Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winners of the first blogiversary random drawing

Hello crafty friends,

I'm excited to announce 3 winners of the annual blogiversary contest!  I had only mentioned there would be 2 winners, but since 3 of the people who participated also followed and commented in 3 other places I decided to do an additional $15 drawing for the extra effort!  I used a random name generator and for every eligible entry I added a -1, -2,  -3 etc after the name to give the appropriate number of chances.

Without further ado here are the first two winners of a $25 gift certificate to their favorite stamp company.

The bonus winner of $15 is.........

I wish I could give awards to all the participants because your enthusiasm and comments were all so amazing!  I appreciate your support and look forward to bringing you more inspiration in 2018.

For the winners....

Please contact me via my blogger contact form by noon on Feb 2nd so I can confirm with you which company you are choosing for your prize and arrange for the certificate.  Please keep in mind that with the Creativation show going on, many of the stamp companies are participating so it could take longer than normal to get confirmation of your prizes.  Again,  these are being personally paid for by me - there were no sponsors for this particular contest!

Thanks again!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Love is in the air - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #31

Hello crafty friends,

With the first half of January already behind us, Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.  With the top row of this week's challenge board being all colors, it didn't take long to decide that this had to be a love themed card.

I have a membership to the Brutus Monroe stamp of the month club and the December stamp is the one I'm using today (hot air balloon).  I did a two step stamping process on this project for a couple of reasons:  first I didn't want to stamp directly on the background as far as the balloon was concerned because the stamp is not completely solid - since I used a sky backdrop it would have looked strange to see the sky through the balloon, yet I did want to see the sky through the bottom part where the ropes and basket are.

Before I did the balloons I prepared the background.  I took a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of white cardstock and used a cloud stencil from My Favorite Things.  this stencil is already a favorite and I believe it will be used a whole lot in my craft room - it's just that awesome!

Using a Ranger round ink blending tool I applied distress ink in tumbled glass by placing the stencil down an inch or so from the top, then blending up starting on the stencil first to give the impression of the edge of a cloud against the blue sky.  I kept moving the stencil down and rotated it to keep the patterns random as I applied ink on the entire length of the card in a portrait orientation.

Stamping the hot air balloons:

Starting with white cardstock, I used my MISTI stamping tool to make sure I got a good solid result in pink, then red.  It took me about 3 times to get the coverage I wanted.  After the ink was dry I stamped again on top with Versamark ink, then applied clear embossing powder and heat set.  I did this to give some shine and dimension to the balloon to help it further stand out against the sky background.  After this I fussy cut around the balloon (cutting off the basket/ropes).

After cutting off the balloon I put the cloud background piece into my MISTI and placed one of the two balloons where I wanted it to be (but did not glue it down).  I laid the balloon stamp on top of the precut balloon, then picked up the stamp with the lid of the mISTI.  Next I only stamped the bottom part of the stamp (post it tape helped mask off the top) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I removed the cut balloon from the area and then stamped down the basket & ropes part.  I repeated this process for the second balloon.

After the stamping/embossing I glued down the pink balloon on the left flat on the paper and then popped up the red balloon on the right side to make it look like it's slightly in front of the other one.

I cut down the cloud background to 3.75" x 5" to leave some space where my patterned paper layer (the X's and O's) under it.  I glued the pattern paper to a card base - A6 finished size - then added craft foam underneath the cloud panel to pop it up from the base and glued it on.

Although the stamping part may be a little fussy, to me it was worth the extra steps to make the balloons really pop against the sky.

I hope you will play along with us at the challenge and be sure to check out the rest of the awesome Team X design team projects this week.

If you didn't know, this year we are offering winners (including all previous winners from 2017) the opportunity to guest design with us on an upcoming challenge - it's purely optional!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tulip field birthday card for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Has this crazy winter weather left you dreaming of an early spring?  I definitely am over the cold weather!

Tulips are one of my all time favorite flowers and today I'm using one of my most favorite stamps from So Suzy.  I had the vision of a tulip field from Holland in mind as I worked on this design with a beautiful sky above and set out to make that scene on my card.  Here's a gorgeous photo of a real tulip field to ohh and ahhh over.   This is the inspiration for my design concept other than I went with a pastel color theme.

*Photo - Image licensed from AdobeStock

In order to get a continuous line of tulips at the bottom I stamped the first bouquet in the center with Versamark, applied the embossing powder and heat set it.  I stamped onto masking paper then fussy cut around it in order to stamp the bouquet again on each side.   Again I added rose gold embossing powder and heat set.

I watercolored the tulips using regular distress ink colors, mainly because they are so easy to use.  You swipe some ink onto a surface and used my Kuretake water brush pen to apply the color.  The colors are listed at the end of the post.

My sky was done using the cloud stencil from My Favorite things.  I used a sponge tool to blend tumbled glass distress ink, moving the cloud stencil a few times and changing the direction to get a varied look.

I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment with the same rose gold embossing powder.

To complete the card I adhered it to a white note card size base, which is a finished size of 4.25" x 5.5"

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget there are still some sales going on in January and you get a free sentiment stamp with every order through the end of this month!

Visit So Suzy Stamps to take advantage of the discount and free 

January stamp here!!

Friday, January 12, 2018

First Blogiversary Celebration! (and a giveaway for two winners)

Hello crafty friends!

I am celebrating my blog's first anniversary today.  I have learned so much and grown from this process.  In 2018 it is my intention and pleasure to continue bringing my readers more card inspiration, videos, and tips and tricks I've found useful.  I'm celebrating wonderful people like you who take the time to read my posts and leave me such wonderfully encouraging and sweet comments.

To celebrate my blog's first year I'd like to offer a giveaway to 2 lucky followers!  I will explain in more detail throughout the post what this is all about so if you'd like to be in the drawing stay tuned!

 I had the greatest time experimenting with different color combinations before choosing this background in blues, purples and pinks.  I used all sorts of dye inks in my collection to play including Hero Arts, Memento, Reverse Confetti, and Catherine Pooler.

Since I wanted the beautful background to be the main focus, I used a strip of aqua vellum to go across the front so that the white die cut sentiment would not get lost against the background.

I embellished the front of the card with Nuvo drops - clear and aqua. 

I brushed the sentiment with Spectrum Noir in clear sparkle to give it some extra shine.

The final touch was a sheer aqua ribbon - fortunately for me what I had in my stash was pretty much a perfect match to the vellum.  If it had not been I would have chosen another color that matched one of the other stamped colors in the card.


I will be giving away two $25 USD gift certificates (which I am personally providing) chosen by random drawing.   You will get to choose your favorite online stamp company to spend it with.  The company you choose should be able to accept online orders and offer store credit or a gift certificate to their store.  In the event your selected company cannot do this, I will provide a short list of companies to choose from.

 In order to quality for both drawings there are two ways to participate:

1) Become a follower of my blog (whether by Bloglovin' or the Blogger follow button is up to you) and leave me a comment about what most inspires your creativity and what your favorite stamp company is.  Must do both (follow & comment) to qualify for the giveaway.

2) Visit my social media links (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) and follow me there - links are in my right hand sidebar.  If you already follow me on these social media accounts, please leave a comment for the extra chance on my social media channels and reference "WCS Anniversary" in your comment so I know it's related to this post.  I will only count comments for the drawing if they include "WCS Anniversary"

Comments/follows must be posted by 1/19/2018 to qualify.  Winner will be announced on 1/21/2018 or within a day or two of that date.  You will need to return here to see how to claim your prize if you are the winner.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Smiling (or Psycho) Hyena Card

Hello crafty friends,

Before I came up with today's card design I had a few other ideas that were completely different from this - however I ended up being much happier because this slightly crazy looking hyena with his or her head tilted to the side just makes me laugh and hopefully it will brighten your day!

I created a video tutorial for this card so my write up is going to be a little less detailed.  Here are the steps I followed, otherwise feel free to skip right on to the video.   Supplies are listed at the very end of the post - (Disclosure:  affiliate links used, which cost you nothing additional if used to purchase and helps support the cost of this blog as well as bring you more inspiration throughout the year)


  1. Used this stencil to create a background on a 4.25" x 5.5" white piece of cardstock by ink blending four Distress Oxide inks - Peeled Paint, Blue China, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet (violet in honor of Pantone's 2018 color of the year)
  2. added a solid stripe of Wilted Violet across the top and bottom - about 1/2" using post it tape to mask it off from the already stenciled area
  3. Stamped and colored the Hyena stamp with alcohol markers, mostly Spectrum Noir colors.  In the video I show in detail which colors and how I combined them.  Used 80# Neenah solar white cardstock.
  4. Die cut the Hyena using my Scan N Cut - you could fussy cut with scissors instead. Stamped the "you make me smile" sentiment with Versamark- FREE this month with ANY order at So Suzy Stamps - (more at the end of this post about this and other stamps on sale this month).
  5. Added white embossing powder and heat set 
  6. Used a circle punch to create the disco ball out of holographic cardstock
  7. Curved the sides of the "disco ball" using the barrel of a marker (will make more sense if you watch the video) so it wasn't flat
  8. Added dimensional foam tape and dots to back of the hyena before adhering to bottom right side of card front.  
  9. Added pop up dots to just the center of the disco ball, glued down towards top left side.
  10. Glued card front to an A2 sized side folding white card base (finished size 4.25" x 5.5"

Now for all the juicy details on the free stamp being offered with any order in January at So Suzy Stamps.  the sentiment used in this card (You make me smile) was designed by my team-mate Terri Burson and also there is a sale for all Get well stamps.

Visit So Suzy Stamps to take advantage of the discount and free 

January stamp here!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are having a great 2018 so far!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

First Tic Tac Toe Challenge of 2018

Hello crafty friends,

It's my first card post of 2018 and excited about starting off the year with Team X of the Tic Tac Toe Challenge team for challenge #29.  While I am more than ready to move on from Christmas cards with all the cold weather I am still in the mood to make winter themed cards.

I had previously made the blue background from yupo paper using alcohol inks in three colors.  I used the standard Ranger ink tool with felt to drag across the paper to create s stripe effect in blue shades and silver.

To create the snowman cut out I used 3 different circle dies to make the shape, starting with the largest circle, then slightly overlapping the die over the previous cut and die cutting again, then a third time for the head of the snowman.

I then added a piece of clear acetate behind the blue background like is typically done to create a shaker window.

I added a layer of 3m foam tape behind the blue background to create a shaker space.  I then filled the space with faux snow so that the texture would show through the window but doesn't really move around if shaken.   I added felt pieces to form the eyes and nose and used a marker to add a mouth on top of the acetate.  Below is a close up of a portion of the "shaker" window.

The scarf is made from a piece of large red and white yarn.  The arms were hand cut out of brown cardstock.  I did not have a die so I just hand cut those to look like sticks.

The sentiment banner was die cut from red cardstock with an Avery Ellie die.  I used a Hero Arts sentiment to add "Happy New Year" first using Versamark then adding white embossing powder.  I then cut a tiny hole from each corner and added twine to suspend the banner as a sign between the two arms.

Thanks for stopping by today - hope that you will take the time to play along with the challenge and your take on the board elements!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year & Winner of $15 So Suzy Gift card

Happy New Year All!

On my last post of December 2017 (here) I announced a giveaway to So Suzy Stamps for a $15 store credit.

A drumroll please for the winner.............Karen Bell!!!!

If you're wondering why I didn't list Crackerbox above it's because Vicky is the owner of So Suzy Stamps!

Karen,  please contact me via my blog contact form by 1/6/2018 to claim your prize!!

Thanks to everyone who visited in 2017 - please stay tuned for lots of inspiration in 2018.

Some upcoming events:

1/4/2018:  First Tic Tac Toe Challenge for 2018
1/8/2018:  Design Team Post for So Suzy Stamps
1/12/2018:  Blog Hop (to be confirmed for sure by 1/8/2018)