Saturday, April 22, 2017

Washi Tape..Oh How I love Thee!

I still love Washi tape.  I think it is considered still "in' especially for planners.  I have several rolls but never seem to use them very often however.  So today, I wanted to set out to make them the focus of a card.

Like I do pretty much for everything I headed to Pinterest to see what was out there.  Find the inspiration that would make a cute card.  I also knew I wanted to use this weeks Mojo Monday Card sketch.  I really love this sketch.  It has such potential.

So I found these couple of pins that I love.  You can find them here and here.

So here is my card all completed.  I used Washi to do the strip on the side.  I covered Recollections cardstock with washi and die cut the balloons, the balloon background, and the butterflies.


I think this is a such a cute card.  To find out more details, see the video below. 
While I had out the washi I also decorated the following tags.  I will either add them to other projects or maybe include in a swap.  As I finish them I will be sure to take some pictures so you can see the end result.


I am entering the card in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge:  #493 found here.
Creative Fingers Challenge: #128 Anything Goes found here.





Sunday, April 16, 2017

Slow Crafting Weekend

This weekend...I stayed on slow mode.  But don't worry I still got one card made.
I made a cute little slider card.  I used a digital stamp from tiddlyinks colored with copics.  I added a red striped mat using some BoBunny Beach Therapy paper with some leaves I die cut from green scrap cardstock.  I added some flowers and silver Nuvo drops to the center.

The main part of the card is made with Recollections Khacki cardstock.  I used a Bobunny die in the middle to make the "lacy" looking window.  Unfortunately,  even with a shim I could not get the entire die to cut through.  So the middle does have some pieces still intact.

The slider inside has some flowers stamped on the side so it will peek through the die.  It is a Unity stamp, stamped in Stampin' Up's Rose Red ink.  The sentiment is from an unknown source...another one of the "girl" quotes my sister give me.  I added a tab at the top by punching a circle and folding it in half.  I added some more flowers and Nuvo drops.

I did make a mistake on the back of the card.  I somehow got some cocunt oil on it from my hands, but I am adding some more of that stripped paper on the back which will cover it.  So that should take care of that oops.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog: #185 Fancy Folds or Shaped Cards found here.
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge:  Week 15 ATG found here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Peep Easter Card

So I just wanted to share with you a card I made over the weekend to send to some of my favorite peeps...get it...peeps.  πŸ˜Š

Pretty much everything was made using my Cricut.  The only stamp I used were the clouds.  This was from a Verve stamp set I won in a challenge blog.  The set was Up, Up, and Away I believe.  Oh..and the faces of the peeps I used Lawn Fawn's milk and cookies set to make.  I will tell you how I made the Peep stamp using my Cricut in the video with all the info below.  

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #272 Spring Spectacular see more cards in this challenge here.
A Gem of a Challenge: #191 Furry Friends found here.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

I Just Love Being a Girl

I think this cards has the most layers I have ever used on a card. I love it!

All the cardstock is either Recollections or from Amy Tangerine's Rise and Shine 6x6 paper pad.  Just as a side note this paper collection is one that I can't cut down into my usual sizes.  I have kept every single scrap...I can't help myself.

Ok back on on  track.  I followed the current sketch over on the Mojo Monday Challenge blog for this card.  

The ballerina silhouette I found from a free clip art site..I have no idea which one.  My Cricut cut out the ballerina in no time. I did add clear wink of stella to the ballerina for some shine. Then I added some Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry around the sides using my ink blending tool.  Finally, I used my die cuts from Wish to cut out the frame for the sentiment.  Just that little bit of stitching really does make that pop.

The sentiment is another I inherited from my sister.  It says, "I love being a girl!".  I also cut out a butterfly using a die in the same blue strip but at a diagonal.  To the butterfly I added some clear wink of stella as well.  To make it shine I also added a layer of glossy accents.

Here is the sketch from Mojo:  

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Easter Egg-Washi Style

I got an Easter card done...and I made a video.  It all was bit nerve racking but I did it.  I don't have any video editing program, so I just went with it.  Hope if you get a chance to watch you will.....

But on to the card.  So for the card I started off with white cardstock (Recollections) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Layered on top is purple polka dot paper.  The next layer is from Amy Tangerine's Rise and Shine (6x6 paper pad).  I added some strips of pink glitter paper.  The cut out I did on the Cricut.  It looks like it is colored in because behind the cut out I took another smaller piece of cardstock and covered it in different colors of washi tape.  I think this is so cute!

Finally the sentiment is on an oval cut out with my Cricut in purple cardstock.  The sentiment I stamped using Momento black in.  The sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly.  It is popped up and layered on a piece of scalloped oval using silver pearlized paper made by Cricut.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Artistic Impressions Challenge:  #176 Anything Goes/optional twist (Easter)
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #38 Anything Goes

And here is the Video if you want to watch;

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Final Look-Assembly Line Cards

 Over the weekend, I got a chance to finish all the cards I had planned from the backgrounds and critters I had completed. Here is one of the cards I made into a shaker using a circle die, some fun foam and acetate.  I stamped Birthday Wishes by My Sentiments Exactly in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink after putting together the shaker.  I added the bear holding  a cake, as well as a pearl enamel dot.  I used some chunky blue glitter as the shaker portion.

Next is a similar card this time I used a heart die, with some sequins, gold micro beads, as well as some iridescent glitter inside the shaker.  I used the same sentiment, this time with a yellow flower added.  This critter is a fox holding a present.

Below are the other cards I did using the same idea but this time they are not shakers.  For these I think the image should have been bigger on some.  The critter sometime really isn't filling the entire space well.  I used patterned paper behind one image.  I also used two critters in one trying that out.  I like them all but the shakers are my favorites.

The shakers I am entering into two challenges:
Pile it On Challenge:  #129 Interactive Card
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #38 Anything Goes

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mini Loaded Bag-Sent/Received

So a few weeks ago I shared with you the beginnings of this Spring Themed Mini Loaded bag.  The person I swapped with has now received.  So now I can show you the whole thing.  

So to the right is the bag I showed you prior to putting anything in it.  Pretty plain and basic.  I started out with Recollections Khaki paper for the base.  I also added some Recollections patterned paper in pinks and purples.

So it had a main "pocket" and then another smaller pocket on the front.

Here is another picture of the two wands I added before I finished them as well.  For these the base were cupcake liners I picked up at dollar tree.  The stems are paper straws I also picked up at Dollar Tree.
I did forget, which isn't anything new for me, to take a picture of the completed project.  But, I did video all the goodies I put in the bag along with the completed project.

You can watch that here or head on over to YouTube.

Next Step ..Assembly Line Cards

You know those sentiment backgrounds I made?  Well over the last week I have gotten the next steps of those cards made.  All these cute little critters stamped, colored, and cut out using their coordinating dies.  I then took the backgrounds and cut out shapes in the areas that didn't emboss the best.  Stay tuned for the entire project to come together.

The stamp set used for these was from Lawn Fawn called Party Animals.  I colored them all with Copic Markers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Creativity is Not Always About Papercrafts

So this weekend I have yet to touch any paper crafts.  Now I am probably getting ready to in a few minutes, but until then I was getting some other things completed including my pink lemonade cupcakes.  Though I am not much of a froster, you can't beat the tanginess of these cupcakes.  I added some of my cute butterfly paper straws to make them look like you drinking a big glass of lemonade and a frosted sour fruit slice.  Yummo!  What other things that are creative do you also explore?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some of the time I had to play over the last weekend led to all of these birthday backgrounds.  Stay tuned to see what they will become the next time I get to "play".

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Center Step Card

Hi there!  I wanted to share another center step card with you.  I loved the other one so much, I decided to give it another go.  I started with some turqoise cardstock.  I added some recollections patterned paper in green with a star pattern to each panel.

I then cut out a doily with one of my newer dies.  Layered on top is one of my cute images I colored with Copic markers.  Now this sweet little girl is holding a book, I believe that is what it is, but since she looks like someone who would give handmade cards, I made it look like a card.  I added a cute little cupcake image that was in my new Lawn Fawn stamp set I bought (Party Animal).  I purchased this sweet image from Tiddlyinks from their Etsy page.  To the side of her I have a small book mark in a matching blue.  This was part of a journaling stamp/die set I got from Michaels (I think Jane Davenport).  For some interest I added some "pebbles" to the book mark.

On the side panels I added some colored balloons again in matching colors.  This balloon stamp is also from the same stamp/die set Party Animal by Lawn Fawn.

The sentiment I had in my stash.  I made the banner with the outline drawn and the sentiment written using my Cricut.  (Yes I love that machine!)  I totally get why people have more than one...believe me if I had room I would too.

I am entering this card into:

CCC Digi Creations Challenge Blog #69: For the Girls
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Blog: March 2017 Patterned Paper
Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog: #469 Celebrations

Sunday, March 19, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Tag Swap

Remember that St. Patrick's Day tag I tore?  I finally get to show you the end result.  Yep, a bit late, but still hopefully worth the stop by.

Here are the tags I sent for my St. Patrick's Day Tag swap.  My partner has received them safe and sound so I can share.

You can see the three tags above. All the cut out images that are print and cut were from Lori Whitlock( the horseshoe, pot of gold and the hat) or Miss Kate's Cuttables (the owl).  The shamrocks, the doily, and the shape with the sentiment on it came straight from Cricut Design Space (part of my subscription).  

So this is the tag I tore.  I cut out the tag and patterned paper to go on top from Cricut design space.  I layered the pieces. I added a border punch along the bottom 3rd of the tag.  Added my print and cuts.  I also stamped the arrow and the sentiment in Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  The sentiment came from a set I bought from Unity Stamps.  The arrow was part of a travel set of stamps my sister gave me but I do not know the company.  I then added some hole reinforcers, a large eyelet, and threaded my ribbon through from my stash.  (This is where I tore it and you already know how I fixed it.  If you missed that post you can find it here.)  I did add some clear wink of stella to the horseshoe, gold coins, and the shamrocks to add some glimmer.

This tag I had a blast with.  I got to use some of my favorite toys.  Distress inks and a stencil.  So the stencil here is from Heidi Swapp.  I decided to go with a rainbow look.  I started with broken china, then mustard seed, and finally pickled raspberry.  I just lightly put down some color, then taped on my stencil, adding on more color.  I loved the rainbow look of it.  I then added some glimmer mist to the whole tag.  Who doesn't want shimmer?  I added the cute print and cut owl adding wink of stella to his hat, bow tie, and balloon.  I then added a stamped image of what kind of reminded me of clover to the edges in Lost Lagoon ink.  The sentiment is one of many I created using my computer on wonderful Cricut sticker paper. Again I must tell you how much I love that sticker paper.  It is wonderful.  Hole reinforcers were next with a large silver eyelet.  I added in some twine I got at Christmas from the Target dollar spot. 

Ok, I kept it simple for the last tag.  I know I wanted some type of Irish blessing on the tag because it just seemed like the right thing to add.  I found this sentiment thanks to Pinterest.  I added it to a cut out shape using my Cricut by letting the machine write it all out.  On the tag I added some green glitter tape, a doily cut out and some shamrocks.  I added some bakers  twine along with some more of the green twine...then called it quits.

Now if you have never done a swap.  You typically then also send some extra goodies.  If you want to see what else I sent, you can find it here in my You Tube video.



I am adding these tags to Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge #11-Anything Goes.  Check this challenge out here.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cards with Multiple Folds

I typically stick with the good ole standard A2 card size.  But once in a while, I will try something new to me.  Then, I wonder why I haven't done this sooner.

So this cutie I have had colored, in a stack of die cuts for some time now.  She is a fairy I purchased from one of my favorite Etsy shops for digital stamps, Prettygrafikdesign.  She is colored with Copics, layerd on a couple of pieces of cardstock that I sprayed with shimmer mist.

I added a layer of of white cardstock that I used my New Bo Bunny die.  I then layered all of that on some Recollections purple patterned paper.  I added that same patterned paper to the sides.  I also used my new Lawn Fawn stamp set to make the balloons and cut them out with their coordinating die.  I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the same set.  This I centered at the bottom of the card using my Perfect Stamp positioner. ( I so am in love with that stamp positioner!)

I learned how to do the Center Step Card by watching the tutorial over on Splitcoast Stampers.  You can watch it here.  While I was making the card I  had  to make cuts from 1 inch to, I think 6 1/2 inches one inch from each end of the card.  This became a challenge because I have completely rubbed off the 1inch mark and any marks up to 2 inches on my a paper trimmer.  So I just had to guess where the 1 inch would be.  This means I need a new trimmer, right? πŸ˜‰

This makes a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card, which means I need to make an envelope to hold it.  But it is such a stinkin' cute card.  I am so happy with it.

I did color the balloons with copics also.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to add shimmer to the balloons.  I couldn't resist sneaking in 3 Nuvo drops in silver to add a bit of something extra.

I am entering this in Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #83:  Shaped Cards or More than one Fold.
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge: #25 Anything Goes

Scrap Store Haul

Just wanted to stop in to show you some new goodies I got this weekend.  I have already put a lot of them to use.  It has been a jammin' crafting weekend.  The mojo has been strong.

You can watch the video here or you can go to my You Tube Channel:  Samanthadesigns.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mini loaded spring swap bag

Tonight I was able to get my 4x6 mini loaded bag made.  This is just the skeleton of it.  I did go ahead and add some Recollections spring patterned paper to it in purples and pinks.  I felt it would be easier to add it while I was putting the bag together.  I have add the paper afterwards before.  That is not as easy.




I am still deciding if I want a pocket on the back of it for some other goodies.  This is for a spring swap I signed up for later this month.  Now it's time to fill this baby up with some crafty goodies.

On a different note, my computer is sick.  It's in the hospital, so I am trusting on the ol' laptop to get me through.  Usually this is what I use mostly anyway, but now I am going to have to share it with my son since he is likely to go through withdrawals with no computer....πŸ˜‰

Hope you have had a great weekend.  Got some projects done?  Feel free to share in the coments.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Good Sketch Helps Me to Stretch

So, I admit it, I do love a good challenge.  I think sketch challenges are my favorite.  I like to mull over what I have in my stash.  I contemplate for days on how I can make the sketch work in a way I like.

I am also a big fan of a of websites that do these types of challenges. Today's card is from the latest Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.  

I didn't deviate much from the sketch.  

I love how the elements I picked worked together.  Whatcha think?
I began in Cricut design space to see what digital elements I might have to begin the card.  That's where I found the sentiment.  "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck" is something I heard a lot growing up.  There is even a song I remember that goes with this.

Also using my Cricut I was able to print out a black and white rose background.  I have this saved as a pattern I purchased from somewhere.  I looked through my files again, but can't figure out which collection it belongs to. I did add some color to this using Picked Raspberry distress ink.  I rubbed it on making sure to be heavier on the outside leaving it light in the middle.

The lips came from design space.  If you have a subscription to access it is a free image.  I added some clear wink of stella on this to make it shine.

The pink cardstock is cut out using a cross stitch edged die.  I took a white strip cut it to 1 1/2 inches wide, then dry embossed it using a swirl cuttlebug folder.

Finally, I stacked the layers referencing the sketch.  I added some pink and white twine and some rhinestone circles which brought the card together.

I really like the card.  The sketch really helped me stretch because when I first saw it earlier this week I did not think I could pull of a card using it.

Hope you are having a good weekend.  If you like haul videos, I do have one in a previous post so check it out.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Dollar Tree Haul

I scored some cute stuff at the Dollar Tree yesterday.  You can check it out here or go to my YouTube channel here.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Bit of Coloring.....

I rarely get any time during the week to make cards or anything.  Last night was an exception.  I really felt like doing something creative but not drag lots of supplies out.

I remembered I had some images I had cut out a few weeks ago using my Cricut or my stitched dies.  So I sifted through them and found these three cuties.  They were begging to be colored.

The girl with the heart balloon is from freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com.  She has the cutest images.  

The two other images are from: www.tiddlyinks.com. I just purchased these recently so this is the first time I have colored the cheerleader and the girl reading the book.

 I got out my Copics and went to work.  I will never be a "Copic" master, but I keep trying to get a bit better all the time.

Now I have some cute images ready for cards. 

I was watching Jennifer McGuire's You Tube channel.  She mentioned that the Daily Marker is doing a 30 day coloring challenge.  I thought that would be something awesome to do.  Not sure I would ever color everyday for 30 days, but  I could commit to coloring at least once a week.  So maybe I will start a weekly coloring challenge....Hmm something to think about.  

If you want to see more about the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, you can check it out here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tag Repair


So here is the tag I tore the other day when I was working on my St Patrick's Day tags for a swap I am in.  I was threading the ribbon through when bam.....I tore the cardstock.

I wasn't happy about this because I was totally digging my tag.  It was coming together so well.  Well, I mentioned on Facebook in one of the groups I belong to about this issue, relating how bummed I was.  When a genius...said, "hey if you use a tag topper it will probably cover the rip."

Why didn't I think of that?  Yep, I thought I can totally save this tag thanks to this idea.

I went to my cricut, eyeballing how much of a tag topper I would need.  I used the slice feature to get the just the top of the tag made, then welded two of them together to make this:
I scored the topper in half.  I colored it with Mustard Seed Distress ink.  (None of my green colored distress inks matched the bright green paper I was using).

I put some glue on this tag topper.  Attached the topper to the top of the tag.  I carefully added my ribbon.  This is the end result:
If you are wondering why I am not showing the entire tag, well the swap I entered  still hasn't picked partners.  Regardless, of who is my partner I don't want to spoil the surprise when they get their tags by showing them here.  So I will only be showing this sneak peek at this time.

Once the swap is received, I will post this tag with the other two I made for the swap.

If you have any great tips for saving those papercraft projects you accidentally smudge, or rip...please share in the comments below.  If you have had it happen to you, I guarantee someone else will have the same problem.  You may already have the answer so it won't hurt to share it.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Busy Weekend...and a Card

It has been one of those productive weekends.  I even got a card made.  πŸ˜Š

Let's start with the card. Then we'll explore the challenges I will be entering this into.   Also, I'll let you know what other cool things i have been up to.

This is one of those very simple cards, but I can see multiple ways to use this very simple design by Lori Whitlock. It is a set of stacked svg cuts that when lined up lead to such a great design.  (Once again, no affiliate links here, I just πŸ’“Lori's svg files.)  This literally is a 3-5 minute card.  The longest part is getting the layers cut.  I added the happy birthday sentiment by using my own file full of sentiments I made using my computer.  I printed them out on Cricut sticker paper so all I had to do was cut out the sentiment and ta-da....completed card.  First if you want to purchase this file from Lori's shop you can find it here.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Fingers Challenge #125: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #239: Anything Goes

Now on to some other fun things to share.  First of all, I have shared before that I live in an apartment so finding places to store all my goodies can be difficult.  I have resigned over the last few years I will have to purge things in order to keep it to something manageable.  That being said, yesterday, I finally cleared it all out.  Put like things together and then put it back.  I now know where things are.

I did not take a before picture because let's face it that would have been embarrassing.  I do need to buy a few more dollar tree bins.  I also switched out one of my containers for a couple of shelves that were in my son's closet.  I am liking how it came together.  I still need to go through my paper storage cubes to the left and I have one carry container in the living room that needs to be cleaned out but here it is:



Being a Virgo, this just makes me happy!  

Now on to a couple of fun things.  I fixed my St. Patrick's tag that I tore.  I will share that on another post.  Finally, I wanted to share with you those stickers I mentioned earlier.  Here is the final product.  

Here is the list of sentiments I created.  I made the file in Word and printed these out on Cricut sticker paper.  I use a xacto knife and a ruler to cut out each sentiment when I am ready to adhere it to a project. Now I am not sure if these sentiments would be useful to everyone, but if you would like me to send you the file feel free to message me on facebook or leave me a comment here on how to reach you.  I will be glad to share.  This would be for your personal use only.  I got the idea from one of my favorite You Tubers Felizlovespaper.  You can see her tutorial for this here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Slow Weekend

Well, I did exactly what I said I wasn't going to do for a while, joined a couple of swaps.  I couldn't resist.  I saw the many that were going on in the Facebook groups I belong to.  I couldn't resist.  So I have two that I joined.  One is a St. Patrick's Day tag swap.  The other is a Spring themed mini loaded envelope.  

So, for me I didn't get any cards done.  I did start on the tag swap.  You know what that means?  I bought some cute digital images of course.  I did find some I liked on Cricut Design Space but not exactly what I was looking for.  So a visit to Lori Whitlock's shop and Miss Kate's Cuttables solved that.  


Want to see what I purchased?  From Lori Whitlock's site I got this.  From Ms. Kate's Cuttables I couldn't resist this cute owl.  (No affiliate links, I just like these images).

I got a couple of the tags pretty much done and I did the unthinkable....I tore the top of the tag.  But I got a great suggestion from a fellow crafter when I posted my plight to the group.  A tag topper.  I think that will work.  It will cover the tear and make the top of the tag sturdier.  

Today, I just worked on the tag topper and a couple of other cut outs I want for the third tag.  Once I get everything complete I will put a teaser photo up for you.  I don't want to show the tags until the person receiving the swap gets them.  It's kind of a downer if you post something if you see pictures before you receive your mail.

Otherwise, it was a slow craft weekend.  I did some prep work for the loaded bag.  Started designing that along with some other cards I want to do in my head.

I will be back soon to get some challenges done, but just wanted to let you know I am still creating just not anything I can show yet.

Tell me about your creative process...do you always crank something out every week, or do you have downtime like me?  I love hearing everyone's stories so feel free to share in the comments below.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

One layer cards....back to the basics

I had one of those cards that I needed to make for a co-worker who's mom has passed away.  These are the cards that aren't as much fun to make. 

To me the best approach in a sympathy or thinking of you card is to keep it simple.  A one layer card is one way to do that.

As I have said before I have quite a few stamps that I have had for years.  This background stamp by The Moon Rose Art Stamps is one of my favorites, especially for one lay cards.  It brings the main image in focus.

In this card I stamped the background in Coastal Cabana.  The Dandelions by Unity Stamps are stamped in Island Indigo.  I stamped the sentiment in the same ink.  The Thinking of You sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  I love this because it stretches across the entire card.

Though the reason for this card was sad, I did enjoy making it since I don't usually get a chance to do stamping during the week.  Thanks for stopping by!

I will be adding this card to the following challenges:

Simply Papercraft #43: Anything

The Ribbon Girl Challenge Blog's February Card Challenge

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Fun


I typically put off any upcoming holiday projects until last minute.  Valentine's has proved to be no exception.  Luckily, Valentine's is unlike Christmas cards.  I don't have many to make so I might actually have them done in time for the Holiday.

Here I have made a cute little mailbox for my sweetest Valentine to receive some treats from Mom and Dad.  I got a thumbs up from him (high praise from a 7 year old) and he has placed it in his room for his Valentine's to add some love to.  

I took the design straight from one of my favorite You Tuber's :Maymay Made It.  You can find the tutorial here.  The mailbox opens up with a rectangle box that holds whatever you put in it.  Not sure if you can see it well in the picture but here it is:  


Thanks to all those shapes I cut out with my cricut over the weekend, putting together some cards for my Valentine was pretty easy.

