Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Flowers Card

ETA (10/31/16) I was excited this morning to see that my card was chosen as a favorite and Tuesday Morning Sketches!  I also was lucky enough to get the random draw for the prize, but I am always so flattered when my cards are chosen as a favorite! Thank you!


Hello and I hope you are doing well today!  I realize I am late to the party, but I am having fun with my very first color layering stamp set!  It has been so much fun to try out different color combinations with these flowers and leaves.  I ended up using yellow, pink and red for the flower and three tones of green for the leaves.

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I used a sketch for this card and some pretty fall papers.  The frame in the background is an embossing folder and I also got to use up the rest of these peach pearls.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Painted Autumn stamp set, Hero Arts Inks ink Butter Bar, Red Royal, Green Hills, Field Greens, Forever Green, Gina K Inks Dusty Rose and Applemint, Love Nicole Autumn Splendor 6x6 paper pad, Embossing folder from the Paper Studio

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Autumn

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rudolph Days - Sleigh Card

Hello, I always like to participate in the Rudolph Days challenge.  It is a short challenge each month starting on the 25th and going till the end of the month.  It is designed to help you make some Christmas cards each month so you aren't swamped at the end of the year.  Here is the card I made for this month's challenge.

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I used Versafine ink to stamp the sleigh (I LOVE this stamp!) on ivory paper and then used sparkle embossing powder (oh, yes, I LOVE sparkle embossing powder too!) over top of the blue ink.  It looks so pretty because it looks matte in some lights and sparkly in others.

I used an older sketch and some patterned papers to help make this card really festive.  All Christmas cards are festive, but I think they especially are a great place to use up patterned papers.  I added a brad and punched snowflake which doubles as my sentiment.

Supplies: Inkadinkado Susan Winget Sleigh Stamp, Versafine Deep Lagoon ink, Recollections Sparkle embossing powder, Crate Paper Peppermint 6x6 Patterned paper pad, Brad is My Mind's Eye, EK Success Snowflake punch, other cardstocks from my stash, Darice snowflake embossing folder.

I would love to participate in this challenges:
Rudolph Days - October
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you come again soon and I always try to return your visit and see what you are up to, too!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Turtle Birthday Card

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your day.  I have a fun birthday card to share today.

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I stamped the turtles and then colored them with alcohol markers.  I found them really easy to color.  Then I just matched it up with some of my favorite birthday papers and a sketch, and it was all finished!  I thought the brown glitter ribbon added a festive look, but still looked good for a boy.

 Supplies: Art Impressions Turtle Stackers, Memento Jet Black ink, My Mind's Eye Hootenanny 6x6 paper pack, American Crafts glitter ribbon

I would love to participate in Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge this week.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sweet Pumpkin Patch

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  Today I am blogging for Just For Fun Rubber Stamps again, and I have a fun stamp and card to share with you.  

When I was making this card, I wasn't sure if I wanted to use it for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just general autumn greetings.  I love that I can use it for any of those that I choose.  

I simply stamped this sweet pumpkin patch image and colored with alcohol markers.  I layered it over some die cuts, using pretty fall patterned paper to enhance my stamp.  I really like how it turned out!  (You might have seen that I used this same stamp in a different way on the owl Halloween card posted here.)

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Pumpkin Patch, Memento Jet Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, QuicKutz Dainty Doily die, Spellbinders Scalloped Circles die, Nicole Autumn Splendor 6x6 paper pad

Are you near Hampton, VA? 
 Just for Fun is coming to the Rubber Stamps, Paper Arts and Scrapbook show in your area on October 22 and 23rd.  Here is a link to all the info for the show!

I would love to participate in this Tuesday Throwdown Festive Pumpkins challenge and The Double D Plaid Challenge!

I sincerely appreciate your visit and kind comments!

Monday, October 17, 2016

An Irish Blessing Card

I hope your week is starting off on a good note.  We are having such beautiful weather today! 

I needed to make a card for a little girl's dedication, and I knew just what sentiment I wanted to use!

I first stamped the sentiment and then the angel wings over top in light pink.  The floral paper was embossed and then I ran the light pink ink directly over the embossing just to bring it out a little, so it didn't get totally lost.  You can see the embossing better at an angle, below.

Supplies: Our Daily Bread Designs Sheltering Angel and Holy Angel stamp sets, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink ink, Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 Paper pad, white and black cardstock from my stash, Darice Daisy embossing folder.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes!

I sure do appreciate your visit today, and would be so tickled if you had time to leave a comment.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cute or Creepy - Halloween cards

I tend to like the cuter side of Halloween. It is no secret that my favorite trick or treaters are the little tiny ones who come about 5:30 pm, before it even gets dark.  However, some people really like the creepy side.  So today, I made a cute Halloween card and a creepy one - with many of the same stamps and supplies.

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This first card is the creepy one.  I created the sky by blending just two Distress inks.  I then colored the scary scarecrow with alcohol markers and trimmed him out.  I added sakura glitter pen to his eyes and mouth.

The second card, I created the same type of Distress ink background on top of a die cut.  The pumpkin and owl were colored with alcohol markers.  I used stippling on the owl to create a more interesting look and put glossy accents on his eyes.  

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Crooked Old Tree, Pumpkin Patch, Spooky Scarecrow Small and Crooked Iron Fence, Art Impressions Fright Night (owl and sentiment), Archival Ink, Memento Ink, Distress ink Orange Marmalade and Mustard Seed, Avery Elle Wonky die, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
CASology - Spooky
Tuesday Throwndown - Halloween Inspiration

Thanks so much for stopping by to day!  I appreciate your visit!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cute Bunny Birthday Card

Today I have a card that is pretty simple, but it was fun to make and the products I used to make it really seem to wow people in real life.

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The image was simply colored with alcohol markers.  This stamp set is fun because you can mix and match the animals with different clothing.  I love when stamping allows you to be a kid again!  I then just cut it out using the wonky stitched rectangle die.  Those are so popular right now and they really seem to catch the eye!

The background is purple paper underneath a printed pink and clear acetate sheet.  This is what really makes a card look special. I took a couple extra photos so you can see the great shine on this product! (You can see where I used this before here and here.)

Supplies: Stampendous Spring Short Stack stamp set, Avery Elle Ellie stamp set (for sentiment and stars), Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, We R Memory Keepers Clearly Bold 6x6 Acetate Pad, American Crafts Valentine 6x6 paper pad, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies and banner.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Cards In Envy Frame It
Inkspirational Use 5+ stamps (I sneaked in 7)

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Easy Halloween Kitty Card

Update (10/13/16) I was so thrilled to see that this card (and the Frankenstein card from the other day) was awarded Top Spot at Art Impressions for the Perfect Pair Challenge!  Thank you!

Hello and thanks for coming by today to check out my card.  I have been inspired to get some Halloween cards ready to send out to the kids in my family.  I think most of them will like cute ones best. 

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I just stamped this kitty and then did some loose watercoloring with Tombow markers and a waterbrush.  Super easy to do! I have been working on using up more patterned paper, so I picked out some papers that I could make a simple scene with.

Supplies: Art Impressions by Hampton Arts Fright Night stamp set and die, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Tombow water based markers, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch paper pad, Spellbinders circle die, distress ink to sponge around circle. 

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Art Impressions  The Perfect Pair
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge blog - Halloween Inspiration
Tuesday Throwdown - Halloween Inspiration

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Your visit and kind comments encourage me!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Easy Halloween Frankenstein Card

Update (10/13/16) I was really excited this morning to see that this card and my other Kitty Halloween card were chosen as the TOP SPOT over at the Art Impressions blog for the Perfect Pair Challenge.  Thank you so much!

I do not make a lot of Halloween cards, but when I do, I tend toward the cuter side.  This little stamp set I just picked up is really fun.  

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I had a scrap of cardstock that I had sprayed with Heidi Swapp sprays in gold, green and blue.  I thought that would make a good skin tone for Frankenstein.  Then I just used a sketch to make a quick card.  I think it looks simple, but effective. The green panel was mint green and I sponged lime green around the edges.

Supplies: Art Impressions by Hampton Art Fright Night stamp and die set, Archival Ink, Versafine Ink (for sentiment), Distress ink Twisted Citron, Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch paper pad, circle die

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Art Impressions Perfect Pair
Freshly Made Sketches # 257

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fall Bird Card

Hello and thanks for coming by!

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I made this card by first die cutting the label shape, then stamping around with my leaf peg stamps.  I used a variety of colors and the rock n roll technique for these tiny stamps.  

Then I stamped the birds.  These birds are one of my first stamp purchases way back when I got obsessed with stamping.  I love the size of them and that I can still use them today.  I just fussy cut them and sponged on distress inks.  I used a sketch from SCS to pull it all together.  

Supplies: Rubber Stamp Tapestry Seasonal Splendor peg stamps, Prima Bird stamp set, Avery Elle Pigment inks (Jungle, LemonGrass, Celery, Mimosa, Vino, Cherry, Linen), Versafine Olympia Green ink, Distress ink Tea Dye, Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap, K&Co Tim Coffey Fall matstack, textured cardstock and pearls from my stash.

I would love to participate in these challenges:
ModSquad Challenge Blog - For the Birds
Inkspirational - Use 5 or more stamps
Tuesday Throwdown - Leaves

Friday, October 7, 2016

Fall Birthday Bouquet Card

Hello everyone. I am happy you stopped by.  We are having gorgeous fall weather today.  It is bright and sunny, like the card I am sharing today.  I know that some of you are under the threat of the hurricane, so I am thinking of you and hope you stay safe and dry.

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I need to replenish my birthday card supply because I need to send a bunch soon!  I colored this image with alcohol markers and that was fun. I came up with this easy CAS layout by just picking out scraps of patterned paper that were pretty much already cut like this.  I did add the little corner punching on the rectangle. I love those little punches, they make cards cute.

Supplies: Unity Stamps Struggle and Strength,  Technique Tuesday Little Sentiments, Memento Jet Black Ink, Versafine Olympia Green Ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Paper pad.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes (This challenge is brand new!!!)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Teal Pumpkin Card Project

I am so pleased to be posting today for the first time as part of the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Design Team! I certainly have been having fun stamping and coloring and working on cards with these stamps!

You may have heard of the Teal Pumpkin project, in which people set their teal pumpkin on the front step to show trick or treaters they have some non-food items for kids with severe allergies.  I think they are just gorgeous to look at, as well as nice for the kids, so I made it into a card.

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I found the easiest way to get that lovely teal color I was looking for was to stamp and emboss the Tall Stamptangle pumpkin with gold onto light blue cardstock, fussy cut, and then sponge on Peacock Feathers Distress ink.  It was so simple to do but such a lovely result!  The smaller Stamptangle pumpkin was stamped on ivory card and sponged with Tea Dye distress ink.

I also used the same colors of ink to sponge on my patterned papers and sentiment pieces to pull everything together.  I decided to cut my sentiment out to better fit my card.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Tall Stamptangle Pumpkin, Medium Stamptangle Pumpkin, Just a Note sentiment, Versamark ink and Recollections Gold detail embossing powder, Versafine Olympia Green ink (for sentiment), Distress inks in Peacock Feathers and Tea Dye, Blue and Ivory cardstock from my stash, K&Co Tim Coffey Fall matstack.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I am so thrilled that you took the time to visit!

(P.S. Don't forget about JFF Stamps October Monthly Challenge, there is a gift certificate up for grabs!)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Purple Christmas Trees

I have a pretty purple Christmas card to share today for a challenge to use non-traditional colors for a card.  I think that purple was about the MOST challenging color for me.  I used both dark and light purple, but I think the lavendar lumiere cardstock give the bit of sparkle that helps this card to FEEL like a holiday card.

Supplies: Gina K Blessed is the Season stamp set, Versafine Imperial a Purple ink, Hero Arts Soft Lilac ink, Distress Milled Lavendar for sponging, cardstocks from my stash, Darice Embossing Folder, American Crafts ribbon, adhesive rhinestones.

I would love to participate in SimonSaysStamp's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A fun announcement & Halloween Challenge

Hello everyone! I have an exciting announcement today! I was so thrilled to be asked to join the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Design Team! I will be posting over at their blog the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

In addition, today I have a project I made for Just For Fun's October Challenge - Halloween using at least 2 stamps.

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First, I stamped my images with Archival ink onto plain cardstock.  I sponged Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and finally Black Soot Distress inks to create the spooky sky for the little kitty to look out upon.  I bet you recognize that I splashed a little water over top to create a starry look.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Tiny Black Kat and Crooked Old Tree stamps, Archival Jet Black ink, Distress inks in Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot, Halloween Scrap pack paper and pink pearls from my stash.

All my projects with Just for Fun stamps can be found here.   You could win a gift certificate to JFF if you play along, so check out Just For Fun's October Challenge!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I truly appreciate your support and kind comments!