Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I've Got the "Summertime Blues"! #tgifc117

What a fun challenge this has been this week over at tgifchallenges.blogspot.com! The theme is "Summertime Blues" and the idea behind it is to use blue...any shade, as many shades as you want, etc...as long as there is some blue, you are good to go! (I don't think you had to stick with just blue, though, as long as there is at least a touch of blue in your card!)

I had this thought in my head about what I wanted to do. It turned out a little different than I was imagining, but I really like it! Take a look:

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:
Stamp sets: Beautiful You, Bunch of Blossoms
Inks: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pool Party, Archival Basic Black, Powder Pink, Crushed Curry
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Big Shot, Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers, Delicate White Doilies, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Blue Sharpie (not from SU!)

If you are wondering how I colored her dress, I used the Sponge Daubers. I tapped the dauber in the Pool Party ink pad and then colored 1/3 of the stamp. Then I did the same with the Marina Mist ink pad, and then the Night of Navy ink pad last, using a different sponge dauber in each color. I lightly over-lapped each color to help them blend a bit. Then I breathed onto the stamp to moisten the ink back up and and carefully stamped over the top of the outline of the lady. It turned out really cute, I think! I just used an Aqua Brush to add color to the hat (Pool Party), and her skin (Powder Pink).

Now you might be thinking, "Hmm, Stampin' Up! doesn't make blue rhinestones!" I used a blue Sharpie pen to color a couple of Rhinestone Basic Jewels to get a little bit of blue sparkle on my card!  And the little blue hearts? They came from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. It has the cutest little heart on it!

Check out the other cards over at TGIF Challenge Blog, and join in on a challenge or two! Here is the inspiration starter from their blog this week:

Well, I hope you like my card this week! I had a lot of fun making it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Truly Artistic Color Challenge -- #tgif115

I love to do the challenge blogs. I know I haven't done very much of it lately...because...well, you know...LIFE. Anyway, I was checking out some of my favorite ones, and saw this one over on tgifchallenges.blogspot.com. It was a color challenge this week, using some of Stampin' Up!'s new In-Colors for 2017-2019. The colors are: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Tranquil Tide. I really like how it turned out. Take a look:

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:
Stamp sets: Feathery Friends, Just Add Text, and Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Whisper White Thick, and Whisper White Regular
Ink pads: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blender Pens, Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Foam Adhesive Strips

Just a few things about how I made this card. On the background, most of the blocks of color I stamped off once on a piece of scrap paper, so they wouldn't be quite so dark. And I fussy-cut the flower stem embellishment. I know. It would have been nice to have a die that cut it out, but I guess we can't have everything we want. (LOL!) The upper piece of Whisper White card stock is mounted on the Foam Adhesive Strips to give it some extra lift. And the die-cut circle and flower stem are just lifted up on regular Stampin' Dimensionals. I colored the flower stem using the ink pads and a blender pen. I gave a little shading to the leaves and stem with a touch of Tranquil Tide.

How do you like it? I think it turned out really cute! Leave me a comment and tell me what you think, okay?

Anyway, go check out tgifchallenges.blogspot.com and have some fun with their weekly challenges too! (Here is the graphic for this weeks challenge.)

Thanks for visiting,

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Too Late to Participate :( (#tgifc114)

I have been trying to get some mojo going, so I thought,"Why not participate in a challenge?"  I have always enjoyed the tgif challenges blog, so I went to work. Lucky me! The challenge this week has been to "case" a member of their design team, Elizabeth Price. I love Elizabeth's work!  So I set to work trying to come up with something "challenge-worthy". 

Here is my card:

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp sets: Bunch of Blossoms, Just Add Text
Card stock: Whisper White Thick, Berry Burst
Inks: Berry Burst, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blossom Builder Punch, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

So I got ready to download my entry onto this weeks linky, and what do I discover? The challenge has already closed!! Oh, well. I have a pretty card. Actually, I don't have it anymore. I already gave it to someone! Yay!

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I Died and Fell off the Earth...But Now I'm Back!

Don't you just hate it when life gets in the way of your fun?!

I had to get a full-time job, and it has seriously put a crimp in my crafting time, what with having to take care of my family, cooking, shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc... I am really having a difficult time getting up to my desk to create! But recently, my sweet husband helped me out with dinner duty so I was able to sneak up to do some card making.

Stampin' Up!'s 2016 Occasions catalog is my source of inspiration for this card. Take a look:

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:
Stamp sets: Carousel Birthday, Thoughtful Banners
Card stock: Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral
Inks: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker, Blender Pens, Paper Snips, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (from Sale-a-Bration), Clear Wink of Stella Brush, Paper Snips, Large Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

In the close-up you can see the sparkle and shine from the Wink of Stella brush. And the gold shine on the ribbon is so pretty in person, but it just doesn't show up in the photograph.

Anyway....I hope you like my card. And I appreciate you all who have kept coming back to visit even though there hasn't been anything new to see. I hope to correct that in the near future!

Thanks again,

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Keep Warm and Snuggle Up (Wrapped in Warmth)

A good card for today, as it snowed some more this morning. Not a lot, but we all want to be warm and snuggly on a chilly day, right?!

Christmas is closer and closer. Only 4 days to go! Are you ready? 

Here is a card that will help you keep warm and snuggly today. Using the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set and the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I love it! Simple, but it gets the point across, with just a touch of sparkle.

 All supplies are from Stampin' Up!:
Stamps: Wrapped in Warmth (#142054)
Ink: Island Indigo (#126986)
Cardstock: Whisper White Thick (#140272), Island Indigo (#122923), Garden Green (#102584)
Accessories: Big Shot (#143263), 
Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143537) 
Gold Metallic Thread (#138401), Gold Sequin Trim (#132983), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Hope you are staying warm and getting lots done today.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card with Tin of Tags

10 days and counting down! Christmas is getting closer and closer!

I love the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set! Santa, reindeer, gingerbread man, teddy bear, and this cute little guy, an eskimo! Isn't he adorable!? I also used the Tin of Tags stamp set that coordinates with the Tin of Tags Project Kit. The greeting and the big snowflake in the background are from it. I  used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to punch out the little eskimo. So EASY! Love it! And I colored it using a blender pen and my ink pads. That cute little red heart is one of the shapes punched out by the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch too.

 All supplies are available from Stampin' Up!:
Stamp sets: Cookie Cutter Christmas (#142043), Tin of Tags (#142180)
Inks: StazOn Jet Black (#101406), Real Red (#126949), Island Indigo (#126986),
Crumb Cake (#126975), Blushing Bride (#131172)
Card stock: Whisper White Thick (#140272), Real Red (#102482)
Accessories: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (#140396), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246), Dimensionals (#104430), Blender Pens (#102845)

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope everyone is about ready for Christmas, or whatever holiday you might be celebrating at this festive time of year!

See you soon,

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Merry Mice are Decking the Halls

I love to color! Whether I am using an aqua brush and paints, or my blender pens, or my Prismacolor Pencils, I am one happy camper if I can be coloring an image. I have a few coloring books, but one of my favorite things to color are the images in my stamp sets. This set is called "Merry Mice" and it has 3 images that are just adorable and so fun to color. On these three little cuties, I used my blender pen and my ink pad lids with a little ink smooshed on to it to color them.

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise specified:
Stamp set: Merry Mice (#142145)
Inks: StazOn Jet Black (#101406), Dapper Denim (#141394), Cherry Cobbler (#1269660, Cucumber Crush (#138324), Crushed Curry (#131173), Crumb Cake (#126975), Blushing Bride (#131172), Smoky Slate (#131179)
Card stock: Crumb Cake (#120953), Whisper White Thick (#140272)
Accessories: Blender Pens (#102845), Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack (#141991), 
Metallic Foil Doilies (#138392), 5/8" Burlap Ribbon (#141487), Dimensionals (#104430)

These little mice are so cute! When I saw this stamp set for the very first time, I just knew that I was going to be getting it! I hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by,