Sunday, November 30, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release-Truth Bloom

Hello friends!

Today is another release day for CAS-ual Fridays! If you like this stamp set,
you are going to love this new die cut "Truth Bloom"!
http://www.cas-ualfridaysstamps.com/Truth-Is-CFSS-12-005.htm
amazing
Adding some dimension goes a long way, right? As having die cuts makes it super easy to create the petals, why not!?

So...OK, I was inspired by my team mates Jennifer and Kelly and their use of the Truth Bloom dies and just for the fun of it, I created this card...

This mini hamburger (Dr. John calls this a "slider") has absolutely no calories! It was created with 5 small Truth Bloom dies--two buns, a meat patty, lettuce, tomato and...a slice of cheese. Those "sesame seeds" are lovely, huh? A few droplets of Liquid Pearls will do the job!
fantastic
I think the sentiment is perfect with the image.
Because hamburgers make everything better...at least I think so.
Hope this card makes you smile :)

Please check out my CAS-ual Fridays design team mates' beautiful work here.
There are sales over CAS-ual Fridays; you get a 15% discount and no code is needed!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release-Bubble Box


We are into day 2 of the new release of CAS-ual Fridays! Today we are featuring this great Fri-die called "Bubble Box". If you see my card, you'll know what a versatile this set is. The shape is nothing like others...I love that you can stack and layer them anyway you want. They come in 5 sizes!
 FIVE....how awesome is that!
i love you more than snowflakes
I decided to make a shaker card! With the Must Love Snowflakes set, this card came together very easily! It is kind of hard to see, but I did stamp the sentiment in Delicata silver. I wanted a more subtle message on the shaker card.
Please check out my CAS-ual Fridays Team mates' creations here. 
 CAS-ual Fridays will be releasing another new product tomorrow and shoppers will enjoy a 15% discount. No coded needed! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 28, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release-Flurry

Are you loving snowflakes?
I mean the die cut snowflake...well, there is a new Fri-Die in town!
Introducing Flurry. I used only one of the three snowflakes that come with this set.
have yourself a Merry little Christmas
 I think I've only scratched the surface.... I simply made 4 pieces of die cut from the card stock (white, navy blue, sky blue and silver glitter paper). I absolutely love the intricate snowflake die!
And of course, once you've made one, you just can't stop making more....
Joy to the World  

I used one of the metal sheets from Add a little Dazzle. For this one I used the Precious Pearl sheet and added alcohol ink onto it. In this tag, I have three snowflake (the one in the middle, top right and bottom right).
http://www.addalittledazzle.com/?affiliates=28/

Add a Little Dazzle is also having a great deal
http://www.addalittledazzle.com/?affiliates=28/
 60 yard roll of Red Liner Tape for $14.99!
While I'm passing on these deals to you, please check out my CAS-ual Fridays Team mates' creations here.
  CAS-ual Fridays will be releasing new products over the next few days and shoppers will enjoy a 15% discount. No coded needed! Yay!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sparkle and Shine

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=313497
This is the New Kit on the Block...
 
Lucky for me to get a hold of Simon Says Stamp December 2014 Card Kit.. Let me tell you how awesome this kit is. If you like embossing, this kit comes with one embossing pad (a mini one from Ranger) and two embossing powders!  I love embossing and once I cracked the box open, I had so much fun playing with it!

In this card, I used two types of embossing powder and created a subtle Bokeh effect. 

 And of course, making shaker cards is always fun. For this one, I opted to use the tips from Jennifer McGuire. Here is Jennifer's video if you haven't watched it yet. I used a piece of white foam tape instead. I am now convinced that it is a better option than double sided tape!  

I added my own spin with this card kit and added some silver strings....other than that, this kit does have so much to offer. Tomorrow is the new release day for CAS-ual Fridays. Lots of good stuff ahead!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 292


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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Anything Goes

 We are using Lawn Fawn products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-) 

 For my project, I used Stitched Snowflakes and Scripty Joy. These two dies are AWESOME! 

joy

 I created the background with vellum. I inked up the blue alcohol inks and blending solution. I made a die cut with the sentiment "Joy". Then I added the Lawn Fawn snowflake (with DCWV). The tiny diamond pieces are part of the largest snowflake (not used in this card). So nothing goes to waste! 


Once I made the first card, I couldn't stop....I used the 2nd largest die from the same set (comes with 5!!!) except I used watercolors in this one.



Here is a close-up. I also used the die and made my own stencil. The stenciled background made the card look more cohesive!?
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.


You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!

Lastly, for my guest design post with "Add a Little Dazzle", the lucky winner of my blog (48 comments in total) is

#20
Blogger Annette Allen
said...

yay for guest designing.. LOVE your amazing cards.. that bell is stunning
November 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Annette, please contact me to claim the metal sheet prize pack! Congrats!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

I am the Guest Designer over "Add a Little Dazzle" (A Giveway!!)

Hello! 
http://www.addalittledazzle.com/shop-now/?affiliates=28
I am excited to share my projects with you today.
You see, I am the guest designer for "Add A Little Dazzle"!
Season's Greeting
Stamps: Pinecone by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
Inks: Delicata (gold) by Imagine Craft/Tsukineko, Versafine, Sparkle EP (Michael's), Memento Inks
Paper: white 110 lb (Michael's)
Accessories: gold glimmer, Scarlet Red (Add a Little Dazzle), gold strings (Michael's), Christmas Carols by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, sequins

About this card: What I love about these metal sheets is that you can emboss them! The metal paper can be delicate, but it is very pliable. I loved this bell so much that I decided to create a holly and added to the design!

Next is a very simple card.
celebrate

Stamps: Wonderful and Jolly by Penny Black, Shenanigans by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
Inks: Delicata (silver) by Imagine Craft
Paper: white 110lb, (Michael's)
Accessories: Peacock, Pucker Me Pink, Lavender, silver  (Add a Little Dazzle), In the Cards (diamond shape) by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Smooch

About this card: this simple card is a one layer!  It sure packs a punch because of the shine from the metal sheets! A little shine goes a long way, isn't it?

My last card
Giving Thanks
Stamps: Fabulous Fuchsias (Clearly Besotted)
Inks: Memento Ink
Paper: pattern paper (American Craft)
Accessories: Add a Little Dazzle (Pucker Me Pink Sheet), sequins (Simon Says Stamp), vellum (Michael's),Giving Thanks Craft Die (Simon Says Stamp)

About this card: do use those pattern papers! I cut out the flower image from the pattern paper and created a background to compliment the design. I added a piece a vellum to keep the shine in balance.

(Click the photo to shop)
http://www.addalittledazzle.com/shop-now/?affiliates=28

GIVEAWAY alert!----> If you would like to win a $15 Metal Sheet prize pack , please comment in this post and Add a Little DazzleTWO winners (one from each blog) will be picked from the comments. The giveaway will remain open until Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at midnight.
Click here for your shopping!

I've had the pleasure of getting to know the owner Monica and would like to thank her for this chance to guest design. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Your'e The Best

Happy Sunday!
I am sharing a card that I submitted to the World Card Making Day Contest. This was the one that did NOT make it...I won with a thank-you card instead.
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Encouragement: You’re the Best   (4 ¼” x 5 ½”)
Card stock: white and mint ( Michael’s) , Bazzille (pink)
Stamps: What’s Brewing (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Mint (Simon Says Stamp), Versafine (Black)
Die: Coffee Cup Craft Die (Simon Says Stamp)
Pattern paper: DCWV (Twinkle Glintz), Simple Stories
Accessories: pop dots (EK Success), sequins (Simon Says Stamp, Moonshine)

1.      Make card from card stock
2.      Stamp Speech bubble in mint, stamp sentiment in brown, cut it out
3.      Make die cut and assemble
4.      Add pop dots for Speech Bubble, add sequins


I made this card when I first received this coffee cup die and just had some fun with it. Last week, my sister-in-law Florence called to let me know that my World Card Making Day Contest prize safely arrived at her house! She was amazed at the sheer size of the box! I won't get the prize for a while, but I know when I open the box, it will be like Christmas Day all over again....

Lastly, I want to thank you, especially those who leave me kind and encouraging comments day in and day out...there will be a stamping goodies giveaway in December. Please stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alcohol-Inked Card

I must admit that once in a while, I miss playing with my alcohol inks.
I took this lovely stamp from Penny Black and put my spin on it!
Winter Song
Instead of a holiday/Christmas theme, I made a Hello card.
Hi there

 I used Epiphany from Prima Flowers (6"x 6" pad ) for the layering and sentiment.
  Supplies: TH Adirondack Alcohol Ink cardstock , Blending Solution, Alcohol Inks, Kind Words, gold strings (Michael's), sequins, Versafine (Onyx Black)

We had a lot of snowfall in the past few days (but nothing like what they got in Buffalo! I feel for them!). It's so good to play with bright-colored inks on a day like this.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Conscious Coupling...

Conscious coupling....
No, I am not trying to convince Chris and Gweneth to get back together...like ever.
Nor am I attempting to get Martha and Gwyneth to become BFF.
I am only sharing an example of pairing up two different stamp sets and creating a unique design. 

 
                                               Friendly Flowers                          Persian Motif
Ding---> solid stamps+outline stamps = the perfect odd couple!

When you see the following photos, you'll know what I am talking about...

I stamped the outline stamps to cover the entire card front. Then, selectively, I stamped the solid images over the outlines...
thinking of you
Creating your own background paper is easier than you think. Hope you are inspired!

Lastly, here is the sneak peek for this week's challenge over StampNation

If you are interested in joining StampNation, you can check it out here . I will be conducting a Stamp Clinic over StampNation in early December. It's going to be fun!
 Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 291

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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the  Seeing Stars Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Thanksgiving

 We are using Simon Says Stamp this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-)

For my project, I used Giving Thanks and Swirls and Dots
Giving Thanks
First of all, I did the die cut and trimmed the size down a little. Then I made the die cut with pattern paper and then pieced the two together. I also used the partial stencil and created the subtle background with white embossing paste. As for the sentiment at the bottom, I took out the Many Thanks and stamped the smallest sentiment.
 
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.


You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter is Here!

It's a freezing cold and windy kind of day here... winter sure has arrived with a vengeance since yesterday!

I thought it would be fun to "share" some comfort food photos.
Here are some pancakes-Virginia style!

These were made from Chinese dumpling filling leftover (ground pork, chives, lettuce, ginger), egg & flour.
edited: at a blog friend's request, I was asked to share the "recipe"
~1/4-1/2 cup lean ground pork
~one cup of Chinese lettuce (Napa cabbage)
~1 tbs minced ginger and green onions, (optional)
~one egg
~ 1/2 cup all purpose flour 
~1/4 cup of water

Do make sure the mixture is not too dry and not too wet. Pan fry them with a small amount of oil.  I'd say medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Bon appetit!

This is posted for your viewing pleasure only. The comment feature has been disabled in this post.
Stay warm now if you are like me, living in the cold parts of North America...
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

DIY Metallic Element

I love it when I play with my stamps....(surprise!!)
Today's card was a result of my "playing".

I wanted to create a card with the largest die from Lawn Fawn
 Stitched Snowflake.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=304990
  I didn't quite have a plan when I made the card. So, I started out with embossing the snowflake with two different embossing powders--Ranger's Watering Can and Michael's Sparkle. These are the two types of silver embossing powder that I own. I am in the process of acquiring a 3rd one....they can be addictive! I think it's possible a 4th one is on its way, too!
Season's Greetings
After embossing the snowflake around 4 times, I popped it up with the backing of deep blue card stock.When it came to angling the snowflake, I deliberated for a long time and finally, I took a BOLD move and made it an asymmetric design.
 I think the silver hot mess looks kind of nice!!?
Do you have a preference as to how you position the focal image? Do you like the traditional setting (the image lies squarely in the middle) or more of a free style composition?
I can't decide...at least not today.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Blog Named Hero Guest Design

Hello, my friends! It brings me great pleasure to share my project with you today. I am part of the Come Celebrate Christmas with A Blog Named Hero.
BE MERRY
My challenge is to make a Christmas card with non-Christmas supplies and stamps.

About this card:
1. choose a pattern paper, mask the triangle pattern stencil with Washi tape
2. apply white embossing paste mixed with green distress inks
3. create the alphabet "BE MERRY" with gold embossing paste and letter dies, let dry
4. stamp the red postal border ;  add confetti, gold strings and small gemstones
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Supplies: Collage Postcard Cling Stamps, Triangle Pattern stencil, Alphabet dies by Hero Arts, Fancy Pants pattern paper, Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste (white), TH Distress Inks (Pine Bough, Mowed Lawn) by Ranger, confetti by Simon Says Stamp, gemstones (Michael's)

I hope that you are inspired to create holiday projects with non-holiday supplies. You will be amazed at what you can come up with. There are PRIZES to be won over ABNH. TWO gift vouchers from Simon Says Stamps and a prize package from Hero Arts are being given away to random commenters on the blogs and A Blog Named Hero. Be sure to leave a comment and enter your name !
Thanks so much for stopping by!