Monday, December 31, 2012

Last Card of 2012

It's been a good year.
A year of change...with more to come.
But all in all, a good year.

Wishing you all of life's good wishes, happiness and health in 2013.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10 of 2012!

Hello and I hope you've all had a wonderful Holiday season so far.  It's been busy at our house, but so nice to have great family and friends time.

Today, I'm joining a group of wonderful and talented ladies in a Top 10 of 2012 Blog Hop.  I haven't done this before but love the idea of revisiting favorite projects from the past year.   

Here we go...

From my collection below, 2012 was the year of CAS cards for me.  I started off the year by taking a CAS Online Card Class and loved it.  It seemed to be the catalyst that got me on the road to more CAS cards and more stamping this year.

 Love this card using Twinkling H2O's to paint the circles and then heat emboss on top with white ink.

Loved this world map stamp I got from Hobby Lobby, I used it a lot this year....also loved going across the border a few times this year, there is a Hobby Lobby right next to the Outlet Mall!

This was just a fresh and bright card.  A few years ago, I would have never used yellow, but now I love it.  So bright and sunny.

Love this layout with the raised cardstock panel and white embossing on the kraft cardstock.  Have used this layout and technique quite a bit this year.

One of my favorite color combinations.  Ever.  Fun and bright.

 2012 was the year of Pinterest for me.  I spent hours pinning and being inspired by so much on the site.  This  color combo was inspired by Pinterest.

 Another Pinterest color combo inspiration and more of that lovely yellow.

This monochromatic cutie got lots of pinterest repinning, so CAS, love it.
(That post got a lot of spam, so I've taken it off for now)

Another CAS favorite, always hard to create a sympathy card, but this stamp set from Hero Arts says it all perfectly.

And it seems appropriate to end my top 10 with a stamped card that I made for a guest design team spot with Skipping Stones Design.  I started out the year with a resolution to stamp more and learn more.  So to end the year with a guest DT spot with a stamp company...well it was just a perfect creative ending to the year.

I've had so much fun with this post, thanks for taking a stroll through my favorite projects with me.  Here is a list of all the ladies participating.  I know it's going to be an inspiring hop.

Liz Chidester
Marcia Dehn Nix
Monika Wright
Ivanka Lentle---->you are here.
Christine Meyer
Jamie Cripps
Erin Morehousehttp
Melissa Elsner
Jodi Wilton
Sarah Hill
Laurel Seabrook
Carrie Walz
Jen Matott
Jan Tatomir 
Jennifer Haggerty
Kerri Yarus
Ashley Nguyen Newell 
Cathy Harper
Malika Kelly
Lynn Shokoples
Kris Berc
Julie Tucker Wolek
Rhonda VanGinkel 
Savannah O'Gwynn
Audrey Yeager
Katrina Hunt

Monday, December 24, 2012

CardMaker Blog-U Inspire Me

Hi there, it's my turn again to post over on the CardMaker Blog in a U Inspire Me post.

I hope you pop over and take a look at the card I made which was inspired by this gorgeous journal from Indigo.

I can hardly believe that it's Christmas Eve.  The hustle and bustle is almost over at our house.  I'm looking forward to a relaxing few days with friends and family.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CardMaker Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the CardMaker blog hop where our theme is For You, From Me: Gift Card Holders-lots of ideas for last-minute gift-card holders. 

I made these little gift-card envelopes using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board. If you're not familiar with the MS scoring board, there is a basic tutorial on how to make envelopes here. Why Martha has this guy doing the video and not her, I don't know...but it's good info.

My card is # 1 size in the standard envelope sizes and it measures 2 5/8" x 3 7/8" when completed, perfect for a gift card.

The label stickers from SRM work perfectly for these last minute crafts.

Here's the back of the envelope finished with gorgeous glittered brads.

A perfect quick and easy too.

I hope you find some inspiration on our blog hop to get some of those last minute gift card holders made.

Here is the order of CardMaker Blog team:

CardMaker Blog
AJ Otto
Christine Okken
Glenda J. Wyatt
Ivanka Lentle ---> You are here
Jennie Harper
Melanie Muenchinger

Patterned paper:  BoBunny
Label stickers: Labels by the Dozen, Christmas, SRM
Leaf Punch:  Martha Stewart
Rhinestones:  The Paper Studio
Glittered Brads:  American Crafts
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories
Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you enjoy the hop,

Thursday, December 13, 2012

CardMaker Blog-Outside the Box

Hi, I'm so excited to have my first CardMaker blog team post over on the CardMaker blog.

I'd love it if you would pop over there and take a look.  :)

I've been trying to make extras of each card design as I make them so here's another card I made with the same card layout and supplies as the set on the CardMaker Blog. 

Thanks for dropping by today.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

CardMaker Blog Team!!

If you saw the announcement over at that CardMaker Blog yesterday, you know how excited I am to have been asked to join this amazing team...I am over the moon excited!!!

The Winter issue of CardMaker is on sale today.  


Here's a sneak peek at one of my projects in this issue. :)

Thanks for letting me do my happy thankful you didn't have to witness it!  :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Gift Tag

Hello...well, it  was inevitable...we're getting our first snow fall.  I don't think it'll stay, but it's starting to look like winter out there.  I just hope I don't have to shovel it.  :(

Today, I'm joining in on the gift tag challenge at CASual Friday Blog and in the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Here is the sketch:

Here's my tag...

The stamps are from Penny Black (Tree) and Skipping Stones Design (To, From).  I stamped the tree with VersaMark then heat embossed with Holly Berry red/gold embossing powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I also heat embossed all the edgers with Golden Angel Wings also from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  The ribbon, tulle and trim are from my stash.

Thanks so much for dropping by today.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop

Welcome to the Skipping Stones Design new release blog hop.  Today we're featuring the beautiful and elegant Victorian Christmas.  Here's the sketch for our tag blog hop.

Here's my tag based on the sketch.

I love this set and love this elegant tree.  I stamped it with Frost White from ColorBox onto black cardstock  then used Stamp N Bond from Stampendous and heated it.  When the Heat N Bond turned clear, I added Ultrafine Art Glitter.  The image is beautiful and glittery, but my photography skills (or lack there of!) do not do it justice.

I used silver metallic cardstock, the embossing folder is Quatrefoil from The Paper Studio.  I stamped the sentiment with StazOn ink onto the metallic cardstock.  

Here is the list of all the stops on the SSD blog hop.

Ivanka Lentle---you are here

Sadly this is may last week at Skipping Stones Design as a guest designer.  Why is it that time goes so fast when you're having fun?!  I've had a lot of fun and the gang at SSD is amazing to work with.  

Hope you get a chance to hop along with us this week and join in the sketch challenge for a chance to win a stamp set of your choosing.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Merry Christmas x 2

And the Christmas cards continue...lots of them.  Some are for sale in the box I take to work and many are going to friends and family.

Here are a couple more...

Embossing folder is flourishes from Hero Arts, patterned paper is from Teresa Collins, Vintage, snowflakes are from K&Co and Anna Griffin, glitter paper is from DCWV and the stickers are from who else??  SRM!

We've had our first bit of snow this weekend which is nice for putting up the tree and decorating today.  It's so nice to have the house so festive with a bit of white stuff outside.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

O Holy Night

Hi and welcome to another sketch challenge at Skipping Stones Design.  It's been a fun 3 weeks guest designing for SSD so far and now that Canada Post decided to finally deliver my stamps, I'm am ready to go!!

Here is this weeks sketch:
And here's my card:

  1. Die cut label from Spellbinders Label One set.  
  2. Stamp Wise Men image from Skipping Stones Design using VersFine ink (Vintage Sepia)
  3. Use VersaMark ink on edges of label and heat emboss with Golden Angel Wings embossing powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  
  4. Heat emboss 3 layers of VersaMark/UTEE on the label, when dry bend label to make the cracked glass effect.
  5. Trim Christmas Cottage from Teresa Collins patterned paper to fit the card front, dry emboss half with Mesh Texture embossing folder from The Paper Studio,
  6. Tie ribbon in a bow (Martha Stewart).
  7. Stamp sentiment (Wise Men, SSD)
I hope you get a chance to pop by the Skipping Stones Design blog to check out all the DT and guests cards and think about joining in the challenge.  The winner gets to pick one of their fabulous stamp sets each week!


