Friday, March 23, 2018

Double "D" Challenge - Just "Wing" It

Hello friends.  The Double "D" Challenge has a fabulous mood board to inspire us this time around with anything related to "WINGS".

I was inspired by the colors in the 3rd photo and the fairy in the 4th photo and came up with this card:

I recently had picked up one of the card making magazines made in the UK, and a lot of them have a freebie gift attached these days.  In this particular one there was a die for a fairy, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it for this challenge.  My background was made using Lindy's Magical Powders - Tibetan Poppy Teal & Witch's Potion Purple.  If you've never seen or used these before, they're like Perfect Pearls on steroids...the shimmer and shine is unbelievable and almost impossible to photograph!  Here's a closer up where I tried really hard to capture it for you:

I kept the card very simple so as not to detract from the background or the silhouette of the fairy, and just mounted it to a white card base and added a embossed sentiment strip at the bottom (PTI's Keep It Simple: Birthday).  A little bit of black baker's twine finished off the card.

Lot's of time left to play along with this challenge, and you can find lots of inspiration from the DT right HERE.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Color Throwdown #485

Hello friends.  The inspiration photo at this week's Color Throwdown challenge is SOOO pretty...I'm in love with the color combination and I really, really like that chair!!

I used a couple CONCORD & 9TH sets and came up with this simple card.

I started by embossing the main flower from the You Are Enough set in black and then used a sponge dauber with GinaK's Peach Bellini ink to fill in the petals.  I grounded the flower by adding a strip of plaid I had made using CONCORD & 9TH's Plaid Background stamp with black and Peach Bellini inks.  I placed a black sentiment strip above the plaid (PTI's Keep It Simple: Birthday) and then added a ribbon from SU! (Groovy Guava - retired).  Quite simple but I love that flower and wanted it to be the star of the card.  :0)

There's still a few days left to play along with this week's challenge and you can check it all out right HERE.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

MIM #315 and Twofer Challenge #3

Hello friends.  Playing along with this week's Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink and Darnell's third Twofer challenge.

This week Melissa shows a beautiful card and video on adding embossed enamel splatters to our cards, and I had fun finally getting to use my Forest Floor: Spring stamp set and also the new A Bit More: Butterfly Blooms.

I started by stamping and embossing the two Lily of the Valley sprigs and then added a light blending of Blueberry Sky ink over the panel so the embossed white flowers would show up.  Next I added a bit of stenciling using the same ink to give a bit more definition to my background and added a strip of striped Ripe Avocado to ground the bottom of my card.  The rest of the leaves and sprigs and sentiment were die cut and popped up for some more dimension.  The butterfly I chose to do just like Melissa's as it was SO pretty!  Here is a close up with using the Frantage Shabby White Embossing Enamel:

Because I still had the Forest Floor: Spring stamp set out and I hadn't had a chance to play along with Darnell's 3rd Twofer challenge, I made a 2nd card where this month the challenge is to use blossoms.

I'm afraid I wasn't as creative as Darnell (and some of the other entries too!) by making my blossoms into something other than a flower, but I do like how my 2nd card turned out and it is DIFFERENT than the 1st card.  Here's my photo of the two of them:

Both using the Forest Floor: Spring stamp set, but my 2nd card is all done in a green and white color theme.

I die cut an oval from my panel and then dry embossed it using a woodgrain ef, and that set the stage to add all my leaves and Lily of the Valley.  I die cut them all and then stamped and embossed before mounting with dimensionals to give a lot of dimension to this card.

I even used a stylus on my leaves to fold them up a bit in the center and make them look more realistic.  I added a seam binding ribbon towards the bottom where the pieces all come together to hide that a bit and then finished with some clear sequins and Sheer Shimmer Sparkle really sparkles IRL!!  I left off a sentiment as I'm not sure what I'm going to use this card for could be birthday, wedding, thinking of you, or even a sympathy card.

There is still time to play along with both of these challenges.  You can play along with this week's Make It Monday challenge right HERE and play along with the Twofer challenge right HERE.

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

Monday, March 19, 2018

Merry Monday #282 - A Inspiration Challenge

Hey Merry Monday's time for another challenge and this week Linda has a BEAUTIFUL inspiration photo to inspire you!

I was inspired by the golden glow of the candles, the reds, and the greenery and came up with this:

I embossed my candles (SU!'s Merry Patterns) in white and then masked them while I did the greenery.  (I masked them because I knew I was going to stamp them in using red and didn't want it to run while I used water with the greenery) The greenery is also from SU! (Ornamental Pine) and I inked it up in my MISTI using Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks and then spritzed with water before stamping to give the water color effect.  Then I removed the mask over the candles and added the red and used Delicata Golden Glitz ink for the flames of the candles.  The sentiment comes from PB's Yuletide Wishes.

How will you be inspired by this photo this week??  We can't wait to see your cards in the gallery!!  Check out all the BEAUTIFUL inspiration from the DT and then play along with us right HERE.

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

My BIG Adventure To The Craft House In Kansas

Hello friends.  Last weekend I went on the trip of a lifetime!  Not to Hawaii, Greece, or Italy, but to Newton, Kansas where the Craft House is located!  It was the trip of a lifetime for me because I got to finally meet 5 friends who have become so dear to me over the course of blogging these past few years!  We all wondered if we would even recognize each other without signs at the airport, but I should have known was instant recognition and immediate hugs and even a few leaking eyes!  And what followed was truly a weekend to remember with lots of talking, laughing, sharing, and of course stamping!!  It was like we'd all been best friends since we were young girls!  Birgit Norton is from Maine, Nancy Penir is from California, Linda Snodgrass is from Washington, Colleen Foelker is from Oregon, Kara Progreba is from Wisconsin, and I'm from Michigan.  Quite a distance for all of us to meet in Kansas, but SO worth it!!

This is an extremely heavy photo post, and I'm not going to bother with all the details, so if you have any questions concerning who's in any of the photos, or what supplies were used on the projects we made, just comment and I'll get back to you! Enjoy!

And this wasn't even all the projects we worked on...I still have more to finish!!  It was in the 70's last weekend in Kansas and coming from cold Michigan, you'd think I would have wanted to be outside, but we were so busy stamping and crafting away (and talking and talking and laughing!!!) that we never got outside to enjoy the warmer temps!  Truly a magical weekend and one I will remember for a lifetime! of God's sweetest gifts!  :0)

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Friday, March 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour March 2018 Reminder - GARDEN

Hello friends.  Just a friendly reminder that the CAS Watercolour challenge is still open till the 24th of this month and we'd love to see your creations using a GARDEN theme in the gallery.

When searching for stamps that would work for a GARDEN theme card, I found a bunch of small stamps by Judith that worked beautifully for another garden card.

I used the following stamps (F-31, C-55, F-187, C-69, C-29, B-41, and one with no number that I water coloured in pink) and stamped them all first in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  Next I used my Zigs and Aqua Painter brush to add color.  My sentiment comes from PTI's Flower Favorites, and I also added a die cut frame from PTI's Infinity Frames to finish off my card.

You have till the 24th to play along with this challenge, and can find all the info you need to join in right HERE.

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

CAS Christmas March 2018 - #2

Hello friends.  Playing with CAS Christmas AGAIN, because I love making Christmas cards!!

My CAS card uses scraps of papers that I had done with Lindy's Magicals (have I mentioned before how much I LOVE these?!!) and a couple new dies.

I so wish I could capture the shimmer and shine these Magicals have...mind blowing in my humble opinion!!  The "be merry" die was a birthday gift from a dear friend and is made by Cut PLORATIONS (a STAMPlorations product) and the Holly die I'm guessing at Poppystamps (I think it was one of Colleen's dies that she brought to our crafting weekend at the Craft House in Kansas).  The dry embossing around my card is from the Stately embossing folder by Craft Concepts.

This challenge is open till the 24th and there are absolutely GORGEOUS cards from the DT and in the gallery to inspire you using a Holly.  You can check it all out right HERE.

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