Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CARDS March 2014 Pubs

It had been awhile (like 2+ years) that I had submitted projects for publication but began submitting again last year. It’s always a long but fun wait to submit and then see your projects in print months later. These cards below were accepted in October of 2013 and were published in the March 2014 issue of CARDS!

Elephant Happy Birthday Using the spotlight technique, I stamped the elephant on scrap cardstock, colored and punched it out with a circle punch. Stamped the elephant on the main card and then placed the colored image over to “spotlight” a piece of the stamp.

Coral Flowers

Experimenting with spray mists and the new clay and flower molds on this card!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Recent Publications

I have been so busy lately! Since I don’t have much new to post I thought I’d pop in and share some cards that were recently published by Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

The first one was one of two projects I had in the Stamp It Techniques Vol. 2 issue.

Too Much Happy

I loved this one because it’s a super simple card but with a unique watercoloring technique. I did this similar technique on this card. It’s also so bright and cheery as I’m so eager to head into spring!

This next card appeared in the March 2014 issue. It was a last minute idea the day submissions closed and I was so excited that it came out as quickly as it did when I sat down to do it!

Happy Circles Birthday

I keep thinking life will settle down and I’ll have time to play again like I did a few weeks ago. ;) Maybe one day soon, ha!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Geometrical Butterflies and Ski Day

I’ve been itching to use my new Arrows Textured Impressions embossing folder from the new Occasions Catalog. I used it a tiny bit on this card but wanted to do a full card front.


I used the color inspiration from CCMC to include Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate. Since I knew I was going to use the Arrow embossing folder I wanted the card to be a little grungy and have a freestyle feel to it. It ended up a touch eclectic with bits and pieces here and there, somewhat masculine but then a pop of butterflies to keep it a little girly. ;)

After embossing the card front and swiping it with a Smoky Slate ink pad, I then layered on a couple strips of cardstock in Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight, followed by a strip of silver glimmer paper. I stamped the first shape from the Geometrical stamp set, and then without re-inking I stamped a few more to give it a directional/movement feel. The ends were trimmed and adhered to the cardstock panels with washi tape. I tucked a circle ring behind the shape and then put on a couple butterflies along with a candy dot. Quick and easy!

One more thing before I go!

I went skiing yesterday with our HR team and had such a great time! It’s been ages since I’ve been skiing (18 years!) and this year I finally went back out after deciding snowboarding just wasn’t for me after a few failed attempts. ;) This year alone I’ve been three times already! Thanks in part to my work - we have gold passes which allow you to go to any resort in Utah and I’ve been able to use them for two days for Jake and I and then went with my team yesterday. I’m not the best skier but I’m getting better each time I go which is exciting! Progress!

Here are a couple photos I snapped on the mountain. I have not always loved the snow but I’m growing more and more to appreciate the beauty of Utah and the “Greatest Snow on Earth” especially when I am learning to enjoy it! ;) Also, these photos didn’t have any photo editing done to them and are straight from my iPhone (text added from Rhonna Designs app) and are #nofilter. :) Isn’t it beautiful?! The sun was shining and the weather was amazing!


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And last a peek at the fun colors of this card!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thank You Dahlia

Sometimes as a card maker you might finish a card and think, “Huh, that’s kind of ugly.” You’re not quite sure where you went wrong, or what you can do to recover your card. It definitely doesn’t mirror what you were thinking of or had imagined in your head when you first set out to make the card. Most card makers don’t share their self-proclaimed ugly cards. ;)  Now, although I don’t totally hate this card I’m about to show you, I have my doubts about it.

Why would I share an “ugly” card though? Well, I think we all have those moments where the creative juices didn’t flow just right, and we look at blogs and galleries filled with gorgeous cards…every.single.card. is beautiful and we wonder why we’re not that talented or why we couldn’t we come up with that idea or pair that color combo the way someone else did. That’s when you realize we all make bad cards, but we choose to keep the ugliness off our blogs and don’t share them with the light of day and the rest of the world.  :) Wait, I’m not the only one that does that right?! ;)


So this little card is getting a bad rap when it’s not that horrible...maybe. ;) I used inspiration from the  Mod Squad  crew to create a project that uses flowers and the color combo from  Sunday Stamps and tried to think Spring in both challenges!

Although it might not be my favorite card I’ve ever made, I know my mom or sister or friend would love it. :) And that’s what is important – making cards for friends and family and watching their reaction at receiving a handmade card.

Supplies (All supplies Stampin’ Up!)

CS: Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Stamp: Regarding Dahlias   Ink: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake  Misc: linen thread, top note die, big shot, candy dot, washi tape

Badge  ss69f

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Friend

Happy Monday! I spent the better part of the weekend watching wrestling matches and being a good coaches wife, :) but was able to spend some time in the studio creating Sunday afternoon. Laundry didn’t quite get done but….oh well there’s plenty of time to do that during the week right?! ;)

My Friend

I am finding some time to spend on challenges, something I used to do a lot when I first started stamping and blogging and it’s been fun to get back to being inspired by a fun challenge. My card was created with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, the inspiration photo from Curtain Call for a cozy quilt theme and the hexagon challenge over at Moxie Fab World in mind.

I used the Six Sided Sampler stamp step and stamped the hexagons in Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Baked Brown Sugar. I splattered the white card base with pool party ink and topped it off with a simple sentiment adhered to the card front. Last, I added an in color boutique embellishment to the sentiment strip and a few candy dots to the card base.

I varied a little bit from the sketch, but I think the general concept is conveyed and the colors came from the inspiration photo.

Hmmm, I guess I better go work on that laundry now!

FMS Final 123-001  cozy quilt

Supplies: (All supplies Stampin’ Up!)

CS: Whisper White  Ink: Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Baked Brown Sugar  Stamp: Six Sided Sampler   Misc: candy dots, boutique embellishment, Stampin’ Mister

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Love Scrapbook Page

I have one more project to share today! Each month I have some friends come over for a scrapbook night. I have the pages pre-planned, but the girls make their own adjustments to the design and get to assemble everything on their pages. I try to add some techniques to the pages so we get to play too. :)

This month we’re doing Love pages (and one winter page) and I wanted to share one of those pages today. I saw an inspiration photo at Stampin' Royalty earlier this week and it must have stuck with me when I made this page the other night.



It started with the heart die cut background. I did that on Tuesday or Wednesday but finally came back to it over the weekend. Sometimes projects have to marinate in the brain, right? The heart background was cut in Primrose Petals, and then adhered to a Whisper White 12x12 sheet. After that I layered on some photo squares, doilies, a die cut love and a die cut flower. I also used some of the die cut hearts as embellishments on the page. Then I went through and added buttons, brads and rhinestones to the doilies and inside the hearts on the page. Last, I stamped a heart in Pool Party in one of the hearts and also backed a heart with Pool Party cardstock.

It was a simple page to put together once the idea started to form. :)

Here’s the inspiration photo. I pulled from the colors, the doilies and the flowers to incorporate them on my layout.  


Supplies: (All supplies Stampin’ Up!)

CS: Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Blushing Bride, Pool Party   Stamps: Banner Blast (heart), Secret Garden (flower)  Ink: Blushing Bride, Pool Party

Hello Sweet Friend

Today I have two cards to share! After making the first card I had a bunch of scraps on my desk and decided to throw them all together for a second card. The first one is a bit more traditional while the second one is more freestyle collage with all the little scrap pieces. Come see!

Hello Sweet Friend I took inspiration in the colors – Blushing Bride, Black and Very Vanilla – from the Nacho Average challenge and started by pulling out pieces of paper and embellishments in the colors listed. The Modern Medley DSP has been making its way into all of my projects lately, ha! I love it! After layering the DSP and a strip of Blushing Bride cardstock onto the Very Vanilla base, I then stamped a decorative strip from Mosaic Madness along the bottom in black ink.

I pulled out my Secret Garden stamp set and matching dies to stamp and cut the flower and then crumpled it to add some texture. I layered a black fern piece behind the flower which I raised up with foam squares. I stamped the sentiment, and finished off the card by adhering Blushing Bride candy dots onto black sequins and added those to the center of the flower.


So next is my second card made from all the scraps and pieces leftover from the first card! I stayed with the original colors but added in lots of gold!  Striped Doily

I started by adhering strips of sticky tape to the card base and then sprinkled gold glitter over the strips. Looking at it now I should have measured it out and done five stripes, but I’ll remember that for next time. :) I’m throwing this little number in for the Just Add Ink stripes challenge!  Next, I took a white doily and embossed it with gold embossing powder. Take your VersaMark pad and direct to paper stamp all across the doily, sprinkle powder over the doily and then heat emboss. Then it was a matter of layering on all my little bits and pieces.

The fern stem was the left over piece from the die cut above. I used this same technique on a card that was in Practical Solutions for Paper crafters Vol. 2 on using leftovers/bits and pieces.  I wet and crinkled the edges before adhering it over the doily. Then tiny strips cut from the dsp were layered under and extra flower along with a strip of lace trim. I also popped up the flower with foam squares. Last came the black and gold sequins.

I’m hoping to get back in my craft room later today. It was a big transition at first switching rooms, but I think both Gwynie and I are happy with the change! She has a much bigger room in the basement that’s perfect for a teen, and having my room on the main level has been so nice because I go in there whenever I want and don’t feel like I’m ignoring the family. :)

Supplies: (All supplies Stampin’ Up!)

CS: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Modern Medley DSP   Stamps: Secret Garden, Mosaic Madness, Six Sided Sampler (sentiment)   Ink: Blushing Bride, Basic Black   Misc: candy dots, Secret Garden dies, lace trim, doily, gold embossing powder, sticky tape, gold glitter; sequins (Hobby Lobby)