Friday, December 2, 2016

Thankful Challenge

You may have guessed by now that I love to give my downline challenges to get them stamping.  Plus I know how talented they all are and I want to see their work and be inspired by them too!!!  In November I gave them a challenge to mail at least 3 cards to people to tell them they were thankful they were in their lives.  This one is from Anne.


So many of them participated with more than 3 cards so I know that there was many cards of thankfulness being sent all over the place last month!  Yay!  I was so thankful myself to be the lucky recipient of a few of those cards too!!!  This card is from Nikki. 
This card is from Kim.  They all had the sweetest messages inside them!  While I never intended them to send them to me I'm so grateful to be a part of their lives and even more blessed that they're a part of mine!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Live Event's Swap

I mentioned yesterday that I participated in a swap of Life Events cards (baby, wedding, sympathy, etc).  Here are the cards to share with you!
Made by Kim S

 Made by Vickie

 Made by Anne

 Made by Michelle

 Made by Pam

 Made by Kim M

 Made by Carol

Made by Nikki

 Made by Cindi

 Made by Tracy

Made by Peggy

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shades of Purple Sympathy

Last week my downline Michelle hosted a shoebox swap and invited me to come along.  I was so happy to! Her theme was 'life events' weddings, babys, death....major life events.  I made this sympathy card.  I'm not sure I've ever paired Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant together but I love the look of them together.  I used my Penned and Painted set which makes the most beautiful flowers. I white heat embossed the greeting and added a doily because....why not!?
I love the look of the embossed polka dots with stamped stripes.  It's so pretty.  I have a bunch of cards to share with your tomorrow from the swap!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Non Traditional Christmas

I issued a challenge to my downline to make cards with non traditional colors.  Some of my favorite cards are ones that don't have your typical red and greens.  When I give them a challenge I do it too!  This was my card, I couldn't love it more!!!  First of all there's gold. That's all there's Gold Glimmer Paper.....that's literally all you need! But that gold glimmer paper is in the shape of a reindeer so now it's unstoppable!  Then I added in some trees in Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach....come on that is the best color combo ever!  There's really not a lot of stamping on here.  I pulled out the Santa's Sleigh and Christmas greetings framelits for this card.
I wanted to add a little something behind the trees so I used my diagonal strip background stamp and added some subtle stripes back there in Pink Pirouette.  I also embossed some snowflakes in clear to give it some extra texture!  It's such a pretty card and I can't wait to share the cards that my fellow demonstrators will make too!  Look for those in a couple weeks!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

I'm Back With Two Cards

I am back! I decided as long as the kids were out of school last week I was going to take a mini vacation from my blog as well.  I was able to catch up and get some work done as well as enjoy Thanksgiving and family time!  I have lots to share this week!  Today I have two cards, they're the same card with different greetings, but it's so easy to make a stack of them and add the proper greeting later.  
I am completely in love with this card.  The pop of Peekaboo Peach is so pretty against the Sahara Sand and Black backgrounds.  I love the white embossed greeting on the black cardstock.  You can substitute any greeting too.  I think this card would work for any occasion.   
I pulled out my Touches of Texture stamp set.  It's such a pretty stamp set and I haven't used it as much as I should!  I love the little piece of doily sticking out and the black metallic thread.
Of course it all had to sparkle so the greeting and the flower are brushed with some wink of stella.  If you have a friend who maybe doesn't love the Peekaboo Peach color (first question why, cause it's amazing!), you could easily substitute any color of the flower with this card. 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shaker Ornament

Do you have the Made With Love set?  Stop using it for baby cards and be like me and turn the deer into the sweetest Christmas Shaker Ornament.  Now I wish that I could say that a shaker ornament is my original brilliant idea, but I can't take credit for this idea, I've seen shaker ornament ideas all over Pintrest.  Creating a shaker ornament is not that different than creating a shaker card.  The biggest difference is that usually in shaker cards you would use the foam adhesive strips to create the shaker area but since I didn't want the foam adhesive strips visible from the side I cut out scallop frames, and tons of them!!!!! 
I don't remember off the top of my head how many frames I used but it was a lot.  I would guess around 10.  I wanted it build up enough to add lots of shaker bits.  To create the frames I used the Layering Circles Framelits and I used the large scallop and I think the 2nd biggest circle.  I taped them together with some post it tape and ran them over and over through the big shot with some black cardstock until I had enough frames.  Then I just used some Tombow glue and stuck them all together, stacking up until I had a depth I was happy with.
The reindeer was colored and cut out I made him standing behind a snowy hill.  Then I added all my shaker bits and finally added some bakers twine on top.  It's so cute!!  These would make adorable gifts! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

You're The Friend

I'm pretty happy with this card.  I really love the simple rainbow pattern, can you tell I'm loving playing with my sponge daubers lately?  This card showcases embossing resist at it's best!  If you've never tried embossing resist what are you waiting for!?!  I simple embossed the greeting, and used my sponge dauber to add some ink over it. The embossed areas resist the ink and your stamped image shines through!  You don't have to use sponge daubers to add ink you can also use a brayer or color spritzer or stamp another solid image over it too. 
I finished the card with some Gold Glimmer stars and a strip of Gold Glimmer under the tag.  Everything is layered up on a piece of our Glassine Sheets.  These are such awesome sheets and I think are underrated in the catalog.  But they add this slightly shiny fun texture to any card!  That is layered on a polka dot embossed layer of white cardstock.  I just LOVE it all!!!! 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

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Shaker Flamingo

I love shaker cards, they're some of my favorite cards to make, ever! This is a pretty simple shaker but it's oh. so. cute!!!!!  To start with a shaker you need a window.  For my window I decided I wanted it to go through the card base too so I used my Layering Circles Framelits and cut a hole in both the card front and the card base.  Make sure to add your widow sheet over any and all 'windows' you've cut out. Our Foam Adhesive Strips makes shaker cards sooooo easy!  They're flexible and wrap around your window effortlessly!    Then you just fill your shaker and add the front or back.  They're so much fun!!!!!
I fussy cut the flamingo and the leaves but they're so cute and worth the time to fussy cut!!!  If you're interested in shaker cards, I'll be hosting a shaker card class in the new year.  Look for it coming soon in January! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ink Blended Stripes

This card actually came out really pretty.  I know that makes me sound like I wasn't expecting it to but since I'd never done a card like this I wasn't sure.  But in the end I LOVE the results!  So pretty!!!  It was a little time consuming because each stripe had to be done one at a time but it's worth it!  I would also be really pretty to maybe to larger stripes in an ombre pattern!  
I made one tall and one long card.  I can't decide which I like better.  To get the stripes I used post it tape, ink and a sponge dauber.  I blocked off a section on the card with the post it tape and used my sponge dauber to blend in the ink in that area.  Then I removed the post it tape, taped it down either above or below and did it again alternating colors and widths of each stripe.  The colors I used were Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron, Pear Pizazz, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder.  I love the rainbow look! 

Each card was finished with a gold embossed greeting and some Gold Glimmer stars.  I loved doing this technique and I'll be revisiting versions of this technique in the future it was soooo much fun!!!! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!