Another Fabulous Year of Being AWESOME!

Just a reminder... I need your votes for the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking World Card Making Day Contest Honorable Mention! My card is the floral birthday card! Thank you so much to those who have already voted! You guys ROCK!!!

Today I am sharing a simple, but totally fun card. Date stamps. Somehow I feel like many of us end up with them somehow and then we tend to forget to use them. Or not have any clue HOW to effectively use them. I was definitely in this group, anyway. I received this super cute date stamp from the Shimelle Collection. It's adorable. Seriously. BUT, seeing as I don't scrapbook very often, AND, even when I did, I generally didn't use date stamps, I wasn't sure what to do with it. So, naturally, I took it out of the package and stared at it. Because that always works. HA!

Awesome dates

And then I remembered THIS awesome sentiment from Altenew. Yup. Combined with my date stamp, we had LIFT OFF! I changed the dates, including the year, on the date stamp with each use to get all kinds of dates on my card. They go backwards, they go forwards, they basically go all over the place! And that works SO AWESOMELY WELL with the sentiment and I LOVE that. (And yes, awesomely is a word... spell check told me so. No...for reals, though..I was kind of surprised by that, so I thought I should share. Awesomely. It's a word.)


So, in conclusion...

  • Date stamps are actually kind of awesome.
  • Awesomely is totally a word.
  • You actually CAN, awesomely, get ideas by staring at supplies you have no clue how to use.
Don't forget to vote. Awesomely. For reals, though.

The end.

Have a Happy!


A CAS-ual Christmas Card

Before we begin today, I need YOUR vote! I am one of the five Honorable Mention finalists for the World Card Making Contest at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine! I need your vote on my floral birthday card to win the BIG PRIZE! Thank you!!! You guys rock! GO HERE to VOTE!

I am up over on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp blog today with this card using a couple of the brand new, and totally GORGEOUS stamp sets!

Season's Greetings

I stamped the boughs from Pinecones first and then stamped and embossed the Wheat Wreath over that in gold. Because gold. I stamped the poem inside the wreath, using a little masking to make it work and then created a sentiment banner to layer over the wreath. Finally, a burlap string bow finishes if off!

Season's Greetings Wreath

I love how these two stamp sets played SO beautifully together! Such a pretty outcome! Be sure to head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog for even more inspiration!!!

Have a Happy!


I Need Your Votes!

Happy Birthday

Friends, this card won one of five Honorable Mention spots in the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking World Card Making Day contest, but I need your votes to win the prize! One of the five gets the prize package! Please go HERE to vote! I'd love your vote if you love my card! Thanks for being AWESOME!!!!

Have a Happy!

Paper Piecing Really is Fun

I have a secret. I really love fussy cutting. No... for reals, though. I mean, I am ALL about the dies. (Go ahead...take a moment to turn 'All About the Bass' into All About the Dies in your head...I'll grant you that moment....   Done? K. Good. Fussy cutting....), but sometimes it is just plain FUN to do some good old fashioned machine-free fussy cutting. And that, my friends, is what I had in mind when I created this card.

Hello Neighbor

I used the amazing sThis Awesome House stamp set from Winnie and Walter along with a bunch of different Crate Paper papers to bring this all together. I love how the patterns all come together and create this adorable little house! I also made sure to keep the colors neutral so this card could easily be used for anyone!

Hello Neighbor (detail)

I placed bits of vellum behind each of the window panes to give them a more glass like look and to prevent the house pattern from showing through. I also used a gold Wink of Stella to add some gold in some areas and Copics to add the grey toned stones. The background was created by first layering the patterned papers and then cutting them with the Spellbinders Pierced Rectangle dies to get that great pierced and embossed border. I love how that finishes it off so fabulously and gives definition to the patterned paper edges.

And that's all for today, folks!

Have a Happy!


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