Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunshine

Here's a card using the sketch from Sugar Pea Designs Mix it Up challenge #15.

Sugar Pea Mix It Up #15

supplies: white, brown, 2 golds, and green cardstock, dp from Bo Bunny Believe pad, PTI  Bloom Builders #3, DieNamics Layered Leaves, sentiment from (retired) Technique Tuesday Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards, brown button, various sequins

I love this sunshine sentiment and will never tire of getting it out and using it every year.  This time I added a sunflower to it.

Here's our sketch:

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Hope your week is full of sunshine - given and received!

Fall Thanks

Here's another entry for Winnie & Walter's ReRun #14 challenge.  I CASEd Gayatri's card.  I have lots of autumn leaf stamps, but not Renee's Leaves.  I chose  one of my sets that was a solid image, as compared to Gayatri's outline leaves.......

WW ReRun #14

supplies: watercolor paper and Audrey Blue cardstock, Clearly Besotted retired Autumn Flowers stamp, fall and broken china distress inks,  Winnie & Walter's In a Word: Thanks cutaway, adhesive fun foam, sequins

This year I've been enjoying adding an aqua blue to my fall colors, and I followed suit for my card again today.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Grateful

And yet ANOTHER wreath card, this time for the Taylored Expressions Share Joy challenge.   I loved both the sketch and the photo inspiration - here's my entry.

Share Joy #54

supplies: dps from Pebbles fall paper pads,  Lil' Inker Perky Posies flower and leaves dies, Taylored Expressions grateful die, Freckled Fawn enamel dots

Here's our inspiration:


Sugar Pea Mix it Up Challenge #16

I thought the sketch for this week's challenge at Sugar Pea Designs was fun.  Here's my take on it:

Sugar Pea Mix It Up #16

supplies: recycled white and various fall tones of cardstock, dp from Echo Park Fall is in the Air pad, My Monthly Hero September leaf dies and twine, Darice pearls, sentiment from The Craft's Meow Fall with Fibi and Lilly

Here's the challenge graphics:

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Fall and its delightful temperatures and sunny skies has finally arrived here - enjoy your day!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Simon's October Card Kit

I received my Simon October Card Kit yesterday and dived in first thing this morning!  If I'd designed a kit, this would be pretty close to it!

SSS Oct CardKit

supplies: all supplies from Simon's October Card Kit, (Nutty Over You stamp set, Burnt Orange, Audrey Blue, and Dark Chocolate cardstock, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid for Fall dp, Little B Acorn sticker), plus: ivory cardstock, Simon's Stitched Circle die, Audrey Blue, Poppy, Bright Tangelo, and Cup o' Joe inks, Nuvo Caribbean Ocean crystal drops (from last month's kit), adhesive foam squares

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I cut a stitched circle, then used the next smaller size of that set to lightly draw another circle inside as a pattern for my stamping.  After stamping the brown leaf sprig all the way around, I could erase my pencil lines, and then add my other elements, using ink colors that matched the background plaid.  This stamped circle was then popped above the rest of my card.

Here's the amazing kit for this month - don't wait too long!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

MFT SuperStar Challenge

We've been on vacation, and missed most of this month so far, so I am sliding in at the last hour with 2 cards for My Favorite Thing's "You Could Be a Superstar" card contest. For my first card, I took it as another excuse to use my Flashy Florals stamps and dies, this time with a fall feel to them.

MFT Superstar Challenge

supplies: ivory and periwinkle cardstock, board design paper, MFT Flashy Florals stamps and dies, with sprigs from Beautiful Blooms and matching die, Thanks die, gems for some sparkle

I started out by stamping the Flashy Florals using autumn colors.  I liked them against this board design paper, and added some green leaves to the mix.  Then for some pop, I hit upon using this periwinkle color.  I stamped some tiny sprigs from Beautiful Blooms, and then added my sentiment to carry this color downwards, offset just a tad with some ivory to make it stand out better against the dark background.

Here's a 2nd card.  This time I simply played with some colors that I love together:

Superstar Contest

supplies: Audrey Blue, Green Apple, chocolate brown, and kraft cardstock, MFT Happy and Layered Leaves dies, Scattered Surface background stamp, sequins, twine

I stamped the background stamp once and then turned it 90 degrees and stamped again - I love the little pattern that emerges!

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An autumn wreath

Here's a fall card using my new September My Monthly Hero card kit, which has sold out.  I'm SO glad that I grabbed this one when I did, as I love wreaths and this kit is all about wreaths and autumn!  For my card, I used just 2 of the dies, along with a few embellishments, pairing them with one of the sentiments in the stamp set.

My Hero Sept CardKit

supplies: white, red, orange, gold, and dark chocolate cardstock, wreath and branch dies, twine, and enamel dots, stamped sentiment from the September My Monthly Hero kit

Coincidentally, I saw the colors for this week at ColourQ, and used them for my first play with this set.



Thanks for stopping by today on the first day of fall!  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Simon Says........Gift It!

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Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme this week is "Gift It!", and the DT are all playing with Clearly Besotted products.  I made a gift-card holding tag, and stamped some tissue paper as gift wrap.

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supplies: white cardstock, Clearly Besotted Bird Bath stamps, Spectrum Noir Blues and Reds markers, DieNamics Stitched Tag, Impression Obsession Gingham stamp, Hero Arts Cornflower ink, blue gingham ribbon, adhesive foam squares

I tried putting an actual gift card on my tag, but the design just took away from my theme, so I substituted a rectangle of stamped gingham for now.  The birds are popped up with foam squares, and the gift card will be nestled between them.

Next I used another of the birds in this set and stamped all over a piece of blue tissue paper in dark blue and white.  When it was dry, I used it to wrap a book, and added my tag.  Books are often gifts we give to our Grands, and I know these little birds would please our munchkins.


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Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

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

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

A fun technique!

I have another card for Winnie & Walter's ReRun #14 challenge, this time being inspired by Lydia - she used the most fun technique!  I can't believe I've never tried it before!  She calls it layered resist.  She had some stunning cards in blue, so I went 180 degrees and used warm colors:

WW&W Rerun#14

supplies: white, Simon's sunshine, and a gold shimmer cardstock, leaf from Simon One with Nature outine leaf, scattered straw, fossilized amber, carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon, and festive berries distress inks, W&W Big, Bold You sentiment stamp, In a Word Hello cutaway, and Audrey's Cutaways scalloped rectangle

Briefly, you start with a white piece of cardstock, and clear emboss your image.  Then sponge the entire panel with the lightest of your distress inks.  LET IT DRY! (this is the hard part!) or the embossing powder in this next and following steps will stick where it shouldn't!  Then clear emboss a few more images.  I used a mask each time.  Again, sponge the panel with a slightly darker ink, and repeat and repeat and repeat.  I used 5 different yellows to reds.  Since this is distress ink, at the very end, I splattered some water across the surface, and then blotted it up.  LOVE how this came out!

Lydia did a fancy cut for her design; I simply cut a scalloped rectangle from the center of my stamped panel, then framed it, added my sentiments, and  popped it above what was remaining.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2016

For a special little boy.....

Our youngest Grand turns 4 this month, and here's the card I made for him:

Woodland Birthday

supplies: white and Bristol paper, Avery Elle Woodland Wonders and Storybook sets, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, smooshed broken china and mowed lawn distress inks, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die

The whole family likes to take "hikes" often, so I'm hoping that he'll like his card!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

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Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog!


Our theme this week is CAS: Clean and Simple, and the DT are all playing with CASual Fridays products.

I find myself in an uncomfortable position this week - the stamp set I got to use this week has evidently now been discontinued, as it no longer shows up at Simon.  I'm pretty sure that is the case, because I found a newer very similar set called Mistletoe and Holly, which would work at least for my first card.

SSS Sept 14

supplies: kraft and BoBunny Wild Berry cardstock, CASual Fridays Merry Kiss-Mas clear stamp set, VersaFine onyx black and VersaMark inks, Simon white embossing powder, Doodlebug Ladybug twine, Hero Arts pearl heart, Signo white gel pen, Quickie glue pen, DieNamics Blueprints 20 stitched rectangle die, adhesive foam squares

There is a bow on the mistletoe sprig - using a glue pen, I glued some twine right over the stamped bow.

For my second card, I stamped the holly repeatedly in the center of my card base, masking the top and bottom.  Then I added some red strips and a colored version of the holly.

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supplies: Hero Arts Grass layering paper and Simon Schoolhouse Red cardstock, CASual Fridays Merry Kiss-Mas stamps, Grass and Versamark ink with white embossing powder, Signo white gel pen

After I'd put all my elements onto my card, I felt it needed something, and so I added the little white dots by hand with my white pen.  That really helped to pull everything together.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher

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

Simon Says Stamp

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mix It Up challenge

When I saw the sketch part of the current Mix It Up challenge at the Sugar Pea Designs blog, I thought it was a sweet way to show off some patterned papers.  And still having the Harvest Mouse set out on my work surface, I married the 2 for my entry:

Mix it Up #14

supplies:  most dps from Pebbles Woodland Forest paper pad, MFT Harvest Mouse stamps, colored pencils, Simon's Stitched Circle and Spellbinder's Circle dies

Sugar Pea's Fall Fox set would be perfect here, but I haven't been able to snag it so far - it's at the top of my wishlist.

Here's the sketch from the challenge:

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I'd like to throw my hat into the My Favorite Things Superstar contest.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

More Harvest Mice

I think I mentioned earlier when I posted my first cards using MFT's Harvest Mouse, that it took me until January last year to get this set that was released sometime last fall.  So this is really my first time playing with it in depth.  I made a card for my youngest sister here, so then of course I had to make some for my other sis and Mom!  Here they are:

Fall Hugs for Nan

supplies: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid dp, watercolor cardstock, peacock feathers and fossilized amber distress inks and water, MFT Harvest Mouse stamp set, Spectrum Aqua markers, Winnie & Walter Audrey's Cutaways scalloped rectangle and stamped sentiment from the Big, the Bold, and Friends, Simon's Small Forest Tree die, Kelly Purkey alphabet stickers, adhesive foam squares

A Bushel and a Peck for Mom

supplies: Core'dinations plaid cardstock, Simon's Burnt Orange cardstock, a recycled cream cardstock, MFT Harvest Mouse, Spectrum Aqua markers, May Arts twine, Simon's Stitched Circles dies, Doodlebug enamel heart, adhesive foam squares

I'm feeling fall in the air!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Warmest Blessings

The ReRun challenge at Winnie & Walter this month is using their Renee's Leaves set, and I was wowed by all of the samples presented to us!  I'll be making multiple entries for this one, but for my first, I was influenced by Heather's card.  I'm a paper-aholic, so I was delighted to see her card that incorporated a pattern paper as a main ingredient!

W&W Rerun #14

supplies: white and shimmery copper cardstock, vellum, pattern paper from Jen Hadfield's Warm & Cozy 6" pad, Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and the Blessings clear stamp set, copper embossing powder, Paper Smooches Dots & Dashes dot die to make stitching holes, gold thread, DieNamics Blueprints 20 and Simon Stitched Rectangles dies, sequins

Heather started with a new piece of pattern paper, and that's where I started also.  She used a bigger piece of vellum than I did, but I felt that covering up this design took away from the vibrant colors, so my vellum panel was added to the bottom third of my card.  I stamped and copper-embossed the sentiments, and then was faced with how to attach it.  After some thought I decided to stitch it on, but I was too lazy to get out my sewing machine, so I used a die to make stitching holes across the top and bottom and, using some gold thread, I hand-stitched it to my paper, adding a bow in the center of the top stitching.  I liked the look of the copper so well, that I went hunting in my stash for some copper cardstock, and ended up trimming it into a little scalloped frame which I overlaid over the card front.  To finish I just added some more sparkle with a scattering of sequins.  

Here's a closer look to see the gold thread bow:

Rerun #14 detail

I'll be back again soon!

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