Penguin Party!

I have been literally counting down the days for the Mama Elephant release! I love love love their stamps (as you can tell!):

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Even my Scottie loves to be a stamp model! lol.  I saw this version on Laura Bassen’s blog and knew I had to make a shaker card version!

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Aren’t these stamps so adorable?! I love that there are so many different images! Ugh. So cute!

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Can’t wait to make more dancing penguin cards! Shake shake it!

Swapp! I love it!

I am turning into a huge fan of Heidi Swapp’s color sprays! I got a few bottles this past weekend and I couldn’t wait to use them!

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I tried the sprays with different stencils and got these results:

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My favorite technique turned out to be just flicking the spray bottle onto the cardstock! And here is my card…

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Hope you are having a great weekend!

 

Air Mail from Cruz and Maxx

I made a custom card and thought it would be so cute to put names on the little kids!

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I love adding all the different layers and embellishments. Here is closer look:

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I love the sweet little expressions and the sentiments from this stamp set are so versatile!

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Hope this brings a smile to the heart! More cute air mail cards on its way… =)

Hello in Gold!

Here is my attempt of combining different textures and layers! For the background, I used embossing paste to create the rainbow polkadot background.

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I just love sprinkling glitter on the embossing paste before it dries completely.  It adds a little sparkle that makes you smile when you see it!

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Love the gold thread behind the cute little bunny!

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I can’t believe it is already October! Time to get ready for Christmas cards!

Distressing Halloween!

How that I have stayed away from distress inks for months just baffles me! I forget how much I love them!

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I love the richness of color that distress inks add to the background.  Again, I am back with my crazy gold thread and am loving it!

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I added some white enamel dots to the cloud background and it gives it a nice pop of dimension.

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Aren’t these little Halloween critters adorable? Love them.

Monster Hugs Being Sent Your Way!

Sometimes you need a hug…even if it is from (cute) monsters!

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I am so glad I bought this stamp set before it was sold out on lawn fawn. It is way too cute to pass up for Halloween!  I colored the little monsters to match the cool starry background. I luckily found some star bling in my stash.

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I like that this card screams happy! Umm….scary and happy – perfect for Halloween!

We are in Disguise for your Birthday!

I have been trying to make cards with the gold thread in the background.  I have to admit it is hard just to let the thread go which ever way it wants to!  But I am really loving the messy look:

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For this card, I wanted to make it sort of masculine so I thought it would be funny to add a little mustache to the little mama elephant critters!  I recommend using glue dots to keep the thread in place.

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I kept the background colors simple and I think this card looks much better in real life!  Hope you are having a great week!

Craft Storage and Organization!

For the last few weeks, I have been obsessed with organizing all of my crafting goodies.  I finally did a little stamp cleaning and gave away a ton of craft supplies.  I thought I would share a few of the craft storage ideas that I love.  First, I found a solution to store my ink cubes:

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I love this idea because everything is in one place and I can keep my sponge daubers with the cubes! I got this storage container from Michaels. Love love love.

My next storage solution is for sequins.  I really needed a storage container that had individual lids because the sequins often slide around and get mixed up together. So I found these awesome containers that even have a little handle:

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Aren’t these containers awesome! I got these from Daiso. I love that I can hang them from the wall or inside my craft cabinet doors.

Onto my distress inks, I am slowly building up my collection and I may have reached my max capacity.  I like that I can take my inks with me in this case.

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I punched out little hearts and added the colors so that I can easily see which inks I need for a project! (Also from Daiso).

Last but not least, here is how I store my clear stamps.  I really love this system because I can easily flip through and find the stamps I need. I tried storing my clear stamps in cds but it took up a lot of space and I found that this solution works for my craft space.

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Many of the blogs and videos I have been searching through have been really inspiring! It’s so wonderful to see how people organize and create! It is totally true that the more organized your craft space is the easier it is to create.  You spend less time rummaging around and more time being creative!  I hope these storage solutions give you some ideas to help you get crafting =)

Air Mail From the Heart!

I did not realize but I hoard and love all things related to Airmail!

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I absolutely love the cellophane airmail envelope! It has the perfect combination of sheerness where you can see the little note inside! I would love to receive that envelope in the mail! For this card, I used some patterned airmail paper from Martha Stewart and layered these adorable postcards for the background.  I stamped the airmail banner and border using Lawn Fawn Stamps.

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The adorable little girl and sentiment are from Mama Elephant. If you cannot tell from all my latest posts – I am such a huge fan of Mama Elephant stamps! They are adorable!

If it walks like a duck…

It must be a fish! lol?!

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I wanted to make a cute duck shaker card but he looked lonely in the waters so I made a little fish friend to keep him company! For the clouds, I used some white foam and then added wink of stella.

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I just love the green/teal sequins – it give that pop of color when the card gets shaken! And like the sentiment says remember to: Smiles. Be Happy!

Fun facts about ducks:  Most male ducks are silent and very few ducks actually “quack.” Instead, their calls may include squeaks, grunts, groans, chirps, whistles, brays and growls.

Shaking Chevron!

Here is one of my last cards using the chevron stencil and embossing paste!

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I love this color combination and decided to make a little shaker card with this adorable baby giraffe!

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Here is a closer look at the embossing paste after I added glitter.  Isn’t it just so beautiful? I love it!

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Fun fact about giraffes: The age of a giraffe can be calculated from its spots. The darker the spots, the older the giraffe!

You Are Boo-Tastic!

This year I decided to start early on my Halloween Cards.

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For seasonal cards, I find it easiest when  I pull out all my supplies that way everything is at my fingertips.

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Last year I bought most of these supplies and did not get a chance to use it! So glad I saved all my goodies.

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Here is my original card but I decided it needed more dimension and depth so I popped everything up and added some clear cardstock for the circle window.

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Hopefully, I will have a ton of Halloween cards to share in the next few weeks! Have a wonderful labor day!

Thank You and Say Cheese!

I made this card for my bff in the hopes that I could convince her to use embossing paste! It’s so fun!

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For some reason, I ended up doing a camera theme for all these cards! Totally not planned.  So for the chevron background I colored the embossing paste with distress inks and carefully applied it to the stencil.

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I love how the embossing paste gives the card such beautiful dimension! Then I sprinkled on some clear glitter and allowed it to dry for about 30 to 40 minutes. The camera and sentiment are from the Silhouette store and the mini Polaroid is from Papertrey Ink.   For the sentiment, I did the same technique where I added layers of clear embossing paste to make it nice and shiny.

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For the final touches, I added a little wink of stella to the camera and enamels dots in silver and white! Embossing paste – you rock!