Today, A simple scrapbook page for my friends wedding album. Featuring the parents dance.

I used a sketch from Lets Capture our Memories. Dusted off my Quinns ABCs, I've been neglecting my alphabet stamps, and titles in general. I rarely give titles to my pages, don't know why... You'll also notice I nearly never journal, all thought I assume that may be more prevalent when I actually scrapbook my own memories LOL.

I used half a spellbinders tag for my title, added a few misc. embellishments, and put it all together!

Paper: Recollections; Modern Bouquet, DCWV; Brights, Scraps
Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Quinn's abc's
Ink: Encore; Silver
Embossing Powder: Recollections; Silver Tinsel
Dies: Spellbinders; Labels 14
Stickers: K&Company; Silver Wedding Sentiments
Equipment: Kelly Craft Laser Level
LCOM: Sketch
Lawnscaping: Dust em Off
Simon Says Stamp: Wedding

Silhouette Sunday: A Very Bearry Birthday!

 The weekends simply go by too fast! At least there was no snow to speak of.. Just a bunch of ice!

Today I made a card almost entirely with my silhouette, beginning with a fun little technique I decided to try. The embossed background is from a home made embossing plate I created on Silhouette with Acetate/Transparency Paper and a Background Image.

Cutting it at a chipboard setting worked best. Might have to run it through twice. I embossed by running the cut out through my big shot with all tabs & 3 sheets of cardstock shims. Its only a very light embossing, but I almost prefer it that way.

The cut-out will be very versatile as a stencil also.

The bear and banner were also cut from Silhouette and a few run through the big shot for some embossing accents. The sentiment is Hero Arts, heat embossed.

Stamps: Hero Arts; it's your day
Embossing Powder: Recollections; Shamrock
Embossing: Cuttlebug; Tiny Bubbles, Sizzix/Tim Holtz; Candy Stripes
Ink: Versamark 
Misc: Ranger; Enamel Accents Black
Equipment: Kelly Craft Laser Level, Silhouette Cameo
Cuts:; Teddy Bear Cutie Silhouette; Geometrical Background, 6 Background Set

Hero Arts Birthday Challenge
MFT Stamp & Win Sketch

Cricut Thanks!

I wanted to make an almost exclusively Cricut card today. I have been neglecting my poor cricut, so for this card I created and designed the entire thing in the Cricut Craft room which made for a very quick and simply card. Craft Room is very useful, even for just making sketches! I used a 5x7 rectangle just to represent my card base (in hindsight I think I should've gone smaller), and once I had everything sketched out and sized, I separated all my cuts and loaded up my paper.

While Cricut was doing its thing, I embossed my card base and set up my stamps. Super Simple, less than 15 minutes! Now I just have to decide if I'm going to invest in the new Cricut Explore or not!

Paper: Joann; Kraft Cardstock,  SEI; Get Krafty Stack
Stamps:  Hero Arts; Everyday Sayings & Sweet Threads Labels
Ink:  Versamark
Embossing Powder: Recollections; Lilac
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug; Honeycomb
Equipment;  Sizzix Big Shot, Cricut Expression 2, Kelly Craft Laser Level
Cricut Cuts: Elegant Edges; Swirs2-s, Swirl1, Storybook; Branch4
Card Size: 5x7

FCCB: Sketch Challenge
Pile It On; Sentiment Focus
Simon Says Stamp: Get Krafty

A Rainbow Birthday Card

The weekend is already over :( Weekends should be 3 days. Anywho... Here's a little birthday card I made with some Hero Arts & Cricut magic.

I used paint daubers for the ink instead of traditional ink pads which gave it a really nice texture.

With cricut, I cut out the scallop and distressed with a little dusty concord. Cut out the remaining images, and assembled the card :)

Paper: Scraps
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Daubers; Soap Powder, Chili Powder, Lavender Sachet, Lemon Dro
        Adirondak Daubers; Lettuce, Distress Ink; Dusty Concord
Stamps: Hero Arts; Heydey Sentiments, Dot Flower Patters
Embossing: crafts-too; spots embossing folder
Machines: Sizzix Big Shot, Cricut
Cuts: Celebrate with Florish; Brthdy2, Elegant Edges; Scallop & Scallop2

Hero Arts: Birthday Cards
Cardabilities: Sketch Challenge
A Blog Named Hero: Rainbow
Simon Says Stamp: We Love Stamps
7 Kids College Fund: Anything Goes

Scrapbook Stamping with Unity

Incorporating stamping into scrapbooking can definitely be a challenge sometimes! So today I added just a few subtle images to enhance the page's elements. The photo mat is a background stamp embossed with some gold embossing powder for texture, and the Jolees Cake was a little too plan so I mounted it on some matching gold card stock & found these fun little flourish stamps that I had a matching die for!

Gold was the main theme here (no particular reason) with a splash of colored ribbon. The ribbon on the page is actually the leftover ribbon from the pictured wedding cake :)

Paper: DCWV; Ever Lasting Love, Wassau; Metallics
Stamps: Unity; Quiet Essence & Ornate Artisan Stackers
Die Cuts: Spellbinders; Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents
Ribbon:  Celebrate It
Stickers:  Jolees

Unity: Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Stamp: Love Stamps

Is it Spring Yet?

I've been wanting to bust out the distress inks so I came up with this colorful background idea. After inking my background stamp in sections, I gave it a few spritzes with a mini mister before stamping for a fun water color mix effect.

Paper: DCWV; Brights

Stamps:  Hero Arts; Everything Flowers, Unity; Birthday Jubilee
Dies: Spellbinders; Standard Circles Large
Ink: Distress; Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Dusty Concord

Hero Arts; Birthday
A Blog Named Hero; Flowers
The Sweetest Thing; Sketch

Hello! A Card Drive for Emma!

I just got done reading about a card drive for a little 7 year old who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. I can't imagine going through such a thing as an adult, let alone as a 7 year year old.

If you feel so inclined, please participate in the card drive to bring a smile to li
ttle Emma's face while our hand made creations pour in. More Details at Kelly's Place <-----

I started with the color palette from ColorQ --->

I will be sending this card into Emma along with whatever else I come up with between now and the
deadline. I wanted something bright and cheery for her.I stamped the background in assorted reds/pinks and added a little embossing here and there. I was originally going to keep it a one layer, but ended up deciding to pop out my Hello for a little dimension.


Lawn Fawn; Quinns ABCs, Papertrey; Flower Fushion #2
Papertrey; Autumn Rose & Raspberry Fiz
Hero Arts; Pale Tomato Tsukineko; Pearlescent Orchid
Embossing Powders:Ranger; Rich Red, Zing; Red

Silver & Gold... Silver & Gold... AND PINK

I love grey/silver and pink combinations. I'm thinking about that as a palette for the bathroom renovation I might someday complete.

The main inspiration for this card is the Hero Arts Birthday (metallics) Challenge over at the Hero Arts blog. I stamped their Chevron backgound stamp in some versamark and brushed on silver PearlEx, I just wish it photographed better. So much more shine in real life!

The sentiment, also hero arts, was stamped in versamark and then heat embossed. Finally, a lovely bunch of ballons. This is an SVG Cut file from Miss Kate Cuttables.

And... I've just inspired my next manicure! Stay Tuned for my new Manicure Monday's starting tomorrow!!

Paper: DCWV; Brights, Wausau; Metallics
Stamps:  Hero Arts; Chevron & Happy Birthday Cupcakes
Ink: Versamark
Embossing: Stampendous; Sterling Silver
Die Cuts: Silhouette; Miss Kates Cutables Ballons
Misc: PearlEx; Silver #663

Stack-A-Holic February Card

This was the card from hell! You wouldn't guess by how simple and basic it was, until I tried stamping the sentiment. I could not for the life of me, get this stamp straight. After about 10 tests/methods I remembered I had a stampamajig which solved everything.

Anywho... I used the sketch from this months Stack-A-Holic over at the DCWV Blog. Some simple twine & glitter accents and a sentiment from Unity.

Pretty Simple card today.

Paper:  DCWV; The Luxury Stack
Stamps:  Unity; Everything Wonderful
Ink:  Stazon; Timber Brown
Glitter:  Doodlebug
Misc:  Gary Burlin Embossing Tape, Cappuccino Twine

It's Your Day with Unity

It's not my birthday, but I've made this card to give to myself! We've gone 2 consecutive days without a major snow storm!
Its a miracle!

But I Digress...

Its Friday, So that means Friends with Flair over at the Unity Blog! I have so many new unity stamps from Christmas I haven't busted out yet - So here's one. The Birthday Jubilee set. It has some great birthday sentiments, I choose this one with the intentions of getting some coloring in, I just can't get on the coloring bandwagon. I really want to, but everytime I go to - It doesn't look right... I'll keep trying :)
Anyway.. I followed the Sketch theme from the monthly
unity challenge ---->
I really love the Unity Ornate Artisan Stackers stamp set w/ matching die because I can stamp & cut out. In this case, I stamped and embossed some heat and bond to apply glitter! That simply wasn't enough glitter so I filled the stamp in with some Stickles and I still felt the need... The need for Bling (ha-ha) so I added some Rhinestones.

Happy Friday everyone & Have a great Weekend!

Stamps:  Unity; Birthday Jubile, Unity; Ornate Artisan Stackers
Ink:  Versa Magic; Purple Hydrangea
Embossing:  Sizzix; Daisy Blast
Die Cutting:  Spellbinders; Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents
Glitter:  Art Institute; Country Garden  Stickles; Crystal
Trim:  Celebrate It Basic Ribbon, KaiserScrapbook; Rhinestones

Unity Be Inspired February
Pile it On: Ribbon

Happy February!

Happy February!
Not much happy about it here with the amount of snow we've been having!!
More time to craft though :)

Here is my inspiration for this Card.
Kraft Cardstock
Cricut: Sophisticated Cartridge (Love & Flag)
Simon Says Stamp: Delicate Dalia Die, Flower Friend Stamp Set (sending hugs)
Ranger: Adirondack Pink Sherbert Dauber (bottom hearts) Pumice Stone Distress Marker (& Dots)
Tsukinedo: Pearl Orchid Ink (top hearts)
Papertry Ink: Raspberry Fiz (sending hugs)
Fiskars: Lasting Love Quotes (little hearts)
Hero Arts: Friendship Messages (little hearts)
Versa Mark Ink w/ Martha Stewart Pink Carnation Embossing Powder (Love)

FCCB: Seeing Red
Lawnscaping: Hearts & Dots
Muse Card Club

More Wedding Bliss

Well, I haven't even finished the last wedding and its back at it! These aren't the finals (hence the winter wedding in august), just working up some designs for the bride.

I stamped the back of some vellum with some Hawaiian Shores dye ink by Papertrey & some Martha Stewart snow flake stamps. Printed the verbiage on the front side of the vellum & attached to plain white card stock with some teal ribbon tied around. Topped it off with a snowflake I just bought from the Silhouette America store, cut out in some glitter white card stock. Mounted it on matching teal card stock & done.

Silhouette: Something New (snowflake) (stamping on vellum)
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Anything but a Card (it's an invitation so I hope that counts?)
Pile It On: Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday (new snowflake) (new technique, stamp on vellum)