Thursday, August 31, 2017

Paper Smooches - last week of guest designing

Back again today with my last (sniff sniff) card for the guest design spot with Paper Smooches.  I have had a blast working with Kim's adorable and innovative designs.  I hope it's not the last time we work together.

This card was inspired by two things - first was the wonderful Wavy Pattern Die which was a terrific way to show off the second inspiring thing - the background paper behind the die.  I created that with Distress Oxide inks and used it to pick my color pallet.  Matting layers in black help make the wavy border just pop so well.  I used the stamp from the Wavy Wishes for the sentiment and then used the Wavy Wishes Icon Die set to cut it out.  I popped it up a little then added the ribbon and bow to bring it all together.


I guess that's it for now - I'll still be working with tons of Paper Smooches stuff - so stay tuned for more to come!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Paper Smooches - Celebrate!

Hello my crafty peeps!  I'm here today to show off this adorable new die cut from Paper Smooches.  Isn't he just da'bomb?  I've had a blast guest designing for Paper Smooches and am thrilled to have had this opportunity!

For this card I used the Unicorn die on three different patterned papers and then pieced him back together using all three.  I added more patterned papers for the background and then used the celebrate stamp from the Sentiment Sampler set.  Some faux stitching and inked edges add a little interest to it all.  I love the way it came out.

Challenges for this card:

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope your day is filled with love and laughter.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Paper Smooches - Christmas lights

Back today with a quick share for Paper Smooches.  I am having a blast guest designing for them this month including this fun Christmas card I created using their Wavy Wishes stamp set.  I actually also used the Wavy Pattern dies set as a template to draw the fun wavy design my lights hang off of.  I was inspired by the shape and thought it made a good platform to hang the lights on.

The lights are stamped and then colored with my Copics.  I also used a fine glitter pen to add some shimmer on them.  I am not exactly sure why, but I fussy cut them and then glued them all done on the card --- then realized I should have just stamped them directly on the card.  Silly woman!  I added some crystal lacquer to each one to make them shine.   I used the same stamp set to add the holly leafs and the stamped sentiment.  Then a few patterned paper layers complete the card.

Challenges for this card:

Hope you enjoyed my share today.  Don't forget to head over the Paper Smooches site to check out all the August release... and rumor has it there is a big blog hop coming up as well.  Lots of inspiration headed your way.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Simple - Paper Smooches Guest Designer

Back today with some more simple cards for the guest design spot at Paper Smooches.  I'm having so much fun playing with the designs from the August release.  I kept these two fairly simple to let the wonderful products shine bright.

On this first card I used the Flower Frame Dies to create the flowers out of felt... then added the sentiment from the Magical Sampler stamp set.  I added some hand-drawn borders and a pop of patterned paper and colored mat to finish the edges.  I think this one will be a great all-around useful card to brighten a friends day.

On this simple Christmas card I used the Wavy Wishes set for the sentiment and the Wavy Pattern dies to add interest to the focal point sentiment.  This set is very versatile and adds such a unique touch to the cards.  I love that I am already starting my stash of holiday cards for later this year.

Love me some Paper Smooches!!!!  <3 a="">

I would love to enter the first card in the following challenges:

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - clean and simple
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - anything goes

Thanks for sharing your day with me!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Guest Designer - Paper Smooches

Wooohooo!  I can finally share with you some of the cards I created as a guest designer for the wonderful Kim Hughes at Paper Smooches!  This is only the first week of August and I'm already enjoying this so much.  The stamps and dies she designs make it so easy to create and are so unique to work with.  You gotta go check out the August release here.

For the first card I used the Unicorn die, but didn't use the horn which is separate from the body - great way to make it into something else and double the use of the die.  I decided it looked like a zebra to me and all it took was a few pen strokes to make that happen.  I used a sentiment from the Magical Sampler and the Banner Dies to create the simple sentiment on top.  Didn't it turn out adorable?

On the second card I water colored the background using Brushos, then stamped the sentiment directly on the background.  It's from the Wavy Wishes set.  Then I die cut some flower rings from the Flower Frame Set which also had heart die cut.  It came together so easily and turned out vibrant and cheery for sure.

Head on over to the Paper Smooches site to find all of the great dies and stamps included in the August release!

I would like to enter the Zebra card in the following challenges:

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - favorite products
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by - come back soon for more from my time with Paper Smooches!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

duh nuh, duh nuh, duh nuh, duh nuh...

This card was a "almost asleep, nighttime inspired" design.  You know that time of the night when you can't shut your mind off?  Yep, it came to me then - and I almost got up and created it right then.  However, after a night of good sleep, it went together easily.

I used a great stamp set from Avery Elle for the images called "Hello chum", and the "Slide on over" die cut set from Lawn Fawn to make the shark fin move back and forth...  I wish I had a recorder button on it playing the "Jaws" theme song... haha.

I gave this to my brother Bruce for his birthday, which made it extra cute since he loves the movie Finding Nemo and the shark's name in that is Bruce.  But even funnier is the fact that Bruce was also the name they gave the shark in Jaws, although that was just an on-set name, never used in the movie.  There ya go, a little fun trivia for the day.

Bruce belongs in some challenges:

Little Red Wagon - wet and wild
Crafting by Design - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
The Paper Girls Challenge - sea or beach

Have a great day!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Got Candy?

This adorable little candy monster reminds me of one of my favorite movies - Monsters Inc.  Doesn't he look like Mike Wazowski?  He comes from Taylored Expressions and comes complete with die cuts to match.  He is called Candy Monster and was a breeze to color up with my Copics.  Some circle die cuts layered and cut to frame the image made this card an easy one to put together.

I think Mike Wazowski deserves to be in some challenges, don't you?

Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - holiday
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes - make it funny
Sweet Stamping Challenge - lots of layers

Always a pleasure to have you stop by.

Happy Wednesday and hugs to you!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Art Impressions Card for Torrey

I adore the humor associated with Art Impression's stamps - they are so "punny"!  I created this one to send to a friend who was fighting off some health issues - and to top it off - was a nurse by profession.  I hope you enjoyed it Torrey!

I used the "Get Well" stamp set.  I colored the image with my Copics, then fussy cut her out so I could put her on the die cut circle stack.  Some matching design papers and a small ribbon strip finishes the card.  So fun!

I think she needs to be challenged!

Crafty Catz - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - die cuts/punches
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - use patterned paper
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Addicted to Stamping - make your mark

Thanks for joining me today!  Enjoy your weekend!