Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Fun Card for Laura's Loft

Hi everyone,

Today I am featuring a card I made from the Avery Elle "More Stories" stamp set and matching dies.
My card is being showcased today at Laura's Loft where you can buy this great stamp set and dies.
I am very proud to be a member of the Design Team at Laura's Loft.  I am in the company of many great card designers!!!

It finally turned cold and snowy here in Cleveland, Ohio so I decided to make a "Missing You Spring" card today.

For this card I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches. I cut two cloud shapes out of post-it-notes to make a mask.  I put some Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks on my work surface.  I then took a water brush and painted then onto my watercolor paper and placed it aside to dry.  Next I stamped the fox, kite, and banner onto white cardstock with an archival ink.  I colored the fox and kite with water color brushes and stamped the missing you on the banner.  I die cut the fox, kite, and banner.  I adhered the fox and kit to the watercolor paper.  I tied small pieces of twine to the tail of the kite.  I used foam tape to pop the banner up.  I stamped the grass onto the watercolor paper with Lucky Clover distress ink and the flowers with Wilted Violet and Fossilized Amber.  After stamping, I used a water brush to give the grass and flowers the watercolored look.  I placed the watercolor paper on a black piece of cardstock and placed that onto a purple A2 card.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  Comments are always welcome.

The products I used for this card can be found at Laura's Loft and are linked below.

Avery Elle " More Stories" Stamps
Avery Elle "More Stories: Dies
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Kits:
       #11 (shabby shutters)
       #13  (mermaid lagoon & fossilized amber)
       #15 (lucky clover & wilted violet)

There is also a challenge going on right now at Laura's Loft, so please check it out and enter one of your cards.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a crafty, card making day!!!!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Laura's Loft January Challenge: Resist


 Hi everyone,

Welcome to Laura's Loft January Resist Challenge.  I am honored to be part of this Challenge with the fantastic and talented Inspirational Compadres from Laura's Loft.

The dates for the challenge are January 16 through January 29, 2016.  To enter you will need to upload your Challenge Card to the Inlinkz Linkup Tool found on Laura's Blog.  Great News!!! There will be two (2) winners in the Resist Challenge.  The prizes for the winners are a $25.00 Gift Card to Laura's Loft and a $15.00 Gift Card to Avery Elle.  The winners of the Challenge will be announced on January 31, 2016.

Now on to my card for the Resist Challenge.  

For this card I cut a piece of 140 # watercolor paper to 5 1/4 " x 4".  I stamped on the butterflies and sentiment with VersaMark ink using the Altenew Bejeweled Stamp Set.  I then added WOW Bright White Superfine Embossing Powder and set it with a heat gun.  I stamped Tim Holtz Mini Distress Kits inks #10(squeezed lemonade), #11 (festive berries), #12(chipped sapphire), and #14 (hickory smoke) to my craft sheet.  I then colored the butterflies and background using a waterbrush. After the paper dried I applied sequins from the Glacial Bliss Sequin Mix. I adhered the watercolor paper to black cardstock and then placed that on a white A2 size card.  I enjoyed making this card, each card turns out differently.   The products I used can be found at Laura's Loft. 

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Please check out the other cards by the Inspirational Compadres at Laura's Loft. 

Lisa -
Dawn -
Valentina -
Linda Gorman-    YOU ARE HERE
Robbie -

Thanks for stopping by and have a great scrappy day!!!





Thursday, January 7, 2016

Love Grows Here with Laura's Loft January Shop & Hop
Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Love Grows Here with Laura's Loft January Shop & Hop. I am honored to be a full time design team member for Laura's Loft along with a great group of talented designers.  My post today is part of  Laura's Shop & Hop for January featuring Winter and Valentine's Day.

You should have arrived here from Kim's Blog.  If not,  you can go back by clicking the Previous Button or her name.
Our featured guest designers for this month are Nico Favro and Valentine Dalmonte.  They have some great creations for you to see. 

Laura is also having a Love Grows Here Giveaway, details at the bottom.

My first creation is a Valentine's Day card featuring the Avery Elle "More Stories" Stamp Set and Dies.  I also used Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Kits #10 (Bundled Sage), #11 (Shabby Shutters), #13 (Fossilized Amber), #14 (Blueprint Sketch & Hickory Smoke), and #15 (Wilted Violet).  The stars are from the Glacial Bliss Sequin Mix. 

For this card, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3 3/4" x 5".   I cut a circle out of a post it note and used it as a mask for the moon.  I also cut a mask for the grass .  I stamped the bunnies and used a masking pen to color them in.  Since there is only one bunny stamp, I used the reverse stamping technique for the other bunny so they would face each other. I outlined the bunnies with a black marker and shaded them with a grey marker.   I colored the sky with the Blueprint Sketch, Hickory Smoke, and Wilted Violet Distress Inks.  The moon was colored with Fossilized Amber and the ground with Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters.   I used the die set to cut out the little hearts and banner.  I stamped the banner with the "love you" saying and used foam tape to make it pop.  I adhered the white cardstock piece to a black piece of cardstock and then to a decorative polka dot paper.  This was then placed on a white  A2 card.

My second creation is a tag I made using the Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp Set, Virginia Turtle Holly Jolly Enamel Dots, and Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Kits #11 (Milled Lavender & Festive Berries), and #13 (Fossilized Amber).

For this tag I cut a piece of watercolor paper into the size and shape tag I wanted.  I used the acrylic block watercolor technique for the background.  I then stamped various butterflies from the Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp Set in black ink over the dried background.  I applied the distress inks with a cotton tip swab to each butterfly.  I drew hearts with a black marker and inked those also with a cotton tip swab.   I stamped a saying onto a small piece of watercolor paper, distressed it, and adhered it with foam tape.  I tied a red ribbon and it was ready to go to my Valentine!!!

I hope you enjoyed my creations!!!  The products I used in my card and tag can be purchased at Laura's Loft.

 This is the great prize for the Love Grows Here Giveway and directions on how to enter.

There are several ways to enter and the more comments you make in the different social media outlets, the more entries you earn! It is required that you comment on each blog in the Hop.  After that, you are encouraged to like, and comment on our Facebook page, tag on our Instagram post and pin on Pinterest, as well as share on your own pages. The participant with the most entries wins the fabulous prize package! How cool is that!?!  Giveaway Rules and Requirements can be found on Laura's Post.

Laura's Loft is featuring 45% off on all Christmas Stamps and Dies on the Christmas Collection page and of course $10.00 off a $75.00 or more purchase, CODE  $10off75. 

To get to the next designer on the hop just click on the button below.  If you get lost, click on the names listed below.  Have fun hopping and shopping!!!


1. Laura  -
2. Deana Benson -
3. Jasmine Burgess -
4. Robbie Rubala -
5. Heart of Craft - (Emma)
6. Sue-
7. Kim-
8. Linda Gorman-   YOU ARE HERE
9. Lisa Bedigian -
10. Valentina Dalmonte -
11. Nico Scrap-

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays New Release

 Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to be included in the release of the Girlfriends Collection from CAS-ual Fridays that was first introduced in the Friendship Stamp of Approval Box by Catherine Pooler.  CAS-ual Fridays is an awesome company with a great line of stamps and dies.  I loved working with this collection!

This is the first card I made for this release I used the Girlfriend Stamp Set and the Curtis Background Stamp.

I wanted this card to have a faded, blended look so I used distress inks with these great stamps from CAS-ual Fridays.  I used a stamping tool and inked just parts of the Curtis Background Stamp to get the different colors.  I then stamped the sayings and friend from the Girlfriend Stamp Set using the same ink.  I used some enamel dots to add a little texture to the card. 

I also made two other cards using stamps and dies from this release.

 I used the FRI-DIES Tag Buddies Die and the Girlfriend Stamp Set.  The tag dies are so much fun and come in three sizes.  I love using the tags on packages, too!
For this card,  I used the FRI-DIES Friend die and cut it out of watercolor paper.  I also cut it out of cardstock and applied silver foil to the "f" and gold to the "riend". After watercoloring the background,  I  used the in-lay technique and placed the letters (friend) into the watercolor paper.  I remembered the saying I used from Girl Scouts.  I printed it out on white cardstock, cut it out, layered it to black cardstock and used foam tape on the back.  I then added a few sequins and it was finished.
I hope you enjoyed my cards and I know you will enjoy the rest of the Design Team's creations.
Michele from CAS-ual Fridays did an amazing job on these stamps and dies.  A must-have for any card maker or scrapper!  I have included pictures of these new items below along with links to where they can be found at Laura's Loft.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great, crafty day!!!