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Friday, September 15, 2017

Keeping It Simple

Hello there! I'm sharing a clean and simple card with you today using the Polar Bear Pals from MFT.  This set came out a couple years ago and I bought it last winter after seeing so many cute cards with it! 

I just love choosing different colors for the scarf and using Copic markers to color the image. I began by sponging a background lightly with Broken China Distress Ink.




I added details to the scarf with a white signo gel pen, and shimmer to the bear's body with Wink of Stella. A black marker to dot the eyes helps them to stand out. I topped the bear's nose with a Nuvo drop in Ebony.



The hearts were die cut and colored with Copics and Clear Glossy Accents. The sentiment inside will say, "You Make my Heart Happy."

I'm entering this into the Superstar Challenge at My Favorite Things for the Clean and Simple category.




Have a great weekend! I am looking forward to the sunny days ahead. 


Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 



Supplies used: 

Accessories - Die-namics Blueprints from MFT





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Reach for the Stars

Hello! 
I'm back today with a card to share that I made over the weekend.

While our hearts were filled with concern for those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, I found therapy in playing with paper and doing some coloring. The Little Dreamer set from WPlus9 had me imagining clear skies and happy days ahead and the sentiment is perfect for a hospitalized child or teen. One more card for my stash to send.



I used the coordinating dies and colored the cute images with Copic Markers, adding shimmer with a pen to their faces and to the clouds. I couldn't wait to use my Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Aquamarine for the sky, and the Lemon Sorbet for the star. I used a damp watercolor brush to swish it on the Ranger watercolor paper. 



 I'm playing along with Cas(E) this Sketch #238.

And guess what! My card last week was chosen as a favorite! You can find it here.
I am so honored to share this badge. I love playing with the sketches.
Thanks for joining me today!

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.

          Make something beautiful! 


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Time for Pumpkins

I'm popping in with my first fall card and I'm delighted to have all the windows open as it's COOL today and the breezes are wafting in. 

Now to more of the story. The oven is putting out those nasty fumes from the self cleaning cycle. Banished to the craft room? Yes I am, and loving it! 

Hope you're having a great day. 
I'd made a blended background panel using Distress Inks in yellow, green and aqua and the piece was on my table just waiting to become the focal point for this card. 





I stamped and die cut these adorable images from the BB Harvest Mouse set and colored them using Copic markers. 



I stamped the sentiment and layered the images on the distressed panel. I added some interest with a white gel pen, Wink of Stella and a few Nuvo drops. 

My inspiration was the MFT Sketch Challenge
I'm also playing with the beautiful inspiration from The Heart Desires Challenge 16. 
My reason for posting is YOU! 

Be yourself. 
 Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Happy Autumn

Hello, stamper friends! 
Hopefully you are enjoying a long weekend filled with pleasant activities. 

I really like playing along with the challenges at CAS(E) this Sketch. I love jump starting my projects with the sketches and the weekly inspiration from the design team. Some of those gals are my favorite stampers!

Imagine my pleasant surprise to find that THIS card of mine was chosen as a favorite this week. Makes me want to play along again, right? 


That's what I did. 



The sketch had lines fanning out on either side of the sentiment. 

I went looking for some graphic stamps with a basic shape and found these leaves from Papertrey Ink's Stylized Autumn set. I stamped them on white card stock, masking as needed to save room for the greeting. 

I got excited with the look when I found this wonky Be Happy die to use for the sentiment. The negative of the die cut served as a guide for lining up the letters. I also stamped and die cut the flowers and popped them on foam dots for dimension. 

On the inside I stamped the words, Be Strong.

I'm so glad you popped by to visit my blog today! 

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 



Supplies used: 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Stylized Autumn and coordinating dies
Paper: SU - White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Ink - Hawaiian Shores
Accessories - Die-namics Blueprints from MFT











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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wonderful Woodland Friend

I couldn't resist a second take on the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #236! 
I wanted a more truly CAS card so the layout was more literal, although I placed my focal point on the left side. I loved THIS card by Chrissy, but all the DT projects were inspiring!

Keeping the cards simple means more cards to send to hospitalized kids. Having the sketch in mind from my earlier post really helped this card come together. 

I'm so glad you popped by to visit my blog today! 


Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 

Supplies used: 
Stamps: Pretty Pink Posh - Woodland Critters and coordinating dies
Paper: SU - White, Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Coloring done with Copic markers









Monday, August 28, 2017

Southern Summer Florals

I'm wanting summer to stick around for just a bit longer. As soon as I make a fall card I realize that Christmas will be just around the corner, and before we know it will have come and gone! 

The Southern Summer Florals sets 1 and 2 from WPlus9 were added to my stash recently. I couldn't wait to ink them up and arrange my own bouquet.


I think these blooms will be beautiful in many colors but of course I had to make them first in pink to match some patterned paper that's been around forever in my stash. 
I love the beautiful Scripture sentiment from Verve stamps.


Keeping this clean and simple for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #236
Thanks for coming by my blog to take a peek today! Thanks for your comments too.


Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 

Supplies used: 
Stamps: Plus 9, Southern Summer Florals and dies; Verve - Scripture Medley 2
Paper: White
Inks: SU - Early Espresso; WPlus9 - Little Piggy, Sweet Gelato, Shell Pink, Wild Mango, Miami Spice





Thursday, August 24, 2017

Boys and Bots

Has anyone been watching AGT this season?  There's a boy named Merrick Hanna who dances with moves like a robot and he is so talented! I love watching his dancing because he tells a story and every motion is part of the story. I'm happy that he made it to the finals.

I'm hoping some of the boys who are hospitalized will like this card I made with the Bionic Bots stamp set and dies from My Favorite Things (retired).  These robots don't move but they do shine. 


I colored them with Copics  and added die cut hearts to the card. Wink of Stella adds shimmer to their faces and I used clear and ebony Nuvo drops to accent the hearts and their eyes. I heat embossed the sentiment with Pewter embossing powder. 

I'm adding this to the sketch challenge at My Favorite Things. 
Thanks so much for your visit today. 
Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 

Supplies used: 
Stamps: Bionic Bots by MFT stamps
Paper:White, Silver Metallic
Inks: Black
Dies: Die-Namics Stitch Arched STAX