1.24.2021

Sweet Cluster + video!

 

Hi friends!


Today's card is very sweet!

It's the Sweet Cluster stamp, a gift from Altenew!

I was so happy to open the mail this weekend

and see this stamp with a wonderful notecard inside

saying thank you for supporting us through 2020 :)


Kindness is my kind of people!



I created a card right away and

I have a new video up on my YouTube channel

I'd love for you to take a peek!

I'm the new kid on the block and it's a little bit of a learning curve!

But I have some fun ideas, creative idea, CRAZY ideas 

and they are all coming up!




For this card, I *saw it* in my head and just created this card

on. the. fly!

As in I winged it :)

I used the half tone stencil and some soft grey ink

and blended a quick background, 

popped the colored flowers onto the front and added a hello!



Thanks so much for stopping by!


New YouTube video - floral focal points!

 

Hello friends!


Today I have some floral cards to share with you

that were so much fun to make

and I've added this to my YouTube channel.



These took a good part of the afternoon

with a lot of building (and even more tape!)

but oh. so. worth. it!






it got up before my blog post did but that's okay! 

 Today is the start of a new week .. I'm starting fresh :)


Kinda like flowers ..... fresh is better!





and a sentiment from Wispy Begonia.

You can hear about all the background watercolor panels

and 'the new me' if you head on over to listen! 

I'm still new to video making but this one has a lot of music 

and less of me talking! :)




One more look:



As always, thanks for stopping by!

1.23.2021

Paper Crafters - Unite!

 

Hi friends!




Today I have the privilege of contributing in an Instagram hop for

 #papercraftersuniteagainstracism,

a hop designed to promote unity in the crafting community!



The world can be so wonderful and beautiful if we loved more,

embraced differences and extended a hand in love and acceptance.

Embracing diversity is one of the first steps to healing 

and unifying as papercrafters today with our cards is just one step!

Truly,

the world is a rainbow of beautiful people 




My card is intentionally black and white

with a rainbow of (skin) colors in between :)


I used the MFT stamp set "Sweet Besties"

and a rainbow die with little snipets of papers from my pile.

I needed some hearts so I used one from a Lawn Fawn set 

and this card has a lot of dimension!



         You can find all the details of the hop here on my Instagram

as it's filled with inspiration and hope and beautiful creations!




Thanks so much for stopping by!

1.22.2021

Double Duty ~ Simon Says Stamp!

 

Hi friends!

Don't blink - you're not seeing double!

Today's blog post is the debut of a new group created by Barb

and she calls it Double Duty!!




The idea:  Take one stamp and make two cards - easy peasy!

Each month there will be a themed company we must use ... 

January = Simon Says Stamp

Yay! I love them!


Tuesday was my mum's 75th birthday!

So, naturally I thought of her when looking at my SSS stamps

and finally decided on Mom's Meadow


First, here are both cards:



 I'm SO excited to see it the word Mum in the stamp set

and her favorite color is yellow.


Card #1:



Card #2:


This one is a simple spotlight with bright colors. 

One from me and my husband, one from the kids! :)


You can see Barb and Jeanette's cards on their blogs

and I'll be back tomorrow with a very special blog post!

How sweet is this stamp set!
I know I''ll make a lot of cards with this beauty!



As always, thanks for stopping by!

Card entered to:  Twofer Challenge

1.21.2021

CCEE2103: Time for a Laugh!

 


Hi friends!

It's time for a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers:




Here's what our hostess Lynn says ...


Lynn McAuley here with today's CCEE Challenge. Well, you may not have heard, but Sunday is National Belly Laugh Day! Lord knows we all need a good laugh these days so create a card that will have us all laughing out loud! Bonus points if you make me spew my coffee on the computer screen when I see your creation!

As always, if you post to an online gallery that is not your personal blog, please include the keyword or tag CCEE2103. 


Well Lynn, I hope if I don't make you laugh, 

you can at least have a bite of some of these yummy foods, LOL!


My card is showing Think Fast from Paper Smooches.

I was so so SOOOOO sad when they closed

as I think they are so cute and I love the fonts!



Here's my card, with a waterwash background

and the food stamps.

The 'funny' is that the foods are all SUPER sized :)


Be sure to check the CCEE Stampers blog for more inspiration

as well as the code to link up your card!

Thanks for stopping by!



1.20.2021

RSG: Christmas paper and tape!

 

Hi friends!


Today's card is for the 3M card group where we take a card challenge 

(and not just any card challenge)

and make it more extreme! 

The idea is to think outside the box and 

S*T*R*E*T*C*H the creativity :)




This month, it was my turn!

I will have a video of this cardmaking here on my channel!

 I would love for you to see it :)




So, the idea was IN with OLD, and OUT with the NEW!

A little twist on the New Year's mantra.

My challenge was:

Typically in January, it's out with the old, in with the new! 

For the RSG challenges, that would be too easy.

This month, we will Ring in the OLD, out with the NEW! 

I'd like for you to take a scrap or leftover sheet of your Christmas paper - any design you like - and use it as the 'designer paper' for your card. But wait! When we wrap our gifts, we use tape.  So your second required element is to use clear scotch tape. Be creative in the way you use it!

You may use a small stamp/sentiment if you like but let your recycled Christmas paper and scotch tape be the star of this new year's show!


How fun is this!

I debated myself on which scrap to use but finally settled on ...

the puppies!

It was a blocked pattern and as I looked at it, I saw a slimline

in my head and used my new lawn fawn Valentine die cuts

 to cut out my card base.




For the tape element, I used a heart shape die from Hero Arts

and created 'windows' and that's where I used the tape ...




Barb and Jeanette are also joining me this year

and you can see their cards as well on their blogs.


This turned out super cute!

I absolutely love the idea of recycling and 

the paper would have been discarded ~ until now!


I can't wait to show you the creative process of creating this card :)

One final look:



Thanks for stopping by!

1.19.2021

Floral watercolors!


 Hi friends!

There's two things I just love love LOOOOOVE

in my stamping stash ...

1. flower stamps +

2. watercoloring!




I admit it - I'm obsessed!

So for today's card, I combined the two ...

using my Altenew paints and 

MFT stamp and die called Floral Focus.


For the background, I did a light wash and diluted the color

for a paler blue color and used the gold to 'flick' onto the card.

Once that was dry, I stamped the floral stamp onto another wc panel

and die cut that with my Gemini Jr,

popped it up on foam and added a sweet sentiment from another set

called Delicate Pretty Poppies.

I'm super thrilled how this came out

and love the softness it beholds.



I'll have a video up on my YouTube channel this week

with a very similiar card(s)!


As always, thanks for stopping by!


Always Fun Challenge - Favorite Products

1.17.2021

Inspired he(ART)work ~ New blog series card #1!


Hi friends! 


 Today's card is inspired by my dreams come true ~

my 4 children :)

During this summer's pandemic, I did a massive reorganizing

and found the bins of my children's school days artwork!



As I sorted through bins and bins, 

the idea came to me ~ use their art as card inspiration!

So once a month,

I'll share a new card creation called:

 Inspired he(ART)work!

I'll be showcasing this monthly on my blog series

and also adding it my YouTube channel 


(I'd LOVE for you to subscribe as I'm trying to grow my channel!)


The first painting I picked was created by my son ~

he was just about 4 or 5 years old because I recognize it 

from his christian preschool and they were HUGE into art!


Here's my first card:



Inspired by:  my son's artwork here:



Here's a final look!




I've spotted the next one under this one and

absolutely squealed!  

I can't wait to create a card with that one :)


This was so much fun 

and a great inspiration to find inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Card entered to:  613 Avenue - Anything Goes