Friday, February 9, 2018

Just a Few Attachments

A few attachments inspired by Inkspirational's challenge this week.  Some clips, and a note . . .

Loving the bold colors.  I pulled the supplies from an old Simon Says Stamp Kit.  

The weekend is here . . . and so, I hope you find some time to create!

Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps:  Birthday Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Surf Blue and Black (Simon Says Stamp); Life in Color (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Real Red Stitched Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Life in Color Clips (Simple Stories); Postage Dies (Simon Says Stamp)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Romantic Kitties for Just Add Ink

Sharing a card inspired by Just Add Ink.  Their challenge was to add romance to a card. What is more romantic then two little kitties enjoying each other's company? 

Don't tell anyone, but my background paper is Christmas paper that I just couldn't part with, and yet didn't want to store somewhere.  

 I hope you find some time to create today!


Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps and Dies:  Love Cats (Impression Obsession); Thoughtful Greetings (Pretty Pink Posh)
Ink & Embossing:  Fiesta Blue, Midnight, Grass Skirt, and Party Dress (Catherine Pooler)
Paper: Milk and Cookies (Doodlebug); Solar White (Neenah)
Other: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Love of House Mouse

Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm a huge fan of House Mouse.  I have two cards to share today.  This first one was inspired by the challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  This month's inspiration was "anything goes", with the optional theme of "love". 

I'm always going to pick love, because love wins.  It should always win.   And how about me using Christmas paper from a Simon Says Stamp card kit to make a card about love!  This was from the Milk and Cookie Doodlebug line.  Love this paper. 

And always love the mouse! 

And a second card I will share was created with StampNation as my inspiration.  StampNation is my online community of craftiness.  This month they are doing a birthday celebration, and the challenge there was to create a birthday card for a woman. 

This card also has a watercolor background piece that was created using Ken Oliver Color Burst.  

I hope you find some time to create! 


Supplies Used - Confetti Hearts - House Mouse
Stamps and Dies:  Shower of Love House Mouse (Stampendous)
Ink & Embossing:  Black Onyx (Versafine); Various Zig Clean Colorbrush Markers or coloring of image
Paper: White Cardstock (Neenah); Milk and Cookies (Doodlebug); Glitter Cardstock (Tonic Studios)

Supplies Used - Happy Birthday House Mouse Dragonfly
Stamps and Dies:  Short and Sweet Sentiments (Close To My Heart); Hummingbird Feeder House Mouse (Stampendous)
Ink & Embossing:  Black Onyx (Versafine); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Lemon Yellow, Orange and Fuschia Color Burst (Ken Oliver); Distress Inks for coloring the watercolor image (Ranger)
Paper: Cardstock from Bazzill; Watercolor paper from Canson
Other: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Perfect Pearls (Ranger)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Pink Ribbon for Tic-Tac-Tuesday Card

My card today was inspired by Tic-Tac-Tuesday #1 - the board that was posted on Try Stampin' On Tuesday's site a week or so ago.  

 I went straight across the top for my card . . . black, die cut and pink.  

And there was some sparkle there!  Nothing like some sparkle to say "never give up hope".  

Happy weekend!  I hope you find some time to create. 

Supplies Used - Never Give Up Hope
Stamps:  Hope Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays); Good Reading (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Black and Pink to Red Ombre (Hero Arts); Versaark; Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Slate Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Wanderlust Embossing Powder (Wow); Ruffled Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time Out Challenge - Thankful

Thankful was the theme for the Time Out Challenge, and I recalled having some scraps on my table from a layout.  When I flip thru my scraps, the pattern papers below were in the front.  This one was design, cut and paste! 

Super simple card . . . just required some thought. 

I hope you find some time to create.


Supplies Used - Grateful to Call You My Friend
Paper:  Desert Storm and Solar White Cardstock (Nina); Pattern Paper (Kiwi Lane)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Watercolor for Stamp our Stash

I happened upon a challenge, Shopping Our Stash, which is exactly what I need to do.  Stamp the stash of items in my crafty arsenal.  And so I played along this week with some watercolor. 

For this one I used a stencil and some Ken Oliver Color Burst inks.  And yes . . . I cut the pieces apart, but only so I could use that border stamp from My Creative Time. 

The Color Burst did a bit o "bursting" out of the line of the stencil.  A look that was a bit different. 

I hope you found some time to create over this past weekend. 


Supplies Used - Just a Note
Stamps:  Mad for Plaid (My Creative Time); Minis4Circles (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Violet, Lime Green, Lemon Yellow (Color Bursts from Ken Oliver); Licorice Archival Ink (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar and Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life);
Accessories:  Pattern of Rings (Winnie & Walter); White Linen Ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Embossing for Stamp Ink Paper

Embossing is the challenge at Stamp Ink Paper this week.  I went for the gold . . .

I started by creating my watercolor technique piece using Lemon Yellow and Crimson Colorburst, and then I cut my Concentric Circle Die.  Once it was dry, I embossed the "thanks" sentiment with gold embossing powder.

I then took a white panel, stamped/embossed my sentiment to match in gold, and then embossed the edges of that white panel and popped it on my card base.  

I love the look of those circles in the different shades of yellow and red.

Hope you find some time to create.  Cheers!


Supplies Used -Thanks for All You Do
Stamps and Dies:  Painted Thanks Stamp Set and Concentric Circles Die (Neat and Tangled); Butterly Notes Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing: Versamark, Orange, Lemon Yellow and Crimson Color Burst (Ken Oliver); Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Paper:  Canson Watercolor Paper; Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Claus for Celebration for Freshly Made Sketch

Created this card using the Freshly Made Sketch that is currently posted.  I used supplies from my Simon Says Stamp December card kit. 

I felt I had to do a little stamping,  so I matched up some ink to my paper and stamped the sentiment on the right side of my border strip to add a bit of interest. 

A pretty simple but fun card to make.  Love that sentiment stamp.  

I hope you find some time to create!  


Supplies Used - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Stamps and Dies:  Christmas Squad Stamps (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink & Embossing:  Aquatini and Rockin' Red (Catherine Pooler Inks)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life) Milk and Cookie Paper (Doodle Bug)

Encouragement . . . for CASology

The cue card at CASology this week is ENCOURAGE!  So here's a card I created to give a little . . .

I love the "font" of that super thin amazing die cut.   I used a pretty simple layout for this card and tried to take advantage of pattern papers. 

I hope you found some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Amazing in Every Way
The Stamps of Life Kit of the Month - November 2017

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Joyful for Merry Monday

Embossing was the challenge at Merry Monday this week . . . either dry or heat embossing. 

I went with the heat embossing of my sentiment, but as you can clearly see, there was some dry embossing in my die . . . didn't notice until I popped it out of the die.  It's that very slight border of the die. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Joyful Holiday Season
Stamps and Dies:  Merry & Bright Boughs Stamps and Peppermint Stick Background Stamp (Catherine Pooler Designs; Merry Labels (CASual Fridays)
Ink and Embossing: Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up) and Versamark; Opague Bright White EP (WOW)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

#squadgoals for CAS(E) this Sketch

I am still working with my Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit, and used the inspiration from CAS(E) this Sketch for this one.

Loving all that "gingerbread-y" paper.   And those cute little epoxy gingerbread men are adorable. 

I hope you find some time to create this week. 

Supplies Used - From Our Squad to Yours - Gingerbread
Stamps and Dies:  Christmas Squad Stamps (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink & Embossing:  Versamark and Opague Bright White Embossing Powder (WOW)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Milk and Cookie Paper (Doodlebug)
Other: Christmas Squad Stickers (Simon Says Stamp)

Christmas Challenge #1 - StampNation

My favorite crafty place is StampNation, and I do have a resolution to find a better balance between work and life, and that means more creating and more StampNation.  So with the Simon Says Stamp Kit from December still on my table, it seemed appropriate to create a card for StampNation's first Christmas card challenge ever!  The challenge was sweet treats. 

I stamped and collected up the sweet treats from the kit. Love my white pen. 

If you've not checked out StampNation - highly recommend it. I've been a member for over six years and have met physically and virtually some awesome people.  Loads of inspiration and creativity. 

I hope you all find some time to create! 


Supplies Used - Basically Everything Sweet
Stamps and Dies:  Christmas Squad Stamps (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink & Embossing:  Black Ink (Hero Arts)
Paper: Desert Storm and Solar White (Neenah), White Dot (Bazzill); Milk and Cookies Paper (Doodlebug); Glitter Cardstock (Tonic Studios)
Other: Milk and Cookie Shapes (Doodlebug and Simon Says Stamp)

Monday, January 1, 2018

Santa + Paws for Less is More

First card post of 2018, and I can't believe it is a Christmas card.  But I was using supplies from my December Simon Says Stamp Card Kit, so it had to be.  And today I used a Sketch from Less is More to create my card. 

I envisioned this as Santa up on top of the roof, and the little kitty and puppy down below waiting.  

And of course they have treats ready for Santa.  

I stamped with black ink and used Stickles for all of my coloring.  So much fun creating this one.  And now it goes into a vault until next year. 

Cheers - and I hope you found some time to create today. 



Supplies Used - Santa - Kitty - Puppy
Stamps and Dies:  Christmas Squad Stamps (Simon Says Stamp) and Circle Dies (Sizzix)
Ink & Embossing:  Black (Hero Arts)
Paper: Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Milk and Cookies Paper (Doodlebug)
Other: Black Diamond. Christmas Red, and Diamond Stickles (Ranger); Milk and Cookies Shapes (Doodlebug)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

& in the middle of my chaos

I got crafty today with a Simon Says Stamp kit and created a few cards.  I love devoted time with matching product.  

The pattern paper and matching puffy stickers were perfect for this card, and I enjoy the challenge of stamping on pattern paper.  

I hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - Thanks for Everything You Do
Stamps:  You + Me = Stamp
Ink: Black (Hero Arts); Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Slate Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Live More Collection (Pinkfresh)
Accessories:  Live More Collection Puff Stickers (Pinkfresh);

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Paper Smooches Challenge

I was challenged today by the inspiration photo in this month's Paper Smooches Challenge

 For my card, I used a three different blue inks fro Catherine Pooler Inks and instead of a pine tree, used a different type of tree stamp from Paper Smooches.

 I created a bit of a wintry scene which will make a great sympathy or encouragement card.  

Was so glad to have time to create today. 

Supplies Used - God Will Be With You
Stamps and Dies:  Winter Groves and New Beginnings 2 (Paper Smooches)
Ink & Embossing:  All That Jazz, It's a Boy, Something Borrowed and Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks); Copic Markers (various for coloring of bird)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah) and Sky (The Stamps of Life)
Other: Diamond Dust Glitter

Joy to the World for CAS on Friday

Played along with CAS on Friday's challenge for Christmas. 

 Kraft, black and white along with stamps and dies from Catherine Pooler that came in my Stamp of Approval box. 

I hope you find some time to create today!

Supplies Used - 'Tis the Season
Stamps and Dies:  'Tis the Season Stamps and Here We Come A-Caroling Stamps and Dies (Catherine Pooler/Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection)
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler); Versamark; Wanderlust Embossing Powder (WOW);
Paper: Desert Storm and Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Ruby Cardstock (Close To My Heart);
Other:  Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sweetest Wishes for Merry Monday

I was inspired today by Merry Monday . . . a tic tac toe board inspiration where my line was "stamping, pattern paper, emboss."

Okay, so not necessarily in that order.  It was more like "stamp, emboss, stamp, emboss, pattern paper. 

So, first came the stamping and embossing of that House Mouse image on watercolor paper.  I used distress inks to watercolor the image. 

 Next came the stamping and embossing of the sentiment. 

And then finally, the creation of the card, including the pattern paper. 

I do love my House Mouse images. 

Happiest of holidays to all, and I hope you find some time to create. 

Supplies Used - Sweetest Holiday Wishes
Stamps:  Carrying Mints (House Mouse); Candy Cane Lane Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Stamps)
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx; Distress Inks (various) for watercolor;
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); pattern paper (CTMH); Watercolor paper (Canson)
Accessories:  Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Wink of Stella (Zig); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Year of Card Techiques: Stamp Your Background

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. This month we’re going to stamp our own background for a unique customized look. 
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I have a few stamped backgrounds for you today.  This first one is a floral background. 

Some sequins and a pop of black elements, and a finished card. 
This next one has two versions with one sentiment.  

Again, same card . . . different sentiments and layout of sentiment and sequins.  

 This next one is black and white with a pop of color . . . color as in glitter. 

I used some metallic thread behind the sentiment.  I do love how this one turned out.  

And then of course, for the holiday . . . this mint stamp.  I used one color of ink and stamped off to get the variation of color. 

One additional note on this one . . . after stamping all the mints, I flipped the stamp and used the back of the acrylic image to stamp a circle of Versamark over each of the mints.  I embossed with a sparkling clear embossing powder.  

Now you’re off to visit with Wilma at Stampin' to the Oldies.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.

I hope you find some time to stamp and try out this technique.  

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Supplies Used - You Are Amazingly Amazing
Stamps:  Lovely Flowers Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Sunset, Topiary, Lagoon, Gypsy Inks (Close To My Heart), Black (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life), Orange Peel (Bazzill)
Accessories:  Lovely Flowers and Banners Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs) and Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Love Always and Beautiful You
Stamps:  Beautiful You (Catherine Pooler)
Ink: It's a Girl, Bellini, Garden Party, and Pixie Dust (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Paper:  Lucky Limeade (Stampin' Up); Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Supplies Used - Leave a Little Sparkle
Stamps:  Flip Flop Stamp (Dab a Little); Born to Sparkle (Wow!)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts); Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black (Bazzill)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts); Silver Thread (Darice); Scallop Punch (Fiskars); Fine Glitter (The Stamps of Life)

Supplies Used - Sugar and Spice
Stamps:  Mint Stamp (Dab a Little); Candy Cane Lane Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Rockin' Red (Catherine Pooler) and Versamark
Paper:  Marshmallow (Bazzill); Licorice (The Stamps of Life);
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts); Sparkling Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);