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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Hey everyone!  I am getting ready to head to a crafty retreat this week and I am getting so excited! My problem?  Trying to figure out what to bring and what to leave behind!  It's been a while since I've gone away to stamp with friends and this time I'll be meeting some "old" friends and some crafty friends that I know online, but have never met in person!  How fun!  I can't wait!

Today I am sharing a card for the Pink Elephant Technique Challenge which is to emboss somewhere on your card.

Watercolor congrats

I was in a watercolor mood so I pulled out my Clearly Whimsy Distressed Backgrounds stamp set and went to work.  I used only one of the stamps from that set and stamped it repeatedly in different colors of pastel ink.  I then flipped the stamp the other direction and stamped a very light gray (Amuse Pebble) to create an almost watermark feel.

Watercolor Congrats closeup

One of the brushstrokes I embossed in gold.  I really like how this turned out!  The Congrats was stamped with black ink and is also from a Whimsy set called School Spirit.

You can play along with the Pink Elephant Challenge until Sunday!  Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Clearly Whimsy Distressed Backgrounds & School Spirit
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats Rectangles
Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Mint

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall = Candy Corn

Hey everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend!  

As you know Fall is here!  It's been so nice this weekend and we've been enjoying the cooler weather! With Fall comes some traditional Fall foods, activities and decorations.  One of the things I've been seeing plenty of lately is candy corn.  I'm not a huge fan of candy corn but my family is!

The card I am sharing today started as an idea I had when I was playing with a die from Frantic Stamper.  I was using the Diagonal Stripe 3x4 Photo Card die for a fun project (that I'll share soon) and all of a sudden it reminded me of candy corn.  The stripes and the balance of the die is perfect for mimicking this popular fall food! So after playing with it some more, this is the that card came from that idea.

Candy Corn Sweet

I started by using the Diagonal Striped die to cut some thin chipboard.  I used a piece that wouldn't cut all the way through with the sandwich I created and this created a nice base that I could paper piece the rest of the pieces together.  I next used the die to cut a piece of yellow (and later added yellow glitter cardstock), orange & white cardstocks.  I cut each piece a part in sections and then adhered them to my chipboard base. This created a nice candy corn look for the card.  

Candy Corn Sweet Side

I added a vellum banner for the sentiment and gave it a little dimension by not adhering the left side down but letting it sort of "bubble" up.  I also added some twine and a few pieces of white cardstock to finish the card off, give it some visual interest while still keeping it simple.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed today's card!  I'm YOU like candy corn?  :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Give a Hoot!

It's starting to feel like Fall here!  The temperature dropped earlier this week and the air is a lot cooler!  I hope we get to enjoy true Fall weather for a while before we move into the cold days of Winter!

With the Fall temps in mind, and the fact that gift giving isn't too far away, I have a cute gift card holder to share today!

Give a Hoot Aqua

I used the adorable Lil' Inker Designs Give a Hoot Gift Card Holder die to create this.  I love owls! I pulled out some coordinating patterned papers from Heidi Swapp's Serendipity paper pack.  Instead of inserting a gift card into the inside of the owl, I cut a piece of cardstock to the appropriate size and left a place to write a note to the recipient.   Super easy and fast to put together!  I love that this die includes all of the pieces you need to put this together easily!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your day is full of blessings!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


It's hump day!!  Yeah for Wednesdays!  I'm excited because tonight my 12 year old son and I are heading to the Kansas State Fair to take in a Matthew West & Cloverton concert!  It's his first concert and I hope he enjoys it!  I've always loved attending concerts so it's extra special to get to take my son with me this time!

On to the card.  I played along with this week's Retro Sketches challenge #131.  

Baby Animals Elephant Congratulations

The challenge called for a square card but I went with a regular A2 sized card instead, changing it up just a bit so I could make my images fit.  I used the cute elephant from the Frantic Stamper Baby Animals die set to cut the image from my patterned paper.   I LOVE the animals in this cute!  I then popped that panel with the negative die cut up with dimensionals and adhered the elephant ear inside on the coordinating piece of patterned paper.

Baby Animals Elephant Congratulations Closeup

I used the Congratulations from the Frantic Stamper Accolades die set for my sentiment.  Isn't that scripty sentiment great?  I really like that font!  This card came together so quickly and would be easy to reproduce! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Dies: Frantic Stamper Baby Animals & Accolades
Patterned Paper:  Simple Stories Hello Baby
Cardstock: PTI Soft Stone, MFT Bubblegum

Monday, September 8, 2014

School Spirit!

Hey everyone!  Today I am playing along with the Card Concept Challenge's Back to School Theme!  I went a totally different way with my card and I almost didn't post it because I thought  I might have gone too far out of the box!  But I'm going with it because inspiration comes in different forms right?  :)

I pulled out a couple sets from Clearly Whimsy Stamps because they are perfect for school cards.

School Spirit Side

First, if you're looking at the inspiration image (posted at the bottom of this post), you may be wondering why I chose these colors rather than the obvious black, white & red.  Well, if you look down at the table you'll see a small tray of pencil rolls.  I loved those colors and so that is what I went with.  I also liked how there were different sizes of trays and shapes on the table & in the picture and that is what I drew inspiration from for the speech bubbles & arrows!  Sometimes the obscure can be very inspiring! :)

School Spirit Green Closeup 2

I used the Clearly Whimsy stamp sets School Spirit & Say What to create my speech bubbles & sentiments.  I stamped one of the arrows twice from the School Spirit set inside of the green bubble at the top and then placed the speech bubble die cuts from the coordinating Say What Speech Bubble die set over the top with dimensionals.  I love how you can see the arrows peeking through to create even more visual interest!  

School Spirit Yellow Closeup 1

I did a similar thing with the bottom speech bubble.  This time I used a larger arrow from the School Spirit stamp set and then placed the die cut bubble on top.  I also used a new border die, the Speech Bubble Border die, as a border on the side of the card to fit the theme.  I let it hang slightly over the edge of the card for  a fun look.

Here's the inspiration piece (remember the pencil rolls at the bottom right side, lol):

I'm suppose to share what card style I used too.  I'm terrible at figuring that out though!  Clean and Graphic?  Clean and Layered?  Not sure!

And another look at the finished card...

School Spirit

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed this card!

Stamps:  Clearly Whimsy Say What & School Spirit
Dies: Clearly Whimsy Say What Speech Bubbles, Speech Bubble Border Die
Inks:  Amuse Orange & Lime, Avery Elle Aquamarine, Mimosa & Cherry, PTI True Black
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Lemonade Stand
Cardstock:  MFT Orange Fizz, SU Coastal Cabana