Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Card Concept



This lovely fall cake for The Card Concept challenge is the inspiration for my watercolored leafy card design!  I loved the white on white texture and the falling leaves in the photo...perfect to use some of my fave leaf dies by Simon Says Stamp!  I used Crumb Cake ink with Tim Holtz' Stripes stencil then added texture by using Liquitex light modeling paste with a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil.  I watercolored a panel of Ranger watercolor cardstock using Mijello Mission Gold paints then die cut with SSS Stitched Maple Trio and Maple Leaf Corner.  I love the little stitching detail on these dies!  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps' Sending and Wishing set - one of my favorite go to sentiment sets! I love pairing it with their Sending die.  The stitched border is from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essential die set - another go to favorite!  I also used SU Soft Suede and Early Espresso cardstock.  I'm not sure what to call this style, but think it fits the mixed media definition.

Looking forward to the next 3 days off!  Getting my flu shot and planning/shopping for our pastor appreciation table at church is on my agenda!  Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Color Throwdown




Can you believe it's Wednesday already which means there is a new color palette on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog?! Jodi is our hostess and was inspired by this fun pillow to use purple, black and white.  I'm using the sketch for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and started with papers from Reverse Confetti's Fright
Night 6x6 pad.  The sentiment - from MFT's Witch Way is the Candy set - was white embossed on Grape Soda CS (Reverse Confetti) then die cut with MFT's Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics.  The tiny zigzag borders are from my favorite border set by Reverse Confetti called Edge Essentials. The tree and bat silhouette dies are by MFT.  The white panel is a die from Lil' Inker Designs called Instant Camera.

Our guest star stamper this week is Estelle TBT of the Scrap of Me blog.  Congratulations, Estelle! 

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
Barbara Anders  
 
Broni Holcombe

Michele Ferguson - October Guest Designer

Monday, October 16, 2017

SCS Falliday Fest




Good Monday everyone!  Splitcoaststampers has their annual Fallidays Fest going on and I was asked by my BFF - Teresa - to create a sample card for her Christmas Around the World challenge. Nothing symbolizes world better than a globe, so this was a quick and easy card to design when I started with Reverse Confetti's globe die.  I also used RC's Edge Essentials, All Framed Up and Winter Words dies. The gold-embossed sentiment - Winter Word Coordinates by RC - was die cut with MFT's Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics. Patterned paper is from So This is Christmas 6x6 pad by Carta Bella. 

I'm off to work this afternoon and again tomorrow, then have a 3 day off stretch!  I have some fall cleaning to do...or I could just play in my stamp room during my extra time off - lol!   Hopefully, some of both will happen. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Under Your Spell


I had some Copic coloring fun with this Halloween creation for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Everything was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card.  I used MANY Copic colors and totally lost track of all the numbers!  The patterned papers are from the Halloween Basics 6x6 paper pad by Recollections.  It doesn't show up in the photo, but the eyeballs are highlighted with Glossy Accents which adds such a fun detail!  The hat buckle was outlined using a metallic gold pen. 

STAMPS: Witch Way is the Candy? by MFT.
DIES: Witch Way is the Candy? by MFT; Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT.

A local country music radio station - WCYK - in Charlottesville, VA has a young single male morning DJ named Tom Morgan who has never received a Halloween card and didn't even realize people sent Halloween cards - lol!  So...the station is challenging listeners to send Tom some Halloween cards and they will send $1 for every card sent in to the UVA Children's Hospital!  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to send a handmade card showcasing one of my fave sets! 

Inspired By All The Little Things



Happy Saturday everyone!  Are you ready for another great Inspired By All the Little Things challenge?  The navy gown in the photo inspired me to go with a navy background and the burgundy roses and variety of greens led me to Reverse Confetti's Blooms 'n Buds stamp set with matching dies.  

Here is my enabler's list:
STAMPS: Blooms 'n Buds, Sentiment Essentials - Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Night of Navy, White - SU.
INK: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler - SU; Versafine Onyx Black; Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint distress oxide inks by Ranger.
DIES: Blooms 'n Buds, Sentiment Essentials, Tall Stripe Panel - Reverse Confetti.

Our creative guest designer for the week is Sandy Mathis of Stamp with Sandy!  Please stop by her blog to say hello and to check out her beautiful sample!

We would love to see how you interpret this photo and hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, October 13, 2017

SSS Wednesday Challenge




Yay, it's Friyay and I'm playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is asking us to create a thinking of you card.  Though my sentiment isn't those exact words, I thought sending love and hugs is the same thing.  After white embossing the sunflower image, I colored with Zig Clean Color brush markers which makes it so easy to blend and color in small spaces!  

What did I use?
STAMPS: Summer Flowers (SSS), Sending and Wishing (SSS).
PAPER: Ranger watercolor, Black Licorice (MFT), Bumblebee Yellow (Reverse Confetti).
DIES: Sending (SSS), Fishtail Flags Die-Namics (MFT).
ZIGS: 051, 050, 052 - flower; 053, 046, 043 - leaves; 061, 060, 065 - flower center; 302 - shadowing.

Another cloudy day here in VA but we are really needing rain, so no complaints here! Thanks so much for stopping by...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Color Throwdown




It's time once again for a new Color Throwdown Challenge! Amy Rohl is our hostess this week and has some fabulous fall colors for us: orange, taupe and black!  I flipped the sketch for the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  The background was embossed with SU's Woodgrain embossing folder then sponged lightly with Vintage Photo distress oxide ink.  Here's what else I used...


STAMPS: Pumpkin Patch (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: Haunted 6x6 pad by MME; Sand by Reverse Confetti; True Black and Vintage Cream by PTI.
INK: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo distress oxide inks by Ranger.
DIES: Edge Essentials, Pumpkin Patch, Swirlies - Reverse Confetti. 

Our guest star stamper is Rosemary Dennis from Hey There...rosigrl!  Be sure to stop by her blog and see her gorgeous take on the colors!

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
Barbara Anders  

Michele Ferguson - October Guest Designer

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things



Happy Saturday everyone! It's time for a new photo inspiration on the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge blog!  My eye zeroed in on the rust and cream colored mums, so I reached to ink up a recent buy from Simon Says Stamp's September release - a stamp set called Let Us Rejoice. 

I stamped Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card paper then colored with Copics.  The wonky stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs was used to frame the image.  


STAMPS: Let Us Rejoice (Simon Says Stamp).
PAPER: Kraft (PTI), Stella and Rose 'Mabel' 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye.

Our guest designer for this week is Bonnie Klass of Stamping
with Klass. Welcome!

We'd love to see how you interpret this photo, so hope to see you in the gallery!

World Card Making Day



Today is World Card Making Day and Concord and 9th stamp company is giving away nine $25 gift cards for their store if you play along and post on FB or IG using the hashtag #C9WCMD!  I couldn't pass up this opportunity for a chance to win!  For details, you can check out their blog post HERE.

I already had this "smooshed" distress ink background (Mowed Lawn and Wilted Violet) in my leftover stash, so I just added some splattered yellow gold watercolor paint from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set.  I added a couple of frame dies (All Framed Up by Reverse Confetti) using Crumb Cake CS (SU), then gold embossed the elegant leaf from C9's Lace Leaf stamp set.  I used the Grateful Leaf die to cut it with my Big Shot.  The sentiment also comes with the leaf die and I cut it 3 times - twice with Grape Soda CS (Reverse Confetti) and once with metallic gold CS.  

That's it from me...have a super weekend!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sketch For You To Try



The new sketch for Reverse Confetti's October Sketch For You To Try was perfect for me to finally ink up one of the adorable monsters in their Monsterous stamp set! I colored with Copics then die cut with the matching die.  The eyes were highlighted with Glossy Accents.

Here's what else I used:
STAMPS: Monsterous by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: Fright Night 6x6 pad, Lime Green, Grape Soda - Reverse Confetti; X-Press It Blending Card; White and Black CS - PTI.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black.

DIES: Web Tag Layer, Monsterous by Reverse Confetti; Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT; Stitched Rectangle by Lil' Inker Designs.
COPICS: YG21, YG13, YG23, YG25, V17, COO, C1

I'm thinking this would be a fun card to send to one of my grand kids! :-)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge



Hi everyone! It's time once again for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and this time, Broni has given us orange, kraft and white as our color palette based on this fun sleeping bag photo!  I wanted to use three shades of orange Zig clean color markers to color up these newly released images from Simon Says Stamp.  My photo makes the light orange color look very yellow. :-(  I stamped off the sentiment using Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie inks from SU.  I die cut a frame from kraft CS then ran it through my crimper.  The leaves were gold embossed on watercolor paper, colored with Zigs then fussy cut.  

STAMPS: Fractile Leaves (Simon Says Stamp), Ornate Leaves (SSS) - sentiment.
PAPER:  Kraft, White - PTI; Perfectly Plaid Fall - Lawn Fawn.
INK:  Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark.
DIES: Stitched Rectangle by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by MFT; Fancy Frames Icons by Paper Smooches.
MISC: Wood Dots by Teresa Collins;  Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder.

September whizzed on by so quickly and since it's a new month, that means a new guest designer is joining us!  Big welcome goes out to the talented Michele Ferguson of the I Card Everyone blog!

Congratulations to our guest star stamper this week - Amanda Smith!

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

Michele Ferguson - October Guest Designer


Monday, October 2, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch



I finally cut into some of the gorgeous papers from the Simon Says Stamp September card kit for this CAS design for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. Since the patterned paper had some copper foiling, I used the daisy die to cut a couple of copper cardstock flowers for accents.  The sentiment - from SSS Brush Stroke Messages stamp set - was white embossed over the diagonal stripe cut by a stitched die by Lil' Inker Designs.  This was a really quick and easy card to assemble...the papers do the talking.

As I write this post, I'm so saddened to hear about the deadliest mass shooting in US history in LasVegas late last night!  Our daughter was just in Vegas for a traveling nurse convention 2 weeks ago and thankfully had a safe trip, however, I pray for all the families of the victims who didn't make it.   

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things




Happy Saturday everyone! Here's hoping you can find some time to get crafty and join us in the new Inspired By All The Little Things challenge! This dahlia inspiration photo had me going in several directions, but in the end, these gorgeous cover plate dies by Altenew won out.  Instead of covering the entire card base, I cut away a portion of the panel so I'd have room to use this sentiment.  I can't seem to keep up with the demand for birthday cards lately.  

STAMPS: Super Script (Altenew).
PAPER: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Old Olive by SU; White by PTI.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
DIES: Layered Floral Cover Die A and B (Altenew).  

This week, we are happy to have Anita from France joining us as our guest designer!

We would love to see how you interpret this photo! Hope to see you in the gallery...

Friday, September 29, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches




Hope this finds you having a fabulous Friday! I'm looking forward to a 3 day weekend off with some fun activities and football games thrown into the mix!  I whipped up this quick CAS card after getting home from work late last night and am entering it into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The stamps are from a recently released Verve set called Autumn Blessings.  There are matching dies - Autumn Thanks - that make it so easy to assemble a card.  In hind sight, I really wish I had added some texture to the background but it was too late by the time the thought hit my brain - lol!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Hi everyone!  I can hardly believe this is the last Wednesday of the month already, which means my time as a guest designer for the SSS Wednesday Challenge is coming to a close!  I have certainly enjoyed playing along with the talented designers and want to thank Lorraine (aka Lols) again for inviting me!  It was an honor!

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

This week we have the theme - Anything Goes - which is always a popular week!  The team is showcasing products from Stampendous, so if you have them...we'd love to see you use them even though it's not mandatory.  
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As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at their fabulous store!  Be sure to play along for a chance to win.


So...here is my creation using the Ranunculus Field stamp by Stampendous...

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After stamping with black ink, I clear embossed the image before coloring loosely with Mijello Mission Gold watercolor paints.  This sentiment is so fitting for our current state of sad affairs in the world.  The negative news can be very overwhelming at times, but I'm so thankful I can have peace with my faith and can at least spread some kindness in my corner of the world whenever possible!  I got off on a side path there for a minute, but wanted to add that the lovely sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's Uplifting Thoughts set. 

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The end of the month also signals an end to a wonderful month long party at Simon Says Stamp!  STAMPtember had so many new products and wonderful inspiration along the way and there's still time to check it all out and get an order in.


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