Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happy Last Day of March!

Last Challenges for March 2016

Hello everyone! I'm posting my last challenge entry for the month of March. The challenges are for Little Tangles Challenge #66--Ombre and Make It Monday #244 Score Lines. 

First I used my scoring tool to score 4 lines 1/4 inch apart. Then I taped that section off with washi tape and started blending. I used PTI Lemon Tart and Aqua Mist for part of the ombre effect. I also used Broken China and Mustard Seed Distress Inks. After blending, I used a Dylusions stencil to add the pattern to the ombre blending technique. I stamped the sentiment using PTI's Embroidered Blooms sentiments and Smokey Shadows.

Here is a closer look at the score lines--

Score lines add subtle texture!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gift Tag

Hadley's 5th Birthday Tag
Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well. As promised, I'm posting my great-niece's Birthday tag. I see my pearls are not perfectly aligned, so I'll fix that later. But for now, I wanted to follow up on yesterday's post.

Because my great-niece is all about Frozen and princesses and other important regal things, I wanted her Birthday tag to represent what she loves most! To make the tag, I used my Cricut Expression and Gypsy to die cut the tag and sentiments.

I used Bazzil white dotted Swiss paper as well as scrap papers on hand. I also used Recollections glitter paper for the crown. To top off the tag, I used Wraphia pink ribbons and white tulle to create the bow.

I do want to say I was inspired by Amy R at to incorporate Hadley's name and age on her 'card.' I love the idea because, as she pointed out, names are highly unique nowadays, and in order to find anything personalized and spelled correctly is quite a feat. Not only that, it is a pleasure receiving a card that is personalized. So, from this birthday forward, I will endeavor to include the kiddos names and ages on all of their birthday cards, until such a time as it isn't quite so cool any longer!! All-in-all, I'd say I'm pretty proud of this is an original!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Work In Progress

Sweet Tag
Hello everyone! I have been busy, just not crafty busy. I have finalized my Cricut layouts for cute birthday tags for my great neice's gift. I'll make for Hadley and one for Laney. Love how their names rhyme :).

In other news, I crafted a card for a good friend of mine to give to the dedicated policemen and women who protect our kiddos at school and in the community. Love this simple design. You will likely see it again!

Thanks for all you do!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Birthday-CTD #385 & FMS #229

Birthday Card for Matt
Hello everyone! Hope your Easter Sunday has been fabulous! My family and I celebrated last evening so that the grown kiddos could spend time with the 'other side' of their families today. On my list of cards to make, I wanted to work on a birthday card for my youngest son, Matt. He lives in Florida, so the happy colors at Color Throwdown #385 seemed perfect!

This week we were to use teal, aqua, and gold. I believe the aqua or teal, whichever your perspective is, comes through well in the background watercolor technique. I used a wash of Viridian Hue and Cerulean Blue to make the teal and aqua shades.

For the gold, I incorporated some items in my stash that I had never used before. The cute sun stamp and gold embossing powder was gifted to me by a friend who did not want to stamp anymore. I didn't realize I had either in my stash because they were in a box in my closet. When I reorganized my craft room during spring break, I discovered them, and I am so glad I did!

I embossed the image with gold, then used watercolor to fill in.

The inspiration for the layout comes from Freshly Made Sketches #229. I thought the design was perfect for a masculine card. Together the layout, colors, and stamps work for a Florida-themed Birthday Card. There is time on the clock to play in both challenges. See the links below if you would like to play along. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stampin' Up 'Sun' 2000, Zing Gold Embossing Powder, Cotman Water Colours: Cerulean Blue #139 and Viridian Hue #696, PTI Stamper's Select White, Cotman Water Color Paper, Recollections Washi Tape/Gold stripe, scrap kraft paper.

Color Throwdown #385
Freshly Made Sketches #229 

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a

Blessed Easter!

The photos are mine. The flower in the background is a Hyacinth bloom from this winter. The cross came from the Mercado in San Antonio, Texas. I used Pixlr to double expose the two photos.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

PTI 2016 March Blog Hop
Happy Easter everyone! I'm so excited to participate in this blog hop. The inspiration for the card above comes from the picture below. Nichole Heady challenged us to create a card drawing inspiration from Izziyana Suhaimi's artistry. I wanted to imitate the grey background and the random placement of flowers. I love her mixture of pale and dark colors. However, when I created my card, I had to be careful with the colors I chose so they didn't muddy when I sponged over the stamping. I used a few stamps to mimic embroidery, such as the blue flowers and the edging on the smaller flowers. The pink flowers mimic a simple stitch pulled to the center of the flower. The white dots represent French knots.

