Thursday, December 7, 2017

Be A Star for LMMS

Happy Thursday! New images are being released over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps today and they are super cute! Go HERE to see the new images.

My card today showcases one of the new images, Polka Dot Pals Vega. How sweet is she? I just love the star in her hand and the stars on her dress. She is so versatile and can be used for any occasion! I decided to use her on an encouragement card and used 2 of my favorite colors on the card, blue and yellow. I also pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone and try something different with the skin and hair, so I made my Vega an African-American girl!

Make sure you head on over to the LMMS store to check out all the great new images from today and the last few weeks and don't forget, the Anything Goes challenge is still open on the blog, so play along!



A Beary Merry Christmas

It's time for a new challenge over at The Merry Christmas Challenge and as always the theme is Anything Goes. We also have an optional theme you can use, which is fun fold cards this week. I've been swamped at work and at home, 'tis the season!, so I kept my card simple this week.

I'm a huge nature love and living in Alaska I get very spoiled with our beautiful scenery and wildlife. My card this week features one of Alaska's most famous animals, the bear! As soon as I saw this paper I knew it would be perfect with a bear image! I created the sentiment by mixing and matching some sets in my stash.

Make sure and head on over to The Merry Christmas Challenge to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Wish for Sunday Stamps

It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this week we have a color challenge. The colors are fun winter ones but you can really go in any direction with them.

I decided to use the MFT Pure Innocence Nice List stamp. I did some paper piecing on the girl with her dress, using the same paper for the background. With my copics I colored in the rest of the girl. The layout may look familiar, I also used it on a card last week and it's the sketch from last weeks The Paper Players challenge.

Head on over to Sunday Stamps to see what the rest of the DT created with these colors and then check out our DT call! We're looking for a new team member to join us from Jan.-June 2018. All of the details are on the blog!



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Festive Moose for LMMS

It's time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at the LMMS blog and for my card I'm featuring the LMMS image Moose Jingles. We all know I love moose and LMMS has some great moose images! You can find Moose Jingles HERE in the LMMS store.

For my layout I used last weeks sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the sentiment is one I have in my stash that I've had for a few years.

Head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Simple Joys

For today's card I played along with the sketch at The Paper Players and the colors are from the current Power Poppy Hues to Use challenge.

I pulled out the Power Poppy set Simple Joys. I just love this image! If I didn't think my cat and dogs would destroy it I would totally have a decoration like this over by my wood stove! I think my puppies would view it as an open invitation to wreak havoc though LOL


I turned the sketch and instead of a ribbon I just used the pattern on the red patterned paper to fill in as that element.

Thanks for stopping by!


Don't let those sleepy faces fool you! Anna and Elsa are 7 months old and full of mischief :)


Stamps: Simple Joys (Power Poppy)
Paper: Red Red (SU), Neenah Solar White, Santa & Co DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Copics: R24, R27, R46
B02, B04, B05
T1, T3, T5
W1, W2, E44
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SU Oval Framelits, MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax, MFT Blueprints 13, SU 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Dimensionals


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Merriest Wishes on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US! I hope you are having a day filled with love, laughter and lots of good food!

Today is Thursday and that means it's Inspiration Week over at the LMMS blog! I used PDP Jessica again this week, I just think this is such a cute image! She can be colored up to fit any occasion, not just Christmas!

I don't know about everyone else but I've been going in a million directions for weeks now and so I wanted a simple card to make, one where I didn't really have to think about the design. After staring at my stamps for a bit I grabbed a set from SU to create my streaks of color in the background and then popped up PDP Jessica above them. The sentiment is from MFT.


Make sure and head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and don't forget that the Anything Goes challenge is still open, so play along with us!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Plaid Christmoose

It's time for a new challenge over at The Merry Christmas Challenge! This week I went with a plaid scheme along with a moose, 2 of my very favorite things! We already have about 6 inches of snow at my place and the moose have been visiting my yard but they're being elusive, and coming through at night. I wake up to find their tracks going through the yard. Hopefully they'll start showing up during the day so I can enjoy them!

I really love how bright these green is, it just makes such a happy Christmas card!

Head on over to The Merry Christmas Challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us! The theme is always Anything Goes, but this week you also have the optional theme of monochrome if you'd also like to try that!




