Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Smooch

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

We have a new sponsor, Paper Smooches, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Smooch!  A randomly selected participant in the Smooch challenge will be awarded a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store, while the LEAD of the challenge will be invited as a guest designer for a future challenge!


Kim at Paper Smooches generously donated a stamp set to each of the Curtain Call designers, and I chose the adorable Just A Note. I've always been a geek for writing things, and who doesn't love a cute typewriter image, so this set is perfect for me! I must have had an inkling of how I would make it work with the inspiration photo when I chose it, but when it came time to craft, I admit I was a little stumped! So, while it may not be an obvious interpretation, I did go with the pinks from the inspiration photo and hearts for a loose tie-in to the lips/kissing/love theme. We'll call it somewhere in the vicinity of the ballpark ;)

I also used the super fun Paper Smooches SPARKS sketch (turned upside down):

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Smooch Designers

STAMPSJust A Note by Paper Smooches
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Graphite
PAPER: Dear Lizzie Daydreamer 6x6 collection, Neenah Solar White card stock
OTHER: twine, wood veneer heart, Pretty Pink Posh silver sequins, foam tape

Friday, September 26, 2014

Make A Wish

Happy Friday, dear friends! Today's card features this month's Reverse Confetti Color Challenge combo:

If you haven't played along yet, there's still time! The entry deadline is September 29 at noon CST. The challenge winner receives a $20 Reverse Confetti gift certificate. Head over to the Reverse Confetti blog for challenge inspiration from the Confetti Crew.

The yellow circle was from my leftovers bin. It's a piece of watercolor paper stamped with Reverse Confetti's SO MANY STARS, heat embossed, and then watercolored in yellow and die-cut with one of the circles in the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS CONFETTI CUTS die set. "Make a wish" is from one of the sentiments in IN A BIG WAY. I just did some selective inking to isolate that portion of the sentiment. The background paper and the bicycle strip are from Dear Lizzie's Daydreamer collection, and the gray chevron strip is washi tape. I wanted a more random, collage-type look, so I added some bits of doily, some white ink splatters, silver thread, and lots of sequins and tiny stars (die-cut from the STARS PRETTY PANELS CONFETTI CUTS). The silver embossed star accent was done with OH MY STARS CONFETTI CUTS.

The layout is adapted from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. I just swapped the rectangle for a circle and turned the whole thing upside-down.

Have a fabulous weekend!

PAPER: Simple Stories 6x6 pad, 
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark
OTHER: vellum, silver embossing powder, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Studio Calico Mister Huey's white, doily, 
foam adhesive, twine

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Last night, I attended my fourth back-to-school night for this school year, and have been feeling especially grateful for the fabulous teachers and staff at both of the schools my children attend. This card is to honor all those who choose education as their profession. A+ for you!

Some of the fun details on today's card are thanks to my Curtain Call teammate, Sheri Gilson. Some of the Curtain Call girls decided to do a product swap, and Sheri drew my name. Check out the awesome loot she sent me!

I love everything, but especially the chevron embossing folders. I've been wanting to add some new folders to my stash for a while now, so these were perfect! You can see one of the embossing folders in action HERE.

For today, I combined one of the binder clips with a rectangle chipboard tag to look like a clipboard. I die-cut the tiny star border out of the adhesive-backed cork. I also added a plaid-patterned wood button. Thank you, Sheri! This was like Christmas!!

I enjoyed pairing some old and new REVERSE CONFETTI products, too. 

CLASS ACT is an obvious for any school card. Two new Pretty Panels dies make an appearance as well. The notebook paper panel is cut with TRIANGLES PRETTY PANELS CONFETTI CUTS, and the tiny red stars are the cut-outs leftover from the STARS PRETTY PANELS CONFETTI CUTS. The other larger stars were done with the OH MY STARS CONFETTI CUTS. The A+ fits perfectly in the smallest circle from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS CONFETTI CUTS.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PAPER: Simple Stories 6x6 pad, 
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
OTHER: vellum, cork, binder clip, chipboard tag, wood button, twine,
foam tape, clear embossing powder

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello, Gorgeous

Hello, gorgeous! Have you played along with the current Curtain Call Wishing Well challenge? Challenge entries are due September 25 at 8 am CDT, and a randomly chosen participant will win a $25 gift certificate from our generous sponsor, Whimsy Stamps.

Here's the lovely inspiration photo:

Be sure to check out the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge blog today for round two of challenge inspiration.

For my card, I drew inspiration from the colors, as well as from the stones. I started by sponging a circular area of the background in green. Around that, I created a stone background texture using a stencil and some texture paste. I die-cut the word Hello using the HELLO LARGE WORD DIE by Whimsy Stamps from a leftover piece of a watercolored and spritzed background - the colors were perfect for this challenge. The word "gorgeous" is from the HAPPY HELLO stamp set by Whimsy Stamps. A thread nest, sequins, and a washi tape border along the right add the finishing touches.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stamp Nation Sketch Challenge


REVERSE CONFETTI is sponsoring a sketch challenge over at Stamp Nation

The sketch is a super fun one! Here's a little peek at what I put together for the challenge, using Reverse Confetti's CAST A SPELL stamp set, as well as CAST A SPELL CONFETTI CUTS, CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS CONFETTI CUTS, and PRETTY PANELS STARS CONFETTI CUTS.

To see the sketch challenge, along with loads of inspiring sketch samples from both the Stamp Nation design team and the Reverse Confetti design team, head over to Stamp Nation. If you're not already a member, right now, Stamp Nation is offering a $1 trial membership (but hurry, the offer expires today!). Join a thriving community of stampers and enjoy access to hundreds of instructional videos, challenges, message boards, galleries, and so much more!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Wishing Well

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

We have a wonderful new sponsor, Clearly Whimsy Stamps, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Wishing Well!  A randomly selected participant in the Wishing Well challenge will receive $25 store credit to Whimsy Stamps and the LEAD will be invited as Guest Designer of a our next challenge!

I chose to work with the HAPPY HELLO stamp set and coordinating HELLO LARGE WORD DIE. I love making "hello" cards -- they're so perfectly all-purpose! Check out all the fun graphical elements in HAPPY HELLO:

I started my card by watercoloring a scrap of watercolor paper in the pink, orange, and yellow colors of the flowers in the inspiration photo. Out of that, I die-cut the word "hello." The leaves were cut on my Silhouette and sponged with different green inks. I dry-embossed the background with a new-to-me folder, a gift from my fabulous teammate Sheri Gilson, then added a strip of washi tape before stitching down the leaves and word die-cut with metallic thread. I stamped the word "friend" in black, trimmed it down and popped it up on foam tape, then added a few enamel dots to finish things off.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Wishing Well Designers

INK: Versafine Onyx Black
PAPER: Neenah solar white card stock, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
OTHER: washi tape, embossing folder, watercolor paints, foam tape, 
enamel dots, metallic thread, sewing machine, 
Silhouette cut file: leafy branches by Kolette Hall (design id# 63956)
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