Thursday, August 16, 2018

Just a Little HELLO

Hello friends, I am glad to be back in crafting mode after a little break! I jumped in with a CAS card made for a challenge last week, but I missed getting to post it for that. 

I've been on the go with some travels and other activities. I've been wanting to enjoy these last two weeks of summer, how about you? I looked for patterned papers to use for this card and you know what? In almost every one of my stacks I've used all the yellows. Guess that's because it's my favorite color! 
I colored this cutie with Copics. I've been getting faster as I practice my skills and learn which of those marker colors are my favorite blends. I added a simple ribbon embellishment and a few sparkly Nuvo drops in aqua. 

Stamps used are from Neat & Tangled, Better Together. Hope you're enjoying your summer day, thanks for coming by to visit. I love hearing from you!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Glad We're Friends for MFT

It was so nice to see the sunshine today!  Blue skies in North Carolina are extra special.

I'm popping in with one last post for the week. I loved the sketch this week at the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at My Favorite Things, and was happy to pull out some of my MFT stamps and dies for today's card.

I began with ink blending using Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose. The images and dies are from the Blissful Blooms stamp set, colored with Copic markers. For the sentiment, I stamped and embossed using the Furever Friends set. 

Here's the sketch. 

I also had a fabulous surprise today. My card was chosen as the WINNER at CAS(E) This Sketch. I am proud to display my badge. 

Thank you for your kind comments, they are always such an encouragement. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What I love: Butterflies and Something NEW!

Good morning, hope you are doing very well this Wednesday morning. Today is the day I share something I created just because I love it! Today's card features butterflies, a new technique and a new stamp set, all things that make me smile. Here we go! 

I knew that the butterflies in the Beautiful Day set were needed in my stamp stash as soon as I saw them. Also love the sentiments in this set as they have large and small fonts and expressions that work well together in many different combinations.  I colored them in with Copics, added a bit of shimmer and paired them with pretty patterned paper for my card front. 

Now for the fun! The new technique is a window pop-up card, as shared HERE by creative artist Jennifer McGuire. Her cards are gorgeous and her videos are amazing. I will want to try this technique again and again, as Jennifer shared several designs. 

Here's the pop up when you open the card.  I sponged ink to create the clouds and added another die cut butterfly. There is a space to the right to add your signature horizontally. 

And here is the whole card opened. I couldn't resist decorating ALL the parts, ha! 

Hope you've enjoyed my post. I've loved reading your sweet comments. Know what else I love?  The wonderful stamping community where we share, learn and encourage one another. Keep smiling, you are simply the BEST! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Beautiful Day
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Penny Black - Painted Blooms
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Hero Arts - Soft Pool
Accessories: Wink of Stella, dies, Copic markers

I'm playing with the Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Make your own background

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Combining Texture for Make It Monday

Tuesday is my day to highlight products from Papertrey Ink, so I'm here to share my card for Make It Monday #331. Stephanie Gold provided a fabulous sample and video showing how to create mixed texture in the background. (see it HERE). 

I loved the way she stamped leaves in gray and wanted to give that a try, since gray is not a color I use often. The leaves in curved patterns, almost like a flourish, from the Corner Adorner: June Mini Set made this easy to stamp along the left edge of the card, and carries over in the form of the berries and flowers on the main panel. Other PTI products include: Vintage Linens stamp set, and Soft Stone Ink. 

More texture comes from the Stampin' Up! Hexagon Die that covers the whole card front to add tone on tone dimension.

I loved making this card, and I thank you for coming by my blog today. Sending happy hugs your way. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Star Studded Birthday

Hello, I hope you are having a great weekend! 

It's a sunny day, I'm looking forward to being outdoors for awhile before the heat revs up. 

I've had a little more fun in the stamp studio so I'm popping in with my card to share. 

This was super easy after I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and decided to play along. It gave me a great opportunity to sort through my paper stash and that set the theme for this card.

 I'm also playing along with the Seize the Birthday challenge which called for stripes. Add bright colors and a Vented Star die and my card is good to go. Hope you have enjoyed it! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink July 2018 Bog Hop

Hello I'm so glad you've come by today. 
It's a special day! 

We were invited to create projects inspired by this colorful photo. 

I was thrilled to pull out my Beach-y elements to create this card with underwater scenes. I combined Distress inks for the backgrounds, and combined Copic markers and  Distress Oxide Inks to color and stamp the images from white card stock. 

Supplies from PTI include: 
Salt Air: Flora, Fauna and dies, Sentiments, and Reef Builder Dies.

I kept the color palette similar to the photo, using softer shades of blues and red. Adding clear droplets to look like bubbles is the only embellishment.

I hope you'll visit the hop (CLICK HERE) to see more fabulous and fun ocean-themed projects. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
          Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What I love: Sweet Honey and Bears

Hello stamping friends, how goes it for you?
We've had a couple of rainy days and I've found some cozy time in the stamp studio. 
Hope you don't mind if I share my Wednesday What I LOVE feature a day early. 

I'm happy to share these darling itchy-pawed bears and their helpers from the Curious Friends stamps from W Plus 9 Designs. They are up to some antics today! 

On Bristol Smooth card stock I blended a background using Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Cracked Pistachio. For coloring, I chose my Zig markers, stamping the images and sentiments with black ink and heat embossing. I rounded out the scene with the tree boughs, scalloped circles and a few ink spatters. 

I love the inside of this thank you card the best. It tells a story and has a happy ending. What's not to like about that? 
Hee, hee, sweet and sappy. Sorry, I couldn't resist. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I hope you know how much it means to me!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Playing along with the challenge at Simon Says to use dies or punches.