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Bon Voyage 2016

Bon Voyage 2016

Angie and I had a very pleasant day at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store and it was pretty busy too! Heather stopped by around 2:00 and I ran across the street with her to NY & Company so she could pick up a few things. After work I came home and watched a little TV, had tacos for dinner, made my card for today and watched some more TV. I don’t have any special plans for this evening so I may just watch a few movies before the ball drops. Sometimes a nice quiet evening at home is a good thing, even on New Year’s Eve! 😀

I had this image in my head of a map with planes on it so I pulled out my June My Monthly Hero Kit and made a quick card to bid farewell to 2016! The base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock with a piece of Kraft covering the front. My papers are from the DCWV Maps, Text & Ledgers 8×8 Paper Pad. I adhered them on angles with E-Z Runner and curled up some of the corners. The planes and suitcase are cut from Real Red, Galvanized Metallic, Bermuda Bay and Kraft. They are adhered to the card with 3M Foam Tape and E-Z Runner. My greeting is also from the June Kit and is heat embossed in Hero Arts Copper Embossing Powder onto a piece of 48lb Vellum and adhered to the card with Kool-Tak Clear Foam Tape. The June My Monthly Hero Kit is still one of my favorites and I do love a little map paper, especially when it depicts a place that I really want to go! I hope that you like my card for today! Thank you for checking in one last time in 2016! I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and crafty New Year! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: June My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Copper (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah), Kraft, Real Red and Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up!)

Specialty: 48lb Vellum and Galvanized Curious Metallic (The Paper Cut)

Patterned Paper: Maps, Text & Ledgers 8×8 Paper Pad (DCWV)

Dies: June My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives), 3M Foam Tape and Clear Foam Tape (Kool-Tak)

Tools: Platinum Machine (Spellbinders) and Heat Tool (Hero Arts)

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Leafy Love Letters

Leafy Love Letters

Hello my friends and welcome to the last Friday of 2016! We had rain all day yesterday but the Store was fun, Renee had her Home Decor Class and this month they painted Snowmen. I got some more of my projects finished and even made one of the cards for the January Card Class! After work I came home and had dinner with my Parent’s and then headed over to Heather’s for Thirsty Thursday. We had a nice big group and I laughed so much that my stomach actually hurt. I dropped Heather off at George’s and then called it a night. Today it’s just me and Angie at the Store, Renee is spending some quality time with her grandchildren! 😀

The card that I made for the January Card Class is what I’m sharing with you today. It features some of the latest release from Lawn Fawn which sold out really quickly in the Store, I need to restock! The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock and the background is a piece of Blue Mint. I used the Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop – Portrait Lawn Cut to cut out a piece of Dark Molasses for the tree, Herb Garden for the back of the tree and the leaves are cut from Crisp Green. I also cut out another piece of Herb Garden with the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Lawn Cut and adhered that to the background before adhering the tree with E-Z Runner and 3M Foam Tape. My letters and bird are from the Lawn Fawn Love Letters Photopolymer Stamp Set and are stamped in Lawn Fawn Jet Black, colored in with Copics and cut out with the Coordinating Dies. I adhered them to the card with more E-Z Runner and 3M Foam Tape. I really like the Love Letters Set, works well for a Valentine or a just because card don’t you think?! I hope that you like the first card for the January Card Class at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store. Thank you for taking some time to come by and see me today! Have a fantastic Friday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Love Letters Photopolymer (Lawn Fawn)

Ink: Jet Black (Lawn Fawn)

Markers: Copics

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah), Dark Molasses, Herb Garden, Crisp Green and Blue Mint (My Colors)

Dies: Leafy Tree Backdrop – Portrait, Grassy Border and Love Letters Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives) and 3M Foam Tape

Tools: Big Shot

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Sophisticated Cozy Love

Sophisticated Cozy Love

After a nice warm evening on Tuesday it was a pretty chilly day yesterday. I think that I could do so much better with a Winter in the 60’s as opposed to below 30! Between walking 6 1/2 miles in Manhattan on Monday and Cleaning my house on Tuesday I was a little sore! I guess I really should think about exercising a little more often! When I got to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store I packed up some orders and took them over to the Post Office. We had Red Robin for lunch…. YUM! LOL! I also got my card made for today before I left. My Parent’s and I had Chinese for dinner, they were out at my Brother’s visiting Daniel and Tristan so no cooking last night. The rest of my evening was spent relaxing and watching HGTV. Tonight it’s Thirsty Thursday, can’t wait to see my peeps! 😀

I decided that I wanted to combine a few Concord & 9th goodies and make a Valentine! My card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I stamp the heart and some of the wood slices from the Concord & 9th Cozy Up Photopolymer Stamp Set onto Kraft with Hero Arts Cup O Joe. The wood slices are cut out using the Coordinating Dies and the heart is adhered to the card base with E-Z Runner. For the main panel I used the Concord & 9th Layers of Love Die to cut out the leafy heart from a piece of Chinese Red. My love is stamped using the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script Upper and Lower Alphabets in Memento Tuxedo Black in the lower left corner. I adhered the panel to the card with 3M Foam Tape and adhered the wood slices and a few Rose Gold Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with Multi-Matte Medium to complete the card. I really like the wooden heart with the die cut border around it and that Sophisticated Script Alphabet is fantastic! I hope that you enjoyed my card for today! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have aa awesome Thursday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Cozy Up, Sophisticated Script Upper and Sophisticated Script Lower Photopolymer (Concord & 9th)

Ink: Cup O Joe (Hero Arts) and Memento Tuxedo Black

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah), Chinese Red and Kraft (My Colors)

Dies: Cozy Up and Layers of Love (Concord & 9th)

Embellishments: Rose Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives), 3M Foam Tape and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Freshly Made Sketches 268

Freshly Made Sketches 268

It felt good to be back at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store yesterday! I had a few orders to get out and Renee, Angie and I all worked on projects. I left the Store a little early to come home and give my house a thorough cleaning. Need to get everything spruced up for the New Year! I had a little dinner with a friend and then watched some TV and went through some pictures on the Apple TV. Today I have a ton of projects to work on, I’ll be a busy boy! 🙂

My card that I have to share with you today is for the final Freshly Made Sketches of 2016…

The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ and folded in half. I covered the front with a piece of Slate Gray and then added a panel of Battleship Gray. I stamped my images from the Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit in Memento Tuxedo Black on Kraft and colored them in with my Prismacolor Pencils. They are all cut out with the Coordinating Dies. My main panel is Wildflower Honey, I arranged the images onto it and then stamped the cork popping and little bursts in Versa-Mark. They are heat embossed in Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder, the images are adhered with Multi-Matte Medium and the panel is adhered to the card with Fun Foam and E-Z Runner. My greeting is also from the December Kit and is cut from a piece of Silver Glitter Card Stock and two pieces of Black. I adhered them to each other with Multi-Purpose Spray and then to the card with more Multi-Matte Medium. Some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen and Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen on the champagne bottle and hat along with just a few Pretty Pink Posh Silver and Gold Sequins and the card is finished! I really do love that Hero Kit and the fun gray and yellow combo! I hope that you enjoyed my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge! Thank you for coming by! Have a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: December My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Silver (Hero Arts)

Colored Pencils: Prismacolor 72pc Set

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah), Wildflower Honey, Slate, Battleship Gray, Black and Kraft (My Colors)

Specialty: Silver Glitter Card Stock (American Crafts)

Dies: December My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Gold and Silver Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen (Zig), Clear Sparkle Brush Pen (Spectrum Noir)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives), Multi-Purpose Spray (Elmer’s) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool (Hero Arts), Crystal Katana (Crystal Ninja) and Fun Foam

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Magical Pink Birthday

Magical Pink Birthday

Despite the overcast weather and a little bit of drizzle in the afternoon I had a really nice day in Manhattan yesterday! The train was empty on the way in and on the way home! I went and visited my friends Jon and Mary in the morning and then walked from 86th and West End Avenue to 57th and Lexington Avenue. I got my steps in yesterday, a total of 6 1/2 miles! I wandered around Midtown and then went to visit my friend Carolyn and got to meet her parents! They were very nice people! After the city I stopped home and dropped off my backpack and went over to BK Sweeney’s to meet my friend Jim for dinner. I also ran into my friend Melissa, so great to see her! After a little coffee at Starbucks and some dessert I called it a night. I’ll be happy to be back at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store today, I have missed it!

The card that I have to share with you today is one that I made for one of Taylor’s friends for her birthday a while ago. The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to add some Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry to a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor card and spritzed it with a little water. My flying unicorn is from the Waffle Flower Magical Photopolymer Stamp Set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copics. I added a little Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen to the wings. The magical is cut out using the Waffle Flower Magical Word Die from a piece of Silver Glitter Paper. My background is adhered to the base with E-Z Runner and the unicorn and word with Multi-Matte Medium. It’s definitely a very girly card, perfect for the sweet 16’s recipient! I hope that you enjoyed today’s card! Thank you for stopping by! Have a very nice Tuesday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Magical Photopolymer (Waffle Flower)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves (Ranger-Tim Holtz)

Markers: Copics

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah)

Specialty: Watercolor Card (Ranger) and Silver Glitter Paper (Recollections)

Dies: Magical (Waffle Flower)

Embellishments: Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen (Zig)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot, Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger) and Distress Sprayer (Ranger)

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!

Candles & Flowers Congrats

Candles & Flowers Congrats

I hope that you all enjoyed your Christmas day celebrations! We had a lovely day! The star of the show was little Daniel! There really is nothing like Christmas through the eyes of a child! Erika told him that Christmas is about family and he said no, it’s about presents! LOL! Taylor and I played with him and all of his new toys, my favorite was the Lego! I used to love it as a child and still do! After all of the festivities I came home and watched The Force Awakens. Later on I ran over to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store to get an order together to go out tomorrow. Today I’ll be in Manhattan all day! I have some friends to see and a little wandering around to do! 🙂

I felt like doing some coloring last night so I pulled out my Altenew Celebrations Photopolymer Stamp Set and stamped the flowers and candles with Altenew Jet Black Crisp Ink onto a piece of Kraft, masking the flowers, and colored them in with my Prismacolor Pencils. I stamped the Congratulations from the set just above the grouping and then all that was left to do was to adhered the panel to a card base of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I do love a nice simple card and the sketch look of the stamp set is just great for coloring! I hope that you like my simple card for today! Thank you for coming by and catching up with me! Have a marvelous Monday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Celebrations Photopolymer (Altenew)

Ink: Green Fields Crisp Ink (Altenew)

Pencils: Prismacolor 72pc Set

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah) and Kraft (Papertrey Ink)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives)

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Vintage Snowglobe Christmas

Vintage Snowglobe Christmas

Happy Christmas everyone! I had a nice relaxing day yesterday! In the morning I went over and met Heather and we ran a few errands before heading back to Geroge’s to have some lunch with him. After that I came home and watched a little TV, had dinner and then crafted for a bit. I did run out and do my last minute shopping and it was actually quite pleasant! Today I’ll be at my Parent’s house looking forward to watching Daniel open his presents! 🙂

I’ll keep today’s post short and sweet! This is a card that I made a few weeks ago and didn’t like! You can let me know what you think of it! The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock with the Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints Background Stamped stamped in Tide Pool. The images in my shaker are from the Hero Arts Vintage Wishes Stamp & Die Combo, the snowman is stamped in Black and the trees in Soft Pool. For the front of my shaker I partially die cut the Jar Frame Cuts that coordinates with the Hero Arts Winter Scene Stamp & Die Combo from a piece of Tropical Sea and heat embossed the top of the jar in Hero Arts Platinum and Silver Embossing Powders. I assembled my shaker and all that was left to do was stamp the greeting from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages Photopolymer Stamp Set in Black onto a piece of Solar White 80lb and add it under the jar! I don’t know what it was that I didn’t like about the card but now that I look at it it’s not so bad! LOL! I hope that you enjoyed today’s card! Thank you for spending a little of your Christmas with me! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp sets: Christmas Messages, Vintage Wishes Stamp & Die Combo Photopolymer and Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints Background (Hero Arts)

Ink: Black, Tide Pool and Soft Pool (Hero Arts)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Platinum and Silver (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah) and Tropical Sea (My Colors)

Dies: Vintage Wishes Stamp & Die Combo and Jar Frame Cuts (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Crystal Chunky Glitter (Martha Stewart) and Seed Beads (Darice)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand and 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) and 3M Foam Tape

Tools: Big Shot, On The Edge Cutting Plate (Sizzix), Heat Tool (Hero Arts) and Craft Knife (Fiskars)

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Golden Pewter Pine Joy

Golden Pewter Pine Joy

It was just me and Angie at the Store yesterday. Renee headed down to her Parent’s with Nicholas for Christmas. I had a few orders to take to the Post Office and then some people came in to pick up a few things I had on hold. Heather went to the New York & Co. across the street so I met her there and then we stopped back at the Store to get my things. I stopped home and then went over to Geroge’s for a bit. The rest of the evening was quiet, dinner with my Parent’s and then a few movies. Today I have some projects to work on and some last minute gifts to get, I always wait until the last minute to shop! 🙂

I did make a card last night too. I like the simple elegant feel I think that it has. I used the Hero Arts Holiday Florals Bold Prints Background Stamp and heat embossed it in Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder onto a piece of Basic Gray. Then I used the Concord & 9th Joy Die to cut out the letters and adhered them with 3M Foam Tape to a piece of Champagne Curious Metallic. Across the bottom of my card base, Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock, I adhered a piece of Gold Washi Tape. I then adhered the panel with the Joy using E-Z Runner and Fun Foam. My pine boughs are cut from Galvanized Curious Metallic using the Concord & 9th Take a Bough Die. I snipped them in half and adhered them behind the panel with more E-Z Runner. A very simple but elegant card! I hope that you like today’s card! Thanks for my Christmas Eve visit! I wish you all a very Happy Christmas! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Holiday Florals Bold Print Background (Hero Arts)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Gold (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah) and Basic Gray (Stampin’ Up!)

Specialty Card Stock: Galvanized and Champagne Curious Metallic (The Paper Cut)

Dies: Joy and Take A Bough (Concord & 9th)

Embellishments: Gold Glitter Washi Tape (Eyelet Outlet)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives) and 3M Foam Tape

Tools: Platinum Machine (Spellbinders), Heat Tool (Hero Arts) and Fun Foam

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Layered Cardinal Thanks

Layered Cardinal Thanks

It was a little overcast here yesterday in the morning but started to clear up later in the day. My Parents stopped by the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store to visit yesterday and I finally got my Newsletter out! Yay! Today the Store is open from 10:00am until 2:00pm and we are closed tomorrow. I’m looking forward to a few days off! After work I had dinner with my Parents and Taylor and then her and I headed to the movies to Star Wars – Rogue One. It was an awesome movie! I liked it better than The Force Awakens! By the time I got home it was 10:30, I sat down and made four cards for today’s post! It’s never too late to craft! Plus it’s always good to have extra cards on hand… right?! 😀

The cards that I made are some thank you cards and they were actually pretty quick and easy! I used my Mini MISTI to stamp all of the images which makes creating multiples super fast! The cardinal and branch are from the Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal Stamp & Die Combo. I used Pale Tomato, Raspberry Jam, Red Royal and Black for the cardinals and Cup O Joe and Pine Hybrid for the branches. The feet and cardinal are cut out using the Coordinating Dies, the feet are adhered to the card with Multi-Matte Medium and the cardinal with 3M Foam Tape. My greeting is from the Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut Set and is stamped in Onyx Black. I used my Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen to add a little detail to the cardinal’s eye and they are done! I always try to stamp multiples when I’m using Color Layering Stamps and I keep them on my desk so that I can make really quick cards when I need to and there is no better tool for doing that than the MISTI! I hope that you enjoyed my Thank You cards for today! A big thank you for your visit! Have a fantastic Friday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Sets: Color Layering Cardinal Stamp & Die Combo and Thanks Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts)

Ink: Onyx Black (Versa-Fine), Pale Tomato, Raspberry Jam, Red Royal, Black, Cup O Joe and Pine Hybrid (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah)

Dies: Color Layering Cardinal Stamp & Die Combo (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Signo White Gel Pen (Uni-ball)

Adhesives: 3M Foam Tape and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Platinum Machine (Spellbinders) and Mini MISTI

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!


Pencil Floral Joy

Pencil Floral Joy

I actually woke up on time yesterday morning! I had some things to do like my laundry before I left for the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store. Once I was at the Store I had to fax something for my Parents and it took 10 tries to get it to go through! Who faxes things anymore?! I did have a nice day, Angie and Renee worked on cleaning up and I made my card for today. I left a little early so that I could come home and surprise Daniel! We played with some old Hess Toy Trucks and then watched a few YouTube videos together. I headed over to meet Heather at Geroge’s and had dinner with them. From there Heather and I had a few errands to run and then we met Stephanie back at Heather’s apartment for an early Thirsty Thursday installment! We had a great time like we always do! Today I really do need to work on my Newsletter and tonight I’m going to the movies with Taylor to see Rouge One! 😀

Once again I felt like coloring yesterday so I stamped the Hero Arts Holiday Florals Bold Prints Background Stamp in Hero Arts Black Ink onto a piece of Kraft Card Stock. It took a little over 30 minutes to color in the background with my Prismacolor Pencils and I enjoyed every minute of it! The background is adhered to a piece of Black and that’s adhered to a card base of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. My joy is from the Hero Arts Joy Stamp & Cut Photopolymer Stamp Set and is cut from a piece of Gold Glitter Card Stock and two pieces of Black. I adhered the gold and black pieces together with Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive and then adhered it to the card with Multi-Matte Medium. The card needed just a little more sparkle so I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins and it’s finished! I’m a big fan of that Holiday Florals Background and love the way it looks colored in! I hope that you like my card for today! Thank you for taking some time out of your busier than normal schedule to come by and see what I’m up to! Have a fun Thursday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Sets: Holiday Florals Bold Print Background (Hero Arts)

Ink: Black (Hero Arts)

Pencils: Prismacolor 72 Piece Set

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah), Black and Kraft (My Colors)

Specialty: Gold Glitter Card Stock (American Crafts)

Dies: Joy Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!