Blog hop inspiration 4
Izziyana Suhaimi, artist

If you have time today, head over to Capture the Moment to draw some inspiration and join in the fun!

Process and Supplies:
I used my Mini Misty stamp tool to ensure my stamping was bold and vibrant. Once all of the flowers and leaves were stamped, I used Smokey Shadow to blend over all of the images. Finally, I added touches of white with Fresh Snow and my Sakura white gel pen.  Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies are from Papertrey Ink~~

Inks: Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Lavendar Moon, Pink Lady, True Black, Smokey Shadow, Lemon Tart, and Fresh Snow

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms II and the sentiment is from Embroidered Blooms

Paper: Stamper's Select

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Just Because Card/MIM #243

Dedicated to Educators!

Hello everyone! The final days until students show how well they can read and write are upon us! I would like to dedicate this card to all educators, no matter the content or elective they teach, to express my appreciation for all they do. Educating the next generation is a calling. Teachers give countless hours not only to planning and delivering lessons, but also to nurturing our students into the next generation of innovators, creators, thinkers, and caretakers of our freedom!! The card's sentiment, "Just Because," is but a small token of my personal pride and appreciation for all teachers do.

After embossing and before ink blending

Now to explain a few of the details of this card. I designed this card to meet the challenge of Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #243. Using Danielle Flander's video as inspiration, we were to emboss and use an ink blending technique to enhance the embossing. I chose to emboss the wrought-iron fence with clear embossing powder. But first, I stamped the flower background using PTI's Garden Variety stamp set. The grass was stamped in New Leaf. For the leaves I used Simply Chartreuse, for the flowers I used Plum Pudding, and for the fence and sentiment I used Stazon black ink. The fence stamp is from Bo Bunny: Gateway.

I used my Mini-Misti to help me layer my stamping!

For the blending, I wanted to achieve a 'sunrise' or 'sunset' effect, depending upon your perspective. So I used a Tim Holtz blending tool to blend PTI's Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, and Lovely Lady to achieve the faded, sun-drenched sky. The sentiment is from PTI's Bold Blossoms.

I do want to say I appreciate all the comments from those of you who take time to stop by! I appreciate the kind words of encouragement, and I always visit your blogs to comment! Thank you so much!!!!

MIM #243: Danielle Flanders' awesome cards!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Freshly Made Birthday Card

Happy Birthday!
Hello everyone!  The week is ending with winter's last chill! It has been summer all week, but today temperatures will dip into the 50's. I suppose that's why I chose yellow for this card. My daughter-in-law will celebrate her birthday in July, so I felt it was fitting to design a summery-type card for her.

I'm also playing along with Freshly Made Sketches. I love the simple design. Thanks for stopping by!
Freshly Made Sketches 228

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sponges & Swirls

Mother's Day Card
Hello everyone! I'm back again today with another post. This time, I checked my card-making to do list and found I needed a few more Mother's Day Cards. I thoroughly enjoyed creating these cards after spending two days reorganizing my scrap room! Everything in my room is pristine and ready for destruction!

Moving on: I looked over all of the awesome projects for Papertrey Ink's March 2016 Release. I loved them all, but I was drawn to Heather Nichol's hombre birthday card design. I attempted two cards total before I was completely satisfied with the result. For both cards, I brought out one of my first stamp set purchases. I have no idea what it is called or who made it, but it's funny how I keep returning to this set. It has so much to offer! For the card above, I decided to stamp the swirl using PTI's True Black ink and sponge over the swirls using Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz, Winter Wisteria, and Aqua Mist. The sentiment is from the Delightful Dahlia stamp set.

For the card below, I followed Heather Nichol's recipe of white embossing the stamp. I got a little too fancy with the masking, and as a result, I had trouble finishing it. I'm not thrilled with the result, but it isn't horrible, either! I used Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold and Aqua Mist for the ink colors.

Heather Nichol's beautiful card and link is below:

Heather Nichols: Pine Is Here

Papertrey Ink Release Challenge    

Happy Easter! and Mojo Monday #439

Our Savior Lives!

I certainly have been enjoying my spring break. Unfortunately, it's Thursday, and I'm finally able to make a few cards. The time has flown, but I have had fun! The card above will be sent to family for Easter. I loved the sketch on Mojo Monday this week, and I am very happy with the results.

I will be sending one of these cards to my Aunt Aline who is on Hospice care. I know her faith is so important to her, so I am hoping this card will bring her some comfort.

