Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring tulips

As soon as I saw the photo inspiration for the Sparkle and Shine Challenge this time, I knew just what I wanted to do.  It's been too long since I used this Friendship Jar and the lovely tulips that go into it, and I had been looking for pink polka dot paper recently, and so remembered this one.


supplies: PTI Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Spring Fillers (tulips and sentiment), Spectrum Noir markers and pencils to color, The Girl's Paperie Jubilee pink dot dp, moonshine sequins and a single spring mix Pretty Pink Posh sequin, Die-Namics Blueprints 20 scalloped rectangle

Isn't this inspiration adorable?

Just a Note to Say Hello

We had another Scramble at the Hero Arts flickr group on Saturday, our 108th!  It was hosted by Kanan, and she gave us 3 of her own cards to be inspired by.  I chose one that was based on a design paper.  Here's my take on the challenge:

HA Scramble #108

I used this Penny Black design paper from the Painted Blooms pad, and then stamped my own floral panel to match it, using lots of old and new Hero Arts flowers and leaves, and the sentiment from the Hello Stamp & Cut set.  All of my inks were also Hero Arts: bubble gum, butter bar, orange soda, and field greens, and I was amazed at how well the colors matched the paper!  I mounted my panel on a black frame, and lifted it above the card surface, and added some Paper Sweeties flower sequins in the same colors.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hello Beautiful!

I'm still playing with these Vintage Roses, this time paired up with some polka dots for The Challenge this time.

I have ALWAYS been drawn to dots, but until now they were in the form of design papers and on a much smaller scale.  Suddenly I find I'm loving bigger dots, and especially the effect I can get with a stencil and several shades of ink.  Here's my card:

The Challenge #32 Polka Dots

supplies: Altenew Vintage Roses, Wplus9 Hand-Written Hello, Simon's Medium Dots Stencil, 4 shades of pale pink to raspberry ink

Here's the graphic for the challenge:

I know, I need to move away from the pink roses for awhile!  But in my opinion, the only drawback of this beautiful multi-step rose set is that you need lots of shades of ink, 3 or 4 shades in most cases.  I guess I need to take another couple days on my own and make up some combinations for other colors, and write them down!  

Anyway, I'm glad you came to visit today.  Are you deep into National Scrapbooking Day activities?  I'm adding this card to the Simon flickr challenge, to create a Mother's Day card or a card with flowers.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Color Throwdown #340

Absolutely gorgeous colors this week at the Color Throwdown!  How could you NOT play?  I still had my Vintage Roses out on my desk, so that's where this card started.

  Color Throwdown #340

supplies: Simon's Audrey Blue cardstock, Cuttlebug Cross My Heart embossing folder, Altenew's Vintage Roses, MFT Die-Namics oval doily, Jane's Doodles Mom's Flowers sentiment, Hero Arts Splash ink

This went together very quickly, as I wanted to keep the background the same blue as the inspiration.  So I just stamped and fussy-cut my flowers, glued them to my doily, added my sentiment, embossed the card front, and I was done!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Card Concept

When I saw the Card Concept inspiration for this week, I knew I would be playing - I love a mix of stripes and florals, and I have been wanting to have a play again with my Vintage Roses stamps.  Here's what I made:

Card Concept 34

supplies: MFT Stripes stencil, tumbled glass distress ink, Altenew Vintage Roses, Simon's Best Mom Ever sentiment, Echo Park Bundle of Joy Dots & Stripes paper strip, EKSuccess scalloped border punch, moonshine sequins

The combination of the stripes, dots and flowers is so pretty!  I stencilled my stripes, then stamped and fussy-cut my spray of roses.  I added a punched dotty strip and my sentiment, and some sequins for a little sparkle.  I'm guessing my card would be considered Clean and Layered.

Isn't this inspiration amazing?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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

Welcome to our most popular challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Our theme this week is your favorite Anything Goes, and the Design Team are using Prima products.  Prima makes everything from their well-known paper flower collections to stamp sets and papers and everything in between!   I have 2 very different cards for you this week.

SSS April 29

supplies: Prima Cigar Box Secrets paper pad and 3D stickers, Simon's large Heart Doily and You're Amazing dies, May Arts natural twine, gold pearl

When I was looking through the store among the Prima goodies, this next set of vellum flowers caught my eye, and here's what I made with it:

SSS April29

supplies: Prima's Nightfall Sunset vellum flowers, papers from Simple Stories DIY and Crate Paper, Simon's Wishing die and Wishing & Sending stamp set, gold and silver sequins

Now it's your turn!  As ever, we have a $50.00 gift voucher

to the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Superstore for 1 lucky random winner of our challenge this week!

Simon Says Stamp

Do you use Instagram?  If you do, we'd love you to add #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there, too!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

City Crafter Challenge Guest Designer!

The City Crafter Challenge is celebrating its fifth birthday all during April, and each week we get to CASE a different designer's card.  This week, it's Stella!  

As a winner of a past challenge, I was invited to be a guest designer this week!  I did 2 cards, using Stella's sketch, and changing up the colors, using a spring pastel theme for both of them.  I love the combination of stripes and florals, and mixed these together on both my cards.

City Crafter Challenge #259, #1

supplies: dps from Echo Park and Webster's Pages, Penny Black Flutters die and Spellbinder's circle die, Hero Arts sentiment from discontinued Anytime Messages, moonbeam sequins

City Crafter challenge #259, #2

supplies: dps from Lawn Fawn and Pebbles, PTI flower die and Spellbinder's circle die, discontinued The Craft's Meow sentiment from Easter Blessings, large pink sequin

Thanks to the City Crafter ladies for having me as a Guest Designer this week!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Aunt Betty's Violets

Today I had a memory of my Aunt Betty and a very young me sitting in the woods picking violets and finding a yellow one.  I don't think I've seen a yellow violet growing in the wild since, so this is a special memory for me.  My Aunt passed away several years ago, in her late 80's, and it's amazing how various memories float up every once in awhile.  She had no children of her own, so she spoiled all of her nieces and nephews and made us each feel special.  I also remember picking violets and making a little bouquet like this, surrounded with their leaves, for my Mom or Gramma in the spring - I still have a patch of purple violets in one of our gardens, and enjoy picking the tiny flowers to bring inside and put in a small vase.....they have a lovely soft smell!

