Monday, June 30, 2014

A little catch up

I have been making cards left and right lately and haven't had time to post them, so I thought I would do so today.

This card is using Tim Holtz's brick embossing folder, chalking and stamping over the embossed image.  I used PaperTrey Ink's "Wet Paint" and "Turning a New Leaf" stamp sets.  The ribbon is from Gina K.  The card stock and inks used on this card are from Stampin' Up's "Lost Lagoon" and "Mossy Meadow" and Gina K's "Pure Luxury White".

This card I had wanted to enter into the color throwdown challenge, but unfortunately I missed the deadline.   The card size is Gladstone (5.5 x 3.5).  I used Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.  The stamp set "Life is Beautiful" is from PaperTrey Ink.  I used the baby wipe technique on this card.  The ink colors I used were all from Stampin' Up.  "Daffodil Delight", "Smoky Slate" and "Bermuda Bay".  I finished off the card with gray and yellow DMC floss and white pearls on each butterfly.
 This card could be used as a birthday card or to send for the 4th of July.  Almost everything on this card is from Stampin' Up, except the blue-white speckled card stock, the velum and white embossing powder which are from a local stamp store.  I also used a "Speckle" stamp from Judith.  The other stamps are from Stampin' Up and are from "Simple Stems" and "Perfect Party" stamp sets.   I used "Real Red" and "Night of Navy" inks and "Real Red" card stock.  The punch is "Scallop Trim Border".  I almost forgot the white card stock is from Gina K.

Again, almost everthing on this card is from stampin' Up except the white card stock, which is Gina K's.  The Yellow and Bluish-Green DMC floss and the "Happy Birthday" is from PaperTrey Ink's "Birthday Basics" Stamp set.  The stamp is from "Peaceful Petals".  The inks and card stock are "Bermuda Bay", " Daffodil Delight" and "Smoky Slate".  I finished off the card with a button and white pearls.

I used Stampin' Up's new in color "Blackberry Bliss" and Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock.  The large butterfly is the "Swirl" butterfly and the smaller butterfly is the "Pippi" butterfly from Memory Box.  I used Tim Holtz's "Bubble Layering" stencil and PaperTrey Ink's 'Wet Paint".  I added pearls to finish off this card.

All the cards above I made at least 2 of (I made 3 of a few for birthday cards that I needed) for a card swap I went to.  On these 2 sailboat cards, I didn't have a big enough sheet of either designer papers, so I had to use 2 different sheets.  The white card stock is Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock.  The designer paper is from Carta Bella's "Ahoy There" 6x6 paper pack.  This set is so cute.  I love almost every sheet in it!.  The "Sailboat" is from Stacy Stamps, which I lightly colored with water colored pencils.  I also used "Blue-white" Speckled card stock from a local stamp store and finished off the card with red/white baker's twine and a red button.

This last card was for Al's Aunt Evah...who my daughter, Sarah, has the pleasure of sharing her birthday with!  Auntie (as Al calls her) will be 83 and my only daughter and the oldest of our 3 will be 25 today.  How time flies.  I've had to send my hugs and kisses to Sarah long distance as she is living her dream in NYC!!  I posted her card a week ago for a Make It Monday's challenge.

We did get to give Auntie her card, hugs and kisses last night as we had a cookout and bonfire (so glad the weather cooperated in the end...we had rain as we started and had to eat in the garage, but was able to finish the night in front of the bonfire, without a cloud in the sky.)

As you can see from my blog, I love these butterflies and am using them all the time, along with the baby wipe technique (shown on Make It Monday last month).  I used Stampin' Up's "Pacific Point" card stock and ink.  I forgot how much I love this color!  And SU's "Bermuda Bay", "Pretty in Pink", "Rose Romance" and "Pink Passion" inks for the tie-dye look.  I also used Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock.  I finished off the card with Pink baker's twine and a few sequins and pearls.  Oops, almost forgot, the "Speckles" stamp is from Judith

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge #114 -- Peace on Earth

Here we are again with another Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #114.  It's hard to believe that Christmas is now less then 6 months away...but I've got a great head start on my Christmas cards! 

