Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy birthday - SSS kit

Hello all :) I love this time of year with all the holidays and back to school activities. It doesn't leave me as much time for cardmaking though so I was super happy to be able to make something this weekend. I got the October SSS kit and just now got around to using it. It has the most gorgeous papers which are a little intimidating for me but I really wanted to use at least one of them on this card.
I started by taking one of the designer papers and used an Avery Elle dot border die to cut the bottom. Then I took the navy cardstock and layered the original cut dp on top and taped the die back in place. When I put it through my cuttlebug, the two pieces fit together like a puzzle. I embossed the sentiment along the bottom and a few of the brushstroke hearts with the navy embossing powder. There is a flower die that came with the kit and I used a rose foiled cardstock to cut the flower out and added it to the card.

I am sharing this in the Seize the Birthday challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

AAA Cards #103 - Celebrate

Hi! I am back with a new challenge for AAA Cards challenge and it is all about celebrations! Anything you want to celebrate, we want to see :)


I am running low on birthday cards so I focused on that for the celebration theme. I love playing with stamps that give lots of options and this alphabet set gave me options. So I went with a card that focused on the sentiment :)

I stamped the outline letters for 'happy' and then added the 'birthday' sentiment below. Then I went back and filled in the outlines with the fill-in stamps. I stamped the balloon and drew a string down to tie it to the 'y'. A white gel pen added a little detail to the balloon. I am planning to make several more of this card in different colors so that I have a stash of birthday cards ready to go.

I can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge. Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers and you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to their store. The design team has some great inspiration so if you time definitely check them out and leave some love.

Stamps: Altenew - Filled Alpha, Paper Smooches - Birthday Bash, HLS - Doodled Flowers
Inks: Lawn Fawn - Celery stick, Merman, Versafine Black

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to hear from you :)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sparkles Christmas #82 - More than one fold

Hello everyone. I am so excited to be able to share my first card as a DT for Sparkles Christmas Challenge! This month the challenge is making a Christmas card that has more than one fold. For my card I used a gate fold and some non-traditional colors.

This month has been insanely busy for me so this card was done over several days because I had to work on it a little bit here and little bit there. I started by using distress oxide inks and blending them over a white panel of bristol card stock. Then I used circle stamps and water to add some lighter spots over it. I was trying for a bokeh look that I saw on merry making online card classes but I need more practice. However, I still like the overall look :) The peace stamp is one of  my first Christmas stamps and still one of my favorites. I used versamark ink to stamp it on vellum and heat emboss it with silver embossing powder. Then I die cut it with a scallop die and layered it on some circle cardstock.

I cut the blended panel in half and adhered it to a base with a gate fold. Then I cut a thin strip of white cardstock to add to one edge. The small sentiment was embossed with white powder on a thin black strip. The circle was placed on one side with foam tape and the thin sentiment was glued to the top.

Stamps: Hampton Art - Peace, Hero Arts - Peace stamp n'cut
Inks: Distress Oxide - Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Black Soot, Peeled Paint

I hope you can play along and get a jump on your Christmas cards! If you get a chance, check out the rest of the design team's cards. They are incredibly talented :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

AAA Cards #101 - Inspired by a film

Hi! It is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards and this one is looking for you all to be inspired by the movies!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Halloween tag

Hi everyone :) I don't have a card today but I do have a Halloween tag. I am planning to make a bunch of these for my kids classes to go with some treats. Anyone have some ideas for non-candy treats that kids would like? I was thinking of adding some crayons and a few coloring cards but any other thoughts? Anyway, here is the first tag that I finished.

You are my family

Hi! I was so inspired by all the posts this weekend for World Card Making day, especially on instagram. WCMD is such a positive idea :) One theme I saw several times was people challenging themselves to use only scraps and items they had already made. I have a few items that I colored during the 30 day challenge and hadn't used yet so I decided to try and use a few of them today.

Happy fall!

Hi all! I want to say hello to my new follower. Henry, I couldn't tell if you have a blog so if you have one, leave it in the comments so I can come say hi. I ended up taking a trip for work last week which was super busy. Although I did take some coloring with me I had little time for crafting. However, I did get back into my craft area today. :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ahoy matey!

Hi everyone :) I am sharing a card that I made for the September Card Chain challenge. The challenge gives four options and you can use one or combine any multiples of them. The one that I chose was pirates.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

AAA #100 - Sketch

Hi, I can't believe it is already October! It is also time for a new challenge at AAA Cards. This time the challenge is a perfect CAS sketch. :) You can rotate the sketch or change the width of the strip if you want, too.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Miss you!

Hello! I have a few stamp sets with large sentiments and I love the look of them but I don't think to use them that often. When I was going through my stamps I saw this one from Concord and 9th and decided to make a card around this sentiment. The handwriting of this stamp is gorgeous!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

just keep swimming

Hi everyone. Hope you are enjoying your weekend :) Here is a card I made for a friend.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

sending hugs

Hello again. This is my second post for the day :)

A couple of days ago I was playing with watercolor washes, just making a gradient going from one color to another. I love how watercolor looks but I am still at the basic level so I was really happy with this one.

AAA #99 - Autumn colors

Hi everyone. Its time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! This time we are looking for your cards with autumn colors.