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Mistletoe Kisses - Sami Stamps Release!!!

Hi everyone and Happy Friday!!!!
It is time once again for a new Sami Stamps release!!  You're going to totally love this one, it's all about Christmas Mermaids!!  Eek!!  So fun!

For my card this week, I've used the lovely Mistletoe Kisses Mermaid.
I just love this image so much!  This card took me several attempts though...I had this really fun idea in my head to have some sort of watery swirled looking background behind the kissing mermaid and fish.  After a couple practices, I felt ready to put it on the card.  Well...first round I messed up big time and had to scrap it.  Second round, I sprayed the background too many times and it smeared quite a bit...but I went with it anyhow hoping to salvage it...and failed again.  I had tried to turn it into a shaker card and ended up loading so much stuff into the shaker that the image ended up covered completely...so scraped that.

And tried again.  This time, I went slow with my swirls and I carefully misted the background, checking after each spritz to make sure it wasn't too saturated.  And it turned out perfect!  To do the watery background, I just cut a couple of masks with a border die and swiped my ink blending tool away from it to get a faded line.

I printed off the image twice so I could get more of a 3D look by layering them together with foam tape in between.  To add a little more excitement to the present, I took some silver thread and wound it around in loops behind the bow.  I also stuffed a couple bows in the lower right corner to get a fun shoot of string there as well.

To finish it all off, I just scattered some pearls around the image and heat embossed my sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas Elegant Christmas stamp set (appears to be sold out since I can't find the link to it..)!!  That sentiment just seemed perfect for this lovey image! Fun fun!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    613 Avenue Create #98-Anything Goes/Hello
    Catered Crop-Anything Goes
    Crafty Catz #256-Winter Theme
    Delightful Challenge-Add Bling
    Sweet Sunday Sketch #245
    The Cat's Pajamas #279-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #159-Anything Goes

So be sure to visit Sami Stamps today and check out all the awesome DT creations!!  And don't forget about our Anything Goes challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Thanks For All You Do

Hey everyone!
Time for a new challenge at Meljen's Designs!  This weeks theme is Thank You.  Since I opened the gates on the Christmas cards yesterday, I figured I should keep with that theme a bit.  The Christmas type supplies have been sitting on my desk for weeks now, and my little pile of completed Christmas cards grows a little more each day, but I held off sharing them just because I wasn't ready for that season to be here yet.

But with the snow on the ground and the wind so cold your blood freezes...I figured it was time.  So for my card this week, I kept with the feeling of the holidays.
I used this super adorable image from Meljen's Designs called Cozy Little Chickadees.  I just adore this image.  They are so cute and snug together...and who can resist Chickadees!  The image has been colored in with my ShinHan markers and cut out with an oval die.  For the little snow piles on the branch, I "painted" on some embossing paste and covered it with some sparkly embossing powder before heat setting it so that it bubbled just a little.  It adds some fun texture and shine to the whole image.

Overall, this card is pretty simple.  The poinsettia came together super quick.  I just had to sit around and wait for it to completely dry before I could add it to my card.  I coated the strands of twine with some star dust stickles as well...so more waiting for that to dry.  Took quite a while, but in the end was totally worth it all!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps and More #122-Make Your Mark
    Crafting When We Can #82-Use Your Markers
    Divas by Design-Let it Snow
    Fussy and Fancy #127-Pairs or Two of a Kind
    Penny's Paper Crafty #204-Anything Goes

Be sure to swing by Meljen's Designs and join in our fun challenge!  Remember you don't have to use a Meljen's image, but you get a double entry if you do!!  Oh and don't forget about their sale!  You can read all about it in my post here.

Thanks for visiting! <3

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First Official Christmas Card!

Hey Everyone!  Happy Tuesday!
Well, it's finally happening.  I am posting my first Christmas card of the year!  I've avoided it for so long, but now it must happen.  But I don't think there is a better card to start the season with than this one.
We start a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown and the challenge is Christmas Tags.  So I decided to add my tag to a fun card.  Our awesome sponsor this week is MyGrafico and they have provided the most adorable images for my team to use!  This sweet image that I've used on my card is from the Christmas Santa set!

I started off by using a couple of new Winnie & Walter products that I won from their most recent release.  I used the Scenery: Big Band Sci-Fi Star Creative Screenings and laid down a thin layer of embossing paste over it.  Once I removed the stencil, I covered all that embossing paste with some sparkly clear glitter.  I also added a few red splatters for extra interest.

For the tag, I took the new Peppermint Zone stamp and misted it with some perfect pearl/water mist.  Then set it right down on top of my festive berries inked piece of paper and "stamped" with the water.  Since distress inks react with water, this resulted in a faded look where the stamp was, but left behind all that shimmer from my pearl mist.  It's so awesome!  I know I'm going to have loads of fun with that stamp!

To finish off the tag before adding it to my card, I strung some twine through the top and then coated it with some multi medium matte, then wrapped it around a pencil so that it would curl.  I set that aside to dry while I worked on the images and sentiment.

The sentiment was cut with my silhouette about 4 times, layered together and then coated in glossy accents and glitter.  I colored up my images with my Shin Han markers and then fussy cut around them and adhered them onto my tag, adding just a little touch of red stickles to the holly berries.  Put everything together, and it was done!

I totally adore this card!  It was the perfect creation to pull me out of my multi-week lull of having nothing creative run through my mind.  And this card sparkles so much, I can't help but smile when I look at it!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafty Catz #255-Christmas is Coming
    Delightful Challenge-Happy Holidays
    Inky Impressions #185-Animals
    Simon Says Stamp-Stars
    Winnie & Walter-Join in to win

So be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown and join in our Tags challenge!! Thanks for visiting! <3

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A Couple of Special Offers!!

Hey everyone!
I don't have a card to share today..don't worry I have LOTS of ideas swirling in my head!  Just been busy with other projects, which I will share with you next week. (They're pretty cool!!!)

But! I wanted to share a couple of awesome offers from some of my favorite companies!  Just so happens, I'm also on their design teams :)  Lucky me!!

First up is Sami Stamps!
http://samistamp.blogspot.ca/
What an awesome deal!  Why wouldn't you enter for the chance to win 15% off every purchase!?  Sami always has the best images in her release (believe me...I've seen next weeks..and wowzers!!)  If you're anything like me, browsing amazing images AND having a discount is like the perfect recipe to empty my bank account :) 

So YES!  Go spend some money so you're entered to win this awesome prize!!  Here are her shop links:
Sami Stamps Blog/Shop
Sami Stamp Etsy Shop

And to help further convince you...here are a few of my favorite Sami Stamps cards that I've made:
http://scrappysweetcreations.blogspot.ca/2014/04/sami-stamps-spring-flowers-release.html

And for my second enabler message!

A 50% off sale!!??  Woot!  Meljen's Designs is another all time favorite stamp company of mine!  Again, you can never go wrong with having a nice large collection of Meljen's Designs images!  Plus, I have never not found an image to go with whatever design or theme I'm trying to work with.

I honestly don't know how you will choose what images you want!  Heck, buy them all!  They're 50% off!

Here, let me know show you some of their awesome images too:
http://scrappysweetcreations.blogspot.ca/2014/07/your-hugs-are-my-favorite.html
http://scrappysweetcreations.blogspot.ca/2014/06/nerdy-card.html
http://scrappysweetcreations.blogspot.ca/2014/05/just-because-youre-amazing.html

Ok!  Long post, I know.  But I couldn't just let the days go by without telling you of these sweet deals!  Have to make sure you're well supplied on images :)

Oh!  And on a side note-not related to cards/images at all-my hubby's next game comes out on Tuesday!!!  The reviews have started to come in and they are amazing!  This game is going to totally rock!  So if you know a gamer, be sure to tell them about Far Cry 4!!!
http://far-cry.ubi.com/en-ca/home/


Thanks for visiting and have an absolutely fabulous weekend!!!!  <3
 
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Sweet Little Tags Over at Meljen's Designs!

I just wanted to let you know that it's my day to share a fun project with you over at Meljen's Designs!!

Here's a little peak!
You can see the full project and post over at the Meljen's Designs Challenge Blog!!! 

Have a fabulous day!  <3



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Lovely Fall Friends - Sami Stamps Release!!!

Hi Everyone - Happy Friday!!!
I am so excited to share with you the new Sami Stamps release this week!  It's too darn cute...just yeah...so cute!!  You don't want to miss it!

I couldn't resist and chose 2 images from the release to use on my projects.  This first card features the Butterfly Kisses image!
I know it's a fall release, but I decided to go cute and girly for this card.  I don't have a ton of fall colored papers in my collection, but man I have a lot of pink!  I really wanted to keep this kitty nice and white for the card, but after finishing it all up, I realized that the kitty kind of gets lost and blends in with the white background.  A few of my wonderful teamies suggested maybe darkening up the shadows on the kitty to help pull her away from the white background, so I may give that a try.  She just turned out so cute, I really didn't want to "try" something and then totally ruin the whole thing.

To get a matching strip of paper, I found that by using the victorian velvet distress ink with just a light layer of picked raspberry on top, the color matched perfect for my background paper!  I love how easy it is to get the right color with those distress inks!  The sentiment is white heat embossed, I colored in the hearts with my wink of stella glitter brush pen and then covered them with glossy accents to help them stand out a little.

I also used the victorian velvet distress ink to change the color of my twine to match better.  It was white and grey but the white was just too bright, so changing the color helped tone it down nicely.

I'd like to enter this Butterfly Kitty card into the following challenges:
    Crafty Cardmakers #126-Cut it Out
    Let's Craft and Create #98-Animal Antics
    Retro Sketches #139
   
My second card features the Feather Nap image.
I so adore this image!  Sami is always the best at drawing up little kitties, and they always speak to my heart and beg me to use them :)  I decided to color this sweetie up like my little princess Cloud.  She's been sneezing a lot and moving a little slowly the last few days and she was just heavy on my thoughts while I put this card together.

I used some Lawn Fawn papers for the background, which are about the only fall papers I have :)  But they worked perfect for this card!  I used a grid stencil from Memory Box to make up the blue background around the edge.  It's soft enough that it doesn't distract from the center of the card, but still adds the perfect touch.

I finished everything off with a printed sentiment, a large bow, and a few matching pearls.

I'd like to enter this Feather Nap card into the following challenges:
    Catered Crop-Gratitude
    Delightful Challenge-Patterned Paper
    MilkCoffee-Hand Colored Image
    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday-Thinking of You

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this amazing release!  And check out the DT's creations...you're not going to want to miss those!  Totally blew me away with this release, they are pretty awesome ladies! <3

Oh!  And we start a new challenge at Sami Stamps today too - Anything Goes!!  Nice and easy, just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!!

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Harvest Snowman

Happy Thursday!!!
I know it's still been super quiet around here even though I keep saying I'll be back...it's been hard to get things created lately.  While I have the drive to get stuff done, the ideas and inspiration just don't seem to be popping out of my head.  I've been busy!  Just not with cards to share with you...other than my design team works, because I love using images from my design teams :)

So today is the start of a new challenge at Meljen's Designs.  They have the most adorable images to use, and there is always one that works perfect for every situation!  Well our challenge is a fall photo inspiration with some super bright fall colors!  Not the typical fall colors you'd think, but still so beautiful.  I really wanted to try and match them as best I could, not sure I succeeded but I'm close :)
Even though the challenge is for bright fall colors, I figured since my family in MI received some snow this week, and we are expecting some of the white stuff over the next few days, that I'd through in a snowman on my card.

Like I said before, Meljen's Designs seems to always have the perfect image for everything, and this time is no different!  How perfect is that Harvest Snowman?  He's fall and winter together!  Love it!!

I also tried something a little different with him this time.  Since I had taken the colors from the inspiration photo (below) and did a watercolor wash for the background with them, I wanted to watercolor the snowman as well.  But trying to watercolor an image that has been printed never really works for me because my printer ink bleeds really bad with the water.  But since watercolor paper is a little thicker, I thought maybe the ink would stay wet enough after printing to be able to emboss it.

So I got all my supplies ready right on top of the printer so I could do everything as soon as the paper was spit out.  I sized up my image, stuck in my watercolor paper and printed.  It looked pretty dry when I pulled it out of the printer, which had me worried, but I poured on the clear embossing powder anyway.   And it worked!!  The whole image was coated with embossing powder!!  Ahhh...now I can paint it :)

My only tip would be to probably use black embossing powder instead of clear though...the embossing powder melts a little bit off of the printed line, so some of the paper underneath shows through the watercolor.  Maybe that wouldn't be there if it was embossed in black.

Anyhow!!  I painted up my snowman, added a piece of vellum over my watercolored background to really tone it down, cuz it was quite bright.  I embossed my simple "Thank You" sentiment and added lots of enamel dots and gems around the snowman.  Super cute!!!

So join in the fun this week with our awesome Autumn Brights color inspiration photo!!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MeCYjVDRP0E/UieGjmuEJ_I/AAAAAAAAGWY/OHkf-Vpiwv4/s1600/AutumnBrights+Color+Challenge+110614.png

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards-Watercolor
    Catered Crop-Gratitude
    Creative Fingers #54-Anything Goes/Layers
    Fussy and Fancy #126-Thankful
    Word Art Wednesday #157-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!! <3
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Happy Snowman - Sami Stamps Halloween Deals!!

Happy Friday!  And Happy Halloween!
It has been a busy week here in my little apartment.  I always love to spoil the group that Matthew works with during the holidays, and sometimes just because.  They work so hard, they deserve a treat.  So I've been busy baking up a couple hundred cookies for them to enjoy today!  Don't get me wrong, other than crafting, baking is the next best activity that relaxes me.  I could bake all day, ever day.  But standing on my feet that long, and frosting that many cookies...oy...that was a lot of work :)
It's all worth it though because I know they are grateful, and will totally devour those tins of cookies :)

Today is usually a new release day at Sami Stamps, but instead Sami has decided to do something a little different.  She allowed each of us on the design team to select an image from a past release to use on our projects, and for today only (Friday Oct. 31) those images we selected are available for $1.50 each!!  What an awesome deal!

She is also running a limited time sale of 35% off, so don't miss out!  Run over there now and grab some stamps!!

So for my card, I decided to go wintery...I know I know...I've been dreading the change in seasons and holidays...I've tried so hard to avoid making Christmas cards until now, but they just keep creeping onto my to-do list.  While this card isn't Christmasy necessarily...it's close.
I do adore this image.  And the card turned out super cute too.  Ok, I love it! :)
I've used the My Snowey Friend image and colored it all in with my markers.  Then I trimmed around each image individually so that I could position them correctly on my card.

For the background, I laid down a few colors of distress ink to make a soft snowy blue sky.  I wanted some dimension and depth to my snowflakes, so I used 2 stencils over the distress inks.  The first one I used is a dots background that looks like falling snow.  I laid that over my background and then used a baby wipe to blot up some of the ink.  It fades it out just enough so the snowflakes look like they are in the background.  I could have misted it and then dabbed up the water, but I didn't want the water to seep under the stencil.

Then I placed a new stencil from Memory Box called Tiny Snowflakes over the background, secured it down and applied some texture paste over top.  Once I peeled the stencil up, I coated the whole thing with some sparkly embossing powder and heated it all up.  Applying the heat helped the texture paste bubble really well so it adds some fun dimension to the flakes.

I die cut out a few hills from the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio set and coated them with the same glitter embossing powder.  Then added my image.  I wanted there to be snowflakes in front of them as well, so once the snowman and little kid were added, I replaced the stencil and added a few more snowflakes with the texture paste, following the same steps as the background.
This card is just so adorable!  I love this sweet image and all the soft wintery blues are really helping to get me into the winter/Christmas mood.  Maybe I will get started on some Christmas cards this week :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Card Mania #58-Buttons
    DigiStamps4Joy #103-Anything Goes
    Divas by Design-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
    Sweet Sunday Sketch  #242

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out Sami Stamps to see the awesome creations by the design team.  They always blow me away!! <3
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Trick or Treat!

Happy Thursday!
We're starting a fun new challenge today at Meljen's Designs!  This week it's Trick or Treat!!  So pull out those Halloween images and share your makes with us!  Remember, you don't have to use a Meljen's Designs image to enter, but if you do, you get a double entry!

