Thursday, March 21, 2019

Christmas Chickadee

I've had a stressful week and really needed a moment to just go to my craft room and make a card. I had this image colored during the 30 Day Daily Marker Challenge and had set it aside, so when I saw the current challenge at Jingle Belles about making projects with birds on them I went "wooohooo"!

This chickadee is a digital stamp from Power Poppy. I just love chickadees, they are such adorable little birds! I watch them at my feeder all the time, as they are the main bird that sticks around for the winter (along with nuthatches and redpolls). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Make the Moose Out of Life

Sunday is Family Day around my house, our oldest comes over and we watch a movie and have dinner, but I was able to get a quick card done before he got here.

Freshly Made Sketches has a fun layout this week and thanks to the 30 Day Daily Marker coloring challenge that took in Feb I had some colored images around. I decided to create a card using one of the Newton's Nook moose I had colored up.

I used a die from MFT to create the main panel and then embossed it with a folder from SU. I then used a stitched die from Lawn Fawn to create the middle piece. That's the smooth part of the hill my moose snowboarder is hanging out on :) I stamped the sentiment in blue, cut it out with a die and then put the card together, using a Pacific Point card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Moose Mountain (Newton's Nook)
Paper: Pacific Point (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pacific Point (SU)
Copics: I forgot to write them down, oops!
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 27, Lawn Fawn Stitched Border Dies, MFT Inside and Out Stitched Circle Dies, dimensionals

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday Stamps 200th Celebration

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and I'm so excited because it's our 200th challenge! To celebrate this milestone each DT member is giving away a prize on their blog to a random comment that is left during the challenge period. Monika will be our blog for international winners so if you live outside of the US make sure and comment on her blog!

For our 200th challenge we have a great sketch from Monika! I took the sketch pretty literally and used a digital stamp from Power Poppy called Gerbera Daisies. I also have a clear stamp set with this image but went with the digital version so I could enlarge it to fit on my card the way I wanted it too.  I used some DSP from SU for my background, I liked how the yellow flowers of the paper looked against my image and the green striped portion went along perfectly with the sketch!

Stamps: Gerbera Daisies (Power Poppy digital stamp), Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas (sentiment, Power Poppy)
Paper: Old Olive (SU), Neenah Solar White, Delightful Daisy DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Old Olive (SU), Printer Ink
Copics: Y02, Y04, Y08
YG03, YG63, YG67
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 20 and 30, dimensionals

So what prize am I offering up as a way to say thank you? I have this fun Mama Elephant Christmas set with matching dies plus 2 Distress Oxide Ink pads!!

 One random comment will be chosen and the winner will be announced with our Top Picks on March 23rd. Visit all of the DT blogs to see their creations and then leave a comment for a chance to win on each respective blog but don't forget, Monika will be the only blog choosing a winner from outside the US!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sending Healing Thoughts

This week the challenge over at Creative Confetti is to use a Power Poppy bouquet of flowers on your project. Our challenge hostess, Julie K, is ready for spring but not me, I'd keep my cold temps and snow all year if I could!

I knew right away that I wanted to use the set Daffodils. I think daffodils are so pretty and I love all the different shades of yellow they come in. Yellow is such a happy color and even though winter is my favorite season I do like seeing the spring flowers when they start to pop up, which is usually the end of May around my neck of the woods!

I tried to color the daffodils in 2 different shades of yellow...I went with a pale shade and then a darker yellow. The grape hyacinth are the perfect accent for the daffodils and I colored those in with a shade of blue-violet.

I actually took my card apart 3 times before I found a layout that made me happy LOL The sentiment is from the Nice Things to Say stamp set, I thought it went well with this bouquet.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Daffodils, Nice Things to Say (Power Poppy)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz (SU), Neenah Solar White, Delicate Dots DSP (SU retired), Tea Party DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry (SU)
Copics: B63, B66
YG01, YG05, YG09
Y15, Y19, Y38
Y000, YOO, Y11
Y02, Y04, Y08
BO1, B04, B06
C1, C3
Accessories: MFT Stitched Rectangles, MFT Blueprints 20

Monday, February 25, 2019

Watercolored Geraniums

This week for the Creative Confetti Challenge over at Power Poppy Julie wants us to try coloring in new ways, ways that we may normally not try coloring in. This challenge made me cringe because I am not artistic at all, I can barely manage with copics LOL However I decided to bite the bullet and try something out of my comfort zone.

I bought these Zig Clean Color Real Brushes a few years ago and I think I've used them once or twice. Watercoloring scares me and even though everyone says watercoloring is so forgiving I feel like I manage to screw it up every time, so I avoid doing it. I grabbed the markers from my drawer, gave myself a pep talk and dove in!

I used the Geraniums Take Two clear set for my coloring. I love to do potted plants on my front deck and geraniums always do great, they are one of my favorite plants to work with. I love the bright red geraniums, I think they are so pretty! With the image I started with the leaves first, working in different layers of 2 colors of green. I then went to work on the flowers, only using a red marker and a water brush to help spread the color. Overall I like how the leaves came out but I think the color on the flowers could have been deeper. I gave it a try though, so thanks to Julie for pushing me out of my comfort zone!

Wish You Luck

This week over at The Paper Players they have a fun sketch and I had the perfect image laying around!

I had colored 2 of these Power Poppy images the other day as part of The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and so  I grabbed the image where I used the brighter greens and went to work on my card. I embossed some white card stock and then for the 2 strips I used some paper I had in my stash. I had printed the sentiment out when I printed the image so I cut that out to fit my card and then I popped up the image with dimensionals.

I'm also entering this in the Power Poppy Creative Confetti Take 10 Challenge, as this card was super quick to put together once I had the idea in my head!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wish You Luck (Power Poppy Digital Stamps)
Paper: Garden Green (SU), Garden Green DSP (SU retired), Neenah Solar White, S.E.I. Patterned Paper
Ink: Printer Ink, Garden Green (SU)
Copics: YG03, G14, G07
YG00, YG04
BV20, BV23
W2, W4, W6
Accessories: Fancy Fan TIEF (SU retired), Ticket Corner Punch (SU retired), dimensionals

Sunday, February 24, 2019

I Thought of you Today

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun color challenge! These colors are perfect for creating a project that highlights elements of nature, whether its a sunrise or sunset or flowers.

For my card I chose to go with flowers, and I used a set from the SU Occasions Catalog called Climbing Roses. I colored the roses in with the last 2 colors in the graphic, and although it's hard to see I colored the leaves yellow first and then did a quick swipe of green on them to keep the green color toned down since it's not on the graphic but I couldn't avoid using it! My choice of neutral was Crumb Cake, using that as my card base and also as the piece the sentiment is stamped on.

Make sure and head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Stamps: Climbing Roses (SU)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU), Berry Burst (SU), Whisper White (SU), So Saffron DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Berry Burst (SU)
Copics: RV63, RV66
R20, R21, R22
YR21, G21
Accessories: Rose Trellis Thinlet Dies (SU), MFT Blueprints 20