Monday, April 20, 2020

Coffee Klatch

This week at the Inspired By Challenge the theme is “Cute Critters” with this adorable inspiration photo...

I chose Waffle Flower’s “Coffee & Books” stamps and dies for my card...

Cute Critters galore at this coffee klatch hosted by Big Bear! I colored the images with Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush.

A big wooden desk made with the Woodgrain impression plate from A Muse Studio and Distress Oxide inks. Bits of red gingham added with a vintage backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms, and Glossy Accents on Big Bear’s glasses.

Oh how books and coffee (and stamping) are bringing me smiles these days!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Garden of Verses

It’s a great time to spend time reading...and visiting The Library Challenge! This week’s inspiration comes from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevens, illustrated by Eve Garnett.

Since it’s snowing here again, I tried to show you what our springs look like here in Western NY...a mix of mittens, coats, and flowers...

I chose the adorable “Acorn Girl” by Anna Wight for Whipper Snapper Designs and colored her with Zig and Tombow markers and a wet paintbrush. The background is made with “Lush Vines” by PinkFresh Studio, and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s “Blooming Button Bits.” The mini flowers and leaves were made with Memory Box dies.

Wishing you sunshine without snow in your neck of the woods! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 17, 2020

A Very Special Blog Hop

Our little blog family at The 12 Kits of Occasions has experienced the incredibly difficult loss of one of the first members, and we are honoring her memory today.

Sharron Gregory of “On Papillon Wings” passed away on March 30, and our hearts are broken for her husband, family, and friends.

I “met” Sharron through visits to her blog on Papertrey Ink and Waltzingmouse Stamps blog hops way back toward their beginnings. She always made such beautiful creations and left the kindest comments on my own cards, as well. We were together on The 12 Kits of Occasions when I was a member several years ago, and when I returned this year. She was such a warm and generous presence on our team, offering kindness, prayers, and inspiration to us all whenever it was needed.

We are making friendship cards today to honor Sharron, and I chose butterflies from Papertrey Ink’s “Love Lives Here.” Sharron loved them and her sweet Papillon dogs, too!

I added details along the edges by using Penny Black’s (maker of her favorite hedgehog stamps!) “Leaf Stitched Frames” dies, and PTI’s “Stitch in Time Borders” stamps and dies.

This sentiment from PTI’s “Kindness Counts” reminded me perfectly of Sharron.

I will think of Sharron this spring when I see the butterflies. I feel blessed to have met her in this papercrafting world that brings people together in the most unique ways. I’ll think of her during this time when so many in the world are hurting, and will be inspired by her kind heart...and hopefully find ways to bring a smile to others’ faces in her honor. ❤️

Friday, April 10, 2020

Fresh Sketch Throwdown

This week I combined Jacquie’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and Lynn’s colors at Color Throwdown for a cheerful floral card!

I used WPlus9 Studio’s “Fresh Cut Florals” and a sentiment from the new “Florals and Laurels.”

I made the plaid by shading and masking the diamond pattern on The Stamp Market’s “Pierced Plaid Cover Die” with Distress Oxide Inks in Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw. So much fun!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Bouquet Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown there are some lovely spring colors to play around, green, kraft, and gray!

I chose The Stamp Market’s adorable and fun “Oh So Lovely” set for my card...

I masked a rectangle in the center and added kraft and pink inks with a blending brush, then added all of the stamped and die cut pieces.

Added some pink nail polish, too! 😀 Thank so much for stopping by!