Thursday, March 30, 2017

Purple Haze



I had a special request for a card from a coworker. He wanted purple and black colors, so when I saw the new Card Concept Challenge, I wanted to share it there as well!  I chose the mixed
media style since I used at least 2 different mediums - watercoloring and texture paste - on my card.  The sentiment was computer generated (this is a special saying between him and his fiance`).  I used Mijello Mission Gold paints to watercolor the background.  I then splattered Black Soot distress ink and added Wendy Vecchi metallic silver embossing paste using a Heidi Swapp stencil.  The purple zigzag edge is from my fave Reverse Confetti die set - Edge Essentials.  I also die cut RC's Butterfly Dreams large butterfly out of vellum.  Over that, I layered Concord and 9th's Floral and Flutter die cut butterfly.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  It's an overcast day here in VA but I'm feeling great knowing I have a 3 day weekend off work starting tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Color Throwdown




Happy Wednesday everyone! Lisa Henke has a really sweet color palette for the new Color Throwdown Challenge: light yellow, green and blue! It totally inspired me to create something with Simon Says Stamp's Spring Flowers stamp set!  Thankfully, I don't need a sympathy card, but it's always good to have one on reserve.  

I white embossed the images on Ranger watercolor cardstock, then loosely watercolored using distress inks and markers.  I've been wanting to create some wide stripes with a flat edge brush and was happy how these turned out using Tumbled Glass distress ink.  The border includes a die from Reverse Confetti's Edge Essentials - a must have die set for that awesome finishing touch on a card!  I was too chicken to add splatters without using a more controlled method of just stamping with a splatter stamp from SU's Gorgeous Grunge set.  The sentiment die was cut twice and is by Simon Says Stamp.

I'm also entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where "anything goes" for the theme this week.

Congrats to Cheryl McAskill of A Stampin' Holiday, our guest star stamper this week!
Also, we have to sadly say goodbye to Lisa Lara who graced us with her talents during March as our guest designer.  Thanks, Lisa!  Stay tuned next week to meet our April guestie.

For more details on how to play along, head over to the Color Throwdown Blog and you'll find the information on the right sidebar!  You can also visit the rest of the design team's creations for more inspiration by clicking on the links below:


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Feeling Prickly?



Hope you're having a terrific Tuesday! I made this card late last night for the Fusion Card Challenge (I only used the sketch) and for the Sunday Stamps Challenge which is a color challenge this week. 

I used the newly released Elemental Stripes stamp set just released by Reverse Confetti to create the striped background using 4 different WPlus9 ink colors: Sea Breeze, Siren Song, Blossomberry, and Cockleshell. 
I colored the images (MFT Sweet Succulents) with Copics then die cut with matching Die-Namics and popped with foam tape.  I die cut the top panel (Stitched Rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs) over a mat of Rich Razzleberry CS by SU.  Thanks so much for stopping by...I always appreciate your comments!


Monday, March 27, 2017

Mojo Monday


Hello everyone! There's a new Mojo Monday Challenge on board and this is another fun sketch by Julee!  I knew right away I wanted to feature a Verve Plain Jane verse as the focal point, then paired it with a trio of potted plants from Verve's Potter's Clay stamp set with matching dies.  Papers are from SU's Moonlight paper stack.  I also used Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and White cardstock.  Other dies used include Lacy Scallop Frame by Reverse Confetti and Stitched rectangle border by Lil' Inker Designs.  I sponged the edges of the pots with Lost Lagoon ink.  The sentiment was stamped with WPlus9's Silver Lining ink.

We'd love to see how you interpret this challenge!  You'll want to post your creation on the Mojo Monday blog.  If you need more inspiration, check out the design team's creations below: 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby "Girl" Blog Hop


Lesley and Corey Croghan are expecting a stork delivery in April and some crafty friends are celebrating their baby girl with a "girlie" crafty blog hop!  Lesley is well known in the paper crafting world as the coordinator of several popular challenges and I'm happy to be part of the team at Inspired By All The Little Things - which, by the way, has a new challenge posted today (scroll on down to see that post). This hop is being hosted by Lori Turner and you can see all the entries by checking out her blog HERE.  Here is my card created for the sweet bundle of joy that will soon make her debut...



Stamps and dies are all by My Favorite Things.  The baby sentiment was die cut three times and glued together to give it more dimension.  I used Black Enamel Accents to the flower centers. Here's what else I used... 

STAMPS: Beautiful Baby (MFT), Mini Modern Blooms (MFT).
PAPER: Blush and Mint (Recollections).
INK: Piggy Bank and Lime Green by Reverse Confetti; Little Piggy by WPlus9; Old Olive by SU.
DIES: Baby's Bib, Oh Baby, Mini Modern Blooms Die-Namics by MFT.

Check out all the other creations linked up on Lori's blog HERE

Inspired By All The Little Things




Good Saturday everyone! Rabbits are a sure sign of spring and the new Inspired By All The Little Things Challenge has one for us in the new inspiration photo. I just wasn't ready to go with dark, neutral colors, so my take on the photo was simply to go with a rabbit theme in general.  I used stamps and dies by Lil' Inker Designs.  The egg stamp was white embossed then colored with distress ink markers and spritzed with water to give the image a more blended, watercolor look.  

Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Easter Hodge Podge (LID).
PAPER: Splendid Sunshine (Echo Park), Neenah Solar White.
INK: Versamark.
MISCELLANEOUS: Perky Posies, Bunnies and Bows, Quilted cover plate and Easter Hodge Podge dies by Lil' Inker Designs; Stitched Basic Edges Die-Namics by MFT; Enamel dots.

Would love to have you join us and hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop




Good Friday everyone! Hope you've had your cuppa joe by now and are hopping along on the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  As you probably know, this hop has loads of wonderful sponsors who have prizes up for grabs if you join in!  You have until next Friday to get your card or project completed.  Here is my take using a new (to me) stamp set and dies by Verve.



My papers are freebies that Julee tucked in with my last Verve order (along with some ribbon).  The cup was paper pieced and the floral embellishments are by Recollections. 
 
STAMPS: Coffee (Verve).
DIES: Cuppa Joe and Coffee Word by Verve; Stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inker Designs.

I'm also joining in with the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

Thanks so much to Amy Tsuruta who heads up these blog hops for us coffee lovers!  You can link up your creation by going HERE.