Sunday, July 27, 2014

What a hoot...

Happy Sunday everyone!  I finally had a chance to make this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #118 using ribbon and buttons.

I just received this stamp set in the mail.  These guys are so sticking cute and I just couldn't wait to ink them up.

The stamp is from Art Impressions #UML4123, which I inked up in Momento's "Tuxedo Black" and pulled out my Copics to color them.  I used BV13, G14, B14, YR16, E35 and R27.  I colored the pom-poms on top with Wink of Stella in clear.  "Happy Christmas" is from Stampin' Up's "More Merry Messages", which I inked in Tim Holtz's Distressed Ink's "Mowed Lawn".  I mounted the card on SU's "Real Red" card stock and finished off the card with a snowflake ribbon bow and two red buttons.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other wonderful cards using ribbon and buttons at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge blog.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Star Stamper for CTD #302

I'm back again with ColorThrowdown Challenge #302.  My card from CTD #300 was randomly picked as the featured stamper, so now I have the pleasure of being the Guest Star Stamper for this week's CTD #302.  When I got the email from Tammy Hershberger with the colors for this week's challenge, I fell in love.  These colors work great together.

I decided to combine the colors with a birthday card I need to make for an upcoming birthday for one of my sister's employees.

I used Stampin' Up's "Bernuda Bay", "Daffodil Delight" and "Rich Razzleberry" inks and card stock.  I also used Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.

I then used Erin Lincoln's "Masking with Dies" technique that she shared on Make It Monday #170 a few weeks ago.  I die cut the masks and attached them with double stick glue and then water colored with "Bermuda Bay" ink for the background.  You remove the masks one at a time and stamp the flower or leaf in it's place.  It leaves a little white space around the stamped image, which I think, looks cool.  The stamps and dies I used were from PaperTrey Ink's "Friendly Flowers" and "Friendly Flower" die and "Friendly Flower Extra" dies.

I finished off the card with a die cut "Friendly Flower" and stamped the "Happy Birthday" from My Favorite Things' "Birthday Greetings" and made the "ribbon" from card stock. It was an easy card to make.

Be sure to check out this week's CTD #302 for other beautiful cards made with these three colors and you have until 6pm EST Monday, July 28 to enter your card!  Come on, I know you want to:)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Down by the Lake

Who doesn't love summer?  Always a great time to be on a boat or beach and soaking up the sun, while reading a great book.  My favorite way to enjoy a sunny day!

When I saw the colors for this week's color first thought was these colors are so beachy.  Time to pull out an old set from Stampin' Up, that I still love to this day, called "Summer by the Sea"!  It is also a perfect set to water color, which is exactly what I did.

The colors for this week's CTD were Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Calypso Coral.

I used Tim Holtz's water color paper and inked up the stamp in "Tuxedo Black" ink and quickly heat embossed with clear embossing powder to set the black ink.  I then brought out my water pen and colored the boat in SU's "Smoky Slate", her pants and hat in "Crumb Cake", her shirt and hat band in "Calypso Coral" and "Soft Sky" ink for the water and sky, which is hard to see.  I used "Calypso Coral", "Soft Sky", which I dry embossed with QuicKutz "Polka Dots" , "Smoky Slate", which I dry embossed with SU's "Decorative Dots" and Crumb Cake" card stock.  I finished the card off with orange ribbon and inked up Happy Birthday in "Calypso Coral" from PTI's "Wet Paint" set.

These colors look great together!

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014

You Know Dasher...

Great stamp to use for this week's Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge...this week's challenge is to use sequins on your card.  I used SU's "Smoky Slate" as my
card base.  I used Stampin' Up's ef "Northern Flurry" on the blue speckled card stock that I get from my local stamp store.  I took both "White" and "Silver" inks and sponged over the snowflakes to bring them out a bit.  I then stamped SU's "Dasher" in SU's "Night of Navy" ink and cut it out with Lil' Inker's "Stitched Ovals" and sponged around the oval with both the "Night of Navy and Silver inks.  I finished off the card with circle and star sequins.  I cut out a star from Lil Inker's "Stitched Stars", sponged around it with "Night of Navy" ink and inked up "Very Merry" from PTI's "Tiny Tags" set, added a star sequins  and used baker's twine and silver cording.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to see the rest of the sequined cards at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thanks so much

Two posts in one day.  Playing a little catch up today.   Al finished pitting my tart cherries today, so I made him a fresh cherry pie and froze the rest.  I have enough cherries freezing for 5 more pies!  So happy.  I am also catching up on the laundry for last week, too.  And I still squeezed in finishing up one card and making 2 more for a friend (even though she doesn't know it yet!).  I used the Color Throwdown Challenge to make 2 thank you cards.

