Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Happy Leap Year! It is always fun when leap year comes around.

Today I made a card that worked for 2 challenges, the Papertreyink Ombre Stenciled Background and SSS Take a leap into the unknown.

I haven't created an Ombre stencil background before so this is unknown to me.

I was in Michael's the other day and saw a new Recollections line called Color Splash. It is an Ombre watercolor style and they had Ombre ink pads. I have a few of these style pads from other vendors but I wanted to try this brand.

I used PTI Stamper's select white cardstock for my base.

After watching Betsy Veldman's video, I worked on my own Ombre Background.

I taped down a stencil and used the same color pattern to add the stencil part.

Once I stamped "birthday," I added some die cut paper flowers and added Clear Wink of Stella to Happy. It turned out a little darker than I wanted but overall I am happy with it. This just means I have to try again!

This card is for Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #241 Ombre Stenciled backgrounds and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Take a Leap Into the unknown.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Challenge : Inspired by a Song

For this week's challenge, I have been very inspired by Rend Collective's song, "The Joy of the Lord" recently. You can see a video here of the story behind their song.

The word "Joy" has always been one of my favorites to use while crafting so I decided this would be the center of my card. I planned to use a diecut stars background to frame my card with the word Joy in the middle.

After cutting a mask I started watercoloring and ended up covering almost the whole card. When I peeled off the mask, it was soaking wet and some color had gotten in so it looked a little messy, but I really liked it.

I then stamped the words using the Williamsburg alphabet from Technique Tuesday.

After all that, I was ready to mount the frame around it and it just didn't look right. I loved the card just as it was.

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp blog Monday Challenge: Inspired by a Song.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Happy Saturday! We are having a glorious sunny day in GA. Spring is around the corner!

This week I have been working with felt and a Simon Says stamp Plush Easter egg die set.  I cut out several egg shapes from different wool felt colors I bought from My Favorite Things years ago.
Jennifer McGuire introduced me to this newest stitched plush Egg die from SSS.
Last Christmas I made several stockings using a Memory Box plush die and I am really enjoying stitching again. I hope they continue to make these dies in various shapes.

I cut 2 pieces of the egg from one color as I think it makes it a little more sturdy. I used some green for the grass and in this die set it includes 3 shapes of a tulip flower, a button and a flower. I stitched a couple on each egg.

Here is a picture of some of the completed eggs. They are so cute and are so much fun to make.

I plan to make at least 20 for our Meals on Wheels program and our 4th & 5th grade Sunday school class will write a note and put it in the egg for Easter.

This is for the Simon Says Stamp Blog Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Bit of Sparkle

Hello there! This card is for the challenge A Blog Named Hero: A Bit of Sparkle.

I had a piece of pink water colored paper lying around my desk so I decided to re-purpose it!

My love affair with the Hero Arts My Monthly Heart kit continues...I cut the paper with the heart shape included in the set.

I stamped and water colored the hearts and used gold watercolor to add some "sparkle."

The last step included adding some sparkling gold ribbon and mounting it to a pink cardstock base.

I hope this card will add some sparkle to a friend's day.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cute and Fun! Paper Smooches Challenge

Hi there! Today's card is for the Paper Smooches February Challenge - Fun & Cute.

I wanted to use the Rain boot die. It is beyond cute and you can make a million different rain boots if you want - just change your paper.

I chose to use a patterned paper from The Stamps of Life that had some flowers since I wanted a bright, colorful card.

After cutting out the boots, I attached them on a circle diecut and stamped some raindrops falling into the boots. How cute is that smiley raindrop???

I added a stitched line to the top of a piece of Pixie Pink cardstock from Stampin' Up and stamped a few clouds at the top.

All that was left was to attach the circle which I finished off with a piece of blue cardstock on top.
I used a bright yellow to add the butterflies and put some Clear Wink of Stella on the raindrops.

This was a fun card to make and I thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shake it up!

I haven't made a shaker card in a while, probably because I invariably make a mistake and I have to toss it! I decided to try again with this week's challenge from Simon Says Stamp.

I recently purchased the Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle frames which coordinate perfectly with their stitched circle dies.

I die cut all the pieces using Papertreyink Vintage Jadeite as my color inspiration.

On a white circle I stamped Happy Easter. I have this adorable Easter egg paper from the Stamps of Life and the dies to match so I die cut several eggs and glued them in the frame. After it was all stamped, I filled my shaker and attached to the card base.

I used the Scribbles stencil from Tim Holtz with Vintage Jadeite to lightly sponge on the background.

The lovely sequins are from Verve stamps.

Here you can see a closeup of the eggs in the shaker.

Here is the finished product after I added some white ribbon.

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Shake It Up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

PTI Patterned Paper Challenge # 239

Hello there!

This card is for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge - Customizing Patterned Paper.

I altered a basic piece of brown patterned paper by stamping the dots with the eraser of a pencil. I didn't have any round stamps that size so I improvised. I used a bright pink and a dark green.

I die cut some scalloped circles and used the Papertreyink Wonderful Words Hello die to cut the word Hello from cream cardstock.

I stamped music notes all over the pink circle and then decided that I needed to add the sweet bird from PTI Polka Dot Parade Mini stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!


Hello everyone! I created some "Flowers in Bloom" today.

I had an Altoids tin that was almost empty and thought it would be great to upcycle. I decided to paint it with some blue and green paints from the Tim Holtz distress line. Nothing too fancy, just one coat of each, starting with the darkest blue and ending with the light color. I love this paint because it dries quickly.

I pulled out my flower dies from My Favorite Things and cut several types of flowers from felt and hot glued them together.

 I added a piece of green "grass" on the bottom.

I hot glued some green leaves and flowers on the inside of the container so that when you opened the container it was "blooming with flowers."

On top I added a sentiment stamped from a Lawn Fawn stamp set and quickly colored it with a blue Zig marker. I glued a few leaves and finished by adding a large pink Rose.


Here is the completed project with the gift card placed inside.

This is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Recycle/Upcycle.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a fantastic day.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Birthday

This card is for the Papertreyink Paper Crafting Alphabet Challenge.

The challenge was to use the first 3 or more letters of your first or last name to find out what elements you should add to your card. Since my name is Katherine I chose to use Kat - which meant I need to add:
K - Use Kraft cardstock
A - Add a Border
T - Tie on some twine

I thought this would be very easy until I decided that I must use foil! Eek! I started using Flitter Glu to stamp several different images (flowers, greenery, etc) and not much was working. Finally I reached for my Sparkle and Shine set to stamp with the large sequin stamp. I tapped the glue on using an ink blending tool and began stamping all over the kraft background. I placed Rose gold foil on top and ran through my laminator. I loved the way it looked. I tried covering the Happy die cut with Rose gold foil, too, but it didn't work at all.

I flipped over my green hexagon and added a Happy diecut from the same patterned paper I used for my border. After adding some twine, I put it all together. I am really happy with the way it came out but I had to work for it!!

I feel like the card is much prettier in person - it is so hard to capture the foil and I must confess it is late and I am ready to watch Downton Abbey!

Have a great night!


This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : One Layer.

I have been trying to learn how to color with copic markers. This is one of my goals this year. I decided to stamp a bunch of flowers and work on my technique!

I printed "welcome" on a piece of cardstock  and ran it through my laminator to add gold foil.

I colored the flowers and added it to a green cardstock base.

This was a fun card to make. Thanks for stopping by!

Color Pop Florals

Hello again, I am still working on challenges to celebrate Papertreyink's 9th Anniversary.

This card is for Papertreyink Color Pop Florals challenge. I printed out a fortune teller that had multiple ink colors on it and we had to figure out a color palette based on our number selection. My husband helped me and the colors I received were Canyon Clay (orange), Berry Sorbet (pink) and Royal Velvet (purple). Since I didn't have those colors I chose some from my own ink pad collection in similar colors so I could play along.

I really like the Fashion Sense stamp set and I also wanted to use the Brush Off set. After playing around with a few ideas, a design finally stuck.

I stamped 3 times one of the Brush off stamps in a light pink. On top of that I stamped the girl in the dress in black. I chose to use the roses to fill her dress in the 3 different colors. I added some Zig Wink of stella clear to add some shine. I stamped a sentiment and finished it off by adding 3 clear droplets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Papertreyink Anniversary - Snail Mail

Happy Valentine's Day! My children are having a winter break and are visiting their grandparents. I am taking the opportunity to participate in all the super fun challenges Papertreyink is having in celebration of their 9th Anniversary!!

We were challenged to make a Thank you card for the staff at PTI. I had this beautiful kit to use and decided to make a one layer card using the preprinted card stock that was included. I diecut the paper with a scalloped edge and stamped the anniversary sentiment. I trimmed up the piece and added it to another piece of patterned paper and mounted on white cardstock base. I added a little shimmer to a few flowers with my Zig Wink of Stella.

I added a "you did it" sentiment to celebrate this amazing achievement and wrote a note of thanks for all of their hard work.

Finally, I addressed the envelope and added my favorite postage stamp - from you to me! Perfect for cardmakers.

This card is for Papertreyink Snail Mail.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Papertrey Ink anniversary- Sampler Square Challenge

Good afternoon! It has been really exciting to see all the upcoming releases from Papertrey Ink in celebration of their 9th Anniversary.  That is quite a milestone!

I made this card for the Papertreyink Sample Square Challenge. You needed to create a card that included 9 altered squares, each sized 1.5 inches. I had a leftover background with yellow distress ink and gold paste stenciled on it that I didn't like. I couldn't get any ideas going so I decided this might make a good square for the card.

This set the tone for my card, yellow and gold. I just felt like those colors today!

I took more pictures than I normally do because it was hard to get a great picture of all the details.
Here is what I did to each square top to bottom, left to right:

1. Watercolored with yellow and then stamped gold stars from PTI set
2. This was the inspiration paper - yellow distress on watercolor then used a stencil and gold paste
3. A large flower that I stamped with Flitter glue and added gold decofoil. I then trimmed to size.
4. I used a stencil and inked over it with Scattered Straw.
5. I used the Fashion Sense stamp and embossed in gold, then did a quick watercolor in yellow. I felt she deserved to be in the center!
6. Took a piece of watercolor and cut with Tim Holtz die, trimmed to size and colored it with Wink of Stella in Gold.
7. Watercolored with Zig Markers, Yellow and a little orange. I thought about stamping something but liked as is.
8. Die cut an apple from PTI using their beautiful gold foil paper. Went around the apple with gold watercolor.
9. Heat embossed the shapes with gold powder, then used a little Scattered Straw since I had it out.

Have a great day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ray of Sunshine

Hello! My family had a super busy weekend so I had very little craft time but I was able to get a card finished for the SSS Monday Challenge Ray of Sunshine.

I love this Avery Elle Fly By Stamp set and Die. It is so fun and whimsical. I embossed a cloud background and inked over it with 3 yellow Tim Holtz distress inks. I die cut and colored the airplane as well as die cut out of yellow the hello greeting. I attached everything and mounted on red cardstock.

I plan to send this card to a friend this week to just say hello!

Hope you have a great day. Thanks for "flying by!"

Friday, February 5, 2016

Flowers in bloom

Hello! I recently heard Tim Holtz is releasing Distress crayons and it made me think about my watercolor crayons I have from Stampin' Up. I bought these crayons years ago but haven't used them in a long time.

With watercoloring all the rage, I decided to break them out again. I reached for two beautiful Altenew stamp sets, Beautiful Day and Vintage Flowers.

I chose 2 pinks and a red crayon and created the center flower. I wet my stamp a little bit and then colored the crayon onto the stamp.

After finishing the center flower off with red ink for the outside detail, I wanted to add some brightness to the card so I made  yellow flowers and leaves, using 3 of each color, light to dark.

It was a little trial and error but I enjoyed the process and the final product. I also added some Deco foil glue around the edges with a sponge and put gold over it. It left just the right of sparkle and a rustic feel. The thanks sentiment was cut from watercolor paper and colored with a pink Zig Wink of Stella marker. I truly cannot stop using these markers. The shimmer is so amazing!!!

I am really looking forward to trying some more things with these crayons! Who says you are too old to color???

I made this card for the SSS Monday Challenge A Ray of Sunshine.

Have a great day, thank you for stopping by!