Bloomin' Fabulous - Ladybug Crafts Ink

Hi friends! Welcome back to a super fun and cute release from Ladybug Crafts Ink! These new images are called Bloomin' Fabulous and they certainly are! They are available for purchase HERE for £1.75 each; be sure to check out all the images at our challenge blog AND leave a comment telling us which image you like the most! Once person will win all 12 images, and 5 people will win 2 images of their choice.

I'm using Bowl 'o Blooms, isn't it adorable? Those flowers are just divine! I loved coloring this image up to match some fun designer paper, an older pad from MME. I created a background of varying strips of paper and glued them all to a piece of card stock then cut them out using a stitched rectangle from My Favorite Things. I distressed the edges with ink and a distressing tool for a bit of a vintage look.

I added half a doily, another stitched circle, a white gel pen for some of the flowers and each blue flower has 2 coats of clear Wink of Stella - can't see in the images, but they do sparkle IRL!

Thanks so much for popping in; hope you have a great week! And don't forget to check out all the amazing cards at Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog!


Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Bowl 'o Blooms
Papers: DP by MME, PTI Ocean Tide
Ink: MFT Chocolate Brown, Old Paper Distress Ink
Accessories: MFT stitched circle and rectangle dies, doily, white gel pen, clear Wink of Stella, Heidi Swapp distressor


Sending Big Hugs

I found some crafty time this weekend and created a card featuring My Favorite Things new Pure Innocence Sending Big Hugs and their Wednesday Sketch Challenge #181. I water colored the image, added some glossy accents to her heart, then used MME designer paper and some of the matching embellies to create a little banner for this sweet girl to hold. Super easy and CAS.

Inside of Card (I darkened it so you could see the colors a bit better)

Thanks for stopping by; hope you're having a great weekend! See you again soon!


Stamps: MFT PI Sending Big Hugs
Papers: PTI Aqua Mist, MFT Whip Cream, Tim Holtz water color paper. DP by MME
Ink: VersaFine Black, PTI Aqua Mist
Accessories: glossy accents, MME embellies, MFT Blueprints 15, twine, Vervve Visual sequins



Crafts 4 Eternity - FOOD!

Hi friends! We're back this week at Crafts 4 Eternity with a super fun recipe, Fabulous Food! I knew I wanted to use a cupcake, I LOVE cupcakes!

But first - the prize! The loving folks at Stamping All Day are offering 3 free downloads to one lucky winner - hope you'll play along!

I made a super CAS card and did a bit of water coloring again; I added this fabby arrow from PTI's Phrase Play #3 die. I cut it 6 times from white card stock, then 1 time from designer paper; glued them all together then added a coating of glossy accents. I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the icing of the cupcake; a couple pieces of washi tape and images repeated inside finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend and don't forget to join the fun!

PS - Our oldest comes home from Spain Saturday night, she will have been gone 14 days - WOW; it's been a reality dose of what it will be like in August when she heads to college!


Stamps: Verve Visual It's a Cupcake Kind of Day and Big Wish
Papers: PTI True Black, Hisbiscus Burst, Time Holtz Water Color paper, GKD 80 lb. white
Ink: VersaFine Black,
Accessories: glossy accents, clear Wink of Stella, aquacolor crayons, Phrase Play #3 die from PTI, washi tape, clear embossing paper



Crafts 4 Eternity - Let's Get Sketchy (and creative)

Hi friends - welcome back, thanks for stopping by to visit!

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we have a little sketch for you! I was limited on time but when I did sit down to create, I challenged myself to a one layer card (OK, mounted on some cardstock THEN mounted on the card - STOP; it's as close to one layer as I get!! :D - HA HA HA)... I love how this turned out! I played around with some new techniques **to me**.

First up, here's the sketch. And one lucky participant will win 3 free digis from Michele's Craft 4 Eternity store, found HERE.

As you can see, this has quite a few layers, I think I did pretty good keeping it more CAS and one layer. I stamped the linen background in MFT's Grout Grey, then used an acrylic block to stamp two rectangles with MFT inks - the back one is Pink Lemonade, the front one is Red Hot. They were stamped on Tim Holtz water color paper; so the combination of an acrylic block and water color paper gives this amazing, fun, textured-like image! I then stamped the flowers from Verve's Kind Words in MFT's Chocolate Brown, adhered some washi tape and stamped the sentiment below the tape - also in Chocolate Brown. I spritzed the entire card heavily with MFT's Sheer Shimmer Mix-ables Mist (uber tough to see in the pictures...bummer!), but its gorgeous IRL! The shimmer mixed with the ink allowed them to run a little bit adding to the water color look.

I added a layer of clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and a white pearl to the center of each. I dropped on Glimmer Mist in Creme de Chocolate and Candy Apple Red.

Super fun - I hope you'll take the sketch and join the fun. We cannot wait to see what you create.

Thanks again; have a great weekend!


Stamps: MFT Linen Background, Verve Visual Kind Words and Wonderfully Made
Papers: PTI Pure Poppy and Sweet Blush, Tim Holtz water color paper
Ink: MFT Grout Grey, Red Hot, Pink Lemonade, Dark Chocolate
Accessories: misc. pearls, MFT Shimmer Mist, clear Wink of Stella, washi tape

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Owl-ways and Forever - Whimsy and Stars Studio

Hi friends - HAPPY THURSDAY! How ya doing?

It's my last post for Whimsy and Stars Studio, I have sooo enjoyed working with Mabelle and her AMAZING images! For this post, we could use our FAVORITE image, but really? I love so many of her images, so instead, I went with a card our children will give my hubby for Father's Day.

But first, I thought I'd show you just a "few" of my favorites from Whimsy and Stars Studio:
 Whimsy and Stars Studio

Seriously, aren't these some of the most adorable images? And since they are digital, you can have SO MUCH FUN!

OK, so back to my creation; I love the Wintery Owls; they are so cute but my card was so difficult - LOL; just one of those days! :D The image was colored with Copics then for the eyes, I applied a layer of glossy accents, then a layer of black dimensional enamel, then a dot of white dimensional enamel. Then I proceeded to DROP A BOTTLE which landed on the large owl's eyes - yeah, seriously. I redid them. Then I proceeded to put my FINGER in the right eye of the large owl. At this point I could only laugh...and walk away for awhile!
From Millan.Net

The base card is kraft, layered with another kraft panel which was stamped with random stars and clear embossed. I added some Broken China and Faded Jeans distress ink over the stars, then ahered my main panel of PTI Dark Chocolate and more kraft. I cut out the owls and added those with dimensional adhesive. The tree branch is a die form Taylored Expressions which I ran through the crimper. The words "owl-ways" and "forever" were stamped with individual letters, the ampersand came from a PTI set which actually says Mr. & Mrs. - just added tape over the words, inked it up, removed the tape and stamped just the ampersand sign.

And that's it! Thanks for stopping by; I hope you've enjoyed the Spring DT's last blog post - be sure to stop by the Whimsy blog and see all the amazing creations!!

Have a great weekend!


Stamps: Whimsy and Stars Studio Wintery Owls
Papers: PTI Kraft and Dark Chocolate
Ink: Broken Chine and Faded Blue Jeans Distress Inks, Versamark
Accessories: clear embossing powder, glossy accents, black and white dimensional enamel, Taylored Expressions Hoot Hoot Hooray Die, paper crimper



Beer Belly Man - For Him

Hi friends - thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts Ink. This challenge we're celebrating Father's Day or a masculine card...you pick and join the fun please!

Our design team is using "Beer Belly Man"; be sure to hop over to our challenge blog (HERE) and check out all the amazing designs! This image is digital so you'll see some unique takes on the image; so creative!!

