Friday, November 17, 2017

Merry Christmas

I used the sketch above from Paper Craft Crew to make the following card.
The card base is Recollections Value Pack 4" x 5.5". The washi tape down the spine is American Crafts Christmas. I used a circle die from a Chinese circle die set and Recollections Bright and Jolly  Paper Pad that I cut using my Cricut Cuttlebug. The green strip is from my stash. The sentiment- Merry Christmas stamp I borrowed from a friend and stamped it with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink on typing paper. The candy cane sticker is from Recollections Christmas Noel sticker set. I decided to add the poinsettia instead of trying the swirl design.  I fussy cut the poinsettia out of Pebbles Home For Christmas Paper Pad. This is probably one of the most CAS (Clean And Simple) cards I have made! You have until Tuesday, November 21 to play along with the sketch! I must say I messed up on my first card, but as you can see I didn't give up! :) TFL!

A Year of Card Techniques November Masking Magic Blog Hop


Welcome to

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
This month we’re going to explore masking techniques.  There are so many variations of masking, it would be difficult to list them all here.  But, since pictures speak louder than words, we’ll let our team show you the masking techniques they opted to try.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
Our amazing sponsor this month is Jodie Park of Close to My Heart

Please take a moment to check out her store 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.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 26, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until December 14, 2017, to claim their prize.
You should have arrived here from Wilma-- https://stampintotheoldies.blogspot.ca/2017/11/masking.html  .  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 commenting on each blog.
Before I tell you the details of my card, I must share the tutorial I followed- Splitcoaststampers.

My card base is Recollections Value Pack 4"x 5.5". I used Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Twisted Citron, I was given the round dauber from the Expo I attended in Mesa shown in the pic, and here's the kicker as to what I used as my sponge- 1 Equate Cotton Round that's supposed to be used for first aid and beauty. I won the ink at the Expo and learned that we could use make-up sponges on the daubers, because the dauber has Velcro at the bottom. The only sponges I could find had Vitamin E in them and I wasn't sure if that would mess up my ink. I did order some daubers this week from Heartfelt Creations and was hoping I would get them in the mail on time for the hop, but as I type this they are on the way and are due to arrive Friday, today, the day of the hop. :( I'm glad my back-up plan worked! The only difference I did with my card than the tutorial is I didn't put the negative paper that I used to cut the die with back on the paper. I used the third largest (the third to largest) of the Chinese circle die set to make the circle that I cut using my Cricut Cuttlebug. The Christmas tree stamp is from Hampton Art Happy Holidays Stamp and Die Set. I stamped it with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and colored it in with Staedtler Colored Pencils. The tag and bling are from a Christmas in July pocket letter swap. I was looking for ribbon, but found this pocket letter. It's a good thing, because I also made some Christmas tags with some ornament dies from the same pocket letter. The twine is Trendy Twine Candy Cane. I cut a slit just beyond the spine of the card and inserted it twice around the card and tied it on the inside. Oh, I almost forgot my sentiment- Merry Christmas. It is from Hero Arts Christmas Clear Stamp set and I used Ranger ink to stamp it.  I will be mailing this card out to someone this Christmas. I'm trying to make a few at a time and then will mail them. I need to start making a list so I know when to stop! :)
Now you’re off to visit with Jodie-- https://stampin-jodie.blogspot.ca/2017/11/a-year-of-card-techniques-november-2017.html . Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of the hop!
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:



Monday, November 13, 2017

Growing In Unity Winners

Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog last week! The winners that I chose that will each receive 25 random stamps from Unity are:

Lisa Marie
Carol Mclendon


Please e-mail your home mailing information to me at nclights7 at gmail dot com and I will then send your information on to Unity. Congrats ladies and thanks again!

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Day of Thanks Blog Hop

Welcome to
A Day of Thanks
Blog Hop...
 


As we approach the busy Holiday seasons, let us take a few minutes this weekend to stop and reflect on the things in our life that we are thankful for. We bring you this hop as a way to encourage you and inspire you to reach out and say thank you to those who surround you. This simple gesture can go along way!
You should have arrived from (Shannon's blog- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/ ) but if you need to start at the beginning, head on over to Connie Can Crop.
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.
We have an awesome sponsor for this month!

One lucky winner will win a gift certificate
Be sure to check out the shop online HERE

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 11/22/17 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!
I decided to use Unity Stamp Company Panda bundle pack- well 2 of the pack for this card. I stamped them both with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink on typing paper. The card base is Recollections White 4" x 5.5" Value Pack Cards and Envelopes. The background paper reminds me of bamboo and is from Basic Grey Saturday Morning 6" x 6 " paper pad. I colored in the panda's eyes, bird, and the bird's beak with NPW 50/50 Two Tones Colored Pencils. You can barely tell the beak is yellow because of the ink, but it is faintly colored in. The silver washi tape strip is from Recollections Craft It washi tape. The twine on the spine of the card is Watermelon Sorbet from Timeless Twine, but the shop is closed, but I think Annie's Paper Boutique Pink Limeade is very similar to it. Now for the inside.


I used Gina K Designs My Anchor- well at least one stamp from the set- for the sentiment inside. I stamped it with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink as well. I won a 50% off gift certificate when I attended Stamp and Scrapbook Expo at Mesa, AZ this past September. This is the first stamp I have used of the set, shocking I know, I usually have new stamps inked up and used by now. I'm saving this set for the right moment to make cards or layouts with it. If you ever get to go to a Stamp and Scrapbook Expo, go! I learned a lot and met a lot of new friends plus you win prizes depending on the workshops you take. I got to see the Grand Canyon the day afterwards and can't wait to go back to Arizona!

 I'm the last stop on the hop so I hope you enjoyed the hop!



Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.
Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Kim- http://katydidcards.com
Holli- http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Rebecca- http://rebeccaanndesigns.com/
Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com
Ashley- http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com/
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Amanda- https://salnclts76.blogspot.com/



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Connie Can Crop Challenge #64
Color Challenge
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GIU Day 5 Become the Woman You Dream of Being

Welcome back to Day 5 of my GIU week. I have enjoyed all the comments on my blog this week and will be choosing 2 winners tomorrow. Now on to my project.
I decided to use this stamp set- Dream of Being by Angie Blom from Unity Stamp Company for this page in my SMASH book that my friend, Laura, made for me for our Arizona trip this past September. The picture is of me standing at the overlook at Grand Canyon just before we went on the trail down the canyon. She added the colored pencils/Joy stickers and the papers. I decided to leave the green paper area blank in case I decide to write something there one day. I stamped all 3 images on typing paper with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. I colored in the woman image with American Crafts colored pencils and NPW 50/50  Two Tones colored pencils.

Please feel free to join me later tonight in A Day of Thanks Blog Hop. I used another Unity stamp set on that project. Thanks again for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

GIU Day 4 Too Beautiful For Earth

Welcome back to Day 4 of GIU! Thank you all for the comments this week.



I used Too Beautiful for Earth by Phyllis Harris stamp set on this card and stamped all 4 images on typing paper with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink. The card base is Recollections 4" x 5.5" White Value Pack. The yellow background paper is from Basic Grey Saturday Morning 6" x 6" pad. I don't usually use yellow paper since it's not a color I like, but I thought it fits with this stamp set. I used NPW Two Tones 50/50 Colored Pencils to color in the angel image. The gold trim/washi tape at the bottom is from a recent Halloween swap. I'm actually thinking about sending this card to First Baptist Church in Sutherland, TX after all those children and parents were killed this past Sunday. This world is becoming worse and worse. The more I look at the front of this card and the verse stamped inside it looks appropriate for them. If anyone would like to mail a card to them here is the address: First Baptist Church
P.O. Box 115
Sutherland Springs, TX 78161.

Thanks for stopping by and please come back tomorrow to see what I have in store for my last GIU post for this week and possibly the year. I've enjoyed this week! I'm actually participating in a blog hop tomorrow night- A Day of Thanks Blog Hop. Be sure to come back for both posts and hop along. I used a Unity stamp on my card for that hop, too! ;)

GIU Day 3 The Wild Adventures of An Authentic Woman

Welcome back to Day 3 of Growing In Unity with Unity Stamp Company!
I'm sharing a layout of some pictures of me at the Grand Canyon this past September. I believe you may see the top right picture with my bio on Growing In Unity today. Anyway, back to my layout. I used patterned paper from Craft Smith Watercolor 12" x 12" Paper Pad for the background. The Unity stamp set I used is A Girl & Her Adventures. I used The Wild Adventures of An Authentic Woman and the camera stamps from the set. I stamped the title stamp with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and Versa Fine Onyx Black ink on the camera stamp. Versa Fine brings out fine details in stamps. I stamped the camera on a piece of Basic Grey Saturday Morning 6" x 6" paper. All 3 pictures of me are taken at Grand Canyon. The 2 with me in a sweater were taken at the lookout view and then with my sweater off is right before the trail on the South Rim of the canyon. It was cool that morning at sunrise and warmed up a little by the time we walked on the trail. Grand Canyon is beautiful and I can't wait to go back again one day!


Please come back tomorrow to see what I have to share. As always, leave me a comment and become a follower if you aren't already. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

GIU Day 2 Hello Love

Welcome back to Day 2 of Growing in Unity with Unity Stamp Company!


I'm sharing a card today. The card base is Recollections 4" x 5.5" White. I added a piece of Basic Grey Saturday Morning 6" x 6" Paper that I trimmed to fit the front of the card. The Unity stamp set I chose for this card is Hello Love. I stamped all 3 stamps with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink on typing paper. I used NPW Two-Two Colored Pencils again and maybe a few American Crafts Colored Pencils. The ribbon is Offray from a swap and I just wrapped it around the card and tied it in a loose bow.
      This is a close-up of the inside.



              Please make sure to come back tomorrow to see what I have to share.
 As always, please leave me a comment and become a follower
if you aren't already. Have a great day!

Monday, November 6, 2017

GIU Day 1 All Because Two People Fell in Love

I'm the Growing in Unity Gal for this week with Unity Stamp Company and will be sharing a different project with you each day here on my blog. I will pick 2 winners on Friday that will have a chance to win some stamps from Unity. 

Here's my project for today:

I'm making a wedding scrapbook album for my sister and her husband. This is one of the pages I'm including in the album. First off the album is 8.5" x 11" so if I use 12" x 12" scrapbook paper I'm having to cut it down. This was 12" x 12" paper and I cut it down to 8.5" x 11". The patterned paper is from Craft Smith Love Story 12" x 12" Paper Pad. The photo mats are from DCWV Gilded Paper 12" x 12" Stack. The Unity stamp collection I used is Cherished Moments. I decided to mat the stamped images as well as the photo since I stamped the images on typing paper with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and if I didn't you would see through the paper and not see the image/sentiments as well. I used NPW 50/50 Two-Tone Colored Pencils and a Gelly Roll Silver Metallic Pen to highlight the accents on the bride's dress and veil/crown. As you can tell in the picture of my sister- bride and brother-in-law- groom, the wedding had a beach theme. This was their table and I wish I could include the decorations on the other side of the table, but it's in another picture. I thought this stamp set fit well with this picture and the paper.

 That's all I have today, please leave me a comment and if you're not a follower I would love for you to become a follower. I always welcome new followers! Please make sure you come back tomorrow to see what I will be sharing. I plan to make this a fun week! :) Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Be A Little Wild


  I made this layout for Scrap the Girls October Challenge. The challenge ends October 31, so you still have 6 days to join in on the fun. Now for the deets on my layout! The 12 x 12 pink PP is from  Colorbok Bright Punch Out Pack. The title- Be A Little Wild- is from Craft Smith Watercolor 12 x 12 Paper Pad, I just fussy cut it out. The 3 enamel dots are from my stash. The photo mat is from Basic Grey 6 x 6 Saturday Morning Paper Pad. The Smile frame and journaling block are both from Becky Higgins Project Life Sweet Edition 4 x 4 cards.  I used Monotype Corsiva font on my computer to add the journaling- Laura and I were posing as Charlie's Angels. I never could get my fingers right to look like a gun. Lol! :) This was our first view of the Grand Canyon not long after sunrise. 9-17-17. I used Elmer's Craft Bond Permanent Runner adhesive on everything except the Smile frame and the journaling, I used ScorTape on those. I'm running out of adhesive and am going to have to buy more soon! I hope you enjoyed my layout and join the challenge. Please leave me some bloggy love- comments. :)
close-up of the picture and journaling

Don't forget to come back here the week of November 6. I'm the Growing in Unity girl that week with Unity Stamp Company! I've got to get working on my projects this week and next!

Friday, October 20, 2017

October A Year of Card Techniques Waterfall Blog Hop


Welcome to the

 Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
There’s just something about interactive cards!  And Waterfall Cards are among the best interactive card techniques.  They look intricate, though, so we’ll let you in on any hints we uncover along the way.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one for yourself.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
This month our amazing sponsor is none other than  Bugaboo Stamps

Please take a moment to check out their store here, their blog here and their Facebook page here.
And the awesome prize this month is $12.00 gift code to the store (about four digi images).
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 29, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.  If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you.  The winner will have until November 16, 2017, to claim their prize.
You should have arrived here from Debbie. 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 commenting on each blog.






Now on to my waterfall card that I made for you today. I must say I struggled with this technique, but after following this tutorial and pausing as I made the card it was easy to make! I decided to stick with a fall theme since I made some Memorydex cards for a swap. One of the cards was fall themed. We were given a theme of Free Choice. Anyway, back to the details of my card. Oh, first of all, the tutorial I used is: Simple Sunday's Waterfall Card. She is very easy to follow. My card base is Recollections Strawberry Cream 8.5" x 11" paper pack that I trimmed down to A2 (4.25" x 5.5") card size. The mechanism of the waterfall that you pull with the ribbon is also from the same paper. The orange squares are from Colorbok Textured 12" x 12" Cardstock paper pad. My dimensions are off just a little, but that's what makes it unique! The top 2 stamps are from Inkadinkado Autumn Foliage Clear Stamp Set. The Enjoy stamp with the leaves falling towards it is from Stampin' Up Gently Falling. Cayla- the Stampin' Up demonstrator I linked to- actually gave me the stamp when I met her in Flagstaff, AZ in September. The pumpkin stamp I'm not sure of the manufacturer- it's not on the stamp anywhere, I bought that from a girl here in New Bern. It may be from Stampin' Up since the label on the stamp is creased a little, but that's speculation. I used Versa Fine Onyx Black pigment ink on all 4 stamps. I used Scor-tape at the top of each orange square and permanent adhesive for the rest of the card. The gold paper behind the waterfall is from Jolee's Boutique Fall 8" x 8" paper pad. The ribbon to pull the waterfall out is Celebrate It Easter Decorative Trim found at Michaels. The ephemera- leaves on each corner and the tree under the waterfall- is from an autumn pocket letter swap that an online friend made me out of DCWV Autumn Splendor stack. I really dug through my stash for this card!

a close-up of the mechanism/waterfall pulled out
 a close-up of the Stampin' Up Enjoy stamp

I'm the last stop on the hop. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
I just recently attended my first Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Mesa, AZ, in September thanks to Kim- I won 2 free admission vouchers from her blog. I found out that once I got there the vouchers never expire and that once you sign up for workshops admission to the Expo is free. I learned a lot at the Expo and one thing I learned is that Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy  is the best way to clean your stamps. You just soak it with water and wring it out a little and the ink absorbs in the shammy.  I admit it doesn't remove all ink, but it removes most of it.
I will be posting for Growing in Unity with Unity Stamp Company the week of November 6 and would love for you to stop by my blog that week. I've got to get working on projects for that soon. Have a great Halloween! :)
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
Sharon
Claudia
Wilma
Jearise
Lisa
Jodie
Card A Day Challenge Team
Debbie
Amanda

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pinspired Apple Doesn't Fall Far


I made this card following this pin. The card base is from Colorbok Signature Paper Family Double-Sided 12 x 12 Pad as is the apple that I fussy cut and the sentiment- The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree. The orange and white striped origami square is from Recollections Home Basics 6 x 6 Paper Pad. The kraft mat is from my stash. This was the simplest card I've made, but seemed hard at first. I had to use a ruler to draw the diagonal lines to fold the paper back and the sentiment took awhile to pick out. I also fussy cut the leaves around the sentiment. I'm planning on taking this card to a workshop I plan on attending at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo September 15-16 in Mesa, AZ. We have to make 16 cards ahead and will swap with 15 other girls. One will be judged for a prize. It's my first Expo and I'm excited! I won 2 vouchers and am flying out of New Bern September 13. I'm meeting a friend at our connecting flight in Charlotte and we will fly into Phoenix together. We're going to travel a lot of Arizona and visit with some of my friend's family. It's the farthest west I will ever have been! TFL!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Your Dreams Are Calling




I followed this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches to make this layout of my stepbrother, Dustin, and stepsister, Haylee. It was her College Graduation day. The black paper is from Close To My Heart My Reflections La Vie En Rose. The diagonal striped PP is actually the colors of University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and is from Colorbok Signature Paper Family Double-Sided 12 x 12 pad. The kraft tag is from Ranger #8 (6.25 x 3.25 in) Kraft tags. The title- Your Dreams Are Calling- is from Recollections Candy Retro 12 x 12 in Paper Pad that I fussy cut with scalloped decorative scissors. The pictures are of Raiford G Trask Coliseum- where the graduation was held- and Dustin and Haylee out in front of the coliseum. The journaling block is from Teresa Collins Summer Stories and I wrote Haylee's Graduation from UNCW 2016. You have until August 29 to play along with this sketch if you'd like. I decided not to add too much to this layout since I made it late at night and too much clutter takes away from the pictures. TFL!

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques Stamping on Patterned Paper Blog Hop


Welcome to the


Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

We all love our stamp sets and we all love our patterned paper.  Well, this month we’re combining the two by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects.  It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team decides to pair together.   And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
Our amazing sponsor this month is Card a Day Challenge Blog.
Please take a moment to check out the CADC blog 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.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  August 27, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to go back and check her blog to see if you are the winner!  If you would prefer to be notified, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you if you win.    The winner will have until September 9, 2017 to claim their prize.  
You should have arrived here from Debbie'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 commenting on  each blog.


I have a few projects to share with you so sit back and grab your favorite beverage! I've been working on a gift bag mini album/journal for a swap and the first 2 pics are of the recovered gift bag. I used K&Company  Que Sera Sera Designer 12 x 12 Paper Pad patterned paper on the cover. The butterfly at the top is from my stash. All of the stamps are from Unity Stamp Company. The camera, book-The Wild Adventures of An Authentic Woman, and I see the world better through my lens are from A Girl and Her Adventures Melody Ross Stamps. The arrow at the top right corner and the arrows at the bottom are from grab bags also from Unity. I used Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp them and then went over where the ink didn't stamp with a Gelly Roll White Medium Ink Pen.
The paper on this page of the journal is from Colorbok Homespun 12 x 12 Signature Collection. I'm not sure if this ticket pad stamp is from Unity or not. A friend gave a bag of stamps with some Unity so it may have been in a grab bag from Unity. I used the same Ranger ink pad as before. I will do a blog entry of the completed journal soon!


This paper that I made this card with is from Recollections Candy Retro 12 x 12 Paper Pad. The hearts were already punched on the paper when I bought the pad. The Love stamp is from Unity Layers of Life Never Ending Love December 2013 stamp set. It's actually the definition of love from 1 Corinthians 13 in the Bible!




I'm the last stop on this blog hop. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!


Have a great weekend and be sure to come back to see the rest of my gift bag journal and a few other projects I need to blog about! :)
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost: