Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Flight of the Butterflies

Hello!  I am making an effort to use items in my studio that I have never used or seldom use.  I have several stamps from Stampin Up that I have not used.  They were part of a purchase that my DH bought years ago when a friend gave up stamping and sold him a lot of her supplies.  It was about the time that I seriously began stamping and it was a lot of fun to receive all those goodies.
I dug out this Butterfly (2000) stamp  and Happy Birthday (2001) stamp that I think looks great together on my layout.  They are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics Y06,Y17 and N4.  I used Sakura Clear Star for glitter on the wings of the butterflies but alas, it hardly shows in the photo. I used Yellow Card Base and a layer of some old Stampin Up pattern paper.  I added a narrow satin bow tied with 3 knots (one for each butterfly)....first time I used knots this way..  My DH thinks this card has a lot of motion ...from the flight of the butterflies, the diagonal stripes, and the scrolly script.

Mod Squad Challenge:  Anything with Wings hosted by Janice
Butterfly Challenge: #39 Butterflies + K is for Knots
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge 164 is CAS
Clear It Out Challenge: It's Glitter Explosion Around here: Theme is Things with Wings. Stash is Glitter.  Trust me, I do have glitter on the butterflies.
Tuesday Throwdown:  #264 Clean and Simple
Addicted to Stamps Challenge: #110 Butterflies

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dreamy Sunflower

Hello!  I recently received some new stamps that I won from Repeat Impressions and could not wait to use this Sunflower Stamp on a card.  I love all the great stamps from Repeat Impressions and enjoy all their challenges as well.  This is a personal endorsement, not a paid advertisement.
For my card, I stamped the Sunflower on Ivory CS with Memento Espresso Truffle ink and colored with Copics  pulling colors from the pattern paper that I used from Fancy Pants Happy Go Lucky pad.  I assembled my design following the What If? Wednesday Sketch Challenge #S2315 from The House That Stamps Built.  The Repeat Impressions sentiment was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I finished with some Dew Drops strategically  placed over the sunflowers on the corners of the pattern layer and a couple of punched out sunflowers on the corners of the image.

Other Challenges:
SweetStamps Blog: Challenge for September is Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use Pattern Paper on your card.
Craft Your Passion: Always Anything Goes #281

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pumpkin Card

Hello!  My fall card really looks better in real life than in this photo.  I made this for some of the many fall/ autumn challenges.  I used the sketch from Tuesday morning but rotated to a horizontal layout. I made the background with leaf stamp and distress inks.  I actually added a gold ribbon tied around the strip of ribbon after this photo was taken....will have to add another photo.

Supplies used: Stamps from Gina K Always Autumn, Memento Tangelo and Espresso Truffle inks, Distress Inks,  Green Copics, Ivory CS, Rust CS, Pilot Gold Marker, Vesamark, Gold EP, Bit of Leaf Ribbon with Metallic Thread, Spellbinder Die.

Tuesday Morning Sketches: #319 Sketch by Debbie
Simon Monday Challenges: Use a Stamp
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge is Addicted to Holidays
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday Time For Fall-Make a fall card
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says No Designer Paper

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Tag

Hello!  I have a tag to share today that I made for Tag  You're It! Challenge #31.   I like the way Jeanne used a button on her tag in the photo below so I copied that idea as well as being inspired by the Fall Leave theme and the use of gold.
Supplies used: Rust Textured CS, Gina K Leaf Stamp from A Year of Leaves, Gina K Sentiment from Always Autumn, Versamark, Gold EP, Pencils, Sequins, Gold Metal Button, Red and Rust Twine.

Other Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps:  Challenge #163 Addicted to Holidays. Tag is for Thanksgiving.
Simon Monday Challenge: Make a project using a stamp.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, September 25, 2015

Christmas with Penguins

Welcome!  No, I am not ready for snow but these Penguins like snow and are dressed
ready for Christmas.  Since I was doing water coloring this week, I decided to do another Card with penguins that I water colored with Water Color Pencils and Distress Inks using a watercolor brush. This digital stamp from Pollycraft was printed on watercolor paper. I added some glitter with Sakura Clear Star pen and inked the edge of the image with Red Marker and attached to an Snowflake embossed Pattern Paper from Crate Paper Snowy Day Pad. The sentiment is from Creative Clear Stamps.

Merry Monday: #172 Use Water Coloring on a Christmas Card.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything with Pattern Paper
Papertake Weekly: It will soon be here.
Sweert Stampin' Challenge Blog: Use a non white base.  Used Red Base.
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #274  Cute Critters and/or Christmas

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Birds All A Glitter

Hello!  I am not a glitter kind of crafter.....too messy.....but for the Mod Squad Challenge I decided to use some glitter to bring Sparkle to my Card.  I printed Birds on a Wire and a Sentiment digitals from Sparkle and Sprinkle Bird Song Digital file that I won from a challenge on Mod Squad.   I actually recolored the birds to red before printing on White CS.  I added Gina K Prismatic Red Hot Glitter to the birds and colored beaks and feet with Orange glaze pen.  I simply finished by adding to a Red Card Base.

Mod Squad Challenge: Sprinkle Your Sparkle. Add Glitter to your card.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says no designer paper.
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge #392 Things with wings.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Penguin with Christmas Gift

 Hello!  Penguins are such happy birds, especially when dressed up for Christmas.  I water colored this Di's Digi with Distress Inks and Water Color Pencils after printing on Watercolor Paper.  I added some Sparkle Stickles to his Hat and Sparkles with Clear Star Pen to his Scarf and Bow on the gift.  Instead of using a sentiment I simply wrote Joy on the tag. The Stripe Paper is from American Crafts Hollyday Pad and Red CS is from stash.

Merry Monday: Challenge #172 Use watercoloring on a Christmas Card.
Mod Squad Challenge:  Sprinkle your Sparkle. Use Glitter on your card.
Alphabet Challenge: P is for Pelicans or other birds.  I used Penguin.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #247 Use something beginning with P.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use Pattern Paper
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge #163 Addicted to Holiday

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Boo to You!

Hello!  This sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch #141 brought to mind Halloween for some reason.  I used a GKD Jack-o-lantern stamp that I won in a grab bag and combined it with some ribbon and Halloween Confetti from my stash.  The sentiment is GKD Tag Lines set.  Quick and Simple ....CAS!  My DH had me add more spiders on the side.
Other Challenges:
Stamp TV: STV15MON38-Time for Fall card -use fall theme or colors.
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Challenge #126 Orange you glad it's Autumn with ribbon or trim.

 Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Shades of Green

 Hello!  I started off to make a green card and that is what I got....all green. Not another color in sight!
I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday for my design since it had circles as also in the photo inspiration from Sparkle & Shine Challenge.  I was going to break up the color with a bit of white but I ended using 4 shades of Green Card Stock, Memento Bamboo Leaves and Pear Tart inks, and green sequins.  The Heart was cut from a Foil Shamrock Confetti and added in with the sequins.
Other Supplies: Power Poppy Sassy Succulents stamp set, Cuttlebug EF Tiny Bubbles, Nesties Circle Dies, Sukara Clear Star Pen, and foam dots.

Sparkle & Shine Challenge: Green
See graphic on right
Sketch Saturday: #379 by Alex shown on left
Simon Monday Challenge:
Use a Stamp

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My Favorite Things

 Hello! I have spending some time with some of my favorite things. For example, one of my fave bear stamps from Repeat Impressions, fave  Challenges, and a Paper Pad from MME called My Favorite Things. I came up with this card using a favorite technique Paper Piecing.  How appropriate that the paper reads "These are a few of my favorite things."  No verse needed for this card.
Other supplies: Kraft CS, Ivory CS, Copics,  Memento Rich Cocoa Ink, Red Glaze Pen, Susan's Garden Leaf Die, Heartfelt Creations Flower Die, Oval Die, Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots, Brad. 

Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #318 Shown on right.
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week 279 In Pieces. Challenge is Paper Piecing.
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Animal Magic.  Nothing more magical than a Teddy Bear.
Tuesday Throwdown: #262 For A Child. What child does not like a cute Teddy Bear?
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Die Crazy.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything with Pattern Paper.
Simon Monday Challenge: Love this technique-Use one of your favorite techniques. Used Paper Piecing.
SweetStamps Blog: September Challenge Anything Goes

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Birthday Cupcake

Hello!  Today I have a tag for Challenge #30 at  Tag You're It!  We are to make a tag inspired by the one made by Nancy Penir shown on the right.  I decided to use the cupcake theme and used a 3D die cut Cupcake from Valentine Crafts found in my stash.   I sponged DI Spun Sugar on a precut tag, attached the die cut, added some  music notes and circle foil confetti, and Cheery Lynn die cut words of brown CS.  Tied on ribbons of Pink and Brown.  The confetti did not photograph very is actually red, pink and gold foil.
I also decided to make a card using the same tag.   I embossed an Ivory Card with the Cuttlebug EF Happy Birthday and colored the raised area with the Spun Sugar and attached the tag. 
Challenges:Crafty Ribbons Challenge: #126 Happy Birthday
Allsorts Challenge: Week 329 Sparkle.  There is sparkle in the rhinestone and glitter on the Cupcake.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Die Crazy. Used dies for the words and cupcake is a 3D die cut.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, September 18, 2015

Lace and Pearls

Welcome!  I have missed doing the Cupcake Inspiration Challenges but today I had time to create this card using a Lace Doily, Pearls, a Pansy made with Dies, and the color Lavender.   I think this qualifies for their Challenge 327 Lace.

Supplies: Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die, Sizzix Susan's Garden Pansy Dies, Nesties Circle Die, White and Lavender CS, Lilac Pattern Paper, Verve Sentiment Stamp, Memento Sweet Plum Ink, Pearls and Lacey Ribbon from Stash.

Other Challenges;
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Die Crazy. Used dies for Doily, Circle, and Pansy
Mod Squad Challenge: Make Flower the Focal Image of a card.
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Die and Why.  I actually used 3 dies here. I guess I have to say the circle die is my most favorite because it the most used and versatile of all my dies.
The ABC Challenge: R is for Recipe. I used Flowers, Dies, and Purple in the middle row down  but also have Pearls, Purple, and Lace (Doily) from the bottom row.
613 Avenue Create: #141 Anything Goes

ABC Challenge

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I love reading your comments. Theresa

Using Vellum

Hello!  When I saw the photo inspiration shown on right for the challenge at The House That Stamps Built, I immediately thought of using Vellum to replicate the look of the photo.  I was inspired by many of the photo elements including the colors, layout, tree and moth(butterfly). I liked the ombre look of the colors of the sky.  I began by sponging the back of a cream Vellum sheet with Distress inks Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen and some Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Using a circle die I made a round mask and added some DI Squeezed Lemonade also to the back.  Then I embossed the Vellum with Darice EF Leafy Tree and inked the raised area on the top side with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I love the glowing look of the scene.  I stamped Repeat Impressions Vertical Thanks with black ink and embossed with Clear EP.  The Small Butterfly from  Repeat Impressions was stamped on the Vellum and embossed with Zing Chestnut EP.  I also colored the back with Distress Inks and then fussy cut.   I attached the Vellum layer to a Ivory Card Base and then made a 1/4" Frame of the Ivory CS to go on top.  I did this to avoid using glue or tape on the visible area of the Vellum.

The House That Stamps Built: What If ? Wednesday Photo Inspiration Challenge S1615. Photo above right
Retro Rubber Challenge: # 23 Ombre Effect.  Created Ombre effect in sky with inks.  Butterfly is a rubber stamp from about 2 years ago.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Make a scene. 2nd entry.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Falling Leaves

Hello!  Are you looking forward to falling leaves?
My card today is a quick and simple CAS and also a One Layer.  I stamped  GKD leaf and sentiment stamps from A Year of Leaves by Melanie with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on GKD Ivory CS and simply colored in Autumn colors with Pencils and OMS.  This stamp set is one of my old time favorites for fall cards. I added some score lines for interest and texture to finish my design.

