Friday, October 21, 2016

STAMPlorations October Sketch/Theme Challenge REMINDER

 There's still plenty of time to play in STAMPlorations' October Sketch/Theme challenge!  Choose the sketch, the theme or both -- it's totally up to you!

  I combined the sketch and theme using the new Christmas Deer Stamp set.  The background was sponged with browns and red using the Bubbles ARTplorations Stencil.  And have you check out the new CUTplorations dies?!  I cut the Jingle All the Way word die from shiny gold cardstock!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Simply Spiders

It's said that spiders eat other bugs and that's supposed to be a good thing (nature-wise), but I gotta admit, I don't like 'em!  They are fascinating little things though (and some are not so little),  especially the webs they weave!


So for my card, I started with webs - embossed ones!  The sentiment is an old Stampin Up one.  I then added the die cut spiders hanging on baker's twine (now if they wove baker's twine, well, I might like 'em a little better!)

Thanks so much to these challenges for the inspiration:


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Coffee Swirls

Sometimes the simplest cards take the longest time for me, but I sure had fun with this one!  I hadn't played with shaving cream for a long time and tonight I found a can and decided - why not?!   

The background behind the Simon Says coffee cut die cut was created using the shaving cream technique.  I embossed the base with Taylor Expressions brick embossing folder and cut the Verve coffee word die from shiny gold cardstock.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration...and the fun!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Frightening Feline

 I don't have a lot of Halloween stamps, but as I was looking through my stash, I had completely forgotten about this 2012 Stampin Up stamp Frightening Feline!  This was probably the most simple card I've made in a long time!

I black embossed the image and then spritz the paper with water and added Ken Oliver orange Color Burst.  Then, added some black sequins (the little bat is also a sequin) and finished the card with black/white bakers twine.  Voila!  Instant Halloween card!

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration (and for helping find this cute stamp :)



Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #218 - Plaid

 So glad you're back for this week's Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge!  Nina's challenge is perfect this Christmas as Plaids are all the rage...join the fun by creating a Christmas card using plaid!


 For my card, I chose a new plaid paper I found at our (only) local scrapbook store and paired it with a red dotted pattern paper.  Then, using sprigs from Paper Smooches Wreath Builder dies and the red berry stem from Papaertrey Ink Spruce & Sprigs, I created a little "bunch" and placed on a tag cut from kraft cardstock using Reverse Confetti Tag Me die.  I added a "shadow" by die cutting the Lawn Fawn "joy" word die from black and placed it behind the gold.

We're looking forward to seeing YOUR fabulous creation using plaid!  Don't forget to stop by for lots of inspiration from these talented ladies...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Beautiful Day

  Today was a beautiful day.  Besides the weather being gorgeous, I got to play in my craft room most of the day!  Ok, my house really needs to be cleaned, but I got two loads of laundry done and created 4 cards for challenges -- yep, it's all about priorities :)  So, like I said, today was a beautiful day!

It only seemed appropriate to ink up this stamp set and matching dies that I've been wanting to play with from Altenew:  Beautiful Day.  These flowers just seem to come to life as each stamp is used to add dimension and depth -- I could make them all day! Thanks to my trusty MISTI, I got the stamps lined up pretty well (LOVE this tool!)  The background is an embossing folder from Anna Griffin.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration:

(This is a NEW challenge blog!!) 

Thankful for Fall

 We've been having such a glorious Fall so far!  Perfect weather, the trees are starting to change colors (surprisingly, the grass is still green) and we're heading into several months of holiday festivities!

I do love Fall and I'm also in love with this Lawn Fawn stamps/dies set: Jump For Joy!  Lots of "leaf" action going on here as I used a leaf embossing folder for the backdrop (and a brick one for the yellow strip), leaf pattern paper I've had in my stash and lots of leaves from the stamps/dies set!

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiraton:

(use items sold in their store) 

(using animal images)