Monday, October 29, 2018

Pinecone Decoration

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Karen is hosting this week and she has chosen the beautiful combination of Blueberry Bushel, Cherry Cobbler and Bermuda Bay, with the dessert option to add shimmer. 

I decided to use the beautiful Pinecone Decoration image from Stampendous, using Copic markers in colors similar to the challenge colors.  I love the gorgeous bow which is the star of this image and thought it would look wonderful in that deep royal blue color.

Initially I tried coloring the flowers in Bermuda Bay colors but it just didn't look right with the blue bow.  So on my second attempt I kept them white, shaded with grays, then put a teal glow around the outside of the image and backed the panel with one of Bermuda Bay card stock.  I didn't find a sentiment that fit appropriately so I'll add one on the card interior.

To capture the dessert option, I used a shimmer pen on the ribbon and berries (somewhat more visible in the picture below) and then used shimmer paste through the Falling Snow stencil on the Blueberry Bushel panel, letting dry before assembling the card.  The final touch was to add a retired SU pearl at the top of the "cord" hanging the decoration.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to SCS above, so I hope you'll head over there and join us this week!


Product details
Stamps:  Pinecone Decorations (Stampendous)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Bermuda Bay, Blueberry Bushel
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam
Other:  Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Tonic Nuvo Moonstone Shimmer pen and Moonstone Shimmer paste, retired Pearl, Copic markers

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cardinal Snowman

Hello and welcome back!  Today's card is one made for Mojo Monday...what a minute, didn't Mojo Monday say farewell back in June this year?  Well, yes, the founder Julee Tilman decided to end the challenge blog so she could focus on her young family.  However, she continues to post on her personal blog Poetic Artistry and has decided to continue the challenge there on a limited basis.  Oh my, that made me so happy as Mojo Monday was one the first challenge blogs with which I participated oh so many years ago and Julee is one terrific sketch designer!  So, here is the current sketch and link to that post.

I recently acquired a cute snowman stamp set and decided to use it for my card.  I colored the images with Copic markers and die cut them with the companion dies.  When looking to put my card together I realized I needed to swap the sides of the circles.

I love the cute snowman with the cardinals taking up roost on his arms.  The smaller circle has a layer of trees adhered directly to the circle then the cardinal and snowbank popped up on foam tape as was the snowman.  A shimmer pen was used to add sparkle to the snowman, the snow beneath the little cardinal and the red panel layered on the white card base, which unfortunately I wasn't able to capture on camera, but you can see the sparkly blizzard drops on the trees.  I used some long retired Stampin' Up patterned paper in Garden Green for the rectangle panel before adding the two circles.  The final touch was to add some jewels from Lucy's Little Things.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's so appreciated!  Be sure to use the link above to enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details

Stamps:  Snowman Cardinals (Stampendous), Holiday Home (sentiment/ret. SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Copic markers, Snowman Cardinals companion dies, Hero Arts Nested Infinity Circle dies, White Gelly Roll pen, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and White Blizzard Glitter Drops, Lucy's Little Things Iridescent Jewels

Friday, October 12, 2018

Grateful Friend

Hi there and welcome back!  Fall has turned pretty spectacular here in Western Oregon, which helped inspire the card I'm sharing with you today.  That and the wonderful color challenge at Sunday Stamps and fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!



Once again I pulled out my current favorite fall stamp set, BB Fall Friends.  I can't get enough of the cute images that are just perfect for fall.  I colored the images with Copic markers then die cut them with companion dies.

The background panel was die cut from retired So Saffron textured card stock, then adhered to a white card base.  On a separate piece of Bristol card stock I ink blended the background for my little scene then die cut with a Stitched Shape Circle framelit.  The primary images and sentiment were adhered then it was popped up on the card base with foam tape.  A couple of leaves evidently floated off the pile behind the girl and her little squirrel, and ended up below the scene. :-)

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you'll use the links above and check out both challenges!


Product details
Stamps:  Birdie Brown Fall Friends (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pumpkin Pie, Textured So Saffron, Koh-I-Noor Bristol
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam, Versamark, Distress Inks:  Tumbles Glass, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade
Other:  Stitched Rectangle Die (SugarPea Designs), Stitched Shapes Framelit (SU), MFT Cloud stencil, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder
Copics:  Coat, boots, leaves:  R08, YR07,12 BG 11,13; Pumpkin: YR18,07,14; Skirt, Scarf, Hat:  BG 11,13,09; Hair:  E23,25,29; Skin: E00,11,50, R20; Squirrel:  E51, 53, 37

Monday, October 8, 2018


Hello again!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Pam is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely combination of Real Red, Garden Green and So Saffron, with a "dessert" option of stenciling. I'm also joining the SCS Free For All challenge to make a small or long tall card. 

I'm also joining the current challenge at The Paper Players, with a theme challenge of leaves or trees. 


Originally I was going to make a Christmas card with the challenge colors but when my first attempt ended up in the trash bin, I decided an autumn themed card would work perfectly.  I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Scattered Straw Distress Inks to sponge the leaves through the stencil on a Bristol panel, then lightly added Antique Linen over the background and Walnut Stain around the edges.  It was trimmed down in order to fit a tall and skinny card, then gold embossing powder was heat set around the edges.

The sentiment was also heat set with gold embossing powder on Very Vanilla card stock, then adhered to a Real Red layer, both of which die cut with Tags & Labels Framelits.  After wrapping the panel with gold cord and popping the sentiment up with foam tape, the stenciled panel was adhered to the card base and a few Nuvo Crystal drops added.

Are you like me, making loads of cards but sending them infrequently or not at all? I recently decided to start mailing cards more often to family and friends, just to let them know I was thinking of them, and this card will be going to a special friend.

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it so much!  I've added links above to The Paper Players and SCS above, so be sure to check out all the challenges.


Product details
Stamps:  Peaceful Place (sentiment/SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Early Espresso, Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Versamark
Other:  Tim Holtz Autumn Leaves Layering stencil, Tags & Labels Framelits (SU), Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder, Gold Cord, English Mustard and Woodland Green Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops

Monday, October 1, 2018

Good Idea!

Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Barbara is hosting this week and she has chosen the Old Olive, Fresh Fig and Pumpkin Pie for her colors this week, with a dessert option of "Halloween". 

I'm also joining the current challenge at The Paper Players, where LeAnne has given us a fun Tic Tac Toe challenge.  The elements I used are die cut, pumpkin and green.

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Normally I would love to make a Halloween card with this week's challenge colors, but I received my new Art Impressions/Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp and could not resist coloring it up! 

Ha ha I love these AI ladies, hanging out sipping their Pumpkin Spice lattes while seated on big pumpkins.  It wouldn't seem very comfy but they don't seem to mind in the least!  I used the packaging example to create the shading on the ladies, cups and pumpkins, then expanded it onto the ground and background.  For the "wall" in the background, it was colored with a light warm gray then I used a small textured square drenched in Colorless Blender to create a bit of textured design (you can see it better in the photo below).  After the panel was die cut with a wonky stitched rectangle die, the sentiment was adhered and the panel added to a Fresh Fig card base.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  Be sure to use the links above to check out both challenges.  Have a great week!


Product details
Stamps:  Pumpkin Spice (AI/SSS), My Monthly Hero 0818 (sentiment/Hero Arts)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Fresh Fig
Ink:  Gina K Amalgam Black, Stazon Timber Brown (sentiment)
Other:  Wonky Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), Silver Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Copic markers: YR18, 12, 07, 04, R20, 21, 35, 39, 83 YG17, 91, 95, 97, C3, 5, W0, 1, 3, 5, BV20, 23, E00, 08, 11, 19, 29, 35, 37, 53, 55, 57