Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Snow Day

I was able to combine three challenges with my one card today.  I've said it before, but I really love it when this happens.  Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #127 this week is a Christmas Bingo challenge.  I chose die cut, ribbon or twine and kraft as my challenge.  For Color Throwdown #311, we have to use a lime-y green, grey, light blue and kraft colors.  And for Simon Wednesday Challenge, it's Anything Goes for this week. 

I used my new stamp set from Stampin' Up called Endless Wishes.  I stamped the snowflakes with Gina K's Craft ink, SU's Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz and Bashful Blue inks on Gina K's Pure 
White Luxury Card stock.  I cut a piece of SU's Crumb Cake card stock and folded it over.   I ripped the card stock across and then die cut out PaperTrey Ink's Wonderful Words: Snow from the Crumb Cake card stock and also die cut Snow out of SU's Bashful Blue card stock and pieced it into the Crumb Cake card stock.  I then stamped the words Happy and Day in Pear Pizzazz from SU's Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  I finished the card off with Blue and Green bakers twine and grey DMC floss and added some Wink of Stella.

I remember snow days being so much fun when I was a kid.  I don't like them so much now...only because I still have to go to work.  After last winter, I am very grateful for my 4-wheel drive Jeep!  There were quite a few times this past winter I had to drive down roads that were not plowed!  I keep hearing this winter could be worse then last year's.  I sure hope not! 

We are having gorgeous weather.  It's more like summer than fall.  So I will quit talking about winter.  Enjoy the weekend!  We are planting a new tree, splitting daisies and lilies and planting some mums.  We are working on re-doing our front planting area.  

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other beautiful cards at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge, Simon Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown.  You, also, still have time to post a card for any of these challenges, too!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I hope your day is BEAUTIFUL...

I love this sentiment.  Everyday is a gift from God and we should make it as beautiful as we can.  I know there are some days we want to throw back into the ocean, but we need to look for at least one positive, even on the bad days!

This card is for this week's Color Throwdown #310.  Our colors were peach, aqua and a lime-y green.  These colors seemed very beachy to me, so I used this beach chair I bought last summer, but hadn't inked up until today.  So I can also enter it into Darnell's NBUS challenge too!

I used Stampin' Up's Coastal Cabana card stock and embossed it with SU's Chevron pattern ef.  I stamped the word Beautiful from PaperTrey Ink's Life is Beautiful stamp set in SU's Coastal Cabana ink.  

I used a piece of water color paper (140 lb) and stamped the chair from Lockhart Stamp Company (#2091) in Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with my Copic markers (R02, W2, YG11, BG01) and watercolored the sand  with SU's Sahara Sand ink and the water with SU's Coastal Cabana ink.  I mounted it on a piece of SU's Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and stamped the sentiment I hope your day is from PTI's Shakers and Sprinkles Stamp set in SU's Coastal Cabana ink.  I finished my card off with a piece of lime-y green bakers twine.  

Thank you for stopping by and there is still time to enter your card at Color Throwdown #310 and at djkardkreations NBUS #2 Challenge.  Check out their blogs for some very beautiful cards! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Holiday Greeting...

It's Friday and I have my card for Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge done!  I was somewhat under a deadline as I will be too busy over the weekend to spend time stamping.

This week's challenge is to use a sentiment and make it the main focus.  I knew I wanted to keep my card very simple in regards to highlighting my sentiment.

I used Navy Blue speckled card stock that my local stamp store carries and Gina K's Pure White Luxury card stock.  I stamped the word happy  from PaperTrey Ink's Embroidered Blooms in Stampin' Up's Night of Navy ink.  I die cut out holiday from PTI's Wonderful Words Holiday Die Collection in both the navy and a silver card stock and off set the navy on the silver just a tad.  I stamped the word greetings from PTI's Wonderful Words Holidays in SU's Night of Navy ink, also.  I used my Score Buddy to emboss the lines and finished the card off with Navy Baker's twine from Gina K. 

IRL the way this CAS card turned out.  I'm thinking of doing it in different Christmas colors, too.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the beautiful cards posted at Merry Mondays Christmas Challenge #126.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Make A Wish

This was a fun card to make and I love that I will be able to enter it into 3 different challenges.  The first challenge is Make It Monday's #179--Emboss Resist using diecuts, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Make Your Own Background and Color Throwdown #309--using light blue, blue, a citrus-y green and grey.  I used Stampin' Up's Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist and Smoky Slate and Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. 

  I started out with Gina K's Pure Luxury White Card stock and using Laura Emboss Resist technique with Paper Trey Ink's Beautiful Blooms II #3 dies with clear embossing powder, which I heat set.  I then used Tim Holtz's circle blending tool to blend the four ink colors onto the card stock, which the flowers resisted due to the heat embossed process.  I finished the card off with some blue baker's twine and a blue button and die cut out Make a Wish from Penny Black's Celebration dies in SU's Smoky Slate card stock.  I mounted on card on Stampin' Up's Soft Blue and Pear Pizzazz card stock and on the other card, I switched the Soft Blue and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I really love how these two cards turned out.  So pretty.  Here are a separate picture of each card, too.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by Make It Monday #179, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown #309 to see all the beautiful cards posted.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It's time again for Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge #125--include some type of transportation in your card.  I'm cutting it down to the wire again.  I've really got to get these projects done during the week, instead of waiting until the weekend.  There's never enough time.  I loved this challenge and I really love all the cards that everyone is coming up with.  So much fun!

I started out using a speckled Navy card stock for the base of my card that I get from a local stamp store.  I stamped the trees from Stampin' Up's Scenic Season set in Tuxedo Black ink.  I then used Distress Paint in Picket Fence for the snow and added Distress Glitter in Rock Candy while the paint was still wet for the sparkling snow effect.  As that was drying, I cut out the house from PaperTrey Ink's Winter Hills and colored it with Copics (W9, N4, Y000 and R39).  I couldn't find my Stampin Up truck from Loads of Fun, but I had another pickup truck that had a fishing pole in the back end, but I just cut the truck out and it was a great substitute.  I can't stand it that I couldn't find the SU truck.  This truck is from Great Impressions #E-502.  I colored it with Copics (E25, W9 and N4).  The gifts from SU's Loads of Love stamp set fit perfect in the back end of the pickup truck and I colored them with Copics (R27, B34, B45, Y000 and G14).  I added a half moon that I cut from an 1" circle punch.  I finished off the card with PTI's City Scene Christmas Sentiments and die cut it out with PTI's Journal Card Border Dies and sprinkle some Rock Candy glitter all over the card for a falling snow effect..

I really love how this card turned out.  Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the beautiful Transportation cards at Merry Monday's #125 Christmas Challenge.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Celebrate today

This is my 100th post since starting my blog back on October 2, 2012.  Yes, it took awhile to reach 100 posts, but I did it!  So to celebrate, I decided to give a $20 gift certificate to the first person to comment on this post, to one of my favorite online stamp stores...PaperTrey Ink.  Good Luck!

Now, onto my card for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #308.  We are to use Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie in our card.  I did struggle to come up with an idea using these colors.  But then as I was going through my stamps, I came across this one, which I have never used, so this card will also work for Darnell's NBUS challenge, too.

I started with Stampin' Up's "Melon Mambo" card stock and dry embossed it with SU's "Pretty Print" embossing folder sideways, so I had to use my Spellbinder's Grand Calibur to run the ef through, as it is too wide to go through my Cuttlebug.  I used Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock and inked up the stamp from SU's "Postage Due" with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used Tim Holtz's circle blending tool to ink up the white card stock with SU's "Melon Mambo", "Daffodil Delight" and "Pumpkin Pie" inks, which made the Postage Due stamp pop.  I finished off the card by die cuting 3 flowers out of PaperTrey Ink's "Beautiful Blooms II, #3" with white card stock, which I colored with "Melon Mambo", "Daffodil Delight" and "Pumpkin Pie" inks, pop dotted each layer and added a rhinestone to the top of the flower.  I then die cut out "Celebrate"  (from PTI's "Wet Paint Die Cuts" and "Today" (from PTI's "Wet Paint II Die Cuts") out of both "Daffodil Delight" and "Pumpkin Pie" card stock and offset them and attached them to the card. 

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other beautiful cards posted at Color Throwdown Challenge Blog and djkardcreations: NBUS Challenge #2 Blog.

Do not open 'til Christmas....

Hi everyone,  quick post today as this challenge closes today in a few hours.  I knew what I wanted to do for this week's Merry Monday Christmas challenge #124, time just got away from me.  Our challenge this week is to use a gift in our card.  

I kept my card CAS this week.  I used Gina K's "White Pure Luxury" Card stock and traced a square around my 4.25 x 4.25 card.  I stamped Gina K's gift stamp from her "Wrapped with Love" set in Stampin' Up's "Real Red" ink.  I glued down the DMC red floss over the ribbon and added the tag from PaperTrey Ink's "Tiny Tag" die set and stamped "Do Not Open til Christmas" from SU's "Tags til Christmas".

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out the other beautiful cards at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge #124 Blog.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Poppies for Color Throwdown #307

Hi everyone, I finally had a chance to make this week's Color Throwdown #307 card today.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute.  But at least I have a good excuse.  Our son, Nick, had to decide between working for Boy Scouts of America in South Dakota or in Madison, Wisconsin.  Thankfully, he chose Madison.  Much closer to home!  We moved his stuff to WI over the weekend, so I been traveling over the last 2 days.  I am so happy he has found a great job and doing what he has dreamed of doing for quite a while.  Such a bittersweet experience, knowing that chances of Nick moving back home are pretty slim.  I'm so glad to see the next phase of his life starting and next summer he will be standing at the altar to take his lovely fiance, Danielle, as his wife.  Exciting times ahead.  

Now, back to my card.  We had three colors to work with this week...Crushed Curry, Pacific Point and Old Olive.  Again, a great color combination.  
I started by water painting SU's "Pacific Point" onto Tim Holtz's watercolor paper.  I cut the watercolor paper with Lil' Inker's "Stitched Oval" die.  I then inked up the Poppy flowers from Penny Black's "Blooming Garden" with Memento's "Tuxedo Black" ink and colored the flowers with Copic Markers #s Y15 and G99.  I then used PB's "Field of Dreams" die to cut out the flowers.  I mounted them onto the "Pacific Point" oval die.  I didn't have any "Crushed Curry" card stock, so I chose the next color closest to it.  I used SU's "Summer Sun", which I dry embossed with Life Crafts "Bloom" ef.  I used some "Old Olive" ribbon and a button to finish off the card and die cut out the word "Enjoy" from PaperTrey Ink's "Wet Paint Cuts Dies".  I mounted everything on SU's "Old Olive" card stock.  

The card isn't want I envisioned from the start, but the layout is what I was going for.  I was just hoping to water color the whole card.  It just didn't work as well as I wanted it to.   I love how it turned out though!

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other beautiful cards at Color Throwdown Blog.