Playing with Embossing Powder

 Have you ever done this? I call it the 1-2-3 Quick As A Bunny Embossing Technique.  I was showing my friend some different ways to emboss today and this was the one way I showed her.  You lather up the cardstock with your versamark pad where your image is going to go and ink the stamp with versamark.  Then sprinkle embossing powder all over that area.  Heat it.  Then add more embossing powder, this time heating under the paper (so the embossing powder doesn't fly all over the place).  Repeat last step.  Finally, place your image into the melted embossing powder and pull out.  Voila! Hint...use a clothespin to hold the cardstock...it gets REALLY hot!

Then I came home and used my gelatos.
So I ended up with this...
supplies: cardstock - white (unknown), ink-versamark and gelatos (faber castell), stamps - stampin' up, embellishments- gold sequins (dollar tree), gold embossing powder (stampin up)

As I was showing Michelle my mind was thinking about these two challenges...

Muse Card Club's Challenge using Marion Vagg's card

 The butterflies inspired me!

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My Sunday Cricut Adventure

There are times when I feel so guilty because I have the Cricut Expression and the Gypsy and it just doesn't seem to ever be my "go to!"  After several hours of working on and finally completing this card I know why I don't use it.  Because although I hate to totally admit it...I tend to be a LITTLE anal retentive...lol!
I started working on this card at 9:30 this morning.  Now mind you I took a shower and talked to a few people, but I know this card took me 3 hours to make...hence my Sunday Cricut Adventure.   That's a LONG time in my book! 

Here's my card...
supplies: cardstock-glorious green, rose red and chocolate chip (stampin up), sugar, lido, and bubblegum (amuse studio); ink-sky (amuse studio); stamp-polka dot(amuse studio); other: hoot and holler (cricut provo craft)

I cut the branches and owl at 2".  The santa hat at 1" and the words at 11/4".  The holly leaves that I cut out was a branch that I cut out at 1" also.  Hopefully, that will make it easier for you to reproduce your card.

I made this card because over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge you need to use holly on your card.

I also followed Chupa's sketch and actually CASED her card (I know I did) over at Sketchbook Saturday.  (Hope she doesn't mind!) :)

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Have you seen a robin yet?


Retrosketches 102 and CAS(E) this Sketch 64/Dynamic Duos 90

I am loving Retrosketches.
The linky closes at 11:59pm Central on Friday, February 21st, 2014.
 So you still have lots of time to play along!
Here is my take on it...
supplies: pattern paper- arctic chill (fancy pants), cardstock- sugar (amuse studio); ink- tuxedo black (memento); stamps-handscripted (amuse studio); sequins- irridescent ice (dollar tree)

I know I've been complaining about all the snow, but I have to say I like this kind of snow so much better!  No shoveling, not cold...but very pretty!:)

A close up...
I moved the sketch around a little on my card.  I really like how I took a circle and cut only a piece of it off and added it to the journal card under the word you.  I think it adds a little oomph!

With my next card I integrated two challenges into the card.
The first challenge is the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge Blog.  It is due tomorrow (Thursday), Feb 20th at 9am EST. 

And I also added the color challenge from Dynamic Duos.  It is due tomorrow (Thursday) Feb 20 at noon PST.

And now for my card....
I am anxious for spring!
supplies: cardstock-vanilla (amuse studio), stamps- touch of nature and handscripted (amuse studio), ink- lido (amuse studio) and tuxedo black (memento ink); sequins- gold (dollar tree)

A close up...
I love this stamp set.  It is absolutely gorgeous and I had a feeling that shade of yellow would just make that stamp come alive! 

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Hope you are having a great week!


Celebrating 200 posts!

Recently, I hit 200 posts on my blog! I think that's worth celebrating!:)
I thought what better way to celebrate than to do a little giveaway.  
I have product ($35 value)

How can this be yours?
1. Become a follower on my blog.
2. Leave a comment telling me that you have become a follower or are a follower.
3. Tell your friends about the giveaway. :)
 You have until March 1st at midnight EST!
I will announce the winner on March 2nd!
Thanks so much!
Have a great day!

CQC 228 and FMS 123

I love these colors together.  They are just so fun and fresh. Arielle picks such great colors and inspiration over at Colour Q.  This challenge ends tonight at midnight.

And here's the sketch I followed from Freshly Made Sketches.
And my card...
I am loving the simplicity of it! The darker blue is more like a not quite navy, but I just couldn't get it to show up well on the pic.
 supplies: papers- amuse studio, sassafras lass, jenni bowlin; ink- tuxedo black (memento); stamps- ashley wong; embellishments- flower punch (stampin' up), red baker's twine (divine twine); washi tape, and mini brad (stampin' up)

A close up...

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Have a great Monday!


Creative Scrappers Sketch 261

Do you know how long it's been since I've scrapped a 12X12 page?
I am here to tell you it finally happened yesterday!
As soon as I saw Kristine's sketch over at Creative Scrappers I knew just the picture I wanted to use.

I had so much fun! I obviously wanted this picture because it reminded me of a place where my skin felt like it was melting off my body every time we went outside.  What I wouldn't give for that right now!!!? After over 10 inches of snow yesterday and more to come this weekend...I think winter can be over!
supplies: splash (echo park) and crate paper.

Wow...yellows are really hard to photograph. :( 

Here's some up close shots of my embellies....

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Have a great Valentine's Day!


Freshly Made Sketches #122

I think I might be becoming addicted to these card challenges.
I am having so much fun!
So, here's the one I worked on tonight.
You can find this one over at Freshly Made Sketches.
You have until tomorrow at noon PST to get your card uploaded to inlinkz.

Here's my take...

supplies: cardstock -sugar and vanilla (amuse studio); pattern paper - miss caroline (my mind's eye) and summer fun (simple stories); stamps - one of a kind (stampin up); ink - tuxedo black (memento), R13 and Y29 (copic markers); embellishments - gradient brad (creative charms) and braided hemp (paper studio)

I added a little bit to the sketch, but I really like how it turned  out.  It reminds me of a summer picnic and after this PA cold winter...any hint of summer is music to my eyes.

 Here's a close up of the gradient brad that I colored with the copic marker.  It was clear and shiny.  Now it's red and shiny!

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Hope you have a great start to the week!

CAS(E) this Sketch #63 and The Card Concept #3

The Card Concept has their challenge of using only pink and since I used the CAS(E) this sketch I definitely used the Clean and Simple Design for my card.  The Card Concept's challenge is due by Feb 17 at noon (PST).

CAS(E) this Sketch has this amazing sketch this week! This challenge is due on Thursday Feb 13 at 9am EST.

Here's my card...
supplies: cardstock- sugar (amuse studio); cricut cartridge - cindy loo (2 3/4in); stamps- essential sentiments (amuse studio); ink - tuxedo black (memento), gelatos (faber castell); embellishments - ribbon (michaels), button (unknown), pink and white baker's twine (divine twine)

And a close up of the gelatos...
 I used the 3 pinkish colors of gelatos ....coloring directly on my cut out and then I used my watercolor blender brush to blend each color separately.  Finally I tried to blend them together between colors so there wasn't too much of a difference.

I also wanted to share my 5 year old neighbor's "literal" take on the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge this week.  It made me smile...hope it makes you smile too!

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Hope you are having a great Sunday!


Fusion Challenge #3

As soon as I saw this photo over at Fusion Card Challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  This is what I am giving my students for Valentine's Day.  I have done a variation of it for several years and every year the kids love them!  They are so easy to make and go together fairly quickly.   I chose to use both the sketch and the pictures to create my little valentine.

supplies: pattern paper-K&Co.; ink-cranberry (amuse studio); stamps-heart background (amuse studio); accessories- circle punch, heart punch, ribbon (paper studio), copy paper cut to 13/4" and peppermint patty

Here's how I made it...
1.  Start out with a 6x6 piece of paper. 
You can stamp on it or use pattern paper.

