Thursday, September 21, 2017

Make It Monday #297 - Mixing Florals

Hello friends.  Color me happy!!  Dawn McVey is up with this weeks Make It Monday challenge and wants us to try mixing our floral stamp sets together!  Right up my alley as I LOVE flowers and mixing the stamp sets together was so much FUN!!

I chose to work with Sunflower Harvest, Beautiful Berries: Autumn, Leave It Be, & Stylized Autumn.  I started with a piece of Ripe Avocado DSP on the bottom third of my card, and a small strip of Cocoa Bean above that, and then stamped my sentiment above that from Keep It Simple: Thinking Of You in Cocoa Bean ink.  After that it was just a matter of arranging my florals and leaves until I achieved the balance I wanted and then finished up with a few iridescent sequins.  Don't you just LOVE the colors of Autumn?!  Already starting to change here in West if we could just get the temperatures to go down a little!  (I don't think 90's and air conditioning is Fall weather!)

Check out Dawn's beautiful card and video right HERE and then play along.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

For The Love Of Leaves - A New Design

Hello friends.  I have a 5 year blog-aversary coming up on September 30th, and one of my dear friends Loll Thompson asked me if I'd be interested in a blog re-design in celebration of 5 years of blogging.  Those of you  who have followed me for any length of time know that while I love making cards, computers and anything technology related are just not my thing!  Because there are only so many choices that blogger offers for blog design, I have been limited to what they had, so the offer of a new design that is totally what I want was FABULOUS news!!  I have always loved LEAVES and have many, many leaf designs in my home, so I mentioned that to Loll and the fact that I love earth tones, and she did all the rest and I couldn't be more pleased!  Thank you, thank you really are the best!!

To celebrate my new design, I made three new cards featuring...yep, you guessed it...leaves!!

For this card I dry embossed a couple Gina Marie Designs leaf dies with a rubber mat, so that I would get the impression of the leaf, but not have it cut.  I also lightly tapped my Versamark pad over the top of the leaf dies before dry embossing them, and then used copper embossing powder that only picked up on the outline details.  Next I masked off the edges of my cardstock and then did some acetate smooshing with Fired Brick, Orange Marmalade, & Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  My sentiment is from PTI's Keep It Simple: Thank You.

I had hoped to capture the shine of the copper embossing in this close up, but no such luck!  I do however love the way the colors of my smooshing came out!!

This next card shows off much better in person!  I double embossed the leaf die cut (Gina Marie Designs) in copper and the double embossing really gives it a solid and lovely look!  Behind the open side of the leaf I blended the same colors as the first card, but in DOX inks...a much deeper and solid color!  I also did some water splattering and then sprayed the colored piece quite liberally with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle real life this whole card just shines and sparkles!!

For my last card I wanted to do something that reflected my new design, so I gathered a couple leaf sets (PTI's Leaf Prints and Leave It Be) and had fun playing around with colors and the different leaves.  After fussy cutting them all out, I die cut a dotted frame from PTI's Mix & Mat: Flourish and then arranged my leaves along the bottom and up the left side.  My sentiment is from the same PTI set (Keep It Simple: Thank You) that I used on my 1st and 2nd cards.  My card base is a piece of Soft Suede cs.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tribute to LEAVES and again, a BIG THANK YOU to Loll for all the work you did (even though you said it was fun and NOT work!!).  I am totally in LOVE with my new blog and just can't believe I am lucky enough to have a blog this cool looking!

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Merry Monday #257 - Use A Tag On Your Christmas Card

Hello friends.  Susan is hosting our challenge this week at Merry Monday and she would like you to use a TAG, TEXTURE, BLING, & DIE CUTS on your Christmas cards.

Sometimes I get so excited to start a card and challenge that I forget to read all the fine print, so that is why I highlighted all the different things to include on your card, in case you're like me!  Yep, my card didn't quite start out like I first started it, but that's ok because I really like how it turned out after all the revisions!  Here's what I came up with:

For my TAG, I used PTI's Basic Bookmark #3 die and am also using this for my DIE CUT too.  I embossed my image and sentiment (PTI's Botanical Blocks IV) in gold (that's BLING right?!!) and then colored in my image with Copics.  I am also using my gold embossing as TEXTURE.  For my background I used a beautiful piece of DSP from Penny Black's Festive & Frosty paper pad on one side and stamped some flourishes from a retired SU! set called Priceless.  I added a strip of gold glitter paper (more BLING) between the DSP and flourishes, and then added my tag on top.  I also added some gems and a gold ribbon for a little more BLING, and also a little sparkle with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the pink berries and flourishes.  So I actually think I did quite well on the BLING component of this challenge!!  :0)

We can't wait to see what YOU come up with for this week's challenge, so dig out all those TAGS, DIE CUTS, BLING and TEXTURE and play along with us!  Check out all the fabulous cards from the rest of the DT, and then play along right HERE.

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


Friday, September 15, 2017

CAS Watercolour September 2017 - Silhouette

Hello friends.  This months challenge over at CAS Watercolour is all about using a SILHOUETTE on your card.

I took a class a few weeks back at my local stamp store and learned a new way of "smooshing" that I have totally fallen in love with!  Usually when you "smoosh", you put your ink down on a craft mat, spritz it with water, and then "smoosh" your cardstock down into it and more or less end up with a surprise when you turn it over.  The way I learned at class gives you a little more control on where your color goes, which is great for control freaks like me!

I started by masking off the edges of my water color cardstock and then started from the top down adding color one section at a time.  You take a smaller piece of acetate and smoosh your ink onto it (my first color was Stormy Sky Distress Ink), spritz with water, and then carefully turn it upside down and "smoosh" it onto your cardstock.  Because the acetate is clear, you can see where you are adding the color!  Used my heat tool to dry my top section and then added Scattered Straw Distress Ink to my acetate, spritzed, and "smooshed" the middle layer.  I repeated the process with Tea Dye Distress Ink for the bottom layer, and when dry, removed my masking around the edges and then stamped my image.  I used an older Penny Black stamp from 2006 (wood mounted of course!) called Asters for my silhouette with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then added some foam to the back before mounting to a white card base.   I embossed my sentiment (PTI's Keep It Simple: Sympathy) in black on some vellum so you could still see the watercolours and the silhouette.  This "smooshing" technique is a lot of fun and very addictive, so for all you control people out there, I urge you to give this technique a try!

For this card I watercoloured ("smooshed"), stamped, & embossed.

There are SO many BEAUTIFUL cards from the DT and in the gallery to inspire you this month, and the challenge is open till the 24th, so check it out and play along right HERE.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Create Along With Us - September 2017

Hello friends.  It's release week over at Papertrey Ink and that means it's the Create Along With Us challenge where we get to choose something we're inspired by from one of the DT and CASE their work.  September is hard for me because it's ALL Christmas, and I love EVERYTHING Christmas, and that makes it very hard to choose just one thing!!  But anyway, our daughter's are grown now and so gift cards seem to be the norm now...hence I love the new gift card die and ALL the examples the DT has been showing with it!  I finally narrowed it down to Melissa's beautiful and vintage card holder:


Is that not just the sweetest card holder?!!  Love the sentiment and the kraft cardstock, the music DSP, the clothespin and tag, and of course the twine!!  Here's what I came up with since I didn't have the exact supplies as Melissa:

I used an older PTI die Gift Card Greetings Die to cut my holder from kraft cardstock and then used some very thin tear n tape on the long sides to close it up so it was more like an envelope with a flap.  I did stencil it with a dot stencil in Scarlet Jewel before taping the sides, and then distressed the edges with some Cocoa Bean ink.  I used the Tiny Tags die and stamp set to cut out my tag and stamp the sentiment, and also added a little sprig of Holly from the Tag-Its #9 set in Spring Moss ink.  And of course I tied it up with twine and added the clothespin along with the tag to finish it up like Melissa's.  I have to tell you the flap on this is hard to fit in the rounded slot, so the new die will work a lot easier and is definitely going in my cart tomorrow night!  Here's a closer up view:

Still lots of time to play along with this challenge, so check out all the amazing work by the DT and then play along right HERE.

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #63

Hello friends.  Today I am playing along with the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge where this beautiful photo is our inspiration.

Don't you just LOVE those colors together and the soft background?!  These colors make me think Spring, but I'm in the mood for Fall, and just by using a much loved and older set from PTI, I think I achieved the Fall look.

I used Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, & Crumb Cake inks along with Mum's The Word stamp set for my flowers on a piece of Rustic White cardstock, and also used the "Donna" technique, where I repeatedly stamped each flower moving the stamp just aa tine bit each time.  Here's a closer up view:

The "Donna" technique according to my SU! demonstrator was coined by Donna when she accidentally dropped her inked up stamp and tried to fix it by repeatedly stamping over the dropped image.  It gives the stamped image a very subtle shading and really is fun to do!  I also used an older SU! background stamp (En Francais) for the script on the side, and then stamped my sentiment from the Mum's The Word set on a Rustic White piece of cardstock and pop dotted it.  A small twine bow on the sentiment banner finished off my card.

There's still lots of time to play along with this challenge and some GORGEOUS inspiration from the DT, so check it out and play along right HERE.

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Merry Monday #256 - Favorite Holiday Movie

Hello friends.  Nina is our hostess with this week's challenge at Merry Monday, and she would like you to make a Christmas card based on your favorite Christmas movie.  I love everything Christmas, and that includes Christmas movies too!  So let's see...Home Alone (Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!), Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and the list goes on and on!  But when it comes right down to it, there's just something about the movie Elf that makes me laugh and smile the whole way through!

I used one of Buddy the elf's favorite sayings and computer generated it and added a elf image from MFT's Santa's Elves and came up with this:

I colored my elf with Copics in colors to match Buddy's elf outfit and then pop dotted him against some green checked DSP ( was a scrap and I don't remember the manufacturer) and added a banner that I die cut with a Gina Marie Design die.  A couple enamel dots finished off my simple card.

We can't wait to see what Christmas movies inspire your cards this week, so check out all the inspiration from the DT and Guest Designers, and then play along with us right HERE.

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