Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blowing Kisses

Hello!  Just a quick post to show a card made with a digital stamp by From the Heart using their Sketch Inspiration #136 with the twist of Vintage shown below.  I have used some vintage looking patterns and some distressing with inks and distressing on the edges of the layer.  The image is Blowing Kisses with a sentiment from the same set. I colored the image with Copics and did some distressing with Distress Inks.  Pattern Papers are from stash.

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

Masculine Birthday

Hello!  What could be more masculine than a card with a Duck???  I stamped this Repeat Impressions Duck stamp with Memento Toffee Crunch ink and colored with Copics  to look like a Male Mallard duck.  After cutting the image with an Oval Die I inked the edge.   I used bright Green card base with embossed layers of Kraft and a layer of Pattern Paper from DCWV Safari Chic pad.  The sentiment is  part of  a Repeat Impressions verse.

The House That Stamps Built: What If Wednesday? Sketch #J2716
Mod Squad Challenge:  Challenge is Masculine Birthday
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge #118 Theme is Masculine

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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Blue Bird

Hello!  Back with some more blues!  Playing again with a sketch and some blue elements to create this CAS card.  I used stamps from Gina K Designs Stippled Nature set and her Blue and White CS and Blue Check Pattern paper from Poolside pad. The sketch is from Sketch Saturday.
Other Supplies: Cuttlebug Gingham EF, Su inks, White Pen.
Challenge links:
Stamp TV: Release Party Challenge-Singing the Blues
Sketch Saturday: Sketch #396

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

Candy for My Valentine

Hello!  It is interesting how some ideas for card challenges come so quickly and others take a lot of thought.   When I saw the Retro Rubber Challenge sketch shown below, I immediately thought of a stamp from Flourishes that dates back to 2012.  It was a stamp of a Heart Shape box of candy ....I guess it was the double heart in the sketch that brought it to mind.  I stamped the sentiment and box on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics and Glaze pens. I added some Glossy Accents to the Candy to give some dimension.  I used Clear Snap Red and Gold Foils for the strips on the right side which I adhered with Scor-tape.  Added some gold sequins for even more sparkle.  The card base is Gold Metallic CS.

Retro Rubber Challenge #30: Getting Sketchy with stamps from 2012.
Crafty Sentiments: Theme is Valentine
Addicted to Stamps and More: Make Your Mark-used Copics and Glaze Pens
613 Avenue Create: Challenge #160 Anything Goes

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Singing Blue Roses

Hello!  Today I have been playing with Blues to make a card using Tuesday Morning Sketches and a Challenge from Stamp TV.   I used Gina K Design stamps from A Year of Flowers and a sentiment from A Year of Flowers 2.
Other Supplies used: Gina K White and Little Boy Blue CS and Pattern from Poolside Paper pad, SU Brocade Blue Ink, Copics, Nesties Circle and Scallop Circle dies, Fiskar Scallop Border Punch, Cuttlebug EF Polka Dots

Tuesday Morning Sketches: #355 Sketch
Stamp TV: Release Party Challenge Singing the Blues-use your favorite blues
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Card With Love

Hello!   It's that time of the year to make Valentine cards.   This one was fairly simple to create with Gina K Designs stamps from A Year of Flowers 2 set by Melanie.  I made some quick shiny heart embellishments by punching out the border and saving the small hearts to coat with Glossy Accents.  ...better than using metal brads.  I hope that you can see the shininess of the hearts.

Other Supplies: White and Red Card Stock, SU Ruby Red and Always Artichoke inks, EK Success Border Punch, Sakura Clear Star Pen.

Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday Challenge-Handmade Embellishments
Crafty Sentiments: Challenge Theme is Valentine
Mod Squad Challenge:  Love Is  In the Air
Addicted to CAS: Challenge #80 Red
Allsorts Challenge: Week 347 Valentine's Day

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

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Chilly Time on the Prairie

Yes it is COLD!!! And I was inspired by a photo challenge at The House That Stamps Built to create this card.  My card is a bit reminiscent of the House on the Prairie.  When I saw the inspiration photo below, I immediately thought of some Repeat Impressions stamps that I have not used since I bought them a few weeks ago.  I pulled out the Log Cabin, Shade of the Elm (tree), Clouds and sentiment stamps and began with a Blue CS panel.  Using the technique of masking  I stamped the cabin and 2 elm trees (minus the chairs and shade) with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and stamped and embossed the clouds with Brilliance Moonlight White ink and White Puff EP.   I colored the cabin and trees with brown pencils and a yellow glaze pen.  I then played with Liquid Pearls and Frosted Lace Stickles to get the snowy effect that I wanted. I also sponged some white on the sky.  I liked the card at this point and made a photo shown above.  But then I stamped a sentiment "Time To Chill Out" with a cloud just for a bit of Humor. I fussy cut and temporarily  attached the sentiment  to the card for a second photo below.   I am not sure if I will use with or without a sentiment.  Any Thoughts?
I finished with a Bright Blue Mat on a Card Base of Chocolate Brown.

The House That Stamps Built:
WIW Photo Inspiration J2016
Addicted to Stamps and More:
Challenge is Make Your Mark.  I used pencils, glaze pen and a lot of stickles(used almost as a paint)
Double D Challenges: New challenge that looks fun. Winter time theme...used snowy trees from the tile below.
Winter Wonderland: Use something new.  The cabin and tree stamps are new for me.

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Love Is In the Air

Boy! It is cold out there.  Thinking of snow and cold as I designed a few cards.   I used this Digital Snowman by From The Heart with their Weekly Sketch Inspiration #135 shown on right.  We can use it with the Twist Add Some Nature. I added some nature using a pattern paper with flowers and leaves.  I just love this happy snowman!!

Supplies used: Snowman Valentine Digi, Copics, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Circle Dies, White and Blue CS, American Crafts Pattern Paper, Cuttlebug  EF Swiss Dots.

Other Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use pattern paper on your project.
Mod Squad Challenge: Love is in the Air.  This snowman is so full of Love.

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bird on a Fence

Second Post Today
Hello!  Today I am playing with a challenge from Sparkle and Shine shown below.  I began by cutting a Cardinal from card stock using a Silhouette file on the Cameo.   I created the fence using White CS, Memento Gray Flannel ink, and Scor-pal and trimmed by hand to the size needed for the fence.   For the background I embossed white CS with Darice  EF Leafy Tree and inked the raised surface with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink.  I added Silver Sequins (snow) to all the leaves and randomly let a few fall from the tree.  The elements were all attached to a Dark Gray card base and then I stamped the sentiment from Power Poppy Stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 

Sparkle & Shine Challenge: #22 Photo Inspiration on right.
Mod Squad Challenge: This week's challenge is friendship.
Simon Monday Challenge: Best Friends

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

Balloons for Valentine's Day

Hello!  Another tag today. When looking for an image to use for the tag challenge shown on right, I found this digital image of Cuthbert Bear (Polly Craft) with balloons and just had to make another tag with this cute image.  This one I made for Valentine's Day using stamps from Winnie and Walter.  After coloring Cuthbert with Copics I fussy cut him and attached to a tag of water colored paper smooshed with Distress Ink Stormy Sky.
Other supplies: White CS, Red Ribbon, Memento Lady Bug ink, Sizzix Border Punch, Glossy Accents.
Tag You're It!: Challenge #38 shown on right.  I was inspired by the layout and colors.
Crafty Sentiments: Challenge is Valentine Theme
Sweet Stamps Blog: January Challenge Anything But a Card.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Keep warm and safe.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter Snowflakes

Welcome!  Winter is very much here.....more snow yesterday and  frigid temperatures in the single digits.  There are several challenges for winter and / or white that have inspired me to make this card.   I always have memories of past winter and thought this was an appropriate sentiment for my snowy winter card.  I could use this to send greetings for Christmas, winter, anniversary, or even a birthday. 
Supplies used: Repeat Impressions Stamps Happy set, Cardstocks(3) - White Textured. Glossy, and Neenah,  Versamark ink, Zing Silver EP, Darice EF Snowflakes, Sizzix Snowflakes Die, Pilot Silver Marker, Foam Circles to pop up snowflakes.

The House That Stamps Built: DCC113 Challenge Winter Wonderland. I do need to get some winter stamps from RI.
Winter Wonderland: Challenge #15 is Glitter and Shine.  Used silver EP for shine to my snowflakes and words.
Cards In Envy: White on White Challenge. Used a bit of silver on my A2 card.
Clear It Out Challenge: Theme is Winter. Stash is add a snowflake
Tuesday Throwdown: #276 Add Dimension. Snowflakes are popped up on circles of foam and also have embossed snowflakes for dimension.
AAA Cards: Game  #56 is Winter Wonderland
CAS on Sunday: Challenge #74 is Winter

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

Lucky Bear

Hello on this Monday Morning!  Today I am sharing a tag that I made for the challenge at Tag You're It ! #38 shown on the right.   I was inspired by the layout, the water color background, and animal theme in Tracey's tag.  I chose a bear instead of an elephant and a St. Patrick theme for my tag.  I used an unidentified Lucky Bear from my digital files with a computer generated sentiment on watercolor paper.  I used Distress Inks for the background and copics for coloring.  I used Glossy Accents on the Shamrock Balloon and finished with green and white twine. 
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Jingle All the Way

Hello!  I am playing today with a Christmas card made with bells, plaid, and jingles.  I cut the bells on the Cameo from Gold Metallic CS and added some plaid paper from my stash.  I printed the digital sentiment from Meljens Designs on white CS and attached that to a layer of the Plaid Pattern.  I attached the Bells with pop up foam and added a Gold Organza bow to complete the card for the following challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #187 Make a card with Plaid on it.
Happy Little Stampers: January Christmas Challenge Jingle
ABC Christmas Challenge: A is for Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #264 Cute or Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything goes for Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything goes with Pattern Paper
The Glory of Christmas: Gold or Silver or Anything Goes

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

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Happy Birthday in Ombre

Hello! I am back with a third post today.....trying to catch up with some of the past week challenges.  I made this card by creating an Ombre background using Distress inks Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry that I sponged on a panel of water color paper.  I simply die cut the Memory Box English Rose Stem from Green CS and adhered to the Ombre Pattern.  I chose not to fill the open Roses so that the Ombre Color showed through the design.  I stamped the Gina K Designs sentiment with SU Always Artichoke ink and heat embossed with Clear EP.  The card base is the same Green CS used for the flowers.

Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Ombre
613 Avenue Create:  Challenge 158 Anything goes with Option of Birthday/Anniversary.  Happy 3rd Birthday!!
CAS-ology: Cue card Week 180 is OPEN. My CAS design has an open die cut.
Seize The Birthday: Birthday with toppings Clean and Simple
Time Out Challenges: Birthdays with the optional Technique Twist of adding sponging.

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

Colorful Hi!

Welcome to my studio!  I have another card today that I made with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches and used colors from a challenge at Stamp TV.  I used  new stamps from A Year of Flowers 2 set by Melanie from Gina K Designs. 
Other supplies used: Memento Inks Tangelo, Summer Sky, Cottage Ivy; White, Blue, Green and Orange CS's from stash; Darice EF Floral Frenzy, Spellbinders Die, Ribbon from Stash, Orange Pencil with OMS.

Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday Let's have some color- use orange, blue, green
Tuesday Morning Sketch: #334 shown on right.

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

Warm Winter Wishes

Hello!  I have been MIA for a week because I was in Tennessee visiting my Mother who has a birthday next week and will be 96 years young.  I may send this card to her since the weather has been unusually cold for Tennessee.  It could also be a Valentine to send her later.
I made this card for the sketch inspiration From the Heart blog using digis from Snowman Valentine.  We have the option to use the Twist of Dots and Stripes with the Sketch.

Supplies used: White CS, Patterns from MME Heirloom pad,  Copics, Spellbinders Label Die, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls

From the Heart Blog:  # 134 Sketch. Use the Sketch or Twist of Dots and Stripes or do both. Graphic on right.
Crafty Sentiments: Challenge Baby It's Cold Outside!
The Card Concept: #46 A Warm Heart.....inspired by the mittens and heart
The House That Stamps Built: DCC 113 Winter Wonderland
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use pattern paper

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

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Thinking of Spring Flowers

Welcome to the studio!   Even though snow is on the way, I am thinking of spring flowers.   I was inspired by the colors of the flowers and the weathered wood of the chair in the graphic below in designing this card.   I began by creating a gray weathered wood background with white cardstock, Memento gray flannel ink, scor-pal, and a woodgrain embossing folder.   I used Technique Tuesday flower stamps from Two Steppin' set with distress inks Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint for the image.  I water colored flowers on a panel of water color paper with a water brush and then fussy cut them.  I assembled the card on a Gray Metallic card base and added a sentiment heat embossed on a strip of Vellum.

Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge 175 Photo Inspiration on right
Sweet Stamps Blog: January challenge is Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: #306 Flowers
Sweet Stampin'  Challenge: Theme is Flowers

It is fun to make your own "Pattern Paper" with this technique to create a wood look.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, January 8, 2016

Spring Colors and Flowers

Hello!  I was inspired to use lovely pinks, yellows, and greens on this card that I made for the Fusion Challenge celebrating their 2nd Anniversary.  I combined the colors, flowers, and chevron design with the sketch shown in the graphic below.  I inked the raised areas of the embossing by sponging.
Supplies: Gina K Stamp from A Year of Flowers 2 and Fanciful Tags, Memento Rose Bud, Cottage Ivy inks, SU Summer Sun Ink, Pencils and OMS, Pink and White CS, EF Stylized Flowers and Chevron, Oval and Circle Nesties.

Fusion Card Challenge: Our 2nd Year Challenge. Used photo and sketch
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday Challenge....make a card Just Because
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Something New...used new stamps that I just received
Winter Wonderland: Spring is in the Air

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thank You Smoosh

Hello!  I had some more paper designs from my playing with smooshing techniques the other day and decided to make a Thank You card using one of the papers for the background.  Distress Inks Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, and  Abandoned Coral were used on the panel of water color paper that I attached to an Ivory card base.  Added some Cheery Lynn die cut words from some scraps and a dragonfly die cut in Mint Green.

Just Us Girls Challenge: #324 Word Week Thank You ( 2nd Entry)

Is this a CAS card or not?  Not enough white space??
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Faith, Hope, Love

Welcome to my studio!  I am trying to use more of the digital stamps that I have on file and today I am using one from Bugaboo Faith Block that I have revised to fit into an oval rather than a square.  I used the Sketch challenge from Bugaboo BlogSpot for the design.  After printing and cutting the image, I colored with Copics and attached to a Scalloped Oval of Pink CS.  I added a Butterfly stamped with a Gina K stamp and fussy cut.  I  layered this on an embossed white layer using a new EF Die'sire  Splendour from Embossalicious which was in my Christmas gifts.  Finished with a White card base and Pink satin organza ribbon and bow.

Catch The Bug Challenge Blog: Stella Says Sketch 401-on right
Crafty Dee BowZ: January Challenge - Use hand made bow.
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #217 Anything Goes.

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