Monday, October 19

Whimsy Challenge: Embossabilities!

Whimsy Stamps Challenges blog is challenging you to a mission: emboss it! Somewhere on your card there should be some embossing!

My card today is loooooong. The CardPatterns sketch this week (#37) uses a longer card format, and I've been wanting to ink up my giraffe stamp for a while....voila! To top it off, I have some great 8x8 papers from the DCWV Safari Chic stack, which was perfect for this image. There's even a sheet of paper printed to look like the spots on a giraffe!

I kept it pretty simple since my background paper did so much of the work. I embossed the giraffe image and watercolored him - did you know it's a lot easier to watercolor a detailed image if it's embossed? Staying in the lines is so much easier! I also dry embossed the mat under the giraffe with my branches Cuttlebug folder.

supplies ~ cardstock: stash, dsp: DCWV Safari Chic, image: Whimsy Stamps Giraffe

Well, what are you waiting for? We know you LOVE to emboss! Can't wait to see what you make!

Sunday, October 18

Encouraging Words from Verve

I'm squeaking in just under the wire for Verve's "Encouraging Words" Project Parade! I used Mojo Monday Sketch 108, too.

The verse holds such great promise for believers. For me, it holds three promises: that the Lord does, indeed, know everything about us and everything we say; He has redeemed us from the sinful state into which we were all born; and He gives us the strength to magnify him through our thoughts and deeds. What a great God I serve! If you don't know the Lord as YOUR Savior and Redeemer, email me to find out how you can!

I used a couple of flowers from this set, as well, and layered one on top of the other after cutting them out. I also used a *few* dew drops to add a little bling to an otherwise simple card. ;D 

supplies ~ cardstock: Martha Steward, dsp: DCWV Old World Stack, dew drops: Robin's Nest, ink: Memento Potter's Clay, verse & flower: Verve Meditations

Thanks for stopping by to look!

Thursday, October 15

Friends With Flair Friday

This week I decided to make a sympathy card since one of the seniors at my church passed away earlier this week. It was very sudden. I decided to keep the card very simple with muted colors. Since chalks are a really soft coloring medium, that's what I used on this card. I briefly thought about heat embossing them, which would also look really pretty, but I really wanted a subdued, muted feeling.

I stamped with VersaMark, then used my dauber to sponge on the chalk. I dry embossed only the image to draw more attention to it. Both the image and sentiment were popped up on dimensionals.

supplies ~ cardstock: The Paper Company, dsp: Hot Off The Press, image: Unity Bevy of Butterflies

Thanks for coming by today; have a relaxing weekend!

Doodle Dragon has gone bananas!

This week's Doodle Dragon release is so cute and fun. You'll want to head over to Dustin's blog to check out the entire release!

My card today uses one of this week's images. I've been reading on other blogs how some people use Bic or Sharpie markers to color as a less expensive option to Copics, so I decided to buy a pack of multi colors and tried them out on today's card. I think I need some practice!

supplies ~ cardstock: stash, dsp & ribbon: Basic Grey Recess

I have a coworker at school who is having a tough transition to our school. I got the feeling today that she needed a little pick-me-up, so I hope this card makes her smile. If the card doesn't, then the chocolate that will go with it certainly will!  =D

Have a terrific day!

Saturday, October 10

Winner, winner, winner!

Sorry I was so late posting the results of my Week of Unity candy! I know you're all anxious to see who gets to play with some new rubbah! So without delay, here are the results. chose:

Day #4,


...and comment #5,

which makes the winner...

jennifer mitten said...
Cute card - I love the Unity sentiments!
Congratulations, Jennifer! Make sure you contact Eryn over at Unity with the single you would like, complements of Unity Stamp Company! Yay!

Lots going on at our house this weekend! We have some unexpected warm whether this time of year, and there are some outside chores we didn't have time to complete yet...but now we do. Oh...yay...goodie for us (that was sarcastic). LOL

Thanks for coming by to visit; have a terrific weekend!

Friday, October 9

FFF...last day of my week of Unity

It's my final day of showcasing Unity this week, but watch for my Unity projects on Fridays. Whenever possible, I participate in the Friends with Flair Friday customer blog hop. Plus, there's a chance to win more wonderful Unity stamps if you find the FFF blinkie! To get started, just go to Angela's blog where she'll have a list of all 50 customers posting Unity inspiration!

Today I decided to create an altered item. ::gasp:: ::shock:: ::oh, heavens!:: I almost never alter things; I don't usually like what I produce. But I saw these journals with kraft covers and blank pages inside and I immediately thought, "Oh, those would make GREAT altered books!" So here you have it:

I started by covering the journal with some Cosmo Cricket papers. It looked so plain, though, that I decided to stamp onto the papers. A little light blue is all it took to add a little somethin. The stamps I used are all from the Folk Inspired set. I stamped on the cover, then started stamping on pages inside, each time choosing a new place and orientation for the stamp.

supplies ~ journal: Moleskine, papers: Cosmo Cricket 'Lil Man, stamps: Unity Folk Inspired, ink: Memento Danube Blue & Summer Sky

Thanks for visiting today! I'll be back later tonight after work with a winner of my blog candy. Remember to comment on each Unity post this week for the best chances to win a Unity single of your choice! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 7

Week of Unity Day 4

Hi, again! Thanks for coming by to see the Unity projects I have this week! Remember to leave a comment on each days post for the best chance to win some new Unity rubbah! You'll get to pick the single of your choice if your name is drawn!

Today, I'm trying to use up some scraps in my scrap tray. I'm starting to overflow! I really wanted to use one of the awesome quotes from the Unity collection. This one happens to come from the Quote Bundle Pack. The simple and elegant layout from Mojo Monday this week seemed to suit this card well, so I did another card with that sketch.

I stamped my image on creme cardstock in pigment ink, then heat embossed it with some clear ep. Some patterned paper, ribbon and a few dew drops finish the card with a touch of elegance. I also rarely emboss my nesties die cuts, but I thought it would look really nice.

supplies ~ cardstock: stash, dsp: Hot Off The Press, ribbon: SU!, dew drops: Robin's Nest, ink: ColorBox Queue Dune, image: Unity Becoming Butterfly

Thanks for visiting today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for my final day of Unity showcases, and your last chance to enter for my comment candy!

October ShoutOut to SheetLoad

It's that time again! SheetLoad has another wonderful issue for you to download for FREE! Just click the picture above to go straight to it. In this month's issue, you can make 10 cards with just a few sheets of dp and some cardstock - check it out!

Week of Unity Day 3

Welcome back! Remember to leave a comment on today's post to be entered in my comment candy for a Unity single of your choice!

Fall is always so short here in interior Alaska. The weather cools starting mid-August, then by the end of September we've already had our first snow. The trees are completely bare now, we're getting frost every morning, and we've had at least 3 snows. I miss fall!

So this card is in honor of the very short fall we have. I stamped the images on some DCWV paper, then cut out the trees before matting them. The pumpkin image has stitch lines drawn on it, so I thought it would add a fun touch to do REAL stitching. I colored in the buttons and the stem with a colored pencil. I used the Mojo Monday sketch for this week, too.

supplies ~ cardstock & dsp: DCWV Indian Summer, thread: Coates, images: Unity KOM {go ahead...wish} - pumpkin, Shurberry tree

Thanks for coming to visit today! Remember to leave a comment to be entered for some free Unity...only two days left!

Tuesday, October 6

Week of Unity Day 2

Welcome back to my week of Unity! Remember to leave a comment each day to be entered to win a Unity single of your choice!

Today I went a little outside my normal box. I started with a frosted card base from SheetLoad ShortCuts, added some DCWV papers and my images colored with ZIG ColorTwin markers to the inside & front...voila!

The hardest part of the card was scoring the plastic. I have a mini Scor-It that seems to do a better job than my Scor-Pal, but it's still not the best. If you have a tip for me, I'm all ears! I used this week's 2 Sketches 4 You sketch, too.

By the way, if you've ever wanted to try out any SheetLoad products, you really ought to go to their store now. Alicia, the owner, is closing her store and once her inventory is gone, it's gone. She offering some discounts, too. Hurry!

supplies ~ frosted card: SheetLoad ShortCuts, dsp: DCWV The Doodlin' Around Stack, images: Unity KOM {...another sweet day}

Thanks for coming today!

Monday, October 5

Whiff of Joy blog candy

Have you been over to the Whiff of Joy blog recently? There's a full month's release on offer to one lucky commenter. Go now!

Week of Unity Day 1...comment candy!

ANOTHER week of Unity?!?! You betcha! I love my Unity stamps and they haven't had enough love lately, so I'm hosting another week of Unity projects. Leave me a comment each day for a chance to win a Unity single of your own! I'll use to pick a day and then a comment, so make sure you comment EVERY day!

Today I'm sharing a very simple one-layer card using a technique I've never tried before called chalk popping. Maybe you've heard of it? You stamp your image with VersaMark, then use chalks to go over the image. The chalk sticks to the VersaMark. I chose to rub a little harder on this project so that some color would show up within the outline. Because this medium gives such a soft image, I also let the chalks stray outside the lines a little, too.

supplies ~ cardstock: stash, Versamark,  chalks, image: Unity KOM {...another sweet day}

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a marvelous Monday!

Whimsy Stamps Challenge: Boy/Girl

Monday = Whimsy Stamps Challenges! And did you see over the weekend that they are releasing some new images today? Go get them at the store!

This week, we want to see either a boy card or a girl card! I'm usually pretty good about making cards girly or bright & bold, but a distinctly male card is a bit harder to me. I rely on masculine papers, for sure, and change the embellishments I use so they don't come off as feminine.

I used some wonderful Basic Grey paper for this card, used my ticket punch to add a little interest to the corners. The brads and buttons are BG, too, but from the Porcelain collection - nice match! The inside is lined, too - I know...WOW! I almost never do that!  =D  I also used the sketch from SCS's World Card Making Day challenges.

supplies ~ cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip, dsp: Basic Grey Archaic, image: Whimsy Stamps Frog, brads & buttons: Basic Grey Porcelain.

Have a terrific start to the week, and thanks for coming by today!

Friday, October 2

Welcome to World Card Making Day

Welcome! Thank you for stopping by today! There are oodles of cardmakers participating in the big hop today; just click the logo above to see who's playing along!

The card I'm sharing with you features one of my all-time favorite images by Dustin Pike at Doodle Dragon Studios. I used some Debbie Mumm papers I picked up from Joann's a few weeks ago - LOVE these fall colors and patterns! I colored the image with Prismas & OMS, then finished the card with a nice black satin ribbon.

supplies ~ cardstock: stash, dsp: Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday Glitter Stack, ribbon: Michael's, image: Dustin Pike Scarecrow Trick-or-Treater

Make sure you come back on Monday for my Whimsy Stamps post, and also I'm hosting a whole week of Unity images with a chance for blog candy! Just pop over and leave a comment!

Have a great time blog hopping - see you again soon!

Friends with Flair Friday!

Hello again! I not only have a card for you today, but some news, too! One of the Unity addicts at SCS couldn't complete her week of Unity next week, so I get to take over her spot. Watch for my Unity posts all week beginning on Monday to get a chance for new Unity rubber!

Alright, on to my card for today. I made this one for the Unity Bachelor Bro Challenge this week. I just got my Hodge Podge of Happiness kit yesterday and couldn't wait to ink it up. I went with a brown ink this time and tried a new technique: overlapping the sentiment and the main image. A Stamp-a-ma-jig was soooooo helpful for this!  =D  I also used this week's CardPatterns sketch.

supplies ~ cardstock: The Paper Company, plaid dsp: DCWV Sweet Stack, dot dsp: Hot Off the Press, ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, flowers: Prima, button & hemp cord: stash

Thanks for visiting. Remember to come back on Monday for a whole week of Unity!

Thursday, October 1

A medieval Doodle Dragon release!

Today is release day at Doodle Dragon Studios! You can get more info and see the design team creations over at Dustin's blog.

I really love Dustin's dragons, so when you see the full release today, you'll see why I nearly flipped! It's been a while since his last dragon image, so I was so thrilled to see a BUNCH of his dragons making their debut! Here's my card:

I decided to keep it pretty simple and use up some scraps from my scrap tray. I really love this line from DCWV. I've only had time to use a few of the papers, but am dying to have more time to play with them. Instead of the usual matting, I decided to turn the mat 90 degrees and let the dragon's hands hang out of the frame so I could tuck the sentiment underneath. This sentiment is actually from High Hopes, but it was perfect for this card!

Inside, I put the rest of the sentiment and lined it with more of the paper from the front. A few rhinestones add a little sparkle and finish the labels off nicely.

supplies ~ cardstock and dsp: DCWV Indian Summer, sentiment: High Hopes, gems: stash

Be sure to come back tomorrow for my usual Friday post. You never know if I will have a special suprise!

You know what's coming on Saturday, right? World Card Making Day! I plan to have a post up in honor of the day, then starting on Monday, I will have another whole week showcasing another of my favorite stamp companies with a chance to win some new rubber, plus a design team card to share. Woohoo! Lotsa stuff happenin' in my neck of the woods this next week!

Thank for your visit today, and I hope to see you tomorrow!

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