Friday, March 31, 2017

Butterflies Thank you card


Today I have a card I created using wooden butterflies. I have been cleaning off my desk and finding lots of lost treasures! I had a bag of wooden painted butterflies from American Crafts that I have used for several projects. They are so cute.

As they are already painted, I decided to add Nuvo to them. It adds great dimension and it doesn't dry flat like some others do.

I chose a blue card base to contrast the warmth of the butterflies and I used blue to one of them.

I pulled out my Anniversary stamp set from the Stamps of Life and used the swirls for the background. I hoped to add some "movement" of the butterflies. Then I stamped the Thanks circle and my friend.

Finally, I arranged the butterflies and popped them up with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the SSS Monday Challenge Things with Wings.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beary Happy Birthday with The Stamps of Life


I am sharing a card I made today using some goodies from The Stamps of Life.

Recently, the monthly club set from The Stamps of Life featured a bear. He is so adorable.

I stamped, cut and colored a few bears when I got the set and had one left on my desk.

I previously stamped and cut some balloons from another cute set and had those to use, too.

Finally, I had a background that I sponged last week that didn't work out so that became part of the card.

Basically, now that I recall all of this, the card is completely recycled. I love when "scraps" come together to create cuteness!!

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card on the following challenges:
SSS What have you been working on
SSS Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celebrate Card with Sizzix Drop-Ins


Just stopping by to share a card I made today.

I used the new Sizzix Gifts Drop Ins designed by Stephanie Barnard, who owns the Stamps of Life.

This set of dies is a companion set that works with Drop in dies. Click HERE. to see the die set, Lovely and the video that explains how the Drop-ins work.

You have a card base and then "drop-in" the shape you want to be cut out, in this case, presents.

I cut several present shapes also included in the set so I could add some dimension to the card.

The patterned paper with the stars was from a patterned paper stack included in a previous Stamps of Life card kit.

Using the Celebrate die, I cut a red base and a the word in yellow.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday Blog Challenge: Anything Goes
WAW Challenge #276-277 Anything Goes

Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Birthday with The Stamps of Life


Today I created an easy card that packs a punch due to the large die that I used.

I die cut the sentiment from Sizzix Drop In Card Front Dies in red.

The card base is white and I added a piece of patterned paper on top of it. All of these pieces were glued down.

I punched a hole and tied through a small piece of striped green ribbon.

The last step was to add some Clear Wink of Stella to the Sentiment.

  Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop


Today is the Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop.

The inspiration photo has lots of colors and flowers.

I recently got busy die cutting all the pieces in my Color Pop kits so that I have the pieces ready whenever I need them.

I laid out a pattern using the larger butterflies and added smaller ones as well as flower clusters. I really wanted to add white flowers so I die cut several from white card stock. After adding everything I decided to stamp a few of the white flowers with a pink center to break up the white.

Lastly I die cut the very small banner included in the kit and stamped For you.

I had extra butterflies so I made a second card using the new Fun Frames. I love frames, especially the ones from PTI.

I die cut the frame from Hawaiian Shores. A second rectangle also cuts out (I just replaced it with white) so you get two frames when you cut.

I embossed the sentiment Thinking of You using platinum powder. The stamp set is from Winter Wishes from SSS. The stamps were added using Melon Mambo ink.

I thought there was too much plain pink so I stamped sequins with versmark from Sparkle and Shine.

The butterflies were popped with foam dots. Ribbon was added after the pink was mounted to Aqua Mist card stock.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I can't wait to hop around - I am always so inspired!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #278 Window Chipboard Sentiments


I created a card today for the MIM #278 Window Chipboard Sentiments challenge.

You can check out Stephanie's video HERE.

I started off strong on making this card - then I came to a halt! I decided to use a die from The Stamps of Life that has the words and a Shadow. I die cut the shadow into the white card base so I would have a little more room to open the card once the sentiment was attached.

I blended some distress ink around the sentiment on the front and this is where I stopped!

After that step, I couldn't decide what to do next. Does that ever happen to anyone else???

I took a few days off from it and came back....

I dug around in my craft stash and pulled out the Christmas Critters stamp and die set. This is the first time I used it so it took me a little while to figure out that I should die cut the Critter first and then stamp him because you need to have the ears stamped correctly or the die cut won't fit!

I had several die cuts from the Color Pop Florals so I added a trio of flowers in the bottom left and added my critter beside them.

I die cut a balloon from Birthday Style and embossed it with a banner folder to give a little texture. Before popping that up I added white twine and "tied" it on the mouse's foot.

Under the balloon I glued one streamer also cut from Birthday Style.

I added Clear Wink of stella to the flowers and balloon.

The sentiment was die cut 5 times, layered and glue down last.

This card is a lot busier than I normally make but I like how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday Challenge Use one or more Dies/Punch
SSS Monday Challenge Layer it Up
4CraftyChicks #343 Punches or Dies
Word Art Wednesday #274-275 Anything Goes

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mini Handle Boxes featuring The Stamps of Life


Spring has returned here in GA and I am looking forward to planting some bulbs in my garden this week.

Today I am sharing some cute mini handle boxes.

These are a smaller version than the larger handle box from The Stamps of Life. They are so cute! Perfect for a few little treats and they go together very quickly.

You need to cut two pieces of card stock or patterned paper and then you glue two tabs together.

I added a box and some die cut eggs (from the ones I cut a few days ago...).

You can dress these up by using bling or ribbon, whatever you might have on your craft table!

Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies from The Stamps of Life.
The Stamps of Life Mini Handle Box

I am entering these boxes in the following challenge:
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Use One or More Die Or Punch
4CraftyChicks #343 Punches or Dies
Word Art Wednesday #274-275 Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Easter Card with the Stamps of Life

Hello there!

I am sharing an Easter card today. I recently die cut a Bunch of Easter eggs and jelly beans from patterned paper.

I die cut the pink rectangle and added it to pink card stock base.

The bunny paper was layered onto a mint green and pink ribbon was tied around it.  I then added two large and one small Easter egg from my die cuts and placed some bright yellow epoxy dots on the panel.

I will add a sentiment before I mail it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

OBG - Oldies but Goodies! with The Stamps of Life


I am going to try to start sharing things using OBG (Oldies but Goodies) stamps and dies.

I have a lot of wonderful stamp stuff I need to use and what better way than to make an effort to dig through my stuff for some treasures!

Today's Oldie but Goodie is The Stamps of Life Eggs4 Easter.

This stamp set also has matching dies that are for the eggs and jelly beans. They can be found HERE.

I am part of the Card Kit club with Stamps of Life and I have collected lots of patterned paper over the years. Each month you get a wonderful pad of paper and I don't use it all - I often don't want to part with it!! haha

I pulled out several sheets and started cutting eggs and jelly beans like crazy!

This card also used Sizzix Jar Stamps and Framelits designed by Stephanie Barnard (owner of Stamps of Life).

I began by die cutting the jar frame out of Gingersnap card stock. I created a shaker card by adding acetate and foam tape and added a lot of jelly beans and sequins.

Before I added it to the purple card back I did randomly glue some jelly beans and sequins around so there would be something in the shaker when things all fall to the bottom.

Pink ribbon was tied on and a couple of die cut Easter eggs were attached.

I love the font in this set. I stamped Blessings onto a banner.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Easter Pillow Box with the Stamps of Life


Today's card features two gift wrap ideas.

Both items were created using Ginger Snap card stock from the Stamps of Life.

The first project features a gable box. I die cut the shape two times and stamped the images using white pigment ink. The images aren't super bright. I could have embossed them in white to add more pop but I actually wanted a softer look.

After stamping, I adhered the two panels together at the tabs and I had a treat box. A pink gingham ribbon was tied and added with glue dots.

My second project features a pillow box. I LOVE this Pillow box die. It is so versatile and worth every penny!

This time I cut one piece of ginger snap cardstock and stamped in white pigment ink.

The band was created from a piece of patterned paper from the March Card club kit. These carrots are so cute!

I punched a couple of holes and tied orange ribbon on.

Here is the box with the band on it:

Thanks for stopping by today!

All Supplies from The Stamps of Life.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Circle Flip-It card with The Stamps of Life


We are currently on Spring Break so I am enjoying some bonus craft time!

Today I am sharing a card using Sizzix Flip-Its Large Circle die set from Stephanie Barnard.

The flip-it cards help you create a card fairly quickly because all the measuring has been done for you.

I die cut the base from Tangerine Card stock and cut the panels using patterned paper from TSOL Paper Wishes pad.

I cut two large circles from white and one smaller circle in yellow and one in light pink.

These were glued down and I added the purple Hello with some glue. This wooden sentiment came from a previous Card club kit. I turned it purple by adding a layer of Nuvo.

I added a trio of flowers that I had left over for another project.

The sentiment was stamped on the light pink cardstock and I also stamped a few flowers.

The last thing I did was add a blue ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Handmade Flowers
Word Art Wednesday 274-275 Anything Goes

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Birthday Pillow Box with The Stamps of Life


Today I created a Pillow Box to hold a gift card or some treats.

This was so quick and easy but it is so much fun. I love to create gift packaging (as well as the card!) and the Stamps of Life Pillow Box Die Set makes it a snap.

I began by die cutting the box using a piece of patterned paper from a previous TSOL Card Kit.

It has many birthday sentiments on it and is a favorite of mine.

You can also create your own background very similar to this paper using the Birthday4Subways Background stamp. How cool is that? You always get lots of coordination from Stephanie.

I adhered the box closed and tied on a bright green seam binding. I added a bubblegum colored button on the center of the bow.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this gift box in the following challenges:
SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Bit O' Green
4CraftyChicks #342 Buttons
Word Art Wednesday Blog Challenge #274-275 Anything Goes

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy Birthday with The Stamps of Life


Today's card was created for Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge Create Your Own Background.

When time allows, I really enjoy making backgrounds using stamps.

I stamped several balloons on white card stock in different colors. I added a piece of washi tape and ribbon and die cut the frame and stamped Happy Birthday.

Finally, I glued down two white daisy flowers.

All supplies are from The Stamps of Life.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Papertrey Ink March Release Day 2 Challenge


Today is Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink March Release.

The challenge is to create a card that contains multiples of a single shape, die cut or stamped image.

I rediscovered these beautiful Etched Easter egg Dies in craft room yesterday and decided to use these for my multiples for the challenge.

I die cut the eggs using double sided foam. It isn't the foam from PTI (which I love!!!) but it is from another company and is a little thinner.

I die cut a rectangle stitched frame from PTI Scalloped A1 Die Collection. I laid out the foam egg die cuts and stamped the sentiment - Our and Lives in black, leaving room for Savior.

This is where you need some patience! The payoff is TOTALLY worth it but you need to work slowly.

I stuck down the eggs and began carefully peeling off sections and adding Decofoil as I went. This helps me see where I have removed the front paper and have applied the foil.

After finishing this step (it isn't perfect but I am okay with that!), I die cut Savior in white card stock. Before cutting, however, I added Sizzix Adhesive to the front and back of the paper to make it into a sticker after it was cut.

I glued the word down and applied purple foil.

I die cut a piece of Egg Hunt patterned paper using the A1 collection and trimmed it in half.

The ribbon was added last and tied with a simple knot.

Thanks for stopping by!!

I am entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday #272-273 Anything Goes.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thanks card with The Stamps of Life


This beautiful spring weather has been inspiring me to craft.

I began with a base of Guava card stock (my favorite bright pink) and added two pieces of patterned paper.

The paper is from The Stamps of Life and was included in a paper pad that comes in the Card Kit. These houses are so adorable!! I added the green stripe on top and then die cut Thanks in a lighter and darker blue. I did add Clear Wink of Stella to the Thanks.

I added a few epoxy hearts and a bright blue ribbon to finish it off.

So quick and really so cute in person!

All supplies used are from The Stamps of Life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #277 Nail Polish Marbling


This week's Make It Monday #277 Nail Polish Marbling is a fun one! Lizzie has great video on marbling paper using nail polish.

What a timely challenge - I am seeing marbled paper everywhere! I have been very tempted by a paper marbling kit I saw recently at my local craft store so I was so happy to try this technique.

This post is a little longer than normal but I wanted to share some tips I discovered doing this project.

So I pulled out my box of nail polish and got to work. I may have gone a little crazy with this one...

In the sun:

In the shade:

My first try was this purple piece. It worked okay but the paper seemed to take the water very quickly and it wrinkled some at the bottom where there wasn't paint:

I found that the metallic paints didn't work quite as well so I used matte colors, too.

Here are some photos of the bucket I used. It was from the local dollar store. I added probably 1.5 inches of water each time. You can do probably two cards before you need to add more water.

If your water gets too low, you run the risk of your paper picking up previous paints that may have settled on the bottom. That happened to one of my blue ones - it got a drop of pink on it but I didn't mind.

I did put it in at angle (as mentioned on Lizzie's video) to try and minimize air bubbles so the paint would stick. I pressed the paper almost all the way under the water. This let me see the paint wrap around the back so I could tell I was getting coverage.

You must work quickly. Several times my paint would set up and be kind of crusty before I could dip the paper. I took the tops off the paint before adding the paint to be speedier.

I added a generous amount of each color, too. My metallic paints would "bloom" as soon as they hit the water whereas the matte colors would remain in drops for a little longer. Then I took my toothpick and started spreading a little. I didn't spread it every time if I like the design.

Bristol paper (100 lb smooth) worked best for me. It took the paint well and didn't absorb as much water so there was little wrinkling.

Here is a look at the other backgrounds I made:

This one is so pretty in person - all those specks are glitter!!

Now on to the cards I made!

I created two and will make more but since I spent a lot of time on the background I didn't have a lot of time left, lol!!

I used black card stock to die cut sentiments from my favorite PTI series - Big Basics. I tried colors on the card stock but it just got lost in the marbling.

That was so much fun, thanks Papertrey!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am entering these cards in the challenges:
SSS Wednesday Blog Challenge For a Special Lady/Girl
Word Art Wednesday #272-273 Anything Goes