Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sealed with a Kiss Card

Over the weekend I got to borrow one of the new Hostess only stamp sets from the new Expressions idea book. My sweet friend Carolyn let me ink up her new set, and I paired it with some sweet Gimme Some Sugar papers.
I stamped each envelope onto various patterned papers from the Gimme Some Sugar line. How yummy is that woodgrain?  I was working from this week's sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.
I hadn't brought enough stamps with me last weekend, so instead I fussy cut roses and leaves from one of the patterns in Gimme Some Sugar - all the pretty flowers with none of the work! Hope you enjoyed this happy mail, Stampin' Friends!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

One Year Older Birthday Card

Good morning, Stampin' Friends! I'm just back from a few days at the beach with some of my favorite crafty crew, and it felt wonderful to laugh, snack, and craft with those fabulous ladies. One of the projects I completed was a little sneak peek of the March Stamp of the Month for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I'm also linking up to this week's Seize the Birthday Challenge.
March's Stamp of the Month is a cheerful mix of birthday themed sentiments...but I wanted to contract those images with the super gorgeous florals from Chelsea Gardens. This kit has been my favorite of the current Expression idea book. It's been so uber popular that the coordinating embellies are only available in the KIT now, so if you've been waiting on this line, now's the time!  CTMH has a pretty great deal going this month (while supplies lat) if you love PINK as much as I do!
It's hard to see here but I stamped the background of the white square with second generation Sweet Leaf ink using the YAY! image. This stamp set is mostly sentiments, and I needed a festive IMAGE, so I flipped the zero stamp (it comes with these adorable outline number images to customize it for birthday ages) and stamped the back of that image to create my balloons. Both the balloons and the dots on the "1" are painted with Gold shimmer pen, so there's a nice sparkle in real life, too. I added a little hand drawn border around the main card element with a journaling pen to help it pop against that lovely floral background.

MY giveaway to celebrate the 250th sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is finally over (sorry for my technical difficulties!) and the winner is SUE D! I've already emailed her so she can claim her very own adorable February Stamp of the Month. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hello Sunshine Card

Good morning, Stampin' Friends! I got a little busy this week and was worried that I hadn't chosen a winner for last week's drawing yet...and then I realized that I set the Rafflecopter incorrectly, so the drawing doesn't end until the 19th. so if you haven't entered yet, check out the drawing entry form HERE
Today I'm sharing a new February Stamp of the Month card. I took a card front of Glacier Cardstock and die cut an outline heart thin cuts die. I cut the same heart twice more in Canary Cardstock, once on each side of the double sided cardstock so I could flip the inside and have the outline be more present when I filled in the card front die cut space. I filled the Glacier CS base with a heart outline and the inner heart, then trimmed off the excess heart diecut from the left side of the card. Then I flipped over a small floral cluster stamp to use the BACK side as a cloud shape, stamping that all over the Glacier Cardstock in White Daisy ink. 
I stamped the HELLO sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink across the die cut hearts before adding a banner made with my surgically altered circle sentiment image. The banner is popped up with thin foam tape and knotted twice with thick Gray Twine that I frayed after trimming.  I cut a 1/8" strip of Canary Cardstock and snipped off bits to make the sunshine rays surrounding my die cut heart.

I'm linking this card up to the CAS on Friday Dies Challenge, the Paper Issues Love is in the Air Challenge, and the Heart 2 Heart Love is in the Air Challenge. Don't forget, you still have a couple of days to enter my Atlantic Hearts 250th Sketch Celebration giveaway, too. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I'm Back! Let's Celebrate!

Hello, Stampin' Friends! Some of you may have noticed that I took an (unexpected) break from blogging...and instagramming...and crafting...and pretty much everything except coffee. So, so very much coffee. I've been having a really hard time personally, and I just kind of "turtled up" and withdrew for a little while so I could focus on self care and rebuilding. Sometimes life just happens, runs you over when you least expect it, and sends you in directions you never anticipated. Things are looking better now, and I've been feeling a little itch to get back to, well, being me. Less sad, more happy. Less moping, more crafting. Less napping, more yoga. Less coffee...ok, well that's not true yet, and maybe never, but that's ok.  I am embracing the glorious mess that I am! 
This week though...this week it's the 250th sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and that is a great reason to dust off the stamp room table and make something pretty. I hadn't touched a thing that I ordered from the new Seasonal Expressions...or almost anything from the last one either. It's pretty much a travesty of crafting, a craft fail of epic proportions for someone who used to craft a little something pretty much every single day. Well, no more!! For this card I used the new Make Waves MERMAID papers combined with the gorgeous February Stamp of the Month. I even broke out my as-yet-to-be-used embossing diffuser, which is now on clearance for a fabulous price to create the perfectly sized smooth circle in the center of the Rose Embossing folder for stamping the circular sentiment from that February SOTM.  
I stamped the sentiment again onto Canary Cardstock to highlight the SUNSHINE word as a banner. Then I stamped the floral bits from Sunny Thoughts in Emerald, Pansy, Pixie, and Canary inks so I could paper piece the floral sprays. I used a fine point journaling pen and the new Bashful (yes pink!) Shimmer pen to add details to the floral sprays. Don't you just love that Rose embossing folder reversed and sanded? I've got blue dust all over the place right now, but it was totally worth it!
 Since it is the 250th Sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, as well as my return to crafting and blogging, I think a giveaway is in order! Enter here to win your very own copy of the February Stamp of the Month : Sunny Thoughts. I'll draw a winner next week on Monday afternoon. If you are still here after all these months of radio silence, I thank you, Stampin' Friends!


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