Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I really need to start scheduling my posts as soon as I make my cards. (you know, instead of the day before. *koff*) I'm really late to the party. This weekend my computer started giving me problems. Problems as in I couldn't link to anything. Nothing. Nada. Monday, it completely crashed on me. I was NOT happy, and when Momma isn't happy, ain't NOBODY happy!! Luckily, I'm married to a programmer (I.T. Guy) who, after working hard all day trying to fix glitches in the office software, and trying not to kill any number of the company's outside sales reps (who I swear throw their laptops off of high buildings then take it in to Andy and ask him why it won't work and can you fix it?), comes home to his frazzled wife bitching about politely asking if he could work on our computer and fix it. Luckily he could, but not until yesterday. Today I was working for the little blue haired lady I care for and haven't been around all day until now. So, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Now that I'm off my soapbox, I'll bet you'd like to see what I made for the new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH? (Which, as the title suggests, is to make a LOVE-themed project.) 

 here's the inside:

Using the now over with Freshly Made Sketch #170, I made a Valentine's Day card. Except for the larger heart dies, everything used is at least a year old. The rhinestone swirls are probably close to 4 years old. (Hoarder? Me?) I even Frankensteined the bits and pieces I had left together. (A term  that Lauren brought to my attention that I've fully embraced.) ☺

With VD approaching (the holiday, you silly!), now's the time to get your card or project made. Just link it up at Shopping Our Stash so we can see it! While there, check out what my amazing teammates created for your viewing pleasure. Thanks for stopping by, and again sorry for the delay! Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Good Gab; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: Memento - Paris Dusk
DP: Glitz - Love You Madly
CS: Darice; scrap
Accessories: GC; MFT - Hearts Border & Hearts a Plenty Die-Namics; Recollections - rhinestone swirls; Fiskars - corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Saturday, January 24, 2015

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS - #26: 1 Year Anniversary Blog!!!!!

HOLY CRAP!!!! IT'S BEEN A YEAR SINCE WE STARTED THE SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS BLOG!! Can you even wrap your head around that?!!! To celebrate for this fortnight, we are doing a SNARKER'S CHOICE challenge! Just pick one of our challenges from this past year and make a card/project using it. (Tell us which challenge you used!)

 For my card, I used #15 K is for Kraft challenge. Going back and looking at this card, I really didn't like it. (I know, I'm my own worst critic. Aren't you the same way?) Here's my re-make:

Here's the inside:

Well, it IS a birthday celebration, right!? I stamped the beer mug image on kraft paper and colored it using my Prismacolor pencils. Oh how I love how this came out! Even more, I used a DecoArt Snow Writer to mimic the suds. Holy crow! It looks amazing! I made this a guy card, using the diamond plate EF (smudging Frost White and Silver ink over it), a bit of "guy" themed patterned paper, and  some brass brads, because, what the hell?!

Oh, and BTW, because of our 1 year anniversary, I'm going to give away some blog candy to a lucky commenter! Yeah, that's right, blog candy!!

 (Disclaimer: I took the shrink wrap off the Peacock Feathers DI only after realizing I already had it in my ink arsenal. It's never been opened. Like you've never done that before!)

So, now you have a major interest in making a card or project for our Anniversary challenge and linking it up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!    (Just be sure to let us know which past challenge you used for your new creation! We're not mind readers, you know! LOL!) While there, please check out what my Sistahs, and our newest Queen of Snark - Paige, has dreamed up to inspire you! Thanks for stopping by, and may the crafty force be with you! LOL!

Stamps: Unity - Keep Calm, have a beer; Celebrate Big; Studio G - Alpha stamps
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Clear Snap - Frost White, Silver
DP: LYB - Generation Z
CS: Recollections (kraft); Darice (black)
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils; DecoArt - Snow Writer; Fiskars - pinking shears; Brads from my stash; GC; Cuttlebug - Diamond Plate EF
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, foam squares

JUST US GIRLS #277 Photo Week!


 Hello and good morning crafty peeps! I'm the hostess with the mostest this week at JUST US GIRLS! It's Photo Week, and since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I found this super cute image to inspire you! Here's the card I came up with:

 Here's the inside:

I thought I'd make a round card just to mix things up a bit. I found an older Mojo Monday sketch (#317) to work from, and just had fun mixing papers, and using new (to me) items: the grand scalloped circle & heart Nesties, the heart embossing folder, and that sentiment stamp (that I've had for a couple years but just now got around to inking up). I didn't have any in between heart dies for the black mats, so I traced the dies I used and fussy cut them out. (because I'm crazy like that) Oh, and when I opened my bag-o-sequins, it somehow fell out of my hand and those little buggers went EVERYWHERE! Fun times here in the ol' craft cave, I tell ya. ;) 

I hope that you get a chance to play along this week at Just Us Girls! Please check out the incredible creations of my uber talented teammates, and our Guest Designer, Judy Woodland. Remember, if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of the January challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of March! Good luck and can't wait to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Unity - January 2013 KOM ; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: Memento - Lady Bug
DP: Echo Park - Happy Days
CS: Darice
Accessories: GC; Grand Scalloped Circles & Grand Circles Nesties; Classic Scalloped Hearts Nesties; Darice - layered heart background EF; Nicole - sequins; ribbon from my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner and foam squares; Recollections - red tape; Ranger - Glossy Accents

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #185 - Not Your Normal Paper

Hey all! It's Tuesday and that means a new challenge starts at SHOPPING OUR STASH! This week we want you to break out and use that specialty paper that you just had to have, and of course never use! HA! Did you snag some cork, burlap, or corrugated paper? Got foil, or glitter, or canvas paper that you're hoarding? Time to have some fun with it! Here's what I made:

 and the inside:

My specialty paper is a burlap sheet, cork paper, and corrugated paper. (Yes, I actually bought corrugated paper! What the heck was I thinking?! My excuse is that it has teeny tiny corrugations as opposed to a cardboard box, which has much larger ones.) That's my story and I'm sticking with it. My card is based on an older Sweet Sunday Sketch (#252). The main panel is cork, and I stamped directly onto it, then used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the bear. I like how the cork adds texture and makes the bear look furry! Cool Beans! The banner was die cut then inked around the edges. I cut the flower die twice, from burlap and red card stock, and added a brad in the middle. A simple sentiment finishes the inside.

I hope you get the chance to play along this week with us at Shopping Our Stash! Please do check out what my teammates created to inspire you! You'll be amazed with their crazy mad skillz!!

Challenges I'm entering this card at:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day! 

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Happy Camper, Kinfolk, Qwick Qwips, Happy Birthday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug; Ranger DI - Walnut Stain
Specialty Paper: DCWV - cork; Recollections - burlap; Canvas Corp - corrugated paper
CS: Darice: black, kraft, red scrap
Accessories: GC; Paper Smooches - Flowers & Flag Tag Dies; Spectrum Noir markers; brad from stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape; Glue Dots

Saturday, January 17, 2015

JUST US GIRLS #276 - Color Week!

Hello there and welcome crafty peeps! Maria is our Hostess for Color Week at JUST US GIRLS, Love the inspiration pic she found! Here's what I came up with:

 and the inside:

I used an older Sweet Sunday Sketch (#226) for my design. After coloring the image, I added Glossy Accents on the balloons. The flower was made with a pre-cut die from a box-o-dies I bought, like, 7 years ago. I inked the edges with frost white ink. Over that is a chipboard button and finally on top of that is a brad. Kinda fun making my own embellishment from supposedly unrelated items! ☺

Want to play along? Of course you do! Just link up your card or project at Just Us Girls so we can see it! While there, check out what my teammies, and our January Guest Designer, Judy, have created for your viewing pleasure. Remember, if you are the winner for any of the January challenges, you'll be in the running for our Guest Designer for the month of March! Have fun and good luck!


Stamps: MFT - ALM Big Birthday Wishes
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Clear Snap - Frost White
DP: AC - #Summer; MME - Everyday Tango
CS: Darice; scraps; Copic X-Press It
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MME - brad; Webster's Pages - chipboard button; Sakura white Gelly Roll pen; Ranger - Glossy Accents; die cut flower from stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rock on....

Hey peeps. I'm back with a card I made using (new to me) dies. The other day whilst perusing Pinterest for rock and roll themed cards, I found an awesome card that screamed to me to be CASE'd. Unfortunately, I didn't note who made it and for some reason cannot-to-save-my-life find it again! So if this card looks somewhat familiar, thank you!

 here's the inside:

The original card was red, white, and black. It did have a partial stencil in the bottom right corner and red splotches, with the guitar popped over the stencil and a sentiment in another place on the card. But that's where I ended the case, as my version veered off, stage left, as it were. I used the big star and made that and the guitar center stage on my card. (See what I just did there?!) I stamped my sentiment in the bottom left corner, and also added black and smoke colored teeny tiny rhinestones around the star. (I'm hoping since I used said colors of rhinestones, that my nephew, to whom I will be sending this to, doesn't think it's too girly) ☺

It just so happens that the new Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp is called 'It's a Guy Thing', you know, make a masculine card. So I'll be entering this card over there.

Also, Naughty or Nice challenges has a 'New' themed challenge, and hey, I'll enter this there as well.

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, Darnell at djkardkreations has her 3rd NBUS challenge going on. 

Well, I should really stop now and get dinner ready. *koff* Thanks for lasting until the end and I hope your evening is a relaxing one!


Stamps: Paper Smooches - Birthday Sampler, BeBoppin, Slang Gang
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Grey Flannel; Ranger DI - Black Soot
Accessories: GC; MFT - Rock and Roll Die-Namics; Recollections - rhinestones; Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist candy apple red; Gourmet Rubber Stamps - Climbing Wall stencil
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Ranger - Glossy Accents

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #184 - Hide and Seek

Hello and good morning! It's time for a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH! As the prompt in the title suggests, we want you to create a card or project that 1) either has a hidden element on it, or 2) a photo of someone playing hide and seek! I went with the hidden element on my card:


 here's the inside:

I wasn't sure what to do at first, but then this happened and it actually came out better than I imagined! Holy Serendipity Batman!! I printed the free grim reaper clip art on the tag I made, then stamped the OMG! above it. After inking the edges, I punched a hole at the top and tied 3 different twines to it. A couple more sentiments finish the card. I did hand write the (I mean) because I couldn't find a stamp that said that in my arsenal. And yes, I do have someone in mind to send this too! LOL! 

I hope that you find some time to play along with our challenge. Be sure to link it up at Shopping Our Stash so that we can see it! When there, it would be awesome if you would leave some bloggy love for my teammates! Thanks and I hope that you have a great day!


Stamps: MFT - More Essential Sentiments; Rubber Dance - Sarcasm Superpower
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Vintage Photo
DP: Recollections - Regent Street
Accessories: GC; MFT - Vertical Greetings Die-Namic; Paper Smooches - Bag die; hole punch; twine from stash; grim reaper clip art from the Google
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent; Ranger - Glossy Accents