Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Large Sunburst Shaker Card

Hi all!  I have a card that I made for the Whatcha Watching? post over at the YNS Blog.

It's a fully enclosed shaker card.  I used my woodburning tool to seal the pocket and there's a video up on the YNS blog.  I'd love if you'd check it out!

I used 2 of my new die sets: Scrapworks - Large Sunburst Die Set and Bow-tiful Little Bows Die Set.  I also used the Java Geek stamp set and matching dies, as well as Winter Home for the sentiment.  Finally I added some shaker bits from Lucy's Little Things.

This is also for the Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and SSS Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Embrace Happiness

Hi all!  I have a card I'd like to share today that was made for the Power Poppy "Time to Rewind" challenge (pick any PP challenge from 2015).  I picked the "Pencil Me In" challenge - color with colored pencils, including watercolor pencils.  Here's what I came up with:

I used the image Tulips from Power Poppy.  It was colored with Luminance colored pencils, then I added a very faint yellow halo watercolored around the image using an Inktense pencil.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Need I Say More?

Hi all!  Today I have the monthly Your Next Stamp DT Dare.  This month our theme is “A Few of My Favorite Things.”  Here’s what I came up with:

My favorite things on this card: coffee, the Scrapworks - Large Sunburst Die Set (that I designed!), and the Bow-tiful Little Bows die set (that I designed!).  Hee hee!  Yes, I definitely am partial to things I design!

I used the Java Geek stamp set, the matching dies, and a Love Me Some Latte gumdrop.  I just adore the little bows and will probably be trying to put them on every card I make!
I hope you like this card and that you’ll go over to the YNS Blog to see what everybody else came up with and comment there for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!  TFL!


Hi all!  I have a fun shaker card for you today:

Just a note: it looks like the card is wrinkled, but that's actually the plastic pocket it's in.  And it's not actually wrinkled, just wavy.

I printed the image Christmas Tree Time on watercolor paper and colored with my Gansai Tambi watercolors.  The Joy sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the sequins are from Lucy.

I took a half-size page protector and cut that in half to make an A2 sized pocket.  I used my wood burning tool to seal the edges and cut off the holes and perforated seal lines from the original pocket.

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

YNS Challenges

Hi all!  It’s time for the new challenges over at Your Next Stamp.  Here’s our color challenge:

And our sketch challenge:

I went with a loose version of the sketch and came up with this:

I used the new stamp set Life's A Hoot and its matching dies.  I stamped the owl with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  Then I overstamped with Versafine using my MISTI and die cut it out.  I cut 2 different squares using the Stitched Square Die Set and adhered them together.  I used the MISTI again to stamp the 2 sentiments (also from the Life’s A Hoot stamp set), and then mounted the owl in the middle with foam tape.

You can see all the DT inspiration and get all the details for the challenges over at the YNS Blog

This is also for Allsorts – Clean & Simple.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

YNS New Release Blog Hop!


Hi all!  It’s that time of month again – Your Next Stamp just released a whole TON of fabulous stamps and dies!!   I’m the first stop on the hop so welcome!!  I’m so glad you stopped by and hope that you’ll be able to hop along to all the stops!

I’m am super excited about this release because I’ve designed some of the new dies, specifically the Scrapworks - Large Sunburst Die Set, the Bow-tiful Little Bows Die Set, and the Scallop Topped Treat Bag die.  Yay!  I’m also loving the new Stitched Ovals Die Set and ALL of the adorable stamps!!  Anyway, that’s enough talk, let’s get to my projects.

First up, I made a plain little bag using the Scallop Topped Treat Bag die to showcase an adorable felt bow made with the Bow-tiful Little Bows Die Set:


Here’s a video I made showing the bows off and how to make them:

And here’s THE LINK in case you can’t see the video player above.

Just FYI, the Scallop Topped Treat Bag die will NOT fit on a piece of 6x6 paper, so if you want to use patterned paper, it must be bigger than 6x6.  You can punch holes and tie the bag shut or just leave it as is and glue the flap shut.  I wanted to leave out the holes so you could decided how you want to close it!

Next I have a card using the Scrapworks - Large Sunburst Die Set and the Snow Much Joy stamp set and matching dies:


Here’s the intro video for the Large Sunburst Die Set (how to assemble it and some examples of different cards you can make):

And here’s THE LINK in case you can’t see the video player above.

That’s it for me for now, but I want to tell you that there’s a hop prize – a $25 YNS Gift Certificate that will go to one random commenter picked from all the hop stops. 

And of course Karen also has a fantastic sale for you:


Now you’ll be hopping to Tracy’s blog (linky below), but don’t forget to leave me a comment before you go!  Happy hopping and shopping! ~Maureen

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

YNS Sneak Peek

Hi all!  It’s almost time for another release at Your Next Stamp.  Today we have our sneak peeks.  Here’s mine:


I used one of my new dies – the Scallop Treat Bag Die.  Just to let you know, it doesn’t come with the holes punched in it, just in case you’d rather not tie it shut.  And it has scallop in its name because the fold over flap to close it has a scalloped edge (sorry it’s hard to see).

I just cut it out of some double-sided 12x12 patterned paper and glued it together.  Then I punched 2 1/8” holes and tied the rustic twine through them.

Please go over to the YNS Blog to see all the designers who have peeks for you.  TFL and we’ll see you back tomorrow for the New Release Hop.

Lily with Snow Sisters

Hi all!  I have a Ppinky card for a few challenges today:


The image is called Lily with Snow Sisters.  I printed the image with my Epson printer and watercolored the whole thing, except for the hair which I did with a black colored pencil.  I added some embossing paste through a snow stencil, careful to not put any on the snow sisters or Lily (except for that one bit on her hat).  Finally I added a gold embossed sentiment from Jingle Greetings.

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!