Smile!--Addicted to CAS Challenge

Hi Everyone and welcome back!  

I am participating in the current challenge over at Addicted to CAS.  The code word this time was "Smile" and I was excited for this one because I immediately thought of the perfect stamp for it.

 

How cute are those little smiles?  They're from a set called Faces 4 Stamps from The Stamps of Life.  I did a little ink blending with some Radiant Neon Ink in Electric Green to create a grounding strip for my sentiment.  The hot pink photo frame is offset with some black cardstock to give some dimension.

IMG_4138

Super clean and simple!

IMG_4140

 

Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 


Back to the 80s--Stay Cool

Hi Everyone!

I'm back with a card I created for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge.  This challenge was about creating a box or frame, then having the image inside of it kind of peek out of the sides.  A very fun, graphic look.

I started off by cutting a square frame from some masking paper and adhering it to a notecard to create my box.  I used my Misti  and a stamp from Papertrey's Ombre Builders stamp set to create the focal point.  I just stamped various colors all down the mask and then removed the paper to create the square.  Popsicles from the Summer Sweetnes stamp set fit perfectly inside with their ends peeking out.  My Spectrum Noir shimmer pen created their frosted look..  I felt like I needed something else along the bottom, so I added a  little border from the Heart Border Die just to give some interest. 

IMG_4126

This card kind of has an 80s feel to it with the colors and the graphic look.  I actually looked on Pinterest under "80s colors" to find a color scheme.  I think I'm going to create a new board--there were some really fun pictures within that topic!

IMG_4128

Thanks for joining me today, see you next time!

 

 

I have links to all the products I used below.  If you have any questions , feel free to ask in the comments section below or on my blog's new Facebook Page--here's a link.   Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 


Weekend Crafting--Spring Colors and Claritystamp Stencil Brushes

Hello Everyone!  

Hope you had a great weekend!  I was able to carve out a little time to just create and have fun with some new products.  Lately, I've been keeping anything new I purchase in a basket right next to my craft desk.  That way, I make sure I'm actually using the new supplies rather than just "collecting".  I'm the type of person that needs to see things in order to use them and this system has been really helpful.

Here's a picture of my basket.  I keep all the new things in the first tier.  The other 2 tiers are for scraps of leftover patterned paper I want to use up.  

IMG_4107

Now, on to the projects.........

I recently decided it was time just to get the good Claritystamp stencil brushes that everyone has been talking about.   They were definitely worth it.  The ink glides on like butter and there are no little hairs shedding off the brushes.  Really good quality.  I think the brushes give you a lighter touch than a sponge dauber would, so you have to blend less.  I still like my daubers, but I'm really loving these brushes.  

IMG_4084

For this card, I used a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and brushed on ink from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor ink pad using my brushes.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Geometric Flowers set and the little flowers are from Papertrey Ink's Just Desserts stamp set.  To make the centers of the flowers nice and white for this project, I used my Pitt Artist Big Brush white marker

IMG_4098

I did another simpler version using purples......

IMG_4100

IMG_4102

In a previous blog post, I mentioned how I like to incorporate scrapbook supplies into my card projects.  I recently got an adorable pack of die cuts from Doodlebug's Cream and Sugar collection and thought I'd try using  them for a fun birthday card.   I assembled this one using one of those die cuts along with some paper from their Petite Prints Swiss Dot 6x6 pad.  I die cut a balloon from an Avery Elle balloon die and blended some yellow ink onto it for color.  Easy and colorful!  I die cut the sentiment out of black shimmer paper from Papertrey Ink.  

IMG_4093

I was definitely into the bright colors this weekend--must be spring fever LOL!  Hope you had a chance to create something fun too.  If you have any questions about the techniques or products I used, feel free to ask in the comments section below or on my blog's new Facebook Page--here's a link.   Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 

 


Playing With New Craft Supplies--Papertrey Ink, Doodlebug, Lawn Fawn

Hi Everyone,

I recently made some fun craft purchases and decided to dig in and start creating.  I'll be entering this card in the current Less is More Challenge as well as Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday and Anything Goes.

The scalloped card was die cut using a die from Papertrey Ink called Noted: Scalloped  A1 Die Collection.  It makes the cutest 3.5 x 4 7/8" cards--perfect for the card sets I like to make.

Blog 1

I used a new 6x6 paper pad I got from Doodlebug called Petite Prints Collection-Swiss Dot for the frame.  I love how tiny the dots are and the paper comes in a whole rainbow of colors.   I chose the cheerful green for this project.

 

 

IMG_4061

To create the frame, I used a couple of stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn and fit them together to run through my die cut machine.  This created a nice open frame to fit over the flower cluster and sentiment.

Blog

   The flower stamp is from an older American Crafts collection and the sentiment is a new one from Lawn Fawn called Happy, Happy, Happy.   I used my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers without water to fill and shade the flowers in.  I included all the colors I used in the links below as well as a link to the 60 pack of Zig Markers that I own.  Amazon has some really great deals on the different size packs of these if you want to give them a try.  The brush tip works really nicely to get color into all the little areas and I really like the smooth, even color you get.  Plus, you can use them with or without water to get different looks!

Blog 3

Thanks for joining me today, I'll be back soon with more projects.  I plan on creating more over the weekend!  

 

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 

 


Paper Smooches March Release-Happy Birthday!

Hi Everyone!

I'm back with a final card from my guest design spot over at Paper Smooches Stamps.  I want to thank Kim again for the opportunity to work with her adorable stamps this month.  What a treat!

 

For this card, I brought all the friends together to celebrate (minus the whale--I couldn't figure out if it would make sense LOL!)  I used stamps and dies from Huge Hugs and Huge Hugs 2 as well as Hullabaloo for the cupcake and stand.  The balloon is from the Balloons Dies set.

Kim

 Be sure to head over to the Paper Smooches blog for even more inspiration.  Thanks for joining me today!

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 


CAS-ual Fridays Challenge- May Your Every Dream Come True

Hello!

I'm back with a card for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This time, we had to create a project without using any die cuts.   

Blog2

I paired a sentiment from the Wonderful Words stamp set with a stencil from Kite Stencils called Splash.  Instead of using a sponge dauber, I wanted to try these new stencil brushes I had by Art Alternatives.  I've been seeing a lot of projects using this technique and wanted to try it out.  It really gives a nice, even, soft look.  I like it a lot.  I used my Kaleidacolor ink pad in Blue Breeze to give kind of a dreamy multi color look to go along with the sentiment.  To add sparkle, I heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine Onyx ink and Ranger Black Sparkle powder. 

Blog 1

Blog 3

 Thanks for stopping by!

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

Graphic Black and White Card-Just a Note

Hi Everyone!

I have a card today that features a clean and simple, graphic style.  I am entering it in two challenges. The first is Cards in Envy where the challenge was to use only black and white on your project (a small amount of color is ok).  The second challenge is CAS on a Sunday, where the theme was just using a sentiment on your card.  I have a new stamp from Mama Elephant I had been wanting to use, so I thought this would be the perfect project.

 

I first masked an inked rectangle onto a white notecard using Merman ink from Lawn Fawn--The names of their inks are so great!  On top of that, I adhered a die cut rectangle from Nestabilities Wonky Rectangles cut from My Favorite Things 6x6 pad--Dots and Stripes-Neutral.  On top of that, I added another rectangle with my sentiment heat embossed with white powder.  Some white enamel dots added a little interest--you could also try white paint splotches--I'm not brave enough yet :).  Clean and simple--my favorite!

Blog just a note

Later in the week, I will feature another card featuring black and white as the main component.  This look really packs a punch and would be great to make in multiples.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

 

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 


Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Today, I have a card for the Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge.  The inspiration photo had so many rich colors and floral images--this was a fun one!

IMG_3973

I used a card base made from Dark Indigo cardstock and adhered a white circle from the Shaker Shapes Circle die to the middle.  This was stamped with a sentiment from Signature Greetings.  I layered various flowers from Bitty Bouquets and Bloomin' Cute around the sentiment.    

I placed a circle frame from the Shaker Shapes Circle Die cut from Soft Stone cardstock over the top of the white circle.  This was adhered with foam to give it a raised look.  The edge of the circle is lined with more die cuts from Bloomin' Cute.  I tried to stay with the color scheme of the floral photo.

 

A QUICK TIMESAVER:

To make things go faster with all the die cutting, I stamped all my images and  put as many dies on one sheet of cardstock as I could.

  Blog

I use an extended cutting pad for my Sizzix machine so I have more surface area to run everything through at once.


Blog

 

Thanks for joining me today!

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.


Papertrey Ink Make It Monday--Window Chipboard Sentiments

Hi Everyone,

I'm back with a card for the current Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge.  This week, Stephanie Gold showed us how she makes a  window on her card to fit a sentiment die cut.  

I immediately thought of my Bold & Beautiful stamp and die set and decided to make a birthday card.  I thought the bold sentiment would really stand out with this technique.

 

IMG_3975

I covered a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 notecard with some paper from the DCWV Confetti paper pack, then die cut the window opening using the outline sentiment die from Bold & Beautiful.  I embellished the outside of the card with balloons from Birthday Style and some enamel dots from Pinkfresh Studio.

IMG_3977

Then, I stamped the sentiment onto the positive die cut piece and attached it to 2 pieces of colored fun foam that I cut from the same die.  I fit the die cut sentiment into the window to make sure it lined up before I secured it to the inside of the card with some liquid glue.

IMG_3979

IMG_3981

This was a fun and different way to use die cuts.  For more, you can go to Papertrey Ink's blog where Stephanie has a video on this technique.

 

Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 


Paper Smooches March Release Projects--Big Hugs

Hi Everyone!

I'm back today with more cards from the March Paper Smooches release.  I've been getting a ton of great coloring practice using the cute little animal stamps.  They've been so much fun to work with!

 

For this first card, I used the Huge Hugs stamps and dies as well as a sentiment from Huge Hugs 2.  The background paper is from Crate Paper's Oasis 6x6 paper pad.  

Big Hugs-Kim

 

For this next card, I cut the base down to about 4 1/4" x 4 " and mixed both old and new products.  I used the Huge Hugs and Huge Hugs 2 stamps along with the Power Rays die and Quote Tag die for the talk bubble.  

Tremendous Day-Kim

To color the rays, I used a large sponge dauber to blend the various oranges from my Miraclekoo orange striped ink pad.  

Blog

 

Blog 1

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  For more inspiration, head over to the Paper Smooches blog.  Their design team has some great examples.  

 

 

SUPPLIES:

 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  You can click on the store of your choice--AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.