Food & Drink

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is all about food and drink.  Now, I have to admit, I do quite enjoy yummy food.  Too much, but food can be a delightful part of life.  I’ve done quite a few cards with coffee themes, so I decided to go in a different direction.


I have seen this burst die before, but I didn’t pay much attention to it.  Then I saw my friend Heather use it for several cards with cute critters and patterned paper.  I have way too much patterned paper that I need to use, but struggle in using it.  So, of course I made a very logical decision to buy something else in order to help me use what I have.  Perfectly logical, right?



A Housewarming CASE

A childhood friend of mine is moving.  They’ve outgrown their tiny house and have been trying for a couple years to sell and move.  Having a tiny house (not a literally tiny house as it now means, but an 800 sq ft house), it was hard to find qualifed buyers.  But finally, they’re days from closing.  I’m so excited for them!  I plan to make a gift as well, which I’ll share later.

I bought this stamp set on sale from Simon Says Stamp a long time ago.  I didn’t have any home/housewarming sets so I thought it would be good.  But I hadn’t used it and found it difficult.  So last night, I googled images and found a card I liked.  I CASEd it, and just now when I went to find the original to give credit where credit is due, I discovered it was by an artist who’s work I knew and liked!  Happy 🙂
Yana Smakula | Simon Says Stamp – Your Heart is My HomeSource: Yana Smakula


Love You

I have not done much scene building with stamps.  It intimidates me.  For today’s card, I broke out the Concord & 9th stamp set and made a wreath.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  So much so that I think I’ll have to do this more often.


Concord & 9th
American Crafts glitter
Simon Says stamp hybrid inks
Misc cardstock

A Few Cards

Lately, I have only been blogging the cards that I make for challenges.  I don’t have a regular following on this here blog.  I’m okay with that.  Blogging takes a lot of work!  And I’d rather spend the energy creating cards than blogging about them.

But, these cards, are some of my favorite recent cards.  And they were just for me :).


But seriously, isn’t Nessy so cute?  I didn’t want to color (I’m weird, I don’t like coloring), but I really like how the clean line simplicity of this turned out.  I originally masked Nessy off so the wave didn’t stamp across him/her, but both my daughter and I liked it better with the water being in front of Nessy.

Lawn Fawn Lovable Legends stamp
SSS ink (catkin, slate blue, and another blue that I can’t remember)
Misc cardstock

Take a Leap

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was to take a leap and try something new.  Having been interested in a faux letterpress technique for a while, I decided to give it a try. Now, I’ll be honest (and I’m not just begging for praise), I really messed this card up.  I tried the faux letter press a few times and this was the best I got.  But it’s done.  I also tried another new techinque – glittering with my minc.  Yeah, another total flop.  But oh well.  It’s done.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it :p


Ombre’ Stenciling

Today’s card is playing along with the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #241 challenge.   The challenge is to use ombre stenciling.  I don’t have many stencils, it’s not a technique I really enjoy doing.  So I had to use a very limited stash in a creative way.  I wanted high contrast with my card.  I’m still processing this card, and I may possibly remake another to see if I can improve it.

At any rate, here is todays card:


Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold inks, Vintage linen stamp set
Misc: cardstock, enamel dots
Versafine ink
American Crafts gold glitter tape
Studio Calico: stencil


Simon Says Stamp Wendesday Challenge is to make a card “touchy feely”, add texture.  I threw this idea around for a bit not sure what to do.  I finally settled on breaking out my embossing folders which I rarely use.  I’ve had this folder for probably a year and have yet to use it.  After pulling this card together, I think I’ll go for this look more often.

I used a My Favorite Things stamp, stamped it with my MISTI, used my laser printer to copy it and then Minc(k)ed it.  (How do you spell that?  It’s not Minced because then that would be a /s/ instead of a /k/ sound….but I digress).  Some SSS Catkin, Twirling Tutu and Spring Rain inks blended so very softly gave a light airy look to the embossing.


My Favorite Things – Written in Watercolor
WRMK embossing folder
SSS inks
Thermoweb foil
American Crafts gold glitter tape

So Fawned of This Stamp

I grew up in a rural logging community.  While no one in my family made their living in the logging industry, it was an integral part of our community.  Even our annual festival was established around a logging theme.  When I saw this stamp set from Neat and Tangled, I knew it had to be mine.  I bought it the first chance I had.  Not very often do I try to purchase when the release goes immediately live, but this one, I did.

I’ve been trying to improve my skills at scene building.  Some people are so stinkin’ talented at it that I’m intimidated to try.  But I’ve learned, if I never try, I’ll never learn.  So, to work I have gone.  As part of this self-challenge, I saw that Little Tangles challenge #66 is to use ombre.  What better way to use an ombre look than in a sky?  And a sky is perfect for a scene.  Of a cute little logger boy.  In watercolor, which can achieve an ombre look.  Yes, it was meant to be.

Now I just have to figure out who to give these cards to…


Neat & Tangled Fawned of You stamp
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Licorice ink
Versafine Black Onyx ink
misc – watercolor paper and cardstock