Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CREATIVE INKING BLOG HOP - Holiday Catalog Favorites

Welcome to the September Creative Inking Blog Hop! This month we got to choose our favorite "must have" items from the Holiday Catalog!

It was a hard decision, but I chose the Hearts Come Home Stamp set and coordinating Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies. It says everything about Christmas to me.

I used only Night of Navy and Whisper White Cardstocks. The star is stamped with Versamark and embossed with White Embossing Powder. The navy card front is embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 

The ribbon is the 1/2" Gingham Ribbon in Night of Navy. I stamped a little tree inside the card to go along with the sentiment.

Now let's go see what the talented Lori Mueller has for us. Just click on the "Next Blog" link below. If you missed the wonderful creation by Lynn Striefert, click on "Prior Blog" link below.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop!  This month, Liz Holloway created an amazing 3D Piano for us to cut and design a project. Only I turned my piano into a Quilt Fabric Shop! This 3D even has a card storage compartment.

I love to quilt. Going to Paducah's (Kentucky) Quilt Show ever year is so inspiring for me. My Quilt Show buddy visited during the eclipse weekend and we went fabric shopping in Paducah. Seeing all those luscious Christmas quilting fabrics inspired me to turn my piano into a shelving unit in a Quilt Shop. 

The Stampin Up! Holiday Catalog has the absolute cutest quilt set. It's called "Christmas Quilt". It comes in a bundle with Framelits Dies called "Quilt Builder". Aren't the thread spools cute? One has White Baker's Twine, one is the "Quilted Christmas 1/4" ribbon, and the other has the "3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon" in Garden Green.  Here's a close-up of the shelves:

The Designer Series Papers that coordinate with this set are beautiful. 

The embroidered star in the "Stitched Felt Embellishments", along with the die cut needle, was added for a touch of something different. I backed it with a Garden Green "Stitched Shapes Framelit".

Here are the matching cards:

I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut squares from the Designer papers. Then I fussy-cut some of the designs and raised them with dimensionals (pop dots). I used the "Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon" underneath the sentiment.

There are times when a complicated 3D needs a simple card. This is one of those times. I wanted to showcase the "Stitched Felt Embellishments", so I left the background simple. It's embossed with the "Softly Falling" textured impressions embossing folder. The circles are from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Circle Framelits. The bow is made from white baker's twine and I used the same coordinating ribbon.

Since I have two quilter friends, I made another one using a different paper from the "Quilted Christmas" Designer Series Papers. Now I'm off to make a quilt!

I hope you enjoyed my project and thank you for stopping by. I would love to hear from you.

Now please follow the blog hop below. Our team's designers are fabulous, starting with the wonderful creation Liz Holloway has made for us. 

Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 28, 2017


Just a quick post with one of my favorite sets - "Bike Ride" and matching framelits dies "Build a Bike". Since I've been busy working on projects from the awesome Holiday Catalog, I decided to use this set for a recent swap.

When I first saw the new in-color, Lemon Lime Twist, I wasn't that crazy about it. That is, until I used it. It really has grown on me to the point I only added black to this card to make the Lemon Lime Twist stand out. I love the contrast.

Here's a close up of the basket (cut with the basket framelit from Silver Foil). The flower is punched from the Tree Builder punch and the center is a rhinestone (as is the centers on the bike wheels). I used a blender pen to color in the leaves with Lemon Lime Twist ink. I used the Seaside Embossing Folder on the strip of "grass" under the bike.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.

I'll be back soon with goodies from the new Holiday Catalog. Let me know if you don't have your very own copy. I'm happy to send one to you.

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, August 27, 2017

CRAFT PROJECT CENTRALl - Graceful Garden Ensemble - August Bonus Project

This month's BONUS project at Craft Project Central is this lovely Graceful Garden Ensemble created by Regina Andari:

Create a pocket full of pretty cards that feature fun Watercolor Pencil techniques.  One of the techniques featured in this tutorial demonstrates how to use one pencil to get the shading and coloring of two or three colors, but your favorite might be the “Cheater’s Reflection” technique.  It is so easy and lends such a nice focal point for any card!  Besides the fun pencil techniques, you’ll also learn how to make your own coordinating dimensional embellishments!  If you decide to make this lovely ensemble to give to someone special, you’ll appreciate that there’s a tutorial for a pretty and simple pocket holder for the four cards.

Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six, or 12 month subscription packages that include the month for which you'd like the bonus. August certainly has a lot of "must-have" tutorials and this project really adds to the selection. Visit Craft Project Central for details.

Happy Stamping,