Friday, July 3, 2015

Hope You Have a Beautiful Day!

Once again, the ladies at the Color Throwdown have chosen some wonderful colors for us to create with!  Here's my entry for this week:

Color Throwdown #349

supplies: Hero Arts Circle Doily, embossed in white, Wplus9 Doodle Buds, pieced in dotty papers, orange and aqua sequins, board dp as background

Here's the inspiration and colors for this week:

Thanks for stopping by!  Looks like a great weekend coming up - enjoy your festivities, and be safe!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Simon Says..........Going Dotty!

This is my second post for today; if you'd like to see my Guest Design spot for the Paper Sweeties challenge, please scroll down a post, or click HERE.  Thanks!

Happy July!  It's Wednesday, too, and that means a brand new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog!

This week our theme is "Going Dotty!"  Please add something with dots to your creation.  The design team are showcasing Art Impression products this week.  If you have any of their fun products, we'd love to see them, but they're not necessary to enter, as long as you follow our theme.

I had a fun time paper-piecing and playing with a large variety of dotted papers this week:

SSS July 1

supplies: Art Impressions Wildly Cute stamp set, BoBunny Soft Shades and Very Vintage Double Dot Designs paper pads, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Chevron Stripes die

I chose this Zoo Baby called Wildly Cute precisely because giraffes have spots/dots.  Then I decided to paper-piece him and use as many dotted papers as I could.

My second card uses a small Easter stamp -  I stamped it on 3 different colors of BoBunny dotted paper, shaded them a bit with colored pencils, then cut out the little birds and arranged them around my large die-cut sentiment:

SSS July1

supplies: Art Impressions Easter Chicks stamp set, BoBunny Soft Shades papers, colored pencils for shading,  Lawn Fawn Let's Polka papers, Lawn Fawn Scripty Hugs die, Winnie & Walter Big Bold Friends ("sending" sentiment)

Now it's your turn!  Our sweet generous Heidi has yet again provided another $50.00 gift voucher

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Simon Says Stamp

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Happy Birthday, USA!!

Back in June, I was lucky enough to win a Paper Sweeties challenge, and as part of my prize, I get to Guest Design with the team this week!  Debbie couldn't have chosen a more appropriate inspiration photo for me, as, if you look closely, this flag is actually a quilt!

Here's my take on it:

Paper Sweeties #33

supplies: red and tan cardstock, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Quilt Square Cover-Up, red, blue and tan dps from various paper pads, Darice Quilt embossing folder, Simon's Happy Birthday die, Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and the Happy sentiment, Paper Sweeties Apple Pie and Frosting flower sequins, Lil' Inker Stitched Stars die

I chose to use an antique tan color instead of pure white in my design, and I'm really pleased with the way my card turned out!  After I pieced and quilted my star, I wanted to add some more blue, so I die-cut a star for the center, and added some blue flower sequins.   I don't usually have more than 1 shot of a card, but in this case, here's another:

Paper Sweeties#33

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the Paper Sweeties blog to see what the Design Team did with this inspiration, and then I hope you'll play along, too!  The challenge is open all month long, and the winner gets a fun shopping spree at the Paper Sweeties store!

I think this card will work for the current Sparkle & Shine challenge, too, so I'm entering it there.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pink scalloped hugs

Winnie & Walter has started a new challenge series they're calling ReRun, where they focus on a featured product for the month.  This month the product is  Parentville Extras.  I don't have that stamp set, but they have given us a loophole in that we can use one of the cards featured in the challenge article and put our own spin on it.  I chose the very first card shown, called Missing You, Friend, by Julie.  I loved her use of scallopped edges and vellum, and so, using what I have here, this is my take on her card:

W&W ReRun challenge

supplies: pink, cream, and gold foil cardstock, vellum, W&W's the Big, the Bold, and the Extras (flowers and leaves) and the Big, the Bold and Friends (stamp set and cutaway), Spellbinder's scalloped dies, gold sequins

I basically used Julie's sketch. I love pink and gold together, so that was my color scheme.  I am still thrilled with being able to write "sending hugs" anytime I want, so that was my sentiment, and I used my only set of W&W flowers.  It goes without saying that at the top of my wishlist are the new In Bloom flower sets!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Vintage design?

On Saturday, the Hero Arts Flickr group had another of our Scrambles, hosted by Cecilia.  She asked that we make a vintage design.  I remembered an older Hero Arts cling stamp called Circle Doily and embossed it in white over a newspaper print from a My Mind's Eye paper pad long discontinued, then stamped a sentiment and added some Prima Flowers.


It was an easy design to execute in our given 90 minutes, and I was pleased with the result, but the more I looked at it, I knew it would end up being one of those cards that have to be physically handed to someone......those flowers make it impossible to mail.  So I took them off and replaced them with some stamped flowers.


supplies: My Mind's Eye newspaper dp from a MME Lost & Found paper pad, Hero Arts Circle Doily, sentiment from Luscious Patterned Flowers, Altenew Painted Flowers, Paper Sweeties flower sequins

This one kind of looks like an old-fasioned tussie-mussie that Victorian ladies carried, really just a little bouquet of flowers wrapped in lace.

Which do you prefer?  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

CASEing Jocelyn

This month's Gossip Column at Winnie &Walter is to be inspired by Jocelyn Olson.  I bookmarked that column when it came out earlier this month, and have gone back and forth with it ever since.  Finally yesterday I decided to have a go, and here is what I created:

CASEing Jocelyn

I had a good look at Jocelyn's blog, and noticed several things: that she uses lots of white space and that she often dry-embosses her backing panel.  I also noticed that she uses bits of doilies on her projects, which I really like and decided to adopt.  So I decided to choose a card of hers to CASE and put my own spin on it, as Taheerah suggests.  I found a card HERE that I really liked: and went about finding my own elements to CASE that design.

I knew I'd use a bit of a paper doily, and I decided to emboss my background in a woodgrain pattern (Tim Holtz embossing folder).  I like the idea of rough and dainty against each other.  Then I went looking for a flower (Hero Arts  Lauderdale Floral) large enough and with enough detail so that I could heat emboss it on vellum using an aqua embossing powder.  Next I made my own little polaroid frame and covered a corner with some washi to bring in a bit more color and make it stand out from all the whiteness.  I attached my vellum flower and stamped my Winnie & Walter sentiment (Big, Bold Friends), and then assembled everything and popped the frame up on adhesive squares.  Lots of Jocelyn's designs show splatters of paint on the background at this point, but I wasn't that brave, so I added my own little bit of color with some tiny aqua pearls and a bigger one in the center of the flower.  And lastly I die-cut some leaves (Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms) and added them to the mix.  And to finish I mounted the whole panel on a backing of bias-striped design paper (Echo Park's Bundle of Joy Boy Dots & Stripes).

Here's one more shot of my card at a different angle :

CASE-ing Jocelyn

This was a very fun exercise and a good stretch for me - thank you Taheerah, and thank you, Jocelyn, for your inspiration!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hello Sunshine!

Man, we have had the rain here in Ohio this summer!  Today is a beauty of a day, however, and when I saw the inspiration for The Card Concept challenge, I knew just what I wanted to do with these colors:

The Card Concept #38

supplies: Simon's Fog Grey card base, woodgrain cardstock panel, various washi tapes, Die-Namics cross-stitch die from Blueprints 20, Hero Arts Zinnia Bloom, Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards Bring on the Sun sentiment, charcoal ink, Paper Sweeties flower sequins and Prettty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins

I guess I'd put this into the Clean & Layered category.

It's Friday!  I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Simon's July Card Kit: Sail Away with Me

Today I have a couple of cards I made using the Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit.

SSS July CardKit

SSS July Card Kit

Everything on my cards except the card bases came from the kit.  If you're into anything nautical, this is the one for you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Simon Says.......Anything Goes!


Welcome to our last challenge of the month at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Before we get started, I wanted to make sure you've seen that Gayatri Murali has been chosen to be our newest team member! Please give her a warm welcome!  

As you know, this is the time of the month when we have your favorite Anything Goes challenge!  The Design Team are using Simon Says Stamp exclusive products, and we'd love you to do the same, though that isn't a requirement to play!

I decided to do some watercoloring this week and made 2 cards.  This first one celebrates the beginning of summer:

SSS June 24

supplies: Simon's Friendly Flowers, stamped in lots of distress inks, watercolor paper, Ranger Mini Spritzer, Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold Seasons, Ranger super fine detail gold embossing powder, vellum, DCWV gold foiled cardstock, Simon's Leanna Butterfly die

Starting with a panel of watercolor paper, I repeatedly stamped one of the flowers, changing inks as I covered the panel.  I also used a leaf from that set.  Next I spritzed my panel with water until the colors began to soften and run, then I blotted it with a paper towel.  After letting it dry naturally I went back in and stamped the little dots in the centers of the flowers.  That panel was trimmed to this wonky shape, trimmed in gold foil cardstock, and along with my gold-embossed sentiment on vellum, was attached to my card base.  I thought this gold butterfly added some pretty dimension to the whole.  

My parents celebrated their 70th anniversary yesterday, and this is one of the cards I sent them:

SSS June24

supplies: Simon's Thinking of You (flowers) and Happy & Smile (sentiment) stamp sets, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, watercolor paper, Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, Ranger Mini Mister, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, silver and gold sequins

I recently saw a small garden planted in purples and peaches, and used that as my inspiration.  For this card I stamped the outline flowers on a watercolor cardstock panel, then went back in with my Spectrum Aqua markers and roughly colored them in.  I also used a green marker to ink to a solid leaf here and there on my panel.  Then, as above, I really soaked the panel with my spritzer, and blotted with a paper towel when I thought the colors had softened and run enough to my liking.  After a thorough drying, I embossed my sentiment right over the top of the panel, then framed it up with a matching purple cardstock.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store for one lucky random winner of our challenge!


Simon Says Stamp

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I saw a lovely card by Cornelia that I really liked, and it turns out it's part of a challenge where you can CASE all kinds of cards; it's at the STAMPlorations blog, and lasts all of June.  Here's my take on Cornelia's card:

CASEplorations June

supplies: white and black cardstock, Avery Elle Brushed stamp set, various inks from Hero Arts, and Simon Says Stamp, retired The Craft's Meow Fly Free sentiment, Simon's Leanna butterfly, Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch, moonshine sequins

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stamps & Washi

I loved the colors so much from the Colour Me challenge this week that I had another play with them.


supplies: white cardstock, Altenew Painted Flowers, Hero Arts Hello Sunshine Daisies (sentiment), various washi tapes, pearls

Here was our inspiration board:

And since I used washi tape along with my stamping, this will qualify also for STAMPlorations June challenge:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sending Smiles

I thought the colors for the current challenge at the Colour Me challenge looked like they would be fun to play with.  Here's my card for that challenge:

Color Me #76

supplies: white cardstock, Simon's Many Thanks stamp set, Winnie & Walter Big, Bold Friends sentiment, washi tape

Here's our inspiration:

My favorites

My favorite color has always been this particular shade of blue - call it sky blue, true blue, Hero Arts calls it Cornflower Blue, and it is the ONLY ink I have found that doesn't have that touch of green that seems to be in vogue now for many years.  Don't get me wrong, I love aqua, teal, pool, turquoise, too, but this goes back to that country blue that I have always been drawn to.

So when Hero Arts current challenge has a category labeled "Favorite Color" as part of its latest challenge, I decided to start my card with their Cornflower Blue ink.  And I added in an old favorite and a new favorite product of theirs.  Pearls are a favorite of mine, too, so they got thrown into the mix.

HA Tic Tac Toe Blue

supplies: white cardstock, blue and green foiled cardstock from a DCWV pad, Hero Arts Edged Fabric with Flowers, from 2011,  stamped in Cornflower Blue ink, Hero Arts flower and leaf dies from their Scallop Frame frame cuts die set, and their Hello Stamp & Cut set, (sentiment stamped in Memento Luxe Danube Blue, and heat embossed), white pearls.

When I went looking through my stash for a cardstock to match this cornflower blue, I couldn't find anything.  It seems that "they" have made this color disappear!  Then I looked through a pad of foiled cardstock, and this royal blue worked for me. Because the light is catching the foils differently on my photo above, I wanted to include some closer shots of those details.  The true color of that blue shows up more in the flowers - I bent the petals up slightly, so they are reflecting the light better:

HA TTT Hello

HA TTT flowers

As you can see, I used a stylus to add some veining to the leaves, and also added pearls to the centers of my flowers.  And because of all the blue, "I miss you" seemed the appropriate sentiment.

Here's the Tic Tac Toe board that we are using for this month's Hero Arts challenge.  I used the 3rd column: heat embossing, die-cutting, and my favorite color.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Sketch challenge at Sparkle & Shine

I tried really hard to do something other than flowers for the current Sparkle & Shine challenge, and settled on some sweet little birds.

Sparkle & Shine #7

supplies: scraps of Fancy Pants Park Bench dps,Die-Namics Decorative Doily die, Wplus9 Folk Art Florals birds and leaves dies, Hero Arts sentiment from SparkleClear Hello Birdie, Pretty Pink Posh Springtime Mix (berries)  and Simon Moonshine sequins

It's a dreary day here, but at least it's not broiling hot.  We have tickets to see a Drum Corps performance tonight - keeping our fingers crossed that the rains go away by then!