Birthday Wishes

Good evening! I have some birthday cards to share tonight, which I made this past weekend.  This month, SU! has select birthday sets at 20% off, which is a great deal! I finally got my Top Note die cut in the mail, since it has been on backorder for a few weeks from SU. I used it for the first time on my "Party Hearty" card.

My second card uses "Crazy for Cupcakes," which is layered on a few nestie ovals. I used the new "Sweet Always" dp, and some pretty pink polka dot ribbon.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


An Odd Request

Good afternoon! I received an odd request from my Dad this week for a card.  He and my brother are scuba divers and just got back from a weekend where they took an advanced course.  He wanted a card for the instructor to go along with a gift he was giving him.  Here comes the odd part, he wanted a card with a scuba diver holding a rifle with a deer in the background.  The instructor is both a scuba diver and a hunter. I told him I had no stamps of any of the 3 requested things, so I did my own thing, which I thought would work for a hunter. My dad was disappointed that he didn't get his desired card, but as my mom told him, you can't request something that specific from an artist!
I made a belly band to go around the gift card box, featuring some Sizzix die cuts from my Big Shot.  I cut squares of the dp and then layered them on white cardstock before I ran it through my Big Shot with the Top Note die.  It created this neat patchwork look.  I also used the bird from the Sizzlit die cut, which I paired with a scallop circle.  Many thanks was stamped and cut out with my oval punches.  I think it's cute, even if it wasn't what my dad expected!
I also made this card yesterday for SC198 on Splitcoast.  I really liked the way the circle is framed by a few scallops, one underneath and one behind the dp.  I used the stamp set "Happy Blessings" from the new mini catalog, as well as some of the dp from that same catalog.  The scallop circles are Marvy Uchida punches and a Sizzix circle.  On the bottom piece of dp, I ran it through my cuttlebug embossing folder which has pumpkins on vines.  For the sentiment panel, I punched a leaf from an old CM punch and layered a vellum circle stamped with the sentiment on top of that.  I finished the card with some brads along the line of the dp.
Here's one more from my marathon of stamping!  This card features the absolutely adorable Flopsey from MFT.  I stamped Flopsey reading his book and then colored him with my SU! markers, adding some grass so that he is super comfy!  The dp is by SU! called "Sweet Always", and I cut three different designs with my nestie rectangles.  The flower is from the SU! punch out pack, which I paper pierced and put circles on top of to dress it up a bit.  I stamped part of the sentiment on Flopsey's main panel, and then the rest of the sentiment on a piece of Creamy Caramel cardstock which I tucked into the corner of the card.  I just love this sentiment, because it is so true, that with some people you can just pick up where you've left off no matter how long it has been since you've seen each other.  This one will be going out in the mail this week to a special friend.

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Holiday Bellas

Who knew that Stamping Bella selled more than Bellas?! Well they sure do, with their chichiboulie line and lots of other little lines.  Both of these cards feature non-Bellas, but are stamps from Stamping Bella.

My first card uses Polly Packages, who is a chichi.  The dp is from K & Co, paired with some SU! cardstock.  I paper pieced her coat, scarf, hat, and bag. She is layered on 2 nesties scallop ovals.  I used some new SU! snow flurries, which are made out of felt and look beautiful paired with the rhinestone brads.  I layered a few punches and another snowflake for my sentiment panel.

For my next card, I used a Stamping Bella witch, who is perfect for Halloween.  Amazingly, I used no dp on this card. The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The scallop circle for the sentiment was left over from my banner project, because everytime I cut a banner, I cut 4 scallops, so I have a ton in this color.  I used my cropadile to get the larger holes in the scallop circle.  

I think that's about all.  Have a wonderful rest of your week!


Boo Banner!

I am on a roll with these Big Shot banners! I told you I had a ton of ideas floating around in my head. In fact, I pictured this one last night as I was trying to fall asleep, and it kept me up for awhile!  I hung this boo banner on the hutch in my dining room, and it was just the size to fit along the doors.  

Here are some banner details:  I used K  & Co. dp, along with SU! paper.  I used the new Fence wheel from the SU! mini catalog, and the Halloween image stamp set.  The little images on the fence were stamped and them embossed with iridescent ice.  I cut them out and placed them on the fence.  The letters are monogram letters from Close to My Heart, and fit pretty well on the pennants.  I used my cropadile to punch holes in each of the scallop edges along the larger pennant.  I used my paper piercer to put smaller holes in the smaller pennant.  I think that's all, hope you enjoyed it!


Thankful for Big Shot!

Good evening! Today, I started my 3 day weekend, since I have Monday off for Columbus Day. I am super excited!  I spent some time making some stamping things this afternoon, and tried out my Big Shot Pennant die to make a banner for the fall.  I am in love with how this turned out! I used the Haiku dp from SU! and cardstock to make the pennants.  I also used the stamp set "True Friend" to stamp the images.  For the letters, I used the Simon on board chipboard letters, which I coated with chocolate chip craft ink and then coated with clear embossing powder and heated them. This gives them a glossy look.  On my stamped images I coated some with Stickles, and added rhinestone brads, or filigree brads.  I've included a picture of the banner on my dining room mantel, and them close-ups of each pennant.

Now I've got lots of gift ideas floating through my head!


Urban Couture!

This card makes me feel like a fashionista (which I am so not most of the time!). I just got this stamp set called "Window Shopping" from MFT (which was a new October release set) and I had to give it a try. I used this week's MFT sketch challenge #51.

Here are some card details:  The paper is from BasicGrey, called Urban Couture, which is a few years old, but I thought the name and style really went with this set.  I paper pieced the shoe "stands" that some of the shoes are sitting on. I actually used the insert sheet of paper which pictures each of the papers to show designs to paper piece this, rather than using a whole sheet of dp.  To get the shoes on top of the dp, I stamped them on white, cut them out, and glued them onto the dp.  The image is colored with my SU! markers. I layered the ribbon with a thicker and thinner piece.  The window is covered with Gellyroll Stardust pen, to give it an extra sheen.  I think that is about all. 

Have a happy Friday!


Happy Birthday Dad!

I was busy, busy all weekend! I went to a crop all day on Saturday, and then the Giants game yesterday (yay, we won!), and then came home to celebrate my Dad's birthday.  I made this card for him while at the crop on Saturday. I had limited guy stamping supplies, but happened to bring my bella binda, and thought this fella would work perfect for my grill loving Dad.  Here are some details:

The main image was colored with SU! markers.  The sentiment is from Stamping Bella, and was punched out with the word window punch and layered over the designer label punch. I used some designer prints paper in Soft Sky, and the rest is cardstock.

I photographed this card is my new light studio which I bought from Amazon last week. I like how professional the photo looks!

Have a great week!


I love Halloween!

I pulled out just enough supplies to make this adorable Halloween coaster box this afternoon. All of my supplies are packed up for a crop tomorrow, but I pulled a few out to use.  We had a half day at school today, so I got home early and decided to participate in the MFT Ambassador Challenge for October, which was to make a Halloween treat.  I followed a tutorial on Splitcoast to create the coaster box.  The coasters were from Chili's, just a few I grabbed from the table last time I ate there!

I covered each coaster with some dp from the Target $ bin. I then used my cropadile to punch holes in the sides and threaded the coasters together with ribbon.  I painted the sides of the coasters because my paper didn't line up exactly, so I cheated with some black paint!  I used the MFT set "Fright Night" to stamp the witch and colored her with my Copics (my trusty SU! markers are packed away for tomorrow).  I cut the scallop circle with my Big Shot die, once with black paper and once with chipboard (goes through like a dream!). I then embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder that looks like a spider web.  I added the punched bats (Martha Stewart) and the sentiment to complete it.  The box is filled with Halloween goodies like peanut butter cups and chocolate bars.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Happy Pumpkin Month!

Hi all! I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to post my mid marking period progress reports for the past 2 days, and keep running into more trouble! I'd just like to be done with them!  I thought I'd go stamp, until I realized my whole stamp room is packed up to go to a crop this weekend. At least I have this card I made a few days ago to share with you.

I used trickortreatabella on this card, with new SU! designer paper.  This was for a Splitcoast sketch challenge.  The leaves and flowers are Martha Steward brand, and are sticky on both sides. I simply poured some glitter over the sticky parts.  I sponge inked the prima flowers with Sage Shadow so that they'd match.

Have a great rest of your week!