Monday, December 23, 2013

Season's Greetings!

I wanted to take this time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! May you have a season filled with love and family.
Today I am showing you a peek at two of the Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration items that will be available Feb.1st. The items I am featuring are the cute banner stamp set, and the matching punch, each available with a $50 SU purchase starting Feb 1st. I stamped my banners using Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, and Cherry Cobbler new formula ink. *LOVE*  I also used the SU Top Note Die, and the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder. I used Cherry Cobbler  Core'dinations, and Crumb Cake Card stock. I can't remember the last time I used only SU product on a card. LOL  Fear not, I love so many stamp companies, and will still be featuring cards made from all the companies that I love. ;)
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Flowers Are My Favorite!

Hello friends! My last post featured a card I created using the new ink formula from Stampin' Up! and red rubber stamps. Today I want to show you a card I created using the new formula SU ink pads and CLEAR stamps! They stamp beautifully! To create my card I used the Papertrey Ink stamp set Ruby Rose, one of my favorite floral sets. I love building blooms with this set. I stamped the flowers on my first card using Gumball Green, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Sky, and Bermuda Bay.
For my second card I used Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Calypso Coral. I am so in love with these inks, and as you can see they stamp beautifully with rubber, or clear. I am offering a 10% on all SU ink pads purchases from my until Dec. 31st. You can visit my store here:
Thanks for visiting my blog  and have a great day!

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Sneak Peek!

    You may surprised to know that as of recently I am a Stampin' Up Demo. I found myself not on any current design teams and thought I would update my ink pads using the demo discount. Truthfully, I hadn't even looked at a SU catalog since 2010 which was the last time I was a demo.  I signed up during the starter kit special in October. I got my box, thumbed through the catalog and was excited to see that SU was right along with a lot of the stamp trends out there. Now the thing that excites me the most about SU is the new ink pad formula. I was skeptical, but after using the ink with clear and rubber stamps, I will be replacing ALL of my ink pads with the new formula. It is amazing...seriously!
The card I have to show you today was created using brand new stamps that have not been released yet, but will be available Jan. 1st when the Occasions Mini Catalog goes live. I used Baked Brown Sugar and the new wood grain background stamp, and a new floral set that I stamped using Early Espresso. I stamped the flowers using Stippled Blossoms which is available in the current catalog. I added a silver frame, and machine stitching to finish off my card.
I am happy you stopped by, and if you would like to try out the new SU ink for yourself, I am offering a 10% discount on all SU Ink purchases from now until Dec. 31st. You can visit my SU website here:
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Framed Christmas Greetings

Today I have a fairly simple card to show you using Avery Elle stamps. I double stamped the wreath in two shades of green to give it a little extra added dimension. The beautiful ornate frame is by Crate Paper.  I am happy you stopped by and I hope you have a happy Monday!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Geometric Christmas Greetings

  Hello hello! Today I have a card to show you featuring stamps from Technique Tuesday. I was trying to achieve a stained glass look on this card. I used Copic and Promarkers to color the image, and then applied Crackle Glaze by Ranger Ink and let it set up over night. I stamped the sentiments and added a machine stitched border around my card. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Keeping It Simple

Today I went a little outside of my comfort zone and used a non stamped image as my focal point. The poinsettia and greenery centerpiece is from the Pink Paislee Snow Village collection. The music bar, and stamped Christmas sentiment are the stamps also from the Snow Village collection. I added a little bit of cream twine to finish off my card. What do ya think?
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Hello friends. Today I have a card to show you that I created using stamps from Technique Tuesday stamp set "Trendy Trees".  I paper pieced the trees using patterned paper from Lawn Fawn, and Echo Park. I kept my card clean and simple because I am playing along with this weeks CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. It has been a LONG time since I joined in on the fun!

                                              I used 8 design elements to create my card!

1.) tree stamp with dashes
2.) tree stamp with rectangle pattern
3.) Noel stamp
4.) dotted patterned paper
5.) green multi hue patterned paper
6.) machine stitching
7.) red chevron ribbon
8.) Linen/Canvas impression plate from PTI

                       I hope you like my card, and I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Cutest Fox Ever

Hello friends! For those of you that celebrated Thanksgiving this past week I hope it went well.
Today I have a card to show you using Lawn Fawn stamps that I created for the Lawn Fawn 2014 CHA Catalog Challenge!
   To create my card I used "Into The Woods". There are a lot of "fox" out there, but this one is my favorite without a doubt. I gave my fox a snow bank to sit in using white glitter felt that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I cut it free hand. Easy peasy! I added chipboard letters, and some super cute hounds tooth washi tape. I hope you like my card! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

May Peace Be With You

     Hello! Today I have a card to show you that I created using a beautiful new stamp set from Unity Stamp Company,   Arianna Girl by Angie Blom.  I stamped this beauty using my new favorite gold ink "Delicata" by Tsukineko. I kept the card CAS because the image is just too pretty to not be the entire focal point. I added gold stitching on the side, and used gold card stock by American Crafts as my card base.  I apologize for the picture but we haven't had a sunny day for the past several days! Hopefully tomorrow the sun will be shining and I can re-take this picture.  I'm happy you stopped by today, and before I go I need to post the winner of my little blog candy giveaway. The winner is:
#10 - House Built Of Cards! Please send me an email at    alwaysctr at with your mailing address and I will send a box of goodies your way!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Merry and Bright!

Hello and happy Friday! Today I have a card to show you featuring stamps from Neat and Tangled. The set I used is called "Merry and Bright". To create my shimmering ornaments I first stamped the ornaments in Stampin Up classic ink. Next I stamped the same stamp using Versamagic ink and I sprinkled diamond embossing powder and heat set them. Everything else is pretty much self explanatory. I love the way they turned out! I'm happy you stopped by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WPlus9 Monday Mood Board - Joyeux Noel


    Hello! Today, for the first time, I am playing along with the  WPlus9 Monday Mood Board # 23 using this beautiful inspiration photo:


                                                                 So beautiful, isn't it?

      To create my card I used the beautiful WPlus9 stamp sets Woodland Wreaths, and Pretty Poinsettias. I stamped the wreath using Stampin' Up ink Pistachio Pudding, and Wild Wasabi. I stamped the poinsettia using SU Only Apricot for the lighter shade, and  Ginger by Fresh Ink. I love peach poinsettias, they remind me of my Great Grandmother.  My patterned paper is from the Pink Paislee Snow Village collection.  I used the Mama Elephant stitching die to create my embossed card bases.

                                                   I am so happy you stopped by today!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankful For You!


                       Hello! Today I am playing with this months AveryElle AEI<3u challenge:="" p="">
To create my card I used two Avery Elle stamp sets, Fill In The Blank, Handwritten Notes and the   Icon Fill In the Blank coordinating die set.  I used washi tape from My Minds Eye to create my cloud themed back drop.
This card started out as a submission from a couple of months ago that was rejected. Gasp! lol, I decided something wasn't right, so after a COMPLETE over-haul, I came out with the card you see today. Here is a picture of what my card idea looked like in the beginning:
You can see I had to re-stamp everything, and change up the background. I am much happier with the end result!
Thank you for stopping by today!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Photography 101 And Some Blog C-A-N-D-Y

  I recently asked for advice for photography help from my friend Joscelyne Cutchens, and her pointers were #1- Use a tripod. #2 Take pictures in full sun #3 Use a filter   I feel like my pictures are hit and miss, so yesterday we had a nice sunny day, and I took pictures using a new pedestal I picked up at Target. I will be using it for all of my Christmas cards, and maybe beyond! I LOVE the way this picture turned out!  To create my card I used the beautiful stamp set from WPlus9 - Woodland Wreaths. I love multi-step stamping, and the beautiful results you achieve. I used the Mama Elephant stitched frame die to create my embossed stitching around my white card layer. The red patterned paper card base is paper I have been hoarding for over 5 years from Stampin Up. I'm glad I saved it because it was exactly what I was looking for when I put this card together!
So what do you think, do you give this new photo set up a thumbs up? I have some current Christmas product from My Minds Eye, and Pink Paisely to share  with one lucky commenter from this post!
 I am happy you stopped by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Peace Joy & Love

     Hello friends. Today I have a card to share that I created using Papertrey Ink stamps and dies. The tree and deer are from the In the Meadow die collection. The sentiment is from the Instant Photo: Holidays stamp set. I love that set! It has so many different styles of sentiments. I added s strip of tape from My Minds Eye and finished off the card with a button tied with twine.

 Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Hope Your Wish Comes True

   Hello friends! Taking a break from Holiday cards to show you a fun, and "busy" card I created using  my favorite Paper Smooches stamp set, Royal Cuteness. My star patterned background, and gold card stock are from American Crafts.  I added a machine stitched border using gold thread. Neat huh? I'm happy you stopped by and I hope you have a great day!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Merry And Bright

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today I have a card I created for the current 10 Minute Craft Dash # 29. The challenge this week was to use buttons.

      I finished my card in 8:53. Threading the buttons was the most time consuming part in making my card. I used the PTI set Rustic Wreath to create my card. I stamped the wreath using a beautiful, highly recommended by my friends, ink Delicata Golden Glitz ink by Tsukineko. It is tough to tell from this picture but it stamps SO beautifully. It is the best gold ink pad I have ever used!

                     I am happy you stopped by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Moxie Fab Thanks! Blog Hop

Today is bittersweet as we say thank you, goodbye and good luck to Cath Edvalson.
The paper crafts community has come together to create the Blog Hop, of all Blog Hops as we celebrate Cath and and all that she means to us! You should have arrived here from Jamie Greene's Blog.
Let me show you my card!
I created this card using "Into The Woods" and matching patterned paper both by Lawn Fawn. I added a lot of fun design elements, wood grain, washi tape, chipboard, and machine stitching. I hope you like it! Your next stop on the hop is Jennifer Scul.  If you want to start at the very beginning click HERE.
I am happy to be a part of such an epic Blog Hop honoring the fabulous Cath Edvalson! Happy Hopping!

Friday, November 8, 2013

You Make My Heart Melt!

Today I have a CAS card that I created for the current Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge:
I used striped washi tape from My Minds Eye and ribbon from Maya Road. I colored the adorable snowman and candle using Promarkers and Copics. I used watermark ink and chalk to color the heart in the middle of the sentiment. I just love the way it turned out!
I am happy you stopped by today and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Celebrating Happy News!

Hello friends! Today I am here to share some very exciting crafty news! I am a Paper Crafts magazine World Card Making Day Winner, for the second time! I truly did not think I had a chance of winning, I mean, the first time was amazing, but actually winning again, unbelievable. I won in the Christmas category, I guess Christmas cards are my "thing". So, today I am sharing a Christmas card I created using the WPlus9 set "Woodland Wreaths" and a sentiment from  PTI set "Instant Photo: Holidays" .  I am happy you stopped by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hang Your Heart At Home For Christmas - Blog Feature!

Hello! This week the editor of Create: magazine emailed me to let me know that a card that I have in the Create: Christmas Cards issue would be featured on their blog, and newsletter today. What a happy surprise! I am also excited about this issue because I am a cover girl, finally! You can visit the blog and see the entire list of supplies for this card. I am happy you stopped by, and I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Warm Fall Day...

   Hello and Happy Wednesday! I'm not sure what the weather is like in your part of the world but here in Arkansas it is warm! The AC is  running today! But despite the unseasonably warm temperature I am still starting to get excited for the upcoming Holiday Season! Today I created a card for this weeks Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge - Inlaid Die Cuts.
To create my card I used the new PTI Stitched Snowflake die. I thought it would be a fun twist on the technique to partially raise the ends of the snowflake. I really like the way it turned out! I hope you like my CAS card, and I'm happy you stopped by today!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cute Little Pumpkin!


I've mentioned this before, I am not a fan of scary Halloween, but I just LOVE cute Halloween! To create my card I used stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink. My embossed wood grain background was created using the Cuttlebug Pinking embossing folder. Today I am playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Halloween Challenge.
I'm happy you stopped by and I hope you have a great week!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fun With Dies - And a Challenge!

Good morning! I am here really quickly to show you 1 more card I created for this weeks 10 Minute Craft Dash!

To create my card I used the new Mama Elephant scallop die. I LOVE this die so much! I used the Papertrey Ink stamp set " Polka Dot Parade #9" and the "Coffee Cozy Detail" dies to create the cute, festive shapes. I completed this card in  8 1/2 minutes.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a  great weekend!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop - Pinecone Tags

     Hello! I have to admit, I almost decided not to play along with the PTI October Blog Hop Tag It Challenge but decided at the last minute to create a CAS set of tags with a coordinating gift package.


 I used one of my favorite PTI sets "Peaceful Pinecones" and matching die set. I also used the PTI sentiment set "Happiest Of Holidays". It took no time at all to create this set! Thank you for stopping by, and I will try and visit as many of you today as I can! Have a great day and happy hopping!