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Sunday, August 2, 2015


Hey there, three posts in one day...can you believe it?  *grin*  I'm back, yet again, with an SCS challenge, but not a DTGD challenge.  No, this time, I'm playing along in Joyce's, Under the Stars, CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge.  As you might guess from the title, she wanted us to use stars on our projects.  I've been itching to use this cool Bella Blvd paper!

I've done this technique before and had someone ask how I did it, so I thought I would take some pictures along the way.  Not all of the pictures are that great, but I figured they would give you the gist.

I started by stamping the image on a Stamp-a-ma-jig then eye balling it with the die I wanted to use for the window.  Once I figured out the layout, I stamped and colored the image.  The adorable snowman is from Whipper Snapper Designs.  They have the cutest snowmen around!  Just sayin'...
After the image was colored, I put the die into place again.  Like the Out-of-the-box Technique, I used a pencil to lightly mark where the die touches the image.
You can see the marks by the hat and the sleeve.
Using an X-Acto knife, I tightly cut around the image starting at one pencil line and going to the other.  I extended the cut just past each of the lines to allow for the die to slide in.
I placed the die behind the snowman and adjusted it until I was happy with where it was on the paper then ran it through the Big Shot.
The die was placed face down, so it only cuts what is underneath and not the image itself.
I used sharp scissors and the X-Acto knife to clean up my lines around the snowman.  Pattern paper was placed under the window to complete the card.  Pretty easy, huh?

Clear Wink of Stella was used on the shadowy areas of the snowman and a clear glaze pen on the candy canes.

SNOWMAN:  BV20, BG70  CARROT NOSE:  YR16, YR02, YR00  HAT:  C6, C4, C2, CO, R24, R22, R21  SCARF:  C6, C4, C2, C0, R21  SWEATER:  G46, G43, G40, R24, R22, R21  STARS:  C4, C2, C0, 0  CANDY CANES:  R24, R22, R21, C4, C2, C0  SNOW:  BV20, BG70

Thanks for stopping by, and let me know if you still have questions!

STAMPS:  WSD The Magic of Snow
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Bella Blvd Camp Out
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black 
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot; MFT Die-namics (Blueprints 16, Jumbo Peek-a-boo Circle); glass cutting plate; X-Acto knife; scissors; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; Clear Wink of Stella; KaiserCraft Silver Rhinestone; Zig 2-Way Glue pen; adhesive
TECHNIQUE(S):  Reverse out-of-the-box with a die
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

DTGD15justwritedesigns - SUMMER FUN

Hey there, I'm back with another Dare To Get Dirty challenge card.  Julie (aka justwritedesigns) has a super fun challenge...can you guess what it is?  You need to be a Splitcoaststampers Fan Club Member to see specific challenge details, so head on over to SCS and sign up today!

I absolutely LOVE this little girlie illustrated by Krista Heij-Barber for Whimsy Stamps!  She's so cute, and I can't wait to color up the rest of the stamps I recently purchased!  She was stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut then popped up on foam.  The waves were also colored with Copic markers and a white gel pen was used to create the "foam".

SKIN:  E11, E000, E0000, R30  HAIR:  E37, E35, YR24, YR20  DUCK FLOAT:  Y19, Y15, Y02, YR18, YR15, YR12  SWIMSUIT:  YG17, YG13, YG11, RV17, RV14, RV10  HAIR BANDS:  RV17, RV15, RV10  SAND:  E33, E30  WAVES:  B66, B93, B000, 0  SKY:  BG70

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  Whimsy Stamps Swimmer Girl
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot; MFT Die-namics (Blueprints, Jumbo Peek-a-boo Circles, Making Waves); scissors; glass cutting plate; X-Acto knife; .5 Black Copic Multiliner; Signo Uni-ball White gel pen; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (Foam Squares, Thin Foam Squares); adhesive
TECHNIQUE(S):  Fussy cutting
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")


Hey there, are you ready for a week of Dare To Get Dirty creations?  Splitcoaststampers Dirty Girls, past and present, have come up with some amazing challenges!  If you want to know specific challenge details, you need to become a Fan Club member if you aren't already.

I created this card as a tribute to my mom who lost her battle with cancer eight months ago.  I miss her every day, and well, this sentiment from My Favorite Things pretty much says it all!

So...this card is for my very own challenge!  I absolutely adore Susan's Gardens flower dies...they look so realistic!  The sponging and popped up frame are exactly what this card needed.  The ladybug was made using Viva paints and was the perfect finishing touch.
Here's a side view so you can really see the dimension.  So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  MFT Penguins in Paradise
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Bazzill
INK:  Copic markers; Memento (Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Rich Cocoa)
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot, Susan's Garden (Sunflower, Mini Daisy, tool kit); MFT Die-Namics (Blueprints 16, Rectangle Frames); PanPastel (Orange, Diarylide Yellow); Sofft sponges; Ranger Mini Blending Tool; yellow pollen (sorry, can't remember the name); Viva Paper pen Sunny Yellow; Viva Perlen-Pen (Red, Black); Crafter's Pick The Ultimate glue;  Zig 2-Way Glue pen; adhesive
TECHNIQUE(S):  3D flowers, sponging
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Hey there, I'm back with this week's CAS challenge.  Misti wanted us to do something beachy.  Stamping Bella's Uptown Girls Samantha and Sierra Take a Selfie is perfect for a beach scene!  The fun layout is Freshly Made Sketch #196.

The girls were stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White then colored with Copic markers.  *confession time*  I knew I was going to use the Polaroid die cut so I didn't waste a whole lot of time coloring underneath...I wanted to spend my time coloring the beach scene instead.  The flower completes the card and ties it all together...and, BTW, I'm in love with the Mini Prills!  They come in tons of colors and make the perfect flower centers!

SKIN:  E11, E00, E0000, R30  HAIR:  E25, E23, E21 & Y19, Y15, Y02  SUNGLASSES:  C6, C4, C2, RV02. FLOWER:  R85, R83, RV02, R81  SWIMSUITS:  B95, B93, B91, YG63, YG25, YG03 & R85, R83, RV02, R81, YR24, YR21, YR20  DRINKS:  B95, B93, B91, YR24, YR21, YR20, BG70 & Y19, Y15, Y02, BG70  PHONE:  R85, R83, RV02, R81  SAND:  E33, E31, E30  OCEAN:  B45, B41, B00  SKY:  BG70

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  SB Uptown Girls Samantha and Sierra Take a Selfie
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Bazzill Raven Monochromatic
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot; MFT Die-Namics (Blueprints 23, Precious Polaroid, Flower &Leaf Trio); Stamp-a-ma-jig; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; Susan's Garden Tool Kit; Orange Juice Mini Prills; Crafter's Pick The Ultimate; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Thin Foam Squares; adhesive
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:   A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Monday, July 20, 2015


Hey there, Happy Monday?  LOL  So, I'm popping in with some happy news!  I was selected to be on Splitcoaststampers (SCS) Clean and Simple (CAS) Design Team!  I've been wanting to get back into crafting and what better way to do it than to have a deadline!  *grin*

I'm actually combining challenges today.  The first is Kathy's CAS, Summer Treat, challenge to use food or drink in a project.  Yummy birthday cake...check!  My SCS friend, Misti Oblander (aka Scraperwannabe), is being honored as this week's SCS Featured Stamper!  Congrats, Misti!  She has an amazing gallery and it's no wonder she was selected!  I combed Misti's gallery and finally selected this beauty to CASE.  I loved her layout and the texture from the simple score lines, so I kept those things and tweaked them a little.  I made a frame around the outside with score lines and changed the image/sentiment.

BUNNY:  E55, E53, E51, RV34, R81  DRESS:  YR09, YR07, YR15, YR31, R56, RV34, R81  CANDLE:  R56, RV34, R81, YR09, YR07, YR15, YR31  CAKE:  E57, E55, E53, E51  FROSTING:  R56, RV34, R81  SPRINKLES:  YR09, YR07, YR15, YR31  SHADOW:  E55, E53, E51

Thanks for stopping by! 

STAMPS:  SB Happy Birthday Hoppy Poppy
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Bazzill Raven Monochromatic
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black ACCESSORIES:  Scor-Pal; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; ribbon from my stash; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares; adhesive
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
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