Tuesday, April 7, 2015

happy birthday

One of my favorite ways to use up the oodles of paper I have is making a layered card like this:

I watercolored a background panel and dropped some black ink.
I stamped, fussy cut and popped up a cupcake from this Simon Says Stamp birthday stamp set. I pulled some paper in the favorite colors of the recipient and layered everything on to my kraft card base. Yum. I just want to eat that little cupcake!

I'm linking up to:
Simon Says Stamp's Birthday Challenge


Monday, March 30, 2015

Captain America birthday party




We're having a blog hop at The Paper Girls and our theme is PARTY DECOR! Leave comments along the hop for your chance to win a GREAT prize from Unity (details at end of this post)!
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It's birthday season in my household.  3/5 of my family members have a March birthday. The other 2 are in April and May. Parties are everywhere right now! We threw my husband a Sharknado party as a joke and now we're planning a Dr. Who party for my oldest this week :)

My youngest just turned 5 and wanted a Captain America party. We totally threw this together last minute and kept it simple! I used my circle dies to make shield invitation cards and matching goody bags. I made a coordinating banner and printed (and cut) some coloring sheets for kids to decorate their own shields.

Here are my DIY decor elements:

Here was our tablescape with our Avengers-themed food:

Thor's hammer sausage and cheese snacks (this was the kids' FAVORITE!):

Star and shield-shaped sandwiches:

Captain America punch. Juice and Blue Gatorade (which turns out kids think is gross):


Green and Purple Hulk grapes, Red and Yellow Iron Man tomatoes, and strawberries just because they were red and we like them!


Coloring shields which we glued on to an inverted red paper plate with a  duct tape handle:

Showing off their masks and shields!



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OK, now blog hop deets.
What's a blog hop without a prize??


Unity Stamps is our sponsor for this blog hop! We LOVE Unity stamps at the Paper Girls and are so excited they are sponsoring us!
Hop on over to their facebook page and thank them for their generosity if you don't mind! They have this wonderful prize pack of stamps for one lucky winner!


What do you have to do to participate?
Complete all 3 of these required steps:
1. Comment on each of our blog posts along the hop
2. "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook
3. Follow our blog

 You have until Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 11:59 pm MST to comment. We will announce the winner on Wednesday April 8th, 2015 at 9:00 am MST. 

Here's your hopping order:
  1. Paper Girls Challenge Blog: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/
  2. Cathryn H.: http://www.catscrapcreations.blogspot.ca
  3. Brittany M.: http://craftypaperbee.blogspot.com
  4. Amber S.: http://allamberallthetime.blogspot.com/  {...me!}
  5. Michele D.: http://about-the-paper.blogspot.com
  6. Erica B.: http://stampingstarlette.blogspot.com/
  7. Karrie S.: http://sweetscrapsbykarrie.blogspot.com/2015/03/pink-tie-party.html
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you continue on the hop for your chance to win this great prize!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You Rock. {again}


 I made this card a few weeks ago. And decided I needed another version. I basically made the exact same thing. Just with different colors. :)


This stamp from Unity is just so darn fun to color (and it happens to be on sale this week)! I stamped it in distress ink and then watercolored the image. Easy peasy.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dragonfly birthday card

I have a friend who loves dragonflies so I ordered this cool Clearly Besotted dragonfly die just so I could make her a card! The die has 2 parts, a solid and an open intricate shape.

I cut the solid shape out of some paper I had put a watercolor wash on. The top layer was cut out of vellum. I layered the two pieces and connected them with 2 black brads.

The mat for the dragonfly was made using a piece of canvas, some stencils, and spray inks. Then I layered wax paper over it. Yep. Wax paper. From my kitchen. It was just more translucent than the vellum I had and I wanted to be able to see the stenciled work better.

My sentiment was stamped onto vellum and stapled on. And everything was layered with kraft woodgrain paper and aqua cardstock over a grey card base.


I'm linking up to:
 Simon Says Stamp's Things That Fly challenge
Virginia's View All Things Embossed Challenge
Jot Magazine March Mood Board

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Supplies:
Clearly Besotted Dragonfly die
Woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin' Up
Kaleidoscope and Moroccan Tiles, Ronda Palazzari stencils from The Crafter's Workshop

Shake it!

We are making shaker cards over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog. Since my Cricut stopped working I was limited to the dies I had on hand. I've discovered I "need" more dies :)  

I decided to use some circle dies and turn them into balloons. And I used this fun stamp set to make the balloon strings.


The balloons are filled with several kinds of pink and white fine and chunk glitters.


 For the sentiment I used two different pink inks to create an ombre look. 


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can share a shaker card of your own too.
Have a great day!

I'm linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Things That Fly Challenge.
Because technically these balloons would fly away if let go. ;) Right?!?

Supplies:
Handwritten Borders stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Cupcake Party stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Circle Dies from Crafter's Companion
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Rose Madder Ranger Archival Ink

Monday, March 2, 2015

Marsala

I am hosting the current Paper Girls Challenge and chose the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, as our theme.

Here's my card:

I used Unity's card sketch to get me started. I pulled out a few pieces of marsala paper and some other colors I thought would look good with it.

The butterflies are from Unity's Happy Everything set in Aged Mahagony distress ink. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Friendship Messages (I am loving this set!).

I hope you will come link up with us for this challenge! I have a prize for a random participant!

I'm linking this up to:
Simon Says Stamp challenge - Anything Goes
Unity {be inspired} card sketch challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

You Rock

I pulled out a brand new Unity stamp for this card.


I stamped it using Distress ink in Tea Dye and then colored her in with water colors. The water blends in the ink giving it a vintagey look.

I put a light wash of yellow water color in the background (not sure if it shows through in the photo) to give it a little pop.

Then I used some markers to give my wooden stars a little ombre look.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

I'm linking up to the Unity {be inspired} color challenge
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

It's time for another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I stamped this Unity image called Coffee Side by Side and colored with my Spectrum Noirs.

 I mounted it on gray and then put it on this great Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Sea Glass.
Sentiment is from Friendship Messages from SSS.

It's really gray here today with not much sunshine. This closeup shows the colors a bit better.

For embellishments I punched and watercolored some little hearts and added some teal twine. 
Thanks for stopping along the hop today!

If you didn't come here from the hop then you should go check it out. There are lots of prizes to be won!

Linking up to:
Unity Friends with Flair blog hop
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge

Friday, February 20, 2015

I like Big Books.....

and I can not lie!


I have no idea where I first saw this wording. But I've since seen it many times! And I wish I was clever enough to have originated it. And I apologize if that song is stuck in your head now!

I needed a quick bookmark so I grabbed a tag already sitting on my desk. Added a few Distress inks. Stamped image and text. Colored books using my Spectrum Noir markers. Tied a bunch of twine to the top. I sprayed a clear matte top coat on the bookmark to prevent any ink from marking my books.

The books are from this Unity stamp set and the letters are random StudioG.

I am totally makiing more of these but I'll plan it out better and take more than 5 minutes to get it done!

Thanks for stopping by.

poppies

It's Friday! And time for Unity's Friends with Flair!

I started this card using this sketch from The Paper Girls Challenge blog:


I used the flower stamp fom this Unity kit and watercolored the image.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!