Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #208 - Baubles, Buttons and Bows

Hello crafty peeps! It's time for a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH! We are challenging you to use baubles, buttons, and/or bows! Now, we don't mean for you to slap a rhinestone or enamel dot on your card and call it done. Noooooo. When we say bauble, we are talking about a charm you've had for ever. Maybe a bottle cap. Perhaps you have an old brooch you've been hoarding for decades. Got a cool looking ribbon slide? It's time to use it! LOL! Now that I've explained what we mean by bauble, let me show you my card that has not baubles, but buttons on it:

 here's the inside:

I didn't have any teal buttons, so I colored a couple white ones with a SN marker, because that's how I roll. I used a much beloved and hoarded paper stack for this card. (Mariposa Stack by DCWV) I tried to do some selective die cutting with the hummingbird image. After a couple failed attempts, I think I finally figured out how to do that now. ☺(I love this stamp - if you look closely, it's actually butterflies made to look like a bird! Awesomesauce!) 

So, time now for you to dig out those buttons, bows and/or baubles and make a card or project. Just link it up at Shopping Our Stash so we can see it! Please do check out the fabulous creations by the other gals and leave them some bloggy love! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day!

I'd like to enter this at:
Just Add Ink #268

Stamps: Inkadinkado - Mind Scapes; Hero Arts - Everyday sayings
Ink: Simon Says Stamp - Olive; Ranger DI - Antique Linen
DP: DCWV - Mariposa Stack
CS: Bazzill; Darice
Accessories: GC; Sm & Lg Standard Circle Nesties; Paper Smooches - Flag Tag dies; buttons from stash; SN marker; DMC floss
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, June 27, 2015


I believe Jessi had me in mind for this particular challenge when she came up with the list of them for this year - and I thank her! That's right, this fortnight the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS challenge you to make a card or project that has a wine theme! Ah, wine - my favorite alcoholic beverage! Ok, I'm getting thirsty, on with my card:

 Here is the inside:

It seems lately that every few cards I make have an alcoholic theme to them. (That's not a bad thing, surely) Anyway - look! A wine glass shaker card!!! I'm really embracing the shaker cards. (Good thing too, since I just ordered a bunch of seed beads on Amazon. LOL!) The papers I've had for a couple years but the dies and stamps are a new purchase. (When life keeps getting you down, retail therapy helps....a lot) 

And wine.

Wine helps a lot too.

So, time to look through your stash of wine themed papers, stickers, stamps and dies and make something! Just link it up at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can see it and for the chance to be crowned our Queen of Snark or Princess! When you're there, please check out what my Sisters and our newest GD, Vicki Dutcher, have created for your viewing pleasure. Oh man, they BROUGHT IT for this challenge! Thanks for stopping by, now go forth and get your craft on!

I'd like to enter this at :

Stamps: Avery Elle - Happy Hour
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Peacock Feathers
DP: Echo Park - Metropolis Dots & Stripes
CS: Darice; scraps
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Wine Shaker die and Double Pierced Rectangle dies; MFT - Dainty Doilies Die-Namics; Mode - seed beads: Crafter's Companion - acetate
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, crafty power tape, 3D foam squares; Recollections - foam strips

JUST US GIRLS #299 - Photo Week

Hello and welcome to the weekend! Woot Woot! Today starts Photo Week over at JUST US GIRLS! Maria is your hostess this week and she's picked this fun summery scene as your inspiration! Here's how I interpreted it:

As you can see, the gingham print and watermelon caught my eye and that's what I went with. My watermelon slice was made from die cutting 3 circles, adhering them together and cutting in half. Then I took a small wonky flower die to the edge and die cut to make it look like the slice had a bite in it! I hand drew the seeds with a black marker.

So how does this picture inspire you? We'd love to see - just link up your card or project at Just Us Girls. While there, please check out what the girls and our June GD, Ros Crawford, have come up with! Fabulous creations, seriously! Remember, if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of our June challenges, you'll be in the running for our Guest Designer for the month of August! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to enter this card at:
CAS-Colours & Sketches #130
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Stamps: MFT - Essential Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: scraps
Accessories: GC; Cuttlebug - musical flourish EF; Sm & Lg Circle Nesties; Paper Smooches - flowers dies; ribbon from my stash; black marker; Fray Check
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A rose is a rose is a rose....

Hello and happy Wednesday crafty peeps! I made a card using a stamp that saw ink for the first time (YAY!) and also used some hoarded washi tape. (Or, as my friend calls it, wasabi tape!)

 here's the inside:

Some fussy cutting for the roses and popped up on different levels with foam squares. (although from the angle I took the picture, you cant' tell.) I ripped strips of washi tape and added them directly to the base on an angle, then die cut the wavy line from the top panel. Some rhinestone finish it off. This was a fun card to make, and I think I may use this sketch again in the future! 

Ok, got to go and walk the fur baby now. ☺ Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this card at:

Stamps: Unity stamps - March 2012 KOM
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel
CS: Bazzill, Darice; scraps
Accessories: Darice/Recollections/Queen & Co - washi tape; Paper Smooches - Borders 1 die; Hampton Arts - rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #207 - For the Boys

Hello and welcome! It's the start of a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH! This week, it's all about the guys: we want to see cards and projects with a guy theme! Here's the card I made:

 here's the inside:

Yes, I realized after I made the card that I just used that stamp only a couple SOS challenges ago. Let's just chalk it up to me showing you how versatile it is. (See what I did there?!) My favorite technique is the chalkboard technique. This just never gets old for me.  After making the main panel, I dug out some ancient copper brads and stuck them in the corners. I went around the edges of the base with walnut stain DI before adhering the main panel onto it with thin foam squares. Of course, there's a little snark on the inside. ☺

I hope to see you play along for our guy themed challenge at Shopping Our Stash! Please be sure to visit and leave some bloggy love on my teammies blogs. They made some fabulous creations for your viewing pleasure! Thanks for hanging out, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this card at:
Seize the Birthday - Nothing but Neutrals
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - favorite technique (chalkboard)
Just Add Ink #267 - typography

Stamps: Momenta; Paper Smooches
Ink: VersaMark; Colorbox - Frost White; Ranger DI - Walnut Stain
CS: Darice
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - double stitched rectangle dies; Wow! - white EP; heat gun; copper brads from my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Sunday, June 21, 2015

One layer cards make me itchy.....

I'm more of a clean and layered kind of gal, so this card (which turned out better than I thought it would - always a bonus) was indeed a challenge to me. Here, let me show you what I'm talking about:

 Here's the inside:

I sponged the corner of the card with distress inks and a wave stencil. After I die cut and glued the flip flop parts together, I sat there. Staring. Now what?

I had one helluva time trying to decide where the flip flops and sentiment should go. Does that happen with you? I swear I spent at least an hour moving the flops and the stamp around and around the card before finally getting (I think) an eye pleasing triangle, from the waves to the flops to the sentiment, back down to the waves. Ok, it's a wonky triangle, but it's there. Trust me.

Then, of course, I says to myself, "Self, this needs something more." So out came the Crystal Stickles. And the corner rounder was a nice finishing touch. ☺ I'm quite happy with how this came out. 

Even if it makes me itchy. 

I'd like to enter this at:
Curtain Call - Flip Flops

Stamps: Impression Obsession; Paper Smooches
Ink: Ranger DI - Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Darice
DP: scraps
Accessories: GC; Taylored Expressions - flip flop dies; Simon Says Stamp - waves stencil; Ranger - crystal Stickles; Fiskars - corner rounder
Adhesives: Glue Dots; Scotch scrapbooker's glue

Happy 4th

Hiya and hello crafty peeps! I got a couple cards made just because and here's one of them:

I used a neglected punch for the stripes and some grunged up papers to give the flag a more rustic look. I even took vintage photo DI to the blue panel to age it. After all the work I did layering the stripes, I didn't want to cover it up, so I stamped and die cut the sentiment banner out of vellum. With some strategically placed navy buttons, I adhered it with foam dots.

And now, for some patriotic music:

You're welcome for that ear worm. ☺ Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at :
Freshly Made Sketches #191 (ok, I took some liberties with the sentiment placement.)
Crafty Gals Corner #24 - Red, White & Blue
The Kraft Journal #228 - anything goes masculine

Stamps: Hero Arts; Paper Smooches
Ink: StazOn - Jet Black; Ranger DI - Vintage Photo
DP: MME - Lost & Found: Union Square; Echo Park - Metropolis Dots & Stripes
CS: Darice; scraps
Accessories: EK Success - deco scallop edger; Paper Smooches - Streamers die; Vellum; buttons from my stash; DMC floss
Adhesives: SA by 3L - taper runner; thin 3D foam squares; AC - foam dots; Scotch Scrapbooker's glue; Glue dots