Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One sketch 2 ways

Hi friends!  Happy (almost) New Year to you all in the US!!!  It has been a little quiet on my blog here with all the Christmas busyness and then traveling to my sisters house to celebrate Christmas with them after Christmas, made for little time in my craft room.  Then when I did have time my Mojo had left the house.  UGH!!!  I think it is slowly coming back though. 

Yesterday Maureen posted a new CAS sketch on StampNation. She shared 2 ways to use the sketch using the same stamp set.  I am always inspired by Maureen and her cards/sketches.  This sketch was no exception.  Here are my two cards using the same sketch.

I received this Santa stamp from SU! recently.  I needed to ink it up and this sketch worked perfectly for it.  I surely hope my Mojo is here to stay!

Thank you so much for visiting and have a very Happy New Year!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Stamps:  Santa's list, Ornament banner builder (MFT)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles dies (Lil' Inkers)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Thank you

Happy Monday friends.  I am in need of Thank you cards so I decided to play along with Dynamic Duos to create this trendy card.  I love this big Thank you stamp from SU!

I am off now to finish up my wrapping.  Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Sorry for the quality of this photo, we have had no sun.  :(

Cardstock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Versafine black
Stamps:  Another Thank you (SU), Striped Backgrounds (MFT)
Accessories:  Champagne glimmer paper

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dazzling Divas challenge and sneak peek

Hi friends.  I am playing along with this week's Dazzling Diva Challenge over on Monica's blog, Add a Little Dazzle.  This week is a photo inspiration.  Here is the beautiful photo.

I pulled the music sheets, silver and went from there.  The ornament is made from the metal sheets that Monica sells in her store.  She carries a variety of colors and you can use the sheets just like you would use paper.  So fun!

I am also entering this over at Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog, Bling it on!

Here is my sneak peek of this week's challenge at StampNation.

The challenge is "Anything goes".  I used the inlaid die cutting technique but layered the word Peace so it would stand out even more.  StampNation members can view the full card here.

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Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mojo Monday & Dynamic Duos

Hi friends!  Today's card was inspired by Mojo Monday and Dynamic Duos.  I took some liberties with the sketch but you can still see it.

We woke up this morning to temps below zero, 20 below to be exact.  YIKES!  That is cold.  I don't think I am venturing out anywhere today.  Going to stay inside and stay warm.  Is it cold where you are? 

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Marina mist, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Marina Mist, crumb cake
Stamps:  Ornament Banner (MFT), Christmas Carols (Casual Fridays)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles (Lil Inkers), Merry Christmas die (SSS), Ornament builder die (MFT), Rhinestones

Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Monday #88

Happy Monday friends.  Time for another Merry Monday challenge.  The challenge this week  is to use an animal of some sort on your Christmas card.

I have to admit, I made 3 cards for this challenge and finally decided to use this one.  I absolutely love this Dove image.  I kept my card CAS to let the Dove take center stage. 

I hope you will join us for this week's challenge.  Make sure you visit Lesley's blog to see the DT's  awesome cards.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Whisper white, Crumb cake, Real red
Ink:  Real red, crumb cake
Stamps:  Starry Christmas, Jumbo Mod borders (MFT)
Accessories:  Starry Christmas dies

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dazzling Diva Challenge #4

Happy Friday friends!  I am sharing a CAS card for this week's Dazzling Diva Challenge.  This week is a color challenge.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Kiwi Kiss, & Coastal Cabana.  Kiwi Kiss is retired and I never owned that color so I substituted Gumball Green.  Hope that is acceptable? 

This card was very easy to put together using the Snow Festival DSP by SU!  My friend Catherine shared a great card over at StampNation the other day and this is my take on it.

Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Red snowflakes

Hi friends.  I am sharing another card using the same sketch as yesterday.  You can view that card here.  I was inspired by the same challenges as yesterday's card too.  :)

Fusion card challenge.

CASology's cue word:  Snowflakes

I am also entering this card over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge...Let it Snow.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, kraft
Ink:  Real Red, chocolate chip
Stamps:  Confetti garland borders stamp set & snowflake flurries (PTI)
Accessories:  Confetti garland borders die (PTI), rhinestones

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Deck the halls

Hi friends.  I am sharing a card today that was inspired by a great new sketch Maureen added to The Classroom at StampNation.  I just love the sketch.  Thank you, Maureen. 

This card was also inspired by the colors in the photo at Fusion Card challenge and CASology's cue word: Snowflakes.

I used my new silver Hero Arts shadow ink for the silver ornaments.  This ink is so beautiful in person. 

I also want to share a sneak peek of one of the 5 cards I created for my Trends Article that went up on StampNation today!  I featured Embossing paste & Stencils.  If you haven't tried embossing paste yet, what are you waiting for?  It is so much fun and you get amazing results.  I would love for you to join StampNation, if you aren't already a member, and check out the rest of my cards and my article.  There is a lot more that StampNation offers other than my Trends Articles.  There are....

  • Over 370 video tutorials
  • Over 100 challenges
  • CAS Classroom
  • And, so much more!

Click here for more information and to become a member.

Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch! #56

Hi friends.  When I saw the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I have been in love with this card by Laurie ever since she posted it.  Laurie was inspired by an envelope and when I look at this sketch turned on its side, I see an envelope.  Thank you for the inspiration, Laurie.

 Same design using different DSP!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Merry Monday #87

Happy Monday friends!  It is time for another Merry Monday challenge

This week's challenge is to create a card with a mitten(s) on it.  Can you believe that I do not have one stamp or die cut of mittens?  I need to remedy that soon.  :)  I was very fortunate to receive these adorable little mitten charms from a very special friend.  Perfect timing and perfect for this challenge.  Here is a close up of how adorable they are.

Too stinkin' cute, right?!

I hope you will join us for this week's Merry Monday challenge.  Check out Lesley's blog (Always Playing with Paper) to see the rest of the beautiful cards from the Design Team members.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Card stock:  Whisper White, New Leaf, Crumb cake, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  New Leaf
Stamps:  Perfect Punches
Accessories:  Circle punches, white twine, mitten charm, Stripes embossing folder, postage stamp border punch

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Happy Saturday friends!  Today's card is for a couple different challenges.  The first one is for Sketch Frenzy Friday.

The second challenge is for Monica's Dazzling Diva's Challenge.  This week is all about "embossing techniques".  I am really looking forward to getting the metal sheets Monica sells in her store.  I think this card would look amazing with the purple metal sheet embossed with this fun Happy Birthday embossing folder.

I had to make a Christmas card using this sketch too.  :)  I stamped the sentiments on both of these cards using Elegant Eggplant ink but it is very muted on the gray DSP.  :(  I am entering the snowflake card over at Addicted to CAS.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Snowflake Inspiration on SN

Happy Friday friends!  The latest StampNation challenge went up yesterday.  It was a stunning photo inspiration.  Here is a little peek of my card.  This challenge was the first challenge for our new Design Team members and they knocked it out of the park with their creations.  Members can view the challenge here.

Here is just a bit of what you are missing out on if you aren't a member.

Over 370 video tutorials

Over 100 challenges

CAS Classroom

Trends Articles (written by me!)

And, so much more! 

Thank you for visiting and have a great day.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

CASology ~ Ribbon

Hi friends!  I am sharing my card today for CASology's challenge.  This week's cue word is:

This wreath is a must have in your stash, in my humble opinion!  It is so beautiful and the little pine cones, be still my heart!  Just love it.  The set is called Winter Wreath by Avery Elle.  There is a ribbon stamp that goes along with this set but I decided, since the key word is ribbon, to showcase this cherry cobbler seam binding.  My background is stamped with En Francais in crumb cake on crumb cake card stock.  Looking at this card on the screen now, I wish I had sponged the edges of the main panel and the base.  Oh well, next time.  :)

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Choc. Chip, Crumb Cake
Stamps:  En Francais, Winter Wreath (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Seam binding, Deco label framelits

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Technically Speaking

Happy Wednesday Friends!

Chupa's classroom at StampNation, "Technically Speaking" 
opens today with the kick off of her first ever video tutorial!!!

To celebrate this special occasion she is giving everyone a preview of her video on her blog for a limited time.  After two weeks, the video will ONLY be available on StampNation.  You won't want to miss it!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dazzling Divas Challenge~Take 2

Hi friends.  I am squeezing in another card for this week's Dazzling Divas Challenge.  You can view my first card here.  Monica (creator of Dazzling Divas Challenge) from Add a Little Dazzle is a member of StampNation. She has her own forum in "The Classroom" teaching us how to use Metal sheets and her newest product in her store, embossing paste and stencils. 

I just placed my first order for some metal sheets, stencils, and embossing paste.  I can't wait to get them and use them on my cards.    

For this week's challenge we were to create a Thank you card using this photo as inspiration.

I pulled the gold, red and black from the lantern to use on my card.  The Rounded diamond dies from Avery Elle made this card quick and easy to put together.  I am trying to have a few thank you cards on hand for after Christmas.  I know I will need a few.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Click here to learn more about StampNation.  I would love to see you there.

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Black, Champagne glimmer paper, cherry cobbler glimmer paper
Ink:  Memento black
Stamps:  Sassy Salutations
Accessories:  Rounded Diamond Dies (Avery Elle)

Monday, December 2, 2013

***Exciting news!!!***

Hi friends!  I am so excited to be able to share a secret I have been keeping for a while now.  Lesley from Always Playing with Paper  has asked me to join her Merry Monday Design team!   I have been a participant in the Merry Monday challenges for quite some time now.  I love making Christmas cards year round.  I am humbled and honored to be part of this amazing team.  Thank you, Lesley!

Here is my first card as Design Team member:

This week's challenge is to use the Chalkboard technique and make a Christmas card.  My card features a clean chalkboard.  :)  This card was inspired by one of the cards in  "A Very Trendy Holiday" online card class by CatherineMaureen, & Chupa.  I would encourage you to check this class out, if you haven't already!

I hope you will join us for this week's Merry Monday challenge.  Check out Lesley's blog (Always Playing with Paper) to see the rest of the beautiful cards from the Design Team members.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!