Thursday, January 19, 2017

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8

Hello friends.  Darnell is back at it again, helping us poor stampers make a dent in our mountains of NBUS!  What would we do without our Darnell?!!  I think she knows all of us too well!  For this challenge (#8), Darnell is encouraging us to not only use NBUS, but also to try the technique of using colored pencils on kraft cs.  Never done it, but was more than willing to give it a try, and this is what I came up with:

I actually used 2 different NBUS items for this card.  The stamp set is PTI's What The Doodle: Piece of Cake, and while it isn't that old (a month or two?), I hadn't had a chance to use it yet, and thought it might work well with the coloring.  I embossed the piece of cake in white, and then masked it so I could also emboss the plate.  The candle and fork I also embossed in white, and then die cut.  I don't know what it is about that fork, but I love it!  :0)  The other item I used for the 1st time is MFT's Die-namics Blueprints #1.  I think I've had this die set for well over a year now...loved the large scalloped rectangle and thought I would use it a LOT...NOT!!  After having used it on this card though, I have to admit that I love the way all three layers fit together so well!  A few sequins and some bakers twine finished off this card.

Make sure you check out Darnell's blog for all the details, and then make a dent in that NBUS pile!  You can find all the info to play along right HERE.  Darnell is also giving away some awesome prizes for 5 lucky winners, so a little incentive to play along!   And Darnell, you don't need to put my entry into the drawing, as I was lucky enough to win one of your past challenges (a gift certificate to The Twinery!).

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Make It Monday #272 - Masked Heart Wreaths

Hello friends.  Super fun technique for this weeks Make It Monday challenge by Melissa Phillips!  I always get excited when I see her name come up because I know it's going to be something flowery and beautiful, and it definitely was!  I used the same Limitless Layers: Stitched Hearts die to create my mask, and also the same Inspired: Love die for my center, but then went my own way and came up with this:

I used the Basic Bookmark #3 die to stamp my masked heart on, and used flowers, leaves, hearts, and dots from the following sets:  Birds & Blooms, Choose Joy, & Polka Dot Basics.  My sentiment is from the Book Club stamp set.  I used a bit of Hawaiian Shores striped DSP and the Hearts Border Die in Pure Poppy for the side treatment of my card.  Not real happy with the color my seam binding ribbon came out...used my Hawaiian Shores re-inker to die it and it seems more on the green side than blue-green, but I like the way the rest of the card came out, so I'm not going to complain too much!  :0) 

You can check out Melissa's lovely cards and video, and all the beautiful cards in the gallery right HERE and then play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by...I love it when you do!!  :0)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Merry Monday #231 - Reindeer

Hello friends.  Colleen is our hostess this week at Merry Monday and she would like to see a Reindeer on your Christmas cards this week.

I have a brand new stamp from Stampingbella - Rudolph the Skating Reindeer - that I had to try out for this challenge!

Isn't he a cutie?!!  I colored him with my Copics and then die cut (Gina Marie Designs) and layered him with Real Red cs and DSP from Echo Park's I Love Winter paper pad.  And because he was so cute, I just had to stamp a 2nd one:

The DSP on this one is SU!'s Warmth & Cheer paper pad.

There are SO many wonderful Reindeer stamps out there!  Hope you'll go digging through your stash and then play along with us!  You can check out all the great inspiration from my teammates and then add your card right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)

Friday, January 13, 2017

CAS Watercolour Jan. 2017 - Snowflake

Hello friends.  Playing along with the ladies over at the CAS Watercolour Challenge today, where the focus is on Snowflakes.

Having lived in Michigan all my life, I've seen plenty of snowflakes!  I really do love the look of them, and I like the snow when it first falls and is very clean and white, however my love of it ends right about there!  Now making a card with snowflakes...totally different matter!  I hadn't used my Quilted: Winter set (PTI) in quite awhile, and I love the simple lines of the die cut snowflake...made a perfect overlay for my watercoloured background! 

I used Deep Blue and Sky Blue Peerless watercolours first, and when that dried, I added just a touch of Cobalt Blue and Purple Brusho's.  I added a little bit of water splattering, and I really like how it looked when I added the white die cut quilt block over it!  I also added a embossed layer using SU!'s Northern Flurry ef onto my card base, and then added the watercolour and die cut layer on top (with a few dimensionals).  My sentiment also came from the Quilted: Winter set.  Here's a closer up view of the watercolouring:

Lots of FABULOUS cards from the DT and in the gallery to inspire you, so if you love watercolouring and snowflakes, then come join the fun!  This challenge is open till the 24th, and you can find all the info you need to play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Make It Monday #271 - A La Carte

Hello friends.  For this weeks Make It Monday challenge, Papertrey Ink is inviting us to pick one of the challenges from this past year (2016) that we might not have had a chance to play in.  Up until right before Christmas, I had played in every challenge, but then ran out of time!  I would have loved to play in Ashley's picture challenge, but we just don't print pictures anymore...they are all on my phone or online.  Grrrr!  So anyway, I went back through all the challenges, and one that I really liked was from Dawn McVey, who showed us how to achieve more depth to our single stamps with sponging, and it's a technique I find myself using a LOT now!  You can check out Dawn's video HERE.  I was a little late to the party with the Christmas Critters set, but after seeing all the cute cards made with it, I just had to order it...and then of course ran out of time to use it before Christmas.  So I got to thinking...could I make it into a Valentine's card?  What do you think??

I used Dawn's sponging technique on the background circle with Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, & Raspberry Fizz inks, and also on the die cut LOVE from Wonderful Words: Love.  For the mouse's sweater and cup, I used the same technique with Hawaiian Shores & Tropical Teal inks.  Doesn't look anything like Christmas to me and I think it makes a fabulous Valentine's Day it!  :0)

As Darnell would say, I have a "twofer" for you today.  Another set that I just never got a chance to play with before Christmas was the Tiny Town: Gingerbread house.  Spent a few days working on it and just had FUN!  Take a look:

I even made a platform for it like my dear friend Birgit did for her Tiny Town buildings.  I wanted to have something to set the fences and tree's on, so the platform worked great!  I just cut a 6" square piece of cardstock and scored at 1/2" on all four easy to do and then I cut strips of DSP (1/2" X 5") for  all four sides to dress up the platform a bit.  I also used a Darice brick embossing folder for the outside of my house, but instead of actually embossing it, I inked up the inside of the folder and then pressed my two house pieces (one at a time) in it to give the inked look of bricks.  Betsy did such a fabulous job of adding all the little details to this set...the only thing I had to get from another set was the red bows for the fence (Catherine Pooler's Hip Holiday).  Like I said, it took me a few days to make it, working on it here and there, but it was so much fun and I love how it turned out.  I even put a little battery powered tea light in it, and it looks so warm and cozy when lit up!  :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and make sure you check out what everyone else is adding to the gallery for this weeks challenge right HERE.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CAS Mix Up - January 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with the January CAS Mix Up, where this month the challenge is to use something liquid.

I chose to work with Alcohol Inks as my liquid, and here's what I came up with:

I love pinks and reds together, and used Raspberry, Watermelon, & Red Pepper Alcohol inks on Yupo paper to create my liquid color piece.  I added a Fuchsia die cut (Memory Box) and left it white so it would pop against the colorful background.   I used a SSS Stacked Hearts die cut in white to keep my background CAS but yet still adding some dimension and interest.  For my sentiment I die cut the word Love from PTI's Inspired: Love set in black and then stamped the "you" in black at the bottom of the card. 

Lots of beautiful cards from the DT and in the gallery for inspiration in this months can check it all out HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Merry Monday #230 - Noel

Hello friends.  So happy to be your hostess this week at Merry Monday!  I have a little bit of a Scandinavian blood in me from my maternal grandfather, and have always LOVED the Christmas designs and patterns they use in their decorating and also the word "Noel"!  (My mom had ceramic letters that spelled out "Noel" that she put out at Christmas, and my little brother always used to rearrange them to spell "Leon"... it was fun to see how long it would take before my mom noticed!)  So all that being said, I would love to see you use the word "Noel" and/or decorate your card with a Scandinavian feel.


I kept my card very simple with a kraft and white color theme.  I used a new to me embossing folder by RG - Lumberjack Days Collection - Knitted Pattern for my background on a piece of kraft cardstock, and lightly sponged on some kraft ink to make it pop a bit more.  I used a little Winter scene from PTI's Winter Hills for my main image and also the word "Noel" from Catherine Pooler's Hip Holiday stamp set embossed in white.  I also added a few stitched die cut stars (Gina Marie Designs) and a few wooden stars from PTI.  A little bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter finished off my card!

The DT really made some awesome cards for inspiration this week, so check them out and play along with us...can't wait to see what you come up with!  All the info you need to play along can be found right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!