3/21/15

More Scribbled Circles Meets Retro Sketch

Happy Saturday friends - hope this post finds you all doing great and enjoying the weekend!

Retro Sketch #156 time frame to play along was extended - yeah for me, so I set to work just having fun using the sketch. I pulled out some older MME paper, PTI Scribble Circles and a heart die from MFT. The medium scribble circle was cut 4 times from SU! Real Red card stock and once from PTI's vellum - tiny polka dots. The heart was cut 7 times from misc. white card stock and the top heart embossed 3 times with Liquid Enamel embossing powder. Once the embossing cooled, I added Clear Wink of Stella and a thick layer of glossy accents. I also embossed the small space (line) with Liquid Enamel - man that color is gorgeous.


LOTS 'O LAYERS!
Layered it all together, added some thread, a double-ended fishtail flag of a larger polka dot vellum from PTI and some sequins - and that's it! Fun time playing.

Hope you have a great weekend! See you again soon!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: NONE
PapersSU! Real Red, DP by MME, misc. white card stock, MFT Grout Grey
InkNONE
Accessories: PTI Vellum, clear Wink of Stella, liquid enamel embossing powder, sewing thread, foam tape, Verve Visual sequins, glossy accents

Challenges:

3/20/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - pastels

Hi friends. It's FRIDAY - yippee - any of my readers enjoying March Madness? Our family loves college basketball and truly loves this time of year - each year, every year!! :D

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, our recipe is pastel shades! Have you seen all the water coloring popping up? It is so very popular! I decided to try my hand at no-line water coloring so I stamped my little cupcake from Birthday Bash (super old Cornish Heritage Farm set by Kim Hughes) 3 times (HELLO MISTI... :D) - do you have YOUR MISTI tool? I stamped the image in MFT Kraft ink, masked it off and stamped two more times - once to the left, once to the right and went right to town water coloring with distress markers. I did the cupcakes and the lower portion first, then went on about life allowing it to dry. I came back a few days later and wanted to add the purple around everything....GAH...SOMEONE please tell me how to keep the other water coloring which you have previously done from bleeding - I mean, it is WATER color, so get it wet, it spreads. LOL I guess I'll have to try rubber cement or some type of masking fluid, any recommendations?


Anywho, I added the background and moved forward with the card. I added glossy accents to the icing and candles, then sprinkled the flames with rock crystals.

The layout is the week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #260. Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: CHF Birthday Bash, MFT You Are Unrepeatable
PapersDP by Echo Park, Neenah White
Ink: MFT Black Licorice, Kraft
Accessories: Distress Markers, glossy accents, rock crystal glitter

Challenges:

  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #260
  Papertake Weekly Challenge - happy anything

3/18/15

We are at it again!!

Welcome back for another week for a fun, friendly little challenge with my sweet friend - Tammy - at Highland Homemade. This time we decided to use a Pure Innocence image from MFT - I chose "Sending Big Hugs". I also decided why not make TWO cards so I set to stamping, embossing, and coloring - absolutely HATING the first one, so thank goodness I could try again. UGH...

But as we all know, not everything we create turns out as we see it in our mind; regardless, I'll show you both. First up is Pure Innocence with some Kraft and new Cracked Pistachio distress ink! I used a circle stencil for the background adding white ink to each dot, letting it dry, then re-positioning the stencil slightly and adding the Cracked Pistachio ink. LOVE! Image was colored with Copics; I kept the card very simple.





Next up is the same image but placed inside the 'picture window' from Lawn Fawn's #awesome set - I used just the matching die. The layout for this one is an older Sunday Sketch For You to Try.

That's it, thanks for popping by - hope you have a GREAT week. Don't forget to check out what my sweet friend, Tammy at Highland Homemade, created!!

Take care!

PS - please note how my clear Wink of Stella pen pooped on her dress - UGH; one of many problems. LOL

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Sending big Hugs
Papers: PTI Kraft, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Neenah White, 
Ink: VersaFine Black, Hero Arts White, Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink, MFT Black Licorice
Accessories: enamel dots/hearts, PTI small scalloped die, Lawn Fawn #awesome die, circle stencil, twine, MFT Blueprints, Mama Elephant Femme Frame

Challenges:

3/13/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - Mum/Mom

Hi friends - how are you? This week at Crafts 4 Eternity we are back with a super fun recipe focusing on MUM/MOM or any female themed project. One lucky participant will win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs.

I went with a female themed project. I started with a piece of Tim Holtz water color paper and cut 3 scribble circles from PTI and layered leaves from MFT, adhered in a pattern I liked with temporary adhesive to the card base then sponged on some Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, and Bundled Sage; I then sprayed the entire base, including the scribbled circles and leaves with MFT's Sheer Shimmer Mist. Once dry, I lifted the die cut pieces and offset them slightly so a bit of the original white background was showing - LOVE! Such fun and a technique I can see myself using time and time again!

Card inspired by Julie Stainton!


I added a simple embossed sentiment - and you can see it ended up fitting right over one of the die cuts so I left that piece off. Where the small portion overlapped the one leaf, I just used a black Sharpie to finish out the sentiment right on top of the die. A black embossed strip and some gorgeous sequins finish it off. Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a GREAT weekend!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual
Papers: Tim Holtz watercolor paper, PTI True Black
Ink: VersaFine Black, Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, and Bundled Sage
Accessories: MFT Layered Leaves dies, PTI's scribble circles die, MFT Sheer Shimmer Mist, Verve Visual sequins, black embossing powder, blending tool

Challenges:

  Crafty Cardmakers and more...For a Special Woman
  Papertake Weekly Challenge - Mums the Word
  Catch the Bug - Spring in to Spring
  Crazy for Challenges - Bring on the Bling
  Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Spring
  Inky Impressions - For a Special Lady
  Fairytail Challenge - Flower Power

3/11/15

Getting Sketchy with Tammy!

Hi friends - how are you? I am back again with another super fun challenge with my sweet friend Tammy - at Highland Homemade. This time Tammy chose a sketch (see below) and I chose Kraft card stock.

I made the one type of card crafters never really enjoy making, but are needed; I'll put this one in my stash. And once again, still following along with Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge, I tried another water color look. I "want" to go bold and outline the images and then fade the color out...but yeah, I'm kinda chicken BUT I promise to try it soon!! I colored the flowers with Distress Markers then spritzed with water before stamping. I then added a bit darker color of distress ink to the bottom of the flower, misted and stamped again. For the last step, I used a paintbrush and Inktense pencils for a bit more color at the base of the flowers, stems and leaves. And of course...had to add a little shimmer!



I embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum, layered everything up, stamped the pink panel with MFT's damask background and layered it onto some Kraft card stock; 3 enamel dots finish it off. One I colored yellow, one purple and the pink is untouched...which makes me think I need some purple and chocolate enamel dots - yes, I think I do.

Thanks for stopping by; be sure to check out Tammy's creation HERE - I can't wait to see it right along with YOU!!

Hope you have a GREAT week!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT LJD Peaceful Wildflowers
Papers: PTI Kraft and Royal Velvet, SU Pink Pirouette, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
Ink: VersaFine, MFT Kraft (envelope), Distress Markers: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint
Accessories: enamel dots, clear Wink of Stella, Inktense Pencils, Copics, MFT Pierced Circle Dies

Challenges:


3/6/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - ANYTHING but a Card

Hi there - happy Friday!! This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we have a super fun recipe - Anything But A Card...hmmm...I didn't make a card but I did make some gift tags - that's different right?
Smiley from Millan.Net
I hope you can join the fun, one lucky participant will win 3 images from Crafts 4 Eternity - you can check their shop out HERE.

Have you seen Kathy's super fun 30 day coloring challenge? I'm loving it; I don't ALWAYS have time to participate each day, but I love trying to carve out just a few minutes to do a little crafting, makes this momma happy!!

So if you don't have a cup of coffee, cup of tea, or a soda in front of you, grab one b/c we are venturing to picture overload. :D

I made 6 tags in all, a group shot (but I forgot to put in my little robot... :( )...but here are all the girly ones! Then individual pictures; the floral ones are all mounted on PTI's new printed vellum - SERIOUS love going on. I also added a matching piece of card stock to the back so you can right the To/From also. OR write that on the inside of the tag and your message on the back - lots of versatility!









Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: CHF Little Boy, various Verve Visual floral stamp sets
Papers: PTI printed Vellum and Smokey Shadow, Neenah White, various colored card stock (back of tags); SU Silver
Ink: VersaFine Black,
Accessories: MFT Pierced Circle Dies, Copics, Wink of Stella - Clear and Black, hemp, embroidery thread, inktense pencils, black Sharpie

Challenges:

  Cute Card Thursday - Die Cut and Punches
  Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - one for the girls 
  Simon Says Stamp - Special Lady/Girly
  Papertake Weekly Challenge - anything goes

3/4/15

MAN UP you hear?

Hi friends - how are you? I am back again with another super fun (yet somewhat painful) challenge with my sweet friend - Tammy - at Highland Homemade. This time I chose Washi (not Tammy's favorite), so she felt like playing mean and chose "masculine" (not my favorite) - HA. I tried REALLY hard to allow her to change it, but nope, she said MAN UP...well I can only woMAN UP! HA HA
So here we go! I made this cute little card using the Retro Sketch #155 (picture below); some fun designer paper from Doodlebug and 3 different styles of washi tape. The orange one is brand new to me and worked perfectly for this card!


The image is a super old one from Cornish Heritage Farms called "Little Boy"; I colored the image with distress markers, carried over the theme to the inside and stamped the sentiment "hey dude".

Thanks for stopping by; be sure to check out Tammy's creation HERE - I can't wait to see it!

Hope you have a GREAT week!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: CHF Little Boy
Papers: PTI Orange Zest, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, DP by Doodlebug
Ink: VersaFine Black, 
Accessories: washi tape (card and envie); distress markers, MFT pierced circle die

Challenges:


  RS155

3/2/15

2 Cute Ink - Butterfly Doodle Digi

Welcome back to another super fun image release from 2 Cute Ink - Butterfly Doodle; isn't she adorable?

My color inspiration came from an older Just Us Girls (JUGS) Challenge (JUGS281) - picture below; I would have never dreamed to put these colors together and quicky discovered I do not own ANY navy card stock.
Smiley from Millan.Net
But alas, some PTI Blueberry Sky to the rescue - closest thing I had. The image was printed onto Neenah white card stock and colored with Copics and a silver metallic pen; some fun layers, a silver flag and clouds finish it off - pretty simple but oh so cute!



Thanks for fluttering by; hope you have a GREAT week!!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Butterfly Doodle Digi
Papers: PTI Blueberry Sky, Berry Sorbet, Neenah white, SU Silver
Ink: NONE
Accessories: YNS cloud dies, MFT Blueprints, Copics, clear Wink of Stella, silver metallic pen

Challenges:


  JUGS281

2/27/15

Crafts 4 Eternity - Emboss It!

Hi friends - I'm back with another fun recipe from Crafts 4 Eternity - emboss it! Dry or wet embossing - you choose. One lucky participant will win 3 free downloads from Stamping All Day; hope you can find some time to join the fun.

I made this card in January for our son's birthday - thought it was perfect for him. He loves orange - he was born with ORANGE hair - I kid you not (I'll try to add a picture as proof very soon)...but it's an incredibly gorgeous auburn color now that people are forever talking about. Or maybe they are talking about how a blonde hair girl and brown hair boy ended up with a redhead!?! ;)


Anywho, I embossed this great image from Inkadinkado "In The Groove" on Tim Holtz watercolor paper then used the bouncing brayer technique to add color. When I went to wipe off the embossed image, I accidentally smeared some of the distress ink - I loved the accident so much, I just smeared the rest around the image - HA!

I used the "U" die from Verve Visual and the "rock" stamp from MFT's Gift Card Greetings.

Thanks for popping in; hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Gift Card Greetings, Inkadinkado In the Groove
Papers: PTI Terracotta Tile, True Black, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
Ink: VersaFine Black, Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold
Accessories: Verve Visual I Heart U die, MFT Blueprints

Challenges:

2/25/15

Fun Times with a Friend - CHALLENGE

Hi friends - how are you? I spent the weekend with the man of my dreams celebrating our anniversary; we crammed A LOT into a little over 24 hours; fun, fun times. I am a blessed girl!

Prior to the loss of our doggy last week, I had reached out to a sweet friend - Tammy - at Highland Homemade for a challenge. I'm always looking for friends that will do an exchange challenge - you know, something like using the same image, or a sketch, or a color theme - SOMETHING - and that poor girl said yes. HA HA, she's such a great sport.

BTW if you didn't know, Tammy owns all the dies in the world; you know that game where the one with the most ____fill in the blank____ wins? Yeah, she wins when it comes to the dies - seriously; you should stalk her Facebook page when she shows her dies - it will BLOW. YOUR. MIND., but she's an absolutely doll. So for the challenge, I threw out black chevron and birthday; she threw out 'with a hint of yellow and pink'.

So...here's my creation; you can see Tammy's creation HERE - I can't wait to see it, she does such amazing work!

I used a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper and laid down some spun sugar, picked raspberry and mustard seed. You can't tell from the pictures. but after it was dry, I painted on a layer of MFT's shimmer mist - it is soooo sparkly IRL!! I then cut 3 rickrack (looks like chevron, right? :D) pieces using PTI's small rickrack die and mounted the entire piece with dimensionals on black card stock. Then I layered it on to MFT's Pink Lemonade keeping it very simple and letting the sparkly watercolor piece really shine. The sentiment is from Verve's Doodled Occasions stamped in VersaFine black and embossed with Ranger's black embossing powder; finished it off with 3 soft white sequins, also from Verve.

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Thanks for stopping by; be sure to pop over to Tammy's blog and leave her some love too please! Thanks; have a GREAT week!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual Doodle Occasions
Papers: MFT Pink Lemonade, PTI True Black and Lemon Tart, Tim Holtz Watercolor
Ink: VersaFine Black, Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed
Accessories: washi tape (envelope); PTI small Rickrack die, MFT Shimmer Mist, soft white sequins from Verve, black embossing powder, Femme Frame dies

Challenges:

  TPE287