Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bike Ride

Hi All,

I love this set.  Yes, it has lots of pieces, and yes you have to stamp all of those pieces, but the pay-off is so worth it.  With this Build-A-Bike set you can create your own custom bikes.



My card is a CASE of this card by Katy Harrison.  I loved all of her luscious layers and the simplicity of the bike.  For me, bikes and polka dots are like peas and carrots.  They are both so perfectly feminine. I couldn't help but pair them up.

Item# 145314 Bike Ride Photopolymer Bundle $43.00
This is definitely one of those sets that you'll want to buy the Bundle.  It makes piecing everything together so easy and I love the 3-D effect that you can get from it. It's a must-have if you ask me :)

If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, just click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Bike Ride, Gorgeous Grunge and All Holidays
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar and Whisper White Cardstock; Pop of Pink DSP
Inks: Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Crumb Cake and Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Build-A-Bike Framelits, Large Scallops Edgelits, Paper Piercer and Mat, Stampin Write Markers, Silver Brads and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Butterfly Bliss

Hi All,

Let's talk embossing folders.  We all have them and, if you're like me, you've got quite a collection of them.  I know you've used them to emboss your cardstock, but have you used them to stamp your cardstock?  I saw this technique used by Kim Jolley and just needed to give it a try.



It's such a simple idea and I had never really considered doing it.  Grab your embossing folder and open it up (I used the raised side). 

Item# 139304 Fluttering $8.50
Trim a piece of Watercolor paper to the size you'd like.  {I trimmed mine a little bigger so I had a little extra to trim for the sentiment after it was inked.} 

Item# 122959 Watercolor Paper $5.00
Get out your Sponge Daubers (you could probably use sponges too) and a couple of Stamp Pads.  I used Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. 

Item# 133773 Sponge Daubers $5.00
I dabbed the whole face of the folder with the Lemon Lime Twist and then went over it with the Tranquil Tide. 

Item# 144086 Lemon Lime Twist Pad $6.50
Item# 144085 Tranquil Tide Pad $6.50

Spritzing with a bit of water will give it more of a watercolor look.  More water will wash out the colors, while less will leave more color.  You may have to experiment a bit.  Once spritzed, carefully lay your watercolor paper over the embossing folder and press.  I used a brayer, but it is not necessary.  Set aside and let dry.  It won't take too long.  The embossing folder and sponge daubers can both be easily rinsed and set aside to dry.

Item# 137360 Butterflies Thinlits $27.00
To finish it off, a butterfly was cut from the Butterflies Thinlits and backed with a piece of vellum.  I then stamped the sentiment on the trimmed piece of watercolor paper.  So pretty and I love the watercolor effect!

If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Crazy About You
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock; Watercolor Paper; Vellum Paper
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Fluttering Embossing Folder, Butterflies Thinlits Die, Sponge Daubers and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Fresh Florals

Hi All,

The Double Gate Fold is a card that looks quite impressive, but is so easy to make.  I've made a few over the past couple of months, but hadn't shared the technique with my stampin' group.  We finally got around to making one at my last workshop.



I chose the Fresh Florals DSP for this card, as the prints on both sides are a perfect accent to each other.  It takes the guess work out of choosing prints. This paper pack is also great, as it highlights the 2017-2018 In Colors.  I love the In Colors and this pack has 40 sheets of 4 different designs in each of the 5 different colors.  So.Many.Options.

Item# 144131 Fresh Florals DSP $22.00
For a tutorial on the Double Gate Fold, hop on over to Splitcoaststampers.  It's so easy to make and is quite the show stopper.

Item# 122334 Simply Scored $30.00


Item# 141705 Layering Circle Framelits Dies $35.00
If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Suite Sentiments and Bliss
Paper: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White Cardstock; Fresh Floral DSP
Ink: Berry Burst Classic Pad
Accessories: Simply Scored, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Geometric Gem

Hi All,

Today I've got some triangles for ya!  Simple background stamps make for a great masculine card. It then just comes down to picking your colors.



I had seen this card over at Kylie Bertucci's blog and knew it would be perfect for a Father's Day card. Loved how she used the stamp on an angle. I kept the same design but switched up the colors to Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party and Basic Black.  They are great together!

Item# 144086 Lemon Lime Twist Pad $6.50

Item# 144245 Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock $8.00
Lemon Lime Twist is my favorite new In-Color.  It's so versatile and goes with so many different colors.  If you'd like to add this or any other products to your collection, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Dotty Angles & My Hero, My Dad
Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party and Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: White Embossing Powder and Heat Gun

Monday, September 4, 2017

Swipe It!

Hi All,

I saw this technique by Kim Jolley and knew it would be perfect for a masculine card. She has coined it 'Inkswiping'.


Kim has a great video here if you'd like to pop over to watch it.  All you need is an old credit card, acrylic blocks and some Reinkers.  The process is simple. First, cut your credit card into strips of different widths.  Second, place a few drops of Reinker onto an acrylic block.  Lastly, swipe a strip of the credit card onto the inked block and swipe onto your paper.  Continue until you have the colored effect that you're looking for.

Item# 122932 Island Indigo Reinker $3.75

Item# 100531 Old Olive Reinker $3.75

Item# 131158 Crushed Curry Reinker $3.75
This is such a simple technique and can be used as a background on any type of card.  I used Old Olive, Island Indigo and Crushed Curry for a more masculine effect, but the options are endless. Give it a go!

Everyone at my workshop loved making this card.  If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, just click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner of this page.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Bring on the Cake
Paper: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo and Old Olive Reinkers; Island Indigo Classic Pad
Accessories: Old Credit Card and Various Acrylic Blocks

Shades of Gray

Hi All!

I held a workshop in June to create some masculine cards.  I find that one of the easiest ways to create cards for the opposite sex is through color.  My personal preference is with more of an abstract look.


For this card I used a Brayer. Since I have a larger size brayer, I turned my card horizontally for this technique.  I ran my brayer over the Smoky Slate Pad and inked up the top and bottom 1/3 of the card. I then inked up with the Basic Gray and inked up the middle and top 1/3 of the card.  The Basic Gray over the Smoky Slate created the third shade of Gray.  If you had a smaller brayer, you could just run your brayer vertically.

With these dark colors, stamping the sentiments was pretty much out.  I chose to emboss them in white and black.  If you used other colors, metallics would be a great option too.

Item# 141714 Brayer $8.00

Item# 140932 Basic Gray Pad $7.00

Item# 131179 Smoky Slate Pad $6.50

Give this technique a shot!  The options are endless! If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner of the page. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: My Hero, My Dad (Non SU!)
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Ink: Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Pads
Accessories: Brayer, Embossing Powder and Heat Gun

A Sweet Anniversary

Hi All!

As pointed out by a friend, it has been forever since I posted.  Not for lack of trying. I was having camera issues and I think I've remedied that :)  Going to just use my iPhone going forward.

This card was from our Anniversary way back in May.  Yes, May.  Quite some time ago.  I CASED it from Nadine's Stampin Club.


I loved the simplicity of this stamp set and the die-cut.  Mixed with these colors, it makes for a perfectly elegant card.

Item# 120953 Crumb Cake Cardstock $8.00

Unfortunately, the stamp and die-cut were only available in the spring. If you need to add any other products to your collection, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: So In Love
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Basic Black Cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad
Accessories: So Detailed Thinlits Die and Pool Party Ribbon

Monday, May 1, 2017

CCREW517SK: Pretty Posies

Hi All!

When we were initially given our Creative Crew May Challenges, I went straight for the Sketch Challenge.  I usually tend to enjoy them, as they give me a good starting point--which is usually the hardest part. When I saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to add a pennant.  As I looked around for ideas, I stumbled across this card from Teneale Williams.  The simple design was perfect!

Here's our sketch:



Here's my card:



For the 'Suite' theme, I chose the So In Love stamp set from the Falling In Love Suite in the Occasions Mini.  Instead of using the stamp images as focal images, I chose to use them more as backgrounds.  This stamp set has turned out to be one of my favorites.  I love the font on the sentiments and it's so versatile.  Unfortunately, it's retiring this month, so grab it up while you can!

Item# 143216  So In Love $15.00

If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: So In Love
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Crumb Cake and Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Party Pennants Bigz L Die, Linen Thread, Button, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack

CCREW517CLR: Just for You

Hi All!

For our May Creative Crew Color Challenge, we were given Pinks and Greens with a bit of Coral. What a pretty combo!


These 'Sweet' colors are perfect for flowers...just like the picture.  I chose the Crazy About You stamp set.


To incorporate all of the colors, I stamped the flower image three times once in each color, trimmed them and layered them for some texture. It was then popped up with dimensionals. It turned out so pretty!  This set has another flower image that would work well too, along with 30 sentiments that can be mixed and matched.

Item# 137137 Crazy About You $25.00
For this card, I actually chose a sentiment from the So In Love stamp set.  I felt that the font was a better fit.  This set is one of my favorites from the Occasions Mini.  It's so versatile.  It's also retiring this month, so be sure to get it ordered if you'd like it as well.

Item# 143216 So In Love $15.00
If you'd like to add any of these to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Crazy About You and So In Love
Paper: Rose Red, Old Olive and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Rose Red, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Paper Snips, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Brights Sequin Assortment, Fine Tip Glue Pen and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

CCREW517TEC: The Best Things in Life are Sweet

Hi All!

For our May Creative Crew Technique Challenge, I chose the Double Gate Fold card.  This was a new technique for me and there's a great tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers if you'd like to give it a try.



I love this technique!  It looks so fancy-shmancy, but it's actually pretty easy to do.  You just need to be sure that you have a double sided DSP that you like as you'll be using both sides of the print.

The DSP I used is from the Cool Treats Suite in the Occasions Mini.  There's also a really cute stamp set called Cool Treats that will be carrying over into the 2017-2018 catalog.  It features all kinds of sweet treats.  I used an older stamp set here, but Cool Treats would be a great set for birthdays and summer themed cards. So be sure to check it out.

Item# 145181 Cool Treats $48.50


The sentiment is from the Suite Sentiments set in the Occasions Mini.  This set is awesome!  These sentiments pair up with so many different stamp sets which make it so versatile.  This set is retiring this month, so snatch it up as quick as you can!

Item# 142971 Suite Sentiments $20.00

If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, just pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Sweet Scoops, Suite Sentiments and You're a Gem
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White Cardstock; Tasty Treats DSP
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip Classic Pads
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Trimmer, Pencil, Bone Folder and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

CCREW517INSP: A Butterfly Celebration

Hi All!

This project is for our Inspiration Challenge CCREW517INSP over at Splitcoaststampers.  We were given a few different pictures and we were to pick one to work with.  I was inspired by the Butterfly photo and it's Pink tones.


This is what I came up with:


Both the DSP and the sentiment are from the Falling In Love 'Suite' in the Occasions Mini.  The butterflies are from the Butterflies Thinlits dies.  I love the hearts as a backdrop, but you could pretty much use any printed paper.

The sentiment is from the So In Love stamp set.  It's not a set that jumps out at you, but I love it.  The font is super cute and it can be used for just about any occasion.  It is retiring this month, so grab this one up as soon as you can.

Item# 143216 So In Love $15.00


Item# 137360  Butterflies Thinlit Dies $25.00
If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, just pop me an email or click the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: So In Love
Paper: Primrose Petals, Tip Top Taupe and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Falling In Love DSP
Ink: Tip Top Taupe Classic Pad
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Petal Cone Die and Neutrals Candy Dots

CCREW517SIP: Step It Up: A Dahlia Hello

Hi All!

