Saturday, October 25, 2014

JUST US GIRLS #264 - Photo Week

Hello and happy Saturday to you all! We have a photo challenge at JUST US GIRLS, hosted this week by Maria! Just look at this gorgeous photo she found for inspiration:

Pretty, huh? It's amazing how we all interpreted this differently. I was drawn to the colorful leaves, so that's what I went with:

Here's the inside:

A while back, perhaps even a year ago, I was experimenting with distress inks, and colored a couple pieces of card stock by smooshing a few different inks onto my craft mat, spritzing with water, then laying the card stock in the mess. I kept the unused bits, (of course!) and used them to die cut the leaves. Then I got way out of control and did this whole tree themed card, using that adorable tree paper behind the main focal point. I masked the "I'm" from the sentiment then filled the space with a tiny fussy cut leaf. 

(Side Trip: Does anyone know of a sentiment stamp set that is plural? Meaning, instead of saying "I'm thankful for you", it says "We're thankful for you" or "Happy Birthday from us", etc? I'd like to get my hands on that if it exists. There you go stamp manufacturers - I've just thrown down the gauntlet - I double dog dare you to make it happen! LOL!) Because, even though I make the cards, address the envelopes, stamp and return label them, and get them in the mail, I still sign them from me and my hubby. You know, as if he actually had something to do with the complete process. (wink)

But I digress. ☺ I finished the inside with a stamped sentiment and two more die cut leaves. (See? Way out of control!) 

Now it's your turn to make a card or project inspired by the photo. Be sure to link it up at Just Us Girls so we can admire it! While there, please be sure to see what my teammates and our guest designer, Wanda Cullen, created  - you won't be disappointed!  If you win Chic of the Week for any of the challenges in October, you'll be in the running for our Guest Designer for the month of December! How cool is that?! Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Paper Smooches - Jive Turkey; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Ranger DI's
DP: Recollections - Simply Autumn
CS: Darice
Accessories: Grand Calibur, Sm & Lg classic oval Nesties; Lawn Fawn - Stitched Leaves dies; Recollections - ribbon; MME - Enamel Dots
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fun with FWF

I have a couple of cards to share, which I'll be entering at Unity's Friends With Flair. It's been a while since I played along there. It was way overdue. Here's what I made:

Card #1:
The inside says Happy Belated Birthday.
(Images from the December 2012 KOM)

Card #2
Inside says Missing You
Back story: someone near and dear to me had a bacterial infection that caused them to have the, ahem, 'Hershey squirts'. (If you know what I mean) Because I'm a sick human being, I made a card, in the 
toilet's point of view. Said person has a great sense of humor and
will totally find this funny!!
(Image and sentiment from the AH Crap set)

That's all I've got for now. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous Friday!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHOPPING OUR STASH #174 - Halloween or Halloween colors

Hello and good morning, my crafty peeps! This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH we challenge you to make a Halloween card/project, or something that uses Halloween colors (black, orange, green, purple, red) This being my favorite holiday, I was all over it! Here's what I made:

 the inside:

I'm guilty of buying supplies, then not using them. Lately I've been trying to remedy that. The paper collection is from last year, the stamp I bought earlier this year and it's the first time getting inked. That ribbon was one of the first rolls I bought when I started scrapbooking back in 2007. ☺ After coloring the martini, I added a few white lines on the left side for highlights, then went over it all with Glossy Accents. 

 eyeball-tinis, yum!

Ok, so now it's time for you to make one more Halloween card! Just be sure to link it up at Shopping Our Stash! Please be sure to check out what my teammates, and our GD - Ira, created for your viewing pleasure! Thanks for stopping in! Have a great day!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - color challenge
The Male Room #21 - Halloween
Wanna Sketch #21
AAA Cards - Halloween
Spectrum Noir October challenge - embellishments (enamel dots, Glossy Accents, ribbon)


Stamps: Crackerbox Palace - Eye Think; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Authentique - Thrilling; scraps
CS: Darice; Copic - X-Press It
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers: Ranger - Glossy Accents; Grand Calibur; Deckled Rectangles Nesties; MME - Enamel Dots; Martha Stewart - web punch;
Michael's - ribbon
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #19 - H is for Hopeful Halloween

For my Just Us Girls post, click here.

How did Edna get my hat?!!!!

Hello crafty peeps! As you may know, October is an important month. It's Breast Cancer Awareness month. Also, Halloween, my favorite holiday, is at the end of the month. So the Sisters decided to combine both of these for a Hopeful Halloween challenge! (Never before attempted, I'm sure!) We would like you to make a Halloween card/project, OR a pink card/project for BCA, OR go all crazy-like and make a pink Halloween card/project!!! Your choice! Of course, I went the crazy-like route - check it:

Here is the inside:

I knew I was going to go with Glinda for my card. (A witch that rocks a fluffy pink sparkly gown? Oh yes!) The dress was a bit too orangey, so I went over it with pink Spectrum Noir markers. (still orangey, but not as bad now!) I distressed and inked the edges with antique linen DI, then dotted the dress, crown and staff with diamond Stickles. As I was looking at Authentique's Thrilling collection, it had a page of labels in it, and the Glenda's Witch's Brew was part of it. Score!! (I'm guessing they changed the 'i' to an 'e' for copyright reasons. Wink!) The paper was more of a stone color, so again I used my SN markers to age it, and also distressed the edges. I added some pink tulle and ribbon under the panels. That tulle started out as white, but I smeared Worn Lipstick DI over it, and blotted off the excess. Cutting a small strip with pinking shears, I gathered it up and stapled it to secure, then glued it on the main panel. I should have waited a while to do that, since the DI didn't dry. At all. And I wound up with blood red fingertips! LOL! The background papers I dug out of the scrap folders. I printed out the inside sentiment and finished the panel with a spider web punch. I based my design from the now ended DS #172

So, now it's your turn. Up for this challenge? Of course you are! Just link up your card/project at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for a chance to be our next Queen of Snark or Princess! Be sure to check out what my teammates and our GD, Pamellia, created for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for stopping by, now go get your craft on! ☺


DP: G45 - The Magic of Oz; Authentique - Thrilling; scraps
CS: WRMK (pink); Darice (black, cream)
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger - Antique Linen DI & diamond Stickles; Doodlebug twine; May Arts ribbon; inside sentiment computer generated; MS - web punch; tulle from stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape; Glue Dots; stapler 

JUST US GIRLS #263 - Color week!

