Monday, October 20, 2014

Peace on Earth

Hello and Happy Monday!  This month is seriously flying by... and yes I'm sharing another Christmas card with Halloween not even here yet... yikes!  Alas, the life of a card maker hehehe!  So today's card involves some masking, creative stamping, and coloring.  And did I mention it was a ton of fun?  I chose to work with the All Wrapped Up Stamp Set from The Alley Way Stamps (it is one of their newest sets and it is so cute for the holidays!)...

I started this card by tracing one of my circle dies with a pencil.  I then stamped my birds at the top of the circle.  Next I created a mask for the birds and began stamping my "wreath" by repeatedly stamping the little leaf branch image.  I then colored my wreath before removing the bird mask.  Next I colored the birds and stamped my sentiment.  To finish things off I added some distress ink to the edges, backed it with patterned paper, and added some twine.  Oh and I almost forgot it got the glitz treatment with some wink of stella!

I am entering this into the following challenge:
Happy Little Stampers:  Here is the sketch I based this card on:

and in the One Crazy Stamper Challenge: Halloween/Christmas

Happy Crafting, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shine Shine Shine TAWS!

Today I'm getting super shiny! woo hoo!!! One of my favorite things to do!  I used the new Snow Daze Stamp Set from The Alley Way Stamps to make this little beauty...

I had a ton of fun embossing with various colors.  For the sentiment I embossed in a white fine detailed embossing powder from Piccolo Globecraft.  I then embossed the snowflakes in silver and gold embossing powders ( both have a shine and glitter added to them that I LOVE ), also by Piccolo.  I then went over the sentiment with silver and gold gelatos and a baby wipe.  Love the results!  I then adhered it to silver metallic cardstock.  You can find this on The Alley Way Stamps Blog today too!

Here is a better look at the Snow Daze Stamp Set:

I am adding this to the following challenge:
Merry Monday: Silent Night - I always think of snow falling softly when I hear this carol.
Virginia's View Challenge #8: CAS

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My First Video(s) Ever!!!

Hello (again)!  Today is an exciting day for me as my very first videos ever have gone live!!!  You can find them on The Nani Ke Ola Blog Today, and I'm also going to be posting them here for you as well!  Feel free to leave comments on their blog, it would mean so much to me if you could!  Hope you like... and I am planning on doing more, they can only get better with time right? hehehe!  I also plan on having them up on my very own You tube site soon, more to come on that later.... one step at a time!

So here they are...

Happy Crafting!

Pop Up Box Card - Monthly Technique Challenge

Hello, hello!!!  It's bright and early and I'm ready to share with you the new Monthly Technique Challenge for Pop-Up Box Cards.... pop up what?!  Yep, it's a box and a card all in one!  And super cute for recipients to have up on display!!!  Take a look...

To create this card I used this tutorial from SplitcoastStampers, and since it came with a video too, it was super easy to figure out.  Trust me if I can do it, you can too!  I hope to see your creations in our monthly technique Challenge, and try something new!  There are lots of different things you can do with these and I can't wait to see them!

Supplies Used:

Beach Bears Clear Stamp Set TC4604      Framed Handwritten Words Clear Stamp Set SS4406    Flower Trio SweetCuts Die set of 3 sc004   Mini Flower SweetCuts Die set of 2 sc010   Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad 

  COPIC Sketch Marker

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Unique Blog Hop - It's My Turn

*Scroll down for info. on the newest Challenge and how you can win a $20 shopping spree to their store (pssst - they just got new Tim Holtz products in, yay!)

Hello!  Welcome to post #2 for today, whew! *And I'm a day late! SO SORRY!!!  Wanted to have this up yesterday, but it just didn't happen.  I am sure you all know what is coming in this post, as the Unique Blog Hop has been traveling around for quite some time and I was honored to be asked to play along by my super talented friend Chrissy Tobas from Harvest Moon Papiere!  Have you seen her gorgeous work?  If not you'll want to click on her name and check it out, because she is awesome!!!  And this hop is all about supporting our fellow crafters and finding new inspiration, so what do you have to lose? 

Now onto the question part of this hop...

1. What projects are you currently working on?
 Oh boy I feel like I'm always working on something, usually for Design Team projects... which I have quite a few of those on my desk right now, so I can't show any peeks, but you will get to see them soon!  I am also hoping to get to play in a few challenges and Design Team Calls, as well as some Baby Shower cards for a few family members as we have a shower to attend this weekend, whew!  Yikes, maybe I should get cracking hehehehe!
2. What inspires your designs?

Other blogs are where I get most of my inspiration, and something I LOVE about our wonderful crafting community is that there is so much talent out there and so many willing to share their techniques and ideas that you can't stop being inspired if you tried!  I also love to read magazine's like Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking and Card Maker to name a few.  Finally, I turn to Pintrest for color combo ideas and pattern inspiration.  Here is my current inspiration board:

2. If you had to define your design style, what would it be?

I tend to create with a clean and simple design in both card making and layouts, but I have a problem with labeling myself because I don't want to find myself stuck.  For a while I was struggling with this, because I started to feel like I needed to only make CAS designed projects and it was limiting my creativity.  I believe it is important to stay true to your style, but sometimes I like to play with different styles and I don't think that's me not being me... it's me learning, and trying new things.  I also LOVE looking at various design styles and I LOVE looking at those who are really good at creating vintage and shabby chic projects, I just find that they aren't something I'm the best at creating and they just don't feel like me.   ( Could I say the word me anymore?! hehehe! )

3. What does your craft area look like?

Oh yikes... ok well it isn't as bad as it normally is, hehehe!  It is only half scattered as we recently had my son's 6th Birthday Party I had to clean and make everything disappear ( did I mention I'm a magician? ).  I craft in my dinning room, but let's face it we have never dined in this room and I have two shelves full of goodies so it's really my crafting room.
4. How does your writing/creative process work?

It depends on my mood I guess, and what I need to get done.  I tend to scope around the blogs I am following and see what things are trending, and it also depends on if I have specific products I have to use for Design Team work.  I usually start by looking at my products and seeing what can go together that I already have in my stash, I also like to see if there are any challenges to help get my mojo going.  I then sit down and get busy.  After my project is done is when I finally sit down to type it all up.
5. What three crafty products can you not live without?
My Cutter bee scissors, I have a crafting crush on them as I use them for soooo much!  Next comes my Scotch ATG... when I first saw these things I was like "whoa, overkill!", but when I got one in my hands it was love at first touch!  It lasts forever and I can get the refills for a great deal from other crafty friends.  Last I would go with Patterned Papers... some papers make me drool and just sit in my bin because they are too pretty to slice up... don't worry I'm getting better with this as I've finally come to realize that no one gets to appreciate those pretty sheets if I don't actually use them, doh!

Well I hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about me today, and if you've made it this far... THANK YOU!!!!  Now I have the honor of passing this on to someone that I love stopping by and visiting myself...

Vanessa from V's Sweet Ideas - love this girl!  She is so beautiful inside and out!  She also has the cutest little store carrying or OWN STAMPS!!!  She recently celebrated her second release and you are going to want to check them out here!

Fall Challenge with

Hi!  Today starts a new challenge at, and I had a ton of fun playing with my stamps and distress markers as I watercolored this card for the Fall theme...

To create this card I started by heat embossing my tree and sentiment with two different embossing powders.  Next I went about coloring with my markers and going back over with a wet brush.  I find it helpful to color only a little bit at a time and adding the water as you go.  If you let the colored part sit too long then it is harder to get the color to blend.  I also recommend using a thicker watercolor cardstock as you will be using lots of water. I just love the colors of trees in the Fall, so that is what inspired me most when I heard the title of this challenge.

I hope to see you play along as it is open to everyone and any products are allowed to be used.  If you have a image, die, or stencil (they carry these now too!) you will get a second entry, woot woot!

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Use Watercolors

Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:

Two Swirly Trees 1032H    Framed Handwritten Words Clear Stamp Set SS4406      Fine Detail EP MEDIEVAL METALS    Fine Detail EP FALL FIESTA SPARKLE 

  Distress MARKERS Full Set in Canister

Monday, October 13, 2014

Poppy Sketches Challenge Time!!!

Hello!  Welcome to post #2 for me today, woot woot!  I am here to share the new challenge for Poppy Sketches...

I used some fabulous Gina K. products today, because that also happens to be who is sponsoring this challenge, score!!! 

Can't wait to see what you create for this weeks challenge!
Happy Crafting!