Friday, December 19, 2014

Sneak Peek

Today is the last day to enter the Stampin' Celebration sketch challenge.  The challenge closes tonight at 9pm EST.  After it closes, voting opens up.  Be sure to check back in this weekend and vote for your favorite, especially if you entered a card.

Monday a new challenge will come out.  Here is a sneak peek at my card. Wait until you see the inspiration photo.  You're going to LOVE it!

This week is my week off of designing for StampNation, but my card fits this weeks theme.  I'll be adding it to the challenge forum on Monday after the Stampin' Celebration challenge goes live.   :)  Don't let me forget, StampNation peeps.  In the meantime, check out this sneak peek of what the other designers made, then head on over to the challenge forum at StampNation to see the full cards.

I see lots of gold, how about you?  If you are not yet a StampNation member and want to learn more CLICKY here.  It would make the perfect gift to give to yourself at Christmas to last the whole year long.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Denami Designs Sponsors StampNation

One of the great perks of being on the StampNation design team is that we get to test out new products and companies for our members.  When Denami Design contacted Catherine and asked if they could sponsor StampNation we all jumped at the chance.   They were a dream of a company to work with.  Super fast shipping and response time to inquiries.  They make high quality red rubber stamps in cling and wood block form.  Plus they are "local" to me, as they are based in Seattle.  I love supporting local businesses.

Aren't those crafting chickies adorable?!!!   I used Copics to color and then added confetti dots around the image.  I trick I learned from a background class I took from Sandy Allnock at Impress.  (another local store)

Obviously I am not an expert, but I had so much fun coloring this chicks.

Since I had these bright Copics out, and I was in a coloring mood, I decided to ink up another Denami Design stamp.  My boys have been needing birthday cards for teenage girls, and I think this will be perfect for the next party they get invited to. 

The Denami Design design team joined the StampNation design team for a bundle of insipiration for this week's challenge.  Be sure to head on over to StampNation to see all the design team member's designs.  They wouldn't all fit in the graphic above!

A gift certificate giveaway

Thank you Denami Design for being such an amazing sponsor!
If you are interested in becoming a StampNation member be sure to click HERE to find out more.

Crafting Friends Card
Stamps: Crafting Chickies, Friends (Denami Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: BG000, BG11, BG13, BG15, BV0000, BV000, BV01, BV02, BV11,BV13, G000, RV000, RV02, RV04, RV09, RV55, V000, Y08, Y11, Y19, YR65, YR68
Paper: Copic XPress It; Soft Shades Double Dots (Bo Bunny)
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Flower Punch (SU); Sitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Happy Birthday Card
Stamps:Birthday Scene (Denami Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Various Copics
Paper: Copic XPress It, Whisper White (SU)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Monday with Stampin' Celebration Challenge

It's time for another sketch challenge with Stampin' Celebration.  

To say I was inspired by this sketch would be a HUGE understatement.  First up is my design team submission.

I made a few more cards using this sketch to quickly put out several Christmas cards.  This was a great way to play with the Trim the Tree DSP stack from Stampin' UP!  

Did I mention I love this sketch?  It was so great I used it last week for my StampNation challenge card too. Instead of long rounded strips, I made banners and put the panels on a slant.  I'll share my sneak peek here for you since I didn't have a chance to share it last week.

Now it's time to check out Stampin' Celebration to see how the rest of the design team was inspired.  Be sure to leave them some love and then go play with the sketch and share your creations with us!  I always love seeing what you come up with.

Supplies- Stampin' UP! unless otherwise noted
1st Card
Stamps: Christmas Bliss 
Paper: All Is Calm DSP, Vellum Cardstock, Whisper White
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Frosted Sequins, Stitched Rectangles Die (Lil' Inker Designs)

2nd Card
Paper: Trim the Tree DSP Stack, Crumb Cake, Garden Green
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine; Merry Mini Punch Pack; Corner Rounder (Creative Memories); Stitched Rectangles Die (Lil' Inker Designs)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sew Saturday ALYOF Goal Setting

Last month I didn't make my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I tried, but  my machine was not happy with my FMQ.  Oh boy, what a mess I made of that poor quilt top.  My thread kept breaking.  I've not had a problem with thread breaks on this machine before, but I haven't done very much FMQ on it either.  Very frustrating month at the sewing machine for me.  Several times I had to just walk away.


I am going to try a 3rd type of thread and see if that helps.  If not, I'm  not sure what I will do with this quilt top.  I don't want to rip it all out, but I might have to.   I tried changing the thread, needle, bobbin, tension, etc.  Any suggestions on dealing with thread breaks would be appreciated.
ALYOF December

Now it is December and time to set my last sewing goal for 2014.  Since it is always a busy month, I am going to set my goal low.  As soon as Christmas is over I can hit the machine again.  For December I am going to try to complete my current applique block.  It is something I can work on at night while my husband and I watch TV.

I have the top layer of the tree, a star, and leaves and berries to add to this block.  It should be a goal I can reach if I will just take time to sit down and relax a few evenings this month.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop

It's never easy to say goodbye to something you have loved, even if that is a magazine.  Today I'm taking part in an extra special blog hop to say goodbye to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine, but also to say THANK YOU for all the countless inspiration their team has given me and the entire paper crafting community!


Inspired by Kimberly Crawford's card in the July/August 2013 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine

Direct link to youtube if you are having trouble viewing video below.

Stamps: Lucky Stars (Wplus9)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant,Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark,Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' UP!)
Paper: Basic Black (SU), Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Red Liner Tape; Scor Tape; Silver Embossing Powder & Heat Tool (Stampin' UP!)

Now it's time to hop along. If you're on the hop, you should have come from Maureen's blog.

The next stop on the hop is Nina.

If you get lost along the way you can always go back to the beginning. Clicky

Monday, December 1, 2014

Coloring with Blendabilities and Copics for Christmas

This card was one of the first ones I made for the A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 online card class back in August.  We ended up not using this card for the class, so I get to share it with all of you!

In the video you will see how I used Stampin' UP! Blendabilities and Copics together to create this card.

Direct link to youtube if you cannot view video below.

Here's a close up to see even more of that detail.

TODAY IS CYBER MONDAY.  It's also the last day of Stampin' UP!'s online extravaganza.  They have some special doorbusters for today only while supplies last, including the full set of Blendabilities (minus skin tones & color lifter) is on SALE!  Check it out, but order quick.  Clicky to go to my store now.

To check out A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0:

Stamps:  Beauty of the Season (Stampin' UP!); Beauty of the Season (Penny Black)
Ink: Blendabilities- Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate (Stampin' UP!) Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic 110, E77; Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White (SU)

Linking up my feathered friend with Merry Monday challenge.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Red Green and White Christmas

Merry Monday's Challenge for the week was Red, White and Green.  I actually made this card on Thanksgiving day while waiting for the turkey to cook, but never got the picture taken or post put up.  What can I say?  I was enjoying creating without deadlines.  :)  I'm not in time for the challenge, but I still think this is a cute card design, so I'm sharing it with you.  Plus, it's week 5 in a row of completing the Merry Monday Challenge by making at least 2 cards inspired by the challenge in some way.

My first order from Whimsy Stamps came this week and they put in a couple of extra stamps that I just had to ink up.  I thought the "Candy Cane Wishes" was perfect for the candy cane brads that I've neglected to use yet.

My second card adds in the craft color, and uses the second freebie stamp sent to me.  I oopsied and got some red ink on my clear block which I then got onto my paper.  The solution I came up with was to add stickles to all the dots, including my oopsie, to make it look like I meant it to be there.

My favorite touch is that adorable stocking charm.  Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas morning.  It was in the clearance section, so if you like it, be sure to hop on over there ASAP.  I bought two packs and I'm thinking about buying a 3rd one during their cyber Monday sale to go along with the 30% stamp sets I need to buy.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sparkling Tree ~ Video

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm so grateful to each and every one of  you that visits my blog.  The best way I know to thank you is to share a video with you.  The cards I am showing you today will soon (hopefully) be sent out to my Stampin' UP! customers that have ordered from me in the past couple of months.

One of the joys of being a Stampin' UP! demonstrator is that I get to send out cards to cardmakers.  They appreciate them so much.  My business has grown over the past 8 months to the point where I wasn't sure if I could continue to send out handmade cards, but the response I get from my customers when they receive their happy mail makes me want to continue.  

Here's what I love about this seasons thanks-to-you cards.

1.) Sparkly and pretty
2.) Easy to mail
3.) Quick to assemble
4.) Enough variety to keep my interest

If you haven't started making Christmas cards yet, you still can.  These cards come together at lightning speed! 

***Direct link to you tube if you cannot see the video below

Thank you to each and every one of my customers, blog followers and youtube watchers!  You motivate me daily to create.

All supplies are from Stampin' UP!
Stamps: Festival of Trees
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Lost Lagoon, Versamark, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

BLACK FRIDAY- Just a head's up about some online deals going on.

Stampin' UP! is celebrating all week long with special deals available while supplies last.  Clicky

Pretty Pink Posh is offering 15% off all sequins & dies with a code you can find in the link.  It's a great tie to pick up some Sparkling Clear.   Clicky

Ellen Huston has a doorbuster starting at 12am PST and running until 7am PST! Don't worry if you miss it, because they have another sale running from Friday through Monday.  Clicky 

Plus they are giving away gifts with every order! I'm such a sucker for gifts with purchase, but I LOVE this limited edition die design by Julie Ebersol for this event.  I hope the turkey doesn't put me into too deep a sleep to get in on this deal. 

Butterfly Reflections is also having a week long sale.  Clicky

Check out your favorite individual stamp companies to see if any of them have special deals going on.  Bring Christmas to your mailbox early!  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pink and Aqua Snowflakes

The current sketch at CAS(E) this sketch is so versatile, that I had to make another batch of cards.  Clicky to see my double wreath post.

Big Focal Point + Big Sentiment Underneath = Clean & Simple Perfection!  I'm adding this formula to my rotation.  :)

First up is this lovely Pink snowflake.  To make some of the layers sparkly I applied versamark to pink pirouette cardstock, then covered it with iridescent ice embossing powder.  I heat set the embossing powder, then ran it through the Big Shot with my dies.  

Here is my first design.  Clean and simple perfection, but I think I like the added layers of vellum and bling on the pink card.  Which do you prefer?

Just to be sure I made a few more.  6 in total, plus the 2 from the previous post.  I would say I was super inspired by this weeks sketch.  :)

Ink: Versamark
Paper: Pink Pirouette - Whisper White (Stampin' UP!), Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp); Vellum Cardstock (SU)
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP!); Eliza Snowflake - Kate Snowflake (Simon Says Stamp); Joyous Wishes (Penny Black); Jewel Bling

Double Wreaths

Holiday goodness coming your way.  First up, in honor of American Thanksgiving tomorrow, I have a gratitude card.

Stamps: Woodland Wreath (Wplus9) ; Big Day-Today (Waltzing Mouse Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock (SU)
Accessories: Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder (Ranger); Woodland Wreath Die (Wplus9); 1/8" Silver Taffeta Ribbon (Stampin' UP!); Metallic Bronze Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Both of my cards were made using the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.

My second card got its color inspiration from a new blog challenge showCASe your style.   This week's challenge is sponsored by Whimsy Stamps.  Not a new company, but new to me.  I just placed my first order last weekend and my stamps were already in my mailbox today!  Clear across the county.  I love fast customer service!  Hopefully I will have energy to play with my new goodies after turkey tomorrow.  :)

Such an elegant combination.  I had to try to make an equally elegant card to go with it.

Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (Wplus9); Alpine Christmas (Waltzing Mouse Stamps)
Ink: Versmark
Paper: Basic Black & Whisper White (Stampin' UP!)
Accessories: Woodland Wreaths Die (Wplus9); Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger); Deco Labels (Stampin' UP!); Silver Wired Ribbon (???); Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Check out my next post to see how I took the sketch and made it snow.  :)