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Hello and Happy Tuesday!
Time for a fun new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week we want to see your Favorite Embellishment!!

Our awesome sponsor for this week is Power Poppy!  Have you checked out their shop yet?  Wow...breathtaking!  I just love getting my hands on their images and coloring away!

For my card today, I have used the Spring Meadow Bouquet.
I colored up just a portion of it with my ShinHan markers and then trimmed around the whole thing to pop it up on my card front. 

Right now, my favorite thing to add to my cards is the Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard, so I added a bunch of those to the frame of my card and also to some of the flower centers. 

It's a pretty simple card, but that bouquet is so stunning!  It totally needed to take center stage on this card, that's why I left everything else quite simple.

Thanks for stopping by! <3
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Interactive Newton's Nook Card!!

It's my third post as Guest Designer over at Newton's Nook and you do not want to miss this one!
Every set of Newton's Nook stamps comes with sooooo many wonderful images, that for this card...I couldn't just settle for one image...I had to use them all!!!

Here is a little sneak at what you will see over at Newton's Nook this week.
You can find all the details on this card at Newton's Nook.  So swing by to see all of the cute little scenes I created for my spinning wheel card!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3

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Week 2 at Newton's Nook!!!

Hello! I'm happy to be back again at Newton's Nook for my second week as guest designer! This week I'm using the Newton's Birthday Bash stamp set for my card! Here's a little peak:
 Be sure to swing on over to the Newton's Nook blog to read all about this card!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Guest Designer at Newton's Nook!!!

Hey everyone!
Happy snowy Monday!  We woke up to about 3 inches of snow outside and the entire Puget Sound area shut down :)  I love snow days.  Just wishing I wasn't fighting a cold so I could enjoy it more.

I am beyond excited to share that I am the Guest Designer at Newton's Nook for February!  I adore this company!  When they first popped up, I was over the moon for their sweet little kitty stamps because there weren't too many of those for us cat lovers.  Their selection and variety continues to grow and with each new release, my heart melts a little bit more.  Check them out!

I'll give you a few sneaks at what I created, but be sure to swing by the Newton's Nook blog to read up the full details of how I made these cards!  They were a ton of fun!!
I used the Wild About Zoo stamp set for these cards.  The fun animal print hearts were what stole my heart in this set, but I couldn't hold back from using some of the super adorable wild animal images too!
Thank you so much for visiting!! <3

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Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!
It was quite the surprise to wake up to snow on the ground this morning...wasn't really expecting that.  But it's been cold enough here that it is a welcome sight.  Somehow snow always makes the cold more tolerable.

We are starting a new challenge today at Sami Stamps!  This month we want to see you use Circles on your card!
I'll admit...I got everything put on this card and was working on the sentiment before I remembered that we had a challenge...so I had to rework the sentiment a little bit.  But it ended up being perfect to put it on a circle and turn it into it's own little embellishment.

To start the card, I embossed the background with the Simon Says Stamp Zig Zag stencil.  You need to have one of those rubber embossing mats in order to do this so that the rubber squishes the paper into the stencil.  I had to add a few paper shims to get the right pressure, but it turned out perfect!

The 3 little strips are cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies and then I did a really light swipe with some blue watercolor to get a brush stroke look for the background.

The images are Love Butterfly and Pretty Flower.  I joined them together on my computer and then resized them to fit on those little die cut stripes.  Once they were printed, I used some distress inks and watercolored them in, trying to make the flower appear white.  I haven't quite figured out how to do that, but I think this one turned out pretty good.  Adding a super dark shade to the shadow areas really made the white feeling pop.

I stamped my Hello sentiment onto a 1" circle and then clear embossed the entire thing with a double layer of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder.  Finished the whole thing off with a few Sparkling Clear Sequins for just a touch more shine.

I hope you will join us this month for our Circles challenge!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps and More #227-Make Your Mark
    Freshly Made Sketches #273
    Word Art Wednesday #268-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fabulous weekend! <3
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Fun Friday at Sami Stamps!!

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to give you a peak at the card I have posted over at Sami Stamps!
We've changed the format a little over there and now every Friday between releases will be Fun Friday with one of the design team members!!
I have a gorgeous no-line watercolored card up over there now for you to check out!

You also have a few days left to enter in the Sparkle challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Sami Stamps!!!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image on your projects!!

Have a fabulous weekend!  <3
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Adding Detail with Pencils

Happy Thursday!

Today I want to share a little bit of info on how to really make your stamped images pop!
It's a technique that I've played around with a bit in the past, but it's also easy to forget how much of an impact it really makes on your cards.

For this project, I am using the Feathers and Florals stamp set from WPlus9.
These images are so gorgeous, but unless you have really stellar inks, it may be hard to get a good crisp stamped image.  To help fix the splotchy stamping, I used pencils!

I know a lot of people will use their copic markers first and then add all the detail with pencils.  I just don't have any copics, and I have much more control using pencils anyhow that it was easy for me to skip the marker coloring all together.

To start, you need to stamp your images.  I like to stamp the image off on scratch paper a few times and then do my official stamping.  This seems to help prime my stamp, even after it's been used a few times.  Since most of my ink is super old Stampin Up pads, it takes a few tries to be sure the stamp is fully covered, and then I get pretty decent stamped images.

After stamping everything out, I die cut them all with the coordinating dies.  I probably could have waited until I was done coloring, but I was just excited that I actually have the coordinating dies for this set, and let the joy of playing around mess up the process.  But it still worked!  The images were just a little more tricky to hold on to :)

To add the detail and depth, I pulled out my new Prismacolor pencils!  These pencils are amazing!  So soft and creamy...easy to break!  But learning how to handle them gently just takes practice!

I selected 3 pencils in each color family that I stamped to work on my images with.  The lightest should match the color used to stamp your image so that you get a nice solid even blend.  Once you have them selected, start coloring the way you normally would!  I usually start with my darkest first, so I colored in the "shadows" of the flowers in the centers and around the edges of each "petal."  Then blended that softly with my medium color, and finally smoothed it all out with my lightest.

To help pull out a highlight, you can use a white pencil and just do simple little flicks in the highlight area to brighten it up!  And voila!  Gorgeousness!
Here is a comparison of the large flower with and without the pencil detailing:
As I said before, they are gorgeous left as is when stamped...but to add that little bit of punch, try doing some shading!  It will add a whole new level to your card!

To finish off the card, I used a stencil to emboss the background and then layered that onto a woodgrain stamped panel.  I used a few stamps from HoneyBee Stamps Beautiful Life stamp set and did a multi colored embossed sentiment onto a strip of vellum.

Just realizing now that I've done 2 "Beautiful Day" cards in a row...whoops!  Must be a good sentiment right now :)

For the red border frame, I took the darkest red pencil that I used for the shadows and colored the edge of my panel.  Then blended it out smooth with some Gamsol.  Simple and now it matches perfectly to my card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope this will help you to look at your solid stamps a little differently, and see how much you can change those images with a little extra added detail! <3

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafting When We Can #135-Anything Goes
    Fusion Card Challenge-3rd Anniversary
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Beautiful Day

Happy Tuesday!
Time to get rolling again with a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown - Snowflakes!  We're supposed to get a little snow here today...not sure if that will happen or not.  Christmas break was lovely since we had snow the entire time!  Granted it was only a dusting of it...but our porch stayed covered the whole time so every time we left the house, we saw snow :)

Our fabulous sponsor this week is the lovely A Day for Daisies, and they've provided us with gorgeous images to use on our projects.
I decided to use Little Cats Christmas for my card.  After a pretty tough emotional weekend, it was nice to sit back and color these cuties up.  I kept my card relatively simple, with a light ombre grey background using Hickory Smoke.

The sentiment strip was colored with some Prismacolor pencils and blended out with some gamsol to get the nice gradient color to it and then I white heat embossed the sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp set.

I added a few vellum die cut snowflakes around the card, and put little tiny sequins in the middles.

The finishing touch was glossy accents on the little blue lights!

I hope you will join us for this challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Melt My Heart - New Sami Stamps Release!!

Happy New Year!!
It's good to be back to work...though I really enjoyed taking December off.  It was awesome having Matthew home with me for a few weeks where we could sleep in and veg out all day...ahh...loved it.

But life must go on and we are now back into the full swing of things.  And with that we have a super adorable new release today from Sami Stamps called Snowman Friends!  We're also starting our January challenge to add some sparkle!  This one should be pretty easy since no card is complete without some shine!
I'm still trying to shake the cobwebs out of my brain to help get my creativity flowing, so decided to keep this card nice and simple with a fun blended background and a simple colored image.  I used the Frost and Whiskars image for my card today (of course!  I can't resist Sami's kitty images...they're my weakness..)

For the coloring, I pulled out my brand new Prismacolor pencils that Matthew got me!!  They are luscious...and might take me a little bit to get used to.  But I'm excited to play around with them a bit more and see all the wonderful things they can do!

To finish off the card, I added some little sparkly snowflake dots around the snowman as well as along the snow hills, and then scattered some sequins across the background.

I hope you'll stop by Sami Stamps and join in our Sparkle challenge!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Creative Fingers #122
    Paper Sweeties Snowman Photo Inspiration
    Simon Says Stamp-New Something (new pencils, new image to color!)
    Word Art Wednesday #264-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Sami Stamps Nativity Release

Happy Friday Everyone!
I hope you've had a fabulous week and are looking forward to the weekend!
I don't have a project to share with you today.  I have decided to take a small break during December to try and focus on other things.

But I did want to share with you the most recent Sami Stamps release.  This one is Nativity!  If you remember a few months ago we had the Noble Little King release that featured Mary/Joseph/Baby Jesus.  This new release finishes off the scene and is absolutely perfect! 
 I love those sweet little Sheep!!!  Just to jog your memory, here is the Noble Little King release as well:
Think of all the possibilities available if you combined these sets!  It would create the most perfect Nativity scene!  I love these collections!  And I know you will too!

Along with this new Nativity release, we are starting a new challenge to Add Stripes!  Nice and simple!

And Sami is offering up a sale for these collections!
Since most of these images are just asking to be paired together you have a few buying options!

1.) Purchase each stamp at normal price, $4.00 each. 

2.) You may combine any three images for a total of $7.50 from either release, "Noble Little King" and "Christmas Nativity." 

3.) You may combine any four images for a total of $10.00 from either release, "Noble Little King" and "Christmas Nativity." 

How awesome is that!
Run and grab these phenomenal sets now, join in our Stripes challenge, and then share your creation on our Facebook page!  We love seeing what you create!

Happy Crafting! <3

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Give Thanks - New Sami Stamps Release!!

Happy Friday!
There's a new super cute release out today at Sami Stamps called Fall Skunks!  These guys are just so stinkin adorable (haha..)!
I wanted to create a little scene with my cute little Skunk image so I pulled out the Hero Arts Layered Tree set and stamped it out several times before fussy cutting around each tree.  Since it's a wooded scene, I decided to do a woodgrain background in dark brown ink stamped onto some kraft cardstock.

I did a gorgeous deep yellow fall blended sky behind the trees and then layered everything together, adding tiny pieces of foam tape behind the tops of a couple of the front trees.  Then colored my frame with the dark brown ink that I used for the woodgrain stamp and coated that with a thin layer of shimmer pen.

My little skunk was colored in with my pencils and fussy cut out.  I stamped and embossed a fitting greeting onto some vellum and tucked that behind him before adhering the whole thing down to my card.

You still have a little time to enter our Anything Goes challenge!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend <3
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Poinsettia Made from Fall Leaf Stamps

Hello!  Happy Thursday!
If you're anything like me, you love the idea of finding more uses for something to make the money spent on it stretch just that little bit farther.  I love purchasing new crisp stamp sets...but they are expensive, so I don't get to buy them very often.  So each purchase is important to me.  I want to know that the set I'm buying has lots of versatility so it can be used over and over again.

That's exactly what has happened with the Falling into Autumn set that I purchased from Newton's Nook.  I bought it because I loved the design of the fall leaves, but there is so much inspiration in those images that I find myself coming up with new ways to use them every time I pull the set out.

I recently did a fun blended ink design with them where I applied two colors of ink to one stamp, then misted it and rocked it onto my paper.  You can find that card Here.  Since the set was already on my desk, it was constantly in my line of sight.  So each time I looked at it, the wheels would turn and ideas would come to mind.  That's when this happened:
I took a gorgeous fall stamp set and turned it into a Christmas card!  That vine has been a favorite of mine forever so it was a ton of fun filling this background with it and then using my colored pencils to give it detail.

But my favorite part of this card is that poinsettia!!
One of the stamps in the Falling into Autumn set has the perfect veins to match the poinsettia leaf.  I wanted to play on those and turn it into a flower...but I didn't want to have a colored flower.  I wanted it to stay white.  So in order to do that while also adding some dimension to the leaves, I started by embossing the leaf with white embossing powder.

I have found that by doing this initial white base layer, it helps keep the image crisp and white.  If you want to layer more colors on top, sometimes the paper underneath will start to look "wet" and that can show through if you just use clear.  So start with the white!

On top of the white, I restamped the image in VersaMark and then added some sticky embossing powder.  I haven't had much practice with this stuff so it's a bit tough to not over heat it since that is what I'm used to doing with embossing powder.  You want to set it just until it melts.  So get your heat tool good and HOT and then a quick swipe over the image to melt.  Super simple!

With that being sticky, I took out some Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond glitter and sprinkled that on top.  The sticky powder grabs the glitter, and then to set it, just rub your finger over top and shake off anything that remains!  I did hit each leaf with my heat tool again just to help melt everything back together with the glitter on top.

But look at that flower!  I love it!!!  Definitely the star of this card!  And all from a fall leaf stamp :)

To finish the card, I stamped and black glitter embossed a sentiment from Lawn Fawns Snow Day set and mounted that with a black scallop frame.  The center of the poinsettia has silver beads glued into it, and I scattered a few glossy accent capped silver dots around the card as well.

I challenge you to take a stamp set and do something completely different with it!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps and More #220-Christmas Photo Inspiration
    Artistic Inspirations #167-Anything Goes
    Craft Your Passion #338-Anything Goes
    Creative Inspirations #262-Frosted Florals
    Word Art Wednesday #256-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Cocoa's Christmas Tree

Hey everyone!  Happy Tuesday!
We're starting a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown.  This week we want you to add gems or pearls to your projects!  Our awesome sponsor is Sweet n Sassy Stamps and they have provided us with some darling images to use.
I went super simple with my card this week.  I've got a lot going on right now so simple is best for me.  To start, I printed off this sweet Cocoa's Christmas Tree image and did some quick coloring with my ShinHan markers.  I fussy cut the image out and foam mounted it onto my card panel.  I used some awesome stamps from Altenew to create my sentiment and then colored them in with an ombre red design. 

I decided to use liquid pearls for my project since that seemed fitting for the ornaments.  It took a while for them to dry but I think the silver, red, and blues work great on the tree.  Mounted everything onto a coordinating frame and added a simple stitched line around the outside for a finishing touch.

Be sure to swing by Tuesday Throwdown to join this challenge!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Sunflower Kitty

Happy Friday!
We're starting a new challenge today at Sami Stamps and it's an easy one!  Anything Goes!!  The only requirement is that you use a Sami Stamps image!

We don't have a new release for you this time, so the DT has created some fun fall cards using their favorite fall images from Sami's collection.  I chose to work with Sunflower Kitty.
I started this card by printing off my image with a super faint outline.  I really wanted to do some no-line watercoloring on this adorable little kitty and didn't want a bold black line getting in the way.  Once the image was printed, I used some of my Inktense pencils to do some simple coloring on the image.  It may be simple, but I think it is just so adorable!  I of course had to paint the kitty like my little Cloud...couldn't help myself.

For the background, I wanted to do something fun with a tone on tone design.  So I inked up a piece of cardstock in a dark green color and then added some green ink to some embossing paste so that it was just a little bit lighter than the background color.  Spread that on through a striped stencil and then sprinkled it with some glitter embossing powder.  I set that aside to dry and finished working on my kitty panel.

I trimmed the whole thing on an angle, fussy cutting around the kitty.  Then embossed my sentiment on some vellum and wrapped that around the lower portion of my panel.

After the embossing paste had dried, I hit it with my heat tool to set all the glitter embossing powder.  Added my kitty panel and a few Sparkling Clear Sequins and that was it!

I hope you will join us this month for our Anything Goes challenge at Sami Stamps!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    CAS(E) This Sketch #197
    Craft Your Passion #336-Anything Goes
    Fab n Funky #325-Animals
    Simon Says Stamp-Thinking of You
    Word Art Wednesday #254-Anything Goes

Have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by! <3
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