Tuesday, October 23, 2018

hello crafty friend | Paper Smooches



I'm in full Fall theme mode this week and paired up Echo Park Paper's - Celebrate Autumn with Paper Smooches:


I happily inked up Paper Smooches' Courteous Cuties.  Aren't they, well, cute?!  The sentiment is from I Heart Art.  Everything is nestled on a Scallop Frame.




In case you didn't see it, Paper Smooches is having a SALE this week:

WEEK FOUR - Oct 22 - 30
Sale starts at 12:01am Eastern time on October 22nd
Sale ends at midnight Eastern time on October 30th

Use this code TREAT30 to receive 30% off your entire purchase.

Valid on PS stamps and dies that are in stock (no rain checks)
If your subtotal is over $60, you qualify for a free stamp set of your choice.  Use the comment box to let Paper Smooches know which stamp set you'd like.  If you don't make a choice, they will choose one for you. 


Monday, October 22, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Duo | Kindness of Others



Keeping things real here.  I'm still a die hard blogger at heart.  It's an easier social media for me to view and comment on.  Next month I celebrate 11 years...what? How could that happen?  Although these days I'm always on catch up mode for blogs, please know that I'm trying!!!

I was an IG late bloomer (April 2015).  That being typed, I've made so many IG friends and continue to be in awe of designers that I stumble upon.  So in walks Kelly (thesunshinecrafter1).  We share a mutual love of coffee.   Although based on consumption I think she has more caffeine than I do!  She totally cracked me up with a comment she left regarding her coffee order at Starbucks.  I sent her some happy mail and she sent me back some happy mail which included a beautiful card and a Sizzix Pumpkin Spice stamp + die set.  Score!  I didn't own that set so yesterday I worked on whipping out a couple projects featuring my new goodies:



 Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

So I had that Color Burst background already completed but it didn't work with my original project so I used it with my new goodies!


The Sepia color burst is gorgeous, isn't it?  It is filled with so many different colors.  The mug has been cut from Stampin' Up Baja Breeze (blast from the past, eh?).  The sentiment has been heat embossed with Zing - Apricot.

Happy Fall, Pumpkin


My next card combines Lawn Fawn Chill 6x6 paper + Happy Fall Line Border lawn cut.  I heat embossed the sentiment in black to coordinate with the Happy Fall.

This card was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch:


Big thank you Kelly!  Such a fun set!



Sunday, October 21, 2018

Trick or Treat | Treats, of course!



Another Halloween card, trying to sneak in as many as possible.  I should have used one of my other Halloween sets that I haven't inked up but that dragon dude was already colored up so I added the others. Lawn Fawn's Costume Party is so cute!


I had to add a Zombie Mummy...just to add more green 💚


I used more copics than you see, they just couldn't all fit in the photo.  Took me a bit longer than I thought to color up those images but I really the process. 


My card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:


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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Happy Fall Birthday | My Favorite Things





Hello!  I'm trying to do a catch up on supplies that haven't received any crafty love yet.  Today's card  uses the MFT Happy Birthday Circle Frame + BB Fall Friends.  



Loving the MFT Subtle Plaids paper combined with green + yellow palette.  I've had the images from the BB Fall Friends waiting for me, inked and die cut.  Made this card a snap to whip up.


I love their facial expressions, don't you?!


My card was inspired by the current MFT Sketch Challenge:


In case you missed it, I still have a couple things left from my online crafty sale:


I hope to add more items as soon as Sunday morning!

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Coffee Loving Cardmakers + CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Collaboration Hop






Hello and Welcome to the Collaboration Hop for CAS-ual Fridays and Coffee Loving Cardmakers!  You should have arrived here from the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the CAS-ual Fridays blog.

I have two projects to share with you today so let's get started:


Let's start with my clean + crisp card!  I colored some modeling paste with a dark brown reinker and used a coffee bean stencil that I had in my stash.  I set it aside to dry while I worked on the other elements of my design.


I adore the Coffee Cup Fri-Dies!  Isn't it fun and perfect size to be able to fit a fun sentiment.    The beans sentiment is from the Hot Coffee stamp set.

My next card features the same Coffee Cup Fri-Dies.


I used my Rose Gold embossing powder for the sentiment from the Coffee Talk sentiment set.  I managed to also heat emboss a bit of a splash image from a set in my stash.  I made my own pattern paper by using strips of card stock. Do you see the bit of Rose Gold glitter cardstock?

My card was inspired by CFC210:




and the CAS18 Challenge:


Next up on the hop is Erin!  If you get lost along the way, here's the complete hop listing!

Remember to leave comments along the way to win one of three $25 Gift Certificates to CAS-ual Friday Stamps!  Commenting to close on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:55 pm pacific.  Winners to be posted on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps + Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog on Saturday, October 27th.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Tribute for Melissa Lane





The wonderful STAMPlorations is hostessing an event in tribute to Melissa Lane:


Last October 2, Melissa Lane passed away. She was a talented cardmaker/crafter/artist, a mother of 4, wife, and servant of Jesus. Melissa loved to garden and she loved photography. Her favorite color was red, and she loved butterflies -- so much so that many of the cards and other projects she made had butterflies in them.

My heart goes out to Melissa's family.  I made this card especially for the event:


Melissa was our January 2017 Guest Designing over at Coffee Loving Cardmaker's.  I was inspired by her use of blue.  I started off with the STAMPlorations Bubbles Stencil in Wild Honey Distress Oxide.  The coffee cup is by STAMPlorations - And Coffee by The Bee's Knees.  It's been watercolored with Peerless watercolors.


The heat embossed butterfly is from Reverse Confetti's Butterfly Dreams.  The sentiment is from SugarPea Designs Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set.


I'm looking forward to seeing all the butterfly creations that link up.  What a wonderful way to tribute Melissa.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Card Concept 100 | Guest Designer





I'm so very excited to be joining The Card Concept for their 100th challenge!  A big thank you to my friend Tangii Crain for the invite!  Isn't the photo inspiration beautiful?  Here's how I was inspired:


I tend to be a literal interpretation kind of gal.  That pink pumpkin changed looks at least three times before I was happy with the look.  

Let's start at the bottom and work our way up!  On my white card base I layered a Reverse Confetti Stone cardstock panel.  It has been cut with the Waffle Flower Crafts - Flower Circles Craft Die.  The smide of pattern paper is vintage Basic Grey.

The pumpkins are from Reverse Confetti's Pumpkin Patch confetti cuts.  The sentiment + decorative greenery is from their Fall Foliage stamp set.  The stem is birch paper. I heat embossed about 1/3 of the Stone pumpkin in gold


The sentiment at the bottom of the card is from the Pretty Pink Posh Giving Thanks stamp set.  A bit of a mashup of companies.

I can't wait to see how Tangii was inspired along with the other team members and their guests!  I hope that you'll play along, I can't wait to see how you're inspired!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Reverse Confetti October Stock Your Stash | Thank you





Have you seen the new monthly Reverse Confetti challenge, Stock Your Stash?!

The new challenge is the STOCK YOUR STASH Challenge!  This is a chance to create a card to keep in your stash.  (Of course, you could send it off right away!).  Each month will bring a new theme.  

There will be a new Stock Your Stash challenge posted on the Reverse Confetti blog on the 1st of each month.

The link list will be open from the 1st until noon CST on the 29th of the month. 

Reverse Confetti stamps and/or Confetti Cuts are required to win.  This is a way we get to thank our customers for using our stamps.  Anyone is welcome to play, though!

You may enter as many times as you wish.

Use #SYSChallenge when playing along with this challenge.
There will be a random winner selected each month and that person will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store. The winner of challenge will be posted on the Reverse Confetti blog at the end of the month.


Here's how I was inspired for this month's challenge:


I started off with the Scallop Stripe Panel confetti cuts and a highly hoarded piece of birch paper.  I love the extra 'texture' there is with how the scallops want to pop out but I wanted them to stay intact.

I inked up the gorgeous Cotton & Thistles set.  Colored it up with alcohol markers.  Found the perfect fimo button in my stash and secured it with twine.  The sentiment is from the Mod Floral Stack stamp set.



Definitely not a postal friendly design but that's okay...I'll happily hand deliver it to someone.

Looking forward to how my teamies were inspired HERE.


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hello Fall | Stampin' Up + Echo Park Paper


Hello!  I picked up a couple of older Stampin' Up sets from a bloggie friend and decided to ink them up.  I've been wanting to get my hands on the Merry Cafe set and she had it and the coordinating dies for Coffee Cafe.  Here's how I was inspired:


The pattern paper is by Stampin' Up...it's awesome, thick + reversible.    The doily is from M's and the other ephemera is from Echo Park Paper's Celebrate Autumn Collection.


I've been shying away from tilted panels for a bit.  I gave a card to my Mom that had tilted panels and she said she loved it and then continued to whisper to me that I might want to fix it since it was crooked (sigh).  I love my Momma.  This card will definitely go to a crafter that appreciated that element in a card design.

My card was inspired by TGIF Challenges:


I wanted to share my purchase I made at a Seattle Flea Market yesterday...YAY!!!!


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Happy Fall | Hello Bluebird


Happy Saturday!  Any fun plans or do you get to craft all day?  I'm headed out to a Seattle Flea Market...hopefully followed by big pieces of cake.  Then later off to dinner + a movie.  Yesterday I designed three different projects.  Here's one of them:


I stamped up a bunch of the Hello Bluebird sets and ran them through my Scan n Cut.

Halloween Party  |   Autumn Gatherings  |  Fall Friends

I ended up pulling the main images from Halloween Party and picked out leaves and pumpkins from the other sets.


Those guys kill me with their cuteness!  

The pattern paper is Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid - Fall.  I'm trying not to hoard it since it's been discontinued but the colors are so awesome.



My card was inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch:


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Coffee Loving Cardmakers | Pretty Pink Posh




Hello!  I'm so happy to be up on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog today.  I'm sharing this project that features a bunch of Pretty Pink Posh + Echo Park Paper.


I was thoroughly inspired by Kerry's Sip and Share Sketch:


Please pop over to the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog for all the details!