...makes the heart grow fonder - so you guys must love me even more when I come back from little breaks here and there, right? ;)

Today's card is an oldy - I was inspired in general by typography, so I pulled out a cheap-o dollar stamp I got at Joann's awhile back, and went to work.

The embossed sentiment is too light for easy reading - I might go back and use a mask to color an entire brown circle, so the sentiment is actually legible.
Pft, who am I kidding?! I'm way too lazy to do that.

Seriously love the texture of the paper here - I wish more companies did this.

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: Bazzill "Vintage Marketplace"
Stamp: Joann Fabrics
Ink: Versamark, Memento
Other: embossing powder (Martha Stewart), gems (Prima)

Tools: heat gun, 1" circle punch



...be to God! I'm not going to take the calculus class this semester! Although I will still have to take it in the summer...or next fall...blech.

This card involved some tricky die cutting - I had to keep the upper/lower part of the die off of the plate when die cutting, then do the same with the other side. With all that work, I just finished it simply with some enamel dots, Wink of Stella glitter on the sentiment (impossible to see in this picture) and some simple patterned paper.

Also, just wondering, but would any of you like me to be more specific with the product description? I used to give company name and product name, but I've gotten kinda lazy and just gone with company name recently. However, if you'd prefer, I can whip myself back into shape. ;)

Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Patterned paper: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
Other: enamel dots

Tools: Cuttlebug, Paper Smooches die



...it's not my birthday anymore, but I can still post birthday cards!

I recently had a dermatology appointment, and they did a scar removal on my nose, resulting in me having to wear a band-aid on my nose for a week (changing for a fresh band-aid every day, of course). Anyways, my family and some friends have been asking about it, so I've been telling them it's the new hipster trend - tape on the NOSE, instead of the glasses. ;)

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts, Precious Remembrance
Patterned paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Other: acetate, enamel dots, tape, embossing powder

Tools: heat gun


Party Animal

...this card is me, today on my birthday.

I really love this fox stamp by Hero Arts - I stamped her, masked her off, then used some Tattered Angels mist for the blue background. Then I roughly colored her in using some Prismacolor watercolor pencils. Topped off with a sentiment from Avery Elle, which fit the occasion perfectly. ;)

Now for some blonde brownies a la mode (super tasty - I love all things that involve maple syrup!), then watching some Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (which I am enjoying much more than the original series)

Have a lovely weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzill, Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts, Avery Elle
Ink: Stazon, Prismacolor, Tattered Angels, Versamark
Other: gems


Another scrappy good day

...using up scraps makes me feel like I'm "cleaning" out my workspace, so I can reward myself with a new stamp set...or two...;)

The dogwood flowers didn't turn out how I originally planned them to, so I scrapped them quite awhile back, but decided the messy look was still too nice to waste.
I used the Tim Holtz markers to color the rubber stamp - these markers work WAY better on rubber than on clear stamps. The colors just stick to rubber better.
I spritzed them with water, then stamped them on pretty thin wood board I found at a craft store, but it was still a little tough to die cut - now I have some Creative Imaginations wood veneer paper I found on clearance, which is MUCH better for die cutting.

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Tim Holtz, Versafine
Other: washi tape, doily, string, gems, wood veneer

Tools: Cuttlebug, Papertrey Ink embossing plate, Hero Arts dies



...it's 2015! I typically do a post with my favorite cards from the past year, but if I get caught up in the time-consuming task of being a bum this Christmas break, don't be surprised. ;)

I wanted to test out the Hero Arts SMILE background stamp, but I used an old Staz-on ink pad, getting a rather uneven impression. I decided to roll with it, and go watercolor, because we all know it's quite fashionable to be messy, if you do it in watercolor. ;)

Just because I like to keep adding tiny, minuscule little details to my cards until my brain hurts - little bits of Stickles on the stamped hearts.

Finished off with some vellum, die cut hearts, and a rather obvious sentiment. ;)

Hope you have a happy new year, for the WHOLE year!

Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Versamark, Stazon
Other: embossing powder, vellum, stickles

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, My Favorite Things dies, Papertrey Ink die, Simon Says Stamp die


Playing with scraps

It's always a fun challenge to me, and a great way to kickstart my mojo. ;)

I have a whole green container dedicated to my scraps - what do you do with your leftover card scraps? Throw them away? Keep them? Pass them on?

Cardstock: Cason
Patterned paper: Crate Paper
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Archival Ink
Other: pearls and sequins (Michaels), string and clothespin (Darice), embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Paper Smooches dies, heat gun



....AMURICA!! I am (finally!) back in the good ol' U.S. of A!

Plot twist: this isn't actually a Valentine's Day card. I didn't even realize how Valentiney this looked till now...about a half year later from making it.

The Wink of Stella makes up for any faults though (darn, I love that stuff)

God bless!

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts "Typewriter Notes"
Ink: Studio Calico
Patterned paper: Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm"
Other: Wink of Stella, vellum

Tools: Cuttlebug, Simon Says Stamp heats die