I made a couple of heart shaped cards and a couple of 3 x3 cards.  He will know he has mail when the flag is up.  Take a look at the cards:
 I bought the ninja file from SVG Cutting Files.  I fussy cut him out and added a speech bubble from Cricut Design Space with the sentiment "I get a kick out of you Valentine"
The others are just different shapes I stacked on top of the cards with the sentiments I had my Cricut add.  Nothing too fancy.  I did add a red doily I have from my stash that I bought a pack of a couple of Christmas' ago from Michael's Recollections.

All the cardstock I got out of my stash and is from Recollections from Michael's.  I shop there often.  Can you tell?


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday look at the creative process



I just wanted to show you how my creative process starts out or at least how I have been working recently.  Since I am in an apartment and I share the space where my Cricut is with my son it makes it a challenge to get my images cut.  But, I came up with something new.  I now plan a bunch of shapes/images I want to cut out.  I then on the weekend mornings get those cut out.  That way I have things to work on for the next few weekends.

I am hoping this new process works better for me.  I am giving it a whirl to see how this goes.  If you have a process that is working for you or suggestions for this weekend crafter who has limited space I would love to hear it in the comments below.

Happy Crafting!

That's a horrible idea. What time?

I am not known for my Copic coloring...but I still try.  Today's card includes some of my Copic Coloring.

I started with a 4 1/4x 5 1/2 top folding cardstock in Black.  I then colored my cute image from Bugaboo Stamps. I also added a cute lantern to image from the Cricut Design Space.  I added my clear wink of stella to her purse, shoes, drink, and the lantern to add some sparkle.  You really can't see that in a picture but it is beautiful in real life.

I layered the image on red cardstock.  All of the cardstock is Recollections.  I then printed out the sentiment on my computer and cut it out.  I found the quote on Pinterest.
Doesn't she look like she is up for anything? 

As an added touch I added some cording in black and gold that I got from the Target Dollar spot at Halloween.  This is such a cute card.  I am pleased with my coloring.  This is one of those cards I just knew was going to be cute when I started.

The sketch for this card came from CAS(E) this Sketch's # 208.  You can find the link here.  Here is the sketch:
I am adding this card to the following challenges:
CAS(E) this Sketch #208

Creative Fingers Challenge #124:Anything Goes

Creative Craft Cottage #81: Anything Goes

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Make a Wish

Gave the blog a facelift!  What do you think?

I wanted something lighter and more fun.  Thanks to The Cutest Blog on the Block I was able to do just that.  πŸ˜€

Now on to today's card....




I am still adding to my Birthday card stash today so I will have plenty for the year.  When I started the card I wasn't really liking how it was coming together.  But once I added the patterned paper to the side and the embellishments I was much happier.

All the paper is from Recollections.  The pink patterned paper I added to the side has been sprayed with glimmer mist to add some shine to it.  In person that really makes the card pop.

The images are from Technique Tuesday.  Again some of those stamps I have had for years.  They still stamp great, so why not keep using them?  I stamped them with Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, and Perfect Plum.

The sentiment is new.  My sister when I was home gave me a few stamp sets as she doesn't really do much paper crafting anymore.  It is from My Sentiments Exactly.  I love MSE's sentiments because in each collection they have a sentiment perfect for any occassion.  I stamped the sentiment in Momento Tuxedo black ink.  To finish it off I added a few sequins and one purple enamel dot by the sentiment.  The enamel dot is one of many I received in swap.  

The inspiration for the card started with two challenge blogs and one I have been checking out but have yet to enter a card.

I am linking this card to:  CAS(E) this sketch! #207.  Here is the sketch:
I am also linking this to Less is More Challenge Blog #315 Color Wheel.
Finally, I also entering into Crafting with an Attitude-Anything Goes #24.

While I had the supplies out I made a couple of more cards since this was pretty simple to replicate.  
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog.  Hope you have a great weekend.  Get inky!