Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LSC # 46 - TAGS

Hello crafty peeps!!  Happy Pre-Thanksgiving to all ( United States).  Before the hustle and bustle of traveling, cooking and eating begins, I wanted to get my submission in for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge!!  We get to play with tags this go round.  Now, I will freely admit - I don't create tags as much as I'd like to - it seems my focus is constantly cards - but it feels good every now and then to break away from cards, and do something different!

For my tag - I am trying to get inspired with making Christmas cards, winter-themed cards because it is getting that time of year!  I also thought - I was also inspired by those that have a birthday this time of year (myself included - Dec 3rd)!! - so I thought - how 'bout making a winter-themed birthday tag!!  So - I actually started this tag before I knew what this challenge was all about.  I received in my latest Simon Says Stamp order some of the new Seasonal Distress Stains!  One word - L.O.V.E.!!  I am slowly getting into using these different products that are out of my element, and I am having fun inking up my fingers more than normal!!  hehe!  

I first stamped and heat-embossed with silver embossing powder on my manila tag, my Hello, Doily stamp from SU! - such a beautiful image! Then, I used my Ranger Craft Sheet to start the inking process.  I took Peacock Feathers ( my favorite!), Salty Ocean, and Seedless Preserves Distress Stains and mixed all those colors together - this turned out so much better than I thought it would. My favorite technique is the emboss resist technique - so much fun and such great results.  I stamped out my polar bear from Critters in the Snow in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and then some light Copic coloring to give my bear "some" color.  I then stamped out a party hat from Hats off to you, and used some fun washi tape on a scrap piece of card stock and then stamped the same party hat image with Black Staz On Ink since I was stamping on a slick surface like the washi tape. Then I cut out my hat and paper pieced it onto my polar bear.  I stamped out some snow flakes with Colorbox Frost Pigment Ink to give more dimension to my tag.  

For my sentiment - I wanted to make a custom sentiment - so I used both Quinn's and Harold's ABC's to make my sentiment - " Have a COOL Birthday!".  I die cut out my sentiment using some Spellbinders dies (sorry I forget the name of these).  I wanted a mat for my white piece - so I traced around the same die and made a nice fitting mat.  The teal card stock was left over from one of the card kits from Simon Says Stamp. To finish things off - I added some StarDust Stickles to my "Cool" part of the sentiment, and Black Diamond Stickles to the top of the party hat.  Added some ribbons to my tag and I was finished.  Here is a closer look of some of the details

I always enjoy participating in this challenges - they extend my creativity so much!!  To my USA followers - Happy Thanksgiving!!!  Make you travel safe and enjoy the time with family and friends!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

**WINNER** of my Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Good Monday Morning!! -

I wanted to post before heading to work this AM my winner for my giveaway - I used - and my winner is # 9 MaryBeth -

MaryBethNovember 8, 2012 11:50 AM
Happy Blogaversary to you! Thanks for sharing your videos and crafty projects! 


Please email me at to claim your prize!!

Thank you to all that left comments!!  Till next year!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Simon Says Stamp Challenge- Thinking of you/Sympathy

I'm still getting crafty - even into the night tonight, and thought I would make a card and enter into the Simon Says Challenge for my first time.  I am actually surprised that I have never entered into this challenge.  I usually buy my crafty goodies from Simon.

I recently bought a stamp set from PaperTrey Ink that I have been eyeing for quite some time - and I "splurged" and bought it with the coordinating dies.  The stamp set is called "The Sweet Life".  This set is gorgeous!!  

This set makes any stamper look like they took hours to stamp out these beautiful roses.  I love the multi step  stamps - to me they are so much fun!!  I die cut and stamped out the roses and leaves from this set.  I used  THIS die and die cut a strip of pattern paper from the Sweet Day collection from Echo Park.  I applied my leaves, and roses on my card base - and I popped up the pink and yellow rose for some dimension away from the red rose.  I finally used the Always wood sentiment that came in my SSS October card kit, along with the stamp set - and that is where the "thinking of you" sentiment comes from.  

Here is another look at my card - 

This is one of my favorites that I've made in a while.  Great timing for this challenge :)

Lawnscaping Challenge #45 - Dust 'em off!

