Thursday, April 18, 2024

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #85 - Santa and his Sidekicks

Hello friends.  Playing along with the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge where they are looking for Santa and his Sidekicks.

I had fun coming up with a card with Santa and Blitzen...or is it Comet or Donner or...well all I really know is it's NOT Rudolph!  But anyway, here's what I came up with using MFT's Christmas sELFies...

I colored up my image with Copics and then placed it behind a piece of Real Red cs (SU!) that I die cut a square from to frame the image, and also ran it through with an older Cuttlebug dotted embossing folder.  

I used a Gina K Sentiment Strip and then added a few Impression Obsession snowflakes and finished with some PFS Iridescent Clear Drops in the centers of the snowflakes.  

Jo and her elf Helen have some awesome inspiration for you that you can check out right HERE and then play along to get a head start on those Christmas cards.  This challenge is open till the end of the month, so plenty of time to play along!!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Color Hues #85 - Pink & Yellow

Hello friends.  Time for a new challenge at Color Hues and our hostess Hannelie would like to see Pink & Yellow on our cards.

I had fun with this challenge as yellow is my favorite color and I do love a good pink too!  I also had a new Penny Black stamp to play with called winged wreath that looked great all colored up in these two colors!  Take a look...

This card is actually a bit brighter in real life, but the sun hasn't been cooperating with me lately!  But anyway, I used my Copics to color in each of the butterflies, rotating between pink and yellow.  I also lightly ink blended the background with residual ink from my pink blender brush.

My sentiment is a Memory Box die (Hello Friend Posh Script) cut from gold mirror cardstock and I also added a few gold metallic pearls (PFS) to finish off this card.

The DT has a lot of great inspiration for you right HERE, so check it out and play along with us...we'd love to see YOU in our gallery!  This challenge is open till Monday, April 29th @ 9:00AM.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Flower Challenge Reminder #90 - Add Layers

Hello friends.  Just a friendly reminder that there's still time to play in The Flower Challenge, where this month we are looking for LAYERS and of course flowers on your cards.

I had fun using lots of different sets to add layers to my card today.  Take a look...

I started by using The Greetery's Seagrass Basket dies from kraft cs and then had fun filling it with The Greetery's BotaniCuts: Crocus flowers which have lots of layers to them.  I die cut them from white cs and then used DOX inks to color them up.  I also added a couple sprigs of Baby's Breath (also The Greetery) to fill in the basket a bit more.  I did add some glitter to the baby's breath but it's a little hard to see in my photos.

I used some more kraft cs to add a die cut circle and square (Penny Black - Stitched Square & Circles) for my background and then adhered to a 5 x 5 white card base.  I finished with a sentiment on the basket that's from Gina K's Beautiful Basket Additions.

We look forward to seeing what YOU come up with by adding LAYERS to your cards, and there's lots of inspiration from the DT that you can see HERE to get you started.  This challenge is open till Thursday, April 25th @ 5:00PM

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #61

Hello friends.  Still trying to keep up with making a Christmas card (or two) every two weeks by playing along with the Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge.  Take a look at their lovely mood board for this challenge...

I was inspired by the greenery and the deer from the mood board, and also my sweet friend Loll, who has been showing lots of different ways to use her large JOY die.  Check out her last one right HERE.  I have a large JOY die from TSM called Festive Foliage that I used for my card and came up with this CAS card...

I started with an embossed background using FSJ's Evergreen ef and then used my JOY die to cut out the letters in red glitter cardstock (PFS).  I used a separate scrap of white cs to stamp a couple snow hills and the tree line (Gina K's Holiday Silhouettes) with Evening Evergreen ink (SU!), and then used the "O" die again to cut out the center and place it inside the red glitter "O".

The deer was cut using a Gina Marie Designs die from kraft cs and then sponged with a bit of Soft Suede ink (SU!) around the edges, before attaching to the red glitter "O".  I finished with a few red glitter gems from PFS.

Lots of beautiful inspiration from the DT to inspire you to play along and you can find it all right HERE.  This challenge is open till Thursday, April 18th @ 8:00PM.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Double D Challenge - Cute Little Animals

Hello friends.  Playing along with Double D's latest challenge that is all about Cute Little Animals.

 Aren't they SO CUTE?!!  My first thought was to go with some of my favorite critters from Anita Jeram, but then I remembered this sweet stamp set from Penny Black (critter celebration) that I hadn't used a quite awhile!  I have a trio of cards for you today using 3 of the 5 images that come in this set, and here is the first one...

I think you all know by now I'm not real fond of real mice, but now "paper mice" I think are really CUTE, including this little guy perched in the flower.  I colored all my images with Copics and for this one, I used SU!'s Everyday Details Dies to cut out the image.  

I was hoping this close up would show some of the sparkle from using Sheer Shimmer Mist on the image, but no such luck!  The dsp is all from PTI, the ribbon from SU!, the gold dots from PFS, and the sentiment from Penny Black's Special Sentiments stamp set.

This little guy looks so sweet all nestled into the peachy pink (PTI's Sweet Blush) flower and was die cut with Penny Blacks stitched square & circles set of dies.  The dsp is PTI's Sweet Blush, the Stitched Scallop Rectangle is from PFS, and the sentiment is from Memory Box's Just A Note Posh Script die.  Clear gems are from PFS.

 This last little cutie was done in yellows and I used SU!'s Everyday Details Dies to cut the rectangle and then black embroidery floss to stitch through the holes the die cut has.  The plaid dsp and cs are both Harvest Gold from PTI and die cut with PFS's Diagonal Stitched Rectangles, the sentiment from The Greetery, and the sequins from Gina K.

So there you have my trio of CUTE LITTLE ANIMALS and there's even more from the DT right HERE to inspire you to play along!  This challenge is open till Sunday, April 14th @ 8:00PM.

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Word Power #4 Challenge

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Word Power Challenge today where the sentiment is the main focus of the card.  I had just received a couple new goodies from PTI's latest release and they worked beautifully for this challenge!

Here's what I came up with...

I started with a background stencil that came with PTI's Pro Stamper's Box: March in light yellow and then stamped my sentiment which is from PTI's Reflections: March stamp set in black over the light yellow stenciled background.  The Pro Stamper's Box: March set also comes with many dies, and I die cut one of the frames from white cs and glued it over my sentiment and then stamped the sentiment over top of the die cut using my MISTI so that the stamp was in the same place as when I stamped over the stenciled background.  I love the subtle way this frames out one of my favorite verses!

Next I went to work on the flowers that are a part of the Pro Stamper's Box: March and used shades of yellow on them.  Once they were die cut, I added them to the side of the sentiment and also added a twine bow and some glitter.  I finished with a few light yellow gems from PFS.

I also made two other cards while I had everything out on my desk and thought I'd share them here with you...

This one has a different stenciled background (also part of the box) and die cut frame, and the die cut sentiment is also a part of the box.  (I am so in LOVE with this whole Pro Stamper's Box: March set...there is SO much packed into this kit and I just know it's going to get used a LOT!!) 

 This last card uses the same flowers, but for my background I CASE'd someone (sorry, I forgot who!) who had cut out multiple frames in white and added them all to the background, snipping off the overhang ones.  Pretty cool look, huh?!  I used the little string bow die cut from The Greetery's Fit To Be Tied die set to tie my little bouquet together and then finished with a few sparkle gems from SU!.

The Word Power Challenge is open for the whole month (Thursday, April 25th) and is a great way to use those larger sentiments in your stash.  :0)

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

The Flower Challenge #90 - Add Layers

Hello friends.  It's a new month and time for a new challenge here at The Flower Challenge, and this month we'd like to see you Add Layers on your cards...along with flowers too of course!

This was a fun challenge for me and I pulled out a Waffle Flower set (Tulips) that I hadn't used used in a loooong time and came up with this...

I started my layering with PFS's Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Die with PTI's Sweet Blush cs (kinda a peachy pink color) and a 2nd layer of Sweet Blush plaid dsp (also PTI).  Next I added PFS's Ornate Oval Frame die cut in white to stand out against the colored cs and dsp, and used foam strips behind the outer part of the frame to give some dimension.  I colored my tulip image with Copics (R000, R00, R21 & R30) and then die cut with the coordinating die.

If you look closely, you can see that I also added a layer of vellum that I die cut with PFS's Leafy Branch behind the tulip bunch before adhering both to the top of the Ornate Oval Frame die cut.  I finished with a Spellbinder's betterpress sentiment and a few Disco Ball sequins from Gina K.  

We have lots of beautiful inspiration for you with lots and lots of LAYERS, so check it all out right HERE and play along with us...we'd love to see YOU in the gallery!  This challenge is open till April 25th @ 5:00PM.

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

Monday, April 1, 2024

Color Hues Challenge #84 - Peach & Green

Hello friends.  It's a new month and unfortunately because of technical difficulties, no new challenge at Color Hues.  Just kidding!!!  April Fools!!!!  We wouldn't do that to you...we enjoy playing in these challenges as much as you do!  So anyway, the new challenge at Color Hues is being led by our sweet hostess Cindy and she would like to see Peach & Green on our cards.

I had a brand new press/foil plate from Spellbinder's (Cosmos Backdrop) to play with that fit the colors beautifully.  Take a look...

I foiled the backdrop with Prism foil (an iridescent silver) and then proceeded to color in the flowers with a combination of Copics and ink blending with some very small brushes (so I'd have some control and be able to stay in the lines).  The leaves were colored in with Copics only.

The sentiment was die cut using Memory Box's Just A Note Posh Script die on a really sparkly silver cs and the back layer a piece of vellum so as not to cover up a lot of the design.

This card was finished by layering the top panel to a piece of Certainly Celery cs (SU! - retired) and a white card base.  This card is incredibly shiny with the Prism foil and someday I'm going to learn how to truly capture that look, but for now trust me that this card SHINES like crazy!!

We would love to see YOU in our gallery using these two colors, so check out what the DT and our Special GD Donna Mikasa did to inspire you and then play along right HERE.  

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Easter Blessings

Hello friends.  I have another Easter card to share with you today, and this one uses a new set from last months PTI release called Into the Blooms: Spring Nest Dies.  Here's what I came up with...

Isn't that just the sweetest little nest?!  Can't wait to use it with some birdies too!  For this one I added some ink blending to my kraft cs that I used for the nest (it's 3 die layers), and then die cut all the eggs, greenery, flowers, and bunny from white cs and then ink blended color and splattering.

You can see the splattering and water spots a bit better in this close up.  I used Spring Rain cs with The Greetery's Postage Stamp Die and Spring Rain plaid DSP on top of that, before adding my nest and bunny.  The sentiment is from PTI's Just Sentiments: Spring Blessings. I did add a few Disco Ball sequins (Gina K) to finish off this card.

I will be adding this card to The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge where they are looking for bunnies and/or chicks.

Also have a couple pics of the chocolate nugget bunnies I make each year to spread out on the table...the grands love these!  They are just a Hershey's Nugget wrapped in a 1" x 3" piece of DSP and then I add a stamped bunny face from an old wooden stamp that I've had for years and years, and finish with a small white pom pom for a tail.

                                 Easter blessings to all of you my friends!  My redeemer lives!! 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Here Come the Bunnies...

Hello friends.  How about a little FUN today with some Easter stenciled backgrounds that I did last year and FINALLY made into cards this year?!!  I had bought a couple PPP and a Taylored Expressions stencil(s) and used soft rainbow colors to ink them up right away last year, but then I never did anything more with them!  Guess I just needed time to "mull" on them as my mother-in-law used to say!  Haha!!  

And here's what I came up with using the stencils and other products in my stash...

Don't those rainbow colored bunnies make the cutest background??!  I used the Taylored Expressions Oh Hoppy Day stencil for this one.  I used the egg die from PTI's Spring Silhouette set for the opening in this card and also for the greenery and bunny.  The carrot is from The Greetery's BotaniCuts: Carrot dies.  My cloudy background behind the egg was stenciled using A Colorful Life's Cloud Edger and my sentiment from PTI's Simply Spring Borders...I thought the sentiment went perfectly with this colorful card!

 This background was done with PPP's Layered Eggs stencil and again with rainbow ink blending.  The carrots are again from The Greetery and the little bunnies are from Poppystamps Thoughtful Bunnies die set.  That sweet sentiment is from The Greetery's Bunny Hop set.

My last card uses PPP's Layered Easter Floral stencil set, and because it's such a busy background, I only added Poppystamps Nordic Bunnies die set with a vellum circle behind them from The Greetery's Nordic Circle Dies.  I also used The Greetery's Nordic Rectangle Dies on my stenciled background piece.  Because it was already so busy I just put my Happy Easter sentiment on the inside.

And here they all 3 are together...pretty colorful, huh?!  I sure had fun making these though and I hope the recipients all love receiving them!

I'm going to add these cards to Stencils Fun Challenge where their theme this month is Easter/Spring...I think I covered that! :0)

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