Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Playing the Challenge game....

Hello, I'm back today to share a pair of cards I made for the current Florals challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!  

I'm not sure I could have made a card like this before I owned the MISTI - but that tool makes it so easy to stamp two card fronts exactly the same so that when you cut each one in half and switch them out, they still meet and match up perfectly!  Cool, right?  I know!

I'm also submitting these cards for the Time Out CASE challenge #83.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A weekend crop...

Last week I got to travel up to Manitoba and attend a weekend crop held by Love is in the Details!  I really miss cropping with friends.  So I had a really great time and I'm already looking forward to when I can do it again!  Because I was traveling there by air, and because I hadn't had time before I left to prep any projects, I just took along some stamp sets, card fronts and some coloring tools.  I actually needed a couple of cards that weekend so they were at the top of the list of what I wanted to make.  I did that, and then just played with some of my newer stamps.  Didn't accomplish a whole lot, but then who ever went to a crop to get stuff done, right??

First thing I needed to make were a couple of graduation cards.  I used a Stampendous stamp and colored/painted the image with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush.  

 We were challenged as a group to alter the cover of a notebook, and I stamped some loose leaves and florals on watercolor paper, color/painted them and covered them with Glossy Accents.  I'm all about making my own embellishments these days and I love how these turned out.

 Next, I needed a couple of baby-themed cards.  This pink one is a straight up lift from here.  Both cards use stamps from Stampin Up! - Made With Love set.  

Then I decided to just play.  This image is made with a stamp from Magenta. I colored it with Zig brush markers again and added coordinating strips of paper and Nuvo drops to finish it.

And finally, I pulled out some stamps from the Lawn Fawn - How You Bean set.  What a fun chance to play with color!  And the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pads are the perfect accompaniment.

 These cards were featured at Love is in the Details earlier this week.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day card...

 Let's begin this post by saying....I got the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks!!  The hype was killing me! I couldn't go much longer without trying them and let me say, the hype is all true!  And they're somehow even prettier than the same colors in the original distress inks!  And SO fun to work with!!  I won't go into all the data on what they are and what they do and how they do what they do.  There's lots of that out there and you don't have to go far to find it.  But here are my color swatches, including a little stamp to finish that shows their stamping capability.  That might be what I'm most excited about!

Here are some of the samples of various color combo's I tried.

Finally, I settled on a combination of Broken China, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio.  And they weren't kidding when they said that the Oxide inks blend like buddah!  SO yummy!

 So I blended the three colors, and once it was dry, I stamped it with Versamark ink and a stamp set from Sizzix and heat embossed with white powder.
Then I stamped the same image onto plain white card stock and then colored it in a monochromatic style.
Pretty straightforward, and very fun!  Now I want to try combinations of the other colors and see what that produces!
Have a great day!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A quick repost....

Whoa, 2 posts in 2 days!  I'm actually reposting a card I showed you last summer, but this time along with it's mate.  It often works out like that, I'm trying one technique and it somehow produces a variation on the first idea. In this case, I stamped and heat embossed the first card front with gold and then wondered how white heat embossing would look.  I still can't decide which I like better.

 This is the card I shared here on the blog already
And here is it's mate...
I'm sharing these again today for the Altenew link up asking to share our favorite Altenew creations from the last 3 years!  Altenew is having a birthday y'know!  Three years old this month!  Happy Birthday Altenew!  You guys ROCK.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lumin Arte pearl powder....

I've got some glimmer and shine going on today at the Love is in the Details blog!  If you like fun, old techniques along with some sophisticated, but not ostentatious or over-the-top-glitzy shine, you should check it out!
 Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Solo Hike...

Hello!  I'm popping in today to let you know I have a new layout (along with some trials and errors) posted at Love is in the Details, today.  The details are riveting.  You won't want to miss out!
I'm in love with this paper line, Golden Days from Fancy Pants.  Pretty sure you'll be seeing more of it again!  I also used some Pink Paislee die cuts,  a phrase stamp by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday,  and cut the title tag with my Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thinking of spring...

Hey-o, I've got a card to share with you today.  I was missing the feeling of markers and stamps in my hands and this new stamp set from SimonSaysStamp was sitting on my desk tantalizing me, so I found a couple of card challenges to play along with.  I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the images and add some leafy/grassy lines.  The bloom and leaves are stamped, colored and cut out and added on top.  It all seemed a little ho-hum until I added some stitch lines to tie it all together with the flower.  I'm ever so much more pleased with it now!

