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

Monday, March 4, 2019

Zig Clean Color Markers and Bouquet of Thanks

Hope your week is off to a great start! I know much of the nation is in the grips of a snowstorm, so how about some flowers to brighten your day? 
I'm sharing a card I made using the Bouquet of Thanks stamp set and an array of unique (to me) springy colors. 

 Again, I took time to play with Zig Clean Color Real Markers. After stamping the image onto watercolor paper, I was very pleased that shading was much easier because I was coloring a larger image. I added highlights with a yellow marker, and a few dots with a white gel pen.

A banner is one of my favorite embellishments. This banner and sentiment are from the Charmed set. I love the Pierced Feature Frames Oval dies from Papertrey Ink, they dress up a card so elegantly. I cut a few edges of the colored blossoms with my craft knife so they could hang outside the "box." I placed the oval on top of the watercolor paper and pulled the cut parts out over the frame.

I'm entering three challenges today, Laurie's Favorites, Time Out Challenges, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.   

Thank you so much for visiting! I wish you a happy day. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Other PTI Supplies used:

Paper: Vintage Jadeite, Lemon Tart, Vintage Cream card stocks
INK: Soft Stone for no line watercolor

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

More Coloring - Zig Clean Color Markers

As you can tell from the title, there has still been more coloring going on as I explore the different mediums I already own. There has been furniture re-arranging, curtain washing, and I even pulled out the ironing board today and used it. Gasp! The world did not stand still. But you aren't here to here about my spring cleaning.

Again, taking a break to color is for my sanity. This time I pulled out the Zig Clean Color Real markers and used them for a child's card. Nothing too complicated, just fun to color and make into a basic layout. 

I was hugely inspired by THIS video from Kelly Latevola. Her results are amazing! I learned the hard way how much water was too much as I had some bleeding. I will keep practicing though and do what Kelly suggests: use as little water as possible. 

Thanks for your visit today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp -  Showers and Flowers, Stampendous - Friendly Phrases
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper, SU - Bermuda Bay,Basic Black
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Versamark
Accessories: Zig Clean Color Real Markers, Stitched Circle Dies, white embossing powder

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Congrats card with Derwent Inktense

Good Tuesday to you! 
I've been wanting to do something that feels "normal" today. You know we have our daughter's wedding in a little over two weeks, and our other daughter and our daughter in love are both having babies in a month or two! You can imagine the busy-ness all these wonderful events entail. Truly they are such a blessing. 
I just needed to regroup today. For me that means making a card, and posting! 

Lucky you! 
I'm sharing this card I made recently to add to my stash. 

I intended only to do some coloring with my Derwent INKtense pencils to better my skills. You know that I love coloring but I still don't have a favorite medium. I've been debating adding a new product.  Polychromos Colored Pencils. I know what your'e thinking.  I said the same thing to myself. Admonishing that I must first decide if I really LIKE coloring with pencils and second, to make sure a new choice of pencils that I 'think' will be better actually WILL. 

That's the story behind me pulling the Inktense out and using what I have. I learned this time that I get a much better result if I color softly in a circular motion and then wash over it with a paintbrush that is barely wet. Also, adding water to the darkest part and moving the brush to the lighter part of an image helped. It's important to clean your brush in between images, otherwise, you will just spread the dark ink and that defies the idea of shading totally. 

I appreciate you sticking with me through this long post! Thanks so much for visiting. If you have any comments on your favorite pencils, I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  PTI - Circle of Love, Fresh Bouquet
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Stampin' Up! - Basic Black and Cantaloupe Crisp
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black
Accessories: PTI - Scalloped Stacker Dies - Large

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Laurie's Fabulous Favorites

Surprised to see me post two days in a row? Well, I am surprised too. 
I'm inspired again by Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge at PTI for this week. Stand alone dies? Count me in! I just got a brand new one in my order that arrived today and couldn't wait to use it. 

I paired the new die and sentiments set up with the beautiful Orchid Expressions set that I worked with yesterday. 

Now I'm delighted to have two anniversary cards ready for my stash. I don't often work ahead on Anniversary cards or send them often. But I love the choice of sentiments in the Huge Sentiments stamp set. I will get lots of use out of that as well as the Huge Banner Die and the Huge Congrats die.I love that this die is actually two dies so that you get a larger layer to use behind your word for extra depth. 

My colors are Soft Stone card stock, and Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Amethyst Allure, and New Leaf inks for the blossoms. You know I'm not much of a gray person, but I love the way the colors pop against this pale neutral gray. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
          Make something beautiful!

Other accessories: 
Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets Die, Cover Up Hexagons Stamp set

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Win It Wednesday with Laurie

Hello, I'm wishing you a happy day before Tuesday flies by! 
Sorry my regular posting has fallen by the wayside. Today I was happy to spend some time stamping so I could play along with Laurie's second challenge for Papertrey Ink called Laurie's Fabulous Favorites. For this week we are to choose our favorite card stock color. 

I made my card with a monochromatic color scheme of Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse, on a card base of Vintage Cream. I was so inspired when Michelle used these colors for her darling baby card HERE that I couldn't wait to use them. 

My photo isn't the best, we're having dreary weather today! 
Most supplies are listed below. Thank you so much for visiting! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted *
Stamps: Orchid Expressions, Circle of Love and dies
Paper: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist
INK: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest God, Honey Nut; WPlus9* Old Gold for sentiment
Accessories: Scalloped Stackers and Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets Dies

Monday, February 11, 2019

Stitching Garden: A favorite

Hello, and welcome!
I am posting today as part of Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge at Papertrey Ink. Who could resist the challenge to feature one of our favorite sets? It was a hard choice, I love all the florals, but Stitching Garden is hands down my favorite. 

 I layered the beautiful Scalloped Stacker Frame over Bitty Big paper in Green Parakeet, and built my florals on top of a layer sponged with polka dots for added softness. I bit of pink luster drops highlight the flower centers.
It's rainy here and I'm ready for a stay at home day today after a busy weekend. Hope your week is getting off to a great start!