Tuesday, September 19, 2017

White Embossed Tree Line Cards



Both cards were made using the Impression Obsession Cover a Card Tree Line stamp.  After stamping with Versamark ink, I heat embossed with some white embossing powder then blended on some purple and blue distress inks.

The frame around the second card is the Sue Wilson Noble Ornate Squares die which is layered on some lilac glitter paper I had.  The Merry Christmas is by Penny Black.

I'm entering the second card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Shimmer and Shine (embossing powder and glitter paper)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Beauty


I recently ordered a box with some glass bottles in it and the bottles were wrapped with this cool brown paper netting:

I thought it would look neat on a nautical card, but then I thought of using it on a Fall card instead; thus today's card.

I used the following products:

Frantic Stamper Stitched Pumpkins
Frantic Stamper Spring Ivy
Cheery Lynn Sunflower
Lawn Fawn Cross Stitched Rectangles
Penny Black Sentiment Collection
packing paper

I'm entering this in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Spooky Halloween


I really like the combination of the spiderweb with the jack-o-lantern eyes on Halloween cards, and I needed to make a card with some stars on it for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  It's Written in the Stars, so I combined the two.

I used the following products:

Sue Wilson Starry Night Sky
Frantic Stamper Jack-o-Lantern Faces
Frantic Stamper Spiderweb Edger
IO Stamps Mini Bats and Mini Ghosts
IO Stamps Happy Halloween die 326

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pink and Yellow Flowers



This card was made using leftovers from other cards, thus the mix of different colored flowers.

I used the Pretty Petals Flower and Fluttering Butterfly by Diemond Dies.  To form the petals, I pinched the ends between a pair of tweezers and pushed the petal up and around the sides of the tweezer.

Products Used:  Diemond Dies Pretty Petals Flower and Fluttering Butterfly, Elizabeth Craft Designs Curvy Leaves, Kaisercraft Tiny Roses EF, Antique Linen Distress Ink


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, September 15, 2017

You Brighten My Day



An easy card that could be used for multiple occasions; I chose to use a greeting "you brighten my day" which is from Ellen Hutson called Warm Fuzzies stamp set.

The butterflies are from Diemond Dies and both come in the same set.  The stitched flags are by Sue Wilson.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sweet 16




I can't believe my niece who was just entering Pre-K when I moved away is now turning 16.  She has three older brothers and no sisters but is all about dressing girly and having her nails done.  I knew a card with pink and sparkly gold would be just right for her.

Products used:  Cheery Lynn Chevron background, MFT Stamps Lucky Prints star paper, Sizzix BIGZ letters and numbers die for Stampin Up, Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies, flowers from Joann Fabric, Spellbinders Large Ovals


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Falling Leaves


Another Fall card using the Inkadinkadoo Autumn Foliage stamp set.

I heat embossed the leaves with gold embossing powder then painted them in with a variety of distress inks, cutting one out for the center of the card.


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Copper Embossed Leaves


I've had this delicate fall leaf stamp from Joann Fabric for years but never used it.  It was one of those $1.00 stamps in the bins that you look through while waiting in the checkout line at the store.  The word stamp, however, is from a set by Inkadinkadoo called Autumn Foliage.

I heat embossed the leaves with copper embossing powder then dabbed on some distress inks for the centers.  The washed background is my first attempt at such using Tumbled Glass distress ink and lots of water with a brush.


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Flower Trio




I used all products by MFT Stamps:

Die-Namics Flower Trio (retired)
Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame
Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle STAX
Dots and Stripes Sorbet 6x6 paper pack (flowers)
Lucky Prints 6x6 paper pack (leaves)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, September 8, 2017

MFT Quilt Square Cover Up


This is a card that was made in minutes due to the fact that I used leftover pieces from when I used the die on other cards.  I didn't have to run the Quilt Square Cover Up through my die cut machine at all for this card.  The heart in the middle is very old; it's from a card making class I taught about 7 years ago or more.

I used the following products:

MFT Die-Namics Quilt Square Cover Up
Hero Arts Holiday Sayings
Sue Wilson Stitched Flags
Doodlebug Gingham paper
Hero Arts card base

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Impression Obsession Harvest Hellos



The current challenge at Impression Obsession is to make a Fall or Halloween card.

This card was fun to make since I really like making colorful Halloween cards.  I used the following products from Impression Obsession:

DIE114 Halloween Set
DIE327 Mini Ghosts
DIE332 Halloween Landscape Layers (tiny jack-o-lanterns)
DIE006 Bare Tree
DIE028 Fence Border

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

You Are My Sunshine


The current sketch challenge at MFT Stamps is this:

Sketch Challenge 349 #mftstamps

Since I don't currently own a lot of MFT dies or stamps, I was fairly limited as to what I could do with this sketch.

