Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fireworks and Stars

 This past weekend I participated in a joint Instagram Blog Hop with Eyelet Outlet and The Project Bin.  We had a lot of fun showing off summer projects which included stamps from The Project Bin and accessories from the Eyelet Outlet.  

For my first card, I am featuring fireworks and sentiment from the Red White and Boom stamp set and added adorable Gold Mix Star brads from the Eyelet Outlet.  

My second card features the same stamp set and star brads but with a completely different look by adding gingham paper in the background and vertical layer.  

A closer look at those cool stars!

I stamped the backs of the cards with designs from the Hand Made stamp set.  A little heart stamp is included in the set so I stamped it twice with the "hand stamped just for you" sentiment.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!  

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oh Chrstmas Tree in May

This week Stacy has chosen a site full of color and texture to inspire the IC650 challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I enjoy creating Christmas all year long if inspiration strikes and it did just that today! THIS beautiful greeting card inspired my design.

To create my background I simply stamped distress inks on plastic packaging and spritzed with water.  I tapped first Lucky Clover onto my cardstock then dried the watercolor with my heat gun.  I did the same with Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves.   For the top layer, I used a tree die from Hampton Art and then stamped the sentiment from Love Bug Christmas by Unity Stamp Co. 

For the inside, I stamped another sentiment from the Love Bug Christmas kit.  The tree die cut was sitting on my desk with one tiny green ink splatter which gave me the idea to tap the remaining ink on the plastic packaging randomly onto the tree die cut and adhere it to the inside.

I am playing along with a couple of Christmas challenges.
The Merry Christmas Challenge is Anything Goes


That's it for me today, I hope you have a crafty weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hand Made Thank You

 Today I am featuring a brand new set by The Project BinHand Made is designed for the back of your cards and projects. They are all super cute and several have space in the designs to add your name.  There is even an Angel Policy stamp: "Hand Stamped by..........theprojectbin" so that you can place the stamp on the back of your TPB projects and sell them! 

For my teacher, thank you cards, I randomly stamped the little mini rose which is included in this set on card stock.  I die cut the hearts using the In My Heart die.  Next, I colored the mini rose hearts, then die cut a piece of foam with the heart die and adhered the foam to the rose hearts. 

For the sentiment, I used the THANK YOU from the Deer Mom stamp set.  You didn't know there was a Thank You sentiment included in that set?  I adore the "Thank You for Letting me Lick the Beaters" sentiment but my mom never let us do that so I decided to do a little surgery and snipped the "Thank You" away from the rest of the sentiment.  If I ever want to use the complete sentiment it's super easy to place both pieces next to one another and no one has to know they were cut apart.  If you don't like the idea of cutting your sentiments apart then it's easy enough to just mask what you don't need.

For the pink card, I stamped the circular stamp on the back and added a mini rose coloring it the same as the front.  For the blue card, I used the Angel Policy stamp even though I will be giving this away to one of my daughter's teachers.  I love the font on the "hand made just for you" sentiment and stamped it on the yellow card.

With these cards, I am joining the CAS481 challenge to create a thank you card or graduation card.


Hand Made

Deer Mom

In My Heart

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Orange Owl and Flip-Flops

We have a super fun challenge over at Splitcoaststampers on Saturdays called the Inspiration Challenge.    The second week of the month is my turn to host the challenge.  This week I found a lovely little company in San Marcos, Texas. Vineyard Marketplace showcases a variety of products handmade by widows cooperatives, orphan-headed households, and other artisans.  I chose THIS adorable card as my inspiration.  Come check out my challenge HERE.

I used the orange and pink colors of the owl in the inspiration photo for my owl and pretty much changed everything else.  My card was made up of all MFT Stamps products.

Dies - Cross-stitch Rectangle Stax (given to me by my sweet friend JaneenK!)

Before you go check out this awesome video on how worn out flip-flops are recycled and made into adorable toys that are sold at Vineyard Marketplace. The hard work and ingenuity are remarkable!

Friday, May 11, 2018

All Fun, A Christmas Challenge

It might be hot and sunny out but today I am playing along with the May Dirty Dozen Christmas Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

Pain and Pride from Unity Stamp Co. is one of the first stamp kits I purchased from Unity, way back in 2012.  I can't believe it but it looks like I haven't created with it since 2013!  I checked out my gallery for cards I created with this stamp and found that this is actually the first time I have colored the hat and scarf, I usually paper piece it.  I also noticed that my coloring has definitely improved!  :)  I think this image is timeless and hilarious!  

The inside says, " Have a Safe Holiday"

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope to see you in the SCS galleries!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Unsafe at Any Speed

I am having so much fun creating masculine cards with the Classic Man stamp set by The Project Bin.  My husband is a CAS fan, I mean REALLY CAS so my challenge was to create a clean and simple card but do something different than I have done before. 

 The vintage auto in the Classic Man set just seems to be on the roll to me so it seemed like just the thing to add a road!  I stamped the auto then masked it.  I then took a piece of paper and angled it across the top of the cardstock and sponged Memento London Fog for the road.  Every sentiment in this set is fun so I was eager to use one I had not used before and stamped "unsafe at any speed" in the top corner!

This week's SCS Featured Stamper is Connie.  Connie's gallery is overflowing with inspiration.  I browsed Connie's gallery for a CAS card and found THIS.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sense of Occasion at Grandinroad wtth the IC

It's Saturday and that means it's time for the IC challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Julie has chosen a gorgeous site to inspire us.  You can find this week's challenge at IC648.

Recently I won a generous prize from My Favorite Things Stamps.  I had a wonderful time shopping!!  I couldn't wait to take my new things for a spin!  This week's IC challenge was the perfect prompt.  I love pink and one of my new purchases was the Stitched Blooms card kit so as soon as I came across THIS photo the creative process was underway!

Today's Feature:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Red White and Boom

It's so much fun playing with new stamps!  Today I am featuring Red, White and Boom a brand new set from The Project Bin!  The Project Bin has added this new stamp set to the store knowing it's never too early to start on holiday cards!  I struggle to get cards out on time in the summer since there are always so many activities to keep me occupied so I am enjoying the opportunity to create 4th of July cards early.

I heat embossed the fireworks in blue and stamped the sentiment in red.  The white frame breaks up the background a bit and adds a bit of interest.

Thanks so much for looking!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cozy Cardinal Right at Home

During the first week in April,  I hopped along with the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness blog hop.  It was so good to read the stories of hope and view beautiful cards.  I even happened to win a prize from Right at Home, one of the sponsors of the blog hop!  Nicole at Right at Home stamps is so sweet and her designs are such fun I couldn't stop at the prize alone.

My purchases and prize arrived just in time to create a card for the IC647 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Brenda has chosen a site full of inspiration for us!  I chose THIS photo and pulled out my brand new Cozy Cardinal and Find the Beauty stamp and die sets from Right at Home.

I had so much fun stamping, die cutting and building a colorful scene.

Right at Home has a wonderful product and it arrives with flair! 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

To the Man, the Myth, The Legend

Today I am featuring the Classic Man stamp set by The Project Bin.  This is such a versatile set for masculine cards.  This set includes a Happy Birthday and a Father's Day greeting along with several greetings that can be used for any occasion.  

This sentiment makes me giggle because around here it pretty much sums up my backpacking wanderer!  His coworkers and friends all know if he has a few days off, rain or shine, he's probably in the woods.  

I had fun creating this with a paper stack I purchased last year.  I used the SC693 sketch for my design and cut cards from the paper to embellish the main space.  I added plaid paper to the three mini cards to add continuity to the focal point. 

My husband's birthday is this week so I was delighted when I realized this set included a Happy Birthday greeting.  I stamped the Happy Birthday Greeting and layered it on more of the fun hiking trails paper on the inside of the card.  

Here's a look at the entire stamp set! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Inspired by a White Cat

There are so many reasons to love Saturdays and one of them is the weekly Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Stacy is our hostess this week and she chose the Smithsonian Institute for IC646.  This cool site has a "Collections" category which is super fun to browse. They even have a CAT collection!  Oh, my!!!   I was smitten by the White Cat painted by Gertrude Abercrombie, my search for inspiration was over.  

For my card, I sponged Memento Nautical blue for the floor angling a piece of paper as a mask to indicate where the floor and wall meet.  With a much lighter touch, I sponged the same color ink as the floor on a piece of cardstock, then die cut a door and a piece for the wainscoting.  The blue door ended up looking a little flat so I highlighted the door and the wainscoting with Inktense Watercolor Pencils.  The kitty is a die cut and I added a bit of shadow behind her with Copics.

I believe the inside will say "Sitting Here Thinking Of You" but I am waiting to decide who I will send this to before I stamp a greeting.

I hope you will hop over to Splitcoaststampers and join us for daily challenges!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Project Bin - A Classic

Today, I am featuring the new stamp set, Classic Man by The Project Bin.  
This set includes 12 great sentiments as well as this classic auto!  The sentiments are all so fun, I had trouble deciding which one to use first!!!  

Here is a look at this classy masculine stamp set!

Classic Man

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cuddle and Kind Inspiration

I am the hostess this weekend for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Everyone is welcome at Splitcoaststampers!  It's a free site with daily challenges and you can create your own gallery!  You can check out my challenge at IC645.  

I chose the sweetest site to inspire our art this week.  I was attracted to the site itself.  Lots of white space, soft blue banners, and adorable photos but that's just the beginning.  This company was started by a family whose mission is to feed hungry children!  The purchase of one doll = 10 meals purchased.  Hop on over and check out this sweet site, Cuddle and Kind

I chose THIS adorable image as my inspiration.

This sweet stamp set is from Stampendous and was given to me by my dear friend JaneenK.
There are a collection of photos under Everest the Penguin.  I took inspiration from the baby blanket but also the pretty wall art.   Everest the Penguin is wearing a tan winter hat so I colored my penguin's hat in shades of tan and I colored the sweater to match.  This stamp set is darling and includes dies for the hat and sweater as well as the penguin.  I stamped the penguin but die cut the hat and sweater so no masking or fussy cutting was needed.  I love that!    I loved all the white spare in the wall art photo so for my card, I kept the colors simple and framed the scene with a white rectangle frame.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Friendship -The Project Bin

I have noticed that cross stitch on cards is popping up!  There are stamps that look like cross stitch and dies so that you can actually cross stitch a pattern on your card. I loved to cross stitch when my eyes were young!  I used a very fine material because of course I have to make everything as difficult for myself as I can!  I don't have many pieces because I gave so many away but what I do have are striking.  I just don't have the patience or the eyes for it anymore. 

 I came across this paper in my stash when my daughter asked for some paper to make a collage for a school project and thought it would be perfect for a friendship card and right on trend with the cross stitch card craze!  The design idea came from SC691 at Splitcoaststampers.

For today's card I am featuring a sentiment from one of my favorite sets #bff  by The Project Bin#bff is one of my favorite friendship stamp sets. 

I am entering this in Word Art Wednesday's anything goes challenge!  The Project Bin is one of the sponsors this week.  The challenge is almost over buy you still have today to play so I hope you will check out the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

Stop by The Project Bin Blog to see the gorgeous sample Denise created.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Light it up Blue - World Autism Day

April is National Autism Month and yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day.  All around the world "light it up blue" events were held.  My card today was inspired by Autism Speaks which is an organization that raises autism awareness and supports families.  Their symbol is a blue puzzle piece so I went with blue for my card today.

I originally had a different card design in mind when I was creating this card.  I stamped and watercolored the heart but the overall card design did not make me happy so I used the heart die from the In My Heart stamp set by The Project Bin to die cut the heart from the original card.  I love that the heart die was designed to work with both the In My Heart stamp set and Spencer's Set.   I then used a rectangle frame die cut and sponged it with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  I added water to the frame and dabbed it away with a soft cloth.   Next, I added dots and doodles at the corners with a black ink pen and I added more ink to the corners.  I fell in love with this technique when I saw Linda's beautiful card at Splitcoaststampers.  

The stamp set I am featuring today was inspired by a very special young man.  Denise shares a part of his story today so I hope you will stop by The Project Bin Blog post today!

Veronica Zalis has organized a HUGE blog hop to bring awareness and celebrate the families affected by ASD.  I hope you will check out the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop.

”A child with autism is not ignoring you, they are simply waiting for you to enter their world.” — Autism Treatment Center of America

I love that sentiment.  Our son was diagnosed in elementary school.  He was high functioning but struggled in many ways and was different enough to be bullied to the point that he carries the scars to this day.  He is now in his second year of college and I couldn't be prouder.  I love listening to his stories and entering his world!

I am also playing along with this week's FS582 challenge.  Jane has a lovely card with blue hearts found HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Feline Happy

Happy Caturday!!!

Saturdays are my happy day.  I love hostessing or just joining in with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers on Saturdays.  This week Anne has chosen Signals to inspire us for the IC643 challenge.  Right off the bat I found two fabulous kitty inspirations.  Funny thing I had a stamped image and stamp that was perfect for both inspiration pieces and they were both given to me by my sweet friend Jan. 

I ended up choosing the Personalized Cat Print for my inspiration.

For my sentiment, I chose one from the Sophisticated Sentiments rubber stamp set by Red Rubber Designs.

This week Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog is an Anything Goes Challenge with a showcase of Stampendous stamps.  This striking kitty is a Stampendous image called Feline Curious.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Love and Prayers

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
 Today I am playing in multiple challenges featuring a beautiful sentiment from The Project Bin.  
I chose one of the encouraging sentiments from the Kinda Sorta stamp set and framed it with one of the frame stamps included in the set.

With my card, I am playing along with two Splitcoaststampers challenges.    Over the weekend Splitcoaststampers held a fun VirtualStamp Night event.  I was unable to play at the time but we have until 10pm on April 2nd to play along and upload our cards!  I am entering this card in Lisa's MAR18VSNL challenge to Pop it Up!  I popped up my flowers to meet the requirement of the challenge. 

I am also celebrating this week's Featured Stamper Ponygirl2. I chose THIS card for my inspiration.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!  
For more projects stop by The Project Bin Blog!

Fireworks and Stars

 This past weekend I participated in a joint Instagram Blog Hop with Eyelet Outlet and The Project Bin .   We had a lot of fun showing of...