Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Glittered Embossing Paste, Oh My!!

Boy oh boy!  I can't seem to stop playing with my stencils and embossing paste.  I made this card last night and I just love how it came out!!  After applying the embossing paste to the stencil, I sprinkled on some fine glitter while the stencil was still in place.  The effect just makes me HAPPY!!!  I then die cut my butterfly and clear embossed the image (both from Papertrey Ink).  I added a piece of washi tape and some twine, stamped my sentiment and placed a few sequins on.  Mounted it to my card base and voila, another clean and simple card.

Sorry for the poor quality photo, it doesn't capture the beauty of the glitter over the embossing paste.  I had to take the photo inside as it is only 13 degrees here today!  Brrrrrrrrr!!!!!!  Anyway, if you haven't tried embossing paste and stencils yet, I challenge you to go ahead and get pasty!!  Maybe you will be hooked like I am :)

Thanks for stopping by today!



cardstock - bazzill
stencil - studio calico
glitter - martha stewart
versamark, clear embossing powder, twine, sequins
stamp and die cut by papertrey ink

Monday, January 27, 2014

CAS257 Stenciled Love

Good morning and happy Monday!  I have learned so much from the awesome online class that I have been taking.  I literally want to stencil everything right now, lol!  Anyway, I was inspired by a beautiful card that Debbie Hughes made yesterday (I am always inspired by her work) and decided to put it to work for today's CAS (clean and simple) challenge, which happens to be a color challenge.  The colors were perfect for what I had in mind especially after seeing Debbie's card yesterday.

I used a fun mask from Studio Calico and some pearlescent embossing paste.  It is really pearly IRL.  Next I sprayed some color shine by Heidi Swapp on my panel and then flicked some more on using a couple of colors.  The heart is another Heidi Swapp product that is alterable.  Once you spray it, there is a resist that appears, it is pretty cool!  I added a few enamel dots and popped my panel up using LOTS of foam tape.  I love how this came out!

Anyway, I am getting ready to go to work, but hopefully I will be back with another card later on.  I was busy making lots of cards this weekend getting my samples ready for my upcoming card class.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Here is the link to the CAS challenge this week: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/clean-simple-cards-f239/cas257-color-challenge-1-27-14-a-t583525.html



mask by studio calico
color shine sprays and heart by Heidi Swapp
embossing paste by dreamweaver
marshmallow cardstock by bazzill
enamel dots by MME

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Spritzed Happy Birthday

Whoa!  Two cards in one day!  This is what happens when you get up at 3 am, lol!  This is another card inspired from the online class that I am taking.  This is also one of the cards that I will be teaching in my own card class at Scrapdoodles next month.

I picked up several of Tim Holtz' new stencils yesterday when I was at work and used one on this card.  I loved Julie Ebersole's card and wanted to use some of my dylusions sprays.  I used london blue and pure sunshine on this one.  I also loved how Debbie Hughes embossed the sentiment on vellum for her card.  I was a spraying fool this morning and now have TONS of panels sprayed with various color combinations using different stencils and then another pile with the ink sponged on.  I love the different effects they create.

The sentiment was stamped on vellum using memento luxe ink and then clear embossed, then I popped it up and added the sequins.

This was another fun one to make and I hope the ladies that come to my class will have fun making it too!!

Off to put some more cards together!  Enjoy your day :)



cardstock by bazzill
stencil by Tim Holtz
dylusions spray ink
sentiment by Lawn Fawn
memento luxe ink and clear embossing powder

You Are Loved

Woohoo!!  I am back with another card.  One of my goals this year is to upload more of my cards and blog some more.  I think I am definitely off to a good start (for me, ha!)  Anyhoo, I am taking another online card class and this one is all about stenciling and creative ways to use them.  I love stencils and I love learning new and different ways to use them.  For my card today, I sponged ink through my brand new heart stencil by Tim Holtz that I had already die cut.  I used a couple different colors creating a bit of a gradient effect.  The sentiment is from the Thinking Of You stamp set that was in my February Card Kit by Simon Says Stamp. I kept this very clean and simple and just added a little washi tape, twine and some embossing along the bottom of the card.  I rounded the bottom corners just to soften it up a bit.

Well, that is it for me this morning.  I have been up since 3 am again, so I have other cards to share later on.  Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Here is the link to the online card class:  http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/



cardstock and ink by Papertrey Ink
stamp by Simon Says Stamp
stencil and embossing folder by Tim Holtz

Watercolored Thank You

Another card from the other day.  I hadn't played with my gelato's for some time, so I decided to break them out.  I had tried stamping with them before, but was never happy with the results that I achieved.  I am much happier with the way this card turned out.  I watched a tutorial on someone's blog recently and it made more sense.  Sorry, for the life of me I can't remember whose blog.  Anyway, I spritzed up an old Stampin' Up stamp set called Inspired By Nature with water and then colored with various gelato's directly onto the wet stamp.  Next I stamped my image onto water color paper and let it dry.  I then flicked a couple of different colors of Heidi Swapp color shine over it.  I stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (Flower Friend) using black archival ink and adhered it to my card base and voila!  I love the water colored/artsy look of this.

Anyway, that is it for me today.  I am off to work, but hope to find some more time to play this weekend.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thanks Friend

Snow days are good for something!  I have had lots of time to play in my crap room so I am posting another card that I made yesterday.  I played along with the sketch challenge on SCS yesterday and this is what I came up with.  I clear embossed the tiny hearts background stamp by hero arts on my pink card base then used some fun paper by Basic Grey's Hey Girl line.  I stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (square sayings) onto my patterned paper which I had die cut using my spellbinders dies, then popped that up over the banner strip.

Here is the link to the challenge on Splitcoaststampers  sc472


Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Happy Hump Day!  Brrrr!  It is freezing here today.  We were supposed to have a big snow storm come through yesterday, so they closed the schools, the federal government and lots of other places.  Well, we really didn't get very much at all.  Maybe 2 inches, but the temperatures have been bitterly cold so it is not melting and all the side streets are very icy.  Schools were closed again today and they have already closed them for tomorrow too!  YIKES!

So, I have had lots of time to play in my crap room and have made quite a few cards that I hope to share with you all over the next several days.

The one I am sharing today is a pretty little simple card.  I was playing around with a stencil from Simon Says Stamp and some embossing paste.  After I applied the embossing paste and while the stencil was still in place, I spritzed some Heidi Swapp color shine (seafoam) over it.  I then removed the stencil and dried it with my heat gun.  I die cut a butterfly from my beautiful butterflies die set by Papertrey Ink and then embossed it with an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.  I love this color combo and the dimension of the embossing paste and also the dry embossing on the butterfly.

Well, that is it for me today.  I hope to be able to post another card or two tomorrow!  Stay warm.



Saturday, January 4, 2014

Love You Today, Tomorrow & Forever

What do I do when I can't sleep at 3 am?  I come downstairs to my crap room and play with paper!!!  That makes me happy :)

Last night was a really rough night.  I woke up at 3 and was WIDE AWAKE!!  UGH!  So I came downstairs to my crap room and whipped up a quick little card using the Teresa Collins Family Stories line.  I love how this turned out.  Quick, clean and simple and I love the colors, they make me happy :)

It is freezing here (actually it is 20 degrees outside right now, brrrr!) and it will be cold all weekend, so I plan on getting lots of crafty time, so hopefully I will be back with another card tomorrow!  Stay warm!

Thanks for stopping by!


paper: Family Stories by Teresa Collins
stamps: collectible by MME (My Minds Eye)
sequins, washi tape by Teresa Collins
twine by American Crafts
color shine in blush by Heidi Swapp

Thursday, January 2, 2014

You're Too Kind

I'm back with another card that I made earlier while tidying/playing.  I was playing around with some techniques that I will be teaching in my card classes next week and made this earthy, rustic looking card.  The technique uses distress ink, water and background stamps.  I hope the ladies enjoy it!  I die cut some flowers out of burlap and inked the edges.  I love these large sentiments by Papertrey Ink.  They really make a statement.

Again, I wish you all the best for 2014!!  I hope to get better at editing my photos and do more blogging this year.

marshmallow cs by bazzill
peeled paint distress ink
b/g stamp by stampin' up
burlap from hobby lobby
sentiment by papertrey ink - think big favorites # 1
potting soil archival ink by ranger

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

With Love

Happy New Year!!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

We had a lovely Christmas.  All the kids were here and it was very low key, but very nice.  We stayed up to watch the ball drop last night and then headed to bed.  We must be getting old, ha!

Anyway, I tidied my crap room up today and then had some time to play.  I made a fun little card using some scraps and leftovers.

I tried to get a photo outside, but it was too dark already and so I had to take it in my crap room, which is very dark, so please excuse the photo.  I reached for my 24/7 6x6 pad by Simple Stories and some scraps that I had laying around.  I used some fun little label letters by Tim Holtz.  They are perfect for making your own sentiments!  I had the black heart diecuts by Lawn Fawn on my desk and I applied glossy accents over them.  The tag was cut using my cameo and I popped that up! Quick and fun little card.  I love using tags on my cards and I die cut a whole bunch of them just to have on hand.

Anyway, Happy New Year and I wish you all the best for 2014!


marshmallow cs by bazzill, 24/7 by simple stories
label letters by tim holtz
heart die cuts by lawn fawn
glossy accents
seam binding