Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Alley Way Stamps Blog Hop Day!!! Yay!!!

Hello!  Happy Hop Day!  Are you ready for some fun?!?!  Not to mention inspiration, and lots of new stamps yay!!!  Today I have the pleasure of working with the new Tootharina set and it is something every mom needs ( especially for those who have little ones that I have yet to loose any teeth! )... I am especially excited as my little man hasn't lost any of his teeth yet, and now I have a way to make his day even more special!!!

I've created a post card!!!  It will be perfect, and I can personalize it on the back!  I also love that Alison had included a Tootharina signature image!  So awesome!  I had to add lots of glitter to my creation, since we all know the tooth fairy loves it! ( not to mention I do too! hehehe!)

Make sure you hop along and see what all of the girls have created for you (plus a chance to win all of the new sets!), and don't forget about the monthly special...

This super adorable Mini Set, Moosing You, is FREE when you spend $40.00 
or more during the month of February, 2015.

So, are you ready to hop???!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Watercoloring on Embossing Paste

Happy Friday!  As always it is my day up on the blog, yay!!!  And today I'm also playing along with this weeks challenge: Embossing Paste...

Supplies Used:
Art Stencil GEO TRIANGLES as46020
 Simple Greetings Clear Stamp Set SS4404
 Embossing Paste CLEAR
 Peerless Water Colors Bonus Pak Small
 Flutterby #2 SweetCuts Die set of 2 sc012b

To start I used clear embossing paste with one of my Art Stencil and heat set it.  Next I went over it with watercolors and let dry.  I then layered it with some patterned paper.  I then diecut three butterflies in matching foil paper and stamped  my sentiment.  I love the texture and the mixing of the colors that I created with the embossing paste and watercolors.

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Sneak Peek Time at The Alley Way Stamps

Hello!!!  Yay!!!  It is sneak peek time!!! woot woot!  Make sure you stop by The Alley Way Stamps Blog to see more sneaks of this new stamp set called Stumped.  It is soooooo cute! Plus you'll have a chance to win it before you can buy it!

I went super simple with this stamp set, but let me tell you something there are some super cute critters and scenery in this set that I can't wait to get inky!  I started by stamping my deer in MFT hybrid ink and masked.  Next I had fun with some distress inks and water to create the background. The only thing that went wrong was that some of the background got under the mask... I think it would have worked better if I had embossed the deer and then masked it, that way the water wouldn't have gotten underneath the mask.  So I just colored my dear a little darker than I would have liked to, but it worked.  I then stamped the sentiment and drew a messy frame.

I am entering this into the Cards and More Challenge: Animals

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to stop by The Alley Way Stamps Blog for your chance at the giveaway!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Happy Hello!!! And Winner!

Literally I'm here to say Happy Hello...

Now what better way could you start your Monday? ( ok don't answer that! hehehe!)  Anywho, I made this cute little card by stamping and coloring my sentiment from the Bubbly Stamp Set and then doing the same on those happy little guys from the Oogles Stamp Set by The Alley Way Stamps.  Throw in some die cutting and fussy cutting, fun placement, patterned paper and rhinestones, and BAM!  One Happy Hello come at ya!

I am entering this guy into the Crafty Card Makers Challenge: Something Old (paper) Something new (stamps).

Also, congratulations to the winner of the Pointers Stamp Set from The Alley Way Stamps.... Linda Chidster!!!!  Yay!  Please email me at lisascreativeniche at with your snail mail and I will pass the info on!  You have one week to respond!  And thank you to everyone who took their time to leave me a comment!!!

For more fun inspiration make sure you check out what the other girls are sharing on The Alley Way Stamps Blog!  And don't forget the sale is ending soon 15% off your purchase!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Final and Favorite Take on PTI Jan. Blog Hop

Hello!  I'm back with one final take on this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop... if you want feel free to scroll back and see two tags I've created for this hop as well! :)

This is my favorite of all, and it is a shaker card! yay!!!  It is a fairly simple card too, using the same emboss resist technique as I used in tag #2.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Tag Its 11
Die: PTI (sentiment) Spellbinders (frame)
Distress Inks
White Embossing Powder
DCWV Metallic Paper
Sequins and beads from V's Sweet Ideas

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Have a heart!

That's it from me today, I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and maybe some craft time squeezed in too!

Happy Crafting!

Take #2 PTI Blog Hop

Ok, onto tag #2 for this blog hop... this time I used an emboss resist technique...

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Tag Its 11
Distress Inks
White and Gold Embossing Powder by

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Have a Heart Challenge

And hold on, I have one more to share with you...


PTI January Blog Hop #1

Hi!  These posts will be really quick today as I have two little ones who want lots of attention it seems, hehehe!  I don't mind, I will take every minute of them wanting my attention, because I know soon enough that will fade.... anywho, I have 3 projects that I made last night for this hop.  My first two are tags, and the final is a shaker card.  All of them are created using watercolor techniques...

Tag #1

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Tag Its #11
Distress Inks
Water brush

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Have a heart challenge too!

I'll be right back with take #2!

Friday, January 23, 2015

OLW : FUN Layout

Hello!  Happy Friday!!!  This is my second post for the day so if you are looking for my project, please scroll down.

Now I'm sharing my One Little Word Layout that I had an absolute blast creating!  I don't know why, but everytime I do my OLW layouts I tend to LOVE the result... maybe I should just let go more often?

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Pink Paisley (Color Wash) and American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Daydreamer)
Vellum: EK Success
Stickers: Pink Paisley (Color Wash & Hey Kid) American Crafts ( Dear Lizzy Daydreamer)
Enamel hearts: Prima
Sequins: V's Sweet Ideas
Gold Pen

I was really inspired by the following challenges when I sat down to get crafty:

Paper Issues: Say it Aint Snow Again
Challenge Yourself: OLW
Sketches in Thyme #138

The patterned paper and the sketch really took most of the work out of this layout for me.  I just got to have fun cutting, layering and adhering!

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

I Love...

lots of things!  Cute little munchkin things, big manly hubby things, all things that sparkle... yep I'm a lover not a fighter, hehehe!  Today I'm sharing a sweet little Valentine on The Blog...

Supplies Used:
Springtime Doodles Clear Stamp Set SS4412
 Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN
 Self-Adhesive Pearls RED

This card also goes well with our weekly challenge theme: Hearts!  I had so much fun layering this card and heat embossing that beautiful heart, I hope I've inspired you to put a little lovin on your paper too!

I am linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Have A Heart

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DCWV Insta Fun Album and Cardmaker Blog Too!

Hello!!!  Today you can find me up on two different blogs today! yay!!!  Make sure you take a peek at the DCWV blog post sharing the insides and out of my latest Insta Fun project...

Let me tell you these Insta Fun Products are so easy to work with and really are like their name says, fun!  I couldn't believe how quickly this came together... full details can be found on their blog!  Psssst - photos of me and my family in a photo booth are there as well, trust me you do not want to miss that!

I am also up on The CardMaker Blog sharing some organizational tips... and maybe professing my love for baskets... but you'll never know unless you stop by and check it out!

Happy Crafting/weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For My Crafty Friend... TAWS Giveaway!!!

Hello!  Happy Hump Day and Giveaway Day!!!! YAY!!!!!  Everyone loves a Giveaway, and it is my turn to giveaway one stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps Birthday Celebration!  All month long The Alley Way Stamps has been celebrating with 15% off your total purchase and daily giveaways, so I hope you've been able to take advantage of both!  Now onto my giveaway set...

This is such a fun and graphic set to play with!

Now what do you have to do to win this set?  Be a Blog follower of The Alley Ways Stamp Blog and leave me a comment saying that you are, and for a second entry if you are one of my blog followers leave me a comment with something happy in it !  We all could use a little pick me up now and then, eh?  Comments close 1/26/15, winner will be announced here on my blog and you will have one week to claim it or a new winner will have to be picked.  Good luck!

Now since I am giving away an older mini stamp set I thought it was only right to create a little card using some older mini stamp sets as well... so I have used the Buggin' Out and Small Talk mini stamp sets to create this sweet little card for all of you...

Thanks for stopping by and for more inspiration make sure you visit The Alley Way Stamps Blog, and don't forget to enter my giveaway!!!

Happy Crafting!

Life is Beautiful

yes, yes it is!  Today I am sharing this layout here and on the Nani Ke Ola Blog! woo hoo!!!  I'm still getting crafty with lots of fabulous older products in my stash, so I can make room for the what's to come! mwahahahaha! This layout was created using Chic Tags, Glitz Designs, Color Hills, and Heidi Swapp Collections...

Now this layout was based on the sketch from Sketches in Thyme # 137... and this sketch was so much fun to play with!

Also something fun to note, all of the products I have used today can be found in the Nani Ke Ola Scrapbooking Store on sale right now! woo hoo!!!  So give some old products a little love!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winnie & Walter Take #2

I'm super excited to share this next take on another one of the Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Challenges, as I've gotten my shaker on...  This card was created based on the Mood Board Challenge...

Isn't it dreamy and yummy all rolled into one?  Oh I LOVE it!!!  So here is what I created...

yay!  I love how this turned out!  Once again I got creative with my The Big The Bold and The Merry Stamp set and did a little masking to create my You & Me sentiment.  The papers are from Heidi Swapp Dream Collection and DCWV glitter cardstock.  I began by heat embossing and then watercoloring over my sentiment.  Next I diecut my frame, added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and created the shaker box element.  I die cut the hearts from more glitter cardstock and adhered to the patterned paper panel.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Winnie & Walter
Die: Lawn Fawn (hearts), Spellbinders (frame)
Cardstock: Ranger Watercolor, Diecuts With A View, Heidi Swapp
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh

Thanks for stopping back by and hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!
Happy Crafting!

Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Challenge Take #1

Hi!  Today I'm going to be sharing two different cards for two different challenges that are all for the Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash! woo hoo!!!  My first card was created based on the Gradient Challenge...

I don't own very many Winnie & Walter stamp sets yet (notice the keyword yet? hehehe!), so I had to be a bit more creative with my The Big The Bold and The Merry Stamp set to create cards for other themes, and with a little mix and match I was able to create this sentiment!  My little confetti up top was created using the eraser on my pencil in versamark and heat embossing.  I then added some silver glitter washi tape and layered it at an angle with some mirror paper.

I am also linking this up to the Paper Issues:Say It Ain't Snow Cold Outside Challenge
and in the Simon Says Stamp: Winter Stamping Challenge

Monday, January 19, 2015

Silly Balloons!

Hello!  Happy Monday!  If you aren't happy yet, I dare you to look at my card and not at least crack a smirk... you know you wanna...

See?!  That's better, isn't it?  To create this card I started by apply gesso and gellatos to watercolor paper.  I then went over it with a brush and generational stamped a confetti background.  Next I added some fun arrow washi, and layered it with a few more strips of patterned paper.  The balloons from The Alley Way Stamp Set Cake Day were stamped onto gesso and gellato treated paper, colored and fussy cut.  I adhered them with foam adhesive and some twine.  Next came the stamped sentiment which is also raised with foam adhesive and finally the flair that says "Let's Party".  I adhered all of this at an angle on my card front and bam!  Happiness is leaking out of this card everywhere!

I'm am linking this little guy up to A Girl Who Crafts: Anything Goes Challenge

And make sure you stop by The Alley Way Stamps Blog to find out how you can win the stamp a day giveaway currently going on!  PS - there is a killer sale going on too, that you can see in my sidebar!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Take #2 Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge

Hello!  I'm back with a different take on the Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge #39...

This time I reversed the colors in the photo, except for the black and gold sentiment.  I started with a gold foil DCWV card for my base.  From there I embossed the stars in white, to symbolize all of the white in the photo.  Finally I tied some black twine, double embossed the sentiment in gold and black and added some gold thread.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Altenew
Stencil: Memory Box
Embossing Paste: Ranger
Embossing Powder:
Gold Foil Card: DCWV
Black Twine
Gold Thread

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: It's a Guy Thing Challenge

Thanks again for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Take #1 on Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge

Hi!  Today I'll be popping in quickly to share two different takes on the recent Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge #39... I have not had much time to play along in any challenges just for fun lately, but when I saw the new challenge photo I just had to join in...

And here is my first take...

I was inspired by the sentiment in the middle and I sort of inverted the white curves on my card from what was in the photo around the plate.  I loved the look of the gold confetti design so I created one myself out of star stamps.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant (balloon) and Altenew (stars)
Die: Pretty Pink Posh
Embossing Powder: 24k gold
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will get a chance to stop back later for take #2!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Double Embossing

Hello!  I'm up on the Blog today sharing another card I've created using double embossing on my background.  If you are unfamiliar with double embossing let me explain.  This technique for me came by simply experimenting, and double embossing is the term I've given it.  I begin by using white embossing paste over a stencil.  While the embossing paste is still white I sprinkle it with embossing powder and heat set it.  It really gives great dimension and results...

Supplies Used:
Enamel EP 24k GOLD
 Art Stencil SNOWFLOWER as46006
 Framed Handwritten Words Clear Stamp Set SS4406
 Embossing Paste WHITE

Don't forget to join us in our Challenge: Winter Blues... all supplies are welcome, but you will earn a second entry for using images/dies.

Happy Crafting/Friday!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

V's Sweet Ideas Blog Hop!!! Yay!!! - Giveaway too!!!

Hello!  I'm so excited to be able to share with you the release of the new V's Sweet Ideas Stamp Set: Coffee Break!!!! ( Psssttt - giveaway details at the end)  Yay!  I know that this set is all about coffee, but my projects are nothing about it! hehehe!  I had so much fun playing with the book image in this set that I decided to make a card/book mark gift set...

Supplies Used:
Stamps: V's Sweet Ideas Coffee Break
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn
Corrugated Paper: DCWV
Sequins: V's Sweet Ideas
Twine: V's Sweet Ideas

* I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: It's a Guy Thing Challenge

I'm so excited to give the red bookmark to my little man as he is in need of one since we've started reading chapter books together!  Now for some giveaway Info....

Two winners will be chosen from comments all along the hop. Winners will receive the stamp set "Coffee Break" and a few other goodies.

Here are the details:

1. Two winners will be chosen from comments all along the hop. Winners will receive the new Coffee Break stamp set.

2. Deadline: You have until midnight EST on Thursday, January 22nd to leave a comment.
3. Please check V’s Sweet Ideas Blog on Friday, January 23rd to see if you are a lucky winner.
Your next stop is the amazing Nicole, woot woot!
Here is the full hop order:
            Sierra (GDT)
                             Vanessa (V's Sweet Ideas)

Thank you for stopping by and happy hopping!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You're not Alone with The Alley Way Stamps...

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a cute little pick me up card that could brighten anyone's day.  I used the new Nessie Stamp Set (free this month with any $40 purchase) and mixed it with the older Nap Time Stamp Set to create this...

This card required some masking and watercoloring, but I love it!  I really wanted to show another use for the Nessie set, than feeling stuck using the monster.  So I hope I've inspired you to look at things a new way, and make sure you are stopping by The Alley Way Stamps Blog every day this month as there is a new giveaway EVERYDAY!

I am entering this into Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DCWV Instagram Products... on a traditional layout?!

Hello!  Hope all is finding you well today!  I'm popping in to show off some of the newer Insta Photo Fun Products created by DCWV (click here to see the video that the beautiful Tessa Buys created showing all of the fun new products), but with a twist.... I'm using them to put together a super fast, clean and simple traditional layout...

I can not tell you how quickly this layout came together.  The Insta Photo Fun Pastel Accessories already come in the sizes show here so I automatically thought of a grid when I laid them all out.  All I had to do was trim the photos, add some embellishments and this layout is done!

Supplies Used:
DCWV Insta Photo Fun Accessories: Pastel themed pages and cards
DCWV Dazzling glitter adhesive paper
DCWV Dazzling Jeweled self adhesive sheet Pink and Blue
Buttons: Blumenthal Lansing

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you will get a chance to check out all of the new and fun Insta Photo Fun products, and keep checking the DCWV Blog for daily inspiration!

I am also linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp: Something New Challenge

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Don't Forget Your Old Stash!!!

Hello!  With CHA going on it is so hard for us crafters to think of anything other than all of the new, new, new glorious stuff about to hit stores, but don't forget about that beautiful old stash that once had that "new" feel to it too!  So today I am up on the Nani Ke Ola Blog sharing this layout I've created using the Mixed Media Collection by Heidi Swapp... psssttt... and guess what else?  It only took three products to create the whole thing!  woot woot!!!

When I first new I wanted to use some older stash, but was looking for some inspiration on which one to use I went to the Let's Capture Our Memories Color Spot Challenge and that's when I knew that Heidi Swapp's Mixed Media was the one!

And psssttt... did I also mention that this collection is currently on sale?! So if you don't already own it and love the products I've used here you can get it right now for a great price!

Happy Crafting!!!

Every Little Thing Is ZGoing to be Alright...

It's Monday, and I'm here to tell you it's going to be alright because I have the cutest little monster that will turn any Monday frown upside down...

See?  You have to be smiling now!!!  This little guy is from the Oogles Stamp Set, and I just love him!!!  I've also used the new Cake Day set for the little banner and my sentiment came from an older set All About You which are all from The Alley Way Stamps!

I am linking this guy up to the Simon Says Stamp: Something New Challenge

You can find him also on The Alley Way Stamps Blog today too!  And don't forget that there is a special Birthday Promotion code as well as daily giveaways going on at The Alley Way's Stamps Blog so make sure you check it out!

Happy Crafting!