Sunday, August 30, 2020

Cozy Christmas

I needed to get some cards done for a swap and where is the first place I turn to for layout inspiration? Freshly Made Sketches of course! Layouts are always my biggest obstacle but thankfully they had the perfect sketch this week to get my brain pushed into gear.

For my card I used the SU DSP Trimming the Town and the Home Together dies to cut out the houses. I then used the same DSP to cut a square for the background, which is a snowy forest scene. I positioned the 2 smaller houses to the left and the right and then for the middle portion I popped up the large house with dimensionals. The Coming Home stamp set doesn't have any sentiments so I used one from the Merry Moose set, I thought it went perfectly with the scene I created.

Quick and easy cards with no coloring on them whatsoever, which is very rare for me. I do love these houses though!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Healing Bouquet

TGIF! Are you ready to bring in the weekend with another new digital stamp from Power Poppy? Today we have Healing Bouquet, an awesome image featuring lemon, lavender, lotus, elderberry and eucalyptus. There are so many wonderful directions this image can be taken in!

I decided to keep my colors on the softer side. The red berries and lemon really pop against the more muted colors of the lotus, lavender and eucalyptus. For my sentiment I once again used a sentiment from the now retired set Good Thinking:Renewal.

Now it's time to go on a beautiful adventure perusing the creations from the rest of the Bloom Brigade! Just click on the names for each designer to see the wonderful things they did with this fabulous new image!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

New Power Poppy!

Happy Thursday friends!I've got some fabulous news....Power Poppy has a brand new digital image being released today and another one is being released tomorrow! I don't know about you but I am SO EXCITED to have brand new Power Poppy goodness to color.

This release is called the Fresh-Squeezed Scents Collection and today's image, Aloes and Oranges, features an aloe plant flanked by oranges. I've never colored an aloe plant or oranges before so it was really fun to look up photos for reference and to see the different colors out there for the aloe plants. I decided to go with a more milky green color with just a hint of a darker color mixed in for my aloe plant, and I really liked how the leaves contrast with the pretty flowers that come up from the aloe plant. Did you know an aloe plant flowered? I didn't!

I didn't get too fancy with the oranges, those who are familiar with me know I like to keep things simple and honestly I was a bit scared to try and get too crazy with the sliced orange LOL For the white flowers I did some coloring with a C3 and C1 copics.

For my background paper I used colors right from my image panel, mixing some stripes with polka dots.. The sentiment is from the clear stamp set Good Thinking: Renewal (sadly this set is now retired).

Are you ready to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade came up with? Hang on to your seats because the projects are A-MA-ZING!


Monday, August 24, 2020

Happy Birthday Fish

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

I'm still short on time so I went through my colored images sitting on my desk to see if I had anything that would work for this sketch. I got lucky and had this fish from Power Poppy all colored and ready to go!

I went through my paper stash to find paper that I liked with this image and then I popped the image panel up with dimensionals after I got the card base done. To finish it off I stamped Happy Birthday on a banner and popped that up also.

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!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Hello, Pumpkin

Whew, it has been darn near impossible for me to find any crafting time! Work has been kicking my butt and I spend my spare time either painting my house or sleeping. Thankfully Mother Nature finally gave us a weekend full of sun and no rain so hubby and I spent this entire weekend getting the rest of the exterior of the house painted. Other than scraping paint off the windows we are done, wooohooo! I love seeing my house with a new trim color and a fresh coat of paint for the body, it just makes such a nice difference!

Sunday night is always family night for me, my husband and our oldest son so tonight we played horseshoes after dinner since the mosquitoes have disappeared. Hubby won the first game and our son won the second one. After saying goodbye to our son I came into the craft room and grabbed this pumpkin image from Power Poppy that I recently colored (currently on sale for 2.99!!). I had set aside some patterned paper that I thought would go good with this stamp and I just started playing along with the paper and card stock to see if I could get a layout I liked. I finally decided on this layout, there is some of the patterned paper showing but yet room to stamp a sentiment in the bottom corner. I popped the image panel up for more dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Creative Confetti: Keeping it Simple

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I hope the week is off to a great start for everyone! Lisa here to bring you this weeks Creative Confetti and we're going to keep it simple!

