Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Oh my goodness - 10 Years ya'all!

Hello hello hello -

We have some BIG things going on with this post! December 2018 marks my TENTH year blogging!!! Whoa...can you believe it?

I can't.

I remember when I started this blog 10 years ago. My stamping friend Patricia told me I should start a blog and I told her nooooo I couldn't do that and she said sure you can it is easy.

The rest is history...I have to say some blogging years I have been a better blogger than others but I really do love it. It sometimes make me a little sad that the blogging world is not the same as it once was with the onset of social media and the loss of the reader programs where you could get your blog fix in one sitting reading, what 200, blogs at once. How I miss that.

I have to share a top 10 list in my 10th year right? Here are 10 of my favorite projects (in no particular order) it was really hard to narrow it down. I must say I am so happy that I have kept this blog because even though I may not have blogged about every project I have ever done I have a huge record of my projects and for the most part if I blogged about them I loved them.

....don't tell anyone but I do have a few doozies out here in blog land that I am not sure why I felt the need to share them but...anyway back to some of my favs.

Summer Sweetness - I have always always loved this stamp set. I just cannot get over how adorable it is and so quick and easy to use. I just used the last of these little seed packet templates but he watermelon one was always my favorite.

Christmas card set - This set just sort of came together with stuff I had forever in my stash and it ended up being one of my favorite Christmas sets I have ever come up with.

That one time my MOM commented on a post - As I was researching this post looking at some of my favorites I saw that somehow someway my mom who doesn't even know a thing about the internet loved and commented on this post. I had totally forgotten this even ever happened. This also does happen to be one of my favorite scrapbook pages still to this day.

A Clear Favorite mini album - I still enjoy flipping through this mini album, it sits on a shelf and I love that it is clear. It is playful, it is fun and it brings back great memories.

Love & Marriage - It only took my daughter 4 years to compete her wedding album I made her but boy was it worth the wait!!!

Fun Flip Card with tons of details - this card is sort of simple but I see it has a lot of cool stuff going on, random stamping, the rock and roll technique, it features the Art Philosophy card and it has some great deminsion. All the workings of a great card. 

Christmas gift - I love the way this simple give turned out. It is really amazing how a little something extra can make some thing simple turn into something amazing!

Bike Trio - I love making 3 x 3 cards they are perfect for gift bags or just to leave out for someone special.

A fish story - my mom wanted me to make an album for her and so I created this one of her and her friends on a fishing adventure. She loved it!!!

Way to go - I don't know what it is about this card but it is one of my favorites and I have used this pattern again and again!!!

Bonus - a post about why I love scrapbooking

Monday, December 10, 2018

H2H - Shake it up

This week we are shaking things up a bit over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog - I decided to make a fun card using our new Season of Joy Cricut collection and some beautiful gold sequins.

To make this card I used some edit features in Design Space and added a box around a snow flake to create a box. From there I added another box and then I sliced the image out so I could use it as a shaker card. 

We would love to see what you come up with.Shake It Up

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

SNS Card Sketch #135

I did end up changing this out a bit with a few embellishments instead of a sentiment but I love the overall simplicity of this card. Masculine cards are so hard to come by. I plan on using this sketch time and time again as I really love banners. 

I pulled out this long ago Cruisin' WOTG stamp set. I really just cannot get enough of this buffalo plaid from the Hello Pumpkin line. 

We would LOVE to see what you come up with using this Card Sketch #135 so make sure to link in over at the Sketch N Scrap blog.

Monday, November 26, 2018

H2H Color Challenge

Hello everyone, this week over at Heart 2 Heart we have a color challenge.

Sage, Sapphire, and Sugarplum

I had a lot of fun making this card with our new Thin Cuts -Shaker Window & Confetti and Decorative Borders. I used the Loose Sequins to full up the shaker and I added some of the Heart Confetti. Have you tried the new thin cuts yet??? I am so in love with them and they add the finishing touch I am looking for to my cards. 

I colored the butterfly from the Grateful Heart Cardmaking stamp set with the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush and oh my goodness this photo does not do it justice it is so pretty and so sparkly. I finished the card off with a couple of  Sugarplum Glitter Gems.

Stop of on over at our H2H blog to check out what project the rest of the Design Team came up with! 

all CTMH unless otherwise noted

Cardstock - White Daisy, Sage, Sapphire, Sugarplum
Ink - Black, Sage
Stamps - Grateful Heart
Other - Sugarplum Shimmer Brush, Sugarplum Glitter Gems, Loose Sequins - Silver 
Thin Cuts - Shaker Window and Confetti, Decorative Border

Thursday, November 22, 2018

H2H - Thankful Heart

Hello everyone - Heart 2 Heart's challenge this week is to have a Thankful Heart. I have some left over paper from the Grateful Heart collection and so I used one of the patterns out of the Make It from Your Heart Volume 4  and I also used my favorite new Thin Cuts-Decorative Borders to make these quick cards.

all CTMH unless otherwise noted

Cardstock - White Daisy, Goldrush, Fern, Saffron
Paper Pack - Grateful Heart
Ink: Espresso, Fern
Stamps: Grateful Heart - Cardmaking
Other - Gold Shimmer Brush, Thin Cuts Decorative Borders

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Paper Truffles Team Blog Hop - All Things Christmas

Welcome to the Paper Trufflez Team Blog Hop. The participants in this hop will be highlighting new products from the 2018 Holiday Expressions catalog. If you have come from Lisa's blog, you are on the right path.

The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here. It’s really simple to hop along with us. Simply click on the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one.

I was really happy with how this simple card all came together. I used the Seasonal Trees -November SOTM a little differently here. I embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Christmas Blessings Stamp Set using our Candy Apple Pigment Pad and some Embossing Powder. I then used a tree top from Seasonal Trees stamped around the sentiment. I added some berries to create this Christmas card that would be very easy to reproduce if you like to make multiples of the same design.

I finished it off with some Liquid Glass on the berries, added a couple of sequins and some Silver Embellishing Thread

Now “hop” on over to Cecilia’s blog to see her fabulous artwork. Be sure to visit all the Consultants in the hop to get some fun creative ideas. If you get lost along the way, here is a list of participants. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 12, 2018

H2H - Spotlight On...

You guys, have you seen this November Stamp of the Month? I love it. I have been making cards left and right with it. When I found out that the challenge for this week the challenge at Heart 2 Heart was going to be Spotlight On...I decided I wanted to create a scene featuring a blue sky. I have always loved this technique but for some reason I really have only done if a couple of times so this was super fun to revisit it.

To create this look I stamped two trees onto White Daisy cardstock. I took the first tree and added some ground cover and then attached it to some Candy Apple cardstock. On the other piece I stamped the little bird and some little stars using VersaMark pad and then I put some embossing powder on top of that. I then used a sponge dauber to swirl around Sapphire ink creating a night sky. Next I used a Thin Cuts - Basic Circle to cut out part of the scene and matched it up to the first tree.
To finish the card off I mounted it on my favorite buffalo pattern paper from the Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet and added some Clear Sparkles.

I really wanted to add a little bit of the Silver Embellishing Thread around the bottom but I couldn't find it. I must not have ordered it so I ordered some and I will add that to the card once it comes to finish it off.

Please make sure you stop by the other H2H Design Team Blogs to see what they came up with using this fun technique.

all CTMH unless otherwise noted

Cardstock - White Daisy, Candy Apple
Paper Pack - Hello Pumpkin 
Ink - Black, VersaMark, Sapphire, Candy Apple
Stamps - Seasonal Trees
Other - Clear Embossing Powder, Circle Thin Cuts,  Clear Sparkles