Monday, May 25, 2015

Which Way to Cake?

I got out some new stamps for my project today. This fun road arrow sign was made using a Retro Style die and Retro Style Birthday stamps - both from PTI.
The white landscape was made using Stitched Landscape dies  and the black cat is Sitting Cat die - all from Poppy Stamps.
Inside - using the same Retro Style Dies and stamps from Retro Style Birthday and Retro Style Graduation  -  all PTI.
I'm linking my card to the following challenges:
Just Us Girls - Inspiration photo (I was inspired by the colors)
Addicted to Cas - Code Word - Animal
Seize the Birthday - anything goes

Stamps:  Retro Style Birthday, Retro Style Graduation - PTI
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Accessories:  Sitting Cat Die, Stitched Landscape Die - Poppy Stamps; Retro Style Dies - PTI, foam dots

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quirky Crafts Challenge - #1 Dad and a Baptism Shirt

I'm excited today to be a Guest Designer for the Quirky Crafts Challenge.  I was chosen after winning 3rd place in their May 10th Challenge.
The Cutting Cafe is sponsoring this fortnight's challenge - The Challenge is Quirky Shirts or Shoes - and the design team was sent some fun cut files to use.  Today, I used the Shirt and Tie cutting file to make a Father's Day card in the shape of a tie.  I simply printed the cut files, laid them over my papers and cut them out.  I used a fun harlequin paper for the tie, backed on a black cardstock base .  The #1 Dad sentiment comes with the Shirt and Tie file.
Here's what I put on the inside.  This is a sentiment from another cutting file called High Heeled Shoes (I'll be back next Sunday posting my shoe!)
And because the card base is black,  I added a white rectangle cut with a Nestability on the back to write a message to the recipient!
 I also made a Shirt and Tie card.  I used Snow Cap Linen Cardstock for this  - the white on white made me think of a baby boy's Baptism suit - so I added a Baptism stamped sentiment.  I popped up the pieces on foam dots to add dimension.
So I hope you will check out the newest challenge - Quirky Shirt or Shoes -  over at Quirky Crafts Challenge and join in!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 - May

I've been home with Bronchitis and the flu (of all things!) and I'm finally starting to feel a little better - so I was able to sit at my craft table and make Tim's May Tag.   Here is his:
and below is my version.  I didn't have his real burlap adhesive sheet so I just used a piece of burlap patterned paper! (it looks pretty much the same!!)   I used a different stencil (cargo) different pieces of ephemera (Thrift Shop), I used a File Tab under the Photo Booth photo (instead of a Typed Token) and I used a Flash Card on the bottom with Chit Chat Stickers - but it's all of Tim's techniques!  The stenciling with white embossing paste then inking when dry, sponging the edges, using Distress Spray Stains (Antique Linen and Cracked Pistachio) on the Crinkle Ribbon
I colored bits of the Photo Booth photo with Distress Markers and added Remnant Rubs/Special Delivery.
I recently purchased the Tiny Tattered Floral dies so I was excited to try them out!  Aren't they cute?!  And I loved using the Loop Pin with a couple of tiny buttons from my stash.
You'll find Tim's wonderful tutorial for this tag and the link up here.

And if you're looking to shop this weekend - Funky Junkie Boutique is having 10% off practically everything through Monday!  Linda has great prices ALL the time - and this weekend the prices are even lower!!
We're coming up on Memorial Day Weekend here in the US -  For all those serving or retired from any Military Service thank you SO MUCH for your service, bravery and dedication to keeping us safe!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fusion Challenge - May 21 - Wedding Belles

Hello Fusion Fans - we've got another fortnightly challenge for you over at Fusion!!  Just in time for all those June Wedding cards we'll be needing!?!  We had SO many beautiful entries for the yellow/grey challenge - you stampers really out did yourselves!
I actually needed an Anniversary card for my college roommate and her hubby, who's 38th Anniversary is actually today!  (this card already went postal and hopefully has arrived!)  I always remember how many years they have been married because I was one of her bridesmaids and I was 5 months pregnant with my son at their wedding!
So I took a little bit from the photo AND from the sketch for my design.  The strips are Washi Tape - and I always find if I don't wrap the ends of Washi tape around the card they tend to lift off over time - so I didn't make banners - I just used strips.  The flowers are made with Buttons Stock dies from PTI.  I clear embossed the yellow ones and punched little hearts to put in the centers.  Two of them are popped up on foam dots.
The Sentiment is from the Say it With Style set from Waltzingmouse and the panel is die cut with Stitched Mat Rectangle from Lil' Inker Designs.

Can't wait to see how this fortnight's challenge inspires you!   You will find all the details and more inspiration from the rest of  my talented Teamies over at The Fusion Card Challenge blog!


1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

I'm also linking my card to Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Die Cuts/Punches

Stamps:  Say it with Style - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Summer Sunrise, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Versamark
Accessories:  Buttons Stock Die Set - PTI,  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die - Lil' Inker Designs, foam dots, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, little heart punch - McGill, Washi Tape

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fore, Three Two One

I've had a rough week -  First - I had taken 2 weeks family leave to care for Kent who had his right knee replaced on 4/30.  He's progressing quite nicely thank goodness!  But, on Wednesday of last week - I suddenly developed a horrible chest cold that got worse and worse -   I returned to work yesterday from my leave - but was so sick I had to see my doctor (I work at a hospital so my PCP was right there!).  Long story short - I have bronchitis and Influenza B (even though I got a flu shot - wrong flu apparently!)  So, after an overnight stay in the hospital - I'm home feeling pretty crappy but hopefully on the mend with the help of some meds.   And I have a card to share!
I needed a card for my BIL's birthday - and he's a golfer - so here's what I came up with.
Both of the sentiments (on front and inside) are from Rubbernecker Stamps, the golf cart and putting green stamps on the front and the putter inside are Amuse.  The die cut sun is from Lil Inker Designs and the Stitched Landscape die is from Poppy Stamps.  

I'm linking my card to Less is More - Hello Sunshine

Happy Little Stampers -  Die Cuts/Punches

Stamps:  Sentiments from Rubbernecker, Gold Cart, Putting Green and Putter from Amuse
Paper:  White, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Wink of Stella Silver, Dies - Large Sun - Lil' Inker Designs, Stitched Landscape - Poppy Stamps, Copics: G82, YG23, G28, YR24, RV25, foam dots.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Waltzingmouse Pajama Party - May 14, 2015

After a bit of a hiatus, Claire is once again hosting a Waltzingmouse Pajama Party -  and I'm excited to be attending it!  Claire gave us 4 challenges on May 2nd over at the Waltzingmouse Blog -  plenty of time to get cracking and create projects in time for the party!
Here are the challenges and what I brought to the party!
Challenge #1:  Man of the Moment -  Make a card for the significant man in your life - he doesn't have to be an adult. We are looking for masculine themed cards for any occasion. 
I made a birthday card, gold embossing the big star from the mini Sheriff set and the small star from Kaboom.  For the sentiment inside - I used stamps from Back in the Saddle and the little star from Kaboom.  This could be for a child or adult given the 'cowboy' theme.  I'm not sure just who in my family is getting this card yet!

Challenge #2: Surprise Him -  It's all about men this month, and we're getting ideas together for Father's Day, so we want you to make a masculine project that has some element of surprise about it - an exploding box card, a pocket card with a concealed message/gift, a moveable element.
Not having anyone to send a Father's Day card to -  I made mine another birthday card using stamps from Half Pint Heroes.  Cars are always a hit with the male population don't you think?
My surprise element is having a die cut strip on the card that pulls off revealing more of the sentiment!  I made the 'pull here' sign with my label maker.  I made an extra panel to show you how the strip pulls off.
Challenge #3:  Old Pajamas - Use one of your older Waltzingouse Stamps sets to create a project for this challenge! The Design Team will be digging out our Man of the Hour stamp sets for this one.
I love using photos of my family on my projects -  so for this challenge - I used a photo my niece took of her husband and 1 year old daughter, Madelyn, on a recent trip to Disney.  The sentiments from Man of the Hour highlighted this photo perfectly I think! 
 I used a die to cut the 'canvas' so it really looks like a little piece of art sitting on the easel!
 Challenge #4 - Bedtime Story Sketch
I was stuck on this for a bit - as this is a very busy sketch - not really my style -  but I needed an encouragement card for a friend at church who fell while riding his bike two weeks ago (he's an avid rider) and suffered a head bleed, among other injuries. I thought this sentiment from Fine Feathers might bring him some comfort.
I turned the sketch on it's side and used the die cut feathers instead of layered tags. I used the small tag from the Folding Tag Die, Fine Feather Die set, Woodgrain Backgrounders and Fine Feathers stamps.

Are you coming to the Pajama Party ?  I hope to see you there -  you have 24 hours to link up your creations (until 6:45 pm EST 5/15).  You will find all the details and Mr. Linky over at the Waltzingmouse Blog.
There is a prize to be won - and you don't have to use WMS stamps 
(but if you have 'em - we hope you'll use 'em!!).

ETA - a Note from Claire -- Just before we start I have some exciting info for you - the good folks at Addicted to Rubber Stamps are now carrying some selected Waltzingmouse Goodies! And - just for you - they have given me this fabby discount code to pass on to you - if you are shopping at Addicted to Rubber Stamps - simply enter the code WELCOME at checkout to get 10% off the site! (Items that are already discounted will not be eligible for this discount) so once you have uploaded your PJ entries - pop over and tell them we sent you!! :)

Cool Dude:
Stamps:  Sheriff, Kaboom, Back in the Saddle - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Brushed Gold - SU
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Heat tool

Driving By:
Stamps:  Half Pint Heroes - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Silver Wink of Stella, Copics:  E00, E13, BG10, C6, 100, Y17, R20, Zipper Die - Papertrey Ink, ScorTape, Label Maker.

My Heart Belongs to Daddy:
Stamps:  Man of the Hour - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy - PTI
Ink:  Calypso Coral - SU.
Accessories:  Dies - Sentiment Strip - MFT, Mini Canvas Die and wooden easel - Lil Inker Designs, tiny heart punch - McGill, Glue N Seal, ScorTape, photo printed from computer, winter blend sequins - Avery Elle.

Under His Wings
Stamps:  Woodgrain Backgrounders, Fine Feathers
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Merina Lagoon, Soft Suede SU
Accessories:  Folding Tag Die, Fine Feathers Die Set - Waltzingmouse, Copper Mini Brads - Michaels, foam dots.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Drink Me

I recently won some really fun vintage Alice in Wonderland stamps from Stamplorations and they've been sitting on my work table patiently waiting for me to ink them up.  So today -  I pulled Alice out of her packaging, stamped her and colored her with Distress Markers and a watercolor brush and popped her on a tag!
The two part tag is Tag Sale Die #8 from PTI.  I stenciled the base tag with Check Mate and Watering Can Archival Ink - both by Wendy Vecchi and the front smaller tag with Add a Stencil and Cornflower Blue Archival Ink.  I brushed the bottle with Glitter Glaze from MFT.  I sponged all the edges with Archival Tree Branch Ink. All layers are popped up on foam dots.
I'm linking my tag to the following challenges:
I was inspired by the stenciling (I used ink instead of paste) and the drink theme (my image is holding a bottle rather than a cup of coffee!)

Stamps:  Alice In Wonderland #16 - Stamplorations
Paper:  White Watercolor paper
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi Archival Watering Can, Tree Branch, Cornflower Blue, Ranger Distress Markers - Milled Lavender, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Glitter Glaze - MFT, Wendy Vecchi Stencils - Add a Stencil and Check Mate, foam dots, waterbrush, Tag Sale #8 die - PTI.

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