Monday, October 16, 2017

CAS Watercolour October 2017 Reminder

Hello friends.  Just a reminder that you have until the 24th to play along with this month's CAS Watercolour challenge.


It's so much fun to be playing alongside all the talented designers this month as a Guest Designer!!


And here's what I came up with for this reminder post:


I had a brand new die from Poppystamps to play with...Gentle Leaf Collage.  I die cut the leaf image and then on a separate piece of watercolour cardstock, I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours in reds, oranges, and pinks, and just a tiny bit of purple.  Once dry, I adhered this layer to my card base, and then pop dotted the die cut leaf layer over the top of that.  I added an embossed sentiment banner using PTI's Ways To Say: Thinking Of You.  The small pink enamel dot added another pop of color to this CAS card.


For this challenge I watercoloured, die cut, embossed and stamped.

Don't forget this challenge is open till the 24th, and also that this is CAS Watercolours 1st Birthday, and 2 prizes are up for grabs...one for the challenge winner and one random draw lucky winner.


You can check out all the lovely cards from the DT for inspiration right HERE and then play along.  We'll look forward to seeing you in the gallery!!


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Merry Monday #261

Hello friends.  This weeks challenge at Merry Monday is brought to us by Kelly, and she would like to see you use an ORNAMENT on your card.


This was a perfect chance for me to play around with a new set by PTI called Brilliant Baubles, and here's what I came up with using some non-traditional colors:


I started by stamping the 3 different ornaments in Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, & Green Parakeet and doing a little bit of edge blending with Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, & New Leaf inks.  I embossed in silver the ornament tops, strings, and sentiment, and then finished by adding silver die cut bows, sequins, and rhinestone gems.  Pretty bright colors for a Christmas card, but hey, artistic license and all that you know!

So dig out your ORNAMENT stamps and dies...we can't wait to see what YOU come up with for this weeks challenge!  You can check out all the great inspiration from the DT and then play along right HERE.

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


Friday, October 13, 2017

Tag You're It Challenge - October Guest Designer

Hello friends.  I'm so excited to have been asked to be the Featured Artist over at the Tag You're It Challenge this month!  And since the weather is turning cooler and the leaves are starting to fall (at least here in Michigan anyways!), I decided on this little cutie from Penny Black to share with you.


When I was growing up, raking leaves was a family affair as we had SO many Oak trees in our yard and the leaves just kept falling and falling!  Back then we were allowed to burn the leaves and while I know now that it's not good for the environment, I still remember quite fondly the smell and all the emotions that smell brought with it!  Now with all our leaves, we have to bag them and the recycle truck picks them up.  All to say, this little girl brought back many memories!


The image and sentiment are a little set called Hello Autumn, and I embossed them in black and then used my Zig Clean Color brushes to color the little girl and leaf.  Once my image was dry, I masked her and then blended Salty Ocean distress ink lightly all around her and then used a Gina Marie Designs die to cut out my tag shape.

We can't wait to see what you're inspired to come up with, so check out all the inspiration from the DT, and then play along right HERE.


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



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Colorthrowdown #464

Hello friends.  Playing along with this week's challenge over at Color Throwdown, where the colors are orange, taupe & black.


I had a Impression Obsession image already colored up that worked perfectly for this challenge so all I had to do was make it into a card!  Take a look:


Isn't this a great image?!  (sorry my card isn't straight...I think my head was on crooked!)  I colored the pumpkins and bench/table with my Copics and then matted it to a piece of Bitty Big DSP (PTI) and then layered that to a white card base.  The sentiment is from PTI's Wreath For All Seasons.  I also sprayed quite liberally the image with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz, but of course it doesn't show up very well on camera...grrrrrr!!



There are so many BEAUTIFUL cards from the DT and in the gallery for inspiration, so check it out and play along right HERE.

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


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Make It Monday #299 - Sentiment Windows

Hello friends.  Playing along with this weeks Make It Monday challenge where Dawn McVey shows us how to make a beautiful card using a die cut window to frame our sentiments.  I made a very simple card but absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

 
I started with a white card base and a piece of Pure Poppy Bitty Big DSP, and then cut my window opening with a rectangle die.  I stamped my sentiment next from O Holy Night and then finally got out my Beautiful Berries: Winter and had fun stamping the 3 different size sprigs with Olive Twist, Pure Poppy, & Scarlet Jewel inks.  After placing the sprigs on my card, I still felt like it needed something, so I added a bird from the Winter Woods set and it totally finished off the card IMHO!


This whole card just feels so bright and cheery and I love how well the Bitty Big DSP and the sprigs and bird go together!  I might have to make a few more cards similar to this.  Thank you Dawn...a GREAT challenge!!

There's still time to play and you can check out Dawn's lovely card and video right HERE.

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


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CAS Mix Up October 2017

Hello friends.  This month's challenge at CAS Mix Up is all about layering more than one stencil down on your card.


Took me awhile to wrap my head around this challenge (that's why they call them "challenges", right??!!), but once I got going it was fun to see what stencils I had that would look cool layered together.  I ended up using a Winnie & Walter stencil called Pattern Of The Rings and then made a stencil using a small snowflake die from Impression Obsession (DIE100-F).


Here you can see the half I didn't use and practiced on with stenciling in the snowflake.


And here's what it ended up looking like after I stenciled both layers (with Ocean Tides ink) and then put the card together.  I matted my stenciled layer with a piece of Ocean Tides cs and adhered to a white card base that I added a die cut from Memory box called Loopy Rings.  I love how this die cut kind of mimicked the Pattern Of The Rings stencil I used.  I also added 2 of the small Impression Obsession snowflakes by the die cut circles and then added a main snowflake die cut in gold mirror cs from PTI's Silver White Winters.  My sentiment is from PTI's Cutaway Tags: Winter and is stamped in black on a Ocean Tides banner.

There is still time to play along with this challenge (closes the 24th) and lots of GORGEOUS inspiration from the DT.  You can check it all out and play along right HERE.

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


Monday, October 9, 2017

Merry Monday #260

Hello friends.  This week's challenge at Merry Monday is brought to us by Debbie and it's a sketch challenge!


I flipped my design to be horizontal rather than vertical and came up with this:



This challenge was harder for me than I thought it would be, and I think mostly because I had my mind set on using a couple pieces of DSP from SU!'s Merry Little Christmas paper pack, and had to play around with it quite a bit to finally get a design that I actually liked.  I used a Darice Snowflake embossing folder on my layer of Hawaiian Shores cs, then added the DSP, and a couple of die cut snowflakes from PTI's Fancy Flakes.  My sentiment is embossed in silver using PTI's Cutaway Tags: Winter and I finished off the card with some white bakers twine and lots of little rhinestones.

Can't wait to see what YOU come up with using this sketch!  Check out how the rest of the DT was inspired HERE and then play along with us!


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


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Color Throwdown #463 - World Cardmaking Day

Hello friends.  I'm loosely combining the latest Color Throwdown challenge and World Cardmaking Day with some fabulous die cuts that my dear friend BIRGIT sent me.


And here's what I came up with:


Aren't those just the prettiest die cuts?!  I had so much fun just distressing them up a bit with some orange and kraft colored inks!  Wish I could tell you the manufacturer...Birgit designs for Dies R Us, so I'm thinking that's where they might be from.  I'm hoping that the Color Throwdown team will forgive the bit of green and Ocean Tides I added to their color challenge...just needed that pop of color!  The card base and layer are die cut from PTI's Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical dies and sentiment from PTI's Mum's The Word stamp set.  You can check out all the great cards from the DT and players in the gallery right HERE.

Hope you ALL get some time to get inky for World Card Making Day!! 


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Make It Monday #298 - Faux Epoxy Embellishments

Hello friends.  Betsy is up with this weeks Make It Monday challenge and shows us how using clear embossing powder can make faux epoxy embellishments to add to our cards.

Little bit of a learning curve on this one for me as I decided to use double sided DSP...once you put several layers of embossing powder on your image, shadows from the backside of the DSP start to show through.  Grrrrr!!  It's not terrible and I might be the only one who notices it, but it's just one of those things that bugs me...but not enough to start over!


I used Canyon Clay and Simply Chartreuse DSP and both of Kay Miller's stamp sets (Spooky Smiles and Stylized Autumn) to create my card.


I did have an "aha!" moment while making these embellishments...my 3 year old granddaughter LOVES stickers, and I got to thinking why not use the dies or fussy cut the shapes from double sided sticker paper and attach to the back of these faux epoxy embellishments to make hand stamped stickers?!  I think my little Addy would get such a kick out of peeling off a backing paper and then sticking these cute little pumpkins somewhere...most likely on herself or her baby brother!  :0)

There's still a few days to play along with this challenge, so check it out and play right HERE

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


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tag You're It! Challenge #74

Hello friends.  The Tag You're It challenge has a FABULOUS tag from Bev Beunker as inspiration, and if you LOVE black & white with a pop of red, you're going to LOVE this challenge!!


Is that not the cutest little tag?!!  I love it!!  I had a new die cut to play with that worked out perfectly for this challenge and this is what I came up with:



My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary yesterday and I attached this tag to a gift bag filled with dark chocolate...one of his BIG addictions!!  :0)  He's also a BIG music fan, so this tag was perfect for him!  I used Casual Fridays die for the music note and used a really old small heart punch to cut out the red heart to add to the note.  I used PTI's Tag Sale #8 die for my tags and then used a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil to fill in the background of the tag.  The sentiment is from PTI's Stemmed Statements and I finished it off with some red & white bakers twine.

There's still plenty of time to play along with this challenge, so check out all the wonderful inspiration tags from the DT and GD Bev Beunker, and then play along right HERE.


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


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #66

Hello friends.  Playing along with this week's challenge over at Inspired By All The Little Things, where the inspiration photo is just lovely!

Love the pink and peach colors in this Dahlia...SOOO pretty!  I used an older SU! stamp called Blooming With Kindness and came up with this:


I used my MISTI for this image and added my pink first and then went back in with my peach ink, misting the stamp before stamping on the cardstock.  I quite liberally spritzed Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz all over the flower, so it's VERY sparkly IRL!



For my top layer I die cut off center a Lil Inker's Stitched Circle die and then added foam behind the layer to give some dimension over the flower.  My sentiment is embossed in white on a black banner and is from PTI's Just Desserts.  A few iridescent sequins and some Calypso Coral bakers twine (SU!) finished up my card.

There's still a few days left to play along with this challenge and some absolutely beautiful inspiration from the DT and the GD (Anita in France).  You can check it all out right HERE

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


Monday, October 2, 2017

CAS Watercolour October 2017 - FALL LEAVES

Hello friends.  I am so honored to be Guest Designing for this month's challenge at CAS Watercolour


And what better month for me to Guest Design as they are looking for FALL LEAVES, and as you can probably already tell from my blog design, I love leaves!!


And here is what I came up with:


 I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours in reds, oranges, & yellows for my background and while still wet, I sprinkled some Crimson Brusho's to add a little more movement.  Once dry I added a die cut leaf (PTI's - Enclosed: Leaf Stamp Set) that I partially embossed with copper, and then framed with a white stitched die cut frame.  I attached this to a white card base and then added a sentiment banner from Clearly Besotted's Autumn Flowers.


For this challenge I watercoloured, embossed, die cut, and stamped.

You have until the 24th to play along with this challenge, so break out those leaf stamps and dies and play along with us!  You can find all kinds of BEAUTIFUL inspiration from the DT right HERE.

Another incentive to play along this month is that CAS Watercolour is celebrating their 1st Birthday, and that means PRIZES my friends.  In fact there will be 2 prizes...one for the challenge winner and one for a random draw!


Hope I've convinced you to play along this month!  Have fun and can't wait to see YOU in the gallery!



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


Merry Monday #259 - A Christmas Tree

Hello friends.  It's time for a new challenge at Merry Monday, and our hostess Deanne this week would like to see a CHRISTMAS TREE on your cards.


As much as I love my inside Christmas tree, one of my most favorite things about Christmas is the outdoor Christmas lights and I love going for drives during December to see all the pretty lights.  For that reason I went with an outdoor Christmas tree and used one of my favorite dies by Tim Holtz called Woodlands Thinlits.  Take a look:

I started by creating a water colored background using Ocean Tides and Tropical Teal inks and then stamped my sentiment from Penny Black called Yuletide Wishes a little off center.  Before adhering my tree die cut I splattered it with white acrylic paint and gold from my Gansai Tambi water colors.  A pretty simple card but I'm very happy with the way it turned out!

We can't wait to see what YOU come up with this week using a CHRISTMAS TREE on your card!  Check out all the great inspiration from the DT and then play along with us right HERE.

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


Friday, September 29, 2017

September Rudolph Days Challenge

Hello friends.  Just a quick post today with a couple Christmas cards I made using a small Impression Obsession stamp I bought last weekend.



 
Two totally different looks by coloring the candy cane stripes differently!  The white area stripes were colored with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, so IRL they really sparkle!  Which one do you like best??

I'm entering these into the September Rudolph Days Challenge, which you can check out right HERE.

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