Monday, November 24, 2014

Publications news

Inspirational cards don't need to be old-fashioned and frilly...nope, they can be downright bold and in yo' face. This card was chosen for publication in the March issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine because of its "a$$ kicking nature" (direct quote from the Creative Editor herself).

I get to show it here today because we all know that sadly there will be no more issues of this amazing magazing after the February 2015 issue. *tear* Anyway...ya'll get to see it here instead, so enjoy! 

Happy Monday folks and thanks for stopping in! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CFS Feature- Let it Snow

It's my turn today to share with you a CAS-ual Fridays Stamps project.  I have winter on the brain (don't hate me!) and I love stretching my stamps so I combined both today for a pretty winter card. 

All of the photopolymer pieces in Snowflake Greetings are cut perfectly so that you can turn them over and stamp the backside (am I the only one who laughs when I hear 'backside'??) for a fun effect. That's what I did here for most of the large, medium and small snowflakes included in the set. After wiping them off, I turned them over and stamped them again on top the "right' way. A few extra snowflakes here and there, some sequins, and a pretty embossed sentiment finish the look off. How easy it that?! Try it! 

Thanks for stopping in today and if the fluffy white stuff has been drifting down in your neck of the woods try to enjoy it! Pull out the mittens and go make some snow angels. :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

All Things Metallic From the Craft Room!

This weekend was very productive, cardmaking wise. Usually I don't work so hard at it; it IS a hobby after all, but I'm selling my creations at an upcoming craft/vendor sale at our local elementary school and I want to make sure I have enough stock for the day! My husband travels for work and had been away for 33 days (looooongest trip EVER; sanity- GONE) and FINALLY got home so the kiddos were all about daddy and left me alone to create. :) A win-win situation for everyone. 

I played along in some challenges while I was creating and just LOVED the look of this inspiration picture for the Altenew November challenge. All those pretty bits and pieces gave me loads of ideas, but I stuck with a general colour scheme that was similar, and took hints from the floral and metallic elements.

I stamped some flowers and leaves from the Painted Flowers set and once the ink was almost dry, sprinkled gold embossing powder over the leafy areas. This left powder not *quite* covering all the leaves and gives it kind of a grainy look which is really cool. The sentiment from Label Love was embossed in gold as well.  Other fun stuff? White spray mist sprayed and smeared around, some gold thread, and a random half of a bronze leaf from my stash. 

 I used so many gold touches that I thought it would be perfect for linking up to this month's Virginia's View challenge #9- All Things Metallic! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gratitude is the right attitude

Happy Sunday folks!  I gleefully spent yesterday in my corner making cards all day without many interruptions. I LOVE when that happens. Today's outlook looks similar so it must be card-making heaven that I'm in this weekend. :)  Mind you, there has been ZERO work done around the house and it looks like a disaster but sacrifices sometimes need to made for the sake of paper and ink. 

I think I've set a personal record for fastest challenge completed and uploaded. Today starts the newest Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge and I'm here with my Anything Goes card.

I stamped and embossed the flowers from Blossoming Buds in white, then used my Peerless Watercolors to paint it in. The sentiment is nice and bold in black ink and the whole panel is mounted on a pink card base using foam tape.  All in all an easy card to put together but it packs a pretty punch. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Seeing Stars

There is something so fun about creating a card for new baby! I just smile the whole time I'm working away on them. :) Traditional pink or blue went out the window for this creation. Even though I do think it looks more suited for a new little fella, nothing about it screams BOY. 

I stamped the hanging stars twice off the top of the paper and coloured them in with a white gel pen. I cut the sentiment in a funky angle to add some interest, and popped it up using foam tape. 

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge called my name this week so I'm linking up there. They are SEEING STARS and using Studio Calico products; you'll find both of that here! 

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