Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lawnscaping #142: Give Thanks

Barely getting this in for the 'Thank you' Lawnscaping challenge!
Hence the horrible pic- its super cute in person!

Making Frosty Friends & the Perfectly Plaid Winter Petite pad were used for this fun card. The die frame is the Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched frame. A bit of detail was added with zigs. A mini pom on Frosty's hat & the bird is popped up a bit. A tiny bit of sparkle on the snowflakes (that doesn't show at all in this pic!)
That little bird and the plaid work for the current Heart's Desire Challenge too! Only a few more hours for that one too!
Perhaps a better picture later.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MFT Color Challenge #57

Sneaking in some time to play with the MFT Color Challenge
I won a gift certificate from the fabulous Karen B recently (SQUEAL!!!)  & chose this sweet elephant set- and when I looked at the challenge colors I knew I had to find time to ink this new set up!

I stamped him with charcoal ink and then tried out my pixscan mat to cut him. OH.MY.WORD. Why did it take me so long to try that?
I went CAS with a charcoal Gina Marie Designs scalloped circle frame cut with DCWV adhesive paper. So Fun!
Zigged him up, added a little white shine to his balloon & popped him up in front of the frame.
Time to go make sweet & mashed potatoes for our wonderful Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow- looking forward to time with our family!
Happy Thanksgiving- and to all of my crafty friends looking for fun sales, don't miss out on The Heart Desires sale- it's already started so you can save early!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

THD Mid-Challenge #6 Inspiration

Hard to believe it is already the middle of the month! We've already had some really fun entries for Challenge 6 at The Heart Desires! There are so many fabulous elements to work with- here's my mid-challenge inspiration for you:

I've used Concord & 9th Joy Stamp set in combination with the Concord & 9th Tree ring stamp.
I stamped the tree ring with Memento Luxe 'Peanut Brittle' ink, then inked the outside of the stamp with a zig marker. The J&Y  are stamped with Memento 'love letter' & the snowflake is Memento 'rich cocoa'. The greenery is versafine 'olympia green'.
The panel was cut with a Gina K scalloped stitched rectangle- LOVE it! 
A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and some shimmer spatters (that show more in real life!) finish it off.

Plenty of time to play along! How will you be inspired?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

MIM #266: That's a Wrap

 Popping in with a fun project that Lexi put together for MIM!
I've pulled out vintage ornaments and stamped them with aqua mist (3 times with the different layers) and added the sentiment in red ink. Super cute & a great way to wrap some Secret Santa gifts this year!

Sorry for the terrible lighting- that's what I get for playing along so late!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Heart Desires Challenge 6

 It's already time for The Heart Desires Challenge #6- and check out how fun it is!
So many great ways to be inspired!

I went with the lumberjack, the colors & the sketch- can you see it?

All stamping is in Versafine Black Onyx ink. I've colored the lumberjack & trees with Zig Markers- and I always stamp images I will use those markers on using Strathmore Bristol Paper.
The brown plaid is DCWV, some fun burlap ribbon & twine finish it off.
I hope you can join us for the challenge this month!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 2016 PTI Blog Hop & MIM #265: Layered Dry Brushing

 Playing along with the MIM challenge as well as the PTI Blog Hop!
Here's my take:

I thought the background was well suited for the dry brushing technique- I used a gray and orange acrylic paint with two different sized brushes for the background. 
Once it was dry I pulled out Mum's the Word, Life & Graceful Greetings. They are stamped with a combination of distress ink & zig markers & brushed with a wet brush. The sentiment was also stamped with the zig marker and then topped with smokey shadow ink.
A few gold sequins finish it off!
Here's the gorgeous inspiration:

Off to work on book fair set up details- looking forward to hopping tonight!

MFT Sketch Challenge #303

My friend Erin sent me some bits & layers and challenged me to a 10 minute session to play in the MFT sketch challenge- I missed the deadline so set the pieces aside but pulled them out in the nick of time this morning!

I went with an  Erin-esque color scheme!
Here's the sketch: 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lawnscaping Challenge #140: Color Scheme

Playing along with Lawnscaping Challenge #140- black, purple and I chose orange for my extra color!
Working on Halloween cards- this guy seemed like he was already wearing a mask! :D

I've used Critters in the Forest and zigged the raccoon and the background. A few water spatters & some tiny stars add to the night sky. A few layers of orange & black ribbons with a silhouette cut sentiment to finish it off!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

MIM #264: Die-cut Stencil Shapes

Sneaking in a quick post for MIM #264!
Melissa always has such beautiful inspiration & techniques.
Here's my take:

Stamps & dies from Meadow Greens. The sentiment is from Botanical Silhouettes.
Wish I had been able to photograph this in daylight!!
Now off to try to sleep after that Seahawks game. I don't think these evening games are my favorite- too hard to sleep afterwards!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Heart Desires Challenge #5: Mid-Challenge Inspiration!

 I've got some mid-challenge inspiration for you today over at The Heart Desires!

I've put Concord & 9th Give Thanks stamps to work and stacked them up in the inspiration colors! I've used various inks & zig markers to achieve the colors on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.
I didn't have a big black sentiment that seemed right so I cut several layers of 'celebrate' on my silhouette and stacked them up. A few pale pink ink spatters to try to get all the inspiration colors in and several sequins to finish it off!
Don't you love these images as feathers?

I love this fun inspiration- I hope you can join us and play along!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

MIM #263: Background Building with Frames

Popping in with a card for this week's MIM challenge using the sweet Wee Folk set.

I made my frames by using 2 different spellbinder dies- I love the look of this!
Distress ink (weathered wood) for the background & stamping on the base layer. The fox is stamped in red rocket gold brilliance ink- which really seems the perfect color in person!
A little kraft twine & sparkling clear sequins finish it off.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Heart Desires Challenge #5

I can't tell you how excited I am to be joining this team! Such a great group of kind and talented women!!
I'm usually such a literal girl- but I did a photo shoot at a pumpkin patch this weekend and was smitten by the white pumpkins! So I've Stacked 'Em Up & the sentiment is a little large so we'll call it 2/3!

I've used Concord & 9th Give Thanks stamps for the sentiment. Delicata Golden Glitz ink was used, heat embossed with gold, and offset to stamp again.
The background panel is Strathmore watercolor paper with dark brown Brusho Watercolor crystals. All of those items are available in the store!
Layering panel in rust color is from PTI. 
The pumpkins are from Impression Obsession. 
A few gold sequins & gold string finish it off!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wrapping Up the Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Sneaking in one last entry for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop as well as the Altenew Challenge!
Here's what I came up with:

I put the Altenew Coffee Love set to work with some zig coloring. I fussy cut the pot and mugs and attached to die cut panel with the sentiment. The background is embossed with a woodgrain plate to capture a bit of a fall feel!


Excited to check out the inspiration- the Coffee Lovers Hop is up to 810 as of this writing- looks like another record could be in the works!! 
I know this hop is a ton of work to coordinate but it's always filled with so much fun and sweet crafters! Thank you to Amy & all the sponsors!

More Coffee!

Since I had that cute fall paper out I used the Lil Inkers dies & stamps to make this fun tag!
Coffee ribbon is a fun way to finish it off!

Coffee Lover's Hop!

Popping in with one more post for the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I've used some Cosmo Cricket paper from my stash along with this adorable Newton Nook image- Lil Inker sentiment...

I'm looking forward to spending some quality time hopping through the amazing inspiration on this hop!
Thank you to Amy and all the sponsors for making this so much fun- I know it is a ton of work!!

The Heart Desires September guest post- take 2!

I am back today with my second post with The Heart Desires!

I've used Lawn Fawn Frosty Fairy Friends and Love You a Latte stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink (the warm wishes is heat embossed in clear since it's on vellum!).
The vellum panel is machine stitched in place and holds some star glitter and iridescent sequins!
There is still a bit of time to play along with the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I have so enjoyed being a guest designer this month- I had the chance to meet many of the members of The Heart Desires over the weekend- and I can't even express how fun, welcoming and talented they all are!
Speaking of that awesome group- did you see this news? SQUEAL!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

PTI Blog Hop September 2016 + MIM #261: Flowers on Masculine Projects

Playing along with the PTI blog hop today. It felt like it combined well with the MIM challenge as well- so here is what I've come up with:

Stamps and dies from Meadow Greens for the floral part- all are heat embossed with either clear or white powder. The tag is from the tremendous tags dies & stamped with a sentiment from Botanical Blocks. Some thicker jute finishes it off.
It was great to watch the Seahawks dominate today! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2016/ The Heart Desires Challenge #4

It's HERE it's HERE! The Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop starts today!
I Love to see all the amazing creativity this hop brings out!
Here's what I've come up with:

I was inspired by the colors, sunflowers, stripes & chalkboard from The Heart Desires Challenge #4. There's still time to play!
I've used Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamps & dies. The Coffee image is stamped on Strathmore Bristol cardstock with black onyx versafine ink. The card base is DCWV, the sunflower paper is g45. Bits of ribbon finish it off!

Did you know that The Heart Desires is one of the Super Sponsors?
Thanks to Amy and all the amazing sponsors that make this hop so fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Heart Desires September Guest Designer

I'm so excited to be joining The Heart Desires as a guest designer for September!!
Here is my first card:

I was so excited I *might* have picked up some new goodies from The Heart Desires store!!
I've used Strathmore watercolor paper with dark brown Brusho crystals for my base. This was my first time using Brusho crystals & it is quite an adventure!
Once that was dry I pulled out the new  Concord & 9th's Give Thanks set and stamped the sentiment in vintage sepia versafine ink using my misti; I added versamark and clear embossing powder over the top so that I could stamp the wheat in Delicata Golden Glitz over the top. The veins are stamped in the same versafine brown. 
Using the Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Dies I cut the wheat & rubbed them with more of the gold ink before attaching to the watercolor panel. 
A few spatters of water topped with gold embossing powder finishes this fun fall card off!
Thank you to the entire Heart Desires team for inviting me to join you this month!
I will be back with another card at the end of the month; for now you should head over to the store as Tonya has a ton of new items!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

MIM #260: From Black & White to Color

Playing along with this week's MIM challenge!
I've pulled out Year of Flowers, Fancy Flourishes & Graceful Greetings.

Versafine ink & some zigging for color (the color is inspired by the mums a friend gave me!)- finished off with some Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins.
Trying to get back into the swing of school- I think I'm more exhausted than my sweet 6th grader!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

MIM #259: Ombre Cluster Stamping

Sneaking in with this week's MIM challenge!
I've put Wee Folk to use with several blue inks on a tag die:

Thanks for stopping by!