Sunday, April 23, 2017

Thinking of You

I recently made my very first purchase of stamps from Concord & 9th, after seeing some cards made with the gorgeous Hello Lovely stamp set.  I’m not entirely sure that I like my watercoloring here, but overall I think the card turned out OK.  My plan is to send this card to one of my aunts, who’s been having some health problems and has been in a nursing home for a few months.

for Aunt Rose

I hope my Aunt Rose will like this!  I stamped the flowers in Versafine Onyx Black ink, embossed with clear embossing powder, and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color this.  The sentiment was created by stamping part of a phrase from this Thanks stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, and the You Craft Die, also from Simon Says.

I’m linking my card to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Splash it On, and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Showers or Flowers.

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hello…

Hello, friends!  Even though Spring has sprung here in Northeast Ohio, it was chilly today… too chilly for me, so I stayed indoors and had some fun with stamps, ink and Copic markers!  I was totally inspired by my former Color Throwdown teammate Monika Davis to create this card, based on her GORGEOUS card here

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Now, anyone who knows me well knows that I DON’T do purple!  But I decided to tackle the current challenge at the Color Throwdown, so purple it is!  The stamps I used here are from Altenew… the flowers and matching dies are Beautiful Day, and the sentiment is from Label Love.  I colored all the flowers with Copic markers.  The BG Small Brick background from My Favorite Things was stamped in the background on watercolor cardstock, then I applied a wash of watercolor using Dusty Concord distress ink.  I embellished with some purple sequins.

Here’s the swatch from the CTD blog…

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I’ll be gone all next weekend with a bunch of my very best stampy friends at a retreat, so I think that’s what has sparked my recent spurt of creativity!  I. CAN’T. WAIT! until next weekend!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Look for Rainbows

Hey, look at me!  The second time IN A WEEK that I’ve made a card!  I’m so happy!  The current sketch challenge at My Favorite Things got my creative juices flowing.  Here’s the sketch, which was a little intimidating to me… until I turned it sideways!

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By turning the sketch sideways, I was able to come up with this card…

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I used the End of the Rainbow Die-Namics, along with the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set and the Color the Rainbow Die-Namics to create my card.  I also used the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics, and my Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-Namics.  Card stock colors include Razzle Berry, Coral Crush, Lemon Chiffon, Sour Apple, Blu Raspberry, Grape Jelly, Jellybean Green, Blue Breeze, Grout Gray, Steel Grey, and Sweet Tooth.  I finsihed with a few black enamel dots for embellishment (and to hide a spot of glue that ended up in the wrong place!)

Squeee!  I’m so happy to have stamped again this week!  Hope you’re having a wonderful week, too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Color Throwdown #438

Hello friends!  Has anyone missed me?  I don’t find much time for stamping and blogging lately, but this Easter Sunday has been blessedly quiet.  After church and a nice family dinner (oh, and a nap!) I’ve had some great time for stamping.  So here’s a card I made, using the current Color Throwdown  #438.  Sadly, I need a sympathy card this week…

Color Throwdown #438

For this card, I used the prety Bold Blooms stamp set and matching Die-Namics from My Favorite Things, stamping in Coral Crush, Peach Bellini, Lemon Chiffon, Limelight and Sour Apple hybrid inks.  The sentiment, from the Deepest Sympathy stamp set, was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink on a new Die-Namics Sentiment Label Strip.  Behind the flowers and strip, I stamped the BG Diagonal Stripes background in Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder, then die cut it with the Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-Namics.  I mounted this to a panel of Grout Gray card stock, then mounted to a white card base.  I could add some sequins or enamel dots for further embellishment, but think it just needs to stay simple.

Below I’m including photos of some more cards I have made recently, but haven’t had time to blog.  If you would like information about any of these cards… stamps used, colors, etc. just shoot me an email!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Mom's Birthday

The birthday card I made for my Mom last month.

Kelsey's Graduation

For my daughters graduation from Vet Tech school in March.

Chuck's Graduation

For my daughter’s boyfriend, who graduated on the same day from Culinary School.

Quackers

For my hubby, for our 27th anniversary last week.

Color Throwdown #421

Actually made this one back in November when I was a retreat and realized I had never blogged it!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Beyond Grateful Blooms

I needed a special thank you card for someone this week, and the new Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set from My Favorite Things was begging me to use it.  I saw this beautiful creation from Debbie Olsen, and was so inspired… that wispy branch with matching dot-style flowers was the biggest reason why I liked this stamp set from the get-go.  So I got to work on this card over the weekend…

Beyond Grateful

Using my Copics to airbrush a colored background like this is going to officially be my new favorite thing to do!  It was so quick and easy to lay down these beautiful shades of blue and green… my little air compressor is so glad to be getting used again!  Many thanks to Debbie for the beautiful inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stamping De-stash

 

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Hello friends!  Just a reminder… I still have some great stamps and dies and a few stencils for sale!  Check out my Sale Page!

Thanks!

Friday, February 24, 2017

CrAzY for Words - C4C374

Hello there!  I’m back today hosting the last challenge for February on the Crazy 4 Challenges team!  I’m challenging everyone today to Use Your Words… make the sentiment the focal point of your card.  This is something I LOVE to do, and don’t do often enough anymore.  Years ago I used to design work for Verses Rubber Stamps, and always enjoyed pairing embellishments and other items with the wonderful sentiments they carried at Verses.  Check out my Verses cards HERE for some ideas.

Another thing I love to do is use a big die-cut word for my sentiment, just like this…

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I’ve used the new Twice the Hugs Die-Namics from My Favorite Things for my large focal sentiment die-cut from Blu Raspberry card stock, and added the word “Sending” from the matching Lots of Hugs stamp set.  I sponged a little bit of Summer Splash dye ink on the base of my card front panel, then stamped this tulip from the new Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set, using Sour Apple, Razzle Berry, Pink Lemonade and Cotton Candy hybrid inks.  I embellished with a few clear sequins.

Be sure to stop by the C4C blog for all the challenge details today, and be inspired by the rest of the CrAzY girls…

Lisa Henke, February Guest Designer
Anja de Regt
Barbara Anders
Caz Counsell
Frances Byrne
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Karen Aicken
Maryann Einem
Raquel Mason
Rebecca Ednie

Thanks for stopping by today!