Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Create Along with Us: Lilies of the Field

Hello! Welcome back to my blog! 

I love the invitation at PTI to Create Along With Us each month. 

After the designers have showcased the new products we're invited to CASE their projects and create one of our own, spinning off from one of their designs. This month it was very hard to select just one favorite project from all the beautiful samples.

I chose this gorgeous card from Laurie to CASE. I always want to case what she makes! 

I was inspired by the clean colors, crisp style, delicate embossing and layout of her lovely card. I CASE(D) the layout. My own card uses the Lilies of the Field stamp set, and changed the color palette. 

Of course I wanted to use my Bitty Background papers and so far my choices are limited to two colors. LOVE those polka dots!

I combined the sentiment from the new Penned Elegance stamp set with a small sentiment line from the Scripted Sayings set. I see so many possibilities for using these elegant sentiments in a bold font. 

I used a die to dry emboss the corners of the white panel. It came with the Gemini Jr. from Crafter's Companion that arrived at the post office for me today. Love my new toy! Wheee! 

Thanks for visiting!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

More Spring Flowers and Happy Wishes

Hello, and happy Sunday!

We love to go to the beach in the off season, so a couple weeks ago when we had a few warmer days, my dearest and I had a lovely mini vacay at the ocean. I took along images to color. As my husband says, I wouldn't want to have symptoms of hobby withdrawal while we were gone, ha ha!

These bright and sunny flowers have been on my desk ever since, reminding me that warmth and sunshine will be returning. Soon, I hope!  They are from the Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers set.

In the meantime, I made them into a card. Which is, after all the point of this post. 

I began by blending inks onto a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper using Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick and Vintage Linen. I added a touch of Scattered Straw also splattering droplets of plain water and pink ink onto the background. The images were embossed with white onto watercolor paper, and were colored in using various inks from WPlus 9 who also provided the sentiment and Happy Wishes Die. 

I really like this sentiment because I can later customize it for a specific occasion when I need to mail it. 

Thanks for coming by to visit today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
         Make something beautiful!

I'm linking to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp: Girl Power. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Playing with the Color Wheel

Good morning! Hope your day is getting off to a good start. 

 I finished up my card last night for the Make It Monday Challenge, hosted by Lexi this time. She showed how she often chooses colors and wanted us to create a card using the colors of the color wheel. 

I loved her card and it was fun to figure out my own take on the theme. I didn't have the images in my PTI supplies that I thought were the right size, so, I used a die cut and transformed it with scissors and markers.

 I added a good coating of Wink of Stella to each blossom, used Nuvo drops in the center of each flower, and added a few drops in green. 
Why I absolutely LOVE doing challenges is this: I never would have come up with this card on my own. I've not really jumped on the bandwagon with rainbow colors in my cards, but this was such fun and I learned so much from making it. 
I hope you've enjoyed your visit, thanks for coming by today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

ETA: It's rainy today, wish the bright colors showed up better!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI - Penned Elegance
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Basic Black
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Wink of Stella
Accessories: PTI - Tag Sale Quilted, and Cutaway Tags: Summer dies

Monday, March 5, 2018

Remake with In the Meadow

Hello friends, welcome to a new week. 
I am enjoying the Transformation Tuesday Challenge to remake one of your past cards. 

In this case, I decided to update a card made a few years ago with the In the Meadow stamp set. This is the first set I ordered from Papertrey and I still love it! 

Here's the old card and the original post is HERE
And the new card....

I used pretty much the same silhouette image of the girl sledding. I changed the layout and updated the colors and the DSP used. Also included  more current techniques of adding texture by blending inks and using Nuvo drops on the snowflakes. 
I'd love to hear what you think about the changes! Thanks for visiting my blog, come back again soon! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI - In the Meadow and dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, DSP from Stampin' Up!
INK: PTI - Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Distress Oxide - Cracked Pistachio
Accessories: Nuvo Crystal drops, Wink of Stella

Friday, March 2, 2018

Showers and Flowers, hop stuff!

Hey there! 

Remember our puppy Josie? see her HERE. She debuted on my blog when she was only a few weeks old. Soon she will turn 8! She sleeps lots more than she used to, but the other night we had a bunny in the backyard when I let her out. The bunny froze and when Josie spotted her a frenzied chase ensued around our fenced lot. They circled it four times before said rabbit ducked under the fence somewhere. What a race! I like the happy ending.

The bunnies in my stamp stash have been multiplying. I love this one from the Simon Says Stamp Showers and Flowers set!

I added shading and layered it with vellum, DSP, and die cuts according to the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch. It makes me smile! Hope your day is hoppy too. (Like the bunny I also could not resist the pun.)

Thanks so much for your visit to my blog. See you Monday!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Showers and Flowers 
Paper: Neenah Solar White, DSP from PTI, vellum
INK: WPlus9 - Silver Lining, COPIC markers, Versamark
Accessories: White embossing powder, sequins, Poppy Stamps - Flower Dies

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lilies of the Field

I often remind myself that I have so many flower stamps. And I don't need to buy ANY more! Then along comes one that is just not like anything I already have  - and I buy it! That is the story of how I recently came upon the Lilies of the Field stamps in my recent order. 

And the Make It Monday Challenge gives me a great chance to use it! Betsy asked us to do some Masking and Stacking of the cutest stamp we could find. Unable to find any critters from PTI I used flowers instead. 

Using a die to cut the masks surely makes this a much easier technique to use. I began with the tall flower in the center and continued to fill in by masking and stamping. I wanted to keep it clean and crisp, so I nixed the idea of adding shading to the background but stamped a few dots in Old Gold to fill in some of the spaces and add dimension.

Thanks for visiting my blog today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI - Lilies of the Field, Banner Sentiments
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI - Sweet Blush, Bitty Big - Green Parakeet
INK: PTI - Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Green Parakeet; WPlus9 - Old Gold
Accessories: Border die from MFT

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Let's Make It Again! Take Two

Have you ever completed a card, and as you are seeing it come together you have an idea for making it better? That often happens to me, but I rarely re-make it.  Sometimes I rip it apart and fix a thing or two. At other times I leave it alone and get busy with photos and posting it for a challenge.

Speaking of challenges, there is a new one at PTI called Transformation Tuesdays. To take an old card, change it up and make it new! 

So I got busy with yesterday's card. See that post HERE

I felt it was too busy. The placement of the sentiment and the flowers in the frame was awkward. 

I began by deciding to shift the frame to the landscape position. Using sponging in the soft blue for the sentiment die cut and the card base, helped simplify the focal point and add cohesiveness.

 I added shimmer to the die cut and spatters in blue as well. Lastly, I used a scalloped rectangle die cut to repeat the scalloped edges inside the small frame.

Using colored card stock on the base pulls in another layer of color. 

I'd love to know what you think of the changes. I always love hearing from you. Thanks for visiting!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  Quilted Summer, Inspired: Lord Mini Stamp Set 
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Aqua Mist
INK: Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet
Accessories: Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen