Friday, July 25, 2014

Beachcombing with Blendabilities ~ Video

One of the things I love about the beach is climbing around the rocks to view the tidepools and picking up little treasures off the sand.  The last challenge is up for the StampNation Beach Vacation and it is a Beachcombing challenge.  I made two videos showing how I created my card.

***Note- If you are reading this post in a reader or email you may need to go to my blog to view the video.  Click the post title to go there now.  :)

The part 2 video will show you how I created sand with Copics and pulled the card together.  StampNation members can go there now to see SN Beach Vacation #6.

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Supply List:
Stamps: By the Seashore (SU), Chalk Lines (SU), Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Ink: Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Tuxedo Black Memento
Accessories: Sand Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Marshmellow Sequins (PPP)

Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Coastal Cabana Assortment
Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
By the Seashore

Chalk Lines Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Chalk LinesClear Photopolymer

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Special Boy

Yesterday I saw this sweet face on my Facebook page with a plea for birthday cards.  He's only 5 years old and has an in-operable chemo resistant brain tumor.  He wants cards for his birthday.  Of course I had to answer the call.  Clicky to read his story and find where to send your cards.


I took my cue from the picture and made a boat card for him using the sketch at Cardz4Guyz.

If I had super powers they would include healing all children.   Since I don't, I will pray for this little boy and send him a card to hopefully make him smile.


Would you like to send a card to Danny?  Here is the address to send it to:

Danny Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxboro, MA 02035

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Need For Speed (SU), Pictogram Punches (SU)
Paper: Milo (My Minds Eye), Very Vanilla, Basic Grey
Copics: Y08, Y11, Y19, YR68

In other news, the 4th challenge is up on StampNation's Beach Vacation.  We are going under the sea to view some adorable sea creatures.  Here's a sneak peek of my card.

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My For Sale page has been updated.  Please check it out and see any of my retired sets want to come home with you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Retired for Sale

I'm running out of room in my craft space for new stamps, so it is time for a SALE.   Check out my "FOR SALE" page by clicking on the link at the top of my blog.  Or clicky to go there now.  ;) 

Add $5 SHIPPING for the first item and $3 shipping for each additional item.  Shipping to US only.  

Amazing Family $12
Another Great Year $12
Best of Greetings $12 
Best of Love $12
Collage Curios $10
Express Yourself (Hostess) $12

Fabulous Phrases $13 
Forever With You $11 
Friendship Preserves $10
Happy Watercolor $15

Lacy and Lovely $12
Language of Love $9
Loving Thoughts $15 
Oh, Hello $12

Peaceful Petals $13
Peachy Keen $9
Pennant Parade $10
Perfectly Penned $10

Postage Collection (hostess) $12
Seasonal Sayings $10
See Ya Later (SAB) $7
Simply Sketched (hostess) $10
Sweet Essentials $10
You're A Gem
You're Amazing $15

Wanderlust (clear photopolymer) $7

Happy Shopping!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunset Joy Ride

Day 2 of our StampNation Beach Vacation has arrived and we are sitting on the beach watching the sunset over the ocean.  The inspiration photo for today is one of my favorites from the event.  I wasn't signed up to make a card for this challenge, but I couldn't help myself.  Here is a sneak peek at my card.

Originally I had a totally different card in mind to make, but Ellen Hutson sent me some Craft-A-Board and some My Favorite Things Joy Ride dies, so I decided to park on the beach and watch the sunset.  Isn't this fun?!

Members click here to see day 2 of the challenge.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

StampNation Beach Vacation Design Team Blog Hop

How would you like to take a beach vacation with a fabulous group of people who love stamping?  Well, come along for the StampNation Beach Vacation.  To kick things off the amazing StampNation Dream Team and fabulous Guest Designers have put together a blog hop for you, and we are letting you all see our first card.

Our first challenge is Beach Style.  If you're going to the beach you are going to need some beach shoes for walking in the sand.  Mine had to have a little bling on them, so I added a sequin flower and rhinestone.  :)

Now for the full card.  It's so fun to be able to share a full design team card with all of you.

Now for the really fun part.  PRIZES!  Be sure to comment on each of the blogs to be eligible to win...

One of 3 one month StampNation memberships

A $25 Gift Certificate to Pretty Pink Posh
(hello sequins and stitched dies!)

$25 Store Credit to Ellen Hutson

***StampNation members ONLY- Look for the 15% off code for this week!***

Choice of Lawn Fawn Stamp Set & Let's Polka 6x6 Pad

For each of these prizes, one winner will be randomly drawn from all the blog hop comments.  A second winner will be chosen from all the challenge entries at StampNation!

You have until 11:59pm EST on July 27th to leave a comment.  Winners will be chosen randomly and will be announced on Monday July 28th on Catherine's blog. Ready to get hopping?  Next up on the hop is the incredibly talented Allison Cope.

Just in case you got lost along the hop, here is a list of everyone participating.  :)

Catherine Pooler 
Maureen Merritt
Kristie Goulet 
Heather North >>>You Are Here<<<
Allison Cope 
Virginia Lu 
Iwona Palamountain 
Paulina Nakamura 
Jean Manis 
Suzanne Dahlberg 
Sandy Allnock 
Amy Sheffer 
Tracey McNeely 

We hope you will join us for this fun event.  Let me show you one last sneak peek of a card I have coming up later this week on StampNation.

Card Supplies for Beach Gear
Stamps: Bring on the Sun (Technique Tuesday), Life Is Good (Lawn Fawn)
Copics: Y08, Y11, YR68, YG63, YG67, E53, E55, E57, B0000, BG000, R24, R29, R89
Paper: Bazzil White, Pink Lemonade - Limeade (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Life Is Good Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn), Stitched Borders 1 Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Basic Rhinestones, Springtime Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello Darling + Video

It was so much fun to be on the OWH blog yesterday.  Thank you to all the new visitors who have stopped by my blog or left me a comment.  You made my day.  Here is the video I promised showing you how I created that card.

***Note- If you are reading this post in an email or viewer, you may need to go to my blog to view the video above.  

 Even though I am entering this card in Sandy's scarf challenge I had already planned to do this exact background for my card.  It's great when life works out that way.  I've been working on my Design Team submissions for the upcoming StampNation Beach Vacation and I had summer sunset on the beach on my mind.  I've been experimenting with different ways to create the backgrounds I want for my images.

If you would like to see more of my beach cards be sure to pop in on Sunday when the entire StampNation Dream Team and Guest Designers will be doing a blog hop.  Better yet, sign up for StampNation and take the vacation with us.  :)

Click Here to see yesterday's post.
Click Here to visit my guest spot on the OWH midweek throwdown.
Click Here to see the card I showed in the video.

Stamps: Hello Darling (Stampin' UP!), Kinda Eclectic (SU)
Stampin' UP! Ink: Calypso Coral, Crisp Canteloupe, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Misc: Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP!), Embellished Tag (Mama Elephant), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)

Hello Darling Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Hello Darling

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hello Darling ~ OWH Midweek Throwdown & Scarf Challenge

Have you visited the Operation Write Home blog lately?  If not, you might want to take a peek today.  About a month ago someone from OWH contacted me and asked my permission to use one of my cards for their midweek throwdown in July.  Are you kidding me?!!!!  Of course I said I would be honored and delighted if they used my card.  

In light of this special occasion I have made a card for Operation Write Home's new Scarf Challenge.  

It fit perfectly into the style of cards I have been making in preparation for the StampNation Beach Vacation starting on Sunday.  Don't you love when a challenge lines up with a card idea you had in mind to create?

Come back tomorrow to see the video I filmed while making this card.  Be sure to follow by email if you don't want to miss when I post.  :)   Want to see more cards I've made specifically for OWH?  A good place to start is typing in OWH in the "Search This Blog" on the right sidebar.

Operation Write Home is near and dear to me heart and I am so grateful to Sandy Allnock and her team of volunteers that give all of us cardmakers an opportunity to serve the men and women who serve us.  Be sure to check out their blog to see more of my story and the card they have featured.

Stamps: Hello Darling (Stampin' UP!)
Stampin' UP! Ink: Calypso Coral, Crisp Canteloupe, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Misc: Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP!), Embellished Tag (Mama Elephant), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)

Hello Darling Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Hello Darling

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Thanks

It's sketch time at Stampin' Celebration, and we have another great one for you this month.


This card was so much fun to make!  Perhaps it is the colors.  Lately I can't get enough of the bright teal, orange, pink and yellow combo.  

The tag was actually from a practice scrap that didn't make it into the final cut for THIS CARD.  The leaves were stamped too far apart, but I didn't throw it away because I knew I would be able to use it in a future card.  Love it when I can use scraps from other projects, don't you?

Be sure to head on over to the Stampin' Celebration blog and see the fabulous projects the rest of the design team has created.  Then show us what you can do with this fun sketch.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (SU)
SU Ink: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Basic Black, Soft Shades Double Dots Pack (Bo Bunny), Whisper White
Dies: Embellished Tag (Mama Elephant), Stitched Rectangles (LID), Script Thanks (Memory Box)

Kinda Eclectic Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Kinda Eclectic

Monday, July 14, 2014

Just A Note of Bliss

This morning I was so inspired after watching the video for the new challenge at PaperTrey Ink that I went straight to the craft room and created this card.

I took a picture and came upstairs to edit and post it here.  That's when I found my kitten asleep.  He was halfway on the keyboard and leaning up against the touch screen.  Needless to say, my computer was jacked up, so my post is up late tonight.  Sorry about that.  

It's a good thing Jasper is cute.   That's him on the left and Gandolf on the right.

I think the card was worth the wait.  Be sure to check out the challenge on PaperTrey Ink's website and watch the video to see the technique I used to make my card.

Make It Monday #172: Rainbow Medallions

Stamps: Dress Form (papertreyink), Needle Little Love (Avery Elle)
SU Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate
PTInk: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores
Hero Arts Ink: Soft Lilac Shadow Ink

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Can You Relate?

I saw this picture posted on Facebook by one of my friends, and I had to share it with you.  I'm 100% on the left for this one.   In fact, I often think of colors by their Stampin' UP! names.  ;)

Can you relate?  Which side of the line do you fall on?