Sunday, July 15, 2018

Muse: ChristmasVisions #104

Hello, friends!  Thanks to a sweet invitation on Instagram by design team member Cornelia to play along, I am joining in the current  Muse: ChristmasVisions #104 challenge using this sweet card by Kimberly as the inspiration card:

I was inspired by the main image in the foreground while the background images and distress inks add interest and depth.  I tried to achieve the same thing with my card, as I embossed the reindeer in the foreground and masked the moon, then inked the sky with distress ink to provide a sense of depth in the background.

All stamps by Hero Arts.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Take good care,

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ATSAM & Inkspirational: Birthday

Hello, friends!  I'm here today with a birthday card for two current challenges:

(1) Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #300 - Happy Birthday!  Congratulations to ATSAM as they celebrate their 6th birthday and 300th challenge!  What an amazing accomplishment and I wish them continued success!  I was inspired by the colors in the photo inspiration for my card.

(2) Inkspirational Challenge #165: Word Prompt: Birthday

My card is a clean and simple birthday card design with a little bit of dimension.  First, I stamped the flowers and sentiment on the die cut card base.  Next, I die cut the fence and stamped a subtle wood grain pattern on it.  Once done, I mounted it on a die cut foam base to add some depth.  Once glued on the card, I hand drew the grass using a Copic marker. The butterflies are punched from glitter paper.

Supplied Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts (Native Grass, Woodgrain), WPlus9 (Strictly Sentiments 1)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Marvy markers, Copic markers
Dies: PTI (Picket Fence), WPlus9 (Sunshine Layers), Martha Stewart (3-in-1 Butterfly)

I am always in need of birthday cards in my stash, and I am on a mission this summer to make lots of them!  This was just the push I needed to get started.

Have a great day,

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Just Add Ink: Just Add "T"

Hello, friends!  I'm here today to share a card for the current Just Add Ink #417: Just Add "T" challenge.

My card has LOTS of "T's" including a typewriter, a textured background, and twine on the side!

(All stamps from Hero Arts)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Today Is Your Day

Hello, friends! It is sweltering hot today so I stole a few minutes in the air conditioning in between carpooling kids to/from work to share a card I made for several current challenges:

(1) CAS on Friday: Challenge #136 Splash - Watercolor

(2) Addicted to CAS Challenge #139 - Girl Power

(3) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

These challenges fit perfectly together for me...and I love it when that happens!  I made a one-layer clean and simple card, and then went on to make an entire set of them because I liked it so much!

Here is my card for the challenges:

I stamped this sweet Unity image (Your Wings Exist) and sentiment (Margaret Girl) onto watercolor paper, then watercolored with Tim Holtz distress inks.  Finally, I splattered a little bit of green watercolor for some extra interest.

See how simple that was? It took no time at all. That's why I went back and made some more, changing up the colors and swapping out the sentiment (from WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 5) for two of them.

Here are the others in the set:

 Here they are all together:

Finally, here they are by sentiment:

I'm sending all of these cards in for the ongoing Cards for Little Hearts card drive, which collects general themed cards from January through November.  If you haven't heard of it, check out the website for more information.  

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

Hello, friends! I'm stopping by with a quick post to share a birthday card made with a beautiful new stamp by Unity.  I'm entering my card in the current "Anything Goes" challenge at Seize the Birthday.

I love this stamp from Unity called "Margaret Girl" and part of the ANGIE Girls series of stamps. What a fun image to color.  I have seen a bunch of amazing cards that paper-pieced her creative!  I'll be doing that, for sure.  

For my card, I stamped the image on watercolor paper, then painted and splattered with distress inks and water (although I colored her skin with Copic markers).  The WPlus9 birthday sentiment from "Strictly Sentiments I" was stamped on top of the balloons for a simple one-layer card.

If you haven't seen the Design Team cards at Seize the Birthday yet this week, you really must pop over there and check them out. Such variety and so much talent!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Graduation Cards and ATSM #297

Hello, friends! It has been a while since I last much has been going on in our family between end of school, high school baccalaureate mass and graduation, graduation parties, dance recitals, soccer tournaments, and family obligations.  I have not had much time to get online!

I have, however, been making a bunch of graduation cards for my kids' friends and I have a few to share here.  I'm including these in the current "Make Your Mark" Challenge #297 at Addicted to Stamps and More.

I recently purchased several graduation stamp sets from Unity including Graduation WishesYou Did Good and Sentiments for Graduates.  I combined these stamp sets to make some cards for both males and females.  Our high school colors are green and white, so I made the caps and gowns green and personalized the hair color for the recipients.  All images were watercolored using distress inks.

First up, the male version of my cards:

Next up, the female version (using more muted greens):

I kept these cards clean and simple and mainly one layer (other than the washi tape on the female version).  I have made so many of these cards...and I still need to make more!

I appreciate your to our next activity!
Take good care,

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Spring & Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello, friends! I'm stealing a few minutes online to share two mini cards I made for the current Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I made two 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 cards to use as gift cards.  I stamped the coffee cups, then masked and distress inked the background. After unmasking, I colored the cups with bright-colored Copic markers and stamped the sentiment. So simple!

Stamps: Unity (Love to Go), Gina K. (Scripty Sayings)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), distress inks, Copic markers
Other: striped washi tape

Thanks so much for stopping by!