Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Create A Smile: Make A Wish

  Hello Crafters!
I'm sharing some cards using the new Make A Wish set from Create A Smile.
I cannot even tell you how much I love this set. Like adorable puppy dog love.
I just adore large sentiments in script. Probably because my own hand writing is so terrible ha! The thing that really makes this set though is how versatile it is. You can stamp Wish or Wishes and use it for Christmas, Birthdays, or general well wishes. Yay!
I kept my cards pretty simple this time around.
I used Jennifer's McGuire technique of stamping the same stamp multiple times but only inking up certain areas to get a good gradient. You can see her video here.  The inks I used are all from the WPlus9 Pure Color line: Wild Mango, Sweet Nectar, Sweet Gelato and Cranberry Crush. The MISTI makes doing this technique a cake walk. So glad I picked that thing up!.

The stars are from the same set and stamped in the same ink pattern. I added some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and a few dots of Stardust Stickles. 

I couldn't resist making a rainbow birthday card. It practically made itself. :)
I'm also entering this one into the current challenge at CAS-ology which is
How fun right?

I used the same ink line to stamp this one. I added in Bloomsberry, Lake House, and Appletini. Again I used the MISTI. Easy peasy.

I stamped the Happy Birthday from the same set in black and accented it with some more clear sequins.
These are the type of cards you can make in bulk with no time at all. You can also make either one with any combination of colors which I love. you'll be seeing tons more of this one from me. :)  
You can head over to the Create A Smile blog to see inspiration from the new release all week long!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 6, 2015

CASEing Genius: Kara-Lynne


Hello Crafters!

*For some reason this didn't post correctly, sorry I'm late!*

I was a bit worried with the holiday I wasn't going to get anything made but I managed to squeeze it in! I'm absolutely thrilled to bring you today's genius  . . .

I've loved her work and her sheer sweetness for years. I'm sure she'd be shocked to know but when I first started mulling over the concept of CASEing Genius Kara Lynne was one of the few I had in mind right away. Unfortunately, at that time she was on  a crafting hiatus. I'm so glad she's back, bringing her kind encouragement and beautiful talent with her! Her cards are always happy with such gorgeous layers. The only thing that could possibly outshine her talent is her fabulous personality. She is such a beautiful person. I really hope you'll go over to her blog and checkout all her gorgeous creations!

The Interview:

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Kara Pogreba, aka Kara Lynne in blogland.  I live in Kimberly, Wisconsin

2. How would you describe your style?
My style is a bit eclectic and evolving, but I think it most often falls into the clean and layered category

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
The one product I want (and recently received) is the MISTI!  It's so cool!

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was at a Creative Memories party in 2001.  I bought a few items.  One that I still use today is the Personal Paper Trimmer (of course, this may be too personal to mention).

Fun stuff!!

5. What is your current favorite song?
My favorite song right now is still the song we chose for our wedding:  I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman.

6. Who would play you in a movie?
It was difficult to decide who should play me in a movie until my husband reminded me of the NBC show, Parenthood.  That show had so many similarities to our own family that it was eerie!  My husband is the first born of four, so that would make him Adam Braverman, which would make me his mousy wife Kristina (Monika Potter)!  I hope she and I were not one of the similarities.

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
Something people probably don't know about me is that I have degrees in both music therapy and speech pathology.  I stopped practicing when our first daughter was born and haven't worked outside of the home since.  I loved what I did, but I am so thankful for what I am doing now.

Who didn't go to a Creative Memories party and leave with a folder full of stuff?!

Ready for some pretty things?

Hello beautiful blooms! I love all the texture she achieved by layering the flowers! The colors are just stunning.

Hello adorable little scene! I love how she uses the rays in the pattern paper to help build the scene.

Oh my cuteness!  All the little ducks in a row are perfectly adorable but then you add in the little guy they are all looking up at and you just fall in love.


You know I zoomed in on the those gorgeous flowers from Kara's first card right away. I wanted to keep with the tag idea too. I took the subtle pattern paper idea from the second card as well as the glossy accents on the large die cut. I decide to use the pattern paper in a strip like Kara did on her third card and I chose the huge Hello from Simon Says Stamp based on her large smile sentiment.

I stamped and masked the largest flower from Create A Smile's Magic Flowers and colored them with copics. I die cut a second tag out of vellum to give a bit of a break from the bright yellow strip. I die cut the large Hello from white and covered it in glossy accents. Anything that adds more shine I say yes too :) I used another Create A Smile set, Bad Day, for the Sunshine part of my sentiment. I heat embossed in white on black paper and trimmed it out. I used a few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh as a nod to Kara's enamel dots from her first card.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Please go visit Kara Lynne and leave her some love :)


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lia Stampz: Handmade Flowers

Hello Crafters!
How are you all doing?
I wish I had a hysterical story to tell you but I don't.
I did zilch, nada, zero for the past four days.
Unless you count keeping my kid alive while I ate oreos and bbq chips on the couch. If that counts then I did things.
Nathan is still learning words and sometimes his pronunciation is a bit garbled but you know what he says with crystal clear articulation? "Cookies." this may or may not be my fault. Leave your judgment at the door. Cookies are delicious.
Today I'm sharing a card for the new Lia Stampz Challenge: Handmade Flowers.

I used the a newer image from her called Birthday Elephant.
I wanted it to look like he walked through a little field of lowers before settling his little chubby booty down to pick one up. I used several of the pinwheel image to create my flower field but isolating it from the main image and pasting them in below in Paint.
I printed them out and colored with Copics. I trimmed my panel down o allow room for the pink panel below. The die cut from Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing was cut through both the stamped panel and the pink panel. I pieced the parts of each panel back in to create the look of one piece. The rest of the sentiment was stamped in black right over top of the inlay die cut.
It's pretty simple but I think it's a sweet way to say Happy Birthday!
I hope you'll join in over at the Lia Stampz Blog. You don't need a Lia Stampz image to play along and you could win a $10 voucher to the store.
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dimensional Banners

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm heading into day 4, the last day, of my off days and I've basically accomplished nothing adult. I made a few cards though. 
 Anybody else ever have these weekends? 
Come on.... really? 
It's okay to admit it. Crafting sometimes takes precedence. 
Plus it's like way more fun than cleaning. 

I created a card based on the current sketch over at CASE this Sketch. It was created by Michelle Williams whose basically completely awesome so I had to play along. Plus I didn't have clue one wha I wanted to make tonight. 
Sketches always save the day. 

My version is a little bigger but follows the sketch layout. 

I made a super layered card yesterday and today. I swear I made them even though they don't look a thing like what I usually make. I haven't hired someone else to start making my cards but maybe I should hire someone to clean my house . . . huh there's an idea. 

I'm sharing all the instructions over at the Create A Smile blog so you can head over there if you're interested :)

Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, June 29, 2015

CASEing Genius: Nina-Marie Trapani

 Hello Crafters! 

How was you're weekend?
I'm right in the middle of a four day weekend and I'm loving every minute of it! It's almost enough for me to forget that I worked 53 hours last week. Almost. ;) 

Are you ready to meet our Genius? 

It's the incredibly talented oh so adorable Nina-Marie Trapani!!

I started seeing Miss. Nina popping up in some of my favorite challenges and was really digging her style. But I really got to know her when she joined Lia Stampz as a DT member with me. How lucky for me!! She's always the first one to support and encourage. Her comments are a constant flow of uplifting sweetness that I totally cherish. Whenever someone puts out an amazing card I know first and foremost because Nina is so thrilled for them she shares it with everyone. As for her style, you just can't help but smile. Her blog, Nina-Marie Designs,  is always showing something amazing. Whether it's clean and simple or has some layers her designs are always awe inspiring. She's a bright spot in the crafty world for sure and I'm so blessed to know her. 

