Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Take me to the Sea Sampler ~ GDP151

Hello Stampers! Today's project is for Global Design Project #151 theme challenge. 
This project was a real joy for me to make!  I made this for my brother who recently had a birthday and just moved into a new apartment.  He wanted something to hang on his wall and gave me a few hints on what he likes: mermaids, wood, seaside, teal, twine, and copper.  I tried to incorporate all those things and more. When I showed him some examples of samplers on Pinterest he told me he liked the ones that didn't have the squares all the same size.  I'm so happy with the end result and so was he!  He was beyond excited to receive this as a gift and I was beyond happy to create it for him!  Win/win! 
We framed it with a scrapbook page frame that was purchased from Amazon (not pictured).

The background paper is a 12"x 12" sheet of Springtime Foils DSP that I sponged with Coastal Cabana ink.  The Sampler Square is an 8"x 8" piece of Early Espresso.  Each bigger panel mat (Bermuda Bay) is 5" x 21/2" and the stamped panel is 4 3/4" x 2 1/4".  Each smaller square mat measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and the stamped panel is 2 1/4" x 2 1/4".

Here's a list of all the supplies I used on this project....
Stamps: Picture Perfect, The Open Sea, Magical Mermaid, High Tide, Gorgeous Grunge, Waterfront, Hardwood
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Cajun Craze
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Springtime Foil DSP, Watercolor
Accessories: Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Natural trim, Burlap Ribbon, Brushed Bronze Button, Antique brad, Black library clip, Hodgepodge Hardware, Baked Brown Sugar cord, Linen Thread, Mini brad, Pearls, Copper embossing powder, black embossing powder, dimensionals

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I Pick You ~ HSS296, AYSI132

Hey stampers!  Today's card is for a fun color challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  It features two new colors and an old fave...Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green, and Daffodil Delight.  
My card features the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp set, which has SO MANY options in it!  I'm so glad I bought this bundle!  I especially love the many, many sentiments it contains.  I chose to go with a friend theme this time.  
I also loosely used the sketch from As You See It #132.  I flipped the sketch on it's side.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Early Espresso
Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Vellum
Accessories: Polka dot tulle ribbon, Bouquet Bunch framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Circle framelits, Decorative Ribbon border punch

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Saffron Pacific Poppy Hello ~ CCMC422, TGIFC171, AYSI131

Hello stampers!  I've got a two for one sketch challenge for our Create With Connie and Mary challenge this week.  I knew I wanted to use Accented Blooms and I wanted to incorporate the colors from TGIF challenge #171 which were So Saffron, Poppy Parade, and Pacific Point.  I also decided to watercolor again (an obsession), which is why I played along with As You See It's obsession challenge #131. I must also say that I'm obsessed with embossing folders in general but especially the basket weave one!  
The first card I made is below.  After I made it I wasn't too sure about the combination of thee colors and the layout, so I redid it (above), only this time I used Blends markers and blender pens with ink pads to add the color to the flowers.  After finishing the second card, which was a bit more subtle and monochromatic, I couldn't decide which one I liked best.  I even polled my family and they came up undecided as well, so I thought I'd just go ahead a post them both!  I chose to go with the more monochromatic one as my main card for the post, since it fit the sketch just a little better.  I just love the mesh polka dot ribbon for embellishing cards like this.  It adds a bit of texture and fun but doesn't over-power the card at all.

Here's a list of my supplies.....
card #1
Stamps: Accented Blooms
Ink: Poppy Parade, Mint Macron, & Daffodil Delight Blends markers; So Saffron, Pacific Point, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron
Accessories: Polka dot tulle ribbon, Basket weave TIEF, Tailored Tag punch

card #2
Stamps: Accented Blooms
Ink: Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Stazon Black
Paper: Watercolor, Whisper White, So Saffron, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Pacific Point Stitched ribbon, Basket weave TIEF, rhinestones

So, there you have it!  Two for one sketch challenge!  I hope you'll be able to play along with us at CCMC this week!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lovely Magical Mermaid ~ CCMC521, SSC184

Hello stampers!  Welcome back to another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  It's color week and we have some wonderful, rich colors for you to play with.  Now, normally I'm not a pink and purple kinda person, but as I was searching for inspiation on these colors I came across a mermaid with pink and purple hair.  AHA, I thought!  I could use my {Magical Mermaid} set for these colors.  I haven't owned this set for very long, but have enjoyed playing with it.  It's not a set I would have ever gotten for myself, but I was tasked with making a project for a special birthday and they requested mermaids. I will post that project soon.  I'm thrilled with the way it turned out!!!
Anyhoo, I think this mermaid turned out fabulous done in these colors.  I embossed the image with black embossing powder on watercolor paper and then layered the color on with my aquapainter and inks.  I love the intense color you can achieve with watercolor.
I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps Challenge #186 to help me complete my card.

I don't think you can have a magical mermaid and not have some sort of glitter or sparkle, so I mixed some white glue and water and splattered it on the background with my aquapainter.  I sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and voila! A sparkly background.  
I also added some Wink of Stella to the mermaid tail and hair.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Magical Mermaid
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Sahara Sand, Blackberry bliss
Paper: Lovely Lipstick, Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, White, Watercolor
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Ruffled TIEF

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Citrus Bouquet ~ HSS295, JUGS451

Hey there stampers!  Today's card is for Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #295 -- a sketch challenge.  Let's talk about this sketch for a moment.  It's so cool because the sky is the limit with it.  You could go CAS or get a little more layered, like my card.  I love a sketch like this that give a little free reign.  
 I incorporated the inspiration photo from Just Us Girls #451.
I was loving the colors and script from the challenge photo and jumped at the chance to use some of our newer colors!  I used Pineapple Punch for the bright yellow, Grapefruit Grove for the spiky looking flowers, and Crushed Curry along with Mango Melody sponged around the edges for the two flowers on each side.  I used Granny Apple Green for the the stems and leaves.

We'd love to have you join us for our sketch challenge at HSS!  Come on and play!
Here's a list of my supples.....
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, French Script (retired)
Ink: Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake
Paper: Granny Apple Green, White, Grapefruit Grove, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Pineapple punch ribbon, Pinewood Planks TIEF

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tufted Thanks a Bunch ~ CCMC520, JUGS450, GDP148, Addicted to CAS 141

Hello stampers!  I made this pretty little number for the latest Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge.  I also used the colors from Just Us Girls #49, Case'd the designer Connie Collins from Global Design Project #148, and also figured it fit into Addicted To CAS Summertime #141.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet
Ink: blushing bride, bermuda bay, crumb cake
Paper: blushing bride, bermuda bay, white, Tropical Escape DSP, bermuda bay glimmer paper
Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, share what you love pearls, Tufted TEF, layering circles framelits
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tropical Leaf Wreath ~ CCMC519, SUO204

Hello stampers!  Here's a brand new color challenge for you from Create with Connie and Mary using brand new colors!  
These colors come right out of the Tropical Escape DSP pack.  
I, of course, was more than happy to use my new set {Tropical Chic} on yet another card!  I knew the moment I saw this suite in the catalog that I would NEED it!  I absolutely love the colors--they are just so happy!
To create my tropical leaf wreath I used a Stamparatus wreath builder technique shown here.
If you have a Stamparatus you should give it a try.  It's so fun! 

I adding my card to SUO Challenge #204 Designers Choice.  The challenge is to use you new favorite items.  As I stated above, Tropical Chic is a definite favorite of mine and I love, love, love the Stamparatus as well!

Here's a list of my supplies...
Stamps: Tropical Chic, Beautiful Bouquet
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Blushing Bride
Paper: White, Blushing Bride, Tropical Escape DSp
Accessories: Stamparatus, Blushing Bride cotton ribbon, pearlized thread, artisian pearls, Layering circles framelits, Tropical thinlits

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tropical Chic Flamingo ~ HSS294, JUGS449, JAI417

Hello stampers!  We are back with a brand new challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  It's an Inspiration Challenge this time and the chosen theme is flamingos!  I just love this!  I was inspired by the flamingos, of course, and the colors in the bottom right picture.  
I'm also playing along with Just Us Girls #449--Watercolor Background and Just Add Ink #417--Just Add "T".  My "T" is tropical!

I combined a couple of stamp sets here--the always awesome Fabulous Flamingo and the wonderful new Tropical Chic.  I'm loving the variety of leaves and the matching dies that this set coordinates with!  I think the card possibilities could be endless using this set!
I chose to only use the solid image from Fabulous Flamingo as I wanted to keep my flamingo "silhouetted".  
I did a watercolor wash on the background and did some spattering as well.  
a few sequins and some old Coastal Cabana ribbon (which I still have from when Coastal Cabana was an In-Color) finished off my card.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo, Tropical Chic
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Watercolor
Accessories: Petal Burst EF, Tropical Thinlits dies, Iridescent sequins, Coastal Cabana ruffled ribbon

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Welcome Little Girl Giraffe ~ CCMC518, WWYS176, ATC140, AYSI179

Hello stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary is back this week with a fabulous sketch challenge! As you can see I rotated the sketch on it's side. I couldn't resist using the long-necked giraffe from Animal Outing for my design team card this week and imagine my delight when I saw that What Will You Stamp #176 challenged us to make a card with the Animal Outing set!  Perfect!  I love to combine challenges so I also used Addicted to CAS #140 BABY, and the color combo from As You See It #179.

Here's a list of my supplies...
Stamps: Animal Outing
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Daffodil Delight Blends markers, Crumb Cake Blends markers
Accessories: Animal Friends thinlits dies, Decorative Ribbon border punch, Simple Stripes EF

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mango Blueberry Butterfly ~ CCMC517, WWYS175, TSOT371

Hello stampers!  We've got a brand spankin' new color challenge for you to play along with over at Create with Connie and Mary this week!  Our three colors are new ones from the color revamp in the 2018-19 catalog and they are Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite, and Mango Melody.  
I must say that when I saw Mango Melody in the catalog I didn't think I'd like it and couldn't see myself using it much at all, but it has grown on me!  I especially like it watercolored like on my butterfly.  It provides some nice, intense color.  
By contrast I knew I'd like Blueberry Bushel right off the bat and that opinion stuck!  
So, for my design team card this week I decided to use What Will You Stamp's #175 Beautiful Day challenge and also the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I went with a double diagonal fun fold to mimic the sketch.  It's such a fun way to open a card and kind of a surprise for the recipient!  
I'm so pleased with the way this one turned out!

Try Stampin' on Tuesday also had an optional element of texture and I think I've got plenty of that going on here!  One texture I used is the Tufted dynamic embossing folder.  This was another item out of the new catalog that I knew I would love and use a lot.  I think it's so pretty!

here's a list of my supplies.....
stamps: Beautiful Day
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody, Stazon Black
Paper: Gray Granite, Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody, Whisper White, Watercolor
Accessories: Lovely Floral and Tufted dynamic embossing folders, Pearlized Doilies, Polka dot tulle ribbon