Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Make It Monday #262 - Pumpkin Stamps 3 Ways

Hello friends.  Ashley is up this week for the Make It Monday challenge, and she is showing 3 different ways to use pumpkin stamps...traditional, unique, & trendy.  I thought I was going for trendy, but the more I look at it, I think I went more traditional.  What do you think??

I chose my colors (Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, & Lemon Tart) by looking at the color chart on the package of PTI's Perfect Match Color Collection, thinking they looked nice and bright and trendy??  Maybe not, but it is what it is and I like it!  :0)  I used both of Kay Miller's new sets, Spooky Smiles (pumpkins, single leaves & curly cue's) and Stylized Autumn (leaf swag and flowers).  The sentiment is also from Stylized Autumn.  Some splattering, twine, and a few sequins finished up my card.

Finally got a chance to make my Tiny Town: Spookville Manor that I didn't have time to get made for last month (HERE) and thought you might like to see!

I know it looks a little top heavy on the Mason jar, but I still love how it turned out!  Betsy has such a knack for adding all the perfect little additions to add onto these houses, and believe me, I added them all!!  Fun, fun project, and so glad I took the time to make one!  :0)

Make sure you take time to stop over at NICHOLE HEADY'S site and check out Ashley's video and lovely cards, and then play along.  :0)

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Merry Monday #215 - Dark & Light Pink w/ Gray or Silver

Hello friends.  This week at Merry Monday, the fabulous Kristie is back as a Guest Designer, and she is asking us to do a color challenge and use dark & light pinks, and gray or silver on our Christmas cards. 

Isn't that just the cutest graphic?!!  I decided to make a shaker card and used an older SU! set called We Woosh You.  Take a look:

I stamped the snowman with Versamark and then heat embossed with silver.  Next I masked off the snowman and stamped the trees a few times also in Versamark, and once again heat embossed in silver.  I used black Stazon ink to stamp my sentiment on the clear acetate I used for my window piece and then attached that to a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped and Stitched Border die cut.  I also used the same die to cut out a piece of fun foam to give me the depth I needed for the Pretty Pink Posh sequins to move around freely.  Here's a closer up view for you:

So now it's your turn and we can't wait to see what you come up with using this color combo!  Stop on over to the MERRY MONDAY site for more inspiration and all the info you need to play along! 

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

September 2016 Challenge with Birgit & Patti

Hello friends.  It's that time of the month where BIRGIT, PATTI and I challenge ourselves to think outside the box!  Well, it was definitely a challenge for me this month!  And that's good, because sometimes (OK, a LOT of the time!!) I tend to get too comfortable using the same stamp sets and layouts over and over again!!  Patti picked the challenge this month, and wanted us to use ANY of the Inspired sets, the Forget Me Not set, and the Winter or Spring Woods sets.  It took me a little time to get into this challenge, but once I did, I had no problem coming up with 5 cards for this challenge.  My first 4 cards follow the seasons, and my last card was just because I wanted to make another card!  :0)

So let's start with Spring:

I started with the Spring Woods Cover Plate die cut (Thank you Nancy sent me a few of these a loooooong time ago and I finally used one!!) that I placed over a white card base.  My little floral clusters from the Forget Me Not set were stamped in Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Bright Buttercup, and New Leaf inks.  I used the same blues on the bird from the Spring Woods set and for the stacked die cut "Praise" from the Inspired: Praise set.  The rest of the sentiment was embossed with white on black cardstock.

A very simple card for Summer comes next:

I called this one Summer simply because I love purple flowers in the Summer.  I used Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise, and Simply Chartreuse inks for the flowers.  I die cut a circle using a Lil Inkers stitched circle die and added my sentiment to that using the Inspired: Grace set.  A little strip of striped DSP, some sequins, and bakers twine finished off this simple card.

Fall comes next:

This card may be little (3 3/4" X 3 3/4"), but I love how it turned out!  I used some more Gina Marie Design dies for the rounded and stitched squares and also for the twig wreath.  My flowers and bird were stamped in Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse, & black inks.  I used the Inspired: Blessed set and Canyon Clay cardstock to cut the "Blessed" multiple times, and then finished off with a few Rainstones and some twine.

And finally Winter:

Of course I had to use the Cardinal for Winter!  I started with watercolor cardstock for this card and used my Aqua Painter on the pine branches I stamped in Simply Chartreuse.  Because I didn't want to take away from the Cardinal or the watercolored branches, and still wanted to use the flowers from Forget Me Not, I used just the very centers from the flowers in Scarlet Jewel ink and then used my Aqua Painter on those too.  I'm hoping they look a little bit like Winter berries!  My sentiment on this one uses the Inspired: Grace set again.  A few clear sequins and some matting finished up this card.

And last, but not least, a card that uses a few of my favorite PTI colors:

I absolutely LOVE Autumn Rose and Scarlet Jewel inks together, and I hadn't used my Inspired: Prayer set yet, so those were the inspirations for this last card.  I love using the ombre coloring on these stacked die cut sentiments too...I think it makes for such a pretty focal point!  Most of these cards will be going to my dear friend Nora (who I mentioned before in this post) who is battling with ALS...prayers and cards for this sweet lady would definitely be appreciated!!).

Like I said in the beginning of my post, I was a little leery of trying to use all these stamp sets together, but in the end, I had a blast and think my cards came out pretty good!  Hope you enjoyed them too, and PLEASE make sure you stop by BIRGIT and PATTI'S blogs too as I know they will both inspire you also to get these fabulous Papertrey Ink sets out and play.  Comments are ALWAYS appreciated, and thanks so much for sticking it out through this loooooong post!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink September 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

Hello friends.  It's that happy time of the month again, where Papertrey Ink has their monthly blog hop challenge.  This months inspiration photo is fabulous!!

Blog Hop

And here's what I came up with:

I used the colors, greenery, pinecones, clothespin, and twine from the inspiration photo to get started and the rest just all came together...don't you just love it when a card comes together like that?!!  The "grateful" die cuts in the background are from the Counting My Blessings die set, and I sponged them with some Soft Suede ink before gluing them down to my kraft layer.  The black in the photo reminded me of chalkboard for some reason, so I cut out a bookmark tag (Basic Bookmark #3) in black, cut it down, and stamped with white pigment ink using the Alphabet Soup stamp.  I cut the bookmark tag again with white to add to the top of the black bookmark tag (like Dawn McVey did on one of her cards this last release...LOVED that look!!) and stamped my sentiment from Meadow Greens.  And of course I HAD to use my new Holiday Greens stamp and die set for my ferns and pinecones.  And my new Olive Twist ink and cardstock too.  Here's a little bit closer up view:

The fern on the Olive Twist cardstock was stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a nice little shine, and then I finished with a bit of twine and a clothespin.

This was such a fun challenge to play with and I'm feeling a lot like Heather Nichols today!  Hope you all had fun playing and hopping along I need to go see what everyone else came up with!!  All the info you need to play along can be found right HERE.

Hope you'll all come back again tomorrow to see what BIRGIT,  PATTI and I have come up with for our monthly challenge using the following PTI sets:  Winter/Spring Woods, the Inspired sets, and the Forget Me Not set.  Hopefully between the 3 of us, we'll inspire you to get these sets out and see what you can come up with!  :0)

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

Friday, September 23, 2016

Double D Challenge - Trees, Trees, Trees

Hello friends.  The Double D Challenge right now is to use trees on your card, and how perfect that I had just made a couple cards using a PB stamp called Woodland Wonder

I started both cards by inking up the stamp with Memento Black ink and also using my MISTI, so that I could stamp multiple times to make sure I had a nice crisp image.  Next I simply blended in a few different distress inks for each one...Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky for my Winter scene, and Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Fired Brick, & Spiced Marmalade for my Summer scene.  On the Winter scene one, I splattered some water and white pigment ink to give the look of a snowy day.  Both were then sprayed with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz (which you can't see in my photos...sorry!) and then layered with black and mounted to a white card base.  I didn't add sentiments yet because I'm not sure what I will use them for yet. 

Here is the picture board provided for inspiration:

Aren't these just beautiful photo's?!!  You have until midnight, October 2nd to play along with this challenge, so what are you waiting for?  It's the perfect season to get out those tree stamps and dies and play along!  Lots more inspiration over at the DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG, so check it out and play!!  :0)

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Make It Monday #261 - Using Florals on a Masculine Project

Hello friends.  Betsy is showing us on this weeks Make It Monday challenge how to use our floral stamps to make a masculine card.  Betsy's card is absolutely gorgeous (can you say that about a guy card??) and I would have loved to CASE it completely, but tried to come up with one on my own, and I actually kind of like it!  Take a look:

I had been playing with the marbling technique with shaving cream again (and took Colleen's advice and did it by the kitchen sink this time...much easier to clean up!!), so used a piece of that as my starting point on the side of the card. (re-inker colors used: Canyon Clay, Classic Kraft, & Spring Rain)  I have always thought the Sun from the What the Doodle: Sun stamp set looked like a Sunflower, so I die cut one from Canyon Clay and Summer Sunrise cardstock to use as my floral for this card.  I added a few die cut leaves from the Floral Sketches stamp set inked in Spring Rain and edged with Classic Kraft.  Before gluing anything down I used one of the ferns from Meadow Greens inked with Classic Kraft and spritzed with water on my card base.  The berries die cut is stamped with America ink and is from the Spruce & Sprigs set, and my sentiment is from Keep it Simple: Birthday.  A simple blue button tied with some twine finished off my masculine card.

Although I was quite intimidated at first with this challenge, I'm glad I played along as it was really fun to see what I could do to transform some of my more "girlie" stamps!  Betsy's video is great and has lots of wonderful tips on how to do this too!  So take the plunge and play can find Betsy's fabulous card, video, and all the info you  need to play along right HERE.

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


Monday, September 19, 2016

Merry Monday #214 - WARM Winter Wishes

Hello friends.  Kathy is our hostess this week at Merry Monday, and she is asking you to create a card with something WARM on it. 

Here's what I came up with from the inspiration photo:

Don't know why, but the package on the inspiration photo reminded me of a sled, so that was my starting point for my card.  I used SU!'s Winter Wishes and the Woodland ef to create my card, along with a little Tumbled Glass distress ink (background), and Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, & Old Olive inks to stamp the sled, branches, and sponging around the Birch tree's.  I also added a bit of twine to my sled to give it a bit more of a realistic look and my sentiment was heat embossed in white...and how perfect that it says Warm Wishes!  :0)

Only 14 more weeks till Christmas, so come and play along with us at MERRY MONDAY's and we'll help you beat the mad rush to get those cards done!  So think WARM this week and play along with us!  You can see some absolutely beautiful inspiration to get you started and check out how to play along all right HERE.

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