Friday, June 29, 2018

Wonderful Summer Day

Summer brings wonderful days and beautiful butterflies!  I love seeing colorful butterflies as they flutter on flowers in the garden.   I tried to capture 2 of them on this card using Cheery Lynn Butterfly Dies with Yellow and Black card stocks.  I arranged them on a background stamped with Hero Arts Leafy Vines stamp in Distress Oxide Ink and sponged with Memento Blue ink. Added some glitter with Stardust pen to the wings.  Used a sentiment from GKD stamped in black ink.   Finished with a Yellow card base and a mat of Black CS.
Challenge:
Double D Challenges: Butterflies
Color Throwdown: Challenge CTD499 Blue, Yellow, Green
Die Cuttin' Divas: Challenge #375 Fluttering Butterfly



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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

You're a Hoot!

Hello!  Rainy day here in Ohio.  Good day to houseclean or make cards?  This card was inspired by Just Us Girls photo challenge shown below. I pulled out an old Owl Stamp and sentiments from my stash to create a simple card with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Memento markers, Patterned Paper, White and Rust CS, and Oval dies.   The owl was heat embossed with Clear EP before coloring and the panel of patterned paper was embossed with Polka Dots EF.  Branch was made with a scrap of Brown CS and Brown Marker.

Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge:  June challenge
 Just Us Girls: #446 Photo Week



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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fun Lady On a Bike


Welcome!  This card was a result of my searching my digital images for a bicycle when I found this fun image from Beccy's Place of a lady riding a bike called Nell On A Bike that I had forgot that I had in my files.  I printed off the precolored version of the image and made the card using a Sketch from Beccy's June Challenge.
Supplies: White CS, Blue CS, Red patterned paper from stash, die cut flowers from stash, Papers and Such Stamp, Memento Red Ink, Embossing Folders, Oval Die.
This was a fun card....she is such a fun character.
Challenges:
 The Paper Girls: Challenges #154 Bicycles.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: June challenge is to use patterned paper. 
Shopping Our Stash Challenge: #360 Red, White, and Blue
Beccy's Place: June challenge-Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image. Option is to use sketch shown below.




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Blue Hello

Hello! Playing with a new stencil and an Ombre design for a couple of challenges.  Used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink with a GKD art stencil Rounded Swirls on White CS to create a light to dark Ombre  background for this card.  Embossed the panel with Divine Swirls EF and attached to a base of GKD Blue Raspberry CS.  Finished with sentiment of Hello, created with Repeat Impressions stamp by stamping on the blue CS with Hero Arts white ink and embossing with White EP.  Fussy Cut the word and popped up with foam tape.
Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C 440 Ombre.
Cards In Envy: Feeling Blue and Distressed.  Lot of Blue and Distress Ink.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Bouquets

Hello!  This is a card that I made a few days ago but forgot to post.  I used stamps from Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet for the background and the main image.  The bouquet was water colored with Distress Oxide inks and a water brush. Other supplies: Circle dies, corner punch, Orange CS, White CS.  This stamp reminds me of the bouquets of summer flowers that I enjoy from my garden.

Challenges:
Power & Spark Challenge: Go Round and Round.  Round those corners, use a rounded mat or  make your entire card round. 



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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summer Fun

Welcome!  Today I am playing with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches  and a summer theme since we are now in to the first days of summer.  I stamped the beach scene with Repeat Impressions stamp with Memento Toffee Crunch ink on white CS and colored with Copics. I layered the scene that I cut with an oval die on to a blue mat cut with a fancy oval die (unknown source)  layered with some ribbon from my stash.  Used a Blue Card Base and background of Kraft CS to complete card.  Used a simple sentiment of Enjoy (Power Poppy) in brown ink. This card could serve as a Birthday card or to wish someone a Happy Summer or for other occasions. 
Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: G is for Great Outdoors
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch 458
Stamp, Ink, Paper: Challenge 155 Summer Fun


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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Jars of Christmas Candy

Hello!  It's not too early to begin making Christmas cards and I was inspired by this week's Photo Challenge at Merry Monday.  It made me think of some Peppermint Patterned Paper in my stash and a mason jar die that I have.   I began with a Red Card stock,  added a frame of the PP that I cut with a die.  I filled 2 mason jars(cut from vellum) with Peppermint candy, added gold metallic lids, and tied the jars with Green Satin ribbon.  Finished with a sentiment from GKD heat embossed with White EP. 
Challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #295 Use Photo inspiration for your card
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #391 Anything goes for Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: June challenge to use Patterned Paper
Allsorts Challenge: Week 473 Sweet Treats

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Twofer Cards with Tree

Hello!  Today I am playing with Twofer Card Challenge to use the same tree stamp or die on both cards for two different occasions!  I used a tree stamp form GKD Joyful Holiday set to make a Christmas card and a Thinking of You card.  For the Christmas card I stamped the Tree with Versamark ink on White CS and heat embossed with Gold EP.  I cut the image with Spellbinder Devin Eloquence die and attached to a Gold Metallic card base.  Sentiment from GKD Peace and Joy set.
On the second card, I used the tree stamp to make a background by stamping the tree several times on white CS using Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink. I found a pattern paper in my stash that picked up the flourish design of the stamp and the color that I used.  That became the card base.  Finished with popped up die cut words that read "Thinking of you friend", stamps from GKD Tropical Blooms set. 

Challenge Links:Twofer Card Challenge #6

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: June challenge with Patterned Paper
Tuesday Throwdown: #397 You're On My Mind

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Trio of Cards

 Hello!  Today I have 3 cards to share that I made using the same Gina K stamp set called You Make Me Smile but used different techniques for each card.  The top card was stamped on GKD Moonlit Fog CS with GKD new Amalgam Ink that works perfectly with Copic Markers, Watercolors and Colored Pencils,  I used Pencils to color the image and simply attached to a darker gray card base. 


For the second card, I stamped with the same Amalgam ink on White CS but colored the image with Copics which I favor when coloring flowers. 

I decided to use watercolor paper and Distress Oxide inks for the third card.   I stamped and water colored the image with Picked  Raspberry and Peeled Paint inks using a water brush. 
I had fun playing with new ink and stamps from Gina K that were a birthday gift from my DH.
Challenges:
Stamp TV: Monthly Mix Challenge-use gray as one of the main colors in your creation (not just an accent color).  The top card fits this challenge which used gray card stocks,
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Bright and Cheerful. The second and third cards fits this challenge. 
Addicted to Stamps and More: #297  Make Your Mark. Made my Mark with Pencils, Copics, and Watercoloring.
Color Throwdown: #498 Use Peach, Dark Pink, Light Pink. Green.  The third card uses all the colors of the challenge.
Less Is More: Challenge 373 Friendship. Used a single image for clean and simple card.
Happy Little Stampers: June CAS Challenge Smile



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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Vase of Red Tulips Framed with Teal

Second Post 
Welcome!   This card features a Repeat Impressions stamp  Vase of  Tulips that I inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white CS and colored with Copics.  I die cut the image with an oval die and then framed it with Teal CS cut with a fancy oval die.  I used a Red CS mat embossed with Cuttlebug  Polka Dots EF with a White Base card.  Added a teal tag cut with a die, tied with red twine, and stamped with Best Wishes to used for wedding wishes. White, Red, and Teal cardstocks from GKD.
Challenges:
Double D Challenges: Color challenge of Red and Teal. 
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Frame It
The House That Stamps Built: Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge J1318. Used Twine, Die Cut, Wedding.
Allsorts Challenge: Week 472 use at least 2 dies. Used 3 dies.
Happy Little Stampers: June  Anything Goes with Dies Challenge






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Happy Father's Day

Hello! Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.  Sharing a card today that I made for the father of all my Bears.  I recently purchased this digital stamp Just One More from the Busy Bears series at Lili of the Valley.  It was perfect for a card for my Grill Master DH.  After printing the image, I colored him with Copics and used a mat of Polka Dot patterned paper.  I printed the sentiment with the computer and attached to the card. 
Challenges: 
Cards In Envy: Let's Hear It For The Boys Card Challenge. Card fits into an envelope.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: June challenge use patterned paper
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge: The Guys have it...make a card for the special man in your life. 
CAS-ual Fridays:CFC#201 Boys of Summer



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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shall We Dance?

Welcome!  Some stamps just make me smile, like this one - dancing bears from Lili of The Valley called Shall We Dance which I have had over 5 years.   I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on GKD white CS and colored with copics.  I had fun accessorizing their fancy outfits with Black Gemstones(cufflinks and buttons)  and Pearls (necklace and shoes).  I did a color wash in the background with Distress Oxide Ink and a water brush.  After trimming the image, I adhered it to a mat of dark gray CS and then to a base card of shimmering  pink pearl CS. The GKD sentiment was stamped with black ink and embossed with clear EP.  I will stash this card away for our anniversary in October. 

Challenges:
ModSquad Challenge: Wedding Bears in June-The challenge this week is to make a Wedding or a LOVE themed card. Must use a critter somewhere on the card. 
The House That Stamps Built: Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge J1318. Used Gems or Pearls, Background Wash, Wedding/Love
Retro Rubber Challenge: #88 Anything Goes.  I used the LOTV stamp that I have had since 2013.
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge 296 Anything Goes


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Garden Favorites

I do not have a card to post so I am sharing more garden pictures taken early this June.


 Al made this photo of the front area of the house.
Al shot this view of the climbing Pink Rose bush in full boom.  Th bush was a birthday gift from Al several years ago.
Front of house in June

 We had a maple tree cut in this area this spring and are using the high stump as a bird bath.
 Our bench garden ….Al's favorite place to sit. 
 Red, White and Blue theme near the lamppost
 Fence garden with Clematis in Bloom
 Relocated a bird bath in our lower garden to an area which used to have a tree. 
Herb garden in the pool area
Have a great day!  Hope that you have many flowers blooming .  Theresa

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bouquet of Flowers

Hello!  I am enjoying my flowers from our garden (see below) but also enjoy stamping flowers on a card.   This card was made for Stamp TV's Monthly Mix Challenge Gray is the New Black. We are to  use gray as one of the main colors not just as an accent color.  I used Gray CS as my background, Memento Gray Flannel ink for the sentiment and stamping the image, and a dark gray CS for the die cut behind my colored image. Supplies used: GKD  stamps and die from You Have My Heart set, Clear EP, Glossy Accents, Copics, Wicker Weave border embossing folder, GKD Moonlight Fog and White CS's.  No black used in the making of this card, just gray.

Roses and Peonies from my garden:





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Coloring on Black


Hello!  It's raining here today so I spent some time in my studio creating some cards.  This one was made for the Come to the Dark Side challenge at Mod Squad.  We are to color an image on dark colored card stock.  I stamped an image from GKD Tropical Blooms set on GKD Black CS with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold EP.  I colored the image with Koh-I-Noor pencils.  I also stamped the sentiment from the same set and  stamped some splatter from GKD Tiny Textures with Versamark Ink and also heat embossed with Gold EP.  I attached the image to a mat of GKD Gold Metallic CS and then to a base card of black.   I thought this resulted in a very dramatic look.
Challenges:
Mod Squad: Come to the Dark Side
Stamping Sensations: June challenge is Anything Goes
CAS on Friday: Challenge 134 is Embossing

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