Sunday, January 11, 2015

A little spring......

in the middle of winter. I bought this awesome stencil from My Favorite Things awhile ago. The poopr thing has never felt the wetness of ink through it. I usually use something new within a few weeks. This stencil must have got put away and forgotten. 

Lucky for me Just Us Girls is having a trend week and the trend is stencils. I pulled out my stencils and while I was searching through them this wildflower stencil popped out. I knew that I was going to use it.

I wanted to keep the card CAS so the flowers would stand out. I chose a saying from MFT (old and I don't have the name of the set) and stamped it and then stenciled the flowers over the saying. 

Because I couldn't leave well enough alone, I dry embossed with a polka dot stencil over the whole thing. Here is a video from Shari Carroll on how to dry emboss with your stencils.

Check out what the DT did over at JUGS and share your creation!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


I think I love creating Valentine's almost as much as Christmas cards. I have come up with quite a few and it is still early. 

Today's card was made in response to the challenge at Inkspirational. The word prompt is note. Yeah- I know I went the easy way out, but it served several purposes. I needed a Valentine card, I got to use a new Mama Elephant set- Love Quotes and use an old Penny Black set - Stuck on You. George, plays guitar so it seem so appropriate.

Hey- just a quick note- no pun intended, but how many of you know you can buy all kinds of stamping stuff at Amazon. I recently discovered this. If you look, you can get some good deals and often times stamps that have been retired or at a discount. Check it out.

Head over to Inkspirational to see how much more clever folks were than me. Happy Creating!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Winter romance

I am a creature of habit and ritual. I have this Penny Black stamp- Cuddle in Snow-circa 2005! Needless to say it has been retired, but not for me. This stamp gets pulled out and I make a Christmas card for my husband every year with it. It took him about 5 years to realize that I was using the same stamp ,just a new design. 

This year I paired the snow couple with a new landscape dies and a Tim Holtz snow fall embossing plate. To add shimmer I used glitter paper for one hillside and added glitter to the snowfall. I kept the card clean and simple and surprisingly sentiment-less.

Since one of my New Year plans was to enter more challenges, I am entering George's card in a few challenges. 
My girls at Just Us Girls have word theme this week- Winter. My card is all about winter!

The Friday Mashup has a winter theme with snowflakes.

Curtain Call has a photo inspiration with the theme of Winter Wonder. My colors might not be those rustic creams and browns but the card is all about the "wonder of a winter romance".

 Allsorts is looking for cold and frosty colors. I think my card looks and feel cold and frosty.

Lastly CAS on Sunday have a few weeks left for a Christmas challenge

It's fun to be stamping for no good reason and I hope to be able to show you all lots of cool things over the next year.  I am presently working on Valentine cards and will show off some in the next month.

Be sure to check out these challenge sites and show off what you are doing.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 wrap up

Happy New Year Everyone!  Another year gone! As I look back at my various blog postings I realize i was so busy. Between all the design teams I was on, finishing school and graduating, starting a new job, it is no wonder that by this past December I had to completely down sized my life.  That meant making hard choices about what I could and could not accomplish. I resigned from all but one design team. I miss all the challenges, but between work and graduate school I just couldn't get it all done. When something you love becomes a chore, it's time to reevaluate.

So as I leap into 2015, I will get back to the fun of stamping. There may not be as many blog posts because I want to spend time creating, but I will try to get at least a few in a month.

Here is a wrap up of  my favorite posts from 2014!

I hope you enjoyed the 2014 review. Wishing all of you a healthy, happy and creative 2015!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

House of Cards Challenge

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope that 2014 was a great year for all of you and that 2015 will be even better! 

It is a new semester at House of Cards and you will see some changes- all good of course. For January we are offering a glittery color challenge. How fun, I love glitter.

Look at all those blues, silver and gold. I forced myself to not make a holiday card. In fact all my Christmas stamps were stored away so I had to move on. 

My teen grand nephew has a birthday coming up and I thought I would go out on a limb and and send him a clean and simple glittery birthday card. It looks guy like even with the glitter- don't you think?

Please join us this month at House of Cards and get your glitter on!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

MIA, but now I am back!

Wow.... it has been quite awhile since I last posted.The main reason for that is because I have been really sick. I have had a cold/?flu for the past 2 weeks. It has really put me out of commission. The last thing I have felt like doing was being creative. It was enough just to go out Christmas shopping and do all the things the holidays require, plus having to work. Well enough complaining, while I am not completely well, I have started working in the studio again.

First, I did what I do every year at this time, I purged. Boxes of stamps went to the attic and lots of stuff just got tossed. Once everything was cleaned, sorted and organized, I sat at my desk to play.
Just Us Girls is one of the few challenge sites not taking a holiday break. Just what I needed to get past my holiday block. They had a cool photo challenge.

I just loved the pink and grey colors with the fun polka dots thrown in. Since the Christmas stamps are put away  and the Valentine stamps are out, I had to make "love" card.

The image is an old StampinUp set stored without the name of the set. Gotta love the elephant especially since I just noticed there are elephants on the pillow in the photo.

I hope you will play along with my buddies from JUGS.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Peace on Earth

This is my last challenge with the Card Concept Wild Card team! I have had so much fun experimenting with the different styles. It forced me to stretch my wings in other directions. It is good to be tested. I think it makes you a better artist

The last challenge for 2014 at the Card Concept is a color challenge, using just soft neutrals. They can put you in mind of homespun krafty or elegant.

Today, I am staying in my comfort zone; clean and simple, but I have added a dash of elegant. How could it not happen since the dove die by Penny Black just reads elegant! I added the sentiment from Papertrey Inks wet holiday collection.

I have so enjoyed my time at the Card Concept and if they ever want me back, I am there.

I am wishing all of you the most blessed and joyous holidays and a happy healthy new year!