Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Going Red for Jingle Belles

The current challenge over at the Jingle Belles blog is to create a project that predominantly features the color red. I finally made time to create a Christmas card, the first one of the year for me!

I used a set from Power Poppy called Joyful Arrangements. The clear set is now retired but you can find several of the images from the set in digital stamp form in the Power Poppy shop, including the image I used on my card

To keep me on track with the red theme I picked out the paper I was going to use first and then I brought the accent colors from that paper into the image. The card is still all about the red but has touched of brown, green and blue thrown in.

The challenge ends tomorrow so hurry on over and link up your red card :)

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hens and Chicks

It's time for a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps and this week we have some bright and bold colors to work with! I have to admit, I was a bit stumped but I started going through my digital stamps and stopped on the Hens and Chicks set from Power Poppy. I knew it would be perfect for the green and purple colors, plus bringing black into the card would be easy.

I colored my image with copics and then started to work on my card lay out. I began to put my card together Sat afternoon and originally used yellow patterned paper for the background and a single purple frame but I kept looking at it and was not happy with the combo at all. Hubby and I went out to dinner, ran some errands and coming back home to the card I still wasn't happy. At 2am Sun morning I finally said forget it and left it laying on my desk and went to bed. When I woke up today I grabbed the purple patterned paper, cut the frames out and went with a different sentiment than what I had originally picked out and I am SO much happier with the result! Sometimes we just really need to step back and give our projects a fresh eye later on to get to the point where we are happy with our choices!

I'm also playing along with this weeks Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge, which is to Frame It Up. Julie wants us to showcase our main image with a frame so I used 2, a black one and a green one set against the purple patterned paper.

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 what you do with these colors!

There is also still time to play along with Creative Confetti on the Power Poppy blog, you have the entire month to play along with each weekly prompt so go check that out also!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Love One Another

I started coloring this card toward the end of last week and then I got knocked out of commission with a nasty cold. I hate it when that happens, especially when I had a 3 day weekend that I didn't get to enjoy! I finally had enough energy to get this card finished up on Monday, thankfully.

The image is from the Power Poppy digital set Love One Another. I just love irises and tulips, they are such happy flowers. It's funny, I don't like the color purple in day to day stuff but when it comes to flowers give me a purple and yellow combo any day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Time to Fly

It's my favorite time of the month...new digital stamp release at Power Poppy! I always get SO excited to see what Marcy has in store for everyone and she never disappoints!

For my card I used the set Time to Fly:

A meandering mix of butterflies and anemones swirl through the gears of time in this intricate design. Variations are included with both richly detailed butterflies and more simplified wings, also choose from ornate watch hands and very simple ones. Be sure to crop into this one to create a scene that works for you if you don't feel like tackling the entire drawing. Images are in light grey as well as black.

For my card I decided to go with bright colors and kept the butterflies simple because honestly, I was scared to try and get too much detail with the butterflies. LOL I'm just not as talented as some people who can look at an example and then translate it to their stamped image. I did google butterflies and used some of the images I found as the inspiration for the colors I chose.

The sentiment I used is from the clear set Geraniums Take Two and I thought it went perfectly with this image! I kept it simple by stamping it in black on a piece of white card stock that was die cut. I didn't want the sentiment to take away from the image so I think keeping it simple and in the corner keeps the eye on the colors of the image.

The other set released today is called Shimmering Flight:

The colorful hollyhocks and Native American turquoise-and-silver jewelry of New Mexico were on my mind when conjuring this drawing. Variations in this set include a faceted gemstone with a dragonfly, originally drawn expressly for Alyce Keegan's Kit and Clowder classes, and a version of the turquoise/hollyhocks with a dragonfly. Images are in light grey as well as black.

Head on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the amazing cards that were created with this digital stamp set, they are fabulous!

Make sure to go check out these new digital stamp sets, they have something for everyone in them and I think you'll love them as much as I do :)

Pssst....be sure to check out the sale section too....wow there are some awesome deals going on right now!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Inspired by Song

Happy Tuesday friends! This week I'm the host of  Creative Confetti on the Power Poppy blog and I want everyone to get inspired by song. Music plays a big part in my life and like a lot of people I associate certain songs with certain events or people in my life. Sometimes it's a melody that will make me think of my dad, a song title that takes me back to a summer night, the scent of lilacs moving through the air. How has the magic of song inspired you?

HOW TO PLAY: Make a card inspired by a song! Maybe the title of the song has a flower mentioned in it, maybe a certain melody reminds you of flowers received on a special date? Let your imagination run wild with this!

On to my creation!

I had a few ideas going through my head for this. I originally had The Rose by Bette Midler as my inspiration but then I was listening to the 60's music station on my TV when Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells came on. I absolutely love that song and it reminds me of being a kid and sitting on the stairs that led to our family room. My parents had a pool table down there and on Saturday nights they would play pool with their best friends while listening to oldies on the radio. To this day I can still picture my dad standing there with his pool stick waiting to take his shot, his head bobbing to the tunes.

With St.Patrick's Day not too far away I decided to use the digital stamp Shamrock 'n' Roll. I'm a pretty literal person so the image is perfect for the song title plus the title of the stamp set goes nicely with the theme this week :)

After coloring the shamrocks I decided to do the clover in pink. There is a crimson clover that is native to Europe and which has been introduced to the US but I thought that going that deep of red would make the card look too Christmassy. The pink pairs nicely with the green, giving off a nice spring feel!

I had the patterned paper in my stash and it was the perfect mix of greens to go with my image! I wanted to bring in a tad more of that pink so I die cut a panel of pink card stock and angled it underneath a piece of olive green card stock that I embossed with an argyle pattern. I printed out the sentiment from the set and then popped that up across the bottom portion of the card to complete things!

Now it's your turn Creative Confetti fans! Let's see how music inspires you!  Don't forget to link up your creation over at the Power Poppy blog so we can ALL see what you've whipped up and you'll be entered into our monthly drawing for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop. You have all month to play along!

See you soon!


Sunday, February 9, 2020

I Love You

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

I colored the rose in a coral color and then used some Toner Gray copics for the tag and around the outline of the leaves and flower. I knew I wanted my card base to be the same coral color so I grabbed some Granite Gray card stock and embossed that with the 3D Brick Wall embossing flower for some texture. I finished it off by tying a bit of Calypso Coral ribbon around the stem portion of the top of the image.

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! You can also play along with each of the Creative Confetti challenges all month!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Moose Be Your Birthday

I've had this stamp from Gerda Steiner Designs for a bit now and I finally got it inked up over the weekend! How sweet is this guy? I also love this stamp set because it has a cow moose in it! So many moose stamp sets just have a bull moose and people try and turn the bull moose into a girl and I'm like nope, that's not how this works, if it has antlers it's a boy. Bit of a pet peeve of mine!

The layout is from the most recent Sunday Stamps sketch. It was the perfect way to highlight the sentiment as well as the image.

This past Friday I was driving down the street I work on and since I work nights I usually get to see all kinds of moose out and about but this winter they really haven't been seen and so I was mulling that over as I drove home. Well, not more than half a mile down the highway I see a large shape come darting out from the woods on the left of the road and I start trying to bring the Mustang to a stop on the icy, snow covered highway. A beautiful cow moose passed no more than a foot from the front of my car while I had a slight heart attack. All I could think of was if hitting the moose doesn't kill me my husband will for wrecking the Mustang LOL Thankfully both the car and the moose are fine and the universe let me know to be careful what to wish for, oy!

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

My Missing Piece

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a color challenge for everyone!

I don't know why but color challenges with pink in them always throw me off, maybe because it's not a color I care for. I had to think about these colors and how I wanted to use them, finally settling on this card using a SU set.

I used a die to cut the puzzle pieces in 4 of the challenge colors and then I cut the sentiment heart out with a die after stamping it in Cherry Cobbler.  I knew I wanted a white background but it looked a bit boring so I used a SU 3D embossing folder to add some texture.

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 what you do with these colors!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Bushels of Love

This sweet image is available to the Patreon subscribers of Mo Manning @ Mo's Digital Pencil.. How adorable are the barrels filled with hearts and the big curly ponytails on the little girl? This was a lot of fun to color!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Valentine Greetings

Today's card features a set I used on my previous card, Va-Va-Valentines from Power Poppy. I just love this digital stamp set so much and this sock image is my favorite!

I kept the layout simple and added some paper piercing around the edges for a little more visual interest. I also brought on some of the green from the DSP into the image. Green is one of my favorite colors so of course I have to have it in there somewhere :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Happy I Found You

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

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it and although I don't celebrate the day I know a lot of people who do! Power Poppy has an amazing digital set called Va-Va- Valentines and I used one of the images from that set on my card, as it was perfect for the circle element on the sketch.

Last week I had used this image on another card and when coloring it this time I decided to use the same colors from the papers on the previous card. I'm not much of a pink fan but I really like how the Melon Mambo goes with the Bermuda Bay. I didn't want to use patterned paper for the background but I also didn't want to leave it plain so I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder from my stash. The fun heart background gives just the right amount of texture and extra visual pop.

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with for this sketch and then play along with us, we'd love to see what YOU can do with it!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Moosing You

I'm still trying to get back into the craft swing of things so I found this sketch from last January and thought it would work well with the MFT set Sweater Weather in the Woods.

I colored the moose and beaver up and then based on the colors I used for their clothing I picked some MFT patterned paper to use on my card. I kept the background neutral, using Crumb Cake from SU.

It's -22 tonight with a windchill of -38 and I haven't seen any moose recently. I'm guessing that with our subzero temps they are all hunkered down and only popping up for some quick meals!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Shreddin' Birthday for FMS

Happy New Year! My Christmas vacation is coming to an end, I go back to work on Jan.6th, so I'm slowly starting to get back into a crafting routine after being focused on family and Christmas the last few weeks.

For today's card I am playing with the current sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog. I had thought I missed this sketch but because of the holiday it's open longer then usual, woohoo!

I'm a huge lover of the Pure Innocence stamps from My Favorite Things and I recently acquired this older stamp set from 2011. I've been searching for it for a while so I am absolutely thrilled to own it and wanted to get it inked up.

I kept the color scheme pretty toned down, only using bright colors for his snowsuit. Of course I had to use my 2 favorite colors, blue and green. I carried the blue color into the sketch by making the back layer panel the same blue as his snowsuit. I always need male birthday cards so I used the birthday sentiment from the set for my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: PI Snowboard Boy (MFT)
Paper: Balmy Blue (SU), Blueberry Bushel (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxxedo Black, Blueberry Bushel (SU)
Copics: E50, E51, E53
B23, B24, B26
Y11, YG01, YG05
C1, C3, C5
Accessories: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, MFT Blueprints 20 and 27, Dimensionals