It's been awhile, hasn't it? Things have (unsurprisingly) gotten busy here, but now I've finally found a moment to catch my breath and share another one layer card with you.

Again, for the Hero Arts One Layer challenge, and for the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

I was totally inspired by THIS pin - I used Hero Arts' Two Birds stamp to help me, with a little help from My Happy and the back of two other random stamps for the "blobs", then topped it off simply with enamel dots (thank goodness I had colors that coordinated closely!)

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Strathamore
Stamps: Hero Arts "Two Birds" and "My Happy", Papertrey Ink "Happy Trails"
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Stazon
Other: enamel dots (My Minds Eye)


Neat and Tangled / Pinkfresh Blog Hop


Pinkfresh Studio is so excited to join with Neat and Tangled today to inspire you with some cute creations. We are huge fans of Neat and Tangled stamps and mixing them up with Pinkfresh Studio embellishments definitely has created awesome projects. We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway including Pinkfresh Studio blog. One winner will be chosen for each day who will receive $20.00 worth of products from both companies. This is going to be two days of blog hopping fun. Winners will be announced on July 27th. Good luck!

For my projects today, I'm using Neat & Tangled's adorable Sparkle and Shine stamp set! So cute! I also used the Neat & Tangled Pixie Dust sequin mix, and for Pinkfresh Studio, the amazing Peach and Mint washi tape, Way to Home Neutrals Fresh Drops, and Purple Glitter Washi Tape (this stuff is fantastic!)

I would explain what I did here, but I made a video instead!

...and because I had so much fun with this stamp set, here's a second card! I made a quick video for this one too, which you can find HERE.

I added some stickles to the vellum, and then some Wink of Stella to all the stamped grey areas of the card for even MORE sparkle and shine! ;)

Check out the rest of the blogs for some amazing projects!

Pinkfresh Blog http://pinkfreshstudio.blogspot.com 
Amanda De Jong http://somethingsorta.blogspot.com/
Jocelyn Olson http://redballooncards.blogspot.com 
April Joy Hill http://damitaprilurcool.blogspot.com/
Amy Tsuruta http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com 
Ashley Fowler http://isweatglitter.wordpress.com/
Kristen Foreman http://kristenforemandesigns.blogspot.com 
Ashley Horton http://www.ashleyhortondesigns.com/
Joni Andaya http://jonininaandaya.blogspot.com 
Clare Prezzia http://bearydocardsinc.blogspot.com/
Taheerah Atchia http://littlemisst-papercraft.blogspot.com/
Neat and Tangled http://www.neatandtangled.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for stopping in, and enjoy the hop!


Mr. & Mrs.

...a fun one layer card using three weeny little stamps.

I think I was unconsciously inspired by THIS pin and THIS pin - I really love ombre, but I just have a hard time utilizing it without feeling it doesn't look very unique.

I don't know if this card makes me feel better about being unique, but I threw that caution to the wind, because this was just so fun to make. This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Spots and Dots challenge, and the Hero Arts One-Layer card challenge - I used two wee sentiments from one of my all time Hero Arts favorites, Miss You So Much, and then the ampersand from the Love This stamps.

I used the Studio Calico Color Theory inks - perfect for this generation stamping technique! In case you're new to generation stamping, this is the basic lowdown;

  • Stamp sentiment/image once, either on your card or off (depending on what look you're going for - I stamped on the card for today). Then stamp again on the cardstock - the second impression will be lighter, and depending on what ink you're using, you could keep stamping until there ain't no juice left on the stamp. 

Anyways, enjoy your weekend and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts "Miss You So Much" and "Love This"
Ink: Studio Calico
Other: sequins, enamel dots and gem


Smile: Life is Beautiful

After many technical difficulties and a lost memory card later, I am finally popping in to share some projects that I have over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog! I hope to upload a video showing the process behind these two later, assuming that darn memory card shows up soon.

For my projects today, I wanted to use the new stamp sets, but in a way that they really shone out and didn't get hidden by any clutter. I also wanted to focus on the & Hello and Delightful Tales stamp sets, as they're my two faves. ;)
So, oila! These one layer cards were born!

Isn't this girl SO sweet? I've always wanted a good little girl stamp! And the frame was created using the & Hello border stamp - all you have to do is create a semi circle by curving the stamp on the clear block (this is why I love my clear stamps) and then stamp twice!

 I went with the ever popular watercolor look for these cards, and to spice it up a bit, I gave both cards a deckle edge. I used Distress Inks to achieve that rather splotchy look.

I hope you enjoyed these two simple, stamp-spotlighting cards! Thanks for joining me today! 


A happy typewriter

...is there really such a thing? I was gonna say no when the thought first popped in my head, but then I thought of one of my good friends who loves to write, and then looking at this card, I almost wonder.

This card was inspired by two things - THIS super sweet card, and then the exploding flower power thing was inspired by THIS pin.

I'm not quite satisfied with the way the card turned out, so I might give it another go except in purple tones, for my writer friend.
Anyways, this is for the new Hero Arts One Layer challenge - I used a bunch of random sets for the flowers, but I primarily used the Typewriter Notes and Sundrifter: Love This. I also used some new to me Hero Arts ink - honestly, I don't know my inks at ALL, so I don't remember which grey shade I used exactly, but I do love their cube sets - a great way for me to see which colors I like and how I like the ink.

Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts "Typewriter Notes", "Sundrifter: Love This" and other assorted Hero Arts sets
Ink: Hero Arts, Versamark, Tim Holtz
Gem: Darice
Other: embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, water, paintbrush


So Happy

...after a beautiful weekend, culminating in the celebration of one of my adorable niece's baptism! I'm just popping in today with one of those "old" cards.

This card is so pretty in real life - I used Twinkling H2O's on the feathers, which make them shimmer a bit, and then I also used gold glitter embossing powder for even more shimmer!

A little bit of woodgrain texture...

The gems are actually white opaque Michaels gems covered in gold nail polish.

I've got an early plane ride to Texas to catch tomorrow morning, so thanks for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Strathamore
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Mini Blooms", Hero Arts "Sundrifter Love This"
Ink: Versamark, Stazon, Twinkling H2O's
Other: gems (Queen and Co), nail polish, embossing powder (Hampton Art)

Tools: heat gun, Papertrey Ink Woodgrain Impressions plate, Cuttlebug


Oh Ship!

If you didn't notice, I'm changing up the look of the blog (again).
I wasn't quite satisfied with the way the last template I used was preforming (I personally dislike "read more" blog posts), so I decided to throw it out.
I also wanted to try out my web design skills, so what sad mess you see here is actually hours of me struggling with Illustrator (which I've never used before), Photoshop, Blogger, and mostly, my own super slow and annoying laptop.
Hopefully the design, while simple, is decent enough to last me for a good while - at least until I actually learn how to use programs better. ;)

The card today is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes - I forgot to link up with the friends challenge, so I hope it's okay I'm linking up to this challenge) and the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (I ought to use this more - my patterned paper!)

This Naughty Nautical stamp set is hilarious - perfect for masculine cards, and fun too!

Some pretty Maggie Holmes paper made the ombre "waves" easy, sewed a border, and then topped it off with the simply stamped image.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Maggie Holmes "Flea Market"
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp "Naughty Nauticals"
Ink: Stazon

Tools: sewing machine, scalloped scissors


Some pointy arrows

Just popping in with a new card featuring some pointy wood veneer arrows - I honestly couldn't think of a better blog post title.

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (friends) and the Monday challenge (anything goes)

Using the Inside and Out Sayings stamp set - I love all the cheeky accompaniments to the main sentiment, such as the one for this one; "okay, I can, but it would be super boring."
A lot of sentiment stamps look really nice, but some of them seem pretty redundant, so I feel kinda silly giving out the cards with them on it.
Which is why I'm hoping Simon Says Stamp will come out with a second Inside and Out stamp set. *cough cough* ;)

These arrows were inked up in Versamagic and Brilliance inks, then heat embossed with some clear embossing powder to make sure that the ink didn't rub off.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and have a great weekend!

Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Stamp: Simon Says Stamp "Inside and Out Sayings"
Ink: Brilliance, Versamagic, Versamark
Other: embossing powder (Hampton Art and Martha Stewart), gems (Michaels), wood veneer (Studio Calico)

Tool: heat gun