Friday, April 21, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques- Stampset Showdown



Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.
The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Wilma Payne of Fun Stamper's Journey:

Please take a moment to check out the great products Fun Stampers Journey has to offer. To visit Wilma's blog, click here and her Facebook Group here.
And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month.
You should have arrived here from Jearise's blog. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each blog.
Now for my cards on this Stamp Showdown. My post is going to be kind of lengthy, so grab your favorite beverage and sit back and relax! :)
I used Spring Flowers set from Pretty Cute Stamps. They're having a sale until Monday, April 24 on their clear photopolymer stamps and this set is on sale. The card base on the first card is Recollections A2 card base. The paper is from Colorbok Glam Girl 12 x 12 Paper Pad cut to fit the card. I stamped all 5 stamps- the sentiment, tulip, stem, pot, and butterfly on typing paper with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and colored them in with Recollections II Markers. I highlighted the butterfly with Gelly Roll White Ink pen. The floral washi tape at the bottom was from a lot that I bought from The Vintage Rose Emporium.
The next card I decided to use my Mint Cricut Cuttlebug and used the Mosaic embossing folder that came with it. The card base is Recollections A2 Ivory. The paper is from K&Company Amy Butler Belle 4 x 6" Mat Pad that I trimmed down to fit in my Cuttlebug as well as on the card. The green and pink/green paper are also from the same pad- I used 2 sizes of a nesting set of dies to cut these on my Cuttlebug. All of the stamps are from the Pretty Cute Stamps (PCS) set again and I colored them in with the same Recollections Markers after stamping them on typing paper with the same Ranger Archival ink. The washi tape is Scotch Expressions that I found at Walgreens.

The next card is Recollections A2 Kraft card base with Colorbok Marble 12 x 12 Paper Pad that I trimmed down to fit the card. The Doodlebug Donut Shoppe washi tape is from Craftin Desert Divas. The stamps are from the same PCS set and I used the same Ranger Archival ink and markers again.

My last card is Recollections A2 ivory card base with the same paper as above- Colorbok Marble- with the same PCS set and Ranger Archival ink on typing paper except this time I stamped the flowers in the grass and it's 8 different stamps. I used the same Recollections markers again and decorative scissors to cut around the sentiment. The bling is from my stash.




Now you’re off to visit with Lisa and I'm sure she has something awesome to share! Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
I hope you enjoyed my Stamp Set Showdown as much as I enjoyed making the cards.

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hippity Hoppity Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hippity Hoppity  Blog Hop


Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, Easter's on its way!
Thanks for joining us for a fun hop full of Easter Bunny
inspired projects!!
Wishing you all a blessed Easter with your family and friends!!
You should have arrived from (Kim http://katydidcards.com/ )
If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop.
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.
We have an awesome sponsor for this month!



One lucky winner will get a $20 gift certificate to shop Paper Crafting World!
Be sure to check out their shop online HERE
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Follow their blog HERE for freebies and inspiration!
What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 4/12/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


Now for my project.

I decided to make an 8.5 x 11 layout since I was determined not to cut this paper to make a 12 x 12 layout. I bought this sheet of paper from Hobby Lobby and I just noticed that it fits the hop name- it's The Paper Studio Hippity Hop! :) All of the foam stickers are Celebrate It- from Michaels- that are actually kids crafts, but I didn't want to add to this paper too much. The ribbon is also from Michaels and I through out the original packaging. The carrots, green rikrak, and orange polka dotted ribbon under the carrots came as a set that I found by the checkout line. I was on a role at Michaels! :) The rabbit/basket is a digi image from Crafting Desert Divas and I colored it all in with American Crafts Colorcopia Colored Pencils and Spectrum Noir Essentials Blended Professional Colored Pencils. I will add a picture of me in my new Easter dress, and possibly Jason if he goes to church with me Easter Sunday, on the brown rectangle paper. The brown paper is Recollections Strawberry Cream 8.5 x 11 that I trimmed down to fit the layout. I added Recollections Foam Dimensional Squares under the basket to give it some dimension and so you can still see the paper behind it. I cut 2 squares out of the basket to attach the polka dotted ribbon and then decided to cover it with the carrots on twine. I love how this layout turned out! I will update this layout once I add the picture. That's it for me.


Hop on over to (Angela http://mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com/) I'm sure she has something awesome to share!


Here's our amazing line up in case you get lost:
Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Christi- https://tranquility1905.blogspot.com/
Kim- http://katydidcards.com
Amanda- http://salnclts76.blogspot.com/
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com
Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Sandy- http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/
Rebecca- http://rebeccaanndesigns.com/
Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Marji- http://fstampaholic.blogspot.com/
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Holli- http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/
Sarah- http://sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com/

Hello My Friend

 I made the following card using Sketch 206 above from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. The challenge ends in 2 days so you still have time to link up!
Now on with the details! I used Recollections A2 Ivory card base. All the patterned paper including the 2 little strips on the far left and the purple paper is from Studio Calico Lemon Lush 6x6 Paper Pad. The washi tape I bought as part of a washi lot from The Vintage Rose Emporium. The stamps- flower, hello, and my friend were freebies from The Stamps of Life and I used Ranger Archival Jet Black Pigment Ink to stamp them all on typing paper. I just got the set in the mail Wednesday and had to ink them up! :) I colored the flower in with American Crafts Colorcopia 12 Pack Colored Pencils that I found at Tuesday Morning. I'm going to mail this card to my pen pal in Australia. I decided to add the Easter washi tape instead of a solid color since Easter is upon us! Please be sure to come back to hop with me and several others in the Hippity Hoppity Blog Hop! Have a great weekend! TFL!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

 I made the following card for an online Mother's Day swap and used the sketch- PCC126- above from Paper Craft Crew. The challenge ends Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1 EST.
The card base is Recollections 4 x 5.5" Ivory card set. The orange floral PP strip is from Six by Six by My Mind's Eye Happier Designer Cardstock Paper Pad. The doily is from a Recollections set. The word "happy" is actually from The Stamps of Life cake2stamp set or a birthday set. The paper didn't have the word "happy" on it so I improvised. It's from a Me and My Big Ideas Spring Set from Michaels. I used Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink to stamp happy and the stamped image. The stamped image is from Unity Stamp Company Warm Inside set. I used Crayola Colored Pencils and American Crafts Colorcopia Colored Pencils to color in the stamp. The flower is from Michaels Paper Spring Eyelet Delight Flowers. It had a pearl in the middle, but when I placed the flower through my Xyron 1.50 Create A Sticker Maker, the pearl got stuck and came off. Luckily, I own a Making Memories II set that has a pair of tweezers in it and I was able to retrieve the pearl! I added the green bling from my stash. The twine is Watermelon Sorbet from Timeless Twine. TFL. I made 2 other Mother's Day cards for the same swap and will posting about them soon.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Feel Better Wooly Soon

 I used the above sketch to enter my card into Connie Can Crop Monthly Challenge #56.
The card base is Recollections A2 Kraft. The paper strips are from American Crafts Studio Calico Lemon Lush 6" x 6" paper pad. The blue bling is from my stash. The sheep die and the sentiment is from The Stamps of Life sheep2stamp  & die sheep collection. I used Spectrum Noir Essentials Professional Colored Pencils- well just grey- to add some color to the sheep. The tag behind the sheep is from Prima Marketing Rosy Belle Ephemera. The rikrak ribbon is from Vintage Rose Emporium and the green strip is from K&Company Amy Butler Belle 4"x 6" mat pad. I made this card for my grandmother who's been having problems walking due to her hips giving her problems. She can't get around any more without a walker. TFL!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the 
Birthday Bash Blog Hop

We hope you are ready to celebrate Birthdays with the biggest Bash around!!
This hop is full of Balloons, Cake, Presents, Smiles and more!
So let's make a wish and blow out the candles
as we celebrate another year of birthdays!! 

  You should have arrived (Sandy-http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/ ).
If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.



We have an awesome sponsor for this month!



One lucky winner will get to choose two Bundles or files of their choice ($6.00 value)

Please visit Miss Kate Cuttables HERE
Follow their blog HERE
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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 3/15/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now onto my project.


 I made a birthday card for my cousin's daughter, Grace, who will be turning a year old next week. The card base is Recollections Kraft A2. I used The Paper Studio A2 Cupcakes Embossing Folder (that I borrowed from a friend) on The Paper Company Assorted Cardstock Citrus Color Sheets 8.5" x 11" that I trimmed down to run through my Cricut Cuttlebug Mint and to fit the card. I used Elmer's Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner to glue the paper to the card. The sentiment- Happy Birthday Cupcake is from Unity Stamp Company So Glad You Were Born February 2016 Sentiment Kit and I used Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink to stamp it. I stamped it on a piece of K&Company Amy Butler Belle Mat Pad that I cut with decorative scissors and adhered it with my Xyron 1.50 Create A Sticker Machine. The Watermelon Sorbet twine is from Twineology by Timeless Twine.

 Up next is (Rebecca- http://rebeccaanndesigns.com/ ) and I'm sure she has something awesome to share with you.

Here's our line up in case you get lost:


Don't forget to check out this month's new challenge at Connie Can Crop!!






Connie Can Crop Challenge #56
due 11:59 P.M., Friday, March 31st, 2017
Pacific Time

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Discover Yourself Challenge


I made this layout for a Discover Yourself Challenge with Soul Scrappers. It's a private group, but there is a sign up link at the top if you'd like to join the group. The challenge is closed, but those that wanted to participate in the challenge were sent an envelope full of goodies. I didn't use all of mine, but I did use most of them. All the embellishments on this layout is from that envelope The paper is from Creative Memories Uncharted Designer Paper Pack and the photo mat behind the bottom picture of me is from the same pack. I chose Holli's Creative Memories (CM) link, because I won the paper pack along with some other CM goodies from a previous blog hop that I was in with her. These pictures were taken in June 2016 a week before my 40th birthday. I added journaling on the tag- my 40th birthday visit with Laura & Doug in Nichols, NY. The top picture was taken at Watkins Glen State Park and the bottom picture was taken inside of a tow truck. I took a Greyhound bus from Rocky Mount, NC to Binghamton, NY and when I met up with my friend, Laura, at Binghamton, her air conditioner froze up so we had to take a tow truck to her house- about an hour maybe. This trip definitely reminded me of the movie, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles except I went from a bus to a pick-up truck to a tow truck! LOL! Southwestern NY is beautiful countryside if you ever get to visit! I did stop at Manhattan Port Authority on one of my bus stops/connections and wouldn't wanna live in that part of NY! You had to walk at a fast pace or get ran over. I'm a Southerner and not used to the fast pace! Back to the layout, sorry for the side note. The quote- "You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you ever need."- Jerry Gilles was a quote given on the group website that we were to chose from a list of quotes to include on our layout. We were to make a layout or a mixed media project. I chose a layout, because they're easier to make. I did this layout in a hurry, but once I placed the pictures down the mojo just started flowing and I placed the embellies where I thought they would fit. I put the arm on the clock at 10 and 4 thinking that 10 x 4 = 40 and celebrate brad in the middle to hold the arm down since I was celebrating my birthday. It seemed like the fastest layout I've ever made. TFL! I will be in a blog hop this coming Friday and hope you will come back and join me. I'll post a banner about it on my blog soon. Have a great day! :)