Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dashing Colors with Sunday Stamps

Did everyone enjoy their Halloween? Ours was very laid back. I was ill most of the day due to meds I had to take and therefore I spent the day in bed watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel! I did mange to get up later in the evening to watch hubby hand out candy to the few trick or treaters we had and we also watched Hocus Pocus, our favorite Halloween movie!

I'm switching gears right from Halloween to Christmas with this card. We've got a color challenge this time at Sunday Stamps and I used the colors and some new goodies from My Favorite Things to create my card.

I love this Stitched Coverup Die-Namics, it is so easy to make fun cards with this die! I used the Dashing By stamp and colored in the girl with copics and then popped her up with dimensionals on the frame. The background paper is some retired Christmas paper from SU.

Make sure to head over to Sunday Stamps to see what the rest of the DT did with these colors and then play along with us!

Stamps: Dashing By (MFT)
Paper: Early Espresso (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Die-Namics Dashing By, Die-Namics Stitched Cover Up Diagonal, dimensionals

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sketchy Leaves for Friday Mashup

It's time for a new Friday Mashup challenge and this week Holly is our hostess. She has a fun sketch for us, and would also like to see leaves on our projects. Here in my neck of the woods the leaves have been off the trees for about a month and we're supposed to have snow showers most of Friday! Wooohoooo for snow!

I used the small stitched leaves die from Lawn Fawn to cut shapes into a white panel. I cut the 3 leaves out of various DSP and then did the inlaid technique (which we did as part of a FM a few weeks ago). I used a green pen to create faux stitching around the leaves and for a border around the white piece. I then sponged the green color around the edges of the white panel.

The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn set Thankful Mice and I used Doodlebug Sprinkles for embellishments.

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

This week's Mashup Challenge:
  • Use the Sketch.
  • Create a project with some Leaves.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the Sketch and some Leaves. 

Stamps: Thankful Mice (Lawn Fawn-sentiment)
Paper: Mossy Meadow (SU), Neenah Solar White, Hello Honey DSP (SU), Mossy Meadow DSP (SU), Tangelo Twist DSP (SU)
Ink: Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso (all SU)
Accessories: Big Shot, Small Stitched Leaves Dies (Lawn Fawn), Doodlebug Sprinkles

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Shaker Christmas for TTS

It's time for another TTS challenge and this week we have some non traditional colors for you to play with.

It's no secret that using colors other than red and green for Christmas is hard for me. I am traditional right down to my very core. When I saw these colors I knew I would have to think about the direction I wanted to go for my card.

I chose the Razzleberry color as my main color since it's the closest one to a red and I used a new die from My Favorite Things to create a shaker card. I love this die, it's so cool! It comes with the Merry Christmas centerpiece and then 4 dies to create confetti in seasonal shapes. So fun! I used the small dies to create my seasonal shapes in the rest of the challenge colors.

To finish the card off I added some embellishments on the front, rhinestones and vanilla candy dots.

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

Stamps: none
Paper: Rich Razzleberry , Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist (all SU)
Ink: none
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpiece, Very Vanilla Candy Dots, Rhinestones

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Super Friend

I colored this image from My Favorite Things a few weeks ago as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and it had been sitting on my desk just waiting to be used somehow. I saw the recent Freshly Made Sketch and decided to make the image work for this sketch.

Instead of a tree image I stamped the city skyline in black and then using a mask I made with a 2 1/2" circle punch I used copics to color in a large setting sun and then popped up the super girl to the right of the skyline. I then stamped the sentiment underneath the skyline image. I wanted the images in the middle of the card to be the main focus so I left the rest of the panel blank for a CAS look.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Halloween Crazy for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup we've got Halloween and ribbon for you to play along with!

Heidi recently gave us a watercolor mashup so I had played around and created a few extra backgrounds that I tucked away. As I was looking at them I thought they would go great for a Halloween card. I pulled out some of the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy images that I had colored and it was a perfect match! I love it when things come together like that!

We've also got a special guest this challenge....Two Paper Divas is joining the Halloween fun and they will be  giving away their Happy Halloween set Valued at $24.95.. They will pick a random entry from the challenge participants. Make sure to check out their blog at Two Paper Divas and you can see their Happy Halloween set HERE.

Head on over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with, meet our new Friday Mashup team members and play along!

This week's Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project for Halloween.
  • Create a project featuring some Ribbon.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project for Halloween with some Ribbon.

Stamps: SU alphabet stamps (retired), Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Tim Holtz Crazy Things
Paper: Perfect Plum (SU), Watercolor paper
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: Big Shot, Crazy Things Thinlits, Bird Crazy Thinlits, Ken Oliver Earth Tone Colorburst, Perfect Plum ribbon (SU retired), dimensionals

Happy Bloomin' Birthday

A created a quick card for today. My stepmom's birthday is the 28th so I need to get a card into the mail for her ASAP. She loves the color red and flowers so I went with old and new on this card, plus mixed some companies and their products. I am loving this new die from My Favorite Things!

Stamps: Flower Patch (SU)
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Attic Boutique DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Poppy Parade (SU retired), Daffodil Delight (SU), Soft Suede (SU)
Accessories: Big Shot, Die-namics Stitched Coverup Companion Diagonal (MFT), Flower Fair Framelits (SU), dimensionals

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Santa's Workshop for Sunday Stamps

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a sketch and I can't lie, angled panels always throw me for a loop. I think my brain likes nice concise lines and when things get thrown off center my brain has a hard time trying to work with it. I pulled out new goodies from My Favorite Things though and did my best!

I love this new set from MFT called Winter Wonderland and I stamped one of the house images. I thought it was the perfect size for Santa's Workshop so I stamped out the sign in Garden Green (SU) and then cut the sign and the house out with their matching dies (Have you seen the movie The Santa Clause? You know the scene where Santa is headed down the hallway with his crew with  ZZ Top music playing? I totally had that scene stuck in my head while coloring this image!). The house was colored in with Copics.

I took the Stitched Mountain Range dies and created mtns to place behind the house. I mounted them on Night of Navy (SU) card stock and then used dimensionals to pop up the workshop in front of the mtns. I then stamped 2 reindeer on either side of the workshop because what would Santa's Workshop be without reindeer!

The night of Navy panel was backed with some Real Red card stock and then the whole thing was mounted on a Garden Green card base with a layer of MFT Calm and Cozy Chevron paper in green.

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: Winter Wonderland (MFT)
Paper: Garden Green (SU), Night of Navy (SU), Real Red (SU), Neenah Solar White, MFT Calm and Cozy Chevron
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy, Real Red
Copics: R14, R24, R29
E18, E25, E29
G21, G24, G46
E31, E43
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Die-Namics Stitched Mountain Range, Die-Namics Winter Wonderland, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Friendship and Donuts for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup we're all about donuts/baked good along with a friendship theme. Perfect for this time of year when the weather cools and folks are baking and handing out yummy gifts to family and friends.

I didn't have any stamp set that really fit the baked good theme so of course I just had to buy one ;) I ended up getting the set Donuts and Sprinkles from My Favorite Things along with the coordinating die.

I used the dies to cut a donut shape from Baked Brown Sugar an then used Whisper White to create my icing. Using the sprinkles die I cut out sprinkles in Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana. I don't know about you but donuts with sprinkles on them are my favorite kind. I always make sure to grab a bunch whenever I bring home donuts for my family!

I used Whisper White to create my card base and put a strip of Coastal Cabana across the bottom of the card. Using Baked Brown Sugar I stamped my sentiment on Whisper White and created a banner. After adhering the banner across the top of the strip of DSP I popped up my donut with dimensionals on the right side of the card. To finish it off I added sequins across the card front.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

This week's Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project featuring Donuts or Baked Goods.
  • Create a project with a Friendship Theme
  • or Mash it Up! and create a Friendship themed project with Donuts.

Stamps: Donuts and Sprinkles (MFT)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar (SU retired), Crisp Cantaloupe (SU retired), Coastal Cabana (SU retired), Whisper White (SU), Coastal Cabana DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar (SU retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Donuts Die-Namics (MFT), SU Sequins, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Let's go Ice Skating for TTS

This week at TTS we have a photo inspiration and I pulled a few elements from it to create my card.

Since there are ice skates hanging on a pole I decided to use the ice skating moose I recently got from Avery Elle, part of the the Snow Much Fun set. I colored the moose in with copics and to bring in the touch of red and green in the photo I colored the mooses sweater, skates and hat with those colors. I created snowbanks and an iced over river using Lawn Fawn dies and since there is white and gray in the inspiration photo those are the main colors I used on my card, with just a touch of color with the DSP I used to create my river.

I stamped the sentiment in gray along the curve of the top border and called the card good!

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

Stamps: Snow Much Fun (Avery Elle)
Paper: Going Gray (SU retired), Neenah Solar White, All is Calm DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: E31, E33, E34
E13, E15, E17
G43, YG61, YG63
R27, R46
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Much Fun Elle-ments, Lawn Fawn Forest Border Die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border Dies, White Gel Pen, dimensionals

Friday, October 9, 2015

Leaves and Thanks for Friday Mashup

This week on The Friday Mashup we have a color challenge for you, plus we'd love to see some masking done on your project.

I feel bad because I got my card done and realized I forgot the masking part. I didn't have time to get a new card done so I only have the color challenge done on my card.

I used the new Lawn Fawn die Small Stitched Leaves and cut 1 left out of Early Espresso, 2 leaves from So Saffron and 2 from Hello Honey. I used Avery Elles Wonky Stitches die to cut out a panel from Neenah Solar White, and adhered the leaves to that, popping up the Early Espresso leaf in the middle. The sentiment is from the Thankful Mice set and is stamped in Early Espresso.

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

This week's Mashup Challenge:
  • Use all 5 or 3 of the colors listed above.
  • Create a project using a Masking Techniques.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project with the colors above and some Masking.

Stamps: Thankful Mice (sentiment, Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Early Espresso (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Small Stitched Leaves Die, Avery Elle Wonky Stiches Die

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Many Thanks Pumpkins

For today's card I played along with the new Freshly Made Sketch and also with the The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use the new Lawn Fawn set Happy Harvest. I was originally going to use the scarecrow but he wouldn't fit the way I wanted him too so I used the favorite image in the set, the wagon of pumpkins. I did some masking and added some more pumpkins and also a bird on top. The paper is from Lawn Fawns Sweater Weather stack. I really need to buy the whole collection, I only have a few papers from it and today I realized it's just not enough!

Stamps: Happy Harvest (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Sweater Weather Paper Stack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip (SU), Old Olive (SU)
Copics: R27, R29, R39
C1, C3, C5
R05, YRO0, R17
B21, B32 B34
YG13, YG61

Monday, October 5, 2015

Have An Ice Day!

For this card I played along with 3 challenges....the SugarPea Designs World Card Making Day Challenge, the SugarPea Design Sketch Challenge and the Jingle Belles winter card challenge.

We love to fish in my house and in the winter the lake across the street from us usually stays busy with people ice fishing for rainbow trout, so that was the inspiration behind this card. I love penguins and this guy is just too cute! It's the perfect image and sentiment to send for a general winter hello.

It's hard to tell in the photo but I added Wink of Stella to the shoreline, the ice the penguin is sitting on and the hat the penguin is wearing. For snow I used a white gel pen for quick dabs on the tree branches.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Winter Yeti

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a color challenge and it's all about the neutrals. It stumped me for a bit but then I went through my stamps and decided to pull out the Lawn Fawn Yeti and create a winter card so I could also play along with the current Jingle Belles challenge.

I used the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die on a piece of retired Basic Gray DSP. One of the circles is cut from Sahara Sand and the other one Whisper White, which was then cut with the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrop die. My banners were made with Whisper White and retired Baked Brown Sugar DSP. My yeti is colored with copics and popped up with dimensionals. To finish the card off I added some Sahara Sand candy dots around the end of the banners.

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!

Don't forget to check out the Jingle Belles blog, there is still time to play along with their winter theme challenge!

Stamps: Yeti, Set, Go
Paper: Basic Gray (SU), Sahara Sand (SU), Whisper White (SU), Baked Brown Sugar (retired SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray
Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities Circles, Snowy Backdrop (Lawn Fawn), Wonky Stitches (Avery Elle), Sahara Sandy Candy Dots (SU)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Moosing Around for Jingle Belles and World Cardmaking Day

Today is World Cardmaking Day and I manged to get a card done, woohooo! I've got a sick kitty that was just diagnosed as diabetic so we spent part of today at the vet getting meds and learning how to inject his insulin. Seems pretty easy and we're just thankful this is something to be treated!

Anyway, back to my card.....I colored this moose from Avery Elle stamps in the other day for the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge and used him to put this card together. The layout is from a previous Paper Players challenge.

The current challenge at the Jingle Belles blog is to create cards for our friends and family that don't necessarily celebrate Christmas, so I went with a general winter theme. 

I used my white gel pen to add dots to the moose's sweater and laces to his skates. Want to see a really cool video of 2 bull moose in rut fighting? Go HERE. This was taken in Anchorage on Friday!

Make sure you head over to the Jingle Belles blog, there is still time to play with their challenge!

Stamps: So Much Fun (Avery Elle)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, AC PP Merrymint
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Copics: YG93, YG95, YG99
E31, E33, E34
R29, R46, R59
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Banner Framelits, Nestabilities Circles, dimensionals

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Watercolor Silhouette for Friday Mashup

This week Heidi is our hostess at The Friday Mashup and she would like to see a background filled with color (watercolor, sponging, braying, etc) and also a silhouette image. A bit out of my comfort zone but I went for it.

My friend (and Friday Mashup creator) Holly knows I don't care much for watercolor. It's just something I'm not good at. She told me about some watercolor powders from Ken Oliver and how easy they were to use. I decided to give them a try and bought the Earth Tones assortment when my local stamp store got a few in. Holly was right, they are very easy to use!

For my card I squeezed some powder onto the watercolor paper.....mind you the powder tends to go all over if you squeeze too hard and you do not need a lot to create, so be gentle and if you want more color just add as you go. After adding the powder I began to spray the paper with water and just let the colors combine and do their thing. I added more powder to areas I thought needed it, sprayed with water again and then set the piece aside to dry.

While the panel was drying I took one of the sentiments from Thankful Forest Friends and colored the stamp with markers. I then stamped it on watercolor paper and used an aquapainter across the words and image to carry on the watercolor theme.

After the panel was dry I took an image from Serene Silhouettes and stamped that in StazOn Black right on the watercolored panel. I took the sentiment piece, cut it out and then popped it up to the right of the silhouette image.

Head on over to The Friday Mashup to see what the rest of the DT did and then play along with us!

  • Create a project with a Silhouette image.
  • Create a project with a Background filled with Color (watercolor, Sponging, Etc.)
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project with a color filled background and a silhouette. 

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Thankful Forest Friends
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black StazOn, Various SU Markers
Accessories: Ken Oliver Earth Tones Assortment, Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, dimensionals