November 5, 2014

Christmas Card Time

I haven't posted in a long time because I've mostly been working on Christmas cards.  I love holiday cards.  I could make them all year round.  Unfortunately, I didn't, so now I'm trying to get all of my Christmas cards made so I can send them at the beginning of December.  When did the holidays sneak up so fast?!

My main holiday card focuses on the infant Savior.  I just love this stamp set (Seek Him) from The Alley Way Stamps.  It shows the true reason for the holiday season so simply.

Supplies: Stamps-The Alley Way Stamps, Paper-DCWV, Cork-K&Co, Ribbon-Offray, Other-Glossy Accents, Stampin' Up Ink, Spectrum Noir markers, and gold glitter

My camera didn't want to cooperate.  It's much warmer toned in person.  I colored on cream cardstock and then masked the spotlight area and inked the sides using my distressing tool.  I made a dozen of these which was a really dumb idea.  Inking the blue sky for that many cards was miserable!

My other holiday card is a festive bird card with a pun (of course!)  I've made 3 of these so far, but I might make a few more.

Supplies: Stamps-Lawn Fawn, Paper-DCWV, Ribbon-American Crafts, Coloring Medium-Prismacolor pencils

I rarely make duplicates of cards, but it has been a good change this month.  I doubt I'll do it often, but holiday cards are always an exception.

TAWS Love

Here's some of my latest cards using The Alley Way Stamps.  First is a card for my best friend's housewarming party.


And here are two cards made just for fun.



Finally, the last card I made for last month's Be Inspired Challenge.


September 12, 2014

TAWS Be Inspired #57

Wow, I have a stack of cards to photograph and put on this blog!  School started and I've been swamped.  But I always make time to craft.  (Just to save my sanity!)

I won the BIC #55 challenge and was asked to guest design for BIC #57.  Make a card using The Alley Way Stamps?  How could I resist?!

I love the inspiration.  It's got fun colors and images.  Lots of inspiration with this one.


For my first card, I was inspired by the mint and pink colors and the circles in the bottom right photo.  I used TAWS stamps: Tropic Tropic, Crazy Critters, and Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood.

Images-The Alley Way, Paper-Paper Studio, Embellishments-Making Memories


Can't wait to see your take on this challenge.  Enter it HERE.  If you don't have any TAWS stamps, they have freebies available HERE.

July 25, 2014

Cool off

I live in Utah.  It's famous for snow.  But regardless of that, it is in a desert and has scorching hot, dry summers.  I hate the winter, but this week I've been pining for it.  This heat is sweltering!  So I pulled out my "coolest" looking stamps to play with, and found one of my favorites.

Stamps-There She Goes, Paper-DCWV, Rub ons-Fancy Pants, Ribbon-Offay, Twine and Buttons-American Crafts

It's designed by Tortico for There She Goes, which tragically closed its store at the end of last year.  But Tortico is now designing for My Favorite Things, so you can find her cute images there (not this one, but some really fun others).

I wanted to make a Christmas card without the standard red and green.  Think it works?  I love the teal and purple, but am not sure about that sunny yellow.  Guess summer snuck into my card after all!

Linking to:
Craft Your Passion-Christmas in July
Top Tip Tuesday-material girl
Crafting for All Seasons-Christmas in July
Color Throwdown-teal, purple, and yellow
Just Add Ink-Christmas in July
Avenue 613-anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door-anything goes
Penny's Challenges-anything goes
Crafty Creations-just for fun

TAWS Be Inspired #55

I've been in a crafting slump for the past couple months.  But nothing brings back my inspiration like The Alley Way Stamps.  This month's Be Inspired Challenge was a little more challenging but way fun:


At first, I drew inspiration from the ombre effect that berry lemonade has.  (Once you taste the berry-filled bottom...MMMM)  Not quite sure how, but my ombre background turned into a monochromatic flower pot.

Stamps-The Alley Way, Paper-Basic Grey, Coloring Medium-Prismacolor pencils, Ink-Stampin Up and Ranger

I was inspired by the summery feel of the photo, the ombre look of the glasses, the stiped straws, the splotchy pattern from the ice cubes, and the pink and turquoise colors.  The flowers come from TAWS's Awesome Blossom and the bird from Chill Out

Linking To:
The Alley Way Stamps-Be Inspired #55
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge-lots of pink
Avenue 613-anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door-anything goes
Penny's Challenges-anything goes
Crafty Creations-just for fun