Pinterest CASEs

I was on the hunt for some sympathy cards and took to Pinterest for some ideas. The nice thing is that I get to find a way to use stamp sets that I haven’t used yet or are just stuck on.

This one caught my eye because I don’t do much of the silhouette stamping, but had a great new set to use. The green squares were done with a sponge. Claire helped me with that part. She’s an enthusiastic helper these days!

Isn’t this a beauty? The pinterest one was subtler than mine. It used a very lightly patterned paper, no band across the middle, but this turned out nicely as well!

Online Stamping

My Stampin Up upline hosted on an online stamp event. She prepared a few projects in advance for us and we all did the cards at home and posted online. Of course, we didn’t necessarily have the exact same sets and supplies, so there was quite a difference in project outcomes. It was fun!

This card was my favorite of the two. I used the Lotus Blossom stamp set from SAB and stamped the flower in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride.

And, this design was nice, but I’m not 100% satisfied with the way it turned out. It’s nice, but not “wow”.


Mystery Image Swap – Feb 2015

Mystery Image Swap time! This month’s image was selected by Joanna. It seemed like it took extra long for the image to get to me this month. Mail seems to be slow and the mailbox sits empty and then all of a sudden…full! Maybe our carrier doesn’t like the snow?

Anyway, Joanna’s image arrived and it’s this cute Bugaboo stamp called JJ Coffee to Go. She also sent a fabulous selection of sentiments.

The card design is based off of this week’s Mojo Monday challenge (#385).

And this card is off to my friend Imke. Hope it gets there speedy and safely!

Creative Card Crew Challenge

Boy, do I miss playing along with some of the crafting challenge. I always find time to surf through my favorite sites, but rarely have time to sit and create. As my kids grow a bit, I’m hoping to find a bit more time to play along.

Tonight I found a few minutes to play with the current Creative Card Crew challenge. The current challenge is birthday card with a sentiment.

Plus, these papers have been sitting on my desk for awhile waiting for the perfect challenge! I do need to tidy up a bit, so it’s nice to use a few leftovers.

Riley & Company – Paper Piecing

Welcome to this week’s Riley & Company challenge. If this is your first time  with our challenges, we play every two weeks over at the Riley & Company blog. So come on over and check us out.

I get to be your host for this week’s challenge and I picked Paper Piecing. For those of you who may not be familiar with this technique, here is a quick tutorial.

This technique does require an image to play with, so I went hunting through my Riley images to see what I could find. I ended up with Gift Box Riley for this project. The gift box was the perfect size to fussy cut without too much trouble. I used two different patterns, one for the box and one for the bow.

Want to play along with us? Then all you have to do is make a project with a Riley & Company image and then head over to the Riley & Company blog to link up your card/project so that we can see what you created. No blog? No problem! Just use the keyword RILEY0415 when uploading your card to a public gallery (such as Splitcoast Stampers).  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge:

Stamp It My Way Challenge

My Stampin’ Up upline has a challenge on her blog every Monday. She calls it the Stamp It My Way challenge and she posts a card to inspire you and you create a card with it. She gives a list of pieces you must use and then after that…creativity is up to you!

I’ve been meaning to play for awhile, but this weeks card gave me an idea, so I HAD to play. I love my Something New to Love stamp set, so it became the focal point of this card.

I’m not 100% happy with the way the heart borders stamped, but it’s okay, not disasterous. I think I used the wrong ink on the clear embossed hearts.

This was also my second attempt. On my first attempt the brayered background didn’t turn out how I wanted it for this particular card, but it was still good for another card, so I turned it into this fun birthday card.

Happy Weekend! It’s a long weekend here and we have virtually no plans, so I’m very excited. I’m going to make some time to get into my craft room this weekend (but first I had to get some blog posts finished!)

Unidentified Image Swap – Feb 2015

Late last year we finished the first part of the Unidentified Image Swap and started swapping again. We’re down to 13 happy and enduring stampers and this is round 18.

Darlene is our host for this round. She selected a Penny Black image for our cards. Here is my creation for the month.

See you again in April 2015 for the next round, hosted by my fellow Canadian, Paola.