Friday, February 5, 2016

Pizza My Heart for FM

It's Friday, woohooo! I am so glad this week has come to an end, it's been a busy one! Today is even more special because it's my 22nd wedding anniversary. I can't believe it's been 22 yrs! It's been quite the ride and I look forward to the next 22 with my hubby!

Today's Friday Mashup is perfect for my special's either about creating a project for your Valentine or create a project featuring a candy image. We don't do Valentine's Day in my house but hubby is my love so we'll go with the general love theme.

I don't have any candy images so I used a new set from Lawn Fawn called Pizza My Heart. Pizza is very popular in my house and while my husband, daughter and nephew love all kinds of stuff on their pies me and the other kids like good ol' pepperoni, so that's the pizza I made. I did some basic coloring with copics and then popped with pizza up on an embossed panel.

My layout was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch, although I had to make all my elements bigger than what the sketch called for due to the size of my sentiment.

Head on over to The Friday Mashup to see what the rest of the design team came up with and then play along with us!

  • Create a project for your Valentine. 
  • Create a project featuring a Candy image. 
  • or Mash it Up!! and create a V-day Candy themed project. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Green Trees for TTS

It's time for another challenge at 'Tis The Season and this time we have a color challenge. I love the colors this week...2 shades of green, white and silver/gray.

For my starting point I used a recent sketch from The Paper Players and used the SU set Festive Trees for my 3 trees. 2 of the trees are stamped in Mossy Meadow and the front one is stamped in Garden Green. They are adhered to a circle base cut out of Smoky Slate and embossed with the Falling Snow TIEF. My sentiment is from the set Scenic Season.

Head on over to the 'Tis The Season blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Exciting News!

I'm excited to say that I was asked to be a guest designer over at the SugarPea Designs Sketch Challenge! I've loved their stamps since I was first introduced to them so this opportunity to work with their great team is pretty exciting!

Here is the Sketch!

The rules are very simple…
  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS39 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz shown below.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Sweet Picks and our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!

Click through our designer’s blogs listed below for even more crafty inspiration using this SugarSketch and then it’s YOUR turn to come back and link up your creation for a chance to win a Gift Certificate up to $75!  We can’t wait to see what you create!!

I used their set Foxy Friend for this weeks sketch. When we first moved to Alaska in 2008 one of our very first wildlife encounters was with young fox kits that had been orphaned. It was an amazing experience and this sweet fox image always makes me think of that day! I colored him in with copics and popped him up against the circle. I added the sentiment in a banner across the bottom of the circle.

Need a little inspiration?  Check out what the design team has for you! 

Now it's your turn! We'd love to see you at the Sugar Pea Designs Sketch Challenge!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I love You This Much

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a color challenge and I decided to go with a love theme since Feb is the month of love...we don't do Valentine's Day in my house but my wedding anniversary is Feb.5. We're celebrating 22 yrs this year! Hard to believe that I met my husband when I was 18 and here I am now at 42. My how time flies!

I was running late with my card so I went with a quick and easy. I love this MFT die for exactly that reason...cut it out, throw some DSP behind the frame and finish it off however you like. In this case I used one of the Pure Innocence Stamps from MFT. It's hard to tell but I used red Wink of Stella on all the hearts on the card for a little extra 'oomph'.

Head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see how the rest of the DT interpreted the colors, all of the projects are amazing! After you get done checking out the DT projects play along with us, we want to see what YOU do with the color palette!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Heart Banner (MFT)
Paper: Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler DSP, X-Press It Blending Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Die-Namics Stitched Cover-Up Companion Diagonal, Wink of Stella Red, dimensionals

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Going to the Zoo

If you've been played along with The Friday Mashup for a while you'll know that Heidi always gives us a Chinese New Year challenge. This year Feb.8 is the Chinese New Year and its the year of the Monkey. Heidi wants us to use monkeys or any other zoo animal on our project, plus create a project with a fancy fold.

I'm running behind so I didn't do the fancy fold part, I just did the zoo animals. I used a set from MFT called Sweet Safari to create my scene. Both the lion and the monkey were colored with copics and then fussy cut out. I used MFTs Tall Grassy Edge for my border and a square from the Zig Zag Stitched set for the background. The sentiment reads "Roar! Wild About You".

I'm also entering this card into the MFT Sketch challenge, I was finally able to play along over there!

Head on over to The Friday Mashup to see what the rest of the DT came up with, and play along with us!

This week's Mashup Challenge is:  

  • Create a project featuring a Monkey or Zoo Animals. 
  • or Create a project with a Fancy Folds. 
  • or Mash it up! and create a Fancy Folded Project with a Monkey. 

Stamps: Sweet Safari (MFT)
Paper: Bermuda Bay (SU), Cucumber Crush (SU), Neenah Solar White, Cherry on Top DSP (SU)
Ink: Mememto Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, Garden Green
Copics: Y23, YR21, YR24, E99
E23, E25, E27, E33
C3, C5
B0000, B000, B00
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Zig Zag Stiched Squares, Die-Namics Tall Grassy Edge, Die-Namics Blueprints 20, Doodlebug Sprinkles

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Cut Above for SPD

Instead of doing laundry and other chores I decided to ignore everything and play with my new set from SugarPea Designs. They just released some new products and this stamp set, Timber, and a coordinating die, Log Cabin Mountainscape, were part of the release. As soon as I saw them I had to have them, they are exactly my style.

Again, my paper hoarding came in handy as this retired Christmas DSP from SU is perfect for an outdoorsy look. I cut out the die and adhered that to the oval and did some sponging along the edges and then used copics to color in the sky. For the piece in the sketch that goes across the bottom of the card I placed a sentiment. Both the sentiment and the lumberjack are popped up with dimensionals.

I have a feeling this set is going to get a lot of us from me!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the sketch challenge at SPD!

Stamps: Timber (SPD)
Paper: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Whisper White, Frostwood Lodge DSP (retired) (All SU)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R29, R46, N3
E15, E17, E18
B34, B45, B97
T1, N4
R0000, R000, E30
BG0000, B0000, B000
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Log Cabin Mountainscape Die (SPD), Nestabilities Ovals, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dashing with a Christmas Tree

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend...mine involved some rockin' and rollin'.....we had an earthquake of 7.1. Our house shook pretty violently but thankfully other than a few things knocked off shelves we were spared any damage. 4 homes were lost 4 hours south of us though due to a gas explosion caused by the quake so please keep those folks in your thoughts.

Today I wanted to hurry up and get a card made for the Jingle Belles challenge that will be ending on Weds. They want to see Christmas trees on our projects. No problem, I love Christmas trees, they are one of the best things about Christmas!

I have a lot of fond memories of going to get our Christmas tree as a kid so when I saw this Avery Elle stamp I had to get it. It reminds me of my dad securing our tree to the car and heading home. When I was in high school my parents had a van and one year my dad put the tree in the back of the van and had to leave the back doors open as we headed home. Well, Daddy forgot that he had his bowling balls towards the back and when we had to come to a stop along the way 2 bowling balls, in their bags, fell out of the van! I yelled at my dad to pull over and he ran and grabbed them. Thankfully traffic wasn't too bad and he got them safely and we made it the rest of the way home with no more issues. My dad passed from cancer in Oct.2010 and I sure do miss talking to him about Christmas escapades.....

Make sure you head on over to the Jingle Belles blog and check out the challenge before it ends!

Stamps: Dashing (Avery Elle)
Paper: Early Espresso (SU), Nennah Solar White, PP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red (SU)
Copics: R27, R29
YG09, G09, G17
E15, E18
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Softly Falling TIEF (SU), Early Espresso Ribbon (SU), MFT Blueprints, dimensionals