Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winner, and Entering a New Challenge

Hello! I have come to announce the winner of my giveaway! I hope to have more giveaways here on my blog as a way to thank you all for visiting....after all, I DO have LOTS of other burning questions! It's the least I can do ;) Sometimes, an RAK too.

To sum it up, people DO like to know how things are made AND what the products are :) Now I know!


Ceal! It's you! I will email you shortly.

I am also entering a challenge today which I am so excited to say because I have wanted to enter this challenge forever but finally got to do it after having a craft night with my blog pals in Virginia. I am entering the Waffleflower challenge which was this image or white space.


I used the Waffleflower flower  circle die to create this card:


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The leaf is from HERO ARTS called Scattering Leaves, it sparkles because I put some diamond stickles on it after stamping it in Green Hills Ink by Hero Arts. The banner is a similar banner stamp called Happy Thanksgiving stamped in Brown Bark ink. The font on the sentiment is so trendy!! The tine wood veneer heart is by Studio Calico...

Ok later friends!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mama Elephant October Anniversary Stampede!



For the second anniversary of Mama Elephant, I made a card "collection"...blame Project Runway...I have been watching too many episodes!

To create this card set, I used:

  • 2 sheets of 6x6 Christmas paper from Crate Paper
  • 1 Walzingmouse die
  • 1 type of twine
  • and the fabulous stamp set from Mama Elephant called Alpine Carolers


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Nothing says happy like Christmas lights! I colored these with copics and put them on 2 pieces of the the patterned paper. Pretty easy and timeless layout. 


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For this card, I used the die cuts on patterned paper. I colored this mini cutie with copics and stamped part of the sentiment for a banner.

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Here is a close up of the little guy!


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I kept the same color scheme on each card. For this one, I *cough**Jocelyn Olson*cough**colored the purse.  She reminds me of a girl who loves a little retail therapy!

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Join in the fun by leaving a comment for a chance to win!

SALE
* There will be a 10% discount code active for the 3 day blog hop (HAPPY2ME)
* Purchases over $100 will receive the HAPPY EVERYTHING stamp set free.
* Purchases over $150 will receive the HAPPY EVERYTHING stamp set and HAPPY SCRIPT die free.

GIVEAWAYS
* We are giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede, 9 winners total. 
* Exclusive prize giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, 3 winners total.
* Winners will be chosen and announced by us Monday, October 20th on the ME blog. 



MAMA ELEPHANT BLOG
Laura Bassen 
Lisa Spangler 
Lorraine Marasigan 
Iwona Palamountain 
Heather Campbell 
Wida Miller 
Paulina Nakamura

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meeting People You Already "Met"

You know blogging begins with a sharing of self and somewhere along the way, it becomes sharing with others who then become friends. A comment turns into a conversation. A conversation becomes a FaceTime chat. Each connection grows with more than talk about card stock or color. You begin to talk about personal challenges and kids and so forth. And then, if you are lucky you get to meet these folks that become part of your world.

Recently I spent time in Virginia visiting my dear friends JJ Bolton, Tessa Wise, Miriam Prantner, and Jocelyn Olson. What were they like? Exactly as they were in those many conversations. It was easy, comfortable and like I was visiting my dear friends on an ordinary day. We knew common folks (all you bloggers out there) and chatted about our families. I had a great time eating and laughing and making cards! We stayed at JJ's house (a wonderful host)! I had such fun, I forgot to take photos! Here is the single blurry shot of the mantle with some our cards of the time together.


Want to see a few of the cards I made while I was there? CLICK HERE

I know I know, not a SINGLE group photo. WTH?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Giveaway!



I couldn't leave this card alone...I just kept adding and adding!  Of course this little Hero Arts globe called BETTER PLACE was the star of the card show!

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I can't tell if people care how I make my cards... So it got me thinking...why do you visit a blog and do you care how people make stuff?


I am giving away Crate Paper Oh Darling wood veneer ephemera  and Hero Arts Ink pad! Leave a comment here telling me:

Do you care about HOW people make a card and if so, HOW you want that information delivered. You have until Thursday October 16th. 

Thanks so much!






Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I am on the Crate Paper blog with Glitter Splatter!

Hello Everybody! On the Crate Paper blog I show how I made my card for today using my favorite metallic--> GOLD and my favorite technique, GLITTER SPLATTER! 


STEP 1: Glitter splatter on card stock base. This technique can best be seen HERE


See the finished card HERE
I hope you will check out how I finished the card. 

Our family is going through some challenges with the move.  In these times, I think of this quote.


Staying (mostly) positive, no matter what!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stretching Your Supplies!


I am on the Hero Arts blog today showing you how to stretch your embellishments and stamps! I hope you will go check it out! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Handmade for Christmas Hero Arts Blog Hop




Hello! Today the Hero Arts Design team is showing off some Christmas goodness using the new products from the 2014 catalog. I used Stamp & Cuts Small Joy Tags and coordinating die. The cool thing is that the die comes with the set, so you are ready to go! 


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This card is super easy to mass produce! I love the scripty font and the shape of the tag.


Giveaways - Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments they leave along the hop, the better their odds of winning. The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

Here is the line up for this fabulous blog hop!

Hero Arts
Lisa Spangler
Kelly Rasmussen
Donna Mikasa
Tami Hartley
Cheiron Brandon
Jennifer McGuire
Mariana Grigsby
Lucy Abrams
Libby Hickson
Yana Smakula
Wida Miller  <---- last but not least ;)


Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Nieces Birthday Cards

My brother's girls turn 4 and their birthday party is this Saturday. One of the many reasons I wanted to move back to Ohio was so that I could be part of these little girls lives and not miss moments like these. I only have one brother and well, these cuties mean so much to me. My sister in law gave me some suggestions so I whipped up these little fun cards. I hope they like them!



For Ava, I made this cat card with fun balloons! Cat is from a set with Mimi called Frosty Fun and balloon dies are also from Penny Black. I was inspired by Jean Manis. She makes really nice CAS cards with die cuts. No frills, just nice scenes with die cuts and I like the impact her work has.

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For Mia I made a penguin card. This little guy was a gift from Jennifer Ingle! It stamps wonderfully and was so cute, there wasn't much need for much else! The hill was created with JJ's die cut set called Custom Panels. I masked the penguin so I could spray the background with some Mr. Huey's. The sentiment comes from Nina's set by Waffleflower called Bowtiful.

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All my friends are designing things...I can barely color.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Get to know ME!


Well, I bet you have seen this type of post ALL over blogland...here is my go at it:

I was tagged by the following lovely ladies to do this wonderful creative blog hop which basically is a way to get to know me and other bloggers:

Tammy Hershberger I met Tammy when we moved to Ohio. Kim Singdahlsen through the powers of the internet. I came to a blogging get together with some local ladies including Lin Brandyberry, Kelly Latevola, Katie Gehring and Kristin Macintyre who is the daughter of a professor I knew while working and attending the University of Akron! Small world! She is funny and honest, I enjoyed the instant friendship she was willing to offer a lady she didn't know well :)

Elena Roussakis Oh my dear Elena, how I adore you! I think we could listen to the same radio station, eat the same foods, laugh at the same jokes and appreciate the same art and yet our designs are not very similar. She has a way to make cute expensive. You can check out my Diagnosis Design of her HERE.

Jocelyn Olson I could spend hours talking to her about my life, my blog, my cards, my journey and she says what a therapist would. She is good for my soul. Her aesthetic has evolved to something I have never seen anyone do as well, layered, lovely, feminine and still a bit edgy.

Kelly Latevola   I had an instant connection with this girl. Known to me by her vibrant floral CAS cards with expert coloring, Kelly is a Hero Arts fan just like me!


What creative projects are you currently working on?

I am working on trying to make this Hero Arts card more interesting. Here is the original card. The butterfly is one "ordered" up from Kelly during our blog get together. She was making a bunch of them for a card, and I asked her to make me one! I embossed the SUBWAY LETTERS stencil (did you know you could do that?) to create the background and then created the aperture with a circle die. A fancy knot was my "something edgy" and then it was finished...I showed it to the ladies and they nodded at it but they didn't respond to it the way they did to Kelly's card.

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I was disappointed.

So I left it on the shelf. And weeks later, I took it down and tried again.


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This seemed more Wida-ish. I was happier with the result. The frame is from Crate Paper!


What inspires your designs?

The need to create original designs that are modern and fresh. When I finish something, I have to have a sense of satisfaction and if I don't, I will obsess until I get it right (see above story for example) . PINTEREST is always at the forefront of my inspiration. I enjoy seeing what people are making/pinning and seeing beautiful color combinations found in flowers, posters, and so on.

What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?

It can take me all afternoon for 1 or 2 cards. I AM SLOW. I fuss. I will move things around, change color, add or subtract elements. Take photos of what I am making with my phone to be sure the placement is right until I get it right. It is almost painful at times. But the result, if I can get it right (in my mind and heart), is exhilarating!


If you had to describe your 'signature' style, what would it be?

Fresh and edgy with paper. My style is not for everyone, I alternate between more fresh and edge CAS, and more Fresh with paper and layered. and sometimes I am edgy CAS, it varies depending on my mood, who I feel recently inspired by, the products I use and the intention of the piece.

What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
  • Cuddlebug. HELLO! you can't die cut without it!
  • Paper--> I love Crate Paper.
  • Pop Ups. Gives dimension and helps us compete with Hallmark!


I am tagging:

1. Cristina Kowalczyk Innovative, at the forefront of design, someone whose posts I look forward to seeing. I loved her book.

2. Laura Bassen This girl can sell a product with the most minimal of supplies. AND she does it every.single.time. She was one of my first blog friends and I value to relationship so much  :)

3. Danielle Flanders In my dreams, I make cards like she does. I met her in Colorado where I was living and she moved to. Tenia Nelson introduced us and we were instantly friends. She helped me make my mother in laws Christmas cards. I couldn't believe it!

Look for their posts on September 22nd!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Snowflake Mini Card and Pinterest is Talking to Me

For some reason all the titles of my posts need to be really long, I think I like descriptive words! Today I embossed a stencil by Penny Black called SNOW DANCE. Before the paste dried, I sprinkled some white glitter on it and it gives a magical effect.




This card is tiny! It could even be used as a tag. The card stock is a soft stone color, from Papertrey Ink. The banner was made using  the Tagged creative die set and sentiment is from Beauty of the Season stamp set. 




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Thanks for stopping by! I am leaving you with this...

My MAJOR card crush lately is the talented Emily Leiphart. She is such a clever crafter. I love the scenes she creates on a card. She spends the time to make the card special and I appreciate what she brings to the crafting table so much. What an inspiration to me! Geez can she just knock it out of the park again and again...


Lastly do you ever think Pinterest is talking to you? I found this pin and well, I felt like it was put there just for me!