Friday, March 30, 2018

May Day Baskets


This is my first time ever making May Day baskets.  

Growing up, my mother used to make these for us but she'd hide them and have someone place them on the front porch, ring the door bell, then run away.  Normally they are filled with candy and dropped off on May 1st.

This tradition has pretty much died here in the U.S., but I'd love to try to bring it back.  There is a senior center back home that makes hundreds of these baskets every year as a way to raise money for the community.  

The baskets I've made are very easy to make, and I will have instructions in another post later on.  I looked at tons of videos on YouTube and photos on Pinterest but could not find any baskets that looked anywhere like the ones my mother used to make.

I'll post more once I get into making some flowers to put on the baskets.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bird in an Egg


This card was so fun to make.  I like the look of mixing stamps with dies; it gives the card a more artsy feel.

Products Used:

Frantic Stamper Nested Eggs
Memory  Box Tree Frame stamp
Stampin' Up French Foliage
Impression Obsession Bird Set
Wild Honey, Forest Moss, Vintage Photo Distress Inks

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday:  Inks

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Drippy Thanks


Just fooling around with some inks leftover on my craft mat.....thought it would be fun to let them run down the paper for something new.  Didn't really know what else to do with the card once the ink had dried, so I painted on some diamond Stickles to add some shine then added the die cut and paw print stamp.

Products used:  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw distress inks, diamond Stickles, Sizzix Thanks with Flowers by Jen Long, Stampabilities Tiny Paw

Entering this in the SSS Work it Wednesday:  Inks

I hope you enjoy your day ~ Ann


Pink Yellow and Gold


My last card for the Simon Says Stamp Floral Frenzy challenge.........

Products used:  Hero Arts Leafy Vines, Sue Wilson Perfect Peony Complete Petals, gold embossing powder, Hero Arts Bubblegum Shadow ink, Squeezed Lemonade distress ink

I started off by blending the two inks on a white panel then stamping the Leafy Vines with my MISTI using VersaMark ink and heat embossing the gold powder.

The flower was cut out on yellow cardstock then inked around the edges with the Bubblegum ink.  To get the sparkle on the flower, I brushed on some CeramCoat Sparkle Glaze from Michaels.

I'm also adding this to the SSS Work it Wednesday:  Inks

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, March 26, 2018

SU Sunshine Wishes



Products used:  Stampin' Up Sunshine Wishes die set, Penny Black Easter Blessing, We R Memory Keepers Woven embossing folder, Cheery Lynn Sunflower (center)

I was going for a shabby look so I distressed the edges of the blue panel with a sanding block.  To make the flower, I cut the flower in the die set three times and layered it to look like a full daisy.  To make the words stand out more, I adhered them to a white piece of paper then cut around them.

This is what the SU Sunshine Wishes die set looks like:


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wrought Iron Framed Hollyhocks


I originally liked this die because the center of it has a lattice rectangle but the lattice didn't cut out well even when using a shim and each of my 3 cutting machines.  It's a shame too because I love lattice.  This is what the die set looks like:


But as it turns out, I really like the outside frame since it reminds me of wrought iron painted white.

Products used:  Nellie's Choice Vintasia Rectangle with Grid, Frantic Stamper Assorted Bunnies, Impression Obsession Hollyhocks, Impression Obsession Pail, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank background stamp


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann


In Search of Adventure



Products used:  Hero Arts Bicycle stamp, Fiskars In Search of Adventure stamp set, EK Success Binding edge punch, Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage, and Antique Linen Distress Inks.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Rustic and Romantic Butterflies


I'm entering this card in the SSS Wed challenge:  Floral Frenzy (daisy background).

I embossed the back piece with the Sue Wilson Daisy Burst embossing folder then used a blending ink tool to color over the embossing with SU Bashful Blue ink.  

I inked over the entire top panel with the same SU ink, then stamped on the black swirl and butterflies.  The card still needed something more to it so I cut out some masks to cover the butterflies and stamped the entire panel with the Impression Obsession Wooden Plank background stamp and Stormy Sky distress ink.  

Products Used:  Sue Wilson Daisy Burst embossing folder, Joy Crafts Silhouette Swirls, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank, unknown butterfly stamp, SU Bashful Blue, Stormy Sky distress ink, white gel pen

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Purple 3 Daisy Thank You Card


I think these Cheery Lynn Shasta Daisies are the most accurate looking daisy dies with the ends of each petal cut out just like IRL.

To make the card, I cut the Frantic Stamper Thanks Card Band on a strip of white cardstock.  The letters remain attached to the top and bottom borders so it is very easy to place on a card.  You can place it in the middle, the top or bottom, or even diagonally like on the card here.


Products Used on the daisy card:  Frantic Stamper Thanks Card Band, Cheery Lynn Shasta Daisy, Martha Stewart Frond punch

I'm entering this card in the SSS Wed challenge: Floral Frenzy


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bunny in a Truck


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is Pick a Holiday.  I made a similar card a few posts back but did not use eggs from IO Stamps so I made another card to qualify for the challenge, using all IO dies.

Impression Obsession products used:  

Sun & Moon
Butterfly Set
Easter Joy
Hill Landscape Layers
Bunny Set
Egg Block
Classic Truck

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easter Heart Wreath


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is Pick a Holiday.  I chose Easter since it's right around the corner, and I needed some cards to send out.

To make my card, I started off using the Scribble Heart as the base for the wreath.  I removed the center heart to open the wreath up slightly more.


Next, I layered on a variety of branches from the Wreath Builder die set:


Impression Obsession products used:

B11024D Somebunny Loves stamp
Wreath Builder die set
Egg Block
Retro Masculine (bow)
Scribble Heart
Chocolate Bunny


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, March 19, 2018

Some Bunny Loves You


Today's challenge at SSS is Road Trip.  The bunny on my card is on a road trip, gathering eggs to bring to children for Easter.  I'm also entering this in the SSS Wed Challenge:  Easter Inspired and the SSS National Craft Month Challenge.

Products used:
Impression Obsession:
DIE186 Plane and Banner
DIE028 Fence Border
DIE343 Hill Landscape Layers
DIE218 Classic Truck
DIE277 Egg Bunny Trio
DIE178 Small Grass
DIE046 Butterfly Set
B11024D Somebunny Loves You
Frantic Stamper Petite Eggs

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Marshmallow Bunnies


Going for a more mature look for an Easter card for a nephew in college, I cut the bunnies out of pattern paper and didn't add the faces or tails.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:



Products used:  Frantic Stamper Easter Icons (bow), Frantic Stamper Large Marshmallow Bunny, Circles embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Funny Bunny


Another card with the Cheery Lynn Funny Bunny die

I'm entering this in the following challenges:



Products used:  Cheery Lynn Designs Funny Bunny, Martha Stewart Cosmos punch, Penny Black Easter Blessing, Frantic Stamper Petite Layering Posies

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Live Love Laugh


This is another card that I made using some leftover inks that were on my craft mat that I just couldn't bear to wash off without using.

I swiped the white cardstock through the various watered down  orange and yellow distress inks then let them drip down the card.

Products used:  Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks, Live Love Laugh by Frantic Stamper

I'm entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge:  Frame It

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Not Your Ordinary Flowers


I've been wanting to use these flower dies by Dee's Distinctively for a while but didn't want to use pink or bright colors because I've used them a lot lately.  So today's card is something different and will be entered in the SSS Work it Wednesday Challenge:  Something Green.

I inked the background paper with Bundled Sage distress ink  and Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Frosty Jade blending ink  then stamped the script stamp with Bundled Sage ink.

The flowers were cut using white paper that I inked with more Bundled Sage ink for the centers and stems.

Products used:  Dee's Distinctively Flower 1, Flower 3 and Flower Stems, Elizabeth Craft Designs Curvy Leaves, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Bundled Sage distress ink, Frosty Jade Cosmic Shimmer blending ink

Bossy Chicks


This adorable little bunny just wants to play but the chicks are letting her know not to get near their egg.

This card will be entered in both the Monday and Wednesday challenges at Simon Says Stamp since the theme for both is Easter.

Products used:  Cheery Lynn Designs Chicken Wire background die, Cheery Lynn Funny Bunny, Marianne Designs Grassy Border, Dies R Us Chicks, Frantic Stamper  Halloween Icons (bow in bunny's hair), Frantic Stamper Nested Eggs, Fiskars mini flower punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Circles embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, March 12, 2018

Daisy, Daisy. . .


The current challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Easter/ Spring.

Products Used:  Dee's Distinctively Flower 2 and Flower Stems, Sue Wilson California Collection Basic Frames Set A and Decorative Frames Set B, Frantic Stamper Petite Leaves, Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint distress inks, pattern paper

I'm also entering this in the SSS Wed Challenge:  For a Girl.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Girl Power


This card was made to fill two challenge requirements at Simon Says Stamp:  Whatever the Weather and Girl Power.

The snowflake is for winter weather and the female figure skater with the floral background is all about girl power.

Products used:  Find It Trading Jeanine's Art Winter Sports die set, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Scallops, Cheery Lynn Snow #2 

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Just Saying Hello


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is Clean and Simple.  This is about as clean and simple as I can get my cards.  I normally have at least one layer behind the top layer for framing; however, that would be a Clean and Layered card, not a Clean and Simple one.

Today's card uses the following dies by Impression Obsession:

Birds DIE003
Fence Border DIE028
Hello DIE376

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Shades of Pink


I'm entering this collage card in the following challenges:




I used the following products:

Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick, and Walnut Stain distress inks, Designs by Ryn Raindrop Set, Hero Arts Brushstrokes, Anna Griffin Modern Graphic Stamps, assortment of other stamps with no names on them, gold and pink embossing powder, black distress ink pen

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Bambi Hugs


Monday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Whatever the Weather.

The only weather related stamps I have are these raindrops by Designs by Ryn.  I got the inspiration from Birgit's card using the same cute deer set.

To make the card, I inked up two pieces of white card stock with Tumbled Glass distress inks.  Then I stamped on the raindrops with black VersaFine ink and colored them in with a Tumbled Glass distress marker and a white gel pen.  The rest was a matter of simply arranging the die cuts on the card.

Products Used:  Marianne Design Collectibles Eline's Deer, Technique Tuesday Hugs, Dee's Distinctively Flower 2 and Flower Stems, Designs by Ryn Raindrop set, Lawn Fawn Grass Hillside Borders, Tumbled Glass distress ink and marker, Mustard Seed distress ink, white gel pen.

This is also a card I would give to a girl so I'm entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge:  Girl Power

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Winter Sunset


The night after the Super Moon in December, we had the most beautiful sunset.  It was amazing to look at through the bare trees with it's combination of oranges and pinks.

Today's card uses the Impression Obsession Tree Line Cover-a-Card background stamp.  I've used this stamp several times in the past few months.  It's just one of those stamps that stamps perfectly the first time and is easy to use.

First I stamped the Tree Line stamp with Adirondack Earthtones Espresso Dye Ink.  This way I could use distress inks for the background and the dye ink wouldn't smudge.

Then for the background, I used the following distress inks:  Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose.  I used regular 65 lb cardstock from Michaels and to blend the inks I use mini smoothies.  This is what a smoothie looks like:


Smoothies are made by Creative Expressions and have a latex coating that allows them to slide across your paper unlike the typical sponges on other ink blending tools.  It eliminates any lines or smudges.  They are perfect for distress and water based inks and can be washed under hot water and reused again and again.

I'm entering this in the SSS Monday Challenge:  Whatever the Weather (calm and clear for a sunset)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Pretty Pink Flowers



I am trying to make some cards using pattern paper for the backgrounds since I rarely use it.  I am color challenged and find it very difficult to match papers that go well together.  The purple paper is by Doodlebug and the plaid paper is by Lawn Fawn.

The stamp is part of the Penny Black Forever and Always set.  I stamped it on a Scallop Dotted Oval by Elizabeth Craft Designs and surrounded the oval with flowers from the  Pretty Petals Flower by Diemond Dies.


To make the flowers, I used two of each size and pinched the ends of the petals with tweezers.  For the leaves I used the Martha Stewart Frond punch.

Products Used:  Diemond Dies Pretty Petals Flower, ECD Scallop Dotted Oval, Penny Black Forever & Always, Martha Stewart Frond punch

I'm entering this in the SSS Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, March 5, 2018

Leafy Vines


I had some inks left over on my craft mat from a previous card and wanted to use them up rather than waste them so I created this card.  I used Mowed Lawn distress ink and Cookie Monster dye ink by Taylored Expressions.  The blue paper is also Cookie Monster by TE.

After swiping my paper through the leftover inks, I dried the paper and then stamped on the Hero Arts Leafy Vines stamp with black VersaFine ink.   After some simple matting, the card was done.

Products Used:  Taylored Expressions Cookie Monster 8.5 x 11 paper, TE Cookie Monster dye ink, Mowed Lawn distress ink, Hero Arts Leafy Vines stamp, black Versafine ink.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

SSS Work it Wednesday:  Green

Have a good day ~ Ann

Friday, March 2, 2018

Pink and Yellow


I am in this mood lately for making really different cards from my usual CAS style.  This card was fun to make and let me dig a little deeper into my creative side, I think.

I started off by putting some Altenew dye inks and distress inks  on a craft sheet, spritzed them with water and painted them on a piece of watercolor paper using a water pen / brush.


Once that was dry, I stamped on a variety of background stamps with black VersaFine ink.  I colored the centers of the raindrops with a white gel pen then ran the paper through my Cuttlebug using the Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder.


I matted the card with some black, pink and yellow paper then cut out the sunflower with watercolor paper.  I rubbed the tiny cube of Altenew ink (pictured above) on the sunflower leaves then inked the edges of the petals with black ink.  The final step was to stamp the sentiment (from unknown maker) onto a stitched flag.

Products Used:

Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder
SU French Foliage stamp set
Altenew Puffy Heart and Purple Wine dye inks
Squeezed Lemonade distress ink
Designs by Ryn Water Droplets 2
Fiskars clear stamp set
Cheery Lynn Sunflower die
Sue Wilson Stitched Flags

I know I've been using pinks and yellows on my latest cards so now I need to try to switch things up and use some more masculine looking colors.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:



I hope you have a great day ~ Ann





Memory Box Blushing Bouquet


Wednesday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Anything Goes.  They are showcasing Memory Box so I decided to add the MB Blushing Bouquet to my card.

I used the following products:

Memory Box Blushing Bouquet
Nellie's Choice Swirls - 1 embossing folder
Shaded Lilac, Victorian Velvet and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks
White acrylic paint and brush to splatter with

I'm also entering this in the SSS Monday challenge:  In My Garden

I hope you have a great week ~ Ann

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pink Butterfly


Simon Says Stamp Monday's challenge is In My Garden.  Their Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes, so I'll be entering this card in both challenges.  If you've never entered their challenges, you might want to look into them as their random drawing prize is a $50 gift certificate to their store where they sell all kinds of dies, stamps and other craft items.

I used the following products:

Frantic Stamper Large Swallowtail 
Frantic Stamper Large Solid Swallowtail
Impression Obsession French Text background stamp
Designs by Ryn Leafy Branch stamp
Altenew Puffy Heart and Purple Wine dye inks
Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Victorian Velvet distress inks
DecoArt Craft Twinkles

I started out by making the background on watercolor paper.  I painted on the Altenew inks by watering them down on my craft sheet and using a paint brush.  Then I did the same for the Squeezed Lemonade ink.  Once that was dry, I stamped on the script background with the darker Altenew ink and also stamped on the leaves with black VersaFine ink.

The butterfly was made by cutting out the solid background die  with some glittery pink paper from JoAnn Fabric.  The top layer was cut out of watercolor paper, inked with Shaded Lilac and Victorian Velvet inks, then covered with some DecoArt Twinkles which were painted on with a paintbrush.

I'm also entering this in the Dies R Us "Use Pastel Colors" challenge.

I hope you have a great day ~ Ann