Monday, November 13, 2017

O Christmas Tree

It feels so good to finally feel up to being in my craft room!  Four weeks of recuperating from surgery is not my cup of tea!

I was so glad I saw the inspiration at Inspired by All the Little Things and will enter this card.  Their challenge #72 is this inspiration photo:
Click HERE for the challenge info.
I think this photo is so pretty with the gray and white color palette and clean lines, which is what the inspiration for this card is.   I used a die that I bought a LONG time ago and then couldn't think of what to do with it when I got it!  Was so glad to use it for the clean lines.

I edged each layer of the tree, and the hill, with white Nuvo drops then sprinkled on some sparkly glitter.  The background is a piece of gray card stock from my stash that I inked with some gray and black inks and added white pigment ink around the edges of the tree.  Splashed on some white acrylic paint spatters for a snow effect.

This was a huge challenge to photograph and get remotely close to how it looks in real life!  Makes me wish I knew how to use a real camera!!


Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
Dies:  Dee's Distinctively Christmas Stacker Tree; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills
Stamps:  Concord & 9th O Christmas Tree
Inks: Hero Arts Soft Granite; Distress Oxide Black Soot
Miscellaneous:  Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss-white; Art Glitter Crystal ultra fine transparent; Ranger Glacier White acrylic paint





Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Card w/NBUS

I've got another card to enter into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12.  The link for the info is HERE.

I'm also starting a stash of Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  This is so awesome as it is to collect cards for the elderly in nursing homes.  Get all the info HERE.  I love this as it gives me a specific reason to make more Christmas cards. I just may also come up with a design for my card for friends and family next year.  I only mass produce about 20 cards, so I like to come up with one design to start next summer.

Here is my card that I made using Sunny Studio's Holiday Style stamps, Merry Sentiments, and Merry Word die.  There's lot of sparkle and glossy accents that don't totally show up in the photos, but it's really quite sparkly!!



I certainly do appreciate you taking a look!  Thank you!

Monday, October 2, 2017

You Are the Best!

I really enjoy challenges as they give me a direction and inspiration in my card making!  Darnell's NBUS challenge is so great as it gets you to go through your "never before used stuff"...and USE it!!

Get the info HERE
I really enjoyed coloring all these little die cuts into autumn leaves.  This die set is my NBUS!



Love the dimension of the leaves and acorns!
I really appreciate those of you that take a look at my blog!  Thank you for that!

Supplies:
Spellbinders Die of the Month September 2017 (NBUS)
Hero Arts For Your Kindness (sentiment/banner)
Distress Inks: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs
Sizzix 3-D embossing folder:  Leaves





Saturday, September 30, 2017

Buzzing By to Say...

I'm using some of my favorite stamps from Honey Bee Stamps here.  I'm entering this into Darnell's NBUS challenge where we are challenged to use supplies that haven't been used.  I'll note which ones fall into that category below in the supply list.  

The details are HERE
It's been a busy month and haven't had so much time for creating and coloring as I'd like.  Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker has also been hosting her 30-day coloring challenge.  I've posted some other things on Instagram (see my link in the right side bar) but not nearly as much as I'd like.  This counts as I colored the flowers and bees with my Spectrum Noir markers.  Yay!  :)







Don't know what it is about these bees, but I think they are just too cute!  Thanks so much for taking time to look!

Supplies:
Honey Bee Stamps:  Bee-You-Tiful Sentiments; Busy Bees; Build-A-Bee; NBUS: Bee Hive card die; Bee Hive Stencils, Hexagon Bunches
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers; Sparkle pen in clear

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thank You Times 2

I have two cards for this post!  The challenge by Inspired by All The Little Things is a beautiful inspiration photo with teal/copper as the main colors.  I just love this photo and the "country" feel it has!  I had more inspiration from the current challenge #13-Ink Only at Where Creativity Meets C9.  I thought Concord & 9th's stamps were perfect for this!



Both of these cards came together so quickly (for me who usually takes FORever to decide on the details) and these are some of my favorite colors too!  My supplies are listed below.





I love having specific things for inspiration and these two challenges really helped my cards come together!!  Thank you so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
Stamps: Concord & 9th: Flower Turnabout; Petals & Pallets
Inks: VersaMark; Simon Says Stamp High Dive & Jelly Bean; Memento New Sprout
Sparkle N Sprinkle copper embossing powder

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hello There!

A new to me challenge blog, Inspired by All the Little Things, has a challenge this week hosted by one of the kindest bloggers I've "met"--Darnell Knauss ( her blog is link HERE.)  She is the host of this week's challenge.  Here is the inspiration for this weeks challenge:

Details for the challenge are HERE.
I totally love these colors and wanted to participate to honor Darnell.  She is always so very encouraging and, as a bonus, quite entertaining on her blog posts!  :)  So very glad our paths crossed on the big world-wide internet!

So my card here uses the colors of the inspiration along with the script and burlap you can see when you look closely at the photo.  I used NBUS Wild Garden dies by Ellen Hutson and Burlap Background stamp and Script Background stamp by JustRite.  I recently got Altenew's Layered Medallions Cover dies and used die B here.

For the flowers and the cover die, I had fun using Distress Oxide inks to get the different colors.  I used Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Candied Apple and Wild Honey.  These inks are really amazing in how you can create various layers!




I finished it off with some splashes of Gansai Tambi Starry Colors yellow gold paint and Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins.

Thanks so much for taking a look!!







Friday, September 8, 2017

Party Animals Art Impressions Style

I've had these cute little animal stamps from Art Impressions that have been a free gift when I've purchased their stamps at various shows.  I've always wondered what I would do with them, when I finally thought of creating a little scene with them!

I'm entering this into Art Impressions current challenge, "Off Kilter".
Details HERE
After a previous attempt that flopped, much much masking and indecision on colors etc. I have this cute card!  Seriously, took me about three days of pondering, piddling, and diddling off and on to come up with this!



Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
Art Impressions stamps:  Freebie pig, fox, giraffe, turtle, panda; WC Birds set
My Favorite Things products: Celebrate You stamps; Plaid Patterns paper, Cloud stencil
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks
Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Summery Flowers Thank You

The Ton Stamps current challenge is a "summer" theme.  For me, summer certainly is about flowers, as I do love planting them and enjoying the colors during our long growing season here.  I'm entering this into the challenge and the details can be found by clicking HERE.



I made this shaped card by using the coordinating die for Wishful Wildflowers.  I did "partial die cutting" along the top and bottom, and both sides.  I only had a little bit to hand cut after.  I stamped the image after the die cutting.  There are plenty of explanations on how to do this if you web search that are much better at explaining than I am.  :)


I really love how this turned out with the shape of the card and the bright summery flower colors!  Was very easy once I figured out my die cutting!  Thank you so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
The Ton:  Wishful Wildflowers stamps/dies; Happiest of Peonies stamps for the sentiment
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Versafine Onyx Black ink

Monday, August 21, 2017

Rainbow Cards


Hello!  Didn't realize it had been quite a while since I've posted anything here!  Last week, I participated in the Online Card Classes--Rainbow Maker.  It was all about different techniques to make rainbow color cards.  It was a whole lot of rainbow happy going on for sure!  Seriously, all Online Card Classes are the best classes I've taken!

I thought I'd compile all of them into one post to have them together.  (All are also posted on my Instagram with supply details, if you are interested.  The link is to the right.)  Here they are:
This one was almost in the trash!  Savaged it by giving it a good shower and letting the inks drip!
This technique uses strips of card stock to create a rainbow
Same as above, but just die cut the strips with a word sentiment.

Ink "smooshing" :)
Stamping in rainbow colors.
More ink "smooshing"
This is using glitter paste through a stencil over an ink-blended background.

Well, if you've looked at all of these, thank you so much!   Your comments are most welcomed and much appreciated!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, With a Splash

I'm always wanting a good stash of birthday cards!

