Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Break

Hi Everyone!

I'm here to just let you know that I'm taking a bit of blog break for these first couple of weeks in August. I love to make cards and share them with you and I've been enjoying sharing my parenting and family posts as well. However, I always know that when I have to talk myself into getting into my craft room and get something done so I can get it blogged, that it is most definitely time to take a break. I feel myself in a bit of a crafting rut and I just need to clean my desk and set it all aside for a little bit. I also have some other non-crafting projects that I want to work on.
School will also be starting soon and I need to spend some time preparing for that as well to make sure the kiddos are all ready for the 1st day.

Anyhow, I will still be coming around to visit people as I can. I love seeing what my fellow paper crafters are creating!  Have a great start to your August and I will be back before you know it!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Happiness Always (Altenew Stamps)

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend. I have a card to share with you featuring the layering stamps from Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp set.

I wanted to keep the focus on the stamp so I kept the background simple. I started with a Cream colored base and embossed it with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and then added another embossed layer this time using the Swirls embossing folder.
I stamped the flower in the following order: Layer 1--Milled Lavendar Distress Ink, Layer 2--Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, Layer 3--Hot Mama (SSS), Layer 4--Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
I fussy cut the flower and then added the leaves behind it, which I also layered stamp and fussy cut as well. I added the flower to a plain panel of PTI Cream card stock and then added the sentiment, which is an old wood stamp from Stampin Up' that I've had for years.
I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen and some stickles to the flower for some pizazz to finish the card.

That is all for me today. I hope you have a great Monday and I will see you all again soon!

Challenges for today's card:

1. Crafting From The Heart: Anything Goes
2. Artistic Impressions: Anything Goes
3.  Stamping Sensations: Anything with Flowers
4. Come and Get it Challenges: Just Add Flowers

Friday, July 28, 2017

Final Fun Fold Friday: Twisted Easel Card

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for visiting me today! I hope you're all doing well. Today I have another Fun Fold Friday card for you. This will be the last Fun Fold Friday card. I've had a great time creating these unique cards and sharing them with you; but I think I've done all I can. Next month, I'll start a new weekly focused theme. What will I be doing? Well...you're just going to have to come back next week to find out!!

For this Fun Fold, I decided to do the Twisted Easel Card. Now, you can do a double or single twisted card. I decided to keep things simple and I just did the single one. This is another card that I like because it has a unique fold; but still lays flat for easy mailing.

I chose Scarlett Jewel, Fine Linen, Autumn Rose and Ocean Tide (from PTI) card stock for my color palette. Once again, I used some stamps from Verve for the front. I used the "Enjoy Today" sentiment from "Rise Above" along with the coordinating die cut. I embossed the sentiment with Enchanted Gold embossing powder from Ranger 

I layered the card as shown and then moved on to the inside of the card. Now, in order to have the card stay open, you have to put some type of "stopper" there. I made some layered paper flower using some sizzix dies I've had for years. I wanted to add a simple sentiment to the inside and decided on the "Happy Birthday" sentiment that I found in "Poppy Birthday" also from Verve Stamps

Once again, I found watching a video a little easier than following written instructions. I chose this one from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. She has great videos!

Anything Goes Challenges for today's card:

1. Through The Purple Haze
2. Crafting with Friends
3. Jo's Scrap Shack
4. Simply Papercraft
5. Polkadoodles

Have a great weekend and I will see you all again soon!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Latte Love (Verve Stamps)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting with me today. II hope you're having a good week so far. I intended to share this card yesterday; but got a little busy and it was my son's birthday as well, so I just decided to save it for today.

I am sharing a card using Verve Stamps "Coffee Helps" set. I know Julee has some new coffee theme sets she's just released. I've seen so many great designs and cards for these new sets. I've not had a chance to get any of the new sets; but they did inspire me to make something using the set I do have.

I used Spring Moss and Melon Berry and Cream from PTI, a piece of Rust colored cardstock and Sea Glass from Simon Says Stamp for my color palette. I layered it as shown, adding a bit of texture with some embossing folders. I stamped the small cup from the set with some Vintage Photo distress ink and then colored it in with Prismacolor pencils. I fussy cut the cup out and then layered it onto a cream circle. I could have just stamped it directly on the cream circle; but I wasn't entirely sure if I was going to use a cream circle or a different color.

That is all for me today. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow for the final Fun Fold Friday post!

Lots of Anything Goes challenges for today's card!

1. Lemon Shortbread
2. Through The Craft Room Door
3. Crafty Gals Corner
4. Crafty Creations Challenges
5. Craftaholics R us
6. Creative Cottage Challenge
7. Create and Inspire Challenges
8. Crafty-Girl Creations
9. Cards Galore
10.  A Bit More Time to Craft

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