Friday, April 3, 2020

Completely Wild About You

Well, it's good to be back with another card to share today. 

I'm really enjoying pulling out older not-used-enough but loved just the same stamps for challenges lately. This card features the jaunty giraffe from the Party Animals stamp set from WPlus9. 

I used Zig markers to color him and die cut a few hexagon shapes to layer behind him. 

The terrific sketch by Judy at Freshly Made Sketches was my inspiration. You've got to see the wonderful samples from the DT this week! I am happy to be playing along. 

Really what makes me happy is any little thing that I can do to help someone else. And letting beauty refresh my soul wherever I can find it. On my porch in the sunshine the birds are singing and there is a breeze in the pines.  I hope to make something beautiful today, HA! following my own advice in my tagline at the end of each post.

Thanks so much for your time to visit and for your kind comments. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Budding Beauties Dressed in Pink

Hello there, welcome back to my blog! 
I'm popping in late on this Thursday afternoon with a card that I contemplated for a day or two but just put together.  I saw the challenge at The Paper Players and wanted to play along, now I'm posting just in the nick of time! 

I couldn't wait to create with the tulips and beautiful cherry blossoms that arrived Monday in my order from The Greetery. Have a look! 

The stamp set is called Budding Beauties, and the images enabled me to heartily embrace pink! I also inked up the new Painterly Stripes background stamp to continue the color combo using WPlus9 inks. These are my very favorite pinks because they are bright and clean, not muddy hues.

 The images come together easily with layers of ink to add detail. In honor of the challenge and the occasion of new stamps, I added  a double bow of my favorite seam binding ribbon in pink, adhering the panel slightly off center. I did the vertical tic-tac-toe row using Pink, Die Cuts, and Ribbon. 

Thanks so much for you visit today! How are you keeping busy in your stay at home time? I will be back tomorrow with another project, see you soon. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Budding Beauties stamps and dies, WPlus9 -  Basic Labels stamps and die
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80 lob., Basic Black
INK: Versamark, WPlus9 - Shell Pink, Little Piggy, VIP Pink, Mojito, Lime Light, 
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, The Greetery - Postal Frame Dies

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fresh Floral Inked Background

Can't believe that it is Wednesday already! I was very happy to give over 30 cards away this week to seniors in a local care center who aren't allowed visitors. Now I'm motivated to make more cards to celebrate spring and some new stamps.
Here's one for you!

I began with Neenah Solar White 80 lb white card stock, and the lovely Fresh Floral Background cling rubber stamp from The Greetery. Using an ink dauber, I sponged the background stamp with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry inks and then stamped on the white panel. Using a brush, I lightly blended the panel with Worn Lipstick ink. 

I played with lots of options for the card and ultimately, didn't want to cover up the pretty florals!  I combined a frame with a few die cut leaves, a simple sentiment and a sprinkling of sequins. 

I appreciate your visit so much, I hope you are having a good day and staying well. Hugs! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You  - The Greetery 
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Basic Black

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Sentiment Suite Basics Dies; Inside and Out Berry Branch Die - The Greetery

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rejoice Rabbit

Hello dear stamping friends! It may not surprise you that a few new stamps have made their way into my collection. I kept seeing adorable critter stamps from Waffle Flower, and couldn't wait to ink up this darling Rejoice Rabbit for an Easter card. 
I did some simple coloring with Polychromos Colored Pencils after stamping in black on watercolor paper. 

I fussy cut the image to fit behind an oval frame, trimming the flowers at the bottom to fit outside the frame. Shimmer and dotted accents were added along with a sentiment banner. 

Although I need lots of practice with this medium, I find coloring to be very relaxing. 

The inside reads, Rejoice and Be Glad. I love the way this bunny looks content contemplative and just a tiny bit bashful. Thanks so much for your visit today. Take good care.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!


I'm adding this to the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says. 

Supplies used:
Stamps: Waffle Flower - Rejoice Rabbit
Paper: Fabriano Extra White Watercolor Paper; Patterned paper from Doodlebug
INK: Gina K  - Jet Black Amalgam Ink
Accessories: White gel pen, Wink of Stella, Oval Frame die from PTI

Friday, March 27, 2020

Brighten Your Day

Good morning, how are you on this Friday? I'm playing with stamps paper and card challenges in hopes of brightening my day and yours! The sun is shining and we're expected to have very warm temps and that is sure to be a nice change. 

I'm learning that when I make one of something I should go ahead and make another one while I have all the supplies out. I had this inked background made ahead just this week, (see THIS post for the other one) so using it made today's card easy to put together. 

I gathered a few already stamped and die cut elements from a variety of sets and arranged them to complete this card. After taking the photo I added a trio of translucent sequins. I'm adding this to the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

Hope this finds you staying well and having a great day! Sending hugs and thanks your way!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Bottled Up Stamp Set, Summer Sketches, Just Mason Around
Paper: Bristol Strathmore Smooth, Basic Black 
INK: Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Versamark, Distress Oxides: Antique Linen, Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany
Accessories: White Embossing Powder 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Happy Spring with sparkles!

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you're hanging in there because spring is officially here!
I'm so excited to be guest designer at one of my favorite challenges. The challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenges is a super fun one today! I've only begun playing this challenge recently, and I just love getting to choose a row of design options for my project. 

I chose to use the colored card base, die cuts and pastel colors. I took the die cut option a step further and used the die cut to make a shaker card.

I know someone who loves pink and will be delighted with the extra sparkle when she receives this card.  

I colored using Copics, and added a mixture of seed beads and confetti for the shaker bits. 

For the card front, I added sponging in Cracked Pistachio around the image to add another pastel highlight. The bunny die cut embellished the card front, along with a few  sequins. The stamps and dies are Abby's Spring Showers from SSS (retired.)

I can't wait to see what the Tic Tac Toe team has come up with. Please check it out and play along! 

Thanks so much for your visit! Praying that you stay well and enjoy the signs of spring you find on your social distancing outings. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Peonies For You

I'm happy to have a project for you today and a special one for tomorrow. I am thrilled to see sunshine out my window as I write this afternoon post. It's been a crazy couple of weeks to say the least. I've tried several ways to put my mind at rest but it's been hard settling down to stamp. Last night I pulled out my best therapy - markers inks and stamps to do some no-line coloring! 

I gave Tombow markers a try for coloring using a paintbrush and water to spread the inks onto Fabriano water color paper. Being a rarely used coloring medium for me, some of those markers were dry then I substituted Distress Markers. Trying something new took lots of concentration and it was good for me to focus for an evening. 

Fussy cutting the flowers, I used foam tape to add them to a panel inked with Antique Linen, Lucky Clover and Chipped Sapphire DOX inks. I love the way these flowers stand out against the dark panel. Splattered with white paint, bedecked with a few jewels and it is done. 

Thanks so much for coming to my blog today. Writing helps me too, and I think reaching out is good for all of us! Sending hugs and well wishes to you all. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Altenew - Adore You. Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp: Mandy's Flowers embossed with Altenew Rose Gold powder