Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shades of Blue for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! We've got a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps and it's all about shades of blue, with a pop of some green and gray. The colors I used for the challenge are the green, the gray, some dark blue (sentiment) and white as my neutral.

I went with a Christmas card for my design (shocker). The papers from the retired SU DSP All is Calm was just perfect for this challenge.  I love the Pear Pizazz against the gray. The colors I used for the challenge are the green, the gray, some dark blue (sentiment) and white as my

I used the current Freshly Made Sketches as my jumping point for my card, and the long panel on the right was the perfect spot for this PI image from My Favorite Things. I embossed the panel to get some texture. Sorry for the poor picture, it's been raining all week and I was in a hurry!

Head over to Sunday Stamps to see what the rest of the team created and then play along with us!

Stamps: MFT Warm Wishes
Paper: Smoky Slate (SU), Pear Pizzazz (SU), Neenah Solar White, All Is Calm DSP (SU Retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate
Copics: G21, G24
B93, B95
E13, E15
N2, N4
E00, E21, R81
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SU TIEF Softly Falling, MFT Blueprints 27, Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Silent Night in Threes

Whew! It's amazing how time slips away from me. I've been wanting to play along with the Jingle Belles latest challenge and just realized it closes this Weds so I got to work on a card.

This week the challenge is to create in multiple of three...3 circles, 3 reindeer's, 3 ribbons......anything like that as long as there is three. This stamp set from SU immediately popped into my head because it's one of my favorite images and it has 3 trees, perfect to use for this challenge!!

Here in southcentral Alaska our trees have lost their luster and some leaves are already starting to change. Fall is on it's way but I've definitely got winter on my mind. Today's card was inspired by my favorite thing....dark snowy nights.

I love to sit out on my porch at night when it's snowing and watch the flakes fall around the landscape. We have woods around us and there is just something magical to me about watching the snow fall and dance upon the branches of the trees. It's something that never gets old to me!

I wanted the 3 threes to be the highlight of the card so I decided to heat emboss them in white, and then I took a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set and stamped it to look like big snowflakes falling down around the trees. I added the simple sentiment at the top of the card and stamped it in red just to give a pop of color against the black and white. The picture really doesn't do the card justice, it is so pretty and serene in person!

Stamps: Wonderland, Gorgeous Grunge (both SU)
Paper: Basic Black, Neenah Solar White
Ink: Versamark, Real Red, White Craft Ink (all SU)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug, MFT Die-Namics 20

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Worlds Beary Best Dad

This week The Paper Players have a Tic- Tac- Toe challenge and I really enjoy those so I sat down to make a card tonight before the challenge ended. I originally was going to do 'masculine, patterned paper, texture" but I couldn't decide on a paper that I was happy with so I instead went with the very bottom row across "texture, scene, die cut".

Right now I've got bear on the brain....I watch the bear cam on every night and next month is our trip to Denali Natl Park, where we get to drive the park road all the way to the end. Last time I drove the road I saw some big bears so I'm hoping that this time doesn't disappoint either. Since my brain is so focused on bears I decided to use the set Dad + Me from Lawn Fawn.

I created my little scene by stamping the mtns in Always Artichoke and then layering them inside the MFT Stitched Cover Up Horizontal Die. The sky above the mountains is Lost Lagoon and for texture I embossed some Garden Green card stock with the retired SU Square Lattice EF. This reminds me of the grassy meadows you can often find bears in. I gave Mr. Bear a hat and then popped him up with dimensionals. I was going to add a few cubs but male bears usually eat cubs and since I'm "that type of person" I couldn't bring myself to add the babies. I'll let the sentiment do the talking LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Dad + Me (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Garden Green (SU), Chocolate Chip (SU), Lost Lagoon (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Copics: G46, BG78
E47, E59, E49
E44, E57
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SU EF Square Lattice (retired), MFT Stitched Horizontal Cover Up, White Embossing Power, Dimensionals

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Halloween Hello

Yesterday my family left the house at 8am to head to Anchorage to attend Arctic Thunder, the air show put on by the local military base. We didn't get home until 10pm so today we scrapped all our plans and decided to just veg out at home. This meant I headed into my craft room and sat down to get creative! There is still a little bit of time left on the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge so I decided to play along.

I don't usually make a lot of Halloween cards but I recently got this set from MFT and I think there will be more Halloween cards in my future this year. This set is too cute and I just love the little witch! I colored her in with copics used my Scan N Cut to cut her out. The circle is a MFT die, as is the banner that the sentiment is stamped on. I adhered it all to black cardstock and then used a stamp from SU to make the background look like a night sky.

Thanks for stopping by!

Being a Navy family we love the Blue Angels, and I can't even begin to count how many times I've seen them in my life. They never cease to amaze me though, and especially after the recent tragedy where they lost Capt. Kuss, it was good to see them flying across the sky. It was definitely the highlight of my summer!

Stamps: Witch Way Candy (MFT), Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Paper: Basic Black (SU), Crushed Curry (SU), X-Press It Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cucumber Crush (SU retired), Crushed Curry, White Craft Ink (SU)
Copics: V15, V17
G07, YG09
YR20, YR21, YR24, E33
E13, E15, E17
N2, N4, N7
E00, E21
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Blueprints Die-Namics 23, Die-Namics Zig Zag Stitched Circles

Birthday Tweetings for Sunday Stamps

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a sketch to play along with. I decided to use a set from MFT that I recently got but had not inked up yet.

I used some retired SU DSP and colors for my card. The cage was die cut and then I popped up the birds along the cage and adhered my sentiment banner. The sentiment banner takes the place of the chevrons that are in the sketch. I'm not a fan of chevrons and that's the great thing about sketches, you can adjust them to fit your likes and dislikes!

Head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Stamps: Tweet Friends (MFT)
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Neenah Solar White, Lullaby DSP (all SU retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Pistachio Pudding
Copics: G21,G24
YR21, YR31
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Cheerful Cages Die-namics, MFT Blueprints Die-namics 23, SU sequins (retired), dimensionals

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Christmas

It's been pouring down rain all day in the Wasilla area so what better excuse  to sit in my craft room and work on Christmas cards! I decided to play along with the current MFT sketch challenge and pulled out the MFT set Cool Day to create my card.

I had colored in some of the polar bears from the set for the 30 Day Color Challenge so I grabbed one and used the colors from that to create the scheme on my card, using traditional Christmas colors. The banner the sentiment is on is popped up as is the polar bear and North Pole sign.

Stamps: Cool Day, Happy Christmas (both MFT)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar (SU retired), Old Olive (SU), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Neenah Solar White, Season of Style DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT), Cherry Chobbler (SU)
Copics: R29, R46
G21, G24
N2, C3
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Die-namics Blueprints 15, 23, 27 , Swiss Dots EF, dimensionals

Friday, July 22, 2016

Don Your Ugly Sweater!

It's been a bit since I have blogged but I am finally done with turning our back bedroom into my craft room and so I sat down on Thursday to create my first card in my new creative space!

I decided to play along with the Jingle Belles challenge, as it's been a while since I was able to join them. They have a great sketch for the challenge and we all know sketches are my favorite thing to play along with!

I used the MFT Comfy Sweater Die to create my card. I was originally going to use the bigger sweater on my card but the smaller sweater worked better for this sketch after I cut them out and arranged them around. You can see I altered the placement of the circle and rectangle panel just a tad to make my elements fit on there. There is also NO coloring on this card, which is pretty rare for me!

Make sure you head over to the Jingle Belles blog to play along with them!

A few pics of my new space. The window is being replaced in a few weeks and so I'll hang up the fabulous plaid valance I got when that is done, it matches my wall color beautifully.......

My sweet diabetic kitty Bismarck. We got him some stairs to climb up onto my desk and he loves looking out the window!

Stamps: Cozy Greetings, Snowfall Background (both MFT)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler (SU), Chocolate Chip (SU), Neenah Solar White, AC Patterned Paper-Merrymint
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Zig Zag Stitch Circle (MFT), Die-namics Blueprints 15, 23 and 30 (MFT), dimensionals