Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Making a Flower

Hello!  It has been a while since I built a flower with one of Susan's Garden dies.  I was inspired by the Photo Challenge at Just Us Girls to create a flower using Yellow CS for the Petals of a Dahlia and Green Scraps for the Leaves.  I used DI Spiced Marmalade to ink the petals before assembling. For the background of my card, I stamped Gina K Petite Flourish stamp with DI Frayed Burlap on Ivory CS and inked the edges using the ink pad. Stamped the sentiment from Power Poppy with the same ink and die cut with a label die. Assembled the card on Ivory card base. 
Just Us Girls: #451 Photo Week-Inspired by the flowers and colors.
Die Cuttin' Divas: Challenge #380 Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: Challenge #42 Anything Goes with Optional Twist Use Something Yellow
613 Avenue Create: Challenge 211 Anything Goes Optional Twist Create Your Own Designer Paper

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

Monday, July 30, 2018

On The Beach-A Good Life

Hello!  I came across a printed photo on watercolor paper in my "saved box" and thought it would make a perfect entry for the On the Beach challenge at Cards in Envy.  I made this photo at Captiva Island and had enhanced it with Photo Shop making it appear to be a Watercolor and then saved it for another day. Also had added some highlights with pencil and white gel pen.  To complete the card,   I first just stamped a sentiment (MFP) (see first photo without birds and footprints below left) with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink but then added birds and footprints with more stamps(Gina K)  in my stash.  I used a Kraft mat and a Coral card base.  I was pleased how my "photo"/"watercolor"  card turned out.

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Shown right-another card made earlier with this photo:

In The Wild

Hello!  My card today is a bit more "artsy" than my usual cards.  I was inspired by Simon Monday Challenge to walk on the wild side.  I decided to combine Wild Animals with what I'd call wild and bright colors for a safari scene.   I pulled out a panel from my "save box" that was the result of playing with making watercolor backgrounds with Distress Inks.  I am not sure of the exact colors that I used.  I had smeared inks on an acrylic block, sprayed with water and then laid watercolor paper on the block.  You never know what the results might be.  I then used some old stamps from 3 different Mark's Finest Paper sets and stamped the images and sentiment with black ink on  the panel.  Finished with a gold card base.

Simon Monday Challenge: Simon Says Wild Things.
Tuesday Throwdown: #402 Heatwave -Use Hot Colors
Crafty Catz: #427 Anything Goes with Optional Twist Use something Yellow

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Playing With Kraft

Hello!  Just playing with Kraft CS and Distress Oxide Inks.   Stamped a Peony stamp from Power Poppy Peony Muse set with Picked Raspberry ink on Kraft CS and colored with the same ink and a watercolor brush.  Used Lucky Clover ink in the same way for the stem and petals.   I was not happy with the results so inked all again and embossed with Clear EP.  Was using stamps on the Misti so I was able to line up the stamping again.  Used pencils to color in some details. Placed the image on a Bright Pink CS and then a card base of the Kraft CS.  Finished with die cut words to make it a Birthday card.
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge:  #364 Get Krafty.  Stamped directly on to Kraft CS.

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Special Way to Begin the Day

Welcome!  Today I have a special post featuring photos of some the  hot air balloons in the Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame Balloon Fest that flew over our neighborhood on Sunday morning about 7:45. We missed the beginning but saw about 25 of the balloons( were about 50 in total).   I was just getting out of bed a bit later than usual when my DH yelled "Camera! Camera! Balloons!" and I knew the balloons were flying over. As I heard the hissing overhead,  I ran for the camera and outside to capture some of the balloons.  I missed a few as my camera battery died as the last few flew over.

What a fun way to begin the day. Have a great day!  Theresa

Saturday, July 28, 2018

CAS Prayers

Hello!   I am challenging myself to make cards using up some of the un-used items collecting on my worktable....for example items that I die cut, stamped, or colored and never made into a finished card, etc.  On this card, I used an image  that I stamped on Kraft CS with Versamark and embossed with gold EP and then colored with pencils.  I set it aside in my unfinished box to complete later.  That was several weeks, months ago.  The Chinese Lantern image was from Power Poppy Sunny Harvest set.  
Today, I pulled out the forgotten panel and added an Sentiment from Power Poppy Peony Muse set....stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold EP... to make a sympathy card.  I highlighted  the sentiment with a red pencil. I placed this on a Red CS mat and a Gold Metallic card base.  I thought it ended up as a elegant card and was perfect to let someone know that I cared.
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C445 Make a sympathy or hope card.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Theme is Clean and Simple.
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: #364 Get Krafty.  Card made by stamping on Kraft CS.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Catch a Falling Star

Hello!  I have been playing with the sketch at Tuesday Morning sketch but took a few liberties and did not make a square card and instead of a horizontal strip under the center panel, I placed a horizontal element lower on my card. Not sure where the inspiration for the subject originated but I began with a Blue Foiled Pattern Paper from Kaisercraft pad and teamed it up with Blue Foiled Cardstock from DCWV.  For the image, I used a stamp with Memento Paris Dusk ink on a white cardstock square and embossed with Clear EP a couple of times.  I did the same with the sentiment that I fussy cut. Other supplies: Stamps and Dies from Hero Arts August 2017 Kit, Gold Metallic CS.  I took several photos but think the one above best shows the shine from the foiled papers and the embossing.
 Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch 463

Use Your Stuff: Challenge # 322 Anything Goes with a title of sentiment.

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: July Always About using Patterned Paper

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Inspiration from My Garden

Hello! Today I was inspired to create a card from a photo of a swallowtail butterfly that I recently captured in my garden.  I used a large Butterfly stamp from Repeat Impressions.  After stamping it on White CS with Tuxedo Black ink, I masked the image and stamped a flower from GKD A Year of Flower with Distress Ink Picked Raspberry.  I water colored the flower with the same ink and added a halo of Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  The butterfly was colored with Copics.  Added the sentiment from a Power Power stamp set using the black ink.  Finished with a card base of Black CS and a Bright Pink mat.
The House That Stamps Built: J2518 Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff: Challenge #322 Anything Goes with a title or sentiment.
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week # 422 Butterflies
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #302 Make Your Mark. Used Copics and Waterbrush.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: July Challenge In My Garden

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Popping with Color

Welcome!  This week I am thrilled to be a Guest Star Stamper at Color Throwdown. The colors in the Challenge ctd503 are Red, Green, and Gray. And you can also incorporate any other neutrals that you might need.

I immediately thought of Poppies when I saw the color graphic....maybe it was the big red umbrella in the photo that brought that to mind.  I stamped the large botanical flowers from the Power Poppy set Poppies with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on White Cardstock.  I colored the image with reds, greens, and grays with Copics R24, R27, R46, G40, G82, N0, N2, N4.  This was a fun image to color and was perfect for the colors to use.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set with Memento Gray Flannel ink.  I highlighted the image simply with a Grass Green card base and a mat of Moonlit Fog cardstock.

Thanks to the great team at Color Throwdown for inviting me to be a Guest Star Stamper...it was an honor.  Make sure to check out their great designs for more inspiration and play along this week..

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

More Christmas In July

Hello!  Two cards are better than one if you have the time and the supplies are already out.  I started by stamping some poinsettias and leaves from GKD Merry & Bright set using some older SU inks Ruby Red and Always Artichoke. I die cut them with GKD dies and set aside.  I stamped and die cut the word Christmas with GKD Seasonal Sentiments set.  I used GKD Heavyweight White and Red Velvet CS to assemble the 2 cards as shown in photos.  I used die cut white foam to pop up the word in the top card. Stamped the word Merry on each card with Versamark but used Red EP on one and White EP on the  other. Both are CAS designs and would be easy to mass produce.  Almost forgot....I added a bit of red crushed velvet flock to some of the petals on the second card.  That's the one that I played with the angle of the  Christmas die cut to be a bit different. 
Modsquad Challenge: Christmas in July
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Use a Die and/or Punch.  My 5th entry.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #477 Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: # 395 Anything goes as long as it's Christmas. Option use some red. 
Die Cuttin' Divas: Challenge #379 Christmas in July
The Merry Christmas Challenge: Anything Christmas

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Flying By Again....

Hello! or should I say Hi!  Another card with Butterflies and Rainbows that was fun to create.  I used the negative space of a butterfly die and filled it with the colors of the rainbow using Distress Inks.  I added a sentiment from Papers and Such with Stormy Sky ink.   Finished the CAS card with a Blue card base. Used Butterfly die from Cheery Lynn. 
AAA Cards: Game  #120 Somewhere Over the Rainbow
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC204 Rainbows and Butterflies
The Paper Players: PP402 Clean and Simple Challenge Use Negative Space on Your Card
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week 422 Butterflies
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Use die or Punch

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Rainbows and Butterflies

Welcome!  I am playing with Butterflies and Rainbow Colors using a sketch from Retro Rubber Challenge #91 to create a CAS card.  I began by inking the Butterfly stamp from GKD A Year Of Borders set.  I used Memento Markers to ink the butterflies in the colors of the Rainbow and stamped on White CS and colored in the images with Colored Pencils.  I stamped the older Sentiment from Papers and Such with Memento red ink.  Finished with strips of blue cut with Martha Stewart Scallop Dot Punch and a card base of the same blue. 
I can trace the Gina K Stamp back to 2011 and The Paper and Such sentiment  to 2015 but they may be even older. 
Retro Rubber: Challenge #91 Time for a Sketch. Both stamps are older that 2 years.
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC204  Challenge Rainbows and Butterflies
AAA Cards: CAS Game #120 Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Use a Die or Punch

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Redo of Teacup Card

Hello!  The current challenge at Double D is Tea and/or Coffee.  I remembered a Teacup Card that I made years ago from a template that I still have.   I thought I would remake the shaped card but use a newer design.  I began with a Shimmery Pink CS for the base of the cup...the card folds at the top of the cup. I added some embossing to the lip and base of the cup.  On white CS, I stamped Power Poppy stamps from the Peony Muse set using a Peony and Branches.  Memento inks were used and I embossed the flower with Clear EP to give a porcelain look.(LBIRL)  The white layer was embossed with CB Kassie's Brocade EF.  This was trimmed using the template and attached to the cup.  With a string, I attached  a tea bag that was made with pink vellum over a tag stamped with a sentiment from Power Poppy.  A personalized  message will be written inside.
Double D Challenges: Tea and/or Coffee
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Teacup card made in 2009:

Bird on the Shore

Hello!  I never get bored with coloring this Repeat Impression stamp of a Great Blue Heron-one of the most beautiful birds.  He was perfect to use for the Inspiration Palette Challenge J1818 at The House That Stamps Built-I colored the image using all the colors in the palette (shown below).  After stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white CS, I colored with Copics G40, G82, BG000, BG10, B24, B26, E07, YR14. Sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink.   I used a Caramel colored CS for the base and a mat of Blue to frame the bird.  Just for fun, I added some bits of Sea Glass for accents, inspired by the photo.  Will use sentiment inside card when I determine the occasion to send.  Decided to keep the front free of sentiments. 

Other Challenge to enter:
The Male Room: Challenge #90 Include an unexpected item.  Used Sea Glass as an accent. 
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Play with Patterns

Hello!  I have been playing with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches using Gina K Designs stamps and pattern papers from The Simple Things pad (have had for quite awhile).   The leaf and sentiment from Always Autumn set was stamped on an Ivory Circle with Memento Rhubarb Stalk and Potter's Clay inks.  Colored the leaf with Copics to mimic one of the leaves in the pattern paper. Assembled the card using Gina K Cardstocks, a Satin Gold Ribbon,. and added some metallic leaves from stash.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch 462 by Melissa
Stamp TV: July Party Release Challenge "Grateful Heart"- Create a thank you card with an autumn feel.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: July Use Patterned Papers
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says use die and/or punch.

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