Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Color Throwdown #444

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Amy Rohl!!




Love these colors together!!


I went with a soft look using Altenew sets/dies. The leaves were stamped with new leaf ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored softly with the same color. They were stamped again and watercolored and die cut with the matching die and layered "offset" on top. Leaves are from Golden Garden. Next, I stamped a sentiment from Painted Greetings using my misti so I could get good coverage. The flower is from Altenew's Adore You with smoky ink and die cut with the matching die. It was layered over the leaves-popped up on foam. 

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsuruta - Tsuruta Designs- May Guest Designer



AND

Katie Mowery- Guest Star Stamper- I Dream of Paper

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD444 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd444 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #443

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Broni!!




How's that for a fun tropical palette or spring flowers or.... whatever you wish!!


The background was created with MFT's new cloud stencil and Beach Scene Builder dies. Next I die cut some of those sweet Birdie Brown Penguins, die cut with the matching dies  and did a little copic coloring. Added the sentiment from the same set. 

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsuruta - Tsuruta Designs- May Guest Designer



Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD443 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd443 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!



Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!

It's time for the Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop! We're changing it up this year- there will be two hops each month as usual and there will be opportunities to win $ to purchase Serendipity Stamps. The design team will be showing you the latest products and offering a chance for you to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps.


You should have arrived here from Julie's blog but, if you got lost along the way I have a full list below.  


So I played with this month's Stamp of the Month..... Simple Flower Cling Set- 50% off!!


So I made a set of note cards. These are 4.25 x 4.25. I die cut a panel slightly smaller than the card base, die cut the center with a stitched outline for a little something, stamped the sentiments, stamped the flowers and colored the images with copics. The stitched panel with the sentiment was layered on top with foam tape for a little dimension. 

Here's the link to the Words and Verse section at Serendipity Stamps.... there're so many great choices!!

Looking for some awesome inspiration?   


AND... there are always prizes. One random comment along the hop will receive a $20 gift code to the Serendipity Stamps store. You have from today until Sunday to leave your comments. Mary will announce the winner on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday!!

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

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

MOJO Butterflies!!

Happy, Happy Sunday!! AND... Happy Mother's Day!! I had a great WE... yesterday played in the craft room (a big ole' mess- needs a little cleaning and straightening up!! Went to lunch today with my oldest, son-in-law, and my sweet grandson Devin- youngest daughter waited on us- she loves our business- good tips :-)

So, some new goodies arrived so, I played with this week's MOJO Monday sketch... it's been eons!!

Here's my card...


Verve had a mini release... aren't those butterflies sweet- and when you cut them out with the die... there is another die for the body and antenna.... LOVE!! AND the sentiment... perfect!! I went for some bright colors!! Here's the new release!!

The sketch...




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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Color Throwdown #442

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by our boss- Barbara. I say our "boss" but, we all know they come in different flavors!! Hers is the Italian ice yummy kind of boss :-)  That sounds a little creepy but, Bar goes on these fabulous trips and this is one of her fav deserts! Barbara is the glue for this challenge- she works so hard behind the scenes to keep everything running- from posting to several different social media sites to reminding us of what we need to work on (guests, colors etc.). This post is for her to say "A Million Thanks" for everything thing you do- Love ya!!



She picked some fabulous neutral colors!!


So, since it was in honor of Bar- I had to pull out MFT stamps and dies (her second love-or should I say third- we have to think of hubs and the kitties you know!!)

The background was created with MFT's Stitched Dome Stax and Stitched Dome Stax frames. I popped up a frame inside a larger dome for a different layout. Next I die cut several leaves and flowers from MFT's Pretty Posies and stamped using the Pretty Posies stamps. The sentiment is from MFT's Essential Sentiments. 

Again.... A MILLION THANKS for all you do for us!!

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsruata - Tsruata Designs- May Guest Designer


AND

Sue Blamey , Guest Star Stamper - Sue's Card Craft

AND

This week one of the co-founders of this challenge is playing along with us- Thrilled to have you missy!!  Tammy Hershberger at Stamp Happy!!! We miss you girl!!

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD442 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd442 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Color Throwdown #441

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Amy Rysavy. 


How sweet are all those balloons!! 



I created a sweet scene using a few things from MFT. The bunny and bear were die cut using MFTs Snuggle Bunnies die-namic, stamped using the Snuggle Bunny stamps, colored with copics and set aside. I die cut two panels from the Stitched Dome Stax and a cloud from the Stitched Cloud Edges. On one of the domes I sponged a bit of blue. Layered it all- added a little grass from a "very old" grass die-namic, added the sentiment and adhered all with a few layers "popped" of with foam for dimension.

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Amy Tsruata - Tsruata Designs- May Guest Designer


AND

Maja Mihej, Guest Star Stamper - Maja Design

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD441 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd441 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!



Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!

Welcome, Welcome to May- well, it's not May Day (May 1st) but, close enough- everyone should start to be feeling a bit of spring by now (I hope anywho!!)

It's time for the Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop! We're changing it up this year- there will be two hops each month as usual and there will be opportunities to win $ to purchase Serendipity Stamps. The design team will be showing you the latest products and offering a chance for you to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps.

You should have arrived here from Julie's blog but, if you got lost along the way I have a full list below.  


So, first I have to say this didn't quite turn out like I envisioned but, that happens sometimes :-) Love this Floral Cuts Background die!!! I die cut with white cardstock and then, randomly added some sponged color with inks over the different flowers- it was a bit too "stark" so I sprayed with water several times- dabbing off ink in between sprays. Then, I "pulled up" some of the petals to add a little dimension- adding enamel dots in the centers to draw attention to the individual flowers.  


I added a contrasting colored paper background so it would "peek through" underneath the petals. Next time, I might try using a rainbow gradient in softer colors. Love how you this die covers the whole background and at the same time you can add some dimension by lifting the petal parts.


For this card, I stamped the Roller Coaster image from the Roller Coaster cling set in memento tuxedo black and colored with copics. Added a stitched frame, popped up with foam, and the sentiment from the same set. Notice how the sentiment is a little "off"--- well, that fits!! The other sentiment in the set is wonderful too... Soar Through the Peaks and Hold Hands Through the Dips!!

Looking for some awesome inspiration?   


AND... there are always prizes. One random comment along the hop will receive a $20 gift code to the Serendipity Stamps store. You have from today until Sunday to leave your comments. Mary will announce the winner on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday!!

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

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tag You're It- Dare to Dream!!

It's a rainy and cool Sunday... so I'm having a little fun stamping!! ETA: Didn't get this posted last Sunday- this Sunday is hot and sunny :-)

Wanted to play with Tag You're It again....It's fun to make little works of art!!

Kim Heggins is the hostest with this sweet tag...


So I went off on my own again...although I was inspired by elements in Kim's tag.



I die cut tags using MFT's Rounded Banner Stax (an oldie). On the white tag I created the sky using MFT clouds and sponging a little blue. Added a stitched die cut sun in the corner. Then I die cut several images from MFT's London Mouse die-namics, colored with copics, and added them to my little scene- popping some up for dimension. The sentiment is from Verve's Borderline set. Dreaming of that European vaca- although my family is working hard to get me to buy a beach house so the vaca would be out!!

The elements I took from Kim's card were- a rounded tag/square at the bottom, outdoor scene, and a critter. 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Color Throwdown #440

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Wanda. They are bright!!



AND.... who doesn't love pickled deviled eggs!!



So last week Barbara made a card using emboss resist and I loved it so I had to try it out myself along with my Color Burst powders that I have had and never used. The background was made using MFT's Lined Up Dots- stamped with versamark and heat embossed with white detail powder. After spritzing the section I was going to color with water- I "puffed" on the Color Burst powder and moved around with a wet brush. I wiped with paper towel to pick up the excess. This was repeated with each of the colors. I die cut MFT's Sending Hugs and ink blended adhering over the panel. Last I added a few enamel dots. 

The layout is this weeks CAS(E) this sketch.



Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Jeanne Jachna - A Kept Life 
-  as our April Guest Designer

AND

Linda Beeson, Guest Star Stamper - Paper Cutting Kind of Day

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD440 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd440 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Reverse Confetti- SFYTT

Hey, I had a chance to play in this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch challenge... SFYTT!!

Since I have been dreaming of the beach/tropical places...

 I pulled out RC's Pineapples A Plenty. The pineapple with die cut and then stamped with a bright yellow ink. The stem was die cut and stamped- popped on top for dimension. The rounded panels were made using RC's Circles and Scallops confetti cuts. The banner was die cut using the Banner dies- I stamped an image (those little dots) from Monkey Business on the banner and adhered over the circle panels. Papers are from RC but, an older set. 

Here's the sketch....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Color Throwdown #439


Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by yours truly. They are bright!!



Sooo... I played with MFT's Magical Dragons and coordinating die-namics. 





I played with MFT's I'm Owl Yours and matching die-namics. The background is MFT's Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover up die. These sweet owls were stamped in memento tuxedo black and die cut with the matching dies., colored with copics in the requisite colors and popped up on to the striped cover up die. Added the sentiment from the same set and a few flag tags in the corner.

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Jeanne Jachna - A Kept Life 
-  as our April Guest Designer

AND

Pat Gotsis, Guest Star Stamper - Merely Creating

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD439 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd439 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!







Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!


Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop! We're changing it up this year- there will be two hops each month as usual and there will be opportunities to win $ to purchase Serendipity Stamps. The design team will be showing you the latest products and offering a chance for you to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps.


You should have arrived here from Julie's blog but, if you got lost along the way I have a full list below.  

I have a few cards for you today...


For my first card, I stamped the Dogwood Branch ( which happens to be the 50% off stamp of the month) all over the front of a white card stock panel in brown and then colored the blossom with a light pink copic. Added the Spring die from the Seasons dies (die cut three times and layered for some dimension) and a twine/seam binding bow.  


These two cards use the Playing Cards and Suits dies and Playing Cards Sentiments.



Both are 4.5 x 4.5 cards. On the first the card, the images were stamped on the playing card die and mounted onto a background panel. The sentiment was white embossed on black and popped up for a little dimension. For the second card I stamped the sentiment onto the playing card die, added hearts using the dies, and popped up on the background panel for some dimension. Sorry the pics aren't the greatest- they are adorable in real life!!!

Looking for some awesome inspiration?   


AND... there are always prizes. One random comment along the hop will receive a $20 gift code to the Serendipity Stamps store. You have from today until Sunday to leave your comments. Mary will announce the winner on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday!!

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

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Hello, Beautiful!!

Happy, Happy Monday!! I have a card for you!!!


I stamped MFT's Fancy Flowers in memento tuxedo black onto a MFT stitched rectangle panel and colored with copics. The background used another stitched rectangle (from Blueprints 29- layered the green diagonal piece on top prior to die cutting so it too would have the "stitch".  Added a sentiment from Essential Sentiments onto the oval word window dies. 

The layout is the current sketch at MFT Card Challenges and the colors are for the current SSS Wednesday challenge.



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Color Throwdown #438

Good Morning- Happy, Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another set of colors at the Color Throwdown!! This week the colors were chosen by Jodi. 

This week we're playing with light pink (coral), light yellow, and green.



Isn't this hairpiece gorgeous... I just don't have enough hair to use one :-)




I played with MFT's I'm Owl Yours and matching die-namics. The background is MFT's Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover up die. These sweet owls were stamped in memento tuxedo black and die cut with the matching dies., colored with copics in the requisite colors and popped up on to the striped cover up die. Added the sentiment from the same set and a few flag tags in the corner.

Some inspiration...

We're thrilled to have Jeanne Jachna - A Kept Life 
-  as our April Guest Designer

AND

Laura Volpes, Guest Star Stamper - A Bit of My Crafts

Thrilled to have y'all playing along!!

Once you’ve finished your card or other paper-crafted project, add a direct link to your creation using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the Color Throwdown post. And, don’t forget to use the keyword CTD438 if you upload your project to an online gallery, or hashtag on social media with #ctd438 and/or #colorthrowdown.  

Challenge guidelines are in the right sidebar on the Color Throwdown Challenge Blog in case you have any questions.

The rest of the team...

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
 Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Lisa Henke- My Little Creative Escape
Amy Rysavy - Prairie Paper & Ink
 Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

I used this week's sketch from CAS(E) this sketch



Thanks for stopping by!! Appreciate all the kind words!!