Thursday, July 9, 2015

2 Challenge Birthday Coffee Card

Good afternoon fellow crafters! Hope you are all having a great week so far! I am going to make this post short because we are headed out, but I quickly wanted to share with you a card I made for the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

The challenge for Papertrey Ink is to Create Your Own Border and the challenge for Simon Says Stamp is Coffee or Tea? For my card, I used a Kraft cardstock base and the Papertrey Ink Latte Love stamp set. I stamped my "border" in 5 different American Crafts Stamp markers (Cranberry, Leaf, Mustard, Wave, and Brown Sugar). I die-cut the coffee mugs, clear-embossed the image, and colored it in using similar colors of my Prismacolor Ink markers.

One of my older sisters birthday is on Saturday, so I plan on using this card and adding a Starbucks gift card to it. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #216

Good afternoon fellow crafters! Happy Monday AGAIN. It seem likes last week just zoomed on by! Since the kids are on summer vacation the days seem to be going by even quicker, especially the days that seem more fun than others! Since I work in a pharmacy, not having kids in school equals less people getting sick and hurt, which means it has been SUPER SLOW. We are getting ready for Flu Season though, which usually starts at the beginning of August, and is definitely my LEAST favorite time of year to go into work!

Anywho, wanted to show you the card I put together for today's Make it Monday Challenge over on Nichole's blog. This week Laura shows us how to dress up some cover plate die-cuts by adding color to them. The cover plates in her videos are so pretty! I didn't even know Papertrey Ink had them! I definitely need to look into them the next time I place an order!

I went to Michaels after work yesterday because I wanted to pick up a few cheap watercolor paint sets. You know, the Artist Loft ones? I swear I already had one and for the life of me couldn't find it, so I took advantage of their 3 hour 40% off coupon yesterday (took 40% off the whole purchase!). Our Michael's Stores (we have 2) don't carry very many brands of Stamps. Very rarely I will get lucky and find a Hero Arts stamp set, and yesterday I was able to pick up the Lil Hoot stamp set and it is so cute! I used the Owl image on my card today, along with a sentiment from Stampin' Up and the Papertrey Ink Happy Hexagons Cover plate. I used the Pearlescent watercolors to paint on a couple different colors onto the cover plate. I added my 'shaker' which I made out of the Papertrey Ink Heart dies, and added some hearts, glitter, and sequins. I didn't want it to be a shaker card that really 'shakes' around too much, so I just glued all the hearts on top of each other without any foam tape. Since I used acetate, the glitter still moves around and that was exactly what I was looking for!

I wasn't sure if I wanted to blend or stamp anything onto the white part of the card underneath my cover plate die cut, like Laura does in her video, but since I blended a few different water colors together I thought that was enough color and chose to leave it blank underneath.

That's all for today, remember you can always follow me on instagram as well, I tend to post more projects there since it's easier than doing a whole blog post! Thanks for stopping by, have a fantastic week!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #215

Good afternoon fellow crafters! How are you all doing? I hope you have all had a great start to the first week of summer! I hope it isn't as hot where you are as it is here! I really wish we would get some rain already! Today I wanted to share a card I made for this weeks Make it Monday Challenge over on Nicole Heady's blog.

I colored this little guy in last week for the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge Round 2. I knew I wanted to use him for a shaker card, so that is what I made today. Danielle's challenge is to make a card bringing the inside of the card onto the outside as well.

I used Papertrey Ink's Nuts for You stamp set as well as the Ruby Rose Stamp set for the sentiment. I added some sequins and Delica seed beads for the shaker part of my card. I die-cut the window so that you can view the sentiment from the inside of the card on the outside as well.

I'm making this post nice and short as I need to make the kiddos lunch, make something for dinner, and get ready for work in 2 hours! I don't post as much on the blog anymore (although I will try my best to) because I have been using Instagram. If you have an Instagram you can follow me here and I would love to follow you back! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Good evening fellow crafters! Having a fabulous week, I hope!? I was lucky enough to have today off, and I accomplished absolutely nothing, and it was awesome. You know when you look forward to a day off, and you tell yourself that you will do this, and do that, and then the day comes, and it is nothing like you planned it to be? That was my day. I took a 4 hour nap, and it was just...well, awesome. As adults, we don't get "me" time very often, because it is usually spent running errands and cleaning, and I just really didn't want to do that today.

