Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Viva la Verve Sketches


Hi friends.  Sharing another Christmas card for the Viva La Verve Sketch.  Here is the sketch.


I used the "clean" chalkboard technique.  The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper white, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark
Stamps:  Merry and Bright (Verve)
Accessories:  Tag me dies (Reverse Confetti), Red glimmer paper, Season of Style DSP, Black ribbon, white baker's twine, white embossing powder

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Online card class Day 1 & 2!


Hi friends!  I had some time yesterday afternoon to get a bit caught up on my homework for Online Card class days 1 and 2.  For my first card I used the Antler Snowflake stencil that Monica at Add a Little Dazzle carries in her online store.  For my misting I used my spritzer tool and marker.  It worked quite well and I was happy with the result.  I followed the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!


Here is my card for Day 2.


For this card I used the tracing technique that Kristina shared.  I created my own stencil using Papertrey's Chevron Vertical cover plate.  For my colors I used SU's watercolor pencils.  I followed the sketch at Seize the Sketch.




ETA:  My card also fits over at CASology.


Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Merry Monday #93


Hi friends.  Time for another Merry Monday challenge.  This week we want you to use an ornament(s) on your Christmas card.


My sequins are from Paulina over at Pretty Pink Posh.  I love how these sequins are flat instead of curved on the edges.  I used a multipurpose adhesive sheet to adhere my sequins.  Some of them weren't sticking well so I just attached those with some glossy accents.

I hope you will join us this week to get a head start on your Christmas cards for 2014.  Make sure you check out the other DT members cards over at the Merry Monday challenge blog.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Holiday Ornament framelits, sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Merry Christmas die (SSS), Stitched rectangles (Lil' Inker), White ribbon

Saturday, January 25, 2014

CASE Study


Hi friends.  Have you seen the Muse over at CASE Study?  It is none other than Donna Mikasa and just look at her amazing card!!!

I couldn't stray too much from Donna's card, why mess with perfection, right?!  I still want to recreate Donna's card EXACTLY one day.  It is stunning.  For my card I used some distress inks on watercolor paper, spritzed and let the colors blend to one side.  Kristina has a video on this technique here.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Black, Watercolor paper
Ink:  Fired brick, wild honey, mowed lawn & Peacock feathers distress inks
Stamps:  Fine Line background (hero arts)
Accessories:  Tipped top dies, birthday trio dies, one liner dies (Papertrey Ink),  Holiday shapes dies (SSS)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Festive Friday, CAS(E) this Sketch! & The Card Concept


Happy Friday friends!  My card is for this week's Festive Friday , CAS(E) this Sketch & The Card Concept challenges.  Love both of these challenges and they fit together perfectly this week.

Here is the inspiration photo for Festive Friday...


and the sketch...


The Card Concept challenge want us to use texture.  I used the Tim Holtz embossing folder on my Clean & Layered card.

 I am sure you can see exactly how I was inspired.  You can't see it in the photo but I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on the snow beneath the house.

While I have you I want to share a sneak peek of my latest Trends Article at StampNation.



 Can you guess what I featured?  To find out you will have to check out StampNation.  Not a member yet?  What are you waiting for?  You are missing out on an amazing community filled with lots of ideas, exclusive videos, and SO much more.


Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dazzling Diva & Retro Sketches


Hi friends!  Hope all of you in the North Eastern parts of the US are keeping warm.  We woke up to -20 this morning.  YIKES!!!  The sun is shining but that is very deceiving.

 
I created this card for the Dazzling Diva challenge and the sketch over at Retro Sketches.

Here is the inspiration photo for Dazzling Diva challenge.



Lots of white space with pops of red.  Love it.  I used the 4 petal Fri-die set from CAS-ual Fridays to create my poinsettia.   The color of the metal sheet I used is Scarlet Red.

Here is the sketch..



As you all know StampNation celebrated it's 3rd Birthday last week.  Prizes were up for grabs from many different sponsors.  You can check out Catherine's blog here to see if you were a lucky winner!




I will be back tomorrow with a sneak peek of my latest trends article posted on StampNation.
Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Early Espresso
Stamps:  Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
Accessories:  Scarlet Red metal sheets(Add a little Dazzle), 4 petal Fri-die (Cas-ual Fridays), rhinestone colored with gold sharpie, Champagne glimmer paper

Monday, January 20, 2014

Merry Monday #92


Happy Monday friends.  Time for another fun challenge at Merry Monday.  This week's challenge is a color challenge use kraft, red, chocolate, vanilla, & ribbon on your Christmas card.  I used a ribbon stamp on my card instead of actual ribbon to keep my card flat.  The background & wreath are stamped in crumb cake (kraft).


