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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

STAMPtember - Best Birthday Ever

I am back with another card using the BRAND NEW Best Hugs stamp set by Simon Says Stamp from their latest release (HERE is the card I shared yesterday). They are having a month-long party called #STAMPtember and it will be full of creations using this set, as well as many other new products - including fabulous dies, stamps, etc.!

For today's card I used a clear card base and created a card-within-a-card. This allows for lots of dimension, while still hiding personal message inside the inner card. I stamped the main text onto a die-cut conversation bubble and adhered it, along with some die-cut arrows, to the front of the clear card.

On the inside, I added patterned paper to the smaller card and stamped the message so it would flow around the bubble on front. For the sentiment I cut the "wishing you only the best" stamp from the set, so I could stamp "wishing you the". When I want the "only" added back in, I will just put the pieces together on my stamp blog.

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp (Best Hugs); Dies: Simon Says Stamp (Talk Bubbles), My Favorite Things (Chevron Stripes); Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Anything Goes); Cardstock: Neenah (White), SheetLoad ShortCuts (clear); Ink: Fresh Ink (Red Currant), Versafine (Onyx Black)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

STAMPtember - Sending Love

*tap, tap* Hello? Is this thing on? It has been SOOO long since I have posted, and gee, have I missed it! I have been wanting to get crafty lately, but the arduous task of unpacking my craft room, made me keep putting it off.

Last week on Facebook, Simon Says Stamp was offering up some of their products from their STAMPtember festivities that start today! I decided to put my name in the running and was one of the lucky winners. That was just the kick start that I needed to make me finish my craft area and start creating.

I received is their BRAND NEW Best Hugs stamp set. It has so many sentiment parts, that the occasions you can use it for, are numerous. I just love the versatility.

For my card I paired the small "Sending Love &" stamp with the large, script "hugs" stamp from the set. To go with the sentiment I used a mini envelope, full of hearts, as the focal point. Whoever receives this card, will really feel like they are receiving an envelope full of love. :)

I hope you will check out the Simon Stays Stamp blog and join them for their month-long #STAMPtember celebration. I will be back in a few days with another creation to share.

Just the details… (1) I die cut lots of small hearts and scattered them in and around a mini, punched envelope, (2) for added dimension, I used foam adhesive on one heart and made sure to adhered die cut banner, so it stood off the page.

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp (Best Hugs); Dies: Simon Says Stamp (Small Folded Banner, Holiday Shapes; Punch: McGill (Mini Envelope); Cardstock: Neenah (Kraft & White), Papertrey Ink (Blue & Pink); Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pin-Spired: Generational Photo

Every once in a while, I put one of the great ideas I find on Pinterest to good use... I become Pin-Spired, you could say. My mom was visiting over the holidays and since the weather was good, I was able to put {THIS PIN} to good use.

I knew that I wanted the photo to have a 'rustic' background like the original Pin. Since we were going to have to go there multiple times to get all of the pictures taken, I wanted the site to be close to home. What could be closer than against the neighbor's fence in my backyard?! To go with the look I chose a weathered-wood frame from Michaels in a 12x18.

The first photo I took was of my daughter. After editing and resizing, I had it printed at Walgreen's in just an hour! Next up was a picture of me holding the framed picture of my daughter. Again it was the same edit, resize, print. Finally, I got my mom outside for her photo and I was able to finish the final photo in the series.

Luckily for all of these I was able to get a discount code for the printing. I think they were around $4 each after the discount. The final photo will be hung on the wall in the frame that we used for the pictures. My plan is to buy a 2nd frame and hang the original photo of my daughter as well.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wishing You A Fabulous Day - CFC86

While my crafting mojo has been lost for some time now, it always seems to be the challenges at CAS-ual Fridays that give me some inspiration to create. This week their challenge {CFC86} is to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) card that has a long and short side; no standard A2 cards allowed. While 4.25" x 5.5" are usually all I do, I decided to step-outside-of-the-box and play along.The finished size of my card for this week is 3.5" x 8", with just a wee bit hanging off the right edge.

Just the details… (1) I paper-pieced the stamped banner image, added a row of tiny gems below part of the sentiment to make it stand out a bit more and turned one of the banner flags 180 degrees, (2) After embossin the bottom portion of top layer, I adhered a row of flags along the back side on the left.

Challenges used for this card:
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC86 Long & Short

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Signature Series - Dress Form), Studio G (banner); Patterned Paper: DCWV (All About Girls Stack); Cardstock: Neenah (Natural Ice); Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black); Gems: Recollections; Die Cut: Spellbinders (Nested Lacey Pennants); Embossing: Cuttlebug (Honeycomb)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blessed To Call You My Friend - CFC69

When I found out the new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays {CFC69} was embossing, I just had to play along. Dry embossing (especially backgrounds) is one of my favorite techniques for clean-and-simple cards.

To start the card out, I chose my color palette - gray and turquoise. Using a word die, I embossed  'blessed' many times on the turquoise background piece. After cutting the word from the gray cardstock, I adhered it to the first piece using dimensional adhesive. To finish the card I added a stamped sentiment below 'blessed', with a few gems to the left.

Just the details… (1) Used the 'blessed' die to cut out the focal point, as well as to emboss the background, (2) added some clear gems to the left of the hand-cut sentiment banner, (3) did a little decorating on the inside by embossing 'blessed' one last time.

Challenges used for this card:
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC69 Embossing

 Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Counting My Blessings); Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Unknown (gray, blue); Ink: Fresh Ink (Island); Gems: Darice

Friday, September 7, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Winner!

Wow, after not having created cards 'for fun' since March of 2012, {THIS} card from last weekend was chosen as the winner for CAS-ual Fridays' CFC68 Challenge!! All of the other VIPs and contenders did such a great job, so I was especially excited about having my card chosen. Definitely makes me want to get back in my craft room more often.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thank You, Teacher - CAS-ual Fridays CFC68 #2

I am back today with another card for CAS-ual Friday's latest challenge - {CFC68 Back To School}! I love CAS and I love making cards with apples (just check out my etsy store for proof - ha).

To start the card I embossed the card base with an alphabet impression plate and then stamped the sentiment using some of my new-to-me inks from Impress Rubber Stamps - {Fresh Ink}. These inks are nice and juicy and give great coverage. I did learn later I should have stamped the sentiment before embossing, as the 'thank you' wasn't as clear as it could be on the textured base.

Next I created my focal point using a notebook die cut and a paper-pieced apple. I used the same technique for the embossed strip as on {THIS} card and {THIS} card.
Just the details… (1) The card base was embossed with an alphabet plate, (2) the polka dot embossed strip was adhered with foam adhesive and aligned with the paper-pieced apple, (3) stamped the sentiment in 2 different ink colors onto the embossed card base.

Challenges used for this card:
 CAS-ual Fridays: CFC68 Back To School

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Teacher's Apple); Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup (Red Sugar); Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Neenah (kraft), Stampin' Up! (wasabi); Inks: Fresh Ink (Black Tea, Red Currant); Die Cut: Papertrey Ink (Spiral Notebook Page); Embossing: Cuttlebug (Polka Dot), Papertrey Ink (Book Plate Impression Plate); Paper Punch: Fiskars (Apple A Day)