Tonight I wanted to show you some cards I put together using Hero Art new Ombre ink pads. Have you purchased them yet? The colors are so pretty, I really hope Hero Arts plans on adding a few more colors, I would like to see a Purple Ombre mix! I went to Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and saw all 5 of the ink pads, I couldn't believe they were selling them and I was relieved and excited that I didn't have to order them online and wait for shipping and all that mess! They are so fun to play with, Jennifer McGuire has an amazing tutorial on how to make the best of the ink pads, so her technique helped me a lot!

For my first card, I made a rainbow shaker card using Hero Arts Circle Pattern Rubber cling stamp for the background, and one of the adorable images from Hero Arts Sweet Wonderful You stamp set. I colored in the image using Prismacolor markers, and used beads, heart confetti, and glitter for the "shaker" part.

This next card set I am using for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday CAS challenge. I made a butterfly card set using the Hero Arts Ombre ink pads, and Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Butterflies Stamp set. I used all the ink pads on these cards, and finished them off with some clear rhinestones.

If you don't have these ink pads yet, I think you should definitely get them! They are so fun to stamp with! Thanks for stopping by, have a great night!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mothers Day Card Set

Hello and Good evening fellow crafters! Hope you all have had a great Tuesday! Are you ready for the middle of the week already? I can't believe that April is almost over. I still can't get over how quickly the months are just flying by, it's really sad because most of the time we don't get to just enjoy "time" anymore....

I am posting today to share with you a Mothers Day card set that I made and shared on my Instagram account. Do you all use Instagram? I think it is almost, if not just as equally, addicting as Pinterest! I think posting and sharing to Instagram is so much easier than posting a blog post, don't you?! There are so many wonderful, brilliant crafty people on Instagram, and its so much easier to browse fellow crafters creations!

Anywho, I used Papertrey Inks The Sweet Life stamp set to make these four cards. I die-cut a circle and used that to mask off my circle stamping. The script cling stamp is from Recollections.

I started out with my favorite Kraft cardstock for the base (as I almost always usually do!). I chose lots of pretty Stampin' Up colors to match up with my stamping on the roses.

I wanted to make a few more cards in different colors to complete the stamp set, but I couldn't really find any more combinations that looked well together on the roses. So I just kept the set simple with 4 cards.

I am glad that I took the time to make something that didn't have anything to do with a challenge! I hope I can find the motivation to continue doing this! Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great night!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #209

Good evening fellow crafters! How are you all doing? I hope you all had a great start to this week! It is after 11pm right now and I am so tired, but I wanted to make sure I get this posted in case I do not have the time later in the week! So I am going to make this quick and get right to it!

This week the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge is white on white die-cutting with a "pop" of color. What a fun challenge! When I saw the challenge this morning on Nichole's blog, I immediately knew I wanted to do white-on-white die-cutting with some clouds. I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for creating your own background!

I used Papertrey Ink's Heart-2-Heart #6 Stamp set for the die-cut clouds and the stamped Sun image. The sentiment is from the Framed Out #3 stamp set. I stamped the sun and sentiment in Hero Arts Butter to Orange Ombre ink pad. I used a digital stamp from Pink Cat Studio and colored it in with Prismacolor markers, and then did some fussy cutting. I popped up a few of the clouds, as well as added some White flocking to the clouds on my digital image.

This week the kiddos are doing school testing, so I am going to make one more of these so I can give them to my kids for encouragement on their tests. I know they will do great, they are smart, but I still worry if they get stressed out as much as I do thinking about it! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #208

Happy Monday fellow crafters! Did you all have a Happy Easter? We had a good day. Unfortunately most of our family live in others cities, so we decided not to do anything big this year. We didn't color any Easter eggs for an egg hunt like we usually do. This was the first year we didn't do that. I still made the girls their Easter baskets and they were content with that. It was also my DH birthday, we had made plans for him to go to the movies and then dinner, but he had work stuff to do so the girls and I did it together anyway. We went to watch Home. It was a cute movie. For Dreamworks, I think the characters lacked a little imagination, but overall it was a great movie.

Anyway, on to the reason for today's post. This week the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge is Ombre stamping. This is probably a pretty easy technique for anyone that has small ink pads, or sponge dabbers for their different ink colors. I do not. Most of my ink pads are Stampin' Up, and they are not exactly small. Going through my Simon Says Stamp inkpads I could not find any Ombre colors that went well together. Then I remember I had these Inkadinkado Pigment Ink Stacks that I had never used. These worked perfect because the ink pads are small and they stamped really well.

I decided to make a Thank You card set with the Papertrey Ink Delightful Dahlias and Delightful Dahlias Additions stamp set. The sentiment is from the Ruby Rose Stamp set. I used Kraft cardstock (my favorite) and embossed the white cardstock with a Paper Studio embossing folder.

