Thursday, August 15, 2019

For All You've Done

Just breezing by with another card to share! Card blog challenges have sure been boosting my creativity and I'm loving it. 

My Thank You card was made quickly and it will be easy to mail too. Not a sequin or jewel on it, HA! Just stamps paper and ink and a bit of twine. 

The die cut greenery (Gathered Garden stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink) form an elegant silhouette. 

I'm happy to be entering it in these challenges: 

Freshly Made Sketches

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Midsummer Blues 

Keeping this short sweet and simple today. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Shimmering Butterfly Mandala

There is nothing I like better than trying out new products and new techniques. Always learning something new and having the ability to play are two of the factors that keep me in love with stamping! 
You can see the result in today's card.

I began by embossing the Butterfly Mandala stamp (WPlus9) in white onto Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper. This is a huge stamp that is intricate in detail and covers most of a card front with lacy leaves and butterflies in a circular shape. Isn't it gorgeous?

Then I added Nuvo Shimmer Powders in Atlantis Burst and Falling Leaves. When you sprinkle the tiniest bits of these powders and add water, they burst into many colors and flow together to blend beautifully. The result is AMAZING! Varying the placement of the powder and the amount of water enables you to watercolor a gorgeous background. I can't wait to do this again! 

This card was sent to a friend who is quite amazing herself. I die cut the sentiment, using three layers of the die to give dimensions. I doubt using the sequins was a good idea in the end for this card. But you know I just couldn't resist a bit more sparkle. 

Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog. I hope you have a fabulous day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Color Throwdown #556

Hey there! I'm super happy to be The Guest Star Stamper for the challenge at Color Throwdown today. The talented stampers in this group provide a new color combo and wonderful inspiration for using it each week. I love playing along! Here's this week's challenge.

I was completely taken with the soft nubby look of the fabric and embroidery on the pale green bag. I went looking for stamps to use and came up with an oldie but goodie set, Fresh Cut Florals and paired it up with the fresh new sentiments from Butterfly Mandala (both from WPlus9).

Adding a vertical strip of kraft paper adorned with gold stripes gave a hint of elegance. I carried this over by embossing the sentiment in gold and adding three dots with gold embossing at the bottom of the card. Just a bit of shimmer pen was added to the sentiment for sparkle.

I really enjoyed using an older set made fresh with newer elements. It feels good using what I have and giving the retro stamps some love. They will always be in style!

Thanks to the team at Color Throwdown for a great combo. Make sure to check their site to see the array of beautiful projects. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
          Make something beautiful!

And lucky me, it's Anything Goes week so I can add this to the Retro Rubber Challenge. I got Fresh Cut Florals in 2013.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sending Many Hugs

Hello, welcome to my blog and a brand new week! 
You know I'm not a huge fan of purple, right? But since I am loving challenges, I challenged myself to include purple in today's color combo. 

Turns out I'm loving it with the mix of hues that I saw on THIS gorgeous card by Dawn Woleslagle that inspired me. 

I used the My Whole Life stamps and dies, and inks from WPlus9 to create the florals. Keeping the colors the focus was my desire. Applying ink to the stamps and die cut sentiment with sponges helped to keep the colors softer. I also sponged ink using a stencil to create the striped background. 

I added a few pearls and a border die for bells and whistles. 
Thanks so much for joining me today! Wishing you a fabulous day, friends.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

I'm playing along at the Simon Says Challenge: Add a Die

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Woodland Scene

Hi there!
The other day I just wanted to do some inking for fun, trying out a new color combo. Of course I had to finish it into a card, so next I went looking for images that worked well with it.

Turns out I had Copic colored some critters for practice on our recent road trip so I mounted them up for this card. 

For the inside I will complete the sentiment with "Wishing you a fun-filled day!" 

That is also my wish for you friends, on this Wednesday. I appreciate your visit so very much. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  Pretty Pink Posh - Woodland Critters and dies (2017), Sentiments are from WPlus9
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, DOX - Squeezed lemon, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral
Accessories: Nuvo Enamel Drops, White Gouache, White Gel pen, white embossing powder

Playing along at: 
Retro Rubber Challenge 

I love Jan's tic tac toe choices! Completed the top row across, and the bottom row across with my stamps from Nov. 2017. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

C is for... CARDS!

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog and a new week. 

How would you complete this phrase? C is for.......
Cards. Color. Cool. Coastal. Chocolate (yes, please!). Cookies. Challenge.
Here's what came to my mind. Christmas. Christmas Carols!

Here's my first Christmas card of the year using the Sing a Song of Christmas stamp set.I love the musical instruments in this set and the text of a few of my favorite songs of the season.

I kept the design simple so the colors and elements could shine. I'm playing with these challenges~


My last entry with the Just Add Ink challenge received an Honorable Mention. Thank you!

It sure feels good having one easy to mail Christmas card ready to go.

Thanks for stopping by - hope it's a great day for you. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI - Sing A Song of Christmas; WPlus9 - Hellebore Builder stamps and dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Black 
INK: sentiment is Old Gold (WPlus9); inked background using Lucky Clover DOX 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

My last name is BEACH

Yes, that's a reminder in case some of you only know my blog name or don't know me at all. Cindy Beach is a great name! 
So when I saw the beautiful prompt at Inspired By ...the Sea, I just had to join in! 

There were many ideas to jump off from the photo, but I chose the shells and blue tones as I've been wanting to use the Cloche Quarters and Summer Fillers sets from Papertrey Ink. 

I was also highly influenced by THIS gorgeous card by Kelly. I loved the way she inked narrow paper strips to form an ombre colored background. I inked the strips in various blues to create this technique. I can't wait to try it again! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit. I don't usually post on weekends but you know what? I am on a roll with challenges now and I'm loving it! 

The more often I create, the easier it gets to create. Right now I'm happy with that, and have given up the notion that every card has to be a knockout. Does that make sense? 

Til next time, have a wonderful day! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink : Cloche Quarters and CQ Summer Fillers and coordinating dies; Papertrey Ink - Salt Air Flora and dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White,Kraft
INK: most stamped inks were from PTI; DOX for the blended strips
Accessories: clear dewdrops, kraft twine

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Celebrate You!

I made a card for a special guy's birthday today with a nautical theme. I have quite a few nautical elements pulled from my stash and enjoyed combining them. 

It came together easily using the Sketch from The Paper Players. I kept the colors classic and found the sketch gave a great opportunity to add some striped paper and a metal jewel to enhance the theme. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is winding up well for you. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI: Summer Fillers set from Cloche Quarters; sentiment is from Sentiment Suites Birthday (The Greetery) and dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Night of Navy, Real Red

Accessories: Jewel is from SU (ret); red twine, Anchor die is from Verve

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Birthday Wishes for You

Sketchy flowers in peach and pink with a pale blue and Birthday Wishes for You are the elements featured on  today's card. I began with a white die cut square that has been hanging around on my desk, and layered images from the Fleur Impressions set (The Greetery) that I just love. I got the soft look with layered stamping and sponging Distress Oxide Inks on some of the images.  

The floral pattern was stamped on pale blue card stock using the Summer Sketches set and embossed in white, then added to the die cut rectangle. I added a strip of silver foil paper and silver sequins for embellishments. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Playing along at: 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Sunny Get Well

Watercolored stripes and tulips are a sweet combination. I'm hoping it will brighten someone's day! 

Combining the old and the new: retired SU stamp for the tulips and the new Sentiment Suite stamps from The Greetery. 
Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Greetery Pot-pourri

Hello everyone! How is your week going so far?  
Just one more quick post from me this week. I fiddled around with the cute pots and fun plant options in the Pot-Pourri set from The Greetery and this is what I came up with. Betsy's designs are so clever and creating with them is a blast. 

I kept the card simple by using a kraft base and a white frame; letting the die cut images steal the show.  I added the tiny tag with a foam mount and a twine bow onto the planter. The sentiment was stamped on white card stock, then inked to match the green pot. 

Layered stamping and die cutting with these images is a dream! They are easy to use and leave a very thin border. 
Thanks for coming by! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Enjoy your day!

Hello and happy Monday to you! 
Breezing by with a quick card that features some of the patterned papers I had set out to use up. Making just a teeny bit of progress but there are way too many hoarded papers left. 

I stamped and die cut roses from WPlus9 ( I just LOVE the Rose Builder Stamps) surrounded by vintage floral patterns on the paper layers. 

I stamped a bunch of these roses awhile ago so I can't even name the specific inks used, but they are also from WPlus9. 
Thanks for spending time with me, I hope you enjoy your day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Friday, July 19, 2019

CAS Watercolor

Good morning, happy Friday! I saw so many gorgeous samples from the CAS designers and players at the CAS Watercolor challenge that I just had to play along. 

On a very hot humid afternoon, pulling out my Zig markers to color a bit was a delight to my senses and my soul. Added a sparkle with WOS.
The challenge was to use a floral bouquet. 

I cut slits on either side of the stems to tie silver thread around the bouquet.
That wraps it up for me today. Have a great weekend! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Blessed Easter (ret) - Stampin Up!; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday Stamp Set; PTI - Vintage Type Set
Paper: Bristol Smooth, WPlus9 Dove Grey
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Versamark
Accessories: The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Basics die, PTI - Mix and Mat Pinked Edge Die,  white embossing powder silver thread

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Just a quick Hello!

A quick hello....How often I start an e-mail or text this way, especially when the hello is overdue. Don't know how I missed posting this week as I had some cards ready to go. 

I recently pulled out some designer papers to use and today's card was planned around the pretty floral pattern from the Beau Jardin paper pack from Penny Black. I rarely use black as a background but decided it was about time to! Love the dramatic effect. 

Using the My Whole Life stamps and dies and the Welcome dies from WPlus9 made it easy to create the focal point.

I stamped a few black dots - meant to be flower centers - to anchor the sentiment die. The sentiment continues at the bottom of the card with "I just miss you" from the Hello and Thanks set. 
That's it for me today, hope your summer is going wonderfully! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

MACRA Made for You

Welcome! Here is one more for you.
I guess it's no secret that I've been enjoying my supplies from the June release at The Greetery! I spent my birthday gift money almost exclusively on these delightful sets.

 New to me is the Macra-Made for You die that depicts the cute macrame hangers I used to make for gifts for all the plant lovers on my list! (roll eyes here) -  LONG AGO. 

Isn't this just what they looked like? I die cut the pots and the hangers from watercolor paper that adds a bit of texture and painted a wash of Kraft ink over them to mimic jute. 

I die cut the smaller hanger a second time from dark green card stock and inserted those tiny pieces into the hanger like heart-shaped beads. Topped with a touch of glossy accents.

I couldn't resist adding the panel to lemon yellow polka dotted paper which just seems to fit the retro vibe. 
Hope you got a kick out of today's card. 

It came together much faster than the knot-tying of the real thing. And it makes me happy. Thanks for stopping by!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used from The Greetery:
Pot-Pourri Stamp set and dies, Macra-Made for You dies,
Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You stamp set