I hope you will join us for this week's challenge.  Make sure you visit the Merry Monday blog to see the rest of the DT's awesome cards.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb cake, Chocolate chip, Real red
Stamps:  En Francais, Winter Wreath (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Burlap, Deco label framelits

Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy Birthday with Avery Elle!


Hi friends.  Today is the last day of StampNation's Birthday Bash celebration.  What a fun week it has been!!!  Today's sponsor is....

Isn't this stamp set the cutest?
You have a chance to win this set along with the matching dies.
To win, click here and leave a comment on Catherine's You Tube channel.
 StampNation members get two entries.

I don't have this fun set (yet) so I used my favorite set from Avery Elle, Rounded Diamonds and matching dies.   There are so many fun things you can do with these dies.  I stamped the sentiment on the Pool Party cardstock then lined up the white strips on scrap paper and stamped the sentiment over them.  I then layered the strips onto the pool party cardstock.  I saw this technique on Laura Bassen's blog.  The idea for the cute little thread behind the heart came from Laura too!  Thank you, Laura!!!!

From now until midnight Jan. 20th you can join StampNation for a
3 Day Full Membership for only $1!!
Won't you join us?


Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Early Espresso
Ink:  Pool Party, Early Espresso
Stamps:  Rounded Diamonds (Avery Elle), Square Sayings (Simon Says)
Accessories:  Rounded Diamond dies (Avery Elle), Heart punch, white thread, rhinestone

Thursday, January 16, 2014

StampNation Birthday Bash with Lil' Inker!!!


 StampNation's 3rd Birthday Bash continues today with a new challenge and a new sponsor....


Head on over to Catherine's blog and YouTube channel to enter to win these amazing Lil' Inker's products.

I am in LOVE with the stitched dies from Lil' Inker.  I think it adds just the right amount of wow to your projects.  This card uses the stitched stars and the Pieced Chevrons: Cover Up die.  I got my color combination from this photo found on Pinterest.  I also layered the star die cutting 3 stars in pink and 3 in gray to give the star dimension.  I saw this cool technique on JJ Bolton's blog.


Here is another card I made using Lil' Inker products....



This card uses the stitches star die again.  My original plan was to layer the dies like I had above but then decided it would be neat to make a starburst out of them.  The background uses the stitches & stripes: cover up die.

Now is the perfect time to join StampNation, not only are we in the middle of our Birthday Bash, but StampNation members get two entries into each giveaway & if you hurry you can join for a 3 Day FULL MEMBERSHIP for only $1!




Happy Birthday Catherine!!!


Hi friends!  Today is my friend Catherine's birthday and I wanted to make a special card for her.  You all know she is the founder of StampNation, right?!  I signed up for StampNation on opening day and have been a member ever since.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Catherine in person at StampNation LIVE 2013!  She is the sweetest, most encouraging & fun person I know.   I am anxiously waiting for our 2014 retreat in April to be able to see her again and hug her neck.

For Catherine's card I used StampNation's awesome logo as a sketch for my card.


Happy Birthday, Catherine!  I hope you have a great day!

Cardstock:  Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Crushed curry, Versafine black
Stamps:  Winter Wreath (Avery Elle), Think Big favorites (PTI)
Accessories:  White ribbon, pearls, Top note die

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A present for YOU!!!


 

Hi friends.  If you are a regular visitor of my blog you hear me talk about StampNation all the time.  It is a FUN place to be.  This week we are celebrating StampNation's 3rd Birthday!

Today we have a birthday present for you...

A THREE DAY TRIAL FOR $1!!


Have you been interested in seeing what SN is all about?  I know a lot of you have, so now you have the chance.

Act fast though, this offer expires at midnight on Monday, January 20.

