April 08, 2017

Blog Hop: Stamping for Autism Awareness


Cheerio! Welcome to another stop on the Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop. 

Autism is such an important topic to keep in the forefront of our conversations. Being kind, open, non-judgmental, and inclusive towards all of our fellow human beings should be the first step!

I created three cards for today's hop. 


This one is my favorite. My son helped color the heart and the sentiment says it all! Stamps are from The Project Bin. The set is called Spencer's Set and has lots of good sentiments to fit this puzzle piece heart image.You should totally check it out!



I love this card too. It's near and dear to my heart. Although my kiddos aren't on the Autism Spectrum, they have special needs and we deal with several issues on a daily basis. I tell them all the time that it's okay to be different and it doesn't make them any less human than any other kid out there!
The digital image came from MelonHeadz, and was free! I created the sentiment in a word program. 



For my last card I wanted something to really push home the idea that people with Autism are not dumb, stupid, or any one of the many despicable things they are called. They merely see, feel, and relate to the world around them in a way that others can't understand. Digital image is from MelonHeads and I added the sentiment to the center using my computer. 

I hope you are enjoying the Autism Awareness Blog, and I hope you are inspired to show compassion for those with Autism by including them, and treating them as you would anyone else!
 Thanks for stopping by, 


Here is the entire list of Blog Hop participants:

February 27, 2017

Just under the wire

ETA: *pout* I apparently missed the deadline. Phooey. 

Hello crafty friends!
I decided to join in on the fun with the Reverse Confetti Sketch challenge this month. Because I didn't stamp or participate in the stamping/blogging world for nearly two years *gasp* I figured the more challenges I join, the easier it will be to get my feet wet again. 

I'm getting my submission in for SFYTT#45 just in the nick of time too. Pheww!


I used patterned paper from the Reverse Confetti Very Merry 6x6 pad, A sentiment from the God Is Good stamp set, and some Wheat Confetti Cuts dies. Add in a snippet of ribbon and some sequins and call it finished! 

Here is the sketch that was posted.


Thanks for stopping by, 
Have a great day!

February 26, 2017

A day late and a dollar short

Happy Sunday! 
I hope things are warmer in your corner of the world than they are here. Brrr. We went from absurdly warm and sunny (73°) back to 30° and 4 inches of snow (and counting) over the course of ONE DAY. Crazy. 


Last week during the Past, Present, & Future challenge on Nichole's blog, I saw this gorgeous card of Lizzy's


And since I didn't have any of the featured sets from 2016, I decided to case her card and recreate it with a set I DID own. 
Lizzy used To Have and To Hold, I decided to try Embellished Elegance


I used Shimmer Mist to spray my background panel with green speckles which is difficult to see here, and I stamped a large woodgrain stamp onto my card base of Fine Linen for the left side. A minuscule strip of white cardstock defines the edge. 
I curved the leafy stamps to form a heart shape and added several flowers from the set, along with the Love die cut and sentiment. While I do have the matching dies for Embellished Elegance, I found it was easier to just fussy cut them by hand. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get this card posted in time for the challenge. Poo. Which is why you are seeing it today:) The inside has a Happy Anniversary sentiment from the same set because I will be sending it to my bestie and her husband come June. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

February 20, 2017

Leafy Thanks


Hey there! 
I needed a Thank You card for the aide who helps keep my son organized at school, but didn't want feminine floral images. Leave it Be was just the thing! I sent this off to school with my son last Friday. Hopefully it was received. 


The 'Thanks' was cut out of thick tag stock material so it was sturdy and raised up a bit more than regular cardstock. I added the rest of the sentiment from an older PTI stamp set called Big & Bold Wishes. Quick, simple, and to the point!



Thanks for stopping by, 

Brushed Blooms

Good Morning. Happy Presidents Day!

Have you been following the 10 year anniversary celebration of Papertrey Ink?
It's interesting to see some of the older sets that I love being showcased. I don't have a LOT of the newer ones, because my stamping time dwindled in recent years so naturally, my purchasing did too:)  However, I have a few more recent sets and one of them is Brushed Blooms


I tend to reach for this set when I have a sympathy card or just need to let someone know I'm thinking of them. The flowers and leaves can be made to look soft and almost like they have a filter over them. 



Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a good one, 

February 14, 2017

St. Valentine

I know St. Valentine's Day gets a lot of flack nowadays. It seems to be the "in" thing to poo poo on this day of love. 
But I like it! A day meant to actually tell our loved ones that we love them is a good thing! I think we forget all too often that hearing the words is necessary. And seeing them written down is even better:)


This card is for my mom. She's amazing. She actually has EVERY valentine I've ever made her since I was a very, very small girl.
I credit my mom for fostering in me a love of handmade cards. She's the reason I'm a part of this hobby in the first place! As a little girl, she was adamant that I had to make greeting cards for my family on holidays. Mostly St. Valentine's Day, but also for other occasions as well. She would give me paper, lace doillies, pieces of foil, colored pencils, and scrap ribbons from her sewing basket and tell me to "make something nice for your grandmother" or whomever. *smile*

I love my mom. She's the best. 

This card uses stamps from Papertrey Ink called Fresh Bouquet.

I hope you have a lovely St. Valentine's Day and that you tell your loved ones how you feel!

February 13, 2017

On My Couch...again.


Good morning! 
So now that my foray back into blogging has happened (did you see yesterday's post?), I can't seem to stop. *smile*

I made these a few days ago as a customer's request.


She wanted something cheerful yet comforting. A bright plaid, patterned, comfy couch and chair seemed to fit the bill. I'm thinking I might need to make a few more of these:)

Stamps: On My Couch, and On My Couch additions (for the rug). Patterned papers by Lawn Fawn, and My Favorite Things.

Thanks for stopping by, 

February 12, 2017

Little One

I'm posting for the first time in several years. 
Yeah, I know. YEARS. 
But life has a funny way of creeping in on your hobbies and passions, creating chaos. I didn't actually do any stamping for more than a year! I discovered Zentangle and became slightly obsessive because it really spoke to my need for calm and zen. It helped me through a very rough patch almost like meditation or a good therapist. 
While I AM back to stamping cards, I've avoided my blog as it just seemed too in-depth. Instagram is easier! Or, maybe I'm just lazy... *grin*


Let's get right to it, shall we? 








I made this card today for an upcoming baby shower I'm attending. Looking through my stamps I saw the cute open lined images in Bitty Baby Blessings and couldn't resist. I also used Inside & Out: Baby, and Polka Dot Basics. Patterned paper is from Echo Park.

Excuse the horrible, late-night, iphone photo. *shrug* Laziness struck again because I didn't want to go up to the den to grab my camera. If I get around to re-taking it, I'll update this post, but I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you. HA. 

Thanks for stopping by,

April 16, 2014

Inspired by Barb

ETA: I accidentally scheduled this for 6 PM not AM...*smacking myself in the head*


Hello!
Have you seen the new feature called Inspired By on the Denami Blog?
It features one of YOUR creations and the DT's twist on it.
Today we are showcasing Barb:)


It's soft, layered, gorgeous, and full of so many details! That girl can really create. I can only dream of having her talent. Plus, Barb is the sweetest person and leaves really nice comments:)

I chose to stay true to her original design by keeping the LO and the elements, and just switching around the colors and stamps. 

My crooked BG panel uses the Dahlia flower stamped repeatedly, overlayed by the Large Dot Swirls in pale green, and the Mini Heart in hot pink. The tag is stamped with Dragonfly, and layered with white embossed You're The Best sentiment. I kept the very same double color twine bow as it still matched perfectly! 

Be sure to check out the Denami blog to see how the rest of the DT was inspired by Barb, including Barb herself! 

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

April 13, 2014

Buttons and Bows


Happy Sunday folks:) 
I'm raising a glass to my Dad today. Although he died 6 years ago, he would be 90 today! Cheers to you Dad. *mwah*

I'm also posting today for the Buttons and Bows Blog Hop along with some other Denami friends. I'm the last stop and you should have come from Stacy's blog
Did you make it all the way through? 
For a chance to win one of two $20 Gift Certificates, be sure to check out the full list of participants on the Denami Blog and leave a comment on each person's post. 

I have two cards to share today.

The first one uses both the small and large daisy blossom stamps, along with a simple sentiment from the Assorted Greetings set. Their centers are white boutique buttons with twine to match the patterned papers.  I drew the stems with a brown marker and added the double hemp bow, then stitched the entire panel onto a card base. 


This one could be used for a masculine graduation, Bar Mitzvah, or even a wedding.
I was trying to get the feel of a button down dress shirt with a cummerbund below. Did it work? Can you see the picture in my head? *chuckle*
I used the houndstooth background stamped twice. First in light grey, then in dark grey off to the side a bit to add a shadow. Two white boutique buttons were sewn to a cardstock strip with stitching and the grey ribbon was tied below. A simple congratulations sentiment was all it needed to finish:) 

I'm sure you've been inspired by all the creative goodness in this month's blog hop! 
I can't wait to see what everyone has to share:)

Thanks for stopping by, good luck winning the Gift Certificate!

XOXO,

April 09, 2014

Happy Easter

For my Casual Friday Stamps sneak peek post, click here

Good Morning! (It's morning somewhere, right?)
I'm sharing a few Easter cards I created as part of the Product Spotlight happening this week at Denami.

This sweet and perfectly sized sentiment is on sale all week for 10% off, so grab it now! I like to send out a few each year Easter Cards and I usually reach for this sentient. It just fits.

I heat embossed the Medium Basket in white and cut it out. I couldn't resist adding a bunch of Tulips that were colored, cut out, and glittered, and a few colorful eggs from the Solid Egg Border as well:) Purple has always meant Easter to me...sort of a royal color, showing the rebirth of all that went dormant during winter. 

Here is another card where I used the same sentiment.

I began by stamping a sheet of green cardstock with two vine/leaf stamps for a swirly pattern; Solid Leaf Vine, and Solid Leaf Sprig. I cut it to fit my tall cardbase. Then I added my white focal cardstock piece with some hollyhock dies that I colored. I pierced the edges and stamped the Grass border along the bottom. All it needed was the sentiment, Happy Easter, and a button and a bow. 

To see all the beautiful cards created by the DT using this Happy Easter stamp, check out the Denami Blog.

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

Sneak Peek-Casual Vine Dies


Okay, its the last day of sneak peeks with the Casual Fridays Stamps team, and this one is my personal favorite:) 
Casual Vine FriDie.
It perfectly matches the Casual Elegance stamp set and now I don't have to fussy cut that beautiful vine out! 
I die cut 3 pieces of green cardstock with the vine and then switched the centers out for contrast. A bow, a button, and a simple sentiment from Stop was all that it needed. 

Be sure to see what gorgeous samples the rest of the DT has for you on the CFS blog
One lucky winner from all the comments will be happy dancing today:)

All new FriDies will be available after the full reveal at midnight tonight. 

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

April 08, 2014

Sneak Peek-Linked dies


It's the second day of the countdown and today the Casual Fridays Stamps DT is showcasing another new FriDie set called Linked. It matches our Lotsa Links stamp set and will be released on April 10th!!

I used it without the stamps here because it stands on it's own:)
And those tiny cut outs around the sentiment (from Casual Elegance) came right from the die cut leftovers!
How cute would they be as flower petals??

Be sure to check out the Casual Fridays Stamps Blog for even more inspiration from the rest of the DT, and leave a comment there for a chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

April 07, 2014

Sneak Peek-Stalk up!


Woohoo! I'm coming at you with a sneak peek of a new FriDie set releasing this week at Casual Friday Stamps!
This new die set coordinates with the previously released Beanstalks stamp set, but is still really versatile on it's own:)

I die cut the long stalk out of pale green vellum multiple times and held them down to my card front by sewing the sentiment panel over them. Sentiment is composed of Frankly and Breathe
Then I added simple white gel pen dots along the border. 

Be sure to check out the DT blog to see all the gorgeous samples for your viewing pleasure!
And leave a comment for a chance to win, of course:)

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

March 31, 2014

Simply...SueAnn


Happy Monday!
I created this card for my friend SueAnn, who truly IS simply amazing:)
Today is her birthday and while I intended to mail this off last week, here it still sits on my desk. *hanging head in shame*

SueAnn is a superwoman. She's funny, smart, loving, and oodles of fun! She's like the awesome mom we all WISH we had. She's an incredible cook, artist, and crafter. She makes me want to schedule play dates with HER! 

I really hope she's being celebrated in a HUGE way today. She deserves all the best:) 
Happy Birthday girly! (((big hugs)))

Flower die is the Chloe Stem by Memory Box. Sentiment stamp is from WPlus9. Background patterned paper is by Papertrey Ink. Ruffled patterned paper is The Sweetest Thing Tangerine by My Minds Eye. Large rosette lace flower with pearl is by Prima. Small paper rose, ivory ruffled lace, and pearl dots by Wild Orchid Crafts

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

March 27, 2014

Long time no challenge


Hi friends:) 
Impromptu post coming at you this afternoon.
It's been a long time since I've participated in any challenges so when I happened upon this one hosted by Avery Elle, I decided to give it a shot! (isn't that the cutest name you've ever seen? A.E.I. ♥.U.)


I love a simple ombre with the best of them, but I wanted to use it in a different way (isn't that what a "challenge" is all about?). 
I decided to stamp a focal wreath using a gradient of colors beginning with pale yellow and working up to a dark pinkish red. Stamps used are from the Bottle It Up set that I recently received in the mail. 
I have to mention that AE's white cardstock is my favorite. Hands down. It's so stinkin' SMOOTH!

Wanna see what inspired my color choices?

It's hard to see, but I also created that mottled button by stippling matching copic markers onto a white button. It's really pretty in real life. Card base is a really pretty color called Cashmere by WPlus9. 

There are some beautiful samples on the blog for this particular challenge. You should check them out:)

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

March 26, 2014

Rejoice!


Happy Wednesday :) 
I'm glad Spring is theoretically here in the northeast, but the extra 4 inches of snow we received last night on top of what we already had does not SEEM Spring-like at all. *pout*

I'm sharing a card I created using the new Cross & Vines stamp from Denami. 
In fact, the whole team is sharing projects made with this elegant stamp!


The simple elegance of this cross stamp is that is doesn't need much to make it shine. A few flowers from the Elegant Floral Circle, colored like lilies and cut out, and a few leafy springs from the Elegant Floral Petit Fours set dress the cross up. I also hand drew a "frame" around the stamp and cut it out to enlarge the look of the cross. I used the large Rejoice sentiment because I love that script-y font. A simple gold cord and I called it done. 

Because this is the second spotlight post of the month, we are having a hop AND the stamp is on sale for 10% off! 
If you travel along this mini hop leaving a comment on each DT member's blog, you have a grand chance at wining this Cross & Vines stamp as well! (if you purchase it on sale this week but end up winning it, your money will be refunded)


Thanks for stopping by, Good luck!
XOXO

March 19, 2014

Inspired by...Kim


Hello friends!
It's been a week since my last post and a lot has been happening here in my world. I turned 37...*smile*, my youngest joined the school musical, we had 4 days with weather above freezing, and I've been cooking and baking up a storm at home.
What's been happening with you? 

Today the Denami DT is sharing projects based on one of YOUR cards.


This month it's Kim! Check out her original card here: Kim's card

I really liked the striped turquoise frame around her card so I kept that theme, and the black twine she used inspired me to make my own frame for the little Woodland Friends stamp. I used the exact same stamp, only I separated the critters into their own cubbies:)
I liked Kim's use of the Balloon Trio so I kept that as well. Because I wanted the sentiment to fit into my cut frame I used a different Happy Birthday stamp.

Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's creations, along with a NEW one by Kim herself at the Denami Blog today!
If you'd like to submit some of YOUR own creations to be considered for the "Inspired By" feature, click here

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO