Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Aqua and Brown Trio {Scrapy Land}

Hello, everyone! A special welcome to new google follower Lynn McAuley.

It is time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge, and I have 3 cards to share! The Challenge is open until October 12. The theme is ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sellsScrapy Land sells over 40 manufacturers of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount!

Color Scheme: Gentle Aqua Blue and Chocolate Brown

NOTICE: My cards are flat for mailing! 
No beautiful roses even tho I made them for the cards. (giggle)
(quite a hurdle for me)

My three coordinating cards are inspired by Friend Sandy Lee and artist Beccy Muir who lives Down Under -- Partly because those who live Down Under are leaving the brown-grayness of Winter and moving into Spring, and partly because it is her beautiful Blossom Image used on the cards.

The same colors, sentiments and main die cuts have been used, with slight variations. I hope you like them!

Easel Card

Dimensions are 5.5" x 7.5" (A7 card)

TIP: Use a border punch on the top of the base, so when it is opened, it still looks pretty!

Below the easel card is closed flat. LOVE the Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4 Die Set.

TIP: How to create dimension without increasing postage costs:

Horizontal Card with Pop Up on the inside:

Girl Friend Sandy Lee gave me an interior pop-up die cut on this pretty chocolate and blue paper. The word "hello" did not show up very well, so it has been covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle Jasper Blue Micro Fine Glitter. The sides have been embossed with SNS Brown Fizz embossing powder.

Beccy's Flowers have been adorned with prill-filled centers and die cut leaves (from gray vellum and designer paper to match the background).

Boo-Boo time! Vertical A7 Card:

I love showing off my boo-boos. In the card below, I ran out of the Chocolate Brown Cardstock! YIKES! So the first photo seems like the dark aqua is the "base of the card".

 But actually, the dark aqua is the folded portion of the card. It is sitting on the remnant piece 5.5" x 7.5" brown cardstock. Who says the base has to be the part that opens? It can just be a frame for your pretty card as shown below:

Above, the card appears to have a brown card base. But below, when it is open, we can see that only the back side of the card is framed in brown. Definitely a great tip when using expensive paper, or if we happen to run out of a needed color.

Products Used:

Scrapy Land Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4
Scrapy Land Taylored Expressions "Mini Leaves"
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms
Scrapy Land Cheery Lynn Olive Branches
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Gold Labels 4
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Decagons
Spellbinders Labels Four
Beccy Muir Blossom Image
PSX "gentle" image (retired)
Stampin' Up! Elegant Cheer (Just a Note)
Stampin' Up! Warmest Regards (thinking of you)
Impression Obsession "Perhaps they are not" (sentiment)
Paper: Aqua, Dark Aqua, Chocolate Brown, Grey and White Vellum, White, Neenah Solar White
Ink: Salmon, Pumice, Cocoa, Walnut and Shell Pink dye inks, Deep Lagoon VersaFine, VersaMarker
Copic Markers (browns, blues, blue-greens)
SNS Skylight Cosmic Semi-Transparent Embossing Powder (so creamy!)
SNS Jasper Blue Velvet Glitter
SNS Brown Fizz Embossing Powder
USArt Quest Prills - "A Penny Saved" (flower centers)
SU Ribbon

Challenges Entered:

  1. Die Cuttin' Divas #185 Anything Goes with Die Cuts 10/6
  2. Paper Minutes - #341 Easel Card (the top card is an easel card) 10/5
  3. {PIN}spirational Challenges - #125 - Anything Goes "Anything Could Happen" 10/14
  4. Sweet Stamps #189 Use Dies 10/6
  5. Crafting from the Heart - #38 Anything Goes 10/5
  6. The Pink Elephant - #270 Anything Goes 10/6
  7. One Stitch At a Time - #220 Anything Goes with a Flower 10/13
  8. Through the Craft Room Door - Sept 29-Oct 6 Anything Goes 10/6
  9. Beccy's Place Challenges - Oct - Anything Using a Beccy Muir image 10/31

Thanks for stopping by today!

Warm Stamping Hugs,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

300th Follower Blog Candy Winner!

Sneak Peek for tomorrow's post:

Thank you, dear blogging friends, for helping me celebrate my 300th Google Friend Follower! Everyone was encouraged to submit entries - even those who follow by other readers, e-mail, etc.

There were a total of 57 comments/e-mails. chose the winner for me:

and drum roll...

The Winner is Stampsnob aka Lis!

Congratulations, Lis.
Please email your mailing address so I can mail your goodies!

stamping hugs,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Emboss It! {Scrapy Land Challenge}

pssst! I have blog candy! Visit here.

Hi, everyone! Waving enthusiastically from hot hot HOT, humid Central Florida!

It is time for the 2nd All-New Scrapy Land Challenge! The Challenge is open until September 28. The theme is ANY die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells AND must use embossing powder twist. Scrapy Land sells well over 40 manufacturers of dies, and most are at a great discount!

Dies sold by Scrapy Land used to create this card:

*Spellbinders Fair Isle Pendant S4-270 (3 of the dies used)

*Spellbinders Octagons (for sentiment)

*Impression Obsession Border Duo Two (2 dies used)

*Impression Obsession Snowflakes

Inks and embossing powders were used to embellish each one of the layers.

VersaMark Ink smooshed on the surfaces of the die cuts is easy to apply. The embossing powder is perfect for covering up any mistakes!

It was difficult photographing this card because of the textures. Here is the actual soft coloring:

The Impression Obsession Snowflakes cut through a Planters Peanuts can liner - it is thinner than canned sodas, but heavier than most foils. The snowflakes were cut in half and pieced around the bow (ribbon is died with the same color ink "cool peri").

The following photo is dark, but showcases the difference in EP textures in the pennant versus the lace backgrounds. The formulas are shown further down in this post.


Before EP and After EP with Mica Powder on Border Die Cut:
boo-boo time confession:  originally I was going to highlight the ovals in the die cuts, but I could not control the shaking in my hand, causing blobs of color. The panel covered with EP also had those same blobs at the bottom left, but they are scarcely noticeable, even with this slightly semi-transparent EP on top!
Here is the difference between adding EP (bottom) and before the EP.
The bottom panel is 1 part clear EP with an equal part of white mica powder

and a touch of glitter.

Before EP and After EP with Glitter instead of Mica Powder on Fair Isle Pendant Die Cut:

Instead of Mica Powder, the panel on right was coated with  1 part of clear embossing powder 3/4 part glitter.

The scallop border is part of the Border Duo die which is 7.25" long.
It has been inked with the same color Cool Peri lavender dye-base ink,
smooshed with VersaMark Ink and embossed with 
the same EP formula as the pendants. 
I paper pierced just outside the two borders, using a plastic canvas piece as a guide.

The sentiment is from the Anna Griffin "Send a Celebration" sentiments set. It is heat embossed with SNS Concord Star EP:

I wish you could see the holographic prettiness embossed into these powder formulas!

Products Used:

  • Scrapy Land Spellbinders Fair Isle Pendant S4-270
  • Scrapy Land Spellbinders Octagons (for sentiment)
  • Scrapy Land Impression Obsession Border Duo Two
  • Scrapy Land Impression Obsession Snowflakes
  • Anna Griffin Send a Celebration Sentiments
  • cardstock: white, purple, metallic lining from a peanut jar (snowflakes)
  • Embossing Powders: two white/clear EP formulas, and one SNS Concord Star detail EP.
  • Rhinestone flourishes (adhered with glue because the adhesive on them will not stick to EP very well)

Fun Challenges This Card is submitted to:

  1. NBUS - Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #2 -  9/25 Spellbinders Fair Isle Pendant S4-270 (3 of the dies used it is YEARS AND YEARS old and not ever been used) and Impression Obsession Border Duo Two (probably a year old and never used) and some white mica powder in an unopened jar mixed with the clear EP and glitter to create a unique EP color.
  2. 613 Avenue Create - #89 Anything Goes 9/19
  3. Crafting When We Can - #78 Christmas Come Early 9/26
  4. Paper Creator's Crafts - #29 Early Christmas 9/18
  5. Crafting at the Week-end - #5 Anything Goes 9/27
As always, thank you for stopping by! I hope everything is going well in your little part of the world!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Besties Goes Shopping {Scrapbook Stamp Society}

Please leave a comment to become eligible for my September blog candy here.

Greetings, dear blogging friends! I am Guest Designing from My Besties images today.

And a very special welcome to new google followers Ina Good and Lady Anne.

Today's card share features a great Sketch from Your Next Stamp Challenge, bright sunny goldenrod yellow from Cupcake Inspirations and this darling little My Besties image. She is all decked out for shopping, something I actually detest!


It is shopping for crafting supplies, of course.

"I Love Shopping" Bestie can be found here.

She would be really cute in Christmas colors as well, preparing for the festivities about to come!

"I Love Shopping Bestie" is attired in late Summer/early Autumn hues (by Copic Markers), bringing sunny cheer to each of the shop personnel she greets.

The September sketch from Your Next Stamp Challenge was used.

It's a great design!

The papers are of unknown origin. They are a gift from my very talented blogging friend Marie Berquist. Because some matching embellishments were included with the Basic Grey logo on them, the papers may be by Basic Grey also. (Thank you, Marie! Are you surprised I've already utilized them?)

Love these bright colors from the Cupcake Inspirations Challenges this week! The bright yellow and kraft colored cardstock are perfect complements for this darling card!

The bow is from Stampin' Up Grosgrain ribbon, a Prima Flower, and sewn with a "Tiny Findings" button purchased from Michaels. The other buttons were stitched to the sketch layer, after the panels were stitched to the white panel. Martha Stewart Vintage Floral PAP is beneath the sweet Hero Arts sentiment.

Hanging my head in shame:
Prima Flower - gift from friend (never before used)
Hero Arts Stamap - about 6 years old (and never used)
SU Ribbon - about 5 years old (and never used)

Redeeming myself:
Patterned Papers - gift from Marie (arriving 2 days ago!)

  1. Your Next Stamp Challenge: #16 sketch (shown above) 10/1
  2. Cupcake Inspirations Challenge: #278 (see inspiration photo above - used 2 colors) 9/21
  3. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges: #194 Stitching (faux or real) Sewing machine stitched - both straight stitch and zig zag stitching 9/21
  4. Fan-Tastic Tuesdays Challenge: #52 Anything Goes With Buttons (7 buttons sewn on) 9/16
  5. My Besties Aussie Challenge: #28 Anything Goes with Besties and Flowers 9/30
  6. Digi Sketch Challenge: September - "It's a Girl Thing" (I followed the theme only, and not the sketch) 9/30
  7. Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge: #46 Anything Goes 9/20
  8. 4 Krafty Girlz: #26 Anything Goes 9/18
  9. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes 9/14
Products Used:

  • Sherri Baldy My Besties IMG162 (shopping)
  • Hero Arts "sparkle" sentiments set
  • Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles (LG) S4-142
  • Spellbinders Curved Rectangles S5-006
  • Inks: Salmon, Pummice, Paris Dusk dye-based
  • Copic Markers
  • MS Vintage Floral PAP
  • Paper: White, Basic Grey PP, Kraft, Slate Blue
  • Embossing Folder: Couture Creations "Constellations"

Thanks for visiting Today!
Shopping Hugs,


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