Tuesday, June 25, 2013


 Isn't that the cutest sentiment???  I love that!  This sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamps, and it is called Twinkle Star (#QQ0826-D).  You'll find this under the Quotables section in the Verses Rubber Stamps store.  I kept this card sweet and simple with some feminine patterned papers.  The glittery star has been given the Glazed Chipboard treatment from Technique Junkies' Shimmer, Glimmer, Sparkle, and Shine CD.  It just seemed right to have a glittery star on this card to go with this sentiment.  :-)

Check out all the wonderful sentiments in the Verses Rubber Stamps store.  There are all kinds of birthday sentiments, inspirational sentiments, funny sentiments, and holiday sentiments.  I've already got my eye on several more stamps that I need for some cards I'll be making.  LOL!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper Creators Crafts #10 - Make it Sparkle
Challenges 4 Everybody #23 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #153 - Glitz and Glimmer

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Patriotic Scene with Cheery Lynn Designs

Hi friends!  This card is up on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog today - my last post as their guest designer for this month.  I've had a wonderful time guesting for CLD.  If you ever have the opportunity to try out for a guest designer spot, I heartily recommend it!!  The owner, BJ, and the design team coordinators are absolutely wonderful to work with.  Many thanks to you ladies for making this a pleasurable experience.

For my card today, I was thinking about the upcoming 4th of July holiday, and I wanted to make a patriotic summer scene card. This Patriotic Swag die fit the bill perfectly. If you haven't checked out this die, it comes as one large connected die. There are three pieces connected by some very thin strips of metal. It's easy to snap them apart into three individual dies. Look at the picture below. You can see I separated the three pieces and then cut each piece with a different color of cardstock.

I used the following dies on my card:

Patriotic Swag
Victorian Picket Fence
Clouds and Rain
Grass Border

I started by sponging some blue and green inks on white cardstock and then I stamped the tree to one side. The clouds were adhered so that some of them were floating past the edges of the scene. The picket fence is actually some kraft cardstock that I distressed to look like a whitewashed fence (Simple Whitewash technique from Technique Junkies issue 08/09) and then I added the grass border to the bottom. Finally I put the swag together and glued it to the fence, and then I pulled some of the grass out so it would be "blowing" against the swag.

I hope you've enjoyed my artwork today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Song in your Heart

Hi friends!  I hope you've been having a great week so far.  How about another Verses Rubber Stamps card to share with y'all today?  I really loved creating this card using the Sing it Back to You (FS1135-E) stamp from Verses Rubber Stamps.  This is in the Friendship section of the website, and there are a bunch of wonderful sentiments in this category.  I can see that I'm going to have to collect all of these!  :-)

There are times when you just want to send a card for no particular reason, and this card is perfect for those times.  It's not a birthday, not a holiday, not a thank you - just a little note to let a friend know how much you enjoy being with them.  I paired this sentiment with some soft floral papers and some handmade paper flowers that I created using some Cheery Lynn Designs flower dies.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #85 - Keep it Krafty (use kraft paper)
Card Mania - Kraft paper
Melonheadz Friends - Die Cuts
Stamping Sensations - Summer Blooms

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Thoughts of You

Howdy! Are you ready for a pop of color?? I've created a fun "just because" card with touches of bright red to bring a smile to someone's face. These bright colors just scream "summer" to me. And it's most definitely summer here now with our daily temperatures in the high 90's already. It won't be long before we're seeing the usual 100+ degrees that we always get, so I better enjoy this while I can, huh? LOL!

I pulled out the Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories) and cut two of the papers down to fit on a blue card base. I die cut some red cardstock with the gorgeous new Lady Kate Edger die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and adhered it between the two patterned papers. Next, I wrapped some red twill ribbon around the card and tied it in a knot.

At the bottom of the Summer Fresh paper pad are some fun frames and journaling blocks, so I cut one of them out and stamped this happy sentiment from the Anytime Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession) with red ink. I used some Joy Foam Pads (small) to adhere this sentiment over the ribbon.

Lastly, I pulled out the new Daisy Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and cut some yellow cardstock. I layered three of the daisy flowers together and added a red button to the center. I glued this down to the lower left corner of my sentiment.

You can always use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your orders at Classy Cards 'n Such. So go ahead and stock up on dies, paper, stamps, and more! :-) I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Craft-Room Challenge - Here Comes the Summer
Alota Rubber Stamps #108 - Summer Feeling
Card and Scrap #56 - Use Flowers
Scrap-It Girl - Dies

Monday, June 10, 2013

Tire Swing for Pa

Yes, I'm still on sabbatical from Classy Cards 'n Such while guest designing for Cheery Lynn Designs this month, but I had to get one more Father's Day card done. This one is going to my Grampa - I call him Pa for short. LOL!

Grampa grew up on a farm, so chances are he had a tire swing or two when he was growing up. I'll have to ask him when I give him this card. That was the inspiration for my card today when I saw this fun set of dies from Spellbinders called Just Swinging. (Oops, looks like this one sold out as soon as it hit the store! Never fear - there are more on the way!)

I pulled out four of the dies from this Just Swinging set. The tire was cut from black cardstock, the rope was cut from Kraft cardstock, the tree was cut from green cardstock, and I cut the background from light blue cardstock. I glued all the pieces together and then checked it out. It needed a little something, so I cut out the Resting Birds from a red cardstock. I picked one out of the five birds that were cut and glued it to one of the branches above the tire.

To balance out the top-heavy tree, I decided to cut out the letters to spell out "Pa" from the Parker Upper Alphabet and the Parker Lower Alphabet die sets. They fit perfectly in the lower right corner. I adhered this whole scene to a Kraft card base.

This is a great card to give to someone who doesn't grill or golf or fish. Hopefully this will bring back some great childhood memories when Grampa sees this card. :-)  Don't forget to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can order all the dies I used above as well as Kraft cardstock and lots of other fun crafty goodies.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Simply Create Too #39 - Father's Day
Totally Papercrafts #170 - More than 3 punches or dies
Stuck on U Sketches - Die Cuts and Birds
Crafty Calendar June - Things with Wings

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Grill in the Window

Hi friends! I'm still on sabbatical from Classy Cards 'n Such while I'm doing my guest designer stint over at Cheery Lynn Designs, but I had to make some cards for Father's Day. This is the one I'm sending to my Dad, so I kept this clean and simple. I started with a Kraft card base and then I scored the front of the card with the Scor-Buddy every 1/4" inch. I know it's hard to see, so here is a close-up picture:

The window was cut with brown cardstock and the Grand Madison Window die. I cut the Party Grill from white cardstock and then colored it with my Copic markers. The grill was adhered to the back of the window, and then I trimmed a piece of pale blue cardstock and adhered that behind the grill. The entire window piece was adhered to my scored kraft card base. My finishing touch was to cut the letters from the Parker Upper Alphabet set and I arranged them to spell DAD below the window.

I didn't add any other embellishments since this is going in the mail. Also, my dad isn't into a lot of foo-foo, so I think this will be perfect. I hope he likes it! :-)  You can order the grill, window, and alphabet dies from Classy Cards 'n Such.  Be sure to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Craft Lovin Challenge - Father's Day
Crazy 4 Challenges #189 - Father's Day
Blogger's Challenge - Masculine
Cut It Up #20 - Father's Day + must use die cut

Thanks for stopping by to visit!  :-)  I have another Father's Day card that I will post tomorrow so come on back to see what I created for my Grandfather.

Fluttering By to say Hi!

Hi crafty friends!  My second guest designer post is up on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog today.  I've done something a little different with this card. It looks clean and simple, right? Take another look at the red doily underneath the butterfly. Do you see what I did? :-)

The Cheery Lynn Designs dies that I've used on this card are:

French Pastry Doily
Small Exotic Butterflies #2 with Angel Wings

I used the whole French Pastry Doily even thought it looks like I only have half of it on here. I made one cut from the outside edge to the center of the doily. Then I put my doily on my trusty little Scor-Buddy and scored from the scallops in towards the center. The doily was then accordian-folded into this little half-rosette that you see here.

This was my first time trying this idea with a doily, and I was thrilled to see that it worked. Now if I want a full sized rosette, I can do this with two of the doily die cuts and glue them together. Wouldn't that be fun?? I hope you enjoyed this card today. I've got two more weeks as a guest designer for Cheery Lynn Designs so please come on back to see what else I've created with their wonderful dies!  :-)

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Cat and the Grill

Hi friends! I'm on a little sabbatical from Classy Cards 'n Such while guest designing over at Cheery Lynn Designs this month, but I had to share the card I made for my hubby for Father's Day.

I used the following dies and papers from Classy Cards 'n Such to create this fun scene:

Party Grill die
Walking Cat die
Grass border die
Puffy Clouds dies
Grill Masters dies
Kraft cardstock
Luminized Curious Metallic Silver cardstock
Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad

I cut the party grill from the silver cardstock and then used a black Copic marker to color in the grill. I also cut the tongs and the spatula from the same silver cardstock. It's so shimmery - I love it! You can see the shimmer on the grill here:

The grill mitt was cut from red gingham paper from the Summer Fresh paper pad for a fun little pop of color. The clouds were cut from white paper, the cat from black paper, and the grass from green paper. I sponged a little blue ink across the top of my white background and then I sponged some green ink across the bottom. After everything was glued down, I adhered my scene and the three utensil squares onto a Kraft card base.

This card was so much fun to make. I think my hubby will like it. I hope I can keep it hidden until Father's Day! :-)  Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Remember, you can always use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I know you'll have fun browsing around and filling up your shopping cart.  :-)   I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

ABC Challenge #31 - Masculine Cards
Love to Create #68 - Father's Day or Special Guy in your Life
Melonheadz - Father's Day
Songbird #21 - All Creatures Great and Small
Come and Get it - All about Cats

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Guest Designer for Cheery Lynn Designs

I'm happy to share the news with you that today I am a guest designer over on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog.  Squeeeeeeeeeee!  I am their guest designer for this month, so for the next three Sundays, I'll have a new post up over there.  

For my card today, I've gone with a slightly Oriental theme. I was inspired by the new Vase dies and I wanted to see what would fit into this particular shape of vase. The baby's breath branch from the Embellishments #2 set works perfectly! I cut some of the tiny baby's breath flowers (Embellishments #2) as well as some of the larger flowers from the Embellishments #3 set and glued them down on the branch. I added pearls to the four largest flowers.

For the vase itself, I wanted it to look like old crackled pottery. I stamped the vase with a stained glass background and then covered it with Glossy Accents. It was set aside to dry overnight and then glued down over the floral branch.

The Mesh Border provides the perfect little accent in the background. You can see that I kept this clean and simple so that the vase of flowers remains the focal point of this card. I hope you've enjoyed my first guest post today! Check out my post next Sunday for a fun and colorful card. :-)

The Cheery Lynn Designs dies that I used today are:

Vase set of 4
Embellishments #2
Embellishments #3
Mesh Border

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dwell in Possibility

Hi folks!  The Technique of the Week over in the Technique Junkies Yahoo group is Embossed Gelatos, and I love love love any excuse to play with my gelatos. They are so much fun to color with! I used three colors to create my background - Bubble Gum, Guava, and Lavender. I wish you could see the wonderful shimmer on my card - it's so pretty.

I pulled out a wooden flower embellishment, and it occurred to me that I should try the gelatos on that. So I scribbled all three of the same colors on the wooden flower and then sprayed it with a shimmer spray and let it dry. It worked beautifully! I love happy discoveries like that! :-)

The background stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms and the sentiment is from Rogue Redhead Designs (new set called This 'n That).  Love that gorgeous sentiment!!  The wooden flower is a Prima embellishment. You can find the directions for the Embossed Gelatos technique in the April/May 2013 issue of Technique Junkies

The challenge over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog is flowers - either stamped or an embellishment.  I did both!  LOL  You can see the wooden flower embellishment that I used the gelatos on, and there are flowers in the background stamp that I used as well.  :-)  The challenge ends tomorrow so I'm getting this entered just in the nick of time.  

Rogue Redhead Designs is having a fabulous sale on all their stamps right now, so head on over and stock up!  I've got my eye on some backgrounds that are calling my name.  :-)  (I don't work for Rogue Redhead Designs - I'm just a happy customer.)