Monday, October 29, 2018

Monochrome with Style


Hello! I have a very simple thank you card stamped with an old pumpkin stamp that I have had many years.  I think it is a PSX but it has no markings on the stamp.  I have always colored this image and this is the first time I stamped it and just let the stamp details show through in a monochromatic design.   I used SU Bravo Burgundy ink on Ivory CS for both the image and Gina K sentiment.  I placed on a card base in the same color tones.  Simple but elegant.
Challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges: # 488 Monochrome-2nd entry for monochrome card
Modsquad Challenge: Make a fall thank you card.  Kept this one very clean and simple.  
CAS on Friday: Challenge #144 Make a Fall or Halloween card 

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

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Plaid for Christmas

Welcome!  Today I am quickly sharing a Christmas card using plaid paper from DCWV Christmas Basics stack and stamps from Gina K Designs. Other supplies: Ivory Cardstock, Memento Cottage Ivy and Rhubarb Stalk inks, Oval Dies, Branch Die, Cuttlebug Wickerweave EF. 
Challenges to enter:
Stamp Ink Paper: Challenge #173 Plaid
Freshly Made Sketches: Challenge #360


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

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Bountiful Basket




Welcome!  Today I am playing with an old stamp by Rubber Stampede called Bountiful Basket dated 1995.  I think I must have got this stamp from a garage sale many years ago around 2009?  And I do not think that I have ever used it.  I stamped the basket with a light color ink Memento Toffee Crunch and colored with Copics.  This stamp has mostly flat surfaces not line stamping so it is a bit difficult to color.  I am sharing photos of both the wood block and the rubber stamp.  It is interesting how stamps have changed from being on wood blocks and now just clear stamps.  The old wood stamps are a piece of art in themselves and great items to collect if you have the room.  

Back to my card....stamped the image on white CS and colored with Copics and did some highlights with Pencils.  Used some metal brads on the basket for a bit of texture and dimension and to use some of my stash of embellishments.  Added a sentiment from Power Poppy (2014) with DOI Vintage Photo and distressed the edges of the panel with DOI Wild Honey and simply attached to a Gold Yellow card base.  
Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge 167 Autumn Colors
Modsquad Challenge: Make a fall themed thank you card.
Retro Rubber Challenge: #RRCB 98 Fall Harvest Time.  I have had the basket stamp at least 9 years and it is dated 1995.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Christmas Cheer and More

Welcome!  I have been playing with another great sketch by Melissa from Tuesday Morning Sketches and some Christmas patterned papers by American Crafts from the Kringle & Co pad.   I found this poinsettia and foliage stamp from Gina K's Joyful Holiday set and used it as my focal image. The tags were stamped with word sentiments from Gina K Seasonal Sentiments set.  Supplies used: Red Velvet, White, and Green CS, 2 Patterns, Oval and Oval scallop dies, Tag Die, Memento Cottage Ivy and Rhubarb Stalk inks, Copics, Glitter Dome bling, Crystal Nuvo Red Berry Drops, Fiskars Paper Edgers, Twine, Hole Punch., Gina K Designs stamps.

Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Challenge #476 Below
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #409 Anything goes as long as it's Christmas with Optional Theme for someone special.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fall Leaf


Hello!  I have another card made by collecting a leaf from outdoors and using it as a stamp.  This time I used a Maple Leaf with Distress Oxide inks Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade.  I added some splatters and inked the edges of the panel that I attached to a White card base.  The sentiment is from Gina K Designs Skeleton Leaves.  Another very quick and easy card.
Challenges to enter:
Time Out Challenges: Be inspired by the words "Let's be grateful for what makes us happy". Making cards with leaves make me happy.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #488 Monochrome.  My card is of varying tones of the same color.
CAS on Friday #144 Make Fall or Halloween.
Addicted to CAS: Challenge #147 Foliage


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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Christmas Card

Hello!  Another Christmas card for my stash.  I was inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #294 shown below.  I used a stamp and dies from Gina K Designs Seasonal Sentiments with Red Velvet and White cardstocks. Dry embossing was done with Darice Snowflakes EF. 
Challenges:
 CAS(E) this Sketch: #294
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #413 Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #408 Anything Christmas with optional theme Sentiment as Focus.
Cards in Envy: Favorite Holiday Card Challenge. My favorite is Christmas
Happy Little Stampers: October Anything Goes with Dies

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

Leaf as a Stamp

 Hello!  The other day I saw a video with Gina K using actual leaves and Distress Oxide inks to make cards.  It reminded me of doing that several years ago as well as scanning leaves to create my own digital papers.  This week I picked up some leaves (boy was it cold outside!) and pulled out some distress oxide inks to play with.   To make the card shown above, I used a Coleus leaf (pictured below) with Twisted Citron and Aged Mahogany and white cardstock.  I added the word Thanks with a Repeat Impressions stamp and the Aged Mahogany ink.  Placed this on card base of GKD Faded Brick CS. A quick and easy card and certainly one of a kind.
Challenges:
 The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes Challenge 02418.
As You Like It Challenge: Clean and Simple or  Fussy and Fancy and Why?  I seem to have gravitated to Clean and Simple more lately...like to focus on the images and the coloring.
Modsquad Challenge: Make a Fall Thank You card.




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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Pour a Cup of Coffee


Hello!  Today I am playing with a digi stamp from STAMPlorations called Autumn Pumpkin Mug that I printed on white cardstock and colored with Copics.  I fussy cut the mug and popped  it up on a corresponding color CS  and a panel of Pumpkin patterned paper (printed from a digital file from Kate Cuttables).  The sentiment stamp is an old Mark's Finest Papers stamp. 
I would love to have some real mugs just like the paper one on my card for our morning coffee.
Challenges:
 Modsquad Challenge: Fall Beverage theme.  Thought this mug was perfect for this challenge.
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 552- Food/Drink
Use Your Stuff: #335 Mood Board.  Inspired by the fall colors and the fall drink on the board.  

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Harvesting Wheat

Hello!  I have another entry for the Twofer Challenge #10 Harvest.
This is such a fun challenge that I had another idea for two cards using the same stamp.  The stamp that I used for both cards is from GKD Always Autumn set...the wheat image is one that I have never used.  For the first card, I stamped the image and sentiment (GKD Scripty Sentiments) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white CS.  I framed the image with a die cut from Black CS.  Used scallop oval and oval dies. Kept this sympathy card clean and simple.

 For a Thanksgiving card, I stamped the wheat image 3 times with Memento Peanut Brittle ink on Ivory CS and a Power Poppy Sentiment with Brown ink.   I edged the panel with a Pilot Metallic Gold Marker and placed on a layer of patterned paper from a Paper House pad and then an Ivory card base

Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge: #10 Harvest
Addicted to CAS: Challenge 147 Foliage. Yes, wheat is considered foliage according to the internet. And you know what they say you read on the internet.....
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #314 Clean and Simple
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October always about using Patterned Paper



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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Harvest of Apples


Welcome!  This is a great time for Harvesting Apples....so many choices to choose.  As you see in my card above I have 3 bushels featuring 3 different types of Apples.  I was inspired by the Twofer Card Challenge #10 Harvest to create the cards above using Bushel of Apple stamp (Gina K Design) for a birthday card and another card for Thanksgiving.  I used Gina K Design stamps for the sentiments on the birthday design and  a Mark Finest Papers sentiment on the second.  I used Memento Black Ink for stamping and Copics for coloring.  I had thought I was finished with the harvest card on the right.....just had the apples and sentiment on the strip of dotted paper (shown below).  But when my DH saw it, he said it was not much of a harvest and should have some corn on the card.  So I went back to the drawing board( so to speak) and came up with digital image of corn that I printed in various sizes and colored with Copics to make it colorful Indian corn. Fussy cut and added it to the bushel of apples. 
Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge: #10 Harvest
Crafty Sentiments: Birthday Challenge
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes for Birthday
Daring Cardmakers: Apple Day 







Before Corn added






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Friday, October 19, 2018

Dracula Appears Again

Hello!  Dracula is still hanging around my studio....he shown up on another card requesting blood donors.  The background of the card is a patterned paper from Echo Park pad The Apothecary Emporium which I have been hoarding.  Stamped Dracula (Mark Finest Papers stamp) on white cardstock, colored with Copics and fussy cut. Added a strip of dripping "blood" punched with a Martha Stewart punch. Sentiment stamps from Mark Finest Papers added with Memento black ink. The theme of this was inspired by The Library Challenge. 
Challenges:
The Library Challenge: #18 Dracula
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October always about using Patterned Paper.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Theme is Halloween. 
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week 434 Halloween
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Book Dracula


Hello!  Have you read Dracula? -the gothic tale about the vampire from Transylvania-published in 1897.  I did not realize that it was written so many years ago.  The book is Challenge 18  at The Library Challenge-you can be inspired by the cover, the title or the story.   My card was inspired by the cover since I practically copied everything including the layout, colors, bats, moon from the graphic of the cover shown below.  Supplies used: Dracula stamp from Mark's Finest Papers, Copics,  Spooky Die cut from Cottage Cutz, Circle Die Cut, Drippy Goo Punch from Martha Stewart, Fired Brick, Yellow, and Black card stocks, Plastic Confetti Bats from stash.
Other challenges to enter:
AAA Cards: CAS Game #126 Moonlight
The Paper Girls Challenge: #162 Halloween
The Die Cut DivasFeature Autumn or Halloween 

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blue Christmas

Welcome!  I created this Christmas card for the challenge at Tuesday Morning sketches.  I chose snowflakes when I saw this whimsical sketch...maybe I was influenced by Carol and Janee's  cards.  I used Gina K Design stamps and a die from Seasonal Sentiments set. I stamped the snowflakes and word Merry with Versamark on GKD Powder Blue CS and heat embossed with Hero Arts Silver EP.  Attached the word Christmas die cut from Silver Metallic CS and some White enamel dots to finish. Edged the panel with Silver Metallic Marker before adhering to card base of blue. 
Challenges:
Allsorts Challenge: Week 489 Christmas 
Use Your Stuff: Challenge #334 Enamel Dots

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

Time for Falling Leaves


Hello!  The weather has turned cool here in Ohio but the leaves are just beginning to turn color.  I decided to create a card using the colors from  the Inspiration Palette Challenge 01718 at The House That Stamps Built and the sketch from Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #172.   Instead of stamping leaves for my card, I used an entire tree of leaves.   I stamped Repeat Impressions Shade of the Elms stamp with Memento Toffee Crunch ink on watercolor paper and water colored the image with Distress Oxide inks Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade,Vintage Photo using all the colors in the color palette below. I trimmed the image in a pentagon shape creating my own template for  the shape.    I place this on a mat of the same shape in Brown CS.  Attached this to an ivory card base and added strips of brown CS instead of using a background layer.  The GKD sentiment was stamped in Vintage Photo ink to finish. 
Note: When I posted the photo the sky appears blue in the image. It is only the natural color of the Watercolor paper since I did not ink the sky area or use any blue. Do not know why it looks blue. 

Challenges:
 The House that Stamps Built: Challenge 01718. Used all the colors of the palette.  
Happy Little Stampers:  October Watercolor Challenge Anything Goes, Did not use the optional twist.
CAS Watercolor Challenge: October challenge Orange, Green, Brown.


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

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sparkly Succulents


Welcome!  Today I am playing with greens with some added sparkle.  I stamped Power Poppy stamps from Sassy Succulents  with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and colored the image with Memento green markers and green Copics in several shades of green.  Added sparkle to the flowers and words with Star Dust pen.  Adhered this to a mat of Green Glitter paper which married well with my colors.  Love how my monochromatic design turned out.  Hope you can see the sparkle on the image and words. 
Challenge:
Creative Confetti Challenge at Power Poppy: Sparkle in the Shade-create a monochromatic theme with a hint of sparkle. 
The Flower Challenge: #25 Add Sparkle


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

Christmas Cardinal

Hello!  Playing with some challenges with Christmas themes.  I stamped  a GKD bird and sentiment 
from Peace & Joy set with Memento Black ink and colored with Copics.  Added some glossy accents to the berries. Trimmed the image and popped up with foam on a white card base that I embossed the lower edge with a Cuttlebug  Border EF.  
Challenges to enter:
CAS Christmas: October theme Birds
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #313 Holiday
The Merry Christmas Challenge:  Always Anything Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': October Challenge Anything Christmas

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