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4.28.2015

Congratulations Card Featuring Mama Elephant Love Quotes

Hello friends! I was reminded that my bloggie friend, Monika from Creative with Monika Birthday Linky Party ends in a couple days, so I wanted to pop in and share the card I made for her linky party. I actually made this card a couple weeks ago, but forgot to blog about it. Oops! (Monika, thank you for reminding me about your Birthday Linky Party). You can find out more about her Linky Party here if you'd like to join in the fun too!


I decided to case Monika's Clean and Simple card, which is the card on the bottom right corner with the fishes.


I was inspired by the sweet fish scene and wanted to create something similar using the chicks from Mama Elephant Love Quotes set. I used some heart sequins and a stitched sun from Mama Elephant Stitched Sky dies.


The birds were colored with copic markers. I did some serious fussy cutting on them and even cut their little feathers that sticks out from their heads. These two cute critters were then popped up using a few layers of glue dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

4.27.2015

More Cards Using Scrap Goodies

Hello crafty friends! Today I am showing a few more of my favorite cards using leftover scrap goodies from a collection called Enchanted by American Crafts and Dear Lizzy. I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I made them.


This first card used the same design concept as the first card on Friday's blog post. The sentiment is rub-ons. I just love putting my rub-ons to good use. :) The blue birds are actually from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Eastern Influences. I thought it makes sense to include these two birds on the main panel given that the sentiment included the word "bird" in it.


For this card, I used a flower sticker sheet and a leather tea embellishment for my focal panel. The photographs didn't do a good job capturing the shiny part of the card, but the flowers on the sticker sheet have some glitters on them with a coat of glossy accents. The background was created using some green floral pattern washi tape. I just eye-balled where the tape is going to go and taped it across the card base panel as straight as possible. Then I covered the ugly part where the tape was ripped with a green frame.


This last card is one of my absolute favorite card from this collection.



I LOVE this floral glitter paper from the collection so much. It's those type of glitter papers where the glitter doesn't rub off. Anyway, I die-cut the glitter paper with a heart and attached my sentiment and butterfly. The sentiment is heat embossed with blue metallic embossing powder. Then, I added some sparkling clear sequins as a finishing touch.

I hope you were inspired by today's cards. I hope you'll want to go and dig through your pile of patterned papers scraps and put them to use. I'll see you back here soon. Have a wonderful week!

4.24.2015

Cards Using Patterned Papers Scraps

Hello there! Happy Friday! A few of you were curious about how I was able to complete 14 cards in one day, so I thought I share how I did it. Just so you know, I'm usually a slow crafter, especially if there's stamping involve. So, don't go thinking that I'm fast, okay? :) On this particular day, I woke up at 7:30 a.m., ate breakfast and went straight to the craft room. I actually forgot to eat lunch. I was so into it that I didn't remember to eat until my husband mentioned dinner around 4:00. After dinner and washing dishes, I went back upstairs to do some serious crafting. I actually didn't go to sleep until 1:30ish a.m. So, yeah, I pretty much locked myself in my craft room all day on Saturday.

Anyway, during my marathon of cardmaking session I was able to do some fast crafting by:
  1. Skipping a lot of stamping. I only use some stamping for my sentiments and a couple of backgrounds.
  2. Selecting manufacture embellishments that were premade or embellishments that I made for a previous project and ended up not using it. Also, the embellishments are from the same collection as the patterned papers scraps so they coordinates.
  3. Doing a lot of die-cutting which makes it so much easier and faster. (No fussy cutting, baby!)
  4. Following sketches with simple layouts.
  5. Using only patterned papers from the same collection, so, therefore I didn't have to do a lot of guesswork to find which papers will coordinate.
The following cards uses the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Enchanted Collection scraps pile. Here's the first card:


I did a little background stamping here using the chevron background stamp from Lawn Fawn. I also stamped the sentiment and then heat embossed using blue metallic embossing powder. The butterfly and ribbon was part of an embellishment pack that came with the collection.



Here's another card:


The blue panel has some stamping on it. I salvaged this piece from a failed project. I spent so much time stamping and aligning those arrows for my other project, why throw it away if you could use it for another project, right? And, the front panel is actually a piece that I planned to use for a scrapbook page, but ended up using something else instead. The image and sentiment are rub-ons. I randomly added some clear gemstones and colored the stitched edge using my RV25 copic marker. I used the chisel end to do this.

And lastly, a Mother's Day card.


I used Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABC’s to spell out my sentiment and heat embossed with the same embossing powder as the first card. I secured the vellum with heart brads. Behind the leather flower embellishment is actually a doily that I cut out from. I kept the inner circle and threw away the lacy part. I used a pink pen and faux stitched around the flower. The flower was pop up with foam dimensional adhesives.


