Monday, April 16, 2018

April Twofer Challenge - Pets


Hi there! I'm back to share two cards I created for Darnell's really fun 'Twofer Challenge'! For this challenge, we are asked to create two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamps and/or dies. My first card:


This is an NBUS (Darnell speak) stamp and die set which is reminiscent of the turtle my children had when they were young. I thought it would be fun to showcase him walking ever-so-slowly uphill saying thank you to a dear friend :)
I used a retired grassy border die, a mini cloud stencil and kept the colors to a minimum.

My 2nd card was created to provide encouragement a family member going through a rough time right now...


For this card, I used the drifts/hills stencil for the grass and thought it would be fun to use a rainbow of colors for the turtle. 
And, here they are together ~


We all have until the 24th to join in...so pop on over to Darnell's Challenge Blog and check it out! Her DT is really amazing, so there is a lot of wonderful inspiration!


Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Card #1
Stamps: MFT - Too Cute Turtles, More Essential Sentiments
Dies: MFT - Too Cute Turtles, Grassy Border
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass; Versafine Onyx Black
Misc: Copic markers; MFT - Mini Cloud stencil

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - Too Cute Turtles
Dies: MFT - Too Cute Turtles, Stitched Clouds, Blueprints 15
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean; Versafine Onyx Black
Misc: MFT - Drifts/Hills stencil

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #134 - Bubbles


Hi there, blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and this time we're playing with 'Bubbles'!


I used this MFT set recently, and couldn't wait to ink it up again...I think the bunnies are adorable :)
I started by using the drifts/hills and mini cloud stencils to create the background and colored the bunnies with Copic markers. I stamped the bubbles directly onto the background and colored them with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and sprinkled with clear EP to add shine...and that was it!

If you have a chance, stop over at the ATCAS Challenge Blog and check out all the cute cards by my Teamies...of course, we would love it if you would play along while you're there!

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Baby's Room

Hi there, blog friends ~ It's time for a new challenge at Fusion, and this time our theme is 'Baby's Room'! What a beautiful nursery that is...light gray walls with white polka dots...I love it!


I went with the sketch, added my PTI polka dot papers, and inked up my brand new So Matcha stamp set. I colored the images with Copics, created a mask with an oval shadow die and mounted everything on the wonky stitched circle. To keep things CAS, the sentiment is from MFT and the clear sparkly gems are from Pretty Pink Posh....and that was it!

My teamies have created some beautiful cards to inspire you...feel free to stop over to the Fusion Blog to check them out and join us for the challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Ellen Hutson - So Matcha; MFT - Sending a Smile (sentiment)
Dies: Ellen Hutson - So Matcha; MFT - Wonky Stitched Circles, Oval Shadow Die
Paper: PTI - Bitty Big (Soft Stone)
Misc: Gems - Pretty Pink Posh; Copic markers

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April CAS Watercolor & CAS Christmas

Hi there, blog friends! Once again, I'm playing along with Loll &  Bonnie's challenges ~ First up is the CAS Watercolor Challenge and the theme is 'Bird'.


Here is my take on the challenge:


I have several bird dies, but I think this Concord & 9th set works best for watercoloring. I used Peerless watercolors using the same colors, but different 'markings' on each bird. There is a removable border around the branch and birds, which I peeled off to expose the blue watercoloring on the card base. Also, I used gold gems from an old Prima set for the eyes and placed everything onto a white woodgrain panel.

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 Last month, Loll &  Bonnie started a new challenge ~ CAS Christmas and the theme for this month is Ornament!


And, my card...


I had alcohol inks in my stash for years, used them twice and finally gave them away about 3 years ago to a dear friend...then, when I saw all of the gorgeous cards using them in blogland, I bought them again :)
I used 3 shades of blue/teal and once dry, I die cut the ornaments. To create the faux string, I used my Versamark pen to draw a line and embossed them (and the sentiment) with Altenew Rose Gold, which is gorgeous in person! For both cards, I deliberately left off any gems or enamel dots to keep the focus on the birds and ornaments...very clean and very simple!

Stay tuned for the May CAS Christmas Challenge...as the winner of their first challenge, I will be their Guest Designer ~ Woot!!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and especially for your lovely comments...I read every one, and appreciate them very much ~ Have a great week!






Supplies:
Card #1
Stamps: SSS - All My Love (sentiment)
Dies: Concord & 9th - By Your Side; Mama Elephant - XOXO
Ink: Peerless Watercolors
Cardstock: Tim Holtz - Watercolor cardstock; SSS - Woodgrain; MFT - Gold Foil Cardstock
Misc: WOW - Fine Gold E/P; Mama Elephant - Confetti (heart)

Card #2
Stamps: PTI - Think Big Favorites # 9
Dies: Memory Box - Classic Ornament
Inks: Ranger - Alcohol Inks; Versamark
Cardstock: Tim Holtz - Yupo
Misc: Altenew - Rose Gold E/P; MFT - Gold Foil Cardstock

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #133 - Rain


Hi there, blog friends! I'm back to let you know that we have a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and our theme is 'Rain'! 


I thought it would be fun to stencil with Nuvo Glimmer Paste to add sparkle to the raindrops.


I stamped and die cut the kiddos from an older Mama Elephant set and colored all of the images with Copic markers. 

If you would like to play along, we welcome you to stop by the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog ~ Happy Little Stampers is our sponsor, and Kylie is offering a $20.00 GC to her store for the winner. Also, we have a super talented Guest Designer for this challenge...Fran Wing! Hope to see you there!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps and Dies: Pretty Pink Posh - Rainy Days; Mama Elephant - Sunday Stroll; MFT - Slanted Sentiment Strips
Stencil: MFT - Raindrops
Misc: Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Moonstone; Copic Markers; Stampendous - White Detail EP

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Easter Bunny

Hi there blog friends ~
It's time for a brand new challenge at Fusion, and this time our theme is "Easter Bunny"!


I wanted to create an Easter card for my granddaughter, so this time I went with the inspiration photo. I die cut the wreath twice to give it some dimension, then added the mini-blooms and leaves. The bubble-blowing bunny is from a new MFT set, which I colored with Copic markers and added Glossy Accents to the large bubble.

Head on over to the Fusion Challenge Blog and check out the beautiful cards by the DT...of course, we would love it if you played along, too :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: MFT - Bubble Over with Joy
Dies: SSS - Chisholm Wreath, Mini-Flowers and Leaves; MFT - Bubble Over with Joy, Blueprints 15
Cardstock: Kraft; PTI Stampers Select White; X-Press It Blending Card
Ink: Versafine
Misc: Clear EP; Glossy Accents; Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix; Copic markers


Monday, March 26, 2018

Guest Designer - Muse Card Challenge


Hi there crafty friends! I am honored to share with you that I am Guest Designer at Muse this week! Thank you, Ardyth! This is the card I created which I hope inspires you to play along ~


I wanted to create something elegant for a wedding anniversary, so I started by ink blending the Scribble Flowers and foliage with Distress Oxide Inks. I used silver foil cardstock for the die cut sentiment and embossed the stamped sentiment in silver. A stitched scallop edge and a few crystal gems, and this card was done a dusted!

 I would love to see your take on my card...you can use the design,  theme, color palette, or whatever elements that strike your fancy. Just stop by the Muse Challenge Blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: PTI - Inspired: Love
Dies: MFT - Scribble Rose Overlay, Fab Foliage, Stitched Scallop Basic Edge
Ink: Versamark; Distress Oxide inks - Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers
Misc: Silver EP; Silver Foil Cardstock; Lucy's Cards (Gems) - Ice Cube Mix; PTI - Bitty Dot Patterned Papers

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Muse Card Challenge #258


Hello again! Check out those adorable Pandas!!! When I saw Kim Heggin's card for this weeks' Muse Challenge, I had to play along :)


I played around with a few balloons and critters and couldn't seem to come up with anything as cute as Kim's design, so I decided to keep it simple and use my heart balloons. I used Kim's:
- Monochromatic color palette
- Birthday theme
- Balloons 

And, that was it for my playtime in the craft room...I hope everyone is having a great week ~
Thanks so much for stopping by,







Supplies
Stamps: MFT - More Essential Sentiments
Dies: MFT - Blueprints 15, Heart Balloons; Clearly Besotted Stamps - Vase
Ink: PTI - Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady; MFT - Ripe Raspberry; Versafine Onyx Black

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March CAS Watercolor Challenge & March CAS Christmas Challenge - Take 2


Hi there ~ It's been a busy month for me on the homefront, but I always enjoy playing along with Loll and Bonnie's CAS Watercolor Challenge and since this month's theme is 'Garden', I dug out some of my favorite dies and got to work:  


I used one of MFT's Basic Edge dies to create the curve and a combination of Peerless and Daniel Smith watercolors for my flowers. The sentiment was embossed with gold EP, and I added a few clear sequins to finish up my design.

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Loll and Bonnie also have a brand new challenge ~ CAS Christmas!  Since I love playing with my Holly dies, this is my 2nd entry:


For this card, I started with the MFT Stitched Scallop Frame die then colored the Holly and Berry Branch die with Copic markers. I added splatters with Copic Opaque White paint, spritzed everything with Sheer Shimmer Spray, put a generous amount of Glossy Accents on the berries, and embossed the sentiment with gold EP...and, that was it!

There's still a few more days to join in both challenges if you are interested.. In fact, all three of Loll and Bonnie's challenges are amazing, so it's likely you'll find at least one that strikes your fancy :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies
Card #1:
Stamps: MFT - All Smiles (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Stitched Flowers, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Ink: Versamark; Peerless Watercolors; Daniel Smith Watercolors (Yana Smakula Palette)
Misc: WOW - Gold Embossing Powder; Pretty Pink Posh - Clear Droplets

Card #2:
Stamps: PTI - Think Big Favorites #9 (sentiment)
Dies: Penny Black - Holly & Berry Branch; MFT - Stitched Scallop Frame
Ink: Versamark; Copic Opaque White
Misc: WOW - Gold Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Imagine - Sheer Shimmer Spray. Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix (Sequins)



Saturday, March 17, 2018

Addicted to CAS Challenge #132 - Birds


Hi there blog friends! It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and this time we get to play with our 'Bird' stamps and dies! Izzy from Izzy Scraps is our Guest Designer and she has created a gorgeous card to inspire everyone!
It's always nice to have a special thank you card for a very special friend...so that's what I've done! 


I wanted to go with a non-traditional color combo, and couldn't wait to ink up my new PTI Brushed Birds! This is a layering stamp set, and I can't wait to use DI's or watercolors with them :) 

Please feel free to stop by the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog show us your favorite bird stamps and dies for a chance to win a $20.00 gift card from Happy Little Stampers online store!


Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps and Dies: PTI - Brushed Birds, Birds & Blooms; MFT Blueprints 15
Ink: MFT Cement Gray, Grout Gray, Ripe Raspberry; PTI Sweet Blush
Gems: Little Things from Lucie's Cards - Ice Cube Mix


Friday, March 16, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3


Hi there, crafty friends! It's time for another fabulous Twofer Card Challenge and this time, Darnell would like us to feature blossoms on our projects! The parameters also include using the exact same stamp or die on both cards, and to create 2 distinctly different designs for 2 different occasions.


I used MFT's Plentiful Petals for my blossoms and the All Smiles stamp set for the sentiments (except for the Altenew 'Treasure' sentiment). 


I love a monochromatic card, so for my 'Thinking of You' card, I used a few of my new inks (gifted by a lovely friend) for the blooms and to create the gradient inking on the die cut sentiment. 


For my 'Thank You' card, I stamped a large bloom from the same set, and added leaves and an old sparkly gem from my stash. I also used Stone Gray cardstock for the background and another stitched scallop edge. 

I rarely create more than one card at a time, so I'm really enjoying this challenge. Plus, Darnell has a super talented DT with some great ideas to inspire us...Check it out Here!

That's it for me today...Wishing you all a fun and crafty weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Card #1
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Plentiful Petals, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, All Smiles
Inks: Altenew - Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry; Versamark
Misc: Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix Sequins; Stampendous - White Detail embossing powder

Card #2:
Stamps & Dies: MFT - Plentiful Petals, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2, All Smiles (Thank You), Slanted Sentiment Strips, Wavy Coloring Book Background; Altenew - Build - a - Flower - Sakura Blossoms (Treasure)
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; SSS - Sea Glass, Mint
Misc: Hero Arts - Clear embossing powder; Kaisercraft Gem; Lucy's Cards - Ice Cube Mix Sequins


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Rain or Shine

Hi all ~ It's time for a brand new challenge at Fusion and our theme is 'Rain or Shine'! In the U.S., we'll be getting lots of showers over the next several weeks and before we know it, our flowers will be in full bloom! 


I was inspired by those 2 adorable little girls in the photo and used the color palette from their raincoats and boots for my rain boots. I popped up the clouds with foam tape and embossed the raindrops in silver. I also thought it would be fun to include a few puddles across the bottom of the card and stamp the sentiment on and off the cloud.

As always, my teamies have created some amazing cards for this challenge...Stop by the Fusion Challenge Blog and check them out and of course, we would love it if you could join us!

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Garden Fresh; Pretty Pink Posh - Rainy Day; PTI - Swansational (puddles)
Dies: Clearly Besotted - Garden Fresh; Pretty Pink Posh - Rainy Day
Inks: MFT - Ripe Raspberry, Cornflower; PTI - Bright Buttercup; SSS - Sea Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Misc: Silver EP, Clear EP

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Muse Card Challenge #256

Hi there ~ A quick post to share a card I created for this week's challenge at Muse. Anita Bowden created this beautiful card to inspire us:


Here is my take on her card:


I focused on Anita's:
- Stitched Heart
- Flourish
- Layout
- Metallic embossing on the sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies:
Stamps: PTI - Fancy Flourishes; Avery Elle - Oh Happy Day (sentiment)
Dies: MFT - Stitched Heart; Lil Inkers - Stitched Butterfly
Cardstock: PTI: Select White, Lovely Lady, Vellum; PTI - Mini Hearts patterned paper
Misc: Versamark; Liquid Platinum E/P; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkly Clear Sequins; Hero Arts Clear Gems; Silver Wire (stash)