Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink's July 2017 Blog Hop

Hello friends.  It's the 25th and that means it's time for Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop!  This month Nichole gave us a beautiful inspiration photo done in all soft blue's and white...take a look:

While I'm assuming this is a wedding invitation, I went a little off direction towards creating a stationery set and using the soft blues (Blueberry Sky) and white, gold, seam binding ribbon, and flowers.  

I made a set of 4 single sided note cards using the new Stemmed Statements set and then clear embossed them before blending a bit of Blueberry Sky ink over the flowers.  The sentiment (from Winter Woods) was embossed in gold and I also embossed the edges in gold before mounting to a Blueberry Sky base.  I made matching envelopes with the Blueberry Sky DSP, and because I had strips of the DSP left over, I added a small strip to the left hand side of each of the note cards.

And of course I had to stamp the flower on the outside of the coordinating envelope so it all matched!

I used one of the clear plastic boxes that PTI sends their stamp sets in to house my set of note cards, and then did a belly band of the same Blueberry Sky DSP along with a piece of seam binding ribbon and a little lace flower that I dipped in Autumn Rose ink.

And now I have a beautiful little set of note cards ready to be gifted to one of my friends who has a birthday next month!  Nothing like being a little a head of the game...love it!!  :0)

Now it's time for my favorite part of the blog hop...to go hopping and see how everyone else was inspired by this month's beautiful photo!  You can check it all out right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I love it when you do!  And pssssst...today is my 1000th POST...that's a LOT of cards since I started my blog back in the Fall of 2012!!  Happy times!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Black & White And A POP Of Color!

Hello friends.  Playing along with two different challenges today...The Challenge #92 and the Double D Challenge.  Both challenges are asking for black & white and a POP of color!

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Had a new WPlus9 stamp to play with (Beautiful Bouquets: Mums) and I think it worked out perfectly for both of these challenges.

I embossed the image in black on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and then used a yellow Zig marker to color a little bit in the middle of the flowers and then used an Aqua Painter brush to move some of the color to the outer edges.  I did use a tiny bit of gray on the leaves as I didn't want to leave them white and figured since it is a neutral color it would be ok.  I finished by matting it on some black and then attached to a white card base.  A little bit of black bakers twine, a small banner (PTI's Stemmed Statements), and a few Rainstones finished off my card.  Here's a closer up:

Both challenges are open for a little bit yet and absolutely GORGEOUS inspiration on both sites!  You can check out The Challenge #92 HERE and the Double D Challenge HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Birgit!

Hello friends.  It's a special birthday for my dear friend Birgit ( Crafting While I Wait ) and I couldn't let this day go by without sending some special wishes her way!

Sometimes I think I am the queen of buying stamp kits and then after opening them up, I put them back in the box and up on the shelf...mostly because I am overwhelmed by all the pieces!  But in honor of Birgit's birthday, I persevered and finished a card using PTI's Make It Market Kit: Market Street!

Once I got going I really had fun and am pleased with the way it turned out!  And now that I know how all the pieces work together, I will definitely make some more with the kit...especially the apples and pumpkins for this fall!

So happy, happy birthday Birgit!  I hope you have a truly wonderful day that includes some gifts and chocolate and maybe a birthday cake too?!!  And most of all I hope God truly blesses you in this coming year!!  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Make It Monday #291 - Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments

Hello friends.  Playing along with this weeks Make It Monday challenge where Ashley shows a great way to make a shadow under your sentiment using a emboss resist technique!  I love how Ashley's yellow blended background really made her sentiment pop, so I copied just a teeny bit and came up with this:

Strawberries come out in June here in Michigan, but I hadn't taken the time to get this sweet set out (Strawberry Patch) and use it yet this summer, so this seemed like a great opportunity to stamp with it!  The "sweet" sentiment in the Strawberry Patch set isn't that big, so I substituted the "sweet" from the Sweet Holiday Wishes set and embossed in black and then offset and clear embossed the "sweet" again.  I blended my background with Bright Buttercup ink and also added a banner with "summertime" embossed in white.  I used my MISTI to stamp the strawberries, leaves and flowers so I could add a little shading.  I fussy cut along the top and then added some foam to the back before adhering to my card base.  Here's a closer up:

I finished with an enamel dot, some sequins and bakers twine, and it definitely looks like a summertime card to me!!

You've still got a couple days to play along, so check out Ashley's fabulous card and video and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CAS Watercolour July 2017 - #2

Hello friends.  While looking through a drawer full of wood mounted stamps, I found a butterfly stamp that I don't think I've ever used, and since there's still a few days left to play with the CAS Watercolour  challenge, I thought I would try this stamp out!

The stamp is from Savvy Stamps and this is what I came up with:

I started with a small piece of water color cardstock and water colored some orange from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi (#33) paints.  After it was dry I stamped my butterfly image in black...the stamp is made to look like it is already water colored and I love the look it gave over the orange!  Next I splattered a little bit of gold.  Here's a closer up:

I mounted this to a black layer and then layered it onto piece of "ghosted" paper I had made with DOX inks and a Gina Marie Designs stencil.  I layered it all on a 5 x 5 card base and added a simple embossed sentiment from PTI's Choose Joy stamp set.  I don't feel like this is my normal style at all, but I really like how it turned out!  Kinda artsy!!  :0)

For this card I water colored, stamped, stenciled, splattered, and embossed.

This challenge is open till the 24th, so still time to play along.  Check out all the beautiful inspiration and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #451

Hello friends.  Yes, two posts in one day!! ( If you're looking for my post from The Challenge, look HERE).  The Color Throwdown challenge has a beautiful color combination this week and I just couldn't resist making a card for it!

The challenge is to use a dark pink, a light pink, green and white.  I had done a flower from PTI's Especially You a few weeks back and had not used it on a card yet, but it fit the colors for this challenge perfectly, so I finished it off and came up with this:

I have also been having a lot of fun making backgrounds with the ghosting technique (DOX inks and stencils), and this one fit with my flower perfectly!   (The stencils are Altenew's Layered Medallions A & B)  The flower was embossed in gold and then water colored with my Zigs.  The lattice die cut is from the latest Catherine Pooler SOA box and really helped to ground the flower against the similar colored background.  I finished with a simple sentiment using SSS's Love die and stamp set in black and gold so it would stand out, and then added a few iridescent sequins.  Here's a closer up view:

I'm getting this card in under the wire, but if you're really quick, there's still a few hours left to play along.  You can check it all out right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

The Challenge #91

Hello friends.  Playing along with The Challenge (#91) where a sketch is what we are being challenged to use this week.

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I still had MFT's Seaside Seagulls stamp set out on my desk and came up with this card:

Don't the faces on those birds just crack you up?!  They're so simple but speak volumes!!  Anyway, colored them up with some Copics and then added them to a background where I used DOX inks and a stencil from PTI's Sun & Surf stencil collection.  The sentiment was embossed on a banner from MFT's Blueprints #27 and the Seaside Seagulls set.  A few of Lucy's gems from the Rainbow Mix and some baker's twine finished off this fun little card.

There's still a few days left to play along with this challenge, so check out all the fabulous inspiration from the DT and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!