Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crafters of Faith ~ Whale Wishes

Today is the last day of the month and I am here to welcome you to my Crafters of Faith card! I am blessed to have you stop by and celebrate New Year’s Eve with us! The Crafters of Faith blogging group is a joyous blending of Christian friends ~ joined together to fellowship, share our faith, build friendships and craft together!

Here is the January Challenge that Sharon posed to us:
2013 is here! What a great time to clear out the old to make way for the new.

* For this challenge, I would like to see you use both old stash and new stash to create your card/project.

* To add a little fun to the challenge, I'd love to see you try a new technique -- something you've never done before. You can check out Google, YouTube, or even the SCS forums and galleries for inspiration!

* Make sure you tell me what's new and what's old and post a link or give a little description of the technique you used.

I checked out the tutorials on SCS and came up with “Embossed Kisses”.  The technique is to take stamp with a solid image and stamp it in one color ink.  Then take an embossing folder and ink up the embossed side with another colored ink.  Press the inked up stamp into the ink on the embossing folder and lift straight up and stamp the image on your cardstock.  I inked up the whale with Pool Party and the embossing folder with Island Indigo.  I tried it with a couple of stamps and liked the result with the whale stamp.  I realized I do not have too many solid image stamps—that might need to be a purchase in the future if I see something that will work for this technique.
I really did not use anything “new” on my card—other than to try a new technique.  However—I do think this is the first time this stamp set has been inked up.  I got it at a rummage sale a few years ago and I do think it is too cute!
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you do check out the other new creations from the wonderful ladies in the Crafters of Faith group! The blog list on the left side--please check out all of the cards.

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Whale Wishes

Cardstock—SU Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade; Kaiser Craft Spiro-graph Designer Paper

Ink—SU Island Indigo, Pool Party

Accessories—Limeade Enamel Brad; Indigo Mini Brads; Island Indigo Stitched Ruffled Ribbon; Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Butterfly Collage ~ Cherish


I am back with another {PIN}Spirational Challenges card.  I am so ready for spring to be here--so the butterfly image and the flowers and pastel colors are on the docket for today!
January 29-February 5

Here's the photo to inspire us:

Our sponsor this week is Gingerloft

Gingerloft kindly provided digital images for this challenge. I think this image is so pretty--reminds me of a love letter for Valentine's Day.  Did you see how the designer paper matches the swirls in the picture?  THANK YOU, Gingerloft

And here is the inside of my card--with the sentiment.

Image/Sentiment—Gingerloft Butterfly Collage; Stampin' Up Warm Words

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard; Gina K White; Echo Park Hello Summer Border Designer Paper

Accessories—Yellow and Green Flowers with Crystal Brads in Center;  Copic Markers; Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon; SU Punches and Distressing Tool

I hope you'll play along with this week's {PIN}Spirational Challenge, too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Gingerloft ~ Love is in the Air
My Time to Craft ~ Things with Wings
Digitally Sweet ~ Butterflies

Monday, January 28, 2013

Calendar Girls ~ Happiness

It is the 28th, so I am here to welcome you to another round with the Calendar Girls!

Who are the Calendar Girls? We are a group of bloggers who want to have a place where friendships blossom, creativity abounds, and encouragement prevails! In keeping with that dream, this blog group has been created so we will have a place to interact and enjoy being fellow bloggers.    And—we have a new member this month—so please welcome Linda when you check out her blog!

January Challenge was posed by Miss January, our own Jeanette:

This is a PHOTO INSPIRATION Challenge. But there’s a catch! You have to choose your own photo.

I want you to find a photo – it can be a picture you’ve taken (of a family member, a scenic drive, a food you’ve cooked, whatever) or it can be a picture someone else has taken. Maybe you even found it on the internet. After you’ve chosen the PHOTO you want to use, create a card/project inspired by that photo.

Of course on your blog post – when you show us your creation – we also want to see the photo that inspired you.

I thought this was a great challenge—however I did it backwards.........….  (No comment Jeanette!)  I found a stamp that I wanted to ink up first and then went online to find a picture that I could use as inspiration.  Since you saw the image on the card—you will know there are lots and lots of pictures online that I could choose from.

Here is the photo that was inspired by my stamp…………………………..

Image/Sentiment—Impression Obsession Hot Air Balloons; Stampin' Up Warm Words

Cardstock—Gina K White; Stampin’ Up Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, In Colors Patterned Papers Pack

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Island Indigo

Accessories—Copic Markers; Blue Button with Blue floss; 3/8 Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon; SU Punches

Please check out the blogs of all of the Calendar Girls—there are 10 of us, so it might take you a bit.   I am sure you will enjoy all of the creations inspired by photographs! All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar. Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy 4th of July Swap Card


And--here is the third card I made for Jenny's swap on SCS.  I love 4th of July as it was my dad's birthday and we always had a huge picnic on the farm for family and friends.  I have taken on the tradition and we have a great party every year.

Image/Sentiment—Stampabilities Happy 4th of July

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Real Red, Whisper White,  Night of Navy Gina K White; Stemma Patriotic Stars Designer Paper

Ink— Versamark

Accessories—Copic Markers; Black Embossing Powder; Red Satin Ribbon; White Star Brads

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wishing you the Joys.......

This is the second of the three sets of cards I made for a swap on SCS, hosted by Jenny.  The theme was fun holidays and Easter was one of the choices.  Verses is one of my favorite companies for sentiment stamps and this is one of my favorites!  I love to make Easter cards and I found this paper in my stash. 

Image/Sentiment--Verses-Easter Brings

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Certainly Celery, So Saffron Bashful Blue; Gina K White; It Takes Two Easter Eggs Designer Paper

Ink— SU Certainly Celery

Accessories— Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon; Green Brads; SU Oval Punch

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Be Mine ~ Valentine


I am back with another  {PIN}Spirational Challenges card.  Can  you tell I am getting ready for Valentines Day next month?
January 22-29

Here's the photo to inspire us:

Our sponsor this week is Cardmadfairy's Card Creations 

Cardmadfairy's Card Creations kindly provided digital images for this challenge. I chose the sentiment Be Mine Valentine……and used shades of red in the DSP to highlight the bowtie on the cute dog!   THANK YOU, Cardmadfairy's Card Creations.


Image/Sentiment—Cardmadfairy Card Creations--Be Mine Valentine

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Real Red, Primrose Petals and Basic Black; Gina K White; Reminisce Crazy in Love-Love Story Designer Paper

Accessories—SU Real Red button with Carnation Floss; Red and Pink Brads; Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon; Nesties Ribbon Tag

I hope you'll play along with this week's {PIN}Spirational Challenge, too!  Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Congrats Card for Monthly Swap

This card is for the monthly swap that Pam hosts on SCS.  Each month we make 10 swap cards and they can be any theme.  All of the swappers are wonderful and I have gotten some awesome cards back in the past.

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Well Scripted

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper

InkSU Poppy Parade

Accessories—SU Poppy Parade Stitched Satin Ribbon; White Brads

Friday, January 18, 2013

I love not Cooking ~ Mystery Swap


This card is for a Mystery Swap on SCS.  A group of us are doing a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess.  This swap was created by Forest Ranger—Jeanette and we are now in our second cycle.  Jeanette chose this image and will swap the cards and send us the next image, provided by Carol!  I can't wait to get the swap cards back to see how everyone else used the same image.  And then we get to do it all again!!!!

The image was a bit of a challenge for me—but I think it came out pretty nice.  I hope Jeanette as well as the others in the swap like it also.  I wanted to utilize as much of the pizza words on the patterned paper and the image covered most of it up when use as a background.  So—I used the image as a kind of flap and put a piece of the pizza paper, along with the sentiment Jeanette, sent on the inside.

Image/Sentiment—Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps

Cardstock— Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Cajun Craze;  Flair Designs Keep on Cooking Collection-Pizza designer paper; Staples White

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers; Orange shin, Orange Brads

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2 Posts Today! {Pin}spirational Challenge and Dueling Darlings

I have two posts today—a {PIN}spirational Challenge  Card as well as my Dueling Darlings Card.  Please scroll down for my DDD card. 

This is my second week on the {PIN}spirational Challenge Team and I hope you like my card.

January 15-21
Here's the photo to inspire us this week:

Our sponsor this week is  Beccy's Place

Beccy’s Place kindly provided digital images for this challenge. I chose Quilted Three and Lamb image……it is just the cutest image!  THANK YOU-- Beccy’s Place
Here is the inside of my card:



Image/Sentiment—Beccy’s Place Quilted Three and Lamb; Sentimeny—Stampin’ Up Small Script
Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Night of Navy; Gina K White; SandyLion Transportation Designer Paper
Ink— SU Night of Navy
Accessories—Copic Markers; Blue and Yellow Buttons; Blue & White Bakers Twine; SU Decorative Label Punch

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge ~ Use a Digi
The Squirrel and The Fox ~ Anything Goes
Created With Love ~ Critter Birthday
My Craft Spot ~ Anything Goes
2 Sisters ~ Celebrations
Creative Corners ~ Cute as a Button
DRS Designs ~ Buttons

I hope you'll play along with this week's {PIN}spirational Challenge, too!  Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week!

And--here is my Dueling Darlings Post:

It is the 15th of the month and that means another Dueling Darlings challenge.  Our hostess this month for the Divas is Laura Jean.  The theme that Terry, the hostess for the Dazzlers and LJ came up with relates to the month of January—Book Blitz Month!

What a fun challenge and LJ sent us loads of fun papers, ribbons and other embellishments to play with—along with some great images.    I was able to use one of all of the cute images she sent on my card.  I do love to read and have both “regular” books as well as digital books going right now.  I am reading Scalpel and the Soul, by Dr. Allan Hamilton on my phone or iPad and then the rather large (944 pages!)Lincoln paperback book—Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Both are very, very good.  I think my favorite author is John Grisham……………. I love reading about lawyers!

Here is the inside of my card.

Image/Sentiment—Graphic 45-ABC Primer  Collection

Ink—Memento Rich Cocoa

Paper—Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive; PTI White; Echo Park This and That Charming Collection patterned papers

Accessories—Copic Markers; SU Wide Brown Ribbon with American Crafts Brown Gingham Ribbon over the top; Green Buttons with Cream fiber; Basic Grey Brads; Spiral Clip on the inside.

Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month.  All of the blogs are on the left sidebar of my blog.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the creations for the Book Blitz and finding out their favorite “reads”.  Thanks for joining us!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy St. Patty's Day


I recently made three sets of cards for a swap on SCS, hosted by Jenny.  The theme was fun holidays and St. Patrick's Day was one of the choices.  I think these leprechaun boot brads are the cutest!  And—I was also able to use some of my retired Stampin Up shades of green cardstock!
Image/Sentiment—Whipper Snapper-Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Handsome Hunter, Gable Green, Glorious Green; Gina K White; Reminisce Shenanigans ShamRock Designer Paper
Ink— SU Handsome Hunter
Accessories— Leprechaun Boot Brads; Green Satin Ribbon


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Trio of Hearts Valentine


This is the second card that I made for a Valentine swap on SCS that Roxane is hosting.  I think this paper is so pretty—it is from Archivers and I got it a couple of years ago when I went to an event.  I wanted to highlight the paper, so I just added simple hearts as an image. 

Image/Sentiment—Paper Inspirations-Heart Trio

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirquette; Gina K White; Archivers Heartbeat Love Note Designer  Paper

Ink— SU Riding Hood Red

Accessories—Pink Button; Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Penguin Skate ~ First DT Gig!

This is an exciting day for me as I am excited to show you my first card as a member of a design team. My awesome friend Jeanette recommended me to Deanne, the creator of the {PIN}Spirational Challenges, as they had a couple of openings. I am honored to be a part of this team.
The {PIN}Spirational Challenges are on Tuesdays. Each week the challenge is to look at the picture we post from Pinterest and make a creation inspired by that picture  Be sure to visit the {PIN}Spirational Challenges,  for all of the details and to see all of the fabulous creations from the design team. 
January 8-15

Here's the photo to inspire us:

Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps

Bugaboo Stamps kindly provided digital images for this challenge. I chose Penguin Skate image……it is just the cutest image! THANK YOU, Bugaboo Stamps


I think this guy is enjoying all of the cold weather we have had the past few weeks as the ice is frozen solid!

Here is the inside of my card:

Image/Sentiment—Bugaboo Penguin Skate; Unity Wintertime and Let it Snow

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Real Red, Going Gray and Basic Black; Gina K White; TPC Studio Winter Wishes/Winter Wonderland Designer Paper

Ink— SU Real Red

Accessories—Copic Markers; Black button with White button on top and Red & White Bakers Twine; Black Brad; Black Satin Ribbon; Stickles on skates

I hope you'll play along with this week's {PIN}Spirational Challenge, too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blog Candy Winner!

Good Morning.  I hope you have a great Monday!

I was happy to see 19 comments on my 2012 Cards Year in Review--and a few new ladies stopped by--Thanks!

I tried to post that Random.Org Generator and was not able to figure out how to do it--I tried a few ways and still did not work.  So--I promise this is the first number that came up--it is #10!  Way to go Judy--a package of stamping and other treats is headed to you this week!

Please be sure to stop by tomorrow to see an announcement in my blog post that I am very excited about!  Thanks!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Crafty Gals January Project


It is the 5th of the month, so I am back with another challenge of the Crafty Gals!  We are a group of bloggers who have monthly challenges, caring comments & fun chit chat on SCS—our favorite stamping site to visit.

This month we have a few new members and it has been a hectic couple of weeks for all of us.  So, our leader Melina proposed that we post any project we are working on—instead of a specific challenge.  That works for me!

This is a card that I made for a Valentine swap on SCS that Roxane is hosting—I love this sentiment. 

Oh--as a reminder..............  If you did not check out my year in review blog post, please scroll down to read it.  If you leave a comment and tell my what is your favorite card that I posted from 2012, you may win blog candy!  Thanks.

Image/Sentiment—Paper Inspirations-With all that I am

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso; Gina K White, SU Patterns Love Designer Series Paper

Ink— SU Riding Hood Red

Accessories—Pink Buttons with Red Bakers Twine; Enameled Heart Brad; Pink Stitched Ribbon

Please check out the blogs of all of the Crafty Gals.   As I mentioned—we do have a few new members, so be sure to check out the list of all of the blogs on my left sidebar and I hope you will enjoy all of our  creations this month. Thanks for joining us!