I'm so happy its time for another Lawnscaping Challenge.  For this challenge, it is time to "dust 'em off" - use something in your stash you haven't used in a while.  That wasn't a problem for me at all.  Actually - there are several things in my craft room I haven't even used yet!  Mainly - because they are products that I am not sure of myself with, but you can't get the best use with them if you don't use them.

So - for my card - I used some of my mists and a mask that I hadn't used yet.  I just love this pattern of this mask.  I think overall - my panel came out pretty good.  I love blues and purples.  I used the set "Ornate Ornaments" from Lawn Fawn.  I wanted to keep this card fairly simple in design, because I knew the misted panel would be "busy".  

I took the smallest "twinkle" image, and stamped several times in VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.  I love watching silver embossing powder melt.  Something about it is just so soothing.  I also did the same with my sentiment "Be Merry" from LF set Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum. I die cut a scallop circle from my card panel, and  I popped up both the ornament, and the misted panel off of my card base which is Vintage Creme card stock from PaperTrey Ink.  I added silver Stickles to the ornament to tie in the silver cording at the top.  This marks my first holiday greeting card this season!!  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sweet Stamp Shop NOV. Release

Hi everyone and welcome to Day 2 of Sweet Stamp Shop's Nov Release.  Today, we are taking a sneak peak a overall wonderful set that can be used for all sorts of occasions!!  This set is called "Simple Sentiments".  You should have arrived by me from the lovely Emily.

I wanted to showcase my cards in a simple, but affective way.  You could whip up a set like this in no time.

All I did for these is make an A2 size card from white card stock.  Then I took some layering weight card stock, and made a torn edge, and using various ink colors, I used that torn edge as a mask.  It really makes the card bases pop - and what is so great about this is that it gives it such dimension, but leaving the card a one layer card!.  I stamped in the middle some of the images from Pattern Craze.  I love all of these sentiments, and this is just a taste of what is in the set.  I just love Nicole's hand writing on these!  This is a MUST have set!! It is time for me to sent you on your way to the so oh awesome Laurel!!  Be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win these wonderful sets being released this week!!  See you soon!

Laurel - - your next stop

Sunday, November 4, 2012

It's my blog's birthday!


Happy Sunday everyone - for those that are involved in the time change - are we enjoying the extra hour??  I  know I am!!

Today, I just wanted to say that I am happy that my blog is now 2 years old!  It has passed so fast!!

In the three years I have been crafting - I have learned and grown so much as a crafter, not to mention - my craft room and the supplies in it as evolved so much since that point.  I find myself thinking back to Aug 2009 often, and seeing my first cards I've made - to this point - and WOW - such a big difference!  I love creativity and how it makes me feel!  

Thank you to all of YOU that follow my blog!  I wouldn't have a successful blog without you and your support!!

So - I would like to do a little giveaway - this is open to International followers as well.

All you have to do is simple - just leave a comment on this post - Easy Peazy!  

This is what's up for grabs - 

What you see here are 2 6 x 6 pads - one from S-E-I called "Vanilla Sunshine", and the other is a by My Mind's Eye called "Dwell".  Then - there is one bottle of Perfect Pearls by Ranger in "Perfect Pearl", and two stamp sets from Inkadinkado.

**I will close comments for this giveaway on Sunday Nov. 18th  - and I will choose the winner using and will announce the winner on Monday Nov. 19th**

Please spread the word about my giveaway to your crafty friends, and if I get new followers out of this - how happy would I be!?!  **GRIN**

Thanks again for all of your support!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Getting Retro with Sweet Stamp Shop

Happy Sat Everyone!! - Today I am getting retro with Sweet Stamp Shop.

I recently received my order of the Hero Arts Neon Ink, and I wanted to play with those.  So - I started out by stamping out onto white card stock and heat embossing SSS Against The Grain background, and I embossed it with black embossing powder. Then, I did the emboss resist technique - I added color with the neon inks to the background, and with various sizes of circles with circle punches.  

I added the circles randomly on my black card base, and then for my sentiment which is from Packaged Pretty, I strip of white card stock left over, and took the Neon Blue color, and using the ink pad directly onto that card stock, and made my strip blue - then stamped my Thank you sentiment.  - for interest I added a banner shape to the sentiment strip, and then used dimensionals to pop it off my card.