Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Balloon Fun Happy Birthday Card

Back in February, I created a few different cards using the Number of Years stamp set that's found in the Occasions Catalog. 
It's a super versatile set and one of the things I like doing with stamps like these is collaging them on one clear block to create a custom background stamp. 

Here's the third card I created using that technique:


And here's a pic of how I set up the collage on the clear block: 



Now that you've seen how the background was created, the rest of the card is pretty simple. 
Here's a few tips:
1) The balloons were punched from one piece of Perfectly Artistic Designer Paper with the Balloon Punch. I just turned a couple of them over to show the different color tone on the back. The Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen was used to highlight each balloon and I added them to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. 
2) The balloon strings are made with a single piece of White Jute Ribbon. I cut the edge off one side of a 7" piece and pulled out the individual strings, adhering them to the back of each balloon with some Fast Fuse. I tied them all together with another strand and adhered them to the card front with a Glue Dot. 
3) The greeting was stamped a second time in Night of Navy ink on a scrap piece of paper. I trimmed it out with Paper Snips and adhered it to the card front, covering the Daffodil Delight image. 

Here's a complete supply list for you: 




I thought this was a fun birthday card for kids of all ages - and super easy to make too!
You can purchase all the supplies by clicking on any of the product photos above - they will take you directly to my Online Store. 


Sale-A-Bration ends on the 31st! 
Don't miss your last chance to receive FREE products for each $50 you spend - 
Here'a a graphic showing you ALL the free items still available to choose from: 


As you can see, the Metallics Glitter Tape is already SOLD OUT! 
But....the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper that I used on today's card is STILL Available!

Shop at this Link:





Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Blessings!

From my home and family to yours - 
wishing you every blessing of this glorious season as we celebrate Jesus the Risen Savior! 
He is Risen! 
He is Risen Indeed!


"Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. 
“I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 
He isn’t here! 
He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. 
Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him." - Matthew 28:1-9 




Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Way To Go! Masculine Congratulations Card

Designing 'Guy' cards is tough. 
Especially when the guy in question is pretty chill about everything. No huge spikes of likes or dislikes. With the exception of math, computers and my daughter, this particular young man doesn't geek out about much else. 
He does like the color orange though, so for a designer, that's something - ya' know?!


So, this new-ish, special young man in Emma's life was recently honored at his end of season sports banquet. And of COURSE, he needed a congratulations card! 
And me, being the card maker in the house, I whipped out a few supplies and came up with this collage-y, semi-grungy, masculine elements filled Congrats card: 


In all honesty, I kinda got carried away, but I really loved the end result!
There's nothing magical about the elements - the only technique I used other than collage stamping was direct to paper with the Soft Suede ink pad on the Soft Suede card stock banners. Dragging the ink pad across the card stock gave them a slight woodgrain effect. 

Here's a supply list for you (I think the wooden arrow element is retired tho'): 



As always, you can visit my Online Store to shop for any of these products simply by clicking any of the product photos above. :) Easy-peasy!
Don't forget - Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31st! So just a few more days to get a FREE Exclusive product with your $50 order! 

Thanks for stopping by --
I hope you have time to create something awesome today!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Traveler - Inspiration Series - Camera Card

Well folks - this is it! 
Last day of the Traveler stamp set Inspiration Series. It seems appropriate to end with a Graduation card, don't ya' think? 
We're all gonna need a couple grad cards coming up soon - I know with Emma's high school graduation this June, I'll need more than a few for her friends. This card is a great one for the guy grads - and super simple to create too. 


The style is called a 'gatefold' card because the front opens up like a gate. It's easy to achieve the fold, simply score at 2 1/8" from each end of a piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card stock and fold the flaps in towards the center. The focal image layers are attached to just one side of the fold. Easy!

Here's a couple tips for this particular card:
1) I stamped the suitcase in a random pattern on the front prior to dry embossing the flaps with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder in the Big Shot. 
2) the focal layers are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals to allow for the thickness of the ribbon. I just like it to lay right, ya' know? 
3) The black layer is popped up on dimensionals too - just because. I like the depth they add to a card and tend to use them like candy...

Anyway, here's a complete supply list for you:



Shopping for any of these products and more is so easy, simply click on any of the product photos and it will take you right into my Online Store. 
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals while you are there and remember - all orders of $50 or more automatically earn you a choice of a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! (but just through the 31st!)

I hope you've enjoyed this series - is there a stamp set you'd like to see some ideas for? 
Leave me a note in the comments and if I own it, I'll consider it for my next inspiration series!


I probably should remind you about the soon-to-be retired In Colors.
All 5 of the 2014-16 In Colors will be retiring at the end of May. 
What that means, practically speaking, for you is - 
the products using these 5 colors will SELL OUT - and Soon! 
I just look at past years sales history to speak from experience. 
My suggestion is to take a peek at what you own now and STOCK UP if there are any you will be sad to see go. 
You especially want to grab a couple of ink refills for your ink pads so you can keep using them for years to come. 
Here's a little graphic to help re-familiarize you with the colors: 


You can place your order online at 

Have an awesome Monday everyone! 


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Traveler - Inspiration Series - Ocean Liner Card

It's Day 3 of the Traveler stamp set Inspiration Series - 
I hope you're enjoying this set of more 'masculine' cards. 
The images in this stamp set call out to my inner vintage maven, but honestly, my first thought is to go shabby-chic, romantic style with them. 
Creating a set of more masculine projects was a fantastic challenge! 

Here's today's ocean liner card: 


As with the first two cards, this one is pretty straightforward stamping - except.....

1) I created the inked layers on the bottom of the card base using a piece of torn grid paper and a sponge. Cover the top portion of the card front with the torn paper, exposing about a 1/4" or so across the bottom of the card. (shows darker in the photo) Sponge Crumb Cake ink all over the exposed portion. Next, shift the torn paper up and over, exposing more of the card front and shifting the torn edge so it creates a different sponged edge. Sponge more ink on the exposed card front. This will create the two-tone effect you see shown. 
2) As much as I hate fussy-cutting anything, this stunning ship image was dying to be made 3-D. So, I stamped the full image on the focal card stock piece, then stamped it again on a scrap. I cut out just the larger portions of the ship with my Paper Snips then popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals. 
3) The Blackberry Bliss circle was actually run through the Big Shot in the Modern Mosaic folder, but my camera was being a booger the day I took the pics and I couldn't get it to show up in the shot. It looks awesome in person tho'! LOL!

Here's a complete supply list for you: 



Shopping for any of these products and more is so easy, simply click on any of the product photos and it will take you right into my Online Store. 
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals while you are there and remember - all orders of $50 or more automatically earn you a choice of a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! (but just through the 31st!)

I'm so glad you stopped by today - be sure to come back tomorrow for the next card in the series.

How many of you have taken a cruise? And how many of you have cruised on a vintage style ocean-liner? I'd love to hear you're experiences! 




Saturday, March 19, 2016

Traveler - Inspiration Series - Train Engine Card

Welcome to Day 2 of this Inspiration Series featuring the Traveler stamp set! 

Today's card has this gorgeous steam engine image for the focal point. When I look at this image, I immediately think about all the awesome period movies I've watched over the years. In my mind's eye I can see the train station platform, the rolling steam along the underside of the train and the heroine of the story - standing on the platform, dress billowing in the breeze. 
Yeah....I love a good romantic tale...
but, who doesn't? 

