Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back to School



I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which has a Back to School theme this week.  Our area in VA started school a couple of weeks ago which means some very hot bus rides for many!  The positive side (according to some teacher relatives) is they like the earlier dismissal in the spring.

This was a very quick and easy card to create and very straightforward with no special techniques.  Here is my enabler's list...

STAMPS: Class Act (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: White (PTI), Licorice (MFT), Lime Green (Reverse Confetti.
INK: Rose, Lime Green and Dark Roast by Reverse Confetti; Versamark.
DIES: ABC Panel, Class Act - Reverse Confetti; Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT.

Color Throwdown #457




It's time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and this week...our colors are pink, yellow and gray! I thought the softer colors would be perfect for a baby card, so I started by creating a plaid background using MFT's Plaid Background Builder stamps.  It's mostly die cuts after that so I'll get right to my enabler's list:

STAMPS: Beautiful Baby (MFT), Plaid Background Builder (MFT).
PAPER: Pretty in Pink (SU), Smoky Slate (SU), Bumblebee Yellow (Reverse Confetti), White (PTI), Shiny silver metallic CS.
INK: Daffodil Delight (SU), Pretty in Pink (SU), Silver Lining (WPlus9)
DIES: Beautiful Baby (MFT), Stitched Rounded Rectangles STAX (MFT), Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT), Oh Baby (MFT).

We're happy to have Wendy Coffman joining us as the Guest Star Stamper this week!  Take some time to say hello and visit her blog Stamping Rules!

We'd love to have you joining us in the challenge this week! 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:


Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fusion Card Challenge



I created this card based on both the sketch and the colors in the inspiration photo for the current Fusion Card Challenge. I love this houndstooth patterned paper from Bazzill's Licorice 6x6 paper pad!  I paired it with a long neglected SU set called Fabulous Florets where I white embossed the images on Ranger watercolor CS then colored with Zig Clean Color brush markers and fussy cut.  A very quick and simple card to put together!

ZIGS: 052, 070, 051.

Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!  Yesterday, we had all the hype of the solar eclipse...a rather underwhelming yet wonderful event for our area which only saw an 86% coverage of the sun.  The most surprising thing for me was that it didn't darken nearly as much as I expected.  I was at work when it peaked around 2:40 PM and it was fun to gather with hundreds of students and staff at the vocational rehabilitation center where I work.  NASA says we will experience another solar eclipse in 7 years, so here's to that countdown - lol!

Friday, August 18, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch



Chrissy Larson has a great new sketch over on the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge blog! Probably my favorite card layout is to do a collage in the lower right corner with L-shaped elements...this time I used black and white striped washi tape.  I hope you're not tiring of seeing yet another of these brushed lettering sentiment stamps...I just love them!  

So, here is what I used...

STAMPS: Sentiment Essentials and Blooms 'n Buds by Reverse Confetti.
PAPER: White CS by PTI.
INK: Iced Aqua, Lime Green, Bumblebee Yellow, and Tangerine by Reverse Confetti; Versamark. 
DIES: Blooms 'n Buds (RC), Stitched Rectangle by Lil' Inker Designs.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Curtain Call & Sunday Stamps Challenges



The new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge has a Hibiscus theme going on, so I also went with the colors from the current Sunday Stamps color challenge for my card. I knew I wanted to use Verve's Hibiscus Plain Jane stamp along with more florals from their Happy Days stamp set.  I colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped with foam tape over a watercolored base using Mijello Mission Gold paint.  I'm again using my new favorite sentiment set from Reverse Confetti (Sentiment Essentials).  Initially, I placed the rounded rectangle panel over a white background which just looked too blah.  I then switched to using this black and white patterned paper by Recollections and thought it had so much more pizazz!

DIES: Stitched Dome Frames and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-Namics by My Favorite Things; Sentiment Essentials Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Color Throwdown #456



Hi everyone! It's Wednesday and that means a new Color Throwdown Challenge is up! Lisa Henke is hosting the challenge and has this very pretty color combo of pink, yellow and green!    This photo brings back great memories of our 3 children growing up and swimming in our pool every chance they got!  Towels hanging over the fence was a common sight! 

I'm fully aware that summer will be grinding to a halt very soon, so every chance I have to use flowers on my cards...I'm going for it!  



I love these Build A Bunch stamps from Reverse Confetti's July release!  They're fun to arrange against the Tall Stripe Panel die that reminds me of a piece of lattice. I used Reverse Confetti's Stone cardstock - a wonderful neutral shade - for the card base.  I white embossed the sentiment from RC's gorgeous brush lettered Sentiment Essentials set.  Coloring was done with Copics and the flower centers were highlighted with black Enamel Accents.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Stewart from the Paper Sweetness blog!  She is our guest star stamper this week.

We'd love to have you joining us in the challenge this week! 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:


Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Create Along With Us: August

Check out this post of many new release projects on the PTI blog for some amazing inspiration by the talented design team! I decided to play along with their Create Along With Us: August challenge after being inspired by one tiny detail on two of the cards. I often am at a loss how to add a sentiment to a card with a rather busy background, but Betsy Veldman and Michelle Leone used a simple one line sentiment on a banner flag to display directly over the middle of their cards below...













This is my card using the same concept...


Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Beautiful Berries: Spring (PTI), Mat Stack 1 Collection (PTI - sentiment).
PAPER: Aqua Mist and White (PTI).
INK: Miami Spice, Flamingo, Sea Breeze, Siren Song dye inks by WPlus9.
DIES: Tag Sale: Quilted Die (PTI); Beautiful Berries: Spring (PTI).

Hope your Monday is going well!  I'm looking forward to a day off after working the weekend!
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello Throwdown Colors!


Have you played along with the current colors over on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog?  I made a second card using Jodi's colors: aqua, light pink and lavender.  I had cut several of PTI's new Mix and Mat: Postal Die, so it was begging to be used! Stamps are from WPlus9's Greetings and Salutations stamp set.  Angled layers always add a fun bit of interest to a card design IMO!  Thanks so much for stopping by...TGIF!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch Meets C9


I love Donna Mikasa's sketch over on the CAS(E) This Sketch blog and decided to pair it with the current Anything Goes theme for the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge #12. I wanted to wish a happy 2nd birthday to Concord and 9th stamp company...one of my fave new up and coming companies! When I was browsing through my C9 stamps, I came across this Love Always stamp set which I never inked up until now! So many stamps...so little time - lol!  For the circle element, I
stamped the large rose (Picked Raspberry distress ink and Rose Red - SU) and leaves (Lucky Limeade - SU) from C9's Hope stamp set.  The MISTI was a lifesaver to stamp the large falling hearts, stripes and sentiment stamps.  

Gotta run...need to head out to work shortly!  Have a terrific Thursday everyone!

SSS Wednesday Challenge



I couldn't resist ordering this Hello Dino stamp set with matching dies from Lil' Inker Designs' August release! I will probably use this for my granddaughter who turns 3 next month and she's loving anything dinosaur related! I'm entering this into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is to create for a child.  

STAMPS: Hello Dino (Lil' Inker Designs).
PAPER: Bumblebee Yellow, Lime Green (Reverse Confetti); White (PTI).
INK: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Sky - all by SU.  
DIES: Hello Dino and Stitched Clouds (Lil' Inker Designs); Stitched Dome Frames (MFT).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Color Throwdown #455

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge and Jodi is hosting this week with the following yummy color palette: aqua, light pink, lavender and white! 

Here is my take on the colors...


I started by smooshing some distress inks on Ranger watercolor cardstock, then layered a die cut frame over it.  Triple stamping the sentiment x 3 with my MISTI made a bolder look and I highlighted with some fussy cut flowers. I added black Enamel Accents to the flower centers.  Here is my enabler's list:

STAMPS: You by The Stamp Market.
PAPER: Ranger watercolor CS; Iced Aqua (Reverse Confetti) and White (PTI).
INK: Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar distress inks by Tim Holtz; Iced Aqua, Grape Soda, Piggy Bank dye ink by Reverse Confetti.
DIES: Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die by PTI; You by The Stamp Market.

Congratulations to our guest star stamper this week - Lucie from LucieG Cards!  Be sure and stop by her blog to say hello!

We'd love to have you joining us in the challenge this week! 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:


Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sketch For You To Try



The August sketch for Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You To Try challenge was perfect to color up this sweet image from their Lift Me Up stamp set!  I colored with Copics and layered it over a Lacy Scalloped Circle die.  The horizontal element - stamped in Lime Green dye ink by RC - is a border from RC's Elemental Stripes set.  I punched out circles from one of the patterned paper designs from RC's Pattern Play 6x6 pad.  Flat black enamel dots were added to the centers.  I subbed a Pierced Round Top Layer die instead of the rectangle element.

Thanks for visiting and hope you come back tomorrow to check out the new colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Viva La Verve Returns



It's a rainy Monday and I'm thrilled to see it! Grass is turning brown and flowers are looking rather pitiful, so I'm hoping this will revive everything a bit! To brighten things up in my crafty space, I've created a card for the returning Viva la Verve sketch challenge!  This sketch was perfect for a retirement card for our pastor and his wife!  I love these black and white prints in Bazzill's "Licorice" basics patterned paper pad and paired them with Reverse Confetti's Lime Green cardstock that is such a happy shade of green!  

STAMPS: Wonderfully Made (Verve).
DIES: Small Mariana Vine Background and Small Mariana Vine Outline by Poppystamps; Stitched Circle by Lil' Inker Designs; Edge Essentials by Reverse Confetti.

I need to dash off and get ready for work...have a great day friends!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dare To Get Dirty



It's that time of year again on Splitcoaststampers when the Dirty Dozen gals (both alumni and current) are hosting LOTS of fun challenges for the week! My good friend, Teresa Kline, is hosting a really fun theme challenge today and asked me to make a sample card!  You'll need to be a fan club member on SCS to read all about the details!

One of my favorite heart dies is Simon Says Stamp's Sketch Heart.  I layered up some fussy cut flowers from The Stamp Market's 'You' set and tucked in some leaves from MFT's Mini Modern Blooms.  The watercolor panel has smooshed distress inks and was on my leftover pile.  I think I used Peacock Feathers and Bundled Sage inks.  I cut out the 'You' sentiment three times and adhered the layers together to give it a nice dimensional look.  The glittery enamel dots are from the new SU catalog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches




My day off work flew by so quickly today, but I was able to create a quick CAS design for the new Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this evening! I was also inspired by the herb garden photo for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  


I layered up the Wheat dies by Reverse Confetti using their Lime Green and Sand cardstock.  The sentiment die - also by Reverse Confetti - is part of their Hello and Thanks Label die set. 




I struggled with this design and am thinking I need to do a remake, but for now...this will have to do.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Color Throwdown #454

Happy Wednesday everyone! Amy Rohl is the hostess for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge and has chosen green, kraft and white as our colors. LOVE these earthy colors which were perfect to add a sympathy card to my stash! 


When I returned from vacation this past weekend, this new background stamp - Cover Up: Diamonds by PTI - was in my mail stack, so I knew I wanted to use that as my starting point.  I white embossed on kraft cardstock, then die cut using a stitched rectangle die.  It was layered over some Wild Wasabi CS by SU.  I added some Glacier White Enamel Accents to the flower center.  I also added a couple of metallic gold die cuts to shadow two of the florals.

STAMPS: Cover Up: Diamonds, Larger Than Life (florals), Blooming Button Bits (sentiment) - all by Papertrey Ink.
INK: Wild Wasabi, Lucky Limeade (SU); Versamark.

We're so happy to announce that the talented Sheri Gilson is our guest designer for the month of August!  I'm a big fan of her fabulous clean, layered cards and you will want to visit her website HERE to see her beautiful card!

This week's guest star stamper is Kelly Schirmer of the Gingham Girl blog - congrats Kelly! 
 
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:

Sheri Gilson - August Guest Designer