Thursday, May 30, 2013

Inspired Stamps Summer Fun!

Hello and welcome here! Need some summer inspiration now that summer weather is finally here, lol!?! This week the Inspired Stamps DT are sharing Summer Fun inspiration.

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I made a fun Summer Fun card using one of the new His Little Ones released this month, he's aptly called Summer Boy.  I also used Label Maker Alphabet for the pennant, Antoinette has many alphabet sets over in her store be sure to check them out.  The pennant I cut out lovingly by hand, and matted.

Hmmmm, I see as I went to write this post I didn't finish the inside, {gasp}, I know, I must be slipping.  I guess that's allowed once in a while.  I was at a Crop-at-the-Shop when I made this and remember now that I was going to finish the inside at home.  Oops.

Recipe:  Inspired Stamps SS-Summer Boy & Label Maker Alphabet, PP-BoBunny C'est La Vie Panache & Karen Foster Design Splish Splash, CTMH CS-White Daisy, Bazzill CS-blue & brown, Blue Baker's Twine, CTMH Ink-Black, Copics, Foam Squares, Rhinestones.

Inspired Stamps Used:

Inspired Stamps BLOG 
Inspired Stamps STORE
To see more Summer Fun creations head on over to the Inspired Stamps Blog!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Heartfelt Creations CAS Card & Candle

Hello and welcome here!  I hope you're enjoying your week so far, we've been enjoying a little sun, a few clouds, and a little rain.  It's time again for some Heartfelt Creations inspiration.  I must say I LOVE their products, beautiful paper, beautiful exclusive dies, and beautiful stamps...what's NOT to love, lol.

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
Candle Size: 2.68" x 3.94"
I decided to go clean and simple (CAS) this week because I love embossing intricate dies, the effect is quite elegant, and I then decided to add a matching candle.  Candle Stamping is so easy, I need to remember to make them more often, they make a perfect 'I'm thinking of you' gift.

I embossed (not cut) the Decorative Blossom Corner die in the corner, stamped the sentiment, and then added the bow, voila, done!

I like to finish the inside of my cards as well, usually a simple image, and a sentiment, or saying.

Just another view of the embossed cardstock.

I made a tutorial on Candle Stamping which you can view HERE. It really is quite simple, stamp on tissue paper, attach to your candle with your heat tool and wax paper...that's it!

For the Decorative Blossom Corner,  I cut about 6 sheets of tissue paper at a time (it's easier to separate 2 corners from 6 than it is to only cut 2 thin pieces and try to get them out of the die without ripping....yes, I tried, lol).  I then inked the tissue paper to achieve the light blue...I could have used coloured tissue paper if I had it hand, but I didn't, so I made due with white tissue paper and ink.

The seam is where the 2 tissue pieces match...I attached one corner piece at a time though, and then finished with the sentiment.

Recipe:  HC Decorative Blossom Corner Die, HC SS-Hope In The Lord, Heartfelt Expressions & Daisy Patch Flowers, CTMH CS-White Daisy, Bazzill CS-textured light blue, CTMH Ink-Black & Lilac Mist, Sheer Creations White Satin Edge Ribbon, White Pillar Candle, White Tissue Paper.

For more Heartfelt Creations inspiration, be sure to check out the awesome projects made by the rest of the DT, their links are in my sidebar, or you can check out the HC Blog.  You can also purchase the stamps and dies I used today over at the HC Store.


Challenges Entered:
Twist of Faith Card Challenges - #39 Clean & Simple + Scripture
Lexi's Creations - #91 Focus on the Sentiment
Crazy 4 Challenges - No Patterned Paper

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cuttlebug Mania Let's Go 3D

Hello and welcome here!  Another week has flown by, did you do anything out of the ordinary?  This week at Cuttlebug Mania the Challenge has gone 3D, make a Box/Bag with a Summer Theme.

Challenge - Let's Go 3D
Box/Bag with a Summer Theme
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.

Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug!

Explosion Box Size:  4" x 4" x 4"
I found an Explosion Box online and changed measurements up to fit my design. The outer box is 4" x 4" x 4", and the inner box is 2" x 2" x 2".
I used the digital stamp Bambino by Sugar Nellie Simply Adorable available at Funky Kits, and coloured it with Copics.

I found a baby shoe pattern online and made a paper shoe from the idea.  The bigger square-ish areas were for the staff at work to write congrats.

The letters I cut out with my Slice (Playground Fonts Cartridge), it has the shadow option...perfect for matting the letters, which I embossed with my Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I embossed Spellbinders Labels 22 with the Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder.

Recipe:  Digital SS-Sugar Nellie Simply Adorable, PP-BoBunny Double Dot Powder Blue, CTMH CS-White Daisy & Amethyst, Cuttlebug Vintage Corners, Spellbinders-Ovals, Fancy Tages, Labels 12, Labels 16, Labels 18 & Labels 22, Marianne Flourish/Frame, Cuttlebug EF-Swiss Dots & Argyle, Slice Playground Fonts Cartridge, Foam Squares, Buttons, CTMH Ink-Black & Sky, CTMH SS-Child's Play & Baby Impressions, EK Success Border Punch, Martha Frond Punch, Wild Orchid Flowers & Buds, Pearls, 1/8" Blue Satin Ribbon, Copics, Colour Me Crazy Rhinestone Flowers.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Marianne Designs Flourish Die LR0116
Cuttlebug Vintage Corner Die
Spellbinders Ovals Die
Spellbinders Fancy Tags Die
Spellbinders Labels 12 Die
Spellbinders Labels 16 Die
Spellbinders Labels 18 Die
Spellbinders Labels 22 Die
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Argyle Embossing Folder

I hope you'll join us for this week's Challenge!

Challenges Entered:
Created With Love Challenges - #43 You Lift Me Up
Craft My Life - #5 Anything But a Card

Edited To Add:

Honorable Mention!

A Cupcake Cutie!

Top Tip Tuesday is Going By the Numbers

Hello and welcome here!  This week almost snuck past me...I thought I had 1 more week (that it was the 20th), but no, it was like 'SURPRISE' it's the last week of May.  This week the Challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday is Numbers.  Your card could be a number shape, or your sentiment could have a number in it, or your image could be a number.

Challenge - Numbers
DT Tips

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I made a shaped number card, '1' was the easiest to figure out so I went with that:)  I love the pink and light green together, perfect for a girl.

 For a chance at the following prizes, be sure to link your creation to the Numbers  at Top Tip Tuesday, you can enter up to 3 times!! For a chance at an extra prize leave a tip on your blog and be sure to leave 'tip' after your name in Mr. Linky.
Don't forget the challenge runs for 2 weeks and closes at 1pm.

Bugaboo Stamps - 7 Digi Images

Shape EZ - 2 Shape EZ Templates of your choice

Recipe:  PP-, Bazzill CS-light green & pink, CTMH CS-White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Black & Hollyhock, Flourishes SS-Tag Lines, CTMH SS-Happy Birthday, Kaiser Craft SS-Bundle of Joy New Arrival, Martha Stewart Lace Doily Border Punch (for flower), Spellbinders-Big Scalloped Circles Sm., Rhinestone Flourish, Dollarama Wire Butterfly, Foam Squares, Flower Soft Wire coloured w/ Copic RV14, Stickles-Crystal Ice, Black Felt Pen.

Tip - If it's too difficult to mat your patterned paper, add stitching (real or faux) to give it a border and a finished look. 

If you need more Number inspiration be sure to check out the rest of the DT creations!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Inspired Stamps His Little Ones: Summer Girl

Hello and welcome here!  Today the Inspired Stamps DT are sharing creations made with His Little Ones.  I created a card to go with one of the Summer Girls I coloured up for last week's new release.

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I thought that HLO: Summer Girl could also be used as a cheerleader!  I also thought she looked very patriotic, so I used red, white and blue, and added a couple rhinestone swirls for sparkle.

For the inside of my card I used Solid Alphabet Lower even comes with the stars!!

Recipe:  Inspired Stamps SS-HLO Summer Girl & Solid Alphabet Lower Case, PP-Teresa Collins Sports Edition II, CTMH CS-White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Black, Bazzill CS-navy, red & white, Dew Drop Ink-Lady Bug & Paris Dusk, Baker's Twine-Airmail, Rhinestone Swirls, Foam Squares, Copics.

Inspired Stamps Used:

Inspired Stamps BLOG 
Inspired Stamps STORE
To see more creations with His Little Ones head on over to the Inspired Stamps Blog!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Heartfelt Creations Sympathy Card

Hello and welcome here! Wow, with tornadoes ripping through neighborhoods and schools in Oklahoma, it sure makes complaining about our own weather situations trivial.  Our thoughts are with the families affected by the tornadoes during this time.

It's time for some more Heartfelt Creations inspiration!

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I decided to make a sympathy card this time around, and I stamped the sentiment onto light coloured patterned paper from the Posy Patch Collection.  I then used Open Vintage Floret stamp set and the Vintage Floret die to frame the oval and sentiment.

I made the 3D flower by layering several flowers...stamping them first...and I used the Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Mat to shape the petals.

Recipe:  HC PP-Posy Patch Collection, HC SS-Sympathy Sentiment & Open Vintage Floret, Bazzill CS-light green, grey & cream, CTMH Ink-Black & Desert Sand, Distress Ink-Tattered Rose, HC Dies-Vintage Floret & Decorative Chateau Gate (vine), Spellbinders-Opulent Ovals & Decorative Labels 8, Foams Squares, Pearls, Corner Rounder.

For more Heartfelt Creations inspiration you can check out the other awesome creations made by the DT, their links are in my sidebar, or pop on over to HC.

Challenges Entered:
Everybody-Art-Challenge - #237 Flowers
Addicted-To-Stamps - #56 Cream, Grey & Pink
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Blooms and Blossoms

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cuttlebug Mania Teacher Thank-you

Hello and welcome here!  It's hard to believe we are over halfway through May, it will soon be time for Graduations, and the end of school until Sept.  This week at Cuttlebug Mania the Challenge is School's Out for graduation cards, teacher thank-you's etc. are what we are looking for this time around.

Challenge - School's Out for Summer
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.
Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug!

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I chose to make a Teacher Thank-you since I don't have any Graduations to attend.  I also used a couple of my Birthday gifts to make this card:)  I made a scene, but with patterned paper instead of a tradional grass/sky idea.  I used Flower Soft to add some blooms to the tree.

Recipe:  PP-Prima Fairy Rhymes "Secret Garden", CTMH CS-White Daisy & Chocolate, Bazzill CS-mauve & light blue, La-La Lands Crafts Garden Bench Die, Our Daily Bread Fench Die, Memory Box Woodland Branch, Resting Birds & Antique Lamp Post Dies, Flower Soft-Heather, Foam Squares, CTMH Ink-Black, JustRite SS-Just the Right Words.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
La-La Land Crafts Garden Bench Die
Our Daily Bread Fence Die
Memory Box Woodland Branch Die
Memory Box Resting Birds Die
Memory Box Anique Lamp Post Die

Hope you'll join us for this week's Challenge.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mad 4 Markers One for the Girls

Hello and welcome here!  Two weeks have flown by and it's time for my 2nd post for Mad 4 Markers.  This month the Challenge is One For The Girls...something for a female.  I love making girly cards, all the ribbon, borders and such.

Challenge - One For The Girls

Card Size:  4.5" x 4.5"
Isn't she absolutely adorable?  I used another digital image from Sugar Nellie Simply Adorable called Bebe.  I used some border punches to add a delicate look, and finished it off with some small delicate flowers.  To finish of the punched flower I used purple and pink pearls.

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, YR00, E95
Hat - R81, R83
Blanket - YR30, Y32
Background - C0, C1

Recipe:  Digital Stamp-Sugar Nellie Simply Adorable Bebe, PP-Imaginisce Baby Powder Rosy Cheeks, My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody "Lovely" Wallpaper, Bazzill CS-light purple, CTMH CS-White Daisy, Spellbinders-Decorative Labels 27 & Standard Circles, Martha Stewart-Pinking Scallop Border & Branch Punch, EK Success-Daisy Chain Border, White Netting, I Am Roses-purple mix, Pearls, Copics, Foam Squares.

You have a couple more weeks to join in May's Challenge - One for the Girls!  If you need more girly inspiration, you can check out the rest of the DT creations for May on the M4M blog!

Challenges Entered:
Creatalcious Challenges - #50 For the Girls
In The Pink - #20 Maybe Baby
Crafts and Me Challenges - #133 Use a Digi

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inspired Stamps Layers on a Card

Hello and welcome here!  I hope you are enjoying fine weather where you are!  Did you enjoy the New Releases last week at Inspired Stamps? This week the DT is sharing creations with Layers.

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I found THIS card made by Amy Sheffer which was based on a Sketch, and designed the card you see here.  I wanted to try the chalkboard technique, and although this isn't the best example of it, I still like how it turned out, so I kept it.  I used Inspired Stamps Labelmaker Verses for the sentiment, I used white embossing powder, and coloured selected words and boxes with Copics.

