Sunday, August 30, 2015

Another sympathy card

It's bad enough that you need them. But to have to make one for a good friend who's just lost a beloved fur baby, those are even harder. Those types of sympathy cards especially suck. This is the card I made for her:

 a simple inside:

Rest in peace Rascal. ♥

CAS#139  - sketch
Addicted to Stamps and More #159 - Clean and Simple

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Paws for a Cause; MFT - More Essential Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Paris Dusk, Elderberry; Hampton Arts A La Mode - Lavender
CS: Darice
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Saturday, August 29, 2015

JUST US GIRLS #308 - Wild Card Week!

Hello and good morning! Since there's an extra Saturday this month, JUST US GIRLS has a Wild Card Week! Nancy is your hostess this week and she came up with a great sketch for you to try! Here is my take on it:

 And the inside:

So the only stamping done is on the inside. But that's ok. I used up some of my Christmas stockpile, and I feel really good about that. You can't really see it from the photo, but all the stickers have bits of glitter added for some subtle shimmer. Awesome!

I hope you find some time this coming week to play along at Just Us Girls! Please be sure to check out what my teammies created and leave them some bloggy love. Also, it's our GD, Karen Bourke's last post with us. Thank you, Karen, for guest designing this month with us! Your card creations were amazing, and I hope to see you playing along with us in the future!

Just a reminder, if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of our August challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of October. Have fun and get crafty!

I'd like to enter this at Merry Monday #169

Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Bazzill; Darice
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Double Stitched Rectangle dies; Anna Griffin - 3D stickers and holly border; Kaisercraft EF
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #216 - Splish Splash!

Hiya crafty peeps! It's Tuesday, which means a new challenge starts at SHOPPING OUR STASH! We are calling this one Splish Splash, and we'd like you to use some kind of wet medium on your project. (ex. water color, acrylic paint, distress inks, etc.) Since water coloring is a big trend right now, this should be easy peasy for many of you. ☺ Here's the card I made:

 Here is the inside of my card:

I can't take credit for this card, as I pretty much CASEd this incredible card made by Heather Pulvirenti. (Thank you Heather, for the inspiration!) I die cut a pierced border panel from water color paper, then stamped and heat embossed the flowers/leaves using white embossing powder. After that, I just went to town using different Distress Inks. I stamped and heat embossed the banner and sentiment onto black card stock, again with white embossing powder, fussy cut, and adhered with foam squares. Some clear sequins were added for some shine. On the inside, I inked the word celebrate in spiced marmalade, then just the bottom in abandoned coral before stamping on the card stock panel. Added the bottom sentiment and was done!

Now it's your turn to make a splash! Just link up your project at Shopping Our Stash! While there, please check out the amazing talent of my teammates and leave them some bloggy love! Thanks for hanging out with me. I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at the Friday Mash Up #222: Birthday card/water color technique.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Addie's Garden, The Big the Bold the Extras & the Party
Ink: Versa Mark; Ranger DI: Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Strathmore water color paper; Darice
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Double Pierced Rectangle die; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; water brush; paint brush; Darice - sequins
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Scotch scrapbooker's glue

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #200 celebration

Always late to the party, but I have arrived. Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating their 200th sketch. Congratulations! And there are sponsors! And prizes! Here is my contribution:

 And the inside:

The top panel was die cut and popped up with thin foam squares. Then I die cut and layered the snowflakes from shimmery white card stock and vellum. The sentiment was first inked with Versa Mark, then red ink, so I could heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. Some rhinestones finished it off.

There's (barely) some time left to enter your project. Why not play along? Thanks for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketch #200

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Fresh Snow, Christmas Sampler
Ink: Versa Mark; Simon Says Stamp - Lipstick Red
DP: American Crafts - Jack Frost
CS: Bazzill; Darice; scraps
Accessories: GC; Paper Smooches - Borders 1 & Snow Flakes dies; Hampton Art & Recollections - rhinestones; vellum scrap; Stampendous - clear EP; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - Glossy Accents

Saturday, August 22, 2015


It's time for a new challenge at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS! Image only. Seriously? This was a challenge for me, as I love putting sentiments on the front of my cards. I really had a hard time figuring this one out, and here is the crappy card I wound up with:

 Here's the inside:

I scribbled a few markers onto one of my stamp blocks, misted it with water and smooshed it on some white card stock. That panel, and the fussy cut googly eyed fishes I like. Not really liking anything else about it. (This is what happens when you wait until the last minute, because you can't decide what to do, then try to make something immediately after jumping out of bed, before you even have caffeine in your veins.) Don't be like me, people. 

Anyway, I hope you find some time to play along at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers this fortnight for the Image Only challenge. When you link up, please be sure to check out the much better creations that my Sistahs, and our dual Queens: Indy and Stef, made and leave them some bloggy love. Thanks, and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Birthday Buddies, Surf and Turf
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: scraps
CS: Darice
Accessories: Marvy Uchida markers; mister; Nicole - googly eyes
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - Glossy Accents

JUST US GIRLS #307 - Photo Week

Hello crafty peeps! I'm hosting at JUST US GIRLS for Inspiration Week! Yes, I know I probably should have gone with a back to school theme, but that's being plastered all over blogland right now. Plus, I love this picture with the water drops on the colorful leaves! Here's the card I made:

 Here is the inside:

I tried my hand at quilling again. (Only the second time I've attempted it.) I kinda like how this came out. ☺ I didn't have all these colors in quilling strips, so I cut some of them with some thin card stock and my paper trimmer. (Yes, I am that crazy!) 

I hope you get a chance to play along for this week's inspirations challenge at Just Us Girls! I can't wait to see what you come up with! While there, please check out the fabulous designs the other gals and our August GD, Karen Bourke, have made and leave some love on their blogs. Remember that if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of the August challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of October! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - First Aid Kit, Forest Whimsy, Eco Friendly
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk
DP: scraps
CS: Darice, scraps
Accessories: quilling paper from my EDMT - Jessi Fogan; GC; Paper Smooches - Borders 1 & Trees Dies; Fiskars corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Ranger - Glossy Accents

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #215 - Layer it on Me

Good morning and welcome! We have a fun new challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH! This week it's all about adding layers to your project! Here's the card I made:

 Here's the inside!

I've had this stamp set for at least a couple years, but this was the first time it's been inked. (Shame on me. Have you ever bought stamps from a company going out of business, then put said stamps in a safe place....and forget where that safe place was?) Yeah, that is me. Looking for something else, I found these. So I immediately decided to use them. (NBUS, and even a tad bit snarky!)

I have several layers on this card (8 on the front, if you include the rhinestone strip), and two on the inside. I love layers on a card. Of course layers add weight, and that most likely means extra postage when sending these cards out, but I'm ok with that. ☺ 

I hope you find some time this week to make a layered project and link up at Shopping Our Stash! Please be sure to check out the eye candy that my teammies created for your viewing pleasure, and leave them some love on their blogs! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

My card is based off of Sweet Sunday Sketch #277.

Stamps: Totally Stampalicious -Bugaboo Stella & Gus love is blind
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Nautical Blue; Ranger DI - Abandoned Coral
DP: Carta Bella - Sew Lovely
CS: Crafter's Companion; Bazzill; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; SB - Sm Std Circles & Classic Scalloped Circles Nesties, Fleur De Lis Border; Ranger - Glossy Accents; Nicole - rhinestone strips
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Scotch scrapbooker's glue