All in one - masculine

A friend needed a birthday AND graduation combo card for a friend; I've made more masculine cards in the last month than I've made in the last year. HA!

I have these papers from echo park that I just love (believe it or not, the paper pad was in my 'donate' stash, but I recently rediscovered them and have used them 3 times) - yea for using that stash!!

I used this weeks sketch at Splitcoaststampers, you can see it bright and early tomorrow morning or take a peek down below. Instead of the small focal point, I used a bit larger focal point and added sentiments from 4 different stamp sets, all embossed in Hero Arts clear embossing powder, I sponged on Mermaid Lagoon and Hickory Smoke distress inks. The 1 and 8 are actually glitter thickers - I sanded the tops but there was STILL glitter on there....oh goodness. But no fear, I used the Mermaid Lagoon distress stain and streaked the bottom, then applied the Hickory Smoke ink pad directly to the numbers; then one more swipe with Mermaid Lagoon, splattered on some Hero Arts Unicorn White and finished them off with glossy accents. Love how they look!

Some distressing on a couple layers and that's it. Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join the fun over at Splitcoaststampers this week!


Stamps: Verve Visual Great Expectations, MFT LJD GC Greetings II, PTI Birthday Cheer, SSS Hello Beautiful
Papers: DP by Echo Park, Neenah White, PTI True Black
InkHickory Smoke and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks
Accessories: MFT pierced square die, thickers, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, Hero Arts unicorn white spray, glossy accents, Heidi Swapp distressor


Tall & Skinny...I am not!

Hello friends - it feels like Monday to me due to the holiday - that means I'll be confused all week long. :0 But it was a GREAT weekend - hope yours was too!

This week at Mojo Monday, Julee is going all Tall and Skinny...which I am not; always wanted to be, but much more short and squat - HA!

I had so much fun making this little shaker card; I used the WPlus9 Unforgettable stamp and die set and the Polaroid die set from MFT. I colored the elephant with Copics using the die to cut him out and placed him peeking through the polaroid; then I stamped the party hat on designer paper and added some shading with Copics. I stamped just the balloon on both white card stock and designer paper to give it a bit more thickness then tied it to the party hat with hemp twine. I added a layer of vellum behind the polaroid, some foam adhesive, some sequins and then a fun chevron patterned paper.

The overall card is 3.5" by 5.5"; more patterned paper and glitter paper finish off the front along with some washi tape. And of course, I waited to stamp my sentiment till the polaroid was finished...yes, that DID NOT go well - *groan* - so I added a little orange flag to hide the oopsie! :D

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: WPlus9 Unforgettable
Papers: Neenah White, DP by Doodlebug, Glitter Paper by American Crafts, vellum
InkMemento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, MFT Polaroid Dies, WPlus9 Unforgettable Dies, twine, foam adhesive, misc. sequins, washi tape


  PP297 - tic tac toe - twine, die cut, girly, 


Just Because

Hi friends - welcome back for another fun sketch over at Splitcoaststampers! You can see the sketch live tomorrow or catch a sneak peek down below.

Talk about getting all colorful and springy - OOOOO AAAAAHHHHH! :D

Instead of a circle, I used this adorable 'Enclosed Present Stamp and Die' set from Papertreyink; I absolutely love it...and I'm not sure why but I love creating ombre colors for the present die - I've done it time and time again (HERE and HERE are a couple of them), and this time was no exception!

I stamped a cute little 'just because' tag and used MFT's Damask Background stamped 2nd generation in Steel Grey for a fun accent. I die cut the bow a 2nd time, sponged in ombre colors and mounted with glue dots for a tiny bit of dimension.

Hope you join the fun, we love seeing your creations with the sketch challenge!! Have a great week.


Stamps: PTI Enclosed Present Stamp, MFT Damask Background
Papers: Echo Park. Neenah White 
InkSpun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door distress inks, MFT Steel Grey
Accessories: PTI Enclosed Present die, twine, SSS sequins

  Curtain Call - Birdhouse (I don't have any birdhouse stmaps but that image reminds me completely of spring!!)


Graduations Galore!!

We have tons of friends graduating this year so I've been making lots of cards to give away - I needed one more feminine card and I am IN LOVE with the colors for CTD393 this week - SWOON! My 'light pink' is a bit more peach and it ultimately turned into a crazy combo but I still love it!

Both Laura and Carissa showed partial diecutting this week which I adore but CLEARLY the size of your die at an angle must be able to fit through your diecutting machine...wonder how I would know about that - HA! Laura didn't use a die and that clearly would be easier but I liked the stitched border - live and learn...and try again!

I stamped the 2 medium flowers, masked and stamped the larger one underneath, I colored all the layers with Copics then traced the image with a fine tip sharpie THEN when back and added a bit bolder edge to the right side of all the petals - love how it changes the look just a bit. I probably could have made them even thicker...

See the shimmer - swoon!!
That banner on the right hand side? Yeah, remember when I said I NEVER stamp or adhere anything straight...#truth...had to cover it up with an embossed flag and a couple pieces of washi tape just for fun. The main panel was layered onto a Mama Elephant scalloped die cut from MFT designer paper and PTI Raspberry Fizz. And I have so much designer paper, I pulled a full sheet from a completely different pad and used the full sheet on the inside cutting another scalloped piece, a small border for the bottom and added a thin strip of washi tape.

Some gorgeous PPP sequins and clear wink of stella finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend!


Stamps: Verve Visual Great Friend and Great Expectations
Papers: PTI True Black, Raspberry Fizz, MFT & MME designer paper, Neenah 110 lb. white, Strathmore watercolor
InkVersaMark, SSS Black
Accessories: Mama Elephant Femme Frames, PPP sequins, Copics, washi tape, Hero Arts white embossing powder, clear Wink of Stella



Gina K + Hero Arts

Hi friends - happy, happy weekend!! I'm up over at A Blog Named Hero with 3 mini tone-on-tone cards...and there is the possibility that I cheated and threw in some other colors on the base layer.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Hop on over and check them out!