Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hello Friends! Happy Halloween! I've got a few things to share with you today...let's jump right in.

I am really putting some miles on the Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn. LOVE that thing! So, for Halloween, I made these...

After die cutting the card stock, I assembled the bags. I stamped the sweet little jack-o-lantern onto Neenah paper and colored them with colored pencils from the Spectrum Noir Essentials set. I blended the pencil with gamsol and added clear Wink of Stella to the eyes and mouth. Then, I die cut the pumpkins using the coordinating Lawn Fawn die. I love LF dies, because they cut the images perfectly, leaving just a slight white border. SO CUTE! Next, I die cut the circles and sponged on Distress Inks while they were still in the die. I like the crisp white border I get when I do it this way. I sponged on Seedless Preserves first and then added a tiny bit of Black Soot. I stamped the greeting using My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink and adhered the circle onto the bag. Then I adhered the pumpkins with dimensional tape.

Using images from the stamp set, I random stamped the little candies using Versamark ink. That's a quick and easy way to turn flat card stock into something special, by giving it a nice tone on tone look.  I filled the goodie bags with treats and tied it closed with Spooky Hemp Twine, also from Lawn Fawn.

Cute, fun project that I know will be well received by the little goblins I plan on giving them to. :)

*I am entering this project into the ANYTHING GOES challenge at Simon Says Stamp.*

That's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the visit. Have a Happy and SAFE Halloween!


stamp set: Spooktacular(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: Vibrant Violet(GinaK Designs)  Orange Zest(Papertrey Ink)  Basic Black(Stampin' Up!)  Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Black Licorice Hybrid(My Favorite Things)  Seedless Preserves, Black Soot Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)  Spooktacular dies(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Spectrum Noir colored pencils ~ The Essentials set
other: Spooky Hemp Twine(Lawn Fawn)  Gamsol(Inky Antics)  blending stumps(Dick Blick)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fang-Tastic Halloween Card

Hello Friends! Happy Tuesday! I'm flying in real quick to share a Halloween card. I didn't have a lot of time for this type of card this year, but I managed to squeak one out before the end of the month. I used the super cute Spooktacular stamp set and coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn.

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In the spirit of wanting to use what I have, I pulled out some really old patterned paper to create the circle there. It actually has purple stars on it, so it coordinates with the card stock. I adhered the patterned paper right down on the card base. Although, the camera doesn't show it, the card base had a subtle linen's quite nice! I stamped all of the images onto white card stock with black ink and colored them with Prisma Color pencils and I blended it out with Gamsol and a blending stump. I really like the results I achieved this time. For a little whimsy, I gave the bats googly eyes! Those things crack me up. I added clear Wink of Stella to the bat's wings and the moon, then adhered them with dimensional adhesive. I felt that the circle needed a little sparkle, so I put on a few clear sequins. For the greeting, I stamped it onto white card stock and die cut it. While it was still in the die, I sponged Black Soot Distress ink around it. I die cut the little yellow stars there from some glitter paper using the Stitched Journaling die set, also from Lawn Fawn. The greeting circle is adhered right down on the card base, too. It's a fairly flat card, with the exception of those eyes! :)

And of course I finished the inside...

Nice and simple inside, too. I cut a large circle with the Nestabilities die, sponged it with black ink and stamped the pumpkin. I colored this image with Spectrum Noir pencils from the Essentials set. And again, I blended them with Gamsol and a blending stump.  I added clear WOS to the yellow parts to make the Jack-O-Lantern sparkle and shine. A few more glittered stars and the greeting finished off the panel.

I can't believe that October is almost over! That's all I have to share today. Thank you so much for stopping by!


stamp set: Spooktacular(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: Vibrant Violet(GinaK Designs)  Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: Matilda 6x6 Mini Deck(Cosmo Cricket)
specialty paper: Glitter Paper(American Crafts)
ink: Black Licorice Hybrid(My Favorite Things)  Black Soot Distress(Ranger)
dies: Spooktacular dies, Stitched Journaling Card(Lawn Fawn)  Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring media: Prisma Color pencils  Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils
other: googly eyes from my stash

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Goodie Bags

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday to you. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and if you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that this is a cause that is very close to my heart. Each year, I try to create a project featuring pink things to raise awareness for this disease. to view previous BCA projects, click HERE. I know there are only a few days left in the month and I'm cutting it close, but today, I have a project to share. I created these little goodie bags for my mother's Bible study group.

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I used the Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn for the bags. I love the die! It's going to get a lot of use around here. I've seen the bags tied off with ribbon or twine, and I like the look, but when I tried it with these, it didn't look right, so I omitted it. I stamped the ribbon image onto pink card stock, fussy cut them out, then added a bit of glitter. After I stamped the word HOPE onto white card stock, I free hand cut around the word and then sponged on some Distress Ink. The ribbon is adhered flat on the bags and HOPE is adhered with foam tape.

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Not wanting the back of the bags to be left plain, I stamped a sentiment onto white card stock, die cut it and sponged around it while it was still in the die. After the pictures were taken, I added two bitty butterflies to the sentiment piece and that finished it off very nicely.

So for the treat inside, I searched and searched for BCA packaged candy. I can usually find a nice surplus of it. Not this year. Sooo, I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate squares with Raspberry filling. Actually, those are my favorite, so it was just fine with me!

