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

Friday, March 6, 2015

KA-POW Super Powers and YUM YUM Cupcake!

Hello friends and a happy Friday to ya!!
This week went by in a whirl wind I was so busy, but I made it to Friday quickly! :)
I have not one, but TWO creations to share today!

I'm excited about my focus on card making this month because my main focus is going to be on cards for children.  There is a special charity on Splitcoast Stampers this month and I want to be able to send some cards that would be fit for the children based on the foundation.

Here's my first card:
This is the first time that I have used this set.  It was one of those Simon Says Stamp exclusive items that you could only get during their STAMP-tember promotions.  It's called "Super Duo" and it was designed by Mama Elephant.  I also got the coordinating dies that go with it.  SO CUTE!

I had certain colors in mind that I wanted to use for this because of a challenge I wanted to play in and then I found some papers and a sketch and that's how this came together basically.
The city scape was stamped in Slate Gray at the bottom white panel and then I used the matching die cut and cut out the city scape to layer over top of it.  I embossed the sentiment in that "power bubble" area and sponged some white ink around the edges.  I also stamped some clouds on the top white panel and sponged some of the same Pool Party ink around the edges of it.  I also die cut some extra clouds to pop up over areas of the design.

I've colored this super hero fellow with my Copic markers and popped up the top portion only of him so that it looks like he is flying up into the sky. :)
I used my gold gel pen to color in his belt buckle and star on his chest.  I've also used some foil gold card stock to cut out pieces with the die cuts for added accents on the design.

I think this card turned out so cute!!  I also think it would be something a child would enjoy to help lift up spirits during a difficult time.  Hope this card can help in some way.

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter the above card for:

{Cupcake Inspirations} - celebrating 300th challenge! yay!
For their second challenge, here's the colors they'd like you to use:

Crafty Creations - sketch

Sentimental Sundays - anything goes

Top Tip Tuesday - Use an Action Image

613 Avenue - anything goes

Stampin' Royalty - embossing (heat embossed sentiment)

And now for my second card I thought it would be fun to make it shaped!
I knew I wanted to create a card that had a huge cupcake on it, but I didn't really have any cupcake stamps that were very large in size.  So I went to my Cricut Explore machine and found something really fun to work with!  I cut the shape out twice so that I could make this a folding style shaped card.  I've got it sized so that it fits perfectly in an A2 sized envelope.

I used some papers that I had for the cupcake liner portion and then sponged around the edges of it to give it some dimension.  I also tied a tag (from a really old stamp set called Too Terrific Tags that I used to have and my mom had a set...not sure if it used to be mine...but now she gave it to me! LOL!)  Of course I have those tag punches to go with it too and I thought it would be a perfect accent to add to this card!  I embossed the tag image with gold embossing powder and tied it around the cupcake liner paper with gold cord and then added a gold star sequins in the middle of the bow.

And for the "confetti" portion of my card, the "pill looking" confetti was cut by the machine, but I added some pretty colored sequins to the top and then I covered the cherry with my Wink of Stella glitter pen and then went over that with some glossy accents.  Hard to see in the photo, but I couldn't quite get a good shot of it, but it looks so shinny and yummy! :)

So here are some challenges I'd like to enter my Cupcake card for:

{Cupcake Inspirations} - 300th challenge celebration!
(And for this last challenge, they would like to see "confetti" on your design!)

Inkspirational - Sprinkle

Retro Rubber - tags

Just Inspirational (Monthly challenge) - Shaped Card

Clear It Out - Theme: anything goes - Stash:  anything goes

Creative Inspirations - Something Old! (tag stamp and punches is OLD!)

Fab 'N' Funky - Shaped Cards

Cute Card Thursday - Die Cuts & Punches

I hope that you've enjoyed my creations today!!  Thanks so much for dropping in and have a wonderful weekend my friends!! :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Addicted to Stamps & CAS!

Hello friends!
Popping in this evening to let you know that a new challenge is up over at
(click the photo to check it out!)

So it's time for Team A to get their CAS on!
Here's what I've created for it:
I've used this really sweet doxie image from Newton's Nook called Holiday Hounds.
Mocca wanted to send a fellow doxie friend a get well card and so she's sending warm hugs over to him! :)  I've made this a one layer card, but I did add the red banner with the sentiment over top of it.  The sentiment comes from a SU! set.

I hardly ever color in different ways other than with my Copic markers, but after playing around with the new watercolors, I thought I would try my hand with my Primsa Colored Pencils with gamsol too.  I've seen people color over kraft card stock with it and wanted to try it out for myself as I've never done that.  I really like the results!  The gamsol really helps to blend in the pencils and I like that you can layer over top of the colors to blend too!

There is an awesome sponsor this week too!  Inspired by Stamping is giving away a $20.00 gift voucher to the winner!  So be sure to check out what the rest of the design team came up with for the challenge and I look forward to seeing your lovely CAS designs!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this one for:
(If the added banner is NOT considered "1 layer" I apologize!)

Newton's Nook - Just One Layer

Challenge Up Your Life - One layer

Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring Coffee Break

Hello friends!!  Welcome to March...finally!
Although there is still snow on the ground and the temps are still cold, I am feeling that Spring is just around the corner and I'm very excited about that! :)
I heard some birds chirping this morning while I was sipping my coffee and it was very pleasant!

As I start this post, I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your kind thoughts on my last post!  I really appreciate the warm support and up-lifting comments! :)
I've decided that you are all right...this is supposed to be FUN and I'm going to do what I think is fun and exactly what my whole blog is supposed to be about..."stamp smiles"...so I am!

One of those "things" that are happy and fun for me is my coffee!...every morning and can't live without it!  I know several people that are not coffee fans, so think of tea, hot cocoa or whatever warms your fancy!  What can you pair with that to make it even more fun?  SPRING!
Of course I wanted to join along the fun with the
I played along with the Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop and the one before that when I first discovered it, so of course I'm going to join in the fun once again with this one! :)

So I found a beautiful color combo that I thought were really awesome Spring-like colors and then a sketch and another fun celebration to join along in and I had my card planned!  So here's what I've come up with for it:
So one of the sponsors for this blog hop is Paper Smooches and I always think of this set I have called Hot Concoctions and thought it would be perfect for this!  (It has a little flower in that set that reminds me of those cherry blossom trees!  Yum....cherry blossom coffee anyone?!)

I stamped the coffee cup, colored it with my Copics and added some white dots to the mug with my white gel pen.  The "whip cream" was glittered up with Stickles and I stamped and colored the little flower and popped it up over the coffe mug.  I've placed a hot pink candy dot in the center of it.
I took the "hello" sentiment from the PS Chit Chat set and embossed it on my green panel with white EP and made it into a banner popped up over the card.

Here is a closer look at the details:
Lastly the pink panel was stamped with that same flower and I added a few clear sequins for a bit more added sparkle.

I think they are trying to reach over 300 entries this time and I know there are over 250 right now, so if you haven't played along, check it out!  There are tons of prizes!  I just enjoy seeing what others come up with for the theme! So fun!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!!  Hope your day is fabulous!


Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this card in:

CAS Colors & Sketches: sketch

Color Throwdown (ctd331) 

{Cupcake Inspirations} - sparkle!
and check out their 300th challenge celebration!

Paper Smooches SPARK - anything goes!

CAS on Sunday - "Girl Power"

Friday, February 27, 2015

Flashback Friday Challenges - Cancelled

Hello friends!
Just wanted to make a quick post for you today to let you know that I have decided to "cancel" the Flashback Friday challenges.  :(

I guess I wasn't ready to hit the "big time" with keeping up with my own challenge! LOL!
Although I feel fine to continue my own line of "Flashback Friday" posts and post a card or project, I am finding it very difficult to do "research" every time I make a project for this along with a challenge idea and then research my own "old" projects to see if I can find something to fit with it....it really does become quite the chore!! 
I commend those who do run challenge blogs and guess I'm forgetting how cumbersome it can get!

- On a side note...this is just not my "forte" folks. When I was asked to make my "Flashback Friday" postings a challenge by a couple of readers, I was a bit hesitant and for this very reason.  I find that I mentally put too much pressure on myself for these type of things and it stops being fun for me. (I don't want to "run" out on my blog yet once again!) 
*There are also other challenge blogs with the same sort of idea behind it...I've just 'named' mine different is all.*

Here's a list of other challenges with this idea in mind that I really enjoy participating in:
1.  Retro Rubber Challenge (fairly new - asking to use old stamps)

2.  Clear It Out (although they don't ask you to use a particular older item, the name of the challenge blog is pretty clear about using your "stash" items!)

3.  Shopping Our Stash (same principle as the above challenge.)

I always try and play along with these challenges whenever I can for this reason.
If there are any others that you know of, please let me know!

For those of you that have just found me or for those that have become a "regular" participant with these challenges, PLEASE continue to pull out your own forgotten/neglected stash!  I would STILL love to come see what you did!!  Just leave me a comment and I would be MORE THAN HAPPY to come and check it out!! :) 

Of course I still plan on playing with my old stash and I will continue with that idea, but there will be no more challenges.  I'm so sorry if I have disappointed anyone.

I will leave you with this "flashback" and thank you for being special friends! :)
I truly appreciate each and every one of you that has supported me with this! 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flashback Favorites - Geometrical

Good evening friends!

Thanks so much to those that have played along in the last challenge!
I really appreciate all of the support that I've received with this challenge and I always find it so much fun to see how you all interpret the challenges too!
It's so hard to pick just three people as I think you are ALL stars! :)
I wanted to feature everyone that has ever played along!  I will feature all who played along in the last challenge though...

These are ALL of the wonderful crafters who participated in our last "Geometrical" challenge:

Let's begin with this beautiful one from : CaroleAnn:
  Here's what she has to say about this:
This was a fun card to create and I was a little out of my element on this but I had fun experimenting with my Versa Mark ink pad and an old stamp set from Stampin Up dated 2000 (the same one Vicki used in her demo)! 
Yay for you CaroleAnn trying out this fun technique!! You've done a brilliant job with it!
I love the pinks!! :)

And here's a clever idea from :Stamping Smiles Designs:
Here's what she says about her entry:
Ever since I started investing in Wafer Thin Dies I have not been using my punches. I have so many shaped punches that I purchased when I first got into stamping, for example, my smaller circle and square punches. They haven't got much use. So, I am so glad Vicki did this Geometrical Challenge. It was good for me to take out my circle punches and put them to work. I began the card by punching a whole bunch of circles using my circle punches. Then I traced the circles randomly onto my white cardstock and fussy cut around it leaving a white border.
Wow!!  This is SUCH a clever idea to use the punches for this!  Never thought of doing this, but now I need to try this out sometime!  Thanks for the great idea Ka!

And check out this fun and clever one from :Cornelia (fun stamping) :
Here is her thoughts on this:
geometrical (those stamps are now a little over 1 year old, I ordered them before I started on the STAMPlorations DT - to have something to work with and in January I was with them for one year, yeahh!)
Now how stinkin' CUTE is this?!!  I love her idea using the hexagon shape to create little animals!  She has made SEVERAL more different variations on her blog...so be sure to stop by and check it out!

And here is another entry from:  Shelly Schmidt:
Here's what she says about her entry:
 The stamps are old, old SU and the color is very washed out- I colored with Copics and added Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The sentiment is Sweet Stamps.
This is a great set of cards and a fun way to use up those scraps to make a sunburst design!  Love the patterns in your papers and your wintry images too! :)

This very sweet entry is from Patricia Hays:
Here's what her comment was about it:
The designer papers and the white card base are my newest items used here; I’ve had them for about 13 months.
This is just so cute!!  If it's over 1 year old...it's time to use it, right?! :)  Great job!  Thanks so much for playing along with this sweet card!

And here is another cutie from Just Duckie:
Here's her comment about this card:
 I used paper that I have had for a few years and rectangles.
This one just makes me smile! :)  I just love it when I can use up those papers!! Great job Jerrie!

