Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cinnamon Coffee Wishes ~

Hi there!  I’m back with another card for the Stamp-a-faire challenges.  Again, I’m combining the PTI August Blog hop with a couple S-A-F challenges – Scent-sational cards and Tea Staining Techniques.  I started with this combo/sketch from the hop and switched out fine linen for vintage cream.



I recently got these flowers as a prize and found them a little lacking, so I separated every piece to re-assemble them. 

When I saw the tea staining challenge, I knew I had to stain the bottom piece of burlap with coffee - cinnamon coffee to be precise :)





coffee flower

The base is stamped with text from Wplus9 Designs’ Defining Words set in Antique Linen.  The diagonal is stamped with A Little Bit of Argyle in kraft and chocolate, then heat embossed with a cinnamon coffee embossing powder mix.  The sentiment is also embossed in Versafine Onyx black on a Stitched Flag from Lil’ Inker Designs.  Definitely a hand over in person type of card!  lol

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you’re having fun creating today!!



Salt Dahlia ~

I’m back with another card for the Stamp-a-faire challenges.  I’m combining the PTI August Blog hop with a S-A-F challenge that I’ve been wanting to try for a while – Sprinkle of Salt.  I’ve been dabbling quite a bit with the Delightful Dahlia Additions from a release or two ago, and I must say that I absolutely, positively love these stamps!!  Mix them with Distress inks and watercolor paper and I’m in heaven.  I used this yummy blueberry smoothie pic as the color/sketch combo


I chose a little creative license for the sketch and placed my sentiment inside the circle, as well as placing the floral component on the bottom. 

salt dahlia

The entire card is watercolor paper.  Once finished stamping the flower and leaves, I just lightly spritzed it with water to muddle the details a bit.  The mat was misted and painted with Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans distress inks (for Hawaiian shores and enchanted evening) then sprinkled with salt. 

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I think the effect was lost a little because of the watercolor paper.  Still pretty though!  Ok, I’m off to link this up and show you one more little ditty before the night is through!  :)



Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop ~

Hi there!  I’m playing along with the PTI August 2013 blog hop today.  I’m also playing along with some of the Stamp-a-faire festivities, but while I’m waiting for the watercolor paper to dry, I thought I’d type up the post for the blog hop. 

I chose this fun rainbow cake graphic to work with


I actually had ideas for many more, but couldn’t wait to play with this one.  I didn’t have hibiscus burst paper, so I used raspberry fizz.  I die cut two strips each of the By the Numbers border die and went to town!

pti august blog hop

Super cute and fun!  The sentiment is from Wishes Come True.  I liked how the sentiment fit into the numbers.  Hope it tickles!  Have fun on the hop!



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lil’ Inker Designs 3rd Birthday Celebration Hop ~

Hi there!  Welcome to a super fun birthday hop for the fabulous Lil’ Inker Designs!  You should’ve arrived here from Alicia’s blog…if not, bop on back to Laura’s to get started off right!  LID is 3!!  As part of the festivities, the DT have created some fun birthday cards, tags and projects based on the gorgeous graphic below. 
I decided to use the Mini Party Die set to create a birthday card for this celebration based on the balloons.
lid turns 3 
All the papers are from the Echo Park Summer Days.  I love using the negative of a die cut and it’s just fantastic that the Stitched Mats: Circles leaves a stitched detail behind.  Pure genius, I tell ya!  The 3 is supposed to be crooked, like the balloons are carrying it away…hope that came across.  The sentiment is from the new Snarky Sentiments which we are previewing today.  Because of this little celebration, it’s on sale for $10! 
The challenge for you, should you choose to accept, is to create a card, tag or project using the graphic as inspiration, use the graphic and talk about how it inspired you in your post, and link directly to your birthday post via the linky tool on Laura’s blog.  LID goodies don’t have to be used exclusively, but they must be part of the creation!  Lots of good prizes with this one including a $50 gift certificate, so go get crafty!! 
You should hop along to Amy’s blog now!  Have a super day!  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tball Thank You ~

Hi there!  Without meaning to, I’ve been super absent from here again.  Life just seems to pass by so quickly.  We had a crazy hail storm here just a week ago that pounded us with up to golf ball sized hail for a full 45 minutes and totaled my garden, yard, roof and car.  :(  Looks like it’ll be car shopping for me this week.  The biggest bummer is that I just paid my car off in July, so I’m hoping to find something nice, with low mileage and all the amenities that I’m now accustomed to.  LOL  Wish me luck!!

Before I show you a quick card I made with some LID goodies, I want you to mark your calendars


Lil Inker Designs is turning 3 and having a birthday bash hop!  Lots of prizes and eye candy for all!  Be sure to be back here on August 15!

Zane played Tball this summer for the first time

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I can’t even say he loved it, but it’s good to get him in sports of some kind and let him do the whole responsibility thing, meet new kids, etc.  Since coaching a bunch of 4-6 year olds is extremely hair raising, I decided to make his coach a little thank you card.  She was coerced into coaching rather than volunteering, so I thought it only necessary to let her know how much I appreciated her doing something none of us other parents were willing to do.

baseball thanks

Out came my Lil Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Circles to create a shaped card.  So fun!  The line image and sentiment are from Mom & Dad Sentiments.  I simply placed the line stamp on top of the circle and curved it just so, then picked it up with an acrylic block.  The card base was cut out with a plain circle die.  All you have to do is pull the fold of the card just inside the die, so it doesn’t fully cut out a circle.  If I were more organized, this card would’ve only taken me about 5 minutes to make!  lol   These would be great ‘thank yous’ for a sports themed birthday party too!  And easy to mail. 

Ok, I’m off to start a new venture – professional photography.  Eek!  I’m super nervous, but since the gig is a ‘Sloshball’ tournament, I’m sure it will all go well.  Have a great weekend!