Sunday, May 20, 2018




{Open from May 1 to June 30, 2018}

** I am collecting more and more goodies {like 12 x 12 paper pads, brand new Lawn Fawn sets and MORE} for this spectacular prize!! Also, I'm going to be doing a small giveaway on Instagram, so follow me there for information to come soon!

I've been thinking about this since my last giveaway and I think I've accumulated enough stuff to finally give some goodies away!  I can't give you a list of things you will win because I am ALWAYS adding to my giveaway pile - some stuff is brand new, some is slightly used, but all of it is AWESOME - I promise you will not be disappointed! I recently double ordered {duh!} a bunch of dies, they will be included, too!! 

To enter the giveaway:
1. Follow my blog. {please don't unfollow after the giveaway - that's mean!}
2. Comment on this post {NOT THIS ONE!!} and tell me which is your favorite creation from January 1, 2018 until today - make SURE to post the link to the post, or the title of the post, and tell me why you like it the best.
3. Put this fabulous badge on your blog. {see below}
4. Each person who mentions that is was YOUR blog that brought them here is an extra entry for you.

Be sure to link this back to this post!!

To make it a bit easier, this LINK will bring you to my first post of 2018 - from there you can browse my posts and choose your favorite project.


Questions? Email me at StampinDiva {at} yahoo {dot} com :)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

I actually made this card before I made the Hoppy Mother's Day card; mostly because my mom LOVES flowers! When living in the house we grew up in, my mom would spend all spring and summer gardening in the vegetable gardens which, as we grew up and moved out, she turned into flower gardens.  In fact, when we sold the house, one of the things the new owners loved most was the beautiful gardens.  But after I made the card, I got worried she'd just be frustrated at not being able to see the flowers so I am going to give this one to my neighbor.  

What I Used to Make my Card:
Pink Card Base
Altenew Sweet Rose Bouquet Stamps

Hero Arts Inks
Computer Generated Sentiment
Die-Namics Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips, #MFT-1123
Green Card

This was an easy card, and I actually started it thinking it'd just be a sample.  I adore the beautiful Altenew sets, but I'm not talented enough to be able to layer the components flawlessly {I rely heavily on the downloads and videos that Altenew supplies}; so I typically test out the set.  This card was my test.  I am so proud at how it came out {well, except some of the leaves but if you didn't notice, don't look}, I decided to turn it into a card.

My only dilemma was the sentiment, so I made my own.  That alone took me
Another Look
MUCH longer than the card because I am a font junkie.  I admit it.  I must have over 3,000 fonts in my computer, so I auditioned entirely too many; then I had to size it.  Once I settled on the sentiment, I cut it and some coordinating green card using stitched fishtail banners and attached that to the stamped panel.  That was it.

I think it looks like it took me much longer to make and I know Helen will love it.  She saves all the cards I give her, just like my mom used to do.  It warms my heart!  I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day; my cats got me a box of chocolate truffles {YUM!} so I'm a happy stamper! Hugs, Christi

PS: Please don't forget to enter my giveaway! All the details are here.

I am entering my Happy Mother's Day card in the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff - For the Moms
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Apr/May,  For Your Mom, Mum, etc.
Crafty Gals Challenge - #165, Add a Flower
Crafting by Designs - Mother's Day
Fashionable Stamping - #135, Floral
Addicted to CAS - #136, Mom

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hoppy Mother's Day!

I just got the Toadally Awesome set from Lawn Fawn and it was just in time because I couldn't find a single stamp set that had Happy Mother's day in it! And, they are just so "toadally" cute!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border, #LF613

Lawn Fawn Toadally Awesome Stamps, #LF1581
Lawn Fawn Toadally Awesome Dies, #LF1582
White Card base
Light Blue Card
Green Card
Blue-Gray Card
Clean Color Markers
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
MFT/Die-Namics Stitched Oval STAX, #MFT-521
Fine Tip Watercolor Brush
Hero Arts Raining Fluff Die Set, #DI369 {cloud}
I stamped all the images with the Jet Black ink on watercolor paper, then colored them in using the Clean Color Markers.  While the images were drying a bit, I cut the pond out of the blue card using the Oval STAX dies.  I cut the grass out of the green card and a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel out of the blue-gray card.  I attached the panel onto the white card base, then put the grass on, followed by the pond.  The cloud was cut out of white card and I cut out the sentiment using a stitched rectangle.

By then my critters and such were nice and dry so I cut them out with the
Another Peek
corresponding dies.  I'm glad I made a bunch of the cattails; they are SO cute and I think they really made the design come to life.  As I usually do, I made way too many frogs but I used them in another card you'll see later.

Once I let the card dry under the tile on my desk {the weight helps bond everything and I use waxed paper inside and outside the card just in case I added too much adhesive}, typically overnight, the card was finished.  I love how it came out and I know my mom will love it, too.  I made the layers so she could touch the card and, if it is nice and sunny, she may be able to see some of it.  I think it's adorable and I hope you do, too!

Please don't forget I am having a giveaway - you can read all the details here.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and see you soon! Christi

I am entering my Hoppy Mother's Day card in the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - #416, Anything Goes w/ Cute
Crafting by Designs - Mother's Day
Ellibelle's Wednesday Challenge - M,  For Ladies or Girls Only
Stamping Sensations - M, Close to Nature
Crafting with Friends - #67, Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - #203, A Sentiment and Cute
Fusion Card Challenge - Sketch or The Harbor {I used The Harbor - see below}
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - #169, Charlotte's "All About Occasions" 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

You Are Not Alone ~ A card for Layton's Legacy

If you have been anywhere in the online stamping world this week, you must have seen some posts regarding Lea's card drive, called Layton's Legacy.  If not, let me direct you to her blog where you can read the heartbreaking story of Layton and see exactly what Lea is accomplishing.  As of this writing, she has surpassed her initial donation request and the drive is still going on strong - truly a wonderful way to keep her little boy's spirit alive!

This was the palette Lea had chosen for Layton's nursery and the mood board she requested we use making the cards:

{Click to Make Larger}

This is What I used to Make My Card:
White Card Base
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black 
Lawn Fawn Critter's in the Forest Stamps, #LF314
Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest Dies, #LF486
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border
Lawn Fawn Birch Tress, #LF1500
Darice Nesting Circles, #2014-74
Various Shades of Gray Card
Versamark Ink
Water Color Paper
Wow! Primary Ebony Super Fine Embossing Powder, #WHOOSF
Clean Color Markers
Hero Arts You Are Loved set, #CM171
Detail watercolor brush
Another Look

Since I knew I was going to be using the Critters in the Forest set by Lawn Fawn, I went to the LawnFawnatics challenge page and was inspired by the card sketch they had for the current challenge.  The first thing I did was stamp and emboss the raccoon and owl from that stamp set.  Since I knew I was going to be water coloring them, I wanted to ensure that the ink wouldn't seep outside the stamped lines.  Then, I proceeded to color them.  Once they were dry enough {I try to let them sit overnight, even if I dry them with my heat gun, because trying to die cut wet paper is never successful for me}, I used the matching dies to cut them out.  I set them aside.

I cut a circle out of white card, then cut out the grass and the birch trees.  I attached everything but the animals and die cut the circle again so there was nothing hanging off the sides.  I cut out the next sized circle in dark gray and the largest circle in blue gray card.  I attached all of the circles together, mounting everything onto the last circle a bit toward the bottom edge.
One of the cards I am

The sentiment was stamped on another shade of gray and then cut out using a stitched banner die.  The raccoon and owl were set into the grass and glued on, then the sentiment was attached to the bottom of the circles.

Knowing what Lea is going to do with these cards, it gave me joy knowing that someone would be getting a small reprieve from all the waiting and worrying at the NICU and, hopefully, maybe a smile.  I hope you can join in the card drive {I'm actually sending a few cards but they don't quite meet the mood board, so I am not entering them} and, perhaps, donate a bit of money.  Lea is going to try and pull together a drive every year in memory of Layton's birthday; I know I'll be there and I hope to see you! Hugs, Christi

I am entering my You are not Alone Card in the following challenges:
Lea's Layton's Legacy - Mood Board
Lawn Fawnatics - #28, Card Sketch (see below)
Aud Sentiments - #203, Cute and a Sentiment
Little Red Wagon - #445, Piece Out
Scrapy Land - #89, Anything Goes w/ Dies they Carry {entry #2}
TIOT - Stencils and/or Die Cuts
The Cat's Pajamas - M, #346, Use Dies
Creative Craft Cottage - M, #107, Use Dies and/or Punches
Happy Little Stampers - M, Anything Goes w/ Dies
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes w/ Critters

Sunday, May 6, 2018

I'm One Break-Up Away. . .

*** Looking for the GIVEAWAY post? Click HERE

I was putting away some of my older wood mounted stamps and I came across the sentiment.  I'd forgotten I even had it, but that happens when you have so many stamps!  I finished my cleaning up and sat down at my desk to make this card.  It was a super quick process and I hope you enjoy my little tutorial.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Mama Elephant The Cat's Meow stamps
Mama Elephant The Cat's Meow dies
Prismacolor Pencils
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Hampton Art Sentiment, #PS0781, dated 2006!! {retired but available}

Since the sentiment was wood mounted, and I am very experienced at messing up wood mounted stamping {and throwing away TONS of mistakes}, I decided to unmount the stamp.  The process literally took me longer than anything else.  I know there are videos and tutorials on how to properly unmount your stamps, but I just ended up pulling the stamp off the wood and picking off the foam.
Another Peek
  Not recommended and next time I will do it the right way!  The stamp is retired {it was made in 2013! I'm sure I snagged it in a discount bin} but I did a search for it and found a few sellers on various sites. 

Once I was done fighting unmounting the stamp, I set it aside and went to work on the cats.  I used my MISTI and stamped them right on the card; very daring of me but I am trying to become better at one layer cards so risks must be taken.  I then colored them in with my Prismacolor pencils.  Once that was done, I stamped the sentiment directly on the card and I was done!  I guess there is something to be said about these one layer wonders.

I hope my card inspires you to get out some of your older stamps and breathe some new life into them.  Thanks for reading my rant; I appreciate your visit and comments. - Fondly, Christi

I am entering my I'm One Break-Up Away Card in the following challenges:
Crafty Animals - #14, M, Anything Goes w/ an Animal
The House that Stamps Built - #52, Single Layer Cards
SUYP - M, Anything Goes w/ a Cat
Fashionable Stamping - #134, Animals {entry 3}
Crafty Friends Challenge - Animals
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Magic
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes w/ an Animal
Country View Challenges - M, Be Humorous
Tuesday Throwdown - #390, Critter Crazy 
As You Like It - Favorite Animal & Why {I love cats - and have five of them! They have such amazing personalities and I love how they can be so calm and then act crazy in the next second - here are my furbabies}

Friday, May 4, 2018

Some Bunny Loves You

** Looking for the giveaway post? It's HERE

Are you tired of the adorable Lawn Fawn bunnies?? I hope not, because I cannot stop creating with them.  The bunnies in this card were colored with Derwent Inktense Pencils and they are a bit different than my usual colored things because they are stamped on the "rough" side of the water color paper.  I had used the smooth side and didn't like what I was planning, so I turned it over and made these cute bunnies on the other side.  I think the rough side gives the image a bit more texture.  I hop hope you enjoy the card! 

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Lawn Fawn Some Bunny Stamp Set, #LF1587
Lawn Fawn Some Bunny Dies, #LF1588
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Watercolor Paper
Green Card
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border, #LF613
Zig Clean Color Markers

As I stated above, I colored and cut out the bunnies, then I stamped the sentiment.  I used my MISTI to center the sentiment - I have such trouble getting things to line up the way I want - and I could NOT use the old stamp positioners, just could not wrap my head around using them.  I have about six different ones and none of them worked the way they should for me.  I am so glad these new tools came along!

Another Look
Then I stamped the flowers on some scrap water color paper and colored them with the Clean Color Markers.  Instead of water coloring them, I just used the marker at full strength.  Makes them pop a bit, don't you think?  I cut the Grassy Border and attached it to the bottom of my card, taking care to only glue the bottom so I could stick my flowers in the grass.

I attached the bunnies to make them appear to be jumping; frolicking through the grass, and so happy that some bunny loves you.  I just cannot get enough of these adorable sets!

Thank you so much for stopping by - I do read each and every comment; I may not be able to respond, but I do read them!  I would love to have you follow me and if you do, please leave me a comment so I can follow you back - let's spread some Blogger love.  I'm also on Instagram and I'd LOVE to follow you there as well.  Have a hoppy happy day! Hugs, Christi

I am entering my Some Bunny Loves You card in the following challenges:
Crafty Nomad - It's a Bunny Hop {I almost missed this!! Thanks white rabbit!}
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Magic
2 Sisters on the Blog - M, 3 of a Kind
Fashionable Stamping - #134, Animals {entry #2}

**** Looking for the giveaway post? It's HERE

Thursday, May 3, 2018

And One More Birthday Card

** Looking for the giveaway?? Go HERE

This card has been in the making for a while.  I love the Rose Oval die and I've been thinking of a way to use it and show off how beautiful it is; this is the result!  Honestly, I'm not sure who is going to get this card, but since this is the beginning of "Birthday Time" in my world {seriously, so many people that I know, including me, were born  in the next few months!} I'm sure it won't hang around too long.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson Rose Oval Die, #CED4330
Quitefire Designs Happy Birthday Plain & Simple Stamps, #5899
Piccolo Embossing Enamel in Royal Sterling
Watercolor Paper
Zig Clean Color Markers
Unbranded Background Die
Detail Watercolor Brush
Embossing Ink
Distress Ink in Twisted Citron
Light Green Card

For this card, the first thing I did was to cut the Rose Oval die using watercolor paper.  I knew I wanted to watercolor the beautiful flowers and leaves, but I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to do it.  After much thinking, I decided to use Clean Color Markers and a water brush.  I knew the water brush would cause the ink from the markers to run, but I think it gives the look of a painted image.  Besides, I was using complimentary colors so a little blending wouldn't be a bad thing.  I colored and re-colored the image for days, using the water
brush and layering the color to get the look I wanted.  I left the rose oval alone for a few days and I actually contemplated just trashing the whole thing, but after showing it to some friends, I decided to carry on. 

Once the die cut was colored and was completely dry, I used some liquid embossing adhesive fluid.  I had already poured a bit into a small bottle just for this type of use and I used a small paintbrush to add the fluid to the oval, then added the embossing powder, painting and embossing a bit at a time.  It took a few coats to get the coverage I wanted but I think the effect was totally worth
Another Look
the effort.  

Finally, I used the oval that was the middle of the already cut piece and stamped the sentiment on it using Twisted Citron ink.  I'm really pleased how the ink and the background die cut highlights the green leaves; it matches much better in person than it does on my monitor.  I'm glad I didn't throw it away as I love this card.  I want to thank you for visiting and all of your comments.   They really mean the world to me as I still struggle with the "Is this really good enough to show other people" syndrome.  I'm working on it and slowly beating that little voice in my head into submission! Fondly, Christi

** Looking for the giveaway?? Go HERE

I am entering my One More Birthday Card in the following challenges:
Die Cut Divas - M, April Showers Bring May Flowers
Make my Monday - Embossing {wet or dry}
Dies R Us Challenge - #96, Flowers
Always Happy Birthday - M, Anything Goes - option: Flowers
Everybody Art Challenge - Flowers {#2}
Try it on Tuesday - Die Cut and/ or Stencils
Fab 'n Funky - #392, Embossing {wet or dry}
Double D Challenges - M, Flowers
Moo-Mania - Flowers
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes