Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Live Life in Full Bloom

 Hello crafty friends, I hope that your week has been going well and that you've been enjoying spring!

I recently found a card I made in early spring using watercolors, which is my favorite media. I find adding layers of color with a brush and re-inkers to be therapeutic. I think I may even have been sitting on our back porch when I colored this.

The stamp set is called Flutterby - although a very sweet image I chose to leave the butterfly off this time - by Penny Black. I stamped the tulips using Toffee Crunch Ink (Memento) and followed the package inspiration to color the florals using Distress ink re-inkers. I added several layers, letting them dry in between to create shading and dimension. With markers and a black pen I added details.

I adhered one of the Penny Black Background Basic stencils to mask the rectangle forming a frame. Sponging Toffee Ink lightly at the corners gave shape and added depth. The sentiment is also from Penny Black, from the Exuberance transparent set. 

I have acquired quite a collection of PB stamps this year and I love them all! I still can't decide if the artsy, cute ones or basic CAS are more my style, but as you see more of them used we can figure this out! 

I'm so glad that you are in my corner. Have a great day! 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Playing in these challenges: 

Penny Black Saturday  ( I did not use the optional pastel)and NBUS with my new stamp

The Four Seasons Spring Challenge and 

Triple B May 2024 Challenge 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Color Hues #87 Coral and Teal

 Oh, happy day! It's the middle of May! 

Where did the time go, I wonder? I always say since living in North Carolina that spring is too short and summer is too long. I wish it was the other way around, lol! 

But you're here for a card. First, the color combo coming from Julie P is Coral and Teal. Great colors for any season! Or theme. I went with florals.

I had a time picking the right shades, but went with Copics for coloring because they were labeled coral and teal. After finishing the beautiful bouquet of wildflowers (The Greetery) I glued three die cuts together for dimension and added strength. 

I thought it needed a bit more so I added  DOX Tea Ink sponged with a mask to make the circle on the white panel. In real life it is a pale kraft color, but in the photo it shows up as a pale coral because of the warm tones. To the inner flower I added WInk of Stella for shine. 

I'm sending you happy thoughts and good springy vibes today. Thanks so much for visiting! 

 Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Flower Challenge #91 Reminder

 Just a note to say hello, crafty friends, and a quick card post too! 

It's mid-month and time to remind you of our invitation for you to join us at The Flower Challenge, and color your flowers this month using the medium of your choice. 

I chose soft pastels and stencils for my card this time, keeping things very simple. 

I really love the Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Meadow Breeze. For my first time using it, I experimented with only two colors: pink and yellow and gray as the neutral. After stamping and coloring the line drawing, I die cut the whole grouping out using the one die they provide and masking paper. Using the die cut as a mask, I then inked the solid trailing vines stamp in pale gray ink.

After stamping the sentiment, sponging lightly with yellow ink in the top corner added balance and a soft effect.  I love how this turned out! I die cut the panel to be smaller than A2 size, and used a rectangle of fun foam to add dimension. 

I hope you're having fun with this challenge and feeling inspired to join us! Our gallery is filling up with beautiful florals! Thanks for visiting with me today. 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 
               Make something beautiful!  

Adding this to NBUS today, the stamps and stencils are new and 

Saturday, May 4, 2024

The Flower Challenge #91

Hi there, crafty friends!  

Welcome to our new challenge where we ask you to color your flower or flowers on your card, using whatever medium you prefer. 

It's an easy choice for me, you know that I love adding color to line art. This time I used my Zigs markers to color this pretty sunflower from Penny Black called Pure Sunshine. 

I definitely went with the brights for these blooms, adding a scalloped- edged border. 

The sentiment is also from Penny Black, the Delightful Day set. This is one sentiment that I'll be pulling out often. 

I hope you will  check out the inspiration at the challenge blog, and play along with us this month! I'm so glad you've stopped by, make it a great day!

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Color Hues Challenge #86

 Here we go on this happy first day of May with a new challenge at Color Hues!  Our duo of Lilac and Lime comes from Julie, and we want you to play along with this sweet pairing. 

I have a sweet little grand with a birthday coming up, so I came up with a card for her. She loves pandas!

I found this set from Altenew (Roaming Pandas) that's been around awhile. I thought it would make great guy cards. Instead, I loved putting a girly twist on it for her, have a look!  

The Immense LOVE die from Penny Black makes a great spot for this big guy to sit. I rummaged through my stash to find a hat and also die cut a heart for the birthday theme. 

Please be sure to check the inspiration found at the challenge blog. We'd love to have you play along! Thanks for taking the time to visit me today. I always appreciate you stopping by. 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Other supplies: card stock is from Concord & 9th, the EF and sentiment are from PB.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Color Hues #85 Yellow and Pink

 Hello, stampers!

It's mid month and lovely Hannelie has a new combo for us that's perfect for happy and cheerful cards! Whether you go with pastels or bold hues, we are sure that you will have fun with Yellow and Pink!

I sure did, in fact I made a card way ahead of time for this challenge but today I'm changing it out for another completely different style. Here's my BOLD version. 

I've loved these funky flower stamps and dies (Painted Florals by Julie) that I got before Ellen Hutson closed her shop. Now I pulled them out to use for the first time with bright papers and inks from Concord & 9th. The colors are a bit wonky - it's been rainy and dark here so the photo isn't showing them off as well as they look IRL. The sentiments are from Honeybee. 

I can' wait to see what you will make! Be sure to check the blog HERE, as you will surely be inspired. 

I thank you for your visit today, it's been great chatting. 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Monday, April 15, 2024

The Flower Challenge Add Layers

 Hello, I'm here to remind you about our monthly theme at the Flower Challenge. We want you to use Layers on your card along with a bunch of flowers. Or even just a few flowers. You still have until the end of the month to upload your creation to our gallery, and we hope that you will!

I used inks to create a layered background for my card. This background has been in my 'already made' folder for quite some time. I can't remember exactly what I used but it involved ink smooshing and spatters, and a bit of a scripty stamp. 

The gold foiled florals from PinkFresh Studio were colored with Copics and arranged around the diamond shaped panel. 

I hadn't done foiling in quite a while and it was nice getting out the machine and  becoming familiar  with this technique again. I look forward to having a bit more play at a smooshed background too! 

How would you like to craft today? I hope your creative time is enjoyable. I'm glad you've come by, and I want to encourage you to check out the DT inspiration as well. See you soon! 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!