That's all I have to share today. Thank you so much for stopping by!


stamp set: Hope(Our Daily Bread Designs)
card stock: Chablis(Bazzill)  Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Memento Angel Pink(Tsukineko)  Cotton Candy(Simon Says Stamp)  Spun Sugar Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)  Deckle Edge Rectangles(Nestabilities)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Just" a Birthday Card

Hello Friends, Happy Tuesday! The request was for "just a birthday card". Ok...this is what I came up with...

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I used the Sketchy Birthday stamp set and birthday icon patterned papers from Stampin' Up for this one. I really like that paper, it's just perfect for birthday cards. I pulled my color inspiration from the papers and colored the image with ink pads and a Dove Blender pen.

I added lots of glitter and sparkle, too. I used Rock Candy Distress glitter on the frosting and Martha Stewart glitter on the candle flame. I die cut the stars using the Stitched Journaling Card die set from Lawn Fawn and I coated each star with Glossy Accents. I used a circle Nestabilities die to die cut the focal image and I dusted it with Broken China Distress ink while it was still in the die. I matted it with a scallop die cut piece, then adhered it with dimensional tape. The 'CELEBRATE' greeting has been die cut as well and also adhered with dimensional adhesive. A few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, finished off the outside of the card.

And here is a look at how I finished the inside...

I used several different stamp sets to create the inside of the card. Again, I pulled color inspiration from the patterned papers and just stamped away! The top greeting, which I LOVE is from Avery Elle, the scripty 'happy birthday' is from Simon Says Stamp.

Mission accomplished. I created just a birthday card! That's all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by! Make it a great day.


stamp sets: Sketchy Birthday(Stampin' Up!)  Cake and Candles(Avery Elle)  Birthday Balloons(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock:Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit(Stampin' Up!) 
patterned paper: Birthday Basics(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green Crisp Cantaloupe-coloring the frosting(Stampin' Up!)  Broken China Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Classic Circle, Scallop Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)  Bitty Banners(Stampin' Up!)  stars from Stitched Journaling dies(Lawn Fawn)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Rock Candy Distress Glitter(Ranger)  Lemon Drop glitter(Martha Stewart Crafts)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eeep! I'm a Peep!

Hello Friends! I've got some exciting news to share today. A few days ago I posted this card...

and entered it into the challenge over at Power Poppy. You can see the original post HERE. card was selected for the Power Peep of the Week! Not only did I receive lovely comments from members of the Bloom Brigade Design Team, I also got an email from Marcella Hawley!! Well, when I saw that you could have just mopped me right up off the floor! AND...I was given this super cool badge to display on my blog, too!

This could not have come at a more perfect time...big THANK YOU to the wonderful peeps at Power Poppy. 

If you haven't seen the Power Poppy site, you're really missing out! Take a moment to look at the what the Design Team has to share...there is a ton of talent over there. And don't forget to look at the digital images if you're into instant gratification, like me!

Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Foxy Mug

Hello Friends! I'm back with another card from the October Simon Says Stamp kit. I'm lovin' it! I created this card with a special friend in mind, she loves foxes and bling, soooo I combined the two and came up with this foxy little mug.

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I stuck to a really simple layout for the card and I paper pieced the mug. I loved this lone fox and the heart and wanted to showcase it in a special way. I also paper pieced the inside of the mug. I colored the "coffee" with Copic markers and added some Glossy Accents.

The card is still very flat even though I went nuts with the sequins! I used the Mocha sequins from the kit and also Pumpkin, Tangerine and Espresso sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

That is it for the card share today. Thanks for stopping by!


brown card stock, patterned paper, stamp set, Khaki ink and Mocha sequins from the October SSS kit
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb(Simon Says Stamp)  Tangerine Tango(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Early Espresso(Stampin' Up!)
bling: Tangerine 6mm, Pumpkin 4mm, Espresso 4mm sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sending You a Latte Thanks!

Hello Friends! I was able to dig into my October Simon Says Stamp kit. I love it! It's coffee themed and loaded with all sorts of coffee goodness. Let's jump right into the card...

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All items used are from the kit, with the exception of the embossing powder. Don't you love that patterned paper?! I created a card, using the sweet little Coffee Cup die. I die cut several pieces of brown card stock and glued them all together, with the final piece being a cup die cut from one of the papers from the kit. The heart in the center cuts separately (brilliant!) and that made easy work of having an inset heart using the same patterned paper that I used for the bottom border. The die also cuts a thin strip at the top of the cup so it can be "filled" with the beverage of your choice. So cute! Of course, I filled it with brown card stock. :)  I stamped the greeting and embossed it. Then, I stamped the 'steam' with Khaki ink and added on a few Mocha sequins.

Stacking all of the die cuts creates dimension and gives the piece the look and feel of chipboard. The sequins are by Simon Says Stamp and they are very pretty in real life. They are the perfect finishing touch for my card.

Well now, let's take a look at the kit! I'm not sure if the kits are still available, but the individual items may be in stock.

As usual, it's loaded with yummy goodness! We got another SSS ink pad, this time in Khaki. And there's that cute little cup die I used for today's card. The kit included lots of Prima Coffee Break wood embellishments and I just love the Basic Grey patterned papers we received. I think the paper pad is called Grand Bazzar. Honestly, it's nothing that I would purchase just seeing it online. But when I opened the box and saw it, I was very pleased. And of course, the stamp set designed by Kristina Werner is adorable; there are smiling faces to stamp onto the mug! And there are a few punny sentiments like; You Mocha Me Crazy and Java a Great Day. Cute! Cute! Cute!

So that's all I have to share today. I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by!


stamp set, card stock, patterned papers and sequins are from the SSS October kit.
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
other: Early Espresso embossing powder(Stampin' Up!)