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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Four Feathers

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! and for once I am not getting my card finished at the last minute!  I really needed this weekend to do some crafting and since it is deer season, I am a hunting widow and have plenty of free time. :)  Our challenge at ATSM this week is Make Your Mark, so you can use markers, colored pencils, watercolor crayons...whatever coloring medium you want!  I used a few other challenges on my card for inspiration: Fab Friday, retro sketches and The Paper Players.

I made my card to thank all of you that have created and organize these wonderful challenge blogs.  I know it is a huge undertaking and I am so grateful to each of you for all of your hard work and dedication to help inspire those of us who are occasionally in a creative stump. :)  Here is what I came up with using these amazing challenges:


I started my background by coloring a large, clear block with Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze markers, then stamping Blackberry Bliss splatters from Gorgeous Grunge over the coloring. I then spritzed it with some water and pressed my cardstock onto the block. I use this technique a lot, I know, but I just love it!  I also used markers to ink up the Crushed Curry feathers, so I could get Cajun Craze on the edges. After I had my background finished, I traced the inside of a circle framelit with a pencil and cut it out with Paper Snips, cutting out the feathers that overlapped the circle.  I used a LOT of Dimensionals underneath it so it looked raised, and you can barely even tell in my photo. lol Oh well, in person it looks exactly like I had planned it and that rarely happens, so I am happy with it! :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to stop by the ATSM blog to check out the rest of the design team's lovely creations!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Amazing Birthday



Welcome to another round of blogging hopping from The Stamp Review Crew!  This week we are using my favorite birthday stamp set from the annual catalog, Amazing Birthday.  I tend to use the biggest stamp in the set the most, so I challenged myself to use some of the other sets!  The circles are really nice because they match up with our 1 1/4" Circle Punch. The banners also coordinate with the Banner Framelits.  It sure makes things easier when you can cut them out quickly and perfectly every time!  


I picked out some of this year's In Colors for my card. I stamped off each color onto scrap paper before stamping on Whisper White cardstock to give them a more subtle look.  The stamp that I used for my background was really easy to stamp because the words are all crooked on the stamp, so I didn't have to stamp them perfectly to get them to look good!  I would have loved to sew my banners on, but I don't have a sewing machine so I did some faux stitching.  I did this by using my paper-piercing tool to pierce the holes, and then connected them all with my Blackberry Bliss marker.

Thanks for stopping by!  You can click on the links to go backwards or forwards through the hop.  Happy hopping!



  1. Mike Funke  http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/11/stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday.html
  2. Dawn Tidd  http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/11/the-stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday-edition.html
  3. Yapha Mason  http://yaphamason.com/blog/2014/11/16/stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday-edition/
  4. Cindy Beach   http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2014/11/the-stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday-edition.html
  5. Shana Gaff   http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/11/amazing-birthday.html
  6. Kerry Willard Bray   http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/11/stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday-edition.html
  7. Tanya Boser  http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/11/stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday.html
  8. Adriana Benitez  http://escape2stamp.blogspot.com/2014/11/stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday.html
  9. Wendy Weixler   http://wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com/2014/11/stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday-edition.html
  10. Ann Schach  http://www.stampinchic.com/2014/11/the-stamp-review-crew-amazing-birthday.html





Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kinda Eclectic

Okay, so I have a confession...full-time teaching is not for me!  I miss having some days off during the week. I cannot believe I did this for seven years. Of course, I have had six years of not working outside of the house at all since then, so that could be part of the reason I am feeling so exhausted. Not to mention the fact that I was much younger then!  I know I'm not old now, but I sure do feel like it by the end of each school day!

My crafting has taken a serious hit now that I have lessons to plan and papers to grade. Thank goodness for the few design teams I am on to give me a little bit of an excuse to take a break several days each week. :)  Today I snuck in a few early morning minutes to work on our new challenge at Addicted to CAS!
ATCAS is celebrating it's 2nd birthday!  I can't believe it has been two years, and I have been on the Design Team since Kylie came up with this wonderful challenge blog.  Joining us for this challenge is Linda L.  Make sure to stop by her blog and give her some love. She has created a beautiful winter card with this set.  Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team's cards too. They are such a talented group!  Here is what I came up with.

I may have gone a little bit overboard to be CAS, but I could not help but add the layered butterfly on there. (This is my secret way of saying there was a smudge that I needed to cover up. lol)  There is still quite a bit of "white" space, so I decided it would work. Plus, it's been a while since I've made a card, so I couldn't stop having fun. :) Okay, enough with the excuses. Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Oh,one more thing...I finally figured out how to add my watermark that the lovely Kylie created just for me!  Isn't it beautiful???  If you would like have her custom make one for you, here is her business card!  :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Traditional Christmas

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! and we have a beautiful inspiration photo this week!
When I looked at this photo, I immediately saw the stars and traditional Christmas colors. I combined those with the photo challenge at Just Add Ink.
I also noticed the little snowflakes on the ornament and the swirls of ribbon and wanted to include those on my card, too! 
I turned my star into a little shaker and put little white snowflake sequins inside it.  I added the squiggles around the outside to replicate the swirls of ribbon. My sentiment comes from Endless Wishes. I just love this font!

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the rest of the design team's beautiful creations! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lovely as a Tree

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and I decided to pull out a classic stamp set for this challenge...Lovely as a Tree!  Here is the challenge code word chosen by our lovely hostess Vicki:
Joining us this month as Guest Designer is Linda. Make sure to stop by and welcome her!

For my card this week, I used the challenges at Nacho Average Challenge and Colour Me...!
For the color challenge, I chose the first combination of Basic Gray, Garden Green and Blackberry Bliss. This is a lovely Christmas card combination!
I made a little shaker card with the snowflake and sequin embellishments from the Holiday Catalog. They are so much fun!  Here is a closer look:
Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to stop by the Addicted to CAS website and see the rest of the design team's creations. :)  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Endless Wishes

It's time for another fabulous challenge at Addicted to CAS!
Once again this week, Hannelie is our Guest Designer. Make sure you stop by and show her card some love. I just love her CAS style. She really rocks it!  For my card, I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches
I thought that little panel would work perfectly for my vellum. And I was able to use up a little tiny scrap of DSP, too! lol 
I was so happy to see Endless Wishes revived in the Holiday Catalog. I don't have many sets for Christmas cards, and this one works great for plain old winter cards, too. Just change the sentiment and it can become whatever you want!  I stamped the snowflakes on my cardstock in Silver Encore ink and stamped off Island Indigo. My vellum panel is adhered underneath the DSP strip and with two staples in the right-hand corner.  

I made a second card on Brushed Silver cardstock that I actually like better, but for the life of me I could not get a picture where you could see the snowflakes that I stamped under the vellum! I will go ahead and show you the card anyway, just envision the snowflakes under the vellum. lol They are really nice and subtle in real life, I promise! :)
Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the lovely creations by the rest of the ATCAS design team!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

For All Things

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More...Anything Goes!  It's been a while since I've played over at Create with Connie and Mary, so I grabbed their cute little sketch for my card. Looking at Stampin' Celebration Challenge, I just loved their fall images so I went with a fall theme, specifically the acorns in their photo.
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I wasn't sure what colors I wanted to use, so I went with some DSP...that's always helpful when you're in a stump!  I used Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Sahara Sand from the Color Me Autumn DSP. This is one of my favorite DSP packs of all time!  
I just love the little acorns on that sheet of DSP!  I stamped my sentiment and acorns on Whisper White cardstock and then sponged over the whole thing with Crushed Curry ink.  It needed a little something extra, so of course I had to bring out the pearls! :)  

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to visit the rest of the design team's fabulous creations!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Work of Art Edition


This year sure is flying by. Can you believe it's the beginning of October already?!  That also means it's time for a new edition of The Stamp Review Crew! Work of Art is by far my favorite set out of the 2014-2015 catalog.  There are so many creative ideas out there for this set that it is hard for me to think of something new and innovative. But I love to use Work of Art for backgrounds that look watercolored, so I went that direction!  


I LOVE using this set to make backgrounds. For this one, I stamped all of my images from Work of Art on my largest clear block, and then spritzed it with water. I then carefully placed my Shimmery White cardstock on top of the block and pressed it into the color. For my leaves, I stamped them in one color, and then used the smallest blotchy stamp from Work of Art to add additional colors to each one before cutting them out. This is such a great set for "coloring" images without spending a lot of time using markers!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to click on the links below to continue on to Nancy's wonderful blog, or if you are traveling backwards you will end up at Mike's awesome creation!  Or if you get lost, like I tend to do, the complete blog roll is at the bottom for you.  




Blog Roll:

  1. Tanya Boser  http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  2. Ann Schach  http://www.stampinchic.com/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  3. Lisa Young   http://addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  4. Dawn Tidd  http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  5. Betty Traciak  http://kittystamp.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  6. Adriana Benitez  http://escape2stamp.blogspot.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  7. Cindy Beach   http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  8. Holly Krautkremer  http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  9. Kerry Willard Bray http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art-edition.html
  10. Beth Beard   http://www.mylittlecraftblog.com/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  11. Mike Funke   http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/10/stamp-review-crew-a-work-of-art.html
  12. Shana Gaff  http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-stamp-review-crew-work-of-art.html
  13. Nancy Smith  http://iguanastamp.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/stamp-review-crew-work-of-art

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Babies, babies, babies!

It seems like EVERYONE I know is either having a baby or adopting. We are WAAAY past that stage, so I am more than happy to love on all of my friends' babies and then pass them back. All of these babies means I am in need of baby cards!  This one is for our new challenge at Addicted to CAS.


I still had my star stencil out from another challenge last week, and I thought it would be perfect for a baby card!  So quick and easy too!

I just love the stars with the cute little ellie!  And I could not resist the "hey there" word bubble to go along with him.  I think I might have to do a pink version of this one too, just in case!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to check out the rest of the design team creations, as well as our Guest Designer, the fabulous Hannelie...wow does she ever do some cool things!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Wow, I have been keeping CRAZY busy with subbing. I have worked every day since I started!  I love keeping busy but it is also challenging trying to get in my crafting time!  I was expecting to have the whole day off today but then received a call this morning asking me to sub in the afternoon, so of course I agreed!  That only left me with two hours to get 2 cards completed and all of my housework finished for the day. Yikes!  I made it though!  One of my cards was for our Clean and Simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.  I was able to use this fabulous sketch at retrosketches for my card, as well as the challenge at The Paper Players:


I just noticed the other day that I was running low on male cards, so this was a great challenge to participate in!  

I got to use a few of my new goodies on this card, so that made me feel good!  The mini stapler in the Holiday Catalog is so stinkin' adorable!  This was also my first time using the star mask. LOVE it!  I don't know what I have been waiting for!  Time, I guess. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to stop by the Addicted to Stamps and More! blog to see the other ladies' lovely creations!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kind Koala

Wow, is this school ever going fast!  I can't believe it is almost October already. I have started substitute teaching in the schools since all three kids are now in school and I am having a great time with it!  It's nice not having to do the same thing every single day. My favorite part is that I can choose if I want to work on a particular day or not!  It's really the perfect job, in my opinion. :)

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and it's a great one, as usual! Make sure to check out all of the fabulous creations by our design team, as well as our Guest Designer, the AMAZING Tenia! I just love her style, and I am sure you will too! Now on to the code word...
Awwww, isn't that a great word!  So many opportunities there!  I went straight for my favorite little cuddly creature stamp for my card...
Isn't he so cute?!!! I just love him. :) He is colored with my Blendabilities, as well as the rhinestones. They are Wisteria Wonder...hard to capture that on film but they look great in real life!  I have also seen where people are going around the image with gray so I gave that a try and I really like it!  Makes him really pop right off of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fantastic weekend and happy crafting! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Truly Grateful Edition


Wow, it is already the third Monday of the month, so you know what that means?  It's time for another edition of the Stamp Review Crew!  This week we are working with one of my favorite stamp sets from last year's Holiday Catalog, Truly Grateful.  I am a sucker for fall images and colors, and couldn't wait to make a project for this challenge.  My good friend Mandy was over to work on some Project Life scrapbook pages, and she helped me out with some inspiration for my background. I love how it turned out!
That background stamp is probably my favorite stamp in the set. I just love those chevrons!  The little pearls are colored with Blendabilities. Coloring embellishments has been so much fun with the Blendabilities.  I love the pop of color it adds!  

Thanks for stopping by to visit. If you are continuing on through the hop, you won't want to miss the FABULOUS Tanya's project.  She is sure to have something creative and amazing for you to see! Or if you are working backwards, make sure you stop by the oh so TALENTED Holly's blog to see what she has for us this week!  Of course, if you are completely lost, like I tend to be most of the time lol, you can see the entire blog roll at the bottom.  See you next time!




Blog Roll:

  1. Kerry Willard Bray   http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html
  2. Mike Funke    http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  3. Holly Krautkremer   http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  4. Shana Gaff   http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  5. Tanya Boser    http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html
  6. Wendy Weixler  http://wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com/2014/09/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html
  7. Yapha Mason  http://yaphamason.com/blog/2014/09/14/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition/
  8. Cindy Beach   http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2014/09/my-entry.html 
  9. Dawn Tidd   http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful-edition.html 
  10. Heidi Baks   http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful.html
  11. Debra Burgin  http://heartfeltinkspiration.com/2014/09/14/stamp-review-crew-truly-grateful

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Holiday Home

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week our challenge is Make Your Mark!  Use markers, crayons, watercolor pencils...whatever coloring medium your little heart desires. :) I have been using this opportunity to practice with my Blendabilities.  The little houses from Holiday Home are so much fun to color in!  I used this sketch from retrosketches on my card:
I like this simple sketch and it worked nicely with my row of houses that I colored in.
I had all of my houses colored in except the shingles on the roof of the blue house and I grabbed the darkest marker in the Night of Navy Blendabilities set.  I colored it in and it was so dark you couldn't even see the shingles anymore!  I grabbed the Color Lifter and ran it over the shingles to remove some of the color and you can see them now!  That's a pretty cool little tool!

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to visit the rest of the design team at the ATSM blog. They are constantly showing me new tips and tricks, as well as BEAUTIFUL cards!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hmmm...a stumper!

When I looked to see what our challenge at ATCAS was this week, I was truly stumped!
I have no stamps that remotely look oriental to me, so I had to go out of my comfort zone and do something that I have never done before...freehand an image!  I googled the word and found quite a few of these beautiful flowers that were easy enough for me to duplicate. lol
This was also a great chance for me to practice some more with my Blendabilities. It's hard to tell but there is even a little shading going on at the top of each branch.  The cute little flower punch complete with some pearls finished this card off really quickly! 

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the ATCAS blog to see the rest of the design team's beautiful creations! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Mosiac Madness Edition

Wow, can you believe it is September 1st already?!  This summer has flown by. The kids are in school and I am here at home all by my lonesome self. One would THINK I have all the time in the world to craft, but I have actually been busier than ever with things. I completely forgot about one of my design team challenges yesterday because of all of my planning I had been putting into my Holiday Catalog Party and Sale, and just had a few minutes to get to my Stamp Review Crew blog hop card today!  Luckily I already had the idea in my head for this week's fun geometrical set, Mosaic Madness, and it came together in only about 20 minutes!  Gotta love that when you are in a time crunch!
I thought I had some red ribbon but realized it was Melon Mambo, so I went with that instead. At the last minute I decided this would make a fabulous shaker card so I dug out my In Color sequins, a window sheet scrap and some circle Dimensionals. I love the result! The Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar ended up being a fabulous compliment to the Crumb Cake cardstock and Melon Mambo ink and ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by to visit me. Make sure to continue on through the blog hop to Deb's fabulous blog, or if you are working backwards you can click on the previous tab to see Holly's amazing project!  The complete list is at the bottom if you are completely lost, which is usually what happens to me! lol


Blog Roll

  1. Kerry Willard-Bray http://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness-edition.html
  2. Nancy Smith
  3. Holly Krautkremer  http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  4. Shana Gaff    http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosiac-madness.html
  5. Deb Currier   http://artfeltimpressions.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  6. Mike Funke *Christmas theme  http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html 
  7. Ann Schach   http://www.stampinchic.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  8. Beth Beard    http://www.mylittlecraftblog.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  9. Paula Wright  http://paulastamps.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness.html
  10. Dawn Tidd   http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/08/the-stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness-edition.html
  11. Tanya Boser  http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/08/stamp-review-crew-mosaic-madness-edition.html