Thursday, January 30, 2014

YOU are blessed

Hi everyone!

It's been a busy week but I'm popping in to share a card I made last night. I'm entering the card in several different challenges. The first is the CASE Study challenge site. The second is the Color Throwdown site that has a great color challenge this week. And last, but not least, is the Word Art Wednesday site that has an "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card and you'll find the challenge pics underneath, too.
It seems like I never have enough "baby" cards. I've had an idea in my head for awhile now for this kind of a card but when I saw the CASE study challenge and the colors for the throwdown challenge, that's when it all came together for me. I wanted the focal point to be in the center with the sentiment running across it--like the CASE study photo.

The onesie die, from Wplus9, was stamped repeatedly with a small stamp that I got from the dollar bin at my local craft store. But I wanted to tie in the brown a bit more so I used my stylus to add some polka dots by dipping the stylus into my ink. (Jennifer McGuire showed that tip in one of her videos.) The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp! and then I added some pearls. The pearls were actually white--I used a copic marker to color it a soft shade of pink. I added some white lines to the brown, textured cardstock and the card was done. May use the design again but just vary the colors--it was super quick but fun, too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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!

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Hi friends!

Just popping in quickly to share a card I made tonight for two different challenges. Do you ever see a challenge and know EXACTLY what you're going to do with it? I LOVE it when that happens because crafting is so much faster that way! And it definitely happened that way for me tonight with the following two challenges. First up, the CASE study site. I see their challenges every week and only wish I had more time to play along. But this week's photo really struck a chord and I knew I could play with it. Then, I saw the photo inspiration for the Festive Friday site. I knew what elements I could use to make both the CASE study and the Festive Friday requirements work. Below you'll find my card and the photos from the sites.
I LOVED the CASE study card. I wasn't quite sure what the color scheme would be but I knew it'd be a Christmas card and that the word "Joy" would be in the center. Then, when I saw the photo inspiration from Festive Friday, I knew I could add the snowflakes and make the base red and it would work for that challenge as well. The sentiment is from Sizzix and I mounted the die cut on 2 pieces of cardstock so that the die cut is actually nice and sturdy. It adds a nice dimension to the card in real life. I knew I needed to add an element coming from the center so I chose to emboss 5 lines across the center of the card. I quickly punched out 3 snowflakes and the card was done. Really quick--except for when you're mounting the die cut--and yet elegant.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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!