Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hand Stamped Seahorse

I love his die from Hero Arts although it was not a very practical purchase!  This card was created for the challenge at Hand Stamped Challenges found HERE.  








STAMPS: Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse
INK: Stampin' Up- Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Baked Brown Sugar; Distress Inks- Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Evergreen Bough, Versamark
PAPER: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Watercolor Paper
OTHER: Hero Arts Reef Border Die, White Embossing Powder, twine, seashells

Monday, July 31, 2017

Stampin' Up Botanical Succulents

I have a few cards I want to share that I created for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge found HERE.  Well...I always forget that this challenge site asks for the designs to be "clean" and I have trouble accepting white space on my cards......so, this first card ( the one I am submitting) is the "cleanest" I have!







STAMPS: Crazy About You
INK: Calypso Coral 
PAPER: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Succulent Garden DSP 
OTHER: Botanical Builders dies, Happy Birthday Thinlit


STAMPS: Crazy About You
INK: Calypso Coral 
PAPER: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, 
Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macron Glimmer Paper, Succulent Garden DSP
OTHER: Botanical Builders dies, Happy Birthday Thinlit



STAMPS: Crazy About You
INK: Cajun Craze
PAPER: Cajun Craze, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Botanical Garden DSP
OTHER: Basic Black Candy Dot, Botanical Builders dies, Happy Birthday Thinlit


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Day at Stamp Ink Paper

All of my summer traveling is complete and I hope I am heading into the lazy days of summer.  I am hoping to have more time to get into my stamping room again!  Here is a new card I am submitting to the Fabulous Flowers challenge at Stamp Ink Paper found HERE.  













STAMPS: Altenew Beautiful Day, SU Everyday Tags
INK: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig, Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
PAPER: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
OTHER: SU Layering Squares Framelits, SU Cheerful Tags Thinlits, Altenew Beautiful Day dies, SU Elegant Dots EF, 5/8" Rich Razzleberry ribbon, Rich Razzleberry Candy Dot

Monday, June 26, 2017

Stampin' Up Beautiful Bouquet

I haven't taken much time to stamp this summer but I had to make time to create a card for a special person.  Growing up, Aunt Beulah lived next door to me.  We will be celebrating her 90th birthday this weekend and we've been asked to share out favorite memories of Beulah.  One of my many memories is of summertime and my sweet aunt tending to all of the flowers bordering her house and fenceline.  For some reason I specifically remember the Portulaca flowers that she always grew.  I don't have a Portulaca stamp (shocking!)  but I do have this new stamp set from Stampin' Up called Beautiful Bouquet.  I followed a past sketch from Mojo Monday which, I'm sad to say, is not longer holding challenges.  













STAMPS: Beautiful Bouquet, Marbled
PAPER: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Powder Pink
INK: Berry Burst, Watermelon Wonder, Fresh Fig, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink
OTHER: Bouquet Bunch, Layered Leaves Dynamic EF, White Organza ribbon, Gina Marie Designs Stained Glass Border Oval die 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stampin' Up From the Herd

Just a quick post to show a card I made for the sketch challenge at TGIF Challenges found HERE.  I used a stamp set, From the Herd, that I bought from Stampin' Up in January 2015 so this card also works for the challenge at Retro Rubber found HERE











STAMPS: From the Herd, Endless Birthday Wishes
PAPER: Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Fresh Fig, Neenah Solar White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Fresh Fig, Copic Markers
OTHER: Wood Crate Framelits, Fresh Fig ribbon

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Water Lillies Thanks

I made this card following the "case the designer" challenge at Global Design Project found HERE.  I "cased" Michelle's layout and had intended to make mine clean and simple but I have a hard time keeping white space white!  This card was made with the same stamp set as my previous post but this time I just did the multi layering stamps, no color pencils. 




STAMPS: Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lillies, SU So Very Much
PAPER: SU Lucky Limeade, SU Rose Red, SU Whisper White
INK: Stampin' Up- Rose Red, Hero Arts- Soft Pink, Bubble Gum and Red Royal, Altenew- Bamboo, Parrot and Olive, Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio
OTHER: SU Layering Squares Framelits, Little B Handwritten dies, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles



Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Water Lilly

This card was created for the sketch challenge at The Paper Players found HERE. I have finally inked up a Hero Arts stamp set I got several months ago and I tried out a new technique.  These stamps are multi layering stamps but I only used two layers of stamps.  I stamped with two light pink colors and used those colors to get a sense of the outline and shading of the water lilly.  Then I colored in the flower with color pencils.....time consuming but fun! The Lilly pads were just stamped and the water streaks were created swiping my ink pad using a direct to paper technique. 







STAMPS: Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lillies, SU Big on Birthdays, SU Bring on the Cake
PAPER: SU Lucky Limeade, SU Rose Red, SU Whisper White
INK: Stampin' Up- Rose Red, Hero Arts- Soft Pink and Bubble Gum, Altenew- Bamboo, Parrot and Olive, Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio
OTHER: SU Layering Squares Framelits, Lawn Fawn Sentiment Banner



Friday, April 7, 2017

Stampin' Up Umbrella Weather

Just a slight variation on yesterday's card. I made this one for the challenge at SUO Challenges found HERE.   The challenge is to create a card using an April theme and to use only Stampin' Up products. 



STAMPS: Weather Together, You've Got This
INK: Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Smokey Slate
PAPER: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Calypso Coral, A Little Foxy DSP
OTHER: Umbrella Weather Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Calypso Coral Ribbon

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wishing You Brighter Days


I used inspiration from two challenges for this card.  The sketch is from Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog found HERE. The color inspiration was found at Hand Stamped Sentiments blog HERE.  Thank goodness for the creative people who come up with the sketches and color combos.  Without those imaginative people I would just sit at my desk, stare at my craft supplies and eat chips.  








STAMPS: Weather Together, You've Got This
INK: Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Smokey Slate
PAPER: Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, A Little Foxy DSP
OTHER: Umbrella Weather Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles, Calypso Coral Ribbon

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stampin' Up Stylish Stems

Here at is a card I will be offering at my next card class that was completely inspired by the challenge at TGIF Challenges found HERE.  



The challenge was to choose a designer's card to CASE and I choose this card from Carolynn Sanders.  



I used the card layout and I love her colors and took inspiration from that.  




STAMPS: Number of Years, misc thank you stamp
INK: Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana
PAPER: Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper, Afternoon Picnic DSP
OTHER: Large Letters Framelits, Stylish Stems Framelits, Square Lattice EF, Spellbinders Circles and Diamonds EF, Gina Marie Stained Glass Border Ovals

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sparkly Daisy

Here is a card I made for two challenges, a color challenge at Color Throwdown and a sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.  

I made the focal element by die cutting the daisy tag and gluing it to a piece of Stampin' Up's Window Sheet. I turned the piece over and colored the back side with Sharpies.  A generous layer of Crystal Effects was spread over the back side and Dazzling Diamonds glitter was sprinkled over top.  A piece of tissue paper was put on top of the glitter and on top of that a piece of white cardstock.  When all of the layers dried I carefully trimmed away the excess Window Sheet, tissue and cardstock using the tag edge as my guide.  

I love the bright, happy colors and the gorgeous sparkle!













STAMPS: That's the Tag
INK: Basic Gray, Sharpie markers
PAPER: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Vellum, Window Sheets
OTHER: Timeless Tags Thinlits, Petal Burst EF, Gina Marie Candy Stripe die, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding

Friday, March 24, 2017

Orchids for Emmy


Dropping in to show you a card I made for my mother-in-law, Emmy. She is the best MIL, a great role model and she is wonderful with orchids! 

I used the sketch at Fusion Card Challenge found HERE.  The sentiment was stamped on the colored orchid and then die cut out of the panel. I made five more diecuts with plain white cardstock and stacked the diecut before putting back into place. 







STAMPS: Clearly Besotted Thinking of You, Jillibean Soup Prayers
INK: SU Basic Black, Polychromos color pencils
PAPER: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Strawbery Slush, SU Basic Black
OTHER: Jillibean Soup Paryers die, Spellbinders Cirlces and Diamonds EF

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Just Add Orchids



                                             
                                                       
Here is a card I created for the Just Add Ink sketch challenge found HERE.  This is my first time coloring with the Zig Real Color Brush Pens and WOW! They really lay out a lot of vibrant color!  Theses orchids turned out much brighter than I was going for so I left the rest of the card mostly neutral. I tried to color my white taffeta ribbon with the Zig brush pens but the color was not very even so I used my Copic markers to match. 


                                               


                    




STAMPS: Clearly Besotted Thinking of You, SU You've Got This
INK: Staz On Black, Versamark, Zig Clean Color Brush markers
PAPER: Whisper White, Watercolor paper, Irresistibly Yours DSP, DSP Patterned paper in Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray
OTHER: 3/8" White Taffeta ribbon colored with Copic markers, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch