Thursday, April 30, 2015

Warmest Christmas Wishes

So I was chatting late this afternoon with my girl Sara and she said have you seen the 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown technique challenge? It looks fun! So as we were chatting I went over and took a look. I haven't done a triple time stamping card in a LONG time so we challenged each other to create a card once our kids are in bed. My youngest is sick AGAIN and asked to go to bed at 6:30. So here it is an hour later and I'm posting my card. I also want to send this card in for the Retro Sketch this week and Retro Rubber Challenge Blog (this mug stamp is YEARS old!)

Supplies Used:
Inky Antics Marshmallow Friends stamps, snowflakes are from Tim Holtz and Stampin Up
Momento Ink, Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink
Copics: Y38, BG10, BG13
Winka Stella Clear
Embellishments, Shimmer white snowflake (dollar store) and gem from CTMH


Elsa and Anna canvas

Our neighbours recently finished their basement and have an AMAZING sound proof play room for their girls! The walls are painted a nice grey, one wall has two coats of GLITTER paint! The oldest girl recently turned 7 and here is what we created for her gift.
Using SVG files from Crafting with Meek, I imported them into Design space and cut out all the pieces needed to make Elsa and Anna. 
Once that was complete I invited my two helpers to the craft area and together they painted the canvas grey and then a coat of teal glitter paint.
I had a hard time choosing a medium to use in the snow flakes but with the help of my friend Sara, we decided to use the BoBunny Gillter paste (Silver) I cut out a mask using  white scrap paper to cover the girls

Here are the finished canvasses. And now my girl is begging for two of her own
but she would like both Elsa's. lol.

coffee mugs

Oh how I love my cricut! I was able to create these personalized mugs for my hubby and I while we are camping. So often we will walk over to visit someone for coffee and lose or misplace our coffee cups. Now with Mr. and Mrs. Tensen mugs we will always return with ours. I'm hoping they darken a touch when they are cured in the oven...

I had a hard time getting a good photo. This was one of the best but now I realize it doesn't show the pink heart that replaced the period after Mr. & Mrs.

Take Flight

My card today is a case of Andrea's card. I really loved her colors and the layout of the card. Sadly I couldn't find a flight stamp for the challenge at Cardz 4 Guys so I improvised with Tim Holtz Grunge Board. I found some dotted paper so that I could join Always Playing with Paper polka dot challenge.
I used some paint and stain to color the grunge board and then applied a thick layer of crackle paint (in my stash for years and never used) Embossed some scrap paper with the arrow embossing folder and inked them a bit. Celebrate is cut from a die cut.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Freshly Made Sketches this week has a really nice sketch.

As soon as I opened my blog last night I knew what kind of card I wanted to make.  I've been wanting to use my newest embossing folder from CTMH the arrows and the latest stamp of the month "Typed Note" Here's what I came up with...

Supplies used: Arrow EBF, Tim Holtz walnut stain distress ink, Typed Note stamp set from CTMH, Tim Holtz mini paper clip, Heidi Swapp embellishment (arrow), Stampin Up note paper punch, cream, kraft and teal paper from scraps.

 I just couldn't stop with just one card today so I made a mother's day card.
Supplies used: Coral, white, chocolate paper, Typed Note Stamp from CTMH, Tim Holtz mini paper clip, wood embellishment, orange slice stickles, Stampin Up note paper punch, Tim Holtz stencil (measured) and walnut stain distress ink.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Vintage Christmas?

Merry Monday Let's get vintage!?! that is so not my style, I don't know how to create chabby chic/vintage looks... hopefully this old Santa with lots of distress ink will be vintage enough for the challenge. I was more in my element last week with cherubs and angels.

Retro Sketches has a great layout this week. I hope that all the distress inks and inka gold doesn't blend to well. I added red stickles around the white layer of Santa perhaps I should add them around the distressed layer too.

Supplies used:
Tim Holtz santa stamp, copics, cherry cobbler, star dust and frosted lace stickles, fire brick distress ink, snowflake embossing folder, copper and lava red Inka Gold Metallic Rub. Merry & Bright ribbon is from Terresa Collins.

Flowers for mom

Do you ever seen a blog challenge and think to your self "I have the perfect stamp for that!" and then forget about it. Well that happened to me today. I was making a beautiful bouquet of lilies for my mum and went to create her card to go with it and then realized I was going to make this card for the card concept challenge. I went over to the blog and had 22 minutes to find the stamp, create the card and get the blog post done. On a normal day this could have been achieved but today is a sick day for my almost four year old. Sadly I missed the deadline by 5 minutes, never the less I'm sharing the card and flowers with you!

The Card Concept challenge:

My card: for this challenge I was inspired by the vase of flowers, I would say it's clean and layered.
Wanda Tensen's photo.

Supplies: Unity Stamps April 2014 kit of the month, cosmo cricket paper, copics, Mermaid lagoon distress ink, orange stickles

On Cricut DS one of the make it now projects was a 3d flower vase. I fell in love right away and have been thinking about it since... I planned on making three sets but after cutting it all out an realizing that it makes 18 Lilies I would need to do that many for my mothers day gifts. My mom is flying out to spend the week or two with me and my dad will drive out and pick her up. I wanted something light that she could take with her in the car. Here's what I came up with. I might do some searching for a vase SVG file to use instead of the glass vase.

I used a variety of Cosmo Cricket papers, Heidi Swapp and Tim Holtz sprays, stickles, candy sticks covered in green washi tape, dollar store rocks and a rectangle vase in my stash.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Unity Stamp Arianna Girl

Jen from Freshly Made Sketches gave us this sketch to use this week, I usually don't use tilted sketches but I am trying to work out side of my comfort zone so I had to give it a try.
Unity be inspired Challenge gave these colors to use. I used blue green copics but it turned out way tealer that green Oopsies.
Merry Monday's challenge this week is to use cherubs and angels on our cards.
Stamps: Arianna Girl (Unity Stamps)
Paper: White card base, light blue recollections, ultra smooth premium white cardstock, vellum
Ink: Grey Wool (CTMH) Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics,  Clear and pink wink of stella, Snowflake embossing folder, turquoise Inka Gold, gems (Stampin Up) feather and blue leaf from my stash

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lime, Turquoise and white

My second card for these challenges. I made this one yesterday morning but have not had a chance to post it yet. I'm in love with this lime and turquoise combo again. Posting this care over at Merry Monday (color challenge) and Christmas cards all year long. (Ornaments)

Wanda Tensen's photo.

Supplies for this card:
White card base
Turquoise card stock Embossed with baby's breath folder
Cricut cut out the ornament overlay sprayed with Citron Heidi Swapp
White shimmer trim with sentiment stamped on with black archival ink
A couple blue gems
Star dust stickles on a few of the ornaments

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Today is an inside day, mother nature is playing her own April Fool's joke on us. Wind is extremely strong, blowing everything off the deck. I hear the weather channel is whispering the S word!

This morning I made muffins and cupcakes with my little helpers decorating the cupcakes with icing, sprinkles and mini eggs for Easter. And now as they play with lego and playdoh I had a chance to make another card.

I'll be sharing this card over at Merry Monday (color challenge lime green, turquoise and white), One Crazy Stamper (anything goes), Christmas Cards all year long (ornaments) and Christmas Card Challenges (anything goes).

Wanda Tensen's photo.

I used a cut from Cricut Creative Holiday Cards to create this card. I used some Citron Heidi Swap Color Shine and a stampin up Star stencil to create the background layer and the top layer of the middle ornament. The two others are sprayed with Tropicana Teal Heidi Swap Color Shine. Once dried I assembled the card added some star dust stickles to the middle of the lime ornament and white opal liquid pearls to outline the ornaments and add tops and strings to hang them.

I'm pleased with the way this non traditional color scheme turned out for me. Definitely out of my comfort zone for Christmas cards.