Wow, here is is! My first official Valentine's Day card! I've honestly been waiting a bit to start them, because my past experience with making so many Christmas cards before Christmas was that by the time December 2 came around, I was already done with all things Christmas! So, I promised myself not to start my Valentine's Day cards too early for fear of the same boredom.
The theme at The Card Concept was "Love" and they also ask that you submit your card into a style category. Since I am trying to break out of my "Clean and Simple" or "Clean and Layered" style, I've opted for a "Classy and Elegant" approach to my card.
It's such a classy and elegant quote too. Simple and beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
Hello and happy Friday my friends! Are you ready for the weekend because I know that I sure am!
Today's first card is for the color challenge at Just Add Ink:
You know by now that anytime three or more colors are involved in a challenge, I get a little panicky. But, let me tell you, when I placed scraps of these colors on my table, which is how I start a color challenge, I was very pleasantly surprised! They pair beautifully together.
I enjoyed working with this color combination so much that I'd willingly put all these colors together again! Now, for me, that really says something!
Thanks for visiting and come back again for the second of today's cards!
Ahhh, how I L-O-V-E snow days! I've begun calling them my "Free Stamp Days" because they are an extra special little surprise when I have an entire day to myself where I'm supposed to be working, yet get to enjoy stamping instead!
Thank you U.S. Government! Thank you for my "Free Stamp" snowy Tuesday and for affording me the time to complete 5 (yes, five) challenges in one day! One of those cards was for this week's Colour Me challenge:
I find challenges with three or more colors very intimidating. And, even more so, when the colors are bright and bold as we have here! Once my anxiety subsides, I know that, for me, I have to use bright colors in small doses, in order for me to like the card and not feel like it was the artwork of a 5-year old. Though, in today's sample, I was actually inspired by what could have been the artistry of a 5 year old:
It's simple, and, well, kinda fun. Maybe sweet even!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
I'm really excited to share with you today's cards made for the Paper Craft Crew and Freshly Made Sketches challenges. The only similarity both sketches had was a large circular focal point. I didn't initially intend to use the exact same products on both cards, but, as it turns out, I simply loved the rich color combination of Blackberry Bliss and gold complimenting the dahlia, that I figured, why not? I've never completed a challenge using this thought process before, but, I do feel that both cards are equally beautiful.
A side by side comparison of both cards. Do YOU have a favorite?
Thank you for visiting! I always appreciate and enjoy reading your thoughtful comments.
Today's fun "Up" themed card was made with with a special little friend of mine, 7-year-old Charlotte. I had seen a similar idea on Pinterest and thought it was so creatively cute. Charlotte chose all the balloon colors and the "Wish Big" sentiment is just a perfect fit for this adorable card.
Products used in the making of this card:
Thanks for visiting and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
HOLY SNOW! I'm not even sure if I'll have power to post my blog for today, or if you'll have power to read it! But, I made this card pre-winter storm Juno, so, sit back, take a break from shoveling, grab a cup of cocoa and enjoy today's card for the Friday Mashup challenge:
This week's Mashup Challenge is:
1. Create a card using brown, aqua and tangerine
2. Create a baby themed card
3. Or, mash it up and create a baby themed card using brown, aqua and tangerine
As you can see below, I opted for the Mashup challenge:
In this case, the colors Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana and Tangerine Tango make for a very gender neutral card. It also definitely breaks out of the traditional subtle pastel colors associated with all things baby. While, I'm not a huge fan of such bold colors, as I think they are too bright and loud for me, I figure babies are all about bright and loud, so it's perfect compliment!
Hello my friends! Who's ready for a "historic" New England blizzard? 'Cause that's what they say is on the way! Have you been watching the news because the Weather Channel is talking EPIC here! Can we say "snow day" on Tuesday. . . Wednesday and maybe Thursday too!? Oh, goody, goody, I feel some mega stamp time coming on. . .
Winter Storm Juno you better not let me down.
Well, wait, hold on one sec, at least leave me with power though or I'll be stampin' by flashlight!
Today I have two cards for you. The first is for the Paper Craft Crew sketch #128:
Did you notice I flipped the sketch sideways for this one? While it is allowed, I have never actually done this in a challenge before. For some reason, I just couldn't come up with any great ideas on a vertical direction. Funny how that happens! And then, this idea came to me, literally in the middle of the night on Saturday evening. Yes, I dream about cards in my sleep. Do you?
The second card I have for you today is for The Paper Players sketch challenge:
I'll admit to being a little bit giddy over this card. Why? Simply because it's really stinkin' cute, and I don't do "cutesy" cards very often. Sure, I like them, but I guess it's not really "my style." This card now has me thinking otherwise. I should try "cutesy" more often!
Thanks for visiting today and everyday you swing by!
Best of luck over the next few days to all my readers in New England, I'll be right there shoveling out with you!
Bless me, Craft Fairy, for I have sinned,
I know that’s hard to believe;
But it’s not my fault, I’m a victim, you see,
Of a sickness, a curse, a disease…
They say that confession is good for the soul,
But I’m not convinced that that’s true.
So I’ll tell you my faults and shortcomings,
And I’ll leave the decision to you.
That stamping thing has got me for sure;
I start with the best of intentions!
Just let me check the SU website–
Oh look! A list of conventions!
Snacking is good to help with my stampin’
Though I tend to overindulge.
Cakes and cookies and chocolates galore!
My bulges are starting to bulge!
Oh my! How I buy the things I don’t need
Eyelets and ribbons and vellums.
If anyone asks, “I’ve had it for years!“
At least, that’s what I tell ‘em!
Organization is an area where I am certainly lacking
I need help with that, others say
But how can I do it? I‘ve got things to do!
How can I waste a whole day?
So here I sit amongst all of my clutter
Housekeeping’s a thing of the past
Dusting and vacuuming and tidying up
What’s the point??? It just doesn’t last!
I have too many ideas and not enough time
They say that denial is rough
I have it…I know it….can’t find it….
Oh well….I’ll just buy some more stuff.
I spend time at work doing crafty things
I search for a set or a single verse
The perfect stamp is all that I need
My addiction is more like a curse!
I tell my husband that if I should die
The best thing for him to do
Is to have a garage or an Ebay bidding war
And be sure to include all of Y-O-U!
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TGIF! Today's super fun card and sentiment is from the Art Impressions stamp company. They have an entire series of stamps called "Girlfriends" that are a real hoot. Today's is appropriately fitting on a Friday after a very
Have a great weekend!
YAY! I surprised my husband with a trip to Las Vegas (or "Lost Wages" as the pilot stated upon our touchdown) over the long weekend.
BOO! I think we both are coming down with some sort of cold/achy/I feel overall miserable kind of thing. That's what you get for airline travel during the height of flu season.
So, I'll be short on words, but, how about a funny card to lift the spirits?
Isn't this quote fantastic? You gotta love it!
Have a better day than I!
Come join me on Tuesday, January 20th for the next stamp camp! 6:30-8:30 pm at my studio. Everything is provided for you, except adhesive. The cost is $12 to make these 5 beautiful cards:
Sign up now. Space is limited!
Pick your poison: pencils, markers, Copics, gessos, Blendabilities, graphite, watercolors. . .
I mean it's just coloring, how hard can it be? You simply stay inside the lines, right?
Oh well, let me tell you. . . .It is not just coloring. There is this whole other level of blending and shading that Crayola failed to teach the 7-year-old me. Recently, I spent the better part of an afternoon revisiting some basic coloring skills with a variety of tools that I owned and promised myself to use "when I had the time." This is also keeping in spirit with one of my New Year's resolutions in using the NBUS (*Never Before Used Schtuff). My goal was to simply learn what I liked about coloring, which tools I'd prefer and why.
I think part of the goal was also to convince the side of me that didn't like coloring, that I like coloring.
I colored, I Copic-ed, I highlighted, outlined, blended and I shaded. I also may have muttered under my
breath. . . repeatedly. It doesn't count if I curse like a sailor when there's no one around to witness it!
Oh, the things I learned. . .
You either like coloring or you don't.
As much as I want to be that person who says she loves to color, I am not. And, I'm slowly learning that you can't force yourself to like something you really don't. It's kinda like broccoli, you can steam it, you can smother it in cheese, you can wrap it in bacon or disguise it in a Twinkie, but in the end, it's still broccoli and I hate broccoli.
