Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Color Throwdown #527

Happy hump day everyone! The new Color Throwdown Challenge is happening today and Lori has some fabulous colors for us: navy, gray and green!  I really must use these colors more often as I think they are so striking together.

I created my own patterned background using the "We Can Do This" stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.  The circle of hearts and sentiment images were stamped twice using a MISTI.  I used Reverse Confetti's Navy Blue and Parakeet inks and used WPlus9's Fairy Dust and Silver Lining inks. Dies used: Stitched Rectangle, Circle and Fishtail Flags STAX by My Favorite Things.  

For more inspiration, you can click on the design team links below:

Monday, January 21, 2019

National Hugging Day

I couldn't believe it, but there is an actual official website for National Hugging Day!  When I saw the special day advertised on the news, I Googled it and found the link above. I couldn't bypass the occasion without creating a card, so I took a loose interpretation of the current MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge and arranged a collage of stitched die cut flowers in place of the circle element.  I thought using MFT's Striped Sentiment Strip Cover die would work for the striped elements and, of course, the sentiment had to be about hugs - lol!

STAMPS: Label Maker Sentiments (My Favorite Things).
PAPER: Calm & Cozy Chevron 6x6" pad by MFT.  Floral colors are all from a card kit pack of MFT cardstock.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black (stamped x 3 using a MISTI).

Sending virtual hugs,

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Paper Players CAS Week

Happy Sunday and welcome to another Paper Players Challenge! This week, Claire is asking us to create a CAS design with a snowy day theme.  I'll confess I struggled with keeping my card without many layers, since this snowflake just begs to be layered. In hindsight, I could have used just the one silver glitter snowflake!  

This really was a quick and easy card to assemble.  Patterned papers are from Doodlebug Design's "Frosty Friends" 6x6 pad.  The snowman (Winter Groves by Paper Smooches) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on X-Press It Blending Card and was colored with Copics.  The scarf was paper pieced.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' "Sentiment Sampler" set and was stamped over a label die by My Favorite Things. The snowflake die is from Stampin' Up.

Be sure to stop by The Paper Players Challenge blog and see what the other talented team members have created.  We hope to see you in the gallery!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Color Throwdown #526

Another Wednesday means there's a new Color Throwdown Challenge on board! Lisa Henke is hosting this week and has chosen aqua, blue and white as our colors. I love snowflakes, but am needing to build up some masculine birthday cards in my stash. I chose to use the freebie stamp set - Your Beautiful Birthday - that I got with my December order from Papertrey Ink.  I loved the "loose" design of these images and it allows for lots of "building" options!

I couldn't find any patterned background paper that matched exactly, so created my own using MFT's Diagonal Stripes BG stamp.  I used inks from Reverse Confetti: Island Blue, Iced Aqua, Lead, Sunshine and Tangerine. I love the dark, smoky gray of the Lead ink!  Dies included PTI's Tag Sale Quilted Die and MFT's Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Flags STAX die-namics. Some sequins and a glittery brad topped off the finished A2 card.

For more inspiration, you can click on the design team links below:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mojo Sketch #507

A full schedule has not allowed me time to play along with the past couple of Mojo Sketch Challenges, but I finally put cleaning tasks aside to play along!  I'm really loving Julee's great layout this week and it was perfect to use some of Reverse Confetti's patterned papers from their newly released 6x6" pad called "From Cupid".  I added a rectangle panel of Salsa card stock (Reverse Confetti) and grouped 3 patterned heart stamps after stamping them in the three RC ink colors that match the stripes: Salsa, Piggy Bank and Flamingo.

The sentiment is one of five choices in RC's Patterned Hearts stamp set!  I love these "skinny" sentiments that can be added without covering up much of the design.  I added faux stitching to the horizontal strip using RC's Edge Essentials die.  I embellished with some wooden hearts and thought the twine tied it all together...pun intended - lol!

I'm also entering this into Reverse Confetti's Stock Your Stash Challenge (my second entry) where the theme is Love is in the Air.  

Part of my recent "full schedule" included some MAJOR reorganization and purging of my bathroom linen closet and now I am working on my tiny craft room.  I still have a long way to go with my 'she shed' but am determined to get it organized to where it's more efficient to use!  So many friends have shared their inspiration from watching Marie Condo's Tidying Up series on Netflix.  I watched two episodes so far and it's amazing to see the transformation in different homes.  It really does make you feel better to see a clutter free home!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Paper Players Color Challenge

Hello blog friends! It's time for another Paper Players Challenge and this week Anne Marie has a beautiful color challenge for us: Grapefruit Grove, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and a color of your choice (I used Lucky Limeade).

I can't seem to get enough of this Love in Bloom stamp set with coordinating die by Papertrey Ink.  Since I don't have Grapefruit Grove ink, I subbed Crisp Cantaloupe which is extremely close in the coral family.  I used my MISTI so I could stamp each image at least two times plus it allowed me to get proper positioning as I built up the four layers. The gradient honeycomb patterned paper is from the Cottage Living 6x6" pad by Pebbles.  I popped the floral heart with foam tape over a Tag Sale Quilted Die by Papertrey Ink and love that it comes with the sentiment banner die as well.

You will want to check out the rest of the design team's beautiful creations HERE.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Stock Your Stash Challenge

It's a new month which means there's a new Stock Your Stash Challenge on the Reverse Confetti blog. The card making theme for this month is "LOVE IS IN THE AIR"!  I couldn't resist ordering the Patterned Hearts (with dies) stamp set, the diagonal stitched cover plate and the new 6" paper pad with this month's new release. 

You can see the new stitched cover plate design in the background which gives a subtle bit of texture to a card. The hearts were die cut and popped with foam tape and the sentiment was stamped twice using a MISTI.

STAMPS: Patterned Hearts (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Iced Aqua (RC), White (PTI), True Black (MFT).
INK: Iced Aqua, Coral and Parakeet ink cubes (RC); Versafine Onyx Black.