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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Be Happy!

This little foxy fellow looks pretty happy here!  Using a Crafter's Workshop Mini Cell Theory stencil, some translucent embossing paste, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink I came up with a really cool background that almost looks like splashing water!

Here's a close up of the "cells."
It's just SOOO cool!

So just another fun card for the Mama Elephant and Me Challenge here.  Inspired by

So many fun challenges out there!  Give this one a try, there is still time!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


My One Word for the Avery Elle I Heart U Challenge! See the details here.  Can't think of a better word, that reminds me of a special place, that I love!  Super fun images for the SURF'S UP set by Avery Elle.  When it's really, really cold in Alaska, like below ZERO F,  I like to get out of here, just for a break.  And, my favorite warm place is HAWAII!  It's an easy five and a half hours, maybe six hours direct flight from below zero to eighty (80) degrees.  Not a tough decision!  So this is my ONE WORD card.

Lots of fun with the masking technique on this card with the palm trees, the Van and the sun but, not a difficult process.  Once I started masking it was hard to stop!  All you need is a sharp pair of scissors and some stamping mask paper.  Coloring by Copic and papers by Studio Calico Atlantic Collection.  

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Clearly, You Rock!

On to another challenge card for the Simon Says Stamp, "Let's Be Clear" challenge here.  Featured in the challenge are the Clearly Besotted Products .  I can't believe it, but, sadly I don't have any of those stamps, yet.  I do have lots of other fun Simon Says Stamp crafty things that made this birthday card fun to create!

Sometimes it's a bit easier to see the dimension on the window when taking a side view shot.
Maybe this helps a bit.

This card actually had a mind of it's own, starting out completely different than how it ended up.  I had a cute little image colored up to use on the side of my frame thinking I would add one of these word circles and be done.  It ended up being all about these word circles that I die cut from the "Atlantic" paper pad from Studio Calico.
One of my all time favorite, die's is the Simon Says Stamp, "Happy Birthday" die in Kristina Werner's handwriting.  It's a must have, for sure!!

Here's another shot with a bit more light to it.

 I LOVE your comments!  Thanks for stopping by!  Clearly, YOU Rock!!!

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Purr-fect Birthday - Newton's Nook

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Newton's Nook!  I had no idea it was their Release Week and One Year Anniversary celebration, this week.  Visit them here:  I was shopping my stamps the other day to make a birthday card and started working on some Newton's Nook images.  This one isn't part of their "NEW" release but, it's still available and pretty cute!
It's a super sweet set, "Newton's Birthday Bash"with 5 sentiments to go along with all the Newton kitty images.
They are having giveaways for leaving a comment and a blog hop so hop on over and check them out!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Deconstructed Kaleidoscope

Another "Challenge" card, this time for the Mama Elephant and Me blog challenge here.  The inspiration was to come from this Martha Stewart's "Weddings," cover.


Having just ordered the Mama Elephant "My Sunshine" clear set I decided to ink it up in different colors, matching the inspiration piece. Love using the Cosmo Cricket Glitter Sheets!  The gold is so pretty and no mess!  The Mama Elephant "HELLO" die has such a fun flair to it, and thought it fit well here popped up a bit with some Kool Tak, which is very cool, and clear!  Finished off the card by adding a variety of enamel dots that reminded me of looking through a kaleidoscope seeing the  pieces of glass floating about, just "de-constructed."  

Thinking I may work on this whole Kaleidoscope a bit more.  Like cutting it out in a circle shape and fixing it so you can turn it...hmmm.  Sounds like a new project!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Cloudy with a hope of sunshine!  Another take on the Summer Color Combo for the Lawnscaping Challenge, sponsored by SIMON SAYS STAMP.  Was going through some hoarded 12 x 12 paper today and ran across these colors!  I think they are Bazill and not sure if they are even available anymore.  I love the look of inlaid die cutting so the sun is inlaid for a smooth background.

My kite colors are from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Petite Paper Pack (say that 3 times). The beams on the sun are from a beautiful spicy color in the BasicGrey Spice Market 6x6 Pack.  Was going for a bit of an abstract look for my kite tails so used some of the left over beams from the lighter sun color.  

And no sun again for us today and for all of you that are sweltering (I don't even know what that feels like!) it was 55 degrees today.  

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Throw Back Thursday - Winter Wilma, Stampin' Up

Lots of inspiration for cleaning our studio's out there.  Moxie Fab World has been highlighting some crafty spaces so I've been inspired to do a little cleaning up and cleaning out myself.  Been parting with some old stampy things and before I said good bye to this cute set, I decided to ink it up one more time.

Slowly selling some of my sets on Ebay.  Just out with the old and in with the new!  Since it's THURSDAY, what better time to post an oldie but a goodie.  Only attended one Stampin' Up party in my life and it must have been in 1999 when I bought Winter Wilma - So here she is:
I spiffed her up with some BasicGrey 25th and Pine papers and embossed a portion of the sentiment changing her enough to bring her into a new decade!
Just something fun for the day.  She's listed on Ebay.  Goodbye, Wilma!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Splish Splash!

No sun on my horizon yesterday or today!  So it's no wonder ducks splashing came to mind for this challenge card for the Lawnscaping Challenge "Summer Color Combo."    
It also works for the Lawnscaping Paper Piecing challenge, as well.  Going for fun summer colors of orange, yellow and that oh, so pretty, ocean blue color in my card.  
The puddle is actually a "lily pad" from the Hello Baby set flipped over to it's wrong side so the slit in the lily pad didn't show up in my puddle.  Used both Pool and Soft Pool Hero Arts Shadow inks to create the blue color for the puddle.  Glossy accents on my puddle to make it shine and Distress Stickles on my splashes to make them sparkle.  
We had sun on Friday, for the 4th of July and by Saturday afternoon it started raining.  Can you guess what Alaskan's are wishing for?  

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Leg Cramp?

Nothing like a little "leg cramp" to get you jumping about!  And, sooner or later it happens to most of us!  Airplane travel, jogging that 5 or 10K or just a good stretch can bring one on without a warning!  Lawn Fawn has the cutest flamingo in the "Gnome Sweet Gnome" set that was just perfect for the typical flamingo bent leg thing.  So this happened...
Seriously, what is life without a little humor to those painful times!  I love an inlayed die look of the sun.  Colored the flamingo up in Copic markers and cut the legs off the stamped image.  Covered  some black twine with Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte to stiffen it a bit, folded it up into a little LEG CRAMP and voila, "legs."
Lawn Fawn's Jessie's ABC's make up the sentiment here, stamped out in Hero Hues Black. Finished by glitzing it all up with some of the sequins from the Hello Sunshine collection.

Apple cider vinegar is suppose to be good for leg cramps....

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