I'm headed to London this weekend!

This card is very subtle, and very fun to make.

I used the negative to make another card...

Two papers before the final stretch! 
Thanks for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Studio Calico

Tools: Mama Elephant Alphabet dies, Cuttlebug



...that's how I feel, and so that's the kind of card I have for you today.

I wanted to try to shove as much pretty stuff on one card as possible, but this time, it didn't quite work out for me.
For the glitter border, I took one of the Maggie Holmes sticker borders and added glitter to the back. Easy peasy, nice and squeezy.

But speaking of pretty stuff...

Anyways, that's all for me today - peace out!

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper, vellum, and sticker: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes 
Other: cabochon (Etsy), glitter (Martha Stewart), kraft tag (Maya Road), sequin, enamel dot and pearl (stash)

Tools: Cuttlebug, Paper Smooches dies


I miss

...a lot of things, but most especially, my family's faces! Only 25 more days!

So, in case you can't tell because of my poor design skills, that little guy with ribbon coming out of the bottom and top of his face is a watch.

Man, it looked so much better in my head.
Ah well.

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink: Stazon, Memento
Other: gems, ribbon (Papertrey Ink)


Purple Struggle

I'm over at the Pinkfresh blog today, and people, things get pretty real there.

Here's the thing.

I have a problem.
A problem with purple.

I don't know, but I just struggle with that color.
In my home, in my wardrobe, and even in my card room.

But one day, I decided to change the fates and face my fear.

And, armed with some gorgeous Pinkfresh goodies, it actually wasn't too hard.

For this card, I used the glitter washi tape (MMM! I just love me some glitter!) on the wood veneer chevrons. I love how the wood veneer comes in such great, basic shapes, so if the times call for it, you can easily customize them to suit your purposes.

Again, some more glitter tape, and then some yumlicious enamel hearts to top it off. For the sentiment, I first placed the washi tape on scrap paper, and stamped using Staz-on ink, Then I stamped Versafine for the card base, removed the washi tape from the scrap paper, and placed it over the sentiment on the card base. I just found that the Staz-on ink stood out a little better on the glitter tape, and but I liked how Versafine stamped on the cardstock, so I used both.

So, take that, purple!

Current score;
Clare: 3, Purple: 176

Oh yeah. 


Moooove me

While I can't make any cards in Austria, I can start cleaning out my old draft closet, and start posting some old cards.

I had the cow all stamped and layered, and built the rest of the card around it.

I have a lot of detail pictures...I used to do it all the time, but I've stopped since I felt like they were unnecessary, but what do you think?

I still love these coconut buttons.

That's the oldie for today! Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Sidewalks" and "Fly a Kite"
Stamps: Lawn Fawn 'Critters on the Farm'
Ink: Staz-on
Other: button (stash), burlap (Joann's), paperclip (Tim Holtz), ribbon (PTI)

Tools: sewing machine, Cuttlebug, MFT Framed Greetings die, scissors, adhesive, trimmer


The Best

...in the West. I can't wait to get back to good ol' Pennsylvania!

I was inspired to use a pretty little fabric rectangle from SEI, and then put some scraps together to finish it up!

I dunno, I'm just a sucker for the chalkboard look - I love how stark white embossing on black cardstock looks.
Speaking of embossing, and cardstock, and cards, MAN! Do I miss cardmaking! It's a good thing I always have school or I'm traveling, because my fingers are positively tingling to make something! I've already taken some pictures to inspire future cards when I get back. ;)

But for now, here's one of the many pictures I took during a beautiful weekend in Switzerland...

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Versamark
Other: fabric swatch (SEI), embossing powder, paperclip, vellum

Tools: embossing gun, Cuttlebug, Papertrey Ink Doily Details, sewing machine



...missing home! I'm already prepping for Christmas, and trying to start work on the end of the term papers. I'm so ready to make Christmas cookies while dancing to the Nutcracker with my little brother!

I seriously love the Mama Elephant Alphabet dies - perfect font, perfect size! Also, this Lucky Charm paper may be one of my top paper collections of all time.

Thanks for stopping and have a lovely week! If you have a moment to spare, please say a prayer for my last midterm and paper to go well! :)

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm"
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Tim Holtz

Tools: Cuttlebug, Mama Elephant Alphabet dies


Fresh Watercolor

I'm over on the Pinkfresh blog today with some fresh watercolor cards!

I had SO much using Sweet Dreams stamp set! For this card, I used Staz-on ink so that the image wouldn't run after I went over with the watercolors.
After stamping, I sprayed the panel with water. Then I pressed my blue ink pad against a clear stamping block, added some water, then used a brush to apply it to the panel. I used more concentrated ink on the top, and more diluted water for the bottom.
Once the ink had dried, I used my paintbrush to "paint" clouds using only water. Then I placed a paper towel over the clouds while they were still wet, and picked up the wet ink, creating the shadowy clouds you see here!

Does this pink watercolor circle look familiar? Yep, I totally stole it off the logo. ;)
I masked off the circle for this card, and added the pink ink like I added the blue ink to the card above. Then I flicked some water on the card, and again, picked up the ink with a paper towel.
To achieve the smear affect, I added some water to the right side of the card, and dragged it off with the paper towel.
I then topped with off with the sentiment/image stamp from the Limited Edition Kit, and some cute Pinkfresh wood veneer hearts!

So there you are, two super easy but super fun watercolor cards!

Thanks so much for stopping in and have a fantastic day!