Saturday, January 24, 2015

MFT Color Challenge #14

I've finally got my act together here and can play in some of the new My Favorite Things challenges.  I was unsure about these colors until I actually tried them out for myself, and now - WOW, they are gorgeous together!

Though I don't have any MFT stamps here with me right now, here's my entry:

MFT Color Challenge #14

I used an old favorite Technique Tuesday stamp called Two Steppin, stamped in Hero Arts Navy and Simon's Hydrangea and Green Apple inks.  My sentiment is from Wplus9's Hand Lettered Hello, and the line of dots is from a Simon set called Thinking of You.  I added some Lawn Fawn green sequins to the centers of the flowers.

Though there are more multi-step stamps out there now, I can't think of many that are this size.  I hope that someone brings out some bigger designs soon, as they are really fun to work with.

Like I said, I love these colors together!  Give them a try, and I think you'll love them too!  Thanks for stopping by!

You are my Happy

There was another scramble this afternoon at the Hero Arts Flickr group, and our hostess Leni asked us to add a little animal to our creation.  Her sample cards used a cute little snail and some butterflies. Here's what I did today:

Quickcard 101

supplies: Hero Arts Dictionary Greetings and My Happy (little robin and sentiment), design papers from Echo Park and Pebbles, Simon's dark chocolate cardstock and Stitched Rectangles

I don't think I ever inked up this robin, so I'm so glad that Leni enabled me!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Simon Says........Have a Heart!

Welcome!  It's Wednesday, which means another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

This week our theme is Have a Heart - can't wait to see what you make with this theme in mind - I LOVE anything heart-related!  The DT are using Wink of Stella and/or Glitter Ritz products this week.  I made you two cards, one using stamps, and the other featuring some dies; I coated all the flowers on both cards with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter marker.

SSS Jan 21

supplies: Penny Black Sweet Buds, colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and centers dotted with a Signo white pen, Simon's Handwritten Sentiments, clear Wink of Stella on flower petals, coral silk ribbon

I chose this sweet stamp because the petals are made up of little hearts - right up my alley!  And I chose the die below for the same reason.

SSS Jan21

supplies: Impression Obsession Heart Stems die, cut twice, MFT Die-Namics Spring Wreath ribbon die, an old discontinued Hero Arts sentiment, Wink of Stella clear marker

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


Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I came across a new (to me) challenge yesterday, and loved the colors AND the sketch.  You can find them at Lesley Croghan's The Challenge.  Here's what I made for it:

The Challenge #23

supplies: Wplus9's Quilt Prints and Lil' Inker's Darling Diamonds (sentiment), teal, red, and yellow ink and sequins

I always enjoy stamping these Quilt Prints - it's almost as fun as making a real quilt and WAY faster!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Will you be my Valentine?

Here's another card, this time using the stamps from the February Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.

SSS Feb CardKit2

This is a really fast and simple card to make.  I just changed up the ink colors on the falling hearts stamp, and then used one of the inks to color in the heart on the sentiment.  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Simon's February Card Kit

Here's a card I made using materials in the new February Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.

SSS Feb Card Kit

supplies: Simon's new Cream and their Cotton Candy cardstock, papers from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss collection, and a rub-on from the Kiss Kiss rub-ons in the kit, a Spellbinder's scalloped circle die, a die-cut flower and leaves and a pink sequin

There are lots of fun goodies in this kit - Tim Holtz Watercolor paper and a paint brush, a gold Gelato stick, and a piece of antique dictionary paper!  And I haven't even touched the stamps yet!  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hearts and Flowers

And one more card for Winnie & Walter's First Birthday Bash.  Julie asked for shaker cards, so I made a Valentine's Day one.

W&W Shaker Challenge

supplies: Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold, and the Happy and The Big, the Bold and the Extras (flowers and leaves), PTI heart shaker dies, clear sequins

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winnie & Walter's Gradient Challenge

Here's one more card to help celebrate Winnie & Walter's first birthday.  Vanessa has a Gradient Challenge, and here's my entry for that one.

W&W Gradient Challenge

supplies: Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold Seasons, Simon's Leanna butterfly die, The Crafter's Workshop Mini Echoes stencil, mustard seed, wild honey, spiced marmalade, and ripe persimmon distress inks, Doodlebug enamel dots

Stencils and distress inks are a marriage made in heaven!  I'd forgotten how much fun they are to play with!  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Simon Says..........It's a Guy Thing!


It's time for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

This week the challenge is It's A Guy Thing, and the design team are all using Tim Holtz products!  Here's my card, using several striped stamps and distress inks to make my own plaid:

SSS Jan 14

supplies: Desert Storm and dark brown cardstock, stripes from Simon's Nautical Borders, Cupcake Party, and Happy Every Day stamp sets, rusty hinge, ripe persimmon, fired brick, and gathered twigs distress inks, Impression Obsession Greetings die, the reverse of a Prima wood button, May Arts natural twine

I also made a tag using Tim Holtz products:

SSS Jan14

supplies: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Menagerie 8" paper pad and Alpha Tiles, journaling ticket, linen ribbon, wood veneer arrows

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher for the random winner of this week's challenge, to be used at our amazing Simon Says Stamp Store!


Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winnie & Walter's Sketch challenge

Another card for Winnie & Walter's Birthday Bash Celebration, ongoing all this month.  Joni gave us a pretty sketch, and here's my take on it.

W&W Sketch challenge

supplies: W&W's The Big, the Bold and the Happy, a Hero Arts butterfly, Spellbinder's scalloped circle shaded with distress ink, sequins

I love these fresh colors, and with all the white space, I'm going to enter this also into Virginia's View current challenge : Clean Slate.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 12, 2015

W&W CAS Freestyle Collage

This card is for another of Winnie & Walter's Birthday Celebration challenges, this time Gayatri's CAS Freestyle Collage.  I adore this style but don't have the faintest idea how to go about achieving it, so I figure the first step is to make a stab at it.  Here's what I came up with:

W&W CAS Freestyle Collage challenge

Most of my Winnie &  Walter stamps are the sentiment ones with the big words, and I have very few that have other motifs, so I'm using the other flower  from their Big, Bold, and the Extras set, along with the big happy from the Big, the Bold and the Happy stamped and fussy-cut.   I still love my washi tapes, so a selection of those came into play, in pink, green, and grey, and I also added a partial doily die-cut and some pink sequins to the mix.  

I would love some constructive criticism for this card, maybe even a better explanation of what freestyle collage means.......

As always, thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Our 100th Scramble!

Yesterday I participated in the 100th Hero Arts Flickr Scramble!  Our hostess Barb asked us to choose our all-time favorite Hero Arts image and pair it with our all-time favorite sentiment set.  These scrambles have been going on now for just about 5 years, and I've played in many of them, so I absolutely wanted to join this time, too.


I used the Hydrangea woodblock stamp, from 2010, and a sentiment from the 2011 sentiment set Sending Smiles Messages - love the beautiful script font!  And I used my favorite color, blue, to round out the favorite theme.  

I credit Hero Arts and their flickr group to fostering my love of stamping and card making, so today's event was very special for me.  

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope your weekend is going well!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winnie & Walter's Color Challenge

I'm playing along with another of Winnie & Walter's challenges that are lasting all this month to commemorate their first birthday!  This one, by Heather, is to to make a card using white, silver/grey, mint/aqua, and blue.  Here's my entry:

W&W Color challenge

supplies: W&W's The Big, the Bold & the Extras (flowers, leaves and banner) and The Big, the Bold, and You (sentiment), one of DieNamic's Stitched Tag dies, trimmed at the top to fit my card better, a blue striped pattern paper, blue and silver sequins

I stamped my flowers and leaves and heat embossed them in white, then overstamped them in various blue/aqua and green inks.  I love a combination of stripes and florals!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winnie & Walter's One Challenge

It's been a year since Winnie & Walter appeared on the scene, and they are celebrating big time this month with lots and lots of challenges!   I am hoping to enter lots of them, but this is my first.   Shay challenged us to use the number ONE and she gave us lots of ideas on how to do that.  I chose to use one Winnie & Walter stamp set, You've Got Love Mail, and only that set, to make a card.

W&W One Challenge

I chose several of the sentiments from the set and stamped them diagonally across my card, creating a panel of text.  Then I added some zig-zag stitching, using one of DieNamics Blueprints 20's dies, and lined it on the back of the panel with some strips of pink cardstock.   I stamped the script heart from the set in 2 different pink inks, and to finish added some pink sequins.  My panel was then attached to a white card base with adhesive pop dots.

Thanks for stopping by today!