Friday, November 21, 2014


I have been hinting that I had another big, exciting announcement! Well, these badges may look familiar...

And if you like those, you will LOVE this one...

I have been invited to return to my "old" job as a Project Designer for Graphic 45! I could not be happier or more excited! I will be creating classes and workshops to be taught by retailers and/or G45 instructors.

My first task is to create a monthly class for retail stores! As I did on 2013, I will create a class for each month, to be taught in retail stores around the world! If you are Retailer, contact Graphic 45 to see how you can get your store signed up! I am working on the January class now! I will be using the NEW Time to Flourish collection for 2015! 

I will be able to post the projects and instructions here on my blog once they are released to the public. Plus, the project sheets will appear in the Graphic 45 Customer Newsletter and on the G45 Blog and Facebook Page

I had such fun working with the Place in Time collection in 2013, and I know that I will have a blast with the Time to Flourish collection in 2015! (If you missed the 2013 project sheets, have a stroll through my tutorials HERE. You will find three cards for each month. The project sheets are mixed in with my other stuff, but you should be able to find them all.) 

Thanks for stopping by! I am overjoyed to be back in the Graphic 45 Family! I missed them this past year! {grin} 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Congrats!

I am up on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog today. I am sad to say that this is my last post as part of the SNSS Design Divas. While I am stepping down from the team, I hope to continue behind the scenes designing stamps! Thank you to Korin and the other Divas for their love and support! And thank you, Readers for stopping by!

I used the super cute Baked For You stamp set to make a sweet baby card.

I love the playful style of this set. It is perfect for creating "sweet" cards! I used Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride papers. I love this "re-boot" paper collection. I had only a few prints left from the old collection, so like the hoarder I am, I snagged a set of the new release! I also used a bunch of yummy ribbons - silk and velvet and cotton twine. All soft for a baby!

I stamped and colored the bun, and then added Frosted Lace Stickles to create frosting! {Please, no licking!}

And, a sweet message on the inside!

I wish Korin and the team at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps all the best. I feel very privileged to have been part of the group this past year!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Baked For You stamp set

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Natural; American Crafts Spinach
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Markers: Copic
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Frosted Lace
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small, Classic Scalloped Circles Small
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Peach Bakers Twine; May Arts green silk ribbon; pink velvet (unknown)
Button: unknown
Adhesive: Beacon Fabri-tac; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Warmest Wishes

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am so excited to share today's project with you. I am brand new on the Heartfelt Creations design team, and I am having so much fun playing with the stamps, dies, and paper! 

As part of our design team "starter box," we were able to select paper to work with, and for one of my choices, I picked the Festive Christmas Collection. I knew I had a small window of opportunity to use this particular paper because the DT already has the November, January, and February releases to work with! But I sneaked this project in under the wire!

My favorite color in all the world is cranberry red. You can imagine my joy at seeing the paper! Plus, I made some fantastic flowers using HC stamps and dies! Do you want to make this card? Well, grab your stuff and let's go!

Create a 6" x 5 1/2" card by trimming raspberry cardstock to 12" x 5 1/2". Score at 6" to make a top-fold card. Trim damask Festive Christmas paper to 5 7/8" x 5 3/8". Rub edges with Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick Distress ink. Attach damask panel to the card front. 

Using the large Decorative Blossom Corner Die, trim two shapes from Champagne Petallics cardstock. Attach decorative corners to the upper left and lower right corners of the card. 

Trim pre-made ornament image from Festive Christmas paper, rub edges with ink, and mat with raspberry cardstock. Using foam squares, attach image to the center of the card. 

To create the flowers, stamp the Sun Kissed Fleur image with black dye ink onto raspberry, maroon, and cinnamon cardstock. Stamp the image once for each cardstock color. Use the Sun Kissed Fleur Die to cut out the flowers. Color the flowers with Distress inks, mist with water, and shape. Glue flowers together to form three large blooms and one small bloom. Add yellow beads to the flower centers. Lightly brush the flowers with white paint. Arrange the flowers on the card front as shown, making sure to place the smallest flower above the pre-printed ornament image. 

Stamp the Open Leaf images onto green cardstock with black ink. Cut the leaves with the Classic Leaf Dies. Ink the edges of the leaves, mist with water, and shape. Snip the leaves apart and add to the flowers as shown.

Use the oval label die from the Luggage and Tags Die set to cut the "warmest wishes" sentiment from Festive Christmas paper. Attach the tag to the left of the small flower. Create a triple bow from sheer gold ribbon and glue to ornament image. 

Decorate the inside of the card by trimming white cardstock to 5 7/8" x 5 3/8". Rub edges with ink and attach to the inside top of the card. Trim damask paper to 5 7/8" x 5 3/8". Rub edges with ink and attach to the inside bottom of the card.  Trim a journal block from the Festive Christmas collection and attach to the center of the inside panel. 

Do you feel all warm and cozy?! I sure do! Thanks for stopping by!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other products used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Petallics Champagne, Smooth White, Deep Racy Raspberry; Other textured maroon, cinnamon, spinach
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Old Paper; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paint: Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Wicker White
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon (no longer in stock, see HERE for similar style)
Beads: unknown
Tools:  Ranger water mister; Basic Grey embossing stylus; Zutter Bow-it-All; foam brush
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Beacon Fabri-tac

Monday, November 17, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #20

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #20 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes November 30th at midnight PT.

Challenge #20 Box it Up!
Your challenge is to create some sort of altered box. You can create a box from scratch, or you can alter a pre-made box. Your box can be made of paper, wood, chipboard, plastic, or metal. As long as you dig into your hoard to decorate a box, you have met the challenge requirements! The box does not have to be used as a can be used as home decor or for any purpose you can imagine. Let's box it up!

I made a "Who House" with my boxes! I have the ScoreBoard die that cuts out three small boxes, 2 1/2", 2 1/4", and 1 1/2". I stacked those guys up and made this fun project!

I used one of the large size for the bottom, and then balanced one medium and two small boxes on top. An engineering feat! Too bad I was an electrical engineer and not a civil engineer! {grin} Each box is cut from lightweight chipboard, approximately the weight of a cereal box, or a tad thicker. 

I covered each box with Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas paper. I had been working with the paper for a project that you will see on Wednesday, and I was like...hey, lets use some more of THAT!

The scrumptious ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and is called...wait for it...Vintage Christmas!

I used Heartfelt Creations SunKissed Fleur stamps and dies to create my flowers. I shaped them to look like poinsettias, and then added gold beads to the centers. I dry-brushed each petal with white paint.

I have hoarded that vintage pine tree for a while. I finally had some use for him! So cute. I tucked lots of tags into the boxes. I had to use some paper "sticks" to make them "float" in the air. Basically, I glued the ticket to a strip of cardstock, and then glued the other end of the paper strip into the box. 

Lots of glue was harmed in the making of this project! I confess it is a bit topsy-turvy! 

I added a few bits of Christmas floral sprays that I snagged a the craft store last year during the after-Christmas sales. I love the fake ice on the berries!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed looking at my wobbly, Whoville box!

Read the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Rules are HERE. LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak (on vacation)
Kathy Clement (on vacation)
Pam Bray
Wendi Robinson

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Heather Hudson of My Artistic Adventures:

For more information about the design team and prize sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Cardstock: WorldWin Racy Raspberry, Lightweight Chipboard; other maroon, cinnamon 
Designer paper: Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Collection
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Christmas
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Pine Needles
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations SunKissed Fleur,  Open Leaf
Die: Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags, Sun Kissed Fleur, Classic Leaf ; Sizzix ScorBoards XL Blocks/Cubes 3D
Paint: Plaid FolkArt Wicker White acrylic
Wire: Artistic Wire gold
Beads: unknown
Floral spray: Michaels
Tree: Art Minds
Bow tool: Zutter Bow-it-All
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac; Glue Dots; Scor-tape

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps November Release

Hello, Sweet 'n Sassy friends! Welcome to the November 2014 Release! November is SNSS' birthday month, which means some NEW birthday goodies! We have new stamps and dies for all your holiday needs! Check out the full release below! Keep scrolling to see my projects!
I have three cards to share, using the new release items that I got to play with. I had fun trying some new techniques, so I hope you enjoy looking! {well, new techniques to me, anyway}

For this card, I used a lot of vintage-look paper. The paper is sort of vintage in actual age, too! I really had to look deep into my paper stash to find papers that had both pink and red in the scheme! I used images from the Baked For You set. To create the sentiment, I stamped "for you" and then I masked the cherry image and stamped just the stem to form a comma! Then I stamped "cupcake." Tricky, right?!

I stamped the cupcake from the Baked For You set once on cardstock and once on printed paper. I stamped the cherry once onto cardstock. I colored everything, then I cut the cupcake from the printed paper and then removed the top. I also cut out the cherry. (See here to purchase the Baked For You dies.) I reassembled the cupcake, and then added Frosted Lace Stickles to the frosting and Glossy Accents to the cherry. I cut the main image with a circle die. 

 For the inside, I stamped an image from the Birthday Word Art set.

You cannot have too many birthday cards, so I made a second one. I tried a technique that I have never done before! I created a shaker card!

I used the Stars dies to cut stars randomly from printed paper. (I trimmed the paper to fit a card front BEFORE die cutting the stars.) I used double-stick tape to attach a piece of clear film to the back of the printed paper. Then, I placed a thin strip of foam tape on top of the film, around the back of the printed paper, close to the edge. I dumped some sequins onto the card front and carefully attached the printed paper/clear film layer to the card. And you have a shaker! 

