Non Traditional Christmas

I originally hoped to upload a video today but didn’t quite finish getting it edited so I thought I would share this card instead.

I think it might be one of my favorite Christmas cards I made this past year.

I had some more fall colors left on my desk from working on fall cards and decided to try using them to make a Christmas card. I just love the rustic type feel to this card and the simplicity of it. It was so easy to make if your the type that likes to mass produce Christmas cards.

I started with a Gina K Designs Pre-Cut Tall Card Base. I found a scrap of Gina K Designs Kraft Card stock that just happened to fit the Merry Christmas Stamp perfectly which I believe I stamped in Gina K Designs Cherry Red but it’s been a while since I made this card and I’m not 100% sure. I stamped The snowflake off the side in Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink. I used the matching Dark Chocolate Card stock and a Lawn Fawn Scalloped border die to create the scalloped edge along the bottom of the Kraft piece. Glued it all together and that was that!

Quick, easy, and just a little different and non traditional.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

Cute Christmas Fun!

I know I know still posting Christmas over here… Just think of it as a head start for next year.

Today I have a super cute Christmas card. Perfect for a kid at Christmas!


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I love how bright and cheery this card is and the fun foiled snowflakes in the background add a nice sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

Supply list

Gina K Designs Christmas Magic Stamp Set

Gina K Designs Home for the Holidays Stamp Set

Gina K Designs Home for the Holidays die Set

Gingerbread and Shaker Cards

I think I need to change the name of the blog to Sam’s Off Season Castle. Because we’re talking about Christmas in February! But I have a backlog of holiday cards that I thought I’d share while I work on some new content for you!

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The December Hedgehog Hollow kit featured one of my favorite stamp companies Kindred Stamps. These little gingerbreads are so cute! They also included a little gingerbread house set but I gave that card away before I got a picture of it.

The first card is my least favorite of the 2. I bought all the My Favorite Things edge dies awhile back and barely use them but they made a fun edge for this simple card. Can you believe I only have 1 merry Christmas die? It didn’t leave me with a ton of options to make this card when I decided I wanted to use die cut greeting. So I used this one from Honey Bee Stamps last Christmas release cut it out with the help of my cuttlebug using some of the deco foil toner sheets. Ran it through my Minc with some silver star foil and there’s the end result. I didn’t leave enough room for Christmas though and ended up splitting it on too lines…

that’s enough attention for this card let’s move on too the next one.

The first thing I wanted to do when I opened this kit is make a shaker snow globe card. It didn’t turn out quite as amazing as I pictured in my head but it’s still cute. But the real surprise is inside!

I thought the double sided shaker seamed fun and I had this foil-able out and the foil from the last card so I thought it could add a little sparkle to the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

Winter Lilly

So I know that certain flowers happen in certain seasons. But you see I’m not very good at flowers… I can barely tell you what type a flower is. Don’t even bother asking me about what season a flower belongs in. 

I have no idea if a Lilly is a winter flower. Although I want to say it’s a spring flower, but it’s still most definitely winter here so for right now it’s a winter flower.

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I know I’ve said this at least 900 times before but I love Blue and White together. It’s so simple and clean and pretty. I love this combination for both winter and spring.

And let’s not forget to mention the beautiful Gina K Designs Lovely Lillies stamp set! I love that this beautiful set includes both outline and layered versions of the lillies! I like having the option to either color or layer. In fact I’ve just thought of a fun experiment I’d like to try with some new supplies I’m getting this week… I’ll keep you updated of course!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

Supply List

Gina K Designs Silver Card Stock

Bo Bunny 6×6 Soft Shades Double Dots Paper Pack

Gina K Designs Fancy Ribbon White and Gold

Gina K Designs Layering Weight White Card Stock

Gina K Designs Lovely Lillies Stamp Set

Copic Markers

Challenges

Crafty Friends Challenge Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes

Fall Fun with Hedgehog Hollow!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 

Do you ever have those days/weeks where life just feels like it super catches up to you? That was me the last few weeks. But I was finally able to knock a few things off my to-do list and find a minute to sit down and get a blog post written for you! 

I keep wanting to say this will be the last fall post of the year… but I think we all know that’s not true… I’ve bought way to much fall stuff this year that I haven’t even touched yet! 

Today I’m here to share what I created with my October Hedgehog Hollow box. Yes… I said October… I told you life caught up with me and I was behind. 


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I had a lot of fun with this kit. The month the featured company was The Ink Road Stamps. This is one of the reasons I fell in love with The Hedgehog Hollow kits. With a different stamp company featured every month I was bound to get to try a few new companies and I mean who doesn’t love finding new stamp companies. I really love these stamps from The Ink Road and am even hoping to possibly pick up a few more tomorrow 😉

First off we have this fun Halloween throwback card. Almost everything on this card came out of the Hedgehog hollow box! The only thing I supplied was the ink pencils and Kraft paper that I colored on. And honestly, the Kraft paper might have been in the box too… I know some was in there but  I’m not sure what card it ended up on. I will say one thing I am thankful for this year is my MISTI, Stamping on textured cardstock is hard… and thanks to my MISTI I was able to get a great impression on my sentiment because I could stamp over and over and over again. 

For some reason this year I have been wanting to make some kind of pumpkin spice latte card. I have no idea why because I don’t even like pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin spice in general but the little coffee cup and pumpkin and that sentiment made this perfect. 

In this month’s box, we were also given some watercolor cards. I have a love-hate relationship with watercolor… It’s probably my least favorite medium to use but I absolutely refuse to give it up although I’m pretty happy with how these leaves turned out. Now it’s story time. Remember how I said I was thankful for my MISTI… While here’s why. 

When I first made this card it was late. The leaves had been sitting on my desk for a week waiting for me to do something with them and I was just like it’s time to sit down and make something so I did. Then it was time to stamp the greeting, My MISTI was buried and my table is a mess and I didn’t really want to deal with moving everything to get it out. Sooo I just said ahh there’s a block right here I’ll just stamp this quick this way. I bet you can guess how that ended. 

Yea… Not well… Luckily I had this handy black pen and was able to just trace and save it but still, It’s always worth digging out the MISTI! Maybe I need to invest in a mini MISTI just to have it around. No more excuses then! 

That wraps up the October box! I’m hoping to get around to making some things with my November box this weekend. So watch out for that in the coming weeks. 

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet! I hope you all have really great Thanksgiving and get to spend time with the people you enjoy and doing the things you enjoy! 

❤ Sami 

Supply List

Foil Holiday with a Surprise!

Hi everyone!

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with my foiling supplies lately. It’s such an easy and quick technique, and perfect for adding just a little or a lot of shine to a project.

This card is pretty simple thanks to all the great foil products out there. I just took both foil-able sheets, in this case, the snowflake panel and the have a holly jolly Christmas oval and then a piece of red foil laid the foil over the 2 foil-able sheets pretty side up and run it through my MINC.

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Then once you peel away the foil you are left with this pretty shiny finish!

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I went an extra step this time since the outside was so simple and added a little something to the inside.

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SURPRISE! I really wish I would have made a video of that opening… but it’s hard to hold a camera and open the card at the same time 😉 I mean there’s a coloring challenge going on you didn’t think I’d post a card without at least a little coloring did you?

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The Lawn Fawn pivot pop up die adds such a fun little interactive surprise to the inside of your card and after I stamped and colored

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I stamped these little sheep and knew they would be just perfect for this little pop-up card.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

Supply List

Gina K Designs Red Velvet Card Stock 

Gina K Designs Small Snowflake Foil-Mates

Gina K Designs Holly Jolly Foil-mates 

Gina K Designs and Thermoweb Fancy Ribbon White and Gold 

Cuttlebug 5-Inch-by-7-Inch Embossing Folder, Polka Dots

Lawn Fawn Pivot Pop up Die

Gina K Designs Fleece Navibaa

Prismacolor Pencils 

Challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with a Christmas/Winter Twist

Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes

Bounty of Blessings

Hi Everyone!

I was going through my stamps looking at what I could pull out for fall and found this nice Gina K Designs Bounty of Blessings set it’s a really nice fall set with lots of little critters and some great Thanksgiving-themed sentiments. Apparently, it’s un-officially Gina K week on the blog. Since looking ahead Saturday’s card features a bunch of Gina K Cards too!

Back to today’s card. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

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This card did not photograph well at all… The fruit and acorn look pretty OK but I swear that brown is a much better color in real life… It’s hard to get good looking photographs in the winter when it’s dark by the time I get home from work!

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This picture is at least a little better. These little fruits were day 2 of the 30-day coloring challenge.  I ended up loving how I colored the little pear image that I added both green combinations to my favorite color blends sheet.

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Shout out to Kit and Clowder for the awesome color combination sheet!

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One last thing to highlight. A super simple technique and craft room tip.

I always have a pile of scrap paper next to me. My goal is to try and use up any of the scraps left over from a previous card before I start on a new project! It doesn’t always work and I don’t tell myself I have to use this before I move on to a project where absolutely nothing I have out worked. But it’s like an additional challenge to try and use it up. That’s why sometimes you see patterned papers or colors repeated on some projects close together.

I had used a toner sheet for a project in August… I was starting to get tired of staring at the toner sheet scraps and was starting to contemplate just tossing it out…. But I still had one huge scrap left that felt super wasteful to toss. So I decided to use it to sparkle up this card a bit. I just cut the toner sheet to the size I needed and sent it through my laminator to foil and just like that foil cardstock!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

Supply List:

Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa Short Cut Cardstock 

Deco Foil Toner Sheet

Minc Red Foil

Bo Bunny Double Dot Soft Shades Paper

Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa Card Stock 

Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink 

3D Foam Squares

 Glue Glider Pro 

Copic Markers 

Challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: Thankful

Colour Crazy Challenge: Anything Colored Goes

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes with a Sentiment Twist

Fussy and Fancy Challenge: Giving Thanks

Jo’s Scrap Shack Fun Friday: Anything Goes

Kitty Bee Designs: Halloween/Fall

Polkadoodles: Anything Goes

Owl Friends

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a simple fall friends card.

This card features 2 older Gina K Designs stamp sets. It’s always fun to play with the latest and greatest stamps. But you can’t forget to re-visit the old favorites from time to time!

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I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of birds… But I love using owls for fall. I don’t think they are specifically fall birds but I always associate them with fall.

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I colored these little guys from You’ve Got a Friend in Me for the first day of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I thought of going more “traditional owl” at first and going with just some brown colors but these little guys were just too cute to go traditional with and honestly I love how they came out in the golden yellow and red colors.

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One of my favorite techniques, if you can call it a technique, is combining stamp sets. I love to mix and match my stamp sets. This is a simple one where I just took a greeting from a different stamp set. But I love to use images from different stamp sets too! I don’t have a sample coming up soon but who knows maybe I’ll make something using that again soon! I just thought this was the perfect greeting to go with these two little owls!

Another little tip I had only a little bit left of that yellow polka dot paper not enough to really hold on to for another project but the back of it was white and that little sentiment strip die just fit on the leftover so I cut it out of the polka dot paper and then used the white side! It’s a great use for those little-patterned paper scraps!

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Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

 

Supply List:

Gina K Designs Warm Coca Card stock Tall Cut

Bo Bunny 6×6 Double Dot Soft Shades Paper

Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles Small

Gina K Designs You’ve Got a Friend in Me Stamp Set

Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink Jet Black

Copic Markers

MFT Die-namics Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips

Gina K Designs Black Onyx Ink Cube

Gina K Designs Bounty of Blessings

Challenges:

Inspire Create Challenges: Thankful

Addicted to Stamps and More: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Product Review: Totally Tiffany Rotating Design Board

Hello Everyone!

I’m here today with a product review video! I’ve come to seriously love this tool! And it’s super appropriate considering the 30 Day Coloring Challenge started this week!

If you want to see the coloring I get up to over the next 30 days follow along on Instagram and Facebook! Don’t worry I’ll be posting the finished projects here as time goes on!

The Rotating Design Board by Totally Tiffany lets me easily take my crafting and coloring everywhere! My room, the couch, my best friends couch! It’s great!

I’m one of those people who can’t just sit down and watch TV. I have to have something else going on at the same time. Lots of blog posts get written this way. 🙂 But the rotating design board lets me also work on getting some images colored so I can work on those blog posts.

Click the video below to learn more and see it in action!

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Small Rotating Design Board

Medium Rotating Design Board

Large Rotating Design Board

Fall Rose

Hi Everyone!

Who says flowers have to only be for spring and summer? Depending on how you color them they can be for any season! For example, check out my wonderful friend Emily and the amazing Fall Floral Card she made last week!

For my Fall Floral Card, I happened to have this rose stamp sitting out on my desk from another project and decided I would turn it into a pretty fall card.

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I used a few Red-orange color Copics for the rose. Now I was actually planning on going with a more true red and doing more a Christmas rose and a Christmas card but ended up grabbing the wrong marker out of my bag and ended up going this more red-orange route and turning it into a very pretty fall card!

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If we take a closer look at the rose. I tried to add a little detailing around the edge of the petals. I tried mixing my own glitter embossing powder… it didn’t go so well… I think it needs more glitter int the mix… But at least it adds a little detail to the petal edges…

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One more detail I want to highlight. This is one of my all-time favorite techniques and just might save you money in the long run. Both of the ribbon and the little tulle element used to be white. I wanted a blue one so I just grabbed a Copic marker in the color I wanted and colored the ribbon and the tulle to make it the color I wanted! Although I’ve done this plenty of times before with ribbon this is my first time with the tulle and I do have to say that one didn’t come out quite as well but it still worked.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet! Have a Crafty Day!

~Sami

Supply List:

Sunny Studios Classic Gingham 6X6

Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa Cardstock

Gina K Designs Fancy Ribbon White/Gold

Queen and Company Goosebumps Clear

Queen and Company Tulle Blossoms White

The Ton Stamps Grateful Rose

Copic Markers

Challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes

Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Lemon Shortbread Challenge: Anything Goes

Digichoosday: Anything Goes