Saturday, January 25, 2020

Butterflies Fly Again


Hello! Sometimes I am immediately inspired by a challenge and know at once what I am going to create but other times, it takes awhile to come up with an idea.  I knew at once what I was going to use for the Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration shown below.   It might not be acceptable but I knew that I wanted to recycle some butterflies that were on a card that I had received some time ago.  I carefully removed two  die cut butterflies that were already enhanced with glitter and gemstones and set aside while I created a card for them.  I printed a digital image of orchids (inspired by the JUGS challenge graphic) that I had from Beccy's Place on Ivory Cardstock and colored with Copics and Pencils and stamped a birthday sentiment from Gina K Designs. I attached the image on a card base of the same Ivory CS and adhered the saved butterflies. I drew on the antennas with a black marker.  I am pleased with the results and happy to have found a use for the beautiful butterflies.
Challenges:
Allsorts Challenge: Week 556 Take Flight
Beccy's Place Monthly Challenges: January Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image. Used Beccy's Orchid.
613 Avenue Create: Challenge 229 Anything Goes with optional twist Make It Shiny
Just Us Girls Challenge: #520 Photo Inspiration Week

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

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Frosty Water Color

A snowy day inspires a frosty card! I used an old Flourishes stamp set Warm Winter Wishes designed by Marcella Hawley to create this.  I stamped the snowman on watercolor paper with a gray ink from Memento and water colored with a water brush using DOI Broken China, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain, and Fossilized Amber.  Used black marker for eyes and mouth. Trimmed the image with a Spellbinders die and attached to a mat of Blue CS and a card base of White CS. 
Challenges:
CAS Watercolour: January Challenge Cool Colors
Addicted to CAS: #176 Code Word Frosty
Happy Little Stampers: January Watercolour Challenge Anything Goes + optional: Die Cuts
Retro Rubber Challenge: #126 Winter is here.  Flourishes stamp over 7 or more years. 
Cut It Up: Challenge 191 Snow Much Fun.  Used a Spellbinder Die.
Stamping Sensations: January Challenge Favorite Stamps.  This is a long favorite stamp of mine. Have used it so often and also now have it in the digital version. This may the first time I have used it with water coloring. 


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

It's Cold Outside!



Baby it's cold outside!  It looks almost like my card and the inspiration graphic from Retro Rubber shown below when I look out the window.. When I saw this challenge, I immediately thought of an old stamp in my stash from Mark's Finest Papers(no longer in business).  The stamp set was called Ice and Snow and dated 2011. I inked the stamp with DOI Walnut Stain and stamped it on White CS.  I cleaned the stamp and inked the top portion of the stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with White EP to get the effect of snow on the limbs of the trees.  I then taped off the scene and sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink...loved the wintery sky that resulted.  I liked the way that I let one of the upper branches extend above the scene. (hard to see) I then added some snow on the ground, on and around the trees with a Snow Marker.  Love the effect of heating this element up and getting texture in the scene.  Stamped an appropriate sentiment with the same Walnut Stain ink.  Trimmed the panel and attached to a Gray Blue CS that matches the color of the sky.  I was not aiming to copy the scene below but it came very close. 
Challenges: 
Addicted to Stamps and More: #372 Make Your Mark-used stamping, sponging with masking, Snow Marker
CAS on Friday: Challenge #171 Winter. I used only one main image.  Hope I have enough empty space to qualify as CAS. 
Retro Rubber Challenge: #RRCB126  Winter is here. Make a winter themed card. Used stamps from 2011.  I just had to look outside at the snow to get inspired for this challenge. 

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Happy 100th Birthday

Hello!  I made a very special card earlier this month for my Mother who celebrates her 100th Birthday this Sunday....her birthday is Monday January 20.  Family and friends will be gathering in Bruceton, TN to celebrate this milestone. I created this card using the Cameo for printing and cutting the cake and numbers that I attached to colorful patterned paper of falling confetti. The words were cut with Cheery Lynn and Marianne dies. I enhanced the front with pearls, glittery gemstones, stardust pen and glossy accents. Edged the card with yellow EP.  The inside of the card was designed  and printed  with Photoshop Elements. I included 100 candles, each enhanced with sparkly Stickles on the flames and glittery Stardust pen on the stripes.  A personal message was include on one of the panels but not shown here.  The finished size of the card was 8.5" high and 5.5" wide. 





Happy 100th Birthday, Mother!

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Friday, January 17, 2020

A Gift of a Rose


Hello!  Today I am sharing a card that I made with a free digital image of a Rose that I recently downloaded from Power Poppy.  I printed the image on a GKD Heavyweight ivory cardstock and colored with Copics.  I trimmed the image with a Spellbinders die and attached to a card base of ivory that measures 3.5" by 5".  I chose that size because I have some ivory envelopes that will fit that size.  I had planned to make this a one layer notecard but the Copics bled through....hoping it would not bleed...guess only the Heavyweight white cardstock from GKD does not bleed. Finished with a Power Poppy stamp in Memento Tuxedo black.  This is a good size for a gift or simple notecard. 
Challenges:
Confetti Challenge: Small and Sassy-Create a card smaller that A-2 size.  
Make My Monday: #113 Anything but square.
The Paper Girls Challenge: Use something new.  Using a new digital image.
Addicted to Stamps and More: #372 Make Your Mark. Colored with Copics.



Sharing a colored picture (above) of the free digi shown at Power Poppy. 
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Heart Two Heart


Hello! Back to more cold and snow so I am back in my studio!  Playing again with the Twofer Card Challenge #23 Hearts. I am using a Heart Die from Gina K Designs You Have My Heart set.  I die cut a bunch of hearts from cardstock in my stash....used up some scraps.  I created a birthday card using a patterned paper that was perfect for celebrating a birthday.  I picked hearts inspired by the colors in the paper and made a "bunch of balloons" held together with metallic gold string (thread). I floated the balloons a top the background paper popped up with foam.  Double cut the Happy Birthday dies by Cheery Lynn  from Pink and Yellow cardstock and attached to the card. Used a Pink card base to finish. 
I made a Valentine for the second card.  I used a  heart die cut from Red cardstock, popped up on red foam, attached to a die cut stamped heart(red ink on white), attached to a red circle and then a White Doily. I actually embossed the doily with Versamark ink and White EP to give it some shine and body.  I completed the design with a Red card base and a sentiment heat embossed with the White EP. Stamps, dies and EP are from Gina K Designs.


Other challenges:
Use Your Stuff: Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge: #137 Birthdays.  Used Cheery Lynn and Gina K Designs dies. 
Just Add Ink: #488 no challenge guidelines this week, only that you create a "new" project with a celebratory theme. Celebrating a birthday. 
Double D Challenges: Fun with Balloons. Took inspiration from the heart shape balloon and bright colors on mood board.



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

Monday, January 13, 2020

Reflect on Past Cards


Hello! The January Monthly Mix Challenge at GKD is Let's Reflect.  We are to take a card we made last year and create a do over, an update or adjustment to it. Use at least one element from the old card to make a new one.  I chose the card below using the GKD rose stamp from Rose Bouquet that I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with different color Copics but trimmed with the same Oval die.  I layered the image on a Red Vellum layer die cut with Cheery Lynn Swedish Spring Oval Frame. Gold embossed  a sentiment from GKD Thank You Friend set.  Used the same card base of Fresh Asparagus GKD CS and rounded two corners with a Corner Punch. 

Other challenges to enter:
Use Your Stuff: #389 Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #554 Say It with Flowers
Happy Little Stampers: January Anything Goes with Dies
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Hearts with Love



Welcome to my studio!  I have created 2 cards for the Twofer Card Challenge which is Hearts.  I used the same small hearts stamps from GKD You Have My Heart set.  I also used the same Scalloped Heart dies from Spellbinders but that just happened by chance.  The Musical Valentine card shown on the left features partial die cutting and  guitar and sentiment stamps from the same set as the hearts.  I doodled some dots around the white heart. Used Memento Lady Bug ink and Red and White CS. 

The Birthday card uses the same heart stamps hanging from a GKD branch stamp that I modified to be a tree. The word stamps are from Winnie & Walter set.  Used Memento Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, and Rich Cocoa inks with White and Fresh Asparagus CS. Embossed white layer with Cuttlebug Wicker Weave EF.  I was going to make the theme of this card All Things Grow with Love but that did not work out. 

Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge: Challenge #23 Two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamps, stencils, and/or dies. Theme is Hearts.
Happy Little Stampers: January Anything Goes with Dies.
Dies R Us Challenge: #136 Anything Goes using any brand of metal die that DRU sells. 
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge: Partial Die-cutting + Stamping + Your Choice.  Did some doodling with Alcohol Marker. 

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

Penguins on Parade

Hello!  Still playing with Christmas cards and challenges.  I found this cute penguin in my stash of clear stamps from the Winter Wishes set by Jane's Doodles.  Also discovered I had the same image in my digital images. I stamped him 3 times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copics.  Added a sentiment from my stash.  Trimmed the image, outlined with Black Copic and attached to a Plaid Paper and then to a card base of textured green CS. 
Challenges:
Creative with Stamps: #46 Theme is Scarf.
ABC Christmas Challenge: A is for Anything Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: January Challenge  Anything Christmas
Winter Wonderland: Challenge Little Friends
Christmas Kickstart Challenge:  #27 Penguin Parade
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #472 Anything Christmas Goes with Optional Theme Feature a Creature
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned paper

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

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Birthday Balloons

Hello!  It's been raining so much....good time for crafting.  I created this birthday card with an embossing folder Balloons from Darice.  I simply embossed the balloons on heavy weight White CS and inked them with Distress inks Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, and Spun Sugar. I stamped a GKD sentiment with 2 of the inks. Colored the strings with a Copic marker.  Quick and easy ….colorful card!
Challenges:
CAS Colours & Sketches: #352 Colors So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Petal Pink
Modsquad Challenges: Theme is Birthday Balloons






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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Snow Bunny

Hello! It's a snowy morning here in Ohio so I thought this would be an appropriate card to post.  I printed the Snow Bunny digi from my stash of Meljens images on white CS and colored the cute image with Copics and a bit of snow with a Snow Marker for texture. Added some stickles to her fuzzy hat and metallic silver to her buttons.  Trimmed the image with a rectangle die and attached to mat of pink CS, layer of striped pattern paper(old SU), and card base of the GKD pink CS. Finished with heat embossed sentiment (old Creative  Clear Stamp) using Silver EP.  I chose this image because of her long scarf. 
Challenges:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge: #7 Baby It's Cold Outside
Winter Wonderland: Theme is Little Friends
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge #615 Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper
Creative with Stamps: Challenge #46 Scarf

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Making Two at a Time



Hello! I have been playing with a new stamp Tall Birch from Gina K Designs and created 2 similar birthday cards.   I stamped the trees using 2 different inks on white CS ….once with Memento Rich Cocoa(top) and again with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain(below). I used a Snow Marker to add dimension to both scenes and make it wintery.  Added some die cut squirrels from my stash for fun and stamped each with GKD birthday sentiments. Used white card base and brown mat on the top one and just a simple brown card base for the second.  These cards will be great for winter birthdays. 


Challenges:
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Something New-Using a new stamp.
Seize the Birthday: #180 Layer it. Top card has 3 layers + the die cuts.
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C516 Celebration of something New. Used a new stamp.
Sunday Stamps: SSc221 Stay Neutral
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Whimsical Flowers


Hello!  I've decided to try and make more than one card at a time since it is easy to do once you have stamps and supplies out.  I have used Gina K Design stamps and a die from Whimsical Wildflowers for these cards using partial die cutting and water coloring on both designs. I stamped the floral image twice on watercolor paper and heat embossed one with gold EP and one with white EP.  I water colored each with DOI Picked Raspberry and DI Forest Moss using a water brush. I used the GKD Die to partially cut the image.  The top card was finished by placing the cut portion on top of a Pattern Paper that I created with GKD Background Stamp Petite Flourish using GKD Fresh Asparagus ink on white CS.  Finished this one with a card base of GKD Fresh Asparagus CS and a Gold Embossed GKD sentiment. . 

I kept the second card clean and simple by simply adding the partially cut image to a card base of Yellow CS and stamping the GKD sentiment with Distress Ink Forest Moss.  I found it hard to water color this image since it was embossed with white EP but I just tried to follow the lines by looking at the first card that I colored first 
Challenges:
Top Card-
Mod Squad Challenge: Create Your Own Patterned Paper
Seize the Birthday: #180 Anything Goes Birthday,  I love their new graphics. 
Alphabet Challenge: T is for Try Something Different. First time to try partial die cutting in this way.

 Bottom Card:
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge: January Partial Die Cutting + Stamping + Your Choice.  I chose to use water coloring and heat embossing.
Happy Little Stampers: January Watercolor Challenge-Anything goes + Optional: Die Cuts


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

Friday, January 3, 2020

DIY Patterned Paper

 Welcome to my studio!  I am sharing a couple more Christmas cards made with Gina K Stamps that I also used for creating my own patterned papers.  I used poinsettia stamps from the Merry & Bright and Joyful Holiday sets.   The sentiments (heat embossed with Clear EP) and other stamps were from the Holiday Wreath builder.
Other Supplies: White CS, GKD Red and Green CS, GKD Ribbon, GKD  EP, GKD Green Ink, Memento Red Ink, Red Nail Heads, Spellinders Circle and Oval Dies.
Challenges:
Modsquad Challenges: Create your own patterned paper.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using patterned paper.  Hope DIY paper is allowed. 

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