Monday, August 14, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #300

Happy Monday!! Just popping in to help celebrate Freshly Mades Sketches Anniversary. It is their 300th sketch-how exciting is that?

I chose to make a really simple card, using pre-made die cuts and papers from Doodlebug Design, as well as a stamped sentiment by Altenew.

Who says a card has to take hours to make? I adore this "Cream and Sugar" collection by Doodlebug that has been sitting on my desk for MONTHS. I decided I needed to use it!!

I did make a boo boo, as you can see. For those of you who LOVE Nuvo Crystal drops-how do you get them to be flat? I got a little extra pink on the cheeks due to a little thread. I was so mad!! Even erasing it with a sand eraser did not help.

Here is the anniversary sketch #300 from Freshly Made Sketches.

That is all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and have a FABULOUS day!!

(*Affiliate links are used when possible at no extra cost to you. I only buy and use what I like and all opinions are my own.)
Stamps-Altenew "Coffee Talk"
Paper-PaperTrey Ink "Hibiscus Burst," *Doodlebug Design "Cream and Sugar" 6" by 6" paper pad, *Doodlebug Design “Coffee Break," Neenah Solar White ,
Dies-My Favorite Things "Inside & Outside Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax," My Favorite Things "Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX" My Favorite Things "Pierced Oval Stax" (retired)
Ink-Lawn Fawn “Walnut
Other-*Sizzix Big Shot Machine, *MISTI, *Doodlebug Design Cream and Sugar “Odds and Ends,” *Nuvo Crystal Drops "Carnation Pink," *Glossy Accents, *Glossy Accents


Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Summer Fun Card for AAA Challenge #96 and A Heart Desires Challenge #15 August 2017 Mood Board

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you are enjoying your day. I have been TRYING to organize a bit of my craft stuff. I should be purging BUT cannot seem to let go of my stuff. I admire people that just let it go but as soon as I do, I wish I had it again. Am I the only one?

Have not been creating that much but BUYING a bunch. (Hence the organizing!) I am officially cut off on September 1st as I now have to start saving for Charlotte's college. We have a bit saved already but the schools that she is looking at are a bit over the budget that we had set aside.

Today I am posting a card that I created with a Copic marker scene and combining a few stamp sets. I LOVE combining my stamp sets-really helps to stretch them-but in this day and age, rarely do. I am determined to do more of it, though.

This card started off incredibly by the little LDRS Creative pig from the "Sweet Treats" set. I have been coloring them all week (more cards to come) but thought this particular piggy would look good on a beach, in a bathing suit that I drew on him.

The background I created by using my Copic Markers.  I used some photos from Pinterest to help me figure out how to do this and was surprised that this came out as well as it did. I had to shop for a bunch of Copic refills today (don't tell my husband!) because I used a TON of ink.

I die cut little clouds out of white card stock using Taylored Expressions "Little Bits Sun and Clouds" dies. On two of the clouds I used foam adhesive for a bit of pop.

I created the little towel Mr. Pig is sitting on and used one of the umbrella stamps from Pretty Pink Posh's "Rainy Days" set to help him stay out of the sun. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things "Penguins in Paradise" and the little star fish is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Mermaids" set.

I had put a photo of the background on IG and FB before I made the card and had a few requests for a tutorial on the background. When I get my refills in I will be attempting to make my first, real video. What a scary thought!

The colors were inspired by A Heart Desires Challenge #15 August 2017 Mood Board and the scene was created for AAA Challenge #96 "Summer Fun."


I will be back tomorrow with a quick card that I created for Freshly Made Sketches Sketch #300.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!

(*Some of the links for my supplies use affiliate links, at no extra cost to you.)

Stamps-*LDRS Creative "Sweet Treats," Pretty Pink Posh's "Rainy Days," My Favorite Things "Penguins in Paradise," and *CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Mermaids"
Ink-Simon Says Stamp "Sunkist," *Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Copic Markers-Sand-E34, E33, E31, E30 Ocean-BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, Copic White Sky-B0000, B000, B00 Pig-R30, R32, E50 Bathing Suit-YG01, YG03, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, *“Diamond” Stickles Umbrella-BG32, BG34, BG45, BG49 Towel-Y01, Y02 Cone-E53, E55, E29, *Glossy Accents
Other-*MISTI, *Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Neenah Solar White Card Stock, *Scotch Dot Roller, *Tombow Adhesive Foam Squares, *Ranger Ink Multi-Matte

Friday, August 11, 2017

It is a CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop Featuring Flower Cards!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I am here with a card for the CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop. You should have hopped here from Gaylynn's blog "Neat Nook Creations."

For this hop, we were to use flowers on our creations. I created a card combining CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Full on Floral" stamp set with "Sassy Smiles" and a few Fri-dies.

 I started off my card by stamping the "Full on Floral" stamp in red onto a top folding, A2 aqua card base. I love these two colors together and decided to use them after seeing a dress I liked while I was on vacation. I made a mental note to come home and use this color scheme on a card.

