"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa

Monday, September 15, 2014

OH. EM. GEE. Paper Piecing

Hello friends and welcome to another Monday in September!
Still a bit chilly over my way, but I hear it's supposed to warm up a bit in another week or two before the old man winter hits us with really cold temps!

So today I have a quick and simple card to share with you:
This card was just so much fun to make!  You know when you don't have time to go into your craft room, but you have an idea looming in your head so that when you get in to finally create you don't want your "vision" to go away...so this is a card I had in my head all weekend! LOL!

I do not own very many Mama Elephant stamps, but boy those images are just the CUTEST!!  Have you seen their new release?!  OH. EM. GEE....looks like so many fun things to play with!  Too bad I need to save my Christmas money for presents for others!! LOL!!

  For the monthly challenge, they wanted to see some paper piecing.  So I took the open image balloon from the Good Times stamp set and stamped it on some decorative papers that I still had left over from a Simon Says Stamp card kit. (I even used the fun black/gray woodgrain paper for the background of my card.)  I then fussy cut the balloons out and popped them up on the card.  I took my Copic liner pen and drew the strings coming from the balloons and ran them right into the cut out "thanks" at the bottom of my card.  The tiny bow holding the balloon strings and the "OH. EM. GEE." sentiment is also from this same stamp set as well.

I do not own a "thanks" die cut, so I used my Cricut Explore to find a nice "thanks" to cut out with the same patterned paper as one of the balloons.  I also have that popped up on the bottom of the card as well.  The only thing left was rounding the corners with my corner chomper and adding some star sequins to go with my design.  I think this would make for a nice masculine thank you card, don't you think?

So here are the challenges that I'd like to link this card to:
Mama Elephant September challenge:

Cardz 4 Guyz - Clean & Simple

So thanks for joining me over here today and I'll be back with another creation for you soon!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Cute Monster and Fun with Patrick!

Hello friends and a very happy Friday to you!
It is strangely and unusually very cold over my way today!  We received a cold front coming down from Canada!  I have the heat on trying to stay warm today!

Anyway, I have a couple of really fun creations to share with you today and a brand new company from Germany that is now open and selling some REALLY cute stamps!
So check this out...
LOL!!  This purple fun and chubby monster is courtesy of
Create a Smile
I think the name says it all...right?!!

Well right now they have an October Guest Design Team Call going on and they are looking for someone that use their images in a creative way!  Unfortunately, I don't own any of the stamp sets, but they do have some available free digital images for you to play with in case you have a fancy to play along!  If you want to get in this time...you better hurry because it's ending very soon!

So here's the full view of the card that I created to enter this GDT call for...
I think this monster is so FUN!!  (You can get him for FREE! CLICK HERE) You could color him up SO MANY different ways and I have other ideas for him, but of course I don't have the time to do everything!! LOL!!  I colored him up in purple hues with my Copics and then I gave him some green-yellowish hair, dots and feet.  That's the cool thing about monsters is that you can pretty much color them anyway you want!  For the top of his head, I took my colorless blender to make some dots.
And who could resist adding some google eyes to a monster?!!  I just had to do it!
The star is from an old SU! set and the sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps.

The tree was cut with my Cricut Explore in black card stock.  I embossed the stars at the top with clear embossing powder and sponged over them with some distress inks.  It really makes the stars pop out!  I also took my silver gel pen and added some dots with the stars.  The strips of grass were just punched out, sponged and then I popped up the top strip along with the monster that's in-bedded in the grass blades.  I also added some stitching details around the edges.

I don't know if this is creative enough, but I sure had fun with anyway!

Here are some challenges that I'd like to link this for:
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Cute Halloween/Fall 4 Kids
Papertake Weekly - Repeat, Repeat (Repeatedly stamped stars)
Cute Card Thursday - Too Cute (monsters can be cute too!!)

I also have another card I wanted to share with you that I thought was really funny!!
My son's birthday was yesterday and I made this card for him
For those of you that are familiar with the cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants, then you already know who this character is.  I thought it would be fun to print off a photo of Patrick and make a shaped card with it!  I traced around the photo and cut out the shape on a folded piece of card stock.
I added some green trunks and punched flowers to glue on it.

I traced around the eyes too and then punched out some circles for the middle of the eye and the rest is just from me tracing around it with pens.  I think with the sponging, it made him look similar to the photo.  Here's the photo that I took this from:
My son has loved this cartoon since he was a child and he just had his 18th birthday!  So why did I make this for him?!  Well we have a running joke about this so I think he'll really get a kick out of it when he sees it.  Nope...haven't given it to him yet because I'm taking him out to dinner tomorrow and I'll be giving it to him then.  LOL!!

So that's all from me today.  Hope I could give you a smile or laugh while you're here!
Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you soon!  Thanks for stopping in!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Start to Finish Video Card Tutorial - Washed Watercolor Background...FINALLY!

Hello friends!
I'm so happy to say that I've FINALLY got a video put together for a card I had done several weeks ago.  (You can check out that post by CLICKING HERE.)   I decided to make another card from start to finish with this technique so you can see how it looks different each time.

Here is what my completed card looks like with the added details not shown in the video:
I still kept this simple, but in comparison to the other card, you can see how different it looks not because I changed the images, but the background turns out different every time you do it!  That's what I love about doing this technique!
And compared to the card in the video, I'm glad that I decided to add the glossy accent to the vellum bubbles along with a few sequins.  Really makes for a nice underwater experience for my fish friend!
The image was a "Freebie" image from The Alley Way Stamps.
CLICK HERE to find image & sentiment.

In comparison to my past video (from almost a year ago), I really needed to work on making my videos look better and I hope you like this one and hope that you get inspired through it!
*You can watch this on You Tube & enlarge your screen to view*

Here is also a close-up view of the details that I added to the card not shown on the video:
I'm thinking that adding the glossy accents and sequins were a great idea! :)
I will also have to check out more of those cute stamp sets from The Alley Way Stamps to see if I can find a cute fish like this one!
Hope you enjoyed the video and it inspired you in some way!
Please let me know if you enjoyed this or would like to see more....or if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for stopping in today and I'll see you again soon.


Here are a few challenges that I'd like to link this card with:
CAS(E) This Sketch - CTS#91

Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark!
Simon Says Stamp - Make Your Own Background

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's a Tuesday Throwdown Recipe!

Hello my friends!  Hope your week is starting off to be a good one!
Today it's "Team A's" turn to share inspiration for the new challenge at
Tuesday Throwdown

We would like to see your creations made with the following recipe of:
1 image, 2 decorative papers & 3 flowers

No problem, right?!  Can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Here's what I came up with using one of our sponsor's images:
I have used this really precious image from "A Day for Daisies" called Buddy.
I think this is a great image to remind us how special our friendships are!  I printed him out and cut the sides to go over the front of an A2 sized card.  I stenciled some clouds and added some distressing around the edges.  The sentiment is from an older stamp set I have.  It may also be hard to tell in the photo, but I've done some paper piercing stitch details on the yellow strip of paper.

So following the recipe, I have my 1 image colored in, 2 decorative papers which are the dotted black and white along with the solid red distressed papers and then finally at the bottom I have my three punched out flowers with the black rhinestones for the centers and popped up off the card.

I hope you will pop on over to the challenge blog to see all of the rest of DT inspiration!
I have somewhere special to send this card to.  Perhaps there's someone that you're thinking of who'd love to receive a hand-made creation by you?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Here are some challenges I'd like to link this one to:
Addicted to Stamps & More - anything goes with optional thinking of you or get well
Simply Create Too - Something NEW (new digital stamp and blending inks!)
Crafts 4 Eternity - Digital
The Squirrel & The Fox - For a Male

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Christmas Card This Year!

Hello friends!  It may be too early for some of you to think about, but I want to get a good start on my Christmas cards this year, so here's my first one!

I had bought some die cuts last year and didn't get a chance to use them for any cards, so I got them out for a play and here's a little something I came up with:
I used this beautiful Country Landscape die cut from Memory Box and thought it made for a fabulous nightfall wintry scene on a card.  I absolutely LOVE the quiet and peaceful nights with a gentle shimmery snowfall.  I love the sparkle the snow has under the bright moon!

I used some my Copic markers to give a little shadow next to the buildings and trees to reflect the brightness of the moon.  The sentiment from Whimsy Stamps is embossed with silver embossing powder.  I also embossed the moon with a circle stamp I had and then covered it with the same shimmery paint that I speckled with a paint brush on the Midnight colored card stock.  The snowflakes on the card are from a Memory Box die cut as well.  (They're attached to a bow that I cut off.)  I painted them with the shimmer paint also and then glued them to my card for accents and added some silver Stickles glitter to the centers.

For the silver frame around the winter scene, I used my Spellbinders stackables (nesties) die cut and cut the Midnight panel out and inlayed that into the front white card base.  I then cut a larger and smaller die cut from the silver metallic card stock to create the frame.  I then used the smaller nesties die cut to cut out the country landscape area with the white card stock.  The silver metallic frame is popped up over the design and flush with the white snowy country landscape.
The white base of the card was corner rounded and also popped up on top of the folded card.

I love the layered look that the die cut gives without there being lots of bulk which makes this card an easy one to mail out at Christmas time!  Hope it inspires you to start your Christmas cards!
Thanks for stopping in today!


Here are some challenges that I'd like to link this to:
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes using dies (It's their FIRST challenge!)
Sweet Stamps - embossing (heat embossed moon and sentiment)
allsorts - early Christmas makes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -  "Stamp It!" Stamps ONLY - no digis allowed


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One Layer Thankyou

Hello friends!  After this Labor Day weekend, my time schedule is off a bit!
I wanted to post on Monday but I was busy with my family and didn't have time!
I've also been messing around with a video and I'm not happy with it, so there is still more tweaking to do and trying out different things until I get the result that I want.  But hopefully once I get it all figured out I will be able to keep making videos with the same method.

So anyway, I have a very simple and quick card to share with you today!
If you've been following me for a while, then you know what type of cards I had made in the past which were VERY detailed with lots of "stuff" on it.  Well this is completely the opposite of that!
Check it out....
This is a complete one-layer design using some fun Lawn Fawn stamps!  I love the Interlocking Backdrops stamp set because there are so many cool techniques you can do with it and interesting looks you can achieve with it as well!

I have used my Copic markers to color in randomly the blocks.  I also took my lightest color of grey to make a shadow border around the edges and give them a bit of a 3-D look.  I just split the middle of the border stamp and placed my sentiment in the middle of it.

In this close-up view of the card, I'm hoping that you can see the slight shimmer on the white colored blocks.  I just brushed some Smooch over top of the white ones for a bit of shimmer on the card.  It looks really awesome IRL!  Of course to keep it from being completely plain, I also added some enamel dots and rounded the corners at the bottom with my corner chomper.

Hope that you've enjoyed my one layer design today and see you soon!


Here are some challenges that I'd like to link to:

CAS on Sunday - black & white with one other color
Simon Says Stamp (Work it Wednesday for September) - must use stamping
Stampin' Royalty - Black & White with pop of color


Friday, August 29, 2014

Every Little Thing...

Hello friends and a happy Friday!
So I was inspired to play along with a challenge, but I wanted some specific images because I thought they would be perfect to use and of course I wanted them anyway and knew that I would use them over and over, so I was fine with that!  Here's my card and I'll explain about it:
I have used several different stamp sets from the same company The Alley Way Stamps, which I'll have listed below, but I was totally inspired by the photo for their "BE Inspired" challenge.  (There is also a photo of this below.)  Speaking of TAWS...they have just started their September sneak peeks of the newly released stamps that are coming out this month!  So be sure to check it out and leave a comment for your chance to win each day until the release!  CLICK HERE

The little waves I cut free-hand and were left overs from the background I created from the video that I haven't posted yet!  LOL!  Promise it should be coming soon!  I covered the top layer of waves with my Wink of Stella pen and it has a nice shimmer to mimic the reflective water.

The pattern on the sails are from a different set from the boat and the evergreens you see along the sides are from another set and of course the greeting is from another as well.  I used my distress inks to create the nice soft foggy sky you see which I think looks similar to the photo from the challenge.  I really like how this turned out.  Hope you like it too!  Thanks for dropping in today and enjoy your weekend!


Challenges I'm linking this for:

Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - any sentiment other than birthday
4 Crafty Chicks 4CC # 209- Something old (Twine & die cut) & Something new (new stamps!)


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