Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dry Embossing Takes the Spotlight

Hello Dreamers!
How is your week going?  Keeping busy here.   Making a few cards.  Mowed the lawn today too.   Now that I have that out of the way, I have more time to make cards.....
The projects today, feature dry embossing.  The embossing really sets the tone for the card.  On the first card, I added some paper flowers and a little bee.  The second card is all dry embossing with a little bee.  

Stamps: DRS Designs Sentiment on inside of card One-Not Some Junk
Inks: Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, and Mustard Seed Distress inks
CS: Cream, white, tan, brown,and yellow
Paper Flowers
3-D Bee stickers: K & Company
Embossing folders: Paisley - Cuttlebug; Flower - Darice


  • Make two A2 cards from tan and yellow CS
  • Layer the tan card with brown CS
  • Dry emboss  cream and white CS
  • Highlight the dry embossing with Distress ink
  • Add layers of paper flowers to the Paisley card and a bee to both cards
  • Stamp this fun sentiment on the inside of the cards


Card Two:

*********** Challenges for "Dry embossing take the spotlight":

DRS Designs: color challenge
Craft-Dee Bow: anything goes with a bow
Dream Valley Challenge: flowers
Through the purple haze: anything goes
Allsorts: bright sun shiny colors
Aloha Friday: in the garden

Well, I should go and finish up the soup I am making for dinner.   I have to add a few more things.   Enjoy your evening!!   See you next time.  Love ya.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Flourish and Perfume Label from Lost Coast Designs

Hello Dreamers,
My nephew's wedding was Saturday and what a beautiful wedding it was.  Lovey service.  The bride was gorgeous and the groom handsome.  The reception was really fun too.  I made the airport run this morning, dropping the new couple off for a flight on their honeymoon to Florida.  Very exciting to watch them embark on their new life together.

Now, back to business.  Today, I have a vintagey card with stamps from Lost Coast Designs.  I made this for the current challenge, which is:

Words or Letters

You still have time to enter the challenge---One more day!!

On my project, I used the Lily Flourish, which  is such a versatile stamp.  I will be showcasing this stamp over the next few weeks to give you several ideas on how to use this gorgeous stamp.

Materials List:
Stamps: Lily Flourish, Loopy Calligraphy, and Labels Set from Lost Coast Designs
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Toffee Crunch, and Rich Cocoa - Memento
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
CS:Cream, Soft Suede - Stampin' Up, and Dark Maroon
French Roast Twill Ribbon - A Muse Studios
Dimensional adhesive


  • Make a 5.25" square card from maroon CS
  • On the Soft Suede CS, stamp the Lily Flourish with Tuxedo Black ink; stamp the Loopy Calligraphy with Toffee Crunch ink
  • Distress this piece with Vintage Photo ink
  • Glue to card base

  • Stamp the Violette Flor label on cream CS with Rich Cocoa ink and and fussy cut
  • Add to card base with dimensional adhesive
  • Tie a bow in ribbon and glue to  card
  • Add pearls

  • On the inside, stamp Lily Flourish and add some of the CS

I will just add a sentiment to the inside when I send the card out to a special someone.  

***********A few fun Challenges for my Vintage Flourish and Label Card:
Artistic Stamper: anything goes
Memas Craft:anything goes
Tando Creative: lovely layers
Simpy Create Too: monochromatic
Sister Act: anything goes

I will be back soon with another Lily Flourish project!!!  And, a few other things in between too.  Hope you are having a lovely weekend!!!  Love ya.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Decorative Comb for the Reception

Hi Dreamers,
No card today!  I was occupied making this decorated comb for my future niece to wear at the reception.  The wedding is Saturday.   The colors are Red and Purple.   Take a look.

I started by making  a sleeve from  white satin fabric.  The sleeve slips over the top of the comb.  I gathered a price of lace fabric and shaped it into a fan.  Then stitched it down.  I added the large pearl button.....yes that is a button.  Then glued a string of red pearls.  I added individual pearls too.  Then wrapped a piece of purple tulle around the bottom.

Well, I hope the bride likes it....

A few fun Challenges:
Oldie but a goodie: anything but a card and use something from stash.  I used the lace fabric that I have had in my stash for awhile....
Tip Top Tuesday: use something from your stash....the lace fabric
Crafting from the heart: anything goes

Just a quick post.  Gotta run!  See you soon.  Love ya.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Love To Scrap Challenge Blog New Challenge- Anything Goes

Hello Friends!
Time for a new challenge on the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog!!  The new theme is always a favorite!

Anything Goes with a Rubber or Clear Stamp

Make any project you like using a rubber or clear stamps.  No digis this time.

We have a lovely sponsor for the Challenge:

$25 Gift Certificate to Heartfelt Creations!!!
Heartfelt Creations

For my design team project, I made a vintagey card with a travel theme.  I stamped on glossy CS and used lots of distress inks.

Materials List:
Stamps: Bicycle Collage and Enchante both from Hero Arts; Sentiments from Blockheads Stamps
CS:Glossy white and white
Ink: Vintage Sepia - Versa Fine; Yellow and Green dye inks
Distress Ink: Forest Moss, Mansard Seed, Vintage Photo- Ranger
Dies: Ticket - A Muse; File Folder Tab -- My Favorite Things


  • Make a top fold card from Glossy white CS
  • Stamp the Bicycle Collage with Vintage Sepia
  • On White CS stamp the Enchant stamp three times with three different inks:  Yellow, green and Vintage Sepia
  • Die cut with the ticket die
  • Die cut the File Folder Tab

  • Distress all the die cuts and the card with the distress inks
  • Stamp the sentiment
  • Glue the die cuts pieces to the card

  • Add pearls to the card front along the edge of the collage stamp
  • Tie a knot in ribbon and wrap around card front

******Challenges for My vintage travel card:
Amusing Challenge at Stamped Blessings: die cuts
Corrosive Challenge: B Unique---Things that start with B---I used bike, brown ribbon, brown ink, bon voyage
Crafting from the Heart: anything goes
Incy Wincy: things and wheels
Love to Create: polka dots and pearls
Simon's Monday: anything goes
Vintage stamping Challenge: summer days


Would love to see what you make!!  Don't forget that nice prize from Heartfelt Creations....I wish I could enter......LOL

Hope you had a great weekend!  See you next time!!  Love ya.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wild About Animals

Hello Dreamers!
Happy Friday.  Hope you have a nice weekend planned.  Not sure what I will be doing.   Probably yard work and maybe a few walks.
Today, I have  a few cards that I made using a retired animal stamp set from Stampin' Up.  I made multiples and some of the cards went to Operation Write Home (the love cards) and Card Care Connection (birthday cards).   I kept one of the giraffes for my nephew's birthday.

Materials List:
Stamps: Animals - Stampin' Up; Various sentiments
Ink: Rust, gray, and black dye ink
CS:Patterned CS - A Muse Studios
Small Banner Punch- Stampin' Up
Letter Stickers


  • Make A2 cards from the patterned CS
  • Stamp the animals on white and kraft CS.
  • Layer the animals with two layers of CS and add to the card fronts
  • Punch out five of the flags for banner
  • Add letter stickers to the flags
  • Glue down a piece of twine
  • Add the flags over the twine with pop dots
  • Stamp other sentiments
  • For zebra card, wrap bakers twine around and knot

So, just some fun cards for a couple of great organizations.

*******A Few Fun Challenges For my wild animal cards
Mod Squad: masculine birthday
Little Red Wagon: birthday
Blogger's: birthday
Penny's Paper: anything goes
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Sister Act:anything goes

Well, I guess that's it for now.  Monday is a new challenge over at Love to Scrap....Check back for that!   Have a super weekend!  Love ya.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cute Birds All Occasion Card Set

Hi Dreamers!
How was your weekend?   Good, I hope.  I did more yard work, ran errands and made cards.......
Today I have a card set I made for my friend.  She wanted cutesy cards to send to her granddaughters.   I used some really cute digis from Fred, She Said Designs' Burds Collections.

I printed the images onto white CS and colored with Copic Markers.  I added lots of die cut pieces and some pretty papers from Cosmo Cricket.

I stamped some fun Bird theme sentiments too.



Aren't they just the cutest little birds??!!  I love them!

**********A Few fun challenges for my Birds Card set:
Sisterhood of Snarky stampers: zoo-animals or animal print
ABC Challenge: Q is for quote or sentiment
Aud Sentiments: thinking of you type sentiment
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: anything goes
Paper take weekly: anything goes
Crafting for all seasons: a creature
Penny's Paper: anything goes
Sentimental Sundays: decorate the inside of your card
Stamping Sensations: anything goes

Well, that was just a quick post for a Sunday afternoon.  I have to go and make a salad to pack for my husband's lunch tomorrow.   Have to go pick the lettuce from the garden first...LOL   Wish I had some ripe tomatoes.  No ripe ones yet. Have a great evening.
PS: I did get all the cards done for the order my neighbor placed on Thursday.  I will take a pic or two of those.  See you next time.  Love ya.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dragonfly Border Stamp with Washi Tape---Lost Coast Designs

Hi Dreamers!
Happy Friday!   I hope you have some fun stuff planned for the weekend.  I just received a card order from my friend and neighbor for thirteen cards!  Yipee! I know what I will be doing this weekend!  I mowed the grass today.  And pulled all the weeds out of the pavement cracks.  How the heck do they grow there!!!  If I wanted something to grow there, it surely  wouldn't.  Oh well, that is done.  I still have to water all my neighbors plants in the morning.  And, I have to water mine too.  

And, now on to the card for today.  As you know, I have been making a few cards with Lost Coast Designs Border stamps and washi tape.  This is the third and final card in the series.  ***See the other cards in the series here and here.

Special Note: Lost Coast Designs' new challenge is now open.  The current theme is Words and/or Letters.  

Click over and check it out.....there are prizes...... I will be posting my card with Words later in the month.

For today's fun yet elegant card, I used a silver and gray color scheme.  Love how those dragonflies dance across the card!

Materials List:
Stamp: Dragonfly Border from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Gray Flannel- Memento
CS: White and gray
Washi Tape- American Crafts 


  • Make an A2 sized card from dark gray CS
  • On a piece of white CS, stamp the Dragonfly border with Gray Flannel ink at the top and bottom
  • Add three rows of Washi tape

  • Add the stamped piece to the card front
  • Tie ribbon around the bottom edge of the of the card.  I added a bit of glue on each edge and under the bow to help the ribbon stay in place
  • Decorate the inside by stamping  the border stamp at the bottom edge

A pretty card that I can use for any occasion.  I have plenty of room on the inside to add a sentiment or write a note.  I think I could use this for an anniversary card because of the colors.....  What do you think??

********A few fun challenges for my Dragonfly with Washi Tape:
Bloggers Challenge: dog days of summer --open to interpretation.  One sees dragonflies on a hot summer day.....
Crafts 4 eternity: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Craft-dee Bow: anything goes with a bow
Stamp and Create: anything goes
Papertake weekly: anything goes
Through the craft room door: anything goes

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great weekend.   See you next time!  Love ya.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Load of Goodies from the Heirloom Stamping Show

Hi Dreamers!
Here I am back with photos of all the goodies I picked up at the Heirloom Stamping show on Saturday.  I spent four hours at the show walking around and talking to people.  I had a great time!   I spent too much money of course, but that goes without saying.........

Here is the first photo showing the items from the Technique Junkies booth.  I picked up three disk jam packed with ideas and techniques. And a bunch of really cool stamps.  TJ bought Stamp Camp last year and have added lots of new stamps to the line -- Awesome.  

I have never tried Artful stamps, but the designs are so cute!!  I picked up a few of those:

One of my favorite companies, Sweet N Sassy.  Well, I may have gotten carried away.....

Impression Obsession--found some really nice images....That cover-a-card has chickens on it!!!  How could I pass that up??!!!  And some fun sentiments that I think will bring a smile to those on my card giving list.

And some Stamps that are more  on the artsy side from Invoke Arts and Stampland (a favorite)

And a few tools and supplies too:
That book is made of paper bags cut in half---very cool.  I also picked up 6 sheets of Cling for mounting bare rubber---essential.

An owl embossing folder!!   How could I walk away??!   A beautiful paper pad from Our Daily Bread Designs and some pearls

So, there you have it.   All my goodies.  I spent four hours yesterday cataloging all the stamps and putting everything away.   And two hours adding cling to the unmounted and trimming all the stamps.   It must be love.....  LOL   Yup, I love stamping.   Hope you have enjoyed taking a look.

Up next in Dreamland:  Something interesting from Lost Coast Designs!!  It has dragonflies.....  It will be fun!!  See you then.  Love ya.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Steampunk Missy and Love To Scrap Challenge

Hello Everyone!
Time for a new challenge on the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog!!  We have a fun new theme that will get your wheels turning.....

Running in Circles

Make a project with lots of circles and some stamping.
There are two lovely sponsors for the challenge.

Prize: 3 images to winner

Lacy Sunshine Stamps

Prize: 3 images to winner

For my design Team project, I used a super cute Steampunky image from Lacy Sunshine.  I added lots of circles to my card---of course!

Materials List:
Stamps: digi image Maddie Haddie Steampunk Secret Window from Lacy

CS: Solar White Neenah; Rich Razzleberrry, Pixie Pink, and Med Pink from 
Stampin' Up; Black; Wine

Dye Ink: Melon Mambo- Stampin' Up

Distress Ink: Picked Raspberries

Copic Markers

Big Scallop Circles SM die from Spellbinders

Embossing Folders: Gears -Tim Holtz; Spots and Dots - Cuttlebug

Small Circle Punch

Scrap of White Lace Fabric

Scrap of black trim

Decorative Pearl trim

Chain (from a broken key chain)

Stick Pin


Dimensional Adhesive 

3 D Zots


  • Make a 5.75" square card from Wine CS and layer with Black CS
  • Dry emboss the Pixie pink and Med pink CS with the two embossing folders
  • Trim the Pixie Pink to a 1.5" strip
  • Apply distress ink to the raised areas of the dry embossing
  • Add both embossed pieces to the card front
  • Print the digi onto the Solar White CS
  • Make sure the ink is dry before coloring

  • Color the digi image with Copic Markers---Note: to make the red hair, I used R05 and R22
  • Die cut the image with the scallop circle die
  • Add  to the card front with 3D Zots

  • Add the embellishments: Gather a scrap piece of lace fabric with needle and thread, but before gluing it down, insert the stick pin into the top of the lace
  • Add the black lace scrap, pearl trim, and chain with a good glue--I used Fabri-Tac
  • Curl the wire around finger to create the curly q's and glue the wire to the card

  • Stamp the letters ( Alpha Dots from My Sentiments Exactly) to spell out "Mad Tea Party" with Melon Mambo Ink
  • Punch the letters with small circle punch

  • Add the letters with dimensional adhesive

**********Challenges for My Steampunk Mad Tea Party:

Come and Get It: use dies

Crafting when we Can: bright colors

Lacy Sunshine: summer

That Craft Place: steampunk or autumn

CCC Digi Creations: pearls and lace

Punk You Girl: anything goes with Gothic, dark or steampunk


Really fun project!   I like the unusual combination of the cute Steampunk image with all the wire and chain.  I hope you will make your own project with circles and head over to the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog and link up!!! See you next time!!   

I will have photos of all the goodies from the Heirloom stamping show tomorrow.  I spent most of  Saturday there and found lots of cool stuff and cool people.  Very fun!!!  Love ya.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Border Stamps and Washi Tape - Day Two

Hi Dreamers!
Here I am back with the second of my cards that combine Border stamps with Washi Tape.  See Day One here.  I used the same Lost Coast Designs Border stamp for this card.  But, the mood is completely different.  I went with gold washi tape and sparkly twine to create an elegant Congrats card.

Materials List:
Stamps: Stars Border and Party Words from Lost Coast Designs
CS; White; Black; Tobacco Brown from Bazzill
Ink: Pearlescent Rust Pigment Brilliance; Orange Dye Ink
Distress Ink: Tea Dye
Distress Stain: Tarnished Brass
Embossing Powder: Kaleidoscope - Stampendous
Gold Washi Tape
Gold Thread Bakers Twine- Stampin' Up

  • Make an A2 size card with Tobacco Brown CS and layer with Black CS
  • On White CS, stamp the Stars Border with the pigment ink and heat emboss
  • Stamp and emboss the border stamp three times over the white CS
  • Add the Washi Tape to fill in the spaces around the stamping

  • Swipe the Distress Stain along the edges of the white CS
  • Apply the distress inks to the white CS--on the edges and into the middle of the piece
  • Add to the card base
  • Stamp the sentiment with orange dye ink on white CS 
  • Tear the edges and add to card with dimensional adhesive

********Challenges for my Congrats with Border stamps and washi tape:
Mark's Finest: Stamp your background
Vintage Journey: distress stains

So, a totally different look using the same stamp as on the card from day one.  I think this could be given as an anniversary card or retirement card.......  I am just having  bunch of fun playing with the Border stamps and the washi tape!!  I have one more project to share with you.  I used the Dragonfly Border on this card.  I will save that one for next time!   See you then.  Love ya.