Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vintage Flowers


Hope you're having a terrific Thursday! I'm joining in two challenges with this card: Altenew's March Inspiration Challenge and CAS(E) This Sketch!  I discovered a quick and easy way to do a background color wash by scribbling distress ink markers on watercolor cardstock, spritzing several times with water, then gently blending with a brush.  I used Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Festive
Berries markers.  The 3 step stamping on the flowers was done using SU inks: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Real Red.  I then fussy cut and popped the flowers with foam tape.  Dies are by Memory Box - Hello Script, Small Mariana Vine Outline, Large Marianna Vine Background.

Thanks for stopping by...now I'm heading out to do some shopping!  :-)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Color Throwdown



Hello and welcome to another Color Throwdown Challenge! Jodi is our hostess this week and was inspired by this home decor photo to use orange, turquoise and yellow. Though the picture has a nautical theme, I couldn't resist inking up this adorable new lamb set (All About Ewe) that was just released this month by Reverse Confetti!  I thought it would pair up well with the whimsical florals in RC's Petals 'n Posies set.




I'll get right to my list of what I used...
STAMPS: All About Ewe, Petals 'n Posies - Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Iced Aqua (Reverse Confetti); X-Press It Blending Card; White (PTI).
INK: Tangerine, Lime Green (Reverse Confetti); Daffodil Delight (SU); Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES:Tall Striped Panel, All About Ewe, Petals 'n Posies, Lacy Circles - Reverse Confetti.
COPICS: C00, C1, C3, RV10, BG11, BG32, YR04, YG23, YG25.

Congratulations to our guest star stamper this week - Tara Chaussee of Secret Bees Studio!

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, March 20, 2017

Mojo Monday


Happy First Day of Spring everyone! Are you ready to kick start your mojo with Julee's new sketch for the Mojo Monday Challenge? It's another great one and I met the challenge by creating a spring card with some happy colors!


I paper pieced the flowers and highlighted with Copics (YG23, YR68), then added clear Wink of Stella to give it a subtle shimmer.  Here's my enabler's list:

STAMPS: Happy Place and New Beginnings by Verve.
PAPER: Sunkissed by Doodlebug Design; Lime Green by Reverse Confetti.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Happy Doodles (Verve); Lacy Scallop Circles and Stitched Flag Trio (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Scallop Border (Lil' Inker Designs).

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: 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things


Good Saturday everyone! I'm ready for a weekend off with no big plans other than catching up on some housework, watching some basketball playoff games and getting some stamping time in as well! There is a great new inspiration photo up for the latest Inspired By All The Little Things challenge.  This intense background of colors with purple as the primary color with a little hint of yellow and green led me to get out my sponges and a variety of distress inks to create a scene.  


I struggled with choosing a sentiment and finally went with an older Flourishes stamp set called 'You' which reflected what the sun rising after a dark night might symbolize.  The mountains stamp (Stampendous) is from my early stamping days and hasn't seen ink in years!  I masked the sun prior to sponging then added the silhouette tree die (Arboscello Tree by Memory Box) in the foreground.  I used the following distress inks: Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, and Bundled Sage.  The white frame is a new (to me) die by Reverse Confetti called Lacy Scallop Frame.  I love the dual stitching detail paired with the tiny open scallop edge and wondered why I waited so long to order this die set - lol!

Our guest designer this week is Leanne Elliott of Banking on Crafts.  Welcome, Leanne!

I can't wait to see how YOU will interpret this challenge!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch




A quick and easy card for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.  I already had a watercolored panel in my leftover pile with smooshed Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers distress inks on Ranger watercolor cardstock.  I cut my fave butterfly using Concord and 9th's Floral and Flutter Dies set and adhered it over a stenciled background (Tim Holtz 'Bubble' stencil) using the same two distress inks.  The sentiment (C9's Being Classy stamp set) was stamped twice using Versafine Onyx Black ink and a MISTI.  

Time to head off to work shortly.  Will be looking forward to March madness NCAA basketball games this week through the weekend and will be rooting for the VT Hokies as they meet up with Wisconsin this evening! Go Hokies!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Color Throwdown #434




It's Wednesday and that means there's a new challenge on the Color Throwdown blog! I had a request from a coworker for a St. Patrick's Day birthday card, so this is what I came up with. 


I went with a metallic gold in the cording and sequins and found some scraps of these two green patterned papers that I thought would work.  The cupcake was paper pieced and Crystal Ice Stickles were added to the icing.  The shamrock is a digi stamp from a free set that Julee has been offering this month in the Verve store - printed and colored with Copics (YG23, YG25).

Here's what else I used:
STAMPS: Small Packages (Verve).
PAPER: Shamrock patterned paper by Recollections
DIES: Lacy Scallop Circles Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti.

Congratulations to Sandy Mathis from Stamp With Sandy - our guest star stamper this week!  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!

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:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PTI !0th Anniversary Challenge



I definitely wanted to play along with PTI's 10th Anniversary Challenge to use our favorite PTI flowers. One of my faves to watercolor is the Peonies on Parade stamp set with coordinating dies. I white embossed on Ranger watercolor CS then painted with Mijello Mission gold paints. I paired them with another favorite die -Phrase Play #5 Stamp and Die set.  Background paper is from Echo Park's Splendid Sunshine 6x6 pad. 

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