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Thankful for Your Friendship! - Sami Stamps Release!

Happy Friday!
I hope everyone is ready for an awesome weekend!  The sun is shining, it's going to be nice and hot here in Seattle again!  We're going to pick some massive bucket loads of blueberries!  I'm excited!

I'm also excited because today we have another amazing Sami Stamps release for you!  This release is Shell Mermaids, and they are so precious!  You must check them out!
I decided to work with the Shell Mermaid 2 image for my card.
I'll be honest...I struggled coming up with a card idea for this sweet image.  My brain isn't quite back into the creative mode and I kept drawing blanks every time I tried to brainstorm.  I eventually ran out of time and knew I had to get something made.  So I used this fun Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp to try and mimic flowing water.  I misted it a bunch and dropped water all around the image to try and represent bubbles.  It turned out pretty cute, but I think the blues are little too dark...should have gone lighter.

For the image, I colored that in with some watercolor pencils and a shimmer brush.  It was going beautifully till I got to her sweet hair...and I stalled...I wanted there to be curls and swooshy waves in her hair and I just couldn't get it to work out right...guess I'll have to try again sometime.

Since I was drawing blank on a good design, I decided to just keep it simple and did some zig zag stitching around the edge with a simple sentiment and some white glitter enamel dots to finish it all off.

Now be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this release and the DT's jaw dropping creations!  While I struggled, they pulled out all the stops...their work is amazing!  You must see it!

And remember we have an Anything Goes challenge still running, so join in that as well!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend! <3

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Heart Sign Hello!

Hi Everyone!
Happy Tuesday!  Seems I just got back into this crafty world and I'm already running behind in it!  Sorry my post for today's new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is late, but at least it's here!!

We have an awesome new challenge with a fabulous new sponsor this week!  MilkCoffee has graciously provided our team with some wonderful images to go along with our Tic Tac Toe board!!!
And I just realized I didn't watermark my card image!  Ugh...need to pull it together :)

Anyhow, I have used the adorable Heart Sign with Butterflies image from MilkCoffee.  I decided to keep everything pretty light and pastel for this and I followed the "Image, Enamel Dots, Die Cuts" line from our board:
I used an awesome Mama Elephant border die to do my die cut edges, and a fun butterfly die cut from Simon Says stamp.  I cut those out of vellum since I again, wanted everything to be super light.  My image was colored up really simply with pencils and a little glitter brush, then cut out and framed in a scallop oval.  I stamped the simple "Hello" sentiment right on the image and finished it all off with some coordinating enamel dots in the centers of the butterflies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's creations at Tuesday Throwdown, and then join in our fun Tic Tac Toe challenge!!!  <3

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Hello Sweet Friend!!! - Sami Stamps Release!!!

Wow it's been a long time!  I've missed you guys so much!  But so much has happened at the same time!  My absence has been because we moved!

We were so fortunate when Matthew finally landed a job.  It had been a long, long journey for that to finally happen.  While we absolutely loved his job at Ubisoft, Montreal just wasn't working for us and we knew we needed to leave...

After several heartbreaking rejections, God finally opened a path for us to get home, and Matthew was offered a job at Motiga in Bellevue, WA.  So for the last 3 months, we have been getting everything settled back into our home here in Washington!!  I'm so happy to be here!  There is no place like home, and man...Washington is definitely home!  Our house was in pretty good condition, considering it had been rented for 4 years, but there was still a lot of work that needed to be done.  So that has occupied a lot of my time (a lot!).

It's taken me a bit longer to get back to work here on my blog, but I'm happy to finally be back at it!  My work desk is still a bit disorganized as we work to find storage shelves and what not.  But it's workable and I'm diving in!  (I'll share pics of our house later :) )

And I'm so happy that I get to return with a Sami Stamps card!!!!  There is nothing better than working with Sami's images!  This release is called Birds and Beauties...such a fitting title!  They are beautiful!  I've worked with Bird on my Knee:
Now, bear with me as I work on figuring out how I want to take my pictures.  I thought this super cute plant stand would be perfect for featuring my cards on...but the cream background doesn't work for me.  So my pictures will probably change over the course of these next few weeks as I work that all out :)

I kept this card really simple since it is my first one back and I'm dusting out the old cobwebs in my brain :)  Just some simple ink blending in the background through a triangle stencil from Winnie & Walter.  The colors I've used are the new Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber distress inks.  Oh My Gosh!  If you don't have these new colors...run and get them now!  I just got mine and this is my first card using them on, and I'm hooked!  They are amazing and I know they will not be leaving my desk for quite some time!

Oh, and the Hello die cut was colored with the Mermaid Lagoon distress ink...my heart melted when that ink hit the paper...it's so gorgeous!!

Anyhow, there is a little piece of scallop cut vellum behind the image but you can't really see it.  I did some light shading on the beauty (need to get coloring practice in again...) and then affixed her to look like she was sitting on the Hello die cut.  Surrounded her with some clear sequins and called it good!  I really do love this card!  First one in 3 months, and I'd say it turned out perfect :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for sticking around while I was away!  I love you all and I'm so happy to be back sharing my passion with you!!! <3

Also, don't forget we have a new challenge starting at Sami Stamps and it's super easy!!  Anything Goes!!!  Whoohoo!  So run on over, check out the DT's amazing creations and then join in the fun!!! <3
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Special Delivery

We're starting a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown!
I am currently on a little blogging/crafting break so this post is scheduled.
Hopefully it pops up correctly!

Our awesome new challenge is Up in the Air!  We want to see things that can fly on your projects!  This can be things with wings, or balloons, feathers...anything that flies through the air!
We have a fabulous new sponsor for this challenge - Lacy Sunshine!  They have provided the team with adorable images to use!  I chose to use Georgie Giraffe.
Isn't he the cutest!?  I started with a fun embossed silver star background that was in my pile of scraps.  I made it a long time ago as just an experiment, but loved it so much I couldn't get rid of it, even though I had no idea what to use it for.  Well, it worked perfect for this card!  I did a little ink blending over the stars to get a nice pink ombre color.

There is a little piece of vellum cut at the top but you can hardly see it!  I coordinated some fun pink ribbon with the background and tied it into a bow behind a white button.

The image was colored in with my markers and mounted up on a scallop cut oval.  I added a simple sentiment and the card was done!

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the amazing creations by the team!  And be sure to join in this fun challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Friendship Smiles

Hi Everyone!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!!
I am currently on a little blogging/crafting break for a few months, so this post is scheduled.  Hopefully it pops up correctly!

Our fun new challenge is Friendship!  I love making friend cards.  Never a lack of needing those!
Our awesome sponsor is MyGrafico and they have provided us with the cutest images to use!
This card was way too much fun to make!  I decided to try something a little different with my embossing paste..I added sand to it!!  I wanted the dino's to be walking on dirt but couldn't think of a good way to do it.  Browsing around my room I saw my containers of colored crafty sand from a previous project with my husband and the idea clicked!

I mixed a little bit of the embossing paste with a little bit of sand and then added a drop of brown ink to give it a little color.  Smeared that along my distressed sky and let it sit for a bit while I colored the dinos with my pencils.

Once the sand had dried a little, I pressed some glitter into it so that the sand sparkled, and stamped a few footprints.  So cool!!

To finish it all off, I printed off a sentiment onto vellum and clear heat embossed it.  And white embossed some stars in the sky.  Really love this card!!

Be sure to visit Tuesday Throwdown to join in this fun challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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God Loves You - Sami Stamps Easter Release!

Hi Everyone!
We have an awesome new release at Sami Stamps and we are starting a fun new challenge!
I am currently on a blogging/crafting break so this post is scheduled.
Hopefully it pops up correctly!!

This fun new release is all about Easter!
I have chosen to use the Tulip Easter Egg image for my card.
This was such a gorgeous image to work with, I knew I had to put a cross on the card somehow.  Little side placements didn't seem to fit the image well, so I figured why not just put the cross right through the middle.  I love how it looks!!

I also decided to do some simple watercoloring on the background in some pale yellows.  Over top of that I stamped some white circles and embossed those with some clear sparkly embossing powder.  It just helps to add a little texture and detail to the card, without too much distraction.

Since our new challenge is paper piecing, I did my best to stick with that for the tulip egg.  I printed the whole thing off onto some blue patterned paper and framed that with a piece of scallop cut vellum.

Then I set to work on the tulips. Those are printed onto some really cool watercolory type purple paper.  I added a little shading at the base of each petal and then cut them all apart so I could add little bits of dimension behind each individual petal.  It was lots of work, but it looks so amazing that it was totally worth it!!

I stamped the sentiment below the flowers, and then went back in later with some black embossing powder to help separate it a little from the image (something my wonderful husband pointed out to me.  Love it when his eye catches something mine doesn't :) ).

So be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this amazing release and what the design team has done with it!!  And then join in our paper piecing challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Pawesome Friend

Hi everyone!
I wanted to stop in real quick and share a fun card I've put together.  As you know, I love Newton's Nook.  Can't get enough of them.  So whenever a fun idea pops into my head to use their stamps on, I get really excited!

I had this idea pop while browsing some challenges and seeing a few sketches.  I knew I wanted to use the kitty, but wasn't sure what to put next to him.  Took me a day or so to figure that out, but when it clicked it all worked!
I love it!!!  I decided to use the "pawesome" die cut from the Simon Says Stamp Playful Pets set.  I did a little selective cutting so only the main parts of the word cut, and the very bottom stayed attached to the card.  It didn't entirely work...but oh well.  A little bit of fun foam behind it for stability and it all worked out in the end :)

To get that die cut to pop out a little, I covered it in some clear/silver glitter and then clear embossed it.  So much sparkle, I love it!

Then I colored in my little Storm from the Newton's Antics set.  After debating on a background for a day or so, I finally decided to just do some simple paw stamps in grey behind everything.

And to finish it off, I added the little friend stamp under the die cut.  It's such a sweet card.  I love how cute Storm is all tucked in sleeping.  Love my kitties!

This is also sort of a special post because it will be my last "live" post for a few months.  I have posts scheduled through April for my challenge teams that you will still get to see, but after April I'm not sure when I will be back.  Some awesome changes are happening right now and I'm thrilled with it all, but it does mean that I have to step away from crafting for a bit.  Thank you for understanding!!  I will see you all again in a few months!   <3

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Hi Friend! - Sami Stamps Flower and Kitties Release

Happy Friday!
I am so ready for spring to just get here...who's with me?  But wouldn't you know...it's snowing again this morning!  Grrr...Oh well.  It is still pretty to watch even if deep down I am despising it at the moment.

To help bring some spring into my day, I decided to use some fun pastel colors for my Sami Stamps card this week using the super sweet Whiskers and Petals image.
Yesterday was a very anxiety filled day for many reasons, so my progress on this card was quite slow.  By the time I finished, the sun had set and my room was quite dark, which made getting a decent picture of the card a little difficult.  But I think it turned out alright.

I started by pulling inspiration for the background from Kathy Racoosin's recent "starbucks inspired" card.  As you know, I love watercolors, so this background was super fun to put together.  I used distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, and Dusty Concord for the background and just swooshed them onto the paper.  I dabbed and swiped around to get it mostly the way I wanted and then set it aside.  As you know, watercolor always changes and gets better as it dries, which was totally the case with this background.  I love it!!

I decided to add some droplets of water to try and give it some texture and depth.  And it got a thousand times better!  I'm so in love!  I decided to use the same colors from the background to paint my image.  Using my wink of stella brush pen, I painted in the flowers.  Using the glitter brush made them super sparkly!

Since I usually do Cloud and Storm on my cards, I decided to change it up for this one and paint Ezio.  Never thought I'd be able to watercolor Ezio since he's so detailed as a tabby, but I absolutely love the result!  He's so sweet looking laying there in the flowers!

I finished the card off with a few watercolored butterflies that I stamped my simple little sentiment on and a couple coordinating flags off the side.

We still have our Add Green challenge running for a few more days over at Sami Stamps, so be sure to stop by and join in the fun for your chance to win some adorable images!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #137-Make Your Mark
    Crafty Cardmakers #135-Spring
    Creative Inspirations #306-Animals
    The Corrosive Challenge #220-Our Animal Friends
    The Paper Shelter #196-Blooming

Thanks for visiting! <3

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The Hope of Easter

This post is a really sad one for me to write...today we start our last challenge at Meljen's Designs.  I have loved this team from the moment I joined and it's so hard to see this wonderful business close.  But I know that whatever Melissa decides to do, she will smash it!  She's just an incredible woman and I'm so thankful that I had the chance to be a part of her team full of amazingly talented ladies!

Our theme this week is Easter.
I was asked by a very supportive family member to make up some Easter cards for her.  I don't normally do anything for this holiday because it can be a little tricky...and I get a little torn on what to make.  But I have had this Easter Cross image for so long and have been dying to put it on a card.  So I printed it off and set to work.

The background was inspired by a really cool background die that I saw from Taylored Expressions called the Ray of Sunshine.  I loved that it had divides between each section and wanted to replicate that for the background of this card.  So I went to my sunray cut file in my Silhouette Studio and tried a few things out.  I ended up just doing a little offset option which adds a frame around the cut lines, and did a lot of piecing together.  To make it easier on myself, I left everything on my cutting mat while I added the colors.  That way it was all stuck in place and I didn't get their placement mixed up when I went to assemble it all.

Since the background was so vibrant, I kept the rest of the card simple.  I cut the cross image out with an oval die cut and added a scallop frame behind it for some extra detail that wasn't distracting.  Printed off and die cut a fitting sentiment and it was all done!  I really love this card!  The background is so awesome and it's perfect matched with this sweet cross image!!

Be sure to stop by and join in this challenge!  And remember there is a 50% off sale going on at the shop until the end of March before the store closes.  So run on over and pick up all of Melissa's crazy adorable images!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Artistic Inspirations #128-Anything Goes/Easter
    Creative Fingers #72-Anything Goes
    Inky Impressions #202-Bold and Bright
    Our Daily Bread #231-Easter/Spring Religious Inspiration
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Hanging Wisteria

Hey everyone!
Stopping in real quick to share a gorgeous card I was able to put together today using the Sparkle and Shine Challenge sketch.
This card came together incredibly quick.  I really didn't expect it to go so well, but everything just sort of flowed and I had it done in no time!  I love that!

A few months ago I purchased a few stamp sets from WPlus9 - Pretty Little Peonies and Fresh Cut Florals.  I loved the little wisteria looking stamp in the Fresh Cut Florals.  Wisteria is one of my all time favorite flowers so I loved that I finally had a stamp for it.  But I never got around to using it the way I wanted to.  When I saw the Sparkle and Shine sketch, the idea just clicked.

I started by lightly sketching in a grid on my paper to sort of represent a lattice (I know I just did a lattice card last week, but it's spring time where lattice and flowers go hand in hand :) ).  I cut out a little square mask and used that to block off little sections so I could create that really cool hard edged shading with the grey.  I love how it turned out!

I then figured out where I wanted my oval die cut to be, marked that off and started stamping my wisteria and the leaves to go around it.  Cut out my oval panel and then added some tinted embossing paste to a stripes stencil.  While that dried, I worked on the sentiment banner.  I was going to make this a birthday card, but it was so elegant that I felt the Mother's Day sentiment the My Favorite Things Sweet Roses stamp set fit better.  I also added a scallop cut piece of vellum behind my oval die cut to help separate it a little, but still keep it tied in with the rest of the stamping.

A few thin stripes of silver glitter paper, and a couple of Simon Says Stamp Moonshine sequins and the card is done!  Love love love it!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
    Sparkle & Shine #2-Sketch

Thanks so much for visiting!! <3

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Happy Tuesday!
Time for a fun new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown - Shaker Cards!
I've been a little addicted to these lately...can't seem to move on to other ideas...but that's okay because they are just so much fun to put together!!!  And who doesn't like to just sit there and shake the card once it's done to see all the fun bits move around?  Lol :)
Our awesome sponsor this week is Sweet n Sassy Stamps, and they have provided the team with adorable images!  I decided to use an older image in my collection called Morning Glory.  I cut my panel out with my Silhouette and lined the back with foam tape after adding my clear transparency for the window.  I almost forgot that part, which would have been bad :)

I added a variety of colored sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Simon Says Stamp and then sealed everything in with a soft blue patterned paper.  The morning glory's are colored in with pencils and trimmed out to fit on my card.  I embossed a sweet sentiment in some silver embossing powder onto some vellum and tucked that behind my image to finish off my card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafts 4 Eternity #218-Pastel Shades
    Crafty Cardmakers #135-Spring has Sprung
    Inky Impressions #201-Pastel Colors
    Simon Says Stamp-Spring Pinterest Inspiration

I hope you will join us this week!  Don't be afraid to make a shaker card, they are so incredibly easy!
Thanks for visiting!! <3

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Daddy's Little Helper

I'm late...eeek!!  I have the honor of being a guest over at Send a Smile 4 Kids for their challenge these next 2 weeks and I totally forgot to post my card!  So sorry, the weekend just sort of slipped away from me.

Send a Smile 4 Kids is an amazing little charity that collects handmade children's cards to be distributed to children's hospitals across the country.  I really encourage you to check them out, and consider sending them some cards.  It's so hard for a child to be in the hospital, but receiving one of your adorable handmade cards would surely put a smile on their faces.

So the challenge this week is to use Pastel Colors!  They have 3 amazing sponsors lined up: Milk Coffee Stamps is giving their winner 3 digis of their choice! The Cutting Café is giving their randomly picked winner 3 digi or cutting files!  And All Dressed Up Stamp’s winner gets 2 digis of their choice!

I got to work with a super cute image from All Dressed Up called Daddy's Little Helper.
He is such a cutie!!  Pastel colors for a boys card are always hard...well boy cards are just hard.  So I decided to stick with the blue/green/yellow combo and did some fun watercoloring for my background paper.

The image is colored in with pencils so that it stayed nice and soft.  I didn't do anything super fancy here...the background took the most work and the rest just fell together really easily :)

Hope you will stop by Send a Smile 4 Kids and join in the challenge!!
Thanks for visiting! <3

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Grateful For You - New Sami Stamps Release!

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!
We have a gorgeous new release for you today at Sami Stamps!  It's all about flowers and kitties!!  I just loved this release and wanted to play with them all!  But I contained myself, and chose to use the Rose Vine image for this weeks card.

This card goes out to all of you that visit here.  Everyone that has left me sweet supporting comments over the last few weeks...and ever!  It's been a rough month but your kind words have helped put a smile on my face and I am forever grateful that you are here with me!
As soon as I saw this Rose Vine image, I knew I had to use it.  So many ideas swirled through my head and it was really hard to settle down onto just one.  I loved the idea of having some sort of hanging rose "curtain" on my card...sort of like a backdrop to a wedding or something.  It took me a little bit to figure out how I wanted to lay it all out on my card though.

I lined up all my images in Word and printed them out.  They vary slightly in size from vine to vine because I didn't want them all to look exactly the same.  Coloring them in was both magical and painful.  The roses are really tiny and I don't have the steadiest of hands, so making sure to stay in the lines was a challenge.  But each time I finished a rose, I just sat there in aw, it was so gorgeous.  And when the whole thing was complete...I let it sit on my desk for a bit so I could just look at it beauty!

After much debate with myself, I finally decided to try and do some sort of lattice work trellis behind the rose vines for them to drape off of.  I took a chevron stencil from Winnie & Walter and placed it in the middle of my card.  One of the chevron patterns was the perfect width that I needed so I taped it down and added Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to get a shaded wood look.  Then flipped the chevron pattern and lined it up again to get the lattice look.  I love how it turned out!  To get some clean edges, I just used a couple post it notes to mask a thin strip on each side for me to ink up.

The image was finally hand cut out with lots of patience and care and mounted onto the card base with some foam tape.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Autumn Blessings stamp set onto some vellum and wrapped that around the whole card, tucking one of the vines behind it.

So so gorgeous!!!  I hope you will stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of the DT's creations with this super amazing release!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #136-Anything Goes
    Caseology #138-Blossom
    Fussy and Fancy #135-Girly
    Word Art Wednesday #175-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!  <3

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You're My Pot of Gold

Hey Everyone!
Happy Friday!
I'm here with a quick reminder post for Sami Stamps!  Remember we have a fun "Add Green" challenge going on right now, so stop by and join in!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!
My card today features the Asleep in Gold image.  I really love this image and had a lot of fun watercoloring him in...but realize now that my coloring isn't a nice as I thought it was.  It looks really splotchy..I need lots of practice with that stuff...ugh.  It still turned out cute but I'll have to try again I think :)

I just love that this cutie is tucked into a pot of gold.  Wouldn't that be so fun?  I used some really bright papers for my card in an attempt to brighten my mood.  The rainbow paper was a touch too bright though, so I toned it down with some vellum, which I also printed the sentiment on and embossed with some sparkly gold.

I cut out a bunch of shamrocks to line the top of the panel, and then put a layer of sparkly sequins behind those, just for some extra bling.

Thanks for stopping by!! <3
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