Sunday, December 30, 2018

Get Wool Soon for Sunday Stamps

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a pretty mellow color challenge. I thought about the direction I wanted to go for a bit and then decided to use the digital set Get Wool Soon from Power Poppy.

My favorite teacher from the school I work at fell outside the school doors on the 21st and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. She ended up with staples in her head plus a concussion and orders to stay in bed for Christmas break. Since the earthquake and consolidating with the high school I haven't seen her but wanted to let her know I was thinking about her and so this card was made just for her.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my layout, turning the oval like one of their DT members did. From the Sunday Stamps color graphic I actually managed to use all 5 colors!

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us! You also have time to play along with FMS until the 31st at 3pm EST!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Monday, December 24, 2018

Make the Moose Out of Life

I recently got the Newton's Nook Moose Mountain set after seeing it on my friend Holly's blog. I just think these stamps are SO cute and of course they are perfect for Alaska. I did make a change to one of the stamps though....both moose come with antlers and of course everyone knows that only male moose have them, female moose do not have a rack. Therefore I used my Scan N Cut to cut the image directly around the black outline and then I was able to cut off the antlers on the snowboarder catching air, turning it into a girl. Now I have both a male and female moose on my card!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Joy to the World

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this time we have a fun sketch from Heather!

I had colored a bunch of images for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and I was finishing up the challenge when the earthquake hit and then I got even more behind. I brought several of these images to work with me the other night and colored them on my break and lunch and when I started working on my card for this challenge I realized this image would be perfect for the sketch!

The paper is from a pad that I bought at Hobby Lobby in May when I visited South Carolina. The image is a new digital stamp from Power Poppy, isn't it fabulous?  I used my copics to color it in.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Winter Colors for LMMS

I'm still alive! Sorry for the lack of posts but on Nov.30 my area was hit with a 7.0 earthquake and while my home was spared any damage the school I work at was pretty much destroyed and today we combine with our high school next door to become a 6-12 school. There's been a lot of stress and upheaval the past few weeks and things are finally (hopefully) settling down!

There's a new challenge over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and I pulled out one of my favorite go to stamps this holiday season, Holiday Truck. I used colors that I normally wouldn't think about it (I'm not a purple fan) but I recently bought some paper pads at Michaels (70%off, woohoo!) and these colors were pulled straight from these papers.

Head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Peace for LMMS

It's time for a new challenge over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and this week I'm using the Moose Love digital stamp for my card. I really love the various moose images that Little Miss Muffet Stamps offers and this one with a mama and baby is too sweet.

I used the current sketch from The Paper Players for my card along with some retired DSP from SU that has just the right outdoor feel I needed to go along with my image. 

Make sure you head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Merry for Power Poppy Creative Confetti

Today is a new Creative Confetti Challenge over at the Power Poppy blog and I am very happy to say that I am the guest host for the challenge today! I was thrilled to be asked by Julie Koerber to join in the fun!

With it being such a busy time of year I love to have extra help with my card making and a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge is a great way to get a project jump started! For my card I decided to use the diagonal row of Red, Die Cut and Green.

I was inspired by a tutorial the talented Julie Koerber did for Inspire Me Monday back in April 2018 and so I created the text "Merry" in Photoshop and then used the Power Poppy digital set Hollyberries and positioned the images around the text until I was happy with how it looked. After printing the image out I used my Copic markers to color in the images....the red from the challenge was brought in on the berries (R35, R37, R39) and the card base, the green on the leaves (YG03, YG63, YG67) and the die cut is the wonky stitch panel from Avery Elle. I like to keep things clean and simple but wanted some sparkle on my card so I used a silver Gelly Roll to color in the text and finish the card off! 

Thank you again to Julie and Power Poppy for having me as a guest this week!

Monday, November 26, 2018

To My Sweet Friend

I colored up this image last week for the Jingle Belles food or drink challenge and got busy and set it aside. Then the sketch for the new Paper Players challenge came across my feed and I knew it would be perfect for my image!

For the Jingles Belles challenge I used this fun gingerbread set from Power Poppy called Frosted Gingerbread. I used my copics to color in the image and although it doesn't show up I used some Wink of Stella in the frosting and snow areas.

For the sketch I used some retired SU DSP for my background paper.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Birthday Piled High with Power Poppy

The current Power Poppy Creative Challenge was posted on Nov.20 and because the hostess Julie K and a fellow Bloomie team member Tosha L had birthdays that day the challenge was to create a birthday card. Nov.20 is also my youngest sons birthday, he turned the big 2-0 this year, no more teenager! It was his first birthday away from home as he moved to OR in Sept, so I think he was feeling just as sad as I was that day. I did get to talk though and that made me happy!

For my card I used the Power Poppy digital stamp Layer Cake. My colors for the cakes were pulled from the DSP I used for the background paper. I did use the sentiment from the set but had to stretch it a bit from it's original form in order to fit the sketch I used. On one card I decided to place a colored frame around the sentiment square and the other one I just left the sentiment square plain.

The layout I used is from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Of course I didn't notice until I was editing my photos that I forgot the strip across the top of the square panel (sigh). You win some, you lose some! Other than that my card follows the sketch.

Gingerbread Coloring

Earlier in the week I did some quick coloring for the Nov.6 Power Poppy Creative Confetti coloring challenge and the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge. I used this fun gingerbread house from the Power Poppy clear set Frosted Gingerbread.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Moose Wonderful Time of Year

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone that is celebrating in the US has a wonderful day! My husband works in the healthcare field so he works every Thanksgiving, so we'll have our feast this evening when he gets home. Our oldest is the only one of our kids that still lives in the area so he's also coming over to hang out and have dinner. He works retail so has to be at work at midnight to prepare for Black Friday, boooo!

It's Inspiration Week over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and this week I'm using one of the fabulous moose images, Moose Cheer, and the Moose Wonderful Time sentiments for my card. I just love this moose with the big wreath around his neck! I colored it with my copics and then used silver Stickles to create my ornaments. Normally this time of year I'd be seeing a bunch of moose in my yard and neighborhood but thanks to the stupid warm blob in the Pacific Ocean (look it up if you don't know what I'm talking about) our weather here in southcentral Alaska has been very warm and we have no snow, so the moose are staying up in the hills. It's pretty depressing! Good thing I have this image to help lift my spirits a bit!

Don't forget, there is still time to play along in our Anything Goes challenge, so head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and join us!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cup of Good Cheer

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week Claire has a fun sketch for us!

As soon as I saw the layout I knew I wanted to use one of the new sets from Power Poppy. This set is called Snuggle Down and I just love it! One of the images in the set is a row of thermoses, a cup, some greenery and a box of cocoa and that's what I chose for my main image panel. I colored it using my copics in traditional reds and greens and then die cut it with a square panel. My sentiment is from the same set and because it didn't fit across like the banner in the sketch I just made the banner go across the middle instead of coming out from the edge.

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Peace for Power Poppy

This week for the Creative Confetti challenge over at Power Poppy we are to create projects where we stamp an image off the corner or use a corner rounder on our creation.

I took a retired SU die and made my shape, then I took the Amaryllis Bliss stamp and played around with it until I found a position for it that I liked. I stamped the image off the corner on several spots of the shape and the shape also has round edges so I managed to do both parts of the challenge :)

After coloring my image with copics I took my W1 and W0 copics and outlined around the flowers. I then stamped the sentiment across the bottom of the image panel. I think I should have chosen my patterned paper before choosing the red for my flowers, as I had a bit of a time trying to find a paper that I felt looked good. I ended up going with some Poppy Parade DSP from SU and some retired SU Christmas DSP for the green. The image is popped up with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Christmoose for LMMS

It's time for a new challenge over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and this week I decided to create a little winter scene on my card. I combined 2 images, Moose Jingles and Winter Scene, to create a simple but fun scene. After I colored the image with copic markers I fussy cut along the top edges and then adhered the image panel for a section of patterned paper that looks like snow falling from the sky. I then pulled out a sentiment from my stash and put the sentiment banner at the top left of the card. Nice and simple card ready to mail off for Christmas!

Make sure you head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Coloring for Power Poppy

Just a quick post today. The current challenge for the Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge is to just color an image...don't worry about making a project, you don't have to get fancy, just take a few mins and color. My daughter was here all last week from Oklahoma and flew back Sunday night so I didn't get much coloring done at all last week so I set aside some time today to color up a brand new image from Power Poppy's new clear set Let Your Heart Be Light.

I know the pic isn't that great, I'm in a hurry to get stuff done today, but the poinsettias look so pretty in person. I love to use my copic R39, R37 and R35 to color in poinsettias, I think it's such a pretty combo! I haven't decided yet what sentiment I'm going to use on the image, I'll figure that out later.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Flowery Winter Wishes

This week over at the Jingle Belles blog they want to see us get festive with flowers. Easy peasy, all I had to do was turn to my Power Poppy stamps, they have the most incredible flower images for Christmas!

For my card I decided to go with the Winter Wonderland set from Power Poppy. This image features a Poinsettia, Dusty Miller, Pepperberries and Anemones! I just love this combination of flowers, it's so pretty and unexpected. Power Poppy just released this image as a digital stamp on Monday so that's even better news for folks that love digi's!

I colored the image in with copics and then used a die from MFT to cute the image panel. It looked a bit plain to me so I did some paper piercing around the edges for a little more visual punch and then I adhered it to a card base. My daughter is home visiting us from OKC so because she loves glitter on everything I added some Wink of Stella to the anemones. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 5, 2018

So Thankful for You

For today's card I played along with 2 Power Poppy challenges....the monthly Power and Spark Challenge is all about giving thanks, and the weekly Creative Confetti Challenge wants us to use our monogram to create our project.

For the giving thanks part I used a wonderful new clear set called Fortunes of Fall. The maize image is also a digital stamp and now it's a clear stamp, so I had to have this set when it was released recently! For the sentiment I used one of the ones from the new set "So thankful for you". Right now our 22 yr old daughter is home visiting us....her and her boyfriend moved to Oklahoma City a year and a half ago and we haven't seen her since they moved so it's wonderful to have her home for a week. We had an early Thanksgiving with her and her older brother yesterday and then we all got to watch the Northern Lights as a family after dinner, which was a wonderful treat. Usually I'm the only one awake when the aurora comes out to dazzle Alaska!

For the Creative Confetti Challenge my monogram is LMJ. Therefore I chose:

L= Layers
M= Maize (the corn image)
J=Jewel (there is a blue rhinestone placed on the ribbon in the image).

The J was really tough and I went back and forth between the jewel and jute twine but ultimately ended up using the jewel.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Thinking of you This Season

It's time for a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps and this week we have a color challenge for you. The post is titled Fall Whisper but I decided to go with a winter card.

For my card I used the 2nd and 3rd colors in the graphic, plus the last one. I incorporated the brighter blue in with my DSP and the trees, and the darker blue is my card base and what I used for the sentiment. The light brown color was used on the edge of the trees for a bit of a shadow affect. I also used a retired SU TIEF to create the snowy ground below the trees.

Make sure and 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 colors!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Happy Christmas for LMMS

Working night shift my days often blend together and that's what happened this week...I took Weds off from work and got so busy enjoying Halloween that I forgot about Thursday and posting my card for Little Miss Muffet Stamps, ooops!

This week I'm once again featuring the Holiday Truck digital image. I just love this truck and all the different ways it can be used. This time I decided to use the trees, ax and lights on my truck and I used some retired SU DSP I had in my stash. I really like these papers with this image!

Make sure and head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us in a brand new Anything Goes Challenge!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Very Meowy Christmas

Over at the Jingle Belles blog they are all about a creature Christmas right now. I was going to do a moose card (of course) but I recently got this fabulous stamp from Mama Elephant and just had to color it up. I adore cats, and have many friends that are cat lovers also so this is the perfect Christmas image for me to have! It's hard to see but I added some Wink of Stella to the hats and ornaments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gobble Gobble for LMMS

It's Inspiration Week over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and this week I'm all about Thanksgiving. A lot of people say to me, what about Thanksgiving, there is another holiday between Halloween and Christmas ya know, especially since I am in full on Christmas mode all the time. Trust me, I know there is Thanksgiving and I love it...I love the yummy food, being with my family and just hanging out with good friends. Just because I'm focusing on Christmas doesn't mean I've forgotten everything else, I'm just more subdued about other holidays :)

I wanted something nice and easy for my Thanksgiving card. I started going through my stash of Little Miss Muffet Stamps images and came across this turkey. It's a digital stamp called Hazel's Turkey and I think it is so cute! I decided to put it on a white card base and then used a stamp to create some dirt below him with a sentiment that reads "Gobble Gobble" on the outside of the card and inside the sentiment reads "It's Turkey Time".

Don't forget, the Anything Goes challenge is still open over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog so head on over there and play along with us!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Love You to the Core

The current challenge over at The Paper Players blog is all about apples and it's perfect because I've had this Pure Innocence image sitting on my craft desk for a few weeks now. I had colored it and then just kind of pushed it to the side, so the apple challenge was the perfect motivation I needed to get it made into a card!

I used yellow and green for the colors of the girls clothing so I grabbed some of my favorite retired SU DSP that I've been hoarding. I love polka dots and I love these colors together so I created a very simple background with this DSP on my red card base. I added the sentiment to the inside of the card and pulled it all together by putting a strip of the Old Olive polka dot paper across the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Let it Snow for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun sketch from Heidi to get everyone's creativity going.

For my card I used a Stampin Up! set from the holiday catalog called Alpine Adventure. As soon as I saw this set I had to have it, I am a huge winter lover and I love spending time outdoors in the snow. This set has some great dies and stamps that coordinate together.

I used some SU Under the Mistletoe DSP against an Early Espresso card base and then for the slanted vertical layer I used a piece of Shaded Spruce that I scored with my Simply Scored tool in order to get some dimension. To create my red frame I used a brand new tool I recently bought at Michaels, the We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board. It was nice and easy to create my frame with it!

I used the SU Alpine Sports Framelits to cut out my sled and snowshoes. They looked a little plain so I decided to use the ribbon die and added a red ribbon to each item. To finish the card off I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso and then used my square 1" punch to cut it out, then I adhered it with dimensionals in the middle of the frame.

Make sure to 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 18, 2018

Getting Cozy for LMMS

It's time for a new challenge over at the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog and it's our 200th challenge! Wow, 200, can you believe it? As always it's Anything Goes so grab your favorite Little Miss Muffet Stamps rubber stamp or digi and head on over to play along!

For my card I'm featuring Holiday Truck again. Have I said lately how much I love this digi and the possibilities it offers? I seriously can't get enough of it! This time I kept it simple and used one of my favorite dies to create a frame, adding patterned paper that I thought went well with the Holiday Truck. I stamped the sentiment in white on the frame and to the left of the image and then I popped up the Holiday Truck with dimensionals to really make it pop off the front.

Head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we'd love to see what you do with Little Miss Muffet Stamps!