Let's Celebrate!

So, I love this sketch from the current Retro Sketches Challenge. But I sorta reversed it. Because that's what I do. This is why I can't use sketches. I have an inability to follow them. HA! BUT...I have been dying to play with this awesome new Glass Effects Die from Spellbinders®! Seriously, you guys. I really love this die! I combined it with the gorgeous Snowflake Bliss Die Set for my graphic Christmas card.

Let's Celebrate

I used some pretty flocked papers as the background to add both warmth and texture. The gold adds a festive shimmer while keeping the entire design classic in nature. I kind of love how this one came together. These dies, you guys!!!! For REALS! I seriously love them. Amazeballs, I tell ya! Amaze.balls.

Let's Celebrate (detail)

You GUYS! These colors, and that soft, flocked texture just make me happy. It's like a hug. A hug on a card. *sigh* So, that's my card for today! I hope it feels like a hug to you, too. A shiny happy hug. Well, now that just sounds kind of weird, but whatevs. K. Moving on....

I am also linking this up to the ShowCASe your style challenge!

Have a Happy!


Dies: Spellbinders® Glass Effects Die Set, Snowflake Bliss Die Set
Specialty Papers: DCWV Flocked Papers, DCWV Glitzy Papers
Cardstock: Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth White
String: May Arts Irridescent White String
Label: Cosmo Cricket Punch Me Stickers


Happy Thanksgiving!

We are Giving THANKS with the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Team this week! That's right, the brand new challenge is to create a Thank you or a Thanksgiving themed project. The design team is using Simon Says Stamp exclusives this week. You don't have to use them to enter, but we would LOVE to see how you rock them if you've got them!


I have been absolutely LOVING these gorgeous new dies from Spellbinders and thought these tassels would be a fun thing to play with for a Thanksgiving card. I decided to cut several of them and turn them into a sort of floral medallion thingy. I kind of love that floral medallion thingy. For reals, though. It's kinda sorta awesome. I stamped the sentiment using the Simon Says Stamp Essential Greetings set, overlapping the words to create a unique look. This is super easy to do and offers a fun new way to play with your sentiment stamps.

Happy Thanksgiving (detail)

Now it's YOUR turn! Create something AWESOME inspired by the Thank You/Thanksgiving theme and link it on up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog. For reals, you guys... you could win a $50 Gift Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store. Just enter. Do it, dude.

You can find my complete supply list below. 

Have a Happy!

Embossing Powder: Stampendous Detail Gold
Tool: Spellbinders Tool 'N One (P.S. If you don't own one of these yet, it's pretty much a TAKE MY MONEY kind of tool Seriously. I use it every time I craft now. I can't live without this thing. For reals. I wouldn't lie about something so very important. HA!)


Wishing You Joy

Wow! So, I apologize for the few days I took off. I was in Phoenix at the Spellbinders Design Team Retreat and it was AMAZEBALLS, you guys. For reals. I can't even BEGIN to tell you just how amazing this trip was! I am so inspired to start creating!!!

I know several of you have been waiting for me to announce some winners! I have two to announce, so let's get right to it!

The winner of the Winnie and Walter $30 Gift Certificate is....  DEEPTI! Congratulations, Deepti! I will pass your name and email address on to Winnie & Walter so they can send you your prize!

The winner of the copy of Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs is.... Kelly Latevola! Congratulations, Kelly! I will be emailing you for your mailing address so I can send this out to you!

Whew! That was fun! Now onto another card that was inspired by the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop.

Wishing You Joy

One lesson focused entirely on one layer cards. This is generally a weakness of mine. While I do CAS, I usually have some layering of some kind on my cards, so I was excited to take this challenge. I loved the partial die cutting that Jennifer showcased, so I went ahead and tried it for this fun card! I used a Spellbinders® circle die along with a great matching stamp and die from Avery Elle to create my window. I inked inside the window and then heat embossed the sentiment.

Wishing You Joy (detail)

I used a scalloped circle die from Spellbinders to create a mask to do the inking on the inside of the card. I love how this adds just a touch more style to the inside. I am kind of loving this whole partial die cutting thing, so... I am fairly certain you will be seeing more of it around here. Because it's awesome. For reals, though.

I am just getting all caught up and back into the swing of things, so I am hoping to have a full week of posts for you this week. Thanks for stopping by! And as always...

Have A Happy!!!

Spellbinders Pierced Circle Die
Avery Elle Simply Tags: Christmas Dies
Avery Elle Simply Tags: Christmas Stamp set
Ranger Distress Ink
Stampendous White Embossing Powder


It's time for a new Challenge! (I know...I just said that in banner form, but now I've said it in word form, too, so it is REALLY time. For reals, though. No.. really....it's time.)

This week we are SEEING STARS! That's right! The challenge is all about STARS this week! The Design Team is using Studio Calico products and if you have some we'd LOVE to see you rock them, but they are not required to enter.

Starry Hello

I created a fun little starry city scene using both glittered chipboard star stickers and star sequins from Studio Calico. I used dies and an embossing folder from Spellbinders® along with them to create my scene.

Starry Hello (detail)

Now it's your turn! Create a fabulous project featuring STARS in some way and link it up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store!

You can find a complete supply list below.

Have a Happy!!!


Dies: Spellbinders® Row Houses, Spellbinders® Pierced Rectangles, Spellbinders ® Matting Basics A,  Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Banner Dies, Memory Box Urban Lowercase Alphabet Dies
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders® Bricks and Bark
Star Sequins and Star Stickers: Studio Calico
Ink: Wedding Dress Momento Luxe, VersaMark - Tsukineko
Embossing Powder: Stampendous!


Glad Tidings and Watercolor

I have another card inspired by the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop to share with you today! The Day 3 focus was watercolor and I decided to do a simple card (due to limited time) using the color blending techniques Kristina shared. I stamped and embossed a small, torn strip of watercolor paper with this awesome deer stamp from Bossy Joscie. I then watercolored over the image with various red tones.

Glad Tidings

I mounted the watercolored piece on a white panel with some silver metallic string behind it. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Inside Holiday Greetings stamp set. Except I used it on the outside. Because I'm rebellious like that. For reals, though.

Glad Tidings (detail)

I kept this design simple and I kind of love it. This one would actually be really easy to do in multiples, which is always a plus for holiday cards. I am not usually a torn paper fan, but watercolor paper just tears SO beautifully and I love how it looks when you paint over the torn edge. It just adds so much texture! LOVE!

Have a Happy!


An Autumn Birthday

Hello, folks! I have a pretty card using some GORGEOUS new dies from Spellbinders on the Spellbinders blog today! I'd love for you to stop by to check it out!


Head on over and leave some love! Thanks!


25 Days of Christmas TAGS {GIVEAWAY!}

I am excited to be participating in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags hosted by Tracey over at In My Creative Opinion! The CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Ink Squad is playing along today, so we have lots of inspiration using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! Woot! Woot! This is a pretty fun and TOTALLY inspiring blog hop! Today is Day FIVE, so be sure to head over there to see the previous days and follow along throughout this month for TONS of holiday tag inspiration!

Snowman Tags

I used the Bubble Labels Dies to create the snowmen shaped tags. I just chopped off one bubble and voila! Snowpeople. I wanted the arms to look like sticks, so after some consideration, I decided to use portions of the Casual Trees Fri-Dies for those. Umm... yes. I do love them. Lots. For reals, though. I stamped the bottom with a few snowflakes from the Must Love Snowflakes stamp set in pastel tones to add a bit of interest to the tags. I kind of love these little guys. They are just SO FUN!

AND...we not only have inspiration for you, but we have PRIZES, as well! Some super amazing companies are sponsoring the hop! We are talking Reverse Confetti, Clearly Besotted, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (obviously), Neat and Tangled, Paper Smooches, and Lawn Fawn! WHAT?! Yup. Totally, you guys!

Leave a comment here for a chance to win and head over to In My Creative Opinion for more information and more opportunities to WIN!

Have a Happy!