Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thanks bunches

I have a million reasons to be thankful a bunch of them!! Today is is the most glorious spring day thus far this year. I am looking out my studio window and the daffodils are blooming their hearts out! I am done school till June and I have a free day to stamp. What could be better.

I needed a thank you card. For some reason I have a million birthday cards stock piled, not so many thank yous. Since I had to make a card, I decided to check into some challenges to give me inspiration. 

Much to my surprise ShowCASe Your Style was looking for thank you cards! Perfect!

Happy Little Stampers,  a new to me challenge site was looking for the use of stencils in your project. I used a very old and the first stencil I ever purchased, way back when.... even before they were trending.
Curtain Call had a photo inspiration using a bouquet of flowers. 

And AAA cards had the word "springtime" as your inspiration.

I got very busy and created this fun tag thank you card. I die cut the tag and sponged inspiration colors through the stencil. To create a more dramatic effect I outlined the stenciled image with a sharpie. This is one of my favorite tricks to use with stencils.

Check out all of these great challenges and I am sure your creative juices will begin to flow!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Exciting news!

One of the challenges I have been playing along with the most lately has been the Male Room. It is challenge site dedicated to making cards for guys. How much fun is that! They recently had a design team call and I thought, "what they hey, I am gonna try out." And guess what I made it!!!

So today is my first official challenge as a DT member. What  fun challenge to start out with.


You have to use letters or numbers in your work. This challenge gave me the opportunity to use my new set of alphabet dies from My Favorite Things that I got at the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Convention.

Now, I know there is some hearts on this card, but I think the sentiment and the kraft card makes it guyish. Is that a word- "guyish"? I think it should be.

I am saving this card to give to my guy for our 28th anniversary that is coming up at the end of May. Because he is my #1!!

Sooo in honor of my being on team at the Male Room, I hope you will play along for this fun challenge!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Shake it, shake it up

Shaker cards-wow they are the hottest thing around! Do you think is is a coincidence that Taylor Swift has switched to pop music (not that she wasn't always popular) just when shaker cards were being reinvented. I think not- I mean her new song is "Shake it Off". It is pretty darn close dontcha think? Talk about reinventions.

So when Just Us Girls decided to make shaker cards as part of the trend challenge this week, I put Taylor's Shake it Off on and went to work!

I used a butterfly die from Memory Box and had some fun. I love the flower confetti in the butterfly bellies.

Be sure to check out what the Just Us Girls DT created. I know it will give you inspiration and if that doesn't work, put Taylor on!

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Do you remember what sucked you into stamping, oooooooohhhhhhh sooooooo long ago? I remember like it was yesterday. I went to a stamping class at one of those "big box" craft stores and they embossed an image in gold. As the image rose and popped off the paper I was hooked.

Today, I rarely pull out my embossing powders. I am not sure when I began to think they might be beneath me. Yes, What an stamping elitist you are thinking. You are right. So when the Male Room had a challenge using metallic embossing powders, I thought "oh great". But, you know what I had so much fun going back to my roots. I got my gold, silver and copper powders from the back of the drawer, dusted them off and had some fun!

I used a perfect stamp set for a male card, "bold wishes" from CAS-ual Friday. I embossed the entire card and added some male looking enamel dots. Yeah, real men like bling!

Head on over the Male Room and see what others have come up with using metallic embossing powders.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

House of Cards April

Soooo this card is kinda like find Waldo, or an optical illusion. Can you see the flight of butterflies? Just keep looking and you will see them. I saw this technique at the Online Card Class Stretch you Dies. While the technique was not that hard it was a bit time consuming, but the results are way cool, dontcha think? 

This month is a photo color challenge at House of Cards. I used both the colors and the idea of the butterflies in flight.

Here is another view, maybe it is a bit clearer.

I hope you will join us at the House of Cards  this fun photo color challenge. I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lucky Day

Addicted to CAS is having a challenge that is near and dear to my heart- GREEN. Everyone who knows me, knows that I think green is the most beautiful color in the world! Sorry Margarita,  it really isn't pink! 

I spent the day trying to finish my paper for school and just needed to call it a day and put it away. Tomorrow is another day.

Soooo, out came all the green inks and green type stamps. I used as the base of my card Paper Smooches Reflection set. This set is so great, that when I lost one of the smaller stamps in the set, I bought another one. The bird and branch are from Wplus 9 Love Birds.
 Well, even though this is a CAS card, it did take a bit of time and planning, now i gotta go and make dinner. Check out the green challenge over at Addicted to CAS!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Birthday fishes

I have been out of commission for the last several days, school, work and life just kinda took over. Soooo today, I had a wee bit of time on my hands and decided to play along with the new Male Room Challenge . The theme this week is "under water".  Naturally one thinks of the sea, fish etc.

I have to confess I went that route also, but alas I had very few "under water" type stamps. I had to think outside the box for this card. 

The water is from Simon Says Stamp's Flower Friend Set and the fish dies are a very old Spellbinder die set. The saying is made from an unknown alphabet set that a friend of mine was getting rid of. The thing that makes me the happiest with this card are the bubbles- I hole punched them and simply used the white card base to make them pop.

I can't wait to see what others make. I am entering this in the DT call. Here's hoping.