Monday, September 21, 2015

Cozy Christmas HSS221

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The new Christmas goodies have inspired me today, along with Hand Stamped Sentiments' latest sketch, which is AWESOME. I adore the vintage feel of the Home For Christmas collection!  The Designer Series Paper coordinates so well with this old fashioned stamp set. I'll be spending LOTS of time with these!
I used lots of DSP from this pack to embellish my card, and absolutely no ribbon or big shot products!  That is really unusual for me.  I like the layers, the patterns work well together.  Great paper pack!!!

Here's the lovely sketch!  Click below to play along. I'd love to see what you do!  
STAMPS:  Cozy Christmas
INK:  Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party
PAPER:  Home For Christmas, Silver Glimmer paper
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Basic rhinestones

Monday, September 7, 2015

Get Well Soup HSS220

Pin It Now! Keepin' it simple with a big, easy stamp on a clean background today.  Get Well Soup is an excellent stand-alone stamp!  For the latest color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments, I added a strip of black striped paper, sponged with Daffodil Delight, and cut away a small portion of the card front so it shows inside and out.  Used an Aqua Painter to color the teacup, and sponged Tangerine Tango on a heart die cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
I fussy cut the teacup and popped it up, as well as the glimmer heart.  My Sahara Sand marker was used to add some shading. Finally, the metallic thread wrap with an antique brad. 
What do you think of this color combo?  Come on over to HSS and play along, I'd love to see what you do!
Have a blessed & creative day! ~ Erika

STAMPS:  Get Well Soup
INK: Memnto Tuxedo Black, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand
PAPER: Whisper White, Vintage Typeset Specialty DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Antique Brad, Gold Metallic Thread

Monday, August 10, 2015

Celebrate! With Birthday Wishes HSS218

Pin It Now! I'm working my way through my new supplies, and it's taking a while, since I have had so little time to do crafty things lately.  Late summer brings veggie canning, outdoor projects, and back to school prep!

I've been looking forward to using this fun set, Birthday Wishes!  It's a photopolymer set, which means layering couldn't be easier!  So, using our latest color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments, here's a cake that's cute as can be!
The colors:
I love the colors!  They're great for guys or girls.
And how about that metallic thread? And the corrugated paper! The little details make all the difference.  I think it'll be SO cool when the birthday person sees the little golden sparkle on this card.  
Inside, one of the cake layers is stamped with the included sentiment in Pool Party.
Have a blessed and creative day!  ~erika

STAMPS:  Birthday Wishes
INK: Tangerine Tango, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Pool Party
PAPER: Tangerine Tango, Pool Party DSP (retired pattern), Corrugated Paper, Whisper White, Basic Black
EMBELLISHMENTS: Expressions Natural Elements, Gold Metallic Thread, Decorative Dots TIEF

Friday, July 31, 2015

Timeless Elegance Sympathy Card

Pin It Now! I The Timeless Elegance paper is SO amazing!  Every sheet is drop-dead gorgeous, and coloring is way easier than I thought it would be. 

I've used the fabulous vintage rose sheet to make a sympathy card. The roses are colored with Watermelon Wonder and an aqua painter. This cardstock is pretty thick and handles the water well. I'm amazed at what an impact that little bit of color has on this paper!
You can get SIX card fronts out of each sheet of this beautiful paper, and there are 4 sheets of the florals in the pack (2 patterns). 


A Whole Lot of Lovely!

Pin It Now! I'm having a super sparkly day because, finally, I have my first box of new catalog goodies AND I scheduled time to make something with them! 

This is a new hostess set called A Whole Lot of Lovely. I ADORE all four stamps in this set. There's a single floral stamp that I can see me using a lot.  And how do you like this happy patterned paper? It's a great 6x6 stack, Pretty Petals. 
I'm participating in a challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, where you have to use something new that reminds you of something old that you used to have. My new / old supply is the Venetian Crochet Trim. It's an update version of several vintage style lace trims that I've had over the years, including the most recently retired "Victorian Lace" trim. They're all awesome, whatever version!

Also participating in The Friday Mashup, with a square card.  

The sentiment was gold embossed to make it easy but special. And my little wooden trim is retired Autumn Wooden Element from last year's mini, but I pulled it into the card since they never got much use! 
STAMPS:  A Whole Lot of Lovely
INK: Gold Stampin' Emboss
PAPER:Pretty Petals DSP Stack, basic black, calypso coral, whisper white
EMBELLISHMENTS: Venetian Crochet Trim, Linen Thread, Autumn Wooden Elements (retired)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Six Sided Sampler for a Sweet Friend

Pin It Now! Hey there, popping in to share the card I made for our latest sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments! It's been a really crazy week...had wisdom teeth pulled, sent kids off to camp, and finally, my kitty, Skittles, passed away today. Poor baby, she was blind, deaf, and so very weak.  So something as simple as making a card was as welcome as an old friend.

I used Six Sided Sampler, which I've had for a long time, but rarely use.  I love how easy it was to put this card together with this pretty stamp set!  Just pick a color scheme, stamp, punch, and arrange.  The only tricky part was not repeating patterns or colors too closely.
The sketch! 
To finish, it didn't need much.  A die cut butterfly and some strips of ribbon.  
Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and play along!  I'd love to see you there!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Banner Blessings & Butterfly Basics HSS216

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Hey crafty friend!  Today I have a card to share featuring a stamp set I've been dying to use, Banner Blessings.  It's a photopolymer set with four stamps that feature scripture for several occasions.  I LOVE it.  I used it with Butterfly Basics as a background collage for Hand Stamped Sentiments' latest color challenge.
I used the emboss resist technique to create a soft collage background, sponging Bermuda Bay on white cardstock after embossing with clear.  The spritzing tool gave it a little extra blast of color.
The seam binding ribbon was plain Very Vanilla, and I ran it across a Strawberry Slush ink pad, wet it, crumpled and squeezed the water out, then used a blow dryer to quickly dry the inky ribbon.  Then tied into a bow and scrunched it for a shabby look.  
The large butterfly framelit was cut with vellum to give a little more layering without hiding the pretty stamped background.  
Stop by HSS to see the inspiration projects and play along!  
PS:  In case you didn't notice, I substituted Strawberry Slush for the Watermelon Wonder, as I'm probably the last demo in the world to not place an order from the new catalog.  Sad but true! 

Have a blessed and creative day!

STAMPS: Butterfly Basics, Banner Blessings
INK:  Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Clear
PAPER:Whisper White, Vellum
EMBELLISHMENTS: Strawberry Slush baker's twine, Vintage faceted button, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, basic rhinestones, sponge, spritzing tool