Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Color Throwdown Guest Star Stamper!

I am absolutely THRILLED to be the Guest Star Stamper at the Color Throwdown this week!  Lucky me, I got the sweetest photo to be inspired by, with some fresh summer colors!


Green, kraft, and white, yippee!

I combed my stamps for a sweet puppy image, and found the perfect one in Papertrey Ink's "Pedal Pusher" set.


             An extra bonus that this puppy is having some summer fun, just like in the photo!



I added detail by stamping each piece of the bike in a color ink.  I then used my MISTI and added Versamark over the top so I could clear emboss.  This puppy needed a shiny new bike for his adventure!


Thanks so much to the Color Throwdown team for inviting me!  I am always inspired by their color combinations and gorgeous projects!  Happy August 1st!  Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer!  :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Santa Slider

This week at Papertrey Ink, Lizzie Jones had a real challenge for us...to make a color slider card.  I have seen these magical wonders before, but had never tried one until watching Lizzie's awesome video tutorial here.  It was still a bit tricky (even though Lizzie made it look SO EASY! :), but I am glad I persevered!

Lizzie reminded us that these are great cards for kids...and that got me thinking about the most magical guy of all...Santa!


Here is one of my favorite Santa images of all time from PTI's "Believe" set.  The black and white patterned paper has verses from the "Twelve Days of Christmas" on it, and I thought it would make the sudden color pop even more surprising.



I made the slider tab with the Pocket Card die, and just partially cut it with my Cuttlebug so that I would have the fun tab at the top. I covered the hole with a circle and star.   I thought adding those glossy "Macy's" stars and the sentiment "Believe" would be perfect for a card that inspires wonder :). 


It was fun to color with my Copics, I haven't done that in awhile!  Thanks so much to Lizzie for the challenge, it was fun celebrating Christmas in July :)!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tutti Frutti Color Blocking

This week at Papertrey Ink, Laurie Schmidlin inspired us to use color blocking on a card for Make it Monday.  She showed us three awesome techniques, and I chose to use color blocking with watercolors.

Here is my card using images and dies cuts  from Still Life: Summer...


I started by clear embossing a plaid background on watercolor paper.  The plaid is created with Betsy's Plaid Builder set.  I then used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry to created a wash with the emboss resist technique.


Added some die cut fruits, the "enjoy" die cut from the set, and a sentiment from Ways to Say: Birthday.


Some Glossy Accents here and there, and a leftover blossom from a past stamping day. What a fun technique!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fruit Stand Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge, the colors were so summery!  Aqua, yellow, red, and green!  It made me think of all of the fun, fruity cards I have been seeing, and farmstands all around!


I used PTI's Still Life Summer and Green Thumb for my fruits...


 The leaves are from a Waltzingmouse set and the mini "chalkboard" (Polaroid die!) is cut with a die set from Mama Elephant.


The card base is made with my beloved A Muse Studio gingham paper, love that aqua gingham!  A few Glossy Accents, PTI's Woodgrain impression plate, and some white opal Liquid Pearls to finish it off :)!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Her color is lilac...

I had a friend ask me to make me a wedding card and a gift certificate for a bed & breakfast.  I always get so nervous when I have to make something specific!  She told me to make anything, but I was still anxious.  So I asked what the wedding colors were, and she just said "Lilac...I think!"

WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals ALWAYS works and is loved by recipients and stampers alike!  So here is what I came up with...


I embossed a piece of PTI's Linen cardstock with the Woodgrain impression plate, then cut a stitched circle with SSS dies.  I stamped and die cut flowers from Fresh Cut Florals and one teeny one from (the yellow) from More Fresh Cuts.  I layered them over a circle that I sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, and splattered with some aqua and black acryllic paint mixed with water.


I used PTI's envelope die and a scalloped die and sentiments from Gift Card It from Waltzingmouse Stamps to make a coordinating certificate set. It took me forever because I was worried about smudges and mistakes, but luckily my friend loved it all!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Surf's Up!

The Jersey Girl in me had to play along with this week's Fusion Challenge!  Can't wait for our NJ trip to Manahawkin/LBI next month!

I chose to use the car from PTI's "Happy Camper" to make a background...


I added my sentiment with PTI's Headline Alphabet and some surfboards from Free Spirit Boy by Claire Brennan.


I embossed my background with PTI's Woodgrain Impression Plate, then added some twine that I braided for an embellishment.  SUCH fun inspiration this week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bright Flower Masking

I really wanted to try Betsy Veldman's fun stenciling and masking seen here for Make It Monday, but feeling a bit "rusty" in my stamping, and couldn't get one that I liked in time!  Here is one of my attempts using the beautiful colors from Color Throwdown...red, blue, yellow, and white!



I made my own stencil using a Deckled Edged Rectangle nestie, the Gran's Garden stamps and dies, and a sentiment from Year of the Flowers:  Violets.


Added some Wink of Stella pen, too, which is hard to see.  Probably should have used my MISTI for lining things up, because I was having trouble getting the stamp to impress fully over the stencil.  But I kind of like this artsy look, and will definitely be trying Betsy's awesome technique (and this fun color scheme) again!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Colorful Camper

Such beautiful summery colors for the Color Throwdown Challenges this week!  
Purple, mint, hot pink, and teal.


Last night we were sitting around the fire pit at my sister's house on Conesus Lake, and the sky was the most amazing pink!  So I got inspired to go with a night time/camp theme...


Used PTI's Petite Places: Happy Camper set and dies, the Scene It: Mountain View dies, and a sentiment from Pedal Pusher.


I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord, then spritzed the whole piece with shimmer spray.  After cutting out the mountains, I embossed them with PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate.  


Added some stickles for the stars that are peeking through the mountains.  I am so glad school is out and summer is finally here!

Monday, May 29, 2017

ABC Apple Sketch

Another really fun sketch by Linda Callahan this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

I chose to make a card for a teacher since school will be out in a few short weeks!

Used PTI's Petite Places: School stamps and dies, as well as the Enclosed:  Apple die.  I cut off the "Thanks" sentiment on the die and used the apple as a frame.  Also from PTI are the letters cut with the Headline Alphabet die set.


The little trees are from Teeny Trees by Claire Brennan.  The background is made with the Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card background called "Screen."  Love their 6x6 cling backgrounds!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Chalkboard Baking Inspiration!

I absolutely love the picture and sketch this week at the Fusion Card Challenge, and the DT had tons of awesome inspiration for us!

I took out an old clear set that I love from Hero Arts called "What's Cooking?" I had to get it when I saw the cute apron and little pot holders!



I made my chalkboard by stamping in Versamark then heat embossing with white powder.  I colored around and inside the images with white and colored pencils. The "YUM" was cut with PTI's Headline Alphabet dies, and the windows with PTI's Trio die.  The sentiments are from Ways to Say:  Birthday.  The tag is cut with Tiny Tags with a sentiment from Mixed Messages. The cup and donut are from Lawn Fawn's "Love You a Latte."



Topped it off with some Baker's Twine, or course :)!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Felt Daffodils

This week for PTI's Make it Monday, Lizzie Jones challenged us to make gorgeous felt flowers and gave us lots of sweet examples!

I created some birthday tags with felt daffodils!


I used a sentiment from Beautiful Berries and felt cut with Beautiful Blooms II dies, set #1.  My centers were made by folding over felt, cutting slits along the folded edge, and rolling them up.


My first recipient of the tags gave Lizzie's flower idea a huge thumbs up :)! (Me, too!)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gran's Garden Sketch

This weekend I decided to play along with Hannelie's awesome sketch at the 


I just received Dawn McVey's lovely floral set "Gran's Garden" from Papertrey Ink this weekend.  Cards practically make themselves with it, it's so much fun!


I used Impress Fresh Ink in Sugar, Peony, Sicilian Blue, Gypsy Blue, Navy, and Slate for the flowers and leaves.  Added a side panel of Dark Indigo cardstock from PTI embossed with an old Cuttlebug folder, and a sentiment from PTI's Beautiful Berries.


So happy it's spring!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Botanical Butterfly


The Card Concept Challenge had a lovely set of vintage botanical notecards for inspiration, so I had to play along!  (Can you tell that my Mother's Day included some stamping time? :))


I chose to use the butterfly from Nordic Spring by Claire Brennan.  I stamped it on a piece of PTI's Rustic White cardstock then went about "botanicalizing" it (SO much fun)!


I stamped the butterfly in Stazon Black, then watercolored in and around it.  Once dry, I stamped an old Penny Black text background over the top in Frayed Burlap ink.  Splattered some black paint on, then ran it through the Cuttlebug with PTI's Canvas embossing plate.  Stamped a sentiment from PTI's Scripted Sentiment in Stazon Black, too, then cut out the piece with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die.


Last  but not least, a coating of Glossy Accents on the butterfly to give it a little dimension and to make the colors pop.  My husband seemed mildly impressed when I told him this was a blank piece of cardstock when I started :)!!

Smile Background

Melissa Phillips made a fun background using sentiments stamped on a diagonal for PTI's Make it Monday, and then there was this cool sketch by Jen Timko for Freshly Made Sketches!


I used the "Smile" sentiment from Enclosed:  Flower stamp set to make my ombre background for a birthday card...


The balloons are from "Birthday Style" and the small sentiment is from Ways to Say: Birthday set.


And I even used a pink card base instead of white, go me!  :)


Quatrefoil Tulips

A beautiful photo at the Fusion Card Challenge called "Navy Patterns" this week!

I was drawn to the pillows and those beautiful yellow (my favorite color) tulips!

I used PTI's Tulip Time and Beautiful Berries sets, and a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's "Doodle Buds."


The quatrefoil pattern is a DCWV stencil that I used with Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste.  Added a few Glossy Accent "dew" droplets to my flowers and leaves, too :)

Such gorgeous inspiration cards from the DT members and players this week at Fusion Card Challenge!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pastel Flower Sketch

A card today for two fun challenges, Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You To Try this month, and Color Throwdown's lovely colors of the week!



I used Reverse Confetti's "Blooms 'N Buds" and "Bitty Banners" stamps and dies.  They are so much fun to play with!



I stamped an old background from Cornish Heritage farms in the background using A Muse Studio's warm gray ink called "Seattle," and used a plaid Cuttlebug embossing folder on vellum  adhered over the bottle half of the card.


The flowers and leaves were stamped in shades of A Muse and Fresh Ink in yellow and aqua, and the leaves in A Muse's Latte and Seattle inks.  Added some white opal Liquid Pearl and stardust Stickles details.  Celebrating spring and Moms everywhere :)!