Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink's April 2017 Blog Hop

Hello friends.  It's the 25th and that means it's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop! 


April Inspiration

Isn't this a beautiful inspiration photo by Megan Carter?!!  Here's what I came up with:

I absolutely fell in love with Dawn McVey's card HERE using her new stamp set Gran's Garden, so I changed up the colors to match the inspiration photo and came up with this birthday card for our oldest daughter (Addy's mom) who turns 28 next week.  I absolutely love how this came out and the color combination...never would have used all these colors together on my own, but really love the way they look together!  I used Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Terracotta Tile, Smokey Shadow, & Soft Stone inks.  I did a little bit of ink splattering with Orange Zest, and then fussy cut around the bottom part of my stamping.  My card base was blended with Lemon Tart ink and then stamped my sentiment using the new Initial Sentiments: Birthday.  I pop dotted the top layer and then added a few Rainstones to finish off my card.

Can't wait to see how everyone else interprets the inspiration photo...LOVE these blog hops!!  :0)

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


Monday, April 24, 2017

Merry Monday #245 - Kraft

Hello friends.  Lori is up as hostess this week at Merry Monday, and she would like you to use KRAFT  cardstock on your Christmas cards.

I love this inspiration photo, and if you're going to have gingerbread cookies, you've got to have hot cocoa to go with them!

I used a Impression Obsession image (E8612) for my mug of hot cocoa and colored it with my Copics.  I cut it out with a Lil Inkers Stitched Circle die and then sponged some kraft ink around the edges.  My card base is kraft card stock and then I layered on a sponged with kraft white layer, then another kraft layer stamped with SSS's Holiday Background stamp in kraft ink, and then a stitched banner in kraft polka dot DSP.  A few sequins and a Cherry Cobbler thick bakers twine finished my card.

We'd love to see what you can come up with using kraft cardstock on your Christmas cards this week!  Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and then play along with us right HERE.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Look Who's Turning...

Hello friends.  I had shared a LOTV card awhile back and someone had asked me what LOTV was.  I guess I was a little shocked because I thought everyone knew what that stood for!  For those of you that don't though, LOTV stands for Lily Of The Valley and they are a stamp company from the UK that has the most adorable little girl, boy, animal & fairy images.  You can check them out HERE.  I've never counted how many of their stamps I've bought over the years (probably best I don't...just know it's a LOT!), but if you love to color (and I do!), you're going to love their images!  I just had a commission to do a birthday card for a 1 year old girl, and couldn't resist pulling out one of my older LOTV images.  Take a look:

The sweet faces on all their images are what get me every time!  When my granddaughter had turned 1, my daughter did her birthday party in a pink and gold color theme.  It was so pretty, so I decided that would be the starting point for my card today.  I used my Copics and a gold WOS pen (which really shimmers and sparkles IRL!) to color this sweet little girl holding that yummy looking chocolate cake with the pink frosting.  My sentiment comes from PTI's Big Birthday Wishes

Entering this card into the Word Art Wednesday challenge (#278-279) where this week "Anything Goes".  This is a wonderful blog to go to be uplifted, and because SO many people enter their challenges, you can find a TON of inspiration there also.  Check it out right HERE.

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


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Make It Monday #281 - Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows

Hello friends.  The Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink this week has Dawn McVey using her beautiful style to show us how something as simple as adding some pattern behind a die cut window can really add depth and dimension, and bring your card to the next level.  I'm almost embarrassed to show you my card as I pretty much CASE'd Dawn's card from top to bottom, but hers was SO pretty that I wanted one of my own!!

I changed up my colors and used Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie Step 2 instead (since I don't have Gran's Garden yet!), but otherwise my card is pretty much the same as Dawn's.  I also used the same stencil as Dawn from the Woodblock Prints Stencil Collection because I had never used that stencil before and couldn't believe how pretty it was after I saw how Dawn used it!  I blended over the stencil with Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, & Amethyst Allure inks.  My flowers are done in Lilac Grace & Amethyst Allure inks and the leaves are done in Green Parakeet & New Leaf inks. 

You can't see it in my photo's, but I added WOS on the darker parts of my flowers, so they really shimmer IRL.  I also added a few sequins and some white bakers twine to finish off my Mother's Day card.  This was so easy and fun to do and really does bring your card up to the next level...loved it!!

There's still time to play, so check out Dawn's gorgeous card and great video, and then play along right HERE.

And also a BIG Thank You for all the nice comments about my big win from Release Week last week!  I have never won a big one like that before and was SO surprised...in fact didn't even realize I had won until Donna informed me (Thanks Donna!).  And I definitely had NO problem spending it...shopping Saturday night was SOOOO much FUN!!  :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)


Monday, April 17, 2017

Merry Monday #244 - Wreath

Hello friends.  Linda is our hostess this week at Merry Monday, and she would like to see a WREATH on your Christmas cards.

When I was growing up, my mom had a wreath she put on our front door every year and I hated it!  It had all kinds of fruit on it (along with pinecones and greenery) and I thought it was just about the ugliest thing out there!  And wouldn't you know, now I wish she still had it!  In looking back, I think about the colors of the fruit in dark yellows and golds and mixed with the light and dark greens, it really was pretty!  So anyway, as a tribute to my mom's wreath, I used the wreath from PTI's Birds & Blooms and came up with this:

No fruit, but kind of just went with the colors that I remember.  Hard to believe that I didn't like these colors back then, but I think this wreath is very festive in this color scheme!!  And I think my mom would like it too!  :0)  My main green color is Ocean Tides (PTI) and I stamped my background with Hero Arts Leafy Vines stamp and my gold sentiment is WPlus9's Hand Lettered Holiday.  I also used a Gina Marie Designs rounded square die to build a frame around my wreath.

We're excited to see a gallery of beautiful wreaths this week, so play along with us!  The Design Team has some awesome inspiration to get you started too, so check it out and then show us your creations!  You can find it all right HERE.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tag You're It Challenge #69

Hello friends.  TWO challenges in one day...woohoo!!  (My CAS Watercolour post is below)  I wanted to play along with TYI!'s challenge featuring Joyce Mehrberg, as her tag was just too darn cute not to play!!

I think like everyone else, I was totally inspired by the pompom at the top of Joyce's tag!  SOOOO cute!!  I couldn't help but think of SU!'s Hey Chick stamp set, where one of the images has a chicken with a pretty wild hair-do...and wouldn't that be FUN to put a pompom on the top of his/her head?!!

Is he/she not too funny?!  I love the pose with a little bit of attitude and sass!!  I colored him with some Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral, masked him off, and then used Smoky Slate ink and one of my Clarity Stencil brushes with a Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil for my background.  My pompom was made with SU!'s Calypso Coral Thick Bakers Twine, and then I finished with a few sequins. 

This was a FUN challenge to play in, so thank you Joyce for making me smile while I played in my happy space!  There's still time to play, so check it out right HERE.

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

CAS Watercolour April 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with this months challenge over at CAS Watercolour, where pink and green is the colour theme.

I've been wanting to ink up my Altenew Best Mom set for awhile now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!

I started by embossing the image in copper, and then using my Aqua Painter brush, I water colored the leaves with Pear Pizzazz and the flowers with Sweet Sugarplum.  Once it was dry I used the inner most die from PTI's Mix & Mat: Flourish set to die cut the dotted rectangle, and then trimmed around it and matted it with a piece of Pear Pizzazz cs.  I layered that to a white card base and added a fishtail banner with PTI's Keep It Simple: Praying For You

I watercoloured, embossed, and die cut on this card, and kept it CAS!  There's is still time to play in this challenge, and LOTS of beautiful inspiration to get you started.  Check it all out right HERE.

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