Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seize the Cake! Happy Birthday, LeAnne!

Pin It Now! Merry Mondays Challenge is celebrating the birthday of a very sweet and talented cardmaker, LeAnne Pugliese.  Here's my birthday card for you, LeAnne!
A quick and easy card to make, great for beginning card makers.  We let the patterned paper do most of the work, and use Stampin' Write markers to color the layers of the cake, making it look fabulously fancy!  The mini banner at the bottom is simply punched. 
Here, you can see the little row of pearls to gussy it up.
So, I hope you had a wonderful birthday!  It is so nice to visit with you in Blogland, you are very personable, and I'm sure everyone that receives comments from you knows that you took time to really look and appreciate their work.  You make everyone feel special, because YOU are truly special!  (((hugs)))

Click the graphic above to visit Merry Mondays, check out all the lovely birthday cards, and say Happy Birthday!

You can visit LeAnne's blog here.
STAMPS: Embellished Events, Something to Say
INK:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Basic Grey
PAPER:  Birthday Basics DSP, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls

Monday, July 28, 2014

Another Great Year - Birthday Greetings!

Pin It Now! I have had a fascination with this stamp set since I first set eyes on it!  Then it sat...and sat.  I wasn't sure what to do with it.  I love the scripty font, the festive banners, and the vintage feel it has.  This week's Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge gave me the jump start I needed, with the cute retro mixer in aqua & silver.
I went with the silver and aqua theme, with a touch of purple from the other photos.
I saw a cute sponge dauber polka dot card by Teneale Williams, and thought this was just the technique to use with this festive birthday stamp! Sponge daubers dabbed in Coastal Cabana, Certainly Celery, and Wisteria Wonder. The birthday sentiment is heat embossed with silver, colored with Coastal Cabana, and a few sequins are added.  
I used this trendy tilted layered look, and I like the way it adds interest to the dotty panel, with plenty of patterned paper peeking through.  
Inside, a greeting and a cupcake!
I'll definitely be turning out a few of these.  Super easy and really darned cute! 

Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and check out the DT samples - and please join in the fun!  

Check out Teneale's card here, with the dauber technique!

Have a blessed and creative day!

STAMPS:  Another Great Year
INK:  Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, Silver Stampin' Emboss, So Saffron, Blushing Bride
PAPER:  Coastal Cabana DSP from In Color Stack, Watercolor Paper, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Coastal Cabana Thick Twine, silver sequins, glimmer paper

Friday, July 25, 2014

For the locals - My OPEN HOUSE!

Pin It Now! Hey crafty friend!  If you're local to the Crossnore / Newland / Linville area, please come to my house for a visit!  We'll be making cards, a little gift box, and taking a look at upcoming classes, including CHRISTMAS! Get a jump on your preparations! 

Here's the who/what/when:

WHO:  You and/or a friend or neighbor
WHAT:  Stampin' Up! Open House, Catalog Reveal, and Make & Take
WHEN:  Thursday, July 31, either 1:00-3:00 or 7:00-9:00
WHERE: My house, Crossnore - email to RSVP for directions

You need NO skills to complete your projects, and this workshop is FREE! Come and see what's new with Stampin' Up! and the papercrafting world.  


RSVP with your preferred time so I can have your projects ready!  (828)733-6922 or

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thank You, Sweet Friend - HSS190

Pin It Now! It's time for a fun sketch over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I tried my best this time to stick strictly to the sketch, and not to use the Big Shot.  Looking over my latest cards, I realize that I use it for everything.  Which isn't bad at all, but I wanted to keep things a little simpler.  -ish!
I have a wonderful, wonderful friend and her husband that I have met through our love of card making, and today I made a thank you for her husband.  My boys call him Mr. Joe, and I can't begin to tell you how much they adore him.  He's so kind, and always willing to entertain them when us ladies are hid away making cards. 
I've stamped the soda pop onto a piece of white and layered the banners over the base.  "Sweet Friend" is part of a longer sentiment, so I used a marker to stamp the words I needed.  A wrap with baker's twine, punched heart, clothespin, and finally a few scattered sequins.  
Head on over to HSS to see what everyone's up to!

STAMPS:  Cycle Celebration
INK:  Real Red, Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Hello Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER:  Brights DSP Pack, Moonlight Paper Pack, Real Red, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  In Color Sequin Assortment, mini clothespin, Island Indigo Baker's Twine

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Postage Due Thank You Note - CCMCSU14-03

Pin It Now! Hey crafty friend!  I'm dropping by with a thank you note I made with the latest sketch from Create With Connie & Mary.  Super cute sketch!
I hope they're having fun with their first LIVE event!  Wish I were there!!!
This was honestly the easiest card I've made in a while!  I'm getting ready to head to my hometown to see my mom & dad for a few days, but I got the itch to make ONE more card, since I'll be without craft supplies!   Just a little criss cross with the papers and then trimmed them to fit, a tag that I made a pile of for customers, a black ribbon to anchor it, and some sequins.  Ta-da!  
I cannot do anything without sequins lately.  Just sayin'. 
I love Postage Due for it's vintage collage look!  And the "thank you" is new from Something to Say.

Thanks for swinging by!

STAMPS:  Postage Due, Something to Say
INK:  Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER: Typeset Specialty DSP, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, In Color Sequin Assortment, Strawberry Slush Thick Twine, Natural Chevron 5/8" ribbon
OTHER:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Christmas In July - Heart of Christmas

Pin It Now! The challenge at Merry Mondays this week is to make a green and white card, and this one turned out so different from the way I had it pictured.  Does this happen to you?  I was going to go the CAS route with a white base and maybe some washi tape.  Haha!

I decided to go more green and less white, with a combo of Old Olive & Confetti White, which is a much creamier white. 
I used a similar layout for my anniversary card last week, and I like the way it looks. The point in the front allows the patterned paper to show whether opened or shut. 
I embossed the cardfront with Lacy Brocade, and created a Hardwood panel with Old Olive ink and some sponging. Atop that, the sentiment Heart of Christmas is heat embossed white on Olive with a little more sponging.  A little banner of burlap and three tiny bells strung on linen thread fancy it up some.  Finally, rhinestones anchor the sentiment panel - I colored them with my Blendabilities. 

Go check out all the beautiful cards at Merry Monday!  BTW, I LOVE this inspiration photo.  Just gorgeous!
STAMPS:  Heart of Christmas, Merry Messages
INK:  Old Olive, White embossing
PAPER:  Old Olive CS, Candlelight Christmas patterned paper, Confetti White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Linen Thread, mini bells
OTHER / TOOLS:  Labels Framelits, Dotted Scallop Punch, 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Anniversary Card - From My Heart [ SUO100 ]

Pin It Now! Today is my 14th wedding anniversary!  Like the card suggests, I have enjoyed the passing of time with my dear husband.  He is my rock, and was placed in my life at just the right moment, 16 years ago, and we were married on the same day 2 years later.

Here's the card I made for him at 11:00 last night while he was still out working.
I found a card on pg. 130 of the SU catalog that I loved the layout of, so I used the basic sketch of it to create my card.  I tried to go very MANLY, but as you can see, I just had to add a few sequins to make it stand out!  I left the little fringes from the sequin trim to rough up the look a little.  

The point at the card front is made by marking the center with a ruler and then each side at 1-1/4", then using the trimmer to cut away the excess.  The chevron embossing is spritzed with Early Espresso and the Spritz Tool, and "enjoying" is gold embossed on Mossy Meadow.  The bottom strip is from the new Vintage Typeset DSP.   I'll be using that on so many things! 

I tied off the bottom with Baked Brown Sugar thick twine.  

And here we are, saying I Do, on a breezy July day on the Miles River. *sigh*
July 2, 2000
I'm joining SUO challenges in their 100th, and I chose #22 - Anniversary, of course! 
STAMPS:  From My Heart, Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK:  Early Espresso, Gold Embossing
PAPER:  Vintage Typeset DSP, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  gold sequin trim, Thick baker's twine in Baked Brown Sugar, Chevron Embossing folder 
TOOLS:  Spritz Tool, Heat Embossing Gun