Products Used:  MFT Stamps Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame, MFT Stamps Die-Namics Flower Trio, MFT Stamps Tiny Check and Lucky Prints 6x6 paper pads, Sweet & Sassy Stamps "Your Friendship"

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Eclipse Over NYC


Taylored Expressions is celebrating their 9th anniversary with a blog challenge based upon this sketch:


I used the following products:

Taylored Expressions City Skyline
Frantic Stamper Statue of Liberty

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Crazy Dog When Life Has Me Down



  So far I have only used this one dog from the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set.  I stamped a bunch at a time and it was easiest to stay with the same dog.

The heart is by Joy Crafts #6002-0642; I love the fancy edge around it.  The smaller hearts with words on them are by Cheery Lynn called Sweetheart Candy B675.  The heart background was made using a Sizzix embossing folder.   The stamped words are from the "Your Friendship" set by Sweet & Sassy Stamps.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Altenew Painted Flowers



For my card, I used the Altenew Painted Flowers clear stamp set along with Penny Black's Forever & Always.

This made for a very quick card, all on just one layer.

I'm also entering this in Wed's challenge for Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Altenew Bamboo Roses



Taylored Expressions is celebrating their 9th anniversary with a sketch challenge:





I used the following products:

Gingham paper from My Favorite Things
Spellbinders Classic Hearts
Altenew Bamboo Roses
Happy Birthday - unknown maker
Frantic Stamper Scalloped Border Trio

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday:  Stamp It

Simon Says Stamp Wed. :  Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper

Word Art Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Witch on Broom



Taylored Expressions is having a challenge to celebrate their 9th anniversary.  This is the sketch to use:



I used a larger bottom rectangular panel on my card (the purple background with the trees) and the following products:

Frantic Stamper Witch Riding Broom
Frantic Stamper Vertical Birch Trees Card Panel
Sue Wilson Stitched Flags
Hero Arts Happy Halloween clear stamp set
Memory Box Ghost Trio
Doodlebug Petite Prints paper

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, September 4, 2017

Petal Power Rose Heart


Monday's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to use a stamp on your project.

To make the rose, I stamped the outline rose head from the Penny Black Petal Power stamp set, heat embossed it with some gold embossing powder and water colored it in with Fired Brick distress ink.  I painted the flower head with some Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture paste.  I manually cut out around the rose and stem/ leaves.

The word hugs is by Technique Tuesday and the falling snow background is by the Creative Expressions Falling Snow embossing folder.

I'm also entering this in the Wed. Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Paper Doll School Card


I'm sure most of you have seen Tim Holtz's paper dolls but if not, they are on this card below:



I wanted to make my own paper dolls using some pictures my father had taken of us when we were little.  The photo I used is of my two older sisters in their Easter dresses and bonnets on their way to church.


My card is nowhere near as full of embellishments as the one by Marcarena, but then again, my style is always going to be Clean and Simple.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, September 1, 2017

Crazy Dog Thank You Card



I'm trying to make more dog cards for my veterinarian to use as a way to thank her for putting up with my dog paranoia.  Every time something seems wrong with one of the dogs, I email her for her advice, and she's been very patient with me.  Our dogs are 11 and 12 years old and as they age, there's always something requiring medical attention:  pulled groin muscles from running too much, UTI's, ragweed allergies, etc. 

I know my veterinarian likes handmade cards as she gave me a Christmas card she made herself.  So all these dog related cards will be wrapped in a nice box and given to Dr. Myers once the box is full.

I used the following products on this card:

Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Flower Trio (retired), SU Square Lattice EF (white panel), We R Memory Keepers Weave EF, Martha Stewart Frond punch, Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves, Marvy Uchida small tag punch

I'm entering this card in the MFT Card Challenge Sketch 348 using this sketch:







Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Layered Red and Black Thank You


A simple Thank You card with more of my favorite flowers -- Martha Stewart's Cosmos punch.

Products Used:  Red and Black dotted paper from Michaels, Martha Stewart Cosmos & Frond  punches, Dee's Distinctively Thank You, Lawn Fawn Large Cross Stitched Rectangular Stackables, Stampin' Up mini flower punch, enamel dots Joann.com

I'm entering this is the Wed. Simon Says Stamp challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sparkly Christmas Card



It was hard to get a good photo of this card with all the sparkle and white on it.  Originally it was going to be an all white card but the fir trees just blended in with the background so I inked them up with some distress ink.  They were cut out of white glitter paper.  

