Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MIM #300

 MAKE IT MONDAY

Build-a-Wreath

 

Wow!  This will be the 300th Make It Monday video and challenge!   You can watch Melissa Phillips share her tips for how to create your own paper crafted wreaths in this video HERE.  
Her beautiful style is demonstrated with three lovely cards.



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My Card ended up with a few too many embellishments~I think I got carried away watching Melissa who is really a genius at this technique  (I clearly need more practice ;-)

The wreath (Kraft CS) was made with two different size circle dies, embossed with woodgrain and a few Sizzix Scribbles die cuts (Red CS). 
The Banner die cut (Black CS) also by Sizzix is adhered to orange linen CS..  
Sentiment, Leaves and Pumpkins stamps are from PTI Fall Elegance which I fussy cut out are popped up with thick double sided tapes.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

MIM #299

MAKE IT MONDAY
Sentiment Windows

This week, Dawn McVey is up on MIM with a challenge to use a sentiment stamped on the inside of your card as part of the design on the card front, by utilizing a die cut window! 
Love everything Dawn does~she is such a creative and talented lady!   
You can go HERE to check out her AMAZING art work and video then link up your card.

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I turned my Spring Woods stamp/die set into a "winter woods" scene for this Christmas card. πŸ˜‰
The panel on top is embossed with a folder of snowflakes from Sissix.  
Inside sentiment is Hero Arts
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Creative With Stamps




The Design Team for
 "Creative With Stamps"
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our October Challenge~Shoes

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My card~
I stamped the shoes a few times, then colored them in all the colors I would buy :-) there is Wink of Stella brushed on the shoes to give them some razzle dazzle.  
The sentiment is framed with a Spellbinder Nestabilities Frame that I embossed onto the panel of cardstock instead of die cutting it and the pretty paper behind the white panel is embossed with a sparkle design also.   

You can check out the cards from my fabulous team mates and all of the entries from everyone so far  HERE.
You have until the end of October to enter our Challenge #19.
Hope you will join in, you can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  
Just be sure to read through the few "Rules/Guidelines" and have FUN!  

Friday, October 6, 2017

MIM #298

 MAKE IT MONDAY

Faux Epoxy Embellishments

Betsy Veldman is up on MIM this week with a tutorial for creating your own faux epoxy embellishments using die-cuts and clear embossing powder.  You can view her video HERE.


Sorry, I'm having computer issues and could not photo edit my picture.  The song birds are my faux epoxy embellishments and they are perched on tree limbs from a Darice Embossing folder not just floating in mid air as they appear to be.πŸ˜•  The snow flakes are sparkly and really pretty IRL.
Oh, and another "problem" with this card, my Ranger embossing ink pad seems to have disintegrated, so those bumpy colored splotches were not intentional...
 I'm going with~they are "textured" epoxy embellishments!

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Creative With Stamps/NBUS #12


Oh my!  It is October 1st!   Hope you are ready for the cooler crisp temperatures of Fall.  Well, ready or not, it's here peeps!
  Also on the first of each month there's a new challenge at   
Creative With Stamps!  For the month of October we are looking for stamped Shoes on your card creations to be entered on our Challenge Blog  HERE.

 
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I am also entering this card in Darnell's NBUS challenge #12
HERE.
* I have never used these shoe stamps which came in a set of 360 Stamps from a company called "See D's" in 2005...YIKES!
This set covers just about every card-giving-occasion stamp imaginable. I'm not sure I have even used a fifth of these stamps yet(gasp)  Sooo, I am sure there is enough NBUS in just this set to join in Darnell's challenges for many more years to come 😏
They came with plastic CD-like cases and a holder to keep the cases with stamps in it, which I keep on my craft room desk~so you see, there really is no good excuse not to use these stamps. 
* The flowers embossed on the side is an old  Cuttlebug border EF, also NBUS (or at least I don't remember using it in the last 5-6 years).
Thank you, again Darnell for the fun and kick in the pants to use my NBUS!

 *If my card is a lucky winner, I would love a GC 
or the PTI Holiday Greens stamp/die set 
   But, truth be told, any of the giveaways would be FABULOUS to win!




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NBUS Challenge #12


This is another card for Darnell's challenge.  You can find a whole lotta inspiration to use some of your new or neglected stamp/craft supplies HEREDarnell always gets a great number of folks to post their cards and she participates with a onefer, twofer or threefer herself each day for added fun and mojo!
The Playhouse is also a great place to visit so you don't feel totally alone atop your own personal Mt. NBUS! 😏

I've had this pretty Daisy stamp-set from Stampendous for a couple of years and was messing around trying to perfect my water-coloring skills. After watching a few artists on You Tube videos, I pulled out my  Prismacolor Premier Watercolor pencils (at least 3/4 of the box is NBUS) and this card is the result. 
Okay...no judging pleeeze!  

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NBUS: 
1.  140# Watercolor Paper (love the heavy weight)
2.  "Daisy Thanks" stamp
3.   Prismacolor pencils~can't remember when I used them,  if everπŸ˜•


 *If my card is a lucky winner, I would love a GC 
or 
   the PTI Holiday Greens stamp/die set 
But, truth be told, any of the giveaways would be FABULOUS to win!
 

Monday, September 25, 2017

NBUS Challenge #12

Holy Moly!  I can't believe Darnell has been hosting her NBUS challenges for four years now!  She is on Challenge #12 and I believe I had entries for just about all of them~and I must admit, have not even put a dent in Mt. NBUS here in my craft room.

Go HERE to read her guidlines, head to your NBUS pile of craft goodies, enter and Whallah--Bing Bang Done!  
She is also so generously giving out a bunch of amazing *gifties.

Darnell has such a fun Blog, you won't want to leave the Playhouse.
But, you should leave and get out of her way so she can create and inspire us again tomorrow!  :-)


My Card ~ 
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NBUS used:
1. The strippy green embossed paper (grass) from a 12X12 pad by Craft Smith
2. The matching color (blue + orange) bling on the bicycle spokes

3. That cute kite from a pack bought at Michael's years ago. Apparently I had to have these adorable patterned paper kites in different colors ... I have 2 packages. LOL
 4. Those Bicycle dies from Impression Obsession haven't been used in quite some time AND definitely not in blue or orange. :-) 

 *If my card is a lucky winner, I would love a GC
   or 
   the PTI Holiday Greens stamp/die set 
But, truth be told, any of the giveaways would be FABULOUS to win!

You are so sweet to host these challenges, Darnell~it's a lotta work, THANK YOUHOOO!

 

PTI Blog Hop-September 2017


It's time for the September 25th Blog Hop over at PTI ~ go HERE to check it out!  
How can you not be inspired to create when you take a  look at this beautiful photo Nicole found for us.

PTI Blog Hop Inspiration photo


My Card ~
I finally inked up the beautiful Spring Woods stamp set.  
Sadly, I need to use this for a Sympathy card.
 
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

MIM #297

 MAKE IT MONDAY

Mixing Florals

This week, Dawn is up on  Make It Monday  mixing things up with images from multiple floral stamp sets.  Check out her MIM video, to see her beautiful card and her tips on how to achieve a cohesive look when using images from different stamp sets.

 

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I just love Dawn's sense of color and design, so it's always fun to 'try' (the operative word here Peeps) to emulate  her gorgeous card designs πŸ’— 

The Florals I used are from PTI's Rosie Posie, Peonies on Parade, Tulip Time sets. Stampin' Up's vintage 1997 eucalyptus plant stamp that I picked up in a thrift store.

I really like how this came together but haven't put an occasion to it yet ~ it has several possibilities in my mind. 😊

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #15:
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Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 14:

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Sentiments from Sweet 'n Sassy and Sugar Pea Designs stampsets.
Stack o cups 3-D sticker from The Dollar Tree.
PP from Pebbles 6X6 pad Halloween "Thirty One". 
Glittery foam leaves from my stash.
 


Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #13:

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This is an image I colored from my Vintage Charm Coloring Book. 
It looks like a lace lined shelf in my Grandma's kitchen.  
The leaves in the background are wallpaper ;-)

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #12:

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Paper Smooches 'Chubby Chums' enjoying Pumpkin Lattes together :-)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #11
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My Card ~
This wreath (Spellbinders) looks a little too heavy with the To-Go cups (Memory Box) so I may have to adjust it a bit before sending it out with a Starbucks gift card tucked inside (?)
Wink of Stella is brushed onto the Martha Steward punched Rose Leaves.
The 'Grid' embossing folder is Spellbinders.
Sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy's 'Cocoa's Latte' stampset

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #10:

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My little monsters are Trick Or Treating for Pumpkin Lattes  πŸ˜‹

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 9:
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My card ~ 

This time I used my Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love die by Jillian Vance Design as an embossed image instead of die cutting it. This technique is very cool, thank you, Amy for reminding me to use it ;-)  
The Orange paper is Embossed Brights from Craft Smith.
Sunflowers are 3-D stickers from The Dollar Tree.
Background patterned paper is from G.C.D. 12X12 papers: Loverly collection.

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 8:

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 Swipes of Tim Holtz Distress Stain on my white panel are the background for my outlined Maple leaf.  Sentiment is from Uniko's "I Love Tea" stampset and the colorful cups are from a sheet of coffee/tea stickers I picked up at The Dollar Tree a few CBLH's  back 😁



Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 7:

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 6:

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My card ~
I stamped my fave Maple Leaf stamp from Michael's several times and washed over each with Tim Holtz Distress Stains. The Circle window is from Spellbinders. Fussy cut the Tim Holtz 'Coffee Time' to go cup and added some orange cord and wood veneer leaf also from Michael's.

Coffee LoversBlog Hop-Fall '17

Card 5:
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Oh what fun coloring this free digi image is!  You can download yours from Craftin Desert Divas, one of the awesome Super Sponsors!  You will want to check out the DT's fabulous cards there.
This owlie is so sweet but I clearly need practice using my Alcohol markers, so maybe I will make a few more cards using this cutie ;-)
 
Note: The tea cup border stamp I used on my last card (#572)for the CLBH is from a 1996 Stampin Up  set "Best Borders"

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 4:

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Okay, who out there is old enough to recognize the line of tea pots wood stamp?  :-)

 
 

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 3:
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My card~
The Tim Holtz "On The Go' embossing folder was a CLBH-Summer '16 win from Two Paper Divas
Seam Binding ribbon was from CLBH-Fall '15 win from Two Crafting Sisters
The chipboard sticker, die cut leaf (Darice), cardstock, from my stash.
 This card is going to one of my friends with a Starbucks gift card inside   :-p


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 2:

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Grandpa's Glass Cup is such a fun die to use!
Spoiler Alert:  you may see a few cards here on my Blog featuring it  for the CLBH ;-)

Picked up a package of those cute wood Jack-0-lanterns after Halloween last year from Michaels and the scary spider sticker is from Pebbles.

Coffee Lovers BlogHopFall '17

Hey there Coffee, Tea, Cocoa Lovers in Blogland!  I am so very happy to have my (slow/limited) Internet back as of this morning!  AND, in time to join in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! 😊
Irma, the totally 'un-welcomed guest' of Florida last week, created such havoc and devastation across the entire state.  I feel very, VERY fortunate my home had minimal damage (all fixable) and no flooding here on the Island.  The tornado warnings were nerve wracking to say the least. We were SO lucky and truly Blessed!   My electricity, water, landline and internet were out for a few days, but there are still folks in my County (towns right next to me) that do not have their power up and running as of today(!) The news reports are saying total restoration will be completed by Tuesday.   
I want to thank you for your concern, comments and well wishes!  
Hope to get by your blogs for visit soon.  πŸ’—Hugs, Helen

Here's my first card:
I used the Jillian Vance Design Grandpa's Cup die that I won from the Summer 2017 Hop~Thank you, Jillian!
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Create Along With PTI - September 2017

Create Along With Us challenge at Papertrey Ink allows us to select a card one of the amazing Design Team Members has created during the August Release that inspired you.  We can then create our own version of their project..pretty awesome, eh!
It's a fabulous opportunity to CASE something made by one of these talented ladies! 😊
Love any creation by Betsy Veldman~always looking for a chance to CASE her artwork.  πŸ’“

This amazing card is the one I was inspired by ~
Betsy's gorgeous card
My Card
Not quite as elegant as Betsy's card...I used the limbs and the birds from "Nesting" to create my first Christmas card.  Love the white glitter for snow even though it's all over my craft room desk! 

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Creative With Stamps


The Design Team for
 "Creative With Stamps"
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our September Challenge~Leaves
You can check out the cards from my fabulous team mates and all of the entries from everyone so far  HERE.
You have until the end of September to enter our Challenge #18.
Hope you will join in the challenge, you can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  
Just be sure to read through the few "Rules" and have FUN!   

My card is CAS with an old favorite wood block leaf image stamped 3 times and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers then I glittered up each one with Wink of Stella. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

MIM #296

MAKE IT MONDAY
Small Images on Repeat

I am happy that PTI is back this week with a new Make It Monday challenge ~ 
We are to create a clean and simple card with our smallest stamp images using tips from Lexi.  You can view her how-to-video HERE

 
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