Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Keep Calm and Chat On

Hi Friends,

We have a New Challenge today at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.  This weeks challenge is to use at least two dies.   Here's my take.

Now This should have been a total no brainer for me.  Anyone who knows me, has seen a plethora of dies used over the years.  But this one challenged me to go in a different direction.  Originally I wanted to make this a shaker card, but the lines on the side where so narrow, I could not cut the foam tape that small and I haven't gotten my foam sheets in yet.... lol.   But I will.   So then I thought about the different ideas for a card using the Smart Phone dies.  And I thought about the special packaging they come in and how they display them.  So I got my Circle dies out and cut out two half ends of the white paper and then laid them over at Black background and liked that look.  I added some Sequins and called it a day.  There is an acetate film over the phone.  I love it.  

Have you checked out the New Items in the store?  EEEEK, so many cute things!  

We are missing our Jeep.  He is away on Camp Keep and let me tell you, this Mama Bear does not like her cubs to go far.  I never let them do sleep overs or go away for too long.  So as you can imagine, this week cannot go fast enough for me.  I worry myself sick some times, lol.  It's hard not to be over protective.  So we are truly living for Friday!  Come on Friday! 

God Speed your week too!


Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's Up?

Hi Friends and Stampers,

It's a Happy Holly-Day Monday and it's my turn to show you some Inspiration over at the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog.   I have a CAS Design for you today.   It only took 4 hours to think about the design and less than 30 minutes to execute it, lol.

Does this ever happen to you?  You have to think about it for a long time before it just comes to you? I thought I would let this cute paper do most of the work for me and it goes so well with this sentiment set.  

So have you checked out the New Items in the store?  We are so excited to have so many goodies to choose from now! I'm going back and looking at the goodies I bought I while back and wanting to use them now. lol.   I swear, sometimes the hunting and gathering is more fun that than the using them.  But I do love it when I can come up with a quickie once in a while.  

Also, today is the last day to play in our "add flowers" challenge over at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.    And be sure to join us again tomorrow for a whole new challenge!

Until next week, 


Playing in this weeks MFT Card Challenge - Sketch

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shake it off!

Hi Friends and Stampers,

It is a Happy Holly-Day Monday.  Would you believe it's my Friday today? lol.   Then I have two whole days off.  Whoo Hoo!  I'm going to get inky for sure.  It's my day to show you some inspiration over at the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog.   I'm totally into making shaker cards right now, so after a few dozen, I should be back on track, lol.

SugarPea Designs - Hot Diggity Dog - coming soon

Love the sentiments that come with this set.  It's puppy love for sure!  Coloring up this little puppy was super easy and then I fussy cut him and added him to the top.  I have been following along on some of the Shaker Cards tutorials and they totally have me motivated to do some more.  

Be sure to watch the New Items section in the Loves Rubberstamps Store, you never know what Laura is going to add next! 

I hope you are having a great day!


Playing in the SugarPea Sketch Challenge


Shake, Shake, Shake

Hi Friends and Stampers,

I don't know if you have been following along on this weeks Shaker Cards Video's with the Design Team over at MFT's Blog, but I have.  I have been wanting to make one for a while now and last week was just the inspiration I needed.  Until further notice, they are all going to be shaker cards now, lol.

Okay, my camera is playing tricks on me, there is no white patch on his eye, lol.  It's just lighter than the rest.  

I'm playing along in this weeks MFT Sketch

My Favorite Things Sketch 224

Thanks for looking in on me.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coffee And Friends

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Before I get started, I wanted to let you know there is a design team call over at Loves Rubberstamps. 

There is a Brand New Challenge up over at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.  This week we want to see your pearls and swirls.  Here is what I came up.

Yep, it's a big chicken, lol.  Actually a Rooster.  My Grandmother Agnes, used to collect Roosters and chickens.  She always had a ceramic Rooster in her kitchen.  This Just Rite Cling stamp really reminded me of her a lot.  And since it represents Coffee and Friends, that really speaks to me, lol.  

I got up the other day and my Keurig Coffee Maker died.  It was like 4:30 in the morning and I woke up with a headache.  Since I had to get up at five anyway, I decided to go ahead and get up.  Wow.  Anyone who knows me, knows I do not function well in the morning without my coffee.  I was ready to fly around on my broomstick and release the monkeys!  My husband, Joe, got up at five to check on me and when he discovered the events that were taking place, he immediately raced out to the nearest starbucks for a Venti Latte.  And he saved the day further by running out later that afternoon and buying me a new Keurig!  Whoo Hooo.  Shiny New Red one this time!  He really is so wonderful to me. 

Laura is going to be adding more Just Rite stamps to the store in the near future.  The whole background stamp nearly takes up the card space.  I know some people get intimidated by large coloring areas, but they are pretty easy to navigate.  After stamping this image on X-Press It paper, I stamped it again on scratch paper twice.  The first scratch paper, I fussy cut around the big ring, the second scratch paper, I fussy cut around the chicken.  Not perfectly but rather haphazardly.  Then I placed the first scratch paper onto the stamped image and adhered it with removable adhesive. Then I used my air brush to Spray three colors around the background.  I took up the scratch paper and then laid down the chicken scratch paper with removable adhesive and spray the inside layer with two colors.  Then I removed that scratch paper and colored up my chicken.  I colored the inside layer fancy scroll areas with the darkest color, E53.  Then I added two blues the perfect blend scroll.  And I also colored the swirling pearls I had in my stash with my Copic Markers.  And then added them to the card.  I had one pack of them that had been in my drawer forever, so I was glad to be able to use them.  

I think next time I use this stamp, I might use some distress inks and see how that looks :) 

I cannot wait to see how you used your pearls and swirls. 


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Super Boy

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Before I get started, let me tell you there is a Design Team Call for the Next Term that starts on May 1st!

It's a Happy Holly-Day Monday and I have some cuteness to inspire you.  This is what I came up with for the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog.

MFT BB Super Boy - coming soon
MFT Small Brick Wall Stencil - coming soon

Oh I had so much fun making this one.  First I cut die-cut a hole in the center with my Blueprints 12 circle. Then I used used the stencil with my light modeling paste on a white background.  I used the Scooper the the flat bottom to scoop it out and smooth it over.  Then I removed the stencil and let it dry over night.  I guess I could have used a dryer if I really was in a hurry.  Then I my Mini Ink Blending Tool (which I love) and went over the bricks with Fired Brick and then Black Soot TH distress inks.  I added a bit of white from an old white ink pad I have here, which is now red and white, lol.  I set that aside to dry while I cut out my stars and the white moonbeam from the Sun, Moon, and Stars set.  Then I stamped the boy on Copic X-Press It paper.  And I colored him up with Copic Markers and fussy cut him out.   There will be Matching Dies to go with him when he comes to the store....and I'll be grabbing one of those up, lol.  Then I cut the black circle with my Circle Stax set 2 and adhered behind the brick wall paper.  I could have used some foam adhesive to add some dimension if I wanted.  Then I added the moon beam and the star and the boy and added the other stars.  

Tools are a great thing to have.  If you see a set of dies you think are cute but you don't have an exact idea for them, go ahead and pick them up.  Having lots of dies in your arsenal of supplies really helps when you are creating and have certain ideas or want to do something typical from the norm or what you have already been doing.  The same is true for me with the Mini Ink blender tool, it's so much more quick and easy to use this little took while distressing and I can add more or give it a light coat.  It really does cut back on time it takes.  Plus when I just use a sponge, I tend to get uneven dotted ink marks.  That used to drive me crazy.  So I really like the tool that I can distress ink in one directed and get a smooth, undotted color.  

I love this little Super Boy and I have all kinds of things in mind for him.  He is one I will use again and again.  I love that there are more boy images out there now.  

Okay, that's all my inspiration for today.  I will see you tomorrow over at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.   Be sure to visit the New Items section in the Loves Rubberstamps Store.  


Using this weeks MFT Sketch


Hi Everyone,

I forgot to blog some cards I made....

This is an Etch-A-Sketch card - S.U. from the Herd

I made this for a friend who has been out sick. I saw some of these on Splitcoast stamper and decided to make one. I stamped on Vellum and put that over at gray background.  

From Sami Stamps - I love her cute digi poodles. 

I bought this from Viva Las Vegas Stamps for my boss. I had to make her an inspiration card with it, lol.  

I hope everyone is having a great Sunday.  See you tomorrow for My Inspiration Post. 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Taco Bout It

Hi Friends and Stampers,

I am so excited to be Hopping with the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog Hop today.   They are celebrating their Grand Re-Opening.  I love the new sets, and all the others in the store.  Today I am using:   Taco Bout It and Veggin.  This is what I came up with.

I love these sentiments that go with these great images!  I colored up the Veggin Veggies with my Copic Markers and added some Glossy Accents to the shades and the glasses.  I wanted to make a slider peep-a-boo card, the tutorial is HERE

There is a $25 gift card for one comment on a random designers blog - so, comment along - follow  as many of the designers links - and you might win!! I mean, I might be the blogger with the golden $25 - you never know!'

Be sure to go over the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for a list of all the designers! 

I was so happy to be a guest designer today.  Thank you so much Nicole for the invite! 


Monday, April 6, 2015

Winner for the LIUB Blog Candy


I have drawn a winner for my Light It Up Blue Blog Candy!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2015-04-06 21:00:57 UTC

That's you, Blogger Shelly said...

Too cute!
April 2, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Please email me at hollysilva911@hotmail.com so I can email you your voucher code for  Loves Rubberstamps.   

Thank you everyone for your kind comments and I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have some new followers! 


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rule the World with Coffee!

Hi Friends and Stampers,

It's a Happy Holly-Day Monday!  Mostly because I am off today with the boys on their last day of Spring Break.   It's time for me to show you some Monday inspiration over at Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog. 

I started with my Perk Up set and added the circle and flag from my Blueprints 12 set and viola!  Instant gratification!  This was a quick and easy card to put together and I NEED a lot of coffee cards for my friends.   So I am happy with this CAS design.  This is a set I can come back to over and over again and not get the same design.  

So how was your Sunday?  I had to work :(   But my dear husband was stoic enough to get up at 5:00 a.m. on his day off and get the boys up while I grabbed some COFFEE!  They went through their baskets and starting the Sugar Loading early.   Then with their flashlights, they went out to the patio for their Easter Egg hunt.  That was a lot of fun!  Then off to work I went.  We had a nice meal.  Traditional Potato Salad and beef ribs.  YUM.   I didn't have the time or the energy to put a big meal on after working for ten hours, so that was just nice.  

Tomorrow is a new Challenge over at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog and I hope to see your fabulous creations there.  Also, take a peek at the New Items in the store!  So fun! 

Thanks for Looking and have a Fabulous Day!


Playing in this weeks MFT Card Challenge
Also Kraftin Kimmie Saturday Challenge - decorate the inside. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Autism Awareness Blog Hop - I have Blog Candy

Hello and welcome to the Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Blog Hop!  Did you know April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day?  I think somewhere along the way, someone we know or maybe you have personally been touched by Autism.  I have friends and on-line friends who have children with different forms of Autism.   It is very challenging and some days, heart breaking.  And these parents and children need our support. 

 I personally know I do not know enough of what Autism is. 
  For more information, visit Autism Speaks.  and National Autism Association

 We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list hereIf you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6. I am representing, Loves Rubberstamps and am offering Blog Candy in the form of a gift voucher for $15.00 to the store.  And I too will be announcing the winner in the evening of April 6th, here on my blog.  I will be choosing from the comments on my blog.  I would love to have more followers too! 

Now here is the card I created for today's hop! 

Thank you Jessica Lynn for providing us with such a cute image to work with.  This little guy was so much fun to color up! 

Thank you so much for Hopping along with us in our Light it Up for Autism Awareness. 


Using this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch

Entering in kraftin Kimmie - Anything goes.