Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Balloons in Blue ~ PP238

Happy Tuesday everyone!  We're having a beautiful 80 degree day here in NE Montana!  It's wonderful welcome after winter.  We didn't experience as bad a winter as some, but the warmer weather is sure nice!  
I've created this card for Seize the Birthday and The Paper Players 238 Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I love the tic tac toe challenges and try to play along every time they come around.  

This is the first time I've inked up my {Celebrate Today} set.  What a fun set to use!  The sky is the limit for ideas with this one.  

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Celebrate Today
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Mini treatbag die, Coastal Cabana ribbon, Pistachio Pudding twine, pearls

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

So Pretty ~ CCMC348 & RS157

Hello, hello!  It's time for Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Challenge #348 calls for us to use the beautiful trio of Rose Red, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand!  
The other CCMC designers have come up with some real good looking samples to inspire you!  Make sure you check them all out!
When I first saw these colors I immediately thought winter....don't ask me why.  Well, maybe it was the snowflake shapes....I don't know. Anyway, once I started playing around with a few butterflies and flowers I could see how these colors can go spring easily!  They are just so darned pretty and soft together!  

I also used the sketch from Retro Sketches 157 for my card this week.  You could do just about anything under the sun with this sketch!  

I used two of the Irresistibly Yours DSP,  On the polka dot paper, I stamped the image right onto the paper in Sahara in and then used my blender pen to subtly color in some Rose Red on the petals of the flowers.  I then sponged on some Soft Sky ink just over the flower in the corner.  I very lightly stamped the honeycomb stamp across the bottom and then the "rope" image along the side.  I added the medium size die cut butter fly in both Rose Red and Vellum.  I like the softness that the vellum bring to the Rose Red color.  I finished it off with a Something Borrowed embellishment.

I hope you get some time to play along with us this week!  I can't wait to see what everyone does with these lovely colors!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Teal & Red Butterflies ~ CMCC64

Happy Wednesday everybody!  It's Colour Me time and this week we have the playful combo of Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana.  
I used just about everything but the kitchen sink on this card!  LOL!  a doily and die cuts, vellum and markers, a button and sequins, banners and punches....oh, AND I spritzed the butterflies, doily and vellum with shimmer spray! Whew!  I couldn't decide if  there was too much going on here or if it all worked together and was pleasing to the eye....well, I decided it was pleasing to MY eye anyway! 

Make sure you check out the other Colour Me designers!

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: And Many More, Butterfly Basics
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler, White, Sheer Perfection designer vellum
Accessories: Neutral button, doily, Butterfly Thinlits die, Shimmer Spritz, Bermuda Bay sequins, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch

Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Brown Blended Bloom ~ FMS178

Happy Monday everyone!  It's the beginning of a new week...whoohoo!  That's a positive way to look at things, right?!?
I'm stopping by with a quick post for Freshly Made Sketches 178.  The link closes shortly and I wanted to get my card in there!  I had this bloom already colored( that I was going to use on another project and it just didn't work out) and had the sequins laying around my desk, so just a few snips of paper here and there and voila, my card was done!  It literally took minutes.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Leather and Lace ~ PPA243

Oh my, I have a new love....a technique called Faux Leather! (Tutorial by Sharon Field)  Isn't it amazing and doesn't it really look like leather?!?!!! I know this is not a new technique, but I've never tried it and couldn't wait to give it a try.
 I had originally colored a {Blended Bloom} flower in these colors and I had it in mind to put as the focal point in the middle of the Pals Paper Arts 243 sketch. 
 I had colored it first and wanted to use the faux leather as a background.  When I tried to put them together it didn't look right so I made another faux leather flower and cut it out with a Chalk Talk Framelit.  I just LOVE the way this came together!!!  It is sooo cool!!!


I wanted to keep it rustic looking so I stamped the center panel of Bermuda Bay with {Hardwood} and sponged it with some Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay ink.  I also wanted to incorporate some lace trim, but it was kinda the wrong color so I sponged it with some Early Espresso ink to darken it up some.  Lastly, I added some Best Year Ever ribbon and Bermuda Bay sequin trim.

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Flower Shop, Petite Petal, Hardwood
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Early Espresso, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Chalk Talk die, Bermuda Bay sequins, Lace Trim, Best Year Ever ribbon pack, stylus, sponges

Thanks for taking a peek!  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gold Dotted Flower Frenzy ~ CCMC347, Fusion Challenge, & PP236

Yay!  It's Create with Connie and Mary's Thursday Challenge!  This week we have a unique sketch for you !  The designers have all been very creative when it comes to this sketch, so be sure to hop over to the challenge site, check out everyone's awesome work, and then play along!  
I'm also entering this into the floral Fusion Challenge.  I loved the vibrant colors of the flowers in the pictures, so that's the part that I used as inspiration.  Obviously I didn't use the sketch :)

I cut two flowers from the flower frenzy die in Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then sponged the tips with Blackberry Bliss ink.  I then cut three of the star-burst flowers out of Marina Mist cardstock and sponged a bit of Marina Mist ink on the tips of them as well.  Using my bone folder, I curled the petals of each flower slightly to give it more dimension. 
I added a loop of gold sequin trim and Marina Mist 1/4" ribbon to make a "leaf".  I placed the whole thing on a peice of Gold polka dotted vellum, which I totally love!  I do have to say that this card is much more stunning in real life with all the glimmering gold.  I kept if fairly clean and simple, which is odd for me! I'm also gonna add this to The Paper Players 236 CAS floral challenge.  

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: none
Ink: Blackberry Bliss and Marina Mist
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist, Gold Fancy Foil designer vellum
Accessories: Floral Frenzy Bigz die, gold sequin trim, !/4" Marina Mist ribbon

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Friend Loves ~ CMCC63 & PP236

Well, what do you know?  Wednesday has rolled around again and we have another fabulous challenge for you at Colour Me...!  This week we'd like you to highlight the trio of Marina Mist, So Saffron, and Sahara Sand.  You can also add any neutral in there if you need to!  I'm also entering this into the Paper Players #236 clean and simple floral challenge.  I think they fit well together, don't you?

I love the flowers from the {Bloom with Hope} set and daisies have always been one of my favorite flowers.  I stamped several of them in a random pattern around two edges of the cardstock and colored them in with my Blendabilities markers, which are discontinued btw.......
It's such a huge bummer!  At this time Stampin' Up has not announced any plans to bring them back, but I'm hoping they'll find a way to remedy the situation and bring back something similar.  
Back to the card.....I also inked up my brand new set {Banner Blessings} which go perfectly with the "sketched feeling" of the flowers.  I paper pieced the banner in So Saffron designer paper which gives it extra oomph!   

As I've said many times over, I STRUGGLE with clean and simple.  I feel like I did pretty good with this card though.  I HAD to add some details with paper piercing and ribbon and then a cute little dangling heart punched from {You Brighten My Day}, which I thought also lent itself well to the "sketched feeling" of the other stamps.  To make this fun little charm I stamped and punched two hearts out of the So Saffron DSP, looped a piece of  thread around the ribbon and then "sandwiched" the thread between the two hearts.  

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Bloom with Hope, You Brighten My Day, Banner Blessings
Ink: Memento Black, Navy & Daffodil Blendabilites
Paper: Marina Mist, White, & So Saffron DSP
Accessories: Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Paper Piercing essentials pack

Make sure you hop over and take a gander at my fellow designers blogs!  They all do amazing work!!!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Green Spring Sampler ~ CCMC346

Hello stampers!  This card is for my second week as a Create With Connie and Mary designer.  Our challenge this week is a color challenge consisting of Wild Wasabi, Black, and Sahara Sand.  

I LOVE a sampler card and wanted to do something fun for spring with these colors.  I used a plethora of stamps and a few designer papers.  I'm pleased with the final result!

Make sure you make a stop at each one of the other designers at CCMC and leave them some love for their amazing creations!  

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Green Northern Lights ~ CMCC62, CAS(E)113, JUGS283

Hello stampers!  It's Colour Me Wednesday!  This week we've got a striking color combo for you....Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz, plus a neutral if you want.  I acutally added two neutrals to my card....black and twine.  I sort of loosely used the sketch from CAS(E)113 (which I flipped on it's side) and am also entering this card into JUGS283 which has a masculine theme this week.

The first time I had seen the the Northern Lights Technique was on this card made by Heidi Baks! I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I saw it!  I definitely had to try it for myself and ended up making this card.  If you want to try out the technique for yourself, check out the tutorial here at Splitcoaststampers.
When researching real northern lights, a lot of times they show up in shades of green only.  I thought that this color challenge would be a great time to highlight this technique again!  
I have to say that I am lucky to live in a part of the world in which I can actually see the northern lights dancing in the sky every now and then!  They truly are a beautiful sight in person.

I know that CAS(E) this sketch is supposed to be a clean and simple challenge site, but try as I might I just have the hardest time making a CAS card!  Also, the bear stamp is from an older Close To My Heart set called Nature's Gift.

Make sure you hop over to the other Colour Me designer's blogs and leave them some love for their neat projects!

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Natures gift (CTMH), Ornamental Pine, Wetlands
Ink: Pear Pizzaz, Garden Green, Black, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: In color sequins, Linen thread, Burlap ribbon, gel pen

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Shaker Ship ~ CTD332, RS156, & JUGS283

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today's card combines three challenges....Color Throwdown 332, Retro Sketches 156, and Just Us Girls 283.

This was one of those cards that came together with little effort.  It looks exactly like it did in my head.  When I saw the combo at Color Throwdown, I knew I could use the Maritime DSP, which is perfect!  That would mean a nautical theme of some sort, so I chose the ship from the {Traveler} set.  Then, when I saw the sketch at Retro Sketches, I thought it would be perfect for a shaker.  Bing, bang, boom....done!  The theme at JUGS is masculine and I'd say this fits.  I chose a celebration theme because when a shaker is involved it screams fun!  

I tried to make the circle look like a gold porthole by using brushed gold cardstock and placing punched gold circles for the rivets.  I also "sprinkled" some Champage Shimmer stars in amongst the the captains wheels and anchors to tie things together.  

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Traveler, And Many More
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento; Navy & Red Blendabilities
Paper: Night of Navy, Maritime Dsp, Bushed Gold, Real Red, White
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Confetti Stars punch, Circle thinlits, Small hand-held punch, Modern Label punch, foam tape

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Team Member!!! CCMC345

Whoo-Hoo!!!!  I have more exciting news to share....I am one of the new members on the Create With Connie and Mary design team!  I'm so excited!!!!  I've been a BIG fan of their challenge blog for a long time and am so pleased that they chose me to be a part of their team.  My first team challenge is a sketch.  Make sure you hop on over to the CCMC blog to see the other fab creations made with this sketch!

I flipped the sketch on it's side and went with fun, springy colors from the Best Year Ever DSP stack.  

I'm also adding this to The Paper Players #234 Spring Theme Challenge.

Thanks for taking a peek!  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tangelo Monarch ~ CMCC61

It's Colour Me Wednesday!!!!  We have Tangelo Twist plus a neutral for you this week.  You'll see if you check out the Colour Me blog that many of us designers went the butterfly route!  Well, you know what they say, great minds think alike!  The fun thing is that they are all so different!  

I started with this big, beautiful butterfly die, cut out with black cardstock.  I then traced the outline of the butterfly onto a piece of vellum and cut it out by hand.  I used my orange blendabilites markers and colored the wings.  Once I glued the butterfly together, I put the white dots on the edges of the wing with my white gel pen.  The white background is a bit of the leaf Irresistibly Yours DSP with no color added to it.  It's hard to see it in the photo, but it adds a bit of texture in real life.  I also pierced the black oval frame which you can see better in the photo below.  
The sentiment is from a retired set called {Vintage Verses}. 
The background paper is from the Back To Black DSP pack and reminded me of a lattice fence.  
A few rhinestones finish off this beauty of a butterfly!

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Vintage Verses
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilites, white gel pen
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Back to Black & Irresistibly Yours DSP, Vellum
Accessories: Oval framelits, Butterfly thinlits die, Rhinestones