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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Follow Your Dreams

Hello there crafty friends! Thanks for stopping by ~
Today, I have a tag and a card. Inspiration for the current challenge at Tag You're It comes from the incredibly talented DT member Karin Akesdotter, who created this gorgeous tag:

 And, here is my take on her tag:

Recently, I bought the MFT Small Brick Wall stencil, so for my tag, I inked Soft Stone cardstock with Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink to create a subtle background. I also inked water color paper with Peerless Water Colors, which were a gift from my Blog Friend, Betty (thanks, Betty!) for the dragonfly, and added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to give it some shimmer. I added the sprig, a sentiment, and some Doodlebug Twine.


I created my next card for the new Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge! Barb Engler is our 'Hostess with the Mostest', and she has presented us with a color inspiration:

This is my second entry, and for this card I used my brand new SSS dies. Here is my card:

I used all the colors from the inspiration photo, except for grey, which I substituted with silver foil cardstock. I colored each of the presents with Copics (looks a little splotchy on my screen), and die cut the foil cardstock to serve as an outline for the bows. Also, I die cut the sentiment twice and stacked them to add dimension to the card.

So, that's it for me! I hope everyone is having a great week ~

Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Say it in Style
Ink: Hero Arts - Soft Granite: Versafine - Onyx Black
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Soft Stone
Stencil: MFT - Small Brick Wall
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh - Stitched Duo 1; Clearly Besotted Stamps - Dragonfly
Twine: Doodlebug - Gray

Dies: Simon Says Stamp - Christmas Blessings, Brilliant Gifts
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White, True Black; DCWV - Foil Cardstock
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh - Crystal Clear 4mm
Markers: Copic

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Holidays

Hi everyone,
I have a quick post today, sharing a card I created for two challenges. The first challenge is being hosted by Darnell who has reached her next milestone in followers...600! And, it’s no surprise given Darnell’s amazing and fun blog posts! Seriously, if you haven’t visited her blog, you’re in for a real treat! She is incredibly talented, and has coined a few phrases including one that she used for this challenge called ‘NBUS’, which is an acronym for “Never before used schtuff”! And the theme for this challenge is to select from this list:

1. Christmas
2. Make two cards using the same stamp.
3. Both of the above.
4. None of the above.

I chose #1, so I’ve created a Christmas card, and used my brand new Lawn Fawn stamp and die set, Winter Penguin:

I used SSS Falling Snow Stencil, and when I finished the card, I realized that I must have placed it on the card side, it looks like a snow storm is coming in from the Northwest! I stamped one of the shadow stamps from Paper Smooches in light blue under each penguin to create the effect of a pond, stamped and die cut the penguins, then colored them with Copics, giving each of them a different scarf. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and popped the front panel up on a black card base.

Also, the Cue Card this week at CASology is ‘Three’, and since I used 3 penguins, I thought it would work well for this challenge, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Friday, September 12, 2014

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone,
Just a quick post for me today letting you know that today is my turn to post my Design Team project on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog. With the release of Hero Arts new 'Handmade for Christmas Catalog', the a2z Store is buzzing! There are so many amazing stamps, inks and stencils to choose from, that I've really needed to exercise restraint! I've been on a stencil kick lately, so that's what I've used for both of my cards today. Here is my first card:

And, here is my 2nd card:


For details on both cards, please go to the a2z Scrapbooking Blog.

Don’t forget you are always welcome to use Coupon Code: BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more before tax and shipping at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. There are new products being added daily, including Hero Arts stamps, inks and stencils, and there are over 60 items on sale/clearance for you to choose from!

That's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by ~


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge

Hi everyone, just a quick post today...

I don't use patterned paper on my cards very often, but I really wanted to play along in Virginia's View Challenge this month. So, I created a rather simple card with a classic design...Here is my card:

I chose PTI's Bitty Box papers in Aqua Mist, and used teal and green felt for the flowers and leaves. I recently bought a package of these sparkly gems, and thought it would look pretty on the blooms. I also added a few tiny sequins from an old SSS monthly card kit, and finished the card with an Avery Elle sentiment. Here's a close up of the sparkle on the gem:

Well, that's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamp: Avery Elle - Sentimental Swirls
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White
Patterned Papers: Papertrey Ink - Bitty Box Basics
Dies: Papertrey Ink -Beautiful Blooms ll, Turning a New Leaf
Felt: Benzi Design (Etsy) - Teal, Green 
Gem: Kaiser Craft - Sea Breeze Sparklets
Sequins: SSS monthly card kit

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ATSM - Challenge #112 - Make Your Mark

Hello there, Blog Friends! It's Team A's turn this week at Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge! I hope you'll be able to find time to stop by and check out all of the amazing projects my Teamies have created for this challenge and play along! Our theme for this week is 'Make Your Mark', so we ask that you use any type of color medium you like to play with...Markers, Pencils, Water Colors, etc. to create your card or project.

OK, so here is the card I created, which I hope will inspire you for the challenge:

For this card, I stamped the butterfly with Versamark and embossed it with white EP. I fussy cut the image, then colored the wings with Copic markers (BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15) to create an ombre' effect. I added some small pearl gems to the body, a few DIY enamel dots and a strip of PTI polka dot patterned paper...and that was it!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sticky Bear's Digi Outlet and the winner will receive up to 3 digi stamps up to $10.00 in value!

Thanks so much for stopping by ~


Stamps: Hero Arts - Artist's Butterfly, Enjoy Today
Ink: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White
Patterned Paper: Papertrey Ink - Aqua Mist Bitty Dots 
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts - White
Gems: Hero Arts - Small Pearls
Markers: Copics

Sunday, September 7, 2014

ATCAS Challenge - Oriental

Hi everyone,
ATCAS Challenge is one of my all time favorite challenges, and this week's Code Word is 'Oriental'! Well, I knew this was going to be a real stretch for me, so I opened my Silhouette software and went shopping...and this is what I came up with:

The symbol, which I die cut in black means "Love", so I stamped the PTI word in Delicata Gold, as it also keeps with traditional Chinese colors. I also added a strip of gold foil cardstock along the side, and even though I usually add sequins or enamel dots to my cards, I slapped my own hand, and resisted temptation. In the end, I'm happy that this card has crisp, clean lines and no additional elements...truly CAS!

Well, that's it for me today...I hope everyone has had a great weekend ~ Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Wet Paint
Ink: Tsukineko - Delicata Gold
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White; DCWV - Gold Foil Cardstock
Other: Silhouette Studio - Chinese Characters 'Love'

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge

Hi there, blog friends! There's a brand new challenge in Blog Land...Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge, hosted by the AMAZINGLY TALENTED Barb Engler! The very first challenge was posted yesterday, and will run for about 2 weeks, ending at 9:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, September 18th, and it's a 'Color Challenge'. Here is the inspiration photo:

So many great colors to play with...Love it! Here is my card:

For this card, I used SSS Bouquet of Flowers stencil, and masked the flower on the left to create a little dimension. I inked this flower with Hero Arts Orange Soda, Butter Bar and Soft Vanilla to create a gradient, and inked the other flower with just Butter Bar. I used SSS Smoke ink for the dots inside this flower, and HA Green Hills ink for the stems and leaves. For the sentiment, I used the SSS/Mama Elephant Exclusive set called Summer Garden (stamped in black), and added a few DIY enamel dots in clear and gray. I mounted this panel on to a Steel Gray (MFT) card base, and that was it! I surprised myself by using all of the colors from the inspiration photo, too!

And...did I mention that there are some really amazing prizes for the winners in the challenges? For this challenge, the prize is a set of the six, brand new, Simon Says Stamp inks, which were released on Monday at the start of STAMPtember! I hope you'll have a chance over the next two weeks to check out the challenge in the SSS Flickr Group and play along!