Monday, October 16, 2017

Two Scotties Christmas

Simon Says Stamp has a new challenge today called "It's a Dog's Life".

My card uses the Penny Black Merry Christmas, Frantic Stamper Pine Bough and Frantic Stamper Two Terriers.  The tiny bow tie on the dog is from Frantic Stamper's Birthday Icons.  The background paper is from Michaels.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, October 13, 2017

Couture Creations Oooh La La for Crop Stop

This is my last card as Guest Designer for Crop Stop.  I used the beautiful Couture Creations Oooh La La embossing folder that they so graciously sent to me for winning a random draw on their challenge blog.

I wanted to highlight all the pretty individual aspects of this embossing folder so I applied some Creative Expressions gilding wax with my fingers after embossing the white cardstock.  I also painted the entire card with some clear Stickles Glitter Glue for some added sparkle.

For the frame I used my favorite Creative Expressions die called Ornate Pierced Rectangles and cut it out with some glittered craft foam.  I backed the ornate frame with some rose glittered cardstock.  The flowers were cut using the leftover piece of embossed paper that was cut to fit the inside of the frame.  I punched some Cosmos flowers with a Martha Stewart punch and inked the already glittered  flower tops with some Spun Sugar distress ink.  The leaf punch is also by Martha Stewart.

I want to thank Esther for allowing me this opportunity to Guest Design for Crop Stop, and I want to thank Haylie-Jo for sending me this beautiful embossing folder.

You can see more amazing projects every day by visiting the Crop Stop blog.  Also, for your chance to win some Crop Stop prizes, play along at the Crop Stop challenges.  Who knows, your card may be a winner!

~ Ann

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

7 yr old boy with cancer wants Halloween cards

Brock Chadwick, 7 yrs old, is battling brain cancer.  You can read his story here:

Could you please send him a Halloween card:

Brock Chadwick
11 McKenney Dr
Biddeford, ME 04005

Thank you so much!


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thinking of You - Memory Box

I am super excited and honored to be the Guest Designer for the month of October for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

This is the second of four weekly challenges, each with a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp Store.

This week's challenge is

Thinking of You -- Memory Box

Here's  my card:

My Father's birthday is in the fall so this will be a perfect card for him.  I used the Memory Box / Poppy Stamps Chinese Lanterns which look exactly like the Chinese Lanterns we had in our garden when I was younger.

These are the products I used from the Simon Says Stamp Store:

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

Subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to play along each week for your chance to win the $50 gift voucher and to see all the inspirational pieces from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, October 6, 2017

Couture Creations Chiaro for Crop Stop

Hi Everyone!  

Recently a card of mine won a challenge at Crop Stop, and I was given this beautiful embossing folder by Couture Creations called Chiaro.  So today as a Guest Designer for Crop Stop, I wanted to share an idea on a different way to use your embossing folders.

I basically first embossed a piece of light green foil cardstock with the Chiaro EF.  I then dripped on a variety of alcohol inks, mostly greens and yellows.  I allowed the inks to saturate the foiled cardstock right through to the opposite side as shown in the first photo below:

I then took a piece of white shimmer cardstock and pressed it onto the back side of the embossed cardstock (not the foiled side) to get a stamped image of the embossing.  I kept rotating the top cardstock to get all the saturated areas stamped onto it.  I then cut out a Spellbinder's heart to use on another card.  For today's card, I wanted the negative that was left over after cutting out the heart.  I attached it to a card 5 x 6 1/2" card base with Scotch dimensional foam tape.

I manually cut the flowers out of the foiled cardstock from the front side using my Tim Holtz non-stick scissors.    The flowers  have a variety of greens and yellows mixed into the light green foiled top layer.   I added some 8mm flat back pearls and cut out the words "With Love" from another Spellbinder's die.

Here's a second card that I made with the leftover heart from the above card and the leftover flowers (flip side of the cardstock from the flowers on the first card):

I want to thank Esther for allowing me to share this card with you and also thank Haylie-Jo at Crop Stop for sending me this wonderful embossing folder.  You should check out their challenge blog for your chance to win some awesome prizes.

Stop by the blog again tomorrow for more inspiration.  I'll be back with another card next Friday.

~ Ann

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Christmas -- Penny Black

I am super excited and honored to be the Guest Designer for the month of October for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  My first card can be seen below.

There will be four weekly challenges for the month of October, each with a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp Store.

This week's challenge is

Christmas -- Penny Black

Here's  my card:

I am calling this card "Christmas Rose" since  I used a rose stamp from the Penny Black Petal Power clear stamp set and the Penny Black Merry Christmas words.

To make the rose, I stamped the outline rose stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed some gold embossing powder on it.  Then I painted the rose in with Barn Door and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.  I manually cut out the rose, leaving a thin white edge around it.  The branches are cut using the Impression Obsession Pine Pair and painted with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.

The heart is the largest heart in the Spellbinders Classic Heart set.  I swiped it through a mix of watered down Picked Raspberry and Barn Door ink then stamped a French script stamp on it, similar to the Penny Black Cling Stamp Script.  To give it just a little more dimension, I ran the heart through the Tim Holtz Sizzix Snow Flurries embossing folder in my machine.

The gold corners of the card were made by cutting one of the dies in the Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage.  For that pretty gold color, I covered a piece of paper with some Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue and pressed  on some gold gilding flakes with my fingers.  I also cut the words Merry Christmas out of paper covered with gold gilding flakes.

The black background panel is embossed with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tiny Dots Texture Fades embossing folder.  The final step was to adhere the larger bow from the Memory Box Precious Hearts.

I used these products from the Simon Says Stamp Store:

Impression Obsession Pine Pair DIE215

To see all the other cards by the Wednesday Challenge Design Team, 
subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog  and play along each week for your chance to win the $50 gift voucher.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, October 2, 2017

Apothecary Bottles

I originally bought this Sizzix BIGZ die of apothecary bottles to make a card for my nephew who is studying pharmacy in college, but the bottles are great for Halloween cards too.

For the background I used a piece of We R Memory Keepers paper called Pen Pals and stamped it with a french script stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps.  Then I ran it through my Cuttlebug and embossed it with a Sizzix cobweb embossing folder.  To make the cobwebs stand out a little more, I rubbed on some black gilding wax with my finger.

To make the bottles, I cut up some of the plastic acetate packaging that Creative Expressions dies come in and colored the acetate with various colors of alcohol ink:  Purple Twilight, Hazelnut and Butterscotch.  I printed off some poison labels that I downloaded years ago online but the apothecary bottles die set comes with a label you could also use.  I cut a thin sheet of cork for the cork tops to the bottles and stamped the words "happy halloween" from the Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set.

Since the apothecary bottles die is a BIGZ die, I was able to cut three of each bottle at once.  I just layered the colored acetate, three sheets thick, and ran them through the Cuttlebug.  One swipe cut all 3 layers of each bottle with no problem.  I did the same with the cork tops.

I'm entering this in the Monday Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  A Walk on the Dark Side and the SSS Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Doggie Hugs

I haven't been making many cards lately as I'm trying to get caught up on my nephew's scrapbook, but this card was made a while ago and never got posted.

Products Used:  Puppies Set by IO Stamps, Hugs by Tutti Designs, Sun by Lawn Fawn

I'm entering this in the Wed Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann