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Super fast Card Streak Roundup!

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Hey friends! I'm minutes away from headed out of town and wanted to post all the cards that I've finished since the last roundup! Here goes!

If you have any questions about ANYTHING leave a comment and I'll get back to you!

Day 22! Playing along with the Share Joy Challenge!


Day 21! Emboss resist technique

Day 20! Banner Blast fun!

Day 19! Had an Oprah moment! Hahah


Be sure to follow me on Facebook for the streaks as they go live!

I'm outta here! Wish me luck playing 4 games of roller derby down south!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Mashup!!!!!!

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EEK!

Today is the day!! I'm so excited to be a part of the Friday Mashup design team!! It was my VERY FIRST challenge blog I submitted to and it's great to come full circle and join the design team! I'm always blown away by the talent of the team and all the people who submit their creations.

On to the challenge!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new Sale-a-bration Hello stamp set by Stampin' Up! It's a big bold, yet feminine statement stamp that really looks great no matter what you put it on! I also used the SAB Wildflower Fields DSP for the tags and background. What's great about SU's DSP is that it matches beautifully together (you just have to figure out the best layout).

Paper: Wildflower Fields DSP (available during SAB only!), Blackberry Bliss, So Saffron
Stamp: Hello
Accessories: Lost Lagoon ribbon (ret), Rhinestones, clear embossing powder, Whisper White ribbon.
Ink: Blackberry Bliss

For those wondering how the card streak is going, it's still going! I…

Tis the Season 58!

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Good morning!!

Today over at Tis The Season we have a really great sketch! My first thought was to go with christmas papers, but then... why not skip a step and use stamps??

(It may have helped that this stamp set from the February 2015 Paper Pumpkin was sitting on my desk from another project)

So I quickly decided on using the current SU! in colors, the cute squiggle squares and went to town. Keeping in my clean and simple fashion, I added some glitter stars and the sentiment and called it a day!




Head on over to Tis the Season and see what the rest of the design team has in store, then play along with us! Just think of how easy it would be to break up your Christmas Cards all throughout the year? When all of your friends are scrambling to make theirs, you can breathe easy. And spend more time with your family! I can't wait to see what you make!
Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day! I have packing to do for a weekend full of roller derby! But first, laundry and chores…

Streak days 17 &18 All Paper Pumpkin

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18 days and still going strong!

A few things I've learned so far into my streaking.
1. Trying new things is fun. (Seems like a real duh moment) but seriously. You don't know unless you try.
2. Cards add up quickly if made with no intentions to clear them out. Adding that to my to-do list.
3. Simplicity isn't scary anymore. I used to think if a card took less than 30 minutes to make it wouldn't be worth giving. No. False. Wrong. I still made it and crafted it with my hands, therefore it is totally worthy. Really. You invested the time, money, and efforts to make something. Way better than something mass produced at the store that has zero meaning.

Rant over. Ha.

Yesterday, I was quite productive making cards I can't share yet. Haha! Soon! But in the meantime I can share day 17 and 18!

Day 17 was saved by August's Paper Pumpkin kit! Isn't it pretty? It took me about 30 seconds to put together and is just stunning. The nice think about Paper Pumpkin is that ev…

Streak Day 15 & 16 Technique Frenzy!

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Good morning!

What a busy last couple of days!

Friday, we had my son's wrestling tournament. he got first place in his weight class (70 lb).

Saturday was like recovery day, which we spent watching football. I could've done a lot more, but just relaxed!

So I got a bit of good news to share... I am going to be a design team member for the Friday Mashup! Woot woot!! What is so crazy about that is that was the VERY first challenge blog that I ever submitted to! So, I can't wait to start with that!

Alright, on to card streaks!

Day 15: This is one of my favorite techniques. Inlaid embossing always looks nice no matter now unsure you are with the idea that was in your head. Typically I do a variety of colors, but just wanted to go with black and white with this one, not a color combo I go with so it brought some discomfort.



Stamps: Homegrown (retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Basic Black, Naturals White. 
Ribbon: Black Satin Ribbon (retired), rhinestones, Wink of Stella glitter brush …

Streak Day 13 & 14, A lesson in Simplicity.

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Wow, what a busy few days!

Busy days call for FAST cards.  So fast that it's literally stamp, color done.

No time to fiddle with layouts,

No time to even look up the set on Pinterest for some inspiration. gasp!

Pure gut.

Day 13 was made while my daughter was in the bath. The only harm was that the dog could've been bathed by the time I got back. (It's happened before)

Cardstock: linen style, from my favorite print shop, she loves me and gave me a ton. Literally.  Stamps: fabulous phrases (ret) and Flowering Fields (Sale-a-bration) Ink: Primrose Petals (ret) and Old Olive applied with a blender pen.  Accessories: wink of Stella pen, linen thread.
Day 14. Oh, how I love cows. I also love the fact that I am allowing myself to let the stamps make the statement. I love clean and simple cards, but the simplicity of these two particular cards scares the daylights out of me.

Is it enough? Yes, absolutely.

Stamp: Barnyard Babies
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories: Naturals chevr…

Streak days 11 &12

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Hey friends!

Are you keeping up with my card streak? Hopefully you aren't thinking "This lady is crazy-ay!" Haha!

Exactly the opposite. Well........ maybe just a little ;)

The purpose of the streak is to get into my craft room EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even just for 10-15 minutes. This is a great timeframe for the busy crafter who may not have the luxury of time on their hands. When you spend the money to invest in a craft, you should get to play with your investment. That is exactly what I aim to do.

Also,  the fact that I'm aiming to do this daily means I have to be quick with my time. I'm throwing absolute perfection out the window. That's not the point of crafting anyway. Perfection is a HIGH rung to compare yourself against and unattainable. The nice thing about crafts are that they are handmade (subject to human error--that's why embellishments were invented) and their creations live in the hearts of their creator. My style might be different from yours, an…

Tis The Season is Back and an Oops!

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Good morning! Tis the Season DT is back after our holiday break!

:::The Oops is that this was supposed to go live Jan 7th..... and I just realized it never did! Gah! Technology somehow always has a hand up on me.

Moving on! It's going to be a long one now, to play catchup!

This week, errr...well,  we're starting back with a color challenge and it's a good one! Since I've recently done some Valentine's swap cards, I was already in a pink-y mood when I saw our inspiration.

Isn't it adorable?!



Naturally, since it was pink and had a snow globe, I had to follow suit! 
Here's mine: 

It was so fun to make this card because I used a similar layout recently and it just was a CASE of my own card! No need to re-invent the wheel around here!
Card Streak is still in full swing! Here are my cards from Day 6-10th! 
Day 6 I decided to use the Faux stained glass technique. It's so easy if you've never done it before. All you do is emboss with white on one side of th…

Card Streak Day 4 & 5

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Hey everyone! Yesterday got away from me so now I'm catching up on posts (again).

Do you ever have days where a vision is in mind and you make a dud? Oh, man. I'll spare you the scary pictures, but it was B A D.

I originally wanted this card to be on dark cardstock, embossed with the same layout, but it didn't work. 'Nuff said.


Regarding Dahliah's in Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler embossed on vellum (because it wouldn't dry) and Cherry Cobbler candy dots. Clean and simple!

Day 5's card I felt like I needed to start pulling out some techniques (otherwise my cards would all start looking the same). This card broke me out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing! 
I used the ink block technique, where you use color ink, either from markers or ink pads, onto the clear acrylic block, spritz with water and then stamp direct to paper. I madee sure to really press it down and then let it sit for just a second so the ink can soak in. Since I had a good amount of ink …

Whimsical hello for Card Streak Day 3

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For card streak day 3, I wanted a very simple layout that could layer well with one layer of stamping.

Hello Again did the trick!

With some whimsical spring colors and a clean simple layout, this card worked nicely for my CAS streak timeframe! I must be ready for spring with our warm temps.....but we have 5 months to go. :(


Supplies: Stampin' Write Markers: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Lavender Lace (ret), Pretty in Pink (ret).  Ink: Basic Black Paper: Whisper White Stamps: Hello Again (ret) Accessories: Clear embossing powder (over the black 'Hello' ink), rhinestones, Blushing Bride Baker's twine. 

Card Streak Day 2!

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Good afternoon! Today is day 2 of my card streak! Still holding strong!

My goal for the card streak is to make a simple card every day of the year! I love paper crafting and it brings me such happiness no matter the size of the project!

Greetings from Alaska's Golden Heart City!


Whatcha think?
It took me a LONG time to embrace clean and simple cards. Now that I finally have, I embrace them! I love embellishments and layers too, don't get me wrong. But--I love when I can knock out a card in minutes!
Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!
Supplies: SU Crumb Cake cardstock SU Basic Black ink, Martha Stewart Metallic Gold ink Inkadinkado 'Our Adventures' stamp set 

Happy New Year!!!

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Holy cats, friends! 
Can you believe it's 2016!!

I feel like my blogging dropped off a cliff the month of December! Wow!

I had EVERY intention of catching up, but it just slid down the priority (maybe Festivus) pole.

I'd say the new year brings peace and relaxation, but it will be exactly the opposite. We have back to back birthdays (Jan, Feb, and 2 March) with sprinklings of holidays in-between. My son's middle school wrestling season is kicking off with 2 matches a week until February! I have derby games scattered between Fairbanks and Anchorage and back, and I feel like we just won't be home in January.

See you guys in Feb! Haha, just kidding!

To keep with the madness, I've committed to some health and crafting goals to kick off the new year!

--I'm going to do a 365-day run streak of at least a mile per day.

--I'm going to make a card or other small and quick project a day (quick is KEY here folks!)

Also continue to workout, be a better derby player yad…