Thursday, December 18, 2014

Use That Watercolor Background

Hello! I have a wintery card to share...
It was all because I had made a richly watercolored paper background. I though it was too good to waste, so I created a card with some intricate dies.

See that background? 
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Yeah, it's nice to do something with that colored paper as a canvas. I used CAS-ual Fri-Die (Flurry) to make some die cuts. First, I made a cut through the watercolor paper, then added blue vellum and the twice silver-embossed snowflake on top. I added some silver stitching at the corners to keep the design balanced and interesting. 
I am slowing mailing out my Christmas cards. It's definitely a good thing that I donated 30 cards to our church. I vow to do better each year (sigh).  My big kids just set up the Christmas tree last night...I know it's a little late, but it's better late than never, right?
Lastly, here is a sneak peek of the current challenge over StampNation.

About StampNation:
Click Here to Join and Learn More about the Benefits 
  • 425+ video tutorials
  • 30+ Lessons in Clean & Simple Design....new lessons in video format
  • Spotlight on Trends Articles (I host a Stamp Clinic)
  • & SO MUCH MORE!
We are having Stephanie's church group of 15 over for dinner tomorrow. I am off to prep and bake!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 295

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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Bling It On Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...
Winter Inspiration

 We are using Penny Black products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-) 

As you may know, I have created many cards with this stamp set.  You can see 3 other versions here.  This time I used stenciled dots to mimic the snow. 

Rejoice
 Supplies: Exultations , Stencil Design Dotlets, , Berry Merry Christmas , Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (white), Martha Stewart glitter

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.


You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Color Images with Distress Inks

Just popping in to share a card. You may have already seen it over Virginia's View Challenge .
In case you didn't, here it is...
Noel
Stamps: Penny Black (Sparkler)
Inks: TH Distress Ink ( Barn Door, Festive Berrie, Mowed Lawn, Peel Paint, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed))
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Snow Day Collection)
Accessories: Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Markers (Faber-Castell, Marvey)

 You see, with distress inks, you can color the entire image with your sponging/distressing. This stamp Sparkler is ideal for this type of distressing. I also did it on pattern paper for added interest. 

Lastly, here is a cute photo of my daughter Stephanie from yesterday.
Stephanie successfully passed her comprehensive exam for her PhD. She is now officially a PhD CANDIDATE (instead of a PhD student) in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo--BIG difference, huh? LOL.

In case you are interested to know more about Stephanie and her work. Here's the profile at the university website
"....While Stephanie’s Master’s thesis explored individual meanings of health and illness in the realm of food allergies, she has since shifted her focus to program evaluation and global health. For her dissertation she is evaluating NGOs who work in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) sector using gender-responsive and utilization-focused approaches. Outside of her research work, Stephanie is a Co-Director for Stand Up to Stigma—a student-led mental health initiative at the University of Waterloo. In her spare time she also enjoys playing the cello and working as a wedding photographer."
 
As you can tell, I am so proud of my girl. Way to go, Stephanie!  
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Song ( Take 2!)

Hello! It's always fun to share new things/techniques with you.
Today's card is a follow-up on a previous card that I made (see here).
 I am showing you the simple process of how I created this card.

Card stock: white and vellum (Michael’s), grey (DCWV)
Stamps: Label Love (Altenew), Winter Song (Penny Black)
Embossing powder: Stampendous (white, detailed)
Inks: Versafine (Tsukineko)
Accessories: silver strings (Michael’s), sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Le Plume Markers (Marvy Uchida), 3D pop dots (Recollections)

 TWO important things about this card: 
~emboss the image in white on vellum ( this works because of the "snowy" scene")
~color the images from the backside in blue, grey, red and yellow (the more vibrant, the better)
Missing You!
 You can use any markers (such as copics, Sharpie,...)  to color the backside of the vellum. As long as you have a plan before you color, you are good to go!

  I hope that you like this technique! And don't feel intimidated with a detailed stamp like "Winter Song". It really is easier than you think.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NEW Release at Simon Says Stamp-Better Together

Have you heard...?
Simon Says Stamp is having another new release (details here). In case you are tired of making Christmas cards, this collection "Better Together" will get you started on card-making for Valentine's Day and all the special greetings that you send year round. 
Wishing
 Lucky for me to get one of the new stamp sets called Sending and Wishing.
http://simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=314514&c=1437
This set comes with many sentiments that you can use for numerous occasions: weddings, anniversaries, Valentines, birthdays, encouragement, thinking of you....etc! If you are looking for a versatile sentiment set, you definitely need to consider this one.
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 When In Stitches release came, I ordered some new dies as well. Screen Elements
was CALLING my name... what can I say? It was love at first sight! This set gives me the satisfaction of doing some easy stitching.
Today's card is the result of these two fabulous goodies!
Wishing #2
With embossing, bits of pattern paper ( Basic Grey's Vivienne), twines, gold strings and sequins, this card is done! Many of my friends and family do not live close to me. This is the first time that a sentiment said: "Wishing we lived closer, because I miss you". Perfect. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winner's Post!

A quick post about my two giveaways ....
For the World Card Making Day Blog Hop giveaway (details here), 
the lucky winner is

#66 (out of 93)
Congratulations on your winning card. It's no wonder it was chosen. I love the theme and design. I'm a follower of your blog and love your challenges.


For my birthday giveaway (details here) , $25 Gift card from Ellen Hutson goes to...
#12 (out of 88)
a BIG happy birthday Virginia.... I LOVE visiting your blog as I always come away feeling happy and inspired. Always full of fun. Thank you for being YOU Virginia!

Congratulations, Bobby and Dawn! 

Please e-mail me so I can get the prize out to you ASAP. 

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank EVERYONE who gave me such positive and kind comments in all my recent posts. Even my daughter Stephanie commented how AWESOME the comments were that I received in my blog, especially my birthday post! Gosh, I didn't know that she visits my blog!

Here is the really sweet photo that I took from my birthday...
My dear friend O. had the pen and box engraved! I can't believe that I just turned 29! LOL! 
I got some K cups from Dr. John since he knows that I am such a coffee addict! 
But what touches me most was the hand written card that Stephanie (and David) made. They definitely are my biggest accomplishments in life.

Thank you once again for your awesome support. 
There will be more giveaways next year, I am sure of that.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Song

Hi friends!
I am popping in to share a wintery card.
Winter Song

This stamp from Penny Black is so detailed and lovely. Sometimes an image does all the work for you...you wonder what you can do with a stamp like this. With some thought and planning, this was the first card that I created.
Noel
If you would like to see how I created this card, I will share the creative process soon.

 Here is a sneak peek of the StampNation challenge. Our sponsor is DeNami Designs.

About StampNation:
Click Here to Join and Learn More about the Benefits 
Want to play along and have a chance to win a $50 Gift Cert. for DeNami Designs?

**This month StampNation members also get a discount code for DeNami Designs!**
  • 425+ video tutorials
  • 30+ Lessons in Clean & Simple Design....new lessons in video format
  • Spotlight on Trends Articles (I host a Stamp Clinic)
  • & SO MUCH MORE!
Last but not least, I will announce the two winners for the giveaways in my post tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

This is my 3rd post of the day.
For CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Feature, please click here
For Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, please scroll down or click here
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It's a lovely day for blog hopping! I am joining a few card-makers to do this hop because all of us are coffee-lovers! I love playing with dies. For this card, I stacked the three cups after coloring them with watercolors.
sending you a latte thanks
Card stock: white, kraft (Michael’s), Strathmore Watercolor paper (110 lbs)
Stamps: What’s Brewing (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: Coffee Cup Craft Die (Simon Says Stamp)
Inks: Peerless Watercolors, VersaMark by Tsukineko, Cup of Joe (Hero Arts),
Accessories: IrRESISTibles Silver Texture Spray (Tsukineko), sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), 3 D pop dots (EK Success), sequins (Avery Elle)

 Big thanks to Amy Tsuruta for organizing the hop. She is amazing and got this amazing hop set up for us to enjoy! I hope that you enjoy hopping because there are prizes to be won, thanks to the generous donations from the manufacturers!
You can find out all about the hop here.
Enjoy the hop! Thanks for stopping by!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Feature

It's a busy blog day here ....
For Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, please visit here
Today's my turn to share projects over CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog!

For my first project, I have used glitter and glitter paper. See the top strip of glitter? That was done with a small double-sided tape like this one ( you can buy it here) with Martha Stewart glitter. And with the new Flurry Fri-Dies, this card takes little time to create!
Season's Greetings

For my 2nd project, I have combined the latest Fri-Dies "Bubble Box" for this tag design.
http://www.cas-ualfridaysstamps.com/Bubble-Box-Fri-Dies-CFSD-14-111.htm
 I used the 3rd largest size for this tag.
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 I simply stamped the design with this set called Pinecones and stamped the sentiment from Snowflake Splendor. I punched out small circles from Add a Little Dazzle metal sheets to add the shine.
 
Please stop by CAS-ual Fridays and you can leave me your comments there.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 294

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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Christmas/Holiday Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Bling It On

 We are using KaiserCraft this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-)

 For the bling, I used White and Blush pearls. They look very subtle, don't they?
thankful for small things in life

 The stamp set that I used is BE YOU TIFUL
It is quite a lovely set! Sorry if it's out of stock over SSS! But you can put it on your wish list!

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=303373

 It has quite a few gorgeous images and is only $6.99. I think it's a great bargain.


As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.


You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Today is a SPECIAL day ... for me!

I was not planning on posting anything for today, but I couldn't resist. 
Yeah, it's my birthday. 
I made this card a while ago. It's made of scrap pieces.
Happy birthday
I think the card is kind of like me--
easy-going (depends on who you talk to, I guess)
 uncomplicated (Dr. John thinks I am simple-minded, my kids think I am gullible)
cheery (hello, cheery is my middle name!!!)
FUN! ( I like to make people laugh, I WAS the class clown...)
....

I want to thank each one of you for checking out my blog.
I know, I post so much. LOL
 I want to thank you for being HERE for me. 
I feel so blessed and I have SO much to be thankful for. 

 OK. Enough about me.
http://www.ellenhutson.com/servlet/StoreFront
I am giving a $25 gift card to Ellen Huston to a commenter on this post. The random winner will be announced along with the World Card Making-Day Giveaway (details here) on the 12th. The deadline for this giveaway is before the 12th (obviously).

In your comment, please tell me what you like about my blog...or anything you like to share.
Thank you!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Playing with Gelatos and Dies!

Hello! How is your December going so far?
 This just came straight out of my oven, so I am posting it while it's still "fresh"!

I like to make my own pie crusts.
Filling: 3 eggs, 1 cup corn syrup, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 cups Pecan (toasted for 6 min at 375 F), 5 tab. unsalted butter (oops, I forgot to add butter). 
Source : The Joy of Cooking
Bake in oven at 350F for 35-45 min. Enjoy!

Now onto the card....the other day I decided to play with some Gelatos as they were being somewhat neglected.
Around Town
I have played with this Penny Black die in the past and here are some different versions of them.  

Card #1 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Card #2 
be jolly  
This is the Gelato version.
Happy Holiday
I blended the Gelatos (Blueberry, Margarita, Metallic Melon, Metallic Mint, Butterscotch,
Silver Ice, Guava, Raspberry)  with my wet fingers. At the end, I dabbed on a thin layer of Gesso.  In order to give some interest to the design, I did some stitching with sequins. This card truly is one of a kind as there will never be another one with exactly the same colors...

I have been neglecting the Christmas decorations a bit in the last few years. I finally did some minor updating on the wreath for the front door. I re-did the ribbons ( I have a huge roll from Costco from years ago) and bought some bright poinsettia flowers....all this cost me $8! Not bad, huh?
Thanks for stopping by!