Friday, June 19, 2015

Dinosaur Sidekicks

TGIF!  I needed a break from Father's Day projects and since I had out all of my Paper Smooches stuff, I thought I'd check out the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  When I realized that the challenge ends tomorrow, I jumped right in.  I work best under pressure because there's no time to dilly dally.  Otherwise, I could spend hours just trying to figure where to begin.  I literally grabbed the first stamp set in my Paper Smooches bin and just rolled with it.  Originally, I was going to have the dinos peeking through a window, but then thought the bodies were too cute to hide, so I went with the houses.  And how cute are those clouds, complete with a silver lining!  ADORBS!   And the best part of all, I used nothing but scraps.  I was going to use patterned paper on the little prehistoric pals, but then decided stamping a pattern is much more fun.  I have several large Stampin' Up! background stamps that I will never tire of, and the tiny textures are perfect for these smaller die cuts.  I had just enough Stampin' Up! scraps for the clouds and a strip for the background landscaping.  I used Stampin' Up! ink in Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry, to coordinate with the SU Designer Series Paper scraps.  The houses are from a Sizzix stamp & die-cut set called Welcome Home.  

Here's the June Picture Perfect inspiration photo:

Here's all the Paper Smooches products used:
Cuteasaurus photopolymer stamp set
Dinos 1 Wise Dies
Curly Clouds Wise Dies
Super photopolymer stamp set (for the sentiment)
Luminous Spring photopolymer stamp set (for the butterflies)

Stampin' Up! products used:
Word Bubbles Framelits Dies
Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Pearls Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
2-Way Glue Pen

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pre K Graduate

I wanted to make a special card for my grandson, Angelo, who is graduating from Pre-K.  Angelo attends a special needs school and he has had many struggles in his two years at school.  But for every bump along the way, he's made much progress.  So proud of my little buddy!  
My adorable little graduate was done using my Cricut Explore and one of the characters from the Create a Friend cartridge.  I had some lingering Cricut Reward Points that were just sitting in my account, collecting virtual dust, so I figured I'd cash them in before it was too late.  The cartridge was free, along with a free one-year subscription to the Cricut Circle.  Haven't been a member of the Circle for at least 3 years, but it was free, so why not?  
I only used the bottom layer of the body, opting to not use the cut-out face, and instead used a Peachy Keen stamp.  The "Pre-K" is also a PK stamp from a large school set.  The small banner and stamp are a Stampin' Up! punch and stamp.  The splatter stamp is also Stampin' Up!  The green rectangle was cut using a My Creative Time stitched die and the background was embossed with a Paper Studio embossing folder (Hobby Lobby).  The yellow piece is a really cool, textured paper from Sizzix, which I've had for many years.  

I used the sketch from the current challenge at Die Cuttin Divas. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

'staches 'n glasses

Getting some Father's Day cards out of the way.  So easy, peasy with the dies from the What's Growing On?  stamp & die set from My Creative Time.  The rectangle mats are from the Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies & More set, also by MCT.  I find myself going to that set quite often.  Couldn't resist adding those wiggly eyes to one of the cards.  Sentiments are from the Guy Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up!  

Just found the AAA Cards blog while searching for some CAS inspiration, and perfect timing too!  There current challenge (#40) is "For the Guys"

The Paper Girls Challenge #81 is a Father's Day/Masculine theme and they have some very cool ideas for Father's Day cards.  I'll be heading back over to take a closer look.

And over at Mema's Crafts , it's an "anything goes" challenge with optional Graduation or Masculine theme.  I only recently found this challenge blog and I was saddened to read that this will be the last challenge, HOWEVER, she is keeping the blog open... :)

Friday, May 29, 2015


I just love the new stamp and die set You Make Life Sweet from My Creative Time.  I'll be making lots of fun summer projects using this set.  And since I just got my hands on the Bee Happy stamp set and coordinating Stitched Bees & Beehive dies, I thought I'd break those in as well and pile it all onto one card.  I needed a little jump-start to get going, so I searched for some card sketch challenges and made a "beeline" (haha, get it?) for the one over at Freshly Made Sketches.  The sun is from a Sizzix stamp and die set.  I used a Nestabilities to cut out the pink sparkly craft foam.  Colored the bees a bit with Copics and added Ice Stickles to the wings.   I thought I used Glossy Accents on the cherry, but must have grabbed the wrong bottle and used Crackle Accents instead.  


