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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quick and Easy Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day!

Wait, what?  It's not this weekend...DON'T PANIC!!  :)

But if it was, wouldn't you like a quick and easy card you can make for mom to pop in the mail so you can be early this year?!

How about this?

The beauty of this card is that the elements are so simple!

The Fresh Prints Designer Paper Pack is the perfect backdrop for the cloud of good news!

The ribbon has a pom pom look to it by tying multiple pieces together leaving tails all over the place.
Notice the words on the cloud?  You can send this to your mom, your aunt, your gramma, your sister....whoever!  I hand wrote the sentiment and used a thumping technique with the markers to get a multicolored effect. 

Ready to make this card?

Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  Just Saying
Ink:  Markers, Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black
Word Bubbles Framelits
Melon Mambo 1/4 inch ribbon
Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Pack

Wanna see more quick and easy cards?  Head on over to SSInkspirations and see what my fellow designers have come up with!  

Monday, April 28, 2014

Manly Manly Manly Monday!

Men.  Can't live with them....Can't give them pretty floral cards.

 My fellow designers over at SSInkspiration are hoping to help you with that quandary!

Check out what everyone else is up to....go ahead, I'll wait....

Welcome Back!

I am so sad to see the 2012-2014 In-colors go.  They have been my absolute favorite.
Here is an example of why I love them so much!

Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE My Paper Pumpkin?  The DSP in the background is Watercolor Wonder from the Occasions Catalog:  Get it before the end of May, its going to retire!

The card background will never retire! It's actually handmade!  
I used 2 different arrows from 2 different PP kits.

Make this card!
Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla
Ink:  GG, MM, SS
Markers:  GG, MM, SS
Candy Dots, Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon, Dimensionals

Hope this helps you man-up your cards this week!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Favorites at SSInkspiration!

Who doesn't love sharing their favorite things?!

Today is Friday Favorites over at SSInkspirations.  Check out what my fellow designers are using this week!

I cheated....I used LOTS of my favorite things this week!

The paper is part of the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.  
CANNOT get enough of this paper pack!!

I also got to use one of my favorite (RETIRING!!) stamp set Delightful Dozen

the BEST part......I used some totally awesome embellishments from the last two My Paper Pumpkin kits!!

These kits are EASILY my favorite product by Stampin' Up! right now.

A new adventure every month....delivered RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR!!
and now.....(drum roll please...............)

You can pre-pay for My Paper Pumpkin!!  This is exciting for SO many reasons!!  
You can now have a My Paper Pumpkin Party!! 
Get hostess credit for anyone who prepays for MPP!!  
Buy a subscription for your BFF for her birthday, and celebrate every month, 6 months, or a year!

Now is a GREAT time to join in on the fun.  Have any questions?  Let me know!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Let kids be kids ~ and how can you not celebrate that?!

Today is all about celebrating kids!  What better way to get my crafty bum in gear than to make my son's birthday invites!!

Okay:  So what can we make with these?
 How about this?!

These were so much fun!!  And using our White Stampin' Chalk Marker made this SUPER easy! 

 I honestly can say they were all super easy to make
and I cannot tell which one I love more.  We are huge TMNT fans around here and I was so happy to be able to make these for my son.  He's going to flip his soon-to-be 3 year old lid tomorrow when he see's them! (hopefully!!)

Here is the full invitation:

Make this card!

Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Smokey Slate, Perfect Plum, Early Espresso
Markers:  Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, White Chalk, Real Red
Tools:  Banner Framelit, Hexagon Embossing folder, Candy Dots
1 3/8 Circle punch, Large Oval Punch, Word Window Punch
Paper Snips
Sentiment is from the Tag It stamp set 130303

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number on the Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop - Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  2. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette
  3. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  4. Kathy P. of Katrina P's Creative Corner
  5. Cynthia R. of Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  6. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  7. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  8. Donna S. of Organized Chaos    <------------------------- You are HERE!
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  11. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  12. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  13. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  14. Rose C. of Stampin' with Rose
  15. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin' with Darla and Sisters

Monday, April 7, 2014

SSInkspiration Color Challenge !!

There is nothing I love more than a challenge!  Especially a color challenge!

This month's challenge is brought to you by SSInkspiration!

Here is my take on these colors!

HeHeHe   These little guys are SO much fun!!  This is actually a flower from the Simple Stems stamp set!!
Simple Stems

Ha Ha  I love the googly eyes.  Makes these little critters entirely TOO CUTE!!

The sentiment was from our Yippee-Skippee Stamp set.

I hand cut the sentiment to give it a whimsical feel.  The background is offset also for the same feel.  I love the contrast between the straight background and the sloppy top layer.
Hope you enjoyed today's color challenge!  Be sure to head on over to SSInkspirations and see what my fellow designers came up with using these 3 great colors!

Interested in making these cards?  Need some for that special birthday coming up?  Be sure to email me or find me on Facebook!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ombre ~ A graduation exercise!

I LOVE Ombre!!!!

There is something sexy, vibrant, sometimes subtle, and magical about a slowly moving color palette.  Whether its from light to dark, or color to color.  I just love watching it move!!
In this card I used Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, and Blush Blossom.  These three colors compliment each other well.   After embossing with black embossing powder, the contrast made me happy!

Note to self:  when working with Ombre:  start with the lightest color and work up to dark.  *especially when coloring with markers!  And don't be afraid to blur the lines!  Use dark, medium and light, but then be sure to overlap to create that soft, smooth transition.  I used a sponge to rub the ink on Whisper White paper.

Hope your day goes from good to GREAT!
Thanks for stopping by!  Check out some of my designer friends at for more sweet looking Ombre cards!  You will not be disappointed!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fool's Day!! Faux is the word of the day!

Happy First of April!

Also known in my house as:  Prank Daddy Day!!

My kids and I really enjoy practical jokes and when my love for all things funny collide with my love of crafting...this is what you get!

Here is a quick link to the Faux-Leather Technique used to create this AWESOMELY fun background!

 Who knew raiding the hubby's toolbox could be so fun!

The great thing about this technique is you can make your 'leather' any color you want!  Makes a really cool neutral background...looks 'manly' and EVERYONE will want to know how you did it!

And can we talk about the balloons?!  A friend showed me this super cute idea and I thought it was the perfect 'trick' to add to this piece!
Use any size circle punch...and cut a cute little triangle out and VOILA! You just made a balloon! 
The best part, our Natural Twine, Bakers Twine, or any string you choose works great here. 
Wrap it around and call it a day!  No knots!!  
Also:  I used two dimensionals on top of each other to get the Summer Starfruit balloon to pop on top of the Gumball Green balloon which only used one dimensional.  The Razzberry Ripple Balloon is secured with just a glue dot.  Gives multi layers and adds dimension.

Want to see some more amazing examples using this technique?
Head on over to SSINKSPIRATION and see what my fellow designers have come up with!