Saturday, February 25, 2017

But First, Coffee!

We have a great inspiration photo for the new Inspired By All The Little Things Challenge!  But first, coffee for me using a touch of White Chocolate Macadamia creamer...yum!  

I went with a large gift card tag (die by Reverse Confetti) as my starting point.  The stamp set is Delightful and Delicious by Verve.

I decided to adhere it to a card so I could add the woodgrain patterned paper (MME Fiddlesticks 6x6 pad) behind it.  The mini coffee splotch stencil by Tim Holtz was used with Crumb Cake ink and the sentiment was stamped by...what else but Early Espresso ink! :-)  I also embossed the cup using Early Espresso embossing powder (SU) and paper pieced it.

We're excited to have Marybeth Lopez from Marybeth's Time For Paper joining us as a guest designer!  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.  Hope to see YOU in the gallery!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Birthday Tweetings

I'm squeaking in under the wire for the MFT Color Challenge and am also using the layout for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where anything goes this week.  The background was stenciled using a Tim Holtz mini stencil.  My intention was to sponge with the Sea Breeze ink color but I unknowingly used a sponge that had some light brown ink on it. :-(  No time to fix it since I was so close to the deadline.

Here is what I used:
STAMPS: Tweet Friends and Flashy Florals - both by MFT.
PAPER: Cottage Living by Pebbles.
INK: Sea Breeze, Siren Song, Sweet Nectar, Flamingo dye inks by WPlus9; Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Tweet Friends, Flashy Florals and Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT; Edge Essentials by Reverse Confetti.

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Color Throwdown #431

Happy hump day and welcome to another Color Throwdown Challenge! I have always been fascinated by the beauty of succulents and when I saw this week's inspiration photo, I knew that I wanted to watercolor some images from MFT's Sweet Succulents stamp set with matching dies.  

Here is my take on it...

For the base, I sponged WPlus9 Mojito ink with a Mini Bricks stencil by The Crafters Workshop.  While the stencil was still in place, I sprayed with Mister Huey's Blizzard color mist.  There's a subtle shimmer IRL that's hard to see in the photo.  I added a scallop border (die by Reverse Confetti) of Rich Razzleberry CS which shows up better in the photo below.  The cacti were all watercolored using Mijello Mission Gold watercolor paints.  You've probably seen Nuvo Jewel Drops throughout papercrafting blogs as it's a hot new item being used.  I really love the ease of adding faux enamel drops by using this product! The only downside is that you need to wait 24 hours to ensure they are totally hardened.  The fun sentiment was white embossed on black CS.  

We're happy to have Donna Dambrot as our guest star stamper this week!  Check out her post on the Paw Prints and Paper Trails blog.

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:


Monday, February 20, 2017

Masculine Thanks

I was needing a masculine thank you card, so a CAS sketch was perfect to do a little stenciling in the background and let this butterfly shine as the focal point...literally! I added Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron distress inks to an acrylic block, then picked up the colors with a wet brush and applied to Ranger watercolor CS.  After drying with a heat gun, the butterfly was stamped 3 times using a MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I sprayed Mister Huey's Blizzard color shine over the butterfly to give it a nice subtle shimmer and shine!  The butterfly was die cut then popped with foam tape over the Hero Arts Tweed Pattern stencil.  The sentiment die - Wet Paint by PTI - was cut from black and white CS, then offset slightly when I layered them up.  Stitched rectangle die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

I'm entering this into the  CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

STAMPS: Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix.

Mojo Monday

Good Monday everyone! You'll want to get your creativity going by joining us in the new Mojo Monday Challenge!  Julee's sketch is a really fun one and was perfect to build up my birthday stash once again.  Nothing says festive like a little sparkle, so I once again grabbed this Citrus Matstack by DCWV which has a mix of glittery papers with the usual matte DP.  The flowers were fussy cut from some of the paper and popped with foam dots.  The leaves were sponged on the edges with Lucky Limeade ink (SU) and the cupcake has yellow Stickles added to the icing.  Some Island Indigo twine (SU) and sequins finished it off.  Hate that my photo doesn't show the sparkle and shine that is on the card IRL.

STAMPS: Small Packages (Verve).
PAPER: Citrus Matstack (DCWV), White (PTI).
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Small Packages, Butterfly Dreams, Pennant Trim (Verve); Edge Essentials (Reverse Confetti).

So...we'd love to see how you interpret this challenge!  You'll want to post your creation on the Mojo Monday blog.  If you need more inspiration, check out the design team's creations below:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future at PTI

I'm running behind on getting cards posted for this fun look at Papertrey Ink stamp sets through the years. In this post, I'm looking at the Wreath For All Seasons stamp set from 2010 that continues to be one of my fave 'go to' sets!  Here is my present day look at it...

PAPER: MFT Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright; Reverse Confetti Lime Green CS; PTI White CS.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black; Lime Green by Reverse Confetti; Sweet Gelato by WPlus9.
MISCELLANEOUS: Edge Essentials die by Reverse Confetti; Mat Stack 3 die by PTI; Dotted Swiss embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

Dawn McVey designed the set Ruby Rose and her sample cards sold me on this beautiful stamp set back in 2013!  Here is my present day take on it...

STAMPS: Ruby Rose by PTI.
INK: Little Piggy, Sweet Gelato, Beanstalk dye inks by WPlus9.
DIES: Happy by PTI; Ruby Rose by PTI.

The background is a watercolor wash using Mijello Mission Gold paints.  So that's the extent of my leisurely Sunday afternoon in my crafting space! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello everyone and welcome to another Inspired By All The Little Things challenge!  I'll have to confess, I had to put my thinking cap on for this one since I didn't have any carnival stamp images to start with a more literal
interpretation.  I thought about the intertwining circles that the ferris wheel represents, thus my choice in designer paper (a retired paper pack - Rainbow Sherbet - by SU).  Carnivals are a fun and festive atmosphere, so I went with some new MFT dies - Wine Service and Cheers - to create a fun and festive themed card!  Little did I know when I chose these dies was that February 18 is National Drink Wine Day - lol!  Cheers!

We're thrilled to have Becca Whitham as our guest designer this week!  Not only is she a talented papercrafter...she is also an accomplished author as well.  Be sure to stop by her Expressions blog and say hello!

We'd love to see how you interpret this inspirational photo!  Hope to see you in the gallery!