Saturday, October 21, 2017

Your Next Stamp - October Feature Day

I'm excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp.  Today we are kicking off our October Feature Day.

Our theme is to create something Magical!

You will have an opportunity to wine a stamp set of your choice. Simply head on over to the YNS blog and leave a comment. The deadline to enter your comment is October 24th at midnight EST and the winner will be announced on October 26th!

This little guy is so sweet...this little frog is just waiting to become a prince!





I stamped him and colored him with my copic markers.  I then masked him and added a bit of distressed ink around him to make him pop.  I then added the speech bubble and heat embossed my sentiment.  I thought it needed a bit more magic...so I added my gold stars.  This is a 4x4 card...he seemed perfect for a smaller card!




Here's a close up of the card.

Don't forget to head on over to YNS and enter a comment to win a stamp set of your choice!

Less is More - Monsters

Wow, another week gone by...isn't it all going by so fast...you know Christmas is almost here!

We have another challenge starting over at Less is More!  Our theme for this challenge is Monsters!  One of my favorite themes...just love all the cute monsters stamps that are available!  Here is my take on the challenge...



For this card I started by stamping and coloring my main image with Copic markers.  I then die cut the white card stock and added a bit of foam tape to add some dimension.  I ended up adding a bit of foam tape to each tree but that probably wasn't necessary.  I then popped it up some some 4 x 4 grey card stock.  Pretty quick and easy!










Here's a close up of the image.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!







Friday, October 20, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Challenge #75

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I'm excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp.

Today we are kicking off our newest challenge.  This is either a color or sketch challenge.  You can pick either one, or combine both. Winners have a chance to receive a gift certificate to use in the store!  How fun is that!

Here's my take on the challenge...I choose to focus on colors!




For this card I choose this cutest little monster from the Silly Birthday Monster Stamp Set!  I picked three colors from the color palette and off I went.  I used my copics to color the image.  I then popped him up on some foam tape and added the little sentiment at the top and bottom of the card.  This is a 4 x 4 card...one of my favorite sizes.  Cute and quick!









Here's a close up of the card.  You can see the dimension of the foam tape I added to pop this little guy up.  Super cute!



CAS on Friday - Flowers

We are ending a brief heat wave for October....at least it gets hot during the day, but cools off nicely in the evenings.

We have a new challenge starting over on CAS on Friday.  Our theme for this challenge is Flowers.  this is always a popular theme.  Here's my take on the challenge...'




This is a quick CAS card.  I simply stamped the flower images on my card stock in a few different colors.  I added a few pearls to the center to dress it up a bit.  I die cut the word "Birthday" and used the inlaid die technique to add this to the card, as it makes mailing a breeze!














Here's a close up of the card.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Paper Smooches Spotlight #3





I'm excited to be a guest designer at Paper Smooches...such a fun opportunity.  If you need to make some Christmas cards and would like to try something new...check our Paper Smooches October release, you'll find some fun items to play with! 

Here is my third installment of their newest releases....






This is a super cute Holiday Sweets die set gives you a ton of options.  I choose to work with these cute little candy canes...I mean who doesn't love a crunchy candy cane!

I simple die cute the candy cane from red card stock.  I also die cut a few of the holly leaves from Boxed Greetings die set.  I added a bit of distress ink to the holly leaves.  Then stamped and heat embossed the fun sentiment.  A very simple and quick card to make...especially if you are interested in making several!



Here's a close up of the card.  You can see that I added a bit of foam tape to pop up the candy cane panel!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Addicted to CAS - Pumpkin

Wow...can't believe it is already Halloween time.  I was walking the dog and saw a funny little graveyard scene in the neighborhood...kinda freaked out the puppy a bit!

We have another challenge starting today at Addicted to CAS!  Our theme for this challenge is Pumpkins.  While, I'm not a huge Halloween person...I have to say some of the cutest stamps are Halloween themed!

Here's my take on the challenge...



Okay this was a super quick and simple card...not just because I forgot about the challenge...but because this is my favorite style.

A little stamping and a bit of Copic coloring is all it takes!















Here's a bit of a close up.  You can see I added the colored panel on a bit of foam tape to give a bit of dimension.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!



Less is More - OLC Stars


We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More.  Our theme for our One Layer Challenge is Stars!  Lots of terrific opportunities here...I made a few cards, but didn't find them to be simple enough, so I came back to this one.






As you can see, this card is pretty simple to recreate.  I just stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  It is a stamp from Alley Way Stamp company that is no longer in existence.  I then stamped and colored a few stars.  It still looked a bit empty so I added a few dots with my Copic markers.




Here's a close up of the card.  Pretty quick and easy.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Paper Smooches - Spotlight #2





I'm excited to be a guest designer at Paper Smooches...such a fun opportunity.  Here is my second installment of their newest release....










This is the perfect card for mass production...pretty quick to complete.

I simply used the "Merry Christmas" die and cut it on various colored card stocks---even using scrap paper stock, which is a bonus!  I then just adhered the script to the card base and added a few silver stars!


Here's a close up of the card.  I plan on making a few of these using my scrap paper!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Your Next Stamp - New Release DT Dare


I'm excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp.  Today we are kicking off our October Release DT Dare!

There are so many fun new designs in this release.  Head on over to the YNS blog to check out all of the offerings!  You won't be disappointed!

You also have the opportunity to win a stamp set of your choice...just leave a comment on the YNS blog by midnight EST on October 13.  The winner will be announced on October 15!


This Santa is so cute!  I simply stamped him and colored him with my Copic markers.  I then cut out the image and adhered it to the card stock---in an attempt to make it look like he is breaking through the present.

I then popped the present on foam tape for a bit of dimension.  Added the sentiment at the bottom and done!






Here's a close up of the card. This Santa is just so happy!  Can't help but smile when I look at this image.

Head on over to the YNS blog and enter a comment for a chance to win!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Your Next Stamp - New Release Blog Hop



Today we are kicking off our October Release Blog Hop!  Yeah!

You will not want to miss out on this release! As there are some fun new Christmas releases and as well as some fun all around stamps...which will be just perfect for use in my family!  I'm already planning on using this new release to make some Christmas presents :)

Check out all new release products here!

I just couldn't resist this Periodically Yours Stamp Set!  This is the perfect stamp set for my family as I have several science nerds that will just love any card made with periodic table elements!


I started by getting my distressed ink cubes and picking some chemical colors!  I splattered them on in a bit of a rainbow order.  I then stamped my elements and cut them out by hand..obviously super simple :)  Then added a bit of dimension by popping them up on foam tape.



Here's a close up of the card.  You can see the dimension of each of the elements!










Head on over to check out the entire blog hop...you are sure to be inspired!  Also, don't forget to leave comments on the blogs during your hop, as you will have the opportunity to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store.  While you don't have to comment on each blog to win, you will have better odds to win if you comment on all blogs.  

Also, there is a terrific sale going on...perfect timing for all the new goodies (which are available in store now!) and the ones you have been dreaming about!


Less is More - Hot and Spicy

We have another challenge starting today over at Less is More!  Our theme is a color challenge with the theme of Hot and Spicy.  How fun is that!  For my card, I thought I would focus on red---a hot and spicy color!

Here is my take on the challenge.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with..





I just had to use this stamp set when doing anything with Hot & Spicy....so I colored my little chef in read and a warm grey (maybe not hot for those of us who don't like it too spicy it is warm :))

I heat embossed some pots and pans in the corner of my card stock, then used the smooching method to add some spicy red.  I added a bit of foam tape to my chef and added my sentiment.










Here's a close up of the card.  You can see a bit of the dimension.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Release Preview




I'm so excited to be a very small part of the Your Next Stamp October Release.  As you would expect, there are some many cute new stamp sets that you just need to head on over and take sneak peek!  The newest stamps will be available in store later tonight!

Here's a preview of one of the newest stamp sets...so sweet...




This little guy is so cute waiting for Santa to arrive.  I simply stamped this sweet little image and colored it with my copics!  I added a bit of green card stock to the top where I heat embossed my sentiment!




Here's a close up of the card. Head on over to YNS for a sneak peek!

CAS on Friday - Halloween

Can you believe it...it is already October...another year end within grasp!

We have another challenge starting today at CAS on Friday!  The theme for this challenge is Fall or Halloween.  And while I'm not a bit fan of Halloween, except for giving out treats to the little ones, I love making Halloween cards.  I never would have thought of sending out Halloween cards...but the images are just too cute to pass up!

Here's my take on the challenge...




For this card, I stamped my image from Stamping Bella.  I then colored it with Copics.  I then used my My Favorite Things die cut to cut out the speech bubble and heat embossed the sentiment.  All in all a pretty quick card!












Here's a close up of the card. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Challenge #74





I'm excited to be a guest designer for Your Next Stamp. Today we are kicking off our newest challenge.  This is either a color or sketch challenge.  You can pick either one, or combine both. Winners have a chance to receive a gift certificate to use in the store!  How fun is that!


Here's my take on the challenge.






For this challenge, I focused on color. Of course, perfect for Halloween cards. I used one of my favorite stamp sets: Fang-tastic.  I colored this little guy with Copic Markers, then cut him out and added some foam tape to give him dimension.  I added a few strips of paper to the back to give the overall card a bit of color.

I heat embossed the sentiment and added a few enamel dots!









Here's a closeup of the card.  You can see the dimension of my little Frankinstein.

Be sure to stop by the YNS blog and check out more inspiration and enter your creation!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Paper Smooches Spotlight #1




I'm excited to be a guest designer at Paper Smooches...such a fun opportunity.  Paper Smooches has a terrific release this month and here is my first creation.  Head on over to the Paper Smooches blog and check out all of the newest creations.








This is a quick and easy card I created using several of the Paper Smooches newest release products:

-  Holiday Sweets
-  Boxed Greetings




Here is a close up of the card.  You can see the dimension created by the distressed ink highlights on the trees and stars.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Guest Designer Spot



I'm so excited to be invited to be a guest designer for the month of October at Your Next Stamp (YNS).  YNS makes some of the most cute and whimsical stamps.  They also have beautiful ink colors, patterned papers and other embellishments.  As a visitor to my blog and/or Instagram, you may have spotted several of their stamps!

One of my go to stamps sets for the month of October is the Fang-tastic Stamp set.  I never really thought about Halloween cards until I saw this stamp set and now I make a ton and send them off to my friends! In honor of this being the month of Halloween...





I started by stamping my main image and coloring him with Copics.  I then use the die cut to cut him out and pop him up on foam tape.  I used the YNS splatter stamp on the background and added a few enamel dots.  I then heat embossed my sentiment and adhered it to the card!







Here's a close up of the image...

This little guy is so cute.  Check out this stamp set and others over at YNS!

Fang-tastic Halloween

Less is More - Watercolor

We are just getting over a little heat wave...the end of September really!  I'm thinking we might have one more before winter sets in!

We have another challenge starting over at Less is More!  Our theme for this challenge is Watercolor. I've been wanting to use some Kraft cardstock lately so, here's my opportunity to do something a bit more whimsical...at least for me....





I started by stamping and die cutting my little bunny image.  I then used my Zig watercolors to color the image.  I then went crazy and splashed some white paint on the card stock.  I'm a bit of a control freak that normally I would use my splatter stamp instead of going free flowing...but gotta go a bit crazy once in awhile!


Here's a bit of a close up of the card. I love this little bunny...so sweet!

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!