Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Bunny Does the Happy Dance for HSSSC208

Pin It Now! This sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments will have you pulling out embellishments and ribbons from all corners of your craft room.

Lots going on here! The oval shape is just perfect for the Happy Easter Bunny stamp, and I got another chance to use my Bow Builder Punch, embellished with a little sequin and a rhinestone.  I love coloring the bunny and the little vine around him!  For the side circles, I used vellum with a Starburst die cut in half and hole punched with a Crop-A-Dile.  I love using vellum to add layers. 
Hop on over to HSS and play along!  

STAMPS: Happy Easter Bunny (Spring 2015 mini)
INK:  Memento Black, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
PAPER: Brights DSP stack, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Vellum
EMBELLISHMENTS: Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Strawberry Slush Thick Twine, Basic Rhinestones,Bow  Builder Punch

Monday, February 23, 2015

Butterfly Basics Birthday HSSSC206

Pin It Now! I thoroughly enjoyed myself making today's card!  I love layers, and these are subtle, but there are plenty of them.
The sentiment panel is made up of several stamps from Butterfly Basics, then spritzed, then pierced with the coordinating piercing template.  The butterfly is a leftover wax paper layer that I used so that all the little bits don't stick in the thinlit!  I love how it's so very thin and translucent, but doesn't add bulk. I also added a sponged layer of roses stenciled with a paper laser cut sheet from this spring's Artisan Embellishment Kit.  
The sketch we are offering at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week is a great one. 
Inside, just a couple of DSP strips to complement the front.  
STAMPS: Butterfly Basics
INK: Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White Craft
PAPER: All Abloom DSP Stack, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS: Artisan Embellishment Kit Spring 2015 (pearl), 
BIG SHOT: Framelits Labels, Large Polka Dot TIEF, Butterfly Thinlits
OTHER: Piercing Pack, wax paper, Spritzing Tool

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Clean and Quick Thank You Notes with Simply Wonderful.

Pin It Now! Happy Day to you!  I'm passing the time today watching the snow from my craft room window and looking for a little card challenge for a little fun.  I found Can You Case It and they're looking for a 10 minute card.

Here's my 10 minute card...
And this one took about 20.
I CASE'd inspiration from the latest Stampin' Success magazine.  I always read it from cover to cover and try to glean lots of inspiration.  
Check out all the great samples at CYCI by clicking on their graphic.
I was happy to use a little of my Stacked with Love DSP even though Valentine's Day is behind us. I plan to use it up!  These TY's are for my son to give for birthday gifts he received, so they're a bit on the masculine side - he turned 14 :D. 

STAMPS: Simply Wonderful
INK: Craft White, Versamark Clear, White Stampin' Emboss
PAPER: Stacked With Love DSP Stack, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Basic Black
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Frosted Sequins, Island Indigo Bakers Twine, Banner Punch, Artisan Embellishment kit (purple ribbon)
BIG SHOT: On Film Framelits, Lg Polka Dot TIEF

Monday, February 9, 2015

More than Butterfly Basics HSSCC205

Pin It Now! Butterflies on a greeting card are always a good idea. They are ethereal, beautiful, miraculous, and delicate.

Butterfly Basics is the prettiest set out there now, and the matching Framelits make a pretty card light work!

Here, I have created my thank you card, borrowing the ink resist idea from Breelin, and CASEing the sketch from the Spring Occasions Mini pg. 27.  The colors for the challenge stumped me a little, because I don't have the Birthday Bash DSP that contains these colors.  So, I showcased each color on a die cut butterfly with Irresistably Yours DSP, sponging each one in a different color, and letting the emboss resist pattern do it's trick!  I like the way it turned out!
A couple of embellishments from the Artisan Embellishment kit anchors the center butterfly, and the "thank you" from Lotus Blossom is stamped on a tag die cut from the Curvy Keepsakes Box.  I wish I was one of those people that could stick to one stamp set, and not be allllll over the place with supplies.  But...I guess, if you got 'em, use 'em!

My card is oversized at 4" x 6-1/2", so I handmade an envelope with the punch board.  Easy peasy, and how cute!

Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and give this combo a try...I'd love to see what you're up to!

Have a blessed and creative day ~ Erika

STAMPS: Butterfly Basics, Dictionary, Lotus Blossom
INK:  Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral
PAPER:  Irresistably Yours DSP (Sale-A-Bration 2015), Crumb Cake, Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
EMBELLISHMENTS: Artisan Embellishment Kit (metal button, doily), white twine, sequin
BIG SHOT: Butterflies, Apothecary Accents, Curvy Keepsake Box (round tag) Thinlits Dies. 
OTHER: Envelope Punch Board, Sponges

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Bunny's Happy Dance

Pin It Now! Isn't this the cutest Easter bunny ever?  It rivals Stampin' Up's beloved chocolate bunny in the sweetness department.  It's nice and big, easy to color, and makes a BIG statement!

Here I've used our latest sketch from HSS to showcase my cutie.
Those embellishments on the top...amazingly beautiful!  The resin rose, pearls, and the doilies are all included in SU's latest Artisan Embellishment Kit. The bunny is colored with Blendabilities skin assortment, in Nude and Blush for the belly.  I used a variety of markers and Blendabilities for the flowers, eggs, and leaves, depending on what colors I needed.  I used only one doily - cut in half and strategically placed.  
And some glitter on his tail!  
Inside, I chose a retired sentiment, as I wanted to stamp something in there, but "Happy Easter" is already emblazoned on the front.  So since the bunny is dancing, and Easter is the most important Christian holiday, "celebrate" is totally appropriate!
Here's the sketch...what can you do with it this week?  Head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and have fun!  

STAMPS: Happy Easter Bunny, Inviting (ret)
INK:  Memento Black, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight. Blendabilities: Skin Tone Assortment, Old Olive light. 
PAPER:  Painted Blooms DSP, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Artisan Embellishment Kit, Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
OTHER: Creative Memories oval cutting system

Friday, January 16, 2015

Oh, Happy Day! Cascading Birthday Card

Pin It Now! Today my first born is 14!  Where does the time go?  I know it's sappy, but wow!  He's officially taller than me, and very nearly smarter, too.

I made him a dude card.  He loves the mechanical cards that I make - cards with fancy folds, flips, etc.  More than just folded in half! This one is a cascade card, and wasn't at all hard to make after watching Dawn's video here.
Embellished with Typeset DSP, Starburst Sayings, and a little gold trim.  We'll see if it's manly enough!

I love this card fold, it's interesting, and shows off the tons of DSP that some of us are hoarding!
The back...

The "HAPPY" is dotted with Crystal Effects and sprinkled with glitter.  It reminds me of a lit up Vegas sign!
It's a bit oversized (standard A6), so a handmade envelope was in order.  
Check out the snack & soda "cake" I made for him last night!  A great way to use up old ribbons and such.  I love making basket cakes :)  You can find a how-to here.
Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ Erika

STAMPS: Starburst Sayings, Chalk Talk, Something to Say
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER:  Vintage Typeset Specialty, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Gold Sequin Trim, Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon, gold glitter, Crystal Effects
BIG SHOT:  Starburst Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits

Monday, January 12, 2015

"LOVE" this Geometric Card!

Pin It Now! There's a fun color combo that's so appropriate for Valentine's Day that I wouldn't dare call it a "challenge"!  Here I have made a card from triangles for one of my sons - even with the Melon Mambo, I think it'll pass for masculine.

The card base is 5-1/4" square, layering white on black.  Then I added a layer of vellum to soften it up a bit.  The sentiment was heat embossed with Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss (so glad I have that on hand!) and I placed a 1-3/8" circle punch of white behind it to give it a little frame.  The squares are 1", cut in half diagonally, using Basic Black, Melon Mambo, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer.

Inside, a retired sentiment that I use a lot.  Sweet and simple.  
I'm also waiting for my spring order to come in...I'm late to the party!  Had so many other responsibilities calling my name this month!  
You simply have to play along this time - who doesn't need to make a Valentine for someone?  

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  Something to Say
INK:  Versamark, Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss powder, Basic Black
PAPER:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Melon Mambo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Vintage Typeset DSP (diagonal stripe)
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Strawberry Slush thick twine, Basic Rhinestones