Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge



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Hello everyone and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! This week the challenge is to POP IT UP.  The design team members are showcasing Lawn Fawn products in our creations.  It's not mandatory, but if you have them, we'd love to see you use them!  As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at their fabulous store!


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I chose to use Lawn Fawn's Critters From the Past stamp set with matching dies.  It was perfect for another birthday coming up this month - a 3 year old granddaughter who is a huge dinosaur fan!  My pop up element was to use Reverse Confetti's Pop Up Circle die.   You can find the tutorial on using this die on Jen Del Muro's post HERE (FYI...you'll need to scroll down pretty far to get to the directions).  I love that the card will still fit into an A2-sized envelope.

The images were colored with Copics before die cutting.   Such a fun scene to create and I'm so anxious to see Miss Quinn's face when she opens her card!

For more inspiration, you'll want to check out what the rest of the designers have created!  Click on the logo below...
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Thanks so much for stopping by...





Color Throwdown #461




Hello and welcome to another Color Throwdown Challenge! Amy Rysavy has a fabulous inspiration photo with some amazing fall leaves for our color palette of purple, orange, yellow and green!  I pulled out some distress inks and had a smooshing great time!  With all of the vivid colors, I chose kraft as a neutral to let those colors pop. 

What did I use?
PAPER: Kraft (PTI), Ranger watercolor CS, ? purple from my leftover stash.
INK: Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn.
DIES: Thanks Square (Reverse Confetti); Maple Leaf Corner, Stitched Maple Trio and Stitched Pumpkins - all by Simon Says Stamp. 

Our guest star stamper this week is Joanne James from The Crafty Owl!  Welcome Joanne!

We'd love to have you join us in the challenge this week! 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:

Amy Rohl 
Amy Rysavy

Tammy Hershberger - September Guest Designer

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge



A quick card that was inspired by the "Hang Out" photo for the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge
I was initially inspired by the diamond pattern on the blue side table.  I then went with the remaining pink/green/white colors.  I dry embossed the Enchanted Evening CS panel using a Sizzix embossing folder.  The florals and sentiment are from stamp sets by The Stamp Market: Pretty Peony and You

Edited to add:  When I posted this card on IG, I received numerous questions about the embossing folder.  It's called Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder - Argyle #2 and can be found on Amazon at this link

I'm off and running to work...hope you're having a terrific Tuesday!

Seize the Birthday: Balloons



It's been awhile since I played along with the Seize the Birthday Challenge. This week's topping is to use balloons! I thought I'd create a balloon shaker card using sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays Whole Shebang stamp set. I really love the unique birthday sentiments in this set!  Patterned papers are from the Sugar Shoppe 6x6 pad by Doodlebug Design, Inc.  I added some fine black string for the balloon strings.

DIES: Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by My Favorite Things
           Balloons by Simon Says Stamp
           Stitched by Paper Smooches

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things

Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am and have a big day in store today with celebrating our one granddaughter's 1st birthday! But first, I'm bringing you my card for the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge.  I was totally inspired by the copper and turquoise canning jars and knew I wanted to pair copper embossing with some distress ink smooshing.


I embossed these images from the STAMPtember release at Simon Says Stamp in a set called Fractile Leaves on Ranger watercolor cardstock.  It's a lovely set of leaf images which have the potential for a stained glass look.  I then smooshed Peacock Feathers ink over the panel.  The sentiment border on the left is from Concord and 9th's Lace Leaf stamp set and was also embossed in copper.  I accented with a stitched die border and a tiny scallop border - both from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials die set.  The grateful die is by Concord and 9th.  

We're so happy to have Shannon Jaramillo from Shannon Kay Paperie as a guest designer for this challenge.  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!

Here's hoping you will join us and I hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Summer has gone in the blink of an eye, so now it's time to join in with the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I want to give a big THANK YOU and shout out to the 83 generous sponsors of this big blog hop!  We have so many fabulous companies in the papercrafting community and I appreciate their support!


This trio of pumpkins is a long time favorite fall image from Verve!  It's so fun to color with Copics.  I paper pieced the mug after stamping it with Cajun Craze ink (SU) and fussy cutting.  The coffee sentiment is layered with gold CS over Cajun Craze CS.  


Here's what else I used...
STAMPS: Bountiful Harvest (pumpkins), Coffee (mug), Always Time (sentiment) - all by Verve.
PAPER: Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 pack by Lawn Fawn; Cajun Craze (SU), Kraft (PTI), X-Press It Blending Card, Gold metallic CS.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.
DIES: Coffee sentiment by Verve; Stitched Dome Frame STAX and Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX by My Favorite Things.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches




Some late night smooshing with two of my favorite distress inks: Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron. I then splattered Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine over the background.  I gold embossed the leaf image - Lace Leaf stamp set from Concord and 9th - on white and it just didn't pop.  I then smooshed Peacock Feathers ink over it and thought that was a better option.  The sentiment was cut twice with the Lime Green CS shadowing the Metallic Gold CS.  I'm using the new sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge which is a square card this week.  A quick post since I have a huge ironing pile waiting on me.  Hope everyone is having a terrific Thursday!