Sunday, August 31, 2014

Color Throwdown #307

Yesterday I spent a fun day at a crop here in NE Ohio with a wonderful group of women, and one of them made me aware of the current Color Throwdown challenge.   I think these colors are gorgeous, and so appropriate for this time of year, so I came home and pulled out an old stamp and here's my card, just under the wire:

supplies: an Anita's sunflower stamp, colored with markers, Technique Tuesday Bring on the Sun, by Ali Edwards, Simon's Island Blue cardstock, striped and dotted dps from Pebbles Family Ties pad, gold pearls

Thanks for visiting - enjoy your holiday weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Winnie & Walter and Simon Says Stamp Sketch challenge

share the love graphic SSS

Today is the final day of Winnie & Walter's Share the Love week, featuring Simon Says Stamp, and we have a sketch to work with.

Here's my card.

supplies: Simon Says Stamp Favorite Flowers, Hero Arts Mint Julep and peeled paint distress inks, W&W's The Big, the Bold, & the Happy, dps from October Afternoon's Public Library collection

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Share the Love: One Layer

share the love graphic SSS

Today's challenge at the Winnie & Walter Blog during Share the Love week with Simon Says Stamp is One Layer cards.  This idea came to me almost immediately.

I just love the effects you can get with Simon's MaryAnne Snowflake stencil!  I paired it up with W&W's Big Bold Seasons, masked off the sentiment panel, and then moved my stencil around and pounced on broken china, salty ocean, and peacock feathers distress inks.  I added some iridescent sequins that I got in several of Simon's Card Kits, plus some teal ones from my friend Carol.  I love how they give a nice sparkle, just like real snow does!

Thanks for your visit today!  

Share the Love Week with Simon Says Stamp

share the love graphic SSS

This week, Winnie & Walter is teaming up with Simon Says Stamp with a whole week of challenges and giveaways!

For Day 1, our challenge is to use rainbow colors.  Here's my card:

supplies: Simon's Life is a Journey (chevron), stamped in distress inks, and the sentiment from Watt's Up? inside the circle, Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold You, enamel dots

I repeatedly stamped the chevron, then trimmed my panel, lined it in black, cut out a circle for the rest of my sentiment, and then popped the panel above the card base, after stamping that sentiment.

On Day 2, our challenge was to make a card using both company's products in 10 minutes or under.  I failed that one miserably!  Thought I was doing so well, but when I stopped the clock it was at 15 minutes, 43 seconds!  I even had all my materials laid out ahead of time and the plan in my head: what I thought was an easy design.  I had planed to add some sequins, but since I was so far over the limit, I stopped.   Here it is:

supplies: navy and white cardstock, Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold Seasons ("winter" and snowflakes), Simon's Eliza snowflake die, Floral Bookmarking (3 little dots), and Christmas sentiment set ("blessings"), Hero Arts Navy and Color Box Frost White inks

And finally, for Day 3, the challenge is called With One Stamp, and we're supposed to choose either a Simon or a W&W stamp set and make sure to also use at least 1 other product from the other company.  Here's my card for that one:

supplies: white and Simon's Doll Pink cardstock, Simon's Floral Bookmarking set, Hero Arts inks, and Simon's The Big, the Bold and the Happy ("hello"), plus some cute floral sequins

I made this as sort of an encouraging "today is a new day" card, for someone going through a rough patch.

Thanks for hanging in with me for this long post, and for your visit and kind comments.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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


It's the last Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for your favorite challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes!!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The design team are all using products from Memory Box, and we'd love to see you using them, too, but it's not a necessity in order to play.  I love their dies, and made 2 cards today using 2 of them.

These sweet little flowers are called Bella Bouquet, and I decided to make them into some little forget-me-nots and used some blues from my personal stash, along with Apple Green stems.  After piecing the flowers to the stems, I glued the bouquet to a white panel, added some pale blue Hero Arts pearls, and framed it up with a pale blue cardstock, edging the right side with a scallop punch.  My sentiment is from Simon's Handwritten Sentiments and I added a dyed seam binding bow, secured with a pearl brad.

And for my second card, I had a play with this Memory Box Gorgeous Gardenia die and used papers from Graphic 45's Secret Garden collection.  My sentiment is from an Impression Obsession set called In a Garden, and I added some sequins to the design.

Now it's your turn!  The random winner of this week's challenge will win a $50.00 gift voucher


to the fantastic Simon Says Stamp Store!!

Simon Says Stamp

I'm looking forward to seeing what you all create this week!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More sequins and Avery Elle

I've done a few wreath cards lately, and I thought I'd do one more for the AEI♥U challenge: Sequins.

supplies: Avery Elle Laurels, Hero Arts Green Hills and Simon's Cotton Candy ink, Cotton Candy cardstock, sequins from Teresa Collins and Kelly Purkey

Thanks for coming by today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

And back to summer

Over the weekend, Cat hosted one of our scrambles at the Hero Arts flickr group.  She posted a picture of a tote bag she had made, and some cards that they inspired, and challenged us to be inspired by what we saw in her photo.

Here is the card I made:

supplies: Hero Arts Real Flowers, Winnie & Walter Big, Bold Seasons, Simon's Audrey Blue, Doll Pink, and Green Apple inks, Doodlebug Spring Assortment sprinkles

Love how this turned out! I don't think I'd have put these colors together without a push from Cat!

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Homespun Christmas

I promise these are the last Christmas cards you'll see from me for awhile, but since I had everything out, I found this pad of Simple Stories Handmade Holiday papers and decided to make a couple more country-style cards.

This one has no stamping, no die-cuts, just the papers from the pad.  Since I wasn't doing too much that was creative, I decided to add some hand-stitching (using a We R Memory Keepers stitch piercer) in between each of the panels of paper.  And I colored some wood veneer stars with a red marker and glued them over the ornaments on the tree.  The twine is Lawn Fawn.

This next one uses just 1 of the papers - I love the bits of music, the swirls, and the snowflakes in it.  I simply added it to a cream card base and, to enter the Pretty Pink Posh die-cut blog Hop, added a Simon Merry Christmas die-cut and a Sizzix (?) snowflake die that I think is now discontinued;I think it originally came with the first Cuttlebug machines.  I borrow it every couple of years from my friend Yvonne and cut a zillion of them.  I added a Prima wood button that I also darkened with a marker, threaded with some twine.

I'm adding this last card to the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop


and both of these cards to PaperCrafts & Scrapbooking Holiday Cards & More link party.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Another wreath.......for fall, this time

This weekend Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a blog hop that is to feature die cuts, and after I'd made my Christmas wreath HERE, I remembered I also have a leafy wreath.  So I decided to use it to make an autumn card.

supplies: Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered card base, kraft panel, MFT Die-Namics Spring Wreath, The Craft's Meow (retired) Golden Days, stamped in Wplus9 Cranberry Crush ink, Studio Calico wood button, May Arts twine

I cut the wreath 5 times out of various fall-toned papers, many of them from the Core'dinations Darks stack, and layered them so that hopefully a bit of each color shows.  The twine is a triple bow.


A country Christmas wreath

I can't believe it's August, and I'm making a Christmas card, but there are 2 challenges that this will work for: Pauline's Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop, and  the link party at PaperCrafts & Scrapbooking.

supplies: Memory Box Grapevine Wreath, The Craft's Meow (retired) Christmas Lantern sentiment, Simon's Lipstick Red ink,  kraft card base, Basic Grey Aspen Frost birchbark paper, red gingham ribbon, red sequins from my friend Carol

The grapevine wreath is cut out twice and layered to make it thicker.  I bought 2 pads of these Aspen Frost papers last year just because of this particular paper, and I couldn't resist adding my little country checked ribbon.


Holiday Card Link Party Panel Holiday Cards & More Link Party

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

AEI♥U challenge: sequins

It was a happy coincidence that I just received an Avery Elle stamp set that I've had on my wishlist: Let It Snow.  And today the newest AEI♥U challenge was announced: to use sequins.  I thought adding sequins to this fun set was a perfect match, so here is my entry and the first inking of my new stamps.

I have a memory of walking home with my Mom in the dark during a snowstorm that closed the roads.  So everything was quiet and sparkly, and that's what I was trying to recreate here.  I made my card into a shaker, adding diamond dust and irridescent sequins inside, and stamping and embossing the sentiment in silver.  The snowflakes are punched from silver foil, and I scattered a few more of the same sequins on the outside of the card also.

Thanks for your visit today - have a great weekend!

eta: I'm also entering this into the Holiday Crafts & More link party at PaperCrafts Connection.

Holiday Card Link Party Panel Holiday Cards & More Link Party

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I love autumn!

I know, it's still August, but fall is my favorite season - crisp cool air, blue skies, bright colors, wonderful smells......I can't help it.  I also associate it with fresh starts, and lately, a vacation to Maine.  So I apologize to those of you who love summer......

Here's a couple more cards for Winnie & Walter's Playdate #3 challenge.  For both of them, I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and, changing distress inks each time, repeatedly stamped this Hero Arts Maple Leaf across the surface, spritzing the stamp each time after inking.  After my panel was completely filled, and dry, I spritzed the whole panel once again with water until the colors started to melt together, then blotted it with a paper towel.  I LOVE the results, and each one is always different.  Here are my cards.

supplies: cream card base, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, festive berries, and seedless preserves distress inks, Hero Arts Maple Leaf, Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and the Happy and Big, Bold Seasons, VersaFine onyx black ink, Lawn Fawn sequins

Most of the finer details were lost on this next one when I spritzed and blotted the panel, and the panel is a bit brighter, but it still makes a pretty background.  I have no idea why the seedless preserves stands out so much more from the others. I added some wood embellishments, using a very liberal take on the sketch......

supplies: yellow/gold card base, dark purple Core'dinations frame,  same inks as above, same Hero Arts Maple Leaf, Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold Seasons, stamped in seedless preserves, wood veneer leaves, wood button, colored twine


Playdate #3


Here is the sketch and the color scheme for this month's Playdate challenge at the Winnie & Walter blog.  My collection of their stamps is slowly growing, and these autumn colors are really lovely to me, so I hope to make several cards.  Here is my first one:

Having just received their Big, Bold Seasons set, that was a given.  I stamped it in rusty hinge distress ink on a piece of vellum.  The Darice embossing folder called Fall Leaf Background is also new.  I embossed it on some cream cardstock and lightly pounced an antique linen distress ink pad over it to bring out the details.  I affixed the vellum panel and then added the background panel to a grey card base.  Using the Impression Obsession Small Leaf Set, I cut out lots of leaves in golds, oranges, russets, and purples (which are looking brown here; need to use a brighter shade next time) and made them cascade down my card front.

As always, thanks for visiting, and I appreciate those of you who take the time to leave comments.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simon Says..........Back to School!


Wednesday again, and we're starting another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Our theme this week is Back to School, and the design team are using products from My Favorite Things, a company with so many wonderful stamps, inks, dies, and stencils!  Here's my first card, using one of their Pure Innocence images, called Book in Hand.

These sweet little girls are always fun to paper-piece; I just colored in her skin and hair with markers and used papers from Simple Stories Smarty Pants for her outfit and the background of my card.  This pad has some great patterns, both large and small, perfect for paper-piecing and backgrounds.  I added some twine and a wooden star at the top for some dimension.

And while I was at it, I pulled out another Pure Innocence image that I got last year for this challenge and used the same Smarty Pants papers, along with a brand spankin' new Bella Blvd. Hello Autumn dp that I recently won (the leafy green background).  This one gives a nice autumn feel with these colors.

supplies: MFT You Make the Grade, Simple Stories Smarty Pants dps, gold button and twine

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


for one lucky random entrant to our challenge, to spend at the Simon Says Stamp Store!  

Simon Says Stamp

Monday, August 18, 2014

Simon's September Card Kit cards


Have you seen the new September Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp?  It's particularly appropriate for September and the start of school, as it's all about books!  I had such fun with the stamp set!

I used the included mini Gathered Twigs distress ink pad to stamp my shelves and picture frame, and then pulled out some of my favorite colored inks to build the rest of my card.  The stamp set is called "To Thine Own Shelf".  The card base on this and my next card used Simon's khaki cardstock, which is in the kit.

The papers and stickers included in the kit are from October Afternoon's Public Library collection, and I had to build a card around that cute little boy in a circle, as I often get lost in a book!  The wooden dots are also in the kit.

Hope these have given you some ideas on how to use the kit.  I'll see you back here again Wednesday for our regular Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp!

Just a note.....

Here's a card I made a little while ago, but never shared here.

 I combined one of my favorite flower stamps, Penny Black's Petal Party, with a favorite Hobby Lobby music paper.  The papers for the flowers, leaves, and striped background are all from Simple Stories Vintage Bliss.  My sentiment is from Wplus9's Blanket Stitched Blooms.  I added black enamel dots from MME Record it! Charmed collection.

It's a new week!  Have a productive one!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bright Summer Flowers

Here's the photo inspiration and sketch for the current Fusion challenge:

Those colors were just too fun to not play, so I ended up with 2 cards for it.

I just received some new Spectrum Noir colored pencils, the Essentials and the Primaries sets, so I wanted to play with them a bit, and this Stampendous Jar Bouquet stamp is new, too.  So I colored it up, doing my best to match the colors from the inspiration, and also followed the sketch.  I added a little Michael's rose as my embellishment, and the striped panel is from Lawn Fawn's Let's Polka pad.

This one uses a Darice embossing folder, Bold Daisy, which I embossed and then smooshed my picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, and mustard seed distress inks carefully over, before cutting it into panels and lifting it above my Walter & Winnie Big, Bold Seasons sentiment.  The added sequins are Lawn Fawn's.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

CASE-ing Debby

I've had this layout on my mind ever since I saw it on one of Debby's cards on Day 6 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.  I just thought there were some unique ideas on it, and even though I didn't do much stamping on this one, I wanted to see where it would lead me.

On her card, Debby stamped, colored and dry embossed on a piece of balsa wood, and I thought it was such a fun idea.  So last week when I was out and about I saw a sheet of cherry veneer and wanted to see how it might work.  The maple leaf is a die-cut using it.  It is so thin I had no problems, though I was too chicken this time to try stamping or coloring on it; that will be for another time.  

So, following Debby's recipe, I chose some pieces of patterned paper (mostly from Authentique's Thankful collection) and put together this card, using another of the same Stitched Leaves dies from Lawn Fawn, and adding some enamel dots and a copper sequin and securing them with a tiny Hero Arts clothespin, tied with a bit of twine.  The sentiment is part of a larger one from Clearly Besotted's Autumn Flowers, and the die-cut hello is Simon's. 

The weather here in NE Ohio has turned decidedly fall-like, with lows close to the 40's overnight!  I love it, as the heat and humidity that is usually August is something I just grit my teeth and get through.  I guess this unusual weather has me thinking of my favorite season, fall.  

Thanks for your visit; enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I think I'm hooked!

I'm loving the beautiful cards that are being made as a result of Dawn's lesson on Day 9 at Stretch Your Stamps 2, where she taught us to doodle around a stamped floral image.

I remembered a card I made a few weeks ago and decided to take it and add the outlining to it.  So I started with the stamped card (I've included a picture at the end of my post) and added some tumbled glass shading with a dauber, then went back in with a fine-tip black pen and went to town:

supplies: Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day, Simon's Cotton Candy, worn lipstick, shabby shutters,  peeled paint, and tumbled glass distress, and Hero Arts Soft Canteloupe inks

The difference to me is astounding!

Thanks again for visiting today!