Thursday, April 24, 2014

Top Dog Dies: let's do this

Have you hopped with us yet?

The fun starts at the Top Dog Dies blog but here's the hop listing in case you get lost along the way!

I still have plenty of supplies left from my Scrapbook Circle kit to make another card!

Don't you love the black and aqua combo?

I'm such a fan of shaped cards and the Exclusive Top Dog Dies, Signature Antique Die, makes it quick and easy.  I just die cut 2 panels of paper and then trimmed the patterned panel so that you can see the solid black underneath.

The woodgrain heart looks like veneer but it is paper in the kit.  I used the Top Dog Dies Camera Finishers Die Set.

The fun Studio Calico Word Stickers are a great way to incorporate a sentiment into the design.

My card was inspired by the current

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Neat & Tangled: mini cards


I'm up on the Neat & Tangled blog today...

Here's a sneak peek:

I'd love for you to stop by and say Hey!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Seize the Sketch: Let's be Explorers!

Looking for the Top Dog Dies/Scrapbook Circle Hop?  Click HERE!

Happy Tuesday!

I've been enjoying the Fancy Pants, As you Wish Collection!  Perfect for my shared hobby with Darin of flying!

I was inspired by the current

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Curtain Call: Confetti Crush Rockstar

This is post 2 of 2 for me today, click HERE for the Top Dog Dies/Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop!

paper:  A Muse card base, PTI white  stamps:  reverse confetti inner rock star ink:  fresh ink silver lilac/pool & mojito other:  reverse confetti class act confetti cuts, spellbinders stars, dcwv cork

There's still time to play with us at Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:

Reverse Confetti is our Super Sponsor!  The Lead of the challenge will receive a gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti Store!

I inked up


I happened to find the cute A Muse polka card base in my stash.  I love how it coordinates with my design!

I die cut the star in cork and stamped the stars on it with Fresh Ink Mojito!

My colors are inspired by the current challenge over at 

I can't wait to see how the Curtain Call - Confetti Crush inspires you!

The Top Dog Dies and Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop!

this is post 1 of 2 for me today, click HERE for my Curtain Call Challenge post.

The Top Dog Dies Design Team is thrilled to be joining up with Scrapbook Circle!

Check out this offer from Top Dog Dies:

Top Dog Dies will be giving away one Scrapbook Circle Bucket List kit and Scrapbook Circle will be giving away 2 prizes of $50 in Top Dog Dies wafer-thin dies!

Here's a smidge about Scrapbook Circle:

At Scrapbook Circle we are passionate about preserving our family memories. We love sharing daily inspiration and connecting with others who also love to create. We have been creating monthly scrapbook kits for over seven years. Each of our kits includes a custom printable and we have now expanded our shop to included coordinating digital files. We create exclusive items for each monthly kit. We strive to provide you with fresh products every month that inspire you to create. 

Special Promotion /// Use code scrapbook20 to receive 20% off your order today through May 31, 2014.

You should have arrived here from the oh-so-lovely Amy Wanford's blog.  If you get lost along the way, here is the hop listing:

I had so much fun with the Bucket List kit!  You gotta check out their shop!

Here's card #1:

I had fun combining the awesome papers and die cuts with the Exclusive Top Dog Die

Next up is card #2:

Aren't the papers in the kit absolutely wonderful?

I used


Make sure you pop over to the 

there is a ton of fun waiting for you!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

✹✹ a little sparkle ✹✹

Sequins...I Love Sequins.

paper:  dear lizzy 5th & frolic, pink paislee color wash  stamps:  neat & tangled merry and bright ink:  zing white embossing powder other:  neat & tangled pixie dust sequin mix, melissa frances glass glitter, paper accents glassine envelope.

This card uses the new Neat and Tangled Pixie Dust Sequin Mix.  Isn't it a fun combo?

The sentiment is from a Christmas set by Neat & Tangled

...but seriously, you can so use this set for any occasion!

I feel like I haven't played along with Retro Sketches in forever!

I used Scor-tape to adhere the Melissa Frances glass glitter that I've been hoarding.  I bought 3 jars of the pretty stuff at one of the scrapbooking conventions.  Um, I may now remember why I haven't used the's glitter mania here.  Okay, so it's technically always glitter mania....once you've used glitter it's always swirling around your workspace but the glass glitter, oy.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Gotta love a fun pun.

I stamped the mushroom on Strathmore watercolor water with black StazOn and swiped it with Tea Dye Distress Stain and then flicked water on it.  I added some speckling on the top with my favorite sharpie pen.

I finally used my Reverse Confetti Office Edges Confetti Cuts on a We R memory Keepers Journal card.  The flag is from the Reverse Confetti Tag Me Confetti Cuts set.

The text panel is ala Carta Bella, Hello Again.  I bought it from Vanessa over at Butterfly Reflections Ink.

I was inspired by Lisa's

I've been wanting to ink up my Unity mushroom :)

Sweet Stamp Shop: Baking ♥♥♥


I'm up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today....pop on over there and check out my post!

You won't want to miss it, I have a super special coupon code...just for you...just for today!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chickaniddy Pinspiration: Clean & Crisp vs Mixed Media

Post 2 of 2 for me HERE for my Top Dog Dies project using Authentique's Anchored collection.

Hello, our Chickaniddy Crafts assignment is:  Pinspiration

I picked this image as my April Pinspiration:

Working with the Twirly Girly Collection, I had so much fun putting this card together.  

I focused on the pink color in the inspiration and translated it to the raspberry color in Twirly Girly.  I couldn't wait to use the silhouette image as my focal point.

Supplies:  Paper (TG14CP01; TG14OS017) Silver Foil Paper (CM14SP002)

I used the Chickaniddy Silver Foil paper and an Exclusive Top Dog Dies, Bella Doily die.  I layered it with vellum leaves (Top Dog Dies Wildflower die) and the cameo silhouette journal card.  I dipped the wooden clothespin into a Fuschia stamp pad.  I have the coordinating reinker so I squeezed a bit out onto an acrylic block, added a smidge of water and used it to watercolor onto my card base.

TIP:  Using coordinating ink colors ties the design together.

I knew I wanted to keep my design fairly clean and crisp but still bring in neutral colors.

I featured several of the gray patterns in the Twirly Girly collection.  I circle punched and lined them up on my card base then added the watercolor panel on top.

I love that this collection has the best of both worlds...plenty of girly patterns along with plenty of patterns that would be suitable for masculine layouts, cards and other projects.

If you have the Twirly Girly collection, play along with us and leave us a comment with a link to your project.  We'd love to see how you're inspired!

I wanted to also share my original project that I designed based on this Pinspiration:

I've been inspired by my bloggie friend Katie's use of tissue on her projects.   I used plain white tissue and inked it up with Tea Dye distress stain.

Supplies:  Paper (TG14PD01)  Alpha stickers (TG14EB01) Enamel Hearts (TG14EB07) Brads (TG14EB06) Stamps (DN14ST01) Gold Foil paper (CN14SP001)

I layered the 2 different patterned panels onto my card base.  I adhered the tissue with Mod Podge.  I colorized the alpha with black soot distress stain.  I layered everything onto a PTI doily die.  See the gold confetti?  I used my Crop-a-dile and made them myself using Chickaniddy Gold Foil paper {that stuff totally rocks).

I heat embossed the diamond in white on vellum.  Love that stamp set that coordinates with the Chickaniddy Date Night set but easily works with Twirly Girly!

I lasso'd some black hemp and adhered it under the doily to bring out the black alpha.

2 totally different cards using Pinspirations!

I'd love for you to pop over to the Chickaniddy Crafts blog, I'm up there with 2 of my DT Girls!

Top Dog Dies: spring + authentique

Post 1 of 2 for me HERE for my Chickaniddy Crafts post!

Hello!  I'm here sharing a project combining Exclusive Dies from Top Dog Dies and Authentique Anchored!

I still have tons of Authentique left from the earlier blog hop!

Here's a quick goodie bag:

Even though the Anchored Collection is nautical themed, you wouldn't necessarily recognize it on my project.  That's the beauty of collections, thinking outside the box to create an unexpected project!

This is an Easter Treat bag that doesn't use any Easter related dies.

Love the look of layering multiple die cuts.  It adds so much interest to a project.  I wanted to really make my embellishments pop so I kept the glassine bag plain.  I used one of the sticker strips and covered a wooden clothespin.  The SRM sticker sentiment happens to fit perfectly on the die cut frame.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

hello you.

I'm working hard on spreading my stampy love with all the supplies I have.  

Don't you love that Hello You stamp?  It's Hero Arts, something that the fabulous Lisa Spangler sent to me as part of a prize rak.

I teamed it up with another Hero Arts set that I've had in my stash forever.

I really still love the chalkboard technique.  I think it adds a little something to cards...especially with so much black space.

The patterned strip is from the MME  Lost & Found 3/Ruby collection.

I'm playing along with the

Hero Arts

I was inspired by sketch #3.

Here are the Hero Arts sets I used

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!