Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Make It Monday #322 - Above & Below

Hello friends.  Lizzie has a FUN video and BEAUTIFUL card over on the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge this week using a ABOVE & BELOW technique.

I struggled with this technique...not because it was hard, but because I really wanted to use flowers like Lizzie did in her example, but kept thinking that I always do flowers and need to think outside the box a bit more.  So I decided to give Forest Floor: Summer a try since I hadn't played with it yet and came up with this:

I was thinking of a Summer picnic basket with fresh strawberries, and while it turned out ok, it just didn't thrill me.  Although with ALL the fussy cutting I did (I was too cheap to buy the dies...grrrr!!), this card ought to count for something!!

So back to the drawing board.  I decided to give Quilted: Summer a try and came up with this:

I used the die to cut all the triangles from Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, & Green Parakeet Bitty Big papers and laid them out like half of a pinwheel on the top of the sentiment strip and the other half of the pinwheel below the sentiment strip.

I added a small pinwheel to the upper left of the card because it looked too plain with no stenciling up there and then added a few sequins to finish it off.  I like it, but...  Maybe I'll just save both of these for Transformation Tuesday and see what else I can come up with.  I know, I know...I'm my own worst enemy, but I think we all have cards like this where something just doesn't click for us.  For today though, they are what they are!

Check out Lizzie's FABULOUS card and video and then play along right HERE.

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Color Throwdown #494

Hello friends.  This week I am delighted to be the Guest Star Stamper for the current Color Throwdown Challenge.  Check out the FUN colors you get to play with this week:

I usually think patriotic and stars when I think of RED, WHITE, & BLUE, but this inspiration photo says it's perfect for flowers too and that's exactly where I took it!  Take a look:

I used Altenew's Garden Treasures for my bright red flowers and used neutral black for doing an offset outlining of them and the leaves.  I used one of PTI's To The Point Edger's Dies to die cut the edge of my white panel and then added the sentiment in Blueberry Sky ink.  (PTI's Keep It Simple: Birthday)  My striped paper at the bottom is PTI's Blueberry Sky from their pattern pack.  A simple white bakers twine bow at the top and a few red sequins finished off my card.

Make sure you check out all the BEAUTIFUL cards from the DT and then play along using the RED, WHITE, & BLUE colors...we can't wait to see YOU in the gallery!  Check it all out right HERE.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Merry Monday #291

Hey Merry Monday fans...Kelly has a FUN challenge for you this week adding CANDY CANES, COOKIES, or SWEET TREATS to your Christmas cards.

I had FUN letting DSP from SU!'s Candy Cane Lane package do most of the work for me:

This paper was just too sweet to resist with all the candy canes, gumdrops, peppermints, and gingerbread cookies on it!  And I'm such a sucker for kraft and red together too, so this was a win-win for me!!  I used PTI's Window Works Dies to die cut the little oval opening where I placed a little gingerbread man that I stamped and colored using SSS's Christmas Squad stamp set.  My sentiment is from CP's Candy Cane Lane stamp set and the little candy canes on my sentiment are 3D stickers from SSS.  A simple piece of white bakers twine at the top finished off my sweet little card.

We can't wait to see all of your SWEET cards flood our gallery this week!  Check out what the DT came up with this week to inspire you and then play along with us!  You can find it all right HERE.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Twofer Challenge #5 - BUTTERFLIES

Hello friends.  Playing along with Darnell's 5th Twofer Challenge, and this month it's all about BUTTERFLIES!

I guess I didn't realize how many butterfly stamps and dies I have, so I had to think a bit on this one!  I finally ended up using PTI's Bitty Butterflies Cover Plate die and came up with these 2 cards:

Just something about these tiny little butterflies that I LOVE!!

For this card I started with SSS's Tap Dance stencil and lots of colors of ink, and then used the cover plate die to cut out all the mini butterflies.  I cut a few in Raspberry Fizz cs to match the sentiment strip I used...the sentiment is from PTI's Bitty Butterflies stamp set and I think it will be perfect for a graduation card I need for next month!

For this card I used the same butterfly cover plate die for the two butterflies that I die cut in Hawaiian Shores and Berry Sorbet cs and placed on the outside of my die cut tree (AliExpress).  I made the card into a shaker and used an old Fiskars punch to cut out the teeny, tiny flower shapes that I used in place of the normal sequins I use in shaker cards.  I blended Salty Ocean Distress ink onto the background before building the shaker portion of the card and the sentiment is from PTI's Delightful Dahlia Additions stamp set.  I think a shaker card is definitely a great way to send a little happy hello to someone!!

The DT outdid themselves this month with inspiration using BUTTERFLIES, and there are lots of beautiful cards in the gallery too!  Check them all out and play along right HERE.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

CAS Christmas May 2018 - SNOWMAN

Hello friends.  This month's challenge over at CAS Christmas is to add a SNOWMAN to your Christmas card.

This was a hard challenge for me...because I am such a snowman lover and have way too many images to choose from!  Took me almost 2 weeks just to decide which one to use...geesh!  I finally ended up choosing a really old wooden red rubber stamp from Stamp City that I bought when I very first started stamping.  It really is a cute, cute image, but I chose it mainly because of it's small size so that I could make a shaker card.

I stamped the image in black and then embossed it in clear embossing powder.  After coloring the image with a few Copics, I lightly blended around it using Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

I used MFT's Peek-A-Boo Rectangle Die to cut a window on the top layer of my card and then attached acetate to the back that I had dry embossed with a Darice snowflake embossing folder.

The embossed acetate looks so cool, but I had a dickens of a time trying to photograph it, so here's a photograph of just the acetate:

The acetate I use (Judi-Kins Embossable Window Plastic) comes with a thin piece of tissue paper behind each sheet, so I left it on when I embossed the snowflakes and now I have a really cool piece of embossed tissue paper to use on another project!  But anyway, hopefully you can get a better idea from this photo what the acetate really looks like over my snowman.  I finished off the shaker part of my card with some clear sequins and my tiny sentiment is from Pretty Pink Posh's Happy Snowman stamp set.

You have until the 24th to play along with this challenge and there are so many cute, CUTE snowmen cards from the DT and in the gallery to inspire you...check it all out right HERE.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us - May 2018

Hello friends.  It's release week at Papertrey Ink and that means it's time for the Create Along With Us challenge!

There's always so much to be inspired by, but I just can't resist when Dawn McVeigh uses her signature Aqua Mist and New Leaf color combo with flowers!  Check out Dawn's card HERE.

I changed up a few of the flowers and colors, but stuck with Dawn's basic layout and the Aqua Mist card base stamped with the Cover Up: Quatrefoil stamp in New Leaf ink.

I used flowers and leaves from Farmer's Market Florals, Gran's Garden, and Stitching Garden with a variety of ink colors and then fussy cut them all out.

After arranging them all on my card base, I die cut and stamped my sentiment from the Wet Paint set.  I added a little WOS in the centers of a few of the flowers and leaves, but too subtle to see in my photos.

A little bit of work with all the fussy cutting, but I love the end result and it totally reminds me of a Dawn card!

There's still time to play along with this challenge, so head over to the gallery and see what inspired everyone else, and then play along right HERE

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour May 2018 Reminder - RAINBOW

Hello friends.  Just a friendly reminder that this month's RAINBOW challenge at CAS Watercolour is still open until the 24th.

If you haven't had a chance to play along yet, and still need some more inspiration, the DT is here to help out with some more FABULOUS ideas for you!  Click HERE to check them out!

Here's what I came up with:

I know butterflies aren't really rainbow colored, but how pretty is this little butterfly (AliExpress die) with ALL the colors of the rainbow on him?!  I started with my ink cubes again and smooshing them into an acrylic block, and then using a paint brush and water, added all the colors to my 110lb cardstock one at a time and drying with my heat tool in between each color.  After die cutting the butterfly, I dipped the edges into some Versamark and added some silver embossing powder to add a little more shine to his wings...I know, I know, as if he wasn't colorful enough all ready!  But artistic license and all that, right??! :0)

For my background I used one of the 4 dies that comes in a Tim Holtz set called Mixed Media to get that honeycomb look in the upper left corner, and then finished my card with a silver embossed sentiment from Catherine Pooler's Faithful Flutterings set.  I think butterflies are a beautiful image to use in sympathy cards...a simple reminder that life isn't over, but just a CHANGE of address!

Again, you have until the 24th to play along with this month's RAINBOW challenge, so get ALL those colors and your paintbrushes out and play along with us...we'd LOVE to see your work in the gallery right HERE.

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