Thursday, November 27, 2014

YNS Fun Friday

Hi all!  Today we have a new challenge starting over at the YNS Challenge Blog.  Here’s the inspiration pic:

YNS Color Challenge 3

And here’s the sketch: YNSSketch-3

And here’s how I used the sketch:


The lights from Smiley Happy Christmas were stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  I stamped the sentiments with Versafine ink.

I also made a Start to Finish video on it that I’ll share on the YNS Blog for Whatcha Watching? Wednesday (I’m having a little trouble uploading it to YouTube tonight).  I hope you like my card and TFL!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful for You

Hi all!  This is a day early, but I hope everybody celebrating it has a Happy Thanksgiving!  And I also wanted to say that I am thankful for you – my blog readers!!  Thanks for spending a little of your day with me and for all your sweet comments!!


I used the Thankful Turkey set from Neat and Tangled and Sketch #86 from Papertake Weekly – Take your pick!  I stamped the turkey with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink.

This is also for the Little Tangles challenge – Giving Thanks.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello Christmas

Hi all!  I have a Ppinky card for you today:


I printed the image Christmas Party on my B&W laser printer and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The hello is from the Scripty Words die set, the Christmas is from Jolly and Merry and the striped border is from Basic Borders.

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

You made the good list!

Hi all!  I’m here with a card using a Simply B Stamps image today.  I found Simply B a long time ago and actually bought/used a couple images and then for some reason, she totally fell off my radar.  Recently I became reacquainted with her and have since bought a bunch of new images and will be using them more often, so I hope you like them!

Here’s Check List Rio with matching sentiment:


I printed Rio out and colored her with Copics.  Next I cut out the Rio portion with a Papertrey wreath die.  I also cut the wreath out of white glitter cardstock and colored it green with Copics.  Then I inlaid the Rio into the wreath and taped it together on the back.  Finally I printed the sentiment on the card and attached the Rio wreath with foam tape.

The sketch is from CASE(E) this Sketch.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Friday, November 21, 2014

YNS Feature Day

Hi all!  It’s YNS Feature Day over on the YNS Blog and this month our theme is Christmas/Winter.  Here’s what I came up with:


I used the Ugly Sweater stamp set and also the matching dies.  Isn’t that sentiment just too funny?!  I have 2 techniques to share here: stamping on felt and coloring on felt with Copics.  I used Brilliance Ink to stamp the sweater and let it dry.  Then I lightly dabbed on the color with the tips of the Copics.  Don’t press down too hard or the marker will soak into the felt and go outside the lines.

I also did a Start to Finish video on the making of it:

BTW - I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

Please check out the YNS Blog to see all the Feature Day creations from the DT and comment for your chance to win!  TFL!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanks for Everything

Hi all!  Today I have a card for several challenges:


I used the Thanks word die and Many Thanks stamp set from Paper Smooches.  For the thanks, I cut it out of white cardstock 3 times and colored each with a rainbow of Copic markers (this was to make sure even the edges of the die cuts were colored).  Then I glued them together, coated them with Glossy Accents, and sprinkled a little ultra fine glitter over them.

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Hi all!  Today I have another card for the Mama Elephant November Challenge – Holiday Cards and Tags:


I used several ME sets to make this card.  The flag banner is from Soiree, the border is from Basic Borders, and the sentiment is from Remember December.

This is also for CASology – cue word Flag.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Penguin Joy

HI all!  Today I have a shaped card for you – yay!  I love shaped cards and they’re so easy to make with Make-The-Cut software and my Zing electronic cutter!!


I created the card base in MTC and then cut the kraft cardstock and striped patterned paper with my Zing.  I stamped the penguins and hats from Arctic Penguins, colored them with Copics, and cut them with the matching Creative Cuts.  I adhered the penguins and hats to the base and stamped the little lines next to the top right penguin (love those!!).

This is for the ME November Challenge – Holiday cards and tags.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Big Eye Elf with Roses

Hi all!  I colored this image from Aurora Wings a long time ago, but I just made it into a card now.  I love to look at people’s super fancy embellished cards (you know, the kinds with roses, lace, frantage, ribbons, die cuts hanging off the edges, etc.), but I just can’t do it myself.  This is as fancy as I go! lol!


I printed Big Eye Elf with Roses and colored her with Prismacolor pencils and then dotted on Liquid Pearls to finish it off.  I added some tulle and a little ribbon bow and called it a day.  I haven’t added a sentiment so that I can figure out what to do with it later.

I’m SO happy with how the face and hair and especially the eyes came out, that I wanted to show you a close up:


Oh yeah, the white highlights were done with a white Sharpie paint pen.

This is my second entry into the Aurora Wings FB November 2014 contest – My Favorite Aurora Wings Digi.  She really is one of my faves, not only because she’s just gorgeous, but because I’m so proud of how I colored her!

This is also for the Aurora Wings challenge blog – anything goes.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Tree Sprite

Hi all!  Today I have a card for a few challenges:


I printed the image Christmas Tree Sprite from Aurora Wings, and colored him Copics (all the skin) and Prismacolor pencils (all the rest).

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jolly Holly Days

Hi all!  Before I get to my card for today, I wanted to share an important announcement from Your Next Stamp:


We’d love to have you YNS fans join in on the fun!  You can click the picture for more information.


Today I have a cute little card made for a few challenges:



I used the Snow Day stamp set from Lawn Fawn and the matching lawn cuts (dies).  I sponged the background with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then used a stencil and modeling paste to add the stars.  I then cut some glitter cardstock with a not-yet-released die from Your Next Stamp and added it at the bottom.  The tree was stamped on white cardstock and paper pieced and the bunny was stamped and colored a little with Copics.  The strip at the bottom is from the Snow Day paper pad.

This is for the following challenges:

  • CAS(E) this Sketch – sketch (I flipped the sketch left to right because I wanted to put the bunny where the sentiment was on the sketch)


I hope you like it and TFL!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Just wanted to say…


Hi all!  Today I have a tag that I made for the November Waltzingmouse Pajama Party.  I decided to go with Challenge #1 – Scandinavian Tags.  Now I didn’t really know what that meant, but the challenge mentioned Red and White and recommended the Folk Art sets, so I went with those:


I used the Folk Art Medallion set that I won from Waltzingmouse Stamps (thanks again, Claire!!).  I cut a white tag using a Tim Holtz die and a scrap of red cardstock.  The images on the red were embossed in white and the red on the white tag is Stampin’ Up! Real Red ink.  I finished off the tag with a little bit of white twill. 

This is also for Little Red Wagon – monochromatic.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Hi all!  It’s time for a new Fun Friday challenge over at the YNS blog.  Here’s the Color Combo:

YNS Color Challenge 2 And here’s the sketch:


And here’s what I came up with: HolidayCheers2

It looks a little weird because it looks nice and bright silver where the light hit it, and dull grey where the light wasn’t so bright.  Sorry!

I used the new Holiday Cheers stamp set with the matching dies, the Scribbled Alphabet, and the Heart Doily dies.  I filmed a start to finish video on it too!

This is also for CASology – Festive.  

Don’t forget to check out the YNS Blog for more inspiration and all you need to know about the challenge!  TFL!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Stair Step Surprise Easel Card

Hi all!  Welcome to the YNS After Party, now known as the DT Dare!  This time our dare is to use the colors Red, White and Green.  I wanted to use the Gingerbread House Die Set again, as well as the gingerbread family from Sweet Holiday Greetings.  I decided to do a Stair Step card, but then I wanted the back panel to be tall, so I changed to a Stair Step Easel card.  Then for fun, I decided to throw in a surprise panel on the inside to hold the steps in place.  Here’s what the card looks like closed:


The “from all of us” sentiment is from Smiley Happy Critter Crew Set Four.  Here’s what it looks like open, from the front (you can see the surprise element on the inside has a different sentiment and the 2 gingerbread kids):


And here it is open, at an angle:


And here’s a little video with some measurements and basically how I put the card together:

This is also for Creative Card Crew – Christmas Joy. 

Please check out the YNS Blog to see all the fabulous DT Dare projects, and also comment for your chance to win 1 new release stamp set of your choice!  TFL!

Monday, November 10, 2014

You Warm My Heart

Hi all!  I have a card using the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:


I used the super adorable Snow Day stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and the matching dies.  The bunnies were colored with Copics and the heart is a solid stamp that I did in red ink.  The snow mounds were cut with a Mama Elephant die and the large stitched rectangle die is from Blueprints 15 from MFT.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

YNS November New Release Hop!


Hi all!  Welcome to my stop in the November Your Next Stamp New Release Hop!  You should have come from Deborah’s blog, but if you just happened across this post, please go back to Brianna’s blog (links at bottom) because you won’t want to miss a stop in our hop!

We are so excited for this release!  It’s full of super fun and cute Winter/Christmas stamps and dies!!  My favorite set has got to be the Sweet Holiday Greetings stamp set with matching dies (I do love matching dies!), but I’m also completely smitten with the Gingerbread House Die Set – SO much fun!!

Anyway, enough chatter – let’s get on with the show!

For my first card, I used the gingerbread man from Sweet Holiday Greetings, and a drink and sentiment from Holiday Cheers:


The sketch is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch and the papers are super old ones from my stash.  I colored both of them with Copics and cut them out with their matching dies.

Here’s my second card, also with white embossing (which seems pretty popular lately):


I used Little Darling Crystal and a sentiment from Santa Express Train Carts.  In case you’re wondering about this white embossing technique, here’s a video I made about how I do it:


As always, we have a Hop prize: one grand prize winner will get a $20 YNS gift certificate!!   To qualify for the grand prize, you must leave a comment on all the DT Blogs.  Karen will post the winner on the YNS blog on Nov 12th.

And of course, we also have a great sale:


So now you’re off to Angel’s blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment before you go!  Happy hopping and good luck!


Hi all!  Today I have a card made using the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


I decided to dig into my super stash of Project Life cards and found these sweet ones in the Dear Lizzy Mini Edition.  I used the one that had Smile at the top, the one with the french text, the pink with the polka dots and the yellow zigzag.  The cupcake is from Carnival Cupcakes and the sentiment is from Carnival Toppers.

This is also for Crazy 4 Challenges – include numbers on your creations (see those little scrabble-like letters at the top?).  I hope you like it and TFL!

Friday, November 7, 2014

YNS Sneak Preview

Hi all!  Your Next Stamp has its November New Release Hop tomorrow so that means today is sneak peek day!  I have a card for you using the new Gingerbread House Die Set, but first here’s a little video showing the set and giving you a tip to help when you’re using it:


And here’s my card:


Every die (except the snowy hill die) I used is from the Gingerbread House die set!   I did a Google Image search for Gingerbread Houses for inspiration and decided to make it pink!  The snowy parts on the roof and chimney were cut from glitter cardstock and colored with the chisel tip of a Copic marker.  The lights and wreath were also colored with Copics and I added some Glossy Accents to the lights.  The rest of the pieces were die cut from pink or brown cardstock.  I cut a little scrap of black to back the gingerbread girl.  The sentiment looks a little funny in this shot because I stamped the sentiment directly on the glittered cardstock.

This is also for Little Red Wagon – Home is where the heart is, and Delightful Challenges – include patterned paper.

Please go over to the YNS Blog to see all the designers who have peeks for you today.  And then I hope to see you back tomorrow for the hop!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I Smile…

Hi all!  Today I have a card for a couple challenges:


I used the Party Posse stamp set and Posse Icons dies, He Said, She Said for the thought bubble, and Quirky Animals Set Two for the sentiment.

I mirrored the hamster at the top by stamping on vellum and turning the vellum around.  I did some die cutting with a couple Blueprints dies and popped up the images with foam dots. 

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Announcement and a card!

Hi all!  I have an exciting announcement to make today – I got picked as one of the World Card Making Day winners!!  I’m so excited and grateful to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine for picking my card!

And now for my card for today:


I just got the Lawn Fawn Snow Day paper pad and Snow Day stamp set and had to use them right away – they are so stinkin’ cute!

I used the sketch from Mojo Monday (flipped left to right because it fit my paper better that way) and a few papers from the pad.  That little snowy scene with the bunnies is actually a piece of paper that I die cut – all the work is done for you!  I used a bunch of Blueprints dies to cut the pieces and stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the main panel in a color to match.  Finally I added some rustic twine and a little bow. 

This is also for Pile It On – Feeling Cool (and combine with at least 1 other challenge) and Creative Card Crew – Christmas Joy.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thank You Berry Much

Hi all!  Today I have another Aurora Wings card for you (can you tell I’m just LOVING these images?!):


I used the AW Strawberry Sprite and a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps’ Feeling Fruity set.  She was printed on watercolor paper with my Epson inkjet printer and watercolored with Inktense pencils.

This is for the Aurora Wings challenge – Heartfelt Thanks.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Peace On Earth

Hi all!  Today I have a little tag that can be used as a bookmark that I made for the A Day For Daisies challenge – Kraft and Tags:


I used the ADFD image called Little Winter Fairy and a sentiment from Paper Smooches.  The image was printed directly on the kraft cardstock with my laser printer (manual feed and using the special exit out of the back of the printer) and colored with colored pencils.  Then I added a little Stickles on the wings.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Christmas

Hi all!  I have a card for a couple challenges today:


I used the penguin from Chilly Chums, the hat from Chubby Chum Pals, and a sentiment from Joyful Greetings.  The penguin was stamped in Memento black ink then colored with Copics.  To give him a cleaner, blacker look, I overstamped him exactly with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I fussy cut out the Santa hat and adhered it with foam tape.  The whole penguin circle was also attached with foam tape.  Finally I added some large googly eyes for fun!

This is for:

I hope you like it and TFL!