The first is for CAS(e) this Sketch #217
Here's the sketch they've provided for this week's challenge.

As well, the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge is to use this Spring Color Inspiration idea board and I thought to myself...with pleasure!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Carta Bella Flora...

Hi, hello!  Just letting you know that I'm sharing a post at the Love is in the Details blog today!  Half a dozen cards made in 3 hours!  (That might be a personal best!)  I used the Carta Bella Flora line by Echo Park and let me tell you, that's an instant card kit in a package!!

You can see more of the details and a few how-to tips over here.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chasing Dreams...

Hi everyone, I'm just popping in to let you know I have a new layout to share over at Love is in the Details today.  I'm playing with some new product by Crate Paper, called Chasing Dreams and it inspired this layout.
You can check it out here to learn more about the products used, and my thoughts on chocolate and the tropics.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

papertrey ink blog hop...

I'm in card-making mode this month, what with The Daily Marker coloring challenge going on all month, so contrary to what I usually do, where I just bookmark the inspiration photos to my desktop and never do anything more with them, I actually made a card this month so I could participate in the monthly blog hop going on today with Papertrey Ink!  (My English teacher always red-inked my papers for run-on sentences, but I really don't know what the big deal is...I rather like them actually, and it's how I talk anyway, so...)

Here are the month's inspiration for the blog hop....some gorgeous prints by Victoria Johnson.

And here's the card I made inspired by these prints:

I used the Papertrey Ink Tropics stamp set and heat embossed with a variety of colored embossing powders I've had since Washington was a lad.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hockey, hockey and more hockey....

There's a title you wouldn't have ever predicted reading here....amirite??  I'm sharing a new layout and blog post at Love is in the Details today....and it's sort of about hockey!
A two-page layout!!?  You can get more details about it over here.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Girls...

Hi there, I'm back again today with a layout to share, using a photo I love so much that I've scrapbooked it twice!  I used it first over here at Love is in the Details, but I had printed extra photos (unsure of the size I needed) and they just called to me, especially when I opened up my February HipKit Club package of product and saw the soft colors, pretty butterfly and floral bits, gold and hearts!  All my favorite things!  And perfect for this photo of my great-nieces!

I used some watercolor washes on the background to unify the color scheme and then made a vertical block of photo and embellishments.
Some of the supplies I used are Chasing Dreams by Crate Paper, Collect and Dreamer Thickers, die cuts from Pretty Little Studio and Crate Paper, stickers from Pink Fresh and Canson watercolor paper.

Thanks for stopping by again!  Have a great rest of your day!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Old ways....

Hello there!

Just popping in quickly to share a layout that I've posted today over at Love is in the Details!  It's a bit of a blast from the past from when I would save and include on my layouts, ephemera pertaining to a trip or event.  You can get more of the details and thought process over there.
On this layout I've used alphabet Thickers by Amy Tangerine, and Heidi Swapp for Studio Calico, word and phrase stickers by Authentique and Cosmo Cricket, embellishments by Studio Calico (cork arrows) and Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith (blue enamel heart), stickers by Simple Stories Bloom & Grow, wood veneer from Kaisercraft (love this), and die cuts from the BoBunny Noteworthy line.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I'm a day early with these cards, but no worries, we can spread the hearts and flowers over a few days, right?  I posted these cards over at Love is in the Details yesterday and you can get the full how-to details there.  

These first four card came about because  I wanted to try out a cool technique to create the very trendy geometric/mosaic look.  I used manicure nail tape to mask off the fine lines and painted with Prima Marketing watercolor paints.

Then I made these cards to showcase the gorgeous Penny Black Valentine die cut.

 Thanks for stopping by today!  Always happy to show you something fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gingerbread and little boys...

Hi, hello!  I'm back today with another layout!  This one uses a photo provided by my friend Ellen, the grandma of this adorable little face!  I've posted this at the Love is in the Details blog today, and you can find more details there about the hows and whys of it's creation.
And speaking of gingerbread cookies, I'm pointing you in the direction of some cute holiday tags I made before Christmas and didn't get around to posting here till now.  You can find more info about them here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride...

Hi, hello!  Happy New Year!!  Just popping in to let you know you should go check out this layout I've created and posted over at Love is in the Details today!  I tried a fun technique for creating the title, and I'm especially proud of my brother and the event he participated in, that I've documented here.  
As I mentioned, there are more how-to details and photos over at the LiitD blog.  Thanks for stopping by today!