Today's color challenge CC:186 over on Splitcoaststampers is Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze, I don't have any Baja Breeze, so I used Sage Shadow instead.  The color challenges help me out with getting started on a card, its almost cheating because its makes it too easy :)  I originally had some patterned paper where the larger white paper is, but it didn't look right so I replaced it with the white, it gives it a cleaner look.
A few weeks ago I won the Floral Fantastical stamp set from Unity, its a fun & whimsy set so I choose the butterfly.  I colored it in with Copics, but it would look really pretty paper pieced to with some nice patterned paper (for those of you who don't like markers any more lol).  The sage looking ribbon is from Making Memories Passport collection of ribbon.
So who else is excited that fall tv is back...my favorite show is Greys Anatomy!
chocolate chip, really rust & sage shadow card stock, prism paper, Unity stamps, SU ribbon, MM ribbon

Mass produced Thank You cards

I had family visiting this past week, all of you military folks out there know how special it is when you have visitors, because it doesn't happen often enough.  Anyhow, they left yesterday, so today I needed to make some thank you cards.  Some of the people who read my blog do not craft (crazy I know!) so today I am walking you through my thinking process when I make a card.

So because I have to make more than one card, I am going to mass produce.  I went and got one 12x12 sheet of cardstock (bazzill) at the bottom cut off a 4x12 inch slice (then cut 4 inches off of it so its 4x8) Go back to the  sheet and its now a 12x8 inches, which will give you 3 more 4x8 inch pieces of paper.  Just so you are not lost, you should have 4 pieces of paper that are 4x8 inches and then an extra piece that is 4 inches square (put that in scrap pile)  Score the 4 sheets at 4 inches.  This will now give you 4, four inch square card bases.  Still with me?

Now go and get your favorite background stamp and stamp directly on the card base, this is what mine looks like:
Stamp all of your card bases and then get out some of your favorite paper that matches your card base.  I am using Graphic 45 designer paper, its double sided so everything coordinates.  I am only putting the dp on half of the card so the size is 2inches by 3 7/8 inches.
I plan on paper piecing my flower image onto the designer paper, so I stamped the image four times on white card stock and then four times onto the designer paper.  I like to color, so I chose an image that requires lots of it.  I only color in the edges on the designer paper just so that it appears the whole thing is colored in from the side, and then color in the complete image that was stamped on the white card stock.  I cut it out and then get it ready to place on top of the same image on the designer paper.  If you don't like to color, just pick out a solid stamp image or one that doesn't require too much coloring.
The stem of the flower is really thin, so I used Tombo Multi liquid adhesive along the bottom of the stem and a little bit up the leaves.  I put dimmensionals on the flower part, because I want it popped up.  Dimmensionals are also known as pop up dots.
I layered the designer paper onto a piece of dark chocolate card stock.  I found adding a darker color makes the image pop.  I then placed the flower on top of the stamped flower image.  I want to run ribbon through this piece of paper so I punched a hole, using the horizontal slot punch (from Stampin Up).
Assemble it all together and this is what you have~
I didn't feel like tying a bow so I just made a pretty knot
All images are from the Thank You stamp set from Flourishes LLC.  I used Espresso Adirondack ink, Graphic 45 designer paper, Copic markers, Polka Dotted Dark Chocolate ribbon from PTI

Wednesday Challenge~

This weeks Unity Challenge is to paper piece. So I used the little fairy lady from the September Kit of the month. Isn't she precious :) I stamped her once on white cardstock and then twice more on different sheets of designer paper. I cut out the dress and the wings, then propped them up with dimmensionals. The sketch is from todays SC195 over on SCS, so I really didn't need to think much. I like that :) If you play along make sure to upload your card and post in the Unity forum (they pick winners everyweek from the challenge thread...and give you free stamps, awesome!) Also tomorrow is HipHop Thursday and you never want to miss that fun (they are releasing new stamps).

Twilight bookmark for Erica

Hi bloggers :) I was pretty sick last week, so I took some time off from crafting to lay in bed to rest and heal. While I was in bed I started the Twilight Series of books Oh My Gosh!!! Holy Moly are they good! Now I'm just trying to get all of the characters out of my head, I read 4 pretty big and intense books I'm sure it will take a few days to detox from them LOL. So one of my oldest, dearest & best friends {Erica} I talked to a few days ago and told her to go get the book Twilight {ladies its freakin good go get it}, so I talked to her today and she finished the first book and had already went and bought the second book in the series, New Moon. I feel a little guilty {just a tinge, not too much, you need to share Edward LOL} for getting her addicted, so I made her this pretty bookmark, Twilight inspired. I can't really get a good picture of it, but believe me its really really pretty in real life. I clear embossed the Damask background, the sentiment isn't a stamp. I couldn't find anything big enough and in that font in all of my stamps, so I found a font I liked on my computer and then printed out "Until next time..." onto some nice cardstock. The book has so many different textures, so I used different ribbons to match :) I will have to go mail this pretty little thing.
"Twilight Bookmark for Erica"

Double Pocket bag

So I received some happy mail yesterday from my DSS (dear secret sister) and she had made me a double pocket bag & filled it with lots of goodies (if you are reading this "thank you so much") So I decided that I would try it out.  They are really cool & all you need for the base is one sheet of 12x12 paper.  I went with today's CC184 colors, so my base is a sheet of 12x12 textured Always Artichoke by SU.  To make one of these cute bags you can find the directions here.
I used my Quilters Sampler stamp set from Papertrey Ink, I don't use it nearly enough.  My DSS also sent me the lace paper ribbon, that I used on this, its made by K & Company & its really neat!  If you have lots of 12x12 paper hanging around go check out the tutorial, these would make perfect gifts.  Anyone started on Christmas projects yet?
always artichoke textured paper, gray suede ribbon, PTI Quilters Sampler, star brads, Graphic 45 dp, Adirondack ink, Real Red cs

Glittered Damask

Today's technique lovers challenge (tlc186) over on SCS, is to use a background stamp and put glitter on it.  This is my preferred way of getting this look~
1.  Stamp image with Versamark
2.  apply heat and stick powder (SU)
3.  Heat emboss
4.  Apply Dazzling Diamonds its a fine glitter by Stampin up (you can use whatever kind)
5.  Heat emboss again to set it.

It makes a dramatic statement and really gives your card that Wow effect, it doesn't take that long to do.
"Glittered Damask"
vintage cream & dark chocolate cardstock, Damask & Thank You stamp sets from Flourishes, Copic Markers, Dazzling Diamonds, Versamark, nestabilities, Adirondack ink, Sheer ribbon, Heat and stick powder

Blog/Challenge Candy Winner

Ok, so I went through the comments on my blog and through the Unity forum & gallery and wrote everyone's name down, put all of the names in a bowl and my munchkins picked out Cupojafa/Jenalonso  Yay Jen!!  Email me your address so I can get the So & So's single out to you!
Here is Jen's card here that you can check out...didn't she do a fabulous job!!  Make sure to go and leave her some love.


I am up taking my meds (not fun at 4am) but I have been very diligent lately in taking them.  Most of you know I have Crohn's disease (if you don't now you do >"<) and I have just felt like doo doo lately, not my normal symptoms soooo I'm making a Dr appt on Monday, to see whats going on.
Anyhow, so since I am up, it takes  while for me to fall back asleep, I am watching the news on Ike and checked out today's inspiration challenge over on SCS.  I love Pier 1 and the rich fall colors so I made a quick card.  Yesterday in the mail I received some new stamps from Flourishes {{love them}} so they were screaming to be inked up...do your stamps talk to you?  Mine do lol.  I love how when you add black or a really dark brown accent to a card it really makes it pop...not a lie, try it out you will see.  
whisper white cardstock, chocolate chip ink, cosmo cricket designer paper, Pti ribbon, Flourishes Thank you & Mixed Greetings stamps

Unity Challenge Wednesday

So the challenge this week was given by, myself & my challenge is to make a square card and to have scallops on it.  I also provided a sketch if anyone wanted to use that (scroll down).  So here is my card  I used some WeRMemory keepers designer paper and tag, along with my Unity August kit of the month stamps.  I colored the images in with Copic markers.
Do you want an awesome stamp!?!  Make sure to play along, I am giving away the "So & So loves" single away, that you can check out here 
if you upload on SCS use the key words UNITY, USC3
Here is my sketch if you want to play along

I had to share this, my daughter is an avid book reader!  So I made her this bookmark, isn't it cute!  I used the Inksesentials Memory Frames and Glass to make it.

Tomorrow is HIP HOP Thursday so be sure to go to the Unity forum on Splitcoaststamper.com Unity gives a ton, I mean a ton of free stuff away, not to mention awesome deals & steals >"

Happiness and a trick/technique

So who of you out there have reinkers?  Yesterday I got all 6 in colors of the reinkers (thanks to my DSS...secret sister) is that not awesome or what!  Reinkers are really versatile and you can do so much with them.  I added a few drops of the riding hood red in a bowl and added some water, until I got the color I wanted.  I used the mixed solution to water color on the back (rough side) of this acetate.  Here are step by step directions to what I did:
1.  stamp image with stazon on the rough side of the acetate
2.  Heat set ink
3.  watercolor in your image with reinker solution
4.  Heat set
5. Use Copic marker or another colored solution to add a different color.

I used the same mixed solution, took a paint brush & brushed on the ink for the distressed polka dotted background stamp.  It worked so good! {the dots are supposed to look like that its a distressed style of stamp}  I heat set the paper with the dots too, so the ink would not run.

***Also using the same ink and water solution, you can put in your white ribbon and flowers in the bowl and it will dye them!  I just did it, because I didn't want to waste it and they turned out perfect.  I took them out of the bowl and using my heat gun, dried them off.  So all of you who have a ton of white ribbon, start using your reinkers and make your own custom embellishments!***

I used today's color challeng cc183 for my inspiration, ridinghood red, green galore and grey.

acetate, images from Unity stamp co, red riding hood reinker, copic marker, paint brush, rectangle nesties, may arts suede ribbon


I hope everyone is staying dry (if you are on the gulf or on the east coast).  As much as I miss a good thunder storm, I am kind of glad we don't live in Florida right now with all of the hurricanes going on. 
We are just going to chill out and clean today, it has been a kick back weekend so far.  
I have lots of stamps that have not been inked up yet, the stamps I used in this card are from the August kit of the month from Unity stamps.  The polka dotted paper is Amuse (love that stuff) and then the flower paper is Basic Grey (infuse pack).  
I am going to make this a short post today, I am not feeling well at all.  I hope all of you have a fantastic day!

Pretty Peony

Earlier this week, maybe on Wednesday I made this card.  It was for the limited supplies challenge, where you were to use some fancy older paper that you have been hoarding.  So I used this K & Co paper that I have had for at least 3 years.  The peony flower is from the Peony stamp set from Flourishes, this stamp has intimidated me since I bought it.  I have tried to make a card with it a few times & hated my results.  This time I went with a dramatic effect, by coloring it in with red.  I stamped it 3 times and colored them in, cut pieces of the flower and then layered them with dimmensionals, which gives it a 3-d look.  In all honesty this is a very simple card, it just looks fancy because of the flower & bow.  If you have any markers, (I used Copic) I started with light pink as my base, then added in red & shadowed with two different colors of brown, the stem and the center of the flower were colored in with a few greens and again with a brown.
"Pretty Peony"
K & Co paper, cream paper, gingham paper, copic markers, satin ribbon, dimmensionals

gift box with a Justrite tag

So do any of you have a JustRite stamper?  I would love to see what you are doing with yours!  So there is a possibility that we will be moving around the holidays, so, that means Miss Latisha needs to get her butt into gear and start making gifts now.  This was a cute little cardboard style box that you can find in Walmart/Target or your LSS (got this at WallyWorld for around 80 cents) So I covered it with Making Memories FAlala designer paper, then ran ribbon on the bottom and then the top, I want the reciever to be able to use it more than once so that's why I didn't wrap the ribbon around it entirely (does that make sense?)  It will look the same with the top on or off >"<
I used my JustRite stamper and made this tag.  Did you all see that JustRite is coming out with different sizes and fonts...sorry little things like that make me happy, especially when a tool makes mass producing so much easier.
So I think I'm going to enter this in the contest they are having, I have won two $5 gift certificates so far.  Go check out their blog www.justritestampers.blogspot.com 

Inspired Happiness

I have been feeling really inspired to create lately, I think its because I only buy what I love now & not stuff that is on sale or what seems to be a trend.  Don't get me wrong I love new stuff, I just know more about what I use and what I don't use and I kind of have stopped hoarding and I'm using up my stuff. (amazing I know lol)
So this card I just love, I don't think I can ever mail it out.  Do any of you do that?  This card is the whole enchilada.  I stamped, sewed, used chipboard, covered the chipboard, slapped on some buttons, twine & lace, used some yummy Noteworthy paper & the result is one paperlicious card >"<

Noteworthy paper, Unity August kit of the month stamps, retired SU card stock, button, chipboard, lace, twine

Before I made the card I made this chipboard tag, I'm thinking I will turn it into a magnet or put in on my bookshelf in my room or use it as a bookmark.  Who knows what I will do with it?  I like it, and think its pretty & it makes me smile when I
 look at it.  Again I am just so proud of myself for using some of this chipboard I have had forever.  I have a few more this size, so I want to make something fabulous with them.  I know there is a lot of ribbon on the tag, but I'm pretty sure the ribbon companies will make more >"<  I need to go back to the fabric store and buy more of the lace, I'm almost out.
So the chipboard is SU, but its retired now.  Thats the thing ladies, if you see something you like in a SU catalog buy it, because you wait it may be gone.  Totally off topic, but I have a Girl Power SU set that is now retired (its like a Girl Scout set) I have seen it sell for $80 on Ebay.  OK back to the tag, I could not get a good picture of it, its a lot nicer in real life.  I hate sucky pictures lol.  For this one I covered the chipboard with Graphic 45 paper, and then stamped Flourishes LLC, Coffee with friends & Flourished Elements stamps around the edges and then paper pierced the coffee cup.  I added lots of ribbon, lace & twine which added some more texture.  This makes me happy.  Thats my tip for the day, make something beautiful today that will make you smile, and put it out to look at, it will make you happy >"<  My tag is a reminder to me to relax more often.

Show your colors

This week for the Wednesday Unity challenge, Cat challenged us to make a card using Unity colors.  Feel free to play along & to check out all of the other girls projects (their links are to the right) and post your card in the Unity gallery (on SCS).  Everytime you make a card using Unity stamps make sure you also post a link in the challenge thread in the Unity forum, you could win free stamps on HIP HOP Thursday's (where they give a ton of stuff away!)  Ok...sorry if that sounds confusing but is really is easy peasy >"<
The card base is chocolate chip, layered with Daisy Bucket polka dotted paper & retired SU designer paper, the yellowish paper is by Bazzill (not sure of the color, its like creamy butter color) & if there wasn't enough polka dots going on (another Unity theme...especially in the Sept Kit of the month) I added some May Arts sheer brown polka dotted ribbon.  The stamps are from the Lovin from the oven set.  I popped the oven mitt up with a few dimmensionals & colored it in with Copic markers.
"Hey Hottie"

Don't forget tomorrow is HIP HOP Thursday >"<


Ok so I attempted to make a monochromatic card, its close but not really a true definition of monochromatic meaning "one tone".  I say, I used warm colors which could be considered a color family. OK I know I'm stretching it a little, but honestly this is what I came up with so I'm going with it & it took longer than what I would have like.  I don't have a lot of time to create, so I try to limit my time to make a card around 15-30 minutes...is that too long?  I did a lot of stamping, coloring, & not to mention, used a lot of layers so it took a little longer.  In my defense I was done by the time Jess got back from the gym.  
Today's color challenge (cc182 on scs) is monochromatic if you all want to try your hand at it too.  I used three different stamp sets from Flourishes llc, Damask, Lilac & Fantasy Floral Garden.  I stamped the Damask background using chocolate chip from SU and then Memento for the flowers and the sentiment.  I used a ruby red stamp pad and paintbrush to color in the flowers, before you open your stamp pad, you just smoosh it together, then when you open it up there is ink on the lid.  I wet my paintbrush and begin to color, I wanted a deeper color in some parts and since I don't have the SU markers, I just got this little nib (kind of like a toothpick but softer) and inked it up and went over the the edges to darken it a little.  The designer paper is from Prima's Tea and Silk collection.  It doesn't photograph very well but I used a Sakura glitter pen over the flowers & in real life its really sparkly and pretty.
chocolate chip cs, vintage cream cs, very vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Prima dp, Damask, Lilac & Fantasy Floral Garden stamps

Justrite BOO

The other night I was on a paper hunt for a friend, and though I didn't find the paper she wanted, I did find some fun Halloween paper from Making Memories called Spellbound, plus most of the sheets are double sided, score!  I don't have too many Halloween stamps, so I used my Justrite stamper to make my own.  The alphabet is from the Curlz set and the border is from my original C45 kit.  I don't know if you can buy these in normal stores, but I bought mine at Flourishes
I found the best deal on the ribbon, I got a whole spool of it (25 yards) for only $2.75!!!  I love this style of sheer riboon, its just like May Arts how it shimmers and how it ties pretty perfect bows.
Basic Black cs, Spellboud designer paper, dimmensionals, Distress ink, Sheer ribbon Justrite, circle nesties

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