Life is a bit crazy for me right now....I work for our local school district and our kids are headed back to school on the 19th so we're busy getting ready for them. Plus, after 11 years of working the night shift, I'm switching to days. So, I'm trying to balance work, family time and crafting time! I'm always about keeping things simple but I really need to simplify things as much as possible right now. Hence, this week's theme. Let's create cards with lots of white space and not much fuss. Let the image do all the talking!

HOW TO PLAY: Create a clean and simple card. This means plenty of white space and a nice streamlined card without a lot of elements to draw your eye away from the image.

On to my creation...

Power Poppy has such wonderful images with fabulous details that it's really easy to pick one for a CAS card. Since I have winter and Christmas on the brain  I decided to ink up the set Let Your Heart Be Light. I am drawn to images that have an old fashioned feel to them and this set definitely has that feel. My grandmother was a retired florist and she used to have the most beautiful Christmas centerpieces on the kitchen table and this set makes me think of those.

To start, I die cut my white base so I would have some pretty edging around my image. After getting the 2 pieces arranged to where I wanted them (the top and bottom image panels) I stamped them in black and then used my copic markers to color in the image. For a little extra pop, I used metallic gel pens on the leaves and berries. I then adhered the white image panel to a cherry-colored card base and voila, easy peasy clean and simple card! It took me less than 15 mins from start to finish!

Want to join me this week? Simply create, post and then link up using the linky over at the Power Poppy blog!! As we always say, if you get those fingers inky and play along, each and every link is an opportunity to win a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Until next time!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Having Fun Together

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have some nice cool colors for you to play along with.

I recently got a new bundle from the SU Holiday Catalog called Freezin' Fun. Winter is my favorite season and I can't resist animals such as a penguin and rabbit out having some fun on the slopes!

For my card base I used Misty Moonlight and then stamped some snowflakes on it with Versamark. I then used a die from the Freezin' Fun set to create my slopes. I used the rabbit and penguin from my set and colored them with copics and then used more coordinating dies to cut them out. I made my penguin a snowboarder, cutting out the snowboard from some In Color DSP. I added some Wink of Sella along the edges of the slope and then stamped my sentiment at the bottom. I pretty much used every shade from the graphic on my card!

Make sure you stop by 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, August 8, 2020

Explore More

Hubby had 5 teeth pulled yesterday so we're having a nice quiet weekend at home, which allowed me to spend some time in the craft room. This weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge is nice and simple so I was the perfect time to jump in and play along.

I recently colored this Fly Agaric image from Power Poppy during the 30 Day Marker Challenge. I LOVE these mushrooms, they are my absolutely favorite. They are Amanita Muscaria aka Fly Agaric but I call them the Alice in Wonderland mushrooms. The transformation and colors they go through during their short life span is just mesmerizing. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my photo series last year when I followed 2 Fly Agarics over a weeks time and showed how quickly they transformed. From their colors to their size it's just a fun change to watch! I normally see the Fly Agarics in mid to late Aug but this year they started popping up all over my yard in July. I'm guessing it's because we've had a pretty wet summer.

I used some retired SU DSP for my strip going down the side (the opposite side of that paper has pics of Fly Agaric, that's why I bought several packs LOL). The sentiment was stamped in Poppy Red and the image panel is popped up with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!

                                        Fly Agaric mushrooms in my yard in late July 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Trick or Treat

I'm easing into a new position at work and even though I've been on days since April trying to balance my work time, family time and crafting time is still an issue for me. I have very little time to craft, so I definitely need to try and adjust my evening schedule at home so I can enjoy more time in my craft room!

Today's card came together very quickly, it uses an image that I colored last month during the 30 Day Marker Coloring Challenge. The witch is a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil, I just love her witch images! Shes added several new ones this season so I definitely need to print those out and play.

For this image I used the usual colors I grab for Halloween cards, green, purple and a hint of black on this one. The image is colored with copic markers and the paper is from a pad I got at JoAnn 's last year I believe. I die cut all of the pieces on the front of the card and then layered them for a nice simple layout (layout is from MFT Bluepriints 20 sketch guide).

Thanks for stopping by!