Friday, April 28, 2017

Fantastic True Story

Hi Everyone!

Well, as promised, I have a non-birthday card to share with you today. I made this scard using Simon Says Stamp "To Thine Own Shelf" stamp set. This is a stamp set that was part of the September 2014 card kit. I don't use this set very often, so I thought I'd show it a little love today. This is a very versatile set with lots of different options for fun designs.



I chose to stamp the images in a variety of fun bright colors on white card stock mainly to just help the smaller stamps in the set that I used to pop.

That is all for me today. Have a great weekend and I'll see you all again on Monday!

Challenges:

1. Crafty Girls Creations:  Anything Goes
2. Crafty with an Attitude: Anything Goes
3. Aud Sentiments: Stamp Your Sentiment

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birthday Balloons and Hugs

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all doing well. Thank you for visiting with me again today. I have another birthday card to share with you today! Shocking I know; but hang in there...I actually have a different card planned for Friday!


This card is super simple. I just used Altenew's Birthday Greetings stamp and masked the balloons across the front. I stamped the balloons on a piece of Neenah Solar White in Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, and Dusty Concord distress inks. I took some fine felt tip markers and drew the strings  on free hand and then I also used my clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer to the balloons. You know I love my Wink of Stella pen, and I use it quite often. I do wish it showed up in photos a little better because it's always hard to tell whether it's actually there or not!
Anyhow, I digress....I stamped the sentiment from the same set in black ink and then mounted the image panel onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock.
Fairly simple card; but I was pleased with the final results. I hope you like it as well!

Have a fabulous day and I will see you again soon!

Challenges:

1. Crafty Sentiments: Anything Goes
2. Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
3. Through The Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
4. Addicted to Stamps: CAS
5.Crafty Creations: Anything Goes
6. Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes
7. Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
8. The Sisterhood of Crafters: The Letter "B" (I chose Balloons and Birthday)
9. The Crafty Addicts: Anything Goes

Monday, April 24, 2017

Birthday Wishes

Hi Everyone!

I hope you have all been well. I am hoping to be back to posting a little more on a regular basis the next few weeks. I have plenty of cards made to share, I just need to schedule the time to get them posted.


For my card today, I am sharing a birthday card I made using some stamps from Clearly Besotted, and Simon Says Stamp.  I also used the curved edge die from Simon Says stamp which I cut twice in order to layer. I ran the Enchanted Evening (PTI) card stock through my cuttlebug with an embossing folder. I made a border using the small stamps from the Clearly Besotted in Audrey Blue.

I added some faux white stitching lines and some stickles for some final fun bling.

That is all for me today. Have a great day, thank you for visiting with me, and I will see you all again soon!

Challenges:

1. Crafty Friends Challenge: Anything Goes
2. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
3. Make My Monday: Embossing
4. 613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
5. Little Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
6. Stamping Sensations: Anything Goes


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sending Love and Wishes

Hi Everyone!

Just popping by to quickly share a card this morning. I probably should have shared this back in February closer to Valentine's Day; but I didn't. I would still send this as a birthday card or even just a "thinking of you" card.



Have a great day and I'll see you all again soon1

Challenges:

1. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
2. Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
3. Crafty Creations: Anything Goes

Monday, April 10, 2017

Coffee helps...with Life!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! It has been quite a while since my last posting; but as I said previously, the spring is a bit of a busy time for me as a mom. I have projects prepped and ready to share with you this week and then we'll see what happens next week!
Since today is Monday, I thought this "Coffee Helps" card would be perfect! You know sometimes, it's hard to get things moving and grooving on a Monday. I used a stash of patterned papers I had to create an earthy themed color palette with the coffee cup. The stamp set is "Coffee Helps" from Verve. I stamped the smaller mug and die cut it with the coordinating die cut and then colored it in with various Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment in "Schoolhouse Red" ink from Simon Says Stamp.


 A few challenges to share this card with today:

1. The Ribbon Girls: Anything Goes with Ribbon
2. Stamping Sensation: Anything Goes with Stamp as focal point
4. HeARTful Stamping Challenge: Anything Goes 
5. Addicted to stamps: Stamped image and sentiment.


Short and sweet post for me today; but I hope you like what shared today with you! Have a great day and I hope to see you again tomorrow!




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Dancing Penguins!

Hello Everyone!

I'm here today to share a fun birthday card I've made using Party Penguins and Your Birthday. I really wanted to use some bright, fun colors to make this card, so I decided to use pink, green, orange, yellow, aqua blue and white  I used a curved edge die for the yellow piece to add a little bit of interest for the front of the card.



I used an embossing folder to add some texture to the green background piece. I stamped the penguins in blank ink and used various Copic markers to color them in. I stamped the sentiment in orange ink before layering it on a piece of aqua card stock. I added some white stitching lines along with white sequins and silver stickles for some final touches.



That is all for today, I hope you have a great day and I'll see you all again soon!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Great Impressions Spring Challenge

Hello Everyone!

 Thank you for visiting with me today, I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your weekend so far! It is time once again for a monthly challenge over at Great Impressions. This month, we want to see your Spring and/or Easter projects! We have a beautiful photo to help inspire you, which is what I did with my card by using the warm pastel colors to create a similar color palette.


I chose the Spring Floral Border stamp which I stamped in a dark brown ink and then colored in with some Copic markers. The sentiment is from Tags Rubber stamps stamped in Coral ink. I added some texture to the Kraft background piece with an embossing folder.


We have a great prize package for the winner of this month's challenge as well!


That is all for me today, I do hope you join us for our challenge this month. There are lots of Spring items available in the Great Impressions store as well! We can't wait to see what you create!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy Easter Tall Tulips

Good Morning Everyone!

I know some of you are still in the deep freeze of winter; but try to hold on...Spring is coming! I thought it would be a great idea to share a card to remind us that bright blue skies and sunny days are on their way! What better way to do that than to get a bit of a jump start on Easter cards.


For my card today, I chose a purple, green, grey and white color palette because I thought purple would be a perfect color for the "Tall Tulips" stamp set. I stamped the tulips in black ink and then colored them in with some Prismacolor pencils and blended with some oil and a blending stump. I stamped the "Happy Easter" sentiment in Wilted Violet distress ink and added it at the bottom. There are so many great Easter and Spring stamps in the Great Impressions store! Go have a look and be inspired!

That is all for me today, however. Have a fabulous day and I will see you all again soon!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Copic Color Page and Combos

Hi Everyone!

One of the things I've been working on in addition to card making is just some relaxing coloring. I have one book that I'm currently making my way through at the moment, alternating between pages colored with Prismacolor pencils and pages colored with Copic Markers.
Now, I know this whole coloring book business is supposed to be relaxing and care-free and for me it is very relaxing. Still, the crafter and color coordinator in me can't just randomly color. There has to be planning involved. I know I'm not alone in this! I have been putting together some different Copic color combinations based on some color combos for other mediums that I have found on Pinterest and other places. I came up with some whimsical names for the combos because, let's face it...color combos are just so boring when you all you call them is "color combos"

So what I normally do is come up with 8-10 color combos and then plot them out on the page with little post it tape pieces. Planning this way actually helps the process of the actual coloring be more relaxing. Here is the final picture completed.


Here are the color combos I used. On a side note...I'm still trying to figure out the best way to group the photos together, so right now they're a little bit wonky. Sorry about that!


That is all for me today! Have a great day and I will see you all again soon!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Distress Ink Stenciling "Thinking of You"

Hi Everyone!

I know I said I was taking a break and I really am; but I found a little pocket of time to do some crafting this week, so I thought I'd stop by and share what I made in a quick post on this rainy Saturday morning since baseball practice was cancelled this morning!



A few weeks ago, Kristina Werner posted a video showcasing Distress ink blending with stencils and I just really liked the technique she used, so I gathered up my stencils and inks and decided to give it a try! I used a stencil from Hero Arts called "Crossing Waves" with Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire inks which I blended on Neenah Dessert Storm card stock. I made a bit of an ink blending boo boo at the bottom so I had to hide it with a bit of embroidery thread.
I heat embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp which is part of the February 2014 card kit (and no longer available, unfortunately) with Versamark and white embossing powder. The small sentiment at the bottom is from PTI "Words of Comfort"  which is also heat embossed on a small strip of black card stock.
I added the finished front panel to a piece of Neenah Solar #110lb standard size card base with a top fold.

That is all for me today. Have a great weekend and I will pop in again as soon as I can!

Challenges:

1. Hiding in My Craft Room: Embossing
2. Crafty Friends Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
4. Creative Fingers Challenge: Anything Goes
5. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
6. Polkadoodles: Anything Goes

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Taking a Break

Hi Everyone!

So, just a quick post to let you know I'm taking a bit of a break from the blog for a little while. My schedule is going to be a little more busier with kid activities and school things. I'm also a little burned out on card making at the moment too; and need to take a bit of a creative break too. You know sometimes, you have to do that. I also don't want to create on a schedule, for a little while either. I want to know that if the mood strikes me I can work on something and if it takes me 4 days to finish it, that's ok.
I've also been working on some relaxing coloring and zetangle projects that I'm really enjoying at them moment.

I'll be back soon though, so dont' miss me too much! Take care, and I will see you all again soon.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kitchen Memories

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back. Thank you for joining me today. I have another project featuring Great Impressions Stamps. I decided to do something a little different with this one. Instead of making a card, I made a 5x7 single sided picture which I will put in a frame and give as a gift for a family member.
I chose Cooking Border and Warm Memories 


I stamped the border around the edge of some white card stock and then used some Prismacolor pencils to color in the pieces. I layered the middle as shown and stamped the sentiment in the middle with Teal ink. I added some silver cord ribbon and a few sequins for final embellishments.

Have great day and I'll see you again soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Not a Card Tuesday Week 1: Notepad holder

Hi Everyone!

I am so glad you’ve stopped by for another visit to my blog. It's a new month, so I'm starting a new Tuesday feature. This month, I’ll be doing “Not a Card” Tuesdays. This feature will focus on projects that are, well…not a card!

To start, I have made a simple notepad cover/holder. I am always in search of a piece of paper in my purse for a quick list, or to make quick calculations or whatever. There’s no reason why it can’t be pretty, right?! I bought a packet of 3x5 scratch pads from Wal mart, or maybe it was Staples (honestly, I don’t really remember)



To make the holder, I started with a piece of PTI Berry Sorbet card stock cute to 7 3/8 x 5 ¼
And then scored at 3 1/8, 3 ½, 3 7/8. Fold along the 3 7/8 line and then did a mountain/valley fold for the middle and then adhered the 3 ½ and 3 7/8 pieces together. It’s really hard to explain in words; but easy to figure out when you're actually doing it!



For the front I added a layer of PTI Enchanted Evening, and a layer of Sweet Blush which I embossed with an embossing folder before adding a strip of teal that I punched with a scalloped edge punch. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts “Live Life” set in teal ink onto Fine Linen card stock. Finally, I added some dashed white lines around the edge of the Enchanted Evening card stock.



Once it was all put together, I added some scor tape to the back of the note pad and attached it to the inside. There is a way to cut out a slot for a pen; but I opted not to do that.

I hope you all have a fabulous day; and I will see you again tomorrow!



Monday, February 6, 2017

Birthday wishes.

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Thank you for stopping by to visit me today. Did you watch the Superbowl yesterday? We had a quiet afternoon watching it; but no big party or anything. Honestly, I just watch for the commercials! But it was definitely a game to remember!
I am sharing another birthday card today. I used the same color scheme as the “Paw Prints” card from last week. I had scraps from that project laying on my desk, so I just decided to use them.



I embossed the Fine Linen piece with a embossing folder and then added a strip of Autumn Rose that I punched with a scalloped edge punch behind the flap of dark chocolate card stock. I cut a circle from Sweet Blush card stock using SSS circle dies .  I stamped the white circle with Verve's "Rise Above" in Victorian Velvet distress ink and the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa ink

I added some gold stickles around the edges of the pink circle and then a piece of off white ribbon around the left edge and some faux white stitching lines to finish the card.


Challenges:

1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
2. Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
3. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Great Impressions February Sketch Challenge.

Hi Everyone!

It is time for another challenge over at the Great Impressions Blog. This month we have a sketch challenge for you.



For my card, I decided to make a Valentine’s Day card using the Vintage Bubble Gum Machine Stamp  which I stamped in Archival Jet Black ink onto Neenah Solar White paper and then colored it in with various Copic markers. The sentiment is Valentine Wishes  stamped in Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I used PTI papers: Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, and Sweet Blush as well as Doll Pink from Simon Says Stamp.




I framed the Bubble Gum machine with a stitched rectangle die cut  and also embossed the top pink and red layers with a hearts embossing folder

We would love for you to link up your cards for this challenge. Head on over to the Great Impressions  for all the details and the linky tool and a chance to win a great prize package:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paw Prints on Our Hearts

Hi Everyone!

Sharing another card today featuring products from Great Impressions stamps. The card I made is actually for a sad purpose as my sister’s beloved dog of 15 years crossed the rainbow bridge a couple of weeks ago. It’s so hard to lose a beloved family pet. There really are no words that can be said to comfort that loss; but I thought at the very least I could send her a card.


I decided to use “Paw Prints on our Heart”  Her dog was a female, so I wanted to add a bit of pink in there as well, which I did along with some tans and browns and other neutral colors. I stamped the image with Vintage Photo Distress ink and then used some Copic Markers to color in the hearts. I added some glossy accents to the hearts along with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. I also decorated the inside of the card with Trailing Paw Prints.


That is all for me today. Don’t forget to join our sketch challenge! There is still plenty of time to link up your cards. We would love to see what you make!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fun Fold Friday: Double Z Fold

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you've all had a great week. This is my final Fun Fold Friday  for this month. If you've stopped by for Tuesday's Technique earlier this week then you know I won't be blogging next week. I've decided to take the final week of the month off from blogging from now on so that I can get caught up on some other projects I have going on.  But that is next week. Let's talk about today, shall we?

I decided to go with a super simple card this time: the Double Z. Not really sure why it's called the Double Z; but anyhow. This fold takes no time to do at all; but still makes for a fun card. You can find the instructions just about anywhere; but they are so simple, I thought I'd just post them here for you as well.


You will need:

1) A card base measuring 5 1/4 x12
2) 2 pieces measuring 1 3/4 x 5 for the outside panels
3) 1 piece measuring 3 3/4 x 5 for the inside center.

-- Score your 5 1/4 x12 piece at 2, 4, 8, and 10
-- Fold at the 4, 10 lines and then fold the 4 back on the 2 and then the 10 back on the 8. (That's a little hard to explain in words; but if you look at the photos, it's easy to see how it goes.)
-- add the outside panels and the inside panels and decorate as you want.
--use some ribbon to keep it closed.



For my card, I started with a piece of 12x12 Kraft card stock cut to the appropriate size. I added patterned papers from my "My Minds Eye"
The thank you sentiment on the front is from hero arts and the sentiment in the center of the inside is from "Beautiful Kindness" by Verve.

Have a great weekend and I will see you all again the 1st week of February.

Challenges:

1. Creative Knockouts: Finish the Inside
2. Crafty Girls: Anything Goes
3. Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
4. Rocket Challenges: Add a bow.
5. Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes with a sentiment.







Thursday, January 19, 2017

PCC Challenge 9: Black, White + 1 color

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to a new challenge here at PCC. Thank you so much to all of you that entered our texture challenge. We had some great entries!

Ready for a new challenge?  This one is an easy but a classic one:

Black, White plus 1 other color. 

That's it! You can create any type of paper project you desire as long as it fits the theme. No more than 3 entries per person, please.

Now, for some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team:

To start us off, we have Valeryanne who was kind enough to create 2 cards to share today.
Her first card is a Joy Fold Card using a Britannia Die called "Westie Puppy" and Glitterations along with sticker sentiments by Papermania.




For her second card she used a Dover Clip Art silhouette image "Lady with Dog" Be sure to visit Valeryanne's blog "It's An Alien Life" for all the details about these fantastic creations.


Next is Lori who kept her card very classy with those great diagonal lines and the gorgeous red glitter heart using a Lawn Fawn die that she mounted on a lacy Spellbinders circle. Stop by and visit her blog over at "My Happy Life" for more fun details about this gorgeous card.


Amy has created a super cute card using "The Whole Heard" stamp and die set from My Favorite Things. She colored her cute little cow using Copic Markers and patterned paper from The Stamps of Life. Be sure to check out Amy's blog "AO Creations" for all the details about this adorable card!



Next for our inspiration is Deborah. She created this super cute card using a House Mouse image that she colored with ProMarkers. Go visit her blog "Taylored Made" for all the details!



Finally, for my card this week, I also kept my design fairly simple. I started with a black base and added a white layer which I embossed with a geometric circles embossing folder. I added another layer of black with a simple white pen border. The flower is from Altenew's "Beautiful Day" set. I layered the flower with Milled Lavendar, Victorian Velvet distress inks followed by a layer of SSS Hot Mama and a final outline layer of Seedless Preserves. I heat embossed the sentiment with white powder and added a bit of Wink of Stellla clear glitter pen to the flower.



Link up your cards below. You have until January 31st. Have fun!








Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Technique Tuesday: Brayered Embossing folders

Hi Everyone!

I am back with the last week of this month's Technique Tuesday feature. (It's the last week, because I will be taking next week off from blogging to work on some other projects.) Anyhow, today I have another simple technique for making a fun background. The idea certainly isn't new and I'm sure you've see it around before.


This technique involves using a brayer to roll ink onto an embossing folder before running it through your die cutting machine. The results is a very fun background that leaves the embossed part white and coloring the paper behind it.
For my card, I chose Wild Honey, Weathered Wood, Worn Lipstick distress inks for my color palette along with an 5x7 embossing folder called "Mary Ann"
You will get different results based upon which side of the folder you ink. I used the side of the folder that had the negative image (the non-raised parts) so that when I ran it through my cuttlebug the image would be embossed, leaving the raised portions white and the background colored.


If you do the other side, your image would debossed and the results would be slightly different: The color would be inside the actual designs and the background would remain white.
I started with the Wild Honey at the top and then cleaned the brayer. Next I used a piece of scrap paper to cover the bottom of the embossing folder and I rolled on the next color in the middle of the folder which was Weathered Wood.


Cleaned the brayer again and inked it up with the last color, Worn Lipstick.
Once I had all the inking done, I placed the paper in the embossing folder and ran it through my cuttlebug.


To assemble the card, I added the background to a piece of Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp.
For the sentiment piece I used Verve's "Tag Time" and the coordinating Curvy Book Plate die. The "Birthday Wishes" stamp is from Stampin Up!
I added a small strip of Wild Honey (direct ink to paper) behind the sentiment panel. For embellishments I just added a couple of small pewter brads.
Here is one last look at the final card:



That is it for me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you all again tomorrow!

Challenges:

1. Inky Chicks: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
2. Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
3. Creates and Makes: Anything Goes (3rd Entry)
4. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

Monday, January 16, 2017

Best Birthday Ever

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was good, just spent time hanging out with the family, which is always a great way to recharge my batteries a bit! However, I did not get done the crafting and blogging I had planned, so now I'm trying to catch up a bit.



I have another birthday card to share with you today. I know...you're shocked! 😉 When I made this card on Friday, I didn't have a lot of time. I needed to make something that was only going to take me about 20-30 minutes to put together. I have found that quick cards are perfect for using a background stamp as the focus. A couple of layers, and a well placed sentiment and viola card complete!

For this card, I started with a piece of Fog card stock from SSS. I stamped the Tapestry background stamp from Basic Grey/Hero Arts in SSS Coral ink onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# and layered it on the card base. For the sentiment, I used SSS "Sending Big Hugs" set I used Audrey Blue and Coral Reef inks and mounted it and framed it as shown. I added a piece of green ribbon and a few sequins for a final bit of embellishment.

That is all for me today. Have a great Monday and I will see you all again tomorrow.

Challenges:

1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
2. Dragonfly Journeys: Birthday Bash
3. Crafting When We Can: Anything Goes
4. Stamps and Fun= Creativity: Anything Goes
5.Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challlenge"Anything Goes
6. Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fun Fold Friday Week 2: Free Stand Pop Up Card.

Hi Everyone!

It is time for week 2 of my Fun Fold Friday’s series. Once again, I trailed through the tutorials of Splitcoast stampers and decided to go with the “free standing pop up card” This is a fold that I liked very much when I first learned it years ago mainly due to the fact it folds up flat but still makes for a fun revelation for the recipient. I haven’t made a card using this fold for quite some time, so I was excited to try it again. Now, I must apologize for these pictures. It has been rainy and overcast, dark and cloudy the past few days, so getting good pictures with natural light has been nearly impossible. I also tried to take the picture from a couple of different angles to show the design of the card.



I used a piece of Kraft card stock for the card base and embossed it with my Swiss Dots embossing folder. . For the tag part of the pop up card I used a piece of blue that I had that coordinated with the
Caribbean Blue ink I was using as part of the color scheme. The other colors included Willow and Orange Peel. I stamped the balloons from Altenew’s “Birthday Greeting” by first stamping the center balloon in Orange Peel and then masking it and then stamping the other balloons on either side. I drew a few squiggly lines with a distress marker towards the present at the bottom. I made the present by stamping one of the squares from SSS “Perfect Shapes” in Orange Peel and then decorating it as shown and then stamped a simple birthday greeting at the bottom and then added some orange ribbon at the top
I added some fun details to the balloons as well for a little extra attention to them.  I kept the base of the card simple by just adding a little ribbon.
All and all a fairly simple design; but I think the pop up fold gives it just an extra bit of kick.

Have a great weekend, everyone; and I will see you all again on Monday!

Challenges:

1. Polkadoodles: Anything Goes
2. Making Memories: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
3. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
4. Creative Corner: Anything Goes
5. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dance in the Rain (Texture Challenge Reminder)

Hi Everyone!

I’m so glad you stopped by for another visit. I just wanted to pop by with a little reminder about the current texture challenge we have going on. You still have another week to submit your entries in the link up.

I thought I’d make another card featuring some texture just to give you a little extra inspiration. I decided to use some distress ink and water to create this texture panel. I pressed ink from Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Faded Jeans distress pads onto some water color paper. Then I sprayed it with some water before crumpling it all up. I straightened it out and pressed the ink pads once again to it to create a little more color. This is a great and easy technique to add interest to a design.
I made my card base using Enchanted Evening from PTI followed by a layer of Harvest Gold. I used Simply Chartreuse behind the sentiment panel that I made using Verve’s “Blue Skies” 
I also stamped the small butterfly from the set and colored it in with Prismacolor pencils and then covered it a little bit with some Wink of Stella glitter pen.  A small scalloped border and some cream ribbon finished up the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to link up your cards. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Great Impressions: Wonderful, Happy Day

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all having a great week. Thank you for stopping by today. I am sharing another card using some fantastic Great Impressions stamps. With winter still holding many in its grip, I thought it might be nice to share a brighter more colorful card today. I thought this sentiment "Happy Day" was perfect nestled in the center of this beautiful "Spring Floral Border" stamp.




I used a spring color palette of blue-greens, pink, green and Kraft to complement the colors I used for the flowers. I stamped the sentiment using Audrey Blue ink and the image with Archival Jet black ink. To color in these delicate flowers, I decided to use some Prismacolor pencils. I layered the card as shown and added some white stitching lines and some natural twine for a simple way to finish the card and keep the focus on the beautiful stamp!

That is all for me today except a quick reminder that our January Color Challenge is still open! Come on over and link up your cards. We love seeing what you create!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Technique Tuesday: Distress Ink Painting Stencils

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting with me again today. I hope you are all doing well. Welcome back to another Technique Tuesday. This week, I decided to use my distress inks and some paintbrushes with a stencil to make a soft imaged background. I got the idea from Pinterest…where, let’s face it we’re all getting ideas at least at some point these days, right?! I think this technique is very dependent upon the type of paintbrushes you use. I just used some cheap everyday paintbrushes I've had forever. At first, I was worried that it looked too splotchy and too rough. However, in the end, I decided that it actually looks rustic and homemade and added to the soft blurring background.



To start, I gathered my supplies: Paintbrushes, the “swirl stencil” from Hero Arts and distress inks. I chose Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge.


I taped down the stencil with some painters tape onto my craft sheet. Then I picked up some ink with the paintbrushes (I used a different paintbrush for each color).


 I added the color to the paper through the stencil until it was complete. Adding the color was fairly quick and easy once I realized that the objective was not to get a smooth painted image.

I also found that using the paintbrushes different ways yielded different results. Going back and forth or smooshing it around for example.
When the background was complete, I removed the painters tape.
I decided to keep the focus on the background, so I just added some flowers in the center. The sentiment at the bottom is from a new SSS set I just ordered recently, called “It’s Your Birthday. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” in Dusty Concord and the “Here’s to Celebrating You” in Walnut Stain. I rounded the corners with the ¼  inch edge of the WRMK corner chomper.
I added some small clear sequins throughout the background for just a little extra bling.
I layered the panel with some foam tape onto a Neenah Solar White 110# card base.

Here's one last look at the final product. Overall I was pleased with the results!


That is it for me today. I hope you enjoy this technique and I hope you give it a try. Have a great day and I’ll see you all again tomorrow!

Challenges:

1. Inky Chicks: Anything Goes
2. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
3. Sunny Day Crafting: Arctic animals or Anything Goes
4. Creates and Makes: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)


Monday, January 9, 2017

You Make the World a Better Place

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a good weekend. I am here to share a card using the "You Matter" set from Simon Says Stamp. I was just pleased as punch with the way this card turned out. I really like this color combo of Ocean Tide, Simply Chartreuse from PTI along with Surf Blue and Smoke from SSS. For ink colors, I used Cloudy Sky, Lake Shores, and Smoke from SSS and also Broken China and Peeled Paint distress inks. The stripes on the right are from Clearly Besotted "Basic Stripes" set.


I used the direct to paper ink technique with cloudy sky ink and then used the "You" die to cut 5 separate dies before gluing them together to create a faux chipboard element. I paper pierced around the entire edge of the card base. Then I added the layer of the white with the stripes before adding the left layer with foam tape with the layered die. I used my wink of Stella clear glitter pen for a little shine and sparkle on the "You."



 I stamped a small heart in Lake Shores ink and then covered it with some glossy accents; and also some stickles along the scalloped smoke edge.

All in all, like I said...rather pleased with this one. I hope you like it also. Have a great day; and I will see you all again tomorrow!

Challenges:

1. Love to Scrap Challenge: Anything Goes
2. Get Creative Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Craft Your Passion Challenges: Anything Goes
4. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
5. Artistic Inspirations. Anything Goes

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