Aunt Betty's Violets

supplies: Stampendous Build a Bouquet, (stems are from Simon's Artful Flowers), stamped in VersaMark and embossed in white, then watercolored with Spectrum Aqua markers Florals and Essential sets, Hero Arts sentiment from Remember set, Cornflower blue ink, Die-Namics doily die-cut, blue gingham ribbon, sequins, Doodlebug striped paper, Die-Namics Blueprints 20 scalloped die

She had the most beautiful blue eyes, like her father, and her brother, my Dad, so I chose to accent this with some touches of blue.  I miss you, Aunt Betty!

And since I've used a die-cut and my Spectrum Aqua Floral and Essential markers, I'd link to enter the Spectrum Noir April challenge.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Simon Flickr Color Challenge

I love spring and spring colors, so I decided to play along in the current Simon Flickr challenge going on now.  Barb asked us to use these 4 colors, all of them, and no others except black and white:

SSS Flickr Challenge 17 - Color Challenge by Simon.Says.Stamp

Here's my entry:


supplies: Simon's Artful Flowers, Doodlebug and Lawn Fawn dps, Memory Box Grapevine wreath, Apple Green cardstock, Winnie & Walter's Spring cutaway, flower sequins, Signo white gel pen 

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2015

White on White with a Pop of Color

I thought that the current Make it Monday was such a great idea that I just had to have a play, too, even though my collection of PTI stamps is very small. But I think I made it work using this little sentiment of theirs:

MIM #209

I die-cut a bunch of these scribble flowers from white, and just one from a pink mettalic sheet, added some green cardstock leaves and filled my panel with them.  That panel was cut down a bit, framed with pink, and popped above my card base.  The sentiment is from their Flower Fusion #12 stamp set, using VersaFine black and picked raspberry distress inks.  I also added a single pink enamel dot to the center of the flower.  I'm really pleased that this one turned out exactly as I meant it to!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A new release at Simon Says Stamp!

Today's the day that Simon shows us it's newest release called Falling for You!

Heidi very kindly sent all of the Wednesday Blog teamies something new and here's what I made with my set called Lila's Heart:

Lila's Heart

supplies: Lila's Heart, Basic Grey Vivienne dps, enamel heart from MME Jubilee enamel shapes

Being a former curly head, and having a granddaughter who inherited those curls, I think this set is so darling, and there are so many hearts in it, also!  The images are simply done, so they're very easy to paper-piece as I've done, or color in using your favorite medium.    There are a mix of cute fonts, too, so this set hits all my buttons!

Simon Says Clear Stamps LILA'S HEART sss101531 Falling For You

Hurry on over to Simon Says Stamp to see all of the new things that are being released today!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Simon Says........Clean and Simple


It's Wednesday, and that means another challenge begins at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog!

This week we're asking for Clean and Simple projects!  The Design Team are all using Hero Arts products, a company near and dear to my heart!  Here's my first card, using products released in January:

SSS April22

supplies: white and black cardstock and various tone-on-tone design papers, Hero Arts Butterfly & Flower stamp and cut set and Hello stamp and cut set, Simon's stitched rectangle die, Juli's Garden embossing folder, buttons to match flowers

I used an older cling stamp for my next two cards:

SSS April 22

supplies: Hero Arts Large Blossom and Live Life stamps, VersaFine onyx black ink and Hero Arts clear embossing powder, carnation layering paper, spun sugar and squeezed lemonade distress inks, worn lipstick and shabby shutters distress markers

This stamp highlights the negative image, so the background and the details of the flowers and leaves get stamped.  In this case, I used black ink and embossed it in clear, then colored in my details with distress inks and markers.

And another version that I have done previously, but never got to share on my blog, this time stamped on pool cardstock in VersaMark and embossed in white:


supplies: Hero Arts Large Blossom and Find Joy, pool layering paper, tumbled glass and shabby shutters distress markers, white embossing powder, bias-striped washi tape

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher

to our fabulous Simon Says Stamp store for one lucky random winner!

Simon Says Stamp

Do you use Instagram?  If you do, we'd love you to add #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there, too!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sketch challenge

The newest challenge at Sparkle & Shine is to use this sketch supplied by Winnie & Walter:

As usual, I went pretty literal for my entry:

Sparkle & Shine #4

supplies: Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds, Spectrum Noir colored pencils, Doodlebug dotted papers for banners, Lawn Fawn and Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Simon's Flower Friend sentiment, Green Apple and white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 20, 2015 more time

I promise this will be my last Build a Bouquet creation for awhile, but I wanted to put all the flowers in the set together.

Bouquet of Love

supplies: Stampendous Build a Bouquet, watercolor paper, white embossed, Floral and Essential Spectrum Aqua markers, water brush, Hero Arts Bouquet of Love, vellum strip, tumbled glass distress ink, sequins from Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, and Pretty Pink Posh

This time I smooshed some tumbled glass distress ink on my kraft sheet, spritzed it with water, and then pulled a panel of watercolor paper through it to get this pretty blue background.  I added colored and clear sequins for some sparkle, and stamped my sentiment on a strip of vellum.

Once again, adding this to the Curtain Call challenge: Bouquet.