Thursday, May 5, 2016

CAS375 - Wildflowers in the Wind

Yay!  I actually had time to play in a CAS (Clean & Simple) Challenge on SCS this week.

This week's theme CAS375 is Weddings & Anniversaries and since our youngest and his bride are celebrating their 3rd anniversary next week, the timing is perfect!

I used Rubbernecker Stamps "Wildflowers in the Wind" and a sentiment from Papertrey's Painted Petals

I fell in love with these gorgeous flowers the first time I saw them and just had to have them!  It was so much fun to stamp them and the MISTI made the stamping so easy, I decided to make multiples using all kinds of different papers. 

Now, when I'm in a rush with no time to create, I can just stamp a sentiment for everything from birthdays to sympathy cards and be done in no time.

Here's a list of the supplies I used:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Wildflowers in the Wind
              Papertrey Ink Painted Petals
Ink - A Muse Pigment Inks 
Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Miscellaneous - Sequins, Crystal Effects

Thanks for visiting and be sure to play along...there's still time.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Masculine Birthday Card

Our baby boy's birthday is tomorrow.  He's a grown man now but to us...he'll always be our baby boy.  :-)

That boy loves fishing more than anything else.  He keeps a pole and gear in his car in case he happens to see a spot to put his line in for even a few minutes.

I just love this stamp from Flourishes Kids Play.  I've had it forever and adore the simple yet beautiful silhouettes and sentiments.

To create the background, I first stamped the image onto a scrap cardstock circle, then I lined it up side by side with the circle I intended to use.  I drew a light pencil line at the horizon mark so I would know where the sky ends and water begins. 

I used my Tim Holtz blenders and Hero Arts Shadow inks to blend two colors each for the sky and water.  (sorry, I forgot to write them down!)  All paper Papertrey Ink.

After the blending was finished, I stamped the image in Versamark ink, sprinkled with black embossing powder then heat embossed the image, stamped the sentiment, mounted on the black circle and done.  

I hope he likes it.  

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Creative Station Giveaway Winner

My apologies!  I forgot to draw for the Creative Station winner!  Better late than never, right?

Here is the winning number:

True Random Number Generator  1

"McStamper" that would be you!  Please email me with your address so I can get this right out to you.

Thanks for playing!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Secret Garden & Giveaway

Yes, I's been awhile.  The shop has, thankfully, been busy but it also means less time for being crafty just for the sake of being crafty.

I love, love making these little mini notebooks...lovely little spaces to write thoughts, prayers and all the things to be thankful for.

I broke into my Graphic 45 Secret Garden, PTI's Phrases and Praises, a bit of lace, some stick on pearls and a bit of sepia ink

The inside is important too...a gentle reminder...

a bit of encouragement...

and don't forget the back.

Oh, and the giveaway...a Xyron Creative Station. (sorry, only US please.) 

 Just tell me what you love to create.  I'll pick a winner next Friday.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October Birthday - Marigolds

Lots of October birthdays in this family.

I was a little surprised to learn the October flower was the Marigold. I guess I never thought about it.   I do love them though. They're a strong, sturdy, colorful addition to the fall landscape.

I used Versamark ink and white detail embossing powder to create the blooms.  I colored them on both the back and front sides with Kuretake Zig Brush pens.  They watercolor beautifully.

I cut them out and just used my clear double sided tape runner to adhere them.  No see through!

A little embossed linen card stock with rounded corners and a sentiment and done!  Love Clean and Simple (CAS) cards.

The weather is beginning to moderate to mildly hot from sizzling... finally.  :-)

Supplies used:

Cardstock - Papertrey Ink Linen & Orange Zest ; Vellum
Stamps - Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers Collection, Bountiful Banners
Ink - Versamark; Kuretake Zig Waterbrush markers
Other - embossing folder, corner rounder
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Friday, September 25, 2015

CASE this Sketch - CTS142

Yay...time to make another card.  Thought I 'd try this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch (CTS142)

Here's my take on the sketch...Love matching the envelope!


Cardstock - Stampin Up, Neenah 80 lb. Solar White, DCWV 
Stamps - Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday
Dies - Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday, Envelope Die;  Lil Inker Designs

Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CASEing Lime Doodle and Papertrey Ink

It's been so long since I've posted a card.  I've missed my paper and ink and I've missed keeping up with my blog.  Life is busy and while it's a good kind of busy, I'm longing to get back to visiting some of my favorite stamping blog friends and creating a few cards of my own.

I've realized that my creativity has taken a break so I decided to CASE a card I found on Pinterest by Debbie of Lime Doodle Design.

I loved the design but not the colors so I followed CASE rules and changed 3 things.  :)

1. Brightened the colors
2. Added a double wrap of twine
3. Changed the sentiment and darkened up my bird a bit more.

I love that this card can work for birthdays, get well, and thinking of you.

Thanks for checking in!  I've missed you.  

p.s.  I've decided to take a break from the May Arts Design Team.  It was a wonderful ride but it was time to step least for now.  :)
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ribbon Sweat Band Tutorial

Love the no-slip ribbon sweat bands but don't love the price?  Good news!  We've got you covered on the May Arts blog today.  Now you can make one for every workout or night out and you can create them in any width you want thanks to the amazing selection of ribbon at May Arts.

Craft show season will be here soon and these would great Christmas gifts!

Thanks for visiting us...

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

May Arts Ribbon Scrap Blog Hop

If you're like me, you have a whole bunch of ribbon scraps.  I can't stand to throw pretty ribbon away no matter how tiny the scrap may be.  You never know when you can use it, right?

Well, the May Arts team has a whole lot of great ideas for those pretty bits and pieces of May Arts ribbon.

I've combined mine to create some fun binder clip photo holders.  Just stamp a scrap of cardstock, cut to fit your binder clip, use some Scor-Tape to make sure the paper is secure, then tie on some pretty May Arts satin leaves,  crochet lace, sheer or other combo of ribbons.  No stamps or paper?  No problem!  I used some rub-on scraps on the second clip.  They stick beautifully.

These would make awesome stocking stuffers, small gifts or party favors.

Want some pretty May Arts Ribbon scraps to get you started?  Want them from the NEW Fall lineup?  

I thought so!  :-)  Just leave a comment on each Ribbonistas blog.  The Ribbon Lady will be awarding 3 grab bags of ribbon from the new fall line.  

Here's the line up for the hop:

Thanks so much taking time out of your day to hop with us!  We hope you've been inspired!
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Shabby Flower Tutorial

Love pretty shabby flowers but don't have much time  to make them or $$ to buy them?  We've got you covered!

Head over the May Arts blog for the tutorial to make these beauties from your ribbon scraps!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Easy Summer Placemat Purse May Arts Style

I've got a quick and easy tutorial on the May Arts blog today.   All you need is a cute placemat and some fun May Arts ribbon!

These would be great for those last minute teacher gifts!  Just fill them with some cute notepads, pens, hand sanitizer, etc. and you've got a useful, economical gift!

Head over to the blog for all the details.

Thanks for joining us!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May Arts Ribbon Flower Challenge

It's spring time and that means it's time for a bounty of beautiful flowers.  May Arts is hosting a ribbon challenge for our readers!  The Ribbonistas have created our own ribbon flowers to inspire you.  Come create with us for your chance to win some amazing May Arts Ribbon!

I created these pretty silk roses with beautiful May Arts Silk Ribbon.  You can find the easy tutorial at the link below.

Hope you've been inspired!  
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

May Arts Ribbon Baby Hop

The Ribbon Lady has an announcement.  She's hired a very special assistant (I hear she works for ba-ba's, is very cute and adorable, and that her momma, daddy and big brother are quite smitten with her.  :-)

The Ribbonistas are having a Baby Hop to formally welcome the Ribbon Baby to the team.

I've created a set of soft blocks with ribbon tabs using a variety of May Arts ribbons for color and texture.

I found the basic tutorial for these 4" x 4" blocks here.  The author only used 4 pieces of ribbon but we know that where May Arts Ribbon is involved, more is much better!

I used crochet velvet, crochet lace, velvet, grosgrain, satin, chevron, faux suede and more for lots of tactile interest.  The pretty fabric is from Moda.

These are quite addictive to make and I'll be making some to keep on hand for last minute baby gifts.

Here's the rest of the hop so you don't miss a day of sweet baby inspiration and a chance to win a spool of ribbon from the May Arts Ribbon Baby Section.  There will 3 winners so be sure to comment on each blog today and tomorrow.



Tracy McLennon

Thanks so much for joining us!  Hope we've inspired you!  Be sure to stop by the May Arts Blog and say hi to Ribbon Baby!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Cards Two Ways with May Arts Ribbon

I've got some quick and easy cards on the May Arts Blog today.  One for girls and one for guys. Both made with scrap ribbon.   Ribbon on guy cards?  Sure...when it's May Arts Ribbon.

 Here's a sneak peek:

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Easy Apron Tutorial/Mother's Day Gift Alert!

I love to cook and invariably, whatever I'm cooking, I end up wearing!  Now I understand why our moms wore aprons.  I actually love them and this one is especially easy to make.

Be sure to head over the May Arts blog for complete details.  They'd make great gifts too.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby Blanket Tutorial

It's spring and it seems like babies are blooming everywhere!  I've got an easy tutorial for you on the May Arts Blog today for a sweet blanket perfect for the cool days of spring or a little one to carry around.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

May Arts/Epiphany Blog Hop Week

It's May Arts/Epiphany Blog Week and you know what means!  Lots of inspiration and giveaways!

Here's the lineup for the week:


o   Lalo IK


o   Jen Shears


Be sure to check back each day for your chance at one of two sets of some yummy ribbon & Epiphany products!!

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