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Pumpkin Spice - X’s and O’s

Hello!  Today is my day to post on the Pumpkin Spice blog.  This week’s challenge is to use X’s and O’s in your creations.   Denine further challenged the DT to see what we could make with the focus on designer paper and only use stamps for sentiments.   This idea popped into my head immediately.    (Gosh, I love when that happens!)On the back side of my top layer, I measured and marked where I wanted the die cuts.   Although I used metal dies, you could do the same thing with your die cutting machine.  The pieces of designer paper are adhered to the back side of the white piece so it shows through the negative spaces.    I think there are so many possibilities to this design.  You could use other words or shapes to fit any occasion.    I finished off my card with stitching because, well, I almost always use stitching.  I couldn’t resist adding some coordinating bakers twine.   The sentiment was added by creating my own, custom rub-on.  You can find a tutorial here.I hope you will joi…

Catching Up

I was looking through my craft photos and realized that I had not posted this card yet.  I made this for my brother’s birthday.   I can’t believe I forgot to post it because I like the way it turned out.I tried to keep it relatively CAS and even used some of my washi tape.   The paint was left over outdoor paint.  I poured some in a Dixie cup, diluted it with water, and flicked it onto the paper.  I have lots of other stuff going on.  One of the most exciting things is that I have a new job which I will start next Monday.   Woo hoo!  I’m very excited to get started.    I have a few pictures of my daughter fencing that I thought I would share.  These were all taken by my hubby’s iPhone over the last few weeks.   I didn’t do any photo editing.Liz & her pirate socks.  She is known for her crazy socks (except in tournaments).Liz’s game face.

Tournament in Chicago on Sunday.  Check out that lunge. You go girl!I recently started taking an adult fencing class so that I can better understa…

Great Impressions Stamps–This Is How I Roll

Happy Monday!  Today I have another card created using one of the kitchen themed stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.   This fun stamp is “I Roll” (E768).To continue with the homey feel from the stamp, I used some October Afternoon papers, twine, a doily and pearls.  All these things make me think of Grandma’s kitchen.   I can almost smell the cookies or pie that she is baking.Although this is all so homey and cozy, I have to admit that I had the  song from LMFAO with these lyrics running through my head the entire time I was crafting.    Everybody sing it with me, “This is how I roll…”Are you ready for the Great Impressions Spring Bunny Hop?   Mark your calendars for March 5 to hop along with us to see some spring projects from the Great Impressions Stamps team and your chance to win some prizes.Thank you for stopping by!   Have a wonderful week!Supplies:Stamps:   I Roll (E768) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Antique Linen Paper:  Neenah Class…

Paper Nest Dolls–Random Winner

Hello!  Thank you for entering the drawing for 2 images of your choice from the Paper Nest Dolls.The random winner is #5 – Sonia from Passioni di Carta!Sonia’s favorite image is Cowboy Owen.   Sonia, please email Christine at thepapernest(at)yahoo(dot)com with your choice of images.You can find Cowboy Owen and other adorable images from the Paper Nest Dolls at the Etsy shop HERE.   If you haven’t looked around lately, stop back in and check out all of Christine’s new, sweet images inspired by her children.Have a wonderful weekend!

Whimsy & Stars Studio - Spring Hat Bunny

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!  Today I have a card to share with you made using Spring Hat Bunny (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio I tried a new (for me) technique although it is hard to see it in the photo.  I wet a scrap of burlap with Copic colorless blender and pressed it to the bunny’s hat to add some texture.    At this time, I didn’t put a sentiment on the card because I usually only need a couple of Easter cards.  I left it blank so I can use this for Easter or another occasion.Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  Spring Hat Bunny (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics blue CS, October Afternoon Sidewalks paper pad Tools:  Sewing machine, Stampin’Up edge punch, Big Shot, Papertrey Layerz Mat Stack #1, Copic markers Embellishments:  Twinery honeydew baker’s twine, Hug Snug seam binding, misc. buttons Challenges:Artistic Inspirations - W, E3 - Buttons &a…

Great Impressions Stamps–Bunny Backs

Hello!  Happy Monday!  Today is my day to post on the Great Impressions Stamps blog.   For my project, I decided to make something for spring.   I’m not sure if it is wishful thinking or not, but I hope that it is on it’s way.  Let’s all hope that Punxsutawney Phil is accurate in his forecast this year.Anyhow, these sweet little bunnies made me think of spring and warmer weather.  Aren’t they cute?I also masked off part of the image and stamped one of the bunnies on the inside of my card along with a sentiment from Great Impressions Stamps.  These cute little bunnies are perfect for spring, Easter, thinking of you, and all kinds of occasions.  I am so happy that I added them to my collection.Don’t forget you can find Great Impressions Stamps on Facebook and Pinterest as well as the Great Impressions Stamps blog.    You can also stay on top of the Great Impressions challenges, new products, and special orders by signing up for the Great Impressions newsletter.You still have time to joi…

Pumpkin Spice - Birthday Wishes

While scrolling through the Pumpkin Spice shop, I noticed the great prices on the Christmas/Winter themed paper pads.    The fun colors and patterns on so many of the pages could be used for just about anything.   So I pulled out the “12 Days of Christmas” paper pad from My Mind’s Eye and set to work trying to make some cards.Since I never have enough birthday cards on hand, I thought that was what I would try first.  I started by punching out butterflies from several of the many patterns in the pad.    From there, I moved them around my card until I had an arrangement that I liked, added some stitching and stickers, and, “Ta Da!”, a birthday card! Since I also need a congratulations card for a friend , I thought I would see what I could make with the same paper pad.   I really love how this card turned out.(In real life, the glitter on the “U” is more similar to the aqua color in the paper.)So what do you think?   You can make some fabulous, non-holiday cards using holiday themed pap…

Deer Valentine

I have one last Valentine’s day card to share with you for this year.    I thought I was done but then I saw this image from Rebecca Parker of Wings & Willows and I knew I had to have him.  This fabulous image is Dear Valentine.   I decided to use him to create (another) Valentine’s day card for my hubby.I did not have gray cardstock on hand so I cut the mats out of white CS and used my Copic markers to color the edges so it looked like the correct color.   I created my own, custom rub on to add the text to the journal tab.  If you are interesting in finding out more about this technique, you can find my tutorial here.Stop by Rebecca’s shop, Wings & Willows, on Etsy to see all her fabulous digital stamps.   While you are there, use the promo code “shestamps15” to receive 15% off any order through the end of February.   You might want to stop by Rebecca’s blog and become a follower so you can stay up to date on her newest images and are aware of any freebies.Before I go, here i…

Pumpkin Spice–Last Minute Valentine’s Day Cards

Hello!   I have a couple more Valentine’s day cards to share with you.   I kept these really easy so that they would quick to make at the last minute.  I didn’t even use Valentine themed papers.  The hearts are from papers from Handmade Tiny Tablet from Lily Bee Designs.    (I think these might be me new favorite papers.  I love the colors!)  This paper pad is only $4.20 at Pumpkin Spice.I love to stitch on almost all my cards but if you need some last minute cards, you could skip the sewing or use faux sewing.  You could even make these as single layer cards.   I’m thinking about using the same design but with different die cut shapes and sentiments to make some more quick cards for my stash.  Hmmm… what about stars and birthday greetings?Don’t forget to share your Valentine’s day projects with us at the Pumpkin Spice Challenge!Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulous day!**Don’t forget to check out my digi stamp give-away.  You click on the photo at the top of the righ…

Whimsy & Stars Studio–Molly’s Cupcake

Hello!  Today I have a card using Molly’s Cupcake from Whimsy & Stars Studio.     Isn’t she a cutie? Of course I had to color her to look like my daughter.   I used a white gel pen to add polka dots on her top and hat.   I’m sorry this post is so short.  I’m trying to think about something to chat about but I have nothing.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!  Supplies:Stamps:  Molly’s Cupcake (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink Ink:  Close To My Heart Tulip Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up paper pad Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Journaling tag die & XL rick rack die, Copic markers Embellishments:  Papertrey button twine, misc. button, Sakura white gelly roll pen, Kaiser Craft pearls Challenges:Crafty Bloggers Network - M, SIO - (Feb) Anything GoesForever Friends -  Biweekly challenge (1st week): Anything GoesMake it Monday

Great Impressions Stamps–You Always Pop Up

Hello!  Happy Monday!  Today is my day to post on the Great Impressions Stamps blog.  My card today uses Pop Up (E630).   I love this little, retro toaster!  I paired it up with some October Afternoon papers that I have had in my stash along with some other odds and ends that I had on my desk.  You only have a few days left to take advantage of the Valentine’s special at Great Impressions Stamps.   Take 10% off and free shipping on orders over $25.  Use the coupon code:  LOVE   The offer is valid through February 14th.Don’t forget to join the Great Impressions Stamps “HAVE A HEART” February challenge.   You can link up your HEART projects and see the challenge details HERE.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week!Supplies:Stamps:  Pop Up (E630) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Papers:  Papertrey white & kraft CS, Neenah Classic Crest solar white CS, October Afternoon Cherry Hill paper collection Tools:  Sewing machine, EK Success punch, Big Shot, Spel…

Paper Nest Dolls – Owen Fishing & A Give-Away

Hello!   Today I have a card using an image from a (new to me) digital stamp designer.    This cutie is “Owen Fishing” from Paper Nest Dolls.   Stop by Paper Nest Dolls on Etsy to see Christine’s new line of Paper Dolls digital stamps.  All of these sweet images are inspired by her children.  There are a few other place where you can find information on Paper Nest Dolls.The Paper Nest Dolls Blog - http://thepapernestdolls.blogspot.com/The Paper Nest Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Paper-Nest/105717246215098?ref=hlThe Paper Nest store - http://www.the-papernest.com/  (If you live in Florida, be sure to check out the store in Fort Meyers.)Now for the give-away – only 2 easy steps to enter:Stop by the Paper Nest shop to check out all of Christine’s Paper Dolls digital stamps. Enter your name in the linky tool below and include the name of your favorite image. [i.e.: Cheryl (Owen Fishing)] Next week, I will use Random.org to pick one luck winner who will win 2 images of…

Pumpkin Spice - Love U

Hello!   I wanted to post this card this morning but life has been especially hectic this week.  So, it’s a little late, but still in time to remind you that you still have a chance to enter the Pumpkin Spice “Hearts” challenge.Supplies:Stamps:  None Inks:  Frayed Burlap Distress Inks Paper:  White CS, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found 3 Ruby paper pad, Stampin’Up Vellum Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Celebrations Frame die, Tim Holtz Rosette die, Sweet n Sassy stacking hearts die,  Die-namics Hearts A Plenty die Embellishments:  Copic marker (R27)[to color the “u”], Thickers Forest chipboard letters, misc. word sticker, Prima Say It In Crystals gemstone flourishes From Pumpkin Spice: Challenges:DRS Designs - 1E, SIO - #59  The Word 'Love' MilkCoffee Challenge - 2W, 3E, SIO - (W2 of 2) Valentines Paper Crafting Journey - 2W - (W1 of 2) Love Sassy Studio Designs - SIO - #163 Have a heart Shelly's Images - SIO, 2W - (W1 of 2) Neutrals with a pop of colour…

Whimsy & Stars Studio February Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Whimsy and Stars Studio blog hop!   We are introducing two NEW February Digi releases, “Birthday Ladybug” and “You’re a Star”.    You have come here from the first stop on the hop, the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog.  If not, you might want to start at the beginning so that you don’t miss out on the DT’s gorgeous projects.  TWO random winners will be selected from the comments left during the hop to win ONE Whimsy and Stars Studio digi of their choice.  Be sure to leave a comment at each stop on the hop to increase your chances of winning.  The blog hop will run until Friday, February 8th, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.For my card, I used the new image “You’re a Star”.  I thought she would make a fun birthday card.  Her    dress is paper pieced and shaded a bit with my Copics.   Your next stop on the hop is the talented CHRISTINE.  Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  You’re A Star (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio,  Tiny Tags fr…

Great Impressions Stamps–Sweet Pie

Hello!   Today is my day to post on the Great Impressions Stamps blog.    Something about this stamp, Sweetie Pie (F419), struck my fancy as soon as I saw it .  I originally was going to use red, pink and other Valentine’s day colors to make a traditional Valentine’s Day card but I decided that these homey papers from OA would work better.    I added a few stickers so that it would say “U R my Sweetie Pie”. Don’t forget about the Great Impressions Stamps Valentine’s Special.  10% off your order and free shipping on orders over $25, thru February 14th.   Coupon code:  LOVE.We would love it if you joined in our February challenge, “Have a Heart”.  Create anything you like as long as we can see a heart somewhere on your project.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!Supplies:   Stamps:  Sweetie Pie (F419) from Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Paper:  Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, October Afternoon Farm Fresh DP pad, Neenah Classic Crest solar whit…

Great Impressions Stamps–Happy Hearts Day!

Are you ready for the new Great Impressions Stamps new challenge?  Our new February challenge is “Hearts”!   Link up your creation with hearts in the image, designer paper or even as embellishments on the Great Impressions blog for your chance to win.For my creation, I used the sweet image Watering Can Mousey (D287).   I love that his little flower is made from hearts.  There are also hearts on the banners and in the edge punch that I used.  I decorated the inside with more DP, the same edge punch and the Valentine Wishes (B148) sentiment.We hope you will play along with us and link up your “Hearts” creation on the Great Impressions Stamps blog.Don’t forget about the Great Impressions Stamps Valentine’s Special.  10% off your order and free shipping on orders over $25, thru February 14th.   Coupon code:  LOVEThank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps:  Watering Can Mousey (D287) and Valentine Wishes (B148) (inside sentiment) from .Great Impressions Stamps Inks:  Clos…