October 30, 2013

The 12 Kits of Occasions--October 2013

Autumn Blessings card

Hello!  It's time another edition of The 12 Kits of Occasions.  You can read all about the 12 Kits on the group blog if you haven't already.

Our hostess this month is Kara, and she sent us a fantastic kit full of Autumn and Thanksgiving themed supplies.  Here's a peek at the goodies:

As always, you can check out the full supply list at The 12 Kits of Occasions blog.

It's been a rough month at my house, but I managed to sneak in some time to make two cards and a set of 4 place cards.  There are plenty of supplies to play with later, and I will look forward to CASEing the rest of the girls with what's left.

Blessed card

Autumn leaf place cards

Sorry to post and run, friends, but I still need to prep for my class tomorrow and get through a pile of grading!

I hope you're having a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

October 21, 2013

Paper Smooches--Let's Chill

Last week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge was a a fun sketch, and although the challenge ended yesterday, I thought I'd share my take on it anyway.  I forgot to include the scattered star element and really couldn't make it work once my card was done, so it's just as well that I didn't link it up.  :)

I got the Memory Box Pine Border Background Die recently, and I had Paper Smooches' Swanky Snowdudes in mind when I ordered it.  Don't they work perfectly together?  I cut the pine border from chartreuse felt and added tiny clear gems to make the trees look festive.

I cut the snowy hills by hand and layered them, brushing clear glitter along the top edges.  The snowdude was also cut by hand and popped up with foam tape.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Pool Party), WPlus9 (White)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Swanky Snowdudes)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
Tools:  Memory Box (Pine Border Background die), Sizzix (snowflake embossing folder)
Other:  Papertrey Ink (felt), Zig (Wink of Stella clear glitter brush), clear rhinestones

We're enjoying some beautiful fall weather here at the moment, but I know those chilly winter days will be here before we know it.

Thanks for visiting today!

October 19, 2013

Clearly Besotted Challenge #5

Happy weekend!  We've had family in town all week, but I managed to sneak into my craft room for some stamping time.  I wanted to play along with the Clearly Besotted Challenge, which has a gorgeous autumn color palette this month.

Source:  Design Seeds
My card doesn't exactly have an autumn theme, but I loved these colors and thought they would work beautifully for a fall wedding card.  I was fortunate enough to receive the Blooming Marvellous stamp set for a DT assignment, but I hadn't had a chance to use the rose image yet.  I stamped it in shades of yellow and peach along the edge of an ivory panel.

The sentiment is also from Blooming Marvellous, and I added the little row of x's from Basic Banners.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow)
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted (Blooming Marvellous, Basic Banners)
Ink:  Hero Arts (Fresh Peach, Soft Cantaloupe), Stampin' Up! (So Saffron, Basic Gray)
Other:  pearls, thread

We're off to enjoy the beautiful weather today.  I hope you have some fun and/or relaxing plans for your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

October 17, 2013


Hi there!

I'm just popping in to share a little card I made for my brother's birthday, which then sat on my desk for days before getting in the mail terribly late.  Oops.

I couldn't resist the Free Spirits stamp set from Paper Smooches--perfect for many of the hard-to-create-for men in my life.  I just lined up the drink glasses, colored them with Copics, and added some of the cute accents from the set.

Some dots added with a white pen to make the drink bubbly, a simple "cheers" sentiment, and a couple of lines I drew with a black pen are the finishing touches.

Cardstock:  WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Patterned paper:  Echo Park (stripes), Stampin' Up! (orange)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Free Spirits)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip), Hero Arts (Ocean), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers, white gel pen
Tool:  corner rounder

I'm slowly trying to get caught up with all of you out in blog land.  My family recently experienced a couple of health emergencies which threw our lives into chaos for a few weeks, but the worst seems to be behind us.  I appreciate all of you who continue to stop by and leave such sweet comments, despite my irregular and infrequent posts!

Thanks for visiting today!

October 15, 2013

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge--Gorgeous Gourds

Hello there, friends!  Are you ready for another Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge?  We have another wonderful sponsor and a lovely photo to inspire you.  First the photo:

Now the sponsor:  Paper Sweeties makes some of the most darling stamps as well as a beautiful selection of hand-dyed seam binding.  Paper Sweeties owner/designer, Debbie Marcinkiewicz, was kind enough to provide the Curtain Call Crew with digital images or a discount at the Paper Sweeties store, and she is generously offering a $20 gift certificate to the LEAD in this week's challenge.  Thank you, Debbie!

For my card, I chose to work with digital images from Sweeties Wagon.  (Note:  Paper Sweeties does not offer digital images in the store, only high quality clear stamps).

I was really drawn to those beautiful blue pumpkins, but I also pulled the yellow and chocolate brown colors from the striped pillow in the background.  I repeatedly "stamped" the digital image of the two pumpkins across the card front and colored them with Copics (you could easily use masking with the clear stamps to create the same effect).

I used a strip of woodgrain paper I've been hoarding forever from my friend Suzanne, then added some solid cream twine and a button.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Patterned paper:  A Muse Studio (woodgrain)
Stamps:  Paper Sweeties (Sweeties Wagon)
Ink:  Copic markers
Tool:  corner rounder
Other:  The Twinery (Natural Solid twine), button

How will those gorgeous gourds inspire you this week?  I can't wait to see!  Stop by to check out the rest of the Crew's creations and link up your entry for a chance to win some Paper Sweeties stamps of your own.

Thanks for visiting!

October 1, 2013

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge--Spooky Scene

Believe it or not, folks, it is officially October!  This is my favorite month of the year, so I'm ready to ring it in with a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  Our theme this time is Spooky Scene:

We have another fabulous sponsor this month.  Danielle Walls, owner of Neat & Tangled, provided all of the designers with one of her darling Halloween themed stamp sets for this challenge.  She is also offering up any stamp set in the Neat & Tangled shop to this week's LEAD!  
I chose to work with the Graveyard Shift stamp set, and I couldn't resist this cute little spider.  I stamped his web repeatedly on white cardstock, then placed it behind a die cut window in black cardstock.

After adding the sentiment banner, strip of purple patterned paper, and popped up spider, the card front felt like it needed something more.  So I stamped and heat embossed the web image several times in the bottom corner and added a sprinkling of purple sequins.

Cardstock:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Black, White), Papertrey Ink (Orange Zest)
Patterned paper:  Pebbles (Trick or Treat)
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled (Graveyard Shift)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 3, Double Ended Banner dies)
Other:  Filigree (white embossing powder), Factory Direct Crafts (sequins), Zig (Wink of Stella glitter brush)

The Curtain Call Crew has even more spooky inspiration for you this week!  Be sure to see their designs over on the Curtain Call Challenge blog, where you can also link up your take on this week's inspiration.

Many thanks for your visit today!  Happy October!
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