Monday, April 25, 2016

Fluttering by...

I think I'm hooked on butterflies.  Most of my posts lately have been with butterflies.  This card is for MFT's Sketch Challenge #277.  I'm cutting it close to the deadline this week.  Sometimes there is just not enough hours in a day, let alone a week.  I apologize for the poor quality of this picture.  It's what I get for taking the picture at night and not having a nice camera set up.

Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
Pink CS (unfortunately, I'm not sure what color it is)
MFT's Painted Prints - Smitten 6x6 Paper Pack
MFT's Fly by Friends Stamp Set and dies
Lil' Inkers Stitched Circles
SSS Intense Black ink
SU's Soft Sky and Blushing Bride inks
Copics - RV25, R81, R83, R85, Y02, B12, B32 & T7
Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen to finish off the card!

This was a fun sketch to work with again, even though I had a hard time figuring out what to do with this sketch.  Once I got going, it became much easier to work with.  Thanks again for another wonderful challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Enjoy your week!!!

PTI's April 2016 Blog Hop

Good Monday morning, everyone!  It's time for PTI's April 2016 Blog Hop.  I don't know about you all, but this month's inspiration photo wasn't one of my favorites, but that's what is fun about art, including card making, we are all inspired by different things.  It was hard to come up with an idea.  It took me until Saturday to figure out what I wanted to do.  I'm happy with the completed card.  It did come out like I envisioned it.

This painting reminded me of the 70's.  My mom had brown appliances, one aunt had Avocado Green appliances and another aunt had a red/orange shag carpet in her living room or the rec room that was in the basement.  I don't remember which room.  When Al and I moved into our house in 1987, about 6 months after we were married, we bought a well-used refrigerator and stove in Harvest Gold and in that deal for $150.00, we also got a white washer/dryer set, too.  The stove didn't last too long, neither did the washer & dryer, but that fridge wouldn't die!!  I had to beg for a new one and finally got a stainless steel french door fridge back in 2007.  The fridge did die as soon as we moved it into the garage, though.  I'm not too anxious to bring these colors back anytime soon.

Gina K's Pure Luxury White CS
SU's Mossy Meadow CS
SU's Crumb Cake Ink
PTI's inks in Ripe Avocado,  Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold and Terracotta Tile
PTI's Friendly Flowers stamp set
MFT's Hello There Die

I lightly sponged the white card stock with Crumb Cake ink.  I did think the flower I used from the Friendly Flower set screamed 70's to me.  When I showed my finished card to Al, he asked me if I was trying to bring back the 70's.  He made my day.  He got what I was going for and he hadn't even seen the inspiration picture at that time.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Happy blog hopping!  I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with.  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Faux Brush Lettering

Hi everyone.  It's been a busy weekend, but I did get to sneak in a few hours to make a few cards.  I have another in the works, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

This card is for Make It Monday #246 - Faux Brush Lettering.  Amy Sheffer showed us how to make our lettering look more like we painted it ourselves.  Mine didn't turn out as nice as Amy's.  I couldn't quite the variation in the color as I wanted.  I'll have to practice this technique a bit more.

I used Gina K's heavy weight Pure Luxury White CS
PTI's Wet Paint, Bloomin' Cute and Color Pop Butterflies Stamp Sets
PTI's inks in Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Amethyst Allure, Spring Rain and Blueberry Skies
SU's Lavender Lace ink
PTI's Color Pop Butterflies stencil
PTI's Rainstones

When I was sponging the lighter colors of the butterflies through the stencil, I think there was still a bit of purple left on the stencil as the Spring Rain color came out with a purple tint (oops).  It was fun to use the butterflies stencil from the new mini market kit from this month's release.   I am also entering this card in SimonSays Monday Challenge - Butterfly Beauty and SimonSays Wednesday Challenge - Make It Girlie, too. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

So cute...

Hi everyone, I'm back again with one card that works for two challenges this week.  MFT Sketch Challenge #276 and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's do the Polka.

What a great sketch this week and I'm having fun seeing everyone's interpretation of this sketch.  And I just love SSS challenge this week, using polka dots.  I really struggle using patterned paper, so I thought I should try this one just to challenge myself on how to use polka dot paper that is so cute no matter what color it is.

SU Barely Banana CS (retired)
Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
PB Holiday Trimmings paper pad (yup, the green is from a Christmas paper pad)
Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe paper pad
TH Tumbled Glass and a bit of Chipped Sapphire Glass inks
Tuxedo Black ink
MFT I'm Tweet On You stamp set
MFT I'm Tweet On You, Tree-mendous and Blueprints #20 dies
SSS Wavy Scallop Stitches dies
Copics - R02, Y13 & Y08

I didn't order Tree-mendous on release night, but did within a day or two after seeing so many adorable cards using these trees, I caved and purchased them.  I'm so glad I did.  The card is too cute!  IRL!

Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Have a great week!


Hi everyone, we have had a beautiful sunny weekend and it's actually warm outside!  We are all just giddy about it.

This weekend, I made a card for "Create Along With Us".  I just loved this month's PTI release!  I'm a sucker for butterflies, so yes, I ordered the mini make it market kit, along with some other wonderful stamp sets.

Kay Miller is my new crush!  I just love how she makes the colors pop off the page and how bright and cherry all her cards are.  I can only imagine what they look like in real life.  Don't you just love her card she made with Color Pop Mini Kit?

 Here is my attempt at Kay's card.  Kay makes her cards look like they would be easy to duplicate, not the case at all! 

Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
TH watercolor paper
TH Distress inks - Cracked Pistachio & Mermaid Lagoon
SU inks - Pacific Point & Bashful Blue
PTI's Wet Paint Die Cuts
PTI's stamp sets - Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers & Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen

The second close up picture is to show off Spectrum Noir's Glitter pen.  It was the special "extra" from Catherine Pooler's last SOA kit.  I have to say I like it better than Wink of Stella.  I think it has more glitter and seems to flow better.

Thank you for stopping by, I always love it when you do.  I'm hoping to have another card or two up yet this week.  Enjoy your week.  I do have a busy one coming up at work.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Happy Birthday!

It's 3 posts in a row!  I think it might be a record for me.  Using the same card idea from yesterday, I wanted to post for Simon Says Wednesday Challenge almost at the last minute.  They are celebrating their 7th birthday!

Gina K. Pure White Luxury CS
SU  Black CS
Scraps of Yellow, Blue, Pink and Purple CS
MFT Tranquil Textures 6x6 paper pack
MFT I'm Tweet on You Stamp Set
SSS Happy Birthday die
SSS Mini Flowers and Leaves die
Spellbinder scalloped circle die
Tuxedo Black ink
Copics in lots of colors BV11, R83, G14, B34, G00, Y13, Y06, BV02, B12, YR18,YR16, B02, Y02, R81.

Thank you for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, April 11, 2016

MFT Sketch #275

I've never done a Sketch challenge before.  I've always been intimidated by them for some reason.  I've been following MFT blog for awhile now and thought I would give their sketch challenge a try.  So here's my first sketch challenge card for MFT Sketch #275.  I couldn't find anywhere if we are to use MFT products, exclusively.  If anyone can answer that question for me, I'd appreciate it.  And if I was suppose to, I'm sorry, not everything on this card is from MFT, just most of it :)

Gina K Pure Luxury CS
Purple CS (from a local craft store)
MFT Tranquil Textures 6x6 paper pack
MFT I'm Tweet on You Stamp Set
MFT Hello There die
Spellbinder scalloped circle die
Tuxedo Black ink
Copics in lots of colors BV11, R83, G14, B34, G00, Y13, Y06, BV02, B12, YR18,YR16, B02, Y02, R81.

Thank you for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Make your week a great one!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

How about some Turquoise?

Hi everyone, we woke up to about 3 to 4 inches of snow again.  But we are suppose to see 60 degrees next weekend.  I sure hope the weathermen are right!!

On this week's MIM #245, Ashley showed us the color isolation technique.  You still have time if you want to watch Ashley video here and post your card before 7am on Monday.  I'm also entering this card into CTD #387.  I'm hoping the turquoise is close enough to light aqua.  You have until 6pm on Monday to enter this week's Color Throwdown Challenge, too.

SU's Tempting Turquoise CS
SU Whisper White CS
SU's Smoky Slate ink
Tuxedo Black ink
MFT's Proper Pinstripes 6x6 paper pack
Copics - YG17, YG63, Y06, R29, YR68 and B04
PTI's Doodlie Dos
SSS Prayers die cut and stamp set

I did think Smoky Slate was too dark, so I did off stamp it once before stamping on the card stock.  I also fussy cut my flower and leaves as I don't have the die cuts for this stamp set.  I think they will be on my next PTI order.  I really do not like to fussy cut...I blame it on being left handed. Not sure if that is a proper excuse, but it works for me :)

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Have a great week.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Just a few challenges...

Hi everyone,
After about 3 or 4 inches of snow yesterday, we are up to 50 degrees today...such crazy MI weather.  I enjoyed the falling snow from inside my warm house while making some cards.  Here is the card I made for Make It Monday Challenge #244, Color Throwdown #386 and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".

I do love when I can make one card that works for more than one challenge.  I started out by watching Laurie Willison's video over at MIM on scoring, then checked out the colors this week on CTD...Lime, Teal and White and had to see what SSWC was this week, sweet as anything goes.   

PTI inks in Hawaiian Shores and Limeade
PTI Swoosh Dies and Wet Paint Dies
PTI Ombre Builder Stamp Set
Gina K Pure Luxury CS
DMC Floss

I really like Lime and Teal together and hadn't scored on a card in a long time.  I didn't have a card stock in either of these two colors, so I took the ink pad of Hawaiian Shores and covered a cut piece of white card stock with the ink and cut my dies out from it.  Thanks for the great challenges this week.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Have a great week!