Friday, June 24, 2022

Christmas Kickstart #63 - PAWS

Hello friends.  Just a quick post today...playing with the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where they are looking for PAWS on our Christmas cards.

And here's my QACAS card for this challenge...

Isn't this just the sweetest little image?!  It's an Anita Jeram image from Colorado Craft Co. called Stockings Mini and I've colored it up with my Copics.  I'm not fond of mice in real life, but this little guy can leave PAW prints anywhere he wants as he's just too cute wanting to add his striped stocking on the branch next to his little birdie friend!!

 I added a Scalloped Circle Die (PFS) to frame out my little scene, and then added a bit of glitter to the branches and ground for snow, and a light blending of Turquoise Sea ink (Gina K) in the background.  The sentiment was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink (SU!) and comes from the Stockings Mini stamp set also.

This challenge is open till the end of this month, so if you're like me and woefully behind on your Christmas card stash, check out what Dotty Jo and her elf Di have for inspiration and then play along right HERE.   

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Double D Challenge - Beach Time

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Double D BEACH TIME challenge today.  Lot's of inspiration going on with their mood board...take a look!

I had been playing with a new Gina K stencil called Lush Leaves and trying to create a kind of Coleus leaf look with both greens and pinkish red, but when I finished, it looked more tropical to me, so I just let it sit on my desk for a couple days while I tried to figure out what to do with it.  After looking at the mood board, I thought maybe I could add something to the leaves to make it look even more tropical or beachy to fit in with the challenge, and was looking through my stamps and dies and came upon these NBUS dies from PTI (Feathered Friends #12) that I've had for ages, and figured I'd give it a try.  Here's what I came up with...

  I cut my flamingo from white cardstock and then used Picked Raspberry DOX ink to color him up.  I know flamingos are more of a coral/peach color, but I wanted him (or is it a her??) to match with the pink I used in my stenciled leaves.  

 I used a cream colored card base, then added a layer of Magenta Madness cs die cut with The Greetery's Postal Frame Die.  Before die cutting my stenciled layer (with Gina K's ML#2) I splattered the piece with a liberal dose of water...I love how reactive water is to Distress Inks!  I popped my flamingo up with a bit of foam tape and added a circle die cut (Gina k's ML#7) for my sentiment from MFT's Sunny Days Ahead.  To finish I added a few Crystal Ball Dewdrop Baubles from Trinity how shiny and iridescent these little gems are!!

Lot's of FABULOUS inspiration from the DT over at Double D, so check it out and welcome SUMMER in!!  It's definitely Summertime in my neck of the woods...we've had quite a few days already in the 90's, and we're just not used to that kind of heat here in Michigan!  But I'm not complaining because it sure beats Winter that goes on and on and on here!!  

Also going to add this card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge, since my flamingo is making her/his long awaited debut!


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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Color Hues #43 - BLUE & GREEN

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Color Hues Challenge today and using the colors BLUE and GREEN.

I had a new stencil that worked perfectly for this challenge...take a look:

I used Gina K's new stencil called Lush Leaves and ink blended Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks over my piece of white cardstock.  LOVE how the colors blend together!!  I also used Gina K's Master Layouts #7 dies to turn my stenciled layer into a mini slimline card...I think this is one of my most used die sets lately as I am totally in love with the mini slimline size!

I stamped a small feather from another of Gina K's new stamp sets called Fancy Feathers in the same Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks, and then stamped my sentiment (Gina K - It's All You) in black over the feather, before cutting it out with a circle die from the ML#7 die set.  I added a few Mermaids Tail sequins (also Gina K) and a piece of black & white twine to finish off my card.

Lots of FABULOUS inspiration in BLUE & GREEN for you to check out from the DT right HERE.  This challenge is open till the 28th until 9:00AM.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

CAS Christmas June 2022 - WREATH Reminder Post

Hello friends.  Just a friendly reminder that there's still time to play along with us at the CAS Christmas Challenge, where our  hostess Linda is looking for a WREATH on our CAS Christmas cards.

My WREATH comes from an older SU! set called Feeling of Christmas, and because I loved the greens and purple I used on my first card, I stuck with the same color palette here:

I used Soft Succulent for the first inked layer of the wreath, and then Evening Evergreen for the leaf layer.  I used a couple of Copics (BV08 & BV17) to color in the berries.

My bow (The Greetery - Fit To Be Tied) was die cut three times (for dimension) from Elegant Eggplant cs, and then I put a few coats of WOS on the bow for some shimmer & shine.  The sentiment is from the Feeling of Christmas stamp set also.  I matted this layer with a piece of Elegant Eggplant cs and then adhered both to a top folding white card base.

We hope you'll dig out those WREATH stamps (or dies or stencils) and play along with us right HERE.  This challenge is open till the 24th.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June CAS Mix Up Challenge

Hello friends.  The CAS Mix Up Challenge is back and I am SO happy!  Loll is hosting this month's challenge and she would like to see us use pastes or gels through a STENCIL on our CAS cards.

I had FUN with this one using an older Gina K stencil (Snowflake Mandala) and NOT making it a Christmas card.  Take a look...

Rather than the blues and turquoises I usually use with this stencil, I blended rainbow inks (Gina K inks) on an angle starting at the top left through the stencil.  Leaving the stencil in place, I said a quick prayer that my Glass Bead Gel would still be good (it was getting a bit stiff so I nuked it for 10 seconds and said another prayer, and it worked!!) and worked quickly to spread it over the stencil and ink blended piece.  I removed the stencil (and washed it right away...a MUST do!!) and then of course the hard part of waiting for it to dry!

Once my layer was dry, I trimmed it down just a bit (4" x 5 1/4") and adhered it to a top folding white card base.  For my sentiment I used Honey Bee's Bitty Buzzwords stamps and dies to die cut the word "hugs" and emboss in white on a black strip the words "SENDING YOU".  I used a little bit of foam tape behind the sentiment strip for a little dimension, and the card was done.  My colors are a bit brighter in my photos than they are in real life...they're more pastel and soft, and I'm really pleased with the way this card came out!  It will definitely brighten up someone's day!!

Make sure you check out all the FABULOUS inspiration from the DT right HERE and then play along...this challenge is open till the 24th.

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

Monday, June 13, 2022

The Flower Challenge #69 - BLUE & YELLOW

Hello friends.  Playing along with The Flower Challenge today, and they are doing a COLOR challenge this time around...BLUE & YELLOW to show continued support for the people of Ukraine.

I used a new Altenew embossing folder/stencil combo called Vintage Lace to make my card using the colors...take look:

I used the stencils first, using shades of yellow ink (PFS) for the flowers and green (Gina K) for the leaves.  The center of the small flower is blue.

 Once my stenciling was complete, I lined up my panel inside the embossing folder and it embossed not only the flower, but the background too...kind of a 2 in 1 deal!  I trimmed this layer down to a 3 3/4" x 5" piece and matted it with a blue layer, and then attached both to a top folding white card base.  My "hugs" sentiment was cut from the same blue cs I matted my stenciled & embossed layer with, using Honey Bee's Bitty Buzzword Dies.  I would love to tell you this was a quick card, but I did so many re-do's I lost count!  Got ink outside the design on the 1st one, didn't line up the embossing folder to the stenciled part right on the 2nd try, smeared the ink using a baby wipe over the front before putting it into the embossing folder so the cardstock wouldn't crack on the 3rd try, and then was finally successful (mostly) with the 4th try.  I guess perseverance really does pay off!!

Make sure you check out all the lovely inspiration using the BLUE & YELLOW color combination from the DT, and then play along right HERE.  This challenge is open till the 25th at 5:00PM.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Double D Challenge - WHITE with ONE other color ONLY

Hello friends.  Today I'm playing along with the current Double D Challenge where they want us to use WHITE and only ONE other color!

I decided to use TURQUOISE along with WHITE for my card(s), and I hope I haven't blown it, but I did use black also as a neutral.  I had so much fun using a new Gina K set called The Best Things In Life and also Spellbinders Glimmer of the Month kit (Stitched Glimmer Butterflies), that I made 3 cards and couldn't decide on which one to use here, so I'm showing you all 3!  Here's the first one...

 I started by inking up the circle Morning Glory stamp with different shades of turquoise inks (all Gina K) to give an ombre effect, and then die cut the circle and inlaid it into a white panel that I used the Subtle Embossing Folder (SU!) on.  I layered this with a piece of Ocean Mist cs and a white card base.  You can see faintly on the inner wings of the die cut butterfly that I foiled the lines with a turquoise foil (Spellbinders)'s really shiny in real life!  The sentiment which comes with the The Best Things In Life stamp set, was heat embossed in white on a black cs strip and adhered with foam tape.  I finished the card with a few PFS silver metallic pearls.

  My 2nd card uses the full butterfly from the Spellbinders Stitched Glimmer Butterflies set, and I added a 2nd black die cut butterfly underneath the top one to add more dimension and a feeling of flight.

I stamped the same sentiment as the first card repeatedly on a white die cut circle (backed with a black scalloped circle by SU!) for my butterfly to land on.  My embossed background is a new embossing folder from Gina K called Tapestry.  

My last card is a little more graphic and uses strips of Gina's different turquoise cardstocks on a white layer, and then was stamped with the other main image from The Best Things In Life stamp set.  Very, VERY simple, but love the way this one turned out too!

So, do you have a favorite??  I love all 3 and can't decide if I like one better than the other two.  Let me know what you think.  Make sure you check out all the awesome inspiration from the talented DT right HERE and then play along.  This challenge is open till Sunday, June 12 at 8PM. 

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

Monday, June 6, 2022

Color Hues #42 - YELLOW & BLACK

Hello friends.  I'm playing along with the gals over at the Color Hues Challenge today, and they are looking for YELLOW & BLACK this time around.

My first thought was bees when I saw this color combination, but I had a new stamp, stencil, & die set from Pinkfresh Studios that I really want to play with, so.......

I used the Botanical Bunch stencils first with 4 different shades of yellow for the flowers, and then black & gray for the leaves.  Once I finished stenciling, I used the coordinating stamp with black ink to outline all the flowers and leaves, and then used the die to cut it all out.

I used foam tape behind the image before adhering to a layer that I used the Stitched Diamonds cover plate die on (PFS), and then adhered both to a black layer and a white card base.  The "just a note" sentiment comes with the stamp set and was embossed in white on a black strip and then adhered with foam tape also.  Some black & white twine and a bit of glitter in the flower centers finished off my card.

You can check out all the FABULOUS inspiration in YELLOW & BLACK from the talented DT right HERE to play along.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

CAS Christmas June 2022 - WREATH

Hello friends.  Welcome back to CAS Christmas ..we're SO excited to be back with you and helping you get those Christmas cards done in time!  Linda is our hostess this month, and her challenge is to use a WREATH on your card.  


 In the past year I have fallen in LOVE with all the wonderful layering stencils that are out there, and today I'm using Pinkfresh Studio's Thrill of Hope wreath stencils for my card.  Take a look:

I am loving the simplicity of this wreath and used just 2 green inks (SU!'s Evening Evergreen & Soft Succulent) and Elegant Eggplant ink for the berries.

My sentiment was foiled using Spellbinders JOY Glimmer Plate and Aura foil...I'm loving the different colors this Aura foil gives depending on the light!  I matted this layer with a panel of Elegant Eggplant cs and adhered both to a top folding white card base.  Very simple but I'm thrilled with the way this card came out!!

Make sure you check out all the wonderful inspiration the rest of the DT has to share with you, and also welcome our newest DT member Lisa Elton (My Paper Tales).  You can play along with us until the 24th right HERE.

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Peace On Earth Challenge #16

Hello friends.  Nothing like waiting till almost the end of a challenge, but I seriously had good intentions of playing along with the Peace On Earth Challenge right from the get-go as the mood board had a SNOWMAN on it which I absolutely love, and also the fact that I'm woefully behind on my Christmas card stash this year!  The only thing I can say in my defense is that I've been binge watching Downton Abbey on Netflix because it was only going to be available till May 31st...yesterday!  I finished the finale of season 6 last night at 9:53PM...phew!!  I made it!!  Haha!!  I do love that show though, and even went to the theater for the 1st time in 2 years last week to see the new Downton Abbey movie, and it was wonderful!!  OK, back to the challenge...

   My girlfriend had gotten me a big SSS 6 x 8 stamp set (Warmest Wishes) for my birthday with lots of different snowmen images and trees in it, and I had only used one image from it so far, so figured it was time to get it out and have a play!  Here's what I came up with...

Aren't they adorable with their fun hats and scarves?!!  I stamped the trees first with Evening Evergreen & Soft Succulent inks (SU!) and then gave them a nice coating of glitter.  I added a torn strip of cs to the bottom that I lightly blended with some ink leftover on my turquoise blending brush, and then added a layer of glitter to that also.  I also lightly blended some of the leftover ink over my background to give a cool wintry feeling to the card.

 Next I stamped, colored (Copics G21 & BG13), and fussy cut two of the snowmen from the SSS Warmest Wishes set and added them to my card front, popping up with foam tape the smaller snowman.  My sentiment is an oldie but a goody from PTI's Think Big Favorites: #20 stamp set.  I added a few small details to the snowmen with a white gel pen, and then called it done!  Simple but cute, and one more done for the Christmas card stash!

You have until tomorrow night at 8:00PM to play along with this challenge at PEACE ON EARTH, so check out all the fabulous inspiration right HERE and then play along!     

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

Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Great Cover-Up

Hello friends.  Playing along with Papertrey Ink's The Great Cover-Up Challenge where they are looking for PATRIOTIC cards.  Very fitting on this day that we honor those who have passed on before us, and especially those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.  

I think we all turn to RED, WHITE & BLUE when we hear the word patriotic, so I pulled out some Pure Poppy and Dark Indigo Pattern Pack DSP, and then started going through my PTI stash to see what I had that would work.  I sure have an awful lot of florals, but not much that would work for a patriotic card (probably because I don't tend to send out Memorial Day or 4th of July cards!).  After a deep search I ran across the QUILTED series and started thinking what's more American than a good old-fashioned quilt?!!  And that's how my quick and easy 4 x 4 card came together.  Take a look...

I used the QUILTED: SUMMER die to cut out all the pieces from the polka dotted, striped, & plaid papers, and then inlaid them back into the white frame that was mounted to a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock.  

Because this pattern looks like a pinwheel to me, I cut a 1" square from the polka dotted dsp, and cut from each corner to the center of the square and then folded over to create a mini pinwheel to adhere to the center of the card...a red enamel dot glued to the center finished off this simple little card!

I do have a TWOFER for you today, because when looking through my stash, I found another set I hadn't used in a loooooooong time, and it fit the RED, WHITE, & BLUE theme.  Not necessarily PATRIOTIC though, unless maybe you're thinking the boat could be part of the US Navy!  Probably not!!  But it still turned out cute and will work great for a masculine birthday card which I never seem to have enough of!!  Take a look...

 Pretty simple, but kinda cute, right?!  I used PTI's What The Doodle: Waves stamp set, along with the largest of the Pierced Feature Frame Dies.  I did die cut 3 boats and 3 waves to stack for dimension, and they pop quite nicely on the card.  The background is a NBUS Pinpoint Burst Plate die from Memory Box, that I've had for ages and ages, and finally remembered to use!!  (Aren't you proud of me for finally remembering to use it Darnell??!!)  I'll be sending this card over to the NBUS Challenge #38.

There is still a couple days to play along with The Great Cover Up Challenge, so check it out and play along for a chance at a $25 gift certificate.  

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Double D - Monochromatic

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Double D Challenge today where they are looking for cards that are made with shades of ONE color.

I decided to go with the color green using a technique that Jennifer McGuire showed HERE (Adding Texture Without Bulk), and came up with this card...

I started by die cutting the BotaniCuts: Palm Leaves (The Greetery) in different shades of green cardstock scraps, and then glued them randomly on a piece of white cardstock.  Next I covered this layer with MB's Pinpoint Leaf Plate Die and ran it through my die cut machine which adds another layer of design over the die cut Palm leaves.  Here's a closer up so you can see the design better...

Isn't that such a cool look?!  I'm hooked!!  Not only does the cover plate die leave the design impressed into the cardstock, but it impresses the die cut leaves firmly into the cardstock too!  I finished this card by matting it with a layer of black and a white card base, and then added my die cut sentiment from Honey Bee's Bitty Buzzwords stamps and dies.  I also added a few gold metallic pearls from PFS.

I have a 2nd card to share with you that isn't monochromatic, but uses the same technique of adding texture without bulk.  Take a look...

 This card was done exactly the same way as the first card, but used 2 oak leaf dies from Gina Marie Designs and some more cardstock scraps.  I used the same MB Pinpoint Leaf Plate Die and a different sentiment from the same Honey Bee Bitty Buzzwords stamp and die set, and silver metallic pearls for this card.  Fun, FUN technique and definitely worth checking out!

There's still time to play along with this MONOCHROMATIC challenge (HERE), so check out all the fabulous inspiration from the talented DT, and then join in!! 

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