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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hi everyone ~
Today is my turn to post on the a2zscrapbooking Blog ~
Summertime is such a fun time of the year! Sunshine, blue skies and longer days to enjoy at the beach are just a few reasons to love it. Adding to the beauty of the season, are butterflies in all colors and sizes, so it’s no surprise that I was inspired to reach for my Hero Arts Butterfly & Flower stamp and Die Set to create my first card.

I stamped the butterfly in Memento ink and used Copic markers to color it in. Then, I embossed the background with Swiss Dots, leaving the center oval un-embossed to stamp the sentiment from the Remember stamp set. Lastly, I cut the white panel down 1/8 inch on each side, added a black border and die cut the small butterflies to match.

For my second card, I blended my Hero Arts Shadow inks on the Feathers Stencil in three different colors, arranging the same feather as though it is cascading downward. Just as I did for  the first card, I trimmed the white panel down and added a black border. Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Liquid Platinum and added a few DIY enamel dots. If you would like to know how to create your own enamel dots, please leave me a note in the comments on this post, and I would be happy to get back to you about it.

Don’t forget to stop by the a2z Scrapbooking Store and use Coupon Code: BARB15 for 15% off your order before tax and shipping. There are new products being added daily, including Hero Arts stamps, inks, digital files and stencils, and there are over 70 items on sale for you to choose from! 

Also, there's still time to join the July 'Linky Party' for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card at the a2z Store. The theme is "Anything Goes"!

So, that's it for me today...I hope you're planning a fun and crafty weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Hero Arts - Butterfly and Flower, Remember, Enjoy Today
Ink: Hero Arts - Butter Bar. Orange Soda, Pale Tomato, Versamark, Versafine - Onyx Black
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White, True Black
Dies: Hero Arts - Butterfly and Flower; Memory Box - Butterfly Border
Stencil: Hero Arts - Feathers
Embossing Powder: Ranger - Liquid Platinum
Embossing Folder: Sizzix - Swiss Dots
Enamel Dots: DIY

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wishing You Joy

Hi everyone ~
A quick post tonight to share a fun card I created for this week's CASology Challenge. The Cue Card for this week is 'Run', so I decided to play with my Mama Elephant stamp set, 'So Breezy' to create a CAS card.

To depict the feeling that this boy is running, I stamped him in black, dark gray and light gray, and repeated the same colors for the kite and string...sure hope it doesn't hurt your eyes :-) I added clouds with a template, colored in the word Joy with a red Copic marker to add a pop of color and added a generous dose of Glossy Accents for fun.

So, that's it for me...I hope you are all having a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by ~



Stamps: Mama Elephant - So Breezy
Ink: Ranger - Archival Jet Black; Studio Calico - Clean Slate; Hero Arts - Soft Granite
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White; Pure Poppy
Marker: Copic - R24
Misc: Glossy Accents

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ruff Day?

Hi everyone ~
Every once in a while, we all have a rough day, right? Well what could be sweeter than a card to lift someone's spirits!
I haven’t played in the CASology Challenge in a few weeks, and since this week’s Cue Card is ‘Pet’, I really wanted to play along...Here is my card:

When I saw These 2 Cards by Barb Engler, I just had to buy this stamp set, and luckily, I received it in time for the CASology Challenge. It has the cutest cat and dog images, so I stamped the dog, and colored him with Copics, then die cut him out. Love this fun sentiment too, so I stamped it with Versamark and used Liquid Platinum EP to add a little shimmer to this card...A few silver star sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, some Glossy Accents for his nose, and my card was finished.

So, that’s it for me today...Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - You Are Pawsome
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White; MFT - Steel Gray
Embossing Powder: Ranger - Liquid Platinum
Dies:  Simon Says Stamp - You Are Pawsome; Lil’ Inkers - Stitched Mat Rectangles
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh - Silver Stars
Glitter: Wink of Stella - Clear Glitter Pen (dog collar)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Follow Your Dreams

Hello everyone!
I haven’t played in the Muse Card Challenge in a few weeks, so when I saw the card that Therese Calvird provided for this week’s inspiration, I decided to play along...Here is her card:

I was inspired by the CAS design and colors that Therese chose for her card, so my interpretation is quite literal. I used flowers and stems from a few different PTI stamp sets, and chose a sentiment from Clearly Besotted. I added a few gems and some Wink of Stella clear glitter, and I was finished.

And...since the large flowers are die cuts, I would like to submit this card to Virginia's View Challenge.

So, that’s it for me today...Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Bold Bouquet (dots and tiny flowers), Turning a New Leaf (leaves and stems), Daydreamer (lavender flowers)
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Hero Arts - Passion Flower, Grape Juice; Mama Elephant - Sunshine
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White
Dies:  Papertrey Ink - Daydreamer
Gems: KaiserCraft - Light Purple Rhinestones
Glitter: Wink of Stella - Clear Glitter Pen

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ATSM #104 - CAS

Hi there blog friends ~ We are back with another fun challenge this week at Addicted to Stamps  and More Challenge Blog, and our theme is “Clean & Simple”! And, to get things started, I’ve created this card:

My inspiration for the design of this card was based on Gayatri Murali’s sketch Here. I wanted to use the Mama Elephant banner from the 'Bloomsies' stamp set, and paired it with those sweet little flowers and leaves from Lawn Fawn. I stamped the banner and sentiment with Delicata Golden Glitz to add a little shimmer to the card, and a few small gems to the centers of a few flowers...and that was it - Clean and simple with lots of white space!

I hope you will take a peek at the ATSM Challenge Blog ~ My teammates have created some amazing CAS cards, which I hope will inspire you to join in the fun!

And, don’t forget, we always have a wonderful sponsor, and for this challenge it’s Eureka Stamps, who is offering the winner of this challenge 3 digi stamps!


Since I used die cuts on my card, I would also like to enter it in Virginia's View Challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by ~

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Bloomsies (banner and sentiment); Lawn Fawn - Penelope’s Blossoms
Ink: Delicata - Golden Glitz; Hero Arts - Fresh Peach, Butter Bar, Pale Tomato, Green Hills
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White
Dies: Mama Elephant - Bloomsies
Gems: Hero Arts - Small Pearls

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Miss You More Than Just a Little

Hello everyone!
I have a card to share today, and would like to enter it into 2 challenges: Addicted to CAS for the code word 'Sky’, and the Mama Elephant and Me Challenge for the inspiration photo.

Here is my card:

I wanted my scene to appear as if you were looking toward the Manhatten skyline from Hoboken, NJ. So, I masked my PTI Mat Stack die and used the negative portion to ink the sky in 3 different colors, and the lower portion in blue to depict the Hudson River.  Then, I die cut the cityscape in black and added gold stars to the sky (Mama Elephant Confetti) as a nod to the gold in the inspiration photo.

So, that’s it for me today...Thanks so much for stopping by ~


Stamps: Mama Elephant - In My Heart
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Hero Arts - Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Pale Tomato; Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White, True Black; DCWV - Gold Foil Cardstock
Dies:  Mama Elephant - Cityscape, Confetti; Papertrey Ink - Mega Mat Stack

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Hello everyone!
I’m back with a quick post...
When I saw Laurel Beard’s Shaker Card for this week’s Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, I was inspired to open my new balloon dies, and give it a try. I used ‘hot pink’ for the background, and I also created a matching pink pencil case with my PTI Coin Purse Die (since it’s my sweet granddaughter Desi’s birthday this week and she LOVES pink!).

I used several dies for this project, so I would also like to link it up to Virginia’s View Current Challenge, to use Dies.

So, that’s it for me today...Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Stamps: Hero Arts - Perfect Day
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White
Patterned Papers: Lawn Fawn - Hello Sunshine; PTI - Bitty Dots
Dies: Simon Says Stamp - Balloons; Lil’ Inkers - Stitched Butterflies; Papertrey Ink - Coin Purse
Sequins: Lawn Fawn; Pretty Pink Posh
Felt: Papertrey Ink - Raspberry Fizz
Twine: Pretty Pink Posh