Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Creative Journey

As you can see life has caught up with me and since I'm not on any design teams anymore, my creative drive has all but left me for a bit. Mixed with life and keeping up with my kids schooling, my card crafting has really taken a back burner in my life.

But I recently joined a nice and friendly design team for a stamp company called A Creative Journey with Melissa. Here is a link to their online store and blog: A Creative Journey with Melissa.
It's a 6 month DT commitment and I'm glad I joined because it really pulls me out of my creative shell and get to what I love: Creating Cards!

I chose to work with a set called Petals For You.

I chose to score my own lines on ivory paper with my Martha Stewart Score Board. I used a My Mind's Eye "Sunshine" paper pad for my patterned paper and back cardstock for my matting. I used Memento and Close to My Heart inks to stamp up my Petals For You set, and added colored my rhinestones in with my Y17 Copic marker to bring some pizzaz and color to the card.

You can find the Petals For You in the A Creative Journey's store front HERE.

I hope to have more items to show in the future (*crossing my fingers*) so stick around and I hope to dazzle you some more!
Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great day and come back again soon! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Moonlight Merry Christmas

Hello, I'm back! I know I've been on a looong hiatus! Life has gotten the better of me and is in the way of my card creating! I'm trying to "right the ship" as they say and get back on board! So speaking of getting right back into it, I've made a card!! I know, you're thinking big deal :) It is, since I haven't even touched my card materials for a few months so I'm really enjoying it all over again!

I had a request from someone I know to make a masculine Christmas card for their husband. I have made many Christmas card but never a manly one and not for a couple, so that was a complete challenge for me.
I used Flourishes "Country Time Christmas" stamp set because it really spoke to me about Christmas time and yet it was still manly, too.

I stamped out the image on Classic White cardstock, then colored it in with Copics. After coloring it in, I masked off my moon and my horizon line and sponged the sky in with blue Distress Inks. After removing my masks, I cut my cardstock down to size and fitted it over my background cardstock, I stamped my sentiment from Flourishes "Start of Bethlehem" set and heat embossed that in. I popped my image up on foam popdots for depth and interest (off my background) and added some pearls near my sentiment to complete my card. 

I also have my card on Splitcoast Stampers if you'd like to follow my link and see it there : Moonlight Merry Christmas

I really love how it turned out and I really enjoyed getting my hands inky! I think I'm going to set aside some time after the kids are in bed every night and get back to doing what I love - Cards :)

Thank you for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you!!
~ Amanda

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SCS Product Review : Kreate-A-Lope!

Hello and welcome back to my quiet blog! Today I have another Splitcoast Stampers Product Review. Today the SCS PR Team and I are reviewing the Kreate-A-Lope envelope templates. They are simply Amazing! I used to buy my envelopes thinking that handmade wouldn't be as sturdy or fit my cards, but these templates changed my mind! You can find my review and the rest of the SCS Team's: HERE!

Here are two of my envelopes....

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you check out all the product reviews on SCS for these amazing Kreate-A-Lope envelope templates!! :)

Have a great day ~ Amanda

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Splitcoast Stampers : Z Becky Brown

Today I have a neat product to share with all of you. All of us on the Splitcoast Stampers Product Review team were given a Z Becky Brown purse and asked to create something that speaks to us and have fun with it. I certainly had fun and my mind raced all over with what I could do and where I could go with my ideas. I've always wanted a pretty box to put my precious travel postcards in one spot. So I came up with an idea of using it to hold my postcards and add a picture of an activity or family group shot on the back of it, so I can remember it better. I copied my pictures out in black & white onto vellum so it would have a slight vintage look. Under each picture I plan on writing the date and location of each of our travels and keep it in the box to page through any time I want.

If you want to know what I thought of the Z Becky Brown Purse, please visit the SCS Product Review page HERE.

Here is a finished picture of what my box looks like.

And this is the top of the box. I kept everything simple and elegant. I kept the purse box clear without any liners, so you could see the pretty postcards.

Thank you for visiting and head on over to SCS and see what everyone else has created with their Z Becky Brown Purses!!

~ Amanda

Monday, October 7, 2013

I'm Back!!!

Hello Blog Friends! It's good to be back online!

I don't remember if I told you or not, but I went back to my home state of Minnesota for a couple months to help my Mom get her farm ready to sell. Well, I'm back and I have great news, she sold it!! She's Thrilled and heading to Iowa to be closer to my older brother and his family. I am so happy for her and now hoping that everything falls into place so she can move before the snow flies :)

I am thrilled that things have calmed down somewhat enough so I can start focusing on my crafting and cards :) I hope to have some things created soon to share with all of you :)

Again it's great to be back and I hope you all have a great day!
~ Amanda

Friday, June 28, 2013

Flourishes Friday Focus: Beach Sets!

Happy Friday Flourishes Friends!  How is the weather in your neck of the woods?  Is that summer heat getting you down?  Well today the Flourishes Senior Design Team has a treat for you focussing on three beautiful summery sets:  Beach Life, A Guiding Light  and Seaside Life  because we know that this time of year makes you long for those cool ocean breezes. 
I chose to work with Beach Life for my simple 10 minute card. 

I stamped out a shell from the Beach Life in Versafine Onyx Black ink, onto Classic Ivory cardstock and fussy cut it out. I used the Sweet Pea and the Dahlia Classic Copic Collections. Then I diecut out my cardstock with some Spellbinder dies. After that I stamped out more shell images from Beach Life, as a background, in Memento Desert Sand ink then I sponged Tattered Rose Distress Ink around the background. 

Just a quick note, we seem to be currently out of Beach Life  stamp sets at the moment, but we should be back in stock soon, though! :)

Head on over and visit...  

       Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your summer in the sun, hopefully at the beach!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

S'more Fun!

Hello Friends! I'm on vacation at my Mom's home in Minnesota  with my two girls, helping her out and just having some summer fun!

Yesterday I was looking through some of the cards I have made with Flourishes new June release, and  I found one that just speaks to me of summer vacation and S'mores Fun!

I stamped S'more Fun out in Versafine Onyx Black in out onto Classic White paper. I colored my image in with the following Copic Collections: Dusty Rose, Sky, Azure, Fuschia, Tonal Neutrals, Lenten Rose, True Blue, Olive Green, Burnt Orange, Sunflower, Terra Cotta & Copper Collection. I matted My card in Color Made Easy Sunflower cardstock, and I used Turquoise Twill Striped Ribbon and Mauve Ruffled Edge Trim.

Here are my two lovely girls having fun at Grandma's farm in the northwoods of Minnesota.

They are living it up and we are planning our first s'mores party of the summer, with more to follow ;)

Thank you for visiting and have a great summer this year!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Flourishes Free For All Friday!

HELLO Flourishes Friends!  Lots to tell you today...
 I am going to revisit one of the stamp sets from last weeks Flourishes release! My favorite has to be those pretty Wildflowers!

I stamped Flourishes Picking Wildflowers in Versafine Onyx Black ink into Classic White cardstock. I colored the image in with the following Copic marker Collections: Olive Green, Lenten Rose, Buttercup, Sweet Pea, Dahlia, Violet, Tiger Lily, Azure, and Sky collections. I added a Color Made Easy Golden Rod ribbon, Color Made Easy Poppy Button, Ivory Jute Twine and some Kaiser Pink Pearls.

And remember that today is your last chance for this month's New Release Bundle of stamps at 10% off!!

AND for more fun SALE news...

Looking to add to your ribbon collection in your stamp room? Well, now is the time to stock up! Flourishes is having a bonanza of a ribbon sale. Nearly everything in our warehouse needs to go to make room for new collections! Most ribbon can be found at prices up to 40% off retail! And, once these ribbons are gone, they will be gone! So, hop on over and shop now for the best selection! Please visit the Flourishes Online Store to see the ribbon collections.

Today the Flourishes Team are excited to show you one more look at the June stamp Releases.  We liked everything so much we just couldn't stop at the Sneak Peeks so please stop and visit...