Thursday, April 27, 2017

Best Mother Penned and Painted ~ CCMC455, JUGS390

Hey there stampers!  Welcome to my blog featuring this weeks Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge!  I also used the inspiration photo from Just Us Girls #390.  I was mostly inspired by the colors.  

Mothers Day is quickly approaching and I thought this card was certainly pretty enough to fit into that theme....I mean, what mother doesn't like pretty flowers?  
I lightly stamped the outline flower image vertically down the left side of the card to fit the vertical strip from the sketch.  I also used a piece of the Irresistibly Floral Specialty paper, sponged it with Smokey Slate ink and then layered the flowers, stamped with Melon Mambo ink on top.  I think the diamond pattern on the specialty paper sort of looks like a trellis.    
Lastly, I stamped the "best mother ever" greeting from {And Many More} in Basic Gray ink and then added some white enamel dots. 

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Penned and Painted, And Many More
Ink: Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Cucumber Crush, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Paper: White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Irresistibly Floral Specialty
Accessories: White perfect accents

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happiness Always Sheltering Tree ~ CCMC454, WWC115

Hello stampers and happy Thursday!  That means it's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  What a fun color combo we have too!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with using this combo!  I also used the spring theme inspiration from Watercooler Wednesday for my card.

This was actually the third card I created for this color combo....I love these three colors and felt like the other two cards I made just didn't do them justice.  :(

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Birthday Blossom in Saffron and Watermelon ~ HSS262, SR367

Hello stampers!  It's time for another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge!  This time we have a sketch for your inspiration.  I also used the colors from Stampin' Royalty color challenge #367 to help me with my DT card.  
I used my brand new Birthday Blossoms stamp set.  I know that this set has been around for quite some time, but I've just only recently gotten around to buying it!  I've always admired cards made with this set.  I decided to do a watercolor design with Watermelon Wonder and So Saffron.  I colored the leaves with Wild Wasabi and Always Artichoke.  I find it so soothing to watercolor and I love the effect you can achieve by layering on the color.  

I also used a new my brand new set of stitched framelits.  Like the stamp set, I had admired many a card that featured the stitched dies.  I really like the extra umph it adds to the shape.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Urban Special Reason ~ CCMC453, SIP94

Hello stampers!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge and this week we've got a sketch.  I also used some inspiration from Stamp Ink Paper which features one of my favorite kinds of challenges....tic-tac-toe!  I chose to go straight across the top with Pink, Flower, and Lace.  

I knew I wanted to use black and white with a pop of pink so I went with the distressed looking Urban Underground DSP that goes nicely with the distressed look of these pretty flowers from {Special Reason}. For the flowers I inked them up in Flirty Flamingo and then used a Melon Mambo inked sponge dauber to sponge the darker ink directly onto the stamp before applying it to the cardstock.  I did the same thing with the leaves, inking them up with Pear Pizzazz and then added Emerald Envy to the bottoms with a sponge dauber.  I like the subtle color change it produced!  
After die cutting the images with the coordinating dies I mounted them to my base, popping the little flower up with dimensionals.  I added the silver rimmed pearls to the center of each flower for a bit more pizzazz.  
A bit of lace trim and black banner finish off my card.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Special Reason
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Emerald Envy, White craft
Paper: Urban Underground DSP, Very Vanilla, Flirty Flamingo, Black
Accessories: metal rimmed pearl, lace trim, white embossing powder

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Butterfly of Hope ~ CCMC452

Hey stampers!  Welcome to my blog featuring this week's Create with Connie and Mary color challenge!  This week's colors are so pretty!
The card I created looks simple but there were actually many steps that went into it.  
First, I cut out two butterflies using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits.  I cut the solid butterfly with white cardstock and sponged on So Saffron and Peek-a-boo Peach to cover it.  Next inked the whole thing up with Versamark, spinkled some heat and stick powder over it and embossed.  While the heat and stick powder was still sticky I sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  It's super sparkly!!!!
Next I cut the top butterfly with Sahara Sand cardstock.  I applied a layer of the fine tip glue to the butterfly and set it aside to dry before adhering it over the top of the sparkle butterfly.  
I cut out the hope words from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits---once in white and once in Peek a boo Peach.  I also applied the heat and stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds to the white hope.  For the background I sponged So Saffron to a piece of Irresistibly Floral Specialty paper and then added a strip of peekaboo peach stamped with Delicate Details lace.  After everything was mounted to some Sahara Sand card base, I added the details including some linen thread and pearls.

Thanks for taking a peek and I hope to see you playing along with us this week!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pool Feather Funky Chick! ~ HSS261

Happy Tuesday stampers!  Hand Stamped Sentiments is bringing you another fabulous challenge....and remember, they go for two weeks!  
Our color challenge features Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Smokey Slate.  

I chose to go with this funky little chicken from the latest sale-a-bration catalog.  The chicks in this set are super cute and I thought this hen would look fun with blue top feathers!  I watercolored her on a piece of shimmer white cardstock and then added some wink of stella to her blue feathers.  I layered her on a fun flowered background piece of DSP and added in a couple slivers of Calypso Coral.  I Wink Of Stella'd some of the flowers in the background paper as well.

This card is simple but I love it!  That chick is surely the star of the show!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Help Me Grow Spring ~ CCMC451, SR366, SSC149, SUO171

Hi stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary has a new sketch challenge for you this week!  
I also used these challenges to help me create my card this week....
Sunday Stamps color challenge, Stampin Royalty Picture Inspiration, and SUO favorite April theme.  

Thanks for taking a peek at my card and join us with your creation by posting it to the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

First Glamper Camper! ~ CCMC450, SSC148

Hey stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary is back with another sweet color trio this week!  
I'm FINALLY getting around to using my Glamper Camper set.  I think this is just the cutest! I thought the colors could lend themselves to a 50's vintage camper so I pulled this set out.  I love the cute little flamingo perched on the lawn too!  It's so fun!
At first I had the idea I was gonna paper piece the camper with different designer papers.  But, I soon realized it was a lot more cutting than I wanted to, back to good old watercolor!!!  I stamped the image on white shimmer paper.  It's a great paper to do some minimal watercoloring on.  I'm so happy with the way it came out.  I layered it on a Daffodil Delight banner of DSP (and as I type this I'm realizing that the challenge color is So Saffron! Oops!) 
The whole thing is perched on a piece of Carried Away DSP from this years Sale-a-bration.  I though the Mint Macaron cloud pattern would make a fun background.  
I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps to help me out with the design of my card this week.

I hope you'll be able to join us in this challenge by posting your creation on the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page.
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rustic Spring Floral ~ HSS260

Hi stampers!  Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments photo inspiration challenge #260.  I just love the floral images along with the wood.  It's rustic and springy all at the same time!  
I drew inspiration from the shape and color of the flowers in the upper right hand photo, as well as the wood.  I'm very pleased with the way my card turned out!  I added some metallic gold in there to jazz things up a bit, too!

I actually combined three different stamp sets to make this card.  First is obvious...Swirly Bird for the flowers and small leaves.  Second I used the long leaf from Botanical Blooms, and lastly I used the sprig image from Foxy Friends.  Also used is Hardwood, of course!  I stamped the large flower in Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder, the medium one in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay, and the small one in So Saffron and Crushed Curry.  The leaves were cut our of Dapper Denim paper and stamped with Night of Navy.  The card base is Tip Top Taupe.
I hope you'll be able to join us for this fun challenge!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Green Penned and Painted ~ CCMC449, PP335

Hello all!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge.  I also used a little color inspiration from the Paper Players with green and white.  It seems like when you think of March one always thinks green!  
I wanted to play with watercolor again so I started out with a piece of watercolor paper that I could slice down into three panels.  I stamped the solid flower image from Penned and Painted in versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then washed some Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz ink over the top with my aquapainter.  After it dried, I stamped the lined flower and leaf images from the same set and then ran over them with my wet brush.  I love the way this turned out!  

For the background, I embossed a piece of Vanilla cardstock with the Brick Wall EF.  I used my aquapainter to "fill in the cracks" with pear pizzazz and crumb cake ink.  After that dried I sponged over each brick with Crumb Cake ink to add a little more dimension.  
My flowered panel ended up a little large, but I loved it so much I didn't want to cut it down.  I really like how the background turned out too and wish more of it would have been visible.  
Lastly I added some lace trim and vanilla satin ribbon and a sympathy banner.  It seems like I've needed a bunch of sympathy cards lately.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pool Blossom ~ CCMC448, SIP89

It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week it's color. I also used the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #89 to help me create my card.
I keep going back to my love of watercoloring!  I fussy cut the flower out....I know, I know, it has a coordinating punch, but I like the way you can get closer to the edge by fussy cutting.  I stamped some textures onto the circle and then used my auquapainter to "bleed" the color out a bit.
I finished up the flower and leaves by adding some wink of stella (see picture below).

I used the plenty of petals EF to make this wonderful textured background.  I also added a little interest to the smokey slate strip by stamping the little cluster of flowers from Birthday Blossoms in Smokey Slate ink.  I also stamped the same flowers in the corners of the Chocolate Chip card base.  It's very subtle.
I finished this one off with a bit of vanilla satin ribbon and also some linen thread.

I hope you can join us in the challenge this week!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shine High Tide ~ HSS259

Hello stampers!  Today's post is for Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge #259, designed by yours truly!  I love the simplicity of this sketch.  
I chose to use one of my newer sets {High Tide}.  I stamped it in neutrals and combined it with some retired By The Sea (or something like that) DSP.  I like the soft colors together.  It feels really beachy. 
The sentiment is from Sunburst Sayings

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I Saw You in Blue ~ CCMC447, SR364, ATSM251

Hello stampers!  Today's card is for this weeks Create with Connie and Mary sketch.  Isn't this one fun?  There are so many possibilities!
I'm also using Stampin' Royalty's "use your favorite technique" challenge #364.  My favorite technique it watercoloring, which I did on the saw and screwdriver.

I grabbed the {Nailed It} set when if first came out in the Occasions Catalog, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet.  I thought this was a fun, masculine set that could be used for little boys as well!  Plus, I love a good pun!  
I stamped each tool in Stazon ink on watercolor paper and then used my aquapainter to color them in.  Although I have the matching die set to these stamps I chose to fussy cut the tools because I didn't want the white border to show around the edges.  I did use the die to cut the center of the saw handle though.  I thought the measuring stick would be the perfect way to incorporate the vertical strip from the sketch...I'm loving the way it came out!  
For the background I experimented with several different things.  I finally settled on embossing a piece of  Pacific Point with the Hexagon folder and then stamped the Hardwood stamp inked in Dapper Denim over the top.  It adds another layer of "texture" sort of.  

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Nailed It, Hardwood
Ink: Stazon, Dapper Denim, Pacific Point, Smokey Slate, Crumb Cake
Paper: Dapper Denim, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Watercolor
Accessories: Build It Framelits, Hexagon EF

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!