Recipe:  Inspired Stamps SS-Labelmaker Verses & Tags, PP-American Crafts The Color of Memories, Crate Paper Story Teller Trademark & My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up "Living" Blooms, CTMH Ink-Indian Corn Blue & Black, DW Drop Ink-White, Bazzill CS-aqua & black, VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, Black Baker's Twine, Foam Squares, October Afternoon Button, Spellbinder's Labels 28, Copics-BG15, B95, YR24.

Inspired Stamps Used:

Inspired Stamps BLOG 
Inspired Stamps STORE

For more inspiration using layers you can check out the rest of the DT creations, their links are in my sidebar.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Heartfelt Creations Decorative Chateau Gate Card

Hello and welcome here!  It's time for more Heartfelt Creations inspiration from the DT.  Last week HC released the Sun Kissed Collection and I chose to use some of it again this week.

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
On the blue paper there are flowers along the top and bottom of the patterned paper, I cut my paper to include them along the bottom of my card and then I stamped and cut out more flowers to give it a 3D look...the flower die matches the paper in size perfectly.  The corner heart pieces I fussy cut from the top of the Chateau Gate die:)

I cut out a circle to use as a mask and sponged Distress inks onto Paper Temptress Gold Sparkle CS...and there is a real pretty sparkle in the gold CS that the camera doesn't pick up.

Here's a view of the layers.

I like to decorate the inside of my cards as well, and the Sun Kissed Collection has some real pretty flower stamps available, the verse is from the Hope In The Lord stamp set.

Copics Used:
Petals - B52, E41 (I used E41 to tone down the blue), 0
Centers - YR12, YR14
Edges not covered by stamp - B97, W5
Leaves - YG93, YG97

Recipe:  HC PP-Sun Kissed Collection, Paper Temptress CS-Heavenly White, Epic Black & Gold Sparkle, Bazzill CS-Fourz Palo Verde, HC SS-Sun Kissed Fleur Set, CTMH Ink-Black, Distress Inks-Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick & Scattered Straw, HC Dies-Decorative Chateau Gate, Sun Kissed Fleur Die & Sun Kissed Gift Ensemble Die (vine), Copics, Foam Squares, Pearls.  Card Inside:  CTMH Ink-Indian Corn Blue & Black, HC SS-Sun Kissed Fleur Swirls & Hope In The Lord.

For more Heartfelt Creation inspiration check out the rest of the DT's amazing creations, their links are in my sidebar!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cuttlebug Mania You Are Purrrrrrfect Challenge

This is my second post today, so if you're looking for the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, please scroll down.

Hello and welcome here.  I hope you had a great weekend, and Mother's Day if you're a mom.  This week on Cuttlebug Mania it's a challenge involving cats and it's called You Are Purrrrrfect.

Challenge - You Are Purrrrfect
(Anything with cats)
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.
Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug!
Card Size:  4" x 4"
A big thank-you to Kenny K for the digital image the DT used this week called Cat.  I coloured her up with pink Copics and added some sparkle around the image to match the sparkle in the paper.

Instead of colouring in the tag, I added a rhinestone instead.

Recipe:  Kenny K Digital Stamp-Cat, PP-My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two Blush "Better" Dotted Paper, CS-Bazzill burgundy, CTMH CS-White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Blush & Black, JustRite SS-Grand Sentiments (inside card), Spellbinders-Marvelous Squares & Decorative Labels 22, Copics, Foam Squares.

 Copics Used:
Fur - RV11, RV33, R56, E50
Collar - V15, V17
Ground - W3, W5
Sky - BG0000, BV000  
Cuttlebug Items Used:
Spellbinders Marvelous Squares Die
Spellbinders Decorative Labels 22
Hope you'll join us for this weeks Challenge!

Top Tip Tuesday Box Clever

Hello and welcome here!  It's time for another Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, this week the challenge is Box Clever, any type of box works for this one!  And Samantha has a Six-Sided Box Tutorial to share with you over a TTT.

Challenge - Box Clever
Tutorial - Six-Sided Box

Box Size:  3.25" x 3.25"
This little box holds a surprise, some little cards that measure 3" x 3", it will hold 4 of them.  

For a chance at the following prizes, be sure to link your creation to the Box Clever Challenge  at Top Tip Tuesday, you can enter up to 3 times!! For a chance at an extra prize leave a tip on your blog and be sure to leave 'tip' after your name in Mr. Linky.
Don't forget the challenge runs for 2 weeks and closes at 1pm
Meljen's Designs - 4 images of your choice

Inside card:

For more Box Clever inspiration, head over to Top Tip Tuesday and check out the rest of the DT's creations, and be sure to check out Samantha's Six-Sided Box Tutorial.



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