Saturday, October 20, 2018

Celebrating 50!

I made a card for my sister and brother-in-law who celebrated their 50th anniversary on October 12th!

I used WPlus9 Studio's Freehand Florals, a sentiment from Fresh Cut Florals, and Papertrey Ink's Headline Numbers dies.

I incorporated their wedding colors of raspberry and navy... some pink, and gold for their golden anniversary!

Some Nuvo drops and gold Liquid Pearls for a little elegant texture 💕!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Starry Night Challenge

Playing along with the Monday Challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. This week was the theme "Starry Night," so I chose to make a winter night scene using Sizzix products.

I got the snowman dies and stamps from SSS, and the stitched hills were from Lawn Fawn.

Made the background using a Sizzix "Primitive Star" as a stencil, and Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, and Seedless Preserves. Cut some mini stars from the leftover background pieces. Had to finish it off with some white glittery snow!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Make it Monday:Patterned Frames

This week's Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink is to use patterned paper and dies to make a fancy frame. I chose last year's Mix & Mat die set featuring the snow and evergreen frame along with paper from the Wonderland Make it Market kit.

Added a scene inside with Winter Village and a sentiment from Holiday Button Bits, and the corners are decorated with a bow and greenery from Tinsel & Tags

So fun to make scenes with images from Betsy Veldman's sets!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Cups Sketch

I love the vertical sentiment panel this week at Freshly Made Sketches! This sketch was a fabulous one created by Cecile Ribon.

 I used Lawn Fawn's Thanks a Latte and Milo's Alphabet sets to make a card for my Starbucks-loving daughter Claire, who turns 13 on the 14th!

Stamped, die-cut and paper-pieced the cups with paper from Echo Park.


Added some hearts and Nuvo Drops, then stamped ❤ U A Latte on vellum and heat-embossed with white powder.

Adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp Blog World Card-Making Day Challenge, it's been a fun long weekend of stamping here!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Scarecrow Throwdown

At the Color Throwdown Challenge, this week there are some fresh fun colors,
 navy blue, green, and lime...

I chose to use the colors to make a nontraditional fall card with PTI's Autumn Scarecrow set.

I paper-pieced the scarecrow's outfit, and also the pumpkins with some woodgrain paper 

Added cloud and Tiny Tag die cuts with a sentiment from the set that I masked and stamped separately. A few Nuvo Drops in white and lime, and that's my card for fall, y'all! 😊

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Jellyfish Wishes

It's World Card Making Day! So glad I got to make a birthday card for my great-nephew Owen. He was 12 this week, and we're celebrating my daughter's early 13th birthday with him today.

Owen loves all things nature and ocean, so my Salt Air collection from Papertrey Ink was perfect to use.

I did a little shaker card for him, with the jellyfish in his underwater scene getting the spotlight treatment 😊.

I stamped Text and Texture: Ocean in 2 shades of blue, then cut a circle out of it. Underneath is the jellyfish and scenery from Salt Air:Fauna, Salt Air: Flora, and a plant cut with the Reef Builder die set. Also used the Sand Swatch mini stamp set along the bottom. The sentiment is from Sentiment Staples: Birthday in 2 tones of ink. A clear acrylic sheet over the top with some glitter, sequins, and Wink of Stella pen details underneath the sea!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fall Butterfly Throwdown

This week's colors at the Color Throwdown were tricky (the green was throwing me!), but had so much fun playing around!

I chose to use PTI's "Butterfly Blooms" and "Leaf Prints" sets to celebrate the change to fall.

The sentiment is from the Waltzingmouse set "Peace and Plenty." I used my Zig markers to watercolor the butterfly, then added Wink of Stella glitter pen and lots of Nuvo drops. Stamped the leaves in the colors of the week, then used Stampin Up's "Linen Background" over the top. Some sparkly sequins for a little glimmer of summer!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire Challenge

This summer has just flown by without any time to stamp like I had originally thought!  But had to squeeze in one PTI Stamp-A-Faire Challenge. I chose Dawn's Planting Your Garden challenge to make a card with 8 colors, die cuts, and a stencil.

Got out her Farmer's Market Florals stamp set and dies, a sentiment from Kindness Counts, and the Sunburst Stencil Collection.

I chose shades of the rainbow: red, hot pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, and then  a sentiment in black.

Added some details with Nuvo Drops and a Wink of Stella pen on the
A bright, colorful card that made me think of Dawn herself! 😊

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Die Cut Stencils

Playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday! This week Melissa Phillips challenged us to make a stencil out of a die cut negative. I used the snowy dots from Mix & Mat: Berries and Boughs to make a bubbly ocean scene.

I used Salt Air:Flora, fish from Salt Air:Fauna, Salt Air:Sentiments, and the Sand Swatch set stamped in blues and grey.

Colored in the stencil dots with ombre shades of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Last some Wink of Stella Pen to glitter up the scene, such a fun technique!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

MIM: Ombre Watercolor Backgrounds

A card for Betsy's Ombre Watercolor Backgground technique for PTI's Make it Monday. Of course I had to use the Salt Air Flora & Fauna sets...

Monday, June 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop

The ideas were flowing when I saw this delicious inspiration photo for Papertrey Ink's June Blog Hop!

My Salt Air products just arrived so I decided to make a rainbow underwater scene!

So many layers of ink and stamping! I started by sponging Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background, then splattering on some water mixed with gold Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

I added some Salt Air: Flora images stamped along the bottom, then heat embossed them with clear powder.

I die cut some fish using the Reef Builder dies, sponged them to match where I wanted them placed on my background, and added a sentiment from Salt Air: Sentiments.

I die cut Salt Air: Fauna, and sponged ombre colors onto the pieces before stamping the images so that I wouldn't have stark white edges. Once I started stamping, I used my MISTI so that I could layer different colors on the fauna images. Lastly, some Nuvo Drops in all of the colors... because I am a little obsessed, ha! 

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Seahorse Throwdown

School's out, woo hoo! So happy when Papeetrey Ink's new Salt Air stamps arrived just in time for me to have, well...TIME! This week's Color Throwdown colors of peach, pale pink, hot pink, and green were perfect for an ocean scene...

I stamped and die cut the sweet seahorses from Salt Air:Fauna and added some Diamond Stickles...

Then, I made a background by sponging Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, stamping some sea plant images from Salt Air: Flora in two shades of green, adding some light green Crystal Nuvo Drop bubbles, and stamping an adorable sentiment from Salt Air:Sentiments.

I have a feeling you are going to be seeing a lot more of these sets here in the future, they are amazing and so much fun to stamp! Thanks for swimming by...;)!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Lighthouse Throwdown

Some lovely cool tones for this week's  Color Throwdown Challenge ... aqua, black, and white...which made me think of Papertrey Ink's "Guiding Lights" set...

Here is my take on this breezy, striped, summery inspiration photo, 

I used PTI's "Cover Plate :Waves" to make an impression on watercolor paper, then colored with Zig Clear Color Watercolor Markers and a water brush.

I added the sentiment from "Guiding Lights" on a sheet of Judkins Embossable Window Plastic and heat embossed it in white.

This card is more masculine, so I didn't turn it into a shaker like I originally planned, but did add one iridescent sequin for a "light" and embossed the outer frame with "Cover Plate: Waves,"
 to match up with the inner layer. What inspiring colors this week!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Make it Monday: Lots of Dots

Michelle Leone had a fabulous PTI "Make it Monday" this week in which she added colorful dots to her card by using Nuvo Drops on a stamped image! Since I purchased "Butterfly Blooms" AND Nuvo Drops after using them at Michelle's house, I used them again for this technique...

I heat embossed the butterfly in white on watercolor paper, then used my Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers to color it. The background is made with the Lace Bouquet stamp set, also embossed in white. I sponged some Distress Inks over the background to add soft color to highlight the lace images.

I used Crystal Nuvo Drops to color the butterfly, then added a sentiment from Butterfly Blooms and a few clear sequins.  Nuvo Drops are VERY addicting! Once you buy one bottle, you want all of the colors! Thanks to my "play date" with Michelle and Karen Walker, I have quite a few bottles now 😊!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cascading Flip Flops

Stephanie Gold posted such a fun Make it Monday video at Papertrey Ink this week called "Cascading Die Cuts". I couldn't wait to play along! Here is my summer-inspired card with the "Flippin' Out" stamp set and dies!

Underneath each flip flop, I stamped the Sand Swatch Mini Background in Kraft ink on Kraft paper

So much fun and looks authentic every time I use this image with Kraft ink and paper. These bright  flip flop colors are faves of mine from AMuse Studio...Cobalt, Margarita, and Berry with some lovely Mango Fresh Ink from Impress!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Patriotic Fence Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge, some patriotic shades of red, white, and blue...

I used PTI's Picket Fence die, Petite Pots, and Sentiment Staples: Birthday for my little scene...

Added a mini banner cut with a Mama Elephant die.

The fence is embossed with a Woodgrain Impression plate, and some little Nuvo Dots all around. Wishing you a Memorial Day full of remembrances, patriotism, family, and friends.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Good Day, Sunshine!

This week at the Simon Says Stamp blog, the Monday Challenge was to make a project inspired by a  song. These Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine" images made me think of the Beatles' song, "Good Day, Sunshine." I was also inspired to try Jennifer McGuire's "Stamped-Fold Card Designs" shown HERE. SO amazing!

Not quite what I had pictured in my mind, but still cheery!

Here is a close up of my little time, I think I will go a little bigger like Jennifer did in her tutorial! Added PTI's Picket Fence die and Simon Says Stamps' "Artsy Flower Parts" to the scene.

 Inside a few more images and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Sunshine."

The inside has some cloud patterned paper while the outside is stamped in yellow with the Gingham Backgrounder, an oldie but goodie from Cornish Heritage Farms!

I just loved this technique, can't wait to try it again...maybe tomorrow!