Saturday, March 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge 3

Thank you again for the many creative and inspiring entries in our heart challenge last month! Are you ready for the third Twofer Challenge? If you live in the northern hemisphere and you are getting a bit tired of winter you might be especially thrilled to play with our prompt this month:

I picked the Altenew set "Wild Hibiscus" and made a muted, monochromatic sympathy card and a very bright and tropical "Hello" (Aloha is Hawaiian for hello) card.

Stamps: Altenew (Wild Hibiscus), Papertrey Ink (sentiment)
Die: SSS (stitched rectangles)

What can I say? Just love grey. With white. And the sentiment on vellum. 

Stamps: Altenew (Wild Hibiscus), sentiment unknown
Other: Papertrey Ink (stencil), washi tape, embossing paste

I had the stenciled panel and one orange blossom on my desk and they put me in the mood to go totally tropical! It's fun to look at this colorful card, especially during those grey winter months. I also enjoy the contrast between of the graphic patterns and the softer flowers. I stamped them on watercolor paper using Distress Inks and the colored them using the same inks.

ETA: Greta kindly pointed out that the second card would work for the current

Time Out Challenge #104 "Bold"
and it's true, it certainly is bold, hehe...

Now be sure to check out the amazing creations of my team mates! And for the first time we have a guest designer: Verna Angerhofer who won the January challenge! Please leave her some love! And then play along!

Be well and keep in touch!

Monday, March 5, 2018


Hello crafty friends,

When I saw Michele's beautiful take on that gorgeous inspiration photo over at "Inspired by..." I felt an urge to hop on the next plane to Italy! Since that was not possible I made a card. I immediately thought of this stamp from Stampendous.

Stamps: Stampendous (landscape frame), Savy Stamps (sentiment), Hero Arts (poppy in background)
Die: Memory Box (dragonfly)

The landscape is colored with my Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens, three of the poppies are fussy cut and mounted on foam tape. I cut out the landscape and mounted it a on dark green panel. The cream layer is stamped with a poppy stamp in a very subtle (and old) peach shadow ink from Hero Arts. The little dragonfly is cut out from paper that I painted a long time ago with some shimmery watercolors. I love this little dragonfly - it's perfect for when your card needs a little something and you don't feel like using a butterfly.


Inspired by... Over in the Meadow

Uniko's 6th Birthday Linky Party

6th Birthday Linky Party

So, who wants to come to Tuscany with me...??? (Well, at least we can dream, right?)

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Orange Lily for Uniko's 6th Birthday

Yes, yes, I know, I am posting the second card in a row on a kraft card base but it is not my fault if that seems to works best with my elements...

If you wander regularly about in blog land you probably know that Uniko is celebrating it's 6th birthday! Bev, the owner is so sweet and she does it all alone while also taking care of little, active twin boys! One of the celebrations is a birthday linky party where we can upload birthday cards. Even though we are not required to use Uniko products, I wanted to play with the gorgeous lily again, a stamp set that I won last year.

Stamps: Uniko (lily), My Favorite Things (background), PTI (sentiment)

I stamped the lily on Bristol paper, colored it using my Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens and fussy cut it. On the kraft card base I stamped the wood plank background using kraft ink from My Favorite Things and added some embossed splatters. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of vellum and embossed with SSS Antique Gold embossing powder which goes well with the kraft, I think. The funny thing is that I thought I had ordered the Rose Gold embossing powder and was really surprised when my order came and I held Antique Gold in my hands! I checked my order and, sure enough, what had been on my wish list all along was Antique Gold and not the Rose Gold and I hadn't looked closely when I put it in my cart. Anyway I do like the Antique Gold, too and will just order the Rose Gold next time. This all just to say that it was not Simon's fault!   


Uniko 6th Birthday linky party

6th Birthday Linky Party

Time Out Challenge #104 "Bold"
I think that flower and the coloring is quite bold...

Thanks for your visit!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Felt and Canvas

A big thank you to Joanna who is the host of this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge and the rest of the design team for making me dig out my felt and even a sheet of canvas that I got from a friend a long time ago to make this super simple card.

Stamps: Uniko (sentiment)
Dies: My Favorite Things (flower and leaves), SSS (stitched rectangle)

Wasn't sure if I could die cut the canvas because it was thick but it worked with a little help from some scissors. Lolls advice of backing the felt with some light card stock was a good one! The canvas was printed with different butterflies, moths, etc. in different sizes. Some of them were partially colored. The trick was to find a piece that would work for this relatively small rectangle.


CAS Mix Up February Challenge "Felt, Cork, or Canvas"

There is a new challenge in blogland for all of us who love to read as much as they like to stamp...

The Library Challenge #1 "Pride and Prejudice"
I used the layout of the cover

Image result for pride and prejudice cover

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Two Cards in Blue and Yellow

It seems that a lot of stamp companies are celebrating an anniversary at the moment. Made these cards for two of them. Didn't make them on the same day but the color combo really makes me happy and it fit so well for the theme of the second card so I used it again. The blue inks are from Altenew.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment, sun), Hero Arts (background)

Was planning to use some Washi tape down the side but in my large collection of Washi tapes I couldn't find one that worked!!!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (stripes from the Ombre Builders and swirl from the Scribble Circles), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Die: Gina Marie (stitched rectangle)

The stripes would stamp smoothly no matter how often I inked them. Don't know if it is the stamp, the inks or the paper. Decided to call it distressed look and use them anyway.


Winnie & Walter Shay's 4th Birthday Bash Challenge

Winnie & Walter Crystals Birthday Bash Challenge

Papertrey Inks 11th Anniversary Stripes Challenge

CAS(E) this Sketch #259

Hope your weekend was fun and that you could squeeze some crafty time in! I really appreciate your visit!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day Hugs

Sending you all lots of Valentine's hugs!

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment, multifaceted)
Dies: Winnie & Walter (hugs), My Favorite Things (scalloped panel)

The colors look a little different on screen. The card is a soft pink. The layer is dark brown, splattered with gold, the sentiment gold embossed. The word die is cut from watercolor paper, gold embossed with the background, and watercolored in different shades of pink. Really wanted to use the glass beads that I've had for ages. Wasn't easy to shape a heart from glue...


Winnie & Walter January Color Combo with Heather

Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Die Challenge with Lydia


Thank you for all your visits and comments!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #2

We were blown away by your enthusiastic response of the first Twofer Card Challenge and hope this month's prompt will inspire you even more! Here it is...

I tried to see if I could use the little stamps that come in stamp sets and are often neglected and make them the stars of my cards. I used the same size little heart in the Hero Arts "Prayers" set (see below) to make the four-leaf clovers on the first card and the background behind the letters on the second card.

Stamps: Hero Arts (hearts), Uniko (sentiment)
Dies: My Favorite Thing (mini scalloped rectangles)
Other: butterfly (punch), hand drawn (stems, ladybug, and grass)

The first card has a layered look and even uses some patterned paper.  I created a little scene featuring four-leaf clovers, a hand drawn ladybug (covered in glossy accent and a butterfly punched out from a scrap that was sprayed with shimmery blue. The panel is layered on a red panel and mounted with fun foam on a die cut layer of polka dotted paper. 

Stamps: Hero Arts (hearts and sentiment - from the prayer set)
Dies: Essentials by Ellen (hinged alphabet), Sweet 'n' Sassy (red heart), My Favorite Things (dotted chevron)

The second card is more CAS with lots of white space. I die cut the new-to-me hinged letters from Ellen Hutson (so, so cool) and the dotted chevron border, stamped the hearts in red and purple on the card underneath, and attached the panel to the card. Stamped the sentiment on a heart die cut from red card stock and sprinkled more hearts in three different sizes around it (the purple one above the big red heart is the same one I used to make the background behind the letters and the four-leaf clovers). I put Stickles on the little purple heart and Glossy Accents on the small red one to add a little interest.

I really hope that I have inspired you to play along this month and can't wait to see the different designs you create using a heart stamp or die! Remember to take one picture of both cards. And now hop over to the Twofer Card Challenge to see the spectacular designs that my team mates came up with!

I am going to enter my second card to the
STAMPloration February Challenge "Paint it Red"

and to the
AAA Cards #108 "All You Need Is Love"
(Isn't that frog the cutest ever?)

ETA: I was encouraged on Instagram to enter the second card at the
Calling All Sistahs #10
Happy to do that! A challenge with an important mission!

Be well and keep in touch!

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