Monday, November 23, 2015

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Hi friends,
Today I have a card to share I made for a friend who is a French teacher at another school. I was so saddened with the recent attacks in Paris, and around the world, I had to reach out to her to let her know my thoughts and prayers are with her, her family, and the people of France.
Here's my card:
 I used the MFT Sun Rays stencil, embossing paste, and Distress Inks to create the background. I used the colors of the French flag and the sun rays to represent their light will never be snuffed out. I die cut the MFT Eiffel Tower die out of silver mirror card stock and the dove dies are from Impression Obsession. The sentiment is from MFT-IB Christmas heat embossed in silver over a strip of vellum.
Here's another peek:

These terrorist attacks are tragic, and while injustice, greed, and corruption very well exist in the world, somehow...I don't think God (in whatever form) wants or warrants these actions.

Thank you for popping in today. I hope you have a great week *Ü*

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Card times Four

Hi ya friends,
Just catching up on some cards I've made recently. I have four to share with ya today!

The first was for my friend who was celebrating a retirement & birthday party:
I made a fun shaker card using MFT's Congrats Shaker dies. I wanted to incorporate her favorite things: casinos & turtles. I didn't have ANY turtle stuff, so I opted for the color green. I made a few playing cards and tucked them behind the "A." The background is an old SU Wheel stamp I unmounted to make flat.
Here's another peek:
 and the innies:
This SU set (Congrats) was perfect for a retirement/birthday card as it had sentiments for both! *Ü* The bottom is embossed with a CB border embossing folder.
I used this week's MFT sketch: #255

Next, I created an encouragement card for a friend:
I used the MFT Sun Ray Stencil along with embossing paste & Distress Inks to create the background. I added a couple of stitched glittered clouds (La La Land Crafts), and scattered some sparkling clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh). The "Thinking of You" word dies are from Impression Obsession.

Card #3:
This card went to another friend for her birthday. I had my eye on this Unforgettable stamp set from Wplus9 for ages. I broke down & finally bought it, & I'm so glad I did! It is ADORBS!!! It has great sentiments too. The little elephant is colored with Copics & the background was ink blended with Distress Inks.

My final card went to a student in one of my Spanish classes:
My poor student has had a hard time recuperating from an appendectomy she underwent. I thought I would send this card her way & hope she's back to good health speedy quick. I used a few sets from Lawn Fawn on this card: Get Well Soon, Into the Woods, Woodgrain Backdrops. It was colored with Copics & ink blended with Distress Inks.

Thanks for hanging in for all these cards! I know I should post more often so I don't have to bombard you with cards all at once, right?! *Ü*

Thanks so much for peeking today! Have a great day! *Ü*

Monday, November 9, 2015

Feels like Fall

Hi friends,
So in keeping with bringing balance to the force (and YES! I am looking forward to the new Star Wars movie *Ü*), I bring you a couple of Fall-themed cards.
Here's the first:
 It's bright, I know- lol. I hadn't played with MFT sketches in a while, so I thought I would check out this week's sketch:
I couldn't get past the stars because I'm so literal when it comes to sketches, but i decided to challenge myself & my card was born. It is colored with Copics and the background is blended with Distress Inks. I'm going to send it to my Grammy because I haven't sent a card in a while :(

Here's card #2
I made this one to send to my friends that teach at my former school.
Here are the innies:

Thank you for popping in today! Have a great week *Ü*

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Rockin' Guitar

Hi ya friends!
I am back from the crypts of life to share this card with ya today.
Here it is:
 Last week, we had a Day of the Dead celebration at school. (In case you don't know, Day of the Dead is a tradition whereby Latinos honor and remember our loved ones who have passed away by welcoming their spirits back to celebrate with us again.) It may sound a bit scary, but it's actually a very happy & fun celebration. One of the performers was a mariachi group made up of all women who ROCKED IT! They were amazing! So my friend asked if I would make a Thank you card for the mariachi group- so I did *Ü*
 The deets: For the acoustic guitar, I used an SVG file from (Vintage Valentine file). This is actually a really cool 3D guitar box but I just used the flat files included in the "extras" folder. I die cut the main panel out of wood paper for a more realistic look *Ü* I cut the sentiment and little stars from the scrap wood paper- can't let that go to waste, ya know! To finish it off, I coated it with Glossy Accents for that slick lacquer finish.

I have taken on additional responsibilities at work and have found myself stretched out thin. My life is out of balance & I really need to take some things off my plate (where I can) and get more crafty time in---> it is my therapy after all... and what's the point of working yourself to exhaustion and stress, right? 

Well, thanks so much for peeking today & have a wonderful week! *Ü*

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Muchas Gracias and Xiè Xiè

Hi friends,
I'm sharing a little note set I created for the teachers in my department as a "Welcome Back to School" gift. From time to time, we usually get little gifts from our students & I know I like to give them a thank you card. I thought I would create a set of 4 note cards so teachers can have them on hand.

Here's the note card holder:
Since we're Spanish teachers, I thought the Papel Picado banners from Avery Elle would be a great set to use.
Here are the cards in each color way:

Since I was making multiples, I needed to keep them simple.

Here are the innies:
There are two cards and envelopes on each side.

And here are all the note card holders:
I stamped the party banners in the same colors. I think it made it look very fun & festive! *Ü*

We also have one Chinese teacher, so I created a little something more fitting for her:
Here's the note card holder:
The background is embossed with the CB Roman Bath embossing folder. I die-cut the Koi fish and the letters to spell xiè xiè.

Here's the card:
Here's the innies & the cards:

Those are the Chinese symbols for "Thank You" from a Stampendous stamp. I had to do some stamp surgery because my friend told me the way it was mounted on the stamp (vertical) wasn't really correct. So I cut it apart & remounted it horizontally. I stamped it with Versamark ink & heat embossed them in gold. The inside says "Thank You" in English, but I forgot to take a pic of that :(

This is a super easy peasy card holder to make that I've been using for years. In the original instructions, you are to use eyelets, but I just use liquid adhesive with no problems. You can find the tute---> HERE.

I hope they like them *Ü*
Thanks for stopping by today.
Until next time!

The 411
Stamps: Papel Picado Banners-Avery Elle. Hooray-Papertrey Ink. Chinese Characters Thanks-Stampendous
Ink: Soft Pool, Tide Pool, Pool, Pale Tomato, Soft Cantaloupe, Butter Bar, Soft Purple, Bubble Gum, Passion Flower-Hero Arts Shadow Inks. Brilliance Platinum Planet. Crumb cake-SU. Versamark ink
Paper: Neenah Solar white cs. Real red, Pretty in Pink, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, Lilac-SU. True Black-PTI. Gold cs
Tools: Fishtail Flags dies-MFT. Koi die-Cheery Lynn. Modern alpha-PTI. Papel picado banners die- Avery Elle
Other: Ribbon

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Featured Stamper Blog Candy

Hi friends,
I received a note yesterday that I am the Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers!
 I was surprised and shocked! I mean...ME??? Did they run out of people, or something? Lol. Well, I am so honored and speechless, quite frankly. And my friends will tell you if you've silenced me into submission, you've really done something amazing! *Ü*

Soooooo, I thought I would offer up some Blog Candy! I mean, it's been a while and I can't think of a better way to say "Thank You!"

I've got some paper, and stamps, and dies- OH MY! and a few other goodies I've put together.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this post. Just one, ok!  Play nicely with others! *Ü*
I'll have my beautiful assistant,
as always, pick a random winner from her bag.

You can leave any comment you'd like, but if you're up for it, why not...
--- Share YOUR good news! Anything we can say Hip! Hip! Hooray! to you for?
--- Share your favorite inspirational quote

As always, you do NOT need to be a follower and all friends are welcomed. Be sure to leave a way for me to be able to contact you, if you're the winner. The winner will be announced here on August 8th, 2015.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NY Luck

Hello friends,
I have a couple of cards to share today.
My bestie's son is leaving California and heading to New York for work. She threw a little going away party for him. Instead of chips & dip, I brought a card :)
I blended Distress Inks to create the starry night background. I used Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, and Salty Ocean. I stamped the city skyline in versafine onyx black. The image is from a Tim Holtz Stamp, I'm not sure if it's NY, but I thought it would go well in the background. I added lots of clear Wink of Stella to the bottom part of the card so it would look like water shimmering in the moonlight.
Here's another peek:
 To finish I added a few drops of Glossy Accents here and there. Very simple card.

My second card, I actually forgot to share. I made it for my neighbor for Father's Day.
Here it is:
 He's an AVID golfer so that's the theme I went with. You know me- I LOVE interactive cards so I had to make a spinner element for that golf ball *Ü*
Here it goes...

A hole in one! So fun!

I'm busy getting ready for a new batch of 200 kiddos and a new school year, but I'll pop in to share as time permits...
Until next time *Ü*
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