Thursday, May 24, 2018

Navy Blooms ~ CCMC511, PP394

Hello stampers!  My card for today is for our latest color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary.  They color trio is so nice and cool.  
I've been on a watercoloring kick lately and couldn't help myself from making some pretty blue blooms using the no line watercoloring technique.  And since my card is all about the flowers I'm sharing it on the Paper Players clean and simple blooms challenge #394.

I inked up one of the floral images and leaves from {Remarkable You} in Sahara Sand ink.  I applied lots of layers of Night of Navy and Emerald Envy ink, letting each layer dry in between.  I washed the entire background with Pool Party.  
I wanted a nice bold sentiment so I went with {Lovely Inside and Out}.  Both of the stamp sets I used are retiring. :( 
To finish off my card I added some Pool Party shimmer ribbon, Emerald Envy 1/4" ribbon, and a few silver sequins.  I popped the main panel with dimesionals for added interest.

I hope you'll join us at the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page with your color combo creations.
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Bike Ride ~ HSS290

Hello stampers! Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge #290

I've been itching to use this bicycle set and figured these fun colors would do just the trick! I think I was right! The blue was perfect for the bike color and the purple and green for the flowers in the basket! I added the fun little puppy dog with a rich razzleberry scarf, too! So cute! 
I used retired dsp's but the razzleberry velvet ribbon is a new item available in the new catalog and can be ordered on June 1st! It's so pretty and soft! 

I hope you'll be able to join us in our challenge! In the mean time take a look at the HSS home blog and check out what the other designers have made!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Yellow Blossoms CCMC510, TSOT, CC&S272

Hey there stampers!  It's Thursday again and that means it's time for a new Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  It's sketch week this time.  CC&M will hosting some different challenges in June, so stay tuned for that!  
I also used Try Stampin' on Tuesday's Tic-Tac-Tuesday #3.  I chose to go diagonal with green, blue, and stripes.  I was also excited about the colors from CAS Colours and Sketches #272 and worked my card around those!  Have you ever looked at colors for a color challenge and are sure you've got it right only later to find out that your were wrong?  Well, that's what I did here.  I was sure the yellow was Daffodil Delight and not So Saffron, so my card is made with Daffodil Delight instead.  Whoops!

I played with the no-line watercoloring technique for this card.  I stamped two of the flowers from Birthday Blossoms in Sahara Sand ink on watercolor paper and colored them with Daffodil Delight ink and my aqua painter.  Birthday Blossoms is on the retiring list as well as Brushstrokes, the stamp I used for the striped background.  The Sahara Sand dots are from Petal Palette.  
The Pacific Point panel is embossed with the Basket Weave TEF.

To finish the card off, I added some paper doily on each side of the flower bunch and a linen thread bow.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Side by Side Flamingos ~ CCMC509, FF0007

Hey stampers!  Today's card is for our new color challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary.  Isn't it divine?  I love pink, green, and neutral together.  As soon as I saw these colors I thought of the Fabulous Flamingo set and the cool greenery stamp that comes with it.  
What I'm not really hip on are the sentiments that come with it, so when I had this idea in my head I needed some sort of sentiment that would go with a pair of Flamingos.  I found one in the Beautiful Bouquet set.  I don't necessarily think the front sentiment and the inside sentiment were designed to go together, but they seemed to when I stamped this card (LOL)!  Now that I read it again they are a little disjointed....I may need to re-stamp the inside before I give it away.  :) At any rate, it will make a fun wedding or an anniversary card.    

What say's Pink better than a flamingo?  That's why I'm sharing my card in the Festive Friday #7 challenge.  

For the background on my card I started by taping down a 3"x 5 1/2" piece of watercolor paper, taking care to leave about a 1/4" border on all 4 sides.  It's not perfect, but it's close!  Next, I misted the paper with water and stamped the green leaves directly on the paper.  After that dried, I added some Sahara Sand ink with my Aqua painter in between the leaves and then stamped more leaves on top.  After it all dried again I used my clear wink of stella pen and painted some shimmer on the neutral background between the leaves.  It's very subtle but a nice little touch. 
I stamped two flamings in Flirty Flamingo and Crumb Cake, fussy cut them out and then popped them up over the sentiment strip and ribbon.  I need to talk about this ribbon for a second.  This Pear Pizzazz Pleated Satin ribbon goes back a long, long way....back to when Pear Pizzazz was an In-Color, I think!  Am I correct about that?  I'm pretty sure Pear Pizzazz was an In-Color at one time.  Anyway, I had a bit of it left and wanted a pretty accessory to go on my card under the sentiment.  I love the way it looks.  I tied a string of linen thread around it to bring out the neutrals in the card as well.  I topped everything off with a few Iridescent Sequins and there you have it!  

I hope you'll be able to join us in this week's CCM Color Challenge!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

My card was chosen as a Festive Friday Favorite! Yay!
FF#001 Festive Friday Faves

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New Stuff! HSS289, JAI407

Hello stampers!  Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments #289.  As part of the design team we get to see the challenges weeks ahead of time but I almost never work ahead.  I seem to be a procrastinator at heart and always wait until the last minute to get things done. I've also been a little behind with my orders and finally just recieved my Share What You Love suite.  Demonstrators were able to order this fun sneak peek pack last month and it's available to customers this month--until the end of May.  There are three different packs to choose from, each with a little more product than the next.  I chose to go with the biggest pack called the Gotta Have It All Bundle.  
For this card I, most of the products I used are from this bundle.  The peachy colored paper is a new In-color called Grapefruit Grove.  It's scrumptious!  I also used some beautiful specialty designer paper from a pack called Share What You Love.  The flower and watercolor background splat are stamps from a new set called Love What You Do.  The sentiment is from Petal of my favorites!  Other new products are the sweet little Artisan Pearls and a little peek of a pearlized doily.  These are gorgeous!
To add some texture I used my Basket Weave TEF (textured embossing folder) to the Pool Party panel.  To finish things off I wound some thin gold thread behind the main panel and popped it up on dimesionals.

I'm also adding my card into the Just Add Ink #407 challenge just add "O".  My "O" is orange....or and orange-y color which in this case is Grapefruit Grove

I hope you'll be able to join us for this fun sketch challenge at HSS.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hello Babies ~ CCMC508

Hey stampers!  I've got two cards for this week's Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge #508.  I had to dig way down deep into my stash this week to find a baby girl card, so I figured it was time to replenish it!  This card came together super fast and is so simple and I love the way it turned out.  I figured that since the baby girl came together so quick, why not make a baby boy one too! I used two colors that are retiring Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist.  

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Wood Words, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, White, White Glimmer
Accessories: Tree Builder punch, So Many Stars EF, Iridescent sequins

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Indigo Watercolor ~ CCMC507, SIP147

Hello stampers!  Today's card is for this week's Create with Connie and Mary color challenge #507.  Our colors are Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive.  I also used Stamp Ink Paper challenge #147 where we are to color our project using any color medium of our choice.  I chose to use watercolor!  I stamped the big flower from {Beautiful Day} in versamark ink on watercolor paper and then heat embossed it with white EP.  I colored the flower with my aqua painter and the three challenge ink colors and then fussy cut it out.  As an extra little detail I added a bit of paper doily to the bottom of the flower.  
For the background, I brushed on some Island Indigo ink on a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper.  after it dried I stamped it with the speckled stamp from {Waterfront} and then spritz the whole piece with water again.  The effect of that sort of reminds me of some of the cards I've seen using Brusho.  I also stamped the watercolor-like dots from {Petal Palette} across the bottom and a couple sentaments in Crumb Cake ink.  I had the Old Olive branch die cut laying on my desk from a different project so I nestled that behind my flower and decided I liked the way it looked so I continued to add a few more little vellum die cuts that were cut from Petals and More thinlits.  To finish everything off I added a strip of burlap ribbon, some sequin trim, an Old Olive banner, and some linen thread.  Lastly, I put some rhinestones in the center of each vellum flower and scattered a few more around the card.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Shabby Chic Tranquil Tulips ~ HSS288, FabFri135

Hello stampers!  Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge #288.  I was inspired by the pink flowers and wooden box.  I opted to go with the retiring set Tranquil Tulips, since it's springtime, stamped on top of a piece of Wood Textures DSP.  I also used the Fab Friday #135 sketch.  I used my Basket Weave EF on the Crumb Cake banner and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink to make it look a little shabby chic.  The Early Espresso background is stamped with the Hardwood stamp in Early Espresso ink.. I also sponged the Flirty Flamingo card base with Crumb Cake ink to further the shabby chic look.  It's just about wedding season, so I opted to make this a wedding card. 

I hope you'll be able to join us for our Inspiration Challenge at HSS!  I'm looking forward to seeing your creations in our gallery!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Yellow Palette Rose ~ CCMC506

Hello Stampers!  Today card is for Create with Connie and Mary's Sketch Challenge #506.  This was a very interesting sketch, I thought.  For the three elements on the top I used two different flowers and one set of leaves from the floral design dsp in Petal Passion designers series paper pack.  I colored them with my Blends markers and fussy cut them out.  I placed them on top of two big banners.  The smaller Bermuda Bay one is embossed with the basket weave EF and the bigger one was cut from A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP pack.  I layered the whole thing on a background of Wood Textures DSP, and then backed it with Crushed Curry and finally layered it on a Basic Black card.

I splattered on some Wink of Stella, to finish it off, but it's very hard to see in the photos.  
I hope you'll be able to play along with us and we look forward to seeing your work in our gallery!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Beautiful Bloom Right Angle Fun Fold ~ CCMC505, SUOC197, ATSM287

Hello stampers!  It's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Thursday and it's color week!  Our colors are Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach (and it's retiring!), and Old Olive.

I've seen a few of these diagonal or right angle fun fold cards floating around the internet and thought they looked fun and simple to create.  Here's a good video explaining how to make the cuts and score lines. It's really very simple and makes a good impact for something different than your regular old fold!  
I used {Birthday Blooms} colored with my light and dark Calypso Coral Blends markers as well as the light Pumpkin Pie, which really resembles Peekaboo Peach.  I absolutely love the depth of color you can achieve with these markers and you don't have to be an artist at all to make it look good!  Because I used my Blends markers I'm also entering my card into Addicted to Stamps and More make your mark challenge 287.  I'm also sharing my card in the SUO Favorite Floral Challenge #197.  I don't think there's a prettier flower in the whole catalog than this one!  I've seen it colored up so many ways, and each one is always beautiful!
I paired my flower with a couple oval circles, the white one is from the stitched dies and the black one is regular.  I popped the flower up on dimesionals, but not before I added a loop of silver sequin trim and mini black sequin trim.  The DSP is from the Petal Passion series.  

I layered a 4" x 5 1/4" white piece on the inside and stamped it with the lone flower from {Birthday Blooms} and then stamped a nice sentiment.  I colored the inside flower with the same blends as the outside flower.

I hope you'll be able to join us at CCMC this week for our latest color challenge.  Make sure to hop over to the main challenge blog and check out the other designers creations!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Stained Glass Beautiful Day ~ HSS287

Hi there stampers!  Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #287.  Look at these fun colors together!  I just love this combination. I CASE'd this card by Diane Barnes using the {Beautiful Day} butterfly. I stamped and embossed on vellum and then colored with regular markers on the backside for a stained glass look.  I also chose to use a bit of the Myths and Magic white glimmer paper for a background.  The sparkles pull the colors all together.  I also added a strip of Flirty Flamingo punched with my Decorative Ribbon Border punch to the bottom of the glimmer paper.  The sentiment is from the same set and is popped up on dimesionals.  The 1/8" ribbon is actually an old in-color called Lucky Limeade.  I had a bit left and thought it looked very similar to the Lemon Lime Twist.  I scattered a few iridescent sequins around and that completed my card!    

I hope you'll play along with us in this color challenge!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Always There Petal Palette ~ CCMC504, GDP132

Hello stampers!  It's sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary.  You might have noticed that the Create with Connie and Mary challenge site has had a bit of an update.  You'll also notice that the challenge sketches have been updated too!  
I used Global Design Project challenge #132 Case the Designer to help me with my CCMC design team card this week.  The cased designer is Stesha Bloodhart.  I actually happened to have these roses and the bird laying around on my desk already colored and cut out.  I was playing around with this set {Petal Palette} about a month ago and trying out different colors.  They were absolutely perfect for a Stesha case!  The stitched circle was also a cast off that had been laying on my desk for a while.  AND, would you believe the banner was yet another already done piece that had not been used on a previous project?!  With all of these elements already done all I had to do was cut my white cardstock and emboss it with the Petal Burst EF.  I also added a bit of silver thread behind the bird and some linen thread in the form of a bow to tie in the neutral Sahara Sand circle.  

It's really hard to see in the photo but there's a little sliver of Sahara Sand scallop trim under the black banner.  I punched it with Decorative Ribbon border punch.

Make sure to hop over to the CCMC blog and check out the other designers!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!