CS Take It Make It: Masking and Stenciling

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with CS Take It Make It Design Team for our CS Take It Make It: Take a Stamp Challenge for the month of July.

This month’s theme is Take a Technique: Stenciling or Masking!!  That means you can use a stencil or mask somewhere on your creation with a stamped image or sentiment anywhere on your creation.

Take a look at my card:

Hello (masked stencil) (TIMI)

So stenciling is pretty but mix that with masking and you have a great design.

Here is how I created this card:

I used Your Next Stamp Circle die to cut a circle out of some masking paper.

Then I placed the Inkadinkado masking paper on top of the card front.

After that I placed the stencil on top of the masked card front.

Once those two were in place, I blended the two distress ink colors on top of the stencil.

Stenciling and Masking (TIMI)

Then I took the mask off to reveal the beautiful circle of dots.

Completed (TIMI)

To finish the card off, I stamped the sentiment from a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set on top of the masked/stenciled dots.

Super simple and easy!!!

Sooooo, what do you think? Please let me know below.


We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for August is: GiogioCraft!

Prize: Bundle of 4 Stencils

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

YNS circle dies Hello stamp set

Hero Arts Colorful Butterflies

Hello everyone!!  I’m on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog today with a colorful butterfly card today.

Here is a sneak peek of my card:

Primary Color Butterflies (a2z) 1

Head on over to the a2z Scrapbooking Blog to see the entire card and how I created this card.

I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month. You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into our challenge. By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Winner will be announced on the 7th of August.  Good Luck!

If you would like to purchase any Hero Arts products please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Supplies used:

Stamp and Cut ButterfliesTombow Irojiten Vivid Coloring Set

Thanks for stopping by!


Distress Techniques Day 4

Hello everyone!!  I’m back again with another days work from the Creative Chemistry 103 class.

I skipped Day 2 and 3, but I will come back to it.  Today I will show you what Day 4 is all about.

Day 4 was all about Distress Crayons.

I bought two sets when they came out but I wasn’t a fan of them.  I couldn’t get them to do what I wanted.  Another design team member showed me how I could use them and I was ok with that.  Then this class really set the record straight.

Take a look:

Distress Tags 4

The different techniques are:

  1. Distress Crayon Smudge
  2. Distress Crayon Textured Resist
  3. Distress Crayon Watercolor Resist
  4. Distress Crayon Blended Background
  5. Distress Crayon Layered Coloring

Totally awesome right!!  I love these different techniques!!

Supplies used:

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Distress Techniques Day 1

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with some distress tags from the Creative Chemistry 103 class.

I have to thank my design team member for encouraging me to take this 3rd class by Tim Holtz.  I’ve taken the first two back when they came in 2012 and 2013, and wasn’t sure what I would learn in this class that would be different.

I have to admit, I’ve learned quit a bit.  So I’m thankful for the push.

Day one we learned a couple of different techniques!!

Here are a couple of them:

  1. Distress DIY Ombre – my butterfly tags
  2. Distress Highlight Stamping – the face card and the leaf tag
  3. Distress Off-Set Stamping – the flower card

Distress Tags 1

I love how these tags turned out.  I can’t wait to see what the other days will bring.

Supplies used:
Mini Ink Blending Tool

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Your Next Stamp DT Dare – Celebration

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with Your Next Stamp and our DT Dare!!!

What is a DT Dare you ask? It’s a fun monthly challenge for the YNS design team to show case more fabulous projects using the new release products!!


Fun right!!

Wait there is more!!  If you leave a comment on the YNS blog post you could Win a YNS Stamp Set of your choice!!! 

Exciting right!!  It sure is for me!!

The DT Dare Challenge this month is Celebration!!  The design team was asked to create a project using one of the new stamp sets from the July release.  I went with the new Happy Birthday 2016 stamp set for my project.

Take a look at my project:

Happy Birthday 2016 (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Happy Birthday 2016

Other Supplies: Bristol Smooth Paper, Distress Ink Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

What do you think?  Let me know below.

Super simple and easy.

So tell me what you think of this challenge? I would love to know, let me know below!

Don’t forget to head on over to the Your Next Stamp Store to take advantage of the online discount code below and save up to 27% on everything in the store!!

Don’t forget we have Blog Candy for you!!  If you leave a comment on the YNS blog today you have a chance of winning the blog candy.


Thanks for stopping by!!


{Clean and Simple} CASology 210 – Dizzy

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Clean and Simple Cue Card just for you!!

This week’s cue card:

Week 210 - Dizzy (1)

Take a look at my card:

Are you dizzy (CAS)

I have to admit, I was a little stuck when I saw this cue card this week.  I couldn’t figure out what to use or even design.  Then I saw my kids using my spirograph and said, “YES”, thats it!!

So I created my own design, for this week cue card, using the spirograph.

I remember using this when I was a child, but not so much as an adult, so it took me a minute to remember how to use it.  LOL!!

I missed up a couple of times at first but finally go it right. So I made a couple more cards:

Are you dizzy 1 (CAS)

What do you think? I like what I see.  I taped my niece creating one for herself.  I posted it on Instagram, you can see it here.

Nice, simple and CAS!

What do you think?  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

DT Badge

Our sponsor this week is Uniko!

Supplies use:

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Concord & 9th Birthday Bash Blog Hop

C9 Birthday Bash RECTANGLE

I’m so excited to be here today!!  Concord & 9th is celebrating their First Birthday on August 9th and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with them.  Let me tell you why!!

I first ran into Concord & 9th on Instagram.  I was browsing through different post and ran into this post:

Concord & 9th Watercolor 1

I was instantly intrigued.  I wanted to know more about this company so I headed straight to their page.

Then I saw this post:

Concord & 9th Watercolor 2

I was sold!!  I had to follow them.  I love watercoloring and these cards were perfect.  I noticed that they were new a company and only had a couple of post so I knew this would be fun to see what they had in store for me as a follower.

Then on September 9th, one month after they opened, I received an email from Angie and was blown away!! She complimented me on my work and asked if I would like to do a guest social media post with them.  What??

ABSOLUTELY!!  I was so excited for a couple of reasons:

  1. Here it was a new company who liked my work, and
  2. They asked me to represent their brand new company.

That was big to me!!  They put their faith and trust in me to represent them. I am grateful!!

You can check out what I created here and here.

Angie and I spoke back and forth for quite sometime.  I learn some much about Concord & 9th and Angie and Greg!!  Super cool company and amazing people behind it!!

So now we are here a year later and they’ve grown in such an amazing way!! I feel honored to call them my friends!!

So here’s my way of saying thank you for a year of great releases:

Happy Birthdary Angie (C9)

Thank you Angie!!

Thank you Greg (C()

Thank you Greg!!

I decided to start with these cards for two reasons:

  1. To say Thank You, and
  2. To display my favorite stamp set of all time from Concord & 9th, the Sophisticated Script Uppercase and Sophisticated Script stamp set!!

This is my go to stamp set if I want to custom create a word sentiment that I don’t already have!!  My daughter thought these cards were so cool to make.  She wants to stamp out her name now.  LOL!!

These cards were super easy to create using Happy Hues Cards/Envelope Pack that Concord and 9th sells.

The next card is a special one for me. Take a look:

Happy Birthday (C9)

Yayyyy, Happy Birthday Concord & 9th!!

When Angie reached out to me about guest posting the Eat Cake & Celebrate Bundle was one of the stamp sets and dies that she asked me to play with.  So its only right to use this same stamp set especially since its Concord & 9th Birthday!!!

I’m not 100% sure but I believe that Angie and Greg has a love for watercolor so I created this card using distress inks for that reason.

I just couldn’t stop so I made one last card:

You've got this (C9)

I want to leave the Concord & 9th team with a little word of encouragement with some watercoloring!!

For this card I used the You’ve Got This Die and die cut a piece of watercolor paper.

I’m done now!! I hope you liked all of the cards that I created for this hop!!  Please let me know below!  I would really love to hear from you.

WAIT!!!  Don’t go yet!!  I have one more thing!!

What’s a Birthday Blog Hop without goodies!!  Well Concord & 9th have really out done themselves this go round!

Check this out:

  1. They are offering one of my readers a $20 gift card to the Concord & 9th store for leaving a comment below.  That means you have 31 chances to win.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog on the hop between 8/1/2016 – 8/31/2016! You can get the complete list here!
  2. If you spend $60 in the store, you will get Lots of Blots for free!!
  3. An exclusive Birthday Bling sequin mix for the first 100 orders placed at the time of the launch on August 9th at 9am MST!
  4. They will have a flash sale when they hit 9,000 Instagram followers!! Follow them here.

For more details about all of the Goodies from this amazing Birthday Bash, click here.

Don’t forget their actual birthday is August 9th, which happens to also be their release date so stay tune for more new goodies!!

Supplies used:
bundle_eat_cake_grande Sophisticated Script UpperSophisticated Script   youve_got_this_step_out_grande washes_spread_grande bundle_script_grande

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Your Next Stamp August 2016 New Release and Birthday Celebration Blog Hop


Hello everyone!!  Yayyy, I love this blog hop featuring new products from Your Next Stamps makes squeal!! LOL!!

This release is super cute!!  Yesterday’s sneak peek was fun.

If you’ve been hopping along, you would have arrived from Lisa’s blog and if you’d like to start from the beginning, you can click on over to the linky at the bottom of this post and start at Tracy’s blog.

My favorite set from this release is the Tweet News Stamp Set! Its down below.

Are you ready for my big reveal?

Take a look at my cards:

Card one:

Your Tweeeet (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Tweet News Stamp Set

Other Supplies: Recollection White Heavyweight Cardstock, Tombow Irojiten Coloring Pencils, Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Dye Wicked Black Ink 

I have to say I really love this card.  There’s a couple of reasons:

  1. I love the small birds!!  They are so cute and easy to color.
  2. I love the size of this card.  Its not a regular card size and I’m loving these.

What do you think?

Card two:

At Home (YNS)

Check out the open window.

Inside the window (YNS)

Check out the inside of the card.

Inside the card (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Cute Home Stamp Set, Swirly Fun Paper Pack, Butterfly Die, Stitched Peek-a-Boo Door Die

Other Supplies:Recollection White Heavyweight Cardstock, Colorbox Archival Dye Wicked Black Ink , Rhinestones

I’m in love with all of the new dies that are being released today.  This card uses a couple of them.

Here is how I created this card:

  1. Cut the card base to 4 x 4.
  2. Use the Stitched Peek-a-Boo Die to cut out the window on the card front.
  3. With the card front close and the peek-a-boo window open, stamp the sentiment inside the window so that you know its positioned in the right place.
  4. Then die cut the butterfly out of the pattern paper and white cardstock.
  5. For an added touch, add rhinestones to the center of the butterfly’s body.

So, what do you think?

I had so much fun creating these cards to inspire all of you and show you the versatility of the stamp sets! Which one of these items are favorite?  I would love to hear from you!

Be sure not to miss any blog along the way, because 7 lucky commenter will have a chance to win a $25 YNS gift certificate. Winner will be announced on the YNS blog on August 10th.  So don’t forget to leave a comment on each of the blogs participating in the blog hop.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special promo code to get
20% off your entire purchase!!


Thanks for stopping by!!


Is Mint Your Color?

Hello everyone!!  Is Mint Your Color?

I’m asking because I see so many different crafty related things and they come in the color mint, which is so pretty!!

So I decided to create a card using the color mint!

Take a look:

Be Thoughtful

I used Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Wicked Black Dye Ink, Clearsnap Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins, and Clearsnap Jumbo Design Fun Flourish Wheel to create the beautiful mint background.

flower Background

Then I used Concord & 9th Being Classy stamp set to stamp the sentiment.

Simple but so elegant!!

So here is my contribution to all things mint!!

What do you think? Let me know below!

Supplies used:

26188-Fun-FlourishBIG  Wicked Black  15503-Glam-Green Being Classy

Thank you so much for stopping by!


YNS August 2016 Release Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!!! I’m back again for this month’s Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!!

We are getting ready for our August Release Blog Hop tomorrow with a sneak peek today. Are you excited? I am!!

Take a look at my card that I’m giving you a sneak peek of:

Happy Birthday 16 (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Happy Birthday 2016 stamp set and die, YNS Swirly Fun Paper Pack, Circle Panel Die

Other Supplies: Recollection White Heavyweight Cardstock, Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Wicked Black Ink, Plus Adhesive

Happy Birthday to YNS!!

Creating this card was a breeze!!  Here’s how:

  1. Using an A2 card size, cut the YNS Swirly Fun Paper Pack to fit the front of that A2 card, 4.5 by 5.5.
  2. Attach the pattern paper to the front of the card base using adhesive.
  3. Then use the Circle Panel Die and cut out a panel out of the white cardstock.
  4. Adhere that to the front of the patten paper.
  5. Stamp the sentiment on the circle panel using black ink.
  6. Die cut three balloon shapes out of scrap cardstock and adhere them to the front of the card, draw strings using a black pen.

Then your done. Nice and easy.

I hope I see all of you tomorrow for the August 2016 Blog Hop and Birthday Celebration.

Thanks for stopping by!