Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Today, Papertrey Ink has their monthly Blog Hop Challenge and as always, a beautiful inspiration piece.  I created a card using stamps from Beautiful Brushstrokes along with some ink blending and heat embossing.  

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To get the soft blended look for the flowers, I die cut the small and medium blooms from Beautiful Brushstrokes.  Using the negatives, I blended Melon Berry and Berry Sorbet inks onto a rustic white cardstock panel. 

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I then stamped the petal detail onto the blended ink with Versamark and heat embossed it in white.  I stamped a sentiment from Beautiful Brushstrokes Sentiments in Dark Indigo ink onto some vellum.  I quickly sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and heated it for a nice glossy look.  I love the soft, painted look you get.  A little neater than watercolor :).  

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This is another version of the card I did where I trimmed out the flowers.  I think I like the first version better with the softer look of the flowers.  

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Thanks for joining me!

 

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You're In My Thoughts--Featuring Gran's Garden

Hello Everyone!

I'm playing along with the Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge this week.  I'm so excited, because when I saw this inspiration photo I immediately thought of my new Gran's Garden stamp set.  I've been wanting to try it out and the rows of beautiful flowers pictured here are the perfect jumping off point to showcase the set.

 

I paired Gran's Garden with a sentiment from It's the Thought and included a piece of vellum in the background.  This, I thought mimicked the paper that's wrapped around some of the tulips in the photo.  My card base is made from Fine Linen colored cardstock which matches the color of the paper wrapping.  

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My Misti saved the day again in how quickly I was able to stamp all the flowers.  

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Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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"Sugared" Citrus Card

Hi Everyone!

I'm back with a card for the current CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

I was in the mood to make a food card.  I first thought about doing candy or cookies for elements in the sketch, but then I  came across an older stamp from Simon Says Stamp called Lemonade.  The refreshing fruit slices made me think of fun summer drinks.  

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To add some shimmer, I stamped Versamark ink over my fruit slices and heat embossed them with WOW Clear Hologram Sparkle embossing powder.  You could also just brush on some Wink of Stella shimmer pen, but I liked the glossy finish you get from the heat embossing.  It reminds me of those bright, sugary gumdrop  fruit slices you can get at the candy shop.  I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments!  

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My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a card for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.  

Sketch Challenge 333 #mftstamps

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I find color inspiration in all kinds of interesting places.  For this card, I got the color scheme from a cartoon one of my kids was watching where the mom had these brightly colored rollers in her hair.  Very strange, I know, but I always have a notepad near by to jot down color schemes or design ideas when I see them.  You never know.....:)

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I started off with a piece of white cardstock I cut down to fit the front of a notecard with just a little frame all around it. I heat embossed MFT's Floral Fantasy background stamp in white on the front and then masked off diagonal lines with Post-It Tape.  I ink blended my color choices to make the stripes from the sketch.  

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I liked the way the stripes looked, but I felt like I needed more interest.

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I decided to cut apart the stripes and rearrange them on the front of a white card base raising the 2 middle stripes up on 2 layers of foam tape.

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I stamped a sentiment from Boss Babe, down the middle at an angle and added a couple of hearts for interest.  

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

 

 

 

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Easy Watercoloring

Hi Everyone,

Papertrey Ink is having their Create Along With Us Release Week Challenge going on right now.  This is where you can choose a card or technique that has inspired you from one of the design team members and make your own version.   I saw a simple watercoloring technique from Nichole , that is so pretty, I wanted to give it a try.   She heat embossed a flower with white onto colored cardstock and then added some quick shading with  with Zig brush markers and water.  You get the look of a lot of dimension using just a couple of colors with the colored cardstock as a backdrop.  Here is her card.  

Floral Thank You Card

Here is my recreation:

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This was so simple!  All I did was take a piece of Winter Wisteria cardstock and heat emboss the Violet from Year of Flowers: Violets with white embossing powder.   I added a wash of water over the image and used my Zig brush marker in Violet to add shadowing to the edges and blended with a little more water.  I adhered the panel to a white notecard and trimmed it at an angle.  Then, I added a sentiment I heat embossed with Versafine Onyx ink and clear embossing powder onto some vellum and that's it.  A very easy technique with watercolor that's almost foolproof!

 

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Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge--Sentiment Backgrounds

Hi Everyone!

I'm back to participate in Papertrey Ink's latest Make It Monday Challenge.  Our challenge was to use sentiments as a background element.  

I had a lot of fun with fonts with this one!  I started with a notecard cut from Classic Kraft and stamped the "happy birthday" from Just Desserts all over the front with Versamark Ink.  I stamped one way, then the other, alternating the "happy" and "birthday".  This gave it an even distribution.  I made sure to stamp a little off the card to to give the background more flow.  I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  

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To add another layer, I die cut the "you" from Phrase Play #1 out of Aqua Mist and Fun Foam.  I added that to a piece of white cardstock and went on a search for the perfect "to".  I finally found it from the Mama Elephant Confetti stamp set and trimmed it from the stamp it was attached to with my scissors.  I trimmed down the white cardstock at an angle to follow the shape of the "you" and added a few enamel dots for interest. 

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 I really like the way this card turned out with the three different fonts.  

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Thanks for joining me!

 

 

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You Brighten My Day--Lawn Fawnatics Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I have a card today for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #4.  The  theme is Black/White and Bright where you have mostly black and white with pops of color here and there.  One of my favorite things to do!

To start, I covered a white notecard with paper from Lawn Fawn's Let's Polka In The Meadow 6x6 pad.  For the flowers, I heat embossed one of the blooms from Flutter By multiple times onto vellum using Versafine Onyx ink and clear embossing powder.  

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After die cutting those, I stamped two more flowers onto white cardstock and colored them with Copics staying in the Blue Green and Red Violet families.  The sentiment is from Summertime Charm.  

Super clean and graphic........

 

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Thanks for joining me today! 

 

 

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Make It Monday Challenge-Watercolor Wash Background

Hi Everyone!

I'm joining in with this week's Make it Monday Challenge over at Papertrey Ink.  This week, the challenge was to  make a card incorporating a background of watercolor.  I wanted to use my new Prima watercolors, so here's what I came up with:

 

I started with a panel of watercolor paper and stamped a sentiment from Pen & Ink  on the front with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I then sprinkled clear embossing powder on top and heat embossed it to create a resist for my watercolors.  I layered a few colors of watercolor over the sentiment and let it dry.  After it dried, I cut the panel out at an angle and attached it to a white notecard with foam tape.   I arranged some flowers around the sentiment from PTI's Brushed Blooms stamp set.

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Here's a picture of the inside.  Another sentiment from Pen & Ink.

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I played it safe this time with the paint since I'm still learning.  That's what I like about the Papertrey Ink Monday challenges, they give you a nice jumping off point to try out some new things!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

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 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 

 


Cardmaking Haul--Spring 2017

Hi Everyone,

I recently did a little bit of a destash of my supplies and made a few purchases from my crafty wishlists.  Here is a video of some of the  things I bought.  I'll have links below to all the products as well as the Mega Mount I talk about in the video.  Enjoy!

 

 

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 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 


Black and White Stamping with MFT's Kitschy Kitchen

Hi Everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend.  We had tons of rain so it was a great opportunity to get into my craft room and just have some fun.  I've been wanting to try this stamp I've had for awhile from My Favorite Things called Kitschy Kitchen.  I love a retro theme and I love kitchen and food stamps so this one's a keeper.  A lot of times, I think it's fun just to stamp stamps with black and feature color in other places around the card.   To add color around the stamps for this card, I used a fun print from Amy Tangerine's On a Whim 6x6 paper pad.  That graphic patchwork design looks great with the cute coffee images.  The sentiment is from one of MFT's sentiment stamps called Perk Up.

 

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I brought over the paper design and another stamp from the set to the inside of the card.  I'm trying to get better about decorating my cards on the inside.  I tend to leave them blank, but it's nice to add a little something.  I've been listening to the So Suzy Podcast which is all about cardmaking, and she had a segment on selling your cards that talks about this.  If you haven't listened to her podcast, I recommend checking it out.  She has all kinds of information on cardmaking as a hobby and a business.  

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Thanks so much for joining me today!  

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 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.