Love Always

Yes, I’ve got Valentine’s Day on my mind…seems to be what I’m having fun creating these days!  This card is for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers today.

The card starts with an ivory colored base.  I’ve used a template to sponge on the red hearts in various shades of Distress Inks.  Then each little heart has been over stamped in black with images from Verve’s Love Notes and No Matter What.

Next I added a large rectangle of designer paper that’s been sponged with more red Distress Ink and matted with black card stock.  The aqua colored banner is also from designer paper but it was inked with more Distress Ink and then over stamped with the aqua hearts and  little black hearts from No Matter What.

I sponged the same red inks on a piece of the card base paper, stamped the lined heart, die cut it and added a few more hearts for emphasis.

Added some twine around the two pieces of designer paper, popped up the large heart on dimensionals and added a button with more twine.  And finally, a piece of chipboard that’s been inked with Distress Ink.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals Ivory and Basic Black, My Mind’s Eye Lucky in Love, and Bo Bunny Lover Letters
Ink:  Distress Inks in Black Soot, Tumbled Glass, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries
Stamps:  Verve Love Notes and No Matter What
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Jotted Heart A Cut Above Die, MFT Fishtail Banners Die-namics, TWC Dina’s Mini Spilled Hearts template, Maya Road Love Words Mini Chipboard set, sponges, twine, MFT Black Licorice button, Jody boosters, Ranger Glossy Accents, craft mat, gloves, ATG

Back soon with more…

Mojo Forever

Mojo forever…if only…right?  Some days the ol’ mojo is with you and some days not!  LOL!

I’ve made this card for a few challenges:


ColorQ#170:  choosing colors from a previous ColorQ Challenge…I chose challenge #124 – Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean, Very Vanilla and White

Splitcoast Stampers TLC#411 The Best of 2012 – to use a favorite technique from the last year of challenges…had to go with distressed edges from the TLC#379, as it’s one of faves for sure!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base in the standard 4.25″ X 5.5″.  On top of that…a piece of designer paper that’s been distressed, inked and then stamped with the cute little heart flowers from Verve.  Next comes a long rectangle in a coordinating designer paper, again, distressed and inked and this time…backed with one of my favorite dies from Verve…Pennant Trim.

Another smaller long rectangle in yet another designer paper, distressed and inked followed by a Spellbinders Labels 22 die cut.  It’s been topped with a punched circle that’s been distressed.  I stamped several more of the images from the Verve No Matter What set in Cool Caribbean, then added the sentiment in Real Red over top.

Some hand-dyed crinkled seam binding, some Turkey Red seam binding and a little brad for the bow.  A little felt heart that’s been covered with Stickles and then finally, more Stickles on the little heart flowers in the lower right corner.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Very Vanilla, Real Red and My Mind’s Eye Lucky in Love
Ink:  SU! Real Red and Cool Caribbean
Stamps:  Verve No Matter What
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels 22 nesties, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, 2″ circle punch, retired SU! brad, Xmas Red Stickles, Turkey Red Hug Snug Seam Binding, Chalk White Hug Snug Seam Binding, left over felt heart from another project, dimensionals, craft mat, gloves, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stains, heat gun, Becca’s Peg Bow Maker, distressing tool, ATG and sponges

Hope you are having a marvelous Monday!

Smooch Smooch Kiss Kiss

A really simple CAS design for the CAS Challenge at Splitcoast this week.  Our challenge….use postage…be it stamps, die cuts etc. And this card is also for The Paper Players Challenge 127 – Love Is In the Air.

Although I can’t get it to photograph properly, there is a faint watermark image on the black card base.  I used a TCW heart template and sponged on Versamark and then dried it with my heat gun.  It’s really subtle but adds some oomph to the back ground.

Next, I use a Spellbinder’s die to cut the postage stamp and while it was still in the die, used the same template and sponged the hearts in three shades of red ink.  Then the background was sponged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  Next, I stamped the little lips in the darkest of the red inks.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink and then for a little pizzazz…I used my Gelly Roll pen to add some shine to the lips so it looks like lip gloss.  Fun hmm?

The postage stamp die cut has been popped up on dimensionals when added to the card base.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  Versamark, Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Fired Brick, as well as Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday Smooch and Bo Bunny Smoochable
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Postage Stamps, TCW Dina’s Mini Spilled Hearts, sponges, dimensionals, Gelly Roll Clear Star

Have a fabulous week everyone!


A card to honor last week’s Featured Stamper, Sabrina over at Splitcoast.  Love Sabrina’s style and she is such lovely person too!  My inspiration came from this lovely card.  The colors on Sabrina’s beautiful hummingbird and the hummingbird itself were what I focused on.

I’ve used the layout from the Just Us Girls Challenge found here.  And I also used the colors from this picture from Saturday’s Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast as more inspiration.  Sallie suggested the fabulous MacKenzie-Childs site as inspiration and wow…that’s a whole lot of inspiration.

The card starts with a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base in black.  Next I used some lovely silhouette stamps from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.  I inked the stamps with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Inks and then spritzed them with a little water before stamping.  Once the background/colored layer was done, then I used the same stamps with black ink and stamped over top.

Next the birds were stamped in the same colored inks randomly to look like they are flying up out of the field and finally I stamped the sentiment.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Broken China and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps – Nature Silhouettes and Hero Arts Alphabet Blocks
All the other stuff:  water mister, ATG

Thanks for joining me today and happy stamping!

Vintage Thank You!

A vintage birthday card today…but why does the title say thank you you’re asking?  Well, I’m making this card as a thank you to My Favorite Things for their generous support of the Splitcoast Stampers Hope You Can Cling To Challenge for 2012.  I was the very lucky recipient of $100 of MFT supplies and could not be happier!  So today I’ve used some of my new goodies as a thank you…just to show that I am putting them to good use and they aren’t collecting dust…LOL!  This card also fits the Ways to Use It Challenge at Splitcoast…new year…new toys. And, I’m entering this card in the MFT Guest Designer Contest for January.

Today, my card starts with a standard A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card base in black.  On the left side of the card is a strip of striped card stock.  I’ve stamped the word vintage from the sentiment stamp down a strip of twill tape and then stitched it over top.  To the right, a rectangle of coordinating designer paper that’s also been stitched.

Next comes another piece of coordinating paper in a floral pattern.  I used the MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX cut this piece and again, it was stitched.  Then a rectangle cut with the MFT Die-namics LLD Insert-It 3 x 4 insert in a coordinating dot print, again stitched.  I’ve used the MFT Die-namics Mini Double Dot Border for the little black border on the right side of the rectangle. 

The typewriter image was die-cut and stamped (you guessed it….the MFT Die-namics Just My Type Die & Stamp Set). 

The designer papers have all been distressed and inked.  The little paper sentiment has been inked and then I added some water droplets for an aged paper look.

The flower has been made with the MFT Die-namics Flower Medley.  Love this set…so many fabulous shapes and sizes to make lots of different looks.  A stitched button completes the center of the flower. Another little strip of twill topped by another stitched button is my only other embellishment.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals Ivory, SU! Basic Black and Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Collection
Ink:  Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Versafine in Onyx Black
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Just My Type
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; MFT Die-namics:  Fishtail Flags STAX, LLD Insert-It 3 x 4, Mini Double Dot Border, Just My Type, Flower Medley; twill tape, sponges, misc. buttons, thread, sewing machine, Jody’s Sticky Stuff Dots, distressing tool

So happy you could join me today!  Hope you are having a fantastic week!  And a very big thank you to Kim at MFT for your amazing generosity!!!


Over at Splitcoast today it’s the color challenge.  Our colors today…gold, silver and white and for dessert…make an anniversary or wedding card.  This card would work for either occasion.

I’ve started with a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base in white and added a slightly smaller rectangle that’s been dry embossed.  The hearts have been die cut and then sliced with my craft knife so that each piece could be inserted into the next.  And to hide the cuts…rhinestones.  Then more tiny rhinestones throughout the lattice background.  The hearts have been popped up on dimensionals.

The sentiment is simply stamped on vellum and then I used a square punch to form the banner shape. Actually a very quick card to put together.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Luxury Card Stock in Pure White, SU! Brushed Silver, Brushed Gold and vellum
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stamps:  Wordsworth Casual Congrats
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders hearts dies, Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder, Jody boosters, and rhinestones in three sizes

That’s it for today my friends…see you soon with more!

Its Always Been You!

A very Happy New Year to you and your families!

I’ve tried a new to me technique today called the chalkboard technique.  This challenge can be found at Splitcoast Stampers in the Technique Lover’s Challenge forum.  You’ll find directions for the technique there.

The layout is from the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge for January 2013.

This starts with a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base in white.  Next comes a large rectangle and a skinny rectangle from coordinating designer papers both matted in black.  On top of that is a banner cut with the MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flags die, again in a coordinating designer paper.  The little “XOXO” tab is cut with the MFT Die-Namics Mini-Tabs Foursome and stamped with a sentiment from MFT. 

The felt hearts have been die-cut with a Memory Box die, and the paper hearts with another Memory Box die.

My main panel has been made with the chalkboard technique as mentioned above.  A very different and fun technique for sure!  My chalkboard panel has been matted in black and I added one little red felt heart to the center of the “YOU”.  Since I wanted more of a subway sign feel  I used lots of sentiments!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in White, SU! Basic Black, SU! Real Red and Authentique Lovely
Ink:  Ranger Emboss It Clear, SU! Whisper White Craft Ink and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  MFT Lovey-Dovey Sentiments and Clearly Sentimental More Essential Sentiments.
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flags die, MFT Die-Namics LLD Insert It die, MFT Die-Namics Mini-Tabs Foursome, Memory Box Heart Delights die, Memory Box Twirled Heart Border die, MFT Red Hot felt, MFT Black Licorice buttons, thread, needle, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat gun, ruler, white pencil, Scor-Pal and adhesives

May 2013 bring you more happiness, more laughter, more love and of course…more stamping!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!