OMG! Kristina Werner!

OMG OMG OMG! My card was featured in Kristina Werner’s February 2015 Mail Call!

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Do you see it? It’s the pink shaker heart card on the upper left corner! (see video at 6 minute mark) Woop Woop!  I am over the moon happy because I absolutely love all of Kristina’s cards, techniques, and stamp/stencils.

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TA DA – As you may recall, here is the card and previous blog post! When I first started stamping, I watched all of Kristina’s youtube tutorial videos and purchased all of the products she recommended for beginners.  Flash forward 5 years later and I am still watching her videos and purchasing her products!

Thank you Kristina for featuring my card in the February 2015 mail call! I am happy as a clam…

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Or should I say… Happy as two scottie pups!=)

Life Saver…Not Just the Candy!

Here’s another card using the sweet stamp set from Mama Elephant…

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The stitched dies are just so lovely and I cannot get enough of them! In fact, I have ordered more to come!

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Again, this cute shaker card is filled with Pretty Pink Posh sequins and distress inks were used to add some color to the clouds and sun! I am waiting anxiously for the new hero arts ombre inks…Please please come soon!

Everyday. Period.

I love this card because the sentiment is so sweet and so are the little pandas:

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I made the shaker window using a die cut for  3×4 pocket cards.  I love how the edges are rounded off.  For the sky background and hillside, I used a combination of pink chalk inks from memento and distress inks.

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I wanted to create that summer sky where everything looks like cotton candy.  Yum! For the final touches, I added pretty pink posh sequins for the shaker card. It is hard to tell from the photos but the pandas are standing in front of the clear window so it adds some dimension.  Remember that somewhere out there, you are loved by someone, everyday. period. =)

Succulents here, there, everywhere!

I am not sure how it happened, but I suddenly became succulents/cacti crazy! Succulents and cacti are everywhere – even as stamps!

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I went to my local nursery and found these amazing little succulents and cacti.  The selection was wonderful and I cannot wait to go back for some more.  The price on average is about $2.50 to $2.99 for the mini succulents and cacti.  My favorite are the spiky succulents because of its interesting shape.

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I filled the bottom of these pots with medium sized aquarium rocks.  The middle layer is cactus soil and the top layer is simply small white aquarium rocks. (The rocks can be purchased at any local pet store).

In case you are wondering, I followed Jennifer McGuire’s video on how to plant succulents in small pots/jars.  I prefer these little mini ones because they are so adorable and make really great gifts for friends and family.  I love how the little lady bug looks like she has spiky hair! Here is a view from the top:

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I recently picked up a mini red cactus and will post photos as soon as I get it planted.

I also made a few planted succulents as office gifts but sadly, the one on the left, did not do very well indoors. I think they need a good amount of sunshine in order to thrive/survive.

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In case you need some ideas as to where to showcase your succulents/cacti, I found this cute planter stand at a local furniture store:

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I am hoping that with the right amount of sunshine and watering these new planted succulents will thrive.   Hopefully my pups will not try to snack on these little succulents/catci plants! (Yes, it has happened before!)

Who Cut the Cheese?

It’s a popular saying when you have two little pups running around the house! lol

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I made this mouse and cheese shaker card using stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop! I love the stamps because they are so adorable and have the funniest sentiments.

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I used the trick from Jennifer McGuire and glued a few sequins in the shaker card area so it doesn’t look so empty when you are holding it up. Finally, I used some red foiled paper to create the tiny bow and added bling to the center. I love the little expression of the mouse – he cracks me up!

Did Someone Say Too Much of a Good Thing…

Is bad? Well if so…I can’t help it! I made another version of this card!

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For the happy sentiment, I added layers of the gold glitter embossing powder and then more gold thread behind the stitched circles.

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I used distress inks for the rainbow colors and tried to give a soft glow along the edges.

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I love the fun color combinations! And of course, gold foil stars makes everything fabulous =)

Happy Heart Day!

Looking forward to spending the weekend eating lots of chocolate and smelling flowers!

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I am back with some fun watercolors again and I am still crazy about this “happy” sentiment die.

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I added multiple layers to make the happy sentiment pop up! The top layer was red foil paper which looks so great for a valentine’s day card.

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Hope you are spending a wonderful weekend with your loved ones!

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“I love you like XO…You love me like XO” – Beyonce

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If you are anything like me you must have a bunch of project life cards stored away because they are too fancy to use! I turned some project life 3×4 cards into a shaker card for Valentine’s Day.

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It’s so hard to capture the sequins shaking around in a photograph but this heart shaker is filled with lots of fun pink and gold sequins.  I used vellum and embossed gold circles and the  sentiment.  The project life card is from Heidi Swapp’s gold foil kit.  love love!  I am glad I scooped up the kit because it has been sold out for weeks at my local craft store.

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Did I mention that Tim Holtz’s tiny attacher is totally awesome.  To turn the staples into gold, I used a Gold Sharpie Metallic marker. So cute and adorable!

I Need a Hero!

Everyone needs a hero! And, in this case it is a super girl…

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I love this mover and shaker die from Papertry Ink because it allows you to put any stamped image and create an interactive card.

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I added some distress inks to the background to give it that fun pop of color and then gold embossed the sentiment “You are my hero” onto the fluffy white cloud.

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No card is completed without some pretty pink posh sequins and gold foil stars! Be sure to tell your hero that you love them today =)

Unconventional Valentine’s Day

Something a little different for valentine’s day this year:

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I was attempting to make a non-cutesy valentine’s day card and came up with the idea of adding little touches of pink distress inks around the die cut stitched circles:

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I really like how soft and subtle the card came out! Aren’t these stitched dies and borders adorable?  To make the happy sentiment, I applied distress inks to the edges and then used two coats of clear embossing powder to give it that “dome” look.

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For the final touches I added sequins and gold thread to give it that pop of color! More fun valentine’s day cards to come!

Something New…Altenew!

I figured since it’s the new year I should try a new style of stamping! Welcome Painted Flowers by Altenew!

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Aren’t these flowers just beautiful? I started with my lightest shade of pink ink and then I stamped a darker pink ink for the shadows.  I did the same for the purple flowers!

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For the sentiment, I made two layers of the “happy” die cut and then cleared embossed it twice to get the bubbly dome look. I added some fun foam to the large cross-stitch border before adhering it to the card base.

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As for the final touches, I used my wink of stella to color the flower petals and I added little hearts and circle enamel dots.  My next technique will be to try out this stamp set with water colors!

Useful Tip:  So the way the stamps come in the package it’s not very clear which stamps together make a flower.  Here is what it looks like:

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To solve this problem and save myself a ton of time, I used using staz-on ink and made guide just like this one on some clear transparency:

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Now I have all of my stamps lined up next to each other and I know stamping them together will create a certain flower!  Hope that is a helpful tip for you!

You are Super Duper!

Sometimes we need to tell the wonderful people in our lives that they are just super duper!

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Every month I excitedly wait for the release of stamps from Mama Elephant.  And this release, they created the Tiny Heroes stamp set which is sooooo adorable!  I was inspired by this card from Nichol Magouirk and wanted to make a clean and crisp version. OMG the super hero dog is just way too cute with the mask!

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I cannot tell you how much I adore Mama Elephant’s new Sew Fancy die set. It goes with everything and makes that perfect background for any card.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The Miracles of Duct Tape!

OMG. Hilarious.  Can I say anything more?

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Here’s a closer look at the cutie little mouse:

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Finally the hilarious part. The inside of the card reveals…

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Mr. Muffled! ahahha! I drew in the duct tape with a black marker and added a little glitter to give it that metallic sheen!! I made this card for my funny and witty friend who if she could…would duct tape everyone! Including me!

A True Friend!

Once I saw this sentiment stamp I knew I had to make this card for my BFF:

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Seriously, I love this stamp from Riley and Company.  They have really funny and witty sentiments perfect for those silly people in your life.

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For the dresses, I stamped and cut them out from patterned paper. I made the stars using texture paste and added some green glitter on top.

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For some final touches, I made the banner using washi tape and added Pretty Pink Posh pink and yellow sequins.  This card makes me laugh and I hope it brings a giggle to you!

Hello Heidi Swapp!

So I walked into my local Michaels and simply fell in love with this Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Kit for Project life:

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It is so pretty!!! I have made about three different Project Life pages using the beautiful gold foiled cards.  As if that were not enough, I decided to make some shaker cards from the 3×4 Project Life cards and this is what I came up with:

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Again, I used the Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder and made the background on Vellum.  I used a heart die cut to make the little window and filled the shaker with an assortment of sequins. Shake shake shake!

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So pretty and it looks so glamorous too!

Ringing in the New Year with Black and Gold!

Happy New Year! I am officially obsessed with all things gold and glittery…

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I made a bunch of cards for the new year using some awesome Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder and fabulous stamps from Winnie & Walter.

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I love how the gold glitters on the Vellum!

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Makes me happy! Happy 2015!

All Things Gold and Glitter!

I can’t believe the Christmas card season was here and now gone! So, I guess I will get back to making other fun cards for the rest of the year!

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I was really excited to try these balloon stamps from Mama Elephant.  I stamped them in various hero arts shadow inks and added glossy accents to the top layer.

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I am currently obsessed with anything gold foil! Please please please I hope someone makes an awesome pack of patterned gold foil paper!

Shaking it up for Christmas!

I had to include one more shaker Christmas card for the holiday season!

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For this card, I was trying to make a snow globe shaker card. I used a circle die and just added the base to the globe.

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I added the little presents and gloves from a cute little mini treat set from Papertrey Ink.  Love love love!

Snow Bear Critter for Christmas!

Here is another card from my little series…

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I love the addition of the sequins to the background with the gold stars.

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I used a mixture of three distress inks to create the lovely background. Note: I finally gave in and converted to the Ranger Mini Ink blending tool.  It does work. It is awesome. Take the plunge! lol.

One Layer Card Merry and Bright!

It has been a long time since I have made a one layer card…talk about restraint!

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I found this adorable Christmas tree stamp from Hero Arts. I love how you can decorate the tree in a very non-conventional way.  I’m looking forward to using it throughout the year.

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I think I went a little overboard with the gold pearls.  I was planning to use a few towards the base of the tree but got a little carried away.

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More cards to come!

Christmas Treat Boxes!

I am delighted today to share a crafty creation made by my bff!

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Seriously, how adorable are these little treat boxes? My bff was inspired by treat boxes she saw on Laura Bassen’s blog. We love her!

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These boxes were created using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board. So neat! I love all the details from the coloring of the stamp images to the adorable ribbon! Cute cute and cute!

Merry and Bright For the Holidays!

Here is the next winter Christmas card in my little series!

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I was inspired by a post of Laura Bassen where she used a layering technique for the circle die cuts.

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This is also the first time using Ranger Gold Embossing powder which is so lovely against the white card stock.  I just love the little Christmas hat eyelet! I am glad I stocked up on these little hats for this year and next.

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So excited for the Holidays!

Merry Hedgehog Kisses!

I finally got my hands on this adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  It has been sold out for months! But at last…

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I have made a series of Christmas cards using adorable critters and this is the first of that series! For the background, I used distress inks in a sorta non-traditional Christmas color combination.

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For Mrs. Hedgehog, I used wink of stella to give a glittery coat for the holiday season.

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Also, I used embossing paste to create a snowy background and I added small gold snowflakes to tie in the gold Merry Christmas sentiment! Love this time of year!

Let it Snow (Globes)!

Oh my! How adorable are these snow globes…

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These were very simple and easy to make!  I recommend checking out this youtube video from Papertrey Ink.

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I bought a few of the supplies at my local craft store (i.e. the dome ornament and snowflakes) and I used my circle dies to create the different layers inside the snow globe.

globe4I absolutely love how these turned out and will be making these as gifts from friends and family! I have also seen these on top of mason jars!

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Isn’t that so cute as milk chocolate jars? Ugh! Must must must make!

Friends Make the Holidays…

Merry and Bright! Especially, if they like to surf!

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I was asked to make a custom Christmas card for a surf instructor. Using a Heidi Swapp stencil I added embossing paste and glitter for a simple background. I like how it looks like snow or bubbles.

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I found these awesome surf boards from the Silhouette store. I used distressed inks and sponge daubers to color each of the boards.

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For some finishing touches, I added glossy accents to the yellow surfboard and wink of stella to the green board.  My favorite part was adding in the santa hats and winter gloves!

Cowabunga Christmas!

Never say Never! Bok!

I made Thanksgiving cards this year which is a first for me! Bok bok bok.

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So for the inside of my turkey, I used this adorable set from Lawn Fawn! I love the little corn on the cob! Remember as a kid when you would draw those silly hand turkeys!? This card reminds me of that fun activity!

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I added little googley eyes for some fun details!

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Hope you and your family have a wonderful turkey day!

Happy Halloween!

I loved the Lawn Fawn shaker card so much I had to make the Mama Elephant version:

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This is my first time using seedless preserves distress ink – I love it! It looks so beautiful when blended with picked raspberry distress ink.

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Instead of using gold enamel dots I ended up flicking the Heidi Swapp color spray onto the front of the card.  I love how the gold circles are different sizes! Wishing you a spooky Halloween!

 

Monsters Shake it off!

Yes, another shaker card but this one is perfect for Halloween!

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I used distress inks for the background and added white and gold enamel dots around the sentiment!

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I love how cute and silly these monsters look and I think they would be great for cards throughout the year!  Another card for the Lawnscaping Halloween Challenge!

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Up and Away with Watercolors!

I am always a little behind on the trends in stamping…But I am glad when I get caught up:

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I finally picked up some Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  It is amazing! I can’t believe what a difference it makes when using distress inks.

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I love using the gold foiled paper for the background and balloon!

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The worse it looks while you are adding distress inks to the watercolor paper – the better it will be when it dries! Love that.

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!

 

Greenie Halloweenie!

I’m back with a fun halloween card!

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I love this fun color combination for this spooky time of year! I used distress inks to get that lovely green/yellow layers.

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This stamp set from Lawn Fawn is just too cute! Nothing scary here just lots of “boo!”

Wish me luck on the Lawnscaping Halloween Challenge!

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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… =)