Thursday, March 30, 2017

Make It Monday #279 - Curved Sentiments

Hello friends.  Playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge, where Ashley shows us how to get more mileage out of our straight sentiments stamps by curving them on acrylic blocks.  I hadn't had a chance yet to play with the new Beautiful Berries: Spring yet, and ended up and made two cards.

I've gotten really hooked on using grays for leaves, and while I know it's not very realistic, I just really like the look!  I used some Raspberry Fizz for the berries and then lightly used my Aqua Painter to give a bit of a water colored look.  I used the Keep It Simple: Thinking Of You set and curved it on my acrylic block to match the curve of the oval die cut. 

For my second card I stamped the leaves and berries twice for a bit fuller look, and then used the sentiment from the Winter Woods set.  I added a few Rainstones and some hot pink thick bakers twine to finish off both cards.

Two very CAS cards and I really like how both turned out!  There's still time to play along, so check out Ashley's video and BEAUTIFUL card right HERE and then play along!

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Merry Monday #241 - Use Red, Green, & White

Hello friends.  We have a color challenge for you this week at Merry Monday, and our hostess Deanne would like to see you use Red, Green, & White on your Christmas cards!

Don't those cherries look so festive all decorated up?!  I love this inspiration photo!  I also love traditional Christmas colors, so this was a FUN challenge for me!!

One of my last Simon Says Stamp purchases had to be this Lined Trees die set that I've seen many out there in blogland using lately...I just love the simple lines of the trees!!  I decided to keep my card pretty CAS because of the tree dies, so didn't add a whole lot else to this card!  I used Gumball Green, Certainly Celery, and Real Red cardstock for the trees, the birds (PTI's In The Meadow), the star tag (PTI's Tiny Tags), and the bottom portion of the card that I also stamped using Penny Black's Footnotes stamp.  The scalloped border is die cut using a SSS Wavy Scallop Stitches die.  I finished with a few stars at the tops of the trees and some bakers twine.

What will you come up with using the red, green, & white color scheme??  We can't wait to see!  If you need more inspiration, check out the FABULOUS cards my teammates created right HERE and then play along with us!

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink March 2017 Blog Hop

Hello friends.  Playing along with Papertrey Ink's monthly Blog Hop and Nichole gave us a BEAUTIFUL piece of inspiration by Victoria Johnson.

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As much as I love this piece, I have to admit that I struggled to turn it into card form.  Probably because it reminds me of a summer dress I had when I was a young girl, so it reminds me of material.  Anyway, I LOVE the colors, so they were obviously the starting point for my cards!

My 1st card was also inspired by a card and technique Lizzie Jones showed HERE, where she showed how to use your stamps to build backgrounds.  I loved how she used the What The Doodle: Paisley stamp set, and had to try it out using the colors from the inspiration photo.  I used colored pencils to color in the images, and then added a curved bottom to the card by using the In The Meadow snow hill die along with some Blueberry Sky striped DSP.  I used Big Basics: Congratulations and silver mirror cardstock for my sentiment.  I also used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen quite liberally on this card, but of course it doesn't show...grrrrr!!

My 2nd card I'm not as thrilled with!  I still loved the colors and of course I had to play with my new Butterfly Hope stamp set, but that's where the love ended!  I think the dark background is too plain, but it's one of those cards I fiddled with for a whole day, and then finally said enough is enough!  I actually like the matching envelope better than I like the card!!

Once again, I used quite a bit of my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on all the butterflies, so IRL that does add some pizazz to this card and envelope!  It's not a throw away card, but just not one of my favorites!  I'm sure once I start hopping I'll be saying "Now why didn't I think of that?!!" and have all kinds of ideas on how I could have made different cards using the inspiration photo!  Oh well, I always enjoy my time in my stamp room, so it wasn't wasted time!!  :0)

You can stop by Nichole's site right HERE to check out what every one else did with the inspiration photo and even play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  And if you are looking for my Baby Girl Blog Hop for Lesley Croghan post, you can check all that fun out right HERE

It's A Girl Blog Hop for Lesley Croghan

Hello friends.  So thrilled to be a part of this special BLOG HOP celebrating Lesley Croghan (creator of the wonderful Merry Monday challenge!) and her new arrival coming in April...a baby girl!

  We are all so excited for Lesley (and her husband Cory), and wanted to do something a little special to celebrate along with her...and what better way for cardmakers to celebrate than with a blog hop?!!  So let's get started:

Had to use my all time favorite baby stamp to make this special card...LOTV's Baby with Blanket stamp!  I stamped with black and then colored her face, hands, and blanket with Copic markers and then paper pieced her sleeper and hat with MFT's DSP.  And of course I had to add a little pompom for the hat!!  The little tag is from PTI's Tiny Tags set. 

LOTS of talented ladies playing along in this hop (including all my team-mates from the Merry Monday blog!!),  so come celebrate Lesley and her new bundle of joy that arrives sometime in April with us right HERE.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Make It Monday #278 - Window Chipboard Sentiments

Hello friends.  This weeks Make It Monday challenge at PTI is newcomer Stephanie Gold's first one, and she does a FABULOUS job showing how to make a fun and very cool looking window in your cards using chipboard sentiments!

I made a fun and bright card using a set I hadn't used in a looooong time: Friendly Flowers.  (I've always LOVED the leaves in this set!!)

I used the Wonderful Words: Birthday die for my sentiment, and the only thing I wished I would have done differently was to have put it up higher on the card so that the card would open easier!  I noticed (after the fact of course!) that Stephanie had placed her sentiment higher toward the top of her card, and she probably did that for the reason that it opened better that way!  Oh well, live and learn!!

I guess I was thinking along the same lines as Nancy Penir as I made a matching envelope out of some of the fabulous DSP I bought when it all was on sale!  Plus the fact that I had been feeling a little guilty about not making matching envelopes for the past few years and then one of the 10th Anniversary challenges was all about making them...time to get back to some of the good old basics!!

Make sure you check out Stephanie's great video and BEAUTIFUL card, and then play along right really is a fun challenge this week!!

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Merry Monday #240 - Bells

Hello friends.  Colleen is hosting our challenge at Merry Monday this week, and she would like to see us use Bells on our Christmas cards.

Wish I had a stamp with bells just like these rustic ones in the photo...aren't they fun?!  I went with Jingle Bells as I had a new stamp set from Sunny Studio called Holiday Style that I wanted to play with.  Here's what I came up with:

I love how FUN this one came out!  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray inks for the bells and even added some sparkle to the light gray with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  I also added some little star shaped gems to the bells that make them sparkle even more IRL!  My little evergreen branch was inked up with Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks and then spritzed with water before actually stamping on my cardstock to give a bit of a watercolored look.  Before I added my fussy cut bells and bows, I embossed the background with a SU! Decorative Dots embossing folder.  The sentiment was also from the Holiday Style stamp set. 

How is YOUR Christmas card stash looking right now?  Play along with us every week and we'll help you be in great shape for card giving in December!  Start by digging out those bell stamps and play along with us right HERE

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CAS Watercolour March Challenge

Hello friends.  Playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge again for March, where the theme is Spring.

Had bought a couple of the new Penny Black stamps, and finally had a chance to ink up one of them.  Peony is a great one to use with your MISTI and applying ink directly to your stamp with markers, and then spritzing with water to get your watercoloured look.

I used a combination of SU! markers and Tombow markers along with my Aqua Painter and spray bottle, and just kept layering up the color on the stamp a little at a time, and then either moving the color around with the Aqua Painter (for some of the smaller areas) or using my spray bottle to directly mist the color on the stamp.  I used Salty Ocean distress ink for my blended background and then finished with a sentiment from PTI's Delightful Dahlia Additions and a few Rainstones.

You have till the 24th to play along with this challenge, and you can find lots of beautiful inspiration from the DT and players in the gallery right HERE.

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