And here are not one, but TWO creations from Jessi Fogan:
Here's what she said about it:
I 'iced' the chocolate donuts with Liquid Pearls, and glossed the rest with Dimensional Magic. When they were dry I punched them out with my 1" circle punch that's been a trusty craft companion for....ever.... :) 
Oh my gosh...I couldn't resist wanting to reach out and grab one of them!!  (I smashed my hand on the computer screen though! LOL!)  Those punches pile up and get neglected so much!  Great job!

And check it out...here's another one from Jessi Fogan:
Here's her thoughts about this one:
My circle Nesties were the very first ones I bought - probably about eight years ago. I use them nearly every single day! 
I just love it when I find something I have purchased that keeps getting used over and over again...it's like a right hand man in your crafting! :)  Beautiful card Jessi!

Check this one out by Amy Johnson:
Here's what Amy said about her design:
To make my card, I used the retired Stampin Up! set 'Extreme Snowboard' for the main image.  I love this stamp!  So easy to use, and boys love the image!  My sentiment is from Inkadinkado 'Rock Star'.  To make the hexagons, I used the smallest die in my Spellbinder's Nestability set and cut the shapes out of the Me and My Big Ideas 'Urban Youth' stack.
So glad that you've decided to play along...this card really ROCKS!! :)

I have really enjoyed seeing all of your wonderful creations each week! :)

I would be honored if all of my crafty friends who were ever featured for this challenge would take this badge for their blog:

Be sure to stop by here tomorrow for an important message!
Happy crafting!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Birthday Bunny

Hello friends!
I must be in the mood for birthday cards it seems I'm making many of them lately! :)
Just wanted to share a quick card with you today before some challenges ended:
I fell in love with these cute bunnies from this Lawn Fawn set called Snow Day and used him as my "birthday bunny" for my card.  I've added the birthday hat and balloons along with the sentiment from the So Much to Say stamp set.  They were nice enough to send along some papers which I've also used on my card.  Hard to see in photo, but I've added some glitter to the top of his hat and covered the balloon with some glossy accents.  Used my Copic markers to color with.
The entire panel is popped up with foam tape over the white card base.

Thanks for stopping in today!


Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this for:

Lawnscaping Challenges - 100th challenge! (congrats!)

The Friday Mash-Up - Up & Away! (balloons go up when you let go!)

{Cupcake Inspirations} - cute critters

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Party Pig

Hello friends!
Hope you are starting out to a great week so far!
I'm here to share a brand new challenge with you over at


Yay!  And this one couldn't be any more simple!
It's "Anything Goes!" this week!

We have a wonderful sponsor for our challenge as well!
Oak Pond is giving out a fabulous prize to the winner!
They have kindly provided the DT with some fun images to use and here's what I've done:
Now how stinkin' CUTE is this image?!!  This is a digital stamp called "Boris the Party Pig" from our sponsor this week - Oak Pond!
I've colored him in with my Copic markers and then the dotted background as well as the sentiment came from a SU! photo-polymer stamp set called "Endless Birthday Wishes" and then the balloon was die cut from a Whimsy Stamps die cut that I cut out with patterned paper and then I used some white twine to tie on the end and popped it up over the card.

Here's a closer look at more details:
As you can see with this closer look, I've also added some extra touches to the image as well.  I've used my silver Wink of Stella glitter pen to go over the silver pail with.  I've also put some glossy accents over the chocolate fudge on the ice cream and I've added some Stickles glitter glue to the candle flame and then lastly I've put some liquid applique over the "whip cream" on the ice cream and heated up with my heat gun to puff it up a bit.  I've also taken my white gel pen and added some dots to the pig's birthday hat.
I think this turned out really cute! :)  I also have someone in mind that I'd like to give for their birthday!  (I will put a special message inside too! LOL!)

I hope you will play along with us this week!
Be sure to check out the rest of the wonderful creations from design team!
Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I really appreciate it!


Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Creative Knockouts - Spots and Dots
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Punches &/or die cuts
613 Avenue - Anything Goes with optional twist:  birthday
The Pink Elephant (TPE287) - anything goes

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