Anyway, here's today's card:


This one's pretty straightforward as far as design elements; simple layering and background stamping. The only things I can think of tip-wise are: 
1) the string layered behind the two Bitty Banners is another piece of the Burlap Ribbon pulled from a cut length, maybe about 8 inches or so. I just looped it around 2 fingers and adhered it to the back of the banners with Fast Fuse. 
2) the Kraft card stock was once again dry-embossed with the Modern Mosaic folder in the Big Shot then sponged with Soft Suede ink to bring out the pattern. 
3) the little strip of Black Glimmer paper across the bottom perfectly finished off this card. I know it's retired! But sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do - know what I mean? And besides, I'll bet you've got some stored away for a rainy day in your craft room, now dontcha? MHM.....

Here'a a complete supply list for you (minus the glimmer paper):




Shopping for any of these products and more is so easy, simply click on any of the product photos and it will take you right into my Online Store. 
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals while you are there and remember - all orders of $50 or more automatically earn you a choice of a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! (but just through the 31st!)

I'm so glad you stopped by today - be sure to come back tomorrow for the next card in the series.
Question: What's your favorite 'period' movie? 
Mine is Pride and Prejudice (the Kiera Knightley version). 
Share yours in the comments! 




Friday, March 18, 2016

Traveler - Inspiration Series - Globe Card

It's been a little while, so I think it's time for a new Inspiration Series - you guys up for that? 
Good! I KNEW you would be! 

Over the next 4 days, I'll be sharing a card series that I created using the Traveler stamp set. Here's a sneak peek at the 4 cards: 



The first card up is done with the globe image as the focal point. And it's a friendship card for a reason. 
Because of SU! I have friends literally, all over the world. 10 years ago, I never foresaw that happening, but I'm oh, so glad it did! Stampers and makers are amazing people and there's an acceptance in this community that truly knows no borders. It's one of my greatest joys of my business and my life. 
So, for all of my 'international' friends - this card's for you! 
You know who you are. ;)



I chose a masculine palette for this series - playing up the vintage feel of the stamps. Plus, 'man' cards have always been tougher for me, so I wanted to challenge myself to create something that the guys could appreciate. 

The card itself is pretty basic, layering with dimensionals, but three things pop out that I should tell you: 

1) the white tag is a simply collage of images. I stamped the passport and suitcases first, then overstepped the globe. Easy! 

2) the dry-embossed banner behind it was a piece of Kraft card stock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder. I used the Triple Banner Punch to make it a banner, then sponged on some Soft Suede ink to bring out the pattern. Lastly, I curled up the ends with a Bone Folder. 

3) the string for the tag is actually a strand from a piece of Burlap Ribbon. I cut the edge off the ribbon and pulled out the long strands to use as string. Pretty cool and cost effective as well!

Here's a complete supply list for you: 




Shopping for any of these products and more is so easy, simply click on any of the product photos and it will take you right into my Online Store. 
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals while you are there and remember - all orders of $50 or more automatically earn you a choice of a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! (but just through the 31st!)

I'm so glad you stopped by today - be sure to come back tomorrow for the next card in the series.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time for Tea - A Friendship Card

I don't know where I'd be without my friends - how about you? 
And those awesome, true blue, love you no matter how bad your hair looks or how smelly you are after that workout at the gym kinda friends are rare gems
They're the ones you ALWAYS have time for - even if you can't stop and share a cup of tea (or coffee), you've always got time to chat or text and share a smile. 
Yep, those kind of friends!
So today, I'm raising my tea cup to them:



This super cute stamp set - A Nice Cuppa - is from the Occasions Catalog and the images are fabulous! 
Here's a complete supply list for today's card: 




As always, you can simply click on any of the product photos above and shop in my Online Store! 
It's simple to grab the supplies you need to create with. 


When you're shopping, don't forget that March is the LAST MONTH of Sale-A-Bration! 
You earn a FREE, Exclusive Product with each $50 order you place. 
And there are a few NEW products JUST ADDED for you to choose from: 


You'll be able to select ANY of these products plus the others that are still available (yes, some have SOLD OUT!) when you check out. Look for the Drop Down Menu to choose!

That's all for today stampin' friends - time to go create something pretty. How about you? What are you creating today?