Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cardabilities & Color Challenge

I couldn't resist the great layout for the current Cardabilities Challenge  (oops...looks like linky is already closed). It paired up perfectly with Barbara's Color Challenge on SCS: Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry and Garden Green with the dessert option to use at least one leaf.  Thankfully I don't need a sympathy card right now, but my stash was in need of replenishing.  I really loved these colors together and rarely ever use eggplant or this shade of green.  I stamped off once for the two stamped leaves on the card base.  For the popped up leaves that were fussy cut, I used Garden Green without stamping off first.  I just can't seem to live with much white space, so had to add a trio of sequins to balance things out! :-)

STAMPS: Kinda Eclectic (SU), Loving Thoughts (SU)

Monday night football game is over (another big upset!), so now I'm off to bed.  Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Bloghop

The blogosphere is on caffeine overload today with a Coffee Lovers Bloghop going on and I am hopping along by linking up to Chaitali's blog HERE where all the fun begins!  Grab your fave cup of joe and check out the creations.  By participating with an entry of your own, you just might win one of the many prizes that are up for grabs!  You can join in by posting a card on the link on Chaitali's post before 11:59 PST.

I created my card using papers from Teresa Collins' "Memorabilia" pad and stamps from Verve's Holiday Treats and Chevron Love.  These two sets coordinate so well with all the chevron design elements!  

I'm using the layout for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

What else did I use?
Tagged Rectangle die, Wavy Heart die, Cup of Cheer die, Flourished Trim die - all by Verve; Wood veneer stars and arrow by Studio Calico; Brad by American Crafts; Black thread.

And...did you know there will be flash prizes throughout the day for this bloghop?  Every 3 hours, someone will be chosen for prizes!  Check out these sponsors...

My cup of choice is brewed in my Keurig and flavored with creamer - usually Amaretto, Hazelnut or one of the seasonal flavors.  I'm curious what your top choice of coffee might be.

Thanks a latte for stopping by...

Mojo Monday

I went with some of my fave colors for the new tall and skinny Mojo Monday Challenge.  I let the print of the bird inside the frame outline dictate my sentiment - Verve's Hope Perches Plain Jane.  It was pure coincidence but thought it was funny that the bird's beak meets the end of the sentiment as though he "wrote" it!  Had I planned it that way, it wouldn't have worked - lol!  This fringed flower - stamped and sponged with Lost Lagoon - is one of my fave Verve flowers from the Sunny Days stamp set and love it paired with the leafy sprigs of greenery.  My card size is 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". 

If you'd like some more inspiration from the rest of the mojo makers, check out their blog links below:

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CASEing Bridget

I wanted to play along with the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge and I also wanted to pay tribute to Bridget Finlay who is "retiring" her hostess position for the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS. I'm such a fan of her vivid colors and non-stop, stunning creativity!  I chose Bridget's card HERE to CASE, but my watercoloring/stenciling background didn't turn out as crisp and defined as hers.  I've tried this technique before while taking the series of online watercolor classes and apparently am missing some key point - lol!  Oh well, it is what it is!

I used Tim Holtz' watercolor cardstock and adhered it to a clipboard with washi tape.  I then applied a wash of water over the entire BG.  Using some distress inks on acrylic blocks, I picked up colors with a wet brush and randomly applied the color.  I then placed a large dots stencil over the panel and placed a couple of heavy objects on top and waited several hours until it dried.  The feathers are white embossed on vellum.  The Retro Die-Namics border by MFT was cut using scrap pieces of CS from my stash, so I'm not 100% what colors I used.  The sentiment is a Plain Jane by Verve called Hope Perches.  Feathers are from Waltzingmouse Stamps' Fine Feathers set.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Always love to hear your comments.

Color Throwdown

Check out the new Color Throwdown Challenge where Barbara is our hostess with these fab earthy colors (love those draperies)!

BABY ALERT!!!  We interrupt this Color Throwdown post to announce our new grand-daughter, Quinn, arrived last evening around 9 PM!  6 lbs. 8 oz. and 20 1/2" long!  Friday can't come soon enough to make the trip to see her and her proud mommy and daddy!  CAN.  NOT.  WAIT.

On to my CTD card...I started with the SU Kinda Eclectic set then thought I'd add a couple of punched tickets. That's where I did a U-turn in my planning process and decided to turn it into a boy baby card!  The tiny safety pin is MFT's Oh Baby Die-Namic and the baby rattle is a PTI die that coordinates with their Baby Button Bits set.

We are welcoming Karren Johnson of Stamping Stuff as our star stamper this week! Be sure and play along with us and you just might be in the spotlight next week by being our guest star stamper!  You don't have to have exact colors to play along, but you do need to have a close resemblance.  Be sure and link your creation to the linky tool at the bottom of the current challenge post on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog.

Want some more inspiration from the rest of the design team?  Check them out below...
Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe 
Joan Ervin 
Jodi Collins 
Lori Tecler 
Monika Davis 
Vickie Zimmer 
Wanda Cullen 
Lisa Henke, September Guest Designer
Karren Johnson - Guest Star Stamper

STAMPS: Kinda Eclectic (SU), That's The Ticket (SU), Baby Button Bits (PTI).
PAPER: White (PTI), Pear Pizzazz, Kraft.
INK: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist.
ACCESSORIES: Button, Baby Button Bits die, Ticket punch (SU), Stitched circle die by Lil Inker Designs, Midnight Blend sequins by Avery Elle.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mini Treat Bag

Today's Color Challenge on SCS is to use Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Vanilla with the dessert option to add splatters.  I skipped dessert and went with this Moonlight Designer Series paper stack which is very close to the CC colors.  It has a white rather than vanilla BG but thought the Sahara Sand triangles were close to vanilla, so that the challenge police wouldn't come after me! :-)  We learned how to create these sweet little treat bags at our last SU stamp club meeting.  Easy to create and a fun way to slip a little chocolate treat inside and surprise a co-worker, friend, family member, etc.

Take a sheet of paper 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" and score at 1, 1 1/2, 2, 4, 4 1/2, 5 inches.  Then turn the paper and score at 1/2" along the bottom.  Cut away all of that 1/2" except the center section.  Angle the tab slightly to give it a more finished look after you fold the bag together.  The photo hopefully explains what I'm failing to convey well in words - lol!

I used scoring tape to secure the edges firmly together.  Then you can decorate your bag however you like!

STAMPS: #Hello (SU)
INK: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss
ACCESSORIES: 2" circle punch (SU), Word window punch (SU), In Color clothes pin (SU).

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mojo Monday

It's time to get your mojo going with a new Mojo Monday sketch challenge! Julee has a horizontal layout which I decided was perfect to create a manila folder with my envelope punch board.  My kids are all grown and no longer needing teacher gifts, but I fix card baskets to donate to different charities, so this will go into one of those. 

If you'd like some more inspiration from the rest of the mojo makers, check out their blog links below:

STAMPS: Teachers Count (Verve), Borderline (Verve).
PAPER: Hall Pass 6x6 pad by We R Memory Keepers, Vintage Cream (PTI).
INK: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive.
ACCESSORIES: Apples die set (Verve), Arrow die (Verve), Gold sequins by Avery Elle, Jute twine.