Saturday, December 31, 2016

Faux Metal Birthday

This was a fun card to make, really! Decided to try this technique by Jennifer McGuire. I learn so much from her posts, and there's almost always a video which I appreciate because there are wonderful tips included.


I must tell you that I am blending challenged. This technique is forgiving, with the metallic powder over the ink. I didn't have Perfect Pearls so I used some Pearl Ex that I had. Just learned the difference between the two, and Perfect Pearls are now on my wishlist! 

This card is for my nephew, so I thought the neon green mat would be fun. The Distress Ink Twisted Citron started out more neon green until I blended over it. Like I said, I'm blending challenged!

Here's a closer look:

Hope the beautiful embossing holds up in the mail. I used Crafter's Pick, The Ultimate glue to adhere the die cuts. It's thick and ideal to use on this Next Level embossing. 

Stamp: Will update when I figure out which birthday stamp I used! :D
Die: MFT Brushstroke Birthday Greetings
Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon & Twisted Citron Distress Inks
Misc: We R Memory Keepers Next Level Geometric embossing folder, Pearl Ex

Thanks for the visit! Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Poppystamps Tree Triptych Snowy Birthday



Joining Shopping Our Stash for the last challenge of the year, Winter Wonderland. Create a non-Christmas winter card!


Just sent this card to my Aunty who is 80-something. Although she lives in Hawaii she is from Japan and has experienced snow. Hope it gets there in time, by New Year's Day!

This card was fun to assemble. I usually use the Stampin' Up! Softly Falling embossing folder this way. Feels like most of the snow has fallen and is on the ground. Flip it, and it looks like a snowstorm. I wonder how most crafters like to use this folder. The debossed snow is on the inside of this top-folded card. I doubled up the red cardstock on the cardinals since I knew they would not be on a flat surface.

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Happy (sentiment)
Dies: Poppystamps Tree Triptych, Impression Obsession Cardinals
Misc: Stampin' Up! Softly Falling embossing folder

Hope your Christmas was wonderful. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Mr. Claus Through the Keyhole

One last post for this winter bloghop. I did mention on an earlier post I had another project using Rosie's Roadshow (stamps are so cute!).



I saw a sample at Impress of this little Santa seen through the keyhole, but this one is holding a Starbucks cup, lol! It's a tag, so is much smaller than this mightily enbiggened image. I had to make it big enough so you could see that coffee cup!

Stamps:  Rosie's Roadshow Keyhole, Rosie's Roadshow Mr. Claus, My Style Stamps Coffee Plans (coffee cup), Papertrey Tiny Treats: Christmas (sentiment)
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Decorative Tag 1

Thanks to Amy & Chaitali for the hard work putting this bloghop together. It takes many hours and a lot of energy, thank you! 


Also linking up to Shopping our Stash. This week's challenge is Tag, You're It! I miss Leslie, especially at this time of year. This one's for you!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Time to get merry!

Delighted to finally participate in Ellen Hutson's Mix It Up Challenge! Linkup deadline is tonight. Essentials by Ellen and Art Impressions with this color palette:


So here's my very CAS card:


This was a blast to make! All of the colors for the challenge are in the light bulbs. The BG copic was the closest to teal I had. The Faber-Castell teal was too dark. I added some hand drawn lines to hopefully show movement, that he threw the lights up. Fun, right?

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Tis the Season by Julie Ebersole (lights and sentiment), Art Impressions Mini Raccoon Set
Dies: Essentials by Ellen Tis the Season die, Art Impressions Mini Raccoon Set

So very happy you stopped by!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sending Warm Hugs

Day 3 and my second card, #301 on this fabulous blog hop.

Oh my goodness I am thrilled with this MFT set. This bear is SO adorable, and can be used for many occasions other than birthdays.



My original idea was to hand draw bear paws around a coffee cup. I can't draw worth beans, so imagine how excited I was to see that this bear can hold a cup! The Oh Frappe cup was perfect, I just trimmed about 1/8" from the bottom so the perspective was better (otherwise it looked like the cup extended down below where the floor would be). The smallest Lawn Fawn bow is so pretty! This bow die is brilliant. The center is attached making assembly so much easier.


Stamps: MFT Birthday Bears, Essentials by Ellen Oh Frappe by Julie Ebersole, Wplus9 Winter Pals (sentiment)
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Ovals, Lawn Fawn Put a Bow on It

Hope you're enjoying all of the amazing cards on the hop!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Coffee You Decorate My Life


Just returned from Hawaii a few days ago and am so happy to be able to play and hop along. Here's my first card, #212.


I usually don't post my pictures in a large format, but the details are so tiny I did this time. Those teeny coffee cups? They are from one of the stamp sets I won from My Style Stamps a few Coffee Loving hops ago. Those tiny stamps meant for a planner are the perfect size! I love this tree called Douglas from Rosie's Roadshow. I just purchased a few more Rosie's Roadshow stamps from Impress during their sale. You just might see some of them on my next card!

Stamps: Rosie's Roadshow Douglas (tree), My Style Stamps Coffee Plans (cups), pot is hand-drawn (used a remnant with stitching), Lil' Inker Coffee Talk (coffee-part of But First, Coffee), Unity Stamps Decorate My Life (sentiment)
Die: Pretty Pink Posh Storybook 5

Love that you stopped by! Have fun hopping!

Monday, November 7, 2016

WPlus9 A New Day Birthday


I adore this WPlus9 bird! Finally inked it up and it is amazing. So much detail, and it was easy to color. The coloring possibilities are endless. I chose to keep the colors subtle and simple. The image was fussy cut. Needed to also use the exacto knife, but it was worth the effort. It was also a bit harder to fussy cut because it was stamped on watercolor paper. The WPlus9 Lattice Frame die is one of my top faves!


This card is for my mom's 89th birthday. The Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets added just the right touch!

Stamps: WPlus9 A New Day, WPlus9 Very Vintage Florals (sentiment)
Dies: WPlus9 Lattice Frame
Ink: Versafine (onyx black), Zig Clean Color markers
Embellies: Pretty Pink Posh 4mm clear droplets, Diamond Glaze on berries & eye


So nice of you to stop by, please come again!