Thursday, February 27, 2014

Monochromatic Flowers for Friday Mashup

It's Friday and you know what that means...time for another Friday Mashup challenge! This week Cindy is our hostess and just like my title says, she wants to see flowers and a monochromatic scheme!

Now, I did have to laugh at Cindy's comment about northerners wanting spring and are done with winter. I guess it depends on what north you are talking about :) Here in Alaska our winter pretty much never happened. We've had some cold, but nothing like we are used too, and our snow amounts are a joke. I've never seen a winter like this since we moved here and considering I moved to Alaska FOR the cold and snow I'm not happy about it. So please Lower 48, give Alaska its weather back :)

I decided to use the Pleasant Poppies set and I stamped it in Island Indigo on watercolor paper. I took a blender pen and used it on the lines of the flowers to give them a softer look. Then sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and was also stamped in Island Indigo. Before putting some Island Indigo ribbon around the bottom of the card I sponged the edges of the panel (my daughter was standing there when I started sponging and her comment....oh here we go, mom is sponging again, big shocker....LOL ).

Very simple card!

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to see all the great projects from the rest of the design team, and then play along with us!

  1. Create a project that's "Monochromatic".
  2. Create a project with "Flowers".
  3. or Create a "Monochromatic project with Flowers". 

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Island Indigo, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Blender Pen, Island Indigo Ribbon, sponge

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ornament Inspiration for Tis The Season

It's time for another challenge at 'Tis The Season and this week we have another great inspiration photo for you. I really hope you'll come by and play along with us. We're a new blog, just a few challenges in, give us a try. I'm just a girl who loves Christmas cards :0)
From the inspiration photo I tried to draw from the colors and the ornaments. I used the retired color Taken With Teal but after looking the photo more I think Bermuda Bay would have been closer but oh well! The patterns from this DSP worked well with the photo and what I envisioned in my head.

I know there is no red in the photo but I liked it against the teal. I originally was just going to emboss the top red portion of the card with the snowflakes but in the end I did the whole panel and I must say, I really like how it came out. It also came out pretty patriotic looking didn't it? LOL That wasn't intended but I sure don't mind it!

My sketch inspiration came from the current sketch at Sunday Stamps.

Make sure you head over to 'Tis The Season and give us a try, we'd love to help you bring a little bit of Christmas into your day :0)


Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes
Paper: Ruby Red (retired), Taken With Teal (retired), Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge DSP
Ink: Taken With Teal, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst EF (retired), Crumb Cake Ribbon, Sahara Sand Candy Dots, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Busy with shapes for Friday Mashup

I hope everyone had a terrific week! It's been a pretty quiet one in my neck of the woods and that's always nice, I enjoy my quiet time!

Our challenge at The Friday Mashup this week comes from Lynda and she is all about shapes! She wants us to use both hexagons and triangles on our projects! I know you've heard me say this before but I really am trying to avoid the whole hexagon craze, its just not my thing. I do have one hexagon EF so I was able to use that on my project. The triangles were easy.....the Kaleidoscope DSP from the Occasions Catalog was the perfect thing to use!

For my sketch I used the current sketch over at Seize the Sketch. At first I wasn't sure what to use in the star spot but then I thought the film strip from the On Film Framelit dies would be perfect, and the sentiment is from the Peachy Keen set.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup blog to check out all the great projects from the other DT members and play along with us!

  1. Create a project with "Hexagons".
  2. Create a project with "Triangles". 
  3. or Create a project using "Hexagons" & "Triangles". 

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Peachy Keen
Paper: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Black StazOn
Accessories: Big Shot, Hexagon EF, On Film Framelits Dies, Basic Black Ribbon, sponge, dimensionals

Friday, February 14, 2014

Going Red for Jingle Belles

Since today's prompt falls on Valentines Day the Jingle Belle ladies are all about the color red. They want to see that color take center stage on our Christmas cards!

I had to pick my oldest up from work this morning so instead of going back to bed like I normally do(I work nights and don't get to bed until 4am, I'm not a bum, LOL) I sucked it up and just stayed up, which gave me time today for some crafting (although I'm sure I'll be paying for it tonight at work, lol).

I started with an Early Espresso card base and layered some Very Vanilla and Real Red on top of that. I embossed the Real Red with the SU Snow Burst EF. The banners were created with Candlelight Christmas(retired) DSP, I love this paper and bought a few packs from the clearance rack, it is so pretty! I sponged the edges of the banners with Real Red for a more cohesive look.

The sentiment is from the set Welcome Home and was stamped in Real Red and then I fussy cut it and popped it up with dimensionals. I'll be making a total of 5 of these cards, I'll get them finished tomorrow.

