My Scrappy Friends

Monday, April 21, 2014


Hi everyone! I'm totally stoked to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #28 - Scraplift This! We've challenged our designers, guest designers and participants to scraplift (that's scrapper lingo for "steal") 3 or more elements from Cathy's layout and use them on your project! Here's Cathy's gorgeous layout:

This is going to be a blast - come play with us! Our sponsors this time are the wonderful Fred, She Said Designs and Dr. Digi's House of Stamps and each of them are offering a pretty awesome prize!

I chose that tantalizing bunny, Martini Bianca, from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps for my fun Easter card! The elements I scraplifted from Cathy's layout are the fancy border, a few of the colors (mainly orange and some blue), the large circle and the number 3 (3 orange roses, 3 peach roses, 3 gold gumdrops and 3 layers of fancy border).

I just can't tell you how much fun I had with this image, layering the coordinating papers and arranging all the elements I lifted from Cathy's layout! I stamped "Surprise!" in a vertical fashion for some fun! And of course I had to create a pretty big bow!

And I have to tell you that I ended up putting a bathing suit on Bianca since this is a family-friendly blog! She was showing a little tooooo much skin! Bwahaha! But I just love her!

I kept the inside relatively simple with some layering and a Happy Easter greeting.

Proud to enter my whimsical Easter card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory and charcoal brown cardstock; DCWV textured rust cardstock
  • My Mind's Eye Unforgettable and Howdy Doody 6x6 papers
  • Dr. Digi's House of Stamps Martini Bianca digital image
  • Copics: E000/00/11/37/99, C1/3/5, R24, B91
  • Stamp Camp Simple Sentiments 1
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles dies
  • SNS Scallop border die
  • Studios Blackbird ribbon
  • YNS gold gumdrops; single gold flat-back pearl
  • WOC flowers

I hope you've been inspired a little bit to play with us this time! You have our permission to scraplift! Teeheehee! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friends are special treasures

Hi everyone! Well, we've had another burst of chilly weather here in north Florida over the last couple days, dipping down into the 30s at nighttime with highs in the upper 60s during the day. Absolutely gorgeous! To be honest, I could dig weather like this year-round! ;)

It's hard to believe we're already into week #3 of my April guest designer gig with 4 Crafty Chicks! My inspiration project for 4CC #190 - Sentiment Only is a coaster card featuring an awesome embossed friendship sentiment matted on silver foil cardstock. And yes, you read that right... I used a square coaster!

I used six beautiful bold spring kinda colors of Adirondack color wash to completely cover the coaster, then spritzed a handmade Perfect Pearl mist over top of the color wash to give it some shimmer. I embossed the sentiment with embossing tinsel and matted it on silver foil cardstock. I really love how this turned out - unfortunately the photos don't show how stunning those shimmering colors are! ;)

I kept the inside simple with a stamped "I miss you" sentiment.

Proud to enter my coaster card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Pure Luxury white and navy cardstock; Bazzill Basics silver foil cardstock; dark green cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads Paper Arts square coaster
  • Adirondack Cranberry, Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Stream, Denim and Purple Twilight Color Wash
  • Perfect Pearl handmade mist
  • Pink Cat Studio Friendship Stamps stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Versamark Dazzle
  • Ranger Bridal Embossing Tinsel

I hope you're inspired to play with us this week in our Sentiment Only challenge! Using a sentiment as the focal image really IS a challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday!

Hi everyone! We're already into week #2 of my April guest designer gig with 4 Crafty Chicks! Where has the first quarter of this year gone?! My inspiration project for 4CC #189 - Use Polka Dots is another one of those cute pop-up box cards. I made my first one back in mid January (HERE if you'd like to take a peek) after I had seen the tutorial in a Splitcoast Stampers newsletter. It was so much fun that I decided to make another one - this time a Happy Birthday for a co-worker's mother-in-law who will be turning 80 this month! ;)

The sweet mother-in-law is still quite active and works in her garden regularly, so at the recommendation of my co-worker, I went with a gardening theme - complete with a garden gal, little veggie seed packets, flowers, and a little bottle of seeds! ;)

Her age is displayed with large chipboard numbers as the main focal point of the card. I used a cute little garden gal digi which I nestled among all the little seed packets. I also added a variety of felt flowers.

I stamped the birthday sentiment on a square die cut, matted it on a pretty scalloped die cut and adhered it to the front flap.

In addition to the garden gal and felt flowers, several little seed packets of peppers, peas and organic tomatoes, a branch with tiny pearls, chipboard hearts and a heart paper clip are the embellishments that pop up when the card is opened. What fun!

Check out the little bottle of seeds tied with brown twine! Isn't it great?! I thought this was an awesome touch - it contains real flax seed, wheat and barley! ;)

Here's a peek at the front which I decorated with more of the stamped seed packets and a chipboard flower. And you can also see the polka dot paper on the outside of the box which is the focus of our challenge theme this week.

Oh, and I should mention that the most uber awesome thing about this card is that it folds flat for mailing! How cool is that?!

I'd love to enter this adorable pop-up box card into the following challenges:

  • Blue cardstock from stash; Heartfelt Creations clear cardstock
  • Blue/green polka dot and coordinating shades of blue paper from stash
  • Papermania Home To Nest mini clear stamps
  • GKD Happy Birthday stamp set duo
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Robyn's Fetish Heloise Garden Gal digital image
  • Copics: E00/11/35, YR09/15, Y00/15/17, B91/95, G20/24, YG11/63/67/93, R00/23/25/27
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangles, Scalloped Rectangles and Foliage dies
  • Chipboard numbers, flowers and hearts from stash
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology glass vial
  • Brown Studios Blackbird twine
  • Michaels white, yellow and purple felt flowers
  • Branch die cut
  • White and yellow flat-back pearls

I hope you've found a little inspiration here to play in our polka dot challenge this week! C'mon, you can do it! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Happy Hello

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #27 - Anything Goes! Come play with us - we know you love Anything Goes! Our sponsors this time are SweetStamps and Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet!

I created a pretty note card using several digital papers from the Painted Garden Paper Pack 1 by Panda Bear Designs with Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet. I love these papers! If this doesn't scream Spring, I don't know what does! ;) This was a super fun and super easy project that I paired with stamped greenery and a sentiment. I left the inside blank since it is a note card.

I printed four digi papers from the pack (all on antique linen cardstock), created the circle and lacey circle die cuts for the focal image along with the rectangular pieces. I stamped the image and sentiment, and matted all the elements on dark green cardstock, then started layering. I added some pretty green stitched ribbon and bow, along with some pink gemstones and a couple white flat-back pearls, and she was finished! I love how this turned out!

I'd love to enter this pretty spring card into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant inspiration photo

  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; Marco's Antique Linen white cardstock; dark green cardstock from stash
  • Painted Garden Paper Pack 1 by Panda Bear Designs with Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet
  • GKD Heartfelt stamp set (image and sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • GKD Fresh Asparagus stitched ribbon
  • Pink gemstones and white flat-back pearls

I hope you're inspired to create a fun project for our Anything Goes challenge this time! To get your mojo running, be sure to check out all the fun stamps and goodies available from SweetStamps and Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Birthday Blessings

**  4/7/14 Winner at Eureka Stamps! **

Hi everyone! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous in north Florida and the hubster is outside grilling some chicken wings. I'm back with my final project this weekend - one more card using stamps contained in the awesome GKD Shabby Spring StampTV kit. You know, I've had this kit for about two weeks and haven't been able to play, so I made sure I found some time to create a couple projects with it this weekend. ;)

This birthday card also has a DIY background - large and small leaf sprigs stamped in distress ink. I purposely didn't wash the leaf sprig stamps prior to using because I didn't want the ink to grab. What usually happens to me when I don't wash stamps prior to use is the ink beads up in spots and is sparse in other spots, and that's what I wanted this time. It turned out nice!

I stamped the flowers on 35-lb vellum and embossed in gold, colored and matted it and the background piece on bubble gum pink cardstock. I added some gorgeous ivory organdy ribbon along with a triple-loop bow. To finish, I stamped and embossed a small butterfly on a Vintage Cuts die cut from the kit and positioned it like it was coming in for a landing on the flower!

I kept the inside simple with a stamped birthday sentiment.

Proud to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Bubble Gum Pink cardstock
  • 35-lb vellum
  • GKD Spring Blessings stamp set
  • GKD Warm Spring Wishes stamp set
  • Versamark
  • Ranger extra fine detail gold embossing powder
  • Antique Linen distress ink
  • Copics: R81/83, YG63/67
  • VersaColor Opera Pink ink
  • GKD Vintage Cuts (small butterfly)
  • GKD ivory organdy ribbon, 3/8" and 5/8"
  • Champagne flat-back pearls

Well, that's it from me this weekend. I've got another load of laundry to finish, then I'll be kicking back for the evening! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)

So very sorry

** 4/8/14 Winner at Mod Squad Challenge Blog! **
** 4/12/14 Winner at Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog! **
**4/15/14 DT Favorite at Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog! **

I'm back this evening to share another card I created with a DIY background and a very minimal list of supplies. Lots of fun and lots of inky fingers! ;)

I inked this background, using the DTP technique (my fav), with six colors of Memento ink, stamped some background text and embossed the flowers in gold. I really like the bold chunky look of this. To keep the CAS thing going on, I simply wrapped gold thread around a plain kraft cardstock background, then adhered the focal image piece to the background with dimensional foam pads.

This sentiment is so simple but yet so beautiful, powerful and versatile... this could easily be used for sympathy, an accident, illness, surgery, a break-up, etc.

Proud to enter this CAS card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Tart cardstock; The Paper Cut Brown Bag cardstock
  • GKD Botanicals stamp set
  • Memento inks: Bamboo Leaves, Teal Zeal, Pear Tart, Paris Dusk, Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger fine detail gold embossing powder
  • Gold thread

That's it... how's this for a minimal list of supplies?! And really easy and fun! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)

Congratulations on your new home

Well, I treated myself to a little more time in the scrap room this evening and created another couple cards. For this new home card, I created a DIY background with two colors of alcohol ink, mixative gold and blending solution. I used stamps from both of the stamp sets contained in the awesome new GKD Shabby Spring StampTV kit. I followed a sketch which also required using the colors peony pink, blush and tangerine. I'm known for modifying sketches (I'm a rebel like that), plus I added cranberry and gold. I really, really like how this turned out! ;)

This was a very easy background - all I did was drop the alcohol inks and mixative gold onto watercolor cardstock from about 12 inches, then add blending solution until I got the colors I wanted - graduating from darker at the top to lighter at the bottom. Then I hit it with the heat tool for a minute or two to set the ink (and help dry it), trim it and mat it. 

I created a double-layer scalloped border, added some lace, bling, ribbon and a ribbon slide, then stamped the two bird cages onto the background.

I then stamped the sentiment on a stitched flag die cut and adhered it, along with some flat-back pearls, in the lower right corner.

I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside.

I'd love to enter this card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Pure Luxury white and cranberry tart cardstock; Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
  • GKD Warm Spring Wishes stamp set (bird houses and front sentiment)
  • GKD Spring Blessings stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks: Cranberry, Sunset Orange, and Mixative Gold (and blending solution)
  • Memory Box Pearl Lace die
  • Lil Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag die
  • Craftime Enchanted cotton lace
  • Tangerine organza ribbon and gemstones
  • Pewter ribbon slide

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned for one more DIY background project! I really should be in bed but I'm too wound up to sleep! ;)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Grow note cards

Hi everyone! I've been playing in my stash of Lost Coast Designs stamps and am back today to share another pair of note cards. I love the emboss resist technique and don't seem to use it near enough, so I used it with the gorgeous Shrubbery stamp and three distress inks to create the backgrounds, and the Grow stamp from the Dictionary Words set to create the sentiment block.

The Shrubbery stamp is an awesome size - large enough to create two backgrounds. After embossing the image, I sponged on the green, then the violet and finally the blue distress inks and then wiped off any excess ink. I cut the large image in two, trimmed the edges and matted the backgrounds on navy blue crinkle cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment in blue ink, trimmed it and matted it on the navy blue crinkle cardstock. I affixed it to the background, then adhered the background to the card base. These were definitely fun to make and very easy! ;)


You really should check out all the amazing stamps that Lost Coast Designs has to offer! OMG - the selection of images and the quality can't be beat! I hope you have a terrific weekend, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Million Little Things

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to be April's guest designer for 4 Crafty Chicks! I'm really looking forward to it - this month is going to be loads of fun! My inspiration project for 4CC #188 - Coloring Stamped Image is a beautiful CAS thank you card I created with a GKD stamp set that I just love! Come play with us! We want to see your projects with a colored stamped image! Couldn't get any easier than that! ;)

Can you tell I'm ready for spring?! If only it could stay spring for a little while and not turn into a full-blown hot Florida summer! ;)

I used multiple shades of each color - purple, aqua, red, yellow, blue and green - for these awesome little flowers, starting with the darkest color in the center, then lighter, then lightest around the outside perimeter. I finished them with some clear Wink of Stella, my new shimmer love! And look, ma, no embellishments! How did that happen?! :)

The simple sentiment on the inside is another GKD stamp.

I'm proud to enter this pretty thank you card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; Paper and More black cardstock
  • GKD Million Little Things stamp set
  • GKD Natures Greetings stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: R24/27/89, Y17, YR09/18, BG000/11/45, B91/93/97, BV11/13/17, YG61/63
  • Wink of Stella (clear)

I hope you've found some inspiration to play with us this week... all that's required is to create a project with a colored stamped image! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Broken Follow/Join Button

Hi everyone! You've undoubtedly encountered the very irritating broken Follow/Join button here on Blogger. I'm told "they are aware of the issue and are working on it." Okay. Yeah. Well, I've found a get-around for following/joining but not for unfollowing. I'm still working on that!

Here's what you need to do:
  • Go to your Blogger Dashboard and click My Blogs (upper left). 
  • At the bottom of your list of blogs, you'll see your Reading List
  • Then just underneath that, you'll see Add
  • Click Add and either type or paste the URL of the site you want to follow. There will be a choice to follow publicly or privately, like there's always been. 

Hope this helps! Feel free to share this post - I've made it a sticky post to stay on top for a little while. Hopefully Blogger will get this issue fixed soon. :)


UPDATE: I checked today (4/5/14) and the broken Follow/Join button has been fixed! Yay! Not sure when they fixed it or how long it'll last, but we're good for now! :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Head In Hands

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a fabulous weekend! I just wish they didn't go by so darn fast! ;) The weather here in north Florida has been wonderful all weekend... we hit 82 degrees yesterday! Just beautiful! I could dig this year-round!

I've popped in today to share a pair of note cards I created using several Lost Coast Designs stamps. I love how these turned out! They were fairly easy and a lot of fun. Definitely had some inky fingers going on! ;)

The focal image is Head In Hands, stamped in VersaMagic Pink Petunia and Pink Grapefruit inks. I created the background with the Joy background stamp, which is fairly large, stamped in Memento Love Letter ink. Then I randomly stamped the matching butterfly (from the Butterflies set) all over the background, turning the stamp with each impression, also in Memento Love Letter ink. The focal image and background were both matted on dark ink textured cardstock.

I added a pretty Parisian Motifs die cut (cut from medium pink textured cardstock) and some gorgeous pink striped ribbon to the background, and then adhered the unit to a white card base. I affixed three silver nail heads to the butterfly body on the focal image, and then affixed it to the background, along with a bow fashioned from the striped ribbon and three white flat-back pearls.


Be sure to visit the Lost Coast Designs site to check out all the awesome stamps! If you're looking for great images, great quality, deeply etched rubber, you've found the place! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Monday, March 24, 2014

StencilGirl and Lost Coast Designs Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! I've been busting at the seams waiting for this day to get here! LOL! Like a kid waiting for Christmas! Today is the StencilGirl and Lost Coast Designs Blog Hop! Come hop with us and prepare to get inspired with many awesome ideas! As you hop through our blogs, be sure to leave comments along the way because the more comments you leave, the better your chance is to win the big giveaway!

The giveaway consists of two 9" x 12" stencils from StencilGirl AND a $25 gift certificate from Lost Coast Designs! How awesome is that?! You have one week to hop and comment for your chance to win, with the giveaway closing on Sunday, March 30th at 11:59 PM CST.

UPDATE 4/2/14: We were notified today that the winner of the giveaway is PK SEWS! Congratulations! :)

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The first project I'd like to share is my "Greetings" collage created with the StencilGirl Journaling Left Hand Stencil and Lost Coast Designs Pencil Background, Mini Birds, Travel Stuff, Bingo Border and Party Words.

It's been a while since I created a collage card and I had forgotten how fun they are! I wanted to use enough elements to keep it interesting but not obscure the stencil design. And I particularly love this stencil because I'm a lefty! ;)

I used several colors of Adirondack Color Wash to create the stencil design, then began adding the elements.

I left enough room on the inside for a handwritten message in addition to the stamped sentiment.


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My next project is a "Happy Anniversary" card created with the StencilGirl Midcentury Modern Elements #1 stencil and Lost Coast Designs Silhouette Lady with Umbrella, Silhouette Man with Cane and Party Words.

This colorful background was also created using six colors of Adirondack Color Wash prior to creating the stencil design with sponged Walnut Stain distress ink.

The silhouettes were stamped and fussy cut, then layered onto the background with 3-D foam pads.

I kept the inside simple with just a stamped sentiment.


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And my last project is a "Let's Celebrate" card created with the StencilGirl Window Ledger 9 Stencil and the Lost Coast Designs Star Cat stamp.

I freehand cut a stool for the cat to sit on to look out the window! This stencil design was done in two steps - first I sprayed Perfect Pearls mist and let it dry. I then repositioned the stencil ever so slightly up and to the left, and sponged Fired Brick distress ink

Here's a peek at the inside - a simple sentiment stamped in Paris Dusk ink.


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You should have arrived here from Carolyn Dube, and your next stop will be Janet Joehlin.

Here is the complete blog hop list in case you get lost or need to start from the beginning:

  • StencilGirl Talk
  • LeighSBDesigns
  • Mary Beth Shaw
  • Mary Nasser
  • Cherri Robb
  • Judy Shea
  • Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler
  • Linda Kittmer
  • Carolyn Dube
  • Leslie Turner
  • Janet Joehlin
  • Karen McAlpine
  • Leslie Tucker Jenison
  • DominoARTblog
  • Lindsay Weirich
  • Maria McGuire

  • I hope you've enjoyed all of our creations so far! And I hope you've left comments along the way so you'll be in the running for the big giveaway! To jump-start your mojo, be sure to check out all the wonderful stencils, stamps and other crafting goodies at StencilGirl and Lost Coast Designs! Thanks so much for hopping by today- we'll see you next time! ;)