For my Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers post, click here.

Hello and good morning all! It's a color week at JUST US GIRLS!, and what fabulous colors they are:

I have no masculine birthday cards in my stash, so I thought the colors would be perfect for that. Here's what I came up with:

 (Here's the inside)

If you follow me, I almost always finish the inside of my cards. (To me, it's just not complete otherwise) ☺ Also, I tend to have some sort of snarky/punny/witty sentiment on the inside. (It's how I roll!) This card is no exception. I needed a belated birthday card. (I know, a card maker who doesn't send out cards on time - OH THE HORROR!) This card came together pretty quickly for me, which is a miracle itself. I used the sketch from the now closed The Male Room #20. I used scraps from the scrap bin (Woo Hoo!), a couple stamps and a sticker pack that were used for the first time. I actually used my stash - I felt so accomplished! LOL!

I hope you get the chance to play along for this week's color challenge at Just Us Girls! Please be sure to check out my teammates and our GD, Wanda Cullen, have created to inspire you! Thanks for hanging out, and I hope you have a crafty day!


Stamps: Crackerbox Palace - Belated; Unity Stamps - Past due from FWF winnings
Ink: Memento - Paris Dusk
DP: Echo Park - This & That Charming
CS: Darice (kraft); scraps
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Lg & Sm Std Circle Nesties: SRM - Birthday Stickers
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pink Christmas! ♥

Hello and good morning crafty peeps! I have a card I want to share with you that I've made for a most important challenge: JINGLE BELLES! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Lauren and Stephanie will donate $2 each for every Christmas card entered. The catch? Your new card has to have some notable pink on it!

The "Pink Christmas" prompt will run at JINGLE BELLES from 12am on Friday, October 10th to 6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd; as in previous years, Stephanie and Lauren pledge to donate $4 per linked-up card to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The only requirement is that all link-ups be NEW holiday cards with some noticeable pink on them... so in other words, not just Rudolph's NOSE, lol!

Participants may use sketches, combine challenges, and include any other colors in addition to pink; you can showcase however many cards you'd like in one post, don't worry, we'll still count every single one of them towards the total!

Thank you very much for your support!

Can't say it any better than that! Ok, so on to my card:

 Here is the inside:

I die cut three of the poinsettia backgrounds (2 vanilla cs, 1 green scrap dp), and 2 of the outlines in the same pink background paper). After gluing the outlines on the backgrounds, I went over it with diamond Stickles. While that was drying, I distressed the green leaves and inked the edges with antique linen DI. I did the same for the pink panel. I heat embossed both sentiments in Champagne EP. Before gluing down the poinsettia, I dug in a box of rarely used goodies, and found some of this gold netting to pop out from under it. Score! The flower is finished with a pink rhinestone. I love the shabby chic look to this card!

Now, it's time for you to make a pink Christmas card! (or as many as you want!) It's for a great cause! Stephanie and Lauren are hoping to reach $500, so let's make that goal happen! WE CAN DO IT!!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a fantastic day!


Stamps: MFT - Seasonal Sentiments
Ink: VersaMark; Ranger DI - Antique Linen
DP: MME - Collectable; green scrap
CS; Darice
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Poppy Stamps - Luxe Poinsettia outline & background dies; Stampendous - champagne EP; Webster's Pages - gold netting; heat gun; Tonic - distressing tool; Ranger - Diamond Stickles; rhinestone from stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent; Scotch - Scrapbooker's glue; Glue Dots

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SHOPPING OUR STASH #173 - Hello Sweetie!

Good Morning! It's Tuesday and that means a new challenge starts at SHOPPING OUR STASH!

In honor of Sweetest Day, which is October 18th, we'd like you to make a card or project that features a 'sweet theme' on it. (Ex: candy, ice cream, cookies, something for your sweetie, etc.) Here's what I came up with: Oh, and spoiler alert - put whatever beverage you are drinking down now. (wink!)

Here's the inside of my card:

You're welcome for that spoiler alert. Nothing like a bit of snark on the inside of my card! LOL! I've had this paper collection for at least a couple of years and had a bunch of bits and pieces that I refused to throw out. So, I challenged myself to use them up! (Thus the very strange colors/patterns picked! LOL!) My design is based on Sweet Sunday Sketch #240.

Ready to play along? You know you have candy/ice cream/cookie stamps in your crafty arsenal waiting to be inked up! Go for it, and link up at Shopping Our Stash! Please check out what my teammies, and Ira, our guest designer, have created to ooh and aah you! Thanks for stopping by, now go forth and get your craft on!


Stamps: Crackerbox Palace - Chocolate Candies, Chocolate Farts; MFT - ALM Dip me in chocolate
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Echo Park - Happy Days
CS: Darice; Copic X-Press It
Accessories: Grand Calibur, Lg & Sm Standard Circle Nesties; Spectrum Noir markers; MME - Enamel Dots
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares