Friday, November 29, 2013

Sis....Today Is Your Day

For those of you who know me, you know I absolutely adore Vintage/Shabby Chic designs - that incorporates a little bit of a romantic look.  There is something about these type of cards that makes me happy and calm.

Sis...Today is your day

I was in the mood for yellows and whites today. And pretty much everything I have on this card I dug out of my current stash, nothing is new.  Just some simple layering of elements.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!  We put up our tree today and C's Birthday is tomorrow, so excited and so is he!! :))

Cardstock: Neenah.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Large White flower and leaf: Martha Stewart.
Doily: Wilton.
Yellow pp: Authentique.
Pearls: Hero Arts and K & Company.
Tiny white tag: SEI.
Metal flower brad: SEI.
Pin: Maya Road.
Long, floral journaling tag: SEI.
Sentiment tag: Authentique.
'Sis' sentiment: Mama Elephant/Lovely Mums.
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Circular Frame: SEI.
Scalloped edge: American Crafts envelope.
Large Pearl and silver brad: SEI.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pink and Chocolate

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating in the states today! Hope you are enjoying time with your family and are thankful for this day.  We finished up our festivities - my boys were relaxing so I snuck away to get some crafting time in and to address a few more holiday envelopes.  This one I made with a color combo of Pink and Chocolate.

Merry Christmas to you and yours

Boy, I just can't get away from this tree silhouette.  I've used it so much this year but I love it! You know I wanted to add so much more to this design including some pearls, but I decided to keep it flat for ease of mailing.  It still turned out as softly simplistic as I had hoped for. Enjoy the remainder of your holiday!

Cardstock: Neenah.
Tree stamp: Hero Arts.
Sentiment: Mama Elephant.
Brown textured cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Ink: SEI and Tim Holtz/Spun Sugar.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Season's Tweetings

Well, Hello! Happy Tuesday! I have a floral wreath stamp that I haven't used for awhile so thought I would incorporate it into a holiday card:

Season's Tweetings

Pretty straightforward card with some dry embossing, a little bit of coloring, layering, some cute birds, and a fun Lawn Fawn sentiment.

For all of you in the states, enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones!

Cardstock: Neenah.
Floral Stamp: Hero Arts/S5491.
Sentiment: Lawn Fawn.
Markers: Copics.
Birds dimensional: Pebbles.
Embossing folder: Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug.
Twine: Michael's.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and SEI.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Snowman Tag

This tiny little tag was a true labor of love, lots of fun details and took me a while to make (isn't it funny the smaller the design, the more time consuming! ;)).  I used the Embellished Tag/Creative Cuts die from Mama Elephant, for the letters, green tag, and twine hole:

Snowman Tag

The snowman was from Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends set where you can mix and match your snowman all sorts of cute ways.

The snow is dry embossed with an Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug Folder.  Finished off with some coloring and embellishments. Have a beautiful week, I may be back with some more cards before November is done.

Tag die and alpha letters: Mama Elephant.
Snowman stamp and accessories: Lawn Fawn.
Cardstock: Neenah.
Markers: Copics.
Embossing folder: Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug.
Colored CS, twine, and pink pearls: Doodlebug Designs.
Pin: Websters Pages.

Friday, November 22, 2013


Hello! I needed a little break from Christmas cards - so I switched to a sympathy card that I needed. I love using the gradient technique on stamps.  For this flower stamp, I used 4 different palettes of lavender to create the flow of dark to soft colors, starting at the bottom of the stems:

With Sympathy

The floral stamp is an older one from Penny Black and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. Quick, easy, delicate for a sympathy design.

Hope your weekend is wonderful!!  Stay warm wherever you are!

Cardstock: Doodlebug Designs textured, Neenah.
Stamp: Penny Black/4155L
Sentiment: Hero Arts/CL574
Round corner punch: EK Success.
Inks: Memento/Lulu lavender, Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum, Grape Jelly.
Sentiment Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Hello friends! I was in the mood for anything bluish/light green/and white today, so I made 4 cards all in the same color scheme with different embellies:

Winter Wonderland

I tried just focusing on these colors only and not adding too much of another color.  Oh, and pssst....mostly all older products in my stash, but you can still make good things with old use up your supplies. ;) Must run now. Will be back later.  Have a good one and enjoy your week!

Snowman chipboard sticker: Imaginisce.
Cardstock: Neenah.
Femme Frames, Creative Cuts: Mama Elephant.
Textured kraft star: SEI.
Star brad: SEI.
Blue crocheted flower: Recollections.
Dark blue snowflake: Echo Park.
Twine: SEI.
Die cut machine: Cuttlebug.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

in the lane the snow is glistening

I used some super yummy pastel inks for these CAS cards. There's really nothing quite like simple when you are mass producing. I have made some more intricate cards that took longer, but for the most part, keeping things small and stress free for the holidays is the way to go:

in the lane the snow is glistening

For the tree stamp, I used moss green, lavender, and not shown, a Hero Arts pink shadow ink.  The silhouette cling stamp is THIS one from HA.

Cardstock: Neenah.
Stamp: Hero Arts.
Sentiment: Mama Elephant.
Moss green ink: SEI.
Lavender ink: Jenni Bowlin.
Black inks: Versafine Onyx Black.
Round corner punch: EK Success.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mix and Match

Hello sweet friends! It's been a busy day but I did have some crafty time and sat down and made a stack of cards. Some, unfortunately, went into the round file, but I was glad with the ones I was able to complete.  Here are two simple cards:


I used Lawn Fawn's Woodgrain Backdrops, Winter Fox, and Winter Sparrows.

I love completely white backgrounds and some fun coloring on the images! Happy! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Fox stamp/sentiment, tree, birds, stem, leaves, and music note stamp: Lawn Fawn.
Femme Frames: Mama Elephant.
'Merry Christmas' Sentiment: Mama Elephant.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.
Brown ink: SEI.
Markers: Copics.
Die cutting machine: Cuttlebug.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The last one....

Hi all! I'm still working on holiday cards right now.  Don't have anything new to share at the moment but thought I'd post one of my last submitted cards that was published in the October issue of CARDS.  Here was my original card in THIS post.  And here is the photo in the magazine:

OctPub1 - miss you
(Photo credit: Northridge Publishing)

I always love the way the cards and projects are staged, so pretty. Thanks to my sweet friend, Cindy Lee, for providing the photo for me.  I'll be back with some more Christmas fun and I'm off to address more envelopes! Do you like hand addressing your envelopes? Favorite part for me......Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, November 10, 2013're the most beautiful flower in the garden of life

Well, hello there Sunday! I'm spending a quiet day with my boys, cooking, crafting, blogging, and about to start a turkey project for school with Chris.  But before I do that, here is a card I made this morning:

Friend you're the most beautiful flower in the garden of life

I took a break from Christmas cards for a bit and decided to do a soft, flowery card.  A combination of old and new items in my stash, enjoy!

Doily: Wilton.
Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant, Lovely Mums.
Large, White flower: Kaisercraft.
Sticker flower, sticker leaves, kraft tag: SEI.
Pink pearls: Doodlebug Designs.
Patterned Papers: My Mind's Eye/In Bloom.
Round corner punch: EK Success.
Stick Pin: Webster's Pages.
Small, white flower: Kaisercraft.
Large white pearl: K & Company.
Cardstock: Neenah.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

wishing you a bright & sparkling holiday season

Hello and happy weekend, everyone! I had a bit of time for a quick card tonight.  You can't have Christmas without some pink in it. This snowman makes me happy:

wishing you a bright & sparkling holiday season

I adore non-traditional colors like very light pink, powder blue, lavender, and chocolate for holiday cards.  Sometimes I tire of the traditional red and dark green colors but I still use them often.  What are your favorite colors of the season?

Cardstock: Neenah.
Pink Cardstock: Bazzill Smooth.
Gems: SEI.
Snowman and sentiment stamp: Hero Arts.
Embossing folder for snow: Cuttlebug/Anna Griffin.
Pink pearls: Doodlebug Designs.
Markers: Copics.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.
Scallop Frame Die and Lined frame die: Mama Elephant.
Die cutting machine: Cuttlebug.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Winking Reindeer

Happy Friday! I'm digging out a classic favorite of mine - the Winking Reindeer from Hero Arts, oh, how I love this little gal, I'll call her a girl since I put a little bow around her neck:

sleigh bells ring

I also paired her with a sentiment and frame dies from Mama Elephant. And I had to add the red gem for her nose.   Simple and sweet.

Do you ever dig in your supplies for older stamps and see what you already own?! There could be some good finds! ;)
Have a great weekend!

Cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Red gem, Twine: SEI.
Reindeer stamp: Hero Arts.
Scallop Frame Die, Border frame Die, and sentiment: Mama Elephant.
Marker: Copics.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.
Glossy Accents.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sparkle and shine this joyous holiday season

Today, I was inspired by the very talented Emily Leiphart, if you haven't seen her designs, you must check them out, she is one artistic lady! I loved this card that she made a while back and wanted to case a version of it.  Isn't it beautiful? The soft and delicate pink background and the entire serenity of this design is so appealing.  And here is my spin on her card:

Inspired by Emily - Sparkle and shine this joyous holiday season

I decided to use a blue for my background, with Tim Holtz's Tumble Glass distress ink.  I sponged the ink onto the white cardstock after I heat embossed the two tree limbs.

I chose blue and kraft for this color scheme.  I also used a tiny bird stamp and ornament stamp for the tree limb.  The tree, deers, bird, ornament, antler, snowflake, and sentiment stamps are all from this Mama Elephant set called Winter Wonderland.  The scalloped border comes from this set called Femme Frames - Creative Cuts.

This Winter Wonderland set will be perfect for tags and other card ideas too, so many elements you can use from it, can't wait to play with it more.  Thanks, Emily!

I hope you were all inspired by someone today!

Cardstock: White and Kraft.
Stamps, sentiment, scalloped frame die: Mama Elephant.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black.
Light gold ink: SEI.
Distress Ink: Tim Holtz.
White embossing powder: Stampendous.
Die cutting machine: Cuttlebug.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thinking of You Sympathy

Unfortunately for us crafters, there is a need to create a card for a sad occasion. I like to keep my sympathy cards extremely simple with a straightforward, classic design:

Thinking of You Sympathy Card

The floral stamp is from this set called Water Blooms, and the large sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts called Fancy Basics.

I stamped the blooms in a soft canteloupe color from Memento. Basic layering of coordinating colors and a matching ribbon, and the card is complete. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Floral Stamps: Mama Elephant.
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts/CL652.
Inks: Memento Canteloupe and SEI/Tobacco.
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink.
Peach and Kraft cardstock

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hello....I Miss Your Face

Hello friends, and Happy Friday evening! Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! Todays card features some new stamps and dies from Mama Elephant:

Hello I Miss Your Face

The scalloped frame and smaller punched line frame, mums stamps, tag die, and sentiment are all from Mama Elephant.  For the tag, I dry embossed it with my Anna Griffin die from Cricut/Cuttlebug.

I stamped the mums in a 'red grape' ink. It is such a juicy ink, gave it a real nice, deep impression. Love the font on the sentiment.  Enjoy, and can you believe it's November??

Stamps: Mama Elephant.
Tag die, Scalloped Frame Die, Punched line frame, sentiment: Mama Elephant.
Ink: SEI.
Cardstock: Paper Source.
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico.
Button: My Mind's Eye.
Pearl: K & Company.
Pin: Webster's Pages.
Die Cutting Machine: Cuttlebug.
Floral Embossing Die: Anna Griffin for Cricut/Cuttlebug.