Cute Card Thursday ~ Too Cute
4 Crafty Chicks ~ Summer
Crafty Gals Corner ~ Critters
Simply Papercraft ~ Anything Goes

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mother's Day Butterfly Card

I just love the lacy look of this butterfly. To start off, I cut a rectangle big enough to fit behind the butterfly shaped opening in the card front, from which I die cut the intricate butterly.  Then I used a background stamp from the Stampin' Up Butterfly Basics photopolymer set, using Versamark ink pad and Sparkling Embossing Powder by Recollections.   After heat embossing,  I gave it a few minute to cool and cure and then, for the first card I used Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) in Cherry Cobbler and starting at the bottom of the butterfly I used the darkest shade.  Then up to the middle of butterly the medium shade and finally at top the light shade.  Was going for an ombre effect but didn't quite capture it.  The markers were fun and easy to work with and blending from one shade into the next was a piece of cake.  On the other card, I stamped and heat embossed exactly the same way but this time I used a Stampin Ink Pad and an ink dauber to sponge on color.  I just applied it more heavily at the bottom and as I worked my way up, used less pressure and less ink.  I think the iridescence of the embossing power on the second one shows up better and I'm guessing the different inks do give two different results.
The effects of the heat embossing are much prettier in real life.   Then I glued only the body of the butterfly in place to allow the wings to flutter about.  the subtle leafy stem is from the Summer Silhouettes photopolymer set.  I used Pear Pizzazz to stamp it, but first stamped on a piece of scrap paper to get a lighter shade.  Then added two  itty bitty flowers from the same set with a bit o' bling in the center.  Matted it all with Cherry Cobbler card stock. 

 Stampin' Up! Jewel Basics Pearls
 Stampin' Up! Jewel Basics Pearl

The sentiment is from a stamp set I picked up at Michaels or Joanns several years ago.  
 Thanks for stopping by, and to all of you wonderful Moms out there....Have a very special day, filled with family, fun and make lots of memories!

Products I used:
Butterfly Thinlits Dies
Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
(butterfly dies & stamps are available as a bundle w/a discount)
Summer Silhouettes stamp set

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a beautiful and memorable Mother's Day!

I am entering the following challenges:
Just Us Girls ~ Embossing (I used wet/heat embossing)
Crafty Calendar ~ Things with Wings
Frosted Designs ~ All About Mom
Kitty Bee Designs - Aloha Friday Challenge ~ In the Garden
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge ~ Anything Goes; add flowers

  1. Craft for the Craic ~ Wings

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Hero

For my real life super hero, my grandson, Angelo!  While browsing the Paper Smooches store,  I knew as soon as I saw the Super stamp set and the coordinating Super 1 dies that I had to have them.  Angelo is in the hospital and I wanted to make a special card for him for my visit.  And since it's a new week which means a new Smooches SPARKS challenge, I knew exactly what sets I was going to use.

  I cut the yellow oval using a My Creative Time die from the Scalloped Stitched Oval Die set and the two blue rectangles are from the Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More set.  I stamped the buildings and super hero using Memento ink pad in Tuxedo Black.  I colored the hero with Copics and mounted with Stampin' Up! Stampin' Dimensionals.

I forgot to take pictures at home so I had to take them at the hospital with my iPhone, and the colors look darker than they actually are, but not by much. 

This dude is awesome!  Confident, macho and totally SUPER!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MCT Challenge

This month's challenge over at My Creative Time is a photo/color inspiration or sketch.  I couldn't decide so I went with both.  All of my papers and inks are Stampin' Up!  The large stitched rectangle and smaller stitched pieces are My Creative Time, from the Stitched Rectangle Frame & More.  I like how this fun, shaped pair of dies nestles one on top of the other for just a peek of a second layer.  The Kitty (die & stamp)  is also MCT from the You Had me at Meow set.  This set is uber adorable!  So much fun mixing 'n matching with all of the different sets.  I added some festive sequins and a dainty white, satin bow.
Now, I must apologize to Emma and little kitties all over the world...if you look closely, you will see how in my attempt to correct my sloppy stamping, I messed up the eyes.  Trying to fix it (over and over again) only made it worse.  I promise, I did not mean to blind the kitty :/
Coloring her with Copics was even less forgiving.  I already had it colored (which takes so long to do, it's probably illegal in some states.  HA!), and at that point, just needed to move on.  I'm pretty sure I'll be popping this kitty off the card and send in her replacement.  I stamped the little paws around her background piece, to make sure I had all challenge colors accounted for.  Looks like it's all good.  The sentiment and bottom layer of shaped piece are Stampin' Up's Perfect Plum shades.  Doodlebug sequins can make anything more fun.   Patterned paper is also Stampin Up!
Rough day = quick card :)

All of the cardstock, paper, ink and ribbon is Stampin' Up!
Colors used:
Blushing Bride:  Subtles Background DSP Stack 
Tangerine Tango:  Classic Stampin' Pad
Strawberry Slush:  Card Stock (In Color 2013-2015, N/A) Stampin' Write Markers
Daffodil Delight:  Classic Stampin' Pad
Perfect Plum:  Card Stock and Classic Stampin' Pad


Other Products Used:  
Copic markers in various shades of gray; Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens (for kitty's collar, nose, mouth); Doodlebug Designs sequins, ATG gun/tape,

Monday, April 27, 2015

Love You Tons

Couldn't resist making another cute critter card for the Cuttin and Stampin challenge.  Not sure if I would consider an elephant a "critter" but he's just so cute and small that I think I'll let it slide this time :)
The Elephant die cut and coordinating stamp set (Love You Tons) is from Lawn Fawn.  I again, jumped on these over at Hallmark Scrapbook, but I think I snagged the last stamp set.  They also seem to be sold out over at Lawn Fawn. 
The stitched oval die cut is from the Scalloped Stitched Oval Dies set from My Creative Time
and I also used the Large Cloud Bubble Edge die.  I trimmed it down to work with my card.
The sweet patterned paper is from the 6x6 inch petite polka pack called Let's Polka, by Lawn Fawn.  I like the papers with the smaller patterns when working on cards.  
I added two strips of Recollection brand silver sequin ribbon using Stampin' Up! Sticky Strip  and my favorite Whisper White cardstock, also from Stampin' Up!  This cardstock has such a nice, smooth finish, perfect for stamping and just the right amount of weight to use as my card base.  I colored the elephant using Copics and it appears my Cool Gray 1 is empty.  I've had my 142 Copics for over 5 years now, and this is the first time one of them has gone empty.  Yes, I do not color much, mostly because I can never seem to get it right.  Those Copics will probably outlive me!  LOL!
Finally, I added the elephant using one of my favorite things in the whole wide world, Stampin' Dimensionals.  The hexagon shape makes them super-easy to remove they stay stuck, something some of the other brands don't do.  And with 300 per package, one package goes a long way.

Cuttin and Stampin ~ Cute Critters
Scrap It Girl ~ Black, White & 1 other color
Craft Creations ~ Anything Goes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sending Hedgehugs

Just a cute little card using these bite-sized (ouch!) hedgehogs stamps with coordinating dies by Lawn Fawn.  I snagged them over at Hallmark Scrapbook at a reduced price.   The grass was cut using the Stitched Hillside Borders dies.  The window was cut using a Stampin' Up! Framelits Deco Labels die. The patterned paper is from the Let's Polka Petite paper pack.  The sentiment and itty-bitty heart (which actually has a coordinating itty-bitty die) are from the Hedgehugs stamp set.  I added a couple of tiny stamped flowers from the Stampin' Up! Summer Silhouettes stamp set.  Colored the critters with Copics.  Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' pads were used for all stamping, in Basic Black, Wild Wasabi and Real Red.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Cuttin and Stampin ~ Cute Critters
Crafting From the Heart ~ Anything Goes
Make My Monday ~ Earth Day
Stamp and Create ~ Anything Goes

Friday, April 17, 2015

You are Awesome!

Playing along with the SPARKS Challenge over at Paper Smooches.  It's a Picture Perfect challenge this week and I opted for the colors and also stamped three balloons, inspired by the photo as well.  These Paper Smooch coordinating stamps and dies are really quite adorable.  
Here's the Paper Smooches products that I used:
Dinos 2 Die with coordinating stamp set Cuteasaurus.   The balloons are from the Luminous Spring stamp set.

Papers from the Recollections 6x6 paper pad Bright & Basic.  Distress Inks for the balloons, Stampin' Up Basic Black ink, Stampin' Up whisper white card stock and Doodlebug sequins.  Used Stampin' Up dimensionals behind the dino.