Make Something Monday #14

It’s a wet start to our week down here on the Gulf Coast! Guess that’s how spring gets going, huh? :) So did you get time to be crafty this past weekend? Unfortunately, even with the rain keeping me indoors, I didn’t get a chance to break out the craftiness. I plan on changing that today! 😉 First off, let’s see who caught our eye in last week’s SPARKLE challenge! Our featured project was made by

LOLS at Lorraine’s Loft!

Lorraine's Loft

All the sparkle caught our eye! We love this Christmas card! Nothing like getting a head start on the Christmas rush! 😉 Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing it with us! Go see more beautiful work and get inspiration at Lorraine’s Loft!

Now, on to this week’s challenge….Last week we wanted you to sparkle. This week we want you to SHINE! Yes, get your shine on! It’s time to break out the enamel dots, glossy accents, acrylic bits, and anything that shines. We are not looking for sparkle – just shine! (no glitter, sequins or rhinestones!) Are you up to the challenge?

Since I didn’t have time to create a new project, I snagged a layout from last year to share with you today. I used dew drops on this layout to give a little shine as some accents!

Silly Croppers

Yes, that’s Sam and me with one of our table mates being silly at a crop hosted by ScrapHappy! I love hanging out with Sam! She’s a hoot! So, now it’s your turn to share your shine with us! Get out anything with some shine – embossing powder, glossy accents, those popular enamel dots, some fancy brads you’ve been hoarding – and make something!

Check Sam’s Blog to see her project – she got to spend time in her craft room!!

See you on Wednesday! Now, go get crafty!

Make Something Monday #13

Welcome to a new week! Did you get to be creative this past weekend? I did, and it felt GREAT! I was able to clear most of my desk and get some things put away and organized a bit better. I’m not done, but it’s MUCH improved!

Last week, our challenge was to use a doily. We had 5 crafters jump in with projects ranging from altered art, cards and layouts! We had a great variety! There was a card that caught our eye this week, made by

Dian Ratna!


She packed this card with amazing details and layers of embellishment! This card is a work of art! Beautiful job, Dian! Be sure to stop by and visit her blog to see more of her work. Thanks for sharing your card with us!

This week is lucky 13 for our Make Something Monday Challenge! We all love things that sparkle and shine, am I right? This week we are focusing on the SPARKLE! We want to see you use glitter, rhinestones, gems, and sequins.

Here is my card this week:

wonderful friend

All over, cardmakers are layering diecuts to make their own thicker embellishment pieces. It’s particularly popular with sentiments. I’ve also seen layering a different color underneath to give a surprise fun pop of color. I decided to do that for this card!


I cut 5 layers of pink and one in black. I glued the pinks on top of one another and then finished with the black on top. The first layer was the most tricky to glue. The die cut was very delicate and just wanted to move all over! With each layer, it was easier to glue the next layer because it had more stability and body. The second part of the sentiment was stamped in versamark ink and embossed in black.


I added some clear wink of stella to the top of the black for some sparkle! I actually did two layers for extra glitter. :) And of course, I also added sequins to the card front. In the future, I’ll be sure to move the sentiment up – it ended up a bit lower than I intended. Still a lovely card!

My layout this week over at Nuts About Sketches also has a bit of sparkle – click over there to see what the design team has shared.

Today is also a very special day for Sam….it’s her BIRTHDAY!! Happy Birthday, friend! Be sure to stop by her blog to leave her some happy birthday wishes and see what she’s made that sparkles!

So, time to get your SPARKLE on! Break out the glitter! Sprinkle on some sequins! Bling it with rhinestones! Then be sure to link your creations below for a chance to be our featured crafter next week! See you on Wednesday!

Make Something Monday #12

I’m so sorry I missed posting on Friday. I was so sick. :( Went to the dr and was diagnosed with laryngotracheobronchitis. Big word, huh? Yep. Got some meds, and now I’m on the mend! :)

We had several link ups to last week’s challenge to use a stencil or mask on your project. It was so hard to choose a winner this week! There were so many great cards! (everyone made a card!) We finally settled on the following card made by

Piali Biswas!


I love the bright colors, the water spots and the graphic design! Congrats, Piali!! You can see more of her creations at her blog: Touch of Creation. Be sure to stop by and see more of her work. Thanks so much for sharing this card with us, Piali!

This week’s challenge is to USE A DOILY on your project. This can be a store bought doily, a doily cut on your silhouette or other digital cutter, or even a stamped doily! Here is a layout I made that uses a red heart-shaped doily.

true love

I’ve made so many layouts using doilies in the past, but usually stick to the traditional round white doilies. This one made me go outside my box. Since it was heart shaped, I chose to use lots of hearts on this layout. Perfect for the wedding theme of love!

Check in with Sam to see how she used a doily on her project!

Now it’s your turn to make a project – card, layout or whatever – using a doily! Link up below and you may be our featured crafter next week! Have fun and take some time to be creative this week! See you on Wednesday!

Make Something Monday #11

We had some great participation last week and some beautiful green and gold projects submitted. Our featured crafter this week is:


March Challenge

This card is just too stinkin’ cute! Check out more of her work at her blog here: The Stamper’s Touch Thanks so much for sharing your card, Linda!

This week’s challenge is for you to use a MASK or STENCIL. Many crafters use these terms interchangeably but they actually are two different terms. A stencil is what most of us are using typically. This is a template with a cut out area that we use our media of choice on, and when we remove the template, we are left with a positive image in the media of our choice. Here is an example:


blue heart card

The heart print stencil was laid over the inked surface and the hearts were traced, then misted with water to leave a lighter heart print on the finished project.

Here is another sample using a polka dot stencil and modeling paste


The stencil was removed leaving textured polka dots in the top corner of the frame. So, stencils leave a positive image behind when you remove them.

Masks, on the other hand, leave a negative image behind when they are removed. The mask covers a portion of your project, and when the media is applied, it’s applied around the mask, leaving a negative image behind. Here’s an example:


A chipboard flower was used as a mask with some blue ink mist to achieve the floral image to the right of the journaling.

Here is another example:

mask detail

full page

You can clearly see the flourish mask that was spritzed with ink leaving a crisp image behind. In the case of a mask, the negative image shows the background paper with ink defining the shape.

Check out Sam’s Blog to see how she used a stencil or mask on her layout.

Your challenge this week is to use a MASK or STENCIL to create your project! Be sure to link your card, layout, or other project below for a chance to be featured next Monday! I can’t wait to see what you create!


Make Something Monday #10

We didn’t have anyone participate in the sketch challenge last week. I love working with sketches, but I do understand they aren’t for everyone! :) This week our challenge will be another color challenge. With St Patty’s day around the corner, the challenge is to use GREEN and GOLD on your layout, card or project. It doens’t have to be a St Patty’s day theme, just use those two colors. :)

Here is a card I made to share with you that uses green and gold.
hi card

An easy mix of hexagons in green and gold make a great all occasion card. :) Now it’s your turn to use green and gold and link up your project below. Check Sam’s blog to see her green and gold card, too!

See you Wednesday – I’ll share what I’ve been up to the past week! Hint: I had magical days! 😀

Make Something Monday #8

Apologies first – I forgot to come back on Saturday and post!! I’m not used to having a post on Saturday! 😉 My guest post went up Saturday at 3 Scrappy Boys, click through to see all the details on this adorable doodle book I made for my daughter.

doodle bookWe have another new Monday Challenge for you today! This week the challenge is to use STAMPING on your project. Your item can be anything – a layout, a card, altered item, or well – anything! We are also giving away a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company to our favorite project as well as featuring them next Monday right here on the blog.

A few weeks ago I tried a single layer card. I was wanting to try another technique for a single layer card. I’ve always loved cards with a sunset or multicolored background and a dark silhouette layered on top.


To do this technique you have to mask off the area you want to ink, or use a cut piece of paper to do the colored area. Since I was wanting the single layer, I used a new favorite tool in my arsenal – Post-it Tape. I picked mine up at Office Depot. Sometimes washi can be a bit TOO sticky, so I wanted something that I knew would peel up cleanly without damaging the paper underneath. I used the tape to mask off the center of my card front. mask

I knew I’d be using my distress inks to make this background because of the amazing blendability of these inks. I pulled out my color chart and selected three colors to use. I wanted a soft pinkish purple blend, so I chose Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet, and Dusty Concord.


I used my blending tool and the inks to color the area that was open on the card and removed the masking around the edges to reveal a crisp edged area of color. I love how well the Post-it tape works for this!


I then used Black Soot to stamp a floral silhouette stamp and my greeting. This card is elegant in its simplicity and I love how it turned out! I will definitely be doing this technique with masking again! Here’s another look at the completed card.

card 2

Sam is sharing a stamped card on her blog Scrapping With Pirkie – be sure to check it out!

Now it’s your turn to show off your stamping skills! If your project is picked to be featured next Monday on the blog, you’ll also receive the following Unity Stamp Company stamp set mailed to you from me! This set is brand new and from their most recent release!


To enter for a chance to win this prize, and a feature on the blog next Monday, link up your stamping project below. Remember you may enter up to 3 projects, but they must be made new for this challenge. I can’t wait to see what you create! See you on Wednesday!


Make Something Monday #5

Welcome to another new weekly challenge! Last week we had two participants link up to the challenge to use dimensional adhesive. Darcy made a dramatic layout questioning where spring was in early 2013!


Visit her blog to see her full layout and details! Thanks for participating, Darcy! I love how the black background makes the spring blue and yellow pop. I also love how you were able to catch that splash in the photo!

This week’s challenge is a color challenge! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the challenge is to use PINK and RED on your layout, card or project.

I’ve been wanting to do a single layer card. I’ve seen several other crafters make this type of card so I decided to try it myself. My first attempt was a bit more simple looking than I had hoped, but I still think it’s lovely.

pink and red card

I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of paper and fussy cut it out. I then used temporary adhesive to mask the area for the greeting while I stamped the floral pattern in two shades of pink. After removing the mask, I stamped the sentiment in red ink and added some rhinestones to add some sparkle.

I also made my first process video. Be gentle. It was my first attempt at a video. 😉

Check Sam’s Blog to see the adorable card she made for this week’s challenge!

To get in on this week’s challenge, simply make a card, layout or any project featuring the colors PINK AND RED. Link up below and you may be featured next week when we issue a new challenge! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made! See you on Wednesday!

Make Something Monday #3

It’s the start of a new week and a new challenge to inspire you! First, let me share with you an entry from a new participant, Francesca. She made a beautiful, glittery embossed birthday card for a friend.


Click the image, or her name above to see the full card on her blog. Thanks for participating, Francesca! I look forward to seeing more of your work!

This week’s challenge is to use WOOD VENEERS on your project. Again, this can be a layout, card, mixed media, or any such project. Just be creative, and use some wood veneers!

I have to admit….I have a bit of a problem with wood veneers. I have an addiction problem. 😉 I love these little things! They add a great touch to your page without tons of depth, and there are so many styles and designs to choose from! I’m sure I have more veneers than I can use, but I’m trying!

The following layout was made with several different wood veneers, and was inspired by sketch #183 over at Nuts About Sketches.

Pre-K Grad LO

It’s hard for me to believe this little guy is now 11 and almost as tall as I am! I used wood veneers from Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico, and Maya Road on this layout. I will often ink or spray or even heat emboss the wood elements, but for this layout, I left them the natural wood color. I really like how the embellishment clusters turned out!

camera cluster
An enamel dot fits perfectly into the lens area of the camera! Tiny stars and more enamel dots join with ink splatter in teal and silver to finish this cluster.

remember cluster
More ink splatter, and enamel dots are in each cluster. This cluster has a tiny wooden heart by Freckled Fawn that fits perfectly into a Maya Road polaroid style frame. Some words and a little boy figure completed this grouping.

Sam has made a card for this challenge! Go visit her blog to see how versatile these embellishments can be!

Here’s how the challenge works: Create a NEW project with WOOD VENEERS and link your blog post below. Take some time out of your week and be crafty! I can’t wait to see what you make!

(I am in the process of moving my blog to a new server to allow the thumbnails to be listed at the bottom of the post. Please click through to go to the linky page. Thank you for your patience as we make this change. I hope it will be completed before next week’s challenge!)

Challenge Rules:
*If it’s a color challenge, be sure to feature the colors in the challenge, additional colors may be added as accents.
*Limit of 3 projects linked per challenge. Each submission must have a unique link. Do not upload multiple submissions with the same link.
*Only link new projects.
*Please provide a link back to the challenge on your blog post.
*We reserve the right to remove any posting that does not meet this criteria.

Make Something Monday #2

It’s the start of the second week, now, and I hope that last week’s posts inspired you to make some craftiness of your own!

We only had one link up last week, but I know this is a new challenge series. I hope that more people are able to join in this week! Before I share the new challenge, let’s see the submission we had for the last link up.

moni card
This is Monica’s card. I adore those teal butterflies! They give just the right pop of color and I just love them! Thanks for joining in, Monica! Monica has a new blog started, and I hope we’ll see more of her beautiful creations again soon!

Ok, I know you’re wanting to know this week’s challenge……and it’s EMBOSSING!  I think embossing is so cool! It’s so easy to do, but has a huge wow factor! To enter this week, you need to make a card, layout, or any project that has embossing on it. (mixed media would be awesome with some embossing!) It can be either wet embossing, dry embossing, or both!

