Monday, December 19, 2016

Just For Fun: Bells & Holly

Today is my day to design for the Just for Fun Stamps blog so thanks for coming by and checking out my newest project! This card was inspired by the Bells & Holly stamp and it came out so perfect!

I wanted this card to be fun and festive so I found two funky patterned papers from a 12x12 paper pack. I wanted to match the stamp in design, color, or theme and so I went with the red holly stripes and a wonderful repeating tree to match the holly leaves. Once I had my DSP picked out I layered them onto some Ruby Red cardstock.  I think that layering or matting your cardstock can be a fantastic way to break up two busy patterns. 

To really allow that wonderful stamp to pop on the front focal piece I wrapped some layered ribbon around the square. I then colored the stamp with some markers and I fussy cut it out. 

I love the Just For Fun Stamps because they are always so unique and beautiful! 

Thanks for stopping in today!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunny Days: Seasons Greeting

Yesterday was our very first snow day!! Snow Day's are always a huge hit in the Northeast and to celebrate the occasion I decided to make a snowy "Season's Greetings" card! 

Cards are always a fun way to get involved with the season and making your own does not have to be expensive, or intimidating, or even fancy. This card is kept simple by piecing together papers from one paper line, Carta Bella's "Winter Wonderland." I simply cut the greeting out and attached it to the card base. I then added with some shimmery silver glitter (which is always a little tough to capture in photos) to bring out those lovely snowflakes. 

Today starts our 27th challenge over at Sunny Day Crafting, where it's always "Anything Goes." So make sure to come on over and join the fun! We have a wonderful design team and a beautiful showcase of "favorites" from last week so there is always inspiration to be found. 

Thanks for stopping in!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Creative Knockouts: Snow Much Fun

Welcome back and Happy Thursday! Today we have a brand new challenge starting over at Creative Knockouts called "Snow Much Fun" which is so perfect for us New Yorkers. My 5 year old adores the snow and of course every time it snows we happen to be the first ones out jumping and playing around in it...ah to be a kid again! :)

Our sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments which is where I picked up that adorable "Let It Snow" image. I then decided to match it up with the snowflake papers from the "All Seasons 4" paper pack from The Paper Studio. To take it just a step further I used a silver glitter to accent those wonderful snow flakes and ground under the snowman. The image was very easy to color in using alcohol markers and I do recommend it for all experience levels.  

Make sure to come on over and play along with our challenge this week. There is always a prize up for grabs and this week is no different, plus who doesn't love the snow. 

Happy Crafting. 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sunny Days: Glittery Noel Card

Thanks for checking out my newest Sunny Day Crafting design team project. Today's project is a card which was made using the Carta Bella "Winter Wonderland" paper line. This line offers a great combination of holiday and winter papers and stickers and I am having so much fun playing with it.

For this card, I used a scenery patterned paper which made the card come together really easy. Since I didn't do a lot to the base of the card I decided to decorate the trees and ice with some silver glitter. This gives the card a really beautiful "icy" look. I then decided to add a sentiment bundle to the top corner to complete the card. Everything I used on the card came straight from the same paper line making it really easy to mix and match. 

Thanks for stopping by today and please make sure to check out the other projects that our design team has created by following this link. Our always "Anything Goes" challenge is open for one week so come on over and play along with us.

Happy Crafting! 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Just for Fun Nutcracker Card

Hi guys! Today is my day to post over at the Just For Fun blog and I am really excited about today's card. I have been anticipating using this stamp since I got it back in October and I finally was able to get it out and put it to good use. I am so glad that I have a beautiful stamp that not only combines my love for nutcrackers but also my love for this new stamptangle trend!!

This card came together very easy with very limited material. I started with a whisper white card base and then decided to mat and layer on top of that. The lovely pattern paper is from The Paper Studio's "All Seasons 4" pack and was layered onto some blue foil paper. I kept the border very small because that foil tends to be bright and I just wanted a little peeking out. I then decided to wrap some thick white ribbon around it and of course I popped up that nutcracker with 3-D tape. 

If you are in love with this stamp or even the stamptangle line then make sure to head on over to Just For Fun and shop around. The nutcracker stamp can be found here

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to come back tomorrow for another fun "Anything Goes" challenge. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

DIY Ornaments!!

Good Morning! As many of you know this weekend I am hosting a DIY Ornament class at our local Hobby Lobby!!! This is my first official class and I could not be more excited about it. These little DIY ornaments are all the rage right now and they are so fun and easy to make. So to kick off this weekend, and this class, correctly I am going to show you a couple of the really fun and fabulous ornaments that my 5 year old and I have been working on this week. Yep I said 5, so if he can do it then so can you :)

Now please be warned, photographing glass can be tricky so please forgive me for the flash on the smaller glass bulbs. In other words these photos are raw.

The first one is one that my son and I decided to make for baby Moose (who will be 1 at the end of this month!!!!) I found the feet in one of my facebook SVG sharing groups and then made the rest using Design Space.

Next up is one that my son, Doo, made and fell right in love with. He has such a huge heart for a 5 year old little boy. The ornament reads "family" in a heart shape. <3

Then we did one for fun and decided to make the Grinch. Again I apologize for the poor reflection but I really wanted you to capture this awesome ornament.  

Here are the two my son created side by side. 

If you are interested in taking this ornament class then make sure to check out all of the information here. I am willing to mail the kits out to people for an additional shipping cost, if you are interested in this then please contact me via email. I hope to see you there! 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunny Days: Snow Fun Card

Thanks for coming by today and checking out our newest Sunny Day Crafting challenge!! I love these challenges because they are so relaxed and you can literally submit any awesome paper project that you can imagine. Today my card came from the Carta Bella "Winter Wonderland" paper line. 

During the holidays it's always spectacular to hand out "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holiday" cards, but I always end up needing a couple of cards that can be used for a more generic reason, you never know when you are going to need to send a quick thank you note to someone, right?!! 

Here is a closer picture of the front. All of these stickers also came from the "Winter Wonderland" paper line, which made this card very easy to put together. 

I also decided to take that lovely blue snowflake pattern paper and flip it over and re-use it for the inside. This gave the card a continued but fresh look on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to head on over to Sunny Day and play along with us. 

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Embossed Trees

Last week was the week of tags and this week has been the week of embossing. I hope you have enjoyed my projects and have found some inspiration. Today's card is another easy card that came together using an embossing folder and a quick Cricut cut. 
After I cut the card bases out I decided to run some white cardstock through my Sissix embossing machine. Last year I bought this beautiful snowflake folder and I did not get the chance to use it that much, so I jumped right to it this year. I then layered the white embossed layer onto a green layer and then I added that onto the card base. Here is a close up of that snowflake embossing. 
After I had all of the embossing done I went on search for a tree. The tree image that I found came from the Theresa Collins "December 25th Cartridge." If you have not checked out this cartridge then I highly recommend it. 

The inside was left blank except for the "Celebrate the Season" stamp which is an old school wooden stamp that I picked up on clearance. 

I hope you enjoyed this easy project and that my embossing has inspired you to go out and create something wonderful. Thanks for stopping by.  

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Creative Knockouts: Holiday Odds and Ends

Welcome to Digital Thursday and thanks for checking out my project today. On Thursday's we start a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts and this week our theme is "Tis the Season." 

For my project I decided to use the Christmas Toppers (set 4) file from Digital Delights. This is a really fun file and it comes with four fun holiday images that you can use in so many different ways.

For instance, take these mini embellishments that I created with a couple of circle punches and those adorable images. Oh yes, you better believe that I colored all of these images in using Paint. I wanted to make a whole bunch of them so I could use them all season. After they were colored in I decided to upload them into Design Space so that I could have the machine cut them all out for me. 


For those of you who stop by the site often you know that I am on a 25 days of tags challenge and it's finally coming to an end. I couldn't help but throwing in tags #11 and #22 using the same digital stamps.

And of course my son just had to get involved with the coloring. These images are so much fun! As the name implies they are made for bag toppers, but can be used for so much more.

 I hope you enjoyed my projects for today. Make sure to stop by Creative Knockouts to take part in our "Tis the Season" challenge where Digital Delights is giving away a $5.00 gift certificate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sunny Days: Embossed Candy Canes

Welcome to a brand new Sunny Day Crafting Challenge where it's always "Anything Goes." Today I have a set of cards that are pretty clean and simple and have jut a touch of embossing around them.

To start off these cards I made some white card bases and ran them through my Sissix using a border embossing folder. I have had this folder forever and do not keep the original packaging, but I am pretty sure this is a Darice Embossing folder. 

After I had the fronts embossed I decided to layer on some Candy Canes that were cut out using my Cricut. The image came from the "Photo Booth Props" cartridge and is adhered to the card front using 3-D foam tape. 

Having the front done, I then moved onto the inside, layering some red paper from the "All Seasons Three" paper pack from The Paper Studio. I placed a smaller piece of white cardstock on the inside, so that the sender could write a message and so that I could stamp a sentiment. The sentiment stamp is a wooden stamp from Michael's that I picked up on clearance forever ago...seriously like 3-4 years ago. 

Thanks for checking out my newest project. Make sure to sign up to receive my updates through email and you can ensure that you will never miss a project, tutorial, or give-a-way. 

Happy Crafting! 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Just for Fun: Embossed Resist

Today I have a project that I created for the Just For Fun Stamps design team using their wonderful Star Stamp found here. Now when I started this project I was under the impression that the stamps I was using were snowflakes. However little did I know that the stamps are actually stars. Duh, what a shocker that should not have been. Either way I love the way these cards came out. 

The technique that I used on these cards is called the Embossed Resist technique. If you are unfamiliar with this technique the best way I can describe it is as follows. With the emboss resist technique, the goal is to emboss images onto a white or lighter colored background. Then apply a darker color ink to all or parts of the images. These two techniques will make the embossing powder sand out against the background. 
It's a really fun technique if you have pigment ink and some embossing powder on hand. Simply heat emboss some images onto your cardstock and then take a sponge and color in your ink. That's all there is to it. 

After I had the embossing and inking done I simply layered the card to help that ink stand out. I then added some matching blue gems to the center of those stars. The "Season's Greeting's" sentiment was drawn out using my Cricut and a Tim Holtz's embossing pen. I then heat set that the same way you heat set the stamped star images. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to head on over to the Just For Fun blog to see all of the new projects and stamps. Happy Crafting. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Easy Foil Tags

Do you remember yesterday, how I told you that I made tags using dollar store foil? Well welcome back to another tag post using that same dollar store foil! I love when I find crafting supplies that I love and and save money at the same time. I also mentioned, yesterday, that I was in charge of making 25 tags and I wanted some to come together easy, well today's tags do just that. 

These tags were cut out using a pre-made template found in Cricut Access. I am so sorry, but for some reason I could not find the name of the cartridge I used. I even went back to try to find it and after digging through 1500 tags I could not find it, so if anyone knows please feel free to comment with it below. 

So, using a pre-designed tag is another really easy way to batch produce tags. For these ones I simply changed the size to what I wanted and then cut it out onto some green cardstock. Since pre-designed projects typically are pretty plain I decided to spice things up a little bit and add that beautiful dollar store foil to the background. 

There you have it. A week full of fun and easy tags for you to re-create as you wish. Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to come back on Monday for a week full of challenges. 

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Easy Snowflake Tag: Vellum & Foil

You may or may not know that I signed up for a 25 days of Christmas Tag swap and boy is 25 tags a lot to make!! I have been showing you tags all week and today is no exception. Since 25 is such a large number I decided that some of them would have to be easy, which is good because honestly who does not like easy. 

As mentioned, easy right?! This tag came together in no time using a few sheets of paper that I had in my stash and my beautiful Cricut. 

I started by cutting out the tag base from a solid blue cardstock. I then decided to layer some blue vellum onto the bottom portion. I have had this vellum forever and wasn't a big fan of it because I feel as though it lacks that translucent vellum feel, but hey it worked here so I went ahead and used that up. I then decided to cut out a snowflake using some dollar store foil paper and that same blue vellum. I finished the tag off with some "silent night" ribbon which also came from my stash. There you have it, a pretty and shiny tag that was so easy to create that I made a batch of 5 in like 10 minutes, seriously.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed and will come back tomorrow for another wonderful tag.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sunny Days: Anything Goes Unique Christmas Tag

Today we have a brand new Anything Goes Challenge over at Sunny Day Crafting and since we are well into the Holiday Season I decided to start showing off some of my gift tags. Today's tag came together really easy using a retired CTMH pocket letter card that I have had for a while now. 

I took the PL card and layered onto some scrap pink paper. I then added some white gems and some matching ribbon. To add just a touch more detail I decided to staple the card and the ribbon onto the tag base. I am a big fan of the stapler and think that sometimes it can give you that small extra touch. 

Since this tag is for a 25 days of Christmas swap, I then punched out a 1" pink circle and added a black #4 sticker onto it, representing Day 4.

I hope you enjoyed my project for today and that you will come over and join us at Sunny Day Crafting. See you over there! 

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Santa Tag

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is enjoying there week so far. Today I have a Christmas tag to share with you. Do you guys remember this post from last week? Well, wouldn't you know here is that same card...only in a tag form.

This tag is part of my 25 days of Christmas tag exchange, hence the 12-21 stickers on the top. After I had the card laid out (all the product details are in this post) I decided to outline the edges with my white gel pen. I then found some green ribbon in my stash and there you have it a nice and easy tag. 

I hope you enjoyed my project for today and that you join us tomorrow for another excellent Anything Goes Challenge from Sunny Day Crafting.

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I have decided to enter this card into the color challenge over at The Paper Players

Thursday, November 10, 2016

CK: Outdoor Fun - Santa Selfie

With how serious things have been lately, you know with the crazy election and all, I decided today would be the perfect day to kick back and have a little fun. Of course, it's also Digital Thursday so along with fun, I also have a brand new Creative Knockouts Challenge called "Outdoor Fun."

For my card I used the "Santa Selfie" digital stamp from Dr Digi. This is a really fun stamp and so easy to color in. I printed the stamp onto white cardstock and then I went to work coloring it in with my watercolor pencils. 

For the designer papers, I used The Paper Studio's "All Season's Three" paper pack along with some solid colored cardstock from my stash. I also decided to carry that lovely green pattern paper onto the inside of the card. 

I used the Paper Play Sketches, #20, to start off my design and quickly ran into a problem. The design sketch called for a folded corner and I was dead set on using the lovely single sided paper, so I decided to take some scraps and glue it onto the back of the red paper leaving that green pattern to poke through. Wah-lah instant double sided paper.  

Moving on to the inside of the card. I chose to use that same green paper that I used on the front and attach it to the base. I then layered some white cardstock and stamped a fun little sentiment. 

The sponsor for this week's CK challenge is none other than Dr Digi who is giving one lucky winner two free digital stamps so make sure to come on over to Creative Knockouts and play along. Thanks for stopping by today. 

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sunny Day: Mini Holiday Cards

Sometimes I find it much easier to make 3"x 3" "note cards" rather than making gift tags, or even full size cards. I mean think about it for a second, how many times do you have an item to pass, a quick neighbor gift, or even a birthday gift that doesn't necessarily need a full size card. Now from the maker's end, you can easily make 4-6 of these little suckers in the time that it takes you to make one full size A2 card.

For these cards today I just took out some scrap papers and my miscellaneous box of Christmas goodies and started piecing things together. 

The biggest problem I have with these little cuties is that once you have a bunch of them made, you then need to sit down for five minutes and make some mini envelopes. 

These cute little holiday note cards are my design team submission to our brand new Sunny Days challenge so make sure to head on over and play along with us. The challenges are always Anything Goes and run for one week, but really never end.. :) 

Happy Crafting!

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