How will this work?
  • subscribe to StampNation HERE for $1 and gain full access to the site.
  • you will have full access to StampNation for 3 days
  • don't want to continue? be sure to send Catherine an email to cancel 24 hours in advance so she can cancel your payment
  • want to remain a member?  WONDERFUL!  Do nothing and on day #4, you will be charged the $9 membership fee. 
We hope you will join us!
  • almost 400 videos
  • The Classroom - tutorials on Clean and Simple Design, Spotlight on Trends (articles written by me!) and taking your paper crafting to the next level...all under one roof!
  • a new challenge every week - more than 100 to inspire you!
  • over 15,000 samples in the gallery
  • the happiest, more supportive and fabulous community of like minded women on the internet!  You will LOVE them!
 We are smack dab in the middle of a giant birthday party for StampNation!  Since it’s the 3rd Birthday, we thought it was fitting to offer you a 3 Day Trial for $1.
WHAT!??  I know!  We’ve never done this before – so we are very excited to offer it.
Have you been interested in seeing what SN is all about?  I know a lot of you have, so now you have the chance.
Act fast though, this offer expires at midnight on Monday, January 20.
How will this work?
  • subscribe to StampNation HERE for $1 and gain full access to the site.
  • you will have full access to StampNation for 3 days
  • don’t want to continue? be sure to send me an email to cancel 24 hours in advance so I can cancel your payment
  • want to remain a member?  WONDERFUL!  Do nothing and on day #4, you will be charged the $9 membership fee.
We hope you will join us!
  • almost 400 videos
  • The Classroom – tutorials on Clean and Simple Design, Spotlight on Trends and taking your paper crafting to the next level…all under one roof!
  • a new challenge every week – more than 100 to inspire you!
  • over 15,000 samples in the gallery
  • the happiest, more supportive and fabulous community of like minded women on the internet!  You will LOVE them!
- See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/01/3-day-trial-stampnation/#sthash.jNTwCo7j.dpuf
Hello Friends!  We are smack dab in the middle of a giant birthday party for StampNation!  Since it’s the 3rd Birthday, we thought it was fitting to offer you a 3 Day Trial for $1.
WHAT!??  I know!  We’ve never done this before – so we are very excited to offer it.
Have you been interested in seeing what SN is all about?  I know a lot of you have, so now you have the chance.
Act fast though, this offer expires at midnight on Monday, January 20.
How will this work?
  • subscribe to StampNation HERE for $1 and gain full access to the site.
  • you will have full access to StampNation for 3 days
  • don’t want to continue? be sure to send me an email to cancel 24 hours in advance so I can cancel your payment
  • want to remain a member?  WONDERFUL!  Do nothing and on day #4, you will be charged the $9 membership fee.
We hope you will join us!
  • almost 400 videos
  • The Classroom – tutorials on Clean and Simple Design, Spotlight on Trends and taking your paper crafting to the next level…all under one roof!
  • a new challenge every week – more than 100 to inspire you!
  • over 15,000 samples in the gallery
  • the happiest, more supportive and fabulous community of like minded women on the internet!  You will LOVE them!

Need social proof?  Members love StampNation, we know you will, too!  Click here to read the Youtube comments on why members love being a part of this amazing site.
- See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/01/3-day-trial-stampnation/#sthash.jD2xFdw9.dpuf
Hello Friends!  We are smack dab in the middle of a giant birthday party for StampNation!  Since it’s the 3rd Birthday, we thought it was fitting to offer you a 3 Day Trial for $1.
WHAT!??  I know!  We’ve never done this before – so we are very excited to offer it.
Have you been interested in seeing what SN is all about?  I know a lot of you have, so now you have the chance.
Act fast though, this offer expires at midnight on Monday, January 20.
How will this work?
  • subscribe to StampNation HERE for $1 and gain full access to the site.
  • you will have full access to StampNation for 3 days
  • don’t want to continue? be sure to send me an email to cancel 24 hours in advance so I can cancel your payment
  • want to remain a member?  WONDERFUL!  Do nothing and on day #4, you will be charged the $9 membership fee.
We hope you will join us!
  • almost 400 videos
  • The Classroom – tutorials on Clean and Simple Design, Spotlight on Trends and taking your paper crafting to the next level…all under one roof!
  • a new challenge every week – more than 100 to inspire you!
  • over 15,000 samples in the gallery
  • the happiest, more supportive and fabulous community of like minded women on the internet!  You will LOVE them!

Need social proof?  Members love StampNation, we know you will, too!  Click here to read the Youtube comments on why members love being a part of this amazing site.
- See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/01/3-day-trial-stampnation/#sthash.jD2xFdw9.dpuf

StampNation Birthday Bash with Add a Little Dazzle!


StampNation's 3rd Birthday Bash continues today with a new challenge and a new sponsor....


Some of the metal sheets, like I used in my card above, are up for grabs!!
Head on over to Catherine's blog and YouTube channel to enter to win.

On my card above, I CASEd this card by Catherine.  I loved the layout.  The color of the metal sheet I used is called Perfect Peacock.  The metal sheets look amazing embossed.  If you visit my blog often you have seen me use these metal sheets on other cards.  It is a fun medium to work with.

Now is the perfect time to join StampNation!


My card fits for this week's Dazzling Diva Challenge.  Check out this fun photo...

Entering this over at Simon Says Wednesday challenge: Emboss it!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Real red
Stamps:  Make a cake (SU)
Accessories:  Perfect Peacock metal sheets(Add a Little Dazzle), Rhinestone, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Chalk talk framelits, Happy Birthday embossing folder

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lots to share


Hi friends.  I am popping in quick today to post a few cards for different challenges.  First up is my card for the Monday Mood Board & the sketch at Retro sketches.  Love these challenges.  Here is the board & the sketch.

 

Cardstock:  Smoky slate, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight
Stamps:  Dockside Backgrounds & Strictly Sentiments 1 (Wplus9)
Accessories:  Stitched ovals (Lil' Inkers), Pinking edge framelit (SU), Gold sequin stars (Pretty Pink Posh)
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I am playing along for the first time with Viva la Verve Sketches.  I bought this set a while back and haven't inked it up much.  I have Lynn Mangan from The Mango Boys and Me to thank for making me fall in love with these stamps.  Thank you, Lynn!  This set in particular.  You all know how much I love making Christmas cards, right?!  :) This is the first sketch for the month and it also includes a color challenge.




Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Pool Party
Ink:  Early Espresso, Versamark
Stamps:  Merry & Bright (Verve)
Accessories:  White embossing powder, Stitched rectangles & Circles (Lil' Inkers), Tipped top dies (PTI), Early Espresso ribbon, rhinestones

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I am squeezing this card in, last minute, for the Sketch challenge over at My Favorite Things.  This is my second entry.  I really like this sketch.


Cardstock:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Lipstick Red (SSS)
Ink:  Lipstick Red (SSS), Smoky Slate
Stamps:  Starry Christmas & Mod Borders (MFT)
Accessories:  Jewelry tag punch, baker's twine, Starry Christmas dies (MFT) 

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

 **My stamps for sale page has been updated with LOTS of stamps & Dies!  Check it out here!!**

 






Monday, January 13, 2014

Merry Monday #91


Hi friends.  Happy Monday to you.  Time for another Merry Monday challenge.  This week we want you to use a snowman on your Christmas card.


I fell in love with this snowman from Hero Arts.  It is so cute.  For my card I used the partial die cutting technique and embossing with dies technique.  I paper pieced his scarf and little strip on his hat.  The holly leaves were cut using a Lil' Inkers die.

I hope you will join us for this week's challenge.  Please visit the Merry Monday blog to see the rest of the DT's cards.

**My stamps for sale page has been updated with LOTS of stamps & Dies!  Check it out here!!**

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Versafine black
Stamps:  Snow Much Joy (hero arts), Petite pairs (SU)
Accessories:  Snow Much Joy die (hero arts), baker's twine, banner trio die (Wplus9), Christmas cheer 6x6 paper pack


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hoping your birthday is.....


Hi friends.  I created this fun card for my niece.  We don't get to spend a lot of time with them, they live 3 hours away.  I know it isn't that far but, it isn't close either.  We did spend a few days with them after Christmas and did a little girl shopping, in the car I heard my niece say something was "amazeballs".  hahaha  I knew I had to use the set Amazeballs from CAS-ual Fridays.


I also wanted to share this card today because, as you know, StampNation is celebrating it's 3rd Birthday with a huge party and CAS-ual Fridays is the sponsor for today!  Make sure you visit Catherine's blog to see her video and enter for a chance to win some CAS-ual Fridays goodies.

Not a member of StampNation yet?  What are you waiting for?  We are celebrating StampNation's 3rd Birthday all week long!  Won't you join us?


I am also entering this over at Seize the Birthday & CASology.  (Thank you, Geri)

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Whisper white, black glitter paper
Ink:  Versafine black
Stamps:  Amazeballs (CAS-ual Fridays)
Accessories:  Sequins, Stitched rectangles, diagonal die (Lil' Inkers), number dies (PTI)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sending Christmas Cheer

**This is my second post for today, scroll down or click here to see my card for StampNation's 3rd Birthday party!**


Hi again friends!  It is a rainy, dreary day here in Northern NH so I have been spending time in my craft room.  I used the colors from the new Card Concept challenge to create my "clean and layered" (I think that is where this fits) card.  I also used the sketch from My Favorite Things.



I did take some liberties with the sketch but the basic design is there.  That is what I love about sketches, they are a starting off point for your design.  The reindeer from Starry Christmas is stamped in versamark and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

**My stamps for sale page has been updated with LOTS of stamps & dies!  Check it out here!!**

Cardstock:  Kraft, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette
Ink:  Versamark, crumb cake, Early Espresso
Stamps:  Starry Christmas & Mod Borders (MFT)
Accessories:  Starry Christmas dies, Clear embossing powder.

Let's Celebrate!!!


Hi friends!  Today is a very exciting day.  It is StampNation's 3rd Birthday and we are celebrating!!! 


This birthday party is being celebrated all week long with videos, challenges & prizes.  You will want to check it out and become a member of StampNation so you don't miss a thing.





I am entering this card for the Constellations:Trendy Star Power Challenge over on the Moxie Fab world blog.

I followed the sketch for last week at My Favorite Things.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!


Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink:  Versafine black
Stamps:  Birthday Sentiments (MFT)
Accessories:  Star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), American Crafts 6x6 paper pad