Mojo Monday #439

Papertrey Ink: Inspired Savior stamp set; Smoky Shadow and Lavender Moon Inks; Stamper's White Cardstock
Theresa Collins: Summer Stories 6x6 pad
Vellum; scrap paper; clear & white embossing powders

Saturday, March 12, 2016

MIM #242 Sponged Stamping

Birthday Card for My Sister

Hello everyone! It has taken me all week to decide what sort of card I would make for Make It Monday #242. I love this technique because I think there are so many applications! I used Dawn McVey's sponged stamping on the smaller butterflies. They complement the larger butterfly, but they do not take over.

As for the card inspiration, I decided I would make my sister's Birthday card. She will be really old in April. For the design, I put myself in her shoes. First of all, my sister loves purple. I do not. This fact is most likely why it took me allllll daaaayyy to figure out how to design this card. Not only that, I'm new stamp-set shy! I love getting new product in the mail, but I just stare at all of the new goodies until they start screaming, "Open me up and use me!!"

Once I found a purple I could live with, I fussed all day long how I would incorporate the larger butterfly. One of the things I was worried about this stamp/die set was lining up the layers over die-cut images. Not only that, this intricate die-cut butterfly looked impossible! The truth is, this is probably the easiest stamp/die set to stamp and emboss. Although it took me all day to put this special card together, I am so happy with the results. I cannot wait to give this to my sister...who will be sooo much closer to my age after her Birthday this year! #can'twait!!


PTI Ink: Lemon Tart, Plum Pudding, Lilac, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Pink Lady
PTI Stamp Set & Dies: What the Doodle: Butterfly
Scrap papers from my stash
Sentiment: Avery Elle Brushed Clear Stamps
Cocoa Daisy Hexagonal Stencil

Friday, March 11, 2016

Paperkicks Confessions

Major PTI Purchase

Hello fellow paper crafters and bloggers. This week I have been working with Middle and High School students develop test-taking strategies for their state test which is just around the corner. I love working with them, but they have worn me out!!

I recently received a Papertrey Ink haul that I'm afraid to delve into. Yes, this purchase breaks my New Year's Resolution in a big way, but I thought it was time for a little reward. On the paper above, you can see I have stamped several images using a PTI purchase I made several years ago. So the resolution is in-tact, technically speaking. However, there is also a shiny new stamp with about a gillion new stamp pads. [I needed to add tertiary colors to my stamp-pad collection! Rationalization session is now closed. :-)]

My question is...why is it that so many bloggers cannot wait to dig into her/his new stamps and colors...and I am so hesitant? This doesn't make sense to me, and it is troublesome to a certain degree. You can see the image, "This is the day..." stamp. I so want to do a specialized photo/sentiment picture with that stamp and colored images for my son and his girlfriend. And I will!! So, why does it take so long for me to dive into the project? I know what I want it to look like.

I am open to any and all suggestions for jumping in and having fun! In the meantime, spring break starts today at 4:00 p.m. Perhaps slowing down for a few days will spark some creativity playtime. As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thinking of You/Lasting Hearts Card Drive

Thinking of You for Lasting Hearts
Hello everyone! Just a quick post with my latest card set for the Lasting Hearts Card Drive. Today I made a set of three cards, and will send those off some time this week. I'm making a promise to myself to send a set of cards each month to keep the drive going. 

I also am continuing my New Year's Resolution to use supplies I've purchased. I used Embroidered Blooms again for this card. For inspiration, I searched Nichole Heady's blog, Capture the Moment, and searched for the release inspiration photos. I have found this stamp set to be particularly challenging, but after revisiting the inspiration cards, I know why I purchased the set. I know  I'll do that from now on and save those pages to my 'pocket' on Firefox for easy viewing!!

Supplies used (All are Papertrey Ink Products, unless noted):
  • Embroidered Blooms Stamp Set
  • Inks: Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, New Leaf
  • Stampin' Up "Thinking of You" sentiment
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Spun Sugar

Thursday, March 3, 2016

PTI: Make It Monday #241

Hello everyone! This week has been super busy with work and vacation planning!! I hope to join some of my favorite weekly challenges, but PTI's Make It Monday may be it for this week. The hubby has gardening chores all lined out for me this weekend.

I am loving the ombre effect that many stampers are modeling for us all. Betsy Veldman took the time to model in real time, and I do appreciate that. Sometimes I think I'm a slow poke making cards! For my card I used PTI's Blueberry Sky, Aqua Mist, Spring Rain and Lemon Tart inks for the background. I received a honeycomb stencil in a Cocoa Daisy kit a couple of years ago. I never could figure out what to do with it. I'm so happy I was able to use it on this project! New Year's Resolution is living on!! Finally, I used PTI's Turning a New Leaf die to cut out the leaves and I stamped them with Classic Kraft and Simply Chartreuse. I also cut the backing for the leaves out of fun foam. The sentiment is a Stampin' Up of my first purchases! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!!