I then die cut the "smile" sentiment using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Smiling Fri-Dies" out of a piece of red card stock. I adhered it to the card front saturating it with a clear sparkle pen and a coat of glossy accents.

While the die cut was drying, I masked a sentiment from the "Sassy Smiles" stamp set and stamped it in red onto a strip of aqua card stock. I adhered this sentiment strip under the "smile" die cut using foam adhesive.

I thought the card needed something more so I then die cut some flowers using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Friendly Flowers" and "Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies" out of the same red card stock as the sentiment. (Really difficult to tell this in my photos but the shiny was really hard to photograph!!)

Like the sentiment, I coated the flowers with clear sparkle pen and Glossy Accents. When the flowers were dry, I added an aqua pearl onto each flower.

This card was extremely simple to make and would be fun to mass produce for a card set. Who doesn't like getting a card that says smile? I tend to use these the most and send them out just to cheer somebody up.

Next up on the blog hop is Niki's blog, "Cardstoq: Tealkat's Blog." If you get lost along the way, be sure to head on over to the CardMaker Magazine Blog for the full list of designers participating in this hop.

Don't forget to comment on every one's blog for a chance to win some great prizes!

I thank you for stopping by and hope you all have a FABULOUS day.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Products:

Paper: red and aqua card stock
Ink: WPlus9 "Gala Red"
Other: Sizzix Big Shot, Spectrum Clear Sparkle Pen, Glossy Accents, 3M Foam Adhesive, Ranger Multi: Matte, Hero Arts Pearls

Monday, August 7, 2017

Vacation and a Card for a Past Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!! Today is kind of a dreary day here but the weather is not hot or humid so I will take it!!!

Today I am posting a few things. First, a card I created for "Freshly Made Sketches #298." I was hoping to have time to post it before we went on vacation last week but never got the chance to edit it.

I used PaperTrey Ink's "Butterfly Hope" stamp set which has sat in my NBUS pile for a long time. I needed to send some encouragement cards and this set was perfect. I also created a matching envelope while I had everything out.

Here is the sketch:

I used Altenew Dye ink cubes and  Memento Ink in "Tuxedo Black" to stamp my images.

I didn't have a piece of blue paper to match the blue in the butterfly so I did some ink blending on a piece of white card stock, stamped the sentiment in black and die cut it using a My Favorite Things "Pierced Square Stax" die.

To finish off the outside of my card, I added some sequins and black jewels randomly around the card.

I also stamped the inside of the card with a matching butterfly.

Just an FYI, the white panel looks wonky in this photo. I had not stuck it down inside the card yet and it drifted a bit to the right.

This ends the post part with the card. Now onto vacation photos!!

Last week we went rented a house in Rhode Island. My father and stepmother stayed with us and my sister and family rented a different house a couple streets away. Charlotte had a BLAST seeing her cousins every day.

The weather was PERFECT the whole week and the water was not as cold as I thought it would be. The first night I was able to take a few photos of the sunset as we walked along the beach after dinner.

Unfortunately that was the only night I was able to take as we were either eating or making dinner at that time all the other nights. I also did not get up for a sunrise either. Our house was on the main drag and every night people were loudly walking home from the bars at closing time. I am a light sleeper so that was not fun for me. Wound up sleeping in way too much!!

The last day we had a little photo shoot with the family.

This is my father, my stepmother, Charlotte and three of her cousins that were there.

This is me with my father and sister, Jen.

My sister was even able to get a half way decent photo of the three of us. Why I wore those darn sneakers, though, is beyond me!!

Well that is all for today. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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Stamps-PaperTrey Ink "Butterfly Hope"
Ink-Altenew "Fired Brick Red" and "Persian Blue," Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Dies-My Favorite Things "Pierced Square Stax"
Paper-PaperTrey Ink "True Black" and "Stampers Select White"
Other-MISTI, Jelly Gems, Doodlebug Design Sequins-"Ladybug"3L Scrapbook 3D Adhesive Foam Squares Sizzix Big Shot Machine,

Friday, August 4, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sneak Peek Day 4-"Puffy Heart Love"

It is Friday here and FINALLY you will be able to buy the fabulous stamp sets at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store!!!

Today I am here with a sneak peek to the last new stamp set-"Puffy Heart Love."

For this card I created a background using some oxide inks in pink, yellow and orange. I did a smooshing technique multiple times, drying the background with a heat gun after each pass through the inks.

Next, I stamped the sentiment on vellum using the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Puffy Heart Love" with gold pigment ink and heat embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder.

I layered the sentiment over the dried background panel and used gold washi tape above and below the vellum to adhere it to the paper. I then adhered the whole panel to a top folding A2 sized card.

The last step was to adhere some sequins in the pink and yellow randomly around the card front. I used Stickles to add a dot of glitter glue inside of each sequin for more sparkle.

Here is a picture of the full "Puffy Heart Love" stamp set:

To get this stamp set, as well as the other stamp sets revealed this week, hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store. If you used my code-nora2017-you can get 15% off your total order, including sale items!!!

For more examples using this stamp set, please go to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. There will be a full set of links for each of the Design Teams blogs. Don't forget to comment so you can be entered into a random drawing to win this new stamp set!!

I appreciate you stopping by today. Have a FABULOUS weekend!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps August Reveal Day 3-"Mermaids"

I hope you are all enjoying the fun reveal this week from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Today is day three of the reveal and I have two cards that I created using the new "Mermaids" stamp set.

For my first card, I used  blue Distress Inks to do a "smooshing" technique to create a blue background on watercolor paper.

I then used pigment ink and white embossing powder to stamp and heat emboss the mermaid silhouette.

I adhered the stamped square to a dry embossed, white, A2 sized card front. I adhered a sentiment strip that I had stamped using the "Breathe" stamp set. I used glossy accents on the bubbles and added a couple of blue sequins for some shine.

My next card made a one layer card using one of the sentiments of the "Mermaids" set and the small shell images.

I first stamped the sentiment three times on with blue ink onto the front of the card. I then covered all three with Glossy Accents.

After that was dry, I randomly stamped shell images around the sentiments. I covered the solid shells with a sparkle pen and Glossy Accents. The finish the card I used some ombre floss to wrap around the top and tie in a bow.

Here is a sneak peek of the whole "Mermaids" stamp set:

This set will go on sale August 4, 2017. If you used nora2017 you can get 15% off your total order-including all sale items!!

Want to see some more projects using this fabulous set? Hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog for a complete list of links for the Design Teams blogs!! Don't forget to comment to be entered into a random drawing to win this stamp set.

Tomorrow is our last day of the reveal so do not forget to stop by for one more day!! Thanks for taking the time to peek at my blog today!!


Embossed Mermaids Card
Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps-”Mermaids,” "Breathe"
Ink-Ranger Ink “Glacier White” Pigment Ink, Ranger “Salty Ocean” Distress Ink, Ranger “Mermaid Lagoon” Distress Ink, Ranger “Tumbled Glass” Distress Ink, Memento "Tuxedo Black

Other-Ranger Ink “Superfine White” Embossing Powder, Wagner Heat Tool, Scrapbook Customs “3 by 3 Acrylic Block,” Taylored Expressions “Snowfall,” Sizzix Big Shot Machine, 3L Scrapbook 3D Adhesive Foam Squares

Shellebrate Card
Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps-”Mermaids
Ink-Hero Arts "Tide Pool"
Other-Ranger "Glossy Accents," DMC Floss

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps August Reveal Day Two-"Tutu"

Happy Wednesday!! Today I have another new stamp set to reveal from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

I created two cards with the new "Tutu" stamp set. I have to admit that this set is my favorite!!

On my first card, I used a pigment ink and magenta embossing powder to stamp and heat emboss one of the ballerinas from the set on black card stock.

I then die cut the circle and arranged it over an A2, top folding card that I had covered in striped pattern paper.

To give the ballerina a bit of pop, I die cut and punched different sized circles out of pieces of pink pattern paper that I had in my scrap pile.

I stamped the sentiment, also from the "Tutu" set onto a white paper strip and then cut it up to disperse the sentiment over the front of the card.

On my second card, I decided to do a bit of coloring. I stamped one of the ballerinas from the set with black dye ink and used gel pens in pink and purple to color in the flowers in her skirt. Gel pens are great for these flowers as they can get in the small, tight spaces.

I then used glitter glue and Nuvo crystal drops for the middle of each flower. Doesn't the skirt almost look 3D?

I tied a piece of twine around the panel and adhered it to an A2 card base that I had covered in pink patterned paper. So simple!!

Here is a sneak peek of the complete stamp set:

This stamp set will be for sale on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store. Don't forget to use my code-nora2017-to get 15% off your total order-including sale items!!

To see some more projects using this stamp set, hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. Michele has posted the entire list of the Design Team's blogs for more "Tutu" fun!! Also, do not forget to post a comment for a chance to be entered into a random drawing to win this fun stamp set.

Thanks for hopping over today. Tomorrow there will be another stamp set revealed so remember to stop on by!!


Tutu Embossed Card
Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Tutu,”
Paper-Stampin Up! Basic Black
Ink-Hero Arts Pigment Ink “Pastel Pink”
Other-Ranger Ink “Magenta” Opaque Shiny Embossing Powder, Wagner Heat Tool,

Tutu Gel Pen Card
Stamps-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Tutu,”
Ink-Ranger “Jet Black” Archival Ink
Markers-Kaisercraft Gel Pens “Kaisercolour 24
Other-Stickles Glitter Glue-“Magenta,”“Lavender,” Ranger Enamel Accents-“Gumball