My inspiration for the layout came from the
latest sketch at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Welcome Christmas, More Merry Messages(inside sentiment, not shown)
Paper: Early Espresso, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Candlelight Christmas DSP
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst EF(retired), sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sketchy and Spritzing for Friday Mashup

Happy Friday, and for those of you that celebrate Valentines Day, I hope you have a great day! My husband and I aren't big Valentines Day people, our wedding anniversary is Feb 5(we just celebrated the big 2-0!) and we prefer to celebrate that instead. I'll go to the store tomorrow and buy myself some discounted chocolate and I'll be happy :0)

Today Avery is bringing us her first sketch challenge at the Friday Mashup, and its a great one! The only thing I changed from it was the sentiment. The stamp I used has the sentiment included in it so I couldn't move it. Otherwise my sketch stayed true! Avery would also like to see some spritzing or splattering on our projects. Now, I knew that was part of the Mashup but somewhere along the line I totally spaced that when making my card and therefore I don't have any on mine :( So sorry Avery, it wasn't intentional!

Head over to The Friday Mashup and check out Avery's first sketch with us and then give it a whirl, we love seeing what everyone comes up with!

  1. Create a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Create a project with "Spritzing / Splattering". 
  3. or Create a project using the "Sketch & Spritzing". 

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: People Like You
Paper: Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Decorative Label Punch, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Going digital for TTS10

This week at 'Tis The Season we have a sketch for you! You'll notice it has hexagons...well, I'll fully admit to NOT liking the current hexagon craze that has taken over the crafting world and therefore I have nothing in my stash related to it, except for an embossing folder I think. At times like this MDS from SU comes in very handy. I can complete the challenge but yet not add anything to my stash here at the house that is only going to collect dust!

I started with a Pool Party background and used the hexagon punch to create my shape. I got it to the size I wanted and then just copied and pasted the image so all the hexagons would be the same size. I used paper from the Joyful Times set to fill in the shapes and added a Real Red border around them. My sentiment is from the designer kit Very Merry Twenty-Five and I made that Real Red also. The brads are Old Olive and the stitching around the edges was done in Very Vanilla.

We hope you'll come play along with us at 'Tis The Season, we'd love to see what you come up with using this sketch!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vivid Vases for Sunday Stamps

I had some time yesterday to play along with the color challenge over at Sunday Stamps. The colors are green, white, yellow and kraft. I grabbed the set Vivid Vases from the Occasions Mini and paper pieced different shades of green DSP for the vases, Pistachio Pudding and Old Olive. For the flowers I used Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and So Saffron markers, with Always Artichoke and Old Olive for the leaves.

I kept it simple by popping up the Whisper White image panel on a card base of Crumb Cake and then I used a white gel pen to draw my border. I also used the round corner punch on 2 corners of the image panel and then for the corners of the card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Vivid Vases
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding DSP, Old Olive DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Black StazOn
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Round Corner Punch

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Banners for Friday Mashup

It's time for another Friday Mashup! Tara is bringing us the challenge this week and she has a color challenge for us, plus she wants to see some 3D paper piecing.

The colors are Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Soft Sky. I grabbed the SAB set Banner Blast and stamped the banners in every color but Soft Sky because, well, I forgot all about Soft Sky! I ended up stamping a sentiment and hearts inside the card with Soft Sky to get that color in (and I forgot to get a picture of it but I promise you, I did do it!).

I will be completely honest and admit that I did not do the 3D paper piecing part of the challenge. I had originally grabbed the stamp People Like You and attempted it with the flowers and it was miserable for me. I ended up throwing it all away and just did the color portion of the mashup. Sorry Tara!

Head over to The Friday Mashup blog to check out the great projects from the rest of the DT(who apparently had no issues with the 3D stuff like I did, LOL. Leave it to me to be different!).

  1. Create a project with "Cherry Cobbler, Primrose Petals, Soft Sky & Marina Mist."
  2. Create a project using "3-D Paper Piecing"
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "3-D Paper Piecing Project with the above Colors."

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Banner Blast, Loving Thoughts (inside sentiment, not shown)
Paper: Primrose Petals, Whisper White
Ink: Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Soft Sky
Accessories: Banner Punch, Arrows Textured Impressions EF, Basic Pearls, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine

CAS Christmas Text

I mixed a few challenges for this Christmas card....

Jingle Belles---The challenge is all about text this week. Stef and Lauren want words to be our focal point, so I grabbed this stamp from the Yule Bits and Borders set and let it take front and center.

'Tis The Season-- It's a color challenge this week ....Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White, with an optional trimming of brads. My text is stamped in Chocolate Chip and the DSP is Marina Mist and Chocolate Chip, backed with Whisper White with the card base Marina Mist. The candy dots in the corners are Whisper White.

Freshly Made Sketches-- As soon as I saw this weeks sketch I knew it would be the perfect way to highlight this stamp.

CCC14 at SCS-- The theme this month is to use non-traditional Christmas colors and I think those from the TTS challenge fit the bill. I made 4 of these cards, with 2 more ready to go when I get some more Marina Mist DSP.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Yule Bits and Borders(retired), More Merry Messages(inside sentiment, not shown)
Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip DSP, Marina Mist DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Whisper White Candy Dots