Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Latte Birthday Wishes

My daughter had a party for two friends this weekend who combined their birthdays into one big celebration at LaserTron!  Claire has always loved the "Love You a Latte" and "Milo's Alphabet" stamp setsfrom Lawn Fawn, and I was dying to try out more names with my Concord and 9th "Sophisticated Script" uppercase and lowercase sets.

I decided to do "quick" cards with only a little embellishing since they are for 12-year old girls... so, you know what that means.  They took me FOREVER!  I have such a hard time keeping cards literally "clean" when going clean and simple!  Always a smudge here, an unstamped letter there! But somehow we got to LaserTron on time :)!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Love You a Latte Sketch

This week I am playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch following Michele Ferguson's beautiful sketch.   So versatile and fun!

I used two sets from Lawn Fawn, "Love You a Latte" and "Milo's Alphabet."

I die cut some of the cute cups and little heart and bean images, then paper-pieced the cups with some old My Mind's Eye patterned papers.  Sponged some pink Distress inks mainly on the center of the paper then splattered some watered-down pink and blue acryllic paints.  Lastly some teeny Stickles dots all around to add some Valentine sparkle :)!

Nordic Mitten Valentine

I combined two challenges this week, the lovely sketch by Karren Johnson for Freshly Made Sketches with the colors from Color Throwdown!

I chose to use my Nordic Winter & Sewing Box Christmas sets by Claire Brennan. Nordic Winter is now available at Gina K Designs.

I cut a panel with a small rectangular Nestabilities die, and then stamped a pattern from Nordic Winter underneath in pink, latte, and apple red (Amuse Studio inks).  I stamped a different image on the mitten from Sewing Box Hugs using the same order of colors.  The little hearts are also from Nordic Winter.

I wanted a mix of fonts for the sentiment, so used the lowercase Sophisticated Script set from Concord & 9th to create "warm," and then two words from Sewing Box Christmas in dark brown to finish it off.  I just love these colors together!

Monday, January 16, 2017


It's been a long time since I participated in a Make it Monday at PTI!  This week, Melissa made a sweet wreath by stamping over a masked off heart.  I thought of Polka Dot Basics and sentiments from the Shakers and Sprinkles Kit!

I stacked two Sprinkles sentiments together then added Stickles.  The little heart has Glossy Accents.  Thought this would be perfect for my great niece Reegan who will turn seven in February :)!

Pear Wreath

The Color Throwdown colors this week are black, a mustard yellow, and a pretty blue!

As soon as I saw the yellow, it made me think of a I chose the Woodland Wreaths set from Wplus9...

I also used a text background from Penny Black and a sentiment from PTI's  O' Tannenbaum set.  Such a fun color scheme to try with my Christmas stamps!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bouquet Throw...down!

The colors at the Color Throwdown Challenge this week were so pretty, just had to play....olive green, hot pink, and black!

I got a new stamp set, my first from Concord & 9th, and it's so much fun!  It's called Sophisticated Script.  I got the bundle with both the upper and lowercase sets because I love the look of hand-lettering on tags, and my handwriting is not pretty like that!  I thought it would be perfect to try out with Freehand Florals from WPlus9 ...

I added a background using an old 6x6 backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms called "Perfect Plaid."  Unfortunately, I made some smudges on my floral piece because of all of the black, so my bouquet got bigger, and bigger, and wider to cover them up!

 Inspiring colors to warm our chilly hearts this's seems to be cold everywhere, although not as snowy here in Rochester as it is for about everyone else around us (and in the nation)! :)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fusion Card Challenge's 3rd Anniversary!

I was delighted to be asked by my talented stamping friend Michelle Leone to join in Fusion Card Challenge's 3rd Anniversary celebration!  Just look at this inspiration photo and sketch, so gorgeous!

I chose this sweet Stampin' Up mug from "Cup of Cheer" for my card...

I was inspired by the gorgeous photo and some elements of the sketch.  I included a Nordic print stripe from Claire Brennan's Nordic Winter set (that I believe is now for sale at GinaK Designs), a circle stencil from Heidi Swapp with texture paste for the snow, and little leaves and berries from WPlus9's "Be Merry" set.  I cut a tree branch from grey woodgrain paper using a Memory Box die, and added some pine branch die cuts colored with Copics and glittered up with Crystal Snow.

I can't wait to see what the DT members came up with, and to watch the gallery fill up with gorgeous winter creations!  Thanks again to sweet Michelle, and a big congratulations to the Fusion team for creating a challenge blog that ALWAYS inspires!