Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bring on 2014!!

I cannot believe how tough 2013 was!!  It was so jam packed that some days I didn't know which way was up...with 2014 my main goal is to get a grip on the kids schedules and make sure I get some time in for myself.  So, as part of the whole goal setting...which I did last year with the goal of blogging my creations more (which didn't work that great, but I'm going to do it again) I have set the goal of taking the 12 tags of 2014 challenge that Tim Holtz hosts, among other things :).  His original inspiration can be seen HERE

I am so please with how well my tag turned out.  I love glitz and glitter and this is a perfect example of my style.

I used Ranger Distress ink in peeled paint, vintage photo, and gathered twigs in a simple sponge technique then did Tim's infamous spritz and flick with water to create a little texture.  At this point I heat set the tag.

I then added the Flourish using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink.  The creativity motto, from Tim's Holtz visual artistry set, Regal Flourishes, which was stamped in Coffee Ranger Archival Ink.
I also stamped Live & Life using Tim Holtz's set Life's Possibilities, which I attached using foam tape to help them stand out a little from the original image.

I added the keyhole, gem, and antique keys, being sure to position them with glossy accents.  I also filled in the keyhole with the glossy accents as well and added a nice burgundy colored organdy ribbon.

For the final touch I added random touches of gold Stickles to the Flourish stamp as well, just to add that extra little sparkle...too much?

Stay Inspired!!


all products used:  Distress Ink:  peeled paint, vintage photo, gathered twigs; Ranger Ink:  coffee, jet black;  stamps:  Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Clear Stamps Life's Possibilities, Tim Holtz Flourish, Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes; Gold Stickles, Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz idea-ology Key Holes, Beadlanding Found Objects (keys), Making Memories Gem - Jill Schwartz Collection, generic organdy ribbon.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tim Holtz Distress inks with Glitter Happy Birthday Card

Birthday greetings are always so AWESOME especially when there is glitter involved!! 

A physician that I work with is celebrating his 39th birthday, again...Honestly I don't know how old he is, but it is never to late to get a fun card!!!  I gave him this tag that I have been carrying around for no particular reason, but to find a reason to give it away. 

I made this tag so long ago, and I was so unsure of the colors that I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it!!  I actually was waiting until my friends daughter turned 11 this August to give it away, but then I thought why not give it to him!!

 I used Tim Holtz distress inks in concord grape and raspberry in a simple circular application.  I then water distressed the color to give it a nice texture. I stamped the guitar and stars using a CTMH image, in stazon black.  The Happy Birthday message is from a wood mounted stamp from Hero Arts that I purchased at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  I like how large the message is - sometimes the larger sentiments are very useful for covering blank space.  I applied the glitter using a glue pen.  The last thing I did to accent the guitar was trace a small portion of the bottom with silver ink to make it stand out.

This tag  was so easy and fun!!  You never know what your going to do with something once its made - like I said, I originally thought of this for a young girl.  Who knew it would give a smile to a (ahem, elderly) professional.  :)

Any and all comments are welcome and encouraged.

Thanks for stopping and happy stamping!!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

CAS214 Splitcoast Stampers Technique Challenge

I have been perusing the SplitcoastStampers web site quite frequently lately...I am really looking forward to the Dog Days of Summer Mini Virtual Stamp Night on 5/3 and the Main Virtual Stamp Night 6/7 & 6/8.  (As it happens I am a hostess for this event on the 8th at 8 p.m.- and I'm not sure if I should be announcing that...but hey, I'M EXCITED!!)

Back to my original thought, the website posts challenges, which I always like to view to gain inspiration and I came across CAS214 - the clean and simple challenge using the chalkboard technique.  I created this card for the challenge and am very satisfied with how well it turned out.

 I started with the black card stock and added a rub-on  (I LOVE rub-ons)... and used the pink polka dot paper from My Mind's Eye - Happy Day 6X6 pad.  The opposite side of the polka dots is the teal gingham.  So only one sheet of designer paper was use - very convenient.  I added the magenta bow and gem once all was put together...the measurement of the black piece is 2 7/8 X 2 3/8 inch.  The teal pieces are 1 x 2 7/8 and 1 x 2 3/8, and the pink polka dot is 1 x 1.  Be sure to measure twice and cut once...but make the measurements as you need.  I then used a a corner rounder on 2 of the 4 corners on each of the pieces.  The background is a basic white cardstock.

I wanted to also show the back of the card as well.  I think its necessary to give a shout out to those who do hand made crafts!!  This personalized stamp was made by someone I found on  I can't remember who made it, and yes, it was from China, however, I think it was so nicely done that I wanted to show it!!

The things that I would like for you to take away from this post today is the challenge done and the adventurous nature and beauty of buying from other crafters that need and love your business. 

God Bless and keep stamping!

Thanks for looking and any and all comments are welcome!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Simon Says Monthly Card Kit

I have recently subscribed to the monthly card kits featuring exclusives from Simon Says...I have been looking forward to receiving my monthly kit and this month was no exception.

With this months kit I produced this card:

Although it is a sympathy card..the colors coordinated really well..the yellow gingham ribbon was purchased from Michaels and the kraft cardstock is from SU!  The Simon Says Flower Friends set was included in the kit...and the 'with sympathy' sentiment was on it.  I distressed the edges of the card because I typically do that, but I'm not sure it was really necessary.  I didn't want to use any bright colors because of the nature of the card, however, I think the yellow ribbon does the trick!

Thanks for looking!  Comments are always encouraged!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Another Tip Learned!

Back again today with another card made using the tips and techniques learned from the Pattern Play, taught by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.

The focus today is using hard to use patterns...patterns that are too obnoxious or too large and would ordinarily be thrown to the side. 
Using SU! Almost Amethyst as the base, I added a large/bold print from the Samantha Collection - Lilac, a product of crate paper.  the accented dark purple pattern paper is from the Katlin Collection - Daydream and the lighter green pattern is from the Mia Collection } Stack...both also made by crate paper.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts...which I found at Target - another encouraged purchase.  I always seem blind to the need for more sentiments until I participate in a class or see a card in a gallery that I like and notice the cute sentiment.

Thanks for looking!!  Comments are always welcome!

Playing A Little Pattern Play Catch Up!!

Today I am playing a little catch up from the most recent online class that I've participated in through  This was a FANTASTIC class that I would recommend to everyone!!  Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire did an excellent job, not only with the tutorials and videos that they did themselves but also lining up the guest instructors as well.

On Day 1 we learned some basic tips on how to pick papers with certain attributes, i.e. which sized designs work best with each other.

This an attempt to look forward to the warmer weather to come...rather than dwell on the cold weather that seems to continue to hold the area in which I know what they say about Iowa - you don't like the weather just wait 5 minutes. :)  The base for this card is summer sun yellow from Stampin' Up! as well as the ribbon.  The Summer stamp is from the Season Set, also Stampin' Up! and the designer paper is from the 6X6 paper pack Neopolitan made by American Crafts. 

The draw back to enjoying this class is that I have been encouraged to purchase as many 6X6 packs as I can get my hands on...just to make sure that I have everything at my finger tips as necessary.

Thanks for looking...comments are always welcome!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Challenge Accepted!!

I put myself to the task and it turned out wonderful!!  Again, I took my last challenge seriously and found that it wasn't as hard as it seemed.  I made a card that had no specific know what I figured out?!  The card, all of a sudden, has a purpose now.

  This card was made using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  (I think I have fallen in love with this technique because of its Bohemian charm!!)  Please go to YouTube and take advantage of the free Tim Holtz tutorials that he offers. They are very educational and inspiring!!  I actually used the alcohol re-inkers to dye the flowers - which turned out wonderfully!!  They are nice and vibrant!!  I also used the Stampers Anonymous 490 set for the saying on this fit well with this card and the challenge. 

I mounted my tag to a piece of Early Espresso, from Stampin' Up!, and made a home-made envelope for it as well.  Don't worry if you've never made an envelope and would like to try it for yourself...this was the first envelope I've made - EVER!! I turned out pretty nicely.

For the envelope, I simply cut a piece of 12 X 12 paper down to twice the size of the card and fold over the sides and tape them down.  I cut a little off the ends to form flaps and tape them down too!  Very easy.

I have one of those people in my life that I think is pretty spectacular and have not quite figured out how to tell her...what better way than to send them a card that is hand made?