 2. Fold it like a napkin to make a triangle.

 3. Take one corner to the other side and fold down.   
You may also want to bring the other piece up to see if it matches before you push it down.

 4. Take the other side up and create the triangle.  
Push down so it lays nice and flat.

5. Fold the top down and crease.  Decorate as you desire!
I used popdots to glue it down for the pictures or I would have switched the triangular folds underneath to see if it laid better.

If you make these larger, you can put seed packets in them.  (8X8) 
The sky's the limit!  

 I wrapped a piece of 13/4" stamped copy paper around the peppermint patty and used monoadhesive to fasten it. 
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Hope these inspire you for your Valentines!


Retrosketches #100

I just had to participate in the 100th sketch over at Retrosketches!!!

Here's the sketch...
And I am down to the very last hour that I can attach this to inlinkz! 

Here is my take...
 supplies: cardstock-sugar (amuse studio); pattern papers-webster's pages...from a couple of lines; accessories-ribbon (paperstudio), aqua twine (divine twine) and scallop border punch (stampin up)

I really like this saying!  I hope you like my take on the sketch! It went together very easily!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stop back tomorrow for a very cute idea for Valentine's! I have to take a few more pictures of how to fold it before I can post!


Seize the Birthday Chevrons and Paper Poppy Feb. Sketch

We had an ice storm here today! So NOT fun, but that meant I could work on some card challenges.  
I had fun with this one.  I decided to make a birthday card and play along over at Seize the Birthday.  

This week the topping is "Chevrons"...ooh la la!
You have until Tuesday, February 11 at 9am PST to get your card posted to inlinkz!

Here's what I came up with...
Supplies: cardstock-vanilla (amuse studio); pattern paper and embellishments-apple jack (sassafras lass); stamps- essential sentiments (amuse studio) and ink-tuxedo black (memento)

As I worked with the paper, I wished that Sassafrass Lass was still in business.  I always loved their bright out of the box papers and their yummy embellishments!!! 

And I also found this sketch over at Laura Davis' blog

She is having a sketch challenge until the end of February and you could win a nice little bundle of twine.  

Here's my take on the sketch...
Supplies: cardstock-vanilla (amuse studio), pattern paper-miss caroline-dolled up (my mind's eye), ink-seattle (amuse studio), stamps-one of a kind (stampin' up), accessories- scallop border punch (stampin' up), kraft baker's twine and pink, broken china, frosted lace and scattered straw stickles.

This is my interpretation of the sketch.  I think you can still see the sketch.  I kind of flipped it and added some embellishments...although the pattern paper made it very EASY for me. :)

Here's a close up of the stickles that I added to give it some dimension.

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Hope you had a great Wednesday!


CAS(E) this Sketch 62 and Merry Monday 94

This morning we had a  2 hour delay.  My alarm went off at 6:30am.  I started thinking about the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #62 and remembered that I had a cute stocking pattern paper from All Bundled Up (Crate Paper) 6X6 paper pad.  That's the challenge over at Merry Monday.  I was envisioning the card in my head and how it was all going to go together. So, I decided I might as well get up and see what it would really look like.

Here's the sketch (you have until 9am EST on Thursday to submit your card using this sketch)...

And remember to use stockings over at Merry Monday (you have until Monday at 5am PST)...

 Supplies: cardstock-vanilla (amuse studio), pattern paper- all bundled up (crate paper), ink-seattle and cranberry (amuse studio), stamps- making merry words stamps (little yellow bicycle), accessories- bling (martha stewart) and green sharpie marker

I really like how it turned out! I love those big word stamps from Little Yellow Bicycle and this sketch was perfect to use it with.

I didn't have bling in the green, so I used a sharpie marker to color them.  I wanted to add a little more texture by cutting the pattern paper that I layered the words on.  I think it looks so festive all frilled up and such an easy technique.

You still have time to try your hand at these challenges!
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