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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Hearts Desire Challenge #3

I was out of town and missed last month's challenge, but wanted to play along with the challenge at The Hearts Desire this month- and I've been working on this card in some form for over a week!

I'm so darn literal. Shocking that I've got white mugs with metallic & pink elements on them, filled with succulents!
The mugs are from Thanks a Latte, the 'succulents' are from Petite Florals- both Lawn Fawn sets. The 'succulents' were zigged & fussy cut. Mugs have details from various PTI sets.
Can you see the faint woodgrain? It's from the Skipping Stones set 'grunge'
Patterned paper is DCWV. A little gold string finishes it off.

I'm squeaking this in- the challenge closes tonight!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 2016 PTI Hop & MIM #258: Cover Plate Tags

 Sneaking in on this month's PTI Blog Hop & thought I'd incorporate the MIM challenge as well!

I've used a tag die & the bitty butterflies covreplate. The colors were achieved by watercolor shimmer paint as well as ombre ink along the top border. After cutting each piece I tried to ink/paint them in the same manner.
The spatters are acrylic paint. 
I heat embossed the 'smile' sentiment with clear powder after stamping it with navy ink. A few clear sequins and some navy twine finish it off!
I finally bought a little antique frog to hold my tags for photographing while we were finishing up our vacation in Poulsbo, WA. Love that little town!
Here's the inspiration pic:

Happy Hopping! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 2016 PTI Blog Hop

This month the inspiration was a fabulous pic from a blogger I already followed on Instagram- Classy Cutter. It's so fun- I had to sneak a quick card in!
Here's what I came up with:

Pulled out some old sets to create this- background basics diamonds, on my couch & graceful greetings provide the flowers on the pillow. I used a zig pen on the light to match the flower centers since I'd done that with a prisma pencil before I added the light!
A little selective scoring & done!

Happy hopping! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

MFT Camp Create 2: Background Bonanza

I managed to participate in all 5 of the Camp Create 2 from MFT this week! Whew!!
This is my entry for Background Bonanza:

I've used Lawn Fawn images and Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock. I have quite a few Prismas from my landscape design days, but after watching the video, and seeing the magnificent coloring/shading done, I clearly need more!!
The sentiment is from Lil' Inkers. I masked the panel with post it tape to stamp & color, then outlined the area with a micron pen.
What a great week of challenges & inspiration!


MFT Camp Create 2: Magnificent Masking

I've had so much fun watching the videos this week & trying a few new things! Here is my entry for Magnificent Masking:

I used a spellbinder die and several pieces of post it tape to create my mask & I used distress ink to blend over it.
My sweet, retired PI image is zigged on a spellbinder circle. A layer of vellum was also cut with a spellbinder die and these two layers top a vellum flag with a black heat embossed sentiment.
A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins & a thin layer of black cardstock down the right side finish it off!
Hope you get a chance to play in these challenges too! I'm building up my birthday card stash!! :D


MFT Camp Create 2: Inlaid Made Easy

My entry for MFT's Inlaid Made Easy!

I've used a spellbinder die for the scalloped circle & the 'hello' & 'sunshine' are pti. The paper is foiled cardstock that I believe may have been packaging for something? :D
The patterned paper is SU! that I won from Danielle Vincent during the last coffee hop! yay!
A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins (I tried adding stickles to the center- that's new to me!) and I've got an uber cute, mail friendly card!


MFT Camp Create 2: Coloring on Kraft

I'm playing along with MFT again- Coloring on Kraft is the 2nd challenge- here's my take:

I've used a retired PI image- Start Each Day with a Wee! I tried a no-line coloring approach. I think my eyes may be getting old- or maybe I should not try this technique so late at night- the lines literally seemed to disappear before I even got the entire image colored! ha!! Prismacolor pencils were used and a copic outline finished the image. 
I cut the panel with a spellbinder die; two coordinating DCWV papers were used as a base & the focal image is popped up with dimensional adhesive. A little twine finishes it off!
So excited that I can play along this week!


MFT Camp Create 2: Fantastic Foiling


I'm so excited to be able to participate in more of the challenges for MFT's Camp Create 2!
The first challenge is Fantastic Foiling- here's my take:

I used a retired PI image- possibly my favorite one- she's soooo sweet!
I tried a few different things with the foil (yes, I went out and bought some minc foil- but I resisted the minc machine!!)
Liquid adhesive wasn't so great, but using scor-tape worked fairly well. Not nearly the shine you get with a laminator, but still lots of shine! 

I left her uncolored, only adding a tiny bit of pink to her cheeks with chalk. I wanted all of the focus on her super shiny balloon & little heart embellishment. I cut the panel with a rectangle spellbinder die & added a bit of crochet below it. Sheer mint ribbon is wrapped around the DCWV patterned paper panel.
I LOVE the shine foiling adds- maybe the Minc will make it on to my Christmas wish list! :D


Sunday, July 10, 2016

MIM #255: String Art Using Die Cuts

The challenge Amy came up for us at PTI this week was to use string with die cuts. I looked at my dies and when I saw the Spellbinder bicycle I knew what I wanted to do!

I found some silver metallic string so I created my spokes with it. I then stamped grass from Garden Variety & ink blended below. The flowers in the basket are also from that set. The sentiment is from Enjoy the Ride. I also spattered a bit of Pear Tart spray ink by Fireworks- it's got some pretty iridescence.  A few little pearls for the flower center after some zigging of the bicycle (of course I would love a bike this color!). I mounted it on some DCWV patterned paper & added a bit of sheer ribbon.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Altenew June Challenge; MIM #254: Stenciling with Texture Paste; The Heart Desires #1

I've got several shares tonight!
Playing along with the Altenew challenge for the first time- I've put A Beautiful Day to use. 

White embossing on vellum and ink on the back side to achieve the challenge colors. Pretty Pink Posh sequins sewn under the panel and a few across the front. Rather love how this looks!

I've used a Dreamweaver stencil with embossing paste & watercolors to play along with the MIM challenge:

Graceful Greetings is die cut & heat embossed. Love all the texture....

This one I forgot to post! Playing along with Tonya's first challenge! I love the nautical theme, the colors, and even though my tiles aren't the exact shape I was inspired by the tiles too :)