Friday, January 30, 2015

Pinterest Inspired Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pinterest Inspired Blog Hop.  I'm so glad you could join us today.

You should have arrived here from Connie's wonderful blog.  If you would like to start at the beginning so you won't miss any of the amazing Pinterest Inspired Projects please stop by Robin's blog. 

You can see the entire blog hop line up at the end of this post.

Don't forget to hop to each blog and comment and follow to be entered into the prize drawing.  Robin is giving away the Gold Memory Planner kit by Heidi Swapp.

Today's hop is all about being inspired by things we see on Pinterest.  

I've CASEed (Copy and Share Everything) three cards for you today.

As I've said before, I always try to change 2-3 things each time I CASE a card so that it isn't an exact replica of the original.

Now on with the projects! 

The Pinterest version.

My version: I used Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste and a stencil. 
 Instead of diecut letters I used a stamped flag. 

The Pinterst version.
My version: I used the same Heidi Swapp mistable hearts, 
but I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.
I also used Distress Ink to highlight some of the hearts
The Pinterest version.

My version: I embossed the red background layer, used butterflies 
instead of hearts and gems instead of buttons and left off the ribbon. 

I used Distress Inks and spray mist to color the diecuts from the front
of the card and used them on the inside.

I’m the last stop on the hop for today.  We truly hope you enjoyed all the projects and took the time to comment and follow each blogger.  

Here’s the complete line up in case you missed a stop along the way.

4.      Miranda -
5.      Jearise ~
6.      Anita Thibodeau ~
7.      Lori Johnson Apgar ~
8.      Candice Fields ~
9.      Theresa Harris ~
11. Sandy Bell Hentzel ~
12. Jessica Douglass Wilson ~
13. Connie Wallenbrock ~
14. Theresa Rawlins Knopf ~

Prizes will be drawn from those who commented and followed each stop on the hop and will be posted on Robin’s blog on Sunday, February 8th, so you have all week to visit all the blogs. 

Happy Crafting

Friday Challenge: CASE A Card Tag Game on Stamp Nation

So over the weekend I participated in CASE (Copy and Share Everything) A Card Tag game on Stamp Nation (link on right side bar for more info).

It was a hoot and a half!

The organizer, Ally, sent a photo via email to the first player on each team.  They then had 48 hours to CASE the card and email it back to Ally, who would then send their card on to the next player on the team. Then that person would have 48 hours to CASE and email, and so on...and so on.  First team with all their cards emailed back won.

Well guess who was on the winning team?  Go ahead...guess.  That's right ME.

But the best part was it didn't even take 24 hours for the cards to be completed by all the team members. We were to excited to play.  I got my email and created my card, photographed and had it back to Ally in less than an hour and I'm pretty sure the other ladies didn't take much longer than that either.

So here are the cards from each team.  The inspiration card for each team was created by Catherine Pooler, Stamp Nation founder and all around great lady.

And the winning teams cards:

This is the TEAM 1 (my team)  inspiration card created by Catherine Pooler.

This is Martha's CASE of Catherine's card. 
This is Sharon's CASE of Martha's card.

This is Tristan's CASE of Sharon's card.
This is my CASE of Tristan's card.
 I don't have the notebook punch, so I just made tags

This is Susan's CASE of my card. 
 I love how each one plays off the next.  Keep in mind that no one but the first player saw Catherine's card.  This game was the crafting version of the old Secret Telling/Telephone game we played as kids.
It was a blast to play and I can't wait to do it again.

Here is Team Two's cards:

Team Two's inspiration card created by Catherine Pooler.

This is Maureen's CASE of Catherine's Card.
Maureen's blog is

This is Lisa's CASE of Mo's card.

This is Michelle's CASE of Lisa's card.

This is Patricia's CASE of Michelle's card.

This is Jo's CASE of  Patricia's card.

Tell me what you think.  Is this something you would have a good time playing along with?
Do you CASE on a regular basis?  A good tip is to change at least 3 things when you CASE a card rather than copying exactly.  That way the card truly is your original creation and not a duplicate of someone else's work.

I'd love to see your version of either (or both) of the cards that Catherine created.  You can use the new Linky feature here on the blog or our Flickr gallery.

I had a blast playing along with this CASE A Card Tag Game and can't wait for the next round to begin.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Get Organized Challenge 2015

Have you ever wished your crafting space was organized and you could lay your hands on anything you wanted to in 10 seconds or less?

If so, then I highly recommend taking the Get Organized Challenge by Tiffany Spaulding from The ScrapRack and Totally Tiffany lines of products.  You DO NOT have to own a ScrapRack to take part in this challenge.  Best part it is totally FREE!!!!

You can find the first challenge recorded on YouTube HERE.

I've completed the first challenge and here is my Big Benefits and Rewards board.

My benefits are:
  1. A clean craft room.
  2. I will be able to find any picture I want to scrapbook (instead of searching until I get too frustrated to keep looking).
  3. I will be able to craft in small chunks of time.  
  4. I'll know where everything goes and can put away things when I'm done crafting instead of letting them pile up on my desk until I can't see an inch of it.
  5. There will be space for friends to come and play with me.
  6. I'll be able to use the supplies I own, instead of going out and buying duplicates because I can't find what I was looking for.
  7. No more buying of duplicate items.
  8. More crafting!
My rewards include:
  1. Movie night with hubby.
  2. Lunch with my daughter.
  3. Take a class with my favorite Close to My Heart representative.
  4. Buy new alcohol inks.
  5. Movie/Dinner night out with the BFF.
  6. Buy new distress ink colors. 
  7. Drinks/Appetizers with an old friend.
  8. Have friends over to craft.

My organized only space is set up and I've completed all the other steps for this week's challenge too.

Can't wait to get my crafty space completely in order.  Now to tell hubby that we get a movie date night this next week.

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Merry Monday Challenge Blog

I thought I'd get a head start on my Christmas cards for 2015 and thanks to a couple of sweeties on Stamp Nation (link is on right side bar if you would like more info) I was turned onto Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog.

Each Monday, they post a new card challenge.  So here are my versions of the first four challenges for 2015.



Tuesday Technique: Embossing Powder and Patterned Paper = 6 Simple Cards

I had to make some birthday cards for a swap that I'm in and so I sat down with the Loolah 6x6 Paper Pad by Creative Imaginations and my Stampin' Up White & Iridescent Ice Embossing Powders and a few stamps and went to town.

I really like how simple they are but how they really make an impact.  These would be great as a gift set to give someone.

The only one I used the Iridescent Ice on was the peach one.  It was the first one I made.
I didn't like how subtle the butterflies were so on the rest I switched to white embossing powder.




That's it for today.  Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Truth Scrap Coupon Code

 They are rolling back the price on Truth Scrap for 36 hours ONLY. Until Noon on Monday, January 26, you can save $40 off your registration fee with coupon code "MIRACLE" at checkout!

The link is on the right side bar.  

Have you been:
...wanting to learn more about Bible journaling, faith-based art journaling, and spirit-filled scrapbooking, mixed media, and more?
...longing to grow closer to God?
...needing to learn how to share your art AND your art more boldly?
...desiring a more colorful faith walk?
...aching to be bolder in your self-expression, eliminating doubt and fear from your art?
Then we would LOVE to have you at our online event this Saturday... TRUTH SCRAP.
Truth Scrap blends the best of live events with online education. With tons of opportunity to connect, learn, and grow, there is NO BETTER way to spend Saturday, January 31.
Without leaving the comfort of your home, you'll be treated to seven hours of faith-based classes by seven amazing, talented instructors:
  • Stephanie Ackerman, "Hope Notes: Creating and Sharing Messages of Faith"
  • Erin Bassett, "Faithbooking: How (and Why) to Share Your Faith in Your Scrapbook"
  • Andrea Chebeleu, "Words to Live By: A Handmade Art Journal"
  • Heather Greenwood, "#ARTWORSHIP: Art Journaling in Response to Jesus"
  • Liz Hicks, "The Art of Being HUMAN: A Creative Exploration of Our Basic Being and Purpose"
  • Shanna Noel, "Illuminated Manuscripts: Illustrating Your Journaling Bible"
  • Donna Salazar, "Cross-ology: Art and Heart for the Home"
You'll watch these classes in our state-of-the-art webroom, interacting with the students and teachers, learning and laughing.
Not only will you leave with inspiration to last throughout the year, you'll get some valuable parting gifts:
  • FULL REPLAYS of all classes are included in your registration! You'll be able to watch again and again, as many times as you like.
  • PRIZES, PRIZES! We have a variety of drool-worthy prizes you can win.
  • BONUSES! Each instructor has created an exclusive handout (think cut files, Bible verses, and more!).
  • 10 percent of your registration fee goes to a faith-based non-profit!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Challenge #2015-2 CASEing a Pinterest Card

For today's Friday Challenge, I'm CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) a card from Pinterest.
You can see the original card on the blog Craft with Kate Morgan
I enjoyed making this card so much I did it twice. For both versions, I used the same stamp set that Kate did, Stampin' Up's Gorgeous Grunge.

For the male version, I used Stampin' Up Inks: Going Grey, Bashful Blue, and Pacific Point on the background.  Bashful Blue and Going Grey are both retired colors but you could substitute Marina Mist  and Basic Gray. The twine is by Recollections.

For the female version, I used Stampin' Up Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo. Since I had no coordinating twine, I used embroidery floss.

Hope you like them.  CASE a card from Pinterest and upload it for us to see at the Flickr Gallery.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FREE Online Papercrafting Class


Using 3-D Stamp Paint on Your Papercrafting Projects
with Bobbi Lemanski of Raisin Boat 

and Lain Ehmann 

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One of the easiest ways to add visual interest to a papercrafting project is by adding dimension and texture. That process can be expensive and complicated, but not for the amazing Bobbi Lemanski of Raisin Boat! 
Bobbi is the queen of quick, eyecatching tricks for papercrafting. With a business to run and a family to keep track of, she knows it’s important to find easy ways to jazz up our stamping and crafting projects, and that’s where 3-D stamp paint comes in. In this month’s scrapinar, Bobbi will demonstrate how easy it is to put 3-D stamp paint into use. 
Here’s What You’ll Learn:
  • What is 3-D paint?
  • How do I incorporate it into my papercrafting projects?
  • What are some easy techniques to make the most of the paint’s unique qualities?
  • … and more super-cool, super-fun stamping tips!
After spending an hour with Bobbi, you’ll be ready to try some new dimensional techniques in your own scrapbooks, cards, and tags. You won’t want to miss this interactive, entertaining session.
Click the photo above or the link on the right side bar to sign up.  A limited time free replay will be available in case you can't watch live, but you must sign up BEFORE the event to get the replay link emailed to you.

Happy Crafting in 3d

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Technique: Playing with Copic Markers and Vellum


Today I'm playing with more alcohol inks, only this time it is in the form of Copic Markers. I am CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) from a card by Catherine Pooler for Stamp Nation's 4th Birthday Party.
Catherine's Card

You can find more info about Stamp Nation by clicking on the icon on the right side bar.

Now on with the technique...

I started out using Stampin' Up White Embossing Powder and Versa Mark Ink Pad to stamp and emboss flowers from the Fiskars Petals from Scratch Stamp Set on one side of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of vellum.

Vellum sheet with only the white embossing.
 I like it just like this for a clean simple look.  It would look great on a colored card base.

 I then turned over the vellum and used my Copic Markers to color in the flowers and the background.  I then used Adirondack Blending Solution (you could also use Copic Blending Solution)  in a spray mister to spritz the entire colored section, so that the colors would mute and blend.

This is the vellum sheet after it was colored and before the
blending solution was applied. 
I cut down the vellum to 3 inches by 5.5 inches and adhered it to my card base using liquid glue only at the top where the ribbon would hide it.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder called Flower Rings on my card base.

I used a green dotted ribbon from my stash to finish off the card. 

Hope you like the results of this technique and that you'll give it a try. You can use any brand of alcohol markers to color the back of the vellum.  You might even try plain old rubbing alcohol to blend instead of the blending solution.  Experiment and share what you come up with.  I'd love to see your cards. Remember that you can upload them to the Flickr group HERE.

Starting TODAY there is a sale on this year's TRUE SCRAP CLASSES by  
You can purchase individual classes for only $9.99 each (regularly $14.99).  No coupon needed.  
Link is on right side bar. 

P.S. If you'd like to save even more, 
add all nine classes to your cart and
use code COLTS at checkout to save 45 percent. 
But do it before 2/1!

Happy Crafting

Monday, January 19, 2015

Who Inspires You...More of the Papercrafters Who Inspire Me

Last Monday, I shared with you four of my favorite papercrafters who inspire me on a daily basis.  This week, I'm going to share three more with you.  Hopefully you visited the blogs and YouTube channels of all the ladies I mentioned last week and got a huge dose of inspiration and your crafting mojo is in high gear.

First for today, is Amy Rysavy at or you can find her on YouTube.
Amy is currently a design team member for Stamping Bella and  My Favorite Things.  Amy also designs some of my very favorite stamp sets and you can find them at C.C. Designs.
Amy is a wonderful card creator! Please stop by he blog or youtube channel and check her out. 

Next up is Lain Ehmann from and ScrapHappy, the happiest group of scrapbookers on the Internet. Scrap Happy is a great group of scrapbookers and they have their own LOAD too.  You can also find Lain on YouTube. Lain is a scrapbooking super hero. She does a monthly FREE online scrapbooking seminar and runs the extremely popular LOAD program.  If you are interested in participating in the only public LOAD (Layout A Day) for 2015 click on the link on the right side bar. Hurry! It starts in just 12 days.  
Truth Scrap is also coming up and the link for it is also on right side bar. If you are interested at all in Bible journaling or scrapbooking your faith journey you will really enjoy Truth Scrap.

Starting TOMORROW there is a sale on this past TRUE SCRAP CLASSES.  You can purchase individual classes for only $9.99 each (regularly $14.99).  No coupon needed.  Link is on right side bar. 

P.S. You will automatically save $5 per individual class. If
you'd like to save even more, add all nine classes to your cart and
use code COLTS at checkout to save 45 percent. 
But do it before 2/1!
Last for today is Tiffany Spaulding from You can also find her on YouTube or on LiveStream.  Tiffany is a organizing genius. She creates products that make your crafting life and life in general so much better.   Not only do I own tons of her creations, I've participated in her Get Organized Challenge several times. There is a new challenge starting on Tuesday, January 27th and the best part is it is FREE and you do not have to own Tiffany's products to participate. She shows you how to use what you have to get your crafty horde under control and usable. I highly encourage you to check it out. I've met some of my best crafting buddies through Tiffany's challenge (including Alicia, who I highlighted last Monday). 
Well that's it for today.  Check these ladies out and hopefully you'll be filled with inspiration and will get your organization on too.

Happy Crafting

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Card Sketch Challenge #2015-1

Today's sketch is from Peachy Keen Stamps.  I thought it would be fun to use patterned paper and some stamps to create a birthday card using this simple sketch. I found it so simple and fun, I did several variations. Check them out below and I'd love to see yours. Feel free to upload them in the comments or join my Flickr group and up load there.

You can see the original Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge HERE

Supplies used were Stampin' Up Inks Melon Mambo, Wild Wasbi and Calypso Coral
Stampin' Up Floral Fest Stamp Set
Card base made from Core'dinations 110 lb White Premium Cardstock

Supplies used were Stampin' Up Inks Melon Mambo, Wild Wasbi and Calypso Coral
Stampin' Up Wonderful Words Stamp Set
Card base made from Core'dinations Minty Fresh Premium Cardstock

Supplies used were Stampin' Up  Rich Razzleberry Ink
Stampin' Up Wonderful Words Stamp Set
Patterned Paper from Style Essentials 6x6 paper pack by Echo Park Paper Co.
Card base made from Core'dinations 110 lb White Premium Cardstock

Supplies used were Stampin' Up  Rich Razzleberry Ink
Stampin' Up Wonderful Words Stamp Set
Patterned Paper from Style Essentials 6x6 paper pack by Echo Park Paper Co.
Card base made from Core'dinations 110 lb White Premium Cardstock

As you can see I changed it up from the sketch but that's OK! A sketch is a jumping off inspiration...a mojo starter.  Show me where this sketch takes you.

Happy Crafting