Monday, April 20, 2015

Warm Wishes

Happy Monday, Stampers! I had an awesome crafty day yesterday. I went to the bead show in the morning with my daughter, and then spent the afternoon divided between paper crafting and beading. So many hobbies, so little time! 

Friday Mashup was giving away prizes recently for their 200th challenge, and I was the lucky recipient of a Lawn Fawn gift certificate, woo hoo! With it I got this cute Stuck on You stamp set and matching dies. I've been waiting patiently for a FM challenge that it would work with, and got it with this weeks sketch challenge. The colors at Color Throwdown were absolutely perfect for my cacti. I hope they don't mind that I added a bit of yellow sunshine :) 

Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Stuck on You, Snow Day, Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay (SU)
Ink Pads: Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stuck on You, Hello Sunshine, Stitched Rectangles and Stiched Hillside Borders Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: White Baker's Twine (SU)

Have a terrific day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CAS Watercolor for The Paper Players

Happy Sunday, everyone! I love Sundays, especially this one, because my sweet DD and I are going to a bead show today! Yes, just another one of my crafty addictions. I barely have time to make jewelry any more, yet I have enough beads to wrap around the globe once or twice! I really love our time together at the show, and we'll be sure to come up with a few creations afterwards. Any other beaders out there?

Today at The Paper Players, the amazing Nance Leedy is our hostess, and she has chosen Clean and Simple Watercolor for the theme of our challenge. I love to watercolor! I must admit though, I was stumped for a while as to how to do it on a clean and simple creation. I roamed the web for a while for inspiration and an idea was born.

First of all, a big shout out to my wonderful and witty friend, Darnell Knauss of djkardkreations. On her most recent NBUS challenge, I was the fortunate recipient of a gift card to Simon Says Stamp, which was burning a hole in my pocket - day one! With it I got this beautiful Butterflies stamp set and matching dies. Thanks, Darnell! Mwah! 

Now, about my card... I found this amazing video tutorial on how to do Watercolor Stamping with a buttefly stamp. I used my new stamp set with some Mini Distress Inks. I inked the butterfly stamp with Antique Linen Distress Ink, just on the edges. I stamped it on to watercolor card stock to create a border, then I proceeded in my attempt to color it in. The first two tries ended up in the trash, but I hope this one is a bit more acceptable. It looks better from far away, lol! 

Butterfly completed, I went in search of a layout. The one at Freshly Made Sketches was perfect, and also perfect for a CAS creation. Though I used some patterned paper in the background, I hope the center panel has enough white space to keep it 'clean'. Along the left side of the panel, I used a marker and a piercing template to give the illusion of piercing.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Butterflies (SSS)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Basic Gray (SU)
Patterned Paper: Harmony (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Black Soot, Antique Linen, Peacock Feathers, & Scattered Straw Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Markers: Tuxedo Black Dual Marker (Memento) ps: everyone needs one of these :)
Tools: Essentials Piercing Pack (SU)
Accesories: Watercolor Distress Cardstock & Artist Brushes (Ranger)

We can't wait to see what you create for this challenge at The Paper Players!  Please visit the rest of the Design Team, too! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Painted Flowers

Good Morning, Stampers! This is going to be a quick post as I am running super late today, but wanted to share this card I made last night. I've been wishing for this Painted Flowers stamp set from Altenew for a while and it finally came in the mail the other day. I couldn't wait to ink it up, and I paired it with a sentiment from Label Love. I love all the label-maker style sentiments! 

Today I'm playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this sketch, the colors at The Card Concept, and Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Painted Flowers, Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette (SU)
Ink Pads: Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (MME), Washi Tape (SU)

Thanks for visiting and have an awesome day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hello Blended Bloom

Hi, friends! Today is Wednesday which means it's time for a new challenge at Colour Me! This week it's a subtle combo of Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride and Rose Red. Yumm!!! I love pinks and greens together! 

I've been collecting Copic markers like crazy lately and wanted to use some of them for this challenge. The Blended Bloom stamp is perfect for coloring with copics, and I paired it with a die cut sentiment from Mama Elephant. The background was created by sponging with a Heidi Swapp stencil.

I'm also playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this sketch. The theme challenge is "In the Middle" at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to create your own background.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Blended Bloom (SU)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Basic Black (SU)
Ink Pads: Pistachio Pudding (SU)
Markers (Copic)
Tools: Big Shot, Hello Script Die (Mama Elephant)
Accessories: Butterfly Stencil Set (Heidi Swapp)

Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll play along with us this week at Colour Me!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pretty Painted Petals

Greetings, Stampers! Yay for Sunday and for a new challenge from The Paper Players! This week Joanne is our hostess and she has a color challenge for us. I love the delicious sorbet hues! 

These colors are so, so pretty together and I love them stamped with the gorgeous Painted Petals Stamp Set. After making this card I asked myself why I don't use this set more often. I stamped some of the images with the ink full strength, and some "second generation". I love that the images look great perfectly lined up or not, though lining things up is easy with this photopolymer set.

I'm also playing along with Lesley's sketch at The Challenge. I used a little scrap of glimmer paper for the banner element in the sketch, and I love the little bit of sparkle it adds. 

Products Used: (All SU)
Stamp Sets: Painted Petals
Card Stock: Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Stacked with Love
Ink Pads: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Pictachio Pudding, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Accessories: Gold Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by today! Please pay a visit to the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll play along, too!

Inky hugs!

Friday, April 10, 2015

"A" is for Amazing!

Hello and TGIF, my bloggy friends! I wonder what you all are doing this weekend. I don't have any exciting plans this but hope to relax a bit in my craft space, and continue on the endless task of organizing. For today I have a card for four challenges. I varied a bit from my normal style and came up with something a little more graphic, and I think I like it! I used dies from Ellen Hutson, paper and dies from Lawn Fawn, and a sentiment from Altenew.

The Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "A" is for... Ellen Hutson wants us to mix it up and combine products from Essentials by Ellen and Lawn Fawn. The Lawnscaping Challenge wants to see some dimension, and I combined all that with a sketch from Mojo Monday. 

I cut the flowers once from gold foil and twice from black card stock and stacked them up. The end result is nice and heavy like chipboard, and I like the shadow effect of the black underneath. The flowers and leaves were adhered with mini glue dots, and I popped up the circle a bit with Dimensionals.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush (SU)
Patterned Paper: Snow Day, Let's Polka (Lawn Fawn), Classique Beauty (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Circle and Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Bold Blossom Stand Alone dies (Essentials by Ellen)
Accessories: Gold Foil Paper (SU), Moonshine Sequins (SSS)

Have an awesome day, everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Little Birdie Told Me

Greetings, friends! Time is just whizzing by and here we are at Wednesday once again, and a new challenge from Colour Me! This week it's a striking combo of Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight. I took some cues from the blue skies in the inspiration photo, combined it with some yellow sunshine, and an idea was born! 

I thought this stamp set fit the ticket perfectly. The sun was stamped in Versamark Ink and embossed with white embossing powder. The clouds and sentiment were cut out with Word Window Framelits, and the sun and bird cut out by hand. The little bird was colored with Copics. 

I'm also linking this up to a challenge I am playing with for the first time, Virginia's View. It's a monthly challenge, and the theme this month is Layers and Dimension. There is so much amazing inspiration on this blog, you should check it out! 

Products Used: (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Hello Love
Card Stock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Designer Series Paper: Brights & Subtle Stacks
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Word Windows Framelits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder
Other: Copic Markers

I hope you'll join the fun and play along with us this week at Colour Me! But first, please check out the creations of our wonderful Design Team: