Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May Guest Designer: Paper Sweeties!

Hello, all!  I am SUPER DUPER excited to announce that I am the May GDT for the Paper Sweeties Blog challenge!  I absolutely adore Paper Sweeties products and so I was only too happy to agree to this spot--and the challenge we have for you this month is FABULOUS!

Here's your inspiration board~
papersweeties inspiration19 Paper Sweeties May Inspiration Challenge #19   Cupcakes & Sprinkles

And my take~


I've used stamps and sequins from Paper Sweeties, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stickles by Ranger in Star Dust, Liquid Pearls by Ranger, a doily from Wilton, glitter paper by DCWV, patterned paper by Recollections (polka dots) and Papertrey Ink (floral), die cuts by Spellbinders, a Sakura black glitter gel pen (faux stitching), an enamel cherry sticker by EK Success, and all other supplies are from Stampin' Up!.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you take some time to craft today and that you link up your inspired creations this month at the Paper Sweeties blog!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

DDD: Birthday Card + Wednesday Wisdom

Hi, friends!!!  It's Wednesday and so it's time for me to share a card using some beautiful digital files from Diane's Daydream Designs!  This time, it's a masculine birthday card that was made for my brother's special day last week. :)  Come take a look!

Here's the card~


Products used: Mother's Garden of Wishes (sentiment), Bouquet of Daisies (patterned paper).

I kept it really simple so that I wasn't tempted to get all fancy. ;)  It was kind of hard, but I really tried and I think it worked out well!

Birthdays are a great reminder to me that we are all children of God and that He is our true parent and we have a divine destiny.  Each birthday can be a reminder that we are loved and that we are blessed each and every day--no matter what our situation is.  We are all blessed with life and free will--we should grab at all the opportunities we can in order to show our gratitude to a loving God for all we have been given!

I hope you all have a wonderful day and that you take some time to create something beautiful!  HUGS and happy stamping to all of you! :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Doodle Pantry: Have Courage!

Hi, friends!  It's time for me to share another card that uses some more darling digis from Doodle Pantry!  This week, it's a cute giraffe with an uplifting message!  I think you'll really like the digi paper--it is SO fun and fabulous!  Come and see!

Here's the card~


I've used patterned paper, an image, and a sentiment from the new Jiggles Giraffe set.  I LOVE this set and the fun sentiments that come with it--Laurie's sets are always fabulous like that! ;)

Thanks for stopping by today to take a peek at my creation!  I hope that you join in the fun of the monthly Doodle Pantry challenge.  Don't forget--if you use a Doodle Pantry product, you'll receive this month's featured set (the Petite Bouquet set) for FREE!  HUGS and happy digi stamping, all!

Inspired By Stamping: A Rose...Just Because

Well hello again to all of you!  I'm back with another creation that uses fabulous products from the Inspired By Stamping store.  I've done a fun fold card this time around.  Come and take a peek at it!

Here's the card head on.  I've used some different patterned papers from the Vintage Floral Paper Pad.  I layered pieces of these papers onto some black card stock to make them POP.

Next, I stamped the rose image from the Flowers Bloom set.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink so that I could color it in with my Spectrum Noir markers.  The shading for this image is super easy--just follow the lines!  It makes it a snap!  I cut out the image to layer onto my main panel.

It was then time to choose a sentiment.  This one from the Just Because Sentiments set was perfect.  Now this card is ready for almost any occasion!  The pearls underneath were used to echo the other pearls used throughout the card.

The main panel was completed with two punched glittery pink butterflies also accented by the same pearls.  I really like the collage effect all of these elements created!

Did I mention this was a fun fold card?  I hope you can tell how this opens...I think I *might* have done this backwards, but I'm okay with it. ;)  I think it isn't TOO hard to figure out how to open it up!

The whole thing is closed with seam binding ribbon tied on the side into a bow.  A row of pearls helps to secure the ribbon and to add more texture and glam.  The seam binding is also the easiest ribbon to tie, in my opinion.  It's so flexible! :)

Here's a last look at the completed card.  That's all for me today, friends!  I hope you take the chance to make something fun today and that you grab these goodies from the Inspired By Stamping store!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all! :)

Monday, April 28, 2014

HOC: Challenge Reminder

Hi, friends!  We are halfway through our challenge at House of Cards and so I've got a card to share with you using this month's sketch!

Here it is~


I've used patterned paper by Papertrey Ink, a sentiment by Inspired By Stamping, kraft paper by Paper Studio, a brad from my stash, Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and all other supplies used are by Stampin' Up!.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my card!  I hope you join us over at House of Cards--I can't wait to see what you create for us using the sketch!  HUGS and happy stamping, friends!

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Hi, all!  So, I am REALLY proud of myself!  I've got a card today for 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown for our weekly challenge, which is to use GLITTER.  And I did NOT have a GRI* in the making of this card, which is a super duper miracle!

Here's my card~


I've used stamps and glitter washi tape from Inspired By Stamping, seam binding ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, a glue pad from Tsukineko (PERFECT for that glitter), rhinestones by Basic Grey, a dry embossing folder by Sizzix, and all other supplies are from Stampin' Up!.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!  I hope you join our challenge and that you leave some love with the other amazing gals on this DT, too!  HUGS and merry stamping, all!

*GRI: Glitter related incident.  It's from Will & Grace...I hope you know what I'm talking about, but if not, let me tell you about it--it is HILARIOUS!  Jack gets glitter in his eye and has to wear an eye patch.  His exact words when asked what happened are, "I had a GRI...I have had the biggest glitter related tragedy since Mariah Carey's film debut."  And that is where I get the acronym  GRI from. ;)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Inspired By Stamping + Die Versions = Blog Hop!!!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Inspired By Stamping and Die Versions Blog Hop. Twenty two talented designers have united to celebrate the new season and shake off the malaise of a snowy winter. Yay!!!

Inspired by Stamping designs & manufactures the highest quality photopolymer stamps that bring superior stamping to all crafters and has teamed up with Die Versions, makers of metal paper dies with exceptional designs for this special eye candy of SPRING THEMED PROJECTS.

Just leave each designer a comment along your way and end at the Inspired By Stamping blog. There is a chance to win a fabulous prize at the end of this crafty hop.

I've made a couple cards that showcase some of my favorite colors--and some spring time flowers, too!  Since I have a May birthday, I hope you'll forgive me in indulging myself in making a few birthday cards!

Here's the first card~


And the second card~


Your next stop on the hop is Calypso Bastian's blog and if you ever get lost in the hop you can always go to the Die Versions blog for the complete order list.

One lucky “hopper” will get a prize package of $50 gift certificate EACH from Inspired By Stamping AND Die Versions so you can stock up on some of the awesome products both of these companies have to offer!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you take some time to craft and create and to finish this hop for a chance to win!!!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Great Impressions: SEW Wonderful!

Hi, friends!  I'm back with another card for the Great Impressions blog featuring stamps from the Great Impressions store!  This time I have a soft, pastel card with a sewing theme and a punny sentiment--I LOVE me a good pun!

Here's the card~


Products used: D433 Sewing Machine, D431 Sew Wonderful.

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek!  Next week I'll be back with another creation for your viewing pleasure!  I hope you'll hop over to the Great Impressions blog to participate in our monthly challenge and if you use GI stamps, make sure to add it to our Customer Gallery, too!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Doodle Pantry: Furry Friend

Hi, all!  I've got a sweet card for your viewing pleasure today!  This one uses a sweet little critter from one of the newest sets from Doodle Pantry called Spring Critters.

Here's the card~


For these fabulous challenges~

Like I said before, I've used and image from the Spring Critters set, a sentiment from the Carousel Horse 3 set, and papers from the Cute Cake and Oliver Ostrich sets  from Doodle Pantry.  I just LOVE how all of Laurie's images and papers coordinate so nicely! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at my creation!  I hope you like what you see and that you join in the fun of these fabulous challenges!  HUGS and happy crafting to you all!

DDD: Earth Day + Wednesday Wisdom

Hi, friends!  Welcome to another installment of Wednesday Wisdom accompanied with a card made with products from Diane's Daydream Designs.  This time, I've got a (late) card to celebrate Earth Day!  Yeah, I know.  Earth Day was yesterday...I'm sure you can forgive me. ;)

Here's the card~


This sentiment and card remind me of a song that Amy Grant sings (the exact words of the sentiment).  It also reminds me of all the things that we have to be grateful for that God has given us.  This earth is amazing!  All the different foods and animals, all the different terrains, all the different climate, and all the different people.  And even still, we are ALL brothers and sisters.  We are ALL God's children.

And that is something constant that never changes.  Our worth is great to God and He will love us no matter what.  He wants us to return home to Him.  It is up to us to live worthy to do so.  And He knows we can do it!

Thanks for stopping by today to take a peek at my creation!  I hope you take some time to create today!  And don't ever forget--YOU ARE LOVED. :)  HUGS and happy stamping, friends!