Saturday, May 28, 2016

Look For The Miracles

The AAA Cards Challenge 2nd Big Birthday Bash is still going on until June 4th. If you haven't joined in the fun and festivities, you should go on over. One of the ways to win, is to do the blog hop, comment on each DT blog, and answer the question they pose.  As an AAA DT Member, my question asks what your favorite craft purchase this year has been.  Well, that question surely did end up costing me some money!!!!! LOL. It seems that the top 2 answers are: the MISTI (I have one - it's the bomb), and ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  After reading so many rave reviews of these water color pens, I had to have them.  And of course, I needed many other things to go along with them (wink). So here is my first go with my new ZIG watercolor pens and my new SSS Look For The Miracles stamp set. The pens are indeed AMAZING. I'm in love. I hope my Brushos don't get jealous. I will surely get back to them!

I was inspired by the following Challenges:

Time Out Challenge #57 is their 'Inspired by Words' challenge now and our words are:
'May All your weeds be wild flowers'
You can use any of these words to inspire you or perhaps the whole phrase. You might want to go with flowers, wild, weeds or perhaps use the whole phrase looking at how the hard times don't get in the way of the beauty in your life.

I love the sentiment on my card, and it speaks to the fact that even the hardest of times contain gifts.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday AAA Cards Challenge!

It's party time over at the AAA Challenge Blog! We are celebrating our second birthday in a big way! For this challenge, we are making 
with a Birthday Theme. There are many ways to win a prize from one of our wonderful sponsors below!

Here is my card for the challenge. I dressed my Super Stamping Hero in the colors of the AAA Logo. He's as excited about our birthday bash as I am! Happy Birthday AAA Cards!

See below for the variety of ways to win our challenge. 

Join the fun!! Visit each of our Design Team members'  blogs, and answer the question they pose for a chance to win a fabulous prize from one of our sponsors. Here is the Blog Hop order with links to each of the DT 's blogs. Just click on the DT Member's name to arrive at their blog:

Stephanie (that's me!)

My question is:
I LOVE my Brushos. I love the surprise you get each time they come in contact with water. What is your favorite crafting purchase so far this year and why?

One lucky winner chosen at random will receive $10.00 Uniko gift certificate. 

Have fun! Enjoy our birthday bash. Link up your birthday card creation, and play our games. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. We so appreciate your participation in our challenges. We are always inspired by your wonderful creations and hope you will continue to play with us for this challenge and for many more to come.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hey Buddy!

Let's Hear It For The Boys

I made this card for a sweet little 2 year old guy (my great nephew) with whom I spent last Saturday evening while his parents had a much needed date. He is incredibly verbal and smart and just adorable in every way. I took him for ice cream, and we made up a song together about things that he loves, including vanilla ice cream! I had to make him a card and tell him what a great time I had with him, and that we will hopefully have many adventures together. Dies and sentiment are from Paper Smooches, and background splotches are MFT. 

Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Inlaid Dies - Mother's Day

It's new game day at AAA Cards Challenge Blog!

Our Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers. Our first place winner will receive a $20.00 gift certificate. As well as the 1st place prize from our sponsor we're also offering the winner the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future AAA Cards Challenge.

This is my take on the inlaid die cutting challenge. I really loved the process of making this card, and will be using this technique again and again. Please go check out the wonderful creations of the AAA DT and then try your hand at inlaid die cutting, link up and join us at AAA Cards.

...And don't miss our next challenge - AAA's second birthday bash bloghop starting May 22nd!
Deets below:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunshine Shaker

Time for another game at the AAA Challenge Blog. Our theme this time is CAS  Shaker Cards (Clean & Simple Style only). 

Our sponsor for this game is Stampendous.

The first place winner will receive a prize from this wonderful company AND the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future AAA Cards Challenge.

This was one of those cards that came out completely different than the way it began. I reworked the background on this one. At first I used a white background sprayed with gold Glimmer Mist, but it did not sing loudly enough.  I keep a little box filled with watercoloring experiments, and this background panel was in there. Nothing but blue skies... it was perfect. So I de-constructed and re-constructed the card with this wonderful water color background, and voila!

The AAA DT has come up with some truly wonderful creations, so please go over the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and give them some love.  Then get to work on your own CAS Shaker card - Clean & Simple is the key!

I am linking my card to the following challenges:

My CAS design.

My watercolor background.

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #22 {Sunshine}

Thanks so much for coming by. Hope your day is full of sunshine!

Sunday, April 10, 2016


The new game is up on the AAA Cards Challenge Blog. This time it's "Anything Goes".  I am still playing with my Brushos and loving the magic. I used the mono printing technique for my creation. I had used the honeycomb stencil and Brushos on another project, and made sure that I got paint on the negative.  I flipped the stencil and pressed it on to the watercolor paper, and got this beautiful effect. Once dry, I sprayed the entire panel lightly with Tattered Angels Gold spray mist. I die cut the butterfly (PTI) from velum and gold adhesive paper (PTI), popped it up on the card and bent the wings upward a bit.

The sentiment is from Concord & 9th's Beautiful Words and Beautiful You dies. I am loving learning and trying new things, and I'm very pleased with the way this one turned out.

Please head on over to the AAA Cards Challenge Blog and check out the designs of my fabulously talented fellow DT members. Leave them some love, then create something wonderful and link up to our challenge. Our sponsor this week is Happy Little Stampers, with a $20.00 gift certificate for the challenge winner.

I am linking my card to the following challenges:


Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge : WINGS. Create anything mixed media that you like as long as it includes Wings of any description :)

CAS Mix Up - I chose to add Die Cuts to my stenciling and stamping creation.

Thank you for coming by today. I hope you have been inspired. As always, I love your comments. They make my day!

Sunday, April 3, 2016


I used Freshly Made Sketches #230 for the layout and Paper Smooches Calorie Free stamps and dies to put it together. For the background, I laid a panel of punched mylar on my card, masked it, then  sprayed it with Dylusions Fresh Lime Ink Spray.  I stamped the pretzels with Rusty Hinge over Fossilized Amber distress inks with my MISTI.  I used some white Flower Soft on them to give them a salty effect!! This was a really fun one.

Thanks for stopping in today.