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31 August, 2015

Altered Journal

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The project I'm sharing with you today is in fact one of 3 journals that I've stamped with a couple of my all-time favorite stamps from Stampin' Up!, Blended Bloom and Gorgeous Grunge. I did them months ago, long before the Labels Collection die and Skinny Mini Alphabet stamps retired, so I'm sorry it's taken me so long to share them with you!


Card: Crumb Cake (for die cut)
Ink: Lost Lagoon and Early Espresso
Stamp sets: Blended Bloom, Gorgeous Grunge and Skinny Mini Alphabet (retired)
Tools: Labels Collection Framelits (retired)
Adhesive: Tombow

Challenges...
#198 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#277 AAG at Craft your passion
#48 AAG at Inspiration Destination

I'll be back tomorrow with my latest DT creation for House of Cards, so I hope you'll join me then.


28 August, 2015

Marble Effect Mini Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I've got a special treat for you today. I'm sharing not one, not two, but three mini cards! Well, if I can't spoil you, who can? ;) Each card has been created using a left over die cut panel from a project that I can't yet show you, but I promise THAT project will be worth the wait!




Card: Whisper White and a few snippets of Lost Lagoon for the last one
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Pool Party and Jet Black StazOn
Stamp set: Me = Grateful
Tools and embellishments: Deco Labels Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Basic Rhinestones and Basic Pearls

Challenges...
#198 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AAG at TTCRD
#276 AAG at Craft your passion
#48 AAG at Inspiration Destination
#191 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a GREAT one! I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


26 August, 2015

Happy Birthday... To Me

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Yep, as the post title suggests, today is my birthday! To celebrate, I've made myself a card, using one of my favorite styles, the Framed Triple and the appropriate sentiment from Butterfly Basics...


Card: Whisper White, Crumb Cake and snippets of Strawberry Slush (retired) and Vellum
Ink: Strawberry Slush (retired)
Stamp set: Butterfly Basics
Tools and embellishments: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterfly Thinlits and Basic Rhinestones
Adhesive: Tear & Tape and Tombow

Challenges...
#198 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#191 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
Birthday Wishes at Incy Wincy Designs
#162 Birthday at DL.ART

Happy birthday to anyone else celebrating today too! I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


24 August, 2015

Scrappy Birthday

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Ever wonder what to do with all the thin offcuts you get when creating the mats for your cards? Do you even keep them? It might not surprise you to learn that I keep all mine. Originally it was with the hope of using them for sentiments, but now I've found an even better use for them; as the focal point and design on your cards...


Card: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz and lots of snippets of Lost Lagoon
Ink: Pear Pizzazz and Lost Lagoon
Stamp set: Tag Talk
Tools: Bracket Label Punch
Adhesive: Fast Fuse and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
Paper Piecing at Night - Shift - Stamping
#162 Happy Birthday at DL.ART
#197 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#191 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#238 Sketch at Less is More

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


23 August, 2015

Girls Night Out for 613 Avenue Create

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is my latest DT creation for 613 Avenue Create. We are ALWAYS anything goes, with an OPTIONAL twist and the twist this week is "Girls Night Out". The sponsor image I've used for the card is "Friends don't let friends wine alone", from Bugaboo Stamps and is great for this challenge! I've added some coordinating sentiment stamps from Stampin' Up! and I think I've nailed the brief :)


Card: Whisper White and Cucumber Crush
Ink: Memento Black
Image: Friends don't let friends wine alone (Bugaboo Stamps)
Markers: Blendabilities (retired)
Stamp set: Good Greetings (retired)
Embellishments: Basic Pearls and Crystal Effects (on eye glasses, wine glasses and bottle)

Challenges...
#197 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AG at TTCRD
#33 AG at Crafty Gals Corner

I'll be back tomorrow with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


21 August, 2015

Grungy Peony with Trust God

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

If you've read my posts over the last couple weeks, you'll have already seen 3 more of these gorgeous peonies, and this is the last, for now at least! This time I've teamed it with a couple of my OTHER favorite stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, Gorgeous Grunge and Trust God...


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Memento Black (sentiment), Blushing Bride reinker and Pear Pizzazz reinker
Stamp sets: You've Got This, Gorgeous Grunge and Trust God
Tools: Blender Pens
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#197 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#275 AAG at Craft Your Passion
#33 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
AAG at TTCRD

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a GREAT one! I'll be back on Sunday with my latest DT creation for 613 Avenue Create, so I hope you'll join me then.


19 August, 2015

"Graffiti" Butterfly with Me = Grateful

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's been quite a while since I created a square card and I thought it was time to put that right! My base card is cut to 5" and the new Brick Wall TIEF from Stampin' Up! is perfect for the job because it's 6" x 6" and stamping over the embossed surface gives a graffiti look to the sentiment from Me = Grateful...


Card: Whisper White and So Saffron
Ink: Delightful Dijon
Stamp set: Me = Grateful
Tools and embellishments: Brick Wall TIEF, Butterfly Framelits and Basic Pearls
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#142 Pretty Patterns at CAS-ual Fridays (I hope the brick EF qualifies)
#197 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#190 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground (large snippet for the butterfly)

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


17 August, 2015

Bohemian Peony

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's card brings together two of my favorite products from Stampin' Up!, the Boho Chic TIEF and the You've Got This stamp set. I think they look pretty cool together. Have a look and let me know if you think so too?


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Pool Party reinker and Pear Pizzazz reinker
Stamp set: You've Got This
Tools and embellishments: Blender Pens, Deco Labels Framelits and Basic Rhinestones
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#196 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#190 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#212d Die Cuts at HIMCR

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


14 August, 2015

Thanks for being YOU with You've Got This

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I have completely fallen in love with the gorgeous bloom in the You've Got This stamp set from Stampin' Up! I went for a subtle look this time, but the photo makes it look even more subtle! The petals aren't white, but instead colored with Soft Sky reinker...


Card: Whisper White and Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Jet Black StazOn, Memento Black (sentiment), Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz reinkers
Stamp sets: You've Got This, Me = Grateful and Hardwood
Tools: Blender Pens
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#196 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AAG at TTCRD
Brown at Clear it Out

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a GREAT one! I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


12 August, 2015

Framed Triple Butterfly with You've Got This

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today may look familiar to regular readers and you'd be right, at least the style of it. It's another framed triple butterfly, that's fast becoming one of my go to styles for a quick and classy card. You can see the first two cards I created in this style here and here.

This time I cut 2 of the butterflies from snippets of card that I covered with some of the washi tape from the Happiness Is PL Accessory Pack from Stampin' Up! The third was cut from a snippet of Very Vanilla.


Card: Whisper White, So Saffron, and snippets of Very Vanilla and Vellum
Ink: Delightful Dijon
Stamp set: You've Got This
Tools and embellishments: Bold Butterflies Framelits, Butterfly Thinlits, Scoring Board and Stylus and Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
W is for Washi at Butterfly Challenge
Linky Party #7 at CropStop (washi)
#196 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AAG at TTCRD
#211 Super Scraps at HIMCR
#189 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


10 August, 2015

You = Awesome

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is one I created during my first coloring session with the Blender Pens and some of my favorite inks from Stampin' Up!


Card: Whisper White and Tip Top Taupe
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Melon Mambo (pad and reinker) and Pear Pizzazz reinker
Stamp sets: You've Got This and Me = Grateful
Tools: Blender Pens, Deco Labels Framelits
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#195 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#211 Super Scraps Saturday at HIMCR (large scrap of Whisper White card)
#189 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


09 August, 2015

Favorite Color at 613 Avenue Create

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is my DT creation for the latest challenge over at 613 Avenue Create, where the optional twist is "Black, white and favorite color". While pink isn't my all time favorite, it is when it comes to the flowers in the creation. Roses.

I've used a favorite stamp set from Stampin' Up!, the sadly retired Painted Petals, to create a backdrop for the sponsor image, Rose and Bud, from Doodle Pantry.


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo
Stamp set: Painted Petals (retired)
Sponsor Image Rose and Bud, printed onto Whisper White
Markers: Pink Pirouette Blendabilities (retired)
Tools: Deco Labels Framelits
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
AAG at TTCRD
#195 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#158 AG at Brown Sugar

Today marks the first anniversary of the passing my best friend's father, the man I know and love as "Dad", and this card has been created in his honor.

Daddy, you were and ARE amazingly amazing! You are an inspiration and I am SO incredibly honored to have you in my life. I love and miss you, sweetheart.

I'll be back tomorrow with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

06 August, 2015

HUGE THANKS & Heat Embossed Faux Letterpress Pictorial for HOC

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Regular readers will have noticed that a major change has happened to my blog today. If you're reading this via email, please click the post title and come over to the blog to see it. The amazing makeover is thanks to the even MORE amazing Mynn Kitchen, owner of HOC and On a Stampage. It was the prize after entering her blogiversary giveaway last month. I'm amazed I won and amazed at the new look of the blog. It is SO me and was done with very little input from me. Those of you who know me well, will know that it's not often I'm speechless, but yep. Mynn did it! HUGE THANKS to Mynn for both her amazing work and inspiration!!!

So, with perfect timing after my bloggy makeover, you might recall that last Saturday I showed you this card, my DT contribution for the latest challenge over at House of Cards, where the cue is Metallic. Today I'm honored to be representing Group 2 and bringing you the pictorial for how to create the card...

You'll need Versamark ink, embossing powder (I've used Stampin' Up's Gold), an embossing folder (I've used SU's Boho Chic, a folded card blank, panel and extra for stampin' (I've used SU's Whisper White)

Open the EF and apply Versamark ink to the raised detail

Carefully lay the card panel onto the folder and press to transfer the ink

Lift the piece off and heat emboss with powder of choice

Stamp your chosen sentiment (I've used one of my favorites from SU's Me = Grateful set) in Versamark onto the spare card

Heat emboss the sentiment

Using a metallic marker (I've used one from Paper Mania), add detail to both the faux letterpress panel and the sentiment

Die cut or punch the sentiment (I've used SU's Deco Labels Framelits)

For a finishing touch color some pearls with the marker, leave to dry for a few minutes while you attach panel and sentiment to the card (I've lifted both with dimensionals)

Add colored pearls to card and you're done!

I'll be back on Sunday with my latest DT creation for 613 Avenue Create, so I hope you'll join me then.



03 August, 2015

Birthday Greetings with Moon Lake

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is the one I created for my bestie's birthday yesterday. I designed the card in my mind as soon as I saw the Moon Lake stamp set from Stampin' Up! in the then-new Spring/ Summer catalog, but didn't create it until early July. Yep, you read that right, around SIX MONTHS later! I'm not sure about you, but it is by FAR the longest lead time from conception to creation for me. EVER! Indeed the card is the reason why I bought the set, because I knew it would be perfect for him!

My bestie and I share so much, including some of my works in progress. Yep, he saw this one too, the watercolor. His response? "AMAZING!" Of course I didn't tell him it was for HIS card and he didn't see the finished card until he opened it. It was so tough keeping it secret from him, but I managed it. Just!


Oh, you're wondering what his response was? He loved it and yep, he recognized the painting! Grin

Card: Whisper White and Watercolor
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Smoky Slate
Stamp sets: Moon Lake (retired) and Wetlands (birthday sentiment)
Tools: Aqua Painters and Deco Labels Framelits
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#194 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
Take Your Pick at Papertake Weekly (color)
AG at Simon Says Wednesday

I'll be back on Thursday with a pictorial, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

01 August, 2015

New Challenge at House Of Cards ~ Metallic

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's time for a new challenge over at House of Cards and this month we have a great theme for you...


I've used one of my favorite embossing folders, Boho Chic from Stampin' Up! and a favorite stamp set that you've been seeing a lot of on my blog this week, Me = Grateful, for my card...

I've heat embossed the design in Gold and added more metallic with a blue metallic marker.

Card: Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Marker: Blue Metallic from Paper Mania (set of 5 with pink, green, gold and silver)
Stamp set: Me = Grateful
Tools and embellishments: Boho Chic TIEF, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and Heat Tool, Deco Labels Framelits, Basic Pearls (colored with the marker)
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#194 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#30 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
#88 AAG at Creative Fingers

The House of Cards DT is hugely talented. Please do stop by some of my teamies and show them some love too.

I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em