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It’s Party Time

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Party Time

We are showcasing Your Next Stamp Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.

I used Silly Birthday Monsters and the matching die to make this silly birthday card. I colored the little monsters using my copic markers and then used a confetti image from the stamp set to make the party approved pattern on the card front.

I wanted to make this fun so I turned it into a double shaker card. I used a 2″ circle for both windows from the Nested Circles die from SSS. Since the card front was pretty busy, I just used simple silver sequins inside the windows.

I used distress oxides in Wilted Violet and Spiced Marmalade to create the background. The sentiments are from the Simple Sentiments No. 1 stamp set by SSS and CZ Designs.

Copic Color Breakdown

Pink monster:  RV19, RV17, RV14 Lips: RV29, RV25 Horns and Banner:  V06, V04 Party Hat and Noise Maker:  BG49, BG45 Gel pen for banner handle and mouthpiece Green Monster:  BG49, BG45 spots: YR16, YR12 Presents:  Y08, Y04, B28, B24 Hat:  RV19, RV17

  So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!    

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Cardmaking · Challenges · Design Team · Holiday Fun · Simon Says Stamp

Creative Expressions Polish Play

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Christmas

We are showcasing Creative Expressions Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.

This time of year is always so crazy and busy, so I’m really focusing on carving out time to spend with my family.  I found myself spending more time in my craft room than I was with the kiddos and hubs so I’ve made it a point to put it all away as soon as the kids get home from school everyday.  It seems like once I realize what I’m doing, I make a vow to myself to focus on what’s really important.  And for the next month or so, I’ll do just that.  But then I’ll slowly start spending more time in my cave and less time with my boys and before I know it, I’ll be right back in that same position, wondering how I ended up here again.  I’m making it a year long goal to not end up back in that same position anymore.  I only have 7 years left until he’s 18!!

It really hit me when I saw my sister post a picture of a Christmas tree in a house that she tagged “Ty’s Place”.  Tyler is my nephew and I had to sit there in awe for a moment and digest that this boy that I watched grow up before my eyes was now about to move out on his own.  I messaged my sister and said, “can it be so?  Is this really happening already?”  And she messaged me back and reminded me to spend as much time with my boys now because in the blink of an eye, it will all be over and they’ll be getting ready to move out on their own.

I thought about that for a moment.  While I do savor every moment with them, I also know that I spend a lot of time in my craft room and when the day comes for my boy to move out on his own, I don’t want to look back and wonder why I spent so much time on my cards and not enough time with my son.  I don’t want to regret anything.  

It happens slowly and sneakily.  There’s always a project to be made or a deadline to meet so I tell myself, “I’ll just work on this for one more hour and that’s it.”   Then the next thing I know, 2 hours have gone by.  Or three.  I’m surprised when I realize everyone is in bed.  Everyone but me.  

I thought about what peace means to me as I made these cards.  I kept thinking about that day in the not so distant future when my son prepares to move out and go off to college.  I want to feel at peace knowing that I soaked up every moment I could with him as he grows up, that I didn’t waste a moment being distracted by the unimportant.  Every day I wake up, more grateful than the day before.  Every day I remind myself of what’s truly important.  

Ok, ok.  Enough reflecting, it’s this time of the year, I swear…  Let’s talk about these fantastic products I used this week!!

How GORGEOUS is this glitter polish??  I am in love with it.  I used Golden Sand Glitter Kiss Polish by Creative Expressions and I wish I had more of it.  I only ordered one color because I wasn’t sure what to expect but as soon as I laid eyes on it, I wished that I had picked up at least one more color.

These were so easy to make.  I used this fabulous stencil by Simon Says Stamp called Square Dance.  I cut my front panel using the SSS Stitched Rectangle die (3.25″ x 4.5″).  The background is 4.25″ x 5.5″ and I used the largest Stitched Rectangle die from Lawn Fawn to give it a matching stitched border.  Once I had the polished piece done, all I had left to do was heat emboss the sentiment from the Stained Glass Greetings set with gold embossing powder.  

This went together so quickly that I decided to make another one in a different color.  This red one I used Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red card stock.  The next one I used Soft Navy card stock.  Now I wish I would have made a few more in a few different colors.  I think a green one would look really good and also a purple.  I just might have to find the time to add to my little duo.  During school hours, of course.  😉

The pictures don’t do this gold glitter polish any justice.  It’s so beautiful in person, I wish I could have captured it in a photo.

The gold embossing powder keeps everything tied together.

To add a little dimension, I popped the card panel up on craft foam and popped the sentiment up on foam squares.  This card literally took me all of 15 minutes to make.  Scroll down to see my process video and if you stick around til the end, I would love to hear your suggestions to something extremely important to me.  

  So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!    

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Cardmaking

Easy Holiday Distress Tag

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Wrap It Up

We are showcasing Tim Holtz Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.

I still can’t get over how easy this tag came together.  I don’t do anything quick, just ask my husband.  I actually added the 2nd layer because I just felt like it was done too quickly.  I’m glad I did, I love it with the 2nd layer.

The challenge is Wrap It Up so it could be a tag or a bag or a box or anything to do with wrapping it up.  I chose to do a tag.

I ink blended Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers on a Distress Tag all by Tim Holtz.  I added some water flicks to get that oxidation going.  Then I heat embossed this adorable tree image called Tree Sketch, also by Tim Holtz with some silver embossing powder.

I heat embossed the Joy sentiment from the Stained Glass Greetings set by Simon Says Stamp in silver E.P. as well.

I grabbed another tag and ink blended just the Faded Jeans and Blueprint Sketch before stamping the Plaid Background stamp by Concord & 9th on it.  I added a little tinsel ribbon that I had in my stash and tied both tags together!!

If you’re more of a visual person like I am, I’ve included a process video below.  I hope you’ll click on it and take a look.  I added a fun little clip at the end of our local volunteer firefighters participating in the Candy Cane Run.  Check it out to see what it’s about!

  So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!    

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Cardmaking · New Releases · Simon Says Stamp

New Release DieCember at SSS

Hello my friends!!  The new release is LIVE at Simon Says Stamp!!!  And this is what I made using the new Wrought Iron Wide Border die.  I LOVE this die.  I wanted to make a bookmark too, but I ran out of time so expect to see that in the future!  

Scroll down to see the entire new release.  Happy Shopping!!

I added a few jewels in the center and I really like how it looks.  I popped my card front up on craft foam and added acetate to the back of the die because I thought about making this a shaker card.  In the end, I left it as it because I just thought the die was too pretty to compete with.

I’m off to clean my house now so that we can decorate tomorrow.  I’m a week behind schedule.  We usually have our decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I’m slacking. 

Have a great weekend!!  

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Cardmaking · Challenges · Design Team · Simon Says Stamp · You Tube

Simon Says… Anything Goes

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Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  

This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

We are showcasing Wild Rose Studio Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.

I definitely honed in on my copic coloring skills this week.  I didn’t do anything fancy, I felt like the coloring was dramatic enough so I left it pretty simple.

  I think this bunny is the CUTEST image and just fit so perfectly with this bedroom scene.    This bunny is from Wild Rose Studio and it’s called Bunny with Teddy.

I had this bedroom image in my stash from a Copic Coloring class I took a few months back.  Besides coloring, I just added a little foam tape to the back of my adorable bunny and heat embossed the sentiment.

I didn’t want my sentiment to compete with the scene so I just heat embossed it in white E.P.  I love the simple font.  This one if from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set by MFT.

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!  

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Cardmaking · Challenges · Design Team · Simon Says Stamp

Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

This week the challenge is

Baby It’s Cold Outside 

We are showcasing Penny Black Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge.
As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.
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And boy is it sure getting cold out there!!  We’ve had fires going every night lately.  I love this time of year and the nightly fires are one of the reasons.  I just love sitting in the dark with no sound but the sound of the fire crackling.  We have a glass door on our fireplace and it’s so comforting to just sit there and get lost in the mesmerizing glow.
I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  I thought the images on this stamp set called Jolly Friends by Penny Black were so dang cute.  I started by googling winter skies and as soon as I laid eyes on this image, I knew I wanted to replicate it the best I could.  Just look at how beautiful this image is.
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For starters, I heat embossed this lovely tree stamp with Platinum embossing powder as well as the Noel sentiment from the Big Scripty Holiday Greeting stamp set by SSS on some bristol smooth card stock. I used masking paper to mask off the snowy hillside and I had planned on adding a light blue/purple color to the snow, but I just loved the contrast.  There’s nothing better than a crisp white line when you remove the masking paper.
Once I started ink blending, I decided to keep it quite a bit lighter than the image above.  Simply because I was really liking the soft colors.  I would love to create this background again and this time go heavy handed with the ink blending.  I used Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks.
IMG_5118-copy You can never go wrong with this platinum embossing powder.  I just love the color and it always looks good no matter what I pair it with.
IMG_5124-copy Once I had my background done, I moved on to coloring this adorable snowman and his little furry friend with copic markers.
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I decided to match the snowman’s hat and scarf with colors from my background.
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I had to take a closeup of this cutie patootie.  He’s just so darn cute!!
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I cut the background using the scalloped frame from the Basic Set Creative Cuts die by Mama Elephant.  I added some foam tape to the back of my snowman and popped the entire card front up on some craft foam.  Instead of adding the usual water drops to my background that I tend to add when using distress inks, I decided to add some snowflakes with a white gel pen.  I thought the gray on the snowman’s beanie was a little unexciting so I added some Iridescent Sparkle to spice it up a bit and make it more festive.
Lastly, I added my scene to a piece of textured white card stock and glued it to a 110 lb. Neenah Solar White card base.
So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!
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Cardmaking · Challenges · Design Team · Simon Says Stamp

All That Glitters…

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Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
This week the challenge is

All That Glitters is Gold 

We are showcasing Lawn Fawn Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge.
As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.
Hello friends!!  It feels like forever since I’ve sat down and posted here.  I was MIA last week due to my “adopted” son having a perforated appendix, that was a nightmare, but he’s home, he’s healing up nicely and he’s back to making messes all over my house…
I just couldn’t wait to get back in my craft room.  I brought everything but the kitchen sink to the hospital (we stayed there for 5 days) because I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get some crafting done but it just didn’t happen.  I got some images stamped out, but that’s as far as it went.
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This card was almost a disaster.  I knew we were featuring Lawn Fawn products, but as I was coloring, I completely forgot what the theme was!!  I didn’t have anything gold on the card yet so I decided to try a gold Forest Border.  I didn’t like it at first, but it kinda grew on me.
I colored my images with Copic markers and then set them aside.  I grabbed a piece of Sea Glass card stock by SSS and started ink blending with Broken China, starting at the edges and moving my way towards the center, but leaving the center untouched.  I then moved on to a slightly darker color which was Faded Jeans and I finished just the edges off with some Black Soot.  I reversed the process (darkest to lightest) to blend the colors better, all while leaving the center untouched.  I wanted the Sea Glass to shine through.  I loved this technique that I first saw Yana Smakula do and more recently Dawn Woleslagle from W Plus 9 did a gorgeous ink blend on colored card stock.  You can certainly ink blend the entire background, but this way helps avoid breaking out in a sweat.
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I sprinkled some water droplets on the background, just a few since I knew I’d be adding the snowflakes.
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I cut a gold frame as well, just in case I couldn’t go through with the gold trees, but to my surprise I liked both options.  I decided to add a layer of Soft Navy card stock in between the card front and the glitter background.
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I cut the Stitched Hillside Border die using Neenah Solar White 80 lb. card stock that I had embossed with a texture embossing folder from my stash.  It doesn’t really show up well, but it looks really neat with the texture.
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I added some snowflakes from the same stamp set.  I wanted to break up the sentiment a bit so I heat embossed the “Fairy” part with SSS gold embossing powder and then fussy cut it out and popped it up on foam squares.  Then I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment in the same white embossing powder that I used for the snowflakes.
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I added some golden glitter to the fairy wings with a Nuvo Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer pen.  To add a finishing touch to the fairy wings, I used a white gel pen and a Copic Multi liner pen and added some detail.
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I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I added some Nuvo Moonstone to the top eve of the house.
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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!
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