Thursday, July 28, 2016

Paper Smooches Design Team Blog Hop


 It is Pep a Rally week over at Paper Smooches!

Here is a LINK to their Design Team Blog Hop.

They are giving away 4 gift certificates so be sure and hop around and leave a comment for a chance to win!

FIVE new dies and ONE new stamp set will be released on July 31st at 8 PM PST.

I  am so hoping one of the dies will coordinate with Birthday Bash stamp set. That is one of my all-time favorite Paper Smooches sets!

I have my fingers crossed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Hello there!

I created this card for the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge - Add Some Texture.

I had lying around this background I made a while ago. I didn't use it at the time but held onto it thinking it might become a card one day.

It has great texture - I used a stencil and put some paste on paper and then painted it after it dried.

To finish the card I die cut a large banner of Mixed Media card stock from Ranger. I inked up a Tim Holtz butterfly stamp with green, blue and purple and spritzed the stamp lightly.

I added some Tea Dye and Old paper on the edges to give it a vintage look. I stamped Birthday Wishes and punched the ends of the paper with a square pattern punch to get the unique ends.

This card went in a totally different direction mixing modern with vintage but I think it turned out so cool!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

You are the Apple of My Eye

Hello there!

We continue to be experiencing a heat wave here but as summer draws to a close I get excited thinking about school. My two daughters start back mid-August.

This time of summer I always think back to my childhood when I would get in the mail my Back-to-school "Seventeen" magazine and pour over it with great anticipation of what the new school year would bring.

I decided to make some cards for my girls to wish them a great first day of school.

I used the notecard die from Papertreyink's Don't Forget to Write kit to create the red card using Lawn Fawn card stock.

I cut four squares out of Lawn Fawn cardstock and die cut slider shapes in 2 pieces.

I stamped and die cut apples and stamped my squares and assembled the card. I used circle foam dots to attach the apple to a penny - it makes the apple turn in circle instead of slide side to side!

 I created this card for SSS Wednesday Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 25, 2016

SAF 2016 Starry Night


I created this card for Stamp-a-Faire Starry Night.

I used several different Tim Holtz Distress stamp pads including Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Olive.

I just randomly pressed the ink pad on water color card stock and then spritz with a lot of water. I dried the first layer and added some more color.

The trees were stamped with Black Archival ink.

I added the Papertreyink Big Basics Thinking of You die in black and finished with 3 silver stars.

I love making these bold backgrounds. It is so much fun to use a bunch of ink and see what you get!

Thanks to Papertreyink for another fun challenge!

Papertreyink July Blog Hop

Hello there!

It is blog hop day for Papertreyink!

You can see the inspiration picture HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

SAF 2016 Mastering Drips and Splatters


I recently cut a piece of black card stock using the Papertreyink Cover Plate Vertical Stripes and I decided to re-purpose it for this challenge: SAF 2016 Mastering Drips and Splatters.

I flicked watercolor paint randomly all over the card using red, blue, white, yellow and green.

After it dried I mounted it to white card stock because I really wanted to see the splatter.

I stamped a sentiment in Archival black ink and die cut a red heart and stamp with another sentiment in the set.

I will be using this card for my 20th wedding anniversary card for my husband! Hard to believe it has been that long. It has been a wonderful adventure and he is indeed the only one for me!!

Make It Monday #246 Spritzed Stamps

Hello there! Hope you are having a great day.

It is still hot, hot, hot here in GA and I am incredibly grateful for air conditioning today!  I spent some time outside pruning Butterfly bushes and I was rewarded with a beautiful butterfly and hummingbird coming to visit blooms right by me. Two of my favorites!!

I love this technique featured in the Make it Monday #246 Spritzed Stamps Challenge. I have done this before with watercolor crayons and used ink on this card.

I added two colors of Distress Ink - Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet - and then spritzed water on and stamped onto watercolor paper. I just added the Violet to the edges and let the ink do its thing as Distress inks react with water.

After stamping and drying I die cut a shape from purple cardstock and embossed the sentiment using Silver Detail Powder.

I finished by adding a silver ribbon.

Love the shine from the embossing powder!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016 Gilded in Gold


This card was created for SAF 2016 Gilded in Gold with Danielle Flanders.

The all day Stamp-a-Faire event continues today from Papertreyink. This challenge is to use gold leaf. I have never used gold leaf before so I was interested to work with it.

I die cut several shapes out of white cardstock as well as chipboard from the Don't Forget to Write Kit.

I painted the edges and it does dry very quickly. It has a bit of an odor to it so be sure to work in a well ventilated area.

I made several cards using all my different shapes as well as some previous Stamp-a-Faire paper. I decided this would be a perfect day to use it!

I added two gold gilded flower die cut pieces to the corners and stamped the sentiment directly on the  paper.

 I created the next two cards using the 2 letter stencils that were included in the Don't forget to Write kit.  I am making a box of stationary for my daughter's 13th birthday and these notes will be included.

It is hard to see the beauty of the gold but it really packs a punch! This is a fun and easy technique.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamp-a-Faire 2016: Masterpiece Inspirations with Papertreyink Team


I am very excited that Stamp A Faire is here! Papertreyink always does such an amazing job with this day and it is always fun to participate in it.

I used Lexi Daly's inspiration picture of a work by Piet Mondrian.

I know this piece very well as I used to teach this to Kindergarteners. They glued down the black lines from construction paper and we painted a few squares with tempera paint. This lesson was a great way to introduce lines and primary colors.

I pulled out my PTI Vertical Stripes Cover Plate and ran it through my Big Shot to get some black strips.

I randomly placed them on the cardstock and after I liked my pattern I cut off any extra pieces sticking off.

I decided to ink the squares with primary colors using a sponge dauber. I wanted it to look like what my students would do when they painted with tempera instead of a solid paper shape.

I added a black die cut and that was it!

So much fun, quick and easy and brought back a lot of fun memories from art class.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Birthday wishes


Just a quick post with a card for Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge Floral or Fauna.

I used My Favorite Things Wildflowers and stamped each flower after coloring it with a watercolor crayon. I sprayed a little water on it before putting it to paper.

I added some micro glaze on top of the flowers to help resist other ink.

I sprayed through a stencil with tea dye Tim Holtz distress spray and dried it. I flicked some zig metallic water colors, stamped the image with Walnut stain and tied on twine.

I popped up the water color panel with foam tape on a yellow card stock base.

This went quickly but I really like how it turned out. I want to work more with the micro glaze. It seems like a cool product.

Hope you have a great day!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Paper Smooches Sparkle


I have really been loving this beautiful paper, DCWV Glitzy Glitter stack, that I picked up at my local Joann store. The glitter is very thin and smooth. It die cuts pretty well, but it is a little harder to cut with intricate dies. If you have the Sizzix Precision base plate it seems to help. I didn't have any trouble cutting the paper with the die I used for this card.

Created for:
Paper Smooches August Guest Designer Search
Paper Smooches July Challenge - Summer

You can CLICK HERE to see some recent cards I made that also used this glitter paper.

I water colored a background with green and embossed with gold powder "Happy birthday" from Paper Smooches Delightful Greetings.

I die cut 3 cupcake tops and adhered them to a green cupcake base. After adding a few sprinkles I mounted it all to black card stock.

A pretty easy card but it packs a lot of punch with all that sparkle!!

Thank you for shipping by and have a great day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Vintage Seeds of Summer

Hello! Today I am visiting Duluth, GA to spend some time at the Scrapbook Expo.

It is my first time going and I am really excited to attend!

I created this card for three challenges:

Paper Smooches July Challenge - Summer
Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search - August
Simon Says Stamp Blog Wednesday Challenge - Create a Scene

I used Paper Smooches Vegtastic and Dies.

I wanted to use this because this year we decided to not have a garden like we normally do. We were going to be traveling more than usual so we took a break. I am really, really missing my tomatoes, peas and peppers!

I started by stamping 3 seeds packets on yellow card stock.

I die cut the shapes then stamped them on Copic Blend it paper. I colored the vegetables and decided the white board around the cut out was a little harsh. I pulled out my Tea Dye Distress pad and started adding a little color to the veggies. Once I did that, I decided the rest of the card was going to be "vintage."

I embossed a piece of blue paper with a cloud pattern and mounted it all on cream colored card stock.

Like all the Paper Smooches stamps, this set just makes me smile!

Hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Thinking of You

Hi there!

I created this card based on a recent blog post by Betsy Veldman. I loved the card she made with her new Paper Clippings die, Done in Love, being released on July 15th.

The challenge over at Papertreyink is to "create along" with a designer's recent inspiration.

I used my "Thinking of You" Paper Clippings sentiment for the focal point.

I water colored the base with orange and also painted the Thinking of You orange. I stamped and die cut flowers in purple and blue and added some green leaves.

I added a little clear wink of stella to the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Let's Get Away

Hello there!

Today I created a card for the Paper Smooches July a Challenge - Summer and Paper Smooches August Guest Designer Search.

I die cut two ovals out of watercolor paper and black cardstock. I stamped the image using Black archival ink and water colored it. I kept the color pretty intense as I really wanted it to stand out. I stamped the yellow cardstock with a background die and added shimmer from clear Wink of Stella.

Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

Red White and Blue

Hi there!

I used The Stamps Of Life patterned paper and stamps to create this card for the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge, Red White and Blue.

I cut 1/2 inch strips of red paper and cut a blue square for the corner. I die cut a sunburst from white card stock and stamped Happy using an alphabet set included in my Stamps of Life Card Kit club and hand wrote the "4th."

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Happy Summer!

Whew, summer is really here in Georgia! We are experiencing temps in the high 90's and it feels a lot hotter than that.

I created this card for Paper Smooches August Guest Designer Search.

I pulled out Sassy Script and used my MISTI tool to line up the letters to stamp "Happy Summer" and stamped and added a small butterfly.

Using my spritzing tool, I added splatters of several different color markers.

On the top is a beautiful gold glitter washi tape that adds lots of sparkle!

Here is the finished card:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Love and Hugs

Hello there!

I made a card today using The Stamps of Life Card kit. I have been receiving these for a while and love them. They have almost everything you need to make lots of cards. I highly recommend it.

I pulled out this cool hexagon black and white paper from the paper pad in the kit. This paper lends itself well to the whole adult coloring book craze.

I randomly colored the shapes using Wink of Stella sparkle pens. I can't get enough of them. I mean, if I am going to color, shouldn't it have glitter????

As I got to the end of the coloring I stamped Love and Hugs using black archival ink and then colored those hexagons, too.

I added an enamel heart and some gold sparkle string to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Make It Monday # 255 String Art Using Die Cuts

Hello there!

I created this card for this week's Make It Monday # 255 String Art Using Die Cuts challenge.

The challenge is to create string art using die cuts. In a Paper grab bag from Papertreyink I received a retired set that included a binder with lots of printed items you can hand cut. It also includes color recipes so I decided to use some flowers that featured pink and orange.

I hand cut 3 different size flowers and wrapped copper metallic thread around each one. My pattern was very random. I just kept wrapping until I liked what I saw.

Next I die cut some stitched squares out of white and berry sorbet. I decided to use a stencil on the white to soften it up a bit. I water colored on top of the stencil and dried the paper. It turned out a bit like the reverse stencil challenge from a few weeks ago.

I wanted to watercolor on the green card stock but that didn't work out so I decided to sponge Tim Holtz distress ink on it using the same stencil.

I popped up all the flower layers and die cut some leaves in the kit. I sponged them with green to make them have some depth.

I was ready to assemble my card and I decided to go completely crazy and move the squares to the bottom right off center. That left a lot of berry sorbet so I pulled out this beautiful metallic watercolor and flicked it all over.

After drying the paper, I stamped the sentiment and attached the flowers to the card stock layers.

Here is a closeup of the metallic water color - it is made by Zig.

The layered hand cut flowers.

Notice the shine of the copper metallic thread.

 The finished product!

This was a very fun challenge.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day.