Sunday, June 28, 2015

Winnie & Walter Gossip Column challenge

I just LOVE Taheerah Atchia's Gossip Column blog posts!! And post No.3 is no exception! She interviewed the oh-so-talented Jocelyn Olson. What a great interview!! You can see the blog post HERE.
So the challenge was to create card inspired by Jocelyn's style, which I happen to love!!!

I actually ended up creating two cards- can't decide which one I like best!
And then I made this one...
One of my favorite things to do is play with color and pattern, even if it is just with patterned paper. I dug through my scrap bin to find these papers which I ultimately paired with this old Echo Park sticker. I found an old chipboard scalloped circle which I paained white, then added some fine glitter to when dry. The sentiment was made from two Winne & Walter stamps. I added the strip of lace to mimic the original card, and I really wanted to add the machine stitching like Jocelyn's card, but my machine is on the fritz, so I used the white twine as a fiber replacement instead.
It's easy to make cards when you are inspired by such a great designer!!!! Fabulous work Jocelyn!!

winnie & walter: rerun

So on the Winnie & Walter blog I found this Rerun challenge, which you can see HERE - unfortunately I don't have the stamp set they were using, so I chose to case a card for this challenge. I chose to use this gorgeous card by Shay as my inspiration photo.
This is how I cased the card:

I used Winnie & Walter's Scenery: V for CheVron set to create the vertical chevron background to mimic the background on the inspiration card. I also created the layered sentiment strip based on the inspiration card, and added the stars as well. 
Great challenge, it really got me out of my comfort zone!

fusion {bright butterfly} challenge

When I first saw the inspiration photo for the latest Fusion challenge (which you can see HERE) I have to say that I was quite intimidated, as I really don't ever use colors that bright. But, that's what a challenge is right? A reason to step outside of your comfort zone!
So here is the inspiration photo and sketch:

I chose to use both the color scheme and the sketch when designing my card: 

Still using my new distress inks and newly learned smooshing technique ;) The butterfly dies and clear sentiment stamp are by Simon Says Stamp. I am also linking this card up for the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge.

This was a great challenge!
Until next time...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

curtain call inspiration challenge: June 15 Flip Flops

I was SOOOO excited about this challenge!!! I even ran out to the store to get some new distress ink JUST for the challenge!! And then I missed the deadline for linking it up :( ....
oh well, life got in the way, nothing I can do about it now, other than share the card with you here!
This was the inspiration photo for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge June 15 - Flip Flops
I fell in love with that turquoise color!!
So I practiced some distress ink blending, and water coloring, and tried my best to emulate that gorgeous turquoise color. In the end, I have to say that I pretty much LOVE the color I built!!
Now I am BRAND new to his whole stamping-blending-watercolor-smooshing thing, but I have to say... it's kinda fun!!
I layered these distress inks to create the 'water' background 
I really enjoyed this challenge and am looking forward to the next one! I just need to make sure that I submit my entry before the deadline next time I play!!
Hey, I know.... I can enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"!! woohoo!! :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MFT Summer School Lesson 5: Balance: white space/quiet space

We have reached the fifth and final MFT summer school lesson -
I am really going to miss doing homework!! 
To learn more about white space/quiet space head HERE.

Being the patterned paper aficionado that I am, this was a VERY hard lesson for me to grasp!! But, I think I gave it a good effort and hey - I still snuck in some patterned paper! 

Isn't that the PERFECT paper for the skyline?! I just LOVE how that turned out!! 
And the good thing about card designs like this is that they don't take much time to finish, allowing you to create more!! 
I used the solid skyline die from MFT and the sentiment is from the Just My Type set. 
Thanks for stopping by!

MFT Summer School Lesson #4: Balance - Line

Another great lesson courtesy of MFT - 
Leason #4 is about balance, and the use of lines. You can learn more about it HERE.
I chose to use patterned paper to create lines on my card which then serve as the focal point for my sentiment. 
I stamped the sentiment from the oldie 'All Smiles' stamp set by MFT on vellum so that you can still see the patterned paper/'line' through the vellum. 

Be back soon with more summer school homework!! 

MFT Summer School Lesson #3: Movement/Flow

These MFT Summer School lessons have been so much fun!

Lesson #3 is all about movement/flow - and you can learn more about it HERE
I learned quite a bit from this lesson!
Here is what I created - 
I chose patterned papers that emulate movement - chevrons, scallops, sheet music, and whatever that pattern is on the paper on the left! Circles also add movement - so I used a circle and a doily and a button. I found that placing the sentiment strip on an angle also created flow on the card, as does the twine bow.
The stamp set is from the Clearly Sentimental about Audrey Hepburn set by My Favorite Things.

ready for the next lesson!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MFT Summer School Lesson #2: Focal Point

The next lesson from MFT Summer School session is also about composition -

- it's all about focal point. You can learn more about this design principle HERE

If you know my card making style, you know that I generally like to make a bold statement, and I have often turned to using the color black to do so. Black, or any bold color, can help draw the eye in to a focal point. 

As you can see here on my card, I chose a light, airy color palette, but designed a cluster of bold, bright yellow with the bold pop of black to create a focal point, somewhere the eye naturally travels because of the interest you have created. I used a bold sentiment stamp with a visually interesting font - from LJD Grand Greetings set. Another important aspect in creating the focal point on a card is to keep the rest of the card simple, and not too busy. You don't want anything else to distract the eye away from the focal point.

Great lesson MFT, one that I suppose I already practiced, without ever realizing! :)

MFT Summer School Lesson 1: Rule of Thirds

Courtesy of My Favorite Things, I have a few summer school sessions under my belt! Such a great idea!!

MFT is teaching us a thing or two about the basics of card making and is challenging us to put our newly learned skill to the test!
The first session was learning about the rule of thirds, you can learn more about this principle HERE.
Here is the result of my 'studies':
I just love this stamp from the MFT Chalkboard Greetings set
Ok, off to learn more from MFT summer school lessons.... 
see you soon

Monday, June 22, 2015

simon says stamp Wednesday challenge: use your favorite technique orproduct

This week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to: Use your favorite technique/product.
No problem!! I am newly obsessed with watercolor smooshing with distress inks and pairing that unique design with a bold sentiment stamp - just like this: 
I only have one four pack of Ranger mini distress inks to work with; I think I need to get some more since I am enjoying this smooshing technique so much!! 
I also LOVE this new to me bold sentiment from the Hand Lettered Encouragement set from Simon Says Stamp, can't wait to create more with it!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

MFT card sketch 233

Back again with another sketch card!
I made a card based on MFT sketch 233 
which you can find HERE!
I went for a super simple design, I wanted the awesome sentiment to be the focal point of the card!

Super simple design, with fun color and pattern - I like it! :) The sentiment stamp is from the Simply Fabulous Sayings set by My Favorite Things - I find that I use this set quite often!!
Thanks for dropping by!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MFT color challenge 23

I love color. I love combining color. But sometimes I struggle with color combinations that aren't my 'norm', so what better way to work through that uneasiness than with a Color Challenge!! I decided to take on the latest MFT Color challenge 

Now what is REALLLLLY challenging for me is the fact that I don't own any MFT cardstock or ink in those exact colors, so I am immediately prompted to get creative!! What I DO have, in plentitude, is patterned paper!! So, I rummaged through my hoard, I mean stash, and found papers that matched those of the challenge colors. Then I looked for embellishments that would fit the color parameters, and voila...
I added a MFT die cut border, and sentiments from the MFT set Simply Fabulous Sayings. I undertook the laborious task of fussy cutting the 'Awesome' sentiment after I stamped it.  I love fussy cutting - and I love how the word stands out on the card! 
So that's that. My color challenge card made from products from my craft supply arsenal. I have decided that rather than get upset about all of the new/trendy supplies that I DON'T have, I will just find a way to get creative and trendy with the supplies that I already own! 
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Friend

I am LOVING card challenges again!!! They have really inspired me to find my creativity!!
This weekend, I tackled Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge - a card for a friend
While I still seem to be sticking with my norm (patterned paper, love of color, light layering, clean design with minimal embellishment), I am trying to branch out and try new techniques!
On this card, I again tried my hand at the 'smooshing' technique and I actually LOVE how this one turned out!
I used mustard seed distress ink on this panel. I built the rest of the card around the watercolor panel, which, to be honest, took me a LONG time - I am a very slow card maker! But I think the colors and patterns play off of each other really well, I see texture and movement, and I think in the end it is a good mix of my typical style with a mix of something new.

Happy to have found another great challenge!!
Until next time~

Sunday, June 14, 2015

summer 2015 coffee lovers blog hop

I was inspired to play along with the summer 2015 coffee lovers blog hop - 

but unfortunately I missed the deadline (Friday!!) for uploading my card - oops!! There were over 500 link ups on the hop, you can go HERE to see all of the fabulous cards!!

But, since the card was made, unaware of the deadline, I will share it here anyway!

I did a little smooshing with mustard seed distress ink, and then stamped the image and sentiment over it. A 'Rae' card - with lots of patterned paper and color, with a bit of a new technique thrown in ;)
This was a fun one to make!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, June 12, 2015


well, I did it.
I 'smooshed'.
Until yesterday I had NO idea what in the world that was.
But thanks to a dear friend (you know who you are!), and a few YouTube videos (Laura Bassen, Kimberly Crawford), I was able to attempt to create a watercolor look that I have been eager to emulate!

Watercoloring is all the rage in the card making world right now, so of course it picqued my interest too.
My first attempts were, well..... pathetic. I had NO idea what I was doing. Therefore I HIGHLY recommend watching some videos from the stamping experts to teach you the ropes!!

Since learning of this technique just yesterday, I was super eager to give it a go. So, before work today, I gathered what minimal supplies I have, and gave it a whirl.
This is what I gathered:
I had tons of fun with the 'smooshing' process, and actually learned a lot! Unfortunately, since it was before work, I was pressed for time and didn't get to experiment as much as I wanted to, but I can't wait to play with this technique some more!!
Here is the result of my first attempt at 'smooshing'.... not the greatest, but I am eager to learn how to do it better!!

 If anyone has any tips/techniques to share or can direct me to any other tutorials, I'm all eyes/ears!!
Until next time...

Monday, June 8, 2015


I fell in love with the challenge over at the Fusion card challenge blog this week.
This was the prompt

If I had more time I think I could have made a hundred cards inspired by this photo and sketch (I will likely refer to it a lot in the future!!).  But alas, I only had time for one this weekend, and this is it:
I was inspired by both the sketch and the inspiration photo, especially the rich colors in the inspiration photo! I thought it would make a great masucline card, which would also fit in with this week's Simon Says Stamp 'Make It Masculine'challenge! This was a fun one to design, thanks for the inspiration!!
If you want to play along, head HERE to see the challenge and great DT inspiration!

thanks for poppping in!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

MFT sketch challenge 231

If you know me, you know I can't resist a card sketch!
And this new sketch on the MFT Stamps Challenge blog is a good one!!

Despite my every effort to NOT interpret a sketch literally, it just happens, practically 100% of the time! But in this circumstance, I'm not going to beat myself up too hard, because I absolutely LOVE the final result!!

I used a stamp from the beautiful LJD Words of Inspiration stamp set. The patterned papers are from Heidi Swapp's Hello Beautiful Collection Memory Planner 6x8 paper pad (I fell IN LOVE with those papers!!) I also used a MFT border die, but it's so old I believe that it has since been discontiued! Finishing off the embellishments are a hand cut arrow, patterned chipboard button, and black twine.

This is a great sketch, I think I may make a few more cards like this to add to my stash! Thanks for the inspiration MFT Stamps Challenge Blog!!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CAS 140

I've realllly been in the mood to create, but have found myself in a bit of a creative rut. So thank goodness I came across the latest challenge at CAS-ual Fridays! Challenge 140 is a color challenge, create a clean and simple card using the colors white, tan, and a bright color. Ok!
I started with my Reverse Confetti pineapple stamp and die cut the color yellow, and the rest developed from there! 
A happy, fun, end result - so glad that I played along!! 
Thanks for a great challenge!!