Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Shopping our Stash #208 - Buttons, Baubles, and Bows!

Ooooooh I love this week's Shopping our Stash challenge! Of course I went with 'buttons' out of those options - you've been here before, right?  By baubles we mean those great big fancy schmancy embellishments you've been hoarding - the DT has some perfect examples of them. Me, I went with what I'm beginning to think of as my signature button frame:

Supplies: Flourishes stamps; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Bo Bunny papers; Basic Grey brad; classic small circle Nesties; buttons from stash

I even paper-pieced the pinwheel - the purple layers are popped up. 

Check out how the SOS crew played with their pretties:


Tuesday Morning Sketches #307 - All Dressed Up!

This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a favourite sponsor returning - All Dressed Up! The winner gets two images of their choice - woohoo :)

Supplies: Stamps from CTMH; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Echo Park papers; Tumbled Glass distress ink; Diamond Stickles; classic small oval Nesties; Wplus9 banner die; button from stash

Here's the sketch:

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, July 5 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - W is for....

....oh, surely you can guess!

Wine and I don't tend to be friends, because wine likes to fool me into thinking I haven't had *that* much to drink...until the next morning. However, that doesn't make it any less magical! So come and celebrate the drink of the goddesses with the Snarky Sisters - you could even work in another occasion, like I did:

Supplies: image & sentiment from From the Heart stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Antique Linen distress ink; MME paper; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

It's been extremely humid here (above 90% most of the week) and it took forrrrrevvvverrr for the gloss to dry - hard to get a pic but the entire wine bottle & glass are covered. 

Fill your wine glass (or just get the bottle, we won't judge!) and check out what the sistahs made:

Karen (off this week)

And don't forget to stop by and leave our guest designer VICKI some love for her project! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shopping our Stash #207 - For the Boys!

Now that we're all fresh off the Father's Day crafting spree, let's use that bounty of masculine inspiration and create some more cards for guys! That's what the Shopping our Stash team was up to, and wouldn't you like to join us?  My card was inspired by one I made as a special request, to make a father's day card from the dog. I used many of the same elements but changed the sentiment, and ta-da:

Supplies: Stamps from Paper Smooches - Paws for a Cause,  Sentiment Sampler, the coordinating dog sentiments to Paws for a Cause, can't find them on the website; Basic Grey papers; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Ripe Persimmon distress ink; unknown speech bubble die

Check out how the SOS crew interpreted the Dreaded Man Cards (lol): 

And you have until Monday,June 29th to come play!

I'm also popping in at the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge:


Tuesday Morning Sketches #306 - SVG Attic!

Happy Tuesday! SVG Attic is our sponsor this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and the design team played with Give a Hoot. I don't have an electric cutter BUT I was inspired by the adorable owls!

Supplies: K&Co owl sticker; MME paper; Reverse Confetti sentiment; Hero Arts Bubble Gum ink; unknown scallop edge die, twine, button

I ended up keeping Debbie's sketch CAS, but it's a great one that you can embellish with too!

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, June 27 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 



Monday, June 22, 2015

One Last Dad card

One last Father's Day card to show you - I just love how  the watercolouring turned out and couldn't resist sharing :)

Supplies: unknown bird stamp; PTI sentiment; Palette Noir ink; Distress inks for watercolouring; Tim Holtz design ruler & embroidery supplies

At first I was unhappy with how the inks bled, but once the panel dried....love it. Some stitching on the corners for a little somethin' without too much dimension or frilliness, and tada!  Popping in over at little red wagon for the stitching challenge. 


Hoot Hoot Hooray!

Kid cards! Some of my very favourites to make. 

Supplies: Owl stickers from K& Co; Hoot Hoot sentiment from Reverse Confetti; celebrate & balloon dies from Lil Inkers; Picked Raspberry distress ink; classic small circle Nesties; unknown banner die

I did end up being frustrated with my attempt to tie a bow with embroidery floss (single strands? WHAT WAS I THINKING?) but I persevered and I do love how it turned out. Probably won't do it again though ;)


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shopping our Stash #206 - Out on a Limb!

As the title suggests, at Shopping our Stash this week we want to see trees! Conveniently I'm currently addicted to them, so this was super easy for me.

Supplies: stamps from PTI; papers from Studio Calico; classic small oval Nesties; Distress inks in Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain

This is one of the few multi-step stamping sets I've been able to use successfully - even clear sets generally confound my ability to line things up just so, and I knowwww there's products to help with that but no, I wanna spend my money on fun stuff :) lol

You gotta see all the lovely trees! Check out the SOS crew: 

Tuesday Morning Sketches #305

Good morning! I'm excited to be this week's sketcher at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and I hope you are inspired to play along. Melissa is sponsoring with a gift certificate to Ellen Hutson, so you definitely want to have a chance  to win that!

I rotated the sketch to make my simple Father's Day card:

Supplies: so many unknown! stamp set & tag die?; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Festive Berries distress ink

You'll see when you visit the DT blog that this is a great sketch for simple or fancy :)

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, June 21 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 



Monday, June 15, 2015

Moo & Moo

Trying to be a better blogger - I've been making so much but just so freaking busy I've been bad about challenges & even photos. Plus I think my computer needs a tune up...or bloglovin hates me. Either one. Anyway, the farm animal challenge at little red wagon had me playing with Paper Smooches again:

Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Peeled Paint & Spiced Marmalade distress ink; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (on the cows' eyes and farmer's teeth); Tim Holtz design ruler & embroidery supplies; unknown paper; googly eyes

The expression on this farmer's face just cracks me up :)


Sunday, June 14, 2015


I knew I wanted to go with watercolour for the graduation prompt at CASology, but it took the whole week to figure out where to go once I'd coloured the owl!

Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps; Palette Noir ink; Distress inks in Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Scattered Straw; MME enamel dots; Lil inker stitched rectangle dies


Nautical Inspiration at The Pink Elephant

As soon as I saw the inspiration photo at The Pink Elephant I knew I wanted to draw from the nautical touches.

Supplies: Verve Stamps; Map stamp from Hero Arts; Distress inks in Festive Berries, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky; Memento Gray Flannel ink;  Lil Inker stitched rectangle die


Guy Stuff at The Kraft Journal

With one of my fave challenges, Take Your Pick, I made two cards to play along with The Kraft Journal this week:

(using masculine, black, white)

Supplies: Unity Stud stamp; PTI Father's Day stamp; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Bo Bunny houndstooth paper; Studio Calico veneers

(using masculine, fish, black) 

Supplies: Kaisercraft fish paper; unknown alphabet stickers


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - D is for...

With Father's Day next Sunday, the sistahs decided to bow to public pressure & have a dudes challenge. (sad trombone...dreaded man cards!)

Supplies: stamps from Avery Elle & Simon Says; Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; black velvet flock from Doodlebug; paper from Bo Bunny

After stamping I was all ohhhhh this card is awesome. WAIT! ermagerd I could make the mustache furry! And so I did. 

You've got until Friday, June 26 to join in

And don't forget to stop by and leave our guest designer SUSAN some love for her project! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shopping our Stash #205 - Cute Critter Alert!

Just what the doctor ordered - Shopping our Stash wants to see your cute critter cards this week! I decided to dig into some of my oldest Paper Smooches stamp sets, and I ended up making a whole bunch. I'll start with the one on the SOS blog:

Supplies: Paper Smooches Chubby Chums and Birthday Buddies; Basic Grey Max & Whiskers papers; Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; googly eyes

Check out the SOS crew: 

And you have until Monday,June 15th to come play!

And here's the rest of my Paper Smooches cute binge - all my cards in this post are for the SPARKS anything goes challenge. 

Supplies: Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies;  Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Distress inks in Tumbled Glass & Picked Raspberry; circle punches; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; googly eyes

Supplies: Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Distress Inks in Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed; Echo Park papers; googly eyes

Supplies: Paper Smooches Party Posse; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; Echo Park papers; googly eye; Nesties label die

Supplies: Paper Smooches Party Posse and Clouds Dies; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers;  Martha Stewart Grass punch; Tumbled Glass distress ink; googly eyes


Tuesday Morning Sketches #304 - Patti Rowe, CTMH Demo!

Good morning lovelies! We've got a brand new sketch for you at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and a fabulous prize up for grabs from our generous returning sponsor, Patti Rowe!  She's also hosting a bit of a contest for the DT - she'd like you to vote for one of our creations to win an additional prize. Now that's a fun & unique way to celebrate!

I really wanted to combine the sketch with the current Jingle Belles shaker challenge, and it took a little engineering but I think it worked!

Supplies: Close To my Heart snowman stamp set; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Lily Bee Designs papers; unknown stitched strip die; classic small circle Nesties; shrink plastic; assorted confetti & sequins for the shaker

I adhered the strips to the snowflake patterned paper first, and  then cut out the shaker circle and assembled as usual. I was holding my breath that I used enough tape to keep those suckers in place!

Here's the fun sketch, designed by Debbie:



Sunday, June 7, 2015

Masculine Birthday Trees

I told you my go-to is trees ;) Here's a birthday card that I think would be perfect for a guy - still addicted to using my distress inks for watercolouring! Entering over at The Pink Elephant's masculine birthday challenge. 

Supplies: stamps from PTI; Palette Noir ink; distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Broken China, and Mowed Lawn; stitched rectangle dies from Lil Inkers

I had fun playing with the tilted panels :) And a little black bling surely is manly enough!


Father's Day!

Father's Day is just two weeks away, so I've been crazy busy making the Dreaded Man Cards. Trees seem to be my go-to this year, and there's one to follow, but I also saw a great mug Amy shared with the Coffee Lovers FB group and that saying just had to go on a card! Both cards are for The Kraft Journal's Father's Day challenge, and this first one is also for little red wagon's Use it Up - first time this embossing folder has seen paper!

Supplies: light kraft & chocolate cardstock; Walnut Stain distress ink; embossing folder from Crafts Too; unknown alphabet stamps

Supplies: light kraft and chocolate cardstock; all stamps from PTI; Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs

Loving the kraft, green, and brown combo on my dad cards this year! 


Summer Coffee Lovers!

Better late than never! Joining in with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - these hops are just so fun & chock full of inspiration. You can link up your summer coffee projects until next Friday :)

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Supplies: stamps from Reverse Confetti and The Alley Way Stamps; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; distress inks in Tea Dye, Old Paper, and Gathered Twigs; Spectrum Noir markers; papers from Echo Park

Some simple masking and the latte cup is popped up with foam dots. 

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Inspired by a Song

I finally tried Dana's inky sky technique!  I printed out two copies of the digital stamp, and cut out one to use as a mask so I could do the sky.  The overall love feel of the card, and specifically the sentiment, were inspired by a song that keeps being an earworm for me - I Love You Always Forever. Thanks to Open-Minded Crafting Fun for hosting one of my favourite challenges, inspired by a song - I listen to music always when I craft so I bet a lot of my cards are actually inspired by that!

Supplies: Digi stamp from Sami Stamps; sentiment from Reverse Confetti; Spectrum Noir markers; Sharpie white paint pen; distress inks in Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, and Black Soot; Pearl Tattered Angels mist

After inking the sky and adding the white stars, I spritzed lightly with pearl mist. I really really love how it turned out :)

Open-Minded Crafting Fun - Inspired by a Song

And before I go, the video for my inspiration song :) You are welcome for having it stuck in your head all day!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Shopping our Stash #204 - Red, Red Wine

This week at Shopping our Stash we have a super fun challenge - and another song earworm as a title! Use wine as the theme of your project, or create a red project. I seriously overthought the process and finally came up with this at the last second:

Supplies: rose from Stampin' Up; leaf from Paper Smooches; Palette Noir ink; Festive Berries distress ink; water brush & watercolour paper; classic small circle Nesties; Corner Chomper; allll the red bling

I'm impressed with how vivid the red watercolouring turned out - I am so very in love with watercolouring with my distress inks. I need more wc paper! 

Want to see how the team interpreted the challenge? Check out the SOS crew: 

And you have until Monday,June 6th to come play!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #303 - Sweet n Sassy!

Welcome to the brand new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches - Kris designed this one, and I love it! Our sponsor is Sweet n Sassy Stamps, so be sure to play along for a chance to win.

Supplies: papers from MME; Corner Chomper; MFT Stars die; Reverse Confetti sentiment; Memento Gray Flannel ink

You don't need to use stars for those shapes in the sketch, but they seemed perfectly birthdayish to me :)

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, June 5 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made!