Saturday, August 31, 2019

Copper Leaves are Falling

Hello! Fall is in the air!  I love making cards for fall and I made this one for the fall theme challenge at Modsquad.   I pulled out a background paper  that I made with Distress Oxide Inks some time ago and had filed away.  (Not sure of which DOI that I used with watercolor paper) On the panel, I stamped a leaf several times from Gina K Designs Skeleton Leaves with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Copper EP. The sentiment is from an older GKD set A Year of Leaves.  Attached to a base of Copper Metallic Card Stock. 
Challenges:
Modsquad Challenge: Fall Theme-use fall colors and elements
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Anything Goes

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Butterfly and Zinnias

Hi Friends!  This card is for the Creative Confetti Challenge-Make It With Metal. I used stamps from Power Poppy set Vibrant Thanks.  I stamped the zinnias, one of my favorite summer flowers, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copics and used a Gelly Pen in the centers. Stamped the sentiment with Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick. Used GKD Yellow and Grass Green cardstocks for the layers of my design.  Since butterflies are always flying around my zinnias, I added a metal butterfly charm (from my stash) for the metal element on the card.  
Other challenges:
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: #403 It's a Charmed Life-add a charm
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge 356 Anything Goes

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At The Beach

Welcome to my studio! Today I have a card made with Repeat Impressions Sandcastle stamp (Year 2016). I stamped the image with Memento Toffee Crunch ink on White CS and colored with Copics and sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink.  I stamped the image a second time and fussy cut the star fish and added glossy accents to it.  I attached the star fish, 2 real seashells, and a real mini sand dollar to give dimension to the scene.  Stamped the sentiment with DOI Vintage Photo. I finished with a Blue card base and mat of Kraft CS.
Challenges:
The House That Stamps Built: Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge A1419.  Used Row 1 Down-By the Sea, Sponging, Dimension.
Retro Rubber Challenge: #RRCB118 Sketch Challenge.  The sandcastle stamp is 3 years old or older.
CASology: Week 350-Water



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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Mixed Bouquet For You


Hello!  I have been playing with the  Inspiration Palette challenge at The House That Stamps Built which is a cross between a photo challenge and a color challenge.  I was attempting to use both the photo and colors in my card but I ended up using only 5 of the colors....somehow I thought there was pink in the palette but when posted this I realized it was orange instead.  But I think I still have enough elements for the card to qualify for the challenge.  I created the bouquet by combing 2 Repeat Impressions stamps-Sunflower and Tulip Bouquet- because I wanted a sunflower inspired by the photo.  I stamped the images with some masking involved using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with  Copics.  I trimmed the image with a Spellbinders die and adhered to a Green Mat and then to a Layer of Pink CS(should have been orange) that was embossed with Cuttlebug Gingham EF. Attached this to a White card base.  Stamped a Gina K Design stamp to finish.   To complete the card I added some Clear Rhinestones that I colored with copics to match the flowers.  I also found the gem of a pink flower in my stash which I think was a great touch in the bouquet.  Added  a yellow glitter dome to the center of the flower.  
Challenges:
The House That Stamps Built: Inspiration Palette Challenge A2119 shown below
Double D Challenges:  Pearls, Gems, Rhinestones. Used rhinestones and gems.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says anything goes. 
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite way to add text. I like to add text with stamps especially using my Misti for best results.  Stamps are much quicker and easier for me and I can also heat emboss the sentiments.



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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Amazing Pigeon


Hello!  Isn't it amazing all the things author Mo Williams' pigeon does and tries to do like "Driving a Bus"?  I was not familiar with this children's book so had to do a little research on the author and book.  For the challenge at The Library Challenge #40 "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus",  I decided to create  a card featuring a pigeon to send someone amazing.  I was inspired by the colors of the cover and also the speech bubble.  I found  a digital image of a pigeon, printed it on white CS and added more blue to  the color and some coral stripes (inked with DOI Abandoned Coral) to anchor the bird on my one layer card.  Stamped the bubble and sentiment stamps from Jane's Doodles set in Memento Black ink.  Fun to make! 
Challenge:
The Library Challenge: #40 Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Addicted to CAS: Challenge #166 One Layer


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Lots of Layers and Papers


Hello!  I was playing with the Sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches and came up with this multiple layered card using GKD Ivory and Grass Green CS's and 4 designer papers from 1st Edition Paper Pad Blank Canvas including one with Glitter Effects for the corners.  I stamped the floral image from GKD Thank You Friend set with Memento Toffee Crunch and colored with Copics.  Other supplies used were Embossing Folder Swiss Dots, Sakura Orange Glitter Gelly Roll Pen, Wink of Stella Brush, and rectangle dies. 
Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #518
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes 
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: All about using Patterned Papers
The House That Stamps Built: A2819 Anything Goes 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summer Fun



 Welcome to my studio!  Just in time for a burger off the grill.  Part of the fun of summer is my DH doing his thing at the grill....less time in the kitchen for me.   I created this card to thank him for his great food that he grills.  I stamped the grill and sentiments from a Paper Pretties set that I have had for sometime. I stamped on White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed with Clear EP.  Colored with Copics and Silver Pen.  Highlighted the "fire" with Diamond Stickles to heat it up. For fun,  I also added some "sparks" across the top of the panel and to the dot over the "i" in word grill. Finished with a Sunny Summer Yellow card base.
Challenges:
CASology: Week 349 Cue Card Grill
AAA Cards: CAS Game #146 Made in Minutes + Optional Twist Summer
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge: Some Like It Hot -anything related to summer
Use Your Stuff: Challenge #370 Summer Activity


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Monday, August 12, 2019

Hello with Bubbles


Hello!  I am playing with another technique that I have never tried - using bubble wrap with ink.  I have a ton of bubble wrap since I never seem to throw it away and seldom use it.  I took a section of the bubble wrap and inked it up with Distress Oxide Ink Picked Raspberry  and pressed it on to a white card stock panel to create a background.  Trimmed this and attached to a White Card Base. I then reinked the bubble wrap and inked and stamped a Repeat Impressions stamp Hello on to white card stock.  I liked the textured look that this achieved and this bold stamp was perfect to use  with the bubble wrap.  Attached the word to Vellum and popped up on the card with foam.  
Quick and Easy card!

Challenges:
The House That Stamps Built: Challenge DCC A719 Try a new technique.
The Paper Girls Challenge: #181 Vellum. The touch of Vellum added a lot to my design.
Just Us Girls Challenge: Trend Week #500 Circles.  Lot of circles from the bubble wrap.








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Krafty Dahlia


Welcome to my studio!  I have been playing with Power Poppy stamps from the Dahlia set to create a card with Kraft Card Stock. I stamped the x-large Dahlia on Kraft and sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed the image and sentiment with Clear EP.  I colored the image with Koh-I-Noor Pencils using a bit of OMS.  I trimmed the image and attached to a mat of Red CS and to a base of the Kraft CS.  Simply done but I think the result is Dramatic. 
Challenge:
Creative Confetti Challenge: Let's get Krafty!  Use kraft colored card stock as the base for your image.
Make My Monday Challenge: #102 Friendship

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Life's an Adventure


Welcome to my studio!  Today my card was inspired by The Library Challenge and the book The Tiger who came to tea.  I was not familiar with this book, but... would not having tea with a tiger be a life adventure?  So I used the sentiment Life's an Adventure with the image of the Tiger.  I stamped the sentiment stamp and the Tiger stamp with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and colored the image with Copics and a white gel pen.  Added some highlights to his whiskers with Stardust pen and to his eyes with Glossy Accents. I was very pleased with my coloring of the image.  I was also inspired by the bright colors of the cover to find a colorful Pattern Paper for my background and a Yellow (color of the table) card stock for my base.  The striped paper was from the Kaiser Craft paper pad called Jungle Bug Collection.  How appropriate? I completed the card with a brown mat underneath the image and added some Orange Dewdrops.  I attached the image at a angle.....such seemed like the thing to do for an adventurous design.  All supplies were from my stash. 

Challenges:
The Library Challenge: #39 The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Double D Challenges: It's a Jungle Out There 
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: August Challenge All about using Patterned Paper
Shopping Our Stash Weekly: Challenge #401 Base It On a Book. 
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C497 Take Your inspiration from a Book


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Inky Paper Towel Returns for More Cards

Hello! I appreciate your stopping by!  I have been playing again with Paper Towels, a new technique for me.   I have been inspired by Loll's challenge at CAS Mix Up challenge to use/recycle inky paper towels.   The butterfly was cut with a Cheery Lynn die from some card stock that I transferred ink to from a inky paper towel that I also used on another card.  A section of the actual inky paper towel was cut and layered beneath a white card stock panel with an opening die cut with a Spellbinders circle die. The colors on the towel are Distress Oxide inks  Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, and Squeezed Lemonade.  I attached the butterfly and  added some die cut flowers from yellow CS ( used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Flower Bundle) to the white panel. Then I stamped a Papers and Such sentiment with Fired Brick ink.  Attached all to a White Card Base. 
Challenges:

Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says add a Die Cut
Dies R Us Challenge: #126 Bright Colors.  Use Spellbinders and Cheery Lynn Dies.
CAS Mix Up Challenge: Paper Towel + Stamping + Your Choice (Die Cuts)
Happy Little Stampers: August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


Sharing one more card made with transferring color from Inky Paper Towel.  Used circle stencil with panel of White CS to create circle of color. (Distress Oxide Inks).  Added die cut of a flower cut with Spellbinders Shapeabilities Flower Bundle.  Sentiment from Penny Black Friendship set stamped with SU ink. . Card base of Green CS from stash. 
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Birthday for My Man


Hello!  I was playing with a Gina K Design set called The Northwoods 2 to create a masculine card without any layers.  I began with a GKD heavy weight white card stock because I can use Copics to color on this paper and there will be no bleeding of ink on the back side.  Great for one layer cards!
I stamped a lake scene using Memento Markers to apply colors directly on the stamps.  For fun, I just had to add a bear (for my DH) and did that  by stamping the bear first and then used masking when stamping the trees.  Colored the scene with Copics and sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink.  Stamped the sentiment with Tuxedo Black ink.  Perfect birthday card for the man in my life.
Challenges:
Modsquad Challenge: Layer Me Not! The challenge this week is to use no layers on card front. Sponsor GKD.
Monthly Mix Challenge at GKD: For the boys.
Creative with Stamps: CWS  #41 Dad or Masculine
The Male Room: Challenge #117 Birthday. Happy 6th Birthday to The Male Room.
Simon Monday Challenge: Simon says Happy Birthday


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Favorite Peonies


Hello!  Glad that you stopped by.  What is your favorite flower?  One of my favorites  is the peony.  I love the beautiful colors, fragrance, and shape of this flower and they are so great for bouquets.....actually one flower looks great in a vase.  I made this card with a Power Poppy digital stamp Peonies printed on White CS and colored with pastel Copics.  I tried to capture a very soft look and used a Patterned Paper from Pink Paisley Color Wash paper pad as the background.  I embossed the paper with Cuttlebug EF Polka Dots before attaching the image that I matted with a Pink circle cut with Spellbinders die.  I only embossed a portion of the paper by using the EF at an angle.  I also inked the edges of the Yellow card base and the Pink circle with Hero Arts White Unicorn ink to soften the color to better match the color wash look of the pattern.  I stamped the Power Poppy sentiment from the Dahlia set with DOI Spin Sugar to finish. DOI Squeezed Lemonade was used to softly ink the edges of the image.
Challenges:
Creative Confetti Challenge: It's Free for All-Create anything you desire with Power Poppy stamps.
The Flower Challenge:  #35 Use your favorite flower. Mine is the Peony. 
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Flower and Why. Love the shape, colors, smell and the way they grow in my garden.
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 594 - Circles.  Lot of circles in the polka dots embossing as well as circle dies. 

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Fluttering By


Welcome!  Playing again with transferring colors from an inky paper towel.  I think the colors on the towel are DOI Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, and Squeezed Lemonade.  First I transferred some of the colors on to a panel of White CS.  I added some splatters of the Fired Brick with a GKD Stamp from Tiny Textures-have more control of splatters with the stamp.  I then transferred more color to a White CS and cut it with Memory Box die Pippi Butterfly.  I kept the pieces intact by adding Stick It paper to the back and inked the edges with red. I wanted the pattern of the paper towel to show so kept pieces together. Assembled the card with a GKD Faded Brick CS, the white panel and the Butterfly.  I stamped the Papers and Such sentiment with Fired Brick ink. 
My photo shows another die cut butterfly that I will use on another card. Stay tuned!
Challenges: 
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says add a Die Cut
CAS Mix Up Challenge: Paper Towel + Stamping + Your Choice (Die Cuts)
Outside the Box Memory Box Challenge: #52 Some Like It Hot. Used warm colors on Butterfy die cut with Pippi Butterfly.
AAA Cards: CAS Game #146 Made in Minutes Optional Summer Twist Summer


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Joyful Tulips

 Welcome to the studio!  Today I am sharing a Joy card that I made which was a joy to make.  I used  Penny Black stamps from the Friendship Flowers set.  I stamped the tulips twice with Versamark ink on watercolor paper and embossed with Silver EP.  I water colored the images with a water brush and Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, and Iced Spruce.  I stamped sentiments on the outside and inside with Peeled Paint.   I used the second image for the inside  but fussy cut only a portion of the image.
I assembled the Joy card using the image panels, Green CS for the smaller fold, Pink CS for the base card, and Striped Pattern Paper (from stash). I used a metal brad to keep the card closed.  I decorated the left inside with a Vine punched from the Green CS ( Martha Stewart punch) and attached Silver ribbon to the striped panel on the right side. (See photo of open card below).  The silver ribbon picked up the silver from the embossing which shows best in the lower photo.

Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: J is for Joy or Joy Fold card
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: August Anything Goes with Optional Water and/or Watercolor.  Used Penny Black stamps and watercolor.
Make My Monday: Challenge #102 Friendship. The inside reads "If Friends were Flowers, I would pick you"
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: August All about using Patterned Papers.



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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sixth Day of Christmas

Hello!  I am back with another addition to my series of cards for The Twelve Days of Christmas....
6 Geese A-Laying.   These cards are made with a set called "Twelve Days of Christmas" from Creative Stamping magazine that I got last Christmas.  I stamped the Goose and Label with Tuxedo Black ink on White CS and did minimal coloring with Copics.  I trimmed out the top of the panel to show more of the Patterned Paper background (think it is from Webster's Pages).  Added Merry Christmas die cuts from Orange CS.  Dies from Cheery Lynn.  After I made the above photo, I decided to paper piece the eggs with a scrap from the background. (shown below left)  Why not have a goose that lays patterned eggs instead of gold ones? 
6 down, 6 to go!


August Challenge all about using patterned paper
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #353 Anything with a Holiday Theme
Stamping Sensations: August Challenge Anything  with Wings






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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Happy Reader


Hello! I am back with another Bookmark also made with a stamp set  from Jane's Doodles called Read All About It.  This one uses a bubble stamp, a girl reading, and the sentiment all stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on White CS.  I colored the image with Copics.   I trimmed the panel with a die and attached to a Red CS panel.  I added a Red Ribbon printed with the words School Days.   I did not even remember the ribbon but found it when I was searching my ribbon stash for an appropriate ribbon. How lucky was that? Love the simplicity of this Bookmark/Tag.  She looks like a very happy reader.

Challenges to enter:
Tag You're It!: Challenge #93 Bookmarks
The Paper Players: PP453 Theme Challenge Back to School
Addicted to CAS: Challenge #165 Bubble



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