I used the following products to make the card:

Penny Black Merry Christmas 51-248
Creative Expressions Falling Snow embossing folder EF074
Impression Obsession Small Deer
IO Hill Landscape Layers
IO Birch Tree
IO Fir Trees

I'm entering this in the Wed Challenge at Simon Says Stamp:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, August 27, 2017

ATCs to A2 Cards

Previously I had these Artist Trading Cards (2.5" x 3.5" cards) on my blog that I made for a blog challenge:



   



Since I don't use ATCs or trade them, I made them into standard sized 
 A2  cards (4.25 x 5.5") so I could use them this Christmas:






Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thankful for My Veterinarian



The current challenge at Impression Obsession is So Very Thankful .  I made this card for my veterinarian who has taken care of my dog's health for about 12 years now.

I used the following Impression Obsession products:

Cover-a-Card Fluff background stamp
Thankful DIE388 and Thankful stamp set MC656
Hill Landscape Layers DIE343
Bushel of Apples DIE204
Puppy Set DIE142
Pumpkin Patch DIE202
Pumpkin Set DIE350

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

A+ Teacher



It's almost back to school time here in Maryland; school starts after Labor Day this year as set by the governor so kids aren't sitting in classrooms without air conditioning in the end of August.  

I used to enjoy making gifts for the kids in my Pre-K classes over the years, seeing their faces light up when receiving a photo album loaded with photos of themselves and their classmates.  I also remember how special it made me feel when a parent would give me a card or gift thanking me for being their child's teacher.  

Today's card is an ATC (Artist Trading Card measuring 2.5' x 3.5") made to look like a chalkboard.  I used the "A+ Teacher" words from the Frantic Stamper Teacher's Apple die set:

  Image result for IO bushel of apples


The apple from the Teacher's Apple die set was too big to fit on my ATC so I used the Impression Obsession Bushel of Apples on my card instead.  Afterall, a teacher is worth more than one apple, right?

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:



Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, August 25, 2017

Your Friendship Means So Much


This is another card that was made with a bunch of leftover things that didn't make it on other cards.  I had the dog already stamped and cut out but didn't know how to use it, so I combined it with the heart background panel cut in vellum and used some dsp that was also lying around.

Products Used:  Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs, Frantic Stamper Heartfall background die, MFT Stripes and Sorbet 6x6 paper pad, Tattered Lace Michaelmas Daisy, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, greeting from Sweet & Sassy Your Friendship

I'm entering this is the Word Art Wednesday challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Gingerbread Man ATC



I used the Frantic Stamper Gingerbread Man along with some pattern paper from Michaels.

ATC cards measure 2.5" x 3.5".

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Ann

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Floral Filmstrip


Today is Day 23 of the 30 Days of Diemond Dies Promotion.  I chose to make a brightly colored filmstrip card.

Filmstrip dies are so versatile;  they look just as good on cards as they do on scrapbook pages.  For my card,  I used the Filmstrip die and Pretty Petals Flower die set by Diemond Dies.

For the flowers, I cut three of the middle flower in the die set (3rd largest / 3rd smallest) and layered them so the petals were staggered and not on top of each other.  Then I cut the filmstrip die out of black paper and again out of green gingham paper so I could place the green rectangular pieces into the filmstrip for more contrast.




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Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Christmas ATC Cards




ATC Cards (Artist Trading Cards) measure 2.5 x 3.5" and are traded among artists like baseball cards are traded among baseball fans, or so I assume.

To me, ATCs are just a smaller version of cards that could be hung on a tree or put on larger cards, which is most likely what I will do with these.  One advantage of ATCs is that you can use up a lot of small pieces of cardstock and embellishments you have lying around.

For my ATCs, I used the following dies:

Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs
Nellie Snellen Flower 2
Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage
Impression Obsession Fir Trees
Impression Obsession Hill Landscape Layers
Frantic Stamper Snow Globe Deer
Cheery Lynn Mexican Tile Background
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake Set
Tim Holtz Snowflake EF
Die-Versions Angel

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nautical Thinking of You



I've never used this Spellbinders embossing folder until now.  It's called "Need a Rope?".

The sailboat is by Frantic Stamper.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Add a Sentiment

and

Word Art Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, August 14, 2017

30 Days of Diemond Dies - Day 14


Today is Day 14 of the Diemond Dies Giveaway.  Like them on Facebook and leave a comment there about my card for a chance to win a gift certificate to their store.

This card uses 3 dies from Diemond Dies:  The Fluttering Butterfly set, Pretty Petals Flower and the Filmstrip:


        



I cut the filmstrip apart so I could place the pieces diagonally on the embossed card front.  Since I didn't want the script embossing to show through the filmstrip, I cut the filmstrip again with white cardstock and used just the rectangle centers under the butterflies.  Then I adhered the small butterflies and filled their wings with a light green shimmer paper.  The flower on the butterflies is the smallest flower in the Pretty Petals Flower set.

Products Used:  Diemond Dies:  Fluttering Butterfly, Pretty Petals Flower die set, Filmstrip / Craft Concepts Hand Script EF

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Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann