Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quick and Easy Christmas Tags

Getting into the swing of making some Christmas items this week.  Here are a few quick and easy tags I made using Codination's tags for my base.  I stamped the stars in Momento ink using the back side of the star stamps form PTI Everyday Classics. Then added the sentiment in Momento black and embossed with clear embossing powder. Super easy tags yet bright and festive.

I finished them by adding a piece of green May Arts ribbon and PTI twine to tie them onto a package.  

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PTI Make it Monday #134 Layered Border Die Cuts

Hello again, I played along with this weeks Make It Monday challenge so am doing a quick post to share this project with you.  I don't have many border dies to choose from that really work for layering.  I used my favorite border die form PTI, but have to admit have never used it more then once on a card.  I'll definitely keep this technique in mind when ordering border dies in the future.  I need some border dies that are solid.  
PTI Make it Monday #134 Layered Border Die Cuts

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!  

Happy Hump Day!

Hope your having a wonderful week!  Fall is in full swing here.  We are enjoying cool mornings and remaining warm sun in the afternoon.  My favorite season by far.  Now if the rain just would hold off until after our local fair we would be all set.

Today's challenge for the Simon Says Wednesday Blog challenge was to use something you find in the Simon Says store and state what  you used. I did one better and linked you up so you can go and do shome shopping yourself:)  Now how easy is that!?  The store has everything!  So I chose to use a Memory Box ornament die to make this holiday card.

I just love how intricate the Memory Box dies are and how well they cut through anything I have tried.  Of course I also use my Vagabond which is just the most awesome machine ever!

I think that is all for me for today, have an awesome day!

Enablers list
Cardstock- Gina K
Stamp- Festive Frame Gina K
Copic Markers
die- Memory Box Snowflake ornament
ribbon- offray
Pearls- Melissa Frances

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Trying to get in the Christmas Spirit!

I joined a Christmas tag swap and am having such a hard time getting into the Christmas project groove.  I am still wanting to use fall colors and pumpkins.  I just love fall colors so I skipping into the Christmas theme is very hard just yet.  

So I took the prompt from Jennifer McGuires video on Simon Says Stamp. Simon Says is celebrating Stamptember all month long, if you haven't stopped by check it out.  Lots of fun stuff going on!  This weeks Wednesday challenge is to use embossing.  

And here is my embossed projects for some Christmas tag swaps.  

Enablers list
Stampin Up! Come to Bethlehem
Momento Ink
White embossing powder
PK Glitz Glitter
Offray ribbon

And that is what was completed on my work space this wonderful Wednesday!
Did ya notice I used a camel, and it's Wednesday;)  
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book review

Disposable DivasDisposable Divas by Jim Fetterman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such an interesting read, twists you don't see coming! Great characters! Little light on the mushy stuff that I like, but totally worth every penny! 

View all my reviews

(insert snappy Tuesday title here)!

Hello everyone! 
It's a very somber looking fall day here today.  Very over cast skies and dew still hanging around on the ground and leaves.  Not very motivational.  But I have to admit I love me seasons here in Central PA! 
Since fall is in the air I thought I would whip up a fall colored card, with my favorite fall decoration.  Pumpkins, you can find them all over my house from September 1st! Well, minus one this year.  I had a glass jar pumpkin candle on my mantle and it fell and smashed all over while I was running the sweeper.  What a mess!  But I'm sure that will soon be replaced;)  I even have a pumpkin my daughter made in Daisy Girl Scouts still around!  

For today's card I wanted to play along withe the StampTV challenge (sewing), the Simom Says Stamp challenge (embossing) as well as the Featured Stamper at SCS (which I used for the layout).  So I combined the three challenges and came up with this card.  

I normally stink at combining challenges, but I think this one turned out quite well.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great Tuesday!

Enablers List-

Stamp- Grateful Heart STV kit
Patterned Paper- GKD Grateful Heart
Card Stock- GKD
other- spellbinders die, banner die, Swiss dot embossing folder, ribbon, sewing, copics

Monday, September 9, 2013

Beautiful Fall Day here in PA!

OK, so it really is a beautiful fall day, unfortunately for today that means I had to wear gloves to go out for my walk this morning.  It was only 44 degrees!  But by the time I got back it has started to warm  up a bit and I was able to shed the gloves.  The leaves and such are just starting to change here.  The corn fields are starting to look brown at the bottom of the stalk and the deer are in full antlers.

This isn't the greatest pictured, but it was as close as I could get with the peacock ruling the roost on the steps.  And I wasn't tangling with them to get a better pic!

My great niece was here for the past few days.  
This is her spot in my craft room.  She had to make sure that each and everyone of my wood stamps saw ink while she was here.  

I was diligently trying to teach her how to clean them when she used them,
 although it was not a successful endeavor!

Have you visited the Simon Says blog this month for Stamptember?  
I look forward to visiting every morning! 
It's like reading the news paper, only better! 
It has good news and pretty art, coupons, and blog candy!  
How can you not like that!?

Today Simon asked to share what you have been inspired to make.  So today's share is just a few things I managed to get done between snacks, tubbies and oh so many questions! 

This is a post card for a mail art swap.  

And this is a card I made for Ashlyn to use for the wedding she went to over the weekend.  
And of course I had to take a few photos getting ready for the wedding.  
It's not often you can get Jared in dress clothes! 

Jordynn did not like the idea of pictures without her.  
So once that was out of the way she thought Ashlyn needed a flower, so cute!


And Ashlyn always photogenic with that beautiful smile.  
And Jared in his camo tie.  

Jared tolerated the  photo shoot asking "does this qualify as our fall pictures?" 
We just laughed.  

Friday, September 6, 2013

SEP13VSNA, and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Title: Yin Yang
Hostess: Cr8ive M.E. (Mary)
Keyword: SEP13VSNA
Day/Date: Friday, September 6
Time: 5:00 P. M. EST

My challenge for today is to use the Split Negative technique to express the concept of Yin-Yang in your card. Click HERE for challenge details. 

And here is my card for this challenge. 

I also made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge- Stamping All Stars! 

This challenge was to use a stamp that is your go to stamp.  I love this Inkadinkado stamp because it can easily be colored, used as a background, embossed or as a focal image.  

Unfortunately today I needed to make a card for a friend who lost her father in law yesterday.  

See you all soon with the next VSN challenge!

Virtual Stamp Night! Chatting, Games and lots of inspiration at Split Coast Stampers!

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to be hosting VSN and Bingo tonight on the Split Coast Stampers forums! Come on over and play along.  Joining is totally free and you can come just for the inspiration, or to play games, or to share your love of paper crafting with one of the biggest busiest galleries on the interweb!

If you would like to subscribe to be a Fan Club member for even more perks (like playing along with challenges starting now!) Check out ow to join the Fan Club info HERE!  

If you want to come and play BINGO and chat with us you will need to send your BINGO list by 5pm EST! I'll start calling words sometime around 5:30, then randomly until we have a winner.  All the details are HERE.   For every 10 players that join us I will be adding an additional item to the prize!

You can find the Master Tracking Sheet to help track VSN challenges HERE.

Now I can't share all the details of my challenge for tonight, but I can share a sample from the challenge gallery.

I'm in full Fall/Halloween mode here!  It's my favorite season so the house is all decorated and I'm already thinking treats for the trick or treaters!  So fun!  

I think that's all I have for now, hope to see you on the forums tonight!  


Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you are taking some time off today to do things really enjoy!  

I'm guest designing on the CAS challenge for Split Coast stampers this week.  This weeks challenge is to use stenciling on your clean and simple card.  You can see the challenge Here and the Gallery Here.  

I cut a die cut for the background and stenciled it with my copic air brush.  

Then added simple layers of white and and a matching card base.  The sentiment is form The Cat's Pajamas.  I added a second layer of stenciling using the die as my stencil.  

Enablers List. 
Cardstock- MFT
Stamp- The Cat's Pajamas
Dies- background PTI, Memory Box

Have a great day!  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Friendship CASE!

I'm so excited for my friend Lee.  You may know her from the GinaK Design team, or as LuvLee on Split Coast or from her fabulous blog (be prepared for pink!).  Today Lee is featured stamper at Split Coast, which means everyone is invited to CASE (copy and steal everything) from her Split Coast Gallery.  Please join in and congratulating Lee and taking a few minutes to make a card or project in her honor!

I chose this card to CASE.

and this is what I came up with.  

Enablers List
Sentiment- Stampin Up
Patterned Paper- GinaK
Cardstock- Gina K
Ribbon- May Arts
other- stash jewls

Thanks Lee for sharing your fabulous gallery with us!  

Have a great day everyone!  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday fun...

Hello everyone.  
Today is a very special day for me.  My wonderful husband and I are celebrating our Anniversary.  
Love him more each day.  I truly believe my heart was made to love him.  
I couldn't ask for a better husband or father.  

Aren't phones with cameras awesome!  I think some of  my favorite photos are shots just being ourselves, doing what we love and just enjoying each other.  

Today's card share: 

I'm made this card for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge.  FTTC235 
The challenge was to distress.  
I used coredinations card stock for the background, embossed then sanded the embossing. 
 I also distressed the edges of the die cuts.   

Enabler list
Card base- coordinations
Card stock- coordinations
Tag- coordinations
die cut- The Cat's Pajamas, spellbinders
Stamp- Flourishes Wreathers for all Seasons
Ribbon- Martha Stewart
Twine- Papertrey Ink
Other- copics, office supply tag

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope  you have a great long weekend!

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday
Simon Says Stamp 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Cat's Pajamas New Release Blog Hop!

 Good Morning!  Welcome to The Cat's Pajama's After Party blog hop!  
Last night was so fun chatting and playing games with everyone!  
Congrat's to all the winners!  

The blog hop starts over at Alma's blog, so if you are just finding your way to the hop go back and start there.  You don't want to miss anything! 

If you came from Nancy's blog then your on the right path.  

And you will go to Lori's Blog next.  

For a recap of all the new stamps and dies available here they are. 

You can find the new release in the TCP store HERE!

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peak Day 7!

Hey all you awesome stampers! 
Have I got the perfect summer treat for you today! 

Need I say more then YUM!

For more inspiration from the Swankiest Stampers around head on over to 

Just a few reminders: 
This months stamps and dies will be available in The TCP store August 27th! 

Make sure you stop by the blog to learn more about this months TCP Tuesday Challenge and play along. 

You can also join the TCP fun on the forums Here and you could be...

just by leaving comments HERE all week!
You'll want to join the forums early so you can come to
 the Pajama Party release night (August 26th) where you could win more
 awesome TCP stamps.  I'll be hosting BINGO!
So be sure to get your words in early to play along!

Have an awesome day! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink SAF Final Project and Farewell SAF 2013!

My final Stamp A Faire Post!
It's been a long night, but I totally surprised myself by completing all  the challenges this year! 

Your challenge is to use Paperclay in a creative way either in a project on it's own or incorporated into a card. 

I want to take a moment to say thanks to PTI for another fabulous online crop!  I had a great time.  It's time to wind down, hit the hay and even clean up my messy desk tomorrow.  I had a fabulous time and now I can go back and really enjoy taking a second look at all the fabulous projects.  This is me making my final post for this years SAF!  

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!  

Papertrey Ink Sweet Sugar coated embellishments challenge

Pick an embellishment or basic paper crafting supply and cover it with glitter! 

Papertrey Ink Limited Ingredients challenge

Here is the list of supplies you are able to use for this challenge.  You don't HAVE to use all of these supplies, but you cannot use anything that is not included on this list(except for a neutral ink, like white, gray and black)
  • white cardstock 
  • white or transparent glitter(Prisma Glitter) I used this. 
  • 1-3/4" circle punch or die
  • 1" strip of light gray cardstock (Soft Stone)  I used this
  • melon cardstock & ink (Melon Berry)
  • aqua cardstock & ink (Aqua Mist) I used these
  • golden yellow cardstock & ink (Harvest Gold)
  • and I used gray ink