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!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up March 2017 - Reminder Post

Hello friends.  Just a friendly little reminder that there's still time to play along with this months CAS Mix Up challenge. 

It's all about SMOOSHING this month, and I have another card to share with you using this technique.

This one I did a little bit differently, by using some SU! markers to put my color down on my craft mat, then spritzing with water, and smooshing my cardstock into it.  I used Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, & Certainly Celery markers.  Once it was dry I embossed in black my image from SU!'s Serene Silhouettes and then die cut it using a Lil Inkers Stitched Circle die.  I used the same circle die to cut another circle in my top white layer so I could inlay the smooshed circle and then simply added my sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Everything Changes.  For this card I stamped, smooshed, embossed, and die cut.  I think this is one of the most CAS cards I've ever made and I have to say I really like how it turned out! 

Don't forget that CAS Mix Up is celebrating their 1st Birthday, so play along for a chance at winning the birthday prize.  You have until March 24 before this challenge closes!  Play along right HERE.

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


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PTI - 10th Anniversary Challenge - Build A Birdhouse

Hello friends.  Playing along with Papertrey Ink and their 10th Anniversary Challenges...Day 4 challenge is to build a birdhouse.  I tried building one from the download, but struggled with the curved sides of the house, and ended up using the Tiny Town: Basic Building die instead.

After cutting out the house pieces, I used the stencils from the Make It Market: Garden Gate kit to stencil the lattice and small leaves.  The die cut leaves and bird are from the Songbirds set.  I used an old Fiskars punch to punch out the little flowers and then used my stylus to curve them a bit before attaching them to the leaves with Glossy Accents.  I also used the Glossy Accents to make some clear drops on the leaves.  I used an embossing folder to make the circles on my roof.  This was a fun little challenge and again makes me think Spring! 

You can play along and check out all the other birdhouses in the gallery right HERE.

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Merry Monday #239 - Color Challenge

Hello friends.  It's my turn to host this week at Merry Monday, and I thought it would be fun to do a color challenge after seeing this gorgeous inspiration photo!

Aren't those colors just so pretty together?!  I would absolutely LOVE to have a tree decorated in all those colors!  Hmmmmmmmm...  Anyway, using one of my older and beloved SU! sets Lovely As A Tree, I came up with this card:

I embossed the background trees in gold and copper, and then using a blending tool, used Tempting Turquoise ink for the color in my background.  Here's a closer up view so you can see the copper and gold better.

Clicking on the photo will also enlarge it a bit more to see the differences.  I used a stitched circle die to inlay the colored piece and then pop dotted the larger pine tree that I fussy cut after embossing in copper.  My sentiment is from Casual Fridays Snowy Sayings and I embossed that in gold.  A simple turquoise enamel dot finished up my CAS card.

I hope you'll join us this week for this color challenge...I can't wait to see what YOU come up with!  And if you need more inspiration, check out the BEAUTIFUL cards my team mates made using this color combo!!  You can find all the info you need to play along right HERE.

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

PTI's 10th Anniversary Challenge - Favorite Florals

Hello friends.  Trying to play catch up with some of the challenges that Papertrey Ink has going on to celebrate their 10th Anniversary, and the challenge for today was to pick one of your FAVORITE FLORALS stamp sets and make a Spring card.  Well I hope you're not tired of seeing Tulips, because I just can't seem to stop playing with Tulip Time!! 

I fell in love with one of Melissa's cards today where she used Lilac gingham on her card, so that was what inspired me and was my starting point.  My Tulips are inked up with Hibiscus Burst, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, & Simply Chartreuse inks.  The DSP is Autumn Rose and I repeatedly stamped my sentiment with Smoky Slate ink until it was a darker gray and matched the small gray strip I added next to the gingham.  Little hard to tell in the photo, but I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the gray strip, and when the light hits it, it's pretty sparkly!! 

I'm also entering this card in the CUPCAKE INSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #398, which is a color challenge:

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

PTI 10th Anniversary Challenge: Multiply

Hello friends.  The challenge from yesterday's post at Papertrey Ink is all about using one image and multiplying it.  One of my favorite little mini stamp sets from last year is Maile Belles Splits: Just A Note.  I multiplied it by 3 and came up with this card:

I used my MISTI so I could use one of my favorite techniques of ink blending, and used Hibiscus Burst and Orange Zest inks.  I'm a little bummed that it didn't show up with my photography skills, but after inking up the middle image, I stamped over it again with Versamark ink, and then clear embossed it to give it a shiny look.  After using dimensionals to pop up the center die cut image, I added a few iridescent sequins to finish off this QACAS card.  This was a fun little challenge and easily done using just about any of your stamps in multiples of at least 3!

Still a few days left to play along with this challenge, and you can check it all out right HERE.

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PTI's 10th Anniversary Challenge: Altered Envelope

Hello friends.  Playing along with one of the many challenges going on over at Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary celebration.  Day 3 of the celebrations has Lexi Daly asking us to not only make a card, but to decorate our envelope and then actually mail it out!  We are going to a Christening this weekend, so I will be hand delivering my card, but I did decorate the envelope!!

I used Hibiscus Burst ink and the Background Basics: Gingham stamp to stamp the bottom of my card, and then embossed the top half with an older Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I die cut the church from the Tiny Town: Church die in white, added white die cut window and door frames, and die cut the steeple from some silver mirrored cardstock.  The little green leaves are from the Birds and Blooms set, and the flowers are from the Choose Joy set.  The little heart tag is from the Tiny Tags dies and stamp set and my hearts at the bottom of the card are from the Heart Border Die.  For the envelope, I also added the die cut and sentiment from the Inspired: Praise set...thought it was very fitting for a Christening card!  :0)

You can play along right HERE to get in on all the celebrating over at Papertrey Ink!!

Have any "dead" banana's you need to use?  Got a great recipe this week from a weekly newsletter from one of our local craft shops for a Chocolate Chip Banana Snack's wonderful!!

2 3/4 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 medium ripe bananas
1 t. vanilla
1 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 X 13 pan.  Beat butter and sugar till creamy and then add eggs and bananas and continue mixing until smooth.  Add sour cream and vanilla.  When well mixed, add dry ingredients and mix until blended.  Fold in 3/4 cup chocolate chips and then spread in prepared pan.  Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips over top of batter.  Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool and enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Make It Monday #277 - Nail Polish Marbling

Hello friends.  This weeks Make It Monday challenge is all about using nail polish to create beautiful marbled backgrounds.  Lizzie has a great video HERE to show you step by step how to achieve these fun and colorful backgrounds.

I made a trip to the dollar store and picked out 4 colorful bottles of nail polish and went to work!  I came up with a couple of backgrounds that I really liked and then proceeded to mess up my first try with smudged black ink...grrrr!  My 2nd attempt came out better:

My colors reminded me of Easter, so I got out the Simply Spring Borders and stamped and fussy cut out the row of bunnies and pop dotted them to the bottom edge of my card.  A simple banner with Aqua Mist cardstock and a sentiment from the same set completed my card.  And I couldn't resist adding little pearls to all the bunny tails!  :0)

Here was my 1st try that I messed up:

I had really liked the way the background turned out on this one, so was pretty bummed when I didn't wait long enough for my black ink on my sentiment to dry and smudged it when tying my bakers twine around the card.  (The smudging is under the word "Just"'s not terrible, but I know it's there and it bugs me!!)  This card used the Don't Forget To Write kit.

There's still lots of time to play, so check out Lizzie's wonderful card and video, and then play along right HERE.

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March CAS Watercolour Challenge - SPRING

Hello friends.  It looks nothing like Spring outside my window yet, but in my stamping room I am playing all the Spring challenges I can to make the season last as long as possible!  Today I am playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge where the challenge is: SPRING!!

Using an Impression Obsession stamp (E7754), this is what I came up with:

I embossed the image in black on watercolor paper, and then used water and my Zigs to color the leaves and flowers.  The tulips actually started out a very light pink, but I was having so much fun adding color that they ended up a lot darker than what they started!  As this is one of the first times I've actually felt good about what I came up with while using my Zigs, I didn't mind at all that they came out quite a bit darker than the light pink I first started with!  I used PTI's Modern Background stencil with Smoky Slate ink for my background and the sentiment is from PTI's Winter Woods.  So for this card I did: watercolouring, embossing, stamping, & stenciling.

As Darnell would say, I have a twofer for you:

I used the same Impression Obsession image but embossed it in gold, and then water colored again with my Zigs.  I had some "smooshed" backgrounds left over from another project, so I water colored my tulips to match the peachy orange color from the background.  This one really screams Spring to me!  I left a sentiment off of this card as I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for yet. 

There's still LOTS of time to play along with this challenge, so if you like to water color, head over and check out all the beautiful inspiration and then play along right HERE!!

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Merry Monday #238 - Lamp Post

Hello friends.  The challenge this week at Merry Monday is all about adding a lamp post to your Christmas card.

Using a Gina Marie Design die, this is what I came up with:

I chose not to decorate my lamp post so that the focus was also shared with the beautiful sentiment from Penny Black's Yuletide Wishes.  I blended my background first with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks, except for the small portion I masked off for the light from the lamp post.  I blended some Bright Buttercup and Summer Sunrise inks for the light and then replaced my mask white I stamped the pine boughs from SU!'s Ornamental Pine set.  After gluing down my lamp post, I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the lighted area...IRL it really shimmers!  One of these days I'm going to learn how to photograph it!!  I added my sentiment last and then adhered the panel to a white card base.  Very simple really, but I love how it turned out!  :0)

Check out more inspiration from the rest of the DT and then play along with us right HERE.  Can't wait to see what you all come up with for this one!  :0)

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


Friday, March 3, 2017

Double D Challenge - Think Spring

Hello friends.  Haven't had a chance to play with the challenges over at Double D lately, but couldn't resist their newest challenge and mood board with the theme Think Spring

Are you all craving Spring as much as I am?!!  It really hasn't been a terrible Winter in West Michigan...just really loooong!!  This beautiful mood board really made me think "Tulips", so out came my Tulip Time set from PTI!

I love this 3 step stamp set so you can achieve such depth of color, and since yellow makes me think Spring, I used Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, & Summer Sunrise inks to make my little bouquet of Tulips.  And how perfect is that sentiment for this challenge?!  A little coral butterfly, sequins, and bakers twine helped to finish this bright and cheery card.

Make sure you check out all the GORGEOUS inspiration cards from the DT right HERE and then play will definitely get you in the mood for Spring!!  

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Make It Monday #276 - Kraft & Colored Pencils

Hello friends.  This weeks Make It Monday challenge is all about using colored pencils on kraft cardstock, and Melissa shows us a couple of beautiful examples using this technique in her video found HERE.  I made 2 cards because after I finished my first one, I realized I made a goof...can you spot it??

I used the outline image from Fresh Bouquet (like quite a few other people did!) and embossed in white and then colored using my colored pencils.  I used a script background stamp (retired SU!) with Classic Kraft ink for some added interest like Melissa suggested, and was really happy with the look!  Added some striped paper from the Kraft Patterned Paper Pack on an ivory card base, a little bit of hemp cord, a few sequins, and a sentiment embossed in white on vellum from the Keep It Simple: Thinking of You set.  Then I thought I would be brave and try some stitching across the top like Melissa did, and it actually came out pretty good!  Even finished the inside of the card and felt pretty good about the whole card...until I sat there looking at it with a niggling thought that something wasn't quite right.  Have you spotted it yet??  Yep, the script is upside down...grrrrrrr!!  And of course because I had stitched on it and attached the vellum strip already, I couldn't fix it....double grrrrrrr!!  Melissa had mentioned in her video that she hoped someone would try this technique on black cardstock, so I figured might as well start over with something fresh!

I hadn't had a chance to use my Medallion Trio stamp set yet and thought that might be interesting on black.  I actually really like the way the colors look on the black...they're even bolder in person, but it was hard to capture with my camera.  Love the way the white embossing really pops against the black too! 

These were both really fun to do, and it was fun to get my colored pencils out again...I tend to neglect them in favor of inks and Copics for color.  You can check out Melissa's lovely cards and video HERE and then play along.

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up - March 2017

Hello friends.  I am beyond excited to be the Guest Designer for March at CAS Mix Up!  What an honor to work with all these talented designers...SO cool!!

This month is all about SMOOSHING and I love to smoosh!!  If you've never smooshed before, there are lots of "how to" videos on youtube, including a couple by the fabulous Loll.  

Here's what I came up with:

I started by adding Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, and Inka Gold inks to my craft mat, and then smooshing my water color cardstock into it.  Once it was dry I adhered it to a Wisteria Wonder layer and then added it to a card base that I had stenciled with PTI's Modern Background Stencil Collection and Wisteria Wonder ink.  My butterfly is a die cut from Memory Box called Vivienne and I lightly embossed the edges and center in gold.  My sentiment is from PTI's Choose Joy stamp set.  So for this card I included Stamping, Smooshing, Die Cutting, Stenciling, & Embossing.

Because this is CAS Mix Up's 1st Birthday, (yep, hard to believe we've been playing with this challenge for a whole year now, isn't it?!!) Loll and Bonnie want to have a celebration, complete with a prize!  So play along with us and you could win!!

Can't wait to see what you all come up with, so get out those inks and start smooshing away!!  You can find lots of GORGEOUS inspiration from the rest of the DT and rules for playing right HERE.

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