Friday, April 29, 2016

Mother's Floral

Hi crafty friends! Today I used the paper I created with my gelli plate. It had pinks, lavenders, and beige colors so it was a good match for the Pin-sights Challenge for April From the Classroom and Ellen Hutson. I used the Bold Blossoms and Amazing Women sets from Essentials by Ellen for my sentiment "Happy Mother's Day" and the flowers & leaves. The flowers were created with glitter paper mounted on shimmer card stock in ivory. The same shimmer card stock was used for the leaves. There is a lot of dimension with the popped up flowers and the paper itself. Also, I used a Martha Steward punch for the bottom of the top panel and then just cut the lavender paper to match the curvy bottom. This card is actually for one of my daughter in laws, so shhhh don't give it away yet!
I am entering this card in the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge for April and the

Thursday, April 28, 2016

To Brighten Your Day

I am going to submit this card to the April Sugar Sketch Challenge LINKED HERE!
I used the new paper from Sugar Pea and the stamp/die set Whatever the Weather. Plus, I used their sweet envelope die (which I totally love!) I found a piece of pattern paper in my stash which totally matched the starburst so I cut it in a triangle shape for the greeting. Below is a close up showing how well the extra paper matches the pattern paper. Oh, I popped up the center of the sun, the clouds, and the envelope!

  I didn't have the sketch in front of me while I was making the card and my memory of the design was a bit foggy! LOL Still, I love the way the card turned out, so I figured I would enter it.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fairy card

This was a special Valentine's Day card I made for my grand-daughter using two sets of stamps and some pattern paper I had in my stash. The fairies are from Avery Elle. The mushroom is from Purple Onion. I used copic markers to color the images and added some wink of stella for shine. The final touch -  a few heart shaped sequins and star shaped enamels. Even though it's an older card, I never entered it in any challenges, so today I am going to enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ANYTHING GOES.


A multi step card! This card was "built" over several days. Read the details under the picture.
I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ANYTHING GOES

 I started with a technique I saw on Gina K. Design's Stamp TV (here is the link: Embossing Over Water Color) and I created the floral design using water colors, versa mark clear embossing powder, and Gina K.Asparagus Ink.  The "lime" color paper was previously embossed with clear versa mark also. It's hard to see but there is a leaf pattern in it. The back ground panel was created with texture paste mixed with green pigment and a large stencil of swirling leaves. I die cut the various pieces of card stock, punched a hole in the top of the "tags," added ribbon and the die cut word "Congrats" which is from Lawn Fawn. I made this card for a special friend who is retiring this year after many years of teaching in the public schools.

Beautiful Day

Hi everyone! This is the stamp from the April Hero Arts Kit. I stamped it and water colored it; then I used a bit of color pencils to bring out the highlights, especially in the leaves although it's hard to see in this photograph. I used Prills for the stamens and some perfect pearls mixed with water on top of the flower petals. The close up pic shows these details a little better. I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ANYTHING GOES

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Under the Weather

My garden is off to a great start thanks to the rain we have had lately (and the warm weather.) Then, I received my new Sugar Pea order and I can't get enough of these cute umbrellas!

For this card I used another piece of the pattern paper called "Whatever the Weather" - with white raindrops on a gray background. But, the day doesn't have to be "gray" with brightly colored umbrellas! I used a bunch of different paper from my stash to create four colorful umbrellas and adhered them to a white square with faux stitching. To follow the sketch (see below) I added the little cloud (with some distress ink blending for color) and finally the sentiment from the stamp set.This is my version of the Suger Pea Design Sugar Sketch 50.

I am entering this card in the Sugar Pea
Sugar Sketch 50 Challenge


Shower of Blessings

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ANYTHING GOES

My order from Sugar Pea ARRIVED! So, naturally I had to play this weekend. I totally love the new pattern paper. My first card was inspired by this adorable paper with all the umbrellas at the bottom. I even die cut one with yellow and white polka dots and adhered it on top of the one that was there - popped it up for some dimension.

The whole panel is popped up, too, on top of my white card with some hot pink solid paper under the die cuts of hearts and an umbrella. I used a white gel pen to draw the details on the umbrella. Check out the picture below for a close up. Added the sentiment and voila!

Everything is from Suger Pea Designs - the new "Whatever the Weather" paper pack and the stamps/dies.

Get Well

A quick card using a cute Lawn Fawn stamp - GET WELL SOON. I decided to stick with warm colors and used copic markers for the images; then I found some pattern paper to match the colors and put the whole thing together using the Lawn Fawn "Let's Bokeh in the Snow" paper!
I am entering this card in the Lawnscape Challenge - Sketch 128.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Good Fortune Thanks

Two cards I just finished today thinking about Lawn Fawn and a set I bought a while ago but never had a chance to use, Good Fortune! I am entering the first card in the LAWNSCAPE Challenge #128

I stamped the images from the Good Fortune stamp, colored the images using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, then masked everything and applied Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender Distress Ink to the background. I chose my solid card stock and distress colors in order to match a piece of patterned paper I created using a Gelli Plate, acrylic paint, and some stencils. Check out this paper in the pictures below.

I used a Die Namics Stitched Circle Stax to cut the focal image and a stitch die to go around the solid paper. The circular piece is popped up on the card. The sentiments are from the same Lawn Fawn set - Good Fortune. There is a close up below.

The card below was made the same way except I turned it horizontally to accommodate the "fortune." I also decided to stamp tiny circles in a darker shade of lavender on the card base. The paper I created with the Gelli Plate is cut with the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle die. 
Which card do you like better? 

Happy Mother's Day

I am entering this card in two challenges. Tic Tac Toe Challenge #8

  Here is a card I finished tonight. It started with coloring the stamped image. Then, I wanted to enter the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, so I had to figure out how to make my image fit on a card using three of the Tic Tac Toe squares. (See below)

I decided to use the middle horizontal squares. The holiday is Mother's Day; the color was water coloring; the Die Cut Negative is MFT Pierced Oval Stax. It's hard to see in the picture, but I die cut an oval in the card front and set the oval focal point inside that opening.

Here are the rest of the products:
Power Poppy "Short Stacks" stamp
Essentials by Ellen "Amazing Women" sentiment
Gina K. Design "Mini Fanciful Flourish"

I used card stock in my stash. I may still add some sequins because I think it needs just a little more bling!

Gelli Plate Fun

Hi crafting friends! Last night I took a page out of my friend's craft room - you know copied her idea! My friend is Cindy and you can find her here - Cards by Cindy! She also scopes on Periscope. That is where I saw here first use a Gelli Plate to decorate her envelopes! I asked her some questions, ordered an 8 X 10 plate from Amazon, got a hold of a few more colors of acrylic paint, and voila!

I took a couple of pics of some of the creations I made. Now I can use pieces of these for cards or di cut parts for flowers, shapes, etc. It was terrifically fun and I can't wait to do it again!

Making Stencils!


Today I tried something new. I made some stencils! I had some acetate whichvwould be sturdy enough to make a stencil. I took two of My Favorite Things dies and ran them through my Big Shot cutting the acetate into these shapes! I placed green paper behind the clear acetate to show you the final results! It WORKED!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wheel Barrow of Flowers

A second card today featuring a water colored wheel barrow from Gina K Designs. I set this in a grassy hillside with bright sunshine (distress Ink blending) and a visiting butterfly, pink paper with pink embossing. Not sure where the flowers came from! I had them in my stash, cut and detailed with white gel pen. A few were store bought that a friend gave me. The sentiment "Hello" is from Hero Arts "Cake Day" set and the butterfly is from Echo Park. I used the largest MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame for dark brown paper around the image. The background panel is textured card stock.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Butterfly Beauty
and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Make It Girly.

A close up of the copic coloring and the bouquet of flowers.

Thank You Butterfly

Good morning! Last night I created a quick card to enter into a few challenges; plus I am completely out of Thank You cards! It didn't take me long because I used the My Favorite Things Vertical Stitched Coverup Companion. I love the "windows" this creates. They help frame your other elements. The complete list of products are listed below as well as a close up.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Butterfly Beauty
and the Simon Says StampWednesday Challenge Make It Girly

Simon Monday Challenge Blog
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

MFT Stitched Coverup
Stampin Up Butterfly Thinlits
Ellen Hutson Bohemium Garden (flowers)
Clearly Besotted (leaves)
Avery Elle Canopy (sentiment -Thank You)
Paper from my stash
Wink of Stella

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Flowers for Mother's Day

Finished a card today with a newer set from My Favorite Things - Beautiful Blooms! This was from the previous release, and I finally had a chance to make a card with the stamps and dies. A few days ago, I created a floral design with white card stock and texture paste (with green ink) using a stencil. I wanted to use a piece of this at the bottom of the card. You can see a close up of this paper below and the bouquet in the vase. Supplies:  MFT Beautiful Blooms, Die Namics Basic Stitch Lines, MFT Pattern Paper, 

I am entering this card in the My Favorite Things COLOR CHALLENGE 43


Climatis and Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

Hi fellow crafters. I have been practicing with water colors. The climatis stamp below is from Technique Tuesday and I wanted to be as realistic as I could with the color. My climatis shown here is the old fashioned purple color which I love. I have had this plant for about 10 years. These pictures are several years old. I moved to a new house a year ago and just transplanted this climatis to a new spot a few weeks ago. I had "stored" it at my son's house for the past year. Naturally, I am thrilled to get it back!

I made this card for the current Tic Tac Toe Challenge #8. I selected the center vertical sections - Enamel Accents, Color, and Labels.

It took me some time to figure out how to achieve the Labels part, but luckily I had some to choose from. This "Hello" label is from Julie Nutting. I had the paper in my stash and seriously love the striped glittery piece from Best Creation Inc called Winter Wonderland. The other blue is from DCWV Textured "Brights." I had some dark blue sparkly enamel dots which I added to the top of the card and rounded the corners for a softer look. The panels are cut with My Favorite Things DieNamics Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stax.


Good Morning Blog Land! Here is a card I made recently which ended up being a birthday card. But, I wanted a vertical sentiment. Hence, HELLO YOU on the front! I am entering this card in the

Here you can see the partially cut butterflies 
which allow the inside of the card,
which is black, to show through. 
I don't have all of my supplies written down, 
but I used some glitter paper for the die cut flowers 
which are placed on top of some paper 
I water colored myself using brusho. 
The butterfly is Hero Arts 
and the Hello You is from Avery Elle. 
The flowers are Woodland Border from 
Wild Rose Studio.
I really like the way this turned out. 
It was the first time I tried partial die cutting. 
Not hard, so try it if you haven't!

Monday, April 18, 2016

With Sympathy

This may be one of my favorite cards! I just love the way it came together.

I started with MFT Bold Paisley Stencil and some distress ink. I matched up some color card stock from  my stash and cut it using a die from Ma Ma Elephant's Basic Set.

The butterfly is from Stampin' Up's Watercolor Wings, and I used MFT Tropical Teal and Color Box Blue and Aqua Pigment Ink and popped it up. The circles were cut using MFT pierced oval stax and regular oval stax.

The small sentiment "Know that you are loved" is from Stampendous Sincere Sentiments and "With Sympathy" die is from Simon Says Stamp.

I used some MFT Mixable Mist "sheer shimmer" on the paisley stencil part, but it's very difficult to see in this picture.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Butterfly Beauty

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sprinkled for Reverse Confetti

Hello crafting friends! I haven't posted for a few days because, lucky me, I was babysitting my 18 month old grand-daughter up at her house for 4 days. She is a joy, and I had a wonderful time!

So, back home and to my craft room - I finally finished a card I was working on for the 

I used two stamp sets for this card. The paper was from my stash. I like the way it turned out and think it represents the sketch well! You can see the sketch from Reverse Confetti below. ALSO - hereis a close up of the card. You can see the dimension a little better. I popped up the cup and I also cut the whole panel with a frame die, but then adhered the frame to the panel with dimensional tape.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Mother's Day Flower

Hi crafty friends. I had bought the Technique Tuesday Cath Edvalson's flower and not used it, so I finally had some fun creating a Mother's Day card with the set. I cut the open flower die out of white just to see what it would look like, and I loved it. I thought it would look totally breathtaking on top of paper with a tiny white pattern in it. What do you think? I built my whole card based on that flower and I was happy with the results. I am entering this card in the Lawnscape Challenge #127 Beautiful Florals

Here are the supplies:

- Technique Tuesday "Garden Flower" stamp and die for the large flower.
- Altenew "Peony Scroll" stamp and die for the leaves.
- Lawn Fawn "Stitched Scalloped Border" and "Small Rectangle Stackable" for the scalloped panels.
- Pattern Paper from my stash.
- Lawn Fawn for the sentiment (sorry I forgot the name!)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hello Hats

Hi Blog Land! I made this card with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge Seven in mind. The hats are from an Inkadinkado "Classic Hats" set. I used 4 colors of ink: Hero Arts Green (from Christmas Kit,) Hero Arts Stonewash, Versafine Toffee, and Versafine Black Onyx. I stamped an entire 8.5 x 11 sheet so I could make multiple cards with the design. In fact, a few were posted on the blog last month. I used a Kraft card and a simple black frame around the hats panel. The sentiment is Stamp & Cut "Cake Day" from Hero Arts.

This is my card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge Seven 
 using the three ideas across the middle - FRAME, HATS, KRAFT. I hope you like it!