Saturday, October 29, 2016

paper smooches challenge

I decided to play along with this month's Paper Smooches Challenge. It's a color challenge, and I decided some of the purples would make a fun Christmas card. Here's what I came up with:

I stamped the snowflakes from the Fresh Snow set with Versamark Ink on Tim Holtz watercolor paper, then I embossed them with Judikins Sparkle Embossing Powder. I picked out 4 Distress Ink colors that I thought matched some of the colors in the challenge, although that lightest color seemed to match better before I added the water. I used an ink blending tool to create somewhat of an ombre effect. I then sprayed it with a Perfect Pearls and water mixture so everything is nice and shimmery. I used some frame die cuts to cut out a frame. I die cut Merry Christmas twice and glued them together, then embossed it with the sparkle embossing powder, then glued that to the small rectangle. I popped up the two inked pieces with foam adhesive over a piece of cardstock with more sparkle embossing powder. I like how it turned out. The whole thing is very shimmery and sparkly.

I'm also going to send this card to the 2016 Caring Hearts Card Drive. If you like making cards, I hope you'll send some there, too.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

paper smooches sparks challenge again

I decided to make a second card for the April Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge. I used the Birthday Bash Stamp Set. I stamped the greeting, then masked it off to stamp the balloons. I stamped the single balloon in Audrey Blue from Simon Says Stamp and added sparkle with the Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen. I used a little piece of foam tape to pop up the balloon. I rounded one corner, added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, and then that's it for this simple card. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

paper smooches sparks challenge

Every month I see the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, and I think about entering. And then the next thing I know, the month is over and it's time for a new challenge, and then the cycle repeats itself. I finally managed to create a card for the challenge this month, and I may even do a second one, but I'm not making any promises. :)

The challenge is black and white with a pop of color. The color on my card doesn't pop as much in photos as it does in person, (Who knew mint would be so hard to photograph?) but I think you can see it a little better in the close up.

I started out by stamping a background using the Calico stamp set on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I rounded the corners and ran my black ink pad along the edges to help it stand out from the white on the card itself. I then die cut Happy Birthday from some mint cardstock and used a clear Spectrum Noir glitter marker all over it so it's super sparkly. That is a new-to-me marker and I really like it. I adhered the die cut to a vellum strip that I stapled with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I finished the card with a couple sequins and droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

the big 1-0

Hello again! I'm just popping in to share another card for the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies. My niece is turning 10 in May so I thought I'd make her a card. Now, hopefully I'll remember to give it to her! 

The stamps and number dies are Paper Smooches, and the pierced circle die is from a My Favorite Things set. The papers are from one of the Simon Says Stamp card kits. I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins with Stampin' Up rhinestones in the middle just for a little more sparkle. 

I hope you like it! 

I don't know what it is, but it seems like whenever I sign up for a class, I end up having all kinds of other things going on at the same time, and I never get to create as much as I want to. Maybe I should stay home and make cards tomorrow instead of going to work. :-) that would be so nice! I just may have to plan a day to do just that soon!

Good night! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

happy card

Happy Sunday! I hope you all have had a great weekend!

I'm taking Stretch Your Dies from Online Card Classes, and this is first card I've have time to make. It took awhile, but I like how it turned out. 

I used Neenah Solar White and Simon Says Stamp Mint card stock. I also used dies and stamps from Simon Says Stamp. The black is heat embossed with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. I love that! 

Sorry, I'm lazy and just typing this blogpost from my phone while I watch House Hunters, so that's why the photo is at the bottom. I don't know how to move it higher in my post. Maybe it's not possible.  Anyway, have a great night!


Monday, November 17, 2014

one reason why i love project life

Have you ever heard of Project Life? It’s a fabulous way of memory keeping that Becky Higgins came up with. I love it. I started using it in 2009. Well, actually that first year it was called Project 365, and Creating Keepsakes put out the kit. It has grown a lot since then.

There are a lot of different ways to do PL. The way I typically do it is very simple. I take one photo every day, and then I sit down at some point and write a bit about that photo. That’s it. I love seeing the ways people embellish their PL albums, but if I were to do that in mine, I would never be caught up. I've always been terrible at keeping a journal and staying on top of traditional scrapbooks, but this picture-a-day approach to PL has stuck with me for years now, and I love it just as much now as I did at the beginning. And ok, I cheat sometimes with the actual date I take the photo, but I figure the exact date isn't as important as the memory, so it doesn't bother me.

Now I’m not always completely caught up with my album. When I’m on top of it, I’ll print photos and do the journaling cards once a week or so. But a lot of the time, I’m not that efficient. And that’s ok. I’m so grateful that Project Life makes it so easy to record your memories, and I’m even more grateful that it makes it so easy to catch up when you fall behind.

Take January 2013, for example. I didn’t work on my album for the first few weeks of the year. Then the morning of January 19 came with the news that my bro-in-law had passed away very unexpectedly from a heart attack. That was an incredibly hard time for my family, my sister and her boys in particular, of course. I just couldn't bring myself to work on my album for quite some time. I knew that when I started writing the journaling cards, I would eventually have to write about my bro-in-law’s death, and I just wasn't ready to do that. And I’m not one to skip around and work out of chronological order in my PL album. I’m weird that way. :) But, I knew I would regret it if I didn't include that particular story in my album. I never stopped taking photos though. I took them throughout the trip to Arizona for his funeral. And I continued to take pictures after that. I would write down which picture goes on which day on a little calendar so it would be easy for me to catch up when I was ready. Finally, three months later, I finally felt ready to tackle the task of writing about my bro-in-law’s death. I caught up on all the journaling in just a few days. I love how easy it is to put these albums together, and how great it is to get caught up for the year in just a few days.

And now, once again, my PL album has been sitting untouched for quite a while. I haven’t touched a journaling card since June. I’m not sure how long it will continue to sit there. You see, the morning of July 8, 2014, my father passed away, and I just haven’t wanted to work on that album since. I know I will get back to it, but I’m not sure when I will feel like I can write about him in there. But I will continue to take a lot of photos, just like I have been all this time, and I’ll make sure I have one photo for each day to go in my album, and I know when I’m ready, my Project Life album will be there waiting for me to record my thoughts and my life in it’s pages, and I will be caught up again in no time.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

thank you card

This is the second card I made for my homework in Stretch Your Stamps 2 at

I started out by using the Dictionary background stamp from Stampin' Up. Then I used various colors of Hero Arts Shadow Inks to stamp flowers from a WPlus9 floral builders stamp set. (I should add links, but I'm feeling lazy and my computer is being very slow tonight. Sorry!) This was the first time I had used this stamp set, and I love it. I used a frame die from Simon Says Stamp to cut and inlay a frame that I had embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I used the same embossing powder to emboss a greeting from Simon Says Stamp. I finished the card by adding clear Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers. I like how this card turned out. :)