Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Paper Smooches Summer Hello

Hi everyone! I hope today's card makes you think of summer with flowers blooming and bees buzzing.

I kept it relatively flat for mailing. The flowers and bee are colored with Copics.  The background was blended with squeezed lemonade and salty ocean distress inks. The bee is popped up with dimensionals and I added glossy accents to the wings for a little shine.

View the pinspiration for this project here.  I'm also entering this card in the current Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Blog.

Have a great day!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

More Father's Day Cards

Hi everyone! As promised, I have a couple more Father's Day cards to share with you today. I made these for my husband and father-in-law. I changed up the sentiment and reversed the rainbow layers to make them a bit different.

Here are a few more pics:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Gone Fishing

Happy Father's Day to all of you dads, grandfathers, and male father-figures out there. Today is your special day! I hope you get to enjoy it doing something you love. This is the card I made for my brother-in-law because he is a fisherman at heart.

My sister asked me to make it for her and the boys. Fortunately, I found an awesome cut file in the Silhouette Design Store. It included all of the design elements shown above. To add dimension to the sentiment, I die cut the word "gone" three times and layered them together. 

After I took these photos, I decided to add glossy accents to the word "gone" and also to the worms. It makes them look wet and slimy.

Tomorrow, I'll share the cards I made for my hubby and father-in-law. For once we had an opportunity to spend Father's Day in Canada with my hubby's side of the family. Do you have special plans with your dad or hubby today?

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello Just Because

Hi, everyone! Today I have another blog post from the road. The tone on tone pink pirouette cardstock and hello die cuts make a nice background, don't you think?

A die cut flower with stitched leaves also add a little interest to the sentiment. 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamp Set: Just a Note (Verve)
Dies: Scripty Hello (ME), Mini Flowers Stamps of Life), Stitched Leaves (Lawn Fawn), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inker Designs)

Happy Happy

Hi, everyone! Today I have two cards that I made a while ago that I'm finally getting up on the blog. I hope this post turns out OK because I'm writing it on my iPhone with the Blogger app. 

On this first card, I used cracked pistachio, squeezed lemonade, and ripe persimmon distress inks to create a blended panel for my Happy die cut popped up with dimensionals. A mix of black and green twine finish off the card. 

While I had out all of my supplies, I also made a similar card using picked raspberry, seedless preserves and dusty concord distress inks and switched out the sentiment for a birthday card. 

So which color combination of distress inks is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Verve Year-End Teacher Thank You

Hi everyone! Today's card is one I cased from Pinterest. I needed something quick to make last minute for my daughter's first grade teacher to go with a year-end thank you gift last week.

I find that I always go back to my Teachers Count stamp set by Verve when I need a card for an educator.  This is such a great set and it goes hand in hand with the coordinating apple dies. The smaller apple is popped up with a dimensional and the silver sequins are secured with a dot of glossy accents.

When I need an idea for a card, I usually refer to my Cards & Inspiration board on Pinterest.  These are cards that have design elements that inspire me or fabulous cards that others have made with some of the same stamp sets I already own. Feel free to follow along.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Watch Out - Road Work Ahead!

Hi everyone! Today I have a quick project to share with you -- a 3D hazard flasher sign that you would find when there is road work ahead.  It was a cut file from the Silhouette Design Store which was meant to be used as a place card.

Originally, I thought I could use it as a card for my 2-year-old nephew's construction-themed birthday party but it did not fold down once it was assembled. I ended up using it as a gift topper instead. I also used a Silhouette sketch pen to write out the name tag that gets inserted on top.

Super cute nonetheless.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

SSS: Masculine Challenge & DT Call

Hi everyone! It feels great for the weekend to have finally arrived and to have time again to share many of my crafty projects with you. Today, I have a card I will be entering in the Simon Says Stamps Make It Masculine Challenge and Design Team Call.

For the focal point, I layered the smile circle die cut from the SSS June Card Kit three times to give it some dimension against the stitched circle. I applied distress inks (frayed burlap, walnut stain, faded jeans, and chipped sapphire) using the grid stencil on a diagonal to create the diamond pattern backdrop. The sentiment in the lower right corner inked up in dark brown is from the Mama Elephant Up and Away stamp set.

I added a thin diagonal striped ribbon to the rim of smile circle die before adhering it to the stitched circle die cut. The whole thing is popped up with dimensionals.

The inside panel has walnut stain distress ink applied to the perimeter and I pieced together three sentiments from the Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamp set for the greeting.

I find masculine cards to be a bit of a challenge to create but especially like how I was able to incorporate the smile circle die from the SSS card kit. The June kit is fabulous and filled with such bright and cheery colors and prints for summer - definitely not a traditional masculine color scheme - but this card speaks for how versatile the kits can be with a little creativity. As a new SSS card kit subscriber, I am super excited to be able to stretch my crafty stash in so many ways.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sending Some Sunshine Your Way

Hi, everyone! I'm back today with a thinking of you card that I made for a colleague of mine who has been fighting her battle with cancer.  I've been trying my best to mail her one card per week to help brighten her day.

I used several items from crafty stash, beginning with mustard seed and squeezed lemonade distress inks with a foam applicator to stencil the petal pattern background by My Favorite Things.  The balloons are stamped in Memento tuxedo black, colored with Copics, and secured with dimensionals. The sentiment on the card front is from the Lawn Fawn scripty sayings stamp set.

The inside sentiment is from Paper Smooches sentiment sampler set. I also incorporated the stencil pattern inside the card and on the coordinating envelope.

I hope this bright and cheery card brings some sunshine to your day today too!! 

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

I'm Back and Ready to Kick Off the Summer

Hi everyone!  I'm sorry if anyone thought I was M.I.A. for a while. I am still crafting but haven't been able to get an update posted to the blog until now. It's been a whirlwind Spring semester for me and I'm really hopeful that I can get my blog back in shape now that the summer has arrived. More details on what I've been doing below if you care to know...

First though... here is a card I made for my neighbor who is leaving today for Alaska. They are actually on the cross-country flight as we speak and they will be stationed there for at least 3 years. God help them and all of their belongings get there in one piece with two very young boys in tow. We will certainly miss having them across the street and hope they will return to their house one day.

I used watercolor paper with distress inks for the background and popped up the die-cut clouds with dimensionals. It was lots of fun using my Paper Smooches goodies on this project. I will also be entering it in their current Anything Goes challenge this week.

A little more about why I was M.I.A...

My life got completely turned around for a few months when I unexpectedly became leader of my daughter's girl scout troop in mid-December. When we returned from the holidays, we hit the ground running with my very first cookie season and our small multi-level troop sold more than 2,2 00 boxes of cookies. If that didn't keep us busy, we also had tons of activities on top of that - from paint on pottery, to bowling, to making goodie bags to send donated cookies to troops overseas, to leading my first bridging ceremony at our year-end picnic. You name it, we did it!

Here's a photo of the little clouds I made on my Silhouette Cameo personalized with sketch pens to present the year-end patches two weeks ago:

And finally tonight, I have my very last service unit meeting as troop leader and will thankfully turnover the huge stack of year-end paperwork that I had to complete. I committed to sticking it out as leader until the end of the school year -- which I am very proud to say I did. It was like working two full-time jobs (but without any extra money) and I appreciate the support I received from family and friends which helped me get through to the end.

Girl Scouts took over my life as any other troop leader would certainly understand and appreciate. However since the end of April, I have also planned a baby shower for my sister for baby #2, made it through commencement at work celebrating VIMS 1,000th degree cohort, welcomed Ms. Piper - an 8-week-old chocolate lab puppy - into our family, and celebrated my nephew Blake's 2nd birthday along with the birth of his little brother, Everett Dale. Life outside of cards and all things craftiness has certainly kept me busy.


I think it's safe to say, we've had a very busy Spring and I'm really looking forward to summer. More cards and projects will be coming your way again soon.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!!

Challenges Entered:

Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes