Friday 30 September 2011

Bless Your Heart

Today's free for all challenge at Splitcoaststampers is to use color blocking. I used Sweet and Sassy Stamps Serene Silhouettes to pick up the brown in the DCWV dp .  I sponged the Nestie circle while still in the die and then cut a circle mask from a post it note to mask the circle edge - I found that if I stamped the silhouette while still in the Nestie, I didn't get a good sharp edge.  I had no light coral ink but Versamagic Pink Dust seemed to be along the same hues and did the job. The sentiments are from Sweet and Sassy Stamps Blessings and Thanks  - what a versatile set, I can see I'll be reaching for that one time and time again!
Other supplies include:
DCWV Garden Party Matt Stack
Butterfly Punch
Mini button
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles, large, small
Versamagic Pink Dust Ink
SU Early Espresso dp
Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags die
SU Soft Suede ink

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Lacey Butterfly

I used today's sketch at Splitcoaststampers for my card today, along with the colors in the Sweet and Sassy Stamps Inspiration challenge this week.  This sentiment from Sweet and Sassy Stamps Everyday Miracles set is meaningful today since I just got some news which means there'll be some changes ahead - who likes adjusting to change - not me!!!
And speaking of change - our day here started out with lashing rain and dark, gray skies, but right now I can see some clear blue sky and it's brightened up quite a bit - sometimes change is GOOD!
Other Supplies
Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly die
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Cream Linen cardstock (The Papermill Shop)
Swiss dots embossing folder
Flower (Wild Orchid Crafts)

Monday 19 September 2011

Leafy Wall

Today's CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers was to use leaves.  My card is inspired by the front door of my friends home in South Belfast.  Maureen lives on a beautiful hill overlooking the city - it's idyllic with donkeys in the stable and little rabbits running all over the garden and yard!  The wall around their front door is covered with these leaves which are a brilliant shade of red and orange at this time of year.  Maureen is special to a lot of us as for years she's opened her home for a Bible study where we've shared many learning and praying moments!
I used a set from  Sweet and Sassy Stamps called Autumn Leaves, sponging the leaves with various inks, cutting them out and then going around the edges with a copic for extra definition.
I also sponged over the embossing.  The sentiment is from a lovely set by Verve called  Here for You.
Other supplies include:
Cream Textured Linen cardstock (Papermill Shop)
Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Scattered Straw, Barn Door ink
SU Real Red ink

Sunday 18 September 2011

Clean and Simple Christmas

Another card with the beautiful new Christmas Light set from Sweet and Sassy Stamps - this time I tried to keep it clean and simple, following a layout from Linda (morningsun47) who is the Featured Stamper today at Splitcoaststampers.  This set has sentiments in such beautiful fonts.  I cut my candle with scissors but you should definitely check out the fabulous Christmas Light candle die to go along with this set!  There's an even better price when you buy the two together as a bundle
My card also followed challenge guidelines for three challenges from the Sweet and Sassy Stamps Release party on Friday - to make a holiday card, a card with punched edges, and a card with the recipe of 2 dp's, a sentiment, twine, and three round items.
The twine I've used here is from a local butcher's shop  - I asked for a few metre's but the guy was kind enough to bring out the remainder of a whole roll for me!  It's thick and has a creamy hue.  The down side is that it makes a pretty big lump inside the envelope for mailing!
Other supplies include:
SU Lucky Limeade, Real Red cardstock
MFT large scallops Die-namic
DCWV, October Afternoon dp 

Thursday 15 September 2011

Christmas Light Sweet Peek

Today's card is a sweet peek of two sets from Sweet and Sassy Stamps being released today - Christmas Light, the beautiful candle image, and Light of Christmas, a background stamp.  This fabulous candle set is close to my heart as it's designed by the talented Dina Kowal, who's become a good friend since we joined Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen together 6 months ago!
Christmas Light has 3 beautiful sentiments.

The background stamp image has a lovely cursive script with small lettering.

I stamped the image several times so that I could pop up various parts of it and then distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap Ranger Distress ink.
The Kaisercraft dp is flocked and after adhering to the card base, I distressed those edges as well. 
Other supplies include:
Versafine Vintage Sepia (bg text and sentiment)
Champagne pearls
Kaisercraft Gypsy Sisters dp

Wednesday 14 September 2011


I created this card for the sketch challenge and the Bible Verse challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I've fallen in love with this color combo and will probably use it until my Stella and Rose Hazel dp pad runs out!  I love this Bible verse which reminds me that in the middle of some changes, and some hard times, that God NEVER changes, His character remains good, and His love endures forever, for me personally.
I love the Arielle's flower images at Wax Fruit Company - marigolds were never my favorite flower but now that I'm into orange, I think they're growing on me!
Other supplies include:
Wax Fruit Company Marigolds digi
Verve Plain Jane I Chronicles 16:34
My Minds Eye Stelland Rose Hazel dp
SU Taken with Teal cardstock

Monday 12 September 2011

Champagne Roses

This is my card for today's CAS sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Recently I placed an order at Wild Orchid Crafts for some mulberry flowers and couldn't resist some of this organza rose trim.  One of the reasons I like it is because of it's "squish" value - lots of volume, but it can be squished for mailing without any damage!  It matched perfectly my champagne pearls and this Kaisercraft Gypsy Sisters dp.  I can't speak highly enough of Paul and Siri at Wild Orchid Crafts - they e-mailed to say there might be a delay in filling orders due to a very busy period, but when I e-mailed to say I'd love to have them in time for some design commitments on-line, they got them right out to me - wonderful personal service!
I stamped the Verve sentiment in brown though it looks black, using Versafine Vintage Sepia.  It was a quick easy card, just what I needed today! 

Saturday 10 September 2011

Rhubarb's Christmas Sweet Peek

Here's a peek of one of the cute images from a new set being released at Sweet and Sassy Stamps called Rhubarb's Christmas!  The set has three sweet images - Rhubarb with a Christmas gift, Rhubarb holding a candy cane and Rhubarb cuddling a gingerbread man!    It also includes four beautiful sentiments. 

It's just one of a number of fabulous new sets being released in September, and if your order of clear stamps is over $50 you'll receive this fun set called Beary Christmas for free!

Other supplies include:
Papertrey Ink Banner Builder Collection dies
My Minds Eye Stella and Rose Hazel dp
Echo Park Happy Days dp
SU Real Red and Taken with Teal cardstock
heart punch
white gel pen
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles

Monday 5 September 2011

Fall Fun Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Fall Fun Blog Hop! A group of online buddies decided the holiday weekend in the US would be a GREAT time to get inky together, and so we've put together a fall themed blog hop to inspire you as the autumn approaches. As you meet our stampy bloggers today, you may discover that some have goodies for you, so be sure and visit everyone on the list. We have hoppers from all over the globe today, and they are amazing artists.

Hope you're having a great holiday Monday so far - here in Northern Ireland it's just a regular school/work day - but don't feel too sorry for us, last Monday was a holiday here!   On this gorgeous island it's still beautifully green, but yesterday on the way to church I saw just a few leaves starting to turn orange and yellow.
For my fall card I reached for My Minds Eye Stella and Rose Mabel dp - it includes a great combo of aqua/teal and orange which I'm very into recently.  My leaves are from Sweet and Sassy Stamps Autumn Leaves set, they're colored with copics and popped up.  I used a Verve Sweet Scallop tag and Plain Jane sentiment verse - though I don't know yet exactly who I'll send this too, I know this truth about God has the potential to bring so much encouragement and comfort to someone who is feeling really low.  
I finished off the card with lots of ribbon (what?? no twine??!!) and several flourishes cut with a Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish.
Thanks so much for visiting!
After this head on over to see the fabulous creation Alison Habetler has come up with for today and don't miss out on any of the fun from these bloggers: