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. 

Thanks so much for stopping by... 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches




After caring for a sick 8 month old grandson today, I finally got some time to stamp after making a huge pot of chili for supper - so appropriate for the chilly and snowy forecast heading our way!  I literally took every element on this card from my scrap pile!  I flipped the current layout for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  The florals (Daisy by Altenew) were fussy cut and popped with foam tape.  I smooshed distress inks over watercolor paper prior to stamping the Carte Postale background stamp - an old one by Stampendous.  The sentiment die is Hand Lettered Hello by WPlus9.

During the time it took me to make this card, the dreaded snow has started to fall.  I'm so ready for spring and am sure all the daffodils and budding trees are wondering what in the world is going on with the weather these days!

Mojo Monday #488



Sadly, I needed a sympathy card for my cousin's family who lost their 30 y.o. son very unexpectedly. Verve's Forever In Our Hearts stamp set always comes to my rescue when I need sympathy sentiments and the new Mojo Monday Challenge sketch was so perfect for a clean and simple design!

STAMPS: Forever in Our Hearts and Better Together by Verve.
INK: Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar by SU.
DIES: Stitched Rectangles by 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 11, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things


Good Saturday everyone! Check out this fun inspiration photo for the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge! I was inspired to use a rainbow of colors, a music theme along with black as a part of the color combo.  I kept waffling between two ideas and ended up making two cards...never deciding which one was the best interpretation. Guess I'll let you be the judge - haha.



My first card uses the Who's That Musical Girl stamp set by My Favorite Things.  My rainbow of color is simply the striped paper border.  The focal image was paper pieced and colored with Copics.  The treble clef tag was stamped in black ink then clear embossed and attached with tiny brads.  


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For my second attempt, I watercolored on Ranger watercolor CS using Mijello Mission Gold paints.  I then die cut a trio of Chloe Stems - a die by Memory Box.  The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Dream In Color stamp set.  So there you have it...you get two for the price of one today! 

We're happy to have Michelle Lupton from Handmade by Michelle as our guest designer this week!  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.

To see what the rest of the designers created, head on over to the Inspired By blog HERE.  Here's hoping you will find some time to join us!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9




The new challenge for Where Creativity Meets C9 is to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) one of the design team member's cards.  Melissa Bickford's card for challenge #6 caught my eye and I knew it would be perfect to use Concord and 9th's Floral and Flutter Dies with a sentiment from their Give Thanks stamp set.  You can see Melissa's card HERE that inspired me.  

I already had a water colored panel on my leftover pile that used a number of Ranger distress inks blended together.  I cut out 3 floral dies and I quickly had a thank you card to add to my stash. 

Thanks for stopping by... 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Color Throwdown


It's Wednesday and that means there's a new Color Throwdown Challenge on board! Broni is our hostess and has chosen some fabulous colors - cornflower blue, bright green, white - that are so striking together! 


My first struggle was trying to come up with the right shade of blue.  I finally went with Blueprint Sketch distress ink with highlight stamping using Chipped Sapphire.  The leaves were stamped with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn distress inks.  The background behind the striped cover plate die is a piece of watercolor cardstock that has the above inks smooshed over it.  I wanted to add the illusion of dew drops, so added some Grey Mist Nuvo Jewel Drops.

STAMPS: Flashy Florals (MFT).
DIES: Flashy Florals (MFT), Small Hello (Simon Says Stamp), Stripe Sentiment Cover Plate (MFT).

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 6, 2017

Nail Polish Marbling



I rarely play with PTI's Make It Monday Challenge, but decided to dust off some old bottles of nail polish to try the marbling technique as shown in Lizzie's tutorial HERE. I only used 3 colors (gold, plum and light pink) by different companies and they all reacted differently when hitting the water. One color sank to the bottom, the other sat as it should on top of the water and the third one spread out so thin over the top that it more or less disappeared entirely!  I went ahead with the next steps anyway and this background is the end result.  No award winner but still OK!  I'm also playing along with the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge...a classic layout by Michele Ferguson!

STAMPS: Larger Than Life (PTI).
PAPER: Rich Razzleberry (SU), Brushed gold (SU), White (PTI). 
INK: Rich Razzleberry (SU).
DIES: Larger Than Life (PTI), Wet Paint (PTI).

Mojo Monday

 It's time for the first Mojo Monday Challenge of the month, so get your creative genes in gear and join us for a chance to win some new Verve! We'll have one winner for every 50 entries, up to a max of SEVEN winners!  You can play as often as you like, and the more entries the more winners! 


Here's my take on the sketch...


March came roaring in big time with some of the windiest days ever this year! Lots of downed trees, roof damage and some power outages surrounding us in VA! It's a month where green is in the forefront...both with St. Patrick's Day on the horizon and with all the green buds in the flowers and trees! Green is such a happy color for me, so this card with some of Julee's new free digis at the Verve store made me happy!  The doily die called English Tea Party is by Cheery Lynn Designs.  I decided not to punch out the tiny openings and leave it as an embossed look instead - especially when it didn't thoroughly cut through the thick cardstock even with using a shim.I
colored the shamrock with Copics (YG23, YG25) then fussy cut and popped with foam dots.  The tiny scallop edging is a border die from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials die set.

I'm also entering this into the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge where the theme is "GREEN".
  
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, March 5, 2017

Friendship



How is it possible that it's Sunday evening and my 3 day weekend off is over already?! Squeezing in one last card for the Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept challenges, I went into my archives for some older stamps.  The background is SU's retired French Script background.  The sentiment (Flourishes' Tulips For Friends) and the florals (Flourishes' Garden Picks) are some old favorites.  After stamping on X-Press It Blending Card with Memento Tuxedo
black ink, I colored with Copics and fussy cut then popped the jar of florals with foam tape.  Patterned paper is from The Citrus Matstack by DCWV.

COPICS: YG00, YG01, YG03, BG11, BG15, YG95, G99.

It's time to let my bedtime oils kick in...lavender and vetiver in the diffuser...Tranquil roller bottle on my wrists and neck. 😴

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Inspired By...

Good Saturday everyone!  I'm looking forward to a weekend off work (which means I can steal some time to stamp) and hope you will be able to find some crafty time as well and join us at Inspired By All The Little Things!  Leigh has a great inspiration photo for us!  I was inspired by the window panes, green/white/brown color combo and, of course, the flower pots.

Here is what I came up with...



I knew right away I wanted to use WPlus9's Fresh Cut Containers stamp/die set, so began with watercoloring with Mijello Mission paints on Ranger WC cardstock for the flower pots.  I stamped the greenery with 4 different shades of green dye inks (all by WPlus9) and felt they needed a wee pop of color, so added a few florals into the mix.  The frames are from Paper Smooches' Fancy Frames Icons die set and the sentiment is from their Fancy Frames stamp set.  The card base is Stone CS by Reverse Confetti.  It looks pretty simple but will have to admit, it took a good bit of time to die cut, stamp and arrange all the greenery!  

We're happy to announce that Lindsey Larsen of Occasional Crafting is our guest designer for this challenge! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.

Enjoy your weekend and hope to see you in the gallery!