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...


Friday, June 14, 2013

Flourishes Release Week: Berry Sweet Frames!


We're back today with our last day of fabulous New Releases for June!   Today's set celebrates the sweet bounty of a fruitful summer garden!   Introducing....

This set is surely berrylicious! Designed with three sweet-as-can-be accent stamps of raspberries, strawberries and cherries, this set can deliver a gift from your garden or cheer to a friend. The gingham background is designed as a perfect fit to our Perfectly Pierced Classic Frames Die. Layer using the die or come up with your own fun ways to combine all of these sentiments and images. With this fresh picked set, the creative options are endless!

I stamped Berry Sweet Frames in Memento Pistachio ink out onto a Perfectly Pierced Frames in Classic White cardstock, and I stamped the sentiment out in Memento Tangelo and Memento Bamboo Leaves inks. I colored in the cherry with the Poppy, Fuschia and Olive Green Copic Collections. I matted my card with Color Made Easy Pistachio cardstock and ribbon from the Color Made Easy Iced Lime ribbon collection.

We'll have some berry-beautiful things to show you with these Berry Sweet Frames, so take a trip on over to visit the Design Team today to see what we have in store for you, and don't forget that once again today we have a …

We'll have some very fun summer inspired ideas to show you with this set, so drop on over and visit the Design Team today to see them all, and don't forget that we have one last day of the…


One of the Design Team Members is today's Mystery Blogger.  If you comment on her blog you could be chosen to win today's great set!  The more you comment on the DT Blogs, the better your chances of winning!

Amanda Havon
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Heather Jensen
Julie Koerber
Maki Jones
Silke Ledlow
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker



DO YOU WANT TO WIN OUR ENTIRE RELEASE?


If you want a chance to win all four of our June stamp sets?  Time is running out...

You can play in our  Textures of Nature Challenge


  • – Deadline for entries is Friday at 5 PM EST.  OR, play along with the gals for this week's Timeless Tuesday Open Sesame Challenge! Be sure to check out the links for the official rules!



  • All four of our June sets can be pre-ordered even before you see the last set tomorrow. Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all four together in a bundle.



  • All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release.


  • There's one more set tomorrow that's very sweet and tasty feeling :)

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Flourishes Release Week: S'more Fun!


    You've come back for S'more Flourishes Fun?  Well we're bringing it to you today!   Hasn't it been great? And for some more outdoor fun today -  we think this set might be one of our favorites!  Introducing the very darling....

    Get on the road again with this summer inspired set designed to share S'more Fun! From a darling daisy clad lantern and a vintage RV ready for summer to finger licking good S'mores fresh off the fire, this set is sure to bring smiles! This 4 by 6" set features three main images, an accent image plus four all-occasion sentiments.

    I stamped the S'more Fun stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Classic White cardstock. I colored my image in with the following Copic Collections:  Olive Green, Sunflower, Sweet Pea, Sky, Iced Aqua, Lenten Rose, Beehive Copic Collections. I diecut my image out, then matted it with the Perfectly Pierced Frames. I matted my card in Color Made Easy Emerald cardstock in  . I tied some Color Made Easy Teal Blue ribbon, a Sunflower Light button, Metallic Silver String and added a Tailor-Made Classic Tag.

    We'll have some very fun summer inspired ideas to show you with this set, so drop on over and visit the Design Team today to see them all, and don't forget that we have one last day of the…




    One of the Design Team Members is today's Mystery Blogger.  If you comment on her blog you could be chosen to win today's great set!  The more you comment on the DT Blogs, the better your chances of winning!

    Amanda Havon
    Christine Okken
    Cindy Lawrence
    Heather Jensen
    Julie Koerber
    Maki Jones
    Silke Ledlow
    Stacy Morgan
    Tosha Leyendekker

    DO YOU WANT TO WIN OUR ENTIRE RELEASE?

    If you want a chance to win all four of our June stamp sets?  Time is running out...

    You can play in our  Textures of Nature Challenge
    – Deadline for entries is Friday at 5 PM EST.  OR, play along with the gals for this week's Timeless Tuesday Open Sesame Challenge! Be sure to check out the links for the official rules!


  • All four of our June sets can be pre-ordered even before you see the last set tomorrow. Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10%
  •  off when you purchase all four together in a bundle.


  • All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release.


  • There's one more set tomorrow that's very sweet and tasty feeling :)

    Splitcoast Product Review: Crafters Companion Embossalicious Folders!

    Good morning crafting friends!

    Did you know that Splitcoast Stampers has a wonderful thing called a product review? They have a newsletter that they send out a couple times a month and in it they have a link to a product they are reviewing! You can find the Product Review homepage HERE, to find this review and past product reviews!

    This month we are reviewing Crafters Companion's Embossalicious Embossing Folders! I received the 6x6 embossing plates size and with them, I created this card.


    I used Flourishes "Calla Lilies" sympathy set and Flourishes "Garden Gate" set for my creation, along with Crafters Companion's "Ornate Corners" embossing folder.

    To see my other creations using these Terrific embossing folders please visit the Splitcoast Stampers Review page HERE!

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Flourishes Release Week: In Nature


    Welcome to Day Two of Flourishes June Releases!  We're thrilled to show off more nature-inspired offerings for you today.

    One of the things that makes summer so special are those tranquil moments spent in the outdoors.  Think of those peaceful places of recreation or solitude away from the hectic schedule, celebrating the beauty and restoring power that nature has.  Today we bring you...



    You can feel the solitude in this beautiful and earthy set penned by Lauren Pope. Whether it's catching the great outdoors by canoe, or sitting by the lake front cabin, this set delivers a serene dose of nature. This 4 by 6" set offers two main images plus three beautifully scripted sentiments. Images are great for nature lovers or even for the men in your life!
    I used Flourishes In Nature that I stamped out onto Kraft paper in Versafine Onyx Black and colored in with colored pencils. I tucked some Turquoise Ruffled Edge Trim and some Ivory Laurel Venise lace on top of my yellow striped background paper and added some Ice Green Pearls that I colored in with a B05 Copic marker from the Flourishes Copic Sky Collection.

    We'll have some beautiful creations to show you with the In Nature set, so take a trip on over to visit the Design Team today to see them, and don't forget about today's…



    One of the Design Team Members is today's Mystery Blogger.  If you comment on her blog you could be chosen to win today's great set!  The more you comment the better your chances!

    Amanda Havon
    Christine Okken
    Cindy Lawrence
    Heather Jensen
    Julie Koerber
    Maki Jones
    Silke Ledlow
    Stacy Morgan
    Tosha Leyendekker

    Along the way today you'll be introduced to the beautiful Trail Mix 123 Create Kit for this month too - here's a sneak peek at what's in it...
    AND NOW DO YOU WANT TO WIN OUR ENTIRE RELEASE?
    How would you like a chance to win all four of our soon-to-be released June sets?
    You can always play in our  Textures of Nature Challenge – there will be multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is Friday at 5 PM EST.  OR, play along with the gals for this week's Timeless Tuesday Open Sesame Challenge! Check out the links for the official rules!

    Also, if you like what you see on our designers' blogs today, you can pre-order this set (along with the other three sets as well). You can also take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all four together in a bundle. All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release. So, be sure to come back and join us each day this week as we unveil a whole new host of paper crafting fun!

    Come back tomorrow when we'll show you something that's pretty and tasty-sweet!

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Flourishes June Release Challenge!!


    June is such a beautiful month!  At least in my neck of the woods it's full of green, and blooming outdoor colors and textures.  In just a few short days we'll be unveiling a new round of stamps at Flourishes inspired by the outdoors.  We're really excited to show them to you.  So today,  we're challenging you to be inspired by the TEXTURES of Nature!

    HOW TO PLAY:  Create something with an outdoorsy texture in mind - or use an element from nature as part of your design.  It could be the texture in an embossing folder that has woodgrain, leaves or vines, it could be a leaf rubbing behind your image, something glossy like rain or shiny like a berry.  The interpretation is up to you!  If you play along with us, you could win Flourishes entire June Stamp Release!  If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCJUN13.  You can enter as many times as you like, but we want you to know if you use your Flourishes stamps, your entry counts twice!  You have until Friday June 14, 2013 at 5 PM EST to enter.  Just be sure to enter your creation below using our InLinkz Widgit.  Enjoy exploring those nature textures!

    I was inspired by the soft textures of baby chicks so I pulled out my Easter Wishes stamp set.

    I stamped my Easter Wishes out on Classic White cardstock in Versafine Black Onyx ink on top of a Perfectly Pierced Classic Frames diecut. Then I colored my image in with Copics and mounted it on popdots on top of a Spellbinder die shape, which I matted some cardstock from the Color Made Easy in Rich Browns, behind it. I added some yellow flocking to my chick image for my texture and then used some Color Made Easy ribbon from the Sunflower collection in Antique Gold, a black button and some Metallic Silver String cording tied to a Tailor Made Classic Tag die with my sentiment from Easter Wishes, as my finishing touch.

    How would you like to be inspired by our Senior Design Team before you get started?

    Hop on over to:

     Amanda Havon
     Christine Okken
     Cindy Lawrence
     Danielle Kennedy
     Heather Jensen
     Julie Koerber 
     Maki Jones
     Silke Ledlow
     Stacy Morgan

  • And be sure to welcome our NEWEST Senior Design Team Member - Tosha Leyendekker
  • !!  See more about her HERE. We're so excited to have her with us!

    THE OFFICIAL RULES:
         Simply create a card using any textures from nature, or inspired by nature!

  • Entries need to be in by Friday June 14th, 5 PM EST


  • Those entries using Flourishes Stamps will be counted twice


  • You must link your creation on our InLinkz Widgit to be counted


  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog post or gallery post


  • Please DO NOT combine challenges.  Only those entries that don't combine will be in the running


  • If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCJUN13


  • We'll announce the winners on Saturday in our Winner's Circle Post here on the blog on Saturday June 15th, so check back then to find out if you are a winner!


  • Thanks for stopping by today and we look forward to seeing what you create!  We'll see you here on TUESDAY June 11th when Sneak Peeks start!

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Flourishes 10 Minute Thursday

    Good morning Friends! It's time for a 10 Minute Thursday idea anyone can make!

    A few weeks ago my oldest daughter was lamenting how soon flower arrangements fade. So I wondered if I couldn't make her something that would both encourage and delight her with flowers, every time she looked at it!


    I used Flourishes Fresh Labels and printed it off onto Classic White cardstock, then I stamped a sentiment from Life Lines in Versafine Black Onyx ink. I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut out the Autumn Blossoms file and stamped the matching image from the Autumn Blossoms stamp set.

    Here are the Flourishes Copic Collections I used to color my flower in.



    Thank you for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to try to make unique encouraging gifts for your friends or family!

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Flourishes Favorites: Focus on the Guys!

    Hello Flourishes Friday Friends!  Today we're going to continue on our theme of masculine cards that we began last week, giving you some more great inspiration for that guy in your life!   The Senior Design Team is picking any set in our Flourishes Stamp Collection and showing off their masculine designs to you today.  I now you'll be inspired and come away with some great manly ideas!

    I used the Flourishes Father's Day set to make my card.

    I used Father's Day that I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Classic White cardstock and sponged with Memento Desert Sand ink onto a Spellbinders Perfectly Pierced Frame diecut. Then I tied some Kraft Jute around my card and added a Black Button knotted on, then I matted my card with Flourishes Kraft and Classic Black cardstocks. 

    This will be Danielle's last Friday with us :(  We are going to miss her sweet spirit and her amazing designs! Please stop by her blog and leave her some love! :)
    And don't forget our Designer Focus on the main blog.  Did you know you can have a chance to win a
    Flourishes Goodie Bag if you CASE this weeks designer? To play along, visit our Flourishes main blog page HERE to read more about it!

    Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Splitcoast Product Review: Action Card Templates!

    Ok, how many of us love those action cards that are so hot right now? I know I do! Today the Splitcoast Stampers Product Review Team is reviewing the Green Sneakers Action Card Templates on Splitcoast, HERE, and you're sure to love these!

    I used them to make this Father's Day Slider Card.

    When you slide it open, it looks like this! Isn't that fun? The possibilities are endless!


    So hop on over to the Splitcoast Stampers Product Review page HERE and read more about them and what the rest of the PR Team and I think about them!

    Thank you for visiting and please visit the rest of team's creations with these Action Card Templates! I promise, you won't be disappointed!!

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Flourishes Friday Focus: What A Catch!

    Good morning and happy Friday everyone!  Today is Flourishes Friday Focus on What A Catch and our Focus on the Designers! Please check out who the Focus is on this week HERE on the Flourishes blog!

    On to my creation, I created a Father's Day gift card holder, for the men that are hard to buy for!
     I stamped What A Catch on Classic Ivory cardstock, with Versafine Black Onyx ink and fussy cut my image. I colored it in with Ice Blue, Buttercup, Beehive, Copper, Walnut, Flesh Tones 1 and Cool Neutrals Copic Collections. I found a DAD gift card file on the online Silhouette America store and cut the Shape out with my Silhouette Cameo Machine and I used Score Tape to adhere all of the layers together.
    Inside it I stamped the fish image in the gift card pocket area and colored it in with the Ice Blue, Cool Neutrals, and Sweet Pea Copic Collections. I wanted to add a Bass Pro Shops Gift card inside but apparently we don't have any near by us :(

    For more What A Catch inspirations, visit the Flourishes Gallery! I know it will just tickle your toes seeing all those awesome designs!

    Please Visit the rest of the Design Teams blogs for more What A Catch inspirations!


      Amanda Havon
      Christine Okken
      Cindy Lawrence
      Danielle Kennedy
      Heather Jensen
      Julie Koerber 
      Maki Jones
      Silke Ledlow
      Stacy Morgan

    Have a great day!