How about we all get to know her a little better?

The Interview:

1. Who are you and where do you live?  Hello, my name is Nina-Marie and I live along the coast of Maine.
2. How would you describe your style?  
Hmmm... that’s a very good question! I don’t have a particular style; when I create, I just go with whatever I’m in the mood for…. but I love any sort of critter cards the most! 

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?  
DEFINITELY my Wink of Stella glitter brush!! I am a huge fan of sparkle; I think I add sparkle to almost every card I make, LOL! When I found the Wink of Stella brushes, I absolutely died and went to glitterheaven! :)  

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?  
My first crafty purchase was white cardstock if you can believe it! I had received my very first stamp set as a gift, which immediately got me hooked onto card making. I cannot go without my white cardstock and am always buying it over and over again! :)  

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?  
Wow, that’s a really tough one! I’m actually not into much of the current music of today... I love to listen to instrumental music; particularly instrumental Christmas music, which I listen to year round!
6. Who would play you in a movie? 
Me in a movie... probably Zooey Deschanel. She’s fun, creative and a bit quirky, like me! :)  

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I am a huge fan of anything Snoopy!  

Girl, I love me so Zoey Deschanel. She's hysterical! 

Are you ready for the talent? 
Me too! 

Oh my goodness. Look at all the gorgeous white. I mean, just look at it! It really makes the flowers and ribbon just POP. Stunning!

How adorable are these guys? I love that the panel is layered with out looking cluttered. Those bright banners and sequins are just so dang happy. I'm happy just looking at it!

I love the texture she created on her heart. Rounding the sentiment to the focal point is just fabulous an of course the rainbow colors. Swoon. 


I realize this doesn't look like anything up there. Allow me to explain. 
I couldn't get over the white embossed flowers on her first card. Watercolor and white embossing are one of the most beautiful things and I couldn't let it go by. The frame from the first card also caught my eye. If you've hung around here you know I super love to frame things in. How Nina uses the ribbon to stretch along the length of her cards is stunning but I'm not really a ribbon girl so I used my sentiment to mimic the same look. Plus you know I  can't resist a bold black sentiment  like the one in her third card. I also really liked the look of the texture on her last card so I dug out my neglected embossing paste to throw in the mix. 

I wanted something to imitate the loose look of the banners on her second card so I chose a flower from Clearly Besotted's Fresh Flowers that would allow me to "drape" it. I started by stamping my flower in Versamark and heat embossing in white on watercolor paper. I did mask some flowers for interest but I managed to get it all stamped with only one mask so it wasn't too bad. I watercolored with distress inks. I used Twisted Citron (could be my new fav!!) Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Fossilzed Amber, and Picked Raspberry. 

I mixed a lot of embossing paste and a little Picked Raspberry for my background. It's much easier to see in real life. I laid it over a diagonal stripe stencil. 

The frame was cut out of black cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. While I had my Cuttlebug out I die cut my sentiment out of some glittery black paper. That die is also from Simon Says Stamp. I really wanted to make it a birthday card since I need so many right now but didn't want to cover up the gorgeous die. I stamped a teeny tiny sentiment on vellum and added it on top. 

Now confession time. 
Originally the watercolor part was a whole card front but this card was not a friend to me. I ended up making it and taking it apart 3 times. Each time the watercolor panel got smaller. Grr. 
I had started by cutting the beautiful through the card panel with the intent of inlay die cutting. I added some purple on the bottom and vellum embossing on top. It was the 4 x 5.50. Yucky. Take it apart. I decided the panel was too long and decided to cut it down. I cut it. HUGE  mistake. It was way too wide! It was 4 x 3.75. I decided to tape the part I cut back on and cut the beautiful from the other side. This would give me more panel and I could just cover the seam with a strip of paper or twine. I did it. and you know what . . .IT WAS THE EXACT SAME SIZE!! No joke. Clearly my math skills are mediocre at best. It was still ugly. I cut it down again. and THAT is what you see above you. After that it actually came together pretty easily but man it was a crap day for die cutting and math. But it's always a crap day for math if you ask me.  :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you'll head over to Nina-Marie's blog and see all her other fabulous creations!! 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Flowers, Butterflies, and Masking Oh My!

 Hello Crafters! 

Yes, I know that's not how the saying goes but that's how it goes here. Especially when there is a card challenge that looks like this. 

As you know my week has been crazy busy with overtime. I might make myself sound a little craft obsessed when I say this but the whole time I was thinking if I don't get to play along with that Fusion Card Challenge I'm going to be so mad . . .

So tonight my husband was vying for the coveted Husband of the Year Award and he sent me a text "I know you're tired. Why don't you go home and nap. I'll pick up Nathan after work and order pizza for dinner."  Easily one million points earned towards the  Husband of the Year Award. Kudos to him. 

Before we move on can I just say naps are the best thing ever. I can't understand people who don't like naps. Do you hate puppies and sunshine too?! Okay, maybe not that extreme but seriously naps are magical. 

Okay, let's get to this card. 
Originally when I saw the inspiration photo I was like "masked panel. period" then I saw the lovely Michelle Lupton's card and she had already done just that. She did EXACTLY what I had pictured in my head and I couldn't have done it any better. Michelle is awesome.
After I sat and looked at the flowers I was all Heeeyyyy . . .I have the Winiie and Walter set, In Bloom: Addie's Garden, that I've had in my use pile for a month and I think . ..yep . . .there's a gerber daisy in there.  But there wasn't a butterfly in any of their sets that I own . . .

Oh yes you see a butterfly there, and yes it is from Winnie and Walter stamps except it's a leaf. 

Oh man stretching stamps makes me so happy. Essentially this card is everything I love. Flowers, Butterflies, Copics, Stretching Stamps, Masking and One Layer. Oh, no rainbow. So close! 

I started by stamping my butterfly. I stamped the leaf once, flipped it over, reinked, and stamped it again. I masked it and then stamped and masked all the leaves and flowers. I colored with my copics. I tried some new color combos to get the colors close to the inspiration photo. I really like the way the dark magenta one came out. Definitely going to write that down for fall :) 

When it came time to do the butterfly I used my copic multiliner to draw the body and add interest to the wings.  
I used warm grays to add in some shadows then used my white gel pen to add a few more details. You know the drill by now. Outline the whole thing using your multiliner. So worth it!! 
The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter's The Big, The Bold, and The Happy. Lots of Wink of Stella finished the card off. 

Thanks for visiting! 
Happy Friday!!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

From This to That

  Hello Crafters!

As I sit here typing this it's 4:00 am. It's the very last day of my 12 hour days and I couldn't be happier. Thank God for my mother or I'm pretty sure yesterday neither Nathan or I would have ate. Aren't moms the best?

My schedule has been let Nathan run around like a screaming banshee, make dinner, give Nathan a bath, let Nathan run around like a screaming banshee, wrangle the banshee into bed. Go to bed myself. Stumble out of my bed at 2:30 am like a drunken sailor to the coffee pot, don't even put pants on, make coffee, put pants on, brush teeth, run a brush through my hair, get dressed, make more coffee, go to work, work, work, work, work, almost fall asleep at lunch, work, work, almost fall asleep on the drive home, pick up Nathan, rinse, repeat.

Sounds fun huh?
It's not but the money is good. So there's that. Good thing a banshee doesn't need a lot of supervision.

Besides regaling you of my super extra fun work week I'm also sharing a card over at the A2ZScrapbooking blog. I wanted to show how I start off with a simple design and then add a bit of this and that to make it mine.  

Here's a peak

You can see all the details over there.

I hope you'll stop by!
I'm wishing you a week where you can at least put pants on before you need coffee!!


P.s. My blog post has all these extra spaces in it that I can't get rid of and I'm too tired to care. Please forgive me :)