Friday, November 24, 2017

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Today's card was created for the latest The Paper Players and Watercooler Wednesday Challenges. To create my card I started by embossing a piece of red cardstock with a Stampin' UP embossing folder and layering it onto my white card base. I then die cut a stitched rectangle panel using a Gina Marie Designs die and then wet embossed it using a Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil and Ranger texture paste in white. I die cut the mittens from red cardstock using the coordinating die from the My Favorite Things Cozy Mittens stamp and die set. Using a Richard Garay sweater embossing folder I partially embossed the mittens and then stamped the details on the cuffs using some white chalk ink by VersaMagic. I stamped the Christmas trees onto some plain white cardstock using the same mittens stamp set and then die cut them using the coordinating dies. I added clear rhinestones to the tops to mimic stars and popped the images up off of the mittens using some 3M foam tape. I then die cut the cocoa mug using a die (maker unknown) and some patterned paper from the American Crafts Hot Cocoa paper pad. I colored in the cocoa portion of the drink using a dark brown Copic Marker and then added the marshmallows using the coordinating die. To finish my card I stamped the sentiment from the Essentials By Ellen Christmas Scribbles stamp set onto white cardstock using Versafine onyx black ink and popped the sentiment strip up using more foam tape. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you like my card!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Today's card was created for the latest Just Us Girls Challenge. To create my card I started by prepping a pretty piece of foiled patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Fancy That 6x6 paper pad with my EK Success powder tool. I then stamped the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Winter Wishes stamp set using Versamark ink and heat set it with Ranger gold embossing powder to match the gold foiling on the paper. I then stamped the silhouette flower image from Unity Stamp Company onto some plain white cardstock using the same ink and heat set it using more of the same gold embossing powder. I die cut the panel using dies from Little B and backed it onto some dark grey cardstock. To finish my card I simply popped the focal panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape and offset on the card for some fun interest. Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you like my card!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Your Friendship Means The World To Me

Today's card was created for the latest Watercooler Wednesday card challenge. I love this challenge because I'm much more comfortable creating feminine cards than masculine ones. To create my card I started by layering some early espresso and crumb cake cardstocks onto an ivory card base, all by Stampin' UP. Before adhering the crumb cake panel I glued down a piece of lacy ivory ribbon from Stampin' UP directly in the center of the panel. On a seperate piece of ivory cardstock I stamped the pretty ornate stamp from Stampin' UP's Bliss stamp set using the rock and roll inking method and some Gina K Designs charcoal brown ink. I cut it down to a smaller rectangle panel and matted it onto more early espresso cardstock. I stamped the butterfly from the same stamp set onto a seperate piece of paper and fussy cut the image out. I adhered the butterfly down in the center of the focal panel using a glue dot and some foam dimensionals. I then stamped the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Friendship Messages stamp set below the focal panel. To finish this pretty and feminine card I simply added a few small pearls to the center of the butterfly. Thank you for visiting my blog. If you like my card be sure to leave some blog love by leaving a comment. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hope Your Halloween Is Frightfully Sweet!

Hello! I can't believe it's almost the end of October. It seems like summer was just here last week. Honestly, this year is just slipping away from me. I just had to create a fun little card for my granddaughter Journey for Halloween. She (and her mom) love Halloween. They had a fun pumpkin carving party last night and my daughter has been planning their costumes for the past month. To create this fun little card I started by distressing a piece of plain white cardstock using my Tim Holtz distress inks. I created the moon by die cutting a circle out of a piece of masking paper. Using the negative of the die cut I inked the moon using squeezed lemonade ink. After the ink dried I masked the moon itself and then inked the sky using salty ocean, faded jeans, and black soot. Using my MiniMister I sprayed a light spritz of water onto the panel for a nice distressed look and then flicked on some droplets of white using Tim Holtz distress spray stain in picket fence. I then inked a separate strip of white cardstock using mowed lawn and then die cut it using a Paper Smooches lawn die. I adhered the grass onto the panel and then stamped the sentiment from the Darcie's Heart & Home Bootiful Halloween stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink and my Misti tool. I then stamped the bat from an old Stampin' UP stamp set. I adhered the panel onto my white card base. I then stamped the trick or treaters onto some Copic-friendly cardstock, colored them using my alcohol markers, fussy cut them leaving a nice white border, and adhered them onto the card using Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares. To finish my card I added some clear Wink of Stella to the kids and the bat. I know Journey is going to love it! Thank  you for visiting my blog today and if you like my card be sure to leave a comment!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Life Is Better With Friends-Coffee And Cards Collaboration With Celeste And Deb

Hello and welcome to the October installment of coffee and cards with Celeste and Deb. This month we have the wonderfully talented Chris Franco joining us as our guest designer. We all decided to do a color challenge this month for our collaboration. I won't lie...I struggle with color challenges. My brain just doesn't think of the color scheme first when designing a card. I usually start with a stamp and then select patterned papers and let those factors dictate my color choices. It's just the way my brain works. Since these kind of challenges are tough for me I decided to keep it simple. 
To create my card I started with the bird stamp and sentiment from the Unity Stamp Company's December KOTM, Always Been You. I stamped both the sentiment and the image onto Copic-friendly cardstock and trimmed it down into a small panel. I colored the birds using my alcohol markers, trying my best to stick to the colors in the challenge photo. I selected a pretty paisley patterned paper from the Authentique 6x6 Essentials Collection paper pad and adhered it directly onto my card base. I adhered a small white paper doily that I got in the baking aisle at Hobby Lobby directly on top of the patterned paper and then adhered the focal panel right in the center of the card. To finish off this adorable card I added some black dashed lines on the top and bottom edges of the panel, rounded the corners using my EK Success Corner Chomper, and added a few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in both the 4mm and 6mm sizes. I hope you like it! 
As for my coffee choice this month, I just had to pop into McDonald's for a sweet treat of a spiced pumpkin latte know! It's October and it's "pumpkin spice everything" season! Now be sure to pop on over to Chris and Deb's blogs and leave some love for them in the way of a comment!

Monday, October 9, 2017


Today's card was created for the latest Addicted To CAS challenge. The challenge is to use a favorite stamp. I always struggle with clean card challenges because I just love layers and patterned paper. But as soon as I saw the challenge was to use a favorite stamp I knew I had to try and create something clean and simple. I'm a bit addicted to the newest planner gal stamps from Unity Stamp Company and the Be A Beauty stamp set is my absolute favorite and I've used it more times than I can count since I bought it two months ago. I started with a simple green layer of cardstock in a bright, primary green color that I embossed using a Cricut swiss dot embossing folder and adhered directly to my white card base. I then stamped the pretty Unity planner gal image onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock using Memento tuxedo black ink. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set directly above it and then die cut the image using a Gina Marie Designs decorative edge oval die. I colored the image using my Copic markers and then finished the card off by adding some glitter to the sentiment and the flowers in her hair using a Sakura Gelly Roll clear glitter pen. I love how it turned out! I hope you like it too and thank you for visiting my blog today!

Do More Of What Makes You Awesome

Today's card was created for a friend who is sending care packages to a cousin just recently diagnosed with leukemia. When she told me that he loves to play with Legos I knew I had to make a fun Lego card. I went onto Pinterest and found a fun card that I could CASE. To create this fun card I started with some plain black cardstock from Stampin' UP and then layered on blocks of primary colored cardstock that I got at Hobby Lobby. Using a 1/2" punch from EK Success I punched coordinating circles and popped them up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped onto some plain white cardstock and is from Unity Stamp Company. To finish this fun card off I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the Lego dots. I hope you my friend's cousin likes his card. Thank you for stopping off at my blog today and I hope you like my card too!