Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CTD #290- I love you!!

Hey, Hey, Hey.... it's Wednesday and time for some new Color Throwdown colors. This week Tammy is bringing us a pyrex "blast from the past"- love the colors and actually still use some pyrex!!


Well, actually these could be the real thing or could be reproductions... retro is in my friends!!

My card...

I went pretty CAS here using this week's Viva la Verve sketch. The heart was die cut with Verve's Jotted Heart die- thinking I will always love this die! The sentiment is from Take Note- love the font and tiny lines in the "LOVE". The papers are We R Memory Keepers washi sheets (yes, those are washi sheets!)


This is the last installment with my sweet, sweet, friend Jeanne Jachna from A Kept Life!! So glad you played with us this month!!

And, Teresa Kline is joining us this week as the Featured Star Stamper... always love looking at her creations!!

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs.

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
Monika Davis- MAD Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 
 Sadly- we have a team member leaving us... Melody :( I will miss her fabulous layouts!! Wishing you all the best!!
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD290.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool. 
 
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Friday, April 25, 2014

It's a Hop- New Serendipity stamps!!

Hopefully you came from sweet Pauline's blog as I'm the next stop on the hop. AND....I've been having fun playing with some new stamps by Serendipity. I have several cards today... so, let's get to it....


For the first card (and my personal fav) I stamped these flower images (Flower Pops-1304M) onto watercolor cardstock and painted. The background uses a couple images from the set along with the Butterfly kisses stamp and Enjoy sentiment.


For this card, I stamped the Flowers & Ferns image (007G) onto XPress It blending cardstock and colored with copics. Added a doily and ribbon/button/twine combo along with a few enamel dots. The inside was stamped with the new Happy Mother's Day Sentiment (1303E).


While still playing with different mediums... I colored with gelatos onto watercolor cardstock and then used a watercolor brush to blend. The Wildflowers image (1306F) was stamped in memento tuxedo black and heat embossed with clear. Added a few gems and this sweet sentiment from Serendipity Stamps.


This card uses the new Happy Mother's Day sentiment (1303E) combined with an image from Flower Pops (1304M) stamped onto patterned paper- added a dot of black Viva Décor paint to the centers and a simple bow. I used a different color combo than I normally go for...trying to stretch myself a little :)


My last card uses a new background stamped that was released a little bit ago-- Hello Word (1301). The stamp has "hello" in different languages- pretty cool! It was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with white. Diamonds were added with modeling paste tinted with pink using MFT MPD's diamond stencil. Cut the panel on a diagonal and adhered- stamped Serendipity's Hello onto a chalkboard piece attached with a clothespin.

I know I made a few cards...now the deets!

If there's a hop there's a prize.... Woot Woot! The prize is a $20 gift code to one person who leaves a comment on ALL the blogs- see the list below!! You have until midnight Sunday 4/27 to leave comments and the winner will be posted on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday 4/28! Don't forget to qualify for the GC- you need to leave a comment on all the blogs!! Good Luck!!

The next stop on the hop is  sweet Anya Schrier. If you get lost along the way, you can use the link list below.
 
Can't wait to go see what everyone has created- these girls always inspire me- too bad I'm at work and won't get to peek until later :(

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PS It's Friday.... I am so ready for the WE!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CTD #289- If nothing every changed....


Happy Happy Wednesday and time for the Color Throwdown. This week these wonderful colors are brought to us by Monika.



I was still in a watercoloring/stenciling mood and I also created a butterfly but, not quite as vibrant as the pic. I know you may wonder but, the butterfly was colored with the exact colors- they just came out softer. The pic doesn't show very well but, the wild wasabi base was sprinkled with glitter- a little shine IRL. The butterfly was created with MFT MPD Butterfly die-namics and the stencil is MPD for MFT Concentric Circles. Also splashed on a little Heidi Swapp gold mist.


Our Featured Star Stamper joining us this week is Anita Bowden Anita Bowden, and her blog address is http://neetandcrafty.blogspot.co.uk/- Happy to have you!!

Continuing to join us this month as the Guest Designer is my sweet, sweet, friend Jeanne Jachna from A Kept Life!! So glad you're playing along!

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs.

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
Monika Davis- MAD Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD289.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool. 
Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Sweet little baby...

Yea... played in the Verve Diva Dare... Little Things... using one of my fav sweet baby sets...and last week's Verve sketch...

My arm is on the mend :)

My card...


I know the papers are busy... but, aren't they perfect for this "cutie patootie" giraffe.... wouldn't you want her/him at your house!! The sentiment and giraffe are from Verve's To The Moon set.Banners are Verve's Flag It Die Set-LOVE.... sequins are the pastel set from Verve.

Close up of that sweet face!!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Always believe...

Can you believe... I finally have an arm that works {at least halfway} and some extra time {long WE} and I had a chance to play in some fav challenges!!


Had a blast playing with some new Reverse Confetti... Paper Crane. Made a shaker card- adding silver sequins... who doesn't love a little bling!! Now, I started to color the crane in grays- I was taught to start with the darker color, work in, and then, go back and darken. So, after I started coloring the dark... I kinda' liked the effect- so I stopped... did add the lightest gray to tone it down a little...what do you think??

Close up...

Inspiration came from CASE study challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge "winged things", Seize the Sketch, and Curtain Call-confetti challenge. WOW... that's four-usually I'm tickled pink if I can make a card that fits two challenges!!


Hope you're having a wonderful Easter Holiday. We're enjoying a quiet one at my house! Usually the holidays are all hustle/bustle.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CTD #288 -- hello!!

Yes... it's Wednesday and a short week.... 

The Color Throwdown colors and inspiration photo this week are brought to us by Melody!


Scrumptious colors...

Here's my card...

Had fun watercoloring and stenciling!! When I went away with my friends for the WE- stamping friends- there's always some enabling and inspiration going on- oh, and it's the perfect atmosphere for shopping!! The flowers and hello die are the result of an early am WPlus9 {new release} shopping spree on the iPad. Stamped MFT's MPD Distressed Background image onto watercolor paper and added some texture/dimension with SSS Falling Snow Stencil using modeling paste. The flowers and leaves were colored with ink using a watercolor brush and then spritzed with water.

WE have two Featured Star Stampers joining us this week- Happy to have you!!

Sandy Matthis at Stamp With Sandy and Jane Howden at... Scrap Pieces of Me   

Continuing to join us this month as the Guest Designer is my sweet, sweet, friend Jeanne Jachna from A Kept Life!! So glad you're playing along!

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs.

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
Monika Davis- MAD Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD288.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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Serendipity Stamps Challenge # 30- take 2!

It's time for the second installment of this month's challenge... Shades of Gray!! This round the DT were asked to think "Love is in the Air"... anything that implies love- hearts, valentine, wedding, anniversary... you get the idea!!

Here's my card...



I used this gorgeous Heart Wreath with Bow from Serendipity stamps along with the Congratulations sentiment. I think this card would work well for a wedding or anniversary.

Created a super simple inside this time... stamped off the gorgeous wreath image once prior to stamping on the inside... Lots of room to leave your own personal message.



Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and use black, gray, and white. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

The deal- Buy 3 items, Get a 4th one free.   Good through 4/23.  
 
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What's in it
Stamps: Heart Wreath with Bow {422G}, Congratulations {473D}- Serendipity Stamps
Ink: Tuxedo Black {Memento}, W series copics- little blending on the flowers for contrast
Paper: Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White {SU}
Accessories: Wood Embossing Folder {Cuttlebug}, Ribbon {SU}, White Embossing Powder {SU}

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CTD # - You're a Good Egg!

Happy Hump Day!! I was off last Thursday and Friday.. sooo. . my Wednesday was Friday eve' - sure wishing I could do it again this week! Guess... I would REALLY like to retire- should I add a PayPal button for y'all to contribute to my retirement :)

Enough dreaming... Here are the fabulous colors this week from Lori. Perfect for Spring and Easter.

 
 Love the pedestal stand... would be a perfect centerpiece for Easter.

My card..

Played with a couple Waltzingmouse Stamp sets... A Good Egg and Chicken Wire. Some sequins, twine, and an old SU set {for the chicken scratches} finished it off.

Joining us this month as the Guest Designer is my sweet, sweet, friend Jeanne Jachna from A Kept Life!! So glad you're playing along!

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs.

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
Monika Davis- MAD Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 
 
AND... another sweet friend is Heather who joined us last WE.... enjoyed meeting you!!
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD287.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool. 

Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CTD #286- Thanks!

Happy Hump day... well, it's Friday eve' for me... whoo hoo!! Going on a road trip to meet up with some of the CTD girls!! Lots of fun planned!! Wish everyone could come but, some live pretty far away :(

Joan brought us the colors this week and they're gorgeous...


Aren't those birds fun... thought about doing a "birds on the branch" thing but, this girl is in spring mode!!

And, I'm playing with some new Reverse Confetti. Petals 'n Posies with the matching dies!! The sketch is from RetroSketches. Not sure if you can see it well... I am darn poor at taking pics with white backgrounds.

Joining us this month as the Guest Designer is my sweet, sweet, friend Jeanne Jachna from A Kept Life!! So glad you're playing along!

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs.

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
Monika Davis- MAD Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 
 
AND... another sweet friend is this week's Guest Star Stamper... thrilled to have you Deb! Deb's blog can be accessed here.
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD286.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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Serendipity Stamps Challenge #30- Books, Books, Books!!

It's the start of the April challenge at Serendipity Stamps!! This month we're going monochromatic... black, grey, and white. It's the "Shades of Grey" challenge!

Think wedding... sympathy... elegant birthday/thinking of you/hello... really anything goes!! The DT was asked to add a little "twist" to the challenge and make something to "pick our personality"

Originally I started with a whole different sentiment but, when I started making the card... I went in this direction (it fits me well also!!)


"Kay this first one was done with some haphazard Viva Décor dots.... I like it- a little something different for me anyway... stretching those wings I tell ya"

I LOVE to read... seriously!! When we moved to this house and I finally decided I had to give up my hardback books... space waster (house was larger- just coming to grips with the whole electronic world)... we donated 18 boxes to the local library... found the kindle :) One of the best Xmas presents Bill every gave me. I read at least every night...
 
So this set is perfect for my "other addiction"
 
Here's the inside..


I used Serendipity Stamps Books {063QCL}

Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and add some stitches. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

 
The deal... this week:)  40% Off coupon – 40% Off the highest priced item in your cart – good through 4/9. Use coupon code   "40fromhigh414"
 
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