Monday, February 19, 2018

Birthday and Bird

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and Mary is hosting this week.  She has chosen an interesting combination of Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig, with a dessert option of to make the card masculine.  Admittedly I struggled with this color combo at first but ended up making two cards!

This first card is what I consider a rather "buttoned down" look, which works for a masculine birthday card, and fortunately I have a friend with an upcoming birthday who will enjoy the look of this card.  I found patterned papers that matched the blue and green challenge colors so I layered those on a Dapper Denim panel and adhered the entire piece to the white card base.  Next I found a tag that was previously created out of white card stock but not used, and decided it would for the sentiment, which was stamped in Fresh Fig.  After adding the ribbon and Baker's Twine, it was mounted on card front.  The card still seemed a bit plain, so I remedied that by adding the wood star embellishments.

My second card is much more whimsical in nature.  I started by heat setting the Sheet Music background stamp with white embossing powder on Bristol card stock.  Then I ink blended Lemon Lime Twist and Dapper Denim on the panel, wiped the ink off the embossed image, trimmed it down and added it to the white card base.  Going with the music theme, I used the some of the Spoken Bird stamps and dies from the new My Monthly Hero kit for February 2018.  The bird and branch were stamped in Fresh Fig and die cut.  I then die cut a heart from white card stock and added a sentiment and music notes on the heart

Once the heart was adhered to the base, and the bird and branch added with as well, I again reached for wood elements to add a little bit of added interest.  Once the hearts were glued down, I added Glossy Accents over the top to give them some shine.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's so appreciated!  I've linked the Color Challenge above, I hope you'll be able to join us this week!


Product details
Card #1
Stamp:  Big on Birthdays (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Dapper Denim, Little One (Kaisercraft) and Perfectly Plaid (Lawn Fawn) Patterned Papers
Ink:  Fresh Fig
Other:  Hearts and Stars Elements (SU), Scallop Tag Topper punch, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon and Baker's Twine, Pinking Shears

Card #2
Stamps:  Spoken Bird (My Monthly Hero kit Feb 2018), Sheet Music background (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig
Other:  Hearts and Stars Elements, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Hero Arts Nested Hearts Infinity dies, MMH companion dies

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thanks a Bunch

Hello again!  I was so happy to pull out the stamp set that I used for the card I'm sharing tonight.  It's from last July's My Monthly Hero kit and I really haven't used it much, given an early start to making Fall/Christmas cards.  But now that we're heading towards Spring, I'm pulling out my flower stamp sets to think about the longer, warmer days to come, even if we're still expecting a bit of ice, snow and lots colder weather for the next week or so!

I started by stamping the images on watercolor paper, masking the water can before adding the bunch of Lavendar.  The images were water colored with Zig markers, the sentiment stamped then the whole thing die cut with a circle die.  After the Fog embossed card stock layer was added to the white card base, I cut a piece of Pale Plum card stock and adhered a small bit of lace trim, added it to the base with a bit of foam tape, then layered on the focal point, also with foam tape.  Lastly, sparkling clear sequins were added and Clear Wink of Stella painted on the flowers to add a bit of shimmer and sparkle.

I've used the current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and The Color Throwdown as inspiration for my card.  I've added links to both challenges below, so absolutely be sure to use them to go check out all the fabulous inspiration!

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  Summer Flowers and Creative Vases - July 2017 My Monthly Hero kit, Little Flowers (HA)
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pale Plum (both SU), Fog (SSS), Canson XL
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Layered Leaves embossing folder (SU), Hero Arts Nested Circle Infinity dies, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Sahara Sand Lace Trim (SU), Clear Wink of Stella, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bunny Bouquet

Hi there and welcome back!  Tonight I'm sharing a card I made for Tea Pot Tuesday at Splitcoaststampers.  Every week there is a "tea party" with an inspirational tea pot picture in coordination with a theme.  This week the theme is in honor of the Chinese New Year and the challenge is to use one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac on your card.  This year is the year of the dog, but I recently won a stamp with the cutest bunny on it so I decided the year of the rabbit would be represented with my card.

In addition to playing along with the theme, cards are created to be sent to a recipient that needs an uplifting or encouraging message.  This week we are sending cards to Alex in Canada that is recovering from a bone marrow transplant and is temporarily separated from her family while she recovers.  I hope she likes the card I sent!

This is the sweetest image from Crafter's Companion, and while it was a bit intimidating to watercolor, the packaging provides an excellent coloring guide so that's what I pretty much followed. I used several Distress inks and a #4 Silver Black Velvet paint brush to complete the water coloring, and when dry, used a black Sharpie to brighten the bunny's eyes and trace around the bunny, the blue wrap around the flowers, plus the larger flowers in the bouquet.  I also used a white gel pen to add highlights and dots to the flowers.  In retrospect, I wish I would not have added the dots, but what is done is done.  When the panel was completely dry, it was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and mounted with foam tape on an Island Blue card base.

I'm also entering this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use a die cut.  I may have stretched the challenge parameters a bit but I did use a stitched rectangle die to cut out the water colored panel-hopefully that works!  I've added links to both challenges, so be sure to visit each challenge and enjoy all the wonderful inspiration!

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  Bunches of Love (Crafter's Companion)
Paper:  Island Blue (SSS), Canson XL
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Pineneedles, Evergreen Bough, Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Black Soot
Other:  Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, SSS Stitched Rectangle die, Black Fine Tip Sharpie, Clear Wink of Stella

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Special Day

It IS a special day, because today I am honored to be this week's Guest Designer at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I am beyond thrilled, to put it mildly!  Here is the sketch for this week and a link to the challenge, which I hope you'll use to check out all the beautiful DT creations.

It was a hard decision as to what to use for this design (always a lot of second guessing myself lol!) but I finally decided on one of the beautiful designs from Persian Motifs to represent the vertical panel.  It was stamped on a piece of watercolor paper, then water colored with several Distress Inks.  This was actually my practice panel, and I thought I would want to use more of a yellow to green combo rather than yellow to blue but when the second panel was done I realized I love the brightness of the blue more, so I went back and finished water coloring the first one.

After the water coloring dried, some Squeeze Lemonade ink was blended in the center of the panel to represent the circle, then the sentiment, also from Persian Motifs, was stamped over it.

The panel was cut with a stitched rectangle die and mounted with foam tape on the Island Blue card base.  The final touch was to add Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope you'll use the link above and check out the current CTS challenge!


Product details
Stamps:  Persian Motifs (Altenew)
Paper:  Island Blue (SSS), Canson XL
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Bough, Pineneedles
Other:  Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops, A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 (MFT)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Big Hugs

Hello friends!  I hope you're having a good week and since I'm posting this on Valentine's Day, I hope it is lovely for you!  However, my card is not a Valentine but rather a colorful encouragement card.

I had some fun making the background with the new Folk Dance stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  I love the pattern and it seems to have a bit more girth than other stencils.  Distress Oxide inks were used for the colors, applied with sponge daubers rather than an ink blending tool to have a bit more accuracy in the color application.  Not to say that colors didn't overlap a little bit here or there, I couldn't seem to avoid a bit of it, but I am happy with how well the sponge daubers worked.  After the ink dried the panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and adhered to the white card base.

The tag was layered with different components, starting with the white sentiment panel banded on the top and bottom with leftover pieces of the background.  A scallop die cut frame was then added over the top and finally I took a 2 inch strip of the same green card stock and punched the top with a tag topper punch and layered it under the other components.  The ribbon and twine were then tied on the topper, then after the tag was adhered to the base, sequins and Nuvo drops were scattered about.

I'm joining two challenges with this card.  At Just Us Girls, it's tags for Trend Week, and at Stamp Ink Paper, it's a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, where I used the left side vertical column (Sequins, Ribbon, Punch) on my card.  I've added links to both challenges below, so be sure to head over there and check out all the wonderful inspiration!

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!


Product detail
Stamps:  Big Scripty Greetings (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Green Apple (SSS)
Ink:  Distress Oxide - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron; Versamark Onyx Black
Other:  Scalloped Tag Topper punch (SU), Scallop Stitched Rectangle Frame die (MFT), A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax -Set 1 (MFT), Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder, Sponge Daubers, Folk Dance stencil (SSS), White Baker's Twine, Green satin ribbon (EH), Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hello Spring!

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week Robin is hosting and she has chosen the lovely combination of Peekaboo Peach, Berry Burst and Tempting Turquoise, with a dessert option of Baker's Twine.  While Stampin' Up colors are listed, any brand of ink close to the challenge colors can be used.  I hope you'll be able to join us this week!

In addition to the SCS Color Challenge, I am entering my card in the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.

For my card I started by stamping the new-to-me stamp Tulip Queue from Penny Black on Ranger watercolor paper.  The "queue" of flowers is actually quite a bit wider than is visible on my card, as I taped off two or three on each side while inking up the stamp in order to keep the image centered on the panel. 

Using various Distress Inks close to the challenge colors I did a simple watercoloring of the image, and when dry used very watered down Hickory Smoke ink to go around the edges of the image as well as between the flowers and stems.  It's pretty faint in the photos but IRL it helps make the image pop a bit.

Once the panel dried, the corners were rounded, it was wrapped with some Hemp Twine and then popped up with foam tape on a Neenah Desert Storm card base.  I think I may have taken a little bit of a liberty with the sketch by extending the twine all the way to the edges of the panel rather than centering a sentiment banner under the main image, but it just seemed like such an organic choice to use the twine that I just decided to go with it!  The circle tag with the sentiment was attached with a bitty bow of Peekaboo Peach Baker's Twine.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links above to both challenges, so please be sure to head over to each challenge!

Have a great week!


Product details
Stamps:  Tulip Queue (Penny Black, Circle of Spring (SU)
Paper:  Neenah Dessert Storm and Solar White, Peekaboo Peach, Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Versamark Onyx Black, Dried Marigold, Spiced marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Hickory Smoke
Other:  Hemp Twine, Peekaboo Peach Baker's Twine, Hero Arts Nested Infinity Circle die, SU Layered Circles framelit, Corner punch, Clear Wink of Stella

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Teal Thinking of You

Hello again!  I hope you've had a great weekend!  My husband and I have been enjoying the Olympics, but of course I still found time to make a card.  I've used the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the card design, and I've kept it very CAS for the current Addicted to CAS challenge.

This card was super simple and came together very quickly.

To add some interest without additional layers, I used a scallop frame die to emboss around the edges of the card base.  For the focal point I used a piece of teal polka dot patterned paper, layered it on a piece of teal card stock and placed a small strip of white card stock down the middle vertically.  After the sentiment was stamped, I cut it with a banner die, using it for the horizontal piece in the sketch, then I also added the sweet little butterfly, just because I am so ready for spring!!  After adhering the panel to the base, I used a few clear sequins to balance out the overall design.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always appreciated.  Please be sure to use the links above to both the challenges, there's a lot of great inspiration to enjoy!


Product details
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Hero Arts July 2017 card kit (butterfly)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Taken with Teal (ret. SU), Sweet Pea patterned paper (ret. SU)
Ink:  Versmark Onyx Black
Other:  HA kit matching die, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear  sequins, Clear Wink of Stella, Tombow Brights Collection marker (butterfly), Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame Die-namic (MFT)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lovely Friend

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Pam is hosting this week and she has chosen Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Soft Sky as colors this week, with a dessert option of pearls.  I hope you'll be able to join us for the color challenge this week!

I'm also entering my card into the current Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

I recently received the beautiful new Cosmos background stamp and thought it would work perfectly with this color combination.  I heat set the image with white embossing powder, then watercolored with Distress Inks similar to the challenge colors.  I didn't focus too much on shading accuracy except around the centers and other obvious areas. 

Once the panel was dry it was layered on a panel of Green Leaf card stock, then popped up with Fun Foam on the Sea Glass card base.  The sentiment with die cut with the Lovely Words and Layering Ovals Framelits from white card stock, layered on a vellum oval then adhered to the background.  The final touch was adding the metal rimmed pearls.  I had to "dust" those off (just kidding), since it's been a long, long time since I used them.

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to both challenges, so be sure to visit them and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Cosmos background (SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Sea Glass, Green leaf, Canson XL, Vellum
Ink:  Versamark, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
Other:  Lovely Words and Layering Oval Framelits, Metal Rimmed Pearls, Altenew Bright White Super Fine embossing powder

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Birthday Parade

Hello again!  Today I finished up a card made for the upcoming birthday of a great nephew.  I decided to use the cute Cheesecake Parade stamp from Penny Black, which is one I acquired years ago but I still love it.  I colored the images with my Prismacolor pencils after stamping on a panel of Bristol card stock.

Two or three of each color were used to try to get the shading and depth of color, so the blue on the balloon and package ended up a bit darker than I intended.  I used gamsol to attain better blending - I really like how well it works.  Glossy accents was added to the balloon to add some shine, you can see a bit of reflection in the photos.

I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to add the ink blending at the top of the panel, die cut it with a Wonky Rectangle die then added it to a 100# Whisper White card base.  I choose to use this card stock because it is not as bright a white as Neenah Classic Crest, and it better matches the Bristol panel.  Finally, the sentiment was die cut from both 80# Whisper White and Fun Foam, layered then added to the card front.

I'm joining the current challenge at Color Throwdown, where this week's colors are Hot Pink, Yellow, Lime Green and Light Blue, which I got as close to as possible with the colored pencils.  I also used brown as my neutral color.  I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.  Links to both challenges have been added below, so be sure to head over to both challenges and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  Cheesecake Parade (Penny Black)
Paper:  Whisper White, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Other:  Prismacolor Colored pencils, Wonky Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), Happy Birthday Thinlit (SU), Glossy Accents, Inky Antics Gamsol kit

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Love Makes a Home

Hi there, I hope you're having a good week!  I have a dear friend that is moving out of state soon and I made a card today that I will send once she and her husband are settled in their new home.

This card began when I was flipping through the Heart of Home patterned paper, saw the sentiment and thought of my friend, who had just signed the documents to purchase her house.  She has the biggest heart and embodies that friend that spreads love and lightness wherever she goes.  I know that new house will be filled with love once she moves in.

I chose a couple of patterns from the paper pad and added them to the kraft card base and horizontal strip.  The large heart was die cut from corrugated card stock, a doily added on top, then the small sentiment panel.  A couple of little wood hearts and some jute twine were the only embellishments.

I've used the current sketch challenge at The Paper Players for my card design, plus I'm joining the Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  I've added links below, so be sure to head over to both challenges and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!

PP 378

Thanks for visiting, it's so appreciated!


Product details
Stamps:  None
Ink:  None
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Kraft, Corrugated, Heart of Home (Pebbles)
Other:  Folk Hearts die (Ellen Hutson), Jute Twine, Lace Doily (SU), Hearts & Stars Elements (SU)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Folk Heart Love

Hello again and welcome back!  I'm trying to quickly complete my Valentine cards so I can get them sent out in the next few days, and I'm sharing one of tonight.  I had some fun playing with alcohol inks in various shades of pink, red and plum and making hearts using the beautiful Folk Heart dies.  Those heart shapes make me swoon!

Aren't those pretty?  Playing with things that make my fingers inky make me happy, but equally, I like being able to make something CAS with the results.  After die cutting the hearts, they were layered on a rectangle die cut panel of white card stock, using some Fun Foam and foam tape.

The sentiment was die cut from red foil with the Script Words die and added to the bottom of the panel, then the entire thing was adhered to the white card base.

This week's fun sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch is the basis of my card design.  I'm also joining the current All You Need is Love challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.  I've added links to both challenges below, so please be sure to head over to both and check them out!

Thanks so much for visiting, it's so appreciated!  I hope you have a great week ahead!


Product details
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Red Foil, Yupo, Glossy White
Other:  Wonky Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), Script Words dies (Altenew), Folk Hearts dies (Ellen Hutson), Ranger Alcohol Inks (Flamingo, Raspberry, Red Pepper, Wild Plum)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hugs and Thank You

Hello crafty friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and this week I am the host!  The colors I chose for this week are Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy, and dessert is "florals".  While we use Stampin' Up colors, any brand inks are fine to use as long as they are closed to the challenge colors.

I ended up making two cards for this challenge.  For the first card I stamped various images from the Kind Flowers stamp set on watercolor paper, then used Distress Inks similar to the challenge colors for water coloring.  Because most of the images are small and fanciful rather than realistic looking, I didn't try to do any real shading, instead tried to get some contrast with darker and lighter colors.  After the panel dried, it was die cut with a stitched rectangle die, then a white gel pen was used to color the trio of white dots and added strip on one of the flowers.  The panel was added to a Powder Pink card base and the sentiment oval popped up on foam tape.

For my second card, I started with a watercolor panel, stamped various Rose Bamboo flower and leaf images, and a sweet little butterfly, that were then watercolored, this time with Distress Oxide Inks.  Since I don't have the matching die set, I fussy cut them all after drying.  For the background I used the Watercolor Stripes stencil, ironically water coloring with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink rather than ink blending.

The dried panel was adhered to a white card base, then the flowers added with both glue dots and some foam tape.  The sentiment was die cut three times, then layered and adhered.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and butterfly before the white Nuvo drops were added to the flower centers and a few Navy drops added around the panel.

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I hope you'll be able to join the Color Challenge this week, I've added a link above so you can check it out.


Product details
Card #1

Stamps:  Kind Flowers (SSS), Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Powder Pink, Canson XL
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Chipped Sapphire, Twisted Citron, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet
Other:  Stitched Rectangle die, Stitched Shapes Oval Framelit, Simply White Nuvo Crystal Drops, Rainforest sequins (SSS), Sakura White Gelly Roll pen

Card #2
Stamps:  Bamboo Rose (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Canson XL and Ranger watercolor
Ink:  Chipped Sapphire DI, Faded Jeans, Twisted Citron, Worn Lipstick DOX, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Script Words die (Altenew), Watercolor Stripes Stencil (Altenew), Simply White and Navy Blue Crystal Drops, Clear Wink of Stella, Paper Snips