Monday, October 26, 2015

freshly made sketches sketch #209

happy Monday!
I took on the latest sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, sketch #209 - a clean and simple sketch open to lots of interpretation, I love it! 
I just simply wasn't in the mood yet for a Christmas card, so here is my bright, watercolory interpretation instead! LOL

I created the smooshed watercolor background with some distress ink on watercolor paper. I used PTI Vintage Linens stamp set to create this card. I stamped the stems using the watercolor smooshing technique. I stamped the flowers with a dark pink ink then used a paint brush to watercolor the inside of the flowers with two different colors of pink distress ink.

I am new to watercolor painting, but I have to say that I really enjoyed playing around with this technique and can't wait to look up some tutorials and learn more about it!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Reverse Confetti October Sketch for you to try #29

hello hello!
here today with my take on Reverse Confetti's October Sketch For You to Try, which you can see below or HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog.

I just LOVE Reverse Confetti's stamps and dies!! I don't have a huge collection (YET!), but I have been slowly adding to my stash as I get some extra crafty money to spend!!
Recent favorites of mine are the Shine From Within stamp set and the Circle Garland Confetti Cuts die, both of which I used on my card.

I used some fun complementary patterned papers, as well as some gold and glitter glittery paper, and a few sequins for more 'sparkle', and voi1à, a sassy, sparkly finished card!

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge 16

hello hello!
I don't think I have yet played along with a challenge from Sparkle and Shine... and I don't know why it has taken me so long... who doesn't love sequins and sparkle?!
I was intrigued by their latest challenge, which is this inspiration photo, you can also see it HERE on the Sparkle and Shine challenge blog.
Those glittery pumpkins really spoke to me, but I knew that I didn't want to go with my initial instinct to outright add glitter to stamped pumpkin images.
So, I went for the trendy watercolor look instead by watercoloring them with dye inks. This was a fun, new to me technique to try. The stamps that I used are from Winnie & Walter's Moonlight stamp set.
I was further inspired by the neutral background in the inspiration photo, and I mimicked that with the colors of the patterned papers that I chose for my card... the tans and creams and black.
All in all, this was an 'outside of the comfort zone' card for me, as I don't normally work with purples, and I have to say that I really like how this card turned out!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look.
Can't wait for the next challenge!!
Until then..

Fusion: All Hallow's Eve

I haven't made any Halloween-themed cards in quite some time, so I was eager to accept the latest challenge from Fusion
I chose to use the inspiration photo and also follow the sketch to create my card.

I dug through my old stash of patterned papers to pull colors that resembled the colors in the inspiration photo. The stamps are that I used (trick or treat, '31', bat) are from the Moonlight set from Winnie & Walter. The flag banner die is by My Favorite Things.

Great challenge, so glad that I got to play along!!
Until next time...

Simon Says: Color Inspiration

Hello hello!
I played along with Simon Says Stamp's latest challenge which is a Color Inspiration challenge, which you can see below, and here on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog

I don't experiment much with color, so this challenge provided me with the perfect opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and play with some color.
Here is the card that I designed based on the inspiration photo:

I raided my scrap paper bin and pulled out some papers that were representative of the colors in the inspiration photo, found some embellishments that would fit a fall-like theme, and used this delicious sentiment from an old Simon Says Stamp stamp set.
I think I got pretty lucky finding that plaid paper that pretty much encompassed all of the colors from the inspiration photo!
Another great challenge Simon Says Stamp, so glad that I was able to play along!!
Until next time...

Friday, September 18, 2015

MFT card design superstar challenge card

Back again with another card that I designed for MFT's 'Card Design Superstar contest'!

I again went with a bold color choice, black and white with a pop of gold!
And I again used lots of my favorite My Favorite Things products when making this card:

I started with the MFT diagonal stripes stencil. I used Versamark ink and gold embossing powder to create the heat embossed stripes. 
Then I cut the embossed stripe paper with the Die-namics stitched fishtail flag. I cut another flag out of MFT shiny cardstock, layered the two flags, and adhered them to the card with foam tape.
I stamped the sentiment (from the Brushstroke Birthday set) with Versamark, heat embossed with black embossing powder, and then fussy cut the sentiment and adhered it to the card with foam tape.

Watercolor Flowers stamps... LOVE these!!
I stamped them on vellum with Versamark, heat embossed with black embossing powder, fussy cut the flowers, adhered them to the card with foam tape, and added a large pearl to the flower centers.

I had such a fabulous time designing with some of my favorite MFT products!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
until next time....

Monday, September 14, 2015

Card Design Superstar contest

There's some fun going on over on the MFT Card Challenges blog!! They are hosting a challenge called 'You Could be a Card Design Superstar'
There are already bunches of amazzzzzing entries - you definitely need to go check these cards out if you haven't already!!
Since I am a huge fan of MFT, and have been for quite a while, I thought I would give this challenge a go!

Here is my entry:
Go bold or go home, right?!
I used a bunch of my favorite MFT products on this card!!
I started with the diagonal stripes stencil - I used black ink to create the eye catching diagonal stripes. I then die cut the black cardstock frame using the MFT Die-namics stitched rectangle STAX. I stamped a sentiment from one of my all-time favorite MFT sentiment stamp sets, LJD Words of Inspiration . Then I played with my new favorite MFT stamp set, the watercolor flowers set!  I used some of my MFT dye inks for stamping/watercolor stamping the flowers and leaves. After stamping/watercolor stamping the flowers and leaves, I fussy cut them out (I don't own the coordinating dies... yet!), and adhered them to the card using foam tape for dimension.
And of course one of my cards isn't complete without a little bit of bling... so I added a few black rhinestones to the flower centers and an adhesive pearl border around the die cut frame.

This was so much fun to create!! I combined some 'new to me' techniques, like using the stencil and watercolor stamping, and combined them with some of my favorite card making techniques - techniques that you can learn HERE in the MFT Summer School archives such as focal point, gallon/quart/pint, and color saturation.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Until next time...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Simon Says: Make It Colorful

I love playing along with the Wednesday challenges at Simon Says Stamp.

This week's challenge: Make It Colorful.

I LOVE color - and I wanted to find a way to make my card super colorful - what better way to do that than with patterned paper! 
I added a few black accents to contrast the bold color, and added the fabulous scripty sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Big Scripty Greeting set. A few gold sequins add a little sparkle to the bold birthday punch.

Another great SSS Wednesday challenge in the books! I so look forward to undertaking these challenges every week!!
Until next time...

AEI(heart)U challenge #28: non-white card base

Took on a fun challenge from AEI(heart)U...
AEI(heart)U challenge #28 is to create a card using a non-white card base.
This was a fun one.... here is what I came up with....
I chose to work with a dark charcoal gray cardstock as the card base. The cardstock panel is also a lighter shade of grey, matted with yellow striped patterned paper. I worked with Avery Elle's Weather It stamp set. The umbrella and clouds are paper pieced. I stamped the raindrops with Versamark then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was stamped on a strip of white cardstock and I notched the end. I wrapped some yellow string around the card front and tied a bow. A few clear sequins add some additional sparkle.

Great challenge, thanks AEI(heart)U!!
Until next time....

thank you you're the best

I couldn't resist playing along with the latest Color Throwdown challenge #358.

I have always loved the yellow and navy color combo! 
Here is my card:
I used patterned paper from an old Teresa Collins 6x6 pad, and I think the journaling card came from the same collection. I cut a strip from a scrap of yellow polka dot paper, notched both edges, and added a thin strip of gold glittered tape. I stamped MFT watercolor flowers with various yellow inks to create the flowers and leaves. The sentiment is from the Hand Lettered Thanks set by Wplus9. Then I added a few gold sequins for added sparkle.
I also followed Freshly Made Sketches sketch #202 when designing my card

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Papertrey Ink stamp-a-faire 2015

Did you have a nice weekend?
I sure did! I played along the Papertrey Ink's 'stamp-a-faire' challenges! Such great challenges, it was a crafty weekend, my favorite kind!!

Here are the projects that I created.
Challenge: create an all white bridal card

A sketch challenge, I was inspired by this sketch:

I created a (chaotic?!) thread nest - LOL!!

You know how I love playing with patterns and colors!! :) :)

I dusted off the sewing machine (it's been a LONG time!!) and used a stick pin!

I followed this color scheme/inspiration:

And that's that! I had a blast participating in these challenges! I wish that I had more time to complete all of the challenges, maybe next year!!!  It was great pulling out my PTI stamps that I haven't used in a LONG time, and making them 'new to me' again! 
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my challenge cards, I appreciate your visit!!
Until next time...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

back to school

Summer has been over here for several weeks for my kiddos, they went back to school on August 4th! But back to school time means 'play time' for many stay at home moms, am I right?! That used to be me - I remember it VERY well!!! I couldn't wait until I had uninterrupted crafty play time!! LOL
It appears that there are several current 'back to school' challenges, so I decided to create a card that pays homage to this time of year!
In addition to the theme 'back to school', other common characteristics of the challenges include the colors red, yellow, and black. 
Here is my creation:

I created a chalkboard of sorts by matting black cardstock with strips of kraft cardstock. I heat embossed the enlightening sentiment from the Shine from Within collection by Reverse Confetti with white embossing powder. The rest of the card is made up of elements that supplemented the 'school' theme: the red apples which were fussy cut from patterned paper, the date sticker, the yellow stripes in the patterned paper reminded me of pencils, and I used the tattered edge paper punch on the lined school paper. 
I created my card to fit into the following great challenges: Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and Can You Case It? challenge #83 (you can also click on each image to go to challenge blogs)

I LOVED these challenges!! Can't wait to play along with additional challenges at each site!!
Thanks for stopping by today!!
until next time....

wishing you smooth sailing

Back with another card that I made for little tangles challenge #59: birthday 
I LOVE Neat and Tangled's Sailmates stamp set - and used it to create my birthday card.

Super clean and simple card!  I paper pieced the sailboat, and stamped the waves on the blue chevron patterned paper and then just trimmed around the stamped wave. I also added the 'happy birthday' sentiment, I think it is a Papertrey Ink stamp.

thanks for stopping by!!
until next time....

little tangles challenge #59: birthday

Neat and Tangled just celebrated their third birthday, and they have a birthday challenge to go along with it! 
And my take on the challenge.... a 'bit' of blingy gold! ;)
I created a background of gold heat embossed triangles using Neat and Tangled's Tiny Triangles background stamp. Die cut gold glitter balloons (by My Favorite Things) float on a white panel, matted with black cardstock, and a splash of black and white striped paper adds additional interest. The Let's Celebrate sentiment is from Neat and Tangled's Party Dots stamp set.

thanks for stopping by!!
until next time...

freshly made sketches - 200th sketch celebration!

Celebrating along with Freshly Made Sketches this week - as they celebrate their 200th sketch! That's a lot of sketches!!!
Here is this week's fabulous sketch #200:
What a great, clean sketch - open for lots of interpretation!!
Here is my take on it:

Simple, but bold and bright - just the way I like it! I used products from several different manufacturers here - the gorgeous premium dye inks and stitched fishtail flag dies are by My Favorite Things; the fabulous, bold sentiment stamp is from the Hand Lettered Encouragement set by Simon Says Stamp, and the flower stamps are from the Fabulous Florals set by Avery Elle.

This was a great sketch, and I had fun challenging myself to use products from multiple manufacturers on the same card :)
Thanks for the inspiration!!
until next time...