A Christmas Dinosaur

I first saw this Christmas dinosaur digital stamp on Instagram and knew I had to have him and the other 2 Christmas dinosaurs the designer, Three Room Studio, has in her Etsy shop. My boys have always loved dinosaurs but my 19 year old REALLY loves them so I made this card with him in mind. We both agreed that since neither one of us like coffee or tea that the dinosaur is drinking hot chocolate :) 

I cut up a sentiment from SU's No Bones About It set and paired it with a sentiment from MFT to get my dinosaur Christmas greeting.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Joy to the World

It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this week we have a fun sketch from Monika. Usually I'm pretty literal when it comes to sketches but I went a little broad with my interpretation, as I had a certain idea running through my head.

I used a die from SU's Hometown Greetings Edgelits that has 3 houses, along with a tree. For the sketch I'm using the houses as the squares, and then I placed the sentiment below the first few houses. Instead of placing 3 embellishments under the sentiment I decided to emboss the bottom of the scene with snow, making those my circles from the sketch.


Head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see how the rest of the DT interpreted the sketch and then play along with us, we'd love to see your take on it!



Stamps: Hearts Come Home (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Merry Little Christmas DSP (all SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Hometown Greetings Edgelits (SU), Softly Falling TIEF (SU)



Friday, November 17, 2017

Poinsettia Christmas

For this card I played along with the current Freshly Made Sketches and the Portion Control Challenge at Power Poppy. The circles in the sketch were the perfect way to bring in the leaves of the poinsettia and the pomegranate berries, plus cutting off some of the image filled the bill for portion control.

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Poinsettia and Pomegranates (Power Poppy)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Mossy Meadow (SU retired)
Ink: Printer Ink
Copics: R35, R37, R59
R24, R27
YG11, YG63, YG67
G24, G17, YR24
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches
 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas Banner for LMMS

It's time for a new challenge over at the LMMS blog plus there are some great new images being released in the LMMS shop today! I used one of those images on my card today, her name is Polka Dot Pals Jessica. How cute is she? I just love her hair and the banner can be used for any occasion. 

I decided to go with a Christmas card and so I picked out some retired SU DSP from my stash and pulled from those colors to color my image. Because I used snowflakes in the window insert I decided to color my banner to match that and then used a white gel pen to add snowflakes to it. I used a scrap I had to stamp the sentiment and place it across the bottom portion of the card.

Head on over to the LMMS blog to join in our latest challenge and head on over to the FB group for conversation and to show off any projects you are working on! You can find all the new images in the LMMS store HERE.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wintertime Wishes

I'm still playing catch up and today's card is for Power Poppy's Hues to Use from Nov.7. This one had me stumped for a while because of the pink in it. I don't care for pink and so when I'm faced with using it my brain tends to shut down LOL It was actually another crafter who submitted a card for this that inspired me, you can see Camille's card HERE.

I used the digital stamp set Stand Here and then cut it out with my Wonky Stitched frame from Avery Elle. I grabbed my copics that I felt matched these colors and colored my image in. I wanted to add a sentiment across the front but didn't want anything too big so I opted to use a sentiment from the Power Poppy clear set Cozy Cupfuls.

I wanted the berries to be white with a hint of pink so I colored the edges in with pink and left the centers the lighter color. I then went over the centers with a Wink of Stella white pen so when it dries the white will pop more. I used a T5 to go over the green on the stems to give them a darker appearance from the leaves.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Stand Here (Power Poppy digital set), Cozy Cupfuls (Power Poppy clear set)
Paper: Calypso Coral (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Printer Ink, Calypso Coral (SU)
Copics: R0000, R00, R11, R22, R24
G02, G05, G09
T5
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Die, Wink of Stella White Pen

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bottlebrush Christmas

 I made this card on Thursday but got busy with my family and completely spaced posting it, ooops!

I'm behind on playing with my favorite challenges so I'm playing catch up with some of them. This card was made for one of the recent color challenge at Power Poppy and their Hues to Use. The colors to use are a plum, olive green and a chartreuse green. I wasn't sure what to do with these colors at first but after staring at all my Power Poppy stamps for a while I went with the Bottlebrush Holiday set. I think this group of trees is so fun!

To bring in the plum I colored in the ornaments with the deep color, and I also tried to go for a plum color with my background paper. I really didn't have anything that color so the red I used is a bit different but I think it still works! The olive green is the trees and the background paper with the brighter green brought in on the garland and some of the ornaments.

If you haven't checked out the Hues to Use challenge you really should! The inspiration photos are always gorgeous and their guest designers always show off some great cards!

Thanks for stopping by!






Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas Greetings for LMMS

Did everyone stop by the LMMS FB page this last week to check out the introduction of the news PDP faces? If you didn't you sure missed some awesome inspiration from some great people! I was really blown away by the samples that were posted and the faces are definitely a must have!

This week it's Inspiration Week over at the LMMS blog and I have a Christmas card featuring a teen too cool for Christmas....it's a digital stamp called Casper Silvermist Too Cool for Christmas and he is part of the Honeycloud Teens series. I've got 3 boys, all grown now, but at one time or another I have definitely seen them act like they were too cool for Christmas :)

Make sure and head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and don't forget the Anything Goes challenge is still open, so come play along with us!



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes

Happy Wednesday! I'm excited to announce that I've joined the team over at The Merry Christmas Challenge! Anyone who has frequented my blog knows that Christmas cards are my favorite type of card to make so being able to be a part of this team makes me super happy!

My first card as a member of the team is a masculine Christmas card, for a young boy or teen. The great thing about it is it can be used as a Christmas card, a winter card or both, depending on when in the season you want to send it.


After coloring in this older Pure Innocence image I was trying to decide on my frame color. I already had the patterned paper picked out so I needed to tie it all together. I made one blue frame, one brown frame, created the cards and then polled my family and friends LOL Surprisingly it was pretty evenly split...half of them liked the blue frame and half of them liked the brown frame! I ended up making 3 of each color so everyone was happy :)

Are you working on your Christmas cards? Head on over to The Merry Christmas Challenge and play along with us! The theme is always Anything Goes with an optional twist, and this week the twist is "snow". I incorporated that with my boy image holding snowballs. What would you create for a snow theme? Come on over and show us!





Monday, November 6, 2017

Just for You Dahlia

This month at the Power Poppy blog Cindy Lawrence is the host for the Power and Spark Challenge and it's all about portion control. She wants us to use only portions of images, no full images allowed. Pretty fun idea!

I instantly thought of the Dahlia XL image for my card and I decided to use a retired die from SU to create my portion control. I cut out the die first and then stamped the image across it. By doing this the outer side edges of the flower were cut off, leaving the center as the main focus of the card. If I had chosen a smaller die I could take off even more of the outer petals but I really liked how this die looked with the dahlia so decided to keep it as is. 


I colored the image in with some orange copics and then decided to use some orange and black papers for the background to carry the color scheme. I wanted a sentiment on the front but didn't want it to be too overwhelming so I stamped the "just for you" on a strip of white and then cut it to create a small banner.

Thanks for stopping by!




Sunday, November 5, 2017

Candy cane and Berries

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a color challenge going on. I had to stare at these colors for a bit before my wheels started turning, and I decided to use a new stamp set from Power Poppy for my card.

The set is called Berry Sweet Holiday and I used the orange/red color, the pink and the green on my card.

Head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us! We'd love to see how you use these colors!




Saturday, November 4, 2017

New Faces for LMMS

It's the release that you've been waiting for ... the new and improved Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces is here! These adorable and quirky faces are a fun way to customize your Polka Dot Pals rubber stamps. The clear stamps also make it easy for placement. This set features 32 high quality photopolymer clear stamps of faces and glasses sized for both the large and small Polka Dot Pals.
We're celebrating this release with a grand sale AND we have some fabulous guests that have joined us! Visit each of the four days for inspriation and get your Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces today. Let's celebrate!
During these four days ...
Buy the new Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces and you'll also receive the Little houses clear stamp FREE!
15% OFF all Little Miss Muffet brand stamps
(Check the Make it Crafty section too for some holiday sales)
Lastly, you'll get FREE US shipping on mailable orders over $35.00 or a $5.00 shipping credit for International Order. There's no better time to shop for rubber stamps at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. Oh yeah!
All promos are automatically added to the cart during checkout - no coupons needed!

Get more information at our Challenge Blog or the NEW LMMS FB group!



For my card I used PDP Hannah! I love how the freckles really bring this fun face together!


Make sure you head on over to the LMMS store to check out all of the great new products!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Precious Lamb Christmas

I've been hit with a nasty cold and forgot to post this card yesterday, so this will be short and sweet as I just took some NyQuil to ensure some sleep tonight :)

This card was made for the Jingle Belles challenge, to use a creature on your Christmas card, and the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. The stamp is an older Pure Innocence Stamp, from back in 2010 I think.

Thanks for stopping by!





Saturday, October 28, 2017

Holy Night Hues for Power Poppy

This week over at Power Poppy's Hues to Use challenge the colors are a dark brown, a light brown and a green. As I sat looking at the colors I knew I wanted to use the set O Holy Night, one I hadn't yet inked up.

I used the browns on the church, with the light brown being the body and the darker brown being brought in on the window panes and some of the trim. I also use the dark brown as my card base. I used the green on the snowy evergreens surrounding the church. I added a bit of yellow for the glow from the windows and slight glow of the moon. I used grays for the rest of the glow around the moon, like it was peeking through the clouds and reflecting.

It still seemed like it needed a bit more so I added some Wink of Stella to all the snow parts of the scene and then embossed it with a snow folder from SU.

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Turkey Time for LMMS

It's Thursday and that means it's time for some Inspiration over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog! This week I'm focusing on Thanksgiving with a fun turkey day card.

For my card I'm using the image Polka Dot Hazel. How fun is she with the turkey in her arms? The turkey seems to have a look on his face like "help me". LOL I brought in the colors for PDP Hazel from the patterned paper I used. Because the patterned paper is a bit busy I wanted to keep the layout simple so the image would pop against the background.

Make sure you head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created, and don't forget to also come by the new FB group to visit and share projects. The Anything Goes challenge is also still open, so head on over and play along with us!



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Birthday Geraniums

I'm behind on playing along with different challenges so I'm trying to get them done when I can. I needed to make a birthday card for my stepmom so the color challenge from Power Poppy a few weeks ago was just what I needed, as I pulled out the Geraniums Take Two set from Power Poppy to create my card.

The colors are red, green and pink. The red and green were easy for me to do but I wasn't sure how to bring in the pink. I finally decided to outline the flower image with a pink marker, like the sun was setting and the light was bouncing off the flowers, creating a pink glow (anyone who has ever seen alpenglow will know what I'm talking about, similar look!). My picture isn't the best because I was in a hurry and the lighting sucked but hopefully you get the jist :)


Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Geraniums Take Two, Nice Things to Say (both Power Poppy)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, DCWV The Basics Stack
Ink: Garden Green (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R05, R08, R24
G09, G16, G19
R30
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Stiched Inside and Out Ovals, dimensionals

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ho Ho Ho for Sunday Stamps

It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this week we have a fun sketch from Amy to play with!

Do you ever get a bunch of new stamping goodies and then get so overwhelmed with everything you have that you don't know what to use? That is me right now! The last month or so I've stocked up on lots of new stamp sets and I almost feel like it's giving me a creative block because I don't know what to use. I was struggling for a while with this sketch because I had 3 sets pulled out for consideration and to be honest, I didn't narrow it down until the last minute!


I finally decided to go with the SU set Wishes All Aglow, which can be found in the current holiday catalog. I think these images are a lot of fun and liked the 3 bulbs with the " ho ho ho" written on them. After looking through my DSP I went with the Be Merry DSP and zoned in on a red color scheme with just a touch of green. I brought the green in with my card base, the layer under the middle piece of the banner strip of DSP. It was a quick and easy to put together, making it a great mass assembly card to do for Christmas! Nowadays I need all the help in time management I can get LOL

Head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we'd love to see how you interpret the sketch
!





Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas Wishes for LMMS

It's time for a new challenge over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and this week I'm using a brand new rubber stamp on my card. The image is Fancy Sunbonnet Christmas Tree and I think she is super adorable!

I stayed with traditional Christmas colors for my card, taking the main colors from the patterned paper I used. I made the tree a brighter green while coloring her dress and bonnet a more olive green. To give a little extra sparkle I added silver gel pen accents to the tree and her dress, and I used Wink of Stella on the red portions of the dress. You can find all of the Sunbonnet Stamps in the LMMS shop HERE.

My layout is from last weeks Freshly Made Sketches.

Head on over to the LMMS blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us! If you are on Facebook come and check out the BRAND NEW FB group and interact with other LMMS fans!