Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink August 2016 Blog Hop

Hello friends.  It's the 25th and that means it's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop!  I loved the colors in this months inspiration photo, and used those for my starting point.

August Blog Hop

I love the softer peach color along with the more earth tones, and decided to start my card with the water color "smooshing" technique.  It came out as a perfect base for the rest of my card...take a look:

The little bit of dark blue you see in the photo I used for my sentiment from Dawn's New Every Morning that sentiment!!  After stamping the sentiment in Enchanted Evening, I added one of the frames from the Pretty Frame Cover Plate and then added the leaves and flowers from Kay's new Stylized Autumn set.  I inked them up with Melon Berry and Kraft inks and then used my Aqua Painter over them to give them a bit of a water colored look to match the background.  I also used some Canyon Clay ink to add splatters to the background and the leaves.  I've been on a real sequin kick lately and thought about adding them to this card too, but then decided it really was finished just the way it is!

Can't wait to see how everyone else interpreted the inspiration photo this month...always fun to see how differently (and sometimes the same!) we see things!  You can check it all out right HERE.

**Special Note**  If you are a fan of the Tiny Town series, I would like to invite you back here on Monday, August 29 to see what Birgit and Patti and I have done with them for our monthly challenge.  LOTS of great inspiration, so remember to come back and check us out!  :0)

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Make It Monday #258 - Cover Plate Tags

Hello friends.  The challenge this week at Make It Monday is a fun one where Laurie shows us how to use our cover plate dies along with our tag dies to create a fun design.  I used PTI's Butterfly Cover Plate and the Tag Sale #10 die to create a colorful tag.  I blended a piece of card stock with Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade distress inks, and then cut with the butterfly cover plate.  Had to take a picture first before I cut it into a tag because it was so pretty:

This would have made a nice card just like it was!  But I did cut it with my tag die and glued it to a black tag and came up with this:

I really love how this came out!  Kind of reminds me of the Lisa Frank designs my girls all enjoyed when they were young.  (Yes I know, I'm dating myself!!)  I finished it with a simple embossed sentiment in white from the Tiny Tags stamp set and used some baker's twine at the top.

Make sure you check out Laurie's great video and cute, cute tags and then play along.  You can find all the info right HERE.

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Miles in Winter

Hello friends.  Been a while since I made a Christmas card and I have to tell you that I've missed it!  NOT the actual snow or anything, just the making of Christmas cards! 

So many of you have heard me mention before that I have a love/hate relationship with Zig markers.  Most people absolutely LOVE them!  I want to love them, but...I just really struggle with them.  I would so much rather play with my Copics!  But anyway, decided it was time to get them out again and practice.  This first picture shows my image colored in mostly all Zigs:

I used an image by Stampingbella called Miles in WINTER.  I like the way bits and pieces of this turned out, but there are areas I really do not the squirrel on his hat and his coat.  So I tried again, and this time used Copics and Zigs and actually finished it off into a card. 

I did the squirrel, coat, and his face with Copics this time, and then the rest is colored with Zigs.  Oh and the little branch he is carrying is colored with a Copic marker.  I guess I'm learning, but still feel like I have miles (no pun intended!) to go! 

I am adding this card to the Summer link up over at MERRY MONDAY's .  Couple more weeks to play along with the Summer link up (Merry Monday goes back to it's weekly challenges starting Monday, Sept. 5), so if you miss making Christmas cards like I did this Summer, you can still play in this challenge!!  :0)

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

Every Leaf Speaks....

Hello friends.  I am definitely in a Fall feeling frame of mind lately, even though it is still HOT and HUMID here in Michigan!  Having a couple friends over this afternoon to stamp (we take turns hosting) and this is one of the cards we're going to make:

I started with a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and lightly inked up a Heidi Swap background stamp in Crumb Cake ink.  Next I stamped my sentiment from SU!'s Lighthearted Leaves in Soft Suede ink.  My leaf is a HA (N2091 Mountain Aspen) stamp that I've had forever (wood mounted if that tells ya anything!!), and I embossed it using copper embossing powder.  Here is a closer up view so you can see the shine of the copper:

I used some Pure Poppy ink (PTI) and my Aqua Pen to water color the leaf.  Some simple finishing touches with twine and a small circle punch, and some layering finished off this card.  And because I've had this Fall DSP forever, I decided matching envelopes would be fun:

I opted to keep the colored side on the inside of the envelope so as not to drive the postal carriers nuts!  I have seen people use the design on the outside though and then just use white address labels for the name and address...I guess whatever floats your boat!!  :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!  :0)


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Create Along With Us - August 2016

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Create Along With Us challenge this week over at Papertrey Ink, and I was blown away (like I am every month!) by all the beautiful cards and projects.  Once again, Kay Miller's use of color  is what really gets to me and I just had to "try" to CASE her little Autumn themed fox card.

I love her water colored background and then all the bright colored leaves and flower too, with that cute little fox all nestled in.  Since I don't have a fox stamp (yet!), I got to thinking about what I could use, and started thinking about the Some Like It Hot set.  Now I do realize that this is a Summer and not Fall set, but my crazy brain started wondering what a Flamingo would look like in Fall colors...and well, here you go:

I used Peerless water colors to create my background (Orange Yellow, Japonica Scarlet, & Royal Crimson for the splattering).  The leaves (Songbirds) were die cut and water colored with the same colors as the background and also some Pure Poppy & Green Parakeet.  The Flamingo was stamped in Melon Berry and Orange Zest, which I thought were appropriate colors after sitting out in the sun all Summer!  His legs I inked up in Berry Sorbet.  For the flowers, I used Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise on one and Orange Zest and Canyon Clay on the other, and then used an Aqua pen on both to give them a more water colored look.  My sentiment comes from the Winter Hills set, and I finished with a few sequins.  Not sure I created a Fall looking card like Kay's, but I love the colors I used, and hey, it is still Summer and stinkin HOT and HUMID where I live!
LOTS of inspiration this past month at PTI, so if your mojo's lagging behind (mine's been in a bit of a slump this past month!), head on over to Nichole's blog and check out all the beauty sure to find something to inspire you and make you want to play along!
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Monday, August 15, 2016

ColourQ Challenge #354 and Tag You're It! Challenge #53

Hello friends.  Playing along with a couple challenges today and came up with a tag/bookmark using the colors in ColourQ's latest challenge and using Michele Ferguson's inspiration for the latest Tag You're It challenge.  Take a look:

I used PTI's Basic Bookmark #2 die to cut out my tag, and then stenciled softly using Smoky Slate ink and PTI's Garden Gate stencil.  I added a die cut leaf branch from PTI's Songbird set in Basic Gray cardstock and flowers from PTI's Forget Me Not set, stamped in Cool Caribbean ink.  The sentiment is from PTI's Choose Joy set.  A few light blue sequins and a tassel from white and turquoise embroidery floss finished up my tag/bookmark.  I also added some shimmer to the flowers that you can see better in this closeup:

Getting in just under the wire on both of these challenges, but if you're quick, you can still play along!  To play with the Colour Q challenge, check it all out right HERE.  To play with the Tag You're It challenge, you can find all the info right HERE.


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Double D Challenge - I LOVE Polka Dots!

Hello friends.  I love polka dots!  I mean I really do LOVE polka dots!!  So I had to play again before the challenge ends over at the Double D.  I think this inspiration board is enough to make everyone want to play...I love it!!

So I pulled out some more polka dot DSP (PTI) and one of my favorite Lily of the Valley stamps, and came up with a card and a tag!  Take a look:

I paper pieced the hat and sleeper on this little cutie with some mini red and white polka dot DSP (Pure Poppy by PTI), and then colored his sweet little face and blanket with my Copics.  The little tag is from PTI's Tiny Tags stamp and die set.  I'm not very consistent with finishing the insides of my cards, but this was a simple way to do the inside:

Just a skinny strip of the large polka dot DSP and the outline of the stamp made for a simple but cute finishing touch on the inside.

And because I had stamped 2 images (in case I goofed on one!), I figured I better color up the 2nd one, and came up with this:

I colored it the same, but used Harvest Gold mini and large dotted DSP (PTI) for the paper piecing on this little cutie!  I used a Casual Fridays die for the tag and the sentiment is from PTI's Boutique Borders: Baby Stamp Set.  Quick and easy and will look adorable attached to a baby gift!

You have until midnight on August 14th to play along, so get out your polka dot papers and stamps and play with the gals over at the Double D Challenge

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