Coloring in the Season

Today I'm hosting the Flourishes Friday Focus over on the blog.  So for all of the details on these cards head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter!!

key 2 my heart

How is your week going so far?  Things are busy in my house right now, but I'm not complaining.  I spent yesterday baking, so the family has some nice snacks for the next few days.  Right now, I'm in the middle of a ton of deadlines, so everything I'm making you will not see for a while, be it for upcoming design team work or for publication.  Hard work really pays off friends.
Here is a little ditty, that I made a little while ago and to be honest, its a pub reject lol.  I still love it, its me, and right now I'm making a special gift for someone, and this card will probably go into the card gift set.  The stamps are from the Unity Stamp Co. the paper is from Jillibean Soup, and the fun hardware is Tim Holtz.  I hope you all have a wonderful day!!
"key 2 my heart"

Sniff sniff

I'm a little sad, I cannot believe 6 months have gone by since starting to design for 2sketches4you.  It has been so awesome being on that design team, Laura and Kazan are wonderful to work with, not to mention the rest of the designers and awesome sponsors every week.  It really has been an honor that Laura and Kazan chose me to be on the team, the designers they choose are always top notch.  If you have not applied for the current DT call,  really you should try, its one of the best teams you will ever be a part of.  Good Luck to all of you who are applying.  I'm most excited to see who will be added to the team with the amazing Cheryl and Sankari.  Although this is my last card being a designer, I still plan on playing as much as possible.
For my last card, our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe, Regina supplied me with some fun Halloween images that I paired with this weeks sketch.  Thank you so much for looking, and I hope you get to play along this week!
"Happy Halloween"

PTI October Blog Hop

Wow, it has been forever since I have played along with the PTI blog hop, I forgot how fun they can be.    This month, you were to share your holiday ideas, be it cards, gift bags, wrap etc...  I decided to make a card that is pretty clean and simple, and it wouldn't be too hard to mass produce.  Right now for some reason I am really into pink, so this is not a traditional Christmas card, but I think its still super cute and my girly friends would love to receive this.  This could easily be turned into a one layer card, by stamping the stockings directly onto the card base, and instead of ribbon maybe put a few Kaiser pearls underneath the stockings.  This is a really fun stamp set, the possibilities really are endless.
"tis the season"

Crafting with Kids

My husband and son were off at a Cub Scout cuboree camping trip this weekend, so it was just my daughter and myself.  It was really nice to spend quality time with her.  Yesterday, we made these paper ornaments, they were very easy to make.  My daughter cut and embossed blue metallic card stock using the Blossom 2 dies from Spellbinders.  For each ornament you will need to cut out two of the larger dies (in blue) then one smaller in white.  Before she cut out the white card stock, we printed off some digital stamps from Raindrop Echo designs, colored them in, then cut and embossed them.  She wanted to add a sentiment but we couldn't figure out where to put it, so we printed off a sentiment and attached it to the bottom of the ornament using twine.  I'm so proud of her, she even tied the bows herself.  If you have children, this was a lot of fun and an easy project to do.  I think I may enlist her more often to cut things in my Cuttlebug, I only had to show her once how to make the "correct" sandwich for embossing and cutting.
paper ornaments

materials used: Spellbinders Blossom 2 dies, Copic markers, red satin ribbon, PTI stampers select white, Metallic card stock, twine, Raindrop Echo digi stamps

A few cards

Last week, I got my Oct Unity kit of the month and here are a few cards I made with some of the images.  There are lots of fun stamps in this kit, it makes me happy :)  To get a little more dimension in the sock monkey, I used some Sakura Glaze pens to fill in the polka dots & to color in the hat, mittens and socks, I also did some faux stitching around the card as well.  That cool striped paper is from the Nook and Pantry line from Basic Grey.

For this card, I used some Cosmo Cricket Earth Love paper, and created a little mountain side scene.  The plane and banner are from the Oct kit as well.  I stamped, paper pieced them and then mounted them on foam tape for a little more dimension.  The snails and heart are from the Early Bird Chipboard elements.  I had fun making this card, its a little out of the box for me, but I think it will make the person I'm giving this to, really happy because its just one of those cards that make you smile.
"its a boy"

Fancy Folds

Today, the Flourishes design team are making cards using different folds.  For my card I did a criss cross card.  There is a wonderful tutorial on how to make this fold on SCS.  I used the Strawberries set for my sentiments, the card stock is Flourishes classic ivory, and the designer paper is the Wisteria line by Basic Grey.   This is a fairly easy fold to do, and its different than the usual standard card fold.  Head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter where Christine has a tutorial on different folds.  Mine is very simple as I'm battling a head cold, so be sure to visit the design teams blogs because they have some outstanding eye candy for you.
Criss Cross for you card

Check out the rest of the design team and the folds they did:

Verve digi stamp card

Did any of you pick up the free digi stamp from Verve?  Its so cute, its this set of mittens, and then a few sentiments (available until tomorrow).  If I remember right you have a few different choices on ways to use them.  One is all of the sentiments and image on a sheet of paper, then the other I think are png files where you can over lap them and change the size.  That is how I created this card, I just opened up the file, sized the mittens then drug the sentiment to overlap the mittens just a little.  I colored in the mittens using Copic markers then embossed and cut out the image with a Labels die from Spellbinders.  Using foam tape I adhered the embossed image onto a 4.25 square card base, added some ribbon and Kaiser pearls and waalaa a clean and simple Christmas card.
"wonderful time"

I heart Papers Birthday Bash Day #2

I Heart Papers Birthday Bash
I was asked to play along today, to help celebrate the I heart Papers Birthday.  For today's card, I made a stair step fold card.  They are really fun to do if you like to make scene cards.  This is a cleaner look for a stair step card (I'm sick and it was so hard for me to make anything), but you can dress it up and add lots of embellishments, stamps etc, to suit your taste.  Everything I used on this card, can be found at the I heart papers store.  The sentiment was made by using some Just Rite stamps, and the flowers are from the Earth Love chipboard elements set.  Head on over to Deb's blog I'm sure she has a beautiful card to share with you today!!  Scroll down to the bottom to see how you can win some fun prizes!

stair stepped birthday wishes

side view

IHP Birthday Bash Challenge —Day 2

When you’re inviting guests to your party, you really want an invitation that will grab their attention!  One way to do that is to create a cool, funky fold, so...

Our challenge for you today is to make a card using a non-traditional fold. Remember, everything this week has to do with birthday be sure your creation is birthday related!

Before you begin, take a few minutes to review the challenge guidelines! You’ll want to follow these rules to maximize your points and qualify for the opportunity to WIN the prize for today’s challenge and the Grand Prize, all announced on the last day of our festivities!

To qualify for the prize of the day, all you have to do is upload your challenge card/project to Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) and/or Paper Craft Planet (PCP) with the appropriate tag so we can find it. Today’s challenge tag is IHPBB2. The daily challenge winners will be randomly selected at the end of the week.

To qualify for the Grand Prize of being IHP Guest Designer for the month of November, here’s how it will work: Every challenge card/project you enter will earn you points (see below), and one with the most accumulated for the week the Grand Prize winner. So the more challenges you enter, more points you earn — and the better your chances of winning the Grand Prize (and the bigger the value of your Guest Designer box will be)!

You will have until October 25th to post your work, and you can enter as many challenges as you like, but you CANNOT combine challenges in one project. All winners, including the Grand Prize winner, will be announced at the Birthday Bash on October 26th.

Here are the hosts for each day.  Be sure to check their blogs on their scheduled day to find out that day’s challenge.  You can also check the main IHP Birthday Bash page at the store.  It will be updated daily.
Day 1(10/19): Kate(owner)Sarah Anderson, and Dee Jackson
Day 2 (10/20): Deb/Latisha Yoast
Day 3 (10/21): Gretchen/Lesa Smaligo and Lynn/Asela Hopkins
Day 5 (10/23): Megan/Chris Veneruso and Kendra/Debbie Fisher
Day 6 (10/24): Tracy/Heidi Van Laar and Amber/Kerry Davis
Day 7 (10/25): Sunday, day of rest (finish up your challenges!)
Day 8 (10/26): PARTY! GRAND PRIZE (winners are announced)

Birthday Bash Points

For each project:
5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to SCS
5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to PCP
2 points for uploading to your blog and linking at least one IHP item used to the IHP website

One time points:
2 points for signing up to receive our newsletter*
2 points for joining our PCP group*
2 points for becoming our fan on Facebook*
10 points if you participate in all 6 IHP Birthday Bash challenges

*When you sign up, or if you are already signed up, a comment on the IHP blog Birthday Bash week so your points can be credited

2sketches meets Creative Cuts

There is a fun new sketch up over on 2sketches4you (and sponsor).  I hope you get a chance to play along this week.  Make sure to check in over there in the next week or so, I think they will be having a DT call.  My 6 months has gone by so fast, it really is an amazing group to work with.  I created a few treat containers this week, using the sponsors product, Creative Cuts.  I have to say, these were very easy to assemble, and user friendly.  The stickers I applied onto the containers are from Basic Grey (Eerie).  The hat pins are Making Memories, and the ribbon is PTI.
"Spooky Treats"

Girly Halloween

Today I'm showing you a true one layer card.  The card base is by Bazzill, and it has a really nice texture to it, which makes the card seem not so flat.  First, I stamped the ledger background stamp, then I stamped the little girl/witch, followed by the halloween sentiment (both from Artistic Outpost & its on sale for $8, I paid full price).  Its really hard for me to make a card without using ribbon, so I punched a hole on either side of the girl, ran ribbon through (bazzill stitched grosgrain) and then tied a knot.  This card seriously only took like 7 minutes, super easy peasy.  I love it when things happen like that!  Now that I'm looking at the card, I think it would look better with black ribbon.
On a side note, it got cold here fast.  Just a few days ago it was 90 degrees, and today its going to be 50, and tomorrow 40 degrees.  I don't do well at all at quick temperature changes, so hopefully my bones don't hurt too bad this week.  I hope all of you have a lovely Sunday!!

Sets available

The Flourishes stamp sets for October are now available!!

Go to Flourishes to shop

Go to the Flourishes Newsletter to check out the full reveal of the stamp sets.

thanks to all to participated and came to the release party

Christmas Wreath, final day of sneaks

Today is the final day of sneaks, and the last of the 6 sets.  All of the new sets are all so different and pretty, a little something for everyone looking for the perfect holiday stamp or stamps.  For my card I'm using the Christmas Wreath stamp set (available tonight).  This set has a two different sized wreaths, with sentiments.  This card isn't my normal style, but sometimes its fun to fancy things up a bit.  I stamped the wreath twice, colored them in using Copic markers, then cut them out using the Labels 9 die from Spellbinders, and decided I wanted to make a long card.  Except for the ribbon and brown card stock, all of my supplies can be found at Flourishes.  If you fancy this set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, for your chance at a one day only blog candy!!  Also, you have until later today to finish up your Sparkle with the Season card to win all 6 releases.  If you are not doing anything later, the Flourishes release with be over at SCS in the Flourishes forum at 10pm est, for the power hour.

For more creative ideas on how the design team used this set, take a peek at what the design team made:

Today is the third day of sneak peeks from Flourishes, and I get to show you two sets.  The first is a Holly background, and the second card I used the Santa set.  Both of these sets were created by a new designer, I'm sure most of you will know her name, she is Becky Fleck.  To know more about her, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter.  They are also giving away these sets, for a one day only blog candy.  There is a lot of cards being shown today, so I will try to keep this short and sweet.  At the bottom of this post is the list of design team who all are showing off these beautiful stamps.

For my first card, I stamped the background stamp in versa mark, onto the green paper, to make a subtle background.  The wreath is from the Seasonal Wreaths stamp set (which is quickly becoming one of my favorites), I stamped the image, distressed the edges and then went over the paper with some Tim Holtz walnut stain ink, to age it a bit.  The sentiment is stamped onto twill ribbon, and again I ran ink over the ribbon to age it as well.  When I was done with the card, I felt like something was missing, so I took a Sakura Glaze pen and made faux stitching.
"Merry Christmas"

For my second card, I am using the Santa set.  Oh my goodness am I in LOVE with this sets, just the font of the sentiments alone had me sold.  The placement, font, size....everything is perfect about these sentiments...ok, now you know I love them, here is the card lol.  The santa is stamped in red memento ink, onto Flourishes classic white card stock, then I went around the santa with a B000 Copic marker.  The designer paper is from Basic Grey, and what would be a card without ribbon and buttons.

Take a little blog hop to check out what the design team has created!!

Day 2 of October sneaks

Today I get to show another stamp set called Holly & Doves, there are two different sizes of the main image, and I used the smaller one.  I stamped the image onto Flourishes paper in Memento ink and colored it in using Copic markers, then cut it out using a Spellbinder die.  The chipboard swirl thing is actually Tim Holtz grunge board that I colored to match the card.  The card base brown card stock from Bazzill and the designer paper is from Basic Grey.  I added some satin ribbon, and a tag I made out of cardboard (well the stuff that comes with your pajamas).  Head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter to hear about more going ons, and for your chance to win this beautiful set...they are having a one day only blog candy.

"For You"

Take a little blog hop to see what the other designers created!!

Nutcracker sneak

Well, hello October, so very nice of you to sneak up on me. Today I'm showing you a peek at one of the new stamp sets Flourishes is releasing on Friday, I can't remember the exact name, but there are Nutcracker images in the set. This is a really clean card, I did a lot of coloring on the Nutcracker and I wanted that to be the focus. This is a really neat and different Christmas set, with a few lovely sentiments. Be sure to head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, the blogger team is showcasing two sets today and their cards are STUNNING, I'm almost ashamed to show this card, because their cards put mine to shame (seriously). Head on over there, I believe they are having a sketch challenge that looks like fun. Also, there are 6 stamp sets being released this month, be sure to play along with the Season of Sparkle challenge for your chance to win all 6 releases!!
"play for him"
The SR design team is playing along today too...check them out!!

Caffeine & Friends

There is a new sketch and sponsor (Just Rite) over at 2sketches4you. There is lots of eye candy, you should go check out what the design team created. This sketch was a little challenging for me at first, but I just stayed with the sketch, didn't veer off course too much and it turned out alright. I used some Basic Grey paper and Just Rite stamps, added some ribbon and faux stitches and this card was done (well I used some spellbinder dies too). I don't know about you but my weekends are too short, I didn't get too much done that I wanted to, so that leaves me a little more busy this week. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!
"caffeine & friends"

Thank you

Today I'm sharing a clean and simple thank you card, you really can't have enough thank you cards. It is so hot in the south right now, I'm talking in the 90 degrees hot...I like warm weather, I guess I'm just not used to it in October. There are so many cute fall clothes I want to buy, but I'm not sure if I will ever get to wear them, here is to wishful thinking.
Anyhow, I hope you all are having a great weekend! I'm trying to catch up on all my looming deadlines, so hopefully today I can start checking off boxes on my to do list.
"thank you"
materials used:
kraft card stock, may arts twine, memento ink, Unity kit of the month, basic grey june bug paper

All that glitters challenge

Next week Flourishes is releasing 6 new stamp sets (yes 6!), for October. Like we do before each release, we want to get you in on some fun! Play along with us for our A Season That Sparkles Challenge and you will have a chance to win each and every one of the sets for October! How awesome would that be!! To play along all you need to do is make a project that captures sparkle, and then link your post to Mr. Linky on the Flourishes Newsletter blog, or on Splitcoaststampers using key word FLLCOCT You have until next friday, October, 16 at 4pm to link your project. The stamp sets this months are so beautiful.
To get all that glitter on my embossed card stock, I applied Martha Stewart glue, then poured glitter all over it. Now this makes a huge mess, and I still have glitter in my hair, but the results are really pretty!! The stamp set I used was All that Glitters, its such a beautiful ornament set.
"all that glitters"

To get ready for the reveals next week, the design team got glittery to give you inspiration. Take a blog hop to see their creations.

Make a wish

Here is just a simple birthday card. If I'm making a really no fuss card, I like to use a card stock that has some texture to it, it just adds a little extra to the card. The designer paper, chipboard, and sentiment element are all from the Earth Love line by Cosmo Cricket. I added some twine, then stamped a sentiment, to tie (lol) it all together.
Right now my life is so crazy, but in a good way. I hate to make this short and sweet but I have a million samples to get done for next weeks release, well, more like finish up a few more. Today I get to go do the run/walk after school with my son, I hope he enjoys himself. I hope all of you have a wonderful Wednesday!
"make a wish"

2s4u: Fall

Happy Monday!! Did you all have a great weekend and WCMD? I had a wonderful weekend for sure. I made cards all day Saturday, and then on Sunday we took the kids to their first NFL game, all in all it was a perfect weekend. Anyhow, today there is a fun new sketch up over at 2sketches4you. The winner from my blog candy is posted over there as well as all the other blog hop winners. The sponsor this week, is Sakura of America, so if you didn't win anything this past week, you have another chance to win a great load of these pens. For my card below, I used both the Glaze and Souffle pens. Do you see that black border on the bottom? Yep I did that with one of the pens, it really shows up well over patterned paper. See the pink polka dots? I used the Sakura pens on those as well. Even with coloring in the dots, and the border, this card didn't take me very long to make (15 minutes max). Sakura pens are a nice alternative to add that little extra touch to your project. I can see myself using these a lot when I scrap book to doodle and to journal with. To see this weeks sketch, and the rest of the design's teams cards, head on over to the 2sketches4you blog!!

materials used:
kraft card stock, Indian Summer patterned paper, May Arts crocheted ribbon, Sakura pens of North America, Spellbinders long rectangle die, Indian Summer woolie, PTI polka dot basics stamp set.


So do you all have a paper crafting hangover from yesterday? I made a huge mess and got some cards done, so I call that a success, World Card Making day was a fun one for me. Today, I'm showing you a card inspired by a October Afternoon. I am so loving the Indian Summer designer paper from Basic Grey, its so pretty. My image is actually a digital stamp from Raindrop Echo Designs, it comes in different settings including a png format, so you can make it as big or small as you huh! I printed it directly onto some kraft card stock, then cut an embossed it using a Spellbinders die. To finish my card, I added ribbon (of course) some Kaiser pearls, and a Indian Summer chipboard leaf. This really didn't take too much time at all, gotta love that!
Well my family is going to an NFL game today, perks of living in a big city. Its the Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans, neither one are "my" team, but its my kids first time to a NFL game so they are most excited. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!!
"Happy Birthday to You"

2sketches WCMD blog hop

Welcome to World Card Making Day and the 2 Sketches 4 You Blog Hop. Each one of the Designers drew inspiration from the special sketch created specifically for this event at 2 Sketches 4 You. As Designers we all worked with a different sponsor to bring you mega inspiration and of course Prizes to be won. Just by leaving a comment on each Designers Blog you will be eligible to win a particular sponsors prize. I was fortunate to work with Sakura of America (

Blog Hop Giveaway
I am giving away this amazing collection of Sakura Pens. All you have to do to WIN this entire collection is leave me a comment here by Midnight (MST) and I will randomly select the lucky winner. All winners will be announced tomorrow, Sunday Oct 4, on 2 Sketches 4 You.

Here is my card that I made using the sketch provided along with Sakura Glaze & Souffle pens. These pens are very easy to work with and they color over designer paper so good. Those tulips were stamped directly onto the green paper, then I colored the flowers and stems in using the pens. The faux stitching on the card was also done with these awesome pens. Make sure to leave a comment so you have a chance to win this awesome prize package. Be sure to visit each one of the blogs on the blog hop, we are each giving away a different prize!! Next on the hop is Laura, if you get lost use the list below to find each one of the designers blogs.

2 Sketches 4 You

"take care"
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After you are done with the 2sketches4you blog hop, there is lots going on for World Card Making Day
Check out these links:

hello friend, Friday Focus

Today, the Flourishes design team is focusing on the Finishing Touches card embellishments, for a lovely tutorial head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter. On my card, I used the silver mini-messages set, they come in a cute metal tin that you can repurpose, I like little things like that. To start, I measured my square mini message frame, cut out some paper, rounded the corners and then stamped the dragonfly and sentiment. To get the paper to stay inside the frame I glued it down with Zip-Dry (I seriously love that stuff). I cut an embossed the ivory card stock using a labels 6 Nestability die from Spellbinders. The tulip was stamped in Memento rich cocoa ink and colored in with Copic markers. All of the sentiments are from the Strawberries set. For embellishments I added some green satin ribbon, natural colored twine, and buttons, the designer paper is Earth Love from Cosmo Cricket.
Tomorrow is World Card making day!! Woohoo!!! Make sure to come back, in the morning I will have lots of links, prizes, & stuff for you to check out. To get ready head on over to SCS, Moxie Fab World or The Paper Crafts Connection for more info. Also myself along with the other 2sketches4you designers are having one amazing blog hop you will not want to miss!
"hello friend"

For more inspiration using your Finishing Touches take a little blog hop

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