Thursday, July 24, 2014

FWF: Missing You Butterflies

Once again, it's time for Unity's Friends with Flair Friday!   Are you doing any crafting this weekend?  I am!   One of my friends' husband is going on a trip and she generously invited a bunch of friends over for a crafting weekend.   I have lots of thinking & packing to do, but I'm sure all the work will be well worth it.   I love hanging out with this group of crafty gals.

This week's card was fairly simple to put together.  I paper-pieced the butterflies so I could have intense pink color along with a little bit of added dimension.

Looking at this card, I'm not sure I like the color of the edging around the tag/banner at the bottom.   Chestnut Roan is my go-to inking pad, but perhaps a darker brown would have worked better given the color of the card and the spray.  What do you think?

Hope you enjoy your week!   Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 27, 2014

FWF: Every Artist

It's Friday once again, everyone, and I have a special Unity card to share with you for today's Friends with Flair.  This one was can be found in print, on page 92 of the current Take Ten Summer 2014 issue.  I submitted this card for a "sage green" call, but the sage projects aren't going to be published until the Summer 2014 issue of The Stampers' Sampler.
If you have the desire to see your projects in print, set a goal to submit a few.  It's so interesting which ones they choose and which don't make the cut.  You see, the cards that don't get chosen aren't necessarily bad.  It may be that they already have lots of orange cards, for example, but they have a spot on a layout with red cards that needs to be filled.

Most magazines offer you the opportunity to have your project returned to you if they choose not to publish it.  I always let them keep it -- who knows when they'll need my lavender card to fill a spot?   I've had a project published almost two years after I submitted it.  That wouldn't have happened if I had insisted that it get returned to me.
It's such a thrill to see your project in print!  In addition to the excitement, there are often other perks, too.  Typically, the publisher sends you a complimentary copy of the issue your project is featured in.  Depending on the products your project features, you might also qualify from some reward swag (typically called "Publication Incentives").  I've been keeping a comprehensive list of paper & stamp companies that offer such incentives and links to their specific guidelines.  It's right here on the blog, up top, labeled "Publication Incentives", or you can click on that phrase here.  I would definitely encourage you to support companies that offer these.
I hope you'll take a chance and send in a few of your favorite cards, and I hope to see your project in print someday soon.
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weekly Challenge #24 - Birthday

Orange Team 14-24 Challenge
What a giant coincidence!  Or did Tammy somehow plan this?  Today we're kicking off a birthday card challenge, and today is my sister's 40th birthday!  Sometimes things work out so well!
I had a ton of fun making this card!   The papers and stamps we're featuring today (from the Jillibean Soup Birthday Bisque line) are so colorful, happy, and upbeat.  When I noticed the "Olde Style" root beer embellishment, I decided to edge all of the papers with brown chalk ink.  While it did add some aging, it certainly did not dull the bright colors!
My favorite thing about this collection is that there are plenty of other ways to use it besides birthdays.  The balloons can signify any celebration, as can the banner paper.  Many of the embellishments are event-neutral.   And as far as finding paper to match?   There are so many colors in there, you definitely will have something in your stash that matches perfectly!
These cute Jillibean Soup goodies and lots of other fun items are available now at the Cuttin' and Stampin' Scrappy Supply Store.   We hope you'll join us for our challenge and create & share a birthday card of your own creation.   Click HERE to see other inspiration cards from the Design Team and to participate in the challenge.
Also submitted for these challenges:
2 Cute Ink Challenges:  Birthday 
Amusing:  Four (or more!) Colors
Cards Galore Encore:  Anything Goes 
Sunday Stamper:  Patterned Paper
Happy Birthday, sis, and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

FWF: A Birthday Card Featuring Wine

TGIF, everyone!   It's Friends with Flair Friday, and I have a fun card to share with you.

My sister is celebrating a big birthday in a few days.   She's a fan of wine and I wanted to make a wine-related card for her.  Unity Stamp Co. had the PERFECT stamps to convey what I wanted to say.  First, I started with the wine bottles from the Let's Get SIP FACED stamp set.   I liked the "aged to perfection" sentiment that comes with it, but I hoped to find something a little more specific to a big birthday.   I think the perfect sentiment came with the Marlow Fashionista {itty bitty}, with the Italian Proverb "Age and glasses of wine should never be counted."

I had a very hard time finding just the right colors to go with the way I colored the wine.   Luckily, I still have a few sheets of the retired Stampin' Up! color Bravo Burgundy.   I held up the piece of burgundy cardstock to tons of papers in my stash, and the closest match came with the Eva line from BasicGrey.  I chose the "Courtier" pattern from a mini-pack.   The pennant die is from Sizzix and I colored with Copic markers.

To mark this milestone birthday, my sister has planned a special trip for herself and her family.  Can you guess where?   Please guess if you decide to leave a comment, and from the winning guessers I'll draw for a $40 prize pack full of stamps and other goodies!   I'll draw from the correct guesses in comments left by noon Mountain Time on my sister's birthday, June 17th.

Happy Stamping... and Happy Fortieth to my sister!  :)

Submitted to Challenges:
A Creative Romance:  Anything Goes w/ Birthday Option
Baffies Kreativladen:  Many Circles
Crafty Cardmakers: Uses Circles
Loves Rubberstamps Challenges:  Clean & Simple
QKR Stampede:  Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge:  Anything Goes
The Stamping Chef:  Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff Challenge:  Circles

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Weekly Challenge #22 - Father's Day

Orange Team 14-22 Challenge
Father's Day
With Father's Day coming up, I already have my standard plan in place.   I'll make my dad's favorite Strawberry Pie, hope I can find some nice fresh sweet corn & tomatoes for his favorite dinner, and I'll make him some sort of nautical Father's Day card.  
My parents honeymooned in Fort Lauderdale and ended up renting an apartment and staying for more than a year.   A few years (and 2 kids) later, they returned to Fort Lauderdale.  Dad's return lasted for 30 years!   I remember our house had lots of jars of seashells and paintings of boats.   We even had a table fashioned like a boat propeller.
So when I learned that we'd be featuring the "Anchored" line from Authentique as well as the "Float My Boat" stamp set from Lawn Fawn, I knew this combination would be perfect for my dad.

For today's card, I used three different patterns of paper from the "Anchored" paper line.  I was going for a vintage look, so I edged all the pieces with Chestnut Roan chalk ink from Clearsnap.   I think my favorite part of the card is the "ahoy" sticker, which also came from the "Anchored" collection.   Dies for the ovals and anchor are from Spellbinders.
If you need to create a project for a Dad who loves boating, fishing, or anything nautical, these lines are perfect.   They're available now at the Cuttin' and Stampin' Scrappy Supply Store.   We hope you'll join us for our challenge and create & share your own Father's Day Card.   Click HERE to see other inspiration cards from the Design Team and to participate in our challenge.

Also submitted for these challenges:
SCS Sketch SC490
Eureka Stamps Father's Day 
Incy Wincy Designs Something for a Guy 
Squigglefly Father's Day 
Cards Galore Encore Anything Goes 
Ladybug Crafts Boys and/or Dies 
Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine & Using a Fiber/Ribbon 
Amusing Challenges Father's Day w/o Digi 
Lacy Sunshine Punches or Dies 
Corrosive Challenges Anything Goes 
Pumpkin Spice Blog Summer 
We Do Doobadoo Different Shapes  (ovals & rectangles)

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Weekly Challenge #20 - Memorial Day

Orange Team 14-20 Challenge
Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember the sacrifices of all the men and women who lost their lives while serving in our armed forces.   While it is different than Veteran's Day, I think any time is a good time to thank and acknowledge the veterans and their families who make so many sacrifices for our freedom.   In addition to family and friends, there are lots of currently serving service members that don't have anyone to send them care packages or letters.  One card-specific way to honor them is Operation Write Home.  Or you can include cards with care packages via
My project today includes stamps from the Paper Smooches Circle of Honor stamp set along with patterned paper, air mail washi tape, icon stickers, blue jean sprinkles vellum, silver stars sprinkles stickers, and Simply Put album inserts, all from Doodlebug Designs' Patriotic Parade line.   I layered the fun sprinkles vellum over the fireworks paper on the bottom section of the card.  Unfortunately, the vellum adhesive I used was very visible in the photograph.  I'll try another brand when I plan on posting the project online next time.
The larger star paper icon stickers were plenty cute, but I really liked the dimension and sparkle added by placing the silver sparkles stickers centered inside them.
Rounding out this project are the words & eagle (stamped in Memento dye ink in Danube Blue) and the eagle's beak colored with Copic markers.

Also -- Because this week is an ANYTHING GOES week at Paper Smooches Sparks challenge, I'm submitting this card for that, too! 
Please join us and make a patriotic project this week!  Post your project HERE.
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Weekly Challenge #18 - Traditional Mother's Day

Orange Team 14-18 Challenge
Traditional Mother's Day

Last week, the Green Team featured cards made for Mother's Day with non-traditional colors and themes (i.e. no flowers).   This week, the Orange Team is showing off more traditional Mother's Day cards.  This theme is just perfect for the Bazzill Basics ultra-feminine Vintage Marketplace Line.  The papers are so pretty and shabby-chic!

On my card, I used the green gingham and roses patterns -- definitely my favorites of the whole pack!   There are also fun polka dots, chevrons, and fun office-style papers in soft Springtime colors.  Coordinating perfectly with the colors on these papers were the Memento dye inks in Bamboo Leaves and Angel Pink.  I used two words stamps and then a portion of the cameo stamp from Paper Smooches' Pretty Momma set.  The crown sticker is also part of the Vintage Marketplace line.
Mother's Day is bittersweet for me.   My Mom passed unexpectedly almost 13 years ago, and I still miss her every day.  I spend this day thankful for my own Mom as well as all the other wonderful Moms in my life.  My Mother-in-Law, for example, is an absolute gem.   I love her to pieces!   I always look forward to talking and visiting with her.  We were a great support to each other, sometimes long-distance, during my husband's big open heart & transplant surgeries.  She also taught hubby to cook, clean, and do laundry.  She rocks.

Please join us this week to create a traditional Mother's Day card or project.  And if your own Mom is no longer with us, you definitely know a Mom who would appreciate a card.  Your sister, an aunt, a neighbor who has kids, that co-worker that works so hard, a lady at church who brings her little ones every week...  there are lots of Moms out there!   I'm not a Mom, so I don't pretend to know how hard they work and how much they worry, but I bet they'd love to be shown appreciation!  To participate, please link your project HERE.

Also -- Because this week is an ANYTHING GOES week at Paper Smooches Sparks challenge, I'm submitting this card for that, too! 
Happy (early) Mother's Day and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekly Challenge #16 - April Showers

Orange Team 14-16 Challenge
April Showers

April is more than half over (can you believe how fast time is flying?), and we can't get to the May flowers without the April showers, so that's this week's challenge - April Showers

Our team is showcasing the Pink Paislee "Hello Sunshine" collection.  There are such cute umbrellas, raindrops, and flowers in this collection!  They even have a stamp set and a coordinating die.
I tried a number of colors for my card base.  The lighter colors that matched the patterned papers made the card look too washed out.  The deep, bright blue made things really pop!   The "be the rainbow" focal image is actually one of the pocket cards just cut a little bit to square off the corners.  Also included are ephemera, puffy heart stickers, and the umbrella die (which I cut twice -- once for the yellow handle & tip, and again for the flower canopy).
We hope you'll join us and create your own "April Showers" project!  This challenge will be open until April 28 and you can enter your project HERE.

Happy (Spring) Stamping!