Feb 25, 2017

A card and some fun news :-)

Hello everyone, I have some fun and exciting news to share today...I was invited by Brenda to join the Allsorts challenge design team. This is the perfect reason for me to start making more cards again. I have to admit, I have neglected my blog/hobby a little bit lately with the excuse that I don't have time, which is somewhat true, but since I enjoy card making so much, I now have a reason again to find or make the time๐Ÿ˜Š. Thank you Brenda, and thank you to the Allsorts team for allowing me to be part of your amazing team!

Today I am sharing my first DT card for Allsorts challenge. Helene is our hostess this time and she would like to see us use some metal or a charm. Here is what I came up with...

I used a stamp from PSX (K2883), it's a really old stamp, sadly the company is no longer in business, but the stamp is new to me, I just discovered this company last Fall and found some of their stamps on ebay.
I heat embossed the image on Bristol Vellum card stock, then colored using Zig clean color brush pens. Sentiment was also heat embossed. The sentiment is from the clear set Allegro by Penny Black. I thought it went so well with the image.
For my metal piece I used a clip from SU's Hodgepodge hardware set (retired) and tied a gingham ribbon scrap onto it. The image panel has been adhered to the card front with dimensionals. Not sure if you can tell, but the whole image has been covered with wink of stella for some nice shimmer. A close up is below, but I think the sparkles are more visible in the photo above.

I love all the details on this image and had to have it once I saw it. Luckily I found it at a reasonable price, which is sometimes hard with these stamps as they are now considered a collectable.

I hope you'll come join us this week at Allsorts, we have a great prize by Tattered Lace on offer.

I am also playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Stampaive and More - Embossing (heat embossed image and sentiment) 

Crafty Creations - Always Anything Goes


Thanks so much for visiting and hope you enjoy your weekend!
I'll be spending it at home relaxing and drinking hot tea to help me get over this flu/cough or whatever virus the kids passed on to me.

Feb 18, 2017

Penny Black and More - February Midmonth reminder

 Did you get a chance yet to play along in this month's Penny Black and More challenge? Still a little time to join in if you haven't already and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times. As always we have several great prizes to give away. Our theme is easy, just use your favorite stamp.

As I said before, it's really hard for me to choose Penny Black favorites because there are so many that I love! For my first DT card for the February challenge I used one of the very first PB stamps I purchased, and for the mid-month post I am using the most recent Penny Black stamp I purchased (Sweet Talk). This stamp is really old but it is new to me, I  found the wood mount version on ebay. Penny Black re-released this stamp in one of their clear sets at a smaller scale. (Sorry but I don't know the name of the clear set). 

Image has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum cardstock and Zig clean color brush pens have been used for coloring. Isn't the bunny adorable!!!
The sentiment is from a set by Crafter's Companion, also heat embossed. Patterned paper is from my stash. The card has been kept pretty CAS, but I decided to add a little yellow butterfly with some rhinestones to bring in a little more color.
 (Silly me - I forgot to color parts of the flowers but that will be taken care of. Didn't notice until writing up this post. )

It's really hard to tell, but I used Wink of Stella on all the roses and butterfly. They are really sparkly in real life.
If you're interested in purchasing this card, you can find it in my Etsy shop along with some others and some stamps as well. (US shipping)

I am also playing along here:
Crafting By Designs - Polka Dots 

  • Crafty Creations -  Always Anything Goes 
  • Crafty Gals Corner -   Use Your Favorite Things (critter stamp, polka dots, wink of stella) 
  • Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes 
  • Little Red Wagon -  Use your Favorite Company or Companies  (Penny Black stamps)
    Crafting-With-Friends  Anything Goes
  • Thanks so much for visiting!
    Have a great day!

    Feb 14, 2017

    I Carry Your Heart...

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    I have one more Valentine's card to share with you, I made this one for my husband. The image is so delicate, so I decided to use watercolors for coloring and I kept the card clean and simple.

    It's been stamped onto Bristol Vellum card stock using versafine onyx ink. The stamp is from the set All Abloom by Penny Black, available HERE. I paired it with a sentiment from the set So Very Much, also by Penny Black. It's actually one large sentiment, I just stamped part of it on top and the other half on the bottom. 
    Wink of Stella was applied to the image, you can see the sparkle in the close up below.

    Striped paper is by My Minds Eye and card base is Island Indigo by SU. 

    This week I am playing along at Allsorts with the theme of Heart and/or Flowers. Cards in Envy wants to see Valentine Cards so I am entering there too. Anything goes at Crafting from the Heart.  
    And that is all for this year's Valentine's cards.
    If you missed the two I made for the kids and would like to see them, you can find them by clicking HERE and HERE
    Have a great day filled with lots of love๐Ÿ’—

    Feb 7, 2017

    Happy Heart Day

    One of the New Year's resolutions I made this year was to use more of my old stamps and quit buying new. It's really hard when you get all the pretty new releases in the inbox, but I have been good so far and haven't bought new stamps yet this year (besides one old PSX stamp from ebay - couldn't resist!)

    So for today's card I used a stamp from the old Stampin Up set "Happy Heart Day". I thought this cute mouse would work well for a masculine card. I plan on giving this one to my son for Valentines Day. Hope he doesn't mind the Wink of Stella shimmer I added to the heart ๐Ÿ˜€. 

    The mouse was heat embossed on Bristol Vellum card then colored using Zig Clean Color brush pens. I tried to keep the card simple, but I did use an embossing folder for the background to add a little bit of interest. Eyelets are another one of my crafty things that I don't use often, but I thought they were perfect for this card sketch. Sentiment is from the set "So Very Much" by Penny Black. I used a few candy dots by Stampin up to add some color to the sentiment. 

     A little close up above. The heart is covered in Wink of Stella, but it's really hard to see in the photos. The image panel has been popped up on dimensionals.

    I am playing along here:
    Stamping Sensations - Animal Magic
    Cards und More - Pets and other Furry Friends
    Cardz 4 Guyz - Love You
    Cute Card Thursday - Be My Valentine 
    Have a great day!!

    Feb 5, 2017

    Penny Black and More - February Challenge

    A  new month already...I was supposed to be back with the linky parties, but unfortunately they are still on hold and I am not sure when I'll bring them back. While I do love hosting them and visiting all the blogs, commenting does takes up so much time, and I just don't feel like I have the time right now.

    But luckily I am still able to make some cards and today I am sharing a card made for the new Penny Black and More challenge. This month we're wanting to see you use your favorite stamp. I have lots of favorite Penny Black stamps, so I decided to go with one of my first Penny Black stamps called Guess What. 

    I heat embossed the image before coloring with Zig Clean Color brush pens on Winsor & Newton watercolor marker paper. The patterned paper is from my stash, probably My Minds Eye. I used a butterfly border die from Whimsy stamps and added some Wink of Stella glitter to make it sparkle. A button and some twine finishes off the card. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set "All Abloom", also heat embossed.

    Closeup below...

    You can find this card in my Etsy shop, along with the stamps I used today (brand new), if you're interested. (US shipping) 

    Also playing along here:
    Art Impression Stamp Challenge - Lots of Love
    Stamping Sensations - Animal Magic

    Stampaive and More - Animals

    I hope you'll come join us at Penny Black and More this month. As always we have some great prizes to give away, this month from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix and Stamp Addicts - lots of chances to win!


    And that would be all for today.

    Thanks so much for visiting!! 

    Jan 18, 2017

    You Make my Heart Smile

    Hi everyone, hope you're all doing good! Sorry for the lack of posts, but I have been busy moving some stamping stuff around...I decided that I don't want to create upstairs any more, and prefer to take over the kitchen instead :-) This means I had to switch out all the stuff from the hallway closet with my crafty things from upstairs and at the same time trying to de-clutter. It's not easy when you're holding on to all kinds of things...the hoarders out there will understand :-)

     I did manage to make a card for this month's Penny Black and More challenge reminder post. Anything goes this month, don't miss your chance to link up with us for a chance to win one of the great prizes.

    For today I used one of the cute "Mimi" stamps from the PB set Mimi's Love. 

     Mimi  has been stamped onto copic xpress it card, then colored with copic markers. I used a wink of stella glitter brush on the umbrella, shoes and hearts. Designer papers are from my stash, and I used some twine to tie a bow. Sentiment is from the PB set "So Very Much".

    A little closeup below...
    I made this card for my daughter for Valentine's day, she loves the Mimi stamps ๐Ÿ˜Š. I plan on making a card for my son too which I hope to be sharing soon!

    Thanks so much for visiting!!

    Jan 7, 2017

    Blue and Yellow One Layer Card

    Last night I actually managed to make a card!!! I came across a beautiful card by Kay, and wanted to give the design a try.  I don't have the products Kay used, so I used what I had instead. I also wanted to play along in the Blue and Yellow Flower challenge, so I switched up the colors. The flowers on Kay's card made me think of the really old Stampin up set "In Full Bloom" which sadly had been sitting on my shelf for many years unused. One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to use more of my older stamps, there is a reason why I don't  part with some of these old sets, and that is because I love them. This was the perfect chance for me to ink up the pretty flower from the set.

    I started out by masking off the top and bottom border of the Neenah linen card base using washi tape. Then I used Mustard distress ink and Apricot SU ink for sponging and stenciling. Sorry, but I threw away the stencil packaging so I have no idea what brand they are. 
    The blooms were stamped onto xpress it blending card, colored with copic markers and then fussy cut before adhering to the card. Flower stems are from the SU set "Both Way Blossoms", another really old set, and the leaves are from the set "Roses in Winter", also old.
    Sentiment is by Penny Black (Sprinkles and Smiles). I thought the card needed something black on the bottom, so I used the little "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the PB set Snippets across the bottom border.

    As mentioned above, the colors were inspired by the  Flower Challenge  so I am entering my card there.

    Also playing along here:
    Brown Sugar –  Anything Goes
    Crafting-With-Friends  Anything Goes
    Creative Corner -   Anything Goes
    Catch The Bug  -Anything Goes

    And that is all for now. Hope you all have a great weekend!

    PS: If you're interested in some Elisabeth Bell Whimsy stamps, I have several listed on ebay - sorry but US shipping only.