I am happy with the way the cards came out, especially since this is my first time trying Ombre Stamping. It was really neat to try since you don't really know how it is going to look until you stamp it. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you all enjoy your week!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #207

Good Afternoon fellow crafters! How are you all doing? I hope you all are having a great week so far! I am amazed that tomorrow is April already, I cannot believe that I have not visited or posted to my blog since October 2014! To be honest I had a lot going on in my life this past year where I just did not have the motivation to do anything crafty. I did make a few things for the Holidays, but that was it. To be able to come into my craft room and put together a card "just because" again felt really good! I forgot how great a feeling it was to be able to just lock myself away in my room and keep to myself for a few hours. I did a bit of spring cleaning in my craft room a few weeks ago and this helped to get a little bit motivated.

Don't you just love your craft space when its all cleaned up and everything is in its place? Even though it doesn't last like this very long, I like seeing everything in its place!

This week, the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday video is from Laura Bassen. She made this tutorial look so easy, but my final card is actually my 5th attempt! I had never tried making a partial die-cut card before, let alone a DOUBLE partial die-cut! I also wanted to try making a shaker card, but I don't have any sequins, so I used a seed bead/bugle bead mix instead. I decided to use Papertrey Ink's Ballerina Beauty Stamp set along with the Mat Stack #5 Die. I die-cut my card differently than the way Laura shows in the video. I did the mat stack first, then the ballerina.

Unfortunately, I had to use foam adhesive squares to set the shaker card because I am out of foam tape. This took forever and made the side of the card look really sloppy, but I am happy with the overall look of the card.

I am hoping that I find some time within the next day or two to try this technique again, maybe this time with a word die (I tried this to begin with and it just wasn't working out!) Thanks for stopping by, have a great night!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

PTI Make it Monday #183

Hello fellow crafters! How have you all been?! It has been quite a while again since I last posted! Lately, have had so much going on at home with work and the kiddos being in school, I haven't found much time (or motivation!) to do anything crafty! Usually around this time of year I spent most of my free time in my craft room creating Holiday cards and favors, but I haven't done much of anything at all this year!

I finally got a little bit of motivation to come into my craft room today and try to get started on making Christmas Cards. I still have been following my blogs and I love all the projects everyone has come up with so far this year! I am also behind on ordering anything new, I haven't ordered any stamping supplies since June! I hope to get a Papertrey Ink order in this month when the release comes out on the 15th!

Speaking of Papertrey Ink, I wanted to try out this weeks Make it Monday challenge. Dawn McVey has challenged us to try Dry embossing over heat embossing. This is such an easy technique, and the possibilities are endless! I made a Christmas card using Papertrey Ink's Wonderful Words: Snow stamp set, as well as TPC Studios Winter Activities Stamp set. I used 2 different Stampabilities rubber Snowflakes stamps, and heat embossed them with Inkadinkado's Linen White embossing powder. Over that, I added some dry embossing with Sizzix Texturez Plates. Here is my card:

I love the "pop" of the blue and red against the neutral colors. This would be a fun card to create a card set with, especially since the Winder Activities stamp set has so many cute images! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really hope I can find the time and motivation to make some more cards here in the next few days! Have a great day!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Liebster Award

Good evening fellow crafters! I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend so far! Today I am posting without showing a project because back on February, 28. 2014. the wonderful Linda over at Lin's Craft Corner nominated me along with some other fantastic bloggers for the Liebster Award on her post here and I am ashamed to say that I forgot all about it :( I was completely honored because 1.) Linda is one of my most frequent blog visitors and often leaves a very nice comment! and 2.) I've never been nominated for a blog award!

If you haven't heard of the Liebster Award or even know what the heck it is, you can find all the details here. I was a little confused at first because there are several different sets of rules for the award, and then there is an official set of rules of the award towards the bottom of the blog post. So I wasn't sure if I was supposed to follow the official set of rules or pick one of the sets of rules to follow..make sense? Anywho, Linda gave me her own set of questions to answer, so here are my answers:

