Sunday, July 30, 2017

CASology Balloon Challenge

CASology is having a challenge where you have to use a balloon on your "creation".  I'm hoping my scrapbook page qualifies.   This is part of their 5 year anniversary celebration.

I am entering this scrapbook page where I used two balloons from a Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

MFT Color Challenge #74

Color Challenge #74 at MFT Stamps is this:

This is my first time using this Quilted Square Cover-Up die.  I saw Lin's beautiful card on her blog and knew I had to get this die.

I chose to use some double sided Doodlebug gingham papers for my card.

Products Used:  MFT Die-Namics Quilt Square Cover-Up, MFT Die-Namics Flower & Leaf Trio, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Sue Wilson Double Pierced Squares Set B

A randomly drawn winner will be announced on Aug. 10 for a $50 gift voucher to the MFT Store.

I'm also entering these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper July Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, July 29, 2017

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge -- Sketch 343

                When I saw the current sketch challenge at  My Favorite Things Stamps, I wanted to use some of my new dies and paper from MFT Stamps to play along.  Here's my card:

And this is the sketch for the challenge:

I had seen a card made by Lin Brandyberry a few days ago where she used some really pretty MFT paper.  I chose to use the same paper on my card today.  It's called Lucky Prints and comes in sheets with tiny hearts, dots and stars.

I also used the following products on my card:  MFT Die-Namics Sweet Treats, MFT Die-Namics Flower Trio, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Oval Stax, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, July 28, 2017

30 Days of Diemond Dies Promotion

Diemond Dies will be starting a 30 day promotion on August 1 on their Facebook page  If you click "Like" on their FB page and leave comments on the Design Team projects on Facebook, you will be entered in some random drawings for prizes during the promotion.

Diemond Dies are made in the U.S., and the owner strives to offer the best customer service in the industry.

I have several cards and projects which will be shown during these 30 days.  Day 1 will be a 3D Watering Can Basket I made using the Diemond Dies Large Watering Can Mini Album Die.

This project will be on my blog on August 1 and on the Diemond Dies FB page.

Even though the promotion hasn't officially started, Dee at Diemond Dies has given me a 20% discount code you can use on anything in the Diemond Dies store.  The code is ddag which also gives you FREE Shipping in the United States and International on orders $20 and over.  That's a pretty amazing deal.  Check out the store and start using the discount code right now.

I hope you will check back often to see the various projects and cards I will be making for the 30 Days of Diemond Dies promotion.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Diagonal Thank You Card

This card is actually very quick to make.  It is all cut out of one piece of purple cardstock and kept as one piece, not several pieces placed together.  To make this card, see the tutorial here.

Products used:  Die'Sire Bordeaux corner die, Frantic Stamper Thanks Card Band, Fiskars flower punch, Martha Stewart Frond punch.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Plaid Floral Hello

Monday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "You've Got the Edge" where they want you to add some  interest to the edge of your card.  I chose to draw attention to the bottom edge by adding some enamel dots that matched the dots in the flower centers.

The flowers were made using Cheery Lynn's Sweet William die.  I cut two for each flower and separated them with a piece of foam tape for dimension.  After I cut these flowers, I realized they look an awful lot like the Martha Stewart Cosmos punch flowers I have been using lately.  The word "hello" was cut three times and adhered on top of each other.

Products Used:  Frantic Stamper Large Hello, Cheery Lynn Sweet William,  Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter paper, Doodlebug Gingham paper, Sue Wilson Family Tree (flower leaves), Sue Wilson Double Pierced Background Rectangles

I'm also adding this card to the Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment ~ Ann

Monday, July 24, 2017

More Decadent Wine and Gold Cards

If you saw my earlier post, you know that I've been using some blending ink to change the color of some pattern paper I had.  I'm using Decadent Wine Color Cloud Blending Ink by Cosmic Shimmer.  To apply the ink, I find using a Smoothie by Creative Expressions allows the ink to spread across the paper without leaving streaks.

The above card was made using the Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly die and the Stampin' Up Square Lattice EF.  I sanded down the embossed area for a distressed look.  Both the top embossed layer and embossed gold layer of the card were inked with Decadent Wine Blending Ink.

The card below was made with a few leftovers from other cards.  I colored the white and gold embossed paper with the Decadent Wine ink then simply punched out some Cosmos flowers and Fronds with my Martha Stewart punches.  The circular frames are leftover from the Impression Obsession All in One Frames -- circles.  The flower centers are a Stampin Up tiny flower punch on gold foil cardstock with an enamel dot in the center from

I'm entering the first card in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Thanks for taking a look and leaving some feedback if you wish ~ Ann

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Magenta and Gold -- 2 Cards

I have a bunch of this white and gold foil embossed paper that was on clearance at a local craft store years ago but didn't know how to use it since it has such a busy pattern.  Today I figured I would try blending some ink on it to fill in the white and give it a new look.  I used some Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink in Decadent Wine and blended it in with a Smoothie.  Here's what the paper looked like ahead of time:

After the blending ink dried, I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug with the KaiserCraft Tiny Roses embossing folder to give it some dimension.

I also used the Decadent Wine ink on a piece of shimmery white cardstock for the center of the circle.

Here's another card I made with the same paper and blending ink.  You can see how the blending ink dries a lot lighter than it looks when applied.

The top panel is what the paper looks like after the blending ink has dried and the bottom one shows how bold the color is when it goes on and hasn't dried yet.

For the second card, I ran the inked up paper through my Cuttlebug with the Stampin' Up Square Lattice EF then sanded it down slightly.  The butterfly in the second card is by Frantic Stamper.

Products Used on card 1:  Spellbinders Beaded Circles, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags and Double Pierced Rectangles Set B, Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink Decadent Wine, DCWV Gold Foil Cardstock, Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies #1 with Angel Wings, KaiserCraft Tiny Roses EF, Creative Expressions Smoothie, sequins and unknown stamp

Now that I know this paper looks better with some color to it, I'll be using it more often.

I'm entering the first card in Word Art Wednesday's Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, July 21, 2017

Warm Wishes Money Card

This is the front of the card when folded up

This is what the inside looks like

Do you remember as a kid always getting these money cards from relatives at Christmas time?  This brings back memories for me as one of my Grandmothers always gave us money this way.  Instead of tucking the envelope in our stockings, it would be clipped to the back of the tree so my father could reach around and pull them off to hand to us after our presents had all been opened.

They are actually very easy to make and can be embellished however you want.


Start off with a piece of fairly heavy duty cardstock cut down to 8.5 x 9".

Place the paper on a scoring board with the 9" side along the top horizontally.  
Score at 3 1/4 and 6 1/2".

Turn the paper so the 8" side is at the top now and score at 1" all the way down.

Use your scissors and cut along the 1" score line, starting at the 3 1/4 end of the paper, until you get to the 6 1/2 " score line.  Do not cut beyond the 6 1/2" line.  You will be left with a little flap that will be adhered later to hold the money in the card.  Fold all your score lines.

Place your paper on a paper trimmer so the 9" side is across the top and trim off a diagonal piece starting from the bottom right edge of the tab and go up to the top of the 9" side so you are removing only about 3/4 of an inch at the top.

Put some adhesive on the folded over flap so it will stick to the middle section of your card when folded.

Now you can embellish the card however you want.  I used some Christmas paper with northern stars on it and added a top layer with the words "Warm Wishes" on it.  I cut the words twice out of heavy glitter paper and layered them on top of each other for more dimension.

I'm not sure what I want to stamp on the inside of the card yet, so I left it blank for now.

Tuck some money into the bottom flap and your card is done.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Products Used:  Frantic Stamper Warm Wishes die, cardstock from my stash, glitter paper from JoAnn Fabric

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you try making this card yourself.  Leave me a comment if you care, letting me know if the tutorial was successful for you.

~~ Ann

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CAS Butterfly Card

I saw this card by Karolyn Loncon on Pinterest and thought it would make for a quick and easy card.  I love the colors Karolyn used, along with the gold foil butterfly, so the only thing I changed was the greeting.

Items used:  Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly, Frantic Stamper Stitched Petal Squares, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday (shimmer paper and foiled cardstock used)
Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peachy Thank You

I can never have enough Thank You cards.  Today's card was made using paper from the Subtle Plaid pad by My Favorite Things.

I cut the Cosmos flowers out of the same paper as the background and layered them with a piece of foam tape for dimension.  I've had this Cosmos punch by Martha Stewart for years but never used it until recently.  It makes such pretty and easy flowers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Products Used:  My Favorite Things Subtle Plaid 6x6 Paper pack, Martha Stewart Cosmos Punch, Penny Black Sentiment Collection, Sue Wilson Mosaic Leaves, Simon Says Stamp Apricot ink,  Lawn Fawn Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, enamel dots from Michaels

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Simon Says Stamp: Get in Shape

Monday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Get in Shape".  You can create something 3D or with 3D elements or use a fitness theme.  I chose to make my embellishments 3D which is something I rarely ever do for shipping reasons.

I used the following products:  Tutti Designs Hugs, Altenew Painted Flowers, Peacock Feathers Distress ink, Shabby Shutters Distress ink, ribbon, button and sequins from my stash

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Impression Obsession Challenge: Summer Colors

With the camera flash mimicking the shine of the sun (above)

Without the flash, giving it more of a night time feel (above)

The current challenge at Impression Obsession Stamps is to use Summer Colors.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the IO Stamps Sunburst Background die.  I cut the die with orangish foiled cardstock and layered it on top of a background that I made using distress inks and glossy photo paper:

I then cut a sandy hill using the IO Stamps Hill Landscape Layers and adhered some Shore Birds in black since the sun is setting and they would be dark IRL.

Products Used:  Impression Obsession Stamps Sunburst Background, IO Stamps Hill Landscape Layers,  IO Stamps Shore Birds

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, July 14, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge #68

The current challenge at Your Next Stamp is to use the colors on the inspiration board and / or follow the layout:

I decided to use both on my card.

Products Used:  Wood background paper from Michaels, Doodlebug gingham paper, Authentique dotted paper, Diemond Dies Fluttering Butterflies, Frantic Stamper Pinprick Circles, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Ellen Hutson Warm Fuzzies stamp set

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Plaid Flowers

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Use Plaid.

I just got this plaid paper from Lawn Fawn and had been wanting to make some flowers with it so today's challenge was perfect.

Items Used:  Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow paper, Doodlebug (purple) paper, Penny Black Sentiment Collection stamp set,  Impression Obsession Puppy set, Martha Stewart Cosmos punch, MS Frond punch, Frantic Stamper Stitched Ovals,  enamel dots from JoAnn Fabric

I'm also entering this in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by ~ Ann

Green and Teal Hugs Tag

This is one of those projects that came together with leftover parts that never made it on other cards.  I swiped a tag through some watered down distress inks, dried it then painted on some Martha Stewart glitter paint through a stencil I made using a sunburst die.  

After the paint dried,  I distressed around the edges of the tag with sand paper and applied some more distress inks.  If you use sandpaper on a card and then apply distress inks, the ink shows a lot more as it soaks into the exposed layer of cardstock.

Products Used:  Frantic Stamper Sunburst Card Panel (as a stencil), FS Pinprick Circles, Technique Tuesday Say it Hugs, Sue Wilson Mosaic Leaves, Cheery Lynn Shasta Daisy, variety of green and teal distress inks, Martha Stewart Teal glitter paint, various ribbons

Thank you for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Golden Butterflies

The Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Distress It".  I used Antique Linen distress inks around the edge of my card front and also used Shaded Lilac distress ink on the scalloped dotted oval.

After I swiped the oval through the watered down distress inks on my craft sheet, I let it dry then rubbed on some gold gilding wax.

The butterflies were made using a combination of the large butterfly and small butterfly that come in the same set.  I cut the small butterflies on some lilac glitter paper and then cut the larger butterfly with gold paper.  I paper pieced the gold bits from the large butterfly into the wings of the smaller butterfly.

Products Used:  Diemond Dies Butterflies, Elizabeth Craft Designs Scallop Dotted Oval, Paper Studio Butterflies EF, distress inks, sequins, gold gilding wax

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, July 9, 2017

I am the Featured Stamper at SplitcoastStampers

When I was checking my emails today, I received this from Ardyth at Splitcoast- Stampers:

Just wanted to let you know that you've been chosen as Featured Stamper this week! Congratulations!

The post has just gone live. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy seeing how everyone is inspired by your amazing work!

Search on keyword FS544 to see all the entries!

This means that viewers who want to play along will take a card from my gallery to use as inspiration for their cards.  This is an unexpected personal reward for me.  There are some HUGE card maker names playing along with this challenge.

If you want to play along, you can see the cards in my gallery here:

When uploading your card to your SplitcoastStampers gallery, be sure to enter code FS544.

Thank you SplitcoastStampers for recognizing my work!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Patriotic Shooting Stars

I made this card for my 3 yr old nephew for the holidays but am late posting it.

To make the card, I simply used a large bristle paint brush that was left over from my preschool teaching days which simply means it had no shape left to it at all.  I added some Barn Door and Faded Jeans Distress Inks to my craft sheet and spritzed on some water then mixed the water with the ink using my brush.  When the brush was very saturated, I swiped it once across my watercolor paper.

Products used:  the star from Impression Obsession All in one Frames Circles, Impression Obsession Birthday Edge Toppers

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Red White and or Blue

and in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

You Are Sweet

A card for a birthday,  thank you or just because............using the following products:

Frantic Stamper Cherries, FS Pinprick Circles, FS Accessory Words 1 and 3, FS Sweet, Impression Obsession Leaf Cluster, Martha Stewart Stamp and Punch Flower, enamel dots

The current Wed. challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Summer Sunshine.  Since cherries are a summer fruit, I thought this card would be appropriate.

I'm also entering this in Word Art Wednesday's Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fireworks with Stars

To make the fireworks, I used a large round paintbrush that was very old and "out of shape" and pounced the brush into my Barn Door distress ink pad then pounced it onto the watercolor paper several times.

The stars are from the Impression Obsession All in One Frames -- Circles die.  I colored them with Faded Jeans distress ink and adhered with foam dots.  The word "celebration" is also from Impression Obsession and is part of the Birthday Top Edgers set.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

A Card for My SIL

I have a sister-in-law with a birthday a day before the 4th of July.  I hope she doesn't mind my using patriotic colors on her card.  It's kind of like wrapping a birthday present for a December birthday using Christmas wrapping paper..........but I think she will be okay with it.

Anyways, I used the following products to make the card:  Cheery Lynn Designs Tea Rose Medium, Tutti Designs Happy Word Set and Birthday Word Set, and Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Red, White and /or Blue and Simon Says Stamp  Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Memory Box Fancy Blossoms Thank You

I had this black cut out of the Sue Wilson Atlantic Ocean Collection -- Bermuda die lying on my desk for ages so I thought it was finally time to use it.

I adhered the die cut to a black card base then used a white gel pen to put dots around the edge.  After I did that, I realized it wasn't a very symmetrical die cut.  I used just the outermost frame in this set:

I then cut some of the Memory Box Fancy Blossoms in bright colors to get a tropical look to the flowers and also have them stand out against the black background.

After the flowers were assembled, I used two different Martha Stewart punches for the leaves:  the Frond punch (cut off some leaves) and the Stamp and Punch Flower (also cut off some leaves).

The final step was to add the Sue Wilson Scripted Thank You which I cut out in white and added some yellow enamel dots to the centers of the flowers.

Products used:  Memory Box Fancy Blossoms, Sue Wilson Atlantic Ocean Collection --  Bermuda, Sue Wilson Scripted Thank You, Martha Stewart Frond punch, MS Stamp and Punch Flower.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Black and Brown Daisy

This month's challenge at Memory Box is Noteworthy Neutrals where you have to use neutral colors (cream, white, black, brown or grey) on your project.   I'm entering this card in their challenge. 

I started off by die cutting the Frantic Stamper Tropical Leaves Card Panel with white cardstock for my background.  I then layered that on top of a cross stitched rectangle by Lawn Fawn, also on white cardstock.  

I cut the daisy on white cardstock as well but then painted on some Cookies and Cream Glitter Glam turning it brown.  The stamp is a Memory Box Open Studio set called Love Grows.  I cut the 3 tiny heart stamps (which were arranged differently in the set) so they would all be in one line after the words "for you".  I cut the Memory Box Precious Hearts three times so I could have two extra hearts to dangle from the stitched flag.

Products used:  Memory Box Precious Hearts, Memory Box Open Studio Love Grows Clear Stamp Set, Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Complete Petals, Tattered Angels Cookies and Cream Glitter Glam, Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet (leaves), Frantic Stamper Tropical Leaves Card Panel, Lawn Fawn Cross-Stitched Rectangles, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann