Wednesday, February 19, 2020

I've Been Published!

Today, I am happy to share that 3 of my cards will be published in the upcoming Spring 2020 issue of Creative Scrapbooker magazine.   The themes for submission were cards or scrapbook pages that were pet-related or humor-related.  Two of my favorite things, LoL!  Creative Scrapbooker was kind enough to send me 2 issues early, so it was quite exciting to have a little sneak peek!

Here is the front cover of the Spring 2020 issue, along with my cards that will be featured.

Here is my first and second card.  They are side by side on page 36.

Here's a closer look at the cards...

Here is my third card which is on page 92.

They inserted a really small picture of the inside of the card, but that's what makes this card funny.  When I saw this stamp from Two-Lips stamps, I just HAD to have it.  This sentiment just cracks me up.  Here is a closer look at the front and inside of the card.

Isn't this sentiment hilarious????

Have a great week and thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Peace Begins with a Smile

Hello again!  It's Tuesday, which means it's time to share another card for The Project Bin.  For today's card, I used the stamp set called Wise Women that features a quote from Mother Teresa.

Here is my card:

The Misti really came in handy for this card and it just might be one of my most used stamping tools.  Such an ingenious invention!  I started my card by finding the center of my card panel, then stamped the sentiment in black VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then clear heat-embossed it.  Next, I continued by finding the sweet spot of how much to shimmy my card in each direction on the Misti and then stamped the sentiment repeatedly alternating with red and green inks.  Once I was finished stamping the sentiment, I thought that the center sentiment in black wasn't standing out enough, so I created a frame by masking post-it notes around it, then filled in that space using a blender brush and Antique Linen Distress Oxide.  That made a big difference.  I kind of wish that I would have used a light pink ink instead of the Antique Linen, but it's too late now! Hindsight is definitely 20/20!

I used a stitched rectangle die to trim down the panel, matted it onto red card stock, then placed it onto a kraft card base to finish my card.

Have a great week!

Supplies Used:
Wise Women - The Project Bin
Small Stitched Rectangles - Lawn Fawn
Crimson Hybrid ink - Hero Arts
Green Leaf ink - Simon Says Stamp
Antique Linen Distress Oxide
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Red Card Stock
Kraft Card Stock

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Warm Christmas Wishes

Hello again!  I have a card to share today featuring the Merriest Christmas stamp set from The Project Bin and two of my favorite dies from Simon Says Stamp.

I used some non-traditional Christmas colors for my card (although these colors are becoming more and more popular for Christmas).  I am definitely more of a traditional holiday decorator with red and green, but I really do love this color palette for cards and such.

I used one of my favorite techniques...diecut inlay, which is also a great way to use up card stock scraps.  I began by die cutting the ring wreath.  I cut 3 from black card stock and 1 from white card stock.  I stack and glued all four of them together with the white layer on top.  I like having a the stack of black at the bottom as it creates a nice shadow and really highlights the white top layer.  Next, I used the die 5 more times with the colors shown  and popped the circles into the die spaces.  This was a little bit time consuming as I had to find the right sized circle to fit the coordinating shape.  There are 5 or 6 different sizes of circles, so it was a bit of a challenge, but worth it!

I stamped the adorable snowman onto Neenah Solar White card stock and then colored him with copic markers.  I also used a white gel pen to add some polka dots to the gift he is holding.  Once he was colored, I placed the same ring wreath die over him and ran it through my Big Shot.  This allowed him to fit perfectly inside of the wreath.  I stamped the sentiment below him and then finished off the card with a pop of color using red & white striped paper and the lime green scalloped border.

Have a great week!

Supplies Used:
Merriest Wishes - The Project Bin
Ring Wreath - Simon Says Stamp
Scallop Stitches - Simon Says Stamp
Here Comes Santa Claus 6x6 Paper Pad - Doodlebug Design
Copic Markers
White Gel Pen
Misc. Card Stock
Clear Embossing Powder

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Star Light, Star Bright

Happy Tuesday!  Today, I am sharing another card for The Project Bin.  For my card, I used the Stamp set called Merriest Christmas.  It's so crazy to think that we are just over a month away from Christmas, and guess what?  This year I am "one of those people" doing early decorating.  With Thanksgiving being so late this year, I am all about "checking those boxes" and getting as much done as I can, but I am being leisurely about it, so no stress!

Now, back to my card.....

I began by cutting down a sheet of Sea Glass card stock to 4 x 5.25, then used the Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window die from MFT to cut the center.  Once my card panel was ready, I used the Snow Flurry stencil from MFT, along with some Glitter Gel from Gina K.  I really love the shine that it gives in real life.  Next, I stamped the adorable snowman onto 80lb. Neenah Solar White card stock, colored him with Copic markers and used a white gel pen to add some polka dots to the present.  I used the rectangle die once more to cut out the snowman, giving him a perfect fit within the card panel.

The sentiment is white heat-embossed onto black card stock and then popped up on the card base with foam squares.  I used a narrow strip of patterned paper to give the card a little pop of color beneath the sentiment.  I then adhered the card panel onto Lapis card stock by Hero Arts.  I thought the card still needed a little somethin-somethin, so I scattered a "flurry" of shiny gemstones around the card.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Merriest Christmas - The Project Bin
Snow Flurry stencil - My Favorite Things
Glitter Gel - Gina K Designs
Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window - My Favorite Things
Sea Glass card stock - Simon Says Stamp
Lapis card stock - Hero Arts
Foam Squares
White Gel Pen

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

You Were Born to Stand Out

It's Tuesday, so that means it's time to share another card for The Project Bin.  For today's card, I used a sentiment from the stamp set called Spencer's Set.

Here is my card:

I stamped the sentiment onto 80lb. Neenah Solar White card stock and created a frame using a puzzle piece die from Taylored Expressions.  I cut the puzzle piece from 5 different colors of card stock and also one from patterned paper.  My thought was to add one puzzle piece that is different from the rest to "stand out" as the quote conveys.  Once my frame was complete, I added it to a black A2 card base and rounded the bottom corners.

Have a great week!

Supplies Used:
Spencer's Set - The Project Bin
Puzzle Piece - Taylored Expressions
Heart Paper - Sweet Stack 6x6 - My Favorite Things
Misc. Card stock
Corner Rounder

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Right Shoes

Hello again!  Today, I am sharing another card for The Project Bin using the stamp set called Wise Women.  There are some great quotes in this set, especially this one.  We, women, love our shoes!

I had the perfect patterned paper to complement this quote, so I used it as my background.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock, used a flower die as a frame and finished off the card with a twine bow.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Wise Women - The Project Bin
Shaker Flower - My Favorite Things
Fashionista patterned paper - Echo Park

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pumpkin Kisses

Happy almost-Halloween!  I've really been loving Fall lately, the color changes, the cooler temps, it's been simply beautiful here... just not ready for what's coming next!  So, let's not even go there!  Let's "talk" card-making!

I am sharing a card today for The Project Bin using a stamp set called Pumpkin Spice.  Recently, I've been of a "use my stash" mindset, so it's been kind of fun using patterned papers again.  I haven't been using patterned paper as much since I haven't worked on any scrapbook pages in quite some time.  Definitely need to get back on that bandwagon, too!

Here is my card for today:

Pretty simple.  Just 3 different papers, all from Doodlebug Designs, combined to create the card base. I stamped the sentiment onto Neenah Solar White, then used a stitched rectangle die to frame it.  To finish off the card, I fussy-cut 2 of the pumpkins from the same paper and popped them up with foam squares.  Easy Peasy!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

Supplies Used:
Pumpkin Spice - The Project Bin
Candy Carnival - Doodlebug 6x6
BooVille - Doodlebug 6x6
Boos & Brews Doodlebug 6x6
Stitched Rectangle - Lawn Fawn