Monday, December 23, 2013

Mini Hershey Bar Treats


I created these to give to my co-workers.   I made 10 of each character and incorporated elements from designs that I saw from various blogs.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry & Bright Rub-ons

The November 2013 Christmas card challenge was to create something using scraps or to use up something in your "forgotten stash".   I finally used some of the Christmas rub-ons that I've had for years and I combined the rub-ons with some DSP and card stock that was discontinued years ago.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Paper:  Whisper White, Ruby Red, Taken with Teal, Sahara Sand, Holiday Lounge DSP
Ink:  Ruby Red
Accessories:  Merry & Bright Rub-ons, Ornament Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities Dies, Dots Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Rhinestones, Pearls, Chalk Marker, Dimensionals

Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas Cocoa

This card was created for the October 2013 Christmas card challenge.  The challenge was to create a card using a "different" fold.  I had so many ideas for cards but I really didn't want to make 8 easel cards or 8 pop-up cards.  I wanted something that would be fairly quick to put together but still have some extra design element to it and this is what I came up with.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Scentsational Seasons, Four the Holidays
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Ink:  Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  Snowburst Embossing Folder, Holiday Collection Framelits, Rhinestones, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hexagons are Masculine

I needed a card for one of the guys I work with and pulled out this stamp set to see what I could do to create a masculine card.  I kept things very clean and simple which I think usually works well for a masculine card.  By changing the colors and using some small flowers with rhinestone centers instead of the dew drops this could become a very feminine card. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Six-Sided Sampler
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Sky
Ink:  Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Hexagon Punch, Chit Chat Rub-ons, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects, Dimenionals

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Watercolored Sketched Bird

This image is from one of the hostess options in the catalog and I knew this would be a stamp set I would own.  I don't get the chance to watercolor very often and I thought the images in this set would be a good way for me to practice.  I kept the layout simple so that the focus would be on the image.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Simply Sketched
Paper:  Watercolor, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Ski Slope DSP
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Watercolor Crayons, Aqua Painter, Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities Dies, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Template, Old Olive Brads, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Birthday Birdie

I made this card for a very good friend of mine.  The picket fence card base was something that I found in my stash and I had to find some way to use it.  Once I added the sky and grass the fence section kept popping open and since I wanted the fence to remain closed I glued the latch piece at the top of the fence section and then attached the whole piece to another whisper white card base so that I could add a sentiment on the inside of the card.  My friend loves anything that has a little sparkle and shine to it so I decided to add some flowers with rhinestone centers. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  For the Birds, A Little Birdie Told Me
Paper:  Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette
Ink:  Black, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette
Accessories:  Picket Fence Die Cut Card Base, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Mini Flower Punch, Rhinestones, Sizzlits Branch with Leaves, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Bakers Twine, Oval Nestabilities Die, Hodgepodge Hardware, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Snowmen

I finally finished my cards for the September 2013 Christmas Card Challenge.  I had 3 cards completed prior to the HYCCT Challenges and I finally finished the remaining cards.  I've had these snowmen rub-ons for over a year now the challenge was to have snow on the card so these images were perfect.  Each package of rub-ons contains 3 different snowmen images and I used all 3 packages of them to create 9 cards.  I think the Royal & Langnickel rub-ons are great and I like the touch of glitter in them.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Cute Converse
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Almost Amethyst, Darcie's Country Folk DSP
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories:  Royal & Langnickel Snowmen Holly & Hearts Glitter Rub-ons, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Northern Frost Decorative Strip, Snowflake Punch, Fleur De Lis Border Punch, Scallop Border Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities Dies, Rhinestones, Rhinestone Brads, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, November 8, 2013

Birthday Card Box

I saw this tutorial on Monica Gale's blog and knew that I had to try it.  The box can fold flat for mailing and I sent this to a very close friend of mine and she loved it. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Vintage Labels
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Spring Flowers DSP
Ink:  Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Always Artichoke, Black
Accessories:  Flower Shop Punch, Bird Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Label Punch, Moss Grosgrain Ribbon, Dazzling Details, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Broom

I saw the idea for this broom here and had to make one to give to my friend.  I didn't have all of the items that were used in the instructions so I used the items I did have.  I like how it turned out and my friend loved it.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wonderfall
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Tangerine Tango DSP
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Petal Cone Die, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Sizzix Decorative Strip Alphabet Die, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Adhesive

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wonderfall Birthday

This card was for a friend of mine who loves all things "fall".  I haven't had many chances to use this stamp set and the matching bigz die but I hope to make a few cards to send to family and friends for Thanksgiving.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wonderfall, Bring on the Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Blue Bayou, Confetti Tan
Ink:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Latte Button, Gold Organdy Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fall Birthday

Now that all of the challenges are over and completed I can get back to regular postings.  This card came together very quickly and makes a great birthday card for any guy in your life.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bring on the Cake
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Autumn Traditions DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, American Crafts Holiday House Fall Foam, Quick Dry Adhesive

Monday, November 4, 2013

Spec-tacular You!

HYCCT1331C - Pick a Team - Challenge:  Create a black and white card, with just a pop of one color (green, purple, brown, pink, blue or yellow).

Since my favorite color is green I added that as my pop of color.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Spec-tacular, Vintage Verses
Paper:  Whisper White, Black, Night & Day DSP
Ink:  Black, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Two Tags Bigz Die, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Stapler, Dimensionals

Silhouette Thanks

HYCCT1331B - Group Hug - Challenge:  Create a card that is simple in nature, and large in its message. Use sentiments or images that reflect a message from or to a group of people, and allow the patient to send or receive a Group Hug.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, Simply Sketched
Paper:  Glossy White, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Color Spritzer, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects

Sunday, November 3, 2013

From the Heart

HYCCT1331A - I Heart You - Challenge:  Create a heart shaped card or a card that contains hearts.



Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Holidays & Wishes
Paper:  Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose DSP
Ink:  Riding Hood Red
Accessories:  Hearts Framelits, Dimensionals

Sparkling Champagne Christmas

HYCCT1330 - Sparkling Season - Challenge:  Create a holiday card and include glitter on the card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Greeting of the Season
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Champagne Glimmer, Christmas Cocoa DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Northern Frost Decorative Strip, Labels Collection Framelits, Champagne Glass Glitter, Crystal Effects, Basics Glimmer Brad, Dimensionals

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Christmas Subway Art

HYCCT1329 - (Subway) Art with Heart - Challenge:  Create a card inspired by Subway Art.  Subway Art is simply any art you see on the street that isn’t graffiti. Think bill boards, kiosk signs, the sides of busses etc.

No stamps were used for this card.  I used rub-ons from Word Flurries.

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Word Flurries Rub-ons, Frost White Shimmer Mist

Clear Thanks

HYCCT1328 - I Clearly Care - Challenge:  Create a card that shows you "clearly care" -- stamping on acetate, plastic, shaker cards, with glaze, etc. - with shades of pink somewhere , of course!
I found this pre-printed acetate sheet in my stash and paired it with pixie pink card stock.  The card stock was embossed with stylized flowers embossing folder and the acetate sheet was attached with brads in the center of the felt flowers.

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Pixie Pink
Accessories:  Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets, Stylized Flowers Embossing Folder, Flower Fusion, Square Rhinestone Fire Brads

Friday, November 1, 2013

Vintage Family Ornaments

HYCCT1327 - Honor Your Elders - Challenge:  Make a card to honor your elders. Extra points for vintage and/or using gold.

I chose to make a Christmas card to honor my parents.  I am one of 13 children and although my parents never had much money to splurge on Christmas presents we always had what we needed and some of what we wanted.  As a child, I was never truly aware of the sacrifices that my parents made for their children. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Tree Trimmings, Four the Holidays
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Merry Moments DSP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Versa Mark
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Cord, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Gold Brads, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals

Soft Shimmery Leaves and Berries

HYCCT1326 - Mix It Up - Mixed Media - Challenge:  Create a card using mixed media, a technique involving the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition.

Hopefully this qualifies as mixed media.  This is a CASE of a card I saw on Nichole Heady's blog using the pearl-ex powders and she has a tutorial.  The images were stamped in versa mark ink and then colored with pearl-ex powders using a soft paint brush.  To ensure the pearl-ex powders won't rub off, the card was sprayed with hairspray as a fixative.  The "berries" were added using white pearl iridescent dimensional fabric paint.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Kind & Caring Thoughts
Paper:  Shimmery White, Forest Green
Ink:  Versa Mark
Accessories:  Pearl-Ex Assortment #2 (Micro Pearl & Spring Green), White Pearl Iridescent Dimensional Fabric Paint, Soft Bristle Paint Brush, Swiffer Cloth, Hairspray

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm "Hear" For You!

HYCCT1325 - A Listening Ear - Challenge:  Ears on your cards!  You can choose an animal image, or an image of a person – the important thing is that an ear, big or small, is showing.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  In My Thoughts, Bunny Friends (Penny Black)
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Petals & Paisleys DSP
Ink:  Black, Various SU Markers
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Scary Halloween Tree

Happy Halloween!  I don't make many Halloween cards but I really liked this paper by DCWV called Bewitched.  There are several images that don't need much added to create a card and this tree was one of them.  I created the spider web from black card stock and an EK Success Spider Web Border Punch and then spritzed the border with frost white shimmer mist.  The spider was stamped with versa mark ink, embossed with black embossing powder, cut out and adhered to the card front using a dimensional.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  From the Crypt
Paper:  Black, Eggplant Envy, DCWV Bewitched Mat Pack
Ink:  Versa Mark
Accessories:  EK Success Spider Web Border Punch, Silver Cord, Black Embossing Powder, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sparkling Notes

HYCCT1324 - Keep It Under Wraps - Challenge: Make a decorated (altered) notepad of any kind that can be used by the patients to jot notes, keep address of new friends, journal of their journey, etc. Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, please put at least a spot of pink on it.

I didn't do much altering to this notepad.  Since the cover was already a sparkly pink, I added the foam letters (adhered with crystal effects) and the various pieces of ribbon. 

Supplies Used:
Accessories:  $1 Spot Notepad (Darice), Foam Letters, Various Ribbons, Crystal Effects

Bambi for the Baby

HYCCT1323 - Impossible Things Happen - Challenge: Make a card inspired by a fairy tale.

I chose the fairy tale "Bambi" because this little deer stamp reminds me of him. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Forest Friends, Best Yet
Paper:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Parisian Breeze DSP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Bitty Banner Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Razzleberry Blossoms

HYCCT1322 - Sending Flowers - Challenge: Create a card with one or more flowers.

I kept this card clean and simple.  No sentiment was added so this can be used for many different occasions.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bright Blossoms
Paper:  Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green
Accessories:  1" Square Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Candy Dots, Crystal Stickles, Dimensionals

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blue Christmas Shaker

HYCCT1321 - The King of Rock 'n Roll - Challenge:  Be inspired in some way by Elvis and turn it into a card. You could use an image of Elvis or the idea of his sequined costumes or even the words or title of one of his many songs to inspire you.

My inspiration for this card were the songs "All Shook Up" and "Blue Christmas".   

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Patterned Pines
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist, Acetate, Holiday Thyme DSP
Ink:  Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point
Accessories:  Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities Dies, Divine Swirl Embossing Folder, MS Branch Punch, Little Felt Flurries, Rhinestones, Rhinestone Brad, Frosted Lace Stickles, Tombow Adhesive, Crystal Effects, Mounting Tape, Glitter, Paper Snips

Sunday, October 27, 2013

KISSed Daisies

HYCCT1320 - Kindness Is Showing Support - Challenge:  Create a card using the KISS Technique.

For this card I inked the daisies in baja breeze ink and inked the canvas background stamp with basic gray and then KISSed the daisy stamp to the canvas stamp.  Here is a link for a tutorial on the KISS Technique.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Upsy Daisy Canvas
Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Urban Garden DSP
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Accessories:  1/8" Baja Breeze Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beach Time

HYCCT1319 - Scene of Serenity - Challenge:  Create a project with a scene. You can use stamped images, die cut images, free hand sketching or painting.

I decided that I needed to watercolor this image.  I don't often watercolor so this was outside of my comfort zone.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using black versafine ink and then used watercolor crayons and an aqua painter.  I need more practice with watercoloring but I enjoyed creating this card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Summer by the Sea, Canvas, Sanded
Paper:  Watercolor, Black, Marina Mist, Pacific Point
Ink:  Versafine Black, Pacific Point, Marina Mist
Accessories:  Black Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Watercolor Crayons, Aqua Painter

Fun Rain Boots

HYCCT1318 - Put Your Brave Boots On - Challenge:  Create a card that shows boots or shoes of some kind.

For this card I used a black marker and inked the edge of the boot image and stamped it onto my designer paper (twice) and then cut the images out.  For the rain puddle I mixed some crystal effects with bashful blue reinker and used a toothpick to put it exactly where I needed on the circle. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions
Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Sarah DSP
Ink:  Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilities Dies, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tall Vines

HYCCT1317 - Stand Tall - Challenge:  Make a tall/skinny card.

This card measures 3 1/2" x 6" and will fit into a regular business size envelope.  This card was created using some old SU rub-ons.  This is another card that can be completed in about 10 minutes.  Since the vine image is approximately 12" long I was able to make 2 cards. 


Supplies Used:
Paper:  Whisper White, Black
Accessories:  Love & Happiness Rub Ons, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Monday, October 21, 2013

Criss Cross Pocket

HYCCT1316 - Pocket Full of Hope - Challenge:  Create a pocket card, or a card with a pocket on it.
  • Bonus 1: To fill the pocket with hope, add a star or stars OR a heart or hearts.
  • Bonus 2: Make it orange (leukemia) or pink (breast cancer and our traditional color for HYCCT).

  • To create this pocket card I followed this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.  I didn't use any stars or hearts but I did use both orange and pink.  I have had this DSP for years now and I was so glad to find some use for it with this challenge.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Punched Posies, Because I Care, Swirls & Curls Verses
    Paper:  Whisper White, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Sassy DSP
    Ink:  Black, Pink Passion, Only Orange
    Accessories:  Only Orange Grosgrain Ribbon, Fire Circle Brads, 1" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Tab Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Dimensionals

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Furry Friends

    HYCCT1315B - Warm & Furry Fuzzies - Challenge:  This is the KIDS CHALLENGE and for everyone young at heart.  The thought behind this challenge is to create a card (or tag) with a critter on the cover that is fur covered (warm and furry to cuddle), any animal you please.

    I didn't think I had any stamp sets with a furry critter and then I remembered this set that I won from last years HYCCT prizes from Crafter's Companion.  The image matched perfectly for this challenge. 

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Strawberry Kisses - Rubber Stamp Set - Babe
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Delicate Dots DSP
    Ink:  Black, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand
    Accessories:  Star Rhinestones, Crystal Effects, Sponge Dauber

    Bursting Blossom

    HYCCT1315A - Bursting with Hope - Challenge: Create a card using a star burst design.  Your star burst should be created from either card stock or patterned paper, and NOT be a stamped image.

    This is the second star burst designed card I have created for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges.  You can view my other card here.  For this card I decided to have the rays of the star burst off center and chose to create a dimensional flower as my focal point. 

    Supplies Used:
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Print Poetry Stack
    Ink:  Crumb Cake
    Accessories:  Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon, Paper Doily, Scallop Circle Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Mini Glue Dots

    Saturday, October 19, 2013


    HYCCT1314 - Blingtastic - Challenge:  Create a card that is totally Blingtastic. Use glitter and rhinestones on your card.
    Do you think there is enough "bling" on this card?  The challenge was glitter and rhinestones and maybe I went a little overboard.  I saw this lovely card created by Anne Schach and used the same stamp set and layout but changed the colors and sentiment.  Thanks Anne for the inspiration.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Lacy & Lovely
    Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, DCWV Glitter Stack
    Ink:  Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
    Accessories:  Rhinestones, Rhinestone Brad, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

    Washi Thanks

    HYCCT1313 - Sticking by Your Side - Challenge: Create a card with a Washi Tape background.

    I think this card was completed in under 10 minutes.  The washi tape is a mixture of some that I picked up at a local craft store and some from SU. 

    Supplies Used:
    Paper:  Whisper White, Black
    Accessories:  Washi Tape, Foam Stickers

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Flower Box Garden

    HYCCT1312 - The Colors of October - Challenge: In honor of October make a card featuring pink, green and yellow with a touch of something shimmery or opal looking.

    This is a CASE of a card created by Loll Thompson.  I don't own the flower box die cut so I created my own.  I started with a piece of naturals white card stock measuring 1" x 2 1/2" and glued a 1/4" x 2 5/8" strip along the top edge and cut the ends at a slight angle.  To finish the top of the flower box I added another strip measuring 1/4" x 2 3/4" glued over the other strip.  I scored a line along the bottom and added crumb cake ink to all the edges.  To ensure a complete leaf image along the top of the flower box I placed the box on a scrap piece of paper over a foam pad and pressed the inked image firmly along the top edge.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Silhouette Sentiments, Pocket Silhouettes, Bloomin' Marvelous
    Paper:  Naturals White, Whisper White, Old Olive
    Ink:  Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose
    Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Daffodil Delight Blossom

    HYCCT1311 - Peace and Quiet - Challenge: Make a card that's full of peace and quiet. NO WORDS on the front. Let your image(s) do the talking and get your message across.

    Since no words could be used on the card front I went with a strong, bold image and used the ornate blossom as my focal point.  I stamped the image using pear pizzazz on my main panel and then stamped a second time on scrap card stock with daffodil delight and fussy cut the center blossom.  It is difficult to see in the photo but the center blossom was spritzed with frost white shimmer mist just to give a little bit of sparkle.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Ornate Blossom
    Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Greenhouse Gala DSP
    Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz
    Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer Mist, Pear Pizzazz Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

    Dance, Love, Sing, Live

    HYCCT1310 - Words to Inspire You - Challenge:  Make a card using words that are meant to inspire. The inspiring words can be the focal point of your card or let the words go with the image you've used.  

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Outlines Rubber Stamp Co.
    Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Raspberry Tart DSP
    Ink:  Versa Mark
    Accessories:  Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, Scallop Border Punch, Melon Mambo Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Birthday Bot

    HYCCT1309 - Strength of Steel - Challenge: Show off your metal.  Feel free to use aluminum foil in your creation, recycled soda cans, home improvement flashing, or use a metal embellishment.

    When I saw that the challenge was metal I knew I had to use the Lots of Bots stamp set.  Since I don't own the gears punch I created my own using circle punches and the boho blossom punch and then trimmed the edges.  I did the same thing with a larger scallop punch.  The effect was exactly what I was going for.


    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Lots of Bots
    Paper:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Silver Glimmer, DCWV Metallics
    Ink:  Black, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Smoky Slate
    Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities Die, Circle Punches, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Spots & Dots Embossing Folder, Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Dimensionals

    Morning Coffee

    HYCCT1308 - It's a Cover Up - Challenge: Make a card with a hidden message (or image) which you can uncover by opening a flap or swinging a hinged tag or panel.

    I wasn't sure what to do for this card so I opted to create a "joy fold" card.  There is a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers with various options for card sizes.  The coffee mug circle image is what holds the flap closed.  I stamped one line of the phrase (a morning without coffee) on the card front and the other half (is like sleep) can be read by opening the flap.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Morning Cup
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
    Ink:  Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
    Accessories:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Heart to Heart Punch, Paper Piercing Template & Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Embossed Leaves

    HYCCT1307 - Peaceful Leaves - Challenge: Use a leaf or leaves on your card.

    For this challenge I decided instead of stamping leaf images I would use the autumn accents bigz die and emboss the leaves using various embossing folders.  Once I had the leaves embossed I applied the ink using the direct to paper technique and then distressed all of the leaves before layering them.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Simple Sayings II
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
    Ink:  Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
    Accessories:  Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Circle Nestabilities Dies, Various Embossing Folders, Corduroy Button, Gold Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Oh, Hello!

    HYCCT1306 - Many Colors of Cancer - Challenge:  Many of us have a loved one or friend that has been affected by cancer. Choose one of the colors of cancer from THIS Site  and use it on your project. Feel free to use more than one color combo on your project, if you have more than one person going through a cancer battle. In your description, let us know why you choose the color(s) you did.

    I chose the colors dark blue (colon cancer) for my dad, purple (pancreatic cancer) for my mom and white (lung cancer) for my sister.  Sadly, they have all passed and I miss them all very much.  There are so many other people in my life that are currently fighting various forms of cancer and I decided that my DSP should have many colors to represent them as well.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Oh, Hello
    Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Sycamore Street DSP
    Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple
    Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities Die, Flower Trim, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Paper Doily, Dimensionals

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Pink Camoflage Hearts

    HYCCT1305 - Pink Camo - Challenge:  Use pink camo ribbon, patterned paper, digital paper or you can even make your own camo paper!  Stamp a solid image repetitively in many shades of pink ink!  It's that simple! You can also use a pink and black reinker and swirl it on white ribbon or white flowers and make a pink camo design!

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Wishes Your Way, Tree Image (Magenta)
    Paper:  Whisper White, Regal Rose
    Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
    Accessories:  Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Dimensionals

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Live in the Sunshine!

    HYCCT1304 - Let's Punch Out Breast Cancer - Challenge:  Create a card using punches or dies, use either or both of them to design a card to encourage the patients and lift their spirits. 

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Pursuit of Happiness, Papillon Potpourri
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, DCWV Glitter Paper
    Ink:  Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight
    Accessories:  Dots Embossing Folder, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Oval Frame Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Nestabilities Die, Small Butterfly Punch, Mini Flower Punch, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Framed Inspiration

    HYCCT1303 - PINK-terest - Challenge:  Choose one of the photo's below to inspire your card and then tell us which one it is in your description - and we would LOVE to hear the details of why and how it inspired you too!

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps: Loving Thoughts
    Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Patterns Love DSP
    Ink:  Black
    Accessories:  Square, Round and Oval Nestabilities Dies, Square, Round and Oval Scallop Nestabilities Dies, Pearls, Dimensionals