Sunday, April 23, 2017

Masculine Birthday

Really wanted to play in the current CAS Mix Up Challenge and I needed a male birthday card for work so here I am (again) just before the challenge closes...

Stamps: Birthday (My Favorite Things)
Die: Happy (My Favorite Things)

The card is 5 x 6.5 in and cream colored even though it looks white in the picture. I used my precious wood veneer paper since the recipient is an avid wood worker. The green paper I made with Brushos - yes, I finally played with them and they are so much FUN!

Challenge (you really should pop over there to check out the gorgeous samples by the DT and the fabulous entries in the gallery):

CAS Mix Up April Challenge 
My choice is watercoloring with Brushos

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Be well,

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter!

Just hopping by to wish you a Blessed Easter and a Happy Spring full of sunshine, laughter, family, friends, and, of course, chocolate! Here is a chocolate bunny for you:

Stamps: Egg (Michael's $1 bin), happy (W&W)
Dies: Bunny (Impression Obsession), Easter (Cottage Cutz), Scalloped Edge (MFT)

The eggs are white embossed. As they don't have an outline around, the watercoloring looks a bit sloppy or let's call it loosely watercolored or artsy. The word "Easter" is die cut from white glossy paper which makes it a little more interesting.

(click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries) - graphics at the end:

Happy Little Stamper April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stamper April Watercolor Challenge

Inkspirational Challenge #132 Word Prompt "Spring"

Be well,

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rainbow Cityscape with Starry Sky

As is often the case I am squeezing in at the last minute before a challenge closes. This time it's the Time Out Challenge #80 Inspired by Words

'When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars'

Since rainbow colors and stars are among the things I love I really wanted to play even though I had trouble finding time. So yesterday while cooking dinner I started this card that had popped into my mind when I first saw this challenge.

Stamps: None
Dies: Cityscape (Memory Box), Circles for the Moon (Nestabilities)
Other: Stencil (Memory Box), Embossing Paste silver (Viva)

The moon is cut out from  matte silver card stock and the stars are made with a stencil and silver embossing paste.
I have lots of other ideas incorporating stars and rainbows but the challenge is ending in a few hours...

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries) - graphics at the end:

Time Out Challenge #80 Inspired by (above) words
ETA: This card was the winner!

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Happy Little Stamper April Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stamper April Watercolor Challenge "Anything Goes - Optional Twist: Rainbow"

Be well,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Two Green Cards

I blame it on snowstorm Stella and the resulting 30 inches of white stuff outside that made me create with the color green in the last few days, hehe...

Stamps: Sentiment (Altenew)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle (SSS), Foliage (Memory Box)
Inks: Distress Inks, Delicata Gold, LuminArte Gold

I had lots of fun smooshing a darker panel (for the foliage) and a lighter panel (for the background) using different shades of Distress Inks.

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries) - graphics at the end:

They are celebrating already one year of fun - Happy Birthday!
My choices are die-cutting, stitching, vellum, gold splatters
This card won "Outstanding Design"!

This card was "Top Pick"!

AAA Cards CAS Game #86 "Die Cuts"

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Bit O' Green"

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday "Green"
Can't make banner appear - sorry!

Stamps: Flower and Sentiment (Essentials by Ellen)
Other: Washi Tape (Stampin' Up)

I made this next card in my mind while driving to pick up my kids from school after I saw the gorgeous inspiration board of the current Pin-Sight challenge...

Essentials by Ellen March Pin-Sight Challenge


Be well,

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

As far as I know I do not have any Irish blood but that doesn't stop me from exchanging cards on St. Patrick's Day with my Thursday night stamping buddies. Some years I don't manage to get any done because it's usually so close to Easter. This year this excuse didn't work, plus when I saw a recent sketch at Mojo Monday this idea popped into my head and wouldn't leave, so here it is...

Stamps:  Ivy frame (Stampin' Up), Celtic background (unmounted and unknown), sentiment (from the dollar bin at Michael's - old) 
Other: shamrock punch, sequins

The shamrocks are punched out from gold card stock.

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Addicted to Stamps #233 "Holiday"

Retro Rubber Challenge #58 "Anything Goes"
The frame is way older than a year, more like 10 years... Same for the background stamp and the sentiment...


Shopping Our Stash #294 "Luck O' The Irish"

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Wishing you a big pot of Irish luck!

Be well,

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pink Balloons with Gold Glitter

My blogging friend Gundi from papierelle has a challenge at the moment with a balloon theme. That motivated me to dig out my balloon dies that I don't use often enough (but then again what DO I use often enough...?).

Stamps: Sentiment (CAS-ual Fridays), Background (unmounted, unknown)
Dies: Balloons (SSS)

I sponged a glossy scrap of paper with different shades of pink and a light lavender, cut out the balloons, dipped the upper half in Versamark, and heat embossed that part with gold glitter embossing powder. Embossed the sentiment with the same EP on a strip of grey. You can see the glitter a little better in the second picture. The sparkle was hard to capture. The background was stamped with one of my old, unmounted background stamps (this one is marble), that I used to buy when I went to Rubber Stamp Conventions many years ago. It could be from Stamp Camp or Stamp Out Cute, but unfortunately these companies don't exist anymore.

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "For a Special Lady/Girl"
I gave this to one of my Thursday Night Stamping Friends who is a very special lady and loves grey and pink! We celebrated her birthday this past week.

Be well,

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Large Vellum Flower

The current Pin-Sights Challenge on Ellen Hutson's blog has inspired me to finally break open my Mondo Magnolia stamp set!  

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen (flower and sentiment)
Other: Washi tape (Recollection), Spectrum Noir Markers, various sequins, white embossing powder (Recollection)

I white embossed the flower twice on vellum, colored the back side with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and cut the flowers out. The metallic washi tape matched the colors even if it's hard to see in the picture. Even though it's a large flower I think the vellum makes it look quite delicate.

This is for

Essentials by Ellen February Pin-Sights Challenge


Thanks for your visit. Hope the week ahead brings you only good things!

Be well,

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