Friday, December 27, 2013

A Ruffled Valentine: Won't You Be Mine?

Although I have many more snowmen that I want to create on paper, today's card features my favorite holiday of the year - Valentine's Day!
I love making little gifts of love for my family members and close friends. This card uses some gorgeous ribbon and fun twine from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, along with some other fun things! 

My paper is from the Secret Admirer Collection by Kaisercraft. I love the variety of papers in this pack - including some glitzy designs with shimmer and shine (like the green dotted above). It also has punch outs in the back that you can use for embellishment and sentiments. My sentiment today is stamped on one of the designer papers using VersaFine Onyx, and then cut out with Spellbinders' Classic Heart die. I chose some of the other paper designs in the pack for my banners, cut with Spellbinders' Nested Lacey Pennants. A trio of pink rhinestones adds some bling.
Striped ribbon is one of my favorites, and this 1 1/2" Pink Striped just makes me feel good! I ruched it with the help of 1/2" Scor-Tape and Glue Dots, and then added three strands of Apple Green/White Baker's Twine and a button for fun (and added stability!). I like the ruffled look and hope you do too!

Sharon has a bins full of sale items at amazing prices! Go check it all out HERE.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Twelfth Day of Craftmas!

Welcome to Day 12 of the 12 Days of Craftmas - the Final Day! If you are just now finding this, be sure to start back at the beginning for your chance to win lots of goodies!

Day 1: http://www.ohsnaplizzie.com
Day 2: http://momscraftycloset.blogspot.com/
Day 3: http://www.atstudiod.blogspot.com/
Day 4: http://ladyguineveresinkyfaeries.blogspot.com/
Day 5: http://shemainesmith.blogspot.com/
Day 6: http://kelliewinnell.typepad.com/
Day 7: http://karynscraftingobsession.blogspot.com.au/
Day 8: http://insidethecraftersstudio.com/
Day 9: http://normajean8105.blogspot.com
Day 10: www.blog.iheartpapers.com
Day 11: http://www.theoddgirl.com/

Day 12: YOU ARE HERE!



My project today is a trendy little tag - with some long-forgotten "used-to-be-trendy" embellishments - fibers! 
I wrapped this sweet gift for my daughter (can't tell you what it is!), and added a fun tag using Lawn  Fawn's Winter Gifts - available at i {heart} papers

I stamped the tag with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then colored in the edge using a Copic RV06 marker. I stamped the snowflake from the set using three colors of ink, and then embossed the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx and Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using the coordinating die set, Tag, You're It!

Next up was the little snowman - stamped, embossed, and colored (he has a pink nose!), and then I added my favorite chunky glitter, Sprinkles, for snow along the bottom.
Finally, I pulled out those long-forgotten fibers, and tied two coordinating colors at the top. I know she will love the gift, and I think she will love the tag too!

Thanks for joining us these last twelve days! I have a goody bag of fibers, ribbons, twine, Scor-Tape, all in a cute chevron kraft sack with a tag just like this one for my prize winner! 

To be eligible to win, just leave a comment here telling me your favorite winter activity - whether it be baking, sledding, shopping, listening to carols, staying inside by a fire, or wrapping gifts for your kids! I will choose a winner on the 23rd, and post it here on the 24th!
Challenges:
A Creative Romance - Sparkle at Christmas
Bloggers - Holiday Gifts 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Happy Holidays  
Cut it Up - Christmas 
Crafty Hands Challenge Blog - Seasons Greetings or Winter
 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Be Brave


It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
at The Deconstructed Sketch!  
DS131 is our last sketch of 2013 
and will be up for the next two weeks. 
Jen will be back with a new sketch on January 2, 2014!

My card today uses Paper Smooches' Group Hugs 
~ available at i {heart} papers! ~
My sentiment is stamped with Charcoal (Hero Arts) ink. The pretty papers are from Teresa Collins' Memories 6x6 designer paper pad. The butterfly is a Le Petites Sticker (The Paper Studio) and my pearl & lace trim is from my stash.  
Zva Dimensionals and ISP Red-Line Tape hold everything together. 
Linked supplies available at i {heart} papers
To play along, here’s the scoop on what you need to do:
1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS131 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post HERE.
4. Be sure to stop back by net week to see if you are one of the featured projects!

Be sure to check out the rest of the fun inspiration from my teamies!





 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Quick and Easy Last Minute Gift

I love sparkling juices, ciders and different wines and I think it's fun to try new things. So I like to give my friends that also like to try new "grog" little gifts. Yesterday I made up this quick and easy card and matching bottle tag for a gift set using supplies from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
You will love the price on this Webster's Pages 6x6 Collection: It's Christmas. HALF PRICE! I love all of the fun designs in this pack, and I also love that it comes unbound - all loose papers.

I cut my bottle tag 9" x 3" and then scored at 6 inches for the fold.
I cut various triangles to make my trees, and then added some fun red rhinestones and Rouge Sparklets, some gorgeous red velvet ribbon, and a little "JOY" from Just Rite's O Holy Night stamp set - also on sale! I added a little Mint Spica Glitter pen to the words.
Sharon has a sleigh full of sale items at amazing prices! Go check it all out HERE.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Paper Smooches + i {heart} papers = Help for Homeless Pups!

Welcome to an amazing hop -- that will inspire you in your crafting, and hopefully will also inspire you to support a wonderful cause.

My sweet friend Kate (owner of i {heart} papers) suggested an idea to Kim Hughes to create a stamps and dies to support our rescued furry friends. They worked together to create some really fun dog rescue products! A portion of the sales will be donated to Home for Good Dog Rescue.  Kim asked us to share these fun products with you, through our projects. 

I love these sets so much! I used both the Paws for a Cause and Lucky Dog sets for my card today, along with Teresa Collins Memories 6x6 DP. I stamped my dog in VersaFine Sepia and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
Both of my girls (see my sidebar) are rescues, and I am thrilled to have these sets and share this cause with you.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
*TWO winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs.
*The prize - A Lucky Dog stamp set, Paws for a Cause stamp set and Dog Icons dies.
*Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed for your chance to win (You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances.)!
*You have until midnight MT on Wednesday, December 18th to leave a comment. 
*Please check the IHP Blog (http://www.blog.iheartpapers.com) on Friday, December 20th to see if you are one of the TWO lucky winners!

Hop away!
Kate/IHP: http://www.blog.iheartpapers.com
Sarah Gough: http://thinkingstamps.blogspot.com/
Lori Tecler: http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com/
Judy Rozema: http://www.jarfullofjoy.blogspot.com/
Deb Felts: http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/
Vera Yates: http://lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/
Wida Miller: http://beachorado.blogspot.com/
Stacey Schafer: http://stampinwithstacey.blogspot.com/
Lindsay Amrhein: http://lindsayamrhein.blogspot.com/

Paper: Crumb Cake, So Saffron (SU!), Memories 6x6 DP (Teresa Collins)
Ink: VersaFine Sepia, VersaFine Onyx
Accessories & Tools: Houndstooth EF (Cuttlebug), corrugated cardboard heart (The Paper Studio), banner and heart dies (SB), Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), paper piercer, distressing tool

Friday, December 13, 2013

Season's Greetings~!

It's Friday and that means a card from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! Today's card is a CAS design using two Just Rite stamp sets.
The sentiment is from Grand Christmas Sentiments. I stamped the "Seasons Greetings" with VersaColor Olive pigment ink, and then embossed with Clear Detail Embossing Powder. The "snowflake" is actually a stamp from Just Rite's Dainty Doilies. I stamped it with Encore Metallic Gold ink and then embossed with Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I added three rows of White Metallic Velvet Ribbon and Pearl Pearls for accents. There are tiny pearls all around the "snowflake." I scored two lines at the top using my Scor-Buddy. The main panel is mounted on Prism's Champagne Metallic Cardstock.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
Be sure to have a visit to see what other wonderful things Sharon carries! So many fabulous things on sale >here<.
No Time To Stamp?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's All Downhill From Here!


It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
Here is this week's sketch #130!
 My card today uses Flourishes' Snow Day ~ available at i {heart} papers!
 I stamped on Ultrasmooth White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then cut with out with a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is also stamped in Tuxedo Black. I colored in my image with Copic markers. Chunky glitter for my icy ground was perfect! I tied an organdy ribbon around the edge and added a few little Rhinestones for sparkle. Zva Dimensionals and 1/4" Scor-Tape hold everything together. Linked supplies available at i {heart} papers
To play along, here’s the scoop on what you need to do:
1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS130 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post HERE.
4. Be sure to stop back by net week to see if you are one of the featured projects!

Be sure to check out the rest of the fun inspiration 
from my teamies!

I chose my colors from this week's Color Throwdown 272!
A little purple mug and on the boots, and a heart and tiny sled pull of green ;)



 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Waking Up to Snow~!

It's a snowy scene outside my windows -- our first "real" snow of this season. Pretty late for Nebraska, considering it's December 8. But I am happy with that. I really need to live in a HOT climate! And although I am a 80-95 degree girl, I do love creating snow cards.

So, out come my favorite snowmen from Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends!

Today's SCS  Featured Stamper Challenge 357 inspired me to make this. Congratulations to Anita! What a FUN gallery to browse! Anita has some mad coloring skills! I finally settled on this fun snowman card.
I kept her theme, layout (but made mine square), and used the same designer paper, but changed images, added a fence and doily, and some bling (Silver Rhinestones). I also changed the background shape from circle to hexagon to match the paper. I used the pointillism technique to shade and color the shadows on the snowmen (Ultra Smooth White CS). I used Zva Dimensionals and 1/4" Scor-Tape to hold everything together.

I LOVE this stamp set and the matching dies. It is so much fun to decide what elements to use (hats, gloves, scarves, arms, smiles, muffs, buttons, etc.)! Linked supplies are available at i {heart} papers!

My Christmas song of the day:

Stamps: Making Frosty Friends (Lawn Fawn) - available at i {heart} papers
Paper: Ultra Smooth White CS (Crafter's Companion), Winter Fun (Carta Bella) Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Copic markers
Accessories: Mambi Chips Glitter Snowflake (Me & My Big Ideas), Making Frosty Friends dies (Lawn Fawn), Silver Rhinestones (Kaiser), fence die (Cottage Cutz), snowflake and hexagon dies (SB), doily (Wiltom)
Techniques: pointillism


Challenges:
 Crafty Hands Challenge Blog - Seasons Greetings or Winter 

COMING SOON! Watch for it.....

Friday, December 6, 2013

Merry and Bright

Oh Brrrr! It is -2 outside, and feels like -14. I am so glad I am inside my warm house!

Friday always warms me up with a card or project from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! Today's card uses some fun Webster's Pages designer paper called It's Christmas. I really LOVE the papers in this collection and it's on sale for just $5.00!
The paper assortment comes in a sheaf, rather than a pad, and that is nice, because sometimes I am not the best at tearing out carefully ha! There are some fun printed "tags" or sentiment pieces that come with it, and I cut out one of those for my tag. So no stamping, just a lot of beautiful patterns to choose from!

The middle panel is embellished with fun Satin Snowflake trim from May Arts. I added a 1/2" Silver Jingle Bell to the beautiful 1/8" Velvet ribbon after I punched a hole in the top. A few Silver Rhinestones, and all done! My layout is Deconstructed Sketch #129.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Be sure to have a visit to see what other wonderful things Sharon carries! So many fabulous things on sale >here<.
No Time To Stamp?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A New Deconstructed Sketch!


It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
Here is this week's sketch #129!
My card today uses Paper Smooches' Cosmos 
and Cosmos Icons dies ~ available at i {heart} papers!
My clouds are cut from Ultrasmooth White cardstock. I stamped the moon using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then cut with the coordinating die. The sentiment is also stamped in Tuxedo Black, right on the RSVP designer paper. I added a few little Rhinestones for cloud sparkle. Zva Dimensionals and 1/4" Scor-Tape hold everything together. 
Linked supplies available at i {heart} papers!

To play along, here’s the scoop on what you need to do:
1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS129 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post HERE.
4. Be sure to stop back by net week to see if you are one of the featured projects!

To play along, link up HERE.
Be sure to check out the rest of the fun inspiration from my teamies!
 COMING SOON! Watch for it.....



 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pointing to Love

The first of the month always brings some really fun new stamp designs from The {Stamps} of Life with Stephanie Barnard. I love this month's sampler2love set! 

Here is another one of the creations I made using the newly released sampler2love set and the matching dies. How can you get the stamps and dies at a GREAT price and before anyone else? Become a Club Member. Read all about it HERE.

I used the cute Adorbs designer paper from My Mind's Eye, along with a cork arrow, corrugated heart, and a doily.
 
The banners on the doily are cut from the sampler2love dies. I used Stephanie's Premium Licorice dye ink for the sentiment. Fast and cute! Here is the entire set:
Check out all of the fun new things at The {Stamps} of Life
Challenges:

Monday, December 2, 2013

New Stamps and Dies at The {Stamps} of Life!

The first of the month always brings some really fun new stamp designs from The {Stamps} of Life with Stephanie Barnard. I love this month's sampler2love set, because of the versatility of occasions and all those banners!

Today I want to share with you one of the creations I made using the sampler2love set and the MATCHING DIES!! How can you get the stamps and dies at a GREAT price and before anyone else? Become a Club Member. Read all about it HERE. Stephanie always has great video how-tos so don't miss out on those either! BEST prices around for some really fun stuff. Plus, as a Club Member you get the dies right away, rather than waiting until the 20th of the month. Shipping for $1? Best. Prices. Around.

So -- on to my card:
I used the cute Adorbs designer paper from My Mind's Eye, along with some Cotton Candy Baker's Twine. The banners at the top are cut from the sampler2love dies, as is the rounded rectangle sentiment. I used Stephanie's Premium dye inks in Artichoke and Guava for the sentiment. Fast and cute! Here is the entire set:
Check out all of the fun new things at The {Stamps} of Life

Challenges:

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Quick and Easy Tags

I love quick and easy. And when it packs a punch with it, all the better! Today I am sharing some tags I made using some of Doodlebug's Washi Tape and a new Paper Smooches stamp set called Group Hugs.
The tags are store bought shipping tags. I stamped the "wish big" sentiment using Love Letter ink and then alternated washi tape patterns at an angle. You can see all the in-stock Washi Tape patterns at i {heart} papers HERE. I added a few rhinestones along the bottom of the small tag and just a trio for the large. The chipboard snowflakes were stamped with Unicorn ink, then VersaMark, and then embossed with a mixture of Waterscape glitter and Clear embossing powder. I added some Natural String twine and holiday ribbon from my stash. The "To" and "From" are stamped on the back using Lawn Fawn's Winter Gifts stamp set. I used 1/4" Scor-Tape to hold everything together. It probably took me longer to type this than it did to make both tags! 

Linked supplies are available at i {heart} papers!

Happy December First!

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/optional Twist -gift packaging
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything but a card
Glitter n Sparkle - Add some glitter n sparkle
Sentimental Sundays - Traditional Christmas colors

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fun and Festive

I am spending the day crafting today and shopping in my own craft room, from things I haven't yet used! Sounds fun to me!

I had a lot of fun making this card. The Silver & Gold designer paper by Bo Bunny makes it so easy to coordinate papers and embellishments in my stash.
I stamped the sentiment from JustRite Clear Stamp - Christmas Vintage Labels Four with VersaMark ink and then embossed with Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder - Gold


I pleated the May Arts 3/4" Sheer w/Gold Band Ribbon under the second panel and then added a row of Snow Pearls along the edge. I made an "embellishment cluster" with a corrugated heart, Tulle Bow, chipboard glittery snowflake and a Rouge Sparklets from Kaisercraft, along with a swirl of pearls and rhinestones from Prima. Festive and fun!

I hope all of my U.S. friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My two dogs were asking for tidbits all day:
Fiona
Lucy - on my knee!



ALL Christmas paper collections have been reduced!

Challenges:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday Sale at i {heart} papers!

Today's little giftie is super quick and easy with Lawn Fawn's Winter Gifts stamp set and Tag, You're It coordinating dies.
I stamped the large tag with Memento Tuxedo Black on Echo Park's So This Is Christmas 6x6 and then colored in the edge with a Copic marker (G28). The small tag was also stamped in Tuxedo Black on Ultra Smooth White Cardstock, with the sentiment stamped using Rhubarb Stalk. I colored the holly with Copic markers (G28 and R29) and then popped up using Zva Dimensionals. I tied a little bow with Natural Twine String Thread through the hole in the small tag. Both tags were cut with the coordinating dies.
A rhinestone covers the tag hole where I didn't want to tie anything this time. The tags are backed with a Kraft doily die cut and burlap ribbon. I added some yummy Andes Peppermint Candy and my cute little gift sack is ready to give!  I used 1/4" Scor-Tape to hold everything together. Linked supplies available at i {heart} papers!   

IHP is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a 20% off store-wide coupon (in stock items only and not valid on gift certificates) on all orders $50 or more, valid through 12/2, Cyber Monday. Use coupon code Black20DT13 at checkout. All orders will ship on Tuesday December 3! Happy Thanksgiving!
Challenges:  
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - RCC87 Holidays & Celebrations 
Shopping Our Stash - Holiday Or Winter 
Sweet Stamps - The Holidays 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I Love Playing Paper Snowmen Dolls!

Well, I can't get enough of these cute little snowmen from Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends!
Today's SCS Featured Stamper Challenge inspired me to make this. For Featured Stamper Challenge 355....Congratulations to Julie! What a FUN gallery to browse! I finally settled on this adorable tag but turned mine into a card.

I kept her basic layout and theme, but subbed in a few different elements: designer paper instead of icicle die, chipboard snowflake/twine instead of ribbon and twine bow, snowmen instead of a girl, glitter paper instead of spray for glistening snow, and a banner cut from DP instead of a stamped greeting.

Although only two are really visible in the photo, there are three layers of snow cut from the glitter paper. The snowmen are in front of the back two. I LOVE this stamp set and the matching dies. It is so much fun to decide what elements to use (hats, gloves, scarves, arms, muffs, buttons, etc.)! Stamps are dies are available at i {heart} papers!

I stamped on Ultrasmooth White CS with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder. I colored in their noses with a YR68 Copic marker. I used a variety of some of my favorite 6x6 pads for the background and clothes. Two are out of print now, but the RSVP pad, for the ear muffs, is available at IHP. I tied some Blueberry Baker's Twine at the top and finished it off with a chipboard glittery snowflake.

I used Zva Dimensionals and 1/4" Scor-Tape to hold everything together. Linked supplies available at i {heart} papers



A fun award for my baby card at Card Crafter's Circle!
Stamps: Making Frosty Friends (Lawn Fawn) - available at i {heart} papers
Paper: Ultra Smooth White CS (Crafter's Companion), Christmas Glitter Stack (DCWV), Winter Fun (Carta Bella), Winter Wishes DP (Echo Park), RSVP DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Copic marker
Accessories: Mambi Chips Glitter Snowflake (Me & My Big Ideas), Baker's Twine (Divine Twine), Making Frosty Friends dies (Lawn Fawn), Clear Details EP (Ranger)
Techniques: embossing



COMING SOON! Watch for it.....
Other challenges for this card: 
A Gem of a Challenge - Sparkles 
Allsorts - Bring on the Bling 
Crafty Calendar - All Things Christmas 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - For a Child 
Time 4 Scrap - All I Want for Christmas 
Totally Gorjuss - Child's Christmas 
Word Play Saturday - Snowman 
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Glitter and Sparkle 
CCEE Stampers - Embossing and Glitter