Here’s an easy card that has both types of embossing on it:

embossed card

I dry embossed the bottom portion of the card by selectively using an embossing folder in my big shot. I figured out where I wanted the silver glitter tape, then tried to emboss a phrase above that. I forgot to use a powder tool to eliminate the static, and ended up with a less than desirable result. boo! I then cut off the top portion, and spliced on a new piece of cardstock to make it the original size I started with. The glitter tape covers the seam. (the photo shows the seam, but it must have caught the light just right – it’s not noticeable in person.)

detail embossing

I then covered a piece of raw chipboard with embossing ink and used white embossing powder to cover it. This gave me a shiny white element that was perfect for adding my greeting. I added a few silver stars that matched the greeting, and mounted it all onto the card base. The above photo shows all the dimension in the dry embossing, too!

Of course, Sam is joining me again this week on the challenge! She’s awesome! 😉 Go visit her blog to see her creation!

Here’s how the challenge works: Create a NEW project with EMBOSSING and link your blog post below. Take some time out of your week and be crafty! I can’t wait to see what you make!

(I will be making some changes to the blog soon to allow the thumbnails to be listed at the bottom of the post. Please click through to go to the linky page.)

Challenge Rules:
*If it’s a color challenge, be sure to feature the colors in the challenge, additional colors may be added as accents.
*Limit of 3 projects linked per challenge. Each submission must have a unique link. Do not upload multiple submissions with the same link.
*Only link new projects.
*Please provide a link back to the challenge on your blog post.
*We reserve the right to remove any posting that does not meet this criteria.

Make Something Monday #1

I know I teased about lots of new things coming to the blog this year. The first thing will be a weekly challenge that you can link your blog with a thumbnail. You already know that you can expect new content every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Be sure to come back on Wednesday to see what I’ll be doing!

Here’s how the challenges will work: Each Monday, at 8am, I’ll post a new challenge. You have one week to make something – that’s the theme – MAKE SOMETHING – take time to be creative each week! You can link your projects below. You’ll have until Sunday at midnight to submit your link. Then on Monday, I’ll pick my favorite project and feature it on my blog and issue a new challenge.

Our first challenge is…make a WINDOW CARD!

Have a design on the inside that is visible when the card is closed.

Here are two examples of cards I’ve made using this technique.

hello front

This first card, I used a circle cutter to cut the front panel and the colored cardstock. I used some American Crafts die-cuts from an Amy Tangerine line. This made the card come together super fast! Both the die-cuts are on pop dots for some depth. Some quick pen lines similar to the design of the die-cuts and some tone on tone sequin action completed the card. I really like the sequins on this one! They give the perfect amount of shine and interest without overpowering and taking the attention from the die-cuts.

hello open

When the card is opened, you still see the greeting and have plenty of room to jot a short note.

The next card I want to share with you is too stinkin’ cute! I really love how it turned out!

bird cover

This one is a square card and I used a circle punch to get the circles in all the layers. The card is made from scraps that were destined for the garbage, but I loved the colors and patterns, so I put them to use to make this card. I think it would be a great birthday card for anyone!

bird opening

As you open the card, you see a flash of the inside scalloped frame around the stamped bird.

bird inside

And here is the inside. I have to admit, that little birdie gave me a couple of fits. The first stamping didn’t take dark enough, so I used a pen to trace it but I didn’t like how it was looking. So, then I stamped it onto another piece and cut around it and used the scalloped frame to hide the patchwork. (the inside frame was not in my original design idea) I started coloring the bird using my Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens and a paintbrush and water to use like a watercolor. I was loving how the bird was turning out!! Then I painted the beak. And it went wrong…My hand shook JUST as I touched the brush down and my adorable birdie now had an orange blob for a nose. DRAT! Well, I had patched it once… what? I stamped the bird once again onto another piece of paper and painted the beak FIRST, then painted the turquoise, and fussy cut him out to put him in the card. WHEW! I love the final result!!

My friend, Sam Pirkle, is joining me on the challenges to give you even MORE inspiration! You can find her blog HERE. She has all the details posted over there on how she made this awesome card!

sam monday 1

Now, how can you get in on this challenge? Make a window card and link it below. Make sure you have an element on the inside that is visible when the card is closed. Next Monday, I’ll pick a favorite and highlight it on my blog when I issue the new challenge. It’s that easy! Now, go make something! Get creative this week!

Challenge Rules:
*If it’s a color challenge, make sure you feature the colors in the challenge, additional colors may be added as accents.
*Limit of 3 projects linked per challenge. Each submission must have a unique link. Do not upload multiple submissions with the same link.
*Only link new projects.
*Please provide a link back to the challenge on your blog post.
*We reserve the right to remove any posting that does not meet this criteria.