Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Monday #269

Hello friends and happy Monday.  It is time for a new challenge at Merry Monday and this week Debbie has a color challenge for us.  She wants us to use 3 colors from the inspiration photo.
I am using red, light green and dark green on my card.
I tried several different shots but couldn't get the lighting right on my card, it may be the gold foil letters throwing the lighting off.  It is actually just a little darker IRL.  The green paper is from SU Be Merry Christmas paper and the red is from Love Nicole Seasons Greetings 6x6 pad.  The wreath is from a Sizzix Tim Holtz set, Happiest Holidays.  It has a stamp, 2 dies and embossing folder.  I fussy cut the center of the wreath as it had a sentiment in the middle and I didn't want that.  I colored the wreath and ribbon with Promarkers.  The J and Y are from SU Large Letters Framelits dies cut from gold foil paper and mounted with foam tape.  The wreath is also mounted with foam tape.  The banners are cut with MFT Fishtail Flags Stax dies.

Now don't forget to check out all the fabulous inspiration by the designers over at Merry Monday.  I hope you will join us.

I am also linking up with Muse: Christmas Visions  - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Happy Birthday for a Friend

Today I am sharing a card I made for a sweet friend at church.  I used SU Blushing Bride CS and  pattern paper from Recollections Midnight Garden pack.   The pink scallop frame is cut with MFT Blueprints 20 die, and the frame is from MFT Stitched Circle Frames.  I mounted the frame with foam tape and also added glitter enamel dots to the right side.  The sentiment is from Verve Cake and Candles set.  The flowers are from SU Secret Garden (retired).  I stamped them with Blushing Bride ink, fussy cut them, and then sponged more ink on the petals.  I added glitter enamel dots to the centers and mounted them with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Viva la Verve December

Hello friends.  Today I am sharing a card I made for the Viva la Verve December sketch.  Julie does wonderful sketches and they are a great starting point to make my cards.
The pattern paper is from Authentique Classique Essentials 6x6 pad, matted with black, accept for the mostly black DSP, which was a scrap on my desk from another card.  The flowers and sentiment are from Verve Kindness Matters.  I stamped the flowers in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and sponged them with SU Crushed Curry ink, and then added a black enamel dot to the centers.  The larger flower is stamped twice, fussy cut and layered.   The leaves are from a flower in Verve One Person (discontinued), and sponged with SU Pear Pizzazz ink.  The sentiment circle and mat are cut with MFT dies and adhered with foam tape.  The flowers are also mounted with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry Monday #268 - Use a Santa Hat

Happy Monday friends.  It is time for a new Merry Monday challenge and this week Deanne wants us to use a Santa hat on our cards.

I used this cute Cottage Cutz Santa Puppy and paper pieced him together with his stocking and Santa hat.  I die cut him from SU Crumb Cake CS and sponged a little ink for shading.  I then added him to a panel cut with Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats Rounded Rectangles.  The mats are SU Real Red and I rounded the corners to match the die cut.   I don't remember which pad the pattern paper is from but I think it was an Authentique Christmas pad.  The greeting is from Verve Peace on Earth on a banner cut with an MFT die.

Be sure to check out all the great cards by my teammates over at Merry Monday and join us for this fun challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, November 27, 2017

Merry Monday #267 - Blue, Green, and White/Vellum/Silver

Hello friends and happy Monday.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and are ready for a new Merry Monday challenge, gotta get those Christmas cards done as it is only 4 weeks until Christmas.
This week Colleen wants us to use blue, green and silver/white/vellum on our cards.
For my card I used SU Tempting Turquoise CS for the card base and ink for the blue ornament, and Pear Pizzazz CS for the Memory Box Pine Needle Border and Pear Pizzazz ink for the green ornament.   The ornaments are from SU Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (retired), cut with the matching framelits dies, and are mounted with foam tape.  I stamped just the hanger part of the ornament in silver ink and fussy cut it to glue on the top.  I die cut the bows from Memory Box Precious Hearts out of Brushed Silver paper.  The sentiment is from Verve Peace on Earth.  The background panel is embossed with SU Pinewood Planks EF.

Check out all the great ways the designers have used these colors over on Merry Monday blog. I hope you will be inspired to play along with us.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Birthday Wishes

Hello friends and happy Saturday.  I hope all my US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I did and ate too much, as usual. 
Today I am sharing a card I made for a dear friend at church.  I don't use these colors often but I think it turned out really pretty.
I used several retired SU products, Secret Garden stamps and framelits, Gumball Green ink (leaves),   and Four You stamp set (sentiment).  I used Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon (new), and Calypso Coral ink to stamp the flowers.  I clipped between the petals, shaped them a little and added a rhinestone to the centers. The flowers are mounted with foam tape, as is the sentiment panel which is cut with an MFT Pierced Square die.  The main panel is SU Cajun Craze and is embossed with SU Pinewood Plank EF.  I love this embossing folder.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Monochromatic


Hello friends, I hope you are having a blessed Thanksgiving.  This post is scheduled and at this time I am enjoying dinner with my family.

We have a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and the "Toppings" option is monochromatic. Remember it is an option and the only requirement is that it be for a birthday.

  I used 2 red pattern papers from American Crafts Crimson 6x6 pad and matted the sentiment panel with Recollections red CS.  I stamped the flower from SU Flower Shop in SU Real Red ink and sponged the petal edges with the same ink.  I shaped the petals and added some black micro beads to the center of the flower, then mounted it with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Verve Cake and Candles and that panel is also mounted with foam tape.  The white background panel was embossed with Darice Linked Circles EF.

Now check our what the rest of the designers have created for this challenge over at Seize the Birthday   I hope you will join us.

This is our last challenge for 2017, we will see you in 2018.  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn




Monday, November 20, 2017

Merry Monday #266 - Santa

Hello and happy Monday friends.  It is time for a new Merry Monday Challenge and this week Sue wants us to use a Santa on our Christmas card.  I hope you are busy getting your Christmas cards done.  It is only five weeks until Christmas.

I used this cute Santa, tree and sentiment from MFT Jingle All the Way.  I colored them with Copics and Promarkers and cut them out with the matching dies.  I punched out some ornaments from red, gold, and silver glitter paper, and then added Wink of Stella to the star to make it glittery also.  I mounted them on DSP embossed with SU Stripes EF.  I added a piece of different woodgain paper across the bottom and colored the shadow in, but got it a little darker than what I wanted.. The red check paper is from American Crafts Crimson 6x6 pad.  I added black mats and punched the scallop border with a retired SU border punch.  The image panel and the sentiment are both mounted with foam tape.

I hope you will check out all the great inspiration by my teammates over at Merry Monday and join us in this fun challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, November 13, 2017

Merry Monday #265 - Outdoor Winter Activity

Happy Monday friends.  It is time for a new challenge at Merry Monday and Nina wants us to create a card with an outdoor winter activity on it.
I decided to use my new Stampendous stamp I got at Michaels called Snowy Sled.  Aren't those sledding snowmen just the cutest?  I colored them with Promarkers and added Fun Flock to their hat brims, cuffs and to the snow under the sled.  I added details to the jackets with my white gel pen.  The sentiment is from Verve Light My World and the DSP is from American Crafts Wish List 6x6 pad.  I mounted the image panel with foam tape.

Be sure to check out all the great winter activity cards over at Merry Monday.  I hope you will join us this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Birthday for November Viva la Verve

Hello friends.  I am sharing a card I made for the November Viva la Verve Sketch.  I love this sketch by Julee so I made a second card with this sketch.
This time I made a birthday card using Verve Kindness Matters (flower) and Cake and Candles (sentiment).  I stamped 2 of the flowers on the back of the striped DSP, fussy cut them out, and sponged SU Bordering Blue ink on the edges of the petals.  I layered them and added pearls to the center.  All the DSP is from an older Momenta Story of Us paper pad matted with black.  The scallop mat is from MFT Bluprints 20.  The white panel is embossed with a retired SU EF.  The sentiment panel is mounted with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Use Circles

Hello and Happy Thursday friends.  It is time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this week our "Toppings" option is to use circles on your card.


For my card I used some DSP from DCWV Basics 6x6 pad and matted it with SU Early Espresso cut with a scallop die from MFT Blueprints 20.  The circles were cut with MFT dies also in white and Early Espresso.  I added some felt flowers that I had cut awhile back and never used.  I don't remember which die I used to cut them. The die cut sentiment is from an Inmpression Obsession die set #DIE174-W

Be sure to check out all my teammates cards over at Seize the Birthday.  There are so many different ways to use circles on your card, I am sure you will be inspired.  Hope you will play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, November 6, 2017

Merry Monday #264 - Use Kraft and Red

Hello friends and happy Monday.  On Merry Monday Christmas challenge Marcia wants us to use kraft and red on our Christmas card this week.
My card base and the Heartfelt Creations Large Sparkling Poinsettia are cut from MFT Electric Red CS and the leafs are SU Old Olive.  The poinsettia has Stickles glitter on the petals but it doesn't show up in the photo.  I added some yellow rhinestones to the center and mounted it with foam tape.  The kraft panel is embossed with SU Holly EF.  The sentiment is from  Verve Peace On Earth stamped on SU Naturals White cut with an MFT Blueprints 2 die.

Be sure to check out all the fabulous cards over at Merry Monday.  There are so many ways to use kraft and red on your Christmas card I am sure you will be inspired.  Can't wait to see your cards in our gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Welcome Little One for November Viva La Verve sketch

Hello crafty friends.  Today I am sharing a card for the November Viva la Verve sketch.
I substituted the circle and Verve Emery elephant (sorry, he has been discontinued) for the center rectangle panel.  I love this cute little elephant and have used him several times. I colored him with Promarkers and fussy cut him out.  I die cut the sentiment and Blushing Bride mat with MFT Circle Stax dies.  The sentiment is from Verve Little Ones and mounted with foam tape.  The DSP is from Authentique Cuddle 12x12 pad and all the mats are Blushing Bride. I embossed the background panel with a Darice heart EF.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sweet Holiday Wishes for Merry Monday #263

Happy Monday friends.  This week at Merry Monday Challenge Lori wants us to use this photo as inspiration for our card.
I was inspired by the hot cocoa theme and the red and brown in the photo so I made these adorable hot chocolate cups from kraft CS with a cut from my Silhouette Cameo and made the hearts red.  I added the white band and layered white behind the cutouts.  I also added faux pen stitching around the cups. The sentiment is done on my computer and cut with an MFT Fistail Flag die.  I mounted it and the cups with foam tape.  The DSP is by The Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.

I hope you will be inspired to play along.  Hope to see you in the gallery at Merry Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Use a Kraft Card Base

Hi friends.  It's Thursday and you know what that means. :)  It is time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time our "Toppings" option is to use a kraft card base.
I used the MFT Wood Plank Background and MFT Sweet Tooth (white) ink to stamp on my kraft card base.  I then stamped this pretty Spring Tulips image by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and colored it with Promarkers.  I die cut it with Lil' Inker Designs Side Stitched Rectangles and mounted it with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Just Rite Cupcake Wishes, stamped on a circle die cut with MFT Blueprints 13.  The kraft mat is cut with the same die set and this is mounted with foam tape.

Now check out all the fabulous cards by my teammates over at Seize the Birthday.  I hope you will be inspired to join us.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate it when you take time to leave a comment.
Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October Viva la Verve

I have another Christmas card to share that I made using the October Viva la Verve Sketch.

The image and sentiment are from Verve Weary World stamped in SU Night of Navy.  I die cut the star from the matching dies from silver glitter paper, mounted it with foam tape and added a strip of glitter paper along the side. The mats are Night of Navy CS.  I die cut the sentiment and mat with dies from MFT Blueprints 13.  The DSP is from Happy Holidays by the Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.  I mounted the image panel and the sentiment with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.
Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Happy Birthday for The Paper Players

Good Morning friends.  Today I am sharing a card I made for a sweet lady at church.  I used the Paper Players Sketch Challenge #367
I stamped MFT Garden Flourish Background in SU Crumb Cake and matted it with Crumb Cake.  Then I cut MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag die (I linked the stitched dies as the pierced ones are no longer available) with Crumb Cake and added that to the base panel.  I also used the same die to cut the sentiment panel but didn't use the end of it.  The sentiment is from JustRite Large Fancy Sentiments.  I mounted this panel with foam tape and then added the MFT Upsy Daisy flower and leaves (discontinued).  I mounted the flower with foam tape also.

I am also linking to the Shop Our Stash challenge #326 - use any sketch. This is my first time playing in this challenge and I think it is a fun one as I have lots of "Stash". :)   Love this sketch at the Paper Players and will probably be using it again.
Grab Our Badge!


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, October 23, 2017

Merry Monday Challenge #262 - Add a Gift

Happy Monday friends.  Linda is our hostess this week over at the Merry Monday Challenge and she wants us to add a gift to our Christmas card.

This cute elf holding a gift, the tree, and the stack of gifts are from MFT Santa's Elves.  I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black on Xpress-It Blending card and colored them with Copics and Promarkers.  I cut them with the matching MFT dies. I punched some small circle ornaments out of gold, red, and silver glitter paper to decorate the tree.  I added shine to the star, buttons and bell on his hat with my clear glitter gel pen.  I added white stripes and dots to the gifts with my white gel pen.  The white panel is cut with Lil' Inker Designs Side Stitched Rectangles die and mounted with foam tape.  The sentiment is from an old SU set cold Cute and Curly.  I cut around it and mounted it with foam tape.  The elf and stack of gifts are also mounted with foam tape.  The green and plaid DSP are from Authentique Festive collection.

I hope you check out the inspiration by my teammates over at Merry Monday Challenge and be inspired to play along with us.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thinking of You

I made this card for a sweet lady that is in the hospital.  I wanted her to know I was thinking of her.
I used one of my favorite flower sets - Peony Bouquet by Altenew.  I stamped it in different shades of peach/orange inks and mounted it with foam tape.  The DSP is from Authentique Grace Collection and is matted with MFT Natural CS.  The sentiment is from MFT Spring Tulips (discontinued)- I masked off the bottom portion of the sentiment, then cut it with an MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag die.  The small enamel dot is by SU.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches


I am also linking to The Flower Challenge  #13- use your favorite flower.  I have so many favorite flowers, but this is definitely one of them.  The Flower Challenge is celebrating their first birthday this month.  I would love to win prize #4.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn


Merry Monday Challenge #261 - Add an Ornament

Happy Monday friends.  Are you ready for a new challenge at Merry Monday.  This week Kelly's challenge is to add an ornament to your Christmas card.
I looked at different ornaments I have but chose to use this digi image of a cute bear with ornaments (sorry I don't remember where I got it as I have had it for some time).  I colored him with Promarkers and cut him out with Spellbinders Oval and matted him with Spellbinders Scallop Oval in MFT Electric Red. I also added a mixture of Fun Flock and Flower Soft to the brim and pompom of his hat.  I stamped the Peace and Joy from Verve Inspire Hope (sorry, it has been discontinued) and then added Wink of Stella glitter to the ornaments.  This panel is mounted with foam tape.  The woodgrain DSP is from Recollections Cozy Cottage.

The light is reflecting off the ornaments in the above photo so I took another one so you can see the ornaments better.  They are so pretty IRL.

You should check out all the fabulous cards by the designers over at Merry Monday.  I hope you will be inspired to join us.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Seize the Birthday New Challenge

Hello friends.  It is time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and this time it is "Anything Goes" as long as it is birthday.
For my card I used these pretty flowers from Altenew Peony Bouquet.  The outline image is stamped in SU Smoky Slate and then layered in different pink inks.  The sentiment is from SU Birthday Blooms.  The green chevron paper is from Softly Spring by Gina K. Designs.  The pink and gray papers are from Recollections Midnight Garden 12x12 pad.   The scallop mat is cut with MFT Blueprints 27 die.  The sentiment panel and also the flowers are mounted with foam tape.  I added a few Carta Bella pink enamel dots for a little extra touch.

Hope you will check out all the fabulous cards by the designers over at Seize the Birthday and join in the fun.  Hope to see you in our gallery.

Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day 2017


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, October 9, 2017

Merry Christmas

Happy Monday friends.  It is time for a new challenge at Merry Monday and our host Debbie wants us to create our Christmas card using this sketch:

I had fun working with this sketch and this is what I came up with.  I cut both the snowflakes (Taylored Expressions Make a Snowflake) and the greeting (Find It Trading Merry Christmas) from silver glitter paper.  I added a silver glitter border around the MFT Electric Red main panel.  I added rhinestones to the snowflake centers and added tiny rhinestones around for a little extra bling and then mounted this panel with foam tape.  The second layer is SU Naturals White and the DSP is from Studio Calico Wonderland 6x6 pad.  The card base is also Electric Red CS

Can't wait to see what you create using this sketch.  Be sure to check out all the great cards by the DT over at Merry Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy Anniversary

Happy Saturday friends.  I am sharing a card I made for a sweet couple at church.

I used this pretty flower from a Hampton Art set from Michael's.  I can't find a name on it but the number is SC0749.  I stamped the flower with Versamark ink on SU Baha Breeze CS and embossed with white embossing powder.  The leaves were embossed on SU Old Olive.  The sentiment is from JustRite Large Fancy Sentiments stamped on a panel cut with Lil Inker Designs Stitched Rounded Rectangles.  Since it had rounded corners I used my corner rounder punch to round all the corners of the DSP and mats.  The DSP is a scrap piece from another card and I don't remember which pad it is from.  I mounted the main panel with foam tape, glued the bottom flowers on and mounted the middle flower with foam tape.

I have so many flower stamps that it is hard to choose a favorite one, but I love this flower embossed in white on colored CS.  I am linking my card with The Flower Challenge #13 - use your favorite flower.  They are celebrating their first birthday and have prizes for the challenge.  You can check it out here.    ETA: I forgot to say I would love to win prize #5 from Powerpoppy.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Another Christmas card

I am working on my Christmas cards so I won't have to rush at the last minute.

I made this card using last week's Tuesday Morning Sketch #422, but didn't get it done to post in time so I am sharing it today.
  I love the sketch and will probably use it again.  I like the way my card turned out.  I just got this DSP at JoAnn's, it is Holly on Green by Paper Pizzazz.  The flowers are Small Blooming Poinsettia by Poppystamps, cut from MFT Electric Red CS.  I layered the flowers, added a yellow rhinestone to the centers and adhered them with foam tape.  The strips are SU Always Artichoke and Electric Red.  The sentiment is from Verve Weary World stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn