Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Little Something Cute

What makes you smile and/or laugh?  
One thing is being a part of AAA Cards.  We've got a fab prize this week - come play along!

Something that will almost always make me smile is a cute baby.  
You know those videos on YouTube where the cute little babies are laughing 
or those little twins who are talking to each other over and over?  

Oh, yeah.  Those make me laugh all right!!  
How about you?

Today I'm entering this card into the Make My Monday challenge 
where the theme is A Card To Make You Laugh.  
And the layout is from the Paper Players Challenge.

What I used:
Card Stock - Hello Honey (coming to you soon in the new catalog); Pistachio Pudding (#131294); Coastal Cabana (#131297); Whisper White (#100730)
Designer Series Paper - Lullaby (#133695 - in new catalog)
Inks - Pistachio Pudding (#131177); Coastal Cabana (#131175); StazOn Black
Stamp Sets - Something to Say (#134180 - in new catalog); Something for Baby (#134027 - in new catalog)
Framelits - Baby's First Framelits Dies (#133735 - in new catalog); Circles Collection (#130911)
Ribbon - Hello Honey (in new catalog)
Basic Pearls

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

3 Reasons to Love Giggle Greetings

We all know that age only counts if you're a cheese!
 Love those Giggle Greetings!  And here are three reasons you will, too!
1.  The images are perfect for coloring - easy to use the Blendabilities markers on these fabulous images  (this card is a CASE from the new catalog).
2.  This stamp set makes things quick and easy card with lots of fun going on.
3.  This stamp set makes everyone smile - guys and gals alike!
What I used:
stamp set - Giggle Greetings
card stock - Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink - Memento Ink
Blendabilities markers
White Baker's Twine
Chevron Embossing Folder
Snail Adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals; Dazzling Details; 1" square punch (to make the fish tails on the banners)

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Chalkboard Technique - AAA Cards

Some things take you back . . . you know what I mean?  
Chalkboards are one of those things.
The Chalkboard Technique is also very on-trend right now for cards and DIY projects.  
Love it.
Join in with AAA Cards to create a Chalkboard card.
Thanks for joining us.  Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Loving Flowers - CASology - New Technique

What could be better than getting inky?  Not much.  
Did two new (to me) things when making this card. 

 I sponged color directly onto my largest acrylic block from my ink pads, 
misted it well with water, and then laid the card stock onto the block 
to soak up the color.  That was how the background was done.

The other new (to me) technique was to color the rhinestones 
with my alcohol markers (Blendabilities)
I really love the soft way they turned out.  I colored with various yellows and reds.

When I was at work today, I looked down while typing and noticed that I had ink 
under two nails and ink stained fingers, still, from this kind-of-messy 
technique.   (Believe me, I really washed up, too!)
 I LOVE getting inky!  I don't mind that at all.  Yay!
When I see ink all over me, that means I had fun.  How about you?

I'm entering this into the CASology Challenge because their cue word is Flower.
What I used:
Card Stock - Whisper White (#100730); Pistachio Pudding (#131294)
Ink - StazOn Black; Pistachio Pudding (#131177); Pink Pirouette (#111838); Wild Wasabi (#109014); Pool Party (#126982); Blushing Bride (#131172); Strawberry Slush (#131178); Calypso Coral (#122939)
Stamp Sets - Stippled Blossoms (#126747 - clear); Yippee-Skippee! (#131344 - clear); Flower Shop (#130942 - clear); and Summer Silhouettes (#126447 - clear)
Other - Acrylic Block; Stampin' Sponges (#101610); Basic Rhinestone Jewels; Blendabilities Markers (will be in the new catalog); Fuse Adhesive (will be in the new catalog).

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Flourishes for Paper Players

I worked on techniques last night and got super inky.
Just two large post-it notes, a sponge, card stock, some ink and stamps.  
Oh yeah, I used an embossing folder, too.
Can you see the embossing folder that I used as a background stamp 
in the Crushed Curry color?  I didn't have a background stamp that was large 
enough, so I just inked up the embossing folder and laid it on my card stock.
Of course, I also made sure to decorate the inside of the card.
This is going straight to my Chemo Angel today.  I really want to send 
good thoughts her way.
I'm entering The Paper Players Challenge with this.
By the way, we have a fabulous challenge going on at AAA Cards.  

What I used:  
Inks - So Saffron; Daffodil Delight (#126944); Crushed Curry (#131173); Pumpkin Pie (#126945); Rose Red; Rich Razzleberry (#115658); Black StazOn
Stamp Sets - Too Kind (#130447); Flowering Flourishes (#126367)
Card Stock - Whisper White (#100730); Basic Black (#121045)
Embossing Folder - Modern Mosaic (#129984)
Stampin' Sponges (#101610)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Sister Is Retiring

My sister is retiring!

She's only four - sometimes five - years older
 than I am, and she's retiring!  She's been a 
United Methodist minister for 30 years!!!

I can't even think about retiring for another 15 years or so. 
 I'll admit it - she's much more of a planner than I am.

She came over, and we made her Retirement Party invites.
Karen is showing both sides of her invitations
She had lots of "rules" about what she wanted in her invite: 
  •  it had to be like a postcard - no fold to it;
  • simple, not too many layers;
  • have a butterfly or cross;
  • no 'extra stuff' like ribbons or glitter; and
  • be cheery, fun, and unique (like she is!).

We checked everything off her list!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

AAA Card Challenge-CASE - 3rd Challenge

Today is the beginning of the 3rd Challenge at AAA Cards.  
It's a fabulous CASE Challenge!

Here's my CASE:

And here's the card we're CASEing:
A very fun and vibrant card, isn't it?  I just love it!  

Please be sure to play along today at AAA Cards - there're always some great prizes 
for the chosen card-maker!  That's a great incentive!!
Such a great CASE, I made two.
See you there!!
What I used:
Card stock - Pear Pizzazz (#131201); Hello Honey (Brand Spankin' new in the new catalog); Coastal Cabana (#131297)
Designer Series Paper (Lullaby - Brand Spankin' new in the new catalog)
Envelope Punch Board (#133774) to round the corners.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blooming With Kindness CASE

CASE (Copy And Share Everything) is the name of the game in stamping.  
Using the Blooming With Kindness (#131961 wood; #126422 clear) stamp set,
 I CASEd a card from the new Stampin' Up! catalog.
Easy, quick, and fun!  Just the way I like it.
I made a whole mess of 'em at the last party I taught.  
Whisper White card stock (#100730) is the card, 
Gorgeous Grunge (#130514 wood; #130517 clear) 
in Crumb Cake ink (#126975) that was actually stamped off once 
to make it lighter, the flower stamped in Calypso Coral (#126983) ink, 
and the sentiment in Early Espresso (#126974) ink.  
The finishing touch was a Rhinestone Basic Jewel (#119246).
Love it - just one layer and classy!  
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sketched Birthday

One of my favorite stamp sets is the
 Sketched Birthday stamp set #130423 wood, #130426 clear).  
Why?  Well, I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- 
Birthday cards are one of the most requested items in my classes.  
Project Picture #2
Everyone has a birthday, and people truly enjoy the 
special feeling they get when they receive a birthday card.  
Project Picture #2
So it makes sense that stampers like to share that special feeling 
with thoughtful, handmade cards. 
Project Picture #2
One of my favorite birthday sets is Sketched Birthday because 
the simple sketch designs look great simply stamped, when colored 
with Stampin' Write Markers or our fabulous new Blendabilities Markers. 

The designs aren't too kid-like, too old fashioned, or too feminine - 
so they work for anyone's birthday. 
Project Picture #1
Add Sketched Birthday to your wish list; you'll be glad to have
this standby in your crafting stash!
Sketched Birthday stamp set
Tip: Stamp images with StazOn Ink for watercoloring or 
with Memento Ink when coloring with Blendibilities.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

You Are a Fabulous Work of Art

I created a bunch of these cards to give as birthday cards 
and also as give-aways at a recent event.  

The stamp set is a new one coming out of the new Stampin' Up! catalog.  
It will be available in June.  
The Ombre look of the card is easy when you just keep stamping up the card . . . 
A bit of sponging, some ribbon - voila!  A great card to send to a friend in no time flat.

What I used:
Stamp set - Work of Art (available soon)
Card Stock - Very Vanilla (#101650), Pear Pizzazz (#131201)
Inks - Garden Green (#126973), and Pear Pizzazz (#131180)
Ribbon - Old Olive Taffeta 1/4" (#119256)
Punch - Drawing an absolute blank here - I'll attempt to update
Adhesives - Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), SNAIL (#104332)
Stampin; Sponge (#101610)

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Birthdays - AAA Cards

What does absolutely everyone you know have?  
There are no exceptions to this one . . . 
Give up?
 A birthday!!
And what could be better than a handmade 
card in your mail to wish you happy?!
Everyone likes it when their birthday is remembered . . . even if they pretend that they don't!

AAA Cards has a fabulous challenge beginning today:
These colors are fantastic together.  
And the sketch - so much fun!  
WooHoo!  Get over there - Be sure to play 
and have some fun with us.

In fact, it was such a great sketch and color 
scheme that I did two cards.  

So - for the first one: 
is the base.
 Using the adorable 
stamp set on Whisper White (#100730) card stock,
the candles were alternated in 
Calypso Coral ink (#126962) that were stamped 
both in full strength and "stamped off" so 
the candles were the same color but a different shade.  
The Sentiment was stamped and then cut out.
 After taking a "bite" out of the Whisper White with 
was adhere to the base.  And in the "bitten" area, 
the sentiment was stamped again.
made the Paper Piercing element a piece of cake.  
And to finish the card, my 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425) 
to the candle flames.

Such fun!!

The second is a swing card . . . 
need to create these easy and fun cards!  
Everyone loves 'em!!
You open up the front - the sentiment 
swings open . . . 
 And then you open the last flap 
for even more birthday fun!  Love it!
The cupcake icing is super-duper sparkly!

Tip - Use the VersaMark pad to get a punched part ready, then sprinkle some Heat and Stick Powder on it.  After heat setting with the Heat Tool, you have an adhesive that covers your entire area.  Then you can use something like Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to make your entire punched piece shine!! 

What I used:

You need to get over to the AAA Card Challenge 
and play along.  I can't wait to see what you create!
See you there!!
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Framed Art - Paper Pumpkin

I created this framed art and presentation for
a group dedicated to supporting those going through
Chemo and Radiation Therapies. 

You sign
up to communicate with a patient by being a

If you think you're interested in participating,
It's very rewarding.

I found out about it from someone else's card blog. 
I truly enjoy doing this program.  I think you will, too! 
Here's the complete link - just in case the shortcuts I've provided throughout this post have problems:
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