Sunday, November 30, 2014

JOY!

I have been loving the simple cards lately.  I love this poinsettia die from Simon Says Stamp and try to use it on as many projects as possible.  It is just too beautiful.
I kept this card simple by cutting the letters J and Y on my Silhouette Cameo.  Then I die cut the poinsettia from Simon Says Stamps and layer all the leaves to make a flower.  I used Distress ink on the edge of the flower to create interest.  I color pearls in yellow before adding them to the center of the flower.  Then I layered a white card base with stitched rectangle die cut from My Favorite Things Blueprint #13 before adding the letters and flowers with foam adhesive.
I love the simplicity of this card.


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Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Holidays with Poinsettia

I have been drawn to simple cards lately and when I got this poinsettia die from Simon Says Stamp, I knew I wanted to make a simple card showcasing it.  I have been searching for a poinsettia for a while that I liked so when Simon Says Stamp release this die in September, it was a must have for me.  I thought of making this card the moment I got it and it has been back logged until now.
I die cut the poinsettia once on green cardstock and once on red cardstock.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp With Clearly Besotted Holly Berries on a white card stock and assembled the poinsettia onto the card.  I also curled the leaves a little to give it more dimension before adhering it on with dimensionals.  Then I layered a white card base with the card and added pearls to the poinsettia that I colored yellow with Copic marker.
Love this poinsettia die from Simon Says Stamp and the simplicity of this card.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just made my annual trip to a scrapbooking retreat this past weekend.  I had posted about it here before, and if you follow me, then you know I always have a good time.  This weekend I walked away from the retreat feeling inspired by the women that I spoke to.  There are some strong and amazing women who attend this retreat, and I felt inspired to be more grateful for what I have and also empowered to challenge myself more.  I have to admit that I am pretty spoiled and blessed by a loving family, and I need to acknowledge that more.  I get too caught up in the negativity and the mundane.  It is good to get a wake up call when you lose your way, and this weekend really renewed my awareness of how fortunate I am.  Anyway, I rarely ever make Thanksgiving card, but I was inspired to make one when I saw this post by Lisa.  I love the beautiful colors of the maple leaves and had to create a card with them.  I have a maple leaf punch that I have not used in a while, so I decided to dig it out.  I used my score board to create some veins on the leaves.  I also use Distress ink on the edges of the leaves to create interest.
I layered white card stock with a stitched rectangle that I created with My Favorite Things Blueprint #13.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday set before adding the leaves and sequins to the card.
Hope everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving, if you are in the US.  I love creating the Thanksgiving feast, so it is no surprise that it is one of my favorite holidays.  We end up celebrating twice, once with just us, and another time with the big family. More to be thankful for.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Sweet Christmas

I discovered the company, My Favorite Things, this year, and it is truly one of my favorite things.  I love their stamps for coloring with markers, especially Birdie Brown collection.  I had to get this Sweet Birthday Wishes set when I saw it.  This little girl is just too cute!  Even though it was meant for birthdays, I decided to use it for the holidays.  
I used MFTsketch#203 to create the card.  I used the pattern paper from Recollections to layer the card base.  Then I stamped half of the sentiment from same MFT set and the other half from Hero Arts CL551 set.  I stamped the girl and color her in with markers before cutting her out and placing her on the card with foam adhesive.  I finished the card with snowflake sequins.



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Winter Wonderland

We got our first snow fall last week and that puts me in the mood for winter activities...read by the fire and snuggle by the fire...get the idea.  Ha!  :-D  Anyway, I have been seeing penquins everywhere and they are just too cute.  This penquin stamp is the only one that I own and I finally found the time to ink him up.  He is just too adorable!  And that igloo, love it!  They are from Avocado Art Smitten With You set which is exactly my sentiment for this set.  Of course, the squirrel stamp from AMuse Studio Stamp is adorable too and also, the only squirrel stamp I own.

 First, I stamped the penquin, igloo, scarf and mittens from Avocado Arts set and colored them in before cutting them out.  For the igloo, I drew in some Christmas lights to make it more festive.  Then I stamped the squirrel from Amuse Studio Stamp and color him in with markers before cutting him out.  I layered the card base with pattern paper from DCWV before cutting out some snow hills that I lightly colored with Copic B000 and colorless blender.  I placed the penguin, squirrel and igloo on the card with foam adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink on pattern paper and cut banner tail on one side before adding some Distress ink on the edges and adhering it to the card.



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In The Meadow

I found a new love!  No worries, I am not giving up my husband or crafting.  ;-D  I found that I really enjoy watching football.  I actually caught myself saying last week, "Darn it, I missed Monday night football."  Whoa, who am I and what have I done with the real Linda.  :-D  We normally watch the superbowl as a family, but not any of the other games until this year.  For some reason, I just enjoy watching it while I craft and sometimes, I don't even craft because I am caught up in the game.    I don't have any teams that I am loyal to yet.  The weird and funny thing is that I cheer for whoever has the ball and most of the time, I cheer for the underdog.  True football fans would go crazy if they were watching the game with me.  I was the same way with the World Series.  I actually could not sleep during that final game because I kept on checking the scores.  :-D  Whatever the case, I am having fun watching these games and commenting with Honey about the plays, though I still have a lot to learn about the rules of the games.  Anyway, here is another thing that I am a big fan of, for sure.  Snowman.  I used to collect a lot of different types of snowmen and this one snowman stamp, in particular, have been my favorite for a long time.  I could just hear the Christmas music coming out of that violin.  He is from Stampington and Company and he is called Snow Fiddler.  I got him a long time ago but I still love looking at him.  With my renewed love for coloring, I could not wait to stamp him up.

First, I layered my card base with pattern paper from DCVW and stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink In The Meadow set on a snow hill that I cut out.  Then I stamped and colored the snowman before fussy cutting it out.  I finished the card with music notes washi tape and star sequins.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Season's Greeting

It is amazing what being with your crafty friends can do to your mojo.  I haven't seen or craft with my crafty friends since spring, and being with them for just a couple of hours really revved up my excitement toward paper crafting again.  I have been struggling for so long, and not really in the mood but after being with my friends, I couldn't wait to do something in my craft room despite it being late in the night.  Gotta love your crafty friends!  I have been wanting to use this Holly Berries stamp set from Simon Says Stamp by Clearly Besotted Stamps when I got it but life got in the way.  My crafty friends actually got to use it before me.  I know, I know.  Something I normally don't do but they saw it and I have a hard time saying no.  Anyway, I kept this card simple and love the way it came out.


I die cut a rectangle with Lil'Inker stitched rectangle die and stamped the branch with Distress inks.  I used water to draw out the colors and then stamped the pine cones.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black before adding it to the cardbase that I layered with red cardstock.  I finished the card with some glue and glitter on the branch and pine cone.  I loved the thickness of the glue to make it look like snow on the branch and pine cone.  Usually I avoid glitter, but I couldn't resist it in this case.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Envelope Box of Simple Notecards

If you follow me, you know that I have been struggling with my mojo.  I have been a bit preoccupied, especially as I approach another crossroad in my life.  I have been lucky to stay at home to raise my boys, but I always have the expectation of going back to work once they are older, mainly because I enjoyed the challenge of my work.  So along with the need to get in shape and taking an online class, I just don't have the time I used to have.  Along with reorganizing and de-cluttering my house before I don't really have time to do that, life have been busy.  This is a good thing since I have to be mindful of the expense of this hobby that have grown quite a bit in the last couple of years.  I have been avoiding haul videos and product release videos to help with that because they are dangerous for me.  I always wonder how people who have monthly haul videos do it because I would be flat broke all the time.  I guess you have to choose your vices.  :-)  Also, most importantly, I don't want to be hoarder of craft goods that are rarely used (the de-cluttering process is definitely putting me in this state of mind).  I find that after waiting a month, I do find myself asking, "Can I make do with what I have" or "Do I really need it" and it helps.  I liked it when Jennifer McGuire post the question of coming up with 5 different ways to use the product before buying it when crafting was just her hobby.  Though sometimes, I like the images so much, all rules are thrown out.  :-D  Anyway, with keeping the holidays simple and making use of my supplies, I  made some set of note cards with my Martha Stewart's snowflake punch.  I haven't use my punches since I got my dies.  I have been trying harder to use what I have ever since I took the online card class, Stretch Your Stamps 2.  I feel like a major change have come over me recently, and it is affecting all areas of my life, including crafting.  Anyway, back to the project, I love how simple and awesome this snowflake look in glitter paper.     
I layered a white cardbase with blue cardstock that I stamped the sentiment from TPC Studio.  Then I punch several snowflakes on white cardstock and one on glitter paper and glue them all together.  I love making embellishment this way.  I glued the snowflake onto the card and then placed a gem in the center to finish it off.
I did the same thing with the card below except I used the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Thanks set.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the envelope box from the Silhouette online store.  I adhered pattern paper from Recollections Winter Woodland 12x12 pad to the front of the box.

I made another snowflake embellishment and partially glue it so that the flap can be tucked into it for closure.



Challenges/Giveaway:
- Simon Says...Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
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