Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

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!

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 ('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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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!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Hello and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! Hopefully you played along with us last week for the Stamp It challenge, but if not, you can join us this week. Remember...every week there is a $50 voucher given away to spend at the Simon Says Stamp store and YOU just might be the lucky winner if you play along!

The party continues with the STAMPtember celebration on the Simon Says Stamp blog with DAILY surprises that may include special sets in collaboration with other stamp companies, sales, giveaways, special guests and more!

This week we are to create a CAS (clean and simple) design and we are showcasing CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, so if you have stamps from their company, we'd love to see you use them.  A big thank you to Michele Gross, owner of CAS-ual Fridays for generously providing each team member with products to use for this challenge!  I had so much fun using their Whole Shebang stamp set (love those unique sentiments)!  I smooshed some distress inks on the background then die cut with a Tim Holtz (Sizzix) diamond die.  I added some watercolored balloons (Simon Says Stamp Balloons Craft dies) with fine silver wire attached for the strings. 

Using the same stamp set and same balloon dies, I created this second card.  Instead of wire, I hand drew the balloon strings using a black gel pen.

For more inspiration by the rest of the design team, you can stop by the Simon Says Stamp blog.  We hope you'll play along as we'd love to see your creation in the gallery!

Color Throwdown 460

Yours truly is hosting this week's Color Throwdown Challenge and I'm hoping you'll love the color combo as much as I did: navy, green and white!  I sponged Night of Navy ink over Altenew's Watercolor Stripes stencil and thought PTI's Beautiful Berries: Spring stamp set with matching dies would work for some autumn berries in blue.  The sentiment - also from PTI - was cut twice from navy and lime green cardstock.

Be sure and stop by the blogs of our September guest designer, Tammy Hershberger, and our guest star stamper, Julie DeLuca of Stamp Eat Repeat.

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 12, 2017

2017 Card Design Superstar Contest

This is my third and final entry for MFT's 2017 Card Design Superstar contest! Having an extra day off work today was ideal to get these entries completed. This is for the Innovation Master category where we were to create a specialty card with sliders, shakers, 3D, etc.  I feel like I should have included lots of confetti in the photo props once I realized this is my 3000th card in my Splitcoaststampers gallery!  Whoa...that's a whole lotta papercrafting!

I included a lot of dimensional elements in addition to the shaker design.  I layered multiple die cuts of the Staggered Hearts Border then popped the Baby's Bib die with foam dots.  The baby sentiment has 3 layers - two black and one offset pink layer.  I had some leftover florals from the Mini Modern Blooms set and couldn't resist adding my favorite little pin die.

STAMPS: Mini Modern Blooms (MFT)
PAPER: Roses All Over 6x6 pack (MFT), Licorice (MFT), White (PTI), Pretty in Pink (SU), Mirror Cardstock.
DIES: Staggered Heart Border, Baby's Bib, Beautiful Baby, Oh Baby, Mini Modern Blooms - all by MFT.

Thanks for stopping by...

2017 Card Design Superstar Contest

I've got another entry to MFT's 2017 Design Card Superstar Contest and this one is for the Coloring Virtuoso category.  I decided to color up some of the adorable farm animals from MFT's The Whole Herd stamp set with Copics.  I created windows by die cutting with one of the smaller Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX dies. This will make a fun card for a coworker!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting before you mooove on to another task! (grin)

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 Card Design Superstar Contest

My chances are about as great as winning the lottery, but you can't win if you don't try...right? I created this card to enter the Clean and Simple Genius category - one of three categories - for the 2017 Card Design Superstar contest on the My Favorite Things blog.  All of the stamps, dies, and stencil are from MFT.  I started by using the Wonky Chevron stencil and sponged Peacock Feathers distress ink over a portion of it. The Stitched Dome Frame die was popped with foam tape to give the illusion of a window.  I then added the Wine Service dies and stamped the sentiment from MFT's Uncorked stamp set.  

Cheers to all of you reading this and hearing from you!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

We're Baacckk!!

I feel like I blinked twice and summer was gone! September is now here and that means the Inspired By All The Little Things Challenge is back again!  I was inspired by this unique combination of colors and the multiple florals.  I resurrected some long retired cardstock by SU - Mint Melody - and paired it with two coral shades by SU - Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I used Altenew's Layered Floral Cover Die A and B. The sentiment was gold embossed on heavy weight vellum and is from Altenew's Super Script stamp set. I placed the vellum in my trash can then lightly sprayed with Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive.  You'll want to avoid spraying it in your wide open crafting space because you will have lots of sticky residue in unwanted places. 

We are happy to announce that Bev of the Happy Place blog is our guest designer this week!  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.  Would love to see how you interpret the challenge and hope to see you in the gallery! 


Friday, September 8, 2017

Sketch For You To Try

The new Sketch For You To Try Challenge for September over on the Reverse Confetti blog was a perfect layout to get a birthday card done for another little one in the family!  I love this fun Reverse Confetti stamp set - Lift Me Up - with matching dies!  Fun to color and can be used for a variety of occasions!  The happy patterned papers come from Bo Bunny's Surprise 6x6 pad.  The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on X-Press It Blending Card - my favorite cardstock for Copic coloring. I used several different dies by Reverse Confetti: Lift Me Up, Lacy Scallop Frame, Lacy Scallop Circles and Edge Essentials.

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