I made this card a long time ago but have never shared it. A co-worker requested a card for her father's birthday and they love to drink - yes, they sure do. LOL AND he's a Nebraska Cornhusker fan so I knew I was safe using red! :D

Simple CAS (clean and simple) card, some distressing, doodling, flag and a button - pretty simple! Image is colored with Copics.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll join the fun using Beer Belly Man, any Father's Day card, or just a masculine themed card; we love seeing your creations!


Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Beer Belly Man
Papers: DP by Echo Park, PTI Pure Poppy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (inside)
Accessories: nesties, glossy accents, misc. button, Copic multi-liiner

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Crafts 4 Eternity - For the Boys

Hi friends - welcome back to another fab recipe at Crafts 4 Eternity! This week we are celebrating with "one for the boys"; I love this image from Whipper Snapper - Eli and Frogger. Aren't they just adorable? I can remember when our son would bring frogs - ALL SIZES into the house, holding them much like this with a 'SEE MOM' loud yell as I quickly shooed them back outside where they belonged...well, at least the frog. :D

One lucky participant will win 3 FREE sentiments from Crafty Sentiments Designs just for playing along and with Father's Day just around the corner, everyone can come up with a 'for the boys' card, so come join the fun!

Here's my creation - my very first time TRYING to watercolor - what do you think? I did a watercolor card earlier this week but it was just putting down some color and not really trying for shading or anything...so first attempt - I'll take any feedback you have!!

Thanks for stopping by; I LOVE when you visit!


Stamps: MFT Linen Background and Whipper Snapper Eli and Frogger
Papers: PTI Simply Chartreuse and Orange Fizz, Time Holtz watercolor paper
Ink: VersaFine Black
Accessories: MFT blueprints 15, Lil Inkers flag die, MME enamel dots, clear embossing powder,colored pencils, gamsol, glossy accents, black dimensional enamel

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Life is simple. Eat. Sleep. Swim. If only. :D

Hi friends! I have a super fun post up over at Whimsy and Stars Studio featuring this gorgeous girl:

Instant Download Digi Stamp: Floaty Girly 
I had a blast coloring her up and creating a rather CAS card with another flag banner inside. Copic coloring, glossy accents, some white gel doodling and that's it...oh and she has sparkly on her bows, flowers of her shoes and part of her swimsuit. :D LOVE!

Come check it out; I'd love to see you over THERE!


Stamps: Whimsy and Stars Studio Floaty GIrly
Papers: DP by Doodlebug, PTI True Black, Misc. photo paper
Ink: VersaMagic Wheat
Accessories: MFT pierced oval, MFT Blueprints 15, glossy accents, clear Wink of Stella, Copic glitter pen

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Hi there!

Oh this card - WOW - so much I love, amazing how a mistake can turn out looking ok! :D

I wanted to try water coloring which I have never done before and I learned so much!!

Overall after stamping, embossing and coloring the flowers, the colors were a bit 'bolder' than I wanted, so I grabbed ... what I THOUGHT ... was a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. Turns out I grabbed the WHITE Wink of Stella pen - that thing is cool; initially it gave the flowers a nice toned down tint...then as it started to dry it turned the flowers WHITE! Hmmm...wonder why? LOL

I used a baby wipe and gently wiped each flower to remove a bit of the White Wink of Stella pen which left such a great look to the flowers! The yellow is a water color crayon, I colored around each flower then painted with water to draw the color out.

And that sentiment? SWOON; love it so very much! "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

A bit of fun black and white washi tape and a small strip of black finishes the card off!

Thanks for popping in; hope you have a GREAT week! See you again soon!


Stamps:Verve Visual Great Friend and Blue Skies
Papers: Tim Holtz watercolor paper, PTI True Black and Hibiscus Burst
Ink: VersaFine Black, lots of various distress inks
Accessories: washi tape, watercolor crayon, white Wink of Stella glitter pen, clear embossing powder

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