Friday, February 15, 2019

Mojo Sketch

Yay for Friyay! I am always ready for a weekend break after 5 consecutive days of radiation therapy.  Only 7 more treatments remaining!  Julee came out with another beautiful Mojo Sketch Challenge this past Monday and it was perfect to whip up another birthday card that I needed for tomorrow! I recently ordered Altenew's Hibiscus Garden 3D die set which I love cutting out from watercolored paper. It was easier for me to get the different
shades of a similar color by using my Zig Clean Color brushes where I colored the shapes after they were die cut.  This set has quite a few dies and many are fairly similar.  To keep them organized, I store the dies for each flower in small ziplock bags.  The dies for the leaves are stored in a medium size bag.  This saves me a lot of time when I don't have to sort and figure out what goes with what for each component. 

I nearly covered up the stitched circle die, but it's hiding there if you look closely. I embellished with zigzag stitch stickers.  I cut the sentiment die three times and adhered them together to give it a thicker, chipboard look.  

STAMPS: Sending, Hoping, Wishing by WPlus9.
PAPER: White CS (PTI); Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 12x12" (Lawn Fawn); Ranger watercolor paper.
DIES: Sending, Hoping, Wishing (WPlus9); Hibiscus Garden 3D (Altenew); Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics (MFT).

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches

I am in love with Cecile's great layout for the new Freshly Made Sketches challenge! I immediately thought of this Girl's Best Friend Diamond die by Lil Inker Designs.  I paired it with a diamond background stamp from WPlus9's Just Geometrics: Triangles stamp set.  The sentiment is from WPlus9's Sparkle and Shine set.  The water colored leaves and stitched bloom were in my leftover pile (dies by My Favorite Things).

I used Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink for the triangles.  This was a quick and easy design since my leftover pile came to the rescue once again.

Today was another day in the radiation oncology department.  I'm down to 9 more treatments and will then be essentially finished with the different steps in my breast cancer treatment.  There will be a long term oral medication, but the chemotherapy, surgeries and radiation will all be history before long and I will be doing a happy dance for sure!

Color Throwdown

Hi everyone! It's yours truly hosting this week's Color Throwdown Challenge with dark pink, gray and black! I will hate to see Valentine's Day be over since I love creating with hearts!  I opted to go with a brushed silver metallic cardstock for the base in lieu of gray.  

I love the subtle texture that this diagonal stitched cover plate die by Reverse Confetti adds to the base layer! I used Wild Plum alcohol ink and Silver Mixative to create the marbled background on Yupo paper. The Falling Hearts Panel (Reverse Confetti) was paired with this fun sentiment from RC's Crazy About You stamp set and stamped with their Magenta ink.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Kitty Hugger Favors

I used the Kitty Hugger stamps and die by Lil Inker Designs last year and adhered them to heart-shaped Valentine cards. This year I went with a tag creation to add to our gifts for our grands! I used small adhesive dots to adhere the paws to the candy.  You will need something that really holds "tight" since simple glue just doesn't work well. The tag dies are by My Favorite Things. I had made some extras and took them to my radiation appointment this morning and handed them out to several of the technicians who have young children.  I also gave away some extra Valentine cards to radiation staff.  I told them there would be no excuse for any of them not to give a card to a special person in their life - lol!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hearts and Flowers

Good Monday everyone! It's a brisk and very cold day here in VA but I've got some spring colors on my card that will hopefully warm me up in spite of the winter weather watch that's happening! I'm playing along with the Sunday Stamps Challenge which has a wonderful sketch.  

I'm also entering the newest challenge on the Papertrey Ink blog which is called Win It Wednesday.  It will be a weekly post with challenges, contests and giveaways.  This week it's "Laurie's Fabulous Favorites" and Laurie Schmidlin is challenging us to use a fave set to create a card.  I'm in love with the 4 step stamping with PTI's Love in Bloom set, so that's what I chose. 

STAMPS: Love in Bloom (PTI).
INK: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet - all by PTI. 
DIES: Love in Bloom, Tag Sale: Quilted Die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics by My Favorite Things.

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Paper Players Challenge

Good Sunday everyone! It's color challenge week at The Paper Players Challenge and Laurie has a pretty combo of Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.  I created the floral background using Melon Mambo ink (SU) and stamped each image three times using a MISTI. I then die cut the panel using Reverse Confetti's Pierced Round Top Layers die.

The photo doesn't show it well, but the sentiment was silver embossed on a heavy weight vellum which was layered over a white strip and adhered with the 4 brads.  The lighter gray dots are from Simon Says Stamp's "We Can Do This" stamp set using Hickory Smoke distress ink.  The darker gray is featured in the tiny scalloped borders.  I'm not sure why both my Smoky Slate and Basic Gray inks by SU are being contrary.  The one is barely visible and the other pad is totally dried up and I never got around to replacing it - ugh!  I was not planning to add sequins, but thanks to an ink smear, they were used to remedy the goof. For a simple card, I had my share of challenges with this one - lol!

STAMPS: Something Wonderful and Congratulations by Reverse Confetti; We Can Do This by Simon Says Stamp.
DIES: Pierced Round Top Layers, Edge Essentials - Reverse Confetti.

I'm also entering this into the  Stock Your Stash February challenge on the Reverse Confetti blog.  This month's theme is encouragement/congratulations.

For more inspiration by the rest of the design team, be sure to check out their entries HERE.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch

I'm squeezing in some more heart cards before Valentine's Day passes us by and am entering this into the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #308. It's a repeat layout from the retro challenge #33. I once again went to Reverse Confetti's Patterned Hearts stamp set and used papers from their 6x6" pad called From Cupid.  Matching inks used were Coral and Lead - also by RC.

I first added the embossed stitching detail (RC's Edge Essentials dies) to better balance out the design. It still seemed too unbalanced for my eye, so I added the narrow coral stripe.  Ahhh...much better! 

Our warm weather in VA this past week appears to be history, so it's back to warm layers again as I head out to tackle errands.  If you are looking for a great movie, I would highly recommend The Up Side which is based on a true story of an ex-con recently out on parole getting hired by a billionaire quadriplegic.  I had a special interest in the movie since I worked with spinal cord injured patients at a rehabilitation center > 40 years!  It will make you laugh...cry...and hopefully glad you saw it!  If nothing know you want some movie theater buttered popcorn! Haha!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

There's a unique new sketch happening on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog!  For some reason, the many circles reminded me of this confetti die by Reverse Confetti, so I went with an ocean theme when I found this old panel I created probably two years ago with a gelli roller!  Instead of confetti, I'm thinking of the die as ocean bubbles - lol!  I love this sand dollar die (also by RC) and sponged the edges with Sahara Sand ink (how ironic to use that ink)! 

The card base is a linen textured piece of cardstock in my massive leftover pile, so I'm not sure of its source. I sprayed Smooch Spritz over the painted panel but the photograph doesn't pick up on the shimmery detail. I cut off the prongs of the brad and adhered it to the sentiment strip with an adhesive dot.

STAMPS: Fancy Words Coordinates (Reverse Confetti).
INK: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede (SU).
DIES: Sand Dollar (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge

It's time for another Fusion Card Challenge and I have focused primarily on the sketch option. I did note the little plate of hearts in the photo so was inspired to use a heart as my focal point. This fun Heartstrings die set by Concord and 9th gives so many great options for design!  I had this water colored piece in my leftover pile, so that was my starting point for colors.  I used distress inks, but did not keep notes of the colors I used.

The Iced Aqua (Reverse Confetti) CS is a favorite shade of aqua and I use it often!  The stitched square and rectangle STAX DieNamics are by My Favorite Things.  The sentiment was stamped three times with a MISTI using Versamark Onyx Black ink and is from Concord and 9th's Give Thanks stamp set.  

For more inspiration, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created.. Barb Ghigliotty, Jeanne Jachna, Jen Mitchell, Karren Johnson, Linda Callahan, Lyndal Higgins , Michelle Leone, Michelle Lupton, Wanda Cullen (you are here). Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in the Fusion gallery!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Color Throwdown #529

It's Wednesday and you know what that means?! Another Color Throwdown Challenge is up and running and  Vickie is our hostess and has chosen some really warm and happy colors for us!

I immediately thought these three colors would blend together well, so that's exactly the direction I took.  I used Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick distress inks and blended them on heavy white cardstock using a round sponge blending tool.  I die cut Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Hope cover plate, then layered a sentiment from PTI's Direct Messages stamp set with foam tape.  I use this set a lot when I want a linear sentiment that doesn't cover up much of the design.  To get a stark black inking, I used a MISTI to stamp it three times with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mojo Monday and Stock Your Stash


I created this card for Julee's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #508 and it's also for the February Stock Your Stash Challenge with the theme of encouragement or congratulations on the Reverse Confetti blog.  

 The sun is shining finally and it's to get up in the 60's today so what better sentiment than to encourage others to shine brightly?! 

I started with smooshing 3 distress inks - Squeezed Lemonade,
Mustard Seed, Fossilized  Amber - onto some Ranger watercolor cardstock.  I then embossed with Reverse Confetti's Stitched Rays cover panel die.  The stamped sun was done with RC inks: Sunshine and Bumblebee Yellow.  The yellow banner CS and the patterned paper (Every Little Bit 6" pad) are also from Reverse Confetti.  

STAMPS: My Sunshine (Reverse Confetti). DIES: Stitched squares and Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics by My Favorite Things; My Sunshine and Stitched Rays cover plate by Reverse Confetti.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Love is in the Air

I don't know about you, but I LOVE creating Valentine/heart/love cards! Joanne has chosen the following theme for this week's Paper Players Challenge: LOVE IS IN THE AIR. I thought this pair of love birds would be perfect for the theme and paired them with the blossom die - both by Concord and 9th!

I stamped the floating mini hearts using Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink. The stripes and sentiment were stamped multiple times using a MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink.  After die cutting the birds and florals, I punched out the little pieces and sponged them with Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo distress oxide inks. I then inlaid the pieces into the outline portion of the die. The birds' eyes are tiny black rhinestones.

We would love to see how you interpret this fun theme!  For more inspiration...check out the rest of the design team's samples HERE


Saturday, February 2, 2019

JUGS Word Week

I'm playing along with the Just Us Girls challenge where it's word week and the word is LOVE. Nothing gives a visualization of love like hearts IMO, so I used the negative die cut on a gelli print panel that I completed a LONG time ago.  The stitched flowers were leftovers from a previous project, so this card came together very quickly!

STAMPS: Love You Mean It (Concord and 9th).
DIES: Stitched Flowers (My Favorite Things); Heartstrings (Concord and 9th).