I 'm entering this into two challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #75 (info HERE).   The theme is "Black & White with a Splash".  The splash being a bit of color! I was totally inspired by Lisa Tilson at http://www.mycardtrip.co.uk/  She is one of the guest designers for the challenge and her floral cards are so beautiful!!

Flickr's LOVE!--Handmade Cards "Anything Goes" July challenge (info HERE).

I do love playing with stencils and embossing paste!  This SSS stencil is so beautiful!

I used a glossy embossing paste and the shine is so pretty!


I do appreciate you looking and leaving your comments for me!

Supplies:

  • Simon Says Stamp products: More Spring Flowers stamps/dies; Thoughtful Messages stamp for sentiment; Circular Lace stencil
  • Embossing paste:  Dreamweaver Glossy Black
  • Spectrum Noir markers:  CR5, DR5, DR7

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lacy Stencil Happy Birthday

Was so fun playing with my Distress Oxide Inks and Simon Says Stamp Circular Lace stencil!

I used one of the SSS Twisted Stitch Borders to cut the stenciled piece into two parts.  For the sentiment I used a favorite SSS set, Birthday Balloons.  I made the glitter border by cutting a strip of card stock topped with a Scor-Tape adhesive sheet with the same border die and adding glitter.  Topped it off with a few beautiful Amethyst sequins from SSS.



I'm entering this card into these challenges:

SSS Flickr Challenge #74--Stunning Stenciling
SSS Monday Challenge--Stencil It
SSS Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products:
     Circular Lace stencil
     Twisted Stitch Borders
     Birthday Balloons
     Amethyst sequins
Distress Oxide Inks:  Wilted Violet, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Glitter:  Sparkle N Sprinkle Hanauma Bay

Friday, June 30, 2017

Rustic Country Barn

Finally getting some time to play with the Art Impressions' stamps I got at the Scrapbook Expo.....in March!!   LOL!

I totally love the barn in the Old Barn Mini Set!  With this I also used a tree from the Covered Bridge Mini Set along with the mini grass and a couple of little flower stamps.



When I saw the current AI Challenge #211 "Create A Background," I wondered how to incorporate a background here.  I finally settled on making a background using the tree from the Covered Bridge set and shadow stamped it for the matte to go behind the main image.

Details for the challenge are HERE
I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" featuring AI products.  The challenge info is HERE.

Thank you very much for taking a look!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sending Love & Hugs

I recently won this beautiful Poppy Border background stamp from The Ton just by leaving a comment on one of their daily release blog post!  How about that!

I'm still loving the colors from the current challenge so I've made another card to enter using my new stamp.

Details here

I used quite the variety of watercolor mediums (listed below) to color this card after heat embossing in white.


I really love how this turned out---AND not a speck of glitter or sparkle of a sequin!!  :)  Thank you so very much for taking a look!

Supplies:
The Ton stamps:  Poppy Border background, Dearest Peony for sentiment
Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers
Zig Clean Color markers:  Light Carmine, Light Pink
Marvy LePlume II No. 86 African Violet
Peerless Water Colors: Geranium Pink, Japonica Scarlet

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hello, Gorgeous!

I totally love the colors presented in The Ton Stamps Color Pallet Challenge for June, 2017.

Details here.
I've been going through my stash looking at things I've had for a long time and trying to use them.  For whatever reason, I purchased two of these blank, unfinished wooden tags!  Anyone relate?  Anyway, this was my starting point to come up with something using these beautiful colors!   I first stamped the Wishful Wildflowers in navy ink then re-stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor them.




I lost count of how many times I switched directions and changed the colors/textures on the tag!  Then I had to decide how to arrange the florals from Wishful Wildflowers.  After it was finally done I have something that I can present!  I went WAY out of my comfort zone creating this project, but it was fun to get my fingers inky and paint stained!

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
The Ton Stamps Wishful Wildflowers stamps/dies; Peony Cluster Mini for sentiment
Inks:  Simon Says Stamp:  Soft Navy, Audrey Blue; Versamark Clear
Distress Paints: Abandoned Coral, White
Zig Clean Color:  Wine Red, Dull Blue, Pink
From my stash:  ribbons, trim, beads sequins, corrugated paper, doily, miscellaneous stencils

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Honey Bee Just for YouI

I really, really like these bees and all the goodies that go with them from Honey Bee Stamps!

I had an "out of the box" idea to try by weaving ribbon through two of the Hexagon Cover Plate dies (also from Honey Bee Stamps).  I used the bottom and middle layers.  Here are a couple photos of the process:
I added tape runner along the bottom, folded the ribbon over & trimmed the ends.
I turned the middle sized die cut "upside down" to have the small slits to weave the ribbon.
I die cut a white and black circle to have a base for the flowers and sentiment (& also to break up the busy background some).



Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies:
Honey Bee Stamps, dies:  Hexagon Cover Place bottom & middle layers; Busy Bees; Build-A-Bee; Sending You sentiments
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Glossy Accents
yellow ribbon from my stash

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bears Love Pink Too!

This stamp set from Ellen Hutson, Essentials By Ellen called Courage is so awesome!  They are donating $25 from each purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I didn't hesitate to get it as one of my very good friends is a survivor.  Also, my sweet mother-in-law had a double mastectomy in the early 1960's and lived a wonderful life until the age of 88!  As most of us, I know those whose lives were cut short by this terrible disease too.

So, this card is another that I will be sending to my sweet survivor friend as she continues the walk for a cure---she's walking three 3-day, 6-mile walks this year!!  Each event has a postal address to mail encouraging cards to.  I'll be sending one to each of the cities she'll be walking in!  :)


It's been raining the last three days (thankfully) and the sun peeked out for a bit today, so I had to have a bit of it in my photo!

I'm adding this to the Ellen Hutson June Mix It Up Challenge: BCRF.  Get the info HERE.



Thank you for looking and support the cause for the cure---however you can!!

Supplies:
Essentials by Ellen Courage; All Inside stamps/dies
Inks:  SSS Jellybean, Green Leaf, Evergreen; Memento Angel Pink; Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink; Versafine Onyx Black
WeRMemory Keepers 3-d embossing folder


Monday, May 29, 2017

Distress Oxide Ink Labels

Being organized is being in my happy place!!  I'm a very visual person and like being able to see the colors, so I created a PDF for the labels.  Here is the link for you to print some out:   HERE

I printed these on 80# Neenah Solar White, then backed with some Scor-Tape adhesive, cut apart, and inked them up before adhering to each ink pad.


Hope these help put you in your happy place!!  :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wishful Wildflower Birthday Card

I made this shaker card for a friend's birthday using The Ton's Wishful Wildflower stamps and dies.  This is one of those stamps that, for me, was love at first sight & I had to have it!

I've already posted this card on Instagram, but I like to have a few more details for my reference for when I want to recreate elements of certain cards.  Also, I'm entering this into a fun challenge The Ton has for this month--their Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  We are to choose 3 consecutive elements for our project.  I chose the diagonal starting with shaker card, then embossing and watercolor.

Get the details HERE
I first watercolored a background on watercolor paper using Distress Inks with a bit of yellow gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors.  Using Bristol Smooth card stock, I stamped and heat embossed the florals.  Then I colored with a few of my Zig Clean Color markers.


Here are a few more photos showing the beautiful shimmer and shine!





This stamp set is so pretty and I can't wait to try some more ideas I have!  Thank you so much for looking, and especially for taking a moment to comment!  :)

Supplies:
The Ton stamps/dies: Wishful Wildflowers; Pretty Mail; Dearest Peony for sentiment
The Ton Guava Sparkle Couture Mix
Distress Inks:  Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
Gansai Tambi Starry Colors, yellow gold
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, light carmine, red, light green, pale green 
Shaker frame:  My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames








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