Tuesday, December 31, 2013

MFTWSC156


Whew!  This was one of the quickest cards I ever made, i think!  I got it in with hardly a minute to spare, so I made the card, photographed it, posted and linked it in under 30 minutes.  : ) Not something I would recommend... the picture didn't turn out very well...  The card is cute, though! : )  So I made it through the MFT sketch challenges this year and I think I missed only one... which was the week after I missed uploading one by half an hour.  I am easily discouraged!!  LOL!!

All right.  I have a ton of things to do today, so I'm off.  I'll catch up with you all soon!

TTFN!

Tricia

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Perfect Gifts


Good morning everyone!  Did you have a wonderful Christmas??  I have a Stamp Simply card to share today that uses Christmas paper but looks ahead to Valentine's day.  I used the JustRite set "Special Delivery".  It's actually a baby set, but doesn't it make a lovely Valentine?  To make the roses I cut a circle out with my petite circle dies and then  cut a spiral into them and rolled them up.  I paired them with some Prima leaves and a pearl.  Sooooo pretty!  Here's your shopping list...



Happy day after Christmas!

Tricia

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Shepherd's Song

I love writing poems for the MFT releases, but today I thought I'd share one that I wrote recently that tells a story worth repeating...  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!






Monday, December 23, 2013

MFTWSC155


Paper: MME Vintage Christmas (Stamp Simply), MFT Paver Red, SU Soft Suede
Stamp:  MFT Fall Foliage
Accessories:  Kraft Buttons (MFT), Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply), Hot Fudge Ink (MFT), Rhinestones

Sunday, December 22, 2013

MFT Elf's Blueprints Challenge - 4.4



Hi everyone!  Here I am with this week's MFT Elf's Blueprints Challenge using Blueprints Four.  YAY!

Here's our sketch for this week...  Blueprints Four - Sketch Four



I played with some MME Vintage Christmas paper this week, an image from Flourishes that was on my desk, the wonderful Textured Background from MFT and a sentiment from MFT's Pretty Poppies set.  The dies from Blueprints Four made it so easy to put together!!


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 Thanks for following along on my Blueprints journey.  Feel free to play along if you'd like! :)

So... here's the details!

*  Make a card using your Blueprints 4 DieNamics and following the above sketch - the bottom one this week!  Feel free to use any stamps that your little heart desires... only please make them family friendly so I can say something nice about them!!
* Post the card to your SCS gallery (keyword:  MFTBP4) or blog then leave a comment with the link... there might just be a prize if you play along!

So there you have it!  Go forth and create!! : )

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Simply Stamping - Faith


Good morning friends!

I have a card today featuring some of the beautiful supplies from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Most of you know that I love my Verve stamps, so I was so thrilled to see that Sharon still has some of the single Plain Jane stamps in her store that are now only sold as a set on the Verve site.  So RUN, don't walk, to the Stamp Simply Store and pick up the verses you need to complete your collection!  And, BTW, they would make GREAT stocking stuffers!  Just saying! ; ) 

Today I used Hebrews 11:1, inked in blue and brown, and stamped on a Labels Four die.  I cut a Fancy Tag and a background layer from some of the paper in the My Mind's Eye Bluebell pad and matted it all on Whip Cream cardstock before attaching it to my Kraft card base.  

TIP:  I colored some aqua rhinestones with my BG72 marker to make them match just a little more closely to the paper.

Here's your Stamp Simply shopping list...


Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

TCP Tuesday - A Vintage Gifty

The TCP Tuesday challenge for this month was to make a little gifty using your Cat's Pajamas stamps.  Well.... I may have cheated a little.  I saw cute little notebooks and tea holders and chapstick holders.  Me?  I covered a Russell Stover Peppermint Bar Candy Bar! : )


I used one 6x6 sheet of designer paper, added a pretty bow and made a tag using the Vintage Holiday set and the Framed Up Dies...I just cut the rounded part off of the largest die to make the burgundy mat.

EASY PEASY!!! : )

Go forth and create!!!

Supplies:  
Stamps:  Vintage Holiday (TCP)
Tools:  Framed Up Cut Ups (TCP)
Accessories:  MME Vintage Christmas, Dotted Sheer Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), White Embossing Powder, Black Gel Pen, Paver Red Ink (MFT), White Ink, Paver Red & Whip Cream CS (MFT)

Monday, December 16, 2013

MFTWSC154 - Hi

Hi again!

I wanted to be sure to play along with the MFT sketch challenge for this week... especially because I have some new MFT goodies to play with. : )  Yay for new goodies!  I did swap sides with the embellishments and tab, because they seemed to fit my image better... : )


I played with my new You're My Cup of Tea set, the Textured Backgrounds and Spring Backgrounds, and my new fun favorite... the mini rolled roses that I've wanted forever!  I made the roses from post-it note paper and then I sprayed them with shimmer spray and smooshed them down so they would be flatter.  I love the shimmer on them in real life!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tricia


Verve Diva Dare... Top Picks

Hi everyone!

The Verve Diva Dare this month is to pick your favorite Verve card and repost it, or make a new card with your favorite set.  Well, most of the DT gals have picked their top five instead... so I think I'll do that, too! : )

Interestingly enough, when I lined up a number of my Verve cards, my very favorites were all CAS.   Good to know!   That must be why the sketch challenges always stretch me so far!!  : )






Thanks for stopping by today!

Tricia





Sunday, December 15, 2013

MFT Elf's Blueprints Challenge - 4.3



Hi everyone!  Here I am with this week's MFT Elf's Blueprints Challenge using Blueprints Four.  YAY!

Here's our sketch for this week...  Blueprints Four - Sketch Three


I rotated the sketch this week, cuz I wanted to play with some of my new toys from MFT. : )  I just love the MFT paper and ink.  If you haven't tried it, you REALLY need to!  The papers I used were Paver Red, Nightshift Blue, Whip Cream and Natural.  Oh, I LOVE the natural ink.  It is PERFECT for sponging edges.  Love, love, love it!  Then I got to use the Textile Background stamps and a sentiment from the gorgeous Fall Foliage set.  The twine and buttons are MFT, but the oval isn't... SHhhhhh.. ; )


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 Thanks for following along on my Blueprints journey.  Feel free to play along if you'd like! :)

So... here's the details!

*  Make a card using your Blueprints 4 DieNamics and following the above sketch - the bottom one this week!  Feel free to use any stamps that your little heart desires... only please make them family friendly so I can say something nice about them!!
* Post the card to your SCS gallery (keyword:  MFTBP4) or blog then leave a comment with the link... there might just be a prize if you play along!

So there you have it!  Go forth and create!! : )


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Birthday Greetings


Just a quick and easy card with JustRite's Grand Birthday Sentiments and the Rose Garden Background Stamp.  Don't you love the soft look of that background stamp?  I can see myself using this a LOT.  I added a couple of strips of narrow silk ribbon, a pearl and some rhinestones to complete my card.




Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Goals

Hello friends!  Welcome to my blog!

I'm SO thrilled to be guest designing for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge today.  What a dream come true assignment!

I have an inspiration challenge, of sorts, for you this week.  We all seem to start looking forward at the end of the year and we begin to make plans and goals and resolutions. My challenge for you this week is to make a card featuring a word or image that embodies one of your goals for the next year

  For example, you might make a card with  the word "Hope" if you are struggling with a chronic illness, or use a flower image if you would like to do some gardening. You could make a "Thank You" card, because you want to practice thankfulness in the new year,  you could use a gingerbread cookie image because you want to learn to cook, or you could even make a Christmas card because you want to start on your Christmas shopping earlier next year. There are so many things to choose from!! 



 Be creative, but please tell why you chose the image or sentiment that you did in your blog or gallery post, ok?. : ) Since one of my goals for next year is to send more notes (as opposed to just making them!), I used this wonderful image from the "From the Desk Of" set for my card...


I stamped the image in Memento black ink on a circle diecut and colored it with copics from the Tiger Lily, Gerber Daisy, Flesh Tones, Copper, Creamy and Evergreen collections, before I mounted it on a Spellbinders Petite Circle mat.

I diecut a couple of banners and stamped the solid colored one with a sentiment from the Summer Blossoms set.  The base and second banner use BoBunny's Autumn Song paper.  SO pretty!

Here's my completed card...



Be sure to visit the rest of the DT’s blogs and leave them a little blog love. In return, they will amaze you with their talents!!  You can find a list of them on the Flourishes' blog...

CHALLENGE RULES

HOW TO PLAY: Everyone can PLAY and anyone can WIN! Here’s how you can win…
  • Create a new card or paper-crafted project fitting the challenge. Flourishes stamps are not required, but if you’ve got them, why not use them?
  • Link up your creation below in the InLinkz with a direct link to your creation (not just to your blog).
  • Why not use Flourishes stamps on your creation?!? You will receive two ballots towards our weekly prize if you use our stamps! Hooray!
  • Include a link back to this challenge in your blog post or gallery upload.
  • Please ensure that you read the challenge specifics carefully. Please clarify in your blog post, how your creation specifically meets our challenge.
  • If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, please use the keyword FTTC250.
  • One random winner will be picked from all of the entries. Deadline to enter is next Monday at 6:00 p.m. EST.

Be sure to link up your creations on the Flourishes blog!  I can't wait to see them!

Blessings!

Tricia






Monday, December 09, 2013

MFT Sketch Challenge 153


I just can't put down the Blissful Butterflies set!  I used a die from Blueprints 4 for the scalloped edge., and some lovely Graphic 45 Secret Garden Patterns and Solids paper from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  The sketch is MFTWSC153.

MFT Elf's Blueprints Challenge - 4.2



Hi everyone!  I'm a little late this week because of my Mom's health, but I had some downtime to create in yesterday,  so I have a card for this week's MFT Elf's Blueprints Challenge using Blueprints  Four

Here's our sketch for this week...  Blueprints Four - Sketch Two


All right, I cheated a little this week and moved my stars over... creative license!! ; )  The paper is Kaisercraft Santa's List that I picked up at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, the stars are from Blueprints 4, and the sentiment from Blissful Butterflies.


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 Thanks for following along on my Blueprints journey.  Feel free to play along if you'd like! :)

So... here's the details!

*  Make a card using your Blueprints 4 DieNamics and following the above sketch - the bottom one this week!  Feel free to use any stamps that your little heart desires... only please make them family friendly so I can say something nice about them!!
* Post the card to your SCS gallery (keyword:  MFTBP4) or blog then leave a comment with the link... there might just be a prize if you play along!

So there you have it!  Go forth and create!! : )




Saturday, December 07, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Hello friends!

I have had a busy, somewhat stressful week here and this is the first time I've really stamped with any success since before Tuesday.  My Mom had some pretty bad turns this week and hospice has been called in, so there have been lots of changes, lots of family and lots on my plate as I help my Dad.  I'm not sure if I'll be posting a Blueprints post on Sunday or not... I'm really not going to stress about too much outside of Mom and Dad until we see how things are going.

My card today was on the order of stamp therapy.  I actually intended on stamping a Stamp Simply card for Thursday, but then I saw the pink paper and white ribbon next to each other and this sweet bird from Verve and thought of this week's Deconstructed Sketch, and, well, the rest is history! :)


This weekend is Virtual Stamp Night on SplitCoast so I combined the challenge with the VSN embossing challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you for sure on Thursday if not before... : )

Blessings,

Tricia

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Stamp Simply - Tons of Tags

Hello friends!  I have a fun project to share with you today!  One of my fun jobs during this school year is to teach a small elementary school choir.  For Christmas,  I wanted to have a small treat for each child that wouldn't cost a lot of money and could be personalized, because I remember getting a personalized ornament from my first grade teacher that made me feel SO special!

After lots of thought, I decided to attach a small bag of gummi bears to a tag that was personalized with each child's name, and I had JUST the papers to make them with!!

Here are my 14 tags (not personalized yet!) made with Kaisercraft Santa's List paper and Die Cuts...


I cut a 2.5" strip off of a number of different patterns of the 6.5" x 6.5" paper, then cut each strip into pieces so that I ended up with 3 - 1" strips, a 2." strip and a "whatever's left" strip.  I had some different colors of coordinating ribbon, the die cuts and some clear rhinestones on my desk and I just played with the strips, fitting them onto my tag bases however I thought would work.

Here's a closeup of a few of the tags with different layouts...



I'll be putting the children's names on the tags and stapling them each to a tiny bag of gummi bears for a "controlled sugar" treat... : )

Here's your Stamp Simply Shopping List...

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Tuesday, December 03, 2013

MFTWSC152 - Under the Wire


I just looked at the clock and realized that I only had half an hour to get this photgraphed, fixed, uploaded and linked before the linky closes on the MFTWSC152 challenge!  EEK!!  And then I just realized I forgot the buttons on the side.  SIGH!  Why do I bother????

I used lots and lots of MFT goodies on my card, but I don't have time to link them all.  Be sure to email me if you need a name or some info!! : )



Monday, December 02, 2013

Timeless Tuesday -- Merry Christmas


I'm sneaking in with a Score, Pierce, Color card for last week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge.  I used the snowflakes from Warm Winter Wishes and the pretty rose cluster and sentiment from That's a Wrap.

The background layer was cut with the Classic Keyhole Die Set.

Sweet and simple today... so I can get this linked in time!!

Blessings!

Tricia

Sunday, December 01, 2013

MFT Elf Challenge... 3.4 and 4.1



Hi everyone!  I'm playing catch up this week since I TOTALLY FORGOT to make a card for the last Blueprints Three sketch last week!  Sorry about that!  So I have two cards for this week's MFT Elf's Blueprints Challenge... one using Blueprints Three and one using Blueprints Four

Here's the Blueprints 3 sketch I used this week...

I made a card with the adorable Pure Innocence snowman from the last release...



And here's our sketch for this week...  Blueprints Four - Sketch One


I added some punched snowflakes, a little bow and embossed a sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies.

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 Thanks for following along on my Blueprints journey.  Feel free to play along if you'd like! :)

So... here's the details!

*  Make a card using your Blueprints 4 DieNamics and following the above sketch - the bottom one this week!  Feel free to use any stamps that your little heart desires... only please make them family friendly so I can say something nice about them!!
* Post the card to your SCS gallery (keyword:  MFTBP4) or blog then leave a comment with the link... there might just be a prize if you play along!

So there you have it!  Go forth and create!! : )





Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Trio

Remember the fun "What's on your desk?" challenge at The Cat's Pajamas this month?  I have been wanting to play with my TCP Vintage Holiday set, and I had some paper from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store on my desk leftover from a DT project, so I decided to see if I could come up with another trio of cards... and here they are!



I started with the Mojo Monday sketch...


And then made two more cards with the "leftovers"... : )


The shopping list is below!!!


Let's Go Shopping!!!!






Thursday, November 28, 2013

Stamp Simply Christmas Tag

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...  in fact, some of you have probably already started your Black Friday shopping!  (Have you seen the sale at Stamp Simply ??  Wonderful bargains!!!)  So let's start off the season with a quick and easy gift tag using some more goodies from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!


Here's what you'll need...


SOoooo simple!  Just stamp your poinsettia "snowflakes" on your tag first, then add the "To" and "From" and a smattering of extra snowflakes in a coordinating color.  Tie the top with lots of pretty seam binding and ribbon and silver cord and add some sparkle with rhinestones and a sparkly gel pen.  The candy is optional... but, oh, so good!!! :)

Now off you go!  Be sure to wrap your presents as they come through the door to save time later... but write down what is in each one first, or you'll have to unwrap them again before Christmas to see what they are...  Ask me how I know!!!  LOL!!

Blessings!

Tricia

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Happy Thanksgiving to all my US stamping friends! And a belated one to my Canadian readers as well... : )

I inked up the pretty JustRite Dotted Fronds Background stamp to make my background today.  I love patterned paper, but it is fun to get away from it occasionally! The gorgeous acorn wreath and sentiment are from the JustRite Autumn Vintage Labels Three.  I simply stamped the wreath in Memento Black ink and colored it with
copics.  After I pierced the edge of the panel, I popped it up on my background, adding three little banners cut from some BoBunny Autumn Song paper.  The Lippy Red Rhinestones add a little sparkle for the finishing touch.

Have a wonderful day counting your blessings, and come back tonight for a Christmas project to start off the season!!

Here's your Stamp Simply Shopping List for today:

Monday, November 25, 2013

MFTWSC151 - Butterfly Thanks

I was SO thrilled to be able to pick up a few sets that I've been wishing for at the MFT sale last week.  They came on Saturday, so I inked up the Butterfly set this morning to make a quick card with this week's sketch challenge.


I just love the pretty silhouettes on the butterflies in this set and the gorgeous Thank You!!  Thanks MFT!



Friday, November 22, 2013

A Little Verve


Morning!

I took a little time yesterday afternoon to play in my {very messy} craft room.  I definitely have CLEANING down there on my list for today!!

I wanted to join in the Verve Diva Dare for the month which was to use a common shape on your card.  I settled for a super CAS thank you note with hearts cut with Verve's From the Heart die set and a sentiment from the Celebration of Thanks set.  The notecard itself is cut with a Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangle Die that is PERFECT for making little 3x3 notecards.

My next card uses this week's Deconstructed Sketch and some more Verve goodies -- Winter Mittens and Purely Sentimental.

I pulled out a piece of my Kaisercraft Santa's List* paper to layer the background, then i stamped the mittens on white and colored / stamped them to look like they were paper pieced.  The little hearts are from the Hoppy Easter set and the cuffs are colored with copics.  I used an SU marker for the little dots.  I added some different ribbons*, a tag, some snowflake embossing and a few pearls* to finish it up!

* - All from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! : )

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Tricia