I used the Birthday Word Die to trim the word from pink, sparkly cardstock. I edged the die cut shape with darker pink ink. I also added orange Stickles to the candle to represent flame. I attach the die cut word to the card front with foam tape.

I stamped a sentiment from the Companion Words stamp set onto cream sparkly cardstock with silver ink. I trimmed the sentiment into a banner shape and attached it to the card front with foam tape.

I had fun making my very fist shaker card!

And my last card for today...

I created a scene using the Bare Tree Die, plus the birds cut with the Forest Silhouettes die set. This is a technique that I don't do very often - create scenes. I think it turned out cute!

I stamped a sentiment from the Precious Poppies stamp set and trimmed it out with a tag shape from the Mini Tags die set. I also created custom paper by stamping the Scripture from the Scripture and Sentiment Companion stamp set over and over on the printed paper.

The Scripture is very subtle, but here is a close up of what it looks like. I was thinking about how, we as Christians are told to "hide the Word of God in our heart." And also about subliminal messages. So here is your subliminal message from God. {smile} Psalm 67:1 - God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us

For the inside, I used the companion stamp. I love this set. It is so uplifting!

It wouldn't be a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Release without fun prizes and a blog hop, so here are the details!

One random commenter from one of the Design Team blogs will be selected to win a 
$10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, November 20th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, November 21st! So zip on down and leave a comment!

Our Release Challenge this week is Create a Wintery Birthday Card!  You have until Thursday, November 20th at midnight EST to enter. One winner will be randomly selected to receive a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  If we have 25 participants (not including the DT), 2 winners will be selected to each receive a $10 Gift Code, so invite your friends to play along!  The winner (or winners) will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, November 21st(Guidelines for the challenge are listed on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog!)

Just add your card to the gallery using the linky tool below. To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you create a new card (no back linking, please) and enter your card in no more than 3 challenges. Remember, you don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter, although we sure love when you do!

Please use code SNSNOV2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries.

Thanks for joining us today!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Dies: 
Baked For You stamps and dies
Scripture and Sentiment Companion stamp set
Bare Tree die
Birthday Word Art stamp set
Stars dies
Precious Poppies stamp set 
Mini Tags dies

Other products:Cardstock: WorldWin Treasures Black, Smooth Natural, Cocoa, Petallics Pink, Ice; various cardstock scraps
Designer paper: October Afternoon Thrift Shop, Fly a Kite, Modern Homemaker, Sidewalks; Graphic 45 Mother Goose, It's Raining Cats and Dogs
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Small, Ribbon Banners
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa, Delicata Silvery Shimmer; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Cupid, Rosebud
Markers: Copic
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Ruby Red double-faced satin, Root Beer grosgrain
Glitter glue: Stickles Frosted Lace; Hampton Art Studio G orange
Sequins: Craft Medley
Clear film: Grafix
Tools: Zutter Bow-It-All
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, foam tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Beacon Fabri-tac; Ranger Glossy Accents; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon November Blog Hop

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am guest designing for the Really Reasonable Ribbon again! It is time for their November Blog Hop, which starts at the RRR Blog! I want to thank Bonnie for inviting me to play along again this month! Joining in the ribbon fun is always something to be thankful for!

You should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.)

Here is a peeky at the RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment. This collection contains rich and stunning browns and creams, plus some luscious plaid! 

I created a simple Thanksgiving card to share today. I had purchased the Bow-It-All tool from RRR some time ago, but I could not get the hang of using it, so I put it aside. I pulled it out the other day and watched Bonnie's videos, and now I am a bow-making mastermind!

I decided to not "junk up" the card, but to allow the beautiful ribbon and lace have center stage! Do you love that 3-loop, double bow? I know, right?! All my hoarder buddies will be impressed, too! I used old Halloween paper for my backgrounds! All the paper, except for the image is My Mind's Eye Spider's Web from 2009! 

I use a strip of the Arianna Natural Crochet Lace on a diagonal. Then I made the fabbie bow with Ivory/Brown/Copper Plaid. {That needs a cool name like Dexter Riley Plaid or something, right?} 

That lovely image is from Graphic 45 Place in Time (November). That is one of my all-time favorite images. I wish Graphic 45 would just make a whole booklet of these classic images, because I would buy a ton of them!

And here is the inside. More of the Spider's Web paper. And a VERY OLD stamp, from Inkadinkado called Harvest Expressions. That's all from me! 

Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog next!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
In case you just cannot get enough ribbon, you can start your Ribbon Club with BOTH the October and November assortments!

I made a fabbie booklet with the October assortment.

Click HERE for details.

There is so much ribbon in these assortments that you can create tons of projects from each set!

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Cocoa, Natural
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Place in Time; My Mind's Eye Spider's Web
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club
Stamps: Inkadinkado Harvest Expressions
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Rich Cocoa
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares; Glue Dots, Scor-tape