1. How long have you been making cards? I've been fascinated with making beaded jewelry since I was a teenager. My older sister would take seed beads and make little flower bracelets out of them and I thought they were so pretty, so I taught myself to make jewelry. Everything I know about making jewelry, I am self-taught. After my first daughter was born in 2004, I really got into scrapbooking. The idea of taking plain ol' photos and jazzing them up with some awesome layouts and embellishments was the coolest new thing to me! I loved it, I couldn't get enough. I was first introduced to Stampin' Up around 2007 when I attended a Hostess workshop, and was hooked ever since.
2. When did you start blogging? My family and I have used to internet for as long as I can remember. I am not that old, but I do remember dial-up days, DOS computer systems, and even the sound of the dial-up modems! I had wanted to start a blog for a while but was worried about not getting enough readers or followers, but I thought what the heck, I needed to find inspiration and fellow crafters who loved to do what I did, and I just love reading other peoples blog stories and seeing their projects. I launched my blog in March of 2010.
3. What are your favorite color combinations? I love pairing Kraft cardstock with subtle colors. I have yet had the chance to own any Papertrey Ink stamp pads, so the majority of my stamping pads are Stampin' Up. My favorite collection to use from them is the Subtles collection because they work so well with Kraft cardstock.
4. Who is your favorite Card Designer? Oh, man, it is so hard to pick just one. It is insane how many different card designers are out in blogland, I can spend hours upon hours browsing other designers card galleries, but I guess if I had to choose just one, Dawn McVey is my favorite. She is never afraid to step outside the box and always create such beautiful cards. I love the way she can take any Papertrey Ink floral stamp set and create something wonderful with it! Plus, I have to admit I am a little jealous of all her international travel adventures!
5. What do you do with all of the cards you make? If I really, really love a card that I make, I have to admit that I hoard it for a while. I do keep all my handmade cards in Photo boxes so sell through my Etsy shop, or to have in case I need one for a friend or family member.
6. What are your favorite kinds of stamps: flowers, geometric symbols, backgrounds, etc? I love image stamps, anything that is easy to color. When I first started getting into stamping, I really liked stamping in black ink and going back in and coloring the images in with my Prismacolor Markers. My favorite stamp sets to use are the Papertrey Ink Tiny and Tremendous treats stamp sets. They are so fun to use, even if not for the holiday they are created for! I am trying to get more into stamping images with colored inks and I getting more used to color combinations.
7. What style of cards do you make? CAS, Layered, Shabby Chic, etc? Clean and Simple. I love to make a simple card set. If I sell a card in my Etsy shop, I try to make it worthwhile to my customers by offering them a card set that they can use for a while. I realize that not everyone wants this and some people just want a specific card or two, and am working on creating different card styles now so I can have more single cards on hand.
8. What challenges do you enter? If I have time, my favorite challenge to enter is Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge. It is nice to have a weekly challenge with a video tutorial and I like that I different Design team member comes up with something new every week. This challenge has definitely helped me improve my stamping and cardmaking techniques over the last few years!

In the "official" set of Liebster Award rules, it says to name 11 random facts about yourself.

1. I am a middle child with 4 sisters.
2. I have 2 children, both girls, and one fur-baby.
3. I am an introvert.
4. I do not have a best friend. (I blame random fact #3)
5. I plan and hope to go to pharmacy school within the next 5 years.
6. I would rather read the book than watch the movie.
7. I graduated in 2003 and have been able to keep the same job since 2005.
8. My life partner and I have been together since 2001.
9. I am currently addicted to playing the game Hay Day.
10. I love to run, have done 2 half-marathons, and hope to complete a marathon before I turn 30 (I only have 4 months left, yikes!)
11. I work 6 days a week and am secretly super excited for the summer so I can spend some much-needed time with my kiddos!

5 Blogs that I nominate to receive this award:

1.) What did I do today?
2.) Lefty Scrapper
3.) The Scrap Yard
4.) Love Papercrafting
5.) Pattie's Crafty Cave

The questions that I would like these lovely, wonderful Crafty ladies to answer are:

1.) Who, if anyone, influenced you to start crafting and how long have you been doing it?
2.) What is your favorite crafting technique/style (card making, scrapbooking, jewelry making, etc.)?
3.) What is your favorite crafting company or store?
4.) Where is your favorite place to create?
5.) What is your favorite way to stay organized?
6.) What is your favorite die-cutting machine?
7.) What was your first big crafting splurge and was it worth it?
8.) Is there anything in your crafting stash that you refuse to use on a project?
9.) What 3 crafting tools can you not work without?
10.) If you could have any crafter/designer come to your house and give you free tutorials, who would it be?

Whew! I think this is the longest that it has ever taken me to write a blog post! Those questions sure got me thinking! I have to thank Linda again for thinking of me when she was nominated for this award. I really hope that with the summer coming up here in a few days, I have more time to craft and spend here in my craft room. It has been so hot outside this past week that I will definitely not mind staying home and inside most of the week! We reached a record high of 109 degrees here this week!

Anywho, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read through my whole post, enjoy the rest of your weekend!