Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Seize The Day!

Hi Blog Friends!!!

It's Timeless Tuesday again!

The Challenge:
Check here for more information on this challenge:

I'm going to admit right here & now, I am NOT a CAS gal!
So, this was challenging for me! But, scrounging through my Flourishes stash,
 I figured a Silhouette Image was called for!
I chose an image from the Flourishes- Sweet Days Of Summer.

I also wanted to try a new technique that I saw over at Stacy's blog here:
(Be SURE to look around as Stacy has other tutorials for you!)

Here's my card:
The technique I used, is called the Dry Embossed Frame!

I think this image is so wistful!
I can't tell you how long it's been since I've found a good book to just dive into!
I can see our daughter doing this reading under the tree....
She LOVES the outdoors & she LOVES to read!!! 
 I used the Spellbinders- Labels One Die, & Versa Fine- Olympia Green for good coverage.
To get a GOOD silhouette image, I think it's all in the INK!

I added Rhinestones & Dimensionals & thought it needed something else before assembling it.
So, I pulled out my SU- Corner Rounder Punch 
& WHA-LAH!!!
I didn't even add a ribbon!!!

I don't have the Spellbinders- Grand Caliber Machine,
so I was a little worried about trying this, but you never know till you try!

Here's my sandwich for the Big Shot: 
*Using the Standard Multipurpose Platform, flip layer 1 & 2 up,
you won't be using those.
* Add one cutting plate.
*Add 1 Tan Emboss Mat.
*Add your card stock with the die positioned down & secured.
*Add Sizzix- Texture Impressions Pad.
*Run it through the machine.

HOPE you find some time to "Seize The Day" with whatever makes you happy!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
Paper Studio Paper

Sunday, February 23, 2014

WHAT are you "Hoarding?"

Hi Blog Friends! 

I have a card for you today that was inspired by
The Craft Hoarders Challenge here:
If you'd like to be a part of this challenge, you have until Sun., March 2nd, midnight-PT.

The challenge was to use things that we "hoard!"
My husband said, "When you're 'hoarding' you shouldn't 'need' to be shopping, & YOU are always wanting to go shopping! So, you couldn't be 'hoarding' anything!"
Well, I have to admit, I DO "hoard" somethings! LOL
 I'll show you WHAT exactly I "hoard!"

AND we were to use this inspiration piece:
Isn't this LOVELY??? Soft hues of blue & FLOWERS!!!

Here's the PRIZE package!
I've only heard OF the company, "Close To My Heart!"
 NEVER really seen ANY of their products that I know of!
This would be FUN to win to TRY THEM OUT!

Here's my creation:
I started by doing the Ombre' Technique with Gelatos on Watercolor Paper.
Yep, I GUESS you could say Gelatos are "hoarded" around here!
 I don't use them near as much as I should!

Here you can see where I did a little embossing & paper piercing on parchment paper.
 I used an Ecstasy Crafts- Piercing & Embossing Template,
 along with a stylus, paper piercer & embossing mat.
Now, THIS is one thing I have been "hoarding" for sure!
I've had it for FOREVER & never used it on a card!

 I DEFINITELY "hoard" ribbon!!! I am ALWAYS picking some up at the store, afraid I'll run out of one color or another! I colored this one with a Gelato to get the right color I wanted!

I used Stampendous-P107 Agapanthus Cluster for my image, using Versa Fine Ink- Majestic Blue, and die cutting with Flourishes- Classic Hourglass Template Die.

I did the bottom edge with SU- Scallop Edge Punch.
You could even say I "hoard" my punches. I store them behind my door & forget they're even there, not using them as much as I should!

I finished off my image with Faber-Castell's White Pitt Artist Pen
 & some Paper Studio- Rhinestones.

Hope you find time to jump in on this challenge & use some of your "hoarded" crafting goodies!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Gelatos- Blueberry, Boysenberry & Cotton Candy
Paper Studio paper

Enjoying this LOVELY SPRING WEATHER we're having today!

Friday, February 21, 2014


Hi Blog Friends!

I have another card for you this week! 
I had ordered a set of stamps from ODB & WONDERED if they'd get here in time! 
So, I set right to work!
I had an idea for this card for our son & then I had to set about finding a card to CASE!
(I know, I do things BACKWARDS sometimes!!! LOL)
 The challenge at ODB, is to case some one's card, be their "Secret Admirer!"

You can find out more about the challenge here:
I chose to case Lisa Somerville. 
You can find out more about her creation here:

Here's Lisa's card:
 I LOVE that "Sunburst Technique!"

Now, I have to remind you,
 I do things backwards sometimes & that's what I did when I made this card!
 I struggled with getting my paper to angle like Lisa had hers angled!
 I cut & cut!!!
 Made one star burst & wasn't happy with it & began again!
But, in the end, I'm not too unhappy with what I came up with.
I only wish I could have gotten it more angled!
(I found a little tutorial on Lisa's blog later! What is wrong with me???? I wonder sometimes!!!LOL)

Here is my card:
(Let me warn you, it's not what you'll expect!)
Remember, I said I wanted to make this for our son, a fan of SUPER HERO'S!

I like this Scripture with what I've done, because the "Be Strong," is BOLD!!!
 Which is what I want to show in my card for our son, just to encourage him!
The Scripture: "Be Strong & take heart, all you who hope in the Lord." Psalm 34:24.
From: Scripture Collection 3

Like I said, our son loves Super Hero's! And this is a card JUST FOR HIM!!!

I had to show you the paper & how it shines!
 The paper is from Recollections Signature- Comic Hero's.
 You can find this Paper Stack at Michael's!
I also used PTI- Star Gazer Dies for the stars. 

Supplies not mentioned above: 
Spellbinders- Classic Circles
Versafine- Majestic Blue Ink
Paper Studio Paper
Glue Dots

(YES! We can be "Super Hero's" for God, to those around  us!) 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"A Lotta Polka-Dots!"

Hi Blog Friends!

It's Timeless Tuesday Challenge Time!
 Here's the Challenge:
This challenge was FUN!!!
I decided to use one of the sets I got in my "Mystery Bag!" 
Flourishes- Wild for Watermelon!
I KNOW our daughter will LOVE this set, as she LOVES Watermelon! 
So, you can be SURE I'll be mailing this one to her!
I used the sketch at SCS for this week:
( This looks like a "Tent Topper Card!" )

So, here's mine: 
NOTICE: All the Polka-Dots? 
My paper is from My Mind's Eye- Lost & Found.
AND do you notice the Stippling?
MORE Polka-Dots!
 I colored my image with Copic Markers.

That little circle with the sentiment, reminded me of an Award Ribbon!
 The sentiment, from the same set- Wild for Watermelon, says it ALL!!!

A close-up so you can see the stippling!
I used Spellbinders Classic Circle Dies & Classic Scalloped Circle Dies. 
I snipped off the scallops to create the points! 
I popped it all up on dimensionals!
 So, what do you think? 
Are you wanting Watermelon now? 
I'm SURE our daughter will be drooling when she sees THIS CARD! LOL
Hop on over to Flourishes & take a peek at every one's cards with Polka-Dots!


Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
Paper Studio Paper
Memento Ink

Saturday, February 15, 2014

"WOOD You Be Mine!"

Hi Blog Friends!

You're thinking I've made a Valentine I'm sure, BUT I didn't! 

It's time for the Timeless Tuesday Challenge! I couldn't let this challenge pass me by!
I got an idea for this card while doing the blog hop Flourishes had this last Tuesday when they announced this challenge!
Whenever I think of WOOD on a card, I think MASCULINE & I had THE PERFECT IMAGE from Flourishes for that masculine card!

Not only does the title for this blog post tell you there will be WOOD on the card, but it
SOUNDS LIKE a Valentine----well, for a hunter, this card & what is on the card would be what he would be saying as he aimed his rifle, "Wood you be mine?" LOL

I used the weekly sketch from SCS:

Here's my card:
I used Flourishes Images- Mountain View & Naturally Merry.

I varied from the sketch just a bit---I didn't want to cut off this beauties antlers!
So, I went a little off center for the focal point!

I popped everything up on dimensionals!

My wood panel is made with SU- Wood Grain Embossing Folder---I inked it up with SU- Chocolate Chip Ink for a deep brown in the wood grain. My paper was a little wider, than the folder, so I ran it through once & inked the folder where needed again, & laid the paper between the folder & then I used my rolling-pin just for that area. I pulled out my Gesso & dry brushed it over the wood panel I'd made!

I colored my image with SU- Water Color Crayons & the Pine Cones are colored with Copic Markers!  I also used the Naturally Merry Pine Cone to stamp the green matting, just for richness!

I used my Score Buddy to score around the edges of the matted image/s; you can take a closer look to see it, ( I made two images for this...) AND I added a wood button with linen thread. 

There's nothing better than using nature for masculine cards, especially when your man LOVES the outdoors!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Watercolor Paper- 90 lb. Cold Press
Stazon Ink
Memento Ink

Don't forget to visit Flourishes this week! EVERYTHING will be 50% off! 
WHAT are we going to do when the doors close? 

Check here for more information on this challenge:

See you over at Flourishes!!! 
I'll be there!

This card was chosen as one of SCS FAVORITES for this week!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

"L-O-V-E Recipe!"

Hi Blog Friends!

Can you believe it? I've come up with ANOTHER VALENTINE! 
This card will be entered into TWO CHALLENGES!
First, ODB is having a
"L-O-V-E Recipe" Challenge!

For more information on this challenge check here:
 Here's my "recipe!"
 L- Lacey Die
                                O- Old looking card (Old is my "style!")
V- Valentine
        E- Envelope Card
I used this recipe to come up with my card! I don't have any of the Valentine goodies from ODB, BUT, I do have ONE DIE that does the trick!
So, tell me what you think?
This is the front of the "Envelope!"
I used Flourishes- Angelic Love & From The Heart, to make this card.
The second Challenge is:
 Flourishes- "Red & Love" Challenge.

To find out more about this challenge check here:
(I HOPE this is linking! I seem to be having trouble with it! You can scroll down to another Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Post if necessary to find a direct link!)

This is the back of the "Envelope!"
As you open the "Envelope..."
Here you can see the ODB- Custom Design Die.
Here you see that the ODB- Custom Design Dies help to make this Valentine!
And the image is from Flourishes- Angelic Love;
  the sentiment is from Flourishes- From the Heart.
Here a close-up of the inside! Isn't that little cupid CUTE?
And the sentiment is meant for someone IRRESISTIBLE!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
DCWV- polka dot paper
SU- Real Red
Tim Holtz- Picket Fence-Distress Marker
Spellbinders- Classic Scallop Heart
X-Acto Knife
Tim Holtz- Tea Dye
Dick Blick- Colored Pencils
WRMK- Envelope Punch Board
Faber-Castell- Eraser Pencil (See below for a TIP!)
Zig Glue Pen

Well, I think this is the last of my "Valentine Blitz," for real this time! LOL
I just COULDN'T RESIST these two challenges!

In a Vintage Valentine Mood!

 Another challenge to post this card to, here:

Just a little note:
I used the envelope Punch Board to make my envelope, making it to the dimensions for a 5"x 5" card.
Polka Dot paper- 4 15/16" x 4 15/16"
Red paper- 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
White paper- (for the image)- 4 1/8" x 4 1/8"

Just a little TIP!
I discovered that if you use the Distress- Picket Fence Marker, it tends to splotch.
 One way to fix that, is an Eraser!
Here's what I used: 
It only erases the splotchy parts!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Vintage School Day Valentines!

Hi Blog Friends!

I told you I'd be back with more Valentines & here I am! 
Do you remember those days in Elementary School when you were preparing for your Valentines Day Parties? Finding just the right shoe box, without dented corners? Covering it with foil, hearts & doily's? Cutting that slit in the top of the box, so others could slip their Valentines to you right in it? HOPING your box would be full of little notes of Sweetness?
Heart shaped cookies?
 The excitement that the day would hold?

Here is a little Valentine that reminds me of those days! I feel I have to use it every year, just because of the feeling I get when I look at the stamp! LOL I made it an ATC- 2 1/2" x 3 1/2",
 and matted it on a piece of  3 3/4" x 2 3/4" SU- Card Stock.
I feel using this little stamp in ATC form is a-kin to those little Valentines we received in school.
Take a look:
"dearie me, I'm worried some
do tell me what's the matter.
every time I look at you
my heart goes

Isn't that just the CUTEST?
The image is from RED LEAD!
I colored these sweet kiddo's with Dick Blick Colored Pencils & Gamasol &
 adding Stickles to the little hearts in their hands!
(Not only does Gamasol blend the color, but it sets it too, so it won't smear!)
You can find the image here:

 These will be tucked into the larger Valentines I've already made!
Who doesn't like to be reminded of those School Day Valentine Parties?

I thought about using my ATC stamp for the back, but decided not to! I wanted them to be like those old time Valentines---even though, I didn't stamp "TO & FROM" on them!
The 1" Circle punch on the back is also from RED LEAD--Story Stamp Valentine Words; the black colored sentiment comes from the same set.
Check Here:

I've been seeing these little ATC bags when I go to the craft store & could hold out no more!
Valentines Day was THE PERFECT TIME to pick these up!
 I think they just add to the nostalgia of these Vintage School Day Valentines!

If kids want to make their own Valentines  for their Valentines Parties at school, these stamps would be SUPER EASY for them to use!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
Recollections- Paper Bags from Michael's
SU- 1" Punch

Red Lead has MANY other Vintage Valentine Images! BE SURE to check them out!
 There are MANY MORE that I want!

I think I LOVE this little "holiday" BECAUSE we ALL NEED for people to tell us they love us!
 And this day is a SPECIAL DAY just for people to express to others that they are loved!
 QUITE A SPECIAL DAY if you ask me!!! 

HOPE you've enjoyed my VALENTINE BLITZ!!!
More projects coming!

Floating on Hearts here!

Friday, February 7, 2014


Hi Blog Friends!

Are you ready for VALENTINE'S????
I have another Valentine to show you & I will put this into the
 Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge also!
Do you remember the Challenge? 
I told you I LOVE this "holiday!" 

You STILL HAVE TIME to join in! 
 Check here:

I have ONLY ONE Flourishes Valentine Stamp at this time---
 (more are on the way, I had to take advantage of the Sale going on!)
Flourishes- Roses Are Red, so that's what I used for this card!
I used a SCS sketch- SC474:
 I only changed it a little bit!

Here's my card: 
I created my own Designer Paper with masking & coloring with Copics.

For the banner, I used Vellum & it helped to tone down the brightness just a little!
(Ooops! I forgot to use my Vellum tape! )

The Gold bands at the top are my Gold Krylon Pen & I also edged the white heart, & I added some Gold to the side scalloped piece-  SU- Edgelits- Adorning Accents.
 (You can see it better below. That scalloped edge is the only change I made in the sketch.)

The Flourish is Spellbinders- Floral Flourishes, instead of an arrow.

This is a close up of the rose bud on the heart. I used the "Out of the Box" technique & I used just a little bit of Stickles for sparkle.
 And this is the inside! This set has several verses you can choose from!

Check back tomorrow for "Vintage School Days Valentines!"

Enjoy your Valentine's Day with STAMPS CHOCOLATE!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- Real Red Paper
Paper Studio
Spellbinders- Classic Hearts Dies
Spellbinders- Classic Scalloped Hearts Dies
Zig Glue Pen