Here is what I came up with:
I had this idea to use these 3 images together awhile ago for one of my DT Days, but couldn't quite get it to work the way I wanted it to, so I shelved it back then.  Well I decided to give it another shot this week.

Of course, this week has been crazy busy for me with card orders and Christmas card planning that I almost completely forgot that it was my teams challenge week!  So this card was quite rushed...but even in the rush, I think it turned out so incredibly cute!

The images I used are Mummy Kitty, Mummy Bear, and Mummy Dog all from Meljen's Designs.  I layered them all together in paint.net to get the right placement on them and then printed them off onto some watercolor paper.  I let the ink dry for a little bit, and even zapped it with my heat tool before working on the coloring.  It still bled a little bit, which is frustrating, but I did my best to avoid touching the lines to try and prevent them from smearing.

I used a ton of Distress Inks to watercolor this image all up.  I started with the mummies and did their wraps first.  Then filled in their fur and the cute pumpkin in the background.  I set that aside for a couple minutes to dry up a bit before moving on to the background.  I used 3 shades of blue and some black at the top to darken it up.  I just love how easily distress inks blend together.  Getting a nice gradient blend to those colors was so incredibly easy, I hardly had to do anything!  And another fun thing is that the whole background shimmers!  It was sort of an accident...the large brush that I used is the one I've been using to play around with my silver pearlex pigment powder...so it was full of that stuff still when I started painting.  While it wasn't planned, it's totally perfect!

I finished the card off with a simple white heat embossed sentiment and a few bats from Lawn Fawn, which are also sparkly :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    A Gem of a Challenge #130-Create a Scene
    Artistic Inspirations #114-Halloween
    Creative Inspirations #286-Happy Halloween
    Sentimental Sundays #229-Too Cute to Spook

Now jog on over to Meljen's Designs, check out the rest of the DT's creations, and join in!!!
Thanks for visiting! <3

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A Twist on Halloween Colors

Happy cold and chilly Tuesday!  I'm wondering if we will see snowflakes falling today!  Lol :)

So we start a new challenge for you today at Tuesday Throwdown, and it's a good one for the season!  We want you to use Halloween colors - so green, orange, purple, and black!

I decided to twist this a little.  I love this color combo, but I didn't really want to make a Halloween card (shocked!  Can't believe I said that...I love making Halloween cards!).  Surprisingly, this color combo works great for those non-spooky cards too :)
See!  I LOVE how this turned out!  I know I used that sparkly green circle paper on my project a week or so ago, but it was on my desk and worked perfectly for this card too :)

That fun dotted type patterned paper under my wagon was actually green and pink dots, but I took some of my shinhan markers and colored over the pink with some purples and it worked perfectly!

For my image, I combined a couple sets from our wonderful sponsor - Doodle Pantry.  I adore this company, their shop is full of amazing and cute images!  Made it really hard to choose what I wanted to work with for this card.
I combined the Wagon Hello and Floral Jug set for this image.  I had my sweet hubby help me get the images totally lined up because I'm not an expert at doing that in paint.net yet and he's a genius :)
As always, thanks babe!  I love you <3

We got the images lined up perfectly so the flowers and pumpkin are all sitting in the wagon.  It looks so cool, I just love it!!  I colored them all in with my pencils and then filled in the grass and sky with my markers.  I did a little out-of-the-box cutting for the top flower jug and the wagon handle and then added it to my card!

I kept the sentiment simple and sweet because the card is pretty loud with those colors and I didn't want to crowd it too much.  But I adore this card!  That color combo is never one I would have come up with on my own, so I'm excited that something meant for Halloween could be used for something else too :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Doodle Pantry #51-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Halloween Color Coordinates
    Word Art Wednesday #154-Anything Goes

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the rest of the DT's amazing creations, and then join in this awesome challenge!!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Wicked - Sami Stamps Halloween Girls Release

Happy Friday!!!
Ah, I love short weeks :)  Less days of not getting to see my husband all day and the weekend gets here quicker!  Plus, it's fall, and even with the strange humid heat wave we had this week, it's still perfect for a cup of hot chocolate and snuggling under the blankets together :)

It's also time for a new Sami Stamps release!  This release is all about Halloween, my favorite!  You have to check it out because these images are just so perfect!

I chose to use the Spooky Flower 3 for my card, and I went with a little bit different of a style...
Ok, I think it still fits with "my style" whatever that may be.  But this card is much darker than I normally make.  But I saw a card with this awesome spiderweb background from Lorraine over on the Simon Says challenge blog and knew I had to give it a shot!

I bought the Memory Box Spider Web Frame Die last year and haven't really had much success with using it on my cards...but thought it would be great for a stencil/mask!  And that's how I used it for this card.  I just cut it out of some paper since the transparencies don't really work all that well through the cuttlebug...I laid it over my black cardstock and sponged around it with some white pigment ink.  I tried to sponge randomly and a bit uneven so that it wasn't all uniform looking.

Once I was done sponging, I covered the whole thing with some Frosted Crystal embossing powder.  That was a tip from Lorraine...I still have no idea what it actually did to the whole thing, but it looks cool! :)

My image has been printed onto some vellum.  Since printer ink takes awhile to dry on vellum, I was able to cover the image with clear embossing powder and heat set it!  I used a few markers to color it in and cut it out with my Silhouette into a tag shape.  I used my heat tool on the ribbon as well to melt it and make it all webbed and broken, it looks really cool!

Since the whole card was dark and creepy, I tried to lighten it up a little with some sparkly sprinkles from Doodlebug.  Not sure if it helped much, but I still like them :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Artistic Inspirations #113-Anything Goes/Make Your Own Background 
    Card Mania #57-Tag
    Crafts 4 Eternity #198-Creepy Crawlies
    Retro Sketches #136
    Robyn's Fetish #233-Halloween Cards
    Simon Says Stamp-Halloween Color Coordinates
    The Corrosive Challenge #210-Halloween

So go check out the new release at Sami Stamps, and don't forget we have a challenge running this month to use orange on your project!!

Thanks for stopping by!! <3

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Sweet Baby Elephant

Hi everyone!
Back with my second post that I promised earlier today :)
This is my third card for the Winnie & Walter World Cardmaking Day challenges.  I've really loved the whole lineup of what they have challenged...it's kept me busy and my brain working :)

So this card is for the sketch challenge that they have, and I'm going to enter it into the pattern play challenge as well!
This card wasn't so much about stretching my stamps like my past cards have been, but more about using a stamp that I forgot I had!  This sweet little elephant is from Lili of the Valley called Blowing Bubbles.  He is just so darn cute!  I snagged this stamp a few months ago but filed it away and forgot that I had it, so when I saw it in my files again this week, I knew I had to use it!

The image is all colored up with my ShinHan markers and I just love how it turned out!  I've covered the little bubbles in some glitter brush and then a nice thick coat of glossy accents.

I used one of the Landscape Trio dies from Mama Elephant for the little stitched curve line.  I love that effect!  It's so cool and not something I'm used to doing on my cards.  But I think it's something I'm going to try to do more often!

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, and I've black heat embossed it to help it stand out a bit on the card.
A few enamel dots finish off the card perfectly!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Lili of the Valley-Anything Goes
    Winnie & Walter Sketch Challenge
    Winnie & Walter Pattern Play
    Word Art Wednesday #153-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for sticking around and checking out all my cards this week!  It's been an awesome couple of days and I hope I can keep this production going! <3

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Watercolored Sunflowers - No Lines Technique

Happy Saturday!
As you may know from the last month or so of my posts, I'm a bit in love with sunflowers.  They are just too gorgeous and I adore adding them to my cards.  So this card is no different.  But since I've used them so much lately, I wanted to try something different with them.

So I took a shot at the no-lines technique.  I'm not sure I mastered it this first time, but it did turn out pretty good.
I stamped these sunflowers from the Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows stamp set in some really light distress inks before pulling out my watercolors.  Not having those lines to define each petal and add the detail in the middle was a bit frustrating because I couldn't get the right depth I wanted with the colors I chose.  But it was still super fun to finally give this technique a try, and I know that I will try it more often.

This card was made following the inspiration image over on the Winnie & Walter blog.  I loved the woodgrain in the image but I don't have any paper patterned like that.  So I attempted to make my own.  I used some watercolor paper and smeared 3 shades of brown inks across it to try and imitate a wood grain pattern.  I think it worked out pretty well!  It was fun to watch this come together as it dried.

