Monday, April 25, 2016

Vintage Leaves Hello

Happy Monday evening!  Tonight I'm back with my sample for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This was to be my last post as guest designer for the Color Challenge Design Team but I've been asked to stay on until the end of June.  Of course I said yes!

This week Vicki has chosen the wonderful color combination of Island Indigo, Garden Green, and So Saffron. (ETA: I goofed up and did not check the colors closely and used So Saffron, but Vicki actually chose Daffodil Delight.  So those of you that might join in, be aware of the correct color!!) "Dessert" is to include leaves in your project.  I really focused on that aspect for my first attempts, trying to blend colors with reinkers and water to cut out for the leaves, but it just turned out to be a mess and not at all what I envisioned.  Given that I had a pretty short time frame in which to complete it, I decided to ditch everything and go back to a more clean and simple approach.  I saw this week's challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch and decided to use that for my card layout.

I ended up stamping the leaves on So Saffron and Garden Green card stock, then cutting them out with the matching framelits.  I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of ink around the edges for more depth of color.  When I used So Saffron ink on the same color card stock was just too light, so I ended up using Crushed Curry ink.  With the life-like detail of the leaves, it seemed natural to use the Hardwood background stamp for the Island Indigo panel.

Because all the stamped images are in the three distinct challenge colors, I chose to have the card base, sentiment and embellishments be white, with the exception of the Linen Thread.  I'm loving the White Enamel Dots combined with the pearls - a bit of a change up from just one or the other.

I have a friend that lives in Central Oregon that I really need to catch up with, so I plan to send this to her.  Thanks for looking and as always, your visit and comments are so appreciated.  I've included links to both challenges above, so please be sure to check out all the inspiration!



Product details:
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Hardwood
Paper:  Thick and regular Whisper White, Island Indigo, Garden Green, So Saffron
Ink:  Island Indigo, Garden Green, Crushed Curry
Other:  Linen Thread, retired Neutrals Button, Leaflets and Greetings Thinlits, White Enamel Dots, Sponge Dauber, Pearls Basic Jewels.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Butterfly Friend

Hi there!  I hope your week is going well!  Tonight I have a card to share that I made for two challenges - the sketch challenge at Fab Friday and the CAS Butterfly challenge at Paper Players.


I know I could have made my card a bit more CAS but I saw this butterfly designer paper and just had to layer it on the card base.  When I saw the sketch, the Pedal Pusher stamp immediately came to mind for the top panel and the colors from the dsp worked perfectly.

I started by stamping an Olive Green swoosh from Work of Art at the bottom of the panel.  Next was the bike in Archival Basic Black.  A blender pen and reinkers were used to color the seats, bike frame, basket and flowers.  A white Signo Uniball pen was used to color for the handle grips and for the "chrome" bits, Encore Silver was used.

In addition to the butterflies in the dsp, I just had to add a wee butterfly to the panel that was cut from Calypso Coral card stock.  The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes was stamped in black ink, cut out with a Word Window punch and popped up on Dimensionals.  A quarter piece of a Tea Lace Doily was adhered to the back of the panel before it was added to the card over a banner of Calypso Coral.  Easy peasy!

Thanks for looking!  As always your visit and comments are so appreciated!  I've included links above to both challenges, so do be sure to go and check them out!



Product details
Stamps:  Pedal Pusher, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Work of Art
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral Pacific Point, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Pacific Point, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum, Silver Encore, Archival Basic Black
Other:  Blender Pen, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Brights Candy Dot, White Signo Uniball pen, Word Window and Banner Triple punches, Tea Lace Doily, Pearl Basic Jewel

Monday, April 18, 2016

Timeless Grunge

Welcome back!  It's Monday night and time again to share my sample for this week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week Mary has given us the colors of Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray and Hello Honey.  "Dessert" is to make it a masculine card.  I'm always in need of those, so it was an easy decision to include.  I've also used the sketch from this week's challenge at Pals Paper Arts.

Using a piece of designer series paper from the Moonlight paper stack, I added a collage of images from Timeless Textures and Gorgeous Grunge.  In real life, there are a lot of things going on in the collage, but wow, only when I edited the photos did I think maybe it's a bit too busy!

Pretty wild, didn't I tell you??  After stamping and adding the layers, I looked for a sentiment stacked to fit in a circle and more suitable for a "guy" card.  I ended up with one from the retired Hooray, It's Your Day.  The dsp was adhered to a 5 3/8" x 4 1/4" panel of Lost Lagoon so it could be popped up on Dimensionals on the card base after adding the eyelets. Boy, I haven't used those in a long time (nor my Cropadile) but I've held onto them just because they are fun for the right kind of card.

Also added were some mini brads, Hello Honey twine (retired from 2015 SAB) and stars punched with the star punch included in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Finally, for the interior a strip of the same dsp was added to the side, and a sentiment from Perfect Pairings was added and surrounded by stars stamped in Hello Honey.

Thanks for visiting and of course I'd love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a message!  I hope you are able to join us for this week's Color Challenge at SCS.  I've added a links above to both SCS and Pals Paper Arts.



Product details
Stamps:  Timeless Textures, Gorgeous Grunge, Hooray It's Your Day, Perfect Pairings
Paper:  Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Basic Gray, Moonlight dsp
Ink:  Basic Gray, Hello Hone, Lost Lagoon
Other:  Houndstooth Textured Impression Embossing Folder, 2" Circle punch, Itty Bitty  Accents Punch Pack, Starburst framelit, Mini Brads, Metallic Eyelets, Hello Honey twine, Cropadile

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happiest of Birthdays

Hello, and welcome back.  The current challenge at Sunday Stamps is a versatile sketch for which I knew immediately what stamp set I wanted to use.

Once more I just had to use the large flower from Birthday Blooms!  Love that flower!  I had a card base covered with the accompanying designer series paper already created and discarded from another project, so adding the banner and the circle with the flower atop was pretty quick after I was done water coloring and fussy cutting the flower.

The card interior was stamped with one of the sentiments from the set, so I wasn't going to add anything to the front other than the banner and flower, but it looked a little bare without one, so I added ribbon to the banner and tied a tag to it stamped with a sentiment from Circle of Spring. Still, I'm not sure I like it - what do you think?

Here's the interior.

Thanks for looking!  As always, your visit and comments are so appreciated!  I added a link above to Sunday Stamps - be sure to use it and check out all the wonderful inspiration!



Product details
Stamps:  Birthday Blooms, Circle of Spring

Paper:  Whisper White Pool Party, Blushing Bride Glimmer, Birthday Bouquet dsp
Ink:  Archival Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow
Other:  Aqua Painter, Tags & Labels and Circles Collection framelits, 2 1/2" Circle and Curvy Trio punches, Blushing Bride Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Gold Wink of Stella, Paper Snips

Monday, April 11, 2016

Blooming Blossom

Hello and welcome back!  It's Monday and time to post my weekly sample for the Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Our hostess Maura has chosen the lovely combination of Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay, with embossing as "dessert".

I had a left over frame from another project, had my plan for the card all decided, then when I went to put it together, I didn't like it.  Arrgghh!  I tried a couple of floral two step stamps using Elegant Eggplant, but it's such a dark purple that even stamping off the ink for the interior (petals versus the outline), it still wasn't light enough.  So I looked through all my stamps and finally came upon the flower from Blooming with Kindness and voila, the card came together!

The Bermuda Bay frame, left over from another project, seemed perfect for this challenge.  I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to go under the frame, used a pencil to lightly mark the lower right corner, then used a Stampamajig to stamp the sentiment.  After stamping the flower in Elegant Eggplant, I used a Blender pen to pull ink into the petals from the stamped image, just lightly brushing it forward so as not to pill the paper, then used Old Olive ink to color the stem.

Next I took a strip of Whisper White, punched it with a border punch, adhered an embossed piece of Old Olive just above the scallops, then added it to the frame just at the bottom of the opening.  After wrapping the panel with Whisper White Baker's Twine, it was popped up on Dimensionals onto a Thick Whisper White card base.

There you have it!  Thanks so much for the visit and I would love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment!  Be sure to use the link above and join us in the SCS Color Challenge this week!



Product details
Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness, Birthday Blossoms
Paper:  Thick and regular Whisper White card stock, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay
Ink:  Elegant Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Eyelet Border punch, Squares Collection framelit, Blender Pen, Stampamajig, Whisper White Baker's Twine, White Perfect Accents

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dragonfly Hello

Hello again!  Tonight I'm posting a super easy card made for two challenges - the sketch challenge at Global Design Project and the color challenge at Pals Paper Arts.  I've added links below to each challenge so be sure to click on them and enjoy all the amazing inspiration.

I love the simplicity of the sketch, so I kept the elements minimal.  I was going for a more "organic" look after deciding to use some retired Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper with its beautifully embossed flowers, so I pulled out the dragonfly stamp from Awesomely Artistic, and also incorporated the nice texture of the Jute ribbon.

After deciding on the card elements, it seemed that the background on the card base needed to "pop" a bit more, so I used a Blender Pen inked with a bit of Craft Whisper White ink to color some of the flowers.  After coloring, I used a cloth to rub off the excess ink, including on the embossed parts of the flower.  After the ink dried the ribbon and buttons were adhered to the base.

For the color challenge, I decided on Bermuda Bay ink for the dragonfly, reminiscent of dragon and damsel flies we see here in the Northwest during the summer.  The stamp was first inked in Versamark then Bermuda Bay, heat embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder then fussy cut with my Paper Snips.  The sentiment was cut from the brilliantly bright Cucumber Crush card stock with a Greetings Thinlits.  I did substitute the Kraft dsp for Crumb Cake - I hope that doesn't disqualify me from the challenge!

Thanks for the visit and of course I would love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment!



Product details:
Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic
Paper:  Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Natural Composition Specialty dsp
Ink:  Versamark, Bermuda Bay, Craft Whisper White
Other:  1 1/4" Jute Ribbon, Greetings Thinlit, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Neutrals Buttons

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blushing Balloon Celebration

Hello and welcome back!  Tonight the card I've made is for this week's challenge at Mojo Monday.  I pulled out the Balloon Celebration stamp set and matching punch to create a fun birthday card.

I decided to go with a total balloon theme, so I grabbed a piece of Birthday Bouquet designer series paper with Mint Macaron and Pool Party balloons and layered it on a slightly larger piece of Whisper White card stock.  While Lost Lagoon is not part of the color group associated with this dsp, it goes wonderfully with a couple of the designs, so I used it for the card stock base.  Besides I really don't care for Mint Macaron most days, so I found this to be a nice alternative with this particular design.

The next layer is a square of embossed Pool Party card stock.  That was topped with a rectangle of matching dsp that was adhered to a same size piece of card stock to give it better sturdiness, then it was all wrapped with the glitter ribbon.  The sentiment was layered over the top of the ribbon along with the little circle of Blushing Bride and Whisper White card stock.  The balloons were punched out of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper with the Balloon Bouquet punch, and they were popped up on Dimensionals after attaching the silver cording.

Thanks for looking!  As always, your visit and comments are so appreciated.  Please be sure to use the link above to visit Mojo Monday and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!



Product details:
Stamps:  Balloon Celebration
Paper:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride card stock and Glimmer paper, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Birthday Bouquet dsp
Ink:  Pool Party
Other:  Balloon Bouquet, 1" Circle and 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punches, Decorative Dots TIEF, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, Silver Cording Trim

Monday, April 4, 2016

You've Got This!

Welcome back!  It's Monday and time to share my sample card for this week's Color Challenge #577 at Splitcoaststampers. This week, Barbara has chosen the lovely combination of Pink Pirouette, Pool Party and Mossy Meadow.  I had to pass on "dessert" this week, which is to use an animal on your card.  Instead, I chose...a flower!  What a surprise, right?  Here's a link to the Color Challenge SCS CC577.

This week I decided to use the pretty You've Got This stamp set, which is a new acquisition for me.  The card base is a 5" x 5" square card made from Pool Party card stock.  It was topped with a slightly smaller square of Whisper White that was partially layered with a piece of Birthday Bouquet designer series paper and a piece of the gorgeous Pool Party Glitter ribbon.

The flower was stamped with Archival Basic Black onto watercolor paper.  Next I covered it with a mask I fussy cut from a Post It note, then the background stamp from the same set was inked up with Pool Party and stamped over the top.  The petals were water colored with an Aqua Painter using Pink Pirouette and a bit of Pretty in Pink for more depth of color, the stamens with So Saffron and the leaves with Mossy Meadow.  I mounted it on a slightly skewed panel of Pool Party, which was then popped up with Dimensionals.

I used a piece of textured Pink Pirouette card stock for the horizontal strip that was decorated on one end with Rhinestone Basic Jewels, which were also scattered about on other parts of the card.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was inked up with Mossy Meadow, stamped on Whisper White card stock, punched with a Scallop Circle punch, and layered on a circle of Pool Party cut with a Circles Collection framelit.  The final touch was to add a bit of Gold Wink of Stella on the stamens and Clear Wink of Stella on the petal edges.

Thanks for your visit and I'd love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment!  I hope you are able to join us with this week's Color Challenge - I've added a link above to give you a taste of all the great inspiration!



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Wildflower Birthday

Hello once again!  Tonight I have a quick post with a card using the current sketch from Mojo Monday.  The challenge ends in about 30 minutes so I am scooting in just under the deadline!

I decided to use the Flowering Fields stamp set and matching designer series paper with this awesome sketch, plus the sentiment from Petite Pairs.

Using a blender pen, the flowers were colored in Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.  One of the Greetings Thinlits was cut from Blackberry Bliss card stock and added to the horizontal strip layered over the sentiment and flower panel.  A pretty simple card!

Thanks for looking - as always your visit and comments are so appreciated!  Do be sure to use the link above to check out all the great inspiration at Mojo Monday!



Product details:
Stamps:  Flowering Fields, Petite Pairs
Paper:  Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Wildflower Fields dsp
Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Old Olive
Other:  Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin ribbon, Scallop border, 1 3/4"Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" Circle punches, Greetings thinlit, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Blender Pen

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Tangelo Dawn

Hi there and happy Saturday!  The card I have to share today uses the Global Design Project color challenge and the sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts.

The color challenge was just that, but I decided to use it to create a scene with the sky a blazing orange just before dawn, fully embracing the bright colors in this challenge!  For the sketch, I substituted a rectangle for the circle and added a little tab with the sentiment.

The scene from In the Meadow was stamped in Archival Basic Black on watercolor paper, then water colored using an Aqua Painter and ink pads in the challenge colors.  I started at the top of the sky with the darkest amount of ink on the brush, then worked my way down towards the mountain tops, using more water from the pen to lighten the color, trying to capture the look of some pre-dawn mornings I've seen while camping, with artistic license of course!!

Once the scene was complete and dry, it was trimmed and adhered to a slightly larger piece of retired Core'dinations Early Espresso card.  I still like using it because of the texture (here's wishing Stampin' Up! would bring back textured card stock!!). The striped Bermuda Bay designer series paper was laid down on the Early Espresso base, topped with a horizontal strip of embossed Tangelo Twist, then wrapped with Linen Thread and finally topped with the water colored piece.

Well, that's it for tonight.  Thanks for the visit and do be sure to use the links above to the challenge blogs and check out all the amazing inspiration. I'd love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment!



Product detail
Stamps:  In the Meadow, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Watercolor, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso and Core'dinations Early Espresso, Brights dsp stack
Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso
Other:  Antique Brad, Aqua Painter, Boho Chic Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Decorative Label punch