Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rosy-patterned Birthday

I asked a sweet little girl I know what she would like for her birthday. "A glass with flowers all over it," was her reply. She will be four soon.  I don't know how she pictured the drinking glass, but here's the card I came up with for this little gal who loves pink. Think she'll like it? 

I began with cream card stock and stamped the entire background pattern using small flower, leaf and dots images in shades of pink and berry. I love doing this and made another couple of panels while I had the stamps out for later cards. 

The focal point is made up of a layer of vellum embossed with a ruffled edge, a white panel, and the sentiment panel stamped with a berry border, on top of foam tape. Added a few die cut images to embellish, and voila!

I just want to add, that I when I tried using only cream card stock to make everything matchy-matchy I really lost a sense of definition and contrast. In the case of this card, using cream and white together makes the sentiment panel pop and a gives a much prettier result. I think the off white almost takes on a pinkish hue with all the flowers stamped on it. I also dotted white gel pen onto the flower centers.

Thanks for coming by today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

I'm playing along with the Krafty Chicks Challenge to make your own background and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge For A Special Lady and Addicted to Stamps and More, Anything Goes

Supplies used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Let's Fiesta,  Stitched in Time and  coordination dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Papertrey Ink - Vintage Cream, Vellum
INK: Papertrey Ink - Berry Sorbet, Pale Peony, Simply Chartreuse, Versamark
Accessories: White embossing powder

Monday, May 13, 2019

Simply Striped

A rainy weekend meant I had time in my craft room to stamp and sunshine was on my mind! I chose bold colors, simple stripes and softly watercolored images for my clean and simple card. I combined a few sets to make this, and was so happy to find the envelope from the Somebunny Love set was just the right size to pair with the cute bird. 

It was a delight to make using the rectangle stitched frames layered on the card base. I love it when a card turns out quickly, don't you? 
I'm playing with these challenges.

Thanks so much for your visit, have a great day! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI Sending You, WPlus9 - Hello and Thanks, SSS - Somebunny Love (2 years old)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI Bitty Big, Ranger Distress Watercolor paper
INK: WPlus9 - Warm Wool 
Accessories: Zig markers used for watercoloring, PTI - Pierced Feature Frames.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Mixed Bouquet for Papertrey's Favorites Challenge

Hello, how have things been going with you?

I've been absent for most of March and April for happy reasons but I've been missing my stamping and sharing on my blog!

 Nothing like a challenge to help me get back in the game. For Laurie's Fabulous Favorites challenge she asked us to make a card with a different shape or size. I made a note card, using a scalloped edge note card die. 

On top I placed a shape cut from Shape Shifter's Circle 4 Die and layered flowers stamped in yellows and shades of purple with the Mixed Bouquet Stamp set. 

The sentiment was added from the Huge Sentiments stamps and die. To balance things out, the sweet butterfly I added is from Stampin' Up!'s embosslit called Beautiful Wings. It's been forgotten in the drawer for way too long, and it's really such a pretty embellishment.

I really enjoy challenges and I'm happy to have a card ready for someone special. 

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

sending you Sunshine!

Hi there, I do want to send you some sunshine! It's much needed in our state. Can you imagine there were snow flurries in our state today? Snow on April 2 in NC is a bizarre twist since our dogwoods and azaleas have just started blooming. 

Bringing some flowers your way today so that I can play along with Laurie's Favorites challenge on the PTI blog before it ends tomorrow. 

We were to choose any past Make It Monday technique to use for our card. I chose to use  MIM #312  featuring a framed sentiment. I also was highly influenced by THIS card of Laurie's because I just love her color choices. 

I began by using the stencil and inking it lightly with Midnight Muse ink from Stampin' Up! I stamped the images using additionally Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Harvest Gold and Honey Nut. I used the Stitching Garden and Sending You stamp sets adding a bit of sparkle with yellow sequins. 

Hope you have a great day! I'm wishing you a burst of goodness and happy hugs. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

More with Happy Wishes

Hello, it's been a beautiful Saturday! I was out enjoying the sunny weather and breeze on our boat this afternoon, but earlier today I had some time to stamp. 

Remember when I shared on my last post how I hated cutting up the pattern I'd stamped using the Happy Wishes stamps and dies from W Plus 9?  Coming to the rescue is the CAS(E) This Sketch for this week that gave me the perfect chance to use it on another card.

The stamped strip and hexagon frame that I had left over fit right in to make today's sketch. I added a couple of die cut and stamped flowers to a white hexagon, attaching the patterned frame on top. Behind that I mounted the polka dot paper, and foam mounted it all as my focal point. 

It may be a bit busier than I would have liked for a clean and simple card. After several attempts to rearrange things, I ended up adding a yellow enamel dot to draw your eye to that center flower.

All inks were from W Plus 9 also - Bloomsberry, Cockle Shell, Last Leaf, Wild Mango, Ocean Drive, and Coconut Husk. Also used were the Clear Cut Stacker Dies - hexagon, and the sentient from Papertrey's Mixed Bouquet Stamp set. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. It always means so much! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Stamping a Repeating Pattern

Hello and welcome to my blog today. While my husband and I watched our favorite team in the basketball play-offs over the weekend, I got in some stamping time. I was able to spend some time playing around with my inks since our team won by a good many points! Today I have a card to share!

I was intrigued by THIS video from Dawn Woleslagle, owner of WPlus9, showing how to make your own pattern for repeat stamping, and I admired the beautiful cards she made! Highly inspired by her work, I created my own patterns using different colors and sentiments. 

By creating a 6" square divided equally into 4 segments, you can easily repeat the same pattern by stamping and turning for each quadrant using the Misti. I can't wait to try this again with other stamps. 

After creating the patterned sheet I hated to cut it up but I trimmed it for an A2 card and die cut a hexagon from the center. I placed patterned paper behind it and used craft foam to lift the image. A die cut flower and leaves were added to embellish the layer. 

As always, I am thankful for each and every visit! I will list my supplies below. 

I am posting into three different challenges today. 
Virginia's "Show & Share"  for March,

the Double "D" Challenge inspired by gingham, 

and the Inspired By Challenge, Spring Lovelies. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used are from WPlus9 unless noted
Stamps: Happy Wishes and dies, Basic Banners
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI - Bitty Big Paper Collection
INK: Bloomsberry, Cockle Shell, Last Leaf, Wild Mango, Ocean Drive
Accessories: Clear Cuts Stacker Dies - Hexagon

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hugs and Birthday Wishes

Hello stamping friends! 
I've had a bit of hiatus for the very special reason of our daughter's wedding which was last Saturday. A wonderful and delightful start to a new chapter in her life and a festive and fun celebration plus a new son-in-love for us.

As you can imagine, I had to curtail stamping and blogging for a bit.  And this past week, I was too drained to do anything. Can any of you MOB's relate?

But now, I'm ready to get back to it! 

Nothing makes me feel more like stamping than sunshine and spring! I made today's card to add to my stash of birthday cards. 

At first glance the Let's Fiesta set didn't seem my style, but the more I saw of the tiny flowers the more I liked it! It's so versatile and fun to make different arrangements with the stamps and die cut images, which are easy to use. 

I'm playing with three challenges today as they always give me a jump start in creating. And yellow and red?  At the top of my favorites list! 
Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge at PTI asks us to use our favorite color combo. 

Time Out 
Color Throwdown 

Thanks for visiting! Hope your day is wonderful and bright. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI - Bitty Big Patterns - Harvest Gold,
INK: PTI - Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores. Plus 9 - Appletini for the sentiment
Accessories: Nuvo Drops, PTI - Shape Shifters Oval 1 Die