited to share Stampin Up's latest news! Today they released another of their "Best of" series and its "Best of Halloween!!" My favorite!! Click here for the link to the flyer.

Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
Another great announcement is that the Holiday Catalog is now available to view and order from!!!
It is filled with great holiday ideas as well as all the new Stampin Up products you need for your holiday crafting!!
                              Click here for the online flipbook
                              Click here for a list of the Stampin Supplies
                              Click here for the online PDF of the catalog
In this new catalog Stampin Up has some interactive apps for your smartphone! I cant wait to try it out!! Have a great day!