Thursday, April 29, 2021

HOORAY for Truckin'! Inspired By.....

Hello. stamping friends!

 Every once in awhile my mind draws a complete blank for a card. When I think about it for awhile, the ideas start flowing. I usually write myself some prompts for the upcoming challenges of possible stamps and supplies to use. Every once in awhile, I come up with something crazy! And I love it. 

The challenge today is Inspired By.... Happy Retirement. I only let myself make cards I can actually send, and retirement is not happening to anyone I know this year. What inspired me in our photo was the bright shiny silver and that pop of a green jewel.

Inspiration can take many twists and turns, you think? 

See that shiny silver? The inside says, "Hope your day is a wild ride!" I will use this for a summer birthday. I thought this paper (from Waffle Flower) added some direction to the theme, if you will pardon the pun. The die is from Spellbinders, called Truckin' Through the Seasons.

I'd better quit writing and let you get to thinking of how our photo inspires YOU! 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Just for Fun: Color Crush with Waffleflower

 Hello crafty friends, how are you doing?  

You know I've been keeping to my two challenges that come around weekly and bi-weekly. Today I just wanted to play for fun with the Weekly Challenge at Waffle Flower and hope that you're glad to see an extra post this week! 

The challenge is called Color Crush. I like so many shades of pink and red, I went with red! 

This card is simply designed and crisply colored with a Red Zig marker and a  blender pen. I also added just a hint of color to the leaves. 

Waffle Flower has become a favorite company of mine in 2020. I absolutely love their variety of styles and images. And the dies come already separated and in a folder with a magnetic panel that is stored in the  pocket with the stamps! As if that's not enough to love - I recently won a gift card, so I encourage you to play along! 

I've used the Bouquet Builder 6 stamps and dies, Sweet sentiments, and my paper is from the Modern Neutrals Pad. I love the subtle hint of circles on this one. 

I thank you for stopping by today, and will be back again on Thursday! Unless I get itchy to do more 'just because' stamping, lol! Hope it's a great day. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

       Make something beautiful!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Garden Party Celebration!

 Hello hello! 

Today a new Inspired By Challenge is rolling out and the theme is Celebration! I couldn't think of any better way to celebrate than with a Garden Party. The bird and mice images in this set from Hello Bluebird are the perfect way to sing in a birthday! 

Add a violin and a ukulele and I will be tapping my feet.

I used a sponged background made with pale blue ink and gold spatters, and colored with Copics. I kept this design fairly simple so that the characters steal the show. I did add a bowtie to the mouse as a nod to the dogs in our photo.  I was inspired by the theme, the pastels, and the animals.

We sure hope that you will have fun with this challenge. Thanks so much for your visit today! I am loving all the comments too. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Color Hues - Yellow and Gray

 I can't believe we are in mid April already, can you? I hope your days are going well. Ready for a new challenge at Color Hues?

It's time for Yellow and Gray. These colors are very popular together but my true confession? I am not a fan of gray. I know, I know, call me crazy! For those of you playing along here's my tip for when you find a difficult combo. Use TONS of white! That's what I did here, also using a bold contrasting die for the sentiment. 

Daisies in sunny yellow make me happy. So does your visit. Thanks for joining me!

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used: paper by Penny Black, Dies and Oopsie Daisies from The Greetery , and Hello Die (WPlus 9.)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Inspired By.... Wrap Me Up in Spring

Hi friends, happy Thursday! 

We have another wonderful spring theme and challenge for you today at Inspired By!  I am loving all florals right now, especially those images I can paint with watercolors. 

That is exactly what I did for today's card. I was inspired by the colors in the photo, and the texture in the tissue wrap. The designer paper added a linen texture, and I used an oval dressed up with a die. The bouquet was  stamped on water color paper, colored and die cut.

Of course, I had to wrap the blooms in a ribbon bow. 

What will inspire you this week? I hope your days will be wrapped in smiles and a happy heart.

You will be WOWed by the gorgeous samples of our team. Thanks so much for coming by! 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Field Notes; PTI - Warmest Wishes

Paper: Neenah Solar White, watercolor , Card Stock Vellum

INK: Gina K Amalgam, Altenew 36 Halfpan Watercolors, Versamark

Accessories: Rose God Embossing Powder; PTI - Shapeshifters Oval 2 Die; Ribbon - SU

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Inspired By... Spring is Sweet

 Hello and happy Thursday! 

Can you believe it's already Challenge 169 at Inspired By? Our photo features delicious inspiration for you! I made up this yummy card for one of our sweet dear ones. I sure hope that she will like it! 

I was able to combine several dies and card stock to make this, too many to list! If you have any questions about the supplies feel free to post them in the comments and I'll answer you there.

The sentiment, banner and confetti are from the Cake Pops Dies and Sentiments from The Greetery. Doesn't this photo make you lick your lips? I once sang a song called, "Beautiful Candy - too pretty to eat!"

Now you can share how Spring is Sweet inspires you! We sure love having many of you play along. 

I am so glad you stopped by today. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Color Hues Pink and Green

 Pink + Green + Flowers = Perfection to me. So happy to have these gorgeous hues to play with at Color Hues Challenge #15 today! This is my second post today, so scroll down if you missed the first. I love sentiments that are general and for encouragement like the one I used here. Just Because is also the name of this set from Pinkfresh Studio. 

I have seen so many ways to color this floral swag and it always looks pretty! I decided to use Copics but I set out for more of a two-toned look instead of well blended blooms. The layers of color were softened by a pale shaded outline in pink. I didn't think there was any need for embellishments but I did use a layer of foam behind the panel. 

There are so many ways to interpret our colors this time, as you will see from the DT inspiration. I can't wait to see how you use the combo. We are happy to have so many of you joining our gallery!

I will also enter this at NBUS as it's the first time I've used this stamp.

For those who celebrate Easter, I hope that you will rejoice in the Risen Lord and have a wonderful day. 

Thanks for visiting me today!

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Inspired By...Carrot About Spring

 Well, if the title of this post didn't grab your attention, I don't know what will! Have you, like me, been seeing a huge crop of carrots on cards for spring this year? Bring them out for this challenge and join the fun! We say, let's keep calm and carr-ot on!

My card is about as quirky as the bad puns. I combined images from several sets and here's what I came up with! 

It's a tri-fold card. The fold is at the top and that panel tucks in behind the die cut letters. I chose to be inspired by the carrots, colors, springtime and puns. Here's our photo.

What inspires you? I can't wait to see what will be in the gallery this week! You'll find it here. Won't you join us? 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!