Thursday, November 27, 2014

Your Next Stamp - Fun Friday!

Hi all!  Is everyone recouping from all that food yesterday?!  I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and found many things to be thankful for ;)  Here's my card for this week's YNS Fun Friday challenge.  I used the awesome sketch and featured the Sweet Holiday Greetings set and dies.  I colored the gingerbread family with Copics, cut them out with the dies, then popped them up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment is also from this set.  I used several die-namics, along with two candy apple red glittered gumdrops to add extra details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be safe if you go Black Friday shopping!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Give Thanks banner

Hi all!  I've been wanting to make a Thanksgiving type banner for a while now.  It took me some time  (because of life in general, you know how that goes...) but here it is!  I love how it turned out!!!  The banners were cut out of the 12X12 paper backing you get in packages?  You know, that thick white sheet that keeps the paper from bending?  That's it!  I cut those out with my Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX, then used the STAX again to cut out DP to adhere over the thicker white card stock backing.  I used one of the open scallop doily duo die-namics in alternating DP to accentuate the letters.  The letters (By the Letters Uppercase die-namics)are cut out of hot fudge card stock that was stamped with the plaid background set, also in hot fudge.  I used a circle element from one of my Blueprints in kraft card stock to adhere the letters to, then came the fun part!  I used several die-namics such as the leafy and medium leafy flourishes, layered leaves, upsy daiy and layered rose to name a few, cut them out of coordinating DP then started dressing up each individual banner.  I also added some lace and brown pearls here and there.  Here's where it's hanging in our not-so-formal formal dining room...

Yep, this was a lot of fun to make!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Your Next Stamp - Feature Day!

Hi all!  We are featuring Christmas and winter themed projects over on the YNS Blog today!  'Tis the season ;)

I decided to go for a White Christmas feel using the AWESOME dies from the Gingerbread House Die Set!  There are so many fabulous little elements in this set!  I had so much fun making this card!  I also used the hills die set - to make the two rows of hills I die cut a piece of smooth white card stock which gives you two hills!  I just flipped one around so the hills 'rolled' in opposite directions.  Clear as mud, lol?  The sentiment is from the Winter Home set , which I thought went perfectly with this scene, and is stamped in Steel Blue ink.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to head over to the YNS Blog and comment to WIN!

I need YOUR VOTE!!!

HI all!  So, you may recognize this card I made during World Card Making Day.  Well, I submitted to Paper Crafts & Scrapbook magazine and it was selected as an Honorable Mention winner!  It was one of those rare times when you could submit cards that had already been posted on the web previously. WELL... that takes us to today!  I need you to PLEASE go to the PC & S website and VOTE for my card HERE!!!!!!!  It's super easy to vote, no need to sign up for anything - click on the link then click the bubble next to my card then click Submit.  Done!  I would GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!  This was made using all MFT products.

Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cheers to you

Hi all!  I'm sure most of you are aware that Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking will have it's final publication in February 2015.  They're closing their doors.  I have looked to PC&S for inspiration almost since I started scrapbooking about 12 or so years ago (I started out as a scrapbooker before I got into card making).  They have ALWAYS been there.  It will be strange to not have them around showing me what the latest technique is and what trendy products I need to look for.  I was fortunate to have 3 cards picked up for publication - one for Stamping Royalty 2014, one for World Card Making Day 2014 and this one, which was to be printed in the Card Creations Vol. 13 issue.  Now that that's not happening, I get to show you the card now, so here 'tis:

I used 13 different bits of scrap paper and a fun banner die-namic to create the flags.  I used my black SU marker to make the lines then adhered black thread over the top.  The sentiment is embossed with black EP.  I rounded one corner for balance.  The card base is Razzle Berry.

So Cheers to You, PC&S and all of the fabulous ladies and go-to gals!!!!  I hope that with this door closing, a brighter and even more exciting opportunity opens up for you!  Thanks for everything!

And thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

You're sweet, thanks!

Hi all!  Here's my card for the MFTWSC202 and the CPC11.  I finally used my mason jar die-namics, along with a word from the Many Thanks die-namics and a part of a sentiment from the retired ( I think) Sweet as can Bee set.  {I would add links but they're not working on the MFT site}  The card base is grout gray.  The 'gum balls' were cut out with smooth white card stock, then sponged with sour apple and berrylicious inks.  The stripes are from the pinstripe background stamp using grout gray ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

YNS Fun Friday - Happy Birthday!

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  It's time for another sketch and color challenge over at the YNS Blog.  I decided to use the color combo and make a bright birthday card using A Gift from Cuddles.  I colored  him completely with Copics then fussy cut him and popped him up on foam adhesive.  The sentiment is also from this set - love the font!  The stripes are from a background stamp.  I added some twine and a button for the finishing details.  The sketch is the FMS162.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to play along for a chance to WIN!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Your Next Stamp - New Release After Party!

Hi all!  Welcome to the YNS New Release After Party!  Just another chance for y'all to see all of these Awesome new sets in action!  You can see all of the DT's card on the YNS Blog and guess what?!  One lucky commenter wins 1 new release stamp set of their choice!!!  WHAT?!?!  Awesome, right?!  

For my card, I used the Sweet Holiday Greetings set and went Clean And Simple.  This would be a pretty easy card to mass produce if you have to make several.  Karen dared us to make cards using red, green and white, so I took a few of the smaller stamps in the set to create this fun background using wild cherry and jellybean green inks.  The sentiment comes all in a line, so I stamped each word separately so it would fit onto my rectangle.  A button and matching twine add the finishing touch.  :)  And you know what else is awesome??  This set comes with matching dies!!!  Wahoo!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to stop by the YNS blog and leave some loooove (aka: comment, ha!) for a chance to WIN!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Your Next Stamp - November New Release Blog Hop!!!

Hi all!  WELCOME to our New Release Blog Hop!!!  We're so excited for you to be here and see ALL of our YNS FABULOUS new stamps and dies!!!  Important banner blinkie alert (hehe!):

For my projects, I've used this super sweet set, Gift from Cuddles.  Love him!  He comes with the perfect sentiments for the holidays AND birthdays, but we'll get to that in a minute..  ;)  My first card is a 5x5 and I've colored him with Copics.  The present is awesome for paper piecing, which I did here!  The key to paper piecing, for me, is making sure you layer.  So the bunny is stamped, then I pieced the gift over him and then I pieced his little paws holding the gift on top.

Here's a peek at the inside.  I didn't want to cover up that image, which is a pretty good size (and I LOVE that!), so I added the sentiment here, along with his cute face stamped in pink lemonade ink for a tone on tone look.  

Now here is a birthday tag I made - see, I told you he comes with the PERFECT sentiments!  I also went completely opposite of the above card to show how cute he is even when NOT colored!  I'm telling ya, you just can't go wrong with this set!!!  The two smaller circle accents are from the slider/spinner die - large set and the larger circle is from another YNS die I can't find the name of at the moment.  And yes, I paper pieced the gift again and layered some cute little non-colored bunny paws on top for the right dimension.  I also added some sterling silver glittered gumdrops because they're so FUN and it is a birthday tag, after all :D

Now don't forget, be sure to comment as you hop along because we will have a grand prize of a $20 YNS gift certificate to one lucky commenter!!!  Besides, it's an AMAZING release so you have to go see what the DT has created!  AND we're having a sale!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and HAVE FUN HOPPING!!!  {blog hop links are below for your convenience}

Friday, November 7, 2014

Your Next Stamp - New Release SNEAK PEEK!

Hi all!  Can you believe it's time for another new release from Your Next Stamp?!  I guess we get so busy that the last few months of the year just fly by... anyway... here's my sneak peek card featuring the LITTLE DARLING JACK set. So. Totally. ADORABLE!  Jack and his cute little sled-puller come separately, along with some great sentiments and a trio of snowflakes!  FUN!!!  I colored everything with my Copics then fussy cut it, leaving a bit of "snow" for them to run on.  I then layered them over Sno Cone card stock, which I had stamped the with the snowflakes from the set in sweet tooth ink.  I also sponged the sweet tooth ink around the edges to really give it a 'frosty' look.  

Here's a peek at the inside...  I stamped the snowflakes again, this time in Sno Cone ink.  For the sentiment, which is from the set except that I stamped it all in one line, not stacked which is how it comes, I decided to make it fun and put it under the tear away tab using our large die.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to hop on over to the YNS Blog to see ALL of the SNEAK PEEKS!   Our New Release Blog Hop is SUNDAY and you won't want to miss a thing!

You are FAB

Hi all!  Just sharing a Clean And Simple card I made for a couple of challenges - CTD317 and one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on SCS, which is an amazing and inspiring group of challenges where we are encouraged to send the cards we make to MD Anderson.  So who couldn't use a little reminder of just how FABulous they are?!  I used the MFT Woodgrain BG stamp and a sentiment from their Bold Statements set.  The card base is Sno Cone and I also used grape jelly and sweet tooth card stocks.  A bit of black thread, some black button brads and a little bling finish it up.

Thanks for looking!  Stop by tomorrow for a SNEAK PEEK at our Your Next Stamp NEW RELEASE for November!  You are going to LOVE IT!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Holidays

Hi all!  Here's a pretty CAS (Clean And Simple) card I made for the Color Throwdown Challenge 316 and SSSC243 sketch.  I colored this cutie from the Waddles - Snow Fun! set with my Copics then fussy-cut him.  I created the shimmery blue background behind him by stamping nightshift blue and Blu Raspberry inks on my craft mat, spritzing the ink with water then smoooooshing my watercolor paper.  Once it was dried, I spritzed it with some blue shimmer spray and voila.  The sentiment is one from the Winter Home set.  

Thanks for stopping by!