Saturday, May 31, 2014

When Captain America Throws His Mighty Sheild...

Click on the link for a fun throw back (or at least if you are as old as I am)! I saw this card also on Pintrest and it was so easy and fun I could not resist. I did change my sentiment. I remember my brother watching this cartoon when we were growing up!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dads and Grads - Masculine Cards

If you are anything like me you struggle with the masculine cards most of all. So, to challenge myself a bit I have decided that I want to do at least 2 weeks of masculine only cards that will be perfect for the men in your life and mine. OK, that is a BIG challenge but here goes.

Today I am featuring the soon to be retired and oh so cute Hello, Sailor stamp set. I kept my colors simple because I am still in holiday mode but these colors will always be appreciated by men. Click here to place any last minute order from the current catalog and mini.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hello, Sailor

Simple Z-Fold

View from above

I realize that even as I am setting up this post that today is my son's 31st birthday. Wow! Where has the time gone? I remember when I was a very young mother with my hair all frizzled and being at the Wally World and some sweet 'old' woman would stop and smile at my child and then say something like..."Cherish these moments, they will be gone in the blink of an eye." Looking back 31 years ago and she was right! 

Ah, I digress. This is a Z-fold card that I made in my masculine challenge for today. I used the very masculine colors of Real Red, Whisper White and Night of Navy. I added touches of gold and silver glitter paper for the stars. I am going to miss this set, Hello, Sailor. I did not get to play with it much. 

Happy Birthday, Cody!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CCMC304 - Color Challenge


Keeping to my challenge to make masculine cards I am playing with Connie and Mary and decided to use these colors for a graduation card. Really, you can never go wrong with a graduation card for a guy. They are a bit hard to find though. So, I kept this one very simple and made the traditional cap with tassel using the challenge colors. I hand colored my tassel with my Soft Sky marker.

The phrase is not available in stamps anymore but is still available on My Digital Studio.

Word Play Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download124432

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MoJo 347 - Tall and Skinny

Playing with a challenge and making it fit my own personal challenge for a masculine card. This one is a little more challenging for me. Whenever I see a flower I Not so with the manly man card. So, I went with stars. Also, ribbons are not too manly but hey, they will just have to deal with this one. After all, military men are always earning ribbons and stripes.  You may recognize that the colors I chose were also the new In Colors for the new catalog, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and the coordinating Smoky Slate.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Card #2

Another 'old' postcard that I found on the net and printed out. I mounted this one on Night of Navy and a piece of DSP from the Fresh Prints stack. My dad served in the Air Force, my oldest brother served in the Navy and my younger brother was Army all the way. I am proud to have had them help with our freedoms. I pray that I will never take that for granted!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vintage Memorial Day #1

Ooh, I just love the look of vintage! I like to collect old toys and lots of antique kitchen gadgets. So, I guess it makes sense that I should also love the vintage style of card making. I found this image on the web and quickly printed it and mounted it to the Crumb Cake card stock for the finishing touch. Come back tomorrow for another vintage Memorial Day card.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nacho Average Challenge #90

Woo...I don't think I was the only one who found this color combo a bit of a challenge. Since it is graduation season I decided to make a graduation card for this color challenge. I used the brand new Bravo set from the newest catalog for the focal point. This set will be great for any congrats/well done card. 

Cheer Up Buttercup by Stampin' Up!

Cheer Up Buttercup Box

Geometrical Stamp Set
Coastal Cabana Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
Jet Black StazOn Pad
VersaMark Pad
Accessories & Tools
Tag a Bag Gift Boxes
Tangerine Tango Stampin' Emboss Powder
Whisper White Baker's Twine
Basic Metal Buttons
Window Sheets
Hole punch
  1. Repeatedly stamp the circle image from the Geometrical Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana ink on the 2" x 12" piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.
  2. Adhere the stamped Coastal Cabana Cardstock to the Tag a Bag Gift Box. Set aside.
  3. Repeatedly stamp circles in Coastal Cabana ink on the 2-3/4" x 2" piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (black triangles). Set aside.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark ink on a 3" x 2-1/4" Window Sheet piece. Pour Tangerine Tango Stampin' Emboss Powder over the sentiment. Shake off the excess powder and heat emboss.
  5. To create the tag, adhere the embossed Window Sheet piece to the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper using the Two-Way Glue Pen.
  6. Punch a hole in the tag using a hole punch.
  7. Stamp the arrow in Jet Black StazOn ink, and cut it out. Adhere the arrow lengthwise directly below the hole.
  8. Wrap the box three times with Whisper White Baker's Twine, then run the ends of the Whisper White Baker's Twine through the tag hole and the Basic Metal Button holes. Tie a bow.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Graduation Gifting

I received a graduation party invite from an adult friend who recently finished her Bachelor's degree. Well, what do you give an adult? I don't think cash was the answer for this friend so I checked my stash of 'good stuff' and came up with a little personalized candle. I made the box, tag and candle.

P.S. She loved her candle and I think I can book a party off of it!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saying Goodbye Just Got Sweeter!

Retired List


May 20, 2014Get excited! We are currently offering a 25%-50% discount on many of the retiring products, not including those products that are no longer available. This will be live on May 22, but you have to act fast, as this special offer is only available until June 4, 2014. If you missed out on a product the first time, this is your last chance to get it before it's gone for good!

Way to Go!

I was at work last week and heard some of the girls in the office complaining about the price of cards at the stores now a days. I couldn't let that pass so I offered to make/bring a couple of cards that they were needing. One gal had gotten a promotion to the state office and we needed this type card. I took a couple and this is the one they chose. 

Just a reminder, no need to waste all the under card. I punched the circle I needed out of this before I layered it. Waste not, want not.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Clean and Simple Floral

You know how I love clean and simple cards and most things in my life are just that...clean and simple. It is the best life for me and I am not a frilly girlie-girl. I am just me and that is OK. So, I could not resist making a clean and simple 'floral' for this challenge. This is a simple 5x5 card that will be great for any occasion.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Playing with the new Blendabilities

I just got my first catalog order from the pre-orders that demonstrator's can get. I wanted to try my hand at the new blendable markers. I have never played with any of the alcohol inked markers. I ordered the new Blended Bloom and a couple sets of the blendabilities. Did you know that they come in sets of 3 colors for only 11.95! You also need the Momento stamp pad for the basic stamp. I quickly sat down and made this pretty 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 card. I have to practice more but I am sure they are going to be fun for all!

Monday, May 19, 2014

By the Tide for Father's Day


A sketch, a stamp set and and a couple of colors and what do you have? A father's day card that any man (especially my man) would love!

We are headed to a scuba vacation in only 2 weeks and we are really getting psyched. This will be our first vacation since we moved and we are very land locked in Oklahoma. Bonaire, here we come. BTW, Bonaire is a beautiful little island by Aruba and Curacoa. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Nacho Average Challenge #89

The sketch for this challenge is so easy and so versatile. You can do just about anything with it and so I played with it a bit and decided to do a tag card. Keeping things simple, that is my mantra. Also, while cruising around I realized that this matches the Technostamper blog challenge too. Yea, love it when that happens.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Artisan Birthday Card

This is a fun and beautiful card featuring the stamp set Label Love and the wonderful punch to match the stamps. I love the softness of this card with the soft colors and tissue paper flowers that were inked to match. Enjoy! This card was done was Artisan winner, Mercedes Weber. What an inspiration!

Friday, May 16, 2014

HSS Color Challenge #185

I love, love, love these colors and the matching DSP called Retro Fresh. I am really going to miss it! Be sure to get yours before it retires or sells out! So, I cased a Mary Brown for this card. I love this layout and did it without the stamp set she used just using the DSP! Keeping it quick and simple...that is my goal.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

the paper players PP195

Today I am  playing with the paper players. These are pretty colors but I was quite challenged to make something worthy to show. I finally cased another card that I had done for the layout and images making a few minor changes. Simple Simon and Easy Peasy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Hamburger Box

How fun is this??!!
Heart Hamburger Box

Something to Say Stamp Set
Lost Lagoon Cardstock
Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Accessories & Tools
Mossy Meadow 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Linen Thread
1/16" Circle Punch
Big Shot
Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Color Meets Sketch

I made this card to fit 2 sketches this week. As you can tell, I am behind again with my blogging. This new job and these new hours are really beating me up! So, a combo it is.



What a great sketch to use up the soon-to-be-retired DSP. I may be making a few more of these cards. I used DSP from several packs and kept my card very simple because as I said before...I am way behind.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Work of Art Card by Stampin' Up!

Note the fun file tab...a new edgelit!

Work of Art Card (3-1/2" x 5")

Work of Art Stamp Set
Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
Note Cards & Envelopes
Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad
Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories & Tools
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Paper-Piercing Tool
Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack
Stampin' Pierce Mat
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Big Shot
File Tabs Edgelits Dies

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Made for Mom

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Blendabilities by Stampin' Up! - More to Come

Stampin' Up! is excited to announce that one of our most exciting new products, Stampin' Blendabilities Markers, are now available for preorder! These exclusive alcohol-based marker sets, come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same color ), and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colors. We recommend using Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock with your Stampin' Up! Blendabilities, but any one of our cardstocks would work just as well. And since traditional alcohol markers require a bit of training and aren't as accessible, we've developed videos to ensure that Blendabilities are easy-to-use for everyone!

  • Cherry Cobbler   (Item #130995 - $11.95)
  • Coastal Cabana  (Item #131000 - $11.95)
  • Daffodil Delight   (Item #130998 - $11.95)
  • Old Olive   (Item #130999 - $11.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie  (Item #130997 - $11.95)
  • Rich Razzleberry  (Item #131003 - $11.95)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (Item #129370 - $22.95)
In addition, the following Blendabilities products will also be available:
  • Memento Ink Pad (Item #132708 - $5.95)
  • Memento Ink Refill (Item #133456 - $4.95)
  • Color Lifter  (Item #129369 - $4.95)
What Sets Them Apart:
  • The Stampin' Up! rectangular barrel keeps your markers from rolling away!
  • Flat storage helps to maintain the life of each marker.
  • Each marker comes with a tip on each end: brush and fine. 
  • Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.
  • Color coded caps.
  • Stampin' Up! markers coordinate wonderfully with our cardstock, and can be used with transparent sheets.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Baby, We've Grown

I have made a very quick and easy baby boy card here. I first punched the circle in my card and then punched the scalloped circle. I used my punched circle for a guide to punch the center of the scallop out and then used the center for my focal point. I water colored the bunny parts using my Marina Mist and blender pen. Fast, fun and easy. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Flower Shop

This is what I did with some of the 'leftovers' from the card I showed on Sunday on CCMC. Really, there are never leftovers but always good scraps. Whatever, I used the same flower set and made a different card using the same colors. Simple Simon!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mother's Day Card for 2 Moms and 2 Challenges

I made this little card for the Mother's Day challenge on The Paper Players which was simply Mothers. I  used the sketch from Craft Project Central to design my card. I kept it simple and sweet for the mom's in my life. Who can resist a butterfly? They are a real reminder of Spring!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Are You a Scrapper???

Project Life

Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. We've partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.
Becky explains, "It's called Project LIFE because it's about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book."  In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

Cards & Labels Project Life Framelits Dies
Day to Day Digital Project Life Stamp Brush Set
Everyday Adventure Digital Project Life Cards
Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack
Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection
Point & Click Digital Project Life Stamp Brush Set
Project Life Au jour le jour (Day to Day Set in French)
Project Life Corner Punch
Project Life Day to Day Photopolymer Stamp Set
Project Life Journaling Pens
Project Life Point & Click Photopolymer Stamp Set
Variety Pack 12 x 12 Project Life Photo Pocket Pages