Monday, October 14, 2019

Merry Ornaments Sketch

A perfect sketch for your Christmas card stash presented by Jacquie at Freshly Made Sketches!
I chose to use The Stamp Market's sweet "Mini Ornaments" along with a sentiment from "Candy Cane Christmas!"


Colored the ornaments and sprigs from The Stamp Market's "Holiday Greenery" dies with Karin markers and a waterbrush. The center panel is stamped with their "Cross Cross Background" on vellum and heat embossed in white. There is red paper behind which took on a rosy hue!


The white outer frame panel is embossed with Stampin' Up's 3D Woodgrain Embossing folder. It.is.AMAZING!! Some Glossy Accents, Sakura Stardust pen details, and Nuvo Drop polka dots to round this one out.

I could just use my Christmas stamps all year long and be totally happy! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Van Throwdown

This week there are some warm fall colors at the Color Throwdown Challenge blog which were perfect for an October birthday card for my great nephew!


I chose the The Greetery's new "Christmas Care-a-Van" stamps with Papertrey Ink's Scene It and Headline Numbers dies to celebrate Owen's 13th birthday :).


Used the clouds and mountains Scene It dies, and shaded the 13 too, kind of like the sun rising behind the mountains. Stamped the van using Distress Oxide inks.


Added a little Glaze gel pen to the numbers but no other embellishments. Owen always appreciates my cards but he is a 13 year old 😉! So fun, can't wait to use this set for Christmas tags!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

First for Christmas

I received my new stamps from The Greetery and have been wanting to try them out all week. Today I made my first Christmas card of the season with images from "Christmas Eve!"


I tried stamping with no die cuts to go for more of a painted look. When I tried to mask the tree behind the church, I made a gap that was too big, so I started adding acrylic paint snow
everywhere 😄!


Then out came Perfect Pearls for more snowy splatters, and the Pathway and Frosty Flakes stencils lightly sponged with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink for some added detail.




This set is a dream, it's so easy to make beautiful cards with it! Can't wait to make more! ❤





Sunday, October 6, 2019

Autumn Bouquet Throwdown


Beautiful fall colors for this week's Color Throwdown...purple, lavender, orange, and green!



I chose lovely stamps and stencils from The Greetery for my card. I used the Knit Wits stencil with texture paste for the base, then lightly stenciled with Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Oxide Ink on the main panel. The bouquet is made with berries and wheat from Budding Beauties Autumn.


The background at the top was made using the floral and leaves stencils in the Mason Jars Filler stencil set. I added some orange Nuvo Drops, too, and a sentiment from Reverse Confetti's "Tall Blooms."


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

World Card Making Day with Simon Says Stamp!

It's World Card Making Day, and Simon Says Stamp showcased cards made by designers all aroumd the globe HERE!

They asked what we made today, and I used the new Simon Says Stamp Stamptember "Flora" stencil...


Unfortunately, I have a few sympathy cards to make, but I wanted one for a co-worker that was pretty and not too somber. I didn't think she would mind a little sparkle and pink to remember her mom. I heat embossed a sentiment with white powder from Reverse Confetti's "Tall Blooms."


I inked over the stencil using Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Oxide ink and a blending brush. Then, I shaded the flowers with watercolor markers, and added some clear Nuvo Drops for the berries, and Stickles on the bases. Added some Wink of Stella pen to the blooms as an afterthought, and so glad I did. The shimmering flowers are gorgeous, and will hopefully convey warm thoughts, and bring a smile!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Watercolor Succulent Throwdown

Some beautiful pastels chosen by Amy for this week's Color Throwdown...purple, light green, teal, and ivory.


I watercolored a BotaniCuts Succulent die cut from The Greetery for my card...


I stenciled some leaves with texture paste using The Greetery's Mason Jar Fillers Stencil set. Added some little die cut leaves from the Budding Beauties Autumn stamp set. The sentiment is from the Cozy Cup stamp set.


Some little ivory pearls for a finishing touch. The BotaniCuts Succulent die is so much fun to play with 😊!


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Bunny Monday

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, in honor of their Stamptember celebration, the theme was "Stamp It!" I chose the Stamptember set that Lawn Fawn created for Simon Says Stamp called "Snow Bunnies." It's soo cute!


I made a background by brushing Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch. Splattered with water and made some windy swirls with a small wet paintbrush.


Colored the bunnies with Zig Clear Color Markers and a waterbrush. Added lots of little details with Nuvo Drops, Glossy Accents, and the Sakura Stardust and Glaze pens.



A snowy center cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die, a white heat embossed sentiment from the set, and a teeny tiny glittering star to finish!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Awesome Wednesday

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, the theme was "Bling it on." I paired the new "Floral Diamond" set from The Stamp Market with some Nuvo "Moonstone" Glimmer Paste for sparkle.


The background was made by heat embossing The Stamp Market's "Fine Lines" background with black powder. The flowers were watercolored with a Paul Rubens pan palette.


It was my first time using it, and it's hard to watercolor like a real artist 😅! So sparkling over the top with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste helped detract from my poor shading abilities! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Harvest Home Throwdown

It's feeling a bit like fall here, so this week's Color Throwdown colors of navy, coral, mustard, and cream were perfect for a fun harvest card!


I am absolutely in love with everything Betsy Veldman has designed for her new company The Greetery and her fall release was no exception! I coupled Bountiful Wreath with Harvest Home to make a circular card.



I stamped and die cut the wreath, then cut a negative space out of some woodgrain paper from Crate Paper, and circles using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities. Then I placed the wreath inside the negative space, tucking images from Harvest Home inside. I made a little 3 1/2 square card to attach to the back of the circle like a "kickstand!"



The sentiment is from Bountiful Wreath. Added some Glossy Accents to the coral berries, and some Mustard Nuvo Drops to the wheat. Also adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge with the week's theme "Stamp It" since all of my images were stamped!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Coffee's Calling Sketch

A card for my last day of summer before the return to school 😢. I combined the 400th Freshly Made Sketches celebration sketch with the Color Throwdown colors of pink, green, orange and yellow with some new products from The Greetery!




I used the Cozy Cup set and leaves from Fall Sketches...


Added the new Knit Wits Stencil in the background with white texture paste, and patterned paper from Simple Stories. The cup is resting on the Cozy Cup Coaster die cut.


Some leaves from Fall Sketches and the sweet spoon, sprig, and sentiment from Cozy Cup, with some Copper Nuvo Drop berries.



Off to bring my girls to a friend's house leaving a free window of time for a Pumpkin Spice latte for meee!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Terrarium Sketch

They are celebrating 400 Sketches this month at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week, a look back at Sketch 300...


I chose The Greetery's Terrarium Small die and BotaniCuts Succulents dies for my sketch card...


 I brushed Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in shades of blue-green (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon)  over a Hero Arts stencil, going darker over where the rectangular portion of the sketch would be.


Shaded the small succulent from the set with a waterbrush and Zig Clear Color markers. Added some Nuvo Glitter Paste in Moonglow to the tips. Stamped a sentiment from The Greetery's Simple Things set and die cut the main portion.


The fun hanger is cut with The Greetery's BotaniCuts Bamboo die, and also shaded with the Zig markers and waterbrush.


Congratulations to Freshly Made Sketches on their 400 amazing sketches! Here's to 400 more, as they are so much fun to create with each week! ❤

Friday, August 23, 2019

Succulent Throwdown



As soon as I saw the Color Throwdown colors of purple, blue, turquoise, and yellow...succulents came to mind! I used The Greetery's BotaniCuts Succulents dies and Simple Things stamp set for my card.


Sponged Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks on the large succulent using Milled Lavender, Scattered Straw, and Seedless Preserves, then Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, and Salty Ocean on the small one.


Brushed some Scattered Straw in a circle, then stamped stems from Simple things in Salty Ocean and Scattered Straw for the background. Added the sentiment and a few tiny aqua colored Nuvo Drop accents. The border was cut with the Crimped Frames die, also from The Greetery. These succulents are so realistic and detailed, but easy and FUN to make ❤!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Color Throwdown Guest Star Stamper

I am thrilled to be this week's Guest Star Stamper at the Color Throwdown! The inspiration piece is so beautiful, and features lovely pastels...green, yellow, pink, and lavender!


I chose The Stamp Market's "Petite Painted Posies" stamps and dies, and Ink to Paper's "Tag Creations: Joyful Jar" die for my card...



Stamped "Barnwood" from Stampin' Up and cut a frame from the center. Stamped a smaller floral cluster from "Petite Painted Posies" and heat embossed with white powder.


Added a sentiment from Ink to Paper's "Tag Creations: Lemon" stamp set to the inside of the jar, and made it into a shaker. Cut the outside of the frame with The Greetery's "Crimped Frame" die.


Lately, a card isn't complete unless I add a smattering of Nuvo Drops! This time I added some white ones 😊.

Thanks SO much to the lovely ladies at The Color Throwdown for having me guest with them.  And for their 555 (!)  blog posts bursting with colorful inspiration! 💕

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge: Kindness

At the Fusion Card Challenge is this colorful inspiration with a lovely quote...


I used Papertrey Ink's "Kindness Counts" sentiment set along with "Papillon" from The Stamp Market...


I made a panel by brushing Distress Oxide Inks then tracing circles onto it with a brush and water. When dry, I stamped the butterfly from Papillon onto the inked panel with Versamark, heat embossed with clear powder, then die cut them. Also cut some mini hearts from the same panel, and did a bigger one for the sentiment area, topped with Glossy Accents.


 Then I stamped the sentiment along the side, masked it off with purple tape, and sponged a little ink over the top. Some Nuvo Drops and sequins were the finishing touches!


No Line Vine

Tried my hand at some more no line coloring with new products from The Greetery. Used Summer Sketches, Just Mason Around, the Crimped Frame die, and Simple Things!


This card's pieces were created over several different days...maybe weeks! I used Zig Clean Color Markers and a waterbrush...sometimes Inkon3 Fade Out ink, other times Gina K light Amalgam ink in Skeleton Leaves. The Fade Out ink gives the best no line look (the main vine) but is hard to see sometimes, which made this rookie painter frustrated. This card had several elements end up in the trash a few times.


The jar was stamped in Fresh Ink Mint, and AMuse Studio Bermuda and Mermaid inks,  and looked perfectly glassy.😊

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Citrus Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown were lovely summery citrus colors!


 I chose to use The Stamp Market's Citrus Edge diesVine, Skinny Upper Alpha dies, Dear Friend dies, and Plaid Stencil, and The Greetery's Crimped Frame  for my card...


I stenciled the background by brushing Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry. 


Die cut the letters and dipped them in Versamark, then heat embossed with white powder for a little shine and pizzazz! The flowers were cut from different types of vellum, and then the centers are cut from layers of the pretty tissue that Betsy Veldman wraps The Greetery purchases in 💗!