To pull in the pinks and oranges from the inspiration photo, I used another piece of watercolor paper and added touches of pink and yellow and sprayed it with water to get it all moving.  This helped create an orange tint as well and I softened it all by lightly adding some white over the colors.  Totally love how soft but colorful it all is!  The perfect background for my sunflower woodgrain piece :)

I used just a simple sentiment, which is not normal for me, but it seemed to fit perfectly.  Then finished it all off with a few matte black sequins.  I always struggle to find good placement for sequins on my cards.  They never flow correctly it seems...but I keep trying :)

Oh yeah, and all the sunflowers have been generously sprayed with some gold glitter mist!  The sparkle is incredible on them!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards #23-Watercolor
    Addicted to Stamps & More #116-Anything Goes
    Inky Impressions #180-Flowers and Leaves
    Simon Says Stamp-Use Watercolors
    Winnie & Walter-Pinspiration with Vanessa
vanessa_pinspirationphoto

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will be back a little later today to share another card for a Winnie & Walter challenge..it's just in the middle of drying right now :)  <3

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Stretching my Stamps!

Hey Everyone!
I've had an incredibly productive day today and figured I'd share what I've made.  So there are 2 cards in this post again :)

Lately I've been in a little bit of a crafty rut and I've been trying to figure out why.  One of the things that keeps popping into my mind is the fact that I've used all the stamps that I have so many times that the creative ideas for them seem to be all gone...so I have been trying to challenge myself to see if I can come up with new ways to use them until I can get some money together to buy new stuff :)

This is a super cute card that worked out so perfectly for this "stretching" of my stamps:
How cute is that!  I combined 2 stamp sets to make this little sweetie:  In My Heart from Mama Elephant and Critters in Costume from Lawn Fawn

I first stamped the pumpkin from the Lawn Fawn set, masking off the little rabbit inside.  Then masked the pumpkin and stamped this cute little girl so she's popping up out of the pumpkin!  I love it!!  The little witches hat is from the cat in the Lawn Fawn set.

The circle around her is all one layer, but I cut out part of the circle up to where the banner is and put some dimension tape on the back so it stamps up.  Then I did some inking with my distress inks.  I silver embossed a few stars in the sky from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon set and added the fun Boo sentiment on vellum from the Lawn Fawn set.  I love how this turned out and really got me excited to use my stamps in more creative ways.

I'd like to enter this pumpkin cutie into the following challenges:
    2 Cute Ink #116-Halloween
    A Blog Named Hero #53-Stretch Your Stamps
    Delightful Challenge-Delightfully Frightful
    Mama Elephant & Me-Anything Goes
    The Challenge #16

This next card was a little frustrating but so worth all the fuss:
For this card, I used a Simon Says Stamp set called Flower Friend.  It's a great set full of adorable little flower stamps, but I've used those flower stamps so many times...I needed a change.  So I took the cute little scallop border in the set and bent it around into a circle...several times because it kept popping back off my block.. The stamp was actually a little too short for the size flower I wanted, so I just stamped a few of the scallops by themselves to finish the circle.

So awesome!  I used some outline and solid circles from the Lots of Dots set to fill in the centers.
Then stamped and white heat embossed my sentiment onto vellum.  The sentiment is from the Winnie & Walter set The Big The Bold & The Happy.  I love this set because even though it doesn't always have the words I want to use, I can always find ways to piece them together to work.  Like the word "you're"...that isn't in the set, but I was able to mask off around an "r" and an "e" to get the word.  I love that!

I'd like to enter this flower card into the following challenges:
    Fusion Card Challenge

    MilkCoffee-Lots of Layers
    Winnie & Walter-Unexpected Stamping

While I was taking these pics, I turned to my desk and snapped a pic for the Winnie & Walter Craftie challenge.  This is how I left it...there are about 4 projects in the works on that desk and it's quite messy...
This is just my work desk.  To the left I have my ribbon shelf and a huge cabinet that holds a lot of my supplies, and to the right is my computer, paper, and Silhouette.

So thanks for sticking around to read this whole post!  A bit long but I really wanted to share these :) <3
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