Mom, are you reading this? I still HATE broccoli. Only now there's no one around to force me to eat it anyway!
So, in short, the moral of today's story is break out of your shell, try something new. You don't always have to do what you like, but, you have to like what you do.
Let's pretend as I write today's post that I'm sitting on a beach of warm Sahara Sand, staring out at a Lost Lagoon sea, with a Crisp Cantelope rum runner in my hand, because that's what the Paper Players have led us to dream about this week. . .
I'm proud to say that this card adhere's to one of my New Year's crafting resolutions - to use NBUS. *Never Before Used Schtuff! You know, all those stamps and papers and products that you say you'll dust off and use, but never do? Well, 2015, this is the year!
In case you're wondering, a few other crafting resolutions were:
1. Learn calligraphy - this will really enhance my card making with beautifully addressed envelopes
2. Break out of my typical clean and simple layered look - I need to embrace the grunge
So far, I've learned my capital "A" and "B" in the Italic calligraphy font, so if your name happens to be AB I'm good to go!
Thanks for visiting and I'd really encourage you to leave your comments! I love hearing from my readers - who you are, where you live, what brought you to my website, what you like (and even what you don't, if you're nice about it!)
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It is no secret that I've been a huge proponent of Paper Pumpkin and other pre-designed kits recently. You've heard me boast about how they really make your crafting experience fun and super simple! Sometimes you really just need simple. The most recent kit I put together was called "Sumthin' Sumthin." It consisted of 10 decorative pillow boxes that will make great gifts:
Now, I'm going to do something I've never done on here before, I'm going to breakdown my experience with this kit into some highs and lows. I feel like it is my responsibility to tell you what I like about certain things, but also if there are things I don't.
Easy to follow directions Silver tassle thing- annoying to put together
Comes together quickly (see my clock below) Silver tassle thing-y kind of cheaply made
Holds a decent amount of goodies inside
Have I sold you on Paper Pumpkin or other kits yet? Try one today and see for yourself!
Hello friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Did you do anything fun and exciting? I will admit mine was a bit of a lazy kind of weekend, but oh so blissfully peaceful. We had full intentions of going out to dinner on Saturday night, but, I just couldn't bring myself to get my butt off the couch and into "real" clothes. I'm assuming you'll agree with me that pj's are not "real" or even mildly appropriate clothes for a restaurant. . .
I did get to spend a LOT of time in my craft room, which is what made the weekend so blissfully peaceful. My craft room doesn't judge me if I want to stay in my pj's all day. It truly is my happy place!
Today's card combines the colors from the Pals Paper Art challenge:
With the sketch from those great gals, Connie and Mary:
I will admit to being a little worried about combining three different hues of blue. And I LOVE blue! If I'd have had a shoe stamp, I was going with the idea of "Blue Suede Shoes", but alas, no shoe stamp for me (*Note - add that to my ever growing list. . . )
Instead, we have a beautiful garden of blue flowers from the new "Painted Petals" stamp set:
I hope you enjoy today's card and it doesn't leave you feeling blue. . .
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Hello and Happy Saturday to you! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. It's a bit cold again here in Massachusetts (-2* to be exact when I woke up this morning). So, I'm happily playing inside in my craft room all day long! Yay!
Today's card combines the color challenge at Colour Me with the sketch challenge from the Paper Craft Crew:
Purple, or in this case the Stampin' Up version called "Perfect Plum" is a great subtle purple hue. But, I have found you are either a purple person, or you are not. I consider myself a purple person, though I wouldn't have said that years ago. It's a color I have grown to like. What's your take on purple?
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R Saturday!
I was inspired while watching the Evening News tonight to make this card in support of a country in mourning. As artists, we all express our creativity in so many ways. #JeSuisCharlie
It also just so happens to be the colors selected by the Colour Me challenge this week, wonder if they had Paris in their hearts too.
Paris, you are in our hearts. Peace always.
Hi there, remember me? The girl who said she'd never sign up for Paper Pumpkin. Never ever.
Look, there's the evidence right there written on that USPS label!
After 4 Paper Pumpkin kits have made their way to my mailbox, I'm a total convert! I never thought I'd say this because I didn't think pre-designed kits were for me. Well, as it turns out, they are! After I've seen my BSF (Best Stamping Friend) Laurie take many of her kits with her on the days we spend crafting at each other's houses or on our crafting weekend getaways, kits are the way to go!
Kits also come in super handy when your mother is visiting and you want to do something crafty together, but not put in a lot of hard work. Here is the awesomely fun shaker card Paper Pumpkin kit from December that we made together!
Not only do I love Paper Pumpkin, I L-O-V-E, love, love shaker cards and word thinlets right now!
Sign up for Paper Pumpkin today!!
I am really excited to share with you today's card for the Paper Players challenge because it's all about recycling! But, I'll also be letting you all in on a little secret of mine. . .
Anne Marie's challenge was to create a project using a recycled or re-purposed item. What a great idea!
Now here's my little secret. . .
I do this ALL the time! I'm so lucky in that I receive many handmade cards and while I'd love to keep every single one of them, it's really just not plausible. So, I re-purpose, re-use and re-send NEW cards made from OLD cards! Of course, I have to add my own twist to them and make them my own. Check out the two images below (marked before and after):
I actually took components from two beautiful birthday cards I received last year from Karla and Karen, and recycled them to "pay it forward!" So, not only did I get to enjoy them, but now, someone else will too! "Upcycling" is the fancy schmancy term!
I do the same thing with all of my Christmas cards. I repurpose them into gift tags, new cards and I've even laminated some and made them into placemats! Thanks Pinterest!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Hi friends and Happy Wednesday to you! I hope, if you're like me and located in New England, that you are wearing your thermals! It sure is kinda cold out there ! My advice? Words of wisdom from Super Stamp Girl - stay inside, sip hot cocoa and stamp!
Today's card for the Friday Mashup and Merry Monday challenges both have a similar theme of wintery scenes and snow. Perfect for January in Massachusetts. Winter, check. Snow, check. SUPER cold. Check.
The base of my card is Night of Navy (despite it looking kind of black in this photo). A simple navy and vanilla scene with a pop of silver in the very large snowflake. Wouldn't you like to be sitting by the fireplace in a lodge that looks like this?
Products used in the making of this card:
Thanks for visiting and be sure to keep warm!
Today's challenge card might honestly scare the beejezus out of you. . .
Or, at the very least, make you wonder what I had in my Cheerios this morning. . .
I was just having a little fun with a new "Crime Scene" stamp set from Inkadinkado. But, I also decided just for ha-ha's (because I'm like that) to submit it as my Design Team card at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.
Here's my little "plug" for our Try Stampin' On Tuesday" challenges. We've been low in participation lately, so if you're thinking about trying your hand at some challenge cards, visit our website and join in on the fun. Help keep TSOT alive! And you never know, but, knowing one of the judges (*wink *wink) might just earn you a Top 3 fancy schmancy badge!
Products used to make this card:
Some have asked me point blank, "WHAT do you send a card like this for?" I can easily respond "for a co-worker's retirement party, of course." But, if you are befuddled for reasons to send such a ghastly card, may I suggest the following:
1. Things are NOT always greener on the other side.
2. Hit Man Wanted
And, just in time for Valentine's Day:
3. I whole love you, even if I want to kill you half the time.
As women, we are inherently built to get giddy over certain things in life: new stamps, bright shiny things, and,
Christian Grey. Ahhh, swoon.
Well, what if I told you, I can promise you those 3 things! Yup, now I've got your attention.
Today the new Spring Occasions catalog goes live. (Click HERE to see for yourself) Lots of great new stamp sets, punches, Project Life kits and, oh, the Designer Series Paper!
But, wait, there's more! What's better than a NEW catalog?
Sale-a-Bration is Stampin' Up's! biggest sale of the year. From January 6 - March 31, for every $50 you spend, you get to select a FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog! Spend $100, get 2 FREE items and so on. There is NO limit!
Both of these catalogs are filled with new stamps AND bright shiny things. I've fulfilled 2 out of my 3 promises. . .
The last is up to you. . .
Sign up today for my "50 Shades of Grey" stamp camp on Wednesday, January 7th from 6:30-8:30 pm. 5 cards for $12.
Don't forget to shop the Clearance Rack! These items can be included in your order of $50 to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration products too!
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