I like to continue to show you more, but I'm running out of time. I have to go to work now. I have a wedding this weekend, but first thing Monday, I will be back to show you some more of my patterned papers scraps cards.

Thank you all for stopping in and have a wonderful weekend friends!

4.21.2015

Newton's Nook Designs Stamps

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I sure did! I mentioned in my previous post that I would be spending this past Saturday tackling my pile of patterned papers scraps...and that I did! I made 14 cards using only patterned papers scraps, old embellishments, and cardstocks. I didn't do a whole lot of stamping to those cards, but that's okay. I'm just happy that I was able to cut down on some of those patterned papers scraps and hoarded embellishments. I will be sharing some of my favorites with you in the next couple of days, but today, I wanted to focus on something else.


On Saturday while I was up in my room crafting away, my husband brought me a happy mail package. It was my free Newton's Nook Designs stamp sets that I won two weeks ago from Ana's Instagram Contest. Also, I just recently found out that I won another set from Newton's Nook April release too! Excited for that to arrive! I hope my winning streaks continue! Just kidding. I can't be selfish. Anyway, I've heard of Newton's Nook but had never ordered or used their stamps before until now. I did a little research on Newton's Nook company after I won the contest and to my surprise found out that they are located in the Southern Wisconsin area where I'm also from! They're only about an hour and a half drive from where I am. I'm just excited to see a stamp company so close to me! :)

Here's a couple of cards I created using the sets that I won:


This first set is called Versatile Vases and it has a lot of different flowers and vases with cute sentiments. I think it's the perfect set for Mother's Day card too.


I used Simon Says Stamp Large Tag die to create my frame and stamped Hero Arts Envelope Patterned background stamp on the frame and window. I added a cream bow on top of the frame for a little bit more pizzazz.


This second set is called Newton's Birthday Bash. I kept this card pretty simple. I went with the banner color scheme for my card. I die cut some scalloped strips for Arrow, who is my MIL & FIL cat to sit on. The box of presents was paper pieced and I used Ranger white enamel dots on the yellow ribbon.

I absolutely am excited about this stamp company. I love a lot of their stamps images and know for sure that I will be adding a few more of their stamps set to my collection. I encourage you to check them out too, if you haven't already done so. Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

4.14.2015

Cards Using Scrap Goodies

Hello! Popping in to share a couple of cards. Last night I attempted to make a dent in my pile of scrap papers. I failed miserably at that because it looks like I haven't even touch it. Lol! Of course, I needed to make more than just a couple of cards to see that scrap pile disappear. :)


I created the custom sentiment using Lawn Fawn Milo ABCs on a vellum banner. Oh, and thanks to everyone who shared their tips on stamping on vellum. I tried a few of the tips and found that I like the Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink with the black/clear heat embossing. The image is just so crisp. I love it! So thank you!


Just wanted to share the detail of this felt strawberry embellishment. I've held on to this embellishment (and many others) for several years because I planned to use it in my scrapbook page, but the page that I wanted to use it for never happen. For example, go strawberry picking or eating a delicious strawberry. Lol! I have many, many photos opportunities when it comes to eating those strawberries, but either I was enjoying it too much or the idea of taking a picture didn't cross my mind. So, my scrapbooking motto for old supplies from now on is if I haven't already use it, I never will, so just use it already! Lol! Do you, too, have supplies that you’re saving for the perfect project? Tell me I'm not alone!


I usually try to make cards with a recipient in mind, but because I was feeling inspired by this little felt birdie, I decided to make it an exception. I also love the "Spring has Sprung" patterned paper and wanted to pair it together. Now, I actually don't know anyone who is having a baby in the Spring, but I hope I can give it to someone who does know someone who is having a baby in the Spring or found out that they're pregnant in the Spring.


This is also one of those “saved” embellishment. I actually have pictures for this one, but I never printed the pictures. I probably never will. I guessed it’s not that important. Usually if an event is important to me or my husband or family members, I usually print the pictures right away and scrapbook it.

That is all I have for you today. I plan to have a marathon of card-making session using some more of my scrap papers and embellishments this Saturday. So, I'll have more to share then. Have a wonderful week!

4.10.2015

Avery Elle Petals and Stems: Gift Cards Set

Hello Crafty Friends! Just wanted to pop in and share a set of cards I made for my father-in-law wife. I guess that would make her my mother-in-law too. But, I guess having two mother-in-laws is better than none. Anyway, yesterday I actually had several hours of nothing planned - can you believed it? Yesterday evening, we had a tornado warning, flood watch and thunderstorms all going on at once and boy was I glad I'm not needed anywhere. In the hours of having nothing planned, I managed to make a set of coordinating cards to give to my father-in-law wife as a birthday gift. I try to choose a color palette that will work well with different occasion. I hope you like it.

This first card is my most favorite card from the set. Nothing special other than that the large flower was popped up with foam dimensional adhesives.


This is the first time I used Simon Says Stamp inks. Here I used Mint and Cotton Candy dye Inks. A while back, I was fortunate enough to win a gift voucher to their store. I used my voucher on a few inks and matching cardstocks. I love the cardstocks, but I'm not so sure about the inks. You know the part where the ink "suppose" to even out after it dry? Well, it didn't. I don't know if I'm stamping it wrong or maybe used the wrong type of paper, but I am still getting blotchy stamped images even after I let it dry out. I might have to try them with different stamps. I must say though, the card still turned out very pretty!

I'm not so sure about this next card. I think it looks too plain. I don't know what else to add. What do you think? Or do you think it's already too much?


I added glossy accents to the berries and a pearl to each of the flower. The sentiment was black heat embossed on a stamped background envelope pattern that I won from a contest. It's from Hero Arts. I must say, I love this background stamp. I've already used it five times since I received it two weeks ago.


I absolutely love this third card! I loved the cluster of flowers and thought those pearly centers look much better than the flower nectars that came along with the stamp set. The idea behind this is that I wanted it to look like a bouquet of flowers. And I thought it kind of does after I finished layering them. I used an old, old stamp from Stampin' Up! called Flourishes and Frames to create the light blue frame. I thought it look nice behind all those flowers.


For this card, I was having one particular issue and that is stamping on Vellum. The black ink kept bleeding (like in the picture) every time I stamped the sentiment. After several tries, I decided that I'm just going to leave it like it is. Do any of you know what special ink to use for vellum? Any answers would be very much appreciated.

Looks like we're going to have another thunderstorm again. I hear the rain drops against the window here in my office. OH! I just heard thunder. I better turn off the computer now. Thanks for stopping in and checking up on me. Have yourself a great afternoon or evening or morning! Or wherever you are, have yourself a good one!

4.02.2015

Thank You Card Featuring Stamping Up!

Hello friends! April is officially here! I hope you'll find plenty of time this month to do crafting and yet still enjoy the beautiful weather. Yesterday I was able to get started on my Spring cleaning. I wanted to start a little early this year so I can actually enjoy the weather a bit more later. I have only made it as far as the dining room and sun room. So, you know what I'll be doing if I'm not crafting! :)

I made this card for Heidi, a friend that I met through the blog world. Some of you know her by Crafty Time 4 You. Heidi is such a sweet and inspirational person and I'm so lucky to be able to call her friend. She invited me to participate in the Crafty Friendship Blog Hop last month and so I was just grateful for that fun experience. Would you believe that something so small like opening an email inbox could fill a person with so much joy and happiness? Simple joy like this is what I cherish most. :) Thanks Heidi!


This card was inspired by the pictures from my Fujifilm Mini Instax Camera. I love this fun little camera. If you haven't got one yet, you should! This is a camera to have if you want to shoot for the fun of it. Since I love the instax film look, I wanted this card to have that. I wanted it to look like a pile of snap shots. For all three frames, I used Mama Elephant Insta Love Dies. The yellow "film" captured a little grateful sheep holding a heart. I think the "photograph" sums up what I truly felt. Grateful.


To give the sheep some texture, I used a dryer sheet. I simply stamp the sheep right onto the dryer sheet and fuzzy cut it. Then I just glued on top of my stamped image.  I learned this technique from my first Stampin' Up! demonstrator back in 2010. If you haven't already try this technique, you should! It's a fun way to add textures. I also added a little bit of glossy accents to the heart to make it a bit more interesting.


These tiny clouds are part of the Avery Elle Finished Frames Die-cut set. Don't they look like little sprinkles for cupcakes and donuts? They're just so tiny and cute. My first thought was to use them as a mask on my focal panel, but then I thought why would I even want to masked them. They already look so cool as is. Lol. Also, don't they look like embossing paste?

Well, that's it for today. I hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks so much for looking and as always have a wonderful day!

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock: Neenah - Solar White; Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 12x12 Paper Pack and Float Away Sheet; Heidi Swapp - Sugar Chic 12x12 Paper Pack and Serendipity 12x12 Paper Pack
Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Pun Fun
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distressed Inks Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn
Others: Avery Elle - Finished Frames; Lawn Fawn - Mama Elephant - Insta Love Die; Large and Small Rectangle Stackables Dies; Pretty Pink Posh - 6MM Marshmallow Sequins; Treehouse Studio - 5MM Silver Sequins; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Therm-O-Web - Zots Glue Dots; Sakura - Quickie Glue Pen; Scotch - Permanent Glue Stick; Ranger - Glossy Accents; Copic Markers; Dryer Sheet