This week's challenge was to use "Sparkle, Shimmer or Shine" on our card.  I love to use sparkle, shimmer and shine on my cards, but every idea I came up with just wouldn't work out on paper.  So yesterday, I went through my Christmas paper and came across a Christmas pack I bought a few years ago.  I love all the papers in this packet, but could never find the right color card stock to match up the green-blue or red colors used in most of the designer paper, so a lot of the paper is still in tact, just waiting for me.

The designer paper pack is from SEI called "Winter Song".  The piece of dp I used was actually a snow scene with deer and trees and I just used the upper portion of the dp for the sparkling snowflakes.  I also used Penny Black's "Peace" die cut from the  "Love and Joy" die cut set, which is cut from Stampin' Up's "Real Red" card stock and sparkled with Wink of Stella.  The words "On Earth, Good Will Towards Men" is from PaperTrey Ink's "Wonderful Words: Holiday", stamped in Stampin' Up's "Real Red" ink.  I finished the card off with red rhinestones, red DMC floss and a white snowflake I punched out of Cheery Lynn Designs' "Snowflake" die.  I used Tim Holtz's "Stardust" stickles on the snowflake attached to the red DMC floss.  The white card base is Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by to check out the other beautiful Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine cards.
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #114

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Make It Mondays #168 - Combining Chalks, Stamps and Impression Plates

I had a chance to watch and make a card for Make It Monday #168.  Melissa Phillips did a great video on combining chalks, stamps and impression plates. 

Since I don't own any PTI's impression plates, I used one of Spellbinders M-Bossabilities "Whimsy-Amusant-Banel" and chalked over the image with Stampin' Up chalks.  I used "Green" and "Pink" card stock from my local scrap book store, "YoYo Yellow" and "Lavender Lace" card stock from Stampin' Up and Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.  I used 3 green inks from Stampin' Up "Mossy Meadow", "Pear Pizzazz" and "Gumball Green".  Both stamp sets are from PaperTrey Ink "Wet Paint" and "Turning a New Leaf".  I cut the piece of velum out of Sizzix "Tags Scallop Combo #2".  I used "Versa Mark" on the velum tag and heat embossed with white embossing powder and added a yellow ribbon.  The butterflies are from Memory Box and the green designer paper is from my stash and don't know who manufactures it (sorry).  I added a few rhinestones to finish off the card.

Thank you for stopping by and make sure you check out the other beautiful cards posted at Capture the Moment Make It Monday #168.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Let It Snow...for Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge

What a blog title for the first day of Summer!  I know I don't want to see snow any time soon and I'm sure there are many others out there feeling the same way.  I would like to wait until about Dec. we have snow for Christmas and New Year's and by Jan. 2 it can go away until the following December.  If only...hahahaha!

Our challenge this week was to use Pink, Silver and White.  Fun colors. 

I started with a Brushed Silver (I have no idea who manufactures this paper) as my card base and then added "Pink" Bazzill card stock and then Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.  I cut out a "Brushed Silver" frame from my Spellbinders "Card Creator A-2 Basic A & Basic B" sets.  I die cut the various snowflakes out of the "Brushed Silver" and "Pink" card stock from Cheery Lynn Designs "Snowflakes".  The "Polka Dot Pink" designer paper is from Simple Stories, which I die cut a larger snowflake from PTI's "Fancy Flakes" and the word "Snow" from PTI's "Wonderful Words: Snow".  I finished the card off by punching out very small circles out of the "Pink" and Brushed Silver" card stock and filling in some of the white space and also added rhinestones in pink and silver.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other beautiful cards over at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge #113.  Happy Summer Solace! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the best Fathers I know!

I have to say all three of these cards came together very quickly.  I'm so glad I took a trip out to Country Needleworks.  They had a great selection of stamps and designer paper to use for Father's Day!

This card is for my hubby.  Al loves to fly fish and I snatched up this stamp as soon as I saw it.  I hadn't hear of the stamp company before though.  Woodware Craft Collection "Casting the Bait".  The stamp was manufactured in the UK.  I used watercolor paper and watercolored the sky with Tim Holtz's Distress Inks in "Broken China" and "Faded Jeans".  After the ink and paper dried, I stamped "Casting the Bait" in Momento's "Tuxedo Black" ink.  I attached the image to a piece of black linen card stock.  I stamped "Happy Father's Day" from in Stampin' Up's "Craft White" ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I then attached the black card stock to Bazzill's "Ocean Breeze" card stock.

This one is for my dad.  I was so excited to find a Mustang stamp at RubberNecker Stamps' website!  My dad has loved Mustangs for many years.  We had a 1967 Mustang that 4 of us kids got to drive.  I was the last one to drive it...the frame was rusting out.  It was a two door 3-speed stick!  It was such a fun car to drive.  I stamped the Mustang in Momento "Tuxedo Black" ink on Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock and colored the Mustang as close to the color of ours with a Copic marker BG72.  I popped up the Mustang which is attached to a piece of Stampin' Up's "Baja Breeze" I then used Stampin' Up's "Baja Breeze" card stock as the card base and added Karen Foster Design "Father Pattern" designer paper and Creative Imagination's "Green Stripes" dp. I finished off the card by adding silver cording and silver brads.

This card is for Al's dad.  Al got his love of fishing from his dad.  I wish dad could still get into a boat and go fishing with Al, but since his hip surgery, it's just not possible.  So I brought a fish to him.  The fish stamp is from Northwood Stamps as is the "Happy Father's Day" stamp.  I stamped both in Momento's "Tuxedo Black" ink.  I colored the fish with red, blue, green, yellow and tan pencils.  I loved how the colors came together to look like a rainbow trout.  Of course, after I colored it, Al tells me it's a Bass.  I don't know my fish at all.  I colored the fly with red and yellow pencils and added some "Diamond" stickles.  The blue designer paper is from K & Co. "Happy Trails Clouds" and the wood designer paper is from Kaiser Craft "Weathered Base Coat Collection."    I added some black brads to finish off the card.

I have to admit, I love making masculine cards!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge #112 - Such Wonderful Words

Hi everyone, it's another Merry Monday's Challenge.   This week we are to use a Santa hat on our card.

I decided to use a Santa with his famous hat.  I found two NBUS sets to use this week. 

I started with Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock and Stampin' Up's "Cherry Cobbler" card stock.  I stamped Hero Arts "Snowflake and Flourish" background stamp in VersaMark twice for a subtle background on SU's "Cherry Cobbler" card stock.  I stamped the Santa from Inkadinkado's "Holiday Sentiments" in SU's "Cherry Cobbler" ink on a piece of white card stock and added some Tim Holtz's Distress Glitter in "Clear Rock Candy" on the ball and white band of Santa's hat.  I used my Lil' Inkers "Stitched Mats: Circles" and die cut out a circle around Santa.  I cut out the "Merry" of Penny Black's "Love & Joy" die set from the SU's "Cherry Cobbler" card stock and attached it to the White card stock.  I stamped "Christmas to all and to all a good night" from PaperTrey Ink's "Wonderful Words: Holiday" in SU's "Craft White" ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

This will be a great CAS card to mass produce!  Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out all the great Santa hat cards over at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge #112.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge #111

It's time for the weekly Merry Monday Challenge #111 -- White, Aqua and a touch of color(s).  I really like the colors in the inspirational pretty.

I kept my card simple this week to showcase these beautiful colors.

I used Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.  I used Stampin' Up's "Bermuda Bay", "Pool Party", "Lavender Lace" and "Pixie Pink" markers on the ornaments from Penny Black's "Ornately" stamp set.  The Merry Christmas stamp is from Recollection's "Merry Merry" stamp set, which is stamped in SU's "Bermuda Bay" ink.  If you click on the close up picture of the ornaments, you'll see I also used Zig's "Wink of Stella" in clear, just to add some glimmer.

Thank you, Karen, for picking out beautiful colors.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other beautiful cards for this week's challenge at Merry Monday's Challenge #111.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Happy Anniversary -- Color Throwdown

I finally found another color challenge...yea!!  Color Throwdown has been around for awhile and I found it through some other bloggers I follow.  I had been missing their deadlines do to work, but was able to get this week's done in time.

These colors are very pretty together and would never had thought to put them together before today.  Even as I was pulling the colors, I was thinking to myself, these are not going to work well together.  Boy, was I wrong!

My hubby's parents are celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary this coming Monday, so why not make them an anniversary card with these colors.  The layout is the same as what I used for "Smile, it's your birthday" that I posted this past Sunday, I just added to it a bit.

I used Stampin' Up's "Bravo Burgundy" card stock as my base.  I stamped PaperTrey Ink's "Life Is Beautiful" butterflies with SU's "Bravo Burgundy", "Melon Mambo" and "Pretty In Pink" inks and finished each butterfly off with some pearls and sequins on Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.  I then found a scrap piece of pink card stock...the closest I could find to "Pretty in Pink" and stamped a few butterflies with SU's " Pretty in Pink" and then stamped "Happy" in SU's "Melon Mambo" ink and "Anniversary" in SU's "Bravo Burgundy" ink.  Both stamps are from PTI's "Wet Paint" stamp set.  I attached the pink card stock to the card and added some pearls to the butterfly and some sequins, too. 

Thank you for stopping by and check out the other very pretty cards at CTD#295.

 I am so glad I found another color challenge!  I've missed them.  They really get my creative juices flowing and I already have another card idea floating around in my I just have to find the time to put it down on paper. 

Monday, June 2, 2014's your birthday!

Capture the Moment's June newsletter was in my inbox today and I decided to use their color play and one of their signature sketches. I did make a few changes.

I used a piece of blue/green card stock from my local scrapbook store, a small piece of Gina K's "Kraft" card stock and Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.

I used another new stamp set from PTI.  "Life is Beautiful".  I stamped the butterflies with Gina K's Kraft ink, PTI's "Hawaiian Shores", Stampin' Up's "Soft Sky", "Bashful Blue" and "Poppy Parade".  These inks were the closest I could get to Capture the Moment's June's Color Play Combo.  I used the dots from PTI's "Oopsie Daisy" stamp set.  I straighten out the dots stem to make a straight line. I also used "Dots" stamp' by Stamps by Judith.  I finished the card off with "Smile" from PTI's "Wet Paint II", some DMC floss, buttons and twine.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Oopsie Daisy...MIM #166

Back again with another card for Make It Monday.  This week's challenge is to "Deboss Stamped Images".  This was a fun challenge.

I decided to use one of my new stamp sets from PaperTrey Ink's "Oopsie Daisy".  As soon as I started stamping with this set, I fell in love!  I used Stampin' Up's "Pear Pizzazz", "Tangerine Tango" and "Soft Sky" inks on Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.  I debossed the card with the PTI "Oopsie Daisy" dies.  I also used SU's "Soft Sky" card stock, an "Orange" piece of card stock I picked up from a local scrapbook store and the designer paper is from Carta Bella's "Summer Lovin'".  The "Dots" stamp is from Stamps by Judith. 

I finished the card off with "Happy Birthday" from PTI's "Inside & Out: Birthday" and some green rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by and check out the other beautiful cards at Make It Monday's challenge #166.

Nothing's better than a Christmas Cookie -- MM #110 Challenge

I wasn't so sure I was going to be able to post my card this week.  Our internet just came back on today after being down since Friday afternoon.  I was starting to get a little worried.

This week's challenge was to use "Christmas Food" in our card this week.  Well, I have small stamps of candy canes, gingerbread men and peppermint candies, but to me that was the obvious choice.  So I took the week to figure out what I wanted to do.  Friday the idea popped into my head after realizing that our internet, cable and phones were down.   I was contemplating making cookies, but it was a little too warm to turn the oven on, so I figured out another way to make cookies...hahaha!

I had bought a stash of mini Hero Art stamps a few years back and thought some of them would be perfect as round molasses cookies with white frosting sentiments, snowflakes and trees.  I used Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in "Gathered Twigs" to make my molasses cookies and used an EK Success punch to punch out each cookie.  I cut the cookie sheets and cooling rack out of Stampin' Up's "Smoky Slate" card stock.  I sponged around the smaller piece of card stock with SU's "Smoky Slate" ink to make the edges of the pan look baked.  I made the cooling rack from strips of card stock that I glued together.  I stamped the oven mits from a Stampin' Up stamp, but I don't know which set it came from, sorry.  I stamp the oven mits with SU's "Cherry Cobbler" ink.  I had gotten the "Baking Up Fun" dies from Memory Box for free in an order I placed online some time ago and cut out the spoons from Gina K's "Craft" card stock.  I used a strip of designer paper from Echo Park's "Very Merry Christmas" 6x6 paper pack to make it look like a table runner and mounted everything on Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the rest of the beautiful "Christmas Food" cards at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge #110.