Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Color Throwdown #457

It's time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and this week...our colors are pink, yellow and gray! I thought the softer colors would be perfect for a baby card, so I started by creating a plaid background using MFT's Plaid Background Builder stamps.  It's mostly die cuts after that so I'll get right to my enabler's list:

STAMPS: Beautiful Baby (MFT), Plaid Background Builder (MFT).
PAPER: Pretty in Pink (SU), Smoky Slate (SU), Bumblebee Yellow (Reverse Confetti), White (PTI), Shiny silver metallic CS.
INK: Daffodil Delight (SU), Pretty in Pink (SU), Silver Lining (WPlus9)
DIES: Beautiful Baby (MFT), Stitched Rounded Rectangles STAX (MFT), Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT), Oh Baby (MFT).

We're happy to have Wendy Coffman joining us as the Guest Star Stamper this week!  Take some time to say hello and visit her blog Stamping Rules!

We'd love to have you joining us in the challenge this week! For more details on how to play along, head over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration by clicking on the links below:

Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fusion Card Challenge

I created this card based on both the sketch and the colors in the inspiration photo for the current Fusion Card Challenge. I love this houndstooth patterned paper from Bazzill's Licorice 6x6 paper pad!  I paired it with a long neglected SU set called Fabulous Florets where I white embossed the images on Ranger watercolor CS then colored with Zig Clean Color brush markers and fussy cut.  A very quick and simple card to put together!

ZIGS: 052, 070, 051.

Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!  Yesterday, we had all the hype of the solar eclipse...a rather underwhelming yet wonderful event for our area which only saw an 86% coverage of the sun.  The most surprising thing for me was that it didn't darken nearly as much as I expected.  I was at work when it peaked around 2:40 PM and it was fun to gather with hundreds of students and staff at the vocational rehabilitation center where I work.  NASA says we will experience another solar eclipse in 7 years, so here's to that countdown - lol!

Friday, August 18, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch

Chrissy Larson has a great new sketch over on the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge blog! Probably my favorite card layout is to do a collage in the lower right corner with L-shaped elements...this time I used black and white striped washi tape.  I hope you're not tiring of seeing yet another of these brushed lettering sentiment stamps...I just love them!  

So, here is what I used...

STAMPS: Sentiment Essentials and Blooms 'n Buds by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: White CS by PTI.
INK: Iced Aqua, Lime Green, Bumblebee Yellow, and Tangerine by Reverse Confetti; Versamark. 
DIES: Blooms 'n Buds (RC), Stitched Rectangle by Lil' Inker Designs.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Curtain Call & Sunday Stamps Challenges

The new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge has a Hibiscus theme going on, so I also went with the colors from the current Sunday Stamps color challenge for my card. I knew I wanted to use Verve's Hibiscus Plain Jane stamp along with more florals from their Happy Days stamp set.  I colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped with foam tape over a watercolored base using Mijello Mission Gold paint.  I'm again using my new favorite sentiment set from Reverse Confetti (Sentiment Essentials).  Initially, I placed the rounded rectangle panel over a white background which just looked too blah.  I then switched to using this black and white patterned paper by Recollections and thought it had so much more pizazz!

DIES: Stitched Dome Frames and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-Namics by My Favorite Things; Sentiment Essentials Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Color Throwdown #456

Hi everyone! It's Wednesday and that means a new Color Throwdown Challenge is up! Lisa Henke is hosting the challenge and has this very pretty color combo of pink, yellow and green!    This photo brings back great memories of our 3 children growing up and swimming in our pool every chance they got!  Towels hanging over the fence was a common sight! 

I'm fully aware that summer will be grinding to a halt very soon, so every chance I have to use flowers on my cards...I'm going for it!  

I love these Build A Bunch stamps from Reverse Confetti's July release!  They're fun to arrange against the Tall Stripe Panel die that reminds me of a piece of lattice. I used Reverse Confetti's Stone cardstock - a wonderful neutral shade - for the card base.  I white embossed the sentiment from RC's gorgeous brush lettered Sentiment Essentials set.  Coloring was done with Copics and the flower centers were highlighted with black Enamel Accents.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Stewart from the Paper Sweetness blog!  She is our guest star stamper this week.

We'd love to have you joining us in the challenge this week! For more details on how to play along, head over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration by clicking on the links below:

Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Create Along With Us: August

Check out this post of many new release projects on the PTI blog for some amazing inspiration by the talented design team! I decided to play along with their Create Along With Us: August challenge after being inspired by one tiny detail on two of the cards. I often am at a loss how to add a sentiment to a card with a rather busy background, but Betsy Veldman and Michelle Leone used a simple one line sentiment on a banner flag to display directly over the middle of their cards below...

This is my card using the same concept...

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Beautiful Berries: Spring (PTI), Mat Stack 1 Collection (PTI - sentiment).
PAPER: Aqua Mist and White (PTI).
INK: Miami Spice, Flamingo, Sea Breeze, Siren Song dye inks by WPlus9.
DIES: Tag Sale: Quilted Die (PTI); Beautiful Berries: Spring (PTI).

Hope your Monday is going well!  I'm looking forward to a day off after working the weekend!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello Throwdown Colors!

Have you played along with the current colors over on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog?  I made a second card using Jodi's colors: aqua, light pink and lavender.  I had cut several of PTI's new Mix and Mat: Postal Die, so it was begging to be used! Stamps are from WPlus9's Greetings and Salutations stamp set.  Angled layers always add a fun bit of interest to a card design IMO!  Thanks so much for stopping by...TGIF!