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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Last night my great friend and sister-in-law Heather came over with my brother for dinner and some crafty time.  This is the 2nd time in a month we've made time in the evening to do some stamping (me) and Project Life (her).

I only got a few cards done, but this was one of my favorites and probably took me the longest to accomplish due to all the layers with it.

I used the newest Operation Write Home Sketch #243 which involved a lot of layers-but love they provide measurements for you!

I was also drawn to the colors in the latest Color Throwdown Challenge #319 and new this set I had just received was perfect for it.

Hope you enjoy your Sunday-ours is cold and rainy but on the flip side...a perfect day to stay indoors and do some stamping!
Card details:
Stamps: Favorite Flowers from Simon Says Stamp!
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Blushing Bride, Rustic White, Certainly Celery
Inks: same as cardstock
Embellishments: pearls

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Merry Christmas

I am having such a great time getting back into my stamping and using all this patterned paper-I've created 16 Christmas cards last weekend, 4 sets of 4 different designs).

For my cute little paper pieced snowman I wanted him to appear as a polaroid and with my theme of using little embellishments I only chose to use some twine and then added some pearls to my sentiment strip.  I also stamped it again on my patterned paper and paper pieced the scarf on my snowdude.

I'm joining in this month with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge which is anything goes.

Hope you enjoy seeing my Christmas cards-now to see if I'll mail any of them out.
Card details:
Cardstock: Confetti White, Basic Grey Jovial
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: twine, pearls, sponging

Friday, November 21, 2014

BC394: Friendship

This was a quick set of cards I made using up my 6 x 6 paper packs.

Today at Blogger's Challenge the theme is friendship.  I've been fortunate enough that I met Lisa years ago and we've remained friends ever since.  

I'm trying to do my best to get back into the swing of things and participate in my favorite challenges again so was planning ahead when I broke out my patterned paper.

I didn't add anything to these, I think the patterned paper worked well with these cute images from Stampotique Originals.

Join us over at Blogger's Challege with your friendship creations.
Card details:
Stamps: 3 Girls 8982 and Girlfriends 9129 from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Confetti White, Baja Breeze, Kaiser Craft Peachy Keen
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Embellishments: none

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SDC174: Striped Background

Card details:
Stamps: 10008 My Heart and 5234 Thinking of you (retired) from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Cool Carribean
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, watercolors
Embellishments: metallic gel pen, washi tape

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Faith, hope and mad love

Another set of cards utilizing my stash of 6 x 6 papers.

I've tried to remain with some neutral card bases to make it easier and I did mix up the sentiments a bit on some of the sketches I used.

I stuck with using the Operation Write Home sketch #186

Card details:
Stamps: (left card)-Birthday Messages by Simon Says Stamp!, (right card)-Everyday Greetings from Mama Elephant
Cardstock: Crubm Cake, Chocolate Chip, Kaiser Craft Peachy Keen
Embellishments: twine ribbon

Monday, November 17, 2014

Life is a Story.

On my quest to use up some of my 6 x 6 here is another pair of cards I created using the Operation Write Home sketch #148 from 2012.

I find these sketches to be some of my favorites as we I love that they have the measurements along with the sketch.

I've done a pretty good job the last few weekends at creating a mass of cards, this weekend I managed to create 16 cards, sometimes I make 4 of the same cards and sometimes only 2-but I am using up my 6 x 6 paper pads.

Hope you enjoy the variety of cards and have a wonderful Monday!
Card details:
Stamps: Building Blocks by Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Circle punch, twine

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SDC173: Bling It On

France is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge:

For the longest time, bling in arting was something I stayed as far away from as I could. I don't know how it happened or when, but I suddenly started to add touches of bling on almost every project. And guess what? I love it!

Now you might still be in that first place I was in, or you might be an avid bling user, but for this week's challenge I would like to see you use some bling! Be it a shiny ink spray, glitters you add or an iridescent paint effect, add some bling to your project!

It will for sure lighten up those days that are getting shorter and darker for us who are getting closer to winter!

I love this image and combined it with the border on the bottom.  I couldn't find a sentiment that I wanted to work with it, so I typed my sentiment directly on the cardstock.

Hope you will join us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
Card details:
Stamps: 6039 Moon Girl and 2405 Scalloped Lace Border from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Confetti White
Inks: Memento Tuexedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: Washi Tape, jewels, dimensionsals, typewriter

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