Alphabet Challenge Blog: O  for One Layer.
Addicted to CAS: Challenge #72 Code word: Leaves
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday Challenge is Short on Time-make a CAS card
AAA Cards: Game #48 Autumn Colors

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall at the Lake

Hello!  The last few days have felt like fall is here but today should be warming up again to summer temps.  My card today reminds me of trips to the nearby lakes when the trees are in their full fall foliage.  I have used a stamp from Repeat Impressions Rocky Shore Vista to bring that memory alive on a card.  I stamped both the image and sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white CS and colored with Copics and Markers.  After layering on Green and Honey Mustard CS, I added a cutout embossed leaf leftover from another project.  The Honey Mustard layer was embossed with EF Forest Branches.

The House That Stamps Built: Designer Choice Challenge 99 Falling for Fall-Autumn
Addicted to Stamps and More:  #161 Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Use a stamp...I used a rubber stamp.
Crafty Catz Challenge: #292 Autumn Colors
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Make a Scene
Clear It Out Challenge: Theme is Autumn, Stash is Leaves/Foliage

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, September 11, 2015

Smile for the Camera!

Hello!   My card today was created with some pattern paper, a die cut, silk flowers and a bit of ribbon. The  vintage camera theme and colors were inspired by the Photo shown at The Shabby Tea Room. See below.  I selected a pattern paper from MME Chalk Studio 2 pad as a starting point and added a Flourish cut with Cheery Lynn Die from Green CS and added some Silk Flowers with brads from my stash.  Layered this all on a Coral card base with a stripe ribbon( inspired by the photo).  I finished the inside with a Graphics Fairy digital image of a vintage camera and a computer printed sentiment that I printed on Photo Paper to keep with the camera theme.

The Shabby Tea Room: Week 259  Picture This!  My card was inspired by their photo.
Cheery Lynn Designs Blog: Challenge 201 All about Texture. Used Fanciful Flourish die. Texture also from Brads, Flowers and Ribbon.
The Ribbon Girl Blog: Challenge is to add Flowers.
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: #126 Happy Birthday

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Thursday, September 10, 2015

'Twas the Night....

Hello! Another Christmas card for a couple of challenges.  I used a Silhouette file for Santa and his reindeers cut from Black cardstock.  I added this this to a Navy CS that I stamped with a GKD Star, Creative Clear Stamp Sentiment, and sponged  with Brilliance Moonlight White ink.  Attached to a Glossy White Card Base.
ABC Christmas Challenge:  R is for things beginning with a Letter R. Used 2 Reindeer on my card.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #245 'Twas the Night before Christmas.  That's the night Santa comes!
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Shiny Birthday

Hello!  I was playing with a never used Spellbinders Die from the Shapeabilities Pendant Lattice set.  I cut one of the die from DCWV Foil cardstock and placed on glossy white CS.  Added a couple of cut outs from another one that I cut in Green Foil.  I cut words using Cheery Lynn Dies and attached to the pendant.  Placed this to a Card Base of Green CS.  The hard part of this card was getting a decent photo with all the shine from the foil.  I was inspired by the sketch from below.

CAS(E) this sketch: CTS #139
Less Is More: Week 240 Color Challenge Green and Gold
Let's Craft and Create: Challenge is to use Dies or Punches
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge 218 is Mirror! Mirror! Use something reflective.

 Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Colorful Zinnias

Welcome to the studio!  I know that you have  heard me say that Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers ....and I am using one of my favorite stamps on this card.  I knew when I saw the challenge from Just Add Ink I had to pull out this much used stamp from Flourishes Zinnias set.  I stamped the image with Memento Espresso Truffle ink on ivory CS and colored with Copics and added some Yellow glaze to the centers.   I stamped the sentiment with Memento Bamboo Leaves.
I used dies from Spellbinders Devine Eleoquence to create layers of the image with Pink CS on a Yellow card base. Love this die set.  Finished with a yellow satin bow.

Just Add Ink: #278 Inspiration Challenge

Crafty Catz: Challenge #291 is Anything Goes

All Sorts Challenge: Week 327 Lots of Layers

Simon Monday Challenge: Use Stamp and Punch/Die cut

Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Make it Colorful.

Let's Craft and Create: Challenge 105 Use Dies or Punches

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa