Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Just Because Bold Blooms

Greetings friends, and Happy April Fool's Day! Don't worry, I won't be playing any tricks on you today! It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it is time for a monochromatic challenge at Colour Me! Today we are featuring the lovely Soft Sky.

I thought this pale color would like nice as a sponged background, and the black floral silhouettes provide some nice contrast. I love the way the sentiment works with them, even more so that I got this stamp set off the Technique Tuesday clearance rack for only $2!

I'm also playing along with a few other challenges. The challenge at Less is More this week is a fun one, to combine any three of their previous challenges. I chose Week 42 "Silhouette", Week 76 "Three", and Week 163 "Masking/ Stenciling". I just hope my card is clean and simple enough! The Challenge is celebrating their one year anniversary with an Anything Goes challenge. Finally, the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Pastel".

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Bold Blooms (Essentials by Ellen), You Did It (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Soft Sky (SU)
Ink Pads: Soft Sky (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Sponge Dauber (SU), Square Lattice Stencil (Heidi Swapp)
Accessories: Jack & Jill Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

Have an awesome day!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rhododendron Thanks

Hi, friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I did some organizing in my craft room yesterday to make room for my newest acquisitions. For that reason is seems like the task of organizing is never done! 

I am a new member of the Greenhouse Society at Technique Tuesday, and this month the stamp is Rhododendron. I inked it up for the first time yesterday and I'm in love! The entire card was done on Watercolor Paper including the base, and I love the texture that it adds.

So many fun challenges, so little time! Today I'm playing with the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, the colors at Color Throwdown, Darnell's NBUS Challenge and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker. Four challenges. Woo hoo! 

Look at all the beautiful detail in this stamp. I stamped it in Versamark Ink onto Watercolor Paper and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. Then I watercolored with Distress Inks. I can't wait to use this stamp again and color it with some new Copics. Coming soon! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Rhododendron (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Watercolor Paper (SU) 
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn & Mustard Seed Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (SU)

Thanks so much for visiting, and I'd love it if you left me a comment!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just For You Flowers, PP238, MOJO390 & SSS

Happy Sunday, Stampers! I am really looking forward to today. It's the first time in I don't know how long that I have a real day off. I hope to enjoy a relaxing day, and intend on spending much of it in the Craft-a-torium, as my husband refers to my craft room. I plan on doing a little organizing and straightening, which almost always inspires a project or two. 

My first order of business is to share today's card and the newest challenge from The Paper Players. This week Claire is our hostess, and she has a super fun Tic-Tac-Toe board for us. I love those! 

As soon as I saw the very first square on the board, yellow, I knew I wanted to make a project using my Simon Says Stamp kit from this month, which features lots of beautiful papers in a rich shade of yellow. So my squares are top left to bottom right: yellow, sequins and polka dots.

I'm really loving this layout from Mojo Monday and know I'll use it again. Since I'm using the Monthly Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp, I thought I would link to their Anything Goes Challenge, also.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Label Love (Altenew)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Crushed Curry (SU)
Tools: Piercing Tool, Template and Mat (SU)
Accessories: Doilies (SU), Sequins and Cotton Thread (from my stash)
Other: Flowers on my Mind Stamp Set, Card Stock, Patterned Paper from Authentique (Simon Says Stamp March Monthly Kit)

Please join the fun and play Tic-Tac-Toe with us at The Paper Players!

Have a fabulous day! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Make Today Ridiculously Amazing!

Hi Stampers! How is your week going? I hope you've been able to squeeze in some crafting time, which has been super hard for me lately. I need a little bit of stamp therapy every day. I think it's what keeps me sane! 

It's also Wednesday, and that means we have a great new color challenge for you at Colour Me! 

I am always, always in need of more birthday cards. One of the most difficult for me is for male teens, but I think this graphic card will be perfect.

I'm also entering this in the Seize the Birthday challenge, where the toppings option is to make the sentiment your focal point. (Edited to add): Oops! I miss the deadline! Playing along with the Anything Goes challenge instead!

Supplies Used: (All SU)
Stamp Sets: Amazing Birthday
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Bermuda Bay
Designer Series Paper: In Color Stack
Ink Pads: Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana
Tools: Big Shot, Arrows Embossing Folder, Starburst Framelits
Accessories: In Color Sequins

Please check out the creations by the rest of our Design Team at Colour Me! We hope you'll play along, too!

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Oh Happy Day!, RS157, TC27 & NBUS4

Hi, Stampers! Oh, it's a happy day when new stamps come in the mail! I absolutely fell in love with these new products from Ellen Hutson including the Bold Blossom stamp set and dies. I couldn't wait to play with them and went in search of some challenges to inspire me! 

The colors are from The Challenge, and the layout from Retro Sketches. My bloggy friend Darnell is having another NBUS Challenge, what fun! I'm using loads of stuff for the first time including the stamp set and dies, the stencil and some new distress inks.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Bold Blossoms (Essentials by Ellen)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Basic Gray (SU)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Basic Gray (SU), Pickled Raspberry and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Bold Blossoms Matching Dies (Essentials by Ellen), Dot Stencil (Heidi Swapp)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (SU), Coton Thread & Sequins (from my stash)

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear from you! Please leave a comment! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Trio of Cupcakes

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! The wonderful LeAnne is hostess this week, and she has an awesome sketch for us. I had so many ideas of what to use to fill in the long rectangular space, but finally settled on a row of cupcakes! 

I don't have the newest SU cupcake stamp set yet, so instead I used the retired Create a Cupcake set. It's so cute; I can't part with it! The coordinating Cupcake Builder Punch made easy work of assembling my cupcakes.

My other sources of inspiration are the cupcake theme challenge at The Card Concept, and the color challenge at Color Throwdown. Now there are three colors I never would have thought of combining on my own, but balanced out with plenty of white I love them together!

Products Used (All SU)
Stamp Sets: Create a Cupcake, Pennant Parade
Card Stock: Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango, Elegant Eggplant
Ink Pads: Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango, Elegant Eggplant
Punches: Cupcake Builder, Itty Bitty Accents, 1" Circle, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle
Accessories: Rhinestones

Please play along with LeAnne's sketch this week at The Paper Players! But before you get ready to get inky, pay a visit to the rest of the wonderful Design Team!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lucky You!

Hi Stampers, and Happy Belated Saint Patricks Day! I tried so hard to get this card done in time for the holiday, but life just got in the way. I hate when that happens! I did have great fun putting this card together and creating a little scene, though. I used lots of Lawn Fawn goodies, and love that the images in all their sets work so well together. My little leprechaun and his feathered friend are from Gnome Sweet Gnome, the sunshine from Hello Sunshine, and the hat and clover leaf are from Hats Off to You.


I'm playing along with the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is to include a lion, lamb, or any other critter. I hope my bitty little birdie will do! I'm also submitting this to the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker. I used some brand new Copics today, woo hoo! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Hello Sunshine, Gnome Sweet Gnome, Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn), And Many More (SU)
Card Stock: Whisper White (SU)
Patterned Paper: Snow Day (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Markers (Copic)
Tools: Big Shot, Hello Sunshine, Gnome Sweet Gnome and Hats Off to You Lawn Cuts, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn)

Inky hugs!