Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SSCB#62 Sparkle - Ornament Pops

It's time to flip over the calendar page to a new month.  I guess that let's you know I'm old school.   I still love my big planner and seeing my whole month's commitments written down all on one sheet so I can see everything at a glance.   The best part of starting out a new month is all the challenges that begin on the first.

Serendipity Stamps has a monthly challenge and offers up a nice prize - a $20 gift certificate for one lucky player.   The challenge this month is Sparkle!   That's easy enough right?  Some glitter, embossing powder, foil paper or maybe a handful of sequins should do the trick.
I had a vision in my head of ornaments hanging on a tree with gold beads of garland strung about.  I thought the strands I created covered up too much of the greenery so I scattered them about like twinkling lights.

These fancy ornaments from Serendipity Stamps "Ornament Pops" remind me of the ones from my childhood.  The ones imported from Poland that hung on our family tree. 

The greenery is from the "Ornament Pops Outline" stamp set.
Want to go shopping?
The 50% off Stamp of the Month for December is the Winter Doe!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out more projects from our design team....

You can link up your designs here at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.  You have until December 29 to play along! 


Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Serendipity Stamps Ornament Pops, Ornament Pops Outline, Tis The Season
Dies | MFT Blueprints 20
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh Gold 4mm

The 12 Kits of Occasions Happy Howlidays!

It's the last day of the month!  You know what that means right? It's time for The 12 Kits of Occasions! The 12 kits is a group of 12 friends who love to make cards and papercraft.  Every month we take turns putting together a kit for the rest of the group.  We all receive the same things in the kit, and on the last day of the month we all reveal what we made with the kit.  It's fun to see how our designs are similar or different!

Our hostess this month is Kim Heggins from Cupcakes Cards and Kim.   Kim is a total sweetheart...she loves to going to concerts with her daughter, baking cupcakes, and Mickey Mouse!   That alone should tell you what a big heart she has!  

Here's a peek at the beautiful kit she put together for us... stamped images from Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn.. and some gorgeous papers!   No trixies in this kit.. (these are things I might have left over that I couldn't figure out what to do with).  I only have a few sheets of paper left over this time!

Here's the cards I made.. I added only a few die cuts from Pretty Pink Posh!

The pretty tree die is from Poppystamps - its' called Grand Pine Tree.  

Want to see more?  You can jump to The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog and see a sample from each of the DT Members

Finished Size all project 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Avery Elle Oh What Fun (Santa), Dashing (car), Lawn Fawn Happy Howlidays
Dies | Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Speech Bubbles, Stitched Borders 4, Stitched Duo 1, Stitched Duo 3, Stitched Borders One | Poppystamps Grand Pine Tree

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pretty Little Studio - One Tough Cookie

What a weekend! Mine started with Thanksgiving, and then lots of shopping, eating leftovers, and binge watching. This Monday seems a little rough to get back in the swing of things. A little caffeine might just hit the spot on a day like today. A little pick me up to get things going!

This card started with papers from Pretty Little Studio's Here Comes the Sun Collection. The Pink Frame paper is from the Up in the Air 8" pack that I trimmed down to size for this A2 card. I added some vellum along the right edge - to give the white area a little more detail. This star pattern vellum is called "Reach For The Stars".

Next I layered on some die cuts from "Coffee Time" The set included the coffee cup, cookie, word sentiment and little "One Tough Cookie" sign. I adhered these with adhesive foam tape for more dimension. If you like a flatter clard these die cuts are also available as stickers! The little open heart die on the cup is from the Cactus die cut pack.
The little sign is a good reminder that we're tougher than we think - sweet on the outside, but we can pack a punch right?
I still have to have a little sparkle - so I added some Primrose and Crystal sequins!
There's lots of new stuff in the store! If you haven't looked around lately it's time to check it out! There's 5 new collections in the store - each one nicer than the next!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Products
Paper | Here Comes The Sun | Up In The Air
Vellum | Reach For The Stars 8”
Die Cuts | Coffee Time (Cup, Cookie, Sign, Sentiment) | Cactus (open heart)
Sequins | Primrose
Misc. Pin

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Poppystamps Mint Butterfly

I know you were expecting a holiday card right? Sometimes the unexpected can be delightful! I've been playing more and more with watercolors and wanted to try for something really soft this time. I started by painting a really loose wash on some card stock. I love the mint color that I achieved! 

I cut the Spinning Circles on the watercolor panel. I wanted to keep the Bellina Flora die cut the same color as the background so I cut it from the same watercolor paper.

I chose a small sentiment that would fit in the lower corner of the panel. The Thank You from the Flower Patch Clear Stamp Set was the perfect shape and size. 

I layered the panel over a card - again made from the same watercolor paper. I made sure the inside of the card was the smooth side of the watercolor paper so I will have an easy time stamping a sentiment inside or writing a personal note. I wanted to show those beautiful Spinning Circles off so I adhered it with adhesive foam tape so it's popped up.
I'm glad I tried something new and am so happy with how this turned out! What will you make today?

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Poppystamps Flower Patch
Dies | Poppystamps Bellina Flora, Spinning Circles

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tupelo Designs LLC Black Friday Sale

It's that time of year for all those great sales you've been waiting for! It's Black Friday - and if you read my blog you know my favorite store is Tupelo Designs LLC. If you haven't given them a try - today is the day my friends!

What: The TupeloDesignsLLC 25% Off Black Friday Sale

When: Midnight - Friday, November 25 to Midnight - Sunday, November 27.

What’s Included? ALL PRODUCTS IN TUPELODESIGNSLLC, including Pre-Order Items!!!

Sales Code: At checkout, use the Sale Code Thanks2016

Today I'm sharing a card I made, and then I'm going to show you my most recent purchase from the store! I love that Tupelo Designs LLC has lots of my favorite brands, but I'm also discovering some new favorites like Lavinia Stamps. They have so many magical designs to take you away to fantasy places. I couldn't resist this fairy silhouette holding a chinese lantern. 
I started by taping a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper to a clip board and then I roughly painted a background using distress inks.  You can see when I lay the stamp image over the background it lines up beautifully. 
Next I die cut the panel using the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches frame to give the edges a clean embossed look.  Make sure you die cut before you stamp.  I've found that if I ink first, and then die cut that the Versafine ink gets pressed into the paper and makes the stamped image lighter.

Then using a stamping tool I inked up the stamp in Versafine ink and stamped it several times over the card stock until I got a nice dark image.   I set this to the side to dry completely before I adhered it to a card base. 

Now I want to show you what you can expect when you purchase from Tupelo Designs LLC.
My package arrived 2 days after I ordered and was shipped Federal Express..
Inside the box, all my items were packaged to keep them safe from harm - wrapped like a present waiting to be opened.  

Here's what was inside!

I know I'm going to have lots of fun making - this should keep me busy for a while! But I expect I'll be going back for more - this sale is hard to beat!

What: The TupeloDesignsLLC 25% Off Black Friday Sale

When: Midnight - Friday, November 25 to Midnight - Sunday, November 27.

What’s Included? ALL PRODUCTS IN TUPELODESIGNSLLC, including Pre-Order Items!!!

Sales Code: At checkout, use the Sale Code Thanks2016

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps |  Lavinia Stamps Mystical Harietta Silhouette Large
Dies | Avery Elle Wonky Stitches