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!

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!