Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Everything On Earth

Hello crafty friends!  It's Wednesday and we are halfway to the weekend.  Whew, this time of year is always crazy for me.  I thought I would just take a little time and share a card I made this past weekend.  I had a blast putting this one together with my fun new dies and paper.
This card features a sentiment from the Flourishes digital set called Heartfelt Words.  The sentiment clearly calls for the use of the globe die.  The fact that I got to sponge it all was just a bonus!  I think this would be a perfect anniversary or anytime "love" card.  It's fun to give and flattering to receive!

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Heartfelt Words (Flourishes, lc);  Paper: Whisper White, Black Licorice, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Real Red, DCWV dp; Ink: Pacific Point, River Rock, Riding Hood Red; Accessories: Sissix Heart Framelits, Sissix The Journey die, linen thread, Scor-tape, Stampin' dimensionals.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Clean and Simple and Luscious

I played along with the current CAS challenge to make a card that represents a memory.  Since I just hosted a birthday party for my daughter, I am recalling my own birthday parties.  I mostly had family parties when I was a child.  I had my first friend party when I was about 9 years old and my mother made me a fabulous cake.  I still remember the frosting to this day.
It had a gorgeous swirled frosting of about 4 or 5 different pastels.  Those pastels are represented in the plaid paper of my card.  The cake on my card represents the cake that she made.  I can't actually remember what flavor it was.  The frosting was the strongest part of that memory!

Thanks for looking and have a fabulous day!

Details - Stamps: Luscious Layers digital (Flourishes); Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, DCWV Sweet matstack; Accessories: Rectangle Nestabilities, Spellbinders Curved Borders, Copic Markers, Sakura clear star gel pen, Recollections rhinestones, square punch, stampin' dimensionals, Scor-tape.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friends of Flourishes and Embossing

Hello and Happy Saturday! My teammate, Vickie, chose the theme of this week's Friends of Flourishes challenge. This week, we are all using embossing on our cards. Be on the lookout for some new Flourishes images that you are really going to love!
Oh boy!  Look at this amazing cake on a beautiful pedestal!  Yesterday was my daughter's birthday and I can't say that my cupcakes looked anything like this.  However, the 11-year old girls that I was entertaining had zero complaints.  After cupcakes, they ran straight back outside to play until dark!  I re-sized this image and printed it out on vellum.  Next, I flipped it over and colored it on the back of the vellum.  Finally, I chose a card design to showcase that amazing cake.
Lauren Pope illustrated this darling set called Luscious Layers!  It's currently available as a digital set in the Flourishes store. I adore it and can't wait to do some more work with it! Now it's time to visit the Friends of Flourishes and see what type of embossing they have done: Davi,GloriaKrenShirleyToni and Vickie.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Details - Stamps: Luscious Layers (Flourishes, lc); Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Vellum; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, Yo Yo Yellow, Melon Mambo and Real Red; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, glue dots, pearls, Argyle embossing folder.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Using Hardware or Metal Accents

This Thursday brings the Ways To Use It challenge.  Sabrina is hostessing and has chosen a hardware or metal accent theme.  I resurrected some Basic Gray Urban Prairie brads from deep within my stash for this card. I matched them up to some poppy colored ink and some fun washi tape.

I recently acquired this fun Verve Stamps set.  I used a couple of sentiments and three images from it.  It's going to be a great and versatile set. I also tried some flat photography.  I like it but don't love my background.  I'll have to work on that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Take Note (Verve); Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Poppy Parade; Accessories: Basic Gray Urban Prairie brads, washi tape, Linen & Canvas impression plate, stampin' dimensionals, paper snips.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Halfway Through Scor-Pal's May More Than One Score Challenge

Hi again!  We are halfway through the month of May and this month's Favorite Colors themed More Than One Score challenge.  Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog, so that you can see Patti's fabulous treat box.  She will have her tutorial posted today!  Follow her tutorial to create a project fitting this month's theme or create your own interactive project.
I originally shared this on the Scor-Pal blog here.  I have the tutorial here on my blog as well.  As I find with most 3D projects, it looks more complicated that it really is.  For my next project, the longest part of the process was picking out the papers to use together.  Scoring, trimming and taping was the easiest part!
This little treat box was made for the mother of a co-worker of mine who just had surgery.  She has a long road to recovery in front of her.  She is a birthday buddy with my daughter and their birthday is this Friday. I'll ask my co-worker what to fill the little box with and then add a little note.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will give this month's challenge a try.

Details - Stamp: Linen (SU), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU), Each Day (Verve); Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, DCWV Rose Gold, DCWV dp; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Cosmic Copper; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, 1/8" circle punch, small copper brads, stampin' dimensionals, Rounded Rectangle die (Verve), Rounded Scallop Frame die (Verve), Heart Quartet die (Verve); scallop edge punch,paper snips, copper washi tape.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

And A Happy Mother's Day Was Had

 I'm posting late this Mother's Day as I was celebrating with my own mother today.  Then, well you know, a mother's job is never finished so I had to start the laundry and begin to get things ready for the week ahead.
I played along with yesterday's Inspiration Challenge for this card.  I chose this product on Etsy as my inspiration piece. I used a Flourishes, lc image called A Mother's Hug for my card.  At first I stamped this image in black, but it just looked too stark to me.  I stamped it again with Vintage Photo ink and I was off to the races.  I grabbed some more distress inks and colored the rest of the image.  This led to sponging and more sponging.  Finally, I had a complete card.
A big Thank You to my mom and to all the other hard working moms out there.  I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day. Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps:A Mother's Hug (Flourishes, lc); Paper: Watercolor Paper, Soft Suede, 7 Gypsies Victoria dp; Ink: Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar, Antique Linen; Accessories: Aqua painter, stampin' sponge, Victoria crochet trim, Rosey photo corners, stampin' dimensionals.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friends of Flourishes and Silver

Hello and Happy Saturday! It’s Toni bringing you this week’s Friends of Flourishes theme. This week, I have chosen a theme of silver.  Today, you will be treated to some beautiful Flourishes images in combination with the elegance of silver.  
I chose the Lily of the Valley as it is May's birth flower. After I stamped and colored my flowers, I embossed the entire panel and sponged some light purple around the edges.  I finished off the flowers with a little bit of sparkle in the centers.  
My card features a set called Year of Flowers 2 and the lovely Lily of the Valley image.  This set, illustrated by Beverly Cole, also includes a sunflower, a poppy and a petunia. Now it's time to visit the Friends of Flourishes and see what they have created with clean and simple style: Davi,GloriaKrenShirleyToni and Vickie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Year of Flowers 2 (Flourishes); Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Almost Amethyst; Accessories: Linen & Canvas impression plate, Copic Markers, Stardust Stickles, sponge dauber, silver washi tape, stampin' dimensionals.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Friends of Flourishes, Making a Scene

Hello and Happy Saturday! This week’s Friends of Flourishes theme is Making a Scene.  Our hostess, Shirley, offered up this challenge.  I would say that scenes are not my strong suit, so I went small.  I created a tiny scene and then built my CAS card around it.
Winter Birds is turning out to be one of my new favorite Flourishes lc stamps.  All of the stamps in my tiny scene are from this set.   I also used textured card stock from the Blue Jean Collection and silk ribbon from Flourishes lc.
The rest of my team has created beautiful projects for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to visit them:  Davi, GloriaKrenShirleyToni (you are here) and Vickie.  While you are visiting, you might also want to see the other stamp sets available from Flourishes, lc.  Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Winter Birds (Flourishes,lc); Paper: Blue Jean Collection (Flourishes, lc) , White; Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White silk ribbon (Flourishes), Spellbinders Antique Frame and Accents, Rounded Scallop Frame (Verve), sponge daubers, post-it, Copic Markers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ways To Use "U" - May The Fourth be With You

Happy Thursday!  It's May 4th and you know what that means.  May The Fourth Be With You:  Star Wars Day!  That is the basis for the Ways To Use It challenge today.  I am the hostess and have asked players to create a card based on "U" or "you" or "ewe".  
It's also Teacher Appreciation Week, so these projects fit both the Ways To Use It challenge and my needs at school.  The guitar card is for my daughter's 5th grade teacher.  He plays for his students every Friday. The tags were attached to Rolos covered in a ruler print paper. Our school secretary showed me the project she found on Pinterest and asked me to make the tags.

The guitar card is also based on a pin I saw a few years ago when I realized that my daughter was going to have three male teachers before she finished elementary school. Mind you, I work with all three of these men and do know a little bit about there interests.  If I really got stuck, I do know all of their wives!

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Guitar Card - Stamps: Teachers Count (Verve); Paper: So Safrron, Early Espresso; Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories: stampin' sponge, mini brads, gold cording, scor-tape, foam tape, Spellbinders Circles, Spellbinders Ovals, paper snips, Sakura clear star gel pen, Top Note die, clear embossing powder, heat tool. 
You Rule Tags - Stamps: Graph Paper PJ (Verve), Chevron Love (Verve), SU alpha set; Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Pool Party; Accessories: Spellbinder die, hole punch, red baker's twine, sponge dauber. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge - Favorite Colors

Hello Crafty Friends!  It's May 1st and the Scor-Pal team is back with another challenge for you. April brought us an Interactive Project and now May brings us the Favorite Colors More Than One Score challenge.  My project is mostly purple with some green accents.  Your project will be different, of course, because you have your own favorite colors.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members on the Scor-Pal Team have created. 
I made a mug for this month's challenge.  It was great fun and not hard at all.  I die cut the handle with my Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities, scored the handle and taped the sides of the oval to itself before adhering it to the mug.  The really nice thing about this project is that it makes great gift packaging.  You really could put just about anything into it.

I want to give a big shout out to all you Scor-Pal fans! Last month, we asked folks to follow the Scor-Pal blog so that we could tip over the 1000 mark.  We did..thanks to you!  Another thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Details - Stamps: So Happy For You (SU); Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Black Licorice, Whisper White, Momenta dp; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, paper snips, Spellbinders Nestabilities, sponge dauber, stampin' dimensionals, white organdy ribbon.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ways to Use Tea or T

This week's Ways To Use It challenge is being hosted by Sabrina this week and she has challenged us to use "tea" or "T" on our card.  My last post also brought you a pink creation, so you could correctly guess that this was an item that went into the "tickled pink" basket for our school secretary.  

I don't know about you, but I always misjudge the size of this darling pillow box die.  I always think it is bigger than it really is.  Anyhoo, I painted a paper doily with my brewed tea and then let it dry.  While it was drying, I embossed my card stock and then brayed some Versamark over the top.  I was going for a soft look, so I thought tone on tone would do it.  

I embellished with half of a doily, burlap twine and a die cut 11 medallion to fit my sentiment. I had to get creative and stamp it on the other half of the tea dyed doily.  Then I trimmed it to fit my pillow box.

Thanks for looking!

Details - Stamps: Perfect Words (SU); Paper: Blushing Bride; Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark; Accessories: tea, paper doily (SRM), May Arts burlap twine, Spellbinder circle nestabilities, pillow box die (SU), fluttering embossing folder, brayer, Scor-tape, glue dot.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Scor-Pal is "Pinspired"!

Hello Crafty Friends!  Our fearless team leader, Katie, has come up with a fabulous new feature for the Scor-Pal blog.  We are going to be "Pinspired" or inspired by something on the Scor-Pal Pinterest Board. Scor-Pal Design Team members will take turns updating, tweaking and sharing the tutorial once a month.  
I get to kick off the new feature with my Wine Bottle Box.  I found this gem on Crafty Caroline Creates.  I made my own version for the March Anything Goes challenge.  Then I wrote out the tutorial HERE.  I have said it before and I will say it again, "I will never buy a wine bottle bag again".  I was able to crank out a couple of these babies as gift packaging for two of my friend's birthdays.  A wine bottle packaged like this paired with a nice plant makes an impressive gift.  
Now, for something new! (I always try to give you something new, just in case you may have seen these posts before).  This week is Administrative Assistant Appreciation week at my school.  One of our teacher's organized a "We are tickled PINK to have you basket" and asked all staff to contribute something pink.  I snagged one of my old pins and made another flat backed treat box to house the pink grapefruit chapstick I bought.
Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!

Details - Stamps: Cute-a-tude(MFT), Perfect Words (SU); Paper: Whisper White, Pebbles wood grain dsp; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape; Spellbinders wonky rectangles, sponge dauber, paper snips, Sakura clear star gel pen, Heart to Heart punch, corner chomper, Copic markers, Spica Atyou gel pens, stampin' dimensionals.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friends of Flourishes, Layers and Layers

Hello and Happy Saturday! This week’s Friends of Flourishes theme is Layers and Layers.  I have nine layers, to be exact!  Our hostess, Kren, dreamed up this lovely challenge.  I went off grid a bit and made an A2 card box with the beautiful Flourishes, lc. set called Endearing Rose.  
 Here you have the top view of my box. This is my box lid and I have embellished it with a pair of birds.  I got a bit technique-y and colored three images to pop up some of the greenery, the male bird and then the flower to the right of the male.
The side view allows you to see all the layers and how I popped up a few of the pieces of my bird image.  

The rest of my team has created beautiful projects for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to visit them:  Davi, GloriaKrenShirleyToni (you are here) and Vickie.  While you are visiting, you might also want to see the other stamp sets available from Flourishes, lc.  Thanks for stopping by!

Edited to add:  I also made this for the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  I love making these boxes and have a tutorial for one on my blog.  You can find it here.  

Details: Stamps: Endearing Rose (Flourishes); Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Smoky Slate, SEI Madeline dp; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Regal Rose; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Spellbinders dies, white ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, Copic Markers, paper snips, sponge dauber.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Halfway Through Scor-Pal's April More Than One Score

Hey there!  We are halfway through the month of April and this month's Interactive themed More Than One Score challenge.  Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog, so that you can see Isia's beautiful box.  She will have her tutorial posted today!  Follow her tutorial to create a project fitting this month's theme or create your own interactive project.
I've resurrected a project of my own that matches Isia's tutorial.  Make sure you follow all the challenge rules and link up your project so we can see your work too!

Challenge Rules:
1. Each entry must have "More Than One Score"*, mention where the Scor-Pal tool was used and follow the theme.2. Entry can be combined with as many challenges as you like.3. 3 entries allowed per person.4. You must link back to the Scor-Pal blog to be considered for a prize.5. No backlinks will be accepted.6. Each challenge will last from the 1st day of the month until 10pm on the last day of that month.7. Winner will be announced on the 5th of the following month.8. Entries not adhering to the rules may be deleted.9. Prizes will be awarded when the challenge has at least 10 entries
* "More Than One Score" means that a single scored fold card (ie: a simple square or rectangle) with no additional use of the Scor-Pal tool will not count as an entry.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friends of Flourishes, Anything Goes

Hello and Happy Saturday! This week’s Friends of Flourishes theme is an Anything Goes theme.  Of course, this kind of theme gives you the chance to make whatever you need in the moment.  I happen to need one more Easter card!  Flourishes, lc. has just released some darling Easter sets, so I went ahead and used them!
This week's Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers is about eggs and an egg hunt.  That got me thinking and this is the card I dreamed up in my head.  I used both of the Vintage Easter and So This Is Easter sets recently released by Flourishes.  Both of these sets are available as a digital download and as a photopolymer stamp set.  
The rest of my team has created beautiful projects for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to visit them:  Davi, GloriaKrenShirleyToni (you are here) and Vickie.  While you are visiting, you might also want to see the other stamp sets available from Flourishes, lc.  Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Vintage Easter (Flourishes, lc.), So This Is Easter (Flourishes, lc.); Ink: Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray; Accessories: Copic Markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Tin Type Impression Plate, washi tape, stampin' dimensionals, Copic multiliner, gold gel pen.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dreams Kept

Oh boy, this was one of the last cards I made for VSN, Virtual Stamp Night, this go round!  I finished all the challenges last night.  I can't remember if I have ever done that and I'm pretty proud.  Of course, the timing of VSN was perfect for me.  VSN kicked off on the Friday that my Spring Break started, so I didn't have to work at all.

This card was made for Brenda's challenge to be inspired by the lyrics of Audition: The Fools Who Dream, a song from La La Land.  There was plenty to work with in the lyrics of the song.  I pulled from the chorus for my own card.   Since VSN challenges are time limited (projects must be completed in less than an hour), I used a Mojo Monday sketch.  
I've got one day left of my Spring Break, so I guess I will use that to get myself organized and ready to go back to school.  It's the big push to the end of the school year, filled with state testing and field trips! Have a wonderful finish to your weekend.

Details - Stamps: Blue Skies (Verve); Paper: MME In Bloom dp, DCWV La Creme; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake; Accessories:Circle punch, circle die, Scor-Tape, SEI Mia Bella trim, Sakura clear star gel pen, Copic Markers, stampin' dimensionals, sponge dauber.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Friends of Flourishes, Purple and Green

Hello and Happy Saturday! My team member, Davi, brings you this week’s Friends of Flourishes theme. This week's challenge is about a color combination, purple and green.  I don't know if Davi knew it or not, but those are my two favorite colors.   
When my mother was in the hospital, several weeks ago, I took stamped images and colored them.  This beautiful rose from the set named Endearing Rose has been sitting on my desk waiting for the right card. Davi's challenge presented just the right call for this image!  
The rest of my team has created beautiful projects for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to visit them:  Davi, GloriaKrenShirleyToni (you are here) and Vickie.  While you are visiting, you might also want to see the six newly released stamp sets from Flourishes, lc. offered this week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Endearing Rose (Flourishes,lc.), Small Words of Love and Kindness (Flourishes,lc.); Paper: Watercolor Paper, New Violet Collection (Flourishes,lc.), White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, River Rock, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke; Accessories: Copic Markers, Baby wipes, bone folder, paper snips, sponge dauber.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter Bunnies - Flourishes lc March/April Release


Today is Day 6 of the Flourishes lc March/April release.  I am featuring the set called Easter Bunnies.
What a fun image to color!  I was sitting in the ski lodge waiting on my husband and daughter, so I really took my time on this one. A skier in the lodge approached me and asked if I had drawn the image.  I could not take credit. Lauren Pope illustrated this lovely set.  
Be sure to visit the other Friends of Flourishes design team members for more inspiration: DaviGloriaKrenShirley, Toni (YOU ARE HERE) and Vickie

Thanks for joining us for the release!  Be sure to check out the other products Flourishes lc has to offer!  And follow us on Facebook!

Details - Stamps: Easter Bunnies (Flourishes), Vintage Easter (Flourishes); Paper: Crumb Cake, White, patterned paper; Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Accessories: Water color pencils, sponge dauber, Spellbinders dies, impression plate, sanding block, paper snips.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

So This Is Easter - Flourishes lc March/April Release

Today is Day 5 of the Flourishes lc March/April release.  I am featuring the set called So This Is Easter.

 I'm sure you have seen some of the main images from So This Is Easter by now, if you have traveled down the design team list.  I wanted to work with a smaller image from the set.  I stamped the plain egg multiple times here to create my Easter wreath.  Then I used some more luscious silk ribbon from Flourishes for my bows. Finally, I stamped a punny sentiment from Wednesday's featured set called Vintage Easter.  
Be sure to visit the other Friends of Flourishes design team members for more inspiration:DaviGloriaKrenShirleyToni (YOU ARE HERE) and Vickie.

Thanks for joining us for the release!  Be sure to check out the other products Flourishes lc has to offer!  And follow us on Facebook!

Details - Stamps: So This Is Easter (Flourishes), Vintage Easter (Flourishes); Paper: White, designer paper; Ink: Tuxedo Black; Accessories: 1/4" White Silk Ribbon, Copic Markers, paper snips, glue dots, dimensional adhesive.