Saturday, October 3, 2015

In LOVE With Frantic Stamper

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card that I created for Frantic Stamper.  I totally plan to create a second card just like this one when my new Studio Calico die-cut (thanks) arrives that I just ordered last night.  I haven't treated myself to anything new in a while, so I figured.......why not!
I've been SO blessed to have this opportunity to Guest Designer for Frantic Stamper.  Using their sweet Precision Dies and products is such fun, and I've been able to create so many great projects.  The card I'm sharing today uses lots of great new Crate Paper products that you can find in the Frantic Stamper store.  The sentiment on the card (love) was created using the adorable Big Handwritten Love Die which I cut from white paper.
I simply layered the patterned papers and embellishments together, and then added this sweet sentiment.  Frantic Stamper has LOTS of great sentiment dies, as well as all sorts of shapes and fun designs to embellish all your projects.  I hope that my little card has inspired you, and that you will stop by Frantic Stamper today and treat yourself to a sweet new die-cut (or two).....LOL!   I'm sure you will LOVE them as much as I do!  We're SO grateful to have you join us and get some inspiration when you stop by the Frantic Stamper Blog.

Before I run off, I want to let you know where I got the inspiration for this fun card.  As I've always said, it's great to gain inspiration from others; but we must always give credit where credit is due.  The original inspiration for this card came from a crafter named Teri whose blog is called "A Bit of This.....A Bit of That".  I just loved her super creative use of these wonderful Crate Paper Craft Market supplies, and I had to recreate it.  The original artwork and inspiration belongs to Teri, and I thank her for the creative lead on this one.

I'm sharing this card in the following:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - This Week, Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Thanks again for stopping by to say hello, and have a very blessed week!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Another My Favorite Things Card for CropStop

Hello, my creative friends!  Happy Friday to all of you.  I hope you're all enjoying your week, and ready to relax this weekend.  I know that I am.  We have our oldest daughter's boyfriend coming for a visit this weekend.  We always enjoy having him here, and love to see how their relationship is growing.  We're just getting to the point where our younger daughter's wedding is all paid for; and who knows!  We could be looking at having another wedding in the next year or two.  It's all so exciting.
This card was created for CropStop using some patterned papers that I machine stitched and covered with laces and trims, a chipboard sentiment, and some more gorgeous die-cut wool felt flowers using another  wonderful Die-Namics/My Favorite Things Die-Cut to give my card texture, depth and personality.  I cut the flowers from ivory wool felt using some adorable wool felt that I rolled, and then placed some Doodlebug Mini Pearls in their centers for a soft touch.  I also placed some big bows under my flowers that were made using Ivory Burlap Trim.  There are some sweet little Maya Road Canvas Tags on the card (going in various directions) to draw the eye more toward the sentiment.
There are SO many great products available at CropStop that you will just love.  There's also a monthly Anything Goes Challenge on the CropStop Blog where you can link up your projects for a chance to win some CropStop goodies of your own.  Why not stop by and check it out?  We'd sure LOVE to have you join us.

I'm linking up my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

DL ART Thankful Thursday October Linky Party - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Fun at V's Sweet Ideas

Well, it's a brand new month; and at V's Sweet Ideas, October's new challenge is going to be "Spook-tacular".  We're having a new challenge that will run all month long, and you link up all your Autumn, Halloween, and other Spook-tacular projects that celebrate this time of year.  We hope that you will link up with us this month for your chance to win a gift certificate to V's Sweet Ideas.  This sweet store is just FILLED with sweet stamps, inks, and embellishments galore to help you get started on your next project.  In fact, V's Sweet Ideas is about to launch a new Stamp Release with all sort of sweet new stamp sets for all the upcoming holidays.  We hope that you will stop back by the blog to play along and get updates, and by V's Sweet Shoppe to check out all the new releases!
For my project this month, I created a "Spook-tacular" Pocket Card for tucking in some sweet treats to give my niece.  I used a sweet Notebook Biddy Bag from V's Sweet Shoppe that I turned into a sweet little pocket card by folding the bag half way up to create a pocket, covering it in some patterned paper, and machine stitching it in place.  I inked the sides of the patterned paper, and I wrapped several lengths of sweet Solid Twine in both Mandarin Orange and Green around it and tied them into a bow.  I made a coordinating tag that I tucked in the pocket, and added a stamped sentiment in Versa Color Black Ink, and added some lovely Sequins in Light CoralCoralChocolate Brown and Copper as well as some of V's Sweet Dots in Gold (from the Glitter Collection), and one Green one from the Christmas Collection.  There are so many sweet embellishments at V's Sweet Ideas, and I really hope you will stop by and check it out.  You will just love all the great things you'll find.

I'm sharing my little pocket card in the following challenges:

Scrappy Moms Orange & Brown Challenge - I used the new "Warts Up" Stamp Set from Scrappy Moms that I was sent for being a Guest Designer for them this month.  What a blessing to join them!

Color Throwdown - Color Throwdown #362 - This is a beautiful Autumn color palette, and I enjoyed playing along!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick - I chose to pick TWO - Autumn Colors AND Using Distress Inks.  I love using Tim Holtz Distress Inks on the edges of most everything I create, so it was only natural that I included it on this project.  I used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink called Marmalade.  Their sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp, and they carry all the great colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a blessed week!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shabby Country Cards for RRR

Hello, all my ribbon-loving friends!  I'm so glad that you've stopped by today for a little bit of ribbony inspiration.  I'm really hoping that my shabby cards will motivate all of YOU to pull out some old patterned papers and make a card that's dripping in ribbon and flowers.  With the help of Really Reasonable Ribbon, you're SURE to end up with something beautiful.  Here's what I did with some older papers and embellishments I had on hand.  Really Reasonable Ribbon's amazing ribbons, trims and flowers made these cards SHINE!
To be perfectly honest, the card itself is nothing special.  It's a piece of paper that's been inked, and has a stamped sentiment on a piece of kraft paper.  Honestly, that's IT!  The rest of that cuteness is ALL 100% Really Reasonable Ribbon.
First, I ran a length of the GORGEOUS shabby Natural Burlap Trim that I ripped into strips up the left side of my card.  Next, I added small lengths/bows of Burlap Center Stitch BrownWheat Stripe Baker's Twine, and Solid Wheat Twine.  On top of all those gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon trims, I added some sweet leaves and flowers including a Brown Mulberry Leave, a Two-Tone Yellow Open Rose, a Chocolate Brown Open Rose, and an Ivory/Pale Pink Open Rose.  They're so pretty together, and compliment each other so nicely.
My second card uses the same patterned papers, a chipboard frame, and some machine stitching.  Again, nothing special.....until you add the AMAZING products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  They're truly what makes my cards so much fun.  I used the same trims and embellishments on this card, including the Wheat Stripe Baker's Twine, and Solid Wheat Twine.  I also added another Brown Leaf and some more flowers including a Brown Mulberry Leave, a Two-Tone Yellow Open Rose, a Chocolate Brown Open Rose, and two Ivory/Pale Pink Open Rose.  They're just SO sweet, and they really make your cards become something special.

I encourage you all to treat yourselves to some new ribbons, trims, laces, twines, leaves, flowers and more from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I just know that you will LOVE these sweet products as much as I do.  And you can take some ordinary papers, and make them into something special.  We'd also love to have you stop by and play along in our current Orange/Autumn Challenge.

I'm playing along this week at Simon Says Stamp, and I really want to win!  LOL  I'm sharing in a couple of challenges, actually.

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick.  For this particular challenge and these cards, I picked to follow the Distress Inks theme.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut.  I love distressing the edges of my cards with distress inks, and do it almost ALL the time.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Autumn Fun

It's no secret that Autumn (or Fall as some say) is my favorite season.  I've mentioned it many times in the past; and I know that it's because I grew up in Minnesota where the trees change their leaves in beautiful hues of red, orange, yellow and brown during this time of year.  My eyes long for the sights I would see right now if I were to drive up the North Shore of Lake Superior towards Canada.  It's such a gorgeous and scenic drive.  But for right now, I'm stuck here in Las Vegas where it's still been VERY warm.  But my mind can (and does) wander to that beautiful site on the northern shores of Lake Superior.
Today I'm sharing a couple of projects that I forgot to post when they were originally supposed to be posted.  My pumpkin jar was created for our past challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon called "Orange You Glad It's Autumn", and today is the last day to enter that one.  I painted my mason jar orange and used some dies to cut the face on the front, and then decorated my mason jar with some Orange Seam BindingBlack Seam Binding, some Moss Green Leaves, and Natural Burlap String.
I used some of Really Reasonable Ribbon's cute Natural Cotton Blend Ribbon around the lid of the jar, and then added some cute little spider stickers and put some orange and black paper straws inside.  It's just a fun little project.  I love decorating old mason jars, and Really Reasonable Ribbon has so many great ribbons and trims to help make them cute.
My second project is a simple little card I made for Fall.  It's made using some older Simple Stories patterned papers and stickers.  I inked the papers with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and I also added some baker's twine that I wrapped around the card.  It's a very simple card, but I thought I'd share it today anyway.

I'm sharing my projects here in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - No Designer Paper - So obviously, I'm linking my JAR project (not the card) to this challenge because it uses no patterned or designer papers.

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #104 - Feeling Fall-Ish - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink on my card to ink the edges of my card.  It's so nice to see such great participation in this week's challenge!

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Show It Off Linky Party

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Oh Baby at The Kraft Journal

This week at The Kraft Journal, we're having a really fun challenge to celebrate BABIES!  There's nothing on earth quite as sweet as a new baby.  And even if you don't currently have a newborn baby in your life to create a baby card for, you know very well that the time will soon come that you'll need one.  So, why not create a baby card to share in our challenge this week, and either send it to someone who has recently had a baby; or just save it for when you need the card, and you'll be ahead of the game.  It's a fun challenge, and all you need to do in order to play along and be eligible for the $15 Gift Certificate to the Kraft Outlet is to use either kraft paper of any sort, or any item that can be purchased at the Kraft Outlet.
For this very simple card, I used a Small Buff/Ivory Note Card as my base.  Then, I added a piece of Buff/Ivory Card Stock and a large journalling card (Bb) that I inked.  Then, I cut some strips of Crafty Secrets images (mother and father) to add to the sides.  I embellished this simple card with a seam binding bow using Dove Grey and Rose Beige Hand-Stained Bias Tape/Seam Binding with some Green Baker's Twine worked into the center.  I also added a rustic looking Tim Holtz Memo Pin to the middle of my bow, which is really a great idea for holding a tiny tag with the baby's name.  As I mentioned, it's a very simple card, but the Kraft Outlet makes it easy to create something you (and the proud parents) will love.

I really hope that you will stop by to check out all the great items carried at the Kraft Outlet, and then join in this fun Baby Challenge with us at The Kraft Journal.  We absolutely LOVE seeing your sweet creations, and enjoy having you play along with us.

Have an awesome week, and thanks so much for stopping by today.
God bless you,

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Guest Designing at Scrappy Moms

This is my second (and final) post as part of my Guest Design spot at Scrappy Moms Stamps.  I've decided to include both of my projects in this one post.  Scrappy Moms isn't having a blog hop, or really even posting much about their new release.  But I wanted to share another, more "Patriotic" card, using their new Homeland Heroes stamp set.  I'm sending this card to my Dad in appreciation of his faithful service in the Air Force.  He retired, many years ago, as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force; and I am SO proud of him, and truly grateful to ALL those who have served our great country in the armed forces.  My Dad is such an amazing God-fearing man, and I'm SO grateful and proud to call him "Dad".  He is actually my step-dad, but he feels like a real Dad to me.  I couldn't be more proud of his service to our country.  This is a great stamp set to use for making cards to celebrate all those who serve our country faithfully; especially those who are deployed.  If you have someone in the service, you will really enjoy this stamp set.  This is definitely not my normal style of card, but it is something different and fun.
I have one more project to share for my Guest Design Spot with Scrappy Moms, and its uses their new "Warts Up" stamp set to showcase some Halloween goodies.  It's a super cute set, and I've made some really cute candy cups using them.  I bought the black and orange striped candy cups at Michael's and I filled them with giant orange, green and black gumballs.  Next, I added some gorgeous Autumn ribbons to each cup from Really Reasonable Ribbon's September Ribbon Club Assortment.  Next, I added a paper straw to each that I decorated with two of the little stamped sentiments from the "Warts Up" stamp set.   The little candy corns on the straw are also from the "Warts Up" set.....aren't they cute?   I added some cute little Halloween embellishments and baker's twine to each one, and that's it.  My nieces and nephews will really enjoy these!
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look.  I do hope that you will take the time to stop by and check out their sweet new stamp sets at Scrappy Moms.  They're lots of fun, and there's still time to order these fun stamp sets to have your Halloween treats ready for all the little "goblins" in your life.  I'm so grateful that you've stopped by today!

Have a blessed week, and thanks for visiting.