This week's CTD #300 is to use Night of Navy, Baja Breeze and Pumpkin Pie.  So, since my friend needed masculine thank you cards, I thought these colors work perfectly.

I used Stampin' Up's Night of Navy card stock as the base and stamped on Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock.  The card size is Gladstone (3.5 x 5.5).  I used SU's "Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and PaperTrey Ink's "Ombre Builders" and "Embroidered Blooms" and finished off the card with navy DMC floss.  I love when cards come together very quickly and these sure did.  I did change them up a bit between using a stamp from "Ombre Builders" and the other card uses a stamp from "Gorgeous Grunge". 

 Here's a close up of each card.  

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other great cards at CTD #300 using these great colors. 

Merry Monday's Heartfelt Christmas Wish

Back again with another Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge card.  This week's challenge is to use shades of green and white, neutrals are welcome. 

I knew right from the start what I wanted to do and started the card on Thursday, but didn't have a chance to finish it up until this morning.  We picked 20 lbs of tart cherries yesterday and spent the rest of the day pitting them, until it was time to get ready for church.  We still have more pitting to do today, but not until I get my card posted.  Priorities...hahaha!  Then we will be putting them in the freezer for future cherry pies...mmmm!

I used Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock and inked up Stampin' Up's "Holiday Print" in VersaMark and heat embossed it with snow embossing powder.  I then used Tim Holtz's blending tools and Stampin' Up's "Certain Celery", "Pear Pizzazz" and "Wild Wasabi" inks and did an ombre effect with the three colors.  I added the bow and glittered snowflakes to finish off the card. 

I loved how easy this card was to make and will be easy to mass produce.  Thank you for stopping by and please check out the rest of the cards for this week's challenge at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge.

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sending You Sprinkles and Smiles

My card today covers a couple of challenges and a birthday wish.  The first one is Make It Monday #170 - Masking with Die Cuts, the 2nd is Color Throwdown #299 - using Strawberry Slush, Tempting Turquoise and Very Vanilla.  And lastly, the birthday wish is for fellow blogger, Darnell, who celebrated her birthday on July 3.  It's a little belated, but I know she will love it!

I used Stampin' Up's "Very Vanilla", "Tempting Turquoise" and "Stawberry Slush" card stock and "Tempting Turquoise" and "Strawberry Slush" inks.  The dies are from PaperTrey Ink's "Friendly Flower" die, "Friendly Flowers Extra" dies and "Shakers & Sprinkles" dies.  The stamps are from PTI's "Shakers and Sprinkles", "Ombre Builders" and "Friendly Flower sets.  Be sure to check out Erin Lincoln's video on how she masks the die cuts on her card at  Make It Monday #170.  I also used Tim Holtz's mini blending tools with SU's Strawberry Slush" and "Tempting Turquoise" inks.  I finished off the card with an oval shaker, turquoise colored sequins and die cut out the "Sprinkles" in SU's "Very Vanilla".  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards made for Darnell, Make It Monday #170 and CTD #299

Lastly, thank you Ardyth for hosting Darnell's birthday card linkz!  She is getting some great cards! Darnell, I just want to say it has been wonderful getting to know you over the blog world and I feel you are very deserving of this Shakers and Sprinkles card!  May all your dreams and wishes come true throughout this coming year!  Hugs!!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Merry Monday's Challenge #115 - White on White

I have to say, it is nice to have a  Friday off from work.  This puts me ahead of the game in getting my card done early.  Happy 4th of July everyone.  I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend!

This week's Merry Monday's Challenge #115 is to use White on White (sentiment can be in silver).  In all the years I have been stamping, I've never made a white on white card, even though I love the look of them!  They are always so crisp and clean.

I took a few days to think about what I wanted to do with my card.  The layout is what I was envisioning, but not the die cut images.

I started with a 5x5 card cut from Gina K's "Pure White Luxury" card stock.  I cut out a Lil' Inkers' "Stitched Circle" from the middle of the card.  I then wanted to dry emboss the card base.  I thought I would try Spellbinder's "Snowflake" impressibility.  It didn't give the deep embossed texture that I am use to, so it didn't photograph very well.  I stamped just the word "Joy" from stamp #96944 from Inkadinkado, in Stampin' Up's "White" craft ink and embossed it with a homemade silver embossing powder (I mixed some silver, white and glitter embossing powders together).  I used an embossing pen and inked up "to the world" from the Inkadinkado stamp #60-00020, which I also embossed with my homemade embossing powder and trimmed around it and pop dotted it along the J of joy.  I die cut out the girl twice from Tim Holtz's "Victorian Carolers" and dry embossed them with a Sizzix "Holly" embossing folder.  I pop dotted them to the front of my card.

Thank you for stopping by and follow this link Merry Monday's Challenge #115 to see the other beautifully, crisp and clean cards.