Sunshine on my desk

A while back I won some blog candy on Laura Bassen's blog, an adorable little Simon Says Stamp sunshine die. Well, the die arrived accompanied by this awesome card, made by the fabulous Lauren Bassen herself! I'm not sure which one I was happier to receive, the card or the, it was the card. I love the die and was happy to win it, but I must admit I have a bit of a crafty crush on Ms. Laura. I love her signature rainbow coloring style, and her videos just crack me up every time. If you haven't seen them, you are missing a lot. Pop on over to her blog and check it out, you won't be disappointed, I promise. Talent and a great sense of humor, a winning combination.

A Special Birthday Card

Tomorrow is my sweet grandson's 2nd birthday, so here I am in Ohio to celebrate it with him. I brought gifts, of course, and a card I made just for him. I've had this Taylored Expressions stamp set for a while, waiting for just the right occasion. These little monsters are adorable and it was so much fun coloring them and putting this card together.

Here's a shot of the inside. I made a little pop up with balloons and a gift package, both from the same set. The Happy Birthday is from a new Mama elephant stamp set.

Tomorrow we will celebrate with cupcakes and presents!


Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit Card

Yes, June. I know...but better late than never. I actually made this card in June, I just didn't get around to posting it until now.

Once again, Shari Carroll was my inspiration for this card. You can see her inspiration card here.

And here is my version:

I love that little Smile die, and the papers in that kit are delightful. I bought the extra 6 x 6 paper pad, too, of course. The kit is sold out, but the pieces are still available for purchase.


Faux Metal

Jennifer McGuire comes up with the coolest techniques, most of which I pin to my Pinterest board and promptly forget to try, but this one was so quick and easy I couldn't resist. I also needed an anniversary card for hubby - two birds, one stone and all that.

I used one of the new WeR Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders - they are too cool! I hope they come out with more patterns soon. No shimmer on this one, just ink blending.

I made a couple of cards using different colors of Distress Ink and just put the Happy die cut on them, but left off the rest of the sentiment so I can add it as I need a card for a particular occasion.

This one doesn't have the Perfect Pearls added, I just love the way these colors blended, though.

Here's a closeup of the pretty shimmer of the Perfect Pearls. This one is in the when-I-need-a-quick-card pile. I can add a die cut or stamped sentiment strip and be done.

In case you missed this technique, here's a link to the post on Jennifer's blog. Give it a try, it's fun and you can make a lot of card fronts/layers in no time.