BIG news!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hello all! I'm popping in today to share some very exciting news....

I have been chosen to be a part of the fabulous Spring 2015 Design Team over at Top Dog Dies!!! Check out TDD blog post to read a little info about each designer. I'm so excited to get started and work with these awesome ladies! Congrats to the rest of my teammies, and cheers to a great year!

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you all have a FABULOUS Christmas with your family and friends!

I'm back with the Uniko Studio Xmas Release!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In case you missed my last post, I wasn't able to have cards ready for the big Uniko Studio Countdown to Christmas blog hop last week since my stamps arrived late. Good news....the stamps are in my possession and have been inked up!! ;)  So now I have some cards to share. All the stamps used here are now available to purchase on the Uniko Studio website. I've included links to the sets at the bottom of the post in the supply list.

My first card uses non-traditional Christmas colors, but I'm really happy with how it turned out! I based the colors off of the current Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge #36. I even scored a few horizontal lines at the top of the card to mimic the lines in the wooden xmas tree (it's really hard to see though!).

My next card uses a new sentiment that I really love. It's stamped on vellum and adhered to the card base, which I created using this technique by Jennifer McGuire. I LOVE this technique! Creates such a beautiful background (the picture does NOT do it justice!) so I didn't want to put much over it! A couple strips of gold foil paper gives it a very special finishing touch.

Here's a closeup where you can see the sparkles on the bkgd, and the shimmer of the gold foil.

The last card is super CAS and I'm loving it ;) Building that wreath was so fun. I love watching it transform from a plain white card to a delicate, beautiful wreath! The sentiment is stamped separately and popped up with foam tape.

I hope I've inspired you to finish up those Christmas cards if you haven't already!! Be sure to hop on over to Amber's & Nath's blogs to see their creations with the new sets! Make sure to leave comments for a chance to win the entire December release! Check out Bev's blog post for more details, and to find the links for the other designers' blogs too!

Tree card:
Stamps: Uniko - Rustic Christmas
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! - Close to Cocoa; PTI - Rustic White
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Marker (Vintage Photo), Sweet Stamps White Embossing Powder, AC Cork Star, Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Foam Tape

Joy card:
Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas
Cardstock: Strathmore Watercolor paper; PTI - Rustic White
Ink: Staz-On - Black; TH Distress - Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone
Other: Pearl Ex, Water, Mini Mister, Paintbrush, Vellum, The Paper Studio Gold Foil patterned paper

Happy Christmas card:
Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions, Simply Said Christmas
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: Stampin' Up - Real Red, Mellow Moss, Cherry Cobbler; Tsukineko VersaMagic - Green, Brown
Other: Foam Tape

Uniko Studio Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop

Thursday, December 11, 2014

For those of you that love Christmas cards and blog hops, today's post is just for you!! ;)

Bev and some of the DT over at Uniko Studio, have created some FABULOUS cards to share with all of blogland. Unfortunately, my stamps arrived very late so I wasn't able to get cards done in time for the hop today. BUT, in just a few days, I will have some awesome stuff to share with you after I get crafty!

So, please enjoy hopping over to the Uniko blog and these ladies blogs below for some wonderful inspiration:

Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE 2015 Christmas Release, or if you already own them, a Gift Certificate for the same value! You have until Thursday, Dec 18th to comment!

I also want to leave a quick note regarding two DT members. Ren-Yi & Taheerah have decided to step down from the team. They were great teammates and I enjoyed seeing their beautiful work with Uniko stamps! I will miss them as part of the team, but know that I (and YOU) can visit their blogs any time we want! See you around, ladies! ;)

Don't forget there is still time to enter this months Anything Goes Challenge HERE for yet another chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by and PLEASE make sure to come back soon to see my Christmas cards using the new Uniko goodies!

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

*if you're hopping along in order, then you should have arrived here from Spectrum Noir*

Welcome to a VERY, VERY special blog hop honoring the wonderful magazine, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking. You may or may not have heard that the February 2015 issue will be the very last one :(  I, including hundreds, even thousands, of others were very shocked and saddened by this devastating news.

The amazing community that has been created because of this publication has made such an impact on my crafting life. Even though I've never even met in person any of you associated with the magazine, or any other crafters in this community that share my passion (ok ok, obsession!) for cardmaking/stamping/etc, I've learned soooo much from YOU! Because of you, I want to be better at what I do!

With that said, I want to first thank everyone at PC&S for all your hardwork, inspiration, and encouraging words along the way. As one door closes, may bigger and better doors open for each and every one of you!! I look forward to following your journeys through the new doors. And always remember.....You will be Forever Fabulous! ;)

The next stop is Asty Purbasari! If you want to start at the beginning, head over to Jennifer McGuire's blog. Enjoy the rest of the hop! 

Stamps: PTI - Fancy That; Altenew - Sohcahtoa (sentiment)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! - Basic Black; Strathmore Watercolor paper
Ink: Staz-On - Black
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Markers, PTI Rainstones & Twine, Foam Tape

Masculine Birthday

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello! Poppin' in real quick to share a masculine birthday card I made for my BIL. I'm really diggin' this!! I rarely use a black card base, but LOVE the contrast of the white and yellow with it! The yellow chevron is washi tape, BTW!

Stamps: PTI - Watercolor Wonder, Giga Guide Lines (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - White; Stampin' Up! - Basic Black
Ink: Staz-On - Black; Sweet Stamps - White Dye Ink
Die: PTI - One Liners: Happy
Other: Washi Tape