I had to create two cards for the Creative Crew Step It Up Challenge.  We were to create a CAS card and then create a second card stepped up a bit. I decided on the sweet little (or big in this case) Dahlia flower my cards.

My CAS card:


My Stepped Up card:


For my CAS card, I stamped the Dahlia in Calypso Coral and added the thinlits Hello sentiment.  I kept the same design for my Stepped Up card, but stamped a second Dahlia image, trimmed it down and popped it up for an additional layer.  A few Candy Dots add some color.

I love this Dahlia stamp!  It's a classic, simple design that can be used as the main image or a background...for a simple or more elaborate card.  It is definitely worthy of a spot in your collection. The Hello You Thinlits Dies are also pretty great, but are retiring this month.  Be sure to grab these up sooner than later.

Item# 139911 Definitely Dahlia $15.00

Item# 137363 Hello You Thinlits Dies $25.00
Join in the fun and create your own Stepped Up project!  Hope on over to the gallery to get inspiration or upload your own project HERE.

If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, just pop me an email or click on the Order Online icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Definitely Dahlia
Paper: Basic Grey Cardstock and Whisper White Heavy Cardstock
Ink: Calypso Coral
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits, Neutrals Candy Dots and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I'm on the Creative Crew!!!

Hi All!

Big news!!  I've been invited to join the Creative Crew over at Splitcoaststampers.  I'll be a guest designer from May through August.  It's been a busy couple of weeks designing for all kinds of challenges: Color Inspiration, Sketch, Technique and many more.  Our cards for the month of May go live tomorrow, so be sure to pop back in and see what I've created.  Our theme is 'Sweet' or 'Suite' Surprises.  I've tried to incorporate that into each of my cards.

Hopefully you'll be inspired to join in the fun and share some of your projects with us over on SCS. Here's a link to all of the May cards: http://splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=27170  I have also included the Keywords for each challenge in each of my posts if you'd like to search on your own.

So excited to share with you guys!  Hope you love all the projects :)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

So In Love

Hi All,

Just like the post says...I am so in love with this stamp set *swoon*.  Everything about it is pretty, feminine and romantic.



I CASED this card right from the Occasions Mini.  I switched up the sentiment and added a doily. I used the Very Vanilla side of the Doily for this card, but it also has a Whisper White side.  So versatile :) This stamp set can be used for any type of Celebration: Birthdays to Weddings to Anniversaries. That's what makes it so perfect.

Item # 143216 So In Love $15.00

Item # 142793 Lace Doilies $3.15

Unfortunately, this stamp set is retiring on May 31st and is only guaranteed till May 22nd.  If you'd like to add this or any other products to your collection, just pop me an email or click on the Order Online icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamp: So In Love
Paper: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Blushing Bride & Crumb Cake Classic Pads
Accessories: Lace Doilies, Oval Nestabilities and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Definitely Dahlia

Hi All,

This stamp has been around forever and I finally got it added to my collection.  It's such a great stamp: it's big enough to use on its own, or you can add in embelishments.



I got the idea for this card from Mary Fish over at Stampin' Pretty.  I chose to pair my Dahlia up with a gingham print from the Succulent Garden DSP.  This is also the first time I've used Sweet Sugarplum. It's such a soft, pretty purple.

Item # 139911 Definitely Dahlia $15.00

Item # 142778 Succulent Garden DSP $6.60
Item # 127802 Teeny Tiny Wishes $27.00
Item # 141395 Sweet Sugarplum Stamp Pad $6.50
The Succulent Garden will be retiring and is only available while-supplies-last.  Everything else is available if you'd like to add any to your collection.  Just pop me an email or click on the Order Online icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Definitely Dahlia & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake and Whisper White; Succulent Garden DSP
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum & Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: 1/16" Circle Punch and a Brad