Monday, July 29, 2019

4th Day of Christmas

Welcome!  I am a bit behind posting cards.  I was about to post a card for the Fifth day of Christmas when I realized I had not posted this card for the Fourth Day so I am doing this one first. These cards are made with a set called "Twelve Days of Christmas" from Creative Stamping magazine that I got last Christmas.   I stamped the image for 4 Calling birds with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics.  I trimmed this with a Spellbinders die and placed on a mat of GKD Red CS.  I added this to a musical background that I created with a GKD stamp on White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black. I attached this with the sentiment to a GKD Red Card Base.
Challenges: 
Crafty Creations Challenges: #395 Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: 448 Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #12 July Anything Christmas Goes
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Bird or Beast and why?  I spend a lot of time watching birds in our yard and at the feeders especially in the summer. And the birds wake me up in the morning with their songs. Never saw a beast that could sing.

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

Christmas Lantern


Hello!  I am sharing another Christmas card today.  I was inspired to make this by a Photo Challenge but I missed posting the card in time for that one but I found other challenges to enter.  I stamped the lantern stamp from my stash on white CS with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Red and Green and other Copics and a Silver pen.   Added some sparkle to the flame and poinsettia center with Stickles. Added some die cut branches from Green CS and a red satin bow to the top of the lantern.  Finished the card with a GKD Sentiment stamped in Red ink and a Dotted ribbon that I attached to a Red card base. Die from Impression Obsession -used only part of the branch.  I think the red bow was a perfect touch for the card. 

Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge #400 Christmas in July.  Used several old items from my stash.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #448 Anything Christmas goes with optional theme use twine or ribbon.
Happy Little Stampers: July Christmas Challenge Anything Christmas Goes. Option Sparkle 
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #12 July Anything Christmas Goes

Photo that inspired card:
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sparkly Flowers for a Birthday


Welcome to my studio this Monday!  Cannot believe July is almost over.  Today I have a card made with Repeat Impressions stamp Flower Power Background.  I stamped the image on Watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Stampendous White Pearls Translucent  EP and then water colored with DOI Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemon, and Spiced Marmalade. I added some sparkle to some of the flowers with Sakura Clear Star Pen.  Stamped a strip of Vellum with a GKD sentiment with the Spiced Marmalade and heat embossed with Clear EP.  Wrapped this around the image and  attached to a White CS panel and then a Yellow Card Base. 
Challenges:
The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes Challenge J2419
Modsquad Challenge: All That Sparkles.  Used Clearstar Pen on selected flowers
Simon Monday Challenge: Simon says Bright and Cheerful.
Color Throwdown: Challenge #553 Orange, Pink,  Yellow 



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Picked This Daisy For You

I am still playing with Daisy stamps....forgot I had so many daisy stamps.  So I am inking up this neglected stamp from Morning Star Stamps ( bought at a stamp convention some years ago).  I stamped with GKD amalgam black ink on White CS and colored lightly with Copic Green, Yellow,  and Gray markers. Added some highlights with White Pencil.  Stamped the Power Poppy sentiment over the image with black ink. Finished with GKD Yellow CS for the base. 
Remember playing with daises?........he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me....
Challenges:
AAA Cards: CAS Game #145 One Image + Optional Twist Positivity
Addicted To CAS: 163 Code Word Daisy

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Daisies Brighten the Day


Hello! Today I am playing with a CAS design created with the Watercolor Daisy stamp by Hampton Art which is a sketchy, abstract style. (One of my older stamps on a woodblock.)   I stamped the single image on a white Card Stock  with black ink and colored very minimally with Copics.  The Power Poppy sentiment was stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.  Used a GKD Green CS for the base. I love the simplicity of this stamp and find it perfect for a CAS card. And Daisies are the friendliest of flowers.
Challenges: 
AAA Cards: CAS Game #145 One Image + Optional Twist Positivity
Addicted To CAS: 163 Code Word Daisy


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

Monday, July 22, 2019

Birthday Balloons

Hello!  I was inspired by the mood board at Double D Challenge to create a Birthday Card.  The Pink and Green balloons literally jumped off the board and on to my card.  Well actually,  I embossed the balloons on a white card stock panel with an embossing folder from Darice and inked the balloons with DOI Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, and Memento Angel Pink.  Added some white dots (punched with a hole punch) to one balloon just for fun.  Die Cut the words from glossy white CS that I colored with Picked Raspberry using Cheery Lynn dies. Used a very shiny Green Paper for the base. The shiny paper looks great in real life!
Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 591-Bright Colors
Just Us Girls: Color Week #497 Pink, Dark Pink, Green
Double D Challenge: Birthday Challenge-mood board shown below.

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

Basket Tags


Welcome to the studio!  I am playing with the challenge at Tag You're It! shown below.  I was inspired to create  basket like tags filled with holiday greenery and berries.  I started with a Just For Fun Basket stamp that I stamped with DOI Walnut Stain on white CS and colored in with Copics.  I trimmed out 2 "baskets" using a paper trimmer, corner punch, and oval die.  I filled the baskets with holly, pine cones, and greenery stamped and die cut with Gina K Designs from Merry & Bright and Seasonal Sentiment stamp and die sets. Used Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy, Northern Pine, and Love Letter Memento inks.  Finished with some ribbon and twine.  Tags from Kraft paper were tied into the Basket.
Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge #400 Christmas in July.  Used some older ribbon, twine, and other items all from stash.
Tag You're It!: Challenge #92 Christmas in July
Simon Monday Challenge:  Simon says: Not a Card

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

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Chill Out with Popsicles

Hello!  This card is very appropriate to post during the heat wave that many areas are experiencing.  Yesterday. it was 92 here and felt like 102!  So I pulled out some sentiment and popsicle  stamps from Repeat Impressions and created a cool card. I used a pre-cut white card base to which I added background panels that I created using several DOI.  The popsicles were stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear EP and colored with Copics. I fussy cut them and popped up on the card. The sentiment was stamped with DOI Picked Raspberry on die cut circles.  Pick your flavor and chill out!
Challenges:
The House T719hat Stamps Built Challenge: Inspiration Palette Challenge J1719 Photo below
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Simon says:  Make your own background. Used DOI's on white cardstock. 

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

Red and Gold for Christmas

Hello!  I am back with another Christmas card in July that was inspired by the sketch from the current challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  First I created a background for the card by stamping and heat embossing a Music Background stamp from Gina K Designs on Red Card stock with Gold EP. For the top of the card I stamped and gold embossed a GKD sentiment on a small panel of the same CS. I layered this sentiment on a Gold Metallic panel die cut with a Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle die.  I assembled the card with a  Gold Metallic card base, a layer of Red CS, the embossed music background, strips of red velvet ribbon edged with gold, and finally the sentiment. I always love the dramatic look of red and gold. 
Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #512 shown below
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Make Your Own Background
Happy Little Stampers: July Christmas Challenge-Anything Goes + Optional Sparkle
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: 477 Anything Goes Christmas -Optional Theme: Use die cut or punch
Die Cuttin Divas: Challenge #429 Embossing. Used Spellbinder Rectangle Dies and Heat Embossing
ModSquad Challenge: Christmas In July
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa



Saturday, July 20, 2019

Smiling with Pansies



Hello!  Could not resist using another Pansy stamp to create this card for the Retro Rubber challenge to use Purple, Yellow, and Green.  Pansies are such happy flowers and make me smile. This 2010 stamp is from Flourishes Calendar Set 1 by Marcella Hawley and has been much used but not lately.  I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white CS and colored with Copics (first time to use with these markers). I trimmed with a Spellbinders Oval die and placed on a yellow mat cut with SB scallop oval.  I framed this with Purple CS die cut with SB Regal Frame and attached all to a Yellow card base. Finished with a Power Poppy sentiment in Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.
Challenges:
Retro Rubber Challenge: #115 Color Me-Use Purple, Yellow, and Green. Used pansy stamp 9 years old.
Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

Christmas in Hot July


Hello!  What better way to stay cool during this heat wave...  thinking of snow, snowmen, and Christmas?  So that resulted in another Christmas Card!  I used one of my fave snowman stamps from Flourishes Warm Winter Wishes set by Marcella Hawley.  I stamped him with Tuxedo Black ink on white CS and colored with Copics.  Added some sparkly Diamond Stickles to the snowman and Embossed the Background with Clouds using a Darice EF.  Added some "snow swirls" to the foreground with another Darice EF which actually is a woodgrain design turn horizontally.  ( this was another layer of white CS that I cut and embossed for a snow bank).  Sponged and inked some blue on the sky and snow.  Finished with a Power Poppy sentiment from Poinsettias set heat embossed with Silver EP and a  card base of GKD Blue CS.

Challenges:
Crafty Catz: Challenge 471 Anything Goes Optional Christmas in July

Crafty Sentiments Designs: Challenge Christmas in July

Shopping Our Stash: Challenge #400 Christmas in July

Mod Squad ChallengeChristmas in July

Creative Confetti Challenge : Christmas In July







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

The Third Day of Christmas



Hello! I am continuing my  task of making cards with of the stamps from a set called "Twelve Days of Christmas" from Creative Stamping magazine that I got last Christmas.   Today we are stamping Three French Hens and I ended up with 2 cards since I tried doing both vertical and horizontal layouts. 
 On both I used white cardstock using masking to stamp 3 hens.  

On the top card, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the images and colored  just a bit with Copics. Stamped the words with Versamark and heat embossed with Red EP and Gold EP. Used a Patterned Paper  background with White Card Base.

For the bottom card, I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink for the hens and colored with several Copics.  I sponged around the images with DOI Antique Linen to give a vintage feel before trimming and attaching to a Musical Patterned Paper(from stash). Placed this on Red card base.  The words were also heat embossed using Red EP and Black EP.

Challenges:
Crafty Catz: Challenge 471 Anything Goes Optional Christmas in July
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: July-Always about using Patterned Paper
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Challenge Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge #400 Christmas in July
Mod Squad ChallengeChristmas in July
CRAFT Challenge: #522 Christmas

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

Pansies Remembered

Welcome! Hope you are staying cool!  It's too hot to spend time in my garden so I am playing with some flower stamps in my studio where it is very cool.  After seeing the latest challenge at Retro Rubber, I was reminded by Neva (RRDT) of an older pansy stamp that I have had from PSX since about 1999.  I fell in love with PSX flower stamps when I started stamping and have several.  I have not used this Pansy stamp in some time and just had to dust it off and make this card.  Guess you might say that I CASE'd Neva's card ….hope that is all right?  
I stamped the image ( without the botanical name) with Memento Black Tuxedo ink on white CS and colored with Copics and Memento Markers in shades of Purple, Yellow and Green. I stamped a Gina K Designs sentiment with the black ink. Then I simply attached the trimmed image to a mat of Yellow CS and card base of Purple CS. 
Challenges: 
Retro Rubber Challenge: RRCB 115 Color challenge use purple, yellow, and green  on your card. The PSX stamp is at least 20 years old....that's old!




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

Monday, July 15, 2019

Jar of Lightning Bugs


Hello!  Playing with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge J1019 at The House That Stamps Built.  My card uses stamps all from Repeat Impressions that were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on a Diecut  Card with a fancy fold From Crafter's Companion (part of a prize).  I paper pieced the jar lid with Metallic Gold Paper and added some Dew Drops between the flying insects. I also covered the jar with Light Yellow Vellum.  I placed a strip of Striped Patterned Paper behind the fold. I actually used elements from the top row and also the diagonal row of the challenge.  Does that double my chances? Just kidding!  My photo did not capture very well that this was a step fold but hope you can visualize it.
Other Challenges:
Just Add Ink: 465 Just add The Season.  My card was inspired by this  challenge to make a Summer card.
Always Fun Challenges: Challenge 119 Paper Piecing. Jar is paper pieced with Metallic Gold paper and Yellow vellum.






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

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunny Summer

Hi!  Summer is definitely here with high temperatures here in Ohio.  Enjoying all the sunshine but it has been mixed with a lot of rain.  But I let sun be the star of my CAS card.  Used Radiating Rays stencil from My Favorite Things with Memento Dandelion ink.  Finished with a sentiment from Power Poppy heat embossed with Yellow EP. Attached to a Bright Yellow Card Base.
Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Add a Sentiment Challenge
CAS on Friday: Challenge #162 Use a Stencil
Allsorts Challenge: Week 528 CAS
Just Add Ink: 465 Just add the Season.  Used sunny summer as the season.






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

Red, White, and Blue Again


Hello! Another card that is CAS and fits some of the July challenges that I have been playing with.  I used the image from GKD Inspiring Poppies and sentiment from GKD You Make Me Smile.  Stamped the Poppies with Memento Tuxedo Black on white CS and trimmed with a square die and attached to a Blue mat.  Following a Sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch, I assembled the card with a White Card base, a Blue Ribbon with a Red edge, and the sentiment stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with GKD White EP on a die cut label of blue.  Note: I did not have any Bright Blue CS in the right shade, not even a scrap, so I colored White CS with Copic B29 for the small mat and label. I also inked the edges of the card with the marker to give the look of another layer but without the weight.
Challenges:
Gina K Designs July Monthly Mix Challenge: Flag, You're it. Use a flag's colors.
ModSquad Challenge: Red, White and Blue Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More:  Challenge 49 Clean and Simple
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Flowers from the Garden




Welcome to my studio!  I am playing again with this month's Twofer Card Challenge-we are to create 2 different designs for 2 different occasions using the same stamp, stencils, and/or dies. The theme for this challenge is Garden.  For this two some, I am using Flower Dies from Spellbinders Shapeabilities Flower Bundle on both cards.  
My first card features a Garden of Flowers die cut and embossed with 3 different size dies cut from GKD Pink CS.  Arranged them with stems cut from another die in the flower bundle. Added some centers using some leftover shapes in my stash that were punched from Yellow CS.  GKD Sentiment was stamped in SU Glorious Green ink. All CS from stash.
The second card is a Thank You card featuring the same Spellbinders 3 Flower Dies cut from Small Check pattern paper from Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper pad.  I teamed these flowers with the stems cut with  Memory Box die Splendid Clarkia from Green CS and more leftover punched centers.  I assembled the card with Grass Green Card Base, mat of ivory CS, the flowers and stems, Cheery Lynn die cut Thank  You, and a die cut Butterfly( another leftover from stash). 
I enjoy  flowers from my garden every summer. 


Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge: #18 Garden
Always Fun Challenges: #118 Anything Goes
Make My Monday Challenge: #100 Thank You
Crafty Sentiments: Add Sentiment
Die Cuttin Divas: Challenge 48 Summer or Tropical.  I have a Summer Garden design. Used dies from Spellbinders Flower Bundle, Memory Box, and Cheery Lynn.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: July- Always about using Patterned Paper.

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

Second Day of Christmas

Hello!  I have made a second Christmas card using a stamp from a set "Twelve Days of Christmas"from Creative Stamping magazine that I got last Christmas. This one uses Two Turtledoves from the set.  I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black on White CS and colored with Copics.  Stamped the sentiments with Memento Lady Bug ink.  I framed the white panel with the negative part left when I cut a frame from Green CS using Spellbinders Regal Frame die. Attached the negative and some of the loose pieces left after cutting the die.  
Note: I cut the die from a panel 5.5" x 8.5" on the right side so I had the back side for my base.
Link to my First Day of Christmas Card

Challenges:
Merry Little Christmas Challenge: MLCCB #12 July Anything Christmas Goes
Happy Little Stampers: July Challenge Anything Goes with Dies
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #466 Anything Christmas Goes: Optional Theme Use some Red
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C 492 Create a Christmas Card or Project

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

Friday, July 12, 2019

Oregano Wreath


 Welcome to the studio!  Today I am playing with Twofer Card Challenge-we are to create 2 different designs for 2 different occasions using the same stamp, stencils, and/or dies. The theme for this challenge is Garden.  I am using a stamp from Italian Garden set by Marcell Hawley in both of my cards, one a Christmas design and the other an any occasion card. I was inspired by my herb garden.

For the Christmas Card, I stamped the pot of Oregano without the tag with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored  with Copics and Memento Marker.  I added pearls (Colored with Red Copic) for ornaments and glossy accents to the pot. ( This reminded me of a holiday gift plant that you might order online. ) Other supplies: Sentiment from Penny Black, Memento Red ink, White CS, DCWV Christmas Basic Pattern Paper, Spellbinder Die.

For the second card,  I used more herb stamps and sentiment from the Italian Garden set.  I stamped the Herbs with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics and Memento Markers.  My first stamped layout did not work so I fussy cut the images and arranged on a background of Pattern Paper from Graphics 45 Secret Garden pad. (Thought this paper was appropriate for a garden challenge)
Other supplies: GKD Fresh Asparagus and Ivory CS, Versamark Ink, Seafoam White EP, Spellbinder Label Dies

 Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge: #18 Garden
Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge:  Christmas in July
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: July Always about using Patterned Paper


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