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