Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Color Throwdown

It's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge and I'll have to took me three tries to finally come up with acceptable ink pads to match the colors.  I ended up really loving the colors (purple, mint green, hot pink, teal) chosen by Lynn - our hostess this week!  In my first two attempts, my pinks were too red...the blue was almost navy...then the green was an olive shade and not mint green.  I think I finally got it right with this version - lol!  

The stamps are from a newly released set with matching die - the Hope Bundle - by Concord and 9th.  The HOPE die was so unique, plus I fell in love with the beautiful font used with the multiple choices of sentiments to coordinate with the HOPE die.  I layered some black cardstock behind the die.  The violet flower centers are from Reverse Confetti's Garden Bunch set.

STAMPS: Hope Blooms (Concord and 9th).
INK: Picked Raspberry Distress ink; Wilted Violet and Broken China Oxide inks; Mint Macaron by SU; Versafine Onyx Black.

Big congrats to Nonni Niskanen - our guest star stamper this week!  Be sure to stop by her blog - Nonni's Handmade Cards - and say hello.

For more details on how to play along, head over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration by clicking on the links below:

 Audrey Tokach - June Guest Designer

Monday, June 19, 2017

Seahorse Birthday

Good Monday everyone! This is the first Monday in many years that I won't be posting for the Mojo Monday challenge - either as a mojomaker on the design team or as a dedicated challenge participant!  As you recall, Julee has given up the challenge blog after she reached her 500th sketch over a near 10 year span.  But life moves on...and so my mojo will have to stretch out into other directions as well.  

I totally waited until the last minute to get my husband's birthday (which is today) card completed.  I got home from work last night at 11 PM and was burning the midnight oil up until 1 AM to get this beachy themed card done!  I used the sketch for the current Fusion Card Challenge and really loved the curved line!  I was also inspired by the colors - aqua, coral and gray - in the photo.

I started with some masking paper that I tore into an irregular shape then stamped with a sea captain's journal image from SU's The Open Sea. Next, I stamped the splatters using 2 stamps from SU's Gorgeous Grunge.  I then used Liquitex Light Modeling Paste paired with a Mini Specimens stencil (TCW Rebekah Meier Designs).  I just loved FINALLY (after having it many months) inking up and die cutting the 2 and 3 step stamped images from Hero Arts' Color Layering Seahorse set!  I popped several with foam tape and adhered some real sea shells to the collage.  The sentiment was gold embossed using Queen's Gold EP by Ranger.

INK: Sea Breeze, Siren Song, Hayride, Old Gold, Sweet Nectar, Flamingo, Fairy Dust, Silver Lining - dye inks by WPlus9; Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron distress inks by Ranger; Versamark. 

So that's it for now.  I'm going to enjoy my day off after working the weekend!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Hey, hey,'s Saturday and a new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge is up to get your mojo moving!

I was immediately inspired by the burst of brilliant blue color, the florals and the horizontal shutter detail!  I knew my Zig Clean Color brush marker pens would get the job done after white embossing the images on Ranger watercolor cardstock.

Here's my take on it...

I die cut all the flowers and leaves then had fun arranging them - some flush with the base and some popped with foam tape.  I deliberated over the sentiment color, but gold embossing ultimately won out!

STAMPS: Peony Scrolls (Altenew); Painted Greetings (Altenew).
PAPER: Pacific Point textured CS by SU; White (PTI); Ranger WC cardstock.
DIES: Striped Sentiment Strip Cover Plate Die-namic by MFT; Peony Scrolls by Altenew.
ZIGS:  032 Persian Blue, 037 Cornflour Blue, 045 Pale Green, 041 Light Green.

Here's hoping you will find some time to join us!  Would love to see your creation in the gallery!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cool Birthday

With temps going up to 90 degrees this weekend, I'm trying to stay cool! So, it was easy for me to choose what I did for this cool birthday card.  I'm using the sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #292 and am going with the sorbet theme for the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge. 

I started by stamping the largest sentiment circle from Simon Says Stamp's Circle Sayings stamp set.  Patterned papers are from Fun in the Sun 6x6 pad by Pebbles - 
love the fun, happy colors!  I then added a popsicle die (Reverse Confetti "Let's Chill") and a banner sentiment (Reverse Confetti "Bitty Banners").  My MISTI was a must for the black ink stamping, since it's hard to get a crisp black outcome with only one inking!  I topped it off with Moonshine sequins by Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by... stay cool!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


**Scroll on down for my Color Throwdown card** 

A quick post of another masculine birthday card (I need at least 6 this month)!  I combined the sentiment stamps (CAS-ual Fridays' Whole Shebang) with PTI's Polka Dot Parade #12 set that includes these fun candles.  I added Clear Wink of Stella brush marker to the flames and flicked some color to the base of the flames by using a yellow Zig Clean Color brush marker.

INK: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point - SU; Lime Green - Reverse Confetti; Versafine Onyx Black stamped x 3 using a MISTI. 
PAPER: BoBunny Surprise 6x6 pad; Pacific Point textured CS.
DIES: All Framed Up (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Rectangle (Lil' Inker Designs).

Color Throwdown

Hello everyone! Are you ready for another great color combo? The new Color Throwdown Challenge is being hosted by Lori this week and she's got the perfect colors - navy, aqua, lime green and kraft - for me to get another masculine birthday card completed! I'm needing SIX guy birthday cards in June...holy did that happen?!  Here's my take on the colors...

I finally got to play with this wonderful Abstract Triangles background stamp by Simon Says Stamp.  I white embossed on Ranger watercolor paper, then watercolored using Chipped Sapphire, Brushed Corduroy, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron distress inks.  The sentiment stamp and die are by WPlus9.  I die cut three "happy" dies and stacked them together to give it more dimension.  The balloons are from Simon Says Stamp's Balloons die set.  Some Moonshine sequins (SSS) were the celebretory bling needed to finish up the card. 

I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is to use some form of embossing.  I used Stampendous' Detail White EP on my card.

STAMPS: Whole Lotta Happy (WPlus9), Abstract Triangles (SSS).
PAPER: Lime Green (Reverse Confetti), Blue Raspberry (MFT), Night of Navy (SU), Kraft (PTI).
INK: Versamark; Distress inks by Ranger (see list above).

For more details on how to play along, head over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration by clicking on the links below:

 Audrey Tokach - June Guest Designer

Monday, June 12, 2017

Cupcakes Inspiration


I was scouting around for some new challenges and found the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge that has this photo for inspiration and also has a watercolor theme. It was perfect to create a Father's Day card for my dad! 

 I was inspired by the green and blue cupcake (also my dad's favorite colors) and used Pelikan paints to create a watercolor wash over the white embossed Abstract Triangles background stamp by Simon Says Stamp.  

I masked off a portion of an old sentiment stamp by Darcie's and paired it with the "happy" die (WPlus9's Happy Trio set).  I stacked two white dies then offset it over one black die to create a shadow effect.  I scattered a variety of stitched stars (Lil' Inker Designs) over the background.  

Now I need to get this into the mailbox ASAP!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Heading out to work in a few minutes.