Sunday, January 26, 2014


Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Mine was busy but I did manage to squeeze in some time to make a card. My oldest son turns 12 on Sunday and I wanted to make him a card. I'm also taking the Stenciled Online Card Class so I knew I would use a stencil and play along with the class a bit. Then, I saw the latest sketch from the Less is More site and I was ready to create! Here's my card and the sketch below:

When stencils first came out several years ago, I was still scrapbooking a lot. So, the stencil I used on this card is a big 12x12 stencil with tons of numbers on it. I used some washi tape to hold the stencil down while I was inking it with distress inks. I used 4 different blues: broken china, salty ocean, faded jeans, and chipped sapphire. The panel that I'd inked, though, was too big for what I was hoping to do. So, I layered it on the card base and started thinking of what colors I could add to make it pop a bit more. As was looking around my room, I found a ribbon that had the turquoise color and some pops of color. I added the lime green strip and then the red label. I also wanted to add some twine and then I found the stickers (thickers) that looked like crimped cardboard and I knew that would tie in the twine. I stamped the sentiment in brown, too, and the card was done.

I really like how it turned out. The stenciling was easy and actually a lot of fun, too. Removing the stencil almost feels like magic when you see what's been created underneath. Hope you all choose to give it a try! :)

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Christmas Blessings

Hi all!

After an incredibly special and busy weekend, I found a bit of time to make another Christmas card. I used the latest sketch from the retro sketches site. I'll also enter this at the Word Art Wednesday site for their "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card and the sketch:

I LOVE sketches with simple lines and this sketch was perfect for the type of card I was looking to make! I used papers from a DCWV Holiday Paper Stack and the image and sentiment is from Hero Arts. I mounted the image on an apothecary label from Simon Says Stamp! and then added some ribbon, too. Simple card--but that's how I like it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Warm and Wonderful Christmas

Hi friends!

Yes, I know Christmas is over. However, I have a friend that has asked me to make her Christmas cards for next year and I'm trying to get a jump start on them. So, you will be seeing Christmas cards throughout the year from me! I'll also be entering this card at the Word Art Wednesday site for the "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card:
I really wanted the ornaments to stand out on this card. I used paper from DCWV's Lemon Flower stack and die cut the ornaments (Spellbinders). I then "hung" the ornaments on some ribbon and mounted them with dimensional adhesive. The background paper is also from the same stack and I layered that on a dark card base. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I used the Apothecary Label die from Simon Says Stamp. Not a hard card to make but still elegant.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Love, Honor & Cherish

Hi friends!

I'm quickly popping in to share a card I made over the weekend. I'll be entering it in two different sites. The first is retro sketches. I loved the sketch for this week! The second is V's Sweet Ideas. They had an "anything goes" challenge and those are always fun! Without further ado, here's my card and the sketch.

I chose to use a brown, light brown and red color combo for this wedding card. I stamped the text stamp (Fiskars) several times in vintage photo distress ink and then inked the panel in the same color. Then, I embossed the card base and adhered the main panel to some red cardstock. The sentiment (dollar stamp from a local craft store) was also inked and stamped with the distress ink. I used a scalloped circle die from Spellbinders and a circle die from Sizzix to layer the sentiment. I added some ribbon and some gems and the card was done.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Be Still My Soul

Hello friends!

Happy 2014! I can't believe how fast the last year went by. We now have another year to draw closer to Jesus, learn more about ourselves, try new things, and appreciate all of life's blessings.

Tonight I'm sharing a card I made for a dear friend whose father passed away during the holidays. She was a huge mentor for me and I wanted to send her a card to remind her that, not only am I praying for her, but God is with her during this sad time, too.

I'm entering the card in two different sites. The first is the Simon Says site that has a "something new" challenge. And the next site is the Word Art Wednesday site that always has an anything goes challenge. Here's my card:
So what's my "something new" with this card? Several things, actually! First, I used a new stamp set called "Lace Trims" from Penny Black. I had won the set several months ago but had never used it. I LOVE this stamp set! Second, I used washi tape on a card for the first time--ever! I know, I'm late on the washi tape bandwagon but I've always used it to hold my dies in place when running them thru my cuttlebug. Tonight, though, the washi tape I had worked with the color combo I was going for. Third, and I forgot to take a picture of it, I used my new Envelope Maker to custom make the envelope for this card. Super easy to use and I loved it!

Now, for the actual card, I used my distress inks. I stamped the border in broken china distress ink and then inked the rest of the paper with the same color. The sentiment is from The Craft's Meow (Beautiful Hymns) and I stamped it using spiced marmalade. I added some gems and the card was done. Not a hard card to make but I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Have a blessed 2014!