Monday, February 29, 2016

No Limits Birthday

Hello again!  Tonight I'm sharing my weekly sample for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week Maura has chosen the colors Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Pacific Point, with "dessert" of floss, twine or ribbon. I've used the great sketch from Just Add Ink as inspiration for my card design.

The image that came to mind was forest and sky, but how to use the red?  Aha!  I pulled out the airplane from Sky is the Limit and decided to have a red plane through the sky over a forest.

I started with a panel of Whisper White card and a scrap punched out with the 1 5/8" Scallop Circle punch, then lightly sponged Pacific Point across the sky, creating fluffy clouds.  I then stamped the trees from Wonderland across the bottom in Wild Wasabi.  The plane was stamped in Archival Basic Gray, colored with a Blender Pen in Real Red ink and cut out with my Paper Snips.  The "propeller" was punched from Vellum Card Stock with a 3/4" circle punch and attached to the plane with a silver brad.

The sentiment is also from the Sky is the Limit stamp set, and was cut and layered with two sizes of Tags and Labels framelits.  I even added "dessert", with the Pacific Point Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and Whisper White Baker's Twine.

That's it for tonight.  Please be sure to use the links above to check out all the wonderful inspiration.  Thanks for the visit and I'd love to hear from you if have a moment to leave a comment!



Product details:
Stamps:  Wonderland, Sky is the Limit
Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Vellum
Ink:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Archival Basic Gray
Other:  1 5/8" Scallop Circle punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Pacific Point Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Tags & Labels framelits, Metallic Brads, Whisper White Baker's Twine

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lakeside Birthday

Hello and welcome back!  Tonight I've got a card to share that I made for the birthday of one of my husband's brothers. This week's sketch challenge at Paper Players provided the perfect inspiration.

My BIL is an outdoorsy kind of guy, he likes to golf, go camping, kayak, etc.  Well, you get the picture.  I had stashed away some Pebbles Lakeside designer series paper and chip board pieces that I won years ago from Moxie Fab world and decided it would be perfect to use for his birthday card.

Well, in addition to the fab blue and green colors, I love the hounds tooth and plaid patterns of this paper for a masculine card.  The dsp was layered on a piece of Garden Green card stock to give it enough stability to pop up on Dimensionals on the Garden Green card base after wrapping it with a piece Mossy Meadow twine (from a prior year Sale-a-Bration).

The raccoon is from a 1994 Stampin' Up! stamp set (the name of which I do not know) that I bought on Ebay several years ago, containing 20 stamps of various critters.  He was matched up with a pine cone chip board piece from the Lakeside collection, and the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Now that I've gotten so used to the trend of adding sequins or something scattered around a card, I felt like there was something missing on this one until I added the perfect finishing touch to a guy card, Candy Dots!  ; - )

So glad you came by today - as always, your visit and comments are so appreciated!  I've added a link above to The Paper Players challenge, so be sure to use it and check out all the wonderful inspiration!



Product details:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, retired SU wildlife stamp set
Paper:  Confetti Cream, Garden Green, Pool Party, Lakeside 6 x 6 paper pad (Pebbles)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Other:  Lakeside Chip Board, 1" Square and Postage Stamp punches, Bitty Banner framelits, Mossy Meadow Twine, Subtles Candy Dots

Monday, February 22, 2016

Happiest of Birthdays

Hi there and welcome back!  Tonight I'm sharing my weekly sample for the Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I hope you'll use the link below and join us in the fun! Barbara has a beautiful choice of colors this week, some of my favorites together - Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz.  I've used the fabulous sketch from the current challenge at Fab Friday for my card layout.  Be sure to visit their blog and check out all the wonderful inspiration!

I went digging through my hoard stash of retired designer series paper to find various patterns in the challenge colors to use for the base and the banners.  The horizontal piece of Thick Whisper White (also used for the base) was cut with the Eyelet Border punch, stamped with the sentiment and dots and wrapped with the GORGEOUS Pool Party Glitter Ribbon now available in the current Occasions catalogue.

I used a Stampamajig to position the sentiment so I would have plenty of room for the ribbon.  After everything was adhered to the base, a flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack was used to punch out three Wisteria Wonder flowers and added them to the panel, along with rhinestone centers.

Thanks so much for taking a look!  As always, your visit and comments are so appreciated!  Don't forget to use the links above to check out all the great creations and join in!



Product details:
Stamps:  Birthday Blooms
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, In Color 2011-2013 DSP Pattern Pack, In Color 2010-2011 DSP Patterns Pack, Afternoon Picnic dsp
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder
Other:  Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack, Tea Lace Doily, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Eyelet Border, Pool Party 3/8" Glitter Ribbon

Monday, February 15, 2016

Giggle Grunge

Hi there and welcome back!  I have my card for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week the colors are Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow.  Dessert was to add some glitter, which I accomplished with a little bit of Wink of Stella.

These colors were a little challenging for me for some reason.  I mean, it seems perfect for flowers but I wanted to do something different.  So I pulled out a stamped image from Giggle Greetings that I had in my stash from when I borrowed the stamp set from my upline (thanks Susan!).

The sentiments in this stamp set make me smile, and I find this one particularly true, especially after my week at work last week LOL!  The image was stamped in Jet Black Stazon on water color paper then colored with an Aqua Painter and reinkers.  I like how the bowl turned out, but I was so focused on keeping the Cherry Cobbler ink from migrating outside the cherry image, that I let the ink dry too much and wasn't able to move it around to get better highlights.  After everything dried, I added Clear Wink of Stella to the cherries.

I found some retired Washi tape that had been available during the 2014 Holiday catalogue and added it to the top, bottom and interior of the Thick Whisper White card base.  The tag was created with a 2" wide strip of Hello Honey punched on one end with the Ornate Tag Topper punch, then scored above and below the added main image.  Before adhering the tag to the card, I added some splatters using stamps from Gorgeous Grunge and Awesomely Artistic.   I think I got a bit carried away, but it was fun.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you use the link above and join us in the Color Challenge, or at least go visit and enjoy all the amazing inspiration!



Product details:
Stamps:  Giggle Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge, Awesomely Artisitc
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler, watercolor
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Smokey Slate
Other:  Clear Wink of Stella, White and Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Ornate Tag Topper punch, Color Me Autumn Washi Tape.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Birthday Love Blossoms

Happy Saturday!  Today I had a chance to visit my craft room and finish up a card made for this week's Mojo Monday challenge.

I decided to use the lovely Birthday Blossoms stamp set, and started by stamping the group of small flowers, the larger flower and leaves with Archival Basic Gray ink on Whisper White paper.  Using a Blender pen I colored them using Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Pear Pizzazz reinkers. The trick that works for me to avoid pilling the paper when using a Blender pen, especially when coloring larger areas, is to use a very light touch when applying the ink, and try not to repeatedly go over a section.

I punched out both the flower and group of flowers and hand cut the leaves.  The Rose Red card stock base was covered with a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White card stock that was run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder.  I then took a panel of Smokey Slate, edged it with a border punch, then adhered a piece of Love Blossoms designer series paper with just the prettiest pattern, don't you think?

When starting to add the final layers, the large circle of flowers looked a little plain by itself.  I tried a paper doily but it was too big, then I remembered I had some Metallic Foil Doilies, pulled out a large silver one and it worked beautifully.  Then the sentiment, single flower and leaves were popped up on a Rose Red circle for contrast to the colors underneath.  The final touches were a scattering of sequins and pearls (heaven forbid I don't add sequins LOL!!).

Thanks for taking time to look!  As always your visit and comments are so appreciated.  I've added a link above to Mojo Monday, so be sure to use it to check out all the beautiful inspiration!



Product details:
Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms
Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Smokey Slate, Love Blossoms dsp
Ink:  Archival Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz
Other:  Pansy, 1 3/4" Circle, 2 1/2" Circle and Eyelet Border punches, Lacy Brocade TIEF, Frosted Sequins, Metal Rimmed Pearl, Pearl Basic Jewels, Metallic Foil Doily

Monday, February 8, 2016

Poppy Thanks

Welcome back!  It's Monday evening and time to share my sample card for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week Karen has inspired us with the lovely combination of Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive and Lost Lagoon.  The "dessert" option is to use an oval, but I forgot until my card was complete.  I also used the wonderful sketch from this week's sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts.

With this week's colors, I thought they would work well with the retired Pleasant Poppies stamp.  It was stamped in Archival Basic Black on watercolor paper, then the flowers were water colored with an Aqua Painter using Watermelon Wonder and Old Olive reinkers.  Lost Lagoon was used for the background.

I struggled a bit with the angled cut and ended up using gold as my "neutral", including the ribbon on both sides of the cut.  Other bits of gold included metallic thread and sequins, plus the addition of Gold Wink of Stella on the wood sentiment and on the flower stamen.

Thanks for looking!  As always, your visit and comments are so appreciated.  I hope you'll join us at the SCS Color Challenge this week.  I've added links above for both challenges, so be sure to use them and check out the wonderful inspiration!



Product details:
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies
Paper:  Watercolor paper, Watermelon Wonder, Birthday Bouquet designer series paper
Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Watercolor Wonder, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon
Other:  Expressions Natural Elements, Gold Metallic Thread, Gold 1/8" ribbon, Metallics Sequins, Gold Wind of Stella

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sublime Love

A quick post tonight with a card made for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used it to make a very CAS Valentine.

I've had the You're Sublime stamp set for a while and had not yet inked it up.  The frog image is so sweet I thought it would be perfect for a whimsical Valentine.  Using retired Old Olive Blendability Markers, I colored him after stamping on Thick Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The rest is pretty self explanatory, and I've included a list products below.  Thanks so much for visiting and I've love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment!  Be sure to use the link above to visit FMS and check out all the amazing inspiration.

Have a great week ahead!!



Product details:
Stamps:  You're Sublime, Bloomin' Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Sky
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky
Other:  Old Olive Blendability Markers, Tasteful Trim BigZ XL die, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

Monday, February 1, 2016

Floral Glow

It's Monday evening and time to share my sample for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Vicki has chosen a lovely combination of So Saffron, Soft Sky and Basic Gray.  "Dessert" is to use scallops.

I started with a piece of water color paper, stamping the flower image in Versamark ink, then heat embossing it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I've seen this done very nicely with other floral images so I thought I would give it a try.  Using an Aqua Painter to first wet the paper, I applied So Saffron on and around the flower, moving the ink until I had to coverage I wanted, but not trying for perfection.  I ended up with a bit of a light yellow "glow" if you will around the flower. Then the background was covered with Soft Sky, and the stem a light bit of Basic Gray.  After the water color paper dried, I trimmed it down to fit on the card.

The base is Thick Whisper White that was covered by a 5" x 5" square of Textured So Saffron.  I found a piece of Basic Gray designer series paper in the Moonlight paper stack, which was layered under the water colored piece.  Next I found a strip of polka dot Basic Gray dsp, that I cut along one side with a Scallop Border punch.

I fiddled around with a variety of sentiments and shapes, but finally settled on a simple circle with a simple sentiment, backed with a little bit of Soft Sky ribbon.

Thanks for the visit!  Be sure to use the link above to join us at the Color Challenge - there's no time limit so you're welcome to play along any time.



Product details:
Stamps:  Remarkable You, Chalk Talk
Paper:  Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, water color, Textured So Saffron, Moonlight & Patterns Pack II dsp
Ink:  Archival Basic Gray, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Soft Sky
Other:  1 1/4" Circle and Scallop Border punches, 1/8" Soft Sky Grosgrain Ribbon, Subtles Candy Dots.