Friday, December 8, 2017

Accountability and Hoarding Supplies

Hello everyone!! Happy Friday!

I have been doing a lot of soul searching in my crafting endeavors and trying to come up with ways to use my STUFF. Right now my room is a mess. I am going to post some photos below that I took last night to show you what a hoarder I have become.

This is the floor around my desk:



This is part of my desk where I have started working:


This is my "coloring station" where I use my different markers.


Can you see what a MESS my space is currently? And I am not even showing you the whole room!!

Anyway, I am posting these to make myself accountable. I need to clean up my supplies so I can USE them. (And when I talk about using the stuff on my desk-this is why I have so many choices!!) You would think that my room being like this would make me NOT want to craft, right? WRONG!! I just push it aside and carry on. I cannot do it anymore, though.

So here is to being accountable and not being such a hoarder!!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at "my mess." Have a FABULOUS Friday!!




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Charlotte!!

Just popping in today to wish my daughter, Charlotte, a Happy 17th Birthday. 

Charlotte always complains that I never make her a home made card designed JUST FOR HER so I created a quick card last night in honor of her birthday. Yup, I am the shoemaker whose kids have no shoes!!!

I used My Favorite Things "Happy Hippos" to create my card.


The design was extremely simple so I could make this in a jiffy. I stamped the hippo and bird from the set and used Copics to color them in.


I added a die cut orange hat on the hippo that I did some doodling on.


The speech bubble is from Simon Says Stamp "Talk Bubbles," which is now retired.

Here are a few photos from Charlotte's senior photo shoot in October:





I cannot believe she is graduating!! Where has the time gone?

I want to thank you for stopping by!! Have a great day!!



Supplies:
Stamps-MFT Happy Hippos
Dies-MFT Happy Hippos, Blueprints 27 and Simon Says Stamp! Talk Bubbles
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Archival Black
Other-Copic Markers, Sizzix Big Shot, White Gel Pen, Neenah Solar White, Foam tape

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tag You're It Challenge #78

Happy Friday!! Just popping in to post my tag that I created for the Tag You're It Challenge #78.


I kind of stuck the the simple elements of the inspiration tag-using pink, adding a die cut gold deer-but added a bit of texture paste for snow and the pink die cut that was on my desk.


I kind of screwed up the "snow" that I made falling in the background. I used translucent texture paste rather then the white by mistake. A case of NOT reading the label properly!

Here was the inspiration tag:


I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Supplies:
Dies-PaperTrey Ink
Paper-Neenah Solar White, Tonic (gold)
Other-Sizzix Big Shot, Gold Stickles, TCW Texture Paste, Simon Says Stamp! stencil

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Snowflakes with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

It is hard to believe that it is the last day of November today. Where has the time gone?

Today it is my turn on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. I created a holiday card and matching tag using two snowflake sets-"Snowy Sayings" and "Bring on the Snowflakes."


The colors were inspired by the image below.


It was also LOOSELY based on last weeks "Freshly Made Sketches #314.

I started off by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Snowy Sayings" in silver.

 

I then stamped the small aqua snowflake from the same set and the large snowflake from "Bring on the Snowflakes."


Next I stamped and heat embossed the large silver snowflake. I die cut the white panel and wrapped some silver thread around the front. I used a lighter piece of a patterned paper scrap behind the panel and mounted the whole thing on an A2 sized, top folding, aqua card.


My last step was to adhere some matching sequins and light colored jewels on the snowflakes and randomly around the sentiment.


For the tag, I actually used the practice piece I made for my card. I did the exact same process as my card but then used the middle sized Fri-die from "Tag Buddies" to cut out the tag.


I added some silver thread and thin ribbon to the top to finish as the finishing touch.


I love using different colors for my Christmas cards and I hope that this inspires you to create some fun snow themed cards too. Use my code-nora2017 at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to get 15% off your next purchase-including sale items!!


I thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!


CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Supplies:
Tag Buddies Fri-dies
"Snowy Sayings" stamp set

Monday, November 27, 2017

Just Add Ink Color Challenge #387

Happy Monday!! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend. I know I did!!

Had fun visiting family and doing a ton of online Shopping. I am looking forward to Christmas now.

Today I am sharing a card I created for Just Add Ink's Color Challenge #387.


I used PaperTrey Ink's "What the Doodle! Ornament" stamp set and matching dies for my ornaments.

Below is the badge for the color challenge that I followed:


I didn't have Garden Green ink so I blended Distress ink in "Mowed Lawn" and "Peeled Paint" on the background.


I used Copic Markers on the greenery and the jewels are "Ice Cube Mix" from Lucy's Cards.


That is all for today!! I thank you for stopping by!!!


Supplies:
(affiliate links used when possible at no extra cost to you)

Stamps-PTI "What the Doodle! Ornament"
Dies-Gina Marie Designs-Stitched Rectangle, PTI "What the Doodle! Ornament"
Ink-Stampin Up! Cherry Cobbler, Ranger Distress Ink "Mowed Lawn" and "Peeled Paint"
Paper-Stamping Up! Cherry Cobbler, Neenah Solar White
Other-Copic MarkersSizzix Big Shot Machine, Ranger Ink Tim Holtz “Mini Round” Ink Blending Tool, Ranger Ink Multi-Matte, Scotch Dot Adhesive, DMC Thread

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday!!

Happy Friday!! It is "BLACK" Friday here in the states and it is the OFFICIAL start of the Christmas season for shopping.

I do not like going to the stores when they are busy so I choose to do most of my shopping online. I like the packages coming to my door. Even if they are not mine, it still feels like I am opening a gift!!

Today I wanted to post that CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is giving away a FREE stamp with every $45 order.


Many of the stamp sets are on sale so now is the time to SHOP!!! So while you are shopping online for others, give yourself a treat too.

Have a FABULOUS day!!!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday Stamps Sketch #166 Challenge using My Favorite Things Stamps

It is Monday and I am here again with a card I created for a challenge. This time, it was a sketch from the Sunday Stamps Blog that inspired me to make a Christmas card.


I made a ton of cards this weekend and I think this one was my favorite!!

Below is the inspiration sketch SSC166:


I started out by die cutting a piece of snowflake paper patterned paper, wrapping some red twine around the front and adhering it to a gray A2 card base.  I then used an embossing folder on white card stock to create snow and die cut three squares out of it. I adhered these over the patterned paper.


Next I went through the mess on my desk and picked out some images that I had previously stamped and colored in using Copic Markers. (I should post a photo but am too embarrassed right now. My husband says it looks like a hoarders desk!!)


I adhered the images over the squares, added an embossed sentiment, a little stamped holly and I was done!!

Making cards is a no brainer when the images are already colored in to use and layer on a card!!

That is all for today. Thanks for stopping by!!


Supplies
(Some affiliate links are used with no extra cost to you)

Stamps-My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves” and BB Bitty Bears
Dies-My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints #13, Bitty Bears Die-namics,” Santa’s Elves Die-namics,” and Pierced Square Stax (retired)
Ink-Memento "Tuxedo Black,” Versamark Ink
Paper-Stampin Up! Gray, Neenah Solar White, and Bazzill “Black


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Clean and Simple Stamping Sketch With Lawn Fawn

Happy Sunday!!

I hope you are all doing well. I have not been posting as of late. Not that I have not been creating but life has been catching up. Once I get home from work and the gym, get ready for the next day, I just don't have energy to do anything but sit on the couch.

My new thing, though, is stamping images and coloring while I watch TV. That way when I do have time, I don't have to color the images from scratch as well as make a card!!

Today I am sharing a card I created that was inspired by a sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping.

Here is the card I created:


I used Lawn Fawn's "Winter Otter" stamp set to stamp the otter and I colored it in with Copic Markers. I attempted to make it look like it was covered in fur but it was an epic fail.

Here is the sketch that inspired me:


Instead of making the card square, I made a smaller square and used the box as my foal point.


The sentiment was stamped using My Favorite Things retired "Toasty Greetings" stamp set and the paper strips are scraps that I had on my desk.


The candy cane is actually not the one that comes in the stamp set. I lost it on the mess on my desk so used a different one that I found in the pile.

What is your secret to getting it all done? Do you plan your blog posts out and then make your projects ahead of time? Do you just use Instagram? Let me know your secret!!

That is all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Supplies:
(Affiliate links are used when possible at no extra cost to you.)
Stamps-My Favorite Things "Toasty Greetings," Lawn Fawn "Winter Otter"
Dies-Lawn Fawn "Winter Otter" Lawn Cuts, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Flurry" Fri-dies, Umbrella Crafts "Nested Squares"
Paper-Neenah Solar White, PTI Classic Kraft card stock, Paper Scraps


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Autumn Blessings for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Today is my turn for some CAS-ual Fridays inspiration over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. We were asked to make a fall card and I chose to use the "Acorn Fri-dies" as my focal point and a sentiment from the matching "Autumn Blessings" stamp set.


I kind of am addicted to die cutting right now and am trying to use scraps of patterned paper as much as I can. I chose red and orange as my leaf colors because these are my favorite colors on fall trees. My neighbor across the street has a tree that has leaves that turn that exact orange!!


I chose to stamp and then fussy cut the "blessing" sentiment so I could make it part of the grouping rather then use a strip.


I added the little heart from the "Fun-Fetti Fri-dies" because it was sitting on my desk and I thought it would looked nice over the green. Besides, I don't think I have made a card lately that doesn't use this die set!! I think it is one of my all-time favorites!! (and I have A LOT of dies.)


I hope I have inspired you to create some Autumn cards of your own. If you are interested in giving yourself a shopping spree, use my code nora2017 to get an extra 15% off your purchase at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store.


I thank you for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!!


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