Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Little Fish, Big Wish

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and it's MY turn!!  I've chosen: April Showers--use something water related (technique, image, etc.)

And here is the card I created:
As you can see, I went with the water image theme.  I started by stamping the fishbowl, then the fish and then the little water plant.  I then heat embossed the sentiment in white on a strip of black card stock.  To finish things off, I used some clear Nuvo drops to create bubbles (It looks soooo awesome!), and I added clear wink of Stella to the fish's body and fins.  You can see a little of the sparkle in the photo below.   
Even though I used some sparkle, this will still be a fabulous masculine card to add to my stash.
Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this photo.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon code over in my lift sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Fish Bowl", "Plant", "Beta Fish" and "Big Wish"

Challenges:

30 Day coloring Challenge--just color
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes
Crafting Uncles #3--masculine birthday
Creative Fingers #182--anything goes
Creative Knockouts--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #500--all occasions
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Birthday Flyby

A new month has arrived and that means a new challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month's challenge is "For The Girls" (make a feminine project).

And here is the card I created:
 Now, this card may not look very feminine, but it IS for my oldest daughter who just turned 14 (how did that happen!!??).  She is not very girly, so she wouldn't appreciate a girly card.  But I think she will LOVE this card because it is sooooo fun.
I mean, look at it!!  It's so cute!  I just love these dragons and this castle die set (which I am using for the very first time) is going to get a LOT of use, I think.  So, it looks like a normal card on he outside, but when you pull the pull tab at the top, the fun happens: 
I used a magic slider die to create this fun interactive card.  When you pull the tab, the opens up to reveal a hidden little scene.  So fun!  I adhered the castle making sure it was only adhered to the part of the card that pops up.  And I attached the dragon with a small strip of acetate so it appears to actually be flying over the castle.  I added some sparkle with nuvo glitter pens to the wings and underbelly of the dragon, the princess' crown and the sword and shield of the knight.  Then I finished it off with some sequins to make it a little more girly. : ) 


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Head on over to the LTSCB blog to see what the rest of the team has created and to get the full details of the challenge.  Then get inky and play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "Magical Dragons" and "ALS Genie" (sentiment on the inside)
Dies: MFT "Slider Surprise" and the castle set which seems to be retired, maybe?
Stencils: MFT brick wall; Taylored Expressions cloud scene builder

Challenges:

Cutie Pie #145--gorgeous greens (my dragon and the little princess's dress are green; I hope it's enough)
Southern Girls--anything goes
Your Next Stamp #135--cute critters
Krafty Chicks #500--all occasions
Creative Moments #187--anything goes
Pink Gem--anything goes


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

In my thoughts

So, I'm busy cleaning up my workspace (well, slowly, but still working on it).  Some of the "cleaning" involved putting away stamps and dies and other goodies that I got a while ago and haven't had a chance to use or organize.  This beautiful Avery Elle set, "Orchid" was a set I won several months ago and it has just been sitting there.  I wasn't really sure I would get much use out of it, but after inking it up and coloring it . . . wow, it is gorgeous!!  I got a chance to play with it this week and I have to say, this may be one of my favorite cards ever!!
 I stamped the image and colored it and was going to use the matching dies that I also won.  But, when I put the stamp on the block, I guess I didn't have it laid out correctly (the stamp is open between the stem and the flower cluster) and the die didn't fit.  So, I had to resort to fussy cutting, which is what I usually do anyway.  Then I created my own background "paper" using several of the flower/bud images from the same set.  It was a little too bold, so I covered it with  a piece of vellum.  Now it's so soft and pretty.  I used a brick wall stencil to create a soft background on the top panel.  I adhered my image with foam tape and after embossing the sentiment on black, I also attached it with foam tape.  Finished everything off with some purple sequins.  Now, a close up of these gorgeous flowers:
I wasn't too sure about the coloring until I added the little wisker lines with a white gel pen.  It adds soooo much!

Supplies:
Stamps: Avery Elle "Orchid"
MFT brick wall stencil

Challenges:
Double Trouble #53--SomeThing, AnyThing, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes)
Make My Monday #119--make your own background paper
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #128--anything goes
Pink Gem--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'--make your own background
Cardz TV #111--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Time Out Challenge #158--lots or a little purple with the optional twist: friendship
ART Impressions Stamps #279--bloom where you are planted
CAS(E) #365--sketch

Crafty Gals #205--use flowers
30-Day Coloring Challenge--just color
STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge--anything goes with a stencil

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hugs

I won this stamp a couple months ago and really didn't think I would probably get much use out of it.  BUT, this thing is gorgeous!!!  The coloring takes a little while since it is so large, but you don't really need to do anything else to it since it is so large.    I've been very slowly cleaning up my crafting area.  No time and lots of new goodies means big piles of stuff!  So, as I'm organizing and putting new stuff away, I'm trying to use them (at least once).  This week it was this stamp's turn and while I had it out I made cards in two completely different colorways.  The first one is bold and beautiful.  I used reds and aquas.  I colored the "HUGS" with an ombre effect and added some clear wink of Stella to add some fabulous sparkle.  You can't really see it here, but you can in the next photo.
 You can just see the sparkle on the lower part of the "HUGS".  To finish this off, all I had to do was die cut with a stitched rectangle and add a heat embossed sentiment popped up on foam tape.
My second card card is a softer version of the first one.  I wavered back and forth between trying a no-line coloring technique on it  or coloring it and then heat embossing the image.   Well, my no-line coloring didn't turn out very well, so I ended up putting it back in my mini MISTI and stamping it again with versamark and heat embossing with silver embossing powder.  So, at one angle, it just looks like a pretty image, maybe you can see the embossed outlines.
 But turn it in the light just a bit and that's where the magic happens!!
Oh, my that silver embossing is just stunning!!  I popped up another small sentiment, this time in dark brown on kraft and added some clear Nuvo drops around the image to dress it up even more.  They ended up with some air holes, but that makes it have a fun bubble like look.  So, which do you prefer?  The bold and beautiful or the soft and elegant?  I think I prefer the first, but it's such a hard choice!

Card #1:
Supplies:
Stamps: The Grey Muse "Hugs"; MFT "Essential Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes
Creative Fingers #182--anything goes
Art Impressions Stamps #279--Bloom where you're planted
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Moments #187--anything goes
Cardz TV #111--anything goes
Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge--Never Seen Ink (As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I've had this since before Christmas and had never inked it up until now.)

Card#2:
Supplies:
Stamps: The Grey Muse "Hugs"; Papertrey Ink "Mat Stack 2" 
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage--for the girls
Penny's Challenge--anything goes
Southern Girls--anything goes
Creative Knockouts--anything goes
Addicted to Stamps #382--make your mark
Crafty Catz #479--anything goes: use kraft




Saturday, March 28, 2020

Birthday Cake

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Birthdays
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I've had this tag made out of scrap paper strips for quite a while.  So, I printed my image out in a size that would fit the tag and colored it to match the patterns.  I actually had a second pack of the same papers, so even though the first pack was all used up making the tag, I was able to pull out some to match to create the horizontal strip and the little banners.  I stamped the background with a sheet music stamp as it seemed to fit the birthday theme.  Everything seemed a little plain still, so I die cut the filigree border and the fun little frame.  It is amazing how much the frame dressed everything up!  I finished up the tag with a jeweled brad that I have had for years and years.  As well as the tag, the frame and border were die cut from snippets, so a lot of scraps were used up on this one!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.  And make sure you hop over to the Di's Digital Designs blog to see what the rest of the team has made for this challenge.

Supplies: 
Stams: Di's Digi Stamps "Birthday Cake Teddy" digi; PaperTrey Ink "Baker's Dozen" frame and sentiment; Hero Arts sheet music background
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "Baker's Dozen" and "Filigree Border" die; MFT "Blueprints 13" tag

Challenges:
30 Day Coloring Challenge--just color
Tuesday Throwdown #453--sketch

Penny's Challenge--anything goes
Creative Fingers #182--anything goes
Your Next Stamp #135--cute critters
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #374--anything goes with snippets
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #500--all occasions
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Creative Moments #187--anything goes
Little Red Wagon #542--leftovers
Crafty Catz #479--anything goes with the optional twist: use kraft
Cardz TV #111--anything goes

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Happy Birthday, Wendy!!

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is a fan favorite: Anything Goes!! And here is the card I created for your inspiration:

Our fearless leader, Wendy, had her birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday, Wendy!) and this is the card I made for her.  Don't worry!!  She already received it in the mail, so this post isn't ruining any surprises.  I used the beautiful "Lily of the Valley" and colored it with colored pencils on kraft card stock.  I've done this before with a different stamp and really love the look of it, so decided to try it again.  It always amazes me how bright colored pencil is on kraft. The white for the flowers looked a little dull, so I added a bit of white gel pen to make them pop a bit more.  I die cut the panel and inked the edges with some white kraft ink.  I used two scraps of patterned paper to make the banners and raided a button from my stash, then finished everything off with some clear jewels from Kat Scrappinness.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the House blog to see the rest of the DT's creations and then get inky and play along with us.  And if you need any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your ENTIRE order coupon code over in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Lily of The Valley" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"

Challenges:
STAMPlorations Theme and Prompt--Stamps + nature

30 Day Coloring Challenge--just color
Cards Galore--anything goes
Through The Purple Haze #165--anything goes
Power Poppy Creative Spark--sketch it out

Penny Black--spring flowers
Creatalicious #183--anything goes with the optional twist: layer it up
Crafty Creations #407--anything goes
Cardz TV #110--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #42--Easter or spring (I chose spring)
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #128--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #394--spring
Double Trouble #52--die-lirious and punchy (Thing #1: spring item with cutting)
Shopping Our Stash #416--Happy Birthday
Crafty Gals #205--use flowers
My Favorite Things Birthday--flowers
Crafty Catz #498--anything goes with the optional twist: twine/ribbon


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Birthday Tulips

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
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And here is the card I created:
It's been a while since I used this gorgeous tulip image, so it was time to pull it out and color it up.  This is definitely one of my favorite Repeat Impressions stamps.  I stenciled the background with a brick stencil and some gray ink.  Then I colored and fussy cut the image, even added a little design to the vase with a white gel pen.  It's so fun!  I finished off the car with some olllllllld jeweled brads from SU! and some clear enamel drops.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this photo.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon code over in my lift sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Vase of Tulips" and "Birthday Vertical"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched rectangle
MFT "Brick Wall" Stencil
Fabrika Decore transparent enamel dots

Challenges:
STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge--anything goes using a stencil

Unicorn Challenge #52--flower power
Cards Galore #73--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #168--anything goes
Stick It Down--sketch

Stinkin' Inkers--pastel palette
Creative Inspirations--pretty pastels
Penny Black--spring flowers
Creatalicious #182--anything goes with the optional twist: layer it up
Creative Craft Cottage #127--for the girls
Craft Rocket #68--flowers
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes
Crafty Creations #407--anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania--happy birthday
As You Like It--Spring or Easter (I don't usually make Easter cards as we don't celebrate with the bunnies and eggs.  But I do love spring flowers, so I went with a spring card)
Time Out Challenge #157--birthday with the optional twist of die cutting or fussy cutting (I did both)
Cardz TV #110--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #42--Easter or spring (I went with spring)
Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #128--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--stencil fun
Incy Wincy Designs--spring fling
Use Your Stuff #394--spring
Double Trouble #52--die-lirious and punchy (Thing #1: spring item with any kind of cutting)
30 Day Coloring Challenge--anything colored by hand