Monday, November 19, 2012

'tis the season

Good Morning,

My Christmas cards I'm playing along with CASual Friday blog  (CFC79) where the challenge is 'winter blues'. I'm also using the sketch from iSpy Sketches ISSC42:  

Here's my card:

The embossing folder is flourishes by Hero Arts, ribbon is from Offray, sentiment is from SRM stickers, Stickers by the Dozen- Christmas.  The glitter tape is from American Crafts and the ornament tag is from Hobby Lobby.  Yes, I was across the border stimulating the US craft industry!!  Love Hobby Lobby!

Thanks for dropping by today.  Pop in tomorrow for another Skipping Stones Design sketch challenge.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Merry Christmas

It's been a while since I've joined in the challenge at Less is More.  Love their challenges and so happy I could play this week.  The challenge this week (week 94) is to use hardware.

The metal frame is from Making Memories.  It was a yellow color and I almost got rid of it as I had not found a use for it over the years.  But as I was heat embossing on another card, the idea to change the color of the frame struck me. I used VeraMark ink and Holly Berry Red Gold embossing powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang and I love the result.  The 3D sticker is from K&Co., sticker is Stickers by the Dozen from SRM and the embossing folder is Swiss Dots by Cuttlebug.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Holidays

Good Morning,
Here's this week's Skipping Stones Design sketch. 

Here's my card:
(sorry for the crappy pic, it rained most of the day and I had to do this inside)

Instead of patterned paper, I went with texture for the background.  The bird is a sticker from Martha Stewart.  I heat embossed the edges of the scallops with VersaMark ink and Lindy's Stamp Gang 'Golden Angel Wings' embossing powder.  I got it when I was in Edmonton in the summer and it's fast becoming one of my favorite embossing powders.  It's hard to see in the picture, but it has such a wonderful shimmer to it.  I used Sentiment Frames (still waiting on my SSD stamps to come in the mail, Canada post is being soooo slow, so am using the one set I own already).

Make sure you visit the SSD blog check out all the DT inspiration and play along with this weeks' sketch.  They give away a stamp set each week...and you get to choose which set you get.  :)

Thanks for dropping by today,

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Birthday

Hi there,
Today I'm playing along with this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge 5. 
Here's the sketch:
I'm also joining in on the Chanel inspired challenge at Runway Inspired Challenge blog (ric #23).
Here's the inspiration:


Here's what I came up with.

The stamp is from PrintWorks.  I've had it forever and it's still one of my favorite sentiment stamps.  I was so happy to find it still in their catologue here.  The Washi tape is from Queen and Co., bling is from Kaisercraft and the embossing folder is from The Paper Studio.

Thanks for dropping by.  See you tomorrow for another Skipping Stones Design Sketch challenge.


Monday, November 5, 2012

'Tis the Season

Hello again,

First, can I share something exciting today?  I get to be the guest design team member at Skipping Stones Design for the month of November.  I am over the moon excited and can't wait till tomorrow when I can share my first card for their sketch challenge.

Today, I'm playing along with Retro Sketches (#36).  Here is the sketch:

Here's what I came up with.

The paper is from Teresa Collins (Christmas Cottage), Stamp is from Hampton Art Stamps and one of my all time favorite Christmas images.  I stamped it with Old Olive ink from SU and added some coarse Martha Stewart glitter using Aleene's Paper Glaze to adhere the glitter. Die cut border is from PTI and the sticker sentiment is from SRM, Christmas Stickers by the Dozen.  The embossing folder for the background is Winter Words from Sizzix.

I'm also entering this into the challenge (#15) at A Blog Named Hero, where the challenge is to use a punch or die cut.

Thanks so much for coming by.  See you tomorrow for my first sketch challenge with Skipping Stones Design.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Happy Birthday

Hi there,

Today, I'm joining in on this week's challenge at CAS-ual Friday blog (CFC 77) to make a masculine card and also on this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch (#4).

Here's the sketch:

Here's my card for the two challenges.

My new chevron embossing folder is from Sizzix/Hero Arts, the stamps are from Inkadinkadoo and generously sent to me by my friend Barb.  She is my personal shopper in the US!!  The sentiment is from PTI and the gaffer's tape is from 7 gypsies.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Happy Saturday!


Sunday, October 28, 2012


Hard to believe that Halloween is just a couple of days away.  It seems to have snuck up on me this year, I have yet to get my candy.  Hopefully 'Frankenstorm' won't interfere with trick or treating on Wednesday night.  I love seeing all the little ones in their costumes at the door.

Today, I'm playing long with this month's challenge at The Ribbon Carousel (RCC73) and entering the Paper Crafts Oct Gallery challenge where the theme for both is Halloween.

These were fun little projects to do.  For this little tag, I distressed the cardstock with white ink and used a cotton ball behind the ghost.  The stickers are from SRM We've got your Sticker-Treats, ribbon is from Offray.

For the little treats, the 2 x 2 die cut envelope is from Sizzix using vellum.  Stickers are from SRM, twine is from May Arts.  These turned out really cute.

Thanks for popping in today.
Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Warm Wishes

I'm feeling a little like the stores that have the Christmas things out and it's not even Halloween yet.  For me, it's a good thing as I tend to procrastinate.  So the more Christmas cards get made now, the better I'm doing!

Today I'm playing along with this week's CAS(E) This Sketch.  Here's the sketch:

Here's my card:

The cardstock is Tim Holtz Kraft Core by Core'dinations.  I used the Quatrefoil embossing folder from The Paper Studio, then sanded down the cardstock to reveal the kraft core.  I cut the circle from the cardstock, but it looked a bit plain to me so I ended up replacing the circle using the opposite side of the cardstock.  The sticker is from Martha Stewart and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I'm also playing along with CAS-ual Friday (CFC76) challenge this week to use kraft paper.

Thanks for stopping in...happy Friday.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Get Well Soon

The Play Date Cafe is celebrating it's 3rd Anniversary.  I've been wanting to play along and join in the celebration all week, but the color story really had me stumped.  

Here it is:

The colors are so rich and vibrant, but I kept stalling with every design I tried.

Finally today, I 'dummied' down the colors and the card came together.  That's how The Play Date Cafe has always been for me, a huge challenge with some of the colors, but the challenge does me a lot of good and I'm usually happy with the result.

The embossing folder is Argyle from The Paper Studio.  Washi tape is from Queen & Co. (striped) and Teresa Collins (music).  The flower is from The Paper Studio, flower center is from Prima and sentiment is from Hero Arts, and the newsprint is from Stampin' UP.

I'm also playing along with A Blog Named Hero, where the challenge is a CAS card.
Playing along with the CAS challenge at SCS also, where the challenge is to use newsprint/dictionary paper.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  And Happy Anniversary to The Play Date Cafe...check out the amazing prizes they have lined up.  But hurry, it ends tonight.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Merry and Bright

Hello...Today, I'm playing along with Runway Inspired Challenge (ric22)

Here was the inspiration.

Here's what I came up with.

I know there is a lot of beige in the picture and it looks fabulous, I just couldn't seem to make it work on my card.  The embossing folder is Winter Words from Sizzix, Christmas tree die cut is Snowflake Tree from Memory Box, Sentiment is from SRM and the ribbon is from my stash.

I'm also playing along withe CAS-ual Friday Blog (cfc75) where the challenge is use a tag or an element that goes over the edge of the card.  They also had a huge announcement at CAS-ual Friday Blog...check it out!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Birthday

Today, I'm playing along with a brand new CAS sketch challenge blog...CAS(E) this sketch!
Here's the very first sketch.

And here's my card:

The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug, flowers are from Prima, brads from American Crafts, music tape is from Teresa Collins and the sentiment stamp is from Papertry Ink.

I'm also entering this into Moxie Fab's World Card Making Day Birthday Contest which ends tonight.

Check out CAS(E) this sketch if you have time.  They have a fabulous DT and lots of inspiration!

Thanks for popping by today.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy WCMD #3!  Wow, 3 posts in the same day...unheard of from me!  But it's been a wonderful day, perfect for creating.

My last card today is based on this week's Runway Inspired Challenge (21).  Here's the image:

And here's my card.

Not sure who makes the flower, I bought them in bulk from a scrapbooking store, the embossing folder is from Stampin UP!, sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, trim is from Making Memories, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I'm also entering this into Moxie Fab's World Card Making Day Birthday challenge.  Also entering this for the sketch challenge that Kim Kresti is having on her blog.  This is based on her sketch 29.  It is the sketch that was featured over at Skipping Stones Design in Sept, but I didn't get a chance to play along.  Glad to do so today.  Love this sketch.

So that is it for me today.  I had a lot of fun playing along with some challenges on the web...hope you did too.