Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spellbinders January 2018 Kit and Caboodle

I am thoroughly enjoying all of the kits that I am getting right now, and exploring crafting styles that are new to me.

I had always thought that I could not work with paper embellishments that I had not created from scratch, but am discovering that I can indeed use them and make them feel like I made them, partly.

The Spellbinders Card of the Month/Kit and Caboodle kits are helping me along with that task. The Card Kits come loaded with premade embellishments that I am actually excited to use!

Check out what I have made so far with the January kit. 

The vellum strip is modified by using a label die from the kit to cut the end. I layered some pink cardstock from the kit behind it, and die cut that edge to match.

The leaves are cut from the gorgeous gold foil cardstock that is included in the kit also.

The Layered Leaves embossing folder is used to spice up the white panel I created by cutting down the cardbases from the kit. I personally prefer a heavy smooth white cardbase.

The sentiment is from sentiment is from Beautiful Bouquet, which I got in December. And am just now using.

LOVING this black and white check pattern! It is such an awesome contrast to the very feminine florals.

This sentiment is from Colorful Seasons.

How about an elegant wedding or anniversary card?

Beautiful Bouquet works very well for the inside of this card also.

And a tag using the Papertrey Ink Bookmark 3 die and a couple of ephemera elements and ribbon from the kit.

Now, I can't remember what stamp set these sentiments are from. Sorry. That's what happens when you create with abandon and then blog about it much, much later. And don't write yourself some notes.

That luscious ribbon is from the kit too!

I added a snippet of the patterned paper on the inside here too.

Want to shop for some of the goodies I used? Feel free! When I make a little money, I can buy more stuff to create projects to share with you all.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge

Here it is, the 25th of the month, and it is time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge! I am so excited to have an excuse to play with my PTI stuff every month, how about you?

This is the inspiration photo for this month, and it is so fresh and spring-like. LOVE! Sadly, it is still gloomy and snow covered where I live. I think we will have to do our East Egg hunt inside this year.

I so badly want it to warm up and act like spring that I have been refusing to wear my winter boots and wearing tennis shoes instead. That is a risky choice this time of year. I mean, I still have to climb through snow banks in parking lots, and in my own yard!

But hey, at least the Schwan's man didn't get stuck in my driveway this week, lol! Click here for that story.

However, I can get my spring on in the craft room any time I want! I have had Embellished Elegance for a couple of years now, along with the coordinating dies. And this was a great excuse to pull them out.

I made a wet-on-dry watercolor wash in blue to mimic the lovely table in the photo.

The nest die is from the February My Monthly Hero.

I dressed up the inside as well. I will have to sort through my sentiment sets and find something about spring.

One more shot to show off the dimension on the card. I love the concept of the flowers growing out of the nest!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are enjoying some lovely spring weather wherever YOU are!

Hello, You Sassy Lass

So, I have begun collecting some sassy and snarky stamps. Because I must. Really, if you know me in real life, you can attest to the fact that I am both sassy and snarky when the occasion demands. 😁

Well, I have discovered CZ Designs by Cathy Zielske. She even lives in Minnesota!

The Hello You stamp set has several sassy sayings. I am not sure which is my favorite, but here are a few at the top of my list:

You Cheeky Monkey
My Hide-a-Body Friend
You Non-Angsty Teen
You Saucy Sailor

OK, I really could go on and on! There are just so many! And there are several that are safe for your grandma. 😉

I was playing with the Folk Dance Stencil from Simon Says Stamp and sponged on Crumb Cake cardstock with Distress Oxide in Cracked Pistachio, Wild Honey, and Abandoned Coral.

The Coral and Honey combine into a lovely orange, which is great because I still need to buy the Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide pad.

And release 2 and 3 Distress Oxide pads. Yes, I do need them. I do too! Don't tell me what I don't need. OK, bank account, you have been heard, go sit back in the corner. I will wait until I earn some more fun money. 😜

I added some light stenciling on the inside too. Insides deserve some love too!

Ha! You sassy lass, indeed! (Maybe I am talking to my bank account again, lol!) I can't wait to send this to some fellow snarky friend!

The "hello" is stamped then die cut with the coordinating Hello die. LOVE LOVE LOVE coordinating dies!! 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and I hope to see you again soon!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

My Inky Friends Challenge #4


My Inky Friends and I hold a monthly challenge on the 4th Friday of each month, and it is that time again! This time we are issuing a color challenge. As always, the inspiration for this color challenge is taken from the Annual Catalog where you can find all kinds of creative sparks.


The challenge this month is to use Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, and Blushing Bride on a project.

That was harder to do for me than it should have been! I just don't use some of these colors very much right now.

But, that is what a challenge is about, right? Getting you outside of your comfort zone, or out of a creative rut.

You can participate in these challenges and share your creations with all of us. Check it out and play along!

Fairy Celebration from Stampin' Up! has several images that are delightful to watercolor! ~Tanya Boser for My Inky Friends Challenge #4
The Fairy Celebration stamp set is one of the sets that caught my eye right away when it came out, and I got it fairly quickly. And used it just a couple of times in which I was not happy with my coloring of the images.

I decided to try again, with watercolor this time. I used a #2 round brush so that I could get good control of the flow of color and water, and have a nice fine tip.

I used the four challenge colors plus So Saffron and Crumb Cake. The mushroom colors are actually Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz mixed together with varying amounts of each color.

Lydia Fiedler is to blame for the mixing of colors. She recently did a video where she talked about how creating your own neutrals from the colors you are using gives the best and most organic looking results.

Fairy Celebration from Stampin' Up! has several images that are delightful to watercolor! ~Tanya Boser for My Inky Friends Challenge #4
I tried to capture the shimmer from the Clear Wink of Stella on her wings, hair, and the flowers. Couldn't get it. But it isn't a bad close up!

Fairy Celebration from Stampin' Up! has several images that are delightful to watercolor! ~Tanya Boser for My Inky Friends Challenge #4
I had also used my Stamparatus to stamp the image again over the top of the watercoloring to crisp up the black lines. However, I did not wait long enough for the ink to dry when I rubbed my fingers over it to adhere the layers together.

So this card really does have my personal touch, fingerprints and smudges included!

Don't miss any of the other projects for on the challenge blog, and please add your own project for a chance to win the Best Inky Friend Favorite award!


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spellbinders February 2018 Card Kit

Hello everybody! I have started getting the Spellbinders Kit and Caboodle monthly kits, and thought I would share the projects I have made so far with the February kit. The kits are packed with goodies, and you will be able to make loads and loads of projects with just the consumables in them. And the dies are to die for!

I did a quick video showcasing these cards too. 

The Papertrey Ink Wine Bottle Tag came out to help again, as there are some gorgeous thick elements in this kit that I just could not put on a card. They sure look good on a tag though, don't you think!?

I used up both of the beautiful, and very dimensional, butterfly elements on wine bottle tags.

This gorgeous patterned paper is helped along with the gold foil cardstock from this kit, and the sentiment and die cut word are from the March 2018 My Monthly Hero.

Another slice of that gorgeous paper! And a Layered Leaves embossed panel cut from the cardbases provided in the kit. The sentiment is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

More of the patterned paper and ephemera from the kit come together into a lovely card with almost no effort! And no stamping at all on this card.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Alternate February 2018 Paper Pumpkin Projects

Hey stamping friends! You might think that I have not been stamping much this month. But you would be wrong! I have been stamping away using whatever I felt like using in my stash. This week I pulled out the February My Paper Pumpkin Kit: Wildflower Wishes. I decided to work on my monthly commitment of 15-20 cards to the church card ministry and use up a kit. Then I got carried away!

I made a quick video just walking through all the cards that I made with this fit. I hope you enjoy it!

Here are a bunch of still photos of the cards:

Pinewood Planks embossing folder and a divided tag. The banner die is from the March 2018 My Monthly Hero. What? It was on my desk!

Vellum white heat embossed with the Papertrey Ink Year of Psalms: May stamp. Card ministry does not discriminate, people.

Petal Pair embossing folder with Copper heat embossed Papertrey Ink: Year of Psalms May. You can get the Petal Pair folders as a freebie with Sale-A-Bration right now!

This one uses a retired Sale-A-Bration DSP (Wildflower Fields 2016) and a retired background stamp called Pretty Pattern. I did say I used whatever I felt like out of my stash. I also made several versions of this card using the printed cardstock mats and patterned paper tags from the kit.

I had taken all 9 of the card bases and cut them down to 4"x5½" to use as layers. I just prefer to use Thick Whisper White for my cardbases. I had just gotten an order from Simon Says Stamp and it had the Fold Dance Stencil in it. I sponged the Crumb Cake layer with that stencil and Sahara Sand ink.

The flower stamps from the kit reminded me of calico, I dug out my Quilt Builder die. I never used it while it was current! Shocking, I know. I also used a sentiment for the August 2017 Paper Pumpkin: Giftable Greetings.

This one adds the Quilt Top embossing folder, which is still current. Yeah me!! And the retired Sending Thoughts set.

Here are the dozen cards of the same layout. I think they will do nicely! Oh, and I used the Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple: Thinking of You set for most of these cards.

Now, if you would like to sign up for Paper Pumpkin you can do that here:

Supplies used in these projects:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Bubble Over

Welcome back friends! This time on the Stamp Review Crew we are featuring the Bubble Over stamp set. It lots of coordinating product too, so there are lots of options! It was just St. Patrick's day here, and it seems to be an excuse to party, go on pub crawls, and drink green beer. Sounds like fun, right?! Except for the green beer. I do not like beer, especially any that they would put green food coloring in, lol.

This is the set we are playing with. I love it for masculine stuff.

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Lou Kitzelman blog. I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

First up, I had to use the DIY wreath building technique. I created my own jig for this a few weeks ago, and I just can't stop using it!

The jig was created by taking 2 pieces of 6"x 6" cardstock, drawing straight lines with a ruler from corner to corner and from side to side in half.

Then I used a 4" square die to cut a square, then rotate the square so the points are aiming at the sides instead of the corners, and die cut again.

I had to do this on each 6"x6" square, then glue them together to give them a little more depth to hold my cardstock pieces.

You need a MISTI or Stamparutus or some other stamp positioning tool, but it is slick as snot! (That is pretty slick, by the way)

ETA: Gina K Designs has a Wreath Builder kit that came out this month, which is where I got the idea. Check out her video here: https://youtu.be/LRWUI0XuSJM 

I used a rainbow of colors and was trying to create something that was not related to booze. Not everyone drinks, alcohol or carbonated beverages.

THIS one is all about the booze though, lol! I even snuck some green beer in there. I should have put a clover on it, darn it! Why couldn't I have thought of that 30 minutes ago.

Some stamping off, and a terrible job lining up the star, but oh well. Maybe I had some green beer while I was stamping this! 

Now let's head back to Australia and Kelly Kent! She is one clever lass!



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